Monthly Archive:: March 2012

What’s the Matter With RE BarCamp?

“Theory : The BarCamp brand is getting a bad rap because the events are stuffed with ‘beginners,’ and led by technical intermediates. Thoughts?” A good friend of mine sent me this message this morning. I’m inclined to agree agree....
March 30, 2012

How to Submit Offers for Fannie REOs

REOs and other distressed sales make up about a third of the market today on a national basis and NAR’s just-released Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey shows that distressed homes comprise about a quarter of the homes bought...

REALTOR® Rally: NVAR Shows Its Spirit

John Wolford is a broker with Long & Foster Real Estate in Springfield, Va., but on May 17 he’ll be just one real estate professional among many from different companies in his market and from around the country in...
March 28, 2012

Conditions Suggest Sustained Market Improvement

Coverage in much of the media of NAR’s latest pending home sales index, whch was released on Monday, has focused on the improvement we’ve seen over last year. The Wall Street Journal, for example, in its front-page “Vital Signs”...
March 27, 2012

NAR’s Jerry Giovaniello a 2011 Top Lobbyist

NAR Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello was included on the list of top association lobbyists for 2011 by The Hill, a Capitol Hill trade publication popular in Washington among lawmakers, policy makers, executives of trade and professional groups, and lobbyists....
March 27, 2012

Do You Recruit? Be Aware of FTC Rule

A rule that took effect March 1 could hit you if you recruit salespeople to join your brokerage. The key is what you offer your recruits as part of your offer. The Federal Trade Commission’s Business Opportunity Rule is...
March 20, 2012

6 Ways to Survive in Real Estate Over the Next Decade

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine How did the real estate market change from 2005 to the present day? What were the differences between real estate in 2005 and 1995? How about 1995 and 1985? When you consider...
March 19, 2012

Get Creativity Flowing in Your Organization

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Companies such as Apple, Google, and Leo Burnett have a well-deserved reputation for creativity and innovation. From the outside looking in, it may seem like these institutions are creative because they hire...
March 18, 2012

43 Million More Housing Units to Sell and Rent

Between now and 2050, the U.S. is expected to grow to about 403 million people. It’s about 310 million today. That’s almost 100 million more people and they have to live somewhere, and looking at today’s total inventory of...
March 15, 2012

How to Unleash Pent-Up Housing Demand?

Any way you slice it, pent-up demand for home ownership is building: people are doubling up rather than starting their own households, and the rents they’re paying are increasing even while affordability on the ownership side is better than ever....