Archive for January, 2013


AP National News Calendar

Eds: Major scheduled events for February 2013. Note that many events, especially court appearances, are subject to change at the last minute. FRIDAY, FEB. 1 Washington — Labor Department releases employment data for January, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, […]

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Sarasota Real Estate Agent Wins $5000 in Credit Union Drawing

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, awards prize at national convention  Herndon, VA – Who couldn’t use an extra $5,000, thought Venice resident and Sarasota real estate agent Laura Benson. While attending the National Association of Realtors® Conference and Expo last fall, Benson won a $5,000 drawing sponsored by her […]

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US pending homes sales dip amid tight inventory

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Realtors president accused of diverting cash

A Santa Ana bankruptcy trustee has accused National Association of Realtors President Gary Thomas of fraudulently transferring $578,000 to himself and two sons in the year before his real estate brokerage sought bankruptcy protection. Thomas made “an attempt to divert and conceal assets from the creditors” of his real estate firm, Beneficial Services Inc., trustee […]

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Realtors president accused of diverting cash

A Santa Ana bankruptcy trustee has accused National Association of Realtors President Gary Thomas of fraudulently transferring $578,000 to himself and two sons in the year before his real estate brokerage sought bankruptcy protection. Thomas made “an attempt to divert and conceal assets from the creditors” of his real estate firm, Beneficial Services Inc., trustee […]

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Idaho Association of Realtors appoints CEO

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Pending Home Sales Fall Due to Supply

The Realtors’ monthly index fell 5.4 percent in the Northeast month-to-month, rose 0.9 percent in the Midwest, fell 4.5 percent in the South and fell 8.2 percent in the West. The West, and its severely distressed markets like Phoenix and Las Vegas, has been the center of most investor interest and is therefore seeing the […]

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Pending Home Sales Down in December but Remain on Uptrend

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwire – Jan 28, 2013) –  Pending home sales declined in December but have stayed above year-ago levels for 20 consecutive months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, fell 4.3 percent to 101.7 in December from 106.3 in November but is […]

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REALTOR(R) Tamara Suminski Appointed Director of Harcourts Academy USA

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tamara Suminski, a third generation REALTOR®, has been appointed director of Harcourts Academy USA. She will be responsible for the company’s extensive training and development curriculum. Harcourts is a 125-year-old international Real Estate company with 800 offices in 10 countries and recognized as one of the […]

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Pending home sales take a breather in December

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contracts to buy previously owned homes unexpectedly fell in December after three months of gains, an industry group said on Monday, but the housing market recovery remains intact. The National Association of Realtors said its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, dropped 4.3 percent to 101.7. Economists polled […]

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