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Achieving Financial Wellness in 2018 and Beyond
1/19/2018 11:03 PM
Financial security during your working years, and in retirement, is a top priority for every member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). However, since most members work as independent contractors, or brokerage owners/managers, they don’t have access to employer retirement savings plans, making it especially challenging to ...Read More
Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Charges Above 4 Percent
1/19/2018 11:02 PM
The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate charged to 4.04 percent this week, up from 3.99 percent the week prior, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The 15-year, fixed rate averaged 3.49 percent, up from 3.44 percent the week prior, while the five-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate avera...Read More
David Caveness: Creating Opportunities for Agents
1/19/2018 11:01 PM
David Caveness, president and CEO of Carpenter REALTORS®, received RISMedia’s National Homeownership Award this past November during the 22nd Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner, held in conjunction with the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. An honor brought about thanks in large part to Caveness’ 43-plus years o...Read More
Home Remodeling Spending to Stay Strong
1/19/2018 11:00 PM
Home remodeling spending is expected to stay strong in 2018, up 7.5 percent from last year, according to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. “Steady gains in the broader economy, and in home sales and prices, are...Read More
Builder Confidence Going Strong
1/18/2018 3:25 PM
Home builder confidence in the new, single-family construction market is going strong, despite dialing back in the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The Index reading for January was 72, just two points under a spike in December. An above-50 reading indicates more builders have a positive...Read More
Housing Starts Trip Up
1/18/2018 3:22 PM
But Could ‘Easily’ Exceed 1.3 Million This Year Home-building activity stumbled in December, with housing starts down 8.2 percent to a rate of 1,192,000, according to the latest data from U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts decreased 11.8 percent to 836,000. Start...Read More
On-the-Go and In-the-Know: RPR Mobile
1/17/2018 2:20 PM
RPR Mobile™ ups the ante for today’s real estate professionals Since the advent of the smartphone, real estate professionals and consumers alike have come to depend on these handheld devices for any and everything under the sun. And as smartphones continue to change and evolve before our eyes, there’s no denying that they’ve tr...Read More
Housing and Tax Reform: Where Could the Impact Land?
1/16/2018 2:42 PM
Homebuyers and homeowners are anticipating fallout from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has changed homeownership incentives, including the deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. How deep the effect is hinges on location, according to new research. With the bill’s new provisions, the mortgage interest deduction (MID) ...Read More
Help Your Agents Perfect Their Social Media Strategy
1/16/2018 2:37 PM
NAR PULSE—Back At You Media, the newest partner in the REALTOR Benefits® Program, provides powerful automated marketing to ensure your agents and their listings rise above the noise on social media. Learn about the three different plan options available to members of the National Association of REALTORS®. All have exclusive pricing for...Read More
Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent
1/16/2018 2:30 PM
I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting. However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located […] Th...Read More

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