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Real Estate Knowledge for the Ages

I don’t know about you guys, but attempts to slice and dice consumers into demographics that matter often exhausts me. It seems every other day there’s a new book purporting to tell all about how the ____ Generation feels about ____. As someone on the cusp between two of these somewhat imaginary generational memes, life simply doesn’t feel that cut-and-dried. …

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Realtors® Unite for 2014 Boston Marathon

REALTORS® across Boston and the country are showing the #PowerofR in a big way as the 2014 Boston Marathon — and the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings — fast approaches. This year, many REALTORS® — some for the first time — are pledging to run in the race one year after two bombs rocked the Boston Marathon, killing …

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Taking Root: New Garden Trends in 2014

Help your clients create a backyard oasis for low-maintenance entertaining and calming tranquility that’s sure to catch buyers’ eyes. While winter still casts its chill, blankets snow, and layers ice in many parts of the country, landscape experts are busy studying garden catalogs, nursery websites, and interior design trends that can work outdoors. Improving a home’s landscaping offers a win-win-win: …

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Senate Passes Flood Insurance With House Amendments

On March 13, 2014, the United States Senate voted 72-22 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (H.R. 3370). The Senate acted quickly to pass the bill as amended by the House to avoid the need for a conference committee to reconcile any differences. The new bill further reins in and holds the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accountable …

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Realtor® of Distinction Awards Nominations Now Open

NVBR is pleased to announce the nomination process for the 2014 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. Would you like to nominate an NVBR Member? The REALTOR® of the Year demonstrates high principles of integrity, adherence …

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65 Ways NAR is Indispensable to Your Business

NAR works behind the scenes and in the spotlight to protect private property rights, promote home ownership, and maintain sensible credit and other standards at the federal level so you can help your clients buy, sell, and rent real estate in a fair and profitable market environment. This advocacy on your behalf is among the most valuable benefits your NAR …

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Obama Calls for Action on Mortgage Finance Reform

President Barack Obama, in his fifth state of the union speech last night, touted the “rebounding housing market” as one of the measures of the strengthening economy and asked Congress to reform the mortgage finance system in such a way that would keep home ownership within reach of households without risking another taxpayer-funded mortgage finance crisis. “Since the most important …

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Training Videos for the new VR real estate forms

Vermont Realtors® recently updated the proprietary forms available as part of your Realtor® membership. Changes to the forms reflect the new rules changes by the Vermont Real Estate Commission and NNEREN. VR has produced a series of training videos to help you better understand the changes to the VR proprietary forms.

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NVBR 2013 Annual Market Report

NVBR has released the annual real estate market statistics for Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.  The analysis of the market in 2013 shows a steady shift in our market area.  Among the indicators, closed sales are up, the percent of list price received at sales is trending higher and days on market continues its downward trend. While the three …

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Realtor.com® and other listing portals talk tech plans for 2014

The “big three” in online listing data shared a stage at Inman Connect in New York this week. On Wednesday, executives from realtor.com®, Zillow, and Trulia shared with attendees what they see coming down the tech pike in 2014. Trulia cofounder and CEO Pete Flint noted that with the housing rebound, more energy and money is being invested in improving …

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Homes are getting smarter, more connected

Sixty-one percent of consumers say they’re interested in learning more about home automation, according to recent market research from the Consumer Electronic Association. Home owners have an increasing number of options, too. Smart-home technologies are growing, with everything from the ability to remotely control a home’s lights and temperature to sending text messages to appliances or monitoring a home’s security …

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NVBR Needs You! Committee and Task Force Volunteers Needed

The NVBR Leadership is in the process of making appointments to our Committees and Task Force groups. These volunteer groups help to pave the way for a successful year by recommending and setting policy for NVBR programs and events. Please take a moment to look over the list and pick a Committee or Task Force. We need your enthusiasm and …

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