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  • Boomerang home buyers are coming back

    Home mortgage rates and real estate news - CNNMoney.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Millions of Americans who lost their homes in the recession may become eligible to buy a new home beginning this year, according to a report.
  • Cupertino council members 'drop in' on Apple Campus 2 in amazing state-of-the-city address

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    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    For weeks now, I've been hearing rumors of how cool Cupertino Mayor Rod Sinks' first State of the City address was going to be. (Yes, you heard me right — "cool" and "State of the City address" in the same sentence.) But things have been very hush-hush, aside from some rather intriguing-looking photos posted to the KMVT Facebook page. Well, the mayor didn't disappoint at the Jan. 28 event. As you can see streaming over on YouTube, Sinks took a nontraditional approach to the annual speech to say…
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like… home-buying bargain season…?

    BloodhoundRealty.com
    Greg Swann
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    The holidays mean different things to different people, but they mean something special to well-prepared home-buyers: When holly is in the air, it’s a great time to pick off bargains from motivated sellers. It’s easy to understand why: All the other buyers are tied up with their holiday preprations. Inventories have been rising for more than a year, and some sellers need to make a deal NOW. Who? • Folks who want to account for their proceeds on this year’s taxes, not next year’s. • New home builders who want their spec homes closed out on this year’s books. • People who are…
  • Moving up? Moving on? This may be the perfect time to make your move.

    BloodhoundRealty.com
    Greg Swann
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Why is right now the strategically perfect moment to move up? Because the mortgage interest-rate trend illustrated in that chart won’t last forever. There are other good reasons to make your move now, if moving’s on your mind, but these rates make a $200,000 home cheaper than the rent on half that much house. There’s this, too: When rates turn upward, that will put a damper on already wilted demand, so we may be at the de facto top of this market swing. Prices have been stalled, as best, over the last year. Washington does want to re-inflate the housing bubble. That’s the reasoning…
  • Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized

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    BobVila.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    If your house is bursting at the seams, with every cabinet and closet filled to the brim, the solution to your storage woes may be as close as your garage. To make the best use of this space, however, you first need to corral its current chaos. This is, fortunately, a relatively simple task if you incorporate a few good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little effort, you can transform your garage from a messy catchall to an efficient, well-organized household annex. Source: California Closets Divide and conquer First things first: Get rid of anything you no longer use. After…
 
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  • New Albany residents sound off on plan that would convert one-way streets

    Cary Stemle
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    More than 100 New Albany residents turned out Thursday evening for their first opportunity to comment on a street study that advocates converting many of the city's one-way downtown streets to two-way. In addition, the study from Washington, D.C.-based Speck & Associates LLC proposes several major changes to New Albany's street grid, including adding bike lanes to promote cycling and reducing the width of driving lanes. The study was prompted by concerns that New Albany will see a drastic uptick…
  • Planning Commission approves West End Walmart

    Caitlin Bowling
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Walmart may build its super center in West Louisville after all. After much debate, the Louisville Planning Commission voted Thursday evening to approve Walmart's site plan and variances for a proposed store on the former Philip Morris tobacco factory property at 18th Street and Broadway. The next step is for the plan to go before the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment. The proposed super center will be 154,722 square feet and have about 620 parking spaces. It will include a food market,…
  • Cupertino council members 'drop in' on Apple Campus 2 in amazing state-of-the-city address

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    For weeks now, I've been hearing rumors of how cool Cupertino Mayor Rod Sinks' first State of the City address was going to be. (Yes, you heard me right — "cool" and "State of the City address" in the same sentence.) But things have been very hush-hush, aside from some rather intriguing-looking photos posted to the KMVT Facebook page. Well, the mayor didn't disappoint at the Jan. 28 event. As you can see streaming over on YouTube, Sinks took a nontraditional approach to the annual speech to say…
  • Honolulu architect launches weekly radio show on design

    A. Kam Napier
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Honolulu architect Matt Gilbertson, president and design director of MGA Architecture, thinks people don't talk enough about what constitutes good design in Hawaii, whether its in architecture, urban planning, or streetscapes. It's a longstanding interest of his, I know—back in 2003, Gilbertson invited me to moderate panel discussion on "Hawaiian Sense of Place" as part of an AIA-Honolulu-sponsored film series. That experience showed me how much people in Hawaii care about the built environment.…
  • ​Amazon's headcount tops 150,000 after adding nearly 40,000 employees in 2014

    Rachel Lerman
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    It turns out all the cranes dotting the sky above Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood are necessary. At least, necessary for Amazon -- the company needs them to make room for its booming employee count. Amazon now has 154,100 employees worldwide, 36,800 more employees than it had a year ago. It added 5,000 employees in the last quarter alone. Amazon's headcount doesn't even include its contractors who work in the company's huge warehouses or its tens of thousands of seasonal holiday workers.…
 
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  • Pending Home Sales: December 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Today, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Pending Home Sales Report for December showing that pending home sales declined notably with the seasonally adjusted national index dropping 3.7% from November but still remaining 6.1% above the level seen in December 2013. The following chart shows the seasonally adjusted national pending home sales index along with the percent change on a year-over-year basis as well as the percent change from the peak set in 2005 (click for larger version).
  • New Home Sales: December 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Department released its monthly New Residential Home Sales Report for December showing sales jumping 11.6% from November and rising 8.8% above the level seen in December 2013 but still remaining near an historically low level with 481K SAAR units. The monthly supply declined to 5.5 months while the median selling price increased 8.20% and the average selling price increased 17.62% from the year ago level. The following chart show the extent of sales decline to date (click for full-larger version).
  • S&P/Case-Shiller: November 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Today's release of the S&P/Case-Shiller (CSI) home price indices for November reported that the non-seasonally adjusted Composite-10 price index declined from October with prices falling 0.26% from while the Composite-20 index declined 0.22% over the same period. The 10-city composite index increased 4.17% as compared to November 2013 while the 20-city composite increased 4.31% over the same period.Both of the broad composite indices still show significant peak declines slumping -20.55% for the 10-city national index and -19.42% for the 20-city national index on a peak comparison basis.
  • New Residential Construction Report: December 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    Today’s New Residential Construction Report showed mixed results with total permit activity declining 1.9% since November while total starts increased 4.4% over the same period.Single family housing permits, the most leading of indicators, increased 4.5% from November to 667K single family units (SAAR), and rose 8.1% below the level seen in December 2013 and still remained well below levels seen at the peak in September 2005.
  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – January 21 2015

    SoldAtTheTop
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:33 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…
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  • Honolulu architect launches weekly radio show on design

    A. Kam Napier
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Honolulu architect Matt Gilbertson, president and design director of MGA Architecture, thinks people don't talk enough about what constitutes good design in Hawaii, whether its in architecture, urban planning, or streetscapes. It's a longstanding interest of his, I know—back in 2003, Gilbertson invited me to moderate panel discussion on "Hawaiian Sense of Place" as part of an AIA-Honolulu-sponsored film series. That experience showed me how much people in Hawaii care about the built environment.…
  • For success, make sure you feel comfortable in your own skin

    Beth O'Brien
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:23 pm
    I started my career at General Electric as part of the audit staff, and had the rare opportunity to see virtually every part of the conglomerate's business from the big to small, from manufacturing to financial services. I saw dishwashers and power generators up close, and even watched light bulbs being made. But of all the rather amazing and interesting things I saw, one business drew my special attention: the insurance industry. Why? Because it helps people directly for everything they do throughout…
  • Bowser team puts hold on five projects awarded by Gray

    Daniel J. Sernovitz
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Mayor Muriel Bowser promised to review projects awarded to developers late in Mayor Vincent Gray's administration. And now we have our first sense of her approach. The new mayor plans to renegotiate three deals for projects on city-owned sites to boost affordable housing, according to a background press briefing from the mayor's economic development team. She also plans to nix a deal for the Parcel 42 project at Seventh Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW and wants more financial information on the…
  • Builders group calls for 'permit simplicity' on tenant improvements

    Ben van der Meer
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    An advocacy group for commercial construction is pushing for a quicker way to get building permits moving, and one city has already taken an interest. What Region Builders Inc. calls "permit simplicity" would allow a designated, pre-qualified professional architect to review plans for tenant improvements on an existing building and sign off within a day. Region Builders executive director Josh Wood said the change would mean plan review would happen at the inspection phase rather than during plan…
  • South Florida construction contracts surge 52% in 2014

    Brian Bandell
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The construction cranes are popping up like daisies in South Florida, as a study by Dodge Data & Analytics found a 52 percent increase in construction contract awarded here in 2014. There were $10 billion in construction contracts awarded in the tri-county area last year, up from $6.6 billion in 2013. Activity was especially robust in December, with $1.3 billion in contracts awarded, compared to $472 million in December 2013. With all of the condo towers and apartment buildings rising, it's no…
 
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  • Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    At least three people are dead and dozens are injured.
  • Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said. The patient was considered at a relatively low risk of infection. Although recently in an area where Ebola transmission is widespread, the person had no known contact with anyone who has had the disease, said Laura McCasland, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Public Health Department. McCasland said…
  • 'Peace between us,' Raul Castro says of U.S. ties

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Cuban President Raul Castro gave an endorsement to peace between the United States and his communist country, with the two nations in talks to restore ties after decades of animosity. Asked by a journalist at a summit of Latin American and Caribbean states what he would most like to see after the US economic embargo of Cuba is lifted, Castro barked: "Peace, peace between us, peace between the United States and us. Castro first said he would have to consider the question because the end of the economic embargo may be a long way away. US and Cuban diplomats met last week in Havana in…
  • NYC public defenders in video advocate killing police, city finds

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorneys at a New York City public defenders' office participated in an online video that advocated the killing of police officers, featuring the lyrics "time to start killing these coppers," a city investigation disclosed on Thursday. The video "Hands Up," which shows singers pointing guns at someone portraying a police officer, was released shortly before the deadly ambush on Dec. 20 of two New York City officers by a gunman angry over police killings of unarmed black men. Two attorneys with the Bronx Defenders, a city-funded legal service…
  • U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    By Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday. Johnson said in a speech in Washington that uncertainty over the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, which secures U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters and protects the president, had put security initiatives on hold. These included recommendations made in December by a review panel on the Secret…
 
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  • $14 Million CubeSmart Self-Storage Facility Approved for Development

    Veronica
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) green-lighted a project proposal to transform the vacant warehouse at 99 Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury off of VFW Parkway into a high-quality self-storage facility with new loading areas and accessory uses. CubeSmart Self-Storage – West Roxbury The $14 million project will be developed by Newton-based VLR-Roxbury LLC, which also owns the six-acre site. According to PropertyShark, VLR-Roxbury purchased the property in November 2014 for $6.86 million from previous owner M&H Holdings LLC. The facility at 99…
  • February 2015 – Briefs/Leasing & Management

    MichaelR
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    NGKF, TD Bank Sign with SL Green in Midtown Manhattan SL Green, New York City’s largest commercial property owner, has announced two major 15-year lease transactions totaling approximately 191,000 square feet at 125 Park Ave., a 26-story, 572,705-square-foot building located directly across from Grand Central Terminal. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank will continue on as the largest tenant at 125 Park with its renewal of 101,838 square feet of existing space and expansion of 31,377 square feet. In addition, Toronto-based TD Bank signed a new 15-year lease covering 51,707 square feet of office…
  • Economy Watch: Interest Rates to Rise in the Summer? A Definite Maybe.

    annas
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The central bank speaks: “Economic activity has been expanding at a solid pace.” That’s the strongest language the Federal Open Market Committee has used to describe the U.S. economy in quite a while, appearing in the latest statement from the committee, which was released on Wednesday. For one thing, the Fed doesn’t like strong language – or colorful or interesting or even particularly descriptive language, and it goes out of its way to be as staid as central bankers probably should be. On the other hand, the economy hasn’t been this strong…
  • February 2015 – Briefs/Sales & Development

    MichaelR
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Hudson Pacific to Buy $3.5B Blackstone Office Portfolio In a stock and cash transaction valued at $3.5 billion, Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. has agreed to acquire Equity Office Properties’ approximately 8.2 million-square-foot San Francisco Peninsula and Silicon Valley office portfolio from Blackstone Real Estate Partners V and VI. The off-market transaction will effectively double Hudson’s size and result in an equity market capitalization of $3.7 billion and total enterprise value of approximately $6.5 billion. It will also nail down the company’s position as the leading West Coast…
  • February 2015 – Briefs/Finance

    MichaelR
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    TPG Real Estate Acquires $2.5B Loan Portfolio from Deutsche TPG Real Estate has acquired a majority stake in a $2.5 billion portfolio of high-yield real estate loans from Deutsche Bank’s Special Situations Group. Terms call for TPG to acquire a 75 percent stake in the portfolio, with Deutsche Bank retaining the 25 percent minority stake. No additional terms were disclosed. The portfolio is comprised of 57 performing first-mortgage loans on properties in gateway markets across the U.S., primarily in New York and Los Angeles. The loans have a weighted average life of less than three years and…
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  • Moving up? Moving on? This may be the perfect time to make your move.

    Greg Swann
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Why is right now the strategically perfect moment to move up? Because the mortgage interest-rate trend illustrated in that chart won’t last forever. There are other good reasons to make your move now, if moving’s on your mind, but these rates make a $200,000 home cheaper than the rent on half that much house. There’s this, too: When rates turn upward, that will put a damper on already wilted demand, so we may be at the de facto top of this market swing. Prices have been stalled, as best, over the last year. Washington does want to re-inflate the housing bubble. That’s the reasoning…
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like… home-buying bargain season…?

    Greg Swann
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    The holidays mean different things to different people, but they mean something special to well-prepared home-buyers: When holly is in the air, it’s a great time to pick off bargains from motivated sellers. It’s easy to understand why: All the other buyers are tied up with their holiday preprations. Inventories have been rising for more than a year, and some sellers need to make a deal NOW. Who? • Folks who want to account for their proceeds on this year’s taxes, not next year’s. • New home builders who want their spec homes closed out on this year’s books. • People who are…
  • Will this infinite back yard always be this beautiful?

    Greg Swann
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    No. In a few months, when the wildflowers bloom, it will be even more breathtaking… Live where it snows? Had enough? Isn’t it time to get your Winter back?
  • If you bought a house in Metropolitan Phoenix within the past few years, you may be able to sell it at a profit.

    Greg Swann
    17 Oct 2013 | 4:24 pm
    Hard to believe, isn’t it? You can actually sell a home in Greater Phoenix and make money on the deal. How can this be so? The long answer is long and boring, but the short answer yields a comprehensive truth in only two words: Market volatility. We were a slow leak on the way down, until all of a sudden we were a fast leak. And then, just as suddenly, the market surged upward, gaining back a lot of lost price-pressure very quickly. The result? If you bought a house in Phoenix or its suburbs within the past two or three years, it could be possible for you to sell that home and actually…
  • Got equity? To sell your Metropolitan Phoenix home, marketing matters.

    Greg Swann
    8 Sep 2013 | 3:15 pm
    With the recent surge in home prices, for the first time in years it matters how you market your home for sale in Greater Phoenix. Lender-owned homes are sold like a grab-bag of garbage, take it or leave it. And while short-sellers might want to do a better job of marketing, typically they just don’t have the cash needed to do the job properly. But now many homeowners in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and the suburbs of Metropolitan Phoenix have equity in their homes. They have a chance to make some money when they put their homes up for sale. And that little fact makes all the…
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  • Building the dream MLS

    Andrea V. Brambila
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    NEW YORK — It’s time for the multiple listing service to go back to its roots and remember its main reason for being: to foster cooperation between agents. That’s according to several real estate leaders asked to imagine their “dream” ...
  • Technology fueling commission rebates to Toronto homebuyers

    Phillip Woolgar
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Canadian brokerages TheRedPin and CommissionMadeFair.com say technology that lets homebuyers do much of the legwork involved in finding the home of their dreams themselves lets them offer commission rebates to buyers. Homebuyers “can filter through all the facts until they’re ...
  • No locked doors at indie brokerages — and in some cases, no doors

    Paul Hagey
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    NEW YORK — Inman’s independent broker survey revealed that a big factor behind the current boom in unaffiliated firms is the freedom broker-owners have to pursue their business and adapt to changing conditions as they see fit. An open office floor plan is one way ...
  • Renowned real estate coach basks in ‘bad guy’ image

    Teke Wiggin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    NEW YORK — Mike Ferry doesn’t want to be your friend. Not if you’re his coaching client, at least. The industry bigwig, widely regarded as the granddaddy of real estate coaching, believes coaches who socialize with their clients are less likely ...
  • Ability to customize and integrate helps vendor keep big client

    Inman
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Keller Williams Realty has renewed an agreement with its custom intranet provider, BackAgent, which touted its ability to build new features suggested by the franchisor and improve integration with Keller Williams’ existing systems for the extension of a relationship dating ...
 
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  • New & Updated in the Library – Jan 2015

    Dave
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    The following Field Guides have recently been updated: Agency Disclosure Managing risk is a necessity for real estate practitioners. According to Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms, agency disclosure “is a written explanation, to be signed by a prospective buyer or seller, explaining to the client the role that the broker plays in the transaction,” (Barron’s Educational Series, 2000). This Field Guide covers various aspects of agency disclosure, including policies, forms, and legislation. Further your knowledge of this complex topic with our selection of articles…
  • What We’re Reading: Jan. 17-23

    Kate Stockert
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    A picture of Lottery Tickets by Flickr user Trilok Rangan 3D-Printed Buildings, Worst Passwords and The Winning Number As you know, 3-D printers can make most anything—clothing, prosthetics, food, musical instruments and more. Chinese building company WinSun takes prefab and 3-D printing to a new level with their 3D-printed apartment building. The large pieces manufactured by the 3-D printer are assembled on site with steel and insulation to comply with building regulations.  The printer uses recycled material to cut back on construction waste and save on labor and production costs. Though…
  • What We’re Reading: Jan. 10-16

    Dave
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Facebook’s enterprise social network, Smart homes at what cost, and time for an office clean-out Facebook unveiled its Facebook for Office app this week, allowing businesses to create their own social network among their employees. The product puts Facebook head-to-head with the likes of Microsoft’s Yammer, Slack, Convo, Socialcast, and a huge number of others who are trying to tackle the “enterprise social network” space. Flickr Duke Energy The idea of the ‘smart home‘ is becoming more and more a reality. Up to 17% of US homes have some kind of central automated…
  • New Brokerage Resources

    Kate Stockert
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A picture of the sunset over smooth seas from the NAR Library’s photo collection by K. Stockert. Starting a new brokerage and don’t know where to begin? The NAR offers numerous resources to point you in the right direction and help ensure the success of your new business venture. We’ll try not to overwhelm with too many resources, so below are some highlights. Field Guides from the NAR Library The first thing we’ll mention are our field guides, which are a collection of resources (eBooks, articles, reports) on over 150 hot real estate topics. View these guides as a way to…
  • New eBooks – January 2015

    Donna McCormick
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance. The Art of Real Estate Appraisal by William L. Ventolo Real estate appraisals are one of the primary factors in the mortgage decision making process for lenders. Now consumers and real estate agents have a guide to lead them through the process so that they’re prepared…
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  • Is There a Real Estate Moonshot In the Works?

    Drew Meyers
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Zillow purchased Trulia. News Corp purchased Realtor.com. Clearly, there are things happening in the real estate industry. Joel thinks 2015 will be a big year in real estate tech. I tend to agree. But is anything really really big happening? Perhaps a real estate industry moonshot? Click here to view the embedded video. If the answer is yes, what is the opportunity? OpenDoor (closing on a house in 3 days)? Transaction management? Someone truly solving the trust opportunity? Something else? ** If you want to think further about this topic, listen to this podcast with Tim Ferris and Dr.
  • Horizon in Public Beta to Deliver Trusted Contacts by Location

    Drew Meyers
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    If you read this blog, you likely know I’ve been working on Horizon for the better part of a year. The starting point is Couchsurfing/AirBnB within your own trusted network; but the long term vision is trusted contacts by location. We may be crazy, but we believe Horizon is a product with potential to be on every single smartphone in the world. We’re getting close with the product. We’ve been in private beta for more than a month — and some of you may have seen we went into public beta last week on Product Hunt. You may check the ensuing dialogue here (and add to…
  • MRIS In Talks With Zillow on Direct Listing Feed

    Michael Price
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Zillow is in negotiations with MRIS to establish a direct data feed of broker listings ahead of the looming cancellation of Zillow’s ListHub syndication contract. “It is the sole prerogative of the Listing Broker to decide where their inventory appears,” said Jon Coile, MRIS Chairman of the Board.  “Our role at MRIS is simply to provide a secure and reliable pipeline.” Through this partnership, MRIS brokers would be able to have their listings sent directly to Zillow, so that their current listings on Zillow.com and Zillow’s portfolio of brands and products on mobile and…
  • Realtors Giving Back – Home For Home.

    Caroline Pinal
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    Elba’s dream was to own a home with a real floor and a front door so her children could sleep in safety and comfort. Thanks to the passion of Giveback Homes Members and our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Nicaragua, that dream became a reality. Last month, soon after I first introduced Giveback Homes to you all, I had the pleasure of leading five real estate agents on a journey to help build a home for Elba and her three beautiful children. Giveback Homes Members David, Chad, Sarah, Susan and Mark are all part of a Real Estate mastermind group in Las Vegas.  Shortly after…
  • The Future Listing Syndication Landscape

    Drew Meyers
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Here’s a rough prediction for what will take the place in the listing syndication arena after the “ListHub-Zillow divorce” (for more analysis on the deal, read Rob Hahn’s thoughts here and here): Zillow will continue to invest in their listing management and reporting dashboard. Brokers & MLS’ will want an independent vendor that will send their listings to all portals, with no vested interest in any particular portal. Companies like Bridge & ListTrac will focus on being unbiased as a point of differentiation, and gain traction with early adopters.
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  • MBS RECAP: Bond Markets Take "Inside Day" to Another Level

    Matthew Graham
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Posted To: MBS Commentary"Inside day" is a good little piece of market jargon. It refers to a day of trading where prices, yields, or whatever you want to chart fall INSIDE the high and low from the previous day. So quite simply, if the orange lines in the chart below (today's range) fall inside the white lines (yesterday's range), it's an inside day. As you can see, that wasn't even a close call today, and in fact trading levels held inside the post-FOMC range from 2pm-2:30pm! When an entire day's range falls within 30 minutes of movement from the previous day,…
  • Mortgage Rates Holding Near Long-Term Lows

    Matthew Graham
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates were steady to slightly higher today on average. Some lenders were actually slightly lower, but they were the exception. In contrast to yesterday, the bond markets that underlie rate movements were exceedingly calm, and what little movement there was came in measured doses. This sort of low-altitude, sideways bounce is a fairly common occurrence following a bigger move lower in bond markets. The distinction between bond markets and mortgage rates is important here, because mortgage lenders haven't been able to pass along all of the gains implied by…
  • Averages in 2014: LTV, FICO, Loan Types, and More

    Jann Swanson
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Posted To: MND NewsWireFifty-six percent of loans closed in December were for home purchase, somewhat lower than the average for 2014 as a whole according to the Origination Insights Report from Ellie Mae. Lower interest rates pushed refinancing numbers higher toward the end of the year, increasing originations for that purpose from the years low of 32 percent in July to 45 percent in November but the refinancing shared dipped to 43 percent in December, allowing the reciprocal share of purchase mortgages to increase for the first time in four months. For the entire year purchase loans had a…
  • MBS MID-DAY: Grinding Sideways to Slightly Weaker With Little Regard for Events

    Matthew Graham
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryWhile there have been several economic events in the overnight and domestic sessions that seemingly imparted some momentum, bond markets are better described as simply correcting from yesterday's rally. The following chart appeared in the morning update on MBS Live. Keep in mind, any of today's events that are possibly affecting bond markets are all doing so within that tiny range between the teal lines . In other words, forget the data and events . Markets are moving for technical reasons and for positioning. Yesterday saw a low-volume, illiquid snowball…
  • Pending Home Sales Suffer Largest Drop of Year

    Jann Swanson
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireThe rate at which contracts were signed to purchase homes was down slightly in December the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said today. Even though buyers were looking at the lowest interest rates of the year NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) was down 3.7 percent to 100.7 from the November level of 104.6. This was the largest decline in the Index since December 2013 when it dropped 5.8 percent. Despite the monthly number NAR said that the PHSI, a forward-looking indicator of sales, closed out the year 6.1 percent higher than at the same time in…
 
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    National Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group

  • On a Roll, U.S. Office Market Demand Expected to Stay Strong Through 2016

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    With vacancies falling and rents rising in growing numbers of submarkets and slices within the U.S. office sector, demand for office space is expected to remain at post-recession highs for the next two years, according to CoStar Portfolio Strategy analysts recapping the office market's past year performance. "2014 was a great year for the office market," said Walter Page, director of office research, during CoStar's State of The U.S. Office Market...
  • Hyatt, Marriott Join Race to Woo Millennials With Hip High-Tech Hotel Brands

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    Ah, the elusive millennial generation cohort. Employers spend millions of dollars researching millennial goals and beliefs to try and figure out what they want in a job. The housing industry can't decide why they're not buying houses like their parents did. (No savings for down payments? Student debt? They just prefer to rent?) With millennial choices holding such a large sway over the economy, it's not surprising that hotel chains have joined...
  • Can Strong Fundamentals Help REITs Overcome Investors' Sensitivity to Interest Rates?

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Improving property fundamentals across the board are brightening the outlook for REITs going into the year. And yet, just like clockwork, the lingering specter of rising interest rates has some investors on edge. It was the same worry that plagued the industry going into 2014, but one that never materialized as the overall U.S. economy continued its steady but slow recovery and interest rates remained low. Now, once again, investors have latched...
  • Interest Rates, First-Time Buyers Key To Sustained Housing Market Improvement

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:17 am
    Following a disappointing year, it's a bit of 'deja vu all over again' for the U.S. housing market as questions over the direction and timing or interest rates continue to dog the market despite positive economic tailwinds at the end of the year. The positive housing trends include extended low interest rates, which declined to near-historic lows; the Federal Housing Authority's lowered mortgage insurance premiums; rising home prices that have started...
  • Red Lion Hotels Refinances Debt, Forms Joint Venture for National Expansion

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Red Lion Hotels Corp. (RLHC) agreed to sell a 45% ownership stake in 12 hotels to a joint venture and concurrently refinanced all of the company's secured debt as part of a far-reaching transaction to support a national rollout. RLHC will maintain a 55% interest in the new joint venture, RL Venture LLC. The remaining 45% was acquired by an entity led by Shelbourne Capital as well as several other institutional real estate investors, including Columbia...
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    Zillow Blog

  • Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized

    BobVila.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    If your house is bursting at the seams, with every cabinet and closet filled to the brim, the solution to your storage woes may be as close as your garage. To make the best use of this space, however, you first need to corral its current chaos. This is, fortunately, a relatively simple task if you incorporate a few good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little effort, you can transform your garage from a messy catchall to an efficient, well-organized household annex. Source: California Closets Divide and conquer First things first: Get rid of anything you no longer use. After…
  • House of the Week: A Home in an Old Bucks County Church

    Melissa Allison
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    JoAnn Rosenthal always loved the simple lines of St. Joseph’s, a church near where she used to spend weekends away from New York City. So when it went on the market in 2000, she and a friend snapped it up with the idea of turning what was essentially a stone-and-stucco building from the 1870s into a weekend retreat. It took several years, and at one point Rosenthal rented a house nearby to keep daily tabs on the renovation. They dug a well, added plumbing and electricity, put a kitchen in the old vestry and built an annex for additional bedrooms. They also uncovered murals on the…
  • Understanding Single-Family Home HOAs

    ProfessorBaron.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Most people think of homeowners associations (HOAs), legally known as Common Interest Developments, as related to attached housing structures like condominiums or town homes. But this is not always the case. Around the 1980s, developers started building communities of single-family homes that were actually Common Interest Developments. These communities came with their own sets of rules, regulations and HOA fees. The reason builders starting developing communities in the HOAs structure was to maintain order and the aesthetics of a community. Their rules keep home paint colors and front yards…
  • 'Gossip Girl' Leighton Meester Unloading Encino Home

    Melissa Allison
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Source: IMDb One way “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester and actor Adam Brody appear to be celebrating their upcoming one-year wedding anniversary is by listing the bachelorette pad she bought in 2011, when she moved from New York to Los Angeles. Meester is asking $2.35 million for the 4 bedroom, 4.5-bath ranch-style home near Ventura Boulevard. The tiered backyard, which is fenced and surrounded by trees, boasts a saltwater swimming pool and a separate pool house with a built-in barbecue grill, speakers and a bar. She’s redecorated, and the 2,847-square-foot home now…
  • Could You Afford to Rent in These 10 Cities?

    Melissa Allison
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Singles often prefer renting to owning, but the financial case for renting is becoming tenuous. Zillow’s latest affordability report found that solo U.S. renters can expect to spend 30 percent of their income on rent. By comparison, homeowners spend just 15 percent of their income on mortgages. Homeownership isn’t as simple as a monthly payment, however, and you should run affordability calculations for yourself and consider your own circumstances. To put the market in perspective, Zillow calculated the hourly wage a solo renter would have to make to afford the median rent…
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    Trulia Corporate Blog

  • Trulia Free Gift or Re-Gift Program To Wrap Up at the End of January

    Matt Flegal
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    There’s now one week left to play the Free Gift or Re-Gift game on Trulia. Beginning the day after Christmas, Trulia mobile app users around the country began finding an instant win game called Free Gift or Re-Gift as they searched for homes. Just like Trulia, the new game gives users another way of making their home search a little easier, and more enjoyable. The game was designed as an engaging and light-hearted instant win game within the apps, to give users a laugh during what can be a stressful process – looking for a home.  Users can play every day from either their iPhone or…
  • Welcome Home to Trulia’s New Headquarters

    Matt Flegal
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    A true Silicon Valley urban legend, Trulia was originally launched out of a dorm room in 2005 at Stanford University in Palo Alto. Since then, the company has grown from two users (co-founders Pete Flint and Sami Inkinen) to 55 million per month. On the corporate front, the offices have kept pace with Trulia’s meteoric rise, growing from a humble dorm room office to four offices nationwide: San Francisco, Bellevue, Denver, and New York. From a handful of employees to over a thousand dedicated, smart Trulians, we have grown to be strong and mighty. Along the way, we experienced an IPO,…
  • No Chimney? No Problem! Enter for Chance to Win $500 for Your Holiday Shopping!

    Jenifer Dasho
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Does your home have a chimney for Santa to shimmy down to deliver gifts this year? Chances are, it might not. We searched high and low, pouring over countless real estate listings for mentions of fireplaces and chimneys across the country to find out how many homes are Santa-friendly. While fireplaces are a fairly common amenity for those cozying up to loved ones over the holidays, we discovered that for new homes chimneys are rare. After all, a gas fireplace — or even a decorative mantel — doesn’t require an old-fashioned masonry stack. (Plus, some new brand new homes with “real”…
  • Your Chance to Win a Freakin’ House!

    Vanessa Villatoro, PR Specialist
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The hot housing season might be coming to an end, but it’s still not too late to find your dream home. Today, we are proud to announce a new and exciting way to win a free freakin’ house* with Trulia’s Finders Keepers! You should know, however, this isn’t your traditional home giveaway. This is Finders Keepers, an interactive game that takes you through a series of fun challenges leading you to that ultimate prize – a freakin’ house!* Here’s how it works: Register. It’s free and takes literally a few seconds. Complete the five challenges before October 10.
  • Trulia Wants to Help You Live Rent-Free For A Year!

    Sophie-Charlotte Moatti
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    We get it. Rents are skyrocketing and the competition to find a rental can be fierce. But the process doesn’t have to be painful. At Trulia, we’re committed to being a leading resource for finding a place to rent – in fact, we want to make finding your next place so easy, it’s actually enjoyable! Whether you’re on the road checking out the latest rentals to hit the market or searching online from home, Trulia simplifies the home search process by delivering block-by-block insights about a neighborhood along with detailed photos and features of the home. We’ll also alert…
 
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    The BiggerPockets Blog

  • Revealed: The Top 20 U.S. Markets With the Highest Rental Returns

    Allison Leung
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    In a wide-ranging report released today, RealtyTrac takes a look at the state of rental markets across the country. Covering the hottest markets for renting to Millennials, Generation Xers and Baby Boomers, the study ranks the best markets for purchasing residential properties for buy and hold purposes in the first quarter of 2015. The study also relays findings [...] View the full article: Revealed: The Top 20 U.S. Markets With the Highest Rental Returns on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • 4 Steps Real Estate Professionals Should Take NOW for a Stress-Free Tax Season

    Amanda Han
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s almost that time of year again. That’s right! Tax season is closer than you think. Although I know everyone is working hard in 2015 to establish new deals, new rentals, and new flips, let’s not forget about 2014. I’m sure many of you are rolling your eyes and thinking, “Really? Tax day is months [...] View the full article: 4 Steps Real Estate Professionals Should Take NOW for a Stress-Free Tax Season on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • Cash Flow vs. Equity: Which Pays Off for Investors in the Long Run?

    Jeff Trevarthen
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    As I’ve been searching for topics to write about, in terms of finance and real estate investment are concerned, I keep running across the different ongoing conversations regarding equity and cash flow. Specifically, which one is better and why? I thought this would be a good topic to analyze from a financial perspective, especially in [...] View the full article: Cash Flow vs. Equity: Which Pays Off for Investors in the Long Run? on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • BP Podcast 107: Making $47,000 On Your First Deal with Jonathan Makovsky

    The BiggerPockets Podcast
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Many new investors lose money on their first, second, and third deal. There is a steep learning curve when trying to invest in real estate and, while the loss is painful, it’s very common. However, not for today’s guest. Today we sit down with Jonathan Makovsky, a new investor from the tri-state area who had [...] View the full article: BP Podcast 107: Making $47,000 On Your First Deal with Jonathan Makovsky on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • Introducing: The BiggerPockets Wholesaling Calculator (and Cash Buyer Reports!)

    Brandon Turner
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Let me tell you what bothers me. Crappy wholesalers. They are everywhere! They send over terrible deals, add huge mark-ups, and then try to pretend it’s something great. But the fact is: they have no idea what they are doing. At BiggerPockets, we wanted to change that. It’s been almost a year in the making… and [...] View the full article: Introducing: The BiggerPockets Wholesaling Calculator (and Cash Buyer Reports!) on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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    Rain City Guide

  • What is an Alternative Brokerage? Who is an Alternative Real Estate Agent?

    Craig Blackmon
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:18 pm
    One of the great challenges of being on the “bleeding edge” of change in any industry is identifying the words to be used in discussing the new model. The real estate industry is, at more than a century old, steeped in history and culture. So it’s even more of a challenge to create a dialog that accurately captures the essence of a particular innovation and the characteristics that distinguish it from the old way of doing business. It’s hard to create new meanings for words that have long-standing and well-understood definitions. One term used to describe real…
  • 2015 Conforming Loan Limits for Seattle – King County

    Rhonda Porter
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Conforming loan limits will be slightly higher in 2015 for homes located in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counites. 1 Unit: $517,500 2 Unit: $662,500 3 Unit: $800,800 4 Unit: $995,200 All other counties in Washington state will have the same loan limits in 2015 as they did this year.     The post 2015 Conforming Loan Limits for Seattle – King County appeared first on Rain City Guide. No related posts.
  • Ask not what your client can do for you…

    ARDELL
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Bill Gassett wrote a blog post a couple of days ago titled “Things Buyers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate”. I happen to know and like Bill and would not normally engage in a “correction”, point-counterpoint post with him. However one of my clients posted Bill’s article on his facebook page with this tag “Ardell DellaLoggia? Thoughts?” Since my thoughts are more than will fit in a facebook comment…I am writing the full answer here. My facebook comment answer was: I like Bill…and his piece is somewhat right…but for ALL the WRONG…
  • Buying a House in Seattle 2015? Check out Quill’s free Home Buying Classes

    Craig Blackmon
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Seattle Home Buying Seminars Begin January 2015 Are you thinking of buying a house in Seattle in 2015? Or perhaps it’s time to sell your home? Either way, you’ll learn some great information at Quill Realty’s free House Buying Seminars for 2015.  We will be offering a free home buying class on the fourth Wednesday of every month beginning January 28, 2015, from 7p – 9p here at the Quill office in Georgetown. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran looking to “move up,” you’ll learn something valuable at these free real estate classes.
  • Redfin bought Walkscore

    ARDELL
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    A brief update to my recent post on Walkscore…Redfin bought it. The post Redfin bought Walkscore appeared first on Rain City Guide. No related posts.
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    REITS & Finance Industry News - REITS & Finance Industry News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

  • New Albany residents sound off on plan that would convert one-way streets

    Cary Stemle
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    More than 100 New Albany residents turned out Thursday evening for their first opportunity to comment on a street study that advocates converting many of the city's one-way downtown streets to two-way. In addition, the study from Washington, D.C.-based Speck & Associates LLC proposes several major changes to New Albany's street grid, including adding bike lanes to promote cycling and reducing the width of driving lanes. The study was prompted by concerns that New Albany will see a drastic uptick…
  • Planning Commission approves West End Walmart

    Caitlin Bowling
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Walmart may build its super center in West Louisville after all. After much debate, the Louisville Planning Commission voted Thursday evening to approve Walmart's site plan and variances for a proposed store on the former Philip Morris tobacco factory property at 18th Street and Broadway. The next step is for the plan to go before the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment. The proposed super center will be 154,722 square feet and have about 620 parking spaces. It will include a food market,…
  • Cupertino council members 'drop in' on Apple Campus 2 in amazing state-of-the-city address

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    For weeks now, I've been hearing rumors of how cool Cupertino Mayor Rod Sinks' first State of the City address was going to be. (Yes, you heard me right — "cool" and "State of the City address" in the same sentence.) But things have been very hush-hush, aside from some rather intriguing-looking photos posted to the KMVT Facebook page. Well, the mayor didn't disappoint at the Jan. 28 event. As you can see streaming over on YouTube, Sinks took a nontraditional approach to the annual speech to say…
  • Honolulu architect launches weekly radio show on design

    A. Kam Napier
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Honolulu architect Matt Gilbertson, president and design director of MGA Architecture, thinks people don't talk enough about what constitutes good design in Hawaii, whether its in architecture, urban planning, or streetscapes. It's a longstanding interest of his, I know—back in 2003, Gilbertson invited me to moderate panel discussion on "Hawaiian Sense of Place" as part of an AIA-Honolulu-sponsored film series. That experience showed me how much people in Hawaii care about the built environment.…
  • ​Amazon's headcount tops 150,000 after adding nearly 40,000 employees in 2014

    Rachel Lerman
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    It turns out all the cranes dotting the sky above Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood are necessary. At least, necessary for Amazon -- the company needs them to make room for its booming employee count. Amazon now has 154,100 employees worldwide, 36,800 more employees than it had a year ago. It added 5,000 employees in the last quarter alone. Amazon's headcount doesn't even include its contractors who work in the company's huge warehouses or its tens of thousands of seasonal holiday workers.…
 
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    MyTechOpinion

  • REALTORS®, have you installed RPR Mobile yet?

