Land Use & Property Rights Archive

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

Maybe you haven’t tangled with a troll, but this patent victory is for you

It’s common today for real estate brokerages to have systems in place for sending email alerts whenever there’s new or updated listings that customers might be interested in. it’s not new technology, and in fact the technology is arguably...

3 Ways to Change a Place for Good

At the 2016 Chicago Forum on Global Cities held in the Windy City this week, planners, architects, developers and politicians gathered to tackle the challenges faced in urban areas around the world. Because the one thing that’s constant for...

Home Energy Labels Receive Scrutiny

A few practitioners expressed frustration Tuesday over home energy labeling programs during the Land Use, Property Rights, and Environment forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. They told the committee that the government programs,...
May 10, 2016

Are Renters Saying There’s Market Trouble Ahead?

When it comes to residential real estate, young households are the canary in the mineshaft. It’s a sign of market health if they’re able to find affordable houses to buy and also obtain financing. If homes aren’t available and...
March 28, 2016

Land May Be Your Best Investment

Are your investors wondering where to invest their money next? The opportunities for flipping houses or purchasing rental homes are starting to dwindle, but there’s another option that could be fruitful: investing in land. With the economy on the...
November 13, 2015

North Carolina City Charts New Course with Support from Local REALTORS®

Concerned that their city’s once-vibrant downtown core had fallen into decline as the furniture industry the area was long known for moved away, REALTORS® in High Point, N.C., sprang into action and played a key role in sponsoring a...

Under All Is the Land, But What If It’s Under Water?

If REALTORS® have struggled with the concept of environmentalism, it’s not because they don’t love the environment. Quite the contrary. I spoke to NAR President Steve Brown about it back in September 2013, as he was preparing to begin...
August 6, 2014

NAR Looks at Future Real Estate Risks at Environmental Summit

Real estate represents a fifth of the U.S. economy, so there’s little that doesn’t impact what you do in some fashion, especially when it comes to environmental issues. Carbon levels in our air and water, how much rain we...
July 30, 2014

Oh, Give Me a Home…

It’s one of those days, the kind when the sky is just a stretch of turquoise blue and a smattering of cotton-ball clouds. To the right, tall wisps of wheat and grass, to the left, towering hills shaded purple...