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Existing-Home Sales Heat Up in May, Inventory Levels Continue to Improve

Existing-home sales rose strongly in May and inventory gains continued to help moderate price growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four regions of the country experienced sales gains compared to a month earlier. ...


Even as Inventory Surges in May, First-Time Homebuyers Remain Challenged

After plunging throughout 2012 and for much of 2013, and rising only modestly through the beginning of this year, the inventory of all for-sale homes nationwide spiked in May, jumping 11.8 percent year-over-year according to the May Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. ...


Independently Healthy: Chicago Broker Bucks Brand Trend

As the real estate market continues down the path to recovery, brokers are looking to bounce back in a big way. For some, this means signing on with a franchise, banking on name recognition and corporate resources to boost marketshare. But others ...


Are We Communicating?

According to a recent survey done by California homebuyers, one of the biggest challenges facing real estate professionals and their clients is communication. We all know past clients are a great source of repeat and referral business so why is it that many ...


Move CTO: Sites Slowed but Accessible, Work on Full Recovery Will Go into Next Week, FBI Investigation Continues

Several days into the massive “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) cyberattack on Move, Inc.’s websites this week, the company's Chief Technology Officer John Robison reports that the sites are back up and running, albeit a bit slower than usual for now. ...


Building Rental Relationships Online with Millennials

In real estate, the tides are perpetually shifting and we are constantly adjusting our marketing strategies to suit consumer and economic trends. At this time, we should accept that Millennials (Gen Y) are now key to the housing market in the years ...


Housing Production Falls 6.5 Percent in May, Single-Family Permits Up

Declines in both single- and multifamily starts pushed nationwide housing production down 6.5 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of just over 1 million units, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ...


The Importance of Brand Cohesiveness across Social Media

Developing and representing your brand effectively on social media is one of the most important tasks to consider when jumping into social media marketing. By doing so, you bring brand awareness and cohesiveness to your audience to build familiarity and trust. Representing ...


Cash is King: First-Timers Give Way to Bidders Coming Out of Foreclosure

The all-cash buying real estate trend has not let up at all in early 2014. In fact, most states have seen an increase in cash purchases—a stunning trend when you consider how popular cash buyers were last year and the fact that ...


Competition among Lenders Good for Potential Buyers

The future of expanded credit availability has strong ties to a healthy housing recovery—and that future lies in the hands of private lenders. ...


FHA Offers First-Time Homebuyers Discounted Loans for Taking Class

(MCT)—Home loans are about to go on the discount rack for first-time buyers willing to spend a few hours learning the ropes of homeownership, from applying for a mortgage to choosing a contractor for a kitchen remodel. ...


Darwin on Mobility

For mobility professionals, Evolution is long past theoretical and is a part of our everyday work experience. “Adapt or die” is a grim but essential mantra in our time of volatile markets, global expansion and new customer demographics. In every specialization, relocation ...


Build and Expand – Upgrade Your Referral Cycle

According to the 2013 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile, real estate professionals earn an average of 21 percent of their business through referrals from past clients and customers. Brokers and agents with stronger referral networks also tend to earn more: REALTORS® ...


More Americans Move for Families and Jobs, Fewer for Housing Reasons

While nearly half of Americans move for housing-related reasons (48 percent), the percentage has fallen from its peak of 52.8 percent in 2004.  Both job-related (19.4 percent) and family-related (30.3 percent) reasons have been on the rise over the past 15 years ...


Know before You Owe

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has begun a new phase of work to find ways to improve the closing of real estate and mortgage transactions. Initially, many thought the second round of “Know Before You Owe” was going to be another ...


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