Recent Articles by Amber Taufen

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 | 2 hours ago
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 | 23 hours ago
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
Department of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson confirmed as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Ben Carson confirmed as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Yesterday, the Senate voted 62-37 to end debate on Ben Carson's nomination as the incoming Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and to schedule a confirmation vote today. And now it's official: Carson has the job ......
By Amber Taufen | Thursday, March 2, 2017
All-cash buyer rules renewed for another 180 days by FinCEN

All-cash buyer rules renewed for another 180 days by FinCEN

If you were hoping for a reprieve from having to identify all-cash buyers above a certain price point in certain counties to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) -- sorry ......
By Amber Taufen | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Xome is ‘worth a very big pile of money,’ said Nationstar CEO in earnings call

Xome is ‘worth a very big pile of money,’ said Nationstar CEO in earnings call

When Xome arrived on the scene in 2015, purporting to disrupt the real estate industry with an end-to-end platform, nobody was sure what to expect. By the end of 2016, it's clear that the Nationstar subsidiary is a powerful performer for the company,...
By Amber Taufen | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Top 10 posts from last week

Top 10 posts from last week

Here were the most popular stories on Inman this past week ......
By Amber Taufen | Saturday, February 18, 2017
Amazon Echo 3 tech trends to keep your eyes on in 2017

3 tech trends to keep your eyes on in 2017

When I was talking to one of the vendors -- Zvi Band from Contactually -- after Inman Connect New York (ICNY) in January, he told me that he noticed something interesting about the questions that agents and brokers were asking him this year ......
By Amber Taufen | Monday, February 13, 2017