Breaking News Archive

Understand the Aug. 1 Changes to HUD-1, Closing Process

The days of filling out the HUD-1 settlement form and getting a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) from the lender are winding down. On August 1, those two forms are going away. The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) disclosure form...
February 17, 2015

Commercial: Secondary Markets Gain Attraction

The dollar is strengthening, so you would expect institutional real estate investors from outside the U.S. to hesitate before buying here. But that’s not happening, because the relative stability of the U.S. economy and commercial real estate markets offsets...
February 6, 2015

Rupert Murdoch’s One-Liner Heard ‘Round the Industry

Even billionaire media magnates sitting on the largest media empire the world has ever known have a sense of humor. News Corp founder and executive chairman Rupert Murdoch took the stage at Real Estate Connect in New York on...
January 29, 2015

Barbara Corcoran: When You Fail, Get Over It

Who doesn’t love Barbara Corcoran? The venerable real estate mogul who built The Corcoran Group, New York’s largest brokerage, brought the sharp tongue she’s become known for as a “shark” investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to Real Estate Connect...
January 28, 2015

‘Potentially Historic’ Blizzard Won’t Stop Real Estate Connect Conference in NYC

A massive snowstorm that the National Weather Service is calling “potentially historic” threatens to dump 20 to 30 inches of snow on New York City from Monday night into Tuesday — just as the Real Estate Connect conference kicks...
January 26, 2015

NAR Shows It’s a Safety Stallion

On the second day of the new year in 1908, Officer William R. Mooney, a Chicago policeman, lost his life while protecting his community. A 16-year veteran of Chicago’s finest, Mooney, 45, was shot in a gun battle with...
December 8, 2014

In New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, a Future Peeks Through the Past

A tale of two cities plays out in New Orleans, separated by only three miles but appearing to be worlds apart. The French Quarter is awash in the neon lights of peep-show bars, alive with the shouts of overly...
November 6, 2014

Why QRM is Such a Big Win for Real Estate

Much of what NAR does in Washington is defensive: it works with Congress to prevent curbs to the mortgage interest deduction or to prevent elimination of federal backing of conforming mortgage loans. The qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule that...
November 3, 2014

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

How I Stopped Being a Victim After I Was Attacked

With safety issues still top of mind for real estate professionals across the country since the tragic death of Arkansas agent Beverly Carter in September, we’ve received tons of emails from readers who speak heroically about their own harrowing...
October 20, 2014