More Closing Time, Less Courtroom Time

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s a tough market and you’re trying to put bread on the table, but don’t cut corners on disclosures to get a deal done—it will come back to haunt you. That’s the...
July 10, 2009

Facebook TMI

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A friend sent me this article from The Washington Post, which basically outlines how Facebook plans to overhaul its privacy settings. They want to make our information less private and more searchable...

Tell Your Clients: Don’t Wait on Tax Credit

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A handful of bills to extend and increase the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit are under consideration in Congress, but if you have clients who are holding out in anticipation of one...
July 9, 2009

Looks Like HVCC is Slowing Home Sales

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine For weeks, NAR has been getting e-mails and phone calls on problems caused by the implementation of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct. If you’re not familiar with HVCC, it’s an agreement...

Cost vs. Value: Two Ways You Can Make It Better

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine We’re on our way to producing the 2009-10 Cost vs. Value Report. So far, 1,544 REALTORS® have completed the Cost vs. Value survey that’s in the field. Another 1,153 have started...

Facebook Fan Pages: The Difference Between Asking and Earning.

By Todd Carpenter, Social Media Manager, National Association of REALTORS® I’m getting a lot of these e-mails lately: “XXXXXX became a fan of YYYYYY on Facebook and suggested you become a fan too.” With the advent of fan pages,...
June 29, 2009

A Sunday Open Like No Other

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine Don’t call it an open house. That was the message from the hardworking “M&M Team,” Maria DelBoccio and Michelle DePinto of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who staged a “lifestyle marketing event”...
June 29, 2009

Market Yourself on Social Media!

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A couple of weeks ago, I had the good fortune to sit in on a session held here in Chicago for the new Certified Social Media Marketer (CSM) credential. Developed late last...
June 26, 2009

Sugar Ray Leonard: “Knocked Down Doesn’t Mean You’re Knocked Out”

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine I hope you’re planning to join us in San Diego, Calif., for the 2009 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in November, which will feature boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. I had the pleasure...

Scripts Are Coming Your Way

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine At the 2009 Keller Williams Family Reunion in Orlando, I listened to many practitioners who said they wanted more scripts to help them through these demanding times. In response to this request,...