Lauren Bunting is a licensed REALTOR®/Associate Broker with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.

(June 7, 2019) Representatives from the National Association of Realtors traveled to the Department of Housing and Urban Development at the end of May to hear from administration officials regarding a host of regulatory issues impacting the housing industry.

(May 24, 2019) The National Association of Realtors Aspiring Home Buyer Profile is an in-depth examination of the consumer preferences of non-homeowners, defined as those that rent and those that live with someone else, such as family or friends, without paying rent.

(May 3, 2019) Owning a vacation home is part of the American dream for many people – the ability to have a place they can escape to for relaxation from work and a place to make memories with family and friends.

(March 15, 2019) Even though the real estate market is strong, and the average number of days on market are down, some homeowners follow a curious tradition of burying St. Joseph in their yard to help encourage a sale.

(March 1, 2019) According to the National Association of Realtors, active duty service members tend to buy at a younger age and purchase larger homes with a higher median price than non-military buyers.

(Feb. 22, 2019) Anyone who sells a property in Maryland, but is a “non-resident” of the state of Maryland, must pay a withholding tax.

(Feb. 15, 2019) The Maryland General Assembly began its legislative session on Jan. 9, and the Maryland Realtors (the state’s Realtor association) have a top priority of educating elected officials about the real estate industry.

(Jan. 25, 2019) The saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” and pictures are incredibly important in selling a home in today’s market, where practically all house shoppers start their search online.

(Jan. 18, 2019) The National Association of Realtors reported recently on the various segments of the real estate industry that are affected by the partial federal government shutdown that started at midnight on Dec. 21.

(Jan. 11, 2019) If a less than perfect credit score has been holding you back from making a home purchase, rest assured, there are many things you can do to turn your credit score around.

(Dec. 28, 2018) The economy is strong, but Maryland home sales in 2018 were suppressed due to higher prices, increasing mortgage rates and shrinking inventory.

(Dec. 14, 2018) The Maryland Association of Realtors provides a frequently asked questions legal hotline posting on its website at www.mdrealtor.org that provides realtors and the public very useful information relating to the real estate industry.

(Dec. 7, 2018) The Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) helps homebuyers in Maryland achieve their dream of homeownership through a range of programs that make purchasing and owning a home more affordable.

(Nov. 30, 2018) The National Association of Realtors recently reported that rising interest rates are prompting more home buyers to turn to adjustable-rate mortgages.

(Nov. 16, 2018) The National Association of Realtors and its affiliated institutes, societies and councils provide a wide range of programs and services that help real estate agents increase their skills, proficiency and knowledge.

(Nov. 9, 2018) Since 1921, U.S. tax law has recognized that the exchange of one investment or business-use property for another of like-kind results in no change in the economic position of the taxpayer, and therefore, should not result in the immediate imposition of income tax.

(Oct. 26, 2018) The National Association of Realtors released information from a recent CoreLogic 2018 Annual Mortgage Fraud Report that shows mortgage fraud climbed 12.4 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2018.

(Sept. 7, 2018) In a news release last week, the National Association of Realtors reported Facebook has decided to remove thousands of targeting options from its advertising platform after the Department of Housing and Urban Development accused the social media giant of discriminatory practi…

(Aug. 10, 2018) There are many positives that surround an improving real estate market, but there is a downside – housing costs in many areas begin to exceed the financial reach of some low-to-moderate wage earners.

(Aug. 3, 2018) The National Association of Realtors most recent Profile of Home Staging report shows that 99 percent of Realtors believe curb appeal is important when attracting a buyer, and 77 percent of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property…

(July 6, 2018) Most commonly used in the state of Maryland to protect a buyer, and ensure that title to a property is clear and marketable in a real estate transaction, is the purchase of a title insurance policy.