Monthly Archive:: August 2012

Louser: REALTORS® Have Credibility with Lawmakers

Scott Louser is broker-owner of Preferred Minot Real Estate in Minot, N.D., and a representative in his state legislature. He was also a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this past week and said being there gave...
August 31, 2012

REALTORS® Having Impact in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 29—Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said at a policy forum here yesterday during the Republican National Convention that real estate is the core issue in this year’s national elections. “This is the most important discussion at the...
August 29, 2012

They’re Serious About Social

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® recently welcomed two new communicators into the fold. Heather Elias and Nobu Hata are familiar faces in the RE.net, the informal network of industry professionals who pioneered the use of social media in real...
August 28, 2012

Florida REALTORS® Aim to Improve Home Price Data

Florida REALTORS® next month will be rolling out a home price index that tries to give its members a clearer picture of price movement than you can get in an index that tracks changes in the median home price,...
August 24, 2012

Signs of Recovery Despite Financing Hurdles

Signs continue to come in that the housing market is seeing slow but steady improvement, although overly tight lending standards continue to hold back the market given the amount of pent-up demand that’s out there. Existing-home sales increased 2.3...
August 23, 2012

MID Platform Win Shows Impact of Activism

If you ever wondered whether getting involved in political activities is worth your time, consider the impact your real estate colleagues Shirley Wiseman and April Newland, among others, have just had on an issue that impacts more than 70...
August 23, 2012

Republican Platform Support for MID a Win for Home Owners

Republicans writing their party platform for their upcoming 2012 convention in Tampa next week inserted language specifying their support for the mortgage interest deduction. As described in a piece in the Wall Street Journal today, the language says that,...
August 22, 2012

Economic Hurdles Call for Team Mentality

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt captivated audiences with his speed and charisma during the 2012 Summer Olympics. You may have noticed “The Fastest Man in the World” slows his steps ever so slightly when approaching the finish line during his...
August 22, 2012

Learning Lessons the HGTV Way

Today, HGTV is in 99 million American households and 170 different countries worldwide. Its gabled-roof branding is recognizable by nearly every channel surfer in the nation. It is how many consumers learn what they know about home ownership. Yet,...
August 21, 2012

Sullenberger: “Your Reputation Is Built on One Interaction at a Time”

In less than four minutes on a chilly January afternoon back in 2009, U.S. Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made a series of focused, yet impossibly calm decisions that saved the lives of 155 people. “I had to set...
August 21, 2012