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MLS Exec: Pocket Listings Undermine Industry

At the Joint Meeting of the Multiple Listing Service Forum and Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee Thursday, all things MLS were on the table. In fact, even items that weren’t on the MLS were up for discussion–specifically, so-called...
May 16, 2013

NAR Leadership Ready to ‘Get in Trouble’

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand as members of the National Association of REALTORS®’ Strategic Planning Committee revealed a report Tuesday afternoon that summarized the results of a year’s worth of REThink sessions. Released at the Midyear Legislative Meetings...
May 14, 2013

Does NAHB Want to Ditch MLSs?

The National Association of Home Builders called for an overhaul of the residential appraisal system, making a number of recommendations with which members of the National Association of REALTORS® can agree. One suggested change, however, could alter the role...
February 22, 2013

The Future of 55+ Housing

The numbers are looking up for the 55-plus housing market. But there’s a question of how long these numbers will be available, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). At a briefing during the group’s annual conference,...
January 23, 2013

Workforce Housing Experts to REALTORS®: Uncle Sam Needs You

Foreclosures, minimum wage, and Generation Y were among the varied issues discussed at last week’s Workforce Housing Forum. But the theme of REALTOR® advocacy for affordable housing for working Americans permeated nearly every speech, panel, and breakout session. Every...
October 15, 2012

Unravel the Mysteries of International Real Estate

What’s the difference between a resident alien and a non-resident alien? Do foreign nationals need a social security card to purchase property in the U.S? How many decades has it been since the last time it rained in Lima,...
October 12, 2012

Learning Lessons the HGTV Way

Today, HGTV is in 99 million American households and 170 different countries worldwide. Its gabled-roof branding is recognizable by nearly every channel surfer in the nation. It is how many consumers learn what they know about home ownership. Yet,...
August 21, 2012