Priority Legislation Update

Josh Cockroft OAR Senior Director of Government Affairs The good news just keeps on rolling. We’re well over halfway through the 2019 Legislative Session, and tremendous progress has been made on all OAR request legislation. We have been very fortunate that all three of our requests have moved through the process with ease and little opposition. […]

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Ep 65: Presidential Series: NW Oklahoma w/ Gwinn Wilson

Another installment of the Presidential Series with another special guest, Gwinn Wilson, 2019 Northwest Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® President. She joins us to talk about all things that are happening in her area and some great things NWOAR has been able to do with their placemaking grants and their foundation!

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Ep 64: The Value of CRS w/ Holli Woodward

Holli Woodward joins us this week to talk about how obtaining the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation impacted her career and why she has decided to run for the Residential Real Estate Council’s Fist Vice President. She talks about her passion and her motivation for real estate. 

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Ep 63: Presidential Series: OKC w/ Becky Karpe

OMG Becky you have to listen to this episode! The Presidential Series continues with another special guest, Becky Karpe, 2019 Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® President. She joins us to talk about all things that are happening in her area and some exciting things that she has planned for this year.

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Ep 61: Disruption Part 2 – FSBO

       For Sale By Owners (FSBOs). What does that mean to REALTORS®? We talk about the potential of disruption by FBSOs and how you can best prepare to fight it. Josh Cockroft also joins us for a legislative update and the status of bills we are tracking down at the Capitol. [1:40] Legislative […]

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Selling Homes Faster in 2019

Why is early 2019 a good time to consider listing your home for sale? Buyers are looking! The showing activity shot up the week before Christmas and minus the occasional bad weather day, continues to be busy. The old adage that serious buyers are looking in the winter months still rings true. They are ready […]

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Ep 57: Hitting Your (Trade)mark on Social Media

First, Josh Cockroft joins us for a legislative update and the status of bills we are tracking down at the Capitol. We then talk about the appropriate uses of the REALTOR® trademark on social media. Are you using the trademark correctly?

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Ep 55: Legislation 101 w/ Josh Cockroft

We are joined in the studio with OAR’s Senior Director of Government Affairs, Josh Cockroft. Josh’s gives us a great rundown of the recent Bill Reading day and what we can expect from the 2019 legislative session. We also touch on 3 important pieces of legislation that we have requested this year.

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Instant reaction: NAR’s Lawrence Yun on Case-Shiller

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to S&P/Case-Shiller release on November home prices: “The softening home price appreciation in the latest Case-Shiller index will continue in the upcoming months as housing inventory builds. But it is unlikely for the national median home price to actually decline given the housing shortage of moderately priced homes […]

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Ep 54: Presidential Series: Oklahoma with Lisa Weaver

The Presidential Series continues with a very special guest Lisa Weaver, 2019 OAR President. She joins us to talk about all things state. Her journey in NAR’s Leadership Academy and a look ahead at the exciting things planned for the state association in 2019.

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2019 Legislative Policy Agenda

Premise: Investment in real estate is an essential ingredient in the economic development of our state. The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) Legislative Agenda includes pro-economic development legislation aimed toward expanding existing and attracting new business, thereby increasing investment activity in real estate. The foundation upon which economic growth is based should be ad valorem […]

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50th Anniversary of the REALTOR Party

On May 7, 1968, The Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS formed the REPEC, the Real Estate Political Education Committee and was formally announced by NAR President on January 26, 1969. At the beginning, just 300 investors that invested $28,000. Today there are over 453,138 investors raising $9 Million on the federal […]

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Ep 53: OREC Contract Updates & Best of 2018 Smart Home Devices

The first LIVE episode for 2019! We cover the recent contract form updates from the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission (some important information about Earnest Money in there) and then go over the best and most desired smart home devices from 2018.

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New Member Benefit from 3iG

3000 Insurance Group is pleased to announce several new Long Term Care services available to all OAR members. Members who register for LTCRplusSM will have access to the following services, if and when they need them: LTC FundingSM – Today, there are many life and annuity riders in addition to stand-alone Long Term Care Insurance […]

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Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® Expands Team

  Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) has announced the addition of two experienced policy and communication professionals to the association’s team. Josh Cockroft and Will Gattenby will help further OAR’s communication efforts and government relations as Senior Director of Government Affairs and Senior Director of Membership and Communications, respectively. “The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® is […]

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SPC Update: House and Senate Committee Chairs Filled

House Speaker Charles McCall has announced the standing House Committee chair and vice chair assignments and Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat has announced committee chair assignments for the 57th Legislature. The list of House leadership and committees are as follows: Administrative Rules: Rep. Tom Gann, R-Inola, Chair Rep. Denise Crosswhite-Hader, R-Piedmont, Vice Chair Agriculture […]

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2018 NAR Annual Conference Recap

The National Association of REALTORS® held their annual conference in Boston at the beginning of November. This year’s conference featured the first ever REALTOR® Relief Run that raised over $100,000 for the REALTOR® Relief Foundation and many local charities, a General Session with Actor and Entrepreneur Mark Wahlberg, and Exhibit Hall with hundreds of vendors from across the country. […]

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Ep 46: Building Client Value w/ Jilian Gardner

This week we talk about building client value with Edmond REALTOR® Jilian Gardner. She shares a some of her secrets and the importance of providing value with everything that you do. We chat a little about the impact association involvement has had on her business and end with our traditional, always entertaining, Rapid Fire Randomness.

