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Court Works to Fight Housing Discrimination

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court made big moves for fair housing, ruling that the 1968 Fair Housing Act encompasses claims of unintentional discrimination through disparate impact, making the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs liable for how it allocated low-income housing tax credits. ...


Best and Worst Markets for Low Down Payment Buyer Affordability, Accessibility

RealtyTrac® has released a joint analysis with Down Payment Resource that examined affordability, median income, median home price and homeownership program availability in 370 U.S. counties with a population of at least 100,000 and where sufficient data was available. The report then ranked each ...


NAR Broker Tip of the Month: June 2015

REALTORS® working in rural settings face a variety of unique safety hazards. NAR and the REALTORS® Land Institute outline some of the potential dangers REALTORS® face working in rural areas and what they can do to stay safe on the job. For instance, when on a farm or in a ...


Top Home Markets Increase, Half Reaching Full Pricing Recovery

Homes.com® recently released its April 2015 Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for the next 200 largest markets. Among the nation’s top 300 markets, 137 markets (46 percent) ...


Broker Summit Early Bird Deadline Closing

NAR PULSE—Early bird $99 registration for the REALTOR® Broker Summits closes June 30—register today to secure this special rate. Attend both the Seattle Broker Summit and Seattle ‘Tech Edge’ Summit for an even better price, or ask about our group discounts. All events are limited to REALTORS® and designed for ...


April Prices Mark Largest Seasonal Gain Since 2005

The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) shows U.S. home prices climbed rapidly since March, as strong sales and limited inventory relative to demand continue to be the key narratives highlighting the spring housing market countrywide. ...


Existing-Home Sales Bounce Back Strongly in May as First-time Buyers Return

Fueled partly by an increase in the share of sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales increased in May to their highest pace in nearly six years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the Northeast, ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Slight Dip in REALTOR® Business in 2014

In the following video, Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, discusses the high-level findings in the 2015 Member Profile. In 2015, NAR membership rose. While there was a slight dip in REALTOR® business overall, 90 percent of real estate transactions were done by members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Watch ...


May Home Sales and Prices Continue Rising

Home sales in May were greater than in any other May since the RE/MAX National Housing Report began in 2008. This spring has now experienced a four-month trend in which sales were higher than both the previous ...


Keeping Up with the Local Market

Resort communities are unique markets where specific real estate expertise is required. Here, RISMedia interviews Lynn Mortor, broker from Sierra Crest Real Estate in June Lake, Calif. about trends, challenges and best marketing practices in this vacation home market. ...


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CFPB Announces Two-Month Pushback of TRID Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week a proposal to push back the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which combines two mortgage disclosure regimes into one. The new date is set for October 1. The rule, originally set to go ...


More Upscale Buyers Enter Market, International Sales Dollar Volume Spikes

While total unit sales from international home buyers decreased from last year, total sales dollar volume increased 13 percent, according to the National Association of REATLORS® 2015 Profile of Home Buying Activity of International Clients. ...


RE/MAX Increases Presence in Asia

Master franchise RE/MAX China previously sold its first regional franchise, RE/MAX Beijing, to owners Catia Kong and husband Andy Gu, who opened the company’s first office in Beijing last year. Shortly after, RE/MAX China sold RE/MAX Shanghai, RE/MAX Guangzhou and RE/MAX Shenzhen regional rights to Nathan Yang. ...


RE/MAX CEO Pens Op-Ed: Reasonable Lending Opens Door to Homeownership

Friday’s edition of Investor’s Business Daily carried an Op-Ed by RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger supporting recent government policies that mark a return to more reasonable mortgage standards. ...


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