Archive for October, 2012


TANYA HAWKINS AWARDED CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST …

  TANYA HAWKINS AWARDED CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST DESIGNATION BY THE COUNCIL OF RESIDENTIAL SPECIALISTS   Honolulu – Tanya Hawkins (RA) has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®.   Realtors who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced […]

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Pending Home Sales Rise Slightly

(MCT)–Signed contracts to buy previously owned homes rose in September, but not by much, according to a trade group report. Pending sales inched up 0.3 percent to 99.5 from 99.2 in August, according to an index of pending sales from the National Association of Realtors. Contracts had hit a two-year high of 101.9 in July […]

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Sandy could have muted impact on housing markets

(MoneyWatch) Superstorm Sandy’s impact on individual homeowners may be severe, but broader real estate markets battered by the cyclone could recover quickly. “We often see temporary disruptions in sales closings from major weather events that sometimes cause a dip in monthly regional sales, followed by a bounce the following month or two with no impact […]

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Houston Association of REALTORS® Executes Data Licenses Agreement

The Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) announced recently that it has signed an agreement with Realtors Property Resource, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, to bring RPR’s national property database to their REALTOR® members. According to HAR CEO Bob Hale, “The Houston Association of REALTORS® is pleased to bring this […]

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Case-Shiller Home Prices Increase 2% Year-over-Year in August 2012

Written by Steven Hansen The non-seasonally adjusted Case-Shiller home price index (20 cities) for August 2012 (released today) showed the third year-over-year gain in housing prices since the end of the housing stimulus in 2010. Home prices increased 0.9% month-over-month – the third month-over-month increase in a row However, home prices increased year-over-year 2.0% (versus […]

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Kirsch named Realtor of the Year

Sturgis — The St. Joseph County Association of Realtors named Mark Kirsch of O’Sullivan Real Estate, Sturgis, as 2012 Realtor of the Year. This award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to his association, his community and the real estate industry.Award winners chosen are recognized locally and most recently at the annual […]

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Americans spend little time in their backyards

After a dreary few years, the housing market is showing signs of life. A mid-September report from the National Association of Realtors found that home resales rose 7.8 percent in August from a year before. New housing starts are up, too, which has people thinking about what kind of space they’d like to live in. […]

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Real estate agents usually tout the quality of neighborhood schools in their come-ons to would-be homebuyers, but this year at least, the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors is sending another message. According to a Friday filing posted online by the county Registrar of Voters by the No on Z committee, on October 12 the Realtors […]

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Some National Housing Reports Are Deceptive

Some National Housing Reports Are Deceptive As another month works its way to the end, I find myself drawn to the NAR to observe the next slight-of-hand trick that usually accompanies their Pending Home Sales Reports. For those readers who have not followed our scrutiny of previous pending home sales reports, you might find my […]

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What to Look for When Renting Office Space

image credit: Jason Lee Q: What should entrepreneurs look for when renting an office? A: Choosing a space for your business is a huge decision, especially for startups. There’s much to consider, from hiring a real-estate broker to finding the right location to fine-tooth-combing through the lease. Bill Armstrong, treasurer of the National Association of […]

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