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Experts: Mortgage Rate Declines Won’t Last

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 14, 2021 - 12:00am

Historically low rates are helping home buyers with affordability, but economists warn that upticks are inevitable.

5G Network Availability Becomes Major Selling Point for Homes

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 14, 2021 - 12:00am

Most house hunters prioritize access to fast home internet and cellular networks above schools, commute time, and neighborhood amenities, a new survey shows.

Sen. Joe Manchin: ‘It’s Hard to Say No to Your Friend’

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 14, 2021 - 12:00am

West Virginia’s two senators from opposing parties disclose the secret behind stronger bipartisanship.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3-14

Yun: Consumer Spending Likely to Spur Economy

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 14, 2021 - 12:00am

Americans could unleash the savings they built throughout the pandemic, driving increases in home sales and prices, says NAR’s chief economist.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3-14

How REALTORS® Influence Lawmaking: 3 Case Studies

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 14, 2021 - 12:00am

State association leaders provide insights into key legislative wins.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3-14

Recipe: Broccoli and Butterhead Lettuce Make for Easy, Artful Soup and Salad

RisMedia Consumer News - May 13, 2021 - 3:04pm

(TNS)—”When I cook vegetables today, my goal is to showcase their natural flavors and qualities, so simplicity is key,” writes chef Eric Ripert in his newly published cookbook, “Vegetable Simple.”

Simple has certainly been a defining element in my manner of cooking in the past 13-plus months, but sometimes, those preparations don’t produce results that are beautiful to behold. The vegetable dishes that Ripert shares from his repertoire are as artful as they are easy.

I was drawn to Butter Lettuce Salad because it calls for a pastry brush, used to paint the lettuce leaves with an herby vinaigrette. The notion of a lettuce head as canvas is a lovely reminder that cooking is a form of art, an expression of creativity.

In the headnote, Ripert remarks that “your guests will enjoy cutting into the lettuce head with a knife and fork, as they would a wedge salad.” Mine certainly did.

The bright broccoli soup takes advantage of the entire plant, stems included. I served it warm, but one of my dinner guests, who took leftovers home that night, happily drank it cold for breakfast the next morning. Top it with croutons if you desire crunch and some color contrast.

Butter Lettuce Salad
2 teaspoons aged sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Fine sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large head butter lettuce, washed and patted dry (it’s important to clean the lettuce thoroughly of soil and sand), core trimmed but head left whole
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
2 teaspoons finely chopped chives

In a small bowl, combine the sherry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, and salt and white pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.

Season the lettuce lightly with salt and white pepper. Using a pastry brush, paint each lettuce leaf with the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with the herbs. Quarter and serve immediately, on chilled plates.

Serves four.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 75 calories (88% calories from fat), 1 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, trace fiber, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated), no cholesterol, 33 mg sodium.

Recipes excerpted from “Vegetable Simple” by Eric Ripert.
Copyright © 2021 by Eric Ripert. Excerpted by permission of Random House, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Silky Broccoli Soup
Fine sea salt
1 large or 2 small stalks broccoli, florets separated and stems thinly sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Freshly ground white pepper

In a medium to large pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt, then add the broccoli stems and cook until they start to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the florets and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

Once the florets and stems are tender, drain them in a sieve set over a bowl, reserving the liquid. Transfer the broccoli to a blender, adding enough of the reserved liquid to cover. Add the butter and puree until very smooth. You can adjust the consistency with more of the reserved cooking water if it’s too thick.

Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and white pepper. Serve in four warmed bowls, or chill immediately and reheat later, to keep the soup’s bright green color.

Serves four.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 66 calories (79% calories from fat), 1 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 6 g total fat (4 g saturated), 15 mg cholesterol, 43 mg sodium.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.)
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Bidding Wars Over Zoom?

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 13, 2021 - 12:00am

A South Florida real estate pro suggests using video conference calls in multiple-offer situations to increase transparency between buyers and sellers.

