Why QRM is Such a Big Win for Real Estate

Much of what NAR does in Washington is defensive: it works with Congress to prevent curbs to the mortgage interest deduction or to prevent elimination of federal backing of conforming mortgage loans. The qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule that...
November 3, 2014

Marketing Agreements are Fine; Sham Ones are Not

The latest in a number of high-profile fines for illegal kickbacks in real estate was announced a few weeks ago. A title company had allegedly entered into agreements with real estate practitioners and others in the industry for marketing...
October 22, 2014

How I Stopped Being a Victim After I Was Attacked

With safety issues still top of mind for real estate professionals across the country since the tragic death of Arkansas agent Beverly Carter in September, we’ve received tons of emails from readers who speak heroically about their own harrowing...
October 20, 2014

From the Horse’s Mouth: This is What Consumers Want From You (VIDEO)

Do you know what consumers want from a real estate agent? Sure, you might have a pretty good idea — but why not take it from them? Mike Reff, broker-associate at Madison & Company Properties in Denver, wanted his...
October 15, 2014

About News Corp’s Offer to buy Realtor.com

News Corp’s announced acquisition of Move Inc., which operates NAR’s consumer-facing website, realtor.com®, is about making listings and other REALTOR®-focused content easily accessible via the 500 million consumer page views that the media company generates every month, Move CEO...
October 7, 2014

Beverly Carter: She Was ‘an Angel on Earth’

The day Beverly Carter disappeared after meeting a supposed prospective buyer at a vacant home in rural Scott, Ark., will be remembered by REALTORS® around the nation as a horrible one — a day when the real estate industry...
October 1, 2014

National Coffee Day: Does the Brew In Your Town Bring Buyers to the Table?

Given that 61 percent of Americans consume coffee daily, the neighborhood coffee shop may be a strong selling point — as long as it’s not one of those chains. Today is National Coffee Day, and for anyone who values...
September 29, 2014

That’s Not How Millennials Work

It seems like we’ve gotten Millennials all wrong. For one, they were expected to be a generation of entrepreneurs — but in this economic tumult, they’ve traded in “meaningful work” for a 9-to-5 desk job and a steady (or...
September 26, 2014

About That FHA Prepayment Penalty . . .

News that FHA will eliminate a prepayment penalty starting next year has been widely reported. It’s a move NAR has been seeking for some time because it will relieve borrowers of a financial hit that’s entirely out of their...
September 11, 2014

Sh*t You Never Thought a REALTOR® Would Say

You might have heard of a North Carolina firecracker named Leigh Brown, broker-owner of RE/MAX Executive Realty in Concord, N.C. Now hear her loud and clear. When Brown joined REALTOR® Magazine earlier this year as its guest editor for...
September 11, 2014