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Existing-Home Sales Slip 2.3 Percent in April; Days on Market Falls to Under a Month

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2017) — Stubbornly low supply levels held down existing-home sales in April and also pushed the median number of days a home was on the market to a new low of 29 days, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/topics/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, dipped 2.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million in April from... Read More

Foreign Buyers and Immigration Expected to Drive Future Demand for U.S. Housing

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) – U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from foreigners are positioned to bolster home sales activity and prices. That’s according to speakers at an international real estate forum organized by the REALTOR® University Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies session here at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

NAR’s Danielle Hale, managing director... Read More

Realtors® Have a Positive Outlook for Commercial Markets in 2017

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) – While challenges face commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence that growth will continue. That’s according to speakers at a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun led a panel discussion about the economic forces shaping commercial real estate markets; the panelists agreed that the market has improved and that continued growth in the economy... Read More

Tax Reform Could Deliver a Tax Hike for Homeowners: New Research

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2017) – While tax reform proposals swirling around Washington, D.C., promise lower tax bills for American families, new estimates indicate that many middle-income homeowners may actually see a tax increase if those proposals go through.

The study, “Impact of Tax Reform Options on Owner-Occupied Housing,” illustrates the effects of a tax plan that echoes certain... Read More

NAR Midyear Forecast: Existing-Home Sales Poised to Climb 3.5 Percent in 2017

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2017) – The multi-year stretch of robust job gains along with improving household confidence are expected to guide existing-home sales to a decade high in 2017, but supply and affordability headwinds and modest economic growth are holding back sales and threatening to keep the nation’s low homeownership rate subdued. That’s according to speakers at a residential real estate forum here at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National... Read More

Second Century Ventures adds Adwerx and immoviewer to 2017 REach® Accelerator Class

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2017) — Two more innovative technology companies have been selected to join REach®, a growth technology accelerator program from the National Association of Realtors®' strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures. Adwerx, a digital advertising provider, and immoviewer, a 3-D virtual tour technology company, will join the seven other companies announced last month as part of the fifth REach class.

REach provides early-to mid-stage companies... Read More

Regulations, Retention and Recruitment Pressing Issues for Appraisal Industry

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2017) – Any perceived shortage of appraisers may be location specific and dependent on whom you ask, but there is universal agreement that more needs to be done to keep appraisers in the profession and attract new talent. That’s according to panelists yesterday at a property valuation forum at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

The conversation with property valuation experts comes at a time of numerous challenges within the industry. NAR’s Appraiser... Read More

REALTOR Benefits® Partner Placester Offers Free Websites to All Realtors®

WASHINGTON (May 17, 2017) – Last year, Realtors® spent a median of $70 to maintain a website. To help reduce business costs, Placester, a real estate website and marketing platform, is extending its partnership with the National Association of Realtors® to bring a basic “NAR Edition” website to the association’s 1.2 million members at no charge. NAR members will also receive discounts on advanced website features and products.

Placester is an all-in-one business platform and provides industry-leading sales and... Read More

HUD Secretary Carson Highlights Possible Improvements to Homeownership Programs

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the Regulatory Issues Forum at the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2017) — Potential homebuyers have a lot to contend with from tight credit and low inventory to rising prices. But for buyers who are able to muscle past these hurdles, Realtors® know that tough-to... Read More

Flood Insurance, Tax Reform Top Issues as Realtors® Head to Washington

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2017) – Nearly 9,000 Realtors® and industry guests are descending upon Washington this week to address regulators and members of Congress on key industry issues, including national flood insurance, tax reform and sustainable homeownership.

Realtor® members will visit U.S. House and Senate offices to urge Congress to pass a multiyear reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program before it expires on September 30. Additionally, Realtors® are seeking to protect sustainable homeownership by advocating for responsible reform of the... Read More

Flood Insurance, Tax Reform Top Issues as Realtors® Head to Washington

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2017) – Nearly 9,000 Realtors® and industry guests are descending upon Washington this week to address regulators and members of Congress on key industry issues, including national flood insurance, tax reform and sustainable homeownership.

Realtor® members will visit U.S. House and Senate offices to urge Congress to pass a multiyear reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program before it expires on September 30. Additionally, Realtors® are seeking to protect sustainable homeownership by advocating for responsible reform of the... Read More

Metro Home-Price Growth Heats Up 6.9 Percent in First Quarter

WASHINGTON (May 15, 2017) — The strongest quarterly sales pace in exactly a decade put significant downward pressure on inventory levels and caused price growth to further accelerate during the first three months of 2017, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. Metro home prices have now accelerated for three consecutive quarters.

The national median existing single-family home price in the first quarter was $232,100, which is up 6.9 percent from the first... Read More

5 Tips for Buyers in a Tight Housing Market

WASHINGTON (May 12, 2017) – When inventory is low, home prices tend to go up. Attempting to purchase a house in this type of market can make the already complex process of buying a home even more overwhelming. To help buyers successfully get through the buying process in a tight inventory market with as little stress and difficulty as possible, the National Association of Realtors® has these five suggestions and an infographic: https://www.nar.realtor/infographics/5-tips-for-buying-in-a-tight-... Read More

Survey Reports 12 Percent Jump in REALTOR® Business Activity

WASHINGTON (May 11, 2017) — After a slip in business in 2015, the National Association of Realtors® Member Profile found that the income and sales volume of Realtor® members increased in 2016. The median gross income of Realtors® increased 8 percent in 2016 as the typical member had the highest number of transactions in recent years.

