Consumer Tips

    Take Advantage of Safety Resources Through RTRN

    NAR PULSE—Your agents’ safety is a top priority. That’s why Right Tools, Right Now commemorates Safety Month by offering new and updated safety-related products, available for free through September. Encourage your agents to stay safe while on the job by checking out this month’s products. Commit to Combatting Discrimination With Fairhaven Promote fairness, equal opportunity and integrity […]

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    ‘Under Evolutionary Attack’: How a Hilton Head Broker Leans on Technology to Tackle the ‘Amazon Effect’

    Chip Collins is one of those leaders who has come out of pandemic times better than before. With his team out of the office for more than a year, Collins—the broker-in-charge/owner of Collins Group Realty in Hilton Head, South Carolina—adapted and modified operations with technology to meet the changing needs of his employees, agents and, […]

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    Realogy Named Great Place to Work®

    Realogy Holdings Corp. has been named a certified Great Place to Work® for the fourth year in a row. The award is based entirely on current employee feedback about their experience working at Realogy. This year, 86% of Realogy employees said the company is a great place to work—27 percentage points higher than a typical […]

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    ERA® Real Estate Expands Washington Presence

    ERA® Real Estate has announced that Tucker Realty LLC, based in Mount Vernon, Washington, has affiliated with the ERA® brand. The company will now do business as Tucker Realty ERA Powered. The company, established in 2019, is owned by the husband-and-wife team of John and Michelle Combel. It provides real estate services in Skagit, Snohomish […]

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    Op-Ed: Small Businesses, Cooperation Bolster Real Estate Market by Maintaining Affordability, Equity

    As more than 31 million small businesses across the country were recognized during National Small Business Week, it’s a good time to look at how small, local operations drive so much of the economy and search for ways to continue to level the playing field for them and for consumers. When it comes to “buying local,” small businesses […]

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    Freddie Mac Report Highlights Apparent Racial Bias in Appraisals

    Housing discrimination and racial bias have taken many forms over the years, from the explicit government-sponsored policy of redlining (refusing to insure mortgages in predominately Black neighborhoods) to the continued practices of steering (real estate agents pushing Black homebuyers away from white neighborhoods). Yesterday, Freddie Mac released a new report exploring another avenue that the […]

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    Multifamily Activity Bolsters Housing Starts, but Single-Family Production Low

    Strong multifamily activity pushed overall housing starts up in August but single-family starts have dipped in response to continued supply chain and labor challenges. Total starts increased 3.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.62 million units, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. […]

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    New-Home Mortgage Applications for Purchases Down in August

    Mortgage applications for new-home purchases decreased 17% compared to last year, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for August 2021. Compared to July 2021, applications increased by 9%. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns. The details: According to MBA estimates using data from the […]

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    NAR Partnering With RRC for REALTOR Benefits® Program

    The National Association of REALTOR® (NAR) announced the launch of a new resource being made available to its members nationwide through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. The offering, Residential Real Estate Council’s Broker Solutions, was developed to ensure residential real estate brokerages with fewer than 150 agents are able to provide service and support to their […]

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    Builder Confidence Inches Up in September

    Builder confidence improved slightly in September amid lower lumber prices and strong housing demand, even while supply chain and labor challenges persist. After a three-month decline, builder sentiment for newly built single-family homes increased by one point to 76 in September, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). […]

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