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NAR Commends Protections for Realtors®, U.S. Consumers in $2 Trillion Economic Relief Bill
As the House of Representatives’ voted Friday to send a historic COVID-19 relief package to President Trump, the National Association of Realtors® published a comprehensive guideto the $2 trillion, 880-page bill educating Realtors® on the many benefits secured by NAR.
NAR Relaunches 'Right Tools, Right Now' to Help Realtors® Face Coronavirus's Impacts
The National Association of Realtors® announced the return of its ‘Right Tools, Right Now’ program, which will make numerous business-critical resources immediately available to all of the association’s 1.4 million members at reduced or no cost.
Real Estate Groups Ask Governors, Mayors for Appraisal 'Stay at Home' Exemptions
The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers joined four other real estate organizations March 25 in asking state and local government leaders to include appraisers among “essential services” exempted from stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders issued during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 29.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 20, 2020.
90 Organizations Urge DHS to Designate Residential Construction "Essential"
In an effort spearheaded by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 90 companies and organizations today called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate construction of single-family and multifamily housing as an "Essential Infrastructure Business."

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New Home Sales Data Shows Housing on Strong Footing Prior to Virus Concerns
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 765,000 units in February, coming off a sharp upward revision in January, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Existing-Home Sales Jump 6.5% in February
Existing-home sales climbed substantially in February after a slight decline in January, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
American Land Title Association Applauds Sens. Cramer (R-ND) and Warner (D-VA) for Introducing Bipartisan SECURE Notarization Act
The American Land Title Association(ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, applauded Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Mark Warner (D-VA) for introducing the bipartisan Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020 (SECURE Notarization Act), which would permit immediate nationwide use of remote online notary (RON) with minimum standards and provide certainty for the interstate recognition of RON.
NAR Survey Finds Nearly Half of Realtors® Say Home Buyer Interest Has Decreased Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Nearly half of Realtors® – 48% – said home buyer interest has decreased due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors®.
NAR to Deliver Virtual Solutions for 2020 Realtors® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo
Due to recent restrictions and recommendations implemented by the federal and Washington, D.C. governments, the National Association of Realtors® announced Wednesday that it will deliver previously-planned programming and committee meetings virtually.
Single-Family Housing Starts Up in February, but Challenges Lie Ahead Due to Coronavirus
Total housing starts decreased 1.5 percent in February from an upwardly revised January reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.60 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department. Meanwhile, overall permits declined 5.5 percent to 1.46 million.
Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 8.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 13, 2020.
Builder Confidence Declines But Remains Solid Amid Rising Risks
Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes fell two points to 72 in March, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released today.
February New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 25.9 Percent
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for February 2020 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 25.9 percent compared from a year ago.
Hire an Appraiser to Help Choose Home Renovations: Appraisal Institute
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to choose their renovations wisely to maximize potential return on investment.
Brian Hughes Names Arizona Division President of WFG National Title Insurance Company
WFG National Title Insurance Company (WFG NTIC), a Portland-based, full-service provider of title insurance and real estate settlement services for commercial and residential transactions nationwide, has announced the appointment of Brian Hughes as president of its Arizona Division.
Survey Finds Nearly 1 in 4 Home Sellers Changed How Their Home is Viewed on the Market Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Nearly 1 in 4 home sellers nationwide are changing how their home is viewed while the home remains on the market due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors®.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey; MBA Doubles 2020 Refinance Originations Forecast
Mortgage applications increased 55.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 6, 2020.
Remote Work Is Enabling Americans to Move to More Affordable Cities
One in four U.S. residents work remotely more frequently after moving to a new metro area, according to a new survey conducted by Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. With unemployment at the lowest level in decades and wages stagnant, the chance to telecommute is allowing U.S. workers to move to more affordable areas, while maintaining their salaries.
A Red-Blue Divide on Home Construction
Nearly two-thirds of multifamily construction in the fourth quarter of 2019 occurred in “blue counties” where Hillary Clinton garnered the most votes in the 2016 election while nearly the same percentage of single-family home building took place in “red counties” where President Trump won.
CFPB Takes Key Steps to Prevent Consumer Harm; Proposes Whistleblower Award Program, Other Measures
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced three steps to advance its strategy on one of its key priorities: preventing consumer harm.
NAR Announces Changes to Upcoming Conference Schedule
The National Association of Realtors® today announced that it will not hold two conferences scheduled to take place in California later this month. NAR’s Joint AE Institute(March 13-16 in San Diego) and REALTOR® Broker Summit(March 31-April 1 in Los Angeles) will not be held as planned in response to coronavirus concerns, particularly those emerging on the West Coast of the United States.
Brain Activity Expert to Keynote Appraisal Institute Annual Conference
The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today announced that Scott Halford – a best-selling author, educator of business people worldwide and national Speaker Hall of Fame inductee – will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Appraisal Institute Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Home Buying Desires of Millennials Mirror Silent Generation, Realtor® Report Finds
A number of the homebuying characteristics of younger millennials are replicating the buying desires of those in the silent generation.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 15.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 28, 2020.
First American Announces Completion of Docutech Acquisition
First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions announced today the completion of First American’s acquisition of Docutech, a leading provider of document, eClose and fulfillment technology for the mortgage industry.
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