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NAR Broker Tip of the Month: NAR RESPA/TILA March Webinar Posted Online

On Thursday March 19, 2015, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) held a webinar to highlight changes to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...


Essential Tips for Working with British, Canadian and Brazilian Buyers: What You Need to Know

Foreign buyers often have different needs and as such demonstrate different behaviour in relation to their U.S. real estate requirements, depending on where they come from. Such differences stem from a variety of factors, including legal restrictions, exchange rates and a lack of ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Legal Issues for Teams

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. ...


Ask the Expert: How Can Agents Attract Single Female Clients?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Kathy Cummings, Senior Vice President, Consumer Education and Consulting Executive for Bank of America Home Loans. ...


Effective Rate on New Home Loans Drops below 4 Percent

Last month we reported that the contract rate on new home loans dipped below 4 percent in January, based on data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  In February, the rate continued to decline, from 3.92 to 3.79 percent, as did the average initial fees and charges on the ...


REALTOR® University Provides Credible Research When Facts Matter

It is widely known that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) conducts industry research, but did you know that another resource for independent, practical, and applied research is REALTOR® University’s Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies? The Rosenthal Center for ...


Mortgage Rates Inch further Down

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® showing average fixed mortgage rates moving down again across the board. Average fixed rates that continue to run below four percent will help keep affordability high for those ...


Effective Rate on New Home Loans Drops below 4 Percent

Last month we reported that the contract rate on new home loans dipped below 4 percent in January, based on data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  In February, the rate continued to decline, from 3.92 to 3.79 percent, as did the average initial fees and charges on the loans, ...


Home Price Appreciation Outpaces Wage Growth in 76 Percent of Markets

RealtyTrac® recently released an analysis of wage growth and home price appreciation during the U.S. housing recovery of the past two years that found home price appreciation has outpaced wage growth in 76 percent of U.S. housing markets during ...


Report: Positive Housing Momentum Stalls

Freddie Mac recently released its updated Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®) showing that the U.S. housing market experienced some winter doldrums. While an improving labor market and attractive mortgage rates continue to promise a strong spring homebuying season, housing market stability stumbled ...


Mortgage Applications Rise 9.5 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 9.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 20, 2015. ...


February New-Home Sales Highest in Seven Years

Builders signed contracts on more homes in February 2015 than any time since early 2008 according to the Census Bureau and HUD. February seasonally-adjusted annual new home sales topped out at 539,000, ...


24 New MLSs to Send Listings Directly to Zillow

Twenty-four new MLS partners have signed agreements in the past week to send their listings directly to Zillow® and Trulia®, according to Zillow Group. ...


Consumer Housing Optimism Rising, Increased Rental Rates Hindering Recovery

According to the Fannie Mae February 2015 Housing Survey, consumer optimism toward the housing market and the economy has reached a new all-time survey high. Forty-seven percent of respondents says they believe the economy is headed in the right direction. Likewise, the share of respondents who believe it would be ...


Existing Home Sales Increase but Overall Market Continues to Underperform

While existing-home sales inched up a slim 1.2 percent in February, the National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year. ...


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