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How Suburbanization Impacts Rural Home Loans

Federally backed home loans from the Rural Housing Service have been called one of the the government’s best kept secrets because buyers can get safe, affordable mortgage financing in areas where few other loan options are available. The underwriting...
April 12, 2018

Audio: Dealing with Cyberthreats

Steve Spano, president and chief operating officer of the Center for Internet Security, recently visited NAR’s Washington offices to discuss techniques real estate professionals can employ to stay safe online. Listen to his comments below....
March 19, 2018

Yes, Interest on Home Equity Loans is Still Deductible

There’s been confusion since the big tax law was enacted over the deductibility of interest on home equity loans. NAR has been saying that the interest is still deductible for the part of the loan that’s used for home...
March 5, 2018

What’s the Right Way to Structure a Marketing Service Agreement?

Real estate practitioners entering into marketing service agreements with lenders, title companies, and other settlement service providers is a well-established practice, but a recent court decision shows why you have to structure these agreements the right way. An appellate...
February 20, 2018

CES2018: Smart Homes, Robots, and More

The technology industry’s signature event can be overwhelming; people zoom by on Hoverboards, drones swarm overhead, televisions loom larger than your eyes can take in, booming speakers rattle you to the core, cars drive by on their own, and...
January 8, 2018

Charity Deduction Faces Same Tax Reform Risk as MID

Of all the itemized deductions, the one for charitable contributions might seem to come out the best under tax reform. That’s because it’s the only deduction under both the House and the Senate versions of the bill that is...
November 27, 2017

5 Ways to Be a Better Neighbor

For communities to be strong, neighbors must unite and contribute to the overall well-being of their areas. But you don’t have to lead a charity or be an activist to make a positive impact where you live. REALTOR® Magazine’s...
November 5, 2017

Builders: Inventory Woes Not Our Fault

A shortage of homes for-sale continues to weigh on the market and is one of the biggest obstacles facing home buyers. But homebuilders say stop blaming us. “It does feel like every other [report] has Lawrence Yun [NAR’s chief...
November 5, 2017

How 3 Agents Used Real Estate to Pay Off Student Debt

Three millennial real estate professionals say their jobs were key in helping to retire student loan debt and get on track toward a stable financial future....
November 5, 2017

High-Speed Real Estate: Faster Response Times, More Transparency

How quick do you respond to an incoming online lead? If it takes you more than two minutes, you may have missed out on some business....
November 5, 2017