The 3.8% surtax on investment income, part of President Obama’s healthcare overall, will be effective January 1, 2013. The following two articles are excellent sources of inforrmation to help you understand the implications of the new tax. The first link is a PDF report from the National Association of Realtors giving an overview of the tax and showing various scenarios as it relates to real estate transactions. The second link is to an article by the Wall Street Journal. It provides a comprehensive look at the tax and answers many commonly asked questions on the new tax.
The “BPO Bill” (Senate Bill 521) has been signed into law and will take effect October 1, 2012. SB 521 allows a broker to provide a BPO for a fee under limited circumstances. Read the bill and be in the know. Mechanic’s Lien law changes were also approved in Senate Bill 42 and House Bill 1052. These [...]
The NC Association of Realtors / NC Bar Association residential forms referenced in the following link have been updated effective July 1, 2012.
Secretaries Chu and Duncan, NSTA Announce New Energy Education Initiative to Promote Energy Awareness and Efficiency May 24, 2011 Washington, DC – U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Dr. Francis Eberle, Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), today to announce the [...]
Brighter Communities of Tomorrow Union County Neighborhood Leaders Forum (UCNLF) To Hold Educational Conference on Saturday, April 2 At Hartis Grove Baptist Church 4224 Blanchard Circle Indian Trail, NC 28079 Read the UCNLF_Press Release
According to a recent survey conducted by mortgagematch.com, American’s confusion over mortgage applications has become one of the most challenging aspects of buying a home today. Nearly 1 in 3 said that understanding the mortgage process was the most difficult step in buying a home. Read the full article post on the WSJ blog at http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2011/02/08/survey-mortgage-process-has-become-too-confusing/
Changes to Offer to Purchase & Contract as of January 1, 2011 from NC Association of REALTORS on Vimeo.
Superior School of Real Estate recently sponsored a career fair for high school students at Concord High. The following is an article printed on November 23, 2010 in the Concord Independent Tribune about the students and the event. http://www2.independenttribune.com/news/2010/nov/23/concord-high-students-prepare-future-career-fair-ar-562761/
April 22, 2010 A new rule will go into effect this month requiring renovation and repair contractors to be EPA-certified to work with lead paint hazards if they will work on residential property built before 1978 in which lead-based paint may be disturbed. The EPA has information for property owners, contractors, and real estate professionals at http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm. You [...]
What are the positive effects that accountability can have on your real estate career? How can you embrace and leverage accountability to increase your performance and success? The www.Dictionary.com definition of accountability is “the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.” Unfortunately, many real estate agents have a negative perception regarding accountability. There is a [...]