Fostering Success Through a Supportive Culture

In the following interview, B. John Duffy, broker/owner of Duffy Real Estate, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) in Narberth, Pa., discusses the advantages of the global network, community involvement, and more. Region Served: Greater Philadelphia Years in Real Estate: 46 Number of Offices: 2 Number of Agents: 32 Best […]

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Compared to Homeowner Opinions, Appraisals Come in Just Shy

Appraisals came in 0.29 percent shy of what homeowners perceived in terms of value, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 5.69 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI). “A wide gap between the estimated home value and the appraised value can cause […]

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Join NAR in Boston, Earn With MVP

NAR PULSE—Register for a Premier Access Pass to the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo by October 15 to earn your free copy of conference speaker Holly Pasut’s book, “A Strange Path to Freedom.” You’ll also be automatically entered to win a $250 gift card—great for spending money in Boston! Act now. 10 Apps That Boost […]

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How to Make Your Luxury Listing Stand Out

The process of selling a luxury home is simply different. There are fewer buyers, so naturally, agents need to not only create the “wow” factor, but also implement marketing strategies that capture the attention of other agents and potential buyers. Here are some suggestions when building a strategy to enthrall your potential audience. Keep Up-to-Date […]

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Gas Pipelines a Blight in Real Estate? Explosions and Easements May Cause Resale Concerns

Natural gas. In recent years, when hearing this single, seemingly minor detail for a property’s utility hook-up, buyers typically conveyed a tone of excitement. Nationally and in recent history, natural gas has been the leading choice for heating fuel in the U.S. residential property space; however, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electric heat […]

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Inventory Watch: Is ‘Big Change’ on the Horizon?

The grip on inventory is loosening, with fresh listings sprouting up and the severity of the shortage starting to unwind, according to findings by realtor.com®. On an annual basis, there were 8 percent more listings on the market in September, according to data from the site, or over 465,000 new properties. The biggest boosts were […]

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LGBT Homeownership: Affordability and Fear of Discrimination Dominant Deterrents

The LGBT community is largely holding back from homeownership, according to a recent survey conducted by Freddie Mac in collaboration with Community Marketing and Insights, which polled 2,313 LGBT community members in the U.S. aged 22-72. In fact, compared to the national average of 64.3 percent, only 40 percent of LGBT households are likely to […]

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Policy Matters: FHFA Ends Single-Family Rental Pilot Program

In a win for prospective homebuyers across the country, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Aug. 21, 2018 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will end their single-family rental pilot programs. The FHFA found that the institutional, single-family rental investor market is performing well without the liquidity provided by the Enterprises. […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate JF Finnegan REALTORS®: Advancing a Legacy in San Francisco

(L to R) Co-Owners/Partners Rick Whipple, Debbie Wong and Steve Belluomini Debbie Wong, Rick Whipple and Steve Belluomini all followed different paths in real estate, but landed at the same destination: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate JF Finnegan REALTORS®. After developing rich careers at the brokerage as sales associates and then managers, the trio […]

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Student Loan Debt: Ongoing Hurdle to Homeownership

The U.S. currently has a student debt load of over $1.4 trillion, which accounts for 10 percent of all outstanding debt and 35 percent of non-housing debt. The magnitude of the debt continues to grow in size and share of the overall debt in the economy. While this amount of debt has risen, the homeownership […]

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