Housing and Tax Reform: Where Could the Impact Land?

Homebuyers and homeowners are anticipating fallout from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has changed homeownership incentives, including the deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. How deep the effect is hinges on location, according to new research. With the bill’s new provisions, the mortgage interest deduction (MID) is applicable to loans […]

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Help Your Agents Perfect Their Social Media Strategy

NAR PULSE—Back At You Media, the newest partner in the REALTOR Benefits® Program, provides powerful automated marketing to ensure your agents and their listings rise above the noise on social media. Learn about the three different plan options available to members of the National Association of REALTORS®. All have exclusive pricing for members. Learn more. […]

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Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting. However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located […]

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Building a Reputation of Trust and Honesty

In the following interview, Phyllis Staines, broker associate at RE/MAX Coastal Real Estate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., discusses disruption, marketing and more. Region Served: Jacksonville, Fla. Years in Real Estate: 20 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 16 Favorite Part of Your Job: The freedom and unlimited potential for earning. I also enjoy solving problems, and those who […]

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Buying Is Better Financially in More Than Half of Markets: Report

It is more affordable to buy a home than rent one in more than half of markets—but for how long remains uncertain, according to recently released research. In 54 percent of the over 400 counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions, buying the median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom one, according to ATTOM’s […]

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The Great Debate: What the MLS Can Be, and What It Should Be

Ask any agent, broker or constituent in real estate: There are challenges facing the Multiple Listing Service. A discussion on the future of the MLS—what it can be, and what it should be—hosted by the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) recently illuminated those issues, and strived for solutions. “An MLS should be defined not only […]

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California Real Estate Professional Among Mudslide Victims

A Southern California real estate professional perished tragically in the mudslides last week, one of more than 15 victims of the latest catastrophe to strike the state. Rebecca Riskin, of Riskin Partners in Montecito—known as the “first lady of luxury real estate”—was killed as a result of the ensuing flood and mudslides in the Thomas […]

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Fair Housing Makes Us Stronger

On April 11, 1968, President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law. This marked an important and historic change in our nation’s commitment to property rights, recognizing that property rights should not be abridged because of discrimination based on race, color, national origin or religion. In later years, the law was amended to prohibit […]

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Confidence in Housing Subdued at Year-End

Confidence in housing was subdued in December in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), derived from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey® (NHS). The HPSI overall posted 85.8 in December, two percentage points lower than the month prior. “Consumers remained cautious in their housing outlook at the end of 2017, as tax reform discussions […]

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Infographic: How Recent Buyers Purchased Their Home

Demand and home prices are increasing, but that has yet to keep homebuyers out of the market. Here is how they did it:  For more information, please visit www.nar.realtor. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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