Monthly Archives: March 2018

Take Your Branding up a Notch

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Build Your Brand by Being a Better Person

In the following interview, Mark Fields, president of CENTURY 21 Mark Fields and Associates in Asheville, N.C., discusses branding, culture, luxury marketing, and more. Region Served: Asheville, N.C., and surrounding areas Years in Real Estate: 40+ Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 10 Favorite Way to Communicate With Clients: Face-to-face. A lot of communication […]

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Fannie: Economy to Roar on Stimulus

The economy is expected to grow at a full-bodied pace for the year, and boosted further by the stimulus, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s recently released Economic and Housing Outlook for March 2018. Analysts at Fannie forecast GDP growth at 2.8 percent, barring consumers reining in their spending, the impact […]

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Transacting Business in the Age of Wire Fraud

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses fraud and security strategies. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Panelists Michael Volin, Vice President-Legal, Title Resource Group (TRG), a Realogy Company, Camden, N.J. Joan Docktor, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox […]

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Housing Starts Soften

February’s home-building receded, with housing starts softening 7 percent and totaling 1.24 million, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Notably, single-family starts increased 2.9 percent to 902,000. Multifamily starts (five units or more) came in at 317,000. The decline is a departure […]

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Appraisals Better Check Out With Owner Perceptions

Appraisals are better checking out with what owners perceive, just 0.53 percent below what was expected by homeowners, according to the February Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows appraised values rose 6.37 percent year-over-year. Appraisals continue to fall short of owner expectations; however, the […]

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Backtracking: Mortgage Rates Retreat

For the first time this year, the average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate has retreated, back to 4.44 percent this week after rising for nine straight weeks, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.46 percent the week prior. Mortgage rates are moved by Treasury […]

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Jason Waugh: Delivering Exceptional Experiences

Vitals: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals Years in Business: 76 Size: 32 offices, 950 agents Regions Served: Oregon and Washington 2017 Sales Volume: $3.9 billion 2017 Transactions: 10,567 www.bhhsnw.com This summer, Jason Waugh, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices […]

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Commentary: Let the Prime-Time Housing Market Begin

In this commentary, J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, discusses the housing market nationally and in Puget Sound/Seattle, Wash. The arrival of Daylight Savings triggers a burst in new listings, and more listings lead to more sales. In real estate, it’s all about the new listing. The winter market […]

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Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Senate

Following the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, the federal government imposed regulations in the form of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—an effort to ensure financial stability and consumer protection. Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo introduced bill S. 2155—the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act—which proposes […]

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