    MyTechOpinion
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    The post REALTORS®, have you installed RPR Mobile yet? appeared first on MyTechOpinion.
  • Neighborhood Landing Pages 101

    MyTechOpinion
    7 May 2013 | 11:28 am
    You were smart enough to choose WordPress for your professional real estate website, so don’t miss opportunities to convert nosy neighbors into clients. Learn how to set up local landing pages with the relevant info your targets want and need.   The post Neighborhood Landing Pages 101 appeared first on MyTechOpinion.
  • Responsive Web Design: It’s Not When, It’s Now

    MyTechOpinion
    26 Apr 2013 | 9:03 am
    Need a few compelling reasons to update your website to a responsive design? How about 11 reasons…starting with one mindblowing stat: “91% of US citizens have their mobile device within reach 24/7. And they are checking their phones an average of 150x a day!” Hold on for a sec…I need to check my phone!   The post Responsive Web Design: It’s Not When, It’s Now appeared first on MyTechOpinion.
  • Research: The Digital House Hunt – Consumer and Market Trends in Real Estate

    MyTechOpinion
    26 Jan 2013 | 7:13 am
    Or download the PDF The post Research: The Digital House Hunt – Consumer and Market Trends in Real Estate appeared first on MyTechOpinion.
  • Is YesWare the answer to increasing email productivity and effectiveness?

    MyTechOpinion
    20 Jan 2013 | 7:04 am
    Is YesWare the answer to increasing email productivity and effectiveness? The post Is YesWare the answer to increasing email productivity and effectiveness? appeared first on MyTechOpinion.
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    Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants

  • Getting excited about the “Top Appraiser” making $25K last year!

    Jonathan Miller
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I’ve received a couple of these appraisal spam messages recently and I was struck by the audacity of the messaging.   Of course this firm could be inferring through the use of poor grammar that this is a good way to get additional work for your appraisal practice. Still, the “top appraiser” made $25K last year! In the email marketing piece and the web site  there is no mention of competence, experience or quality.  The messaging is all about how this firm automates the sign-up process with all the AMC’s that the lucky appraiser gets to work with as well as providing…
  • Flipping Out About East Brooklyn’s Gentrification

    Jonathan Miller
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    [click to expand] This infographic was part of an epic must-read Andrew Rice piece for New York Magazine called: The Red Hot Rubble of East New York which explores the gentrification frontier where investors and New York City’s efforts to create affordable housing are running headlong into each other. As much as 10% of the property sales are flips and prices are up 150% over the past 2 years.
  • Tallest Chart in the History of Manhattan Real Estate, Continued

    Jonathan Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    With the closing and recording of the record $100.47 million penthouse sale at One57, I thought it was time to dust-off the tall chart I created in 2012 when the prior record price of $88M at 15 Central Park West was set. This week I ended up writing a piece about tall towers in my Bloomberg View column called Living the High Life, another one on Curbed NY for my Three Cents Worth called Proving New York’s Blockbuster $100M Sale Is An Outlier which provided some needed context for the new record sale in the following scattergraph. Note the $100.47M record sale in the upper right hand…
  • [Three Cents Worth #276 NY] Proving New York’s Blockbuster $100M Sale Is An Outlier

    Jonathan Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    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: Finally, after nearly two years of referring to the $88 million sale at 15 Central Park West as the “highest Manhattan residential sale on record,” we get a change of scenery. A new record was set with the $100.47 million sale of the penthouse at One57 recorded late last week. Timing is everything, although, in this case timing really wasn’t. I believe…
  • Top 100 Cities Worldwide: Most New Residential Buildings

    Jonathan Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Here’s a companion table to my Bloomberg View column published today: Living the High Life. The volume of tall buildings recently completed or under development is staggering. Within the list are generally mixed use but have some element of residential included (i.e. rentals or condos) The data was tabulated in stunning detail at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s. Skyscraper Center.
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    AGBeat

  • What is experiential marketing and how can your brand benefit?

    Emily Leach
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    (Marketing News) Experiential marketing is not a new concept but is still not mainstream, so let's talk about what exactly the phrase means and how your brand can benefit. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • 32+ Ways to promote your next webinar

    Maddie Grant
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Business Marketing) Webinars have become increasingly popular for brands of any size, but promoting them and getting attendance up is a challenge, but we've outlined the top methods. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • 3 beautiful, minimalist to do lists you can print out for free

    Dawn Brotherton
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:34 pm
    (Business) Want to boost your productivity? Fire up your printer and pick your favorite method - you'll be on task before you know it. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Vhoto magically pulls the best photos from your videos

    Taylor Leddin
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
    (Tech News) Vhoto makes photos from your videos, using smart technologies to make this science awesomeness a reality. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Presentation Hero Academy: become a better presenter, pronto

    Emily Crews
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:56 pm
    (Business News) Presentation Hero Academy will launch this week to help anyone present better, whether during a sales pitch or a stage performance. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
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    First Time Home Buyer Programs | Home Loans | Refinance

  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages: Understanding the Terms

    Justin McHood
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    The interest rate on an adjustable rate mortgage that you are quoted when shopping for a mortgage can be enticing because it is often lower than the fixed rate that you could get on your mortgage. What many people do not realize is how much that interest rate will change over the life of the loan. Before you jump at a low ARM rate, educate yourself on all of the terms that coincide with this loan to ensure that it is a good fit for you.   What is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?   An adjustable rate mortgage, or ARM, is a mortgage that carries an ever changing interest rate. The…
  • VA Cash Out Refinance: How the Requirements are Different

    Justin McHood
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    Refinancing your VA loan is a simple process if you are simply choosing to reduce your rate. This loan, called the Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan comes with very few requirements and very few closing costs. A VA cash out refinance, on the other hand, does have different requirements and a more intensive approval process. Understanding the difference can help you decide if it is worth taking the equity out of your home or simply reducing your interest rate to save even more money every month.  Find out now what you qualify for. The Streamline Refinance   The benefits of the…
  • How Being Divorced Affects your Ability to Obtain a Mortgage

    Justin McHood
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Mortgage regulations have gotten much stricter in recent years, making it more difficult for anyone to obtain a mortgage. If you are divorced, the process could become even more difficult – but luckily it is still possible to get a mortgage. The thing that you must remember is to be diligent about every step in the mortgage process. Everything needs to be documented and verified by the underwriter. It is best to be upfront and honest with your loan officer or underwriter from the beginning about your divorce. The more honest that you are, the more likely it is that your mortgage…
 
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    Mortgage Rates & News from The Mortgage Reports

  • You Don’t Really “Skip” A Mortgage Payment When You Refinance

    Craig Berry
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    How to refinance your mortgage, and why you don't get to "skip" a payment as part of the process. Review loan options and get a complimentary rate quote. Click for the complete post : You Don’t Really “Skip” A Mortgage Payment When You Refinance.
  • Mortgage Rates Today – Home Loan Rates & Trends

    Joe Farr
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Current mortgage rates and mortgage market movement. Today's mortgage rates and mortgage news. Live rate quotes available. News and data provided by MBSQuoteline, a real-time mortgage market data service available to loan officers, real estate agents, and other finance professionals.Click for the complete post : Mortgage Rates Today – Home Loan Rates & Trends.
  • 30-Year Mortgage Rate Rises To 3.66 Percent; First Increase Of 2015

    Dan Green
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:44 am
    Mortgage rates are rising for the first time in 2015, says Freddie Mac. Analysis of today's rates plus refinance and home purchase ideas. Complimentary rate quotes available.Click for the complete post : 30-Year Mortgage Rate Rises To 3.66 Percent; First Increase Of 2015.
  • New 30-Year Mortgage Rates Greet Shoppers After The Federal Reserve’s January 2015 Meeting

    Dan Green
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Mortgage rates are changing after the Fed's January 2015 meeting. What rate should you expect to get? Analysis, plus a complimentary mortgage rate quote.Click for the complete post : New 30-Year Mortgage Rates Greet Shoppers After The Federal Reserve’s January 2015 Meeting.
  • FHA Loan vs. Conventional 97 : Which Is The Better Low-Downpayment Loan?

    Dan Green
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Comparing the FHA 3.5% downpayment program to the Conventional 97 program which requires just 3% down. Analysis plus a complimentary mortgage rate quote.Click for the complete post : FHA Loan vs. Conventional 97 : Which Is The Better Low-Downpayment Loan?.
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    Inman » Next

  • ‘Picture-perfect’ listings that’ll leave you speechless

    Cathy Turney
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What are the most memorable homes you’ve ever seen or sold? Some of my sales stay with me like post-traumatic stress disorder. Surprise attacks, out of the blue. One day you think everyone lives like you; the next minute — wham! You never know what you’ll find when you’re invited to someone’s home. Mr. Hunter: “I’d like you to come over and talk to me about selling our museum house. We live at 4321 Aardvark St.” Me: “Great. Know the neighborhood well. Tell me about your home.” Mr. Hunter: “It’s 2,600 square feet, and…
  • 3 rules for bridging digital trust gap in real estate

    Scott Schang
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do you believe everything you read on the Internet? Probably not. To say it’s a jungle is maybe the biggest understatement of the 21st century. Marketing to online buyers and sellers does not guarantee that you are earning their trust — or their business. Emerging from the sea of online search results is only the first step in online marketing. The real estate industry has done an excellent job of building awareness about the advantages and importance of having an online presence. Keeping your profiles updated and accurate and collecting online reviews from satisfied clients are best…
  • Actually, real estate professionals should sweat some small stuff

    Leigh Brown
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Don’t lose sight of the smaller picture when the media’s pushing a big story. Leigh Brown is a broker/owner at Re/Max Executive Realty. She has sold liquor, stocks and chainsaws, but for the past 14 years she has been dedicated to building relationships with her clients in real estate, both current and past.
  • Get inside your clients’ heads: 3 psychological lessons for real estate

    Kevin Hopp
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    The practical psychology of real estate has always been to realize that you are selling your client’s dream, not their property. Real estate is not a product like any other, and it is a classic agent mistake to try to turn it into one. Being conscious of how real estate connects people is critical to understanding what would motivate someone to buy or list a house through you. The way clients search for real estate has gone digital, and more recently, it has gone mobile in a big way. Real estate technology is more prominent than ever before, and companies all across America are trying to…
  • 4 homebuyer turnoffs and how to avoid them

    Hank Bailey
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Recently, I had the opportunity to work with some homebuyers who had an experience with another buyer’s agent a few weeks before the holidays. They called me because, as they put it, there were things the other agent had done that made them feel she was not looking out for their best interests. I think these are useful lessons for all of us when working with homebuyers to solidify a relationship that will last beyond the sale. 1. “They showed me only their listings!” I hear this frequently. The great thing about IDX on my site is that it will allow homebuyers to look at…
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  • Mortgage Startup Caters to Self-Employed and Small Business Owners

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    All you self-employed, small business ownrs, entreprenuers, and nontraditional career works - take heart! Privlo, a new mortgage startup, just launched in California last week and they cater specifically to small business owners, entrepreneurs, Millennials with nontraditional career paths, or seasonal workers with spiky incomes - namely people with complex incomes that can't be proven on a tax return or W2, and are increasingly turned away by their banks even though they may be creditworthy. It's an option that self employed homebuyers haven't truly had until now, as Privlo takes into account…
  • What Does it Mean to Sell Your Home "Off-Market"?

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Some people are very excited about selling their homes "off-market" these days. They say it can save time and hassle and not invade one's privacy as much a regular marketing plan. Some Realtors would even have you believe that you can make more money this way, that people will be so excited about buying a house without all the competition that they will pay you top dollar. My question to these people is, How do you know what top dollar is without exposing it to the market? We recently had an Echo Park home for sale that ended up going just over 20% above the asking price of $799,000. Read…
  • Prime Eagle Rock Craftsman at 5217 Mt Royal Dr

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    In 1922, the Eagle Rock City Hall opened and this charming Craftsman home was built on the prestigious Royal Drive, named for the royal palms that lined the street. Life is still beautiful in this neighborhood, still with neighbors who look out for each other, still tree-shaded sidewalks perfect for the families with strollers and dogs who wave hello as they pass by. This is a great opportunity to make a piece of Eagle Rock real estate your own!  Read More
  • Urban Living at 5034 Mosaic Court

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Life is simple, gracious and energy efficient in this spacious 2-year old single family home in a small lot development built by the nationally respected Pulte Homes. Located in the Blue Ribbon Distinguished Eagle Rock Elementary School area, you are close to school, restaurants, shops and all your friends who have found that the secret to a happy life is living in the heart of Eagle Rock. For those interested in Eagle Rock real estate, this is a great opportunity and the timing is right. Read More
  • Cul-de-sac Ranch Home at 5216 Upton Ct

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac, this ranch-style home offers a retreat from the city in a prime neighborhood where homes in Eagle Rock are sought after and coveted by buyers. Have the whole family over and the kids can hang out in the family room while the adults linger over coffee in the huge living/dining room. Live the California dream as you barbecue on the patio off the family room and cheer on the raucous croquet game on the lawn in the side yard. Read More
 
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  • Top 3 Mistakes Home Buyers Make

    Jim Duncan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I’ve seen a lot of mistakes. I’ve made a lot, and I’ve guided a lot of my clients away from making mistakes. A few common mistakes made by homebuyers (there are a lot more than 3!) Not knowing what your comfortable price range is. Sometimes it’s lower, sometimes it’s higher than you expect, but knowing your comfortable price range is critical. Not knowing the context of the house you’re considering. There’s way more to a house than the four corners of the property. (what are your triangles?) The house matters, but so does the neighborhood. And the road leading to…
  • Albemarle and Charlottesville are Growing

    Jim Duncan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Charlottesville Tomorrow reports that Albemarle and Charlottesville are growing. The center estimated Charlottesville had a populationat 47,783 as of July 1, 2014, up from 43,475 in 2010. Albemarle is estimated to have increased by 4.8 percent with a population of 103,707 as of July 1, 2014. “Estimates are produced using demographic indicators, such as births, deaths, home construction or fiscally responsible school data, to estimate the current population,” Lombard said. Anecdotally, anyone paying attention knew this, but it’s useful (and interesting) to see the data. Let’s hope…
  • 7 Sunday Reads

    Jim Duncan
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    One sleeve of Thin Mints (you know you can’t stop at one cookie):560 calories, or 58 minutes riding 12 to 14 mph Some suburbs are dying; some are thriving. A problem with painting with a broad brush (particularly when an industry trade group is wielding said brush). Most people still drive to work. Alone. How can this be changed? Five Questions to ask your real estate agent during a house tour. Numbers 1 and 2 are awfully useful – “What do you like about this home?” and “Do you have any concerns”? Nothing is going to save the housing market – Meh. Broad brush…
  • Is Charlottesville – Albemarle Infrastructure Ready for Population Boom?

    Jim Duncan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    If this map and data are anywhere close to accurate (thanks CityLab for pointing it out), there are going to be a lot more people living in the Charlottesville/Albemarle region in 20 years. What are the localities doing to prepare the infrastructure – roads, bike lanes, power grid – to accommodate these folks? I ask in part because of a meeting in Crozet last night that discussed rezoning a property from 1 unit per acre to 3-4 units per acre; the community discussion quickly moved from the rezoning itself to the supporting infrastructure. If you have a few minutes, dig into the…
  • Nest’s 2014 Market Report

    Jim Duncan
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Read the report, digest, ask questions. I won’t bore you by pulling out stats here in the post; you’re intelligent. Download it for yourself … generally: the market is stabilizing to improving. Download Nest’s 2014 Charlottesville Market report. Despite my above preface, here are a few quick facts: New Construction: - New construction total # of sales –  up 9% - Median price of new construction –  up 9% as well - Albemarle County remains the highest-producing new construction locality, with 68% of the residential new construction. For the City…
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    Redfin Real Estate Blog

  • Woohoo! Washington Makes it Easier to Get a Mortgage

    Lorraine Woellert
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Washington is known for leaks, but now we officially have a trickle. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a big regulator of mortgages, today said it wants to make it easier for small and rural banks to make home loans. Good for them; good for us! The change will take awhile, but the bureau’s news is the latest in a drip, drip, drip of technical adjustments that slowly are loosening up the tight mortgage market. Earlier this month, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the biggest providers of mortgage money in the U.S., began accepting low-down-payment loans. And the Federal Housing…
  • It’s in the Stars: 7 Celebrities Most Likely to Buy a Home in 2015

    Alanna Finn
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Most people buy a home and plan to live in it for at least a few years, but we all know that many celebrities change homes as often as they change outfits. Here are our predictions for stars who are most likely to look for a new address in 2015, based on recent changes in their life, like major movie deals or relationship status updates. Splitsville … a home for one? Kate Hudson Kate Hudson will most likely be in the market for a new home this year. The actress recently split from Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, who has already moved on to his own bachelor pad in Malibu. Kate Hudson still has…
  • Which Fans Have It Better, Boston or Seattle?

    Christin Camacho
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    From the Seattle Seahawks’ astonishing fourth-quarter comeback, to the “Deflategate” scandal plaguing the New England Patriots, this year’s NFL playoffs have certainly been dramatic. The rivalry between Boston and Seattle has already started to heat up, perhaps most notably with a Twitter feud between Chris Pratt (aka Star-Lord from “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Chris Evans (Captain America). Even Redfin real estate agents are getting into the spirit: “Seattle is a beautiful city with water and mountain views, and our evergreen trees keep the air so fresh and pristine that none…
  • When You Need to Disclose a Death in Your Home

    John Underwood
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    By John Underwood, Redfin real estate agent Most states require home sellers to reveal major defects about a home to potential buyers, like a leaky roof, broken appliance or cracked foundation. These are considered “material facts” that must be disclosed to a buyer before the deal is closed. And in some states, those disclosure laws go so far as to include a death in your home. While many people wouldn’t be bothered about a death in a home, in some cultures it’s a deal breaker. Because it’s a major issue for some buyers, California, Alaska and South Dakota require home sellers to…
  • Low-Money-Down Mortgages? It’s Not the Apocalypse

    Lorraine Woellert
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Mel Watt testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. Low-down-payment loans aren’t the root of all economic evil. In fact, they can do a lot of good — giving people access to homeownership, for example. That’s why some people in Washington are making it easier for you to buy a house with only 3 percent down. That’s caused no end of hand-wringing in Congress, where House lawmakers called Mel Watt, one of the nation’s top mortgage regulators, to Capitol Hill to defend the low-money-down loans he’s putting in place at Fannie Mae and Freddie…
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    Ubertor Real Estate Blog

  • Vancouver Realtor, Steve Shields, Redesigns his Ubertor Real Estate Website with the Focus of Keeping things ‘Modern’ and ‘Elegant’

    Bryan Garcia
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Vancouver Realtor, Steve Shields of Sotheby’s, has taken his Ubertor Real Estate website to the next level with a full custom design. Highlights of Steve Shields’ redesign: Full, wide screen, high definition, rotating imagery in the background of each page. 4 feature listings elegantly displayed horizontally on the home page. Visible “call to action” option for visitors on the home page to explore Steve’s properties. Opt in option for Sotheby’s “Buyers” and “Sellers” guide. Automated property pages focused on Vancouver properties for…
  • Realtor Spotlight: Kevin Chen, A New Generation of Realtor

    UberSandra
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Over the last couple of decades the Real Estate market has had to adapt to some drastic changes. The Internet had become an essential platform for business and in Vancouver the increasing Asian market required a new understanding. For this spotlight entry we thought it might be interesting to get the perspective of a young realtor and be able to see the industry through the lenses of a member of the new and emerging generation of realtors. Multi-faceted, enthusiastic and focused, Kevin Chen has been a realtor for a little bit over 2 years. We sat down with him to ask about his experience so…
  • Recap: Ubertor Attends CREB Forecast 2015 (#CREB15)

    Bryan Garcia
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    What a great event! Each year, CREB Forecast seems to get better and better. This is Ubertor’s fourth year in a row attending CREB Forecast, as CREB’s official website partner. The event was well organized, with a ton of businesses representing every aspect of Real Estate. In attendance as well, were a solid line up of speakers, with your very own Kevin O’Leary as the highlight. Thanks again to CREB for a great event and here’s to a prosperous 2015! Here are some photos from the event. Guest speaker Kevin O’Leary on stage CREBNow interviewing Kevin…
  • Find Ubertor’s Approved Vendors Easily Within Your Control Panel

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Ubertor’s certified Approved Vendors are now showcased and accessible in your control panel. They’re just a single click away! All our vendors are displayed, each with their skills and expertise clearly labeled. If you’re unfamiliar with our Approved Vendor program, Ubertor Approved Vendors are industry experts, specializing in various skills – from web design, content marketing, SEO, virtual tours, and photography – to help our users improve and build a better Real Estate business. Feel free to contact them directly if you have any questions about their services. If…
  • Ubertor’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Beginning a new year, it’s important to take a moment to reflect upon the previous year – especially shining moments – to truly learn and move forward in a positive manner. We have gone through our blog posts to show you our most outstanding posts of 2014: Designing a Realtor Website that Resembles YOU There is a belief here at Ubertor that your website is an extension of yourself. Understanding what factors, specifics and criteria you need to focus on to precisely scream “you” is crucial! A small lesson on colours, fonts and layout is an awesome start.     2. Show…
 
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    Reverse Mortgage Daily

  • [Update] FHA Gives New Options for Reverse Mortgage Non-Borrowing Spouses

    Jason Oliva
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today issued new guidance for under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program, allowing lenders the option to delay foreclosure of non-borrowing spouses, according to a new Mortgagee Letter. The guidance presents an option, not a requirement for lenders, meaning that existing non-borrowing spouses may have new protections under certain circumstances. “FHA’s new guidance will allow reverse mortgage lenders to assign eligible HECMs to HUD upon the death of the last surviving borrowing spouse, thereby allowing eligible surviving…
  • Top Reasons People Don’t Plan for Retirement

    Jason Oliva
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Reasons for why some people do not plan appropriately for retirement are endless. Whether it is to pay off other debts or use funds toward other goals, a recent survey suggests that saving for retirement is just not a priority for an overwhelming share of adults. In fact, retirement savings is not a main priority for 81% of working age people, according to those surveyed in an HCBS report released this month titled “The Future of Retirement: A balancing act.” Based on an online poll conducted in August and September 2014, the HCBS survey reveals concerning figures of American…
  • HUD Czar Defends MIP Cuts on CNBC

    Emily Study
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Despite the Federal Housing Administration’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund needing a $1.7 billion taxpayer infusion in 2013, housing chief Julian Castro says now is the right time for the pendulum to swing back. On CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Castro, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, defended this week’s mortgage insurance premium reductions, saying they will create stability — both for homeowners and the MMI Fund. “Really what this is about is maintaining a great balance between ensuring we have a strong Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund and also…
  • Reverse Lenders Gear Up for New Rules with New Hires

    Elizabeth Ecker
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    The coming year for reverse mortgages promises new rules. And as they prepare for new rules, lenders are commencing their hiring efforts.  From coast to coast, top lenders are focusing those efforts on a variety of available positions including those for customer support specialists, sales managers, consultants, underwriters, processors and many more. As the first month of the new year nears its close, companies like High Tech Lending, Nationwide Equities, Longbridge Financial, All Reverse Mortgage Company, as well as other lenders, are currently hiring reverse mortgage professionals to add…
  • Reverse Mortgage Counselors Prepare for New Rules With Hurdles Ahead

    Cassandra Dowell
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    With implementation of the financial assessment just over a month away, the new rules’ impact on reverse mortgage counseling agencies — as well as the industry at large — has yet to be seen.  But industry stakeholders agree it will place a greater demand on counseling agencies’ resources, raising ever-looming funding concerns as agencies ramp up training efforts to prepare for the financial assessment’s March 2 implementation date.  While the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continues to roll out guidance and planned February training around the financial…
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  • For Rent: 174 Woodland St Unit D, Meriden CT 06451

    Harriman Real Estate
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Beautiful 2 bedroom home for rent in Meriden, CT ! Home Photos Local Schools FOR RENT Patricia Harriman Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-672-4499 Questions? Schedule a Showing! 174 Woodland St Meriden, CT 06451 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms : 2 ( 1 full, 1 half ) List Price: $1,400 Living Area Approx : 1178 You will feel right at home in this end unit townhouse featuring cathedral ceilings, plenty of windows to bring in the natural light and many unique built in features. Enjoy your evenings on the back deck. Convenient location close to highways, shopping and hospital. No pets, no smoking, credit report…
  • Harriman Real Estate LLC Announces Annual Agent Awards

    Harriman Real Estate
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    2014 was an amazing year for us here at Harriman Real Estate: we opened our brick and mortar office in January; we increased the size of our little “family” grew by over 60%; overall performance was up by more than 25%; and we honored our community by featuring six local artists on our “Wallingford Inspires” art wall. All in all it was a year to remember, and we owe it all to the most amazing group of agents anyone could ask for. It’s an honor to work with them, and it is our great pleasure to recognize the best of the best, our top agents for total listings, total sales, December…
  • 2nd Annual CT Winter Wine Trail

    Harriman Real Estate
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    2nd Annual CT Winter Wine Trail If you’re like us, you enjoy a nice glass of wine. And, you’ve probably made your way around the state to many of Connecticut’s vineyards and sampled their offerings. You might even have participated in the passport program of the CT Wine Trail, trying (like us) to win that 2 week trip to Spain. Without luck. We even did all 33 Connecticut wineries in 2014, increasing our odds at winning a prize. Still nothing. Hmmm. Well, if you haven’t heard of the Wine Trail, ​check out this post to get acquainted. It’s a great way to become…
  • Documents Required for a Mortgage Application

    Harriman Real Estate
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Most people who have bought a home will attest to the fact that the process can be stressful; finding the right home, negotiating contracts and counting the days until closing can all try the patience of the best of us. Another facet of the home buying process that is critical to get right is the mortgage application. Making sure you have all the correct documents for your loan officer can mean the difference between a smooth closing and problems that could delay or even scuttle the purchase. While there are many different kinds of mortgages available to home buyers, each with there own set…
  • Christmas Tree Farms in Connecticut

    Harriman Real Estate
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Thanksgiving will soon come and go, leaving in its wake the obligatory 100 pounds of leftovers, bulging waistlines, and a run on Pepto-Bismol® at the local grocery store. But the holiday season has just begun, and Christmas is fast approaching. Do you have your tree up yet? Christmas trees are a touchy subject. Many favor the convenience and cost savings offered by artificial trees, even some whose families were raised on real trees. But many purists still swear by the live fir tree in the living room, reveling in its more natural look and feel and the pine scent wafting through the air. If…
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    Real Estate RSS Feed | JD Supra Law News

  • Fairfax Circuit Court Limits Homeowners’ Ability to Challenge Zoning Administrator

    Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Contentious land use approvals often result in lawsuits, which, even when unsuccessful, can lead to costly delays for developers. In the recent case styled In Re: November 20, 2013 Decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals of Fairfax County, the...By: Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC
  • Supreme Court Rules Written Notice Is Sufficient to Rescind under TILA

    Blank Rome LLP
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Action Item: In light of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Jesinoski, lenders should be aware that written notice provided by the borrower, within three years of the loan consummation, is sufficient to exercise his/her right to rescission...By: Blank Rome LLP
  • U.S. Supreme Court hears disparate impact case

    Ballard Spahr LLP
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which questioned whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows for a disparate impact theory of liability. The disparate impact theory of liability is one in which a plaintiff shows (usually...By: Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

    Ballard Spahr LLP
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing...By: Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Michigan Exempts Loss Mitigation Specialists from MLO Licensing

    Ballard Spahr LLP
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Michigan has updated its mortgage loan originator (MLO) licensing provisions to expressly exempt from licensure certain individuals involved in loss mitigation and modification services. The revision makes Michigan law consistent with applicable...By: Ballard Spahr LLP
 
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    Atlanta Real Estate Blog

  • 3297 Lost Mill Trace Marietta Ga 30062

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    3297 Lost Mill Trace Marietta Ga 30062 FMLS # 5385775 Picturesque stone accents and skillful craftsmanship welcome you with breathtaking curb appeal to 3297 Lost Mill Trace. Located in the award-winning Walton High School district, The Preserve at Lost Mill Trace is in close proximity to all that East Cobb has to offer. The artistry of this estate can be appreciated with endless deta...Read More »
  • 3270 Lost Mill Trace Marietta Ga 30062

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    3270 Lost Mill Trace Marietta Ga 30062 FMLS # 5385770 Conveniently located in the Preserve at Lost Mill Trace community in East Cobb, 3270 Lost Mill Trace offers luxurious living constructed with the finest craftsmanship. The versatile floor plan includes a total of five spacious bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and one half bath with a full guest suite conveniently located on the main...Read More »
  • 1925 Pine Mountain Road Kennesaw Ga 30152

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    1925 Pine Mountain Road Kennesaw Ga 30152 FMLS # 5342543 A world-class estate privately nestled on approximately 2.7 acres featuring the finest craftsmanship accented with exquisite imports from around the globe. Located in the gated community of Stonebridge, this home offers privacy and security with convenience to local attractions and entertainment. The well-appointed brick manor fea...Read More »
  • 389 Orchard Drive Temple Georgia 30179

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    389 Orchard Drive Temple Georgia 30179 FMLS # 5362550 389 Orchard Drive is a traditional three bedroom, two bathroom charming ranch nestled on a spacious corner lot with tons of curb appeal! A picturesque front porch greets you and your guests with the front entrance welcoming you to the open living area with gleaming hardwood floors, updated fixtures and tons of natural lighting. ...Read More »
  • 4558 Bryten Drive Douglasville, Ga 30135

    15 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    4558 Bryten Drive Douglasville, Ga 30135 FMLS # 5185963 Majestically perched atop a hill you will feel the elegance and grace upon arrival at this 4 sided brick European Style home.  This custom built estate is nestled privately on approximately a 1 acre lot and boasts the finest of lavish appointments and details. Your guest will be welcomed by the circular driveway and lush landsc...Read More »
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    Arizona Mortgage News

  • 3 Reasons Why the First Half of 2015 Will Be The Best Time to Buy a Home or Refinance

    Mike Goblet
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    If you are in the market to buy a new home, now is the best time to buy. All indications point to the first half of 2015 being the best time to buy a new home or refinance. With rates now close to the lowest levels they were in 2013, makes it better in terms of getting a new mortgage. There are three main reasons to buy a home in the first half of 2015. What’s really helped the marketplace is the turmoil the stock market has been going through at the beginning half of this year. Although it dropped over various days as much as 500 points, that has had a very positive effect on the…
  • Changes to Fannie Freddie that may help Home buying easier for many people in 2015

    Mike Goblet
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Some changes have come into effect for 2015 that might make home buying easier in the Phoenix area. Earlier this year Fannie and Freddy changed their guidelines that almost all lenders use. Which is, they allow gift money from a family member to be used up to 100 percent of the down payment. So, for many firsttime homebuyers they might have a family member that’s willing to help. In the past, first-time home-buyers had to have a certain percent of their own cash, even with the gift money, but now it can be up to 100 percent of the down payment. On December 15th, Fannie and Freddy also…
  • The 3 Most Important Things A New Home Buyer Should Be Doing Before Beginning To Look!!!

    Steve Heideman
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    There are things people should be doing before making the decision “I want a new home.” There are things that will make the process easier for them, to help them overall in finding the right home, and equally as important, the right mortgage product. It is important before you even begin to look to: Know what you credit report says Know what you can or want to afford in a home Know what your down payment will be Transcript Matthew O’Brien:  Welcome back to another segment of “Arizona Mortgage News.” We’re here with our expert in the field of mortgages,…
  • New Changes in Guidelines if you have had a recent Short Sale

    Mike Goblet
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    In August of 2014 this year, Fannie May changed their guidelines. For homeowners who have had a short sale, in the past, the guidelines made homeowners wait two years if the were putting down 20 percent and four years if you were putting down 10 percent.  However, this August, the guideline has now been changed to four years regardless of how much you are putting down. Watch the full video to learn more:   At United Mortgage Financial Group, we are happy to answer any questions only on short sales and these new guidelines by Fannie May.  Also, if you have questions about foreclosures,…
  • Learn: When Choosing a Higher Interest Rate Can Give You a Lower Monthly Payment

    Mike Goblet
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    It is an interesting concept – save money every month at a higher interest rate?  That doesn’t make sense.  Mike Goblet of United Mortgage Financial Group of Phoenix Arizona explains how. When choosing a higher interest rate, you can do those things, including giving you a lower APR. However, to get the lower rate, you may have to pay PMI – private mortgage insurance. You have to pay that when you have less than 20 percent equity or less than 20 percent to put down on a purchase. Private Mortgage Insurance is actually insurance provided by a neutral third‑party for the lender. In…
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    Office Search Toronto

  • OfficeSearchToronto.com is moving to CommercialOfficeLeasing.com

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Search for your own office space at
  • Small Downtown Toronto Office Space for Lease – August 2014

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Small downtown toronto office space for Lease august 2014 from Chris Fyvie
  • Mind-Blowing New Office Space is Floating on Peter Street

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    20 May 2014 | 5:56 am
    It’s rumored that the building is nearly full. As we tell all the Landlord’s we represent – if you start to build it (well), they will lease. Entertainment One, Sapient and now L’Oreal all rumored to be tenants. For more of the inside scoop on this building, give us a call at 416-643-3713.   http://www.qrcwest.com/ http://www.urbantoronto.ca/database/projects/qrc-west-queen-richmond-centre-west Lots of results via Google! QRC West Time Lapse from Allied Properties REIT on Vimeo.
  • Location Supersedes Space as Key Driver to GTA’s Office Market Activity

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    While Colliers’ latest office report offers up no real surprises, the unexpected may still be coming down the road when new inventory in the pipeline takes root in the market, executive managing director John Arnoldi tells us. The study showed that Toronto’s office market continued to thrive during Q1’14, particularly the downtown core. The average vacancy rate across the GTA dropped by two basis points to 5.8%, while average asking rent inched up from $18.48/SF at the end of 2013 to $18.60/SF. A big trend: taking smaller office space in premium locations, John says.
  • DTZ – Toronto Office Leasing #CRE Reports 2013 – Year In Review

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    11 Feb 2014 | 7:41 am
    What are your bold predictions for the commercial real estate office leasing market in Toronto for 2014? Dtz commercial office leasing market report 2014 from Chris Fyvie   SEARCH for your own offices here!
 
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  • Friends dispute claims of police who killed teen

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Friends dispute claims of police who killed teenGettyA passenger who was in the car with Jessica Hernandez on Monday when she was shot claimed the officers' accounts aren't factual.New perspective witness offeredMore newsUber hits roadblock in IndiaWoman cleaning up NFL's image
  • Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-and-run

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-and-runGetty A lawyer for the Death Row Records founder said Suge was at the wheel when he struck two men following a fight on a film set, killing one of them.Victim who died was his friendMore in entertainmentSean Penn on remarriageOffensive promo tweet deleted
  • 'Idol' contestant sings Beyoncé, totally kills it

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    'Idol' contestant sings Beyoncé, totally kills itFOX16-year-old Maddy could hardly hold back her tears as the judges gushed over her unique style and gorgeous pipes.J.Lo: Ability to take the entire thingElsewhere in entertainmentLil Wayne suing for $51MDre just scored $32.5M for LA pad
  • Keystone clears major hurdle in the Senate

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Keystone clears major hurdle in the SenateAPMajority Leader Mitch McConnell cheered the bipartisan bill to build the controversial pipeline as it passed on a 62-36 vote Thursday.Person who could still stop it More to readGraham weighs a presidential bidRomney donors go for Bush
  • Entire village encrusted with ice after blizzard

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Entire village encrusted with ice after blizzard APThis week's snowstorm buried the New England area in 2 feet of snow, but this seaside town's floodwaters and wind made things even worse. Surreal images of storm's aftermathRelated coverageTwo more storms on the way Finish line shoveler revealed
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  • Friends dispute claims of police who killed teen

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Friends dispute claims of police who killed teenGettyA passenger who was in the car with Jessica Hernandez on Monday when she was shot claimed the officers' accounts aren't factual.New perspective witness offeredMore newsUber hits roadblock in IndiaWoman cleaning up NFL's image
  • Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-and-run

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-and-runGetty A lawyer for the Death Row Records founder said Suge was at the wheel when he struck two men following a fight on a film set, killing one of them.Victim who died was his friendMore in entertainmentSean Penn on remarriageOffensive promo tweet deleted
  • 'Idol' contestant sings Beyoncé, totally kills it

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    'Idol' contestant sings Beyoncé, totally kills itFOX16-year-old Maddy could hardly hold back her tears as the judges gushed over her unique style and gorgeous pipes.J.Lo: Ability to take the entire thingElsewhere in entertainmentLil Wayne suing for $51MDre just scored $32.5M for LA pad
  • Keystone clears major hurdle in the Senate

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Keystone clears major hurdle in the SenateAPMajority Leader Mitch McConnell cheered the bipartisan bill to build the controversial pipeline as it passed on a 62-36 vote Thursday.Person who could still stop it More to readGraham weighs a presidential bidRomney donors go for Bush
  • Entire village encrusted with ice after blizzard

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Entire village encrusted with ice after blizzard APThis week's snowstorm buried the New England area in 2 feet of snow, but this seaside town's floodwaters and wind made things even worse. Surreal images of storm's aftermathRelated coverageTwo more storms on the way Finish line shoveler revealed
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  • Friends dispute claims of police who killed teen

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Friends dispute claims of police who killed teenGettyA passenger who was in the car with Jessica Hernandez on Monday when she was shot claimed the officers' accounts aren't factual.New perspective witness offeredMore newsUber hits roadblock in IndiaWoman cleaning up NFL's image
  • Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-and-run

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Suge Knight was driver in fatal hit-and-runGetty A lawyer for the Death Row Records founder said Suge was at the wheel when he struck two men following a fight on a film set, killing one of them.Victim who died was his friendMore in entertainmentSean Penn on remarriageOffensive promo tweet deleted
  • 'Idol' contestant sings Beyoncé, totally kills it

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    'Idol' contestant sings Beyoncé, totally kills itFOX16-year-old Maddy could hardly hold back her tears as the judges gushed over her unique style and gorgeous pipes.J.Lo: Ability to take the entire thingElsewhere in entertainmentLil Wayne suing for $51MDre just scored $32.5M for LA pad
  • Keystone clears major hurdle in the Senate

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Keystone clears major hurdle in the SenateAPMajority Leader Mitch McConnell cheered the bipartisan bill to build the controversial pipeline as it passed on a 62-36 vote Thursday.Person who could still stop it More to readGraham weighs a presidential bidRomney donors go for Bush
  • Entire village encrusted with ice after blizzard

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Entire village encrusted with ice after blizzard APThis week's snowstorm buried the New England area in 2 feet of snow, but this seaside town's floodwaters and wind made things even worse. Surreal images of storm's aftermathRelated coverageTwo more storms on the way Finish line shoveler revealed
 
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    Apartment Ratings

  • How to Design a Small Living Room

    Jacy Meyer
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
      It’s not small; it’s cozy. Your apartment has all the space you need, you just need to arrange it so it, and the items in it, are working for you and your lifestyle. Here are three things to think about when it’s time to tackle the living room. The Sofa This large piece of furniture is often the focal point of a living room and much consideration goes into its purchase. Survey the room’s layout and honestly evaluate your needs before making the buy. Do you have a lot of overnight guests? Consider a hide-a-bed or daybed. Do you have a corner you aren’t sure what to do with?
  • 10 Essential Questions for Prospective Roommates

    Elizabeth Beckle
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We’ve all heard that the fastest way to ruin a friendship is to become roommates. Or is it that roommates are besties for life? Should you risk the friendship for cheaper rent? Or what if you’re moving somewhere totally new and have only Craigslist ads to guide your apartment hunt? Is it possible to find someone you can peacefully live with in just one or two quick meetings? Roommate horror stories are part of the apartment living world. I’ve definitely had a couple… You’ve talked about who’s bringing what, and how much you all pay. But here are a few, often…
  • Crock Pot Cooking – A Renter’s Best Friend

    Susan Beal
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The fast-paced life of a renter can be chaotic – especially in the kitchen. The last thing most renters want to do is have to worry about  dinner when they get home from work or other activities. Planning a week’s worth of meals is often impractical because of last minute schedule changes, or disruptions. There is a simple way to eliminate all that stress, chaos, and confusion. Every renter needs to be acquainted with one of the greatest kitchen appliances ever invented – the crock pot. Once you learn about the unlimited possibilities that crock pot cooking offers you, you’ll…
  • Your Apartment’s Final Cleaning

    Nadia Arain
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Moving house is something everyone experiences at least once in their lifetime, if not so many more times. Arranging a move out cleaning is something that is on the priority list, when it comes down to moving out of your place at the end of your lease, or if you are just deciding to move to a better place. With being so busy with all the packing and boxing up of your stuff as well as all the other important things that come along with the moving out process, which we forget to, give a proper clean before we leave. Below we have listed a few relevant tips that you require before you arrange…
  • Why You Can’t Go without Renters Insurance

    Susan Beal
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Many current or soon-to-be renters assume that their landlord’s property insurance covers their personal possessions. That is a major misconception, and one that could turn out to be the biggest mistake of your life. No renter can afford to be without renter’s insurance. The Type of Insurance Landlords Have The type of property insurance your landlord has is not at all like homeowner’s insurance. Homeowners insurance insures the contents of the home, outbuildings and fencing and other structures. Depending on the type of home insurance you buy, your insurance may give you…
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    Missouri Living At It's BEST!

