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Realtor® Volunteer and Mentor Program Seeks Nominations

Washington, DC – January 11, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Society is seeking entries for Volunteering Works, a program that matches Realtors® who would like to expand their community service outreach with a mentor who is already a successful volunteer leader.

Real Estate Today Celebrates 100th Show

Washington, DC – January 7, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Real Estate Today, the national talk radio show produced by the National Association of Realtors®, celebrates its 100th show this weekend. Now the fastest growing real estate show in the country, Real Estate Today can be heard on more than 120 stations across the U.S, including in every top-10 market.

Pending Home Sales Continue Recovery, Gradual Improvement Seen in 2011

Washington, DC – December 30, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) –Pending home sales rose again in November, with the broad trend over the past five months indicating a gradual recovery into 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors®

NAR’s Second Century Ventures Invests in Ifbyphone

Chicago, IL – December 28, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of REALTORS® has invested in Ifbyphone through its strategic investment fund, Second Century Ventures. As part of the arrangement, NAR is also collaborating with Ifbyphone to develop solutions that enhance voice interactions for its more than 1.1 million REALTOR® members.

Realtors® Reflect on 2010; Ready for 2011

Washington, DC – December 27, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — 2010 has been a year of real estate contrasts. While many consumers have taken advantage of historic buying opportunities and the market has seen a gradual stabilization of sales and prices, other challenges facing the nation have led some to question the value of home ownership for families, communities, and the country.

Existing-Home Sales Resume Uptrend with Stable Prices

WASHINGTON, DC – December 22, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Existing-home sales got back on an upward path in November, resuming a growth trend since bottoming in July, according to the National Association of Realtors®

Home Owners Recoup More with Exterior Replacement Projects, REALTORS® Report

Washington, DC – December 15, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — As part of the 2010-11Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, REALTORS® recently rated exterior replacement projects among the most cost-effective home improvement projects, demonstrating that curb appeal remains one of the most important aspects of a home at resale time.

Strong Rebound in Pending Home Sales

Washington, DC – December 2, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Pending home sales jumped in October, showing a positive uptrend since bottoming in June, according to the National Association of REALTORS

Realtors® Say Mortgage Interest Deduction Vital to Home Ownership, Economy

Washington, DC – December 1, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Ron Phipps. “As the leading advocate for housing and home ownership issues, NAR firmly believes that the mortgage interest deduction (MID) is vital to the stability of the American housing market and economy.

Commercial Real Estate Markets Stabilizing, See Slight Improvement in 2011

Washington, DC – November 29, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Commercial real estate markets are flattening out, with modestly improving fundamentals expected in 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors

REALTORS® Give Thanks to American Troops and their Families this Holiday Season

Washington, DC – November 25, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — As the holiday season approaches, the National Association of REALTORS® is giving thanks to American troops. NAR will provide care packages and housing assistance to support soldiers and their families here in the U.S. and abroad. Two national charities will receive support from NAR – Operation American Soldier and USA Cares.

Existing-Home Sales Decline in October Following Two Monthly Gains

Washington, DC – November 23, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Existing-home sales retreated in October on the heels of two strong monthly gains, according to the National Association of REALTORS

IdentitySecure Gives Realtors® Peace of Mind

Washington, DC- November 22, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Identity theft is becoming one of the fastest growing crimes in America, and the National Association of Realtors® is committed to helping members keep their identities safe. Toward that end, the IdentitySecure Program for Realtors® is now available through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program in partnership with Affinion Benefits Group, LLC.

NAR’s Realtor.com is Going Global

Washington, DC – November 19, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of REALTORS® announced today that Realtor.com, NAR’s official website, will be going global, extending its lead as the world’s largest online source of residential property listings.

REALTOR® Associations Receive Grants for Supporting Housing Opportunities

Washington, DC – November 18, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The Housing Opportunity Fund, a National Association of REALTORS® grant program, has presented $50,000 to 15 local and state REALTOR® associations. Those associations will use the funds to promote and expand affordable housing opportunities in their communities.

NAR Praises FHA’s Increased Stability

Washington, DC – November 17, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — The latest independent audit of the Federal Housing Administration shows the agency’s financial condition has improved from last year, when it announced its capital reserve fund had fallen below the 2 percent level mandated by Congress. The annual audit shows that the capital ratio for the single-family portfolio rose from 0.42 percent to 0.79 percent over the past year.

Housing Market Recovery Depends on Jobs, Access to Credit, Says NAR

Washington, DC – November 17, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Although the recent trend of rising long-term borrowing rates may mean higher mortgages for consumers in the coming months, the greater obstacles to housing market recovery are job creation and availability of credit, according to a National Association of REALTORS® analysis.

Fundamentals Holding in Commercial Real Estate

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2008 – Commercial real estate market fundamentals are fairly stable, although investment is waning following a record year in 2007, according to the latest COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK of the National Association of Realtors

Why Now is a Smart Time to Buy

Now is a great time to buy a home, say the financial gurus at the Wall Street Journal.
The Journal calls it a buyers market and offers these suggestions for first-timers getting their feet wet. While their advice is solid, it’s not revolutionary, but some potential customers might find it reassuring

Recognizing Inspection Red Flags

Practitioners can protect themselves against potential liability by learning how to pick out visible defects in new and older homes.

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