Being a REALTOR® Archive

When Your Competition Has Lower Overhead Than You Do

Are you making much money even if you close a dozen transactions this year—or, if you’re a broker, your sales associates close a lot of transactions? The answer depends on your overhead. If you’re not paying for office space,...
August 25, 2017

RE/MAX Founder Discusses Challenges Facing Housing Market

As co-founder of a real estate organization that has grown over more than forty years from a single office in Denver into a global empire that today counts more than 100,000 agents, RE/MAX Chairman and Co-CEO Dave Liniger enjoys...

Largest Source of Mortgage Funds in U.S. Tries to Help Homebuyers Struggling With Student Debt

Fannie Mae has come to recognize the problem people are facing when they’d like to buy a house but they’re hemmed in by tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt. First, in calculating loan applicant’s debt-to-income ratio,...

What to Know About Selling a Home With a Reverse Mortgage

By Greg Geilman It’s difficult to understand how a reverse mortgage works and how selling a home with one differs from the standard procedure. The truth is that it’s very similar; the major difference is the way the lender...
June 5, 2017

Good Opportunity to Learn About Self-Directed IRAs

The Entrust Group provides professional services for people who use a self-directed IRA as part of their savings plan. The company is hosting an upcoming webinar to educate you as a real estate professional about how to use the...

REALTORS® Are Greener Than You Think

If you’re an environmentally conscious real estate professional, you’re in good company. The house was packed at the Land Use, Property Rights, and Environment forum during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, with...
May 16, 2017

3 Ways to Promote Your Town

The real estate professionals who’ve established themselves as community advocates and local economic experts are often the more successful ones in any given market. But how did they get there? One organization that can point the way is the...

3 Actions to Take After You Receive a Bogus Email

You may recall a previous post about Sue Dietz, an Iowa real estate agent whose identity was being used by scammers to send fraudulent emails to other real estate professionals all over the country. The emails, which were sent...
March 16, 2017

Money’s Available to Buy But Many Renters Don’t Know It

Millions of households are mortgage-ready but don’t try to buy because they can’t come up with a downpayment. And yet, hundreds of downpayment assistance programs around the country are available and go largely untapped. To be sure, many households...

Webcast Recording: Using a Reverse Mortgage to Buy a Home

REALTOR® Magazine recently hosted a live webcast about how reverse mortgages, also known as home equity conversion mortgages (HECMs), can be used to help seniors finance the purchase of a home in addition to their traditional purpose of enabling...
February 24, 2017