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NAR Board of Directors meeting reveals statistics about member dues, operations

As of Sept. 30, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) had collected $229.6 in dues from its 1.542 million members, according to a RealTrends report.

Millionaire German shepherd to sell mansion formerly owned by Madonna

The world’s wealthiest dog is about to get a little richer. Worth nearly half a billion dollars, the German shepherd named Gunther VI recently listed the former Miami estate of Madonna for $31.75 million, according to a press release.

@properties goes global with purchase of Christie’s International Real Estate

@properties is continuing its expansion strategy on an international scale, announcing today its plan to purchase Christie’s International Real Estate.

Zillow: Most home buyers middle-aged, married, college-educated

The average American home buyer is 45 years old, married or partnered, college-educated and likely to purchase a home located in the South, according to Zillow’s 2021 Consumer Housing Trends Report.  Individuals ages 30-39 make up the largest population

More homebuyers choosing to live in diverse neighborhoods

As more house hunters are opting to live in socially, racially and culturally diverse communities, developers are formulating strategies to list more inclusive properties on the market, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.  Developers’ strategies include

Mortgage applications rise despite increase in interest rates

At the same time, the increase in interest rates drove fewer borrowers to refinance their loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Freddie Mac to offer $3B in affordable housing bonds

Freddie Mac plans to offer at least $3 billion in single-family affordable housing bonds to support affordable homeownership and serve historically underserved markets, according to a press release. To underscore this effort, the company is offering approximately $285 million

Redfin: Climate change will exacerbate U.S. housing shortage

Climate change will negatively impact the already-stunted housing inventory in the U.S., according to a recent Redfin report.

Zillow: Unprecedented housing market shift has had little impact on sellers

While the past year has been unprecedented in terms of economic change and a global pandemic, most U.S. home sellers’ experiences were similar to past years, according to Zillow’s latest consumer housing trends report.  Consistent with the past three

EXIT Realty nurtures mental health, well-being in workplace

As COVID-19 continues to negatively impact people and workplaces, EXIT Realty Corp. International announced it is working to maintain the health and well-being of its agents and brokers through a series of programs, including its Focus on Good Health initiative.

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