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New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Forms May Mislead Consumers, Complicate Lending

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new disclosure rules, which will go into effect this summer. While their activation is still months away, lenders are already weary that it will make the ...


56 Percent of 3.3 Million HELOCs Scheduled to Reset with Higher Payments are on Underwater Homes

RealtyTrac® recently released its first-ever U.S. HELOC Resetting Report, which found that 56 percent of the 3.3 million Home Equity Lines of Credit potentially resetting with higher, fully amortizing monthly payments from 2015 to 2018 are on properties that are seriously underwater. ...


Brokerage Takes a Leadership Position on Capitol Hill

CENTURY 21 Real Estate recently announced that approximately 500 independent brokers and agents affiliated with the CENTURY 21® System recently took to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of the nation’s home buyers and sellers. CENTURY 21 took this leadership position to further establish strong relationships with congressional leaders and build ...


Real Estate Digital New Agent-centric Document Management System

Real Estate Digital (RED), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Solutionstar, has announced the launch of its new rDocs document management system and reached an agreement with HER REALTORS® to become the first user of this new, online, paperless management system for its brokerage and agents. ...


Homesnap Introduces ‘How Am I Connected?’ Feature

Homesnap has just launched a new feature in its agent-only app that lets real estate agents know exactly how they are connected to other agents, revealing for the first time the vast network of relationships that are created in the real estate profession. Homesnap Pro’s “How Am I Connected?” feature ...


Look for Enhancements to REALTOR.org Coming Soon!

NAR PULSE—The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ® (NAR) is making enhancements to REALTOR.org designed to help brokers and their agents find the right information at the right time. Keep visiting REALTOR.org to see its new look for the New Year that will mean easier navigation. ...


Attract Millennial Buyers with These Staging Tips

A few months ago when I wrote about ways to advertise properties in order to target millennial buyers, I mentioned that what they want most is to live in “College 2.0”—meaning they want all the social aspects of living on a campus ...


Property Taxes Highest for Homeowners Who Have Owned between Five and 15 Years

RealtyTrac® recently released its first-ever U.S. Property Tax Rates Report for 2014, which provides average property taxes and effective property tax rates for single family homes in more than 1,000 counties nationwide as well as by state ...


6,000 RE/MAX Agents Celebrate Year of Success

RE/MAX is holding its annual R4 international convention this week at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Nearly 6,000 attending agents are here to listen to the vision of cofounders Dave and Gail Liniger, learn best practices from respected coaches, and network with their colleagues from 53 countries around the ...


Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate Gives Back

Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie’s 6th annual companywide ‘Giving Day’ is on Saturday, March 7th.  Each year, the branch offices choose a project that is near and dear to the hearts of their agents. ...


REALTOR® Safety Survey Shows Positive Results, despite Latest Tragedy

The recent death of a Florida man who was gunned down while looking at a home in Fort Lauderdale last week once again has the real estate community speaking about the importance of safety. ...


Specialization: What’s Your Niche?

The days of the ‘generalist’ agent, even in buyer brokerage, are drawing to a close. While some firms and agents do just fine chasing commissions all over town, it seems that in order to really move ahead of the pack, ...


Mobile Technology Company Virtual Agent Merges to Launch Dotsignal Brand

Virtual Agent has announced its merger with mobile consumer engagement company, Dotsignal. Under the Dotsignal banner the company will expand its current Virtual Agent offerings by combining a number of additional mobile and big-data products into a new, mobile-first platform called Dotsignal RE. ...


ForRent.com® Partners with Rentler® for Increased High-Quality Listings

ForRent.com®, a leading apartment search destination, has recently announced its partnership with Internet Listing Service (ILS), Rentler®, an online platform that makes it easy to access and use tools to create listings and also allows users to search for apartments. ...


San Francisco County’s Peak-Level Price Gains Fall Into Negative Territory

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through February 2015. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly any other index provider in the industry. ...


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