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Money Magazine

Here’s What to Say When a Nosy Friend Asks How Much Your House Cost

(October 14, 2014) More than 3 million homes have been sold in the U.S. so far in 2014, according to the National Association of Realtors. And if you’re among those who recently purchased, you’re likely still celebrating and decorating your new digs.

Realuso

NAR CEO Reacts to News Corp. Acquiring Move, Inc

(October 12, 2014) Recently, it was announced that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has made a bid to acquire Move, Inc. and all of their subsidiaries for $950 million, a deal that is expected to close before the end of the year.

National Law Review

National Association of Realtors Pushing For Drone Use in Industry

(October 09, 2014) On September 23, the President of the NAR sent a letter to the Director of the FAA, compelling him to consider the ways in which drones can benefit all industries. According to the letter, drones have the unique potential to be a “game changer for the real estate industry.”

Realuso

NAR Racks Up Rights to Second Top-Level Domain, .realestate After .realtor

(October 08, 2014) After being granted the rights to the .REALTOR top-level domain, the National Association of Realtors became one of the first trade groups to have won the rights to a top-level domain from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) which coordinates domains and IP addresses globally. “NAR is thrilled that it has acquired the rights to the .realestate top-level domain,” said NAR President Steve Brown.

NBC Today Show

Real Estate Agent’s Death Sparks Refocus on Job Safety

(October 05, 2014) NAR President-Elect Chris Polychron weighs in on real estate agent safety concerns following the tragic death of Arkansas agent Beverly Carter.

Inman News

Report Shows Where Real Estate Brokers Splurge — or Are Stingy — on Tech

(October 02, 2014) A new report from the National Association of Realtors sheds light on what technology real estate brokerages consider the most important to equip their agents with to win clients and provide them with the best service. NAR’s survey-based 2014 Profile of Real Estate Firms found that most brokerages provide or encourage agents to use apps and software that lets them produce comparative market analyses for clients, fill out and sign contracts paperlessly, and manage their contacts.

CNNMoney.com

Rupert Murdoch Wants to Sell You Your Next Home

(October 01, 2014) Thanks to an agreement with the National Association of Realtors, the company’s sites have partnerships with more than 800 multiple listings services, which provide real estate listing information as soon as a home comes on the market. Zillow and Trulia have previously been dinged for out-of-date information, and Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff raised eyebrows when he appeared to suggest that fixing stale listings wasn’t one of the company’s top priorities.

Washington Post

Arkansas Real Estate Agent’s Murder Highlights Perils of the Job

(October 01, 2014) According to the National Association of Realtors, 57 percent of agents are women, and a 2011 report on violent crimes against real estate agents found that women are disproportionately victimized. The association’s incoming president, Chris Polychron, pledged in an interview with The Post on Tuesday that he would make safety a top priority when he is installed in his post in November. “My heart goes out to her family, friends, her co-workers,” said Polychron, himself a longtime Arkansas real estate agent. “The sad part is that when you work in real estate, it does involve risk. But as an industry we have got to promote better safety awareness.” Polychron said making training mandatory might require convincing licensing boards in all 50 states to make changes to their rules. At the association, he said, amending ethics regulations to include safety requirements would require a board vote. “Is it worth it if it saves one life? Absolutely,” he said.

Inman News Features Online

Realtor-Owned Tech Firm Offers Mobile Version of Property Database

(October 01, 2014) Realtor-owned technology company Realtors Property Resource has rolled out its first mobile application, offering all 1 million-plus Realtors on-the-go access to its parcel-based property database at no additional cost. National Association of Realtors subsidiary RPR and its database of the same name provide access to data on 166 million properties, including 162 million property deeds, 132 million mortgages, 130 million tax records and 7.3 billion property valuations, according to RPR’s website. RPR also offers school attendance zones, flood maps, demographic information and other data. Like RPR itself, the new app is unavailable to consumers and non-Realtor real estate professionals.

Associated Press

Sales of US New Homes Soar in August

(September 24, 2014) U.S. sales of new homes surged in August, led by a wave of buying in the West and Northeast. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales climbed 18 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000. The report also revised up the July sales rate to 427,000 from 412,000. Purchases of existing homes fell 1.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million in August, the National Association of Realtors said this week.

HousingWire

NAR Petitions for Drone Use

(September 23, 2014) The drones are coming -- or at least, they will if the Federal Aviation Administration amends their rules. The National Association of Realtors is pushing for an exception for Realtors in the current rules on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology since their motives don’t disrupt safety concerns, according to a letter sent on Tuesday to the FAA.

Bloomberg

HUD’s Castro Looking to End Shame of Promoting Homeownership

(September 16, 2014) U.S. officials will work with mortgage lenders to ease credit and boost homeownership, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said today in his first major speech since taking office in July. Castro’s speech didn’t address concerns raised by industry groups, including the National Association of Realtors, which have been urging FHA to reverse increases in fees it charges to insure mortgages with down payments as low as 3.5 percent.

DS News

Homeownership Still Holds Promise for Nine in 10 Americans

(September 16, 2014) Even as the aftermath of the housing crisis continues to show in the market, a new survey shows the vast majority of Americans still regard homeownership as a "highly desirable goal."