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Brand Built on Leads and Technology

In the following interview, Peter Giese, co-founder and president of United Real Estate in Dallas, Texas, discusses the advantages of the brand, lead sources, technology and more. Years in Real Estate: 27 Number of Offices: 74 Six years ago, United...

Mortgage Rates Inch Lower

Mortgage rates moved lower this week, with the 30-year, fixed rate averaging 3.90 percent, a decrease from 3.92 percent the week prior, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The 15-year, fixed rate averaged 3.30 percent,...

Great Spaces: Boutique Residential Development in South Kensington, London

A new development is being launched in South Kensington, London, encompassing 11 uniquely appointed apartments and a single townhouse residence. The Arts House in Southwell Gardens, located in the cultural heartland of London, has a selection of one-, two- and...

Maximum Loan Limits Increase on Fannie, Freddie Mortgages

The maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase to $453,100 for most markets in 2018, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced. The increase in the baseline loan limit, mandated by...

ICYMI: Demand/Supply Dynamics Keep Prices Tracking Up

Home prices tracked up in the latest S&P CoreLogic/Case-Shiller Indices, up 6.2 percent year-over-year in September, compared to 5.9 percent in August. Conditions as they are are prompting the rise. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index’s...

A Compelling Formula for Success: Assist2Sell

A Unique Advantage to the Real Estate Landscape When it comes to companies offering a discount model, there is plenty of competition. Brokers and agents have long understood that sellers want to pay lower commission rates. But they also want...

Homeowners Spend Less, Renters Spend More

Incomes are not keeping pace with rents. More earnings are needed for rent than in years past—now 29.1 percent of the median monthly income, versus the 25.8 percent needed prior to the recession, according to an analysis recently released by...

When Data Makes the Difference

How HouseCanary Is Giving Agents a Competitive Edge Editor’s Note: The following is the cover story in the December issue of RISMedia’s real estate magazine. It’s no secret: The value of the real estate agent is under attack. With a...

2018 Real Estate Trends to Watch: ‘Surban’—That Sweet Spot Between City and Suburb

No—”surban” is not a typo. Think of it as the melding of two words to form a new one in the same manner as celebrity name fusion—think Brangelina, Bennifer or Kimye. Surban refers to a suburban area that has the...

Housing and the Senate Tax Plan: What Now?

Members of the real estate industry are responding to the passage of the Senate tax plan, which chiefly includes a 20 percent corporate tax rate—down from 35 percent—and reduced rates for families and individuals over the next seven years. The...
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