REALTORS® Converge on Washington, DC

Governmental Affairs, News No Comments »

I am in Washington, DC at the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear meeting. The electricity of politics is in the air, and although this is one of my favorite tourist towns, instead of spending half a day tomorrow in the Air and Space Museum, I will join my fellow REALTORS® on Capitol hill lobbying our Senators and Representatives. Major talking points:

  1. FHA Reform
  2. GSE (Government Sponsored Enterprises) Reform - You have heard of our quasi-governmental cousins Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, of course
  3. Homebuyer Tax Credits
  4. National Flood Insurance Program
  5. Affordable Property and Casualty Insurance
  6. Small Business Health Insurance

More details, and tourist pictures later… I have to go deep into the ground to catch a quiet, fast train.

Posted by Joe Spake at 6:31 am


Too Much Real Estate Information?

Ethics/Professionalism, Trends 2 Comments »

It seems that almost daily another national real estate website emerges with home sales and value information, sales trends and localized commentary.  With the increasing awareness of Web 2.0, the consumer has  a wide variety of resources beyond and real estate company and agent sites.  With more resources, the line blurs between what is factual and what is based on computer models or conjecture.  The most obvious way to pull this information together is with a professional who is out on the streets every day dealing with it.  I have added Real Estate Consultant, Mollie Wasserman’s Warning to my site.  It makes a lot of sense for both practitioners and the public.

Real Estate Internet Warning©
Despite advertising claims to the contrary, the Internet is not an experienced real estate professional. It cannot consult, counsel, advise, apply knowledge of local real estate laws and market conditions, make judgments, own the result, or most importantly, understand your individual goals and needs and care about you as a client. Furthermore, while the Internet can provide information, it cannot interpret it. (used by permission, compliments of Mollie W. Wasserman)       


Posted by Joe Spake at 7:45 am

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