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International Women’s Day: Women in Real Estate

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the globe. To mark the occasion, here is a look at women in real estate. The typical REALTOR® – a...
March 8, 2018

Impact of aluminum, steel tariffs on residential real estate

Following is a statement from National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun on the proposal to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum and the potential impact on residential real estate: “International trade requires reciprocal understanding of mutual interests. Trade has...

Realtors® win pro-real estate provisions in budget deal

The federal budget deal passed by Congress and now on its way to the President’s desk contains a number of wins for real estate, including a temporary extension of federal flood insurance and extension of several National Association of...

Realtors®: RESPA win on marketing service agreements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has reinstated its prior holding that payments for bona fide services provided and made at fair market value do not violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, or RESPA. This decision...

NAR Statement on Federal Government Shutdown

National Association of Realtors® President Elizabeth Mendenhall issued the following statement in response to the shutdown of the federal government: “The government shutdown will have an impact on real estate transactions should it continue for an extended period of time.  The National Association...

Healthcare 101: Insurance Challenges for Realtors® and other Independent Contractors

Nearly nine in 10 Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors®, are independent contractors of their real estate firms. As an independent contractor, many typically don’t have access to traditional employer-provided benefits, such as health insurance. As debate...
November 8, 2017

Realtors® extend support for 200 years of home history

The National Association of Realtors®, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, is helping keep alive the history of a house whose story is a snapshot of America itself. Since 2001, the National Association of Realtors® has sponsored the “Within...

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

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

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