Politics & Government Archive

A Train that Leads to a Pot of Real Estate Gold?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine With financial services reform and other major pieces of legislation working their way though both houses and members of Congress already thinking about midterm elections in November, it’s a real question what...

The 2010 Midyear Meetings & Expo: A Look at the Week Ahead

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The 2010 REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Expo is getting underway this week. Like last year, this event will kick off tomorrow with the Real Estate Summit, a day-long look at high-level...

Health Reform for REALTORS® Explained

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® magazine About two weeks ago we ran a quick summary of what to expect now that health reform has passed. To fill in the details of that summary, I sat down with Marcia...
April 19, 2010

On Short Sales, the Rubber Now Meets the Road

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’ll be interesting to see what happens on Monday. That’s the day lenders who participate in the federal government’s mortgage modification program are required to participate in its standardized short-sale procedures. All...
April 2, 2010

Initial Thoughts on Health Reform’s Impact

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Health insurance reform will surely be controversial for a long time to come but now that it’s in effect, what does it mean to REALTORS®? Existing Coverage First, if you buy your...
March 31, 2010

FHA Remains the Mortgage Lifeline

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine David Stevens FHA helped 2 million borrowers in its last fiscal year, double its volume the previous year. That’s a testament to the crucial role the agency is playing in housing markets,...
February 22, 2010

Inman: “An Economy and a Country to Invest in”

By Katie Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The opening session of Inman Real Estate Connect 2010 in New York was markedly more optimistic than just a year ago where practitioners gathered at the Marriott Marquis for the three-day conference....
January 15, 2010

Is the New GFE an Improvement?

By Stacey Moncrieff, editor in chief, REALTOR® Magazine Happy New Year, everyone! As usual, we’re ringing in the new year with a lot of unfinished business (health care reform, financial institution reform, and so on). One thing that was finally settled,...
December 31, 2009

Top 10 Real Estate Developments of the ’00s: #2

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine We’re getting close! Here’s the second-ranked trend on our list of top real estate developments of this decade:...
December 23, 2009

Top 10 Real Estate Developments in the ’00s: #3

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine We’ve cracked the top three! Here’s the next installment of our series on the top developments in real estate this past decade:...
December 19, 2009