Monthly Archive:: October 2013

Why Online Reviews Can Make or Break Your Client Base

Submitted by PeopleClaim.com You know that customer testimonials are important to your business, but do you know just how important they are? Consider this: 71 percent of online consumers say positive reviews make them more comfortable buying a product,...
October 31, 2013

Thomas Presses on Gov’t Backing, Loan Limits

NAR President Gary Thomas in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee this week again took aim at a proposal floated by a federal regulator to reduce the size of loans that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can handle. Although...
October 30, 2013

Busting a Health Care Reform Myth: Penalties Can’t Be Recouped With a Lien on Your House

A false Facebook post is making the rounds claiming that if you don’t pay the penalty for not buying health insurance, the IRS can file a lien against your home. The health care reform law requires individuals who don’t...
October 23, 2013

What NAR’s Big Data Initiative is All About

Q&A with NAR’s new data analytics chief, Todd Carpenter NAR this week announced the launch of a division to analyze large amounts of NAR and other data to help members make better business decisions. The new division is called...
October 22, 2013

No Federal Guarantee, No 30-Year Mortgage

The looming debt ceiling crisis and the federal government shutdown have pushed aside pretty much every other issue in Washington today, but it won’t be too long before one of the major real estate issues facing the federal government...
October 16, 2013

Showdown With the Shutdown: Tales of How the Government Closures are Affecting Real Estate

The effects of the government shutdown are rippling through the real estate industry, and practitioners are feeling the pain all over the country. Most of the complaints we’re fielding are about USDA loans, which have been entirely frozen. Real...
October 9, 2013

Yun on Debt Ceiling: 450,000 Lost Sales with 1% Mortgage Rate Rise

If the federal government fails to increase its borrowing authority prior to when the U.S. Treasury says it will run out of money to pay its bills, debt default is not necessarily the first consequence we’ll see, says NAR...
October 9, 2013

Realtor.com® Strikes NHL Ad Deal With San Jose Sharks

Everyone’s got their game face on as the NFL and NHL seasons get underway, and while sports fans are rooting for the home team, real estate companies are making plays to the home buyers in the crowds. Next up...
October 7, 2013

This is It: Open Enrollment Starts Today

Today is October 1, a big day in the world of health care reform. That’s because today’s the day the online state health insurance exchanges launch. What are the health exchanges? They’re online marketplaces—one for each state—where consumers can...
October 1, 2013