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  • 5 surprisingly simple ways to get people to your open house

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    Trulia Pro Blog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    An open house is one of the oldest and easiest ways to meet prospective homebuyers and home sellers. In theory, all you do is throw a few yard signs around the neighborhood, unlock the door, and the buyers and sellers come flocking in like people to a giveaway. But, the truth is that it isn’t quite so easy, is it ...
  • Ask Real Estate: Bad Credit and Leases; Window Guards; Co-Op Boards

    NYT > Real Estate
    By RONDA KAYSEN
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Answers to questions about overcoming a poor credit score, removing window guards and dealing with a co-op board.
  • I’m not a Realtor, I just play one on YouTube

    Inman News
    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Derek Johnson promoting “Free List Calgary” on YouTube. The Real Estate Council of Alberta says a man it fined $15,000 last year for allegedly posing as a Realtor is now doing business under a different name, and has been advertising ...
  • Getting an FHA Loan With Outstanding Judgements on Your Credit Report

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    Justin McHood
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Qualifying for a FHA-insured mortgage with outstanding judgments on credit report Are you worried that you may not qualify for a FHA home due to outstanding judgments in your credit history? Read on: One of the major concerns for new FHA loan applicants is their past credit history. Even with a good credit score, past adverse, negative credit items can impede your eligibility for a home loan under FHA credit guidelines. If you have outstanding judgments, there are two important factors that need to be considered in such a situation. The first factor is the FHA program’s rules and…
  • August eBook Collection: Staging Secrets

    Information CentralInformation Central
    Dave
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    This month, NAR’s Library eBook special collection focuses on home staging, organizing, and decluttering. We’ve gathered our existing staging titles together in one place and supplemented them with some new ones too. Click on the link to ‘Staging Secrets’ in the far left column, just under the REALTOR® ‘R’. The collection features everything from the basic Home Staging that Works to broader topics on Decluttering Secrets, and books that bring in ideas from fung shui to help you lead a more organized life. There are even titles on how to start your own…
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    WSJ.com: Real Estate

  • Sam Zell, Ex-Partner Face Off in Emerging Markets

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Since an acrimonious split, Sam Zell and his former partner Gary Garrabrant have kept their distance. Now they are preparing to square off on turf they once conquered together: emerging-markets real estate.
  • Casinos Chase New York City Proximity

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    With three failing Atlantic City casinos slated to close their doors within the next month, officials near New York City are pushing shiny new gaming facilities harder than ever.
  • Many Visitors but Few Tenants

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Governors Island attracts many seasonal visitors but also faces many stumbling blocks in luring year-round tenants to the 172-acre off the southern tip of Manhattan.
  • Unions, Activists Align on Affordable Housing

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    A group of New York City construction unions have forged a coalition with affordable housing activists to ratchet up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to require organized labor in the building of 80,000 lower-cost apartment units over the next decade.
  • U.S. Home Size Levels Off, for Now at Least

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    The two-year trend of big houses getting even bigger appears to have peaked—at least for now—as more buyers seeking modest homes enter the market.
 
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    Commercial Real Estate News

  • Four Georgia hotels in running for national historic hotel awards

    Carla Caldwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Four Georgia hotels are in the running for Historic Hotels of America’s 2014 Awards of Excellence. The organization says the awards recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers. Winners will be announced October 2 at The Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania, which was built in 1933. The Georgia nominees are: In the “Historic Hotelier of the Year” category - Patty Henning, Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island. In the “Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)”…
  • RGS Energy replaces CEO, posts 2nd-quarter loss

    Cathy Proctor
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    RGS Energy, a solar power installation company, said Tuesday that it’s appointed Dennis Lacey as its new CEO, succeeding Kam Mofid, who the company said has "departed to pursue other interests." Mofid became CEO in July 2012. Louisville-based RGS, whose official name is Real Goods Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: RGSE), said Lacey joined RGS in April to head its residential solar division. The change in leadership signals RGS will refocus its efforts on the residential solar power market, the company said. “The…
  • Richey May & Co. expands its alternative investment division

    Heather Draper
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Douglas County-based certified public accounting firm Richey May & Co. has expanded its alternative investment division by adding three senior-level hires, the company said Tuesday. Daniel O’Connor, Stephen Vlasak and Jonathan Sharon have been hired to lead the alternative investment practice group of the company. O’Connor is an audit partner and Richey May’s alternative investment service line leader with specializations in domestic and offshore hedge funds, fund of funds, real estate, private…
  • San Sebastian Inland Harbor sold for $4.75 million

    Andrew Thurlow
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A long-vacant site on the San Sebastian River in St. Augustine that had once been slated for high-end condominiums and a hotel has been sold for $4.75 million, according to records filed with St. Johns County. The St. Augustine San Sebastian Inland Harbor was purchased by SA Marina Holdings LLC, a Sanford-based company. The managing member of SA Marina, formally Humphrey SA Holdings, is Gulambbas Abdulhussein, according to state records. Abdulhussein and the Abdulhussein family partnership are…
  • Beverly Hills billionaires buy 1,100 Arizona apartments for $34.7M

    Mike Sunnucks
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The real estate arm of the billionaire Nazarian family has bought more than 1,100 apartments in Tucson for $34.65 million. The Nazarian family operates Beverly Hills, California-based Omninet Capital LLC. The family held major stakes in Qualcomm and are of Jewish-Iranian descent. They have also been involved in Hollywood movie productions. They already own office complexes in Gilbert, near Seventh Street and Bell Road and Seventh Street and Clarendon Avenue in Phoenix, as well as properties in…
 
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    Bubble Meter

  • The investment performance of REITs

    James
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    This graph shows the investment performance of real estate investment trusts over the past decade. As you can see, they plunged during the housing crash, but have since fully recovered and continue growing.
  • Robert Shiller wins Nobel Prize in Economics

    James
    14 Oct 2013 | 6:18 am
    Yale Professor Robert Shiller has won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel:Three American professors — Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J. Shiller — were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science on Monday for showing that asset prices move unpredictably in the short term but with greater predictability over longer periods. . . .Mr. Fama, 74, was honored for showing that asset prices are “extremely hard to predict over short horizons.” . . .Mr. Shiller, 67, would later introduce an important caveat to the idea that markets…
  • Why the prolonged economic slump? One word: Housing.

    James
    17 Aug 2012 | 7:20 pm
    Economist Dean Baker writes about a recent research paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland:The study goes on to note the extraordinary weakness in housing in this recovery and point out that this weakness could explain much of the weakness of the recovery.While the study notes that there are questions of causation (a weak recovery could lead to weakness in housing), there can be little doubt that if residential construction had returned to its pre-recession level, as had been the case by this point in all prior post-war recoveries, the economy would be back near full employment.Of…
  • S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index falls again

    James
    29 May 2012 | 6:57 am
    In the first quarter of 2012, the S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index fell 1.9% year-over-year:Data through March 2012, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that all three headline composites ended the first quarter of 2012 at new post-crisis lows. The national composite fell by 2.0% in the first quarter of 2012 and was down 1.9% versus the first quarter of 2011. The 10- and 20-City Composites posted respective annual returns of -2.8% and -2.6% in March 2012. Month-over-month, their…
  • Housing recovery a long way off

    James
    23 May 2012 | 2:36 am
    In a CNBC editorial, Michael Yoshikami argues that a housing market recovery is still a long way away:Housing starts were surprisingly strong this week, while there was improving sentiment from home builders. So should we start to breathe a sigh of relief that the housing market is returning to health? The short answer is no. The headlines say that housing is stabilizing and there are signs of life in the real estate sector. This is true but is only part of the story. Signs of life is far different than a return to healthier times.While KB Homes and Toll Brothers are reporting sales…
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    Paper Economy

  • Retail Sales: July 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest nominal read of retail sales  showing modest activity in July with sales going flat from June and rising 3.7% on a year-over-year basis on an aggregate of all items including food, fuel and healthcare services. Nominal "discretionary" retail sales including home furnishings, home garden and building materials, consumer electronics and department store sales declined slightly, falling 0.1% from June but rising 1.68% above the level seen in July 2013 while, adjusting for inflation, “real” discretionary retail sales declined 0.23% on the…
  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – August 13 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) publishes the results of a weekly applications survey that covers roughly 50 percent of all residential mortgage originations and tracks the average interest rate for 30 year and 15 year fixed rate mortgages as well as the volume of both purchase and refinance applications. The purchase application index has been highlighted as a particularly important data series as it very broadly captures the demand side of residential real estate for both new and existing home purchases. The latest data is showing that the average rate for a 30 year fixed rate…
  • Construction Spending: June 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released their latest read of construction spending showing slumping results for June with total private construction spending, single family construction spending and non-residential construction spending all declining over the month. On a month-to-month basis, total residential spending declined -0.3% from May climbing 7.4% above the level seen in June 2013 and remaining well below the peak level seen in 2006.Single family construction spending declined 1.40% from May rising 8.5% since June 2013 remaining well below it's peak level reached in…
  • Employment Situation: Nonfarm Payrolls and Civilian Unemployment July 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Today's Employment Situation Report indicated that in July, net non-farm payrolls increased by 209,000 jobs overall with the private non-farm payrolls sub-component adding 198,000 jobs while the civilian unemployment rate declined rose to 6.2% over the same period.Net private sector jobs increased 0.17% since last month climbing 2.16% above the level seen a year ago and climbing 1.22% above the peak level of employment seen in December 2007 prior to the Great Recession.
  • Employment Situation: Unemployment Duration July 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Today's employment situation report showed that conditions for the long term unemployed were mixed in July while still remaining distressed by historic standards.Workers unemployed 27 weeks or more increased to 3.155 million or 32.9% of all unemployed workers while the median term of unemployment increased to 13.3 weeks and the average stay on unemployment went declined to 32.4 weeks.
 
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    Residential Real Estate News

  • Honolulu second-most expensive city in U.S. to raise a child

    Bill Cresenzo
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    The cost to raise a child in Honolulu is 75 percent higher than the national average, making Hawaii's largest city the second-most expensive city in the nation for raising children, according to an analysis of a federal report by the consumer finance website NerdWallet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday released a report saying that it will cost a average of $245,340 to raise a U.S. child born in 2013. But according to NerdWallet's analysis of the USDA report, it will cost $429,635…
  • Perry turns himself in on abuse-of-power charges, vows to fight

    Bill Hethcock
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry surrendered to authorities at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. But not before stopping outside the courthouse and vowing “to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.” “I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law,” Perry said as supporters outside the Travis County Courthouse chanted “Perry! Perry!” “I’m here today because I did the right thing," the governor added. "I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high, knowing the actions that…
  • RGS Energy replaces CEO, posts 2nd-quarter loss

    Cathy Proctor
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    RGS Energy, a solar power installation company, said Tuesday that it’s appointed Dennis Lacey as its new CEO, succeeding Kam Mofid, who the company said has "departed to pursue other interests." Mofid became CEO in July 2012. Louisville-based RGS, whose official name is Real Goods Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: RGSE), said Lacey joined RGS in April to head its residential solar division. The change in leadership signals RGS will refocus its efforts on the residential solar power market, the company said. “The…
  • Richey May & Co. expands its alternative investment division

    Heather Draper
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Douglas County-based certified public accounting firm Richey May & Co. has expanded its alternative investment division by adding three senior-level hires, the company said Tuesday. Daniel O’Connor, Stephen Vlasak and Jonathan Sharon have been hired to lead the alternative investment practice group of the company. O’Connor is an audit partner and Richey May’s alternative investment service line leader with specializations in domestic and offshore hedge funds, fund of funds, real estate, private…
  • San Sebastian Inland Harbor sold for $4.75 million

    Andrew Thurlow
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A long-vacant site on the San Sebastian River in St. Augustine that had once been slated for high-end condominiums and a hotel has been sold for $4.75 million, according to records filed with St. Johns County. The St. Augustine San Sebastian Inland Harbor was purchased by SA Marina Holdings LLC, a Sanford-based company. The managing member of SA Marina, formally Humphrey SA Holdings, is Gulambbas Abdulhussein, according to state records. Abdulhussein and the Abdulhussein family partnership are…
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    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate

  • U.S. Construction Shifts to Second Tier

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Construction projects in cities across the country that stalled during the economic downturn now are getting the green light, an indication that the real-estate recovery is spreading beyond a handful of urban areas.
  • Sam Zell, Ex-Partner Face Off in Emerging Markets

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Since an acrimonious split, Sam Zell and his former partner Gary Garrabrant have kept their distance. Now they are preparing to square off on turf they once conquered together: emerging-markets real estate.
  • Casinos Chase New York City Proximity

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    With three failing Atlantic City casinos slated to close their doors within the next month, officials near New York City are pushing shiny new gaming facilities harder than ever.
  • Many Visitors but Few Tenants

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Governors Island attracts many seasonal visitors but also faces many stumbling blocks in luring year-round tenants to the 172-acre off the southern tip of Manhattan.
  • Unions, Activists Align on Affordable Housing

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    A group of New York City construction unions have forged a coalition with affordable housing activists to ratchet up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to require organized labor in the building of 80,000 lower-cost apartment units over the next decade.
 
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • New fatal police shooting near Ferguson

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    St. Louis officer-involved shooting came as Michael Brown's funeral plans were announced.
  • Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 am
    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, in what the group said on Wednesday was an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Accusing Israel of opening a "gateway to hell", Hamas fired rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The attacks caused no casualties but demonstrated the Islamist movement could still bring the Gaza war to Israel's heartland despite heavy Israeli bombardments in the five-week-old conflict.
  • Global cruise lines set sail for China

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    HONG KONG (AP) — Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.
  • Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:32 am
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama.
  • Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    PHOENIX (AP) — Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes.
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    Inman News

  • ForRent.com rolls out neighborhood, school search filters

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    ForRent.com now lets users hunt for apartments by individual school attendance zones or neighborhood. Users see a list of neighborhoods and schools on the left-hand side of the search results page. After performing a search by city, state or ZIP ...
  • Why a prominent indie brokerage is affiliating with a powerhouse franchise brand

    Paul Hagey
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    A Cary, North Carolina-based brokerage, Go Realty, that made a name for itself as an innovative independent firm has joined the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s real estate franchise network. The decision might look like the 5-year-old firm sold out, said Zach ...
  • Mobile MLS app designed to help users help themselves

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A mobile app for multiple listing services from Goomzee now provides a built-in help desk designed to reduce the burden of providing support to brokers and agents who use the app. Nearly two dozen MLSs and associations have chosen Goomzee’s ...
  • 5 surprisingly simple ways to get people to your open house

    Trulia Pro Blog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    An open house is one of the oldest and easiest ways to meet prospective homebuyers and home sellers. In theory, all you do is throw a few yard signs around the neighborhood, unlock the door, and the buyers and sellers come flocking in like people to a giveaway. But, the truth is that it isn’t quite so easy, is it ...
  • I’m not a Realtor, I just play one on YouTube

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Derek Johnson promoting “Free List Calgary” on YouTube. The Real Estate Council of Alberta says a man it fined $15,000 last year for allegedly posing as a Realtor is now doing business under a different name, and has been advertising ...
 
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    Information CentralInformation Central

  • What We’re Reading – Aug. 9-15

    Dave
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Where we came from, real estate in Japan, and a Bloody Mary to end them all The New York Times Upshot section has a fun set of graphs this week that looks at state migration patterns from 1900 to today, state by state. Look at Florida and you can see the rise of immigrants from New York in the 1960s, or North Carolina’s rapid growth from the 1990s. Fun stuff! Japan vs. U.S. real estate culture. Buying an existing home is almost a foreign concept in Japan, where the vast majority of consumers prefer to tear down and build new rather than live in someone else’s house. Home…
  • New and Updated in the Library – Aug 2014

    Dave
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The following field guides have recently been updated in the Library: Appraisal of Real Estate Offices & Selling Your Book of Business Whether you own a real estate firm or are thinking of buying or selling one, it’s important to know what the business is worth. The following articles and studies can provide some insight into determining the value of a real estate firm and its assets. Breaking into Commercial Sales Though both the U.S. and world economies remain in a somewhat precarious state, the commercial real estate market has shown incremental improvements since the economic…
  • What We’re Reading: Aug. 2-8

    Dave
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Zillow + Trulia reactions, Russian hackers, and Mind the Gap! Zillow and Trulia merger: What will it mean for  the business? or even your business? Check out the thoughts of some real estate bloggers. You’ve probably heard about the billion stolen passwords, now in the hands of Russian hackers. Now you might be left wondering, “What do I do?” New York Times writer Molly Wood offers some solid advice. Most notably: assume you’ve been hacked and take the necessary precautions. Most expensive state to close a mortgage: Texas. Least: Nevada. Architects don’t like it, but…
  • August eBook Collection: Staging Secrets

    Dave
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    This month, NAR’s Library eBook special collection focuses on home staging, organizing, and decluttering. We’ve gathered our existing staging titles together in one place and supplemented them with some new ones too. Click on the link to ‘Staging Secrets’ in the far left column, just under the REALTOR® ‘R’. The collection features everything from the basic Home Staging that Works to broader topics on Decluttering Secrets, and books that bring in ideas from fung shui to help you lead a more organized life. There are even titles on how to start your own…
  • Top Field Guides for July 2014

    Donna McCormick
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Field Guides are one-stop resource packages on dozens of subjects of interest to REALTORS®. On each page you’ll find links to articles, books, web sites, statistics, and other material on each subject. The list of the most-used field guides from Information Central for the month of July 2014 was released today: Field Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics Field Guide to Preparing & Staging a House for Sale Field Guide to Opening a Real Estate Brokerage Field Guide to Writing a Business Plan Field Guide to Farming and Prospecting Field Guide to 1031 Exchanges Field Guide to Listing…
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • Hacker News…for Real Estate?

    Drew Meyers
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    One of the guest contributors or I write about some of the topics and news specific to real estate industry. For those topics, of course you can discuss them in the comments. But we don’t write about everything, and we never will. That said, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a way to discuss things just amongst this specific community of tech savvy professionals? Any community member could submit a link they find interesting, along with a short comment — and have a discussion thread ensue. I know all the coders that read this blog know what Hacker News is. It’s a…
  • Are You a Leader? Are You Being Fierce?

    Drew Meyers
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Excellent 18 minute video of a talk on leadership by Jerry Colonna… Click here to view the embedded video. A bit more in writing is available here. [via AVC] The post Are You a Leader? Are You Being Fierce? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
  • What Will Your Verse Be?

    Drew Meyers
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Worth watching… Click here to view the embedded video. Regardless of whether you contribute anything at all, life’s poetry continues to get written every single minute of every single day. What will your verse be? Does it matter? Why? PS: This is a great example of marketing by Apple. Again. The post What Will Your Verse Be? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
  • What’s the Dream?

    Drew Meyers
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Every business has a dream; a vision for what the future holds. Those that don’t, likely aren’t accomplishing much. Ours at Horizon? Want to Know? What’s your dream? The post What’s the Dream? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
  • Are you Sharing “YOU”?

    Drew Meyers
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    This movie clip from Good Will Hunting (one of my all time favorites)… Click here to view the embedded video. Reminds me of this post I wrote a couple years ago. Writing is the same way as real life. Too many people just regurgitate crap already on hundreds/thousands of websites. If you don’t share anything personal, there’s no reason to read. Are you sharing YOU? RIP, Robin Williams. The post Are you Sharing “YOU”? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
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    Mortgage News Daily

  • MBS RECAP: Volatile Morning Takes MBS Into The Red, Flat Afternoon Leaves Them There

    Matthew Graham
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryEverything that happened in bond markets today, happened before noon. Whether this was a factor of European markets contributing to the volatility or simply another afternoon during August isn't readily apparent, but both likely contributed. Treasuries were slightly stronger in the overnight session. 10's and MBS were both back to yesterday's best levels at the open. The morning data only proved to be a minor speedbump in the grand scheme of things (stronger Housing Starts caused temporary weakness). It wasn't until stocks were open for the day and…
  • Mortgage Rates Continue Higher Erasing Last Week's Gains

    Matthew Graham
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates continued moving higher today after headlines suggested a chance for deescalation in Ukraine. It was the geopolitical risk in Ukraine that coincided with a strong move lower on Friday. Strong economic data also contributed to the weakness as a report showed Residential Construction rose at the fastest pace since November. Economic strength tends cause investors to sell bonds and move to riskier assets. When bonds--like those that dictate mortgage rates--are sold, rates move higher. Today's move completely undoes last week's improvement. That said,…
  • MBS MID-DAY: Bonds Turn Negative After Stronger Start

    Matthew Graham
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryRelative to yesterday's exceptionally linear trading, prices have been much more volatile today. The overnight session was constructive for global bond markets with soft UK inflation data benefiting European and US bond markets. MBS opened 5 ticks higher and added to the gains ahead of the morning's economic data. The Consumer Price Index was right on target, but Housing Starts were significantly stronger than expected. Markets only managed a brief reaction that say bond markets lose most of the morning gains before getting right back to the best levels. From…
  • Residential Construction Metrics Rose Significantly in July

    Jann Swanson
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireTwo important measures of strength in the housing and construction industries moved substantially higher in July the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development said today. The number of permits issued and construction starts both jumped while housing completions were also up. In addition today's report revised significantly upward the relatively dismal June numbers released last month for all three construction elements. In July permits were issued for construction of privately owned residential housing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of…
  • Affiliated-Envoy Lawsuit; MBA Networking Groups; MISMO Update; Recent Agency News

    Rob Chrisman
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Posted To: Pipeline PressIt is fun to see that U.S. homebuilder confidence rose to a seven-month high, primarily driven by lower mortgage rates and an improving jobs market which have pushed buyers into the housing market. But as we all know, last week we lost another correspondent lender. And now a lawsuit has come to light where Affiliated Mortgage is suing Envoy Mortgage in Louisiana. Given the amount of change facing our industry, open dialogue amongst industry peers is more important than ever before. The MBA is focused on giving its community lender members the ability to discuss their…
 
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  • Where are the hottest real estate markets in Silicon Valley?

    CJ Brasiel
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Taking a look at the Top 15 neighborhoods in Santa Clara County, the numbers show clearly the AFFORDABILITY and DESIRABILITY influences in our housing market. Whether it is a single family detached home or a condo/town home, the affordability moves sellers and buyers into markets like Blossom Valley and the South County of Morgan Hill, […]
  • Handy Tips for Moving Out of State

    CJ Brasiel
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Right now we’re at the height of the moving season. During the summer peak, millions of North Americans will change temporarily or forever their addresses for different reasons – a new career challenge, a better home in a nice neighborhood, moving away to college or retirement and relocation in search of a more tranquil life. […]
  • Relocating – Should I Sell or Rent?

    CJ Brasiel
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Q. I am trying to figure out the logistics of relocating to another state when my current house is paid for, I am in no hurry to sell, and it won’t be a problem to buy another house first and then sell this one, if needed. I live in North Dakota in a paid for […]
  • Beautiful Home in Willow Glen Listed at $1,338,000- PENDING SALE

    CJ Brasiel
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    This wonderful custom built home, a short walk from downtown Willow Glen is in move in ready condition. See all the photos at BestofWillowGlen.com - PENDING SALE A formal living room with gas fireplace creates an inviting first entry into the home. Followed by a formal dining room with sculpted ceilings, your guest will appreciate the […]
  • Take Advantage of Hidden Spaces in Your Home

    CJ Brasiel
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    I love these imaginative uses for the nooks and crannies in a home to make it more fun and take advantage of every inch of space available. Sometimes it just takes a fresh eye on your available space to come up with creative ways to solve a problem or make elements of your home more […]
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    National Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group

  • New Lee & Associates CEO Jeff Rinkov Putting Firm's New Strategic Plan Into Play

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Jeffrey M. Rinkov has been with Lee & Associates since 1995 and served in executive roles for nearly a decade, a period in which it has expanded from largely a Southern California-focused brokerage to a full-service real estate provider with an increasingly national reach. As Lee & Associates announces its 50th office today, entering the Ohio market in Cleveland, one of the Buckeye State's largest metro areas, Rinkov has assumed the Los Angeles...
  • Lee & Associates Opens First Office in Ohio

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Continuing its national expansion, Lee & Associates has entered the Ohio market with an office in Cleveland -- the Los Angeles-based commercial real estate services company's 50th office in the U.S. and its seventh in the Midwest. Lee & Associates Cleveland will be headed by Bradley Coven, Jeremy Steiger and Joseph Greenberg. "This marks a significant move on our part to get a foothold in the Ohio market as well as growing our Midwest presence...
  • Bidding War Starts for Family Dollar

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Richard W. Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General, is looking to go out with a bang. Before he retires from the firm next May, Dreiling has now made it his goal to acquire his largest rival. With more than 11,500 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. This morning, the company launched a bidding war for Family Dollar Stores Inc., operator of nearly 8,200 stores. Dollar offered $9.7 billion...
  • CoStar's People of Note (Aug. 10 - 16)

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week's issue includes the following markets: Dallas / Ft. Worth, Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, San Antonio, and San Francisco. DALLAS / FT. WORTH Mohr Partners Appoints President, Promotes Three By Bryce Meyers Global corporate real estate advisor M
  • Rising Demand For Seniors Care Drives Latest Health Care REIT Acquisition

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Baby boomers are still moving U.S. markets as they enter their retirement years, in this case the rising market for senior housing and care. Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE: HCN) announced that it will acquire Toronto-based HealthLease Properties REIT and partner with HealthLease external manager Mainstreet Property Group in a deal potentially valued at $2.3 billion. The HealthLease portfolio consists of 53 communities consisting of 5,331 beds, with...
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  • Another Zillow Fail – Being a Landlord Is Most Profitable in These 10 Areas

    Dennis Fassett
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    This is nutso. Plain crazy nutso. Call it Zillow in Wonderland instead of Alice in Wonderland. Zillow – who you know has a sterling reputation for accuracy <cough cough> has struck again. In this installment of Zillow-Does-Real Estate, they give their opinion as to what the best rental markets in the country are. (I’ve included […]
  • The First 50 Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms

    Dennis Fassett
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I found a great article in the Huffington Post regarding Crowdfunding. It was written by Jorge Newbery, and a link to the article is included at the end. From less than 10 a year ago to over 50 today, real estate crowdfunding platforms are sprouting up like World Cup fans in the United States. The […]
  • REITD 013: Todd Brittingham and John Rospierski – New Construction Builders

    Dennis Fassett
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    In this episode I talk to Todd Brittingham and John Rospierski. Together they formed a new build construction company about a year ago. John’s background is in homebuilding, and Todd and his wife Kelly are real estate investors here in the metro are. I’m having Kelly on the show in a couple of weeks to […]
  • REITD 012: Brian Borawski – CPA for Real Estate Investors in Metro Detroit

    Dennis Fassett
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    In this episode I talk to Brian Borawski. Brian is a CPA who happens to have several real estate investors as clients in this area – including me. I’ve used Brian for several years now, and it’s been great to have a knowledgable person like him available when issues come up like the sale of […]
  • REITD 011: Todd Waller – Real Estate Sales Professional and Technologist

    Dennis Fassett
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    In this episode I talk to Todd Waller. Todd is a real estate agent, and in my opinion, he’s the premiere agent in Metro Detroit. He has a tremendously successful business model with phenomenal processes, and he combines that with a laser focus on the needs of his clients. His market focus is the I-275 […]
 
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  • Friday Flash: the game ain’t over

    Brian Boero
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s been two and a half weeks since the Zillow/Trulia deal went down. As far as I can tell, we’re all still here. Right?? Some perspective: From 1996 to 2006, a single company absolutely dominated online real estate. They had all the listings, brutal pricing power and a CEO who makes Spencer Rascoff look like Mister Rogers. This company’s stock peaked at $411 in January of 2000. It was perceived as unstoppable. Then it wasn’t. And brokers carried on, through a boom and a bust, much as they always had. Remember all that? There is no game over here. Whatever comes next probably isn’t…
  • Real estate’s golden prize

    Marc Davison
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    The real estate industry is stuck. It will never progress until it frees itself. Here’s a push. The problem The industry clings to a belief in possessing things it has not, does not, and will never own. Home search. “The Consumer.” “The Data.” This trinity of false idols pins the industry in place. Let me explain. Home search The industry never owned the home search experience wholly. Before the Web, people searched using the newspaper. Magazines. They walked neighborhoods. Asked friends. People hired agents to make sense of things when the time came. To supply…
  • Zillow, Trulia and you

    Marc Davison
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca Every so often, the ground shakes beneath our industry. Online listings. Banks. “Discounters”. Now the latest tremor: the rumored Zillow acquisition of Trulia. This past week, Wall Street rallied. Analysts riddled the airwaves. Bloggers and social medialites pelted predictions. The wave of distraction so common in our industry reared up…again. I don’t know what’s coming next. But if this deal happens, I’ll watch and observe.
  • The 24-hour website workout

    Brian Boero
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Over the past seven years, 1000watt has worked with countless brokerages, franchisors and real estate tech companies to re-imagine the face and story they present in the digital world. This takes time. Discovery, strategy, content development, information architecture, wireframing, visuals, copywriting, coding, QA… it’s a process – one we’ve never been very public about. It’s also much more than “designing a website.” We need to create an expression of a brand, account for myriad business rules and keep the strategic objective in mind. So it was a bit of a…
  • Realogy buys ZipRealty – quick thoughts

    Brian Boero
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Realogy announced today that it intends to by ZipRealty for $166 million in cash. This is a really, really smart move. Congratulations to all involved. I’m just headed into the Inman show, but thought I’d jot down a few thoughts: I’ve taken a close look at Zip’s technology over the past few months, and they’ve made great strides. They recently began making their entire tech platform – mobile/desktop website, CRM, etc. – available to other brokerages on a white-label basis and early progress was good.  They have a very sleek mobile web version of…
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  • 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hold Steady

    Alexa Fiander
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages remained fairly stable this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 4.06 percent, down from 4.08 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered around 4.08 percent for the majority of the week, falling to 3.97 percent on Friday before returning to the current rate. “Mortgage rates dropped mid-week to their lowest level in two months on weak U.S. economic data and geopolitical concerns over the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of…
  • Justin Bieber Reportedly Renting Party Palace

    Emily Heffter
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Justin Bieber, whose hard-partying ways drew complaints in Beverly Hills, has reportedly moved into a rental that is the ultimate Hollywood party pad. The home has been used to house “American Idol” contestants, as a luxury fitness retreat for “Destination Fit4LA” and as an “X Factor” house. Besides having 16,000 square feet and an amazing view, the home is equipped for Bieber-style antics. Here are the home’s most ridiculous party-friendly amenities, according to the listing, which offered it for rent for $29,500 a month. 1. Three bars Forget the…
  • Million-Dollar Homes Are Shrinking in Nearly Two-Thirds of Major Metros

    Camille Salama
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Despite home values still being down more than 11 percent from their peak in 2007, home buyers are paying more money for less home than ever before. At the height of the housing market the median $1 million home was 2,730 square feet. Today it is 2,629 square feet, down nearly 4 percent from 2007, according to a Zillow analysis. On a local level, this trend is playing out in 30 of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas. Among the 50 largest metros analyzed by Zillow, million-dollar homes lost the most space in Providence, RI (-20.7 percent), New Orleans (-18.7 percent) and San Francisco (-13.6…
  • Reese Witherspoon Plans to Restore This Nashville Mansion

    Emily Heffter
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Southern belle and Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon plans to renovate a historic mansion she bought last month in her hometown of Nashville, TN. The home was built by a prominent Nashville family, and when it came on the market last year, local automobile scion and GOP donor Lee Beaman and his wife, Kelley Beaman, wanted to save it from being torn down and replaced by a mega-mansion. So they bought it and did some basic maintenance. They painted the home’s interior, refinished the hardwood floors and ripped out the outdated kitchen and laundry room, said listing agent Hal…
  • 11 Home Hazards to Avoid

    BobVila.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    By Marisa Villarreal If you ask most people where they feel the safest, chances are the answer will be in their own home. But home safety depends on a variety of factors, and potential dangers run the gamut from structural hazards like termites and faulty wiring to problems related to a home’s location and siting, such as drainage and flooding. Here are 11 of the most common hazards that homeowners are likely to encounter. To keep your home truly safe, be aware of these hazards and consider how they can be remedied. Source: shutterstock.com Deadly lead We all know it’s dangerous,…
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  • Congratulations to Trulia’s $50K Home Giveaway Winner – Teresa W. of Charlotte, FL!

    Daisy Kong
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    A few weeks ago, we wrapped up our $50,000 giveaway sweepstakes, and we’re thrilled to announce Teresa W. of Charlotte, FL as our lucky winner! “I couldn’t believe it at first. When I believed it, I didn’t sleep all that night. I was thinking about everything that I wanted to do and give my grandkids. I’m just ecstatic and can’t believe it actually happened.”  A loving grandmother of a 7-year old girl and a 10-year old boy, who currently live with her and her husband, Teresa didn’t believe us when we first got in touch with her to tell her the good…
  • Today Marks a New and Exciting Chapter for Trulia as We Agree to be Acquired by Zillow

    Pete Flint, CEO
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Today, we have some exciting news to share, as Trulia is embarking on a new and exciting chapter. We’ve signed an agreement to be acquired by Zillow, which will enable us to accelerate our efforts to revolutionize the home search process for consumers, help professionals build their businesses and create additional value in adjacent markets. I’m excited about the benefits this combination will bring to the consumers, agents, brokers, franchises and data providers we work with every day. Over the last 10 years, we have successfully built Trulia from the ground up by staying focused on our…
  • Trulia to Launch New Real Estate App for Android Wear, Bringing the Future of Home Search Closer

    Kira Wampler, CMO
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Trulia has been laser-focused on delivering the real estate industry’s simplest, most helpful mobile products. And today, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be launching a new mobile real estate app for Android Wear once it’s available in the coming weeks. Earlier today, Trulia’s app was highlighted at Google I/O 2014, the annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google’s product teams and partners. At Trulia, we are defining the future of home search by leveraging the latest technologies to deliver a simpler and…
  • Updating Our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

    Daisy Kong
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Today, we’ve updated our privacy policy and terms of use to harmonize them across the Trulia family of companies. We encourage you to review them. Thanks!
  • Don’t Miss Out On Your Perfect Home or Apartment

    Korina Buhler
    15 May 2014 | 5:01 am
    In today’s competitive real estate market it’s crucial to be the first to know about new homes and apartments as soon as they come on the market. That’s why Trulia is now providing instant alerts of newly listed homes near your current location. The nearby home alerts feature is available on both the iPhone and Android versions of the Trulia app, and will alert you of any new homes — either rentals or homes for sale, the choice is yours—listed in the last 24 hours. Because it is the only real estate app to offer this kind of functionality, it truly can help you stay ahead of the…
 
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  • Why Your 401k Is A Retirement Income Loser!

    Jeff Brown
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A savvy commenter and a couple buddies made known to me that last week’s post at a sentence or two they didn’t quite grasp. I read it myself, and calling that sentence the perfect example of tortured syntax would be straining the concept of kindness. Here’s the offending prose. “If all you ever did was buy discounted first position notes secured by real estate, you’d surpass the after tax income from that significantly lower amount by double, at least in most cases.” I wrote that in the context of what I call ‘gutting’ an employer sponsored 401k.
  • Just Because it Looks Good, Doesn’t Mean it Is Good!

    Ben Leybovich
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Sometimes I am busy…that’s an understatement of the century!  But, truly, some weeks I just find myself looking for a short cut as it relates to my post.  Translation – you are getting a video In real estate, almost nothing is as it seems.  Something that looks gorgeous and totally belongs in the space aesthetically, may actually cause a lot of heartache down the road.  Knowing this requires perspective, which, as you know is a function of experience.  For all of you newbies, in this video I discuss two of the most common pitfalls that many of you don’t think…
  • The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers in Real Estate

    Sharon Vornholt
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    I have been noticing a theme on several of the forums lately. Some real estate investors are worried about “offending the seller” with their low offer.   What?  There is only one thing we should be doing and that is making solid offers based on the numbers. There is a saying that goes something like this; “If you don’t feel at least a little bit uncomfortable about your offer, you’ve just offered too much”. In general, I have found this to be true. Many real estate investors especially folks that are new get a little “squirmy” when they reach the actual number they should…
  • The Top 8 Mistakes Made By Rookie Landlords

    Kevin Perk
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Everyone has been a rookie at something at some point in their lives, whether it was in a new school, job or sport or even as a landlord. Being a rookie means that you lack the experience of more seasoned players. This lack of experience often translates into so called “rookie mistakes” because some things just have to be learned from experience. Over the years I have talked with many a rookie landlord. Many times these talks arise due to some sort of problem the rookie has encountered and they are now seeking advice to solve it. We more seasoned landlords tend to see these same rookie…
  • 4 Simple Tips to Find the Right Short Term Property Manager

    Trey Duling
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Running a short-term rental program for your vacation home or condo can be challenging on your own. Hiring a property manager can have many benefits, but the first step is finding the right person to hire. Take a look at these 4 simple tips to help you find the right person for the job. 1) Choose a Property Manager You Can Trust This may seem like common sense, but remember that if, like most vacation home owners, you don’t live near your property, trustworthiness is even more important. There are 3 main ways you can look for the best property manager around: 1. Look around the community.
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  • Four Georgia hotels in running for national historic hotel awards

    Carla Caldwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Four Georgia hotels are in the running for Historic Hotels of America’s 2014 Awards of Excellence. The organization says the awards recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers. Winners will be announced October 2 at The Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania, which was built in 1933. The Georgia nominees are: In the “Historic Hotelier of the Year” category - Patty Henning, Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island. In the “Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)”…
  • RGS Energy replaces CEO, posts 2nd-quarter loss

    Cathy Proctor
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    RGS Energy, a solar power installation company, said Tuesday that it’s appointed Dennis Lacey as its new CEO, succeeding Kam Mofid, who the company said has "departed to pursue other interests." Mofid became CEO in July 2012. Louisville-based RGS, whose official name is Real Goods Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: RGSE), said Lacey joined RGS in April to head its residential solar division. The change in leadership signals RGS will refocus its efforts on the residential solar power market, the company said. “The…
  • Richey May & Co. expands its alternative investment division

    Heather Draper
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Douglas County-based certified public accounting firm Richey May & Co. has expanded its alternative investment division by adding three senior-level hires, the company said Tuesday. Daniel O’Connor, Stephen Vlasak and Jonathan Sharon have been hired to lead the alternative investment practice group of the company. O’Connor is an audit partner and Richey May’s alternative investment service line leader with specializations in domestic and offshore hedge funds, fund of funds, real estate, private…
  • San Sebastian Inland Harbor sold for $4.75 million

    Andrew Thurlow
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A long-vacant site on the San Sebastian River in St. Augustine that had once been slated for high-end condominiums and a hotel has been sold for $4.75 million, according to records filed with St. Johns County. The St. Augustine San Sebastian Inland Harbor was purchased by SA Marina Holdings LLC, a Sanford-based company. The managing member of SA Marina, formally Humphrey SA Holdings, is Gulambbas Abdulhussein, according to state records. Abdulhussein and the Abdulhussein family partnership are…
  • Beverly Hills billionaires buy 1,100 Arizona apartments for $34.7M

    Mike Sunnucks
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The real estate arm of the billionaire Nazarian family has bought more than 1,100 apartments in Tucson for $34.65 million. The Nazarian family operates Beverly Hills, California-based Omninet Capital LLC. The family held major stakes in Qualcomm and are of Jewish-Iranian descent. They have also been involved in Hollywood movie productions. They already own office complexes in Gilbert, near Seventh Street and Bell Road and Seventh Street and Clarendon Avenue in Phoenix, as well as properties in…
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  • [Three Cents Worth #267 NY] NYC Sets New Record Average Sales Price

    Jonathan Miller
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    It’s time to share my Three Cents Worth (3CW) on Curbed NY, at the intersection of neighborhood and real estate in the capital of the world…and I’m here to take measurements. Check out my 3CW column on @CurbedNY: Although our NYC market reports only cover Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, I also track Staten Island and The Bronx for fun. For the second quarter 2014 NYC analysis, I observed two new records: 1. The average sales price for NYC residential real estate (co-ops, condos and 1-3 family sales) reached a record $975,441 (pink line). 2. The average sales price for NYC…
  • A Fifth Avenue Co-op’s 87-Year Price Increase was 3.6X Rate of Inflation

    Jonathan Miller
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    [click to expand] A few months ago there was a record $70M sale of a penthouse co-op sale at 960 Fifth Avenue.  The purchaser paid $5M over list price. While doing some research I ran across an article in the New York Times archive that described a record Manhattan sale of $450,000 in the same building in 1927.  The apartment was located on the 10th and most of the 11th floor in the same building (aka 3 East 77th Street). Based on the unit description, I believe this to be Apartment 10/11B which last sold for $21,000,000 on July 24, 2013.   Using the BLS calculator for CPI, a $450,000…
  • My Bloomberg View Column: Housing Data Is Old and Moldy

    Jonathan Miller
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    After being pummeled with confusing sound bits after the release of Monday’s Pending Home SalesIndex by the NAR and the S&P/Case Shiller Index, I thought it was time to set the record straight on the applicability of this research. This is my second column for Bloomberg View: Housing Data Is Old and Moldy My Bloomberg View RSS feed.
  • North America Leads Luxury Housing Trends in 2Q14 – Knight Frank

    Jonathan Miller
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Knight Frank published their quarterly Prime Global Cities Index today and North America led the way as a region with a 14.5% rise in prices. “Prime” translates to “Luxury” in US housingspeak. We provide research for their Manhattan and Miami results through the Elliman Reports we prepare. The report conclusion succinctly summarizes the state of high end housing today and speaks to the global phenomenon: …the index’s annual increase of 6.2% in the year to June is above the long-run average of 4.6% recorded since Lehman’s collapse in the third quarter of 2008,…
  • My First Post on Bloomberg View: Homebuying Gets a Housecleaning

    Jonathan Miller
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I was recently approached by Bloomberg View, the editorial arm of Bloomberg LP, to provide commentary on the housing market. I seem to be in good company. Although their well oiled machine began to append my additional title “Bloomberg Contributor” earlier in the month when being sourced, it wasn’t an oversight on their part. I didn’t submit my first post until last week. It took me a few weeks to get my groove on as I was in the midst of a 2Q14 market report release gauntlet. Last Wednesday evening I wrote my first post about Lawrence Yun’s attendance at the…
 
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    AGBeat

  • EarlyClaim: Automatically reserve your username with new startups

    Jennifer Walpole
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    (Tech News) EarlyClaim offers a way to automatically claim your favorite username with new startups, so you no longer have to seek out each startup individually or have your username stolen. Again. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Automate and recycle social media posts with Edgar

    Jennifer Walpole
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    (Social Media) Edgar automates, sorts, and keeps track of all your social media posts so you can reach your audience at optimal times. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • The 7 deadly sins of digital user experience

    Marti Trewe
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    (Tech News) User experience is now understood to be a huge factor in a digital brand's success, so what are the 7 deadly sins every brand should avoid? Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • 5 Common myths that may be affecting your business credit score

    AG Staff
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Your business credit score is critical Balboa Capital, a leading independent financing company that specializes in equipment leasing and small business loans, announced the results of its mid-2014 small business survey that was sent to over 450,000 small business owners and more than 35,000 equipment dealers throughout the United States. The July survey reveals that concerns about the US economy have decreased and that small business owners and equipment dealers plan to invest in their operations during Q3 and Q4. That’s great news, but what are these companies doing to help or hurt…
  • Practical skills every tech startup business person needs

    AG Staff
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    (Business News) Whether looking to start or join a tech startup as the go-to business person, there are skills required and often lacking in the person occupying this role. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
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  • How Not to Message

    Damon Chetson
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Taking this moment to give this brief lesson on how not to message: Neil Siegel, a former special counsel to Joe Biden and supporter of ObamaCare/Affordable Care Act, was on WUNC’s The State of Things on Wednesday discussing recent appellate litigation involving the subsidies authorized by the Act. The DC Circuit ruled Monday that subsidies are illegal in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. North Carolina is one of those states. The Fourth Circuit, in which North Carolina is located, found otherwise.
  • Passed my Check Ride

    Damon Chetson
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Back in January, I wrote here about taking private pilot lessons. My post was inspired by one Greg wrote in December about mastering something difficult this year. Earlier this month I took an oral exam and then check ride with an designated examiner for the FAA, and I passed! The next day, I piled my wife and a little bit of luggage into my Piper Cherokee, and took off for the coast. An hour and 15 minutes later, I was down at Ocracoke, part of the Outer Banks that would ordinarily take someone 6 hours or so to get to by car from Raleigh. My wife and I got a lift to the local pub –…
  • The Real Housewives of Redfin

    Geno Petro
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    “Couldn’t you, just once, tell somebody what they really want to hear?” my wife asked, almost immediately after I got off the phone with the Redfin recruiter. “Is that a rhetorical question? You just asked me a rhetorical question!” I snapped. Ever since I turned fifty-five I get snappy when someone I love questions my intentions, especially when I’m hungry. She didn’t answer but instead, continued her Words With Friends game on her iPad. I walked into the kitchen. “They’ll call me back,” I said after a few moments of silence, my fat…
  • Hey, @Zillow: Why are you calling the Realtors and lenders you prey upon #racist?

    Greg Swann
    18 Jan 2014 | 9:22 am
    And why on earth do they continue to do business with you?
  • Flourishing, Flying, and the FAA

    Damon Chetson
    8 Jan 2014 | 10:52 am
    Greg has a nice post on mastering something difficult this year. I’m not sure it counts as a truly difficult task, but I started taking private pilot lessons in August, and was hooked. It turns out that flying in a small plane is fun, especially when you can fly most places you want with comparatively little hassle. In October, I bought an airplane – a Piper Cherokee 140 that was built in the 1960s, and refurbished in the 2000s with new avionics and electronics. It’s not particularly speedy. It flies about 130 to 140 mph in calm weather. With a headwind, you’ll get no…
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  • Eligibility Requirements For FHA Condo Approval

    Justin McHood
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    What are the eligibility requirements for FHA condo approval? An individual unit in a condominium project can be eligible for financing through a FHA loan only if the entire project has an unexpired FHA condo approval in place. FHA recently made a number of changes to the eligibility guidelines for condominiums. In order get FHA approved, a condo project must meet the following requirements: Number of Units The minimum number of units should be at least two or more to be considered as a condominium Occupancy At least 50% of the total units in a project must be owner-occupied or sold to those…
  • Buying a Condo With an FHA Loan

    Justin McHood
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    How to buy a condo with a FHA loan? FHA (Federal Housing Administration) allows for the financing of condos under its various loan programs. The guidelines and requirements regarding FHA condo approval have changed since February 1st, 2010. Currently, a condo project must have an approval in place before you can seek financing from a FHA lender. Recent Changes to FHA Approved Condos Before the introduction of the recent changes, anyone buying a condo with an FHA loan had a few options. They could either consult the FHA’s list of approved condominium projects and buy an unit in one of…
  • Common Misconceptions About FHA Loans

    Justin McHood
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    What are some of the common misconceptions about FHA mortgages? FHA-insured home loan programs are a popular alternative to conventional mortgage loans offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Currently, about 30% of the new home buyers use one of the various loan programs offered by FHA lenders. For borrowers looking to buy a home with very little down payment, FHA has been the preferred choice since its existence. A number of common misconceptions are widely prevalent among new home buyers regarding exact role of FHA and its loan insurance programs. To successfully get a FHA loan approval,…
  • FHA Loans: Still The Best Option For Low Down Payments?

