Monthly Archive:: June 2013

Market Stabilizing for Long Term, Brokerage Giant CEO Says

Interest rates are rising and home prices are seeing double-digit increases on a national basis, making it clear that real estate is entering a different phase from what we’ve seen in the past several years, when the market was...
June 28, 2013

Students Talk Practicality of REALTOR® U Masters Courses

REALTOR® University launched its Master of Real Estate (MRE) progarm last year and more than 60 students are enrolled now, making it one of the largest real estate graduate programs in the United States. It’s an online-only program, so...
June 19, 2013

MLSs See Gains in Efforts to Protect Data

Recent court cases are giving REALTORS® reason to be optimistic in their efforts to curb the unauthorized use of their MLS data. Two weeks ago the Key West Association of REALTORS® scored a major victory when a U.S. district...
June 19, 2013

How Communities Become Nicer Places to Live

For the last several years NAR has been making tens of thousands of dollars a year available to state and local associations for smart growth initiatives and so far more than $1 milion has been given away to 265...
June 17, 2013

Young Adults Sour on Buying? Study Says No

A number of news articles during the thick of the housing bust and even some today suggest that younger households have been spooked out of buying a home because of market uncertainties. “The younger you are, the more freaked...
June 12, 2013

To Speed Short Sales, Work With Fannie Mae from the Start

Problems getting action on short sales aren’t in the news as much as they were a few years ago but they remain a stumbling block to business and efforts to speed up processing are still needed. Fannie Mae is...
June 6, 2013

Beware of Patent Troll

By Katie Johnson You’ve got options if a licensing agent demands a fee for scanning and e-mailing document. [JULY 1, 2013, UPDATE: The patent owner described in this article, MPHJ, is taking a break from its patent licensing campaign....
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June 4, 2013

Why Flood Insurance Subsidies are Phasing Out

For years the availability of federally backed flood insurance was an on-off affair. The program was $18 billion in debt to the U.S. Treasury, largely because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, and Congress would only renew the...