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In Some Areas, Renters Earn More Than Enough to Buy

One of the big challenges of real estate markets today is moving renters that want to buy into the homeownership column. Renters wanting to buy is the first step, but they have to come up with a downpayment and...
August 19, 2016

Is That Nanny Cam in Your Seller’s House a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen?

Nanny cams are popular with parents today. The tiny, easy-to-hide devices help parents keep tabs on their kids while they’re away. State privacy laws differ, but for the most part, you’ll want to let buyers know upfront if there’s a...

Property Management: Disruption-Free Software Changes

Vince Coley of property management software company AppFolio talks about ways to replace your software without disrupting workflow in an upcoming webinar. Here’s how AppFolio sets up the webinar: “If your property management business has been through a software...

Slower Growth But Solid Financing Options

NAR Commercial Research Economic and Regulatory Update. June 2016 Sales of high-end properties in major markets are seeing a slowdown while smaller projects in secondary markets remain strong. NAR Analyst George Ratiu provides an economic update while Stephanie Spear...

One Out of 5 REALTORS® in Business Less Than a Year

Increasing the number of young people in real estate has been a longstanding goal of the industry, so it’s good news that the median age of REALTORS® dropped this year. It’s now at 53, down from 57 last year. What’s...

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...