Add Some Pumpkin Spice to Your Autumn Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine It’s pumpkin season and that means pumpkin everything — lattes, muffins, cookies, cakes, and, yes, even home décor. Home stagers are adding a little “pumpkin spice” to their decor, from the welcoming fall scent to pumpkin...

August 2017 Pending Home Sales

NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that August’s pending home sales pace is down 2.6 percent from last month and also down 2.6 percent from a year ago. Pending sales represent homes that have a signed contract to purchase on them but have yet to...

August Housing Market Activity in One Minute

Looking for a quick recap of housing activity reported this month by NAR Research? Look no further than September Housing Minute, our animated video series highlighting key data in under one minute. Visit https://www.nar.realtor/videos/housing-minute to watch all...

25% of Male Agents Carry a Gun

Safety is a concern in the real estate industry and it’s not limited to female agents. Recent NAR survey data show that a quarter of men in the business carry a gun to protect themselves. The survey is based on a sample of the NAR membership. Almost 49,000 members...

Raw Count of Home Sales (July 2017)

Existing-home sales dropped 1.3 percent in July from one month prior while new home sales declined 9.4 percent.  These headline figures are seasonally adjusted figures and are reported in the news.  However, for everyday practitioners, simple raw counts of home sales...

July 2017 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month but down from a year ago. Mortgage rates increased to 4.14 percent this July, up compared to 3.77 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in July moving the index down 8.1...

Unmarried and Single American Home Buyers

Its Unmarried and Single Americans Week according to the U.S. Census. Here is some information about the home buying habits of single men, single women and unmarried couples from the National Association of REALTORS®’ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Single females...

Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Fire features, like outdoor fire pits and fire tables, are in demand. The National Association of Landscape Professionals calls it one of the hottest landscape trends for the fall, based on a recent survey of 5,000 of its...