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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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housing market

posted: 12/02/2018

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

Accommodations Animals

posted: 12/02/2018

Real estate pros throughout the industry — from residential agents to property managers — are facing growing challenges when it comes to people's assistance animals. Here are tips from a panel of experts at NAR's Annual Conference in Boston.

October 2018 Housing Minute

posted: 11/27/2018

Despite rising interest rates and high home prices, increases in inventory and job gains led to a rise in pending home sales in September.  Click Here

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California Fires

posted: 11/23/2018

So proud of our state and national REALTOR® Associations for providing Disaster Relief ♥️


MAR #1 2019 Priority

posted: 10/12/2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the MAR Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2019 Legislative Priorities. MAR's #1 Legislative Priority is Expanding Internet Access to Rural Areas in Mississippi.

September 2018 Housing Minute

posted: 10/01/2018

Despite an increase in active listings, continued price increases and low housing inventory pushed out potential buyers causing declines in both existing-home sales and pending-home sales in August.   Click here

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