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Thoughts on Eliminating the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction from Rick Sharga, EVP, Carrington Mortgage Holdings

The fate of the mortgage interest tax credit seems to be on everyone’s mind at the moment. I get asked about it pretty much everywhere I go these days, from business meetings to media interviews – even casual discussions at holiday ...


NAR’s 2012 Political Advocacy Accomplishments Mean Business for REALTORS®

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) actively protects the interests of its more than one million members daily as it advocates for federal policy and state and local regulatory initiatives. During the 112th Congress, the REALTOR® legislative and regulatory agenda focused ...


Become a Confident, Knowledgeable Short Sale Agent

REOs are not as prevalent as they once were due to the increasing popularity of short sales. With the inventory of traditional sales much lower than it has been in the past, short sales are here to stay. ...


The Real Estate Educator: Lurking in the Shadows

With all the good news in the market, from strong housing demand to rising prices, we can’t ignore shadow inventory. Not only does shadow inventory exist, it will have an impact on all markets for some time to come. In this ...


Brokers, Have You Married Your Offline Brand with Your Online Presence?

Nationwide, brokers are struggling to combine their traditional operating model with the new, fast-paced online environment where agents and consumers live. Despite our rapidly evolving online culture, most real estate brokerages remain offline. I would argue it’s mainly because brokers and ...


4 Ways to Embrace Omnichannel Marketing in 2013

With their holiday plans locked in, most chief marketing officers are turning their focus to 2013. At the center of their attention is omnichannel retailing, a phenomenon that for many brands is as compelling as it is confounding. ...


CoreLogic® Releases December MarketPulse Report

CoreLogic, a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, recently released its December MarketPulse report. The monthly publication provides insight into the health of the U.S. economy with emphasis on housing and mortgage metrics. CoreLogic Chief Economist Mark Fleming and ...


Don’t Settle for Good Enough

From luxury automobiles to high-tech electronics, the phrase "made in Japan" is synonymous with quality and reliability. The Japanese have a well-deserved reputation for their relentless pursuit of excellence, but it wasn't always that way. ...


Innovative or Absurd? Racy Listing Video Goes Viral

Here at RISMedia, we love to see what real estate professionals around the world are doing to better their business and sell homes. So when the following videos surfaced featuring lingerie-clad super models and a bare-bottomed man strutting his stuff through a ...


Realogy Chairman Signs CEOs’ Letter to President and Congress on Smart Reforms and the Fiscal Cliff

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Treasury to Announce Big Changes to HAFA Program

The U.S. Treasury Department will be making some changes to the HAFA Program in 2013, and as a real estate professional, these changes will affect short sales in your local market. ...


More Americans Believe Economy Headed in Right Direction

Despite continued uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, Americans are showing increased confidence in the housing market and the direction of the economy. According to results from Fannie Mae’s November 2012 National Housing Survey, such improvement bodes ...


Unemployment in U.S. Falls to 7.7 Percent

(MCT)—The nation’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent last month — the lowest in nearly four years — as businesses added another 146,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday morning. ...


NAHB Announces Best of 50+ Housing Awards Finalists

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced the finalists for NAHB’s 2013 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, the premier design and marketing competition for the 50+ housing industry. A total of 83 entries were chosen as finalists and ...


Number of Improving Housing Markets Surges to 201 in December

The number of housing markets considered “improving” according to parameters established by the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) surged by 76 to a total of 201 metros in December, according to recently release IMI data. ...


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