The Voice for Real Estate Archive

2 Ethics Changes That Can Impact Your Real Estate Work

The NAR Board of Directors a few weeks ago made a few small but important changes to MLS and other rules to improve cooperation among brokers and reinforce the importance of associations’ ethics procedures. Here’s a brief recap. You...
November 21, 2018

How to Factor 20% Deduction Into Your 2018 Estimated Quarterly Payments

The big win for real estate in last year’s tax reform law is the new 20 percent business income deduction. You take it on your net pass-through income. Pass-through income is what most real estate professionals earn. If you’re...
October 1, 2018

Are You Competing for a Real Estate Pie That’s Not Growing?

Unemployment is low and the economy is growing—more than 4 percent in the last quarter—but  home sales are actually going down for many real estate agents. The typical agent in the last year worked on 11 transaction sides, down...
August 6, 2018

Stores Aren’t Going Away, and Yet . . .

The Internet won’t be the end of stores but it’s certainly having an impact on the retail segment of commercial real estate. How much business has online shopping sites taken away from brick-and-mortar stores? Would downtown areas look different...
June 28, 2018

Ethics Violations of Others Will Soon Be Visible to You

If a real estate practitioner commits a seious violation of the NAR Code of Ethics, the person’s name will be released by the local association so that you and other professionals in that association can see who they are....
June 13, 2018

What’s the Best Way to Ensure Appraiser Independence?

Professional appraisals are the foundation on which stable real estate markets are built, so ensuring appraisers are able to do their jobs to the best of their ability is vital to the industry. That’s why a report from the...

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

Infrastructure Improvement Means Real Estate Activity

When the Trump administration released its $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan last month, it set in motion a multi-year process that could eventually lead to considerable investment in communities. Of course, Congress must pass legislation to make much of it...
March 22, 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