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  • CFPB Announcement

    Summary:

    Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made an announcement...

  • Milestone Reached as Lennox Scott Becomes the First Individual in Washington State to Invest at the Platinum R® Level

    Summary:

    Washington REALTORS® would like to extend our appreciation to Lennox Scott for achieving a new milestone as the first individual in Washington State to invest at the Platinum R® level of $10,000 to the REALTOR® PAC.

  • FORE!

    Summary:

    After the State Legislature could not reach agreement on the state's 2015-17 Operating Budget by the April 26 end of the regular session, Governor Inslee called a 30-day Special Session that started April 29.

  • So far, so good...

    Summary:

    So far, the 2015 session has been a good session for REALTORS® and their clients.

  • Special Session is Imminent....

    Summary:

    This week marks the final week of the regular legislative session, which will end on Sunday, April 26.

  • 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.

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Details Of The Compass Acquisition Of Alain Pinel

    Summary:

    As you may have read, Compass, the NYC-based brokerage, announced that it had acquired Silicon Valley giant Alain Pinel REALTORS® on March 1, 2019. Alain Pinel closed over $12.2 billion in 2017 sales on nearly 7,600 closed transactions ranking it seventh among all brokerage firms in the United States in closed sales volume.

  • New Regulation: More Private Flood Insurance Competition?

    Summary:

    As Congress continues to debate comprehensive reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), federal banking regulators have published a final joint regulation allowing for broader acceptance of private flood insurance policies.

  • Showing Traffic Falls - Sellers Hope For A Spring Thaw

    Summary:

    Sluggish February real estate showing activity continues seven-month decline foretelling a buyer's market. February showing traffic fell 9.3 percent year over year in the U.S.; the West Region again saw the largest decline in activity, down 16.8 percent vs. the same time last year, the region's 12th straight month of slowing traffic...

  • Building Your Team: Top 10 Interviewing Tips

    Summary:

    Hiring great talent is at the top of every brokerage's list. Here's Here are 10 tips on how to interview agents to find out if they're good for your team. The first step in building a great team is hiring the right talent. Clearly, the interview process is a key component...

  • Do You Struggle To Communicate Effectively?

    Summary:

    Struggling with effective communication? It's time to put in place a strategic communications system. Real estate brokerages are filled with people-people—a group of leaders, staff, and agents who love connecting. That's why you would think it's a place where strong communicators would run rampant. Instead, almost all of the real estate brokerages I've come across struggle to communicate for a variety of reasons.

  • Consumer Poll: Home Sellers Don't Understand Real Estate Commissions

    Summary:

    Many homeowners are misinformed about how much it actually costs to sell a home, according to a new study of prospective home sellers.

  • Accuracy And Relevance In Brokerage Rankings

    Summary:

    The 500 Top Brokerage Ranking Report--Competition is fierce among those ranking brokerage firms. But, ethics, accuracy, and verification are what matter most.

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