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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.


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.

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.


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

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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[Official Announcement]
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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

Existing-Home Sales See 6.4 Percent Drop in December

posted: 01/29/2019

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2019) – After two consecutive months of increases, existing-home sales declined in the month of December, according to the National Association of Realtors®. None of the four major U.S. regions saw a gain in sales activity last month.  Read More

Homeownership Part of “American Dream”; Housing Costs Deterrent for Non-Owners

posted: 01/29/2019

WASHINGTON (January 14, 2019) – Homeowners and non-homeowners both strongly consider home ownership part of the American Dream.  Read More

NAR Seeks Realtors® Who Volunteer to Apply for the 2019 Good Neighbor Awards

posted: 01/26/2019

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2019) – Many Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors®, go beyond helping consumers buy and sell homes by giving back to their communities through volunteer work.  Read More

Treasury, IRS Give Big Win to Real Estate Professionals in Qualified Business Income Rule

posted: 01/26/2019

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2019) – Late last week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations regarding the new 20 percent deduction on qualified business income.  Read More

Preventing Water Damage

posted: 01/12/2019

Turns out a tidy yard and clean gutters do way more than just look nice. Click here

REALTOR Advocacy Shutdown

posted: 01/12/2019

Despite the federal government shutdown, we continue to work with congressional leaders and White House officials to minimize impacts of the shutdown on the housing market, and to ensure our 1.3 million members across the country are equipped with every resource necessary to continue operating as usual.  Read More

State by State Economic Impact

posted: 01/12/2019

Wondering how the housing market in your state affects the local economy? State-by-State Economic Impact of Real Estate Activity reports outline the total impact of real estate–related industries on the state economy, as well as the expenditures that result from a single home sale.  Learn More

LEAD in 2019

posted: 01/09/2019

L is for Leadership

  • Seek and create opportunities for leadership.
  • Engage and employ your talents and gifts to improve circumstances and outcomes.
  • Pursue leadership opportunities in your community, your business, your church, your association.

FEMA Flood Insurance Reversal

posted: 01/08/2019

In a critical win for home sales while the partial shutdown of the federal government is ongoing, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will issue and renew flood insurance policies, reversing an unexpected and controversial ruling the agency released earlier this week.