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NAR to Brokerages and MLSs: Settlement Opt-In Deadline Is Tomorrow

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is reminding brokerages with a residential transaction volume of more than $2 billion in 2022 and MLSs, to opt in to its Settlement Agreement that would resolve claims brought on behalf of homesellers related to broker commissions by Tuesday, June 18 (instructions below). The Settlement Agreement is subject to…

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REsides Unveils Innovative Learning Platform with REsides University

REsides has announced the launch of REsides University—a platform designed to transform how real estate professionals learn, grow and excel in their careers. This educational hub consolidates all training classes into one location, offering a comprehensive and dynamic approach to real estate education. In an industry where continuous learning is essential, REsides University is a…

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Boost Your Value and Demonstrate Buyer Agency Advocacy

Anthony Djon Founder and CEO   Anthony Djon Luxury Real Estate Troy, Michigan https://www.anthonydjon.com  Region served: Birmingham and adjacent Michigan metro area Years in real estate: 24 Number of offices: 1 Number of agents: 30 Please describe how Realtor.com®’s support for buyer’s agents has impacted your ability to demonstrate value to your clients. Realtor.com has been…

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Northeast Cities See Downtown Prices Hold Higher Than Other Regions

Downtowns from coast to coast are still recovering from unprecedented change as a result of the COVID pandemic, and home prices have varied since then as a result.  Now, data provided by PropertyShark indicates that the downtowns of the Northeast’s most populous cities remain notably more expensive than areas outside the center, compared to other…

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REALTORS® and the Public Are Split Over the NAR Settlement

This summer, the real estate industry is set to experience a great shift when it comes to commissions and the job of a buyer’s agent, thanks to the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) settlement and others in the commission lawsuits across the industry. These changes have been the subject of conversation not just in the…

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Global Spotlight: Tropical Destinations Lure International Buyers

Above, Bermuda’s Westcoast Topsail is listed for $2,950,000 From the appeal of year-round coastal living to the desire to lead a laid-back yet upscale lifestyle, destinations in tropical locales are becoming increasingly popular for homebuyers across the globe. This month, we take a look at three brokerage firms in sun-drenched locations to find out the…

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Weichert’s New Jersey Charity Outing to Tee Off in August

Weichert, REALTORS® will host its 24th Annual Charity Outing on Thursday, Aug. 15, at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ to raise funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS) and breast cancer research. The event will be coordinated by Chairperson Joe McDonald, president of Residential Sales and Real Estate Services for Weichert. Weichert stated…

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Ask the Newsmakers: Essential Technology Beyond AI

Above, Darryl Davis, Andrew Flachner and Liz Hogan Keeping pace with technology can give any professional an edge, real estate agents included. Right now, the new shiny tech on everyone’s mind is machine learning/generative text—colloquially, artificial intelligence (AI). But with all the focus on AI, are other essential tools for real estate professionals falling through…

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Turning Renters into Homeowners

In today’s evolving housing market, the dream of homeownership may seem distant for many first-time homebuyers or renters. Rising interest rates, high home prices and committing to purchasing a home can be daunting. However, as a mortgage professional, I’ve guided numerous clients through the process, helping them realize that homeownership is not only attainable but…

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Mortgage Mix: Bureau Takes Aim at ‘Junk Fees,’ Rates Dip Down Further

This week we reported on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) inquiry into mortgage “junk fees” that are typically added onto closing costs. Launching a formal inquiry into the issue, CFPB filed a Request for Information notice that was published June 6 in the Federal Register. According to the report, from 2021 to 2023, median…

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