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  • Update: Now, the negotiations begin...

    Summary:

    The House and the Senate have each released their initial budget offers. Like all budgets there are aspects we like and aspects we don’t like in both. The House Budget is much worse for the real estate community however.

  • February Housing Sales Surprise With Upswing

    Summary:

    The REAL Trends Housing Market Report for February 2015 shows that housing sales increased 6.6 percent from the same month a year ago. All four regions reported unit sales had increased from a year ago, a drastic change from the previous month’s decline in housing sales in three out of four regions.

  • Call for Action!

    Summary:

    In Olympia today, the House of Representatives released a proposed new budget and tax plan that includes significant new taxes on both REALTORS® and real estate.

  • This week marks the halfway point...

    Summary:

    This week marks the halfway point for policy bill review. House and Senate committees are working quickly to hear and move bills out of committee prior to the House releasing its budget next week.

  • Legislative Progress Report

    Summary:

    Yesterday we passed a major cutoff in the state legislature. All bills had to be out of their originating house by 5:00pm, so we spent the last 3 days doing everything we could to get bills pulled from rules and on the floor calendar and then voted on in their respective chambers.

  • House of Origin Cutoff Deadline

    Summary:

    This Wednesday, March 11, is the house of origin cutoff deadline. This means that all bills must be passed out of their house of origin by this date- House bills out of the House, and Senate bills out of the Senate - to remain alive.

  • Attention Moves to the Floor

    Summary:

    For the next nine days all attention moves to the floor of the House and the Senate. In order to remain alive the bills must be voted out of their house of origin by March 11th.

  • The Budget Battles Are About to Begin

    Summary:

    Every week during the Legislative Session one of the Washington REALTORS® contacts on the Hill will give you a brief update on what is happening in Olympia and how it affects you...

  • 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.

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • How One Agent Recruited 50 Agents Her First Year As A Manager

    Summary:

    One minute on the phone and you can sense Nakia Evans, manager of the Fells Point office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Baltimore, is a confident leader. She has that poise and self-assurance that immediately makes you listen carefully. So, it's no surprise to know she bought her first house at age 23.

  • Brokers Report On Adoption

    Summary:

    The Broker Public Portal has quickly evolved into a viable alternative to paying for advertising and leads on the portal sites. REAL Trends spoke with two brokers who were early adopters to talk about agent adoption and future plans.

  • Nine Percent Drop In January's — Real Estate Showing Activity

    Summary:

    If January is any indication, home sellers are bracing themselves for a tenuous start to 2019, as the first month of the year saw a 9 percent drop across the U.S. in year-over-year residential showing activity, according to data from the ShowingTime Showing Index.

  • Your Most Important 15 Minutes - Don't Let Distraction Take Over

    Summary:

    Most Americans are living in a continuous state of partial attention, "according to behavioral psychologists. International business coach, Robin Sharma, observes, "The enemy of mastery is not mediocrity. It is distractions. The addiction to distraction is ruining many potentially awesome lives." Why are we so distracted and what can we do about it? A common trait of the most successful people is their ability to focus on the most important tasks and not get distracted. How do they stay on track?

  • Time To Review The Health Of Your Team

    Summary:

    Now that financial incentives to affiliate with one broker over another is climbing, it may be useful to focus on what creates and maintains a healthy organizational culture. When brokerage firms talk about their strong cultures, it’s important to focus on what is at the core.

  • Brokerage Marketing - Who Should Be The Branding Machine?

    Summary:

    The rise of the unconnected, modern real estate agent was exacerbated by legal mechanizations and independent contractor rules. At seemingly that same time, a wide array of products, tools, services and lead generators arose that hinted that the modern agent could succeed with just their personal brand. Along the way, brokers got comfortable with agents doing their own thing—as long as said agents produced results.

  • Recruiting and Retention - The Competition is Fierce

    Summary:

    The competition for top agents has never been as fierce as it is now, and it will continue through 2019 and likely beyond. There are more, lower-cost options available to top-producing agents than ever before. Large individual producers and teams have become more numerous and produce more sales volume than in years past. As we've noted previously, in calendar 2017, the top-producing agents and teams closed nearly 22 percent of all the sales volume in the country, yet they account for less than 2 percent of all real estate agents.

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