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Utilizing Every Opportunity

In the following interview, Cathy Griffin, broker of CENTURY 21 Towne & Country in Salisbury, N.C., discusses integrated marketing in her referral- and repeat client-based business. Region Served: Several counties in North Carolina Years in Real Estate: 27 Number of...

Renter Finances Improve: Is Homeownership Next?

Renters are in better financial straits than they were just six months ago. Is homeownership next? The answer, according to a recent Freddie Mac survey, is unclear. Although 41 percent of the renters surveyed reported having more cash left over...

Stay Safe at Work With April 26 Safety Webinar

NAR PULSE—In a free webinar from the NAR REALTOR® Safety Program, Paula Monthofer, owner of Focus School of Real Estate and 2017 President of Arizona REALTORS®, will discuss the dangers of being too nice for your own good, and the...

Investment Home Sales Dominate Second Home Market in 2016

Investment home sales dominated the second home market in 2016, off the charts by 4.5 percent to total 1.14 million, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently released 2017 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey—but vacation home purchases...

NAR’s Sustainability Program Releases Inaugural Report

The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD). In the fall of last year, at the request of its members, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) created a new program to oversee its efforts related to...

Zillow: The No. 1 Obstacle for Would-Be Homeowners

For all the hurdles to homeownership, one obstacle is stubbornly more insurmountable than the rest: the down payment. Renters are having trouble stacking up the savings to place a down payment on a home, according to the recently released Zillow®...

Appraiser Opinions Keep Falling Short of Homeowner Expectations

Appraiser opinions regarding home value kept falling short of homeowner expectations in March, coming in 1.77 percent lower, according to the latest Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The gap has now widened four months in a row....

Ranch-Styles, and Other Homebuyer Wishes This Season

Real estate season is underway, and house hunters have one goal in mind: a ranch-style home. According to a recent survey by realtor.com®, ranches are the most in-demand style of home this year, with 42 percent of homebuyers eyeing a...

Mortgage Rates Descend to Lowest Level of the Year

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate descended this week to its lowest level so far in 2017, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The 30-year fixed rate mortgage came in at 4.08 percent, down from...

Outdoor Kitchens: Still on the Way Out?

Outdoor kitchens became a must-have amenity for homeowners ostensibly overnight—and fell out of favor almost as quickly. A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), however, proves outdoor kitchens are still in. In fact, the architects cited in...
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