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Multiple Factors Slow Home Sales Activity in January

A new report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) attributes a slumping January for home sales to a myriad of factors. Some of the culprits to blame include freezing weather, tight credit, limited inventory, higher prices, and higher mortgage interest rates. According to NAR, last month's sales activity was the slowest since July 2012, when transactions stood at a rate of 4.59 million.

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Pending Home Sales Fall to Two-Year Low

Pending home sales fell in December to their lowest level since October 2011, according to numbers tracked by the National Association of Realtors. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said there were several factors at play in last month’s falloff in contracts—not the least of which was onset of harsh winter storms.

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December Existing-Home Sales Up 1%

Total existing-home sales--including all completed transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops--increased 1.0 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 4.87 million last month, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). November's sales rate was revised down to 4.82 million. Even with prices and mortgage rates slated to rise, NAR president Steve Brown says sales should hold strong in 2014 as job numbers improve. That doesn't mean the year won't be without challenges, though.

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NAR Announces Military Relocation Certification

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has announced a new certification standard for Realtors who wish to specialize in working with members of the military. The Military Relocation Professional certification would be offered as an elective for NAR's Accredited Buyers Representative designation.

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