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Real Estate News

Realtor.com: Buying conditions improving as more homes come on the market
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:37:26 | Category by:
The number of homes for sale and the amount of time they’d typically been on the market both increased in March, “welcome signs” for spring buyers, realtor.com reported today. The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.co...read more»
 
The ultimate list of must-have mobile apps for today?s real estate professional
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:27:28 | Category by:
We are living in a world dependent on technology, and apps play an integral role in our lives touching everything from counting calories and getting directions to directly impacting the way we conduct business. But how do we find the most effective, affor...read more»
 
Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:59:31 | Category by:
I've been doing research on the code of ethics as it applies to fair housing and the new "religious freedom" laws. I still have a lot to learn, but I found some very interesting details about segregation. In the late 1910s, protective co...read more»
 
Still no alternative to MERS for electronic recording of mortgages
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:43:16 | Category by:
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Mortgage rates edge down
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:06:18 | Category by:
Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.27 percent with an average point of 0.7 for the week ending April 17, down from 4.34 percent last week but up from 3.41 percent a year ago, according to Freddie Mac?s latest Primary ......read more»
 
Avoiding real estate disputes: Get referral agreement in writing and always carry errors and omissions insurance
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:46 | Category by:
Sometimes you do everything right and you still end up in litigation or losing your commission. Attorneys thrive on the fact that it is often cheaper to settle rather than to defend a frivolous lawsuit. On the other hand, sometimes the suit is justified e...read more»
 
Mobile marketing strategies for real estate: Responsive design and mobile-friendly website can help capture more business
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:41 | Category by:
According to the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of home shoppers use a mobile device during their search. Furthermore, 68 percent of them contacted a real estate professional based on a mobile search. And 21 percent of them found a listing a...read more»
 
Real estate has never been a business that attracts young people
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:54:56 | Category by:
According to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent member survey, the median age of Realtors in 2012 was 57, up from 51 in 2007. Just in case anyone forgets the difference between “median” and “average,&...read more»
 
Huffington Post Media Group?s secret weapon: nap rooms
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:35:16 | Category by:
What’s one of the secret weapons for success at media juggernaut Huffington Post Media Group? Nap rooms. So says Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Yes, people looked at her askance when she insisted on providing space...read more»
 
Big brokers want NAR to require that MLSs provide data for AVMs
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:23:10 | Category by:
Big brokers would like to use multiple listing service data to create automated property valuations to sell to financial institutions, and they want the National Association of Realtors to require MLSs to help them do it. That’s according to a ...read more»
 
Distressed homeowners may not realize they can sell
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:01:23 | Category by:
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Realtor.com developing successor to AgentMatch search tool
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:59:27 | Category by:
AgentMatch — the agent search tool from realtor.com that ranked agents by their multiple listing service transaction stats before trials in two test markets were suspended last year — will soon have a successor. The new version of the ...read more»
 
13 knockout examples of how to write an agent bio
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:47:18 | Category by:
As the real estate market shifts toward online growth and mobile-friendly technology, your professional biography becomes a more prominent tool for generating clients. Sixty-two percent of agents spend at least an hour a day on marketing or advertising to...read more»
 
LA nonprofit launching ?Zillow for vacant lots?
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:24:47 | Category by:
The Los Angeles-based Community Health Councils and three other groups are about to launch a “Zillow for vacant lots,” LA Open Acres, tracking nearly 300 acres of land in South Central Los Angeles that could potentially be transformed ...read more»
 
Skyrocketing real estate prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:50:14 | Category by:
This article by OPP Connect editor Adrian Bishop was originally posted on OPP Connect. Leading overseas real estate expert Andrew Batt has told Singapore TV there is a lot of money being invested in foreign property and it will go ......read more»
 
Demand for purchase loans down 16 percent from year ago
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:28:11 | Category by:
Although demand for purchase mortgages during the week ending April 11 was up 1 percent from the week before, it was down 16 percent from the same time last year, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in reporting the results of ......read more»
 
Housing starts stay on long-term growth path
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:15:37 | Category by:
Housing starts remain on a long-term growth path after moving sideways for about two and a half years following the housing crash, Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride reports, citing Census Bureau figures showing single-family housing starts were up ...read more»
 
Seller will take bitcoin for $2.69M Hilton Head vacation home
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:47:34 | Category by:
The owner of a four-bedroom oceanfront home on Hliton Head Island, S.C., is hoping that the lower transaction costs of using bitcoin will attract overseas buyers, says listing agent Bill True of Lancaster Real Estate Sales. He’ll take all or .....read more»