Conference & Expo Archive

Learned Over Lunch

By Sarah Trzepacz and Jennifer Cavendish In a conference this size, you have to make choices about the sessions you attend. The cool thing is that even when you miss a session, you don’t necessarily miss the lesson. Take...
November 15, 2009

Stevens Strongly Defends FHA’s Financials

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In an address to hundreds of REALTORS® at the 2009 NAR Conference & Expo Saturday afternoon, FHA Commissioner David Stevens offered a fervent defense of the organization’s financials. He specifically addressed the...
November 15, 2009

The Socially Networked Neighborhood

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you want to become recognized as your neighborhood’s real estate expert, you should create a fan page for it on Facebook, advises Max Pigman, vice president and national speaker at REALTOR.com®....
November 15, 2009

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

HVCC: Bad Code or Badly Implemented Code?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Home Valuation Code of Conduct is getting a bad rap for causing what real estate professionals say is a rise in inaccurate appraisals, Alfred Pollard told a packed room of REALTORS®...
November 14, 2009

Taking the Time

In talking to many REALTORS® today—in sessions, on the walk between hotels, and in committee meetings—I noticed one thing that all these discussions had in common: optimism. REALTORS® are hopeful, they’re positive, and they’re pushing themselves and the association to be...
November 14, 2009

Social Media Best Practices

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor REALTOR® Magazine Social media should be used to create communities and not to push listings out. You wouldn’t go to church to hand out your listings, and therefore, you shouldn’t do it through your Facebook...
November 14, 2009

Things Are Looking Up: 2010 Economic Forecast

A large crowd of REALTORS®, many with coffee cups in hand, snapping photos with iPhones and Blackberries, packed a ball room this morning to hear NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun discuss housing market trends and the economic outlook. Yun...
November 14, 2009

Bringing the World Together in San Diego

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Poland, Vietnam, Austria, Russia, Mexico–representatives from these countries and others from the worldwide real estate community gathered to mingle, share experiences, and learn at the International Welcome Reception at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront...
November 13, 2009

RPR and HouseLogic: Projects of Striking Scale

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine So many announcements are made at NAR’s annual meeting that it’s easy to lose sight of just how trend-shifting some of them are. At the opening forum of the 2009 REALTORS® Conference...
November 13, 2009