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Building Hope

Four hurricanes pounded Florida in August and September 2004, and Rob and Marlena Burger are still recovering eight years later. Their Orlando storefront printing and design business was destroyed, and the couple ended up living and working in an...
November 9, 2012

Putting Marriage Up for a Vote

Update (Nov. 7, 2012): Minnesota voters rejected the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman during the General Election Nov. 6. The measure required a simple majority, however, 51.3 percent of voters opposed the amendment...
November 5, 2012

REALTORS® on the East Coast Help Clients Pick Up the Pieces Following Hurricane Sandy

The dock that Kate Koplinka grew up crabbing off of in Mastic Beach, Long Island, New York, vanished beneath the wind and flood waters of Hurricane Sandy this week. Yet Koplinka, ABR, vice president and associate broker of Coldwell...
November 1, 2012

Going Global: Are You Ready?

Miami is known for its colorful vibrancy, but 23,000 vacant condos put a dark cloud over the south Florida market at its peak inventory in 2008. Do you know what happened? They’ve all sold — largely due to the...

REALTORS® Stand Up for Housing at Democratic Convention

When Paul Yorkis was young, his mother took him to the Democratic Party headquarters and asked him to stuff envelopes in support of Adlai Stevenson who ran for president twice during the 1950s. “It was fun and people were...
September 14, 2012

Obama: Don’t Take Away MID for Middle Class

Commentators, bloggers, and the Twitterverse have been abuzz with praise for the rousing speeches coming out of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week, culminating Thursday night with President Barack Obama accepting his party’s nomination. But now...
September 7, 2012

NAR Participates in Conventions

Representatives from the National Association of REALTORS® were in attendance at both the DNC and RNC, appearing and speaking at various real estate-related forums in support of housing issues. During the North Carolina and Charlotte REALTOR® associations’ breakfast Wednesday...
September 7, 2012

Economic Hurdles Call for Team Mentality

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt captivated audiences with his speed and charisma during the 2012 Summer Olympics. You may have noticed “The Fastest Man in the World” slows his steps ever so slightly when approaching the finish line during his...

Multifamily Housing Demand to Outpace Production

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Developers of multifamily homes should be relishing in the fact that demand is incredibly strong. But in reality, developers are struggling to build new apartments because financing is so hard to...
February 16, 2012

Small-Home Trend Reverses as More High-End Buyers Enter the Market

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Single-family home starts were at a 40-year-low in 2011, with just 429,000 homes built. That’s also a 75 percent decrease from a peak of 1.7 million starts in 2005. But today’s...
February 10, 2012