Foreigners Eye Sun Belt for Retirement

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Recently, NAR Research commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct an online survey of adult consumers over the age of 45 in Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Mexico about their retirement plans.  The...

NAR Offers Details on Property Database

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® plans to roll out an online database that it hopes will catalog comprehensive information on nearly 150 million residential and commercial properties nationwide....

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union Makes Gains

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Following a soft launch on May 1, the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union jumped to more than 200 members thanks to its presence at the 2009 NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo....

Price Auctions Right

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine “If you start an auction at $50,000 for a property, it will not reach $280,000” said Bill Sheridan (AARE, CAI) chairman of NAR’s Auction Forum Committee at the 2009 Midyear Legislative Meetings...

An Upturn in the Housing Market: What do You Think?

After months of a sluggish housing market, are some markets finally starting to see a pick up in home sales? We asked real estate pros from across the country, who are attending this year’s Midyear Legislative meetings in Washington,...

The Residential Housing Outlook: Have We Finally Hit Bottom?

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun gave a report to attendees at NAR’s Midyear Legislative meetings Thursday on the outlook of the residential housing market. Watch a video of highlights from his talk to find out what you can expect...
May 14, 2009

MLS Committee Approves Update to IDX Policy

By Laura Melcher, Manager, Editorial Development, REALTOR.org  The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Committee on Thursday approved a decision to update the Internet Data Exchange (IDX) Policy to reflect the difference between site “scrapers,” which steal listing data with malicious...
May 14, 2009

NAR’s Yun Breaks Down Housing Market Trends

By Sarah Trzepacz, Content Strategist, REALTOR.org Thursday morning, NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun addressed an audience of early-rising REALTORS® on current housing market trends and economic indicators. Although there is no question that we have entered into difficult economic...
May 13, 2009

Final RESPA Rule Rundown

By Sarah Trzepacz, Content Strategist, REALTOR.org Expert Phil Schulman drew an over-capacity crowd to his session on HUD’s recently issued final RESPA rule. During the session he described changes in the six main components of the rule, identified winners...

Questions Regarding Tax Credit Monetization?

By Laura Melcher, Manager, Editorial Development, REALTOR.org NAR’s Tuesday announcement of the HUD-FHA plan to monetize the tax credit generated much excitement among Midyear conference attendees, while also raising questions from those eager to help their clients take advantage...
May 13, 2009