Broker Issues Archive

Take the Distress Out of Distressed Properties

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Foreclosure filings have decreased slightly for the past three  months in a row, according to RealtyTrac. While that’s certainly welcome news from a short-term perspective,  the larger picture concerning distressed properties remains grim....
November 14, 2009

Do Sales Plaques Matter?

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Recently I was chatting with a very successful real estate pro who took great pride in the many plaques and other forms of recognition that his brokerage gave him month after month...
October 28, 2009

Thought About Lease-to-Own Transactions?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The news on housing has been good lately, with existing-home sales up for the last several months, but we’re still in a very difficult market, particularly with move-up homes. Not only have...
August 6, 2009

Why You Need a Tech Policy

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Because most real estate salespeople are independent contractors, brokerage managers commonly assume that they shouldn’t dictate or even recommend to agents what sort of computers or other tech tools to use, let...
August 4, 2009

Brokerages Get Financing Help

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Much of what NAR gets involved in at the federal level is high-profile, like protecting the mortgage interest deduction, but the association on a daily basis is involved in initiatives that fly...
July 28, 2009

Are You a Broker-Owner Who’s Trimmed Office Space?

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Broker-Owners: Have you recently reduced your office space? For an upcoming article, REALTOR Magazine wants to speak to brokers who’ve cut back on excess work space to save money and improve efficiency....
May 29, 2009

Lender Logic Meltdown

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor,  REALTOR® Magazine Thought I would share this mind-boggling post from one of my REALTOR® friends on Facebook. Jennifer Bunker is the savvy broker-owner at Coldwater Creek Properties, an environmentally-conscious brokerage in Ogden, Utah: “Today Wells Fargo...
May 21, 2009