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NAR Surveys Mortgage Companies on QM

On January 10, 2014, the requirements of the Ability to Repay Qualified Mortgage (ATR/QM) rule went into effect. All applications received on or after that date were required to comply with the rule that includes, among other things, full documentation of income, ...


7 Crucial Facts about FHA Loans

(MCT)—In the wake of the housing bubble’s collapse, FHA loans have taken on renewed importance for today’s mortgage borrowers. ...


Buyers Ready to Make a Move This Spring

The National Association of REALTORS®’ Consumer Advertising Campaign TV commercial, “Make Your Move,” debuted recently in more than 20,000 national spots, and is expected to generate 3.9 billion impressions in 2014. This year’s campaign theme is market momentum, and the latest ad ...


Luxury Sales Warm up a Frigid Winter

Polar vortexes are freezing home sales in much of the nation this winter but the luxury segment is finding the temperature to be just perfect as both sales and price increases warm up million-dollar-plus markets from coast to coast. ...


eSig Provider Releases Broker-centric Transaction Platform for Real Estate

After successfully joining forces with Cartavi last year, DocuSign, the global leader of eSignature platforms, has released its first-ever broker-centric product. The new offering called DocuSign for Real Estate PLUS, Broker Edition allows for a collaborative and mobile cloud-based solution for document ...


The Rise of New Construction: Maximizing the Opportunity

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS®. Look for this column each month, where we address broker concerns, issues, and milestones. ...


The Ownership Generation Is Aging

Seniors are still the age group with the greatest homeownership rate, far exceeding the national rate for all age groups even into their eighties. ...


Are You Getting the Most from Client-Vendor Relationships?

Last week we made a brief trip to visit a client of ours, a very large real estate organization here in the Mid-Atlantic States. Many of you will recognize this scenario – long-term client with new leadership regime in place, expiring contract ...


Inventory Loosens Heading into Spring Homebuying Season

Regional Spotlight—With the statewide housing inventory slowly improving, California pending home sales picked up steam in January and reversed a two-month decline, but pending sales were still down from a year ago, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported recently. ...


Which Social Media Platforms Are Right for You?

If you want to be visible in today’s marketplace, you absolutely must have a presence on social media. ...


Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue Gradual Climb Higher

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates mixed with the fixed-rate products moving higher for the fourth consecutive week, while adjustable rate mortgages eased. ...


Home Prices Edge Down in Big Cities

(MCT)—Home prices fell slightly across large U.S. cities in December from a month earlier, further evidence that the housing market cooled to close the year, according to a closely watched index. ...


How to Get Ahead with Facebook Ads

Last week, we looked at the effects of Facebook’s algorithm change that occurred late last year and its impact on Facebook Business Pages, and offered some tips on how to effectively increase one’s reach with the new system in place. ...


Short Sales on Their Way Out?

Short sales and foreclosures played a starring role during the Great Recession. According to National Association of REALTORS® statistics, in the summer of 2009, distressed sales made up just under 50 percent of all transactions as reported by REALTORS®. Fast forward to ...


Thinking Globally to Grow Locally

Recently, a fellow mobility specialist asked us for our latest “horseback” estimate of annual international relocation volume. (As you may know, no definitive data on this seems to exist, so we practitioners compare notes and piece together various industry surveys and reports ...


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