Monthly Archive:: September 2009

Mental Recession Redux?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In July 2008, in the heat of the presidential election, McCain campaign advisor and former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm caused some controversy when he seemingly characterized the United States as “a nation...
September 25, 2009

Getting the Tax Credit Extended: Outlook

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine What are the chances of getting the first-time home buyer tax credit extended, particularly before its expiration Dec. 1? No one can know that, of course, but what’s clear is that the...
September 25, 2009

Are You a Master?

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In February 2009, REALTOR® Magazine launched the Masters Series, a video diary of top-producing practitioners, who represent expertise in a certain field within real estate. We traveled all over the country to...
September 21, 2009

Lawmakers Who Went the Distance on Banks

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Today, with the financial crisis still very much with us, it would be a hard sell for federal banking companies to get the go-ahead to own real estate brokerages and property management...
September 17, 2009

New-Growth Indicators: What Do You Look for?

By Mariwyn Evans, Commercial Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you think you have a good nose for where the next new area of development or redevelopment will be in your market, we want to hear from you. Contact Mariwyn Evans...
September 17, 2009

Web Traffic Trends Point to Highly Educated Buyers

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Several bits of news have popped up in the past week, reminding us just how significant real estate Web sites have become in today’s market and in today’s online culture. Last Friday,...
September 15, 2009

Your Chance to Be Part of 30 Under 30

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In 1999, former REALTOR® magazine Senior Editor Robert Sharoff gave birth to the idea of showcasing talented real estate pros under the age of 30. Thousands of applications and hundreds of profiles...
September 15, 2009

The Week in Quotes

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine With the nation’s focus on rising unemployment, an uncertain economic recovery, and health care reform, here are some of the more salient quotes from leading figures this week: “It is hard to...
September 11, 2009

People, Ideas, Hardware

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine One of the most interesting and original thinkers of the 20th century may have been a colonel in the U.S. Air Force that few people have heard of. John Boyd, a former...
September 10, 2009

Can You Afford to Say No to FHA Borrowers?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® magazine Hopefully you don’t consider it a mark against buyers if they want to use FHA financing. It’s true it typically takes longer to process FHA-backed financing than it does conventional loan applications,...
September 2, 2009