To that end the National Association of REALTORS® monitors state and federal legislatures and the courts to ensure that the government doesn’t arbitrarily violate individuals’ rights to own, develop, and transfer real property.
When we look back at this period in our history, will we remember it only as a time when our industry thrived or also as a time when we gave of ourselves, helping more Americans become homeowners? What will be our legacy?
The debate over virtual office Web sites, sites that operate as brokerages but maintain relationships primarily online, will be an ongoing one. But we need policies and rules to ensure that our data is protected and that our ability and willingness to share listing information for purposes of compensation and cooperation remain steadfast.
This mosaic of immigrant communities represents a huge wave of new customers. The challenge comes in putting aside our preconceived notions about how people perceive and make decisions about the real estate transaction process.
Insurers are using credit reports to generate insurance scores and CLUE reports (which detail claims histories) to pinpoint the customers they believe will be least likely to make claims. These practices are cutting people out of the market.
Everywhere our members live and work—in every city, town, and village in the United States—there are extraordinary individuals doing great things to make a difference on issues that are important to our REALTOR® mission.
NAR’s new Housing Opportunity Program will help you deliver at Fourth and Main streets. HOP is aimed at encouraging and empowering you to become an aggressive advocate for successful, credible, and viable housing opportunity programs in your own community.
This can be a tough business—finding clients and customers, winning them over, closing the transaction. In those endeavors, it’s important to use any advantage available, and designations can make a big difference in your business.
Big banks dominate the commercial real estate lending landscape. For banks to get into leasing, commercial real estate brokerage, and property management would be the worst kind of mixing of commerce and finance, clearly prohibited by Congress.
Consumers today are looking for somebody just like you—a professional who will partner with them in the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. And we have a national campaign that’s telling them all about you.
The concept of “home” as a decent place in a suitable living environment has been a basic belief of American life since before our nation was founded. Getting people on the housing ladder at any rung is good for America and good for business.
A century and a half ago, about the time the first real estate board in Baltimore was formed in 1858, Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, “The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.” On Sept. 11, 2001, our freedom and strength were challenged when our nation was attacked. The question now on everybody’s mind is, what will the future bring?
Our local boards, state associations, and institutes, societies, and councils offer the highest quality real estate education in the world. Don’t take it for granted—our foreign associations don’t. (PS: Neither do your competitors.)
A recent study by NAR shows that 63 percent of sales associates are women and 46 percent of brokers are women. The outstanding women who are moving into leadership roles within our industry will change not only how we do business in the future but also how we view what qualities make for a great leader.
It’s inspiring to see REALTORS®taking the lead on smart growth challenges in communities around the country. As populations increase and communities expand, smart growth continues to be one of the most important challenges we face. Only at the state and local levels can these challenges be met and won.