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Make a ‘Switch’ for the Better

Change is difficult. It doesn’t matter whether it involves rolling out a new corporate initiative in a large company or trying to eat healthier for a New Year’s resolution. It’s not that the change itself is complicated. Oftentimes, it’s...
July 18, 2012

Not Rocket Science: ‘How to Master the Art of Selling’

When I was a kid, I loved comic books. Reading about the exploits of the Uncanny X-Men, the Amazing Spider Man, and the Incredible Hulk filled many of the evenings and weekends of my childhood. (Oh, who am I...

Levittown and the Rise of the ‘Burbs

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Whether it’s McMansions or manufactured homes, chances are you’ve dealt with at least one property that was influenced in some way by William Levitt. What’s that? You’ve never heard of William Levitt?...
September 16, 2011

Stealing Away to ‘Griftopia’

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Of all the books I’ve read that attempt to get at the central causes of the economic downturn, Matt Taibbi’s Griftopia (Spiegel & Grau, 2010) is the definitely the most vitriolic. It’s...
May 20, 2011

Master ‘The Art of Conversation’

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine We need to talk. Those aren’t my words. It’s from Catherine Blyth’s recent book, The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure (Gotham Books, 2009). In fact, she starts...
March 1, 2011

The Big Short: Wall Street’s Role in the Housing Boom and Bust

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine QUICK SKIM Following the subprime mortgage meltdown in 2007 and subsequent housing crisis, the line from most commentators was that no one saw it coming. The near-collapse of finance and credit in...
August 10, 2010

The Book of Brokerages — er, Basketball

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine If you’ve gotten past the title of this post, you may be thinking: This guy wrote about a basketball book for a real estate blog? How self-indulgent is that? The answer: very...
April 20, 2010

Money Talks, Bullsh*t Walks: Inside the Contrarian Mind of Billionaire Mogul Sam Zell

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Famed investor Sam Zell, who made his fortune in commercial real estate, is part of the same billionaire genus as Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates. Most people tend to view him as...
March 1, 2010

Bailout Nation: The Dynamics of the Downturn

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine QUICK SKIM As Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.” In his book Bailout Nation, author Barry Ritholtz lays out the...
October 7, 2009

The Whuffie Factor: Tips for Tweets

By Shane Singh, Editorial Intern, REALTOR® Magazine In The Whuffie Factor (Crown Business, 2009), author Tara Hunt explains how businesses can harness the power of social capital to their benefit, whether it is in the form of Facebook profiles,...