Monthly Archives: September 2010

Like It or Not, You’re All Political Analysts Now

Posted By Rob Hahn September 21, 2010, Filed under: Media, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 5:47 PM

My friend Matt Dollinger recently commented on a post by the longtime real estate expert Steve Harney. Both were commenting on the doom & gloom article from Time Magazine on how homeownership is overrated. Steve Harney rightfully takes Time to task: Again, they are simply arguing a miniscule

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What is the Agent’s Job?

Posted By Rob Hahn September 16, 2010, Filed under: Management, Real Estate@ 2:02 PM

I'm in Austin, TX on personal business, and thought I would take advantage of the trip to visit with my friends Krisstina and Gary Wise, and Jack Miller, at the GoodLife Team.  Well, it just so happened that Keller Williams was holding a huge conference in town the same week, bringing a number

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Future of Rentals: PETRA, TRA, and End of Housing As We Know It

Posted By Rob Hahn September 13, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 12:09 PM

In Part 1 of this series, where I laid out why I believe the 30-year fixed rate mortgage (among other features of contemporary homeownership) was on its way out, to be replaced by a far greater emphasis on rentals.  So let's take a brief look at what the future of rentals might look like,

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Remembrance Is Not Enough… A Personal Note

Posted By Rob Hahn September 11, 2010, Filed under: Miscellaneous@ 11:16 AM

It's a beautiful early fall day here in the New York City area.  There isn't a cloud in the sky, and the bright sunlight pouring down on my quiet suburban street seems exactly like the happy rays of sunshine that fell on a younger, more innocent version of me in New York City on September 11,

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Carnival of Real Estate Policy, Inaugural Edition

Posted By Rob Hahn September 5, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 11:57 AM

Welcome to the first Carnival of Real Estate Policy.  It seems impossible that the real estate blogosphere has gone so long without talking more about government policy given that real estate is a heavily regulated industry, and the more important organization in real estate is a industry lobby

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Fannie and Freddie: Into Commercial Real Estate, Out of Residential

Posted By Rob Hahn September 5, 2010, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 8:00 AM

In my earlier post on the New Normal in real estate, a commenter took issue with my predictions about the future of the 30-year fixed rate mortgage (among other claims).  I thought I would expand on that aspect a bit. The specific mechanism that I think will be put in place is a change in the

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