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Rise to New Heights

  Can’t make it to the National Association of Realtors® Annual Conference and Expo? You can get tips for advancing your career, technology information, and much more by bookmarking NAR’s Conference Live website. Follow the conference online for an experience that’s the next best thing to being there! Get started here! You can also get live feeds delivered directly to …

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Home Buyers and Sellers Survey Shows Lingering Impact of Tight Credit

Although the housing market has shown a healthy recovery over the past two years, unnecessarily restrictive mortgage lending standards are preventing some financially qualified buyers from reaching their dreams, especially singles and first-time buyers, according to an annual study released today. The 2013 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers continues a long-running series of large national …

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3 Hurdles Home Sales are Facing

Existing-home sales are hitting a snag because of several constraints that the housing market is grappling with, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest housing report. NAR officials note several challenges for the housing recovery: Less Affordability: “Affordability has fallen to a five-year low as home-price increases easily outpaced income growth,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Expected rising …

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Leadership Development Class Launches Food Campaign

NVBR Leadership Development Program

The Evelyn Biddle Leadership Development class has launched a food drive campaign! The 4-month campaign, which began in November, will help support food shelf programs in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. “This campaign comes at an important time of the year,” said Kathy Sweeten, NVBR executive vice president. “As we move into the holiday season and into the winter …

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Are Realtors® Impacted by the Government Shutdown?

Congress has failed to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) providing funding for most government operations. Therefore, spending authority for most of the government expired at midnight on Sept. 30, 2013. Until legislation providing for funding is signed into law, many offices and programs of the federal government are now shut down. This means many, but not all, government programs, including …

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New Flood Zones are Costing Home owners in Vermont

A number of changes are underway with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in response to the Bigger-Waters NFIP Reform of 2012. These changes include steps to make the program financially solvent. This article provides important resources for Realtors®, including new disclosure language for Realtors® to use when working with clients. QUICK LINKS FEMA: Flood Insurance Rate Maps NAR/FEMA Brochure: …

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Realtors®: Do You Know Your Health Care Options?

As of Oct. 1, brokers and agents are faced with decisions and obligations concerning insurance. Are you ready? By Robert Freedman Key aspects of the major health insurance reform law enacted three years ago take effect as early as next month and it’s important for you to know what parts of the law affect you as a real estate professional. …

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October NAR eBook of the Month

Over the last decade and a half there has been a steady stream of new insights that further illuminate the dynamics of emotional intelligence.
 In this new eBook, Daniel Goleman reviews the latest findings about the brain basis of emotional intelligence.
 You will learn the most recent brain findings that explain: The crucial role of self-awareness in creativity and innovative …

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Keep Your Brain Alive (NAR September 2013 eBook of the Month)

No more punch lines that just slipped away. No more names on the tip of your tongue. No more senior moments! Drawing on cutting-edge neurological research, how to keep your brain alive: 83 neurobic exercises brings help to everyone whose memory is starting to slip. Devised by Dr. Lawrence Katz, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University Medical Center, and …

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Statement From NAR President Gary Thomas on Qualified Residential Mortgage Rule

Loan Approved

August 28, 2013 — The following is a statement by National Association of REALTORS® President Gary Thomas: “The re-proposed Qualified Residential Mortgage rule announced this morning is a victory for homebuyers and the future of homeownership in this country. This version of the QRM rule will give creditworthy buyers access to safe and affordable loan products without overly burdensome downpayment requirements. …

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8 Traits That Can Improve Your Customer Relationships

Traits of Successful Agent

BY MELISSA DITTMANN TRACEY. Reprinted with permission of REALTOR® Magazine. Why are some salespeople more successful than others? What separates the top earners from those who fail to reach their potential? Could it boil down to personality? Not quite. Top salespeople “include both extroverts and introverts and all degrees in between: shy and outspoken, talkative and quiet,” says David J. Lill, author of …

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Use Color Pops in Your Listings to Enhance, Not Distract

Blue Living Room

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Is your listing suffering from the neutral blahs? It’s good to go neutral when selling a home so that you offer up potential buyers a blank canvas to imagine their own decorating, but too neutral can also make your listing look dull and forgettable. Using pops of color throughout the home’s interior can add …

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