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New Mortgage Disclosure Forms to Roll Out in August 2015

(MCT)—The federal government’s consumer financial watchdog will require lenders to issue shorter, easier-to-understand mortgage disclosure forms to home buyers that more clearly show the costs and terms of the loans. ...


California Pending Sales Higher in October

California pending home sales reversed a two-month decline to post higher in October, but were down from a year earlier, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported recently. ...


Strong Multifamily Sector Pushes Building Permits above 1 Million in October

Issuance of new building permits rose 6.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.034 million units in October due primarily to a double-digit increase on the multifamily side, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. ...


Top 10 Holiday Travel Legal Tips

Traveling for the holidays? If so, the last thing you'll want to deal with is trouble with the law. ...


October Pending Home Sales Down Again, but Expected to Level Out

Although conditions were mixed across the country, pending home sales continued to move lower in October, marking the fifth consecutive monthly decline, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Electronic Signature: The Evolution of the Agreement Process

What is a contract? In real estate, it is a large pile of documents that require multiple signatures from multiple parties. Housing contracts are a pretty narrow view of contracts, though. According to Wikipedia and the New Oxford American Dictionary, a contract ...


For REALTORS®, for Americans NAR President-Elect Steve Brown Serves a Larger Cause

A 38-year real estate veteran, Steve Brown has seen every angle of this business, from the sales associate’s perspective to the broker/owner’s. Now, he’s ready for his biggest role yet. The co-owner of Dayton, Ohio’s Irongate Inc., REALTORS®, a full ...


Chicago Real Estate: $1 Million-Plus Homes Gain Sales Momentum in City and Suburbs

Regional Spotlight—Sales of luxury homes in the seven-county metropolitan Chicago real estate market continued to gather momentum, according to the RE/MAX Luxury Report on Chicago Real Estate, a bi-monthly analysis of home sales at $1 million plus. This is the first time the report, which was initiated earlier this year, ...


Report Shows: Higher Property Values, Increased Transactions and Leveling of Foreclosures

Thomson Reuters and the National Association of Counties (NACo) recently released the results of their Annual Local Property Markets Survey. ...


Ohio Housing on Track for Second Highest Year

Regional Spotlight—Central Ohio home sales are on track to be the second highest year ever, despite the decrease in inventory according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing System (MLS). ...


Are You Ignoring the Needs of a Majority of Today’s Homebuyers?

A national survey finds that a majority of homebuyers want to include brand-new homes in their search. At the same time, a small percentage of real estate professionals have the training, market knowledge and builder relationships to professionally support their clients in the new-homes arena. As a result, the majority ...


REALTORS® Demand Immediate Relief for Homeowners Impacted by Increases in Flood Insurance Premiums

Homeowners across the country should not be forced to pay for the sudden and dramatic flood insurance premium increases that are the unintended consequence of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, insisted the National Association of REALTORS® in testimony before ...


Gloria Nilson Crosses the Delaware River into PA, to Offer First Office in Bucks County

Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate,  a leading high-end real estate brokerage with 20 offices in New Jersey, has announced it will open its first-ever Pennsylvania office in Washington Crossing. Located within historic Bucks County, at ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease 2.3 Percent

Mortgage applications decreased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 15, 2013. This week’s results include an adjustment to account for the Veteran’s Day holiday. ...


Long & Foster Opens New Havertown, Pa., Office

Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc., one of the largest independent residential real estate companies in the United States, has announced that it will open a new office in Havertown, Pa., located at 95 South Eagle Rd., later this month. The Kevin Toll Group, LLC, led by Kevin R. Toll, ...


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