Every market has its ups and downs, and real estate is certainly no exception. In difficult times, it is more important than ever to find your niche, to discover new marketing methods, and to explore how you can separate yourself from the competition. And whether you are a residential or commercial specialist, your clients will be looking to you for advice on coming out on top.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

Coronavirus and REALTORS®

The National Association of REALTORS® is aware that REALTORS® and consumers will be forced to change their business, buying, and selling habits in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. We know that there is an overwhelming amount of news and advice being circulated, and new information to process every day. To make sure our members have the most up-to-date information as possible, we have created a Coronavirus page, which can be accessed at https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus.

Adjusting Your Strategies in a Changing Market

Real Estate Prices Fall Sharply in New York (The New York Times, Jul. 2, 2020)

Market for Second Homes is Red Hot in New Hampshire’s Tourism Regions (NH Business Review, Jul. 1, 2020)

The Pandemic Kick-Started Remote Real Estate Closings, But They Shouldn't End There (Forbes, Jul. 1, 2020)

New Listings in Manhattan Surge as Real Estate Market Reopens (Mansion Global, Jun. 30, 2020)

This is How COVID-19 Could Affect Homes of the Future (MarketWatch, Jun. 29, 2020)

Will the Traditional Open House Return? And Does it Really Need to? (Brick Underground, Jun. 25, 2020)

Home Buying Goes Virtual (NW Iowa, Jun. 25, 2020)

Working With Clients

Homesellers Say They'll Take Less during COVID-19 Crisis (MSN Money, Jul. 2, 2020)

Home Buyers Are Willing to Go $25,000 Over Budget for the Right Home. Here are the Factors that Matter the Most (Forbes, Jun. 30, 2020)

Families Fleeing the City are Pushing up Home Prices amid Tight Supply (NBC News, Jun. 24, 2020)

Realtor: Accessibility is Key to Housing Crisis (The Salem News, Jun. 24, 2020)

Tips for Buyers and Sellers

Should You Sell Your Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic? (Realty Biz News, Jul. 1, 2020)

Seven Tips for Buying a Home in Today's Market (Forbes, Jun. 29, 2020)

Homebuyers Face Fierce Competition as Market Inventory, Affordability Slide (Wisconsin Public Radio, Jun. 29, 2020)

While Not Quite McMansions, Larger Homes in the U.S. Are Making a Comeback (Mansion Global, Jun. 26, 2020)

How to Minimize Risk When Buying a Home (Hartford Courant, Jun. 24, 2020)

How to Prepare for an Open House (Millionacres, Jun. 23. 2020)

How to Disinfect Your Home in the Time of Coronavirus (HAR.com, Jun. 22, 2020)

Selling Your Home in the Age of Coronavirus? Here are All Your Top Questions, Answered (realtor.com®, Jun. 4, 2020)

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The Altman Close (Audiobook)

Positively Resilient (Kindle, eBook)

Housing Downturn (eBook)

The Upside of the Downturn (Kindle, eBook)

1,200 Great Sales Tips for Real Estate Pros (Kindle, eBook)

Cash in on the Coming Real Estate Crash: How to Protect Yourself From Losses Now, and Turn a Profit After the Bubble Bursts (eBook)

Real Estate Millions in Any Market (Kindle, eBook)

Shift (Kindle, eBook)

Surviving a Downturn (Kindle, eBook)

Thrive on Pressure (Kindle, eBook)

Timing the Real Estate Market (Kindle, eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through the Library & Archives. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the library for a nominal fee of $10. Call the Library & Archives at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Heart and Sold: How to Survive and Build a Recession-Proof Business (New York, NY: Atria Paperback, 2009)

The Housing Downturn, Picking Up the Pieces: A Guide for Estate Agents and Developers (London: Estates Gazette, 2009)

Shift: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times (New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 2009)

All Real Estate is Local: What You Need to Know to Profit in Real Estate – in a Buyer's and a Seller's Market (New York, NY: Currency Doubleday, 2007)

Prepare to Profit: Your Guide to Creating Wealth in any Real Estate Market (Murietta, GA: TamTam Press, 2007)

Real Estate Millions in Any Market: the Lowdown on No-down Investing (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2004)

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