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Your source for in-depth information on Norris Lake, Ft Loudoun Lake, Tellico Lake, Cherokee Lake, Douglas Lake, Watts Bar Lake, Melton Hill Lake condos, land and waterfront living. Tennessee lakefront living holds a special place in our lives, and working with lakefront clients is what we enjoy most. Allow us to help you find your lake home.

Looking for a Lake Front homes or lots? Search everything that the MLS has to offer.  Please use my website to search for Your Dream Home or Property on Norris Lake or any of the other lake in east Tennessee. Click the Lake Front Homes Tab and all the lake front homes on the MLS will come up.

Looking for a Lake  home? Use Quick Search or Map Search to browse an up-to-date database list of all available properties on Norris Lake, or use the Dream Home Finder form and I'll conduct a personalized search for you.

This site is updated daily with every lakefront listing in East Tennessee. Whether you're searching for a Lake House, Condo or Land, you will find all the tools and information you need on the site. We help buyers find primary, vacation, and retirement homes on all the lakes in east TN. Some of the amenities in subdivisions we work with include: Gated stone entrance, walking trails, fitness center, golf, tennis, boating, fishing, marinas with restaurant, swimming pool, hot tub or whirlpool, and so much more!  TN Fishing Guide - Fishing License (Online Center). You could spend a lifetime exploring all the lakes in East Tennessee. Lake living is simply the best. Properties available include: Private and Gated communities with lake homes and lots, Luxury Condominiums and Townhomes, and Resort communities. Lake front properties are affordable and we are your lake experts since we live, work and play on the lake.

 

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Norris Lake -Things to do.

Norris Lake offers many fun filled activities and adventures. The crystal clear water of Norris lake span over 34,000 acres with more than 800 miles of amazing shoreline. Vacationing on Norris Lake is all about water sports.Whether you bring your own boa... Read more
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What’s the Right Way to Structure a Marketing Service Agreement?

Real estate practitioners entering into marketing service agreements with lenders, title companies, and other settlement service providers is a well-established practice, but a recent court decision shows why you have to structure these agreements the right way.

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An appellate court just ruled that it’s okay for a mortgage lender to refer business to mortgage insurers who are buying reinsurance from an affiliate of the lender, because the reinsurance is a bona fide service and the insurers are paying fair market rates for it. In other words, the arrangement doesn’t amount to a kickback.

Although the case involves a lender, insurance companies, and a reinsurer, the structure of the agreement is something that applies to the kind of marketing service agreements you might be involved in as an agent or broker. Any agreement you enter into with a lender or title company must be for actual services rendered and priced at fair market rates and not simply an arrangement for referrals.

How do you ensure a marketing agreement is appropriate under federal anti-kickback rules? The most important thing is to have it looked at by an attorney who’s familiar with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, or RESPA. For a general idea, though, there are two tests you can apply:

1.Is the marketing fee you receive based on the number of referrals you make to the company, whether it’s a title company, a lender, or another service provider? If the fee corresponds to the number of referrals, you could be inviting a close look by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is the federal agency that enforces RESPA.

2. If you have an arrangement to split costs on a joint project, like a newspaper ad, is the split reflective of what each of you get in return? For example, if you and the title company are splitting the cost of the ad down the middle, then half the ad should go to the title company and half should go to you. If the title company is covering 75 percent of the cost of the ad but only taking up 25 percent of the space, that split makes it look like the company is subsidizing 50 percent of the ad cost. Again, you could be inviting a close look by the CFPB.

Learn more about the recent court decision in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. The video also looks at what was in the budget agreement enacted into law about two weeks ago. Among other things, the new law extends the tax deduction for mortgage insurance premiums and retains the prohibition on taxing forgiven mortgage debt as income. It also looks at why a recent Supreme Court decision on the regulation of bodies of water is important to your inbdustry.

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Robots are Starting to Do Showings

vre 80 stillA company called Zenplace in San Francisco is using robots to help its agents conduct showings. When people arrive at the unit, they’re greeted by what amounts to an iPad on a mobile stand that leads them around, but it’s personalized; it’s the agent’s image and voice that people see and hear. Other companies are coming out with their own versions of this.

It’s a good question whether this type of automation will take off. As people get used to buying goods at automated stores in which everything is done with your phone or credit card and no employees are around, it’s feasible mobile iPads will do the trick at showings.

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Whether you like the idea or not, it’s a trend that’s poised to hit your industry. There are other tech trends you’ll be faced with whether you like them or not. One is a kind of virtual tour that’s more immersive than what you get by just wearing goggles. You get an additional tactile component, because you’re wearing gloves with sensors. Now you feel the door handle when you open the refrigerator as well as see it in multiple dimensions.

Will this be the norm six years from now? Who knows, but now that the genie’s out of the bottle, it’s not likely to get put back in.

REALTOR® Magazine spent a few days at CES in Las Vegas two weeks ago and brought back coverage of all types of tech innovations coming to real estate. CES stands for Consumer Electronics Show and it’s the big showcase each year at which companies try to wow people with what the’re cooking up for us.

You can learn more about CES and also about real estate robots in the latest Voice for Real Estate video. The video also looks at something the U.S. Department of Labor did a few weeks ago that could eventually be important to you because it promises to get the real estate industry one step closer to setting up association health plans (AHPs) for independent contractors.

The agency proposed adding “working owner” to the definition of employer for purposes of setting up AHPs, which would enable sole proprietors and small business owners to ban together for insurance under the large group market, which could make coverage available more cheaply than under the small group market. There remain a lot of hurdles, but this was a crucial step in the right direction.

The video also looks at the three-day federal government shutdown and what could happen to your pipeline of homes sales if there’s another one in a few weeks, which could happen since the short-term budget law expires in early February. If your buyers are applying for FHA-backed financing, they would probably be okay, although processing might take a bit longer. But if they[re buying a new house in a flood area, they might not be able to get flood insurance, and that would mean a delay in  closing.

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Knoxville, TN 37934