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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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    Realtors® President Joins Housing Experts at White House for FHA’s 80th Anniversary Celebration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Federal Housing Administration celebrated its 80th anniversary today at the White House with two panel discussions highlighting the past, present, and future of the agency and its impact on homeownership. National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown joined distinguished speakers on the second panel to emphasize the significance of FHA-backed loans to the real estate market and housing recovery.

    Existing-Home Sales Up in June, Unsold Inventory Shows Continued Progress

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Existing-home sales increased in June and reached an annual pace of 5 million sales for the first time since October 2013, while rising inventory continues to push overall supply towards a more balanced market, according to the National Association of Realtors

    National Association of Realtors® Announces Major National Advertising Campaign

    WASHINGTON – July 14, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — As a new generation of home buyers enters into recovering real estate markets across the country, the National Association of Realtors® today announced the launch of a major national advertising campaign in conjunction with realtor.com®, as well as a comprehensive public relations effort, “Real Insight,” which together will showcase the value of the local knowledge and accurate data available to consumers through Realtors® and

    Realtors® Applaud Confirmation of Castro as HUD Secretary

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 11, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown: “The National Association of Realtors® commends the U.S. Senate today for approving the nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

    International Home Buyers Continue to Invest in Profitable U.S. Market, Realtors® Report

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Favorable exchange rates, affordable home prices and rising affluence abroad continue to drive international buyers to the U.S. to purchase properties and make real estate investments

    FHA HAWK Program a Good Start but Needs to Go Further, Say Realtors®

    WASHINGTON – July 1, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In a letter sent today to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Association of Realtors® offered support for the Federal Housing Administration’s efforts to reduce mortgage insurance premiums for first-time buyers through its Homeowners Armed with Knowledge, or HAWK, housing counseling pilot program but is concerned the program won’t significantly reduce premiums or reach enough qualified buyers

    NAR Survey Shows Realtors® Continue to Invest in Mobile Technologies

    WASHINGTON – June 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Over the years, Realtors® have spent countless time and millions of dollars advancing real estate technologies and keeping up with the latest high-tech tools. The 2013-2014 Realtor® Technology Survey, conducted by NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Technology, found that Realtors® continued to invest in new technology for their businesses in 2013 and spent more than they did in previous years.

    Pending Home Sales Surge in May

    WASHINGTON – June 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Pending home sales rose sharply in May, with lower mortgage rates and increased inventory accelerating the market, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four regions of the country saw increases in pending sales, with the Northeast and West experiencing the largest gains.

    Existing-Home Sales Heat Up in May, Inventory Levels Continue to Improve

    WASHINGTON – June 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Existing-home sales rose strongly in May and inventory gains continued to help moderate price growth, according to the National Association of Realtors

    “Coming Soon” Properties Can Create Consumer Confusion

    WASHINGTON – June 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Realtors®today published information for NAR members regarding advertising properties as “coming soon.”

    Led By Multifamily, Improvement Seen in All Commercial Real Estate Sectors

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 27, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The outlook for all of the major commercial real estate sectors is slightly improving despite disappointing economic growth during the first quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Realtors

    April Existing-Home Sales Show Modest Improvement Behind Gaining Inventory

    WASHINGTON – May 22, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Existing-home sales increased for the first time this year in April, while inventory meaningfully increased and home price growth moderated, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Monthly sales gains in the West and South offset a modest decline in the Midwest while the Northeast was unchanged

    NAR Member Survey Shows Rise in Realtor® Income and Sales Volume

    WASHINGTON – May 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Reflecting the 11.5 percent growth in home prices last year, income and sales volume jumped for the third year in a row, according to the 2014 National Association of Realtors® Member Profile. The survey also found an increase in new and younger members to NAR in 2013

    Realtors® Discuss the Importance of Commuting Costs, Traffic to Homebuyers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Realtors® from across the country gathered today to discuss the effects of traffic and commuting on homebuying, and the general consensus is that traffic congestion is here to stay and there isn’t anything to be done about it.

    VA Officials Enlist Realtors® to Recruit Home Appraisers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking steps to improve services for active and former military service members who are ready to buy a home, said officials from the VA Home Loan Guaranty program yesterday at an agency briefing for Realtors® during the Realtor® Party Convention & Trade Expo

    Realtors® Declare Confidence in Commercial Market

    WASHINGTON – May 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Realtors® who specialize in commercial real estate expressed confidence and optimism in the market during a forum at the REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo. Despite a sluggish economy, commercial practitioners are not only reporting improvements in the market, but they expect improvements to continue in the years to come.

    Realtor.com® Gives Buyers, Sellers and Agents What They Want

    WASHINGTON – May 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — New enhancements to residential listing site realtor.com® are giving consumers the features they want and ensuring that they can continue to rely on the site for the freshest and most comprehensive property listings. That was the message delivered today by Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move Inc., operator of NAR’s official property listing website realtor.com®, during the Realtor® Party Convention & Trade Expo.

    Forecast for Housing and the Economy Suggests Gradual Improvement through 2015

    WASHINGTON – May 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Housing activity was sub-par in the first quarter of this year, dampened in part by severe weather patterns, but an uptrend is expected with healthy underlying demand over the balance of the year and through 2015, according to presentations at a residential real estate forum here during

    Homeownership Won’t Be Casualty of Political Gridlock Strategists Tell Realtors®

    WASHINGTON – May 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Homeownership is expected to retain its political luster through the 2014 election cycle, even as lawmakers struggle to reach consensus on major policy issues like immigration and healthcare, said two top political strategists at today’s Federal Legislative and Political Forum during the Realtor® Party Convention & Trade Expo

    FHA Announces Blueprint for Greater Homebuyer Access to Credit

    WASHINGTON – May 15, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Federal Housing Agency is taking additional steps to expand access to mortgage credit for underserved borrowers, according to Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, who spoke to Realtors® today at the FHA: 80 Years and Counting – Regulatory Issues Forum during the Realtor® Party Convention & Trade Expo.

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