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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Instant Reaction: March 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 March: “The March jobs report was a bit soft, and first quarter GDP growth rate also looks to be weak. Heavy snow in parts of the country, and the uncertainty related to potential […]

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Ep 12: Facebook Under Fire & Digital Marketing

A lot of our information we share on social media is used to target and market to us. This episode we take a look at the latest the latest issues troubling Facebook with regards to user data, Cambridge Analytica and fair housing. We also explore how marketers track our online activity to deliver extremely targeted ads.

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Accidental Employee Breaches on the Rise

When it comes to cyber security, ransomware attacks made the most news last year. However, an almost equal threat comes from within an organization. Accidental breaches caused by employee error and third-party suppliers accounted for 30 percent of all breaches during the first half of 2017, according to a report from Beazley. Breaches that resulted […]

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Ep 11: Teacher Walkout with Chelsea Herndon

We talk with high school teacher Chelsea Herndon, who teaches Biology at Putnam City High School. She helps shed some light on the historic teacher walkout in Oklahoma, why it is important and what it represents for teachers and the education system in Oklahoma.

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Ep 10: Disruption & The Real Estate Industry

Disruption. A.I. (Artificial Intelligence). Machine Learning. All these buzzwords are surrounding everything that we do these days. We take a look at these, what they mean, how they’ve impacted our lives so far, what we need to look for in terms of disruption in the Real Estate Industry and what we can do to be ready for it.

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Ep 9: 30 Under 30 with Jessica Thompson

We talk to Jessica Thompson, 2017 Winner of the National Association of REALTORS® 30 Under 30 award. We talk about her, the road to winning this prestigious award, her focus on community and its betterment and what young Realtors should do to follow in her footsteps.

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Ep 8: Legislation & Abstracting with Kathy Fowler

Kathy Fowler, OAR’s 2018 President, joins us and talks about her experience from fighting forest fires in Montana to being on national committees and 2018 OAR President. We talk about the legislature and abstracting in depth and get a detailed update on what bills we are watching and working on as a state.

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Ep 7: Tech Safety & Ransomware

We talk about a great member benefit of arbitration and professional standards administration. Then a quick recap of what is going on at the capitol after the first major legislative deadline before jumping into the security concerns of smarter technology and tips to keep you and your data safe!

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REALTORS® share 10 RPR strategies for success

A look back at our 2017 REALTOR® stories reveals compelling and insightful strategies for creating workplace efficiencies, earning client trust, and generating new business –– all while leveraging the data and reports found within Realtors Property Resource® (RPR® ). The accuracy of the data obtained by consumers, and the availability of the most up-to-date data, is a point […]

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Introducing RPR Connect: a new Facebook Group

Introducing RPR Connect:  a new Facebook Group. RPR Connect is an interactive forum that connects REALTORS®, Brokers/Owners, and other industry leaders who want to keep ahead of the curve. RPR Connect provides an open, professional dialogue for real estate pros who want to share their RPR success strategies as well as those who want quick answers to their RPR-related […]

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Aluminum, steel tariffs impact on residential real estate

Following is a statement from National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun on the proposal to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum and the potential impact on residential real estate: “International trade requires reciprocal understanding of mutual interests. Trade has to be fair and intellectual property rights have to be respected on both sides. Still, the proposed […]

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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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Applications

Apply to serve on the committee of your interest and/or apply for one of many awards! You can also nominate deserving members. Applications end July 3 at 11:59pm. In the meantime check out all the committees which you have the opportunity to serve, here.

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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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Existing-Home Sales Hit Rough Patch in February

Talk to a Realtor® in much of the country right now and they’ll all echo a similar narrative: homes are selling quickly because there are not enough listings on the market. It’s why existing sales stumbled in February and price growth accelerated to its fastest pace in over a year (7.7 percent). Even more staggering, inventory […]

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Vote for Jessica Thompson Today for NAR’s 30 Under 30!

