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Americans liking real estate more than stocks, gold again
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:03:13 | Category:
 Less than a decade after the U.S. housing bust almost blew the world economy to smithereens, Americans are once again looking at real estate as their best long-term investment — better than gold, stocks, savings accounts and bonds. That̵

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Interest rates will stay rock bottom as long as the economy keeps puttering along
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:43:53 | Category:
 Interesting, go-figure week. New economic data were strong but ignored by markets; Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made dovish speeches, which revived the stock market; and Ukraine (back from the brink) removed a safety bid from bonds. March retail sal

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Century 21 finds the Easter Bunny, hopes you?ll help spread the word
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:03:45 | Category:
 

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Another sign of housing recovery: New homes going up again in the exurbs
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:54:02 | Category:
 When the housing bubble burst, some of the hardest-hit markets around the nation were the “exurbs” — bedroom communities built far from job centers in high-cost housing markets to provide single-family homes for workers who a

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Wanna borrow my ?lipstick?? Very cool real estate tech tips No. 5 (5 of 10)
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:54:35 | Category:
 How many times have you looked at your phone and worried that your battery is about to die? My solution to this phone battery phobia is the Anker Astro Mini Charger, or as I like to call it, "the lipstick charger." ...

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Study says off-MLS deals cost home sellers big bucks
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:23 | Category:
 In 2013, the average single-family home seller in San Francisco who kept his or her property off the local multiple listing service left more than $200,000 on the table. That’s according to a study by San Francisco agents Matt Fuller ...

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Decluttering isn?t just for home staging: Spring clean your social media news feeds
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:21 | Category:
 Do you feel you can liken your Facebook or LinkedIn news feed to a client's hoarding nightmare? Are things appearing in front of you that you no longer have interest in? Great gems are hiding under that mess! Old clients and friends you haven't

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Build and refine your real estate tech offering before you go looking for funding
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:26:32 | Category: Uncategorized
 Houzz co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko, who is helping take home renovation out of the dark ages by marrying technology and community, has some advice for aspiring startups who’d like to follow in her footsteps: Build and refine your product ...

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Realtor.com: Buying conditions improving as more homes come on the market
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:37:26 | Category:
 The number of homes for sale and the amount of time they’d typically been on the market both increased in March, “welcome signs” for spring buyers, realtor.com reported today. The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.co

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The ultimate list of must-have mobile apps for today?s real estate professional
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:27:28 | Category:
 We are living in a world dependent on technology, and apps play an integral role in our lives touching everything from counting calories and getting directions to directly impacting the way we conduct business. But how do we find the most effective, affor

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Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:59:31 | Category:
 I've been doing research on the code of ethics as it applies to fair housing and the new "religious freedom" laws. I still have a lot to learn, but I found some very interesting details about segregation. In the late 1910s, protective co

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Still no alternative to MERS for electronic recording of mortgages
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:43:16 | Category:
 

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Mortgage rates edge down
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:06:18 | Category:
 Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.27 percent with an average point of 0.7 for the week ending April 17, down from 4.34 percent last week but up from 3.41 percent a year ago, according to Freddie Mac?s latest Primary ...

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Avoiding real estate disputes: Get referral agreement in writing and always carry errors and omissions insurance
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:46 | Category:
 Sometimes you do everything right and you still end up in litigation or losing your commission. Attorneys thrive on the fact that it is often cheaper to settle rather than to defend a frivolous lawsuit. On the other hand, sometimes the suit is justified e

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Mobile marketing strategies for real estate: Responsive design and mobile-friendly website can help capture more business
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:41 | Category:
 According to the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of home shoppers use a mobile device during their search. Furthermore, 68 percent of them contacted a real estate professional based on a mobile search. And 21 percent of them found a listing a

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Real estate has never been a business that attracts young people
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:54:56 | Category:
 According to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent member survey, the median age of Realtors in 2012 was 57, up from 51 in 2007. Just in case anyone forgets the difference between “median” and “average,&

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Huffington Post Media Group?s secret weapon: nap rooms
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:35:16 | Category:
 What’s one of the secret weapons for success at media juggernaut Huffington Post Media Group? Nap rooms. So says Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Yes, people looked at her askance when she insisted on providing space

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Big brokers want NAR to require that MLSs provide data for AVMs
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:23:10 | Category:
 Big brokers would like to use multiple listing service data to create automated property valuations to sell to financial institutions, and they want the National Association of Realtors to require MLSs to help them do it. That’s according to a

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