Most real estate firms optimistic about the future (9/20/2016)
NAR’s 2016 Profile of Real Estate Firms finds general optimism about the market even with slightly lower profit expectations thanks to inventory shortages and home price growth.
NAR: HOME survey shows affordability concerns, uncertainty about downpayments (9/15/2016)
NAR: Strong home-price growth is eroding confidence among renters when asked if it’s a good time to buy a home - 60% of renters agree, compared to 62% previously.
NAR names 10 Good Neighbor Award finalists (9/12/2016)
In its 17th year, NAR’s awards program honors Realtors who’ve made a difference in their communities through volunteerism. On Sept. 28, 5 winners will be named.
Real estate pros reveal how they stay safe (9/7/2016)
NAR: Nearly 40% of more than 3K real estate pros surveyed say they’ve felt unsafe on the job: open houses, remote properties and vacant homes spark concerns.
What’s hampering home sales the most? (9/1/2016)
NAR: While a lack of supply, declining affordability, appraisal and lender processing issues are impacting sales, Realtors are upbeat about the market’s outlook.
NAR: Both presidential candidates good for industry (8/25/2016)
State and local AEs at NAR’s Leadership Summit were told Realtors should be okay no matter who wins the election thanks, in part, to NAR’s lobbying strength.
Realtors help local Boys & Girls Clubs (8/17/2016)
NAR’s program to help children has provided aid to 188 Boys & Girls Clubs, and associations, members and real estate firms have raised more than $100,000.
What do presidential candidates say about housing? (8/12/2016)
At NAHB’s midyear meeting, Donald Trump and one of Hillary Clinton’s economic advisors told NAHB’s board of directors what their administrations would do to help the U.S. housing market.
NAR-backed condo legislation passes Senate (7/15/2016)
Success: Many Realtors responded to a recent Call for Action, and Congress approved a plan to help FHA buyers secure a condo. It now only needs Obama’s signature.
U.S. home construction down slightly in May (6/17/2016)
Housing starts ticked down 0.3%, as builders pulled back a bit in the Northeast and Midwest. Meanwhile building permits, a sign of future activity, rose 0.7%.
71% of student loan debtors say it delays ownership (6/14/2016)
According to an NAR survey designed to gauge severity of the problem, half of those debtors think the delay will be at least five years, says VP Sherri Meadows.
Call for Action: Ease FHA condo restrictions (6/13/2016)
The U.S. Senate must pass HR 3700 to open more condos to FHA loans and make rural housing loans permanent, but it could take thousands of independent Realtor voices to make it happen. Realtors: NAR’s Call for Action takes only five seconds
Zillow-Move-NAR settle lawsuit for $130 million (6/7/2016)
NAR and Move Inc., realtor.com’s oversight company, allege that Zillow stole trade secrets, and a trial was to start soon. NAR will receive 10% after legal costs.
Realtor.com’s new ads: You can ‘Bank’ on it (6/1/2016)
Realtor.com, which achieved marketing success with its “Own Home” TV commercials starring Elizabeth Banks, introduced two new TV spots this week.
NAR pushes back against patent troll (5/25/2016)
How? It filed a petition with the U.S. Patent office challenging the validity of claims by the company threatening infringement lawsuits against real estate firms.
NAR survey: More younger Realtors enter industry (5/19/2016)
The median age of U.S. Realtors decreased from 57 to 53 in one year – the lowest it’s been since 2008, according to the just-released 2015 NAR Member Profile.
NAR board meets, adopts new policies (5/16/2016)
The board enhanced Core Standards, adopted a policy on student loan debt and empowered MLSs to “store, reproduce, compile and distribute listing information.”
Commercial regulations: What’s on the horizon? (5/13/2016)
NAR provided legislative updates on 1031 exchanges, crowdfunding and real estate depreciation with a caveat: Congress only meets 48 times before Nov. elections.
Frustrations fly over FHA loan hangups (5/12/2016)
A lot of people aren’t thrilled with FHA loans, including Realtors, appraisers and underwriters who aired grievances at NAR’s Legislative Meetings this week.
NAR: New condo rules may help student debt challenge (5/11/2016)
HUD says changes are coming, but some lower-down mortgage rules already help – and a boost in FHA-approved condo loans should provide more starter homes.
7 Fla. Realtors inducted into RPAC Hall of Fame (5/11/2016)
The Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC), which works with lawmakers to keep housing affordable and attainable, recognized its major contributors.
Realtors gather in Washington this week (5/10/2016)
A number of important real estate issues are decided at the national level, from flood insurance costs to commercial real estate issues. NAR legislative meetings, which include one-on-one meetings with lawmakers, run through Saturday.
Realtors ‘band’ together at Legislative Meetings (5/9/2016)
As leaders talk with policymakers in Washington this week, the NAR Realtor Band will help keep everyone “in tune” and the Realtor Party going strong.
‘Placemaking’ initiative builds communities (5/6/2016)
For homeowners and Realtors, an improved community results in happier lives and higher home prices – and Realtors who spearhead the effort may also gain clients.
Realtor.com to offer home renovation cost estimates (4/26/2016)
Realtor.com, a subsidiary of Move Inc., and HomeAdvisor announced a new agreement to integrate HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide on realtor.com listings.