Environmental 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

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

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

Court Side: The Great Promise—and Limits—of the Supreme Court’s Sackett Decision

The magazine’s April 19 legal webinar with National Association of Realtors® attorneys Ralph Holmen and Finley Maxson made a good jumping off point for a series of blog posts. In previous posts, I discussed the RESPA case, Freeman v....

EPA Case Is Owner Rights Opportunity

The EPA wetlands case before the U.S. Supreme Court this week involves a narrow due process issue but for NAR the case provides an opportunity for real estate interests to press their property-rights effort on behalf of property owners....
January 9, 2012

Property Rights at Root of EPA Supreme Court Case

When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case called Sackett vs. EPA next week, NAR and a dozen other associations will be looking on with more than passing interest. NAR is part of a group that has submitted...
January 4, 2012

REALTORS® Meet with Gulf Claims Chief on Hardship

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you’ve been following the oil spill dispatches from my colleague Erica Christoffer you’ve gotten a taste of the impact the spill is having on real estate in the hardest-hit areas of...
August 2, 2010

Coverage in the Gulf: A First-Hand View of the Oil Spill

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine One of the most memorable cities I visited during my trip to the Gulf Coast last week was Grand Isle, La. The oil is more physically present here than other city...
June 23, 2010

Coverage in the Gulf: Potential Economic Impact in Houma

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine I’ve learned from my visit to the Gulf that each community along the coast is having and will continue to have vastly different experiences dealing with the oil spill. Some areas,...
June 21, 2010