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NAR Urges Congress to Protect Homeowners Under Tax Reform

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NAR President-elect Elizabeth Mendenhall was on Capitol Hill to reinforce REALTORS’ position that any tax reform must protect, not hurt, homeowners. NAR has concerns with the Administration’s proposal because it would hurt homeowners by taking away more deductions than would be offset by the increase in the standard deduction. Also, NAR legal and sustainability staff explain the opportunities and hurdles ... Read More »

Don’t Be a Cybercrime Statistic

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Apart from digging a hole in your back yard, throwing your computer in, dousing it with gasoline, and lighting it on fire, there’s no foolproof way to protect yourself from cybercrime, said National Association of REALTORS® Associate Counsel Jessica Edgerton. Since few if any brokers and agents would work without a computer or smartphone, industry pros need to address the ... Read More »

Carson: Homeownership is Foundation of Wealth

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“Homeownership serves as the foundation of wealth for most American families.” ̶ HUD Secretary Ben Carson In Support of the Dream HUD Secretary Ben Carson at the Regulatory Issues Forum. Photo credit: Jon Boughtin Responsible homeownership plays a crucial role as an engine of economic growth and in the financial well-being of U.S. households, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben ... Read More »

7 Things Agents Should Do After Closing

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A woman in her mid 60s inherited enough cash to purchase her first home. She had $80,000; however, it’s difficult to find a house for that price in her home town of Nashville. Enter William Willoughby, broker-owner at Music City Group Real Estate in Nashville, who came through for this buyer by finding a little HUD home that needed a ... Read More »

Tax Plan Could Hurt Homeowners

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The tax plan released by the Trump Administration puts the real estate industry at the center of the debate over how to make the country’s tax code simpler, fairer, and better at generating economic growth in the United States. For that reason, it’s important for real estate professionals to dig below the surface to see how the plan could change ... Read More »

Buyers Grow More Confident About Housing

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You may need to do less convincing to get home shoppers to make their move in the housing market. Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose 2.2 percentage points in April, with five of six components rising that measure confidence in buying, employment, household incomes, financing, and more. The share of Americans who say now is a good time to ... Read More »

NVBR Member Meeting, Class and Affiliate Fair

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  Join NVBR for the our quarterly Membership Meeting. Highlights of the meeting will include an Affiliate Fair, Realtor updates on programs and benefits, member recognition and time to catch up with colleagues. There will be fun give-aways and plenty of food and beverage. Support our Affiliate Members by attending this great networking event! The Membership meeting will be preceded ... Read More »

How Owning a Home Pays Off at Tax Time

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Homeownership-related tax deductions can prove advantageous in lowering your tax bill. HouseLogic lists some of the ways homeownership helps at tax time: Mortgage interest deduction: Itemizing homeowners can deduct the interest they pay on their mortgage up to $1 million—or $500,000 if married but filing separately. The deductions can be made for loans issued to buy, build, or improve your ... Read More »

Court College Grads: Here’s Why

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Americans with an education level of bachelor’s degree or higher are more likely to own a home by age 30, according to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That’s regardless of their student debt situation too, the study finds. Researchers who tracked college attendance and homeownership rate by age for those born between 1980 and ... Read More »

What’s On Home Shoppers’ Wish Lists

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A new realtor.com® survey reveals the top desires of home buyers today: Ranch-style homes, big backyards, and updated kitchens. More than half of home buyers say they’re on the hunt for a three-bedroom home, and 75 percent want a two-bathroom home as well, according to realtor.com®’s home buyer survey. The survey also showed a strong demand for townhouses and row ... Read More »

Why Millennials Value Local Real Estate Agents

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Millennials love to conduct many aspects of their lives online, but a new survey says that’s not always true when it comes to real estate dealings. Read more: Understanding Your Millennial Buyers Seventy-five percent of millennials recently surveyed by financial wellness website CentSai say they prefer the help of a local real estate agent than an online agent. Seventy-one percent ... Read More »

Walking Trails Overtake Golf Communities

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  A golf course is no longer the showpiece of a master-planned community. Instead, buyers are showing a greater preference to live near extensive trail networks and shared gardens. Developers are responding with new developments that are pushing out golf courses in favor of other outdoor areas that foster a sense of community. “What we’re seeing is this trend toward ... Read More »

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