Posts Tagged ‘NAR’

Nationwide Open House Weekend: Open House Checklist

April 15, 2013

Nationwide_Open_HouseThis weekend, open houses will be held at listings across the country! The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) has been promoting a Nationwide Open House Weekend each year, and this year it falls on April 20 and 21.

Be sure to tell your buyers about this incredible opportunity to view homes this weekend. With listing inventory being as low as it is, this will give buyers a chance to see what homes are available in their area.

Plus, listing agents should tell their sellers about this unique occasion to attract buyers for their home. This only occurs once a year, and it could be their chance to sell their home!

In honor of Nationwide Open House Weekend, I’d like to share my checklist for preparing for an open house: (more…)

The Digital House Hunt

March 25, 2013

digital_house_huntAt FUSION 2013 in Las Vegas, I sat in on a session called “The Digital House Hunt: Using Data Search Trends to Tailor Your Online Marketing” hosted by Heather Elias of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). She discussed a special NAR report called “The Digital House Hunt” that was performed with the assistance of Google.

Released in Jan. 2013, this report connects the dots between online home searches and shopping patterns. It shows how shoppers use online tools and sites as they progress through the process. More importantly, it gives you a blueprint for how to market to these consumers.

Here are some highlights from the report: (more…)

My Tips for Preparing for 2013

October 15, 2012

An Editorial, the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the management.

It’s October already! Where did the year go? Although 2012 is and has been a “better” year for real estate practitioners, most are still working very hard to keep that positive trend going.

A couple of things are working in our favor. Inventory is very low, meaning that decent properties will sell.  In much of our market area, properties priced under $200,000 are flying off the shelf after multiple offers. The media is now conveying the message that this is the time to buy. (more…)

Avoiding Dangerous Situations in Real Estate

September 12, 2011

Real estate is not a dangerous profession, but when you’re constantly asked to come in contact with perfect strangers or enter locations without any prior knowledge of the area, you have to keep your guard up…especially when working with foreclosed or vacant homes.

September is Realtor® Safety Month, and I thought I’d gather some safety tips that I’ve found on sites such as, Inman News, and Rismedia. (more…)

Great Photos Sell a Home. Tips for Better Shots.

June 23, 2009

camera houseEver heard the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” Well, in real estate, it’s worth thousands of dollars for both you and your seller.

Photos (good ones that is) are one of the easiest things you can do to market your listing. In fact, 98% of homebuyers who searched for a home on the Internet found photos to be among the most useful features of Realtor websites, according to the 2008 NAR Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers.


Is Google Stealing Our Listing Data?

June 1, 2009

thiefThere is a lot of fuss in the real estate blogosphere about an interpretation by the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS® (MIBOR) of the so-called “anti-scraping” rule in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Multiple Listing Policy.

The policy states the following:

Participants must protect IDX information from misappropriation by employing reasonable efforts to monitor and prevent “scraping” or other unauthorized accessing, reproduction, or use of the MLS database.

This rule is intended to keep websites from extracting listings from NAR member websites (such as and re-displaying the listings on their website, passing it off as their own data. We all agree this is a good rule, as it keeps others from stealing our listing data.

However, MIBOR has interpreted the rule to classify search engines like Google as “Scrapers,” and they are forcing all Indianapolis brokers and agents to prevent Google from indexing their websites. At the NAR mid-year conference, NAR initially rejected MIBOR’s ruling, but two days later accepted a referral back to committee, which is kind of like an appeal.

Now we have to wait until the November NAR conference to learn how this will play out. This ruling can affect everyone in real estate across the country.

Keep reading to understand the true impact of this policy.


New NAR Code of Ethics Affect Social Media

May 20, 2009

cancelIn case you haven’t heard, the National Association of Realtors® made a big change during their mid-year meeting last week. If any of you are bloggers or participate on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn…you’ve got to read this.

Apparently, Realtors are now responsible for not only what they say, but what others say/comment on their social media sites about other Realtors. Here is the wording from a Special Report on NAR’s site this week: