When can we expect the next Fed rate hike?

Long-term Treasury and mortgage rates are declining again. Not far, still hovering about 0.25 percent above the all-time lows, but certainly helpful to housing. Some of the reasons for the drop are traditional economics, but others remind how very strange this era is. The Federal Reserve met this week, and to no one’s surprise, it left alone the overnight cost of money. …

TRID, take 2?

If you have ironed out your bugs and confusion in the seven months since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule took effect, don’t get too comfortable. More changes to the biggest mortgage transaction overhaul we’ve had in four decades are on the way. In a letter issued to several banking and financial services industry trade groups yesterday, the CFPB said it has “begun drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking on TRID, or the “Know Before You Owe” rule, as the bureau prefers to call it …

Elza Hayen on how her sense of humor has helped her success

Elza Hayen, director of marketing at ERA Wilder Realty, shares how a sense of humor can help you be successful, the connections you make in real estate and the most critical tool for her business …

Luxury listing: newly finished penthouse in Midtown

This two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom penthouse sits in a newly finished residential tower in Midtown Manhattan, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous views of the city and a chefs kitchen with Calacatta marble counters …

What hot micro-markets tell us about housing in the U.S.

No matter how many markets in which any real estate pro has worked, we always know our home towns best. And my market today is in a situation common to most hot markets in the U.S., shedding light on distorted national housing data …

11 tips for managing your time and money as an independent contractor

Leaving a relatively decent full-time office job to work independently was probably the hardest professional decision I’ve ever made. Although I have no regrets, I admittedly did not know what I was getting myself into. Our most recent Special Report d…

Renters up at night over housing costs, more so than homeowners

Oftentimes, studies focus on the financial strain homeowners experience while trying to maintain their households. But a new Gallup poll says renters across all income levels, who are often subject to major price increases, are almost twice as likely t…

Agents: Work S.M.A.R.T. to accomplish your goals

So often in our work life, we feel we are constantly churning the wheel and nothing is getting accomplished, which can leave us feeling drained and unsuccessful. Our time and energy is precious, and no one wants to feel burnt out when they can’t quit, so it’s important to know the difference between just working and working smart …

3 ways technology is changing the closing process

In what seems like a short time, consumers have come to rely on their phones, tablets and other devices as the go-to place for information.

Few industries have been impacted by this fact as significantly as real estate, where searching for a home onli…

Podcast: Constance Freedman on 2016’s hottest real estate tech startups

Today’s interview is with Constance Freedman, the founder and managing partner of Moderne Ventures, an early stage investment fund focused on technology companies innovating in and around real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services …