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From Mexico to Dubai: Buyer Representation Goes Global

With thousands of Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designees in the United States and Canada, brokers and agents understand the value of the skills and training the designation delivers here at home. Although increasingly common in North America, the concept of buyer representation ...


Exclusive Member Benefits Offer a Distinct Advantage

Members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) automatically have access to a wide array of exclusive business tools, data, educational opportunities and discount programs—all of which have been carefully designed to help REALTORS® build their business, work more efficiently, and build stronger client relationships in order to succeed in ...


RESPA Enforcement Back in the Spotlight

In the April column, we warned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was going to be aggressive on RESPA, as it has more resources and power than HUD ever had. Two cases were worthy of CFPB press releases, but numerous others are waiting in the wings. Of the two ...


Only a Dozen Large Metro Housing Markets Feature Affordable Housing

Of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, only a dozen are currently more affordable than they historically have been for both renters and homeowners, as widespread growth in housing costs continues to outpace wage growth. Nationally, U.S. home values rose 6.5 percent ...


July Data Shows the Healthiest End to Spring Home Buying Season in Three Years

For the first time in three years, July data shows the price appreciation and inventory increases established during peak buying season (from April to July) continue their upward trend, untouched by external economic factors, according to ...


Watch: Why Should You Claim a .REALTOR Domain?

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real ...


Housing Starts Soar in July

(MCT)—New home construction surged to an eight-month high in July, providing a lift to the broader economy. Housing starts jumped 15.7 percent from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists had expected a rate ...


What Will Your .REALTOR Domain Name Be?

NAR PULSE—On Oct. 23, you and your agents can finally claim your .REALTOR domain! Get ready by visiting www.about.REALTOR to access FAQs, videos, naming guidelines and other great resources. The first 500,000 members who register will receive a FREE ...


What Is Culture? And How Much Does It Matter?

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns on the importance of Corporate Culture from Speaker and Coach Vince Leisey, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. ...


Why the School District Should Impact Your Home Search

Buying a home in a good school district can result in resale advantages, offer protection from market fluctuation and provide a great education. Real estate experts in markets across the country share what you should know about a school district’s impact on ...


Pets Are Still Homeowner’s Secret Weapons

No one knows exactly how many renters become homeowners because—or partly because–they love their dog or cat. Faced with the option of losing a loved pooch or biting the bullet and buying, certainly many more choose homeownership to keep a pet than admit it. ...


Affordability Approaches Pre-2004 Norm as Prices Firm

Housing affordability dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).  Nationwide, the second quarter HOI was 62.6—i.e., 62.6 percent of new and existing ...


Millennials Could Hold the Key to Housing Recovery

(MCT)—Dustin Walsh could’ve bought a house in his 20s, except he saw no point. The 31-year-old had the income, but preferred the financial freedom of renting a room in his cousin’s basement. “With my generation, nobody thinks about their debt and nobody ...


Price Increases Cool Down in the Summertime

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 7.5 percent in June 2014 compared to June 2013 and rose 1 percent over May, setting new highs for 12 states. Despite low rates, investor purchases and tight supplies, prices are expected to slow down to a .07 percent monthly increase in July. ...


Home-Price Gains Decelerate in Many Metro Areas during Second Quarter

Home-price growth continued to moderate in many metropolitan areas in the second quarter and national year-over-year price appreciation is now at its slowest pace since 2012, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


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