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Northeast Cities See Downtown Prices Hold Higher Than Other Regions

Downtowns from coast to coast are still recovering from unprecedented change as a result of the COVID pandemic, and home prices have varied since then as a result.  Now, data provided by PropertyShark indicates that the downtowns of the Northeast’s most populous cities remain notably more expensive than areas outside the center, compared to other…

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REALTORS® and the Public Are Split Over the NAR Settlement

This summer, the real estate industry is set to experience a great shift when it comes to commissions and the job of a buyer’s agent, thanks to the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) settlement and others in the commission lawsuits across the industry. These changes have been the subject of conversation not just in the…

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Global Spotlight: Tropical Destinations Lure International Buyers

Above, Bermuda’s Westcoast Topsail is listed for $2,950,000 From the appeal of year-round coastal living to the desire to lead a laid-back yet upscale lifestyle, destinations in tropical locales are becoming increasingly popular for homebuyers across the globe. This month, we take a look at three brokerage firms in sun-drenched locations to find out the…

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Weichert’s New Jersey Charity Outing to Tee Off in August

Weichert, REALTORS® will host its 24th Annual Charity Outing on Thursday, Aug. 15, at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ to raise funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and breast cancer research. The event will be coordinated by Chairperson Joe McDonald, president of Residential Sales and Real Estate Services for Weichert. Weichert stated…

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Ask the Newsmakers: Essential Technology Beyond AI

Above, Darryl Davis, Andrew Flachner and Liz Hogan Keeping pace with technology can give any professional an edge, real estate agents included. Right now, the new shiny tech on everyone’s mind is machine learning/generative text—colloquially, artificial intelligence (AI). But with all the focus on AI, are other essential tools for real estate professionals falling through…

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Turning Renters into Homeowners

In today’s evolving housing market, the dream of homeownership may seem distant for many first-time homebuyers or renters. Rising interest rates, high home prices and committing to purchasing a home can be daunting. However, as a mortgage professional, I’ve guided numerous clients through the process, helping them realize that homeownership is not only attainable but…

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Mortgage Mix: Bureau Takes Aim at ‘Junk Fees,’ Rates Dip Down Further

This week we reported on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) inquiry into mortgage “junk fees” that are typically added onto closing costs. Launching a formal inquiry into the issue, CFPB filed a Request for Information notice that was published June 6 in the Federal Register. According to the report, from 2021 to 2023, median…

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Hoby Hanna to Present the ‘State of Real Estate’

From post NAR-settlement fallout to ongoing economic flux, residential real estate brokers are confronting a barrage of obstacles to running a successful firm. During RISMedia’s 36th Annual CEO & Leadership Exchange, taking place Sept. 4 – 6 in Washington, D.C., Howard Hanna Real Estate Services CEO Hoby Hanna will address broker challenges head-on during his…

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PropStream Partners with Carrot

PropStream has announced a strategic partnership with Carrot, the premier website builder for real estate professionals.  PropStream stated it will now offer its data services to Carrot users, enhancing lead credibility and enabling users to perform more research on leads as they come through on the Carrot website. In turn, Carrot stated it will provide…

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Common HOA Disputes and Resolution Processes

Homeowners’ Association (HOA) disputes are common in community living. Resolving them efficiently is crucial for maintaining harmony. I will provide advice and tips on the following: Definitions of common HOA disputes and resolution processes Step-by-step guides on internal dispute resolution procedures Information on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration Legal requirements and state-specific…

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