Lauren Bunting is a licensed REALTOR®/Associate Broker with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.
(Aug. 23, 2019) The National Association of Realtors sent out a press release last week commending the Department of Housing and Urban Development for finalizing new Federal Housing Administration condominium loan policies.
(Aug. 16, 2019) Potential renters should beware of possible scams when searching for rental properties online, and specifically, in many cases when searching on craigslist.com.
(Aug. 9, 2019) The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday that it’s lowering the loan-to-value requirements for cash-out refinances from 85 to 80 percent.
(Aug. 2, 2019) Purchasing a new home is normally the biggest investment you’ll ever make and once you’ve bought a home, it’s a decision you can’t easily reverse.
(July 5, 2019) Can you imagine if you weren’t able to find real estate sales prices in public record—no public data for sites like Zillow and Realtor.com?
(June 28, 2019) Since 2015, the state of Maryland has made it mandatory for all properties built prior to 1978 to have a new lead inspection certificate at each change of occupancy.
(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 10, 2019) Anyone who sells a property in Maryland, but is a “non-resident” of the state, must pay a withholding tax at the time of the sale of their property.
(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.
(April 19, 2019) The Opportunity Zone program is a nationwide initiative administered by the U.S. Treasury created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
(March 22, 2019) The Maryland Mortgage Program has announced they will now allow repeat buyers, versus only first-time buyers as in the past, to use the “Flex” loan programs to buy a home in Maryland.
(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 8, 2019) While it’s not common, seller financing is one way for buyers to purchase property when they are not able to get approved by traditional lenders/banks.
(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. 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.
(Feb. 8, 2019) The National Association of Realtors recently published tips to help keep homes safe from freezing temperatures and avoid costly repairs.
(Feb. 1, 2019) Consumers are confused when it comes to dual agency arrangements in real estate, according to a new report from the Consumer Federation of America.
(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. 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.
(Oct. 5, 2018) Maryland Realtors recently released a report on 2018 Maryland legislation that took effect on Oct. 1 relating to the real estate industry.
(Sept. 21, 2018) The National Association of Realtors holds an Innovation, Opportunity & Investment Summit where technology vendors can market their products to brokers and agents.
(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…