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More Closing Time, Less Courtroom Time

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s a tough market and you’re trying to put bread on the table, but don’t cut corners on disclosures to get a deal done—it will come back to haunt you. That’s the...
July 10, 2009

Tell Your Clients: Don’t Wait on Tax Credit

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A handful of bills to extend and increase the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit are under consideration in Congress, but if you have clients who are holding out in anticipation of one...
July 9, 2009

Looks Like HVCC is Slowing Home Sales

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine For weeks, NAR has been getting e-mails and phone calls on problems caused by the implementation of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct. If you’re not familiar with HVCC, it’s an agreement...

The Long Road to a New Fannie and Freddie

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Given consumers’ nervousness about getting a home loan today, it’s fitting that the attention of Congress has been focused on short-term financing availability, but this week lawmakers will start looking at long-term...
June 2, 2009

Real Estate Summit Tomorrow: Expect Sparks

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It would be hard to assemble a more brilliant cast of characters than will be gathering tomorrow for the Real Estate Summit at the 2009 NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo...
May 10, 2009