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    Van Zyl Team Brings Investment Expertise to Florida Coast

    Marcia and Albert van Zyl—whose husband-and-wife team, Team van Zyl, works under the banner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Florida Realty—serve buyers and investors along the Fort Lauderdale coastline. It took them a few twists of fate for the magic to happen. Marcia Saunders was a young woman from Illinois with a background in advertising […]

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    RE/MAX Offices Partner in Northern Arizona

    Two of Northern Arizona’s real estate offices, RE/MAX Fine Properties and RE/MAX Peak Properties, have merged. According to the company, RE/MAX Fine Properties has the highest sales volume per agent in the United States for RE/MAX. Last year the brokerage had $1.8 billion in sales and is on track to exceed $2 billion in 2021. […]

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    Zavvie Provides iBuyer and Power Buyer Programs to JBGoodwin

    JBGoodwin REALTORS® is introducing “EasyMove by JBGoodwin,” powered by zavvie. Sellers can now choose an instant cash offer from an iBuyer, a buy-before-you-sell option from a Power Buyer or take the traditional route by listing their home on the open market. EasyMove is available throughout communities across the entire San Antonio, Hill Country and Greater […]

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    Builder Confidence High Despite Continued Supply and Affordability Challenges

    Builder confidence grew in October despite market challenges such as dwindling affordability due to increasing supply pricing and ongoing shortages. For single-family homes, builder sentiment increased four points to 80, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. The NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI gauges builder perceptions of current […]

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    Industry Forecasts Purchase Originations to Increase 9% to Record $1.73 Trillion in 2022

    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) recently announced that purchase mortgage originations are expected to grow 9% to a new record of $1.73 trillion in 2022. After an anticipated 14% decline in 2021 to $2.26 trillion, MBA expects refinance originations will slow again next year, decreasing by 62% to $860 billion. MBA’s 2022 outlook was presented […]

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    Real Estate Webmasters Wins Gold at Muse Creative Awards

    Enjoying explosive growth following the launch of its Renaissance website platform earlier this year, Real Estate Webmasters celebrated another victory last month—winning the 2021 Muse Creative Design gold award for its submission, www.carlycarey.com, the website of luxury real estate professional Carly Carey. The award represents the top prize globally for all real estate websites. The […]

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    Tim Hur Named AREAA 2022 National President

    The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) has installed its next president. Tim Hur, 37, who is the managing broker and president of Point Honors and Associates, REALTORS®, a boutique real estate firm located in Metro Atlanta, becomes the second youngest leader of the national group. He was recognized last week at AREAA’s National […]

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    Zillow Stops Buying Houses – What Does This Mean and Will Other iBuyers Follow Suit?

    Editor’s note: This story was updated on Oct. 19 with additional insights from industry practitioners. The supply chain challenges that are straining the housing market are having the same effect on iBuying giant Zillow. The real estate platform announced on Oct. 18 that its home-flipping business, Zillow Offers, will be taking a break from signing […]

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    First-Ever Proptech Franchise Opportunity Creates Ancillary Revenue Stream Through Predictive Behavior Platform

    There are thousands of real estate data platforms available to practitioners that assist agents and brokers in simplifying workflows, improving transparency, and attracting and retaining new business. Until now, however, there has not been a consumer-facing platform that accomplishes all of the above, and more, while also providing a franchise opportunity that allows business owners […]

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    DOJ Fires Back at NAR With Court Filing of its Own

    The courtroom volley between The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) wages on. This time, the DOJ claims that it should be allowed to investigate NAR because its antitrust settlement wasn’t formalized. “Contrary to NAR’s suggestions, the Division never committed to refrain from further investigation into NAR and its […]

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