New Robocall Rules

REALTORS® who use telemarketing are subject to the Do Not Call rules. The FCC’s new Robocall rules impose some additional requirements for obtaining consent when making a prerecorded telemarketing call to a residential phone number or making an autodialed or...

Videos Look at Changes for 2013 Tax Filings

Learn about the new home office safe harbor and a higher per-mileage deduction that can help them lower their 2013 tax bill in two videos released this week. Also, learn about changes that impact higher-income households, including the new 39.6 percent tax bracket,...

FHA Accepts More e-Signatures

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced that as of January 30, 2014, it is granting expanded authority to lenders to accept electronic signatures (e-Signatures) on documents associated with mortgage loans. Origination, servicing, and loss mitigation...

Update on Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

CAR has been working with California Sen. Barbara Boxer to protect distressed homeowners from debt relief income tax associated with a short sale in California.  As part of this effort, Sen. Boxer requested the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide guidance on...

Warning on RESPA Enforcement Actions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has recently started taking enforcement actions against illegal referral fees in violation of the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). This serves as a good reminder for real estate agents to understand...