Monthly Archive:: March 2013

Oh, Give Me a Home…

It’s one of those days, the kind when the sky is just a stretch of turquoise blue and a smattering of cotton-ball clouds. To the right, tall wisps of wheat and grass, to the left, towering hills shaded purple...
March 27, 2013

Real Estate and Fundraising: ‘Seal’ of Approval

Most people are familiar with Easter Seals—a non-profit organization that provides assistance to disabled individuals and their families—but not everyone may be aware of the storied history behind the charity, or its connection to real estate. The origin of...
March 21, 2013

The Right Way to Meet Fair Housing Challenge

It’s a phone call no association wants to receive. Fair Housing testers say sales associates in the market violated the law by treating households differently based on race and ethnicity. That’s what happened to the Lehigh Valley Association of...
March 20, 2013

Budget Plans: Any Impact on Real Estate?

Tax provisions are once again under discussion as lawmakers look at dueling budget plans The federal budget process for next year began last week with release by the Senate and House budget committees of their fiscal 2014 plans. The...
March 18, 2013

GOP, Democrats Face Future Challenges

A political analyst looks at the issues facing the Republicans and Democrats as they look to next year’s congressional races and the 2016 presidential contest. Much like the secret meetings at the Vatican to determine the new pope, the...
March 18, 2013

Controlling Your Emotional State

Every day is different. Each one brings new challenges and opportunities, new sources of joy and frustration. But no matter what’s going on, you should be able to maintain a certain level state that’s independent of events, says Jared...
March 17, 2013

5 Steps to Driving Creativity

Though he was speaking to an audience of association executives, entrepreneur and speaker Josh Linkner’s presentation this morning at NAR’s AE Institute in San Diego, Calif., was applicable to anyone who works in real estate. Linkner, who has started...
March 16, 2013

Lenders: What’s Holding Back Loans

Despite the improving economy, home loans even for well-qualified borrowers are still unnecessarily hard to get and take too long, real estate practitioners say. But lenders take a different view. In a roundtable with three of the country’s largest...
March 13, 2013

Rebranded realtor.com Debuts

Seeking to make a better connection with consumers online, Web site realtor.com® (yes, with a lowercase “r”) unveiled new branding this week. The rebranding effort covers — for now, anyway — the corporate logo and the overall design and...

Gear Up for Health Ins. Employer Mandate

Next year is a big year for the health insurance reform law enacted three years ago, but it’s this year that you might want to start thinking about what, if anything, you’ll need to do to get ready. The...
March 4, 2013