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May 2014

Gen Y upbeat about housing market  — They face high unemployment rates and daunting student debt, but young home buyers remain optimistic about the housing market, the National Association of Realtors says. Read the report, Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends....

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April 2014

To build video presence, forget your embarrassment and just do it  — Two or three times a week, Jessica Edwards posts a video of herself discussing the real estate market in Wilmington, NC. See some of Edwards quick-and-easy videos below. ...

“Cloud-based” brokerage goes public, sells shares to agents  — Virtual brokers have been popping up nationwide, but broker Glenn Sanford serves up a new twist on the low-overhead model. See Sanford discuss his cloudbased brokerage model in this video. ...

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March 2014

Syndicator bashing continues as brokers in Tennessee, Texas ditch Zillow, Trulia  — Crye-Leike Real Estate Services cofounder Harold Crye could hardly be madder at Zillow and Trulia. He’s yanking listings from the aggregation sites and publicly accusing the companies of extortion. Crye is not the first to leave the syndicators. Learn about Edina Realty’s decision to leave Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com in this archive article. ...

Home flipping makes a comeback  — In a trend that promises more transactions for deal-hungry agents, home flipping increased sharply in 2013. See RealtyTrac charts illustrating flipping trends....

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February 2014

Renting gains ground, Harvard study says  — The nation’s share of renters grew from 31 percent in 2004 to 35 percent in 2012 as millions of Americans found themselves unable to qualify for mortgages, according to a new report by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Read the report: America’s Rental Housing: Evolving Markets and Needs....

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January 2014

As pocket listings reach "epidemic" levels, experts worry about legal, ethical pitfalls  — In some parts of California, more than a quarter of homes go up for sale without being marketed in the multiple listing service. The surge in so-called pocket listings has created no shortage of consternation in the real estate establishment. Critics of off-MLS deals worry that agents are placing their own commissions ahead of the goal of getting the best price for sellers — and perhaps putting the entire industry at risk. View Elizabeth Miller-Bougdanos’ presentation to the California Association of Realtors....

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