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Battle of the Portals: ListHub to End Syndication Agreement with Trulia Early; Zillow Group Fires Back with Restraining Order

In fast-moving developments this week between the real estate portal power players Move Inc., operators of realtor.com® and now owned by News Corp, and the newly formed Zillow Group, which includes Trulia, Move announced Thursday that its listing management service, ...


6 Lessons for Leadership from Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani

We all have different opinions on what makes a truly great leader. According to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a great leader should be many things, from optimistic to well prepared. ...


Zillow Completes Acquisition of Trulia, Creating Online Real Estate Powerhouse

Following on the heels of Zillow’s highly anticipated announcement that took place on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 that confirmed the completion of its acquisition of Trulia, Inc. for $2.5 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction—and the formation of Zillow Group (a media company that ...


National Housing Report: Home Sales Start at a Slower Pace

Like last year, 2015 home sales are starting the year at a slower pace. January home sales were 3.9 percent lower than sales in January 2014, according to the January RE/MAX National Housing Report. Last year, sales improved dramatically during the spring ...


Mortgage Rates Move Higher on Strong Jobs Report

Average fixed mortgage rates are moving higher amid a strong employment report, according to the results of Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Regardless, fixed-rate mortgage rates still remain near their May 23, 2013 lows. ...


Factors for Improving Home Sales

Nearly every factor generally associated with home sales has been turning for the better. We have more jobs, a growing population, rising rents, additional inventory choices, record-high household net worth, and exceptionally low mortgage rates. On top of these trends, ...


U.S Foreclosure Activity Increases 5 Percent in January

Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 119,888 U.S. properties in January, an increase of 5 percent from the previous month but still down 4 percent from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac®’s recently ...


5 Ways to Avoid Facebook Jail

Considering the amount of time and resources that go into creating and growing a Facebook page, being suddenly caught without it could create a serious problem for your business. In fact, according to ActiveRain and Properties Online, 93 percent of social media traffic ...


Great Spaces Presents: The Best and Worst Neighbors of 2014

Hit singles don’t necessarily equate to neighborhood popularity, as made evident when infamous pop prince Justin Bieber was recently voted the worst neighbor of 2014 in the eighth annual Zillow® Celebrity Neighbor Survey. Bieber earned the highest percentage of ...


Study: More People Drawn to Bright Lights, Big Cities

According to a report recently published by a new think tank, City Laboratory, more young professionals are opting for the cities over the suburbs. This has historically been the trend, but new data shows that this desire for urban real estate has skyrocketed ...


Falling in Love Again (with your Career)

Do you bristle when you hear wildly successful people say things like, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”? Unless you eat a bowl of inspirational quotes for breakfast every day, chances are, you don’t ...


Gen Z in the House: The Future of Real Estate

A generation that has seen financial turmoil with a vision of opportunity. Tens of millions of people coming of age in a world impacted by politics and a global economy. Non-conformists and a major force for social change in the United States. Independent ...


Homebuying Trends for 2015: Multigenerational Living, Combining Purchases, Relocating

The American Dream of homeownership is certainly still alive. Consumers still dream of owning a home—whether a single-family with a white picket fence, a condo, or a multifamily home. ...


As Leaders, We All Set the Tone

Our industry is filled with capable leaders. Whether you’re a corporate executive, board or association officer, broker, sales agent, business owner or manager at any level, your actions and attitudes help define the way you lead people. It’s an equation you ...


Top Agents: ‘What I Wish I Knew When I Started’

What if you could know everything the elite agents already know and practice without having to go through the same school of hard knocks? Well, you can. Each agent starts in real estate with grand visions of big paychecks and luxury living, but ...


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