The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uses several nationwide permit processes for granting permits for development in wetlands areas. These streamlined processes enable developers whose projects meet certain general conditions to avoid having to apply under the sometimes lengthy and expensive individual permit process. Under proposed changes, the corps would replace its most commonly used nationwide permit with six new permits.
Expect an acceleration in the already brisk pace of real estate company mergers and acquisitions now that General Motors Acceptance Corp. is becoming a major participant. Also: MidAmerican and NRT to expand; a new phrase has worked its way into the real estate industry lexicon; RE/MAX targets Houston; and Cendant posts gains.
Those who've made a commitment to strengthening their community—and over the years I've met many real estate professionals in those ranks—should get a hold of The Community of the Future, the third book in The Drucker Foundation Future Series.
In three years as the owner of some of real estate's biggest brands, Cendant has subtly altered the real estate landscape. But more fundamental changes may be afoot as the company drives toward a new business model for making money in residential real estate.
If you've spent most of the year focused on racking up sales but your tax records are a tornado in a shoebox, you still have time to set things straight and reduce your tax pinch. Here are some tips we’ve culled from a variety of experts.
Size matters--especially in politics. And come November, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee is expected to be the nation’s largest PAC, based on the important measurement of dollars contributed directly to candidates.
This year's favored simplification plan is a national sales tax that would tax people on what they spend instead of on what they earn. Although the sales tax seems to be a simple way to fix a complex federal tax system, there are provisions that could hurt homebuyers, homesellers, and real estate practitioners.
When is a house more than a house? When a community pitches in to build it for someone in need. That’s what’s happening in more than 150 communities participating in “The Houses That Congress Built” effort this year.
David Stark, president of the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association, spearheaded “On Common Ground,” the first nonprofit foundation of its kind to foster honest, well-informed debate on state and local land-use policy decisions.
Consumers are about to get a clearer picture of the substantial contributions you make to the real estate transaction. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ much anticipated public awareness campaign is set for a nationwide rollout July 1.