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Market Your Brand With .realtor

February 13, 2018 4:09 pm

NAR PULSE—Target your niche and increase your visibility online by spelling out who you are and what you do for your clients. Only REALTORS® can get a .realtor™ web and email address—free for the first year, one per member. Don’t wait. Stake your claim today. Learn more. 2018 NAR Member Orientation Video and Digital Materials […]

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Home Prices Still on an Upturn

February 13, 2018 4:09 pm

Home prices are still on an upturn, up 5.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). “A majority of the country saw an upswing in buyer interest at the end of last year, which ultimately ended up putting even more strain on […]

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New Initiative Opens Door to Airbnb Refi Options

February 12, 2018 6:09 pm

The rental industry is changing. In the last few years, Airbnb has become increasingly popular, especially among young travelers, as an alternative to pricy hotels and a shortage of short-term rentals in the market compared to traditional one-year leases. Now, refinancing will become easier for Airbnb hosts who have struggled in the past. The company […]

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Buyers Entering the Market Solo Struggle

February 12, 2018 6:09 pm

Accumulating a down payment is a struggle—and even more so for singles, according to a new report. Singles are facing more than 10 years of saving, assuming they make a 20 percent down payment on a median-priced property, an analysis by Zillow reveals. Conversely, couples can do it in half the time: 4.6 years. In […]

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NAR Amps Up Efforts to Ensure Implementation of RESO Standards

February 11, 2018 2:03 pm

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has amped up its efforts to ensure REALTOR® association-owned MLSs implement RESO standards. NAR acted after an analysis determined there were many MLSs non-compliant with the standards. Adoption is a policy requirement. Approximately 90 MLSs were notified and given 60 days (from the date of the letter) to respond—roughly […]

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Tapping Into Millennial Talent: How Next-Generation Agents Are Redefining Real Estate

February 11, 2018 2:03 pm

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses millennials in real estate. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Participants Lennox Scott, President, John L. Scott Real Estate, Seattle, Wash.   Joe Clement, CEO, RE/MAX Properties, Colorado Springs, Colo.   […]

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Mortgage Rates at Highest in More Than a Year

February 10, 2018 1:51 am

The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is at its highest in more than a year: 4.32 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Last week, it averaged 4.22 percent. “The U.S. weekly average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rocketed up 10 basis points to 4.32 percent this week,” says Len Kiefer, […]

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Lola Audu: Moving the Industry Forward

February 10, 2018 1:51 am

Vitals: Audu Real Estate Years in Business: 18 Size: 1 office with a small team of agents Region Served: Greater Grand Rapids Metropolis www.audurealestate.com With a background in the hard sciences such as biology and chemistry, Lola Audu came to the U.S. from Nigeria as a student before becoming a U.S. citizen in 1999. She […]

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Confidence in Housing Soars at Start of Year

February 8, 2018 5:51 pm

Confidence in housing is breaking new records, soaring in January in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). The HPSI overall posted 89.5 in January, 3.7 percentage points higher than the month prior and 6.8 percentage points higher than the year prior. The ascent can be attributed to homeowners recognizing sale value, says Doug […]

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Stock Market Plunge: Is Real Estate Safe?

February 8, 2018 5:51 pm

Is the stock market crashing? The short answer: no—the Dow is just a little bumpy right now. Monday’s Wall Street frenzy had people from all over the world fearing that a U.S. real estate bubble might be the culprit after the stock market suddenly took a nearly 1,600-point (4.6 percent) plunge. According to CNN Money, […]

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