Monthly Archive:: July 2013

Why ‘PATH’ Approach to Fannie, Freddie Phase-out is Troubling

Lawmakers have been talking about reforming the secondary mortgage market since the housing bust, but the effort has remained largely in the planning stage. Now it’s moving forward. In the House last week, the Financial Services Committee passed a...
July 29, 2013

Watch Rates, But Inventory Remains Key

The big challenge for the housing market today remains the lack of inventory, even though interest rates are rising, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said at his monthly press conference earlier this week in which he released the latest...
July 24, 2013

NAR: Enough is Enough with Patent Trolls

Patent trolls have been a growing problem for all types of businesses, and real estate companies haven’t been spared. Recently, a patent troll sent thousands of letters through several affiliated legal entities to brokerages and other companies threatening lawsuits...
July 17, 2013

With BASEL III Out, a Big Win for Real Estate

When you’re busy selling real estate or running a brokerage, you can’t be expected to follow every twist and turn in Washington over this rule or that rule. But there was one important twist just a few weeks ago...
July 15, 2013

Real Estate Connect, Day 2: The Success of New School Meets Old School

“Change doesn’t happen without conflict,” said Brad Inman as he kicked off Day 2 of Real Estate Connect.  And it was on this day that the continuing evolution of mobile technology and social media — and its infusion into...
July 12, 2013

Real Estate Connect, Day 1: Your Customers Feel Empowered, So Should You

Empowerment was the name of the game for Day 1 of Inman News’ Real Estate Connect in San Francisco. Consumer empowerment; technological empowerment and access; and the broker and agent DIY ethos were all on full display. Hear It...
July 11, 2013

Seeking ‘Best of the Web’ Recommendations

Do you have a well-equipped arsenal of apps helping you work more efficiently? Are there real estate websites and blogs you read to stay up-to-date on news and trends? Are you using social networks in a new or creative...
July 11, 2013

In a Long Tax Process, a Time to Stand Up

Tax reform is a topic that comes up every few years and now we’re at the beginning of another possible go-round, but this time it’s a little different because the Senate Finance Committee wants to start from scratch. That’s...
July 10, 2013