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Idea Exchange Council Comes Together with Common Goal of Raising the Caliber of the Real Estate Industry

Two times per year, at NAR’s major meetings, the idea exchange council for brokers comes together to share broker challenges, ideas and solutions. ...


Broad-based Slowdown for Home Prices: Case-Shiller

S&P Dow Jones Indices released Tuesday the September 2014 index data for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, a leading measure of U.S. home prices. Results show that home prices continue to decelerate. The 10-City Composite gained 4.8% year-over-year, down from ...


Commercial Real Estate Demand Is Holding Steady despite Overseas Concerns

Despite a slowing global economy, forward economic momentum in the U.S. should keep commercial real estate activity on firmer footing, according to the National Association of REALTORS® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. ...


Improved Home Sales Predicted for 2015, despite Remaining Hurdles

Existing home sales and home prices are expected to rise next year, according to an economic forecast presented by Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, and Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency at a residential real ...


Running Full-Speed Ahead for REALTORS®: Chris Polychron Takes the Helm as NAR 2014 President-Elect

When Chris Polychron speaks to his fellow members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), he sometimes turns his back to the audience and holds up a mirror in front of him. This is Polychron’s way of letting the membership know that he ...


How Do You Turn an Email Address into Business?

So you’ve got a new lead—congrats! Now, all you need to do is build trust that will convert them into a lifetime, loyal client. Easy, right? Keep in mind that 88%* of homebuyers have stated that they start their search for a new ...


New Visa Changes Expected to Help Chinese Buy U.S. Real Estate

International investment in U.S. real estate could soar to new heights in 2015, thanks to the reciprocal U.S./China visa agreement that will issue five-year, multiple-entry visas to students and 10-year, multiple-entry visas to business travelers and tourists. The policy changes went into effect ...


Builders Continue Optimism

The November NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index rose four points to a level of 58 as builders continue to see promise in home selling. This marks the fifth consecutive month for the index to remain above the tipping point of 50 after a ...


The Face of Urban Luxury: Halstead Property Showcases New York City Luxury at Its Finest

Perched atop one of the most prime Lincoln Center condominium buildings, this stunning penthouse offers a glimpse of what luxury truly means in New York City. Featuring unparalleled 360-degree views of Manhattan, this one-of-a-kind “townhouse in the sky” boasts three stories with separate ...


Power Brokers Share Their Tried-and-True Strategies for Enhancing the Consumer Experience

As the market continues to change and evolve, if you ask any real estate professional to name one thing that remains constant throughout, they’ll most likely point to the fact that real estate is a relationship business. And fostering viable relationships with consumers ...


Move, Inc. Officially Acquired by News Corp

News Corp announced today that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Move, Inc., a deal that has been in the works since late September. News Corp, a massive media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, acquired the leading online real estate business for ...


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 ...


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