housing market Archive

Prices Holding Up Well Despite Everything

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine One of the remarkable things about home sales today is the strength we’re seeing in the national median price. For July it was $182,600, up almost a percentage point from a year...
August 25, 2010

Latest Home Price Figures Are Positive

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine From a price perspective, the latest news is good for the housing market. Home prices for the second quarter are up on a year-over-year basis in almost two-thirds of the big metro...
August 11, 2010

Help For Understanding Wall Street Reform

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The Wall Street reform law that President Obama signed several weeks ago is huge but only a portion of it directly impacts your business as real estate brokers and sales associates. Right...

REALTORS® Meet with Gulf Claims Chief on Hardship

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you’ve been following the oil spill dispatches from my colleague Erica Christoffer you’ve gotten a taste of the impact the spill is having on real estate in the hardest-hit areas of...
August 2, 2010

You Did It: Tax Credit, Flood Insurance Extension

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Almost 85,000 of you sent letters to your members of Congress over the last month or so to get them to do what by any measure is the right thing to do:...
July 1, 2010

Shadow Inventory: How Big, What Opportunities?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine You often hear talk within real estate about the shadow inventory that looms over markets. These are the homes that are at risk of going into default or are already owned by...
June 29, 2010

Stopping the Oil Gusher, Starting the Jobs Gusher

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Home sales are doing pretty well right now, with sales at an annual pace of almost 5.7 million units, but the question on everyone’s minds is, what happens now that April 30...
June 23, 2010

Bill Gives More Time to Close Tax Credit Deals

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine One of the frustrations we’ve been hearing from agents is that their clients want to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit but because deals are taking so long to close,...
June 11, 2010

Video Clips: Where the Recovery is Heading

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine The two top economists we heard from yesterday on the state of residental markets were genuinely optimistic but just as genuinely concerned. The optimism stemmed from the clear improvement in the economy...
May 14, 2010

Boost Needed? Give These 5 Sales Tips a Try

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Searching for some ideas to give your business a jump? REALTOR® Magazine senior editor Wendy Cole roamed around the 2010 NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Thursday, May 13, to learn...