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South Florida Realtors optimistic about selling this summer

The market is heating up in South Florida, according to the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB). Many South Florida Realtors are vouching for the strong selling opportunity in the area, which includes Palm Beach County, St. Lucie County and Martin County...

U.S. Pending Home Sales Drop For First Time in Two Years

A pending home sale in Rockville, Maryland (2012). AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages) U.S. pending home sales fell by almost 4% in May, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday, the first drop since August 2014. May's Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), which tracks U.S. home-purchase [...]

Agents and brokers at risk of lawsuits over website accessibility

At the National Association of Realtors midyear conference in May, MLS CEO Shelley Specchio stood up in a crowd of hundreds of fellow MLS executives and announced that one of her members had filed a charge of disability discrimination against her multiple listing service, Northern Nevada Regional MLS. Show More Summary

Pending home sales drop for first time in nearly 2 years

New data from the National Association of Realtors, released this morning, says that May's pending home sales actually declined year-over-year for the first time in nearly two years. The reason? This competitive seller's market continues leaving inventory in a sad state....

6 tips from second-year agents to newbies

I train new agents. My ultimate mission is to move the needle on the National Association of Realtors' attrition statistics. One of my favorite questions to ask agents in their second year (or third, or fourth) is: “What would you do differently if you could start over?”...

How much does NAR’s tech company cost agents and brokers?

The National Association of Realtors is the largest trade group in the country. It also owns a tech company. A thus-far unprofitable one. NAR dedicates $50 of its $120 in annual dues to lobbying and political activities, most of it....

A Few Comments on May Existing Home Sales

Earlier: Existing Home Sales increased in May to 5.53 million SAARAs usual, housing economist Tom Lawler nailed the NAR report. I project that May existing home sales as estimated by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.55 million in MayFor existing homes, inventory is still key. Show More Summary

Existing home sales rise in line with forecasts

Existing home sales rose 1.8% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.53 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. The rate was the highest since February 2007. Meanwhile, the median price of an existing home rose...Show More Summary

Realtor membership: Is now the time to make it a choice?

In the past couple of weeks, there has been much discussion about the National Association of Realtors on Inman and social media. It began with an Inman article about NAR staff and volunteer leader compensation, followed by Rob Hahn’s...Show More Summary

In the USA, NAR Backs Identity Verification Tech Trust Stamp

The US National Association of Realtors (NAR) is funding Trust Stamp a company using the Ethereum blockchain and artificial intelligence to create an identity authentication system for real estate applications. The post In the USA, NAR Backs Identity Verification Tech Trust Stamp appeared first on Property Portal Watch.

Houston real estate basks in a warm May

Riding the success of growth through the first quarter of 2016, the Houston real estate market has continued to thrive thanks to a steady increase in available homes. According to a Houston Association of Realtors report, a total of 7,343 single-family homes sold in the month of May, an increase of about 10 percent year-over-year...

D.C. a top metro for millennial homebuyers

You hear it time and time again: Millennials aren't buying homes. But it might just depend on the city that you cover. The National Association of Realtors recently released a list of the best cities for millennials to buy a home among the nation's 100 largest metro areas, and Washington D.C was at the top of the list...

Palm Beach Realtors building homes with Habitat for Humanity for third year

Selling a home is a hard feat, but building one might be even harder. For the third year in a row, local agents from the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) are helping out the community through the Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. Throughout the months of May to June, local agents will be switching gears from selling homes to constructing them...

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in May

From housing economist Tom Lawler:Based on publicly-available state and local realtor/MLS reports from across the country released through today, I project that May existing home sales as estimated by the National Association of Realtors...Show More Summary

CRMLS makes case for statewide MLS in ‘It’s My Business’ video

"I think that the public still has better access to information than I do as a Realtor," said Silicon Valley broker Jim Hamilton. Hamilton, who is also a past president of the California Association of Realtors, was one of several real estate leaders who spoke in a video promoting a statewide MLS for the Golden State released last week...

Fed Hasn’t Helped The Housing For Sale Inventory (Except Make It More Expensive!)

Zillow has a great chart on the inventory of housing for sale, showing the steady decline from 2011/2012 onwards. This chart differs from the one generated by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), although they both show a similar decline from 2011/2012 onwards. Show More Summary

Does NAR scrimp or splurge on employees (compared to peers)?

Some real estate agents recently expressed outrage over the level of compensation earned by National Association of Realtors executives. But NAR is actually somewhat of a penny-pincher when it comes to shelling out on employees, at least compared to some of the other largest trade groups, according to a review of 2013 tax forms...

Will the Rebound in Oil Prices Rescue the Houston Housing Market?

I don't have an answer right now, but I'll be watching inventory for clues.The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) hasn't released data for May yet.However, in April, active listing were up 17% year-over-year compared to April 2015. Show More Summary

Survey says: You can’t have success without these 4 things

In late 2015, the Texas Association of Realtors surveyed 813 new agents as part of a follow-up to the new agent study it conducted in 2012. The results revealed some surprising findings about how newly licensed real estate salespeople differ from the general population and top producing agents as well...

NAR sues Data Distribution Technologies over patent controversy

Two can play the lawsuit game, and the National Association of Realtors just dealt itself in. On June 8, NAR filed a civil complaint against Data Distribution Technologies (DDT) requesting that its patent on a "remotely updated database system" be declared invalid and unenforceable by the U.S. Show More Summary

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