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REALTORS® Urge Preserving Homeownership Tax Policies

April 26, 2013: 

Congress should focus on doing no harm to housing and America's 75 million homeowners by maintaining current tax laws for homeownership and real estate investment, NAR says.

Broker's Statutory Defense Rejected

April 24, 2013: 

California court rules that the statute of limitations for sellers’ brokers did not apply to a dual agent when the claims were made by the buyer.

They're Back: Mortgage Schemes

April 19, 2013: 

If there was one major takeaway from the National Crime Prevention Council's 2013 Mortgage Fraud Virtual Conference, it was this: The mortgage market, while no longer a wicked stepchild of the housing crisis, must still be carefully monitored.

HUD Issues New Discriminatory Effects Rule

April 17, 2013: 

HUD has formalized its recognition of discriminatory effects liability under the Fair Housing Act. An article on the REALTOR® Action Center explains HUD's proposed test.

Broker Wins Lawsuit over Escrow Retention

April 17, 2013: 

Massachusetts court affirms small claims court ruling that listing agreement allowed broker to retain a portion of the escrow for buyer’s default.

Sham Rating Site? Oregon Agents Raise the Alert

April 15, 2013: 

Another ratings site appears to be selling positive reviews to real estate professionals concerned about reputation management.

Obama Budget Request Repeats Past Housing Proposals

April 11, 2013: 

President Obama calls for an itemized deductions value cap, including mortgage-interest and property-tax deductions, in his 2014 federal budget request.

Selling a Foreclosure? Don't Ignore the Tenant

April 10, 2013: 

Watch this 5-minute video to learn about the protections afforded to foreclosed-upon tenants under the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.

4 Top Mortgage Insurers Fined For Kickbacks

April 5, 2013: 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined four of the nation's largest mortgage-insurance providers for alleged kickbacks to lenders in order to win more business.

Award for MLS Violations Upheld

April 3, 2013: 

Pennsylvania court determines that broker violated terms of stipulation and so affirms award of damages to the association.

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