Monthly Archive:: November 2011

October Pending Home Sales Up Significantly

In what might finally be a sign that home sales are poised for a turnaround, NAR’s forward-looking pending home sales index jumped 10.4 percent in October from the previous month and is also up significantly on a year-over-year basis....
November 30, 2011

La. Ballot Win Is About More Than Transfer Taxes

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine After fighting a transfer tax battle in their state about half a dozen years ago and several local efforts to impose a similar tax more recently, the leadership of the Louisiana REALTORS®...
November 30, 2011

Short Sale Affidavit Tweaked to Curb Liability

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The affidavit that Freddie Mac requires servicers to obtain in short sales has been changed at NAR’s request to reduce what was seen as an unreasonable amount of liability risk to practitioners....
November 23, 2011

It’s not what you learn, it’s what you implement.

There’s no better way to learn about new trends, strategies and tools then to immerse yourself in a live conference. Like many of you, I learned a lot at this month’s REALTORS® Conference & Expo. But learning and implementing...
November 23, 2011

No Deal from Super Committee: What Next?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The first thing to note about the congressional super committee’s failure to agree to deficit cuts is that MID is spared for the time-being. Among the deals the members of the deficit-cutting...
November 23, 2011

Congress Restores FHA Loan Limits to NAR-Backed Levels

The U.S. House and Senate yesterday restored FHA loan limits to the level they were at before they were allowed to expire at the end of September. As a result, the limits will rise to 125 percent of the...
November 18, 2011

Highlights From This Year’s Board of Directors Meeting

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, and Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The National Association of REALTORS® held its Board of Directors meeting this past Monday on the final day of the REALTORS® Conference & Expo. If you haven’t...
November 17, 2011

Hola, Bonjour, Hej, Allo, Ciao

By Erica Christoffer, multimedia Web producer, REALTOR® Magazine It was a truly a “small world after all” in Anaheim Thursday night. More than 300 representatives from 30 countries gathered for the International Welcome Reception during the REALTORS® Conference &...
November 15, 2011

Exploring the Expo

By Erica Christoffer, multimedia Web producer, REALTOR® Magazine Brooke Wolford of Coldwell Burnet Banker in Woodbury, Minn., checks out exhibits during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Anaheim Friday....
November 13, 2011

REALTORS® Voice Their Views in Anaheim

By Erica Christoffer, multimedia Web producer, REALTOR® Magazine We asked REALTOR® Conference & Expo goers what things they’ve done differently to boost their business this year. Here’s what they had to say:...
November 13, 2011