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  • FEMA Shows Some Progress Implementing Flood Insurance Changes: GAO

    Summary:

    The agency responsible for managing the federal flood insurance program has made progress in carrying out key changes mandated by Congress in two recent laws but lacks resources and data to completely implement others, a government report says. [See copy of report at end of story.]

  • Understanding RESPA/TILA Changes

    Summary:

    RESPA/TILA changes, including the elimination of the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and the Truth In Lending Act (TILA) disclosure form, take effect August 1st, 2015. To address questions and concerns regarding the changes, the National Association of REALTORS has created some resources for REALTORS.

  • Realtors® Applaud FAA’s Proposed Rule to Allow Commercial Drone Use for Real Estate

    Summary:

    WASHINGTON (February 15, 2015) - National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas, issued the following statement about new proposed rules for unmanned aircraft systems issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration:

  • Another Month on the Upswing

    Summary:

    The REAL Trends Housing Market Report for December 2014 shows that housing sales increased 8.7 percent from the same month a year ago. The annual rate of new and existing home sales for December 2014 was 6.395 million units up from a rate of 5.884 million in December 2013.

  • FHA's new premium reduction goes into effect today...

    Summary:

    Today, the FHA’s 50 basis point mortgage insurance premium reduction goes into effect. FHA expects a high volume of case number assignments beginning today, so lenders may experience slower than normal processing times.

  • State Treasurer scheduled to give budget update to hundreds of Realtors

    Summary:

    Washington State Treasurer, Jim McIntire will provide an update on the McCleary decision and his perspective on the budget debate and why it matters to our state’s fiscal health, economy and to the financial markets to a large gathering of the Washington Association of REALTORS®, Thursday, January 22, at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia.

  • REALTORS Honor Commission...

    Summary:

    The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has been recognized by the Yakima Association of REALTORS® as Partner of the Year.

  • Good News from the Capitol

    Summary:

    The Senate passed H.R. 26, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, by a vote of 93-4 today. This bill passed the House yesterday (by a vote of 416-5), and will now be sent to the President for signature into law.

  • Realtors® Applaud Final Passage of Legislation to Extend Key Real Estate Tax Provisions

    Summary:

    The Senate closed the 113th Congress last night by passing the tax extenders legislation but not extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program(TRIA). Below are NAR press releases addressing the tax extenders and TRIA:

  • Updates from the Hill

    Summary:

    Updates from the final days of the 113th Congress. The Senate remains in session to vote....

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Fair Housing Conversations

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  • Commission Splits & Anti-competitive Behavior

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    Text messages, email messages, office conversations, social media posts and agent-only remarks in MLS listings that communicate a message of this nature will certainly land our industry and our state in the eye of federal anti-trust investigators and prosecutors.

  • 4 Advanced Tech Tools for REALTORS

    Summary:

    It’s been 63 years since Delbert Williams crafted the first Supra lockbox out of a Yale bicycle lock and a sand-cast aluminum container. Since then, the pace of technological innovation has picked up like a whirlwind, taking real estate professionals right along with it.

  • Coming Soon: Transparency, Scrutiny and More Mandated Professionalism

    Summary:

    The world is becoming more transparent by the day. Our personal and professional lives are monitored by cameras, apps, traffic trackers, and cookies. While the tremendous growth of accessible data has brought great transparency, it can also create liability.

  • A Marketer's Guide To Generation Z

    Summary:

    As a Millennial, I can firmly state that I am ready for the next generation to enter into the public spotlight. I'm sure this is true of each young age, but I am tired of being treated as a walking, talking buzzword. This brings up the question of who is next? As Gen Z starts to acquire purchasing power, they are not drawing the type of attention that has long been bestowed on Millennials.

  • CRE List: 10 Issues Impacting Real Estate

    Summary:

    The Counselors of Real Estate® (CRE®) professional association announced its annual Top Ten Issues Affecting Real EstateTM List for 2018-2019. Today's issues will impact your decisions over the next ten years. Here are the top 10.

  • Recruiting Redux

    Summary:

    While we are swamped with tech news, the real battle that's going on has little to do with technology and much to do about who is doing the best in recruiting new talent. We have commented before that, from our perspective, there are three main things a brokerage has to do to succeed: recruit talent, develop that talent and spend less than you have coming in.

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