On December 23rd, 2011, President Obama signed legislation extending the payroll tax reduction and requiring the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs)) to raise GSE guarantee fees (g-fees) by at least ten basis points.
On December 27, 2011, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted NAR’s comments to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs)) on future mortgage servicing structures and servicing compensation for single-family loans to enhance competition in mortgage servicing and origination.
A boom in farm prices has caused many Midwest cities to emerge as leaders for some of the strongest predictions for housing appreciation in 2012. Kansas City, Kan., came in the top spot in HousingPredictor’s annual survey, forecasting an appreciation of 5.8 percent for this year.
If you blog or maintain visibility on Facebook or Twitter, you know these can be effective tools for keeping your name before clients and prospects. The downside to social networking, though, is the time and effort involved, which can detract from other responsibilities of a real estate career. Look for more tools like HootSuite, which give you a dashboard to make social media more manageable endeavor.
Using his communication gifts to connect with members, 2012 NAR President Moe Veissi offers guidance through tumultuous markets.
Gil Mercurio stepped down after more than three decades as CEO of the Westchester Putnam Association of REALTORS®, N.Y.
Ann Guiberson, CAE, said goodbye to the REALTOR® family in December after 32 years of serving several associations, most recently as president and CEO of the Pinellas REALTOR® Organization, Fla.
The focus of this year’s AE Institute, March 16–20, Louisville, Ky., represents a shift from the association-building and management issues of the past to the issue of how associations can enhance their members’ business success.
The standard convention is a simple cyclical equation: Attendees pay a fee for education offered by the association, event sponsors pay a fee to get their products in front of those attendees, and these fees cover the cost of the event.
MLS and REALTOR® association chief executives and senior staff are among the most important people in real estate, according to Inman News’ “100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders: 2011,” released in December.