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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:37:33 EDT

A spokesman for the Sultan of Brunei said the Sultan, the Brunei Investment Agency and the Brunei government didn't offer to acquire the Plaza Hotel in New York and two other properties mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article.




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:35:20 EDT

The Depression-era experiment in communal living and work in Roosevelt, N.J., is long over, but the the Monmouth County borough, today with fewer than 900 people, has managed to survive.




Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:13:57 EDT

The beachfront property with two Tudor-style homes was once part of the Wooldon Manor estate.




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:20:41 EDT

The property has a waterfall, rope bridge and a hidden home theater




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:38:30 EDT

Home buyers cite information overload when seeking mortgage advice—while specific totals on payments and rates are hard to get, a survey finds.




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:57:56 EDT

The best-selling author's Washington state compound is an homage to Pop Art, jungle lore and circus imagery.




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:25:50 EDT

Last year, a penthouse became the priciest-ever condo to list in Miami Beach when it went listed for $50 million. Now, and another new-construction Miami Beach penthouse is seeking to hit the $50 million mark.




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:52:13 EDT

Despite historically high numbers of women entering the field of architecture, top-tier positions are still dominated by men.




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:07:10 +0000

Existing-home sales increased in July to their highest annual pace of the year, and the ongoing decline in distressed sales reached an important milestone, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 2.4 percent [...]




Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:05:24 EDT

Sometimes offices, sometimes crash pads for Junior, guesthouses are enjoying a moment, even if they're rarely being used to house actual guests.




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 […]




Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:22:47 +0000

For the first time in three years, July data shows the price appreciation and inventory increases established during peak buying season (from April to July) continue their upward trend, untouched by external economic factors, according to the realtor.com® July National Housing Trend Report released this week by Move, Inc. “In July 2012 and 2013, [...]




Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:02:42 EDT

The two-year trend of big houses getting even bigger appears to have peaked—at least for now—as more buyers seeking modest homes enter the market.




Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:27:11 EDT

Governors Island attracts many seasonal visitors but also faces many stumbling blocks in luring year-round tenants to the 172-acre off the southern tip of Manhattan.




Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:12:38 EDT

A group of New York City construction unions have forged a coalition with affordable housing activists to ratchet up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to require organized labor in the building of 80,000 lower-cost apartment units over the next decade.




Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:10:50 EDT

This five-building property sits on more than 100 acres and includes fruit orchards, a river, a timber plantation and a rainforest.




Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:16:41 EDT

With three failing Atlantic City casinos slated to close their doors within the next month, officials near New York City are pushing shiny new gaming facilities harder than ever.




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 20:57:20 +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 13:03:57 EDT

Chinese officials, under close scrutiny by the state's corruption watchdog, are trying to offload properties that might raise red flags.




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 [...]




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 [...]




Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:07:31 +0000

Housing affordability dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  Nationwide, the second quarter HOI was 62.6—i.e., 62.6 percent of new and existing homes sold during the quarter were affordable to a family earning the U.S. median [...]




Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:05:28 +0000

We all know that when a person has a poor credit profile, he or she is less likely to buy a home. Many consumers remain without access to affordable credit and more importantly, no access to the American Dream of homeownership. We continue to witness people’s hard work being wasted to pay unnecessary higher interest […]




Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:05:43 EDT

Everyone wants to have more space, but some homeowners find that an extra-large house comes with complications.




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:11:29 EDT

A 9-acre Pennsylvania property where George Washington and his troops are said to have camped is available for sale




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:54:28 EDT

After a tumultuous few years, one of Honolulu's most prestigious streets begins a new chapter.




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:10:20 EDT

The artist reflects on the lessons he learned about art and life from the long line of artists in the Wyeth clan




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:24:34 EDT

Beachside properties in Osterville, Mass; Laguna Beach, Calif. and Rio de Janiero, Brazil.




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:44:49 EDT

Located about an hour from Washington., D.C., the estate has about 40 structures on it, including a roughly 10,000-square-foot Georgian mansion.




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:28:33 EDT

Active military and veterans can get jumbo home loans guaranteed by the VA. Interest rates are competitive, down payment requirements are much lower, and private mortgage insurance is waived.




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:23:51 EDT

The Hollywood Hills home has a built-in beer dispenser and 15 televisions.




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:07:57 +0000

How are some top agents getting up to 10 percent or more conversions from realtor.com® Internet leads? Based on interviews with real estate professionals who close a high volume of online leads, we identified those who were sustaining small businesses and large teams, dealt almost exclusively on online leads and referrals. We compiled information through [...]




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:38:06 EDT

The model is asking $9 million. The house first went on the market in late 2013 for $10.75 million.




Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:14:47 EDT

High-end homes in Tromsø, Norway's biggest Arctic city, are expensive but compact; it's all about the views




Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:35:46 EDT

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:07:23 +0000

(MCT)—Dustin Walsh could’ve bought a house in his 20s, except he saw no point. The 31-year-old had the income, but preferred the financial freedom of renting a room in his cousin’s basement. “With my generation, nobody thinks about their debt and nobody thinks about the future,” says Walsh, a buyer for an international company. But […]




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 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 [...]




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 […]




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 […]




Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:05:25 +0000

Markets in 56 of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released this past week. This represents a year-over-year net gain of seven markets. The index’s nationwide [...]




