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California Real Estate Professional Among Mudslide Victims

January 14, 2018 2:59 pm

A Southern California real estate professional perished tragically in the mudslides last week, one of more than 15 victims of the latest catastrophe to strike the state. Rebecca Riskin, of Riskin Partners in Montecito—known as the “first lady of luxury real estate”—was killed as a result of the ensuing flood and mudslides in the Thomas […]

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The Great Debate: What the MLS Can Be, and What It Should Be

January 14, 2018 2:59 pm

Ask any agent, broker or constituent in real estate: There are challenges facing the Multiple Listing Service. A discussion on the future of the MLS—what it can be, and what it should be—hosted by the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) recently illuminated those issues, and strived for solutions. “An MLS should be defined not only […]

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Infographic: How Recent Buyers Purchased Their Home

January 13, 2018 2:05 am

Demand and home prices are increasing, but that has yet to keep homebuyers out of the market. Here is how they did it:  For more information, please visit www.nar.realtor. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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Confidence in Housing Subdued at Year-End

January 13, 2018 2:05 am

Confidence in housing was subdued in December in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), derived from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey® (NHS). The HPSI overall posted 85.8 in December, two percentage points lower than the month prior. “Consumers remained cautious in their housing outlook at the end of 2017, as tax reform discussions […]

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Real-Life Training Paves the Way to Continued Success

January 11, 2018 5:17 pm

In the following interview, Abe Lee, owner of CENTURY 21 iProperties Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, discusses the advantages of the brand, technology, training and more. Region Served: Hawaiian Islands Years in Real Estate: 43 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 130 Best Time Management Tip: Follow Stephen Covey’s “4 Quadrants of Time Management:” Prioritize […]

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In 2017, Multiple Offers Scored Sellers Thousands

January 11, 2018 5:17 pm

Did you buy a home last year? Did you make an above-asking bid? Approximately 24 percent of for-sale homes in 2017 sold for higher than what they were listed for, according to an analysis recently released by Zillow. Five years ago, that figure was roughly 17 percent. The average gain for sellers? $7,000. “In the […]

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The Genesis of BackAgent

January 10, 2018 6:44 pm

In 2017, BackAgent provided more than 180,000 agents and brokers a cloud-based technology platform complete with a comprehensive intranet and one of the most robust transaction-management systems in the industry. But when the Houston, Texas-based company first had the idea for the solution back in 2005, the initial goal was to solve the inefficiencies at […]

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RE/MAX Co-CEO: ‘Will It Be the Same in 2018?

January 10, 2018 4:41 pm

Editor’s Note: The below commentary is by Adam Contos, co-CEO of RE/MAX. 2017: The Fight to Find a Home. Will It Be the Same in 2018? A few weeks ago, as we wrapped December’s RE/MAX National Housing Report and looked back at the year, we noticed one glaring anomaly: there were no real anomalies for […]

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Appraisals Arrive Below Expected, but Not by Much

January 9, 2018 6:08 pm

Appraisals arrived 0.5 percent below what was expected by homeowners in December, according to the latest Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The latest Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows appraised values rose 6.17 percent year-over-year. Although the average appraisal continues to lag homeowner estimates, the gap between the two numbers […]

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Again, U.S. at No. 1 for Foreign Investors in Real Estate

January 9, 2018 6:08 pm

Foreign investors in real estate assign high importance to the potential for wealth and security—and according to new research, the U.S. is expected to offer both more than any other country in 2018. The U.S. was named the No. 1 nation for foreign investment in real estate in the annual survey by the Association of […]

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