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Young Buyers Trust Recommendations Above All Else

Friends and family are the number one way younger millennials and Generation Zers learn about brands, outpacing Google, social media, Amazon, retail stores, and television, according to a recent study of 18- to 29-year-olds by Swift Prepaid Solutions, a payments technology provider. As digital natives, members of this group of emerging buyers are highly tech-savvy, and, like their older counterparts, prefer to browse online …

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Scam Alert: Email Phishing Attempt Reporting

WARNING: If you receive an email with the Subject Line: “*PLEASE READ** Important Updates & Changes to 2019 Member Roster”, it is NOT from NAR. If you or your members receive this fraudulent email, please alert NAR Member Support at ContactNAR@realtors.org and then delete the email. The National Association of REALTORS® urges its members and state and local REALTOR® associations to …

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The Most Outdated Home-Buying Advice Your Buyers Should Ignore

People who have gone through the homebuying process are often eager to give advice. But too often, these so-called insider tips may very well be outdated. Realtor.com® recently highlighted some of the most common advice home buyers may hear from their peers that no longer applies in the current housing market, including: “Wait for spring.” Buyers shouldn’t feel like they’ll be at …

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The Biggest Risks You Face in Business

This FBI statistic is staggering: There’s been a 1,100% increase in real estate wire fraud scam victims. Watch this video to find out how to combat that and other major risks to your business. Click here for the transcript to this video. Download Hot Topics in Broker Risk Reduction (PDF: 887KB)

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Survey: Americans See More Affordability in Housing

As rate hikes ease and growth in home prices slows, Americans are gradually becoming more confident about their purchasing power in the real estate market, according to Fannie Mae’s newest monthly consumer housing survey. And though this shift is relatively small now, economists are hopeful that it foreshadows a larger, more positive turn in consumer sentiment. The share of Americans …

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Real Estate Indicators Show Market Shift

Real estate indicators are starting to shift in favor of home buyers as the housing market sets its sights on spring. Mortgages are getting cheaper, housing inventories are growing, and home prices are rising at a slower pace. Mortgage rates have been holding steady for the last few weeks. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.45 percent last week, according to Freddie Mac. …

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Can You Spot Phishing Emails? Take the Quiz

Email scams are common, such as fake messages that tell you to reset your password, spam, and phishing attempts that try to winnow their way into your real estate transactions. How good are you at telling a phishing email from a real one? Google subsidiary Jigsaw is trying to educate internet users on how to spot fraudulent emails with a …

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Protect Your Listing From Extreme Cold

Many parts of the U.S. have been struck with a snap of subzero temperatures. While keeping themselves warm during the bitter cold, homeowners also need to take precautions to keep their home safe, too. In Wisconsin’s capital, the Madison Water Utility posted a photo on Twitter to show homeowners how a burst pipe can damage a home. The photo was …

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Stand Out from The Rest with NAR’s ABR Designation Course

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? The Northwestern Vermont Board of Realtors® will hold the two-day Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) Designation Course on March 26-27 at the NVBR Conference Center. This 8CE course is the first step towards becoming an ABR Designee. The ABR designation is designed for real estate buyer’s agents who focus on …

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January is National Radon Action Month

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing …

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What the Government Shutdown Means For Realtors®

As of midnight on December 21, 2018, the President and Congress were unable to agree on the provisions of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government. As a result, a partial shutdown of some government operations has occurred. This partial shutdown includes some federal housing, mortgage and other programs of interest to the real estate industry. A summary …

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