Monthly Archive:: November 2012

On Data Security, Get Ahead of the Law

Last year some big-name companies and organizations got hit by data breaches. LinkedIn comes first to mind. According to news reports, its system was breached and millions of account passwords were potentially compromised. eHarmony, the University of Nebraska, Yahoo!...
November 27, 2012

Home Owners Add $760 B in New Home Equity

Existing-home sales are up 2.1 percent in October from the previous month and home prices are up more than 11 percent from this same time last year, to $178,600. Sales are being driven by strengthening fundamentals—the improving jobs picture,...
November 20, 2012

Stressed? Give a Grin

Smile. It’s a simple but powerful gesture. Smiling says something about your character. It puts people at ease, increases attractiveness, and it’s contagious. “Some of us need to have more peace in our lives. People want to be around...
November 14, 2012

Established Households Dominate Market

With prices attractive and interest rates still historically low, it’s not just a tagline that now is a great time to buy, especially for younger households. But NAR’s recently released 2012 Home Buyer and Home Seller Survey shows that...
November 13, 2012

Go ‘SoMoLo’ With Your Marketing

Marki Lemons is a foodie. She loves trying new restaurants in her Chicago neighborhood. At every restaurant she tries, she takes a picture of her meal via Instagram and writes a review on Yelp. This may not seem like...

Building Hope

Four hurricanes pounded Florida in August and September 2004, and Rob and Marlena Burger are still recovering eight years later. Their Orlando storefront printing and design business was destroyed, and the couple ended up living and working in an...
November 9, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Donations Pouring In

During the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando NAR is collecting donations to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) for Hurricane Sandy disaster assistance. Already, more than 1,500 REALTORS® have answered the call for donations. On Oct. 31, NAR President...
November 8, 2012

Putting Marriage Up for a Vote

Update (Nov. 7, 2012): Minnesota voters rejected the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman during the General Election Nov. 6. The measure required a simple majority, however, 51.3 percent of voters opposed the amendment...
November 5, 2012

REALTORS® on the East Coast Help Clients Pick Up the Pieces Following Hurricane Sandy

The dock that Kate Koplinka grew up crabbing off of in Mastic Beach, Long Island, New York, vanished beneath the wind and flood waters of Hurricane Sandy this week. Yet Koplinka, ABR, vice president and associate broker of Coldwell...
November 1, 2012