Appraisals Catch Up to Homeowner Opinions

Appraisers and homeowners are on similar wavelengths, with appraisals coming in only 0.28 percent under what homeowners expected in July, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 4.86 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI). “The story the HPPI is currently telling   Read More »

Staying Ahead of a Shifting Technology Landscape

In the following interview, Dan Bowden, broker/owner of HomeSmart Realty Group in Orland Park, Ill., discusses the advantages of the brand, the local market, technology, and more. Region Served: Midwest Chicago Years in Real Estate: 18 Number of Offices: 3 Number of Agents: 200 total in Orland Park, Naperville and Chicago’s West Loop Best Advice   Read More »

5 Tips for Snagging More Steps

Did you know, people who take fewer than 5,000 steps every day are considered to be sedentary or inactive? The ideal number of steps to hit in a day for optimum health is 10,000 – but this can be hard for those of us with desk jobs. Below are a few tips to stretch your   Read More »

In the Dark About Household Finances?

In many couple situations, the task of handling various financial chores fall on one specific person. But that doesn’t – and certainly shouldn’t – mean that only one person should know what’s going on with the household bills, expenses, and credit accounts. According to a recent report from The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),   Read More »

8 Tips to Kick Off the New School Year

Prepping your family for back to school? Are you and your kids ready for the new school year? To help ease stress, USAGov offers these eight tips. Don’t skip the shots. Your pediatrician can tell you which vaccinations your kids need each year. Check if your family qualifies for low-cost or free vaccines.    Read More »

Homes by the Millions ‘Missing’ Thanks to Underbuilding

With building halted in the recession and construction at insufficient levels since, there is a 6.3 million deficit in the housing stock, according to an analysis newly released by Zillow. From 2008 on, there have been 1.9 approved building permits (single-family) per 1,000 people—but, historically, the number has been 3.9. According to the analysis, if   Read More »

Financial Wellness Starts Now!

NAR PULSE—The National Association of REALTORS® proudly introduces the Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness, a new online resource designed specifically to help all REALTORS®—no matter age, industry experience or amount of wealth—navigate financial planning and prepare for retirement. Encourage your agents to log in to and start navigating their financial security—one goal at a   Read More »

Making Brokers the Center of the Universe

The approach that’s made MoxiWorks a star What was born and bred within a forward-thinking brokerage now stands as one of the most well-entrenched technology players in the residential real estate industry. Since its launch as an independent entity in 2012, MoxiWorks has gone from serving its parent, Windermere Real Estate, and its 6,000 agents,   Read More »

Luxury Market on Record Streak

The luxury market is on a record streak, with double-digit growth in 19 of the largest markets in the nation, according to the July Luxury Home Index by®. High-end homes are moving rapidly, with age of inventory at 108 days—11 days faster than in July 2017—and $1 million-plus properties on the rise. “The strong   Read More »

Why You Should Get a Dog

(Family Features)–Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile   Read More »