Would Honesty, Education and Accountability Have Lessened Our Real Estate Market Woes?

Whether or not you believe that housing has hit bottom, there are some things to be learned from the recent fiasco that was the housing market. Greed is an ugly business, a vice to be eradicated, especially in the markets.

Low Appraisal Problems Continue to Dog Buyers

The ongoing problem of low appraisals is continuing to have a negative effect on housing markets, with many deals falling through following an appraisal that comes in lower than the agreed asking price.

Hogwash and Growing Economic Concerns

Just like a client of our PR firm suggested for the travel industry, there is no equation for continued sustainable growth for the world economy, not with ravenous expenditures and inefficiencies. Tom Magnuson talked to this writer two weeks ago about the business of online travel – as he suggested, a once economical solution turned sour by greed and excessive commissions. As Magnuson suggests, industry middlemen and hangers on have all but crippled us all. The time for hogwash is about over.

NAR Demands Wants Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization

What with the heavy rains and severe storms seen in various parts of the US over the last week, thanks to Irene, flooding is one of the primary concerns of home and business property owners across the nation. But it’s not only them. The National Association of Realtors has also become quite concerned about flooding recently.

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Insult to Injury – Washington’s Proposal To Change MID Could Put A Nail in Homeowners’ Coffin

The trend these days from politicians to preachers, from music gurus to realtors, is the bus tour. The National Association of Realtors has been tooling around the country on the “Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour”, discussing the impact that changes to the mortgage interest deduction could have on both existing and hopeful homeowners. This tour

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Home Buyer’s Trends – What Buyers Want Today

Anyone looking to buy a home this year quite reasonably has very high expectations – the most important of which is getting a great deal for their money. But, it’s not just about getting more bang for your buck – house hunters today are looking for additional incentives as well, including things like financial assistance,

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Lawmakers Call For Lower Down Payments

A mortgage proposal that calls for a 20% down payment on even the safest of mortgages is the target of a group of lawmakers who are desperate to convince federal regulators to overhaul the move. The move, say lawmakers, would threaten the chances of the US making a full recovery from recession “for years”. A

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Realtors Facing Tough Times Together

The job of a realtor isn’t much fun these days, what with delinquencies on the rise, home prices continuing to fall and even stricter regulations on the way. And so you could be forgiven for thinking that those attending last weekend’s National Association of Realtors convention would be in a pretty sour mood. But as

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