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REALTOR® magazine (http://www.realtor.org/realtormag) is the official magazine of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and the business tool for real estate professionals.

The magazine advances real estate best practices, brings expert insight to significant trends, and provides REALTORS® with timely decision-making tools on business purchases and strategies.

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    Pending Home Sales Rise in January to Highest Level in 18 Months

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 27, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest saw gains in activity in January.

    Realtors® Demand Congressional Action to Strengthen Patent Laws, Protect Small Businesses

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Without meaningful patent litigation reform, Realtors® and other small and midsize business owners will remain targets of extortion by unscrupulous entities that demand licensing fees or threaten frivolous lawsuits under the guise of patent infringement.

    Existing-Home Sales Cool in January As Available Inventory Remains Subdued

    WASHINGTON – February 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Existing-home sales declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the

    Commercial Markets Poised for Growth Despite Weaker Global Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 19, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — A stronger labor market and stable U.S. economy should keep commercial real estate demand on the rise, but the pace of growth will likely be hindered by overseas weakness, according to the National Association of Realtors® quarterly commercial real estate forecast.

    REALTOR® Magazine Seeks Nominations for 2015 Good Neighbor Volunteer Awards

    WASHINGTON – February 18, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Realtors® not only help people achieve their dream of homeownership, they also volunteer their time and energy to improve the lives of their community members. The National Association of Realtors® is currently accepting applications from Realtors® who dedicate themselves to volunteer service for REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards

    NAR Tech Edge helps Realtors® Stay Informed of the Latest Tech Tools

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 17, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Technology is transforming the way Realtors® conduct business and connect with clients, and staying up-to-date on new and emerging technologies is an essential part of the real estate profession. To help Realtors® stay a step ahead of the latest mobile and online technologies, the National Association of Realtors® is continuing its one-day technology conference series, NAR Tech Edge

    Realtor® Broker Summits to Concentrate on Management and Technology in 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — As small business owners, real estate brokers must stay ahead of cutting-edge marketing and management practices. That is why the National Association of Realtors® is inviting brokers from across the country to attend 2015 Realtor® Broker Summit events and learn from broker panels and industry leaders about the latest tools and trends affecting the industry and Realtor® businesses.

    Realtors® Applaud FAA’s Proposed Rule to Allow Commercial Drone Use for Real Estate

    WASHINGTON – February 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas, issued the following statement about new proposed rules for unmanned aircraft systems issued today by the Federal Aviation Administration:

    Realtors® Support Safe Entry to Housing Market with More Affordable FHA-Backed Loans

    WASHINGTON – February 12, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas, issued the following statement at the conclusion of today’s hearing of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, The Future of Housing in America: Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration:

    Home-Price Growth Slightly Accelerates in Fourth Quarter of 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 10, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The majority of metropolitan areas experienced steady but slightly stronger price growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, behind a decline in housing supply and an uptick in demand fueled by lower interest rates and a stronger job market, according to the

    Pending Home Sales Stall in December

    WASHINGTON – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Despite interest rates being at their lowest level of 2014, pending home sales cooled in December but remained above year-over-year levels for the fourth consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced declines in December.

    Realtors® Support FHFA Director Watt’s Efforts to Promote Affordable Homeownership

    WASHINGTON – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron: “Realtors® support responsible lending to qualified buyers, which is essential for building strong communities. The new low down payment mortgage program introduced last month by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt will safely serve creditworthy borrowers who lack the resources for substantial downpayments plus closing costs while mitigating risk with strong underwriting

    Home Staging Can Help Sell Home for More, Realtors® Say

    WASHINGTON – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Most homeowners know it is important to keep a home clean, bright and free from clutter while it is on the market for sale. But sometimes, Realtors® say, taking the extra step to stage a home can make a difference in how a buyer values it and the price a seller might get for it, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2015 Profile of Home Staging

    REALTOR® Magazine Seeks Entries for 2015 Volunteering Works Program

    WASHINGTON – January 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Realtors® not only help people realize their dream of homeownership, they also volunteer countless hours to help improve the communities in which they live and work. For seven years, REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Society has helped Realtors® broaden and shape their charitable efforts through the Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program. The program, which matches expert mentors to Realtors® who are looking to expand and improve their community service outreach, is seeking entries through February 27, 2015.

    Existing-Home Sales Rebound in December, 2014 Total Sales Finish 3 Percent Below 2013

    WASHINGTON – January 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Despite low inventory conditions, existing-home sales bounced back in December and climbed above an annual pace of 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months, according to th

    Realtors® Join Coalition to Pass Patent Litigation Reform, Protect Real Estate Industry from Frivolous Lawsuits

    WASHINGTON – January 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron: “NAR has joined the United for Patent Reform coalition along with a diverse group of American businesses to pursue comprehensive solutions to abusive patent litigation, which costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars every yea

    Small, Exterior Home Improvements Offer the Best Value Investments in 2015, Say Realtors®

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 14, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled annually in collaboration with Hanley Wood’s Remodeling Magazine, the report compares changes in home improvement project costs with Realtors®’ perceptions of what those projects contribute to a home’s price at resale

    Stronger Economy, Solid Job Growth Expected to Boost Home Sales in 2015

    WASHINGTON – January 08, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) – Existing-home sales are forecasted to rise about 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices, according to National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a newly-released video on his 2015 housing market expectations

    Pending Home Sales Show Modest Gain in November

    WASHINGTON – December 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Pending home sales slightly improved in November and are above year-over-year levels for the third straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced a slight gain in activity in November.

    Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in November as Inventory Slightly Tightens

    WASHINGTON – December 22, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — After hitting their highest level of the year, existing-home sales slid in November as housing supply showed some tightening, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced a decline in sales compared to a month earlier.

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