Month: July 2017

On the Agenda at RISMedia’s 2017 CEO Exchange: Predictive Analytics, Profitability and More

Over 225 of the most powerful and successful real estate leaders will take to New York City this September for RISMedia’s 2017 Real Estate CEO Exchange, “Growing Your Business in Unpredictable Times.” The exclusive, day-and-a-half-long event, taking place Sept. 12-13 at the prestigious Harvard Club, will share strategies for increasing business and operating a profitable company …

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Video Spotlight: Uncovering the Home Valuation ‘Mystery’

Nothing is more powerful for a real estate professional than the ability to arrive at an accurate price—a skill, for many, honed through years of experience. REALTOR® Arrian Binnings, with Payton + Binnings, Pacific Union International in San Francisco, Calif., employs a faster approach to uncover the ‘mystery’ behind home valuation: HouseCanary. Binnings leverages the …

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Beyond the Bottom? Homeownership Rate Creeps Back Up

The homeownership rate crept up close to a full percentage point from one year ago to 63.7 percent in the second quarter, encouraged by more owner household formation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent Quarterly Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report. The owner household formation rate overtook the renter household formation rate in the first …

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Ranked: 10 Affordable Towns With High-Rated Elementary Schools

Communities with sought-after schools often command a premium for homebuyers. Realtor.com® recently uncovered 10 towns where not only public elementary schools earn high marks, but also home prices make the grade—in affordability. 1. Aurora, Ill. (60503)Schools: Homestead Elementary School (rating 10/10 on GreatSchools), The Wheatlands Elementary School (8/10), Wolfs Crossing Elementary School (10/10) The 2017 median household …

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A Service-First Approach Key to Continued Success

In the following interview, Isom Coleman, president of HomeSmart ICARE Realty in Sacramento, Calif., discusses the advantages of the brand, including in marketing and technology. Region Served: The Greater Sacramento areaYears in Real Estate: 11Number of Offices: 3Number of Agents: 171Most Effective Way to Motivate Agents: We keep our agents motivated by providing education on …

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FHFA: Home Prices Rose in May

Home prices rose 0.4 percent month-over-month in May 2017, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) recently released House Price Index (HPI). The HPI year-over-year—based on prices for homes with Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed mortgages—was up 6.9 percent. Per the Index, month-over-month home price changes ranged from -0.5 percent in the Middle Atlantic …

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High Prices Keep Activity Sizzling Through Summer

High prices are keeping home sales activity sizzling through summer, with listings moving 6 percent faster year-over-year in July, according to the latest data preview from realtor.com®. Prices in July are 10 percent higher than those one year ago, with the national median at $275,000 and the national median age of inventory at 64 days. …

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Japandi Style: Embracing Minimalist Beauty and Nature in Home Decor

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Reduce Your Stress as a Landlord With These 5 Tips How Brokers Can Use Predictive Analytics to Recruit, Retain Top Agents Iconic Willis Mills Connecticut Home for Sale It’s been known that those who long for simplicity …

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