Monthly Archive:: October 2009

The Tax Credit Vs. Cash for Clunkers

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Amid several news reports that the first-time home buyer tax credit will almost certainly be extended, I’ve seen more than a few blogs and online comments arguing against it. Some of them...
October 30, 2009

Looking Good, REALTOR.org!

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you regularly visit REALTOR® magazine online, chances are pretty good that you also check out our sister site, REALTOR.org, from time to time. In case you haven’t seen it yet, NAR’s...
October 29, 2009

Trick-or-Treat, Zillow Style

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Looking to maximize on Snickers and Milky Way bars this Halloween? Zillow.com has put together a guide to the best homes in Seattle and Los Angeles for trick-or-treaters based on property values,...
October 29, 2009

Do Sales Plaques Matter?

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Recently I was chatting with a very successful real estate pro who took great pride in the many plaques and other forms of recognition that his brokerage gave him month after month...
October 28, 2009

REALTOR®2.0: Getting Started in Social Media

By Todd Carpenter, Social Media Manager, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® The world of social media, as applied to the world of real estate, is about five years old. Yet we are only now reaching a critical mass of agents...
October 27, 2009

Stevens: Facts Getting Lost in FHA Safety Debate

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine “Nobody has asked to come in and look at our balance sheet, to go through our finances, which I’ve offered to everybody.”—FHA Commissioner David Stevens News reports raising concerns that FHA might...
October 22, 2009

Jumbo Freeze Might be Thawing

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s still early but there are signs the availability of jumbo financing might be improving—although underwriting standards probably won’t ease any time soon. That means the days of creditworthy borrowers having a...
October 15, 2009

Deliver Happiness

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A few months ago, I heard Alfred Lin, COO & CFO of Zappos.com speak at Inman’s Real Estate Connnect San Francisco 2009. The company has won accolades from the business community for...
October 2, 2009

An Under-the-Radar Win for Common Sense

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s a small thing, but it’s impact could have been big. Some new federal lending rules take effect tomorrow (under HOEPA—the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act) and among them is a...
October 1, 2009