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REALTOR® magazine ( 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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    Moderate Expansion, Easing Prices Expected for Commercial Real Estate Markets

    Sustained job growth throughout the country and improving credit conditions are forecast to help keep commercial real estate activity expanding into next year, but property prices are likely to slightly cool off after reaching their peak in some major markets, according to the National Association of Realtors®quarterly commercial real estate forecast.


    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of new funding to help local communities across the country to redevelop severely distressed public and HUD-assisted housing and transform surrounding neighborhoods. The funding announcement introduces an additional, innovative component to the Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, called Planning and Action Grants.

    NAR Presents Realtor® Cynthia Shelton with Distinguished Service Award

    Cynthia Shelton, a Realtor® from Orlando has received the National Association of Realtors® 2015 Distinguished Service Award. The honor is presented yearly to no more than two of NAR’s more than one million members. Winners were recognized at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego.

    Realtors® to Receive zipForm Plus® and zipTMS™ as Free Member Benefit

    The more than one million members of the National Association of Realtors® will soon have free access to electronic forms and transaction management software from REALTOR Benefits® Program partner zipLogix

    FHA Fund Achieves 2 Percent Capital Reserve Requirement

    The Federal Housing Administration today released its 2015 Actuarial Review, a financial assessment of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, and the review shows that the fund has strongly rebounded, achieved greater overall health, and seen increased access to safe mortgage financing as cuts to FHA’s annual mortgage insurance premium have taken hold.

    Existing-Home Sales on Track for Further Expansion in 2016

    Following the housing market’s best year since the recession, existing-home sales are expected to increase in 2016 at a moderate pace; although affordability pressures from inventory shortages and rising mortgage rates could slow the potential for even stronger sales momentum, according to an economic forecast forum here at the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

    Commercial Real Estate May Peak in Expensive Markets, says Realtors® Chief Economist

    While commercial real estate has been steadily recovering in recent years, industry experts expressed concern that prices may have reached a peak during the Commercial Economic Issues and Trends Forum at the 2015

    NAR Prioritizes Member Safety in 2015 and Beyond

    Throughout 2015, the National Association of Realtors® has enhanced and expanded upon its more than a decade old Realtor® Safety program, developing new materials, creating additional resources and providing members with everything they need to feel empowered and confident in their personal safety.

    Drone Landscape Still Evolving as Realtor®, Other Commercial Use Grows

    The Federal Aviation Administration continues its work to integrate unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones, into the National Airspace System, and Realtors® stand ready to take advantage of their many benefits.

    Communicating to Consumers Consistently and Persistently Drives Business for Realtors®

    Delivering meaningful information to consumers quickly and in a conversational way will help Realtors® position themselves as credible real estate experts and ultimately lead to more business, according to a digital technology and lead generation forum here at

    Green Home Features Increase Value and Marketability, Say Realtors®

     Realtors® shared strategies for assessing and conveying the value green features bring to homes during the Real Property Valuation Forum today at the 2015 

    NAR’s Realtors Property Resource® Executes Definitive Agreement with UPSTREAM™, Begins Development

    The National Association of Realtors® and its wholly owned subsidiary, Realtors Property Resource®, have signed a technology agreement with UPSTREAM™, a revolutionary industry-owned and controlled data management company, to develop UPSTREAM™’s cross-industry, state-of-the-art platform for real estate data entry, collection and distribution for real estate brokers

    First-time Buyers Fall Again in NAR Annual Buyer and Seller Survey

    The share of first–time buyers declined for the third consecutive year and remained at its lowest point in nearly three decades as the overall strengthening pace of home sales over the past year was driven more by repeat buyers with dual incomes, according to an annual survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®. The survey additionally found that nearly 90 percent of all respondents worked with a real estate agent to buy or sell a home; which pushed for–sale–by–owner transactions to their lowest share ever.

    Pending Home Sales Lose Further Steam in September

    Pending home sales cooled in September for the second straight month and to their second lowest index reading in 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major regions experienced a pullback in activity in September.

    NAR’s Second Century Ventures Taps Top Technology Executive Alex Lange to Grow Strategic Investments, Accelerator

    Second Century Ventures, the National Association of Realtors®’ strategic investment arm, has hired top technologist Alex Lange, former Market Leader chief technology officer, as an operating partner. Adding to SCV’s future success is the promotion of Mark Birschbach to vice president.

    Existing-Home Sales Regain Momentum in September

    Existing–home sales rebounded strongly in September following August’s decline and have now increased year–over–year for 12 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major regions experienced sales gains in September.

    NAR President Testifies before House Subcommittee in Support of FHA Reforms

    At a hearing today before the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron offered support for H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015.”

    Americans Think Homeownership is a Sound Investment

    A vast majority of Americans believe that buying a home is a solid financial decision, and most believe they could sell their home for at least its initial purchase price, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors®. The 2015 National Housing Pulse Survey also found that a preponderance of Americans think that now is a good time to buy a home.

    SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet, Realtors® Chief Economist Yun Put Commercial Lending in Focus

    U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet today joined National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun at an event highlighting small business issues and commercial real estate.

    NAR President Chris Polychron on Know Before You Owe: “The Hard Work Continues”

    The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron in advance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Know Before You Owe TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure, or TRID, going into effect tomorrow, October 3

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