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Threatening Phone Calls to Dozens of Agents Remind Us about REALTOR® Safety

With the recent tragedy of Arkansas broker Beverly Carter still weighing heavily over the real estate community, a recent onslaught of mysterious, threatening phone calls made to several female Fall River, Massachusetts' agents have continued to remind us that REALTOR® ...


REALTOR® Changes Will Heighten Professionalism

NAR Board of Directors voted on several key policy changes in November that will greatly impact the role of the REALTOR® when it comes to professionalism. ...


Changing Demographics Impact Housing Market

REALTORS® from across the country gathered recently to discuss the effects changing homebuyer demographics have on the housing market during the REALTOR® University Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies forum at the recent 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. “Among ...


Professionalism Is the Key

When buyers are looking to hire an agent, what tops their list of criteria? According to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, not surprisingly, the answer is ‘honesty and integrity.’ And with statistics showing ...


4 Insights about Millennials’ Path to Homeownership

Recently Google reported several positive house hunting trends including the news that Millennials are setting their sights on homeownership more so than other age groups. Now that the economy is recovering, younger buyers are more confident about their ...


The Bigger Drag on Homeownership: Down Payments or Debt?

The affordability of housing has been on the tip of everyone's tongue as of late. With many things shifting in the industry, some experts talk about the lowering of required down payments. RealtyTrac recently analyzed affordability in512 U.S. counties with a combined population ...


U.S. House Prices Contribute to Global House Price Recovery

A previous blog post illustrated that U.S. house prices are recording a range of annual gains with some areas of the country rising faster than others. Similarly, in the context of the global economy, annual house price growth in the ...


Share of First-Time Buyers Falls to Lowest Point in 27 Years

Despite an improving job market and low interest rates, the share of first-time buyers fell to its lowest point in nearly three decades and is preventing a healthier housing market from reaching its full potential, according to an annual survey released recently by ...


Student Debt: Will It Drag Down the Housing Recovery?

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through October 2014, which looked at the way colleges and universities are having an effect on housing across the country. Metros with noteworthy university influence are at the top ...


Ask the Expert: What Are Some Common Myths of Working with International Sellers?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Cindy Fauth, Global Marketing Manager with the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


3 Tricks to Treat Your Customers by Helping, Not Selling

Here’s a scary misconception about marketing—the louder you shout the more likely you’ll be heard.  In this age of information overload and the emergence of mobile and other digital trends, consumers are coming to ...


‘Zombie’ Foreclosures Down 23 Percent from Last Year, but Increase in 16 States

RealtyTrac® today released its Q3 2014 “Zombie” Foreclosure Report, which found that 117,298 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to a completed foreclosure, representing 18 percent of all active foreclosures. ...


Home Prices Rise in August

Home prices rose slightly at 0.2% in August, slower than the 0.6% rise in July, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index released Tuesday. However, data through August 2014, released this week in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, continue to show a deceleration ...


By the Numbers: Big Cities You Can Actually Afford to Live In

Big cities are known for having more job opportunities, people to meet, and things to do than small towns. On the flip side, they are also synonymous with traffic, crime, and—above all—high costs. That’s why a big city with ...


Delayed Marriage Equals Delayed Homeownership

The share of 25-- 29 year-olds who are married is down by almost 48 percent for men and 43 percent for women from 1970. This single fact is one of the biggest game changers in the housing industry. ...


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