14 Foolproof Ways to Lower Your Living Expenses
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New Disclosure Rules Impact Condominiums
Residential real estate has changed as of this month. There are new contract forms for Maryland and the District, and the new mortgage disclosure rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are now in effect. And there even is new terminology. A lender is now a creditor and the borrower/buyer is a consumer. The initial Truth in Lending statement and Good Faith Estimate we have used for a number of years has been replaced with the Loan Estimate. And the old-faithful HUD-1 (the settlement statement) has been discarded in favor of a "Closing Disclosure".
Real estate guru who defrauded investors to bankroll slasher flick and fleet of Ferraris found guiltyFollowing three days of deliberation, Koerber, who at one time held $7,000 real estate seminars, was found guilty on 15 counts of fraud....Read More
Amazon unveils new Echo devices, Alexa microwaveYour might soon be hearing a lot more from Alexa around your house. On Thursday, Amazon unveiled a range of new and redesigned smart home gadgets with its popular virtual voice assistant....Read More
Real estate photographer sues Zillow for copyright infringementA California photographer of high-end properties says his contract with agents is 'not transferrable and prohibits third party use without permission.' Zillow says his claims are without merit....Read More
Preview: Exclusive video interview with NYC brokerage leadersBess Freedman, co-president of Brown Harris Stevens; Clelia Peters, president of Warburg Realty and co-founder of MetaProp; and Steven James, CEO of Douglas Elliman New York will be interviewed by RealScout CEO Andrew Flachner about their new joint-effort, the Buyer Graph. ...Read More
The Real Word: What does the ‘PayPal Mafia’ mean for agents?Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they’ll discuss the 'PayPal Mafia,' a supergroup of investors who are setting the tech tone in real estate, and what it means for agents. ...Read More
Howard Hanna acquires Allen Tate Companies to form mid-Atlantic real estate giantHoward Hanna Real Estate Services is acquiring Allen Tate Companies to create a powerhouse real estate force in the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern United States....Read More
MailChimp launches direct mail beta, admits print’s not deadMailchimp is in beta with a direct mailing feature. Using the company's similar email template builder user interface, Mailchimp users can upload logos, custom imagery and messaging and easily control their budgets. ...Read More
Mortgage rates rise for 4th consecutive weekThe 30-year-fixed mortgage rate averaged 4.65 percent this week, the highest since May, according to Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey....Read More
Hamptons agent serenades buyers with original country song about $2M propertyHamptons agent Telly Karoussos decided to liven up his property listing with a short video of himself singing the home's praises....Read More
Existing home sales remain steady, ending 4-month slumpSales of existing homes remained steady from July to August, ending four months of decline, according to data from the National Association of Realtors....Read More