Veteran and active-military homebuyers

May’s Military Appreciation Month is a time to honor the country’s veterans and active service members and their families and recognize them for their sacrifices. One of the most useful benefits afforded to military personnel is access to Veterans Administration, or VA, home loans,...
May 25, 2017

Existing-Home Sales Cooled in April

Home sales in April (-2.3 percent) could not keep up with the notable upswing seen in March (4.2 percent). It seems that we keep singing the same old tune every month about there not being enough inventory to satisfy...

Congratulations REALTOR® University Graduating Class of 2017!

Congratulations to the 2017 REALTOR® University graduating class! Their academic achievements were honored today with a commencement ceremony in Washington, D.C. The students at REALTOR® University distinguish themselves by earning a Master of Real Estate degree, which includes courses...

Success of Residential, Commercial Real Estate Intertwined Around Infrastructure, Experts Say

Local communities looking to attract residential and commercial real estate investment should address infrastructure needs first and foremost. That’s according to experts at a REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo panel who told the audience that commercial and residential...

Consumer Tips: Keep Your Online Information Safe

Knowledge is power. That was the main take away from NAR’s panel on cyber security, “Protecting Yourself, Your Agents and Your Business: Taking Cyber Security Seriously,” which featured advice from experts on how small businesses and individuals can protect...

Fannie Mae Offers Help to Homebuyers Struggling with Down Payment

Home prices are on the rise around the country, and down payments are naturally rising with them. But Lisa Tartar of Fannie Mae’s Community Lending Team told an audience at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington,...

NAR Midyear Forecast: Existing Sales Up 3.5 Percent

One of the most well-attended forums at the annual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is the Thursday morning housing and economic forecast headlined by NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. This morning’s all-star trifecta of speakers did not disappoint. Yun was...

Instant Reaction: April Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on April residential construction:  “With housing starts declining in April, inventory shortages will continue for a longer period of time. The intensifying housing...

This Week: The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

Washington’s airports and roadways are beginning to jam up more than usual starting today as nearly 10,000 Realtors® descend upon the nation’s capital for the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo at the Marriott Wardman Park. There are a...

Low Inventory Spurs Faster Price Growth in First Quarter

It’s no surprise today’s first quarter metro price report revealed that prices accelerated for the third straight quarter. That’s what happens when sales are strong and inventories remain near record lows. What is amazing is just how fast some metro...