Monthly Archive:: December 2011

Real Estate Industry Predictions for 2012

By Todd Carpenter, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS® With nearly half of all REALTORS® using social media in 2011, it’s safe to say that it’s no fad. But will further adoption of social media be a...

Cuba: The Birth of a Real Estate Market

By Wendy Cole, Managing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine I just returned from ten days in Cuba. It was a personal trip that offered a fascinating glimpse into one of the country’s great conundrums: how to balance people’s desire for greater economic freedom without compromising the country’s deeply-held socialist principles. ...
December 27, 2011

Rebenchmarking Reflects FSBO Drop

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun told Nightly Business Report anchor Suzanne Pratt yesterday that the association’s rebenchmarking of existing-home sales (EHS) data, which it released yesterday, only affects the number of home sales as tracked at the national level...
December 22, 2011

Are the Right People in Your Sphere of Influence?

By Todd Carpenter, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS® I had the opportunity to speak last week at the Social Media Club Chicago’s holiday party. Talking to a group of your peers is always great, but the best...
December 20, 2011

Pew Links Housing Wealth to College Gains

The impact of today’s tough housing market will be felt in the years ahead as fewer children from middle-class households get on the ladder of economic success by going to college. That’s because for many middle-class households, the ability...
December 16, 2011

EHS Rebenchmarking: What’s It All About?

When NAR releases its existing-home sales (EHS) numbers next week for the month of November, the figures will reflect what’s known as a rebenchmarking. This is an adjustment that researchers do periodically to help ensure the continued accuracy of...
December 15, 2011

Slow But Real Growth in Commercial RE in 2012

What’s happening in commercial real estate is far from a recovery but all of the major sectors are nevertheless seeing improvement, particularly multifamily housing, which has been benefitting from tough times in the home ownership market. Rents are rising,...

Appraisals: Still a Thorn in Your Side

We know you’re having a hard time with appraisals today. We hear from sales associates and brokers regularly that they’re seeing transactions collapse because the appraisal comes in well below the price agreed to by the buyer and the...
December 7, 2011

Veissi: No Time to Risk Harm to FHA

NAR President Moe Veissi has made a forceful case before a key congressional committee to protect FHA from potentially destabilizing changes to the agency’s main insurance fund. Some lawmakers have been talking about curbing the agency as a step...
December 2, 2011

‘Why Should I Write for You?’

By Todd Carpenter, Director of Digital Engagement, National Association of REALTORS® A friend of mine came to me yesterday asking if I thought it was a good idea to write for a high profile blog/site in the real estate...