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August 2018 Housing Affordability Index

By | October 12th, 2018|NAR|

At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month but down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.78 percent this August, up 14.1 percent compared to 4.19 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in August moving the index down 8.3 percent from 153.9 to 141.2. The [...]

The Art of Follow Up: Effective Follow-up Communication Techniques

By | October 12th, 2018|NAR|

Strategic outreach, whether by phone, email or text, is key to building rapport and credibility with prospects, staying top of mind in the search for a home, and encouraging clients to follow through with the sale. But outreach, by itself, doesn’t close deals. If you’re contacting leads regularly, but still having trouble reaching your sales [...]

What We’re Reading–October 7-October 12

By | October 12th, 2018|NAR|

Self-destructing art, a giant pumpkin, Christmas sweaters, the Rage Cage, the Internet of Things, a very detailed map and much more compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist. Self-destructing art–wait, what, why? Here’s the update. A giant pumpkin from Oregon. Are you a time realist? Gareth Simpson/flickr/2008 What is erupting besides water from a [...]

Realtors® Applaud Senate Passage of 2018 WRDA Bill

By | October 10th, 2018|NAR|

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2018) – National Association of Realtors® President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, issued the following statement after the Senate today voted to pass S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 ensures the U.S. Army Corps of [...]

New Books–October 2018

By | October 8th, 2018|NAR|

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800.874.6500 for assistance. Think Bigger by Michael W. [...]

Spruce Up Your Listing’s Front Stoop With a Taste of Fall

By | October 8th, 2018|NAR|

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Orange can be a great color for adding curb appeal, and it fits perfectly into the fall season too. Bright orange pumpkins and flowers can add just the color pop needed to get potential home buyers looking straight at that front door. Check out some of these photos from [...]

What We’re Reading: October 1-October 5

By | October 5th, 2018|NAR|

Fatal selfies, lawn art, corn mazes, an environmentally friendly doghouse and more compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist. How to move an entire town. Living in a compact penthouse. What can you do with a pile of autumn leaves?  Make lawn art, of course!            Heath Cajandig/flickr/2013 Would you trust a robot to [...]

In Which States Did Properties Sell Most Quickly in August 2018?

By | October 3rd, 2018|NAR|

In a monthly survey of REALTORS®, respondents reported that properties were typically on the market for 29 days, just a day shorter time compared to one year ago (30 days), according to the  August 2018 REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey.[1] This indicates that in many states, the supply of homes for sale is still inadequate compared [...]