Why Can’t Borrowers Refinance Their Student Loan Debt?

Refinancing the mortgage on your house can sometimes make the difference between keeping your house and losing it to foreclosure. You might wonder why people who are paying back student loan debt can’t do the same. For the real...

The Ins and Outs of Emerging Markets

By Stefanie Hahn Power brokers breaking it down, discussing emerging markets at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in D.C. this week. What could be cooler than that? (What can I say? I love real estate.) I should...

How One RPAC Chapter Chooses Candidates to Support

Nathan Gorton, government affairs director for the Washington REALTORS®, gave an interesting look at how the state association allocates its RPAC funds to support real estate-friendly candidates for state and local offices during an RPAC forum at the REALTORS®...
May 11, 2016

Home Energy Labels Receive Scrutiny

A few practitioners expressed frustration Tuesday over home energy labeling programs during the Land Use, Property Rights, and Environment forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. They told the committee that the government programs,...
May 10, 2016

Better Ways to Connect With Your Followers on Social Media

I’m hearing some really interesting ideas from the communications directors of state and local REALTOR® associations for how to get more traction on social media. They’re at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., discussing things...

REALTORS® in Washington: Condo Loans a Big Push

Improving the availability of condo financing will be a priority when thousands of REALTORS® are in Washington this week for the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Overly restrictive rules on condo board certification, owner-occupancy, and commercial space...
May 9, 2016

650,000 Leave Prison Each Year: Impact on Real Estate

Almost a third of Americans—100 million people—have a criminal record, and 650,000 are released from prison each year, adding to the total. This relates to housing because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released guidelines to...
April 27, 2016

Former Move Execs Defend Actions In Switch to Zillow

A lot of courtroom drama in Seattle wrapped up this week. Two former realtor.com executives, Errol Samuelson and Curt Beardsley, have been on the stand in King County Superior Court to defend their handling of computer files when they left...
April 27, 2016

Webcast Recording: Selling a Home That Has a Reverse Mortgage

REALTOR® Magazine presented a live webcast about selling a home that has a reverse mortgage on April 21, 2016. The program featured Leslie Flynne, chief operating officer of Reverse Mortgage Solutions, Inc., and Steve Irwin, executive vice president of...
April 22, 2016

Should Appraisers Be Testing Stoves and Dishwashers?

FHA’s latest changes to its single-family mortgage insurance handbook instruct appraisers to test and report on how well the appliances are working when they’re preparing an appraisal for a house that would be financed with an FHA-insured mortgage. This...
April 8, 2016