Monthly Archive:: February 2014

Olympians Win the Gold in Their REALTOR® Families’ Hearts

While a few U.S. Olympians in Sochi, Russia, are celebrating bringing home the gold, their real estate families back at home are making room on the mantle for their prestigious awards. That seems to be a familiar storyline in...
February 21, 2014

Optimize Yourself and Your Client for This Crazy Market

I write this post on what is a “holiday” for many people: President’s Day.  A three-day weekend, the most joyous of “holidays.” Meanwhile, my wife – who is now a REALTOR® in Chicago – is running around prepping for...
February 18, 2014

Meeting Promises Productive Relationship with Fannie, Freddie Regulator

NAR President Steve Brown in a meeting yesterday with new Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt shared REALTORS®’ concern over the continued availability of safe and affordable mortgage financing and thanked the director for postponing a decrease...
February 13, 2014

Home Office Safe Harbor, Other Tax Changes

The IRS has made it easier for you to claim your home office deduction and it has increased the amount of deduction you can take for driving people to and from listings in your car. These are two of...
February 10, 2014

Rent-to-Buy? Try ‘Vacation-to-Buy’

We thought we’d seen it all when we caught wind of a peculiar marketing tactic to let potential home buyers spend the night in a house before making an offer. But, of course, things can always go a step...
February 7, 2014

Philadelphia REALTORS® Show Their City Some Brotherly Love

Philadelphia has the ninth largest municipal economy in the world, by some measures, but despite its size, it’s struggling with budget matters like many major cities. Among other things, it has some 40,000 buildings and 10,000 lots that are...
February 5, 2014