Field Guides Archive

Book of Business

Have you ever experienced the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? You know, when something keeps popping up that you never noticed before? I’m reminded of it because it strikes me as odd whenever we get the same question more than once, especially...
April 5, 2017

REALTOR® Content Resource

Stop me if this is too meta, but sometimes the struggle is real when it comes to creating content for your website or blog. It takes a lot of time to brainstorm topics, research said topics, and craft a...
March 15, 2017

Home Energy Use

It’s officially Winter, and I found a way to heat my apartment for free! Of course it involves coincidence and an overheated restaurant below my apartment, so it’s not scalable. For those of you who don’t live over people...
December 21, 2016

Marijuana Warehouses

While speaking with a colleague who compiles NAR Library’s weekly Commercial Reports, our conversation turned to trends she was noticing in commercial real estate news. Overwhelmingly, the topic of marijuana or cannabis properties keeps popping up. Pennsylvania recently became...
June 15, 2016

Tiny Houses and Microshelters

I grabbed microshelters as soon as it arrived in the library. I’m not sure I could live comfortably even in a 500 square foot studio apartment with building amenities, so I can’t quite explain my fascination with tiny houses...
February 10, 2016

Going Green!

The next time you are in Chicago, go to the top of the Hancock Building or Sears Tower (we won’t call it Willis) and gaze over the rooftops. Things have changed over the last 10 years. Chicago ranks third...
November 4, 2015

Property Value Impact

Raise your hand if you watch Fixer Upper or Flip or Flop on HGTV! (I’ll bring my hand down, so I can type more efficiently.) It is amazing what can be accomplished with imagination, interior design skills, ingenuity, and...
October 20, 2015

Hoarding and Real Estate

Admit it. You’ve paused, curious, while scrolling through your channel guide when you land on an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive. What’s more, you’ve probably watched at least part of an episode, and while you felt devastated for the...
September 30, 2015

Millennials and Real Estate

Depending on who you ask, I may or may not be a Millennial (Pew includes birth years 1980-2000), however other institutions cut me off by a couple years). However, I largely identify with that generation, and it’s a group...

Social Media Ease

Forbes recently ran an article on tips for mastering social media for small businesses that got me thinking about all the great resources National Association of REALTORS® makes available to its members in order to optimize their time and...
July 13, 2015