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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:

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • June's Northeast Region Buyer Traffic Shows Modest Improvement

    Summary:

    Buyer Traffic for June in the NE Shows Modest Improvements. Demand in Other Areas Remains Sluggish, Consistent with Seasonal Patterns...

  • Housing Sales Slump Continues

    Summary:

    May existing-home sales continued a 13-month slide in year-over-year results. This is despite a nearly 50-basis point decline in the benchmark 30-year mortgage rate to rates that are once again below 4 percent, a modest increase in inventory levels and moderation of rising prices for both new and existing homes...

  • Sales Meetings That Sizzle

    Summary:

    Your sales meeting is the culture point of your office or company. Have excellent sales meetings and attendance soars. Your tribe gets bigger, stronger, and more connected. Retention and recruiting improve. Momentum, rising market share, and profitability follow. Read about a 10-step plan for sales meetings that agents want to attend.

  • New REALTOR Membership Leveling Off

    Summary:

    Indications are that the growth in new REALTOR® membership may be leveling off. Recent informal discussions with leaders of some of the larger state and local associations of Realtors® revealed that the rapid growth of membership might be leveling off in many markets...

  • Realogy Vs. Compass: Analysis And Possible Impact

    Summary:

    On July 10, Realogy announced it had filed an action against Compass. The lawsuit filed against Compass was for "unfair business practices and illegal schemes to gain market share at all costs and to damage, or even eliminate competition. To reach its desired ends, Compass steals from, interferes with, and disparages its competition."

  • Building Specialness — Creating A Memorable Experience For Agents, Buyers, and Sellers

    Summary:

    Many of the best performing brokerage firms had a particular "specialness" that played a role in their success. Retailers of goods and services are told that they need to build a shopping experience to attract and retain customers...

  • Why Acquire A Brokerage?

    Summary:

    Acquisitions can be tedious and difficult. So, why do it? Simple: To grow. The recent publication of our popular e-book Valuing Small- to Medium-Sized Brokerage Companies has prompted several questions. Mainly, why do firms go through the undertaking of acquiring other firms? Since acquisitions tend to not be for the meek, this is a valid question.

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