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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

Tracking Single-family Home Prices at Inaugurations since 1969

Presidents always promise their version of change once they enter office. One thing that has definitely changed in the past five decades is home prices. NAR began collecting existing-home sales and price data back in 1968. In those 49...

“NAR Newsline” Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Remember this? “Inside the Release: Dissecting January Existing-Home Sales.” One year ago today, that headline launched a National Association of Realtors®’ Blog aimed at delivering news to NAR members and members of the media alike. The inaugural blog post...
February 23, 2016

“Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act” Takes Another Step Forward with House Vote

By a vote of 427-0, the U.S. House of Representatives advanced legislation last night to expand opportunities for homeownership. H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” includes a number of initiatives that have strong support from the National...
February 3, 2016