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NAR: 6 Percent Bump in Memberships, With Diverse Entrants

July 22nd, 2018
Membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)—which, for agents and brokers, denotes higher standards than what is required by their respective states—has increased in the last year, from 1.22 million to 1.3 million, according to the 2018 NAR Member...

Contracts Flicker in June, but Pending Sales Still Underwhelm Year-Over-Year

July 30th, 2018
With an 0.9 percent gain month-over-month, June pending sales slightly sparked, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)—but, on an annual basis, contracts still underwhelmed, down 2.5 percent. From May to June, activity increased...

Register for iOi: The Intersection of Real Estate and Tech

August 7th, 2018
NAR PULSE—The iOi Summit is three conferences in one, bringing together real estate professionals, investors and innovators, to collaborate on the future of real estate tech. Register now to gain access to 50-plus leading companies, including Facebook, BombBomb, Trust Stamp, DocuSign and...

Appraisals Catch Up to Homeowner Opinions

August 15th, 2018
Appraisers and homeowners are on similar wavelengths, with appraisals coming in only 0.28 percent under what homeowners expected in July, according to the Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). Appraised home values rose 4.86 percent year-over-year, according to...

New-Home Sales Still Weighed Down

August 23rd, 2018
July new-home sales were still weighed down, dropping 1.7 percent to 627,000, according to the Commerce Department. Inventory in July was 309,000, representing 5.9-months’ supply, and the median price was $328,700. “Although this month marks the lowest sales pace since...

Flood Insurance Reforms Critical for a Vibrant Housing Market

September 4th, 2018
Now that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been extended through Nov. 30, 2018, Congress should pass a long-term reauthorization and reform measure that strengthens the program while providing certainty to property owners in 22,000 communities nationwide. Administered by...

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Expands to Its Second International Market

September 11th, 2018
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is expanding to the London market, with an agency in Central London, Kay & Co, joining the network this November. The brand brought on its first foreign franchise, in Germany, this past spring. The agency, focused on...

Sereno Group: Exceeding Industry Standards Every Step of the Way

September 22nd, 2018
(L to R) Tim Proschold, Vice President of Group Strategy and Success; Ryan Iwanaga, Executive Vice President; Barbara Cole, Chief Operating Officer; Chris Trapani, Chief Executive Officer Chris Trapani and Ryan Iwanaga grew up together in the quiet, rolling suburbs...

Against Grain, Luxury Market Moves Up

September 29th, 2018
Luxury prices are strengthening, with double-digit growth in 20 of the largest markets in the nation—a contrast from the housing market overall, according to the August Luxury Home Index by realtor.com®. The age of inventory in the luxury segment sped...

Join NAR in Boston, Earn With MVP

October 9th, 2018
NAR PULSE—Register for a Premier Access Pass to the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo by October 15 to earn your free copy of conference speaker Holly Pasut’s book, “A Strange Path to Freedom.” You’ll also be automatically entered to win...
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