NAR Statement on President Biden’s Housing Supply Plan

May 19, 2022 in Community

National Association of REALTORS® National Association of Realtors® President Leslie Rouda Smith issued the following statement Monday regarding President Joe Biden’s plan to address the housing supply shortage: “Last year, a landmark research report commissioned by NAR recognized a shortage of 5.5 million homes in the U.S.—a gap so large it would take more than a decade to dig […]

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NAR to Host Tax Webinar for REALTORS® this Month

May 12, 2022 in Education

The National Association of REALTORS® Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness will be offering a webinar on May 25 covering estimated taxes. This webinar is targeted to seasoned agents and will be presented by Heather C. Liston, Certified Financial Planner®. During the session, Liston will discuss what agents need to know to feel confident that they […]

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KCRAR Members and CEO Inducted into RPAC Hall of Fame

May 5, 2022 in Government Affairs

Three KCRAR members and its CEO were inducted into the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame this week in Washington, D.C. Scottie Broderick, Kipp Cooper and Jennifer Langston-Justus were all newly inducted into the Hall of Fame, indicating a lifetime contribution of $25,000 to RPAC. Additionally, Jim Gamble, who was originally inducted in […]

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Lawsuit Against NAR Permitted to Proceed as Class Action Case

April 29, 2022 in KCRAR

A Kansas City federal judge granted class certification last week in a case naming the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), Realogy, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of America, RE/MAX and Keller Williams as defendants.  First filed in 2019, the case will now move forward as a class action lawsuit allowing home sellers across Missouri, Kansas and Illinois […]

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KCRAR Past President Bobbi Howe Honored with Fair Housing Champion Award

April 28, 2022 in KCRAR

Local REALTOR® and 2020 President of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® (KCRAR), Bobbi Howe, was honored this week as a 2022 recipient of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Fair Housing Champion Award. Howe uses her opportunities as an educator, speaker and podcast host to spread the word about systemic racism in real […]

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NAR Study Shows Lack of Affordable Housing Biggest Obstacle to Home Buying

April 21, 2022 in KCRAR

National Association of REALTORS® The lack of affordable homes is the top obstacle holding back potential home buyers of all races, but other obstacles to homeownership varied by race/ethnicity according to a new report released today by the National Association of Realtors®. NAR partnered with Morning Consult for its latest study, 2022 Obstacles to Home Buying, […]

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Avoid Fair Housing Violations in Advertising

April 7, 2022 in KCRAR

Real estate professionals are legally obligated to uphold fair housing laws, and the language and images you use in your advertising needs to be vetted carefully. REALTORS® also have an obligation to do so under Article 10 of the Code of Ethics. “Advertisements should never indicate a preference or limitation based on a protected class, […]

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U.S. Homeownership Rate Experiences Largest Annual Increase on Record, Though Black Homeownership Remains Lower Than a Decade Ago, NAR Analysis Finds

February 24, 2022 in Community

National Association of REALTORS® Key Highlights The U.S. homeownership rate surged 1.3% to 65.5% in 2020 – the highest annual rise ever – as 2.6 million more households became homeowners compared to 2019. Though, the homeownership rate for Black Americans (43.4%) is lower than in 2010 (44.2%) and nearly 30 percentage points less than White […]

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REALTORS® Encouraged to Apply for NAR Community Service Grant and Mentorship Program

February 17, 2022 in KCRAR

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is offering a grant and mentorship for REALTORS® who would like to expand their community service outreach through its Volunteering Works program. Five Volunteering Works applicants will be selected to receive a year of one-on-one mentoring from a member of the Good Neighbor Society and a $1,000 grant as […]

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Report Shows ‘Double Trouble’ for Housing

February 10, 2022 in KCRAR

Record-high home prices and record-low inventories, a combination labeled “double trouble” by analysts, are growing roadblocks for many Americans to achieve homeownership, particularly for Black Americans, according to a new analysis from the National Association of REALTORS® and®. The newly released report, “The Double Trouble of the Housing Market,” examines the impacts of rapidly rising […]

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