Dos and Don’ts of Screening Tenants Legally

In October, a Massachusetts landlord who refused to rent to pregnant women or families with minor children was found guilty of violating the federal Fair Housing Act and fined $40,000. The same month, the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York sued a landlord for allegedly quoting higher rental rates to black prospective tenants, rejecting applicants with public rent […]

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NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall to USA Today: Homeownership Is a Good Financial Investment

The following is a submitted Letter to the Editor by NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall addressing the highly debatable claim made last week by a USA Today guest columnist that homeownership is a lousy investment. This letter to the editor in support of homeownership was published in today’s print edition of USA Today: (Click image to view readable […]

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Ep 6: Legislation & Fair Housing with Andrea Frymire

We interview Andrea Frymire, the chair of the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) Government Affairs Committee Chair. We talk about some important legislation that we need to pay attention to and advice for REALTORS® to get involved. Plus the Fair Housing Act’s 50th anniversary, what it is & why that is important.

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Ep 5: Real Estate Photography & Legislative Update

We recap Capitol Conference, the current status of the Step Up Oklahoma plan and get a legislative session update from our Government Affairs Director, Jessica Dietrich. Then we talk about the best practices for taking stunning real estate photographs.

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Ep 4: Step Up OK & The Perfect Business Card

A quick & fun Valentines Day Fact Off! The most interesting and obscure fact wins. We then take a look into the Step Up Oklahoma plan, what it contains, what impact it will have and where it is in the legislature. Then we talk about good design and what goes into creating a great business card for your business.

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Ep 3: Smart Home Tech & Contract Forms Update

We get a quick legislative session forecast for 2018 from our Government Affairs Director, Jessica Dietrich, discuss all the latest and greatest tech toys for a smart home and bring you all the key changes to the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission (OREC) Contract Forms going into effect on February 15th.

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Ep 2: YPN (Young Professionals Network) with Kimberly Clark

We interview Kimberly Clark, the chair of the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) Young Professionals Network (YPN), which was recently named state network of the year from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). She tells how YPN is on the leading edge of developing the leaders of tomorrow and how easy it is to get involved. Join the YPN facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/okrealtorsypn/

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Instant Reaction: 2017 Q4 GDP

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Commerce Department release on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the fourth quarter: “The economy expanded at a respectable rate of 2.3% in 2017. That’s a good comeback considering a very weak start of only 1.2% growth in the first quarter. The housing market performed […]

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Instant Reaction: December Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Commerce Department release on residential construction in December: “The latest decline in the volatile housing starts data is disappointing, but surely not lasting. New home construction still closed out 2017 as expected, with 1.2 million units – the best since 2007. Given that the sales […]

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NAR Statement on Federal Government Shutdown

National Association of Realtors® President Elizabeth Mendenhall issued the following statement in response to the shutdown of the federal government: “The government shutdown will have an impact on real estate transactions should it continue for an extended period of time.  The National Association of Realtors® urges Congress to come together and reach an agreement to reopen the government and […]

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Ep 1: Bitcoin & Wire Fraud

This episode looks into the new technology sweeping across the world, cryptocurrencies, and how/what impact they might and are having in the real estate industry. We also talk about wire fraud and how to protect yourself and your clients from becoming a victim of this devastating scam.

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7 Habits to Boost Business in 2018

The New Year is almost here, and no doubt you’ve thought long and hard about your company goals for 2018. But are they SMART goals (S-specific; M-measurable; A-achievable; R-realistic; T-timely)? In order to realize your SMART goals, you’ll have to get into a healthy business routine. Here are seven habits to consistently practice every day […]

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Tax Bill Passes; Tough Work Still Ahead

The U.S. House and Senate have passed sweeping tax reform legislation that is expected to have a major impact on housing markets. The bill will go to President Donald Trump now that the House has passed the bill a second time to accommodate small, last-minute changes made in the Senate. The bill is an improvement for […]

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Instant Reaction: November Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Commerce Department report on November housing starts: “A welcoming trend is developing in the housing sector as builders are able to bring more supply to the market on a consistent basis. The latest monthly figure of near 1.3 million annualized housing starts is solid, and […]

