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US Home Sales Hit Highest Level Since August 2013

The US National Association of Realtors stated that improved demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013.

Lawler on Pending Home Sales: NAR “Fixes’ Bad Data for West Region

From housing economist Tom Lawler:The National Association of Realtors reported that its Pending Home Sales Index, designed to gauge contract-signing activity on MLS-based existing home sales, increased by 1.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis from December to 104.2 in January. Show More Summary

Realtors welcome FCC’s ‘net neutrality’ stance

The National Association of Realtors is welcoming FCC rules protecting “net neutrality,” saying that allowing “paid prioritization” of Internet traffic would have “created a two-tiered Internet and put Realtors and other small business owners at a competitive disadvantage.” Realtors are...

RETS Servers and Direct Feeds

The National Association of REALTORS MLS Issues and Policy Committee made a bold move to require RESO data dictionary complainant by Jan 1, 2016, and RESO RESTful web API by June 30, 2016. Further complicating the matters is the groundswell of considerations with third party portals making requests for MLS direct feeds. Show More Summary

Winter Takes Its Toll: Home Sales Plunge 4.9% in January

Chuck Burton/AP By JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON -- U.S. home sales hit a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. Show More Summary

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in January

From housing economist Tom Lawler:Based on local realtor/MLS reports from across the country, I estimate that US existing home sales as measured by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.90 million in January, down 2.8% from December’s preliminary pace but up 6.1% from last January’s depressed pace. Show More Summary

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Update

At the New Orleans National Association of REALTORS® Convention in Expo, I had the chance to catch up with Chief Executive Wes Wiggins of JTHS REALTORS® in the great State of Florida. Wiggins has a long career of being on the forefront of operating leading MLSs around the nation. Show More Summary

MLSs feud over direct feed to Zillow

Two South Florida Realtor associations with a contentious history are once again battling, this time over a direct listing feed to top real estate portal Zillow. When the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors announced last month that it would be...

State O' the Market: Housing Prices Keep Rising in Los Angeles and the Number of Sales Keeps Falling

The housing market in Southern California continues to descend into a slump as prices rise and the number of sales falls, according to the most recent numbers from DataQuick and the California Association of Realtors. According to DQ, 4,738...

Why independent brokers should set up agent training programs

Here's a thought: "In five years, 50 percent of the transactions will be completed by an agent who is not currently licensed." That's a quote from the incoming president of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, Ron Croushore. It makes you stop and think about where these new agents are going to come from... and who is going to train them...

Las Vegas Real Estate in January: Sales Decline, Non-contingent Inventory up 13% YoY

This is a key distressed market to follow since Las Vegas has seen the largest price decline of any of the Case-Shiller composite 20 cities. The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported GLVAR reports local home prices up 8Show More Summary

NAR continues to hype realtor.com in new national TV spot

Despite global media giant News Corp.’s acquisition of realtor.com operator Move Inc. in November, which lost NAR a seat on Move’s board and an ownership stake in the company, the trade association remains committed to promoting the realtor.com brand in a big way....

Female Realtors in another state receiving suspicious calls

A man is persistently calling female real estate agents across Virginia asking them to show properties in remote places, at night or in areas they don’t generally cover, the Virginia Association of Realtors warned real estate agents Monday. The warning comes...

Florida Realtors have new CEO, mum on predecessor’s departure

The 140,000 members of Florida’s statewide Realtor association are getting a new CEO — Michigan Realtors CEO Bill Martin — but leaders of the Florida association are saying little about the departure of his predecessor, John Fridlington, who worked for...

Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors Joins Zillow Partnership Platform

Zillow has announced the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors® has joined the Zillow® Partnership Platform and will be implementing the new Zillow Data Dashboard.

Car dependent Texans get search-by-commute tool

With an eye on attracting prospective homebuyers, the Houston Association of Realtors has rolled out a search-by-commute tool on its new statewide website. “We operate under a ‘give the consumer what they want’ perspective at HAR,” said HAR President and...

U.S. Pending Home Sales Drop More Than Expected In December

By Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell more than expected in December as tighter inventory and an increase in house prices discouraged buyers. The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, decreased 3.7 percent to 100.7. Show More Summary

Big data tools can have placebo effect

NEW YORK — Big data tools in real estate may be suffering from “shiny object syndrome,” according Todd Carpenter, managing director of the National Association of Realtors’ data analytics group. Charmed by such systems’ promise to pinpoint prospective buyers and...

DC Jobs: U.S. News & World Report, AARP

This week, U.S. News & World Report is hiring a health and wellness reporter, while AARP needs a business manager of reporting and system administration. The National Association of Realtors is seeking a presentation design specialist, and the Atlantic Council is on the hunt for an editor. Show More Summary

Realtor association’s defamation suit against member headed to trial

With a defamation suit filed more than two years ago by the Chicago Association of Realtors and its CEO against a member who questioned the handling of the association’s finances heading to trial in March, colleagues of the defendant have...

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