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Technology and Teams: Lead Programs Fuel Statewide Expansion

Are you wondering how top producers are utilizing lead generation and other online tools? In the following interview, Thomas Brown of The Agency Texas, a rapidly-growing boutique agency, talks about implementing a lead program that works. Name: Thomas Brown, The Agency Texas Official Title: Founder/Owner Region Served: State of Texas Years in Real Estate: 20 […]

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Across the U.S., Affordability and Inventory Remain Unbalanced

Fewer homes are priced within reach today, according to the REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve and Score from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and realtor.com®. Affordability is being challenged by increasing prices and rates, the report states. Affordability is most untenable in California, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.—all with “Affordability Scores” considerably […]

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Get Ready for the Rush: Homes Were Snapped Up in 2017

If 2017 is any indication, buyers will be against an all-out frenzy this spring and summer. In 2017, the median listing was snatched up in 81 days—a record, according to data from Zillow. Competition was fiercest in June, with 73 days on-market for the median listing. (Closings are included in the timeline.) In almost every […]

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REALTORS® Can Extend Their Liberty Mutual Benefits to Their Clients

NAR PULSE—A bonus for your members and savings for their clients—it’s a win-win! The Liberty Mutual Auto Insurance Referral Program™ allows REALTORS® to extend to their clients the same auto insurance savings and benefits that they have through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program. Plus, for every client they refer to Liberty Mutual who completes an auto […]

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Teamwork and Collaboration

In the following interview, Todd Priest, broker of HomeSmart PV & Associates in Modesto, Calif., discusses the advantages of the brand, challenges in the market, and more. Region Served: Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced and Fresno Counties Years in Real Estate: 28 Number of Offices: 3 Number of Agents: 267 Best Time Management Tip: Keep things […]

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Housing Starts Overall Upsurge, While Single-Family Wanes

Home-building in March picked up, with housing starts on a 1.9 percent surge and totaling 1.32 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family starts waned, down 3.7 percent to 867,000. Multifamily starts (five units or more) came in at 439,000. “The modest decline in single-family […]

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Black Buyers at a Disadvantage Over Others: Zillow

Affordability is a growing problem—but for black buyers, it has created a deep disadvantage over other groups, according to an analysis newly released by Zillow. Based on the black household income (a median $39,466), and without exceeding the 30 percent housing spend standard, black buyers could afford just 55.3 percent of listings nationwide in 2017—a […]

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Weighing Risk and Reward: Crypto-Investing in Home Equity

For homeowners that are looking to access home equity funds, but don’t want to take out a second loan, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or a reverse mortgage, there are not many options; however, blockchain technology is looking to change that by offering investment opportunities that are tied to a home’s equity and […]

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Making the Next Play: With Instant Offers, Zillow to Begin Buying and Selling

Zillow announced on Thursday it is becoming a buyer and seller through its Instant Offers platform, beginning in Las Vegas and Phoenix with Premier Agents this spring. Arik Prawer, formerly chief integration officer at Invitation Homes, has been appointed chief business development officer to oversee the participation of Zillow on the platform. On Instant Offers, […]

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Disenfranchised First-Timers: Solving the Need for Entry-Level Housing

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses the affordable housing shortage, and potential solutions. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Panelists Bill Plattos, Executive Vice President, First Team Realty, Orange County, Calif.   Dan Forsman, President & CEO, […]

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