NAR allows tougher sanctions for Realtors who violate Code of Ethics

On Saturday, the board of directors of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) approved changes to the trade group’s professional standards that allow state and local associations to more frequently publish to their members the names of Realtor Code of Ethics violators and include photographs of the violators — if they want to.

Did NAR consider tech partners other than zipLogix?

The National Association of Realtors has never given transaction management firms other that zipLogix — a firm the trade group partially owns — a chance to compete for its business through price or any other means, according to three of the most popular such firms in the industry.

NAR calls for unity ahead of dues vote

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall urged members to take charge of decision-making at the organization through their representatives on the trade group’s board of directors ahead of the Saturday vote by the board of directors to raise dues $30 in 2019 …

NAR, take the high road in Washington, D.C.

This week when the National Association of Realtors board of directors gathers in Washington, D.C., for its annual midyear conference, the NAR leadership has an historic opportunity to bridge the gap within a divided organization. (Among other things, …

NAR ‘furious’ over criticism of leadership, denies profiteering

A day after MLSListings CEO Jim Harrison criticized the National Association of Realtors for an expected dues hike, the organization has released a thorough defense of its actions and leadership.

Gay and lesbian real estate group urges NAR to support Equality Act

The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) is calling on the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to join the organization in supporting federal legislation that would amend existing civil rights laws — including…

FEMA underestimates flooding risk to millions of Americans: study

Property at risk of flooding is more than double current FEMA estimates and nearly 41 million Americans — three times the current projections — could be exposed to a major flood, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol, the N…

NAR says Dodd-Frank Reform bill would be good for housing

“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the largest mortgage purchasers in the nation, but they rely on credit score models that do not take into account factors as simple as whether borrowers have paid their rent or utility bills on time,” wrote NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall in the letter. “New credit scoring models that incorporate additional predictive metrics and payment history will open homeownership opportunities for many minority and underserved borrowers who lack access to traditional forms of credit.” …

HUD considers dropping anti-discrimination language from mission, draws criticism from real estate

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the 53-year-old agency founded three years prior to the Fair Housing Act as part of the landmark Great Society program designed to eliminate racial injustice, is considering omitting the words “free from discrimination” from its mission statement …

NAR fights for rule to potentially offer health care plan to Realtors

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) on Tuesday delivered a letter of support in favor of a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule that could potentially pave the way for the trade group to create an Association Health Plan through which its self-employed Realtor members could receive more affordable medical coverage …