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First-Timers: Better Chances in Colorado and Texas

The housing market today is unprecedented, and buyers are contending with cost pressures and short supply—but, according to a recent report by WalletHub, there are cities where conditions are more favorable for first-time homeowners: Broken Arrow, Okla. Tampa, Fla. Centennial, Colo. Boise, Idaho Grand Rapids, Mich. Thornton, Colo. Frisco, Texas McKinney, Texas Cary, N.C. Gilbert, […]

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Traditional Real Estate and the ‘New Normal’

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses the evolution of the industry’s “new normal.” Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Panelists Sherry Chris, CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Madison, N.J.   Joan Docktor, President, Berkshire Hathaway […]

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Cryptocurrency, Cyber Fraud Focus of Trump Task Force

On an executive order by President Trump, four agencies established the Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud last week, charged with guiding “the investigation and prosecution of cases involving fraud on the government, the financial markets and consumers, including cyber fraud and other fraud targeting the elderly, service members and veterans, and other […]

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Blazing a New Trail: NextHome Achieves Unprecedented Growth

How does a company break into franchising in 2015 and end up with 290 locations and 2,500-plus agents in 43 states just three-and-a-half years later? According to NextHome CEO James Dwiggins, it’s all about giving real estate professionals what they want: the flexibility to maximize profitability, automated technology solutions, and contemporary branding and marketing to […]

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Michael Rogers: Creating Value for Agents and Clients Alike

Vitals: Dorsey Alston, REALTORS® Years in Business: 71 Size: 2 offices, 242 licensed REALTORS® Regions Served: Metro Atlanta 2017 Sales Volume: $837,475,014 2017 Transactions: 1,556 No. 321 in sales volume in RISMedia’s 2018 Power Broker Report www.dorseyalston.com Michael Rogers, current president of Dorsey Alston, REALTORS®, started with the firm in the spring of 2000. The […]

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Breaking Down the Hottest Patio Trends This Summer

Summer patio season is ramping up. The experts at Infratec say that outdoor design trends for 2018 are all about incorporating affordable luxury into your own backyard by turning your patio into a peaceful, lush oasis through low-maintenance water fixtures, a color refresh and vintage materials. The company sees many homeowners gravitating toward easy-maintenance exterior […]

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Commitment, Dedication and Perseverance: A Foolproof Recipe to Continued Success

Faisal Susiwala, Broker, RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc. Brokerage Faisal Susiwala’s entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic set the stage for a prosperous real estate career For Faisal Susiwala, a broker with RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc. Brokerage in Cambridge, Ontario, graduating from high school and going to university had always been the plan. But that […]

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Is Amazon Embarking on Home Insurance?

July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be […]

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Luxury Market Swells With $1 Million-Plus Sales

The demand for luxury is staggering. According to the latest Luxury Home Index by realtor.com®, $1 million-plus transactions are up 25 percent year-over-year, with the average property snapped up in 105 days—a tightening window. “Continued growth in high-paying jobs and stock market inertia have reignited many luxury markets this year,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic […]

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Appraisals Bring Fewer Seller Surprises

Appraisals brought fewer seller surprises at the start of summer, with appraisals in June just 0.25 percent below what homeowners predicted—the closest the gap has been since February 2015, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 4.57 percent year-over-year, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Value […]

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