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Ask the Expert: What Steps Can I Take to Achieve Success?

Today's 'Ask the Expert' column features Glade Jones, CEO of Obeo, Inc. ...


Middle Market Commercial Executives Feeling Cautious, but Optimistic

Middle market commercial real estate executives are expressing cautious optimism toward the market and are looking to take advantage of long-term investment opportunities. However, the majority are finding that the current tax and regulatory climate is placing a strain on the performance of their companies. These are some of the ...


Fannie Mae Announces Eviction Moratorium for the Holidays

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced recently that it will issue an eviction moratorium for the holidays, as it has done in previous years. The company will suspend evictions of foreclosed single family and 2-4 unit properties from December 18, 2013 through and including January 3, 2014. For this period, legal and ...


Prudential Network Realty Founder Appointed to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices & Luxury Resort Advisory Council

Prudential Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer has been appointed to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Luxury & Resort Advisory Council for 2014. ...


Luxury Portfolio International® Expands Membership in Eight Countries

Luxury Portfolio International® has recently welcomed 17 new member real estate companies in the U.S. and eight countries abroad, joining the network’s 200+ market-leading real estate firms. The network has also introduced seven new luxury developments as part of its Development Collection. Luxury Portfolio specializes in the high-end real estate ...


55+ Housing Market Confidence Is Breaking Records

The nationwide financial and economic challenges in recent years have upended millions of consumers' retirement plans, and dreams of transitioning into a new or smaller dwellings to age in place. ...


What You Need to Know about the New .REALTOR Domain

In 2011, NAR applied with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to operate a NEW branded .REALTOR top level domain (TLD). Soon hundreds of new domains will be available on the Internet, but only .REALTOR means the trusted source in real estate. ...


Mortgage Applications Rebound after Six Week Decline

The week ending December 6th saw mortgage applications increase by one percent; it was the first time in a month and a half that the numbers edged upwards. While the increase may seem insignificant to some, it’s a great sign for the housing market. Don Frommeyer, CRMS, President of NAMB ...


Regulators OK Volcker Rule, Curbing Big Banks’ High-Risk Trades

(MCT)—Government regulators approved a sweeping new set of rules for the nation's biggest banks that ban them from the kind of ultra-high-risk trading that nearly collapsed the world's financial system. ...


HUD Releases ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Definition

Recently the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its final rule which defines a ‘Qualified Mortgage (QM)’ that is insured, guaranteed or administered by HUD. The final rule will be effective on January 10, 2014 and will apply to ...


Real estate Q&A: How the Self-Employed Can Get a Mortgage

(MCT)—Question: I am self-employed and make a good living. I want to buy a house, but it’s hard to document my income. So I’ve been getting turned down for a mortgage, even though I’m willing to make a large down payment. Any ...


Oahu REALTOR® To Appear on HGTV’s House Hunters

Fans of HGTV's smash hit series House Hunters and House Hunters International can catch local real estate agent Rachel Barnette on Friday, December 13 at 5pm (HST) as she helps her client Sergio purchase his first home. ...


On Paper vs. in Practice – Implementing Dodd-Frank Rules

After three years of rulemaking and organizing, the industry is finally experiencing the full-fledged implementation of the major Dodd-Frank rules affecting mortgages, in particular, the Qualified Mortgage or QM. A major question that needs answering is whether the rule in practice is ...


Membership Has Its Advantages

The holidays are upon us. Whether this season means a house-buying lull or an uptick in warm-weather business in your market, it is always a good time to re-evaluate your goals and strategies for the coming year. I’ve written in the past about how the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation ...


Mortgage Credit Availability Decreased Slightly in November

Mortgage credit availability decreased slightly in November according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from the AllRegs® Market Clarity® product. ...


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