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    What It Will Take to Get More LGBTQ+ Buyers and Sellers Off the Sidelines

    On the heels of Pride Month, pundits and advocates are reflecting on what the future could hold for the LGBTQ+ community in real estate as buyers pursue their slice of the American Dream. While there is a consensus that progress has been made in the sector concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), sources tell RISMedia…

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    Mortgage Applications Change Course After Three-Week Run

    After three weeks of increases, mortgage applications decreased 5.4% from one week earlier, according to the latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) for the week ending July 1, 2022. This week’s results include a holiday adjustment to account for early closings the Friday before Independence Day. Additional key findings: The Market…

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    ERA Real Estate Expands in Idaho Market

    ERA® Real Estate has announced the affiliation of ERA Home 2 Home. The company is based in Nampa, Idaho, and serves the greater Boise metropolitan area. The full-service firm specializes in residential sales, investments, relocation and partnering with new-home builders and developers. The firm, established in 2004, is led by Joe Newby. Newby started his…

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    Cynthia Keskinkaya Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties

    Cynthia Keskinkaya, one of New York City’s top agents, has joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties (BHHSNYP), the company has announced. According to a release from the company, Keskinkaya was most recently a top producer at Douglas Elliman where, in the last 12 months, she totaled over $50 million in sales.  She has brokered…

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    Summer Social Posts to Heat Up Your Real Estate Business

    At the start of a new season, it is important to cater your social media strategy to relevant and timely topics. Summer is a hot season for homebuying and selling, so it’s important for agents everywhere to take a hard look at their social media and marketing strategy, and add in some seasonal content to…

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    The Hunt Is On—Catch Up On Season 2 of ‘First-Time Buyer’

    NAR PULSE—See what happens as first-time buyers brave the most competitive housing market ever in “First-Time Buyer,” streaming now on Hulu and FirstTimeBuyer.realtor! Watch now and share with your agents! Navigate With NAR for the Latest News and Views Sign up for SmartBrief’s daily snapshot of market news and issues affecting REALTORS®—powered by REALTOR® Magazine.…

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    Setting Sellers Up for Success

    Veronica Figueroa, CEO of the Orlando, Florida-based Figueroa Team, brokered by eXp Realty, has run her team for close to a decade. During that time, she has fostered an approach to the business that has helped her people become top producers as they continue to grow. Having started off as a RE/MAX broker/owner, Figueroa built…

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    Building a Strong Support Network

    As the leaders of Northrop Realty, a Long & Foster Company, Creig and Carla Northrop have garnered a reputation within the real estate community as being agents of change. In 2000, the pair started the Creig Northrop Team, which became the No. 1 team in the nation an unprecedented three times. In 2018, the Creig…

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    WATCH: How the New Age of Home Inspections Can Raise the Agent Value Prop

    Amidst the real estate market’s roller coaster ride of the past two-plus years, one of the pillars of a successful real estate transaction—the home inspection—fell by the wayside as buyers maneuvered around stiff competition to secure a home. In this conversation with one of the home inspection industry’s leading authorities—Dan Steward, president & CEO of…

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    Subsidized Home Repairs Can Benefit All, Study Says

    One of the most important parts of a healthy housing market is having healthy homes. Maintenance costs—which average somewhere between 0.5% and 1% of the home’s value per year—are vital investments homeowners need to make not just for themselves, but for the next owner, their neighbors and the community. But these projects are often neglected,…

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