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“This year the human race is producing more data than the previous 5,000 years combined. Data is so powerful that in the future, nation states will fight over it for power.” This thought-provoking statistic set the stage for a much-anticipated panel discussion at RISMedia’s 2017 Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York on how brokers […]

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9/24/2017 11:08:07 AM

Located in the Malaga region of Spain’s famed southern coast, Cilo Marbella Luxury Real Estate was created by two luxury real estate experts, Jason Higgs and Dr. Miguel Horvath. From beachfront apartments to villas in the hills of the Sierra Blanca, Cilo Marbella services a wide variety of international clientele through offices in Marbella, Spain […]

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9/24/2017 11:07:39 AM

Entry-level homes came in last in the recession, hit hard by sinking values—and now, they are the last to recover, according to the August Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Starter homes in 24 of the 35 largest metropolitan areas, or roughly 69 percent, are struggling to regain value, even with the national median value up […]

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9/24/2017 11:06:02 AM

A rising tide lifts all boats, as the saying goes, and for ERA Wilder Realty, this past year has been about cresting an incredible wave of momentum. According to Eddie Wilder, president and CEO of the Columbia, S.C.-based firm he founded in 1995, he’s always aspired to be better. “You’re only as good as the […]

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9/24/2017 11:04:34 AM

Buying in a hot housing market while prices are reasonable is a sure ticket to wealth. Analysts at GOBankingRates recently spotlighted 20 up-and-comers. The top 10 are: 1. Jungle Terrace – St. Petersburg, Fla. Median List Price (as of July 2017): $239,900 Price Change Year-Over-Year: +44.5 percent 2. Beacon Hill – Seattle, Wash. Median List […]

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9/24/2017 11:03:14 AM

With the powerful training and technology resources of Keller Williams Realty at their backs, Nancy Marcotte and JD Pierce can turn their full attention toward what matters most: the success of their agents. Understanding that success means something different to everyone, the operating partners of Louisiana-based Keller Williams Realty The Gulf South Group are there […]

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9/22/2017 10:08:31 PM

There was a time when Felicia Hengle was working in the restaurant and entertainment industry, leaving her mark as director of Operations for the Hilarities Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, when a chance meeting with a commercial real estate agent changed her life forever. Hengle was convinced to give real estate a try, and […]

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9/22/2017 10:06:21 PM

Analysts are amending their economic forecast due to higher GDP expectations, even as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma weigh on growth, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group’s recently released Economic and Housing Outlook for September 2017. The Outlook projects the economy will perk up 2.2 percent over the course of the year, […]

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9/22/2017 10:05:17 PM

In the following interview, John Colvin, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 FM Realty in Fargo, N.D., discusses the advantages of Century 21 Real Estate, the local market, and more. Region Served: Greater Fargo, N.D. Years in Real Estate: 19 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 21 Best Tip for Getting the Right Listing Price: Emphasize […]

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9/22/2017 10:04:44 PM

As the days shorten and autumn arrives, it’s time to start considering holiday gift items, or even a couple of household goodies you might just want to keep for yourself. Take, for example, the remotely controllable slow cooker from WeMo, which lets you check on your meal in progress without actually having to be in […]

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9/21/2017 2:05:46 PM

Bankrate.com: Mortgages Headlines

If you're a veteran, reservist or on active duty, explore a VA rate-reduction refi.

9/24/2017 6:00:00 PM

You don't have to make a down payment on a VA loan. See the pros and cons.

9/21/2017 6:00:00 PM

Mortgage experts predict what will happen to rates over the next week and why.

9/20/2017 6:00:00 PM

See rates from our survey of CDs, mortgages, home equity products, auto loans and credit cards.

9/19/2017 6:00:00 PM

Did you know you can get a VA mortgage after bankruptcy? And that's not all.

9/17/2017 6:00:00 PM

Here are steps you can take for making that big leap to homeownership.

9/14/2017 3:00:00 AM

Getting a VA loan may not be the easiest way for a veteran to buy a short sale, but it can be done.

9/13/2017 6:00:00 PM

Buying a home? Find out if a VA loan is right for you.

