Ben Carson takes aim at emotional support animals at NAR conference

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson took a shot across the bow at emotional support animals, reaffirming a 2013 agency mandate banning the proliferation of service animals and the questionable online certificates deployed to register them.

NAR lays out federal policy goals at midyear conference in D.C.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) laid out its legislative policies today, at the trade organization’s annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C.

Hurricane season responsible for 10% of delinquent mortgages

While mortgage payment delinquencies are generally down across the country, they were explainably up in states hit by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, resulting in a slightly raised annual delinquency rate, according to the October 2017 Black Knight Mortgag…

Hurricane Harvey victims granted temporary relief from foreclosure

Hurricane Harvey has caused thousands in and around the Houston area to flee from the rising waters engulfing their homes and killed at least 14 people to date. In this time of crisis, Federal mortgage agencies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal H…

Low inventory woes: Is now the right time for rehabs?

In the current real estate market, there is no shortage of prospective buyers who want to purchase a home, and real estate agents who want to help them accomplish this goal. What there is a shortage of, however, is homes for sale …

Low inventory woes: Is now the right time for rehabs?

In the current real estate market, there is no shortage of prospective buyers who want to purchase a home, and real estate agents who want to help them accomplish this goal. What there is a shortage of, however, is homes for sale …

Where NAR and HUD Secretary Ben Carson concur (and conflict)

Dr. Ben Carson, the 17th secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made a brief visit to the National Association of Realtors midyear conference, where he was greeted with a standing ovation …

Why redlining and discrimination are still real estate’s problem

You would think that in 2017 that discrimination and red-lining (a discriminatory practice by which banks, insurance companies and businesses limit loans, mortgages, insurance or other products with specific geographic areas, especially in inner-city n…

Why redlining and discrimination are still real estate’s problem

You would think that in 2017 that discrimination and red-lining (a discriminatory practice by which banks, insurance companies and businesses limit loans, mortgages, insurance or other products with specific geographic areas, especially in inner-city n…

Where are consumers feeling the pinch of the MIP-reduction-that-wasn’t?

The administration change this past January left some homebuyers scrambling when it came with a somewhat unexpected side effect in the form of an 11th-hour mortgage insurance premium rate reduction — and then a stroke-of-midnight repeal of that reduct…