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Scammers Turn Sights on Realtors®

Realtors® have worked for years to make consumers aware of scams targeting real estate transactions. Now, scammers are turning their attention to Realtors® themselves. A recent alert from the Orlando Regional Realtor® Association warns of fraudulent letters from a...
August 7, 2017

In Two Months, the National Flood Insurance Program Expires

As the House and Senate continue their work to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, the countdown to the program’s expiration continues as well. On September 30, the Federal Emergency Management Administration loses its authorization to write new flood...

Net Neutrality Action Puts Real Estate Technology in Focus

In 1981, 22 percent of home buyers relied on advertisements in the newspaper to find their dream home, while 8 percent turned to a friend for word-of-mouth information. Since then, lots has changed. According to recent survey data from...

CFPB ‘Know Before You Owe’ Announcement May Offer Relief for Agents on Disclosure Sharing

In an update to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stated clearly that it is “usual, accepted, and appropriate” for real estate agents and brokers to have access to the Closing Disclosure. The...

What to Do When Wire Scammers Strike

Consumers have a lot to think about when they’re buying a home, including wiring large sums of money, and protecting themselves from fraudsters might be the last thing on their mind. The National Association of Realtors® and the Federal...

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...