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February 2012: East Meets West

February 1, 2012: 

This issue of Global Perspectives looks at the surprising number of ways the Chinese are investing in U.S. residential,commercial and industrial real estate. Learn what this can mean for your business—signals that opportunities are present in your market, and how to reach out to Chinese buyers and alert them to good investments.

5 Housing Markets Expected to Outshine All the Rest

January 31, 2012: 

Inman News released a report highlighting metro areas that are expected to “outshine many other markets in real estate performance this year.” In its report, Inman News scanned metro areas with populations over 150,000 to find where real estate sales volume is rising, job markets are growing, foreclosure activity is low, sales prices are appreciating, and home affordability is at high levels.

Cutoff Looms on Loan Accord

January 31, 2012: 

Federal and state officials negotiating with major banks on a settlement over allegedly improper foreclosures have given state attorneys general until Feb. 3 to opt in to a potential deal. The number of states participating could affect the value of the deal or whether an accord is even reached.

Realtor.com® International

January 27, 2012: 

In the short amount of time since the realtor.com® global site launched, there are more than 4 million active listings already on the site, including over 1.2 million International listings.

Online Piracy Bills Debated

January 23, 2012: 

This week two federal online piracy bills garnered significant media attention when a number of popular websites went dark in opposition to the legislation. The bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) H.R. 3261 and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) S. 968 are intended to address the problem of foreign websites that facilitate the downloading of digital content like movies and music.

Appraisers: Don't Blame Us

January 20, 2012: 

“Don’t shoot the messenger,” is the message the Appraisal Institute has for those in the real estate industry. Appraisers have been taking heat the last few months over low home values, with critics arguing that values aren’t matching a home listing or contract’s price and valuations are unfairly weighing distressed properties into the equation.

CIPS Faculty

January 20, 2012: 

Meet our world-class faculty. These instructors are well versed in the CIPS curriculum and certified to teach various aspects of the program.

Make Our Marks Remarkable

January 12, 2012: 

The term REALTOR® is not only a trademark owned by NAR and protected by federal law, it is also a valuable membership benefit that distinguishes members from all others in the real estate business. Watch this entertaining, three-minute video to learn how members can protect the value of the mark by using it properly. Remember, a REALTOR® isn't "just another real estate agent." Being a REALTOR® means more.

Watch this video to learn why NAR protects the the value of the REALTOR® trademark.

Lindsay Green

January 11, 2012: 

Lindsay joined the Global Division of NAR in June of 2011 as the Coordinator for the Resort and Diversity Certifications. She holds a B.A. in Marketing Communications from Columbia College Chicago, where she also served asan Orientation Leadership Board Member. Prior to NAR, Lindsay worked at Schawk in the Retail Marketing Divisionon the Sears Holdings Corporation account. Contact Lindsay Green.

Daniel Creasap

January 11, 2012: 

Daniel joined NAR in December 2008 in REBAC/Seniors Real Estate Council where he served as Member Service Representative for the SRES Designation program. Daniel has moved to the Global department to serve as the Global Education Specialist for the CIPS Designation program. He is a graduate of Wabash College with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. He completed a study abroad program in Ecuador where he studied Latin American literature. Prior to coming to NAR, he worked at Smithbucklin and has a background in association management.