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Hauling Houses and Buying the Block: Outside-the-Box Ideas in Housing

Editor’s Note: This is the first part in a three-part series on local innovations focused on affordability and community development. Often in the housing industry, people get caught looking up. Expecting the next big thing or the solution to long-standing problems to come from a national think-tank, a big conglomerate or an established thought leader…

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U.S. Senate Confirm Sandra Thompson as Permanent FHFA Director

Nearly a year after assuming interim leadership of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Sandra Thompson has been named the agency’s permanent director. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Thompson as FHFA director by a 49-46 vote. Thompson touts more than four years of experience in government, particularly in financial regulation, risk management, and consumer…

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Opportunity Zones Stay Abreast of Market

So-called “opportunity zones,” identified in the 2017 tax cuts passed under the Trump administration as areas in need of economic redevelopment, have seen significant growth in home prices this year, largely keeping up with broader market trends even with rising mortgage rates, according to an analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions. Median single-family home and condo…

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Intelligent Tech is the Key to Building Your Brand

With more than 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry, I have managed luxury brands and helped agents develop their personal brands. It is a delicate art. Each agent must create their individual style that incorporates their unique personality, communication approach and relationship skills. But the most successful agents all share a common trait:…

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Headliners Week of 5/23 – 5/28

RISMedia Associate Editor Jordan Grice delivers this week's Headliners, a video recap of the week's top stories in real estate.

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Don’t Be That Person With Email Marketing

Good agents know that it’s essential to connect with their audience, keep them engaged and provide helpful content that resonates. Great agents actively nurture their sphere of influence through email marketing. There are definite dos and don’ts for email newsletters. It’s frustrating to put time and effort into an email blast that goes unopened. DO…

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Foreign-Born Households Less Likely to Own Homes, More Likely to Be Cost-Burdened

In a new study by LendingTree, researchers analyzed home occupancy and homeownership data of immigrant and foreign-born communities across the nation’s 50-most-populous metro areas. Specifically, the data looked at which places have the highest share of homes owned and occupied by those born outside of the country, the study showed. Key findings Those born outside the…

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Mortgage Application Payments Jumped 8.8% to $1,889 in April

Homebuyer affordability decreased in April, with the national median payment applied for by applicants rising 8.8% to $1,889 from $1,736 in March. This is according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Purchase Applications Payment Index (PAPI), which measures how new monthly mortgage payments vary across time—relative to income—using data from MBA’s Weekly Applications Survey (WAS).…

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Coldwell Banker Announces New VP of PR and Corporate Communications

Coldwell Banker Real Estate has announced that Roni Boyles has been appointed vice president of public relations and corporate communications. In her new role, Boyles will oversee a multi-talented in-house team of PR and communication professionals as well as agency partners as they work to further the brand’s goals and support Coldwell Banker’s network of…

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CENTURY 21 Announces New Affiliate in New York State

Century 21 Real Estate has announced a new affiliate, CENTURY 21 One Realty, in the central and upstate New York region. The 25-agent office will be led by David Paciello and operates from three local offices. “We had many leading companies wanting us to affiliate with them, but at the end of the day, of…

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