Charles McMillan Archive

Legacy Defined, Posted by Charles

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I had the opportunity to speak to two very different audiences on the same topic:  Leadership. The first audience was the Equal Opportunity & Cultural Diversity Forum, which hosted an open discussion on how we...
May 13, 2010

First, Do No Harm, Posted by Charles

This past week, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify on behalf of REALTORS® at two congressional hearings.  Although the issues were quite different, the message was the same – the federal government must work with us to keep...
March 12, 2010

For REALTORS® Homeownership Is a Passion, Posted by Charles

Wednesday afternoon, I had the honor of presenting one Habitat for Humanity family with the keys to a brand new home – a home that the REALTORS® built. Now, I have participated in Habitat for Humanity builds many times....
November 13, 2009

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

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

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

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...

Give Credit Where It’s Due, Posted By Charles

According to NAR research, the percentage of first-time homebuyers has risen from roughly one-third of all buyers in January to just under half in March and April. Why the sudden jump?? The answer is simple: those buyers have an...
June 12, 2009

Mortgage Credit, a Thorn in the Economy’s Side, Posted by Charles

Scientist Hugh Miller said: “Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.” We have a great opportunity right now to get the housing market back on track. Affordability is at an all-time high, thanks to low prices and record...
April 10, 2009