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The PLAYBOOK: Relationship-Building That Will Pay Off in the Long Run

Editor’s Note: The Playbook is an RISMedia weekly segment centering on what brokers and agents are doing to ensure they not only survive but thrive in these challenging times. Industry professionals explain the strategies they’re employing and unique ideas they’ve formulated. Tune in every Thursday for another addition to the series.  We all know that…

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Single Women Outpace Single Men in Homeownership Nationwide

Despite the widely recognized pay gap between men and women in the U.S., it appears that the latter is laying down roots one house at a time at a higher rate, as single women own more homes than single men. A new report by LendingTree analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data and found that single women—those…

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Mortgage Rates Continue Downward Trend

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) edged down again this week, averaging 6.09%, down from 6.13% the previous week, according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) from Freddie Mac released Thursday. The news follows the more modest 25-basis-point interest rate hike announced by the Federal Reserve Wednesday afternoon–which experts say signals that the central…

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The CE Shop Offers Flexible, Self-Paced Live Online Education

Those seeking a new career path in real estate in Pennsylvania have a new flexible learning option for a career with consistent market demand: The CE Shop is now offering an interactive, flexible, live online 75-hour Pennsylvania Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Course with self-paced delivery, the firm has announced. The company shared that students can…

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Christie’s International Real Estate Expands Presence in the Caribbean

Oceano Homes, a Caribbean brokerage located on the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten, has affiliated with Christie’s International Real Estate. The brokerage will now do business as Oceano Christie’s International Real Estate and serve as the brand’s exclusive affiliate on the island. Oceano Homes was established in 2016 by Pablo Yahuda and Christophe Cassar.  Since…

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Fed Decelerates, Raising Hope for Housing Rebound

With mortgage rates top of mind for real estate practitioners, the Federal Reserve provided a jolt of hope—both for housing and the broader economy—as it announced a 25 basis-point rate hike Wednesday afternoon, signaling that the central bank is growing more confident in the battle against inflation.  With the federal funds rate now between 4.5%…

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Buyers Gain Bargaining Power, but Remain Deterred

The housing market offered homebuyers greater bargaining power in January, as mortgage rates fell to their lowest level in months, inventory rose, and the growth in the typical asking price continued to slow, according to a new report from Realtor.com. However, several factors like high mortgage rates and median listing prices still create obstacles in…

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UtahRealEstate.com MLS Launches New Showing-Management Software

UtahRealEstate.com (URE), a multiple listing service providing software and services to approximately 20,000 real estate professionals, has announced the launch of Aligned Showings, a new and modern showing-management software. Aligned Showings will be included as a free member benefit product for URE members and is deeply integrated into URE’s suite of products, including its industry-leading…

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Preparing for Every Stage of Homeownership

After four-plus decades in real estate, Janice Miller—broker/owner of Newburgh, Indiana-based ERA First Advantage Realty—understands that when it comes to homeownership, a system or appliance will inevitably break down. And it’s typically at the worst possible time.   That’s why she and the 180 agents working across the firm’s eight offices suggest a home warranty for…

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Power Broker Insights: A Strategic Reset for 2023

VITALS:  Jack Conway & Company Years in business: 68 Size: 17 offices and 682 agents Region Served: Eastern Massachusetts 2021 Transactions: 2,166 2021 Sales Volume: $1.3 billion Jack Conway founded his firm in Massachusetts in 1956. His daughter, Carol Bulman, who knew early on that she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps, has spent…

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