Consumer Advice Archive

Participate in the 2013 Nationwide Open House Weekend, April 20-21

Did you know that 45% of recent buyers used open houses to find their home? NAR encourages REALTORS® to participate in the upcoming Nationwide Open House Weekend, April 20-21, when REALTORS® will hold open houses in neighborhoods coast to...
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April 17, 2013

Distressed or Distraught: The Process of a Real Estate Transaction

by Ron Phipps, 2012 Immediate Past President, NAR So if you are like me, you have been working in real estate for a long time.  You think you have seen it all.  Your body of work includes lots of...
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October 1, 2012

Getting Passionate about HouseLogic, Posted by Ron

I just finished a panel on one of NAR’s newest member benefits that has the ability to transform the way REALTORS® interact with consumers in fundamental ways. I am talking about NAR’s new consumer-oriented Web site HouseLogic that is...
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November 14, 2009

Smart Money, Dumb Article, Posted by Charles

We have heard from many of you lately regarding the recent article in SmartMoney entitled, “10 Things Your Real Estate Broker Won’t Say.” We share your outrage over the clear distortion and misrepresention of the service real estate professional...
July 20, 2009

Consumers Win Big with Stimulus Bill, Posted by Gary

Consumers received a big boost in buying power last week when President Obama signed the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit into law and raised conforming loan limits back to the 2008 levels. This was all a part of the...
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February 25, 2009

One-Two Punch for Homeowners, Posted By Dick

Yesterday President Barack Obama announced a $75 billion Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan to help address the foreclosure crisis – the right cross in a one-two punch to help the housing market recover. The plan complements the new American...
February 18, 2009

Conventional Wisdom, Posted by Pat

These are the days that strain the beliefs we have held over many years and cause us to look at some of the real estate “facts” that we have always held to be the truth. One of the first...
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October 24, 2008

Be Flexible, Posted by Pat

Be Flexible – this is the mantra of the turbulent times. Rolling with the flow and being flexible will get a person much further in this marketplace than taking a firm stand. These are new times and standing firm...
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October 16, 2008

Why Use A REALTOR®? Posted by Pat

This Spring has certainly brought out not only flowers, but also a lot of lookers into the real estate market. Never before have I had so many questions asked of me regarding the economy, the housing market, re-sale values,...
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April 11, 2008

Checking the Media Track Record, Posted by Dick

As you know, NAR has been criticized in the news media for our “rosey” outlook for the real estate market. More often than not, they say we are too positive about the prospects for housing values in the future....
March 4, 2008