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NAR can’t give away new ‘.realtor’ domains

The National Association of Realtors is ready to give away 500,000 free “.realtor” domains to members, and realtor.com will host agent’s profile pages for them at no charge. But nearly a month after NAR opened up the.realtor domain rush,...

Lawler: Updated Read on Existing Home Sales, Table of Distressed Sales in October

From housing economist Tom Lawler:Based on state and local realtor/MLS reports released through today, I have increased my estimate of October existing home sales as measured by the National Association of Realtors to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.31 million (my estimate in last Friday’s report was 5.28 million). Show More Summary

2015 to be a watershed year for millennial homeownership

Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke shared some surprising new research about Gen Y at the recent National Association of Realtors conference: 2015 will probably be a watershed year -- in fact, in may be the year when “Gen Rent”...Show More Summary

NAR venture capital fund on the hunt for tech startups

Technology startups interested in breaking into the real estate industry can now apply for a slot in next year’s tech accelerator program from Second Century Ventures, the venture capital fund of the National Association of Realtors. The program, REach, offers...

Lawler: Early Read on Existing Home Sales in October

From housing economist Tom Lawler:Based on local realtor/MLS reports from across the country released so far this month, I estimate that US existing home sales as measured by the National Association of Realtors ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.28 million, up 2.1% from September’s pace and up 2.9% from last October’s pace. Show More Summary

Beware of turkey wattles and business card cliches

Attending the National Association of Realtors’ annual convention in New Orleans, Leigh Brown has been noticing that Realtors’ business cards almost always ask for referrals. Not only is it highly improbable that Realtors will get a referral from a stranger,...

NAR’s candidates won big in the elections. That doesn’t mean Realtors will get their way.

With a little help from the National Association of Realtors, Republicans regained control of the Senate and increased their majority in the House of Representatives in last week’s elections. But Realtors attending the trade group’s annual convention were told not...

NAR won’t rate members or impose new standards of entry

The National Association of Realtors will not rate its members or impose new standards of entry to join associations, but members will face higher educational requirements after a vote by the trade group’s board. The nearly 850-member NAR board of...

NAR vote gives broker listing websites a shot in the arm

The board of directors of the National Association of Realtors has passed policy recommendations designed to help broker listing websites become more friendly to consumers and competitive with third-party portals. With the vote, multiple listing services must now allow brokers to...

Realtors More Bullish On New Home Sales Than Builders

Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtor’s chief economist, is optimistic about the new home market–even more so than home builders.

How Home Prices Are Faring In Your City

The National Association of Realtors released data showing how home prices have changed in 172 metropolitan areas.

Realtors More Bullish On New Home Sales Than Builders

Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtor’s chief economist, is optimistic about the new home market–even more so than home builders.

How Home Prices Are Faring In Your City

The National Association of Realtors released data showing how home prices have changed in 172 metropolitan areas.

NAR partners with Placester to offer members websites for $5 a month

Nearly every Realtor can now get a personal website equipped with a listing search tool for just $5 a month. The National Association of Realtors has partnered with real estate website provider Placester to offer the deal, which is available to...

Reduced Down Payment Conventional Loans may require Compensating Factors

Mel Watt, Director of the FHFA, has released his prepared remarks for the National Association of Realtors Conference. In his remarks, he addresses the lower down payment options that should be available soon with conforming mortgages and that they will require compensating factors. ” …I also announced recently that the Enterprises are working to develop sensible […]

NAR may order MLSs to give members more leeway to beef up their websites

Some big changes may be coming to agent and broker listing websites that could help them compete with third-party portals and attract more homebuyers. A committee of the National Association of Realtors will consider policy recommendations this week that would...

Complaining about NAR only gets you so far

The National Association of Realtors’ annual convention in New Orleans doesn’t even officially kick off until Friday, but already, Leigh Brown is hearing a lot of kvetching on social media channels (many who can’t be there are following along on...

NAR’s 2014 election bets pay off

The National Association of Realtors made some smart bets in the 2014 midterm elections, backing the winner in 11 of the 13 races that it pulled out the stops for and helping Republicans regain control of the Senate and increase...

Lawler on NAR 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

From housing economist Tom Lawler:The National Association of Realtors released the results of its 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, which are based on a survey of buyers who purchased a home between July 2013 and June 2014. The...Show More Summary

NAR betting Mitch McConnell will become Senate majority leader today

The National Association of Realtors is betting on Republicans to take control of the Senate in today’s election, spending nearly $2 million in soft money in the hopes of reelecting the man who is likely to lead it if they...

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