Residential Property Archive

Finding Information About Your Market

Frequently we receive marketing related questions in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Library such as “What percent of the total budget should be allocated to marketing?” or “To which channels should those marketing dollars be directed?”, “What sources are...
September 10, 2014

Graffiti and property values

Every so often the library is asked to confirm or locate a report attributed to NAR that says graffiti lowers property values by 15 to 20 percent. Unfortunately this report does not exist, at least to the best of...
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February 10, 2014

Rural Versus Urban, Average Age of Homes, and Much More

Recently we received a research request from a member regarding national housing statistics and thought this presented a great opportunity to highlight some wonderful, *free* resources for housing and household statistics. For this project we researched answers to the...

Average New Home Owner Expenditures

The question regarding new home owner expenditures crops up somewhat frequently here in the NAR Library. The NAR,  NAHB, and BLS include some useful statistics to answer questions in this arena. For those not familiar with the acronyms: NAR...

Employment/Investor Visas

A member recently asked us if we had ever heard of a program where foreign nationals can fast-track his or her way to a permanent resident visa in exchange for investing and generating a certain number of new jobs...
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November 28, 2012

Research on Modular Housing

Recently a member contacted the NAR library for research on modular homes, including their resale value and impact on adjacent property values. We provided articles, reports, statistics, and additional resources that may be helpful in building the case that...
October 10, 2012

Overpriced and no showings?

Here at NAR Information Central we frequently get asked to verify statements such as “If you have been listed for 14 days and have no showings, that means your home is overpriced.” Or someone has seen that NAR said...
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August 20, 2012

Getting Creative with Yard Signs

Not haunted.  Indoor plumbing.  Love shack, baby. Phrases not normally seen on For Sale signs.  An article in the Wall Street Journal Developments blog highlights the marketing idea of Jake Palmer, a Canadian real estate agent. He likes using...
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July 3, 2012

Value of For Sale Signs

Recently a member asked us for research on the value of For Sale yard signs. Looking back on our buyer seller surveys, the value of yard signs has only increased over the last 20 years. In 1995, only 37...
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June 6, 2012

Flood Maps and Google Earth

FEMA has a pretty good online mapping tool for flood insurance maps but if you are a fan of Google Earth, there is a nice overlay for that too. You need to have downloaded Google Earth to your computer....
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August 25, 2011