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Affiliate Spotlight: How to Raise Millions of Dollars in 14 Months

Affiliate Spotlight: How to Raise Millions of Dollars in 14 Months

This is the May Affiliate Spotlight piece highlighting Affiliate member Bill Crow of Granger, Thagard & Associates. Birmingham is one of the most benevolent cities in the country when it comes to raising money for charitable organizations. It seems like every weekend there is an organization raising money for the good of the Birmingham area and its […]

NAR Board Approves Nationwide Listing Data Entry System

NAR Board Approves Nationwide Listing Data Entry System

The NAR Board of Directors has voted to approve a partnership to create an online system for all listing data posted by real estate brokerages, creating a single back-end entry point for distributing listings to MLSs, brokerage websites, Realtor.com® and other sites chosen by the broker. The arrangement will bring together NAR and its wholly owned […]

Study: Student Loans Don't Hinder Mortgages

Study: Student Loans Don’t Hinder Mortgages

Young buyers are not being held back from obtaining a mortgage due to their student loan debt, according to a new report released from TransUnion. Read more: 5 States With Highest Levels of Student Debt Consumers between the ages of 18 and 29 with a student loan in repayment are “generally able” to qualify for new […]

BAR's Susan Harless to Retire

BAR’s Susan Harless to Retire

Greeting Birmingham REALTOR® Nation! It is with bittersweet emotion that I take this moment to announce the upcoming retirement of our beloved Education Director, Susan Harless.  Since 2003 Susan has faithfully served the REALTORS®  of Central Alabama.  Susan has served at BAR in several roles throughout her tenure here and her presence will be sorely […]

Changes to RESPA Coming

Changes to RESPA Coming

The new RESPA/Truth in Lending Act integration rule, often referred to as “TRID”, goes into effect that significantly changes the settlement process. The final rule integrates existing disclosures with new requirements from the Dodd-Frank Act to improve consumer understanding of the mortgage process, aid in comparison shopping, and help to prevent surprises at the closing […]

2015 Parade of Homes

2015 Parade of Homes

Get everything you need for the 2015 Parade of Homes Online: http://birminghambuilder.com/events/parade-of-homes 22 Villages, 72 Homes open to the public Magazines can be picked up at any area Lowe’s store or a digital flip book is online Hours: Saturday May 9 & 16: 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Sunday May 10 & 17: 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 […]

Sign Up For The 2016 Education Cruise

Sign Up For The 2016 Education Cruise

Don’t miss your chance for something new and exciting. In 2016 join fellow REALTORS® on the Designation Destination CE Cruise! Click to see how you can be a REALTOR® attendee or if you’re an Affiliate member how you can be an exclusive sponsor.

Photos: REALTORFest 2015

These are photos taken at the April 21st Second Annual REALTORFEST at Avondale Brewery. Thanks to local photographer Becca Bell for her work on these photos!  

May Checklist: Four Tasks Every Real Estate Agent Should Complete

May Checklist: Four Tasks Every Real Estate Agent Should Complete

Let May’s warm(er) weather and budding flowers inspire you to give your real estate business a well-deserved spring clean. Tackling these four tasks will help you shine in 2015. Tidy up marketing materials Take a good look at everything you use to advertise your services – from websites and social media profiles to business cards […]

Join the Builder Blitz!

Join the Builder Blitz!

The Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity begins its annual Builder Blitz this Thursday, April 30, and invites you to participate in this great event. On May 2 you are invited to come help out in reaching the goal of building 11 homes for qualified partner families in just one week. The projects scheduled for the […]