REVIEWER: George Ratiu, economist for the National Association of Realtors, Washington, DC.

BACKGROUND: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is America's largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. NAR's research division analyzes economic, policy and structural effects of changes in the real estate industry. We provide studies, forecasts and statistics on topics affecting the practice of real estate and the ownership and management of real estate firms. Our analyses of housing market trends and economic impacts are quoted and used by many of our members, and our commentaries are regularly covered in the national media. NAR implemented SAS Visual Data Discovery in order to unify an extensive and diverse network of data sources and enhance our analytical capabilities.NAR’s goal is to be current on all aspects of the U.S. housing market at national, regional and local levels. Being able to consolidate large data sets in a manageable framework, while providing easy access to our membership, is critical to our mission. 

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