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Not All Leads Are Equal

At realtor.com®, we take great care to focus on the outcome for the brokers and their agents when we provide lead solutions. Leads come in all shapes and sizes; and it is not until you back out the intent of the ...


Recovery to Continue in 2014, Says NAR; Rates and Home Prices Predicted to Rise

The real estate market will continue its road to recovery in 2014, with home prices rising 6 percent and mortgage rates hitting 5.4 percent. In addition, demand is predicted to plateau, all according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior ...


Rising Rates, Health Care Lead Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate

Rising interest and capitalization rates top the list of issues that have future implications for real estate. That’s according to an industry expert at the “Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate” session held recently at the 2013 REALTORS® Conference and Expo. ...


Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Continues to Improve in Third Quarter

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market showed continued improvement in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. All ...


REALTORS® Report Americans Prefer to Live in Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities

Choosing a community is one of the most important factors for consumers as they consider buying home, and research by the National Association of Realtors® has consistently revealed that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes. ...


REALTORS® to Regulators: Aligning QRM with QM Assures Safe, Sound Mortgage Lending

Revised rules proposed by federal regulators will help ensure rigorous and effective underwriting while also providing creditworthy homebuyers with access to safe mortgage financing, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Are Dated Appraisals Holding Back the Recovery?

Some of the most beaten down real estate markets are finally experiencing that long-awaited bounce back from the crash. Cash offers are yielding more sales. Pent-up demand is driving prices higher. But something’s missing. ...


One Voice, One Message: How an Integrated Marketing Strategy Is Giving realtor.com® New Legs

Personal. Engaging. Informative. Accurate. ...


Then and Now: A Decade of Technology in Real Estate

More buyers than ever are taking advantage of the latest technology and online tools to search for a place to call home. As a result, REALTORS® are leveraging new technologies to better assist their more tech savvy clients. A 10-year history of ...


Pricier Properties Lead the Recovery

More than 11 percent of homes sold over the past 12 months had a sales price over $500,000, sales growth was highest among homes in above-median-priced categories not entry level starter homes according to a new analysis by an economist at the ...


How Regional Real Estate Leaders are Capturing Business in the Recovery

Nationally speaking, the real estate recovery has taken a firm hold, to the point of inventory shortages and bidding wars in many locations across the country. However, regional scenarios vary greatly, demonstrating unique market trends that must be tapped in order to ...


Remodeling Market Index Climbs for Second Quarter in a Row

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) continued to climb at a modest pace in the third quarter of 2013 rising two points to 57, the highest reading since the first quarter of 2004, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). ...


Visual Storytelling: Illustrious Tactics to Engage Your Audience on Facebook

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so imagine the possibilities that an entire visual narrative can express. That’s why a real estate broker who engages in visual storytelling—especially when on Facebook—will see the impact that imagery has on alluring ...


New Report Shows Not Everyone Is Scared of Haunted Housing

A new study showed that not everyone would be wary of living in a haunted home. Realtor.com® recently released the results of its Haunted Housing Report, which ran on realtor.com® from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 and explored consumer sentiments around their ...


Existing-Home Sales Down in September but Prices Rise

After hitting the highest level in nearly four years, existing-home sales declined in September, but limited inventory conditions continued to pressure home prices in much of the country, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...