WASHINGTON (July 23, 2014) – Congressional action and the timely implementation of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act relieved property owners of costly premium hikes and stabilized housing markets where flood insurance is required for a mortgage, said the National Association of Realtors® today in testimony before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. There are additional steps that need to be taken, however, to fully address remaining issues.
“The... Read More
Existing-home sales picked up momentum in June, but the housing market still faces challenges that are subduing a more robust recovery.
While the number of homes for sale nationwide is showing signs of inching up, inventories still remain constrained in many places. Here’s...
Many home buyers recently surveyed say they find the financing process overwhelming, according to a new poll.
More borrowers submitted mortgage applications to refinance their homes, even though mortgage rates barely budged during the week.
California gets edged out this year as the top state for energy efficiency. Find out which state claimed the top spot this year.
Realtor.com®’s humorous new ad incorporates messaging about the value of a REALTOR®. In it, a slightly frazzled mom talks about the importance of accuracy to her family; that’s why they used a REALTOR® and realtor.com to find their house.
The ad is part of a coordinated branding effort between NAR’s Consumer Advertising Campaign and realtor.com, highlighting the value the website and REALTORS® brings to people buying, selling, or investing in a home. The goal of this collaboration is to combine the influence of NAR and realtor.com to reach a... Read More
Realtor.com®’s released a humorous new ad incorporates messaging about the value of a REALTOR®. In it, a slightly frazzled mom talks about the importance of accuracy to her family; that’s why they used a REALTOR® and realtor.com to find their house.
The ad is part of a coordinated branding effort between NAR’s Consumer Advertising Campaign and realtor.com, highlighting the value the website and REALTORS® brings to people buying, selling, or investing in a home. The goal of this collaboration is to combine the influence of NAR and realtor.com... Read More
Today’s low interest rates may be spooking potential move-up buyers. Learn how you can help home owners see beyond the percentage points.
As smart homes become more popular, consumers are showing an affinity for certain features — but not the high-tech gadgetry that controls...
JPMorgan Chase & Co., the second-largest securitizer of FHA loans, says that without clearer rules on government-sanctioned penalties, it will...
You may be able to keep better track of your clients' posts with this new Facebook feature.
The number of new homes being built will likely remain low for the next two years because of slow household formation, a new research report finds...
A U.S. district judge in Los Angeles has sentenced a former Bank of America mortgage employee to 30 months in prison for taking $1.2 million in...
Real estate professionals who are struggling to get everything done despite working 80 hours a week should consider incorporating a team-based...
NAR President Steve Brown was at the White House recently to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Federal Housing Administration.
Just as REALTORS® were key to the creation of FHA in 1934, REALTORS® are key players in keeping the agency strong today.
During the visit, REALTORS® celebrated FHA's successes, shared what they see as the greatest challenges and opportunities FHA faces today, and provided recommendations on how to ensure its future.
On March 24, 2014, six federal agencies issued a joint proposed rule to implement minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies (AMCs). States will not be required to establish an AMC registration and supervision program, and there is no penalty imposed on a state that does not establish a regulatory structure for AMCs; however, an AMC will not be able to provide appraisal management services for federally related transactions in states that have not established a regulatory structure laid out in the proposed rule. Participating states will... Read More