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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Swim Against the Tide with 3 Percent-Down Loans

Recently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to begin backing home loans with down payments as low as three percent. This move came just days after the mortgage giants implemented less rigid lending standards in order to give Main Street citizens with ...


NAR’s 2014 Political Advocacy Helps Strengthen Real Estate Markets, Protect Consumers

The National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR’s) 2014 legislative and regulatory agenda continued to focus on creating a fundamentally sound and robust U.S. real estate market. ...


RE/MAX Sells Two International Master Franchises

Global real estate franchisor RE/MAX, LLC divided and sold their Caribbean and Central America (CCA) region recently. The new owners of RE/MAX Caribbean and Central America are John and Lucinda Turley of Belize, and Ricardo and Teresa Cardenas of El Salvador. A new RE/MAX Dominican Republic region is now owned ...


Duluth Area Association of REALTORS® Teams with Superior Area Association of REALTORS® to Create Point2 Portal

NorthlandMLS.com, a Point2 consumer real estate search portal created for the Duluth Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) in partnership with the Superior Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR), launched this week. The new website features real estate listings and real estate professionals in Duluth, Minn., and Superior, ...


Full Disclosure: How Pre-listing Home Inspections Even the Score for Sellers

When we were kids, we stuffed our closets full of our toys in lieu of putting them neatly away, hoping that our parents would never find the mess we made. We thought we could spend as little time as possible on chores to maximize the amount of time for fun. ...


Eye on the Economy: Labor Market Gains Are a Positive Sign for Housing

An improving labor market will help support growth in home building in 2015. And the November report offered the most positive jobs data in some time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 321,000 jobs (seasonally adjusted) were added to the economy in November, and the numbers for September and ...


Enterprise to Deliver Significant Housing, Health, Economic and Environmental Benefits to Families

Enterprise Community Partners has announced a  three-year, $3.75 million grant to help support the acquisition, preservation or rehabilitation of 20,000 homes in Chicago, New York, the Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Northern and Southern California, Ohio and the Pacific Northwest provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. ...


Cobb Association of REALTORS Names Jenea Kennedy with Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta 2014 REALTOR® of the Year

REALTOR® Jenea Kennedy, Advisor and member of The Robinson Group with Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta was named 2014 Cobb County REALTOR® of the Year by the Cobb Association of REALTORS® at their recent year-end event, the company announced. ...


Save 25% on the Revised Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Core Course

NAR PULSE—The Accredited Buyer’s Representative Course (ABR®) has been completely revised and overhauled with expanded real-world scenarios designed to help REALTORS® confidently represent buyers through all real estate transactions. Become a trusted consultant for buyers by signing up for this completely online ...


Leading Real Estate Firms Align with Luxury Portfolio International®

Luxury Portfolio International®, the luxury marketing division of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, has extended its reach with the addition of member firms in Spain, France and the United States, the company has announced. These firms join the 200+ premier real estate companies that have qualified for membership ...


ERA Real Estate Expands Bay Area Presence with Affiliation of Michael James Real Estate in Oakland, Calif.

ERA Real Estate, a global real estate franchisor, recently announced the affiliation of Michael James Real Estate in Oakland, California, expanding the brand’s presence in Northern California. With one office and 16 independent sales associates, the firm will now do business as ERA MICHAEL JAMES Co. ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Rules for Proper Use of NAR’s REALTOR® Trademarks

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. ...


Top 10 Priciest U.S. Cities for Renters – November 2014

With the holiday season upon us, rental markets consolidated their substantial price rises over the past year. Zumper recently released the November 2014 rent report for top 10 priciest cities in the U.S. Here are the highlights: ...


Realogy Appoints Sherry M. Smith to Its Board of Directors

Realogy Holdings Corp. recently announced the appointment of Sherry M. Smith to its Board of Directors and a member of its Audit Committee. The Board also designated Smith as an "audit committee financial expert," a designation that has been made for all four members of the Realogy Audit Committee. ...


NAR Selects Nancy Nagy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group to Serve on Board of Directors

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Nagy has been selected to serve on the National Association of Realtors® Board of Directors in 2015, the company has announced. Nagy was chosen to serve as one of the 75 large real estate firm representatives. ...


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