Housing Market News Archive

Polychron praises FHFA efforts to promote affordable housing

NAR president Chris Polychron says Realtors® support responsible lending to qualified buyers, which is essential for building strong communities....
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January 27, 2015

Polychron on Fannie-Freddie low downpayment program

NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s new low downpayment program should improve access to credit for responsible buyers. “NAR applauds Fannie and Freddie’s commitment to...
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December 22, 2014

A Nation that Captured a Dream

By 2014 NAR President Steve Brown Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago, this July 4th, a new nation was conceived, different from all others — a nation that could and would capture the imagination of the world for centuries to...
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July 1, 2014

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

A Beautiful Mind…and an Expensive One

By NAR 2013 Vice President Bill Brown “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”   That sentiment from Walter Cronkite is being tested as the cost of an education soars...
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March 12, 2013

10 Lessons to Learn as the Housing Market Recovers

by Ron Phipps, 2012 Immediate Past President, NAR Headlines abound: The Housing Bust is over… In June, a survey of economists concluded that housing has hit bottom.  Realtors®, homeowners and renters, Americans, and citizens of the world all are...
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July 18, 2012

It’s All Local

by Steve Brown, First Vice President, National Association of REALTORS® Recently, President Obama proposed several programs to revive the housing market.  One such proposal calls for the bulk sale of real estate owned (REO) properties.  In areas where property...
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March 19, 2012

Nothing But the Truth

By President-Elect Gary Thomas, National Association of REALTORS® There is a persistent truth about home ownership. No matter how difficult the last few years have been, and no matter how much of a battering the housing industry takes, Americans still...
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March 12, 2012

Home is Where the Heart Is—All Around the World

By Steve Brown, First Vice President, National Association of REALTORS® I confess. All this time, I thought the passionate dream of owning your own home was somehow uniquely American. After all, this is the dream that has inspired every...
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March 1, 2012

‘Tis the Season of Hope

By Steve Brown, First Vice President, National Association of REALTORS® Winston Churchill once said, “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” I’d like to add...
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December 19, 2011