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  • A few easy questions...DOL Survey

    Summary:

    The Department of Licensing Real Estate Program is asking you to answer a few simple questions to help them create programs to help you in your real estate business.

  • Conference Live 2014

    Summary:

    Just because you're not in New Orleans this week doesn't mean you have to miss out. Follow two of our very own Washington REALTOR members Marianne Bornhoft and Tom Hormel, using Conference Live.

  • Qualified Residential Mortgage Victory!

    Summary:

    Qualified Residential Mortgages will not require lenders to retain 5 percent of the credit risk. This will provide creditworthy buyers with access to safe and affordable loans without heavy down payment requirements.

  • .REALTOR Top Level Domain Launches

    Summary:

    Starting today (10.23.2014), members will be able to go to www.claim.REALTOR .REALTOR domains. The first 500,000 NAR and 10,000 CREA members will be able to claim their first domain FREE for one year.

  • 4 Hot Real Estate Tech Trends

    Summary:

    There are so many hot topics buzzing around the real estate world that it’s easy to get confused. The REAL Trends technology consulting team picked four tech trends that have the potential to impact the real estate industry—agent adoption, integrations, instant gratification and video. We’ll breakdown the trends and help you figure out how to offer easy-to-use and cutting-edge tools and technology that will help your agents and their consumers.

  • 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.

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Brokerages Have A Bright Future

    Summary:

    Over one-half of the brokerage firms we ranked on the REAL Trends 500, and Nation's Best (formerly Up-and-Comers) list grew their transaction sides from 2014-2018. Of the nearly 903 brokerage firms from which we have these five years of data, 617 of them grew in those five years.

  • Two Ways to Determine Value

    Summary:

    Two Ways to Determine Value — In the REAL Trends e-book, Valuing Small- to Medium-sized Brokerage Firms, offers guidance on valuations. Here are two ways to determine value.

  • Real Trends Offers You Options

    Summary:

    Real Trends is here for you. These are among the toughest times a brokerage will ever have. This wasn't an oncoming recession like most of the past 40 years—this is a precipitous decline in housing sales activity. No one saw this coming and most are not prepared...

  • Valuing Today's Brokerage

    Summary:

    A shift from a majority of traditional firms to other operating models has changed the game for business valuations. With nearly 4,000 valuations of residential real estate firms under our belts, we've practically seen it all...

  • Disrupting The Business; Not The Relationship

    Summary:

    In many businesses, disruption has caused a significant change in the relationship between suppliers of services, products, and consumers. This was foretold in the late 1990s book Blown to Bits, where Philip Evans, then the Director of the Media Labs at MIT, predicted that the internet would ultimately rearrange all relationships between producers and consumers. They would be blown to bits.

  • NIMBY VS. BANANA — The State of Housing Today

    Summary:

    How special interest groups are impacting affordable housing.

  • The Evolution of Teams

    Summary:

    In our work ranking the top individual agents and teams over the past 15 years, we've seen an evolution of teams from what they once were to an infinite variety of such arrangements. These changes have compelled us to change the way we rank teams in our annual reports. We think it is only the beginning.

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