Consumer Tips

Savings on Errors and Omissions Coverage

NAR PULSE—Victor O. Schinnerer & Company and the National Association of REALTORS® have partnered under the REALTOR Benefits® Program to provide a first-class errors and omissions (E&O) insurance program to both REALTORS® and REALTOR®-firms. Several premium credits are available, as allowed by state law, including a credit for being an NAR member, holding select NAR […]

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Housing Starts Spike to 11-Year High, Permits Stumble

Following a dip last month, housing starts rebounded in May, up 5 percent to 1.35 million from the revised April estimate of 1.286 million, according to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Meanwhile, single-family housing starts jumped up 3.9 percent since April to 936,000, the […]

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HomeServices of America® Acquires BHHS Ambassador Real Estate

Acquisition strengthens HomeServices’ presence in the Omaha market HomeServices of America, Inc., has announced that it has acquired Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate as well as an ownership interest in Ambassador Title Services. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Ambassador Real Estate serves the Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, […]

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NAR Applauds Rule Making Realtors® Eligible to Participate in Association Health Plans

The U.S Department of Labor has finalized its rule to expand the definition of “employer” to include “working owners,” allowing real estate professionals and other self-employed individuals to participate in association health plans. The ruling also makes AHPs available to independent contractors who are offered coverage through a spouse, the current source of coverage for roughly […]

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Building and Maintaining a Positive and Professional Culture

In the following interview, Karen Ryan, broker/owner of Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties in Hilton Head Island, S.C., discusses building and maintaining a positive and professional culture in her company. Karen Ryan Broker/Owner Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties, a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Hilton Head Island, S.C. www.weichertcp.com Region served: […]

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Elevated Lumber Prices Lead to Builder-Confidence Slip

Builder confidence dropped down two points to 68 in June, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Experts say elevated lumber prices are to blame; however, the overall sentiment is still strong, as any above-50 readings point to a positive outlook. “Builders are optimistic about housing market […]

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

(Family Features)—Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project. To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider […]

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Family Teams: The New Succession Planning Model?

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses family teaming and succession planning. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Panelists OB Jacobi, Co-President, Windemere Real Estate, Seattle, Wash. Jason Waugh, President/CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Properties, Portland, Ore. Debbie […]

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New Study: 2018 Real Estate IRA Trends Revealed

From single-family houses to apartment buildings and commercial properties, Entrust clients have a long history of investing in real estate to bolster and diversify their retirement savings portfolios. Our new 2018 Real Estate Investor Market Research Report offers analysis and insights into where and what kinds of transactions Entrust clients are making, and how the […]

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Study Shows Slight Gap Between Owner Perception and Appraiser Opinion of Home

Homeowners and appraisers are coming closer to being on the same page, and in an increasing number of metro areas, appraisals are even higher than what owners expected. In May, appraised values were 0.34 percent lower than expected, according to Quicken Loans’ National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). This is a vast improvement from the […]

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