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What real estate agents should know about trended credit

Wed, 2017-07-26 03:30

A snapshot tells you what someone looked like at a particular moment in time. A long-running video of the same person may reveal patterns of behavior that tell you much more about a person ...

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Sweden: From Achievements To Uncertainty - Social Europe

Wed, 2017-07-26 03:01


Social Europe

Sweden: From Achievements To Uncertainty
Social Europe
Sweden had been one of Europe's poorest countries in 1900 and had lost about a quarter of its population through emigration to North America, a bit more than a million people during 1870-1920 out of a population of five million in 1900. Around 1900 ...

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Timeline: How to build your new real estate career from day 1

Wed, 2017-07-26 03:00

Congratulations! You have made the wonderful decision to pursue a career in real estate as a licensed real estate agent. The career as an agent can be one of the most rewarding -- both personally and financially -- jobs you ever have. On the flip side, there are certainly many challenges and obstacles for anyone who wants to become the next great agent ...

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Zeroing in on USA Real Estate Hldg (USTC)'s True Range - Nelson Research

Tue, 2017-07-25 19:58


Zeroing in on USA Real Estate Hldg (USTC)'s True Range
Nelson Research
USA Real Estate Hldg (USTC)'s 9-Day Average True Range is 0.0193, their 14-Day Average True Range is 0.0185, and the 20-Day Average True Range is 0.0187. Their 50-Day Average True Range is 0.0347 and, looking back further, the 100-Day Average ...

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3 Major League Baseball wives hit ‘home runs’ using realtor.com

Tue, 2017-07-25 17:22

These three major league baseball wives have lived in a whopping 33 homes in cities across the U.S., and they've used realtor.com to make the home search process easier ...

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Want 38K people to view your listing? Make it a music video

Tue, 2017-07-25 16:48

You can essentially blame strangers at an open house in Nashville, Tennessee, for Johnny Grant's musical listing videos. The team leader has created two parodies of popular songs ("Body Like A Back Road" by Sam Hunt and "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars) to help sell real estate listings -- and one house went under contract the day after the video went live, so something is working for him ...

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NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NRE) Moves Lower on Volume Spike for July 25 - Equities.com

Tue, 2017-07-25 16:30


NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NRE) Moves Lower on Volume Spike for July 25
Equities.com
NorthStar Realty Europe Corp is an European commercial real estate company. It operates as a real estate investment trust. Its portfolio includes office properties located in European markets, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, and Amsterdam.
NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NRE) Given Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 0.57BNB Daily (blog)

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Professional Broker Websites Now Free to REALTORS®

Tue, 2017-07-25 15:01

NAR PULSE— Placester and NAR have come together through the REALTOR Benefits® Program to offer beautiful, mobile-ready real estate websites FREE to all REALTORS®. NAR Edition sites for brokers include all the benefits of basic agent websites, plus agent index and bio pages, natural language listing search, map search functionality, customizable IDX pages and more. Get started.

NAR Extends Smithsonian Sponsorship
NAR is proud to extend and expand its sponsorship of the “Within These Walls” exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and will become an exclusive sponsor of the exhibition Sept. 2018 through 2030. Learn more about the families whose lives intersected with American history. Read more.

NAR REach® Recognized for Startup Savvy
Congratulations to NAR’s REach® program for being named one of the top 30 technology accelerators in the nation by Seed Accelerator Rankings Project (SARP)! REach® guides the development of startups and new technologies that will impact and enrich the real estate industry, REALTORS® and their businesses. Be among the first to try out these new technologies when you sign up for the REach® Insight Panel at www.narreach.com/REALTORS. Learn more.

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The Right Choice for Change

Tue, 2017-07-25 14:58

Organized real estate is constantly being challenged. This is not new news—it’s been happening for decades. However, the current crop of challengers to our industry are more powerful than ever before, carving inroads with technologies and efficiencies that resonate with today’s increasingly savvy consumers.

Today’s “disruptors”—as many in the industry commonly describe them—have spent an incredible amount of capital to integrate cutting-edge technology and advanced data and analytics into their offering in order to embrace the consumer’s growing sophistication and thirst for relevant information. No matter the specifics of the various models, the agenda is basically the same: to insert their organizations in front of, or possibly in place of, a real estate professional.

