Posted by: RAPV | March 2, 2018

7 Reasons to work with a Realtor®

Realtors® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. This is the Realtor® difference for home buyers. Own it.  Share the 7 reasons to work with a Realtor®.

Posted by: RAPV | February 16, 2018

When do most people become homeowners?

The average age at which most people buy their first home is 29.1 years old.  Regardless of which generation they belong to, most Americans will be homeowners by age 35.

Read  ‘The Typical Financial Timeline – The Age When Financial Achievements Were Reached’ and ‘The Expected Home-Ownership Age Among Non-Homeowners.’

Source: “The Typical American Financial Life.”  Comet (February 2018)

Posted by: RAPV | February 8, 2018

Robots are Starting to Do Showings

It’s true!  A company in San Francisco is using robots to help its agents conduct showings.  Read all about it here.

Posted by: RAPV | February 7, 2018

2018 NAR Strategic Priorities

Professionalism. Political Involvement. Management of real estate data. Ensure the Realtor® is essential to the consumer.
Posted by: RAPV | February 5, 2018

REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey

REALTORS® report “low inventory” and “tax reform” as the major issues affecting transactions in December 2017.   Read all about it.

Posted by: RAPV | February 4, 2018

NAR Member Profile

Member Profile
Each year NAR prepares a member profile.  Here is an infographic of the 2017 Member Profile. The 2018 profile will be out mid-May.

The budget bill Congress passed recently funds the federal government through Feb.8.  What impact will real estate feel should the government close once more?  Read more here.

Posted by: RAPV | November 20, 2017

Pioneer Valley SF Sales Report for October

October 2017 compared to October 2016
Single family sales rose 20.6 percent.  YTD sales are up 5 of the last 10 months.
Median price rose 6 percent to $205,550.  YTD price is up 8 of the last 10 months.
County reports will vary.
The full report is here.


via NAR –

A group of legislators and administration leaders known as the “Big 6” today released an outline for comprehensive tax reform that if enacted, according to the National Association of Realtors®, could lead to a tax on homeownership for millions.

According to the Big 6’s framework for tax reform, changes to the current tax code would eliminate important provisions, such as the state and local tax deduction, while nearly doubling the standard deduction and eliminating personal and dependency exemptions. NAR believes the result would all but nullify the incentive to purchase a home for most, amounting to a de facto tax increase on homeowners, putting home values across the country at risk and ensuring that only the top 5 percent of Americans have the opportunity to benefit from the mortgage interest deduction.

Click here to read the full article.

Posted by: RAPV | July 7, 2017

10 Biggest Threats Facing Real Estate

The tech boom, threats to the middle class, political polarization and global uncertainty – these are just 3 of the 10 threats facing real estate according to The Counselors of Real Estate’s (CRE) annual list.  The list was complied from 1,100 real estate advisors from around the world who met at a recent CRE conference.  “Despite this unsettling environment, opportunity remains embedded in every issue on the list,” says 2017 CRE Chairman Scott Muldavin.  To see the 10 threats, read the full article here.

Yes, a buyer really asked an agent if a body had been buried in the backyard, and if the car in the driveway came with the house.  For other jaw-dropping questions, read more here.


Posted by: RAPV | May 12, 2017

Seven Traits to Share With Your Clients

You both make emotional decisions, so harness everyone’s feelings to foster a better connection.  Read more.

Posted by: RAPV | May 5, 2017

Long appraisal times hurt VA borrowers

Long appraisal times can hurt VA borrowers. A REALTOR® shares w/Congress how to get more VA appraisers into the biz.

Posted by: RAPV | April 24, 2017

The Future of Real Estate

Technology is changing so quickly that it’s difficult to imagine what the world will look like in 15, 10, or even 5 years from now.  See what the folks at REAL Trends, a leader in market data and industry insights, have to say.  Read more.


The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV) has taken advantage of NAR’s Placemaking Grant and in the past 3 years was involved in 4 placemaking projects to help enhance their communities by creating new public spaces for residents.  When plans got underway for a new Promenade Park in Easthampton (MA), the association decided to pitch in.  “We heard about a sculpture project and thought this would be something to make a reality,” said Peter Davies, an RAPV Director.  In another project, REALTORS® helped to bring a symbol of change to a Springfield (MA) neighborhood with a  new community garden.  Read more.



Posted by: RAPV | March 23, 2017

People more Confident about the Economy

The share of households believing the economy is improving soared to its highest level since NAR launched its quarterly Housing Opportunity and Market Experience (HOME) survey last year.  Almost two-thirds of households say the economy is getting better, up from about half last quarter.

Posted by: RAPV | March 10, 2017

Economic Expansion

On March 1, 2017, the current economic expansion entered its 93rd month, making it the third longest in U.S. history. Before that, the title went to the 92 month long, 1982-1990 Morning-in-America recovery.  The longest was the 1991-2001 10-year Tech Boom recovery.  If this recovery makes it to April 18th, it will become the second longest, surpassing the 106 month 1961-1969 recovery.  Three of the longest six recoveries have occurred since 1990.

Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D

President Donald Trump in his speech to Congress on February 28th touched on several matters that concern the real estate industry:  tax reform, repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, infrastructure investment, and deregulation.  More here.


Posted by: RAPV | February 16, 2017

What to Expect When Selling a Home in Winter

While homeowners traditionally wait for spring to list their home, there are many good reasons to sell in the winter.  Here’s what you can expect.

Source: RIS Media’s House Calls.

Posted by: RAPV | February 3, 2017

CFPB Hits Brokers for Marketing Agreements

On January 31st, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined a mortgage lender, two real estate brokerages, and a mortgage servicing company for referral arrangements the companies had entered into that CFPB says are prohibited under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).  Read more.

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