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With more than 1.3 million members, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) is the voice for real estate. Visit REALTOR.org to see how our real estate resources can benefit you.

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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    Vacation Home Sales Soar to Record High in 2014, Investment Purchases Fall

    Vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to above their most recent peak level in 2006, while investment purchases fell for the fourth straight year, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released today by theNational Association of Realtors

    Realtors® Show Support for New FHA Appointee Ed Golding

    The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron in response to leadership changes at the Federal Housing Administration

    zipLogix Partners with Realtors Property Resource® to Integrate Access

    zipLogix, a technology company helping real estate professionals improve productivity and efficiency, has formed a partnership with Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®). REALTORS® will have faster, fully integrated access directly from RPR to zipForm, for the most authoritative forms collection available, and will also be able to produce RPR’s acclaimed reports directly from zipForm to work even more efficiently with their clients. zipLogix Chairman of the Board Mark Peterson made the announcement

    Existing-Home Sales Slightly Improve in February, Price Growth Gains Steam

    Existing-home sales increased modestly in February, but constrained inventory levels pushed price growth to its fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors

    NAR Study: Accelerating Housing Costs Have Renters Feeling the Squeeze

    The gap between rental costs and household income is widening to unsustainable levels in many parts of the country, and the situation could worsen unless new home construction meaningfully rises, according to new research by the National Association of Realtors®

    Asian Investors Lead International Commercial Investment in U.S. and Canada, says NAR Survey

    International investment in commercial real estate is dominated by Asian interests in both Canada and the U.S., according to a new survey from the Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies at REALTOR® University and the National Association of Realtors

    NAR and Realtors® Federal Credit Union Offer Credit Card as New Benefit for Realtors®

    National Association of Realtors® members now have access to an additional benefit through a new choice for credit, the official REALTOR® credit card. The credit program, available to current and new members of the Realtors® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, features cards with customized real estate-themed designs, exclusive Realtor® branding options and competitive interest rates.

    NAR Generational Survey: Millennials Lead All Buyers, Most Likely to Use Real Estate Agent

    Despite the economic and financial challenges young adults have braved since the recession, the millennial generation represented the largest share of recent buyers, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which evaluates the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers

    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

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