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    The Housing Market Is Stronger Than We Thought

    Late last year, analysts were betting on a break from the hot housing market, which had begun to breed concerns of instability. How long could prices really run up? The consensus was strong: Expect interest rates to rise to 5 percent—possibly 6 percent—appreciation to crawl, and inventory to stir. And that buyer’s market? Not in […]

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    Backtrack for Existing-Home Sales: Can Lower Mortgage Rates Revive Them?

    Existing-home sales in March tumbled 4.9 percent, coming off a February surge, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. At 5.21 million, existing-home sales last month underwhelmed by 5.4 percent year-over-year. “It is not surprising to see a retreat after a powerful surge in sales in the prior month,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR. […]

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    10 Remarkable Features of the RPR® App That Will Increase Your Productivity

    NAR PULSE—RPR® gives REALTORS® the data, tools and reports they need to stand out and be more successful. Discover and put to use these 10 hidden features and shortcuts—consider them the “secret menu” of navigating the RPR® app. Learn more.  Diverse. Inclusive. Global. Member Value Plus (MVP) Program participants: Increase your cultural competence by purchasing […]

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    When Marketing Property, There’s Gold in Green

    Appetites are building for eco-friendly homes, according to a new report. Close to 60 percent of REALTORS® say that homebuyers have an interest in sustainability, and 69 percent believe that depicting energy-efficient features in their listings is “valuable,” according to the latest National Association of REALTORS® REALTORS® and Sustainability report. In the last year, 34 […]

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    CoreLogic Report: Is Underinsurance a Catalyst for Increased Mortgage Delinquencies?

    The price of reconstruction in natural disaster-prone areas is increasing. According to CoreLogic’s new 2019 Insurance Coverage Adequacy Report, in the four most vulnerable regions of the U.S.—the Northeast Atlantic and the Gulf Coast; Houston; California; and Oklahoma—reconstruction costs are going up by between 5.6 percent and 7.6 percent. Why these areas specifically? According to […]

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    Do You Know a Newsmaker? Help Us Share Their Story

    Make Your Nominations for RISMedia’s 2020 Class of Real Estate Newsmakers Today!  RISMedia is accepting nominations for the 2020 Class of Real Estate Newsmakers, those individuals making headlines for their newsworthy contributions to the housing industry, and for their efforts to positively affect the consumers and communities they serve. Nominate a Newsmaker Readers may nominate […]

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    One World Trade Center Symbolizes Hope and the Future of Building Safety

    Where the base of the Twin Towers once stood in New York City, there are now two memorial reflecting pools etched with the names of the nearly 3,000 who died on Sept. 11, 2001—an enduring reminder of those lost. As you look up from the pools, you see a literal manifestation of hope: the 1,776-foot-tall, […]

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    Green Homes: Solar Panels Push Price Tag Up

    Homebuyers are paying a premium for solar, on average 4.1 percent above asking price, according to findings recently released by Zillow. While The Golden and Sunshine States command costly mark-ups, New York City has the highest percentage premium, at 5.1 percent.  New York, N.Y. – 5.1 percent ($23,989) Orlando, Fla. – 4.6 percent ($10,994) San […]

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    Join NAR for Free REALTOR® Safety Webinar

    NAR PULSE—In a free webinar from NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program, Danielle Martin, founder and ambassador of True Boundaries, will explain how to trust your intuition and the importance of situational awareness. Join us on April 23 at 1 p.m. CDT. Register here. Have You Risen to the Challenge? The C2EX Challenge: C3 provides an opportunity […]

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    Real Estate Industry Shuts Down Proposed ‘Pied-à-Terre’ Tax on Luxury Second Homes

    “Pied-à-terre” translated roughly from French is “foot on the ground.” They are properties, primarily condos and apartments, separate from an individual’s primary residence—think second, part-time homes. Since 2014, New York has been floating around a proposal to tax wealthy non-permanent residents on these properties—only those worth more than $5 million—in order to support the city’s […]

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