Qualities such as success, innovation, leadership, and community involvement have gotten Jessica Thompson of Loxwood Real Estate selected as one of the 50 finalists for REALTOR® Magazine’s 2017 class of 30 Under 30. What will your votes do?   The candidate who collects the most votes will not only be featured in a short online article as Web Choice Award winner, but […]

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CRS Classes

DON’T MISS OUT ON THESE CORE CLASSES!!!   Zero to 60 Home Sales in a Year (and Beyond) & Mastering Relevant, Consumer-Focused Marketing    SPACE IS LIMITED TO FIRST 70!!!   16 HOURS of CRS Credit Available! Zero to 60 Home Sales in a Year (and Beyond) with Frank Serio Do you dream of selling […]

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Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® and Oklahoma State Home Builders Association oppose governor’s proposed real estate-related sales tax

More than 90 percent of survey respondents oppose a sales tax on services related to the purchase of a new home. OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) and Oklahoma State Home Builders Association recently announced opposition to Gov. Mary Fallin’s proposed sales tax plan to address the state’s nearly $900 million budget deficit, including […]

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21 Steps to a Stellar Listing Presentation

It’s all here. Twenty one great ideas for building your listing business from the ground up, all neatly packaged in a step-by-step action plan. Let us know how it goes. Set a Good Foundation 1. Build an online presence Use your website, blog, or social media channels to publish articles that demonstrate your core competencies. […]

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Instant Reaction: February Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s thoughts on this morning’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ February jobs report: “The boosts to business and consumer confidence over the past few months is evidently leading to faster hiring. The 235,000 net new job additions in February and 2.3 million over the past year will support […]

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Easy Icebreaker Idea for Creating New Business

In supercharged real estate markets like the Denver metro area, every move counts. That’s why Jickson Chacko never overlooks an opportunity to shop for new clients, literally. “Wherever I am, personally or professionally, it just comes naturally to talk to people about real estate,” said Jickson, a REALTOR® with Cherry Creek Properties, Denver, Colorado. “And […]

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Flood Risk Symposium

The Oklahoma Floodplain Manager’s Association and the ASFPM Foundation is partnering to host a Flood Risk Symposium at Rose State College in Del City, Oklahoma on March 28. These forums target a wide audience across the public and private sector and seek to generate support for sound floodplain management while identifying potential areas for further […]

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NAR Announces Newest Partner: Members Medicare Exchange

A private Medicare insurance options platform and resource center. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® introduces the new Members Medicare Exchange to allow Medicare-eligible NAR members aged 65 and older to easily quote, shop, and enroll in a variety of Medicare insurance options. The exchange is offered through the popular REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace. Plan types available […]

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3 Ways to Go Over & Above When Working With Referrals

“RPR allows me to work creatively to provide thoughtful gestures or items of value that might be a little unexpected but extremely welcomed by a customer or referring agent.”  -Kyle Else, REALTOR® Change is everywhere. Families grow, downsize, divorce, and make career moves, among other impactful circumstances. One thing is constant though … everyone needs […]

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Tips for the Spring Market

By Drew Heasley The spring market is traditionally the hottest real estate market across the country. For my area in Pennsylvania, the busiest parts of the year are early spring and then again when school lets out. As an agent, you need make sure you and your clients are prepared for these annual peaks. Sellers […]

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VIDEO: Bill Brown Speaks Out on Tax Reform

Proposals to overhaul the U.S. tax system are gaining steam in Washington, with plenty at stake for homeowners. National Association of Realtors® President Bill Brown is speaking out and committing to fight on behalf of important tax incentives like the mortgage interest deduction, the state and local property tax deduction, and 1031 like-kind exchanges. Brown […]

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VIDEO: February 10 Capitol Insider

Matt Robison and Richard Phillips talk about the first week of session, the State of the State and the potential tax on services which would affect the Real Estate industry. Also, see OAR’s updated Bill Tracker and other timely info on the Government Affairs section of okrealtors.com.

