Rent-to-Buy? Try ‘Vacation-to-Buy’

We thought we’d seen it all when we caught wind of a peculiar marketing tactic to let potential home buyers spend the night in a house before making an offer. But, of course, things can always go a step...
February 7, 2014

Philadelphia REALTORS® Show Their City Some Brotherly Love

Philadelphia has the ninth largest municipal economy in the world, by some measures, but despite its size, it’s struggling with budget matters like many major cities. Among other things, it has some 40,000 buildings and 10,000 lots that are...
February 5, 2014

VIDEO: Coldwell Banker’s Latest Hit to Be Released During Grammys

With the 56th Annual Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday, we’re all reminiscing about some of the classic hits over the decades. Coldwell Banker Real Estate has one in mind: Mötley Crüe’s anthem “Home Sweet Home.” It’s the perfect...
January 23, 2014

Drones Offer Promise in Real Estate—Once Rules are Out

The excitement around drones is increasing and for good reason: the technology is steadily getting to the point where commercial applications are increasingly possible, including for use in marketing real estate. Being able to hoist a camera on a...
January 22, 2014

Elements of Net Neutrality Order Overturned

By Melanie Wyne, NAR Government Affairs The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday ruled that key elements of the Federal Communications Commissions’ 2010 Open Internet Order are invalid. The order, which sets forth what are...
January 15, 2014

Credit Union or Bank: Does It Matter?

As a real estate practitioner, does it matter whether you put your money into a bank or a credit union or whether you take out a loan with one but not the other? In the third of our monthly...
January 14, 2014

The Best of CES for Real Estate

LAS VEGAS — It was all about the “Internet of Things” at the 2014 International Consumer Electronic Show, which wrapped up last week in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 exhibitors showed off the latest gadgets and offered a peek...
January 13, 2014

Mortgage Availability Tightening? QM Takes Effect Today

NAR has been working with federal regulators since Congress in 2010 passed massive banking reform legislation, part of which created the qualified mortgage and qualified residential mortgage rules. Today is an important day in the timeline of those rules,...
January 10, 2014

Marijuana is Starting to Intersect with Real Estate

You don’t think of the changing status of marijuana in many states as having a real estate impact but it does. In the states where medical marijuana is decriminalized (and in Washington and Colorado, where it’s decriminalized even for...
January 6, 2014

13 Stories You Loved in 2013

When you look back on 2013, what do you remember most? We hope at least some of these stories make it on your list. Here are 13 of REALTOR® Magazine’s most popular posts of 2013: Key West Association Wins...
December 31, 2013