Builder Confidence Going Strong

Home builder confidence in the new, single-family construction market is going strong, despite dialing back in the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The Index reading for January was 72, just two points under a spike in December. An above-50 reading indicates more builders have a positive outlook than […]

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Housing Starts Trip Up

But Could ‘Easily’ Exceed 1.3 Million This Year Home-building activity stumbled in December, with housing starts down 8.2 percent to a rate of 1,192,000, according to the latest data from U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts decreased 11.8 percent to 836,000. Starts for units in buildings […]

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On-the-Go and In-the-Know: RPR Mobile

RPR Mobile™ ups the ante for today’s real estate professionals Since the advent of the smartphone, real estate professionals and consumers alike have come to depend on these handheld devices for any and everything under the sun. And as smartphones continue to change and evolve before our eyes, there’s no denying that they’ve truly become […]

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Housing and Tax Reform: Where Could the Impact Land?

Homebuyers and homeowners are anticipating fallout from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has changed homeownership incentives, including the deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. How deep the effect is hinges on location, according to new research. With the bill’s new provisions, the mortgage interest deduction (MID) is applicable to loans […]

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Help Your Agents Perfect Their Social Media Strategy

NAR PULSE—Back At You Media, the newest partner in the REALTOR Benefits® Program, provides powerful automated marketing to ensure your agents and their listings rise above the noise on social media. Learn about the three different plan options available to members of the National Association of REALTORS®. All have exclusive pricing for members. Learn more. […]

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Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting. However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located […]

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Survey Results: What Keeps Brokers Up at Night?

As we begin a new year, what are the most pressing issues on the minds of the nation’s real estate brokers? What are they most looking forward to in the year ahead? What strategies do they have in place to address inventory issues, technology adoption, agent retention or to ensure their continued profitability? Better Homes […]

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Building a Reputation of Trust and Honesty

In the following interview, Phyllis Staines, broker associate at RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., discusses disruption, marketing and more. Region Served: Jacksonville, Fla. Years in Real Estate: 20 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 16 Favorite Part of Your Job: The freedom and unlimited potential for earning. I also enjoy solving problems, and those who […]

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Buying Is Better Financially in More Than Half of Markets: Report

It is more affordable to buy a home than rent one in more than half of markets—but for how long remains uncertain, according to recently released research. In 54 percent of the over 400 counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions, buying the median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom one, according to ATTOM’s […]

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

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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