What’s New

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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NAR 360: An update from NAR for Realtor® members

NAR 360 (formerly known as 59 ½ Minutes) is an hour-long forum led by 2013 President Gary Thomas and featuring the NAR Leadership Team. NAR 360 is a highlight of the annual NAR Conference and Expo, and includes updates for members on NAR initiatives.  Find out what NAR is doing for Realtor® members, and how they are working to educate …

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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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