Monthly Archive:: August 2013

Surprised at Tax Time? Welcome, Friend

It seems like a no-brainer to deduct your home-office expenses at tax time, but how big of a deduction do you take? Victoria Gillespie, national director of business development for REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal...

How to Sell as Global Buyers Head to Your Town

There are more than 400 foreign companies operating in Alabama, including a few big-name ones such as Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. In fact, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, among other states in the region, are magnets for foreign companies, spurred...
August 29, 2013

Use the Media to Tell Your Story

The media is a powerful tool for telling your business story, but you have to use it wisely. At the National Association of REALTORS®’ Leadership Summit in Chicago on Tuesday, Don Cunningham, managing director of global PR firm Burson-Marsteller,...
August 27, 2013

Help Your Clients Take the Next Step

When Michele Serro, an opera singer with a background in design, had a lackluster experience purchasing her first apartment in New York five years ago, her life mission became clear: Make home-buying human. “I didn’t feel like there were...
August 19, 2013

Why Realtor.com® Changes Reinforce the REALTOR® Brand

Realtor.com® President Errol Samuelson reassured REALTORS® and REALTOR® association executives on Thursday that impending changes to the site — including the expansion of its database to include listings from sources other than REALTORS® — will strengthen the REALTOR® brand....
August 16, 2013

Gen Y’s ‘New Normal’

“New normal” is a phrase we’ve become familiar with in this post-bubble real estate industry. It describes the current  landscape of home prices that are lower than their peak but still healthy and steadily rising, stricter lending standards, and...
August 15, 2013

Obama: Housing Essential to Economic Stability

President Barack Obama reiterated his view that a recovering housing market is essential to an improving U.S. economy in an online forum Wednesday where consumers grilled the president on his housing plans. “Homeownership is a quintessential element of the...
August 7, 2013