Financing & Credit Archive

Watch Your Words

I’m just going to admit it: I’m swamped, along with the rest of the staff here at REALTOR® Magazine. The result is a growing stack of half-read books on my desk that I just haven’t had the chance to...
February 25, 2013

Love and Short Sales

Back when her life ran smack into the foreclosure crisis, Stephanie Alison Walker started blogging. It didn’t stop offers from evaporating or credit scores from plummeting. It didn’t keep her and her husband out of bankruptcy court. But it...
December 18, 2012

We Asked, You Answered: Book Recommendations

Last month we asked readers to share their favorite real estate book. The responses were overwhelmingly in favor of three books in particular:  Rich Buyer, Rich Seller!, (7L) The Seven Levels of Communication, and Underwater Home. Although we couldn’t...

One House, Two Homes

By Agnes Masnik, Freelance Writer for REALTOR® Magazine More than 10,000 Baby Boomers a day are turning 65 starting this year, according to the Pew Research Center. And home owners are responding to changes in the economy by exploring...
September 26, 2011

Don’t Let Myths Get the Best of Your Clients

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine The only way you’ll be winning the real estate game is if your clients are. Industry veteran Richard Steinhoff wants to help you help them. With more than 30 years under...
June 29, 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

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

Top 10 Business & Investing Books (3/22/10)

Here are the best selling business and investing books from Amazon.com: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by...
March 22, 2010

Top 10 eBooks: What You Read and Listened to in 2009

By Mary Martinez, National Association of REALTORS® Manager Library & Digital Information Repository Real estate professionals downloaded over 16,000 digital books from the Virtual Library eBooks Collection at Realtor.org in 2009 — and 2010 is off to a record...

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

Top 10 Real Estate Books (Feb. 9, 2009)

Here are the top selling books in real estate from Amazon.com: 1. The Great Depression Ahead: How to Prosper in the Crash Following the Greatest Boom in History, By Harry S. Dent 2. Home Buying For Dummies, 3rd edition,...
February 9, 2009

Is It Really a Short Sale?

Some properties are being advertised as a short sale when they really aren’t in an attempt to lure bargain-hunter buyers. A new book,Foreclosures, Short Sales, REOs, and Auctions: Tools for Success in Today’s Real Estate Market, published by Dearborn,...
November 20, 2008

Excerpt: How to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis

The following is excerpted from Financial Shock: A 360-degree Look at the Subprime Mortgage Implosion and How to Avoid the Next Financial Crisis (Pearson Education, 2009) by Mark Zandi, chief economist and cofounder of Moody’s Economy.com. Here are four...
November 12, 2008

The Option of Urbanism: How Cities Can Become More Walkable

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey QUICK SKIM It’s time for cities to get walking, not sprawling, writes Christopher B. Leinberger in his new book The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream (Island Press, 2008). Not only are...
October 6, 2008

Top 10 Real Estate Books (10/01/08)

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Here are the latest top selling books in real estate from Amazon.com: 1. The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It, By Robert J. Shiller 2. Chain of...
October 1, 2008