Welcome!




Expand Your Education with These Courses from
Expand your education through NAR's REALTOR® University: A Consumer Advocate Approach to Mortgages: Course 2.
Accredited Buyer's Representative.
At Home with Diversity.
BPOs: The Agent's Role in the Valuation Process.
Bundle 3: CIPS Institute (Non-US Version).

Real Estate Trends Archive


Best Normcore Neighborhoods to Buy an Unpretentious Home

Those counting on millennial buyers to rescue the housing market should be aware of the nascent normcore trend among that generation. The word normcore may sound fake, but a quick Internet search will show you that normcore is for real. ...


Vision of the Future: How NextHome Is Reinventing Real Estate Franchising

According to the 2014 NAR Profile of Real Estate Firms, 84 percent of real estate companies are independent, non-franchised firms; 81 percent of those have just one office with two or more agents—and few franchise brands are designed to accommodate their needs. Enter James Dwiggins, a native Californian born into ...


Harvard Study Says Remodeling Outpacing Real Estate Spending

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, your RIS Consumer Confidant recently learned that the U.S. home improvement industry is faring much better than the broader housing market, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. ...


Consumers Increasingly Optimistic about Economy, Housing

Amid continued strengthening in employment, consumer optimism toward the economy is growing and appears to be contributing to further improvement in overall housing sentiment, according to results from Fannie Mae's February 2015 National Housing Survey™. ...


Foot Traffic Points to a Strong Spring in 2015

For several years, NAR Research has tracked foot traffic as a means of predicting housing activity in subsequent months. This data provides valuable insights about future trends and points to a robust spring market. ...


The Technology Explosion: Its Role and Its Payoff in Today’s Market

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS®. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


NAR and REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Offer Credit Card as New Benefit for REALTORS®

National Association of REALTORS® members now have access to an additional benefit through a new choice for credit—an official REALTOR® credit card. The credit program, available to current and new members of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, ...


Combined Strength, Exponential Growth

The real estate industry is constantly evolving. Fine tuning your approach to growth and change can, for many, draw the line between success and failure. In the following interview, Gary Scott and Ron Clark of Long & Foster Real Estate talk about making the market changes work for them. ...


Zillow to Offer MLS and Broker Partners Free Reporting through the New Program

Zillow recently announced the launch of Zillow® Tech Connect: Reports, the third and newest pillar of the popular Zillow Tech Connect program. Through Zillow Tech Connect: Reports, MLSs and brokerages who send their listings directly to Zillow will have access to expanded reporting on their listings. ...


New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Forms May Mislead Consumers, Complicate Lending

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new disclosure rules, which will go into effect this summer. While their activation is still months away, lenders are already weary that it will make the ...


56 Percent of 3.3 Million HELOCs Scheduled to Reset with Higher Payments are on Underwater Homes

RealtyTrac® recently released its first-ever U.S. HELOC Resetting Report, which found that 56 percent of the 3.3 million Home Equity Lines of Credit potentially resetting with higher, fully amortizing monthly payments from 2015 to 2018 are on properties that are seriously underwater. ...


Look for Enhancements to REALTOR.org Coming Soon!

NAR PULSE—The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ® (NAR) is making enhancements to REALTOR.org designed to help brokers and their agents find the right information at the right time. Keep visiting REALTOR.org to see its new look for the New Year that will mean easier navigation. ...


Property Taxes Highest for Homeowners Who Have Owned between Five and 15 Years

RealtyTrac® recently released its first-ever U.S. Property Tax Rates Report for 2014, which provides average property taxes and effective property tax rates for single family homes in more than 1,000 counties nationwide as well as by state ...


REALTOR® Safety Survey Shows Positive Results, despite Latest Tragedy

The recent death of a Florida man who was gunned down while looking at a home in Fort Lauderdale last week once again has the real estate community speaking about the importance of safety. ...


Specialization: What’s Your Niche?

The days of the ‘generalist’ agent, even in buyer brokerage, are drawing to a close. While some firms and agents do just fine chasing commissions all over town, it seems that in order to really move ahead of the pack, ...


Our Latest News >>