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topStories Saturday, November 12, 2016
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Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer
NAR 2017 President Outlines Homeownership Challenges, Opportunities
Homeownership is still a vital—though vulnerable—component of the American Dream. Protecting it, as well as promoting it, is at the top of the docket for National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2017 President Bill Brown, who recently discussed his agenda at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. “Homeownership offers tremendous value, helping communities stabilize and families build wealth,” said Brown, a second-generation Realtor® and founder of Investment Properties in Oakland, Calif. “High prices, low inventories, rising rents and student debt burdens are all part of a deck that’s heavily stacked against buyers in competitive markets, but there’s reason for optimism ahead. ...
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Educating Consumers Key to Making Good Decisions
In the following interview, Ed and Agnes Chatelain, broker associates, Realty Executives Cape Cod Hyannis in Cape Cod, Mass., discuss education, giving back, and marketing.... READ MORE >
Change Management: Broker Technology Initiatives That Stick
Technology can transform your brokerage—but only if it sticks. Join RISMedia for this month’s FREE Automated Content Engagement (ACE) Broker Best Practices webinar... READ MORE >
Mortgage Apps Down 1.2 Percent
Mortgage applications decreased 1.2 percent this week, according to recently released data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications... READ MORE >
Distressed Home Sales Plunge to Nine-Year Low
Distressed sales—including bank-owned (REO) sales, sales of homes actively in foreclosure, and short sales—accounted for 12.9 percent of all U.S. single-family home... READ MORE >

How to Ease into the Holidays without Alerting the Haters
By Gabrielle van Welie
It’s November. The temperature has dropped, and it has even snowed (or flurried) in some areas. Not feeling particularly pilgrim-y and being ready to break out the eggnog are symptoms of Christmas fever. If you or any of your loved ones have experienced this, know that you are not alone.
International Real Estate Search Numbers Surge after Election

National Association of REALTORS(R) Installs 2017 Officers


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