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The Voice for Real Estate 7: Debt Cancellation, FHA Prepayment Penalty

Featured Segments: NAR hopes to get mortgage cancellation relief extended in the last weeks of the congressional session NAR scores a win as FHA agrees to stop allowing lenders to charge interest–a kind of prepayment penalty–when borrowers pay off their FHA backed loan before the end of the month It’s easier than you think to run afoul of copyright laws …

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The Safety Talk You Need to Have With Clients

Have you had the safety talk with your clients yet? It’s not only for their safety but for yours too. It’s a conversation far too many real estate professionals omit from their discussions with home sellers and buyers. September is REALTOR® Safety Month, and most real estate safety information mostly centers on how to keep you safe when meeting new …

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Securing Prescription Drugs During Open Houses

Securing prescription drugs during open houses is a precaution all REALTORS® need to remind sellers to prioritize during the selling process since they will be inviting the general public into their home to view it. There is big money to be made in the sale of certain prescription drugs, and open houses are among the easiest ways for individuals to …

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The Voice for Real Estate 6

The Voice For Real Estate is NAR’s bi-weekly roundup of the news that affects the industry and your business. Featured Segments: HUD and NAR host live webcast on FHA Commercial real estate on upswing Existing-home sales at 10-month high

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Field Guide to Remodeling Highlights Values to Sellers

Your client’s house looks pretty good, but you know there are opportunities to drive increased value to the home with a few pre-sale renovations. And the biggest return on home improvement investment may not reside in kitchens and bathrooms; rather, they may come from a new deck addition or basement remodel instead. These are just a few new pieces of …

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What’s the Future of Real Estate?

In 1991, the National Association of REALTORS® made an “office of the future” video predicting what kinds of space-age technologies would change the home buying and selling process by the year 2000. Jon Coile, broker-owner of Champion Realty in Severna Park, Md., dug this gem of a video out of the NAR archives for his presentation Wednesday at the Broker …

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NAR Environmental Summit; Flood Insurance; FHA Dual Agency

August 4, 2014:  In the fourth video in The Voice for Real Estate news series, NAR Director of Broadcasting Stephen Gasque looks at NAR’s Environmental Summit, progress on flood insurance improvements, and an NAR win on FHA dual-agency policy on short sales.

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Housing Slowdown Could Be Good for Buyers

The growing signs of a slowdown in the housing market might be good news for home buyers. Slowing home prices—after the double-digit increases last year—mixed with still-low interest rates are making homes more affordable. Also, the supply of homes for sale today represents 5.8 months of demand, the most since October 2011, giving buyers more choices than they have had …

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New realtor.com® Ad Shows Value of Realtors®

Realtor.com®’s humorous new ad incorporates messaging about the value of a REALTOR®. In it, a slightly frazzled mom talks about the importance of accuracy to her family; that’s why they used a REALTOR® and realtor.com to find their house. The ad is part of a coordinated branding effort between NAR’s Consumer Advertising Campaign and realtor.com, highlighting the value the website …

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Why the Second Half of 2014 Will Be Better Than the First

The housing market has been sluggish in many markets over the past six months, after last year’s double-digit appreciation. But researchers at the real estate brokerage Redfin say they see signs that the housing market is now edging back to normal. In a new report, they say they expect the market in urban areas to regain its footing over the …

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Top Amenities Buyers Will Make Sacrifices For

Home buyers are showing some willingness to pay more for certain amenities in a home, according to the latest PulteGroup Home Index Survey of more than 1,000 adults ages 25 to 65. Take the Pulse of Buyers’ Desires Regional Trends: What Buyers Want Most—and Get Buyers Want ‘Green’ More Than They Think 2 Things Luxury Buyers Want Most What’s surprising …

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