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Marketing Agreements are Fine; Sham Ones are Not

The latest in a number of high-profile fines for illegal kickbacks in real estate was announced a few weeks ago. A title company had allegedly entered into agreements with real estate practitioners and others in the industry for marketing...
October 22, 2014

About News Corp’s Offer to buy Realtor.com

News Corp’s announced acquisition of Move Inc., which operates NAR’s consumer-facing website, realtor.com®, is about making listings and other REALTOR®-focused content easily accessible via the 500 million consumer page views that the media company generates every month, Move CEO...
October 7, 2014

About That FHA Prepayment Penalty . . .

News that FHA will eliminate a prepayment penalty starting next year has been widely reported. It’s a move NAR has been seeking for some time because it will relieve borrowers of a financial hit that’s entirely out of their...
September 11, 2014

Get That Revolving Balance Below 50 Percent

There’s a good chance the people you’re helping to buy a home will have a limited understanding of their credit score and whether they need to do anything with it before they enter the market. To help you advise...
September 10, 2014

NAR Looks at Future Real Estate Risks at Environmental Summit

Real estate represents a fifth of the U.S. economy, so there’s little that doesn’t impact what you do in some fashion, especially when it comes to environmental issues. Carbon levels in our air and water, how much rain we...
July 30, 2014

$500,000 RESPA Fine Top Story in First The Voice for Real Estate News Program

You might have missed it, but about three years ago enforcement of our country’s mortgage settlement laws switched to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from HUD. The switch is more than just a bureaucratic footnote. Several weeks ago, CFPB...
July 2, 2014

How Much Retirement Are Your Commissions Buying?

From a safety standpoint, it makes sense to set aside a percentage of your commissions in a reserve account. That way you can cover your obligations come tax time and have back-up money for when business is slow. And...
June 10, 2014

Can You Market on Facebook Without Becoming Just Another Bother?

In some ways you couldn’t invent a better platform for marketing than Facebook. It adds rocket fuel to your communications by giving you a way to reach way beyond your sphere of influence each time you post a status update....
May 30, 2014

FHA Premium Increases Taking Toll

Mortgage originations among borrowers in the 620 to 680 credit score range have plunged some 90 percent since the housing crisis in 2007 and still have far to go before they recover. One thing that’s holding back these borrowers...

For Your Retirement, Try Dollar Cost Averaging

Since you’re an independent contractor and have to manage your retirement on your own, you might consider taking an investment approach that goes by the name Dollar Cost Averaging. This term simply means you go into the investment market...