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November Sales Surprise to a Near 11-Year High; Contract Signings Also Rise

In what reflects the significant amount of pent-up demand in today’s housing market, existing-home sales surged in November to their strongest pace since December 2006. Good news was also found in November’s pending sales data.  Whether it’s been weakening affordability, low supply or hurricanes, sales have been somewhat sluggish since the summer. That changed last month. Looking at […]

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10 standout features RPR added this year

Productivity was the name of the game for RPR users in 2017. The Platform introduced scores of new tools and features that make a real estate agent’s business day a little better, from simple solutions like voice-to-text transcription to the ability to create a CMA using your phone. Here are the most popular enhancements from […]

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Instant Reaction: November Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on employment conditions in November: “November marked another impressive month for the labor market, adding up to now over 2 million net new jobs over the past 12 months.  From the deep recession in 2010, 17 million new jobs […]

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Voter Registration Drive

We are launching a voter registration drive to increase REALTOR® participation and influence in the political process! Nearly 80 percent of all REALTORS® are registered to vote, but we can do better. While you may be registered, we would like you to consider taking one of the following actions: If you know that you are NOT registered, and […]

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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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Instant Reaction: S&P/Case-Shiller September Home Prices

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the S&P/Case-Shiller release on September home prices: “Home prices, after multiple years of fast growth, still show no signs of cooling because of the ongoing housing shortage in much of the country. The latest Case-Shiller price growth of 6.2% on a nationwide basis marks the strongest rise […]

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Instant Reaction: October Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Commerce Department report on residential construction in October: “The South region is quickly getting back on its feet with a big jump in new housing starts, after a pause in the prior month from the aftermath of the hurricanes. The Midwest and the Northeast […]

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The Anatomy of a First-time Buyer in 2017

Prospective first-time buyers in recent years have had to navigate several obstacles on their path to homeownership, including higher rents and home prices, tight inventory conditions and repaying student loan debt. These impediments are a big reason why first-timers were only 34 percent of all transactions in the National Association of Realtors®’ 2017 Profile of Home Buyers […]

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How to Keep Consumers Engaged

Leading power brokers shared their strategies for effectively reaching and engaging with consumers during a session titled, “New Strategies for Engaging Consumers,” during the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. REALTORS® and brokers from across the country listened as the panel discussed the importance of utilizing new technology and social media , automating as many processes as you can and […]

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NAR’s 2018 Housing and Economic Forecast

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun presented his 2018 economic and housing forecast at the 2017 Realtors® Conference and Expo in Chicago. Yun expects existing-home sales to rise 3.7 percent next year. However, there are some caveats. Low supply could continue to suppress sales, especially to first-time buyers, and the passage of a tax bill that disincentives homeownership […]

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Instant Reaction: Q3 Homeownership Rate and S&P/Case-Shiller

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to reports on the U.S. homeownership rate in the third quarter and August home prices (S&P/Case-Shiller). “The American Dream of home ownership remains elusive, as the third quarter figure shows little change in the overall  rate. The reason is simple. There is just not enough supply of homes to […]

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RPR: Mortgage data turns table in buyer’s favor

Every Realtor® has run into it once or twice. Encounters with sellers who are less than forthcoming about their property’s shortcomings, including withholding facts about the outstanding mortgage. “Those kinds of surprises are detrimental to closing the deal,” says Andrew Balalovski, broker and owner of Balalovski Real Estate in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. “So before I ring a […]

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Instant Reaction: September Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Commerce Department release on September housing starts: “The one month fall in new home construction, especially in the South region in light of Hurricane recovery, is understandable. What is frustrating and hard to comprehend is the drop in total permits in the West region. […]

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Instant Reaction: September Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on employment conditions in September: “The key statistic in the September jobs report is the fact that wages grew 2.9%. The tightening labor market, with unemployment at 4.2% and the number of job openings at high levels, assure more […]

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Xplode Conference Comes Back to OKC

Monday October 16, 2017 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Embassy Suites Downtown OKC 741 N Phillips Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Xplode Conference is coming BACK to OKC, and we wanted to personally invite you to join us again! Xplode Conference is the largest national conference tour on real estate technology and marketing. Xplode features top speakers, leading technology products […]

