Commercial & Investment Real Estate Archive

How Affordable Housing Can Actually Succeed on the Open Market

More and more people are moving to cities, and though the luxury market has been leading our slow exit from recession, that imbalance can’t continue. It’s time for the real estate industry to weigh in on affordability and urbanization....
November 11, 2016

Shakespeare and the Real Estate Investor

I have spent most of my life studying stories, with the exception of that brief unfortunate period as a child where math was required. (OK, by brief I actually mean the eleven years that it was required, but you...
January 25, 2016

Successful Women Think Outside the Investing Box

What would you do if you never had to work again? What if you had all the time in the world to spend exactly as you wanted? How would your life be different if money were not a worry?...
January 15, 2015

What Do Millennial Renters Want?

As a card-carrying member of the Millennial Generation (those of us born sometime after the early 1980s), I can attest that my peers and I are something of a different animal when it comes to real estate. We prefer...
July 31, 2014

When Books Become the Enemy

Ever gotten a letter of intent from unrepresented buyer offering to purchase your listing for exactly for 63 percent of your list price, subject to an armload of caveats and stipulations? How about a minimalist purchase contract from an...
November 5, 2013

Judging a Book by its Reviews

Say what you will about online shopping behemoth Amazon.com. In my humble opinion, the best thing about the whole site is the reviews. Sometimes they actually help me decide whether or not to purchase a product that I can’t...
August 20, 2013

Top 10 Real Estate Business Books

After last week’s post underscored the longevity of Gary Keller’s The Millionaire Real Estate Agent as a favorite book for newer agents, I thought it was time to go back and take a look at the top ten business...
May 10, 2013

When Virtual Becomes Reality

By Mariwyn Evans, Commercial Editor, REALTOR® Magazine By the end of the 21st century, the real estate where we work, shop, and play will look more like the Starship Enterprise’s holodeck than bricks and drywall we know today, says...
April 20, 2012

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

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

Top 10 Real Estate Books (2/17/10)

Here are the best selling real estate books from Amazon.com: 1. Shift: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times, by Gary Keller 2. The Real Book of Real Estate: Real Experts. Real Stories. Real Life. By Robert T....
February 17, 2010

Top 10 Real Estate Sales Books

Here are the current top selling books about sales in real estate from Amazon.com:   1. FLIP:  How to Find, Fix, and Sell Houses for Profit, by Rick Villani, Clay Davis, and Gary Keller 2. Success as a Real...
February 4, 2010

Top 10 Real Estate Books (12/31/09)

Here are the current top selling real estate books from Amazon.com: 1. The Housing Boom and Bust, by Thomas Sowell 2. The Real Book of Real Estate: Real Experts. Real Stories. Real Life., by Robert T. Kiyosaki 3. The...
December 31, 2009

Top 10 Real Estate Books (9/9/09)

Here are the top selling real estate books from Amazon.com: 1. The Housing Boom and Bust, By Thomas Sowell 2. The Great Depression Ahead: How to Prosper in the Crash Following the Greatest Boom in History, By Harry S....
September 9, 2009

Book Excerpt: What Renters Want

The new book “House Investors’ Manual” (2009), released this month, by real estate broker Lambert Munz offers a look at the buying rules ignored, unknown or untold regarding house rental investments. Munz bases his book on years of experience—27...
June 13, 2009