Norman Morris, CEO along with 2018 LR President, Pam Testroet and Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Kim Callaway take a quick minute to discuss why REALTORS® need to ENGAGE and be READY to ACT as the state legislature convenes for a Special Session beginning Monday, February 19 to address the state's $1B budget deficit.
Louisiana REALTORS® is providing a webinar with Former IRS attorney, Sandy Botkin as part of a member benefit partnership with TaxBot. The Tax Cuts Act was the biggest overhaul to the tax system in 3 decades. And it has fundamentally changed the tax game for self-employed people. Registration is open and we anticipate the demand for this timely information to be high.
Congress has failed to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) providing funding for most government operations. Therefore, spending authority for most of the government expired at midnight on January 19, 2018. Until legislation providing for funding is signed into law, many offices and programs of the federal government are now shut down.
Nominations are now open for Louisiana REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year & Lawrence R. DeMarcay, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. Nominees can be submitted and recipients will be recognized at a luncheon during the Spring Into Action Conference held in April. Both awards are aimed to showcase an individual who has volunteered their time in service of the real estate industry. Deadline to submit nomindations is March 1, 2018.
Louisiana REALTORS® LR Leadership program is now taking applicants for the 2018 class. This highly regarded leadership program has been in place since 2000 and has graduated over 200 alumni that represent practitioners in all aspects of the real estate industry.
LR has prepared a Legal Line article highlighting key changes to the Property Disclosure form as well as link to an article summarizing the legal case that gave rise to the changes to the form. In addition to these articles, you can access a clean copy of the new form and a “red-lined” version of the form so you can see what changes were made to the form.
There are many “if-then” scenarios in life. These hypothetical, cause-and-effect occurrences help us make plans to achieve certain goals. Some of these goals can be minor. “If” it doesn’t rain Saturday, “then” we’ll play golf. Others can carry significantly more weight; fewer more so than the decision and outcome of selling your home. “If” we sell our house, “then” we’ll move closer to the beach. Or, “if” we can sell our home for x amount of dollars, “then” we can travel more. Whatever that “if” is, as a home seller, your eyes are locked on the “then”; it’s your REALTOR’S® job to make the “if” a “when.” So how do you find a REALTOR that will do exactly that?
Just like a financial planner, your REALTOR®, whether you are buying or selling, has a fiduciary responsibility to you as their client. This responsibility, coupled with NAR’s strict Code of Ethics, means that you can have the peace of mind that your best interests and goals are at the forefront of every decision.
Buying a home can be one of the most exciting, and stressful experiences you can have. This is the largest purchase that you’ll ever make, and there can be pitfalls along the way if you aren’t careful. However, partnering with a REALTOR® cannot only make this a smooth transaction but an enjoyable one as well. Here are three mistakes that are easy for first-time homebuyer mistakes, and how your REALTOR® can help you avoid.
Over the past several years homebuyers have enjoyed record low mortgage rates. As the economy continues to recover and thrive after the recession, the threat of increasing interest rates has grown. While the escalation has been small, it doesn’t take much of a change on either side of the decimal point to mean big dollars over the next 30 years. So what does the mortgage rate landscape have in store for 2018?
When it comes to buying a home one of the most important steps is the home inspection. The items discovered during this process can be the difference in you purchasing or passing on a property. It can also be the difference in saving or spending thousands of dollars. So when the time comes for your prospective home to be inspected how can you be sure that you’re getting best inspection possible? Here are a few questions to ask.
There are some common new year’s resolutions that tend to garner our attention this time of the year. Save money, get in shape, etc. This year there may be a new one to add to your list; buy a home. While this is an important goal to have no matter the time of the year, there are some other factors in 2018 that can make this an ideal time to seriously considering purchasing a new home. Here are a few reasons why this year should be your year.
Every year there are new technological developments that change how we live and work. Today these developments are happening more quickly than ever before, and they are having sweeping changes how real estate is bought and sold. 2018 will be no different. Here are 3 big trends for 2018.
We all have apps on our phones and mobile devices that simply our lives, provide entertainment, and keep us organized. While scrolling through the App Store or Google Play Store it can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. There are a huge number of apps for a huge number of purposes. Here are 5 apps that can streamline your day-to-day professional life as a REALTOR®.
The holidays are hectic. From shopping to decorating to traveling there is always a lot to do. Winding down the year with all of these festivities combined with the thought that spring is the ideal time to list your home, makes putting your home on the market right after New Year’s a tough decision to make; but maybe it shouldn’t be.
68% percent of millennials, ages 18-34, state that the home they currently own is a temporary stop. Compare this to 36% across all other generations, and the opportunity to upgrade these buyers is immense. But how?