Monthly Archive:: August 2010

Standing Up for Homeownership

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Is the traditional model of homeownership in need of an overhaul? Is it even worth defending? Five years ago, these questions might have seemed absurd, but today, several commentators are posing them...
August 30, 2010

Another Pro Bono Success Story

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine One of my favorite stories from last year was about Fran Hoover, ABR, GRI, with RE/MAX Masters in South Lake, Texas. For the past 15 years, Hoover has selected one client in...
August 30, 2010

Responding to Criticism: How’s Your Online Rep?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If a customer is unhappy with your service, don’t be surprised if he takes to the Internet to voice his frustrations about you. If you venture to review sites — such...
August 26, 2010

Prices Holding Up Well Despite Everything

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine One of the remarkable things about home sales today is the strength we’re seeing in the national median price. For July it was $182,600, up almost a percentage point from a year...
August 25, 2010

Free Tips Help Home Owners Do an Insurance Checkup

You can provide ongoing value to home owners in your blog, Web site, or e-newsletter by educating them on the benefit of an annual checkup — for homeowners insurance, that is. Help home owners save money and protect their...

Four More Days: Help Heart 2 Home Win

By Stacey Moncrieff, editor in chief, REALTOR® Magazine It’s not too late to help Good Neighbor Award winner Greg Adamson and his Utah-based Heart 2 Home Foundation win $30,000 in the APX Gives Back Facebook contest. The contestants are...
August 18, 2010

Feds GSE Reform Meeting: Keep Guarantees

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine As I write this, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in Washington at the Treasury building discussing with a group of academics and business leaders what the home mortgage finance system should...
August 17, 2010

AZ Article Touts Agents’ Social Media Savvy

Diane Sherer, CEO of the Phoenix Association of REALTORS®, shared this positive article on the use of social media in real estate, from Kara G. Morrison of the Arizona Republic (“Online marketing key to selling home”). At the end...
August 16, 2010

Regulator Eyes Private Transfer Fees

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could strike a considerable blow against the growing use of private transfer fees. If it does, the move would put the agency in...
August 12, 2010

Are You on the Verge of Pulling a ‘Slater?’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Good customer service supposedly starts with the old saying that the customer is always right. However, the suddenly infamous JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater thought a customer was wrong, and he...
August 11, 2010