Stevens: Facts Getting Lost in FHA Safety Debate

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine “Nobody has asked to come in and look at our balance sheet, to go through our finances, which I’ve offered to everybody.”—FHA Commissioner David Stevens News reports raising concerns that FHA might...
October 22, 2009

Jumbo Freeze Might be Thawing

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s still early but there are signs the availability of jumbo financing might be improving—although underwriting standards probably won’t ease any time soon. That means the days of creditworthy borrowers having a...
October 15, 2009

Deliver Happiness

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A few months ago, I heard Alfred Lin, COO & CFO of Zappos.com speak at Inman’s Real Estate Connnect San Francisco 2009. The company has won accolades from the business community for...

An Under-the-Radar Win for Common Sense

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s a small thing, but it’s impact could have been big. Some new federal lending rules take effect tomorrow (under HOEPA—the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act) and among them is a...
October 1, 2009

Mental Recession Redux?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In July 2008, in the heat of the presidential election, McCain campaign advisor and former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm caused some controversy when he seemingly characterized the United States as “a nation...
September 25, 2009

Getting the Tax Credit Extended: Outlook

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine What are the chances of getting the first-time home buyer tax credit extended, particularly before its expiration Dec. 1? No one can know that, of course, but what’s clear is that the...
September 25, 2009

Are You a Master?

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In February 2009, REALTOR® Magazine launched the Masters Series, a video diary of top-producing practitioners, who represent expertise in a certain field within real estate. We traveled all over the country to...

Lawmakers Who Went the Distance on Banks

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Today, with the financial crisis still very much with us, it would be a hard sell for federal banking companies to get the go-ahead to own real estate brokerages and property management...

New-Growth Indicators: What Do You Look for?

By Mariwyn Evans, Commercial Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you think you have a good nose for where the next new area of development or redevelopment will be in your market, we want to hear from you. Contact Mariwyn Evans...
September 17, 2009

Web Traffic Trends Point to Highly Educated Buyers

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Several bits of news have popped up in the past week, reminding us just how significant real estate Web sites have become in today’s market and in today’s online culture. Last Friday,...