How to Preserve Housing Stock

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 13, 2021 - 12:00am

Strategies focused on people and properties could help to keep at-risk single-family homes in circulation, says a new report.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3–14​

State Laws Key to Remote Online Notarization

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 13, 2021 - 12:00am

RON has helped to sustain the real estate industry throughout the pandemic, but more work is needed to ensure the whole country has access.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3–14​

Why Bipartisanship Matters

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 13, 2021 - 12:00am

CNN commentator Van Jones and NPR's Mara Liasson talk with REALTORS® about how the White House and Congress can come together to bring change that benefits all.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3–14​

Fast Home Sales Leave Some Sellers Homeless

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 13, 2021 - 12:00am

Nearly 60% of listings are going under contract within two weeks, according to housing data from Redfin.

Quicken Loans Rebrands to Rocket Mortgage

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 13, 2021 - 12:00am

Beginning July 31, the lending giant will be going by a new name.

Real Estate Q&A: Can the HOA Force Me to Paint My House a Color They Chose?

RisMedia Consumer News - May 12, 2021 - 3:45pm

(TNS)—Q: When I bought my home 16 years ago, I picked my lot, floorplan, brick and paint color from the developer. Recently the new HOA board picked a new paint color scheme without involving the homeowners. I repainted my home three years ago, and it does not need repainting. I was assigned a gray color scheme that would look awful with my brown brick. I was told that I must repaint it to assigned color. Can they do this? — Andrea

A: Homeowner associations may dictate the color that the residents may paint their homes only if authorized by the declaration of covenants.

And if the declaration lays out a choice of colors, the board or architectural committee needs to follow those rules and may not restrict an owner from selecting from those options.

Since you bought your home with the current color scheme from the original developer, your colors were most likely approved by the declaration. If the declaration does not give the board the right to choose colors, they may not, and you do not have to change the color of your home.

Your first step will be to carefully review your community’s formative documents. If your color is on the approved list, you can stick with it.

If the documents do not allow your association to pick colors, it cannot do so now.
If the board is exceeding their authority, let them know calmly and professionally. Point out the appropriate section in the documents. I have found that many associations think they have more power than the declaration gives them.

Most people who volunteer to serve their community are trying to do the right things for their neighborhood and do not know they are overstepping.

If this is the case with your community, educating them about their limitations should solve the problem.

If they still insist, consult a local attorney experienced in these issues.

Gary M. Singer is a Florida attorney and board-certified as an expert in real estate law by the Florida Bar. He practices real estate, business litigation and contract law from his office in Sunrise, Florida. He is the chairman of the Real Estate Section of the Broward County Bar Association and is a co-host of the weekly radio show “Legal News and Review.” He frequently consults on general real estate matters and trends in Florida with various companies across the nation. Send him questions online at www.sunsentinel.com/askpro or follow him on Twitter @GarySingerLaw.

©2021 South Florida Sun Sentinel
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How Latest Tech Is Transforming Real Estate Transactions

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 12, 2021 - 12:00am

Learn about three companies bringing speed, convenience, and greater certainty to property sales.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3–14​

Perks of ‘15-minute Neighborhoods’

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 12, 2021 - 12:00am

With careful planning, communities can build neighborhoods that offer economic mobility, increased access to jobs, and a safer, healthier environment for residents.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3–14

The Biggest Hurdle for Buyers? Winning a Bidding War

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 12, 2021 - 12:00am

Sixty-four percent of house hunters have been searching for at least three months.

Remote Workers Less Willing to Commute for Jobs

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 12, 2021 - 12:00am

Many owners who moved during the pandemic want to split work hours between their offices and homes.

5 Appraisal Topics Every Agent Should Know

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 11, 2021 - 12:00am

These practical tips for real-life scenarios will help real estate pros work more cohesively with appraisers. 

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3-14

How the Pandemic Spurred Cybercrime

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 11, 2021 - 12:00am

While internet crime rose in 2020, losses from real estate wire fraud fell, suggesting real estate pros and clients are tuning into hacking risks.

From the virtual 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3-14​​​​​​​

NAR: Home Prices Soar Nationwide

NAR Daily News Magazine - May 11, 2021 - 12:00am

The median existing single-family sales price reached a record high in the first quarter. Find out the places seeing the largest upticks.

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