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Will the Housing Market Pass or Fail the ‘5 Percent’ Test?

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage—the most popular loan for home buyers—is inching closer to the 5 percent range. The rise in mortgage rates coincides with years of home price increases. Could this erode affordability more and cause would-be buyers to sideline themselves from the housing market? The Mortgage Bankers Association reports mortgage rates have surged to 4.97 percent. When including fees, most …

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How the 20% Business Income Deduction Applies to Agents and Brokers

One of the biggest wins for REALTORS® in last year’s tax reform bill is the new 20 percent business income deduction, also known as Section 199A. Almost any self-employed person or owner of a pass-through business (such as an S corporation, limited liability company, or partnership) with eligible income, which the National Association of REALTORS® made sure includes commissions from …

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Get Your .Realestate Domain Today!

The real estate market is full of opportunities. One web address can’t tell the whole story. As a Realtor®, you need a professional web and email address where clients can find you, and a digital marketing strategy that increases visibility around your areas of expertise. Power your real estate business with .realtor and .realestate – two top-level domains designed to …

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Code of Ethics Training – Nov. 14

NAR has mandated all REALTORS® must complete a Mandatory Ethics Training program on a Biennial Basis (every 2 years). The current cycle began January 1, 2017 and ends on December 31, 2018. If you haven’t completed your Code of Ethics Training for this cycle, here is your chance! NVBR is offering a Code of Ethics class for those who want to …

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Helping Realtors® Navigate Financial Freedom

The National Association of REALTORS® proudly introduces the Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness, a new resource designed exclusively to meet the specific financial planning needs of REALTORS®. This new comprehensive program includes education materials and resources for wealth building, business planning, and investing in real estate. Nearly nine out of 10 REALTORS® are independent contractors and face complex situations when it …

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Survey: Social Media Generates Most Quality Leads

NAR surveyed its members pertaining to technology issues in the real estate industry. The three most valuable technology tools respondents used in their businesses, excluding email and cell phones were local MLS websites/apps(64 percent), lockbox/smart key devices (39 percent), and social media platforms (28 percent). In the next 12 months, respondents plan on purchasing a laptop (22 percent), smartphone (19 …

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Realtor® Relief Fund Seeking Donations to Help Victims of Hurricane Florence

Jerry Pinkas, broker-owner of Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has temporarily postponed all sales meetings at his office, asking his agents instead to “pull out our chainsaws to do whatever we can for the community.” Pinkas’s team, like others in the area, is turning its attention to helping residents across North Carolina and South Carolina begin …

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VT Natural Resources Council Hosting Free Parcelization Webinar

The Vermont Natural Resources Council invites Realtors® to participate in a free webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 11am-12 Noon to hear the latest on parcelization trends in Vermont. Since 2010, VNRC has researched parcelization and subdivision trends in Vermont – both to understand how parcel sizes are changing across the state, and particularly to understand how these changes are …

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Bill Would Ease Mortgage Restrictions on Self-Employed

A bipartisan bill on Capitol Hill aims to make it easier for self-employed individuals and small-business owners to obtain a mortgage. Federal lending rules in recent years have made it difficult for the self-employed to qualify for a mortgage, favoring more documentable incomes that can be verified by pay stubs, W-2s, and two years of steady income. That has made …

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56 Safety Tips for Realtors®

September is Realtor® Safety Month, but Realtors® should keep a strong focus on safety throughout the year. We’ve got 56 safety tips to help you be knowledgeable, aware and empowered! Tip #1 Keep it light Show properties before dark. If you are going to be working after hours, advise your associate or first-line supervisor of your schedule. If you must …

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A Day in the Life: Habits to Keep You Safe on the Job

September 12, 2018 2-3pm EDT Instructor: Cheryl Knowlton Ready to break bad habits that are putting you at risk? Register for this free safety webinar from the National Association of REALTORS® with Cheryl Knowlton, President of Elite Edge, a dynamic global real estate training company, and learn how to develop and incorporate good habits into your daily routine that help …

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Millions of Consumers Getting a Credit Score Boost

An overhaul in how several major credit reporting agencies factor in negative credit information is prompting millions of consumers’ credit scores to rise. Collection events were struck from 8 million consumers’ credit reports in the 12 months ending in June. The New York Federal Reserve reported in mid-August that consumers who had at least one collections account removed from their …

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