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As another major victory for REALTORS®, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today that it will generally not enforce the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule against real estate brokers and agents engaged in short sales.  Real estate professionals must nevertheless comply with MARS prohibitions against misrepresentations and other laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive acts.  […]

IRS and CA Franchise Tax Board clarify mortgage debt

December 4, 2013 IRS and California Franchise Tax Board declare California distressed home sellers not liable for federal or state income tax on short sales LOS ANGELES (Dec. 4) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) announced today it received a letter from the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), obtained by Board of Equalization (BOE) […]

The Lame Game. Banks run roughshod over Regulators!

It’s the end of the first half and the game is in the bag. The big banks it’s seems are not only to big to fail, they are too big to be brought into compliance by the Regulators. How polite can we be? We all know that the banks, when left to their own devices, […]

Acronyms. the Final Frontier!

I can’t think of any other industry that utilizes acronyms more than the real estate business. We’ve got an acronym for every detail of work and every program coming down the pike. Here are but a few acronyms that we use everyday to simplify the real estate transaction. RESPA,HUD,BOM,COE,RPA,TDS,HAFA,HAMP,BPO,REO,NOD,NOS,LTV,DOM,WPA,AD,MOT,FISBO,SSA,CTNL and about a thousand others. And […]