Monthly Archive:: April 2013

Infographic: Figuring Out First-Time Buyers

Real estate Web site Doorsteps has released an infographic that shows demographic and financial data on first-time home buyers, which includes data from the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Among the key data...
April 30, 2013

Remembering the Life of Donald Treadwell

The REALTOR® family lost one of its most well-known and distinguished leaders when NAR’s 1984 president, Donald H. Treadwell, passed away March 30. As president of NAR, Treadwell helped the association become more politically active, launching a voter registration...
April 22, 2013

That Entrepreneurial Spark—in Real Estate

It’s always interesting to learn what inspires an entrepreneur to start a business. In the case of David Greenberg, he had grown tired of having to separately change his address with the bank, postal service, insurance company, and all...

REALTORS® Cope With Tragedy in Boston

In an empty real estate office on Boylston Street, dozens of homemade calzones sit uneaten, and slices of pizza — now spoiled — lay near half-empty juice boxes and soda cans scattered across the floor. This may not be...
April 18, 2013

They’re Back: Mortgage Schemes

If there was one major takeaway from the National Crime Prevention Council’s 2013 Mortgage Fraud Virtual Conference, it was this: The mortgage market, while no longer a wicked stepchild of the housing crisis, must still be carefully monitored. Though...

Sham Rating Site? Oregon Agents Raise the Alert

Agents at RE/MAX Equity Group in Portland, Ore., were suspicious. A site called agent-ratings.com was giving F grades to agents as a result of what appeared to be faked customer ratings. They consulted with the company’s general counsel Jeffrey...
April 15, 2013

Too Soon to Say FHA Will Need a Bailout

Major news outlets have been talking about the Obama Administration possibly requesting $943 million from the U.S. Treasury this year to shore up the finances of the Federal Housing Administration. But whether the 80-year-old agency will actually need the...
April 11, 2013

Selling a Foreclosure? Don’t Ignore the Tenant

The foreclosure crisis is easing but chances remain good that you’ll continue to list and sell foreclosures for a while. If you’ve had tenants in some of the foreclosures you’ve already sold than you’re probably familiar with that 2009...
April 10, 2013

A Good Deal for All

The scenario happened like a perfectly-scripted movie: a Keller Williams team based in Plantation, Fla. decides to play their odds at the lottery. For just $20 each, the 11 co-workers could have the chance to win a $338 million...
April 8, 2013