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Patent Trolls are Real and They’re Scary! NAR Educates Realtors with New Video

Patent trolls could cost Realtors® a lot of money and a lot of time. NAR is working hard to educate its more than 1 million members about the scourge of patent trolls who threaten unsuspecting Realtors®, and other business owners,...
April 20, 2015

New Credit Scoring Models Would Be Better for Homebuyers, If Anyone Would Adopt Them

NAR Researcher Ken Fears joined finance expert Ilyce Glink for an interview about alternative credit scoring models and how they can help millions more Americans obtain mortgage credit, but only if the GSEs and other mortgage financiers adopt the...
April 9, 2015

Credit Access Symposium Brings HUD Secretary Castro to NAR

The way companies calculate people’s credit scores needs to change to reflect how people live their lives today, otherwise millions of people will continue to fall outside traditional calculation models and not be able to become homeowners. That was...
April 2, 2015

Video Highlights Impact of Patent Trolls on Businesses

  Patent reform is crucial to REALTORS® as the real estate industry is more and more dependent on the use of information technology and software products to market properties and manage their businesses. Frivolous patent infringement lawsuits for everyday...
March 31, 2015

NAR to Congress: Fair Value Accounting is Unfair to Borrowers & Taxpayers

This week the House and Senate Budget Committees will markup the FY16 budget resolutions.  One problematic proposal being considered includes a switch to fair value accounting which would make popular federal home loans like those backed by the Federal...
March 18, 2015

A patent troll foolishly sued a REALTOR, and the REALTOR won.

First he was shocked. Then he was angry. J.B. Goodwin, broker owner of JBGoodwin REALTORS® in Austin, Texas, received a legal summons in early 2014 notifying him that his company was being sued in federal court for patent infringement....
March 10, 2015