Beware of scammers offering health insurance to NAR members
Although the National Association of Realtors offers insurance options, an NAR spokesperson warned that the association would not make calls to enroll members
by Patrick Kearns Oct 16
NAR, Morgan Stanley partner to offer financial guidance for Realtors
The 1.4 million-member trade association is partnering with the investment banking giant to offer Realtors guides to investing and saving for retirement
by Patrick Kearns Oct 16
NAR proposes ethics changes to crackdown on social media harassment
The National Association of Realtors says it's gotten 'an unprecedented number of complaints about Realtors posting discriminatory speech and conduct online'
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 14
Millennials with kids show big appetite for suburban living
A new National Association of Realtors survey finds younger people want more outdoor space and bigger homes with more rooms — even as walkability remains important
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 13
Landlords, lobbyists launch legal battle against eviction moratorium
In the wake of the Trump administration's federal moratorium on evictions, landlords, apartment owners and housing industry groups have issued legal challenges against the order, leaving millions of renters in a precarious position
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 13
The Real Word: NAR buyer commission lawsuit continues
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss NAR’s buyer commission lawsuit, working with out-of-state buyers and a new trend in luxury real estate
by Byron Lazine Oct 9
How MLSs can foster and advance fair housing
The Council of MLSs is forming a task force to explore the role MLSs can play in stamping out housing discrimination. Panelists at CMLS's annual conference had some ideas
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 6
'Paradigm shift': Realtors weigh in on the buyer commission lawsuit
Some pros predict more dual agency deals and the disappearance of buyer's agents, while others think the industry will end up where it started but with more disclosures to sign
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 6
Judge denies motion by NAR to dismiss buyer commission lawsuit
Judge Andrea Wood argued that the plaintiffs would have paid 'substantially lower commissions' if not for the buyer broker commission rules
by Patrick Kearns Oct 5
Propy gets cash infusion from 'legendary investor'
Venture capitalist Tim Draper, an early backer of Tesla and Skype, has invested an undisclosed amount in the blockchain transaction startup
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 2
4 can't-miss real estate events happening virtually this fall
Even though events are held virtually now, they still offer tremendous value — and a chance to connect with some of the best real estate experts in the world. Here are a few noteworthy digital happenings
by Victoria Kennedy Oct 2
Former Move industry relations exec sues over alleged sexual harassment
Suzanne Mueller alleges Move failed to provide a safe working environment, did not adequately supervise employees and retaliated against her for participating in a sexual harassment investigation against a National Association of Realtors executive
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
Pending-home sales soar in August
The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index skyrocketed 8.8% year over year in August
'The Color of Law:' Author Richard Rothstein on housing segregation
Katie Lance interviews the author of influential book 'The Color of Law' to discuss the history of public housing policy, its effect on the ongoing racial discrimination and what we can do now
by Katie Lance Sep 22
Existing-home sales soar to highest level since 2006
Total existing-home sales climbed 10.5% from the year prior in August, according to data released Tuesday by the National Association of Realtors
by Patrick Kearns Sep 22
More Realtors are carrying weapons for self-defense
An NAR survey finds more than half of agents are still hosting open houses alone, but more agents are carrying protection in the form of pepper spray and firearms
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 14
Former Trump admin official named as NAR's chief advocate
Bill Malkasian and Joe Ventrone are stepping down, and Shannon McGahn, a former counselor for the US Department of Treasury, has been promoted to chief advocacy officer
by Patrick Kearns Sep 14
How real estate agents can avoid further segregating the suburbs
As urban buyers look for more space, agents need to be increasingly wary of racial steering
by Patrick Kearns Sep 11
Fall is the new spring in real estate
Record-low mortgage rates, skyrocketing buyer demand, and shrinking inventory have pushed the housing market's busy season forward through at least the end of the year
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 8
FHA homeowners have the most to lose during economic upheaval
Three chief economists share how FHA homeowners have been disproportionately impacted by 2020's coronavirus-induced unemployment boom and what it means for next year's market
by Marian McPherson Sep 4
