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    Moving Parts: Pandemic Reshuffles Hot and Cold Housing Markets

    Like any major market disruption, the COVID-19 pandemic has created its share of winners and the less fortunate across the real estate economy. Generally, the residential sector has outperformed many other industries; however, a closer look at moving behaviors has found that not all buying and selling is steady across the nation. According to realtor.com®’s Top […]

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    Existing-Home Sales: Increase Reaches Highest Level Since Before Great Recession

    December hit another historic peak for existing-home sales, experiencing the highest level since 2006 after rising 0.7 percent from the previous month. According to the latest data from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), year-over-year, existing-home sales increased 22.2 percent. Additional market data gives a better overview of the current environment: sales are still driving […]

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    A Journey of Leadership Brings Rich Perspective to Real Estate

    This article first appeared in Real Estate magazine’s special-edition Women in Real Estate issue. View the entire issue here. WAV Group’s Marilyn Wilson and Myra Jolivet Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” This is certainly the case at real estate […]

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    How to Level Up Your Listings

    A hands-on future: That’s what RISMedia’s “Real Estate’s Rocking in the New Year” was all about. The all-day virtual event, co-presented by the National Association of REALTORS® on Jan. 7, provided both agents and brokers with actionable tips for finding success in 2021. Amid a nationwide inventory shortage, listing business has become more competitive, and […]

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    A Responsibility to Others

    This article first appeared in Real Estate magazine’s special-edition Women in Real Estate issue. View the entire issue here. Joan Docktor Vitals: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Fox & Roach REALTORS® Years in business: 135 Size: 75 offices, 5,500 agents Regions served: Southeastern Pa.; the Lehigh Valley; Northern Delaware; South Jersey; Central Jersey www.foxroach.com As President of Berkshire […]

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    These Counties Were Most Vulnerable to Economic Impact From COVID

    Some areas of the United States have showed increased vulnerability amid the coronavirus pandemic compared to others. A new ATTOM Data Solutions report found that pockets of the Northeast and some parts along the East Coast remained most at risk in the fourth quarter of 2021. Meanwhile, the West continued to show less vulnerability. The […]

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    Housing Starts: Strong Year-End Numbers Don’t Mean There Aren’t Risks Ahead

    Housing starts increased 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.67 million units, according to the latest report from the Commerce Department. While housing starts ended 2020 on a strong note, there are still concerns surrounding rising lumber prices, as well as increasing regulatory cost concerns that may impact future production. The Breakdown: […]

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    Women Leaders in Virtual Real Estate

    This article first appeared in Real Estate magazine’s special-edition Women in Real Estate issue. View the entire issue here. Women make an incredible difference in the often male-dominated real estate industry. At MyOutDesk, we know this, and we celebrate women in the field. As the No. 1-rated virtual assistant company by TechRadar, I’d like to share […]

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    New Zillow Rental Policy Could Cost Industry ‘Tens of Millions of Dollars’

    Last year, Zillow announced the launch of its own brokerage: Zillow Homes. Due to this, starting this year, rental listings syndicated through the MLS are no longer feeding directly to Zillow. Agents and brokers who would like their rental listing on Zillow, must now do so through Zillow’s Rental Manager, a contract-based service that starts […]

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    Thoughts on Leadership: Total Responsibility

    This Monday night, I watched the Alabama game, as the incredible college football team won the national championship against Ohio State, 52-24. Watching that game, I couldn’t help but think about two great leaders, two great friends and two great franchisees—Dewey Mitchell and Allen Crumbley, broker/owners of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group—who both played […]

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