Claudia Larsen

Claudia Larsen is an associate editor for RISMedia.

Posts by Claudia Larsen

Interview: Andy Florance on Restoring Transparency and Putting Agents ‘Back in Front of America’

Above, a screenshot from one of Homes.com’s new ads featuring Dan Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” fame and SNL’s Heidi Gardner.  During one of America’s most enduring traditions, Super Bowl Sunday, Homes.com plans to make history, regardless of who takes home the championship trophy.  Through four commercials reaching some 113 million viewers, the rapidly ascending real…

Settlement Eliminates ‘Theoretical Steering,’ According to NAR

The National Association of REALTORS® stated that its post-settlement practice changes “eliminate steering,” according to a recent update on the organization’s settlement FAQ page that addresses steering concerns. Steering concerns have been present in conversation since the commission lawsuits across the industry began. The argument presented in Burnett and many other cases is that when…

COURT REPORT: More Settlements Are in Motion as Other Cases Continue to Develop

Editor’s note: The COURT REPORT is RISMedia’s weekly look at current and upcoming lawsuits, investigations and other legal developments around real estate. Settlements from large brokerages have continued to cause ripples as copycat lawsuits of Burnett and other commission lawsuits persist. While some pending or approved settlements have caused proceedings to be paused in some…

Mortgage Mix: Mortgage Rates Rise; CFPB Launches ‘Junk Fee’ Inquiry

Editor’s Note: The Mortgage Mix is RISMedia’s weekly highlight reel of need-to-know mortgage-industry happenings. Watch for it each Friday afternoon. –Mortgage rates ticked back up above 7% after weeks of declines, according to the latest data from Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 7.03%, up from 6.94% last week, and the 15-year FRM…

Consumer Confidence Sees First Increase in 3 Months as Sentiment Hits Low

Consumers are experiencing conflicting feelings about the economy as differing reports come in from The Conference Board and University of Michigan, with a more positive assessment of the current business climate clashing with renewed worries about inflation. Consumers’ confidence reversed course and saw an increase in May after three months of decreases, according to the…

The Buyer Agent Playbook: How the Rental Market Can Supplement Your Business

Editor’s Note: The Buyer-Agent Playbook is a new iteration of RISMedia’s biweekly Playbook segment, specifically centering on buyer agency and how agents are navigating the changes and trends in a post-NAR-settlement environment. The series will provide brokers and agents with insights and information to ensure they not only survive but thrive in these challenging times.…