Inside this issue
  Discover the painless rules to paying less tax  
Taxbot hosting webinar for NVR members
The vast majority of self-employed people are hoodwinked by the complicated tax system - a pricey mistake costing thousands per year. Taxbot presenter and IRS expert Sandy Botkin, reveals the savings blueprint that'll lower taxes and increase cash.

Register for the March 4 (10 a.m.) webinar with NVR member benefit partner Taxbot and learn how to save more on your taxes. Click here to learn more.


  Nevada Realtors® offers smart speaker program  
  "At Nevada REALTORS® we are here to foster our members' success."

NVR members, you can hear that exact introductory message and more if you've got an Amazon Alexa or Google Home smart speaker. Just take advantage of the new Nevada REALTORS® skill for both devices. Ask Alexa to "Enable Nevada REALTORS®" or for Google Home say: "Google, Talk to Nevada REALTORS®." Within seconds you'll be learning about education opportunities across the state, the latest real estate headlines, the "Legal Minute" and even a message from your 2020 NVR President Chris Bishop. Please check it out and send us your feedback to:

Check out this video to learn more.


  Region XI Conference registration available  
  REALTOR® members from cross the West can join Region XI VP Dave Tina for the NAR Region XI Leadership Conference. The annual event will feature TECH EDGE from NAR, a region-wide legal panel, and panels from regional and national NAR leadership as well as much more.

The TECH EDGE event provides REALTORS® with the latest business technology skills and trends in the real estate industry. Sessions will be presented by a mix of NAR speakers, national voices and local real estate technology experts. Click here to learn more about the conference, specifically hotel information, registration fees and registration deadlines.


  Vacant 'Zombie' foreclosures increase to 3.1% nationwide  

ATTOM Data Solutions released last week its Q1 2020 Vacant Property and Zombie Foreclosure Report showing that over 1.52 million U.S. single-family homes and condos are vacant, representing 1.5 percent of all homes. The report analyzes publicly recorded real estate data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions - including foreclosure status, equity, and owner-occupancy status - matched against monthly updated vacancy data. 

According to the report, about 282,800 homes are in the process of foreclosure, with about 8,700, or 3.1 percent sitting empty as "zombie" foreclosures. The percentage is up from 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, but still significantly less than 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Click here to read more and find data on Nevada.



  Coronavirus fears driving down stock market. What about housing market?  
  Everyone, it seems, is finally coming to grips with the threat posed by the rapidly spreading coronavirus. The stock market drops reflect investor panic over the possible effects on the global economy, and are causing regular folks to worry about their retirement funds. And would-be home buyers and home sellers? Well, they're buckling in for a bumpy ride with plenty of blind corners.

The World Health Organization warned-again-on Friday that the virus that causes COVID-19 could soon reach most, if not all, countries around the world. So what will be the impact of this mounting crisis on the American real estate markets? Already, mortgage interest rates have fallen as investors take their money out of the stock market and put the cash into safer U.S. Treasury bonds. When bonds are strong, mortgage rates typically go down. Click here to continue reading the article.


  Realtor® Magazine: How to capitalize on wellness trends?  

Stay on top of latest wellness developments in real estate so your brand can be a resource for clients seeking this lifestyle

Wellness has grown from budding personal health concept to a $4.2 trillion global industry. Wellness as it relates to real estate is estimated to be a $52.5 billion market in North America, projected to grow by more than 6% annually. Wellness communities, holistic neighborhoods, and complexes focused on health and wellness continue to pop up all over the country. Experts believe prospective homeowners are willing to pay an average of 10% to 25% premium for homes within wellness communities. The phenomenon isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

So, how can real estate agents work this real estate niche into their business strategy? Click here to learn about some of the latest real estate trends.