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Mortgage Giant Offers Closing Cost Help to REO Buyers

February 18, 2014: 

Fannie Mae is offering temporary closing cost assistance of up to 3.5 percent of the final sales price in 27 states to owner occupants of REO homes.

Surviving a Home Remodeling Project

February 17, 2014: 

Learn how one stager transformed her 1969 master bath into a custom space that would still to appeal to potential buyers.

Planning Done: Measuring the QM Rule’s Impact

February 17, 2014: 

NAR Research surveyed a sample of lenders with questions about the impact of the lending on their business and how the rule could in turn impact consumers.

2014 New Member Orientation Materials Available

February 14, 2014: 

Information on the Orientation Toolkit, Online Orientation National Module, and New AE webinars is updated for 2014. 

REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo

February 13, 2014: 

The Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo has been renamed the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo. Learn more about this important change.

What We're Reading (Apr. 13 to Apr. 18)

February 13, 2014: 

1 London house = 4 Chicago houses, the real estate potential in Google Glass, and the home-selling powers of St. Joseph.

Remarks on Housing from Janet Yellen, New Federal Reserve Chairman

February 12, 2014: 

Janet Yellen, the new Federal Reserve chairman, says that in spite of rising mortgage rates, housing has “good fundamentals” and is expected to continue to improve.

Save on NAR Professionalism Brochure Through March

February 11, 2014: 

The brochure “A Pathway to Professionalism: Respect Starts Here” sold in packs of 100, is available at a special price of $29.99 (regularly $39.99) through March 31.

Fannie Mae Boosts Multifamily Housing Sector

February 11, 2014: 

Fannie Mae pumped nearly $30 billion into the multifamily housing sector last year by cooperating with lenders to finance 507,000 units of housing within the niche.

JPMorgan to Pay $614M for Faulty FHA, VA Loans

February 11, 2014: 

The Department of Justice is accusing lending giant JPMorgan Chase of approving thousands of loans for the Federal Housing Administration and Veterans Affairs that should not have been eligible for federal insurance.