Local data is critical to understanding local markets, but real time information is best. Each Survey of REALTOR® Sentiment/ Regional Vice-Presidential Report (RVPR) is a collection of results from NAR's most recent REALTOR® Confidence Index along with commentary from NAR's Regional Vice President for that region. These RVPRs—which reflect data available through October 2011—provide insights into the buzz on the street for each of the regional housing markets.
Seller financing plays an important role in financing the sale of real estate, especially when credit is tight. This paper summarizes the impact of two federal laws that affect seller financing.
In 2013, NAR brought value to one million members by advocating for federal policy initiatives, and providing information and tools REALTORS® need to meet future business challenges and opportunities. REALTORS® not only helped make the dream of homeownership a reality for up to 70,000 home buyers, REALTORS® helped "make things happen" on Capitol Hill and throughout Washington, for both residential and commercial real estate. It is only appropriate then, that "Make It Happen" is commemorated as the theme of NAR's 2013 Annual Report.
The index is designed to provide early signals of turning points between expansions and slowdowns in commercial real estate. NAR reviewed a wide variety of indicators, examined the relationships of indicators that demonstrated a historical impact on commercial real estate, and modeled a forward looking index based on historic trends.
The 2012 Issues and Challenges document (PDF: 815 KB) identifies those critical issues and challenges REALTOR leaders are certain to encounter this year. They include improving NAR's influence, better understand consumer's thinking and increasing professionalism. It also tackles key public policy issues and how to reach out to local and state associations as well as apply social media to improve our advocacy, marketing and member development.
Release date: April 2012