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  • Market Statistics

    Summary:

    Housing market statistics as featured in the Autumn Issue of RE Magazine. Provided by Steven O'Connor, Director of Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington:

  • August Home Sales Decrease; Prices Rise

    Summary:

    Sluggishness in the general economy is impacting housing sales. The REAL Trends Housing Market Report for August 2014 shows that housing sales decreased 5.2 percent from the same month a year ago. The annual rate of new and existing home sales for August 2014 was 6.002 million units down from a rate of 6.334 million in August 2013. Housing prices rose an average of 4.1 percent from August 2013, a slight decrease from the previous month. Price increases have now settled to a mid-single digit growth rate for the past four months.

  • How the Little Guy Can Beat the Giant Portals

    Summary:

    We’ve been hearing from our customers about the proposed Zillow/Trulia merger. Who can blame them for being concerned? As Bloomberg quoted Steve Murray of REAL Trends, “Zillow has locked up the absolutely dominate position in online real estate in the United States.”

  • .REALTOR Launches Oct. 23

    Summary:

    Members prepare to claim their .REALTOR domains on Oct. 23 starting at 11 am EDT with the .REALTOR Checklist...

  • Washington REALTORS® was asked to participate...

    Summary:

    Washington REALTORS was asked to participate on a committee established by the State Public Health Agency help identify financing for repair and replace septic systems.

  • Growth Management Update

    Summary:

    A quick update on which counties have submitted their Comprehensive Plans, some upcoming resources to be made available in September, and a clock-hour education opportunity to help understand the laws governing Comprehensive plans....

  • Announcing...The Hall of Fame

    Summary:

    Announcing, our Hall of Fame members, or those who have invested a lifetime TOTAL of $25,000 or more in the REALTOR® PAC.

  • Valuable Member Resource

    Summary:

    The REALTOR® Political Action Committee is a valuable member resource. The REALTOR® PAC allows REALTORS® a seat at the table, it defends your bottom line and ensures that REALTORS® and your clients best interests are represented when important Legislative decisions are being made.

  • Flood Insurance Resources

    Summary:

    Effective May 1, 2014, all buyers of older properties (“pre-FIRM”) will see a premium rate reduction under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. Instead of jumping to “full cost” for flood insurance, buyers will assume the seller’s Oct-2013 rate for a pre-FIRM property...

  • Consumer Protection Initiative

    Summary:

    Important notice to real estate licensees and real estate buyers and sellers. Not every real estate broker is a REALTOR®. REALTORS® choose to be members of the National Association of REALTORS® and voluntarily agree to abide by the Highest Standard of Conduct–the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. It is a violation of Washington State Law–RCW 18.85.361 (3) & (14) for ANY real estate broker to:

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Industry Assessment — Today's Threats & Opportunities

    Summary:

    What can you learn from today's threats? What are the opportunities brokerages should be seeking? Real estate has long been an industry filled with new business models, lawsuits and emerging technology. It's also an industry that offers unmatched opportunity.

  • Consumer Engagement — The Life of A Lead

    Summary:

    The best CRM is the one an agent uses. Building on existing relationships will keep your business thriving.

  • Australia and New Zealand

    Summary:

    Australia and New Zealand — what's happening in these very different real estate markets? With house prices falling significantly in the major cities in Australia, the inevitable question is "will the downturn spread to New Zealand in 2019?" The two real estate markets are different, so we need to examine the fundamentals to predict what is likely to happen in each country.

  • A Shrinking FHA Footprint In 2019?

    Summary:

    An update to the TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard may foreshadow additional Federal Housing Administration (FHA) restrictions over the coming years. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced on March 14 that it's updating its TOTAL Mortgage Scorecard to redefine which loans need to be manually underwritten. While the impact of this change will be felt most by borrowers with low credit scores and high debt-to-income (DTI) ratios...

  • gen Xers' Adult Children Influence Their Buying Decisions

    Summary:

    One in six Gen Xers purchased a multi-generational home, overtaking younger boomers as the generation most likely to do so; with 52 percent of those Gen X buyers indicating that they did so because their adult children have either moved back or never left home.

  • Real Trends 500 Observations: The Numbers Tell A Story

    Summary:

    Real Trends 500 Observations — the newly released brokerage rankings offer insight and valuable information about the real estate industry. We break it down.

  • Talks With Realogy Leaders: What's On Their Minds?

    Summary:

    We picked the brains of real estate leaders to find out where they see opportunities in the coming year. During the last few months, we had the chance to visit and observe the national conferences for all major brands. While we were there, we had the opportunity to personally visit with a few of the leaders of these companies. Here are some thoughts about what they're thinking about their companies and our industry.

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