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Homebuyers: Bring on the Big Yards

August 19, 2017 1:51 am

Homebuyers today are more interested in houses with space to spare outdoors than those with substantial square footage inside—in fact, 56 percent recently surveyed by Taylor Morrison would settle for a smaller house if it meant they could enjoy a larger yard. Women, especially, favor more in the way of outside space than men (62 […]

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Craig Beggins: Organic Growth Drives the Future

August 19, 2017 1:51 am

June 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises, which bills itself as a “life betterment company.” “My favorite part about being in the real estate business is empowering, educating and encouraging real estate agents to make their life better, whatever that means to them, while they aspire to provide our customers with […]

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The Best Cities for Retirees to Call Home

August 19, 2017 1:51 am

Ask any retiree what mattered most in their search for a new home, and most will tell you location. A recent study by WalletHub ranked the top locations for soon-to-be retirees, weighing cost of living, health care, quality of life and recreation—and in a not-so-unexpected twist, the top three locations in the ranking were all […]

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Creative Flexibility Key to Attracting Agents

August 17, 2017 7:51 pm

In the following interview, Bill Kratz, co-owner/managing broker, and Robert Foglio, co-owner/director of Operations, HomeSmart Realty Advisors, discuss the advantages of the HomeSmart brand, agent development, and more. Best Tip for Dealing With Difficult Clients: Always keep the end goal in mind and help facilitate everyone meeting in the middle. Best Time Management Tip: Encourage […]

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Bob Goldberg: ‘The Status Quo Is Not an Option

August 17, 2017 7:51 pm

How NAR’s New CEO Intends to Change the Paradigm An enthusiastic and confident Bob Goldberg is fresh off his first live address as CEO during this week’s National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Summit. In this exclusive interview, find out how Goldberg is ushering in a new day at NAR, one that is centered on a […]

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Experts: Expect a Downturn, but Not Because of Housing

August 16, 2017 7:48 pm

Housing experts questioned in Zillow’s latest Home Price Expectations Survey are anticipating another downturn in the next three years, but one set off by a “geopolitical crisis,” not the real estate market. There is a 73 percent chance a recession will happen by 2020, according to the quarterly survey, and of the more than 100 […]

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Century 21 Names Nick Bailey President and CEO

August 16, 2017 7:48 pm

Century 21 Real Estate has named Nick Bailey, former executive at Zillow Group, president and CEO, the company announced Wednesday. Bailey, a 20-year veteran of the real estate industry known as a leader in brokerage, franchising, management and technology, will be responsible for building on the brand’s foundation and positioning the brand in global markets. […]

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Housing Starts Get Tripped Up in July

August 16, 2017 7:48 pm

Home-building activity unexpectedly tripped up in July, with housing starts down 4.8 percent to a rate of 1,155,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts decreased 0.5 percent to 856,000. Starts for units in buildings with five units or more […]

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Home Prices Surge on Strong Buying Season

August 16, 2017 7:48 pm

Home prices continue on at a clip, surging 6.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The pace outdoes the previous peak observed in the third quarter of 2016. “The 2.2 million net new jobs created over the past year generated significant […]

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Builder Confidence in New Construction Climbs Back Up

August 15, 2017 7:48 pm

Home builder confidence in the new, single-family construction market has climbed back up in the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The Index reading for August was 68, up four points from July. An above-50 reading indicates more builders have a positive outlook than a negative one. “Our members […]

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