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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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    Existing-Home Sales Rise in April for Second Straight Month

    Despite ongoing inventory shortages and faster price growth, existing-home sales sustained their recent momentum and moved higher for the second consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. A surge in sales in the Midwest and a decent increase in the Northeast offset smaller declines in the South and West.

    NAR Member Survey Shows More, Younger Realtors® Entering the Industry

    The median age and years of experience of Realtors® has decreased as new and younger professionals enter the industry, according to the 2016 National Association of Realtors® Member Profile.

    Millennials Changing Face of America, Heavily Impacting Homeownership, Say Experts

    Millennials are bucking trends, changing the landscape of America, and sharply different from previous generations in many different ways. One of the most visible and consequential ways is through millennial homeownership numbers, according to experts on generational trends and homeownership presenting at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

    Fine Balance Needed between Property Rights, Regulation of Short-term Rentals

    Mobile and online technology and evolving consumer tastes are changing the dynamics of renting property, and the debate on whether the regulatory response from state and local governments clashes with individual property rights will likely continue, according to speakers at a panel discussion on the current issues surrounding short-term rentals at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

    Lending Remains Largest Concern for Commercial Real Estate Market, Say Realtors®

    Realtors® specializing in commercial real estate expressed confidence in the continued recovery seen in the market but concern over the availability of commercial financing, during a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

    Existing-Home Sales on Course for Best Year since 2006, Student Loan Debt Slowing Prospective Buyers

    Relentless supply constraints and home price growth outpacing wages are testing the patience of homebuyers this year, but existing-home sales are still on track to come in at their highest pace since 2006, according to an economic forecast forum here at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

    Real Estate Agents, Appraisers Voice Concerns over FHA Appraisal Policies

    While the Federal Housing Administration’s overhaul of its Single-Family Housing Policy Handbook last year offered loan originators more clarity on lending policies and loan underwriting standards, some changes made to the property valuation policies are causing confusion and delays, according to speakers at a real property valuation forum yesterday at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

    RealScout Joins REach® Accelerator Class of 2016

    Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors® has accepted RealScout(link is external), an agent-branded web and mobile platform, as the eighth company in its 2016 REach® accelerator class. Last month, SCV announced seven other companies had been chosen to be part of the fourth class.

    HUD Secretary Castro, Panelists Discuss Housing Opportunities for Young Adults Repaying Student Debt

    Struggles exist for many young adults trying to become homeowners, and the burden of repaying their student loan debt is in part delaying their ability to buy, according to speakers at a regulatory issues forum on student debt and homeownership at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

    Realtors® Gather in Washington to Lay Groundwork for Future Policy Successes

    Thousands of Realtors® from across the nation are meeting with legislators, regulators and industry leaders this week to advance the issues critical to their businesses, communities and clients as the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo begins.

    NAR Survey: Active Military Homebuyers Purchase at Younger Ages, Buy Larger and More Expensive Homes

    Differences in household demographics and affordable financing options spur homebuying demand for young active-service military members, causing them to significantly outpace the share of non-military homebuyers under the age of 35, according to the first-ever 2016 Veterans & Active Military Home Buyers and Sellers Profile, which evaluates the differences of recent active-service and veteran home buyers and sellers1 compared to those who’ve never served. The survey also found that while nearly all veteran and non-military buyers and sellers use an agent, usage is practically universal among active-service military members.

    Flood Insurance Legislation Promises Flexibility for Consumers

    Property owners who opt to purchase flood insurance in the private market rather than through the National Flood Insurance Program may do so under current rules, but they risk paying higher rates if they return to the NFIP. H.R. 2901, the “Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act,” passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 419-0 and seeks to alleviate that concern

    Pending Home Sales Maintain Momentum in March

    Pending home sales increased slightly in March for the second consecutive month and reached their highest level in almost a year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the West region saw a decline in contract activity last month

    Existing-Home Sales Spring Ahead in March

    Bolstered by big gains in the Northeast and Midwest, existing-home sales bounced back in March and remained slightly up from a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

    Second Century Ventures® Announces 2016 REach® Accelerator Class

    The National Association of Realtors®’ strategic investment fund, Second Century Ventures, today announced the seven companies chosen to be part of the fourth class of NAR REach®, a vertical tech accelerator helping launch companies into the real estate, financial services, banking, home services and insurance industries. The program is focused on providing these early- to mid-stage companies access to the expertise, influence and key relationships NAR provides, as they are launched into the trillion dollar real estate space

    Realtors® Give Homebuyers Leg Up in Competitive Spring Market

    With demand exceeding supply in markets across the U.S., homebuyers may be facing an uphill battle to find the perfect home this spring. Total housing inventory at the end of February was 1.88 million existing homes available for sale, 1.1 percent lower than last year and at a 4.4 month supply at the current sales pace, which is below the roughly six month supply level needed for a balanced market between buyers and sellers.

    Vacation Home Sales Retreat, Investment Sales Leap in 2015

    Vacation home sales cooled off in 2015 but remained at the second highest amount in nearly a decade, while investment purchases increased for the first time in five years, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released today by the National Association of Realtors®. Mirroring the strong price growth seen throughout the U.S., the median sales price of both vacation and investment homes surged in 2015.

    Pending Home Sales Move Forward in February

    Pending home sales rose solidly in February to their highest level in seven months and remain higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Led by a sizeable increase in the Midwest, all major regions except for the Northeast saw an increase in contract activity in February

    Rapattoni Announces Integration With RPR Advanced Multi-List Platform™ (AMP™)

    Rapattoni Corporation and Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) have jointly announced that Rapattoni customers may be among the first real estate professionals with instant access to live listing data and other MLS resources through RPR’s Advanced Multi-List Platform™ (AMP™).

    Existing-Home Sales Fizzle in February

    After increasing to the highest annual rate in six months, existing-home sales tumbled in February amidst unshakably low supply levels and steadfast price growth in several sections of the country, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Led by the Northeast and Midwest, all four major regions experienced sales declines in February.

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