May, 2024

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‘Stop sharing broker commissions’ to steer clear of trouble

Real Estate News

A “consumer-centric” approach to buy-side commissions is better for all agents, industry leaders say. Here’s why, and what you need to know about the DOJ.

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Pending home sales slowed considerably in April: NAR

Housing Wire

Pending home sales sales dropped 7.7% in April compared to March as rising mortgage rates weighed on the market, according to data released Thursday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Year over year, pending transactions fell 7.4%. The NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index declined to 72.3 in April, down from 78.2 in March. All four U.S. regions reported decreases on both a monthly and yearly basis, with the Midwest and West experiencing the largest monthly declines.

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The Biggest Mistakes Buyers Are Making Today

Keeping Current Matters

Buyers face challenges in any market – and today’s is no different.

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NWMLS opts out of NAR deal in bid to continue commission offers

Inman

Northwest MLS says banning compensation in the MLS restricts consumer choice and transparency. Plaintiffs' attorney Michael Ketchmark says "the fox is guarding the chicken house.

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The 4 Most Impactful Actions to Take in Real Estate in 2024

Strategic real estate professionals know that the name of the game right now is to stay informed, adaptable, and ready to make confident decisions. In this free download, Inside Real Estate CEO, Joe Skousen, shares what he believes are the top 4 most impactful actions in real estate right now. We've been actively engaging with industry experts, analyzing data, and listening intently to the experiences of our agents on the ground.

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DOJ Lawyer Says No Offers of Compensation ‘Anywhere’

RIS Media

Antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) appear unsatisfied with the agreement struck between the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and plaintiffs in commission lawsuit class-actions, with a DOJ lawyer saying explicitly that they do not want any offers of compensation made by seller agents to buyer agents At a court hearing today in… The post DOJ Lawyer Says No Offers of Compensation ‘Anywhere’ appeared first on RISMedia.

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Should You Buy a Home As Is? A Comprehensive Review of The Considerations

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Purchasing a house as-is can be an attractive option for many buyers. However, it involves unique processes and considerations. I will provide you with the following information so you can make the best decision. How to financially plan and explore mortgage options for an as-is home purchase. Understanding mortgage options. What steps should be taken […] The post Should You Buy a Home As Is?

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VA to roll out temporary fix to buyer agent commission problem

Housing Wire

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs will soon release a circular that “bridges the gap” on an agency law that prohibits a VA buyer from paying their real estate agent compensation, a VA official announced on Tuesday. Michelle Corridon, deputy policy director at the VA, announced at the Mortgage Bankers Association ‘s Secondary & Capital Markets Conference in New York that the circular would be issued between now and June 12.

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Tips to Stage a Home That Needs Repairs and Improvements

Realty Biz

Are you wondering how to stage a home that needs an overhaul due to its condition? Selling a house in need of repairs can be challenging. However, you can enhance its appeal with strategic staging and attract potential buyers without completing all the repairs. I will provide tips and advice on how you can accomplish your goal of selling fast without investing a ton of money: How to highlight the home's potential and minimize flaws.

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Veterans Affairs will suspend rule blocking vets from paying agents

Inman

Deputy Director of Policy Michelle Corridon said Tuesday the agency would lift rules preventing vets from using low-cost VA loans to pay agents until it engages in a formal rule-making process.

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CRMLS Launches New ‘Concessions in Price’ Fields at Listing Level

RIS Media

California Regional MLS (CRMLS), the country’s largest MLS—home to over 110,000 members—is launching a new set of MLS system fields referring to Concessions in Price (CiP) today. The fields promise to enhance communication between listing and buyer agents, as well as homebuyers, by providing “up-front” information surrounding concessions, according to a release from CRMLS.

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Need Curated Pre-foreclosure Lists to Generate New Real Estate Leads? Trellis Has the Data!

Trellis is a state trial court research and analytics platform that provides Real Estate Professionals (Buyers, Foreclosure, Loan Modification, etc.) with LEADS on Pre-Foreclosures, Lis Pendes, Distressed Assets and more — to help uncover **new** opportunities and grow their business. The process is quick and easy — and all in real time. Trellis will supply you with a link to the relevant dockets, a Leads sheet and access to its UI where applicable.

