HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A real estate agent from Hot Springs has been named to the top post in a national trade organization. Chris Polychron was elected as president-elect of the National Association of Realtors. Polychron has been a Realtor for 25 years. He was voted in at the 2013 Realtors Conference and Expo in San Francisco earlier in November. Polychron says he's worked for about seven years toward leadership in the organization, having first run in 2007. He said he's been on the organization's board of directors since 2002 and was a regional vice president in 2005 for territory that includes Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. He told The Sentinel-Record (http://is.gd/T1C1Ex) the organization lobbies in W
___ Global free trade talks collapse GENEVA (AP) — Negotiators came tantalizingly close but failed to clinch a global free trade deal after more than a decade of talks that could have boosted the world economy by $1 trillion, the head of the World Trade Organization said Tuesday. Diplomats from the WTO's 159 members were trying to reach an agreement ahead of a summit next week in Bali, Indonesia where ministers were to have signed the deal. The negotiations sought to ease the rules of global commerce by cutting red tape to open markets and help develop poorer economies. They also focused on tariff quotas, government incentives for exports and agriculture issues such as subsidies for grain stockpiling.
BOSTON (AP) — A significant boost in sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts in October compared to the same month last year is further proof of a recovering housing market, two organizations that track real estate said Tuesday. Sales shot up by nearly 19 percent year over year, while median prices rose almost 10 percent to $313,050, the highest level since October 2007, according to The Warren Group, a Boston-based publisher of real estate data. Year-to-date sales are up almost 7 percent. "The pace of the housing market has surpassed expectations this year," said The Warren Group CEO Timothy M. Warren Jr. "Pent up demand is still high following several years of slow activity, and the improving economy is helping to b
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Taxable sales in Nevada jumped 9 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago, as consumers spent more on construction projects, wining, dining and home furnishings, the Department of Taxation reported Monday. Merchants statewide sold $4 billion of taxable goods in September, up from $3.7 billion a year earlier. The state collected $318.6 million in sales and use taxes based on the latest sales, with collections up 8.8 percent. In Clark County, sales totaled $2.97 billion, up 10.5 percent over September 2012, when sales were $2.69 billion. Washoe County in northern Nevada saw an increase of 10.7 percent in activity, with sales totaling $541.3 million, up from $489 million in the same