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Todays Real Estate News Archive


Regulators OK Volcker Rule, Curbing Big Banks’ High-Risk Trades

(MCT)—Government regulators approved a sweeping new set of rules for the nation's biggest banks that ban them from the kind of ultra-high-risk trading that nearly collapsed the world's financial system. ...


HUD Releases ‘Qualified Mortgage’ Definition

Recently the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its final rule which defines a ‘Qualified Mortgage (QM)’ that is insured, guaranteed or administered by HUD. The final rule will be effective on January 10, 2014 and will apply to ...


Real estate Q&A: How the Self-Employed Can Get a Mortgage

(MCT)—Question: I am self-employed and make a good living. I want to buy a house, but it’s hard to document my income. So I’ve been getting turned down for a mortgage, even though I’m willing to make a large down payment. Any ...


Builders Share Trends Homeowners Require to Create Personal Oasis

Building a custom home today involves much more than specialized floor plans. Homeowners have endless options for special features and unique touches that can turn a home into a personal oasis. ...


The People Revolution: 5 Resolutions to Succeed in 2014 (Part 2)

Last time out we examined the first five of 10 business principles that Austin Allison and Chris Smith, authors of “Peoplework: How to Run a People-First Business in a Digital-First World,” presented in Homes.com’s Secrets of Top Selling ...


New QM Rules: What Your Clients Need to Know

With the new year fast approaching, there’s an important issue you’ll want to familiarize yourself with so you can answer buyers’ questions: qualified mortgages. ...


Four Critical Actions to Build a Culture of Accountability in 2014

Almost every leader has been there. One minute you’re living the company values, and the next you’re making an exception—for yourself. Perhaps you have an official policy of being super-responsive, but when an especially problematic client calls, you avoid him for a day or two. Or despite a stated commitment ...


Transition: the Blind Spot for Many Business Owners

Blood, sweat and tears; late nights and weekends spent working; sacrificed vacations and family time – indeed, a CEO’s feelings toward his or her business often mirror those of a parent has for a child. ...


5 Tips for Team Building

(MCT)—Ryan Nowicki, national director of sales for golf-complex operator TopGolf, talked to the Dallas Morning News about how small businesses can organize effective team-building events. ...


Ask the Experts: Maximize Networking Opportunities at Holiday Parties

(MCT)—It’s officially the merry-making season, and small-business owners are likely going to spend some time over the next month at holiday parties. ...


Oahu REALTOR® To Appear on HGTV’s House Hunters

Fans of HGTV's smash hit series House Hunters and House Hunters International can catch local real estate agent Rachel Barnette on Friday, December 13 at 5pm (HST) as she helps her client Sergio purchase his first home. ...


Taking Service to a New Level

Sometimes, two is better than one. In the following interview, RE/MAX Select's Paul and Debi Raymond talk about how they work together to drive the company forward. ...


Five Reasons Why You Need to Close on a Home by the End of the Year

If you are debating on whether you should make an offer on a new home before the New Year, now is the time to stop deliberating and submit your bid. Between 2013 tax benefits, and avoiding mortgage rate roulette and changing lending ...


On Paper vs. in Practice – Implementing Dodd-Frank Rules

After three years of rulemaking and organizing, the industry is finally experiencing the full-fledged implementation of the major Dodd-Frank rules affecting mortgages, in particular, the Qualified Mortgage or QM. A major question that needs answering is whether the rule in practice is ...


Membership Has Its Advantages

The holidays are upon us. Whether this season means a house-buying lull or an uptick in warm-weather business in your market, it is always a good time to re-evaluate your goals and strategies for the coming year. I’ve written in the past about how the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation ...


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