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Blog: You Can Bank On It

May 8, 2013: 

Banks play a vital role in the housing market. And just as banks are important, so is protecting the interests of consumers.

Download Code of Ethics Centennial Widgets

May 7, 2013: 

Place this widget on your association’s website, and celebrate the Code of Ethics Centennial from now through the end of 2013. The widget’s messages update automatically with links to Centennial resources produced by REALTOR® Magazine and Realtor.org.

Healthcare Real Estate: The “Retailization” Of Healthcare

May 7, 2013: 

Technological advances and specialization in healthcare means that patients will be spending more time in small outpatient facilities.

Retirees Face Unique Loan Qualifications

May 7, 2013: 

Empty nesters and downsizers may find that retirement accounts and credit ratings don't satisfy lenders.

Mortgage Delinquencies Fall to 2007 Lows

May 7, 2013: 

"Mortgage quality is improving rapidly," says one economist. "Once we're able to work through this last bulge of foreclosed property ... mortgage credit quality is going to look absolutely beautiful."

Mortgage Giants to Limit Loan Purchases to 'Qualified Mortgages'

May 7, 2013: 

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin next year to purchase only loans that meet new "qualified mortgage" requirements, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Monday.

Will 'Missing Households' Reappear After Investors Leave?

May 7, 2013: 

Investors and all-cash buyers represent a significant share of the housing market. But as home prices rise, what happens when these buyers vanish from the market -- who will step up?

Professional Courtesy: Where Did It Go?

May 6, 2013: 

Have you ever had a negative experience with the other party in a real estate transaction? If so, how did you handle it?

Main St. and the Internet: Closing the Tax Gap

May 6, 2013: 

Pending legislation to even the tax-collection playing field between Internet retailers and bricks-and-mortar retailers is an important issue for commercial real estate professionals, because their clients face a disadvantage against out-of-state Internet retailers on tax collection.

Could Your Listing Use a Stylish Update?

May 6, 2013: 

Staging — coupled with remodeling — are important considerations in a home selling strategy and an investment in getting top dollar for a home.