9/10/2017 6:00:00 PM

These loans require a minimum down payment of only 3.5 percent. Here's what else to know.

9/10/2017 6:00:00 PM

Take these measures to get rid of that pesky private mortgage insurance.

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This Week in Congress: The Senate is in session Monday through Wednesday. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Wednesday.

There will be no votes in the House; Members will be working in their home districts.

What should REALTORS® follow? 

On Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10AM, the Senate Finance Committee will be holding a hearing on "Business Tax Reform". The hearing will be streamed live on the Committee’s website.

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The Senate confirmed Pam Patenaude as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by a vote of 80-17. NAR is a strong supporter of Ms. Patenaude, and just last week coordinated a letter of more than 60 groups urging her vote. Ms. Patenaude had vast expience in the housing industry, having worked at HUD, the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, and the Urban Land Institute-Terwilliger Foundation. NAR looks forward to working with her at HUD on a number of objectives to promote access to affordable housing.

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WASHINGTON (September 14, 2017) – The U.S. Senate today approved the nomination of Pam Patenaude as deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Following is a statement from NAR President William E. Brown on the vote:

“Pam Patenaude is the right choice for deputy secretary, and Realtors® are pleased to see her nomination win approval from the Senate.

“She has a big task ahead. Home prices continue to rise in an environment of ever-tightening mortgage credit, which means buyers are struggling to keep pace. That... Read More

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Iona Harrison (pictured center), chair of NAR’s Federal Taxation Committee, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on tax reform. 

WASHINGTON (September 14, 2017) – Tax reform done right could yield savings and simplification that benefits average Americans, but history shows that misguided reforms can pose significant threats to the economy.

That’s the message the National Association of REALTORS® brought to Congress today as Iona Harrison, chair of NAR’s Federal Taxation Committee,... Read More

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Both the Senate and House are in session this week. The House has cancelled all Monday votes, due to anticipated absences from Members of Congress in districts affected by Hurricane Irma.

What should REALTORS® follow?

The Senate Finance Committee's hearing on "Individual Tax Reform."

Iona Harrison, Senior Vice President of Pioneer Realty, will be testifying in the hearing on behalf of REALTORS®.

A copy of her testimony will be published on our website later this week. You can also... Read More

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On September 12, 2017, NAR sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as well as to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (collectively the GSEs), commenting on the recent decision by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow for data-based valuations rather than traditional in-person appraisals in certain purchase transactions. Given recent complaints of long appraisal wait times and a lack of appraisers in certain areas of the country, NAR is supportive of innovations in the appraisal field that would help alleviate some of these issues and help the real estate market function... Read More

1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM

The Senate confirmed Pam Patenaude as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by a vote of 80-17. NAR is a strong supporter of Ms. Patenaude, and just last week coordinated a letter of more than 60 groups urging her vote. Ms. Patenaude had vast expience in the housing industry, having worked at HUD, the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, and the Urban Land Institute-Terwilliger Foundation. NAR looks forward to working with her at HUD on a number of objectives to promote access to affordable housing.

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NAR and a coalition of 60 groups sent a letter to the Senate leadership this week, urging a vote on Pam Patenaude to be Deputy Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Patenaude was reported favorably by the Senate Banking Committee back in June, but her vote has not come to the Senate Floor. Ms. Patenaude previously worked at HUD, and at the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. Both these experiences could contribute greatly to the work of HUD today. Signers to the letter, spearheaded by NAR, include the National Association of Home Builders, the... Read More

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On Aug. 30, 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released Mortgagee Letter 2017-13, Extension of Temporary Approval Provisions for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Condominium Project Approval Process, which extends the current temporary guidelines on condominium projects until HUD publishes and implements the Final Rule of Condominium Project Approval. The Final Rule will be incorporated into the Condominium Project Approval Section of HUD Handbook 4000.1.

In response to the extension of the temporary condominium guidelines, NAR sent a... Read More

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On Thursday, Sept. 7, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). The Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) considered the legislation, which adds a "notice-and-cure" provision to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), giving businesses an opportunity to fix alleged violations before a suit can be filed against them. It also creates an education program between the Department of Justice, states/local governments, and businesses to... Read More

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