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Building a Real Estate Family That Celebrates History and Community Involvement

In the following interview, John Finn, managing broker of United Real Estate Richmond in Richmond, Va., discusses the background of the brokerage, its commitment to the community, and more. Region Served: Richmond, Va. Years in Real Estate: 40+ Number of Offices: 1 (our second office is opening this month) Number of Agents: 150+ Proudest Achievement: […]

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HUD Alleges Facebook Fair Housing Violations

In a formal complaint filed on Friday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) accused Facebook of allowing landlords and homeowners to use targeted Facebook ads to discriminate against potential tenants and buyers based on race, color, religion, familial status, sex, national origin and disability. HUD alleged Facebook’s “targeted advertising” limits housing options […]

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Charitable Giving: Why and How REALTORS® Give Back

Community is at the heart of real estate. This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses their efforts to give. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Panelists Jim D’Amico, Broker/Owner, CENTURY 21 NS Group/North Shore, Boston, Mass.   Drayton […]

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Buyers Lured to Midwest: Realtor.com

Buyers are eyeing the Midwest, where, compared to the coasts, there are more practical prices, according to the latest ranking by realtor.com®. July’s hottest housing markets, based on days on market and online views, were: 1. Midland, Texas Age of Inventory (Median): 29 days 2. Fort Wayne, Ind. Age of Inventory (Median): 34 days 3. […]

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Driving Down Car Costs Just Got Easier for REALTORS®

Given how many miles most real estate professionals drive, the cost of purchasing and maintaining a vehicle adds up quickly. Fortunately, members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) can enjoy a valuable benefit when purchasing or leasing one of the many eligible vehicles from FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), NAR’s official automobile manufacturer […]

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Matthew Watercutter: Local Expertise Fuels Expansion

Vitals: HER REALTORS® Years in Business: 62 Size: 81 offices, 1,250 associates Region Served: Ohio 2017 Sales Volume: $2.5 billion 2017 Transactions: 12,681 No. 76 in sales volume in RISMedia’s 2018 Power Broker Report www.herrealtors.com With 81 offices and 1,250 associates, HER REALTORS® deftly serves Central, West Central and Southwestern Ohio. Matthew Watercutter, the firm’s […]

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NAHB: Affordability Hits Lowest in 10 Years

Affordability has hit its lowest in 10 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunities Index (HOI) for the second quarter of 2018. Approximately 57 percent of homes sold in the second quarter were affordable based on income (the median, nationally, is $71,900), down from roughly 62 percent in the […]

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Building Claws Higher in July

Building clawed 0.9 percent higher in July, but still underwhelmed year-over-year, according to the Commerce Department. Combined, housing starts totaled 1.17 million, with 303,000 multifamily (five units or more) starts and 862,000 single-family starts. On an annual basis, starts tumbled 1.4 percent. Approvals for builds, encouragingly, increased 1.5 percent to 1.31 million permits, with approvals […]

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Appraisals Catch Up to Homeowner Opinions

Appraisers and homeowners are on similar wavelengths, with appraisals coming in only 0.28 percent under what homeowners expected in July, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 4.86 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI). “The story the HPPI is currently telling […]

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Staying Ahead of a Shifting Technology Landscape

In the following interview, Dan Bowden, broker/owner of HomeSmart Realty Group in Orland Park, Ill., discusses the advantages of the brand, the local market, technology, and more. Region Served: Midwest Chicago Years in Real Estate: 18 Number of Offices: 3 Number of Agents: 200 total in Orland Park, Naperville and Chicago’s West Loop Best Advice […]

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