Land Use & Property Rights Archive

3 Surprising Ways to Measure Sustainability in Your Community

Sustainability is a popular word, and I think that’s mostly because it can mean so many different (but mostly positive) things: environmentally friendliness, durability, longevity, monetary balance. I would be willing to bet that at the 24th annual Congress...
June 8, 2016

An 800th Birthday for Property Rights

On Monday, June 15, historians across the world will celebrate eight centuries of a dusty old document. So, what does that mean to you, a modern real estate professional? Everything. The Magna Carta was the first agreement in the...
June 12, 2015

Midyear Reading List

On your way to the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo this May? I’m always curious to hear what you guys are packing in your carry-ons as reading material. If you still need to grab something, allow me to...

Home: A Deep-Seated Need

Sometimes one can find intrinsic truths about the human condition in the most mundane of places. Like the introductory chapter of an architecture textbook. That’s what happened to me this week when I was skimming through Invitation to Architecture:...
September 10, 2014

What’s New in the New-Home Market?

Boyce Thompson’s The New New Home aims to “demystify” the factors in play when it comes to building a new home in the current market, with special attention paid to environmental and economic factors that many buyers might want...
August 25, 2014

3 Green Reads For a More Sustainable Home This Earth Day

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Happy Earth Day!! It’s a great day to catch up on some green reading. Here are three recently published books that can give both you and your clients tips and resources...
April 22, 2011

NAREE Names Best Real Estate Books of the Year

The National Association of Real Estate Editors announced three winners, along with a first-time author award, for top real estate books this year for the 2008 Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards. Check out the list of winners and...
November 19, 2008

Excerpt: Learn About Energy Audits

The following is excerpted from Sustainable Housing and Building Green (Dearborn, 2008) by Marie S. Spodek and Ken Deshaies. Audits in the Real Estate Transaction Energy audits are an excellent source of additional information to help sellers, builders, and...
October 13, 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

All Real Estate Is Local: 5 Indicators of a Healthy Local Market

QUICK SKIM Scrutinize national housing trends all you want, but influences in your local market are really what determine whether home values rise or fall, NAR Chief Economist David Lereah says in his latest book All Real Estate is...
April 4, 2007

Detecting Houses’ Hidden Flaws

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine Hidden physical defects such as water seepage or missing flashings can quickly become last-minute deal breakers in a real estate transactions. If these defects aren’t noticed until after the home inspection, sellers may...
November 3, 2001

Chicken Soup for Your House’s Soul

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine We can’t stay healthy if the house we live in is sick. An unhealthy house can be caused by poor ventilation, toxic building materials, or the chemical by-products of household appliances and cleaning...
October 2, 2001