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Wickr, Snapchat . . . They Raise Novel Record Keeping Issues

Apps whose messages self destruct after a few seconds offer a new way to communicate with clients. For that reason, you might see an increase in the use of apps like Snapchat and Wickr in real estate. Although the...
January 28, 2016

How Are Closings Going?

Home sales in November 2015 saw a big drop and although it’s too soon to know definitively what’s behind the slowdown, it’s possible the  new closing rules that went into effect October 3 had something to do with it....
January 20, 2016

7 Tech Game Changers for Your Business

One of the technology industry’s hottest shows wrapped up last week in Las Vegas, where we got a peak at some items that have the potential to drastically change the way real estate professionals do business. From virtual reality...
January 11, 2016

When Presidential Candidates Talk Real Estate

As the presidential nominating process moves into 2016, don’t be surprised if candidates from both parties talk about real estate and the federal issues that affect it. After all, the industry accounts for roughly a fifth of the U.S....
December 21, 2015

How FHA is Helping Buyers Obtain Condo Financing

First-time buyers are hurting. It’s hard for them to save for a down payment, credit restrictions remain tight, and there are few affordable homes for them to choose from. What’s more, wage gains are modest, home prices keep going...
December 1, 2015

Transition to New Closing Rules Going Smoothly

It’s been six weeks since new closing rules took effect and aside from a few snags, the experience has been good. That’s the assessment of an industry panel at the 2015 Realtors® Conference & Expo in San Diego last...
November 18, 2015

Real Estate to Benefit as Crowdfunding Gets Boost

When businesses expand, real estate benefits. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is publishing a final rule in January that will take a big step in making so-called crowdfunding a mainstream way for small businesses to raise money. That’s...
November 14, 2015

With Drones, Safety and Privacy are Goals That Real Estate Strives to Meet

“Real estate professionals understand, perhaps more than most, the importance to a homeowner of having privacy in his or her home and backyard, or to be able to guard against trespassers on private property.”—NAR President Chris Polychron in Sept....
September 29, 2015

The Best Country for Americans to Invest Abroad

When we speak of international buyers, we’re usually talking about people from other countries who want to invest in U.S. property. But the lines go both ways. There are high-net-worth Americans who want to buy homes in other countries,...
April 22, 2015

As Luxury Market Soars, A Moment for Concern

Exceptional growth has been the storyline of the luxury real estate market the past few years. No other price segment has rebounded from the housing crash with as much gusto as that of million-dollar-plus homes, which are selling at...
April 22, 2015