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  • Voice Activated Systems & The Future of Connected Homes

    Summary:

    The Amazon Echo sparked amazing glimpses into our near future.

  • Communicate Like a Leader

    Summary:

    Learn the formula to becoming a powerful communicator.

  • Lower Priced Competition is Gaining Share

    Summary:

    What can you do to compete & win?

  • Cordray comes out swinging in NAR speech, says TRID 'misinformation' being spread...

    Summary:

    Richard Cordray, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) spoke last week at the National Association of Realtors, where he praised the role Realtors play in the homebuying process. Cordray also took the time to address the newest of the bureau’s mortgage reform rules: the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule or, the name the CFPB prefers, The Know Before You Owe Initiative.

  • Disclosure Lawsuit Against Island County Brokerages Dismissed

    Summary:

    Island County real estate brokerages are pleased that a Skagit County Superior Court judge recently dismissed a lawsuit against real estate firms asserting non-compliance with Island County’s noise disclosure ordinances. The Court determined...

  • Grants now available to victims of the Okanogan and Chelan Complex Fires

    Summary:

    Thanks to $150,000 in funding from the REALTORS Relief Foundation and the Washington REALTORS, housing-related grant money is now available to victims of the terrible fires that have ravaged the North Central Washington area. If you personally want to help, see below.

  • A long session, but a positive one.

    Summary:

    The 2015 Legislative Session, despite being the longest session on record, was a very positive session for REALTORS.

  • Realtors® Applaud CFPB’s Proposed Extension of TRID Implementation

    Summary:

    National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., released the following statement in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s announcement of a prosed two-month delay for the implementation of the new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure, or TRID, regulation.

  • Call to Action! Last Push For This Session

    Summary:

    This is the final all member Call to Action launched on the Capital Gains Tax. Please take a few moments and ask your State Legislator to oppose a Capitol Gains Income Tax and help us promote the CTA. It's quick, easy to do, and we need one last big push to defeat this idea this legislative session!

  • 154 Days and Counting...

    Summary:

    We continue to hope to have great news to share with you, but the budget process continues to drag on. As of today (June 16) the Legislature has now been in session for 154 days, and with the potential of a July 1 shutdown, we believe that a deal will be reached very soon. Here is where things stand on the budget, and on one other policy issue:

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Today's Regulatory Lay Of The Land

    Summary:

    The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) regulatory environment has changed significantly since the former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director Richard Cordray left the CFPB in November 2017. New leadership promised to end the era of "regulation by enforcement."

  • Northeast Region Posts First Year-over-year Increase In Buyer Traffic Since April 2018

    Summary:

    The U.S. as a whole reports slightly lower buyer traffic, but more stable showing activity.

  • What Is The Future Of Real Estate Brokerage?

    Summary:

    Despite the constant buzz surrounding technology and its impact on the industry, it is unlikely it will replace the role of a trusted real estate advisor...

  • REALTOR® PROfile: Maggie McQueen & Bobbie Chipman

    Summary:

    From Survival to Thriving: How one Broker beat the odds & another gave her a chance to succeed. When Maggie McQueen walked into John L. Scott Real Estate four years ago, she had no idea how taking that step would change her entire life...

  • Lawsuits Against Our Industry: Are We Under Attack?

    Summary:

    Over the past few months, numerous lawsuits have been filed against the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and some of the large national franchisers alleging that they are engaged in a massive conspiracy against housing consumers to maintain a certain commission level and sharing arrangement. Some commentators have said that they believe this is the beginning of the end of the cooperation and compensation structure of the North American brokerage market.

  • When Will It Make A Difference In Brokerage Strategy?

    Summary:

    We reviewed a new dashboard from one of the largest transaction management firms in North America a few weeks back. The current data on the performance of agents and the brokerage was incredible. Even more, it had a forecasting toolset that allowed brokerage firms...

  • U.S. Median Listing Price Hits $300,000

    Summary:

    Based on homes advertised on realtor.com's website, the U.S. median home listing price crossed into uncharted territory in March, increasing 7 percent year-over-year and hitting $300,000 for the first time.

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