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Mortgage Applications Increase This Week

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 09:28

Mortgage applications increased 3.7% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending Feb. 2, 2024. This week’s numbers: The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 3.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an…

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United Real Estate Delivers 13% Growth in Agent Count

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 08:56

United Real Estate posted strong net agent count growth throughout all four quarters of 2023, outperforming the national real estate market by 14.7% at year-end 2023 and exceeding the 20,000-agent mark.  The news comes on the heels of the National Association of Realtors’ December report. NAR reported a 1.7% annual decrease in the number of…

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NAR President, Industry Execs Offer Updates on Burnett and Best Practices Moving Forward

Wed, 02/07/2024 - 08:43

From left, Kevin Sears, Jessica Edgerton and Bess Freedman An impressive group of real estate industry leaders touched on a variety of important issues during Lamacchia Realty’s Crush It In Real Estate/2024 Kick Off event Feb. 1 in Boston. New National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) President Kevin Sears talked about what’s happening at the association…

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Social Skills: How to Take Advantage of Client Reviews and Referrals

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 12:42

Editor’s Note: Social Skills is a bi-monthly feature in RISMedia’s Daily News focused on social media and digital marketing tips, trends and solutions for agents and brokers. Real estate has always been a social business. Before the internet and social media, a REALTOR’S® marketing has always heavily relied on word of mouth and in person…

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Weichert Ranked a Top Franchise for 20 Years Straight

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 12:29

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has announced the company has been recognized as one of the top franchises across the United States and Canada for the 20th straight year by Entrepreneur Franchise 500®, a leading franchise ranking. Entrepreneur assesses several factors for its evaluation of franchises, including costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand…

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The Keyes Company Selects New Chief Marketing Officer

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 12:29

Above, Madeline Mordarski The Keyes Company has announced it has recruited industry veteran Madeline Mordarski as its new chief marketing officer. Based in Miami, Mordarski will oversee the firm’s marketing efforts and work closely with Keyes executive leadership on strategies to support the firm’s “ambitious” growth plans. Mordarski has an extensive background in developing creative…

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Experts Break Down the Lawsuits in Broker Webinar Tomorrow

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 10:29

If the deluge of commission lawsuits that have descended on the real estate industry have you concerned about what business changes may come, where to find answers for your agents’ questions and how their bottom line could be affected, don’t miss three industry leaders who have spoken extensively on the legal complexities, transparency, advocacy, policy…

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Freddie Mac Expands Assistance for Very Low-Income Purchase Borrowers

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 08:38

Freddie Mac announced that potential homebuyers earning 50% of area median income or less are eligible for a $2,500 credit that may help with down payment and other costs at closing. The initiative will extend more broadly to very low-income families who qualify for the company’s Home Possible® and HFA Advantage® products. “Today’s announcement is…

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NAR to Hold Policy Forum in DC to Address Challenges Facing Homebuyers

Tue, 02/06/2024 - 08:24

The National Association of REALTORS® will hold a policy forum on Feb. 8 in Washington, DC, entitled, “American Dream Deferred: How Can We Keep Homeownership Within Reach?” The event will address the challenges hindering homebuyers with discussions uniting housing and economic experts, policymakers, and industry stakeholders. During the event, attendees will hear discussions covering topics…

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Here’s What You Loved Reading on RISMedia Heading Into the New Year

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 13:54

2023 was quite the year for real estate, with attention-grabbing headlines throwing new curveballs at each and every turn. From a shifting market to historically high mortgage rates and the legal challenges targeting organized real estate, there was a lot to talk about.  Now that the sun has set on 2023, we’re taking a quick…

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Questions to Ask a Real Estate Agent When Buying a House: A Comprehensive Guide

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 12:36

Buying a house is one of the most significant financial decisions ever. Finding the right real estate agent to guide you through the process is crucial. There are many excellent reasons to have a buyer’s agent. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, interviewing a REALTOR® effectively can make all the difference in…

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@Properties Christie’s International Real Estate Expands in Michigan

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 12:33

@properties Christie’s International Real Estate has acquired the Michigan brokerage Christie’s International Real Estate North Harbor, a boutique brokerage firm in the town of Petoskey. A popular vacation spot for Midwesterners, Petoskey is located on Little Traverse Bay at the northern tip of Lake Michigan. Eric Walstrom and Alex Irrer, co-owners of Birmingham, Michigan-based @properties…

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Team Tactics: 4 Icebreaker Conversations for Teammates

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 12:22

Whether your office actually has a water cooler or not, small talk with fellow agents is an occupational hazard when you’re working on a team (at least if you’re not all remote, but I digress).  If you’re busy (as REALTORS® tend to be), then you may feel like there’s no time for small talk, but…

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New Data Offers Cautious Optimism for Spring Home-Buying Season, Mortgage Market

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 11:10

As the sluggish 2023 housing market retreats farther from view, new industry data points to reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the upcoming spring home-buying season. Thanks to lower mortgage rates as of late, affordability pressures have eased. The share of income needed to buy a median home in the U.S. decreased by nearly 5…

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Court Report: Keller Williams Settles; Suits Stayed While Awaiting Potential Consolidation

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 09:40

Editor’s note: The COURT REPORT is RISMedia’s weekly look at current and upcoming lawsuits, investigations and other legal developments around real estate. As 2024 marches on, the real estate industry continues to face lawsuits in the wake of the Sitzer/Burnett ruling (currently facing appeal) that threatens to upend buyer-broker commission structures. The news never stops…

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An Influx of Multifamily Homes Expected to “Dampen” Rent Growth in 2024

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 09:17

An influx of multifamily housing hitting the market is expected to “dampen” the national average asking rent growth in 2024, according to a report from Yardi Matrix. The report also predicts that the economy will “slow significantly for two or three quarters.” This new projection suggests that even though the national asking rent jumped by…

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Curbio Partners with HomeSmart

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 08:57

Curbio announced the addition of HomeSmart to its brokerage partnerships program. Through this partnership, Curbio has become the pre-listing home improvement service for HomeSmart, providing their agents with access to a completely turnkey concierge solution with pay-at-closing terms for their clients.  In an industry where demand for fix now, pay later home improvement is on…

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Homes for Heroes Foundation Philanthropy Soars in 2023

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 07:03

Homes for Heroes Foundation—the charitable arm of Homes for Heroes, Inc.—has announced its philanthropic activity in 2023 totaled $262K in charitable grants. The organization also supported 6,514 heroes that bought or sold a home, and gave out $15.8M in Hero Rewards Savings to heroes across the nation. “Giving back to heroes is the heart of…

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Staging Plays Crucial Role in Accelerating House Sales

Mon, 02/05/2024 - 06:40

Selling a listing requires careful planning and execution. In today’s competitive real estate market, making a positive first impression is more crucial than ever. One effective strategy to enhance a property’s appeal and facilitate a quicker sale is through the art of home staging. In fact, 97% of agents surveyed said they believe home staging…

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NAR Wins Award for Fair Housing Video Series

Fri, 02/02/2024 - 10:04

The National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) Bias Override video series, produced in collaboration with the Perception Institute, has won an Anthem Award. These awards “honor the purpose and mission-driven work of people, companies, and organizations worldwide.” “By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for social impact work that inspires…

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