Top Headlines for October 23
CNY housing sales continue to close the COVID gap; prices remain on the rise
September home sales across Central New York moved closer to prior year totals to help reduce the pandemic-induced gap, according to the housing market report released today by the Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS®. Closed sales were 5-percent below last September, while the median sales price continued to post double-digit gains with a 13-percent gain from a year ago. Learn more here.
MIT study finds black homeowners pay more for mortgages
Black homeowners pay, on average, more in mortgage interest, mortgage insurance, and property taxes than other homeowners, according to a new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The report found that the differences in mortgage payments, mortgage insurance premiums and property taxes add up to more than $13,000 during the life of the loan. Learn more here.
REALTOR® Honor Society recognizes member contributions
The REALTOR® Honor Society recognizes local association members for their involvement during the previous elective year. The Honor Society Report Form must be completed and signed by an officer or executive officer of the local association. Learn more!
MLS Tips
HomeSnap updates 'Agent Field Guide'
 This week's MLS tip covers HomeSnap's updated Agent Field Guide. The guide offers links to quick tutorial videos such as the one to the right about using heatmaps to find prospects.
Update your link to the Clareity Dashboard before Nov. 30 
Earlier in the year Clareity started to migrate to the Google Cloud all Clariety services which included our Clareity Dashboard (where you log in to access all our MLS products like Matrix, Instanet Forms, etc.) Members were asked to bookmark/update favorites with the updated URL (  However, Clareity is noticing traffic still going to the old server.

Clarity will prompt members who are still using the old address to update via a “warning” notice that they must update their bookmarks/favorites. They will require members to click a link that takes them to the correct login page. Then after a week, this would be set to “expired." It will then provide the notice to update the bookmark and require members to physically type in the correct URL.  Please note these warnings will only be seen by members using the old URL.
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