While many disruptors claim they view the role of the real estate agent as extremely important, their models continue to challenge organized real estate, including the 1.2-plus million members of the National Association of REALTORS®. The traditional real estate process is often viewed by opportunists as an archaic, inefficient and costly process which is ripe for change and/or reorganization. Every challenger to our industry arrives with an agenda to capture our business by questioning the value proposition real estate professionals provide to the consumer. And in due course, many of these disruptors have forced our industry to change and adapt, which, in my opinion, has made us stronger and even more valuable to the consumer.

Over the past two decades, organized real estate has undergone a dramatic shift in the affiliation, ownership and management of real estate brokerage operations, as well as the adoption of and use of technology and communications. During his 12 years as CEO of NAR, Dale Stinton guided the industry through a constant influx of challengers seeking to sway the consumer toward alternative avenues to buy, sell and invest in real estate. But today, the challenges are greater than ever before, and that is why the need for the continued leadership of an innovative and experienced executive is critical. That’s why, in my opinion, the selection of Bob Goldberg as NAR’s next chief executive officer is absolutely the right choice.

As Dale approached retirement, there were many rumors and several names leaked regarding his possible successors—an impressive roster of accomplished individuals. But the stakes are high, and change for the sake of change would not have been the right move. Now, more than ever, we need someone who has demonstrated a burning passion for this business—whose heart has always been dedicated to the betterment of the industry and the membership of NAR. A person who represents the Code of Ethics when it refers to “the grave social responsibility and a patriotic duty to which REALTORS® should dedicate themselves,” and the need “to eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or bring dishonor to the real estate profession.” Without a doubt, that person is Bob.

​Bob has been in the trenches, knows what we stand for, is committed to improvement and innovation, and not reluctant to affect change when and where change is needed. Just last week, he underscored this commitment to both protecting and advancing the industry as part of a panel discussion entitled “Shaping the Future of Real Estate” during NAR’s Broker’s Edge event in New York City. “It is NAR’s responsibility on behalf of our members to lead our industry versus being led,” he explained. “Moreover, we should not be fearful of the constant disrupters, but fearless in being in front of changes before they occur.”

Throughout my nearly 40-year career of closely following the housing sector and the residential real estate industry, the common denominator has been the fact that the National Association of REALTORS® has always had the best interest of the real estate profession and homeownership in general as its focal point, and Bob embodies that. I have known Bob for 35 years and have seen him in action firsthand. I have had the opportunity to work directly with him on many initiatives and witness his dedication to this industry. Bob is a smart business person who has been in the trenches of the industry and repeatedly demonstrated his ability to manage change and adapt as necessary to produce results. Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” As our industry continues to face challenges, Bob and his team will be the ones to turn them into opportunities—for REALTORS®, as well as for the consumers they serve.

In my humble opinion, the NAR Board of Directors has served its members extremely well in the selection of Bob Goldberg. Our future is in good hands.

John Featherston is founder, CEO and publisher of RISMedia.

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Home Prices Linger at All-Time High

Tue, 2017-07-25 14:56

Home prices lingered at the all-time high in the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, up 5.6 percent year-over-year in May, a gain identical to April.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index’s 10-City Composite rose 4.9 percent year-over-year, down from 5.0 percent in April, while its 20-City Composite rose 5.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent in April. Month-over-month, the 10-City Composite rose 0.7 percent and the 20-City Composite rose 0.8 percent.

Home prices are on a one-way upward track, but at a staggered pace from market to market, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices Committee Chairman and Managing Director David M. Blitzer—an important differentiation from the boom of the early 2000s.

“Home prices continue to climb and outpace both inflation and wages,” says David M. Blitzer. “Housing is not repeating the bubble period of 2000-2006. Price increases vary across the country, unlike the earlier period when rising prices were almost universal. The number of homes sold annually is 20 percent less today than in the earlier period, and the months’ supply is declining, not surging.

“The small supply of homes for sale, at only about four months’ worth, is one cause of rising prices,” Blitzer says. “New-home construction, higher than during the recession but still low, is another factor in rising prices.”

Of the 20 cities analyzed for the Index, Denver, Colo., Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., came out on top, with prices up 7.9 percent in Denver, 8.9 percent in Portland and 13.3 percent in Seattle.

