WASHINGTON (August 31, 2012) - It’s that time of year again! The dog days of summer are drawing to a close with fall just around the corner. Many families are turning their attention towards one of the most important parts of their entire year, sending their kids back to school.
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The National Association of Realtors® recognized 10 Realtors® today as finalists for REALTOR® Magazine's 2012 Good Neighbor Awards. This year marks the 13th year the Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized Realtors® who improve the quality of life in their communities through volunteer work.
Pending home sales rose in July to the highest level in over two years and remain well above year-ago levels.
Realtors® help people achieve the dream of homeownership, but are often also homeowners themselves. A new offer through the REALTOR Benefits® Program will help members of the National Association of Realtors® who own homes prolong the life of their air conditioning and heating systems.
Positive underlying fundamentals continue to support all of the major commercial real estate sectors, but a slowdown in job creation and ongoing tight loan availability has tempered growth in some areas.
The National Association of Realtors® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to issue new guidelines that expand eligibility criteria and streamline the short sale process.
Sales of existing homes rose in July even with constraints of affordable inventory, and the national median price is showing five consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
Median existing single-family home prices are rising in more metropolitan areas, but a lack of inventory is limiting buyer choices in more markets around the country.
On August 1, Realtors® Federal Credit Union merged with Northwest Federal Credit Union. The merger has given members greater access to service centers, financial loans, banking services and other financial services than they had before.
Voting is now open to the public for HouseLogic's "Boost Your Roost" contest. There are six finalists; the winner will be awarded a $20,000 home renovation. Each visitor to HouseLogic may cast one vote per day, now through August 13.