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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

  • Property Management Q & A - Summer 2019

    Summary:

    Property Management Q & A: I have heard that I can no longer force tenants to pay late payment charges. Is this true?

  • Sales or Safety? Yes, You Can Have Both...

    Summary:

    Real estate sales can be one of the most dangerous careers in America. Real estate professionals typically meet strangers in vacant homes. Brokers often work alone and rarely observe significant safety procedures to thwart crime...

  • How to Maximize Instagram TV

    Summary:

    Video content is hot, hot, hot and even more so on Instagram. Are you leveraging Instagram TV (better known as, IGTV)?

  • Top 5 Tips for Staying Organized

    Summary:

    As a real estate broker, staying organized can be tough. One of the primary reasons is due to the many different places we do business—in the home, at the firm, in our cars and on the go...

  • 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...

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