Consumer Tips

    Legislators Look to Improve Health Care Benefits for Real Estate Professionals

    The Association Health Plans Act introduced at the House of Representatives on July 20 could be good news for real estate professionals looking to lower their health care costs. U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-MI, introduced the House bill, and  Senator John Kennedy, R-La, introduced similar legislation within the Senate in March 2021. The breakdown: – […]

    The post Legislators Look to Improve Health Care Benefits for Real Estate Professionals appeared first on RISMedia.

    Are COVID Concerns Slowing Down Mortgage Rates?

    Freddie Mac posted the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 2.78% in July. By the numbers: – 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgage: Averaged 2.78% with an average 0.7 point for the week ending July 22, 2021, down from last week when it averaged 2.88%. A year ago at this […]

    The post Are COVID Concerns Slowing Down Mortgage Rates? appeared first on RISMedia.

    RE/MAX Finalizes RE/MAX INTEGRA North America Purchase

    RE/MAX, LLC has completed its previously announced purchase of the North American regions of RE/MAX INTEGRA. With the sale now closed, more than 19,000 agents (approximately 12,000 in Canada and 7,000 in the U.S.) and more than 1,100 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices are now in the growing group of RE/MAX, LLC Company-Owned Regions […]

    The post RE/MAX Finalizes RE/MAX INTEGRA North America Purchase appeared first on RISMedia.

    Realty ONE Group Expands to Central America

    Realty ONE Group has sold the franchise rights to an owner in Costa Rica who will bring the company’s business model and proprietary systems to Central America. Sergio E. Gonzalez, an entrepreneur with more than two decades in real estate and a 30-year resident of the country, is opening doors to new offices in Costa […]

    The post Realty ONE Group Expands to Central America appeared first on RISMedia.

    Existing-Home Sales Snap Back in June

    Following four consecutive months of declines, existing-home sales bounced back in June, increasing 1.4% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million, according to the latest data from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Single-family home sales decreased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.14 million in June, up 1.4% from […]

    The post Existing-Home Sales Snap Back in June appeared first on RISMedia.

    The Longer the Commute, the Cheaper the Home?

    The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted moving trends in the U.S., with remote opportunities providing buyers more flexibility when it comes to deciding on a locale, allowing them to save by purchasing farther away from dense urban centers. Have trends continued on this path since? According to a new Zillow report, largely yes, but there have […]

    The post The Longer the Commute, the Cheaper the Home? appeared first on RISMedia.

    HUD Invests Millions to Fight Housing Discrimination

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) just received a major financial boon—$19M to be exact. The new funding will help program agencies address housing discrimination related to the pandemic. Program details: – The funds come from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). – Private […]

    The post HUD Invests Millions to Fight Housing Discrimination appeared first on RISMedia.

    MBA Pilot Program Tackling Minority Homeownership Gap

    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) recently launched a major pilot program to promote minority homeownership opportunities in Columbus, Ohio. The details: – CONVERGENCE: Columbus is led by MBA, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. – It will be a multi-year commitment involving stakeholders […]

    The post MBA Pilot Program Tackling Minority Homeownership Gap appeared first on RISMedia.

    Renting vs Owning: The Best Choice for a Home Might Surprise You

    (TNS)—The choice of whether to rent a home or buy one is becoming tougher in today’s hot real estate market, and renting might be a better choice than you think. The conventional wisdom is that the tax benefits of buying a house make it preferable if you can afford the down payment. When rents are […]

    The post Renting vs Owning: The Best Choice for a Home Might Surprise You appeared first on RISMedia.

    How to Avoid a Sales Rollercoaster

    Cameron Keegan Broker/Owner RE/MAX Moves Simpsonville, South Carolina www.GreenvilleMoves.com Region served: Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson, South Carolina Years in real estate: 18 Number of offices: 3 Number of agents: 32 Best time management tip: Time-blocking is crucial. It keeps an agent consistent in their business activities to help avoid a sales rollercoaster. Can’t-live-without tech tool: […]

    The post How to Avoid a Sales Rollercoaster appeared first on RISMedia.