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Speakers Announced for RISMedia’s 2015 Power Broker Forum

Attendees at this year’s Annual NAR Conference and Expo will have a special opportunity to hear several of the nation’s most progressive industry-leading executives share their strategies for success at RISMedia’s 20th annual Power Broker Forum, taking place on Friday, November 13th from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center ...


Economic Growth Expected to Weather Headwinds

Economic growth for the third quarter of the year likely came in weaker than expected, largely because of a worsening net exports picture, but fourth-quarter growth is expected to withstand ongoing headwinds, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group. Slowing ...


CFPB Provides Guidance on Marketing Service Agreements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a bulletin providing guidance to the mortgage industry regarding marketing services agreements. The bulletin offers an overview of the federal prohibition on mortgage kickbacks and referral fees, and describes examples from the Bureau’s enforcement experience ...


Online Visibility Boosting Tips You Can Implement Today

With constant access to technology, consumers now turn to the Internet for most of their real estate needs. In fact, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, 92 percent of people now use the Internet in their home search. While it’s ...


Americans Think Homeownership Is a Sound Investment

A vast majority of Americans believe that buying a home is a solid financial decision, and most believe they could sell their home for at least its initial purchase price, according to a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS®. The 2015 ...


Reader Rewards: What Unexpected Twist Almost Cost the Sale?

From inspection issues and property liens to last-minute requests by the lender, twists in the real estate transaction lurk at every turn – and as we all know, the unexpected can stop a deal dead in its tracks. With that in mind (and the scariest time of year just around ...


Success in Business: It’s a Team Game

Many team leaders started their teams because they were successful individual performers, but not necessarily strong business leaders. While they were capable of generating business, they were inevitably destined to struggle because they still possessed the mindset of a single agent. ...


Bill Proposing TRID Hold-Harmless Period Passes House

As the real estate industry proceeds with implementation of the now-effective TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID), a bill designed to assist smaller lending, title and escrow companies with compliance passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, October 7. The bill, titled the ...


New Study on Web Scraping of Real Estate Websites Shows Serious Cause for Concern

A new report has been released by Distil Networks, Inc. and Clareity Consulting with a focus on web scraping, a term many real estate agents might not yet be familiar with. ...


Tips to Grow Your Real Estate Business and Still Have a Life

Want to be successful in real estate and not have to work 60-70 hours each week? That’s the focus of the most recent Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar, “Build a Big Business in a Short Amount of Time and Still Have a ...


Housing Indicator Approaches Peak Level

Consumer confidence in the home-buying and -selling market bounced back from a recent dip, suggesting continued gradual improvement in housing activity. Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index™ (HPSI) increased to 83.8 in September, and The HPSI Good Time to Sell component ...


How New Homebuyers Finance Their Homes across the Nation

Non-conventional forms of financing new single-family home purchases remained elevated in 2014, but their use and mix varied widely across the country, according to NAHB analysis of a recent Census Bureau Survey of Construction (SOC) data. In the West North Central division, only ...


Recent Actions by CFPB That Impact Real Estate

Over the past several months, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action on some key issues that affect the business of real estate, including new closing disclosures and a key enforcement case that has significant implications for marketing service agreements (MSAs). ...


What Kind of Traffic Do You Want: Lookers, Loafers or Loyalists?

The Top 5 real estate websites combined now attract over 100 million visitors each month. That's an astounding number, considering that in any given year, there are only about 5 million home sales in the U.S. ...


Spanning the Generations: Simplifying the House Hunt for One and All

Recent figures released by the National Association of REALTORS® revealed that millennials made up approximately one-third of the U.S. housing market over the last 12 months, up 28 percent from just two years ago, overtaking Generation X as the largest segment of homebuyers ...


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