New Books – August 2012

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.

Members and staff can also borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection.

Before Hitting Send: Power Writing Skills for Real Estate Agents
By Karen Stafano and Penny Nathan
Kaplan Real Estate Education, 2011

Before Hitting Send: Power Writing Skills For Real Estate Agents is a practical how-to writing guide targeting the unique needs of real estate professionals throughout the United States. Agents spend more time writing than ever before, with email dominating as the preferred mode of communication for banks, clients, other agents, escrow, and more. Some books teach general writing skills, but no other book addresses the specific needs of real estate professionals the way Before Hitting Send does. And with over 200 templates to pull from, the once-tedious task of writing becomes more satisfying.

Fundamentals of Mass Appraisal
International Association of Assessing Officers, 2011

This essential tool for mass appraisers replaces and updates the previous Mass Appraisal of Real Property. If you are using automated valuation models, or mass appraisal, you need to understand the principles developed in this textbook. This volume contains everything you need to know to develop a mass appraisal system, build and calibrate models, and conduct a revaluation.

Principles of Property Law, 6th Edition
By Herbert Hovenkamp and Sheldon F. Kurtz
Thomson West, 2005

Cases and statutory law are updated and the material reorganized; conforms with modern law school course in real property. Chapters open with brief outlines of the law encompassed within, providing an overview of rules in that area. This is followed by a series of factually-based problems designed to generate thoughts about how these rules could be applied in real life situations. In turn followed by statement of applicable law and analysis of legal issues raised, plus likely outcomes and current citations of the various laws.

Home Repair and Remodel Cost Guide 2012
Marshall & Swift, 2012

A powerful negotiating tool, the Home Repair and Remodel Cost Guide is a must-have resource complete with cost tables, diagrams, key term definitions, loan and financing information, sample worksheets and localized costs for cities throughout the United States and Canada. A helpful budgeting resource as well as a handy estimating guide, this home improvement cost manual enables you to quickly create project-specific estimates for any repair or remodel project. Learn industry cost standards for anything from ceiling and floor finishes to plumbing installation, swimming pool construction, site work, heating and air conditioning systems, kitchens, bathroom amenities, windows, doors and much more.

Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business
Urban Land Institute, 2012

Thoroughly updated, the third edition of Professional Real Estate Development explains the nuts and bolts of the real estate development industry. The book describes the details of land development and how to develop and manage four types of real estate products: residential, office, industrial, and retail uses. Focusing on small-scale projects, the authors offer practical methods for developing each major type of real estate, covering feasibility analysis, design and construction, financing, marketing, and management. Photos, diagrams, spreadsheets, and case studies provide examples of actual projects and how the process works. Information is specific and detailed, with costs, rents, and financing information included by product type.

Green Building and Sustainable Development: The Practical Legal Guide
By Jonathan E. Furr, Nicole C. Kibert, James T. Mayer, Shannon D. Sentman
American Bar Association, 2009

The legal and economic landscape for building and development have fundamentally been altered by the country’s major environmental problems – climate change, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone depletion, pollution, and unsustainable natural resource consumption rates. The editors provide practical information for lawyers to assist their clients in fully understanding green building and sustainable development concepts so they can operate successfully in the evolving economic and regulatory environment while minimizing the potential cost penalty of business-as-usual practices.

The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal
Appraisal Institute, 2010

Learn the Language of Real Estate Valuation.  Dozens of dedicated valuation professionals debated and discussed the language of real estate to create the new edition of The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal.  With a new focus on the future of the profession, the dictionary will be an essential tool for years to come!

  1. I am hunting a template for writing office policy and procedures-any ideas-everything I can find is for Boards or Associations. Any ideas is greatly appreciated

    Thank you

  2. Dave

    Have you looked at our Field guide to office policy manuals? There are a couple of samples toward the bottom directed at brokerage firms:

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