What’s New

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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MVP: Earn Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers

Current Offer Valid from January 1 to January 15, 2013 Your Action Subscribe to the Member Value Plus Newsletter Your Reward 2013 NAR Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers-Download Click Here to View the 2013 NAR Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers-Download Reward You have until February 15th, 2014 to order your 2013 NAR Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers-Download product/claim your Reward …

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Important Information about TrueForms

Vermont Realtors® has adopted Dotloop as its primary vendor for forms, but VR members will also be able to transition from TrueForms to zipForm if they prefer. Vermont Realtors® will make their proprietary forms available on the new zipForm platform. Under an agreement with TrueForms, which will become zipForm by Jan. 1, VR members will be able to renew their …

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.REALTOR Domain Sign-Up Extended

There’s a lot of buzz and excitement building about new domain names in the real estate industry, especially the launch of the new .REALTOR top level domain. In all the excitement, misinformation and confusion can abound. Don’t be confused! Here’s what you need to know about the new .REALTOR domain.  There is Only One .REALTOR Domain: The Trusted Source in …

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What characteristics do consumers want in a neighborhood?

On October 31st, NAR’s Smart Growth Program released the latest version of its Consumer Preference Survey, which aims to shed light on the characteristics that people desire in their neighborhood and the trade-offs folks are willing to make to live in that preferred setting. At its core, the survey pits a traditional suburban community with separated-land uses necessitating driving to …

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Protect Your Passwords: Protect Your Data

December 5, 2013 – Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly 2 million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo, and others. The massive data attack is the result of software maliciously installed on computers around the world. The hacking campaign started collecting passwords on Oct. 21, and the campaign is likely ongoing. What does this mean for you? Protecting …

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Realtors Property Resource®: News & Updates

RPR® for Vermont Realtors® Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) is NAR’s exclusive benefit to Realtor® members. RPR® will provide Realtor® members access to a national database of property information. RPR® will aggregate all available data sets and attach them to a property, including tax-assessment and public record information, notice of default, REO, foreclosure and pre-foreclosure data, MLS/CIE-provided information, zoning, liens, permits, …

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Happy Closing. Now Set Aside Half of Your Commissions

It’s not what you want to hear, but Victoria Gillespie of REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, recommends you put away half of each commission check for taxes and a short-term reserve account. In the second video in our series on financial planning for real estate professionals, called Your Money Matters, Gillespie, the credit union’s …

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Flood Insurance Issues Could Sink Your Sales

The Problem: Congress provided a 5-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but severe implementation problems threaten to undermine real estate transactions where flood insurance is required to obtain a mortgage. New NFIP rate structures have caused serious confusion and hardship for property owners. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to delay and miss deadlines. The legally required …

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Sign up early for the new .REALTOR top level domain!

The world of online domains is opening up – soon hundreds of new domains will be available on the Internet and companies are starting to market new domains. To create a name space where property buyers, sellers and investors can go to find a REALTOR®, the most credible, trusted real estate information, resources and professional services online, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION …

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