September is REALTOR® Safety Month, and I want to reintroduce you to the real estate professional’s best friend, the natural gift that helps keep you safe from harm while you go about your daily routine—your instincts.
One of the greatest mistakes I’ve seen and heard from practitioners—in more than two decades of helping people prevent violent...
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When I joined the ActiveRain blogging network in 2006, my main goal was to connect with other real estate agents and expand my sphere of influence. And indeed, the platform exposed me to a broad array of bloggers with varied backgrounds and interests. But one thing I never anticipated was to find a new outlet for...
A lot of my friends in the real estate business come to me with this question: "Where can my buyers go to find the lowest interest rate?"
Considering that I spent more than a decade working as a loan originator, and years before that in real estate sales, you’d think I could give them a clear-cut answer. Maybe I would have, a few years ago.
Yes, difficult times persist for many who work in the real estate profession, maybe even you. But these challenges should hardly keep you from engaging in public service. In fact, it’s during times like these that leaders can really shine.
Essentially, the right to post signs is a matter of free speech. Yet living cooperatively in society requires that we, as real estate professionals, must balance our right to free speech with the public’s right to safety and aesthetic standards.
At a time when business has never been more competitive, the arrival of new competitors—er, colleagues—can sometimes feel like a cause for serious jaw clenching. But it’s not always as bad as it seems, and here's the proof.
There is a generational gulf that threatens both collegiality and our ability to function cooperatively. We need to better understand each other's points of view if we're going to work together productively.
Although the publishing industry has experienced painful contractions, we’ve expanded how we think about REALTOR® Magazine. We’re saving money by publishing only 10 issues per year, but we’re delivering even more practical, how-to content through our other channels.
The expansion of government efforts to curb foreclosures encourages the rise of shadowy private sector initiatives promising to protect distressed borrowers. Also, many former mortgage brokers, title agents, and related professionals now specialize in foreclosure rescue. While most are honest, some are the same people who not long ago were promoting fraudulent and inappropriate subprime mortgages.
When you have the opportunity to choose or recommend an appraiser, do your homework first by checking state licensing boards or consumer protection agencies and asking trusted colleagues for referrals.
The first-time home buyer tax credit is an incentive you'd expect consumers to be clamoring about. But many practitioners are astounded to learn that buyers in their markets who are prime candidates for the credit aren't even aware of it.
With minority homeownership still lagging the national average, it’s clear there’s more work to be done. You can make a difference by educating yourself and your community and by being a resource to the culturally diverse customers in your market.
There’s no doubt that the mortgage meltdown will be one of the most important issues facing the Obama administration. Finding a logical resolution won’t be easy. It will require a solution that’s balanced and beneficial to both mortgage holders and lending institutions.
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.