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Homeownership goals remain strong despite volatile market

NerdWallet today released the results of its 2018 Home Buyer Report, which revealed that despite low inventory, rising home prices and higher costs of living, 75 percent of Americans still say buying a home “is a priority,” and 35 percent of Americans plan to purchase a home within the next five years. Out of all […]

Howard Hanna acquires Toledo brokerage Welles Bowen

Independent regional giant Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is bolstering its presence in the greater Toledo, Ohio, market with the acquisition of the market’s number four player, Welles Bowen Realtors. Welles Bowen, which has served the Northwest Ohio market for over 100 years, brings over 150 agents and 10 offices to Howard Hanna, which already […]

FBI and NAR offer 10 ways to guard against real estate cyber scams

Although technology has made real estate transactions quicker, more seamless and increasingly transparent, it has also made buyers, sellers and real estate professionals vulnerable to cybercriminals looking to cash in. In the past year, $969 million have been stolen from buyers via escrow scams — something cybercrime professionals say will continue to grow in popularity. Last […]

Home prices climb 6.2 percent nationwide

Home prices continued to soar nationwide in November, rising 6.2 percent, a modest uptick from year-over-year 6.1 percent gains tallied a month earlier, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S National Home Price NSA Index released on Tuesday. Fueled in part by historically low inventory, home prices in Seattle, Las Vegas and San Francisco climbed […]

11 trendy housewares from the International Builders Show

Building product manufacturers displayed some two dozen football fields worth of wares at the International Builders Show earlier this month in Orlando. Here, culled from the thousands of sinks, faucets, cabinets, toilets and numerous other product categories, are a dozen that caught the eye of this reporter. If they catch on with builders, they could […]

5 overlooked sources for homeseller leads

Seller leads are the lifeblood of any listing business, and the best way to ensure your success as a listing agent is to find reliable sources of these leads. Although this sounds simple enough, it can be a serious challenge. Even the greenest of agents knows that FSBOs and expired listings are potential sources of […]

The 10 best tools for video marketing in 2018

Camera first is the marketing mantra for 2018. Tomorrow’s consumer expects you to be the star of your own show, and being the star of your own show isn’t about ego or fame, it’s simply about communicating in the most human way possible — eye-to-eye, screen-to-screen. Creating content that connects requires speaking to the consumer […]

3 savvy moves that’ll take your income to the next level

Every year seems to bring the same old advice for real estate agents. Make more phone calls. Network more. Join a Mastermind. Door-knock! Of course, changing up your daily or weekly routine will almost inevitably make a difference in your bottom line. But for those of you (like me) who like a more dramatic change, […]

Why a ‘mini’ open house can attract more buyers

You don’t have to be a real estate agent very long to realize you’re not the only fish in the pond. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, there are an estimated 2 million active real estate licensees. NAR also claims that in 2015, approximately 5,250,000 existing homes were sold. If you do […]

Juniper Square raises $6 million for real estate investing software

Juniper Square, a company offering software that helps real estate firms manage and raise outside capital, raised $6 million in a Series A funding round led by Felicis Venture, which also backs Opendoor and Matterport, the company announced Wednesday. “The real estate industry has historically been very underserved by technology, especially in investment management,” Juniper […]

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