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  • 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....

  • The Importance of Local Content Strategies

    Summary:

    Learn from neighborhood pages and other hyper-local strategies.

  • October Results Surprise on the Upside

    Summary:

    Housing sales and prices increased from a year ago. The REAL Trends Housing Market Report for October 2014 shows that housing sales increased 9.3 percent from the same month a year ago. The annual rate of new and existing home sales for October 2014 was 6.184 million units up from a rate of 5.659 million in October 2013.

  • Getting in Front of the Inevitable

    Summary:

    Structural Change - Anticipate changes to the way “things have always been” to keep your business running smoothly.

  • Tsunami of Change

    Summary:

    Trends in the Industry Will Shake Things Up - From predictive farming to succession planning, topics discussed at NAR’s annual meeting proved that big changes are coming to the industry. Here’s a recap:

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  • Portugal's Algarve: A Haven for International Buyers

    Summary:

    With an affordable cost of living and great year-round sunshine, Algarve and Portugal are booming. Demand for the properties across all price ranges in 2017 in the Algarve and Portugal as a whole, has been on the increase. Favorable tax conditions and fiscal benefits helped boost the residential real estate market, while recent reports highlighting the desirability of the area, particularly for retirees, has brought the area into focus.

  • What's next? The CFPB Without Cordray

    Summary:

    It's official -- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray left his post to run
 for Governor of Ohio. President Trump now has an opportunity to put his candidate in charge.

  • Counter to Seasonal Trends, Demand for Real Estate Exhibits Strong Growth in November

    Summary:

    Showing Time Showing Index® shows 8% year-over-year increase buoyed by active consumers viewing listings...

  • How Real Estate and Hospitality are Similar

    Summary:

    Real estate is a unique industry, but it does not exist in a bubble. The changes the industry is going through right now -- I've seen them before. I'd like to share some similarities between real estate and the hospitality industry. To me, these disparate industries are more like parallel universes. In this article, I'll draw a few comparisons between the two and demonstrate why their similarities are cause for optimism, not concern.

  • Office / Agent Productivity

    Summary:

    Real estate brokerage is a fluid and dynamic business. It must be if brokers want to survive this ever-changing industry. Various structural changes have forced adaptation, and this is readily apparent when you look at the numbers. The recent update of our Benchmark Report quantifies some of the changes we are seeing.

  • How Do You Keep Your Associates Motivated?

    Summary:

    It's a new year. Goals are set. Business plans are written. Enthusiasm is high. Now what? Will your associates execute their business plans and achieve their goals? Or will they be like the health club member who loses focus and commitment after January? How do you help them stay on track? Here are three simple steps.

  • Forecast for 2018: What's the Next-Next?

    Summary:

    At this time of year, everyone is offering their predictions for the real estate industry. Through our practice consulting with real estate brokerages around the country, here's what we see for 2018.

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