NAR joins fight to extend the National Flood Insurance Program

The National Association of Realtors announced Friday that it’s joined 21 of the nation’s largest trade associations in a campaign urging Congress to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) before a July 31 deadline.

HUD approves $5B Hurricane Harvey recovery plan for Texas

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Monday the approval of a $5 billion disaster recovery plan for Texas.

Hurricane season could cause $1.6 trillion in property damage

Nearly 6.9 million homes are at risk of hurricane and storm damage in 2018, according to a new study by analytics provider CoreLogic.

2017 saw fewest foreclosure starts in nearly two decades

Black Knight today released its latest Mortgage Monitor report, which revealed 2017 had the fewest number of foreclosure starts since 2000 (649,000), despite the negative impact Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria had on areas such as Texas, Louisiana, M…

Real estate team now accepting bitcoin on all current listings

As her market still recovers from the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Nicole Lopez-Cummins and her team hope to tap into an emerging market of real estate buyers with a new social media marketing campaign targeting bitcoin investors …

Realtors scale up good deeds in disaster-torn communities this holiday season

Every Christmas Eve, Houston Association of Realtors’ chair Cindy Hamann drops off a blanket and a bottle of wine to several random and very thankful homeless people in downtown Houston. Realtors like Hamann are doing wonderful deeds all over the count…

Mortgage delinquencies spike in TX and FL in wake of hurricanes

The number of delinquent mortgages soared for the second month in a row, rising 24 percent in regions of Texas and Florida in the wake of hurricanes …

Ex-husband indicted in Realtor Crystal McDowell’s murder

A Texas man charged with strangling his ex-wife, a Realtor in Houston, was indicted last Thursday, according to The Houston Chronicle. A Chambers County grand jury leveled the murder charge against Steven McDowell nearly three months after Crystal McDowell, a beloved Realtor with Virginia Malone & Associates, went missing on Aug. 25 during the hours leading up to historic Hurricane Harvey’s destructive landfall …

Auction launched to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims

Luxury real estate auction house Concierge Auctions has set up a hurricane relief auction to aid those still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. People are able to place bids now through October 27, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit families through Giveback Homes’ hurricane relief efforts …

Recovery Still Underway for Hurricane-Ravaged Real Estate Markets

Real estate is just one of the many economy-driven industries that felt the devastating impact of hurricanes this season. In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, residents are still in the middle of recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria. It may be some time before those real estate markets can be evaluated, as many of […]

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