Monthly Archive:: June 2011

On QRM, No Partisan Divide

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine There’s still a long way to go for NAR and the 44 other organizations in a coalition to get banking regulators to rethink their controversial qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule, but a...
June 24, 2011

5 Ways You Can Use Tablets Now

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Much of the promise of tablet PCs — in terms of both personal and professional use — is still in the future. For most people, these products are still not a viable...
June 23, 2011

Match Your Marketing to Your Skill Set

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Heather Elias is a social media and blogging whiz. Brian Copeland gets many of his clients through videos that highlight neighborhoods in his market. The Corcoran Group has effectively used geolocation apps...

Short-Sale Addendum Aims at Fraud, BofA Says

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Bank of America has started requiring buyers and sellers to sign an addendum to its short-sale agreement. The addendum has raised some questions among real estate sales associates and brokers, so to...
June 14, 2011

Why QRM Is Such a Worrisome Proposal

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In a small but important development, banking regulators agree to push back the deadline for public comment on their controversial 20-percent minimum down payment proposal. NAR has been talking a lot about...
June 7, 2011

How Real Estate Has Changed (and How It Hasn’t)

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine At the RE BarCamp hosted at NAR’s Chicago headquarters this morning, participants discussed how the real estate business has changed in the past few years, and how it would continue to transform...
June 6, 2011

U.S. Recovery: ‘Housing’ or ‘Lending’ Illusion?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Wall Street Journal in its editorial this week (The Housing Illusion, June 2, 2011) makes a sensible call for an economic recovery built on capital investment in plant and equipment so...
June 3, 2011

7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate Social Media

By Todd Carpenter, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS® Mistakes. Everyone is bound to make them. (I have made more than a few of my own.) When jumping into social media, many of the biggest gaffes people...
June 3, 2011