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Realtors® Highlight Flood Insurance Concerns as House Committee Finalizes Key Markup

The House Financial Services Committee today concluded a markup (link is external) on multiple pieces of legislation to reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program. Following is a statement from National Association of Realtors ® President William E. Brown
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Existing-Home Sales Rise 1.1 Percent in May; Median Sales Price Ascends to New High

Existing-home sales rebounded in May following a notable decline in April, and low inventory levels helped propel the median sales price to a new high while pushing down the median days a home is on the market to a new low, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest saw an increase in sales last month.
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5 Root Causes for U.S.’s Depressed Homeownership Rate: New Study

Despite steadily improving local job markets and historically low mortgage rates, the U.S. homeownership rate is stuck near a 50-year low because of a perverse mix of affordability challenges, student loan debt, tight credit conditions and housing supply shortages
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Led By China, Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Real Estate on the Rise

One-fifth of surveyed Realtors® practicing in commercial real estate closed a sale with an international client in 2016, and as foreign investors flock to smaller-sized commercial properties in secondary and tertiary markets, many Realtors® are confident that increased sales and leasing activity will occur in 2017.
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Realtor® Volunteering Works Program Announces 2017 Mentoring and Grant Recipients

REALTOR® Magazine and the Good Neighbor Society have announced the recipients of the ninth annual Volunteering Works grants and mentoring program, which matches Realtors ® who work on small-scale charitable efforts with mentors and awards them grant money.
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Pending Home Sales Scale Back 1.3 Percent in April

Pending home sales in April slumped for the second consecutive month and were down year-over-year nationally and in all four major regions, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the West saw an increase in contract signings last month
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Foreign Buyers and Immigration Expected to Drive Future Demand for U.S. Housing

U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from foreigners are positioned to bolster home sales activity and prices. That’s according to speakers at an international real estate forum organized by the REALTOR® University Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies session here at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
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Realtors® Have a Positive Outlook for Commercial Markets in 2017

While challenges face commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence that growth will continue. That’s according to speakers at a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
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Tax Reform Could Deliver a Tax Hike for Homeowners: New Research

While tax reform proposals swirling around Washington, D.C., promise lower tax bills for American families, new estimates indicate that many middle-income homeowners may actually see a tax increase if those proposals go through
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NAR Midyear Forecast: Existing-Home Sales Poised to Climb 3.5 Percent in 2017

The multi-year stretch of robust job gains along with improving household confidence are expected to guide existing-home sales to a decade high in 2017, but supply and affordability headwinds and modest economic growth are holding back sales and threatening to keep the nation’s low homeownership rate subdued.
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Second Century Ventures adds Adwerx and immoviewer to 2017 REach® Accelerator Class

Two more innovative technology companies have been selected to join REach®, a growth technology accelerator program from the National Association of Realtors®' strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures.
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Regulations, Retention and Recruitment Pressing Issues for Appraisal Industry

Any perceived shortage of appraisers may be location specific and dependent on whom you ask, but there is universal agreement that more needs to be done to keep appraisers in the profession and attract new talent. That’s according to panelists yesterday at a property valuation forum at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
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REALTOR Benefits® Partner Placester Offers Free Websites to All Realtors®

Last year, Realtors® spent a median of $70 to maintain a website. To help reduce business costs, Placester(link is external), a real estate website and marketing platform, is extending its partnership with the National Association of Realtors® to bring a basic “NAR Edition” website to the association’s 1.2 million members at no charge.
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HUD Secretary Carson Highlights Possible Improvements to Homeownership Programs

Potential homebuyers have a lot to contend with from tight credit and low inventory to rising prices. But for buyers who are able to muscle past these hurdles, Realtors® know that tough-to-make deals can still fall apart when needlessly high regulatory burdens get in the way.
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Metro Home-Price Growth Heats Up 6.9 Percent in First Quarter

The strongest quarterly sales pace in exactly a decade put significant downward pressure on inventory levels and caused price growth to further accelerate during the first three months of 2017, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. Metro home prices have now accelerated for three consecutive quarters.
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5 Tips for Buyers in a Tight Housing Market

