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  • 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.

  • Realtors® Applaud FAA’s Proposed Rule to Allow Commercial Drone Use for Real Estate

    Summary:

    WASHINGTON (February 15, 2015) - National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas, issued the following statement about new proposed rules for unmanned aircraft systems issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration:

  • Another Month on the Upswing

    Summary:

    The REAL Trends Housing Market Report for December 2014 shows that housing sales increased 8.7 percent from the same month a year ago. The annual rate of new and existing home sales for December 2014 was 6.395 million units up from a rate of 5.884 million in December 2013.

  • 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.

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • COVID-19: A Summary Of Recent Federal Laws, Rules And Orders

    Summary:

    Recent Federal Laws, Rules And Orders around COVID-19 have been numerous, it's essential to know how recent laws and stimulus impact your brokerage and homeowners.

  • How Did Your Firm Stack Up?

    Summary:

    We crunched the data to provide insights on the top 500 brokerages in our rankings. For 33 years, brokers, agents, analysts, and investors highly anticipate the release of REAL Trends' acclaimed brokerage rankings. Without fail, this report unveils a plethora of valuable information and insights into the residential real estate industry.

  • Big Rebound In Showing Activity Underway In Most States

    Summary:

    Big Rebound In Showing Activity Underway In Most States... Real Estate Agents Also Turning to Technology to Facilitate Showings in the Face of Stay-at-Home Orders.

  • Patrick Lencioni: 5 Dysfunctions Of A Virtual Team

    Summary:

    Most leaders are familiar with Lencioni's book, but how does it apply to virtual meetings? How do you keep a team engaged and running when your meetings are all online?

  • How To Be A Persuasive Communicator While Working Remotely

    Summary:

    Become A Persuasive Communicator While Working Remotely... Be a top negotiator even when you can't speak to someone in person.

  • How Do You Inspire Your Agents To Keep Them Engaged?

    Summary:

    "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country." — Thomas Paine, December 19, 1776

  • Brokerage Firm Recovery - View Of The Longer Term

    Summary:

    Brokerage firms changed after each recession... Each time the brokerage business went through a recession, some significant changes occurred in the structure of brokerage firms.

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