Category Archives: Real Estate Industry

RESPA reform slows the escrow process

On January 1, 2010 new RESPA rules regarding the mandatory use of the revised Good Faith Estimate and HUD-1 Settlement Statement went into effect. I have been hearing from my contacts in the lending and title professions that these new … Continue reading

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Number of licensed RE agents continues to drop

For the moment Washoe County’s number of *active* real estate licensees is holding steady at 2,737.  However, the number of inactive licensees (those agents who have placed their licenses on ice temporarily in order to reduce expenses [i.e. monthly MLS … Continue reading

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Guy Johnson Trains Local Realtors to Use Internet Tools

Time out for kudos. Recently our very own Guy received a nice write-up in the Lake Tahoe Review. Although the first third is about what our broker has done with social networking, Guy carries the rest of the story with … Continue reading

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Has the Bottom Been Reached?

Well, at least regarding the number of Active licensed real estate agents, the bottom may have been reached.  For the first time since August of 2007 the number of active licensees in Washoe County has actually risen — with 97 additional … Continue reading

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My First Book Review

No, I’m not changing professions.  I’ve just returned from this year’s NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) conference where I saw the latest agent tools and products; met many new people; and caught up with old friends.  One of these friends … Continue reading

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The Kristina Stomp

Remember when Craig’s List was a useful tool in your real estate search?  You could actually find sellers looking for buyers, a nice little FSBO marketplace. Then the Realtors discovered CL and started wallpapering it with all their MLS "listings".  … Continue reading

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Getting in the Spirit for Inman Connect SF

I must confess, Guy and I have become die-hard Inman groupies, and this year we’re dragging JoAnn along with us. Inman Connect San Francisco is one of the most cutting-edge conferences in our industry focused on the convergence between real … Continue reading

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Real Estate Agents Continue to Hang It Up

120 licensed Washoe County real estate agents and brokers have left the business since January of this year, according to the latest numbers released by Nevada’s Real Estate Division.  Today’s 2,984 Active licensees for Washoe County represent almost a 4% … Continue reading

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