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    NAR Video Spotlight: A Pathway to Professional Conduct
    Editor?s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia?s Daily e-News. Professionalism is crucial to succeeding in business. With that in mind, NAR created this brief […]

    Monday Morning Mobile: Text Doesn?t Take Holiday
    In today?s world, it would be hard to find someone without their mobile device within arm?s reach. Mobile technology has helped people get the responses they?re looking for almost instantaneously. The same goes for the real estate world. When a potential buyer is on the move, they want answers and they want them now. REALTORS® […]

    New Home Sales: Cash Purchases on the Rise
    The share of new single-family home sales purchased with cash rose during the second quarter of 2014, reaching 8.4 percent of sales. The onset of the housing crisis in 2007 led to a decline in the share of new home sales due to conventional mortgage financing and increases in the shares due to mortgages backed by the […]

    3 Ways to Get Your Audience Engaged with Your Brand This Summer
    It?s summertime and whether or not people have vacation time to spare, they still behave accordingly, says advertising entrepreneur Patrick Walsh. ?Small business owners, non-profit organizers and anyone else trying to market a brand should take advantage of what makes this season special,? says Walsh, CEO of AirSign Aerial Advertising, (www.airsign.com), a company that has […]

    Rumors Now Widely Reported: Zillow in Talks to Acquire Trulia
    What has been rumored for weeks has now been picked up by most of the mainstream financial media Thursday. It is now being widely reported that Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) is in discussions to acquire rival Trulia Inc (NYSE: TRLA). As of 3 p.m. EST Thursday, the combined market cap of the two firms is […]

    30-Year-Fixed Mortgage Rates Slide for Second Week in a Row
    The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow Mortgages dropped eight percentage points from this time last week, landing at 3.97 percent. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 3.96 and 4.08 percent for the majority of the week, before settling at the current rate on Tuesday. “Rates dropped below 4 percent on Thursday amid the […]

    June Existing-Home Sales Reach Recent Highs
    During the month of June, existing-home sales reached an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first time since October 2013, according to data recently released by the National Association of REALTORS®. In addition to the heightened existing-home sales, rising inventory continued to move the housing supply forward, signaling a strengthened and more balanced […]

    67 Percent of Consumers Plan Home Improvements in the Next Six Months: Survey
    Nationally, 67 percent of consumers plan home renovations within the next six months, according to the latest realtor.com® Home Improvement Survey. More than 1,500 visitors to realtor.com® from May 19-29, 2014, responded to the survey. Over two-thirds of respondents plan to renovate an area of their homes immediately, and 20 percent of those surveyed plan […]

    Contract Rate on New Home Loans Dips Under 4 Percent
    On average, mortgage interest rates declined in May, according to data released recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). On conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, the average contract interest rate dropped by more than 30 basis points, from 4.19 to 3.88 percent. This is the lowest the new home loan rate has […]

    Advocating for Our Future
    In an era in which many associations see a diminishing role, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is moving in the opposite direction. As it evolves, NAR continues to live by one overarching credo: advocacy. That means being a positive force for its members?in business and technology as well as in the policy arena. The […]

    HUD?s LGBT Rule Focus of EBCBOR?s Fair Housing Symposium
    Members of the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® (EBCBOR) gathered to hear from six industry experts as they discussed Housing Discrimination, the LGBT Community, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development?s (HUD) Equal Access Rule at the Fair Housing Symposium yesterday. EBCBOR Chief Executive Officer, Laura Rubinfeld said, ?This month marks the […]

    Errol Samuelson to Join Zillow as Chief Industry Development Officer
    20-year veteran in technology and real estate sectors to lead company’s industry relations Zillow, Inc., a leading real estate and home-related marketplace, announced that Errol Samuelson will join the company in the new position of Chief Industry Development Officer to lead the company’s real estate industry relations strategy. He will report directly to Zillow® CEO […]

    American Home Shield ?Kidstructions? Video Contest Underway
    Do you know some kids that are full of imaginative insights and love to get in front of a video camera? If so, you have a good chance to win some great prizes from American Home Shield®. AHS knows how complicated it can be to describe how household systems and appliances work. That?s why they?ve […]

    Your Place: Relative Humidity Indoors Determines Likelihood of Mold
    (MCT)?A few weeks back, a reader contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet. In my household, we have run humidifiers in bedrooms because, for example, one son suffered from croup-like symptoms […]

    Housing Recovery Entering Middle Innings in 2014, as Local Market Performances Are Expected to Vary Widely
    In Q4 2013, Appreciation Slowed from Summer Peaks; Formerly Boiling Markets like Bay Area Reduced to a Simmer, According to Zillow Fourth Quarter Real Estate Market Reports ? U.S. home values ended 2013 up 6.4 percent year-over-year, to a Zillow Home Value Index of $169,100. ? National annual appreciation rate expected to slow to 4.8 […]

    Great Building Blocks to Amazing Real Estate Videos
    ?Videos will create competitive immunity for you and your team.? That was one of the remarks from Raj Qsar, broker and founder of The Boutique Real Estate Group in Orange County, Calif., during our Beta Broker Google+ Hangout on Monday. The hangout also included Jeff Gaffney, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate III […]

    Ohio Housing on Track for Second Highest Year
    Regional Spotlight?Central Ohio home sales are on track to be the second highest year ever, despite the decrease in inventory according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing System (MLS). So far, there have been 23,292 homes and condos sold this year between January 1 and October 31. The current record for the first ten months […]

    Gloria Nilson Crosses the Delaware River into PA, to Offer First Office in Bucks County
    Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate,  a leading high-end real estate brokerage with 20 offices in New Jersey, has announced it will open its first-ever Pennsylvania office in Washington Crossing. Located within historic Bucks County, at 1075-4 River Road, the office will open in the coming weeks and has been dubbed ?The Crossings.? With the […]

    Dermot Buffini Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Buffini & Company
    Buffini & Company, one of the world’s largest real estate training and coaching companies, recently announced that Dermot Buffini has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company. In his new role, Buffini will provide strategic direction for the company’s revenue growth and global operations while leading a seasoned management team and 150 full-time staff […]

    Realtor.com®?s Quarterly Turnaround Towns Report: New Additions Indicate a Changing Marketplace
    Realtor.com®, operated by Move, Inc., has unveiled its Turnaround Towns Report for the third quarter of 2013, revealing that the Detroit, Santa Barbara, Calif. and Reno, Nev. markets are currently leading the nation in recovery. The proprietary algorithm used for the report evaluates acceleration in key housing indicators observed on realtor.com® over the quarter ? […]