Monthly Archive:: February 2012

What We’re Reading: Feb. 18 – Feb. 24

Wright dog house, sleep patterns, and cost-effective new cars So what do you do when you have a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but you forgot about the doghouse? If you’re a 12-year-old boy in the 1950s, you...
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February 24, 2012

What We’re Reading: Feb. 11 – Feb. 17

Homeowners are hot, more Pinterest, and how Target knows you’re pregnant Just in time for Valentines Day, a new study finds that home ownership is not only a smart move, it’s also sexy. Sponsored by Trulia (so the results...
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February 17, 2012

Reminder: 3.8% Tax is Not Tax on Real Estate

Tax time is nearing and once more rumors are circulating on the Internet and by e-mail that the health care reform law enacted two years ago includes a 3.8 percent transfer tax on real estate starting in 2013. That...
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February 15, 2012

What We’re Reading: Feb. 4 – Feb. 10

Housing inventory, Facebook’s IPO, and Pinterest for business Mixed messages: According to various measures (including ours), existing housing inventory continues to decline. December 2012 figures are close to where they were in 2005 before the slump took hold. While...
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February 10, 2012

VISIT USA Act

A new visa program for overseas investors is slowly wending its way through congress. We’ve covered it before in the blog, but a member recently asked for an update . There hasn’t been a whole lot of recent discussion...
February 8, 2012

Biking and Walking

America remains predominately a country of automobiles. Only an average of 3.5 percent of commuters get to work by bicycle or foot. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but a new report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking...
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February 3, 2012

What We’re Reading: Jan. 28 – Feb. 3

Declining segregation, green remodeling, where to post what, and the rise of the singletons Using US Census data, researchers at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research have published a report on the continued decline in segregation in American cities....
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February 3, 2012

The Average REALTOR® (Cont’d)

Our archivist saw my earlier post on the average REALTOR® and wanted to point out that NAR’s first member profile was conducted in 1949. While much has changed, several demographics – such as age – remain remarkably similar. Click...
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February 1, 2012

The Average REALTOR®

A member asked us this week how the ‘average’ REALTOR® has changed over the last few decades. The short answer is surprisingly not very much. Member Profiles in published form go back at least until the mid-1970s, but it’s a...
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February 1, 2012