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RESPA/TILA Changes Right around the Corner

While August 1 may still be six months away, now is the time to start thinking about the RESPA/TILA changes that will go into effect on that date. There will no longer be Good Faith Estimates (GFEs) or Truth in Lending disclosures. Those two forms have been combined into a ...


Rick Calanni Joins Cartus as Director of Business Development for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Rick Calanni, a real estate and relocation industry executive for the past 10 years, has joined Cartus Corporationas director, Business Development for the Mid-Atlantic region. Cartus is a leading provider of global relocation services. ...


Healthy Demand Expected for First-Time and Move-Up Buyers

Fifteen years into the new millennium, we are finally seeing real potential that the market can support full buyer momentum, according to the recently released Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report from Clear Capital, with data through January ...


CFPB Proposes Changes to Mortgage Rules in Rural Areas

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently proposed several changes to its mortgage rules to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas. If finalized, the proposal would increase the number of financial institutions able to offer certain types ...


Webinar: Learn Strategies That Have Driven Double-Digit Growth in Closings

Want to hear the latest tips for success from rapidly rising real estate stars? Tune into a new webinar Thursday, February 05, 10-11 a.m. PST, geared toward expanding teams and brokers and featuring top real estate professionals setting their sights on even bigger numbers for 2015 using online lead systems ...


RE/MAX Commemorates 42 Years of Real Estate Service

Recently, RE/MAX, LLC marked another year of success by celebrating its 42nd anniversary and honoring its many milestones along the way. Co-founded on Jan. 30, 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, RE/MAX has grown from a one-office operation in Denver into a global real estate leader. ...


Luxury Portfolio International® Publishes Latest Issue of Magazine

Luxury Portfolio International® has released a new edition of its magazine, now available online and soon appearing on newsstands in more than 60 countries worldwide. The magazine is produced biannually by the luxury real estate network Luxury Portfolio International® and showcases exceptional homes and the lifestyles that go along with them. ...


Pending Home Sales Stall in December

Despite interest rates being at their lowest level of 2014, pending home sales cooled in December but remained above year-over-year levels for the fourth consecutive month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced declines in December. ...


A More Robust Year for Housing in 2015

NAHB hosted an economic and housing outlook seminar at its International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas inviting Frank Nothaft, chief economist at Freddie Mac, and David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance, to join David Crowe to discuss the outlook for 2015. Here’s ...


NAR Video Spotlight: 2015 Housing Market Forecast

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 Real Estate Advisor. ...


Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Regulator Defends 3 Percent Down Payment Mortgages

(TNS)—The regulator for bailed-out housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lawmakers Tuesday that new programs to back mortgages with down payments as low as 3 percent had enough safeguards to make them as safe as loans with higher down payments. ...


Jobless Claims Hit 15-Year Low

(TNS)—In a positive sign for the labor market, initial claims for jobless benefits plunged last week to the lowest level in 15 years, the Labor Department said Thursday. ...


DocuSign Elevates the Standard for Digital Transaction Management in Real Estate

DocuSign, Inc. (DocuSign®) announced the launch of its highly anticipated release of the company’s enhanced real estate industry solutions. The latest release further empowers brokers, transaction managers, and agents to manage their transactions on the go while increasing transaction security, compliance and efficiency – all to create a world-class client ...


Weichert.com Offers Quickest Way for Homebuyers to Get Accurate Information about Homes for Sale

Whether patronizing a restaurant or store, or making a phone call to request information or assistance, one constant holds true: People today want quick, personal and high-quality service. When it comes to real estate, homebuyers can find this top-of-the-line customer service on Weichert.com, the web site for Weichert, ...


Home Staging Can Boost Selling Price

Most homeowners know it is important to keep a home clean, bright and free from clutter while it is on the market for sale. But sometimes,REALTORS® say, taking the extra step to stage a home can make a difference in how a buyer ...


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