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Senate Backs Tax Reform, Bill on Trump’s Desk

Senate Backs Tax Reform, Bill on Trump’s Desk

With less than a week until their Christmas deadline, House Republicans passed the converged Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill—set to be the first tax overhaul in over 30 years—in a 227-203 vote on Dec. 19. However, the Senate Parliamentarian required a re-vote, citing three provisions in violation of the Senate Byrd rule. The SenateRead more about Senate Backs Tax Reform, Bill on Trump’s Desk[…]

Using Tech, ‘Coolture’ and Education to Achieve Success

Using Tech, ‘Coolture’ and Education to Achieve Success

In the following interview, Mike Cole, owner of Realty ONE Group Dockside in Myrtle Beach, S.C., discusses the advantages of the brand, negotiating, social media, technology and more. Region Served: Myrtle Beach, Horry and Georgetown CountiesYears in Real Estate: 23Number of Offices: 3Number of Agents: 230Best Advice for New Agents: Answer your phone and replyRead more about Using Tech, ‘Coolture’ and Education to Achieve Success[…]

Changing Demand for Rentals Strains Supply

Changing Demand for Rentals Strains Supply

Demand for rentals is still strong—but what does it look like today, a decade after the recession? According to America’s Rental Housing Report, recently released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, demand is evolving. In the aftermath of the crash, demand exploded, and a large portion of rentals were single-family homes.Read more about Changing Demand for Rentals Strains Supply[…]

FCA Is Spreading Holiday Cheer With Savings

FCA Is Spreading Holiday Cheer With Savings

NAR PULSE—The holidays are a little brighter: through the end of the year, stack up the savings when you combine Big Finish incentives with the $500 cash allowance on the purchase or lease of select vehicles. Remember, family members in the same household benefit, too. Learn more about this offer available through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits®Read more about FCA Is Spreading Holiday Cheer With Savings[…]

Housing Starts Rise in Surprise November

Housing Starts Rise in Surprise November

Home-building activity rose in a surprise November, with housing starts up 3.3 percent to a rate of 1,297,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts increased 5.3 percent to 930,000. Starts for units in buildings with five units or moreRead more about Housing Starts Rise in Surprise November[…]

Tax Reform Vote: Any Last Holdouts?

Tax Reform Vote: Any Last Holdouts?

The Republican party’s self-imposed Christmas deadline for the widely debated tax bill is fast approaching. Last week, Republican lawmakers announced they had the votes necessary to pass the converged Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill. As the process moves forward, details are changing quickly, and, now, a couple of steadfast voters may not cast theirRead more about Tax Reform Vote: Any Last Holdouts?[…]

NAR: Even With Economic Gains, Homebuyers and Sellers Unsure

NAR: Even With Economic Gains, Homebuyers and Sellers Unsure

Even with economic gains and employment growth, homebuyers and sellers are less optimistic about their prospects, according to recently released findings from a survey by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). NAR’s quarterly Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) report reveals 60 percent of renters believe now is a good time to buy a home,Read more about NAR: Even With Economic Gains, Homebuyers and Sellers Unsure[…]

Using Training and Communication to Stay Relevant

Using Training and Communication to Stay Relevant

In the following interview, Lynsey Engels, president of Mel Foster Co., a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), in Davenport, Iowa, discusses client relationships, the local market, training and more. Region Served: Eastern Iowa and Western IllinoisYears in Real Estate: 16Number of Offices: 9 residential, 1 commercial, 1 insuranceNumber of Agents:Read more about Using Training and Communication to Stay Relevant[…]

Net Neutrality Rollback Threat to Real Estate Industry

Net Neutrality Rollback Threat to Real Estate Industry

The net neutrality controversy came to a head last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the Obama-era open internet regulations following a meeting on Dec. 14. These protections required broadband internet providers to offer equal web access without added fees for preferential treatment or higher speeds. The net neutrality rollback won in aRead more about Net Neutrality Rollback Threat to Real Estate Industry[…]

Marijuana’s Impact on Real Estate

Marijuana’s Impact on Real Estate

While the cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana remain illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), nearly all states* allow for the limited medical use of marijuana and eight states (plus the District of Columbia) allow for some recreational use. More than 17 states allow individuals to grow their own marijuana plants for personalRead more about Marijuana’s Impact on Real Estate[…]