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NAR: 2022 Member Safety Report for residential real estate

While 23% of residential Realtors claim they have feared for their safety while on the job, 98% reported that they have never been the victim of a crime while at work.

NAR partners with National Forest Foundation to plant 1.575 million trees

NAR and the National Forest Foundation (NFF) plan to plant 1.575 million new trees by the end of 2025, thanks to a $1.575 million donation from NAR. That many trees will reduce 750,000 metric tons of carbon in the atmosphere — the equivalent of 145,931 homes’ yearly electricity use.

Guaranteed Rate unveils new Spanish-language mortgage program

The mortgage lending and digital finance company Guaranteed Rate has launched an extensive Language Access Program to expand services to Spanish-speaking clients. The program uses language and cultural information to create an inclusive and informative experience for all clients, regardless of their English proficiency.

Two views on what the Fed’s latest interest-rate hike means for real estate

Two economists expressed concerns about the real estate industry in the wake of the Fed’s decision to raise interest rates by three-quarters of a percent. 

Houston ranks 2nd in the nation for low cost of living

Among the 20 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States, Houston ranks 2nd when it comes to cities with the lowest cost of living.

Houston ranks 3rd in the nation for best “bang for the buck”

When it comes to getting the “most bang for the buck,” Houston ranks third in the country, according to a report from the residential real estate platform Home Bay.

NAR: Charitable giving by REALTOR® associations increased 20% in 2021

The NAR’s Community Aid and Real Estate (CARE) Report shows that REALTOR® associations donated a median of $12,070 this past year, a 20% increase over 2020.

RE/MAX: August sales indicate a rebalancing of the housing market

Data from the RE/MAX National Housing Report suggests the housing market is on its way to rebalancing.

Sellers lose the upper hand as mortgage rates rise

The housing market is starting to become more balanced.

Houston named No. 2 city for real estate investment in 2022 and 2023

Norada described Houston as “one of the all-time best places to invest in real estate,” noting its strong economy and employment opportunities.

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