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HUD Releases Rule Clarifying Requirements of Housing Choice Voucher Participants

Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released the final rule that clarifies the portability regulations and requirements in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and helps improve the processing of portability requests. Portability refers to a feature of the HCV program that allows an eligible family with ...


Existing-Home Sales Maintain Steady Incline

Existing-home sales steadily increased for the third consecutive month in July, while stubbornly low inventory levels and rising prices are likely to blame for sales to first-time buyers falling to their lowest share since January, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Following a Clear Action Plan the Foundation to Success

Reaching success often means planning, planning, planning. In the following interview, Pat Kelly of Realty ONE Group in Gilbert, Ariz., talks time management, tech, and more. ...


A Place in the Sun: Google’s Project Sunroof Helps Homeowners Embrace Solar

Just Google it. A new tool we never knew we needed has just rolled out from deep within the goat-maintained Googleplex. Project Sunroof, engineered by East Coast Googler Carl Elkin, proves to solar-skeptical homeowners that solar power is attainable, ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 7 Percent in July, Bank Repossessions Reach 30-Month-High

RealtyTrac® recently released its July 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows a total of 124,910 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—in July, up 7 percent from the previous month and up 14 percent from a ...


July Brings New Residential Construction Activity

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for July 2015. ...


New Single-Family Home Size Trends Flat

The typical size of newly built single-family homes was effectively unchanged from the first to second quarter of 2015, posting small quarterly declines. The current data is consistent with the general trend of flat growth for the size of typical newly-built homes, a pattern that took ...


California July Home Sales at Highest Level in Three Years

Regional Spotlight—Sustained job and income growth gave home buyers the confidence in July to jump into the California housing market, pushing home sales to their highest level in nearly three years, according to the California Association of REALTORS®.Home sales have risen year over year for six straight months. ...


The Top 5 Things to Know about TRID Now

With TRID’s (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule) effective date of October 3, 2015 approaching, lenders, real estate agents and settlement agents need to be taking stock of their preparedness and communicating among themselves and with consumers about what to expect. ...


Former Investment Banker Turned Activist to Lead Latina Brunch at NAHREP Convention

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP®) has announced Julissa Acre, former Goldman Sachs star and current public affairs director at Define American, will keynote the Latina Brunch session at its 2015 National Convention & Latin Music Festival. This year’s Latina Brunch will also serve as a forum ...


How Long Does It Take to Build a Single-Family Home?

The 2014 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7 months, which usually includes around 25 days from authorization to start and another 6 months to finish the ...


REALTORS: How Do You Stay Safe?

When real estate professionals are in the field, safety should be one of their utmost concerns. With REALTOR® Safety Month just around the corner, and the looming anniversary of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter's death, agents should take a few moments ...


High-Level Information and Networking Help Brokers Shape Success

Critical issues that stand to change the way successful real estate firms operate will be closely examined at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange next month. The now sold-out, invitation-only Real Estate CEO Exchange, “Building Sustainable Success,” will take a realistic look at ...


A Full-Circle Approach: How Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Has Marketing Covered from Every Angle

The past two years have been a thrilling ride for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. In what felt like the blink of an eye, the network firmly established itself and now boasts nearly 39,000 sales professionals. As the network continues its growth trajectory, an important engine hums in the background: the Berkshire ...


Home Improvement Hot Spots: Who’s Rebuilding?

(TNS)--After doing just enough to maintain their homes in the wake of the Great Recession, Americans are starting to ramp up spending on backyard decks, spa-like bathrooms and other vanity improvements. ...


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