Breaking News Archive

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

Realtor.com®: We Need You

Realtor.com® has had its ups and downs this year as it works to reclaim its once-top spot as the go-to site for consumers. While its traffic has grown 18 percent over the past year, the site faces some stiff...
August 21, 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

Realtor.com®’s First Economist: I’m Anything But Typical

While real estate portals like Zillow and Trulia have long had their own economists providing insights to consumers about the industry, a similar leading figure interfacing with the public has been missing from realtor.com®. Under the agreement between the...
July 28, 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

3 Surprising Revelations at the REALTOR® Party Convention

I’m a bit floored. There are all kinds of obscure laws — or would-be laws — pertaining to real estate that can throw practitioners for a loop. But three points of discussion came up during Wednesday’s sessions at the...
May 14, 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...

After Trulia Merger, ActiveRain Has More to Prove to Its Users

It’s not clear how active the users of ActiveRain will remain, as the real estate social site seems to be reaching a watershed moment following its latest move to further merge with Trulia. Bloggers on ActiveRain moved quickly to...
April 15, 2014