Recent Articles by Amber Taufen

Attom rolls out lead service for companies targeting new homeowners or moving sellers

Attom rolls out lead service for companies targeting new homeowners or moving sellers

If you're trying to find pre-mover or new homeowner leads -- people who've sold a home and are moving out, or people who've just bought a home and are moving in -- then you might be interested in a new lead product from Attom Data Solutions ......
By Amber Taufen | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Where are consumers feeling the pinch of the MIP-reduction-that-wasn’t?

Where are consumers feeling the pinch of the MIP-reduction-that-wasn’t?

The administration change this past January left some homebuyers scrambling when it came with a somewhat unexpected side effect in the form of an 11th-hour mortgage insurance premium rate reduction -- and then a stroke-of-midnight repeal of that redu...
By Amber Taufen | Monday, March 27, 2017
Could association health plans be the health care reform brokers need?

Could association health plans be the health care reform brokers need?

Although the national health care reform outlined in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was pulled from the House of Representatives last week, a less-spotlighted bill that also deals with health care passed -- and will now wend through the Senate b...
By Amber Taufen | Monday, March 27, 2017
Looking for ‘My Lighthouse’? Historic property for sale in Virginia

Looking for ‘My Lighthouse’? Historic property for sale in Virginia

If you have a down payment on a $249,000 property and a secret dream to help boats find their way safely home after short (or long) journeys, then do we have good news for you! ......
By Amber Taufen | Monday, March 27, 2017
How to plan a business event around your personal passion

How to plan a business event around your personal passion

When you hear about a political event like the Ides of Trump, which involved sending postcards to the White House on March 15, do you mostly ignore it -- or are you considering how you might leverage something that your clients probably feel pretty p...
By Amber Taufen | Friday, March 24, 2017
How Dan the estate agent (and his client’s kids) became an Instalegend

How Dan the estate agent (and his client’s kids) became an Instalegend

"This is Dan. He just valued our flat," began the Instagram caption that blogger Lorna Hayward posted last week alongside this photo. "Poor Dan. Poor poor Dan. Gonna just pour meself a pint of wine," she concluded. What on earth happened ......
By Amber Taufen | Friday, March 24, 2017
Agent fined $5K by Minnesota Department of Commerce for alleged title company ties

Agent fined $5K by Minnesota Department of Commerce for alleged title company ties

Have you ever crashed on the hotel-room couch of a title agent or lender friend -- and did you know that it could potentially get you into trouble? Minnesota real estate agent Brandon Doyle was recently fined $5,000 by the Department of Commerce (DOC...
By Amber Taufen | Thursday, March 23, 2017
What would eliminating individual health care mandates mean for real estate agents?

What would eliminating individual health care mandates mean for real estate agents?

It's not looking likely that the American Health Care Act legislation will pass, but because the individual mandate is so controversial, future attempts to tweak or replace ACA will no doubt tackle the mandate as the United States attempts to figure ...
By Amber Taufen | Thursday, March 23, 2017
Courthouse pillars at an angle Department of Justice flip-flops, withdraws support from CFPB in PHH case

Department of Justice flip-flops, withdraws support from CFPB in PHH case

What does it look like when a federal department changes its mind? And if that department's opinion has been offered in an ongoing court case involving a federal agency -- what does that mean ......
By Amber Taufen | Monday, March 20, 2017
Trump cuts to HUD rental assistance would affect millennial, urban and black renters most

Trump cuts to HUD rental assistance would affect millennial, urban and black renters most

In order to pay for a 50-percent increase to the nation's defense budget, the Trump administration this week proposed to cut funds from a number of other government areas -- including $6.2 billion, or 13 percent, from the Department of Housing and Ur...
By Amber Taufen | Friday, March 17, 2017
Trump’s 2018 budget calls for 13.2% cut to Department of Housing and Urban Development

Trump’s 2018 budget calls for 13.2% cut to Department of Housing and Urban Development

The proposed 2018 budget released by the Donald Trump administration seeks to provide for "one of the largest increases in defense spending without increasing the debt," stated in the opening message from President Trump ......
By Amber Taufen | Thursday, March 16, 2017
A pair of glasses with a pen and tax forms Everything real estate agents need to know about 2017 tax deductions

Everything real estate agents need to know about 2017 tax deductions

You can see the division in the streets: Some citizens walking around with hands in pockets, whistling jauntily, not a care in the world, while others sacrifice their posture, health and stress levels worrying about what's to come ......
By Amber Taufen | Thursday, March 16, 2017
Fed hikes rates, as expected; mortgage rate movement not anticipated

Fed hikes rates, as expected; mortgage rate movement not anticipated

"The Fed will raise the overnight cost of money on Wednesday, from a band 0.50 percent-0.75 percent to 0.75 percent-1.00 percent," predicted Inman writer Lou Barnes on Friday ......
By Amber Taufen | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
A party Realtor.com listing of the week: ‘Family home’ on the outside, party on the inside

Realtor.com listing of the week: ‘Family home’ on the outside, party on the inside

Looking for a stately home equipped to throw one absolutely legendary rager? Look no further than this property in Greece, New York, listed for $135,200 for 3,093 square feet on almost half an acre ......
By Amber Taufen | Monday, March 13, 2017
A woman holding up a hand in objection 21 common objections (and how to handle them) for real estate agents

21 common objections (and how to handle them) for real estate agents

LAS VEGAS -- "With all of my objection handlers, it's really about educating the consumer," said Anne M. Rubin at a session at One21, Century 21's conference. "It's not about giving them what they want." ......
By Amber Taufen | Tuesday, March 7, 2017
How to go from ‘viral’ to ‘vital’ as a real estate agent

How to go from ‘viral’ to ‘vital’ as a real estate agent

LAS VEGAS -- "In the old days, it used to be that we were the controllers of the interrupt," said Matthew Ferrara on stage in a session at One21, Century 21's conference ......
By Amber Taufen | Tuesday, March 7, 2017
The Engel & Völkers Exchange attendees enjoying the view. Engel & Völkers announces immoviewer partnership, putting VR in every brokerage office

Engel & Völkers announces immoviewer partnership, putting VR in every brokerage office

What if every brokerage in America had virtual reality (VR) technology -- VR cameras for filming and headsets for viewing? That's Engel & Völkers North America's vision ......
By Amber Taufen | Monday, March 6, 2017
A shot of a coach watching his football team practice How to form an agent team to expand your real estate business

How to form an agent team to expand your real estate business

LAS VEGAS -- If you're going to build a team, noted Caryn Yates at Century One's One21 Conference, you don't want to throw it together haphazardly ......
By Amber Taufen | Monday, March 6, 2017