13 Stories You Loved in 2013










‎”If everything seems under control, you are not going fast enough.”

Mario Andretti




As 2013 draws to a close, we have a lot to look forward to in 2014:


A continuing economic recovery looks to be steered by a “resurgent housing sector.”

Home style trends are going to take a bold step forward.

The real estate market could be dominated by purchase money lending for the first time in 14 years.

Mortgage rates are likely to continue rising — perhaps higher than 5 percent — but that may not be the worst thing in the world.

Some major markets that haven’t hit their stride in home-price growth yet could get there in 2014.

But on this last day of 2013, we’d like to look back on the year that was. It was a year full of big news, big wins, and great advice. Here at REALTOR® Magazine, we looked through our analytics to see which of our online stories got the most clicks this year, and we were a little surprised at some of the most popular ones. We’re proud to have brought you some useful information for your business over the past year.


When you look back on 2013, what do you remember most? We hope at least some of these stories make it on your list. Here are 13 of REALTOR® Magazine’s most popular posts of 2013:

  1. Key West Association Wins Federal Copyright Case
    Home-design firm Robert Allen was ordered to pay $2.7 million to the Key West Association of REALTORS® after a court ruled that the company had no authority to use images of MLS listings in its advertising.
  2. How the Words You Say May Be Costing You Business
    Watch your mouth. Some everyday language that seems perfectly innocent to you could be subconsciously stopping your clients from making a move. Guess what some of the most common words are that you should never utter again.
  3. The Worst Colors to Use in a Home
    What’s the most offensive color to the eyes? Hint: It’s something you should only be squeezing into a drink.
  4. Make the First Impression Count: Update Your Home’s Exterior
    2013′s Cost vs. Value Report showed that updates to the outside of a home pay off big. For the most cost-effective remodeling projects, outdoor home improvements dominated the list. Here’s how much the most popular ones will cost and how much ROI you can expect to see.
  5. Spring Home Improvements: Repair, Replace, Enjoy!
    Spring 2014 is already not too far off, so this list is something you’d be wise to share with your clients again soon.
  6. 10 Safest Places to Live in the U.S.
    Are you sure your neighborhood is safe? In these cities, you can feel a little more free to walk alone at night.
  7. Big Predictions for Housing for Next 2 Years
    If you thought things went well in 2013 with the bump in home prices and sales, just wait until you get a load of what’s predicted for 2014!
  8. Helping a Client Through Buyer’s Remorse
    A small amount of buyer’s remorse can be natural, but how do you help clients whose fears get the best of them? These four tips may offer solace.
  9. Best Practices for Your Real Estate Website Home Page
    You know about the importance of first impressions. Here are eight ways to make people who land on your home page want to keep clicking through.
  10. When It Comes to Wood Floors, Choose Wisely
    There are as many fashions for wood flooring as there are for women’s clothing. Consider these things when choosing one that has staying power.
  11. Health Care Reform: A Guide to Your Coverage Options
    You still have until March 31 to elect your health plan under the federal open enrollment period. Do you know what types of plans are available to you?
  12. How Much Does It (Really) Cost to Decorate?
    Many surveys can tell you what a remodeling job will cost — but the expenses don’t stop there. How much more should you be spending to make the room homey after construction is done?
  13. Relationship Management: Get Emotional
    Studies show higher emotional intelligence can boost sales results. Learn how you can be a more emotionally intelligent salesperson.



Graham Wood

Graham Wood is a senior editor for REALTOR® Magazine. He can be reached at gwood@realtors.org.




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