The polite way to sell a home around the holidays

Above all, be prepared to work odd hours BY VERONIKA BONDARENKO While most of the world will be eating pie and exchanging gifts during the holidays, many Realtors will be hard at work — as we reported earlier, many zealous buyers hope to get an edge on their competition by placing an offer while everyone else is celebrating. […]

How the 20% Business Income Deduction Applies to You

Changes stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allow agents and brokers who earn income as independent contractors or from pass-through businesses to take a significant deduction on that income. By Robert Freedman One of the biggest wins for REALTORS® in last year’s tax reform bill is the new 20 percent business […]

NAR warns government may crack down on real estate teams

1 in 4 Realtors now part of real estate team, according to results of a new National Association of Realtors survey BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA Real estate teams have generated buzz in recent years and a new survey from the National Association of Realtors shows there’s a reason for that. Just over a quarter of Realtors, […]

Mortgage rates rise for 4th consecutive week

The 30-year fixed rate has not been this high since May, says Freddie Mac BYVERONIKA BONDARENKO Mortgage rates have risen rapidly for the past four weeks, according to the latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac. The rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.65 percent for the week of September 20 — the highest since May. Last […]