Real Estate and Appraisal Industry News

June 21, 2013

Are you considering becoming a Commercial Real Estate Broker?

Now is a great time to consider a career in commercial real estate. Bring valuable real estate knowledge to a wide range of business applications.


May 28, 2013

FHA to begin collecting new maximum MIP for loans on or after June 3rd, 2013

Rule changes include higher MIP and a requirement that mortgage insurance to be paid for the life of some FHA home loans.


May 21, 2013

Appraisal Foundation releases pamphlet: A Lender's Guide to USPAP

A Lender's Guide to USPAP provides an overview of the appraisal process for people in the loan underwriting business.


May 16, 2013

When must Real Estate Agency Relationships be disclosed to a consumer?

Brokerage services and agency relationships must be disclosed at the earliest practicable opportunity with a consumer.


May 9, 2013

Need a Mortgage? Be Prepared!

Mortgage underwriting guidelines have become much stricter - learn how to improve your odds of securing a home loan.


April 24, 2013

Sustained Use of Loans Raises Consumer Protection Concerns

The CFPB has issued a new report on the use of payday and deposit advance loans and how those who use these products risk serious debt.


April 21, 2013

Upcoming Changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualifications

Certified Residential Appraisers will be required to hold a bachelor's degree and there will be new supervisory appraiser education.


March 26, 2013

IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013

The top dozen IRS scams for 2013 include identity theft, phishing, preparer fraud, offshore income and scams involving social security.


March 22, 2013

Identity Crisis: How to Protect Yourself against Identity Theft - Part 2

Part 2 of a series, describes how best to protect yourself from identity theft.


March 15, 2013

Identity Crisis: How to Protect Yourself against Identity Theft - Part 1

Part 1 of a two part series describes the common scams and approaches used by identity theft criminals.