Property, Rentals, Transactions

Realtors® Support FHFA Director Watt’s Efforts to Promote Affordable Homeownership

WASHINGTON – January 29, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron: “Realtors® support responsible lending to qualified buyers, which is essential for building strong communities. The new low down payment mortgage program introduced last month by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt will safely serve creditworthy borrowers who lack the resources for substantial downpayments plus closing costs while mitigating risk with strong underwriting

NAREE Issues a Call for Entries for 65th Annual Journalism Competition

BOCA RATON, Fla. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Real Estate Editors has issued a call for entries for NAREE’s 65th Annual Journalism Competition. Twenty-five categories will recognize excellence in digital, print and broadcast journalism.

South Carolina REALTORS® Release 2014 Year-End Market Numbers

COLUMBIA, S.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — South Carolina REALTORS® (SCR) today released its 2014 Year-End Statewide Market Report and video.

REALTOR® Magazine Seeks Entries for 2015 Volunteering Works Program

WASHINGTON – January 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Realtors® not only help people realize their dream of homeownership, they also volunteer countless hours to help improve the communities in which they live and work. For seven years, REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Society has helped Realtors® broaden and shape their charitable efforts through the Volunteering Works grant and mentoring program. The program, which matches expert mentors to Realtors® who are looking to expand and improve their community service outreach, is seeking entries through February 27, 2015.

Existing-Home Sales Rebound in December, 2014 Total Sales Finish 3 Percent Below 2013

WASHINGTON – January 23, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Despite low inventory conditions, existing-home sales bounced back in December and climbed above an annual pace of 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months, according to th

Yakima REALTORS® honor Commission as “Partner of the Year” for homebuyer classes

YAKIMA – January 22, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has been recognized by the Yakima Association of REALTORS® as Partner of the Year.

Give NAIOP Five: Video News Update

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Tune in to Give NAIOP Five — a video news update on what’s happening in NAIOP and commercial real estate. Spend a few minutes hearing about legislative successes, the Research Foundation’s newest reports, and the 2015 slate of conferences and events, including the new O.CON: The Office Conference and courses offered on-demand.

Year End Home Sales Bounce Back

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 20, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is an excerpt from the monthly RE/MAX National Housing Report (full report attached and also available on For more information, contact Shaun White at (303) 796-3405.

California’s housing market returning to normalcy as year ends

LOS ANGELES – January 19, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — California’s regional housing markets ended the year with mixed results as statewide home sales inched up from a year ago for the first time in nearly a year and a half, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today

Realtors® Join Coalition to Pass Patent Litigation Reform, Protect Real Estate Industry from Frivolous Lawsuits

WASHINGTON – January 16, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron: “NAR has joined the United for Patent Reform coalition along with a diverse group of American businesses to pursue comprehensive solutions to abusive patent litigation, which costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars every yea

Small, Exterior Home Improvements Offer the Best Value Investments in 2015, Say Realtors®

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 14, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. Compiled annually in collaboration with Hanley Wood’s Remodeling Magazine, the report compares changes in home improvement project costs with Realtors®’ perceptions of what those projects contribute to a home’s price at resale

Derby Legislators Welcome Funds for Downtown Revitalization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 13, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge) and State Representatives Linda M. Gentile, Theresa Conroy and Themis Klarides today applauded the State Bond Commission’s approval of a grant in aid for urban planning and revitalization development for downtown Derby.

AG Frosh: Wicomico homeowner convicted of illegal sewage discharge

Baltimore, MD – January 13, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced today that the owner of Delmar, Maryland rental home who rigged an illegal system to divert raw sewage into a Chesapeake Bay tributary has been convicted of environmental crim

December/Year-End Market Report

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 8, 2015 – Memphis-area home sales for December increased 20.7 percent from a year ago, with 1,317 total sales recorded in the Memphis Area Association of REALTORS® MAARdata property records database. Sales increased 28.5 percent from November, when there were 1,025 total sales. Average sales price from December-to-December was down 0.8 percent [...]


ROCKVILLE, MD – January 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Now is the time for families to clean out their homes and storage spaces and make room for this year’s holiday presents. There are more than 3,000 Goodwill stores across the United States and Canada that are ready to take donations and sell them in their stores. The revenue generated will fund job training programs and community-based support services, such as child care, financial education and mentoring, for people who need them this holiday season.

Stronger Economy, Solid Job Growth Expected to Boost Home Sales in 2015

WASHINGTON – January 08, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) – Existing-home sales are forecasted to rise about 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices, according to National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a newly-released video on his 2015 housing market expectations

ABC Chooses Fringe Benefit Group as Strategic Partner for Ethics and Compliance

Washington, D.C. – January 07, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Fringe Benefit Group, an industry leader in the design, implementation and administration of health and retirement plans for contractors, today announced they have signed a strategic partnership agreement. As ABC’s fourth strategic partner, Fringe Benefit Group will leverage its resources to assist ABC and its 70 chapters in supporting the ABC core value of helping members stay in compliance with government regulations and informed about important compliance information

Easton Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Jail in Connection with Stealing More Than $100,000 in “Rent to Own” Scheme

FALL RIVER – December 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — An Easton man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to jail in connection with stealing $112,000 from customers in a “Rent to Own” advance-fee scheme, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.  He was also ordered to make full restitution to his victims

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Expand Property Tax Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities

CHICAGO – December 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to support secure homeownership for veterans with disabilities and their families. The new law expands property tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities, which will reduce the financial burden of homeownership. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to honor and support the men and women who have served our nation

Pending Home Sales Show Modest Gain in November

WASHINGTON – December 31, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Pending home sales slightly improved in November and are above year-over-year levels for the third straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced a slight gain in activity in November.