Mortgage Financing Archive

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...

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Real Estate Books (09/08/08)

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. The...
September 8, 2008

Confessions of a Subprime Lender: 5 Reasons the Subprime Market Crumbled

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey QUICK SKIM Slowing home sales, a tightening credit market, record-high foreclosures — how did we get to this point? Richard Bitner’s book Confessions of a Subprime Lender (Wiley, 2008) gives a close-up look at how...
August 21, 2008

Author Chat: Tracey Rumsey

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Mortgage expert Tracey Rumsey, author of Saving the Deal (AMACOM, 2008), responds to your questions about how you can avoid potential transaction deal killers. What’s the most common deal killer in a transaction that you’ve...
March 31, 2008

Saving the Deal: 5 Common Deal Killers

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey QUICK SKIM Your buyer found the perfect home. Your seller found the perfect buyer. Yet, as you near closing, all types of title, mortgage, appraisal, and home inspection problems can keep you from closing. Mortgage...

Author Chat: Edith Lank

National syndicated real estate columnist Edith Lank, author of Confessions of a Real Estate Columnist: I’ve Heard it All and So Should You (Dearborn Financial Publishing, 2007), responds to your questions. I read in the book blog that you...

Don’t Just Sell It, Own It

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine Investing in real estate helps brokers and salespeople generate additional income and build a more secure future for themselves and their families. Two books offer different, yet complementary, approaches to real estate investment....