National Association of Realtors takes advertising campaign global
The National Association of Realtors added more languages to its marketing partnership with Photofy to help Realtors capture more foreign business
by Patrick Kearns Sep 4
July pending home sales rise 5.9%
The increase sent the Pending Home Sales Index sailing to 122.1, marking the third month in a row of sales growth, according to the National Association of Realtors
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 27
Fannie and Freddie refinance fee delayed until December 1
The fee will no longer apply to refinance loans with balances below $125,000 or to the government-sponsored enterprises' affordable refinance products
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 27
Existing home sales skyrocket amid pandemic, inventory down
July also marked the first time ever that the median home price across the entire U.S. rose above $300,000, according to NAR's data
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 21
NAR, MLSs strike back against antitrust suit over pocket listing policy
The trade groups allege that it is Pocket Listing Services' business model that is anticompetitive and harms homebuyers and sellers
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 19
Bidding wars get brutal as buyers chase dwindling supply
Buyers in some markets are offering hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking prices — and still losing bidding wars. 'Normally there's 13, maybe up to 20 offers. But 39 is bonkers.'
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 14
Kamala Harris' record on real estate is mixed
The Democratic vice presidential candidate believes 'housing is a human right' and has proposed legislation for mortgage and rent relief amid the pandemic
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 12
NAR promotes Andréa Moore to VP of diversity, inclusion
The human resources exec will be responsible for the 1.4 million-member association's internal diversity and inclusion strategies
by Patrick Kearns Aug 12
The demise of cities? Not so fast: Metro home prices skyrocket in Q2
Despite forecasts of people fleeing cities en masse, home prices grew in 96% of metros in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors
by Patrick Kearns Aug 12
ReferralExchange joins NAR Realtor Benefits Program
The new partnership will give NAR members access to ReferralExchanges' concierge-based lead vetting service
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 4
Residential investments dropped nearly 40% in Q2
Gross domestic product data showed a historic drop in the second quarter, even as new unemployment claims continued to rise, according to new data released Thursday
by Patrick Kearns Jul 30
Agent wages are rising, but not everywhere or for everyone
New data shows that as of May 2019 the average U.S. agent salary was $62,060. But wages are moving in different directions in different states
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 29
Pending home sales signal strong market for July and August
The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index increased 6.3% year over year in June, according to data released Wednesday
by Patrick Kearns Jul 29
US homeownership rate hits near 12-year high — or did it?
New data from the Census Bureau indicates that the homeownership rate surged to its highest point since the third quarter of 2008, but a change in data collection methodology may have impacted the results
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 28
Median existing-home prices rise for 100th-consecutive month
Meanwhile, existing-home sales in June rebounded 20.7% month over month, according to market report released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors
by Marian McPherson Jul 22
Court denies bid to stop NAR's pocket listing policy
Judge says agents don't have a right to benefit from the contributions of fellow Realtors while withholding their own listings. Top Agent Network criticizes policy's exception for office exclusives
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 21
T3 Sixty promotes former NAR executive to chief technology officer
Mark Lesswing first joined T3 Sixty last August to help build the firm's technology division
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 20
NAR calls on HUD to protect an anti-housing discrimination policy
In a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Association of Realtors called for an end to efforts to revise the disparate impact rule
by Patrick Kearns Jul 14
Trump-connected lobbyists were key players in COVID policy: report
Shannon McGahn, senior vice president of government affairs for NAR, is among those named in the report
by Patrick Kearns Jul 6
Pending-home sales climbed record-setting 44% from April to May
It was the biggest monthly gain in pending home sales since NAR began recording the forward-looking indicator in 2001
by Patrick Kearns Jun 29
NAR conference goes virtual over health and safety concerns
The 2020 Realtors Conference & Expo was supposed to take place in New Orleans in November, but it was moved online amid lingering concerns about the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 24
