Real Estate Industry

“All the news that's fit to print,” or to click, as the case may be, can be found right here at your favorite real estate social networking site, ActiveRain. And here you thought it was merely a great place to chat with colleagues and slap up a blog post or two.

We know you're busy – whether it's trying to fill your pipeline or following up on what's already popped out of the bottom of it. Who has time to read? And, while real estate market news geared toward consumers is easy to round up on the Internet, news for brokers and Realtors is a bit harder to come by.

Your friends at ActiveRain understand how important each of those 168 hours in every week is so we've made it easy for you by consolidating everything you need to know to keep up-to-date with the real estate industry right here, in one place.

How are housing starts looking? Has the FHFA launched any new efforts? How's that Fannie and Freddie loan limit rollercoaster doing?

You've got the questions and your colleagues here at AR have the answers. It's at your fingertips – finally.

Trending blogs on Real Estate Industry

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 118
REALTORS® Get a Bum Rap from the Public I read a post about agents not showing houses for a living and it got me to thinking that REALTORS® get a bum rap from the public. I have heard all kinds of statements over the years and have politely corrected the public but it is time to set the record st...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 101
It has been reported that Zillow is in advanced acquisition talks with rival Trulia. The current total value of Trulia shares is approximately two billion dollars. But both sites are dependent on revenue generated by the sale of ads to real estate agents, mortgage brokers, and other ancillary rea...
By Fred Griffin Licensed Real Estate Broker, Tallahassee Florida. Call 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 35
     The National Association of Realtors will be rolling out the "dot realtor" domain this fall.  ICAAN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has issued their approval to NAR for the new top-level domain.      NAR says that it will award domain names to Realtors on a f...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 39
Here are three ways to deal with what appears to be the inevitable merger of Zillow and Trulia.   Outspend Your Competition Steve Murray, President of Real Trends mentioned in an article on CNN that some agent teams are spending up to $20,000 a month to appear on the Zillow/Trulia listing pages....
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 14
As we've all heard, Zillow is buying Trulia.  Here's 10 takeaways and random thoughts...   1. Zillow will use it's massive virtual wallet to lobby congress and take complete control of the real estate industry.2. Zillow will continue to acquire real estate companies including relocati...
By Kim Norton, YOUR Realtor for Northwest Arkansas!
(Keller Williams Market Pro Realty)
Comments 16
I LOVE taking on a new listing!  I LOVE the thrill I feel when I gain an appointment or a referral calls saying they need me to sell their home.  I LOVE the moment when I share what I can do for them and they say YES!  I LOVE going to the photography session and working with my photographer to fi...
By Rachel Hernandez
Comments 6
"Be agressive." aggressive. That's some of the brilliant advice I've received as I've begun to navigate the world of Real Estate. But there's a problem; I'm not agressive. I'm not a salesperson. There is nothing wrong with being a salesperson, I quite en...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 20
I have often been accused of being a “doom and gloom” writer that focuses on the negative aspects of what is happening in the real estate industry. But my critics tend to lose sight of the fact that real estate is a business, and all business owners must face the reality that market forces can af...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
Last year comprised a decision point for many a local investor who had been holding back from the Henry County real estate market. There’d been a number of good reasons for them to hesitate. First, there were memories of the pervasive price drops that followed the global financial meltdown. Not e...
By Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
(Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 1
So true.  When you are self-employed, you have unlimited earning potential but often you get paid much less per hour than typical white collar workers.  Especially in the beginning.  You get to set your own hours too, which often means working evenings and weekends in addition to working the 9 to...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your St. George Area Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 8
What do Niches and Rules of Engagement have in common?  The opportunity to create a business niche comes with many choices but also with guidelines that follow in order to be successful. Planning on being a golf community real estate professional? Play golf, know each and every golf course commun...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 5
The official Rain post about the Zillow's acquisition of Trulia and all its jokes on Social Media about the acquisition. So, how do I take this news (Not that you care but my answer and how you react to it could possibly help you). The reality was, I was personally affected with the "Cur...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 17
According to CNBC, Zillow's deal to buy Trulia is set, and this deal will close next year.  This deal is in stock, not cash. "Trulia shareholders will get 0.444 shares of Zillow for each Trulia Share". On the news Trulia stock rose to $62 a share up from May's low of $30. Intere...
By Dan Spencer, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
Comments 10
I have a home which I listed that has Aluminum Wiring which the buyers wanted fixed as part of the Inspection. Well, how much will that cost to fix my clients asked!!!! I truly couldn't even give them a ballpark number. All I knew it had to be a chunk as a Electrician was involved. I did some...
By Magnus Title Marketing
(Magnus Title)
Comments 0
    CE GENERAL:  MLS – BEYOND THE BASICS (New Agents and Seasoned Professionals will learn valuable information and new marketing strategies here!)   Exceptional Learning Opp:  Morning Class; Discounted Fee; great Food; great Fellowship; great Instructor SEE YOU THERE! Secrets of MLS & IDXLEA...
By Magnus Title Marketing
(Magnus Title)
Comments 0
Agents and Lenders soaked up information re: the CFPB’s interpretation of compliant business practices and relationships per the RESPA statute.     Does anyone else’s interpretation matter?   Thank you for all who attended.  Together we enjoyed a great lunch and a great learning experience. We’ll...
By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
Comments 0
Rob Talbot I have known Lori Ballen for the past 2 1/2 years and have the highest respect for her. Lori is one of the most learning based people I’ve come into contact with. Lori has an amazing ability to share her knowledge with those around her with an authentic and powerful passion to teach a...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 4
Fundraising for 2 Day Solar Course for Appraisers -  I'm so excited to be a part of the FIRST EVER 2 Day Solar Course for Appraisers in Arizona!  According to Sandy Adomatis, former Vice Chair of Education, Appraisal Institute, this course is a year old and has never been taught in Arizona.  ...
By Gerhard Ade, Real Estate with Confidence
(RSVP Real Estate)
Comments 6
As I see it, there are only a few imaginative TV commercials out there. My favorites aren't the ones that use elaborate computer graphics just because now we can. The Geico gecko is good but the Geico "did you know" spots are better. The best of those is the "Did you know that ...
By Karen Jones- Licensed Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer -Home Loan Specialist-Home Loan Consultant, FHA, VA, USDA, Conventinal and Jumbo Loan Officer
(AmeriFirst Financial, Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer, Marketing Coach, #homeloans, #homebuyers)
Comments 1
Karen Jones, Licensed Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer is proud to introduce Peggy Roberts, Realtor at HomeSmart International. Peggy Roberts, HomeSmart International Realtor is happy to showcase this Virtual Property Tour to real estate professionals nationwide.  This beautiful, recently remodeled Urba...