  • 310 Prairie Drive, Branson, Missouri 65616

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Custom home with view of Branson. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood $199,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,578 sqftLot: 0.50 acre(s) Location 310 Prairie DriveBranson, 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 Custom home with view of Branson.Lakeview lots on Stormy Point in Branson!Lakeview lots on Stormy Point in Branson!Lake home with privacy and access.Home for the…
  • 128 Fieldstone Drive, Hollister, MO 65672

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Branson Creek Villas Duplex for sale. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood $154,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 1,627 sqft Location 128 Fieldstone Dr.Hollister, MO 65672USA 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 Branson Creek Villas Duplex for sale.One level ranch home on ONE ACRE!Working cattle ranch by Table Rock LakeLakeview lots on Stormy Point in…
  • Branson MO Real Estate Trends for November 2014

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    We may have an early cold spell but things warm up pretty quickly around here too.   Our local market had a cooling spell but looks to be warming back up in spite of the weather forecast. Market Area: 65616 Listing Price $210,190 Listing Price Trend + 0.01% Sold Price $165,410 Sold Price Trend + 0.39% Just a fraction of what's happening!  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…
  • Branson Lake-view lots on Stormy Point for sale.

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Lakeview lots on Stormy Point in Branson! OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood $89,700 Lots and Land Main Features Lot: 0.77 acre(s) Location Lots 8, 14A &15A Southview CtBranson, 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 Lakeview lots on Stormy Point in Branson!Lakeview lots on Stormy Point in Branson!One level ranch home on almost level lotsLake home with privacy and access.Home for the horse lover…
  • Branson Real Estate Market Report for October 2014

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    The data on this page is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you're a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions. Call or email anytime to discuss how this information can benefit you! Price Trends - Sold vs. ListedMarket Analysis   Understand the difference between "listing prices" (what sellers are asking for) and "sold prices" (what buyers are willing to pay). By comparing these price trends, you'll have a good idea of where the market is heading. The median listing and…
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    Inman

  • Building the dream MLS

    Andrea V. Brambila
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    NEW YORK — It’s time for the multiple listing service to go back to its roots and remember its main reason for being: to foster cooperation between agents. That’s according to several real estate leaders asked to imagine their “dream” ...
  • Technology fueling commission rebates to Toronto homebuyers

    Phillip Woolgar
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Canadian brokerages TheRedPin and CommissionMadeFair.com say technology that lets homebuyers do much of the legwork involved in finding the home of their dreams themselves lets them offer commission rebates to buyers. Homebuyers “can filter through all the facts until they’re ...
  • No locked doors at indie brokerages — and in some cases, no doors

    Paul Hagey
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    NEW YORK — Inman’s independent broker survey revealed that a big factor behind the current boom in unaffiliated firms is the freedom broker-owners have to pursue their business and adapt to changing conditions as they see fit. An open office floor plan is one way ...
  • Renowned real estate coach basks in ‘bad guy’ image

    Teke Wiggin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    NEW YORK — Mike Ferry doesn’t want to be your friend. Not if you’re his coaching client, at least. The industry bigwig, widely regarded as the granddaddy of real estate coaching, believes coaches who socialize with their clients are less likely ...
  • Ability to customize and integrate helps vendor keep big client

    Inman
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Keller Williams Realty has renewed an agreement with its custom intranet provider, BackAgent, which touted its ability to build new features suggested by the franchisor and improve integration with Keller Williams’ existing systems for the extension of a relationship dating ...
 
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    New at craigmische.com

  • New Listing at Lake Carlos

    Craig Mische
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    In this video you will get a view from above of a home located on the west side of Lake Carlos in the video I have embedded. It went on the market late last Friday with a list price of $734,900. If you aren’t familiar with Lake Carlos, it is the largest lake in Alexandria’s Chain of Lakes and is also one of Minnesota’s deepest lakes. The depth produces some really great shades of blue. The size of Lake Carlos, 2,605 acres, give you plenty of room to roam but if you get bored, you can pass through two channels located at the south corners of the lake to explore lakes such as…
  • Finding The Features You Want In A Home

    Craig Mische
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    The vast majority of searches on Alexmn.com for real estate for sale in Alexandria, Minnesota are by lake name, price, bedrooms, bathrooms and street name. Recently I added a new search (titled Wild Card Search and found on the home page and the pages dedicated to lake homes, residential homes, lake lots and I have added it at the bottom of this blog post) that will search all listings in Alexandria’s Multiple Listing Service by words you choose. For example, if you’d love Corian countertops in your kitchen, try a search for Corian. You will find two homes for sale at Lake Le…
  • Radon and Real Estate Transactions

    Craig Mische
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    The month of January is National Radon Action Month courtesy of the EPA. The second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States of America is the invisible and odorless gas called radon. At the EPA‘s National Radon Action Month page you can find a wealth of information about radon and download a Radon Outreach Kit. A year ago radon became part of every real estate transaction involving a dwelling. On every Minnesota Association of REALTORS Purchase Agreement and Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement, radon is addressed. Prior to January 1, 2014, I had only one real estate…
  • Future Location of First Lutheran Church

    Craig Mische
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Being that there are likely a few Lutherans that visit this site and being that it is of interest to people that own real estate in this area near Lake Victoria, I am sharing a video I recorded for a friend that is on the development committee for First Lutheran Church. He asked me if I would record aerial video of the land that is located on McKay Avenue in Alexandria near Woodland Elementary School. It was a mid-August day and was quite windy and I wasn’t pleases with the end result. But nevertheless, here it is.
  • Annual Pause in Alexandria Real Estate

    Craig Mische
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    It is that time of year at 211 Broadway that the showing schedule for the homes listed for sale at Counselor Realty has a lot of white spaces. It happens every year and it’s the same case at every other office in December. There are very few new real estate listings in the MLS and very few people physically viewing homes. Web-site traffic dries up quite a bit too as people are spending their time shopping or busy reading “best of 2014″ articles. Probably a few creating funny Jib Jab videos too. Like clockwork, this will all change after the first of the year. For lake homes,…
 
 
 
 
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    Business Insider

  • Ukraine peace talks due as EU hits Russia with more sanctions

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Minsk (AFP) - Negotiators from Ukraine, Russia and Europe are set to hold fresh peace talks Friday in a bid to end a surge in fighting between Kiev and Kremlin-backed rebels, with tensions running high after the EU hit Moscow with more sanctions.The talks in Belarus's capital Minsk will bring together the contact group of representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Belarus foreign ministry said.But the meeting is set to be overshadowed by a deal reached by EU foreign ministers Thursday to tighten sanctions against Russia over the…
  • Seahawks seek to topple Patriots dynasty in Super Bowl 49

    Rebecca Bryan
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Phoenix (AFP) - Tom Brady and the scandal-tainted New England Patriots will aim to strike a blow for the old order in Super Bowl 49 on Sunday as they face a formidable Seattle Seahawks team bidding to forge a dynasty.  After a build-up dominated by the "deflategate" saga, the Patriots are determined to puncture the dreams of a Seahawks outfit chasing back-to-back Super Bowls for only the eighth time in history.The last team to accomplish the feat were the Patriots, whose 2004-05 titles capped a glorious run of three wins in four seasons.Brady piloted the Patriots to all of those victories,…
  • Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight in deadly hit-and-run: media

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Los Angeles (AFP) - Notorious rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was involved in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles that left one man dead and another person in the hospital, US media reported.The co-founder of Death Row Records ran over two bystanders as he tried to flee a fight on a film set in the city of Compton in southern Los Angeles, Knight's attorney James Blatt told Entertainment Weekly.Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Rouzan told AFP there was a fatal traffic collision at 2:55 pm (2255 GMT), leaving one man dead and another person in the hospital. Rouzan could not immediately confirm…
  • New Saudi king announces major government shake-up

    Ian Timberlake
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's new King Salman  further cemented his hold on power, with a sweeping shakeup that saw two sons of the late King Abdullah fired, and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle.Top officials from the Ports Authority, the National Anti-Corruption Commission and the conservative Islamic kingdom's religious police were among those let go. The new appointments came a week after Salman acceded to the throne following the death of Abdullah, aged about 90.Salman also reached out directly to his subjects on Thursday. One of his…
  • Tiger Woods struggles in first tournament of 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Scottsdale (United States) (AFP) - Tiger Woods admitted it had been "a grind" after he labored to a 73 in the opening round of the Phoenix Open, his first full-field tournament of the season.Ryan Palmer fired a seven-under 64 Thursday to lead the PGA Tour event at TPC Scottsdale, which is just down the road from where the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will meet in Sunday's NFL Super Bowl spectacle.But there was nothing spectacular about the form of former world number one Woods, who suffered a bad start and was left tied for 104th as play was suspended by darkness with nine…
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    Inman

  • Building the dream MLS

    Andrea V. Brambila
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    NEW YORK — It’s time for the multiple listing service to go back to its roots and remember its main reason for being: to foster cooperation between agents. That’s according to several real estate leaders asked to imagine their “dream” ...
  • Technology fueling commission rebates to Toronto homebuyers

    Phillip Woolgar
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Canadian brokerages TheRedPin and CommissionMadeFair.com say technology that lets homebuyers do much of the legwork involved in finding the home of their dreams themselves lets them offer commission rebates to buyers. Homebuyers “can filter through all the facts until they’re ...
  • No locked doors at indie brokerages — and in some cases, no doors

    Paul Hagey
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    NEW YORK — Inman’s independent broker survey revealed that a big factor behind the current boom in unaffiliated firms is the freedom broker-owners have to pursue their business and adapt to changing conditions as they see fit. An open office floor plan is one way ...
  • Renowned real estate coach basks in ‘bad guy’ image

    Teke Wiggin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    NEW YORK — Mike Ferry doesn’t want to be your friend. Not if you’re his coaching client, at least. The industry bigwig, widely regarded as the granddaddy of real estate coaching, believes coaches who socialize with their clients are less likely ...
  • Ability to customize and integrate helps vendor keep big client

    Inman
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Keller Williams Realty has renewed an agreement with its custom intranet provider, BackAgent, which touted its ability to build new features suggested by the franchisor and improve integration with Keller Williams’ existing systems for the extension of a relationship dating ...
 
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    House Price Crash News Blog

  • Taxjournal.com: London Mayor settles US tax bill

    vinrouge
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Why anyone in their right mind would want dual US nationality is beyond me. It is a bit like herpes.
  • Kylos Productions: Eurozone QE reignites global currency war

    icarus
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    Shows the track record of QE in the UK, US and Japan in failing to generate growth, jobs and incomes or to prevent deflation and succeeding in inflating asset bubbles and capital income - mentions London property - and in aggravating global inequality and currency wars. In fact the QE effect on growth is negative since it redirects investment into financial speculation. It has led also to currency wars as others respond to the currency-weakening effect of QE (Switzerland's response catered for global investors using it as a tax haven and money-laundering shop). The dearth of real…
  • FT: Londkn faces surfeit of expensive new homes

    sneaker
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Most of the new homes being built are two-bedroom apartments in high-rise towers and many are being sold to “unsophisticated” foreign investors, said Charlie Ellingworth, the founder of Property Vision. “It is unlikely that investors are going to see the sort of yields that they have been led to expect,” Mr Ellingworth warned. “The pool of buyers may extend to the whole of China, but the pool of tenants is pretty static.” The owner of a £1m, two-bed flat would need to charge £30,000 to £40,000 a…
  • Bloomberg: Mortgage Battle Flares as U.K. Homebuying Loses Allure

    cornishman
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    Stricter affordability tests and loan-to-income restrictions are weighing on the U.K. housing market. In London, where house values have risen 50 percent in five years, prices are now falling.
  • Mail: Scotland’s most expensive modern home that backs on to Gleneagles is up for sale for £3.4million

    hpwatcher
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    The property had originally cost £10million to build and is thought to be Scotland's most expensive modern home Built in 2007, it boasts a gymnasium, cinema, spa, a two-bedroom house, billiards room and a man-made lake Its previous owner is former Rangers FC shareholder Graham Gillespie who went bankrupt in 2012
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 1/29/15

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/29/15 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Existing home sales bounced back in December as median home prices continued to climbDecember new home sales jump to highest level in six yearsS&P/Case-Shiller Indices report declining year-over-year growth rates in NovemberConsumer confidence rises to highest level since August 2007Leading Economic Index rose again in December as short-term outlook continues to improveDurable goods orders fall 3.4 percent in December due…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 1/22/15

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Greetings from IBS 2015!Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/22/15 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Builder confidence dips one point to 57 but still well into positive territoryDecember building permits dip 1.9 percent from November but up 1.0 percent year-over-yearDecember housing starts rise 4.4 percent from November and 5.3 percent year-over-yearMortgage applications rise by 14.2 percent in latest survey as rates dip againWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 1/20/15

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    Greetings from IBS 2015!Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/20/15 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:CPI fell by 0.4 percent in December due largely to falling gas pricesIndustrial demand fell slightly in December due to reduced utility demandJanuary consumer confidence index jumps to highest level since 2004Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • January column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    My column for the January 2015 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.For this issue, entitled "Practicality and Nostalgia Meet Technlogy," I wanted to review some of the new housing trends we can expect in 2015. An excerpt: We’ll start seeing less of what I like to call the two-story, “impress the in-laws” foyers. Instead, look for larger garages with nooks for hobbies as well as specialized storage areas throughout the home where everything has its place to minimize clutter. In addition, given advances in portable fireplaces which don’t require traditional…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 1/16/15

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 1/16/15 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Producer Price Index dipped 0.3 percent in December but up 1.1 percent for 2014Business inventories rose in November as sales fell slightlyJanuary Empire State Manufacturing Survey shows widespread optimismPhiladelphia Fed's Business Outlook Survey rose modestly in JanuaryInitial unemployment claims rise by 19,000 in latest reportWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager…
 
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    News-to-Use from Region VIII Office of Multifamily Housing

  • REMINDER: New Passbook Savings Rate Effective February 1, 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Housing Notice 2014-15 Passbook Savings Rate Effective February 1, 2015 and Establishing Future Passbook Savings Rates has been posted to HUDCLIPS. As the title suggests, this notice establishes a new Passbook Savings Rate of 0.06% effective February 1, 2015 which supersedes the rate published in paragraph 5-7.F of HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1. The notice also provides explanation for how future Passbook Savings Rates will be adjusted.
  • 30-Day Extension of TRACS 202.d Conversion Date

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A 30-day extension to the TRACS 202.d Conversion Date has been posted under the "What’s New" section of the TRACS website. The release is titled TRACS 202d Release Implementation Schedule.
  • Housing Preservation Technical Guidance and Information

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Join the New HUD Multifamily Housing Preservation Mailing List. Subscribe to receive emails with news and information on events and training about how to maintain your property's affordability.
  • Housing Notice on Waiting List Administration Published

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Housing Notice 2014-16 Waiting List Administration has been posted to HUDCLIPS. This notice provides additional options for owners in their waiting list administration to further ensure fair housing compliance and provides guidance on the administration of waiting lists for Multifamily Housing properties. Topics include opening the waiting list, placing applicants on the waiting list, and outreach.
  • Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2015

    5 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014.
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    National Mortgage News

  • Forbearance Confusion Has Gone on Too Long

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Regulatory attention is supposed to be laser-focused on servicers right now, especially when it comes to how consistent they are in applying workouts. So regulators should be looking closely at whether loans have forbearance.
  • Mortgage Rates Increase for the First Time in 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mortgage interest rates rose by three basis points compared with the previous week, the first time there has been an increase since the last week of December, according to Freddie Mac.
  • Homeownership Rate Falls to Lowest Since 1994

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest in more than two decades in the fourth quarter as many would-be buyers stayed on the sidelines, giving the rental market a boost.
  • Cheat Sheet: How CFPB's Mortgage Changes Will Help Small Lenders

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In yet another revision of its mortgage rules, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed making it easier for small and rural lenders to make "qualified mortgages." Industry representatives said the changes are poised to make a big difference.
  • Freddie, Fannie Cases Move Ahead Amid Appeals Fight

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A judge rejected a bid by the U.S. to put on hold a series of suits by Fairholme Funds and other investors challenging the diversion of profits from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to the Treasury.
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • Chicagoland’s model for managing single-family rental investment

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    by Breann Gala, Metropolitan Planning CouncilMuch has been written about Chicago’s “tale of two cities,” where high concentrations of poverty exist side-by-side with pockets of great wealth. This reality manifests in many ways, including an uneven housing market recovery that is disproportionately burdening communities struggling to manage their many housing challenges. Case in point, in 2012, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) recognized a fast-moving trend in real estate investment that is posing the greatest challenge to distressed communities with limited municipal capacity: a…
  • Covington, Georgia, pilots controversial program to revitalize its suburbs

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    By Amanda Gold, National Housing ConferenceOriginally approved in 2003 and planned to have 249 homes on large lots, the Walker’s Bend subdivision in Covington, Georgia stalled in 2007. With 79 homes built and only 50 sold, Developer Timber went bankrupt and left behind 160 empty lots and abandoned homes. Shortly thereafter, home values fell and crime rates increased. City planning director Randy Vinson has implemented a controversial plan to save Walker’s Bend, and the city of Covington will be the master developer. Successes of Covington’s plan Renovation of existing homes: in a 4-2…
  • Recap of 2014

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    by Rebekah King, National Housing Conference2014 held some interesting developments for the affordable housing sector, despite little housing legislation enacted. From changes in HUD and Congressional leadership to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) decision to fund the National Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund, changes happened at many levels. Given last week’s announcement by the Administration to lower FHA premiums and continued policy actions from the FHFA, and Congressional interest in tax reform, we anticipate 2015 will be another busy year for housing. Major housing…
  • New year, big goals

    6 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    by Chris Estes, National Housing ConferenceHappy New Year to all of our members across the country!  After a little time off to recover from a very busy year we are all excited to be back for what will be an even busier 2015.On a more somber note, we are sad to mark the death of David Reznick.  Whether you knew David personally or not, chances are you knew about some of his work with the Reznick Group and later CohnReznick. He was at the center of the creation of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and a major force on affordable housing issues thereafter. I enjoyed getting to know…
  • BRIDGE Housing breaks ground on Vincent Academy

    6 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    News from NHC's family of membersby Radiah Shabazz, National Housing ConferenceHousing and education was one of many housing intersection themes at November’s Solutions 2014 conference in Oakland and NHC member BRIDGE Housing got the momentum started with a groundbreaking ceremony just a week for Vincent Academy, a public charter school that will serve 350 students mainly from Chestnut Linden Court Apartments. Chestnut is an affordable development financed by BRIDGE. The development features 700 affordable units. Funding for the project was provided by NHC Leadership Circle members Chase…
 
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  • Watch the Big Game in Comfort: 7 Super Man Caves

    Erik Gunther
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    As kickoff creeps closer, football fans have made plans to hole up and watch this weekend’s Super Bowl. With the game in mind, we surveyed homes for sale nationwide to find man caves where you could retreat and watch the big game in style and comfort. After extensive research (and a few bags of Fritos), we identified seven cool caves as potential top draft picks. Of course, most of the lovely homes featured below are as expensive as a warm stadium beer. However, we offer up a scouting report on each cave for you to assess what features you’d want to incorporate and what you…
  • A Penthouse Playhouse in Vegas

    Nancy Keates
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Benson Riseman, who co-founded Green Dot, the company that pioneered reloadable prepaid MasterCard and Visa debit cards, bought a 3,300-square-foot penthouse for $2.3 million in the Veer Towers in Las Vegas in 2010, and spend $3 million on the interior. LISA CORSON FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL The front door looks normal enough at Benson Riseman’s penthouse apartment on the Strip in Las Vegas: There is a doorknob and a doorbell, both in the usual place. But when it comes time to enter, it isn’t the door that opens, but the wall to the right. “It’s all about unpredictability,”…
  • Mortgage Rates Edge Higher for First Time in 2015

    Chrystal Caruthers
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    roberthyrons/iStock/Thinkstock A surge in new-construction home sales caused mortgage interest rates to inch higher this week for the first time this year. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.66% for the week ending Jan. 29, according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. It averaged 3.63% last week and was as high as 4.32% last year this time. New-home sales rose 11.6% in December, surpassing market expectations, according to a joint release by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Existing-home sales also rose 2.4% in December,…
  • Super-Size Tubs, Tiny Kitchens and 3 other 2015 Design Trends

    Lana Bortolot
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Victoria & Albert “Drayton” free-standing tub, $4,500 at Simon’s Hardware & Bath, 421 Third Ave. Photo: Handout 1. Bathrooms go big-time Baths will emerge in 2015 as “the most sumptuous room in the house,” says designer and Marc Jacobs favorite Stephan Jaklitsch. He notes a shift away from ho-hum tiles in favor of monolithic slabs of marble and exotic stone. At Simon’s Bath in downtown Manhattan, design consultant Shiv Persaud says ultra-chic, free-standing tubs will help infuse city apartments with a spalike atmosphere. He notes that tub trends vary by geography:…
  • Renovated San Jose Eichler Stays True to Its Roots

    Roman Loyola
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Eichler aficionados aren’t the only ones who can appreciate the renovation done to this home in San Jose, CA. Anyone with a taste for modern updates to vintage homes while keeping period detail intact will love this look. Jack Myers, who owns Jack Myers Construction, found the property and knew it could be restored to its former glory rather quickly. The contractor likes to take on complete projects, going from the curb to the backyard, and he’s been buying, renovating, and reselling homes since the 1980s. Property records show he bought the house in December 2014 for…
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  • Verify Photo ID now in beta trials!

    Peter Toner
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    After many late hours of coding/ testing then coding testing again, we have finally released our new safety app Verify Photo ID for testing. Verifying the ID of a strange prospect BEFORE you meet allows the agent to know much more about them and control the situation. Many real estate agents market... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Realtor safety app

    Peter Toner
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    The real estate safety mobile app we are building .. … is now close to being ready for beta trial.  There are a some last minute coding issues but we are now pretty close. Why it’s needed. Unfortunately, criminal incidents involving real estate agents are usually not widely reported in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Appalled, but working on a solution

    Peter Toner
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    It’s been longer than usual between posts. For the past few months I’ve been busy, really busy, planning to create useful mobile apps for real estate agents. Then 3 weeks the unthinkable happened … … again. Beverly Clark went missing. The real estate community paused hoping... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    St. John's Real Estate Homes for Sale

  • New design, new team, new website, same great REALTORS® www.TeamWinters.ca

    Stephen Winters
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    We have moved our Blog to a platform, new design, new team and new website address.  www.TeamWinters.ca You can still view all the older market stats on this current site you are viewing (from Oct 2007 to Oct 2014) For the up to date St. John’s Real Estate Market stats and latest blog posts 
  • Assessment Values vs Appraisal Values

    Stephen Winters
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
     
  • Average Housing prices for St. John’s (Oct 2014)

    Stephen Winters
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
  • 2 apartment Investment property in Paradise 39 Fred W Brown Drive

    Stephen Winters
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    Looking for a great investment property?!! Live in an almost brand new home, quickly build equity and avail of financial security! 39 Fred W Brown Drive is a split entry 2 Apartment home with ALL the bells and whistles! From the dark hardwood, center island, open concept, pot lighting in kitchen, up graded fixtures, headers, ceramics in all wet areas, en-suite of Master, stainless steel appliances, microwave/range hood, fridge with water and ice dispenser on main. Completed rec room. Lower level 2 bedroom apartment is above ground with ground level entry,lots of natural lighting, spacious,…
  • St. John’s Average House Price September 2014

    Stephen Winters
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    St. John’s Real Estate Stats for September 2014 Total # of MLS Listings = 1111 Total # of Sales [Sept] = 430 Number of Active Listings for Sale in Newfoundland = 5508 Numbers are based on both residential and commercial listings/sales Here is a break down by area for September: St. John’s: Listings = 291 Sales = 86 Sales/Listings Ratio = 30% Average sale price for a home in St. John’s: $321,928 for the month of September and the 12 month average $345,988 Mount Pearl: Listings = 52 Sales = 17 Sales/Listings Ratio = 33% Average Sale Price (12 month average): $298,465 Paradise:…
 
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    Miami Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Just Listed | Ocean Village Lanai 102 Key Biscayne | by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Just Listed | Ocean Village Lanai 102 Key Biscayne | by Ashton Coleman Enjoy a lifestyle of tranquility & privacy within a tropical paradise found on the island community of Key Biscayne. Walk to everything with the white sandy beaches, restaurants and more just steps a way. Ocean Village offers 2 pools, gym, parking, gated security and more. The 10 acres of grounds are meticulously cared for with water features and lush landscaping within the community. Lanai 102 features detailed renovations including $25,000 in upgrades from kitchen, baths, wood & marble floors, impact glass…
  • The 1031 Exchange | A Miami Investors Tax Deferred Weapon of Choice

    Ashton Coleman
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The 1031 Exchange | A Miami Investors Tax Deferred Weapon of Choice The average capital gains tax across all states is 28.7 percent. Were you aware of the 1031 Exchange to defer taxes on your profit when you sell? If not, read on for the most effective loophole in netting you more and increasing your real estate portfolio faster! Welcome to the 1031 exchange program. This is a known loophole by savvy investors who use it over & over to keep their profits to themselves. Provided a property has not been personally used, such as a principal residence or second home, it should qualify…
  • The Plaza at Brickell 3900 | Just Sold and Just Listed | by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The Plaza at Brickell 3900 | Just Sold and Just Listed | by Ashton Coleman Welcome home to The Plaza at Brickell. Residence 3900 is a large 1 bedroom with a deep terrace and exceptional City views facing Brickell City Centre, SLS Luxe & Brickell Heights.. History in the making! Lots of closet space, Washer/Dryer, an open kitchen with breakfast nook, Master bath with double sinks, a translucent window and a jet tub for the ultimate in relaxation. Easy access to Mary Brickell Village for fun, shopping and fine dining or stay home where you’ll find a comfortable living environment…
  • Baylights Penthouse | Miami Beach | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Baylights Penthouse | Miami Beach | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman The last developer unit has been sold in what some consider the most amazing bayfront building in the area of NoBe. This new Penthouse had never been lived in and included a private 2,050 SF rooftop terrace & Jacuzzi. Penthouse 2 had a private elevator into the spacious foyer, Italian kitchen with stainless steel appliances which opened out to the living room and dining areas, white 32″ X 32″ marble floors, came fully furnished and with a modern closet system installed. Baylights is a boutique highrise with…
  • La Perla Condo 4004 | Sunny Isles Beach | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    La Perla Condo 4004 | Sunny Isles Beach  | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman A private oceanview terrace from every room, flexible living space to accommodate an office, guest room or media room, and separate living and dining rooms set this floor plan apart. You’ll enjoy entertaining in your open-design kitchen with its views of the Atlantic, northeastern exposure and breakfast-bar dining space. In the master bedroom, two spacious walk-in closets are provided for your convenience. Easy to lease for investors and spacious enough for an end user with larger family (2+Den). Extraordinary Ocean…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • US Rents Rising

    Marco Santarelli
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:16 pm
    US home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that renters are facing more financial pressure. Prices rose 3.3% in December compared with 1 year ago, according to real estate data from Zillow. Although the rise is less than recent appreciation in home values, the surge in rental rates in several of the hottest markets indicates renters who aspire to buy homes face mounting financial challenges. Read the rest of US Rents Rising » For more articles like this, please visit our Real…
  • FlipNerd.com Interviews Marco Santarelli  [Video]

    Marco Santarelli
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    I was honored to be invited as a guest on the FlipNerd Real Estate Investing podcast show with host Mike Hambright.  (You can listen to the episode below.) Mike has a great podcast with lots of interesting guests, ideas and tips.  I had a lot of fun being on the show.  It is a “must listen” podcast for new and seasoned real estate investors. On the show we discussed in some detail each of my 10 Rules of Successful Real Estate Investing.  We also covered a few other topics as we went off on tangents.  Be sure to listen to the show. Read the rest of FlipNerd.com Interviews…
  • A Stunning $441 Billion Paid in Rent

    Marco Santarelli
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    A recently released study revealed that a whopping $441 Billion was spent on rents in the U.S. in 2014.  This represents an increase of over $20 Billion from the year before. As shown on the chart below, rents have increased consistently over the last 20+ years.  However, the recent increases have been astounding. Read the rest of A Stunning $441 Billion Paid in Rent » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2015 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever

    Marco Santarelli
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    I recently finished recording a podcast as the featured guest on “Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever” hosted by Joe Fairless.  This is consistently one of the top rated investing podcasts on iTunes and I encourage you to check it out.  The podcast featuring my interview (#111) was released on iTunes on December 21, 2014.  (You can listen to the episode below.) In my interview as a guest on the “Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever,” the host ended the show with what he called the “lightning round” where he asked me some rapid fire questions: What…
  • 21% of U.S. Housing Markets Are Now Less Affordable Than Historical Averages

    Marco Santarelli
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    RealtyTrac released a report identifying county-level housing markets with early warning signs of a possible home price bubble — where prices over-inflate and eventually decline.  The report also identified markets with little risk for a home price bubble. Read the rest of 21% of U.S. Housing Markets Are Now Less Affordable Than Historical Averages » 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.
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • Just Listed Single Family Home Under $450,000 in Woodbridge Virginia

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    If you or someone you know is looking for a Brick Front Single Family Home with a two car garage on a level lot in a sidewalk community. You may find this blog post of interest. The home is located at 2463 Trimaran Way, Woodbridge Virginia 22191 This home has three finished levels, a deck, and level lot backing to tree's. The size of the lot is  .18 acres. Features of this home: Brick Front- Two Car Garage Deck with steps to rear yard Level Yard Hardwood Floors foyer and kitchen area Family Room, Breakfast Room and Kitchen across rear of home Luxury Master Bedroom and  Bath Soaking Tub…
  • Sherbrooke Condo in Lake Ridge Virginia Just Listed For Sale

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Have you been dreaming of buying your first home? This  home  located at 12236 Ladymeade Ct #203, Woodbridge Virginia 22192 may be perfect for you. Are you hoping to buy a home in 2015? You want to buy but your lease doesn't end till later this spring. Well that may work perfect here. The owners of this Sherbrooke Condo are hoping to sell to  a "FLEXIBLE BUYER".  A flexible buyer is: Someone who is in a lease, that will end in a few months Someone who is living with family or friends. Someone who is pre-approved for a home loan, and worried you might be priced out of the market if rates…
  • The Lake Ridge VA Spring Real Estate Market May Be Brisk This Year

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    As I was driving down the road yesterday heading to another home inspection. I realized as I entered Westridge Subdivision that we The Twins Selling Real Estate have four homes under contract or sold already this year just in Lake Ridge Virginia. January has been extremely busy compared to last year. Patty and myself have five homes under contract already in January and we have several signed listing agreements and commitments from sellers who are trying to get the jump on the spring real estate market. But as I was driving, I counted the homes that EXIT Realty Associates have Under…
  • Did you know REALTORS know about "Coming Soon Homes"

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Did you know that REALTOR'S® have access to "Coming Soon" Listings that you cannot find on the Internet? That said, that is the exact reason you may want to consider aligning yourself with a good local real estate specialist.  For example our team The Twins Selling Real Estate has met with six homeowners already in January who are coming on the market within the  next 15-20 days. Now think about that. We are just one real estate team out of hundreds that are meeting with homeowners who are thinking of getting a jump on the 2015 spring selling season here in Prince William County…
  • The Perils of the Statistic Junkie Homebuyer

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    The Internet is a wonderful place for those who love information and data. Today's blog is about homes-buyers who feel the need to run spreadsheets. Google Drive allows you to set up Spread Sheets to your hearts content for FREE. You are admittedly a "Statistic Junkie." Your mind works on overdrive compared to most consumers. You can not make a purchase without information in great detail You must check, chart and theorize every aspect of  your upcoming purchase. You adjust for Age, Condition, Location, and Features  You pride yourself on all the information you are gathering You are…
 
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    KW Blog

  • Three Tips to Memorize and Master Real Estate Scripts

    Keller Williams Realty International
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Scripts are the tools of the real estate trade. Knowing the exact right thing to say at the exact right time is critical to your success as a sales professional. For mountain climbing, you need a rope, harness and carabiners; in real estate sales, you need scripts. As Gary Keller says, “Scripts really just provide a way of being prepared. You have to ask yourself what you want and then come up with language to express your goal. Scripts that work truly express your want, need or understanding of something – in words that have proven to be economical and effective.” A Lead Generation…
  • Email Marketing Best Practices

    Keller Williams Realty International
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    People are sensitive to spam because it costs them time and money. To avoid spam complaints – and get your e-mail messages in front of potential clients – you should educate yourself about e-mail marketing industry standards. Groups like the Email Sender and Provider Coalition and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) offer best practices for sending e-mail. You have probably heard about CAN-SPAM or CASL, but do you know what they mean and how they affect your business? CAN-SPAM is a federal regulation of commercial email messages in the United States. CASL is Canada’s…
  • Overcoming Buyer Objections

    Keller Williams Realty International
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    In many cases, agents use their lead generation efforts to focus on drumming up listings, but by doing so, they are leaving behind an untapped market they could be leveraging—buyers. In the KW MAPS Group Coaching course, “Mega Agent Buyer Skills,” coach of four years, Aaron Simons, shares the cutting-edge scripts and dialogues that will help you connect with buyers in a new way taking your business to a whole new level. So you want to be a mega buyer agent? Here are four important skills that will help you reach that goal: Skill 1. Leveraging Buyers to Find More Listings “I think that…
  • Growth Share Is Spoken in Many Languages

    Keller Williams Realty International
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:09 pm
    In 2014, Keller Williams distributed more than $98 million through Profit Share and Growth Share.Click To Tweet Keller Williams Realty is delivering our value proposition to markets across the globe thanks to the help of our amazing associates. Through the Growth Share platform, associates can actively participate in growing their passive income by helping grow the company internationally. Chris Heller, Keller Williams Realty International The Growth Share concept originates from the belief that Keller Williams associates are the driving force in growing their market centers and building…
  • Random Act of Kindness Changes Life of a Stranger

    Keller Williams Realty International
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    Something wonderful happened at the Keller Williams Michigan-Northern Ohio Regional ALC Clinic. The group ordered a pizza and gave the delivery driver, Robert Dunn, an unforgettable gift. With approximately 275 associates in attendance at a hotel conference room in Ann Arbor, Mich., the audience pooled their money together and tipped the delivery driver $2,084. Checking their pockets, handbags and briefcases, they also gave him a $25 Visa gift card, a half-dozen winning lottery tickets and a loaf of homemade friendship bread. But wait! There’s more! Each attendee wrote the delivery…
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    The Real Deal New York

  • The Wrap: Historic Chelsea nursery school to shutter, Henry Winkler’s “Royal Pains” house lists for $3.5M … and more

    Tess Hofmann
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    The Atlantic Beach home of Henry Winkler’s character on “Royal Pains” 1. Historic Chelsea nursery school to shutter [NYDN] 2. Henry Winkler’s “Royal Pains” house lists for $3.5 million [NYDN] 3. Barbara Corcoran backs real estate web developer [Inman] 4. Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley sued by West Village neighbors [NYDN] 5. Mary-Louise Parker’s ex-abode back on the market for $9 million [Curbed] 6. NYC snow removal costs $1.8 million per inch [DNAinfo] 7. Van offers peak into “Broad City” apartment [DNAinfo] 8. Broker Toni Haber on preparing real…
  • Jones New York, Kate Spade Saturday stores closing

    Tess Hofmann
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    125 Spring Street in Soho It was a day of restructuring for fashion brands, with Jones New York announcing the closure of 127 outlet stores and Kate Spade deciding to shutter all 19 retail locations of its casual line Kate Spade Saturday. The closure of the Kate Spade Saturday stores will open up a storefront at 125 Spring Street in the heart of Soho, Crain’s reported. The predominantly women’s fashion brand will also close its men’s stores, Jack Spade, at 400 Bleecker Street and 56 Greene Street, though the Jack Spade brand will continue online and in department stores. Kate Spade…
  • The movers and shakers of the real estate industry

    Claire Moses
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    From left: Maggie Hui, Gregory Havio, Chris Gibaldi From the January issue: Matthew Winn is joining Olshan Properties as chief operating officer, Eyal Reggev has been named president of Stonehenge Partners and more people making moves this month.  [more]
  • Adam America buys White Castle in E. Williamsburg for $23M

    Kyna Doles
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    From left: Rendering of 781 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg (credit: Issac & Stern), White Castle and Adam America’s Dvir Cohen Adam America Real Estate paid $23 million for a development site at 781 Metropolitan Avenue in East Williamsburg, according to property records filed with the city today. It plans to build 81-unit residential building at the site. The site was home to the hamburger chain White Castle, but Adam America filed permits to raze the single-story building in October. Although White Castle never owned the property, the building’s owner sold the site for $6.7…
  • Durst-Brandt dispute over BofA Tower rent erupts in court

    Tess Hofmann
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    One Bryant Park in Midtown (inset: Douglas Durst) The Brandt Organization, which holds a 99-year ground lease on the land beneath One Bryant Park, is taking the Durst Organization to court over claims that the developer is attempting to mitigate its rent obligations on an unfair technicality. According to the complaint, filed in New York State Supreme Court Monday, Durst holds that because of the state’s involvement in the development of the Bank of America Tower, many zoning restrictions were waived, and floor area in the building that would previously have been considered “bonus” area…
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Vienna Split Level with Ideal Commuting Location Just Listed – 2011 Westwood Terrace

    thebeltteam
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The Belt Team has just listed 2011 Westwood Terrace in Vienna – a lovely split level on a quiet cul-de-sac convenient to Tysons Corner, easy commuting and the amenities of the Town of Vienna!  More info, price & lots of photos of 2011 Westwood Terrace Search Homes For Sale in Vienna Under $700,000 Search Homes For Sale in Vienna $700,000 to $900,000 Search Homes For Sale in Vienna $900,000 and Up Vienna Market Stats Search Condos For Sale In Vienna Search Townhouses For Sale in Vienna Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing.      …
  • 3438 Upside Court in Falls Church – Open House Jan 25th

    thebeltteam
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Am amazing renovation has just been completed on this Falls Church charmer on Upside Court and you can see it at our open house on Sunday! Wait until you see inside! Super spacious & delightfully renovated! OPEN SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 1-4 PM The addition features a first floor master suite, plus an upper level with two bedrooms and a full bath. The rest of the main level has two additional bedrooms, a fabulous updated kitchen and more! More info & lots of photos of 3438 Upside Ct in Falls Church – $815,000 Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing.
  • Just Listed! Spacious Condo in Arlington’s Cardinal House

    thebeltteam
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    3000 Spout Run Parkway #A504 in Arlington JUST LISTED AND OPEN SUNDAY, JANUARY 25th Noon to 2:15PM! Welcome to this delightful home located in a fabulous North Arlington location…minutes to the Clarendon Metro, shops, restaurants and so much more! This spacious 1 bedroom condo (this is the largest floor plan for 1 bedrooms in Cardinal House) features beautiful hardwood floors, an updated kitchen & bath, new windows and loads of closet/storage space. Enjoy all the amenities of Cardinal House and convenient access to several major commuter routes. Don’t miss out on this rare…
  • Year End Statistics Show The Belt Team Sells Million Dollar Listings In Fairfax County Faster And For More Money Than Most Realtors

    thebeltteam
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
      Year-end statistics are out and in 2014, out of more than 10,000 Realtors in Northern  Virginia, very few sold any “million dollar homes”. The Belt Team, with Keller Williams Realty McLean, has averaged almost a million dollar sale every month for the past five years. Not only was The Belt Team one of the top million dollar agents last year, but their listings sold faster and for a higher percentage of list price than average. (Note: Statistics provided are per MRIS). The Belt Team has been one of the top Luxury Home Teams for Keller Williams Realty (the nation’s largest…
  • McLean Virginia: How Long To Sell Your Home and Are Prices Rising?

    thebeltteam
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate in McLean, VA in 2015, you may be wondering how long homes are on the market and whether prices are up or down. First, let’s look at what happened in 2014: Average Days on Market: 64 days (down from 72 days from 2013) Average Sold Price: $1,054,174 (down from $1,094,034 in 2013) Average Sold Price as % of List Price: 95.7% (down from 96.8% in 2013) Percent of Homes Sold in 10 Days or Less: 35% Now, to get an even better sense of what’s happening in the real estate market, go to our web site for up-to-date McLean VA housing stats…
 
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    Corporate Real Estate Network

  • Retail Development Driving Earnings Growth, Regency Centers CEO Says

    CRE Editors
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Martin “Hap” Stein, chairman and CEO of Regency Centers Corp. (NYSE: REG), joined REIT.com for a CEO Spotlight video interview at REITWorld 2014: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things REIT at the... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Retail Properties of America CEO Expects Increased Retail Strength in 2015

    CRE Editors
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    Steven Grimes, president and CEO of Retail Properties of America, Inc. (NYSE: RPAI), joined REIT.com for a CEO Spotlight video interview at REITWorld 2014: NAREIT’s Annual Convention for All Things... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Find People and Jobs Faster with New LinkedIn Search

    CRE Editors
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Find People and Jobs Faster with New LinkedIn Search: This year, we have been hard at work reengineering search, tailoring it to your needs with the goal of making it easier for you to find what you... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • What is an Issue Log?

