Existing-home sales declined in March after rebound in February

Existing-home sales fell 4.9%, according to NAR data BYVERONIKA BONDARENKO Existing-home sales fell 4.9 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). After a small rebound in February, the total is down 5.4 percent year-over-year.  In Eastern CT, the March trend matched national data with […]

Here’s what NAR wants in the next versions of Fannie and Freddie

The advocacy group hopes things like the 30-year mortgage and affordable credit stick around for the foreseeable future BYJIM DALRYMPLE II The largest real estate trade and lobbying group in the U.S., the National Association of Realtors (NAR), believes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac need reforms. But NAR also said on Friday that any changes should […]

4 MLS mistakes that can kill your listing’s appeal

Put in the extra effort to craft a thoughtful, well-written listing description with professional photos, and you’ll increase interest and likely net a better price BY SHARI MATTERN Your listing’s MLS description is the very first gateway to charming and attracting a potential homebuyer. And while the contents for the listing itself are pretty standard — […]

7 Essential Behaviors of High-Performing Mega Teams

Sherri Johnson, CEO & Founder, Sherri Johnson Coaching & Consulting explains What Makes A Team Thrive Whether you’re growing your team at a steady pace, or experiencing the struggles and setbacks that most teams have—maybe it feels like you take 10 steps forward and 20 back—adopt these seven essential behaviors that high-performing teams live by. […]

7 New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep in 2019

Keep your list simple, and make daily habits BY BILLY NASH It’s that time of the year for holiday parties, gifts, reflection and thinking about how to be your  most productive self in the coming New Year. I personally air on the side of not making too many New Year’s resolutions, but rather a small list that’s […]

How the government shutdown is impacting homebuyers

Realtors and loan originators offer advice on navigating the shutdown BYPATRICK KEARNS A partial shutdown of the U.S. government has entered its sixth day as both Democrats, Republicans and President Donald Trump dig in their heels over partial funding for a wall or partition structure along a small portion of the U.S. southern border and […]

Why we need to take agent safety seriously

We can’t just talk about doing things differently, it’s time to take action BYJAY THOMPSON Last week, there was horrific news of yet another real estate professional being murdered while on the job. Steven Bernard Wilson was shot while in a model home. A few days later, an 18-year-old was arrested. He allegedly stole Wilson’s phone and […]