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Multifamily Absorption Rates Fall to Decade Low as Completions Remain Elevated

Eye on Housing

The Census Bureau’s latest release of the Survey of Market Absorption of New Multifamily Units (SOMA) estimates that 42% of 91,060 unsubsidized apartments completed in the fourth quarter of 2023 were absorbed (rented) within the first 3 months following completion. For condominiums, 56% of the estimated 4,915 units completed in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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CoStar CEO on Matterport deal: Virtual tours, real advantage

Real Estate News

Andy Florance discusses the “transformative technology” and his plans to rapidly expand the company while rolling out generative AI features later this year.

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Northwest MLS criticizes $418M NAR settlement agreement, opts out

Housing Wire

Northwest MLS , the largest multiple listing service in the Pacific Northwest, will not take part in the $418 million agreement reached by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the Sitzer/Burnett case. In fact, NWMLS said that its own rules on buyer agent compensation are fairer and more transparent than the terms NAR agreed to in March. It also criticized NAR for pushing “consumers and brokers to make secret deals off MLS, inviting deceptive practices, discrimination and unfair housi

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WA homebuilding is slowing down, unlikely to keep up with growing need

Seattle Times Real Estate

State officials project Washington will need more than 1 million new homes in the next two decades. While overall housing production has soared, construction of affordable housing has not kept pace with the need.

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Accelerating Real Estate Sales Pipelines to Streamline Buyer Journeys

Navigated 360° tours, like YourVRTours, advance pipelines by engaging clients further along the sales funnel. These immersive experiences provide comprehensive property insights, increasing buyer intent and readiness. By embracing navigated tours, agents can optimize property exposure, better qualify leads, and streamline the sales process. Stay ahead in the ever-evolving real estate landscape with innovative technology that elevates buyer journeys and progresses pipelines more effectively.

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Bright MLS will allow sellers to offer concessions upon listing

Inman

In response to NAR's proposed settlement, the nation's second largest MLS will add data fields on June 11 allowing sellers to signal they're willing to offer buyer concessions when they list a home.

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Legal Considerations for Unmarried Couples Buying Property

RIS Media

Buying a property together is a significant step for unmarried couples. This decision involves unique legal considerations and requires careful planning. I will provide critical property laws for unmarried couples, including title considerations, mortgage qualifications and protective measures for individual investments. As someone who has been selling real estate for a very long time, it… The post Legal Considerations for Unmarried Couples Buying Property appeared first on RISMedia.

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State Level Employment Situation: April 2024

Eye on Housing

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 38 states and the District of Columbia in April compared to the previous month, while 11 states saw a decrease. Alaska reported no change during this time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in April, following a gain of 315,000 jobs.

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Northwest MLS will not join NAR settlement

Real Estate News

The organization is the first non-NAR MLS to announce its intentions, and it says keeping the compensation field provides more transparency for consumers.

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Maximizing Your Online Presence: Tips for Real Estate Agents on Social Media

Speaker: Sarah Santa Ana, Real Estate Coach, Move4Free Realty

Networking is one of the crucial elements in every real estate organization's success. Both agents and real estate companies need to maintain robust networking links. This is why social media is essential for any real estate professional! Social media enables you to stay in touch with your present clients, maintain connections with your past clients, and engage potential customers and investors.

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2024 inventory growth challenges mortgage rate lockdown

Housing Wire

The mortgage rate lockdown premise holds that very few people will list their homes when mortgage rates are this high, thus suppressing inventory. But 2024 has proven that theory wrong. 2024 has had healthy inventory growth despite mortgage rates above 7%. Also, for the third time this year, I have hit my target of weekly inventory growth between 11,000 -17,000, thus leading to more inventory than we saw in 2023.

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Alaska Airlines buys former Boeing building in Renton’s Longacres

Seattle Times Real Estate

Alaska plans to spend $100 million renovating the property so pilots, flight attendants and other employees can train together.

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Compass CEO Robert Reffkin says the luxury market is back

Inman

The luxury market is back. That was Compass co-founder and CEO Robert Reffkin's primary message during his latest appearance on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," where he talked about home price trends, mortgage rates, and stock market ebbs and flows.

