NAR Newsline

  • Instant Reaction: October Housing Starts
    by Adam DeSanctis on November 17, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on residential construction in October: “The South region is quickly getting back on its feet with a big jump in new housing starts, after a pause in the prior month from the aftermath of the hurricanes. The Midwest and […]

  • The Anatomy of a First-time Buyer in 2017
    by Adam DeSanctis on November 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Prospective first-time buyers in recent years have had to navigate several obstacles on their path to homeownership, including higher rents and home prices, tight inventory conditions and repaying student loan debt. These impediments are a big reason why first-timers were only 34 percent of all transactions in the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 Profile of Home […]

  • Healthcare 101: Insurance Challenges for Realtors® and other Independent Contractors
    by Sara Wiskerchen on November 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Nearly nine in 10 Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors®, are independent contractors of their real estate firms. As an independent contractor, many typically don’t have access to traditional employer-provided benefits, such as health insurance. As debate continues around the Affordable Care Act and more insurance companies drop out of the individual and […]

  • Counselors of Real Estate Highlight Challenges for Industry
    by Jon Boughtin on November 5, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Each year, the Counselors of Real Estate offers its insights on the factors, trends and issues that are shaping the residential and commercial real estate industries. CRE’s analysis offers insights into opportunities and challenges facing real estate professionals, as well as how the economic environment is changing the industry landscape. 2017 CRE Chair Peter Burley, […]

  • Student Loan Debt Keeps Millennials From Buying Homes, Starting Businesses
    by Jane Dollinger on November 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Real estate industry experts and researchers  presented data and discussed the effects of student loan debt on millennials’ ability to participate in the housing market and own a business, during a panel titled “Digging Out: Growing Your Business While Paying Off Debt” at the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. According to Jessica Lautz, managing director […]

  • Steve Schmidt Decries Political Environment as Tax Reform Looms
    by Jon Boughtin on November 5, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    To hear political expert Steve Schmidt tell it, America’s political system is more broken than ever. Schmidt told a packed room at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago that “our political system today precludes the ability to get to common-sensible solutions.” That dysfunction, according to Schmidt, comes from divisions left in the country by […]

  • Detailed Data Can Help Curb Condo Confusion
    by Jane Dollinger on November 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Agents, appraisers and lenders discussed the importance of being educated on the specifics of a condominium building or project when selling a condo unit, during a panel yesterday at the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. During the panel “Dispelling Condo Confusion for Agents and Appraisers,” real estate agent and appraiser experts discussed the many issues […]

  • How to Keep Consumers Engaged
    by Jane Dollinger on November 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Leading power brokers shared their strategies for effectively reaching and engaging with consumers during a session titled, “New Strategies for Engaging Consumers,” during the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. REALTORS® and brokers from across the country listened as the panel discussed the importance of utilizing new technology and social media , automating as many processes as […]

  • NAR’s 2018 Housing and Economic Forecast
    by Adam DeSanctis on November 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun presented his 2018 economic and housing forecast this morning here at the 2017 Realtors® Conference and Expo in Chicago. Yun expects existing-home sales to rise 3.7 percent next year. However, there are some caveats. Low supply could continue to suppress sales, especially to first-time buyers, and the passage of a tax […]

  • NAR President Reminds Tax Reform Proponents That Homeownership is a “Common Interest”
    by Jon Boughtin on October 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    When the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board referred to the National Association of Realtors® as a “greedy” lobby for special interests in the tax reform debate, NAR President William E. Brown offered a swift response. “Defending middle-class homeowners isn’t ‘greedy’ because homeownership isn’t a ‘special interest,’” said Brown. “It’s a common interest.” Since then, other […]