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Homeownership Incentives Vigorously Defended at Senate Finance Committee

With talk of tax reform heating up on Capitol Hill, the National Association of Realtors® is offering a full-throated defense of tax incentives that promote homeownership. Iona Harrison, chair of NAR’s federal taxation committee, testified before the Senate Finance...
September 14, 2017

REALTOR® Safety Survey: Majority Continue to Feel Safe on the Job

The National Association of Realtors® released the 2017 Member Safety Report on Monday.  The survey asked Realtors® from across the country how safe they feel while on the job, and nearly 3,200 answered questions about their personal experiences and...
August 28, 2017

Realtors® Gather in Washington to Discuss Sustainability

This week, NAR hosted the 2017 Sustainability Summit in Washington, D.C.  Over the course of two days, Realtors® and industry professionals gathered to discuss emerging trends in energy efficiency and ways sustainability is shaping the market. NAR 2017 President-elect...
July 28, 2017

Electronic Closings a “Business Imperative,” but Hurdles Remain Before They’re Widespread

Realtors® know first-hand that real estate closings are a complex process that’s often slow and confusing for their clients. Consumers want simplicity and transparency, and Realtors® say electronic closings have the potential to deliver on that demand, but widespread...

VIDEO: Realtor® Treasurer on Capitol Hill to Support HUD Nominee

When Pam Patenaude’s nomination for deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development was announced in late May, Realtors® offered swift support. “Pam’s extensive and strong background in real estate and housing will be an asset, and...

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

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: S&P/Case-Shiller Index

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s S&P/Case-Shiller index national home-price index reading for December: “Rising mortgage rates should not be boosting home prices, yet home values accelerated with a 5.8% annual gain in December...
February 28, 2017

Infographic: Groundhog Day and Real Estate

Can a groundhog and his shadow predict the strength of the housing market? Here is what happened the past 20 years in real estate when Punxsutawney Phil climbed out of his hole; does seeing his shadow extend to real...
February 1, 2017

Let’s Get Packing on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

Happy Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! When we aren’t frantically trying to pop an entire roll of the stuff, bubble wrap usually enters our lives when we are in the process of packing up a home. In honor of Bubble...
January 30, 2017