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Insana: Millennials Will Keep America’s Growth Engine Humming

Half a dozen years after the economic crisis the American economy is strong and poised to see continued growth as millennials enter the workforce and form households, CNBC commentator Ron Insana told several thousand REALTORS® at the Legislative Conference...

Solar Boosts Home Values But Selling Can Be a Trial

Homes with solar panels tend to sell for higher prices than comparable homes with conventional energy, studies show. One study, released two years ago by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, found solar homes selling for a 15 percent premium. But...

Tax Plan Could Hurt Homeowners

The tax plan released by the Trump Administration earlier this week puts the real estate industry at the center of the debate over how to make the country’s tax code simpler, fairer, and better at generating economic growth in...

WIll There Be Too Few Appraisers in 10 Years?

One of the most important issues facing residential real estate in the coming years has to do with the appraisal profession. Although appraisers are generally satisfied with their work and expect to stay in the profession in the years...

Money’s Available to Buy But Many Renters Don’t Know It

Millions of households are mortgage-ready but don’t try to buy because they can’t come up with a downpayment. And yet, hundreds of downpayment assistance programs around the country are available and go largely untapped. To be sure, many households...

In Real Estate, Scammers Are Getting Unbelievably Tricky

A hip-looking website and a realistic-looking payment invoice. Real estate professionals in Florida were recently hit with a scam in which they were instructed to pay a fee to maintain their membership listing with the Florida Board of REALTORS®,...
March 16, 2017

Should Your Older Clients Buy a House Without Having to Make Monthly Payments?

The retirement boom is on for baby boomers so expect a lot of downsizing in the years ahead as older homeowners replace their suburban house with a condo. Now, how do you respond if you have clients who want...
February 2, 2017

Important Tax Provisions Still Available for 2016 Tax Year

The following status update on mortgage debt cancellation relief, an important federal tax issue for homeowners, is written by Jon Boughtin of NAR Media. The 114th Congress recessed in early December without completing work on a so-called “tax extenders”...

Families Can Get $11,000 More In Loan Funds

Interest rates are inching up and credit can still be hard to get but there is one bright spot for households hoping to buy a home soon: they can get a larger loan now, thanks to recent loan-limit increases...
December 19, 2016

Financial Countdown: 3 Budgeting Secrets for 2017

REALTOR® Magazine is promoting a sponsor webinar on the future of property management. Below is text provided by the sponsor, AppFolio, about the event. “This is it: the end of 2016 is almost here. As we look at the...
November 30, 2016