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Home Sales Forecasted to Rise Nationally

Home Sales Forecasted to Rise Nationally

Existing-home sales are forecasted to rise approximately 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices, according to National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a newly-released video on his 2015 housing market expectations. In the NAR-published video, Yun discusses his expectations for the […]

Millennials on the House Hunt

Millennials on the House Hunt

More Buyers in House-Hunting Mode Read More: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/01/28/more-buyers-in-house-hunting-mode Low mortgage rates mixed with a friendlier lending environment are getting more home buyers to step off the sidelines in search of a new home. Several recent housing reports show a surge in buyer demand this month. As REALTOR Magazine reported last week, homebuilders are also finding […]

Home Staging Can Help Sell Home for More, Realtors Say

Home Staging Can Help Sell Home for More, Realtors Say

WASHINGTON (January 27, 2015) – Most homeowners know it is important to keep a home clean, bright and free from clutter while it is on the market for sale. But sometimes, Realtors® say, taking the extra step to stage a home can make a difference in how a buyer values it and the price a seller […]

Birmingham REALTORS Receive Prestigious CIPS Designation

Birmingham REALTORS Receive Prestigious CIPS Designation

In December of 2014, eight Birmingham REALTORS® members earned the designation of Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and are beginning to take their local businesses to a new global level.  Last month the Birmingham Association of REALTORS® (BAR) hosted the National Association of REALTORS® CIPS Institute, featuring four days of international business and real estate […]

Obama: FHA Premium Cut Helps Middle Class

Obama: FHA Premium Cut Helps Middle Class

ORIGINAL ARTICLE POSTED ON REALTOR MAGAZINE In his sixth State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama last night pointed to the cut in the annual FHA insurance premium that takes effect later this month as the kind of “middle-class economics” initiative he wants to focus on to help build on the country’s improving economic […]

Birmingham REALTORS Take Home Honors at Alabama Winter Conference Awards Luncheon

Birmingham REALTORS Take Home Honors at Alabama Winter Conference Awards Luncheon

Several Birmingham REALTORS® took home honors and recognition from the 2015 Alabama REALTOR® Xpress Winter Conference held in Montgomery on January 20, 2015. REALTORS® Janet Hamm of Arc Realty, Juhmad Hollis of Sil-loH Properties LLC and Senia Johnson of REMax-Marketplace were named members of the 2015 Alabama REALTORS® Leadership Class. Margie Ingram of Ingram & […]

Why is Everyone Talking About Mortgages?

Why is Everyone Talking About Mortgages?

Borrowing costs got even cheaper for home buyers and refinancers this week, as mortgage rates continued to descend. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.66 percent this week, the lowest weekly average since May 23, 2013, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. What’s more, the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped below 3 percent, also […]

Join us For Professional Standards Training

Join us For Professional Standards Training

Members interested in participating and joining the Professional Standards and Grievance Committees will want to make plans to join Association leaders and Diane Disbrow, the 2015 NAR Professional Standards Chair, next week for mandatory pro standards and ethics training. TO REGISTER FOR THIS PLEASE CONTACT TRICIA HYDE – TRICIA@BIRMINGHAMREALTORS.COM About Diane Disbrow: Diane Disbrow has been active […]

The 5 Biggest, Best Homeowner Tax Breaks

The 5 Biggest, Best Homeowner Tax Breaks

It’s tax time again. Make sure that your clients and friends know about these important money saving options when it comes to taxes and homeownership. See the original article by Dona DeZube on realestate.aol.com 1. Home Office Do you work at home? Collect a tax break either by using the simplified method explained below or […]

Commercial Realtors Talk About Commercial Real Estate Use of Drones

Commercial Realtors Talk About Commercial Real Estate Use of Drones

Last week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted permission to a REALTOR® from Tucson, Arizona to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology for commercial real estate use. The company Tierra Antigua Realty was granted permission from the FAA to use UAV technology to create marketing videos for commercial purposes. Tierra Antigua […]