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Strong Investment Home Sales Demonstrate Limited Need for Bulk REO Sales Program, Say Realtors®

March 29, 2012: 

WASHINGTON (May 29, 2012) - Investment home purchases represented nearly one-third of all existing-home sales last year, according to a National Association of Realtors® report on second homes released today. This robust investment activity underscores the importance of limiting the government’s use of real estate owned (REO) bulk sales, as NAR recommended in a letter sent to regulators this week.

February Existing-Home Sales Slip But Up Strongly From a Year Ago

March 21, 2012: 

February existing-home sales declined from an upwardly revised January pace but are well above a year ago, while the median price posted a slight gain, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Sales were up in the Midwest and South, offset by declines in the Northeast and West.

Realtors® Praise FHFA for Banning Private Transfer Fees

March 16, 2012: 

As the leading advocate for homeownership and housing issues, NAR applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for issuing a final rule to restrict Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants.

Seniors and Young Adults Will Influence U.S. Housing Markets

March 13, 2012: 

A new study finds that aging baby boomers and their echo boomer children will significantly impact trends in the nation’s housing market over the next 20 years.

NAR Protects Realtor® Trademark by Winning Domain Name Challenge

March 8, 2012: 

The National Association of Realtors® has won a challenge to the use of its trademark Realtor® in a domain name operated by a former member.

Housing Affordability Index Hits Record High

March 6, 2012: 

Housing affordability conditions have reached the highest level since recordkeeping began in 1970, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Government Foreclosure to Rental Pilot Programs Not Needed In Most Markets, Say Realtors®

March 1, 2012: 

Housing markets are complex and varied, and a government pilot program to turn bank-owned properties into rentals could be disruptive and counterproductive in some markets, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

REALTOR® Magazine Seeking Nominations for Annual Good Neighbor Awards

February 28, 2012: 

The National Association of Realtors® recognizes Realtors® who devote themselves to volunteer service through REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards, which is currently accepting applications.

January Pending Home Sales Rise, Market on Uptrend

February 27, 2012: 

Pending home sales are on an upward trend, which has been uneven but meaningful since reaching a cyclical low last April, and are well above a year ago.

Commercial Real Estate Vacancy Rates Improving, Rents Firming

February 24, 2012: 

All of the major commercial real estate sectors are seeing improved fundamentals, but multifamily housing is becoming a landlord’s market commanding bigger rent increases.

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