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With National Flood Insurance Program Expiring in Six Months, Realtors® Sound the Alarm



On September 30, just six months from today, the National Flood Insurance Program will expire. The National Association of Realtors® is working closely (link is external) with federal regulators and members of Congress to strengthen the program (link is external) and clear the way for a private market to take hold; NAR has also issued a series of principles (link is external) to improve access and affordability for consumers.  


But Realtors® warn the program's September 30 reauthorization deadline is a threat to consumers.


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March 2017 Business Creation Index-

More Businesses Are Opening!




The new Business Creation Index (BCI) was created to monitor local economic conditions from the perspective of NAR's commercial members. The quarterly report offers insight from commercial real estate professionals into whether businesses are opening or closing by industry, population density, and subregion. On a monthly basis, it tracks three key questions related to local market conditions:
  1. An increase of businesses opening in local communities in the last 30 days
  2. An increase of businesses closing in local communities in the last 30 days
  3. Net businesses opening and closing in local communities in the last 30 days.

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Contract Signings Up 5.5 percent


NAR's pending home sales index for February was up 5.5 percent from the previous month, which suggests strong demand from buyers despite rising prices and interest rates and a shortage
of  homes for sale, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says. Pending sales are a forward looking indicator that suggest what the market will look like over the net couple of months.



Summary and video.

Related: Yun Explains the Housing Shortage




New Jersey CE Deadline Information

Less than 30 Days Away-

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The New Jersey Real Estate Commission mandates that all real estate licensees complete 12 continuing education credits every two years to maintain their licenses.



Summary:
  • You must complete 12 continuing education credit hours
  • At least two hours must be completed in ethics training
  • At least six hours must be completed in core topics (ethics included)
  • The six remaining hours may be completed in core or elective topics
  • April 30th First Deadline prior to penalty
  • May 1-June 30, 2017: Licensees may submit CE credits, but are subject to a $200 late fee
  • July 1, 2017: New CE Term begins (2017-2019) All licensees who did not renew or submit CE credits may no longer practice real estate until license is reinstated.
Webinars: Smart Homes and Millennials



Two new webinars are available
at the REALTOR® Store:

"How to Reach Millennials Through Instagram and Snapchat" and "Tech Trends 2017: Smart Home Products to Watch." Use code WEB17 to get 10 percent off until April 10.

ADA Website Accessibility



Learn about the uncertainty surrounding the ADA's application to websites and how you can make your website accessible.

  
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Many Internet Services Providers (ISP) promote lightning-fast internet speeds,

but are you really getting the speed you paid for? Here are four components that may be preventing you from getting that lightning-speed promised.



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Does Virtual Staging Manipulate Buyers?



If potential buyers can't picture themselves living in a home simply by looking at a listing photo online, they'll move right along. So showcasing the best features of a property and making  attractive use of the space isn't just essential for in-person showings.



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Related: Virtually Changing How Consumers Shop for New Homes 


Zillow Group teases latest venture: RealEstate.com for Millennials


When Zillow acquired Trulia two years ago, it also scooped up the domain RealEstate.com as part of the deal.  Anyone who types RealEstate.com into a web browser will find themselves redirected to Trulia.com. That's about to change.  Yesterday,  Zillow Group announced that it will introduce RealEstate.com as a consumer search

experience tailored to millennial homebuyers come May.


Related from GeekWire
 
New E-Mail Scam to Target Google Users



A new phishing scam can display what looks like a Google sign-in page if users click on attachments, which could end up sending account names and passwords to hackers.
Here's how the latest scam works: A scammer will send an email to your Gmail account.  The email likely will appear to be coming from one of your contacts and ask you to look at an attached file, such as a PDF or Word document. It may appear to be legitimate since it seems to be coming from one of your contacts, but when you click on the attachment to try to preview the attachment, a new tab opens and prompts you to sign in to your Gmail account.



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