Breaking News Archive

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

Lawsuits Challenge Independent Contractor Status

Real estate sales associates operating as independent contractors would seem to be a settled area of law, but three lawsuits were filed last year in which associates claimed they were employees and wanted to be compensated as such. They...
March 27, 2014

Brown Meets at White House as Mortgage Reform Gains Steam

NAR President Steve Brown met at the White House with the federal government’s top housing officer, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, and the head of the National Economic Council, Jeffrey Zients, on the reform of the secondary mortgage market yesterday....
March 21, 2014

Olympians Win the Gold in Their REALTOR® Families’ Hearts

While a few U.S. Olympians in Sochi, Russia, are celebrating bringing home the gold, their real estate families back at home are making room on the mantle for their prestigious awards. That seems to be a familiar storyline in...
February 21, 2014

Meeting Promises Productive Relationship with Fannie, Freddie Regulator

NAR President Steve Brown in a meeting yesterday with new Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt shared REALTORS®’ concern over the continued availability of safe and affordable mortgage financing and thanked the director for postponing a decrease...
February 13, 2014

Home Office Safe Harbor, Other Tax Changes

The IRS has made it easier for you to claim your home office deduction and it has increased the amount of deduction you can take for driving people to and from listings in your car. These are two of...
February 10, 2014

Philadelphia REALTORS® Show Their City Some Brotherly Love

Philadelphia has the ninth largest municipal economy in the world, by some measures, but despite its size, it’s struggling with budget matters like many major cities. Among other things, it has some 40,000 buildings and 10,000 lots that are...
February 5, 2014

VIDEO: Coldwell Banker’s Latest Hit to Be Released During Grammys

With the 56th Annual Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday, we’re all reminiscing about some of the classic hits over the decades. Coldwell Banker Real Estate has one in mind: Mötley Crüe’s anthem “Home Sweet Home.” It’s the perfect...
January 23, 2014

Drones Offer Promise in Real Estate—Once Rules are Out

The excitement around drones is increasing and for good reason: the technology is steadily getting to the point where commercial applications are increasingly possible, including for use in marketing real estate. Being able to hoist a camera on a...
January 22, 2014

Elements of Net Neutrality Order Overturned

By Melanie Wyne, NAR Government Affairs The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday ruled that key elements of the Federal Communications Commissions’ 2010 Open Internet Order are invalid. The order, which sets forth what are...
January 15, 2014