home ownership matters Archive

Using Home Ownership Matters Resources to Boost Your Business

You’ve been hearing a lot about NAR’s Home Ownership Matters campaign over the last year and a half. It’s all about letting lawmakers and policymakers in Washington know that home ownership is a bedrock value of our country and...

A Veterans Day Tribute to Home

On this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011, here’s a great story about how much “home ownership matters” to an American serving our country abroad. It’s from REALTOR® Regina Acosta Tobin, ABR, agent-owner of RE/MAX Metro Plus in Columbus, Ohio:...
November 11, 2011

Liftoff in Albuquerque!

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine This week, I’m riding along with the Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour as it begins the southwestern leg of its journey across the United States. In case you haven’t heard about...
October 18, 2011

We’re Doing Fine (in) Oklahoma

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine It’s great to get away from the river of media that flows through my computer each day and spend face-to-face time with REALTORS®. That’s what I did today, visiting Norman, Okla.,...
October 13, 2011

2000-2010: Not a ‘Lost Decade’ for Housing

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine On Barry Ritholtz’s economics blog, there’s a very illustrative set of charts (courtesy of Visualizing Economics) that shows increases and decreases in home values state-by-state — according to FHFA data — over...
April 27, 2011

The Return on Equity Myth — Again

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Paul Starobin in his piece “Should Owning a Home Still Define the American Dream?” in the Spring 2011 issue of The Next Economy (a special supplement of the National Journal) asks us to...
March 29, 2011

Fight for Home Ownership

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A few of us from NAR have been travelling the country to follow the Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour as it visited in Chicago, Denver, and Portland and made stops along the...
March 28, 2011

Phipps: ‘We Need to Empower the Consumer Voice’

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine As the debate in Washington continues over tax reform, a noticeably concerned group of real estate professionals and association members attended the REALTORS® Town Hall at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Ore.,...
March 28, 2011

Phipps: ‘Public Policy Will Be the Way to Boost Home Owner Confidence’

By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine REALTORS® need to be proactive about lobbying on the local and state level, 2011 NAR President Ron Phipps told a packed audience in Denver today. Phipps spoke a town-hall meeting in the...
March 18, 2011

Exotic Loans Behind Taxpayer ‘Payment Shock’

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Cato Institute analyst Mark Calabria in his piece, Housing Market Will Be Fine Without 30-Year Fixed Loans (Investor’s Business Daily, March 17),  argues that the stability provided to households from the 30-year, fixed-rate...
March 17, 2011