    CRE Editors
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    What is an Issue Log?: Sign Up for Free for our PM Software at http://www.ProjectManager.com Watch this project management training video to learn about the benefits of using an issue log to resolve... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Tony Jeary On Thinking

    CRE Editors
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Tony Jeary The RESULTS™ Guy explains how changing your Thinking can and will change your Results. Amazon.com Widgets Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Houston Retail Market Report – 4Q 2014

    CoyDavidson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Houston’s Retail Market Vacancy Hits a Record Low, 6.1% Houston’s retail market posted 3.2M SF of positive net absorption in 2014. Many of the tenants that expanded in 2014 included grocers such as Kroger, HEB, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Aldi, which in turn helped boost neighborhood center occupancy. The average citywide vacancy rate remained steady […]
  • Houston CRE Market Trends – 2015

    CoyDavidson
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Texas Still has Lots of GAS to Propel its Economy! Colliers International – Houston held its annual Trends event, it’s 2014 review and a 2015 forecast of the global and commercial real estate markets. Key Takeaways: Texas still has a lot of gas to propel it’s economy, while job growth will slow as a result […]
  • Commercial Real Estate, Evolution and the Reality of Disruption

    CoyDavidson
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Has Anyone Really Ever Disrupted CRE? Disruption, that term is thrown around often in business, particularly by technology startup companies. What does it really mean? Wikepedia defines disruption as follows. Disruption in the context of radical change due to the introduction of a new idea driving a different way of doing things is a revolutionary […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Stocks Rebound for the Week All three major stock indexes posted gains for the week. The Dow gained 0.92% for the week and the S&P advanced 1.60%. The tech heavy Nasdaq was up 2.66% for the week. Below are links to the top economic stories for the week: Texas Ends 2014 with 457K jobs added […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    5 Articles to Read this Weekend From Headquarters to Ahead Quarters There’s a lot of prejudice against corporate headquarters (CHQ). A very popular quote is attributed to US industrialist Norman R. Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin, who wryly noted that … Roland Berger Gensler 2015 Design Forecast Gensler’s 2015 Design Forecast highlights the trends […]
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (January 27, 2015) The Del Walmsley Radio Show: The 3 Most Important Take-Away’s of Real Estate Investing

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/a80b78b59867b522b44637aacf677cbc69ac0fdc/LURadio012715.mp3 Finding a simple way to deliver the fruits of complex concepts to the world is the fundamental element of the most impressive feats to ever exist. The printing press was the first of its kind to easily mass produce large texts to a wide audience in a cost effective way, the ipod arguably gave the necessary push towards smart phone technology with a simplistic design and now Del Walmsley has shrunk 4 decades of real estate investment experience into three vastly…
  • (January 26, 2015) The Del Walmsley Radio Show: A Penny For Your Thoughts

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/d44e29ab302fa758cb473654c5bd62dda4de2813/LURadio012615.mp3 If you ever happen to follow up your listen to the Del Walmsley Radio Show with a broadcast that focuses on traditional financial planning advice, you will soon realize that there are two vastly different worlds that exist in the field of investment consultation. One side will tell you to hedge your bets and diversify, and the other will tell you to leverage your money and focus on fewer key assets. As always, we know where we stand on the matter, but the purpose of…
  • (January 23, 2015) The Del Walmsley Radio Show: The Show Must Go On

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/44789b70fab49d24e5656c606c3afc0562772a60/LURadio012315.mp3 There are three different scenarios that are likely to play out following a listen to The Del Walmsley Radio Show – you hear what you want, you get what you need or you get a little of both. Either way, you are getting a pure, unadulterated look at the real estate investing world, as well as a pure, unadulterated look at the man driving it all home, Del Walmsley. On this podcast, Del receives a contentious email regarding the merits of the show and its message as…
  • (January 22, 2015) The Del Walmsley Radio Show with Special Guest, John Ridgway: The Real Estate Deals That Got Away

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/b3e38c75f3d935a9eb93d99c5b2255af669c4fc1/LURadio012215.mp3 At Lifestyles Unlimited, we always teach that it is best to refer not only to our educational program, but to your history as an investor as well. After all, there is no better way to learn the do’s and don’t’s in real estate investing than either doing them or not doing them in the field yourself. It is here where your refinement begins and it is here where you start to shape our teaching into your increasingly successful membership. Here to…
  • (January 21, 2015) The Del Walmsley Radio Show: Thinking About Retirement & Acting On The Opportunities To Get You There Sooner Rather Than Later

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/f1847d1666676532ee95fc79748c423c4ceb4ec6/LURadio012115.mp3 Part of our mission here at Lifestyles Unlimited is to redefine retirement. No longer is this an endgame strategy to benefit from much later on in life. It is an ever-pressing calling to meet and exceed our bills with passive streams of income as soon as possible. With that comes a wonderful feeling for most, as the mission has changed – “it is now time to live the life I have always dreamed of.” But, with this realization, so too comes the…
 
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    Your Home in Calgary - the Calgary Real Estate Market

  • Why is there so little new construction in NW Calgary?

    Monika Furtado
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    NW Calgary, especially along the LRT path, is a very popular and vibrant area of Calgary. From the inner city all the way to the newer communities in the NW, various apartment, townhouse, heritage home, infill, single family and estate home options exist.   The challenge comes in when folks look for new construction options as new construction is on hold in a number of communities. In 2013 the City of Calgary determined that the West Memorial Sanitary Trunk was at capacity and instituted new criteria for development until the Sanitary Trunk upgrade is completed in 2017. So that means no…
  • School Update - CBE Registration Starts Jan 12 2015

    Monika Furtado
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The annual registration for the upcoming school year opens on Monday Jan 12 for the CBE.  Due to the high volume of students in some areas it is important to review registration deadlines for Kindergarten registration and lottery.   To find your school new functionality on the CBE website makes it much easier.  Use the 'Find a School' feature to select by area or program. If you select the school name in the results list it will give you an indication of enrollment and any overflow designation notices.   If you are looking for information regarding the many schools under…
  • Calgary Real Estate Market Update - Jan 6, 2015

    Monika Furtado
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    The deep freeze has set in. At least for this week. We have had a somewhat unusual December with very few open business days due to the way the calendar was set this year over the holidays. The real estate market did take a bit of a lull. The typical pattern will begin to thaw with the weather as folks once again focus on making a move.   Overall annual sales activity increased by 9.3 per cent over last year. The market remains strong but re-sale inventory is starting to pick up. Interestingly a few builder reps have told me that they are raising prices in January so the new construction…
  • Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015.

    Monika Furtado
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and the very best in 2015.  We are incredibly fortunate to live in an amazing country and the great city of Calgary. May you have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends and to enjoy a moment for being the moment and to appreciate all that we have and all that we love.   And may we all say Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and honour the traditions and special moments of all our lives regardless of the angel, God or entity we cherish.   Always, Monika
  • Just Listed Unit 411 - 345 Rocky Vista Pa NW Calgary

    Monika Furtado
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Bright and welcoming top floor 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit at the Pavillions in Rocky Ridge. 10' ceilings, large windows and a gorgeous city view enhance the appeal of this penthouse unit with a vaulted living room. A warm entry welcomes you with storage and laundry on the right. Ahead is the spacious living room with gas fireplace and wall of windows to bring in ample natural light. Open to the living room the kitchen with lots of storage and wrap around counter isn't visible from the front door. The master bedroom with 3 piece ensuite with standing shower and large walk in closet is to the…
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    Property Management Software

  • Low Contingency Tips for Landlords – Part 2

    Property Management Software
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:39 pm
      Low Contingency Tips for Landlords In the previous article, we looked at some of the steps that can help you to safeguard your interests as a landlord and tenant’s interest as well. Today, we will take a quick peek at the remaining points that can further help you as the landlord and keep your business of renting properties cool and hassle free. Low Contingency Tip #6 – Notice prior to entering Like everybody else, tenants also have the right to privacy. Just because someone rented them the place doesn’t mean the owner can storm the place anytime he wants. A prior…
  • Low Contingency Tips for Landlords – Part 1

    Property Management Software
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
      Low Contingency Tips for Landlords Giving out personal property or space on rent is a risky business. Moreover, handling your personal property to someone who you don’t know well enough and who has not invested a single penny in its maintenance, small or large, does not sound like a bright idea at all. But, with a gentle nudge in the right direction, this business can turn into a great source of income. So, here are some tips that can help every future and present landlord to minimize the risks and maximize the profits from his spare property. Low Contingency Tip #1 – Tenant…
  • Selling Rental Property at a Loss? It Can Help You in your Taxes 

    Property Management Software
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
      Selling Rental Property There are many benefits of owning and holding a rental property. Some of them include passive income, appreciation in base price, depreciation opportunities with regard to taxes and so on. But, what if you want to sell your rental property? Sometimes when you opt to divest, you ought to take a loss on the price. Although, selling your rental property at loss does not necessarily mean that you have lost everything. Before you can calculate what loss would be incurred on selling your rental property, you need to figure out your cost basis. This cost basis (or…
  • Landlord Credit Check: How it can help you screen out nightmare tenants?

    Property Management Software
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
      Landlord Credit Check Running a landlord credit check is extremely crucial before you accept anyone as a new tenant for your rental property. As a fact, you can uncover a wealth of information from your tenant’s credit report that can help you in significant ways. Let’s see how. What is actually a Landlord Credit Check? To put it simple, running a credit check on your prospective tenants will give you a glimpse of their credit history and financial records. It basically helps you answer this question: “Will my tenant be able to pay his rent every time?” You don’t…
  • Raising Rents: The Smart Way – Part 2

    Property Management Software
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
      Raising Rents: The Smart Way Hello everyone! We are back once again with your periodic dosage about property management. Whether it is eviction notices, tax management or property management, we are here to guide you through all of it. In our last post, we tried to address the issue of raising the rents while looking at the basics and homework that is required to be done on the part of the landlord. Today, we will take off from where we had left and will try to understand more about this tricky process of raising the rents. So without wasting any more time, let’s get started. We…
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    30A Luxury Homes

  • Top Reasons to Buy 30A Luxury Homes in Watercolor

    Joy
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Top Reasons to Buy 30A Luxury Homes in Watercolor Watercolor is a posh yet laid back community along 30A.  One of the best qualities of this neighborhood is its being one with nature. This community has a lot of things to offer its residents and those who plan on buying their own 30A luxury home. Here are 3 reasons that make Watercolor a great place to buy a 30A luxury home: 1. Luxury Lifestyle with World-Class Amenities in a Resort Setting Watercolor was designed with the luxury 30A home buyer in mind with its upscale amenities and lush surroundings. The nearby Watercolor Beach Club…
  • 5 Great Restaurants to Dine in for All Occasions along 30A

    Joy
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    5 Great Restaurants to Dine in for All Occasions along 30A Grayton Beach, known for its natural beauty and heritage, opens the door not only to the best of luxury living but also to a wide variety of gastronomic delights fit for anyone, for any occasion. From casual family dining to upscale and high-end banquets, all these can be found only a few minutes away from amongst the exquisite and magnificent 30A luxury homes for sale and residences of Grayton Beach. Taking your family out to dinner? In the mood for seafood? Here are some of the best places nearby luxury homes along 30A to fill your…
  • 30A Luxury Home Residents: Don’t Miss These 3 Amazing Places Along 30A

    Joy
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    30A Luxury Home Residents: Don’t Miss These 3 Amazing Places Along 30A 30A luxury homes have always been popular among luxury homebuyers for its perfect location along Scenic Highway 30A and its proximity to the world-famous beaches along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico. Aside from that, 30A also has the best tourist spots and lots of local entertainment and dining options that are guaranteed to impress. Whether you are a tourist or a new 30A luxury home owner, here are 3 top must-see places along 30A you shouldn’t miss: 1. The Pearl’s Hotel Havana Beach Bar and Grill You’ll love…
  • 3 Great Reasons to Buy 30A Luxury Homes for Sale

    Joy
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    3 Great Reasons to Buy 30A Luxury Homes for Sale Scenic Highway 30A got its name because of its fantastic views of pristine beaches, vivid tropical settings, and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s no wonder that home buyers and tourists alike flock to homes along 30A all year long to enjoy this tropical paradise that is fast overtaking Miami as the most sought-after destination in Florida. Here are the 3 main reasons why it’s great to buy a 30A luxury home for sale: 1. Scenic and Quiet Resort-Inspired Environment 30A is a great vacation destination because of its scenic and…
  • Why Luxury Homes Along 30A are Better Than Miami and Key West

    Joy
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Why Luxury Homes Along 30A are Better Than Miami and Key West Florida is a haven for tourists and beach lovers because of its famous beaches and year-long warm weather. The sought after locations for luxury homes in Florida are Miami and the Keys, but most have never really heard of South Walton or Scenic Highway 30A. The 16 lovely beach towns that make up South Walton are relatively new – and becoming ever popular! Scenic Highway 30A ties up these 16 small beach towns along 18 miles of pristine beaches, to make up one of Florida’s most scenic drives. If you are looking for homes…
 
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    Unconditional

  • Inventory of homes for sale falls while asking prices remain high

    Paul McKenzie
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    House sellers benefit further as inventory of homes for sale falls while asking prices remain high The average asking price of houses for sale in December remained at high levels across the country, while inventory of available homes for sale declined reaching record low levels in Auckland. Overall, the latest monthly data from Realestate.co.nz indicates that the NZ property market continues to favour sellers, and increasingly so. While the national average asking price in December of $480,815 was slightly down on November, a fall of 3.4%, it was still 7% up on the same time a year ago.
  • Voted Best Real Estate Site … Realestate.co.nz

    Paul McKenzie
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Realestate.co.nz won Best Real Estate Website at Tuesday’s NetGuide awards. The awards are decided by the New Zealand public via votes on the Net Guide website. More than 200,000 votes were cast in this year’s awards Realestate.co.nz CEO Brendon Skipper said the win shows that Realestate.co.nz are “doing a great job of building awareness of our site and building relevance for our customers”. “We want to say a huge thanks to all the people who voted for us. This win would not have been possible without the huge support that we have had from the Real Estate industry in New Zealand…
  • National average asking price reaches record high of $497,840

    Paul McKenzie
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    November saw a 1.9% increase over the previous month in the national average asking price of homes for sale, reaching an all-time high of $497,840. In addition, the number of new property listings remains high with 13,512 new listings in November, a 2% lift on the same month last year. The November property data was released today by Realestate.co.nz, the website with New Zealand’s largest number of homes for sale. “The New Zealand property market continues to be robust, with a very healthy number of new listings heading into summer. The new all-time high in the average asking price…
  • Surge of new listings on the home market

    Paul McKenzie
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    The number of new listings on the residential property market surged by 32% in October after a slowish September. Figures released by Realestate.co.nz, New Zealand’s largest online database of homes for sale, show that 13,765 new homes came onto the market in October. With the election, we didn’t see the usual spring rise in homes for sale, but the strong rise in October brings us back close to long-term figures. After this market correction, both the total number of new homes listed and the average asking price is now close to what it had been a year ago. The New Zealand home market has…
  • Property prices rising slower this year

    Paul McKenzie
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The strong rise in property asking prices has slowed down markedly in recent months. Over the last year, the national asking price for properties increased by only 3.9%, compared to an 8.7% increase in the preceding year. At the same time, the available inventory of homes for sale remains well below the long-term average. The number of homes for sale in New Zealand has been below the long-term average since January 2012. This is especially apparent in Auckland, where the inventory sits at 15 weeks of available stock, well below the long-term average inventory of 27 weeks. This means that if…
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    REJournals.com

  • Who’ll win the Super Bowl? According to office vacancies, it’s the Patriots

    Dan Rafter
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Jll’s Roger Staubach knows a thing about great quarterbacks. He’s picking the Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Can office vacancies determine the winner of this Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks? JLL thinks so, and it has the statistics to back it up. According to JLL, NFL teams based in cities with higher office vacancy rates have won the Lombardi Trophy 60 percent of the time in the past 15 seasons, including seven straight years from 2000 through 2006. Of course, there is one flaw in this prediction: Seattle broke…
  • ARCO/Murray completes 67,500 SF renovation for Worldwide Dispensers

    Staff Writer
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Worldwide Dispensers ARCO/Murray recently completed a 67,500-square-foot build-out and renovation for Worldwide Dispensers in Bolingbrook. Worldwide Dispensers is a manufacturing company specializing in fluid and liquid delivery systems. ARCO/Murray’s scope of work was a complete turnkey design/build solution – architectural, design, engineering, MEP, permitting, and structural modifications. Construction consisted of processing piping and electrical connections to fifteen (15) injection molding machines; electrical service upgrades to the tenant space; overhead crane installation;…
  • Millennium Properties hires Desiray Villagrana as a member of its property management team

    Staff Writer
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Desiray Villagrana Millennium Properties R/E, a premier boutique brokerage and property management company in Chicago, continued its rapid growth, hiring Desiray Villagrana as a member of its property management team. Most recently, Ms. Villagrana worked as a lease administrator for McGladrey, creating financial analyses and assisting with due diligence projects for office, retail and industrial properties. Previously, Ms. Villagrana was an on-site property manager for several suburban office buildings totaling 500,000 square feet. “We are very pleased that Desiray has joined our growing…
  • 2015 Healthcare Outlook

    Staff Writer
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Michael Bennett by Michael Bennett, Managing Director, HFF The market for medical office real estate (MOB) has changed dramatically during the last few years. Once a fringe product type, MOB is inching towards the spotlight as a main-stream real estate investment. The space, once dominated by a handful of healthcare REIT’s, has expanded. Cap rates, once routinely double digit, are now sub 5 percent in some cases. Capital wants to be in this space; with more than $9 billion in equity raised in 2014 specifically for the pursuit of MOB. What is driving this? The basic attributes of medical…
  • SVN Crossroads Management awarded 420,000 SF of property management contracts in fourth quarter

    Staff Writer
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    909 W. Washington Blvd. Schaumburg-based SVN Crossroads Management, LLC has been awarded the property management contracts for 14 separate properties comprising 420,000 square feet of space in the fourth quarter, bringing the firm’s portfolio to more than 3 million square feet. “We had a very busy year in 2014, increasing our portfolio by 30 percent,” said Kirsten Bowersox, chief operating officer for SVN Crossroads. “The hard work from the team at Crossroads eclipsed our annual goals and this last batch of contracts contains properties in new markets for the firm, including…
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Today’s Renters Care About Amenities

    Vanessa Naranjo
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    Today’s renters care more about amenities than unit size. In this article from GlobeSt.com a panel of experts weigh in on target demographics, offering different perspectives on meeting their residents’ needs. Click below to read more about the shift in apartment renters and its affects on the rental industry. Read the full article here
  • More Inexpensive Ways Property Managers Attract Good Residents

    Marc Courtenay
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    In the world of investing there’s an old adage: “Money goes where it’s treated best”.  The same could be said for the best residents. As the world of rental properties become more competitive a new adage is “Good residents move to where they are treated best”. A “good resident” is one that has an outstanding credit history, takes good care of the places they rent, and tends to stay put for an extended period of time. Property managers want to find and keep them. One inexpensive way to do this is to reward their good track record. This is an effective method to reinforce…
  • Property Managers Find Small Cities a Gold Mine of Renters

    Marc Courtenay
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Large metropolitan areas aren’t the only places where rental activity increased in 2014. In fact rents went up more as a percentage in smaller cities than in the large metropolitan areas. In 2014 the cost to rent an apartment moved higher for the fifth consecutive year. Much stronger demand coupled with dwindling supply meant vacancies dropped to near historic low levels. According to Reis which provides commercial real estate market information and analytical tools to real estate professionals through its Reis Services subsidiary, rents rose nationwide about 3.6% last year. That boosted…
  • Family Oriented Amenities

    Vanessa Naranjo
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    While schools and neighborhoods can help attract families, having family oriented amenities can also be a deciding factor. “Developers are going after families, not just singles” by including playrooms with games and activities for children of all ages. Epoch Times posted an article discussing the amenity trend that’s taken New York by storm. Click here for the full article
  • Top Pet Friendly Metros

    Vanessa Naranjo
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Finding a pet friendly building can be a challenge when searching for a new home. HotPads shed some insight on pet-friendly metro areas in a recent post, their stats include: Most expensive zip codes Pet premiums An interactive map showing the highest percentage of pet-friendly rental listings And more… Click below to find out what metro areas work for you and your pet(s). Read the full article here
 
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    Select Property

  • 14,000 more UK students enrolled at British universities this year

    Steven Sedgwick
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    The number of undergraduates continue to rise in the UK, but how will this affect student property investment in the future? Summary: There was a 3.2% rise in the number of British students attending university this year The rise in tuition fees appears to have no long-term impact on student numbers Student property investment will need to reflect next year’s demand-driven university system Almost 14,000 more UK students enrolled at British universities in September, according to the latest figures from admissions group Ucas. The count means the number of domestic undergraduates has…
  • Will falling oil prices and EU QE pop London’s property investment bubble?

    Steven Sedgwick
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Property investors may have to forget about prime London property, with rises set to come to a halt this year. Summary: Almost three-quarters of prime London property is purchased by overseas buyers Wider economic conditions may mean that prices in London fall dramatically this year Property investors are set to focus on the UK’s regional markets this year Over the past two years London has led the way in the UK’s property market. Recent research from Savills found the value of property in the capital now eclipses Brazil’s GDP. It has been the influx of money from overseas that has been…
  • Dubai to face new housing shortage by 2020

    Steven Sedgwick
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Following a period of stabilisation, the Dubai housing market could experience a supply shortfall in 2020. Summary: Dubai may need more low-end and ultra-luxury properties to cope with housing demand in 2020 The year will see the start of the six-month long World Expo event Dubai’s property market is more equipped for long-term stable growth than it has been in the past The Dubai property market could experience a new period of undersupply as World Expo 2020 approaches. This is the view of Jesse Downs, Managing Director of Phidar Advisory, who was speaking at the Destination Dubai 2020…
  • Student property investment needs to reflect growing non-EU undergrads numbers

    Steven Sedgwick
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    The number of international students entering UK universities has dramatically increased over the past decade, a new report has outlined. Summary: Student property has become a major new investment asset class The numbers of international students entering UK universities is increasing Student property must reflect that by offering accommodation that makes overseas undergrads feel welcome Student property has become a major new investment vehicle over the past few years. It offers investors a chance to own a bricks and mortar asset that mitigates much of the risks people associate with the…
  • Dubai property investors to switch focus to yields

    Steven Sedgwick
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    Dubai investors are now keen to add regular yields to sustained levels of capital growth, experts have suggested. Summary: Buy-to-let, shopping centres and office buildings are set to be popular within the Dubai property market Investors are searching for yields of around 9% from their assets as capital growth becomes more stable The level of debt in Dubai is well regulated and much lower than the world’s other prime property markets Property investors in Dubai are now searching for assets capable of delivering higher yields, such as buy-to-let residential property, office buildings and…
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • It`s a Wireless World After All

    Elza Hayen
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    When it comes to communication, we`re living in an increasingly untethered and online world. A report issued by the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA) notes that there were nearly 293 million subscribers to wireless services as of June 2010 in the United States alone, 93 percent of the U.S. population, versus 66 percent just five years ago. If that sounds like a lot, the CTIA report noted it`s just a fraction of about 2.3 billion subscribers to wireless mobile services worldwide, or just over 34 percent of the planet`s population. The move to the Web is no less dramatic. A leading…
  • ERA Wilder Realty Expands Ranks

    Elza Hayen
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Eleven New Associates Join Firm Focused on Growth  Columbia, SC –  December 30, 2014 — ERA Wilder Realty recently announced the addition of Tom Woodall, Joan Wald, Melissa Duvall, Vanessa Mason, Lonnie Hoke, Patricia Ortiz, Cale Ferguson, Kari Dowdy, Hollie Dowdy, Tiffani Joseph and Cedric Hurst to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Charleston, Northeast, Lexington and Chapin areas.  These sales professionals are willing to go the extra mile to ensure each client that buys and/or sales their home receives the best experience, not only during the…
  • ERA Wilder Realty Professionals Complete Advanced Training Program

    Elza Hayen
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    Columbia, SC, December 23, 2014 – Leading local sales associates Jessica Redmond, Novella Taylor, Elaine Runager, Jamie Fite, Tara Rogers, Andy Shelton, Bridget Shelton, Barbara Hudson, Jane Fenech, Sherman Jones, Elaine Katzenberger, Mark Woody, Joey Karoly, Donna Buzhardt, Johnathon Houdeshell, Zeke Riddle, Kay Muri, Jay Linginfelter, and Crystal Adams recently completed the ERA Top Gun Academy, an advanced home buying and selling training program offered by ERA Franchise Systems LLC.  The ERA Top Gun Academy is designed to increase productivity by focusing on several skill areas…
  • Give Your Buyer A Holiday Bonus

    Elza Hayen
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Hurricane Builders loves the season of gifting and wants to give your buyer a holiday bonus.  See the flyer below for incentive details and qualifications.  The post Give Your Buyer A Holiday Bonus appeared first on ERA Wilder Realty.
  • Communicating with Prospective Buyers and Sellers

    Elza Hayen
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    In addition to general questions about your qualifications and overall approach to communicating with prospective buyers and sellers, a client is likely to ask questions specific to their needs when evaluating whether to place their trust in you.  Here`s a checklist of questions that potential buyers and sellers are likely to pose to you in what is hopefully the first of many interactions: Buyer-Specific Questions: How will you help me find properties in the neighborhood(s) I`m considering ? Am I eligible for any special programs that could make purchasing my home more affordable ? How…
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    Salt Spring Island Real Estate

  • January 2015, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    January 2014, Salt Spring Island Real Estate Welcome to these early days of the first month of a brand new year. Named after Janus, the Roman god who looked behind & ahead, at the same time, January straddles what has been & what will be, in real estate outcomes. Many indicators are out there that are predicting a strong transition from a down to an up market, in the secondary home marketplaces, & globally so. Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands, & Vancouver Island are often the tail of the dog in a market recovery. A recovery is never even-handed. Some places & some…
  • December 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    Salt Spring Island December 2014, Market Analysis Market Shift? Hmmm…. Is this the market moment where we trend into a real estate uptick in the secondary home marketplaces? What was that great rock song? Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, sign…. Signals of Change Hmmm…lots of signs that we are slowly gliding towards sellers conditions in discretionary regions, including on Salt Spring Island & on the Gulf Islands. The slow recovery for our coastal secondary home/discretionary regions began in late 2013. It started with entry level residential options…3 bed/2 bath…
  • November 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Seasonal Adjustments? Late Fall is usually the beginning of the “softer season” on Salt Spring & the Gulf Islands & on Vancouver Island. Although our Winter weather is more like a long late Fall or a prolonged early Spring, it is still considered our “off season”. This year, the so-called off season remains busy. Hmmm…. Salt Spring Island Tourism drives real estate sales in secondary home/recreational markets, & then all other businesses experience good outcomes. The engine of those positive results is a stellar visitor experience, & the…
  • October 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    October really is the segue from mellow Fall to stark Winter. Early October pretends it’s still September…late October says, no-no…leaves flying, November’s almost here…it’s the Pacific Northwest Coast season of grey. (I think that means our form of Winter). This thin strip of coastal beauty does offer a northern California “off season” weather pattern…& even more so on the amazing Southern Gulf Islands. Salt Spring enjoys a “cool Mediterranean” climate, one that encourages orchards, berry production, vineyards, olive…
  • September 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    How’s the Salt Spring Island Real Estate Market? Things are definitely “better”, real estate wise, in secondary home regions. They are still not “good”. Good, to me, means consistent buoyancy in sales, across the board, no matter the property type or price. To me, a buyers market means lots of inventory and few buyers. A sellers market is the reverse: lots of buyers and very little inventory. A transition market is a cloudy one. At this very beginning of September 2014… At the moment, at this very beginning of September, most sales have continued in that…
 
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    rentBits Blog

  • The San Diego Rental Market: Drought Regulations that Landlords Must Follow

    rentBits Team
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    California is suffering its worst drought in years with three straight dry winters and heat that’s breaking all records. In response, the Board of Directors governing the San Diego County Water Authority has implemented mandatory water conservation as of November 1. The following are some of the regulations you must implement in the San Diego [...]
  • The Renaissance of the Atlanta Rental Market: Yall Enjoy the Charm

    rentBits Team
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Atlanta is comprised of 132.4 square miles encompassing 242 neighborhoods in addition to 86 towns forming suburbs of Atlanta. That kind of area boggles the mind especially if you’re considering the Atlanta rental market. Atlanta has reinvented itself multiple times. It is presently in the midst of revamping old and previously abandoned properties into hip new [...]
  • What Makes the Denver Rental Market Hot?

    rentBits Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Many people are relocated to various cities when their company needs help in particular areas, they have family in those areas or they’re just ripe for a change and want to check out those areas. Colorado is famous for John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High, the Old West, gold mines and the cleanest air in [...]
  • Moving to a New City? Five Functional Tips to Finding a Suitable Apartment

    rentBits Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    You’ve had the opportunity to start an adventure, moving to a new city; it’s exciting and filled with intrigue and mystery. Your boxes are packed, you’ve cancelled your cable, and you’re ready to change you address, but wait! What will you be changing it to? Moving, while exciting, can be extremely stressful and overwhelming at [...]
  • Moving to a New City? Five Functional Tips to Finding a Suitable Apartment

    rentBits Team
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    You’ve had the opportunity to start an adventure, moving to a new city; it’s exciting and filled with intrigue and mystery. Your boxes are packed, you’ve cancelled your cable, and you’re ready to change you address, but wait! What will you be changing it to? Moving, while exciting, can be extremely stressful and overwhelming at [...]
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • First yard sign posted for the new biz!

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    This is my brand new sign at a brand new listing in Valley Village.
  • Coming next week - 4+3+den in Valley Village

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    This inviting home will be on the market next week.  It features 4 beds, 3 baths and a den -- more pics coming soon -- and exudes original charm.  It is in a fantastic Valley Village location close to the Whitsett/Oxnard area and is on a quiet cul-de-sac.  Best of all, it will be listed for $725,000.  Here's your chance to snag a big, mid-east-SFV home at a great price! Contact me for more details, showings, etc.
  • Upcoming Noho listing is having an estate sale tomorrow. Here's your chance to see it before it goes on the market.

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    A few days ago, I mentioned an upcoming listing in North Hollywood.  You have an opportunity to see it tomorrow, Saturday, before it even goes on the market! The address is 7720 Goodland in North Hollywood and it's a 3+2.  It used to be a 4+2, but one bedroom was converted to a dining room.  It needs decorating and/or remodeling, but it's a steal at $399,000.  Large vintage kitchen, big living room with fireplace, sizeable master suite, beamed ceilings, separate 2 car garage, green backyard and a a lovely, quiet pocket of North Hollywood.You can preview the listing at…
  • Eight Studio City revelations

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Exactly a year ago, I moved from Burbank to Studio City.  Although I was quite familiar with Studio City already, here are eight things that I've learned this past year about my new neighborhood.1.  The L.A. River is really the L.A. Slot.  The only water in it is in the little narrow channel in the center unless it pours rain.2.  Halloween is a really big deal here.  Some of the houses in the neighborhood are decorated like movie sets, and it's really fun to see.  No other holiday has quite the presence in the neighborhood as Halloween.3. Jinky's Studio Cafe…
  • Coming next month but I can show it now: North Hollywood 4+2

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Early next month, I will be listing a 4 bed, 2 bath home in a really nice residential section of North Hollywood.  It has been in the same family for years and needs updating and decorating, but the rooms are spacious and the house is ripe for a new family's vision.  It has a covered patio, family room, fireplace, and big back yard.  Here's the best part: it will list for about $400,000.  With the new 3% down payments and low interest rates, here's a wonderful opportunity for folks who otherwise thought they might not be able to buy a home this year.  No pictures yet,…
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    ReTechulous

  • Strategy Session 1/28/2015

    Jeff Logue
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Share the video Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Embed Copy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed.
  • Following Up With Email: Strategy Session 1/21/15

    Ryan
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Share the video Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Embed Copy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. Click Here For Doc With Emails
  • Strategy Session 1/14/2015

    Ryan
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    Click Here For The Case Study Blog Post Mentioned In The Session... Sorry this page is for Members Only . Click Here to Learn More About Membership Options Please login / become a member.
  • Case Study – 200 Emails, 40 Mortgage “Pre-Pre Quals”, 10 Good Phone Numbers – $75

    Ryan
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Here below is a series of videos detailing a recent foreclosure list campaign we've been running with solid success. Feel free to swipe/implement some of what we're doing in this funnel. Particularly, the 2nd step mortgage application part and the follow up email example might prove to be really valuable stuff for you... Part 1 - The Funnel Share the video Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Embed Copy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. Part 2 - The Weeekly Follow Up "Deals" Email Share the video Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Embed Copy and paste this HTML code into your webpage…
  • “I’m getting the leads. And I’m in Conversations with a few of them… but what else can I do?”

    Ryan
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    We hear this from members all the time. "I'm getting the leads. And I'm in Conversations with a few of them, but what else can I do?" The answer? Send them Real Estate Info! Often... & Consistently. Try This Today, Then Repeat Once A Week Go into your MLS and pick out 1 "Deal Of The Week." Write a quick 1-3 sentence email describing the "deal" and why you think it's good. Send the email to your entire database. (Doesn't matter what they initially opted in for, just send it and don't try to think of "reasons why not.") Something like this: SUBJECT: York Pa Real Estate Deal Of The Week - 144…
 
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Sales Meeting 1-26-15, Add 25 Deals a Year

    Neil Schwartz
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:08 pm
    If you understand and accept that the activities you perform on a daily basis directly affect your income, you are ready to add 25 more deals a year to your bottom line. To be one of the many superstars that cross the finish line every year…. watch, learn, then take action! This is YOUR year.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 1-19-2015, Planning For Success

    Neil Schwartz
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Your business plan is your path to success. It’s time to create it and begin your journey toward a great 2015. Learn how to dream big…. plan it, then take action. 2015 Business Plan Click Here Examples of Agent A-B Form Click Here CLICK HERE FOR NOTES  Related Posts:Sales Meeting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Your Work-Time Respected?

    Neil Schwartz
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    Oftentimes friends and family think that real estate agents work-time isn’t worth as much as theirs. Once you start respecting your work-time, other people will. Watch now and learn what actions to take for others to respect the time you work.Related Posts:Stop Wasting TimeSales Meeting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 1-12-15, List Your Way to Success

    Neil Schwartz
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    In order to list property, you must have a strong knowledge of the market, the listing presentation and all the objection handlers. Put this together with a firm commitment to prospect for 1 listing appointment per week and you will literally turn your business into a goldmine. Watch now and learn... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Are You Working?