NAR predicts major sales rebound this summer
Existing-home sales fell annually for the third straight month in May, but NAR expects that to change over the coming months
by Patrick Kearns Jun 22
Summer outlook: Real estate heads into buying season on firm footing
In our multipart series on the US housing market this summer, Inman's Jim Dalrymple reports that the market hasn't fully returned to normal yet, but a number of metrics including prices and pending sales suggest it has been resilient amid the coronavirus crisis
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 22
NAR releases 5-point plan to bolster homeownership amid pandemic
The National Association of Realtors' plan calls for expanding down payment assistance programs, improving FHA loans and alternative credit scoring models
by Marian McPherson Jun 18
NAR may move summer tech conference to January
The National Association of Realtors sent out a survey to past iOi Summit attendees to gauge how likely they are to attend an in-person event in early 2021
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 11
NAR CEO on racial injustice: 'This is not a new issue'
Bob Goldberg reminded attendees at Inman Connect Now that equality and fairness in housing is the trade group's mission
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 4
Another pocket listing network sues NAR, alleges MLS conspiracy
Suit alleges Clear Cooperation Policy is part of a plan to eliminate PLS as a 'competitive threat.' Trade groups say policy is 'not discriminatory' and promotes competition
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 2
Court denies restraining order against NAR for pocket listing policy
Top Agent Network asked for the order two weeks ago in an attempt to stop the National Association of Realtors from enforcing the Clear Cooperation Policy
by Andrea V. Brambila May 28
Existing-home sales report shows how badly virus impacted housing
Existing-home sales in April fell 17.8% from March and 17.2% year-over-year
by Patrick Kearns May 21
NAR board votes in new leaders in first-ever virtual election
National Association of Realtors CEO Bob Goldberg said future events could be both in-person and virtual — even after pandemic
by Andrea V. Brambila May 18
NAR board approves policy giving brokers back their MLS data
The trade group said new policy will allow brokers to innovate and develop new ways of delivering services to consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila May 15
Smart money habits to adopt during the pandemic and beyond
Realtor Leigh Brown offered agents advice on saving, budgeting and setting themselves up for success during a NAR Virtual Realtors Legislative Meeting Thursday
by Andrea V. Brambila May 15
Top Agent Network files restraining order against NAR for pocket listing policy
Company alleges it would suffer 'irreparable harm' if Realtor associations continue to enforce Clear Cooperation Policy. NAR says TAN 'sat on its hands' for months
by Andrea V. Brambila May 15
NAR: This is not Great Depression
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts inflation will be delayed for five or six years — and then the price of everything will rise
by Andrea V. Brambila May 14
Politicians: Election will be referendum on Trump's handling of the pandemic
During a forum at the Virtual Realtors Legislative Meetings Tuesday, Chris Christie and Rahm Emanuel agreed COVID-19 has upended expectations for the fates of the White House and Congress come November
by Andrea V. Brambila May 13
NAR to Realtors: 'You are defenders of the homefront'
Trade group leaders urge members to continue to be active in their communities as nation adjusts to 'new normal'
by Andrea V. Brambila May 12
Metro home prices rose 7.7%: NAR
A median single-family home now costs $274,600
Top Agent Network sues NAR, alleges pocket listing policy is 'group boycott'
Trade group says suit 'has no legal basis' and that the Clear Cooperation policy 'promotes equal opportunity for all'
by Andrea V. Brambila May 11
We talked to 5 CFOs about the road to recovery. Here's what they said
Coronavirus is a big deal for real estate, but financial chiefs don't think it's a repeat of 2008. And some already see signs of improvement
by Jim Dalrymple II May 11
Treasurer candidates expect NAR membership to decline
Candidates Nancy Lane and David McKey tout experience and crisis management skills as they vie to handle money for the 1.3 million-member trade organization
by Andrea V. Brambila May 8
Waiting rooms and gallery views: Attending a Realtor standards enforcement meeting on Zoom
At the National Association of Realtors' first-ever Virtual Realtors Legislative Meetings, attendees discuss navigating waiting rooms, breakout rooms and gallery views for ethics and arbitration hearings. Nonetheless, the exercise has been hailed as a success
by Andrea V. Brambila May 7
NAR closes two-thirds of conference sessions to nearly all members, press
Trade group says discussions at the Virtual Realtors Legislative Conference will take place out of sight because volunteer leaders don't want comments 'misrepresented or misconstrued'
by Andrea V. Brambila May 6
How are home prices still rising during the pandemic?
