Monthly Archive:: May 2011

5 Ways to Help Consumers Find You Online

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Can consumers easily find information about you and your listings online? If you Google your name or a phrase closely related to your business (e.g., “Townville short sales”), will a link to...

Have We Learned Anything From the Financial Crisis?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine When the Bourbon royals took over France again after the violent revolutions and Napoleonic wars that spanned more than two decades through the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the famous French...
May 24, 2011

Financial Sheriff Opens Up on GFE-TILA Forms

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The country’s newest banking regulator is trying to make it easy for practitioners and consumers to comment on a mortgage disclosure form. That’s a break from the past. The new Consumer Financial Protection...
May 23, 2011

Are You Talking to Strangers?

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Have you ever stood in line at Starbucks and thought about striking up a conversation with the person standing next to you, but then decided against it? Approaching strangers is weird, you...
May 17, 2011

MYM: Legislative and Regulatory Coverage

Editor’s note: This post packages together six write-ups from REALTOR® Magazine Online on legislative and regulatory matters of interest to real estate professionals from the 2011 REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, which took place in Washington, D.C.,...

You May Not Like It, But ‘Politics as Usual’ Have Changed

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Since the announcement of the REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative (or RPPSI, if you’re into unwieldy acronyms), the association, the magazine, and the REALTOR® Action Center have received quite a bit of...

Open Up to New Possibilities

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Do you often find yourself saying that the future, in the words of legendary New York Yankees manager Yogi Berra, ain’t what it used to be? Have you lowered your expectations of...

Is Your E-Mail Address in Your E-Mail Signature? Stop It

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Nobu Hata, sales associate with Edina Realty in Minneapolis, has a message for everyone who has their e-mail address in their e-mail signature: You’re not giving anyone added value. Your correspondents...

Education and Home Ownership: Hand in Hand

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine I had an opportunity Thursday to spend some time at a symposium and reception Thursday, where REALTORS® attending the Midyear Legislative Meetings were celebrating the work of the 2011 HOPE Award...

Hello, Mr. President!

Talk about the ultimate Washington celebrity sightings! OK, so they’re cardboard cutouts. But that didn’t stop REALTORS® from lining up Thursday to have their photos taken with President Barack Obama and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  It was all...