NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson discusses five important areas of legal concern for associations and MLSs in a series of short videos that were recently shown at the 2017 AEI in Denver, Colorado. #NARAEI2017

2017 AEI Legal Update Videos
Words of encouragement for those going it alone? Not quite. #GetRealtor
Fourteen percent of owners born between the mid-1960s and early 1980s -- Gen Xers -- had a distressed sale during meltdown. Yet, they’re back in market. [ Link ] #V4RE #NARGenTrends
According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2017 report Animal House: Remodeling Impact, homeowners will be one of the largest groups celebrating our best furry friends. A large majority of surveyed animal owners, 83 percent, own a dog.

It's National Puppy Day, and NAR Knows It's a Dog's House
The Sweet 16 tips off today and tomorrow for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. In the spirit of March Madness, NAR is delivering a sweet assist on where the number 16 shows up in recent housing survey data.
Well, we certainly had a wild, wacky, and wonderful first weekend of the NCAA Basketball Championships, now didn’t we? After the dust settled, only sixteen teams remained to vie for the men’s and women’s national championship. Seems like a good time to check in on Bill Brown’s Brackets. (and for you to see if you are indeed beating those brackets!) #BillsBrackets

Beat Bill Brown's Bracket: And Then There Were 16
Do you know a Realtor who is improving the world by volunteering? Or improving your community? The Good Neighbor Awards will give five $10,000 grants to recognize Realtors who make a difference. Apply at [ Link ] #GoodNeighborAwards
Congratulations to NAR's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Jerry Giovaniello, on being named Association Lobbyist of the Year by CEO Update.

Jerry Giovaniello Named Association Lobbyist of the Year
The data in this visual presentation comes from the 2017 Real Estate in a Digital Age report. Click the link below to scroll through the presentation.

Real Estate in a Digital Age: Visual Story
Legislatures across the country are considering bills that would create savings accounts for first-time homebuyers.

Solving the Down Payment Problem • National Association Of REALTORS
As part of the Consumer Advertising Campaign, NAR has partnered with Washington Post’s Brand Studios to create content for financially and digitally savvy consumers about home buying, selling and investing and the value of a Realtor®. Today, Wednesday, March 22, NAR is taking over the Washington Post mobile website. On consumers’ first visit, #GetRealtor digital ads will be taking over all of...
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After starting the year at the fastest pace in almost a decade, existing-home sales slid in February but remained above year ago levels both nationally and in all major regions. Total existing-home sales retreated 3.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million in February from 5.69 million in January. Despite last month's decline, February's sales pace is still 5.4 percent...
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Existing-Home Sales Stumble in February
This week's #RealtorSafety tip [ Link ]
Coming to your state next? Bogus real estate group tries to dupe Florida agents and brokers. The scheme was uncovered. [ Link ] #V4RE
Tax bill due? Manage your payments through a low rate Tax Loan available through REALTORS Federal Credit Union. [ Link ]
“Like” the Center for Realtor Development Facebook Page to earn a free download of Social Media of REALTORS®: Your Website, a step-by-step guide for starting, using and promoting your real estate website. PLUS, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $250 gift card to the REALTOR® Store when you act with MVP by May 15! [ Link ]
It is springtime: the time to open the windows, let in some fresh air and clean the house from top to bottom. This month’s The Best, No-Sweat Ways to Spring Clean Your Home spotlight from [ Link ] features six articles helping homeowners get and keep their homes clean.

The Best, No-Sweat Ways to Spring Clean Your Home
REALTOR® University is excited to present NAR’s 2018 Leadership Academy. The 2018 schedule will include up to nine sessions addressing leadership training and NAR governance. Sessions will contain both interactive online and in-person experiences. The application is now open through March 31st: [ Link ]

Apply by March 31st for 2018 NAR Leadership Academy
Consider planning a Spring Clean-Up Day for your local Boys & Girls Club! Many Associations, such as the Northern Kentucky AOR and the Royal Palm Coast AOR held successful cleaning and “sprucing-up” events last year! To find your local Club, visit [ Link ]. Give them a call and ask how you and your Association can help. #NARfortheKids

NAR and Boys & Girls Clubs of America
One area of bipartisan agreement: federal flood insurance should be kept going and not allowed to expire in a few months. [ Link ] #V4RE