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DOJ: NAR Request for Rehearing ‘Falls Far Short’

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) argued to an appeals court yesterday that last month’s petition by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for a rehearing of the agency’s bid to reopen its investigation into the association is “not warranted.” Filed on May 20 in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, NAR asked both for…

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Thoughts on Leadership: The Art and Power of Journaling

This week, as I settled into the familiar comforts of my home office, I began Monday with my usual WIG calls. In anticipation of the week ahead, I spent Sunday afternoon clearing my email inbox, which naturally led me to reflect and write in my journal about my objectives for Monday and beyond—a practice that…

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A Partnership Aimed at Success

Above, Gary Ashton This year marks an important milestone for Real Estate Webmasters (REW) and Gary Ashton, CEO and owner of the Ashton Real Estate Group at Nashville’s RE/MAX Advantage. The collaboration extends over two decades, showcasing a legacy of innovation and excellence in real estate marketing and PropTech. As REW hosts its REW Summit…

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HGAR and Six Other Realtor Associations Hold Annual DEI Summit

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR)—along with six other REALTOR® Associations—recently held their third annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Summit at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott in Newark, New Jersey. HGAR stated that they teamed up with the National Association of REALTORS®, the New York State Association of REALTORS®, the New Jersey…

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Boutique Western Montana Brokerage Affiliates With CENTURY 21

Century 21 Real Estate LLC is expanding its presence in Western Montana with its latest affiliation of female-owned Peak Property Advisors based in Missoula.  The full-service boutique brokerage is owned and operated by Julie Anton, a 12-year real estate veteran who founded the firm in 2021, according to a release. Since founding her company, Anton…

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Study: Sun Belt Homes Overvalued, With Texas an Outlier

Depending on one’s perspective on heat, political preference and classic Southern hospitality, the Sun Belt states can be dream destinations, although they hold some of the highest housing premiums in the entire country. Looking at the most overvalued measured markets, 17 out of 20 are in Sun Belt states, holding housing premiums of over 30%,…

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Connecticut’s SmartMLS Opts In to NAR Settlement

SmartMLS, Connecticut’s statewide Multiple Listing Service for residential real estate,  announced on June 18 that it has filed paperwork opting in to the terms of the national settlement in the Burnett vs. the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) lawsuit.  NAR had days earlier reminded brokerages with a residential transaction volume of more than $2 billion…

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Single-Family Homes Line Investor Portfolios—and Lawmakers Are Noticing

Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a two-part RISMedia report on the effects of institutional homebuyers on markets and housing. Look for part two in the coming days.  For many, real estate isn’t just a home, it’s an investment—especially when that buyer is a large financial institution. This documented trend of institutional…

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Do Independent MLSs Leave the Industry Open for Copycat NAR Lawsuits?

The buyer commission field is here to stay for areas in the Northwest under the purview of the NWMLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service).   A non-affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), NWMLS does business independently, owned instead by its member real estate firms, and is therefore able to opt out of the proposed settlement…

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A Culture of Trust Is the Secret Sauce for New Florida Team

Above, from left, Lee Owen, Demelza Lisowski and Lehanna Amos Agents Demelza Lisowski, Lee Owen, and Lehanna Amos were friends, co-workers, and sociable rivals at Corcoran Reverie Real Estate, in the strip of beach towns known locally as 30-A, when they decided last fall to pool their time and talents. “As individuals, we were sharing…

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