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Safety Expo for REALTORS® and Affiliates

When: October 2, 2017 11:15a – 4p (lunch included) Where: Meditations Banquet Facility Speakers: Tracey the Safety Lady (2 CE Credits) Tom Smith (Stillwater Armory Owner) Carl Carter (Beverly Carter Foundation) Door Prizes and Drawings Please RSVP By Wednesday September 27th To register: Call or text Rhonda at 405-385-2478  or Alexis at 405-853-0339 Or register online

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Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on FOMC Statement

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s thoughts on today’s announcement by the Federal Reserve to start unwinding their balance sheet in October, and what that will mean for mortgage rates through 2018: “As the Federal Reserve indicated today, the huge purchases of mortgage-backed securities and U.S. government bonds could not have continued and […]

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Instant Reaction: August Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to the U.S. Commerce Department release on residential construction in August. “Following August’s decline in new home construction, there will no doubt be a further temporary setback to housing starts in upcoming months due to the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on Texas and Florida, respectively. […]

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5 social media strategies you should be using in your real estate business

A recent RPR study reveals that real estate agents using Facebook as part of their social marketing strategy post listings more than any other type of content, yet fewer than half report measurable outcomes. So what can REALTORS® do to consistently inform, engage, and grow their sphere of influence above and beyond posting listings? RPR asked […]

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Free REALTOR® Safety Webinars

Free Safety Webinar September 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm CDT Instructor: Andrea “Andy” Tolbert How do REALTORS® walk the line of prospecting and self-preservation? Register for this free safety webinar from the National Association of REALTORS® to learn from Andy Tolbert, Founder, SaferAgent, as she shares simple steps you can implement right away to minimize risk […]

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How Much Life Insurance Do Realtors Need?

You hear stories every day about people of all ages, fitness levels, and health statuses dying suddenly from heart attacks, disease, or freak accidents. We urge all OAR members to take some time during September, which is Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM), to think what if that happened to me? Consider these reasons for owning […]

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2018 Slate of Officers & Directors

The 2018 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 that will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  at the OSU Alumni Center, 201 ConocoPhillips Road, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 74078 To view […]

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Survey finds REALTORS® Plan to Spend More Time, Money on Digital Marketing Initiatives

CHICAGO (August 14, 2017) – Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, announces the results of its 2017 REALTOR® Social and Digital Media Report. The report includes findings from a survey of 265 REALTORS® about the way they use digital and social media to build their businesses. Of REALTORS® surveyed, 74 percent […]

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Instant Reaction: July Housing Starts

Below is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce report on July housing starts: “The housing shortage in America will intensify if new construction remains as lackluster as it was in July. The softening multifamily housing starts brought down the overall new housing unit addition to the second lowest monthly activity this year. […]

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OAR Success Partner – Office Depot

Save more when you shop for school supplies this year! As a member of Oklahoma REALOTRS® you can enjoy exclusive savings at Office Depot / OfficeMax. Utilize your member benefit by shopping online, or printing a free Store Purchasing Card to use at any Office Depot or OfficeMax location. www.officediscounts.org/okrealtors

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Instant Reaction: July Jobs Report

The following is NAR Managing Director of Housing and Commercial Research George Ratiu’s reaction to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics release on the July employment situation: “The employment report showed solid gains in July, with 209,000 net new payroll jobs. With the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.3 percent, the data points to continued strengthening of […]

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Michael Phelps to be at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Meet and have a photo* taken with 23-time Gold Medalist Michael Phelps at NAR Booth #2825 on Saturday, November 4 from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Then, hear the phenomenal swimmer speak at the General Session, following NAR President Bill Brown’s industry address. *Photos will be taken by a professional photographer and available for sale. No cell phone “selfies” will be allowed.

