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OfficeMax Offers Realtors® New Ways to Save

Washington, DC – March 29, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — As Realtors®’ businesses grow, so do their needs for quality office supply products. Now OfficeMax and the National Association of Realtors® are proud to offer discounts to NAR members on office supplies and services through the REALTOR Benefits® Program.

February Pending Home Sales Rise

Washington, DC – March 28, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) –Pending home sales increased in February but with notable regional variations, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

NAR Home Ownership Bus Tour Stops in Portland

Portland, OR – March 25, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — After several stops throughout the country this month, the Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour will stop in Portland on Saturday, March 26, outside the Portland Better Living Home Garden & Lifestyle Show. Hosted by the National Association of REALTORS®, the bus tour will give consumers the chance to speak with NAR leaders and local officials about how shifting priorities and public policies in Washington could affect home ownership in Portland

February Existing-Home Sales Decline following Sustained Gains

Washington, DC – March 21, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — WASHINGTON (March 21, 2011) – Existing-home sales fell in February following three straight monthly increases, according to the National Association of REALTORS

Denver Welcomes NAR Home Ownership Bus Tour

Washington, DC – March 18, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — A month-long Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour hosted by the National Association of Realtors® makes a stop this week outside the Denver Home Show on Saturday, March 19. NAR leaders and invited local officials will be on hand to hear from consumers and speak with them about how shifting priorities and public policies in Washington could affect home ownership here in Denver

Tax Time Less Taxing for Home Owners

Washington, DC – March 15, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — “Owning a home offers myriad benefits throughout the year, but some of the financial advantages of home ownership are most apparent at tax time,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “As many of today’s hard-working American families are feeling a financial squeeze, the tax benefits that can come from owning a home can be a welcome relief.”

Realtors® Advocate Reform, Long-term Extension of National Flood Insurance Program

Washington, DC – March 11, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Congress needs to strengthen and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program for the long term to prevent undermining the fragile real estate market recovery, the National Association of Realtors® said in testimony today before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity.

NAR Bus Tour Opens National Home Ownership Dialogue

Washington, DC – March 2, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Throughout this month, consumers across the country can engage Realtors®, local officials, and their neighbors on an issue that literally hits close to home – home ownership – as the National Association of Realtors® kicks off a month-long Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour in cities across the nation.

REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards Now Accepting Nominations

Washington, DC – February 28, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Realtors® is currently accepting applications for the 12th annual REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards. The awards recognize Realtors® for their dedication to volunteer service

Pending Home Sales Decline in January

Washington, DC – February 28, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Pending home sales eased moderately in January for the second straight month, but remain 20.6 percent above the cyclical low last June, according to the National Association of Realtors

Commercial Real Estate Vacancy Rates to Decline but Rent Recovery Delayed

Washington, DC – February 25, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — A stabilization trend is taking place in commercial real estate sectors, but in most markets rent will remain soft except for multifamily rentals, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Existing-Home Sales Rise Again in January

Washington, DC – February 23, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The uptrend in existing-home sales continues, with January sales rising for the third consecutive month with a pace that is now above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTORS

America Needs an Affordable and Adequately Regulated Secondary Market, Says NAR

Washington, DC – February 14, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of REALTORS® welcomes the Obama Administration’s call for an orderly transition from the current form of the secondary mortgage market to a new structure that would enable Americans to achieve affordable, sustainable mortgages

GSE Structures Must Protect Taxpayers and Ensure Mortgage Availability, Says NAR

WASHINGTON, DC – February 10, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Continued government participation in the secondary mortgage market is essential to ensuring affordable and available home mortgages to qualified consumers when private lenders withdraw from the market, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ recommendations for restructuring the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs)

Home Price Stabilization Seen in Most Metro Areas during Fourth Quarter, Sales Up

Washington, DC – February 10, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Home sales rebounded in 49 states during the fourth quarter with 78 markets – just over half of the available metropolitan areas – experiencing price gains from a year ago, while most of the rest saw price weakness, according to the latest survey by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Realtors® Praise FHFA for Proposed Rule to Prohibit Private Transfer Fees

Washington, DC – February 4, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Realtors® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for moving ahead with a proposed rule to restrict government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants

Pending Home Sales Continue Uptrend

Washington, DC – January 27, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Pending home sales improved further in December, marking the fifth gain in the past six months, according to the National Association of Realtor

New ABR® App for iPhone Helps REALTORS® Connect with Buyers

Chicago, IL – January 24, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Realtors® who work with buyers now have a new resource available through the ABR® App for the iPhone. Available now through the iTunes store, this new benefit will help Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designees grow their business while also connecting with home buyers

December Existing-Home Sales Jump

Washington, DC – January 20, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Existing-home sales rose sharply in December, when sales increased for the fifth time in the past six months, according to the National Association of REALTORS

Owners, Renters Agree: Owning a Home is a Smart Decision

Washington, DC – January 20, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — A substantial majority of both home owners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. That’s according to the results of a National Association of Realtors® survey of 3,793 adults conducted online by Harris Interactive

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