Lew Sichelman

Lew Sichelman

Special to Banker & Tradesman

Lew Sichelman can be reached at lsichelman@twg.com

Beware Agents Who Double-Dip

A new report from the Consumer Federation of America argues that agents who represent both the buyer and seller in a transaction do a disservice to buyers, and the practice of dual agency should be banned.

How to Sell in a Seller’s Market

More and more sellers are hoping for a windfall, listing now before the seller’s market runs out of steam. But it’s not always as simple as waiting for a horde of buyers to arrive with all the money they can muster.

How to Win a Bidding War

A recent column about would-be homebuyers giving up because they keep losing bidding wars brought a flurry of responses: Readers want to know how they can become winners in this arena.

Biden Should Pocket These Tax Ideas

Over the next few months, the White House is likely to propose two major tax changes that could impact the housing sector. These two ideas, however, should be chucked in the circular file.

Speed Dating, Real Estate Style

Everyone, it has been said, enjoys their 15 minutes of fame. But these days, that’s just about all the time homebuyers are allowed to give a house the once-over and make a decision.

As Resort Towns Flourish, Lending Tightens

As the market for vacation homes continues to forge ahead at an almost unprecedented pace, the two major suppliers of financing funds have put a lid on the number of mortgages for such properties they will buy from primary lenders.

Some Would-Be Buyers Have Given Up

In today’s high-pressure market, where being first with an offer isn’t necessarily the key to getting it accepted, the entire process can sap the energy out of even the most prepared wannabes.

Inland Surfing: The Latest Amenity

First came Crystal Lagoons – human-created bodies of water that can transform landlocked real estate into waterfront housing developments. Now comes Wavegarden: a water park that turns inland housing developments into surfing destinations.

Realtors Grapple with New Hate Speech Rules

In an unusual, if not unprecedented, move for a major trade organization, the National Association of Realtors has taken full ownership for any and all discriminatory actions taken over the years by the 1.4 million agents and brokers for which it speaks.