WASHINGTON (May 20, 2016) — Despite ongoing inventory shortages and faster price growth, existing-home sales sustained their recent momentum and moved higher for the second consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors®. A surge in sales in the Midwest and a decent increase in the Northeast offset smaller declines in the South and West.
The survey's results are representative of the nation's nearly 1.2 million Realtors®; members of NAR account for about half of all active real estate licensees in the U.S. Realtors® go beyond state licensing requirements by subscribing to NAR's Code of Ethics and standards of practice and... Read More
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2016) – Mobile and online technology and evolving consumer tastes are changing the dynamics of renting property, and the debate on whether the regulatory response from state and local governments clashes with individual property rights will likely continue, according to speakers at a panel discussion on the current issues surrounding short-term rentals at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
The timely conversation on the increasing popularity of short-term rentals and whether or not... Read More
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2016) — Millennials are bucking trends, changing the landscape of America, and sharply different from previous generations in many different ways. One of the most visible and consequential ways is through millennial homeownership numbers, according to experts on generational trends and homeownership presenting at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
While all generations have their own hardships, opportunities and defining features, millennials are coming of age in a time of deep... Read More
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2016) – The Department of Housing and Urban Development published Fair Housing Act guidance on April 4 that has raised concerns for housing providers who use criminal history screening processes to make decisions about sales, rentals financing and other real estate activity. Since then, real estate professionals have been asking what it means for them and their businesses.
Experts at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.,... Read More
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2016) — Realtors® specializing in commercial real estate expressed confidence in the continued recovery seen in the market but concern over the availability of commercial financing, during a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun discussed the forces affecting commercial markets and said that while the overall market is seeing continued recovery, trepidation remains... Read More
WASHINGTON (May 12, 2016) – Relentless supply constraints and home price growth outpacing wages are testing the patience of homebuyers this year, but existing-home sales are still on track to come in at their highest pace since 2006, according to an economic forecast forum here at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, presented his midyear economic and... Read More
WASHINGTON (May 11, 2016) – While the Federal Housing Administration’s overhaul of its Single-Family Housing Policy Handbook last year offered loan originators more clarity on lending policies and loan underwriting standards, some changes made to the property valuation policies are causing confusion and delays, according to speakers at a real property valuation forum yesterday at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
All properties bought or refinanced with an FHA loan have... Read More
WASHINGTON (May 11, 2016) – Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors® has accepted RealScout, an agent-branded web and mobile platform, as the eighth company in its 2016 REach® accelerator class. Last month, SCV announced seven other companies had been chosen to be part of the fourth class.
The REach® accelerator program helps introduce innovative... Read More
WASHINGTON (May 10, 2016) — Struggles exist for many young adults trying to become homeowners, and the burden of repaying their student loan debt is in part delaying their ability to buy, according to speakers at a regulatory issues forum on student debt and homeownership at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.
The high-profile session discussing the impact student loan debt is having on young households' ability to purchase homes was keynoted by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juli... Read More