Realtor.com: Buying conditions improving as more homes come on the market

The number of homes for sale and the amount of time they’d typically been on the market both increased in March, “welcome signs” for spring buyers, realtor.com reported today. The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.com rose 5.3 …

The ultimate list of must-have mobile apps for today’s real estate professional

We are living in a world dependent on technology, and apps play an integral role in our lives touching everything from counting calories and getting directions to directly impacting the way we conduct business. But how do we find the most effective, af…

Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination

I’ve been doing research on the code of ethics as it applies to fair housing and the new “religious freedom” laws. I still have a lot to learn, but I found some very interesting details about segregation.

In the late 1910s, protective covenants became…

Still no alternative to MERS for electronic recording of mortgages

Remember Mortgage Electronic Registrations Systems Inc. (MERS), the sometime whipping boy of the robo-signing scandal? It’s still the only game in town for electronic recording of mortgages, and hasn’t implemented all the fixes it promised to in a 2011 legal settlement, …

Mortgage rates edge down

Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.27 percent with an average point of 0.7 for the week ending April 17, down from 4.34 percent last week but up from 3.41 percent a year ago, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary …

Avoiding real estate disputes: Get referral agreement in writing and always carry errors and omissions insurance

Sometimes you do everything right and you still end up in litigation or losing your commission. Attorneys thrive on the fact that it is often cheaper to settle rather than to defend a frivolous lawsuit. On the other hand, sometimes the suit is justifie…

Mobile marketing strategies for real estate: Responsive design and mobile-friendly website can help capture more business

According to the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of home shoppers use a mobile device during their search. Furthermore, 68 percent of them contacted a real estate professional based on a mobile search. And 21 percent of them found a listin…

Real estate has never been a business that attracts young people

According to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent member survey, the median age of Realtors in 2012 was 57, up from 51 in 2007. Just in case anyone forgets the difference between “median” and “average,” that means about half …

Huffington Post Media Group’s secret weapon: nap rooms

What’s one of the secret weapons for success at media juggernaut Huffington Post Media Group? Nap rooms. So says Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Yes, people looked at her askance when she insisted on providing spaces for her 580 …

Big brokers want NAR to require that MLSs provide data for AVMs

Big brokers would like to use multiple listing service data to create automated property valuations to sell to financial institutions, and they want the National Association of Realtors to require MLSs to help them do it. That’s according to a …