Monthly Archive:: December 2012

Update on Fiscal Cliff: What’s at Stake for Real Estate

Congress today (Dec. 31) continues to wrestle with what to do about the fiscal cliff, the hundreds of billions of dollars in automatic tax increases and federal spending cuts that take effect at the end of the year unless...
December 31, 2012

Pending Sales Up but Uncertainty Looms

If any more evidence is needed that home sales are recovering we have it in NAR’s latest pending home sales data, for November, which were released last week. The index is up for the third straight month and it’s...
December 31, 2012

How to Know if Your Buyer’s Laundering Money

Money laundering isn’t an issue that comes to mind when you’re trying to get a transaction closed but it’s enough of a problem in real estate that NAR and the U.S. Department of Treasury got together a short while...
December 27, 2012

13 Reasons to Look Forward to 2013

When we look back on 2012 a long time from now, it may be viewed as the first year of the recovery, the year in which real estate reversed its course and moved in a more positive direction. With...
December 19, 2012

Can Instagram Sell Your Photos?

Okay, I’m looking for an honest answer here: How often do you install an application on your phone without reading the terms of service? If you are like most people, including myself, the answer is probably “all the time.” ...
December 18, 2012

Fiscal Cliff: What’s at Stake for Real Estate

The “fiscal cliff” has quickly become a commonly used term, but exactly what it means isn’t all that clear, especially for real estate. At it’s most basic level, it refers to sweeping tax cuts enacted a decade ago that...
December 11, 2012

Consumers, Economists See MID Differently

There are academics and there are consumers, and on the topic of whether the mortgage interest deduction should be modified as the federal government looks for ways to shrink its budget deficit, the opinions couldn’t be more divergent. Consumers...
December 11, 2012

Rising to the Top: C21 CEO Leads Team of Climbers for Charity

Mountain climbing: it’s the ultimate individual and team sport. In many ways it parallels working in real estate. You need to set an objective then find out what it’s going to take to accomplish your goal. Then you have...
December 10, 2012

Be a Better Buyer’s Rep

Low inventories have created a seller’s market, and your buyers may be tempted to write multiple purchase offers on their favorite listing, for instance, as well as the close second. On the one hand, it may increase the odds...
December 6, 2012