Promoting Home Ownership Archive

The Biophysics of Home Ownership

After spending years on the sidelines of conversations between real estate professionals, I know you guys like to talk shop just as much as I enjoy nerding out about grammar and publishing platforms with fellow writers and editors. People...
February 5, 2016

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

To Buy a House in the Jungle

Every once in a while, when I’m reading something wholly unrelated to work, I come across the most interesting insights into property ownership. This week I’ve been wading through the terrifying, foul-smelling world of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. The...
February 25, 2014

‘Book Report’ Displays Benefits of Home Ownership

Have you seen this consumer advertising piece from the National Association of REALTORS®? I think it’s really smart, and not just because I’m a sucker for cute kids who enjoy reading books.     // Here’s the truth, though:...
August 13, 2013

Crack House to Sugarhouse: A Home Ownership Memoir

Buying a house, moving, home improvement… these are all things that can be funny, heartwarming and entertaining. It’s just that when you’re surrounded on all sides by boxes, closing documents and plaster, it’s hard to be coherent, much less...
July 10, 2012

Author Chat: Michele Lerner Spells it out for First-Time Buyers

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Michele Lerner took 20 years of experience writing about the real estate industry and compiled a gem of a book, ideal for people buying their first home or plunging back into the...
February 22, 2010

Author Chat: Gary Keller

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Gary Keller, best-selling author and founder of Keller Williams Realty International, responds to your questions about the real estate market and his new book, Your First Home (McGraw-Hill, 2008), which he cowrote with Dave Jenks...
April 14, 2008

Upcoming Author Chat With Gary Keller

Best-selling author Gary Keller will be stopping by The Weekly Book Scan to answer your real estate and book questions. Keller is the founder of Keller Williams Realty International, one of the largest real estate companies in North America....
April 4, 2008

Finding the Right Vacation Home

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine Investing in a Vacation Home for Pleasure and Profit by James H. Boykin (Thomson South-Western, 2006) Buy this book from Amazon.com If you don’t already own a vacation home, you probably hope to someday....
October 2, 2005

Cash In on the Real Estate Boom

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine Are You Missing the Real Estate Boom? By David Lereah (Currency/Doubleday, 2005) As a real estate professional, it may be reassuring to know that one of the country’s top housing economists predicts the real...
April 2, 2005

Dream Getaway Homes

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine The Getaway Home By Dale Mulfinger (The Taunton Press, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com If you have ever dreamed of building a vacation home to escape from your daily routine and spend time...
April 1, 2005

Today’s Cottage Retreats

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine Cottages: The New Style By James Grayson Trulove (Harper Design International, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com Unlike the grand “cottages” built by rich families at the turn-of-the-century in resorts such as the Adirondacks...
September 1, 2004

Home Away from Home

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment By Tom Kelly and John Tuccillo (The McGraw-Hill Cos., 2004) The authors of this book advocate investing in second-home real estate because it represents a...
August 1, 2004

Setting Your Style

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine First Home With Style By Brian Kramer and the editors of Better Homes & Garden Books (Better Homes & Garden, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com. New homebuyers may have had a tough time...
July 2, 2004

Books for Single-Female Homebuyers

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine Forget trying to weasel out of replacing a toilet seat or changing doorknobs. If your female clients are ready to take the plunge as single homebuyers, they also should be ready to pick up...
June 1, 2004