Despite Realtors® continuing to cite inventory shortages, transactions grew to 12 per agent, the highest since 2014 when the typical agent had 11. The median sales volume for... Read More

Realtors® Support Pam Patenaude Nomination for HUD Deputy Secretary

WASHINGTON (April 28, 2017) — The Trump administration today announced the nomination of Pam Patenaude as deputy secretary. Following is a statement from NAR President William E. Brown on the nomination:

“The National Association of Realtors® commends the Trump administration for its nomination of Pam Patenaude for the position of deputy secretary.

“Pam’s extensive and strong background in real estate and housing will be an asset, and NAR has long enjoyed a strong relationship with Pam working on and advancing... Read More

Pending Home Sales Dip 0.8% in March

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2017) — Pending home sales in March maintained their recent high level, but momentum slackened slightly in most of the country as dearth supply weighed on activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the South saw an uptick in contract signings last month.  

The Pending Home Sales Index,* www.nar.realtor/topics/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, declined 0.8 percent to 111.4 in March from 112.3 in February. Despite... Read More

Homeownership in the Crosshairs of Latest Tax Plan, Say Realtors®

WASHINGTON (April 26, 2017) – Major reforms are needed to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of current and prospective homeowners. That’s according to National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties.

Brown said that while the President’s tax proposal released today is well-intentioned, it’s a non-starter for homeowners and real estate professionals who see the... Read More

Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March

WASHINGTON (April 21, 2017) — Existing-home sales took off in March to their highest pace in over 10 years, and severe supply shortages resulted in the typical home coming off the market significantly faster than in February and a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the West saw a decline in sales activity in March. 

Total existing-home sales 1, https://www.nar.realtor/topics/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes,... Read More

Second Century Ventures Announces 2017 REach® Accelerator Class

CHICAGO (April 20, 2017) – The National Association of Realtors®’ strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures, unveiled seven organizations chosen for the 2017 class of REach®, a growth technology accelerator program helping launch companies into the real estate, financial services, banking, home services and insurance industries. The program is focused on providing early-to mid-stage companies with access to NAR’s industry expertise, influence and key relationships as companies are launched into the trillion dollar real estate space.

“As... Read More

Personal Safety Company Guard Llama Scores Deal on ABC's "Shark Tank"

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2017) – With an offer of $100,000 from investor Barbara Corcoran, 2015 REach real estate technology accelerator participant and personal safety device company, Guard Llama, is officially a part of “Shark Tank” television history.

Guard Llama offers a mobile personal security system that expedites the 9-1-1 dispatching process when dialing 9-1-1 is not possible. This technology caught the attention of the National Association of Realtors®’ strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures, which... Read More

Affordability, Tight Supply Cause Vacation Home Sales to Plummet in 2016; Investment Sales Climb 4.5%

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2017) — Last year’s strongest pace of home sales in a decade included a sizeable drop in activity from vacation buyers and a jump from individual investors, according to an annual second-home survey released today by the National Association of Realtors®. The survey additionally found that vacation and investment buyers in 2016 were more likely to take out a mortgage and use their property as a short-term rental.

NAR’s 2017 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey 1, covering existing- and new-... Read More

Majority of Realtors® Say Clients Interested in Sustainability

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2017) — Growing consumer interest and demand for greener, more sustainable properties is driving a dialogue between Realtors® and homebuyers and sellers. Over half of Realtors® find that consumers have interest in real estate sustainability issues and practices, according to the National Association of Realtors®’ recent REALTORS® and Sustainability report.

The report, stemming from NAR’s new Sustainability Program, surveyed Realtors® about sustainability... Read More

VA Home Loan Program Marked by Strong Underwriting, but Appraisers Raise Concerns

WASHINGTON (April 4, 2017) – Challenges facing real estate appraisers servicing the Veterans Affairs were under Congress’s microscope this week as the National Association of Realtors® and other industry leaders took to Capitol Hill to hail the continued success of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.

Michelle Bradley, a state-certified general real property appraiser from Pennsylvania and Immediate Past Chair of NAR’s Real Property Valuation Committee, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. Bradley told... Read More

With National Flood Insurance Program Expiring in Six Months, Realtors® Sound the Alarm

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) — On September 30, just six months from today, the National Flood Insurance Program will expire. The National Association of Realtors® is working closely with federal regulators and members of Congress to strengthen the program and clear the way for a private market to take hold; NAR has also issued a series of principles to improve... Read More

Pending Home Sales Leap 5.5% in February

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2017) — Pending home sales rebounded sharply in February to their highest level in nearly a year and second-highest level in over a decade, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw a notable hike in contract activity last month.

The Pending Home Sales Index,* www.nar.realtor/topics/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, jumped 5.5 percent to 112.3 in February from 106.4 in January. Last month's index reading is 2.6... Read More

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