Real Estate News

Real Estate News

Real Estate News

In this section you will find links to articles and stories pertaining to the real estate industry.

  • — Final Push on 3 Percent Cap on Fees and Points

    In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, “The Mortgage Choice Act,” which addresses discrimination against affiliate businesses in the calculation of fees and points under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) safe harbor. H.R. 3211 and its Senate companion, S. 1577, are a bipartisan compromise that reduces discrimination against mortgage firms with affiliates in the […]

  • — Creating a Culture of Accountability: Gino Blefari, Incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates, Opens RISMedia’s CEO Exchange with Blueprint for Success

    The challenges of profitably operating a brokerage firm in today’s market are many, but key to doing so requires first and foremost the right leadership skills and accountability systems. This was the message delivered to 200 leading industry brokers and executives by Gino Blefari, incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates and former founder, President and CEO […]

  • — Social Security: Guarding Your Reputation Online

    As you may already know, September is REALTOR® Safety Month. But hopefully, safety is not something you think about only once a year. Whether at a showing, in the office, meeting a client, or online, you and your agents should always keep safety and security squarely in mind. Markets are on an upswing, which means […]

  • — HomeServices of America, Inc. Announces Settlement of Copyright-Infringement Lawsuit

    HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has announced the settlement of a copyright-infringement lawsuit against American Home Realty Network, Inc. (d/b/a NeighborCity). Since 2013, HomeServices of America and two of its subsidiaries, Preferred Carolinas Realty, Inc., and Edina Realty, Inc., have been engaged in litigation with American Home Realty Network, Inc., in North Carolina […]

  • — Interest Rates Little Changed on New Home Loans

    On August 28, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that, overall, mortgage interest rates were flat in July. To a large extent, the same was true for the subset of loans used to purchase new homes. Between June and July, the average contract interest rate on conventional mortgages for new homes ticked down, but […]

  • — Top 5 Ways to Grow Your Digital Brand

    When you Google real estate in your local market, is your business at the top of the search results? With 92 percent of potential buyers house hunting online, boosting your online marketing efforts is crucial for building a successful business. Here, Marki Lemons-Ryhal—social media expert and 2013 HomeFinder.com Agent Makeover Sweepstakes speaker—shares her tips for […]

  • — Improving Economy Slowly Brightens Outlook for Commercial Real Estate

    The strong rebound in economic growth during the second quarter and ongoing job creation are gradually improving the outlook for all of the major commercial real estate sectors, according to the National Association of REALTORS® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says after many false starts, the economy finally appears to […]

  • — U.S. Negative Equity Falls to 17 Percent

    One in six (17 percent) U.S. homeowners with mortgages – or 8.7 million – were still underwater on their mortgage in the second quarter of 2014, despite rising home values, according to the Zillow® Negative Equity Report. This is down from 18.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014, and down from 23.8 percent from […]

  • — Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion in Historic DOJ Settlement for Fraud Leading up to the Financial Crisis

    Financial giant Bank of America will pay $16.65 billion in a settlement following a federal probe into its mortgage practices in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. In a press conference this morning, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the settlement to resolve federal and state […]

  • — Housing Starts Soar in July

    (MCT)—New home construction surged to an eight-month high in July, providing a lift to the broader economy. Housing starts jumped 15.7 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists had expected a rate of 965,000, according to FactSet. The department also revised June’s rate of housing […]

  • — What Will Your .REALTOR Domain Name Be?

    NAR PULSE—On Oct. 23, you and your agents can finally claim your .REALTOR domain! Get ready by visiting www.about.REALTOR to access FAQs, videos, naming guidelines and other great resources. The first 500,000 members who register will receive a FREE .REALTOR domain for one year. Watch this brief video to learn more about registering your .REALTOR […]

  • — .REALTOR Top-Level Domain Sign-up Launches in October to Full NAR Membership

    The National Association of Realtors®’ new .REALTOR top-level domain will be available Oct. 23, 2014 to members of NAR and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Those who participated in last year’s pre-sign-up opportunity—some 80,000 REALTORS®, according to NAR—will be able to register their .REALTOR domain on to-be-announced dates prior to the Oct. 23 membership-wide launch. […]

  • — Home-Price Gains Decelerate in Many Metro Areas during Second Quarter

    Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metropolitan areas in the second quarter and national year-over-year price appreciation is now at its slowest pace since 2012, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. The median existing single-family home price increased in 71 percent of measured markets, with 122 out of […]

  • — Scaling Mountains, Succeeding in Business: Rick Davidson Shares Secrets for Both

    There are plenty of ways to give back – from food drives all the way to climbing volcanoes. Rick Davidson, president & CEO, Century 21 Real Estate, is gearing up to make use of his leadership skills as he spearheads a five-man trek up Mt. Elbrus in Russia, one of the Seven Summits. This will […]

  • — Own a Niche to Get Rich

    If you haven’t already heard the above phrase, now is a good time to burn it into your brain. As a successful real estate broker who made the transition from the broker side of the business to the affiliate side, I have gained a unique perspective as to what really helps agents do more business, […]

  • — A $1,000 Increase in Home Prices Keeps More than 200,000 Households Out of the Market

    Each $1,000 increase in the cost of a new median-priced home price forces 206,000 prospective buyers out of the marketplace, according to a new study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The number of households affected varies across states and metro areas and largely depends on their population, income distribution and new home […]

  • — Is Your Revenue at Risk? CEO Exchange Panel Discusses the Future of ABAs for Brokers

    The prominence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has raised concerns surrounding compliance and regulations, impacting everything from the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the new Qualified Mortgage Rule to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The implications for Affiliated Business Arrangements between brokerages, franchises and financial service providers are profound, and potentially put […]

  • — NAR Video Spotlight: A Pathway to Professional Conduct

    Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily e-News. Professionalism is crucial to succeeding in business. With that in mind, NAR created this brief […]

  • — Monday Morning Mobile: Text Doesn’t Take Holiday

    In today’s world, it would be hard to find someone without their mobile device within arm’s reach. Mobile technology has helped people get the responses they’re looking for almost instantaneously. The same goes for the real estate world. When a potential buyer is on the move, they want answers and they want them now. REALTORS® […]

  • — New Home Sales: Cash Purchases on the Rise

    The share of new single-family home sales purchased with cash rose during the second quarter of 2014, reaching 8.4 percent of sales. The onset of the housing crisis in 2007 led to a decline in the share of new home sales due to conventional mortgage financing and increases in the shares due to mortgages backed by the […]

 

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