Real Estate

Obamacare Regulations Recognize Agents as Non-Employees

Home Ownership Matters - Fri, 2014-08-01 21:53

Recently released final regulations under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recognize “qualified real estate agents” as non-employees for purposes of the “Shared Responsibility for Employers” provisions of the new health care law.  Earlier proposed regulations were silent on their status, leaving some doubt as to whether brokerages might have to count agents as employees for purposes of the ACA.  The change was requested by the NAR in a comment letter sent by 2013 President Gary... Read More

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Senate Introduces TRIA Reauthorization Bill

Home Ownership Matters - Fri, 2014-08-01 21:53

On Thursday, Apr. 10th, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 2244, a bill to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), currently set to expire at the end of 2014, for seven more years.  Lead cosponsors of this bipartisan legislation are Senators Heller (R-NV), Reed (D-RI), Kirk (R-IL), Murphy (D-CT) and Johanns (R-NE).  Along with extending the program, the bill also makes some changes to its mandatory recoupment amount ($27.5 billion to $37.5 billion) and reduces the federal share of the compensation for insured losses (from 85% to 80%).

TRIA was... Read More

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CFPB Meeting on RESPA/TILA

Home Ownership Matters - Fri, 2014-08-01 15:50

On Tuesday July 29, 2014, NAR met with the  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on the implementation of changes to the Real Estate Settlment Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).  In addition to major changes to the loan disclosure and closing forms themselves, the new rules will require that the settlement statement be completed three days prior to closing.  The new forms and rules go into effect one year from now and industry is working diligently to put together systems and train staff to deal with the new forms and rules as well as... Read More

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How to Build an Outdoor Dog Bed

This Old House - Fri, 2014-08-01 02:05
A smartly designed outdoor bed is a great place for your pooch to beat the heat
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Mortgage Rates Hover at Yearly Lows

Daily Real Estate News - Fri, 2014-08-01 00:00

Home buyers are locking in mortgage rates at some of the lowest rates of the year.

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Foreclosure Inventory Falls 35%, Celebration Muted

Daily Real Estate News - Fri, 2014-08-01 00:00

While foreclosures have plunged nationwide in recent months, housing experts aren’t ready to say the foreclosure crisis is completely behind...

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San Francisco Homes Hit Million-Dollar Median Milestone

Daily Real Estate News - Fri, 2014-08-01 00:00

For the first time in the city’s history, the median selling price for houses and condos in San Francisco reached seven figures. “It...

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Trends Show Outlook for Mulitfamily Sector Bright

Daily Real Estate News - Fri, 2014-08-01 00:00

The multifamily market continues to outperform historical trends, with vacancy rates at a 13-year low, strong demand for new units being built,...

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8 Cities Considered Top Family Towns

Daily Real Estate News - Fri, 2014-08-01 00:00

Here’s something to brag about. See if your city made the list. 

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Tackling the Environment and Real Estate

Daily Real Estate News - Fri, 2014-08-01 00:00

NAR’s first environmental summit this week highlighted areas where environmental issues and real estate intersect, and encouraged...

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Government Affairs Materials for the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo

Home Ownership Matters - Thu, 2014-07-31 15:27

The 2014 REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo represents an important opportunity for REALTORS® to meet with their U.S. Senators and house staff and communicate the issues critical to their businesses, communities and the consumers they represent.

To help prepare members for their upcoming meetings in May, NAR has prepared talking points that will walk REALTORS® through the messages that NAR would like presented to their Members of Congress. Additionally, NAR will hold a virtual town hall on May 8 at 2 p.m. EST to address any questions REALTORS® may have about... Read More

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10 Secrets of Cottage Style

This Old House - Thu, 2014-07-31 02:00
Known for her lively, low-key designs, Jane Coslick shares her trademark tips for adding oomph to plain interiors with salvaged finds and buckets of paint
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Don't Ever Say This to a Client

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-07-31 00:00

Avoid these four faux pas when dealing with clients.

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5 Market Problems Scaring REALTORS®

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-07-31 00:00

REALTOR® confidence in current and future market conditions took a slight dip in June as several challenges continued to pose a threat to...

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Who Is the Typical New-Home Buyer?

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-07-31 00:00

New data collected for new-home closings over the past year offers up a closer look at the average new-home buyer and the prices of homes...

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3 Social Media Trends Impacting Your Business

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-07-31 00:00

Image-centric networks are growing, and is Google+ losing favor? A Forbes.com columnist offers his predictions on the latest social media trends...

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Home Ownership Rate Near 20-Year Low

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-07-31 00:00

The fallout from the housing crisis continues as the number of Americans who own homes dropped to the lowest level in nearly two decades in the...

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Countrywide Acquisition Still Haunts BofA

Daily Real Estate News - Thu, 2014-07-31 00:00

Bank of America has been ordered to pay nearly $1.3 billion in penalties stemming from a Countrywide program nicknamed "the hustle."

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Photoshop Redo: Prettying Up a Period House

This Old House - Wed, 2014-07-30 02:05
Uncovering the front porch and restoring facade details help a Queen Anne-style home assume its former shape
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Altos: Critics Are Wrong About Where Housing Is Headed

Daily Real Estate News - Wed, 2014-07-30 00:00

The housing market is going to surge in 2015, despite the bearish predictions from many critics in the housing industry recently, according to a...

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