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Fair Housing: Staying Within the Law

Each April, REALTORS® celebrate Fair Housing Month to commemorate the law, which was passed in 1968 and amended in 1988. By Graham Wood Some behaviors might not strike consumers or real estate professionals as clear-cut violations of the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status. But HUD’s... 

15th Annual Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation Luncheon a Success

Henry Winkler was the guest speaker at the NOMF luncheon. The Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation (NOMF) hosted their 15th annual luncheon this week at the Hilton Americas-Houston which raised $205,000. Approximately 840 guests filled the ballroom at the luncheon featuring celebrity guest speaker Henry Winkler. Winkler kept the audience spell bound as he shared his own life struggles with dyslexia and... 

Upstream: Our Own “Manhattan Project”

In 1939, American intelligence already knew that Nazi Germany had learned the secrets of splitting the atom. By early 1940, still a year before America entered the war, and despite the impact of negative voices, concerns over the potential dangers of this research had reached the highest levels of the U.S. government. Despite what we now understand was common sense, it took advocates an amazing level... 

An Experience Named Erick

Many industry decision makers and leaders believe that the challenge of the century for the contemporary American real estate industry will be its willingness and ability to create and deliver a real estate transactional experience that meets the needs and expectations of the broker, buyer and seller. Over the years, this column has presented and commented many times on the subject of consumer experiences.... 

Back to the Challenge of the Consumer Experience

By Jeremy Conaway Our first two columns of 2016 explored the relatively narrow band of issues generated by the emerging premium agent movement. That movement is being championed by the national portals and the industry’s growing vulnerability presented by the questionable influence and impact of the subpar “facilitator” agent. This third column of the year will revisit the question of the consumer... 

The Next Disruption in Real Estate: The Millennial Generation

By Sarah Jones I’m a member of the Millennial generation, I’m a Houston REALTOR® and a renter. What if the next disruption in real estate is not a new technology? What if the next disruption is instead a generation — one that does not value home ownership the way prior generations have. The real estate industry will tell you that Millennials have thus far delayed home ownership.... 

Digital Disruption Prepares to Strike Again

No less than five issues of this column in 2015 raised concerns and awareness regarding the continuing march of digital disruption across the industry’s landscape. With that in mind, it is with mixed emotions that we launch 2016 with yet another example of how digital disruption has already or will, over the short-term future, change virtually every aspect of the traditional real estate transaction. The... 

If Your Firm Has A Story, Now Is the Time to Tell It

One of the most amazing business events of 2015 took place in Orlando, Florida in mid-October. That’s when over 2,500 of the most creative minds and imaginations in North American commerce gathered for the annual Association of National Advertisers Masters of Marketing Conference. The meeting was alive with new ideas, old relationships and new challenges. It was a good decision to be there. Even... 

Real Estate Transactions Now Top the Stress List

It may or may not come as a surprise to most real estate professionals that it is public knowledge that, with respect to stress, participation in a real estate transaction is now on par with death, terminal disease, divorce, airline travel and computer repair. An article published in the October 2015 edition of the Harvard Business Journal by Leonard L. Berry from Texas A & M University and Scott... 

A New Generational Sheriff Comes to Town with a New View of Government Relations

In early October, a critically important demographic event occurred in the United States, one that will forever impact all of our lives. According to the population projections released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the size of the Millennial Generation now exceeds the Boomer Generation. Millennials, generally defined as between ages 18 to 34 in 2015, are projected by the Bureau to number 75.3 million,... 
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