    Justin McHood
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Is an FHA loan still the best option for home buyers with a low down payment? Down payment is the most important concern for many first time home buyers with moderate incomes and limited savings. Finding a low-down payment mortgage loan with flexible requirements can be your gateway to homeownership. Before the financial crisis of 2008, there was an abundance of loan programs offering home financing with minimal down payment requirements. In fact, many mortgage lenders at that time were not only providing 100% financing, they were also allowing for the additional closing costs be included in…
  • Getting an FHA Loan With Outstanding Judgements on Your Credit Report

    Justin McHood
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Qualifying for a FHA-insured mortgage with outstanding judgments on credit report Are you worried that you may not qualify for a FHA home due to outstanding judgments in your credit history? Read on: One of the major concerns for new FHA loan applicants is their past credit history. Even with a good credit score, past adverse, negative credit items can impede your eligibility for a home loan under FHA credit guidelines. If you have outstanding judgments, there are two important factors that need to be considered in such a situation. The first factor is the FHA program’s rules and…
 
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  • 5 surprisingly simple ways to get people to your open house

    Trulia Pro Blog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    An open house is one of the oldest and easiest ways to meet prospective homebuyers and home sellers. In theory, all you do is throw a few yard signs around the neighborhood, unlock the door, and the buyers and sellers come flocking in like people to a giveaway. But, the truth is that it isn’t quite so easy, is it? On weekends during the summer, folks have summer on the brain — vacation, trips to the beach, and bike rides. Unfortunately, your next open house may not be on their minds. Have you ever held an open house and been the only one there? Have you ever sat for three hours until…
  • As a rookie real estate agent, sell your sphere of influence on how you can benefit them

    ActiveRain
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    When my first broker told me I needed to write letters to all the people in my sphere of influence, I didn’t know what she was talking about. What sphere of influence? I didn’t influence anyone except possibly my children. Who are all these people I should be contacting? The label is a bit misleading — although we probably all do influence others more than we imagine. What she really meant was“all the people who know you, at least somewhat, and who like you, or at least don’t dislike you.” The point is, you want everyone who knows you to know what you do…
  • How to get your happy clients to spread the word about you

    ActiveRain
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve all heard it said that it’s easier to keep a happy client than to lose an unhappy one. The unfortunate truth is that unhappy people are more likely to spread their ill feelings about something or someone (whether justified or not). Here’s a few excellent ways to get your happy clients to spread the word about you. Video testimonials — Video is an extremely valuable marketing tool in today’s high-tech world. Ask your clients if they would be willing to give you a video testimonial. Set a time with them and start recording. Put all your testimonials together…
  • 10 simple ways agents can stay relevant after handing over the keys

    Will Caldwell
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    1. Call clients from time to time Call your clients image via Shutterstock. 2. Write a letter Letter writing image via Shutterstock. 3. Share your list of preferred vendors Image via Dizzle.com 4. Send a copy of your client’s closing statement during tax time Tax deadline image via Shutterstock. 5. Obsess over sharing hyperlocal real estate news Sharing image via Shutterstock. 6. Introduce your clients to new people in the area How do you do? image via Shutterstock. 7. Host a party for your network Cocktails image via Shutterstock. 8. Give them an iPad with your name on it Bloom…
  • Pink lady videos vs. lead gen in a co-working space

    Gina Thelemann
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Editor’s note: The #madREskillz finalist who receives the most votes in the poll below will be featured in an Inman News story. Voting closes at 8 a.m. PDT Thursday, Aug. 14.  Last week, a coconut mailer proved to be the winning lead gen strategy over a home evaluation video player. Who will be this week’s #madREskillz winner? 1. If you live in Tampa, you probably know Sue Benson, or “The Pink Lady.” Sue’s hot pink branding, which extends from her website and Twitter handle all the way to her headgear, make her a clear standout in the real estate world.
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  • Craftsman Colonial at 5290 Ellenwood Drive

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    A porch swing big enough for the whole family to snuggle in, a sunset view across the hills--life is great at this special corner of Hill and Ellenwood Drive in the best part of Eagle Rock. This Craftsman Colonial-style home has a wide front porch that invites friends and neighbors to stop by and visit. Lots of original windows illuminate the pale honey-colored maple floors throughout. There is a built-in buffet in the dining room, and a magnificent Batchelder-style wood-burning fireplace in the huge living room. Read More
  • Remodeled California Ranch at 6115 Hillandale Drive

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Living the good life is easy in this freshly updated California Ranch! From the open kitchen to the private master suite with its own 3/4 bath and huge walk-in closet, this great home has been updated to appeal to all the modern buyer's demands. New flooring? Check. Updated kitchen? Check. Central air & heat? Check! Every part of the interior has been freshly painted and ready to receive your furniture and your style. Read More
  • Modern Hillside Hideaway at 2723 Fyler Place

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Modern Los Angeles Zen nestled in the hills adjoining Eagle Rock, drinks on the deck overlooking the drought-tolerant backyard, an open floor plan right out of Dwell Magazine—this could all be yours! Ready to just move in and enjoy, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has everything you need to live the Southern California life-style, from great indoor/outdoor flow, an attached 2-car garage, to updated systems and fruit trees. The open living area features a remodeled kitchen with built-in island, plenty of windows to capture the light and view of the hills, wood floors, and easy access to outdoor…
  • Zen Retreat with Views at 2662 Banbury Place

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Quick, pour yourself a glass, take a tray of snacks out to the deck and sink back into your comfy chair. Drink in the mountainous view, turn the music on low, and at last, you're home. From the screened patio at the front to the Zen garden in the back, this is a peaceful retreat with no nagging items on your to-do list--everything has been updated, front to back, top to bottom. This home is easy to love with a practical tiled entry, hardwood floors through most of the rooms, updated kitchen and baths, even the fireplace has been cleaned, tuned up, and made pretty. Read More
  • Stunning Remodeled Craftsman at 1301 Oak Grove Drive

    4 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Rarely does a home this perfectly done come on the market. Located in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the nation, this home is updated to the tastes of today's discerning buyer's expectations of design and convenience. This Eagle Rock gem has the amenities and style that the modern urbanite is looking for in a classic Craftsman package.   The remodeled kitchen with Caesarstone counters, Viking appliances, built-in refrigerator, custom cabinets and drawers, and breakfast bar flows into the dining room and upper deck, creating the ideal atmosphere for entertaining, or…
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  • Using Google to Find your Triangles

    Jim Duncan
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    What’s your triangle?* The above is from a map on which I was drawing the Downtown Mall, Belmont and what is “walking distance” to Downtown and UVA for some clients. I’ve found that many, if not most, of my clients have specific triangles – geofences of sorts – that guide their buying areas. The top squiggle in the box is 29 North. The circle in the center circle is the City of Charlottesville. The two points of the triangle to the West represent home and school. Typically, my clients’ lives (and my life too, when I’m playing dad/husband and not Realtor)…
  • August’s Monthly Note – The Market, Neighborhood Context and a Question about Archives

    Jim Duncan
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This month’s note, while a bit late, will be published late this week. I’m hoping to dive into some meatier topics so the editing process is going to be interesting. I still find the monthly-note-writing experience interesting and find myself referring more and more often to the stories I write there; the triangles segment from last month is one I might end up publishing here on the blog. One of the questions I’ll be posing this month is whether I should publish the subscription-only notes here once a year. Thoughts welcomed. If you are interested in reading only one email…
  • 29 to Get More Car-Friendly (soon) & West Main to get More Bike-Friendly

    Jim Duncan
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    The stories of two Charlottesville/Albemarle arteries: 29: However, he unveiled a timetable that lists major milestones that must be met to ensure all the projects are completed by October 2017. “About a year from now, we’re going to have a set of plans for construction for Rio,” Shucet said. Plans to manage traffic and relocate utilities will be developed in the spring, Shucet said. The road and bridge designs will be reviewed by July, and the plans will be approved by August 2015, he said. West Main: The loss of 30 street parking spaces on Charlottesville’s West Main Street in favor…
  • A Few Thoughts on Trulia + Zillow – Fear & Opportunity

    Jim Duncan
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    So Many Choices. How to Know What’s Good? Since I started in real estate in 2001, the fear of being disintermediated, being rendered meaningless or obsolete has been a constant. I’ve chosen to not subscribe to that fear. And still don’t. Zillow is buying Trulia. For $3.5 Billion. The Zestimate was $2 billion. (ba-dum-bum) Good for them – they’re smart companies that execute well. Truzillia? Zillowia? ZillowTru? None. They’re going to remain two separate companies, drawing advertising from the same constituency as before. They’ll save money, but the ones paying likely…
  • Who’s Accountable at Zillow?

    Jim Duncan
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    This house is listed for $249,900. It’s a great house near UVA and Fry Springs. But it’s certainly not listed for $75k.   When I make a mistake (it happens), I’m accountable. My clients (or the public) can call me. 434-242-7140. When Zillow makes a mistake, who do you call? I responded to the above text in 2 minutes; it’s been 18 hours and I’ve not yet heard from Zillow. Would you trust the largest real estate advertising site in the country? For those curious (and this is accurate today and for at least the next 6 months) – the best places to search for homes for…
 
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  • 9 Entryway Ideas to Make a Great First Impression

    Redfin Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Tikva Morrow, Hometalk First impressions are made by your entryway. When a guest enters your home, your entryway will be the first taste they get of who you are and what makes you tick. Big or small (or nonexistent!), an entryway can be infused with personality, color and warmth. To build one that will perfectly embody you, choose a theme or idea and design your entryway around it. For inspiration, see what entryway ideas some other creative minds have come up with. 1. Country style Adding Country Style to Your Entryway via Hometalker Town and Country Living Create a cute cottage…
  • UnReal Estate of the Week: Treehouses

    Alanna Finn
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it can sure create an amazing treehouse. Each of these homes for sale has a dream-worthy treehouse that will make you want to plant your roots. Warning: After checking out these adorable homes, you might go out on a limb to make them your own. A Cabin in the Woods Address: 1011 Westside Rd City: Healdsburg, CA Price: $3,450,000 Listed by: Terry Fowler, Fowler Associates This treehouse resembles a miniature cabin, with a wraparound porch, French door, several windows and motion sensor lights. It’s the ultimate place for bird watching, or holding a secret…
  • 6 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home and Garden

    Julie Jacobson
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As of early August, a third of the country was suffering from drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Drought spans from seaboard to seaboard, but California is suffering most, with 82 percent of the state in either extreme or exceptional drought. The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day, excluding commercial and agricultural use. With a few simple changes, you can reduce your use by as much as 30 percent, according to Water Sense, a division of the Environmental Protection Agency. Here are six ways you can conserve water in your home and garden right now.
  • Thinking About Selling Your Home? You’ll Want to Take a Look at This

    Bridget Frey
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Selling your home isn’t exactly a walk in the park; it’s natural to feel anxious and overwhelmed by all the decisions you need to make and the tasks you need to complete to put your home on the market. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At Redfin, our goal is to make the entire home-buying and selling process easier, from the day you start dreaming about owning the cute Craftsman on the corner, to the day you step inside your new home for the first time. We’ve transformed how you find homes for sale online, stay on top of new homes hitting the market, schedule home tours with agents,…
  • 7 Practical Tips for Dealing With Mold

    Redfin Guest Blogger
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Ivan Ward, Mold Busters Mold is not just an eyesore — it’s a serious problem that can have serious effects on your health and safety. But because mold growth is such a common occurrence indoors, many homeowners mistakenly believe that it’s completely normal and even harmless. The truth is that mold is neither normal nor harmless. Mold is one of the most persistent and destructive problems that can affect a home. Here’s some expert advice for dealing with mold: detecting, removing and preventing it. 1. Identify sources of excess moisture to find the root of mold problems. Common…
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  • REBGV CREB & VREB July 2014 Market Update Infographics

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The market updates for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) and the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) July 2014 are up and below are the infographics we created to help you analyze the statistics… Enjoy!
  • How to Power Market Your Feature Properties Like a Pro

    Crystal Lai
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    What separates an Ubertor site from other providers is our ability to cater to your Real Estate needs. With our control panel making it easy to showcase your listings, are you marketing them to their fullest potential? Many of our users ask us – “How we do maximize your tools to market our feature properties online?” – well, the answer is below. Here are some tips on some functions you should be taking advantage of: 1. Photos – this is a no-brainer. How else are you showcasing your lovely property without visual evidence of how wonderful it is? Make sure all the…
  • Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) Market Update: June 2014

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Our previous infographics for Vancouver and  Calgary were on such a high demand that we had to comply with the requests to make one for the Victoria Real Estate Board. The market update for June 2014 from the Victoria Real Estate Board is here and we’ve made an infographic to help you understand the statistics… Enjoy!
  • Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) Market Update: June 2014

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    The infographic we made for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) was such a hit, we decided to create one for the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) as well. The market update for June 2014 from the Calgary Real Estate Board is here and we’ve made an infographic to help you understand the statistics… Enjoy!
  • 5 Ubertor Sites We’re Enjoying: Banners as the Centerpiece

    Crystal Lai
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    To keep visitors visually engaged, many web designs choose to hook them with an outstanding centerpiece – the banner. Here are a selection of sites that display the variety of ways the banner is the star of the site! The Joy Bagga Team is utilizing the good ol’ widescreen flash banner which is standard for showcasing different high quality images to entice the visitor. They’ve chosen earthly colors to frame the site but still manage to bring an elegant style to the look. On the other hand, the Stone Sisters are deviating from the typical look, and going for a banner that brings all…
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  • This isn’t my website! / What happened to the site I am looking for?

    Adrian Foley
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Welcome to Adrianfoley.com, which you may likely be seeing this morning (8/13) even though you were looking for another website.  Explanation:  Many real estate agents, brokerages, and title companies use the same website developer and host.  That hosting company has had a glitch which is causing this site to appear on many other domains besides adrianfoley.com.  If you are one of those other agents, brokers, or companies, I am very sorry for the inconvenience and I had no role in its occurrence.  The Real Estate Tomato has assured me they are working hard to take care of this problem…
  • Imagine this Miami: The Heatles, Beckham, Art, and a grand promenade Biscayne Boulevard

    Adrian Foley
    23 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    It seems like every week there is an exciting announcement of a new development, restaurant, retail space, or bar in Miami.  Recently the development news has been focused on where soccer star David Beckham will build a brand new stadium for his new MLS team.  Along the way there have been rumors of a stadium in Wynwood, playing at FIU or Marlins Park and now the latest possibility is a boat slip next to the American Airlines Arena. Of all the proposed sites, this makes the most sense.  Biscayne Boulevard has long been a concrete jungle surrounded by parking lots.  Recently the Downtown…
  • Are you ready for this High Pines? New Construction listed for over $2.8 million!

    Adrian Foley
    22 May 2014 | 8:51 am
    The real estate upswing has arrived in full force to High Pines.  After years of looking for the right “comp” for newer construction homes in the neighborhood (anything built after 2005), my sold listing on 52 Ct has given developers the market confidence to list their brand new construction for the highest prices ever seen in High Pines.  Insignia Developers has two homes that are about to be completed.  One on 7360 SW 53 Place and the other on 7700 SW 53 Court.  The former boasts more than 7,000 square feet of living space situated on a 12,500 square foot lot.  Featuring…
  • Want a Waterfront View Like This?

    Adrian Foley
    21 May 2014 | 7:58 am
    Waterfront views in Miami are spectacular! For many people their dream home would be a waterfront property and that dream can be achieved without spending millions.  Edgewater makes dreams of waterfront views a reality with its many buildings built in the eight years on the edge of Biscayne bay. In 2014 the average sales price per square foot of the 43 waterfront condo sales in Edgewater has been $503.  Right now, the average list price per square foot of the 165 waterfront condos for sale is $493. What does that mean to you?  A 2 bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bathroom in a waterfront condominium…
  • Good News High Pines!! Home Values Off The Charts!

    Adrian Foley
    21 May 2014 | 7:56 am
    A $775,000 High Pines Tear Down?? Neighbors in the High Pines and Ponce Davis areas must have thought they were witnessing the worst April Fools Day prank this past Tuesday when the beautiful home at 7437 SW 52 Court was razed to the ground.  That was not a prank! The current owners bought the property in July of 2013 for $775,000, within 3% of the original asking price.  Within less than a year they have made what must have been a very difficult decision to tear down the beautiful home that was on the property to make space for a new one.  It was a source of mixed emotions for neighbors…
 
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  • Urban Launches New Private HomeSafe Reverse Mortgage

    Elizabeth Ecker
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Urban Financial of America is rolling out a new, proprietary reverse mortgage that will be made available to borrowers beginning September 2. The new, fixed-rate loan, called the “HomeSafe,” will be focused on borrowers with high-value homes, with a maximum loan amount slightly more than $2 million. It will roll out initially in five states: California, Florida, Hawaii , New Jersey and Texas, with more states anticipated in the coming months. A private investor group has partnered with UFA on the product, which has long been in the making, says Urban Financial President and CEO Steve…
  • Providence Journal: Take Charge Tips for Reverse Mortgages

    Jason Oliva
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    A Rhode Island news publication is urging its readers to take charge when considering the prospect of a reverse mortgage, offering several tips to consider before taking out the loan that may or may not be right for them. Fielding a question from a couple that is considering a reverse mortgage to provide some extra funds each month, while also funds for home remodeling, Providence Journal features a column from Larry Grimaldi, chief of program development at the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Division of Elderly Affairs. The column details the preliminary basics of a reverse…
  • LA Times: Consider Reverse Mortgage Before Buying In-Laws’ Home

    Cassandra Dowell
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    For those considering purchasing the home of elder relatives who are strapped for cash so they can age in place, consider all options first, the Los Angeles Times advises in a recent article—reverse mortgages included.  “A sale of the home or a reverse mortgage may well prove to be a better choice,” says financial advice columnist Liz Weston. “A reverse mortgage wouldn’t completely eliminate their home costs, but would substantially lower them — whoever winds up paying the bill.” One son-in-law tells Weston his 73-year-old in-laws have gone through their…
  • AAG Hires McMinn, Targets Northeast Reverse Mortgage Field Sales

    Elizabeth Ecker
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    American Advisors Group is expanding its national sales team through the hire of Jim McMinn, who will serve as a regional manager for AAG’s northeast sales region. McMinn bring more than 12 years of reverse mortgage experience spanning management and loan origination. He has worked most recently for Urban Financial of America as well as Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and MetLife Bank. In his new role with AAG, McMinn will cover territory from Delaware to Maine. “Jim joins AAG’s three regional managers including Melanie Parks-West; Tracy Laney-Southeast; and Jim Elder-Central to oversee AAG…
  • Reverse Mortgage Volume Up, Contrary to Popular Belief

    Cassandra Dowell
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
    While U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) data suggest a decline in reverse mortgage originations over the past six months, reverse mortgage technology and software provider ReverseVision, Inc. says reverse mortgage volume is actually trending up. Using ReverseVision’s RV Exchange (RVX), a reverse loan origination system (RLOS) and lending system of record for many reverse lenders, the company compared RVX data against HUD data to find a sharp increase in volume at the end of 2013 resulted in significantly delayed endorsement numbers — often as much as by six…
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  • Elements of Effective Real Estate Websites: The Community Info Page

    Vinny La Barbera
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Is your website a useful resource for community specific information in the areas you serve? Unless you can show that prospective home buyers are flocking to, staying on and inquiring from your community info pages, then your answer to this question is most likely "No." We want to help you change that, especially since these pages are so important to the success of your website - for both SEO and lead generation. In this article we are going to explain why these pages are important, review some good and bad community info pages and then provide specific tips on how you can have one of the…
  • How to Nurture Real Estate Leads with Content Marketing

    Vinny La Barbera
    18 Jan 2013 | 6:57 am
    As you should know by now, just having a website will never guarantee that you will generate business from it. On that same note, just getting lots of traffic, and even attracting a good amount of leads, does not mean that you will actually get new clients either. Successful lead generation campaigns - ones that produce actual business - must be comprised of all of these elements; a great website, a strategic traffic generation campaign, strong calls to action and one more thing....an effective lead nurturing campaign. In this article we are going to teach you how to nurture real estate leads…
  • How to Make a Viral Real Estate Video

    Vinny La Barbera
    24 Sep 2012 | 8:14 am
    Buying or selling a home involves a lot of emotional and subjective decisions. Before these transactions even take place, real estate professionals need to work with these decisions and get creative to even get in front of these buyers and sellers in the first place. Without a doubt, real estate video marketing is one of the best ways to appeal to the emotional, subjective factors that come with just about every transaction. Just like any other form of marketing though, poor video marketing methods can turn off a buyer or seller just as quickly as it reels them in. In this article, we are…
  • Real Estate Lead Generation Myths & Tips

    Vinny La Barbera
    16 Jul 2012 | 9:18 am
    Are you struggling to generate business from your real estate website? Before you can change this you must understand the realities of generating quality leads and how to actually turn those leads into clients. In this article we are going to debunk some common myths about real estate lead generation on the web and provide you with some actionable tips to improve your real estate website lead generation and management strategies. The post Real Estate Lead Generation Myths & Tips appeared first on Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • Top Photo and Video Apps for Real Estate Marketing

    Vinny La Barbera
    7 Jun 2012 | 9:55 am
    Over the past year, a crop of media-based mobile apps have emerged and skyrocketed in popularity. People have rediscovered media, such as photos and videos, as a great way to engage with others online. As people become busier the need for quick, visual consumption of information makes photo and video content increasingly essential for effective [...] The post Top Photo and Video Apps for Real Estate Marketing appeared first on Real Estate Marketing Blog.
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  • Price Reduced: 70 Prospect Road, East Haven CT 06512

    Harriman Real Estate
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
         Beautiful 3 bedroom home for sale                 in East Haven, CT! Home Photos Local Schools PRICE REDUCED! CT Property Sisters Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-710-9895 Questions? Schedule a Showing! Licensed In: CT 70 PROSPECT ROAD E Haven, CT 06512 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms : 3 ( 2 full, 1 half ) List Price: $234,900 Living Area Approx : 1701 Spacious 3 bedroom colonial located at 70 Prospect Road near the center of town. Stainless steel appliances, private deck and master bedroom suite with walk-in closet. Washer & dryer hookup in first floor bath. With a little TLC…
  • Connecticut Fireworks Displays for 2014

    Harriman Real Estate
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The Fourth of July holiday is upon us, so we are pleased to provide this list of upcoming public fireworks around the state. All dates and time are as accurate as possible; for further information or confirmation of dates and times, please contact the appropriate city or town government: July 1 (Tuesday) Vernon: fireworks at 9:40 p.m. at Henry Park (rain date July 2) July 2 (Wednesday) Meriden — Hubbard Park 9:00 p.m. (Rain Date July 3) July 3 (Thursday) Danbury — Danbury Fair Mall at dusk. (Rain Date July 5) Dayville / Killingly — Owen Bell Park (Part of Red, White & Blue BBQ)…
  • 44th Annual Most Holy Trinity Bazaar Starts Tomorrow!

    Harriman Real Estate
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Seems like the Church of the Resurrection Carnival was just yesterday, and now here comes the next entrant in the Wallingford carnival season, the Most Holy Trinity Bazaar! Beginning Monday night, June 2nd, and running through Saturday, June 7th, this popular event is in its 44th year of providing fun and excitement for kids of all ages. Located at Most Holy Trinity Church at 84 No. Colony Road in Wallingford, this edition of the bazaar once again promises to have enough food, rides, games, prizes, plants, raffles and fun on tap to keep everyone happy! Here is a sample of what will be going…
  • Quinnipiac Chamber to Hold Annual Luncheon

    Harriman Real Estate
    29 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will host their Annual Meeting Luncheon from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Fantasia, 404 Washington Avenue in North Haven, CT. At the Annual Meeting Luncheon, the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will officially kick off its year-long 100 Year Anniversary Celebration.  The 100 Year Anniversary will be celebrated with a gala to be held at Choate Rosemary Hall in June 2015. The speaker for this event will be Dr. John Lahey, president of Quinnipiac University. Lahey has been Quinnipiac’s president since 1987. His leadership has led to the…
  • Lyman Hall High School Art Students Open House

    Harriman Real Estate
    27 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The second 60 days of our Wallingford Inspires Art Wall is coming to a close, and we hope you got a chance to see the first two artists’ work at least once. For the first 60 day display we featured local photographer Wendy Kenerson and her beautiful images of Mackenzie Reservoir, Gouveia Vineyards, and more. Many people commented on her work during our Grand Opening, and we were proud to have her images grace our office walls. Beginning on April 1st we had photo collages of Wallingford barns done by art students at Lyman Hall High School under the direction of Art Teacher Colin…
 
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    Arizona Mortgage News

  • What are the Advantages of a VA Mortgage?

    Mike Goblet
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Being a veteran provides a lot of benefits that the government supports. One of the real advantages that has been around for many, many decades has been the VA mortgage loan.  The VA loan is one of the best programs out there.  The pricing is significantly better with a VA loan than that of a comparable conventional because the VA loan is a government-backed loan, There are a wide variety of terms available too, including a 30 year fixed, a 15 year fixed, even ARMs and even jumbos can be done under VA. Also, t’s not limited to a certain dollar factor. Whether it’s a home…
  • Why Don’t Banks let you choose your own rate?

    Steve Heideman
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice to choose your own rate?  Well, you can.  In this edition of Arizona Mortgage News, local expert Mike Goblet of United Mortgage and Financial Group discusses what banks provide you during the mortgage process and why being armed with information prior to getting a mortgage can save your thousands of dollars. Mortgage Rates today trade in a wide range of different rates. For instance, a 30‑year right now will trade from anywhere from 3.7 percent up to 5 percent. In a 15‑year, you could have an option of going down to 2.75 or up to 4 percent.  The real differences…
  • Getting Down Payment Money Just Got a Little Easier

    Steve Heideman
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:53 am
    In the past, obviously, one of the biggest problems that people have had is saving enough money for the down payment. Particularly, for first time home buyers, that’s a big obstacle. As home prices have risen, the amount of money that’s needed has always gone up proportionately as a result and become an obstacle for many. In the past, on a conventional mortgage, though you could put down as little as five percent, it had to be money from your own funds. Recent changes are now allowing lenders and the mortgage companies to allow the down payment to gift money. Gift money can come…
  • Forecasting 2014 Mortgage Rates

    Steve Heideman
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:42 pm
    In the last edition of Arizona Mortgage News, local expert Mike Goblet of United Mortgage and Financial Group covered the changes in qualified mortgages.  Today he addresses, among other things, what will happen to rates in 2014. The short answer: rates are going to go up. In this video, Mike will shed light on why, and how long it’s going to take to see those changes. Mike explains that, while it’s not an absolute, generally when the stock market’s going up, mortgage rates are getting worse, and when the stock market’s going down, mortgage rates are improving or, at…
  • Changes for Mortgages in 2014

    Steve Heideman
    7 Feb 2014 | 3:06 pm
    With “a lot of exciting changes going on in the mortgage industry,” local expert Mike Goblet of United Mortgage and Financial Group discusses what to expect in 2014 in this edition of Arizona Mortgage News. From qualified mortgages resulting from the Dodd‑Frank Bill of 2010 and who will be affected, to loan level adjustments, rate increases and a higher focus on high FICO scores, Mike addresses the big changes on the horizon in the upcoming year. Learn all this and more in this informative video, or contact United Mortgage at 480‑503‑3533, or visit www.unitedmortgagefinancial.com.
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  • Simple Herb Garden Design

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Herb garden design is a design of garden for herb. Herb is many plants that can be used for cooking spices and medicine. Herb garden is different with other gardens. Maybe you have known many gardens just like flower garden, water garden, and other gardens. As mentioned before, herb garden is only used for herb […]
  • Steps to Install Glass Fireplace Doors

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Glass fireplace doors are doors to cover the fireplace and it is made out of glass. Maybe you have known about fireplace screen, but the screen is cover the fireplace and you cannot see the inside. By using glass fireplace door, you can see the inside of the fireplace. Since it uses a glass, it […]
  • Things to Choose the Best Smokeless Fireplace

    admin
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Smokeless fireplace what it means? It is a fireplace which does not emit any gas. So, you do not need a chimney to exhaust. Usually, smokeless fireplaces are placed inside of the house. It also makes your room becomes so warm and romantic. Beside that smokeless fireplaces are usually made of metal. Since it does […]
  • Comfortable Outdoor Gas Fireplace Ideas

    admin
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Outdoor gas fireplace is a fireplace which uses gas and it is placed for outdoor. As you know that outdoor wood fireplace is not popular anymore because you have to decrease the wood needs. Since it uses gas, so you can keep your environment. Beside that using a gas fireplace for outdoor makes your garden […]
  • Electric and Gas Stone Fireplaces Design

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Stone fireplaces have been popular in many houses this year because it makes the room gets a natural. Beside that the house becomes more unique because there are many stones inside the house is an odd thing. Anyway, many people choose electric and gas stone fireplace to protect the environment. Since the fireplace uses electricity […]
 
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  • NYC man has the worst commute -- ever

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    NYC man has the worst commute-- everGettyJosiah was heading home at night when he had a brief encounter that most riders have nightmares about.What made a grown man shriekMore to watchMovie theater's bed bug problemRobot built to explore Antarctica
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    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Climber dies hours after proposingFacebookBrad Parker, 36, was an accomplished climber -- and that made his death an even bigger shock to his family. Tragic end to 'happiest day' Take a peek American Ebola patient improvesErin Corwin's body recovered
  • Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Perry booked on abuse of power chargesAPTexas Gov. Rick Perry was booked Tuesday on two felony counts for allegedly carrying out political threats.Check out the governor's mugshotMore newsItalian air force jets collide over ItalyTeam recalled from cease-fire talks
  • This isn't just any shark drawing

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    This isn't just any shark drawingCourtesy of Robin MaltzWhen Robyn was a secretary at a talent firm, Prince scribbled this for her. Inspired, more celebs started leaving her shark drawings. What culminated is a hilarious collection of celebrity shark doodles.Robin Williams got in on it tooMore to peepCelebrities loving their yachtsWhen parents text back
  • Why Ferguson cops are busting journalists

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Why Ferguson cops are busting journalistsAPRon Johnson of the Mo. Highway Patrol had a simple explanation for why so many reporters have been arrested since the unrest began.Journalists have another theoryMore Ferguson coverageInspiring scenes of kindnessStudy on area's poverty
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    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    NYC man has the worst commute-- everGettyJosiah was heading home at night when he had a brief encounter that most riders have nightmares about.What made a grown man shriekMore to watchMovie theater's bed bug problemRobot built to explore Antarctica
  • Climber dies hours after proposing

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Climber dies hours after proposingFacebookBrad Parker, 36, was an accomplished climber -- and that made his death an even bigger shock to his family. Tragic end to 'happiest day' Take a peek American Ebola patient improvesErin Corwin's body recovered
  • Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Perry booked on abuse of power chargesAPTexas Gov. Rick Perry was booked Tuesday on two felony counts for allegedly carrying out political threats.Check out the governor's mugshotMore newsItalian air force jets collide over ItalyTeam recalled from cease-fire talks
  • This isn't just any shark drawing

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    This isn't just any shark drawingCourtesy of Robin MaltzWhen Robyn was a secretary at a talent firm, Prince scribbled this for her. Inspired, more celebs started leaving her shark drawings. What culminated is a hilarious collection of celebrity shark doodles.Robin Williams got in on it tooMore to peepCelebrities loving their yachtsWhen parents text back
  • Why Ferguson cops are busting journalists

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Why Ferguson cops are busting journalistsAPRon Johnson of the Mo. Highway Patrol had a simple explanation for why so many reporters have been arrested since the unrest began.Journalists have another theoryMore Ferguson coverageInspiring scenes of kindnessStudy on area's poverty
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    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    NYC man has the worst commute-- everGettyJosiah was heading home at night when he had a brief encounter that most riders have nightmares about.What made a grown man shriekMore to watchMovie theater's bed bug problemRobot built to explore Antarctica
  • Climber dies hours after proposing

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Climber dies hours after proposingFacebookBrad Parker, 36, was an accomplished climber -- and that made his death an even bigger shock to his family. Tragic end to 'happiest day' Take a peek American Ebola patient improvesErin Corwin's body recovered
  • Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Perry booked on abuse of power chargesAPTexas Gov. Rick Perry was booked Tuesday on two felony counts for allegedly carrying out political threats.Check out the governor's mugshotMore newsItalian air force jets collide over ItalyTeam recalled from cease-fire talks
  • This isn't just any shark drawing

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    This isn't just any shark drawingCourtesy of Robin MaltzWhen Robyn was a secretary at a talent firm, Prince scribbled this for her. Inspired, more celebs started leaving her shark drawings. What culminated is a hilarious collection of celebrity shark doodles.Robin Williams got in on it tooMore to peepCelebrities loving their yachtsWhen parents text back
  • Why Ferguson cops are busting journalists

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    Why Ferguson cops are busting journalistsAPRon Johnson of the Mo. Highway Patrol had a simple explanation for why so many reporters have been arrested since the unrest began.Journalists have another theoryMore Ferguson coverageInspiring scenes of kindnessStudy on area's poverty
 
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  • Brian Klebash posted an event

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Brian Klebash posted an eventThe Northern California Apartment Summit at The City Club of San FranciscoSeptember 30, 2014 all dayThe region's leading commercial real estate and regional economic development executives are making plans to attend The Northern California Apartment Summit, the region's full-day multifamily networking and informational event. The most active multifamily investors, including Essex Property Trust, Inc., TruAmerica Multifamily, Simeon and Equity Residential will participate in high-level panel discussions, more than 400 are expected to attend on September 30.Agenda…
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postJohn Mulhern Joins Washington Property Company as Construction ManagerWashington Property Company (WPC) of Bethesda, MD has hired John Mulhern as Construction Manager. In this role, Mr. Mulhern oversees all construction-related contract functions for WPC’s new multifamily and mixed-use properties, as well as renovation of existing commercial buildings.With over 25 years of construction management experience, Mr. Mulhern joins WPC from NTVI Enterprises, LLC, where he served as Program Director. Earlier, he worked for The Donohoe Companies, where he…
  • Brian Klebash posted an event

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Brian Klebash posted an eventThe Northern California Apartment Summit at The City Club of San FranciscoSeptember 30, 2014 from 7am to 4pmSave the Date for The inaugural Northern California Apartment Summit, the next installment in The National Multifamily Investment Series, the high-level commercial real estate conference series for active and innovative multifamily developers, investors, owners/operators, equity sources, debt sources, technology firms and service providers.The Northern California Apartment Summit will bring together 400+ senior-level commercial real estate executives who…
  • Brian Klebash posted events

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Brian Klebash posted eventsThe Second Annual Northeast Industrial Real Estate SummitSeptember 23, 2014 from 7am to 4pmThe Second Annual Washington, D.C. & Mid-Atlantic Data Center SummitSeptember 16, 2014 from 7am to 4pm
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    2 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Leslie Braunstein posted blog postsJCR Acquires DC, VA Retail for $15.85 MillionWashington Property Company Breaks Ground For Solaire Bethesda
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    Apartment Ratings

  • Top 5 Common Design Mistakes

    Jacy Meyer
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Isn’t design all about personality and preference? How could anyone make a mistake with what they like? There are many ways your design scheme can go wrong, leading to uncomfortable, non-workable rooms. Check out these 5 common design mistakes. If you have made them (or had planned to!), we’ve also included a few alternate suggestions. Going All White Avoiding color is a definite no-no. Many people do, thinking they can’t go wrong with a neutral look. In some ways, that is true. But it’s also dull. You want an apartment that reflects you; and we doubt you are all vanilla! Buy (or…
  • Eco-Friendly Decorating

    18 Jun 2014 | 5:55 pm
    What hasn’t gone green these days? Concerns for the environment abound in all areas of work, life and leisure and home decorating is no exception. And luckily for those decorating on a budget, it’s easy to love Mother Earth without breaking the bank. Recycle Thrift stores and yard sales are some of a frugal designer’s best ‘shops.’ Not only can you find some decent furniture, you can also find quirky decorating pieces that add a flair of originality to your place. Let you mind run wild…a storage chest can become a coffee or end of the bed table; wooden boxes can be made into…
  • My Beautiful Boudoir

    Jacy Meyer
    28 May 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Bedrooms are funny rooms. Some people put a lot of emphasis into creating a quiet peaceful space in which to retire each evening. Others toss in a bed and call the room complete. If you fall into the former category we have some suggestions on how to decorate your bedroom to design a room full of sweet dreams. No matter your decorating style in the rest of the apartment, you can go wild in the bedroom. This is your own personal space, one not many visitors to your home will see. Infuse it with yourself, and even feel free to experiment a bit. But not too much, as you don’t want to forget…
  • An Interior Design Primer

    Jacy Meyer
    13 May 2014 | 6:05 pm
    You don’t need to be a professional to set up your apartment in a pleasing and comfortable way. But there is a bit more to design than just unpacking your boxes and getting a couch. Follow these basic interior design tips to create a space that says you. Work with it, not against it Your apartment may not be the dream digs you imagined you’d be living in, but don’t fight the place, work with it. Strategically hide parts you don’t like with screens, curtains or art, while playing up things you do – big windows or an open floor plan. Don’t underestimate the effect a few bright new…
  • Integrating Decor With a New Roommate?

    Oh My Apartment
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Moving in with someone new poses many challenges, beyond just making sure it’s the right personality fit. A home is the most personal of spaces and when getting a new roommate, you are inviting someone into the deepest part of your life. Especially if that someone new is not someone you knew before. One of the largest tension points of having a new roommate is finding a way to essentially merge your life with theirs, in terms of your décor. If your styles are completely opposite (think modern meets country) or if you both have a ton of furniture (two couches) then finding the best way to…
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    Missouri Living At It's BEST!

  • Branson Real Estate Market Report for August 2014

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Local real estate conditions are changing and your Ozarksagent provides valuable, up-to-date information. Market Area: 65616 Listing Price $206,720 Listing Price Trend -0% Sold Price $207,120 Sold Price Trend + 53.45% Just a fraction of what's happening...click now to view more local market conditions! Buying or selling a home involves many factors. Stay on top of current community trends by viewing these listing and sale prices, demographics, school performance, area comparisons, and more. Of course, you can always call or email for help understanding what this information really means for…
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    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
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    Click Here and see all the local info you need! http://www.bransonhomesearches.com/media/id/1223940/ SMattison@KW.comSteve Mattison ABR e-ProDirect - (417)350-9743  bransonhomesearches.com
  • Invest in the dowtown 300 block of West College St. in Branson, MO

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Entire city block in downtown Branson OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $300,000 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 Bathroom12 UnitsInterior: 1,107 sqftLot: 32,780 sqft Location 324 West College StreetBranson, MO 65616USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings Entire city block in downtown BransonWorking cattle ranch by Table Rock LakeLakefront Home with a great view too.One level ranch home on almost level lotsHome…
  • Lake-front cabin on Table Rock Lake with a view to enjoy year-round!

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Lakefront Home with a great view too. OverviewMapsPhotosDescription $132,500 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 926 sqftLot: 2,628 sqft Location 227 3rd St.Branson West, MO 65737USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings Lakefront Home with a great view too.One level ranch home on almost level lotsHome by Table Rock Lake for sale.Table Rock Lake-front Home with ViewHome for the horse lover with 20…
  • One acre estate Ranch home one level with level land in Branson!

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    One level ranch home on almost level lots OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood $215,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,734 sqftLot: 1.00 acre(s) Location 245 Country Hills Dr.Branson, MO 65616USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings One level ranch home on almost level lotsTable Rock Lake-front Home with ViewHome for the horse lover with 20 acres.Luxury 3 bedroom Condo w/2…
 
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  • ForRent.com rolls out neighborhood, school search filters

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    ForRent.com now lets users hunt for apartments by individual school attendance zones or neighborhood. Users see a list of neighborhoods and schools on the left-hand side of the search results page. After performing a search by city, state or ZIP ...
  • Why a prominent indie brokerage is affiliating with a powerhouse franchise brand

    Paul Hagey
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    A Cary, North Carolina-based brokerage, Go Realty, that made a name for itself as an innovative independent firm has joined the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s real estate franchise network. The decision might look like the 5-year-old firm sold out, said Zach ...
  • Mobile MLS app designed to help users help themselves

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A mobile app for multiple listing services from Goomzee now provides a built-in help desk designed to reduce the burden of providing support to brokers and agents who use the app. Nearly two dozen MLSs and associations have chosen Goomzee’s ...
  • 5 surprisingly simple ways to get people to your open house

    Trulia Pro Blog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    An open house is one of the oldest and easiest ways to meet prospective homebuyers and home sellers. In theory, all you do is throw a few yard signs around the neighborhood, unlock the door, and the buyers and sellers come flocking in like people to a giveaway. But, the truth is that it isn’t quite so easy, is it ...
  • I’m not a Realtor, I just play one on YouTube

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Derek Johnson promoting “Free List Calgary” on YouTube. The Real Estate Council of Alberta says a man it fined $15,000 last year for allegedly posing as a Realtor is now doing business under a different name, and has been advertising ...
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  • Passing Into Lake Darling

    Craig Mische
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    At the end of July I added a Lake Alvin lot to the Multiple Listing Service and on this site wrote about what it had to offer to someone wanting to enjoy Alexandria’s Chain of Lakes as there is a channel from Alvin to Darling. I mentioned that it is possible to “pass through easily in a small fishing boat, Sea-Doo, Stand Up Paddleboard, etc.” so I decided to show some proof.
  • Fair Time

    Craig Mische
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    During the summer months, if I am not out working with people looking to buy or sell a lake home in Alexandria, I am at the lake. My office is a patio chair, my Macbook Air, an iPhone 5s, good Wi-Fi and a good view of the lake. I’ll make an exception today as the Douglas County Fair started yesterday and I really enjoy going to the 4-H buildings. Douglas County 4‑H has 20 clubs with 428 members that bring their best to share during the County Fair. It is enjoyable to see what they have raised and the pride on their faces.
  • Central Lakes Trail Time Lapse

    Craig Mische
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality strapped a GoPro to a rider and sent him on a bike ride on the Central Lakes Trail. He heads west from Big Ole and takes time to stop at a few parks along the way. His reward is not just the ride. At the end he gets ice cream at The Sugar Shack on the east side of downtown Alexandria.
  • A Favorite Corner at Lake Carlos

    Craig Mische
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    If you have spent time on Alexandria’s Chain of Lakes knows that a favorite spot for people to congregate is the southeast corner of Lake Carlos. It’s sandy and the water isn’t very deep. On a hot day, there are trees that provide welcome shade. Often, it will look like a party has broken out. Earlier this week, I went out for a paddle on my SUP on Little Darling and along the south shoreline of Lake Carlos. I stopped at the southeast corner for a break and to reply to some emails. A friend of mine has been battling health issues this year and last week had to travel 3 1/2…
  • Enjoying Every Minute of Summer

    Craig Mische
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    My neighbors at the lake are really nice people and two of them have two really great dogs. I am in the camp that believes all dogs are great but these two dogs are especially well socialized. One of the dogs is an English Spring Spaniel named Piper. I love it when Piper is around as every minute she is awake, she wants to enjoy her favorite activity. Retrieving her dummy from the lake. I love it as I also have a fantastic dog (possibly the world’s best) but the closest she gets to the water is an occasional trip out on the dock. Piper’s human buddies gave me the green light to…
 
 
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    NYT > Mortgages and the Markets

  • In a Bank Settlement, Don’t Forget the Bulldozers

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If it provides hard cash for demolishing abandoned homes, an impending settlement by Bank of America could help many forgotten victims of the mortgage crisis.
  • Helping Prevent Foreclosures

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Data shows that extensions of unemployment benefits helped prevent mortgage defaults more than government programs focused on reducing monthly payments.
  • Ira Zlotowitz

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Zlotowitz is the founder and president of Eastern Union Funding, a private real estate mortgage brokerage business that specializes in small to midsize commercial borrowers.
  • Dealing With Home-Equity Resets

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    New research suggests the payment shock expected to hit millions of consumers with home equity lines may not pose as much of a risk to lenders as feared.
  • Credit Scores vs. Credit Reports

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Both are readily available for purchase online, but figuring out which is most accurate can be daunting.
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    NYT > Housing

  • Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Notable properties that have been recently listed for sale, sold or leased.
  • Housing Starts Rally to Reach 8-Month High

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Other new data indicated that inflation was largely contained, which could give the Federal Reserve room to maintain its ultra-easy monetary policy.
  • Two Good Omens for Housing Market

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Home construction increased sharply in July, the Commerce Department reported on Tuesday, as Home Depot, whose fate is tied closely to the housing market, announced a strong quarter.
  • Millennials Going to Kansas City, to Live and Work

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An influx of young people is revitalizing the city’s downtown, and developers are responding by converting obsolete office towers into luxury residences.
  • Paul Sciallac

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Scialla is the founder and chief executive of Delos, a real estate developer based in New York that focuses on so-called well building designs.
 
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    HUD Press Releases

  • HUD, New Jersey Mortgage Company Settle Complaint Alleging Lending Discrimination Against Applicants Collecting Disability Income

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a national residential mortgage lender based in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, will pay $104,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against loan applicants with disabilities by requiring them to provide medical or other documentation regarding their disability.
  • HUD Releases July Housing Scorecard

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released the July edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard-a comprehensive report on the nation's housing market. The latest data show progress among key indicators, including rebound in the sale of existing homes and the continuing downward trend of foreclosure starts and completions. This month's Housing Scorecard also features a spotlight on the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area (Philadelphia MSA). While this scorecard notes positive overall trends in the…
  • HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Reach Agreement to Improve Job Opportunities for Low-Income Residents

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), resolving HUD findings the housing authority failed to comply with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. HACM agreed to change its hiring and contracting practices to increase hiring of public housing and other low-income residents, as well as contracting with businesses that employ low-income persons.
 
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    Business Insider

  • Dissenters Inside Bank Of England Want Interest Rates To Go Higher

    Jim Edwards
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    There was a 7-2 split in favor of not raising interest rates at the last Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee, the central bank has reported. That's a bigger split than expected. Analysts expected an 8-1 split in favor of keeping rates at their current low level. The two most hawkish members voted for the rate rise. Here is the release. We're digesting it live so refresh this page or click here for updates. Minutes of the Monetary Policy Committee Meeting held on 6 and 7 August 201420 August 2014 ​The Governor invited the Committee to vote on the propositions that:   …
  • The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

    Dina Spector
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
    Morning. Here's what people will be talking on Wednesday.  1. A video posted by the ISIS militant group purportedly shows the execution of American journalist James Foley. "If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends," the White House said.  2. An investigation into the the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has unveiled conflicting eyewitness accounts, Thew New York Times reports. "Some witnesses say that Mr. Brown, 18, moved toward…
  • 11 Google Chrome Extensions That Will Boost Your Productivity (GOOG)

    Sam Colt
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    We're all trying to find the next productivity hack.  But did you know that the key to getting more done might be in your browser? Google's Chrome Web Store is chock-full of cool ad-ons for your browser. But as Chrome has become more popular, the Chrome Web Store has become like Apple's App Store: bloated and hard to navigate. So to save you the trouble, we've found some extensions guaranteed to keep you focused and productive during working hours.AdBlock AdBlock may be the most popular Google Chrome extension out there. The extension removes the annoyance of banner…
  • This 16-Year-Old Has A Genius Way To Make Your Email More Secure

    Joey Cosco
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    In the next two weeks, Abe Storey is aiming to launch his latest startup, an email product called Lock Up Mail. He's on a self-imposed time crunch, because after that, he's starting his junior year of high school. "In its most simple form, locked Up Mail is two things. One, it's super secure email. The other is a new authentication system," Storey told Business Insider. The San Francisco-based 16-year-old explained how both will work. When you sign up for Locked Up Mail, you do so with a username and password, just like Gmail, Yahoo, or any other email service. Then Locked Up Mail sends you a…
  • THE PROGRAMMATIC ADVERTISING REPORT: Real-Time Bidding Is Taking Over The Digital Ad Market

    Mark Hoelzel
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Automated ad buying and selling tools are increasingly driving digital ad sales in the U.S. That means less human-mediated, manual sales, and more opportunities for ad tech specialists to gain a share of ad spend. A new report from BI Intelligence finds that real-time bidding (RTB), a key piece of the programmatic ecosystem, will account for over 33% of U.S. digital ad sales, or $18.2 billion in 2018, up from just $3.1 billion in 2013. In the report, BI Intelligence looks at all the numbers and explores the drivers of programmatic adoption. Access The Full Report By…
 
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  • ForRent.com rolls out neighborhood, school search filters

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    ForRent.com now lets users hunt for apartments by individual school attendance zones or neighborhood. Users see a list of neighborhoods and schools on the left-hand side of the search results page. After performing a search by city, state or ZIP ...
  • Why a prominent indie brokerage is affiliating with a powerhouse franchise brand

    Paul Hagey
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    A Cary, North Carolina-based brokerage, Go Realty, that made a name for itself as an innovative independent firm has joined the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s real estate franchise network. The decision might look like the 5-year-old firm sold out, said Zach ...
  • Mobile MLS app designed to help users help themselves

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A mobile app for multiple listing services from Goomzee now provides a built-in help desk designed to reduce the burden of providing support to brokers and agents who use the app. Nearly two dozen MLSs and associations have chosen Goomzee’s ...
  • 5 surprisingly simple ways to get people to your open house

    Trulia Pro Blog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    An open house is one of the oldest and easiest ways to meet prospective homebuyers and home sellers. In theory, all you do is throw a few yard signs around the neighborhood, unlock the door, and the buyers and sellers come flocking in like people to a giveaway. But, the truth is that it isn’t quite so easy, is it ...
  • I’m not a Realtor, I just play one on YouTube

    Inman News
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Derek Johnson promoting “Free List Calgary” on YouTube. The Real Estate Council of Alberta says a man it fined $15,000 last year for allegedly posing as a Realtor is now doing business under a different name, and has been advertising ...
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  • The TILA-RESPA Combined Disclosure connection

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The primary issue is not only delivering the closing documents to the consumer three days ahead of closing (consummation), but now, with the delivery deadlines and tolerance requirements, the lender is on the hook to ensure even greater accuracy of the GFE/TIL at time of application.  
  • CFPB expresses “heightened” concern over MSR transfers

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    In the new bulletin, the CFPB said that it is reminding servicers of their responsibilities to borrowers, “in light of potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights.”
  • Chicago FHLB launches Ginnie Mae MBS program

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago will soon launch its new program that allows members to originate and sell government-backed loans into Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities.
  • Are we facing yet another foreclosure crisis?

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Despite numerous reports indicating that there has been a deep decline in foreclosure inventory over the past several months in many markets, the reality, as chronicled in several articles recently penned by this author and others, is that foreclosure rates are very likely to rise again in the not-too-distant future.
  • Good news for the housing market?

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Home Depot recorded strong second-quarter earnings on the same day the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development reported multifamily housing starts soaring.
 
