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    Relocation: From ?Once Was? to ?Now Is?
    Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus, addressed RISMedia?s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City on September 10, 2014. He has led Cartus throughout its growth and transformation from a predominantly U.S.-centric relocation firm into a global market leader in related HR and financial services. He spoke about corporate trends in employee mobility […]

    Existing-Home Sales Rise 2.4% in September
    After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.4 […]

    Mortgage Rates Hit New 2014 Lows
    Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at its lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 when it […]

    6 Ways to Rock Your Real Estate Speaking Event
    Whether you’re simply speaking at an open house, addressing your entire company or taking over a panel, below are six ways to really rock your public speaking?and don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to picture anyone in their Underoos. First, create a speech map. Instead of (or in addition to) writing everything down […]

    Financial Literacy an Essential Life Skill for Young People
    (MCT)?To improve financial literacy, you have to reach children at an early age so they can establish a strong foundation. Texas is off to a good start. Starting with the current school year, students from kindergarten through eighth grade are required to take financial literacy lessons in their math classes. And high school seniors get […]

    RE/MAX Named a Leading Global Franchise
    For the second consecutive year, RE/MAX, LLC has received the highest global ranking among real estate franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. Appearing in the October edition, Entrepreneur?s annual global rankings of U.S.-based franchises placed RE/MAX highest among real estate brokerage franchises for 2014, and 39th overall. 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut headed up the list. ?The Entrepreneur […]

    2014?s Unfinished Business
    With the November mid-term elections around the corner, it is important to remember that there are still a number of issues that Congress has to address. While Congress will return for a lame duck session after the election, the issues they will debate remain unknown. Some key issues that impact the business of real estate […]

    Move, NAR Execs: News Corp Acquisition will Create ?Multiplier Effect? for realtor.com®
    Editor?s Note: Following the big news Tuesday that massive media empire News Corp acquired Move, Inc., RISMedia spoke with Steve Berkowitz, Move CEO, and Bob Goldberg, president and CEO of the Real Estate Information Network (RIN) and NAR senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, and Business Development for more details on what the deal means […]

    Only 10.7 Percent of All Mortgaged Homes Still Underwater
    Nearly 950,000 homes returned to positive equity in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity in the U.S. to more than 44 million. Nationwide, borrower equity increased year over year by approximately $1 trillion in Q2 2014.  This compares to a negative equity share of 14.9 percent, […]

    Breaking: News Corp to Acquire Move, Inc.
    News Corp and Move, Inc. announced today that News Corp has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move. Move has an exclusive, strategic relationship with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and NAR has given its consent to the acquisition. According to a release by News Corp, REA Group Limited (?REA?), which is […]

    Why We?re Better Together: Zillow CEO Explains why Zillow Plans to Acquire Trulia
    As you?ve probably heard by now, Zillow recently entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia. The deal is not final and won?t be for some time, requiring both shareholder and regulatory approval in addition to customary closing conditions. Still, industry partners have a lot of questions as to what to expect from this acquisition. […]

    Housing?s Share of GDP: 15.5 Percent for the Second Quarter
    Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2014, housing?s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total.   Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment (RFI). RFI […]

    New Home Sales in August ? Back on Track
    In a joint release the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that newly constructed single family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 504 thousand in August, up 18 percent from July and 33 percent from August 2013. The supply of new homes available for sale inched up to […]

    August Existing-Home Sales Lose Steam
    As cash investors pull away from the housing market, August’s existing home sales also slipped, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. This decline follows four consecutive months of impressive gains. Sales increases in the Northeast and Midwest were outweighed by declines in the South and West. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that […]

    Agent Teams: A Winning Model (or Not)
    Real estate agent teams started over a decade ago, and they are stronger than ever. When done right, they can be a win-win-win for all parties. Clients are provided with immediate information, accessibility and service. Brokers see high-quality business growth. Agents are able to work in their areas of expertise, feel empowered by being part […]

    CEO Exchange Exclusive: Zillow CRO and Trulia COO Discuss Trulia Acquisition
    The future of Zillow and the acquisition of Trulia was a hot topic at RISMedia?s 2014 CEO Exchange last week, and attendees had a special opportunity to hear from executives from both companies during back-to-back events. First, during a Networking Luncheon, sponsored by Trulia, Paul Levine, COO of Trulia, assured conference attendees that real estate […]

    Home-Builder Confidence Hits Highest Mark since 2005
    Builders? sentiment jumped four points to 59, the highest level since November 2005, according to the September NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Many of the builders commented on the renewed interest by potential home buyers and higher traffic in their models and through their phone calls. Supporting those comments, all three components rose led by […]

    CEO Exchange Exclusive: Master Real Estate Marketers Reveal Their Winning Campaign Tactics
    With more options than ever for today?s homebuyers and sellers, appealing to a diverse clientele with a one-size-fits-all marketing plan just won?t cut it. On day two of RISMedia?s CEO Exchange, the industry?s master marketers revealed the campaigns they used to separate themselves from the pack. During Stand-out Strategies: Marketing Tactics That Deliver on Differentiation, brokers […]

    Final Push on 3 Percent Cap on Fees and Points
    In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, ?The Mortgage Choice Act,? which addresses discrimination against affiliate businesses in the calculation of fees and points under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) safe harbor. H.R. 3211 and its Senate companion, S. 1577, are a bipartisan compromise that reduces discrimination against mortgage firms with affiliates in the […]

    Creating a Culture of Accountability: Gino Blefari, Incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates, Opens RISMedia?s CEO Exchange with Blueprint for Success
    The challenges of profitably operating a brokerage firm in today?s market are many, but key to doing so requires first and foremost the right leadership skills and accountability systems. This was the message delivered to 200 leading industry brokers and executives by Gino Blefari, incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates and former founder, President and CEO […]