Where are consumers feeling the pinch of the MIP-reduction-that-wasn’t?

The administration change this past January left some homebuyers scrambling when it came with a somewhat unexpected side effect in the form of an 11th-hour mortgage insurance premium rate reduction — and then a stroke-of-midnight repeal of that reduct…

Amne and ZHome, Opendoor competitors, emerge in Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas

Has Opendoor found a winning formula? The number of entrepreneurs who fall into the “yes” camp is growing. Two more property-exchange platforms have sprung up in recent months, underscoring a groundswell of interest in a new alternative to traditional listing brokerage …

CEO and President Rick Davidson moves aside at Century 21 Real Estate

Rick Davidson will move aside as CEO and president of Century 21 Real Estate, a Realogy Franchise Group brand, after holding the position for seven years, effective April 21. COO Greg Sexton will handle day-to-day operations in the interim …

Could association health plans be the health care reform brokers need?

Although the national health care reform outlined in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was pulled from the House of Representatives last week, a less-spotlighted bill that also deals with health care passed — and will now wend through the Senate bef…

Home equity continues to strengthen, but at a slower pace

At its peak in 2012, negative equity sat at 31.4 percent. As Zillow reported in a recent update, at the end of 2016, just 10.5 percent of homeowners were still underwater, down from 13.1 percent of homeowners at the same time last year …

Looking for ‘My Lighthouse’? Historic property for sale in Virginia

If you have a down payment on a $249,000 property and a secret dream to help boats find their way safely home after short (or long) journeys, then do we have good news for you! …

Lead management success: From cold prospects to closed deals

Many agents consider online lead generation a challenge. When managed effectively, however, online lead gen can be a lucrative supplement to your current business …

Will political paralysis in the U.S. eventually affect markets?

Markets here and worldwide have gotten used to U.S. federal gridlock. However, we are cruising along by consuming old political capital and adding none new …

Are expansion teams the emerging superpowers of real estate?

Expansion teams represent a marketplace that taps the power of agents without the liability and the cost of the old broker model. Like all successful technology platforms, they offer leads, systems and technology, which is what made Uber, Airbnb and sm…

4 easy ways for Realtors to boost their business with Google AdWords

With today’s online-first consumer marketplace, Realtors must be as savvy with technology and marketing as ever to rise above their competition. Especially with the influx of millennials entering the real estate market, creating and maintaining a captivating online presence is a must …