Monthly Archive:: February 2011

Tweet Us, Poke Us on Facebook, and We’ll Answer

We’ve covered social media for years and told you how it could enhance your network.  We’ve tweeted to you, shared links on Facebook and Active Rain, and blogged about critical real estate news. Now REALTOR® Magazine is hoping to...

How NAR Calculates Existing-home Sales

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine In response to media coverage about the calculation of existing-home sales, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun yesterday walked reporters through the association’s methodology for calculating its monthly EHS figures as part of...
February 24, 2011

Why We Do What We Do

By Kelly Killian, Manager of Editorial Development, REALTOR.org NAR received the following e-mail last week from a Washington-state REALTOR®, and it served as a thoughtful and important reminder of why we — and all of you — do what...
February 22, 2011

NAR Research Releases Existing-home Sales FAQ

NAR Research has issued the following Q&A in response to some claims about the computation of NAR’s existing-home sales data. NAR Existing-home Sales FAQ Home sales measurements have shown to differ at times as reported by NAR and some...
February 16, 2011

Budget: FHA MIP Hike, 28% Deduction Cap

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The fiscal year 2012 budget that the Obama administration released yesterday would pare back most housing and community development programs, including jobs-rich community development block grants, implement a planned hike in the...
February 15, 2011

Housing’s Role in the Road to Recovery

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The National Association of REALTORS® took out a full-page ad in this past Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post to get across a simple but important message: Housing creates jobs, which America...
February 14, 2011

Obama GSE Report Favors Public-Private Hybrid

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Obama administration puts the emphasis on privatization with a federal backstop as it outlines alternatives for replacing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. NAR wants to be sure affordable 30-year, fixed-rate and...
February 11, 2011

Sen. Isakson: 10-year Phase-out of GSE Backstop

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is drafting legislation that would phase out the federal backstop role in the secondary mortgage market over 10 years while leaving a private company that’s created to replace...
February 2, 2011

Will Leather Seats Smell as Sweet in Electric Cars?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you sell real estate you spend a lot of time in your car, and then at night you go home and plug your car into a socket in your garage and...