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Use RPR to Provide Calculated Price Opinions for Buyers

For buyer agents, helping consumers determine a listing’s perceived value arises out of the discovery process—a system of checks and balances that identifies distinguishable differences between comparable properties. What tips the scales in favor of expediting the discovery process, and transitioning inquiring clients into happy homeowners, is the ability to offer accurate, insightful information to […]

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Commercial Real Estate Summit

  OAR Members receive a $50 discount. Use code: OAR2017 March 30, 2017 Five credit hours avaliable for REALTORS® and attorneys. Developers Investors Real Estate & Building Management Water Rights, Crowdfunding, & Form Based Zoning Renowned architect Leslie Gallery-Dilworth, FAIA will give this year’s keynote address: “Luck is Not a Plan for Your Future! Today, […]

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Region IX Retreat

Capital Hotel – Downtown Little Rock, AR Address: 111 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201 $185/night – Call (501) 374-7474 and mention Arkansas REALTORS Assn. for reduced rate. April 3-4, 2017 Social Function on the evening of April 2nd for those arriving early. Registration fee: $160 Overflow Hotel: Courtyard Marriott – $149/night http://cwp.marriott.com/litdt/arrealtors   […]

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2017 REALTOR® Broker Summit

Register now for the 2017 REALTOR® Broker Summit at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Learn from presenters, panels, and peer leaders in the industry offering fresh insights on current conditions while looking to the future of real estate. Seating for this elite event will be capped at 200. Broker Summit Keynotes Announced George Blankenship, former Tesla, Apple […]

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Instant Reaction: December Housing

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to this morning’s U.S. Commerce Department report on December residential construction: “Let’s hope the rising trend in new home construction continues throughout 2017. As evidenced by the brisk pace of rent and home-price growth,  the country desperately needs more housing units.  Aside from providing consumers with more […]

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10 Anti-Burglary Tips for Your Sellers

When your clients are opening their doors to the public for showings, they need to take extra precautions. Share these suggestions to help them keep their belongings safe. DECEMBER 2016 | BY TRACEY HAWKINS After Christmas, many people put the empty boxes their expensive gifts came in out on the curb. What do you think […]

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2017 National Land Conference

The Realtors® Land Institute, an affiliate of NAR, is offering Realtors® an exclusive $50 discount on registration for the premier networking and educational industry conference for land professionals. Use Promo Code REALTOR50 to take advantage of this offer in addition to $100 in savings with early bird rates. Don’t delay, this offer is only valid […]

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November Existing-Home Sales: The Streak Continues

The headline of this post may lead you to believe that existing-home sales were up again in November for the third straight month. That is indeed true. However, “the streak” I’m referring to is the remarkable fact that existing-sales prices have astonishingly risen year-over-year now for 57 months. That’s nearly five straight years. While the […]

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Tis the Season to be…Thinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen?

Homeowners across the country are beginning to open their doors for friends and family in celebration of wintertime traditions. Not coincidentally, it is during the holiday season that homeowners pay particularly close attention to necessary home improvements as they prepare to host their loved ones. While spending numerous hours preparing their favorite holiday meals, owners […]

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The Golden Rule is Wrong

By Nico Hohman The Golden Rule: We all know it; we all grew up learning it in elementary school. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Or, in layman’s terms, treat others the way you would want to be treated. While the sentiment behind the Golden Rule means well, I’m here […]

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Real Estate Pros Divulge Top Design Features

BUILDER recently asked real estate professionals to share their thoughts about the top design trends their clients are currently requesting. Here are some of the top design trends that real estate pros said are in demand: Open layouts Neutral color schemes Multigenerational floor plans First-floor master suites No dining rooms White kitchens Extra-large garages Big […]

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Instant Reaction: November Job Reports

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to today’s November jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Today’s November jobs report can be summed up as not bad, but not great. The good news is that 178,000 new job additions are positive enough for the Federal Reserve to raise the fed […]

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FHFA Raises Conforming Loan Limits

For the first time in a decade, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it will raise the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages purchased through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Beginning in 2017, the maximum loan limit for one-unit properties will be $424,100, up from $417,000, in most markets throughout the United States. Higher […]

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OAR Welcomes Jessica Hickok!

The Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) is pleased to announce that we have hired Jessica Hickok as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017. Ms. Hickok will be relocating to Oklahoma City from Springfield, Missouri where she most recently held the position of Association Executive of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS® and General Manager of […]

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2016 OCRE Housing Discrimination Conference

The Office of Civil Rights Enforcement will hold free training on Housing Discrimination at the Oklahoma Bar Center on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Click here for the agenda and registration form. Deadline for registration is December 9, 2016. Speakers include representatives from the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, U.S. Department of Housing […]

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Beware of the Flip

Sparkling new quartz countertops, polished hardwood floors, stainless steel kitchen appliances. Aren’t your buyers lucky? But when sellers are flippers, a good buyer’s rep should help clients engage in some old-fashioned sleuthing.  Before the Great Recession of 2008, housing prices climbed dramatically, and homes sold faster than buyers could gush, “I love that spa bathroom.” […]

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Commercial Data Comes to the RPR App

REALTORS® across the nation will be pleased to learn that RPR’s app now includes Commercial data and reporting. The full extent of the app’s expansion into commercial territory will greatly enhance a REALTOR’S® ability to conduct on-location property searches, analyze a multitude of relevant data sets; and instantly create client-friendly, decision-prompting reports. The new Commercial […]

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Instant Reaction: September Jobs Report

The following is NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun’s reaction to today’s September jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “The latest jobs report shows a softening monthly trend with 156,000 net new jobs in September. Nonetheless, the year-over-year gains have been fairly steady, now showing 2.45 million new jobs over the past 12 months. The […]

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Patent Troll to Stop Seeking Fees from Real Estate Industry

In a major victory for real estate, Data Distribution Technologies, LLC—a so-called patent troll that has been demanding patent licensing fees from real estate companies—has agreed to a settlement with the National Association of REALTORS® that will prevent it from suing, or threatening to sue, real estate practitioners, brokerages, MLSs and other companies in the […]

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Are You Too Nice for Your Own Good?

We’re taught to be kind to everyone, but that means keeping your guard down against potential predators. To stay safe, adapt your nature to a more dangerous world. In Robert Siciliano’s eyes, no one is ever truly prepared to defend themselves against an attacker. “It goes against human nature,” says Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com, who teaches […]

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Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS® Fall Forum: What’s Shaking Oklahoma?

When: Wednesday, September 21 Where: Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City A Town Hall Meeting on Earthquakes and their Impact in the Sooner State on Wednesday, September 21 at the Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City.  The Earthquake Forum will include a presentation by Dr. Jeremy Boak (Director of the Oklahoma State Geological Survey) on […]

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Council of Residential Specialists Launches CRS Week September 19 – 23 with Free Education & Training for Agents

The Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) will offer complimentary education and training programs focused on effective real estate business strategies during CRS Week, September 19 – 23, 2016.  CRS Week is an annual event held at the local level across the U.S. It is focused on promoting the value of Council’s prestigious Certified Residential Specialist […]

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REALTORS® Sending Funds for Louisiana Flood Victims

Floodwaters reach the front steps of a home near Holden, La., after heavy rains inundated the region, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday that at least 7,000 people have been rescued so far. (Copyright 2016. AP Photo/Max Becherer. License restricted, photo may not be reused.) The directors of the REALTORS® […]

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CCIM: Commercial Real Estate Networking Event

Oklahoma CCIM is planning a networking event at the CHK Central Boathouse on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, featuring our students that are participating in the CCIM CI-101 Financial Analysis for Commercial Investments Course (October 10-13). Where: University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) Downtown 131 Dean A. McGee Avenue, Carnegie Center Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Financial Analysis […]

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Eye in the Sky: Smart Marketing With Drones

Meet a real estate practitioner who’s trying out aerial photography from a drone for the first time. New Federal Aviation Administration rules, which NAR had an important role in writing, are about to make the certification process for commercial drone use much easier. Source: REALTOR® Magazine