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    House Price Crash News Blog

  • London Loves Business: Why do Russians love London?

    sneaker
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    With no mention of the legal or tax systems this article entirely misses the point. People will always come up with justifications that sound plausible but whenever there is an inexplicable price-bubble it is *always* because the path-of-least-resistance is defined by taxation and law. Follow the money, through a series of steps from dodgy to respectable as it is progressively washed in steps until it finally turns up in the UK looking clean and respectable. Know Your Customer requirements are based around pieces of paper and pieces of paper in much of the world can be forged. It is amazing…
  • Zerohedge: UK Home Prices Have Biggest August Plunge On Record As Russian Sanctions Sink In

    khards
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    London home prices fell in August by 5.9%, the plunge the biggest since Dec 2007 (and 2nd biggest drop on record). Since western sanctions on Russian oligarchs hit 3 months ago, home prices have fallen in London (especially the highest-end regions, such as Kensington -7%) and now that weakness is accelerating and spreading across the entire UK. As Rightmove reports, the 2.9% drop in UK home prices is the worst August on record.
  • Bloomberg: London Home Asking Prices Plunge Most in More Than Six Years

    sneaker
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    If you don't want a bust, don't have a boom. Especially not one based on dodgy offshore oligarch money.
  • Bloomberg: China Home Prices Fall in Majority of Cities on Weak Demand

    mark
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    China’s new-home prices fell in July in almost all cities that the government tracks as tight mortgage lending deterred buyers even as local governments eased property curbs. Prices fell in 64 of the 70 cities last month from June, the National Bureau of Statistics said today, the most since January 2011 when the government changed the way it compiles the data. Beijing prices fell 1 percent from June, posting the first monthly decline since April 2012. “The falling trend of China’s property market has no sign of improving,”
  • Dailymail: Property prices show falling trend

    taffee
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Interesting comments from estate agents and bloggers say it all really....all bubbles burst And this is a big one
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/19/14

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/19/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Producer Price Index rose just 0.1 percent in July; up 1.7 percent over previous 12 monthsEmpire State Manufacturing Survey still improvingIndustrial production rose again in July; capacity at just 0.9 percent below long-term averageConsumer sentiment dips in August but confidence still at moderate positive levelsWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/15/14

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/15/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicator:Initial unemployment claims rise 21,000 in latest report; 4-week average up just 2,000Mortgage applications dip 2.7 percent in latest survey as rates remain flatAugust FreddieMac outlook shows improving economic and housing conditionsWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • August column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    My column for the August 2014 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.For this issue, entitled "Second Quarter 2014 Economic Update," I wanted to focus on just how the new Fed Chair Janet Yellen is addressing the U.S. economy as well as how the economy performed in the second quarter of 2014.  An excerpt:From Yellen’s financial perch, this collection of indices means that the U.S. economy, although slowly improving, is still too fragile to thrive without the Fed’s near-zero-rate training wheels. Consequently, it could be well into 2015 before we start to see…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/14/14

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/14/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Job openings rise slightly to 4.7 million in JuneProductivity rose by 2.5 percent in 2Q 2014Retail sales mostly flat in JulyWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/12/14

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/12/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Productivity rebounded sharpy by 2.5 percent during 2Q 2014Wholesale inventories rose less than expected in June but still up over previous yearWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
 
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • Impacts of CFPB proposed rule on HMDA reporting

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    by Rebekah King, National Housing ConferenceThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a proposed rule that would expand Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting requirements. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) requires CFPB to expand HMDA’s dataset to include more detailed information about mortgage lending.Why does mortgage data matter? In summary, the proposed rule would greatly expand our understanding of what is happening in the mortgage market.  Up until now, HMDA has provided a limited (but still useful) view of…
  • No sleep ‘til Solutions

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    by Chris Estes, National Housing ConferenceCongress has left town for August recess without making much progress on appropriations or other major legislation. We expect a continuing resolution to keep program funding at current levels through the November election. At that point, election outcomes will dictate how much progress can be made on legislation.This does not mean, however, that Washington or NHC will be inactive this month. We are working to finalize all of the details of Solutions 2014, the National Conference on State and Local Housing Policy, and have many exciting workshops…
  • Making the connection between research and practice

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Developing solutions through researchby Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D., National Housing ConferenceAs NHC’s research division, the Center for Housing Policy increases awareness of housing needs and identifies promising solutions to housing challenges through timely and accessible research. Being able to connect research to practice to support local housing policy development is one thing that differentiates the Center’s work from others’. When we analyze data, synthesize research findings, evaluate best practices or describe housing innovations, we try to keep our audience in mind, whether it…
  • How NHC members are shaping Solutions 2014

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    What we're buildingby Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference Policy work isn’t just about knocking on the doors of members of Congress. Indeed, with Congress out all this month and campaigning when the recess ends, it’s clear we need to focus elsewhere. NHC members are rolling up their sleeves to develop new ideas about housing policy that can work at the state, local and (when the time is right) federal levels. In part, they’re doing so in preparation for our Solutions 2014 conference coming up this November in Oakland.This year’s conference has sessions created and shaped…
  • Baltimore Housing celebrates preservation of affordable senior housing

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    News from NHC's family of membersby Radiah Shabazz, National Housing ConferenceLast month NHC member Baltimore Housing celebrated the preservation of Memorial Apartments, a housing development for seniors in the city’s Bolton Hill neighborhood. The complex is designed to enhance the living experience of seniors 65 and older and foster independence and the ability to age in place. Construction on the apartments will preserve 266 state-of-the-art affordable units for seniors. The building will be updated with central heating and cooling, solar hot water systems, elevators and windows. A…
 
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    Web Real Estate Tools

  • Marketing real estate a century ago – a history lesson

    Peter Toner
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    The recent digitization of regional newspapers in the UK … has created a searchable database of regional daily and weekly newspapers, including the classified advertisements. My grandfather Hugh Toner had a thriving business as a Liverpool Auctioneer. A quick search of his name brought up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to easily plot & map multiple locations

    Peter Toner
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Map out your home sales and embed them on your WordPress real estate site ! A new add-on for Google sheets – part of the Google docs online service, now enables mapping from spreadsheets. The Mapping Sheets add-on provides an almost ridiculously easy way to plot your data onto a Google Map... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WordPress titles and descriptions SEO guide

    Peter Toner
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Using WordPress titles and descriptions for better SEO. The previous post discussed HTML tags and image optimization to enhance the search engine results for your WordPress real estate site. This follow up post builds on that foundation. Again, lets use this page as the example of how to set up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Formatting a WordPress page or post for SEO

    Peter Toner
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Setting up WordPress for SEO is not rocket science, … real estate agents will just need to understand exactly what HTML formatting principals work and how to apply them! Lets use this very same page to demonstrate the simple steps needed. Fully marked up SEO graphic at the end of this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Another way to use testamonials

    Peter Toner
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    You finally landed that listing presentation you were after … and you are in competition with at least two other agents, that you know of. What is your differentiator, or in marketing speak – your USP – Unique Selling Proposition? You have got one right – a USP I mean? The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    St. John's Real Estate Homes for Sale

  • St. John’s Real Estate Average House Prices for July 2014

    Stephen Winters
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Total # of MLS Listings [July] = 1505 Total # of Sales [July] = 519 Number of Active Listings for Sale in Newfoundland = 5984 Numbers are based on both residential and commercial listings/sales Here is a break down by area for July: St. John’s Real Estate: Listings = 248 Sales = 114 Sales/Listings Ratio = 46% Average sale price for a home in St. John’s: $343,617 for the month of July and the 12 month average $342,138 Mount Pearl Real Estate: Listings = 44 Sales = 22 Sales/Listings Ratio = 50% Average Sale Price (12 month average): $294,849 Paradise Real Estate: Listings = 68 Sales = 25…
  • Airport Heights Home for Sale – 63 Otter Drive

    Stephen Winters
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    ** SALE PENDING ** Located in Airport Heights, this three bedroom bungalow is in excellent condition and shows extremely well. Hardwood floors throughout most of the home. Master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet. Large open concept eat-in kitchen and dining area with separate family room. The basement is a clean slate ready for your finishing touches. The exterior grounds are meticulously landscaped. Nothing to do but move right in! Close proximity to the airport, Stavanger Drive shopping and Clovelly Trails. Asking price is $309,900.  Contact Fraser or Stephen Winters for additional…
  • Homes for Sale in Clovelly

    Stephen Winters
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Clovelly Trails subdivision is one of the most popular subdivisions in the east end of St. John’s.  The area offers well constructed homes by three of the top builders in St. John’s; Hann Construction, Erco Homes and New Victorian Homes.  Clovelly Trails has much to offer for the home owner.  Located right in your “backyard” is The Osprey. One of the best golf courses St. John’s has to offer.  Stavanger Drive (which loops around the Clovelly subdivision) offers shopping box stores, super markets, restaurants, coffee shops and easy access to the Outer Ring Road. Not to mention…
  • Home for sale in St. John’s – 16 Oakridge Drive

    Stephen Winters
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:34 am
    ** SALE PENDING ** 16 Oakridge Drive is located in a great neighborhood in the East End of St. John’s. Three bedrooms up and a fourth in the basement. Master bedroom has ensuite walk-in closet. Oak kitchen with a separate dining room and patio door leading to a large deck. Downstairs has a bedroom and a nicely finished family room with a wood burning stove. Lots of room in basement for more development as well. Landscaped and back garden fully fenced.  Close to Stavanger Drive and Clovelly. MLS 1104486  Asking $289,900. Contact Fraser or Stephen Winters for additional information. For…
  • Home for sale in downtown St. John’s -72 Monroe Street

    Stephen Winters
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:47 am
    72 Monroe Street is a beautiful 2 storey semi detached renovated home in the heart of downtown St. John’s.  Main floor has an eat-in kitchen with oak cabinets. A separate formal dining room as well as a living room. Most new vinyl windows.  Softwood flooring throughout most of the property as well as ceramic and carpet floors. High cathedral ceilings and stained staircase. The second floor consists of three good sized bedrooms and large bathroom tastefully decorated.  The backyard is fully fenced, has a storage shed and there is a large private patio deck. Asking price is $204,900…
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    Miami Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Regalia Sunny Isles Beach | Limited Edition Living

    Ashton Coleman
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Regalia Sunny Isles Beach | Limited Edition Living Regalia Residences are already setting new area records with sales above $10M and selling values above $1,900 psf! The new condo development consist of only 39 total residences with 1 very spacious unit per floor. Above & beyond the standard single floor living space, is the most impressive Regalia Penthouse and Regalia Beach House boasting two trophy properties like no other in Sunny Isles Beach. Now offering limited edition living. Regalia Location | 19575 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach Regalia Condo Residence Features: 39 Total…
  • Sunny Isles Beach (JADE Beach #802) Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Just Sold this Beautiful Direct Ocean Condo at Jade Beach JADE Condo Specs: 17001 Collins Avenue #802 Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160 Built In 2007 1 Bedroom | 2 bath + Den 1,210 SF Interior (Floor Plan) 1,367 SF Total Sale Price $940,000 Originally Priced at $1.295M 2013 Taxes $10,792 Full Amenity Building White Glass Floors & Beautifully Renovated Seller Representation – Philly Buyer – Canada I know Sunny Isles Beach real estate & JADE Condos. If you are interested, or know someone interested in buying or selling a condo in Sunny Isles, it’s essential to work with…
  • Just Listed | Turnberry Isle South 19D | Aventura’s Premier Gated Community

    Ashton Coleman
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Just Listed at Turnberry Isle South 19D | Aventura’s Premier Gated Community Exceptional Views & Value in one of Aventura’s finest developments, Turnberry Isle. This is a chance of life time to own a luxury condo with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, Marina & the City of Aventura. This high floor view offers the very best in an open exposure with water & City beautiful both morning and night. Original condition, meticulously cared for. Amenities include Fitness Center, Tennis courts, Marina, Poolside dining & snack bar, Party,…
  • MUSE Condos Sunny Isles Beach | Trophy Penthouse 50

    Ashton Coleman
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    MUSE Condos Sunny Isles Beach Offers a Unique Trophy Penthouse MUSE Residences in Sunny Isles Beach has commenced with sales and while new construction along the coastline has ample options for new buyer’s, there is nothing comparable to the trophy Penthouse 49-50 available now for $18.5M. Penthouse ownership entails the entire top floor along with the Roof. With Smart Tech 2.0, your condominium is outfitted with state of the art technologies.   MUSE Penthouse Features: 6,106 Square Feet of Interior Living Space (567M2) 2,316 Square Feet of Terrace (215M2) 2,688 Square Feet of…
  • Miami Shores (Single Family Home) Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Just Sold this Beautiful & Spacious Home in Miami Shores. Home Specs: 434 NE 95th Street Miami Shores, FL. 33138 Built In 1938 .44 Acres/19,350 SF Land 3,003 SF Interior Originally Priced at $1.1M Sale Price $950,000 2013 Taxes $12,669 54 Days on Market Saltwater Heated Pool Fruit Trees (Mango, Coconut, Banana, Akee) Wonderful Family Friendly Neighborhood w/Quiet Street Hardwood floors & Renovated Kitchen Buyer Representation – New York We know Miami Shores real estate. If you are interested, or know someone interested in buying or selling a home in Miami Shores, it’s…
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate?

    Marco Santarelli
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Demographically, a lot has been written about how Millennials and Baby Boomers will impact real estate.  But how will 11 million undocumented immigrants impact residential real estate if they are given residency? Will millions of undocumented immigrants buy houses and increase prices and rents?  Already, we are starting to see some signs of how immigration is impacting housing. Read the rest of How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments.
  • The Long and Winding Recovery

    Marco Santarelli
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Zillow’s second quarter Real Estate Market Report shows national home values rose 6.3% on a year-over-year basis from June 2013 to $174,200.  The last time national home values were at this level was back in March 2005.  (Housing prices peaked in 2006.) Rents were up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis.  The Zillow Home Value Forecast calls for 4.2% appreciation nationally from June 2014 to June 2015. Read the rest of The Long and Winding Recovery » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments.
  • Understanding Your Purchase Appraisal

    Marco Santarelli
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Once you have a property under contract and you’ve performed an inspection, it’s time for your loan officer to secure a purchase appraisal. Be aware that an appraisal will almost always render a lower value than you determined in your comparative market analysis, for a number of reasons.  Appraisals do not give an accurate market value – they simply give you a reflection of what you’re trying to accomplish with the bank.  There are actually different types of appraisals, and each one serves a different purpose. Read the rest of Understanding Your Purchase Appraisal » For more…
  • Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth?

    Peter Miler
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    America is a nation on the move.  The Census Bureau says 35.9 million of us picked-up and went somewhere else in 2013, almost 12% of the entire population. We move because of such things as jobs, climate, family and schools but there’s another reason as well: A good move can be worth $1 million and maybe more. Read the rest of Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Strongest Job Markets in the 60 Largest U.S. Cities

    John Kiernan
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes the grass truly is greener on the other side of the fence.  The financial turmoil of the past few years certainly lends credence to that notion, as the Great Recession’s disproportionate impact on local economies spawned a 24-point unemployment rate difference between the most and least bountiful major U.S. cities. More than 100 million people have moved within the past five years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and 48% of unemployed individuals have picked up their roots in search of a job over that time-frame.  This societal mobility stands to be a major asset…
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • Peggy "How will we know when it's a good time to buy a home?"

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    This is a question we get a lot from home buyers just like you who have been thinking, contemplating, saving and dreaming of buying a home. You all have the desire but hesitate. Saying no...not now. I have learned over the years you may not be saying NO. You are thinking to yourself.  I don't KNOW. I don't know enough I  don't want to buy to high I'm not  sure if prices are going up or down.  I don't  want to make a mistake I  don't know who we can trust. With that in mind, I  want to take you behind the scenes today and show you what a REALTOR can see   Below are two charts…
  • Luxury Homes, Luxury Cars and Boating in Prince William County VA

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    We're seeing more and more Luxury Tesla vehicles in the Woodbridge Virginia area. That is because we have a SuperCharge Station located at Potomac Mills Mall just off I-95 in the Woodbridge Virginia area. Directions click here  Did you know that those who opt to purchase a Tesla Luxury Car can charge their cars for FREE at any    SuperCharger Station? Well it's true. Watch the video below.   The station located at Potomac Mills Mall  is one of 150 stations nationwide currently. Learn where    other are with   this link to Tesla road trips made easy     Well it is. Watch this…
  • Are you planning on listing your home for sale or selling your home?

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Are you planning on listing your home for sale or selling your home? There is a difference. When you list your home for sale:You list your home for the same price as others are listed forYou do not trust the process, and decide to list it yourself for a small fee For Sale By OwnerYou are not willing to pay the buyers closing costsYou try to control everything. Do not allow a lockbox, no interior photo's, appointment only showingsYou are not going to crate your dog...You are not going to make any repairsYou stay home when someone comes to see your home to tell them all about it. You want to…
  • When listing inventory rises, that is awesome news for home buyers

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The local Woodbridge Virginia real estate market is changing... Active listings continue to climb. What does this mean for you? If you've been hoping to buy a home soon. You might be able to get what you want and need. So, it's awesome news! Lately Patty and I  have been house hunting with several relocating buyers and local home buyers hoping to buy a home.We were able to negotiate on price; help the purchaser get the closing cost they needed to buy;and on a few  appraisals  have come in lower than the contracted price. This happens when the sellers are testing the market or adjusting to…
  • Buying a home is more than finding a home with pretty rooms.

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Finding a new place to call home is a very personal decision. Only you know your lifestyle, what type of lot you want, what your must haves are. So many home shoppers today look at listing online and pick pretty houses that they could see themselves living in. Then they are so disappointed when we head out to look at it and they find they hate the surrounding area.  It happens everyday. But so much more goes into buying a home. You must be able to see yourself living and thriving in the area where you purchase a home.  Let me give you an example of what was important to us when we…
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    Web4RealtyWeb4Realty»

  • Free Virtual Tour Tool

    Ramy Nazim
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Want to create beautiful virtual tours for your listings without having to spend a dime? Web4Realty has the solution! All Web4Realty clients have FREE ACCESS to use our Virtual Tour Tool which allows you to create beautiful, high-definition tours for … Continue reading →
  • New Feature: ReTargeting for REALTORS ®

    Ramy Nazim
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    ReTargeting, otherwise known as ReMarketing, is a cookie-based form of online advertising that allows you to expose your name and brand to individuals who have recently browsed your site. It’s quite simple, really;   1)  Someone visits your website and learns … Continue reading →
  • Google Authorship for Real Estate Agents

    Ivan Juric
    1 May 2014 | 7:10 am
    What is Google Authorship? Have you ever Googled something and found a link with someones face and byline in your search result? Sure you have… You probably clicked that link, neglecting the dozen other, lower, less personal, and less graphic … Continue reading →
  • 8 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Real Estate Website

    Ivan Juric
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Do most of the real estate websites you see look like templates? The reason they look so generic is simple. They lack a personal touch. But your website doesn’t have to look generic! Here are 8 easy ways to personalize … Continue reading →
  • Free Email Signature Design‎ for Realtors

    Ivan Juric
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Do you want to do more marketing but spend less time and money? Your email signature is probably the easiest and most affordable online marketing tool out there. An email signature is just as important, if not more important than … Continue reading →
 
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    KW Blog

  • Staged Victory: Chicago Area Team Stages Its Way to Multi-million Dollar Success

    adminkwblog
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Kathy Quaid and Maureen Rooney own the most productive realty team in Glen Ellyn, Ill., with a 2013 closed volume nearing $55 million – more than double their 2012 sales. Though they didn’t partner until 2010 when they joined Keller Williams, they were on similar career trajectories. Both were licensed in 2004, each absolutely loved real estate, became rookies of the year in their respective companies, never had backward years and embraced staging as a critical sales component. Because they live in a smaller upscale suburban Chicago community with many brokers and agents,…
  • Keller Williams Realty’s Red Rally 5K Supports Austin Pets Alive!

    adminkwblog
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    On Saturday, August 9, Keller Williams associates and members of the Austin community joined forces for the 2014 Red Rally 5K to raise funds and awareness for Austin Pets Alive! The course was blanketed in a sea of red shirts as hundreds of runners, walkers and four-legged friends took to the pavement to promote APA! programs devoted to the healthy adoption of cats and dogs. “We were ecstatic to partner with Austin Pets Alive! and work with another local organization dedicated to the Austin community,” said Keller Williams President Mary Tennant. “Keller Williams associates are…
  • BOLD Law: “Do What You’ve Always Done and You’ll Get What You’ve Always Gotten”

    adminkwblog
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    What does your day look like? Are you planning on knocking out your lead generation in the morning so you can spend the afternoon running errands, catching up on personal stuff or maybe even napping? That’s what BOLD coach Kate Patulski did when she first got into real estate. Like many people, she was drawn to the career for its freedom, flexibility and wealth opportunities, but that was before she learned this lesson: Freedom plus flexibility does not equal success. Just because real estate gives you the flexibility and freedom to indulge in an afternoon nap doesn’t mean you…
  • Q&A with Michael Perna: Powerful Prospecting Defined

    adminkwblog
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    There’s prospecting, and then there’s The Perna Team. These guys have got it down to a science. They know how long to lead generate, how quickly to respond to leads, and exactly what to say. They stick to their top lead sources and refine their systems to convert leads at a higher level. The result: $81 million in closed volume for 2013. At the helm of the operation in Northville, Mich., is Michael Perna. We caught up with Perna to discuss how he generates and closes hundreds of leads a year. Q: Where does your business come from? A: Twenty percent comes from a combination of…
  • Inman News Names Ben Kinney 2014 Innovator of the Year

    adminkwblog
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    At Inman Connect San Francisco, a popular conference and networking event for real estate and technology leaders, Keller Williams associate Ben Kinney of Bellingham, Wash., was named the 2014 Innovator of the Year. Ben leads the Home4Investment Real Estate Team, serves as operating principal of numerous Keller Williams market centers and has founded multiple technology start-ups. Here’s what Inman News had to say about Ben:   “Ben Kinney not only heads one of the top producing real estate teams in the U.S., he’s the owner and operator of seven Keller Williams Realty…
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    The Real Deal New York

  • New York remains a mecca for all-cash home purchases

    Thomas DiChristopher
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    U.S. home sales: cash and institutional investors New York state had the third highest ratio of all-cash home purchases in the second quarter of 2014. With 48.8 percent of transactions closing in cash, the Empire State came in just behind Michigan and slightly ahead of Nevada, according to RealtyTrac report cited by the Atlantic’s CityLab. Florida was number one on the all-cash front with a whopping 57.9 percent of purchases closing sans mortgage. The New York City metro area was also one of the six urban areas where about half of the deals for new single-family homes and condos were…
  • Download The Real Deal‘s free mobile app

    Kerry Barger
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The Real Deal‘s newly-updated mobile app, available in the iTunes store and through Google Play, offers a sleek, on-the-go experience featuring all stories from TheRealDeal.com. Small, aesthetic changes make it easier to view posts and navigate the app. Swipe to the left or right to flip from story to story, and tap “New York” or “Florida” to navigate between our two sites. Improved social sharing allows for simpler posting to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and our new mailbox feature allows TRD to send breaking news and alerts directly to your app. You can even enjoy…
  • Developers secure funding for Harlem school conversion

    Julie Strickland
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    521 West 125th Street Plans to bring a dilapidated old school building at 521 West 145th Street in Harlem back to life as an affordable housing project are now in motion. A team composed of Monadnock Development, Alembic Community Development and the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem announced Tuesday that it has closed on all financing for the $48.7 million restoration project. The former P.S. 186, located between Broadway and Amsterdam avenues, will be converted into a mix of 63 apartments for low-income families, seven for middle-income and eight market-rate units, plus an additional…
  • The Wrap: NYC has more billionaires than anywhere else in the world, the early bird gets the luxury condo … and more

    Julie Strickland
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Buyers lined up early for a room with this view at Time Equities’ 50 West. 1. New York City has more billionaires than anywhere else in the world [CNBC] 2. The early bird gets the luxury condo [BrickUnderground] 3. Jay Z’s mom opens Newark eatery [NYP] 4. Follow these rules when buying an apartment in Gotham [Habitat Mag] 5. Watch your step in New York City’s least poop-scooped neighborhoods [DNAinfo] 6. Sifting through the Bronx’s Swedish heritage [NYT] 7. Homes in Buffalo, NY selling for $1 [WNYC] 8. Billionaires fleeing rising taxes pick up world’s priciest penthouses…
  • Brooklyn developer looking to quietly unload UWS church: sources

    John Goff
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    361 Central Park West A landmark Upper West Side church acquired in June by the sister of developer Ira Shapiro was immediately flipped to Brooklyn investor Joseph Brunner for about $42 million, The Real Deal has learned, and has now been quietly placed back on the market, according to multiple sources. Irene Shapiro, the sister of the former One Madison Park developer, is listed as the previous buyer of the Crenshaw Christian Center East at 361 Central Park West, according to documents filed with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The filing indicates she purchased the landmarked property…
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • What’s Happening Nationally in Real Estate?

    thebeltteam
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Here’s a one minute look at the national numbers in real estate: Home Sales Home Prices Interest rates If you’d like to know what’s happening in YOUR neighborhood, call our CEO, Terry Belt, at (703) 242-3975.
  • Just Listed in Oakton’s Horse Country On 1.74 Acres!

    thebeltteam
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Are you looking for a stunning custom, luxury home nestled on 1.74 acres in the heart of Oakton’s horse country oh so convenient to the amenities of Vienna, Oakton & Reston? If so, you’ll want to take a peek at our brand new listing on Oakmont Court! Pricing, more info and additional photos of 2407 Oakmont Ct in Oakton. Call Terry Belt at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing. Another gorgeous home from The Belt Team Portfolio . . . !
  • Home Sales Down Across The Board, What About Prices?

    thebeltteam
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    As professional Realtors, it’s our job to have a read on the housing market. We do this by taking the market’s temperature and by taking its pulse. So – What’s The Temperature? “98.6” That’s the exact number just about anyone can quote when you ask them what a normal temperature is. In real estate, we also like to know EXACT numbers. Scroll down and you’ll find a year-over-year comparison between last year’s and this year’s home sales & home prices for each city in Northern VA. What you’ll see is that although each city varies in the exact number, the…
  • New Home Beauty Just Listed in Vienna Near Park & Metro!

    thebeltteam
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    If you’ve been waiting for a home less than 2 miles from Vienna Metro, near a wonderful neighborhood park AND brand new & move-in ready – then we’re going to make your day! Stop by our open house on Sunday – you just might find your dream home! JUST LISTED & OPEN SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 1PM to 4PM Click here for pricing and a peek inside this lovely new home! Call Terry Belt at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing! Search Vienna Homes For Sale $1 million to $1.25 million Search Vienna Homes For Sale $1.25 million to $1.5 million
  • Open House in Foxvale Farm in Great Falls – August 17th

    thebeltteam
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    1005 Riva Ridge Drive in Great Falls – OPEN SUNDAY, August 17th 1 to 4PM Gorgeous updated colonial on a private half acre in popular Foxvale Farm. Foxvale Farm is one of the area’s most sought after neighborhoods -with sidewalks, 55 acres of parkland, a fishing pond & more. Call Beth Dadisman at (703) 577-1144 to schedule a showing! Price, photos, directions & more info on 1005 Riva Ridge Drive in Great Falls List of All Great Falls Open Houses Search Homes For Sale in Great Falls – $750,000 to $900,000
 
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    Corporate Real Estate Network

  • Apps for Business Professionals

    CRE Editors
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Join host Michael Bull and CEO of CRE Tech and CCIM instructor, Todd Kuhlmann as they discuss Apps to power your business including presentations, analytics, travel, marketing and sourcing real... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • CBRE Report Download | U.S. Tech-Twenty: Measuring Office Market Impact

    CRE Editors
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    From CBRE’s August 2014 U.S. Tech-Twenty: Measuring Office Market Impact Report The booming high-tech sector has been one of the major drivers in the U.S. office market recovery, with the... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • JLL Report Download: JLL Global Office Index Q2 2014

    CRE Editors
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The JLL Global Office Index, which tracks the performance of prime office space in 95 major markets, reveals that rents grew by 2.2% in the year to Q2 2014, representing the strongest annual growth... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Project Management Software

    CRE Editors
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Project Management Software: Manage your projects online. Try ProjectManager.com and get your 30 day trial for Free! Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate

    CRE Editors
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Host Michael Bull and Hugh Kelly, Professor of Real Estate at NYU and Chairman for the Counselors of Real Estate discuss the Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate. Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
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    Ensor Realtors

  • We Just Listed 315 Cloudview Dr, Austin TX 78745 For Sale!

    Shannon Ensor
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    We just listed a remodeled home for sale at 315 Cloudview Dr, Austin TX 78745! If you are looking to live in a mature neighborhood that’s close to all of the modern conveniences of South Austin living, then we have the house for you! Located just south of William Cannon, and in between South 1st and…
  • We Just Listed 2009 Aster Way, Round Rock TX 78665 For Sale!

    Shannon Ensor
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    We just listed a spacious home for sale at 2009 Aster Way, Round Rock TX 78665. The sellers are putting their finishing touches on the home right now, and while it’s not quite yet ready for showings, it will be very soon! Photos Here are the high resolution pictures of 2009 Aster Way: Listing Details…
  • 2121 Ariella Dr, Cedar Park TX 78613 – Just Listed For Sale in Gann Ranch!

    Shannon Ensor
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Cedar Park real estate has been booming over the last several years. I can still remember when Cedar Park was a sleepy town, on the verge of expansion. Now, it is one of the hottest places in the country to live! One of the reasons why people choose Cedar Park is for the good school…
  • We Just Listed 13320 Coleto Creek Trl, Austin TX 78732!

    Shannon Ensor
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    We just listed an impressive home for sale at 13320 Coleto Creek Trl. Located in River Heights Overlook, a gated community in Steiner Ranch, this 4,440 square foot home (appraiser) has five bedrooms and four full baths. This floor plan from Drees Homes offers spaciousness and flexibility to suit your needs, as four of the…
  • Neighborhood Review of River Heights Overlook, a Gated Community in Steiner Ranch

    Shannon Ensor
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Although the UT Golf Club is the largest, more recognizable gated section in Steiner Ranch, it may surprise you to learn that there are a small handful of other gated communities scattered throughout Steiner Ranch, such as Santa Luz, Lakewood Hills, and River Heights Overlook. Today, I am going to go into detail about why…
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (August 19, 2014) Del Walmsley: Financial Literacy

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    After listening, you will have answered for yourself some of the most important financial questions that Del Walmsley poses on today’s Lifestyles Unlimited radio show. Questions that could make you realize that the financial path you have planned or thought-out for your retirement, whether it be through stocks, bonds, CDS, or 401ks, might not bring you to the financial freedom you seek in the end. Del Walmsley explains financial literacy, the three rules of financing, and more in today’s eye-opening discussion. The post (August 19, 2014) Del Walmsley: Financial Literacy appeared…
  • (August 18, 2014) Del Walmsley: LU Reaches Beyond Real Estate

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The Lifestyles Unlimited Radio Show takes a big leap forward as Del Walmsley promotes his listeners to call in to the show with not only their real estate challenges, but their life challenges as well. Listen in and be the first to share your life’s struggles on the next LU radio broadcast to take the first step towards becoming part of a group of people helping people. The post (August 18, 2014) Del Walmsley: LU Reaches Beyond Real Estate appeared first on Lifestyles Unlimited.
  • (August 17, 2014) Steve Davis: It’s About Taking Action

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Real Estate Investing is a team sport and with the right map, there’s no telling what you can or can’t do with Real Estate Investing. In order to reach that financial freedom you would like after retirement, you should first get yourself education with all the knowledge Lifestyles Unlimited has to offer and take action! By putting the knowledge you gain at Lifestyles Unlimited to use you will easily gain the effective map you need to become financially free. The post (August 17, 2014) Steve Davis: It’s About Taking Action appeared first on Lifestyles Unlimited.
  • (August 16, 2014) Steve Davis: Taking Effective Actions

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    When it comes to finding your map to financial success, you need to look at your life’s efforts in two ways: effective and ineffective actions. Steve Davis explains our predisposition towards ineffective actions and emphasizes ways to overcome that predisposition. With this particular advice, you can effectively create and follow your map to financial freedom. The post (August 16, 2014) Steve Davis: Taking Effective Actions appeared first on Lifestyles Unlimited.
  • (August 15, 2014) Steve Davis: The Importance Of Surrounding Yourself With The Right People

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Right Click To Download The post (August 15, 2014) Steve Davis: The Importance Of Surrounding Yourself With The Right People appeared first on Lifestyles Unlimited.
 
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    中洲漁港を無事に撮影

  • 金融-中洲漁港

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    実は一昨日から筋トレをはじめました 天気を見て曇りのちはれだ・・・なんて気にしなくても良いし、無理なく続けられるし。 3KG痩せるぞ!ってこともなく健康のためって感じかな?? デスクワークが多くて、夜に終わって疲れていたら続かないし。 お風呂前やお風呂上りに軽く運動して、汗をサッと流すくらいがベストだろうな・・・ オレに合ったスタイルじゃないと、きっと続かないし。…
  • カードローン-中洲漁港 カレイ

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    おいらは、減量のために10時食を必ず食べるように心がけています。 というより、10時食が3食の中でもっとも重要だと考えています。 やせるためなら、食べない方が良いのでは?と、考えている方もおられるでしょうが… 例えば、夕方食をPM7時に食べて、翌日10時食を抜いて、12:00に昼食を食べたとします。…
  • プラセンタエキス-中洲漁港 エギング

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:51 pm
    幸せになりたい~が、最近の友達の口癖 1週間位前、函館でランチしたらぼやいていたよ。 ま、母親とかが結婚という言葉を出すこともあるけど。 肩凝り体操しながら足首もい~感じ♪ 3日から、寒天ダイエットゼリーも…と思ってたりする今日この頃で。 幸せになりたい~って言葉聞いてると、ほんとなんかあったのか、聞いて良いものなのかどーなのか。。。。 好きな回転寿司を食べたり2㌔痩せただけでも…
  • ゆのの中洲漁港 釣り

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:34 pm
    絶食やトレーニングが大変で減量を挫折してしまう・・・皆様、こんな経験ありませんか? 食べられないのは辛い、トレーニングは疲れる・・・ダイエットを成功させる為にも、次は食事制限もなく、トレーニングもしない減量にしよう! なのに、時間が経つとその大変だった気持ちや体験が薄れて、また同じような減量を繰り返してしまう。 お子様を産んだ経験がある方なら、お分かりでしょうが出産でも同じ事が言えますよね。…
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    Your Home in Calgary - the Calgary Real Estate Market

  • Just Listed - 42 Hawkdale Circle NW Calgary

    Monika Furtado
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Original owners. This exceptionally well maintained, clean home in Hawkwood is well designed to take advantage of the south facing backyard and ample light. The main floor includes a large kitchen wrapping around the centre island, eating nook, family room, dining room, living room and main floor office. Up the grand staircase 3 bedrooms including the master with 5 piece bath, additional full bath and laundry complete the level. The fully finished walkout basement offers a large rec room, 2 bedrooms, full bath and access to the amazing backyard. Landscaped with love over the years, this oasis…
  • Just Listed - 145 Tuscany Reserve Rise NW Calgary

    Monika Furtado
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    This Tuscany home with west facing backyard is exceptionally clean, painted in neutral colors and move in ready. With hardwood on the main floor, the floor plan flows from the entrance to the back deck. Beyond the front entrance is a den/office to the right and spacious mud room to the left. Beyond the stairs is the open concept large kitchen with corner pantry and substantial island with breakfast bar, the living room and dining area. The large windows let in ample light and the raised back deck is a perfect place to relax in watching the evening sun over the mountains. The upper level…
  • Selling Property - Marriage status or Leaving Canada

    Monika Furtado
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    In the last couple of weeks I've surprised a few buyers and sellers with information they didn't know but absolutely needed to know to avoid some major surprises.   1. Dower Rights. If you are legally married and purchasing a property only in your name you need to understand Dower Rights in Alberta.  You can buy the property without a blink but to sell the property you will require the signature of your spouse, even if you haven't seen then in 14 years and they live in the Arctic.    2. If you sell your home and you have moved outside of Canada you need to be aware of tax…
  • Calgary Real Estate Market Update - Aug 5 2014

    Monika Furtado
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    The real estate sales numbers for July are very strong with record levels for the month of July being posted. The good weather is sure to cause a bit of a lull and we are now looking at more balance in the upper price points of the single family market and some more balance in the condo market. This is a common summer scenario with many folks focusing on summer holidays and weekend plans, they are delaying their home buying / selling decisions. The shift to a more balanced market is also due to a continued rise in new listings through July. The peak of new listings was actually in June so…
  • If your smoke detector is more than 10 years old, it may not work.

    Monika Furtado
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    When you test your smoke detector it may beep but it may longer be able to detect smoke in your home if it is more than 10 years old.   At almost every home inspection, I hear the inspector advise buyers to swap out the smoke detectors. In many cases they are beyond their useful date, but owners don't realize that they are no longer functioning.  It also advised that owners replace the old smoke detectors with a smoke/carbon monoxide detector.    Having a smoke detector or smoke alarm can save your life or help you avoid serious injury. Many injuries in fires are a result…
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    Property Management Software

  • Best places to buy home abroad

    Property Management Software
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Buy home abroad Ever thought of buying a pad in Paris, Amsterdam or Venice? As Europe pulls out of the recession and global markets expand, the idea of owning a bolthole in a glamorous continental city looks very alluring. While prices linger in the post-recession doldrums, agents are suggesting that now is the time to buy. “Across the globe young, footloose, creative people are escaping the suburbs and moving to urban centres,” says Yolande Barnes, head of global research at Savills, in its latest 12 Cities report. We are drawn, like never before, to the hubbub of cafés and bars, the…
  • Increasing home prices reduce home affordability

    Property Management Software
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Reducing Home Affordability Nationwide housing affordability dipped in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released today. In all, 62.6 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and the end of June were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $63,900. This is down from the 65.5 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the first quarter. The national median home price increased from…
  • Chinese buying spree for US homes

    Property Management Software
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Chinese homebuyers Chinese buyers are now the biggest international players in the U.S. housing market and some states are seeing billions of dollars in real estate deals as a result. More than half of the $22 billion Chinese buyers spent on U.S. homes during the 12 months ended in March was spent in California, Washington and New York, according to the National Association of Realtors. The hottest markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Seattle, according to Juwai.com, a Hong Kong-based website that connects Chinese buyers with U.S. properties. California is particularly…
  • How to make million dollars in real estate

    Property Management Software
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Million dollars in real estate Building wealth from real estate is not as simple a feat as the get-rich gurus would have you think. And today, with home prices up 28% since 2011 and all-cash investors crowding out buyers who have to borrow, getting a foothold may seem especially daunting. But as a landlord, here’s what’s working in your favor: Rents are climbing too, up 5% in the past year alone, reports Trulia. The other piece of good news is that you don’t need a big portfolio of properties to make $1 million in real estate. “You can manage three or four units on the side,” says…
  • Mortgage activity drops further this summer

    Property Management Software
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Mortgage Volume Drop Mortgage applications continue to falter despite lower mortgage rates and far less dramatic home price gains than a year ago. Last week, total application volume fell 2.7 percent from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Applications to refinance were down 4 percent. They had risen slightly in previous weeks despite basically stagnant rates—but possibly on a slight easing of some underwriting. Refinance volume is down nearly 28 percent from a year ago. Mortgage applications to purchase a home continued to…
 
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    30A Luxury Homes

  • Latest Trends In 30A Luxury Homes: What’s Hot and What’s Not

    Joy
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Latest Trends In 30A Luxury Homes: What’s Hot and What’s Not Whether you are thinking of buying a luxury home along 30A or having one custom-built, it’s good to know what the hottest trends are in design and interior amenities so you can get great ideas for your home. Here are the hottest trends in luxury properties that you could consider for your 30A luxury home: What’s Hot 1. Windows Buyers are attracted to natural lighting. Floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized windows, ceiling windows – especially those facing the Gulf or any other natural, breathtaking view – are a top…
  • Seacrest Beach Real Estate | Market Report June-July 2014

    DebbieJ
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Seacrest Beach Real Estate | Market Report June-July 2014 Why is Seacrest Beach Real Estate one of the hottest 30A communities? Seacrest Beach real estate offers a more affordable alternative to Rosemary Beach FL real estate and Alys Beach, without sacrificing proximity to the atmosphere, shopping, dining and activities that make Rosemary Beach so desirable. A quaint 30A beach community, Seacrest Beach is nestled between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach and offers a mix of cottage-style homes, condos and homesites. Looking for a home, condo or homesite in Seacrest Beach? Click here for the…
  • 3 Reasons Why Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale are a Great Investment

    Joy
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    3 Reasons Why Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale are a Great Investment If you are planning on buying a Seacrest Beach 30A luxury home for sale as a second property, primary residence, or an investment property, it is important to be aware of the advantages of living NEAR the beach versus living ON the beach before investing. Many people are attracted by the idea of living in a 30A beachfront home. With easy access to the beach, the relaxing sound of the surf, exciting water activities all year long – it sounds like 30A beachfront living is heaven on earth. But is it really for everyone?
  • Rosemary Beach: Your Paradise Along 30A

    Joy
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Rosemary Beach: Your Paradise Along 30A Rosemary Beach is the perfect vacation destination with its pristine white sand beaches and lovely beach cottages all conveniently located between Panama City and Destin FL, at the eastern end of Scenic Highway 30A. Named after the rosemary plants growing among its coastal sand dunes, trails, and pathways, Rosemary Beach was established in 1995 as a new urban town with a neo-traditional look. 30A luxury homes in Rosemary beach have been most sought after by investors and second home buyers ever since for many reasons. Paradise within Your Reach Imagine…
  • Fun Awaits 30A Luxury Home Owners at the 3rd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run in Alys Beach

    Joy
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Fun Awaits 30A Luxury Home Owners at the 3rd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run in Alys Beach   Good news for all 30A luxury home owners and 30A tourists! You can now register for the 3rd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run to be held in Alys Beach. Click on the link to register in advance. The 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run happens on Sunday, August 31, 2014. The 5K Race starts at 7:00AM while the 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30AM. Organizers advise participants to arrive 30 minutes early on the day of the race. The Fun Run course winds through the streets of Alys Beach located along Scenic Highway 30A. This…
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    Unconditional

  • Average asking of homes remains high

    Paul McKenzie
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Home sellers are still expecting near record prices for their homes. The national average asking price is $488,711, only 0.4% lower than the all-time record achieved in June. Three individual regions achieved new record high asking prices in July. On average, sellers in Waikato want $394,806 for their homes, marginally higher than the previous high achieved in March this year. In Canterbury the new average asking price of $461,032 is about 2.6% above the record from January. However, these figures pale against the high of $782,682 in Central Otago – a price that outstrips the record set in…
  • Average asking price reaches record $732,240 in Auckland

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Auckland home sellers want more for their homes than ever before, In June, the average asking price for homes in Auckland reached an all-time record of $732,240 (Seasonally Adjusted). This represents a significant increase from the previous record of $685,426 set in April. The record asking price in Auckland drove the national average asking price up to an all time record of $490,550. All but four of the country’s 19 regions recorded higher average asking prices compared to the same month last year. Wellington recorded an average asking price of $454,358, up from the month before, but not…
  • Asking price of homes remained at record levels during May

    Paul McKenzie
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The average asking price of homes remains at record levels, not only in Auckland but across the country. The national average asking price of house sellers in May was $483,524, only marginally below the all time record set in March of $484,263. In Auckland, the average asking price was $685,246, practically the same as the new record set in April of $685,426.  In Wellington the average asking price in May was $453,850, while Canterbury came to $442,784. Despite the strong prices sought by sellers, there are still plenty of Kiwis looking for homes to buy throughout the country.  Traffic to…
  • Property Report – April 2014

    Paul McKenzie
    2 May 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The April 2014 NZ Property Report published by Realestate.co.nz provides an insight into the state of the New Zealand property market as measured by the supply side of the property market over the month of April. A full print version of the NZ Property Report – April 2014 is published below and is available for download (800kb) and distribution.   Summary of the market – April 2014 Inventory recovers slightly as national asking prices ease After seeing record high asking price reported last month, the national average asking price eased in April to $477,460 – down 1.4% from…
  • Property Report – March 2014

    Paul McKenzie
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:04 pm
    The March 2014 NZ Property Report published by Realestate.co.nz provides an insight into the state of the New Zealand property market as measured by the supply side of the property market over the month of March. A full print version of the NZ Property Report – March 2014 is published below and is available for download (800kb) and distribution.   Summary of the market – March 2014 Residential asking prices reach new national high Average asking prices of newly listed residential properties across New Zealand rose to a new record high in March driven by renewed seller…
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    BuzzBuzzHome News

  • 100 Norfolk in LES steps out with new signage

    Joyce Chen
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Signage is up at ODA Architecture-designed 100 Norfolk in the Lower East Side. Sales at the 38-unit project are set to launch within the next two weeks, according to building reps, who passed along the above construction shot. Located between Rivington and Delancey streets, the condos are being developed by Adam America, Horizon Group and Naveh Shuster Ltd. Residences will range from studio to three-bedroom units. Cladded in a glass curtain wall, the completed development will extend over its low-rise neighbors, providing “striking views and strong interior light exposure for an array…
  • Learn all about Queensville, a new community of spacious homes

    buzzhomeblog
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Queensville takes its name from the village it calls home, a corner of East Gwillimbury with acres of green space and nature trails. Located at Leslie Street and Queensville Side Road, the new community is coming together thanks to Aspen Ridge Homes, Countrywide Homes and Lakeview Homes. Be sure to register to stay in the know about a project that promises to bring spacious homes to the idyllic location. The community is just ten minutes from Newmarket and Aurora, while Richmond Hill and Markham are just a half hour away. If you’re looking to travel to the big city, connections are…
  • SiteLine Communities unveils the official website for Esta Gardens in Richmond Hill

    buzzhomeblog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The official website for Esta Gardens is now live! With the launch comes a treasure trove of new information about the townhome and semi development from SiteLine Communities, as everything from architectural renderings to shots of the interiors and floorplans are all now just a click away. Located at 9211 Bayview Avenue in Richmond Hill, the intimate enclave puts residents outside of the frenzy of Toronto in a vibrant family-friendly community that still offers multiple links to the city. Set among lush green spaces and parks, the collection of 52 towns and semi-detached homes is surrounded…
  • Buy at Trapp and Holbrook before the end of summer and save thousands

    buzzhomeblog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Until the end of the summer, the Salient Group is taking up to $5,000 off all remaining homes at Trapp+Holbrook in New Westminster. The limited-time summer move-in special includes: $2,000 towards home upgrades (choose from engineered wide-plank laminate flooring, sliding glass panel doors or a brick wall feature), $1,000 towards your moving expenses, $1,000 towards your packing expenses and a $1,000 vertical storage locker. Trapp+Holbrook is scheduled to be completed this fall. While the majority of homes in the 20-storey development have already sold out, a great selection of units remain,…
  • Permits filed for Hello Living’s Prospect Heights townhouses

    Joyce Chen
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Rendering: Hello Living Hello Living has filed permits for a townhouse development at the corner of Underhill Avenue and Pacific Street in Prospect Heights. In April, Brownstoner first reported on the developer’s plans for eight single-family townhouses with large private terraces, outdoor kitchens and underground parking. The homes at 22-36 Underhill Avenue will each rise 32 feet and three stories tall, with Zambrano Architectural Design as the architect of the record, according to permits filed July 31st. The development will measure 15,516 square feet total. In March 2013, Hello…
 
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    BornLiving Barcelona

  • The BeachFront II apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    For a true touch of elegant city living with the added advantage of being on the beach, this is the choice for you. This elegant 3 bedroom apartment with a fantastic 40m2 terrace will ensure your stay in Barcelona is spent in luxury. The Apartment This frontline apartment has it all- style, elegance and attention to detail, making it a true luxury choice for your stay. From the private wrap-around terrace, the bold use of black and white furnishings, unique mirrored glass dining table and a very special master bedroom, will ensure an extremely happy stay. The apartment is finished throughout…
  • The Parc Guell Terrace V Apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Modern and chic 1 bedroom apartment that has terrace access from both the living room and the bedroom. Only a 10 minute walk from Parc Guell which is one of Gaudi’s famous masterpieces and some of the best views over Barcelona. The Apartment:- In a fully renovated building, which is only steps away from a metro which will take you downtown in a matter of minutes. It is just on the outskirts of Gracia, a neighbourhood full of vibrant cafés, restaurants and shops. The living and dining area of this great apartment has a comfortable sofa bed which converts into a double bed or simply be…
  • The Parc Guell Deluxe apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Modern and fresh 2 bedroom apartment with terrace access from the living room and the bedrooms. Only a 10 minute walk from Parc Güell -one of Gaudi’s famous masterpieces- and some of the best views over Barcelona. The apartment: In a fully renovated building on the outskirts of Gracia, a neighborhood full of vibrant cafés, restaurants and shops, only steps away from a metro that will take you downtown in a matter of minutes. The living and dining area of this great apartment has a comfortable sofa that converts into a double bed and a dining table with chairs that will comfortably…
  • The Parc Guell Terrace IV Apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Modern and chic 1 bedroom apartment that has terrace access from both the living room and the bedroom. Only a 10 minute walk from Parc Guell which is one of Gaudi’s famous masterpieces and some of the best views over Barcelona. The Apartment:- In a fully renovated building, which is only steps away from a metro which will take you downtown in a matter of minutes. It is just on the outskirts of Gracia, a neighbourhood full of vibrant cafés, restaurants and shops. The living and dining area of this great apartment has a comfortable sofa bed for relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing.
  • The Parc Guell Style IV Apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Modern and fresh 2 bedroom apartment, perfect for families or small groups of friends. Only a 10 minute walk from Parc Guell which is one of Gaudi’s famous masterpieces and some of the best views over Barcelona. The Apartment:- In a fully renovated building, which is only steps away from a metro which will take you downtown in a matter of minutes. It is just on the outskirts of Gracia, a neighbourhood full of vibrant cafés, restaurants and shops. This is one of several identical apartments we can offer in the building. Your specific apartment will be allocated on arrival. The living…
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Blog: Lansner on Real Estate

  • How to frustrate home buyers, sellers and their agents

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you'd like to frustrate buyers and sellers, bringing their agents to the boiling point, here are the top four things you should do in today's normal Orange County real estate market. 1. Sellers -- List your house for sale and then go on vacation...
  • Granny flats can be good for granny -- or for tenants

    JEFF LAZERSON
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    What’s up with Mortgage Rates? Jeff Lazerson, of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel, gives us his take. RATE NEWS SUMMARY From the Freddie Mac weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate climbed 2 basis points to 4.14 percent from last week’s 4.12...
  • Home price gains leveling off, CoreLogic reports

    JEFF COLLINS
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    House price gains are leveling off, with Orange County posting the smallest year-over-year increase in almost two years, CoreLogic reported Tuesday. Orange County house prices increased 7.8 percent in the 12 months ending in June, the Irvine-based...
  • A year after frenzy, homes taking longer to sell

    JEFF COLLINS
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    OUR LATEST CENTERPIECE: A year ago, homes typically sold in days with multiple offers as a buying frenzy gripped the market, driving prices up as much as 28 percent in a year. Since then, however, the pace of sales has slowed. Sellers have flooded...
  • Read my lips: Smelly, messy houses don't sell

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Clearly my message is not being heard. I’ve emphasized repeatedly the importance of “staging” to make your home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers. That is, declutter, depersonalize and set a trap for buyers, paying attention...
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    REJournals.com

  • Next Realty acquires Best Buy near University of Notre Dame

    Staff Writer
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Next Realty has completed the acquisition of a Best Buy net-leased retail property in Mishawaka, Ind.. The purchase price of the property was not disclosed. The property is located at 6502 Grape Road and totals 50,000 square feet. It is located along the main retail corridor, about 2.5 miles from The University of Notre Dame. The Mishawaka submarket is a strong area, with no large retail vacancies. Overall retail vacancy within the Mishawaka submarket is reported at 4.4 percent. “This acquisition is a great opportunity to acquire a well-performing retail asset that essentially is located at…
  • Minneapolis’ Oppidan developing its first industrial park

    Staff Writer
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Minneapolis-based Oppidan Investment Company has purchased 121 acres of land surrounding the airport in Stanley, N.D., for development of the company’s first industrial park. Pioneer Energy Services, a provider of land drilling and production services to oil and gas companies, will be the Stanley Airport Industrial Park’s first tenant. Construction is already underway on a 7,200-square foot facility for Pioneer. At this time, only Pioneer’s Wireline Services group is expanding its presence into Stanley. The facility will allow Pioneer wireline services crews to store their trucks and…
  • Coldwell Banker Commercial Griffin hires new sales associate

    Staff Writer
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Russell Bayer Russell Bayer recently joined the team of Coldwell Banker Commercial Griffin Companies in Minneapolis as a sales associate in the sales and leasing department. He is the company’s northwest metro sales/leasing specialist. Before joining Coldwell Banker Commercial Griffin Companies Bayer spent the last 20 years in the amusement and gaming divisions of two companies, Lieberman Companies and Circus Pizza.
  • Perkins+Will adds two pros to its urban design and landscape architecture practice

    Staff Writer
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Ana Nelson John Slack Minneapolis architecture firm Perkins+Will have added Ana Nelson and John Slack to boost its urban design and landscape architecture practice. Nelson is a trained architect and registered landscape architect with more than 14 years of experience. Before moving to Perkins+Will, Nelson worked as senior landscape architect/urban designer at SEH, Inc. in St. Paul. Slack is a registered landscape architect in four Midwest states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has been practicing for 19 years. Before joining Perkins+Will, Slack was senior…
  • Colliers International helps automotive company sell 15,000-square-foot retail building in Missouri

    Staff Writer
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    With the help of Colliers International, Jay Wolfe Automotive sold a 15,557-square-foot retail building at 1500 NW South Outer Road in Blue Springs, Mo., to UAP Properties, LLC. The retail building sits on 3.88 acres of land. Mark Arensberg of Colliers International negotiated the transaction on behalf of the seller. The buyer was not represented.
 
