Pending Home Sales Hold Steady in September

Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched  0.3 percent to 105.0 in September from 104.7 in August, and is now 1.0 percent […]

Relocation: From ‘Once Was’ to ‘Now Is’

Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus, addressed RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City on September 10, 2014. He has led Cartus throughout its growth and transformation from a predominantly U.S.-centric relocation firm into a global market leader in related HR and financial services. He spoke about corporate trends in employee mobility […]

Existing-Home Sales Rise 2.4% in September

After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.4 […]

Mortgage Rates Hit New 2014 Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at its lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 when it […]

6 Ways to Rock Your Real Estate Speaking Event

Whether you’re simply speaking at an open house, addressing your entire company or taking over a panel, below are six ways to really rock your public speaking—and don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to picture anyone in their Underoos. First, create a speech map. Instead of (or in addition to) writing everything down […]

Financial Literacy an Essential Life Skill for Young People

(MCT)—To improve financial literacy, you have to reach children at an early age so they can establish a strong foundation. Texas is off to a good start. Starting with the current school year, students from kindergarten through eighth grade are required to take financial literacy lessons in their math classes. And high school seniors get […]

RE/MAX Named a Leading Global Franchise

For the second consecutive year, RE/MAX, LLC has received the highest global ranking among real estate franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. Appearing in the October edition, Entrepreneur’s annual global rankings of U.S.-based franchises placed RE/MAX highest among real estate brokerage franchises for 2014, and 39th overall. 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut headed up the list. “The Entrepreneur […]

2014′s Unfinished Business

With the November mid-term elections around the corner, it is important to remember that there are still a number of issues that Congress has to address. While Congress will return for a lame duck session after the election, the issues they will debate remain unknown. Some key issues that impact the business of real estate […]

Move, NAR Execs: News Corp Acquisition will Create ‘Multiplier Effect’ for realtor.com®

Editor’s Note: Following the big news Tuesday that massive media empire News Corp acquired Move, Inc., RISMedia spoke with Steve Berkowitz, Move CEO, and Bob Goldberg, president and CEO of the Real Estate Information Network (RIN) and NAR senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, and Business Development for more details on what the deal means […]

Only 10.7 Percent of All Mortgaged Homes Still Underwater

Nearly 950,000 homes returned to positive equity in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity in the U.S. to more than 44 million. Nationwide, borrower equity increased year over year by approximately $1 trillion in Q2 2014.  This compares to a negative equity share of 14.9 percent, […]

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