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Existing-Homes Sales Slip in January as Some Potential Buyers Wait on Sidelines

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2008 - Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – slipped 0.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate(1) of 4.89 million units in January from an upwardly revised level of 4.91 million in December, and are 23.4 percent below the 6.44 million-unit pace in January 2007.

REALTORS Hope to Improve State of Minority Homeownership

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2008 - “Homeownership is part of the American dream,” said 2008 NAR President-elect Charles McMillan. “As the nation’s leading advocate for housing issues, NAR is committed to removing disparities in homeownership and making the face of homeownership in this country look more like America.”

Mastering Foreclosures

REO business awaits those who can juggle details and expectations for fast turnover while earning the trust of lenders.

Fourth Quarter Commercial Real Estate Index Eases

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2008 - The Commercial Leading Indicator for Brokerage Activity(1) slipped 0.4 percent to an index of 120.1 in the fourth quarter from a reading of 120.6 in the third quarter, but remains 0.1 above the fourth quarter of 2006 when it stood at 119.9.

NAR Pushes for Homeownership Protection for Older Americans

WASHINGTON, February 13, 2008 - The National Association of Realtors testified today that foreclosure rescue scams have caused major problems for many Americans and that older Americans and other vulnerable borrowers are frequently targets. NAR called for increased funding for programs that provide financial assistance, counseling and consumer education to borrowers to help them avoid foreclosures and foreclosure rescue scams.

Existing-Home Sales to Hold in Narrow Range, then Begin Upward Trend

WASHINGTON, February 07, 2008 - A continuation of soft market conditions is forecast for existing-home sales in the months ahead, with improvement expected by the second half of this year if loan limits are increased, according to the latest forecast by the National Association of Realtors

Fannie and Freddie Reform Will Significantly Impact Housing Market, Says NAR

WASHINGTON, February 07, 2008 - The National Association of Realtors today expressed ongoing support for legislative reform to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that would help stabilize the housing market and improve liquidity to the secondary nonconforming market. NAR stressed the importance of permanently increasing the loan limits as part of any reform package; that will help encourage healthier conditions in the housing market and strengthen the national GDP.

REALTORS®, Mayors Recognize Miami-Dade for Virtual Housing Center

WASHINGTON, February 01, 2008 - The National Association of Realtors® and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have named Miami-Dade County an Ambassador City for its Housing Central Web portal. The virtual one-stop housing center connects residents with affordable homes and rental units and provides valuable information and resources for area families.

REALTORS®, Mayors Recognize Miami-Dade for Virtual Housing Center

WASHINGTON, February 01, 2008 - The National Association of Realtors® and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have named Miami-Dade County an Ambassador City for its Housing Central Web portal. The virtual one-stop housing center connects residents with affordable homes and rental units and provides valuable information and resources for area families

NAR Says Economic Stimulus Legislation Will Help Jumpstart Sluggish Housing Market

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2008 - The National Association of Realtors congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives and President Bush for their bipartisan actions to help families in need, the housing market, and the U.S. economy.

2007 Existing-home Sales Fifth Highest

Existing-home sales declined in December following several months of stable activity, with total sales in 2007 still at the fifth highest on record, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

Existing-home Sales Down in December but 2007 was Fifth Highest on Record

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2008 - Existing-home sales declined in December following several months of stable activity, with total sales in 2007 at the fifth highest on record, according to the National Association of Realtors

Stimulus Package Must Include Loan Limit Increase to Help Homeowners, Economy Immediately, Says NAR

WASHINGTON, January 17, 2008 - The National Association of Realtors® today urged President George W. Bush and Congress to help homeowners and the national economy by loosening constraints on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as an integral part of a federal stimulus package currently being discussed.

Foreclosure Crackdown May Hurt Investors

States Clamp Down on Sharks; Legitimate Investors May Feel Sting As the number of foreclosure filings climbs, increasing by 99.5 percent between the third quarter of 2006 and that of 2007, so does the number of laws designed to protect consumers from scams that pretend to help troubled home owners refinance.

Get Rich in Your Niche: Sales Strategy for Today

Real estate practitioners need to adopt new strategies in the new year to give them a competitive edge, given that there are more than 2.5 million licensed real estate practitioners nationwide--all of them competing for work in a slow market.

NAR Campaign Relates Real Facts About Real Estate

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2008 - Beginning today, the National Association of Realtors® is reaching out to consumers with the facts about homeownership and the value of real estate as a long-term investment.

Existing-Home Sales to Hold Steady in Early 2008

Over the next few months, existing-home sales are expected to hold fairly steady as indicated by pending sales activity, and then rise later in the year and continue to improve in 2009, according to the latest forecast by the National Association of REALTORS

Commercial Real Estate Fundamentals Are Sound But Investment Slowing

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2007 - The fundamentals in commercial real estate remain healthy with only slight increases in vacancy rates expected for the office and industrial sectors during 2008, although credit restrictions have recently slowed overall investment activity, according to the latest COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK of the National Association of Realtors

25 Trends Driving Todays Market

It’s a turbulent time for many real estate practitioners — but headlines about sluggish sales and tighter financing hardly capture the whole story. More than ever, you need to be up to speed on the wide-ranging phenomena driving today’s dodgy marketplace.

Have You Overlooked a Key Market?

Many salespeople are overlooking fast-growing demographic groups containing large swaths of underserved consumers, says Frances Martinez Myers, senior vice president of business development at Prudential Fox & Roach.

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Existing-Home Sales Decline 2.7% in April

Existing-home sales waned in April, marking three straight months of declines, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All but one of the four major U.S. regions witnessed month-over-month drops in home sales, but each registered double-digit year-over-year gains for April

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