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    Reia of Macomb | Michigan Real Estate Investor Club

  • Millionaires See Real Estate as Top Investment for 2014

    Dylan Tanaka
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
      U.S. millionaires see real estate as the top alternative-asset class to own this year, according to Morgan Stanley. (MS) About 77 percent of investors with at least $1 million in assets own real estate, according to a survey released today by the New York-based investment bank’s wealth-management unit. Direct ownership of residential and commercial more »
  • Could LeBron James Leaving Cleveland Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Detroit Real Estate

    Dylan Tanaka
    30 Mar 2013 | 2:56 am
    To most people in Cleveland Ohio July 8th, 2010 was a dark day.  The Chosen One, The Second Coming, Their King announced he was leaving them and made his decision public (you can watch it here).  LeBron James was pretty much responsible for somewhere between 48 to 150 million dollars in revenue per year to more »
  • 7 Success Tips For Michigan Land Lords

    Dylan Tanaka
    25 Feb 2013 | 11:02 am
    Michigan land lords are sitting in the drivers seat since the Michigan Foreclosure Boom is over and values are coming back.  Not only were they able to buy great rental properties over the last 5 years but even right now there are thousands of houses in strong rental neighborhoods that are still available to cash more »
  • Have Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD Wiped Out Real Estate Investors?

    Dylan Tanaka
    13 Feb 2013 | 4:52 am
      Does it feel like there’s either an armed guard stopping you from making offers these days? or That Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD have real estate investors in a headlock I hate getting too technical but if you want to understand how and why the government may be trying to STOP you from more »
  • Royal Oak Real Estate Explosion

    Dylan Tanaka
    10 Feb 2013 | 12:33 pm
    Royal Oak has been exploding with growth over the passed 2 years. With new builds, amazing additions (sometimes doubling or tripling the square footage), and even regular homeowners getting into the mix – you simply cannot ignore the explosion.  From homeowners and renters to builders and investor/rehabbers Royal Oak is the hottest city in Metro more »
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Property Managers Can Offer Clients a Piece of Crowd-funding Action

    Marc Courtenay
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Don’t let the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer lull your property management business to sleep. Wake it up with timely communiqués that you send to your clients and potential clients. For example, why not ignite their imaginations with information about equity-based crowd-funding that specializes in real estate investment opportunities. I recently interviewed the co-founder of a company that has discovered such a niche. Heather Schwarz Lopes, the Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of EarlyShares , along with company CEO Joanna Schwartz are focused on the  growing U.S. real estate…
  • [Slideshow] 8 Reasons Why Your Property Management Business Has Outgrown Quickbooks

    Alexis Hammond
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you’re using Quickbooks to run your property management business, you may be experiencing common frustrations as you continue to grow. As a basic accounting software, Quickbooks only covers a fraction of your day-to-day property management activities. Learn more with this important slideshow on the reasons why your property management business may have outgrown Quickbooks. Some reasons include: You’re using Excel along with Quickbooks and you’re missing out on chances to easily market your vacancies and streamline your routine tasks. Your data can be prone to error and security is…
  • The Joys of Technology Integration – Part II

    Mary Girsch-Bock
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    I understand that most of us are averse to change.  Just the thought of changing a familiar product can make the most competent people break out into a cold sweat; even if that familiar product has resulted in more work and increased mistakes. Let’s take a quick look at some of the repercussions of Jill’s current technology situation. Jill’s approval rating has dropped among some of her tenants; mainly because when they call with a maintenance request, it is frequently ignored.  While large, catastrophic issues are handled fairly well, many ‘little’ requests never get funneled to…
  • Boost Your Business into the 21st Century: A Step-by-Step Guide for Property Managers

    Alexis Hammond
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This easy guide and checklist lays out the steps in detail for you to start modernizing your business today. Stop wasting time with outdated processes and archaic resources and start spending more time streamlining your workflow and growing your business! This guide offers tips you won’t want to miss, including: How to reinvigorate and empower your sales team to flourish in a modern market Strategies for streamlining your leasing flow––close those deals on the spot! Modern ways to approach marketing, customer service and even accounting–find out what you’re missing! And much more……
  • The Joys of Technology Integration – Part I

    Mary Girsch-Bock
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Once upon a time there was a woman we’ll call Jill.  Jill worked in a fairly large property management company that handled both commercial and residential property management, so Jill was kept busy. When Jill became a property manager, she was trained on the company’s property management software.  The software was adequate, but didn’t perform many of the tasks that Jill had to utilize in order to run her property smoothly.  So Jill used the primary software product exclusively for move-ins and move-outs.  But the software was unable to run the reports that her management team at…
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    Select Property Group Ltd

  • Buy-to-let investors seeing annual rental rises of over 6%

    Steven Sedgwick
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Buy-to-let property investments have seen average rental yields increase by more than 6% over the past 12 months, new research suggests. Summary: Rents in the UK have increased by 6.56% over the past year The average rent now stands at £1,029 a month Robin King, Director of Move with Us, states the rental market is as strong as it’s ever been Over the past 12 months, the average rent in the UK have increased by 6.56%. New figures from property company Move with Us show the average tenant is now paying £1,029 a month to stay in their home and the rate is currently rising at £11 a week.
  • Knight Frank: Dubai Marina property remains popular with expats

    Steven Sedgwick
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Mainstream property in Dubai Marina looks set to continue to be popular with both expats and investors. Summary: Dubai property prices increased by an annual 6.3% in the second quarter of 2014 Property in Dubai Marina is the most popular with expats and saw some of the largest price growth Mainstream property prices in Dubai are expecting to continue to rise over the next 18 months at least  Property in Dubai Marina remains very popular with expats and as such is proving to be fertile ground for property investors who have already bought residential accommodation there. New research from…
  • More buy-to-let property investment to come this year

    Steven Sedgwick
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    Buy-to-let investments will continue to be popular in a buoyant UK property market, new research suggests. Summary: Brokers are expecting more buy-to-let business activity this year Student property is set for a third consecutive year of £2 billion-plus investment Both full cash purchases and buy-to-let mortgages are popular More than a third of brokers are expecting there to be more buy-to-let investment business this year. Research from Simplybiz Mortgages and Natwest Intermediary Solutions found 37% of brokers are expecting to do more buy-to-let business over the next four months. The…
  • DLD: Indians top overseas Dubai property investment list

    Steven Sedgwick
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Indians were the top overseas investors in a bumper six-month period for Dubai property investment, according to new figures from the DLD. Summary: Overseas investors spent 37.5 billion AED in the first six months of 2014 Indian investors spent more than their counterparts from any foreign country Total Dubai property investment in 2014 stands at 113 billion AED Investors from Indian have spent more money on Dubai property than their counterparts from any other country during the first six months of 2014. New figures from the Dubai Land Department (DLD) show that out of a total 37.5 billion…
  • Select Property Group sponsors City in the City

    Steven Sedgwick
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Select Property Group sponsors Manchester City’s inaugural City in the City event. Summary: Select Property Group host first City in the City event Manuel Pellegrini and Vincent Kompany hold exclusive Q&A Next City in the City event to be held on September 13th This week saw Select Property Group sponsor the inaugural City in the City event. It was Manchester City’s London-based corporate network meeting at Savoy Pier and involved 150 guests enjoying hospitality aboard the Silver Sturgeon yacht on the Thames. Attendees held a private Q&A session with Manchester City’s first-team…
 
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • Hurricane Season Is Here: Protect Yourself, Your Family, And Your Home!

    Elza Hayen
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Though only 27 hurricanes have touched down on the South Carolina shores in the past 100 years, it is still smart to protect yourself from these treacherous natural disasters. There are some simple steps to protect yourself, your family, and your home from such a terrible calamity. According to South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), 27 counties in the state of South Carolina have been affected by hurricanes.  If there is a possibility of a hurricane hitting the shores of South Carolina this year, there are some simple steps that you may not consider before the storm actually…
  • July 4th Events in Columbia, Charleston, Lake Murray and Sumter, SC

    ERA Wilder Realty
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Photo by Elza Hayen The fourth of July is just around the corner! What are you going to do for this spectacular holiday? If you haven’t planned yet, here are some fun ideas:  Charleston, SC- If you want to enjoy an eye-appealing firework show from an aircraft carrier with family or friends, or both, head on down to Patriots Point. For only 20 dollars for adults ($10 for children 11 and under), there will be a live beach band and a jaw-dropping display of fireworks on the USS Yorktown! For more information, click here.  Lake Murray - How about a firework show that’s choreographed to…
  • ERA Wilder Realty Welcomes Elaine Runager

    ERA Wilder Realty
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Contact: Chip Searles                              ERA Wilder Realty                               chips@erawilderrealty.com Columbia, S.C. June 25, 2014 – ERA Wilder Realty welcomes real estate expert, Elaine Runager, of Columbia, SC. Having lived in Irmo and Chapin for over 35 years, Elaine joins the team of agents in the Irmo area.  “We are honored to have Elaine join our team of professionals,” said Jim Brown, Broker-In-Charge for the Irmo branch of ERA Wilder Realty, ”With her work ethic and extensive knowledge of the Lake Murray…
  • Vote for ERA Wilder for Best of Columbia 2014 Awards!

    Era Wilder Realty Blogger
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    ERA Wilder Realty is pleased to announce that we have been nominated for Best Real Estate Agency in Columbia! The Best of Columbia 2014 Awards are sponsored by the Columbia Free Times, and readers have the opportunity to participate in the voting to choose their favorite local businesses.  The awards have been taking place every year since 1989 and have become one of the most comprehensive and popular surveys of the best that Columbia has to offer! Serving our community is our biggest priority, and we’d love to get your vote!To participate in the survey, please visit…
  • Stuart Reynolds Joins the ERA Wilder Realty Team

    ERA Wilder Realty
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Contact: Chip Searles                 ERA Wilder Realty                 chips@erawilderrealty.com Columbia, S.C. June 18, 2014 – ERA Wilder Realty readily welcomes Stuart Reynolds to its team of real estate professionals serving the Columbia area. Backed with experience in all aspects of real estate law and title companies, Stuart has a full understanding of real estate transactions and closure. “I live by a core set of values and I make my client’s number one goal my number one goal. After all, it’s all about them and their needs, not mine.” Truly a…
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    Salt Spring Island Real Estate

  • August & July 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    The main real estate sales window on the Pacific Northwest Coast seems to have evolved into a Summer/Fall market.This may […]
  • Salt Spring Island, 2014

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
  • July 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    The main real estate sales window on the Pacific Northwest Coast seems to have evolved into a Summer/Fall market.This may […]
  • June 2014 – Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    1 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Well, here we are at the beginning of June, a half-way point in our calendar year…yet only the beginning of […]
  • May 2014 – Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    1 May 2014 | 9:55 am
    May to October is now our main window of opportunity for real estate viewings/subsequent sales, in our specific secondary home/discretionary […]
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • Coming soon...Magnolia Park 3+2!

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Have you been looking for a single family home in Burbank's Magnolia Park? I just might have something for you.  There are no pictures yet because the sellers are still spiffing it up, and it's not officially on the market until after Labor Day. It has an open floor plan, lots of cool architectural details, two amazing patios, a chef's kitchen and a super saltwater pool, among other things.  It's defined by its unforced naturalness and is certainly not your basic plain vanilla house.Contact me if you're a serious buyer and if you think this might be right for you.
  • #StudioCity #celebrity sighting!

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Studio City is one of the best places for celebrity sightings that I know of, and here's proof.  This is the actual Rusty, of Rusty's Discount Pet Center in Studio City! I got to meet him on Saturday.  He's a beautiful 19-month old collie, and he's really sweet and well-behaved.  I was too shy to ask to take a selfie with him, though.  The pet supply store is great, too.  It's in the same strip mall as the famed (deservedly so) sushi restaurant, Katsu-ya.
  • These pictures of cat furniture were taken in my home. Or so my cats wish.

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
     Are these furniture pieces for cats cool, or what? http://www.boredpanda.com/cat-furniture/  Let's just do all of our decorating for our animals, right?
  • Ask the Realtor: Does the seller have to disclose all property reports in their possession?

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Any real estate transaction contains lots of paperwork, much of which are disclosures.  A property seller has an affirmative duty to disclose anything and everything that they know about a property.  I once had a seller disclose that a house was haunted.  Seriously.  The buyers bought it anyway.So if a seller has property condition reports from another, earlier escrow, those must be given to the buyer, too, right? Ethically, yes.  Legally, no. I know; this is really surprising, and I just learned the legal answer myself.  Part of the contractual legalese…
  • Insider dope: Zillow and Trulia may merge

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Zillow and Trulia are having discussions about merging.  What does that mean to Los Angeles-area home buyers and sellers?  It will make home searches easier.  Rather than having two portals to view, you'll now have one.  No more cross-checking, or getting the same listing from separate sources.  And by the way, the sales info on all of the megasites comes from, yes, the local multiple listing service.  Not the Zestimates or tax records, of course, but the pictures, descriptions, showing info, amenities, etc. -- we Realtors create that and add that to our local…
 
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    ReTechulous

  • Forced 2nd Step Survey Test

    Ryan Hartman
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
  • 15 Status Update Templates You Can Use To Stay Top Of Mind With Your (Social) Sphere of Influence

    Ryan
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Click here to open the Gdoc with the templates in a new window. Micro touches. Tiny little reminders that you still exist - that you sell real estate. That you're there for them whenever they might need you. Without being too sales, pitchy, creepy, and "real estate agenty." That's the name of the game when it comes to marketing your real estate business on social media, right? On this recorded session with Shaun Nilsson & Grace Carrol from CityBlast, we walk through 15 posting templates you might use on your personal social profiles in order to gain and maintain top of mind status with your…
  • "Toolstravaganza" (Strategy Session 8/13/2014)

    Ryan Hartman
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    This was sort of a "wildcard" session, where we just went rapid fire through some of the tools we like to use in the course of our day to day marketing. Click here to access the doc from the session.
  • Spinny Hovers... (A Fun way to increase CTR & GCI?)

    Ryan
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Spinning images... Sound web marketing strategy? Or just stoopid fun? You might have noticed that all the images on the site here at Retechulous.Com have started rotating when you hover over them. Fun stuff. Not sure it'll make you a ton of money. But it may cause more engagement and "click thrus" on your banner ads. So for example, if you're using our Foreclosure Squeeze page as the "core lead capture element" on your site, you might put something like this in your sidebar. And as people surf around and hover, the banner image spins. Again, fun. And maybe it'll "induce the click." Leading to…
  • The Death of Facebook "Like-gating"...What Now?

    Jeff Logue
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    This just in...Facebook "Like Gating" is now a thing of the past. And along with its untimely death, many small business owners are left scrambling to figure out the next best strategy to build up their customer base. Because for several years, countless marketers relied too heavily on this one specific strategy as a means to generate "Likes" for their fan page... Which would in turn provide opportunities for retargeting, building relationships, and making more sales. But this story is nothing really new at all. Instead, it's just another reminder that you can never solely rely on 3rd party…
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Do You Have Self Discipline?

    Neil Schwartz
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:32 pm
    If you use this one thing everyday for several years….it will change your life. Watch now and learn how to dramatically change your future by doing what other’s won’t do.Related Posts:Are You Holding Yourself Back?Times Have Changed, Shouldn’t You?Structure Creates... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 8-11-2014, Always Do Your Best

    Neil Schwartz
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Every one who has succeeded at a high level started at the beginning; having nothing more than a desire to succeed. Hard work, perseverance and the willingness to be their best is the only thing that separates an average person from a highly successful person. CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Times Have Changed, Shouldn’t You?

    Neil Schwartz
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    For years and years most of our prospecting leads came from phone calls to “land-lines,” but this type of lead generation has dramatically slowed down. Many people no longer have home phones and those who have them often don’t answer, thinking that an annoying salesperson is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 8-4-2014, An Enemy Called Average

    Neil Schwartz
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Don’t be pulled into the limiting belief that above average agents are above average individuals. They all started small and with those first tentative steps that all people take. The only difference is that they use the power of self discipline to repeat income producing activities because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Your Ego In the Way?

    Neil Schwartz
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    If you want to succeed, you must get your ego out of the way. Watch now and learn how to set your ego aside and dramatically increase your business.Related Posts:Building Your BusinessYou Must Have the Will to WinAfraid to Fail?Do You Have Self Discipline?Are You Holding Yourself Back? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Susan Singer

  • Studio | 1 Bath | London Terrace | $549,000

    Susan Singer
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    S3 Sale Listing Template Living room Kitchen Bedroom/Living room Bathroom Floor plan 465 West 23rd Street, #14H ListingID: 103038 Description: You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds in this Xtra Large Alcove studio at London Terrace. Perched on the 14th floor with abundant north and west light you’ll get loads of sun AND quiet garden exposure. Your dressing room/walk-in California-style closet is cedar lined and adjacent to an updated bath with many original features maintained. The Sleeping Alcove can also function as a home office or as a bedroom alongside the 14’ x 18’ Living Room.
  • Studio | 1 Bathroom | $405,000 | UES

    Susan Singer
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Living room bedroom kitchen bathroom floor plan 345 East 69th street, #15B ListingID: 733581 Description: Set in a full-service coop building on the heart of the Upper East Side, this spacious alcove studio is in excellent condition with beautiful parquet hardwood floors and track lighting throughout. This high floor Alcove Studio is complemented by a long row of windows that stream sunlight and city views into both the living room and separate sleeping alcove via a western exposure. The large, updated kitchen is outfitted with full-size appliances and ample cabinet space, while the pristine…
  • Studio | 1 Bath |$475,000 | London Terrace

    Susan Singer
    15 May 2014 | 5:43 am
    Studio Living Room Kitchen hall way Floor Plan 405 West 23th Street, #9B ListingID: 211978 Description: This corner apt enjoys sunlight and views from 7 windows and is the largest studio in London Terrace. With two large closets including dressing room and a large original kitchen the possibilities are endless. As always at London Terrace, your maintenance includes ALL utilities…that means gas and electric too. You also enjoy full use of the half Olympic size pool, steam rooms and saunas. Our 1550′ gym has just been fully outfitted with new, state of the art equipment. Just steps…
  • Junior 1 Bed | 1 Bathroom | $549,000 | East Village

    Susan Singer
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    S3 Sale Listing Template living room kitchen bedroom bathroom floor plan 111 Third Avenue, #3A ListingID: 965887 Description: This highly coveted, sunny, jr. one bedroom is a space-savers dream! Perfectly thought-out, this 500 square-foot apartment has a separate dining & living room area, work space, kitchen, bedroom, oversized bathroom and 4 large closets. Remodeled, an open kitchen showcases stainless steel counters and high-end appliances, including a Fisher & Paykal dishwasher and luminous glass tiles. Brazilian teak floors invite you into the living space, which includes…
  • New york is Cheap?

    Susan Singer
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:11 am
    10 Most Expensive Real Estate Markets By Robert Frank To most people, New York City has become an otherworldly real estate market. It’s the town where a skyrise condo just sold for more than $50 million — and it was only that cheap because it was raw space. But to the global rich, New York is a bargain. A new report shows that on a per-square-foot basis, New York is half price compared to some other favorite cities of the rich. The Knight Frank Wealth Report shows that the tiny, tony principality of Monaco remains the most world’s expensive real estate market. The report found…
 
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    findwell Blog

  • Our take on Zillow buying Trulia for $3.5 billion

    findwell
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Huge news in the real estate world today, as Zillow announces that they are going to acquire Trulia for $3.5 billion. Seattle has definitely become the epicenter of online real estate and technology. As a real estate brokerage, we actively market our seller’s listings on both sites and also pay for advertising to help us gain new customers. I shared some in-depth thoughts and analysis in a guest article on GeekWire today. The post Our take on Zillow buying Trulia for $3.5 billion appeared first on findwell Blog.
  • When Do I Get the Keys to My New House?

    findwell
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    When do I get the keys to my new house? findwell agent Matt Martel answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: When do I get the keys to my new house? You get the keys to your new house when the deed is recorded at the county recorders office. That usually happens about four-o’clock, five-o’clock in the afternoon on the day of closing. And the day of closing is usually about one or two days after you’ve signed all of your loan documents at the escrow office. Q: Can I start moving my stuff in after I transferred my money to escrow? You cannot start moving your stuff in to…
  • Is it possible to get a great deal when buying a house?

    findwell
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    We’ve received thousands of inquiries from potential home buyers over the years. By far, one of the most common things we hear is “I want to get a great deal, so send me homes that are fill in the blank.” The “fill in the blank” part is stuff like under market value, foreclosures, short sales, fixers or homes that will appreciate more. The simple fact is “getting a great deal” is very difficult to achieve in real estate. There are bargains out there, but market forces often work against anyone getting a really “great deal.” If you think…
  • How Important is Professional Photography to Getting My Home Sold?

    findwell
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    How important is professional photography to getting my home sold? findwell agent Tamar Baber answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: How important is professional photography to getting my home sold? Photography is very important to getting your home sold, and I would choose an agent who uses professional photography in every listing. Good photographs will show the quality of your home, they’re going to show the colors, and the lighting in the different rooms. It is very difficult to tell what the home is like and whether you are going to want to see it if the photography is…
  • Should I Sell My Home or Rent it Out?

    findwell
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The value of my home is lower than I expected. Should I sell it or rent it out? findwell agent Matt Martel answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: The value of my home is lower than I expected. Should I sell it or rent it out? Whether to sell your home is a very personal decision. Some sellers may want to sell the home even if they do have to take a loss on the home, and others may be less willing to do that, it all depends on your personal situation. For example, if you’re taking a job in a new city and you just don’t want to be burdened by having a home in the city…
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    NuWire Investor: RealEstateInvestment

  • Helping Borrowers – The Inclusion of Rent and Utility Payments in Credit Scores

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Credit scores are important to mortgage lenders, and that includes data-driven “crowdfunding” lenders. But the components of these credit scores haven’t changed much over the years, and they generally haven’t included payments to landlords, utilities, and other “routine&rdquo...
  • The $100 Reason for Real Estate Crowdfunding

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    With the exception of REITs, commercial real estate transactions have so far been outside the reach of everyone except for the 3% comprising institutional investors and high net worth individuals possessing the necessary network, contacts and capability of investing large sums of money. With crowdfunded...
  • 5 Reasons to Invest as a Private Mortgage Lender

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    When it comes to building a successful investment portfolio, the name of the game is diversification. While the stock market can offer incredible returns, it also comes with a high level of risk. Alternatively, government backed securities offer very little risk, but ruturns might not even keep place...
  • Investing Overseas Attractive Again

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    In the real estate investment world, risk is just part of the game. While the United States has dug somewhat out of the financial issues it was facing—especially in the real estate investment market—the rest of the world is still trying to find its footing. Surprisingly, the fact that the...
  • Miami Property Prices Up 8.9%

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    The Miami residential real estate market continued to see rising prices in the second quarter of 2014 due to strong demand, according to the latest report from estate agents. The data from the Miami Association of Realtors show that there is particularly strong demand for single family homes priced...
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • Immigrants to Play Huge Role in Future Housing Market

    Peter Ricci
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Immigrants to Play Huge Role in Future Housing Market was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Immigrants already play a large role in housing, but that role will only grow... Immigrants to Play Huge Role in Future Housing Market was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • Housing Starts, Driven by Multifamily Sector, Exceed Expectations in July

    Peter Ricci
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Housing Starts, Driven by Multifamily Sector, Exceed Expectations in July was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. With a strong multifamily sector driving activity, housing construction put up some fantastic numbers in... Housing Starts, Driven by Multifamily Sector, Exceed Expectations in July was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the…
  • Million-Dollar Loans Surge to Highest Level Ever in 2014

    Peter Ricci
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Million-Dollar Loans Surge to Highest Level Ever in 2014 was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. We’ve been reporting for some time that housing is being largely driven by higher-income... Million-Dollar Loans Surge to Highest Level Ever in 2014 was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • The Short List: Nick Kluding’s Tips for Guiding Buyer Clients Through the Process

    Chicago Agent
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Short List: Nick Kluding’s Tips for Guiding Buyer Clients Through the Process was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Every week, we ask a real estate professional for their Short List, a collection of... The Short List: Nick Kluding’s Tips for Guiding Buyer Clients Through the Process was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the…
  • Neighborhood Spotlight: The West Loop by Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

    Chicago Agent
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    Neighborhood Spotlight: The West Loop by Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Neighborhood Spotlight: The West Loop by Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
 
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • Deck It Out: Why a Patio Might Be the Upgrade That Causes Your Resale Value to Jump

    Sara MacLennan
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    When it comes time to sell your home, even the most minor renovations can boost your home's value, if they're done right. You may want to consider adding a deck to your home for your own enjoyment, or to add value if you're thinking of selling. Deck It Out How Does a Deck Add Value? Adding a deck to your property can have a considerable impact on your home's value. There are a few reasons for this increase, but in general, the primary draw is the extension of living space, even in our northern climate. Decks Are a Growing Trend Decks, patios and outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly…
  • Weekly Market Update, Aug. 15/14

    Sara MacLennan
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Edmonton Real Estate Market Update Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 486 (495, 447, 419) # Sales: 346 (272, 316, 346) Ratio: 71% (55%, 71%, 83%) # Price Changes: 281 (250, 249, 285) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 140 (230, 268, 110) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 0 (-7, -137, -37) Active single family home listings: 2893 (2906, 2823, 2898) Active condo listings: 1669 (1680, 1669, 1728) Homes 4-week running average: $433k ($431k, $429k, $430k) Condos 4-week running average: $249k ($256k,…
  • How Aerial Photos and Videos can help sell your home

    Sara MacLennan
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
     Have you seen one of these flying around your neighbourhood yet? Drone photography If you haven't yet, you probably will soon. The cost of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - better known as UAV's or drones - has rapidly decreased, making everyday arial photography and videography a reality. Drones with cameras attached can hover inches off the ground, and soar up several hundred feet in the air. The photos you can create are stunning and the videos can be downright mesmerizing. It's a perfect way to showcase properties for sale, particularly those with unique architectural features and…
  • 5 Strategies for Maintaining Healthy Home Plumbing

    Karleia Steiner
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    One of the most expensive repairs for homeowners can be the cost of repairs for pipes, which are prone to be break and have leaks with time. In some cases, the interior of the home can also become damaged with leakage, which can be expensive to repair. To maintain the home's plumbing and allow it to stay in good condition, there are a few strategies to practice on a consistent basis. 1. Check the Water Pressure To prevent pipes from bursting due to too much water flowing through, it's crucial to check the water pressure with a pressure gauge. A pressure regulator can then be used to adjust it…
  • Weekly Market Update, Aug. 8/14

    Sara MacLennan
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Edmonton Real Estate Market Update Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 495 (447, 419, 527) # Sales: 272 (316, 346, 391) Ratio: 55% (71%, 83%, 74%) # Price Changes: 250 (249, 285, 268) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 230 (268, 110, 139) Net loss/gain in listings this week: -7 (-137, -37, -3) Active single family home listings: 2906 (2823, 2898, 2901) Active condo listings: 1680 (1669, 1728, 1753) Homes 4-week running average: $431k ($429k, $430k, $427k) Condos 4-week running average: $256k ($256k,…
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    aBetterOffice

  • New Coworking ‘Passport’ Connects 17 Indiana Shared Workspaces

    Jennifer LeClaire
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – What do you get when 17 coworking office space facilities and innovation centers across a single state join forces? A formidable network that caters to mobile workers and road warriors that have an appreciation for alternative office space. That’s the story behind Indiana CoWorking Passport, a agreement between 17 centers that gives members of any one workspace access to any other workspace in the network as they move freely about the state. “This all started with a single member of Launch Fishers asking ‘what if…’ and we ran with the idea. Now we…
  • This May Be the Answer to Your Office Space Challenges

    Jennifer LeClaire
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    PITTSBURGH, PA – If you are a nonprofit looking to drive revenue from your unused office space – or a startup looking for affordable office space in Pittsburgh – listen closely because this new initiative could be the answer you’ve been waiting for. The Forbes Funds, a Pittsburgh-based foundation dedicated to nonprofit capacity building, just launched Nonprofit Spaces. It’s a free online service that aims to help nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region advertise their vacant office space for rent or purchase. The site also promises to expedite your search for culturally…
  • A New York Coworking Office Space for Rainy Days

    Jennifer LeClaire
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    NEW YORK – Coworking office space providers are working hard to differentiate themselves from the pack. There are all sorts of newfangled concepts, from targeting attorneys to catering to moonlighters and beyond. Indeed, when it rains it pours. And that’s just what WeWork and ‘brellaBox are counting on. You can’t guess by its name, but ‘brellaBox is the first-ever umbrella rental company. The business just launched a pilot program at a Downtown New York coworking office space outfit called WeWork. Here’s how it works: For $2.50, ‘brellaBox lets New Yorkers rent a…
  • Is This the Next Big Office Space Trend?

    Jennifer LeClaire
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    AUSTIN – Conjunctured, a coworking facility in Austin, is likely to close its doors. But it’s not your typical coworking office space failure. No, owner David Walker is moving on to what he sees as the next big thing in the alternative workspace world: Nomatik. Nomatik is described as a work social platform for freelancers and corporate employees who work remotely. There’s a promise of connecting and collaborating with people you know, and with people you don’t yet know. According to the company, Nomatik extends the coworking experience to people beyond coworking spaces –…
  • This Coworking Operator is Closing to Pursue the Next Big Officing Trend

    Jennifer LeClaire
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Most startups never get fully started up before a lack of planning, lack of finances, or just a poor launch shuts them down. But Nigerian technology innovation guru Tomi Davies insists that startups have a four times better chance of surviving if they start out in a coworking office space. Those were the opening lines of an article I wrote back in January. While this may be true, the coworking office space brands themselves don’t always make it for the long-term. For example, General Assembly shut down its New York office space less than a year ago to focus on education. “Over the past…
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • My God, I Love These Videos…

    Rob Hahn
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Look, if you’ve been a regular reader, you know that I don’t do “blogging for clients” type of junk you’ll find elsewhere on the real estate web. My clients are my clients, I don’t talk about them, what I do talk to them about is between me and them, and this blog here is my […]
  • A Couple of Brief Notes on Realogy

    Rob Hahn
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    I’m busy writing, but thought it worthwhile to take a few minutes to make a couple of observations about Realogy. I mean, it’s only the most important brokerage and franchise company in the industry with over $4B in annual revenues…. On “Project Flanker” First, with regards to this story on Inman… I’ve already told the […]
  • Special Guest Post: James Dwiggins on Zillow/Trulia

    Rob Hahn
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The following was posted on Facebook by a friend, James Dwiggins, earlier today. James is not only a very smart guy — also one of the tallest guys in the industry — he’s also the CEO of Nexthome in San Francisco. Because this is long, detailed, and worthy of saving past what Facebook thinks it […]
  • As the Real Estate World Turns

    Rob Hahn
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    There is something about Zillow that brings out the melodramatic in the real estate commentariat, both of the professional variety and often more hilariously, of the amateur variety. The big bombshell from yesterday, of Zillow acquiring Trulia, has brought out some of the finest performances in a drama and in a comedy. It’s an odd […]
  • Why Are Referrals Still Legal?

    Rob Hahn
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    A brief question, born out of discussions online and offline in the wake of the Zillow-Trulia deal…. Let me set the stage. More than a few people think that Zillow will ultimately want a piece of the commission (as evidence, they point to the brokerage licenses that MarketLeader once owned, which then Trulia owned, and […]
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate?

    Marco Santarelli
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Demographically, a lot has been written about how Millennials and Baby Boomers will impact real estate.  But how will 11 million undocumented immigrants impact residential real estate if they are given residency? Will millions of undocumented immigrants buy houses and increase prices and rents?  Already, we are starting to see some signs of how immigration is impacting housing. Read the rest of How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments.
  • The Long and Winding Recovery

    Marco Santarelli
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Zillow’s second quarter Real Estate Market Report shows national home values rose 6.3% on a year-over-year basis from June 2013 to $174,200.  The last time national home values were at this level was back in March 2005.  (Housing prices peaked in 2006.) Rents were up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis.  The Zillow Home Value Forecast calls for 4.2% appreciation nationally from June 2014 to June 2015. Read the rest of The Long and Winding Recovery » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments.
  • Understanding Your Purchase Appraisal

    Marco Santarelli
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Once you have a property under contract and you’ve performed an inspection, it’s time for your loan officer to secure a purchase appraisal. Be aware that an appraisal will almost always render a lower value than you determined in your comparative market analysis, for a number of reasons.  Appraisals do not give an accurate market value – they simply give you a reflection of what you’re trying to accomplish with the bank.  There are actually different types of appraisals, and each one serves a different purpose. Read the rest of Understanding Your Purchase Appraisal » For more…
  • Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth?

    Peter Miler
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    America is a nation on the move.  The Census Bureau says 35.9 million of us picked-up and went somewhere else in 2013, almost 12% of the entire population. We move because of such things as jobs, climate, family and schools but there’s another reason as well: A good move can be worth $1 million and maybe more. Read the rest of Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Strongest Job Markets in the 60 Largest U.S. Cities

    John Kiernan
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes the grass truly is greener on the other side of the fence.  The financial turmoil of the past few years certainly lends credence to that notion, as the Great Recession’s disproportionate impact on local economies spawned a 24-point unemployment rate difference between the most and least bountiful major U.S. cities. More than 100 million people have moved within the past five years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and 48% of unemployed individuals have picked up their roots in search of a job over that time-frame.  This societal mobility stands to be a major asset…
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    BuzzBuzzHome News

  • 100 Norfolk in LES steps out with new signage

    Joyce Chen
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Signage is up at ODA Architecture-designed 100 Norfolk in the Lower East Side. Sales at the 38-unit project are set to launch within the next two weeks, according to building reps, who passed along the above construction shot. Located between Rivington and Delancey streets, the condos are being developed by Adam America, Horizon Group and Naveh Shuster Ltd. Residences will range from studio to three-bedroom units. Cladded in a glass curtain wall, the completed development will extend over its low-rise neighbors, providing “striking views and strong interior light exposure for an array…
  • Learn all about Queensville, a new community of spacious homes

    buzzhomeblog
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Queensville takes its name from the village it calls home, a corner of East Gwillimbury with acres of green space and nature trails. Located at Leslie Street and Queensville Side Road, the new community is coming together thanks to Aspen Ridge Homes, Countrywide Homes and Lakeview Homes. Be sure to register to stay in the know about a project that promises to bring spacious homes to the idyllic location. The community is just ten minutes from Newmarket and Aurora, while Richmond Hill and Markham are just a half hour away. If you’re looking to travel to the big city, connections are…
  • SiteLine Communities unveils the official website for Esta Gardens in Richmond Hill

    buzzhomeblog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The official website for Esta Gardens is now live! With the launch comes a treasure trove of new information about the townhome and semi development from SiteLine Communities, as everything from architectural renderings to shots of the interiors and floorplans are all now just a click away. Located at 9211 Bayview Avenue in Richmond Hill, the intimate enclave puts residents outside of the frenzy of Toronto in a vibrant family-friendly community that still offers multiple links to the city. Set among lush green spaces and parks, the collection of 52 towns and semi-detached homes is surrounded…
  • Buy at Trapp and Holbrook before the end of summer and save thousands

    buzzhomeblog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Until the end of the summer, the Salient Group is taking up to $5,000 off all remaining homes at Trapp+Holbrook in New Westminster. The limited-time summer move-in special includes: $2,000 towards home upgrades (choose from engineered wide-plank laminate flooring, sliding glass panel doors or a brick wall feature), $1,000 towards your moving expenses, $1,000 towards your packing expenses and a $1,000 vertical storage locker. Trapp+Holbrook is scheduled to be completed this fall. While the majority of homes in the 20-storey development have already sold out, a great selection of units remain,…
  • Permits filed for Hello Living’s Prospect Heights townhouses

    Joyce Chen
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Rendering: Hello Living Hello Living has filed permits for a townhouse development at the corner of Underhill Avenue and Pacific Street in Prospect Heights. In April, Brownstoner first reported on the developer’s plans for eight single-family townhouses with large private terraces, outdoor kitchens and underground parking. The homes at 22-36 Underhill Avenue will each rise 32 feet and three stories tall, with Zambrano Architectural Design as the architect of the record, according to permits filed July 31st. The development will measure 15,516 square feet total. In March 2013, Hello…
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    Debra Sinick & Brooks Beaupain

  • A Healthy Market for Condo Sales in July on Seattle’s Eastside

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    Seattle Eastside Condo sales are still strong with 60% of the available condos selling in July.  The average market time was 29 days and median pricing was about the same as last year, $270,000.  The most active month so far this year was back in April, when 95% of the condos for sale sold!  It's still a good market.  More than 1/2 the condos sold last month, a very good and healthy number of sales.  If you'd like more information about the condo market or your condo in particular, please feel free to contact us. We're here to help!
  • July 2014 Real Estate Performs As Expected on Seattle’s Eastside

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The most number of homes for sale so far this year?  No big surprise.  We've seen the same roller coaster of real estate activity on Seattle's eastside every year.  The market was still strong as almost 50% of Seattle eastside homes sold in July. The peak of sales activity, as it is every year, was back in the spring.  In March, 67% of the homes for sale sold and in April 68% sold. In July,  we have the most number of homes for sale so far this year, although August could top that number.  Days on the market are still low as it is only taking 38 days on…
  • Seattle Eastside Condo Sales Remain Steady in June

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
      Numbers have been holding more steady in the last couple of months for Seattle Eastside Condo sales as the pattern is not all that different from May to June.  Although, slightly more condos were for sale and slightly fewer sold in June. In June 63% of the condos sold.  Median pricing for condos stood at $291,000 up from $279,000 in 2011.  Condos took 32 days to sell on average and sold for 99% of the asking price.  If you'd like more information about the condo market or your condo in particular, please feel free to contact us. We're here to help!
  • Is Summer The Busiest Time for Real Estate on Seattle’s Eastside?

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    No matter how many times people hear the market is the most active in the spring, many people think summer is the busiest time.   Summer is still a great time to sell, but now that we're into an absolutely fabulous July, buyers often join friends and family for weekend outings.  It can cause the activity to slow down a bit, but it does not go away by any means.  In fact, we tell sellers to expect more activity during the week.  With the days at their longest for the year, buyers often prefer to see homes after work and save weekends to enjoy the spectacular…
  • A Slight Shift in The Condo Market on Seattle’s Eastside?

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:02 am
    Has there been a shift in the Seattle Eastside condominium market? What could be a shift is shown by the big jump in inventory to 375 available condos from 288 in April and the slight decline in sales over the last couple of months.  Seattle Eastside condo sales are still fabulous, although more condos sold in March and April than in May.  The pattern we saw in 2013 is playing out once again.  The real estate market is always at its most frenetic during the first quarter of the year.  As the year progresses, more property becomes available, giving buyers more…
 
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    IPIN Live

  • IPIN Global Appoints New Singapore MD

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IPIN Global is pleased to announce the arrival of Steven Lee, the new senior member for the IPIN Global team at our Asian headquarters in Singapore. Having shone through a vigorous selection process Steven will now lead a key and rapidly expanding region for the company. Previously Vice President of Agency Distribution at HSBC, a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Consultant, Steven boasts in excess of 30 years' experience in financial services. Aside from directing our Singapore growth to new frontiers, Steven's primary short-term objective is to fully homogenise operations…
  • UK Construction: Strongest Growth for 11 Years

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    According to data from Markit, the UK's construction sector recorded a rating of 62.4 on the purchasing managers' index (PMI). Any figure above 50 indicates growth and the construction sector includes not just residential but also commercial building and civil engineering. The sector's growth beat expectations by continuing to improve strongly throughout 2014, bringing activity in the housing sector to its highest level since 2003. Conversely, last week's manufacturing PMI was disappointing, recording the slowest growth for a year, placing further importance on expansion in the construction…
  • China's Real Estate - A Market in Crisis

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After China's house prices rose dramatically through the first months of 2013, the government imposed stringent cooling measures which may have been too efficient, resulting in rapid deceleration in housing values across the country. The government initially imposed restrictions on the purchases of second and third homes, increased the amount of deposits required on property financed by mortgages and tightened credit for property developers. Measures to Cool Market Too Effective In June 2014 it was reported that among 70 major cities in China, house prices dropped in 55 of them, representing…
  • Spanish Property Sales Up 48% in 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Spanish real estate valuation and assessment specialists TINSA have released data showing that Spain's housing market is now recovering, amidst gradually improving economic conditions. House prices in Spain fell 3.03% during the year to the end of the second quarter, the lowest annual decline since the second quarter of 2008. In certain regions, Spanish house prices are beginning to increase slightly in the current quarter, with 0.15% growth recorded so far, according to the Spanish institute of statistics (INE) . Residential property transactions increased by a substantial 48% in the first…
  • NAEA First-Time Buyer Data at Odds with Industry Reports

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) claimed that just 3% of buyers in June were first-time buyers under the age of 30 in data released earlier this week. The data has now been shown to be in stark contrast to figures from property chain LSL released this morning. LSL, parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains, have said that in the six months to the end of June, there were more first-time buyers than at any time since 2007. The company reported on first-time buyer transactions after scaling up its own figures and the Halifax have also noted an increase in newcomers to the…
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  • Property Investor Confidence Returning

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    <p>Cyprus was one of the countries hardest hit by the financial downturn with the property market struggling as banks slid into crisis, eventually forcing the country to seek help from the EU and IMF in March 2013.</p> <p>The &#8364;10bn bailout also required Cyprus to wind down an insolvent bank and confiscate a slice of big deposits held at a second troubled lender. The property market reacted with prices falling by up to 20% on an annual basis between July and September in the wake of the banking crisis.</p> <p>Surging unemployment at a record 17% and a…
  • Spanish Property Sales Up 8.8% in June

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    <p>According to Spain's national statistics office (INE) , total property sales increased for the fourth consecutive month, with resale property driving the increase in transactions.</p> <p>After a 10 month long slump in house prices, the new data shows that buying interest has picked up by almost 10% with 162,591 properties being sold in the first half of 2014.</p> <p>However, over the same period in 2013, transaction levels were higher indicating that property sales in Spain for 2014 are down by 5.2%, showing that it may be too soon to herald recovery in the…
  • Mussolini's Rhodes Retreat Up For Sale

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    <p>In a secluded spot on a mountain named after the prophet Elijah on the Greek Island of Rhodes a villa was built as a retreat for Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's old age - ultimately, Mussolini saw neither the villa or old age and the property has remained unused for decades.</p> <p>Set amongst pine trees with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, the idyllic villa was constructed to the highest standard by one of Mussolini's trusted aides in 1936, Cesare Maria De Vecchi, at a time when Italy ruled the Dodecanese islands.</p> <p>Mussolini was famously executed…
  • 2014: Property Investment Trends in 5 European Cities

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    <p>All property markets have pockets of value and Europe is no different. Here we take a look at 5 of the most popular markets for overseas property investors in 2014.</p> <p> Malta : One of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries has had a huge amount of interest from foreign buyers in 2014, particular at the high-end price range. The years 2008-2013 saw falling house prices in Malta, losing around 40% in value. Before 2008 property prices increased at around 10% to 15% annually.</p> <p>European buyers lead the league table of foreign investors…
  • Ireland's Housing Shortage Most Severe in Dublin

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    <p>90,000 new homes are required over the next seven years according to a new study of the housing market in Ireland, with 86% located within the Dublin commuter belt. As with most property markets , supply and demand issues vary according to region and in Ireland the situation is no different with chronic housing shortages in some areas and surplus supply in others.</p> <p>In order to meet the current supply shortage, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) report estimates a requirement to build 12,500 homes each year to 2021.</p> <p>The main…
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  • Record Breaking Rainfall In Naples Florida

    9 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Flash Flooding Hits Naples Florida Hard! Last Monday Naples Florida received over 7" of rain in one day! The heaviest rain came between 1:00 and 2:00 PM where nearly 4" were recorded at Naples airport. This set an all-time record for rainfall, making it the wettest August day on record in Naples. This caused many major roads to close; stranded cars wrecked havoc as they lined up along the side of roads and in the middle of intersections. All available towing companies were backed up for hours trying to assist motorists that ventured out into the deluge. In some…
  • New Waterfront Listing in Naples Florida

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Contemporary Touches Throughout Royal Harbor ~ Naples Florida The Harris-Peppe Team has been selected to market this wonderful home! Fabulous opportunity to own a beautifully renovated 3 bedroom waterfront home located in one of SW Florida's premier boating communities. Move right in and enjoy the meticulous updating, the oversized and private home site offering lush landscaping, and a great location where you can walk or bike to downtown! This boater's dream includes a huge dock, a 15,000lb lift and direct gulf access. Call us today to see why we think this is one of the best…
  • Why I love Southwest Florida ~ Top 100 Reasons

    24 Jun 2014 | 1:39 pm
    ...The Countdown Continues! Earlier this month I decided to do a "Top 100 Reasons Why I Love SW Florida" blog feature---honestly, I think when I get to 100, I'll be able to do another 100! There are so many reasons to be grateful we live, work and play in this wonderful town we call 'Paradise', Naples Florida. What I am here to tell you about is what puts the REAL in real estate...those things that give our area its true value. Many are intangible, like that which I am going to post about today...   The #3 Reason Why I Love Southwest Florida: Magnificent Sunsets!    …
  • 100 Reasons Why I Love Southwest Florida

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    So Many Restaurants, So Little Time #NaplesRestaurants Reason #2 why I love SW Florida: All the fabulous restaurants! I was born in New York City...New York City has great restaurants...but, I am not afraid to say that even small town Naples rivals the Big Apple in great places to eat! I think one could go out every night of the week for a year and never hit the same place twice! In the past month,  Chip and I have gone out to eat twice, both times trying a new place we had never dined at before, and both times being completely smitten with the food, the service and the…
  • 100 Reasons Why I Love Southwest Florida

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    100 Reasons Why I Love SW Florida     For those of you who have 'followed' me for awhile, you know that over the years I have been a much more active blogger than this past year or so...Blogging is easy when you're going through an economic downturn, but when you're busy selling, who has the time? Well, I know I've said this before, but I am really going to try to post more often. Recently someone told me I should start a Naples Photo Blog--this person didn't even know that photography is a hobby and one of my most favorite creative outlets...I am taking it into consideration…
 
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    Secure Real Estate Phoenix

  • Arizona Retirement Communities – Scottsdale Retirement Communities vs. Chandler Retirement Communities

    Charlie Allred
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Recently, I’ve had several clients asking me about living in Arizona retirement communities and Scottsdale retirement communities in particular.  Tons of my clients are from out of state and looking for a Scottsdale home to call theirs for the winter.  I love helping these clients find a second home, here in Scottsdale, basically a Scottsdale retirement home! Some of these clients looking for their Arizona retirement community think that Scottsdale will be too expensive, I’m here to show you homes that are available in Scottsdale retirement communities that are very affordable!
  • Scottsdale Real Estate News: What No One is Talking About

    Charlie Allred
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    Scottsdale real estate, well Phoenix real estate for that matter, has had a slower year during 2014 than in 2013.   When I speak with Scottsdale homeowners, they are generally very concerned about the fact that the Scottsdale real estate market has slowed, my response is always positive, things are moving in the right direction and prices are stable.  It is taking longer to sell Scottsdale homes and less are selling.  However, I’m going to take a closer look at the Scottsdale real estate numbers in this article to prove the market is moving in the right direction. Scottsdale Real…
  • Phoenix Real Estate Market Report

    Charlie Allred
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I have been describing the Phoenix real estate market as “sludgy” for several months.  The July 2014 Phoenix real estate numbers are showing the market slowing a bit.  Let’s talk about the numbers below. New Listings in Phoenix Real Estate The number of new listings (homes newly for sale in Phoenix) is down, we are lower than the 5 year average.  There were 8,114 new listings in July, the 5 year average is 9,350 new listings.  I see this statistic as a positive statistic because if too many new listings come on the market and homes not selling all that quickly, the…
  • Old Town Scottsdale : The Guide to Old Town Scottsdale

    Charlie Allred
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    In writing my last post about Old Town Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale homes, what to expect in the homes, I started thinking about how a big picture article was necessary about Old Town Scottsdale.  I started researching what the main Scottsdale visitors sites said, and oh my was I overwhelmed! It was so nitty gritty, I mean how many articles about Old Town Scottsdale do I want to read before visiting? Plus, have you ever visited another city (i’m sure you have) and read books (I did when we went to Spain), then on the day of the visit somewhere, I couldn’t remember the exact details…
  • Old Town Scottsdale: Things to Know Before Moving to Old Town Scottsdale

    Charlie Allred
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    In full disclosure, I live in Old Town Scottsdale and of course love Old Town Scottsdale.  Whenever a potential buyer calls me about moving to Old Town Scottsdale, central Scottsdale* or South Scottsdale, there are a few things I make sure they know about the homes in the area prior to going out and looking at a new Old Town Scottsdale home for them. Much of the time, these home buyers are moving to Old Town Scottsdale to be close to all the great amenities, which is originally what brought me to the area 11 years ago from the suburbs (well Tempe, AZ).  I love eating out (my favorite…
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  • Sunday Open Houses August 3, 2014 & July Market Report

    greenwichstreets
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:49 am
      Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, August 3, 2014 There are 28 Open Houses starting with 3 rentals from $8,000 to $10,500 per month. The Open Houses range in price from $449,900 to $4,595,000. There are plenty of homes to see in every price point. Look closely at the times as they vary.  You can use the interactive map to plan your route. Please click here for the interactive map. The static map is below. Thanks to Rob Pulitano for preparing the list of Open Houses and the interactive map and to Pam Toner for the hot links and the Word document attached. You can see my weekly Market…
  • Sunset at Greenwich Point

    greenwichstreets
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    A beautiful sunset at Greenwich Point across from the Innis Arden Cottage
  • 29 Open Houses on Sunday, 7/27/14

    greenwichstreets
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    There are 29 Open Houses starting with 30 Sherwood Ave which is for rent $12,000 per month, or sale for $2,500,000.   The  highest priced single family home Open House is $6,400,000 on Club Road in Riverside. There are plenty of homes to see in every price point. Look closely at the times as they vary.  You can use the interactive map to plan your route. Please click here for the interactive map. The static map is below.           Address Town Price Time Broker 30 Sherwood Avenue Greenwich $12,500 1-4 PM Berkshire Hathaway 171 Putnam Park #171 Greenwich $425,000…
  • Greenwich Real Estate Market Report Part II – Average Price Now $3MM

    greenwichstreets
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    First Half Market Supply and Demand in Greenwich, CT           Greenwich Inventory vs. Sales [You can see Part I of this report at GreenwichStreets.com.] Comparing the percentage of each price range sold to the inventory in that price range is another way of looking at demand in that price range and it also shows you how each price range compares to the overall market. If you look at the inventory pie chart you can see that the under $1,000,000 market in Greenwich only has 8% of the market; it’s three tiny little sliver at the top right of the chart. Look at sales for the same…
  • 43 Open Houses in Greenwich, CT on Sunday 7/19/14

    greenwichstreets
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, July 20, 2014   There are 43 Open Houses this Sunday from $$610,000 right across the street from the park on Pemberwick Road, to $7,200,000 on Mayfair Lane off of Pecksland Road.  Both of these properties are in the Glenville Elementary & Western Middle School District.   There is much to see from new construction at 7 Oakwood Lane for $6.495M, 20 Carpenters Brook Lane for $4.1M or 2 Meadow Place for $4.2M to classic vintage homes such as 349 Sound Beach Ave built in 1925 and listed for $3.575M & the convenient “in-town” gem, 10 Maher Ave…
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  • Reaching Out is On-going at The Management Trust

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    It was 9:00 am on Thursday morning, and our Tustin office was already operating in high gear! Nearly 100 employee owners from our Southern California offices had gathered together to partner with Stop Hunger Now in assembling nearly 40,000 packages of food!                       Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other life-saving aid to people in developing nations. Founded in 1998, it has mobilized over 450,000 volunteers to send more than…
  • Emphatic Empathy, and why the Perception of a Problem is a Problem in the Customer Service Industry

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Recently I was booking a flight for a visit to one of our divisions when I encountered a problem with the airline’s website. Unable to complete my ticket purchase, I was instructed to call customer service. I spent about 5 minutes following the instructions of the auto-attendant to press certain buttons to access certain menus. I finally gave up and started pressing “0” repeatedly until I was patched through to a “customer satisfaction” representative. After another 5 minutes of waiting on hold and being forced to listen to that god-awful, overly-processed electronica music, I was…
  • Casual For A Cause

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
             As one of our recurring Community Outreach projects, The Management Trust–Transpacific designates two months during the year as “Casual for a Cause” months. For those months, our employee owners are able to donate $2 for every day they choose to dress casually. The resulting funds are then donated to a charity or organizational need. June is our first “Casual for a Cause” month for 2014 and we have chosen to support the Wounded Warrior Project®. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) strives to honor and empower our Wounded Warriors and help…
  • Inspiring Each Other Through Taking The Journey

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:55 pm
      At the beginning of 2014 The Management Trust released a new mission statement: "To Inspire Each Other to Take Ownership of Our Potential" Now we have asked our employee-owners to submit their reflections on how this mission statement applies to them and their jobs. The sixth entry is posted here. If this resonates with you let us know by leaving a comment at the end of the article!   Inspiring Each Other Through Taking The Journey by Carla Hanchett, Division Assistant to V.P. of AccountingThe Management Trust-Northwest   Scene (My daughter is hurriedly searching the house…
  • Inspiring Each Other Through Leading By Example

    26 May 2014 | 11:24 pm
      At the beginning of 2014 The Management Trust released a new mission statement: "To Inspire Each Other to Take Ownership of Our Potential" Now we have asked our employee-owners to submit their reflections on how this mission statement applies to them and their jobs. The fifth entry is posted here. If this resonates with you let us know by leaving a comment at the end of the article!   Inspiring Each Other Through Leading By Example by Bill Sorenson, A/R SpecialistThe Management Trust-CDC   I nominate my bosses as inspiration:  Ron Rice, Steve Stepleton and Craig…
 
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    The Inside Edge

  • Guide To Renovations & Extensions

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    According to uktv.co.uk, around 25% of all home renovation projects end up going over budget. As a homeowner, you are obviously keen to add as much value as possible to your property when selling it but there are a number of things you need to consider. 5 Things You Need To Look Out For Planning Permission: Once your project goes beyond a certain scale (see legal considerations below), it will be necessary to get planning permission. This can be a time consuming process and it also costs around £1,000. DIY Pitfalls: Legally, you need to be qualified to complete certain DIY jobs such as…
  • Mortgage matters – buying a home, have you got everything in order?

    admin
    2 May 2014 | 11:03 am
    Buying a house can be a challenging affair and it can take years to save up enough money to get on the property ladder. Once you do have a deposit at the ready – and have an adequate credit rating – there are still various things to consider. Purchasing a home that’s not right for you and your circumstances can lead to a number of problems down the line, so it really is a good idea to approach the market sensibly, armed with a detailed knowledge of it. Services like Experian Mortgage Matters can provide you with in-depth advice about your options when it comes to mortgages. One of…
  • Choosing a flat for rental investment

    admin
    1 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    Investment in Buy to Let properties has become a popular strategy in the UK for those developing a portfolio either for income or as a retirement investment.  Compared with other investments property is seen as relatively risk as property prices only go in one direction over the long term yet the return on investment is competitive and steady over time.   Those building investment portfolios often start with smaller properties such as flats, for which there is strong demand at the lower end of the housing market for singles, coupe sand sharers who have yet to buy a property of their own.
  • Tips for finding the best mortgage

    admin
    9 Feb 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Getting on the property ladder is not easy these days, especially for younger people and first-time buyers. There’s plenty to think about when looking for the right house, let alone finding the right mortgage with so many different mortgage options out there.  When thinking of buying a house, shopping around for a mortgage is extremely important; without properly researching what’s out there, buyers risk signing a deal that may not be in their best interests, and could end up paying more. Before you even start looking to get a mortgage you should always make sure that you are aware of…
  • The top five UK retirement hotspots

    admin
    12 Jan 2014 | 9:30 am
    After a long hard life of working and bringing up kids, all most of us want from our retirement is a little bit of the good life. Some nice views, friendly neighbours and plenty of opportunities for day trips and activities are all we ask for from a retirement property – in addition to top class facilities, high end fixtures and great staff. If you’re looking for the perfect destination for your golden years, here are five of the best spots in the country for the older and more discerning members of our nation. North Yorkshire With breathtaking views, picturesque villages and friendly…
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    Harmony News Now

  • 19 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm

    Harmony Homes
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Summer is ending and it is back to school we go! While the summer was fun and exciting we thought it would be helpful to put together some “back to school safety tips and reminders” to keep everyone out of trouble and aware. Before children get back into the swing of riding the bus, walking to school or riding with a friend be sure to go over a few safety rules, just as a reminder: When walking to school make sure there is a safe route with sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards. Make sure you know the route that your children are taking and remind them never to talk with strangers…
  • Daybreak Spotlight

    Harmony Homes
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Daybreak’s location at the base of Sunrise Mountain has become one of Harmony Homes’ most sought after communities. Thanks to its low prices, high value and impressive views of the Las Vegas Valley, the interest in this “dream home” community is outstanding. Daybreak is in a great location for families looking for amenities like parks, golf courses, schools and shopping. Las Vegas High School and East Career & Technical Academy are just down the street. Daybreak is close enough for convenience but far enough for quiet, safe living. Daybreak features three floor plans ranging from…
  • How About Solar Panels?

