Land Use & Property Rights Archive

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...

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

In Atlanta, Sweeping Away the Cobwebs on Building Permits

Earlier this year, during the brouhaha over NAR’s dues increase, we spent time looking at the long-term value of political advocacy. We sought to share stories about policy victories that had a direct impact on the bottom line for...

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

Coverage in the Gulf: Communities Oppose Drilling Moratorium

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Houma, La., yesterday, Grand Isle, La., today, Gulfport, Miss., tomorrow. Here’s what I’ve learned so far on my trip to the Gulf: Most people living here are opposed to the moratorium on deep water drilling...
June 18, 2010

Coverage in the Gulf: How the Oil Spill Is Impacting Real Estate

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine When Carolyn Angelette, broker-owner of Century 21 Island Realty in Grand Isle, La., looks out her window, she sees orange fencing and markers warning islanders to keep away from the oil-ridden...
June 15, 2010