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Have You Noticed The Change?

We recently upgraded our blog to give you more organized access to the information, a cleaner look and feel, and an address that’s easier to remember. You may also notice that we’ve rearranged a bit. You will now find...
January 14, 2010

Momentum Building for Tax Credit Extension, Posted by Charles

A few weeks ago, the news media was all abuzz with opinion pieces stating that the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit had run its course, and the prospect for extending the credit was very uncertain. However, in the past...
October 9, 2009

Highest Form of Flattery, Posted by Vicki

It has been said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that’s true, then I am certainly honored by my recent experiences visiting our international partners in Brazil. SECOVI invited me to deliver an industry address to...
October 2, 2009

Mr. McMillan Goes to Washington, Posted by Charles

In the classic movie, Mr. Smith goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart’s character is appointed to fill a U.S. Senate seat and when faced with the reality of politics, he doesn’t back down. Well, I may not be serving in...
September 26, 2009

We Are “On the Rise,” Posted by Vicki

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to address NAR’s 2010 state and local presidents-elect and association executives the Leadership Summit. It was a chance for me to explain our organization’s theme and goals for 2010 and to...
September 12, 2009

2010 Leaders Ready to Shine, Posted by Dick

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with NAR’s 2010 Leadership Team. Although the team officially takes office in November, the Summer is an opportunity for them to get together and prepare for the...
August 4, 2009

REALTOR Concerns Prompt Action on Appraisals, Posted by Charles

Earlier this month, I blogged about my meetings with the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and Fannie Mae to share our concerns about the Home Valuation Code of Conduct. I also mentioned the ongoing...
July 25, 2009

Smart Money, Dumb Article, Posted by Charles

We have heard from many of you lately regarding the recent article in SmartMoney entitled, “10 Things Your Real Estate Broker Won’t Say.” We share your outrage over the clear distortion and misrepresention of the service real estate professional...
July 20, 2009

Appraisal Update, Posted by Charles

I just returned to Texas after a whirlwind trip to the east coast, where I met with the New York Attorney General’s office and officials from the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Fannie Mae. The topic: appraisals, and specifically...

All is not quiet on the Midwestern front, Posted by Steve

Here in the trenches, on the front lines of real estate in Ohio, we continue to face challenges: First, there is an oversupply of houses, and home values are still in a general decline. Second, although the average sale...
June 19, 2009