    Harmony Homes
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    How do you determine if solar panels are right for your home? Or better yet, how do you determine if your home is right for solar panels?  There are many factors put in place to determine if solar panels will be useful and beneficial for your home. The first is the size of your roof. The more space to put panels, the better. Solar panels work best if your roof is east or west facing, if there is little shade and if you have a more open, flat roof. It also depends on the location of your home. Location quality is determined by two major factors: shading and geographical placement. Living in…
  • Monsoon Season in the Desert

    Harmony Homes
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    “Rain, rain go away. Come again some other day” is not something we have learned to sing as residents of the desert! However, many people who are not from Las Vegas do not fully understand monsoon season! Monsoons are a shift in wind direction, which causes excessive rainfall in many parts of the world. The primary mechanism behind a monsoon is a shift in global wind patterns. Starting in late May/Early June and ending in early September, the air gets so hot that it tries to share energy with the cold upper atmosphere. The sun warms up the deserts in the southwestern U.S. and northwestern…
  • Benefits of Living in Las Vegas

    Harmony Homes
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Many people think of Las Vegas and only see the strip. Residing here is not what most people would think. The Las Vegas Strip is a great benefit for entertainment and activities but Residential areas in Lake Las Vegas, Henderson and Summerlin has many other benefits. Entertainment: Las Vegas is arguably “The Entertainment Capital of the World” and people come all over for the food, shows, conventions and events. Living here means attending all of the exciting “happenings” without travel expenses. Schools: Green Valley Ranch High School was recently voted one of the top high schools in…
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  • Bonterra Builders Presents Verdict Ridge – Full Motion Video Tour

    AVT
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Bonterra Builders is proud to bring you this video of Verdict Ridge located in Denver, NC. Video by AVT Marketing / Amazing Video Tours Check out the full motion real estate video here:  Check out the Photos by clicking here! Video Script: Bonterra Builders welcomes you to Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club is located on the quiet, west side of Lake Norman in Denver, NC.  Verdict Ridge is just 20 miles from uptown Charlotte and is considered by many to be one of the best golf courses in the area.  Other amenities in Verdict Ridge include swimming, tennis and clubhouse complete with…
  • Niblock Homes Presents The Stratford Video Virtual Tour and Photos

    AVT
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:39 pm
    The Stratford by Niblock Homes is a two story floor plan that offers approximately 2845 square feet of heated living area with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is currently available in Laural Park in Concord, NC; in Kensington Forest in Harrisburg, NC; The Gates at Waterside Crossing in West Lake Norman; and Holly Brook in Moorsville, NC. You can see many photos of the Stratford by clicking the link below You can see many photos of the Stratford by clicking here Please check out the full motion video tour of the Stratford below. Niblock Homes would love to have you tour The Stratford or any of…
  • Video Virtual Tour and Photos of The Aspen By Niblock Homes

    AVT
    13 Feb 2014 | 9:55 am
    The Aspen by Niblock Homes is a two story floor plan that offers approximately 2834 square feet of heated living area with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is currently available in Laural Park in Concord, NC; in Kensington Forest in Harrisburg, NC; The Gates at Waterside Crossing in West Lake Norman; Ashlyn Creek and Holly Brook in Moorsville, NC. You can see many photos of the Aspen by clicking here Please check out the full motion video tour of the Aspen below. Niblock Homes would love to have you tour The Aspen or any of their other wonderful models in any of their neighborhoods. For more…
  • Website Designed for R.R. Equipment in Lancaster, SC

    AVT
    18 Dec 2013 | 9:15 am
    As a long time video customer, I was really happy to have the chance to also develop the new website for R.R. Equipment in Lancaster, SC.   At the time we shot the Rebel Crusher video in mid 2012, RR had a web development company that had been working on a custom website for them for months, and kept promising big things. Fast forward to over a year later.  RR was still waiting for their custom site.  The website development company was headed by a great guy with great intentions, but as of September 2013, RR still had only seen a mock up of a single page site, and it had been so long…
  • Another Charlotte NC area Website Developed for Lake Wylie Realty

    AVT
    11 Dec 2013 | 2:55 pm
    With over 60 years of combined real estate experience, David McCorkle and Don Stephens of LKW Realty (Lake Wylie Realty) have sold more waterfront homes on Lake Wylie than anyone else. I was thrilled when they formed LKW Realty and came to me to do their website.  They wanted a site that would not only showcase their listings, but provide an easy methodology to search all the available waterfront listings on the lake. They also wanted to be able to write content about specific neighborhoods, and a way for the site to automatically show all the current listings available in each neighborhood…
 
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    Hermann London Realtors

  • July Closed Sales

    STLRealtor
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Another great month of closed sales at Hermann London! Priya Soni sold 10 Hidden Hills Dr in St. Charles. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home sold fast, as do most homes for sale in St. Charles! This home is nestled in the Francis Howell School District and is close to all the shopping, restaurants and conveniences of St. Charles. Priya sold this home with Keller Williams Realty West. Great work! Amy Gordon leased 709 Sugar Mound Ct in Ballwin. This 2 story home has four bedrooms and 4 baths and is located in Parkway C-2 school district. This home is in the heart of Ballwin near Big Bend and 141. Amy…
  • Market Watch Q2 2014

    STLRealtor
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Second Quarter Market Watch Report 2014 The Market Watch Report for the 2nd quarter of 2014 has recently been released. Below see the statistics at a glance. St. Louis County Compared to a year ago, the median sale price of a home in St. Louis County is up 3.0% from last year to $170,000. The average sale price of a home in St. Louis County is also up +6.2 to $234,989. However, the number of closed sales has decreased 6.8% to 3,821 from the same quarter of last year, however compared to the 1st quarter of 2014, closed sales are up by 1,541. St. Charles County The median home sales price in…
  • Lake St. Louis Home for Sale

    STLRealtor
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Your Dream Home Awaits! 2088 Hawks Landing Dr, Lake St Louis 63367-1839 Enjoy the trees and beautiful pastoral view from your screen porch & patio of this stunning home. Inside the home, the Entry opens to the Din & Liv Rooms which are complete w/ elegant Fireplace, impressive pillars, & gleaming upgraded wood flooring. Upgraded Kitchen with maple cabinetry & octagon Breakfast Room … and of course, the 3 bedrooms, 2 Baths on the main level.. set this home apart. The expansive & secluded Master Suite has a bay window showcasing the tranquil view, plus, 3 closets…
  • Maryland Heights Condo for Sale

    STLRealtor
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Don’t Miss Your New Home! 13822 Amiot #B, St Louis 63146-3675 Great Location! Spacious 2 Bedroom Ground Level Condo backing to open Common Ground and Trees. Open Floor plan with all Appliances included. Private Pool and Trail Access to Creve Coeur Park. Ready for your finishing touches! Listing Price: $112,000 Contact Gregory Gibson at 636-577-5092. Search All Area Properties Search Foreclosures Check out St. Louis County! The county is conveniently located just outside the city. You can experience all the joys of the city, but be able to drive home to a quiet suburban lifestyle when…
  • Creve Coeur Home for Sale

    STLRealtor
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Great Place to Call Home! 55 Willowyck Ct, Creve Coeur 63146 Walk into this light filled open airy floor plan with vaulted ceilings adding volume to the space. The entry has new pergo that flows to the dining area and kitchen also. Kitchen has a box window w/garden view, hidden foot warmer, plenty of wood cabinetry, granite counter tops w/breakfast bar, newer black appliances w/range, micro wave. The living room is on the upper loft area w/sliding doors to a newly stained double deck. The master bed at upper level both has a shower, adult height vanity and mirrored closet doors, the second…
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    Eurobrix Blog

  • How to add value to your home with eco upgrades

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:14 am
    Eco-friendly properties appeal to the conscience of more environmentally-minded homeowners (of which the numbers are swiftly rising with the widespread recognition of climate change). Whilst doing this, they actually save you money as well. Therefore, if you're considering selling your home in the near future, some of these eco-friendly upgrades could be a guaranteed way to boost your home value. Solar Power Solar power isn't cheap. That is to say, it's relatively expensive to install, even if you do use someone like Mark Group for the installation. However, the money you'll stand to save…
  • What to consider when buying property abroad

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Finding a house to call your own far away on foreign shores sounds like a dream come true for many people. But it goes without saying that doing so is likely to be one of the biggest investments you ever make in your life, and ought to be done very carefully. If you want to join the thousands of people year on year who buy a place abroad then here are some things to consider first. Choose Carefully Start out by choosing the right estate agent for you, checking their history as well as their fees. It will pay to take time to explore overseas properties yourself in person, rather than studying…
  • Property Investment: Why Now Might Be the Right Time to Downsize

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    We’re half way through the property market year, and many are claiming that property prices are so excessively high that they might throw the country’s economy back into a recession. With this being the case, you might ask – if you’re a home owner – whether now could be the right time to cut your losses and downsize to something a little bit more manageable. Now if you know anything about finance or investment, you might question the logic of this strategy, but there’s a method to the madness. Here’s just a few of the reasons it makes sense. The…
  • Smooth Moves Guide

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Moving house is an exciting step in your life but it isn’t an easy task. The British consider a house move to be the third most stressful thing they ever did in their life, especially as the conveyancing process can be nerve-wrecking. Conveyancing is the transference of ownership from one person to another. While it is possible to deal with the conveyancing process yourself, many people prefer consulting a solicitor or a reputable conveyancing specialist such as Saga to make sure that the move can go as smoothly as possible without any unnecessary delays. Some of the services a…
  • The UK Housing Market and Exploring Options Overseas

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    House prices in the UK are growing exponentially. When this is combined with an increase in the cost of living, it creates difficult living conditions for many residents. The average price of a house in this country has rocketed to £186,512, and this rise in price is a threat to the UK economy. Property Abroad For many homeowners in the UK this is leading them to sell their property and move overseas. This is so that they can move to a country where they can easily afford a property and release some of the capital from their home. In addition, moving to affordable areas in Europe may…
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    South Florida Law Blog

  • South Florida residents served with second foreclosure nightmare years after home is taken

    OppenheimLaw
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    The following article featuring excerpts by Roy Oppenheim, Oppenheim Law was originally posted in the Palm Beach Post and written by Kimberly Miller. By Kim Miller Hundreds of South Florida residents are facing new foreclosure ramifications as banks seek to collect on the unpaid mortgage debt from homes that were lost years before. In a month-long period beginning June 1, about 110 so-called deficiency judgments were filed against Palm Beach County homeowners by a Texas-based debt collection company called Dyck O’Neal. The same firm filed more than 300 cases in Broward County and nearly 200…
  • Tricky Dick 2.0 – The art of buying and selling deficiency judgements

    OppenheimLaw
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, Dyck-O’Neals 25 years as a debt collector and Oppenheim Laws blog. As we commenorate the 40th anniversary of  President Nixon’s resignation,  it came to me, that these days we are dealing  with a new form of  ‘bait and switch.”  Here’s an “In the Trenches” point of  view  that I’d like opinions on and why it  makes sense to call this blog: “Tricky Dick 2.0.” So as more and more real estate clients keep coming in and telling us that they are being sued by a guy named…
  • A Cautionary Tale to Foreclosure Bidders on the Auction Block

    OppenheimLaw
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    The majority of the proceeds from a foreclosure sale recently ended up in an unlikely set of hands.  Out of the $184,000 winning bid placed at a Miami foreclosure sale in March 2013, a surplus of $99,500 existed after the foreclosing mortgage holder’s judgment was satisfied. The debt that was paid by the sale was for a second mortgage. The question faced in this situation is who should be entitled to the remaining $99,500? There are three possibilities: the winning bidder, the first mortgage holder, or the homeowner that was foreclosed upon.  At the trial level, the Court decided that the…
  • Dyck-O’Neal, Inc., – Reviving the Homeowner Foreclosure Nightmare with Deficiency Judgment Lawsuits

    OppenheimLaw
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Dyck-O’Neal, Inc., The Revival of the Homeowner Foreclosure Nightmare with the Use of Deficiency Judgment Lawsuits   A Brief Recap on the New Deficiency Judgment Deadlines As I have explained in my previous blog posts and YouTube videos, July 1st 2014 was a key date in terms of deficiency judgments.  If a bank had a foreclosure judgment entered in their favor at any time prior to June 30th, 2013 and the bank desired to file a lawsuit against the homeowner seeking a deficiency judgment, the deficiency judgment suit must be have been filed before July 1st, 2014. After July 1, 2014,…
  • Dodd-Frank Stalls Home Seller-Financing

    OppenheimLaw
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (or simply “Dodd-Frank”) was passed in 2010.  The passage of this Act was in effort to prevent the recurrence of the events that caused the 2008 financial crisis. The act also implements regulations that ultimately seek to create a greater certainty that borrowers can repay their home loans. The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) was established to implement and enforce the Dodd-Frank rules in the mortgage industry. The CFPB regulations implementing Dodd-Frank went into effect on January 10, 2014 and…
 
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    First Home, First Loan » Stephen Katz

  • Real Estate Report – The AftermathAugust 12, 2014

    Stephen Katz
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
      Stephen Katz 800 Johnson Ferry Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30342 Stephen@KatzMortgageTeam.com NMLS ID: 69623 Calculate a mortgage payment Compare the cost of owning versus renting What if I Pay More Every Month? August 12, 2014 The Aftermath We have had a week to consider the barrage of data released during the last week of the month and the first days of August. The markets were very volatile during this period with the Dow moving from record territory by mid-July to a 2.5% loss in one week and negative territory for the year as of August 1. Other markets moved as well during this period as…
  • You and your real estate agent should be prepared

    Stephen Katz
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    It is important to follow all the steps in the correct order when considering purchasing a house. Inventory is currently tight, which means the market is good for sellers, and a little bit more difficult for buyers. In this market buyers have to be on top of their game when choosing a house; if they wait to make an offer, chances are the house will be gone and under contract with someone else. The proper steps to purchasing a house are to meet with the lender that you are comfortable with. If you don’t have one, speak to a Realtor first and they can direct you to a trustworthy lender. I…
  • Smart Tips for First Time Homebuyers

    Stephen Katz
    9 May 2014 | 10:58 am
    As a first time homebuyer, it’s important to take the time to research and plan every step of the home buying process. From confirming that you are financially ready down to making the final offer, here are a few things to keep in mind that may help you along the way. 1. Get (and Stay) Organized You’ll need to gather your financial information to get started. Collect pay stubs, bank statements, W-2s, and any other financial information for the past two years. This will allow for your financial statements to be readily available when you meet with your lending officer. It’s also a good…
  • Professional Moving and Packing-Tips

    Stephen Katz
    6 May 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Aside from it being spring cleaning season, it’s also moving season. At the end of the school year, everyone is scrambling to move and get settled. I jokingly call it “Christmas Season” for professional organizers. Why? Because you don’t know what you are getting yourself into when you arrive to unpack and set up a house. Bad packing and lack of planning can cost you hours in your move process. If you are hiring movers and organizers to unpack you, it could get expensive. Here are some helpful tips for moving in an efficient manner: 1. Pack like with like. 2. Clearly label…
  • The Prequalification and Preapproval Processes

    Stephen Katz
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Prequalification begins when you speak with a loan originator who calculates your debt ratios to find out how much money you can afford to borrow and repay. Before you make your call to a loan originator, you’ll need to be ready to answer the following questions: How much money do you make every month? How’s your credit? How much money do you have available for a down payment and closing costs? Calculating Debt Ratios Prequalification is first determined by calculating a debt ratio. To do so, the loan originator will take your gross monthly income, estimate a mortgage payment then add any…
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    Virtual Tour Software ~ Virtual Tour Company

  • RTV Launches T4 - Top Tier Tour Track Program!

    Jason LaVanture
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    RTV, Inc is proud to officially announce the start of our Tour Tier Tour Track Program that will be called T4.  T4 utilizes only the very best professional photographers within the RTV photography network to acquire national accounts that are seeking the highest quality photography and that are willing to pay a higher fee for such a service.T4 will have many requirements and will also be a limited opportunity within the RTV network. To apply for T4 status start off by attending our short webinar this Thursday (8-21-14) evening at 7:00 PM Eastern. Please check your email for an email…
  • Never Stop Learning

    Jason Stringham
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    It is easy to get caught up in the day in and day out of life. Paying the bills demands so much of our time and energy, that we begin to set aside our own professional and personal growth.Most of the professional photographers I know, and believe me I know a lot of them, picked up a camera as a hobby first. I have seen it a thousand times, it is like they have a new love relationship. They pine for their camera when they aren't shooting. They voraciously seek out tips and new techniques as they seek to master their new love. They begin to dream of how great would be to be able to make a…
  • Your Virtual Tour Checklist

    Jason LaVanture
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    A stunning virtual tour can be a great tool for anyone who’s promoting a real estate property, or just about any type of business. And like many creative endeavors, there are nearly as many ways to make a virtual tour as there are types of 360 virtual tours you can make. However, there’s a basic formula you can follow to create a powerful and effective virtual tour that will help you sell what you’re promoting.Whether you’re a virtual tour provider just starting out, or a real estate agent or business owner who’s never made a virtual tour but would like to learn more, these steps…
  • Are Real Estate Virtual Tours Still Effective?

    Jason LaVanture
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Just as with every marketing tool, opinions on the effectiveness of real estate virtual tours are divided. While some believe that a great virtual tour still does more to attract potential buyers and increase visibility for a listing than more traditional real estate marketing strategies, others suspect the virtual tour has started to lose ground with property buyers.Opponents of real estate virtual tours often claim they’re a waste of time, and that good quality photos of a property will work just as well—and further, it all gets lost in the sea of digital noise that the Internet has…
  • Apartment Photography & Virtual Tours with RTV

    Jason LaVanture
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Choosing an apartment or a condo to rent is an important decision—and the more information you can give prospective renters, the more likely you’ll be to get your lease signed. If you are a real estate agent, property owner, or virtual tour service provider, don’t overlook creating virtual tours for rental properties like apartments, town homes, and condominiums.Why should you create virtual tours for apartments?Most people who are looking to rent an apartment are just like home buyers in that they want a place to call home, where they’ll be comfortable and happy. Whether they’re…
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    Waterfront Properties in Jupiter | Real Estate Blog

  • SURROUNDED BY WATER

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Whether you are a boating enthusiast, enjoy sunbathing, snorkeling, fishing or even building sand castles, you have probably dreamed of owning property on the water—no matter if your vessel of choice is a deep-draft sailboat, flats boat or kayak. The boating paradise from around the country that is worth considering is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with great access to the water, local boating amenities and variety of waterfront real estate. Fort Lauderdale, Florida has lots of waterways and beaches for all the fun wet activities. If you are new to the area or visit South Florida often, it is…
  • 2nd Quarter 2014 LOCAL MARKET UPDATE

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
      The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches releases statistics of all aspects of residential and commercial sales in our area.   The organization released the following statement:     “The second quarter of every year is historically the busiest quarter of the entire real estate season; however due to a recovered economy, the second quarter of this year has set a brand new precedent in the single family homes category.  Townhomes and condos also had a strong showing, but inventory isn’t high enough to produce record setting closed sales.  The high demand to live in one of the…
  • WAHOO TECHNIQUE

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The raw speed and pack mentality is what makes Wahoo so popular. Wahoo are capable of speeds up to 60 mph, they have teeth as sharp as razors and they fight hard! They also rate A+ on the grill. Add all these factors together and you come up with a species that deserves your desire. Are you ready to set your sights on wahoo? Then take note of some wahoo-catching tips gathered by local anglers in South Florida.Rig up your wahoo baits with several feet of single strand 80-120 test wire leader. Use the right colors on the rubber skirts when you rig the large ballyhoo, wahoo are very color…
  • "I DO" CAMPAIGN

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The Wildlife Foundation of Florida encourages everyone to purchase a fishing license, one of the most effective ways to invest in Florida's future. The $17 fee for a fishing license is really an investment that keeps fishing alive and well in Florida. The fee goes directly to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which is required by law to use those dollars strictly for fishing programs.There is a New TrophyCatch website called “I Do” Campaign. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) staff was at the world largest tackle trade show, ICAST, when it came to…
  • WINE & ALL THAT JAZZ!

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Wine & All That Jazz is one of Boca Raton’s largest wine tasting parties, held in August every year, where you can treat yourself to more than 100 fine wine tasting and delectable food provided by the finest restaurants around, a VIP room with live entertainment, music, dancing an exciting drawing prizes. It is a signature event for Boca Chamber Festival Days, a series of city-wide events organized by Boca Chamber, where non-profits and businesses team up to create extraordinary events for the entire community. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chasity…
 
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    Maine Real Estate Blog

  • Maine Home Sales Increase 14.02 Percent In June

    LegacySIR
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    SOUTH PORTLAND (July 22, 2014)—Increased inventory and low interest rates fueled Maine’s home sales in June. According to Maine Listings, REALTORS report 1,513 single-family existing home sales last month—a rise of 14.02 percent compared to one year ago. The June median sales price (MSP) increased 0.54 percent to $185,000. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less. The National Association of REALTORS reports that, nationally, the number of single-family existing home sales decreased 2.9 percent and the national median sales price increased 4.5%…
  • 2014 Corporate Relocation Information

    LegacySIR
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    So your job asked you to relocate by Atlas Van Lines
  • Brian Wickenden Joins the Camden Office of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Senior Vice President and Office Manager

    LegacySIR
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    Camden, Maine (June 24, 2014)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company,today announced that long time Camden resident Brian Wickenden joined its Camden, Maine real estate office as a Senior Vice President and Office Manager. Brian, a graduate of Davidson College (B.A.) and Wake Forest University (M.B.A.), has been a consistently strong market producer in Knox and Waldo Counties. Brian is the current President of the Coastal Mountain Council of the Mid-coast Board of REALTORS®. Having spent a lifetime in Camden and the surrounding…
  • Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Luxembourg

    LegacySIR
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:36 am
    MADISON, N.J., and LUXEMBOURG (June 17, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Luxembourg Real Estate Partners S.A. has joined its network and now will do business as Luxembourg Sotheby’s International Realty. The firm, which is managed by Philippe Vermast, serves the high-end real estate market in Luxembourg and surrounding towns. The Sotheby’s International Realty® network now has approximately 150 offices across Europe, Middle East and Africa with the addition of Luxembourg Sotheby’s International Realty. “Our expansion into Luxembourg…
  • Taste of the Nation at Fort Williams Park

    LegacySIR
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
    Taste of the Nation events are the foundation and the most successful culinary benefit driving the funds and awareness needed to build a local network dedicated to the mission of no kid hungry. Held each summer, Taste of the Nation is a one-of-a-kind event bringing together the state’s best chefs, microbrewers, wine and spirit purveyors to create this unique sellout event in their efforts to end childhood hunger. The creativity and generosity of Maine’s award-winning culinary community make Taste of the Nation the most successful fundraising event in Maine and a powerful example…
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    ExpertView Blog

  • Inner West – Melbourne Real Estate’s Best Kept Secret

    realestateview.com.au
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:38 pm
    It seems that the inner-west may well be Melbourne’s next untapped real estate gold mine. Recent house price growth in inner-western suburbs suggests home buyers are finally catching onto Melbourne... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Guest Blogger Guidelines

    realestateview.com.au
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    The realestateVIEW.com.au Expert View blog provides expert views and insights on real estate and  the property market. The blog is authored by a series of experts who work in the property industry... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Baby Boomer Housing & Lifestyle Infographic

    realestateview.com.au
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Within the real estate industry, Baby boomers are often touted as one of Australia’s most prosperous generations – living longer than previous generations, retiring later, and commonly labelled as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Baby boomers say young property buyers have it toughest

    Petra Sprekos
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Baby boomers hit by affordability and tough property market Despite buying property during the late 1980s and early 1990s when interest rates reached 17%, more than half of baby boomers (55%) believe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • INVESTMENT HOUSING CONTINUES TO GROW

    realestateview.com.au
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Courtesy of the REIV The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says the latest housing finance figures released by the  Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reflect a stabilising market. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Century 21 Alliance Realty - THE Gail Spada TEAM

  • PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Great Outdoors

    Gail Spada
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the US that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess of $55 billion this year. From the kitchen to the great outdoors, and everywhere in between, your home has some expected and unexpected hazards that Fido and Tiger may encounter. Hazards in the Great Outdoors: Plants and pets aren’t always a perfect combination. A surprising number of plants, including landscape and houseplant favorites, are toxic and even lethal if your…
  • PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Garage and Basement

    Gail Spada
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess of $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about…
  • PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Bedroom and Living Room

    Gail Spada
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the…
  • PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Bathroom and Laundry Room

    Gail Spada
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:22 am
    If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the…
  • PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME

    Gail Spada
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:34 am
    If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the…
 
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    Tri Cities Real Estate News & Views

  • Waggin Wheels Yard Sale In ACRG Bomb Shelter Kennewick, WA

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    On Saturday, August 23 come and check out the “Waggin WheelsYard Sale“ at 1800 E 7th Avenue in Kennewick, Washington from: 8:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Details of the Waggin Wheels Yard Sale The event is a joint project of the Benton Franklin Humane Society and Atomic City Rollergirls so come support these two great organizations and avail great deals The proceeds from this fund raising event will benefit the shelters homeless animals and girls who need to skate. There will be a pre-sale on August 22 from 5:00 to 8:00 in the evening with a $5.00 donation. For more…
  • Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    On Saturday, August 23 from 11:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon check out Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard in Benton City, Washington for the Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime event. More about Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime Begin at Terra Blanca Winery, stopover either Benton City/Red Mountain or Prosser wineries, and finish at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center. Sample wines at wineries on your route using your event wine glass and pick up clues to the crime. Solve the crime and have a chance to win a…
  • 7th Annual Jazz and Wine Festival, Walla Walla Washington

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    On August 22, 23 and 24 everyone is invited to the 7th Annual Jazz and Wine Festival at the Three Rivers Winery located in 5641 W Hi-way 12 in Walla Walla, Washington. About the 7th Annual Jazz and Wine Festival The festival is a benefit for the Friends of Children of Walla Walla. It is a three-day event that will feature The Jenny Finn Orchestra, based in Portland, Oregon. The group will be playing the vintage swing jazz of the 20′s-30′s with a unique blend of sophisticated vocal harmonies, hot jazz lead guitar, and sweet violin and accordion colors all served up with a sizzling rhythm…
  • A Mid Summer Nights Dream Garden Party In Kennewick, Washington

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Looking for a place to go on a Saturday night in Kennewick? You may check out Badger Mountain Vineyard on August 23 for their A Mid Summer Nights Dream Garden Party happening at 7:30 in the evening. More about A Mid Summer Nights Dream Garden PartyThe event promises an enchanted evening of fine local wines with those perfectly paired small bites. Whats more it is a benefit for the Mid-Columbia Ballet. Admission is $100.00. By supporting the Mid-Columbia Ballet, guests are ensured that the only pre-professional ballet company in the Mid-Columbia Region will continue to grow and sustain their…
  • Steak and Cigar Night At Chandler Reach Vineyards Benton City, WA

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Everyone is invited to come and join “Steak and Cigar Night” on Tuesday, August 21 from 6:30 until 9:30 in the evening at Chandler Reach Vineyards, 9506 W. Chandler Road Benton City, Washington. Details of the Event Start your evening with live music on the fountain patio while enjoying light appetizers and wine. Afterward you may head to the dining room for a delectable, mouthwatering steak dinner. And then proceed to the patio for a cigar and aperitif if you so choose. Mini desserts are served family-style outdoors. Menu details: ~ Starters ~ Shrimp Ceviche and Red Hot Chili Mamas Mango…
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    Maryland Suburban Homes

  • 5 Reasons Sellers Give For Over Pricing Their Homes

    Ken Montville
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Ask any professional Realtor and they will probably tell you the Number One Reason homes don’t sell is that they are overpriced to the market. There may be plenty of  other reasons: A bad location in a low quality school district A high crime neighborhood Poor physical condition of the house Poor physical condition of the neighborhood There are more reasons a why a home won’t sell but no matter what the reason might be, all houses will sell at the right price. However, home sellers who naturally want as much as they can get from their house routinely overprice it and shoot…
  • Skeletons In Your Closet

    Ken Montville
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Yes. It’s true. You have skeletons in your closet. Maybe more than one skeleton. Maybe more than one closet. I know. It’s a damn shame. You’ve lived in the house for a long time. You may have raised kids there. You’ve had parties, friends over for dinner. You’ve painted and done some nice home improvements. Or, maybe you haven’t and that’s the big skeleton. You love the neighborhood and your neighbors. You love how close it is to the store and the school and the park. You just love, love, love your house. But, now it’s time to sell. Maybe…
  • How’s The Real Estate Market? | College Park, MD

    Ken Montville
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    From time to time I like to show the charts on what is happening with the real estate market in any given area. Today, I’m going to take a look at College Park, MD the home of the world famous Terps sports dynasty at the University of Maryland. College Park, MD is not the typical “college town” most people think about when they think of places like Ann Arbor or Charlottesville. The University of Maryland takes up a big part of the town and, yes, the population swells during the school year. However, a lot of College Park and it’s neighbor, Berwyn Heights (which share…
  • Your Real Estate Title and You

    Ken Montville
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Almost as important to the home buying as the financing is the real estate title. Most people know this as  the deed. You can think of this kinda in the way you think about your car title.  You go to a dealer or even to a private seller and you want to buy a car. You’ve done your research and done a test drive and now you’re ready to buy. You’ve even done the financing part. Or, maybe you don’t need financing and you’re paying cash. You still need some proof that the car is going to belong to you and not to, say, the person who currently owns the car (meaning…
  • Does Your Loan Officer Get Performance Anxiety?

    Ken Montville
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    No. Not that kind of performance anxiety. The kind of performance anxiety that leads to you not being able to get the loan that was promised to you. Financing is the most critical part of the whole home buying process. It affects everything. Unless you have a ton of cash (and lots of people do) and can afford to buy a home without having to get a mortgage, you need to have a loan officer that can perform. To be fair, most of what a loan officer does is up front. He collects the information he knows will be needed in order for the loan to be funded. bank statements W-2s or 1099s tax returns…
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • Robin Williams' Lingering Legacy: A Napa Valley Wine Estate

    Kent Zelas
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Filed under: Celebrity Homes, Lifestyle, Selling ZillowRobin Williams' custom-built mansion is set amid the vines of a working winery. APRobin Williams The swirl of speculation that's followed the untimely death of Robin Williams has spread to his financial health at the time of the comedian and actor's suicide last week. And much of the attention has focused on a luxurious property in California's Napa Valley that he'd been attempting to sell since 2012. The 654-acre vineyard estate had recently returned to the market with a $5.5 million discount. Williams originally priced the property…
  • Zillow Mortgage Marketplace: Rates Dip Below 4% -- Briefly

    Zillow
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Filed under: News, Advice Zillow*The weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Alexa Fiander Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages remained fairly stable this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 4.06 percent, down from 4.08 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered around 4.08 percent for the majority of the week, falling to 3.97 percent on Friday before returning to the current rate. "Mortgage rates dropped mid-week to their lowest level in two months on…
  • 4 Factors That Shouldn't Affect Mortgage Loan Approval

    Credit.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Financing, Credit ShutterstockMortgage lenders will consider the housing allowance that some active service members receive but not GI Bill benefits. By Chris Birk When you're hoping to lock down a home loan, the focus is on making sure you look like a safe bet for prospective lenders. Conversation tends to drift to the key pieces of the pre-approval puzzle, from credit score and stable income to acceptable debt levels and suitable assets. No one's arguing the wisdom there. But what often gets glossed over, if not entirely forgotten, are the things lenders won't or…
  • Reese Witherspoon Buys Historic Nashville Fixer-Upper Home

    Zillow
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Celebrity Homes ZillowReese Witherspoon's recently purchased home was built by a prominent Nashville family. AOLReese Witherspoon By Emily Heffter Southern belle and Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon plans to renovate a historic house she bought last month in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. The home was built by a prominent Nashville family, and when it came on the market last year, local automobile scion and GOP donor Lee Beaman and his wife, Kelley Beaman, wanted to save it from being torn down and replaced by a mega-mansion. So they bought it and did…
  • How to Know If Mortgage Refinancing Is the Right Move Now

    U.S. News
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Filed under: News, Advice, Buying, Refinancing ShutterstockYou'll need good credit to get the best rates on a mortgage refinance, and you'll need to be able to document your income. By Teresa Mears Mortgage rates have been hovering near historic lows for five years. While the current average rate of 4.13 percent for a fixed, 30-year mortgage is not the lowest it's ever been -- that was 3.35 percent in December 2012 -- it's still lower than at any time between 2010 and 1971, when Freddie Mac started keeping records. Exactly when rates will rise significantly is anybody's guess, but there's no…
 
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  • Robin Williams' Lingering Legacy: A Napa Valley Wine Estate

    Kent Zelas
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Filed under: Celebrity Homes, Lifestyle, Selling ZillowRobin Williams' custom-built mansion is set amid the vines of a working winery. APRobin Williams The swirl of speculation that's followed the untimely death of Robin Williams has spread to his financial health at the time of the comedian and actor's suicide last week. And much of the attention has focused on a luxurious property in California's Napa Valley that he'd been attempting to sell since 2012. The 654-acre vineyard estate had recently returned to the market with a $5.5 million discount. Williams originally priced the property…
  • Zillow Mortgage Marketplace: Rates Dip Below 4% -- Briefly

    Zillow
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Filed under: News, Advice Zillow*The weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Alexa Fiander Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages remained fairly stable this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 4.06 percent, down from 4.08 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered around 4.08 percent for the majority of the week, falling to 3.97 percent on Friday before returning to the current rate. "Mortgage rates dropped mid-week to their lowest level in two months on…
  • 4 Factors That Shouldn't Affect Mortgage Loan Approval

    Credit.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Financing, Credit ShutterstockMortgage lenders will consider the housing allowance that some active service members receive but not GI Bill benefits. By Chris Birk When you're hoping to lock down a home loan, the focus is on making sure you look like a safe bet for prospective lenders. Conversation tends to drift to the key pieces of the pre-approval puzzle, from credit score and stable income to acceptable debt levels and suitable assets. No one's arguing the wisdom there. But what often gets glossed over, if not entirely forgotten, are the things lenders won't or…
  • Reese Witherspoon Buys Historic Nashville Fixer-Upper Home

    Zillow
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Celebrity Homes ZillowReese Witherspoon's recently purchased home was built by a prominent Nashville family. AOLReese Witherspoon By Emily Heffter Southern belle and Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon plans to renovate a historic house she bought last month in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. The home was built by a prominent Nashville family, and when it came on the market last year, local automobile scion and GOP donor Lee Beaman and his wife, Kelley Beaman, wanted to save it from being torn down and replaced by a mega-mansion. So they bought it and did…
  • How to Know If Mortgage Refinancing Is the Right Move Now

    U.S. News
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Filed under: News, Advice, Buying, Refinancing ShutterstockYou'll need good credit to get the best rates on a mortgage refinance, and you'll need to be able to document your income. By Teresa Mears Mortgage rates have been hovering near historic lows for five years. While the current average rate of 4.13 percent for a fixed, 30-year mortgage is not the lowest it's ever been -- that was 3.35 percent in December 2012 -- it's still lower than at any time between 2010 and 1971, when Freddie Mac started keeping records. Exactly when rates will rise significantly is anybody's guess, but there's no…
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    Daniel Hancock Photography

  • Lilies

    Daniel Hancock
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Soft light really makes a difference when photographing flowers. High-contrast shadows resulting from harsh lighting make the flowers look ugly. Usually, early mornings and late evenings are some of the best times for photography; although, I’ve seen many excellent photographs taken during other periods of the day. Also observe in this photograph: the rule of thirds, as well as other lilies that were purposely placed in the background for additional effect.
  • Hosta

    Daniel Hancock
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:15 am
    The old water-bottle trick works quite well. Just make sure you don’t have any harmful chemicals in the sprayer before you fill it with water for the plants.
  • Crocus Plant

    Daniel Hancock
    7 May 2014 | 5:23 am
    Spring is here. The crocus has bloomed; summer is drawing nigh.  
  • He is Risen!

    Daniel Hancock
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Happy Resurrection Sunday! He is not dead, He is risen! Christ has conquered death, so that if we believe in Him, we can live through Him. Send me a note using the contact form if you have any questions and I’ll try to help you find the answers. “And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:” Luke 24:5-6a.      
  • Frozen till Spring

    Daniel Hancock
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Maybe frozen till spring, but spring is almost here! And no, this is not an April Fool’s day joke.
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    Colorado Springs Vintage Homes BlogColorado Springs Vintage Homes Blog

  • 7 way to get your home offer accepted

    Kathy Torline
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
     Colorado Springs is a sellers market, buyer’s need to be prepared Search for all homes in Colorado Springs There are some neighborhoods in Colorado Springs that are currently in a “seller’s market, and it’s competitive for buyers.  As an active Buyer’s Agent in Colorado Springs, I almost except to be in a multiple offer situation when I’m submitting an offer for a buyer. Here’s some tips that I’ve discovered along the way for buyer’s: Be prepared to offer full-price, if not more, especially if you really love the house and think…
  • Wind farms going strong in Colorado

    Kathy Torline
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
     Wind farms are going strong in Colorado As I was driving home the other day, I saw a train go by with wind turbines on it.   It’s not unusual to see wind farms in Colorado and I suspect that we’ll continue to see more and more of them as they become easier to install and maintain. Here’s some interesting facts about Wind power in Colorado and the Colorado Springs area:   Colorado ranks 10th for number of utility-scale wind turbines.   13.8% of Colorado’s electricity is provided by wind power   There are 19 wind power manufacturers located in…
  • Will the Zillow and Trulia merger change anything in Colorado Springs?

    Kathy Torline
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
     Zillow, Trulia, and Colorado Springs and real estate Search for all homes for sale in Colorado Springs The big news in Real estate this week is the announced merger between Trulia and Zillow; essentially Zillow is purchasing Trulia.  The 2 companies have competed head to head for the last several years, and even though they have differences, they were very similar. Zillow seems to attract more potential sellers, because of their Zesstimate feature, and Trulia’s buyer friendly web site seems to attract more buyers. As an active Realtor in the Colorado Springs area, it will be…
  • The awards for Colorado Springs continue to come in

    Kathy Torline
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Awards for Colorado Springs continue to come in If you’d like a FREE Relocation Package, sent to you, call or Email Kathy at KTorline@msn.com Colorado ranked 2nd Best State to Retire – Some of the factors considered were weather, access to health care, cost of living, crime, and taxes. The #1 choice was South Dakota, and Colorado was then rated #2. The state got especially high marks for cost of living, crime rate, health care quality and taxes.     Colorado Springs ranked 5th for Family Fun and Activities – WalletHub compared the 150 largest cities in the United…
  • 2014 Homes sales in North Colorado Springs are going strong

    Kathy Torline
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Colorado Springs Housing Market Report for Northgate Homes, Single Family Neighborhoods Include:Wildwood, GlenEagle, Flying Horse Zip code 80921 Search for homes in Northgate area of Colorado Springs Related Articles: June 30, 2014 Colorado Springs Real Estate Market Trends   Here’s a quick summary of the Real Estate Market for Northgate Colorado Springs for the first 6 months of 2014. Pricing has continued to increase in 2014 Number of homes sold in 2014 is on pace with 2013. Least Expensive Sale in area: Address: 735 Diamond Rim Area: Greyhawk Square Footage: 1,527 Price:…
 
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  • FYI: The Future of the Philly School District Looks Bleak.

    blogeditor
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    https://twitter.com/newskag/status/500295581403983872/photo/1   By: Jarek Cotto Depressing news from a Philadelphia School District meeting. The Superintendent says that they will not cut teachers’ wages, but without the new cigarette tax and cuts to teachers’ benefits, then there will be large lay offs in October. At least there is good news for all you trolley riders out there. All trolley services to center city are back on. The repairs on the tunnel have been made. There was violence in Love Park this weekend. A park ranger was punched in the face, stomped on, and spat on by…
  • 1248 Heritage Circle with Alena!

    blogeditor
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
  • 3083 Chatham Ave Open House

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  • Open House at 910 New Market Street

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    15 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
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  • 3 Bedroom for Sale in Port Richmond: 3083 Chatham St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r0iW Absolutely stunning 3 bedroom 2 full bath renovated property with modern features. Charming brick 2 story with sustainable bamboo floors throughout. There is an open lay-out for living and dining room which flows into the stunning kitchen. The kitchen has polished high end granite, glass tile back splash, stainless steel appliances, goose neck faucet with under mount sink, gas range, and 32" cabinetry with a walnut finish and stainless pulls. The stair rails are hand forged open iron rails that…
  • 3 Bedroom for Rent in Fishtown: 2448 Amber St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/d0kw Huge 3 bedroom 2 full bath fully renovated home in 19125. Easy to share with roommates with 2 large bedrooms on the 2nd floor with a large shared bath, laundry in the 2nd floor hall and the 3rd floor is a private suite with full bath. The first floor is huge with a large living room, big kitchen and dining area. All appliances and fixtures included. Basement for storage. Hardwood throughout the 1st floor and all halls. Carpet in bedrooms, tile granite, and ready September 7th. Central air gas…
  • 4 Bedroom for Sale in Fishtown: 2208 E Susquehanna Ave

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/p0my This 4 bedroom 3 story brick row home is ready for renovation. Investors welcome. Nice curb appeal and new construction on the block. The property has been completely cleaned out. The rooms and baths are large. There is a ton of potential here. Excellent comps. Bring flashlight. Christopher Somers The Somers Team 1033 N 2nd St 5th Floor Philadelphia PA 19123 Feel free to subscribe to our blog or our monthly newsletter to stay up to date with our latest posts and information on the Philadelphia…
  • 2 Bedroom Condo in Northern Liberties: 837 N 2nd St #305

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/d0g2 Life-style, location, size, refinement, and the creature comfort amenities that you have been looking for can be found in this3rd floor with elevator, bi-level, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath condo. Everything Northern Liberties has to offer just outside your door step. 1 car garage parking, secure entrance, and a private deck off of both bedrooms. This home features hardwood floors, modern kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters. The style is contemporary, and clean with 9' ceilings and…
  • 2 Bedroom for Sale in Fishtown: 2306 E Thompson St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/h0eE Fishtown 2 bedroom available for sale. This 2 story stucco front home has a large cement rear yard. Enter into the formal living room. The stairs to the 2nd floor make a natural division for the formal dining room There is ample space for a full dining room set. The kitchen is an eat in with a gas range, full size refrigerator, and microwave. Exit from the kitchen to the large rear yard. No maintenance cement and private. There is a large full bath in the rear with a tile enclosed tub/shower,…
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  • Follr Goes Full Community! New Release Details: Part 1

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    As of this wonderful Wednesday morning, Follr is officially a completely integrated community platform! This latest release is one our entire team is excited about, as our product development department has been hard at work for months to create the most seamless community user experience out there. Read on then visit Follr.com to create your own online community! First and foremost, we’ve added massive user experience enhancements to make posting, inviting members and designing your community page easy as pie. You can now post to any of your communities from your personal dashboard via a…
  • How Not To Clean Your Hard Drive!

