Breaking News Archive

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

REALTORS® Press for Relief from Patent Trolls (VIDEO)

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill consider patent-reform legislation, the National Association of REALTORS® has released a video highlighting the urgent need for action to protect real estate and other types of professionals from patent trolls—entities that purchase patents, then...
April 20, 2015

Understand the Oct. 3 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