Commonwealth wasn’t your typical association magazine — at least not on my watch. It had an accessible voice, a professional but readable tone, and it’s full of useful stuff — news, well-researched features, stats, and a lot more.
When I was brought in to the magazine I had the task of turning an ordinary ‘trade rag’ into something people would actually want to read. I think I succeeded, at least judging by the reader surveys we ran. More real estate pros in Virginia read Commonwealth than read the National Association of Realtors’ magazine — and most people read most of the magazine. Yes, I’m proud.
Published October 10, 2013
The major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the PPACA, but we’ll call it Obamacare like everyone else — take effect on January 1, 2014. Because most Realtors are independent contractors, and 28% are uninsured (according to NAR), the law has some significant effects for the profession. Depending on your situation […]
Published August 8, 2013
The messy real estate market means there are scammers, scoundrels, rogues, and rascals targeting Realtors and their clients. And they’ve got plenty of cons and rip-offs at their fingertips.
Published August 8, 2012
I wrote this story off the cuff one afternoon — it was originally intended as a blog post, but it just… grew. It ran as a cover story, and a version also appeared as an op-ed in the Virginian-Pilot.