Supreme Court Ruling in Wayfair Case a Win for Real Estate and States

On June 21, the Supreme Court issued its holding on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., reversing a long-standing rule on online sales tax collection in a decision that’s a win for real estate, brick-and-mortar retailers and the states. The case dealt with whether states can require out-of-state online retailers to charge and remit sales tax […]

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Confidence in Housing Teeters

After a positive start to the summer, the confidence consumers have in housing is teetering, according to the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) for July. At 86.5, the Index sunk 4.2 percentage points month-over-month, and 0.3 percentage points year-over-year. Twenty-four percent of homebuyers were optimistic about purchasing—a four-percentage point dip from June—and 41 […]

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The Evolution of Office Space: Where Are We Going?

Editor’s Note: This is part three of a series that takes an in-depth look at how brokerage offices have transformed. You can find part two here and part one here. What will the brokerage office of tomorrow look like? There’s no crystal ball, but brokers are seeing a trend toward a stronger dependency on technology. […]

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Deadly California Wildfires Claim Lives and Real Estate

Fires Continue to Rage in Northern California The Carr Fire—the largest of the 17 currently ravaging Northern California, and the fourth most destructive in the state’s history—has claimed the lives of seven people and burned through 160,049 acres across Shasta and Trinity counties (at press time), as well as destroyed over 1,000 homes, 24 commercial […]

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Investing in Strong Personal Interactions

In the following interview, Tommy Brigham, chairman and founding partner of ARC Realty, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) in Birmingham, Ala., discusses marketing, recruiting, referrals and more. Region Served: Greater Birmingham, Montgomery and Wetumpka Years in Real Estate: 40 Number of Offices: 9 Number of Agents: 300+ Best Advice […]

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Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Congress – Is Mortgage Lending Freedom Ahead?

Change is coming to the mortgage industry in the form of lessened restrictions for many community banks, along with greater consumer protections. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act—a bill rolls back many Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act regulations imposed in 2008 following the financial crisis—has been signed into law. […]

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NAR Pauses Logo Release to ‘Examine’ Redesign

Members Voice Opinions Prompting Further Consideration Days after the announcement that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) branding had been redesigned—including the introduction of a new REALTOR® “R”—the organization has announced it is “pausing its implementation” after evaluating feedback from its members. Following the announcement on Monday that NAR was rolling out the newly revised […]

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Announces First Global Franchise Alliance

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices today announced the signing of its first global franchisee, Rubina Real Estate GmbH, a real estate brokerage serving central Berlin and neighboring regions. The brokerage will operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rubina Real Estate starting in April. “Rubina Real Estate is an ideal fit for our network and we’re excited that it […]

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The Real Deal

Pam O’Connor Builds a Network, Influences an Industry, and Impacts Lives Editor’s note: A PDF file version of this article is available here. A digital magazine version of this article is available here. Everyone knows real estate is a “relationship business,” but unfortunately, the phrase is overused and often unsubstantiated. Talk to people who have […]

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Survey Results: What Keeps Brokers Up at Night?

As we begin a new year, what are the most pressing issues on the minds of the nation’s real estate brokers? What are they most looking forward to in the year ahead? What strategies do they have in place to address inventory issues, technology adoption, agent retention or to ensure their continued profitability? Better Homes […]

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