Marriage Equality and Its Impact on Real Estate

It has been a bit more than two years since Jim Obergefell, a former Coldwell Banker West Shell agent in Cincinnati who has since moved to Washington, D.C., won his landmark Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, that made marriage equality the law of the land. Those of us in the National Association of Gay […]

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San Jose developers on hook for affordable housing requirements

If local governments strongarm developers into paying for housing viewed as a public need, will that have unintended consequences for the local market? That’s the concern of many real estate agents in San Jose …

Could the Supreme Court put an end to open house signs?

Open house signs dot the sidewalks on a weekend morning — it’s a sight of familiarity for our clients and our businesses. Based on a recent legal ruling, those signs might disappear in short order. That’s unless Realtor associations nationwide step up…

Supreme Court rules against Texas housing agency on unintended discrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court held the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs liable for improperly allocating low-income housing tax credits to communities already heavily populated by minorities, citing unintentional discrimination through dispar…

Understanding the difference between lender’s title policy and owner’s title policy

When you’re selling a home, your buyers will be faced with a decision to make regarding title insurance. They will need to decide whether to purchase an owner’s policy of title insurance that protects their interests in the property. Although many peop…

Underwater second mortgages surface in Supreme Court case

As the aftermath of the U.S. housing market collapse in 2008 continues to unravel, the U.S. Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in a case that will decide whether an underwater mortgage loan can be wiped out in a bankruptcy proceeding …

Supreme Court decision bolsters federal regulators’ power to interpret and change regulations — without formal notice

Even as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is under fire for overstepping its authority to regulate the financial services industry, the bureau and other federal regulators received more muscle this week from a U.S. Supreme Court decision …

Lending groups urge high court to reject Obama administration’s discrimination test

Trade groups representing mortgage lenders filed a “friend of the court” brief last week with the U.S. Supreme Court that has far-ranging implications for the availability and cost of home loans. The underlying issue: When lenders use credit scores and …