Over the course of eight months, NAR's 2011 Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour travelled through 33 states and visited more than 50 cities. Watch a recap of the tour and its impact on consumers, REALTORS®, and those cities hard hit by natural disasters.
As America becomes more diverse, the top goal of immigrants is to own their own home. REALTORS® can help buyers of any cultural background achieve the American dream of homeownership. Knowing how to work effectively with diverse populations can help you build business success in today's multicultural real estate market.
NAR's board approved changes to committees in a broad restructuring intended to position the association for the future. Learn what else was decided.
REALTORS® are ideally situated to improve housing opportunities where they live. They are the first stop for the prospective home buyer or renter. Accordingly, REALTORS® can reach out – through personal involvement in their own communities – to those who need greater access to quality, affordable home ownership and rental opportunities.
For those trying to buy a home, more stringent lending standards and higher down payment requirements are making it difficult for moderate-income families to become homeowners. And a greater demand for rental housing has made rents unaffordable for many lower-income and working families.
(Updated March 2014)
Protecting the undeveloped countryside is still an important part of the smart growth equation. In this issue we turn our attention back to land conservation. At all scales -- from establishing city parks to preserving farmland, from addressing sprawl in rural communities to protecting wilderness areas on public lands -- providing and preserving open lands are vital to the health of communities and the environment.