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5 Down Payment Misconceptions to Share With Clients

Atlanta-based Down Payment Resource, the nation’s only databank for homebuyer programs, released its Homeownership Program Index late last year. The index revealed the wide range of homeownership opportunities available for homebuyers across the country. However, home surveys, including one by NeighborWorks America, show that consumers have the desire to buy, …

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Calculate the best driving routes with INRIX DriveTime

If you live or work in the Austin area, you are probably not surprised by the fact that Austin is home to the most congested roadway in Texas (Interstate 35), taking the top spot for worst traffic in a new report from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoT). What should …

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Get the Property Info You Need with Data Co-op

Everything You Need on One Screen A free tool for ABoR MLS subscribers, Data Co-op delivers fast, easy access to the most comprehensive property data available. But it’s more that just property data, Data Co-op also offers you: Access to property listings in other markets Whether you have a client who’s …

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How to Handle Ethical Dilemmas Without Losing Your Cool

ethical dilemma

This article was previously published in the March 2015 issue of REALTOR® Mag. Working in real estate comes with its fair share of irritations. Agents who don’t return calls in a timely manner or clients who make inappropriate demands can be frustrating, to say the least. But discerning when difficult …

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Foreign Seller? FIRPTA Witholding Tax Goes To 15% For High End Homes

international home selling

FIRPTA, the Foreign Investment in Real Estate Property Tax Act was created by Congress in 1980 to avoid foreign home sellers from making a profit on their U.S. home without paying U.S. taxes. According to FIRPTA, 10% of the sale price would be held for taxes. Usually, the settlement agent …

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