Gardening and Real Estate

by Melanie McLane Chair, 2012 Resort and Second Home Real Estate Forum I’m a gardener by inclination. In a perfect world, I’d be a full time gardener, with unlimited funds and time. In the real world, I’m an early...
August 6, 2012

Another Year, Another Generation

by Melanie McLane Chair, 2012 NAR Resort and Second Home Real Estate Forum It’s spring in North Central Pennsylvania. Fishing season opening day has been here already, and we’re busy getting our cabin ready for the summer. Across my...

Appraisal Landmines for Second Homes

by Melanie McLane Chair, 2012 Resort and Second Home Real Estate Forum Often, one of the biggest issues for REALTORS® selling second homes is obtaining financing, including getting a satisfactory appraisal. To effectively value a second home, the appraiser...
March 30, 2012

A Certification That’s Not the Last Resort

Do you know someone (or are you that someone?) who is on the fence about getting their Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist certification? This article, about how REALTORS® are using the certification to expand their business opportunities, will help...
February 24, 2012

“I Don’t Really Have to Sell”

by George R. Harvey, Jr. 2011 Vice Chair, NAR Resort and Second Home Real Estate Committee Quite often when I go on a listing presentation, the seller tells me at the end of the presentation, “Well, I really don’t...
October 27, 2011

Government Shutdown Averted, NFIP Extended to November 18

by Russell Riggs On Oct. 4, 2011, Congress extended National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) authority as part of a broader stopgap government funding measure, the Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 2608). This latest extension will run through Nov. 18, 2011....
October 14, 2011

Practice What You Preach

Annie Blatz, RSPS, CRB, ABRM CIPS, GREEN Cape Cod,  Massachusetts How many times have you said “This is a great time to buy.  Interest rates are low, inventory is plentiful and prices are lower than they have been in...
August 30, 2011

Changes Sought in FHA Condo Rules

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 By Lew Sichelman Two politically potent housing organizations have called on the Federal Housing Administration to relax its rule regarding condominiums. The National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders want the...
June 1, 2011

Vacation Home Market on the Rebound

After several years of negative trends in the real estate industry, finally a sign of life: A market study just out by a Stuart real estate marketing firm shows budding consumer confidence in the second- or vacation-home market. Read...
March 21, 2011

The truth behind second-home slowdown

Bob Waun was the guest speaker at the Resort and Second Home Market Forum at the NAR Annual Convention in New Orleans in November 2010....
March 16, 2011