• Understand the New Tax Law: Video 4 (Real Estate Professionals)
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    Understand the New Tax Law: Video 4 (Real Estate Professionals)

    My name is Evan Liddiard of the National Association of REALTORS®. Welcome back to our video series on what you need to know about the new tax law. In this segment, we will explore a couple of business tax changes for those who are self-employed. These apply to a high percentage of those who make their living helping people buy and sell real estate. Joining me again is Peter Baker of the Business Planning Group. Peter has decades of experience helping REALTORS® and real estate businesses with their taxes. Great to be back, Evan. Today we have just two provisions to go over, and they contrast with each other. The…

  • Home Sellers Might Be Getting Ripped Off By Realtors
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    Home Sellers Might Be Getting Ripped Off By Realtors

    We’ve done a lot of talking throughout the years here on Ring of Fire, about powerful lobby groups here in the United States. But one that’s kind of flown under the radar is the National Association of Realtors. Now, believe it or not, this is actually an exceptionally powerful lobbying organization in Washington DC. They pull a lot of weight and as such, you may have noticed last time you sold a house or maybe you bought a house that you had a really, really high realtor fee on there. In fact, according to a recent lawsuit, we here in the United States are paying double what realtors actually charged…

  • National Association of Realtors – internationale Mitgliedschaft für deutsche Makler
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    National Association of Realtors – internationale Mitgliedschaft für deutsche Makler

    Stephanie Schäfer: I am especially happy to introduce today Mrs Frerichs. She is President Liaison Germany for the National Association of Realtors. Explain it to us. Inge Frerichs: I am the connecting member for the German Realtor Association (IVD) and the German Realtors to the USA. Furthermore our Association has a connection to 60 countries worldwide. And I am the manager liaison to Germany. By this, a german realtor has worldwide connections to other realtors. Stephanie: The national association of realtors is the largest real estate association in the US. And when I say “big” I mean “big. How many members do you have? Inge: In fact we are the…

  • Voice for Real Estate 88: Flood, Agents, Commercial, iOi
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    Voice for Real Estate 88: Flood, Agents, Commercial, iOi

    In a big win for Realtors, Congress extends flood insurance. Are homes getting too expensive for many buyers? The number of real estate agents is increasing and that’s affecting your bottom line. These stories and more on The Voice for Real Estate. Hi, I’m Stephen Gasque with the National Association of Realtors. Federal flood insurance will be available until the end of November. that’s great news and it’s thanks to a strong showing by real estate professionals who sent 125,000 letters to their members of Congress urging extension of the National Flood Insurance Program it’s a four month extension which now has been signed into law 15% of any are…

  • The Voice for Real Estate 87: GSEs, AHPs, Flood, Internet Taxes
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    The Voice for Real Estate 87: GSEs, AHPs, Flood, Internet Taxes

    For the first time, real estate professionals are eligible for association health plans Flood insurance faces an expiration deadline And Washington turns its attention to the future of mortgage finance These stories and more on The Voice for Real Estate Hi, I’m Stephen Gasque of the National Association of Realtors Big news out of Washington last week. The U.S. Department of Labor released a final rule that – for the first time – makes independent contractors, like real estate professionals, eligible to join an association health plan. Since the rule was proposed last year, NAR worked with the department to make it work for real estate professionals. Here’s NAR’s Christie…