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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...

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

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

Webinar: Ramping up Apartment Leasing

Nothing is more important to apartment managers and leasing agents than word-of-mouth endorsements because of the credibility they bring on social media. Doug Chasick, known as the Apartment Doctor, will talk about ways to improve your apartment vacancy rates...

Are Renters Saying There’s Market Trouble Ahead?

When it comes to residential real estate, young households are the canary in the mineshaft. It’s a sign of market health if they’re able to find affordable houses to buy and also obtain financing. If homes aren’t available and...
March 28, 2016

Real Estate to Benefit as Internet Access Taxes End

Ten states today levy what are known as Internet access taxes. That might come as a surprise to many people, since the taxes are largely invisible. They’re levied on companies like Verizon and Comcast, the Internet service providers (ISP)...
March 14, 2016

NAR Speakers Represent Both Sides of Political Aisle

From NAR Public Affairs: A March 7 article in Inman News alleges that the real estate industry is behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton more than any other presidential candidate. The article cites NAR’s support of, and invitation...
March 9, 2016

Does DIY Apply to Buying a House? Young People Might Think So

One of the side effects of digital communication is it can make people slow to get out from behind their screens to talk to someone face-to-face. Maybe you’ve noticed it with people you know, particularly young people who’ve grown...