    Neil Schwartz
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    What is your “why?” Once you determine why you are working, your resolve and production will increase. Watch now and learn how to find your “why.” Keeping your “why” in mind will get you working, even on the days you don’t feel like it.Related Posts:Are You... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    findwell Blog

  • A first look at Zillow’s new book: ‘Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate’

    findwell
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    We got our hands on an advance copy of Zillow’s geeky new real estate book called Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate. The book is a fun and engaging read, weaving together tons of statistics with topics like “is it better to remodel your bathroom than your kitchen” or “you shouldn’t buy the worst house in the best neighborhood.” You can read our full review of the book on GeekWire. The book will be released next Tuesday, January 27. The post A first look at Zillow’s new book: ‘Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate’ appeared…
  • What does an escrow company do in the home-buying process?

    findwell
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    What does an escrow company do in the home-buying process? findwell agent Michael Schafer answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: What does an escrow company do in the home buying process? An escrow company is a third-party facilitator that handles the transaction according to the terms of the contract and follows it from start to finish. They handle the transfer of money between both parties. They also handle clearing issues that are found on title prior to closing. The escrow company will orchestrate the signings for both buyer and seller prior to closing, and they work with the…
  • Northwest MLS Seattle Real Estate Statistics for December 2014

    findwell
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    The Northwest MLS has released their Western Washington real estate statistics for December 2014. Home sale activity rose slightly in December with 2500 closed sales versus 2323 last month. The median price of single family homes stayed exactly the same and condo prices were up 4% since last month. Closed sales for King County was up 8.5% from 2013 and down 14.8% over October. Pending sales have increased from the same time last year but were down 26.7% from last month. Inventory of homes for sale is down 11.11% compared to last year at the same time.   King County Data for December…
  • Having trouble selling your home? Maybe you should install a roller coaster

    findwell
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    Dutch bank ABN AMRO came up with one of the most interesting ways to market your home for sale. If your prospective buyers don’t puke, this is sure to encourage them to make an offer! The post Having trouble selling your home? Maybe you should install a roller coaster appeared first on findwell Blog.
  • Northwest MLS Seattle Real Estate Statistics for November 2014

    findwell
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The Northwest MLS has released their Western Washington real estate statistics for November 2014. Home sale activity dropped pretty significantly in November with 2323 closed sales versus 2870 last month though are up from this time last year. The median price of single family homes slightly decreased 1.6% and condo prices were slightly up 1.4% since last month. Closed sales for King County was up 3.52% from 2013 and down 13.6% over September. Pending sales have increased from the same time last year but were down 19.5% from last month. Inventory of homes for sale is down 5.05% compared to…
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    NuWire Investor: RealEstateInvestment

  • Could Vacant Parking Lots Offer An Alternative Urban Living Environment?

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    The latest figures show that 54% of the global population (approx. 7.2 billion people) are living in the cities.The 2014 World Urbanization Prospects report by the United Nations predicts that by the year 2050, it will further amass to 66% of a predicted 9.6 billon.  In a century of global urbanization...
  • Birmingham Catches Overseas Investor Interest as London Loses its Sparkle

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    With London house prices heading into the stratosphere in certain parts of the capital, it is not surprising that even the wealthiest investors have begun to wonder if there is better value to be had elsewhere. As the unofficial second city of the UK, Birmingham boasts a vibrant multi-cultural society...
  • Property Investment and US Interest Rates in the Coming Year

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Earlier this month, investors around the world with and without interests in the US were paying close attention to the country's non-farm payroll report. Usually, this report mostly carries implications for stocks and bonds. However, this report is being seen as an indication that interest rates may...
  • Singapore Property Sales Hit 6 Year Low

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    The Singaporean government’s cooling measures have had a major impact: sales of new private homes dropped in 2014 to their lowest level for six years, according to Urban Redevelopment Authority data. Prices have also fallen. Developers sold only 7,557 units in 2014, just above half the units...
  • Lamudi Identifies Top Emerging Property Markets

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Most people buying an overseas property look to the safest markets such as France, the UK and the United States, but a new report highlights potential real estate hotspots in emerging markets. Emerging cities across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America are filled with opportunities for...
 
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • The Top-Selling Suburbs in Chicagoland

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Top-Selling Suburbs in Chicagoland was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Last week, we reported that home sales in Chicagoland closed out 2014 on a... The Top-Selling Suburbs in Chicagoland 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.
  • No End in Sight For Chicagoland’s Inventory Spiral

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    No End in Sight For Chicagoland’s Inventory Spiral was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. We’re all waiting for Chicagoland’s housing inventory situation to improve…but that has yet to... No End in Sight For Chicagoland’s Inventory Spiral 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.
  • Supreme Court Hears Arguments Against Landmark Housing Equality Legislation

    James McClister
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Supreme Court Hears Arguments Against Landmark Housing Equality Legislation was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. The Federal Housing Act has helped curb housing discrimination since the late 60s. A new... Supreme Court Hears Arguments Against Landmark Housing Equality Legislation 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.
  • New Home Sales Price Sets New Record in 2014

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    New Home Sales Price Sets New Record in 2014 was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. New home sales may have disappointed in 2014, but median sales price was an... New Home Sales Price Sets New Record 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.
  • 4 Essential Tips When Working With Your Clients

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    4 Essential Tips When Working With Your Clients was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. What tips should you follow, to ensure that you have the very best interactions... 4 Essential Tips When Working With Your Clients 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

  • Five Easy Solutions to Make Your Tiny Kitchen More Family Friendly

    Dixie Somers
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    The kitchen is often viewed as the heart of the home. For a lot of families, the kitchen is one of the most highly populated areas where meals concocted and devoured, company comes to visit, and memories are made. Consequently, it can also be the place with the most traffic. If you have a tiny kitchen, it […]
  • How to Evict a Tenant in Alberta

    Kristy DeSmit
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    While owning investment property has its share of benefits, including stable income to pay your mortgage, some aspects of being a landlord can be challenging, especially when you encounter problems with a tenant. Whether the tenant has breached the tenancy agreement, or conducted illegal activity on the premises—you may be confronted with a situation where you need to […]
  • Weekly Market Update, Jan. 23/15

    Sara MacLennan
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 487 (438, 312, 89) # Sales: 137 (111, 101, 56) Ratio: 28% (25%, 32%, 63%) # Price Changes: 166 (134, 99, 44) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 85 (115, 83, 377) Net loss/gain […]
  • Five Ways Selling a Condo in Edmonton is Different from Selling a House

    Sara MacLennan
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    When it comes to the Edmonton real estate market, there are plenty of things to know, especially since it is constantly changing. The market for single family homes is always slightly different than the condo market, which keeps buyers and sellers constantly on their toes. If you have experience selling a detached house in Edmonton, […]
  • 5 Things Millennials Look for in Home Design

    James White
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Millennials are now between the ages of 14 and 34; this puts more than half of them at an age to purchase a home. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, 36 percent of Americans under the age of 35 own a home. Although that figure is smaller than previous generations of home buyers, the […]
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    aBetterOffice

  • Regus Opens Yonkers Executive Office Suites

    Jennifer LeClaire
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    YONKERS, NY – Regus is opening yet more executive office suites in New York. The business center behemoth has inked a long-term lease for 15,368 square feet of office space at 73 Market Street in Yonkers, NY. On the outskirts of Yonkers, these New York executive office suites are in a strategic location. From the gateway between New York City and the Hudson Valley, tenants are minutes from the Sprain Brook Parkway, the I-87, and a dedicated Bee-Line bus service with connections across Westchester County. “We look forward to expanding our operations in the Yonkers market as we strive…
  • Mini-Suite Office Space Concept Hits Tempe

    Jennifer LeClaire
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    TEMPE, AZ – AZOffices.com is on the expansion path. The company just acquired Desert West Plaza so it can set up new executive office suites in Tempe, Arizona. The new facility will also be home to Tempe coworking space. AZOffices.com has plenty of room to serve Tempe’s entrepreneurs, mobile professionals and small business owners. The building spans 12,000 square feet. The location is also strategic, sitting directly south of Highway 60 in Mill Avenue in Tempe. “It is a great location for us and we are excited to finally open a location in Tempe,” says Sara Medina, General…
  • Why SpareChair Could Revolutionize Coworking

    Jennifer LeClaire
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    MIAMI – Need a spare chair? Have a spare chair? Then the newest twist on alternative office space might be just what you’ve been waiting for – even if you couldn’t imagine and articulate it. Enter SpareChair, a startup in the coworking world that, essentially, matches people looking for workspace with empty chairs in various office locations across the country. Yes, it’s just that simple. SpareChair describes itself as “a community for coworking” and “a marketplace for workspace.” “Working remotely has a lot of benefits, but it also has downsides. Like the feeling…
  • Ad Firm Sets Up Coworking Office Space at IKEA

    Jennifer LeClaire
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    AUSTIN – Coworking office space isn’t just for entrepreneurs anymore. It’s also for creative marketers looking to drive a buzz around their brands. Well, at least that’s how Rock Candy Media tapped into the collaborative officing power of the coworking concept – with a unique twist. As part of a viral promotion for its upcoming expansion to a new northern Texas location, experiential marketing firm Rock Candy Media set up shop at an IKEA in Round Rock. The firm tried to office from inside the retail warehouse without being detected. “We asked ourselves what the bare…
  • Coworking Brand Starts Franchising Office Space

    Jennifer LeClaire
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    MONTCLAIR, NJ – It’s no coincidence. It’s Serendipity. Serendipity Labs, that is. The corporate coworking and collaboration brand has signed an exclusive franchise agreement with The Pinnacle Companies to launch coworking spaces across Northern New Jersey and South Florida. That means rapid expansion for the alternative workspace brand. “Thirty percent of the work force is now mobile and seeking better ways to work than crowded coffee shops, isolating home offices or wasteful commutes to headquarters,” says John Arenas, CEO of Serendipity Labs. “They want a better quality of…
 
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • Power, Diversity, and the SP200 List

    Rob Hahn
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    As some of you may know, I’ve been assisting Stefan Swanepoel with a project called SP200, the second annual edition of which just went live. SP stands for “Swanepoel Power”, so the actual list is the list of the 200 most powerful individuals in the residential real estate industry. Since I haven’t shown this post […]
  • Concerning MLS Enforcement of Cooperation and Compensation, An Observation

    Rob Hahn
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    In the comments section of my post on Listhub and Zillow, an intelligent discussion and debate broke out. Given the rarity of such thing on the Interwebz, I think we should celebrate that. Now then, the subject of the discussion was around the “value proposition” of the MLS in the 21st century and how the […]
  • Musings On Direct Feeds

    Rob Hahn
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    In the aftermath of the Listhub-Zillow divorce, which was my last post, I stumbled on a comment from the famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) Kipp Cooper and the main man at his vendor, Turan Tekin. [Disclosure: I’m friends with both men, like them both, have shared adult beverages with them, and my bias may […]
  • Initial Thoughts on the Listhub-Zillow Divorce

    Rob Hahn
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    By now, any reader of mine has heard about Listhub and Zillow waving goodbye to each other. As the great American philosopher Louis CK once observed, “No good marriage ever ends in divorce.” Clearly, this divorce was coming for years and years. I’m writing this in large part to figure out what I think about […]
  • Seven Predictions for 2015: The Nouvelle Vague Edition

    Rob Hahn
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Welcome, faithful readers to an annual tradition here at Notorious ROB: making predictions for the coming year that are Guaranteed to be Wrong, or Your Money Back! The musical pairings for this edition comes from the extraordinary and extraordinarily unique French cover band, Nouvelle Vague. I mean, who else does remakes of 80’s new wave hits […]
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • US Rents Rising

    Marco Santarelli
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:16 pm
    US home rental prices continued to climb at a modest pace in December, but rapidly escalating costs in cities such as San Francisco and Denver suggest that renters are facing more financial pressure. Prices rose 3.3% in December compared with 1 year ago, according to real estate data from Zillow. Although the rise is less than recent appreciation in home values, the surge in rental rates in several of the hottest markets indicates renters who aspire to buy homes face mounting financial challenges. Read the rest of US Rents Rising » For more articles like this, please visit our Real…
  • FlipNerd.com Interviews Marco Santarelli  [Video]

    Marco Santarelli
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    I was honored to be invited as a guest on the FlipNerd Real Estate Investing podcast show with host Mike Hambright.  (You can listen to the episode below.) Mike has a great podcast with lots of interesting guests, ideas and tips.  I had a lot of fun being on the show.  It is a “must listen” podcast for new and seasoned real estate investors. On the show we discussed in some detail each of my 10 Rules of Successful Real Estate Investing.  We also covered a few other topics as we went off on tangents.  Be sure to listen to the show. Read the rest of FlipNerd.com Interviews…
  • A Stunning $441 Billion Paid in Rent

    Marco Santarelli
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    A recently released study revealed that a whopping $441 Billion was spent on rents in the U.S. in 2014.  This represents an increase of over $20 Billion from the year before. As shown on the chart below, rents have increased consistently over the last 20+ years.  However, the recent increases have been astounding. Read the rest of A Stunning $441 Billion Paid in Rent » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2015 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever

    Marco Santarelli
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:15 pm
    I recently finished recording a podcast as the featured guest on “Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever” hosted by Joe Fairless.  This is consistently one of the top rated investing podcasts on iTunes and I encourage you to check it out.  The podcast featuring my interview (#111) was released on iTunes on December 21, 2014.  (You can listen to the episode below.) In my interview as a guest on the “Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever,” the host ended the show with what he called the “lightning round” where he asked me some rapid fire questions: What…
  • 21% of U.S. Housing Markets Are Now Less Affordable Than Historical Averages

    Marco Santarelli
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:18 pm
    RealtyTrac released a report identifying county-level housing markets with early warning signs of a possible home price bubble — where prices over-inflate and eventually decline.  The report also identified markets with little risk for a home price bubble. Read the rest of 21% of U.S. Housing Markets Are Now Less Affordable Than Historical Averages » 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.
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  • Tourism Driving Growth in Turkish Real Estate

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:14 am
    <p>Turkey is the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world, welcoming nearly 37 million international visitors in 2014, with the sector contributing &#8364;26bn to GDP.</p> <p>In 2014, tourism in Turkey surged 5.5% year-on-year, boosting employment, the hospitality sector and real estate across the nation.</p> <p>Turkey's biggest tourist markets are Germany, UK and Russia with a growing number of visitors from the US. During 2014 800,000 Americans travelled to the country.</p> <p>Recognising the economic importance of tourism to Turkey,…
  • 16th Arrondissement, Paris: Real Estate Hotspot 2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    <p>The 16&#232;me is one of the largest districts of Paris, located on the right bank of the Seine River in the west of the French capital. Knight Frank recently ranked the area fourth in their ' Top Ten Markets to Watch in 2015 ' report.</p> <p>The 16th has been a popular destination for real estate investors for many years and it's still a dynamic market, with growth potential and a positive outlook for 2015. The district's proximity to the ring road combined with a reputation for luxurious and spacious properties make the 16th an extremely sought-after…
  • Positive Outlook for Dubai Real Estate

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    <p>Key economic indicators coming from the UAE in recent months including real estate prices, all point to further acceleration of growth in 2015, despite tumbling oil prices.</p> <p>The UAE's non-oil sectors including real estate and tourism performed beyond analyst expectations in 2014, auguring well for the overall economic outlook.</p> <p>Dubai's growth momentum is set to continue on the back of major infrastructure projects and preparations to host the World Expo in 2020, while continuing fiscal expansion policy across Emirates, particularly Abu Dhabi,…
  • US Homes Prices to Gain Traction in 2015

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    <p> US homes prices exceeded economists' expectations in November 2014, signalling that job growth is boosting housing demand across the country.</p> <p>Values rose by 0.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis from October, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency in a report from Washington. Analysts had expected a more modest increase of 0.3% but positive employment indicators coming from the US pushed prices higher.</p> <p>The US is currently enjoying the lowest unemployment rate since June 2008, as an additional 2.95 million Americans found work in 2014, the…
  • Spanish Property 2015: The Only Way is Marbs!

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:19 am
    <p>Spain had a spectacular 2014 across the board with economic progress way beyond expectation, slowly improving employment figures, record-breaking tourism and a property market very much on the rebound.</p> <p>Roberto Campolucci Bordi of Spain-based property and investment brokers Asset Folio predicts another outstanding year in 2015, with Marbella leading the charge:</p> <p>&quot; 2015 looks to be a year of great opportunity. The instability of other markets is proving advantageous for Marbella's property sector as more and more investors look to move…
 
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  • Perfect Winter Get-Away!

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    New Listing in Naples Florida   This is the perfect Naples winter get-away! Conveniently located right across the street from beach access with pristine sand and endless views! Also, short drive to all the wonderful downtown amenities, this immaculate 2 bedroom 2 bath condominium has been meticulously maintained! Features include updated kitchen, walk-in closets with built-ins, charming Florida room with sunset views, and many lovely touches throughout! Beautiful landscaping, steps to the pool, close to all the wonderful Naples restaurants and world class shopping...this is the Naples…
  • Colliers Reserve, Naturally

    9 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Magnificent Estate Home This immaculate residence is located in the pristine North Naples community of Colliers Reserve. The gated neighborhood might be one of the most natural in all of SW Florida. A total of 228 single family homes in this community share the 448 acres, including nearly 200 acres of habitat preserve. The Cocohatchee River meanders through the Audubon signature sanctuary golf course. You'll feel like you're in another world! Check out the Virtual Tour HERE! From the moment you cross the threshold of this beautiful home, you can see quality everywhere! The homesite is…
  • 100 Reasons Why I Love Southwest Florida

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    It might just be because we don't get snow---warm weather leaves some people unable to get into the holiday spirit...But, there are those among us who don't let the climate determine their Holiday Spirit! The decorations in and around the Naples area are second to none! We do fake snow flakes flurrying down on Third Street where Santa arrives in a white Rolls Royce each year at the annual Festival of Lights...and Snowfest in Golden Gate, a tradition for over 25 years brings out the child in all of us as we build snowmen in mittens while wearing shorts and t-shirts! Where else can…
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    There is Always Room For YOU at Our Table!   Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who makes our business a success throughout the year. When we count our blessings, you are right at the top of the list. We would not be who we are without our loyal customers, dependable vendors, wonderful friends, and supportive family! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you do, all that you are, and all that you mean to us!   Everyday is Thanksgiving because of you! Have a safe and blessed holiday weekend, The Naples Real Estate Blogger & The entire team at…
  • We Will Never Forget

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Can it really be 13 years? It seems like yesterday to me...I was having coffee with a friend...my phone rang three times. I looked at it finally and saw it was a call from each of my three sons. I called my middle son back first since he was the first call---all he said was that something horrible had happened---he described it briefly, but told me I should get right over to my mom's home as he knew she would be upset. At that point I could not even begin to imagine the enormity of what was ahead for our country that day, and the days to follow. Who could have ever imagined such a horrific…
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  • The Arizona Home Buying Process

    Charlie Allred
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Have you thought you want to buy a home in Arizona?  You will need to know the Arizona home buying process. My goal is to outline the home buying process in Arizona in a easy to read format. Arizona Pre- Home Buying Process 1. Get pre-qualified for a mortgage – We can suggest a great Scottsdale mortgage lender.  This is important because it gives you a good idea of your price range for your new Scottsdale home. 2. Create your Scottsdale home search (we do this for you), so you can see what is available. You decide all the following for your new Scottsdale home Type of home Size of…
  • Top 7 Reasons to Hire a REALTOR in Scottsdale AZ

    Charlie Allred
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Finding a REALTOR anywhere can be tough business, especially to find a REALTOR in Scottsdale AZ.  There is 1 REALTOR for every 6 Scottsdale residents.  Many REALTORS in Scottsdale are part time REALTORS. The Top 7 Reasons to Hire a REALTOR in Scottsdale Set the Price – This is the number one reason to hire a qualified REALTOR.  The list price of your home determines how many buyers will come look at your home and it also sends the message to buyers to whether you are a real seller or if you are indifferent to actually selling your home.  This initial reaction is a big deal,…
  • Most Expensive Scottsdale Homes Currently on the Market

    Charlie Allred
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Most Expensive Scottsdale Homes From this list of most expensive Scottsdale homes, you will see that Silverleaf, located in north Scottsdale is the most expensive neighborhood in Scottsdale.  Three of the five homes listed below are located in the exclusive Silverleaf neighborhood.  If I had gone on to list the 6th most expensive home, it would have been in Silverleaf, as well. 10696 E. Wingspan Way Scottsdale AZ 85225  A true estate property on approximately 17 acres centrally located in the highly esteemed Silverleaf, which is the exclusive guard gated estate community in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Buy Real Estate with Retirement Funds – Using Retirement Funds to Buy Real Estate

    Charlie Allred
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Lately, it seems like many of our real estate clients are asking me how to buy real estate with retirement funds, how to buy real estate with their 401k or buy real estate with an IRA.  I’ve done extensive research on this because my goal is to be a resource for our clients. Most of these clients already have purchased their home, generally they don’t want to buy a home with their retirement funds because that requires management if they choose to rent the home.  Also, the other obstacle is they don’t want to buy a home with their retirement funds because this could cost…
  • 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!
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  • Top Tips for Effectively Managing Your Rented Property

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Managing a property is something that can take time but must be done well and efficiently if you are to receive a return on your property investment and attract the right tenants.  The Autumn 2014 Lettingstats report indicates that 75% of tenants surveyed think that their property is managed either very well or quite well.  So to ensure that you fall within this category, Glenham Property Management has put together some top tips to help you on your way. Big Spenders Almost 25% of tenants spend 30% – 40% of their income on rental with 31% of respondents living in rented property for a…
  • DIY tips: The Best Way to Clean a Hardwood Floor

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    A high-quality hardwood floor can give you and your family many years of enjoyment. However, in order to preserve its allure and showroom sparkle, a comprehensive schedule of cleaning and maintenance is required. While hardwood floors require less upkeep than carpets, it’s still important to use methods and cleaning agents that won’t affect your floor’s natural qualities. Prevention is the best cure The best way to preserve your hardwood floors look and protective layer is to prevent dirt, excess water and potentially harmful substances from ever getting anywhere near it. The…
  • Current trends in the London property market

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    With a well-known national newspaper reporting on possibly the world’s smallest but most expensive house in North London this week – where people visiting the house walk through the front door only to find themselves directly under the bed – one can fairly confidently suggest that the London property market is holding its own. London is still an incredibly desirable location to live. In fact, everything points to now being a good time to invest as the property market grows and grows, and London is the first to experience a positive uplift. This belief is supported by data from…
  • 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…
 
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  • 33 Ways to Reduce Your Home Insurance Premiums

    InsurEye
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Guest post by InsurEye It is important to consider all financial aspects when getting a new home. That means dealing with banks and other lenders to get proper financing in place, but also with insurance companies to protect your home. Fr that reason, we’re sharing 33 tips to reduce your home insurance rates based on the experience of several leading home insurance providers and brokers. Building and content Content coverage: Do you rent an apartment or condo? You can often lower your content coverage. No need to insure your belongings to up to $250,000 if you only have a laptop and…
  • Hot MLS Listings: January 26 – January 30

    TheRedPin Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Whether you’re looking for a new pad closer to the city, or house hunting in a more intimate, family-friendly neighbourhood, TheRedPin has you covered, as we reveal our Hot MLS listings in the Greater Toronto Area that are fresh on the market, every week. Get a better sense of the properties and book yourself a tour! Apt. 3311 – 215 Fort York Blvd Harbourfront, Toronto Contact Payam Ahanger to Book a Tour Asking Price: $428,0000 TheRedPin Rebate: $1,605 | Details: 2 Beds, 1 Bath 7690G County Rd #50 Road Trent Hills, Ontario Contact Eva Allaire to Book a Tour Asking Price:…
  • Toronto vs New York City: Most Expensive Luxury Real Estate

    TheRedPin Team
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    Photo: Curbed NY Toronto and New York City have long been the subject of comparison, with the Canadian metropolis often struggling to shake its reputation as little brother to the Big Apple. Yet, as Toronto continues to climb the ranks of North America’s largest cities (recently nabbing 4th place from Chicago), we come to see that the idea of Toronto rising in the shadows of New York City is quite the opposite. Toronto has even managed to beat out New York for the title of high-rise metropolis back in 2012, with twice as many high-rise towers under construction. With the Toronto vs New…
  • CityLights on Broadway Condos – The Ultimate Guide

    TheRedPin Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    CityLights on Broadway in Toronto: Project Details The Best Information on the CityLights on Broadway condos from TheRedPin Project Name: CityLights on Broadway Project Intersection: Yonge Street & Broadway Avenue (Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto) Address: 99 Broadway Avenue, Toronto Developer: Pemberton Group Architects: Wallman Architects Building Type: Condominium Storeys: 35 Aliases: CityLights on Broadway Condos, CityLights Condos, CityLights at Yonge and Eglinton, CityLights Condos Toronto, City Lights by Pemberton Get Updated Floorplans & Pricing Citylights on Broadway…
  • Hard Mortgage Facts: 3 reasons you should buy a home in 2015

    TheRedPin Team
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    In an unexpected turn of events on Wednesday, the Bank of Canada cuts its key interest rate from 1% to 0.75%. The move surprised many who speculated the rates to climb up. The news comes as quite a big change, as this is the first time interest rates have changed since September 2010. Canadian homebuyers rejoice as the cuts likely means lower mortgage costs and a longer grace period. With all the headlines surrounding mortgages, Mark Olkowski, the driving force behind TheRedPin Mortgage, decided to weigh in on the facts and why you should finally check off buying a home from your 2015 bucket…
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  • Aerial Photography of Charlotte, NC Home

    AVT
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    So I recently did some normal everyday ground based real estate photography for a couple of really beautiful homes in Charlotte and they were on huge tracks of land.  How better to photograph them then from up in the air.  I’ve been flying drones for years, (although I hate the term drones – but when you call it by its right name, a multi-copter or quadcopter, people look at your weird).  Anyway, just for the fun of it, I sent the “drone” up to take some video and photos. Aerial videography and photography are all the rage right now but I have held off on offering…
  • Video Tour of 1668 Glenway Dr in Clover SC

    AVT
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Full Motion Video Tour of 1668 Glenway Dr in Clover SC brought to you by  http://www.nicolettewiggam.com/      Awesome Location in neighborhood across from Clover HS, this home is within walking distance to the Middle School & High School. Lovingly maintained home with awesome updates in pristine condition. Quartz Kitchen, Double Oven & Hardwood Flooring is just the beginning. Keeping room next to the kitchen, Formal Dining, Hardwoods begin at entry and continue thru Kitchen, Breakfast Niche, Keeping room & Dining room. Full Living room with Fireplace, hearth, access…
  • How To Protect Your Webcam from Hackers

    AVT
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It’s all over the news. Russian hackers are hacking into US and European web cams, baby monitors, and the like to not only spy on you, but they have a website where the feeds from the cams are shown all over the world. This begs the question, “Has my webcam been hacked”? Best viewed in full screen in HD
  • Bonterra Builders Presents Cedarvale Farm

    AVT
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Welcome to Cedarvale Farm, a Bonterra Builders’ community that offers a unique lifestyle combining all of the advantages of today’s energy efficient, quality crafted new homes within the context of community that preserves the history of the past. Located in Cabarrus County , but still only minutes from I 485, Cedarvale Farm is the perfect pairing of past and present. Community amenities include a picturesque 8 acre pond nestled in a rolling woodland setting, walking trails and community sidewalks. Additionally, developer proposed amenities include a pool and cabana located within the…
  • WellcomeMat Channel

    AVT
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Welcome to my WellcomeMat Channel
 
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    South Florida Law Blog

  • United States Supreme Court Strays from the Pack with a Crucial Ruling for Borrowers

    OppenheimLaw
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) gives home loan borrowers a three-day right to rescind, or cancel, a loan transaction. For these first three days, this right is unconditional, without any caveats. After the three days run out, there is a catch; the borrower has the right to rescind only if the lender has failed to satisfy TILA’s disclosure requirements. Even if the required disclosures are never made, the right of rescission will expire after three years; thus, straying from the pack. In a unanimous, consumer-friendly decision on January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court clarified…
  • You Won’t Believe What Decided the Fate of Foreclosure Cases at the 4th DCA

    OppenheimLaw
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:39 pm
    The following article was published in the Daily Business Review and written by Samantha Joseph. The South Florida Law Blog has republished exerpts by Roy Oppenheim. Will botched paperwork affect the outcome of foreclosure appeals? It depends on the judges. The decisions in three cases came down to paperwork and procedure Wednesday before the Fourth District Court of Appeal.  Roy Oppenheim: “There are many areas of inconsistency with foreclosure law right now,” he said. “The judges themselves are coming up with different rationale based on the same facts, which makes for…
  • 2015 Brings Good News to Florida Foreclosured Homes

    OppenheimLaw
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:06 pm
    A heartfelt Happy New Year to you from Oppenheim Law, “In the Trenches” featuring Roy Oppenheim. A prognostication on the Florida 5 Year Statute of Limitations and why we are waiting on the Florida Supreme Court to sort out the real estate mess.  
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren Blitzkriegs CitiGroup & Wallstreet

    OppenheimLaw
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Massachusetts’ Senator Elizabeth Warren gave a series of resounding speeches in opposition to a recent provision passed in the 2015 federal budget “Cromnibus” spending bill.  The contested provision weakened the Dodd-Frank law, thereby allowing big banks like CitiGroup to gamble on risky investments with taxpayers’ money.  Such a provision is not unique to the 2015 “Cromnibus” spending bill, in fact it’s identical to those “Too Big to Fail” provisions which lead to the 2008 financial crisis. Too Big To Fail Still Lives On December 12th, Warren delivered her signature…
  • When it Comes to Real Estate, Congress Can’t Find Their Way Out of the Bag

    OppenheimLaw
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    As very few probably know, including myself until recently, the House of Representatives has passed an early holiday gift for taxpayers concerning real estate.  It is also expected that the Senate and President will follow suit in the near future. Ironically; however, it is too little, too late. What the Bill Covers As George Bush was leaving the presidency and the economy near collapse, the former President signed a bill providing an exemption to loan forgiveness income to those homeowners who had received any kind of loan forgiveness income.  Said “loan forgiveness income” would…
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    First Home, First Loan » Stephen Katz

  • Has the Real Estate Market Turned a Corner?

    Stephen Katz
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Upon wrapping up 2014, it seems timely to evaluate the overall state of the real estate market. As we assess where it’s been over the past few years, it is clear that it is definitely in a strong place where it will move forward over the next few years. By simultaneously comparing projected house sales alongside projected home values, the market strength can be viewed. The Price Expectation Survey reflects that future home values are expected to experience steady appreciation. Research has been conducted by the Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors…
  • Down Payments – You DO NOT Need 20%

    Stephen Katz
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    How America Views Homeownership, which is a recent survey that was conducted, shows that 95% of Americans want to own a home if they don’t already and that 68% feel that now is a solid time to purchase a home. One of the top people in Wells Fargo home mortgage production, Franklin Codel, says: “Although the home buying process has changed in many ways in recent years, our survey found Americans still view homeownership as an achievement to be proud of and many believe that now is a good time to buy a home.” Misunderstanding Can Cause Inactivity Bearing the above info in mind, there was…
  • Why on Earth are so Many Forms and Documents Needed to Process a Mortgage?

    Stephen Katz
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    It seems most people have heard a family member or friend tell them that buying a home ten to twenty years ago was significantly easier than it is these days. Many feel the banks have to know next to everything about us, plus three independent sources that back up each detail on the application. Two reasons behind the new complexity of the loan process are: 1. Because of the many people who were “qualified” for a mortgage that they could never pay back, the government has set new guidelines that now demand that the bank prove beyond any doubt that you are indeed capable of affording the…
  • Consider These Questions Before Buying a Home

    Stephen Katz
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually a good time for you to buy a home. Buying a home is a big decision, as you most likely know. And, oftentimes family and friends want to offer a lot of advice, some which can be great and some of which can be lacking. It’s very important to look at your needs, as well as the state of the current…
  • When Buying a Home There are 4 Myths You Should Make Sure to Unmask

    Stephen Katz
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Harvard University recently concluded a study in which the Joint Center for Housing Studies evaluated why renters do not always have plans to own in their future. The chief reason was financial concerns, rather than any lifestyle perks they feel are linked to renting. Below is hopefully some information that can ease fears and remove myths about buying.   A Home is Not Affordable This is one of the top reasons renters specify that they cannot participate in homeownership. Yet, many studies show that numerous people are not clear on what is truly necessary to own a home. In line with this…
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    Zoliath Blog

  • 5 ways technology is overhauling commercial real estate

    Administrator
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    source: Baltimore Business Journal; Alex Kopicki, Contributor In the commercial real estate industry, it’s easy to get tunnel vision when racing from one deal to the next. Right now there is a major intersection between traditional commercial real estate and the fluid technology industry that will affect the way brokers and clients do business. Here are five things every commercial real estate professional should know about the shifting landscape: • Mobile takeover: You know the importance of smartphones because, if you’re like me, you’re constantly on yours. • A new…
  • Mortgage application volume rises again on refinance activity (Scotsman Guide)

    Administrator
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    source: Scotmans Guide Wed Jan 21, 2015 07:25 PST Refinances drove mortgage applications up for the second week as mortgage rates remained low, and overall application volume was at the highest level since June 2013 last week, according to the weekly Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) applications survey released today. The overall MBA application index rose 14.2 percent last week — it grew 49 percent the previous week — and was up 17 percent on a seasonally unadjusted basis. The refinance index by itself jumped 22 percent last week, and refinances were up to 74 percent of all activity.
  • This year, commercial real estate lenders will develop a taste for risk: Survey

    Administrator
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Source: ICSC.org Publish Date: January 14, 2015 Category: SCT Newswire Articles Topics: finance Commercial-mortgage lending is expected to increase in 2015, as lenders’ appetites to place new loans remain strong and borrowers’ appetites to borrow increase, according to a Mortgage Bankers Association survey of 60 commercial-mortgage origination firms.  All of the firms surveyed said they expect originations to increase this year, with 68 percent saying they expect an increase of 5 percent or more. Almost three-quarters say they expect their own firm’s originations to increase by 5…
  • Supermarket M&A Activity Creates Ripples for Shopping Center Owners

    Administrator
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:57 am
    source: National Real Estate Investor The supermarket sector has been one of the most active markets for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) over the past two years, and there’s no reason to think the activity will slow this year. Retailers will continue to opportunistically seek acquisitions to drive earnings growth, and the ongoing consolidation could translate into big changes for shopping center owners, experts say. “In the grocery sector, there are clear benefits to being larger,” says Louis Biscotti, global practice leader for the food and beverage group at tax advisory firm…
  • Crowdfunding Changing Commercial Real Estate

    Administrator
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:59 am
    How Crowdfunding is Changing the Face of Commercial Real Estate Nov 12, 2014Adam Chapnick Source: http://nreionline.com/viewpoints/how-crowdfunding-changing-face-commercial-real-estate The idea of crowdfunding isn’t particularly new. In fact, it may be one of the oldest concepts in civilization. Think of crowdfunding a little like taxes, where individuals pay into a large managed pot for use towards the common good of the collective group. While crowdfunding is voluntary and taxes are compulsory, the concept is at least simple to understand. Applying the practice of crowdfunding to a…
 
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  • Rock Hill Virtual Tour Company - Now T4 Provider

    Jason LaVanture
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Joy Cassidy, owner of Southern Virtual Images has achieved T4 status as an RTV virtual tour provider. Southern Virtual Images specialize in Real Estate Photography for Charlotte, North Carolina areas and Upper South Carolina communities of Tega Cay, Lake Wylie, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York and surrounding cities. Joy has been a local artist and past President of the Yorkville Artists’ Guild. With her amazing artistic eye and passion for photography and real estate, and now her new T4 status at RTV, she can produce a virtual tour that will be sure to help sell your real estate listing or…
  • Rockford, IL Virtual Tour Provider Achieves T4 Photographer Status!

