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A Quiet NAR Success on Its Calls for Action

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine There are many reasons for the success of NAR’s most recent Call for Action, to which more than 18 percent of NAR members—a record— responded. First and foremost is the compelling subject...
November 19, 2009

Buyer Reps: Helping Everyone Win in a Short Sale

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine There’s a temptation among buyers hoping to land a good deal with a short sale to avoid committing themselves with money and effort until the seller’s lender gives its OK, but that’s...
November 16, 2009

Listing Videos: They’re That Easy

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Making informative and even entertaining videos of your listings seems like a complicated undertaking involving a professional camera, lights, editing equipment, and a lot of knowledge of how all that equipment works,...
November 15, 2009

Middle-Market Is Next Home Segment to Improve

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Executives from some of the largest brokerages in the country expect to see their sales grow 6-8 percent in 2010 and home prices to start heading up about 3 percent, REALTORS® heard in a...
November 15, 2009

HVCC: Bad Code or Badly Implemented Code?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Home Valuation Code of Conduct is getting a bad rap for causing what real estate professionals say is a rise in inaccurate appraisals, Alfred Pollard told a packed room of REALTORS®...
November 14, 2009

RPR and HouseLogic: Projects of Striking Scale

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine So many announcements are made at NAR’s annual meeting that it’s easy to lose sight of just how trend-shifting some of them are. At the opening forum of the 2009 REALTORS® Conference...
November 13, 2009

What Will NAR’s Political Strength Be in 5 Years?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Heather Smith knows how to get young professionals engaged in our political process. She founded an initiative called Young Voter Strategies as a way to reinvigorate our democracy by making clear to...

FHA Eases Concentration, Other Condo Rules

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In an effort to give condo lending a boost, FHA yesterday released a mortgagee letter (2009-46 A) that lets lenders make loans to condo buyers even if it means 100 percent of...
November 10, 2009

New Financial Regulator Would Impact You

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine But not in the way you might think. A new financial regulator is in the works but it’s one of those developments that’s easily lost in the news while other federal initiatives...
November 3, 2009

Stevens: Facts Getting Lost in FHA Safety Debate

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine “Nobody has asked to come in and look at our balance sheet, to go through our finances, which I’ve offered to everybody.”—FHA Commissioner David Stevens News reports raising concerns that FHA might...
October 22, 2009