Monthly Archive:: January 2013

Tax Reform: REALTOR® Engagement to be Key

Tax reform remains a possibility this year and should the conversation about it begin members of Congress will benefit hearing from REALTORS® to reduce the chance they make decisions that could hurt markets, a lawmaker, Hill staff, and analysts...
January 31, 2013

C21 Wants a ‘Home Field Advantage’ on Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is less than a week away and fans are abuzz in anticipation for the “HarBowl” or the “SuperBaugh,” as the matchup between San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens pits sibling coaches against one another. But football...

Supply Constraints in West Slow Contract Signings

NAR’s forward-looking pending home sales index slipped 4.4 percent in December, signaling a loss of momentum in contract signings, but the easing seems to be more about inventory shortages than weak demand, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun says. “Clearly...
January 28, 2013

Fake Complaint Site Now Dormant

It didn’t take long once the pressure was on to shut down Realtor-complaints.com. The Web site was misusing the REALTOR® trademark, posting false complaints about real estate practitioners, and demanding money to have the complaints removed from the site....
January 24, 2013

The Future of 55+ Housing

The numbers are looking up for the 55-plus housing market. But there’s a question of how long these numbers will be available, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). At a briefing during the group’s annual conference,...
January 23, 2013

NAR Execs Make Most Influential List

Among those on Inman News’ latest list of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders were some familiar NAR faces, starting with 2013 president Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif. I profiled Thomas in the...
January 22, 2013

Facebook—But Organized

Have you noticed how quickly your online conversations go into the ether once they’re finished? You might remember that one of your friends had a brilliant idea about how to convert first-time buyers or a witty comment on the...
January 16, 2013

Don’t Let Your Reputation—or Your Wallet—Fall Prey to Scam Complaint Site

A Web site of suspicious origin is misusing the REALTOR® trademark in what seems to be an attempt to get money from real estate practitioners. The site, Realtor-complaints.com, supposedly publishes consumer complaints about real estate agents. However, an investigation by...
January 10, 2013

Selling in the Martian Market

I recently came across an article on Mars One, an initiative to fund a trip to the red planet by filming the selection of astronauts for a reality TV show. According to the organization’s Web site, the individuals chosen...
January 9, 2013

House Passes Senate ‘Cliff’ Bill

NAR Government Affairs summary of “fiscal cliff” legislation as passed by the House and the Senate. UPDATE: President Barack Obama has signed the agreement into law. Access on REALTOR.org. Real Estate Provisions in “Fiscal Cliff” Bill On Jan. 1...
January 2, 2013