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2019 Realtors® of Distinction Award Nominations Now Open

NVBR is pleased to announce the nomination process for the 2019 REALTORS® of Distinction Awards. Our Association has many deserving individuals who are leaders in the real estate community and have given their generous time for the betterment of the industry. The awards recipients will be recognized during NVBR’s REALTORS® of Distinction Celebration on Sept. 26 at the UVM Alumni …

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8.2M Could Have Lower Mortgage Payments

July 2, 2019 – Mortgage rates are dropping, giving millions of homeowners an opportunity to lower their monthly payments. An estimated 8.2 million borrowers could refinance and potentially lower their monthly payments by at least 75 basis points, estimates Black Knight, a mortgage software and analytics firm. This marks the largest percentage of homeowners who stand to benefit from lower mortgage rates …

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4 Mistakes Real Estate Pros Make on Social Media

Social media usage has become a part of modern culture, so why shouldn’t the real estate world plant its collective flag there? After all, it’s a powerful marketing tool that allows agents and brokers to connect with potential clients on a platform which they’re already using. Well, it’s not as easy as it seems. As the social media landscape has …

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NVBR and VAR School Drive – Help Us Make a Difference

We probably all know a teacher who buys supplies for their classroom out of their own pocket. This year, NVBR is teaming up with VAR’s initiative is to help provide much-needed supplies for those classrooms. Each local Realtor® board in Vermont is working with their local agents to help the classrooms in their area. Teachers have signed up to indicate …

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Long-Term Flood Insurance Reforms Win Support of House Committee

The Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a five-year extension to the National Flood Insurance Program, the nation’s largest flood insurer. The bill also includes a mandate to improve the country’s flood maps. Congress has approved several short-term extensions to the NFIP in recent years. This latest bill would provide a …

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Answering Clients’ Most Pressing Questions This Spring

How can agents help buyers and sellers understand these market trends? For sellers, increased competition may drive down the price they expected to ask for their homes. For buyers, the array of choices can seem overwhelming, and they may need some extra guidance on how to navigate the market. An educated real estate agent can help smooth the rough edges. …

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Yun’s Economic Outlook: Who Could As for More?

Presenting a mostly optimistic view of the economy for 2019 and 2020, Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of REALTORS®, told audiences Thursday at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., that a near-term recession is unlikely. But a few factors—particularly tariffs and the escalation of U.S. trade disputes with China into a “full-blown trade …

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Freddie: Mortgage Rates Won’t Go as High as We Thought

Borrowing costs this year likely will be lower than originally predicted. Freddie Mac recently downgraded its forecast for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, projecting it will average 4.3% this year—below last year’s average of 4.5%. Further, Freddie economists predict only a small increase in rates in 2020, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaging 4.5% next year. The lower mortgage rates likely …

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Are You Taking Advantage of NVBR’s FREE Open House Marketing Program?

The summer selling season is heating up, and NVBR has a great marketing tool to help you market your listings! The NVBR Realtor® Open House (ROH) program is a free member-only benefit that promotes listings to other NVBR members. Each week, the ROH showcases listings from a group of towns in Chittenden and Franklin Counties. Listings are distributed to all …

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FHA Tightening, Gen X, Floods, Fair Housing

Some 50,000 loan applicants could be affected as FHA tightens standards for higher-risk borrowers. REALTORS® have stepped up to help in the aftermath of Midwestern floods but more help is needed, and Gen Xers are buying bigger homes to accommodate multigenerational families. Also, NAR supports expanding Fair Housing to include protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

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Do You Have A Story to Tell?

We all have a story to tell, and NAR’s ThatsWhoWeR campaign is giving REALTORS a chance to tell theirs! The new campaign, launched in February, shines a spotlight on REALTORS through print, television, radio and social networking ads and aims to educate consumers on the REALTOR difference. Learn more about the campaign strategy. Now YOU can be part of the …

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Email Subject Lines Your Clients Will Click On

The last thing clients want is another promotional email—unless the subject line is tantalizing enough to get them to open it. Since email marketing is one of the top technology tools that provide the highest quality leads, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ Real Estate in a Digital Age 2018 Report, you want to use subject lines that capture …

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