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Electronic Closings a “Business Imperative,” but Hurdles Remain Before They’re Widespread

Realtors® know first-hand that real estate closings are a complex process that’s often slow and confusing for their clients. Consumers want simplicity and transparency, and Realtors® say electronic closings have the potential to deliver on that demand, but widespread...

Fannie Mae Policy Changes to Aid Millennial Homebuyers

Millennials locked out of their homeownership dreams by high debt-to-income ratios and student loan debt will soon have reason to take another look at purchasing, thanks to a number of policy changes at Fannie Mae. First, Fannie Mae recently...

VIDEO: Realtor® Treasurer on Capitol Hill to Support HUD Nominee

When Pam Patenaude’s nomination for deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development was announced in late May, Realtors® offered swift support. “Pam’s extensive and strong background in real estate and housing will be an asset, and...

Hurricane Season Starts Today. Are you Ready?

June 1st marks the official start of hurricane season, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration already warning of an “above average” year in 2017. NOAA forecasters currently predict “a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35...

Success of Residential, Commercial Real Estate Intertwined Around Infrastructure, Experts Say

Local communities looking to attract residential and commercial real estate investment should address infrastructure needs first and foremost. That’s according to experts at a REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo panel who told the audience that commercial and residential...

Fannie Mae Offers Help to Homebuyers Struggling with Down Payment

Home prices are on the rise around the country, and down payments are naturally rising with them. But Lisa Tartar of Fannie Mae’s Community Lending Team told an audience at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington,...

VIDEO: Solar Energy, and What Realtors® Need to Know

Nearly 1 million residential properties utilize solar power to produce energy, reduce costs or even generate monthly income. That fact has led to questions from real estate professionals regarding how solar systems should be appraised, how they affect real...
May 9, 2017

VIDEO: What You Need to Know About the White House Tax Plan

When the White House released its plan for tax reform on April 26, Realtors® raised strong concerns that it would nullify the mortgage interest deduction and eliminate important other deductions that incentivize homeownership. As news continues to trickle out...

Realtors® Say White House Tax Plan “Does Anything But” Support Homeownership

The White House today released a smattering of details surrounding its plan for tax reform, and Realtors® are wary. Despite the plan’s proponents reaffirming in a news conference that the plan was created with homeownership in mind, National Association...

Tax Day is Here Again. Here’s the Big Homeowner Advantage:

Except for accountants, Tax Day probably isn’t anyone’s favorite day of the year. The whole event comes with some level of stress, even for those filers expecting a big return this year. But the National Association of Realtors® is...