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Christmas Around Oklahoma

Tune your car stereo to a favorite Christmas music station and meander through rows and rows of holiday cheer! Ardmore Name: Ardmore Festival of Lights Admission: Free Location: Ardmore Regional Park (2704 N. Rockford Rd. Ardmore, OK 73401) Dates: 11/28 – 12/30 This 1.5-mile drive through endless, vibrant Christmas lights is one of the largest holiday […]

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Ep 45: Healthy for the Holidays w/ Luke Tirey

Luke Tirey, Physical Culturist and Owner of Green Strength joins us this week for a discussion on health and well being. He offers some great practical advice for staying healthy during the holidays and beyond. The road to wellness doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.

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4 Misconceptions That Prevent Home Buyers

There are many things that might prevent someone from buying a home. It could be that they aren’t ready to own a home, don’t know where they want to live – the list goes on. One thing that shouldn’t hold them back though are misconceptions. Let’s clear some of those up right now. “I need […]

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Ep 42: NAR Annual w/ Stephanie & Robin

Stephanie Carter & Robin Johnson join us this week from Boston where we were attending the National Association of REALTORS® Annual Conference. Stephanie is the Association Executive (AE) of the Edmond Board of REALTORS® and Robin is the AE of the Norman Board of REALTORS®. We talk abut some key takeaways and what they found most useful at the conference this year.

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Ep 41: Smart Homes & Myths (LIVE)

A special Halloween Facebook Live episode. We talk about Myths surrounding the home buying process and things that keep buyers from potentially entering the market. Also, some smart home tech that works well without a subscription. Plus a special battle of facts edition for Halloween!

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2019 Committee Appointments

Jill Graumann [Chair] Debbie Lynn Benton [Vice Chair] Kathy Givens Carolyn House Janiece Vinson Victoria Foutch Wesley Johnston Penny Klein Tony Marbell Claudette Thornton Julie Smith [Chair] Axay Parekh [Vice Chair] Amy Bladow Bryan Sheppard Kieth Gasaway Brett Creager Audra Montgomery Lisa Weaver Kathy Fowler Johannes Revenboer [Chair] Grady Carter [Vice Chair] Axay Parekh Gary Griffith LaDonna Bryce Tony […]

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Ep 38: Importance of Pricing w/ Brian Preston

Brian Preston joins us in the studio this week. Brian is a REALTOR® in Edmond, and is famous for his analytical report – The Preston Report – that he releases. Brian talks about the importance of pricing and how sometimes you can get a lot less while trying to make a little more. He also talks about what he considers and how he advises clients while pricing their houses.

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Ep 37: Lessons, Successes & Tips w/ Audra Montgomery

Audra Montgomery joins us in the studio this week. Audra is a REALTOR® in Edmond, a member of the class of 2018 in OAR’s Leadership Academy, a 2018 Community Rockstar, and someone who goes above and beyond in helping others, whether it be to find their next home or to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Audra shares her journey as a Realtor and some lessons she has learned along the way.

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Pending Home Sales Dip 1.8 Percent in August

Pending home sales fell slightly in August and have now decreased on an annual basis for eight straight months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,  a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 1.8 percent to 104.2 in August from 106.1 in July. With last month’s decline, contract signings […]

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Ep 36: Keep Calm & Protect Yourself w/ Jenn Cassetta

Jennifer Cassetta, self defense expert and third degree black belt in Hapkido joins us this week to wrap up REALTOR® Safety Month. We talk about how everyone can better protect themselves – The ABC’s of self defense and the first step is Awareness.

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Ep 35: The REALTOR® Survival Kit (LIVE)

Another special LIVE episode! We share advice from our listeners about the importance of being prepared in different situations, from listing appointments to what happens when you are caught in an uncomfortable situation. Always have a plan and be prepared!

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Realtors Release 2018 Member Safety Report

As a part of Realtor® Safety Month, the National Association of Realtors® released its 2018 Member Safety Report, which surveyed over 3,000 Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors®, about how safe they feel while on the job, their personal safety experiences and the safety procedures they follow. The report found that nearly a […]

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Ep 34: Investigations & Complaints, oh my!

