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Realtor Domains

NAR Registration For .REALTOR Domains Opens Thursday

October 20, 2014  |  by Ellen

The day is almost here. Real estate agents will be able to claim their names as a website with the extension .realtor on October 23rd. Head over to the link so you can get your preferred website address before anyone else does. Remember, the first 500,000 sign-ups can waive the first year’s fee, otherwise it is $39.95 (for the first... Continue Reading

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The Buzz About Houzz Is Getting Even Louder

October 17, 2014  |  by Ellen

Have you heard about Houzz? It’s an online site filled with photos of homes, interior decor, landscaping, and just about anything to do with living spaces. The highly popular site has 25 million visitors and just closed another round of financing for $165 million (which makes the company worth $2.3 billion, in case anyone is keeping track). Often compared to Pinterest, the site... Continue Reading

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Mapping The Rise In Home Prices For Washington D.C.

October 16, 2014  |  by Ellen

There’s a study out by Urban Institute quantifying the drastic change in housing prices, properties, and buyer demographics for Washington D.C. and the Washington Post summary comes with a cool interactive map that shows the changing trends since 2002. Prices have certainly risen for both buyers and renters, but the increase didn’t happen at the same time across all eight of... Continue Reading


We Want To Know Wednesday: What Are Your “Spooky” Real Estate Stories

October 15, 2014  |  by Ellen

Have you ever encountered any paranormal activity when touring a listing? How about hearing odd sounds or a shadow that just disappeared around a corner before you could catch a glimpse of it? We want to hear all about it so we can post our clients’ spookiest real estate moments for a fun Halloween post. Need inspiration? Read through some... Continue Reading

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SentriLock Reports Increase In Foot Traffic For September

October 14, 2014  |  by Ellen

The National Association of REALTORS has released an infographic based on foot traffic data from SentriLock and the news is good. For September 2014, the number of showings is up considerably compared to this time last year. NAR states this measure is a strong leading indicator of contract activity one to two months down the road, so it means we can be... Continue Reading

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MRIS Connect – What’s That?

October 13, 2014  |  by Jess

Are you subscribed to receive MRIS Communications emails? If so, you should have recently received an email from us about upcoming changes to our billing system. In mid-November 2014, MRIS is scheduled to launch our new customer portal, MRIS Connect. We are really excited about the ways it will enhance how you can manage your MRIS account. MRIS Connect has... Continue Reading

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RBI September 2014 Market Update: Flat Prices for Baltimore, DC Metros

October 10, 2014  |  by Corey

The following market highlights for the Washington, D.C. Metro and Baltimore, MD Metro Area housing markets have been prepared by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) and is based on September 2014 MRIS housing data. Click here to view the full releases. Baltimore Metro Overview Increase in closed sales led by detached homes; New pending sales up six percent In September, both... Continue Reading

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Seller Offers House In Exchange For iPhone…And Finds Willing Buyer

October 9, 2014  |  by Ellen

It’s no secret that times have been tough for Detroit. The blighted housing stock is still a prominent part of the city, and recently a seller desperately wishing to unload his home who was willing to trade it for a brand new iPhone 6 (or 32 gigabyte iPad) made the national news. The seller lives in Austria and somehow was... Continue Reading

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Staying Ahead of the Game with Pop-a-Note

October 8, 2014  |  by RISMedia

In the real estate world, word of mouth is everything. Plain and simple. Maintaining relationships with every client you serve has never been more important because that’s where positive word of mouth originates. For current clients, keeping in touch may not be such a daunting task, but it’s easy to lose track of past and prospective clients. Pop-a-Note can help... Continue Reading

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How to Mix Old Treasures and New Trends at Home

October 7, 2014  |  by RISMedia

(BPT) – It can be difficult to keep up with the latest changes in decorating styles at home, but an increasingly popular design trend may ease the burden, especially if you’ve kept some family treasures around. Designers are now focused on keeping those traditional accents, furniture pieces or wallpaper and blending them with clean, bright, contemporary elements. You, too, can... Continue Reading

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