Posted by: RAPV | April 23, 2015

Claim Your Free REALTOR® Profile on REALTOR.com

Did you know you are able to post your profile on Realtor.com.  It’s free!   First, there is a helpful reference link where you can find an abundance of help with enhancing your profile.  This information can be found here.  Next, is the link to the Agent Profile video – entertaining and informative – and only 2 minutes 16 seconds. Take advantage of this free personal marketing opportunity.

Sales of single family properties in the Pioneer Valley (MA) rose 14.2 percent in March compared to the same time last year.  This marks the fourth consecutive month of rising sales.  The median price dropped 2.8 percent to $180,000.  This marks the first drop in the monthly median price since August 2014.

Read the full report which includes inventory, supply, days on market, and pending sales.  Individual county reports will vary.

For a 5 year history of sales in the Pioneer Valley, visit the web site of the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley.

Posted by: RAPV | April 15, 2015

Credit Score Changes in the Works

Voice for Real Estate Video
Credit Score Changes
Surge in Vacation Home Sales
Drone Rules

Credit scoring changes are in the works. That’s the top story in the latest The Voice for Real Estate, NAR’s news video program. HUD Secretary Julian Castro spoke at the NAR building in Washington to tell real estate and mortgage industry experts that FHA is looking at the way it measures creditworthiness.  Also covered in this report: Sale of vacation homes surge, and Drone Rules.

Posted by: RAPV | April 13, 2015

How much do you know about today’s home buyers?

Test your knowledge.  Take this quiz, based on the findings of the NAR 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, to find out how much you know about today’s home buyers.

Once on the site, you can also read highlights from the report, or buy the full report.

Some information on the NAR site is password protected and accessible only to members of the National Association of Realtors®.  (Note: Association members will need their NAR login name and password.)

As the Internet continues to evolve, you can be at the forefront of change. Create a .REALTOR web address and instantly tell the world you are a REALTORAnyone can create a .com web address, but only REALTORS can have a .REALTOR web address, differentiating REALTORS from other real estate professionals.  Learn all you need to know to set up your personal .REALTOR web address.

The domain is free to the first 500,000 REALTORS who register.  VIew a short video.
Click here to claim you .REALTOR domain.

The HUD-1 and other long-used closing documents are going away on August 1.  REALTORS and other industry professionals should no longer expect to be able to make last minute changes at the closing.  They should prepare clients for this as well.  REALTORS will need to adapt and pre-plan to avoid a bumpy transition.  RAPV will present an information session later this spring (date to be announced).

Read more and view a brief video.

More people found their transacting agent on realtor.com® than on zillow.com, trulia.com or homes.com, according to NAR’s 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
Learn more.

Sales of single family properties in the 3-county Pioneer Valley area of western Massachusetts rose 3.7 percent in February compared to February 2014.  The median price rose 11.2 percent to $189,000.  Individual county reports vary.

Read the full report here.

Posted by: RAPV | March 18, 2015

7 Predictions for What Homes Will Look Like in 2020

What is the “near-future” for home design?  Storage, gadgets, furniture and space take on new meanings.  Read more here.

Source: FastCo and IKEA.

Posted by: RAPV | March 5, 2015

5 Tax Mistakes New Homeowners Make

New homeowners are advised to avoid these 5 common mistakes at tax time.
Source: Realtor.com

Posted by: RAPV | March 1, 2015

5 Ways Spring Home Sellers Can Gain an Edge

According to NAR, national home sales are expected to jump this year to a 5.25 million rate.  As a REALTOR you want to make sure your seller’s home stands out.  Share these useful tips and help your sellers on the road to success.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Posted by: RAPV | February 26, 2015

Home sales, median prices rise in January

Sales of single family homes in the 3-county Pioneer Valley area of western Massachusetts were up 7.6 percent in January.  The median price rose 3.4 percent from $179,000 in January 2014 to $185,000 in January 2015.  Individual county reports vary.

Read the full report.

Posted by: RAPV | February 14, 2015

Consumers’ Optimistic Toward Housing Market

The results of Fannie Mae’s January National Housing Survey points to optimism in the economy which has spilled over into the housing market.  More consumers are saying now is a good time to get off the sidelines and buy a home.  The numbers are equally strong for those who said now is a good time to sell.

This annual survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors of recent home buyers and sellers provides insight into detailed information about their experiences.

Posted by: RAPV | February 6, 2015

Watch for REALTORS® at the Grammys

Twenty-eight million viewers are expected to see NAR’s latest “Real People” commercials when the ad campaign kicks off Feb. 8 during the 57th annual Grammy Awards on CBS. In the ads, real people talk about the benefits of combining insights from REALTORS® with realtor.com®’s accuracy.  NAR gave permission for RAPV to be among the first to play the ads for a group audience prior to their national debut.  We played the TV and radio ads for 185 members during our President’s Award Banquet Feb. 5 at Hadley Farms Meeting House.

Equipped with RPR Mobile™, Realtors® can use their phone’s location to instantly view any property around them, and get listing, sales, valuation, assessment, deed, foreclosure, school, photos, maps, and market trend information.  Realtors® can create, customize, view, save, and send RPR’s full library of report options, and add photo, audio, and text notes to properties.  Check out the new video “What is RPR Mobile™ to learn more about the new mobile app designed exclusively or Realtors® – all at no cost.

Posted by: RAPV | January 30, 2015

13 Personality Traits That Can Keep You From Success

“Look within” the ancient philosophers tell us.  The author of this article has identified 13 personality types.  Left unchecked, they can be obstacles to personal success.  Take a look here.

Posted by: RAPV | January 26, 2015

7 Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

With old man winter shaking down the east coast this week spring seems like an impossible dream.  However, we know it will eventually arrive.  With the spring comes the spring market and some first-time sellers.  Here are some tips to share with those selling a home for the first time.

Posted by: RAPV | January 21, 2015

10 Ways to Write Better Emails

How to Write Better Emails

Most of your clients are likely communicating with you through email. So what’s the most effective way to get them to read them? This article helps you craft a better, simpler, and more concise email. This refresher is a great business resolution for 2015.

The number of single-family homes sold in 2014 went up a modest 0.6 percent from 2013 (4,686 in 2014 from 4,655 homes in 2013).  Historically it was a mixed year with sales up 6 of the last 12 months.

The median price for a single-family home when up 2.7 percent from $187,500 in 2013 to $192,500 in 2014.  Historically the median price was up 10 of the last 12 months.

Click here to view the 2014 sales report. The report includes Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties broken out separately.

December ended strong with sales up 9.2 percent and median price up 1.9 percent.  Click here to view the December report.

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