Existing-home sales decline in December after 2 months of gains

Existing-home sales declined 6.4 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.99 million, following two straight months of consecutive gains.

Reminder: The deadline to file your 1099-MISC forms is Jan. 31

The deadline for employers to report payments to contract workers on form 1099-MISC along with W-2 and W-3 forms is Jan. 31.

It’s significantly harder to buy a home now than it was 1 year ago

A typical U.S. family in November had more difficulty purchasing an existing family home at the national median price than one year ago, according to NAR.

Government shutdown ‘causing tangible harm’ to real estate: NAR

The ongoing government shutdown, 19 days and counting, is taking a toll on home sales, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors.

Hire a professional or do it yourself: Homeowners share all

A new study from the National Association of Realtors suggests agents may want to consider steering clients to achievable home renovation projects.

Trying to build an online presence? Start here

With 42 percent of buyers finding their agents by referral, you should focus on the easiest way to get referrals — content marketing. Here’s how to get started and keep it consistent.

Pending home sales drop to lowest level since 2014

The National Association of Realtors’ Pending Homes Sales Index fell 7.7 percent year-over-year in November, marking the 11th straight month of annual decreases.

Inman Person of the Year 2018: Kenya Burrell-VanWormer

Under Burrell-VanWormer’s leadership, the Houston Association of Realtors opposed and questioned proposals by NAR to raise dues. So what’s next?

Existing-home sales rise for second straight month

Existing-home sales increased 1.9 percent month-over-month but failed to gain the same traction on a yearly basis with a 7 percent decline from November 2017.

NAR restructures, launches emerging tech team

The trade group, which has more than 1.3 million members, says staffing changes to its advocacy, marketing communications, member experience and technology groups will also bolster its lobbying efforts and better communication to its members.