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New Maryland GIS Maps Tutorial Guide

July 23, 2015  |  by Alyssa

Attention Maryland Agents and Appraisers: Have you tried out the new Maryland GIS Assessor Maps? A new tutorial guide is now available to help you optimize your Maryland GIS Maps search experience using the MDP Parcel Viewer, Maryland’s GIS Maps solution. Follow the directions below to access the guide from the MDP Parcel Viewer 1. Click on a Maryland listing... Continue Reading

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We Want To Know Wednesday: What Apps and Tech Tools Are Crucial For Your Job?

July 22, 2015  |  by Ellen

As we roll out even more technology opportunities to help our agents do their jobs, we want to hear what apps, devices, and other tech tools do you rely on to get your job done? The most common ones we hear about are email, GPS navigation systems, and an alarm for reminders. But besides some of the obvious ones, we want... Continue Reading

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Countdown To The New TILA-RESPA Rules: What You Need To Know

July 21, 2015  |  by Ellen

The new Truth In Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (TILA-RESPA) goes into effect on October 3rd, so we’re rounding up the information you need to be aware of before the big day. Former CEO/Executive Vice President of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® (1997-2005) and current MRIS Board of Directors member Terry McDermott talks you through the facts in the... Continue Reading

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Fannie Mae Releases App To Manage The Homebuying Process

July 20, 2015  |  by Ellen

HOME is the new app for homebuyers created by Fannie Mae that pulls together several frequently-used online tools in one place to help homebuyers keep track of their goals. In addition to the usual affordability and mortgage calculators it also comes with an in-app checklist feature, Fannie Mae educational resources, a HUD-approved housing counseling agency locator, plus a dictionary that... Continue Reading

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Updates To Authentisign Makes Access To Signings Even Easier

July 17, 2015  |  by Ellen

Do you use Authentisign? There are some changes to how Authentisign users can access signings which will speed things up considerably. Here’s what’s new: Users no longer need to create a password or login before signing. We’ve made it easier for them to choose between using a system signature font or creating their own signature. They no longer need to... Continue Reading

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New Website Aggregates Homebuying Assistance Programs Around The US

July 16, 2015  |  by Ellen

  There’s a new research tool agents can use to help their clients easily find the programs out there that help make buying a home more affordable. The team at the mortgage information site HSH.com have created a database of all the different options around the country and listed them by state, each of which are easily linked to via the... Continue Reading

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We Want To Know Wednesday: Are We Over The Housing Crisis Hump?

July 15, 2015  |  by Ellen

The MacArthur Foundation commissioned a study on consumer opinions about the housing market and the majority of respondents indicated they don’t think the housing crisis is over. The above chart shows their opinions on housing affordability, but they were also asked questions about all the different facets of homebuying. Interestingly, over half of respondents said they were sacrificing something, such as... Continue Reading

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Ocean City To Debate Limiting Rentals To One-Year Tenancy Agreements

July 14, 2015  |  by Ellen

The hot topic of vacation rentals in Ocean City is once again up for debate amongst the residents and business owners in the area. Some local residents want to restrict the summer crowds and tourists to staying in specified parts of town by creating a new zoning district, which would ban rentals of anything less than a year in specified neighborhoods. Of course, many of the... Continue Reading

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CALL TO ACTION: Please Help Protect REALTORS From Patent Trolls

July 14, 2015  |  by Ellen

Next week the House of Representatives is going to vote on The Innovation Act of 2015—the bill that will protect people who are targeted by so-called patent trolls. Since this directly impacts real estate agents the National Association of REALTORS® needs as many people as possible to contact Congress about voting in favor of this bill. You can get a... Continue Reading

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Local Broker Shares His Path To Success With REAL Trends

July 13, 2015  |  by Ellen

This month’s REAL Trends newsletter included an interview with a broker in the MRIS footprint. Shane S. McCullar is the operating principal & broker-owner at Keller Williams Metro Center Alexandria, Virginia. Now he has three market centers and 625-plus agents, but he started out at a rough time in real estate. Here he shares his story. REAL Trends: Tell us about your path... Continue Reading

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