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Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in December

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved four points to a 58 reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for December, released recently. This gain reflected improvement in all three index components ...


Values Appreciate: Healthy Markets Focus on West, Midwest

In October, the five healthiest markets were San Jose (Market Health Index of 9), San Francisco (8.9), Los Angeles (8.6), San Diego (8.4) and Denver (8.1), among the country’s top 30 largest metro markets covered by Zillow, while in September, Homes.com reported ...


55+ Housing Market Confidence Is Breaking Records

The nationwide financial and economic challenges in recent years have upended millions of consumers' retirement plans, and dreams of transitioning into a new or smaller dwellings to age in place. ...


Regulators OK Volcker Rule, Curbing Big Banks’ High-Risk Trades

(MCT)—Government regulators approved a sweeping new set of rules for the nation's biggest banks that ban them from the kind of ultra-high-risk trading that nearly collapsed the world's financial system. ...


The People Revolution: 5 Resolutions to Succeed in 2014 (Part 2)

Last time out we examined the first five of 10 business principles that Austin Allison and Chris Smith, authors of “Peoplework: How to Run a People-First Business in a Digital-First World,” presented in Homes.com’s Secrets of Top Selling ...


Five Reasons Why You Need to Close on a Home by the End of the Year

If you are debating on whether you should make an offer on a new home before the New Year, now is the time to stop deliberating and submit your bid. Between 2013 tax benefits, and avoiding mortgage rate roulette and changing lending ...


Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

If you are a real estate agent and haven’t checked out your online profile lately, you definitely should because chances are somebody else is. And that somebody could very well be a prospective client. ...


Housing Markets Continue Slow Climb Back to Normal

Markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released recently. ...


NAR Profile of Home Buyers, Sellers Yields Interesting Stats

The recently released National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2013 yielded a variety of interesting facts. ...


Analysis Shows Home Building Timelines Vary Widely By Region

The National Association of Home Builders recently release an interesting analysis from the 2012 Survey of Construction (SOC). ...


Putting People First: 5 Resolutions to Succeed in 2014 – Part 1

As 2013 comes to an end, now is a great time to look back on your year and figure out what areas of your real estate business you can improve upon and how to increase your number of clients. When it’s time ...


New Home Sales Surge in October

(MCT)—New home sales shot up in October, evidence that buyers nationwide may be absorbing higher mortgage interest rates. ...


CFBP Rules: A Detailed Look at the Replacement of Consumer Disclosure Forms

On November 20, 2013, the final rules on the replacement of the current consumer disclosure forms required under RESPA and the Truth-in-Lending Act were released. The new, integrated Loan Estimate Form and Closing Disclosure Form, called “Know Before You Owe,” will go ...


Market Cycles Influence Alternative Business Development Options

Real estate and relocation professionals often expand business services by recognizing market trending and filling underserved needs in their market areas. By capitalizing and building on business models and skill sets already in place, each of the following individuals and their ...


Barbara Corcoran Shares Tips for Becoming a Market Leader

The Shark Tank Investor Who Cut Her Teeth in Real Estate Shares Her Frank, Feisty, and Homespun Formula for Success in Business and Life ...