HUD resumes its investigation into Facebook over discriminatory housing ads

Facebook is under investigation for housing discrimination, again. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reopened an investigation into discriminatory housing advertisements on Facebook, according to a report in Gizmodo.

Watch NAR and experts discuss real estate antitrust on live stream

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank that has been funded in the past by Zillow, will hold a public forum for experts in real estate to discuss ways to make the industry more competitive.

Where NAR spends its multimillions in lobbying

Given the proposed increase and the fast-approaching 2018 U.S. midterm campaign season, it’s worth asking: How is NAR spending its lobbying money now …

Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum will be a blow to the construction industry

They would raise the price of everything from canned beer and soda to automobiles and housing, not least of all skyscrapers and multifamily buildings deeply reliant on heavy metals, housing experts told Inman …

How the budget deal will impact real estate

At least one economist predicted those domestic spending initiatives would offer limited benefits to the real estate industry and housing market. …

Exclusive: Congressmen urge government inquiry into real estate competition

Inman has received a copy of the letter, dated Jan. 5, and addressed to Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s antitrust division …

The battle between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and PHH is over

On Wednesday, January 31, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ending a two-year debate over the CFPB’s power structure, which stemmed from an ongoing lawsuit between the Bureau and New Jersey-based mortgage lender PHH Mortgage Corporation over the lender’s captive reinsurance practices …

How a government shutdown impacts real estate and housing

“The government shutdown will have an impact on real estate transactions should it continue for an extended period of time,” said NAR President Mendenhall …

Congress passes tax reform, mixed blessing for real estate

The final legislation shines brightly on brokers and developers, through changes to so-called pass-through entities, like S-corporations and LLCs …

Republicans finalize tax reform bill for vote before holiday recess

State and local tax deductions, once all but eliminated in earlier versions of the bill, would be expanded to include income tax, but capped at $10, …