Nobu Hata Archive

Is Your Marketing Global-Friendly?

By Lynn Minnick As a certified international property specialist (or CIPS), I was able to participate in a really fantastic webinar session offered by the National Association of REALTORS®’ Global division. The webinar was presented by NAR Director of...

RPAC, Campaign Contributions, and What I Did On My Summer Vacation

By Nobu Hata This summer, against my wife’s better judgment (sorry hon), I decided to take the plunge into the REALTORS® Political Action Committee’s President’s Circle.  Basically, after giving at the local level, I’m contributing $2,000 of my hard-earned...

This March: Vote, Act, Invest

By Nobu Hata Working away in cramped cubes at the D.C. REALTOR® headquarters are the NAR Staff behind the REALTOR® Political Action Party.  John, Chris, Bethany, Mica, Jay, Claire and crew, not gleamingwhitetoothed Politicians – or even REALTORS®, mind...
March 1, 2011

Kickin’ it Old-School in 2011

By Nobu Hata I loathe business planning.  Recognizing one’s failings from the previous year, and moving forward, learning from mistakes is a hard thing to do.  And since the economy hit the skids, it’s become increasingly difficult to “plan”...
February 8, 2011

Finding the Gems Amongst the Naysayers

By Nobu Hata An article recently came across my Twitterstream from Wired.com which, punditry (and ‘Granted, I live in Manhattan…’ caveat) aside, is a pretty good read. Go ahead, it’s a short one, I’ll wait for you right here. ...

Celebrate Veterans Day, the REALTOR® Way.

By Nobu Hata Hi guys, I originally wrote this post for Conference Live last week, but it bears repeating on Veterans Day.  It hits close to home for me with a brother who served two tours in Iraq, then...
November 11, 2010

RPAC and You

By Nobu Hata I’ve never had the stomach for the political end of things during my years in the real estate industry, and for those of you who know me well, my left-of-center views didn’t exactly mesh well with...
September 13, 2010

HUD Seeks Public Comment: This Means You

By Nobu Hata The skinny: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is seeking public commentary through Aug. 14 on three “measures” that “reduce financial risk and preserve affordable mortgage financing for responsible consumers.” The measures: 1.     Update the...

A Case for RPR

By Nobu Hata I’ve been lucky enough to be a Realtors Property Resource™ beta tester for the last couple months, and MLS controversy aside, it’s an elegant site that belies a very powerful information resource, packed with potential, underneath...

Time to Brush Up on the Fees and GFEs

By Nobu Hata With the down market and the inevitable mass exodus of “those” loan officers, you’d think we could rest easy knowing that the loan officers left would be – for lack of a better word – decent....