    Jason LaVanture
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    RTV virtual tour software company is proud to announce Pam Gleichman from Rockford, IL as our latest T4 photographer to successfully finish T4 training. Pam Gleichman started Midwest Media Tours in 2012 to combine her love of photography, technology and marketing. Her virtual tour company services Rockford, Illinois, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, Belvidere, Poplar Grove, Caledonia and surrounding areas.Midwest Media Tours offers HDR still photography, state of the art High Definition Virtual Tours for your Real Estate and Commercial needs, and now Google Business View virtual…
  • Texarkana, AR Virtual Tour Photographer Achieves T4

    Jason LaVanture
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    RTV is very proud to announce Mark Harris from Harris House 360 as our latest T4 Virtual Tour Photographer.Harris House 360 is locally owned and operated in Texarkana, Arkansas. Our service area includes Texarkana, AR and surrounding areas including Ashdown, Fouke, Genoa, Hope, Lewisville, Atlanta, Queen City, Hooks, and New Boston. We’ve partnered with RTV virtual tour software company to provide the highest quality interactive virtual tours using the latest technology to promote your property or business. We are here to serve real estate brokers, agents, home owners and business…
  • Three Tips to Spice up Your Virtual Tours

    Jason LaVanture
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Real estate virtual tours have come a long way—from a cool and innovative feature for a select few listings, to a routine and almost expected part of any property marketing. Whether you’re a real estate agent looking to draw more attention to your listings, or a virtual tour provider looking for ways to provide your clients with better value, you need to add a little extra to your virtual tours to help them stand out.These tips will help you create virtual tours for real estate and business properties that will engage your viewers and put the “wow” factor back in these powerful…
  • RTV Announces Google Trusted Agency Status and the press release is featured by CNBC

    Jason Stringham
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    RTV virtual tour software company officially announced on Thursday December 9th 2014 that they have become a Google Trusted photographer company. This press release was picked up and reported by CNBC. They are excited to provide Google Business View photography to our national accounts as well as providing a venue for our nation wide network of photographers to begin selling Google Business View shoots to small and medium businesses across the countryAs a Google Trusted Agency, RTV is also allowed to perform hotel virtual tours for the Business View program. Google currently only allows a…
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    Apartment Hacker

  • People Only Care When You Care

    Mike Brewer
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Standing in the checkout line last night at the grocery store; I overheard a conversation that caused me to think about the word – care. A young man was giving direction to someone twice his age. His direction went something like this “when you’re not dealing with a customer; you need to deep clean your area.” [Read: you need to care]  And he went on to describe in detail how it needed to be done. Each of the two checkout clerks looked at him like he had two heads. [Read: I don’t care] And you could clearly tell that they had absolutely zero respect for…
  • A Decade From Now

    Mike Brewer
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    Beginning with the end in mind was popularized by the late Steven Covey in his wildly popular book – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The principle is extremely useful when it comes to setting goals both personally and professionally. Covey uses a powerful story to set the stage for building ones life aim. Morbid as it may sound he suggests imagining yourself attending a funeral. He suggests that you quickly come to the realization that the funeral is your own. He then suggests you imagine for a moment that four people are lined up to speak on your behalf. One from your…
  • Moving Forward

    Mike Brewer
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    I gave a quick speech to a group of Mills property managers and maintenance supervisors recently. And I started the speech by asking the following question; Would you rather move 1000 people forward a foot at a time or move one person forward by thousand feet? The response was mostly one sided with people opting to send 1000 people forward a foot at a time. Bravo! The answer is as simple as it seems; move the masses. But that takes a great deal of patience and persistence. It takes a great deal of emotional intelligence and executive intelligence. It takes personality and fortitude. It takes…
  • It’s a New Year

    Mike Brewer
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:39 pm
    It’s been a while. I took the better part of six months off from writing. The chief reason; time. Mills Properties, the company I work with, is emerging from some deep and excruciating growing pains. Pains that caused me to take time away from the things I love most. Writing be among them. We still have a long way to go before we become the organization that we want to be; a journey that will no doubt be rich with reward but also rife with struggle. Getting out of your own way and going void from breathing your own exhaust is often times the hardest work a company can do. Having the…
  • Complexity in times of Adversity

    Mike Brewer
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Over the course of my career in the Multifamily space I have dealt with my fair share of complexity and adversity. Be it missing expectations, getting a property back on the rails or exercising triage during a fire. No matter the nature, there are a range of things than can and do happen when managing apartment communities. And in those times of adversity, there are a number of personalities that present themselves. And they each bring with them a level of complexity. Excepting one. Multiple Personalities You have ‘the sky is falling group,’ known for its doom and gloom,…
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Houston Retail Market Report – 4Q 2014

    CoyDavidson
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Houston’s Retail Market Vacancy Hits a Record Low, 6.1% Houston’s retail market posted 3.2M SF of positive net absorption in 2014. Many of the tenants that expanded in 2014 included grocers such as Kroger, HEB, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Aldi, which in turn helped boost neighborhood center occupancy. The average citywide vacancy rate remained steady […]
  • Houston CRE Market Trends – 2015

    CoyDavidson
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Texas Still has Lots of GAS to Propel its Economy! Colliers International – Houston held its annual Trends event, it’s 2014 review and a 2015 forecast of the global and commercial real estate markets. Key Takeaways: Texas still has a lot of gas to propel it’s economy, while job growth will slow as a result […]
  • Commercial Real Estate, Evolution and the Reality of Disruption

    CoyDavidson
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Has Anyone Really Ever Disrupted CRE? Disruption, that term is thrown around often in business, particularly by technology startup companies. What does it really mean? Wikepedia defines disruption as follows. Disruption in the context of radical change due to the introduction of a new idea driving a different way of doing things is a revolutionary […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Stocks Rebound for the Week All three major stock indexes posted gains for the week. The Dow gained 0.92% for the week and the S&P advanced 1.60%. The tech heavy Nasdaq was up 2.66% for the week. Below are links to the top economic stories for the week: Texas Ends 2014 with 457K jobs added […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    5 Articles to Read this Weekend From Headquarters to Ahead Quarters There’s a lot of prejudice against corporate headquarters (CHQ). A very popular quote is attributed to US industrialist Norman R. Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin, who wryly noted that … Roland Berger Gensler 2015 Design Forecast Gensler’s 2015 Design Forecast highlights the trends […]
 
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    Waterfront Properties in Jupiter | Real Estate Blog

  • Champions Tour Returns To Broken Sound in Boca Raton

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    For the 9th straight year the Champions Tour will make it's yearly pilgramage to South Florida where they will set up shop at the Old Course at Broken Sound for the 15th edition of the Allianz Championship. The tournament will take place Friday, February 5th through Sunday, February 8th and will feature some of the top golfers on the 50 years old and up circuit. The field will include 2014 Charles Schwab Cup winner Bernhard Langer, defending Allianz Championship winner Michael Allen, 2013 champion Rocco Mediate, and eight members of the World Golf Hall of Fame including Langer, Ben Crenshaw,…
  • GROMMET'S TAVERN & EATS in JUNO BEACH

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    From the farm to your table is the concept of the new restaurant, Grommet’s Tavern & Eats which was recently opened in Juno Beach, Florida. The name is a twist of two words, Grom, a local term that young surfers are called and Gourmet, hence the name Grommets’. Ironically, the name fits well due to being steps away from the sandy beaches making it the ideal location next to Loggerhead Plaza. “I want this to be a ‘come as you are’ restaurant. Come from the beach, from the golf course, from shopping, from work, with boards, briefcases or strollers. All are welcome,” says Casey…
  • Garlic Festival Coming to Downtown Delray February 6-8

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Delray Beach's famous Garlic Fest is returning to the downtown Delray strip February 6th through the 8th. The 16th annual edition of the event will be headed at the Old School Square in downtown Delray and will feature dishes that all incorporate garlic as well as music acts and a kids learning area. The event is dedicated to exploring the numerous health and culinary possibilities of garlic. The festival has even been featured on the Food Network in the past. In addition to the garlic based cuisine, there will be 15 musical acts to enjoy, headlined by Rebelution on Friday night and Trombone…
  • Stunning Blowing Rocks Preserve in Jupiter Island

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    The Blowing Rocks Preserve is a 73-arce area of pristine Jupiter Island land. It reaches all the way to the famous “blowing rocks” and beach where you can watch the waves crash up through the rocks and caves. Blowing Rocks is actually an incredible, barrier island sanctuary, which is a native coastal habitat of the area. Blowing Rocks is carefully protected by the local society in Jupiter. It is home to a wide variety of endangered species of animals and plants including: rare loggerhead turtles, leatherback turtles, green sea turtles and so much more. Some of the habitats you will see…
  • 5 Things to do with Kids in West Palm Beach

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:21 am
    Here are 5 fun things to do with kids in West Palm Beach!South Florida FairComprised of 135 acres, the South Florida Fair is an annual occurrence, certain to bring joy to children anywhere. The Fair itself is divided into three different sections: Yesteryear Village, Cruzan Amphitheater, and the exhibit buildings, which include the Expo Center and Agriplex. The Fair usually takes place the last two weeks of January and incorporates a theme purposed to educate patrons about culture. Such examples are “Tales of the American West,” “New England,” and “Hollywood.” Kids especially…
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    Maine Real Estate Blog

  • Valerie Foster Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Camden, Maine (January 28, 2015)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, today announced that Valerie Foster joined its Camden, Maine real estate office as a Vice President. Valerie is an experienced real estate agent who joins Legacy Properties as a very productive member of the local real estate market over the last 5 years.  Valerie will be partnering with Leslie Tranchell, also of the Camden office, to provide an even greater level of service to her clients.  Leslie was the top producing real estate agent in Knox and Waldo…
  • Julie Galvin Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Senior Vice President

    LegacySIR
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    Portland, Maine (January 28, 2015)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that Julie Galvin has joined our flagship Portland Maine real estate brokerage office as a Senior Vice President. With offices in Portland, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Camden and Damariscotta, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the largest real estate companies in Maine and the #1 ranked luxury property company in the state. Julie , a 20-plus year real estate veteran, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients.  She specializes in…
  • Marjanne Barbour Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Camden, Maine (January 28, 2015)—Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that Marjanne Barbour has joined our Camden real estate brokerage office as a Vice President.  With offices in Portland, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Camden and Damariscotta, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the largest real estate companies in Maine and the #1 ranked luxury property company in the state. A long-time resident of Owls Head, Marjanne is a licensed Broker with nearly 20 years of local real estate experience.  “We are pleased that…
  • Patti Lawton Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Brunswick and Portland, Maine Real Estate (January 28, 2015)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s  leading Luxury Property company, is proud to  announce Patti Lawton has joined its team of  Maine real estate professionals as a  Vice President.  Patti will be based in the Brunswick office located at 141 Maine Street, Brunswick. In addition to servicing the Greater Brunswick area, Harpswell, and Freeport, this office services all of the coastal communities in Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties. A native of Massachusetts with an expertise in the residential and…
  • Pete Molloy Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Portland, Maine (January 20, 2015)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is proud to announce Pete Molloy has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President.  Pete will be based in the flagship Portland office of this venerable Maine real estate company. A native of Portland with an expertise in real estate in the Greater Portland real estate market, Pete has practiced real estate in Southern Maine since 2002.  He has consistently been one of the top performing agents with sales recognition for the past…
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    ExpertView Blog

  • House and Land Video Series: Part 2

    realestateview.com.au
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Deciding on land estates can be a difficult decision when so many varying factors come into play. House and land packages are increasing in popularity among home buyers as well as investors, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let’s Move to… Footscray

    realestateview.com.au
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Could Footscray be Melbourne real estate’s best kept secret? This industrial, working class suburb has been recently dubbed “the new Fitzroy”, and is home to over 13, 000 residents. Historically,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let’s Move to… Glen Iris

    realestateview.com.au
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Nestled amongst Camberwell to the north, Ashburton to the east, Carnegie to the south and Malvern to the West, Glen Iris is the middle-class oasis of Melbourne’s South- Eastern suburbs. This is an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let’s move to…Kew

    realestateview.com.au
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
      Kew, perhaps one of the brightest jewels in Boorondara’s crown, has long been known as the home to some of the wealthiest and reputable figures of Melbourne. If there is one word to describe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • House and Land Video series: Part 1

    realestateview.com.au
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    House and land packages are growing in popularity, not just for home buyers but among property investors. There is something exciting about a new home. We recently launched a new ‘house and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Las Vegas Real Estate Information

  • Lower FHA Mortgage Insurance

    Robert Ratliff
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Exclusive Mortgage Rates on FHA Loans Information Lower FHA Mortgage Insurance announced Wednesday by The White House. The Federal Housing Administration will significantly lower the fees it charges borrowers, a move that could save home buyers hundreds of dollars annually and help jump-start the on mortgage rates on FHA loans housing market. The “annual premiums” on mortgage rates on FHA loans, an especially popular source of financing for first-time home buyers, have increased five times since 2010. They jumped from .55 percent of a loan’s value to 1.35 percent today. FHA Mortgage…
  • Home Buyers Las Vegas

    Robert Ratliff
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Exclusive Obama Mortgage News Information Home buyers Las Vegas first time, President Obama mortgage news announced on Wednesday to make it cheaper for first time home buyers Las Vegas and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage Las Vegas insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the rest of the purchase with a loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration. “A lot of people are sitting on the fence…They don’t know if they can move up.” The reduction is…
  • The Ogden Las Vegas for Sale

    Robert Ratliff
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Exclusive Ogden Las Vegas Condos Information The Ogden Las Vegas for Sale, formerly Streamline Tower, is a luxury high rise development built in the heart of the Las Vegas downtown entertainment district featuring nightly live jazz venues, taverns, cafes, nightclubs and boutiques. Ogden Las Vegas Condos is located next to the 200,000 square foot Neonopolis entertainment complex and the Fremont Street Experience, residents enjoy the convenience and excitement of downtown Las Vegas urban living. The Ogden Las Vegas for Sale graces the downtown Las Vegas skyline with 22 stories and 251 elegant…
  • Las Vegas Home Prices Increase One Percent

    Robert Ratliff
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Exclusive Las Vegas Real Estate Market Information December 20014 Las Vegas home prices increase one percent from November to December of this year the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported. Currently the medium property for sale reached $204,000 in December vs. $202,000 in November 20014 and 10.3 percent increase from $185,000 in December 2013. Las Vegas home prices sale activity for the year slowed to 36,550 local properties through the Multiple Listing Service in 2014. This number has been the first decrease in six years. Clark County Nevada property closing were between…
  • Need To Sell Your Las Vegas Home and Not Selling?

    Robert Ratliff
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Exclusive Re Max Real Estate Las Vegas Information Need to sell your Las Vegas home in the current buyers Clark County Nevada market has left many home sellers wondering what they need to do in order to get their Clark County home to sell at a reasonable price. Many home sellers don’t seem to understand that the longer the spend trying to sell their home, the less money they will get for it when it finally does sell. Get the information yo need to sell your Las Vegas home. You need to make wise decisions and make the decisions quickly. buy a house las vegas Listen to what the Re Max…
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    Century 21 Alliance Realty - THE Gail Spada TEAM

  • Top 5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Purchase on Track

    Gail Spada
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    WOW… You’ve found THE perfect place!! Check out our top 5 tips that will help keep your home purchase on track to help ensure a smooth and stress-free closing. 1. Be Truthful On Your Mortgage Loan Application You may think exaggerating your income a little or omitting debts when you apply for a mortgage will go unnoticed. THINK AGAIN. Lenders have become very diligent in verifying information on mortgage loan applications. If you stretch the truth, expect to be caught and denied the loan you need to purchase your dream home. Plus, intentionally lying on a mortgage application is…
  • Tampa Bay Area Top Destination for International Home Buyers

    Gail Spada
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    Drawn by the location and pricing, foreign buyers are gobbling up billions of Tampa Bay region real estate. According to The National Association of REALTORS (NAR), thousands from other countries have made Florida and the Tampa Bay region among the nation’s most popular places to purchase homes. California follows at 15% and then Texas at 11%. No other state comes close to Florida in the dollar value of international residential sales. For the 12 months that ended last June, foreign buyers snapped up nearly $8 billion worth of Florida homes and condos – a 24% increase from the same period…
  • 5 Best Home-Improvement 2015 Resolutions

    Gail Spada
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    In the spirit of the New Year, check out our 5 Best Home-Improvement 2015 Resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, green and clean space. 1. Streamline Your Stuff One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to de-clutter. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. This year resolve to periodically donate to your favorite charity anything that you don’t use, wear or love. Simplify and go green by thinking twice about what you DO bring in. Stash…
  • Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

    Gail Spada
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Attract homebuyers even during the holidays with these useful tips! While most people think the worst time to market their home is over the winter holidays, it can actually give you an advantage. Holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed.   Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard - Homes often look their best thru the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decorations. Be sure they are not too large or too plentiful as that can be distracting to buyers.   Hire a full-time REALTOR…
  • I’m sorry… WHAT did you say?

    Gail Spada
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    With the help of their REALTOR, and member of NAR and FAR, the buyers found an REO SFR with good amount of SF, gas FP, cozy EIK, located in a PUD with an HOA on MLS. They talked to their lender about DTI, TILA, the HUD, PMI, PITI and LTV, POF and the need for a possible POA. The lender also discussed conventional ARM, FHA, VA and USDA options. At minimum, they wanted a WDO and the HVAC checked by their home inspector… I’m sorry…. WHAT did you say?? Interested in knowing and understanding some of the real estate lingo and acronyms that are used by professionals in the real estate…
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    Tri Cities Real Estate News & Views

  • Tri-City Americans Vs. Everett Silvertips Toyota Center Kennewick

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    If you love non-stop action, randomness and just an exciting game, come and watch a hockey match between Tri-City Americans vs. Victoria Royals on Saturday, January 31 at Toyota Center Kennewick located in 7000 W. Grandridge Boulevard Kennewick, Washington. Details of the Game Single-game tickets and Tournament packages are now on sale Game tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, including all Fred Meyer locations, online at: http://www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Toyota Center box office, 509 737-3722. Walk-up (individual games): For Tournament packages or to find out…
  • GMO Forum At The REACH Columbia Park Trail In Richland, Washington

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    On Tuesday, February 3 from 5:30 until 7:30 in the evening join the GMO Forum happening at the REACH in 1943 Columbia Park Trail Richland, Washington. Details of the EventA Dialog on Genetically Modified Organisms—GMO’s Get the facts about GMO Dr. Amit Dhingra from the Dept. of Horticulture at WSU will talk about cautionary concerns about GMO’s from both an Ag producer and the public’s standpoint. James Curry, Director, State amp; Local Government Affairs, Pacific Northwest Region, Monsanto will present biotechnology benefits, challenges facing farmers, public policy and political…
  • Super Sunday Big Bowl Party amp; Spaghetti Feed Kennewick, Washington

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    On Sunday, February 1 Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901-F Southridge Boulevard in Kennewick, Washington welcomes everyone to the Super Sunday Big Bowl Party amp; Spaghetti Feed. Event starts at 2:00 in the afternoon. More about the Super Sunday Big Bowl Party amp; Spaghetti Feed Mark your calendars and invite your family and friend Spend the whole day at the Carousel of Dreams Big screen and wall screen. Family friendly First ride on the carousel is free Get your Seahawks on and join us. Go Hawks Admission: $10 adults $5 kids under 12 For more information go to…
  • Sports Connection Gun amp; Antique Show At The TRAC Pasco, Washington

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    From January 31 to February 1 TRAC Center will be having the Sports Connection Gun amp; Antique Show. Details of the Sports Connection Gun amp; Antique ShowThe event will be featuring Great Gun Shows in Montana, Idaho and Washington. Sports Connection Inc. was established in 2000 as a family owned business based in Billings, MT. Since that time they have organized over 400 vendor/exhibitor driven events throughout the northwest. Note: All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. ScheduleSaturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission: $7 (based on the…
  • Seahawks Rally, Carousel Of Dreams amp; Southridge Sports Complex

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:13 pm
    On Saturday, January 31 everyone is invited to the Seahawks Rally happening at the Carousel of Dreams amp; Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick, Washington. About the EventJoin the Carousel of Dreams, Eagle 106.5 and Tri Cities 12s for fun, parade, and a carousel ride. Meet at the center of the 4 baseball fields (utilize north parking area). Carousel rides for a dollar if you show your Seahawk colors. Get your Seahawks on and join us  Gathering begins at 11 a.m., rally starts around 12:12 p.m. For more details go to https://www.facebook.com/events/791512857583356/ and…
 
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • How to Keep Your 2015 Homebuying Resolution

    Chris Birk
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Filed under: Buying, Financing, Credit Shutterstock If your New Year's resolution is to take the leap and buy a home, you may be in luck. Whether you're a first-time buyer or considering jumping back in, 2015 offers some encouraging signs after a tough time for the housing market. Mortgage credit and underwriting requirements are thawing as the economy continues to recover. Government-backed mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae recently rolled out conventional mortgage options with a 3 percent down payment. And average interest rates continue to dip below 4 percent. With conditions…
  • Marc Anthony Ready to Dance 'Libre' of Homes on Both Coasts

    Zillow
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Selling AP By Melissa Allison Marriage has made salsa phenom Marc Anthony want to "Vivir Mi Vida" with two fewer mansions. The singer has listed two homes, one on each coast, since he wed Venezuelan model Shannon De Lima in November. (See their newlywed glow above.) The most recent listing asks $12 million for a compound in Long Island's exclusive Brookville area. The centerpiece, as the New York Times first reported, is a sprawling 10-bedroom, eight-bath manor that includes five powder rooms, eight fireplaces, a mahogany-paneled library and a large…
  • Can You Refinance? Here's How to Figure it Out

    Credit.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Filed under: Financing, Investing, Refinancing Shutterstock By Scott Sheldon Mortgage rates were near their 20-month lows at the end of January, prompting many homeowners to seek to refinance. All too many have wanted to in recent years, yet held back because they thought their house would not appraise for what they needed to make the numbers work. Here's the skinny if you're debating whether to go for the refinance. HARP 2.0 Refinance Program The program allows homeowners whose mortgage loans closed on or before June 1, 2009, and are owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance their…
  • Ashley Tisdale Cuts Price on Toluca Lake Home Once Again

    Trulia
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Selling TruliaThe actress and singer's gated, 3,406 square-foot home in Toluca Lake features three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Is the Disney singing sweetheart desperate to sell? She may be a "High School Musical" star, but Ashley Tisdale's bank account is no typical high schooler's. In October, The Tiz listed her home in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles at $2.649 million. She dropped the price to $2.599 million about a month later. Now, it's reduced even more -- down to $2.5 million. The gated, 3,406-square-foot home (Ashley needs an extra barrier…
  • Mortgage Rates Hold Unchanged This Week at 3.58%

    Zillow
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Filed under: Buying, Financing, Refinancing ZillowThe weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans were unchanged this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.58 percent, the same as this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 3.58 percent and 3.83 percent before settling at the current rate. "Rates were on a roller coaster last week but settled roughly where they started, holding near 20-month lows," said Erin Lantz, vice…
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • How to Keep Your 2015 Homebuying Resolution

    Chris Birk
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:55 am
    Filed under: Buying, Financing, Credit Shutterstock If your New Year's resolution is to take the leap and buy a home, you may be in luck. Whether you're a first-time buyer or considering jumping back in, 2015 offers some encouraging signs after a tough time for the housing market. Mortgage credit and underwriting requirements are thawing as the economy continues to recover. Government-backed mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae recently rolled out conventional mortgage options with a 3 percent down payment. And average interest rates continue to dip below 4 percent. With conditions…
  • Marc Anthony Ready to Dance 'Libre' of Homes on Both Coasts

    Zillow
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Selling AP By Melissa Allison Marriage has made salsa phenom Marc Anthony want to "Vivir Mi Vida" with two fewer mansions. The singer has listed two homes, one on each coast, since he wed Venezuelan model Shannon De Lima in November. (See their newlywed glow above.) The most recent listing asks $12 million for a compound in Long Island's exclusive Brookville area. The centerpiece, as the New York Times first reported, is a sprawling 10-bedroom, eight-bath manor that includes five powder rooms, eight fireplaces, a mahogany-paneled library and a large…
  • Can You Refinance? Here's How to Figure it Out

    Credit.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Filed under: Financing, Investing, Refinancing Shutterstock By Scott Sheldon Mortgage rates were near their 20-month lows at the end of January, prompting many homeowners to seek to refinance. All too many have wanted to in recent years, yet held back because they thought their house would not appraise for what they needed to make the numbers work. Here's the skinny if you're debating whether to go for the refinance. HARP 2.0 Refinance Program The program allows homeowners whose mortgage loans closed on or before June 1, 2009, and are owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance their…
  • Ashley Tisdale Cuts Price on Toluca Lake Home Once Again

    Trulia
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Selling TruliaThe actress and singer's gated, 3,406 square-foot home in Toluca Lake features three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Is the Disney singing sweetheart desperate to sell? She may be a "High School Musical" star, but Ashley Tisdale's bank account is no typical high schooler's. In October, The Tiz listed her home in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles at $2.649 million. She dropped the price to $2.599 million about a month later. Now, it's reduced even more -- down to $2.5 million. The gated, 3,406-square-foot home (Ashley needs an extra barrier…
  • Mortgage Rates Hold Unchanged This Week at 3.58%

    Zillow
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Filed under: Buying, Financing, Refinancing ZillowThe weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans were unchanged this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.58 percent, the same as this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 3.58 percent and 3.83 percent before settling at the current rate. "Rates were on a roller coaster last week but settled roughly where they started, holding near 20-month lows," said Erin Lantz, vice…
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    Daniel Hancock Photography

  • Favoritism?

    Daniel Hancock
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    This photograph is of my favorite tree. Yes, really! I’m writing about a tree, but it is an amazing and unique tree. Every photographer has favorite locations that they enjoy visiting, such as this tree. Take pictures of that which inspires you. Sometimes, my “artistic vision” is lacking, and I simply need to get back outside to my favorite locations, and be inspired once again with the wonders of God’s creation. Do you have favorites?
  • Autumn’s Treasure

    Daniel Hancock
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    The seasons always seem to rush by – especially the two transition seasons, fall and spring. Even though there had already been a couple brief snow flurries, it was still a surprise to wake up on Friday morning with six and a half inches of snow! On Saturday morning, there was over a foot of snow. Just last Monday, I was comfortably wearing a t-shirt. Oh well, here’s another photograph from fall. Why not enjoy it a little longer?
  • Testament to Courage

    Daniel Hancock
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    After spending last weekend in the Gettysburg area of Pennsylvania, I am finally getting a chance to edit the pictures. Gettysburg is an amazing location full of natural beauty and history. Although the scenery was beautiful of itself, framing it with the monument really helped convert the photograph from nice to stunning. Just as sentences are composed of various types of words, photographs are also composed of smaller portions. Having a subject, a foreground (often to frame the subject), and a background in a photograph attracts the viewer’s attention in a complementary way.
  • Shadows in Gray

    Daniel Hancock
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I’ve been busy with several commercial projects, but still have been getting out for landscape photography – especially for the fall colors. It is such a blessing to take a walk through the woods, camera in hand.    
  • Forest Fungi

    Daniel Hancock
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Nope… No little green men in this picture – just spooky fungi. Random? Maybe. Flash was used in this photograph to create the shadows around the fungi. Anybody know what type?
 
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  • New Condos At Race Street Square.

    blogeditor
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears By: Jarek Cotto A new four-story building has appeared on the 100 block of Race Street over the past few months. It has been dubbed Race Street Square, and it is a quadplex that is replacing a surface parking lot at 138 Race St. A few of these four condo units are still on the market. The prices range from $369K for a 1 bed/1.5 bath unit to $439K for a 2 bed/3 bath unit. They’re in a great area too. Located just down the street is the wonderful Race Street Pier which is just past the Race Street Connector. That’s…
  • FYI: CHOP Gets $50 Million For New 8-Acre Campus.

    blogeditor
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/01/22/perelman-gifts-50-million-chop/ By: Jarek Cotto Philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman has given the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia $50 million dollars in order to develop an 8-acre campus for health research and scholarship. The new campus will be a hub of pediatric research. A 17-year-old girl was attacked on the 15 trolley while on her way to school. Reports claim that the girls bag kept hitting a man while they were on the crowded trolley. Apparently the man became enraged and struck the girl 3-4 times in the face. She was left with a black eye and…
  • More Awesomeness is Coming to Fishtown.

    blogeditor
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    By: Jarek Cotto http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/foundations-for-awesometown-show-up-on-moyer-street After years in the works, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation finally joined forces with Postgreen Homes to collaborate on a mixed-housing development known as Awesometown. The site is located on the 400 block of Moyer Street, and the plan is to build 14 townhomes in two phases. The homes will include sustainable elements like solar thermal capacities, improved rainwater collection abilities and they will seek LEED Platinum certification. The first phase of the…
  • FYI: Could Obama’s Community College Plan Be A Total Train Wreck?

    blogeditor
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2015_02/840786/150108-obama-economy-940p_0a69258685aae7ae8d40266c305b95b1.jpg By: Jarek Cotto Ubers chief competitor Lyft, the ride-hailing service, is planning to launch in Philadelphia. You might know Lyft from the pink mustaches they have on the front of their car. Look out Uber! Is Yeungling banned from Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugurral  events this weekend? Find out why below. A Temple student was killed after falling 8 stories from and apartment building downtown and landing on another pedestrian walking by. She was pronounced dead at Jefferson Hospital…
  • Six Row Homes For Sale Across From Liberty Lands

    blogeditor
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/bundle-of-row-homes-not-actually-for-sale By: Jarek Cotto If you’ve been around Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties lately, you may have noticed 6 row homes up for sale at 918-24 N. American St. What makes these homes interesting isn’t their unique architecture or because they’re new (because they’re not), it is the fact that they are all up for sale together. That’s right, you can grab them all for one price! http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/bundle-of-row-homes-not-actually-for-sale Most of…
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  • 2 Bedroom in East Kensington: 2051 E Fletcher Street

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/f2DK Welcome to this two story, two bedroom brick front rowhome in hot East Kensington. This property has a large private fenced in cement rear yard perfect for entertaining. Enter in to a formal living room divided by a staircase with open modern style had crafted steel railings. There is a formal dining room and both the living and dining room have solid hardwood floors. The kitchen, located in the rear of the home is completely renovated with ceramic tile floors, glass tile subway back splash,…
  • Large 1BR Condo in Old City: 130 N Bread St. #230

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:48 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/h2GT Welcome to the Castings Condominiums the most walkable location in Old City! This large bi-level one bedroom unit offers a fantastic open Layout with enormous factory size windows, solid hardwood floors throughout and a pleasing decor. As you enter the building from the cobble stones on Bread Street, you be dazzled by the amazing cathedral height, secure, common area lobby decorated with industrial artifacts reminiscent of the building's historic roots. Walk through the lobby to the private,…
  • Quad-Plex for Sale: 1214 N 5th Street

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/g2II Quad-plex apartment available in the burgeoning area 1 block North of Northern Liberties. This is a rare opportunity since the available inventory of multi-family residential and mixed use homes in this neighborhood is low. This property can be a great income producing endeavor for an investor or an owner occupant. There is a commercial unit and 3 residential units including 2 one bedrooms units and 1 two bedroom unit. All are in move in condition. Interior features include updated kitchens and…
  • For Rent in Fitler Square: 2423 Manning St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r1yC Beautiful 3 story, 3 ,.5 bath, Fitler Square home, available immediately! This expanded Trinity offers an eclectic charming Shabby Chic appeal. Original refinished hard wood floors throughout, spiral staircase, a lovely private outdoor brick paved patio just off the kitchen, full unfinished basement with tons of storage and laundry included, an eat in kitchen with breakfast bar, high end stainless appliances, gas range with grill, pet friendly and a convenient powder room on the 1st floor. The…
  • 3 Bedroom Near Temple U! 1419 N 18th St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/j1v5 Welcome to this charming 3 story brick front home in the Temple University section of Philadelphia. This property offers many desirable features. With 4 large bedrooms each with ample closet space and 2 full baths, there is plenty of room for guests and room mates. The layout on the main level is very open with an enormous main living area, and coat closet as well as access to the full unfinished basement. The eat in kitchen is also sizable. The kitchen includes both an electric range and…
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  • Social Wall – A Centralized and Visually Beautiful Way to Highlight Your Social Media

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    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of the most popular Follr features is the “Social Wall”: Social Wall automatically aggregates all of your social content and presents a beautiful visual mashup of your Facebook updates, tweets, YouTube videos, blog posts, Pinterest pins and content from many other social Websites. You can also see the content full screen: To see this full size click here or click here: http://stephenfells.com/wall All of the content is responsive which means it will display on your mobile phone or tablet and is updated in real time! Create your Follr account today by clicking here!
  • Amazing Tree Houses

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    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you like this post you’ll love our other ‘Just For Fun‘ posts!
  • A Fascinating Look Into The NAR Archive

    Admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    What’s the connection between three Winnipeg REALTORS®’ unfortunate voyage on the Titanic and the evolution of NAR’s Code of Ethics? In this fascinating video from the NARInfo YouTube Channel we get the answer with a visit to the NAR Archives.
  • Home Price Gains Continue to Slow According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

    Admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    New York, NY – January 27th, 2015 (PRNewswire) S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for November 2014 shows a continued slowdown in home prices nationwide, but with price increases in nine cities. More than 27 years of history for these data series is available, and can be accessed in full by going to www.homeprice.spdji.com. Additional content on the housing market can also be found on S&P Dow Jones Indices’ housing blog:…
  • Realtors Support FHFA Director Watt’s Efforts to Promote Affordable Homeownership

    Admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Washington, DC – January 27, 2015 (Realtor.org) The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron: “Realtors® support responsible lending to qualified buyers, which is essential for building strong communities. The new low down payment mortgage program introduced last month by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt will safely serve creditworthy borrowers who lack the resources for substantial downpayments plus closing costs while mitigating risk with strong underwriting. “NAR research shows that saving for a down payment is the…
 
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  • Converting a Home to a Rental

    financemyhome1
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    A simple decision to rent your current home instead of selling it when moving to a new home could have far reaching consequences. If you have a considerable gain, in a principal residence and you rent it for more than three years, it can lose the principal residence status and the profit must be recognized. Section 121 provides the exclusion of capital gain on a principal residence if you own and use it as such for two out of the last five years. This would allow a temporary rental for up to three years before the exclusion is lost. Let’s assume there is a $100,000 gain in your principal…
  • Get Ready to Garage Sale

    financemyhome1
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    A well-planned garage or yard sale can make room in your home, get rid of unused items and make some money but it needs some planning to be successful. • Start early to research and plan • Promotion is key • Display items attractively • Price items right • Organize checkout Saturdays are generally the best day but there may be some exceptions. Experienced garage-salers believe that a well-planned one-day event will do as well as a multi-day event. Serious purchasers will look for the “new” sale and most people don’t come back multiple days. Advertise in local newspapers and…
  • Downsizing Might Make Sense

    financemyhome1
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    With roughly 12.5% of the population over 65 years of age, it is understandable that some of them are thinking of downsizing because they may not need the amount of space they did in the past. There is something to be said for the freedom acquired by divesting yourself of “things” that have been accumulated over the years but are no longer needed. Moving to a less expensive home, could provide cash that could be invested for additional income or savings for unanticipated expenditures. Savings can also be recognized in the lower utility costs associated with a smaller home, not to mention,…
  • Reducing Interest Expense

    financemyhome1
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    0% financing has induced car buyers into taking the plunge because it doesn’t cost anything to use someone else’s money. While mortgage rates are not at zero, they’re close enough that many buyers are applying similar logic. Qualified mortgage interest is deductible on taxpayers’ returns subject to the maximum acquisition debt of one million dollars. For the fortunate homeowners who have paid off their mortgage, their acquisition debt was reduced to zero and only the interest on a maximum home equity debt of $100,000 is deductible. If you have to pay interest, deductible…
  • Homeowner Tax Benefits

    financemyhome1
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    There are many reasons for wanting to have a home of your own like a place to raise your family, share with friends and feel safe and secure. While investment opportunities rank high for most people based on the fact that homeowners’ net worth is over forty times higher than that of renters, so do the tax benefits that reduce tax liability. • Taxpayers who have owned and used a home for at least two out of the last five years, can exclude a maximum of $250,000 of gain as a single taxpayer and up to $500,000 of gain for married taxpayers filing jointly. • If the gain on a principal…
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    Houston Apartment Insiders' Blog

  • Houston Lovers: Ideas for Long-Distance Romance

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 am
    Is your sweetheart in another city? Houston's a wonderful city but it can become a burden if the one you love is somewhere else. We've got ideas for closing the distance between you and your long-distance love.Moving to Houston can be exciting and fun, but it’s tough if you have to leave your sweetheart behind. Valentine’s Day, in particular, is more challenging in a long-distance relationship. It can be enough to put you in an anti-Valentine mood (and if it does, Houston always offers plenty of fun, sarcastic, decidedly unromantic events for Valentine’s Day), but the…
  • Micro-Apartments: How Tiny Would You Go?

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    How small would you go? The tiny apartment trend is taking the rental living world by storm. Check out some examples of tiny living around the world.We’ve reported before on the trend of micro-apartments, units of 500 square feet or smaller, which are being built in increasing numbers in downtown districts of popular cities, including New York City, Seattle, and yes, Houston. American micro-apartments are most popular with young adults who are still single, don’t yet own much furniture, and prefer to spend most of their time outside their homes, working and enjoying the urban…
  • Martin Luther King Day 2015 in Houston

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    Houstonians have many choices for celebrating MLK Day around the city. Check out these ideas for finding the ideal celebration in your Houston neighborhood.Holidays are great times to connect with your community and get to know what the city has to offer, especially if you’re new to Houston. Martin Luther King Day is a particularly good time to celebrate with the people of Houston. While Houston has a long-standing, proud, and active African American community, MLK Day is an inspiring day for everyone else, too. Dr. King’s legacy is the dream of unity, peace, and justice for all…
  • Life in Houston: Predictions for 2015

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    Ready for a peek at the year ahead for Houstonians? We have the scoop, from Houston apartment trends to industry and more!At the beginning of every new year, experts make predictions for the year to come. Last week, we checked up on how 2014 predictions for the Houston housing market actually panned out. These trends give us some idea where the Houston apartment and home markets are headed for 2015, but experts have added more data and made more complete predictions for every aspect of our lives in the new year. Here are most useful 2015 predictions for people who live in Houston or plan on…
  • Houston Housing Market Changes in 2014

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    As 2014 draws to a close, let’s see how the experts did. Which predictions came true? What surprises did the Houston housing market bring? And what will this mean for Houston apartment renters in 2015?At the start of 2014, we shared experts’ predictions for how Houston apartment trends would grow and change over the course of the new year. As 2014 draws to a close, let’s see how the experts did. Which predictions came true? What surprises did the Houston housing market bring? And what will this mean for Houston apartment renters in 2015?   Rents are rising fast!
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  • Best Google+ Real Estate Articles January 2015

    Bill Gassett
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:51 am
                              Each month here on Google+, you can find some incredibly good Real Estate articles that we find to be both educational and entertaining. With content marketing being such an integral part of the Real Estate brands that we develop and project, it [...]
  • Walkability Checklist: What Makes A Neighborhood Walkable?

    Bill Gassett
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    What makes any particular neighborhood or area walkable? Sure, you walk from your house to your car, or from your car to wherever you’re going once you’ve parked; however, that’s not what we mean by walkable. A neighborhood’s walkability rating is based on how much on average the local populace is able to walk to [...]
  • Bill Gassett’s Real Estate Social Media Profiles

    Bill Gassett
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Social Media Accounts Bill Gassett If you know me at all then you know I am a huge fan of social media! Using social media is a must for smart Realtors who have a blog that is used for sharing their expertise. My blog is the foundation for everything I do online. All of my [...]
  • Best Google+ Real Estate Articles For December 2014

    Bill Gassett
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:54 am
    December had some great real estate articles submitted to the Google Plus real estate communities. It was was hard to narrow down a list with so many great pieces of content being shared, but I managed to do it. Here are 10 of the best real estate articles from December 2014 that I found on [...]
  • Best Google+ Real Estate Articles For November 2014

    Bill Gassett
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    The Very Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles November 2014 Have you seen any of the installments of the best Google Plus real estate articles? Bill Gassett has started a monthly column featuring the best Real Estate articles shared on Google Plus. If you haven’t been following this series, you may want to bookmark or [...]
 