“For the last 19 months, either Seattle or Portland, Ore., was the city with fastest rising home prices based on 12-month gains,” says Blitzer. “Since the National Index bottomed in February 2012, San Francisco has the largest gain. Using Census Bureau data for 2011 to 2015, it is possible to compare these three cities to national averages. The proportion of owner-occupied homes is lower than the national average in all three cities, with San Francisco being the lowest at 36 percent, Seattle at 46 percent, and Portland at 52 percent. Nationally, the figure is 64 percent. The key factor for the rise in home prices is population growth from 2010 to 2016: the national increase is 4.7 percent, but for these cities, it is 8.2 percent in San Francisco, 9.6 percent in Portland and 15.7 percent in Seattle. A larger population, combined with more people working, leads to higher home prices.”

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices

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The ugly way Trump's rise and Putin's are connected - Washington Post

Tue, 2017-07-25 13:06


Washington Post

The ugly way Trump's rise and Putin's are connected
Washington Post
The GAO found that two banks “facilitated the transfer of approximately $1 billion from Eastern Europe, through U.S. banks, and back to Eastern Europe by corporations formed for Russian brokers”; more than $800 million in total was deposited in 136 ...

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Realtor finds backyard shed covered with agents’ headshots

Tue, 2017-07-25 12:29

We can all agree -- real estate agents deserve more appreciation than they currently receive, but one Abilene, Texas man appears to have taken his "appreciation" too far, putting the real estate community on guard ...

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‘First’ marketing service will now set up appointments with likely sellers

Tue, 2017-07-25 12:15

Having a sense of which of your contacts might want to list their homes soon is one thing; clinching appointments with these prospective sellers is another ...

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Carroll Financial Associates, Inc. Buys iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor, PowerShares S&P 500 Low ... - GuruFocus.com

Tue, 2017-07-25 11:38


Carroll Financial Associates, Inc. Buys iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor, PowerShares S&P 500 Low ...
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... Aetna Inc, Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc, KeyCorp, Altria Group Inc, Armada Hoffler Properties Inc, iShares Core S&P Small-Cap, SPDR S&P Dividend, sells SPDR DJ Wilshire Global Real Estate, BNC Bancorp, Live Oak Bancshares Inc, LendingTree Inc, ...

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Quicken slapped with $11M fine in class-action appraisal lawsuit

Tue, 2017-07-25 11:23

On one side, you have 2,770 consumers who claim that their lender suggested property values to appraisers (who are supposed to be utterly objective) when securing their loans. And on the other side, you have a lender claiming that the two law firms heading up the class-action lawsuit are "predatory." ...

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Is Europe the Next Real Estate Bubble? - National Mortgage Professional Magazine

Tue, 2017-07-25 11:16


National Mortgage Professional Magazine

Is Europe the Next Real Estate Bubble?
National Mortgage Professional Magazine
Adrian Benedict, the real estate investment director at Fidelity International, claimed that many French retail investors are not “familiar with how this asset class works and believe it can be exited flexibly when required. Their demands for liquidity ...
Fund Managers Warn of European Property Bubble | Institutional ...Institutional Investor

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Case-Shiller: Home prices boom — but it’s not déjà vu

Tue, 2017-07-25 11:13

"Home prices continue to climb and outpace both inflation and wages," said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, in a statement ...

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Bouwinvest commits €100m to Hines Pan-European Core Fund - IP Real Estate

Tue, 2017-07-25 10:36


Bouwinvest commits €100m to Hines Pan-European Core Fund
IP Real Estate
Dutch real estate investment manager Bouwinvest REIM has committed €100m to the Hines Pan-European Core Fund, extending its allocation to core European retail and office markets. The €8.5bn investor said it wanted to benefit from resurgent growth in ...

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Kremlin denies setting up that other meeting with Kushner - USA TODAY

Tue, 2017-07-25 09:15


USA TODAY

Kremlin denies setting up that other meeting with Kushner
USA TODAY
"At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind." Kushner spoke Monday behind closed doors with Senate Intelligence Committee staff ...
Jared Kushner details Russia contacts, denies collusionReuters

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Meet Danielle Hale, realtor.com’s new chief economist

Tue, 2017-07-25 08:46

Danielle Hale has been an economist researching the housing industry for almost a decade; she was incredibly helpful with shaping Inman's deep dive on the home listing shortage earlier this year as the managing director of housing research for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) ...

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