Although the stock market has been volatile for weeks and unemployment has continued to rise, home prices have been seemingly unaffected
by Lillian Dickerson May 5
Proposed NAR policy may give brokers back their MLS data
A data feed of a broker's own data would support multiple systems that brokers use to do business, according to The Realty Alliance
by Andrea V. Brambila May 5
Coronavirus may accelerate MLS consolidation
The pandemic is forcing MLSs and agents to adopt innovations faster, according to panelists at the first virtual MLS Association Executives Session for the National Association of Realtors' midyear conference
by Andrea V. Brambila May 1
Pending home sales start downward plummet in March: NAR
Contract signings are down 20.8% amidst the coronavirus outbreak
NAR calls on FHA to resist premium increases on borrowers
In a letter to the Federal Housing Administration, NAR President Vince Malta said home sale transactions can buoy economic recovery
by Patrick Kearns Apr 27
Existing-home sales slammed with first major drop in March: NAR
As the coronavirus outbreak hit the US, existing-home sales fell 8.5%, according to NAR
32% of first-time buyers get financial help from a relative or friend: NAR
Limited income was the most cited factor holding back non-homeowners from saving, according to a new survey released Thursday by the National Association of Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 17
NAR: Buyers going under contract without seeing homes in person
25% of surveyed Realtors said at least one buyer client had signed a deal without physically visiting the property, according to NAR's latest Economic Pulse Flash Survey
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 17
Real estate giants' COVID-19 motion fails to stop commission lawsuit
Court rules that discovery will continue amid coronavirus outbreak in suit against the National Association of Realtors and real estate franchisors Realogy, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and HomeServices of America
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 15
Shut up! Just focus on selling houses
Opinion
As hard as things might be right now, it doesn’t give anyone the right to be insensitive to fellow professionals
by Jay Thompson Apr 15
A change to the CARES Act threatens Realtors: NAR
National Association of Realtors President Vince Malta is calling on Congress to provide more funding for small business loan programs created by the CARES Act
by Patrick Kearns Apr 14
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Bob Goldberg and Shannon McGahn
NAR's CEO speaks on what the CARES Act means for Realtors
by Inman Apr 3
Coronavirus not slowing down NAR's pocket listing policy
Several MLSs are adding a 'Coming Soon' status for the first time as part of the rollout, while others are instituting weighty fines immediately
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 1
How to get a loan and save your business during the pandemic
The government is basically giving away free money. Most brokerages and agents should be able to take advantage of it
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 30
Pending home sales rise in February
According to NAR's Pending Homes Sales Index released on Monday, pending home sales increased 2.4 percent in February
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 30
Stimulus package passes, agents can now access unemployment
The stimulus bill, which includes direct payments to Americans and expanded unemployment, is headed to President Donald Trump's desk
by Patrick Kearns Mar 27
NAR revives free program for first time since 2009 recession
The program gives Realtors free access to transaction tools, educational webinars and other services
by Patrick Kearns Mar 27
Nearly half of Realtors say buyer interest has dropped due to coronavirus
Just one week ago, only 16% of Realtors reported a decrease in homebuyers as a result of COVID-19.
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 20
NAR's midyear conference goes virtual due to coronavirus
NAR will no longer hold its Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in person in May
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 18
Trump may allow homeowners to delay mortgage payments
The administration didn't make clear how borrowers might catch up on payments later on
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 18