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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

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.


Applications MREC & MAB

posted: 01/03/2019

The MAR Executive Committee will be making recommendations to Governor Phil Bryant during the 2019 legislative session for REALTORS® to serve as appointees to the Mississippi Real Estate Commission and to the Mississippi Appraisal Board.

December 2018 Housing Minute

posted: 12/31/2018

Existing home sales continue to rise month to month in November, while distressed sales drop to record lows.  Click Here

Flood Insurance

posted: 12/03/2018

NAR is continuing to work with Capitol Hill lawmakers to pass legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire on Nov. 30. The association is also engaging with federal officials on ways to reform the program and remove regulatory obstacles to the issuance of private flood insurance policies. NAR President John Smaby outlined the association’s position on flood insurance in a Nov. 26 op-ed piece in The Hill newspaper.

Rates 6.9%

posted: 12/03/2018

The maximum conforming loan amount that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can back will increase to $484,350 from $453,100 in 2019, a 6.9 percent increase, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced. For high-cost areas, the limits—which are also used to define FHA limits—will rise to $726,525 from $679,650. “Without this assurance that loan limits keep up with home price growth, borrowers across the country risk being pushed out of the market altogether as mortgage rates and rising home prices continue to hold back potential homebuyers,” NAR President John Smaby said in a statement applauding the government’s announcement. Determine your area’s limit.

Internet MS

posted: 12/03/2018

Mississippi REALTORS® #1 Legislative Priority for 2019 is to Expand Internet Access to Rural Areas in Mississippi. REALTORS® believe communities flourish when they offer a high quality of life at a reasonable cost. Livable communities offer a variety of affordable housing choices, nearby employment opportunities, an economically viable commercial sector, great schools, and infrastructure that provide the framework for the quality of life we enjoy in our communities. To promote livable communities, the government should encourage quality growth by amending outdated laws that prohibit Electric Cooperatives from providing high speed internet access to rural areas of Mississippi.  Read More

 

 

Appraisal Threshold

posted: 12/03/2018

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have released a proposed rule that would increase the threshold for residential real estate transactions requiring an appraisal from $250,000 to $400,000.  Read More

November 2018 Housing Minute

posted: 12/02/2018

Home price growth has slowed due to a slight rise in inventory heading into the winter season. Home sales rose slightly over the previous month, but remain down year-over-year. Click here

housing market

posted: 12/02/2018

Why mortgage debt surpassing borrowing that occurred before the housing crash isn't a problem.  Read more