Fort Myers Realtor Ranks Thinning

According to stats recently released by the Greater Fort Myers and the Beach Board of Realtors, membership was down about 10% in 2009 vs 2008. Hard to argue that a culling of the herd isn’t a good thing when it comes to Lee County Realtor ranks.

Accurate Market Projections….Not

Here is a guaranteed laugh from Glenn Beck about the accuracy of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) projections. Big-time, card-carrying, pin wearing members of the NAR should skip this clip.

NAR blog

Realtor organization joins the blogosphere In a long overdue move, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has launched a blog titled NAR in the News, to discuss how the media covers the nation’s largest trade association. The blog will be produced by the NAR Public Affairs Division. The NAR has[…]

NAR PR

Skepticism over market report When real estate agents try to sell a home, they often zero in on the positives — big closets, space for entertaining, potential to expand — and hope everything from creaky floors to dated appliances gets overlooked. It’s the same tactic that the trade group representing[…]

NAR vs. web

Real estate anit-trust hearingsA major showdown is underway in Washington pitting the traditional real estate practitioners dominated by the National Associaction of Realtors against the new web-savvy discount practitioners. While I am not taking sides in this epic battle, in the end consumers will ultimately decide who the winners and[…]

Real estate competition

GAO study finds industry has competitive attributes A study by the Government Accountability Office finds that the Internet has increased consumer access to information and fostered the creation of Internet-oriented real estate firms. It also reveals that competition in the industry is heavily based on non-price factors such as quality,[…]

Landlord challenges are many

Know your downside before investing Second-home purchases, mostly for investment purposes, last year accounted for more than a third of all single-family home sales in the United States, according to the National Association of Realtors. Throw in sales of duplexes, apartment houses, and condos for investment purposes and you get[…]

Services economy

Real estate driving jobs growth Like bees swarming a hive, agents patrol the neighborhoods of SW Florida looking for the next listing. As discussed in a previous post titled Realtor Ranks Rising Rapidly, the quantity of new entrants into the field of real estate is staggering. On a national basis,[…]

Spec vacation homes

Investors building high-end spec homes in luxury areasA growing trend in the luxury vacation home sector is the spec building of second homes by investors. Many investors are focusing on the ultra-luxury communities like Boca Raton and Park City, Utah. According to the National Association of Realtors, 13 percent of[…]

Housing market among hottest

Lee-Charlotte area ranked ninth in Country in single-family salesSouthwest Florida once again is near the top of a national list of hot real estate markets. In statistics released Tuesday by the National Association of Realtors, the Fort Myers/Cape Coral/Punta Gorda area was ninth and Sarasota was 10th for the increase[…]