Sherry Kueffler, chief investigator at the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission joins us this week to talk about the investigations process. We talk about what happens when a complaint is filed against you and why your first reaction should not be one of panic!

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Ep 33: Run-Offs & Realtor Safety

September is REALTOR® Safety Month! This month we cover every aspect of your safety, from personal and physical to business and financial safety. We touch upon the topic of gun safety and concealed carry, recap the big election night in Oklahoma (run-offs) and end the episode with a great cautionary tale of an investigation that Geoff and Sherry were involved in.

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SLA Update: National Political News FYI – Kavanaugh confirmation hearing set

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are set to begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. The hearing will last three to four days with the timeline outlined by U.S. Senate Leadership of giving the high court seat to President Trump’s pick before the early October term. The Judiciary panel is expected to complete Kavanaugh’s consideration […]

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Ep 31: Elevate Your Style with Home Staging w/ Nicole Glenn

Nicole Glenn owner of Green Door Staging joins us this week to talk about Home Staging. She gives some great tips and insights in how staging helps everyone involved, buyers, sellers and Realtors! Some great takeaways on what you can look out for and tips for the DIYers!

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NAR Introduces the Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness

The National Association of Realtors® is proud to introduce the Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness, a new resource designed exclusively to meet the specific financial planning needs of Realtors® – members of the National Association of Realtors®. This comprehensive program includes education materials and resources for wealth building, business planning and investing in real estate. […]

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Proposed Bylaws Changes

It is that time of year again to review and update our Bylaws for the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS®. Read the proposed bylaws changes (that includes each change rationale): Please contact Jessica Hickok with any questions or concerns at We will be voting on this at our annual membership meeting, that will be immediately following […]

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SLA Update: Runoffs on Aug. 28

The Aug. 28 runoff elections will decide the final slate of candidates for the Nov. 6 general election. Runoffs are scheduled on the Republican side for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor and inspector, state superintendent of education and labor commissioner as well as the Democratic seat on the Corporate Commission and the Libertarian nominee […]

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2019 Slate of Officers & Directors

The 2019 Slate of Officers & Directors is now available: Please contact Jessica Hickok with any questions or concerns at Please join us for the election at our Annual Membership Meeting, immediately following the Board of Directors Meeting, held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Location: Sheraton Hotel Downtown OKC (1 N Broadway Ave, […]

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Ep 29: So the Inspection Didn’t Go Well…Now What? (LIVE)

A special LIVE episode! We cover what happens when an inspection doesn’t go to plan and what options the buyer (and seller) have, TRRs and numerous scenarios that might present themselves during this process. We also take questions live on air from our Facebook audience.

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Instant Reaction: July Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on the employment situation in July: The economy is rolling along and jobs are being created. Though the latest monthly net new job gains of 157,000 is a bit light compared to recent past months, the one-year total […]

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SLA Update: SQ 788 & Runoff Elections

The working group assigned to implement SQ 788 held its first public meeting at the State Capitol on Wednesday, July 25. Presentations were given by Green the Vote, Oklahomans for Cannabis, New Health Solutions and Chip Paul, SQ 788 author, on behalf of Oklahomans for Health. The following lawmakers have been named to the group: […]

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Realtors® statement on House vote to extend flood insurance

National Association of Realtors® President Elizabeth Mendenhall released the following statement after the U.S. House vote on legislation extending flood insurance funding: “Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Without an extension of authority, the National Flood Insurance Program cannot write or renew flood insurance in 22,000 communities nationwide. The bill passed by […]

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Ep 27: Investment Properties & Management w/ Paul Dizmang

Paul Dizmang joins us to talk about how he got started in real estate and how it led to a perfectly complimenting business of property management. We also hear some entertaining stories of interesting encounters Paul has had. 

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Existing-Home Sales Subside 0.6 Percent in June

Existing-home sales decreased for the third straight month in June, falling 0.6 percent to 5.38 million sales as declines in the South and West exceeded sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The ongoing supply and demand imbalance helped push June’s median sales price to a new all-time […]

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SLA Update: Defining Your Role

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) is proud to have developed a strong, positive relationship with members of the legislature. Our State Legislative Advocates (SLA) enhance this connection by building our member’s personal relationship with their own state legislators. Outside the legislative session, OAR will send bi-weekly updates with insights, political notes and information specifically […]

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Instant Reaction: June Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on the employment situation in June: “A total of 213,000 net new jobs in June and 2.4 million over the past 12 months reflects a strong rolling economy. The latest month’s solid job additions mean further increase in […]

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Ep 25: Commercial Real Estate w/ Brad Waken

Brad Waken, chair of the Commercial Committee joins us this week to talk about Commercial Real Estate. We get some updates on what the committee has planned, learn about Brad’s journey as a Commercial Realtor and discuss what separates commercial and residential real estate.

