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Tight Inventories almost Bypass Luxury Market

It’s still a buyer’s market for properties selling for more than half a million. Tight inventories driven by negative equity and slow foreclosure processing and rising prices are having much less impact on luxury homes than on less expensive homes. ...


HARP Refinances Continue Surge One in Five Refinancings Made through HARP

Refinance volume is continuing to rise with more underwater borrowers refinancing through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) than ever before. According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) latest Refinance Report, HARP loans represented 20 percent of total refinance volume in May, the largest increase since the program was ...


HUD Accepting Applications for Entities to Purchase Troubled Mortgages

Qualified entities interested in purchasing pools of severely distressed loans formerly insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) can now submit applications for the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program, an expansion of an FHA disposition program that sells pools of defaulted mortgages headed for foreclosure and provides the opportunity for the ...


Media Maven: Innovative Agent Boosts Client Connections with Pop-a-Note

By now, the majority of real estate professionals have realized that social media is a language that should be spoken fluently—not just in certain niche groups or generations. But being involved in social media and excelling at it are two different ...


Good Change is Coming to REALTORS® Federal Credit Union

NAR PULSE—Good change is coming on August 1 for NAR members! Your credit union is branching out—to serve you even better—by merging with Northwest Federal, a $2.2 billion credit union headquartered in Herndon, Va. with a 65-year history of financial excellence. REALTORS® FCU members will soon have access to 4,600 ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Kicks Off New ‘Best Places to Live’ Series

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC announce the launch of its new “Best Places to Live” five-part series in partnership with Onboard Informatics, ranking the top United States places for lifestyle categories: Social Seekers, Suburbanites, Adventurers, Leisure Lovers and Culture Cravers. ...


High Score: Builder Confidence Rises Six Points in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose six points to 35 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July, released recently. This is the largest one-month gain recorded by the index in nearly a decade, and brings the HMI to ...


Housing Finance Reform Must Provide Reliable Credit to Home Buyers, NAHB Tells Congress

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress recently that proposed mortgage lending reforms under the Dodd-Frank Act must be imposed in a manner that causes minimum disruption to the mortgage markets while ensuring consumer protections. ...


Fannie Mae Announces Know Your Options Customer Care Foreclosure Prevention Program

Recently, Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) launched Know Your Options Customer Care, a customer engagement strategy and training program for servicers aimed at preventing foreclosures by developing consultative relationships with struggling homeowners. Under the program, Fannie Mae personnel conduct trainings for servicers’ call center employees, provide scripting for interactions with homeowners and ...


HomeFinder.com Set to Re-energize Agents through Industry-Wide Makeover Sweepstakes

Keeping up with the fast-paced, ever-changing real estate industry isn’t something that HomeFinder.com takes lightly. In fact, the company made its first foray into the industry 10 years ago as Homescape, and in 2009, branched off from Classified Ventures, LLC and ...


Buying a Distressed Home: What You Need to Know

Everyone loves a bargain, the bigger the better. And arguably the biggest bargains of all can be found with distressed real estate. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Give the People What They Want

Mobile of course! It is what we want, when we want it, in the most direct way possible. ...


Housing Finance Reform Must Provide Reliable Credit to Home Buyers, NAHB Tells Congress

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress recently that proposed mortgage lending reforms under the Dodd-Frank Act must be imposed in a manner that causes minimum disruption to the mortgage markets while ensuring consumer protections. ...


REALTORS® Applaud Long-Term Reauthorization of Flood Insurance Program

The National Association of REALTORS® applauds Congress for passing a five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). ...


The NAR Power Broker Roundtable: The Rally for Real Estate: Protecting the American Dream

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Rei Mesa, NAR’s Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


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