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Re-Inventing the Suburbs

February 7, 2013: 

With new retrofits and redevelopment efforts, suburbs are preparing to handle population growth.

 

Suburb bashing is a popular pastime. Soccer moms. Mini-vans. Lawn gnomes. Who can resist?

But suburbia is more than fodder for sit-coms. As the real estate market moves toward a new normal, many suburbs — especially those nearest the urban core — are in the sweet spot. Not as unaffordable as the city and or as distant as the exurbs, they’re well situated to attract the next round of growth and development.

Results Reveal a Desire for Smart Growth Communities

February 7, 2013: 

2011 NAR Community Preference Survey

 

A new survey by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reveals where most Americans would like to live — and it’s no big surprise. A single-family home on a large lot remains the American Dream.

NAR Calendar of Special Events

February 7, 2013: 

Help NAR recognize Fair Housing Month, REALTOR® Safety Month, and Designation Awareness Month by sharing information and providing resources to members of your association.

The New Norm

February 7, 2013: 

The Real Estate World Has a New Look As the Economy Recovers

 

The black cloud that’s rained bad news on the real estate market for the past four years only seems like it will last forever. Sooner or later, the sky will clear.

The long-range forecast: increasing sun but with a 100 percent chance of change.

A “New Look” for Real Estate

February 7, 2013: 

Since the great decline in real estate values and sales began in 2006 and 2007, real estate experts and commentators have been trying to predict just what a full recovery might look like. There is general agreement that the number of sales and the values of all types of real estate are not headed back to the peak levels of 2005 at any time in the near future, even after the economy improves and the unemployment rate declines. Forecasting what “The New Normal” will look like has become a popular activity in real estate circles.

REALTORS® Help Municipalities Turn Vacant Properties into Affordable Homes

February 7, 2013: 

Many cities and towns across the U.S. have rules in place today that mandate that their teachers, police officers and other personnel performing core functions actually live in the communities they serve. But homeownership within city limits can be out of reach for many of the people in these positions, especially if they’re at entry level.

Some of those very same towns also have homes that were once filled with families but now sit vacant due to back taxes or other payment problems.

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