Tips to Make a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

(MCT)—Gearing up to go back to school can be hectic. It can take some time for families to feel comfortable with their new schedule. Starting the new routine before school begins can More »

Speakers Announced for RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

Attendees at this year’s NAR Annual Conference and Expo will have a special opportunity to hear several of the nation’s most successful industry leaders break down their strategies for success at RISMedia’s More »

Improving Economy Slowly Brightens Outlook for Commercial Real Estate

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 More »

Tips to Make a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

(MCT)—Gearing up to go back to school can be hectic. It can take some time for families to feel comfortable with their new schedule. Starting the new routine before school begins can help families ease back into the school year. These simple tips will get you on the right track for a smooth transition for […]
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Speakers Announced for RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

Attendees at this year’s NAR Annual Conference and Expo will have a special opportunity to hear several of the nation’s most successful industry leaders break down their strategies for success at RISMedia’s 19th annual Power Broker Forum, titled, “Power Broker Strategies for Enhancing the Consumer Experience.” This year’s power-packed lineup of speakers include Sherry Chris, […]
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Improving Economy Slowly Brightens Outlook for Commercial Real Estate

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 appears to […]
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U.S. Negative Equity Falls to 17 Percent

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 […]
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New Home Sales Hesitate

New home sales fell another 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 412,000 in July, down 10,000 from an upwardly revised June figure of 422,000. The last three months of sales averaged the same as the annual figure for 2013 at 429,000—but in contrast to the first two months of the year that averaged 445,000 […]
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Beware, Mortgage Scammers on the Rise Again

(MCT)—For years, it was “the Wild West” of real estate scams. As the housing crisis pummeled struggling homeowners, scammers pounced. They offered “easy” loan modifications and “foreclosure counseling” that were often nothing more than attempts to wrest money from distressed consumers. “The amount of fraud that was occurring in the loan modification sector was unprecedented,” […]
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Recovery Will Continue: A Perspective of the U.S. Residential Housing Market

Editor’s Note: The following is a perspective on the housing market recovery provided by HomeServices of America. As the Existing Home Sales numbers for the month of July reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Thursday suggest, we are seeing a continuation of the housing market recovery, with spring sales volumes finally being realized. […]
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A Fight for Urban Trees: Wealthier Neighborhoods Leafier

(MCT)—The benefits of trees—from their grace and beauty to their gifts of cool, clean air and stress relief—are well-known and documented in study after study. Yet as the city grows, it is struggling to hold onto its trees, especially in poorer areas. Seattle’s wealthiest neighborhoods are also its leafiest, a Seattle Times analysis shows. On […]
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Real Estate Q&A: Who Gets the Money?

(MCT)—Q: We had an investment property that fell into foreclosure a few years ago. It finally went to auction and was bought by a third party for about $ 20,000 more than what we owed the lender. Who gets that money?  — Liz A: You do — provided that you did not have a second mortgage […]
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Ice Bucket Challenge Is Taking America’s Charitable Giving by Storm

(MCT)—Martha Stewart did it. So did Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Roger Goodell, Carson Daly, the New England Patriots, Ethel Kennedy, Adam Zuckerberg, Knightro the University of Central Floria mascot and probably someone you know. They accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, a charitable craze that has burst into America’s bloodstream. I’d say it’s warming the blood, […]
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