NAR Offers ABR® Designation Course at No Cost to REALTORS®

February 29, 2024 in Education

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced this week that it is making the popular Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation course, which is typically $295, available to REALTORS® at no cost through 2024. The ABR® course is the first step toward earning the ABR® designation and focuses on the key information and skills agents need today […]

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Racial Minority Groups Increased Their Homeownership Rates While Still Facing Significant Homebuying Challenges

February 22, 2024 in Community

National Association of REALTORS® Key Highlights Homeownership rates for racial minorities increased in 2022, with Asian and Hispanic Americans achieving historic peaks.2 Despite these advancements, disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups, notably with Black homeownership lagging. People of color continue to endure significant buying challenges throughout and after their home purchases, according to a report […]

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KCRAR Member Selected as National Volunteering Works Mentor

January 26, 2024 in Community

KCRAR member Craig Conant was selected by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as a mentor for the 15th annual Volunteering Works program. Conant, who is a 2001 National Good Neighbor Award winner, will be mentoring Arlin Fisher, a REALTOR® from North Dakota. The Volunteering Works program, which matches real estate agents who work on […]

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Existing-Home Sales Slid 1.0% Nationally in December

January 25, 2024 in Community

National Association of REALTORS® Key Highlights Existing-home sales retreated in December, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Among the four major U.S. regions, sales slipped in the Midwest and South, rose in the West and were unchanged in the Northeast. All four regions experienced year-over-year sales decreases. On an annual basis, existing-home sales (4.09 […]

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Pending Home Sales Fell 1.5% Nationally in October

November 30, 2023 in Community

National Association of REALTORS® Pending home sales dropped 1.5% in October, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Northeast posted a monthly gain in transactions while the Midwest, South and West all recorded losses. All four U.S. regions noted year-over-year declines in transactions. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* – a forward-looking indicator of home […]

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NAR Chief Economist Says Commercial Real Estate Will Revitalize, Calls on Federal Reserve to Consider Cutting Interest Rates

November 16, 2023 in KCRAR

National Association of REALTORS® Commercial property rates are expected to stabilize – aside from office space – and commercial real estate will revitalize, according to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. Yun presented yesterday at the Commercial Economic Issues and Trends Forum at 2023 NAR NXT, The Realtor® Experience, in Anaheim, California, to discuss economic trends and […]

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KCRAR Contributes to Disaster Relief Efforts in Hawaii

August 18, 2023 in KCRAR

The KCRAR Charitable Fund recently contributed $5,000 to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation after fires recently devastated communities on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) announced $1.5 million in disaster relief aid has been made available to Hawaii REALTORS® in support of the REALTORS® Association of Maui. “Maui’s recent wildfires have deeply […]

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Almost 60% of Metro Areas Posted Home Price Gains in the Second Quarter of 2023

August 10, 2023 in KCRAR

National Association of REALTORS® Key Highlights Almost 60% of metro markets (128 out of 221) registered home price gains in the second quarter of 2023 as 30-year fixed mortgage rates oscillated between 6.28% and 6.71%, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest quarterly report. Five percent of the 221 tracked metro areas registered double-digit price […]

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NAR Introduces REALTOR® Safety Podcast Hosted by KC Industry Partner

July 20, 2023 in KCRAR

‘Drive With NAR: The Safety Series’ will be hosted by local safety expert Tracey Hawkins The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently launched a new podcast, Drive with NAR: The Safety Series, on July 17. The podcast is hosted by Tracey Hawkins, a KCRAR Industry Partner, safety expert and former real estate agent with nearly […]

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REALTOR® Dennis Curtin Honored with Art Installation at Mimi’s Pantry

July 6, 2023 in Community

A 25-foot-long custom painted picnic table was unveiled last week at Mimi’s Pantry to honor the work of founder Dennis Curtin. The art was commissioned by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and painted by local artist JT Daniels with artistic portrayals of the service and community impact of Mimi’s Pantry. The purpose of the […]

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