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Vision Insurance Now Available for NAR Members

NAR PULSE—NAR is thrilled to announce the launch of REALTORS® Vision Insurance, the newest offering from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program. REALTORS® Vision Insurance offers two national group plans from which to choose and both provide great, competitive rates and savings on frames, lenses ...


Realtors Property Resource® Offers Innovative Relationship-Building Technology

Claire Bisignano Chesnoff has been in the real estate business for 18 years. Recently named the President of the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® for 2016, Chesnoff is the owner of Claire Properties, a boutique real estate firm with two offices in Staten Island and Brooklyn. The best part of ...


Home Prices Continue to Move Forward in November

In November, 2015, home prices continued their rise across the country, according to the recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. ...


Employment Makes No Big Moves in December

Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in December, which shows stability, although no real forward motion. Twenty-five states had unemployment rate decreases from November, 14 states had increases, and 11 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Forty-two states ...


RE/MAX LLC Sells Last Corporate-Owned Brokerages

RE/MAX, LLC has sold its two remaining corporate-owned brokerages, RE/MAX Northwest in Seattle, Wash. and RE/MAX Equity Group in Portland, Ore, the company has announced. Last year, the global real estate franchisor sold RE/MAX 100 with six offices in Maryland and Virginia. As a result of these three brokerage sales, ...


F.C. Tucker Company Introduces Secure, Completely Digital Transactions Using DocuSign

F.C. Tucker Company recently announced it has standardized its real estate transaction process with DocuSign, Inc. (DocuSign®), using DocuSign Transaction Rooms and eSignature. Tucker’s 800 sales associates in central Indiana will now have the speed and convenience of sending, signing and managing real estate documents completely digitally using DocuSign from ...


Rebuilding Together Elects Sherry Chris as New Board Chair

Rebuilding Together recently announced that Sherry Chris has been elected chair of the national nonprofit’s national board of directors.  Chris, who is president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, will lead the 14-member board as Rebuilding Together transforms the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and ...


Veteran Microsoft Technology Executive John Fikany Joins Quicken Loans as Vice President of Strategy

Detroit-based Quicken Loans recently announced veteran Detroit technology executive John Fikany has joined the company as Vice President of Strategy. In the newly created role, Fikany will be responsible for development of strategy and execution for large technology and other initiatives, while ...


Real Estate Independent Contractor Lawsuits: What’s Next?

Over the past few years, a question has been bubbling around the real estate community: should agents be legally treated as employees or independent contractors? This question has sparked several lawsuits around the country as agents grapple with this legal gray ...


Grocery Stores Help Homes Appreciate Faster, Study Says

Your local grocery market has a lot to do with what happens in your local housing market, according to a new analysis by Zillow featured in the paperback edition of Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate (Grand Central Publishing, Jan. 26). ...


Millennials to Shape Housing Preferences – Once They Start Buying

The millennial generation is poised to make a significant impact on home design with their strong preferences for energy efficiency and smart-home technology; comfortable, workable kitchens and more casual spaces, says speakers today from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Better Homes and Gardens. Both spoke at a ...


HUD Offers $1 Billion for National Disaster Relief

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and the Rockefeller Foundation recently announced the winners of the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).  Secretary Castro traveled to Norfolk, Virginia where he joined Governor Terry McAuliffe in announcing the winners of the competition. Through NDRC, ...


reAltitude Founded by Four Large Boards of REALTORS® Company to Supply Associations with ‘Centers of Excellence’

Four leading boards of REALTORS®, representing more than 80,000 members, including the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®, the Miami Association of REALTORS®, San Antonio Board of REALTORS® and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® have entered into a definitive agreement to form a new company, reAltitude, Inc., the company announced. ...


Engel & Völkers North America CEO Anthony Hitt Featured in Swanepoel POWER 200

Engel & Völkers recently announced that the firm’s North America CEO, Anthony Hitt, has been included in the Swanepoel POWER 200, a ranking of the top 200 most powerful people in residential real estate by the Swanepoel T3 Group, one of the nation’s leading research firms. ...


December Rebound: Existing-Home Sales Snap Back

Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year, and the delayed closings resulting from the rollout of the Know Before You Owe initiative pushed a portion of November’s would-be transactions into last ...


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