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September 2019 Housing Minute

posted: 10/01/2019

Home sales increased last month and on a year-over-year basis.  Click here opens in new window

Why Homeownership Makes People Happier

posted: 09/15/2019

Most Americans have no regrets about buying a home. In fact, it’s made them happier, a new survey shows.

Ninety-three percent of Americans say they are happier after buying a home, and 83% would never go back to renting, according to Bank of America’s latest Homebuyer Insights Report, based on a survey of nearly 2,000 consumers. Most owners say they have an emotional attachment to their home, and ownership also has improved their lifestyle and variety of hobbies.  Read More

August 2019 Housing Minute

posted: 09/01/2019

Pending home sales fell 2.5% in July, with each of the four major regions of the country seeing a decline in contract activity.  Click Here opens in new window.

What Millennials Want, Don’t Want – New Homebuilder Study Says

posted: 08/20/2019

Millennials say yes to extra space – patios and garage storage – but say no to wine cellars, golf courses, and pet washing stations. And for please sake, don’t show them homes with the only shower stall in the master bath! Read More

Top 10 Issues Impacting the Real Estate Industry: Annual Forecast Reveals

posted: 08/20/2019

As a data junkie, I love Top 10 lists. So, when The Counselors of Real Estate releases its member survey of current and emerging issues that will have the biggest impact on real estate in 2019 and 2020, I’m all ears – and eyes.   Read More

AHPs

posted: 08/16/2019

The U.S. Department of Labor is tapping the real estate industry for more information that could bolster its guidance for a national association health plan, even as the rule continues to face legal challenges.

National Association of REALTORS® CEO Bob Goldberg, along with eight other association executives, met with Acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella on Thursday to discuss a host of issues impacting the nation’s 1.3 million REALTORS®. Goldberg specifically highlighted NAR’s support for AHPs and the Labor Department as the department defends its rule in court.  Read More

July 2019 Housing MInute

posted: 08/02/2019

Pending home sales rose on a year-over-year basis in June, the first time in 17 months.  Click Here

June 2019 Housing Minute

posted: 07/02/2019

Both pending and existing home sales rose on a month over month basis in May.  Click Here

Affordable Housing

posted: 06/27/2019

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2019

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS TEARING DOWN RED TAPE IN ORDER TO BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

"We're lifting up forgotten communities, creating exciting new opportunities, and helping every American find their path to the American Dream" – President Donald J. Trump

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

2019 Meridian Star Readers' Choice

posted: 06/03/2019

We are pleased to acknowledge the following Members and affiliates who placed in the 2019 Meridian Star Reader's Choice.

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.