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Building and Maintaining Relationships

In the following interview, Stephanie and Keoki McCarthy, broker/owners of Real Living Northwest, REALTORS® in Bothell, Wash., discuss the benefits of the Real Living network, including its technology offerings. Region Served: Greater Seattle area Years in Real Estate: Keoki, 21;...

New Fannie, Freddie Program Offers Relief to Delinquent Borrowers

A new program offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will provide delinquent borrowers relief through a 20 percent mortgage payment reduction, the enterprises recently announced. The program, the Flex Modification, available by or on Oct. 1, 2017, is open...

Minority, Renter Households at Center of Low Homeownership Rate

The homeownership rate spiraled to its lowest point in 50 years earlier this year, and while it picked up in the third quarter, it remains off its recent peak. The populations bearing out the trend the most, according to a...

An Innovation Combining the Best of Both Worlds

Innovation is a funny thing. Sometimes it introduces an idea that’s never existed before. More often, though, it’s a creative extension of elements already in use. The genius is in combining the elements in some revolutionary, game-changing way. When everything...

Lennox Scott: 2017 ‘Incredible’ for Real Estate

In the following commentary, Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, offers his 2017 housing forecast for the Puget Sound market. What an exciting time in real estate! 2016 was one of the best years ever,...

Gaining Leads, Referrals, and another Hour in the Day

In the following interview, Lee Goldstein, president of InTrust Realty in Raleigh, N.C., discusses conditions in his local market, as well as online lead generation and marketing, including social media. Region Served: Wake County, N.C. Number of Agents: 22 Number...

Home Inspections a Valuable Component in Competitive Market

For more than 20 years, Mike Hanneman and HomeTeam Inspection Service of Anchorage have brought a winning formula to home inspections in the Anchorage, Alaska area, relying on a team concept to ensure the most accurate and complete home inspection....

The 2017 Color of the Year Is Fresh…and Prehistoric

Prepare to see a lot more green in 2017—and not the kind you get from a scratch-off. Pantone recently revealed next year’s Color of the Year, a “zesty” yellow-green named—what else?—Greenery. The hue, which immediately brings to mind The Land Before...

2017: The Year of Women and Minorities

The housing ecosystem is evolving, and we’re witnessing circumstances to be more favorable for underrepresented groups than previously. Will 2017 continue this progression? Market While low mortgage rates are undermined by high home prices, buying in southern metros is at...

Builders Put Stock in Trump as Confidence Inflates to 2005 High

Home builders’ confidence in the housing market inflated to its highest reading in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) since July 2005, indicating a renewed sense of optimism after the results of the election....
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