Legal Archive

Happy Bi_thday to the _EALTO_® T_adema_k!

After 100 years, it’s easy to forget how important one little innovation is, especially if it’s something you use every day. Such is the case with the beloved REALTOR® “R,” which has been with us for a century....
March 24, 2016

Reader’s Special

One of the privileges of my position at REALTOR® Magazine is introducing our print stories to the Internet every two months. Tomorrow is the day that the September/October issue hits the web, and there are a lot of reasons...
September 16, 2014

4 Things You Didn’t Know About the Fair Housing Act

Usually I try to point Book Scan readers to the written word, but occasionally I find a piece of audio worth recommending. Last time I pointed you toward a wonderful novel about a real estate agent, but this time...
December 4, 2013

What the 30 Under 30 Are Reading

Just because bookshelves are falling out of favor doesn’t mean young practitioners don’t read books....
May 6, 2013

8 Perfect Housewarming Books

You may have just found the best closing gift for that hard-to-shop-for client....
September 27, 2012

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

Not Your Ordinary Little Black Book

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Valerie Faltas has drawn from her law school experience and time working for the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office to write a book unveiling ways home owners can save money on...

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...

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

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...

Top 10 Real Estate Books (10/15/07)

Here are the latest top selling books on real estate, according to Amazon.com: 1. Be a Real Estate Millionaire: Secret Strategies for Lifetime Wealth Today, By Dean Graziosi 2. The Pre-Foreclosure Property Investor’s Kit: How to Make Money Buying...
October 15, 2007

Author Chat: Barbara Nichols

Real estate legal expert Barbara Nichols, author of The No-Lawsuit Guide to Real Estate Transactions (McGraw-Hill, 2007), responds to your questions. What’s the most common reason agents get sued? NICHOLS: The most common reason agents get sued is failure...
August 6, 2007

The No-Lawsuit Guide to Real Estate Transactions: 5 Ways You Could End Up in Court

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey QUICK SKIM One in five real estate practitioners will be involved in a lawsuit during their career, says real estate broker Barbara Nichols in The No-Lawsuit Guide to Real Estate Transactions (McGraw-Hill, 2007). The effects...
July 27, 2007