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Jennifer Farrar Joins Staff Team

Jan. 6, 2017 — Jennifer Farrar has joined the Tennessee Association of REALTORS® in the new role of Political Affairs Coordinator. In this key position, Farrar will help to advance the Association’s strategic priorities in governmental affairs, including legislative advocacy and member engagement in the important work of protecting the rights of property owners throughout Tennessee.

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Why Homeownership Matters

A column by NAR Chief Economist Yawrence Yun in Forbes

 

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“My Heartfelt Appreciation”: A Life Saved

A testimonial to TAR’s partnership with Life Line Screening…

We received the following letter from a TAR member who wished to remain anonymous:

I am deeply grateful to call you all my friends, and I want to credit TAR with saving my life last week. The TAR member-benefit partnership with Life Line Screening sent me to the hospital with Afib**, a condition I had no idea I have, and consequently got my heart rate reduced, proper medication for ongoing care, and put me back to work. Without this opportunity from TAR and Life Line, my days might be very different.

The funny thing is, I only did this to get my husband to go and have the tests. We talked about it and agreed that it would be an affordable way to get his blood and circulation checked, and we could go together. I had received a letter from Buzz Steele announcing the new member benefit, and we called and set it up for last Tuesday. We had the carotid artery and the legs and abdominal ultrasound, the bone-density test, and the heart-Afib test. The first ones were all normal, for both of us, but my heart test was a mess. The tech said the computer was messing up, then the supervisor ran it several times and reset the machine. She finally asked if I was dizzy or faint, exceptionally nervous, or feeling bad. No, to all the above. Then she calmly said my heart rate was a little high and strongly recommended that I go to my doctor, an urgent-care clinic, or the ER within 24 hours to get it checked again. She gave me a copy of the heart scan and sent me on my way.

Since it was late in the afternoon, I decided to go over to my doctor, less than two miles away, to get this over with. I handed them the papers from Life Line, he ran his EKG (10 leads instead of the four used at Life Line), and he told me to go directly to the hospital. He wasn’t kidding. I did, ER admitted me, and still I felt fine. When they hooked up all the monitors, my blood pressure was up to 199/145 and my heart rate was bouncing all over the place (150-210 bpm). They started medicating immediately. The good news is that everything is back in normal range, except my heart is still in Afib (fast and irregular heartbeat), I still feel just fine, and I have new meds to keep everything going right.

That test was the key. Had it not been for that direct-mail piece to my home, things might be different today.

Thank you for making this opportunity available to all TAR members. It should be strongly encouraged for all members and families, and direct mail is still an attention getter that works. One final note: the Life Line team called two days later to remind me to follow up with my doctor, and I told her I was in the hospital getting the treatment I needed. She was so kind, said lots of folks ignore their recommendations, and was grateful that they could get me the help I didn’t know I needed.

My heartfelt appreciation to the TAR team that created this member benefit. It saved my life, and my husband is happy with that!

**Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm

Learn more about Life Line Screening at THIS LINK. It might just save your life or the life of a loved one.

 

REALTORS® to Congress: Flood Insurance Rates Post Threat to Business, Homeownership

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2016) — Flood insurance costs continue to put small businesses and homeownership at risk, but the National Association of Realtors® told U.S. Senators today that a range of solutions are on the horizon. David McKey, 2016 vice chair of NAR’s Insurance Committee, testified on NAR’s behalf before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship committee. McKey told Senators in attendance that Realtors® continue to report that their clients face significant hurdles due to excessive flood insurance costs and future uncertainty…

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Vacation Home Sales Retreat, Investment Sales Leap

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2016) — Vacation home sales cooled off in 2015 but remained at the second highest amount in nearly a decade, while investment purchases increased for the first time in five years, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released today by the National Association of Realtors®. Mirroring the strong price growth seen throughout the U.S., the median sales price of both vacation and investment homes surged in 2015. 

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Does Home Buyer Education Really Help?

Mortgage giants like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac believe that educating home buyers about the home ownership process will help prevent mistakes. But new studies are questioning the effectiveness of these education efforts… Read the full article here.

REALTORS® Advocate Homeownership for Veterans

WASHINGTON (February 10, 2016) – The National Association of Realtors® strongly supports the Veterans Affairs Department’s Home Loan Guaranty Program and Specially Adapted Housing Grants and looks forward to working with the VA on further initiatives to ensure homeownership remains in reach for America’s veterans… Read the full article HERE

Existing-Home Sales Surge Back in December

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2016) — Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year, and the delayed closings resulting from the rollout of the Know Before You Owe initiative pushed a portion of November’s would-be transactions into last month’s figure, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Led by the South and West, all four major regions saw large increases in December…

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