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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:29:37 EDT

David Simon's spun-off real-estate investment trust, Washington Prime Group, said it would purchase Glimcher Realty Trust, another mall REIT, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $4.3 billion.




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:01:20 EDT

Spending on higher-education construction in New York City will top $2 billion this year and will continue near that level for the next three years, according to a new survey by a building industry trade group.




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:23:28 EDT

Citigroup and Bank of America will provide mortgages at discounted interest rates as part of their efforts to help borrowers with low incomes or subprime credit histories.




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:12:06 EDT

Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts is the latest hotel operator rushing to cash in on the rise in ecotourism, with destinations in the U.S.




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:22:03 EDT

More than a dozen top authors have moved to the tiny town of Hillsborough, N.C., finding both community and quietude (except maybe at Halloween).




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:34:01 EDT

Aiming to grab the attentions of deep-pocketed buyers, builders are developing condo buildings that are taller -- and skinnier -- than ever.




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:21:33 EDT

This property in the resort town of Hua Hin includes a two-level home, a separate guest house, a standalone fitness center and staff quarters.




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:43:08 +0000

Builders’ sentiment jumped four points to 59, the highest level since November 2005, according to the September NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Many of the builders commented on the renewed interest by potential home buyers and higher traffic in their models and through their phone calls. Supporting those comments, all three components rose [...]




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:04:04 +0000

With more options than ever for today’s homebuyers and sellers, appealing to a diverse clientele with a one-size-fits-all marketing plan just won’t cut it. On day two of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange, the industry’s master marketers revealed the campaigns they used to separate themselves from the pack. During Stand-out Strategies: Marketing Tactics [...]




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:35:44 EDT

The long-hidden, glass-and-iron atrium of a landmark 1880s building at 5 Beekman St. in lower Manhattan is being restored, as the office building and an adjacent lot are transformed into a hotel and condominium tower.




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:29:43 EDT

An Asian real-estate investor is acquiring the site of one of New York's most infamous diplomatic incidents. Hong Kong-listed Keck Seng Investments agreed to buy the Sofitel hotel for $272 million.




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:04:04 +0000

With more options than ever for today’s homebuyers and sellers, appealing to a diverse clientele with a one-size-fits-all marketing plan just won’t cut it. On day two of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange, the industry’s master marketers revealed the campaigns they used to separate themselves from the pack. During Stand-out Strategies: Marketing Tactics [...]




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:55:30 EDT

Related Cos. is planning a $6.5 billion project in the city of Santa Clara. Taken with two planned skyscraper projects in San Francisco and a mixed-use project in Los Angeles, the ventures show how Related is betting California is ready for denser urban development.




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:35:28 EDT

An unusually strong reading for U.S. new-home sales in August might not be enough to kick the market into higher gear.




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:52:08 +0000

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on AmericanBanker.com. In recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen confirmed what many aspiring homebuyers have known for several years. “It has now become the case that any borrower without a pretty pristine credit rating finds it awfully hard to get a mortgage,” [...]




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:07:14 EDT

The Moncler chief designed his Milanese pied-à-terre to seamlessly transition between official business and serious relaxation.




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:05:08 EDT

Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, which is controlled by Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin, aims to raise up to $6 billion with a Hong Kong initial public offering.




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:09:21 EDT

The world champion grows up in a tiny house in East Los Angeles, determined to buy his family a better home




Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:28:09 EDT

A+E Networks merged and renovated two 1920s towers to get a campus that is distinctly not 'your grandmother's Midtown office,' an example of office-district borders that have begun to dissolve.




Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:59:38 +0000

Nationwide, the typical oceanfront or lakefront, single-family home is worth more than double the median value of all homes, and in some communities the median waterfront house could be worth ten or more times the median value of non-waterfront houses, according to a new analysis by Zillow®. In the U.S. at the time of this […]




Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:46:15 EDT

Americans' passion for both cooking and cuisine has reshaped residential real estate. The hottest downtown developments are built around vibrant green markets, top-rated restaurants and celebrity chefs.




Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:07:43 +0000

Any successful real estate professional will tell you that the work they do never ends. And really, it never ends. For those in real estate, striving to improve isn’t some lofty goal—it’s a necessity. While many look to industry leaders for the best practices to succeed, few take the time to evaluate what not to do. At this year’s […]




Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:20:21 EDT

Lanshu Chen helms a Michelin-starred French restaurant, but her condo pays homage to her Taiwanese upbringing.




Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:03:30 +0000

RealtyTrac® recently released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for August 2014, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 116,913 U.S. properties in August, an increase of 7 percent from the previous month but still down 9 percent from a year ago. The report also shows one in every [...]




Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:08:33 EDT

As the ubiquitous all-white kitchen starts to look sterile, designers are thinking inky—with dark cabinetry, appliances and accessories.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:46:08 EDT

The properties include an eight-bedroom oceanfront home in Southampton for $39 million.




Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:10:09 EDT

Once just for food storage, pantries are now multipurpose hubs for food prep, gift-wrapping and even work.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:07:27 EDT

If it sells for its asking price, the property could set a record for the priciest residential sale in the Miami area.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:24:35 EDT

On just over 3½ acres, the property is one of the largest in Bel Air.




Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:25:36 EDT

Not only are luxury homes selling faster than last year, the most expensive homes are spending less time on the market




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:06:03 EDT

Sagaponack, N.Y.'s most expensive listing is on 16 acres, about eight-tenths of a mile from the beach.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:31:55 EDT

Scheduled foreclosure auctions rose in August for the first time in nearly four years.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:08:28 +0000

In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, “The Mortgage Choice Act,” which addresses discrimination against affiliate businesses in the calculation of fees and points under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) safe harbor. H.R. 3211 and its Senate companion, S. 1577, are a bipartisan compromise that reduces discrimination against mortgage firms [...]




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:08:28 +0000

In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, “The Mortgage Choice Act,” which addresses discrimination against affiliate businesses in the calculation of fees and points under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) safe harbor. H.R. 3211 and its Senate companion, S. 1577, are a bipartisan compromise that reduces discrimination against mortgage firms [...]




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:12:04 EDT

In moving to Norfolk, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge may add some glamour to a sleepy county in the English countryside.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:27:28 EDT

The maxim 'There is no such thing as bad weather, there is only inappropriate clothing' applies just as much to the home. Textures, color, lighting and just the right amount of clutter can winter-proof any room.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:16:08 EDT

Jean-Georges Vongerichten runs a series of busy restaurants, so at his Manhattan home he seeks a space free of clutter and noise.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:22:05 EDT

A novelist remembers her rustic childhood home in upstate New York.




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:01:11 EDT

Instead of selling mortgages on the secondary market, large lenders are keeping them on their books and reaping the profits themselves. That may lead to better terms for borrowers.




Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:15:26 +0000

It’s no secret young buyers have faced challenges when it comes to saving money to purchase a home of their own thanks to limited job opportunities and skyrocketing debt. Despite all this, the millennial generation still believes in homeownership. To help them achieve that dream, the National Association of REALTORS® has identified five cities where [...]




Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:19:16 +0000

The challenges of profitably operating a brokerage firm in today’s market are many, but key to doing so requires first and foremost the right leadership skills and accountability systems. This was the message delivered to 200 leading industry brokers and executives by Gino Blefari, incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates and former founder, President and CEO […]




Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:19:16 +0000

The challenges of profitably operating a brokerage firm in today’s market are many, but key to doing so requires first and foremost the right leadership skills and accountability systems. This was the message delivered to 200 leading industry brokers and executives by Gino Blefari, incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates and former founder, President and CEO […]




Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:47:29 EDT

Millions of empty shipping containers sit just waiting to be used for other purposes. Architects are turning them into utilitarian masterpieces.




Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:05:18 +0000

Today’s homebuyers are hungry for information—and they expect to get that information with a few quick taps on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. Reaching potential buyers where they are is critical—and buyers are online. So how can real estate agents compete in an increasingly competitive online world? First, you have to be online in a […]




Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:07:32 +0000

Existing home sales increased 2.4 percent in July, tallying the fourth consecutive month of increase. While the pace of existing home sales remains 4.3 percent below the July 2013 rate, the steady improvement for resales is positive news for the new home market because prospective repeat homebuyers must sell their existing home before buying a […]




Sat, 06 Sep 2014 04:03:42 +0000

Building a company, office or team requires recruiting. Some people recruit well, while others struggle to get even a few agents on board. The difference between the average and the exceptional when it comes to recruiting is that the exceptional eat, drink, breathe and sleep their desire to help agents be successful. Recruiting and retention […]




Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:14:30 EDT

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Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:00:27 +0000

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series. How do you win more listings and convert more buyers? First, develop a brand identity, separate your personal from your professional life on Facebook and remember that real estate is still a personal, local business. It may sound simple, and it is, with the right […]




Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:02:50 +0000

As you may already know, September is REALTOR® Safety Month. But hopefully, safety is not something you think about only once a year. Whether at a showing, in the office, meeting a client, or online, you and your agents should always keep safety and security squarely in mind. Markets are on an upswing, which means […]




Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:52:58 +0000

On August 28, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that, overall, mortgage interest rates were flat in July. To a large extent, the same was true for the subset of loans used to purchase new homes. Between June and July, the average contract interest rate on conventional mortgages for new homes ticked down, but […]




Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:02:50 +0000

As you may already know, September is REALTOR® Safety Month. But hopefully, safety is not something you think about only once a year. Whether at a showing, in the office, meeting a client, or online, you and your agents should always keep safety and security squarely in mind. Markets are on an upswing, which means […]




Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:57:52 +0000

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has announced the settlement of a copyright-infringement lawsuit against American Home Realty Network, Inc. (d/b/a NeighborCity). Since 2013, HomeServices of America and two of its subsidiaries, Preferred Carolinas Realty, Inc., and Edina Realty, Inc., have been engaged in litigation with American [...]




Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:28:48 +0000

Given that single-family homes have been generally getting larger, it may be tempting to assume that the lots they’re sitting on are getting larger as well. However, according to the Census Bureau’s Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Sold, the opposite is closer to the truth.  The median size of a new single-family detached home sold was [...]




Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:01:38 +0000

A recent Clear Capital report touches upon what the industry is referring to as housing’s “lost decade,” the time from 2004 to 2014, where national home prices have been nominally unchanged. The Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, which publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly any other index provider in […]




Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:05:46 EDT

America's Baby Boomers are facing a housing crunch, with many expected to struggle to afford their homes come retirement.




Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:49:36 EDT

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:04:26 +0000

When you Google real estate in your local market, is your business at the top of the search results? With 92 percent of potential buyers house hunting online, boosting your online marketing efforts is crucial for building a successful business. Here, Marki Lemons-Ryhal—social media expert and 2013 HomeFinder.com Agent Makeover Sweepstakes speaker—shares [...]




Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:04:26 +0000

When you Google real estate in your local market, is your business at the top of the search results? With 92 percent of potential buyers house hunting online, boosting your online marketing efforts is crucial for building a successful business. Here, Marki Lemons-Ryhal—social media expert and 2013 HomeFinder.com Agent Makeover Sweepstakes speaker—shares [...]




Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:26:40 +0000

Pending home sales rebounded in July and have now risen in four of the last five months, according to the National Association of Realtors. All major regions experienced healthy gains except for the Midwest, which saw a slight decline. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 3.3 percent to […]




Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:30:15 +0000

The strong rebound in economic growth during the second quarter and ongoing job creation are gradually improving the outlook for all of the major commercial real estate sectors, according to the National Association of REALTORS® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says after many false starts, the economy finally [...]




Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:30:15 +0000

The strong rebound in economic growth during the second quarter and ongoing job creation are gradually improving the outlook for all of the major commercial real estate sectors, according to the National Association of REALTORS® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says after many false starts, the economy finally [...]




Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:57:39 EDT

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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:33:05 +0000

One in six (17 percent) U.S. homeowners with mortgages – or 8.7 million – were still underwater on their mortgage in the second quarter of 2014, despite rising home values, according to the Zillow® Negative Equity Report. This is down from 18.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, and down from 23.8 percent from […]




Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:33:05 +0000

One in six (17 percent) U.S. homeowners with mortgages – or 8.7 million – were still underwater on their mortgage in the second quarter of 2014, despite rising home values, according to the Zillow® Negative Equity Report. This is down from 18.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, and down from 23.8 percent from […]




Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:56:53 EDT

Home prices moderate, up 6.2% year-over-year.




Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:42:57 EDT

A penthouse apartment in Monaco is expected to sell for $400 million.




Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:05:10 +0000

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Steve A. Brown, NAR’s Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. Moderator: Steve A. Brown, Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations, NAR Participants: David [...]




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:18:59 EDT

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:31:59 +0000

Financial giant Bank of America will pay $16.65 billion in a settlement following a federal probe into its mortgage practices in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. In a press conference this morning, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the settlement to resolve federal and state […]




Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:57:20 +0000

(MCT)—New home construction surged to an eight-month high in July, providing a lift to the broader economy. Housing starts jumped 15.7 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists had expected a rate of 965,000, according to FactSet. The department also revised June’s rate [...]




Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:55:03 +0000

NAR PULSE—On Oct. 23, you and your agents can finally claim your .REALTOR domain! Get ready by visiting www.about.REALTOR to access FAQs, videos, naming guidelines and other great resources. The first 500,000 members who register will receive a FREE .REALTOR domain for one year. Watch this brief video to learn more about registering your .REALTOR [...]




Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:56:15 EDT

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:41:18 EDT

Buying a home? You still have to compete against the big money bringing all-cash. But it's getting a little easier.




Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:04:57 +0000

The National Association of Realtors®’ new .REALTOR top-level domain will be available Oct. 23, 2014 to members of NAR and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Those who participated in last year’s pre-sign-up opportunity—some 80,000 REALTORS®, according to NAR—will be able to register their .REALTOR domain on to-be-announced dates prior [...]




Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:35:46 EDT

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:07:18 +0000

Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metropolitan areas in the second quarter and national year-over-year price appreciation is now at its slowest pace since 2012, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. The median existing single-family home price increased in 71 percent of measured markets, with [...]




Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:21:33 EDT

From mortgages to closing costs, test your knowledge of these homebuying essentials.




Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:57:07 EDT

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:07:23 +0000

There are plenty of ways to give back – from food drives all the way to climbing volcanoes. Rick Davidson, president & CEO, Century 21 Real Estate, is gearing up to make use of his leadership skills as he spearheads a five-man trek up Mt. Elbrus in Russia, one of the Seven Summits. This will […]




Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:42:20 EDT

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:19:21 EDT

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:07:38 +0000

If you haven’t already heard the above phrase, now is a good time to burn it into your brain. As a successful real estate broker who made the transition from the broker side of the business to the affiliate side, I have gained a unique perspective as to what really helps agents do more business, […]




Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:25:53 +0000

Each $1,000 increase in the cost of a new median-priced home price forces 206,000 prospective buyers out of the marketplace, according to a new study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The number of households affected varies across states and metro areas and largely depends on their population, income distribution and new home […]




Sun, 03 Aug 2014 17:07:53 +0000

The prominence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has raised concerns surrounding compliance and regulations, impacting everything from the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the new Qualified Mortgage Rule to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The implications for Affiliated Business Arrangements between brokerages, franchises and financial [...]




Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:35:10 EDT

These Millennial hotspots offer strong job growth and affordable home prices, making them a great place for young adults to buy, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors.




Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:43:19 EDT

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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:09:09 +0000

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily e-News. Professionalism is crucial to succeeding in business. With that in mind, NAR created this brief […]




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