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FHA to Reduce Mortgage Insurance Fees

(TNS)—The Federal Housing Administration plans to lower its annual mortgage insurance fees by 0.5 of a percentage point—a move that it says will allow more buyers to jump into the real estate market. ...


Obama Plan Makes It Easier for Younger, First-Time Homebuyers

(TNS)—President Barack Obama moved Wednesday to make it cheaper for first-time and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage-insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the ...


Real Estate Roundtable Praises Bipartisan House Vote to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

The recent bipartisan House vote of 416-5 to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for six years is a major step forward in bolstering economic security, maintaining positive momentum in commercial real estate markets and reducing policy uncertainty with a multi-year reauthorization, ...


5 Easy Tips to Get Your Business Ready for 2015

The start of any new year is always a great time to make resolutions and plan for the year ahead, and that applies to your business as well as your personal life. As you kick off 2015, it’s the perfect time to organize ...


Portal Power-Play Heats Up: Zillow to End Listing Agreement with Listhub

There’s more news to report this week on the ongoing battle among the real estate search giants. Zillow disclosed this week in an SEC filing that its listing agreement with Listhub will end on April 7. ...


3 Reasons Housing is Looking Up in 2015

As 2015 rolls forward, there are several economic indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let's review the top three. ...


Stronger Economy, Solid Job Growth Expected to Boost Home Sales in 2015

Existing-home sales are forecasted to rise about 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices, according to National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a newly-released video on his 2015 housing ...


One of the Best Things You Can Do for Yourself

At this time of year, we’re all focused to some degree on resolutions, goals and moving forward with a clean slate. ...


15 Time-Saving Hacks for 2015

Time is one thing we can’t get back. Once a minute has passed, it’s gone forever. Spending our minutes wisely will not only result in being more productive, it’ll also give us more freedom to focus on the broader spectrum of activities that ...


4 Ways to Stay Tech Savvy in 2015

If anything has been clear in the ever-changing real estate landscape, it’s that technology is here to stay. 2014 gave real estate agents plenty of examples of how tech is the future of real estate. The Zillow-Trulia merger ...


Index: Prices Up ‘Across the Board’ in 2014, Midwest Expected to Outpace the Nation

With 2014 behind us, 2015 promises changes within the market as the housing recovery moves forward, according to recently released information from Clear Capital, a provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment. The company recently released ...


Right or Wrong: How Are You Sharing Your Listing on Facebook?

It is no secret that photos are the most engaging content type on Facebook. Posts with photos make up 75 percent of all content posted to Facebook and account for a staggering 93 percent of the most engaging posts. https://blog.bufferapp.com/7-facebook-stats-you-should-know-for-a-more-engaging-page ...


Housing Share of GDP at 15.2 Percent for Third Quarter

Economic growth in the third quarter was certainly good news for housing and the overall economy. The final estimate of GDP growth from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) was a 5 percent seasonally adjusted annual growth rate, up from 3.5 ...


Power Broker Strategies for Starting the New Year Strong

As many Power Brokers know, closing the fourth quarter strong is vital in order to prepare for a strong start in 2015. In a recent webinar titled, “Finish the Year Strong, Start the New Year Even Stronger,” ...


Do’s and Don’ts for Marketing Agreements

Real estate brokers must comply with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, or RESPA, which prohibits brokers from receiving anything of value in return for the referral of settlement service business. RESPA, however, permits brokers to receive reasonable payments in return for goods ...


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