Monthly Archive:: September 2011

Facebook’s Future Plan Presents Real Challenges to Social Marketers

By Todd Carpenter, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS® If you are my Facebook friend, you might have noticed that I’m listening to Pass the Mic by the Beastie Boys while writing this post. I didn’t actively...
September 26, 2011

New Opportunities for Connections, Branding With Facebook Timeline

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine You may have heard the buzz surrounding Facebook’s impending launch of the “timeline” profile. If not, get ready…it’s sure to take users to the next level in how we share information,...
September 23, 2011

On Loan Limit Drop, Middle Faces Hard Hit

Time is running short for Congress to prevent FHA and conforming loan limits from reverting back to 2008 levels. The current limits expire Sept. 30 and will drop from 125 percent of the area media home price (and a...
September 23, 2011

Equity Drop Is Double Hit for Business Owners

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The pressure on home equity has been tough on everybody since the downturn but one segment of the population that’s been especially hard hit is the small business owner. Thanks to tight...
September 23, 2011

Obama Signs Patent Law: Help to Real Estate?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine President Obama signed into law today the most sweeping reforms to the U.S. patent system in decades, and it holds out hope for real estate. A number of REALTOR® associations and MLSs have...
September 16, 2011

Will Social Search Change the Way Consumers Find Real Estate Agents?

By Todd Carpenter, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS® Imagine a future home buyer choosing to do business with you because you both “like” the same coffee shop on Facebook, went to the same school, or because...
September 9, 2011

Obama Jobs Plan Includes Real Estate Effort

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The $447 billion jobs initiative President Obama introduced last night, called “The American Jobs Act,” contains some pieces that aim to boost home mortgage refinancing, rehab homes, cut taxes for small businesses, boost...
September 9, 2011

What’s Your Sign?

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine While I was at the offices of the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® in Rockville, Md., for the Homeownership Matters Bus Tour,  I was taken aback when I saw all of these...

Should Appraisers Shoulder AMCs’ Liability Risk?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine You can’t expect much from a single letter but a recent communication from NAR to federal regulators could help shine a light on an appraisal issue that that needs as much light on...
September 8, 2011

Fraud: Are Your Clients Using Reverse Staging?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you’re thinking about working with a financially distressed seller and the house he wants to sell is trashed, take the extra time to be sure he didn’t trash it himself. One...
September 7, 2011