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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."

INMAN NEWS

Realtors Get a Seat at the Drone Regulation Table

(September 15, 2014) The Federal Aviation Administration has invited the National Association of Realtors to participate in a working group that will provide input on forthcoming regulations of “unmanned aerial systems,” or drones. NAR says it will use the opportunity to “educate FAA officials on how Realtors are interested in utilizing this technology safely and responsibly.”

YAHOO NEWS

Well Fargo Finds Mortgage Myths Hamper Home Purchases

(September 15, 2014) Getting a mortgage in the United States may be easier than many borrowers think, according to a survey released Monday by Wells Fargo & Co , the largest U.S. mortgage lender.

CNBC

American Dream Still Alive: Teens Think They'll Own Homes

(September 9, 2014) A new survey found that American teens overwhelmingly think that they will be home owners—a far cry from millennials who were much less sanguine about their fortunes in an earlier study. While Sherry Chris, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate president and CEO, said her group was elated to see in the earlier survey that almost half of millennials could soon be shopping for homes, the revelations about teenager's outlook on home ownership was "overwhelming." According to Chris, this means that the next generation to reach adulthood will bring about 21 million hopeful home buyers to the market. For reference, just over 5 million existing homes were sold in 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Reuters

Millennial-Friendly Cities: What Are the Most Affordable Cities for the New Generation of Homeowners?

(September 8, 2014) First-time homebuyers have been largely absent from the housing market in the current economic recovery, but some metropolitan areas -- particularly in the Midwest and West -- are well positioned to see increases in home-buying from the Millennial generation in upcoming years, according to newly released infographic by the National Association of Realtors®.

Los Angeles Times

FHA to Ban Lenders from Charging Extra Interest Payments on Mortgages

(September 7, 2014) The National Assn. of Realtors, which had railed against the FHA's policy for more than a decade, estimated that during 2003 alone, sellers and refinancers were forced to pay nearly $690 million in extra interest charges. Realtors in Maryland even persuaded Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) to introduce legislation that would have prohibited the extra interest fees. But the FHA didn't like the bill, and it died without getting even a hearing in the Senate.

Inman News

5 Steps to Gear up for the Fall Selling Season

(September 2, 2014) Mark Oct. 23 on your calendar – On that date, the National Association of Realtors will be taking sign-ups that will allow you to use a .Realtor extension as opposed to a .com or .net extension for your personal website. While you will definitely want to grab “your name.Realtor,” the NAR video indicates that you can purchase more than one domain.

Forbes.com

Making Your Dream Vacation Home A Reality

(September 1, 2014) A growing number of Americans are buying vacation homes. According to the National Association of Realtors, Americans purchased more than 700,000 vacation homes in 2013—up nearly 30 percent from the year before.

Bloomberg

Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Increase More Than Forecast

(August 28, 2014) Contracts to purchase previously owned homes rose more than forecast in July, a sign of renewed momentum in residential real estate. The pending home sales index gained 3.3 percent after a 1.3 percent decrease in June that was larger than initially reported, the National Association of Realtors said today in Washington. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for the index to advance 0.5 percent.

The Wall Street Journal

Fewer U.S. Homes Underwater in Second Quarter

(August 27, 2014) The number of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages declined anew in the second quarter, but the remaining pain is being felt disproportionately by owners of low-price homes, according to a report released Tuesday. While the total number of homes listed for sale rose 5.8% from July 2013 to July 2014, the number of homes priced between $100,000 and $250,000 rose only 3%, according to the National Association of Realtors. The number of for-sale homes priced under $100,000, which includes many foreclosures, dropped 7.5%.

Inman News

What if .realtor Domains Turn Google into AgentMatch?

(August 26, 2014) What if 500,000 members take the National Association of Realtors up on its offer of a free .realtor domain, and what if a sizable chunk of that group takes realtor.com up on its offer to host their realtor.com profile pages on their very own .realtor domain, and what if many of them authorize realtor.com to post client recommendation on their profile pages and pull in MLS data like the price range of homes they help clients buy or sell?

New York Times

Home and Jobs Data Suggests Momentum

(August 22, 2014) The National Association of Realtors said existing-home sales increased 2.4 percent, to an annual rate of 5.15 million units. That was the highest reading since September and confounded economists’ expectations for a pullback. It was the fourth consecutive monthly gain in sales, confounding economists, who had expected a decline.

The Wall Street Journal 

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Up 2.4% in July 

(August 21, 2014) Sales of existing homes increased 2.4% last month from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. It was the fourth consecutive month that sales rose from the prior month, though sales in July were down 4.3% from a year earlier.