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.
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.
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.
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.
NAR’s Broker Summit kicks off June 9 in Denver (3/17/2016)
Summit’s goal: “Help brokers hone the specific management and entrepreneurial skills they need to make their businesses thrive.” Guest speaker: Mary Lou Retton.
Code of Ethics: Some social media posts aren’t okay (3/10/2016)
“What you wouldn’t say or do in front of someone, you also shouldn’t do on social media,” NAR advises. In general, a guide for offline behavior applies online.
3 Fla. Realtor finalists for NAR’s ‘30 Under 30’ (3/10/2016)
The 50 finalists will soon be whittled down to 30 for NAR’s “30 Under 30” class of 2016. In Florida, members from Sarasota, Tallahassee and Destin made the cut.
Realtor University receives accreditation (3/8/2016)
The NAR-created online university that focuses exclusively on real estate is officially recognized “as a legitimate and credible institution of higher learning.”
NAR to sponsor ‘Now I Get It’ series on Yahoo (2/25/2016)
The popular video series on Yahoo Finance could entice future buyers and renters to enter the market through targeted ads that appear within each episode.
Realtors advocate VA homeownership before Congress (2/11/2016)
Sherri Meadows, 2016 NAR VP and 2014 Florida Realtors president, told a U.S. House subcommittee that Realtors strongly support programs that help vets find homes.
Ad campaign urges consumers to ‘Get Realtor’ (2/8/2016)
NAR’s new ad campaign tells clients that they need to do more than click a few buttons to magically get the home of their dreams. It’s time to “get Realtor.”
Realtor.com milestone: 50M unique users in Jan. (2/8/2016)
News Corp, which operates the NAR-owned website, called it a bright spot for increasing revenues and “the world’s largest player in digital real estate.”
Bill to expand homeownership passes House (2/3/2016)
The NAR-supported H.R. 3700 bill eases some rules, including FHA condo loan restrictions, to help more buyers qualify for housing. It now goes to the Senate.
How is Zillow using IDX listing data? (2/2/2016)
NAR released more info about the lawsuits between NAR, realtor.com-oversight company Move Inc. and Zillow, saying Zillow’s use of Realtor data is key.
Real estate's impact from spending and tax deal (12/17/2015)
Congress should pass its massive spending-tax bill today and the president is expected to sign it. Among other things, one tax provision helps Fla. homeowners.
NAR teams up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (12/10/2015)
The national association says its showing “support for the nation’s youth.” It launched a co-branded website and encourages members to get involved.
A Capitol Hill win for homeownership (12/8/2015)
Congress voted and Pres. Obama signed a $305B transportation bill that doesn’t rely on homebuyer funding through g-fees, thanks, in part, to Realtors’ efforts.
NAR Call for Action update: Homebuyers won’t pay (12/2/2015)
The call asked Realtors to email Congress and protest the use of buyer fees to fund transportation projects. It worked. The bill now taps other revenue sources.