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    Grass-Roots Development Opposition Hinders Healthy Growth

    “Not in my backyard.” That phrase has sounded out so many times—directed at land use experts, local politicians and housing developers—that it now has its own acronym. The NIMBY phenomenon, or NIMBYism can be found in nearly every community across the country, with roots going back 50 years or more. Growth or development that is […]

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    December Marked 3rd Straight Month of Increased Housing Starts for Builders

    2021 ended with more good news for home builders, with December seeing the third straight month of new residential construction increases, according to the latest report from the Commerce Department release Wednesday. Growth was primarily driven by a 5% increase of multifamily structures, with the month seeing a 2.3% decrease in single family home construction. […]

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    Mortgage Applications Increased More than 2% Week-Over-Week

    The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 2.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis during the week ending January 14, 2022, compared with the previous week. On an unadjusted basis, the Index increased 3%, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The Refinance Index, on the other hand, decreased 3% from the […]

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    LeadingRE Selects Pacaso for Solutions Group Program

    Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® announced today that it has selected Pacaso for its Solutions Group program, a collection of preferred business resources for the global network of 550 real estate firms. Pacaso is a tech-forward real estate platform that helps people buy and co-own a luxury second home for a fraction of […]

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    BHHS Brokerages Join Forces in Southern Maryland

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, one of the country’s fastest-growing brokerages, with 2,000 agents and $8 billion in annual sales, today announced a merger with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices McNelis Group Properties of Solomons, Md. Led by founder and Principal Broker Chris McNelis, The McNelis Group Properties opened its doors in 2006 with one office on […]

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    Season 2 of ‘First-Time Buyer’ Is Here

    NAR PULSE—Watch what happens when first-time buyers, guided by the expertise of a REALTOR®, search for their dream home. Stream “First-Time Buyer” now on Hulu and FirstTimeBuyer.realtor. Share with your agents! 2023 NAR Leadership Academy Application Period NAR is now accepting applications for the 2023 Leadership Academy Class. This program identifies, inspires, and mentors emerging leaders from the […]

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    Don’t Wait for Success—Create It

    “Do this and get 10 new leads in a week!” “This one simple tip will 4X your seller leads!” “Saying this one thing will land you 5 listing appointments in a week!” Do these promises sound too good to be true? They probably are. Yet, as a real estate agent, you probably get multiple emails […]

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    Builder Confidence Edges Lower on Inflation Concerns

    Growing inflation concerns and ongoing supply chain disruptions snapped a four-month rise in builder sentiment even as consumer demand remains robust. Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes moved one point lower to 83 in January, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI […]

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    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands California Presence

    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC has announced the affiliation of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Bloom Group based in Visalia, Calif. Established in 2015, the firm is led by Borna and Saba Binesh. Borna grew up in Visalia, started his real estate career in 2006 and later earning his broker’s license. Saba […]

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    Curbio Raises $65M to Expand National Fix First, Pay-at-Closing Home Improvement Solution

    Curbio, Inc., a pay-at-closing home improvement solution for real estate agents, brokerages and home sellers, has announced a $65M Series B funding round to support continued growth in the untapped market for fix first, pay-at-closing home improvement. Curbio has raised a total of $93M since its founding in late 2017. Curbio is the first tech-enabled […]

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