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Creating a Positive Mindset and Leading by Example

February 20, 2018 4:39 pm

In the following interview, Charleen Newhouse, branch manager of Realty ONE Group in Irvine, Calif., discusses the advantages of the brand, leading a team, and more. Region Served: Coastal California, from San Diego to Ventura County Years in Real Estate: 23 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 387 Best Tip for Getting the Right […]

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4 Steps to Real Estate Success With ‘Webinar Wednesdays’ From RPR

February 20, 2018 4:39 pm

NAR PULSE—Each webinar will cover one essential aspect of your real estate business and show you how to use RPR® data and reports to realize the full potential of every transaction. You’ll hear from REALTORS® who have successfully used the app to lead clients to the closing table, as well as pick up strategies for […]

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Equity Growing in Lowest Tier: Report

February 20, 2018 4:39 pm

Buyer demand is highest for starter supply—and entry-level homes are appreciating faster than others as a result, according to an analysis by Zillow. “When the housing market crashed, owners of the least valuable homes were especially hard hit and lost more home value than homeowners at the upper end of the market,” says Aaron Terrazas, […]

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Survey Finds Hidden Costs of Homeownership

February 19, 2018 4:36 pm

(TNS)—Your day burns brightly on both ends. You prod your kids out of bed at daybreak, get them dressed, fed and off to school. You drive to work, endure meetings, colleagues, power lunches, memos and strategy sessions, only to return home through gridlocked traffic just as the sun sets, beg your kids to eat dinner, […]

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Economic Forecast Rosy, but Susceptible to Volatility

February 19, 2018 4:36 pm

Economic growth likely will not succumb to volatility, with GDP forecasted at a healthy 2.7 percent for the year, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s recently released Economic and Housing Outlook for February 2018. There is, however, potential for upheaval, which could have effects in housing. “‘Fiscal Policy and the Fed: […]

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Consistency Is Key for Market Domination

February 19, 2018 4:36 pm

In the following interview, Alex Iskenderian, owner/REALTOR® with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Maui Properties in St. Lahaina/Wailea, Hawaii, discusses agent development, culture and more. Region Served: Maui, but also licensed in California Years in Real Estate: 6 Number of Offices: 2 Number of Agents: 25 Favorite Time-Saving Tech Tool: The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise provides a […]

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Housing Starts Blow by Expectations

February 18, 2018 2:30 pm

Home-building activity blew by expectations in January, with housing starts up 9.7 percent to a rate of 1,326,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts increased 3.7 percent to 846,000. Starts for units in buildings with five units or more […]

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Mortgage Rates Rise Swiftly

February 17, 2018 12:24 am

The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is rising swiftly, at 4.38 percent this week, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.32 percent last week. Concurrently, the average 15-year, fixed mortgage rate is 3.84 percent, up from 3.77 percent last week, while the five-year, […]

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Industry Praises House Passage of TRID Improvement Bill

February 15, 2018 4:24 pm

The housing industry is applauding the House passage of the TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure) Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 3978) that aims to correct the disclosure of title insurance premiums, which are inaccurate in the majority of states. The bill, which was made part of a larger package, was passed on Wednesday. “Although the bill […]

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Appraisals Off by a Larger Margin

February 14, 2018 4:24 pm

Appraisals are off by a larger margin, 0.6 percent below what was expected by homeowners in January, 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 7.03 percent year-over-year. Appraisals in January were an average of 0.6 percent lower […]

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