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Thought About Lease-to-Own Transactions?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The news on housing has been good lately, with existing-home sales up for the last several months, but we’re still in a very difficult market, particularly with move-up homes. Not only have...
August 6, 2009

Data Security Heating Up for Real Estate

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Back in 2006, NAR worked with the Federal Trade Commission on a campaign to help REALTORS® help their customers protect their identity against theft, online theft but also offline theft as well....
August 6, 2009

HVCC: Appraisal Rules Are Posing a Challenge

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Since taking effect on May 1, the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) has been a source of considerable concern among NAR members, both sales professionals and appraisers. The new rules were...

New “Reg. Z” Rules Could Slow Closings

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Starting tomorrow, July 30, you could see transactions slowed as lenders try to navigate changes to rules (“Reg. Z”) on consumer disclosures under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). By being aware...
July 29, 2009

Brokerages Get Financing Help

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Much of what NAR gets involved in at the federal level is high-profile, like protecting the mortgage interest deduction, but the association on a daily basis is involved in initiatives that fly...
July 28, 2009

Real Estate Portion of Energy Bill Succeeds

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As you would imagine with any federal bill dealing with energy issues, NAR members have taken considerable interest in climate change legislation that passed the House late last month. It’s called the...
July 21, 2009

More Closing Time, Less Courtroom Time

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s a tough market and you’re trying to put bread on the table, but don’t cut corners on disclosures to get a deal done—it will come back to haunt you. That’s the...
July 10, 2009

Tell Your Clients: Don’t Wait on Tax Credit

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A handful of bills to extend and increase the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit are under consideration in Congress, but if you have clients who are holding out in anticipation of one...
July 9, 2009

Looks Like HVCC is Slowing Home Sales

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine For weeks, NAR has been getting e-mails and phone calls on problems caused by the implementation of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct. If you’re not familiar with HVCC, it’s an agreement...

The Long Road to a New Fannie and Freddie

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Given consumers’ nervousness about getting a home loan today, it’s fitting that the attention of Congress has been focused on short-term financing availability, but this week lawmakers will start looking at long-term...
June 2, 2009