Associations

NAR sues DOJ after the department withdraws from antitrust settlement
NAR sues DOJ after the department withdraws from antitrust settlement

The Justice Department’s original complaint against the National Association of Realtors, filed Nov. 19, 2020, alleges that the association enforced rules and policies that illegally hampered competition in residential real estate services.

Share of international homebuyers fell last year
Share of international homebuyers fell last year

International buyers purchased 107,000 residential properties from April 2020 through March 2021, marking a 31% decline from the 154,000 residences bought the previous year.

Chicagoland homes hit median sales price of $350K in June
Chicagoland homes hit median sales price of $350K in June

“Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’re seeing developers start to address the shortage of inventory that we’ve been feeling for months.” — MORe Board of Directors President Linda Dressler

Mainstreet Organization of Realtors: Market uncertainty still driving inventory squeeze
Mainstreet Organization of Realtors: Market uncertainty still driving inventory squeeze

“We’re seeing similar pressures across the country, which is why the National Association of Realtors wants to create incentives for homebuilders to help meet the growing housing demand.” — MORe CEO John Gormley

NAR: May pending-home sales jump unexpectedly
NAR: May pending-home sales jump unexpectedly

“May’s strong increase in transactions — following April’s decline, as well as a sudden erosion in home affordability — was indeed a surprise. The housing market is attracting buyers due to the decline in mortgage rates, which fell below 3%, and from an uptick in listings.” — NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun

U.S. Supreme Court rejects CDC eviction moratorium
U.S. Supreme Court rejects CDC eviction moratorium

The nationwide eviction moratorium put into place by the Centers for Disease Control last year last year will end sooner than expected, following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

NAHB: Builder confidence sinks on rising materials costs, supply chain shortages
NAHB: Builder confidence sinks on rising materials costs, supply chain shortages

Increasing costs and declining availability of key building materials dampened builder sentiment, as higher costs have pushed some new homes beyond the budget of prospective buyers.

Chicagoland homes selling faster than ever
Chicagoland homes selling faster than ever

Detached single-family homes listed in the Chicago area are selling faster than ever, spending an unprecedented average of 53 days on the market in April, according to a report from the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors (MORe).

Builders report historic, broad-based levels of materials shortages
Builders report historic, broad-based levels of materials shortages

Special questions added to the National Association of Home Builders’ monthly builder survey found 90% or more of respondents had experienced shortages of plywood, oriented strand board, framing lumber and appliances, with most other materials also hard to come by.

COVID and a booming housing market have fueled a record number of Realtors
COVID and a booming housing market have fueled a record number of Realtors

The COVID pandemic has caused a shakeup in where, and how, many people work. That has helped propel a thriving housing market.

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