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Coldwell Banker’s Home of the Week: A Modern Home on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
  • Second Quarter Housing Affordability Declines Statewide and in 19 of 26 California Counties, C.A.R. Reports

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Los Angeles, CA – August 13, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) Lower interest rates in the second quarter of 2014 failed to offset continued home price increases, lowering housing affordability statewide and in 19 of 26 counties in California, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California fell from 33 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 30 percent in second-quarter 2014 and was down from 36 percent in second-quarter 2013, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional…
  • 10 Home Inspection Nightmares

    Admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Source: ThisOldHouse.com Save the tree, save the world! It’s a bird, it’s a squirrel, it’s a? Hopefully Santa can bypass the bee’s this Christmas: Who need flashing? Is this Big Bird’s nest or a big bird’s nest? It’s a sock and a condensation collector! If you don’t know how a floor is supported does that make it safe? Plug in, turn on, lights out! Dual purpose downspout – cools the electrical panel too! And finally…if you lean your head to the left it looks ok… If you like this post you’ll love our other ‘Just For…
 
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    Business 2

  • How to build a portal – Lessons from a success

    Dave Platter
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:38 pm
    One of the perennial themes on Business2 is the need for a strong competitor to realestate.com.au and domain.com.au. I’ve previously told you that, if you think you’re going to launch an “REA killer,” you’re dreaming. I stand by that prior post. But three things make it worth looking at exactly what is involved in setting up a portal that serves real estate agents: the anti-REA sentiment, the creation of Real Estate Digital Marketing Services and the expected launch of a new industry portal. To reveal the secrets of starting a successful portal, I turned to someone with direct…
  • Fairfax Media acquires Allhomes

    Guest Author
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    10 July 2014: Fairfax Media Limited today announced The Domain Group’s acquisition of Canberra-based online property portal, All Homes Pty Ltd, subject to regulatory approval. Total consideration is expected to be $50 million. Allhomes was founded in 2000 and is the leading real estate advertising site in the ACT and surrounding areas in regional NSW. Allhomes serves more than 180 real estate agencies in the ACT and has a well-known and highly-trusted digital brand among consumers in Canberra. Domain Group will actively promote both Allhomes and Domain in the ACT and surrounding areas,…
  • Real Estate Portal Homehound Relaunches and Promises To Disrupt The Online Property Landscape

    Guest Author
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:01 pm
    SYDNEY, Australia, 23 June, 2014 – Real estate and property website Homehound relaunched earlier this month, with a new look and feel. Set to deliver a rich user experience for home buyers and renters, the site offers new functionality which is simple, easy and user friendly. Early features of the revamp include: New Look and Feel: The new Homehound design feels like a serious evolution of the property portal. A fully responsive user experience with modern, clean and bold features is a joy to use. Property History: Showing the history of a particular property – such as when it was last…
  • Agents support drives homesales to the next level

    Guest Author
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Property website homesales.com.au, the property arm of Australia’s number one automotive group carsales.com Ltd is reporting a significant uplift in support from real estate businesses across the country. According to Rhett Dallwitz, General Manager of homesales.com.au, the number of agents signing up to the website’s premium offerings has surged in response to industry changes. “homesales.com.au has a lot to offer real estate businesses and we believe that many agencies are taking a fresh look at where they invest marketing dollars. We’ve seen a significant increase in…
  • Console launches RESearch: a new, streamlined property analysis and CMA tool for real estate agents

    Guest Author
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Australia 16 June 2014: Property content and services platform, Onthehouse Group, today announced the launch of a new Console product, ‘RESearch’. Standing for Real Estate Search, the product has been designed in collaboration with Australian real estate agents and is a simple yet comprehensive property research and analysis tool. RESearch also allows industry professionals to quickly and easily generate Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) reports, access property and owner data, and use advanced mapping technology through an easy-to-use, streamlined interface. This new addition to…
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    New Hope Homes For Sale | New Hope Homes

  • Reverse Mortgage

    financemyhome1
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    With all of the encouragement from celebrity spokespersons like Fred Thompson, Robert Wagner and Henry Winkler, there is a growing awareness of reverse mortgages. The fact is that our population is getting older and more than 25 million homeowners meet the age requirement. A reverse mortgage will allow homeowners age 62 or older currently living in their home to tap into their equity. The amount available is determined by the borrower’s age, the home’s current value and current interest rates. The loan proceeds can be received in a single, lump-sum or periodic payments. The closing costs…
  • How Was It Measured?

    financemyhome1
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    In an attempt to compare homes, one of the common denominators has been price per square foot. It seems like a fairly, straight forward method but there are differences in the way homes are measured. The first assumption that has to be made is that the comparable homes are similar in size, location, condition and amenities. Obviously, a variance in any of these things affects the price per square foot which will not give you a fair comparison. The second critical area is that the square footage is correct. The three most common sources for the square footage are from the builder or original…
  • The Reason They’re Called Benefits

    financemyhome1
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Veterans Administration guarantees home loans for eligible veterans. It is considered an attractive loan because the veteran can purchase the home with no down payment up to specific loan limits and no mortgage insurance. This makes the monthly payment considerably lower. Let’s assume a buyer wants to purchase a $200,000 home and can get a 4.5% interest mortgage for 30 years. A FHA loan would require a $7,000 down payment plus $3,377.50 in up-front MIP which can be rolled into the mortgage. The monthly mortgage insurance premium would be $221 per month for a total payment of $1,215.94.
  • Indecision Costs

    financemyhome1
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    More money has been lost to indecision than was ever lost to making the wrong decision. The economy and the housing market have caused some people to take a “wait and see” position that could cost them in lost opportunities as well as almost certain higher costs in the future. To illustrate what the opportunity cost might be, let’s compare what the value of the down payment two years from now would be if it was invested in a certificate of deposit, the stock market or used to purchase a home today. A 3.5% down payment on a $175,000 home is $6,125.00. If it was invested in a CD that…
  • Every Renter Should Know

    financemyhome1
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    The first home purchase can be the culmination of years of planning and consideration. Buyers typically look for 12 weeks and use a variety information sources for research before purchasing. However, many renters are not near as thorough in their study. Like any other commitment a person makes, careful consideration and understanding is required. There are things that every renter should know before they rent a home or apartment. 1. A lease is a binding, legal document. 2. Understand the lease before signing and ask questions. 3. Get the complete agreement in writing instead of verbal…
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    Houston Apartment Insiders' Blog

  • Houston Apartment DIY: Improve Your Apartment Lighting

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    Is your Houston apartment on the dim side? Check out these DIY apartment lighting tips from Houston Apartment Insiders and brighten up your living space.Whether you’re moving from your own house to a rental, or this is your first student apartment, the limitations of renting can take some getting used to. Some landlords allow renters to make quite a few improvements, including painting, wallpapering, and even wiring in new light fixtures. Many, though, won’t allow any change that can’t be easily reversed when you move out. To find out how much home improvement you can do…
  • Moving to Houston: Health Insurance

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    New to Houston? Health insurance information for you and your family as you take root in your new hometown.Moving a long distance is a complicated project, and it’s even more complicated since the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” took full effect in 2014. Everyone is now required by law to be covered by health insurance. If you’re not insured, not only do you risk having to pay high healthcare costs on your own if you get sick or hurt, but you’ll also have to pay a penalty come tax time next year. The good news is that there are more options for…
  • Houston Apartments for College Students: Where to Begin Your Search

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    If you're coming to Houston for college, we have you covered. Tips for finding Houston apartments for college students who are new to the area or simply ready for their first place on their own.There are so many great reasons to move to Houston, and our eight major colleges and universities are at the top of that list! If you’re relocating to Houston for school, you’re coming to one of America’s greatest college towns. Moving across the country can still be a challenge, though, and it offers special challenges for students, who may be moving only for the school year, or may…
  • Houston Pets: 7 Tips for Smooth Moves

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Houston is a pet-friendly city, with dog parks, pet-friendly apartments, and lots of fellow animal lovers. If you’re relocating to Houston with your pet, you’ve chosen wisely! Here are a few pet tips to make your move go smoothly.Houston is a pet-friendly city, with dog parks, pet-friendly apartments, and lots of fellow animal lovers. If you’re relocating to Houston with your pet, you’ve chosen wisely! Here are a few pet tips to make your move go smoothly:   Keep your pet in a safe and calm place on moving day. Moving is stressful,…
  • Beyond Air Conditioning: Stay Cool in Houston

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    Need to stay cool in your Houston apartment this summer? Cost-saving cooling tips for Houston residents.If you’re new to Houston, our hot humid summers could take some getting used to, especially if you’ve moved here from a much cooler or drier climate. When hunting for a Houston apartment, air conditioning should be high on your list of amenities to look for. If your apartment doesn’t have air conditioning (perish the thought) or one that doesn't get the job done, you’ll need extreme ingenuity to keep comfortable during a Houston summer. If you have an air…
 
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    IPIN Global - Investing in Property

  • IPIN GLOBAL APPOINTS NEW SINGAPORE MD

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IPIN Global is pleased to announce the arrival of Steven Lee, the new senior member for the IPIN Global team at our Asian headquarters in Singapore. Having shone through a vigorous selection process Steven will now lead a key and rapidly expanding region for the company. Previously Vice President of Agency Distribution at HSBC, a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Consultant, Steven boasts in excess of 30 years' experience in financial services. Aside from directing our Singapore growth to new frontiers, Steven's primary short-term objective is to fully homogenise operations…
  • UK Construction: Strongest Growth for 11 Years

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    According to data from Markit, the UK's construction sector recorded a rating of 62.4 on the purchasing managers' index (PMI). Any figure above 50 indicates growth and the construction sector includes not just residential but also commercial building and civil engineering. The sector's growth beat expectations by continuing to improve strongly throughout 2014, bringing activity in the housing sector to its highest level since 2003. Conversely, last week's manufacturing PMI was disappointing, recording the slowest growth for a year, placing further importance on expansion in the construction…
  • China's Real Estate - A Market in Crisis

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After China's house prices rose dramatically through the first months of 2013, the government imposed stringent cooling measures which may have been too efficient, resulting in rapid deceleration in housing values across the country. The government initially imposed restrictions on the purchases of second and third homes, increased the amount of deposits required on property financed by mortgages and tightened credit for property developers. Measures to Cool Market Too Effective In June 2014 it was reported that among 70 major cities in China, house prices dropped in 55 of them, representing…
  • Spanish Property Sales Up 48% in 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Spanish real estate valuation and assessment specialists TINSA have released data showing that Spain's housing market is now recovering, amidst gradually improving economic conditions. House prices in Spain fell 3.03% during the year to the end of the second quarter, the lowest annual decline since the second quarter of 2008. In certain regions, Spanish house prices are beginning to increase slightly in the current quarter, with 0.15% growth recorded so far, according to the Spanish institute of statistics (INE) . Residential property transactions increased by a substantial 48% in the first…
  • NAEA First-Time Buyer Data at Odds with Industry Reports

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) claimed that just 3% of buyers in June were first-time buyers under the age of 30 in data released earlier this week. The data has now been shown to be in stark contrast to figures from property chain LSL released this morning. LSL, parent company of Your Move and Reeds Rains, have said that in the six months to the end of June, there were more first-time buyers than at any time since 2007. The company reported on first-time buyer transactions after scaling up its own figures and the Halifax have also noted an increase in newcomers to the…
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  • Home Sellers: Expect More From Your Realtor

    Bill Gassett
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    After 27 years of selling real estate, I’ve come to notice the gap in professionalism in the real estate industry. I see agents who are doing a stellar job, rising above and beyond in their efforts to bring their clients the very best in the industry. I also see agents who do the bare minimum required to sell a home. The sad truth is that many unsuspecting home sellers don’t know the difference. I’ve written extensively on the issues surrounding the sale of your home, and have taken a strong stand on the need for an experienced, capable real estate agent to market your home. I know…
  • Mortgage Loan Programs Reviewed

    Bill Gassett
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Mortgage Lending               Many home buyers are overwhelmed by the alphabet soup they encounter when shopping for the right mortgage. Lenders throw out acronyms like FHA, conventional, VA and USDA, but most consumers don’t know the ins and outs of each loan type, or which one is best for them. Knowing about these home loan programs gets buyers better rates and lower payments! It is not necessary however to know every detail of every loan type. You just need to know enough to choose the best long-term option for your…
  • Protect Your Home: Stay Ahead of Summer Storms

    Bill Gassett
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
                  Severe summer weather, such as hail, thunder, and heavy rain, can result in a great deal of damage to your home and other property. There are many steps that homeowners can take to protect themselves from the flooding and power outages that can result from severe weather events, so prepare ahead of time so that you’re not caught off guard. In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the most effective actions you can take to safeguard your home and property from dangerous and destructive summer storms. Steps to Take Before a Storm…
  • Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles June to July 2014

    Bill Gassett
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
                  The internet makes it incredibly easy for information to be found. The problem is much of the information that is found on the internet is junk. Google Plus is one of the best places, if not the best place, to find quality real estate information! Google Plus communities, such as the Real Estate Community owned by Bill Gassett, are loaded with knowledge not only to make all of us better Realtors but to help consumers by providing rich content about buying and selling homes. This is a fantastic reason to encourage anyone who has an interest in…
  • What Types of Flooring Do Home Buyers Prefer?

    Bill Gassett
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Top Flooring Choices Examined                   If you are looking to sell your home soon (or even a few years down the road), it’s helpful to know what buyers are searching for. I work with many new home buyers, so I see what they are doing before they move in. Trends and preferences may vary based on area of country and construction of home. These preferences are for the Northeast and Mid Atlantic states and focuses on single family homes (as opposed to apartments or rentals). I will start with overall trends, and then go room by room. By…
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    MLS Maps

  • 10 Things to Look Out for When Buying an Older Home

    Ken Horst
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Older homes possess an allure that cannot be found in a new home. The mesmerizing architecture of an older home and its distinctive character may appeal to you at first sight, but do not forget that not only are older … Continue reading →
  • 7 Things Every Home Buyer Should Know Before Buying a Home

    Ken Horst
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Buying a home is a huge investment for your future and perhaps, one of the biggest decisions that you would make in your life. To ensure that your dream home does not give you nightmares, here are a few things … Continue reading →
  • 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Home Builder

    Ken Horst
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Whether you are planning to buy a ready-to-live condo or build a customized home, it is very important to choose the right home builder. A beginner to the real estate market might find himself overwhelmed by flashy brochures and aggressive … Continue reading →
  • Multiple Listing Services (MLS) Demystified

    Ken Horst
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    If you are new to the real estate market and are interested in buying or selling property, a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is the place to go to. But what exactly is the MLS and how does it fit into … Continue reading →
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Move Eco-Friendly

    Ken Horst
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Those who love and care for nature always find a way to incorporate environmental-friendly measures into everything they do. Even when you’re done searching for your new home and planning your move, there are options available to make a good … Continue reading →
 
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    PropertyShark Real Estate Blog

  • Are Your Property Taxes Too High? See How Much You Should be Paying

    Georgiana Mihaila
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    High property taxes are a burden for many home owners; but if you feel you may be paying too much in property taxes, PropertyShark can help you figure out what the right amount is, and gather all the necessary information you need for your property tax appeal. Scout the Neighborhood and See How Much your Neighbors are Paying Our Tax Value per Sq. Ft Map is the quickest way to get a clear picture of how much your neighbors are paying in property taxes. Simply look up your exact address using the Property Search tab on the upper left side of the screen and a pin-point will indicate its…
  • Top 50 U.S. Home Owner Names: Did Your Name Make the List?

    Georgiana Mihaila
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    What are the most common home owner names in the U.S. — and is yours one of them? Or maybe yours is listed among the names of luxury property buyers? In a rather unique attempt to paint a picture of home ownership throughout the U.S., sister website Point2 Homes tapped into our property owners database and pulled out the most common owner names, placing them right next to the names of luxury home buyers. To make it even more interesting, Point2 Homes cross-referenced them with Ancestry.com data to pull out each name’s most probable ethnicity. Results: while traditional English names…
  • Of Realtors and Home Buyers: 7 Real-Life Stories [Infographic]

    Georgiana Mihaila
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Finding that perfect home is never an easy task; and it’s not only the home buyers that feel the weight of the search. With this in mind, we wanted to see what stories realtors have to tell, so we took it to Reddit, asking them upfront: What’s the worst experience you’ve ever had with a home buyer? From funny to awkward (or simply troubling), the answers were beyond our expectations, so we’d like to thank all those who agreed to share their past experiences with us. And here are some of the most mind-boggling answers we’ve gotten so far: Like our infographic? Feel free to share…
  • How to Find Potential Home Sellers in NY: A 3-Step Guide for Real Estate Pros

    Georgiana Mihaila
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    With such a limited listings inventory at your disposal, having to find prospective home sellers in New York is quite a task. But here’s where PropertyShark can help, with three effective tips on how to find potential home sellers: 1. Get to the owner of a condo before he even decides to sell A good way to bypass the competition in the real estate market is by getting to potential sellers before they publicly announce their intention to sell. Some apartment owners, who weren’t initially planning to sell, might have a change of heart once they find out how much similar units have gone…
  • 5 Striking San Francisco Satellite Images Show 12 Years’ Worth of Development

    Georgiana Mihaila
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    San Francisco has been the subject of endless talks on gentrification, rising rents, and uber expensive neighborhoods; but how has the local real estate scenery changed, visually speaking? Our friends over at Point2 Homes put together a series of exciting before-and-after San Francisco satellite images that show major sites around the city and how they’ve changed in the course of the past 12 years. And some of them are pretty amazing (simply mouse over the slide to toggle between the 2001 and 2013 views): 1. San Francisco General Hospital If you’d like to use these images on your…
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    Houston Properties

  • Fall Creek Home For Sale: 14803 Aspen Chase Ln

    Paige Martin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    14803 Aspen Chase Ln, Houston, TX 77396 Get more information: 14803 Aspen Chase Ln. For Sale. Fall Creek Stunner! 14803 Aspen Chase Ln, Houston Stunning Fall Creek home for sale: 14803 Aspen Chase Ln, Houston, TX 77396. Fantastic, flowing floor plan with downstairs study, formal dining room, family room/den, open kitchen & breakfast room. Greeted by a dramatic, wrought iron staircase & gleaming wood floors, the high ceilings are accentuated throughout the home. The kitchen, fit for a chef, boasts stainless appliances, gas stove, center island, granite counter tops & abundant…
  • Oak Estates Houston Maps | Oak Estates Neighborhood Maps

    Paige Martin
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Oak Estates Houston Neighborhood Maps   Oak Estates Houston is quintessentially Inner Loop. This charming Inner Loop neighborhood in the shadows of River Oaks offer an incredible location, a peaceful ambience, and a beautiful scenery. Located in the 77027 Houston zip code, it is the 4th most expensive Houston neighborhood and offers many conveniences typical of Inner Loop neighborhoods. Oak Estates deed restrictions only allow properties to be used as single-family residences. Front lawns are at least 25 feet wide, and homes are meticulously maintained due to the HOA’s bylaws. With…
  • Luxury Royden Oaks Homes | Most Expensive Royden Oaks Homes

    Paige Martin
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Luxury Royden Oaks Homes For Sale   Royden Oaks subdivision is a small neighborhood within the vicinity of River Oaks. Royden Oaks has an ongoing trend of replacing older properties with new construction and newly remodeled homes. River Oaks is such a seamless neighborhood that many people mistake Royden Oaks homes as still a part of it. Even the street lamps in the neighborhood are the same as those in River Oaks. Still, Royden Oaks has an identity on its own. Its small-town feel and “close-knit” neighborhood vibe are just some of the reasons it is one of the 20 most expensive…
  • Houston Real Estate Update: August 2014 – Home Sales Hit New Record

    Jerico Gonzales
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Houston Real Estate Update: August 2014 – Home Sales Hit New Record July marked the highest monthly sales volume of all time HOUSTON REAL ESTATE MARKET REMAINS HOT IN JULY   The following is the most recent Houston MLS Report, published by the Houston Association of Realtors. The data covers Houston homes for sale and real estate trends from the last twelve months (July 2013 – July 2014). Houston Real Estate Milestones from July: Single-family home sales staged their second monthly increase since May’s decline, edging up 1.0 percent versus July 2013; At 7,769, the total…
  • Royden Oaks Houston Homes, Real Estate & Neighborhood Guide

    Paige Martin
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Royden Oaks Houston Neighborhood Guide Royden Oaks Houston is a peaceful enclave of over 200 homes. It is also one of the 20 most expensive neighborhoods in Houston. The subdivision enjoys the same location benefits of its neighbor, River Oaks. While it has its own collection luxury homes for sale, Royden Oaks real estate are still less expensive compared to homes for sale in River Oaks. Royden Oaks remain popular due to its: GREAT ACCESSIBILITY: This Inner Loop neighborhood is located in the geographic center of Houston making it one of the most accessible Houston neighborhoods.
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    Real Estate Blog

  • Heritage Dr. River Valley Ranch, Carbondale CO

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Listed for $229,000  MLS 134330 Build your dream home on this quarter acre lot along the banks of the Crystal River with amazing views of Mt. Sopris and direct access to the first fairway of the golf course at River Valley Ranch.   Single-family home building site in waters neighborhood at River Valley Ranch. A gently sloping lot that backs to the 1st fairway of the Jay Morish Golf Course. Sunny, south facing views of the golf course and the Crystal River. Mt. Sopris view to the North. Easy to build, all utilities to the road. Seller has a custom home designed by DMN Architects out of San…
  • The Daly Commute

    5 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
      Is there a more beautiful view for a daily commute anywhere in the world? With a distant, snow-covered Mt. Daly in the distance, summer has finally come to Roaring Fork Valley, and we embrace her with open arms The rivers are rushing, the flowers are blooming and town isnt yet bustling with summer visitors – the perfect time of year to take the back road down McLain Flats to soak up the views, and find a little peace of mind. If you can imagine yourself taking in these views on your way into Aspen, check out the active McLain Flats real estate listings and let Stephanie arrange a showing…
  • Is Uphill the New Downhill?

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Stephanie makes her way up Tiehack on one of the heaviest AT setups known to mankind. This winter, weve enjoyed a steady stream of snowstorms that have blessed us with more than our fair share of epic powder days According to reports, the snowpack is somewhere around 125 of average and with the recent April snowstorms theres no indication that Old Man Winter will be relenting anytime soon. In fact, the SkiCo just announced that it will be extending the ski season and will reopen Aspen Mountain for two more weekends – April 26-27 and May 3-4 – unbelievable And with the sizable snowpack…
  • The Aspen Idea: Yesterday amp; Today

    20 Feb 2014 | 8:12 pm
    He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. – Goethe In the middle of the 20th century, a good 50 years or so after the silver mining boom and subsequent bust that originally put Aspen on the map, Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke arrived on the scene to reinvent and re-imagine what Aspen might become. The Chicago industrialists, enamored with Aspens natural splendors, envisioned a place where mind, body and spirit could be nurtured – the birth of what today is known as the Aspen Idea. In 1949, Paepckes vision was realized in the first Goethe Bicentennial Festival –…
 
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    Merrimack Valley Real Estate- Essex and Northern Middlesex County

  • 42 Boylston Lane for Sale in Lowell Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Realtor
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 42 Boylston Lane, Lowell MA 01852-  MLS# 71727292 Status: Active Price: $185,000 Style:  Condominium/ Townhouse Living Area: 1200 sq ft Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 1.5 42 Boylston Lane is located in South Lowell, Massachusetts in the 01852 zip code right on the Tewksbury town line.  Lowell MA is located in Middlesex county and is about 36 miles northwest of Boston.  Boylston Lane is a perfect location, being only minutes from route 495 with either route 93 or route 3 equally accessible in…
  • Great Online Marketing of Your Home, Starts with Great Photographs

    Massachusetts Realtor
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent You home must have exceptional online marketing I don’t think any home sellers would dispute that great online marketing is a must for a home.  With over 91% of buyers starting their home search online, your home has to be found online. Any online marketing of your home needs to start with great photographs.  Great images of your home will capture online buyers.  I did a recent post about an ocular study done to show how important photographs were to online marketing of a…
  • Melrose MA Tops the list as the Hottest Real Estate Market in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Realtor
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent In a recent article Boston Business Journal has cited Melrose MA to be the hottest real estate market in Massachusetts. I have done quite a bit of business in Melrose, Massachusetts over the years and it is certainly no shock to me.  Even back in 2009, 2010 Melrose during the housing down turn.  Houses are coming on the market in Melrose and are immediately flooded with offers.  Homes are selling for significantly more money then their asking prices in many case.  I have found that…
  • 23 Merrimack Way, Unit B, for Sale, Tyngsborough MA

    Massachusetts Realtor
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 23 Merrimack Way, Unit B in Tyngsborough MA is located right off Merrimack Street.  Access route 3 in minutes from this newer condominium.  23 Merrimack Way, Unit B is part of Merrimack Landing Condominium. A 32 unit complex built around 2006.  It is impressively landscaped and shows a pride of ownership. 23 Merrimack Way, Unit B Tyngsborough MA 01879- MLS# 71720352 Price 235,000  | Condominium/Townhouse  |   1395 sq feet  |  2 bedroom  | 1.5 Bath The units at Merrimack…
  • What is that “NO” costing you?

    Massachusetts Realtor
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent No shoes!!  No showings during the week!!   No unaccompanied showings!!  No unapproved buyers!!  No agents from this company!!  No Showings when I am not home!!  No Lockbox!!  No for Sale Sign!!  No Pictures of my House on the Internet!!  No Offers Less then Full Price!! You get the picture.  I am probably missing another 2 dozen “no’s” we will hear from home sellers when listing their home.  But as a home seller what is that no costing you? Don’t be…
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • Get Iced and Give to ALSa.org Today

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Click on the HD icon before watching video. Post by Tim Thornton.Tim Thornton, Realtor ®, Austin, Texas.
  • Austin Real Estate Market Update--YTD thru July 31, 2014

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    There is a ever so slight indication that the school season rush is over and we are in a short transition to the beginnings of the fall market. If employers were no longer hiring and people were no longer moving to the greater Austin area, I would tell you that this was a more noticeable transition, but none of that seems to be the case. Yes, there are a few new home builders that are offering incentive packages that were not available just a couple of months ago and the days on market in some areas may be a little longer, but over all, we are still in a very fast moving, fast thinking…
  • Are New Home Builders Cutting Corners with Dual Zoned AC Systems?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    New home construction is moving fast now, and builders are relying heavily upon the work of their sub-contractors. Large builders are trying to make up for several years of thin margins and big losses on the bottom line. Q: Are builders starting to push the envelope on low costs at the expense of quality construction in new homes today? A: You be the judge.  Q: Can one AC system that is designed to support a single story home approximately 2000-2500 sf, support a Two story home that is 3000 sf or bigger?A: You can do your research and draw your own conclusions. Here are my…
  • New Construction: Are You Getting What You Paid For?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    I help a lot of buyers buy new home construction from a builder and while I believe that new homes can be a real value, I know that builders are far from "perfect" in their construction of new homes and the value of the new home can be lost when builders cut corners. Builders are human and regardless of reputation, builders make mistakes. Some of these mistakes can be corrected if the builder is willing to recognize the issue and address it. However, getting a builder to acknowledge a construction mistake sometimes means knowing as much as the builder and being able to recognize a mistake…
  • Austin Real Estate Market Update - First Half 2014

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    You already know how incredibly hot our market is again this year, so let me net it out for you. If a home in the Austin Real Estate market is priced right and shows well, it is probably going to sell in a matter of days. And if it is in one of several very hot areas of town, it will probably start getting offers and/or sell during the first few hours on the market with multiple offers. When I say multiple offers, I am talking 3, 5, maybe as many as 10 offers that will come in during the first couple of days on the market. People line up with their Realtors outside to see the house and rush…
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • New “.realtor” top-level domains available this October

    Mike Wheatley
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Get ready to claim your “Realtor” domain name on the Internet. The National Association of Realtors has announced that the new .realtor top-level domain will be available Oct. 23 to NAR members and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Image credit: Geralt via Pixabay.com There are more than 1,900 new top-level domains being created on the Internet, such as “.car,” “.music,” and “.doctor.” The launch of the .realtor domain will allow real estate professionals to brand themselves as a realtor: JohnSmith.com can become JohnSmith.realtor. “This is truly an exciting time…
  • Down Payments Have Doubled for Low-Priced Homes

    Mike Wheatley
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Buyers looking at lower-priced homes are not only facing major inventory hurdles, they’re also finding that they have to bring more money to the closing table. Image Credit: OpenClips via Pixabay.com The median down payment for the cheapest 25 percent of homes was 7.5 percent of the sales price last year, up from a low of 3.1 percent in 2006. That also compares to an average of 4.2 percent from 2001 through 2007, according to research by the real estate brokerage Redfin Corp., which analyzed the 25 largest metros. Many younger home buyers, who often seek to break into the housing market by…
  • Multiple Ways to Improve Your Rental Business

    Brian Kline
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    There are several ways to save time and money in the landlord business. Some of the ideas shared here are probably familiar to you and some might not apply but some will. If you have ideas about saving time and money managing rentals please share with others by posting them in the comments below. Paint every unit, every room, every wall, and every ceiling with the same brand and color of paint. You’ll never waste anther can of paint. You’ll never have trouble figuring out what brand and color you need to do a little touch up. Painters will save time and money when they can spray…
  • Millennials Likely to Have Big Impact on Housing Recovery

    Allison Halliday
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Previous generations usually bought their first home as soon as they could, but it is a different story for today’s first-time buyers who often choose to wait until they are a little older before purchasing. According to an article in RisMedia, this could be down to this age group preferring the financial freedom provided by renting. Last year the percentage of young Americans aged below 35 who owned their own home dropped to just 36%, which is the lowest on record. This drop is significant as the millennials represent the largest demographic group in the United States, and their attitude…
  • Living in an Older City is “Healthier”, claims new study

    Mike Wheatley
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Older cities are generally healthier than many newer cities because compact street networks promote more walking and biking, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Connecticut. photo credit: colros via photopin cc The study’s co-authors looked at 24 medium-sized California cities with populations between 30,000 and just over 100,000, examining street network density, connectivity, and configuration. They studied how street design correlates with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and asthma rates collected by the California…
 
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • Is This The REAL Doctor Who Tardis For Sale?

    Sam
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
      Admit it, you did a double-take didn’t you? You thought to yourself: “Is that…is that Doctor Who’s Tardis?” Well, now you could own your very own time-machine masquerading as a Police Box – as this Tardis distinctive ‘B’ Listed cast iron Edinburgh-pattern Police Box is going to auction! The Police Box, located in Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh has a guide of £15,000-£25,000 and benefits from planning permission for change of use to a cafe. Of course, if you are an actual Time Lord and wanted to keep exploring the universe via this…
  • How To Buy To Let Property On A Realistic Budget: Costings, Cash flow, ROI and Cash Margin

    Sam
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Property investment is a capital hungry business – the purchase of a property is just the beginning of a long line of costs. You need more than you think.  (Rule: 52) Estate agents, glossy brochures and TV programmes deal in the “headlines” of buy to let; the sort of sums which make you think property is a short-cut to becoming an over-night millionaire. Property can make you money – but it’s also going to cost you money.  And there’s a lot of hidden expenses involved.  These are the boring details that many don’t like to deal with – talking…
  • The Easy Buy To Let Property Experiment: Before And After Photos

    Sam
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Is there any such thing as an “easy” buy to let? That’s what prompted this property experiment – the subsequent purchase of a property before auction and the proceeding renovation tales! While the project may have been completed ahead of scheduletenanted in double-quick time (from day of purchase to tenanted status in 6 weeks) and has been rented ABOVE the initially expected rental of £1300-1400pcm at £1450pcm, it has not all been plain sailing. The start of this project faced a set-back when the property got valued at just £230k – when I was paying £250k for…
  • 9 Tips To Finishing A Property Renovation Ahead Of Schedule

    Sam
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    I cannot think of a time in my life when I have completed a property renovation and said: “Well, that didn’t take as long as I thought it would”. Never. And I cannot believe I am saying it now.  But I am. This project was run differently to my norm, so I thought I’d share with you what I did to achieve ahead of schedule success!  And just in case you’re wondering – I thought this project would take at least 6 weeks to complete with additional workers and actually took just 5 weeks – with LESS workers!! So how did I do it? 1. I made a plan and…
  • From OH NO To OH WOW: The Easy Buy To Let Property Experiment (Week 5: It’s A Wrap!)

    Sam
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:32 am
    Buyers remorse?  I felt a twinge or two. Just 5 minutes after collecting the keys to my new property, I attempted to open the window for some fresh air. Yes, the latch came off in my hand. Not quite the start to the renovation project I was expecting. But then the “easy” buy to let property experiment has not had any of the starts I expected.  For the first time in my life, my property purchase had been down-valued (for reasons that were never explained to me) and had already put my refurbishment budget in the red. Now my Super-Scrimpers budget was about to be blown apart by the…
 
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    Showing Suite

  • Brand New Showing Suite Mobile App Now Available for iOS and Android!

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    We are very excited to release our brand new mobile app – the first ever mobile application for all four parties in a real estate transaction! Our brand new, all-in-one mobile app combines user experiences for both our listing agent subscribers and their seller clients, and also includes home buyers and buyer’s agent accounts for those agents that utilize our Showing Robot service to schedule a showing.  This groundbreaking, innovative real estate showing and feedback management application improves on our previous mobile experience for home showing and listing management. For the…
  • Visit Our Booth at Inman’s RE Connect in San Francisco!

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    We are just days away from Inman Real Estate Connect® in San Francisco, and we are excited to be one of the proud sponsors of this years event! Join us on July 16th-18th at Booth #11 across from the Insider Lounge entrance, where you can learn more about our state of the art real estate software and our latest and upcoming new products.  Why should you stop by our booth? We are going to have exclusive promotions, demos, and giveaways for all attendees; plus you can meet our awesome team who will answer all of your questions and even teach you some new tricks for your Showing Suite…
  • Ask and Ye’ Shall Receive – Better, Faster User Account Login

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    We’ve recently had a number of users request that we expand the account session timeout – you asked for it, so we delivered! For our latest Showing Suite feature request update, we’ve improved the way you log in/out of your account. Once you sign into your Showing Suite account, you will now stay logged in, even if navigate away or close your browser. When you navigate back www.showingsuite.com and click the “LOGIN” button – it will take you directly to your account with no need to re-enter your email and password combonation each time. You…
  • How Does Seattle Compare to the Rest of the West?

    admin
    29 May 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Today’s prices and the mentality of younger buyers may mean a nuanced, transitional approach will help agents bring in more foot traffic and in-turn improve sales in Seattle, the Western region and the U.S. as a whole. According to Showing Suite CBSA Reports and NAR home sales data, showings in the overall Seattle market and Western United States are about two months ahead of sales. Seattle’s regional shift is in lock-step with the larger trends of the Western region defined by the National Association of Realtors. NAR data shows decreases in home sales following decreases in listings…
  • NAR Expo is Coming Up – Visit Our Booth!

    admin
    1 May 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The 2014 NAR REALTOR Party Convention & Trade Expo is right around the corner, and we are excited to be exhibitors this year alongside some of the most innovative real estate companies in the industry!   Booth Info: Booth #425 in Hall C 2660 Woodley Rd NW Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC May 14th & 15th — all day To get to our booth, just go straight ahead from the entrance and take a right once you hit the back of Hall C and we’ll be there to greet you, you can’t miss us! Be sure to ask about our promotions we have going on especially for NAR expo…
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    Las Vegas Modern Homes

  • Choose a New Las Vegas Home That Addresses Tomorrow’s Needs

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Choose a New Las Vegas Home That Addresses Tomorrow’s Needs “At the end of the day…” “The bottom line…” “When all is said and done…” The final verdict on whether any activity is ultimately deemed a triumph comes down to how successfully it addresses future circumstances. It’s especially relevant when you find yourself at the […]
  • Las Vegas Property Type Wording Shapes Buyer Expectations

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Las Vegas Property Type Wording Shapes Buyer Expectations If you are preparing to sell your property in Las Vegas this fall, it’s worth considering what the marketing angle will be: how to characterize it most accurately—and appealingly. It starts with the choice of wording for your home’s property type, which will set up prospective buyers’ […]
  • Rental Homes in Las Vegas Adopt More Pet-Friendly Attitudes

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Rental Homes in Las Vegas Adopt More Pet-Friendly Attitudes Owning rental homes in Las Vegas may be a profitable venture, but sometimes the image of a landlord could use a little public relations boost. For instance, the cartoon version of a landlord is the opposite of pet-friendly. Lassie or Puff? Fuhgeddaboudit! That parody landlord attitude […]
  • Investing in Las Vegas Real Estate – Crucial Considerations

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Investing in Las Vegas Real Estate – Crucial Considerations If you have been doing groundwork with an eye toward investing in Las Vegas real estate, chances are you’ve also been watching some new national movement in housing sales. Last month’s Real Trends Housing Market Report showed U.S. sales of 5,880,000 units (a 5.1% increase over […]
  • Las Vegas Rental Owners Take Advantage of Tax Benefits

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Las Vegas Rental Owners Take Advantage of Tax Benefits As a homeowner in Las Vegas, you are pleasantly reminded each April 15th that the interest portion of your mortgage payments is 100% tax deductible. When you own Las Vegas rental property, though, the tax implications are considerably different. You need to report rental payments you […]
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • How To Build a Strong Company Culture

    Trey
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Values are at the center of building a strong company culture, but we’re not going to bother with what they should or shouldn’t be. What matters is that you have a set of core values and that you align your organization around them. This is what Tony Hsieh (sounds like “Shay”) says about building a company culture in the latest issue of Inc. magazine. Hsieh founded Zappos (as if you didn’t know), which has become known far and wide for its legendary customer service. And for its free shipping both ways, but the customer service is what keeps people coming back to…
  • The REAL Truth About SBA Loans

    Chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Last week, I got an email telling me that a new article about SBA loans had been published online. I’ve set up several Google Alerts so I can be notified when there’s news that pertains to my business and industry. (If you don’t use Google Alerts for your business, I recommend fixing that right away!) This email in particular told me about an article called “The Truth About SBA Loans” that appeared on the FOX Business Small Business Center. I clicked through and read the article with great interest, hoping to find some support for SBA loans and something I could…
  • Bigger SBA 504 Loans, Greater Small Business Confidence

    Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Last week we released our official lending figures for the first six months of 2014. Our performance has been decently strong so far, but no record-breaking pace to report this time. Our loan closing numbers have been steady, and we’ve worked hard to provide our small business clients with the best financing and best service possible, but the bigger story is the size of the loans we’re closing these days. (You may be thinking, “It’s not the size of the loan that matters…” But, well, it kind of does.) [Go here to read our official mid-year press release for 2014.] After doing some…
  • Commercial Finance Update: World Cup Edition

    Chris
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    GOAL! (and other soccer words) It’s World Cup time, which means most of the world is watching soccer with an even greater interest than usual. We, too, have World Cup Fever, but we would never let it get in the way of your commercial real estate financing needs. However, if you do happen to call during a USA match, you’ll probably have to leave a message. Just fair warning. With that lone World Cup caveat, here’s the latest news about smarter small business commercial real estate financing… Featured Project: - Planet Fitness - Muncie, Indiana - $1.18 million total project cost…
  • Commercial Finance Update: May 2014

    Chris
    19 May 2014 | 11:48 am
    New and Improved! Since so many of us read emails on our mobile devices these days, we’re trying something new with our May 2014 edition of our Commercial Finance Update. We’ve revamped the format in order to deliver both mobile-friendly and printer-friendly editions of our monthly update. If you didn’t get our mobile version, you can view it here. The printer-friendly version is available for download below. Just click the image to open the PDF file in a new window, then you can print and/or save the file for future reference. As always, if you have questions about how we…
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    ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog

  • Expert Home Staging Tips: Decluttering Is King

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Want to sell your home faster? Proper home staging decreases the amount of time your home spends on the market by 78 percent compared to a non-staged property, according to Real Estate Staging Association statistics. This expert tip on decluttering from Darlene Parris, Interior Redesigner, Organizer and Home Stager with Los Angeles-based UPSTAGED!, can help you organize any room in your house.Prospective buyers need to be able to visualize themselves living in your home, and decluttering plays a big part in allowing them to do that. Decluttering is one of several simple staging tips that will…
  • Women Real Estate Investors Build Long-Term Wealth as Landlords

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Ethan Roberts is a real estate writer, editor and investor. He's a frequent contributor to InvestorPlace.com, and his work has been featured on Money.msn.com and Reuters.com. He was one of five contributing editors to TheTycoonReport.com and has also written for MarketGreenhouse.com and SeekingAlpha.com. He's been investing in real estate since 1995 and a Realtor since 1998. This post is the second in Roberts' ongoing series about women in real estate. As we saw in the first part of this series, real estate investing is no longer exclusively a man's world: More and more women are getting…
  • 5 Most Popular Homes For Sale By Owner in July

    6 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    An important reason why people sell their homes by owner is, of course, the savings they can make by not paying a real estate agent's 6 percent commission. A common reason why people may not go the FSBO route is lack of confidence. But by stealing a page or two out of the playbooks of other successful sellers, as well as by taking a look at the most popular listings on ForSaleByOwner.com in July, homeowners arm themselves with the knowledge they need to seal their own by-owner sale -- from pricing their property correctly to making the most of their home's online exposure. 1. 200 Oak Glen…
  • Women Breaking New Ground as Real Estate Investors

    5 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Ethan Roberts is a real estate writer, editor and investor. He's a frequent contributor to InvestorPlace.com, and his work has been featured on Money.msn.com and Reuters.com. He was one of five contributing editors to TheTycoonReport.com and has also written for MarketGreenhouse.com and SeekingAlpha.com. He's been investing in real estate since 1995 and a Realtor since 1998. This post is the first in Roberts' ongoing series about women in real estate.Since the early 1990s, real estate investing has become more and more popular as a way for average Americans to gradually build wealth over…
  • Location, Location, Location: 5 Ways to Evaluate a Neighborhood

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Real estate investors calculate an investment's potential cash flow by comparing the financing and maintenance costs with current market rental rates. If the rental income more than pays for the mortgage, taxes and associated costs, the property is up for further consideration. But regardless of the initial calculations, buying in the wrong neighborhood can erode the property's value and lower rents.Whether you're buying an investment property for the rental income and long term-appreciation or looking for a house you can flip for a quick profit, you need to invest in a neighborhood that will…
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    CREOutsider

  • CRE Data – Stop Thinking Small

    Chris Clark
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    Someone asked me to summarize what’s going on in CRE regarding data. While the CRE data conversation has mostly revolved around what CoStar/LoopNet and Xceligent are up to, there’s a lot more going on than that. Yes, I’m talking about big data. But everyone in CRE seems to be thinking small. Properties and Listings There’s […]
  • 2014 Mid Year Emerging Trends Check

    Chris Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    One of my favorite websites is JWT Intelligence. They report on global cultural trends in various sectors including the economy, technology and lifestyle. Each year they compile a report of emerging trends and it’s interesting to return to it mid-year to see if they got things right.  If you haven’t read it yet, here are […]
  • Where to Start with Social Networking

    Chris Clark
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Agents always ask whether social networking is worth it.  By worth it, they’re usually referring to leads.  I give them the bad news – don’t expect a rush of new clients.  And then I point out the other benefits to social networking.  Like bolstering your online presence so when prospects check you out, they find […]
  • 5 Things Residential Does Better Than Commercial

    Chris Clark
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Yes, there’s a difference between selling or buying a home and buying/selling/leasing commercial property. Commercial transactions are more complex and you’re dealing with business as well as individual concerns.  But the basic marketing and transaction processes – they’re essentially the same.  And on many accounts, residential seems to do them all better thanks to a […]
  • The Aereo Decision and Cloud Computing

    Chris Clark
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Aereo is a subscription DVR-like service.  They recorded local over the air programming in a central location full of antenna’s subscribers could “rent.” The purpose was to give consumers an alternative to the often dismal performance of home installed antennas for local television stations and supply recording services for later viewing on various internet enabled […]
 
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    Underwritings Blog

  • Rockford, Illinois Mortgage Rates and Real Estate Overview

    Jennifer Esposito
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Home of the airbrush and the electric garage-door opener? That’s Rockford, Ill., the most-populous city in Illinois outside the Chicago metropolitan area. Traditionally a manufacturing town, Rockford experienced many factory closures throughout the 1980s and was forced to deal with subsequent job losses. Parts of the city, especially the west side, began to experience severe urban blight with homes left abandoned and a high crime rate. In recent years, however, the city has made a concerted effort to renew its downtown area and to resolve its social problems. According to the Wall…
  • Current Mortgage Rates for Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    It’s been a roller-coaster ride for rates. It’s been a see-saw morning for mortgage-backed securities. MBS tanked after a real strong housing number, then quickly rebounded.  This follows a sustained sell-off across the bond markets yesterday.  Sometimes you just have to shrug your shoulders.  Not all effects have ascertainable causes, right? Between the Fed, mixed economic data, the chaotic global situation, and slowing growth in Europe, it’s sort of difficult to make any sort of definitive statement about what is going on. In any case, mortgage rates are up a bit from…
  • Fannie Mae Lowers Expectations for Remainder of 2014 into 2015

    Mark Scheets
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Fannie Mae shared their outlook on the housing market on Monday, and it is not in a positive direction.  Fannie thinks that too much momentum was lost during the first half of the year, and because of this, they believe that the housing market will slow down for the remainder of the year and into 2015. In their August forecast, Fannie states that they expect home construction starts to hit 642,000 this year.  This number is down about 8% from their forecast of 696,000 in July.  Along with this, Fannie also lowered their outlook for new single-home purchases for this year from 486,000 in…
  • Current Mortgage Rates for Monday, August 18, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    It was quite a ride for mortgage backed securities on Friday. The day started slow, only to have bond prices go through the roof when tensions escalated between Russia and Ukraine.  We lost some of our gains in the afternoon, but ended the day in the green, entirely recouping the losses we saw early in the week. When it was all said and done, mortgage rates remained pretty much where they’ve been since the beginning of the summer. Thirty year rates averaged 4.12% last week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.  Word is that that things have calmed in the…
  • Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Clean Out Your Savings When Buying a Home

    Andrew Penner
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    At a certain point in life, you’ll start to see many of your peers become homeowners. They’ve graduated from living with their parents or living in a small apartment and now have spaces of their own to call home. While you might be tempted to join them right away, there are several reasons why doing so without a plan could be very risky. If you have a romantic notion of home ownership, it’s important to understand the reality. And that reality is owning your own home is expensive. Even if you find a good real estate deal or think you can save money by purchasing a short sale or…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: SawHorse

    Courtney Rogers
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Today’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is Matt Hoots, the president and owner of SawHorse, a residential design-build company in Atlanta. As one of the premier design-build firms in Atlanta with roots dating back to the 1970s, SawHorse is a cutting-edge company that was one of the first construction [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Room & Board

    Courtney Rogers
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This week’s Around Atlanta guest is Julie Dewald, the market manager with Room & Board, a design showroom that offers the best of modern design and American craftsmanship. This family-owned business has been around more than 30 years and aims to help each customer create a beautiful home that they love to live in. Room & [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Construction Resources and Cambria

    Courtney Rogers
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Our current Deal of the Week comes from Construction Resources, which is offering a deal on Cambria countertops from now through September. Right now, when customers select beautiful Cambria countertops, they can receive a free item based on the amount of their purchase! When customers make a Cambria purchase of $10,000 or more, they will receive [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Brock Built

    Courtney Rogers
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Today’s All About Real Estate guest on the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show is Steve Brock, the president of Brock Built. Celebrating its 30th year in the business, Brock Built is a boutique home builder offering products in a variety of markets in metro Atlanta, as well as in Charleston, South Carolina. Known for [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: City of Kennesaw

    Courtney Rogers
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This week’s Around Atlanta segment of the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show features an interview with Mark Mathews, the mayor of Kennesaw. As a native Kennesaw resident, Mathews is excited to see the direction that downtown Kennesaw is heading, as it’s now undergoing total renovation! Kennesaw was originally a shantytown located along the railway with [...]
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    My Moving Reviews

  • How to Pack Your Shoes for Moving Tips

    Pamela Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Packing your shoes is an important part of the packing of your home for a relocation. Your shoes are your precious possessions that you need in your everyday life and taking good care of them during the move will protect them, preserve them and allow you to use them longer. It doesn’t matter how many […]
  • How To Handle A Short Notice Move

    Joshua Green
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Life can be, and often is, highly unpredictable. And while some people find this unpredictability exhilarating, there are those who are no less than terrified by it. And yet, regardless of how one feels about what tomorrow will bring, the fool-proof approach to emerging victorious from most unexpected situations is to rise to each and […]
  • San Jose Relocation Guide: Moving To The Capital Of Silicon Valley

    Joshua Green
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    San Jose is a great choice for anyone who’s planning to move to the heart of the Silicon Valley. The city offers unparalleled quality of life, a pleasurable spring-like climate year round to enjoy the endless outdoor activities and easy access to other top destinations in Northern California, including San Francisco (1 hour), Oakland / […]
  • Moving To The Mountains – Advice, Pros & Cons

    Pamela Smith
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    The mountains are a place, much different from the city in terms of climate, utilities available, conveniences, but also in terms of opportunities. In the summer months, especially when it is hot and if you don’t like summer, you may be wishing that you lived in the mountains. And that is not an impossible task […]
  • Moving to South Africa – Your Guide For Smooth Relocation

    Manuella Irwin
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Diversity. If we have to describe South Africa with one word only, that would be “diversity”. Here is a brief overview of the country according to BBC: “Diversity is a key feature of South Africa, where 11 languages are recognized as official, where community leaders include rabbis and chieftains, rugby players and returned exiles, where […]
 
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    agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website

  • Five Useful Tips for Your Moving Day

    Heather Roberts
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    A move is big task to tackle because there are so many things to do. You start with your planning, researching the task that you know what to do and what to expect, followed by booking all the necessary services. You then start packing your goods, in which you enfold everything being transported in protective […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Moving and Selling: How to Get the Best from Your Home

    Heather Roberts
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Moving and Selling: How to Get the Best from Your Home Preparing the interior of your home is just as important as the exterior, especially if you want to do a sale before moving out to a new home. There are a few things you can do to make it happen, but mostly you need […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Finding a New Home Aboard: International Removal Tips

