Monthly Archive:: August 2009

The Biosphere Next Door

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine This weekend REALTOR® magazine Editor in Chief Stacey Moncrieff and I entered Biosphere 2, the 7.2 million cubic ft., sealed glass structure where eight Biospherians famously spent two years growing their own...
August 30, 2009

Alison Levine: Beware of Complacency

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As a child, Alison Levine suffered from a life-threatening heart condition that prevented her from even climbing the stairs and therefore couldn’t imagine that she would one day be at nearly the...
August 27, 2009

Christopher Gardner Talks About ‘White-Collar Homelessness’ at Leadership Summit

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A new face of homelessness is emerging in the U.S., downtrodden from today’s economic climate. Christopher Gardner knows all too well how the events in one’s life can topple down in a...
August 26, 2009

Game Changers: The View From the ‘Summit’

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Yesterday morning, a panel of real estate experts that talked about the notion of “game changers” — that is, disruptive ideas that will completely change the way things work in the industry...
August 26, 2009

Bonds Are Back—Tax-Exempt Bonds, That Is

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Since the credit crunch hit a couple of years ago, investors have been shying away from tax-exempt bonds. That’s one aspect of the financial crisis that never received that much attention in...
August 22, 2009

Study Finds Connection Between Neighborhood Walkability and Home Values

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A recent study released by CEOs for Cities shows homes located in walking-friendly neighborhoods–with nearby amenities such as parks, schools, libraries, restaurants, and coffee shops­–sell at higher prices than homes in less...
August 22, 2009

Questions About Health Care Reform

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As many of you have probably heard, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey recently caught some flak for writing an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal opposing any new health care entitlements...
August 21, 2009

Top 5 Daily News Stories Last Week

Here are the top five items from the Daily News last week:...
August 9, 2009

Social Networking Gains Traction in Real Estate Tech Survey

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine More REALTORS® are using social networking for their business than ever before, according to data in a recent report released by the Center for REALTOR® Technology (CRT). The study, conducted in June,...
August 7, 2009

All Things Tech at Inman Real Estate Connect

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The mood in the Grand Ballroom of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, the site of the 2009 Inman News Real Estate Connect (August 5-7) conference, was remarkably upbeat. With this week’s...