Realtors® build communities in part by dedicating their time and resources to improving the lives of their neighbors as well as others across the country. Volunteering Works, an annual program that matches Realtors® who work on small-scale charitable efforts with mentors and awards them seed money, helps Realtors® expand their reach within their communities. The program recently announced this year's recipients.
Technology has transformed the way Realtors® do business, and the National Association of Realtors® is helping members keep up with the latest trends that can enhance business and client relations. NAR Tech Edge, a new one-day technology conference hosted by NAR will give attendees the chance to learn about cutting edge technologies that are changing the real estate industry.
A proposed bill to streamline and align the refinance processes of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may soon make it easier for homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments but who have been previously unable to refinance to finally take advantage of record low interest rates.
Shaking off a prolonged impact from the recession, fundamentals are gradually improving in all of the major commercial real estate sectors, according to the National Association of Realtors® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. The apartment rental sector has fully recovered and is growing.
Realtors® specializing in commercial real estate reported an increase in transactions in 2011, as well as a rise in their median gross annual income, according to the 2012 National Association of Realtors® Commercial Member Profile.
Existing-home sales rose in April and remain above a year ago, while home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The improvements in sales and prices were broad based across all regions.
HouseLogic.com, the award-winning comprehensive website for homeowners from the National Association of Realtors®, launches its next online sweepstakes Monday, May 21, and site visitors could win a $100 Visa gift card. Readers who comment on a special blog series, the "Drafty House Rehab," will have a chance to win one of four available gift cards.
Realtors® Federal Credit Union members now have access to expanded financial and banking resources as a result of a merger with Northwest Federal Credit Union.
There are approximately 62 million echo boomers in the U.S. Also called "millennials," echo boomers are currently ages 17-31. According to the 2011 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, younger home buyers - those ages 18-34 - represent 31 percent of all recent home purchases.
A panel of Realtors® provided keen insight into what it takes to launch successful workforce housing initiatives during the Housing Opportunities Forum - Ideas in Action at the Realtor® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.