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

Two Ways Crowdfunding Can Boost Your Real Estate Business

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is coming out with a rule in a few weeks that will make crowdfunding a more mainstream way to raise money. There are two reasons this development applies to you as a real...

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

More Gains in Commercial Sector Next Year

Commercial real estate in all major sectors will continue to improve but the prospect of short-term interest rates going up as the Federal Reserve seeks to tighten credit could complicate market growth in the year ahead. NAR Chief Economist...

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

It’s the Little Things That Count With International Clients

It’s a no-brainer that when you’re working with international clients, you should know something about their culture so you can communicate more effectively. “But awareness isn’t sufficient—you need to change your behavior,” said 2011 NAR Past President Ron Phipps...
November 14, 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

Cyber Crime: Why You’re an Easy Target

With recent headlines focusing on data breaches at big-box retailers such as Home Depot and Target, you may think hackers are only after large-scale businesses. But that’s what scammers want you to think — because then you won’t see...
November 14, 2015