NAR PULSE—By registering for the REALTOR® Trade Expo, held May 14-15 in Washington, DC., you can earn a free download of Just Sold! The Real Estate Professional’s Guide to Selling More in Less Time ($19.95 value), plus a chance to win a $250 gift card. With the Just Sold! Download, you will learn all the essentials to managing your time and activities so you can get more done in less time and with less stress. In order to receive the download and qualify for the gift card, register for the event by April 30.
Save on Shipment Services with FedEx
Selling season is approaching, and your office will be shipping closing gifts, contracts and other closing documents. In order to minimize stress, put the REALTOR Benefits® Program to work for you! As NAR’s exclusive shipping services provider, FedEx makes it easy for you and your agents to ship, save and earn. FedEx Advantage® Program participants save up to 26 percent on overnight shipping, 12 percent on select ground shipping and up to 20% on international shipments. New FedEx account? Ship three eligible packages by May 15 and earn $25 gift card. Learn more about FedEx Advantage here.
New FHA Electronic Signature Standard is Good News for REALTORS®
Real estate agents are yet another step closer to eliminating the need for pen and paper when signing real estate transaction documents. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced in a Jan. 30 statement that it now recognizes electronic signatures for lender-originated documents on both reverse and forward single-family mortgages. Previous FHA policy only allowed for eSignatures on third-party documents such as sales contracts and other documents not controlled by the lender. Now the FHA will also honor other electronic signatures originating from lenders, such as servicing and loss mitigation documents, FHA insurance claims and real estate owned (REO) contacts. E-signatures are not yet accepted on the mortgage note itself, but will be at the end of 2014. Read more here.