Monthly Archive:: April 2011

2000-2010: Not a ‘Lost Decade’ for Housing

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine On Barry Ritholtz’s economics blog, there’s a very illustrative set of charts (courtesy of Visualizing Economics) that shows increases and decreases in home values state-by-state — according to FHFA data — over...
April 27, 2011

‘No’ on Debt Ceiling Would Clobber Real Estate

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The upcoming vote in Congress to increase the federal debt ceiling is one of those procedural matters that takes on a new importance in this age of high budget deficits. Ordinarily, members...
April 25, 2011

Asian Wealth Adds Up to U.S. Home Sale Boom

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine REALTOR® Magazine Managing Editor Kelly Quigley and Features Editor Katie Tarbox joined me in creating an information-packed video on working with Asian buyers, one of the fastest growing—and wealthiest—populations of non-U.S. home buying households...

Webinar: BofA Talks Credit Standards, Short Sales

NAR President Ron Phipps and NAR President-elect Moe Veissi will talk with three Bank of America Home Loans executives on the state of home finance, credit standards, and the latest on short sales in a free, hour-long webinar on...

5 Fast Facebook Tips

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Optimizing your presence on Facebook doesn’t have to be an exhaustive ordeal. According to Lauren Mitrick, a practitioner with Jameson Real Estate in Chicago and a member of REALTOR Magazine’s 30 Under 30...
April 20, 2011

From Public Policy Battle Chaos, Flags of Success

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine After Maine lawmakers in 2009 approved tax increases on goods and services and voted to convert the state mortgage interest deduction and other itemized deductions into a tax credit, the Maine Association...

It’s Not ‘Blogging,’ It’s Online Marketing

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine When I wrote a story in REALTOR® Magazine a couple of years ago about the realities of doing business in social media, I interviewed Jay Thompson, a.k.a., The Phoenix Real Estate Guy. Jay’s...

Yes, Sir! Petraeus Thanks Good Neighbor Winners

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine Wendy and John Rocca are used to getting thank you letters from U.S. service men and women who’ve received “cheer boxes” via their Operation American Soldier campaign. Every letter is cherished, say...
April 19, 2011

QRM: How to Shrink Home Sales By a Third

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine A banking reform rule proposed by the FDIC and Federal Reserve earlier this month to require 20 percent minimum down payments on residential mortgage loans is based on the idea that loans with...
April 18, 2011

Phipps: Political Survival Is the Job at Hand

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s difficult to know where to turn your attention when there are so many areas in which REALTORS®’ livelihoods are challenged. Financially strapped governments are proposing transfer fees and other taxes on real...
April 14, 2011