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    Lamacchia Realty Acquires Keystone Property Group of Seekonk, Massachusetts

    Jodi Hedrick, left, with Broker/Owner Anthony Lamacchia of Lamacchia Realty Lamacchia Realty has announced the acquisition of the Keystone Property Group, a well-known brokerage with one office and 52 agents in Seekonk, Massachusetts. The company, which reports over $100 million in annual sales in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for the past several years, was opened…

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    CoreLogic App Passes 1 Million Milestone

    CoreLogic® has announced that MLS-Touch® (also known as Prospects Mobile in Canada) has increased its reach in the last 18 months to more than one million agents across North America. MLS-Touch provides the information agents need when they’re on the go, meeting clients, as stated by CoreLogic. It’s intuitive to use and delivers complete integration…

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    Fed Pauses, But Projects Higher Rates Next Year

    For just the second time in 19 months, the Federal Reserve chose today to meet without raising interest rates, leaving the federal funds rate as is even as the economy—and specifically, a very vulnerable housing market—shows signs of weakness. But the central bank made it clear it still expects to raise rates again this year,…

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    Stellar MLS Welcomes New Shareholder

    Above, Merri Jo Cowen, CEO of Stellar MLS  Stellar MLS has announced that the New Smyrna Beach Board of REALTORS® (NSBBOR) is its newest shareholder. As the third largest MLS organization in the United States and the largest in Florida and Puerto Rico, Stellar MLS remains a leading force in the real estate industry, providing…

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    Maintaining a True Team Culture

    Shane Bronson Florida Regional Vice President & Vice President of Relocation Lamacchia Realty, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, Florida | https://www.lamacchiarealty.com  Region served: Fort Lauderdale, Florida and New England Years in real estate: 28 Number of offices: 13 Number of agents: 500 What ultimately attracted you to Lamacchia Realty, and what makes the brokerage a good fit…

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    MLS Leaders Call for a ‘Move Away’ From NAR Amidst Legal Woes

    Above, Brian Donnellan, president and CEO of Bright MLS, at RISMedia’s CEO & Leadership Exchange Sept. 5. Photo by AJ Canaria. Facing the pressure of multiple major class action lawsuits and federal investigations that have now stretched out over half a decade, some of the most prominent voices in the MLS industry are beginning to…

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    Mortgage Applications Bounce Back After Record Lows

    Mortgage applications increased 5.4% from one week earlier, after a decrease of 0.8% and a 27-year low the week before, according to the latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) for the week ending September 15, 2023. Last week’s results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday. Here are this…

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    RE/MAX Opens New Beacon Office in Salem, Massachusetts

    Three real estate leaders—Mandy Caruso, former director of operations for Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty in Marblehead and Swampscott, and Jack Brown and Heather Grant Murray, team leaders of the Murray Brown Group, also of Sagan Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty—have opened a new RE/MAX office, which will operate as RE/MAX Beacon in Salem, Massachusetts, the…

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    Affordability a Major Factor for People Moving to Other States in Post-Pandemic Time

    The COVID-19 pandemic led to lockdowns and shut-ins, but it also created opportunities for movers. Whether households made a long-distance move for lifestyle, family or financial reasons, some states were a draw for pandemic movers. According to IRS data, between 2020 and 2021, the biggest gainer was Florida, with 128,710 more households moving in than…

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    Christie’s Names New Co-Presidents, Chris Lim to Change Roles

    Above, clockwise from top left: Natalie Hamrick, Kevin Van Eck, Chris Lim and Nidhal Charfi Luxury brand Christie’s International Real Estate has announced it has promoted two top executives, Natalie Hamrick and Kevin Van Eck, to lead the network in the Americas as co-presidents, a role most recently held by Chris Lim who will remain…

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