The Invention and Evolution of a Space and Place Called the Ghetto

“Ghetto.” The word evokes a long and vexing tradition of racial imagery and history in the United States. We may think we know what the word means, but where does it come from? Why does it carry such socio-cultural...
July 12, 2018

Learning to Hear the Dog Whistle

Dog whistles are intended to be silent for everyone except for a select few listeners. But in his best-selling book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class (Oxford University Press, 2014),...

A Deeper Understanding of the Scourge of Racial Inequality

The pace of historic change can be at once laborious and swift. The passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Act in 1968 is a case in point. As a response to generations of discriminatory practices condoned by government, business,...
May 30, 2018

Would Mom Be Proud of Your Business?

The book is all about how to run a business your mother would be proud of. In it, Bliss offers countless real-life examples of how companies get this right and wrong. She punctuates these case studies with concrete ways...
May 7, 2018

What It’s Like to be Evicted

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be evicted, perhaps because the impacts of evictions are so wide-ranging. Household items are put on the curb and lost if the evictee can’t afford a storage unit. Having an eviction...

Books in Brief: Lighting the Path to Housing Equality

No matter how passive it may seem, reading is an activity. It can be an acknowledgement, a political act, an act of remembrance—and at its best, it’s often all three wrapped into one. April 11, 2018 will mark 50...
March 26, 2018

How to Build Housing More Affordably

Recognizing that cost is a major factor in the dearth of affordable housing, Julie Hyman offers a list of five techniques gleaned from her father that developers can employ today to create housing units on a smaller budget. ...
March 5, 2018

No Sunset on Housing History

Edina, Minn. is one of the few suburbs I could see myself living in. It has decent public transportation, boutique storefronts, independent restaurants—and for an extra dose of kitsch—the first indoor shopping mall in America. It’s one of those...
February 23, 2018

Wake Up Call for the Development Industry

In Reshaping Metropolitan America, Arthur C. Nelson argues demographic shifts on the horizon may mean McMansions in less-connected housing developments are divided up and transformed into slums, if current development trends aren't carefully reimagined. ...
January 29, 2018

Uncovering the Government’s Role in the History of U.S. Segregation

In The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, author Richard Rothstein details how the U.S. government introduced and reinforced the patterns of racial segregation we see across the United States today. Hathaway Hester...
January 24, 2018

What’s a Social-Purpose REIT?

The City We Need Is Affordable, Vol. 2 looks at some of real estate’s more innovative responses to the challenge of affordable housing all around the world....
January 4, 2018

Our 5 Hottest Stories of the Year

The readers have spoken! REALTOR® Magazine readers checked out these five articles more than any others on our site this part year. It’s time you learned what they learned about self-defense, the perils of conventional wisdom, the intersection of...
December 8, 2017

Beautiful, Gift-Worthy Real Estate Books

One of my favorite gifts to both give and receive is a book. It may seem passé in this world of digital media, but I think the fact that our lives are lived increasingly online makes books especially luxurious and...
November 16, 2017

3 Books to Pick Up Ahead of the Conference

Are you busy packing for the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo? Here are a few books for your suitcase! Each of these were written by someone who will be speaking as part of the educational bonanza happening in Chicago...
October 25, 2017

10 Reasons Why Real Estate Is the Best

Every once in awhile, when you’re having a tough time on the job, it’s nice to be reminded why you bothered going into such a crazy field in the first place. Well, reading Tim and Julie Harris’ new book,...
October 3, 2017