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Buyers Jump on Low Rates, Putting Strain on Supply

Boosted by historically low mortgage rates, buyer demand is picking up, and inventory is tightening, according to data from realtor.com® released this week. Compared to July of last year, there were 7 percent fewer listings new to realtor.com this year, and entry-level inventory—homes priced under $200,000—slid 9.9 percent. In July, inventory in the $750,000-plus tier […]

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Marsha Rand: Mastering the Art of the Family Business

Vitals: Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Years in Business: 35 Size: 27 offices, 1,069 agents Regions Served: Northern New Jersey, Westchester, the Bronx, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange Counties 2018 Sales Volume: $2,295,000 2018 Transactions: 6,415 www.randrealty.com Since 1984, Marsha Rand—founder and president of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty—has transformed the business from […]

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In Condominium Rule, FHA Extends Financing to Tens of Thousands of Units

In assistance to condominium homebuyers, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) finalized new regulation this week, expanding FHA financing to individual units, among other provisions. According to FHA, 20,000 – 60,000 condominiums could become eligible for FHA financing as a result of the rule, which “is part of a broader Administration objective to reduce regulatory barriers […]

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Online Sources of Capital for Women Entrepreneurs

Capital is pivotal for the success of any entrepreneur to launch a sustainable and lucrative business. Traditional routes of access to capital are changing as technological development creates new avenues and the distance between entrepreneur and investor decreases due to an increase in fast and efficient communication. Women entrepreneurs have notoriously faced hardships in gaining […]

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What to Know About Working With Affluent International Buyers

As a successful real estate professional, international buyers could become an integral part of your business; however, it can be a bit intimidating to figure out how to capture this market. Just as in any real estate market niche, networking and connections are imperative to forming lasting relationships with affluent international prospects. What are some […]

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Homebuyers With Kids Prioritize Schools and Size: NAR

For families with kids, it all comes down to schools and size, according to findings from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), released this week. In the latest Moving With Kids report: 53 percent of buyers with children considered the neighborhood’s quality of schools in their search; 50 percent of buyers with children chose their […]

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These Are the Biggest Mistakes People Make With Social Security

(TNS)—Navigating Social Security can be cumbersome, to say the least. Even basic questions such as when you should retire can come to take on an immense and sometimes desperate tone as you try to make a decision that doesn’t screw up your retirement beyond repair. Bankrate spoke with some experts to get their take on […]

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CLOSING THIS WEEK: Make Your Newsmaker Nomination Today!

  RISMedia is accepting nominations for the 2020 Class of Real Estate Newsmakers, those individuals making headlines for their newsworthy contributions to the housing industry, and for their efforts to positively affect the consumers and communities they serve. The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2019. Nominate a Newsmaker Readers may nominate as many individuals […]

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Ben Caballero: Breaking Records in the Builder Segment

Vitals: HomesUSA.com Years in Business: 12 Region Served: Texas 2018 Sales Volume: $2.2 billion 2018 Transactions: 5,801 www.HOMESusa.com It’s not often that you see the name of a real estate pro in “The Guinness Book of World Records,” but Ben Caballero, founder and CEO of HomesUSA.com, is in there for being “the most productive real […]

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