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Mortgage Credit Availability Marches Forward

In yet another bundle of positive news for the housing market, mortgage credit availability increased in March, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's ...


Solid Real Estate Growth Predicted through 2017

The real estate industry is expected to remain on a sustainable course of solid growth for 2015 through 2017, according to a new three-year forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate. The outlook – the ...


Beyond Facebook: Building Business with Social Media

Social media is a dominating force in business today. It seems that almost every tech-savvy mobile user can be found Liking, Retweeting, and Sharing their way through the many different social media websites that have sprung up in recent years. While ...


Safe & Sound: Why Home Security Is Crucially Important for Your Rental Property

A large emphasis on upping the value and desirability for a rental property falls under the category of home improvement. The home improvements that pay off include new bathrooms, kitchens, elaborate sound systems, wine cellars and other various bells and whistles. ...


The ‘State’ of REO at Slight Increase

The proportion of short sales and REO (Real Estate Owned) sales nationally rose 2.2 percentage points in Q1 2015, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, with data through March 2015. The nation has not observed an increase this ...


Ask the Expert: What Is the Best Way for an Agent team to Increase Production?

In today’s Ask the Expert column, we spoke with Randall Standard, CEO of Voicepad, a leading source for lead-generating mobile and Telecom technology, and inventor of TeamPhone, who shares his insights into the best way for an agent ...


House Prices Record Annual Gains, Expected to Rise in the Future

The recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows that its measure of house prices, House Price Index—Purchase Only, rose by 5.1 percent on a 12-month seasonally adjusted basis in January 2015. This marks the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. ...


HUD Secretary Tells REALTORS® FHA Is Exploring Alternative Credit Scoring Models to Expand Mortgage Access

A diverse group of housing industry stakeholders participated in a credit access symposium recently to discuss how alternative credit scoring models could expand access to mortgage credit for responsible borrowers who may have thin credit histories or extenuating ...


Defining Your Niche

“When you define your value, it helps you give your best ‘yes’s and your clear ‘no’s.” This sound piece of philosophy comes from Debra Trappen, chief of sass, moxie and experience at d11 Consulting, who was the guest of Homes.com’s webinar, “Fire Up ...


Vacation Home Sales Soar above 2006 Peak

Vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to above their most recent peak level in 2006, while investment purchases fell for the fourth straight year, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released Wednesday by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


The Results Are In: RISMedia’s Power Broker Top 500 Ranking

For the past decade, we’ve largely been a victim of circumstance, whether it was riding the crest of the boom years or scrambling for firm footing during the housing crash. As we move further into 2015, however, a clear distinction is emerging—Power Brokers ...


Move Settles Contempt Motion with Zillow, Declares ‘Full Steam Ahead’ in Prosecution

New developments in Move, Inc.’s breach of contract suit against Zillow emerged Friday when Move, Inc. announced that it had settled a contempt motion that had been part of the lawsuit. ...


5 Reasons Why Community Pages Are a Must for Real Estate Websites

Creating your own local community pages is a great way to differentiate yourself as a real estate agent. While it can take a little work to compile something that is informative and useful, community pages that cover the areas you work in offer ...


REALTOR® University Provides Credible Research When Facts Matter

It is widely known that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) conducts industry research, but did you know that another resource for independent, practical, and applied research is REALTOR® University’s Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies? The Rosenthal Center for ...


Ask the Expert: What Is Social Media’s Most Valuable Metric?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Adam Selig, COO and Managing Partner of Lumentus Social. Selig says forget likes and comments and focus on this social media metric instead. ...


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