With the election of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as president of the United States and gains by Democrats in U.S. House and Senate races, one big question is likely to be on many real estate practitioners’ minds: How will the housing industry’s top legislative goals be affected?
Eight years ago, Dennis Donahue and his business partners made a prediction: Downtown living would become huge, and real estate companies that focused specifically on the niche would prosper. The gamble paid off.
The federal government came to the rescue of Wall Street financial services companies in early October with the country's largest ever private-sector rescue. But will the Wall Street firms use those funds to open up bank lending to home buyers?
With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon for the foreseeable future, will suburbs see subdued demand even after other housing areas regain strength? REALTOR® magazine brought together industry analysts and practitioners to debate that question.
When you combine the $7,500 home ownership tax credit that the federal government created earlier this year with today’s low interest rates, wide selection of for-sale inventory, and affordable home prices, many of the pieces are in place for your customers to buy now. But tax credits can be confusing. To help your clients understand how the credit works and why it would help them, you must learn the details.
The Republican and Democratic candidates for president share a belief in the private sector's ability to lift the economy back into growth mode. But their paths diverge on how the federal government should contribute to this goal. To see where the candidates stand on issues vital to real estate practitioners, REALTOR® magazine went to the sources.
Different market conditions require new business approaches. The market slowdown of the last year and a half has been part of the driving force behind the change for many brokers who are switching gears.
REALTOR.com President Errol Samuelson and Move President Lorna Borenstein explain how the new REALTOR.com will solidify the site as the No. 1 home search site among consumers and what the revamp means for you.
Small real estate operations have their own secrets for staying competitive against larger rivals, but they all share a steadiness in their approach, persistence, and an attention to detail that translate into a consistent, and satisfying, experience for their clients.
James Crumbaugh launched a 100 percent company in January, which lets associates keep more of their money than his competitors. He says he can keep the fee so low because his company is virtual, which means its brokers have no office costs.
A lot of home buyers don’t know that at some real estate brokerages they can get their mortgage, title insurance, home warranty, and other settlement services under one roof. But when they learn of the option, they want it.
A look at the survey by REALTOR® magazine which identified differences in associates’ career goals — differences that can help you tailor your offerings to the types of real estate professionals you want to recruit or retain.