Study Finds Connection Between Neighborhood Walkability and Home Values

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A recent study released by CEOs for Cities shows homes located in walking-friendly neighborhoods–with nearby amenities such as parks, schools, libraries, restaurants, and coffee shops­–sell at higher prices than homes in less...

Questions About Health Care Reform

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As many of you have probably heard, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey recently caught some flak for writing an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal opposing any new health care entitlements...
August 21, 2009

Top 5 Daily News Stories Last Week

Here are the top five items from the Daily News last week:...

Social Networking Gains Traction in Real Estate Tech Survey

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine More REALTORS® are using social networking for their business than ever before, according to data in a recent report released by the Center for REALTOR® Technology (CRT). The study, conducted in June,...
August 7, 2009

All Things Tech at Inman Real Estate Connect

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The mood in the Grand Ballroom of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, the site of the 2009 Inman News Real Estate Connect (August 5-7) conference, was remarkably upbeat. With this week’s...

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

A Proposed Reboot for Fannie and Freddie

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A proposal to take Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s bad assets off the books and restructure the two organizations is scheduled for discussion at the White House’s National Economic Council today. A...
August 6, 2009

Data Security Heating Up for Real Estate

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Back in 2006, NAR worked with the Federal Trade Commission on a campaign to help REALTORS® help their customers protect their identity against theft, online theft but also offline theft as well....
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

Authenticity and the Social Web

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In the September issue of REALTOR® magazine, we’re bringing you a cover story on the realities of doing business on the “social Web” — i.e., the vast array of sites that allow...