Push to Renew Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Gains Steam in Senate

An effort is under way in the Senate to renew legislation that spares underwater homeowners from having to pay income tax on mortgage debt forgiven by a lender, one of the chief supporters of the tax-relief provision told a...
February 23, 2015

Understand the Aug. 1 Changes to HUD-1, Closing Process

The days of filling out the HUD-1 settlement form and getting a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) from the lender are winding down. On August 1, those two forms are going away. The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) disclosure form...
February 17, 2015

Commercial: Secondary Markets Gain Attraction

The dollar is strengthening, so you would expect institutional real estate investors from outside the U.S. to hesitate before buying here. But that’s not happening, because the relative stability of the U.S. economy and commercial real estate markets offsets...
February 6, 2015

What Your Videos Should Really Be Selling

Leigh Brown, ABR, CIPS, broker-owner of RE/MAX Executive Realty in Concord, N.C., has become known as the video queen. So it seemed to make sense that she was leading a session at Real Estate Connect in New York on...
January 30, 2015

Secrets to Reaching International Buyers

With foreign buyers snapping up $92.2 billion worth of U.S. real estate between April 2013 and March 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, it’s obvious that there’s huge opportunity in...
January 30, 2015

What Will You Need to Cut in the Next Downturn?

In 2006, as the collapse of the housing market set in, real estate franchisor Realogy was carrying $2.7 billion in debt. The darkest days of the meltdown were still to come — and the company knew it. Painful cuts...
January 29, 2015

Rupert Murdoch’s One-Liner Heard ‘Round the Industry

Even billionaire media magnates sitting on the largest media empire the world has ever known have a sense of humor. News Corp founder and executive chairman Rupert Murdoch took the stage at Real Estate Connect in New York on...
January 29, 2015

Barbara Corcoran: When You Fail, Get Over It

Who doesn’t love Barbara Corcoran? The venerable real estate mogul who built The Corcoran Group, New York’s largest brokerage, brought the sharp tongue she’s become known for as a “shark” investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to Real Estate Connect...
January 28, 2015

Think Like a Startup

If you’re attempting to start your business from scratch, you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. You’re pressuring yourself to create a rock-solid business plan that will earn you a certain percentage of growth over the next few years. You...
January 28, 2015

When Your Life Hangs in the Balance, You Learn to Reprioritize

“I’m not supposed to be here right now,” Imran Poladi told the audience at Real Estate Connect’s Agent Reboot seminar on Tuesday. He didn’t just mean that he shouldn’t have been at the conference in New York. He meant...
January 27, 2015