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    News Corp Announces New Leadership at Move, Inc.
    News Corp announced Wednesday that Ryan O?Hara will become Chief Executive Officer of Move, effective January 5, 2015. O?Hara will replace CEO Steven Berkowitz, who has led the company since January 2009. News Corp acquired Move, a leading provider of online real estate services, including realtor.com«, last month. ?We are excited to have secured Ryan […]

    Start Me Up! A Profile of RentalRoost
    A few years ago, I wrote a post on Econsultancy detailing my escalating frustration with property websites and agents when looking for a place to live. So I was particularly pleased to hear about RentalRoost, a U.S. company aiming to disrupt the property market and place more power in the hands of the buyer. We […]

    Stock of Residential AD&C Loans Up 17 Percent over Last Four Quarters
    One factor holding back a stronger rebound in home construction has been the tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans. However, the stock of residential AD&C loans outstanding has been on the rise, posting a 17 percent gain since theáthird quarter of 2013. According to data from the FDIC and NAHB analysis, the […]

    Staying Ahead of the Burbank Market with Maximum Exposure and Up-to-Date, Accurate Listings
    Brad Korb, broker/owner of The Brad Korb Real Estate Group in Burbank, Calif., uses Zillow to stay on top in his local market. As both a Zillow Premier Agent and a Zillow Pro for Brokers partner, Korb?s agents benefit from immense exposure in the Burbank area and up-to-date, accurate listings. In the following interview, Korb […]

    Share of First-Time Buyers Falls to Lowest Point in 27 Years
    Despite an improving job market and low interest rates, the share of first-time buyers fell to its lowest point in nearly three decades and is preventing a healthier housing market from reaching its full potential, according to an annual survey released recently by the National Association of REALTORS®. The survey additionally found that an overwhelming […]

    Pending Home Sales Hold Steady in September
    Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inchedá 0.3 percent to 105.0 in September from 104.7 in August, and is now 1.0 percent […]

    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.á 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 theásecond 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 […]