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Catch Me If You Can's Abagnale Educates Realtors® on Fraud, Forgery at NAR Conference
Friday, at the 2019 Realtors® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, California, the National Association of Realtors® welcomed Catch Me If You Can author Frank Abagnale for a session highlighting cyber threats facing Realtors® and their clients. Abagnale, who has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 43 years since being released from federal prison, was the inspiration of the 2002 movie named after his autobiography, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio. The forum, titled “Combating Cyber Fraud with Frank Abagnale,” was hosted by Regulatory Issues Forum Chair Kurt Thompson and Vice Chair Dean Dawson at the Moscone Convention Center.
NAR Explores Tech Trends Expected to Disrupt, Transform the Market in 2020
Realtors® have a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on emerging technologies set to revolutionize the real estate industry over coming months. “NAR Talks Tech Trends to Watch in 2020” was led by National Association Realtors®’ Directors of Emerging Technology Dan Weisman and David Conroy. The duo analyzed technological developments that have the potential to dramatically alter business operations for NAR’s 1.4 million members.
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Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 0.1 percent from one week earlier,according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 1, 2019.
RamQuest Gives Back to Austin Habitat for Humanity
In its ongoing initiative to support local charities and nonprofit organizations, RamQuest, a leading title and settlement solutions provider for the land title industry, raised $1,540 for Austin Habitat for Humanity as part of the company’s ALTA ONE participation in October.
Introducing White Glove, An Exclusive Suite of Real Estate Services
TTR Sotheby's International Realty introduces White Glove, an exclusive suite of real estate services designed to make the process of buying and selling your home a delight.
Lower Mortgage Rates Push Housing Affordability to Highest Level in Three Years
With mortgage rates at a three-year low and a healthy job market, housing affordability rose to its highest level in three years in the third quarter of 2019, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index released today.
Families Using Creativity When Buying, Selling Homes: 2019 Buyer and Seller Survey
With housing costs rising and no signs of a deceleration, first-time buyers are turning to family for help when embarking on homeownership. In spite of this, the percentage of first-time buyers remain at historic lows.
Metro Home Prices Rise in 93% of Metro Areas in Third Quarter of 2019
An overwhelming majority of metro areas experienced price gains with very limited inventory growth in the third quarter of 2019, according to the latest quarterly reportby the National Association of Realtors®.
55+ Housing Market Ticks Back Up to Record High
Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market rose one point in the third quarter of 2019, returning to its record-high reading of 72, according to the National Association of Home Builders' 55+ Housing Market Index released today.
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Climate change could end mortgages as we know them
Climate change could punch a hole through the financial system by making 30-year home mortgages - the lifeblood of the American housing market - effectively unobtainable in entire regions across parts of the U.S.

The slippery slope of more public records loopholes in Florida
Here we go again. The 2020 session of the Legislature hasn't even begun and lawmakers are almost tripping over each other as they try to create new and questionable loopholes in Florida's public records laws.

The Cannabis Conundrum: Handling Real Estate Settlements Of Cannabis-Related Properties
After doing extensive research on when it's legally acceptable to advise people on how to accommodate cannabis transactions, my answer when asked if a client can do a cannabis-related transaction is still generally no.

Federal authorities expand investigation into all-cash real estate deals
The federal government's nearly four-year investigation into whether foreign buyers are using shell companies to buy U.S. real estate in order to launder money will continue for at least another six months.

'Not Very Sexy' Title Dispute Ends With $4.5M Check
"I'm more happy about the results for the client," said Bryan Knight of Knight Palmer, who along with Sherri Buda represented RM Kids. "They actually stood up to the insurance company where many people would have bowed out years ago."

FBI: Cybercrimes on the rise because of sophisticated scams
Cole, from the Portland suburb of Oregon City, was lucky. His title firm, WFG National Title Insurance Company, hired him - for the same amount of money he lost - to be a spokesman to warn others about cyber scams.

Albany (NY) bill could save homebuyers thousands by creating state-run title insurance plan
Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) is introducing legislation to establish a state-run title insurance agency that he believes will cut homebuyers' closing costs and rein in an unregulated industry.


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How Do You Know if a Potential Client is Trustworthy?
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2019/08/26
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