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Industry News From REALTOR® Magazine

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Police Hunt: Man Robs 2 Agents at Gunpoint

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 00:00

Two female real estate agents in St. Petersburg, Fla., were held at gunpoint by a man during showings in two separate incidences within an hour of...

CFPB Responds to Congressional Concerns Over Closing Doc Requirements

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced this week that it would show "sensitivity" to companies demonstrating a good-faith...

CFPB Takes First Steps Toward Greater Clarity on RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosure Enforcement

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

NAR says it's a good first step that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has said it will be sensitive to entities' good faith effort...

Court Affirms Brokers' Ability to Classify Agents as Independent Contractors

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The top court in Massachusetts yesterday affirmed a lower court decision that real estate practitioners may be classified as independent...

Lower Sales Bit into REALTOR® Paychecks

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The decline in sales took a chunk out of overall business activity for REALTORS® as well as their incomes in 2014, a new member survey shows....

CFPB Grants Grace Period for Mortgage Rules

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it will allow a grace period to lenders who make a good-faith effort in complying with new...

The 8 Fastest-Growing Cities for Millennials

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

The Millennials, aged 20 to 34, are viewed by many housing analysts as the key to boosting home ownership -- so where are they flocking to?

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Freddie Offers Mortgage Relief to Flood Victims

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

Freddie Mac is offering mortgage relief options to borrowers in Texas and Oklahoma who have been affected recently by the massive amounts of...

San Francisco Nixes Luxury Condo Moratorium

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:00

Rental prices have skyrocketed so much in San Francisco that city supervisors recently tried to implement a 45-day moratorium on luxury housing in...

What Worries Would-Be Buyers

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Understand consumers' current knowledge gaps about the home purchase process and you'll be able to help wary potential clients ease into...

NAR and Move Ask Judge to Block Zillow Countersuit

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Lawyers for NAR and Move, Inc. say Zillow is attempting to divert attention from the allegations that Zillow illegally...

Borrowers Leery of Higher Rates

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Recent rate increases are taking their toll on mortgage application activity.

Home Owners See Solar, Wind in Their Future

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

A recent survey revealed half of home owners believe solar power is the most important energy source for the future of housing—regardless of...

Bankruptcy Won't Wipe Out 2nd Mortgages

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that second mortgages on underwater homes cannot be voided during bankruptcy.

 

Which is Worse for California: Pools or Lawns?

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Residential swimming pools are coming under attack in the Golden State as some cities block permits for new construction or ban filling existing...

'Marginal Agents' Biggest Threat to Industry

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 00:00

Unskilled, unethical, and incompetent salespeople who lack the experience to coach buyers and sellers are damaging to the industry's...

These 20 Housing Markets Are Booming

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

Watch out for these hot housing markets, which saw some of the largest upswings in activity among buyers and sellers last month. 

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Good News to Buyers: Affordability Improves

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

Nearly 67 percent of new and existing homes sold between January and the end of March were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income...

Baby Boomers Are Important Buffer in Housing

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

Did baby boomers save the real estate market? If it weren't for the baby boomers, the U.S. home ownership rate would have fallen by a lot more...

More Buyers Are on the Hunt This Spring

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 00:00

The increases in the housing market are much more than the ordinary seasonal uptick, according to realtor.com®'s latest housing report....

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