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Buyer Demand Grows for New Homes

August 24, 2012: 

While sales of newly built single-family homes is on the rise, buyers are finding much fewer choices as inventory sinks to a new record low.

FHFA Announces New Short Sale Guidance

August 24, 2012: 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be issuing new guidelines to enhance and streamline the short sale process.

Webinar: Help Home Buyers Navigate the Mortgage Approval Process

August 23, 2012: 

A Chase lending executive will shed light on how REALTORS® can help clients navigate the mortgage approval process and reduce the problems they face when trying to get loan approval in a webinar Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Realtors® Applaud FHFA for Expanding Short Sale Eligibility to Help More Struggling Homeowners

August 22, 2012: 

The National Association of Realtors® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to issue new guidelines that expand eligibility criteria and streamline the short sale process.

Law & Policy: Do You Understand Online Copyright Law?

August 20, 2012: 

Managing the risk of operating Web sites that allow third parties to display content requires not only sound business skills but also knowledge of the special laws that govern the application of liability to the operators of such sites.

NAR Establishes MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Subcommittee

August 20, 2012: 

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® board of directors acknowledged the growing complexity of MLS technology issues by creating an MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Subcommittee that will anticipate and analyze MLS technology issues.

International Buyers Eye High-End Homes

August 20, 2012: 

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ 2012 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, released in June, shows that 52 percent of REALTORS® had at least one international transaction in the past year.

Tips for Buyer's Agents on Condo Deals

August 20, 2012: 

Here are best practices for agents below who are representing buyers purchasing a condo.

Government Extends Period to Request Review of Foreclosure Handling to Dec. 31, 2012

August 17, 2012: 

Borrowers who faced foreclosure in 2009 or 2010 may be eligible for a free independent review of their foreclosures and they now have until Dec. 31, 2012, to make a request for that review.

New Rules Proposed for Higher-Risk Mortgages

August 17, 2012: 

The Federal Reserve Board has joined with five other federal regulatory agencies in proposing a new rule to impose appraisal requirements for loans secured by a borrower’s home and bearing interest rates higher than the average prime offer rate (APOR) for comparable properties and mortgages.

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