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HUD Considers Changes to Mission Statement, ‘Free From Discrimination’ Possibly Removed

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is considering modifying its mission statement, eliminating “free from discrimination,” reported several sources Wednesday. The agency’s current mission statement, in part: HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and...

Reputation and Relationships Win the Day

A veteran REALTOR® of more than 35 years and an active industry advocate, Charlie Oppler has a unique vantage point: he lives and breathes the business from both the grass-roots and big-picture level. As COO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International...

5 Great Cities for Millennial Homebuyers

(TNS)—For millennials who are ready to become homeowners, finding an affordable house in a great community can be challenging. With housing inventory historically low, real estate in major metro areas is at a premium. It’s no surprise, then, that young...

Changes Coming to USDA Rural Housing Loan Eligibility

Access to affordable, safe mortgage financing is a struggle for many rural Americans. Large banks and mortgage lenders often do not operate in rural areas. The condition of many homes, while typical for rural areas, do not meet the property...

February Jobs Impress

Fed Has Green Light February brought the economy an impressive 313,000 jobs and 4.1 percent unemployment, with average hourly wages up four cents to $26.75. Construction jobs, notably, rose by 61,000. “[These] employment numbers strengthen the view that the U.S....

Prices Starting to Top Out

Home prices are starting to top out, with appreciation decelerating as the market moves toward a peak, according to the Buy vs. Rent Index published by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU). “Housing markets are slowing, suggesting...

Changes to Fannie, Freddie Could Do Harm: Report

Changes to the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are on the table—and although they intend to mitigate risk to taxpayers, they could harm homeowners in the process, according to an analysis by Zillow. Borrowers, in fact, could...

Cryptocurrency: First U.S. Real Estate Deed Recorded Using Ethereum

Cryptocurrency is making headlines again—this time, in real estate. A pilot program in South Burlington, Vt.—initiated by global blockchain real estate marketplace Propy Inc.—marks the first U.S. deed recorded using only blockchain technology, according to multiple sources. In this case,...

REALTORS® Can Extend Their Liberty Mutual Benefits to Their Clients

NAR PULSE—A bonus for your members and savings for their clients—it’s a win-win! The Liberty Mutual Auto Insurance Referral Program™ allows REALTORS® to extend to their clients the same auto insurance savings and benefits that they have through NAR’s REALTOR...

Results Are In: The What and Who of Working With Lenders

RISMedia, in conjunction with Quicken Loans, recently completed our survey, “The What and Who of Working with Lenders,” which gathered insights from our readers about your opinions on and experiences with the finance industry. Mobile technology and access to a...
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