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Realtors® Highlight Flood Insurance Concerns as House Committee Finalizes Key Markup

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2017) – The House Financial Services Committee today concluded a markup on multiple pieces of legislation to reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program. Following is a statement from National Association of Realtors ® President William E. Brown:

“Congress has less than four months to reform and reauthorize the critical National Flood Insurance Program. NAR is pleased that Congress is addressing the issue.

“NAR supports six of the seven bills that... Read More

Existing-Home Sales Rise 1.1 Percent in May; Median Sales Price Ascends to New High

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2017) — Existing-home sales rebounded in May following a notable decline in April, and low inventory levels helped propel the median sales price to a new high while pushing down the median days a home is on the market to a new low, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest saw an increase in sales last month.

Total existing-home sales1, https://www.nar.realtor/topics/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include... Read More

5 Root Causes for U.S.’s Depressed Homeownership Rate: New Study

BERKELEY, Calif., (June 9, 2017) – Despite steadily improving local job markets and historically low mortgage rates, the U.S. homeownership rate is stuck near a 50-year low because of a perverse mix of affordability challenges, student loan debt, tight credit conditions and housing supply shortages.

That’s according to findings of a new white paper titled, “Hurdles to Homeownership: Understanding the Barriers” released today in recognition of National Homeownership Month at the National Association of... Read More

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"Working with Brian was a real pleasure. When he mentions the "team concept," he means it. We looked at several homes until we found one, which was actually one of his listings. When I was ready to buy the home, he helped me with the financing, by using one of his mortgage contacts, then set up the home inspection for me, and even referred me to another specialist to ensure that the appliances were in good working order. Once all that was done, he even arranged for the closing. From start to finish, he was with me every step of the way, and helped with every aspect of the purchase of my new home! It made the whole process much easier and very convenient for me. I would recommend him to anyone, and would add that he made what is normally a nerve-wracking process, seem almost effortless." Heather Livesay, Northfield, MN
"Brian was great at helping us both sell our home and get our new one as well. First, he helped us buy our land that we built our home on, and helped us with that from start to finish, including Title work and all the details that needed to be done. Then, when we were ready to sell our home, we first tried to do what we were told would save us money, by using a discount agency. It was a miserable experience and we were disgusted with the service we received; there wasn´t any. What a waste of time, effort and lost money that was. After terminating that listing, we then called Brian and he put it on the market right away, held several open houses, advertised it in the newspapers, kept brochures in our yard sign in stock and worked hard to make sure our home sold. When we received an offer, it was a bit of a messy offer. But Brian never gave up and stuck with it, making sure that we received what we wanted, and made sure that we were protected from anything that could terminate the sale. He made it happen and the house sold!! We were very thankful to have him working for us, he handled everything from start-to-finish for both our purchase, and the sale of our home! Thanks Brian for helping us achieve our goal of building our dream home!!" Jesse & Christina Simon, Faribault, MN -- Christina Simon, Customer Relations, D
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