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@properties Growth Leader – 7.9 Billion in Sales

@properties Grows Exponentially - sales grew by 1.7 billion last year to 7.3 billion Here is the article which outlines recent trends … April 14, 2016 As top brokerages grow, Berkshire Hathaway shrinks By Dennis [...]

Now Is The Best Season To Buy A Home

Now Is The Best Season To Buy A Home Forbes Business By Lawrence Yun December 2, 2015 With increasing incidences of unruly shoppers competing over holiday sales, it could well be the best time of the [...]

Most Markets Up in January 2015

Most Markets Up in January 2015 [REALTORS® Report] by Jed Smith, Managing Director, Quantitative Research February 27, 2015 Local markets broadly picked up across all property types in January 2015 compared to December 2014, although activity [...]

Considering a change in 2015 … Here’s what you need to know

Sellers From the time-tested yard sign to cutting edge content marketing, there is no shortage of tactics for marketing a home these days, but the most successful sellers (and their brokers) create and follow a strategy [...]

Everyone is Talking About Mortgage Rates

Realtor Magazine January 16, 2015 Why Everyone Is Talking About Mortgage Rates Borrowing costs got even cheaper for home buyers and refinancers this week, as mortgage rates continued to descend. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.66 [...]

The Prediction Game

@Properties Newsletter The Prediction Game February 2015 The predictions game is a tough racket. From the infamous "Dewey Defeats Truman" edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune to the prognosticators who picked the 2014 Bears to win [...]

Housing Starts Highest in 7 Years

MareketWatch January 21, 2015 Housing-starts rise to highest annual tally in seven years by RuthMantell, Economics reporter original article WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The pace of construction started on new U.S. homes rose last month to cap [...]

First-Time Homebuyers Highest Since 2012

Chicago Agent Magazine January 13, 2015 Special Report: First-Time Homebuyer Market Share at Highest Level Since 2012 by Peter Thomas Ricci original article Are we finally seeing the triumphant return of first-time homebuyers? We’ve reported in [...]

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Why We Fall in Love – With Houses

WSJ Blogs February 10, 2014 By Sanette Tanaka original article Falling in love can be wonderful—and finding the perfect house can make a house-hunter weak in the knees. As Valentine’s Day approaches, a survey by [...]

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Listing Photos that Attract the Best Buyers

Five Listing Photos that Attract the Best Buyers Trulia Pro Blog January 30, 2014 original article A picture is worth a thousand words . . . and, in the case of real estate listing photos, they [...]

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Realtor Pro: What agents should tell sellers

Six Things Agents Need to Tell Every Seller Before they List TruliaPro January 27, 2014 original article In a market where home inventory is low and demand is soaring, your sellers may think that their home [...]

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Realtor Pro: Inside Dangers of Overpricing

Five Ways to Vividly and Painlessly Prove the Dangers of Overpricing October 2012 Trulia Pro Blog Real Estate professionals constantly study and research to make themselves more valuable to their clients. We provide this article for [...]