Monthly Archive:: August 2011

What Hurricane Irene Can Teach Us

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It took me some years to figure this out: The moment you take something for granted, you’ve lost it.  I’ve had to learn this lesson enough times when it comes to the most...
August 30, 2011

Are Your Short-Sale Clients Colluding?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A few months ago we heard from real estate practitioners about a short-sale contract addendum that lenders were requiring of borrowers to curb fraud, so we talked with David Sunlin, Bank of America...
August 29, 2011

Beating a Path to Innovation

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Being innovative doesn’t necessarily mean diving into new technologies all the time. It doesn’t mean trying to reinvent the wheel. And it certainly doesn’t mean focusing lots of your energy on something...
August 26, 2011

The Era of Mobile Is Here. What Are You Doing About It?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you’re wondering when we’re going to get to the era of mobile, you’re contemplating the wrong question, says Bob Hale, CEO of the Houston Association of REALTORS®. Instead, you should be...

‘Housing Market Is Struggling to Recover’

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine While the stock market continues its wild ride and as things begin to look gloomy for Europe, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun is optimistic that the conditions needed for a housing recovery are...
August 23, 2011

Dick Vitale’s Formula for Success

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine For someone whose life has been filled with so much rejection and loss, Dick Vitale seems like a very happy man. The colorful ESPN basketball commentator and coach, of course, has experienced...
August 23, 2011

Yes, White Picket Fences

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A group of academics writing in a New York Times opinion piece yesterday,  “White Picket Fence? Not So Fast” (Aug. 17, 2011), call for a phasing out of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...
August 18, 2011

QM: QRM’s Quieter Cousin

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine For the past several months it’s been all QRM all the time, but now there’s QM. As many real estate professionals are familiar with by now, thanks in part to an NAR...
August 17, 2011

1,300 Sales a Day to Stall if Flood Insurance Stops

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Flood insurance is commonly thought of as a coastal issue but flood plains are located throughout the country and in fact, in some Midwestern states, almost 10 percent of homes are in...
August 11, 2011

In This Town, the Recession Has Been Gold

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The economic news continues to be bad but there’s one area that’s benefitting from the bad news: Elko, Nev. That’s because the town of about 20,000 is the gold mining capital of...