Monthly Archive:: January 2011

Picturing Your Perfect Camera

The digital camera, in one form or another, is one of the real estate professional’s essential tools. In our March Buyer’s Guide, we’ll be taking a fresh look at this ever-changing category, and we’d like to hear about what...

On the Internet, a New Sheriff in Town

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In the closing weeks of 2010 the Federal Communications Commission published its net neutrality rules, effectively making it the sheriff of the Internet and prompting one of the big Internet service providers,...
January 31, 2011

Job Creation Tops Obama’s State of the Union

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama made scant reference to housing and no mention of the mortgage interest deduction. That was probably a wise move...
January 26, 2011

Banks, MID, and GSE Reform Covered in NAR’s First Virtual Town Hall

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In an effort to get a better sense of the challenges REALTORS® face in today’s market and explain to members NAR’s positions and actions on key issues, the Leadership Team held its...

Meet the New Social Networks, Same as the Old Ones

By Todd Carpenter, Social Media Manager, National Association of REALTORS® There was a time when you had to have a harvard.edu e-mail address to join Facebook. Then, Facebook opened membership up to other Ivy League schools, then any school...
January 24, 2011

MID Cuts: Hobbesian Choice for Localities

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Some lawmakers like to call the mortgage interest deduction (MID) a tax break for higher-income households but the vast majority of households that take the deduction are middle-income families, earning either less than...
January 19, 2011

The ‘Big Idea’ and Stray Observations From Inman’s Real Estate Connect

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine I’m back in Chicago after a weather-filled week spent in New York for Inman’s Real Estate Connect event, and I’ve had the long weekend to digest the tips, trends, and techniques discussed...

8 Tips for Powering Up Your Web Presence

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine When considering your Web presence, ask yourself this: Am I interacting with my client base? If the answer is no, or not quite sure, here are eight tips from the International Builders’...
January 13, 2011

Media Convergence and You

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine David Carr, media and culture columnist at The New York Times, said Thursday morning in a presentation at Inman’s Real Estate Connect conference that the line between consumers and producers of content...
January 13, 2011

Is Gaming in Your Future Marketing Plans?

How will you be reaching consumers 10 years from now? Before you mull over that question, think about how you might have answered that question 10 years ago. Would you have predicted that you’d be using Facebook, texting, or...