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Research Behind the Scenes at the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo: Leading Edge Advisory Board

By |2019-05-14T14:01:13-05:00May 14th, 2019|NAR|

On Tuesday May 14th, Brandi Snowden, Director, Member and Consumer Survey Research, presented survey findings on Association benefits and services to the Leading Edge Advisory Board committee meeting. The Leading Edge Advisory Board’s goal is to provide feedback to the Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee in identifying, analyzing and providing input on emerging issues and the [...]

Research Behind the Scenes at the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Expo: Sustainability Advisory Group

By |2019-05-14T09:37:06-05:00May 14th, 2019|NAR|

On Tuesday May 14th, Amanda Riggs, Research Survey Analyst, presented the results of the 2019 REALTORS® and Sustainability Report to the Sustainability Advisory Group at the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Expo.   The report was started in 2017, and the goal was to survey NAR members on their knowledge and interaction with sustainability practices [...]

Homebuying Continues to Pick Up in March 2019 Amid Favorable Economic Conditions

By |2019-05-13T12:56:48-05:00May 13th, 2019|NAR|

With economic conditions working in favor of homebuyers, REALTORS® reported an uptick in homebuying traffic in March 2019 compared to one year ago, according to NAR’s March  2019 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.[1] Low mortgage rate, a record low unemployment rate since 1953,  sustained job creation of more than 2 million per year since 2012, and [...]

March 2019 Housing Affordability Index

By |2019-05-10T11:31:11-05:00May 10th, 2019|NAR|

At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month but up from a year ago. Mortgage rates were down from last month at 4.51 percent this March, and down 2.6 percent compared to 4.63 percent a year ago. Housing affordability inclined from a year ago in March moving the index up modestly 0.1 [...]

What We’re Reading: May 6-May 10

By |2019-05-10T08:00:18-05:00May 10th, 2019|NAR|

Starbucks in an unexpected location, scam phone calls, the new Royal baby, and much more, compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist. Scam warning: ignore that one-ring phone call. Ooops! Here is what HBO has to say about this gaffe. Guarding your digital privacy. Who is your favorite minor Star Wars character?  We can’t [...]

Get on Mom’s Good Side: Staging Fit for the Female of the House

By |2019-05-09T02:00:35-05:00May 9th, 2019|NAR|

By Sarah Anderson, VHT Studios Let’s face it: Moms work hard! Besides juggling their own work schedule, they are integral to keeping the family on track, from changing diapers to helping with homework to shuttling kids to and from school and assorted extracurricular activities. Because of that, when moms are looking for a property, they [...]

Hot Home Trend: Countertops Making Waves

By |2019-05-06T02:00:34-05:00May 6th, 2019|NAR|

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The speckled, spotted styles of granite countertops that have dominated kitchen design in recent years are moving out of the mainstream. In fact, those brown speckled granite countertops may even start to now age kitchens. Instead, countertops are blending in more to the kitchen design. A polished, solid colored [...]

4 Real Estate Marketing Dos and Don’ts

By |2019-05-03T13:04:05-05:00May 3rd, 2019|NAR|

By Drew Heasley I want to share some smart and efficient ways to spend your precious marketing dollars, as well as some tips for avoiding high-cost, low-producing marketing. The key is to find the marketing plan that works for you and stick with it. 1. Don’t sign a contract for a marketing program. You should [...]