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Statement Alert: NAHB Opposes Plan to Raise Mortgage Fees

Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Reno, Nevada, recently issued the following statement on a congressional plan to raise fees charged by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and use them ...


Tools of the Trade: HSA Home Warranty Shows Dedication to Flexibility and Customization

Earlier this year, Tommy Camp—President and CEO of Prudential Carolinas Realty—was looking for a way to help his clients protect their most valued asset: their new home. Camp began searching for a home warranty company that would allow Prudential Carolinas to best serve their buyers and sellers, while staying true ...


Legislative and Regulatory Recap – The Year in Review

Editor's Note: The below article, which originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Real Estate magazine, features updated information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program. ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Special savings for REALTORS® from Chrysler, a year-end deal from DocuSign and how-to save on the new Buyers and Sellers Profile. ...


Mortgage Defaults: Signs of Recovery

The UFA Default Risk Index for the fourth quarter of 2011 edged lower to 131 from last quarter’s revised 133, which suggests that residential mortgage default and prepayment risks are continuing their return to normalcy. ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: A Keen Eye for Success

In the December issue of Real Estate Magazine, RISMedia Columnist Barbara Pronin interviews Ron Clarke, the President and CEO of CENTURY 21 Alliance. ...


The Four Cornerstones of Superior Customer Service

The heart of any company can be found beating inside the walls of its customer service department. Providing superior customer service after the sale is a smart business decision that pays long-term dividends. All the money a company spends ...


How to Lead a Refined Real Estate Search

Purchasing a home, especially if it is your first time, can be an extremely stressful and complicated process. It is easy to get overwhelmed by your choices and the many steps it takes to get the deal closed ...


Real Estate Marketing Summit Goes Worldwide

This week, the Real Estate Marketing Summit is returning to the exemplary location of the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, Calif., where hundreds of participants have registered to arrive on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011. Thousands, throughout the world, however, have now been provided with the rare opportunity to attend ...


Mortgage Rates Stay Low Helping to Keep Housing Affordability High

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey(R) (PMMS(R)), showing average fixed mortgage rates largely unchanged and near their record lows helping to keep housing affordability high for those borrowers who are in the market. The 30-year fixed dipped to 3.99 percent, ...


Bankrate: Jumbo Mortgage Rates Hit New Record Low

The jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to a new record low of 4.68 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.4 discount and origination points. ...


Study Examines Impact of Social Networks on Strategic Default

Unemployment and other factors have caused many homeowners to involuntarily default on their mortgages. At the same time, falling home prices, the possibility of being underwater for many years and advice from certain influencers, or “mavens,” may have encouraged others to simply stop paying, with deleterious consequences in some markets, ...


Housing Update: Obama Administration Releases November Scorecard

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the November edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Included in this month’s report are ...


Statement Alert: MBA Testifies on Mortgage Market Reform

David H. Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) testified recently before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and the Government Sponsored Enterprises at a hearing on "The Private Mortgage Market Investment Act.” ...


4 Tips for Efficient Downsizing

The organizational benefits of downsizing can be very rewarding. You can save time, restore order, relieve stress, free up space and, perhaps most importantly, save money. ...


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