Housing Market News 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

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

What Do Today’s Home Buyers Look Like?

By Gary Thomas, 2012 President-Elect, National Association of REALTORS® There was so much helpful and interesting information presented at Annual.   Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming!  Only now, a few weeks later, am I catching up on all...
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December 6, 2011

Get in This Market, Or Lose Out, Posted by Moe

Understanding this economic time and the financial crisis, in my mind, is sort of like when an aging short pudgy bald cigar smoking guy practicing sound financial management for 30 or 40 years of his life starts seeing himself...
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April 8, 2010

Appraisal Update, Posted by Charles

I just returned to Texas after a whirlwind trip to the east coast, where I met with the New York Attorney General’s office and officials from the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Fannie Mae. The topic: appraisals, and specifically...
July 2, 2009