Consumer Tips


    Commentary: The Ridiculousness of the NAR Antitrust Lawsuit

    Listen, I’m no attorney, but what I can tell you is that this antitrust lawsuit recently brought against the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) makes zero sense when you break it down to common sense. The filing of the lawsuit basically says that NAR violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to require home sellers to […]

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    If You’re a Homebuyer, Pay Attention to Which Grocery Stores Are Nearby

    (TNS)—The old real estate adage of “location, location, location” could be changed to “Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s,” if recent analysis is any indication. A report by ATTOM Data looked at how home values were affected by proximity to different grocery stores, and the results are eye-opening. It turns out that if Trader Joe’s […]

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    Buyers Jump on Low Rates, Putting Strain on Supply

    Boosted by historically low mortgage rates, buyer demand is picking up, and inventory is tightening, according to data from realtor.com® released this week. Compared to July of last year, there were 7 percent fewer listings new to realtor.com this year, and entry-level inventory—homes priced under $200,000—slid 9.9 percent. In July, inventory in the $750,000-plus tier […]

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    Marsha Rand: Mastering the Art of the Family Business

    Vitals: Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Years in Business: 35 Size: 27 offices, 1,069 agents Regions Served: Northern New Jersey, Westchester, the Bronx, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange Counties 2018 Sales Volume: $2,295,000 2018 Transactions: 6,415 www.randrealty.com Since 1984, Marsha Rand—founder and president of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty—has transformed the business from […]

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    In Condominium Rule, FHA Extends Financing to Tens of Thousands of Units

    In assistance to condominium homebuyers, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) finalized new regulation this week, expanding FHA financing to individual units, among other provisions. According to FHA, 20,000 – 60,000 condominiums could become eligible for FHA financing as a result of the rule, which “is part of a broader Administration objective to reduce regulatory barriers […]

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    Online Sources of Capital for Women Entrepreneurs

    Capital is pivotal for the success of any entrepreneur to launch a sustainable and lucrative business. Traditional routes of access to capital are changing as technological development creates new avenues and the distance between entrepreneur and investor decreases due to an increase in fast and efficient communication. Women entrepreneurs have notoriously faced hardships in gaining […]

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    What to Know About Working With Affluent International Buyers

    As a successful real estate professional, international buyers could become an integral part of your business; however, it can be a bit intimidating to figure out how to capture this market. Just as in any real estate market niche, networking and connections are imperative to forming lasting relationships with affluent international prospects. What are some […]

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    New MVP Offer for Members!

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    Homebuyers With Kids Prioritize Schools and Size: NAR

    For families with kids, it all comes down to schools and size, according to findings from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), released this week. In the latest Moving With Kids report: 53 percent of buyers with children considered the neighborhood’s quality of schools in their search; 50 percent of buyers with children chose their […]

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    These Are the Biggest Mistakes People Make With Social Security

    (TNS)—Navigating Social Security can be cumbersome, to say the least. Even basic questions such as when you should retire can come to take on an immense and sometimes desperate tone as you try to make a decision that doesn’t screw up your retirement beyond repair. Bankrate spoke with some experts to get their take on […]

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