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 other business professionals from patent trolls—entities that purchase patents, then use vaguely...
April 20, 2015

It’s All in the Details

Many agents focus on showing their value to clients as an expert in their community. But you can get even more granular — and more relevant to a client’s needs — by showing your expertise in each of your...

NAR Takes the Global Stage at Cannes

The improving U.S. economy and strengthening dollar provided a welcoming backdrop for the National Association of REALTORS®’ first foray to the major global real estate exposition known as MIPIM held this week in Cannes, Frances. More than 21,000 attendees...
March 12, 2015

A House That Sells Itself — as the Salesperson

Real estate professionals always talk about giving the homes they sell more personality. Of course, that usually comes in the form of inspired staging, bold paint jobs, and creative landscaping. Rarely do they mean it so literally as to...

Push to Renew Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Gains Steam in Senate

An effort is under way in the Senate to renew legislation that spares underwater homeowners from having to pay income tax on mortgage debt forgiven by a lender, one of the chief supporters of the tax-relief provision told a...
February 23, 2015

Understand the Aug. 1 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

What Your Videos Should Really Be Selling

Leigh Brown, ABR, CIPS, broker-owner of RE/MAX Executive Realty in Concord, N.C., has become known as the video queen. So it seemed to make sense that she was leading a session at Real Estate Connect in New York on...
January 30, 2015

Secrets to Reaching International Buyers

With foreign buyers snapping up $92.2 billion worth of U.S. real estate between April 2013 and March 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity, it’s obvious that there’s huge opportunity in...
January 30, 2015

What Will You Need to Cut in the Next Downturn?

In 2006, as the collapse of the housing market set in, real estate franchisor Realogy was carrying $2.7 billion in debt. The darkest days of the meltdown were still to come — and the company knew it. Painful cuts...
January 29, 2015