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It’s Crunch-Time for CFPB Compliance

While the new October 3 effective date has given brokers and agents a little more breathing room, there is still a lot to be done in order to prepare for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms, ...


Listing a Fixer-Upper: When Clients May Need a General Contractor

When you've listed a property in need of minor cosmetic TLC, you can help potential buyers envision a new coat of paint or additions to the landscape fairly easily. Such inexpensive changes can usually be done by homeowners themselves, but it's a different story when a property needs several repairs ...


Consumers Voice Optimistic Outlook in June Indexes

Consumer sentiment and consumer confidence are two indexes showing consumers’ perceptions of current business, income and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for the future’s economy. ...


Gains Continue to Decline through Summer Buying Season

Data through June confirms projections that 2015 would be a “non-growth” year for housing, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report reporting on data through June 2015. ...


Great Spaces: A Harborside Penthouse in Baltimore

Located on Harborview Drive in Baltimore, Md., this harborside penthouse is luxury living at its finest, featuring the best city skyline and water views the city has to offer. With two exterior balconies and walls of windows showcasing the bountiful panoramic views, the ...


Inventory: Where Do We Stand Now?

While an improving job market and continuing low interest rates have sent consumer confidence soaring, and research tells us that pending home sales in all four major regions rose this spring, stubbornly tight inventory continues to stymie the market’s full potential. What can ...


All-Cash Share of U.S. Home Purchases Drops to Lowest Level Since 2009

RealtyTrac® recently released its May 2015 U.S. Home & Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows 24.6 percent of all single family home and condo sales in May were all-cash purchases, down from 28.5 percent in the previous month and down ...


As Rates Increase, Mortgage Applications Drop

The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.  On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 5 percent compared with the previous week.  The Refinance Index decreased 5 percent from the previous week to its lowest ...


Trulia Executive Joins Broker Public Portal Board of Managers

In the wake of the Broker Public Portal’s first board meeting comes the announcement that Alon Chaver, former Vice President of Industry Services at Trulia, has agreed to join the company’s Board of Managers. The governance of the LLC allows the Board ...


Home Price Gains Ease in April

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for April 2015 show that home prices continued ...


Get What You Need and Get Back to Business with the All-New REALTOR® Store

NAR PULSE—NAR’s REALTOR® Store has been completely redesigned from check-in to check-out to help you and your agents get all you need to succeed. New features include a faster, single-step check-out, product ratings and reviews, and a dynamic responsive design. Browse and buy business boosting brochures, publications, DVDs, reports, digital ...


FHFA Annual Guarantee Fee Report Shows Increase

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released its annual report on the single-family guarantee fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The report tracks adjustments from 2009 through 2014 and shows that guarantee fees have increased over this period.  The report also reflects the impact of guarantee fee ...


Pending Home Sales Reach Highest Level in Nine Years

Pending home sales continued to rise in May and are now at their highest level in over nine years, according to the National Association of REATORS®. Gains in the Northeast and West were offset by small decreases in the Midwest and South. ...


Shared Housing Can Provide Financial Security for Retirees

(TNS)—When Rika Mead retired, and divorced, two years ago, the idea of taking on a roommate wasn’t high on her list of priorities. ...


Add Home Value with These Indoor Décor Ideas

If you’re like a lot of homeowners today, you might be tempted to chalk decorating choices up to personal preference and think they have little to do with home value — but this is a mistake. Whether or not ...


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