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New Disclosure Rules Impact Condominiums
Residential real estate has changed as of this month. There are new contract forms for Maryland and the District, and the new mortgage disclosure rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are now in effect. And there even is new terminology. A lender is now a creditor and the borrower/buyer is a consumer. The initial Truth in Lending statement and Good Faith Estimate we have used for a number of years has been replaced with the Loan Estimate. And the old-faithful HUD-1 (the settlement statement) has been discarded in favor of a "Closing Disclosure".
Agent Connect NY 18: Real estate apps every agent needsIn addition to knowing real estate, self-proclaimed marketing nerd and national speaker for realtor.com Kristi Kennelly knows a thing or two about capturing an audience — she was a Broadway performer in a previous career, after all ......Read More
Starter homes gaining equity faster than luxury sector: ZillowOwners of starter homes are gaining more equity than owners of luxury homes thanks to the intense demand for affordable properties, says a new Zillow report ......Read More
Tampa Realtor indicted for foreclosure, bankruptcy fraudA Tampa Realtor who allegedly tried to stop Fannie Mae from foreclosing on a property so that he could sell it himself has been charged with bankruptcy fraud and falsification of records in a bankruptcy proceeding ......Read More
Buckle up for a sustained rise in interest rates: analysisThe question now is when will the 10-year break through 3.00% going higher, putting that number “five” back into the mortgage vocabulary for the first sustained time since the Great Recession. Market consensus (of course, often wrong): “when,” not whether ......Read More
Agent Connect NY 18: Live problem solvingOne of the many beneficial sessions at Inman Connect New York is “Agent live problem solving” at Agent Connect, where pro agents discuss audience queries and work through issues live onstage ......Read More
Agent Connect NY 18: Zillow and realtor.com lead conversion strategiesLead conversion is critical to any sales-based business. That's why Zillow and realtor.com execs shared tips for agents wanting to increase conversion ......Read More
Inside Trump’s historic $95M mansion deal, 10 years laterIn interviews with Florida real estate professionals, including at least one involved in the 2008 sale, agents characterized Trump’s blockbuster deal as simply par for the course in the years leading up to the financial collapse, when appreciation rates climbed at a historic clip and the housing market in Palm Beach and elsewhere in South Florida was like the Wild West ......Read More
Competition over SoCal market share heats up, eXp lands talentAfter a number of acquisitive brokerages have been circling San Diego in recent months, some key activity exploded this week. Broker-owner Kyle Whissel, whose independent firm Whissel Realty is the most productive brokerage in San Diego County according to Real Trends; and Dan Beer, leader of Keller Williams' no. 1 team in Southern California by gross commission income, have both joined virtual brokerage eXp Realty ......Read More
Agent Connect NY 18: Day in the life of a hustling Realtor — ‘The Carpool Chronicles’A Realtor shares how she's harnessed the power of social media and human connection to create a loyal following for her down-to-earth, unintentionally comical video series, "The Carpool Chronicles." ......Read More
Housing starts make solid 10% gain over December"Ultimately, there is still large room for improvement given the fact overall housing inventory is currently near historic lows," said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun ......Read More