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Housing and Economic Outlook

Each year at the Legislative Meetings in Washington DC, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of REALTORS® delivers a Housing and Economic Outlook. Below you will find the highlights of the session as well as information delivered...

GetREALTOR® Campaign Update

During the recent Consumer Communications committee meeting, a representative with Havas and Arnold, NAR’s new advertising agency, displayed a dozen or so 15 and 30 second spots called Phil’s-osophies.  This effort is piggybacking on the success of ABC’s hit...

UPDATE: Idea Exchange Council for Brokers

The Idea Exchange Council for Brokers is think-tank style forum which fosters an environment to encourage open and honest exchange of ideas and to facilitate a broad-based sharing of ideas by brokers of all company sizes and geographic locations....

Impact of Student Loan Debt on Housing

If you have teens preparing to embark on their college years or even ones already frolicking or lallygagging around a college campus, your pocketbook likely isn’t busting at the seams nor are you surprised about the dramatic increase in...

#ThereIsADifference

For as many years as I can recall, consumers have not fully grasped or have been properly educated on the glaring differences between a REALTOR® and a real estate agent. Soon, those differences will become something of the distant...

Lessons vs Rewards

Earlier this week, Erica Ramus dished a few insights on why a realtor should consider attending the #NARLegislative Meetings and Trade Show each May in Washington D.C. in her post titled Take Me to DC! 3 Reasons to Attend the...

Tech at the Trade Show

As the broker/owner of a virtual and paperless brokerage, I am often scouting out new companies who provide apps and platforms to further streamline our business and to connect with our clients and I often work closely with our...

Redefining the R®

The Consumer Communications Committee has put some serious sweat equity into redefining the REALTOR® brand.  Before the committee members could even roll up their sleeves and get to work, they tackled a the most important task – crafting a...

CFPB Changes from a 30,000 Foot View

Since late last year, you’ve probably have heard the following terms (CFPB, TILA/RESPA or August 1st Changes) tossed around the real estate industry, that is unless you have been living underneath a large boulder.  Regardless of which, it is...

Newbie Guide to #NARLegislative

Whether it is your first time attending the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Show (formerly called MidYear) or you are a seasoned veteran, deciding where to insert yourself into the festivities in order to walk away with the most...