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NAR Midyear 2019 Recap

posted: 06/08/2019

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in Washington D.C. have become a mainstay on our WAV Group travel calendar. I guess that is why we still refer to it as “Midyear.” The meetings provide a dual opportunity to gain insight into the important policy issues and the ability to spend some face-to-face time with clients.  Read More

May 2019 Housing MInute

posted: 06/08/2019

Pending and existing home sales declined slightly in April, while inventory continues to increase.  Click Here

Thad Cochran

posted: 05/30/2019

The Mississippi REALTORS®️ send their heartfelt condolences to the family of Senator Thad Cochran. 

There's no I in the word REALTOR

posted: 05/20/2019

As leaders of Associations and MLSs, it is imperative that every Board member, CEO and Association Executive remember their core goal – to help REALTORS® thrive for the long haul by arming them with the best information, service, and support we can.  Read More

Preach to the Converted

posted: 05/20/2019

The real estate industry has been led astray by advertising portals. Today, there seems to be a shift happening in syndication strategy, MLS strategy, advertising strategy, and CRM strategy that puts brokers and agents back on course– and it’s about time. Let me share this perspective with you.

MARPAC Chaney

posted: 05/15/2019
Mississippi Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (MARPAC), the political arm of the Mississippi REALTORS®, announces its endorsement of Mike Chaney's re-election for Insurance Commissioner.

MARPAC Fitch

posted: 05/08/2019

Mississippi Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (MARPAC), the political arm of the Mississippi REALTORS®, announces its endorsement of Lynn Fitch for Attorney General of Mississippi.

MARPAC Hosemann

posted: 05/08/2019

Mississippi Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (MARPAC), the political arm of the Mississippi REALTORS®, announces its endorsement of Delbert Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi.

MARPAC Reed

posted: 05/08/2019

Mississippi Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (MARPAC), the political arm of the state association, announces its endorsement of Tate Reeves for Governor of Mississippi.

April 2019 Housing Minute

posted: 05/01/2019

Existing-home sales and contract signings both saw modest gains in March, even as low supply and higher mortgage rates continued to affect overall affordability.  Click Here

 

 

Marketing tip: Pay more attention to Gen Xers

posted: 04/17/2019

The National Association of REALTORS research experts continuously share housing data with insights that sometimes surprises or delights. Their recent look into Gen Xers did both – for me at least.  Read More

Is it time for a National IDX?

posted: 04/17/2019

Here’s an idea to think about….

Today, we have robust rules in place that allow a broker to share their active, pending and in some cases, sold listings with their fellow practitioners via a local IDX policy.  Read More

Natural Language Processing for Real Estate

posted: 04/17/2019

Natural Language Processing (NLP), as a subcategory of Artificial Intelligence, has continued to grow in its practice by the real estate industry. This growth is evident as seen by the proliferation of chatbots on real estate websites and new innovative products like Homebot – who won the 2018 Realogy FWD Innovation Award. Let’s dip into Natural Language Processing and how to use it for SEO in real estate blog articles.  Read More

Disaster - MS - April 13-14, 2019

posted: 04/17/2019

This past Saturday, tornadoes and flash flooding hit a number of communities in our state.  The Mississippi REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund is a charitable organization which was established in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to assist with recovery from disaster from Tupelo to Louisville, Hattiesburg, Woodville and the Mississippi Coast. We have also had the privilege of assisting disaster victims in other states, giving back to others who generously poured money into Mississippi after Katrina.

Terri Pankhurst

posted: 04/09/2019

The spring issue of Real Estate Leader magazine is here!

This issue includes a story submitted by Terri Pankhurst of East Mississippi REALTORS® . This story focuses on Terri being a Sterling R MARPAC contributor. 

The issue also contains articles and pictures from the Winter meetings with photos from REALTOR® Day at the Capitol, the annual MARPAC Drawdown and Lip Sync Throwdown. Clarke Wise, Vice President of Government Relations, chronicles the 2019 Legislative successes. MAR’s Information Technology Director, Jacob Lundstrom, covers  some tips to combat phishing and other items of interest. The Mississippi REALTORS® Institute Director, Andrea Detrick, covers  all things education and while MAR Legal Counsel Ron Farris udatesmembers on several improvements coming to MAR's Standard Forms. Read the newly released issue here.

IDX

posted: 03/19/2019

If you’re just becoming a real estate agent, you may have a leg up on those who started their careers years ago because you work in an age where anyone can access listing information within seconds — all it takes is a few keystrokes and clicks.  Read More

February 2019 Housing Minute

posted: 03/10/2019

Pending home sales and inventory rose in January, while existing home sales experienced a drop.  Click Here

Thats who we R

posted: 02/27/2019

“That’s Who We R” serves as a reminder of what NAR has always stood for, while signaling where the organization is heading. For REALTORS®, the campaign is a rallying cry that instills pride in their everyday actions. For consumers, it’s an education about the REALTOR® difference. 

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January 2019 Housing Minute

posted: 02/26/2019

Existing and pending home sales decline in December, while inventory continues to rise. Click Here

Chutes & Ladders

posted: 02/21/2019

A tremendous amount of energy and money has been invested into moving consumers from a digital experience into an agent relationship. Consumer research performed by the National Association of REALTORS® regularly indicates that consumers start their process of buying or selling online before connecting with a Realtor®. I do not think anyone denies it.  Read More

Double Pane Windows

posted: 02/21/2019

The other night I was driving down a main thoroughfare near where I live, and the traffic was heavy. This street is less than 500 yards from our home. And while we’re not adjacent to it, when we bought our house over 20 years ago, we were concerned about traffic noise.

Yet in the winter, we never hear the traffic. It’s mainly because we have double-pane windows.  Read More

House Noises

posted: 02/20/2019

Homes make strange noises on a regular basis, from groaning and creaking to popping and scratching.  As a homeowner, you should be able to tell whether that noise you're hearing could possibly be a sign of something serious.  Here are the top seven problem noises.  Read More

Realtors Release New Vision

posted: 02/17/2019

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2019) – With over 400 people on hand for the National Association of Realtors®’ Housing Finance Reform Policy Forum, NAR today unveiled a new vision for reforming the GSEs.  Read More

Credit Scores

posted: 02/13/2019

According to some new data recently released by Wallethub, residents of Madison and Brandon are doing pretty well with their credit, with the average Madisonian’s credit score of 745 comparable to such as San Francisco and Cambridge, Massachussetts. Brandon residents’ credit scores average of 705 place them in company with trendy cities like Asheville, North Carolina. Click here to read more

The Risks of Using Square Footage From Tax Records

posted: 01/30/2019

Every agent and broker knows they SHOULD have accurate square footage that they measured themselves or hired a professional for, yet many today still rely on square footage listed in public records without any verification of accuracy.  Read More