When inventory is low, home prices tend to go up. Attempting to purchase a house in this type of market can make the already complex process of buying a home even more overwhelming. To help buyers successfully get through the buying process in a tight inventory market with as little stress and difficulty as possible, the National Association of Realtors® has these five suggestions and an infographic: https://www.nar.realtor/infographics/5-tips-for-buying-in-a-tight-market.
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Survey Reports 12 Percent Jump in REALTOR® Business Activity

After a slip in business in 2015, the National Association of Realtors® Member Profile found that the income and sales volume of Realtor® members increased in 2016. The median gross income of Realtors® increased 8 percent in 2016 as the typical member had the highest number of transactions in recent years.
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Realtors® Support Pam Patenaude Nomination for HUD Deputy Secretary

The Trump administration today announced the nomination of Pam Patenaude as deputy secretary. Following is a statement from NAR President William E. Brown on the nomination
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Pending Home Sales Dip 0.8% in March

Pending home sales in March maintained their recent high level, but momentum slackened slightly in most of the country as dearth supply weighed on activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the South saw an uptick in contract signings last month
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Homeownership in the Crosshairs of Latest Tax Plan, Say Realtors®

Major reforms are needed to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of current and prospective homeowners. That’s according to National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties.
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Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March

Existing-home sales took off in March to their highest pace in over 10 years, and severe supply shortages resulted in the typical home coming off the market significantly faster than in February and a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the West saw a decline in sales activity in March.

Second Century Ventures Announces 2017 REach® Accelerator Class

The National Association of Realtors®’ strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures, unveiled seven organizations chosen for the 2017 class of REach®, a growth technology accelerator program helping launch companies into the real estate, financial services, banking, home services and insurance industries. The program is focused on providing early-to mid-stage companies with access to NAR’s industry expertise, influence and key relationships as companies are launched into the trillion dollar real estate space
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Personal Safety Company Guard Llama Scores Deal on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

With an offer of $100,000 from investor Barbara Corcoran, 2015 REach real estate technology accelerator participant and personal safety device company, Guard Llama(link is external), is officially a part of “Shark Tank” television history.
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Affordability, Tight Supply Cause Vacation Home Sales to Plummet in 2016; Investment Sales Climb...

Last year’s strongest pace of home sales in a decade included a sizeable drop in activity from vacation buyers and a jump from individual investors, according to an annual second-home survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®. The survey additionally found that vacation and investment buyers in 2016 were more likely to take out a mortgage and use their property as a short-term rental
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Majority of Realtors® Say Clients Interested in Sustainability

Growing consumer interest and demand for greener, more sustainable properties is driving a dialogue between Realtors® and homebuyers and sellers. Over half of Realtors® find that consumers have interest in real estate sustainability issues and practices, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ recent REALTORS® and Sustainability report
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VA Home Loan Program Marked by Strong Underwriting, but Appraisers Raise Concerns

Challenges facing real estate appraisers servicing the Veterans Affairs were under Congress’s microscope this week as the National Association of Realtors® and other industry leaders took to Capitol Hill to hail the continued success of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.
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With National Flood Insurance Program Expiring in Six Months, Realtors® Sound the Alarm

On September 30, just six months from today, the National Flood Insurance Program will expire. The National Association of Realtors® is working closely(link is external) with federal regulators and members of Congress to strengthen the program(link is external) and clear the way for a private market to take hold; NAR has also issued a series of principles(link is external) to improve access and affordability for consumers.
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Pending Home Sales Leap 5.5% in February

Pending home sales rebounded sharply in February to their highest level in nearly a year and second-highest level in over a decade, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw a notable hike in contract activity last month.
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6 REALTOR® Associations Honored for Community Outreach

The National Association of Realtors® has honored six Realtor® associations across the country with Community Outreach Awards. These awards recognize associations that have worked within their communities to make them a better place to live and do business
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Existing-Home Sales Stumble in February

After starting the year at the fastest pace in almost a decade, existing-home sales slid in February but remained above year ago levels both nationally and in all major regions, according to the National Association of Realtors

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