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In Two Months, the National Flood Insurance Program Expires

As the House and Senate continue their work to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, the countdown to the program’s expiration continues as well. On September 30, the Federal Emergency Management Administration loses its authorization to write new flood insurance policies or renew existing policies for its customers. That means homeowners could potentially find their […]

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5Cs of a Successful Farming Strategy

Farming is a proven method of marketing your real estate business to a neighborhood in a way that raises awareness of your brand, captures leads, earns referrals and gains listings. When used effectively, farming provides an excellent opportunity to connect with potential sellers, as well as For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) whose listings might be […]

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An Early Summer Cooldown for Housing

The 1.8 percent decline in existing-home sales in June should come as no surprise if you closely follow NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index, which have declined for three straight months. Activity has been weaker lately because prospective buyers continue to struggle overcoming the severely restricted inventory conditions and consequent run-up in home prices. As NAR Chief Economist Lawrence […]

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Instant Reaction: June Housing Starts

Below is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce report of a June rebound in housing starts: “Though a recovery in housing starts in June is welcome news, more consistent gains are needed to help rebalance the housing market. The latest 1.22 million in total housing starts is still well below the historical […]

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Realtors®, House Financial Services Committee Reach Agreement to Move Key Flood Insurance Legislation Forward

WASHINGTON (July 20, 2017) – The National Association of Realtors® today said that significant improvements to the “21st Century Flood Reform Act,” key legislation aimed atstrengthening and reauthorizing(link is external) the National Flood Insurance Program, have cleared the way for endorsement of the bill. Among the changes, Realtors® support the House Financial Services Committee’s commitment to retaining […]

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RPR – School Report Cuts Sales Cycle in Half

Real estate apps claim to do it all and, most likely, some do. But for this West Michigan Realtor®, the only apps that matter are the ones that save her time and money. “As a Realtor®, I spend a lot of money investing in my business,” said Michelle Gordon, Realtor® and founder of The Gordon Group, […]

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What to Do When Wire Scammers Strike

Consumers have a lot to think about when they’re buying a home, including wiring large sums of money, and protecting themselves from fraudsters might be the last thing on their mind. The National Association of Realtors® and the Federal Trade Commission are encouraging consumers to stay vigilant, while reminding victims that they have options. The […]

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NAR Senior Executive Will Be Next CEO

REALTORS® have selected Bob Goldberg to succeed current NAR CEO Dale Stinton, who is retiring in August of 2017 after 36 years at NAR and 12 as CEO. Goldberg currently serves as NAR senior vice president of Sales & Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Investments, Professional Development and Conventions. NAR’s leadership team chose Goldberg after […]

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Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on FOMC Statement

Below is the following statement from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun on the Federal Reserve’s decision to hike short-term interest rates: “The latest rate hike is partly justified from ongoing economic expansion and also a steadily falling unemployment rate. However, the Federal Reserve should be mindful of the lower than expected rate of inflation and […]

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What’s on Home Shoppers’ Wish Lists

A new realtor.com® survey reveals the top desires of home buyers today: Ranch-style homes, big backyards, and updated kitchens. More than half of home buyers say they’re on the hunt for a three-bedroom home, and 75 percent want a two-bathroom home as well, according to realtor.com®’s home buyer survey. The survey also showed a strong […]

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realtor.com Results Summit 2017

Break through to a more effective you! Join us for two incredible days of hands-on learning, exclusive insights, and celebration! We’ve lined up a star-studded cast of keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will spotlight today’s real game-changing innovations. Discover the technologies and strategies that will enable you to do what you love, more effectively. […]

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RPR Releases 2017 REALTOR® Mobile Usage Report

CHICAGO (April 17, 2017) – Realtors Property Resource® (RPR® ), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, announces the results of its recent 2017 REALTOR® Mobile Usage Report. The report includes findings from a survey of almost 200 REALTORS® about the way they use mobile devices in their everyday businesses. Client communication and housing research top […]

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Instant Reaction: May Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report for May: “Although  job gains in May were on the soft side (138,000), the annual figure has been fairly consistent at over 2 million net new job creations. This implies that housing demand, which is more determined by […]

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Life Member Nominations Due July 14

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 14.  The Life Membership Committee will consider nominees for this prestigious award, and the awards will be presented during the REALTOR® Celebration Banquet on Wednesday, October 4 as part […]

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2017 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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VIDEO: May 30 Capitol Insider

This week’s Capitol Insider includes a special announcement from Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips. OAR CEO Jessica Hickok and Richard Phillips recap the activity for this legislative session on the last edition of the Capitol Insider for 2017. Also, see OAR’s updated Bill Tracker and other timely info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com.

