It’s National Puppy Day, and NAR Knows It’s a Dog’s House

It’s National Puppy Day, one of the cutest days of the year (I’m looking at you National Kitten Day)! According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 report Animal House: Remodeling Impact, homeowners will be one of the largest...
March 23, 2017

NAR Infographic: Housing’s Sweet 16′s

Sixteen teams remain as play resumes this week in the men’s and women’s NCAA Basketball Championships. Here’s a sweet assist from the National Association Realtors® on where the number 16 shows up in recent housing survey data: Younger baby...

Existing-Home Sales Hit Rough Patch in February

Talk to a Realtor® in much of the country right now and they’ll all echo a similar narrative: homes are selling quickly because there are not enough listings on the market. It’s why existing sales stumbled in February and price...

Lucky numbers in homebuying

On St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a tradition for many to raise a glass and toast the luck o’ the Irish. For potential buyers without the luck of the Irish on their side, the number 10 may be what brings them the...
March 16, 2017

Appraiser Survey Shows Challenges Remain for Practitioners

There’s been a lot of talk within the industry about appraisals lately, especially on issues like turnaround times, higher and/or “rush fees,” and the challenge of bringing new appraisers into the profession. The National Association of Realtors® just released fresh...

Instant Reaction: Today’s FOMC Meeting

Below is the following statement from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun on the Federal Reserve’s decision today to raise short-term rates for the first time in 2017: “Rising inflation will predominantly dictate the next monetary policy decision, but another...

Beat Bill Brown’s Brackets

The NCAA Basketball Championships are upon us, and NAR President Bill Brown has caught bracket fever. Think you’ve got the prognostication chops to top NAR’s President? Then head to the links below to make your picks, for both the Men’s...
March 15, 2017

Buy Where the Baseballs Fly in March

Wouldn’t it be better to pull your muscle attempting to catch a foul ball instead of shoveling a foot of snow? Knowing there are 13 spring training baseball games being played across the state of Florida and in the...

Story Ideas: Should a Homeowner Take the Lowest Bid for a Remodel?

How does a homeowner know when to spend a lot of money on a home project versus when it is all right to go a cheaper route? When taking bids for a renovation project, it can be tempting to...
March 13, 2017

Instant Reaction: February Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s thoughts on this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ February jobs report: “The boosts to business and consumer confidence over the past few months is evidently leading to faster hiring. The...