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    9 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    PropertyShark Real Estate Blog

  • Top 10 Best-Selling Buildings in NYC in 2014

    Amalia Otet
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    New York City’s buildings have the best of everything: style, views, location, amenities, space, services, you name it! Many of the new developments have expansive floors filled with fancy facilities like bowling alleys, in-house dog runs, and basketball courts. What the new apartments lack in space, they make up for in amenities. In more ways than one, 2014 was a stellar year for New York real estate. Many new developments and properties were sold in popular areas as well as others you wouldn’t think of. The best-selling properties were mostly located in Manhattan where the market…
  • San Francisco’s Most Expensive Home Sales In 2014

    Amalia Otet
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    When it comes to luxury real estate, San Francisco and New York are bitter rivals. These two cities offer lifestyle at a cost. It is estimated that home prices in these areas have increased by as much as 50% since 2011. In San Francisco, breathtaking Victorian architecture merges beautifully with modern construction. Homes with posh interiors, top-notch amenities, and glorious views dot areas like the San Francisco Bay, Noe Valley, and Bayview-Hunters Point. Real estate is all about location and San Francisco has it. San Francisco’s Top 10 Residential Sales of 2014 No. Property Address…
  • Silicon Valley’s Top 10 Most Expensive Homes Sold in 2014

    Amalia Otet
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Supported by favorable demographics, limited inventory and a steady job growth, Silicon Valley remains one of the hottest housing markets in the Bay Area. The revival of the tech sector has resulted in a strong residential sector with home prices in the heart of Silicon Valley reaching for the stars once more. According to a recent report released by PropertyShark, last year’s top 10 residential transactions in Santa Clara County consists of single-family homes with sale prices ranging from $8 million to $19 million. Los Altos holds strongly to its reputation as one of the priciest housing…
  • NYC Real Estate Just Got 25% Cheaper for Swiss Buyers

    Camelia Bulea
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    U.S. investors turned their focus to the Swiss franc after the currency soared by 25 percent in value against the U.S. dollar this morning. Although the news came as a bad surprise for most investors in both Europe and the U.S., Swiss franc owners were able to buy NYC real estate 25% cheaper than yesterday. A few minutes after the announcement, the Swiss currency fell back to trade  around 14 percent higher than the U.S. dollar. Still, the U.S. real estate market can bring nice profits for investors who own Swiss francs today.  Let’s see how much cheaper a Manhattan condo is…
  • Santa Clara County’s Top 10 Largest Commercial Real Estate Deals of 2014

    Amalia Otet
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    Silicon Valley remains one of the hottest investment markets in the country. The strong economy fueled by the tech sector’s rebound, along with high demand and shrinking inventories, have driven real estate prices up for both multi-family and commercial properties. To see which deals rocked Santa Clara County’s real estate scene and who the major players in the industry were in 2014, PropertyShark crunched the numbers and we’re ready to reveal the winners. The top 10 deals, which include transactions closed last year, totaled almost $1.5 billion, with the laurels divided between office,…
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  • Bunker Hill Luxury Real Estate, Most Expensive Homes

    Paige Martin
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Most Expensive Bunker Hill Luxury Real Estate One of the most expensive neighborhoods in Texas, Bunker Hill Village is an upscale enclave in the westernmost area of the Memorial Villages. Like most of the Villages, Bunker Hill features some of the most elegant real estate west of Downtown Houston. Residents want for very little, as homes in the neighborhood feature: Central location: Bunker Hill luxury real estate are nestled within the Memorial Villages and adjacent to west Houston neighborhoods. Beltway 8 and I-10 are a few minutes from the city, allowing for easy access to the Inner Loop…
  • 4 Key Hedwig Village Real Estate Trends | HoustonProperties

    Rio Siochi
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    4 Key Hedwig Village Real Estate Trends Among the Memorial Villages, Hedwig Village real estate have posted some of the most impressive appreciation rates in the past 10 years. Collectively, real estate in the Memorial Villages – Piney Point, Bunker Hill, Hilshire, Spring Valley, Hunters Creek, and Hedwig – have a 10-year appreciation rate of 71%. The median sales price in Hedwig Village has more than doubled over the last decade, marking a 142% positive change. Hedwig’s rate of appreciation has surpassed even the hottest Inner Loop neighborhoods. Hedwig Village is unique…
  • East Downtown Home For Sale: 2504 Rusk

    Paige Martin
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    2504 Rusk Houston, TX 77003 Get more information: 2504 Rusk For Sale. Fantastic EaDo Location! 2504 Rusk, Houston Fabulous EADO home for sale: 2504 Rusk, Houston, TX 77003. Roof-top Terrace with Spectacular Downtown views! EADO at its finest! Contemporary 2-story home w/ 1st floor living area & 3rd floor roof top terrace. Unique design & features include- Hardwoods on 1st floor and staircase, granite, computer niche w/ granite desktop. 18 foot garage doors will make parking much easier than the standard 16 foot doors. HUGE storage closet in the garage. Fenced front yard. Excellent…
  • 8 Telling Houston Real Estate Statistics For 2015

    Paige Martin
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    8 Telling Houston Real Estate Statistics For 2015 2014 was a banner year for Houston Real Estate, setting over a dozen records (read more about those here). While Forbes and Money CNN just ranked Houston among their “Top 10 Housing Markets for 2015” (at 3rd and 5th, respectively), the decline in oil prices creates new questions as to what 2015 holds. (1)(2) Last month, we ran an analysis of a potential impact on Houston real estate from oil price drops. This month, we’ve dug deeper into the 2014 data to identify themes that will help predict winners and losers. Below, we’ve…
  • Houston Real Estate Update: Real Estate Market Breaks Records In 2014

    Jerico Gonzales
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Houston Real Estate Update: Real Estate Market Breaks Records In 2014 Consumers drive home sales volume and home prices to all-time highs and inventory to an all-time low HOUSTON REAL ESTATE MARKET REACH ALL-TIME HIGHS   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 (December 2013 – December 2014). December Houston Real Estate Milestones: 2014 was a record year for the Houston real estate market, with December marking the greatest…
 
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  • Watch the Big Game in Comfort: 7 Super Man Caves

    Erik Gunther
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    As kickoff creeps closer, football fans have made plans to hole up and watch this weekend’s Super Bowl. With the game in mind, we surveyed homes for sale nationwide to find man caves where you could retreat and watch the big game in style and comfort. After extensive research (and a few bags of Fritos), we identified seven cool caves as potential top draft picks. Of course, most of the lovely homes featured below are as expensive as a warm stadium beer. However, we offer up a scouting report on each cave for you to assess what features you’d want to incorporate and what you…
  • A Penthouse Playhouse in Vegas

    Nancy Keates
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Benson Riseman, who co-founded Green Dot, the company that pioneered reloadable prepaid MasterCard and Visa debit cards, bought a 3,300-square-foot penthouse for $2.3 million in the Veer Towers in Las Vegas in 2010, and spend $3 million on the interior. LISA CORSON FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL The front door looks normal enough at Benson Riseman’s penthouse apartment on the Strip in Las Vegas: There is a doorknob and a doorbell, both in the usual place. But when it comes time to enter, it isn’t the door that opens, but the wall to the right. “It’s all about unpredictability,”…
  • Mortgage Rates Edge Higher for First Time in 2015

    Chrystal Caruthers
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    roberthyrons/iStock/Thinkstock A surge in new-construction home sales caused mortgage interest rates to inch higher this week for the first time this year. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.66% for the week ending Jan. 29, according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. It averaged 3.63% last week and was as high as 4.32% last year this time. New-home sales rose 11.6% in December, surpassing market expectations, according to a joint release by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Existing-home sales also rose 2.4% in December,…
  • Super-Size Tubs, Tiny Kitchens and 3 other 2015 Design Trends

    Lana Bortolot
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Victoria & Albert “Drayton” free-standing tub, $4,500 at Simon’s Hardware & Bath, 421 Third Ave. Photo: Handout 1. Bathrooms go big-time Baths will emerge in 2015 as “the most sumptuous room in the house,” says designer and Marc Jacobs favorite Stephan Jaklitsch. He notes a shift away from ho-hum tiles in favor of monolithic slabs of marble and exotic stone. At Simon’s Bath in downtown Manhattan, design consultant Shiv Persaud says ultra-chic, free-standing tubs will help infuse city apartments with a spalike atmosphere. He notes that tub trends vary by geography:…
  • Renovated San Jose Eichler Stays True to Its Roots

    Roman Loyola
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Eichler aficionados aren’t the only ones who can appreciate the renovation done to this home in San Jose, CA. Anyone with a taste for modern updates to vintage homes while keeping period detail intact will love this look. Jack Myers, who owns Jack Myers Construction, found the property and knew it could be restored to its former glory rather quickly. The contractor likes to take on complete projects, going from the curb to the backyard, and he’s been buying, renovating, and reselling homes since the 1980s. Property records show he bought the house in December 2014 for…
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  • Who does my real estate agent work for?

    Massachusetts Realtor
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent It may seem like a silly question to many home buyers.  Yet time after time, I see home buyers not understand there is a legal relationship created between a real estate agent and a home buying or home selling consumer. It is very important to establish from the beginning who does my real estate agent work for in the transaction.  Understanding the real estate licensee- consumer relationship is key to a successful real estate transaction. Massachusetts Mandatory Licensee- Consumer…
  • Where to find Massachusetts Homes for Sale

    Massachusetts Realtor
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent I have noticed recently that many home buyers looking for Massachusetts Homes for Sale are going about it the wrong way.  I get dozens of calls a week from home buyers looking on large national aggregates like Zillow or Trulia looking for Massachusetts Homes for Sale. The national aggregate home sites just lead to frustration for the home buyer. So what is wrong with the national sites like Zillow and Trulia?  They do not generally pull Massachusetts Homes for Sale from the…
  • Have a House to Sell? Avoid this Common Trap!

    Massachusetts Realtor
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Today I wanted to discuss a common trap I see sellers sometimes get stuck in when they have a house to sell.   This phenomenon happens quite a bit, rarely with good results for the home seller.  While I have no real explanation of why, it happens quite a bit on estate properties. I run into this several times a year and in the past 14 years it has only worked out twice favorably for the home seller.  In all the other cases, it has cost the seller lost time and probably even in some…
  • Is Congress going to renew the Mortgage Debt Relief Act?

    Massachusetts Realtor
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Here we are 11 months after the expiration of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007.  All year it has been dangled out there to upside down home owners that it will be extended.  Yet, as of date nothing has happened.  As congress heads back there is still discussion of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act being renewed. What is halting the renewal of the Mortgage Debt Relief Act? Like usual, the Mortgage Debt Relief Act’s renewal is tied in with a bunch of other bills.  The…
  • Should I list my House in the Winter? or wait until spring?

    Massachusetts Realtor
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Should I list my House in the Winter?  or wait until spring? is a common question asked of me when discussing the potential sale of a home with a seller. My first piece of advise is the time to list your home is when you are ready.  If you are ready to list your home now due to any number of reasons, do so now, don’t wait.  You can’t predict what the spring market will be like. My second piece of advice is there are some great reasons why you should list you home in the…
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • Changing the Locks on your Investment Property

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Being a Texas landlord comes with a host of responsibilities and one of the first things that every landlord has to do for new tenants in Texas is to change out the old locks with new locks--i.e., rekey the locks. This is true for new properties that you have just acquired, true when you have a new tenant in an existing property, and of course, when you buy a new home to live in you need new locks as well for your own peace of mind and security.  There are a variety of ways to change locks for new resident tenants--such has having a series of locks that are rotated out from property to…
  • #3 in Series: D-Day--Decisions. "Building Your Home From The Ground Up!"

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Well, yesterday was D-Day at the design center. This schedule was moved out by more than a week because we were not well, which allowed us to spend more time going through each of the design choices and determine which things we would employ the builder to construct, and which items we would tear out and replace ourselves on day one or during the first year. Sadly, we will be tearing out some of the flooring on day one and replacing it with a higher quality, less expensive wood floors. And we will also be tearing out some of the new tile in one of the bath rooms to replace with subway tile…
  • Austin Real Estate Market Update, Dec. 2014--Year in Review

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you followed this blog in 2014 and the Austin Real Estate market news, you may not be terribly surprised when I tell you that 2014 was another RECORD YEAR for Austin area Real Estate. A record number of houses sold and at record price points! I am not one given to saying "I told you so", but I think my opinion of the local market is well documented. Yes, Austin has had a few unmerited detractors of late--writers that I would put in the category of nay-sayers, those too young to know better and the California press corp in general, who believe that all good markets become California at some…
  • #2 in Series--All about Choices. "Building Your Home From The Ground Up!"

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Choices. Choices. Choices. Having the opportunity to customize every feature of your home and pick every fixture, floor covering, counter top, wiring location, and everything else about your new home sounds exciting. Yes, and it is exciting, but this process can be rather daunting as well, especially if the builder's process and schedule is geared more toward their needs to get started than it is geared toward your ultimate satisfaction.It is never easy to make so many decisions about your new home, but the builder certainly has the ability to make this process less stressful (or more…
  • Series: Building Your Home from The Ground Up! Article 1

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Building a new home, is a process that takes about 4-9 months (in most cases) and and is filled with a more decisions that an UT Freshman faces his/her first semester at school. While I help a lot of buyers every year build new homes with Austin area builders it still feels a little unique when it comes to going through the process myself. I know what it feels like to build a new home, and I have gone through the process many, many times with buyers. Each buyer starts with nothing more than the idea that they want to build a home. A dream. A piece of dirt and a blue print. Not much more than…
 
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • Does Home Staging Really Influence Potential Buyers?

    Allison Halliday
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    Yes, according to the National Association of REALTORS® who say that home staging can potentially motivate buyers to pay more for a property and influences their perception of a home. This is based on a survey conducted amongst more than 2,300 real estate agents representing both buyers and sellers. A massive 81% of real estate agents representing buyers think that a staged home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize the property as their home. Some 46% of agents representing buyers also thought that staging made buyers more willing to schedule a visit to a property they had…
  • Existing Home Sales Increased in December

    Allison Halliday
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    According to figures from the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales increased in December, reaching an annual pace of more than 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months. Median home prices for last year reached their highest level since 2007 but the total number of sales dropped 3.1% compared to the previous year. The total number of existing home sales includes completed transactions for condominiums, co-ops, townhomes and single-family homes and this increased 2.4% to reach a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million last month compared to 4.92 million in…
  • Boomerang buyers: 7.3 million ex-homeowners ready to bounce back

    Mike Wheatley
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    The first wave of home owners who had lost their home to foreclosure or short sales during the foreclosure crisis are re-emerging, having made it past that seven-year window they need to repair their credit and qualify to buy a home again. Over the next 8 years, about 7.3 million of these so-called “boomerang buyers” will likely step back into home ownership, according to a new report by RealtyTrac. photo credit: mikecogh via photopin cc From 2007 to 2014, foreclosure activity has been well-above historic norms, with millions of home owners defaulting and losing their homes. Many…
  • ListHub warns realtors ahead of Zillow split

    Mike Wheatley
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    In light of the impending end of the contract between real estate website Zillow and ListHub, a leading syndicator of online listing data, Move Inc., operator of realtor.com, which owns the syndication business, detailed the terms that ListHub proposed to Zillow before the third-party portal announced in January that it would halt negotiations with ListHub. At the request of partners and clients, ListHub has disclosed a detailed summary of the terms offered to Zillow. In a letter sent out today, ListHub says, “After our current agreement expires on April 7, Zillow will no longer have a…
  • OnTheMarket.com: Is it Worth the Gamble?

    Allison Halliday
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:55 pm
    This week saw the launch of a brand new, and some might say quite controversial property portal in the UK, called OnTheMarket.com. This new property portal has been founded by a conglomerate of UK real estate agents in an attempt to break the duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla. The agents involved include Savills, Knight Frank, Strutt & Parker, Chestertons, Douglas & Gordon and Glentree Estates. But using the site could be risky, for real estate agents who choose to sign up with OnTheMarket.com will have to drop all but one of the other portals they use. So is it worth the risk? Gavin…
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • How To Quickly Tell If A Million Pound Property Development Is Going To Make You Any Money

    Sam
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    “We’ve just taken on a probate property yesterday.  It’s on at £750,000, but when done, you’re looking at a million pound property”.  Said the estate agent. With a £250,000 paygap it sounded like a property development that needed to be seen. But here’s the thing – there’s really only one question you need to ask yourself when presented with a potential property development: will it make money? So here’s the property – a three bedroom semi-detached in Northfields, Ealing, London. (I’ve switched to doing a lot more videos…
  • If You Want To Buy A Houseboat, This Is NOT How You Do It!

    Sam
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    I love a bargain.  Especially when it involves property. And so wanting to follow my own advice of last week (investing in property locally) I decided to do some sniffing around on the net and see what I could find for less nearby. I didn’t get very far before I spotted a one bed for just £29,995 in Broxbourne, EN10.  Broxbourne is a pleasant town in Hertfordshire and is just down the road from me.  It’s not an area I know so well, but it’s pretty close to the Easy Buy To Let Property and so it fits geographically.  Critically (for me and my buying criteria) Broxbourne…
  • How To Find Your Buy To Let Pot Of Gold At The End Of The (Local) Rainbow

    Sam
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    “How can I find a property which is going to make me money?” That’s the most common question I hear from people wanting to get into buy to let. Finding property to buy is easy – there are plenty on the market for sale.  But, finding decent property to buy which will make you money is the hard part.  And that’s the gem which everybody is after. The truth is, it comes down to the bare facts: research, research, research – and a dash of luck! Making money from property Making the numbers stack on a property investment is a difficult balancing act.  People…
  • Walkie Talkie Wonderland: Inside London’s Highest Roof Garden (And My New Fave Bar!)

    Sam
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    When it comes to big, tall buildings London isn’t really up there with the likes of New York – where you literally break your neck trying to catch the roof tops. But, the low-profile skyline of London has been changing in recent years with more and more developers clambering for the moon.  The opening of The Shard in 2013, an 87-storey skyscraper standing approx. 309 metres (1,014 ft) high – heralded London as home to the tallest building in the European Union. The Walkie Talkie building (so called because of it’s shape) is located at 20 Fenchurch St.  The 34-storey…
  • 3 Top Survival Tactics To Help You Thrive In Property This Year

    Sam
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    2015 is going to be an *interesting* year, so in the spirit of all things survivalist  – here are my top 3 tactics to help you survive and thrive in property! 1. Uncertainty is the new certainty Every man, woman, dog and duck has got an opinion on property prices.  And it’s set to get worse with the onset of the General Election.  From talk of rent controls to mansion tax, the introduction of new stamp duty thresholds and everything else in-between – be ready for an onslaught of issues which will, however tenuously, be put forward as somehow connected to property prices.
 
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    Showing Suite

  • Top Things Millennials Want in a REALTOR – Real Estate Tools

    Brianna Collier
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    The projected “millennial home buyers” for 2015 are those in their mid 20′s. They are just starting to get their footing with this “adult” thing, starting to have stable jobs and marriages, thinking about having kids – and they are ready for something a little more permanent to live in. They have grown up on technology and know how to Google like a pro. They are able to get most of what they want in life pretty quickly and are used to getting their way – the “customer is always right” mentality fits them to a “T”. For more info…
  • 8 Keys to Land a Millennial Home Sale for your Real Estate Business

    Brianna Collier
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    As a real estate business, its important  to respond to your clients’ wants and needs. The 20 somethings of the world are making their voice known in real estate and it can be a little challenging to adapt if you are used to selling to an older generation. Your experience in selling real estate is valuable to a millennial home buyer and to effectively help your millennial clients you need to know what they are looking for. Here is some insight into how the process would go for a millennial home buyer: 1. They will start their search online. Be present on the internet. Having…
  • Visit Our Booth at Inman Connect in NYC!

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    We are less than a week away from Inman Real Estate Connect® in New York City, and we are excited to be one of the proud sponsors of this years event! Join us on January 27th – January 30th at kiosk #D3 where you can learn more about our state of the art real estate software, try our mobile apps, and learn more about our latest and exciting new products.  Event Details: New York Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway New York, NY 10036 Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM – Friday, January 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM (EST) Why should you stop by our booth? We are going to have exclusive…
  • 4 Reasons Why Dating is Like Selling a House – Real Estate Marketing

    Brianna Collier
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    Showing your property is a lot like looking for a spouse – nobody is sold by just seeing a few pictures. How you present yourself matters. Real estate marketing takes time and effort. You want the first impression to be a good one because a lot of times, that’s all people pay attention to – how they feel in the first few minutes. You want to put your best foot forward – just like in dating. Highlight your best features and hook them. The good parts might then outweigh the bad if they are already falling in love. You want to look your best and make sure you are…
  • Software Release – New Updates and Features for Your Showing Suite Account

    admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    We have recently added new features and made more improvements to your Showing Suite account. In this latest round of updates, we have added a new toggle feature for all of your Feedback Request and Default Email settings to allow you to switch between sending out “HTML” or “text-only” emails at any time. Additionally, we have made significant usability and interface enhancements, making your Showing Suite account and emails more organized and user friendly. See a list of all the new changes below: Bug fixes for stability and faster page loading across your account…
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    Blog Feed

  • The Best Renovations

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    The Best Renovations for Adding Value to Your Home By Tim Smith for Modernize   Before you decide to add more square footage or build your dream kitchen, make sure whatever renovations you’re considering will significantly boost the value of your home first.   Whether you’re selling or staying, try to incorporate projects that offer considerable value in terms of increasing the equity in your home, such as remodeling an unfinished basement or turning an attic into a quiet bedroom.   Every homeowner should question how much money a particular home renovation will add…
  • TAP

    6 Mar 2014 | 9:01 am
    Short Sale Agent Update (repint from BofA) March 6, 2014   Distressed California Homeowners May Qualify for California's Keep Your Home California Transition Assistance Program (TAP) If your financially distressed California clients can no longer afford their homes and are pursuing a short sale or a deed in lieu of foreclosure, they may be eligible for financial help with their relocation to alternative housing. The funds come from the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), part of the Keep Your Home California Program. The state of California is providing up to $5,000 in…
  • 92130 Home Prices & Values

    4 Feb 2014 | 11:19 am
    92130 Home Prices & Values $874,400 (Zillow Home Value Index)  12.4% 1-year change   4.7% 1-year forecast Dec 2012Jan 2014Dec 2014 Market Temperature: Cool meaning it is not a Buyers' Market nor  Sellers' Market The median home value in 92130 is $874,400. 92130 home values have gone up 12.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.7% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in 92130 is $408, which is higher than the San Diego average of $345. The median price of homes currently listed in 92130 is $975,000…
  • Living in San Diego

    31 Jan 2014 | 4:22 pm
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/27-reasons-san-diego-just-might-be-heaven-on-earth In the recent post on Buzzfeed the article states... If you don't already live in San Diego, your are going to move here. It is a great snapshot of why so many people relocate to San Diego.
  • Torrey Hills Homes

    17 Mar 2013 | 8:27 am
    Prices to Skyrocket if Rates Stay Low for Two Years | LinkedIn linkedin.com/today/post/art… — JohnBurns Consulting (@JBREC) March 18, 2013 Torrey Hills Homes, by Dawn Boquet The real estate market in recovering and showing positive signs of trending value increases. Home sellers have been holding on to property, waiting for this value increase over the last five years. We are seeing more homes coming on the market today, with pricing we haven't seen since 2007, close to the high set in 2005. View all homes in Torrey Hills for sale here  Contact us to see what we can sell your…
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    Las Vegas Modern Homes

  • When Las Vegas Homeowners Consider Buying a Second Home

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:13 pm
    When Las Vegas Homeowners Consider Buying a Second Home People approach the whole idea of owning a second home from a hundred different perspectives simply because a second home can answer so many different purposes. If you are a Las Vegas homeowner at the stage in life where making retirement plans is becoming a more […]
  • Las Vegas 2015 Real Estate Predictions

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
      Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was filled with family and lots of love. 2014 was a great year, and 2015 is going to be even better! Have you made all your resolutions for the year? One of my goals this year is to keep in touch with my clients and friends […]
  • Las Vegas Home Sales Needn’t be Stalled until Springtime

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Las Vegas Home Sales Needn’t be Stalled until Springtime Past history tells us that home sales in Las Vegas perk up come springtime, just as the advent of colder weather brings a slowdown in Las Vegas home sales. But what if your own family and professional situations dictate that now is the time to list […]
  • Forecasting the Future for Las Vegas Housing in the New Year

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Forecasting the Future for Las Vegas Housing in the New Year It does seem to be time for an in depth forecast about Las Vegas’s housing outlook for 2015. The prediction game is going strong everywhere else this week, with print and online journalists and TV talking heads interviewing experts and each other about what […]
  • Year-End Review Shows Institutions Exiting Investment Picture

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Year-End Review Shows Institutions Exiting Investment Picture At 2014’s year end, it’s as good a time as ever to look back over the real estate investment landscape to see if any new trends or directions may have become apparent. It does look as if one development in the country as a whole may cause ripples […]
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Two Billion or Bust!

    Trey
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    As of 12/31/14, we’ve closed loans worth $1.56 billion in total project costs. It’s taken almost 13 years and a lot of hard work by our entire team to get this far. Now we’re setting our sights on $2 billion, and we’re aiming to do it in just two years. Maybe it’s New Year optimism, maybe it’s excitement over our merger with IBERIABANK, maybe we’re just a little nuts (likely), but we’re setting a goal of getting to $2 billion in total project costs financed by the end of 2016…and we’ll need your help. There’s $438 million…
  • Beginning Again

    Trey
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Even though January’s almost over already, we still want to wish you a Happy New Year! Time flies when you’re having fun and/or working like crazy on small business commercial real estate loans, and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. Both things — getting SBA 504 loans closed and having plenty of fun in the process. More on that in a minute. We’ve also been busy getting things ready for our pending merger with IBERIABANK. So far, any changes coming down the pike only look to be positive. We’ll have more resources at our disposal and being part of a…
  • Our Last Blog Post…

    Trey
    23 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    In all likelihood, this is our last blog post until next year. The holidays are upon us and 2015 is coming quick, whether we like it or not. You should be spending time with friends and family, and wrapping up the year properly…not reading blogs from us about commercial real estate financing. That’s not to say we’re closing up shop until next year. No way. We’re still working on getting SBA 504 loans approved, closed, and funded. We’re still here to help answer any questions you have about smarter commercial real estate financing, 504 loans, commercial…
  • Construction 101: New Construction vs. Renovations

    Trey
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    For some businesses, simply purchasing a commercial building and just moving in works alright. Others, however, may have specific requirements for the spaces they occupy. Maybe there’s custom equipment, or a certain layout that gives a competitive advantage. When business owners want to customize their commercial facilities, there are two basic options: building something new (ground-up construction) or renovate an existing property. There are pros and cons to both, and we’re good at both because every SBA 504 project we work on is different. Here’s Shannon to explain a bit:…
  • Commercial Finance Update – November 2014

    Trey
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Giving Thanks (and eating a bunch of food) Thank You. We say it all the time, and we mean it. We can’t do what we do without the help and good work of others. When real estate brokers, mortgage brokers, other lenders, and past clients refer new clients to us, we’re thankful. When a small business owner chooses us to finance one of the biggest purchases he or she will ever make, we’re thankful. When the other parties involved in our projects work hard to meet deadlines and track down documents and keep the ball rolling, we’re thankful. We get to work with some amazing…
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    ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog

  • Fix and Flip, or Buy and Hold? 8 Questions to Help You Decide

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Fix and flip, or buy and hold? That is the question. Unfortunately, the answer is sometimes less obvious than most of us would like it to be.When it comes to deciding which type of real estate investing is “better,” there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is an answer to this question that’s specifically right for you.Ask yourself these eight questions to figure out whether you’re better off flipping your investment property or holding on to it for the long haul.Question #1: Do you need the money now or later?Flipping your investment…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    Do you dream of the day you pay off your home loan? You can realize that dream three, five, ten or even fifteen years faster with a few alternatives. Here’s how.1. Refinance and ReinvestThe average mortgage rates in 2014 have been about four percent for 30-year fixed loans; 15-year fixed loans and 5/1 ARMs have been around three-percent. Suppose you’ve been paying on a 7.25 percent $200,000 30-year mortgage for four years at approximately $1,364 per month, and can get a refinance rate that’s at 5.5 percent. By refinancing to the lower rate, but continuing to make the same payment, you…
  • 4 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Looking to sell your home in a hurry? A quick closing may be right around the corner if you follow these tips.1. Target What Buyers DesireWhile buyers' first priority continues to be location, house hunters may be willing to pay more and make an offer quicker if a home has the right amenities. The key to a faster sale may not be adding the features buyers are looking for, but marketing the features buyers desire that your home already has.2. Let Your Price Do the WorkSetting the right price can have a significant impact on how quickly you sell your home and is one of the biggest decisions in…
  • 3 Things Millennial Home Buyers Want

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    What can sellers do to appeal to Millennial home buyers? Karen Lawson of LendingTree looks at what members of Generation Y want from their new home and why sellers should market to those desires.Millennials (loosely-defined as those individuals born between 1981 and 1996, also known as Generation Y) face obstacles to home ownership that their Baby Boomer or Gen X parents did not. The Brookings Institution reports that Millennials will account for one in three adults by 2020 – a force to be reckoned with. However, the National Association of Realtors® reports that although the "leading…
  • 5 Most Popular Homes for Sale By Owner in December

    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our most popular sellers hit house hunters' hot buttons in December with great listing photos that highlight their curb appeal. Enticing photos made each of these homes an easy choice for our Home of the Week on social media, which added thousands of views to each listing. What marketing tips will you take away from these homes?1. 312 Vanburg Place, Lafayette, LA 70508Price: $635,000Highlights: Our most popular home for the month of December is a beautiful 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home in Lafayette that was custom-built in 2013 with an interior designer's attention to detail. The chef's…
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    NewStone's blog

  • The Perfect Home

    NewStone
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
                The Most Ideal Home - as a Real Estate Agent read more
  • Contract now in the Pending State - okay to breathe!

    NewStone
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Previously, we talked about a Contingent Contract. A Contingent Contract is the initial phase of a Contract when it's first signed.  The Contingency is typically based upon the Due Diligence period.  You can find the blog here under Contingent Contract. read more
  • The Contingent Contract - what it all means.

    NewStone
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    SteveC 72 lg[1].JPG Today, I want to share with you the meaning of a Contingent Contract.  A Contingent Contract is one that has conditions attached.  As of January 2012, the NC Real Estate Commission updated the Offer to Purchase form (the form all real estate agents use for their buyers). read more
  • Chapel Hill Real Estate - Latest Home Sales Data

    NewStone
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    Chapel Hill Summer Update        read more
  • Raleigh Real Estate snapshot – Analytical analysis 8/21/2013

    NewStone
    21 Aug 2013 | 7:58 am
    SteveC 72 lg[1].JPG Dear readers,In this blog, I will be sharing some interesting data on housing for the Raleigh Real Estate market. This data includes both detached and attached homes (town homes and condos included).  This is not intended to be comprehensive but to focus on the main highlights. If you are interested in more detailed information please do not hesitate to contact me directly! As of today, there are a total of 2,269 active listings in Raleigh.  The price range is between $35,000 - $4,850,000. The range of square footage is between 500 sq ft – 15,890 sq ft. read…
 
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    CREOutsider

  • Residential Real Estate Technology Trends

    Chris Clark
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    Most of the current crop of CRE apps is focused on organizing the transaction process or marketing alternatives. The residential sector on the other hand has had plenty of these tools available for years.  Both a larger agent base and the MLS with its data format made that possible.  Commercial has neither and in my […]
  • CRE Innovation Canadian Style

    Chris Clark
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    How could Bill McEwen, creator and CEO of SpaceList, create a commercial real estate marketing platform that not only outpaces LoopNet but has become the go to site for Canadian brokerages?   It’s due in part to his commitment to never charge anyone to list or search.  But it’s also because SpaceList understands what it is […]
  • Commercial Real Estate Tech Trends to Watch for 2015

    Chris Clark
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    With all that’s going on in the CRE tech sector, it’s too easy to focus on one app or another as being “the one” that will change commercial real estate. Truth be told, the last “app” that changed CRE was LoopNet and so far, I don’t see anything that disruptive out of the new batch […]
  • CRE Humor

    Chris Clark
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    For my holiday post, I thought I’d share some of my favorite examples of real estate humor from around the web.  I’ll be off for two weeks and back posting next year. Enjoy the holidays, hope the new year starts out great and many thanks for reading. CRE Blogger Humor Most CRE bloggers are fairly […]
  • More Apps for Agents

    Chris Clark
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    CRE.buzz If you’ve ever been to the CRE subreddit on Reddit, you have to have been disappointed. Maybe you’ll find something useful between the pitches for investment property in Malaysia and ads for Property Dealers in Faridabad but not likely. So take a look at CRE.buzz, where creator Duke Long’s aim is to curate news […]
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    Underwritings Blog

  • How to Prepare Your Home for an Appraisal When Refinancing

    Jim McNiff
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    You might be eager to refinance your mortgage loan. A refinancing can reduce your current interest rate and monthly payment, and there’s also the option of borrowing cash from your equity for debt consolidation, home improvements and any other purpose. However, getting approved for a refinancing is just the first step. A lender will not give more than a property’s worth. So it’s customary for lenders to have a home appraiser assess the value of a property. An appraiser takes several factors into consideration when determining a property’s worth, such as square footage, the number…
  • Current Mortgage Rates for Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Michael Kraus
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Which way will rates go, George, which way will they go? Yesterday mortgage bonds were close to flat until the Fed announcement at 2pm.  After the Fed announcement, MBS initially sold off for a very brief period, then proceeded to rally significantly before selling off a bit before the close. Mortgage rates were improved.  The price action struck me as somewhat confounding, because the Fed statement was basically neutral, maybe the slightest bit dovish if you really want to read the tea leaves.  In any case, we’ve started off the morning in the red, and at this time have given back…
  • 4 Historic Snow Storms

    Taryne Leahey
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    If you were anywhere near the northeast this week, there’s no way you escaped the 24-hour news coverage of The Blizzard of 2015, Winter Storm Juno, or—for many more southern parts of the area—The Storm That Wasn’t. We might not have gotten the widespread destruction that the weather forecast promised, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream. Here are 4 historic snow storms that didn’t disappoint. The Great Snow of 1717. Though colonial records are a bit spotty, plenty of accounts exist to confirm that this storm (which was, in actuality, a series of storms that hit…
  • Current Mortgage Rates for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Michael Kraus
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    Despite your standard intraday swings, mortgage backed securities were largely flat yesterday. Mortgage rates were effectively flat.  A lot of domestic data was issued yesterday, and it was largely mixed.  The Durable Goods report for December was very poor, and the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index showed weakness, while Consumer Confidence and New Home Sales jumped. Very low trading volumes (largely a result of the snowstorm that shut down a lot of the transportation in the northeast), the prospect of today’s Federal Reserve meeting announcement, and overseas events pretty much kept…
  • Should You Do Your Own Taxes?

    Taryne Leahey
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    With the first month of the year almost over and your W-2s in, it’s time to face the facts: tax season is upon us. Even though you still technically have a couple more months of valuable procrastination time left, it’s not too early to start thinking about your game plan. That is, whether you’re going to go it alone or hire a tax professional to guide you through the process. Nowadays, with all the software and internet guides available, doing your own taxes can seem like a no-brainer. You’d definitely be in good company–last year, 27 million people filed their…
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  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Meals on Wheels Atlanta

    Courtney Rogers
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Jeff Smythe, executive director of Meals on Wheels Atlanta, is today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Meals on Wheels Atlanta, which is currently celebrating 50 years of service, is an independent nonprofit dedicated to helping older adults and senior citizens stay in their own homes and communities for as long as [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods

    Courtney Rogers
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods is offering the current Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio at three of its metro Atlanta communities! Featuring limited-time offers for home buyers, these deals can be found at River Crest in Tyrone, Decatur Walk and Woodmont Golf and Country Club in Canton. At River Crest, home [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Maid Brigade

    Courtney Rogers
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    If keeping your home in tip-top shape is a constant struggle, or if you’re planning to sell and need to maintain it in showing condition, today’s radio show is for you! Cloud Conrad, vice president of brand strategies for Maid Brigade, is the All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Maid [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Center for Puppetry Arts

    Courtney Rogers
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    The Center for Puppetry Arts is today’s guest on the Around Atlanta edition of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio! Marketing Director Daniel Summers, Jr. and Exhibitions Director Kelsey Fritz are on hand to discuss this arts center, which is dedicated to the ancient global art form of puppetry. The center offers two performance spaces, including a [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Buyer Incentives at Seven Norcross

    Courtney Rogers
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    The Providence Group is offering the current Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio! Home buyers at Seven Norcross, a luxury townhome community, can enjoy fantastic deals that are available now through March 31, 2015. The builder is currently offering a $7,500 incentive on home sites 92 through 100, which accommodate three-story townhomes, [...]
 
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  • How To Prevent Property Damage When Moving Out

    Jessica Ryan
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Ready to leave your old life behind? “Après moi, le deluge” (“After me, the deluge”) This historical phrase summarizes the attitude of the people who act irresponsibly and selfishly, without worrying about the consequences of their behavior. However, if it can be used to define your actions during a relocation period, the consequences will cost you a lot of time, money and nerves. It is true that when moving out, you leave your old life and your old home behind and head for a fresh start and new horizons. Nonetheless, this fact does not justify a careless approach or reckless…
  • The Effects Of Moving To A New Town Or City

    Joshua Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    How will moving to a new city affect you? Getting out of a comfort zone is usually a rather daunting step which can bring about feelings of insecurity and uneasiness, often accompanied by fear of the unknown. And moving to a new town or city, far from the comforts and the familiarity of our current homes, means a move many steps away from close family, good friends and pleasing daily routine to keep us sane. Every person reacts differently when subjected to an abrupt change: some people try desperately to cling on to their past and can only find sense in their new post-move life by looking…
  • Where To Donate Used Items Before Moving

    Jessica Ryan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    Donations can bring hope even in the darkest of hours. “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” If you have plenty of household items accumulated over the years, will you be willing to donate some of your possessions to help other less fortunate human beings? Maybe the idea of making gifts to strangers hadn’t crossed your mind before the plans of an imminent move invaded your well-organized life. Just the thought of having to sort out, pack and move all of your belongings gave you a splitting headache, didn’t it? Not to…
  • Moving Out Of Your Parents’ House: Are You Ready For The Big Move?

    Joshua Green
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Are you emotionally and financially ready to move out of your parents’ home? After years and years of living together with your parents, the time has finally come for you to leave the family nest. Before the risky plunge, however, you must understand that moving out of your parents’ house is a crucial step that will have life-changing consequences for you.  And no, it’s definitely not another routine decision of yours that may ultimately go unnoticed or have little or no repercussions at all. The decision to leave your parents’ home and start a new life on your own in a place of…
  • Tips On Moving Across Town: How To Set The Cross Town Wheels In Motion

    Jessica Ryan
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Find your way across town! The wheels on the moving truck go round and round and move you all through the town. It seems easy enough to reach any spot in your town, doesn’t it? A great diversity of transportation modes is at your disposal and you can do without a really good sense of direction – you simply know which secret passages to follow to your destination. You are familiar with the surroundings even in somewhat remote neighborhoods, you know the roads pretty well and you have sufficient information concerning the whereabouts of any institution or location that you might need. So…
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    agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website

  • Rental Costs across the UK

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:09 am
    The image below has been added thanks to the kind permission of Furthr   agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Choosing the Perfect Bathroom Design for Rental Properties

    admin
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    Image credit: jinkazamah, license Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jinkazamah/2475956824/ In order to make a property attractive to potential tenants, you need to ensure that they feel instantly at home when they view it and that they have absolutely no difficulty imagining themselves living in it for an extended period of time. […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Discover more about living in Farnham

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    Are you on the hunt for property in Surrey? Discover more about living in Farnham, a pretty Georgian market town set in the lush English countryside, with this infographic from Romans Estate Agents Learn more about the schools, the famous people who grew up in the area and the transport links to London with this […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Adding Value To Your Family Home

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    What does your home mean to you? It’s a very interesting question that can really show you how attached you are to your home. If you’ve spend most of your life or a fair few years in your home then it can be hard to part with it should you need to expand. But you […] 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
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    Colordarcy Investment

  • Living In Miami Today

    Loxley McKenzie
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Who would have imagined in 2010 that Miami would be the city with one of the fastest growing property markets on earth? MSN placed Miami in their “Top 10 Best US Cities” this year, highlighting its
fine cuisine, nightlife and fashion sense. So if you’re the kind of person who likes haute couture fashion and fine dining, then Miami is the city to be seen in. It is a city of relaxing solitude for many stars of the stage, screen and music scene – Julia Roberts, Matt Damon and Enrique Iglesias to name a few – even ageing rock star, Iggy Pop, has been quoted as saying:…
  • Is Miami The Ultimate Safe Haven?

    Loxley McKenzie
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Miami is not just about Latin America. It is seen as a safe haven for the world’s wealthy. Knight Frank’s Wealth Report ranks the city 7th in its list of the world’s most important cities. It’s one of only two North American cities, alongside New York, to make this exclusive list: Miami is the perfect location to diversify your investment portfolio and live your dream. The property market is supported by a strong and growing economy and the long-term interest it attracts from South America and investors from around the world. There are few cities in the world where you can enjoy…
  • What’s So Good About Miami Today?