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MLSOK Xplode Conference

MLSOK is proud to bring the Xplode Conference to Oklahoma! Xplode offers a powerful one day technology and marketing conference specifically for the real estate professional. This national-caliber event is for everyone. New to the business? Seasoned agent? Broker? Office Manager? Assistant?   Everyone attending will leave recharged and fired up about the new technology and […]

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2017 National Land Conference

The REALTORS® Land Institute is proud to announce that the most prestigious land real estate professionals in the business will gather at the Westin Charlotte for the 2017 National Land Conference from March 31-April 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The annual conference is an opportunity for the most elite and successful land professionals in the […]

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RLI Course: Google Earth Mapping For Real Estate

Take the new Google Earth Mapping for Real Estate online course through the REALTORS® Land Institute this September. Advances in technology have opened doors for real estate professionals that can allow them to more efficiently complete job tasks. When it comes to free mapping technology, the power and capabilities of Google Earth Pro can’t be […]

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VIDEO: Beware of Foreclosure/Renters Scams

Scammers are using foreclosed properties and listing them online on Craigslist as available for rent. Would-be renters fill out an application, and once “approved” are asked to send money via Western Union to rent the property only to find out later that the property is foreclosed.     Watch Mary Berry’s interview on News Channel 4 […]

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Know Before You Owe

  The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) made good on their promise to consider changes to Know Before You Owe – also known as the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure, or TRID – including a clarification of the rules regarding sharing the Closing Disclosure (CD). On July 29, 2016, they announced a proposed rule on TRID, and stated in their announcement that “the Bureau […]

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Your 4 Challenging Visitors at Open Houses

When you invite the public to view your listing, you attract many potential buyers who are on the fence and so will give you the runaround. Shannon Ensor, GRI, of Sky Realty in Austin, Texas, offers tips for recognizing some of the people you’ll meet and how to tap into what they want. He shies […]

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CRS Night at the Ballpark

Oklahoma CRS Members, here is a great networking opportunity. Join CRS Oklahoma for a Night at the Ballpark on Saturday, August 6. As a CRS member, your admission to the event is FREE plus, you can bring along a guest! There is limited seating available, so RSVP soon! Email or call (405.612.0194) Page Provence. RSVP […]

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U.S. Senate Passes Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act

The U.S. Senate tonight passed H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” by unanimous consent. This legislation includes reforms to current Federal Housing Administration restrictions on condominium financing, among other provisions, and is long supported by the National Association of REALTORS®. Changes include efforts to make FHA’s recertification process “substantially less burdensome,” while lowering […]

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International Housewarming Traditions

Last week the National Association of Realtors® released their 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Real Estate. From April 2015 to March 2016, foreign buyers purchased $102.6 billion of residential property in the United States, and most are purchasing single-family homes. So chances are if you haven’t welcomed some international neighbors into your community you […]

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Take Advantage of Spectacular Savings on CRS One-day Courses!

Chandra Hall will be at the Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS® September 19-20 to teach two, one-day CRS classes: Win-Win Negotiation Techniques and Converting Leads Into Closings. Both classes are 8:30a – 5p.   In Win-Win Negotiation Techniques, you’ll learn to: Identify 13 negotiation tactics Describe the 3 critical elements that influence negotiations Review the 4 principles […]

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3D-Printed Home Can Withstand Earthquakes

While 3-D printing in the homebuilding industry has largely created prefab houses whose components are created at a factory and then assembled on location, a new technique is letting one company print the house in its entirety onsite. HuaShang Tengda printed an entire 4,300-square-foot home in 45 days, with walls up to 8 feet thick […]

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Navigating the FAA’s New Drone Rule for REALTORS®

Real estate professionals hoping to use drones in their business got some big news last week when the Federal Aviation Administration released a final rule governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems. This final rule, effective August 29, 2016, includes some hard-fought wins for the National Association of REALTORS®, and a clearer path […]

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Protect Future Homebuyers With a Few Clicks

Recently, you may have seen an email or text message asking you to “take action” on something happening in Washington. Here’s the scoop: The U.S. Senate is in danger of running out of time to improve housing markets across the country, and we need your help to reduce this barrier for homeownership! We urge you to take action […]

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