January 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors honor service, change officers

Evans_LanceWEach December, the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors and the St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors thank their volunteers, install new officers and directors, award special honors, and raise money for local charities. [Read more…]

December 2015: Real Estate Roundup

A primer on real estate language

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Like any profession or industry, real estate has terms and jargon that are used by people in the profession. This month, I will define some of the most commonly used terms. [Read more…]

November 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Traditions from around the globe

Evans_LanceWThe saying goes that all real estate is local, but not all homebuyers are local. According to the National Association of Realtors 2015 international homebuyers report, global buyers spent an estimated $104 billion on housing in 2014, an increase of more than $10 billion from the previous year. American real estate is extremely attractive to foreign buyers due to our attractive prices, economic stability, and well-defined property rights. [Read more…]

October 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Buyer’s market or seller’s market?

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

Over the past decade, the housing market across the country has been on a roller coaster ride with highs in 2005 to 2007 and lows in 2008 to 2010 with a wave of foreclosures before starting the present recovery. However, real estate is local and not all areas were affected by the downturn. Thankfully, the north country overall was one of those areas. Our area stayed fairly steady in terms of sales and prices saw a slight to modest increase. [Read more…]

September 2015: Real Estate Roundup

A busy summer for local Realtors

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Between listing, selling, renting and appraising real estate, north country Realtors participated in several events across the region and beyond this summer. [Read more…]

August 2015: Real Estate Roundup

New forms to affect buyers, sellers

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Oct. 1 will be a big day for real estate professionals, buyers and sellers, lenders and the legal profession when new disclosure forms created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be used for mortgage transactions. [Read more…]

July 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors honored for years service

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

On June 3, the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors held a recognition lunch to honor its Realtor members for their years of membership. Each received a Realtor pin with the number of years of continuous membership rounded down to the nearest five year increment. In future years, we plan to honor members when they reach a five-year milestone. [Read more…]

June 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors lobby for industry in D.C.

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

From May 11 to 16, the National Association of Realtors held its Realtor Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. The annual conference continues a tradition that goes back in the national association’s 100-plus-year history. [Read more…]

May 2015: Real Estate Roundup

FAA proposes rules for drone flights

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Real estate agents across the country have been waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to release guidelines permitting the use of drones for commercial purposes, such as marketing real estate. Last month, the FAA released its proposed rules, which would allow realty professionals to use drones to aid their clients in marketing and selling properties. [Read more…]

April 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Federal Fair Housing Act turns 47

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events a person will experience in his or her lifetime. It is more that the simple purchase of housing, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations and economic destiny of those involved. Recognizing this, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Fair Housing Act in April of 1968. This landmark legislation is the reason that April is known as Fair Housing Month. During this 47th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Jefferson-Lewis and St. Lawrence County Boards of Realtors have reached out to numerous legislative bodies and asked them to declare April as Fair Housing Month. [Read more…]