Sat, 09 Aug 2014 04:04:24 +0000

The changing technology landscape can be seen at all levels: globally, nationally, locally and even within the real estate industry. However, it’s not just technology that’s impacting industry, but rather, technology is having an impact on us as a society. Technology is changing the way we interact with one another and how we determine what’s [...]




Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:19:21 EDT

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:42:20 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, […]




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, […]




Wed, 06 Aug 2014 20:23:21 +0000

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series on Big Data analysis as relevant to the real estate industry. ‘Big Data’ analytics is the practice of using machine learning to process and draw conclusions from high-volume, high-variety, unstructured information. But what does this mean for brokers and agents? Data analysis, in general, provides [...]




Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:58:50 +0000

While most homebuyers are focused on rising home prices, closing costs are rising nearly as quickly over the past three years, increasing by more than 20 percent since 2010, according recent information from Bankrate.com. Mortgage closing costs rose 6 percent over 2013 after rising 6 percent in 2012 and 8.8 percent in 2011. They now […]




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 […]




Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:49:02 +0000

App OverloadWith the advent of new apps, overlapping software and even 3D video technology in real estate, it’s hard for agents to pinpoint exactly what it is they need to sell more homes and close more business in a given year. I love the “cool” factor just as much as the next guy, but often […]




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.




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 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 [...]




Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:54:42 +0000

While video marketing is not necessarily new to the real estate industry, the demand for it has certainly increased by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Since 90 percent of consumers watch online video (Invodo), this visual medium creates even more opportunities for your listings to be discovered by local buyers, sellers and […]




Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:21:53 +0000

Open houses are hit or miss for most agents. Some even forgo them altogether. Why? Hosting the traditional open house may be a lost art, but never a lost cause. With some imagination (and a little bit of luck), open houses can actually be quite successful. But how do you entice people to stroll through […]




Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:43:19 EDT

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:01:00 +0000

The economic forecast is looking sprightly according to Americans, as consumer confidence in July hit its highest level since October 2007. On Tuesday, the Conference Board announced that the U.S. consumer confidence index jumped to 90.9 in July, up from a revised 86.4 in June, landing at the highest level in seven years. So why […]




Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:03:39 EDT

The two leading real estate websites combine.




Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:00:15 +0000

It’s summertime and whether or not people have vacation time to spare, they still behave accordingly, says advertising entrepreneur Patrick Walsh. “Small business owners, non-profit organizers and anyone else trying to market a brand should take advantage of what makes this season special,” says Walsh, CEO of AirSign Aerial Advertising, (www.airsign.com), [...]




Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:01:15 +0000

The share of new single-family home sales purchased with cash rose during the second quarter of 2014, reaching 8.4 percent of sales. The onset of the housing crisis in 2007 led to a decline in the share of new home sales due to conventional mortgage financing and increases in the shares due to mortgages backed by the […]




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 […]




Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:07:21 +0000

In today’s world, it would be hard to find someone without their mobile device within arm’s reach. Mobile technology has helped people get the responses they’re looking for almost instantaneously. The same goes for the real estate world. When a potential buyer is on the move, they want answers and they want them now. REALTORS® […]




Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:52:09 EDT

Want to own your own town? You can buy Aladdin, Wyo., for $1.5 million. The price tag includes a general store, post office, bar, a house and more.




Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:43:32 +0000

What has been rumored for weeks has now been picked up by most of the mainstream financial media Thursday. It is now being widely reported that Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) is in discussions to acquire rival Trulia Inc (NYSE: TRLA). As of 3 p.m. EST Thursday, the combined market cap of the two firms is […]




Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:27:54 +0000

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow Mortgages dropped eight percentage points from this time last week, landing at 3.97 percent. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 3.96 and 4.08 percent for the majority of the week, before settling at the current rate on Tuesday. “Rates dropped below 4 percent on Thursday amid the […]




Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:11:01 EDT

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:23:13 +0000

During the month of June, existing-home sales reached an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first time since October 2013, according to data recently released by the National Association of REALTORS®. In addition to the heightened existing-home sales, rising inventory continued to move the housing supply forward, signaling a strengthened and more [...]




Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:03:47 +0000

Nationally, 67 percent of consumers plan home renovations within the next six months, according to the latest realtor.com® Home Improvement Survey. More than 1,500 visitors to realtor.com® from May 19-29, 2014, responded to the survey. Over two-thirds of respondents plan to renovate an area of their homes immediately, and 20 percent of those surveyed [...]




Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:09:25 EDT

Mansions that would be very costly to build today are on the market around the country for well under $1 million each.




Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:15:44 EDT

Whether you love golf, the water, the outdoors or theme parks, here are the best places to find a bargain.




Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:30:45 EDT

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:11:38 EDT

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:57:12 EDT

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:55:00 EDT

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:07:54 EDT

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Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:08:33 +0000

On average, mortgage interest rates declined in May, according to data released recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). On conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes, the average contract interest rate dropped by more than 30 basis points, from 4.19 to 3.88 percent. This is the lowest the new home loan rate has […]




Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:45:54 EDT

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Wed, 07 May 2014 22:06:26 +0000

In an era in which many associations see a diminishing role, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is moving in the opposite direction. As it evolves, NAR continues to live by one overarching credo: advocacy. That means being a positive force for its members—in business and technology as well as in the policy arena. The […]




Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:50:40 +0000

Members of the Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® (EBCBOR) gathered to hear from six industry experts as they discussed Housing Discrimination, the LGBT Community, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Equal Access Rule at the Fair Housing Symposium yesterday. EBCBOR Chief Executive Officer, Laura Rubinfeld said, [...]




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