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Making an Offer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

In competitive housing markets across the country, making an offer that sticks has become increasingly difficult. Ensure your client doesn’t make the process even tougher by succumbing to one of these common mistakes. Delaying “Time kills deals,” says Andrew Sandholm of BOND New York Properties in New York. “Dragging your feet means you could wind up […]

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Instant Reaction: April Housing Starts

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on April residential construction:  “With housing starts declining in April, inventory shortages will continue for a longer period of time. The intensifying housing shortage will push up home prices and rents, and easily above wage growth and the broad […]

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Low Inventory Spurs Faster Price Growth in First Quarter

It’s no surprise today’s first quarter metro price report revealed that prices accelerated for the third straight quarter. That’s what happens when sales are strong and inventories remain near record lows. What is amazing is just how fast some metro areas are moving. Seventeen percent of markets saw double-digit appreciation last quarter and many hovered just […]

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Oklahoma Association of Realtors cautions legislators to rethink cap on itemized tax deductions legislation

House Bill 2403 would constrain Oklahoma’s real estate industry and burden the state’s economy. OKLAHOMA CITY– Oklahoma Association of Realtors® (OAR) cautions passage of House Bill 2403, which would cap itemized deductions on state tax returns at $17,000 through 2019. Itemized deductions are utilized to lower a tax bill and include property taxes, mortgage interest, […]

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Instant Reaction: Lawrence Yun on Today’s FOMC Announcement

Below is the following statement from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun on the Federal Reserve’s decision today to stand pat on raising short-term rates: “Today’s FOMC decision is only a short-term, temporary pause. With no change in monetary policy, mortgage rates look to remain within the narrow band of 4.0% to 4.5% for the foreseeable future. […]

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Emergency Price Stabilization Act in Effect for All 77 Counties

MIKE HUNTER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF OKLAHOMA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017  Emergency Price Stabilization Act in Effect for All 77 Counties Attorney General Hunter cautions Oklahomans against price gouging  OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is reminding Oklahomans the Emergency Price Stabilization Act is in effect for all 77 counties, after the […]

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2017 REALTOR® of the Year Nominations Due July 14

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® is seeking nominations for its 2017 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 Wednesday, October 4, held in conjunction with the 2017 REignite Conference in Stillwater. Each local board has the opportunity to nominate a […]

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VIDEO: April 28 Capitol Insider

OAR CEO Jessica Hickok and Contract Lobbyist Richard Phillips recap all the activity in this week’s edition of the Capitol Insider. Also, see OAR’s updated Bill Tracker and other timely info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com.

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Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March

WASHINGTON (April 21, 2017) — Existing-home sales took off in March to their highest pace in over 10 years, and severe supply shortages resulted in the typical home coming off the market significantly faster than in February and a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Only the West saw a decline in […]

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COCAR: Fair Housing Month

The Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS® is co-hosting the 2017 Oklahoma Fair Housing & Health Equity Seminar titled: “Design & Construction: Disability and Accessibility Housing. The event will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Reed Conference Center, 5750 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City. The event […]

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Instant Reaction: March Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report on employment conditions in March: “The soft hiring seen in March is not too concerning and likely a single month aberration. The recent high levels of voluntary quitting, presumably because of better job opportunities elsewhere, will lead […]

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4 Methods to Earn & Keep Investor Clients

By Brandon Doyle Tapping into the investor real estate business is a common goal among agents and brokers. While buying and selling residential property on behalf of individuals and families in search of their next home is typically an agent’s bread-and-butter, working with investor clients can open up a whole new stream of revenue and […]

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National Flood Insurance Program Expires in Six Months, and Realtors® Are Sounding Alarm Bells

The National Flood Insurance Program provides affordable flood insurance to property owners across 22,000 communities, protecting homes and businesses from major flood disasters. But the program requires Congressional approval, and the clock is ticking. With just six months to go until a critical September 30 deadline, Realtors® are calling on Congress to do something about […]

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