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Understanding Mold in Homes: What it is, Common Causes and Why It’s a Concern

RIS Media

Mold is a fungus that thrives in damp environments, often becoming a concern in homes. It produces spores that travel through the air and can settle on moist surfaces, leading to rapid growth. Mold’s presence in homes can pose significant health risks and cause structural damage, making it essential for homeowners and buyers to understand.… The post Understanding Mold in Homes: What it is, Common Causes and Why It’s a Concern appeared first on RISMedia.

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Rise of The Apps: Building Your Dream Tech Stack For Real Estate Success

Speaker: Trey Willard, Realtor/Team Leader at Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

In order to create continued success in today’s real estate market, realtors need to utilize an arsenal of technology that will increase their efficiency and presence on social media. Using technology to manage your prospects and tap into their needs through websites, social media, and other channels is critical for real estate success in 2022 and beyond.

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Affordability Pyramid Shows 64.8 Million Households Cannot Buy a $250,000 Home

Eye on Housing

As described in a previous post, NAHB recently released its 2024 Priced-Out Estimates showing 103.5 million households are not able to afford a median priced new home and an additional 106,031 households would be priced out if the price goes up by $1,000. This post focuses on the related U.S. housing affordability pyramid, showing how.

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Keller Williams cancels plan to cut profit share for ex-agents

Real Estate News

President and CEO Mark Willis called the move “unprecedented," and said the vote by the company’s agent-led IALC passed by an “overwhelming majority.

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VA extends foreclosure moratorium through 2024

Housing Wire

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced on Wednesday that it has called on mortgage servicers to extend the moratorium on foreclosures for VA-guaranteed loans through Dec. 31, 2024, while these companies implement a new program to help struggling veterans. The current moratorium, announced in November, was set to end on Friday. It was implemented amid complaints of veterans’ struggles because there was no program available to succeed a partial claim option offered during th

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Home Inspection For a Condo Tips and Advice

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Are you wondering if you need a condo inspection? Condominiums offer a unique lifestyle and investment opportunity, but just like any home purchase, a thorough inspection is critical before you buy. Understanding the nuances of a condo inspection can save you from unforeseen expenses and headaches. I will help you learn the following vital information: […] The post Home Inspection For a Condo Tips and Advice appeared first on Maximum Real Estate Exposure.

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5 Data Proven Ways Agents Can Do 18% More Business

Curious as to how you could do 18% more business? How about 14 more transaction sides per year? Check out this infographic with data from a RealTrends study to learn more.

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7 reasons great real estate agents will always be needed

Inman

Now is the time to expand your skill set, broaden your knowledge and provide value at a higher level than you’ve ever provided, Jimmy Burgess writes, so that you won't just survive, you'll thrive.

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Special Assessment Taxes vs. Property Taxes: How Do They Differ

RIS Media

Special assessment and property taxes are crucial to a city or town’s revenue system. They fund local services and infrastructure improvements. My comparative analysis will clarify their differences and guide property owners on their impact. In this article, you will learn the following: What special assessment taxes and property taxes ar How these taxes differ… The post Special Assessment Taxes vs.

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Historic Bushwick Mansion Slated to Become Six-Story Apartment Building

Brownstoner

The historic, albeit heavily altered, mansion that has stood on the corner of Bushwick Avenue and Linden Street since the late 1800s will likely be converted into a six-story, 20-unit apartment building, Department of Buildings records show. A new owner has applied to convert the two-story wood-frame structure at 1027… Read More > The post Historic Bushwick Mansion Slated to Become Six-Story Apartment Building appeared first on Brownstoner.

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A third of homes for sale are new construction

Real Estate News

With many owners of existing homes hesitant to give up their low mortgage rates, new homes continue to account for an outsize share of the market.

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3 Real Estate Office Hacks to Help Kickstart the Busy Season

Ready to better your Back Office? Dive into the secrets to a powerhouse back office with Brokermint expert, Jessica Souza. In this free download, she shares her 3 transformative hacks designed to clean house, get everyone on the same page, and set yourself up for success. From optimizing agent profiles to ensuring flawless transactions and boosting agent retention, these strategies are your ticket to a seamless operation.