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Housing and Tax Reform: Where Could the Impact Land?
1/16/2018 2:42 PM
Homebuyers and homeowners are anticipating fallout from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has changed homeownership incentives, including the deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. How deep the effect is hinges on location, according to new research. With the bill’s new provisions, the mortgage interest deduction (MID) ...Read More
Help Your Agents Perfect Their Social Media Strategy
1/16/2018 2:37 PM
NAR PULSE—Back At You Media, the newest partner in the REALTOR Benefits® Program, provides powerful automated marketing to ensure your agents and their listings rise above the noise on social media. Learn about the three different plan options available to members of the National Association of REALTORS®. All have exclusive pricing for...Read More
Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent
1/16/2018 2:30 PM
I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting. However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located […] Th...Read More
Survey Results: What Keeps Brokers Up at Night?
1/15/2018 4:44 PM
As we begin a new year, what are the most pressing issues on the minds of the nation’s real estate brokers? What are they most looking forward to in the year ahead? What strategies do they have in place to address inventory issues, technology adoption, agent retention or to ensure their continued profitability? Better Homes […] The ...Read More
Building a Reputation of Trust and Honesty
1/15/2018 2:56 PM
In the following interview, Phyllis Staines, broker associate at RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., discusses disruption, marketing and more. Region Served: Jacksonville, Fla. Years in Real Estate: 20 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 16 Favorite Part of Your Job: The freedom and unlimited potent...Read More
Buying Is Better Financially in More Than Half of Markets: Report
1/15/2018 2:50 PM
It is more affordable to buy a home than rent one in more than half of markets—but for how long remains uncertain, according to recently released research. In 54 percent of the over 400 counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions, buying the median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom one, according to ATTOM’s […...Read More
The Great Debate: What the MLS Can Be, and What It Should Be
1/14/2018 12:06 PM
Ask any agent, broker or constituent in real estate: There are challenges facing the Multiple Listing Service. A discussion on the future of the MLS—what it can be, and what it should be—hosted by the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) recently illuminated those issues, and strived for solutions. “An MLS should be defined no...Read More
California Real Estate Professional Among Mudslide Victims
1/14/2018 12:05 PM
A Southern California real estate professional perished tragically in the mudslides last week, one of more than 15 victims of the latest catastrophe to strike the state. Rebecca Riskin, of Riskin Partners in Montecito—known as the “first lady of luxury real estate”—was killed as a result of the ensuing flood and mudslides in the Thom...Read More
Fair Housing Makes Us Stronger
1/14/2018 12:04 PM
On April 11, 1968, President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law. This marked an important and historic change in our nation’s commitment to property rights, recognizing that property rights should not be abridged because of discrimination based on race, color, national origin or religion. In later years, the law was amended to pr...Read More
Confidence in Housing Subdued at Year-End
1/12/2018 11:02 PM
Confidence in housing was subdued in December in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), derived from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey® (NHS). The HPSI overall posted 85.8 in December, two percentage points lower than the month prior. “Consumers remained cautious in their housing outlook at the end of 2017...Read More

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