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Marki Lemons Ryhal to host NAR podcast: ‘Drive With NAR’

Chicago real estate legend Marki Lemons Ryhal has been named the new host of the National Association of REALTORS®’ monthly podcast, “Drive with NAR.” The first episode debuts Feb. 6.

Court sides with National Association of Realtors, halts antitrust investigation 

The Department of Justice must close its reopened antitrust investigation into the National Association of Realtors, a federal judge ruled this week.

NAR tips to comply with the Fair Housing Act

Potential buyers want real information about the communities they’re shopping in. And while agents may feel like experts, their answers must always comply with fair housing laws. To help, the National Association of REALTORS® released some advice.

Anywhere Real Estate Inc. cuts workforce, ends iBuyer operation

The firm’s subsidiaries include Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Corcoran Group and Sotheby’s International.

New-home sales post unexpected rebound in August 

Sales of new homes in the U.S. jumped 28.8% between July and August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  

NAR: Existing-home sales fell in August while prices rose 

The median existing-home price for all housing types in August was $389,500, a 7.7% rise from the year before. 

Housing starts surprise to the upside in August 

New-home construction posted a 12.2% month-over-month increase in August, thanks in large part to a significant jump in multifamily building.  

Builder confidence falls for ninth consecutive month 

A continuing combination of increased interest rates, supply-chain disruptions and high home prices has sapped homebuilder sentiment every month this year. 

30-year fixed tops 6% for first time since 2008 in latest MBA survey 

Mortgage applications declined 1.2% during the week ended Sept. 9, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. 

Pending home sales decline for second consecutive month in July 

The modest 1% decline could indicate the current housing cycle is reaching a bottom as mortgage rates recede from their recent high, the National Association of REALTORS® said. 

New-home sales plunge 12.6% in July 

The median price of a new home sold during the month was up 5.9%, however, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

RE/MAX: Seattle median-sales price slides as inventory jumps 

Nationally, the median sales price slid 2.9% from June but rose 8.1% from July 2021, while closed transactions were down 16.6% on a monthly basis and 26.3% on a yearly one, RE/MAX said in its National Housing Report.

NAR: Existing-home sales fall again in July, but could stabilize  

A recent decline in mortgage rates could return some purchasing power to buyers going forward, National Association of REALTORS® chief economist Lawrence Yun said. 

New-home construction falls 9.6% in July 

The pace of housing starts for both single-family and multifamily residences was down on a month over month basis, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported. 

NAHB: U.S. in a “housing recession,” single-family starts will decline in 2022 

The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell for the eighth straight month in August, as the key measure of builder confidence indicated a pessimistic outlook. 

Keller Williams launches new business-development programs for agents 

The brokerage’s new “communities” will provide its agents with specialized training, technology, coaching and referral opportunities. 

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