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Instant reaction: NAR’s Lawrence Yun on Case-Shiller

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the Case-Shiller National Home Price Index report: “Home price growth remains strong across the country as reflected in the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, with a 6.4 percent gain from a year ago. The ongoing housing shortage has been pushing up home prices well above income […]

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Instant Reaction: May Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the release from the U.S. Commerce Department on May new home construction: “New home construction activity soared to its highest level in over a decade, which is fantastic news as more housing inventory will be available as the year proceeds. Moreover, construction and real estate […]

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Ep 21: Legislative Recap with Andrea Frymire Part 2

    We continue our conversation with Government Affairs chair, Andrea Frymire in this special 2 part legislative recap. We finish talking about important bills we saw in 2018 and move to looking into 2019 and what we can expect out of next year’s session. We then talk a little about the low income housing […]

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Instant Reaction: May Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report on the employment situation in May: “Housing demand will be supported by the continuing job gains even as mortgage rates rise. The latest monthly job addition of 223,000 brings the total net new job creations over the past […]

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Ep 20: Legislative Recap with Andrea Frymire Part 1

Andrea Frymire joins us once again. This is part 1 of a special 2 part conversation with OAR’s Government Affairs Chair. We recap the legislative session, important things that happened and chat about the legislation that we both, supported and opposed for our members.

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LeadershipOAR Application

Go back to LeadershipOAR page We realize that this is a long application. If you would rather fill out a PDF and email it to us click here. Note: Your application will be incomplete without your $195 application fee. You can either pay the fee online or mail a check to: Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® ATTN: […]

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2018 Community Rock Star

OAR is accepting nominations for the Community Rock Star Award which honors three Oklahoma REALTORS® who go above and beyond to fulfill the needs shown by their communities. This award is designed to seek out the brightest stars who give unselfishly to improve the world around them through community service. Recipients of the award will receive […]

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Life Member Nominations Due July 2

If you have a member who has demonstrated significant service and involvement with OAR, you should nominate them for the OAR Life Member Award. Deadline for all nominations is July 2.  The Life Membership Committee will consider nominees for this prestigious award, and the awards will be presented during the REALTOR® Celebration Banquet on Thursday, October 11 as […]

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2018 REALTOR® of the Year Nominations Due July 2

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® is seeking nominations for its 2018 OAR REALTOR® of the Year. The OAR member selected for this incredible honor will be announced and recognized by his/her peers at the REALTOR® Celebration Thursday, October 11, held in conjunction with the 2018 REignite Conference in Oklahoma City. Each local board has the opportunity to nominate […]

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Ep 19: Midyear Conference Recap w/ Jessica Hickok

We are joined for a recap of NAR’s Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo that took place in Washington D.C. (better known as Midyear Conference) with Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® C.E.O. Jessica Hickok. We get a great look into the working of the association as well as some of the big changes that are coming up on the horizon for REALTORS®.

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Ep 17: Escalation Clauses & Avoiding Common Pitfalls

Talking about Escalation Clauses in contracts. These clauses are spurred by competition and a hot market. Be prepared when dealing with an escalation clause – things to do & things to keep in mind. Also, learn about some common pitfalls during a closing and what you can do to avoid them.

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Ep 16: Opioids & Tracking Mileage

There is an opioid epidemic sweeping the nation. What are REALTORS® and real estate agents doing to help in the fight against it? Also, do you track your miles for tax deductions? Learn about an easy to use app, MileIQ, that helps tracking miles as easy as swiping left or right on your phone and the benefits it can have come tax time.

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Instant Reaction: Q1 GDP

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on Q1 GDP: “The continuing economic expansion assures further job creations and household formations. However, the latest GDP growth rate (of 2.3%) is short of what is possible. Residential investment spending showed zero growth because single-family and condominium construction have not […]

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Instant Reaction: Q1 Homeownership Rate and S&P/Case-Shiller

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the S&P/Case-Shiller release on February home prices: “There is no let-up to rising home prices. The Case-Shiller Index and National Association of Realtors® median home price both show gains of roughly double the average wage growth. Even as the tightening job market is starting to boost incomes, […]

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Ep 14: Recording During Showings & Online Safety

A look into the murky topic of audio and video recordings during a showing or open house. What is legal and what isn’t? We then do a quick follow up on the best practices of online safety and simple steps you can take that increase your safety exponentially.

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Ep 13: OHF & Facebook Hearing Takeaways + Fair Housing

Melissa gives us an update of whats going on at the Oklahoma Housing Foundation (OHF). A recap of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing and key takeaways from that. Plus, the troubles with fair housing compliance and Facebook advertising.

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