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Shareable ActiveRain Infographic Highlights Real Estate Hidden Gems

April 9, 2014  |  by Jess

Members of the ActiveRain community (approximately 1500 of them) responded to a question on what hidden gems create the most value in a home, and the result is this great infographic that you can share for free with your clients. Do you agree with their choices? Do you think there gems that are missing? Let us know in the comments!... Continue Reading

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MRIS Chairman Jon Coile Provides Tips For Sellers In Latest Column

April 8, 2014  |  by Ellen

Real estate season has officially begun which means sellers are sharpening their focus on how to get the highest asking price for their home. That means cleaning and decluttering, of course, but our chairman Jon Coile has a few more black-belt level suggestions in his column for the Washington Post. He offers up a number of easy upgrades that sellers... Continue Reading


RBI Provides Latest Condo Sales Data To Washington Post

April 7, 2014  |  by Ellen

Last Friday the Post ran a feature detailing the popularity of condo sales in the D.C. area that included some hot off the presses data from RealEstate Business Intelligence. Not only have condo and town home listings increased by over 25% since last year, but contracts during the first eleven days of March rose 18% for condos and 10% for... Continue Reading

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Popularity Contest: Most Coveted Features for New Homes

April 4, 2014  |  by RISMedia

During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sharing with home buyers the most popular features in new single-family homes in 2014. Builders from across the country were surveyed on what features they were most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year, revealing that convenience, livability and energy efficiency are top... Continue Reading

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Check Out This Piece from Richmond Association of REALTORS CEO Laura Lafayette

April 3, 2014  |  by David Charron

There are over 45,000 real estate professionals that use the MRIS system to help them to navigate the home search process. MRIS systems receive over 150,000 visits every day from these professionals and consumers. Lots of people. My friend Laura Lafayette from Richmond Virginia isn’t one of them. Laura is the CEO of the Richmond Association of Realtors and the... Continue Reading

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Start Spring Strong with ShowingTime for the MLS

April 3, 2014  |  by Jess

We don’t want to jinx it, but it finally feels like Spring is here, doesn’t it? As the housing market continues to pick up momentum, you’re going to get busy. Since you won’t have a minute to spare, we wanted to remind you of a recent MRIS Core Product addition that helps save you time and increase your chances of... Continue Reading

April Fool's Day

Not Even Real Estate Can Escape April Fools’ Day

April 2, 2014  |  by Ellen

Heard about those bacon-scented listings? Or the new brokerage division dedicated exclusively to representing dogs and their dog houses? Those two pranks and many more made the Internet rounds yesterday. Inman News has a delightful summary of some of the funnier highlights—including some from fellow MLSs around the country like MRED in Illinois and ARMLS in Arizona. There is also... Continue Reading

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Let’s Compare Capitol Hill To…Capitol Hill

April 1, 2014  |  by Ellen

Thanks to all our customers who have checked out the addition of cities and subdivisions to rbiEXPERT. We’ve had a surge of interest over the past week as MRIS agents look into the statistics for the neighborhoods where they specialize. We thought we’d share a few examples of what types of new data are available to subscribers and to kick... Continue Reading

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DC’s Stable Housing Market Ranked 2nd Highest In New Freddie Mac Index

March 31, 2014  |  by Ellen

Freddie Mac recently released a new way to rank the stability of housing markets around the country and for the nation as a whole. With the nickname MiMi, the Freddie Mac Multi-Indicator Market Index℠ uses the historical stable average for each market to compare how that market is doing today. There were only twelve states that met the criteria for... Continue Reading

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Matrix Survey Results and What We’ve Heard

March 28, 2014  |  by Jess

Thanks to everyone who has filled out our Matrix Updates survey. As of today, 95% of respondents have indicated that they are aware of the upcoming changes, but individual levels of comfort vary. The change that respondents find most challenging? Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) Customization. If you’ve used the CMA tool within Matrix, the “change” to this tool is more... Continue Reading