    Heather Roberts
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Many people will rarely leave the country of their birth, while others may never at all. For others that may frequent travel the world, experiencing new places and cultures. Brief visits are not always enough for some people because they will fall in love with their new surroundings and wish to remain there permanently. An […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Romans Mortgage Competition

    admin
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:27 pm
        Romans estate agents in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey are running a competition for one lucky person to win the chance of having their mortgage repayments paid for one month. Mortgage repayments are for most people their biggest outgoing. The average monthly repayment with Romans mortgage services is £800. Romans would like to ease […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Open House could be an open invitation to crime

    admin
    7 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    Online estate agent, Houses.co.uk, cautions home sellers on the risks of open house viewings With house prices surging and large numbers of buyers competing for a short supply of properties, open house viewings, whereby a large number of potential buyers visit a property on a specified day, are becoming increasingly common. They are particularly popular […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
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    Colordarcy Investment

  • FAQ – Top 10 Most Common Questions About Investing In Brazil

    Artur Vogt
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Question 1: Why should I invest in Brazilian properties now? Is there room for further growth? Brazil has been one of the fastest-growing property markets in the world and we expect this trend to continue for at least the next five years and beyond. The government is actively encouraging its people to buy their own homes with generous social housing programmes. One particular project – Minha Casa Minha Vida in Natal – also happens to provide investors with an easy route into the Brazil market that will give more than a 100% return on investment inside a year.   Question 2:…
  • Investment Hotspots In Brazil – Timesaving Guide

    Artur Vogt
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The property market in Brazil has changed rapidly since 2008 and property price growth in cities such as Sao Paolo, Rio, Fortaleza and Natal has been nothing short of spectacular in this period. However, where once you had several investment options in Brazil, as the market begins to mature in 2014 it is worth looking in more detail at the best cities for cash flow and solid long-term capital growth. Over the past few months we have carried out an in-depth analysis of the most profitable investment locations in Brazil and shared them with you. If you haven’t had a chance to read about them…
  • Brazil Investment Hotspots – Bahia

    Artur Vogt
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bahia is located on the north-east coast of Brazil. The area has some stunning beaches and a fantastic year-round tropical climate. Prices have been increasing at around 20% per annum, but the area still remains affordable and is at the centre of Brazil’s tourism push. Bahia is one of Brazil’s original tourist states and is certainly geared up for investment with some of the best infrastructure in Brazil. The World Bank has given Bahia a $16 billion infrastructure grant, as part of a 15-year initiative to attract tourists. Major developers and hotel operators have been investing heavily…
  • Everything You Need To Know About Purchase Costs In Brazil

    Artur Vogt
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Those investing in Brazilian property right now are enjoying a cocktail of high capital growth and solid rental yields. This is attracting the attention of investors from all over the world who are keen to secure their own piece of paradise while conditions remain ripe for investment. Real estate is still cheap by European and US standards and so is labour, so you have the ideal conditions in place for property investment. In the same way that one person may want a BMW and the other a Ferrari, we are aware that each client will have a different investment objective and also set out from a…
  • 10 Good Reasons To Invest In Florida’s Cash Flow Positive Properties

    Artur Vogt
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Reason 1: Grab Yourself A Bargain! We all like a bargain and as property investors we like them even more so. However, there are signs that those huge $150,000 discounts are coming to an end as the market recovers and growth returns. Property remains undervalued, so taking advantage of this window of opportunity should be high on any investor’s agenda.   Reason 2: Strong And Growing Tourist Market Tourism is worth an annual estimated $57 billion to the Florida economy and a 4.1% increase in hotel bookings in 2012 has been greeted as a sign that Florida is well on the road to recovery.
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    Sydney Server Real Estate

  • USDA/rural housing maps change Oct. 1

    Florida Realtors® News
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Aug. 19, 2014 – A favored mortgage product in some areas of Florida will undergo changes on Oct. 1, 2014. The USDA/rural housing mortgage is offered in areas – many times in outlying areas of major cities – with population up to 35,000 and “rural in character.” To determine if an area is eligible for the program, the USDA has created maps and an online search tool where a buyer can key in a prospective home’s address and find out if a USDA loan is possible. The maps get updated regularly based on U.S. Census data. Many homes in the current rural map…
  • Fla. all-cash sales drop along with U.S. numbers

    Florida Realtors® News
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:23 am
    IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 19, 2014 – RealtyTrac today released its Q2 2014 U.S. Institutional Investor & Cash Sales Report. In the U.S., all-cash sales made up 37.9 percent of all sales of single family homes and condos nationwide in the second quarter, down from a three-year high of 42 percent in the previous quarter. However, cash sales in a year-to-year comparison went up from 35.7 percent. In Florida, all-cash sales declined quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. According to RealtyTrac, all-cash sales in the state made up 57.9 percent of transactions in the second quarter of 2014 and…
  • Fla. website locates, rates nearby health services

    Florida Realtors® News
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:22 am
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Aug. 19, 2014 – The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) announced a new and improved online patient data tool for searches of hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and emergency departments. This resource is available online through the ‘Researchers and Professionals’ tab located at FloridaHealthFinder.gov. The new query tool provides access to reports that illustrate trends surrounding facility performance and charges. The Agency is also offering additional webinars that focus on the needs of Florida’s Hispanic community that…
  • Millennial buyers say some marketing doesn’t work

    Florida Realtors® News
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:51 am
    Home Getting Started Tools and Support News and Events Legal Center Legislative Center Education Get Connected About Florida Realtors Governance Research & Statistics Video Library What’s this?remove Sign in to use the “My Favorites” feature. Connect with us on: Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Subscribe to Florida Realtors®YouTube Channel ORLANDO, Fla. – Aug. 18, 2014 – Realtors attending last week’s Florida Realtors Conference & Trade Expo sat in on a “Hear It Direct” panel of five millennials who either just bought a home or were in the process. They were…
  • Builder confidence rises two points in Aug. to 55

    Florida Realtors® News
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    WASHINGTON – Aug. 18, 2014 – Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 55 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August. This third consecutive monthly gain brings the index to its highest level since January. “As the employment picture brightens, builders are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of serious buyers entering the market,” says NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. “However, builders still face a number of challenges, including tight credit conditions for borrowers and…
 
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    Isle Of Man Property For Sale

  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    The following applications have been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure for consideration. via Isle of Man Today - Planning Applications Feed http://ift.tt/1yA9qAI
  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    The following applications have been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure for consideration. via Isle of Man Today - Planning Applications Feed http://ift.tt/1uu8w8m
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Pinfold Personal Pension Scheme, by trustee, Paul Juan Leneghan, of Pinfold Cottage, Pinfold Hill, Laxey, as trustee, and Tynwald Pensions Limited, whose registered office is at 29/31 Athol Street, Douglas, as trustees, bought 101 Anagh Coar Road, Douglas, for £185,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1sgvrWP
  • The Mortgage Game

    Simon Costain
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
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  • Drone Journey Along Marine Drive

    Simon Costain
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
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    Frederick Real Estate Online

  • Recently Sold Homes in Lake Linganore

    Karen Highland
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Homes Sold in Lake Linganore in the Recent Six Months: About Lake Linganore Lake Linganore Villages are the largest privately held lake community in Maryland. Residents enjoy 4 private lakes, 2 beaches, acres of nature and miles of scenic trails. There are also pools, basketball courts, tot lots and recreation fields. Lake Linganore was established in 1968 and has had several different builders over the years. To date, there are still hundreds of lots available to build a home. Linganore is said to get its name from an Indian Chief who once lived along the creek, a member of the Susquehanna…
  • The Benefits of Buying New Construction

    Karen Highland
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Benefits to Buying a New Home The Benefits of Buying New New construction can offer a home-buyer more than fresh paint and an open floor plan. Today’s new homes feature flexible spaces, are constructed using low-maintenance building materials and are significantly more energy efficient than older homes. And financing can be easier because of mortgage-financing perks that may be offered through a builder. When reviewing the process used to construct a new home, everything starts on the inside – with the building envelope. Builders are concerned with making sure conditioned air — cool…
  • Frederick County Real Estate Market Statistics for July 2014

    Karen Highland
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Frederick County Real Estate Market Snapshot July 2014 provided by the Highland Group We’re seeing the real estate market continue this summer with healthy demand. Here is a snapshot of Frederick County real estate statistics July: For the visual people, a slideshare: Frederick Maryland Real Estate Trends July 2014 from The Highland Group For those who like statistics: Frederick Real Estate Trends for July 2014 Average Home Sales Price:  $303,300: down 2% from last July. Down 5% from June. Average Single-Family Sales Price:  $354,900 Average Attached Home Sales Price:  $216,500…
  • Let’s Keep the Drama Out of Real Estate, Shall We?

    Karen Highland
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Real Estate Transactions Don’t Have to Be Full of Drama Whether you’re buying a home or selling your home, the process can be stressful. After all, it’s the biggest investment most people make, both financially and in life. Although sometimes emotions can run high,  the process does not necessarily have to be full of drama. All involved can keep the transaction professional. That is a choice that buyers, sellers, and their agents can make…a choice that sure does make things go smoother. We have dozens of stories about drama in real estate, unfortunately. When…
  • When the Mortgage Lender Says No

    Karen Highland
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    What to Do When the Lender Says “No” Declined. It happens. It’s kind of a negative topic, but it is something that home buyers may deal with sometimes, especially in these days of tighter lending standards. The good news is that it isn’t a final sentence. It’s just a temporary situation that can be fixed. There are many reasons why the lender says no to a buyer. Most of the time the reasons have to do with insufficient credit. Sometimes the Debt-to-Income Ratio is too high. Both of these situations can be fixed. Blair Warner, credit counselor with Upgrade My…
 
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  • Hotel REITs Outperform in Q2

    Jonas222
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Real Estate Deal Sheet recently reported on the increasing value of upscale hotels, and how hotel REITs are outperforming other sectors. GlobeSt.com just reported here that Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc. read more
  • Wealthy Investors Flock to CRE

    Jonas222
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    How popular do you think investments in commercial real estate are for today’s wealthy investors? As Bloomberg points out here, 77 percent of millionaire investors surveyed by Morgan Stanley have identified real estate as a go-to investment in 2014. The attraction is all about high yields, the same article reports, thanks to the fact that property values have risen by 8 percent in value from January 2013 to January 2014, according to Green Street Advisors Inc. read more
  • Apartment Sector Snapshot

    Jonas222
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Apartment demand has helped drive up national occupancy rates to more than 95 percent for the last two consecutive months, according to a report in Multifamily Executive. The reporter cites data from Axiometrics, a Dallas-based multifamily research firm, which also says annualized rental growth has increased by 3.6 percent.  The thesis of the article centers around the whether or not we should worry about oversupply. read more
  • Hotel Investment Update

    Jonas222
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    It’s just the sort of cyclical news commercial real estate is known for: competition in the hotel space has prompted a dramatic increase in selling prices among institutional investors. read more
  • Omnichannel Retail Is King

    Jonas222
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Brick-and-mortar retail isn’t as threatened by e-commerce as many reports may have expressed. In the article, “Study Finds Physical Stores Paramount in Driving Retail Sales Across All Channels,” Elaine Misonzhnik writes about a recent A.T. Kearney study in which the researchers found that most consumers want the in-person retail experience, even if they use online sites.   read more
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    House Flipping School

  • 5 Surprise Tactics To Get Your Real Estate Offers Accepted

    Mike LaCava
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    After days or even weeks of searching, you finally found the perfect house for you to flip, or buy and hold. Your phone calls to owners who weren’t available, long drives to look for property, hundreds of direct mailings and your long search through MLS finally bore some fruits. This could be one of those real estate offers you have been waiting for. To make things even better, you got an asking price that is below your Maximum Allowable Offer. The bad news is that you are not the only one who is interested in this once in a lifetime deal. There are several other real estate investors…
  • Coaching Student Case Study | Ray Benson

    Mike LaCava
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    It all began when Ray Benson decided to attend one of our monthly HFS MeetUps, and liked what he was hearing. Afterward I spoke with Ray about our bootcamps and how it could help get him started flipping houses. Ray committed to attending the bootcamp we held this past June, and was enthusiastic to learn this business. Fast forward a couple weeks and my company has our signs up on a property we are rehabbing in Massachusetts . The sign says “We buy houses” and someone driving buy saw the sign and called us about a mobile home they were selling. This was when I began to think…
  • How To Flip Houses Like Steve Covey

    Mike LaCava
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Steven Covey is a well known self-improvement guru famous for writing “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. He gave us seven simple principles that we can use to achieve success in life and business. Is it possible to apply his principles to house flipping? His seven core habits are applicable to house flipping but one of these habits particularly stands out; “begin with the end in mind”. How The Begin With The End In Mind Habit Applies It’s common knowledge that making a profit on house flipping is not easy but when you know exactly what it is you want to accomplish, you…
  • 4 Challenges I’m Facing Right Now In My House Flipping Business

    Mike LaCava
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Every new business faces growing pains. When I first began flipping houses for a living, I dealt with and overcame many unexpected challenges. Today, I am actively flipping 2-3 houses per month, however I still face growing pains. This past week in particular has presented 4 distinct challenges that I am working to overcome. In this post I will share with you the challenges I am facing in my business right now, because I know you will face similar challenges as you build your house flipping business. Challenge #1 – Managing The Details We have expanded our business rapidly and I lost…
  • How Your Creativity Can Help You Make Money Flipping Houses

    Mike LaCava
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    There are a number of strategies that you can use to make money flipping houses but they all require you to think outside the box. In the real estate industry you will find real estate investors, consultants, short sale realtors, wholesalers and those who do rehabs and retail. All these are different avenues for making money in real estate and the list goes on and on. Real estate investors, regardless of the type of real estate investing they choose to get into, can testify that the industry has changed them in one way or another. Regardless of how you choose to make money in this industry,…
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    Los Angeles Income Property

  • Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Post War Modern Tract Houses The Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract is a group of 52 homes that was built in 1948 by famous modern architect Gregory Ain and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo. This project is probably his most well known. What make Ain’s tract home different from other tract homes being developed at the time was that his were modern. During the 1950s, there was a huge building boom and several hundred tract homes were being built in Los Angeles each week. The tract homes were predominantly ranch styles houses like the tract houses built in nearby Mar Vista neighborhoods of…
  • West Hollywood Homes

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    West Hollywood Zip Codes: 90038, 90046, 90048, 90069 Location West Hollywood is bordered by Hollywood Hills on the north, Miracle Mile on the south, Hollywood on the east, and Beverly Hills on the west. Landmarks The Pacific Design Center is the most recognizable building in West Hollywood Santa Monica and San Vicente Rainbow Walk   Veteran Fountain West Hollywood City Hall, Sweetzer and Santa Monica NEIGHBORHOODS: -West Hollywood West -Norma Traingle -Central W.H. -Sunset Strip -Eastside CITY OF ADULTS West Hollywood, sometimes referred to as Weho by its residents, is a creative,…
  • 858 Doheny

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    Lloyd Wright Studio 858 N Doheny Los Angeles CA 90069 858 Doheny was built in 1927 by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright (who is often confused with his father) as his studio and office. Much like Rudolph Schindler home/studio built on Kings drive five years earlier, Lloyd Wright would live and work in this home until his passing in the 1978. Located at the corner of Doheny Drive and Vista Grande St in the Norma Triangle neighborhood of West Hollywood- the home is on a compact 3,611 square foot corner lot. The Home is two stories with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Baths measuring 2,413 square…
  • Advertising Rentals

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Turning a unit quickly when a vacancy comes up is important to keep the rent coming in. If you have a property management company their leasing agent or onsite property manager will handle taking pictures and leasing the unit for you. For landlords, I have some advice for advertising and getting your unit rented quick- you will need to screen the applications you receive to make sure you select a good tenant. My goal is always to fill a vacancy in a month or less. If the unit hasn’t leased after a month, you should consider lowering the price because you are probably too high. The…
  • Schindler House

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    A design ahead of its time. The Schindler house, also known as the Kings Road House or Schindler Chase house, is located at 835 N Kings Road in West Hollywood. It was built by famous modern architect Rudolf Schindler in 1922 for his primary residence. Schindler house was one of the first modern houses ever built. Schindler was a free thinker and a radical. Many people during his time didn’t understand his designs- they didn’t resemble anything that had been built previous. Unlike other homes of the era that were mainly period revival styles with heavy ornamentation, the floor plan…
 
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  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: July 2014

    Karri Flatla
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes July 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 23% (144/637) For same month last year: 18% (112/637) Average sale price: $296,324 For same month last year: $286,086 PENDING sales as of this post date: 33 July 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 802   For same period last year: 774 Average sale price: $293,684  For same period [...]
  • Why There is No ‘Perfect Time’ to List Your Home in Lethbridge

    Karri Flatla
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Before I got my licence in real estate, I was working with a coach to explore some different career options I was considering. At one point I told my coach that I had always been fascinated by real estate but gee, the market wasn’t very good so maybe that wasn’t such a hot career choice. I’ll [...]
  • Home Buying Lecture: What NOT to Do If You Have a Long Closing

    Karri Flatla
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    While most homebuyers prefer to take possession within a month or two of finalizing the purchase agreement, there are times when a “long closing” is more desirable. For example, you may be waiting for the sale proceeds from an existing home in order to fund the new one. Or, a later date may simply be [...]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: June 2014

    Karri Flatla
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes June 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 20% (133/671) For same month last year: 22% (128/587) Average sale price: $311,360 For same month last year: $301,928 PENDING sales as of this post date: 59 June 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 659  < virtually no change in volume For same period last year: 662 Average [...]
  • A Breathtaking View of Lethbridge: Courtesy of Mayor Spearman

    Karri Flatla
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Mayor Chris Spearman shot this short video of the Oldman River in Lethbridge… at 6am this morning. I’m not too proud a prairie girl to say that no, I wasn’t even awake yet Two things I must briefly point out before you take in the view for yourself: 1) The Oldman River slices right through [...]
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    IXACTContact Blog

  • Contact Management for Real Estate Agents: 3 Essential Elements to Success

    Matthew Collis
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    A lot of REALTORS® aren’t aware of important best practices when it comes to real estate contact management. Agents who excel in effective contact management forge strong relationships with their sphere and get the vast majority of their business from past clients in the form of repeat business and referrals. In this blog post we’ll outline three keys to success when it comes to contact management for real estate agents and actionable insights you can start applying to your business right away. 1. Create a multi-channel keep in touch plan You can’t overestimate the value of a good,…
  • 4 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Stand out From the Competition

    Carrie Gable
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    As the real estate market rebounds, so does the number of new agents! A recent article by the Associated Press reports that the number of real estate applications has doubled in states like Florida and California, where rising home prices are grabbing headlines. Newcomers to the industry are lured by the impression of a big payday with a relatively low barrier to entry. Real estate sales has always been a highly-competitive industry. With tens of thousands of new agents expected to enter the field in the upcoming months, it’s more critical than ever to distinguish your name and your brand…
  • Get Organized in Real Estate with Listing and Closing Activity Plans

    Michael Churaman
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Check out the video at the end of this blog post by real estate coach Bruce Keith of Bruce Keith Results. Bruce is a big fan of IXACT Contact and recommends the real estate CRM to all of his coaching clients. In this video he discusses how IXACT Contact’s listing and closing Activity Plans help get you more organized and in control. Listing and closing Activity Plans come included in IXACT Contact. They are a series of tasks with corresponding due dates. At the right date and time, the REALTOR® CRM will remind you to take specific actions, like install a lockbox, update the MLS, or send…
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Real Estate Leads Are Falling Through the Cracks

    Matthew Collis
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    You likely work hard to generate real estate leads for your business. But once you get the leads, are you doing everything you can to maximize the chance that they convert into clients? If you’re not making the most of every lead and letting some fall through the cracks, you could be missing out on many easy sales opportunities – “low hanging fruit.” In this post, we’re going to share four important reasons why your real estate leads may be falling through the cracks. 1. You’re making it hard to contact you/ find your contact details I’ve been on REALTOR® websites where the…
  • The 3 Best Real Estate Marketing Tools

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The best real estate marketing tools aren’t always easy to find. And everyone seems to have a different opinion these days on which ones really are the cream of the crop. In this blog post we’re going to let you in on three tools which we believe are absolutely essential for every REALTOR® and which will help take your business to new heights. 1. IXACT Contact – Real Estate CRM A real estate CRM is the foundation to building a referrals-based business. If you want to stop cold calling and get the majority of your business from referrals and past clients, you need to start using a…
 
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014 Currently, 7% of the real estate market in Warner Robins are distressed properties, which means consumers do have some REO home choices if they are looking for foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014. However, I would be amiss if I did not mention that this […] The post Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Perry GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Foreclosures in Perry GA in August 2014 The number of available foreclosures in Perry GA in August 2014 went down last month. In fact, there is just 1.9% of the available inventory listed as REO homes in this community right now. Clearly, the choices are extremely limited for consumers who are looking for foreclosures deals in […] The post Foreclosures in Perry GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in August 2014 There is no time like the present for buyers and investors who are looking for real estate deals in the way of foreclosures in Kathleen GA in August 2014. Distressed homes in this market are not easy to find, currently making up just 5.1% (up nearly 2 percent […] The post Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Centerville GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Foreclosures in Centerville GA in August 2014 Both buyers and investors who are looking to make a splash in this REO market should be ready to make a fast offer if they want to purchase one of the available foreclosures in Centerville GA in August 2014. Currently, distressed homes only make up only 2.8% of the […] The post Foreclosures in Centerville GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Byron GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Foreclosures in Byron GA in August 2014 Both buyers and investors who have been looking for foreclosures in Byron GA in August 2014 are almost out of inventory to choose from as only a few distressed properties are available right now. Like many distressed homes, these properties often have special stipulations and requirements so it […] The post Foreclosures in Byron GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
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    thelasvegasluxuryhomepro.com

  • Low Ball Offers in Real Estate – Do They Ever Work?

    Debbie Drummond
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    An agent in our office recently complained about receiving an offer that was $50K lower than the list price.  His sellers wanted to counter back $50K higher than the list price.  An equally ridiculous move.  The agent wanted to call the buyer’s agent and suggest  Continue ReadingThe post Low Ball Offers in Real Estate – Do They Ever Work? appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas Real Estate Market Update – August 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Las Vegas and Henderson Homes For Sale in August We’re seeing more inventory this month.  We currently have 7131 single family homes listed for sale.  There are 1878 condos and town homes plus 509 high rise/vertical condos listed for sale.  This gives buyers a total  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas Real Estate Market Update – August 2014 appeared first on .
  • Luxury New Homes in Las Vegas – Video Tour

    remetch
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Here are three video tours of  New luxury home developments across Las Vegas to give you a small sampling of what’s currently available.  Contact us for more information. New Homes at Horizon’s Edge South in Henderson New contemporary luxurious homes are under construction by D  Continue ReadingThe post Luxury New Homes in Las Vegas – Video Tour appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas High Rise Market – August 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    We’re starting this month with 448 high rise condos in our top buildings available in the MLS.  The number of condos sold in July jumped back up to 50 in the buildings we follow.  Better than the slight dip to 39 we had last month.  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas High Rise Market – August 2014 appeared first on .
  • Outstanding Luxury Home Marketing – Photography And Video

    Debbie Drummond
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, in real estate it can be worth thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. The internet has changed the way we buy and sell our homes.  We’re not tied to a Realtor who has access to listings  Continue ReadingThe post Outstanding Luxury Home Marketing – Photography And Video appeared first on .
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    Real Estate Valuation | IRR on Real Estate blog

  • A university sparks development in Kentucky, and how cranberries are changing real estate

    Ray Cirz
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: A university’s partnership reshapes Bowling Green, Ky. A development district deal between a university and the local government is transforming 52 blocks of run-down buildings into usable space in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Western Kentucky University, the second-largest college in the state, spent millions on new, downtown student housing to bridge the gap between students and the greater community.  The university …
  • IRR-Orlando’s Charles Lentz and Stephen Matonis honored by the Appraisal Institute

    John Albrecht
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Two of our esteemed professionals at IRR-Orlando were recently honored at the 2014 Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting for their stellar performance and dedication to the appraisal field.  Executive Director Charles Lentz, MAI, MRICS received the 2014 National Outstanding Service Award for his exceptional service and contribution to the Region X chapter of the Appraisal Institute, and President, Principal, and Managing Director Stephen Matonis, MAI, MRICS received the George L. Schmutz Award in recognition of his …
  • Why multifamily origination is down, and new interest in health care properties

    Ray Cirz
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: GlobeSt.com: It is not your imagination: MF origination is down this year Freddie Mac’s recent $1.2 billion K-Deal means more than just reaching an $80 billion landmark in total multifamily mortgages it’s securitized since 2009.  The transaction is representative of a growing interest in floating rate loans from borrowers.  The K-Deal also signals a decrease in multifamily origination, possibly due to pent-up demand for …
  • New IRR study forecasts Miami real estate trends: Foreign investment has transformed the condo market

    Anthony Graziano
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Amid sensational headlines and conflicting reports about the future of Miami’s real estate market, the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) retained IRR-Miami to assemble accurate metrics and interpret current trends within the Greater Downtown housing market to help inform future planning and development decisions by providing comprehensive research on the state of the market. This report provides insights on the multitude of new projects currently being constructed in the Greater Downtown Miami market, and offers …
  • Rebuilding Chicago’s Lincoln Avenue, and why transit agencies are the new players in real estate

    Ray Cirz
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: Crain’s Chicago Business: Investor aims to level, rebuild Lincoln Ave. block A Chicago retail investment and development firm threw down $3.5 million to acquire several buildings on Chicago’s Lincoln Avenue just to tear them down.  The North Side neighborhood, known for its shops and restaurants, will soon be demolished and rebuilt to add an additional 21,500 square feet of new retail space to the …
 
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    The Oatley Team

  • Home of the Week: 323 Evergreen Rd.

    Laura
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    The Oatley TeamThis 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is back on the market and has been loaded with upgrades! The upgrades include: New carpet! New vinyl! Newer HVAC! Newer water heater! New inside doors! And much more! This home features a large great room and an open open kitchen with a huge breakfast bar.  You will also […]Laura
  • Kentucky State Fair

    Laura
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Oatley TeamToday the Kentucky State Fair kicked off with the Kentucky Commodity Group Appreciation Breakfast.  There were many notable attendees including our Mayor, Greg Fischer and Kentucky Attorney General and candidate for Governor, Jack Conway. The politicians aren’t the only ones to have fun.  The state fair has something for everyone.  If you enjoy live music you […]Laura
  • Home of the Week: 5216 Silverton Ln

    Laura
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Oatley TeamThis home will not last long.  If you are interested in checking it out I suggest you reach out to The Oatley Team quickly.  It is recently just back on the market. The home is completely remodeled and located on a private cul-de-sac. This fantastic home features a large eat in kitchen with brand new […]Laura
  • Weekend Events August 8-10

    Laura
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Oatley TeamThis weekend is packed with great things to do. Here you can find some of my favorites. St. Joe’s Picnic for the Kids This picnic is in its 165th year and raises money for the St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.  It kicks off tonight with FREE live music.  There will also be selected booths with food […]Laura
  • PGA Championship at Valhalla

    Laura
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Oatley TeamBy now we all know that the PGA championship is going on here in Louisville.  Practice rounds started on Monday and the competition officially kicks off tomorrow. The news over the last few days has been flooded with speculation whether Tiger Woods would actually be able play since his injury last weekend.  A few hours […]Laura
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    Agent Avenue

  • Find it, see it, get it first – Tell a story

    John Bunka
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Have you seen these commercials from Realtor.com? They are fantastic, fun and they do a great job of telling a quick story. Check them out below. One thing to keep in mind as you watch.. Do you tell a story with you real estate marketing? Why should someone hire you? Why use your office etc? A quick story can be very powerful when it comes to selling  prospect with your marketing. Tell A Story This story is simple: you get a notification, you run to the house, have a party, hug your agent, sign a form and the house is yours. Watch one yoga girl find her dream home first with the realtor.com…
  • Branded Email with Google Apps

    John Bunka
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Branded Email: Having a professional email is key to looking… well…  professional. We have all come across weird personal emails that are now being used by Realtors (like you) for business purposes. Have you ever seen an email like bigbooty42@comast.com, or dirtyharryman@gmail.com..  and then you realize this is supposed to be your professional real estate agent? Having a professional email is so easy but it is also easily overlooked. Agent work on their branding all of the time and then a branded email never seems to hit their radar! Branded Email Most agent have 3 websites on…
  • Real Estate Stats for 2014 (not boring)

    John Bunka
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Real Estate Stats are always fun but usually they are boring. (Really boring) This slideshare gives a colorful look at some great numbers and stats that agents everywhere can use. Our favorite is… Between 2009 – 20013, real estate related Google searches increased by 253% that’s a big number! But this slideshow includes more than just the Google stats it also includes: Today’s Real Estate Market The industry at a glance (big picture) Supply (hopefully your area has it) Demand Recovery Real Estate Search (our favorite category) Real Estate Advertising (where does all…
  • How to find free Google images for your blog

    John Bunka
    20 May 2014 | 6:25 am
    We have all been there…. we have a great blog on our site but we are lacking a great picture to go with it. How to find free Google images for your real estate blog. Directions: 1. Using a Google image search; search for the image you want on your blog 2. In the example we searched for “houses” 3. Click the gear icon on the top right hand side 4. Select “Advanced Search” 5. At the bottom select “usage rights” 6. Select “Free to use, share or modify, even commercially 7. Click the “Advanced search” button 8. You will see the images…
  • How to Quench Your Social Media Thirst in 60 Minutes a Day

    John Bunka
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Monitoring your business’ social media presence can take up a lot of time. But if you take a disciplined approach, and keep an eye on the clock, you can get it down to a manageable hour a day — even if you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Rule #1: No B.S.! Spend your time curating high quality content that you’re confident your users will like and want to share. And don’t forget to check your analytics so you can see if your hunches are right. Via Socially Stacked Can you get it all done i   The post How to Quench Your Social Media Thirst in 60 Minutes a Day…
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    PropertyCluster.com Blog

  • Things You Must Tell Prospective Buyers When Selling Your Home

    Rebecca
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    Earlier when people used to buy homes, they were told to be careful as sellers were under no obligation to tell buyers about flaws or problems with the house. As a buyer, you had to be responsible for finding out everything about the house, zoning laws and defects and problems. Thankfully, over the years things have changed and now majority of the states have laws that protect the buyer. So, if you are a homeowner and intend selling your home, make sure you know the major defects in your home. If you do not inform the buyer about these defects, it is illegal and can result in a lawsuit. You…
  • Why Landlords Need to Be Maintain a Rainy Day Fund

    Rebecca
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    A landlord’s job does not end after renting out the property to a tenant. It rather begins from there as he will now have to look after the repairs and maintenance requests that the tenants would make. Alongside, he also has to make efforts to maintain a healthy relationship with the tenant. Image Courtesy of jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Despite all the regular maintenance you would be doing for your property, certain repairs and other costs always come in unexpected and you need to be prepared to deal with these financially. To be a successful landlord in the long term it…
  • 8 Precautions You Must Take Before Leaving Home For Vacation

    Rebecca
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    When going out for a vacation most people are concerned about the security of the apartment. To make sure there are no shocks waiting for you back home when you return from an exciting holiday, you need to take care of a few basic things. Here we offer some key tips that will keep your house secure and help you remain stress free when on a vacation. Image Courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 1) Do not make a public announcement on the social media about your absence It feels good to share your next vacation destination and plan with your friends but you never know who else…
  • Renting Property to College Students – Advantages and Risks

    Rebecca
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The real estate market has many opportunities for investors. If you can target the right tenants, you can easily build a tidy nest egg. The key is to target a niche demographic – college and university students. Most landlords think twice about renting out their properties to students, as they worry about the place getting trashed during wild frat parties. However, this is not true. While there are a few risks renting out your property to students, it can turn out to be a lucrative business deal for you. Typically, college and university students have to stay in dorms. However, they…
  • Which Type of Commercial Real Estate Lease is Right for Your Business?

    Rebecca
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    When starting a business, many owners opt for financing to buy their own premises. However, this immediately puts a lot of burden on the owner and business, as it takes time to setup a business and get it going. On the other hand, opting for a commercial lease could offer the perfect solution. Not only can you get access to a space, you also can immediately start doing business. However, when choosing commercial real estate, it is important to choose the right leasing option. After all, the commercial lease you select will have a profound effect on your business. Commercial real estate lease…
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Star Trek, Yoda, And Purple Cows – Huh?

    David Hamilton
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    You may already be wondering what Star Trek, Yoda, and Purple Cows have to do with real estate investing, and if you’re looking for specific how-to stuff, this isn’t quite it. Today, I want to push you out of the small world of real estate investing and challenge you to get to the core of [...]Star Trek, Yoda, And Purple Cows – Huh? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Principles Of Buy And Hold Investing

    Andrew Syrios
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Owning real estate is the most effective way to grow one’s wealth yet discovered. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it easy. Buying and holding real estate successfully requires a lot of very different tasks to be accomplished or it won’t work. To summarize, there are five major tasks: Acquisition Finance Rehab Management/Leasing Maintenance/Turnover Acquisition Some buy [...]Principles Of Buy And Hold Investing is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Are You An Investor Or Are You A Problem Solver?

    Jim Rutkowski
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    I’m always reminded by the plaque on my wall that says, “We are compensated only to the extent that we add value to the other people”. Simple but instructive. The human element should not escape real estate professionals.  The only way to get any seller to work with you is to convince them you can solve [...]Are You An Investor Or Are You A Problem Solver? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Practice Walk Through On A Used Mobile Home (Game)

    John Fedro
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Today’s lesson is designed to help you, the investor, get more comfortable interviewing sellers and understanding their mobile homes for sale. This exercise is aimed to help prepare you to know when a seller is full of B.S., look for warning signs in any mobile home, get comfortable being in control while interviewing sellers and properties.Practice Walk Through On A Used Mobile Home (Game) is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Banks vs. Alternative Investments

    Rick Tobin
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    In today’s convoluted and seemingly nonsensical financial world, “up is down” and “money = debt” partly due to how money is created here in the USA through our Central Bank. What is perceived as “safe” today and what is truly “risky” these days? Does the phrase “Backed by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)” seem [...]Banks vs. Alternative Investments is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • A fun-filled fall begins Sept. 4 at Dilworth Park

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Workers continued to put the finishing touches on Dilworth Park as Center City District Executive Director Paul Levy announced its grand opening and fall schedule this morning. It won't be 100 percent finished on opening day, but the Center City District has announced that the all-new Dilworth Park will officially open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 4. Center City District Executive Director Paul Levy outlined the three-day-long schedule of grand opening festivities, a packed calendar of weekly events, and details about the park's operation and permanent concessions at a news conference…
  • Lunchtime Quick Hits

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    It looks as if the city's efforts to court manufacturers may be paying off; Business Journal readers say the best way to recycle the Revel is to keep it as a resort property; A 1760 Old City home built by former Mayor Henry Harrison as lodging for immigrants is sold for half a million; and we sure wouldn't want to be the Realtor who had to move these homes: Reality Check: Philly Manufacturers Seek New Real Estate (MNI)Keep Revel Atlantic City building as a resort, say PBJ readers (Philadelphia Business Journal)Sold: Old City's Henry Harrison house (Philly.com)Terrible Real Estate Agency…
  • Zoning notice for SLS tower pops up at former garden site

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    The site of last year's PHS Pop-Up Garden at 317-19 S. Broad St. A new construction permit recently popped up on its fence. By Matt Stringer Back in late winter, Carl Dranoff's announcement that he would build the SLS International Hotel and Residences at the corner of Broad and Spruce streets in Washington Square West raised a lot of eyebrows, as the 590-foot, 47-story tower would climb to the top of the South Broad Street skyline.

 Since then, the lack of news or activity has had some wondering whether the project was still on. There's now a sign that it is. A zoning and use permit…
  • Get ready for the coming housing market boom, analyst says

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
     Will the recent arrivals currently renting choose to buy in Philadelphia as they enter peak earning years? If they do, it will give the local housing market a big boost starting a few years from now. The economist who first called the housing market collapse is now predicting a coming boom in home sales, thanks to a small but significant demographic development that took place last year. Business Insider, along with thousands of other savvy market-watchers, has been paying close attention to Calculated Risk, a blog published by retired executive Bill McBride. The blog established its…
  • History revealed, razed as Brickstone project proceeds on Chestnut Street

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    As crews proceed with the demolition of most of the buildings on the site of Brickstone Realty's mixed-use development at 1112-28 Chestnut Street, on the fringe of Washington Square West's Midtown Village-Gayborhood section, we should pause for a moment to briefly mourn the passing of a piece of Philly's Modernist heritage (at left in the photo above) - and celebrate the preservation of a forgotten chunk of its commercial history (at right). First, the funeral, for the building that last housed The Avenue women's clothing shop at 1118-20 Chestnut Street. We can't improve on the history of…
 
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • Rising Rents Could Be a Good Reason to Buy a Home Today

    Colin Robertson
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Despite the fact that home prices have risen by double-digits over the past couple years, buying might still beat renting because monthly rents are also climbing at a rapid clip. Lately, there have been numerous reports and frightening new stories about rising rents causing affordability concerns, with former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan referring to it [&hellip
  • Apparently It’s Not a Housing Bubble, But an Affordability Crisis

    Colin Robertson
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Here’s some good news, if you can call it that. Real estate experts at a recent housing forum in San Francisco determined that we are in the midst of an “affordability crisis,” not a housing bubble. Jed Kolko of Trulia fame and Tim Cornwell of the Concord Group told attendees at the SPUR Urban Center [&hellip
  • Have Massive Home Price Gains Eclipsed the Benefit of Low Mortgage Rates?

    Colin Robertson
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    The new threat to those resisting the urge to buy real estate (how dare you) is the risk of rising mortgage rates. All the pundits believe interest rates are headed closer to 5% for a 30-year fixed, up nearly a full percentage point from current levels. The sales pitch is pretty straightforward – if you [&hellip
  • Home Builders Claim $1,000 Price Increase Can Shut 200,000 Out of the Market

    Colin Robertson
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    You know that old saying, “Every little bit helps.” Well, the opposite might also be true when it comes to home prices. A new study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed that a mere $1,000 increase in the cost of a new, median-priced home prevents more than 200,000 prospective buyers from even [&hellip
  • New Fannie Mae Guideline Could Shut Out Some Buyers Who Sold Short

    Colin Robertson
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    In the next couple weeks, it might be harder to buy a new property after experiencing a short sale, assuming you plan on using a Fannie Mae-backed loan to get the job done. Earlier this week, the GSE announced plans to change their timelines regarding preforeclosure sales (short sales) and deed-in-lieu of foreclosures. At the [&hellip
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • Find The Beazer Smart Car in Gwinnett County And You Could Win

    Beazer Homes
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    With every Beazer home being built to the latest ENERGY STAR ® standards, it’s no secret that Beazer Homes takes energy efficiency seriously. Therefore, you may find our New Home Counselor’s driving around town in a Beazer Smart Car! As our Beazer Atlanta team gears up for the Grand Opening of Gwinnett County’s newest community—Kensington, they want you to join-in on the festivities. Find the Beazer Smart Car that has been strategically placed in the Hamilton Mill area and you could win! It’s easy to enter. When you see the Beazer Mobile in the Hamilton Mill area snap a photo and…
  • Benefits Of Incorporating Ceiling Fans Into Your New Home

    Beazer Homes
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    There many benefits of incorporating ceiling fans into your new home. While it’s nice during these hot summer months to add an extra source of air to a room, ceiling fans add-value year round because they are energy efficient, stylish, and can provide an additional light source.    Energy Efficient- Ceiling fans allow rooms to feel cooler than they actually are. During these hot months, turn on your fan before your air conditioner. You’ll likely notice a lower energy bill when your statement arrives.     Stylish- Ceiling fans are an inexpensive way to give a room an upgraded sense of…
  • Don’t Miss New Homes Sales Incentives This August During The Love It, Live It Sales Event

    Beazer Homes
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    If you’ve been contemplating a new home, now is the time to act.  Beginning August 1st through August 17th unique savings opportunities for buyers will be offered across cities in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia . Our Love It, Live It sales event is your opportunity to stop dreaming about a new home and make it a reality of your very own. Aside from the special offers available during the Love It, Live It Sales Event, each of the homes that Beazer builds…
  • Three Tips for a Top-Notch Yard

    Beazer Homes
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    It’s the season of green!  With new grass, plants and trees sprouting their new leaves, people are removing winter’s remnants and busy tending to their yards.  A beautiful yard is a badge of honor to most new homeowners, but achieving lasting results does take some work.  Here are some homeowner tips to help you achieve a lush, green yard: Watering Your Lawn: When the rainy season just isn’t rainy enough, supplemental watering is required to maintain a healthy lawn.  Most types of grass need around 1 inch of water per week to keep it alive, healthy and growing.  Also, the best time…
  • Bishops Landing Community wins Regal Award from Home Builders’ Association of Delaware

    Beazer Homes
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:29 pm
    On May 30th, The Home Builders Association of Delaware honored the area’s finest home builders at the 22nd annual Regal Awards. Guests, sporting their finest beach cocktail attire, were treated to ocean views atop the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach.  Award categories included design, sales, marketing, production, and technology for projects completed in 2013.   Beazer Homes’ Bishops Landing marketing team, led by Regional Marketing Manager Cindy Plackmeyer, had a fantastic showing receiving awards for best image campaign and best logo. The Bishop’s Landing signature logo adorns…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Traton Homes Named Top 10 Home Builder in Atlanta

    Traton Homes
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Last week, the Atlanta Business Chronicle released its annual list of the Top 20 Home Builders in Atlanta. Based on the number of closings in 2013, Traton Homes is ranked No. 10 on the list and shows no signs of slowing down in 2014. “We are honored to consistently rank among the top home builders in [...]
  • Construction Resources Joins American Society of Interior Designers

    Construction Resources
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Construction Resources is thrilled to announce that it is now an industry partner of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The company will join Builders Floor Covering & Tile, an honorary member under Mohawk, as part of the Georgia Chapter. Founded in 1975, ASID is the oldest and largest professional organizations for interior designers. The [...]
  • Fortress Builders Offers the Best of Golf Course Living in West Cobb

    Fortress Builders
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Home buyers, from young families to active adults and everyone in between, will love the many choices available from Fortress Builders in the master-planned Brookstone Country Club. Whether you’re looking for a golf course home, low-maintenance living or access to outstanding amenities, the three Brookstone communities Fortress Builders is currently building in offer it all! Located [...]
  • Heron Bay Residents Explore the Charming Town of McDonough

    Heron Bay
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Residents at Heron Bay Golf and Country Club, a master-planned community on Atlanta’s Southside, are conveniently located near a variety of quaint downtown areas, including Locust Grove, Hampton, McDonough and more. Each of these towns boasts its own unique charm, making them great places to visit for a relaxing weekend staycation or for a fun [...]
  • A Look Inside Manor North by Edward Andrews Homes

    Edward Andrews Homes
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Located in Alpharetta, Manor North by Edward Andrews Homes is now open with new homes priced from the $500,000s. For newly released information on preferred home site selection and priority pricing, potential residents are encouraged to explore the community that  offers a country club lifestyle, including a recently renovated clubhouse, pool and tennis complex within [...]
 
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    Real Estate Metro

  • Community Spotlight

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    St. Louis Park, Minnesota When looking for a new place to call home, the community you choose can be just as important as the home itself. Certainly you will spend plenty of time inside your new home, but the people, store fronts and other homes surrounding your new space can alter the environment more drastically than you might think. You may not want to feel like you are out of place in a neighborhood dominated by rentals or homes occupied by students at the nearby college, or you may be looking for a home that has plenty of quality shopping within walking distance. Whatever your needs,…
  • Preparing a House for Sale

    29 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Home Improvements – Enough or Too Much? Preparing a house for sale can be challenging. When making home improvements, many sellers make the mistake of not consulting with an experienced real estate professional who can provide guidance, and potentially save them time and money, and save them from a lot of frustration. Despite having the best intentions when making improvements, a seller will often go too far, not far enough, or simply improve something that adds no value while ignoring something that may actually hurt the salability or value of the home.  We’ve previously…
  • The Importance of Getting a Timely Inspection BEFORE Closing

    9 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Houses, buildings, and humans all have something in common. Each is flawed. None are perfect. Although many buyers believe they have found a "dream home" or the "perfect" property, a wise buyer will let a professional inspector inspect the property and explain some of the reasons why the property isn’t perfect before going forward with a commercial property acquisition or home purchase. Although some sellers will have an inspection of a property done before selling (to find and make needed repairs), inspections are generally more important for, and more commonly…
  • Fixed Rate Loans: The Basics

    12 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fixed-rate loans are historically the most common type of residential loans because of their inherent stability and predictability. With a fixed rate loan, the monthly loan payment generally stays the same for the entire term of the loan (e.g. 15 or 30 years). The interest on a fixed rate loan may not decrease (unless you refinance) and you may not be able to qualify for as much of a loan with a fixed rate loan as you would with an adjustable or variable rate loan. But fixed rate loans offer more pros than cons for most borrowers. The stability of a fixed-rate loan provides for (1) proper…
  • Minnesota Passes New Radon Awareness Law

    5 Jan 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The new Minnesota Radon Awareness Act (Minn. Stat. § 144.496 – the "Act") is effective January 1, 2014, and applies to most agreements to sell or transfer residential real property executed on or after that date. Under the Act, "residential real property" is defined as "property occupied as, or intended to be occupied as, a single-family residence, including a unit in a common interest community as defined in section 515B.1-103, clause (10), regardless of whether the unit is in a common interest community not subject to chapter 515B." In general,…
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    Bidselect

  • Becoming a Real Estate Agent

    moswalt
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    After a down turn in the real estate market when things start to look brighter you will see more interest in becoming a real estate agent.  There is a false conception sometimes that all you need to do in order to collect a commission check is to show a home and have the buyer sign on the dotted line.  There is a vast amount of education, dedication and hard work involved in becoming successful in this career. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, found on the U.S. Department of Labor web site, the basic duties of a real estate broker and a sales agent are: Solicit potential clients to…
  • Real Estate Terms – Guide to Understanding the Lingo

    moswalt
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:20 am
    Both buyers and sellers of real estate can at times feel less than knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the lingo and following the use of real estate terms that occur during a real estate transaction. From beginning to end a good agent will tell you that an informed client is one that is better adapted to the ever-changing course of purchasing or selling a home.  Knowing some of the key terms and lingo utilized by brokers and agents can help buyers and sellers of real estate be more informed about the process and ultimately help them feel more confident during their real estate…
  • Part 4 of 4: Outdoor Planting Decor – Decorating with Style

    moswalt
    21 May 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Most of us have or are thinking about decorating with style for that first lazy summer evening under the stars or perhaps for the first neighborhood barbecue by the grill.  This is the time of year when outdoor activity is heightened and gatherings ensue.  When it comes to updating your outdoor space, we tend to go about it in one of three ways, 1) become a DIY achiever and work to create an oasis that reflects our style, 2) hire a landscaping company, or 3) sporadically place gnomes around knowing that it is the go-to in an acceptable style for many.  Focusing on the first option…
  • Part 3 of 4: Floral Gardening – Planting Color

    moswalt
    13 May 2014 | 2:59 pm
    There are so many varieties of gardens that sometimes it is just fun to experiment with floral gardening and planting color.  From earth tones to bright sunshine day colors there is a large gamete of expressions that could emote from your own floral garden.  Just think of all the spaces around your yard that can benefit from a pop of color.  Don’t be shy about where you can add your floral arrays either.  From climbing vines, potted blooms, hanging baskets, shrub lining, to beds of flowers, there is really no area that would not be appropriate and since size and color is never ending,…
  • Part 2 of 4: Spring Gardening – Vegetable Gardens That Satisfy

    moswalt
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    There are vegetable gardens that satisfy people in ways other than just home grown nourishment.  Picking ripe and delicious produce can satisfy many for a job well done.  Now that you have done the pre-work for post-work success, let’s look at planting vegetables.  Choose your location wisely; tucking your bed of growth away in a corner may not be the greatest idea.  Keeping your garden away from large foliage will assist them in gaining the most nutrients.  For best results you will want to be able to maneuver around your plants for easy hands-on access, have them in direct sunlight…
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    louisvillegalsrealestateblog.com

  • Kathy Kennebrook – Marketing Magic – Podcast Episode #26

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    My guest for today’s podcast Kathy Kennebroook the “Marketing Magic Lady”. I can’t believe this is episode #26. You might remember that Kathy was in the spotlight for my “Successful Women in Real Estate Investing” series a couple of weeks ago.  I am really happy to have her as my guest for today’s podcast.  The […] The post Kathy Kennebrook – Marketing Magic – Podcast Episode #26 appeared first on .
  • Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Karen Rittenhouse – Real Estate Investing Expert

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
      My guest for today is for the 6th part in this series of “Successful Women in Real Estate Investing” is Karen Rittenhouse from Greensboro, NC. Karen has been a full time real estate investor since 2005, and has bought and sold hundreds of  single family homes.  She is also coach, a trainer, a blogger and […] The post Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Karen Rittenhouse – Real Estate Investing Expert appeared first on .
  • Is It Time for You to Invest in Coaching?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
        Do you have a coach?  If you don’t, you probably should invest in coaching. Did you know that “coaches even have coaches”?  It’s true. Almost all of the biggest earners in our business have at least one coach – sometimes two as long as they are trying to grow their business. Do you […] The post Is It Time for You to Invest in Coaching? appeared first on .
  • Bill Walston – Understanding Master Lease Options – Podcast Episode #25

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    My guest for today’s podcast is my friend Bill Walston, and we are diving into the strategy of master lease options.  It is a fascinating concept; that anyone can invest in commercial property with no money down.   Even more fascinating is the idea that this strategy works for pretty much any type of property that […] The post Bill Walston – Understanding Master Lease Options – Podcast Episode #25 appeared first on .
  • Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Kathy Kennebrook – Marketing Magic Lady

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
      My guest for today is for the 5th issue of “Successful Women in Real Estate Investing” is Kathy Kennebrook.  Kathy is an expert in marketing and is known as the “Marketing Magic Lady”. Kathy is a mentor, a coach, and author and has created a number of marketing products to help real estate investors […] The post Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Kathy Kennebrook – Marketing Magic Lady appeared first on .
 
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    News

  • City centre property from £10,000: Crowdfunding takes real estate by storm

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    From feature films to quirky start-ups, crowdfunding has taken the world by storm. Sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow people to pool together their finances and invest in a project or product as a group, thereby minimising the risk and capital required.Successful crowdfunding campaigns range from Pug-let, the first production of Hamlet solely using pugs, and PetPhone, a portable media device for cats, to "Christopher Walken Rex", a dinosaur with the face of Hollywood star Christopher Walken. Famously, one man raised $55,492 from 6,911 people in July 2014 just to make a potato…
  • Chinese buyers snap up aloha Hawaii property

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Honolulu, Hawaii Photo: Snowpeak Direct flights to the US islands from China and Taiwan have doubled the number of Chinese visitors this year, which the ONeill Group says has had a direct influence upon the already increasing number of buyers in the market.During July, sales of single-family homes increased 3.4 percent, while condominium sales increased by 4.2 percent from July 2013, according to the Honolulu Board of Realtors.Indeed, Patrick O'Neill says the firm's Honolulu office has had to hire 10 new Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking staff to deal with the demand. Chinese buyers are most…
  • Investors splash out on Palm Jumeirah property

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Investors are splashing out on property in Palm Jumeirah. New figures from Reidin.com (shared exclusively with Emirates 24/7) show that the iconic resort in Dubai remains popular among buyers, with investors spending just over $59 million on six properties during the second quarter of 2014. The most expensive transaction during the three months was a villa that sold for over $16 million, as the Palm drives the biggest Dubai deals for the second quarter in a row. Indeed, the Palm accounted for nine of the 10 biggest villa sales in the first quarter, with Russian, Iranian and Indian buyers…
  • 13 Spanish homes for sale per 1,000 people

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Photo: JFCaro The portal's research, based on 2013 census data, shows that there are an average of 13 second hand homes for sale in the capitals of each province per 1,000 residents, a ratio that has jumped 55 per cent in the past three years. The figures follow repeated reports of ghost villages and abandoned developments after Spain's construction boom was crippled by its financial bust. While the glut of new build properties may be big, though, the country also has a significant inventory of existing homes to shift.Alicante has the highest density of empty houses, where 25.8 properties are…
  • UK house prices up over 10 per cent - but market is slowing

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    London is leading English house price growth, distorting the overall UK average Photo: Ben Cremin UK house prices increased by 10.2 per cent in the year to June 2014, the ONS House Price Index reveals, but the market is slowing down. Indeed, the 10.2 per cent increase is down from the 10.4 per cent annual rise recorded in May 2014, while the overall average is distorted significantly by England and, more specifically, London.Annual house price inflation was 10.7 per cent in England, significantly higher than the 3.5 per cent in Wales, 6 per cent in Scotland and 4.9 per cent in Northern…
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • The Village at Wexford Shopping

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Its another beautiful day on Hilton Head Island; just right to put the top down on our little black convertible and take a drive to the Village at Wexford. Are you ready to go? The Village at Wexford is located toward the south end of the island right next to the entrance of Wexford Plantation. It is between mile marker 9 and 10. It is an open air shopping center that is beautifully landscaped. Elegant shops with 30 merchants feature an array of items for the discerning customer. The shops are stocked and ready in anticipation of a great 2014 Summer Season. In addition to the retail shops…
  • Hilton Head Island’s Special Powers

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    For those who have either visited or lived on Hilton Head Island, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I mention the Island’s Special Powers. You sense a special feeling when driving over our bridge to the mainland if you’re traveling away from Hilton Head for an extended period of time.  The feeling you get when leaving Hilton Head is similar to saying goodbye to an old friend -- not necessarily sadness, but you have a feeling of melancholy and you can’t wait to return to such a magical Island. Hilton Head’s Special Powers certainly tug at your emotions when you’re crossing…
  • Hilton Head Island Volleyball at the Tiki Hut

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Living on Hilton Head Island affords you the opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like tennis, golf, walking, biking or water activities but since first moving here in the early 1990’s I have seen the excitement over beach volleyball continue to grow. Coligny Beach is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.  Outside of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront/Beach House and the Tiki Hut Bar there has been a volleyball net set up for years.  This has always drawn some of the best local players who seem to play all day during the summer.  Apparently they hold down jobs like…
  • What’s New in Sea Pines?

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A lot is happening in the Island’s first resort.  The parent company has made the decision to improve one of Hilton Head’s favorite destinations and the results are phenomenal.  I had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Sea Pines Plantation Club. It is a tribute to the vision of our founders.  Sea Pines was one of the first resorts to recognize the importance of the environment and, in my opinion, the grandfather of modern resort development.  Before the ceremony we enjoyed a tasty breakfast in their new restaurant, incorporating their new farm to table…
  • 4th of July in Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    July 4th was extraordinarily special this year. The new Plantation Golf Club for the Ocean Course and Heron Point Golf Course had just opened. The Live Oak Restaurant opened a couple of months ago. All Sea Pines residents and tourists were not disappointed with the signature design style blending Lowcountry, coastal and traditional elements. And then just in time for July 4th the much awaited   opening of the new Sea Pines Resort Beach Club and the famous Beach Club Bar opened.  From the moment I stepped inside.  I was impressed, amazed, delighted and very proud  with  of  the…
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    Total Relocation Services

  • Why corporate moving services are considered a blessing?

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Change should be welcomed, because it gives us the opportunity to get rid of dull routine. At some stage, business relocation becomes mandatory for many companies when it comes to their expansion. However, relocation is considered to be a stressful event for majority of the people, especially when it comes to a corporate move. Today, in such events, you don’t need to worry much and appreciation goes to professional corporate relocation services in New York. Following are the reasons why these services are considered as a blessing: Safe transfer is the aim of every organization and corporate…
  • 10 questions you must ask from a commercial mover company

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Shifting office is a major event and can be an overwhelming. It is natural to experience anxiety and sleepless nights as you approach towards the day of shift. There are plenty of things such as furniture, computers, fittings, and number of files that you want to be carefully handled. However, if you have decided that the move is mandatory, it is time for you to plant the move instead of feeling dizzy. In such events, it is critically important for you to seek help from a professional office moving NYC company to get it all organized. However, there are many important questions to ask before…
  • Moving home? Find a moving company to get it done and dusted

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    Handling the stress of a move on your own can be devastating, which is why you must get it done and dusted with perfection. Hiring an expert will make you feel excited about moving to a new place instead of spending sleepless nights in worries. Yes, with the help of a certified moving expert, you can get maximum assistance in planning and organization of the entire move, doesn’t matter whether you are moving within your state or outside. They have special plastic moving bins or boxes to ensure the safety of the goods to be moved, especially when it comes to the packing of fragile items. On…
  • Household moving checklist

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Below is a small guide that tells you how to prepare for the next household move. Although professional help is always available, but taking care of these small details will make the process even easier for both movers and you.  First of all you need to book a moving and packing company After this, you need to get rid of any items that are not necessary any more. You can donate unwanted stuff to charity. This will reduce the amount of stuff that has to be moved during relocation. Create a list of all the fragile and precious items that will demand special care during the move. Take…
  • Relocation- Don’t try this at home!

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:07 pm
    What does relocation mean to people in general? Packing some bags, throwing them at the back of your truck, driving to the new place, unloading, and you are done! Right? NO! Relocation is lot more hectic than that, which is why it is sincerely suggested not to try it on your own. More than just shifting things from one place to the other, it is careful transportation of object from one place to the other, while ensuring that each of the objects has been loaded well enough to guarantee its safety. Why should you leave this task to professionals? They know exactly what and how to do -One of the…
 
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Real Estate School

    Jason Thoele
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Have you thought about starting a Real Estate Career and becoming a Real Estate Agent? Check out our Real Estate School. LET’S FACE IT, PEOPLE LEARN BETTER IN A LIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT… That’s why we offer a live-in person California Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course. We believe ‘one on one’ instruction is much better suited to help you prepare for and pass the required California Real Estate License Test. You’ll gain experience and knowledge directly from an actively practicing Real Estate Agent Instructor as they walk you through the course. Preparation and information is…
  • NW Bakersfield Home for Sale

    Jason Thoele
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Interested in a NW Bakersfield Home? Take a look at this featured home! Big family? or Lots of houseguests? Then you’ll love this spacious 5 bedroom, 2.75 bath on a culd-de-sac street in a great school district! Huge backyard with fenced pool, 3 car garage! Beautiful granite/stainless steel kitchen with new beverage/wine cooler! Huge upstairs game room/possible 6th bedroom. Providing some of the most affordable homes in the state of California, real estate in Bakersfield has gained some serious attention as many are looking to relocate to one of the most affordable areas in the state.
  • Listing a Home for Sale

    Jason Thoele
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    When listing a home for sale it’s the first impression that counts! Your house should always be available for show, even though it may occasionally be inconvenient for you. Let your listing agent put a lock box in a convenient place to make it easy for other agents to show your home to homebuyers. Otherwise, agents will have to schedule appointments, which is an inconvenience. Most will just skip your home to show the house of someone else who is more cooperative. Most agents will call and give you at least a couple of hours notice before showing your property. If you refuse to let them…
  • What your credit score says about you

    Jason Thoele
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Have you ever wondered what the categories and weighted amounts are that go into the calculation of your credit score: 35% Payment history 30% Current credit balances 15% Length of credit history 10% Recent applications for credit 10% Credit mix Your payment history tells a lender whether you can be trusted to pay back a loan on time. Your credit balances indicate whether you use your available credit wisely. If your credit cards are maxed out, you’re a poor credit risk. If you keep all of your balances between 15 and 25% of your available credit, you’re a much better risk. The length of…
  • Bakersfield Luxury Homes

    Jason Thoele
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Thinking about Bakersfield Luxury Homes? Take a look at this featured listing! Pristine, Sweeney custom built, inviting, elegant and comfortable home. Split wing floor plan with a spacious living area looking into a serene, professionally landscaped rear yard and the wonderful open space of 7 Oaks Golf Course. Present owners are only the second occupants. This home is ready to accommodate the next discerning buyer looking for elegance, comfort, present and future enjoyment. Lot is over 1/2 acre. If you’re considering buying a home in Bakersfield, you’ve picked a good time. The median…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Real Estate School

    Jason Thoele
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Have you thought about starting a Real Estate Career and becoming a Real Estate Agent? Check out our Real Estate School. LET’S FACE IT, PEOPLE LEARN BETTER IN A LIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT… That’s why we offer a live-in person California Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course. We believe ‘one on one’ instruction is much better suited to help you prepare for and pass the required California Real Estate License Test. You’ll gain experience and knowledge directly from an actively practicing Real Estate Agent Instructor as they walk you through the course. Preparation and information is…
  • NW Bakersfield Home for Sale

    Jason Thoele
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Interested in a NW Bakersfield Home? Take a look at this featured home! Big family? or Lots of houseguests? Then you’ll love this spacious 5 bedroom, 2.75 bath on a culd-de-sac street in a great school district! Huge backyard with fenced pool, 3 car garage! Beautiful granite/stainless steel kitchen with new beverage/wine cooler! Huge upstairs game room/possible 6th bedroom. Providing some of the most affordable homes in the state of California, real estate in Bakersfield has gained some serious attention as many are looking to relocate to one of the most affordable areas in the state.
  • Listing a Home for Sale

    Jason Thoele
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    When listing a home for sale it’s the first impression that counts! Your house should always be available for show, even though it may occasionally be inconvenient for you. Let your listing agent put a lock box in a convenient place to make it easy for other agents to show your home to homebuyers. Otherwise, agents will have to schedule appointments, which is an inconvenience. Most will just skip your home to show the house of someone else who is more cooperative. Most agents will call and give you at least a couple of hours notice before showing your property. If you refuse to let them…
  • What your credit score says about you

    Jason Thoele
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Have you ever wondered what the categories and weighted amounts are that go into the calculation of your credit score: 35% Payment history 30% Current credit balances 15% Length of credit history 10% Recent applications for credit 10% Credit mix Your payment history tells a lender whether you can be trusted to pay back a loan on time. Your credit balances indicate whether you use your available credit wisely. If your credit cards are maxed out, you’re a poor credit risk. If you keep all of your balances between 15 and 25% of your available credit, you’re a much better risk. The length of…
  • Bakersfield Luxury Homes

    Jason Thoele
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Thinking about Bakersfield Luxury Homes? Take a look at this featured listing! Pristine, Sweeney custom built, inviting, elegant and comfortable home. Split wing floor plan with a spacious living area looking into a serene, professionally landscaped rear yard and the wonderful open space of 7 Oaks Golf Course. Present owners are only the second occupants. This home is ready to accommodate the next discerning buyer looking for elegance, comfort, present and future enjoyment. Lot is over 1/2 acre. If you’re considering buying a home in Bakersfield, you’ve picked a good time. The median…
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    Dana Point Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Orange County Real Estate

  • Orange County Real Estate – Let’s Talk Real Estate

    949hometeam
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I got to admit I love it when I get calls from clients asking me to go over the current real estate market with them.  One of my favorite parts of my real estate career is counseling clients on the…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate – Let’s Talk Real Estate is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate – Safety First

    949hometeam
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Recently a very good Realtor friend of mine had an altercation at one of her listings which could have been much worse than it was but still serves as a very important reminder about the importance of safety to not…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate – Safety First is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Dana Point Real Estate Report August 2014

    949hometeam
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Dana Point Real Estate Report Dana Point Real Estate at a Glance:  Summer gets going slowly: Dana Point Real Estate is moving at the same slow, stable and sustainable pace that the rest of Orange County real estate is moving at…Read more ›Dana Point Real Estate Report August 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report August 2014

    949hometeam
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report Aliso Viejo Real Estate at a Glance:  summer starts with a slow simmer: Aliso Viejo Real estate is like the rest of Orange County real estate – moving at a slow and steady sustainable pace. This…Read more ›Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report August 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate Report August 2014

    949hometeam
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Orange County Real Estate – the slow and steady trend continues So with two months of summer 2014 in the books we have a firm trend of a slow and steady market set in. Growth is slow and stable and the…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate Report August 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
 
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    PropertyMetrics

  • Ground Lease Fundamentals in Commercial Real Estate

    propertymetrics
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ground leases are an important component of many commercial real estate deal structures. Yet for a lot commercial real estate professionals ground leases are rarely encountered and are poorly understood. In this article we’ll shed some light on how ground leases work, explain what typical ground lease structures look like, and we’ll also clear up some common misconceptions about the ground lease. What is a Ground Lease? First of all, what exactly is a ground lease? Ground leases, often called land leases, are simply a lease of the land only. Usually land is leased for a…
  • Understanding Replacement Reserves in Commercial Real Estate

    propertymetrics
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    The topic of replacement reserves is often confusing for commercial real estate professionals. How much should be set aside for replacement reserves? Should replacement reserves be included in net operating income? How do replacement reserves impact cap rates and value? In this article we’re going to take a closer look at reserves for replacement, clear up the confusion, and also tackle some common misconceptions. What are Replacement Reserves? First of all, what are replacement reserves? Replacement Reserves are funds set aside that provide for the periodic replacement of building…
  • What You Should Know About The Time Value of Money

    Robert Schmidt
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    Being completely comfortable with the time value of money is critical when working in the field of finance and commercial real estate. The time value of money is impossible to ignore when dealing with loans, investment analysis, capital budgeting, and many other financial decisions. It’s a fundamental building block that the entire field of finance is built upon. And yet, many finance and commercial real estate professionals still lack a solid working knowledge of time value of money concepts and they consistently make the same common mistakes. In this article we take a deep dive into…
  • What is IRR and How Does it Work?

    Robert Schmidt
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    The internal rate of return (IRR) is a widely used investment performance measure in commercial real estate, yet it’s also widely misunderstood. What is IRR exactly? How is it used and what are its limitations? In this article we’ll discuss what IRR is and how it works. We will also identify some common misconceptions and finally clarify these ideas with some relevant examples. What is IRR? First of all, what is IRR? Simply stated, the Internal rate of return (IRR) for an investment is the percentage rate earned on each dollar invested for each period it is invested. IRR is also…
  • How The Breakeven Occupancy Ratio Works

    propertymetrics
    29 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    The breakeven occupancy ratio is one of the less frequently used ratios in commercial real estate, yet it’s also one of the most practical and useful ratios to know. It’s also especially important to lenders when underwriting investment commercial real estate loans. In this short article we discuss how the breakeven occupancy ratio works, why it’s important, and then we tie it all together with a clear example. Breakeven Occupancy Ratio First of all, what is the breakeven occupancy formula and how is it calculated? As shown above, the breakeven occupancy ratio is simply the…
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    Lucy Kelts

  • Fundraising Event Features Brent Atwater, Animal Medium

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Brent Atwater has been touching the lives of pet owners across the world with her books, blogs, social media and radio shows, all directed at the question of animal life after death.  Now the world-renowned medium is donating her spiritual gifts to Helen Woodward Animal Center with a very special Readings for Rescue fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Atwater’s books (translated into multiple languages), blogs, radio shows and global Facebook groups skyrocketed her to the top of the list as a leading resource for pet loss grief and animal afterlife questions. In 1987, Atwater…
  • Julian StarFest 2014

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Julian StarFest, a four-day festival focused around the field of astronomy, will occur in the mountain town of Julian. Julian is known for its clear dark skies and one of the best locations in Southern California for observing. The event will be held at Menghini Winery where a large grassy area and plenty of parking can accommodate the anticipated crowd. The festival includes a free public Star Party on Saturday night, astronomy related exhibition areas, guest speakers presenting on astronomy related subjects, a swap meet, and a raffle with some great astronomy prizes. Camping, adjacent to…
  • ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station on August 16-17

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Formerly ArtWalk on the Bay, ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station builds upon the success of the past 7 years at San Diego’s Bayfront. This 8th annual event takes place in San Diego’s flagship arts and culture district, NTC @ Liberty Station, once San Diego’s Naval Training Center, and now a mecca for artist studios, galleries, museums and performing arts groups. This fine art festival is part of the ArtWalk San Diego brand known for bringing together all facets of the arts in San Diego while promoting the experience of owning original art. We are looking forward to welcoming more…
  • Jenny Craig to Appear at Rancho Santa Fe Library on July 15

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Jenny Craig will visit the Rancho Santa Fe Children’s Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, to sign and discuss her children’s book, “I Believe in Genevieve,” a story that shares Craig’s lifelong positive message about being strong and healthy. The book tells a tale borrowing from Craig’s other big passion: horses. Genevieve wants to ride well in a large horse show at the end of summer, but she and her horse, Candy Ride, must get healthy to compete. To go for the championship means cutting out sweets and eating nutritious foods, and for both horse and rider to get plenty of…
  • Film in the Garden at the San Diego Museum of Art

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    During Film in the Garden, the San Diego Museum of Art will presents four films in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden this summer. The restaurant in the Sculpture Court will be open for all film screenings and will offer light snacks and beverages, including a full bar. Grab a picnic, a blanket, and a few friends for our film series under the stars. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early to find a good seat on the lawn! On July 14, come watch “Blood and Sand,” starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Rita Hayworth. On July 28, you can see “1492-Conquest of…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Star Trek, Yoda, And Purple Cows – Huh?

    David Hamilton
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    You may already be wondering what Star Trek, Yoda, and Purple Cows have to do with real estate investing, and if you’re looking for specific how-to stuff, this isn’t quite it. Today, I want to push you out of the small world of real estate investing and challenge you to get to the core of [...]Star Trek, Yoda, And Purple Cows – Huh? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Principles Of Buy And Hold Investing

    Andrew Syrios
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Owning real estate is the most effective way to grow one’s wealth yet discovered. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it easy. Buying and holding real estate successfully requires a lot of very different tasks to be accomplished or it won’t work. To summarize, there are five major tasks: Acquisition Finance Rehab Management/Leasing Maintenance/Turnover Acquisition Some buy [...]Principles Of Buy And Hold Investing is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Are You An Investor Or Are You A Problem Solver?

    Jim Rutkowski
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    I’m always reminded by the plaque on my wall that says, “We are compensated only to the extent that we add value to the other people”. Simple but instructive. The human element should not escape real estate professionals.  The only way to get any seller to work with you is to convince them you can solve [...]Are You An Investor Or Are You A Problem Solver? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Practice Walk Through On A Used Mobile Home (Game)

    John Fedro
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Today’s lesson is designed to help you, the investor, get more comfortable interviewing sellers and understanding their mobile homes for sale. This exercise is aimed to help prepare you to know when a seller is full of B.S., look for warning signs in any mobile home, get comfortable being in control while interviewing sellers and properties.Practice Walk Through On A Used Mobile Home (Game) is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Banks vs. Alternative Investments

    Rick Tobin
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    In today’s convoluted and seemingly nonsensical financial world, “up is down” and “money = debt” partly due to how money is created here in the USA through our Central Bank. What is perceived as “safe” today and what is truly “risky” these days? Does the phrase “Backed by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)” seem [...]Banks vs. Alternative Investments is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
 
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    Real Estate News - The Housing Block

  • Only 17.1% of Vancouver and Toronto Condo Owners are Investors: CMHC

    The Housing Block
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Only 17.1% of Vancouver and Toronto Condo Owners are Investors: CMHC’s recent survey on condominium owners in Toronto and Vancouver sheds some light on who are snapping up condo units at a record pace. The survey found a whopping 82.9 per cent live in the condo they purchase – only 17.1 per cent are also investors in condos other than the unit they occupy. These finding are surprising, as a lot of real estate experts have suggested the number of investors is a lot higher. While the number of investors isn’t that earthshattering, a lot of condo owners are deciding to subsidize their…
  • Closing the deal with the right offer

    The Housing Block
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    You’ve been house hunting for months and finally you think you’ve found the one. Before you can make an offer on your dream home, it’s important to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Although much attention is paid to the offer price, the conditions can be just as important. In fact, conditions have been known to cost buyers their dream home. Before you make an offer, it’s important to discuss your offer in advance with your realtor to ensure you maximize your chances of acceptance.   What is an Offer? An offer is something to be taken seriously. If the buyer or seller…
  • Mortgage Options and Costs

    The Housing Block
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Buying a home is most likely the single largest financial transaction of your lifetime, so it’s important to get it right. Mortgage rates may be at a record low, but it still makes sense to shop around for the lowest mortgage rate. Lower mortgage rates have helped fuel skyrocketing home prices in popular cities like Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver. With bidding wars commonplace, it can be easy to leave financing until the last minute. But by making your mortgage an afterthought, you could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table. Because financing your dream home is so crucial, you…
  • How to choose the right house

    The Housing Block
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    How to choose the right house – Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’ve bought and sold many times over, making an offer on a home is an exciting time. If the seller accepts your offer, you can officially call yourself a homeowner and begin planning your life over  the next several years. However, you shouldn’t get your heart set on any house in particular – if your offer isn’t accepted, they’ll always be another house to consider. When you buy a house not only should be feel joyous about your choice, you should also feel financially at ease that you’re purchasing…
  • Are you Ready to be a Homeowner

    The Housing Block
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Graduating from university, getting married, and purchasing your first home are all life-changing decisions. Becoming a homeowner is probably the most costly of them. Before you decide to buy a home, it’s important to determine whether you’re ready to take on the responsibilities that come with homeownership. Buying a home shouldn’t be a snap decision – it takes careful planning to ensure you’ll be comfortable for the years to come. Luckily you’re not alone – you’ll have a team or trusted professionals including your real estate agent, mortgage broker and lawyer looking out…
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    i1 properties Bangalore

  • Apartments with advantageous aminities in Bangalore by i1 properties

    Santosh V.T
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    As far as the residential and commercial sectors are concerned, the i-1 properties are the best in Bangalore, which is considered as one of the leading real estate companies. Most of the commercial complexes, apartments, residential layouts are designed by the i-1 properties and the company offers an integrated suite of real estate services. An entire range of constructions is taken care  by the company and nowadays most of the apartments in Bangalore are designed by the i-1. The apartments have all the required facilities and can be thoroughly enjoyed by the people. The apartments are…
  • Impact Of Metro Rails On Apartment buyers In Bangalore City

    Santosh V.T
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Most of the Indian cities are becoming overcrowded these days due to increase in migration of more people. As a result, the demands for housing facilities are growing every year and many real estate properties focus on developing various projects. Most real estate developers now prefer tier II and tier III locations all over India because of several advantages.   Metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad face traffic congestion problems. Tier II cites also witness same issues as many people find it difficult to reach their destination on time. Nowadays,…
  • Is It A right Time To Invest On Real Estate Market ?

    Santosh V.T
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Real estate markets are facing a lot of ups and downs over the recent years due to economic slowdown problems in different parts of the world. The prices of properties are going higher and lower because of various factors. According to recent studies, the home sales were low in 2013 when compared to previous years. Investing money in real estate properties is a wise one and at the same time it requires a basic knowledge. Real estate experts say that the demands for properties will increase in the coming years which help to generate more revenues. It is essential to know the tips before buying…
  • Indian Real estate market: An investor dream comes true

    Santosh V.T
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:43 am
    Most people want to invest their money in real estate properties safely to earn more profits while selling them. However, the Indian real estate market is facing a lot of struggles over the past few years due to economic uncertainties and other problems. The present market conditions are undergoing a lot of changes and therefore, it is an essential to aware about them for achieving goals in life. There are several options which are available for investors while purchasing real estate properties. At the same time, one should have a basic knowledge about selling and buying properties to…
  • India sees boost in investment on real estate.

    Santosh V.T
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    Real estate markets in India face several challenges today due to economic slowdown problems and other factors. In fact, it is considered as a favorite destination for real estate investments because of the infrastructure facilities. Increase in construction expenses, high interest rates and economic uncertainties are affecting the real estate companies over the recent years. The prices of properties remain stagnant and many properties are not sold in major cities. At the same time, the conditions are now improving slowly as demands for properties are increasing day by day in various cities…
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    Hipster Investments

  • Key Real Estate Investing Myths: Debunked

    Ali
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    There’s a lot of information about how the best way to invest is – where to buy, how to buy, what to buy – what money to use and from where. It’s a lot to take in all at once. Should you flip? Should you be a rehabber? Should you buy and hold? Should try a mix? Not everything works for every one person. It seems that around every corner, there is someone holding a sign saying “this is the way.” What is the way? Should you pay attention to those signs? Should you follow the current myths about real estate like gospel? We say: no. At Hipster, we believe in…
  • Why You Must Celebrate Your Success!!!

    Ali
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Celebration is not a four letter word (duh)! We get it – we all work hard and we have goals to reach: we don’t have time to celebrate! Well, believe it or not, celebration is a key to success. Sure, partying for the sake of partying is slacking off; however, celebrating for the right reasons is always a good idea. As you know, Hipster will be celebrating our 2nd birthday this month, so let’s look at the importance of celebrating! Celebration is Validation Perhaps most importantly, celebrating is a way to validate all of your hard work and achievement. It’s a way of…
  • Happy Birthday To Hipster (Almost!)….

    Ali
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Guess what, folks? August is a very special month for Hipster. Why? It’s our birthday month – and since it’s the big 2!!! – we are planning some very special celebrations to mark this awesome benchmark for us! Some people say age is just a number… we get that – but at Hipster, we are super excited for our upcoming birthday! SO: how, exactly, does Hipster plan to party this year? Well, we won’t give everything away just yet – but be sure to sign up and keep your eyes on your inbox and on our social media as we have some tricks up our sleeves and some awesome…
  • What’s Available Wednesday? Chicago Triplex!!!

    Ali
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Where in the world is Hipster landing today? Does deep dish pizza mean anything to you? We’re back to Chicago with an incredible find: a triplex that has been fully redeveloped, comes with a one year scope of work warranty and spectacular cash flow for you. Simply put: buying a triplex rocks for true real estate investors. Why? You buy one property and get three streams of income. You only need to deal with one property manager – one set of bills – which means you can just relax and watch your bank account fill. Why is Chicago a great market right now? It’s the 4th…
  • Warning: The Market You Should Be Buying in Has CHANGED!

    Ali
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Did you know that the dynamics of markets (a.k.a. cities) for real estate investing changes? They change all the time actually. One year there may be a market that everyone is buying in, like an investor feeding frenzy, but that market will change, guaranteed. Especially if it experienced an investor feeding frenzy. If you are already trying to tie what I’m saying to your situation and it’s not making sense, it may be because you only invest in your local area. If that’s the case, that is totally fine. This explanation is more for those who are willing, or interested, to invest…
 
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    Point2 Agent Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • Tech Talk: iCloud Photo Sharing for Real Estate

    Geneva Ives
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you ready to hear about one of the greatest free tools you probably already have access to and didn’t even realize it? If you have an iPhone or iPad, this post is for you! iCloud photo sharing is a free way to share your images privately with your clients using the cloud. You can share in real time from anywhere you are, making it simple for you to send snaps without heading back to the office or composing yet another email. Better still, the people you are sharing your photos with can like or comment on them, kind of like on Facebook, giving you instant feedback and the opportunity to…
  • The ABC’s of Leads: How to Grade Your Leads

    Tanya Fears
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    What if you were handed the treasure map to making more money with a guaranteed system to convert incoming calls from leads into real cash? Verl Workman did just that for us during our recent Success Series webinar on how to become a LEAD MASTER! Did you know that one size does not fit all when it comes to follwing up with lead calls? Verl walked us through the importance of  “grading” your leads so that you can plug them into a monthly process with the appropriate follow up to incubate and convert those  leads to sales. Question: How do I categorize and prioritize my leads? Verl…
  • Convert More Leads to Sales [Webinar Recording]

    Geneva Ives
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    The one and only Verl Workman joined our Point2 webinaristas for a thrilling live coaching session yesterday, and boy was it a doozy! Verl taught us that you don’t actually need more leads. What you need is a better way to turn your existing leads into sales. And then he taught us how to do just that. With a series of helpful tips, scripts and action items, he revealed the easiest ways to convert leads and double your income. We were flying through paper and ink taking so many notes, but the good news is that you don’t have to! First, watch the webinar recording below. Then, visit…
  • 5 Feng Shui Home Staging Tips

    Geneva Ives
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are you trying to sell a house that is priced right and in a great neighborhood but just isn’t getting any offers? Maybe its chi is off, and you should try a little Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the practice of rearranging chi, or energy flow, in a space to promote well-being and happiness. Feng Shui can add marketability, solve design challenges and add emotional appeal that will resonate with more viewers, in photographs and in person. Try these 5 Feng Shui home staging tips to make a better first impression on potential buyers. These small, inexpensive changes can make a big difference. 1.
  • Hot Tip: 7 Ways to Avoid a Lead Drought

    Tanya Fears
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Did you ever notice that low production agents whine about not having any leads while top producers can hardly keep up? What’s the real deal here? The truth is leads are everywhere! The real reason that leads sometimes seem scarce is the challenge of being a single entrepreneur. When you are a one-person service provider and responsible for keeping your income consistent, you must keep several balls bouncing at the same time: prospecting for new leads, incubating current leads and working with buyers and sellers who are ready to work with you now… it’s a challenge for sure! The failure…
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    Keeping Current Matters

  • With Interest Rates and Home Prices on the rise, do you know the true Cost of Waiting?

    Morgan Tranquist
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today we are excited to have Morgan Tranquist as our guest blogger. Morgan is the Marketing & Graphics Director for The KCM Crew and provides insight into what the Millennial Generation needs to hear from their agents. – The KCM CrewAt Keeping Current Matters, we have often broken down the opportunity that exists now for Millennials who are willing and able to purchase a home NOW... Here are a couple other ways to look at the cost of waiting.Let’s say you’re 30 and your dream house costs $250,000 today, at 4.12% your monthly Mortgage Payment with Interest would be $1,210.90.But…
  • Personalized Posts Are Here!

    The KCM Crew
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    For those of you who have not yet heard about our newest feature, Personalized Posts, you'll get the chance to start using it later today! In just a few hours, you will gain access to a new and exciting feature that allows you to share personally branded content written by KCM with your clients and prospects. With Personalized Posts, you will be able to take the daily posts from our KCM Blog, and brand them with your picture, information and even links to contact you directly. No more advertisements, or directing your customers to the Keeping Current Matters website for their articles. Now…
  • 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner

    The KCM Crew
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.Here are five of our reasons:1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate WithHere is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to FSBO.The buyer who wants the best deal possibleThe buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyerThe buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)The home inspection companies which…
  • Do You Have the Answers to Your Clients' Upcoming Questions? [WEBINAR]

    The KCM Crew
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Historic Mortgage Rates by Decade [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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    zitorealtygroup.com

  • How Zillow, Trulia, & National Real Estate Sites Work

    Dan Zito
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Anyone who’s interested in buying or selling a home knows about Zillow and Trulia. They are two of the most popular listing websites nationwide, and the first place people look when they have real estate on their mind. Zillow just recently bought Trulia, an interesting move that will affect industry dynamics, but not the focus of this article. It’s important to understand how websites like Zillow and Trulia work so you have some context when browsing them. Most people take … Read More
  • Don’t Do This: The Home Repairs with the Least Return

    Dan Zito
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    All renovations are not created equal. If you’re getting ready to sell your home, or you are planning renovations with the hopes of adding valuefor a future sale, think before you act. Some home renovations can increase the value of your home and help it sell faster. Updating the master bedroom, kitchen and bathrooms are common selling points for a home; the money you put in here will often have good returns. But other home repairs won’t help at all, … Read More
  • The Clarksville at Orchard Glen

    Dan Zito
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
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    Dan Zito
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
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    Dan Zito
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
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    Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team

  • Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

    The Moeller Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to the table. When it comes to buying a home in a hot real estate market, sometimes cash can net you a lower price than a mortgage. So, if you’ve just sold your home and are looking to buy a new one with cash or are otherwise planning your estate, here are some things to remember. Reasons to buy with cash: As an empty nester or retiree looking to downsize, you…
  • 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner

    Nancy Moeller
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five of our reasons: 1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner. The buyer who wants the best deal possible The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country) The home…
  • Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

    The Moeller Team
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Even while home prices are on the rise—fueled by the low supply, low mortgage rates and investor buying—the number of Americans that own homes, as a percentage of the population, is decreasing. The reasons vary, since many current renters are former homeowners that lost their homes during the financial crisis and others simply do not have enough income to qualify. But some potential homeowners, with savings for down payments and the desire to own may be priced out of the market by as little as $1000. A new report by the National Association of Home Builders points out that an increase of…
  • Either Way, You’re Still Paying a Mortgage

    Nancy Moeller
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
     There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the…
  • Keeping the Old House when Buying the New

    The Moeller Team
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    The current housing market, while picking up in most areas, has one basic problem: low supply. With many buyers choosing to keep their old home when they purchase a new home, fewer homes are on the market, driving up demand. Becoming a landlord Buyers that do not need the equity in their current property in order to purchase the home into which they are moving, are choosing to become landlords instead. The financial crisis and ensuing recovery has increased the demand for rental housing. In fact, the cycle of buyers not selling their current home before buying a new one reduces the supply for…
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  • Ultimate Guide: How to Prepare Your House/Listing for Real Estate Photography

    Hugh
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Hiring a professional real estate photographer is one of the best things that you can do to make your real estate listing shine. But, before the photographer arrives, there are a few things that you should do to prepare your home. This article will provide you with all of the information that you need to know about preparing your home to have professional real estate photos taken. General Guidelines In addition to the detailed information that will be provided about specific areas of your home, there are also general guidelines that need to be considered for all areas of the home. Paying…
  • How to Use Real Estate Video Tours to Boost the SEO of Your Real Estate Listing

    Hugh
    6 May 2014 | 9:42 am
    The search engines are an integral part of the real estate industry today, and any agent who is failing to keep up with technology will quickly be lost in the dust. Real estate video tours are a great way to leverage the power of the internet, and with the right marketing plan they can help with the SEO of your real estate listing. Why Real Estate Videos are Essential It is estimated that over 1 billion users visit YouTube every single month, and 4 billion hours are spent watching videos on YouTube within a month. People spend a lot of time searching for videos, and those videos also rank…
  • How to Choose a Professional Real Estate Photographer

    Hugh
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many people know that they should hire a professional real estate photographer, but they don’t understand the right steps that need to be followed in order to select the best photographer for the job. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when you are looking for a real estate photographer to help with your home listing photos: Price Matters… You Get What You Pay For The cost of moving can be expensive, and since you are selling your home then you are likely spending a little bit of extra money on the cost of moving. In these situations, many people are looking for…
  • Real Estate Video Tours Give You an Edge Over the Competition

    Hugh
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you are looking for a way to market your property that is for sale, then real estate video tours should be at the top of your “to-do” list. This marketing method is an effective way to find more buyers to view your home listing, but it is estimated that only 5% of real estate agents utilize video marketing in their efforts. So, if you use real estate videos to market your home, then it means that you will be able to get ahead of 95% of the competition. As a real estate agent, if you aren’t already utilizing real estate video tours, then you should start offering the…
  • Why Professional Real Estate Photos Increase the Value of Your Property

    Hugh
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is estimated that 92% of home buyers use the internet to search for properties that they are interested in, and their first impressions will be decided based on the real estate listing of each property that they view. Professional real estate photos can make a big difference to the first impression that each buyer has of your property, and there are several ways that the photos can be beneficial to help you sell your home. Professional and Amateur photography comparison For example, the photos can highlight the upgrades and unique details that are available in the home, helping to justify…
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  • Cole Valley Partners and RealtyShares Crowdfunds Largest Commercial Real Estate Transaction in Phoenix

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    The 7th Gate Centre at 1601 N. 7th Street in metropolitan Phoenix was the centre of attraction when Cole Valley Partners, a commercial real estate firm in San Francisco California, partnered with RealtyShares, a crowdfunding platform, to fund a project. The property was worth $5 million of which $750,000 was raised through crowdfunding. This represented the largest amount ever raised through a crowdfunding campaign in the city of Phoenix. The project was a property (the 7th Gate Center) of over 43,000 square feet of multiple usages located at the heart of Phoenix’s metropolitan area. The…
  • Is Crowdfunding a Stable Financing Solution for Real Estate Developers?

    admin
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    The ever escalating interest rates on mortgage loans offered by banks and financial institutions have always been a big problem to developers. Crowdfunding has therefore risen at the most suitable time and  is projected to support many startups take their businesses off the ground and create wealth and employment opportunities. Crowdfunding is gradually transforming the real estate industry which was previously dominated by wealthy individuals and institutional investors. In the past, many people were locked out of real estate investing because the process of investing was very long and…
  • Real Estate Ownership made Easier through Crowdfunding with Sharestates

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    One of the greatest dreams for many individuals is to own property, but the biggest challenge towards this is where to get the huge amount of capital required to invest in the property industry. Some people imagine how happy they would be if they had the opportunity to have the resources to buy an investment property such as a high-rise apartment, and then just sit back and collect rent after their retirement. Such people now have a chance to achieve their dreams through Sharestates‘ platform. The real estate industry has been for many years exclusive for wealthy and institutional…
  • Crowdfunding Is Growing Up: Here’s What You Need to Know

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    by Jorge Newbery, Guest Contributor Just six months ago, equity crowdfunding was not yet legal in the U.S. Today, there are close to 1,000 crowdfunding sites in existence — at last count, Crowdsourcing.org included 995 crowdfunding sites in its directory. Despite its incredible growth, many think of crowdfunding strictly in terms of donation-based and reward-based platforms, such as sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But as a result of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, the definition of crowdfunding has expanded. Thanks to the JOBS Act, small businesses and startups…
  • Real Estate Crowdfunding: A New Model for an Old Industry

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Crowdfunding is fast gaining ground across the world and outpacing traditional methods of investing. The model is just in its early stages but its growth has been consistent and promising for most startups. Crowdfunding is a model that allows online investments through willing investors and entrepreneurs. Through crowdfunding, investors come together, pool resources, and invest in a common project. Despite the several investing challenges that have been overcome by crowdfunding, there are several measures being put in place to lock uncertified investors from making investments through…
 
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  • Should You Buy A “Flipped” House?

    Keith Flenniken
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Through his business, Flenniken Enterprises, Keith Flenniken has built an extensive real estate portfolio with both commercial and residential properties. With the number of ‘flipped’ properties on the rise, Keith Flenniken offers potential homebuyers advice about what to look for when considering this investment. Keith Flenniken advises homebuyers to look beyond the aesthetics when viewing flipped houses A flipped home is one that is bought and then resold within six months with the intent of making a profit. Therefore, it is wise to make sure the investor did not cut any corners with…
  • How to Accurately Price your House

    Keith Flenniken
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:57 am
    Keith Flenniken is an expert in real estate and even founded his own company, Flenniken Enterprises. He and his team have a knack for transforming undervalued properties and selling them for a profit. A key to success in the industry is knowing how to accurately price a property. These and other tips can be accessed through his personal tumblr page. Naturally, home sellers are looking to sell their properties for the highest amount possible- and quickly. According to an article on realestate.msn.com, there are ten things to remember to price your house right. 1. Comps are perhaps the most…
  • The Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops

    Keith Flenniken
    22 May 2014 | 10:55 am
    Keith Flenniken advises that you weigh the pros and cons of granite prior to making your purchase. Keith Flenniken is the founder of a successful real estate business, Flenniken Enterprises. His portfolio boasts an impressive range of properties. Some of these commercial, single family, and multi-family homes can be found on his Pinterest page. To be successful in the industry, Keith Flenniken relies on a team of talented artisans that are able to bring worth to something undervalued. An eye for design is an important element that can help others appreciate the space as well. When remodeling…
  • Investing in a Flip Property

    Keith Flenniken
    16 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    In this blog, Keith Flenniken shares tips on investing in flip properties. House flipping has become a widespread practice among investors, as the opportunity to make a profit is high. According to RealtyTrac.com, investors flipped more than 100,000 homes in the first half of the year alone, making an average of $30,000 per flip. Experts warn to tread lightly, however, as many investors who are in a rush to make a profit overlook the basics and in turn, end up failing. Keith Flenniken, owner of the successful real estate business Flenniken Enterprises, knows the keys to success, as well as…
  • US Housing Market Hits a Rut

    Keith Flenniken
    6 May 2014 | 6:41 am
    In some high-demand regions, Keith Flenniken noticed that housing prices were rising so dramatically that there was sure to be a decline in sales. However, these price increases caused certain housing markets to experience a temporary slowdown, causing the trend to be deeper and more widespread than expected. According to a recent report, monthly home sales dropped a full 13.3% year over year. A report from the National Association of Realtors also mentioned that last month, the sales of new single-family homes hit their lowest point since July of 2013. In addition to a slowdown in overall…
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  • A guide to sub-leasing

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Sub-leasing is allowed in Dubai, but should you do it? It is not unusual for tenants to want to sub-lease their villa or apartment in Dubai, as there are often penalties payable for those who want to break their tenancy contracts early.     It is important to explain what is meant by sub-leasing, as there are two different meanings. First, when an agency such as Better Homes obtains the master lease for an entire building and then sub-leases the apartments to tenants - each of the tenants has their own sub-lease contract with Better Homes. The second type, which this blog is…
  • The Park or The Bay?

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    There’s no doubt Dubai’s growth is staggering with a host of exciting new areas now open. From high rise living to gated communities, we look at two districts to help you decide which is right for you.   JUMEIRAH PARK Just behind JLT, between Discovery Gardens and Emirates Hills, you’ll find Dubai's newest residential district, Jumeirah Park. Developed by Nakheel, the community contains more than 2000 villas, spread across 350 hectares.     The district is laid out in three clusters, each with its own theme: Heritage, Regional and Legacy. Villas are available…
  • Know your right as a Tenant

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Finding the right rental property at the right price can be a challenge. So be sure where you stand before you sign a contract with this short FAQ.   How many rent cheques are usually required and what is the best way to negotiate the best rate?   Between one and four cheques are the most common. You can often negotiate a slightly lower lease by paying with fewer cheques.   Can a tenant be expected to pay a security deposit to view a property?   A security deposit just to view a property is not good practice, nor our practice at Better Homes.   Does the landlord have…
  • 0% transfer fee on Business Bay Executive Tower C

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Take advantage of the Better Homes Ramadan offer It is not too late to take advantage of Better Homes’ superb Ramadan deal. We are offering a 0% transfer fee on apartments for sale in Executive Tower C, Business Bay     A range of generously sized 1-4 bedroom apartments are available in this development, which is increasingly sought after thanks to its convenient location, just five minutes’ walk from the Metro and on the doorstep of thriving Downtown.   Facilities include shared swimming pools, health clubs, 24 hour security, and access to a new park,…
  • Amwaj Suites, JBR

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Better Homes are offering beach front fully serviced apartments at Amwaj Suites JBR with 2 bedrooms starting from only AED 161,500.   Situated on picturesque Jumeriah Beach, Amwaj Suites comprise one, two and three bedroom furnished serviced apartments, duplexes and penthouses, available for rent.     It’s the ideal new home for young families who love to get outdoors or singles who prefer to indulge in a little nightlife - with some of Dubai’s most acclaimed restaurants and nightspots right at your doorstep.   From gorgeous JBR beach, Beach Mall and The Walk…
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  • BFS Foreclosed Properties Listing Updated As Of August 2014

    Jay Castillo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We have just updated our listing of BFS foreclosed properties for August 2014, and the updated list is now inside our Foreclosed Real Estate Database. Complete the details for this update and a link to the updated listings can be found below. “Fruits of Your Labor” is BFS’s latest offer of unbeatable value for interested buyers looking to purchase Foreclosed Properties August 2014 update from BFS The updated list, which comes directly from Bahay Financial Services (BFS), has a total of 2,082 foreclosed properties, with a total selling price of Php798,930,000.00. Here’s a…
  • Featured: RUSH!!! Vacant Lot For Sale In Foliage Hills, Cottonwoods Heights, Antipolo City

    Jay Castillo
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This featured property is a vacant lot located at Block 3 Lot 15, Palm Avenue, The Foliage of Cottonwoods Heights, Antipolo City. Lot area is 184 sqm., with a selling price of Php1.5 Million (Cash basis only). That’s approximately Php 8,152/sqm. Pictures, Youtube video, vicinity map, and contact details can be seen below. Picture Gallery (Click to enlarge) Property Details Location: Block 3 Lot 15 Palm Avenue, The Foliage of Cottonwoods heights, Antipolo City. Lot Area: 184 sqm. Selling Price: Php1.5M CASH ONLY (approx. Php8,152/sqm) RFS: Owner needs funds Foliage Hills is within…
  • For Sealed Bidding On August 8, 2014 – Big Condominium Units In Andrea North Towers, New Manila, Quezon City

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you are looking for spacious huge condo units in the heart of Quezon City, this should be interesting. We now feature 2 big condominium units in Andrea North Towers, New Manila, Quezon City. These are also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the Andrea North Towers and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 9: ANDREA NORTH TOWERS CONDOMINIUM UNITS IN NEW MANILA, QUEZON CITY NO. OF UNITS: 2 TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 360.27 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP36,027,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: SAMANTHA ALLEJE AT (02) 534-9725 OR 0930-96-00000 Picture…
  • Quezon City Bungalow With 2-Door Apartment And 3-Car Garage For Sealed Bidding on August 8, 2014

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Looking for a house and lot that also has rental income potential? This bungalow with a 2-door apartment and 3-car garage in Fairview, Quezon City might be for you. This is also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the subject property and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 6-1: BUNGALOW TYPE WITH 2 DOOR APARTMENTS AND 3 CAR GARAGE IN QUEZON CITY (FAIRVIEW) LOT AREA: 411 SQM. FLOOR AREA: BUNGALOW 147 SQM. APARTMENT 1- 91 SQM. APARTMENT 2- 80 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP10,000,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: SAMANTHA ALLEJE AT (02) 534-9725…
  • 7-Door Apartment Near FTI For Sealed Bidding On August 8, 2014

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    With upcoming developments in the FTI Taguig area, this property looks promising. We now feature a 7-Door Apartment Near FTI, which is also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the subject property and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 4-3: 7 DOOR APARTMENT NEAR FTI LOT AREA: 780 SQM. FLOOR AREA: 279.14 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP14,000,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: RUTH MOLON AT (02) 534-9686 OR 0930-98-00000 Picture Gallery (click to enlarge) Sealed bidding details To access details for the sealed bidding, and to get a complete list of…
 
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  • HotPads Shopping Guide: Grab These Funky Chairs on Sale Now!

    Tara Scott-Johnson
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    What is the one piece of furniture you can add to your living space to show your personality, is a conversation starter and adds more seating? A new chair of course! New living room furniture can be pricey, so consider replacing an old chair with one of these new fabulous options to spruce up that tired decor. We’ve shopped the web for the most trendy, yet functional seating options currently available. These fantastic chairs are on sale now, don’t miss out. Get your new chair today!     1. The Marquette Beige Dome Chair $760 at Furniture.com 2. Anna Houndstooth Accent…
  • 10 Urban Cycling Safety Tips

    Becky Dalzell
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Everything this guys’s doing is wrong. (Courtesy of Gnarly, via WikiMedia Safety concerns put off a lot of would-be urban cyclists. With good reason: Though bike rides make up only 1% of trips in the United States, bicyclists are more likely than drivers to be injured or killed in a crash. But with new lanes and increased ridership, the numbers are improving. Even with an increasing number of bikes on the road, cycling fatalities fell 21% between 1988 and 2008 and serious injuries declined by 31%, according to a 2011 transportation research paper. Studies show that more bikes on the…
  • Decorating In Vintage Style

    Tara Scott-Johnson
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    “Retro is to Vintage as Vintage is to Antique.” What is Vintage design? The actual definition of vintage describes the year in which wine, especially wine of high quality, was produced. Meanwhile, the term Vintage was hijacked by the design industry to reflect retro, mid-century or antique decor. My definition of Vintage is anything originating in a previous era, seemingly old, timeless and just plain “cool”. To embrace the vintage look in your home, you will want to do some research first. Read the Buyer’s Guide To Vintage by Home Life to get started, this guide has…
  • 5 Tips to Transition from Renting to Owning

    Paula Pant
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    If you’re about to become a first-time homeowner, you might assume the experience of home ownership will be just like renting, except that your monthly payments will build equity. But the reality isn’t quite so simple. From learning how to fix a leaky toilet to making financial adjustments for long-term annualized spending, home ownership is a totally new ball game. Here are five tips to guide you through the transition: 1. Keep Your Long-Term Vision in Mind When you’re tired of renting, it’s pretty easy to get out of a lease (or wait until the lease runs out). Selling a…
  • Home Storage Tips for Urban Cyclists

    Becky Dalzell
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    You live in a closet. Your bike is clunky. It’ll get stolen if locked outside for 10 minutes. These excuses keep many city residents from owning a bike, which is silly. We know people who keep not one but two bikes in 300 square foot apartments. Here’s how to make it work in yours. 1. Think of your bike as décor. Got empty wall space? Consider the bike a piece of art, à la Picasso. Sure, some rusty clunkers out there don’t exactly qualify, but even they can give a space character. Lightweight titanium rides can be lifted easily and hung on the wall to fill dead zones—and…
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  • Denmark Out of The Debt Trap

    Les Calvert
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    Denmark has finally been able to break out from the debt trap. With the improvement of amortization rates, the world’s most severely Denmark Out of The Debt Trap is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Denmark Out of The Debt Trap appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America

    Les Calvert
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    In the mid-20th century many of the richest Americans high-tailed it out of cities and into sprawling suburbs where they could have 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.