Regulatory Relief Bill Passes Congress – Is Mortgage Lending Freedom Ahead?

Change is coming to the mortgage industry in the form of lessened restrictions for many community banks, along with greater consumer protections. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act—a bill that looks to roll back many Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act regulations imposed in 2008 following the financial crisis—is currently […]

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NAR drops congressman from donor program over anti-LGBTQ stance

The National Association of Realtors has officially dropped Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from Orange County, California, from its President’s Circle donation program, NAR confirmed to Inman Tuesday afternoon.

8 Tech Companies in 2018 REach® Class

NAR PULSE—NAR’s strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures, will work with eight companies that show promise in the real estate industry as part of its REach® accelerator program. The companies offer an automated email platform, local marketing system, compliance checklist, transaction management system, income goal tracking program, lead routing app and transaction coordination platform. Learn […]

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Realtors call on NAR to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ candidates

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) spent part of its annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C., reckoning with a dark past — one of exclusion and racism.

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.

Midyear Update: Flat Forecast for Home Sales This Year

For the foreseeable future, the housing market will be plagued by scarce supply, according to presenters at the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, held recently in Washington, D.C. With the economy and employment encouraging growth, home sales will be subdued, though still on an uphill track, according to National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) […]

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How Can Brokers Lead the Effort to Increase Listings, Boost Inventory?

According to RISMedia’s 2018 Power Broker Report & Survey, 71 percent of Power Brokers are being challenged the most by inventory shortages. This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses how to address the issue, and offers up steps and solutions. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; […]

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NAR board approves $30 annual dues increase for 2019

The trade group plans to use the additional funds to boost its annual spending for political advocacy, a transaction management platform for members and other initiatives by $35.5 million and shore up its reserves.

NAR made $20 million from DocuSign IPO

The venture arm of the trade group, Second Century Ventures, made a total of $43.8 million from selling shares in DocuSign, returning $20 million to NAR and keeping $23.8 million for recapitalization.

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.