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.
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.
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.
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.