    Loxley McKenzie
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The allure of Miami has brought the city to the attention of the world’s property investors. It has always been a favourite holiday and investment destination for wealthy South Americans from Brazil and Venezuela and, more recently, retiring American baby boomers. This non-stop influx of tourists, investors and businesses keep employment high in the city and this helps drive the local economy. Employment prospects have improved considerably and unemployment has been on a downward trend since 2011. What drives the property market in Miami is foreign investment. Foreign investment is…
  • Property, Money And Miami

    Loxley McKenzie
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Miami’s property market has seen prices rise so fast, all kinds of real estate records have been broken. The following table sourced from Zillow shows what has happened to the average value of property across the whole of Miami Dade County since January 2011. This chart also shows you the prediction for prices in 2015 when Zillow expects average house prices in Miami to reach $228,000. This would be a $21,000 rise in the value of property in 12 months. “Property prices have been rising for 37 consecutive months since 2011” All this is a giant leap from where the market began to take off…
  • Everything You Need To Know About The New London Crossrail

    Artur Vogt
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Apart from world’s first Underground railway opened in 1863, London has many other rail networks used by millions of commuters every day, including London Overground, District Light Railway (DLR), National Rail and Tram service. Even all these, however, are not enough to accommodate the increasing number of passengers, especially those on London Underground trains. Because the tube system is so old, there is very limited space for improvement in terms of capacity. Crossrail is a new railway line providing high-frequency passenger service across Greater London. The construction of this…
 
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  • Smaller Fla. counties tops for residential investors

    Florida Realtors® News
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    IRVINE, Calif. – Jan. 29, 2015 – Where should property investors park their money to achieve the greatest return on investment? According to RealtyTrac’s first quarter 2015 Residential Property Rental Report, Florida’s top markets, depending on the age of renters, are located outside major urban areas. The study breaks out top markets by generation, including millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers. It also includes a list of the U.S. markets where rents increased by at least 10 percent year-to-year, and “safe havens” – markets where economic conditions…
  • ‘Assigned benefits’ a hidden property insurance cost

    Florida Realtors® News
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:33 am
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jan. 29, 2015 – Florida property insurance regulators have started to take a closer look at assignment of benefits (AOBs) that some homeowners sign after their home has been damaged and they put in an insurance claim. The reason: They claim it increases the cost of property insurance for all Floridians. Florida Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, with the Florida House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee, recently wrote an opinion piece about AOBs in The Tampa Tribune. According to Santiago, Florida insurance rates are increasingly driven higher by fraudulent claims and…
  • NAR: Pending home sales stall in Dec.

    Florida Realtors® News
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    WASHINGTON – Jan. 29, 2015 – Pending home sales cooled in December month-to-month but remained above year-over-year levels for the fourth consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). All major U.S. regions experienced declines in December. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 3.7 percent to 100.7 in December from a slightly downwardly revised 104.6 in November; although it’s 6.1 percent above December 2013 (94.9). Despite last month’s decline (the largest since December 2013 at 5.8…
  • Shrinking inventory may raise prices again

    Florida Realtors® News
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    WASHINGTON – Jan. 28, 2015 – For the first time in 16 months, the total inventory of U.S. homes available for sale dropped in December, according to the National Association of Realtors. While the decline was slight – less than 1 percent month-over-month – the drop does represent “a reversal to the general growth of listings that had been occurring throughout 2014,” writes Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “More inventories are needed, not less. Or else, home prices could re-accelerate.” In Florida, the inventory of homes for sale fluctuated between a…
  • Freddie Mac advises buyers to move quickly

    Florida Realtors® News
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    WASHINGTON – Jan. 28, 2015 – Freddie Mac recently cited a number of favorable opportunities for the housing sector but stressed the need for consumers and businesses to take advantage of them sooner rather than later – they may be limited. According to Freddie Mac’s January 2015 U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook, one big positive for housing currently is the attractive potential for refinancing. Looking at conventional 30-year fixed mortgage agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), approximately $361 billion had a 4.5 percent coupon while another $479 billion had a coupon…
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    Calgary Real Estate Blog

  • Calgary Real Estate: Buy/Sell Now in Oil Crisis? Answered!

    Crystal Tost
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    CALGARY - Calgary real estate and Alberta’s oil price pain is at the forefront of debate in the news and in our communities. News outlets are saying it’s looking like a gloomy time for Calgary and some are saying don’t worry about it. As a resident of Calgary and a top award winning Calgary real estate agent for 18 years helping buyers and sellers with excellent results, I will give my take on this situation. Alberta Oil Drill during Oil Crisis When the price of the oil barrel falls it sends tremors of worry, concern, and disaster across not only the Alberta economy but the…
  • Calgary Real Estate Forecast for 2015

    Crystal Tost
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Calgary Real Estate Sales Expected To Drop With Stabilized Prices The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB® ) released its Calgary real estate forecast for 2015 (PDF available for download), and the results are a bit of a mixed bag. While housing sales are expected to drop off a bit in 2015, the forecast predicts that prices will remain relatively stable. As a result of the drop in sales, the Calgary real estate market is likely to experience more balanced conditions. There are, however, a number of risk factors that could have an impact on the Calgary housing market in 2015. For complete…
  • Fun Things to Do In Calgary: Glenbow Museum

    Crystal Tost
    10 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    As an award winning Calgary real estate agent with 5 star reviews on Google and resident of this great booming city, I have great knowledge of fun things to do in this city. If you’re looking for houses for sale in Calgary you’re wondering what’s fun to do here? Well in Downtown Calgary there is the Glenbow Museum. If you’re wondering “museum and fun?” Read on and see how fun it is. Glenbow Museum Address: 130 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada (Downtown) Phone Number: 403-268-4100 Fax: 403-265-9769 Email: info@glenbow.org The Glenbow Museum is…
  • Fun Things to Do In Calgary: Devonian Gardens

    Crystal Tost
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
    As a top rated Calgary real estate agent and resident, I know firsthand the perks of living in this great city. Whether you’re a resident or thinking of having your dream home here, one of the fun things to do here is in Downtown Calgary by the name of Devonian Gardens. Devonian Gardens Address: 4th Floor, 317 - 7 Ave. S.W. Calgary, AB, Canada Phone Number: 403-268-CITY (2489) The Devonian Gardens is an indoor attraction sporting a “tropical oasis” and no entrance fee. There are many reasons to go, and no solid reasons not to experience these radiant gardens. First, let me…
  • Calgary Real Estate Housing Statistics November 2014

    Crystal Tost
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    Welcome to the November 2014 edition of housing statistics showcasing the Calgary real estate market. I have embedded a PDF at the end of this article which is also packed with information, graphs and statistics to peruse and enjoy. Calgary has the strongest economy in the country with impressive job growth which makes it a hotspot for people to move to for a great quality of life and vast opportunities. Calgary real estate listings are outpacing sales. With more properties available to purchase, along with it come better prices. Calgary apartments (condominiums) and townhouse sectors have…
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    Frederick Real Estate Online

  • Three Mistakes Home Sellers Should Avoid

    Karen Highland
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    3 Mistakes Sellers Make That Can Be Avoided As the economy improves in Central Maryland, increasing numbers of homeowners are seeing improvements in their home values. As more homeowners are able to consider a move, either up or out, or even to downscale, we expect to see more homes going up for sale in Frederick Md. If you’re considering a home sale, there are some likely mistakes that you’ll want to avoid. Anita Clark, top selling real estate agent in Warner Robbins, Georgia, has graciously written a superb guest post for our Frederick readers on an important topic: Avoiding…
  • Homes for Sale in Catoctin High School District

    Karen Highland
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Homes for sale near Catoctin High School Catoctin High School is located at 14745 Sabillasville Road in Thurmont Md. Catoctin High draws students from northern Frederick County, where homeowners enjoy a rural setting in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with Catoctin Mountain and Cunningham Falls State Park nearby. The school opened in 1969 and has had renovations in 1994 and 2000. Homes for sale: Or use our Advanced Map Search: Catoctin High School Feeder Schools: Elementary Schools: Emmitsburg Lewistown Sabillasville Thurmont Thurmont Primary Middle Schools: Thurmont  …
  • Frederick Md Real Estate Outlook 2015

    Karen Highland
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    2015 Real Estate Predictions for Frederick County Many real estate predictions for 2015 are full of positive notes, both nationally and locally. The housing market in Frederick Md has seen a steady recovery over the last 2 years …and we expect to see a healthy market in 2015. Frederick Md Real Estate Outlook 2015: Frederick Md Real Estate Trends 2015 from The Highland Group Frederick Md Real Estate Trends 2015: We expect increased sales, as the economy strengthens, and we expect normal moderate price increases throughout the year. Overall, economic indicators in Frederick County…
  • Best Real Estate News of the Week – Jan 17 2014

    Karen Highland
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Real Estate Articles of the Week There was a lot of great news for the real estate industry this week! (ending Jan. 17) After a break for the holidays, I’m continuing this weekly Saturday link roundup: Interest Rates are Great  Fantastic! Time will tell whether mortgage rates will rise by the end of the year, but for now, they’re super low…crazy low, falling for the third consecutive week: The 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 3.66% with an average 0.6 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender) It was 3.73 percent a week ago and 4.41 percent a year ago. These rates are…
  • Frederick County Real Estate December 2014

    Karen Highland
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Frederick County Real Estate Market Snapshot December 2014 provided by the Highland Group The real estate market in Frederick was very active for a December. Here is a snapshot of Frederick County real estate statistics: Real Estate Statistics in Frederick Md Average Home Sales Price:  $287,400: down 2% from last December. Average Single-Family Sales Price:  $328,800 Average Attached Home Sales Price:  $224,000 Median Home Sales Price:   $261,000: up 9% since last December. Average Days on Market (DOM): 80 days, higher than last year, but lower than the 5 year average. Number of…
 
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  • The Big Year for Apartments

    Jonas222
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Occupancy rates for apartments exceeded 95 percent last year, but that’s not even the biggest and best news for sector. Multifamily was the king of 2014 in terms of performance, and this year all signs point to a continued success.  Marcus & Millichap have released its “2015 National Apartment Report” and call out specifics about metros, from vacancy rates and rental trends as well as the outlook for investors.   read more
  • Senior Housing Construction Costs for 2015

    Jonas222
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    According to a recent report called “Special Issue Brief for Senior Living Construction,” from The Weitz Company, a national construction firm, and the American Senior Housing Association, the senior housing industry will run into many of the same construction-related obstacles as other high-growth commercial real estate sectors: rising construction costs and a shortage of skilled labor.    read more
  • MOB in 2015

    Jonas222
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    The medical office sector continues to evolve alongside healthcare policy, aging population needs, and technological advances. We looked a three sources for an overview of what we can expect in 2015.   read more
  • Where Companies Want to Office

    Jonas222
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Central business districts have long been among the most sought after for office space. Now, the NAIOP reports that suburban locals might be just as advantageous.  GlobeSt.com’s Erika Morphy pens, “Vibrant Suburbs Versus CBD? read more
  • Performance Looks Great in 2015

    Jonas222
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    By all accounts, the fundamentals for commercial real estate development, investment, and performance have aligned near perfectly for 2015. read more
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    Karri Flatla

  • Is Curbside Recycling in Lethbridge a Pressing Issue?

    Karri Flatla
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Residential curbside recycling… it’s a stinky subject that we may not be able to turn our noses up at for much longer… Do you recycle? We do. But I admit, if it weren’t for the hired hand who comes to our door every week to pick up the contents of our blue bin, we would recycle less. […]
  • Real Estate Report: Lethbridge Single-Family Snapshot 2014

    Karri Flatla
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Months before 2014 came to a close, Albertans watched oil prices begin to tumble rapidly. While our province is far from a one-trick pony, oil is BIG DEAL to our economy. Lethbridge may be somewhat insulated from oil market volatility, but we are indeed tied to the broader economy at large (think economic spin-off and government […]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update December 2014

    Karri Flatla
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes December 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 16% (67/426) For same month last year: 14% (62/455) Average sale price: $251,235 For same month last year: $287,879 PENDING sales as of this post date: 17 December 2014, Year-End: Total number of sales: 1270 For same period last year: 1220 Average sale price: $292,595  << 2.8% increase, year […]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update November 2014

    Karri Flatla
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes November 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 15% (71/487) For same month last year: 16% (84/510) Average sale price: $300,130 For same month last year: $274,774 PENDING sales as of this post date: 23 November 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 1203 For same period last year: 1158 Average sale price: $294,899   For same period […]
  • The Renovation That Will Get Your Lethbridge House Sold (Video)

    Karri Flatla
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The renovation craze has taken Canadian homeowners by the throat and wrung many millions of dollars out of their bank accounts in recent years. Yet how many homeowners are profiting from this “investment” in their primary residences? And since money is cheap, thanks to record-low interest rates, it has never been easier for Canadians to borrow […]
 
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    IXACTContact Blog

  • How to Find Quality Real Estate Leads

    Candace Green
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    Is real estate lead generation one of the primary things on your mind when it comes to your business? If so, you’re not alone. Considering the average REALTOR® gets only 12 leads per year, it’s no wonder many agents are researching ways to obtain more high quality real estate leads. In this blog post, I’ll share some valuable real estate lead generation ideas and examine the tips and tricks for how an agent can get more quality leads. First Things First, What Exactly is a Real Estate Lead?… Read the rest
  • IXACT Contact Reveals Fresh New Interface and Launches Google Sync

    Candace Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    IXACT Contact is proud to announce the release of two exciting new features to its real estate CRM, a modern User Interface and the introduction of Google Sync functionality. The updated User Interface gives IXACT Contact a clean, appealing look with the constant assurance of being the easiest to use real estate CRM on the market. New Google Sync capabilities mean users of IXACT Contact who use Gmail and Google Calendar can now automatically synchronize these applications with IXACT Contact. As a business that is constantly evolving and growing rapidly, IXACT Contact strives to remain at the…
  • Generate Word of Mouth Advertising for Your Real Estate Business

    Candace Green
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Since referral marketing is such an important lead generation strategy for REALTORS®, I wanted to share this terrific article on the subject. It’s written by Brian Kline and first appeared on Realty News Net.  The article examines how important referrals are for Real Estate agents, and how to encourage your contacts to mention you to their own networks.  Brian writes: According to the National Association of Realtors® 88% of both home sellers and buyers used an agent in 2014. Of the other 12%, 7% bought directly from a builder and 5% bought directly from the seller.… Read the…
  • Best Online Tools for Real Estate Agents

    Candace Green
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s a wonderful time to be a REALTOR® with all the helpful tools available to the industry.  Technology offers us so many ways to stay connected, safe, organized and keep learning about real estate.   Are you taking advantage of the powerful apps and websites online to help you save time?  We’ve compiled a list of 10 terrific online tools for Realtors to help you accomplish more and make your life easier: Wi-Fi Finder For members of an industry who spend a lot of time on the go, searching for Wi-Fi can be a tedious process for Realtors, but still preferable over data…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] The Secret life of a REALTOR

    Candace Green
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    The life of a REALTOR is a varied one. Have you ever found yourself wondering how your professional habits compare to others in the industry? Today I’m sharing this Real Estate Infographic from Placester with you.  It sheds some light on one of the world’s most interesting professions.  Let us know what you think of the stats in the comment section below!   Want to learn more about the life of a Realtor? Check out what you need to know about Customer Relationship Management and the secret to real estate sales success. … Read the rest
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  • Home Warranty Benefits

    Anita Clark Realtor
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Home Warranty Benefits The rewards of having a home warranty benefits all buyers, regardless of your status or the size of your new home. The last thing you want when you buy a new home is to pay for expensive repairs right after you have moved in.  You can however protect your new property against […] The post Home Warranty Benefits appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in December 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in December 2014 What is my Warner Robins GA home worth in December 2014 was what I heard several times from potential sellers who were wondering if it was the right time to get their home on the market. This balanced real estate market (6+ months of […] The post What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in December 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Perry GA Home Worth in December 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    What is my Perry GA Home Worth in December 2014 If you are looking to put your home on the market in Perry GA, one of the questions you must be asking is “What is my Perry GA home worth in December 2014″? That question and others will be answered for buyers, investors, and sellers in […] The post What is my Perry GA Home Worth in December 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in December 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in December 2014 While the weather has been a bit chilly, that has not stopped prospective sellers from asking “what is my Kathleen GA home worth in December 2014?”. Market priced it will be worth every penny you are asking…anything else will take some time to sort out. […] The post What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in December 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Childproof Home Safety Tips

    Anita Clark Realtor
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Childproof Home Safety Tips As a parent, you want to protect your child from all harmful situations, especially in your home. While home cleaning and maintaining sanitized surroundings is smart, it is not nearly enough. Statistics show that over 2,000 children die each year in their homes. We can and should do more to ensure […] The post Childproof Home Safety Tips appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
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    Real Estate Valuation | IRR on Real Estate blog

  • Oil’s fall isn’t the end of Texas real estate, and why you should be counting cranes

    Ray Cirz
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The Dallas Morning News: Oil price plunge could change attitudes about real estate lending and investing in North Texas While the oil price plunge is keeping consumers happy, the drop is causing concern among much of the Texas real estate community.  And while the dip might give lenders and investors room for alarm, industry leaders have one piece of advice to share: Texas is …
  • Expert sources: Integra Realty Resources’ fourth quarter news

    Ray Cirz
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    What a year 2014 was.  Whether you were reading industry trade magazines, scrolling through Twitter, or perusing the top national newspapers, commercial real estate was no stranger to the headlines.  As the media continued to ramp up their CRE coverage over the past quarter, many turned to IRR’s leading experts across our 66 offices nationwide to gather insight on burgeoning trends, breaking news, and projections for the coming year.  Here are just a few of …
  • One developer has a bold dream for Atlantic City, and Boston real estate goes for the gold

    Ray Cirz
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: Bisnow: What the Olympics mean for Boston real estate Boston’s angling to host the 2024 Olympic Games, and if selected, business leaders believe that it could be a boom for the area’s real estate market.  New development for Olympic housing, sports facilities, and infrastructure upgrades could complement Boston’s existing facilities, and bring investment money into the city. Though many sectors of Boston’s real estate …
  • Viewpoint: A look at the year ahead in U.S. commercial real estate

    John Albrecht
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Understanding economic and market shifts and their impact on the commercial real estate industry is no easy task.  Increase that to a national scale, and the challenges only multiply.  That’s why 15 years ago Integra Realty Resources developed Viewpoint, the industry’s annual compendium of real estate valuation, investment, and leasing trends and forecasts: to provide data, analysis, and forecasts on local and national market conditions for seven industry sectors throughout the United States, including capital …
  • Drones soar their way into commercial real estate, and millennials flock to the Mile High City

    Ray Cirz
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: International Business Times: FAA awards commercial use drone exemptions for companies in real estate and agriculture Drones have made it legally to commercial real estate.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently issued a commercial drone use permit to an Arizona-based real estate firm.  The device will allow the company to gain aerial views of its properties, and use those images for sales collateral and …
 
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    The Oatley Team

  • Kids Stuff Consignment Sale

    Laura
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The Oatley Team Kids Stuff Consignment Sale A consignment sale is happening this weekend! And who doesn’t love a good deal? It is especially true when you have kids growing faster than they can wear the clothes you buy them. Well, this weekend you can stock up! The Kids Stuff Consignment Sale is going all weekend long. This […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 10303 Trotters Pointe Dr.

    Laura
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The Oatley Team 10303 Trotters Pointe Dr. is a great condo that you won’t want to miss out on. FHA Approved This great condo has been updated beautifully and is FHA approved. 2 Bed & 2 Bath You will find two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It also has gorgeous vaulted ceilings. Spacious Kitchen If you like to cook […] Laura
  • Buy a Home in 2015

    Laura
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    The Oatley Team You should buy a home in 2015! We came across a great blog on Trulia. We think they have some great points and we can help you out. Get Referrals Check out our recommendations on facebook or post a comment on our page. I’m sure our satisfied customers would be happy to talk to you […] Laura
  • Basketball, Basketball, Basketball

    Laura
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The Oatley Team This weekend is a great weekend to enjoy some basketball! Friday On Friday, take in the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. They will be performing at the Yum Center on Friday at 7:30. Tickets range in price from $26 up to $113. There is something for every budget. Saturday On Saturday the University of Louisville Cardinals […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 12513 Valley Pine Dr.

    Laura
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    The Oatley Team 12513 Valley Pine Dr. could be the home you have been looking for. Custome Built Absolutely stunning custom built home by award winning homerama builder! This beautiful 5BR, 3.5BA home features a spacious eat in kitchen. The kitchen features maple staggered cabinetry, stainless steel kitchen aid appliances including a gas stove and additional wine fridge. […] Laura
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    PropertyCluster.com Blog

  • Checklist You Must Follow to Make House Moving a Pleasant Experience

    Rebecca
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    Moving has always been a daunting task and everyone generally ends up saying – “Never again!” However, everyone has to move to a new place sooner or later. So, here are some tips to make your moving a simple and stress-free experience. image by mccun934 Pre-Moving Project The pre-moving project can be divided into the following categories based on the time before moving you out. 4-6 weeks before moving Book a packing company. Discard items that are of no use. Don’t forget to sort through garden/garage shed. Pen down the list of items that need careful handling while…
  • Ways to Amicably Deal with Bad Neighbors When Selling Your Home

    Rebecca
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Selling a home is never a piece of cake; however, bad neighbors can push the prospects further down. A U.S. appraisal group has even stated that the problem of bad neighbors proves costly for home sellers as it is known to have reduced the property value by 5-10 percent. So while you allocate budget to improve the interiors and curb appeal of your home, you might just need to keep money ready to pay for improving your neighbor’s yard if he is too reluctant to care of things out of his own pockets. Here we discuss ways to deal with some commonly observed neighbors’ problem that may…
  • Tips for First Time Home Buyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Rebecca
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Housing is a primary need for everyone, and there’s always a choice available for the individual when he or she decides to go in for a personal residence – to own it or to rent it. Whether you plan to buy your personal abode, or decide to rent your temporary dwellings, you have to work out the preliminaries associated with your housing needs. Many “How to…” guides, home/interior designing magazines and periodicals, and several websites provide a lot of information in terms of what you should do, or what you ought to be doing to keep and maintain an…
  • 2015 New Year’s Resolutions to Become a Successful Landlord

    Rebecca
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Every year people make New Year’s resolutions with the aim of improving their lives in all spheres. As a landlord, you too should be taking a closer look at New Year’s resolutions, as it will help you stand out as a landlord and also let you retain tenants and increase your profits in the New Year. Here are 10 resolutions that you can make this New Year to transform yourself into a successful landlord. 1. I will actively search for new tenants Are your tenants causing you more stress than you can handle? It is time to begin searching for new tenants. Have a proper screening system…
  • Top 11 Issues that Landlord Should Know How to Fix

    Rebecca
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:35 am
    Renting out apartments is not a bed of roses for landlords. It is definitely a good source of revenue, but brings along various headaches created by tenants. Here are top 11 such issues that landlords face and ways to tackle them. Image Courtesy of njaj / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 1. Property Management Maintaining a property is the biggest challenge for any landlord. You will have to take care of the overall cleanliness, regular maintenance, wear and tear and rent collection. However, you may have to tackle other issues as well, including nuisance complaints by neighbours, maybe non-payment of…
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  • 7 Top Tips on Renting a Property in Dubai

    Holly Woolston
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    So, you have decided to rent a property in Dubai? Well, once you have found your dream home from the thousands on offer, there are some things you have to bear in mind before signing the papers. To make sure you ask the real estate agent the right questions, below is a helpful checklist to follow. 1) Know about the ‘Chiller Fees’ Agents will mention the chiller fees, which in simple terms are the air-conditioning fees for the communal areas of the building.  Make sure these are included in the rental price, as these can mount up, especially if you are in a building where not every unit…
  • What’s in store for Dubai’s property market in 2015?

    Holly Woolston
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:16 pm
    2014 has been a good year for Dubai property, with prices surging after the Expo2020 announcement at the end of 2013. Although the early year outstanding rises in purchase and rental prices started to slow down through the year, 2015 is predicted to see even more of a stabilization for the Dubai property market. In terms of investment coming in to Dubai, foreign investment saw an all time high in 2014 and is set to continue long into 2015 and onwards, as demand to own a home in Dubai continues to grow worldwide. This positive increase will come from emerging markets, such as India, Africa and…
  • What does the UAE Vision 2021 mean for the Dubai real estate industry?

    Holly Woolston
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
      As Dubai begins to develop even more ahead of the Expo 2020, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, has reinforced the city’s 2021 plan, a deadline by which the emirate will see even more changes and developments. With six categories of desires for the city, including creating a City of Happy Creative and Empowered People; An Inclusive & Cohesive Society – The Preferred Place to Live, Work and Visit; A Smart and Sustainable City; A Pivotal Hub in the Global Economy; and A Pioneering and Excellent Government, Dubai is all set to transform into a city…
  • High-end property prices in Dubai are expected to fall over 2015. Why?

    Holly Woolston
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:12 pm
    According to a study released by property experts Knight Frank, the price of high-end property in Dubai is expected to fall by 10% over the course of 2015, but why? What has happened that could cause the upmarket property market to decrease by a quite considerable amount? Well, firstly the changing policies on mortgages and loans means that now people have to have a lot more money saved before they can afford a mortgage, as the down payment has increased. Even 18 months ago, mortgages were given out like hot cake in the UAE, but recent measures by the government to cap mortgages and stabilize…
  • How colours in your home really affect your mood

    Holly Woolston
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:49 am
    Have you ever wondered why you feel instantly relaxed when you walk into spas or hotel rooms? Or why some restaurants really make you wake up and look forward to the food? Well, the interiors are never designed by chance. A lot of time, effort and, of course, money go in to making these spaces evoke emotions in their guests, making them feel at home, relaxed, animated, creative and more. The same should be said of your home; you should pick interiors and especially colour schemes that bring out the best emotions in you. Colours really can change your mood, positively and negatively. The…
 
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    Baltimore Real Estate Investing Blog

  • Quote From Charlie

    Ned
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    If you’re lazy and unreliable, it doesn’t matter what you’re good at. - Charlie Munger, Being really good at something is not near as important as accomplishing something. The real estate business is not something you can do successfully by yourself. You need others to be successful in Real estate investing. REI is team sport.  Do you really think that if you are lazy and unreliable others are going to want to work with you? The real estate business in Baltimore City is a small business. I run into the same people over and over. Your reputation will get around. If your…
  • Quote of the day

    Ned
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:13 am
    “I would rather lose sleep over a house I didn’t buy than lose sleep over a house I bought.” – Joseph Ball Bigger Pockets member I heard it said sometimes the best deal you make is the one you don’t make. I am on the bigger Pockets forum a lot. This guy writes some really good stuff.
  • Case Study of a Wholesale Deal

    Ned
    31 Aug 2013 | 2:01 pm
    The Anatomy of a Wholesale Deal: A Case Study In this guest blog post I will share with you one of my latest closings every step of the way from lead generation to closing. This particular property introduced many new challenges that I had not yet experienced in my real estate career such as: dealing with Power of Attorney and selling a property with a tenant in place. But that’s the great thing about real estate there is always more to learn and room to improve, whether that’s more efficient marketing, rapport building techniques or making offers. This is one of the components that make…
  • Quote of the day

    Ned
    26 Jul 2013 | 8:15 am
    “The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness.” Graham Greene Isn’t the ultimate reason we invest in real estate, earn money, and strive for goals,  is to be happy?  One of the surest ways to be happy is to be thankful for what you have.  Everyone has something to be thankful for.  Let me give you an example.  If you are reading this, you can be thankful for access to the internet.  The internet is a powerful tool that essentially gives you access to the entire accumulated knowledge of mankind!  Wow that is something to be thankful for. If…
  • RIP Lonnie Scruggs

    Ned
    15 Apr 2013 | 9:55 pm
    One of the good ones passed away to day.  Lonnie Scruggs was  real estate investing instructor who wrote books on mobile home investing.  He was famous for “Lonnie Deals.” This is buying an inexpensive mobile home and selling it at a big profit with owner financing.  I am somewhat anti-guru because of the tremendous hype and lack of real information many provide.  However Lonnie was down to earth and gave great information.  Even John Reed who is known for bashing just about all gurus gave Lonnie his seal of approval.  Rest in Peace Lonnie.
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Private Money & Hard Money Loans Designed Investors

    Camille Baptiste
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    No money? No Credit? No Problem. Private Money and Hard Money Loans are designed specifically for real estate investors. Real estate investor loans are typically based on the asset being used for collateral and not the ability of the borrower to repay the loan. In other words, real estate loans for investors are not necessarily [...]Private Money & Hard Money Loans Designed Investors is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Top 5 Real Estate Calculations

    Andrew Syrios
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Despite what many of us would prefer, real estate does involve some math. Luckily, most of the formula’s are rather simple. So here we go with the top five real estate calculations (according to me, that is): 1. Cap Rate:  Net Operating Income/Total Price of Property This is mostly used for valuing apartment complexes and other [...]Top 5 Real Estate Calculations is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Individual 401k Calculator: How Much Can You Contribute To A Solo 401k Plan?

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    To make the most of a retirement plan, plan holders are recommended to contribute as much as they are allowed to. An individual 401k calculator can help plan holders to determine the exact contribution limit for their plan.Individual 401k Calculator: How Much Can You Contribute To A Solo 401k Plan? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Top 10 Business Books (In My Humble Opinion)

    Andrew Syrios
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Real estate is a business. And yes, there are some great books specifically on real estate that every investor should read (like the 10 I mentioned earlier), but there are also some great business books that investors should put on their list. My top 10 list is as follows: 10. Who- Geoff Smart and Randy [...]Top 10 Business Books (In My Humble Opinion) is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Tips For Building A Wholesale Buyers List

    Camille Baptiste
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    So what happens when you do find that good real estate investment deal and need to find a buyer so you can make some fast cash wholesaling it? First things first – get it under contract! You can not sell or wholesale something that you do not have the rights to or own. Period. Get an offer [...]Tips For Building A Wholesale Buyers List is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • The building blocks of your FICO score, I: How they fit together

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Why are the slices of this pie the sizes they are? Read on. As we noted in our last post, information from several streams on your credit report goes into calculating your FICO credit score. Before we explain each of them in detail, this post explains how the puzzle pieces are put together to generate that almost-all-important number. Why "almost"? We'll explain in a bit. First off, let's look at the streams and their relative importance. On average, the typical borrower's FICO score is calculated as follows (and as shown in the pie chart above): Your payment history is the most important…
  • Meeting updates public, gets more feedback on LOVE Park redesign

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The proposed site plan and underground cross-sections for the LOVE Park reconstruction. By Gabriel Gottlieb The Department of Parks and Recreation and Penn Praxis held a meeting on January 20 at the Central Library, to discuss, and receive public input about, the redevelopment of JFK Plaza/LOVE Park. This was a followup to a meeting the two groups held at the library in December; the purpose of this meeting was to detail the design process and receive further public input. The city sold the parking garage underneath the park last year to Chicago-based InterPark but retains ownership of the…
  • Lunchtime Quick Hits

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    After nearly 200 years in New York, the American Bible Society and its 200 employees are decamping for a place where they can live on a nonprofit's salary structure; the long-awaited rebuild of City Hall station will get under way next year, SEPTA officials say—but it will take a while for the agency to finish the job; since we show you so many Modernist high-end homes on this site, we figured it was time to give equal time to those who love a less austere style; it took three years and $800,000 in price cuts, but a Villanova mansion designed by a Clothier finally found a buyer who thinks…
  • The market opens again to the first to be foreclosed

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    A wave of former homeowners will be moving away from this intersection over the next eight years. It takes seven years for a foreclosure, short sale, or deed in lieu of foreclosure to disappear from a homeowner's credit report. That's how long it's been since the first homeowners to run into trouble during the 2008 housing market meltdown experienced their setbacks. And in turn, that means a wave of buyers who have been shut out of the housing market will be coming back in. Foreclosure specialist RealtyTrac estimates that this wave will total 7.3 million potential buyers over the next eight…
  • A few bricks make a big mess on Rittenhouse Row

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Part of a parapet wall on the building to its left fell onto the Lululemon Athletica store at 1527 Walnut St. yesterday afternoon, causing its roof to partially cave in. Part of a parapet pried off a building next door, most likely by high winds, caused a big headache for the owner of the building at 1527 Walnut St. on Rittenhouse Row in the Rittenhouse Square section of Center City yesterday afternoon. Those bricks fell onto the roof of the building, which houses the Lululemon Athletica clothing store, and triggered a partial collapse. Three women shopping inside the store when the roof fell…
 
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  • Homes Next to Starbucks Are Worth More

    Colin Robertson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Here’s an interesting, though not surprising data point from Zillow. It turns out properties located next to Starbucks locations are bigger winners in terms of home price appreciation. The company found this out by comparing a database of Starbucks locations with its own housing data. They even paid Starbucks corporate a visit to get the skinny, [&hellip
  • The Mortgage Crisis Created Nearly 7.3 Million Potential Boomerang Buyers

    Colin Robertson
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    It has now been roughly seven years since the devastating housing crisis rocked our great nation. Between 2007 and 2014, foreclosure activity ran well above historical norms after exotic lending and sky-high home prices eventually brought down the entire real estate market. But the foreclosure rate has since fallen to pre-crisis levels as problem loans [&hellip
  • Did FHA Loans Just Become The Best Option for Homeowners Again?

    Colin Robertson
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Even though we’re only three weeks into the New Year, 2015 has treated the mortgage industry well. Very well… Mortgage applications have surged week after week, propelled mostly by refinancing as borrowers take advantage of the low mortgage rates currently available. And beginning next week, the FHA should get a huge boost as borrowers take [&hellip
  • Mortgage Applications Spike: Should You Apply Now?

    Colin Robertson
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Last week was a really, really good week for mortgage applications. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported that home loan apps surged 49.1% during the week ending January 9th from one week earlier. Before you attribute that jump to a slow first week of the year, note that the MBA reports the numbers on a seasonally [&hellip
  • Why Aren’t You Shopping Around for Your Mortgage?

    Colin Robertson
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    I’ve got a bone to pick…it seems you aren’t bothering to shop around for your mortgage? Instead, you’re just going with the first lender you come across, for better or worse. This is according to a new survey from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). The agency claims in their National Survey of Mortgage Borrowers [&hellip
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • Baby Proofing Your Brand New Home

    Beazer Homes
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Congratulations, there’s a baby on the way! Now that you’re expecting, it’s time to get prepared for your little bundle of joy. One important step is to ensure your home will be safe before the baby arrives because they’ll be moving around before you know it. Baby proofing your home involves removing all potential dangers your baby may encounter. When it comes to getting your new Beazer home ready for baby, some steps are more difficult than others. Be sure you are prepared now so that you can relax once the baby arrives. Importance of Baby Proofing Your New Home You will be amazed at…
  • What To Consider For House Hunting Success

    Beazer Homes
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    The prospect of finding a new home is exciting, but the house hunting task should be approached with some degree of preparation.  Before you begin the search for the perfect property, take the time to define what it is you want in a home.  Here are some suggestions that will help to give your vision a little clarity, and ensure you use your time efficiently, only considering properties that are really a good fit for your needs. Location Matters One of the first points to address is what part of town you would like to call home.  Think about which neighborhoods would provide the range of…
  • We Want To Know Pinehurst Contest – Beazer Homes New Jersey

    Beazer Homes
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    It’s a new year, and that means new homes for Beazer. We want to know which Pinehurst home exterior you like best in our Glouchester County, New Jersey Reserve at Woolwich community. Tell us on this Facebook post and you’ll be entered to win. *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this New Jersey New Year post between 1/20/15 and 1/27/15.  Limit one entry per household.  Prize consists of one $25 Visa gift card randomly selected.  Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash.  Beazer Homes…
  • Cleaning and Caring For Your Kitchen

    Beazer Homes
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    As home design modernizes and stainless appliances and granite counter tops gain popularity, it’s important to understand how to properly care for these kitchen upgrades as they take a little more tender loving care then your standard kitchen appliances and counters. Cleaning Stainless Steel Surfaces Stainless steel can begin to look unsightly with streaks and finger prints if not cleaned.  Bringing them back to life, however, is a little trickier than you may think. These simple steps will keep these shiny, silver appliances looking new: 1)    You will need the following supplies on…
  • The Many Possibilities For Your Home’s Loft Space

    Beazer Homes
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    A blank loft space adds a variety of extra room possibilities in your new home. Don’t let the valuable living space that a loft provides go to waste without having a designated purpose. With a bit of brainstorming and some revamping, you can have a space ready for you and your family to use, enjoy, and create memories in. Here are just a few of the many possibilities for transforming your loft into the perfect living space: •    An adult game room is the perfect place for gathering with family and friends. You can make your loft space a grown up play area. Bring in a pool table and…
 
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Construction Underway on Luxury Townhomes in Ansley Park

    Monte Hewett Homes
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Monte Hewett Homes is pleased to announce that construction has begun on its luxury townhome community Ansley at Piedmont in Ansley Park! In addition, pricing has been released for each individual townhome, with prices starting from $1.36 million. Located in the heart of the beautiful Ansley Park neighborhood, Ansley at Piedmont will have just seven [...]
  • Move into a New Home Today at Byers Landing in Johns Creek

    The Providence Group
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    With its convenient location and family-friendly lifestyle, Johns Creek has become a popular destination for metro Atlanta home buyers, and The Providence Group of Georgia, LLC has taken note. In response to the increased buyer demand, The Providence Group is building in three new Johns Creek communities including Byers Landing, an exclusive enclave community of [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Meals on Wheels Atlanta

    Courtney Rogers
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Jeff Smythe, executive director of Meals on Wheels Atlanta, is today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Meals on Wheels Atlanta, which is currently celebrating 50 years of service, is an independent nonprofit dedicated to helping older adults and senior citizens stay in their own homes and communities for as long as [...]
  • Atlanta Glass & Mirror Participates in the 2015 Decorator’s Showhouse Event

    Construction Resources
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Mark the calendar for spring 2015 because Construction Resources is proud to announce that Atlanta Glass & Mirror will be participating in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Decorator’s Showhouse event. This year, the event will be held at the “Château Soleil,” a French-style estate. Attendees will experience seeing beautifully designed rooms from designers and will [...]
  • Soleil Laurel Canyon Keeps You Hungry for Learning

    Laurel Canyon
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Soleil Laurel Canyon is known for its jam-packed monthly calendar of activities for residents. A full lifestyle calendar is a big factor of why Soleil is a close-knit community that feels like home the moment you arrive. A popular event Soleil’s lifestyle directors work hard to organize each month is the Breakfast and Learn event. For [...]
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  • Civil Rights and Fair Housing

    moswalt
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Civil rights paved the way for many and sparked rapid change that among other legislative events led to the Fair Housing Act.  Enacted in 1968, as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act provided Americans with constitutional rights and continues to guide housing practices today. In summary, the Fair Housing Act meant that you were no longer allowed to discriminate against or refuse to sell, rent or finance a residential dwelling to persons because of their race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin. In addition you were no longer allowed to…
  • Joy, Laughter and Longing

    moswalt
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    This time of year brings joy, laughter and longing for time with those past and present from my life.  As I grew up, the weeks before Christmas seemed like an eternity and the cookie baking, family gatherings and lights was never enough.  Now that I have aged in years I can’t seem to find the time to get everything done much less bake cookies! We live in a very diverse and wonderful country.  Each of us can learn from one another and share seasonal greetings with those around us.  From my neighbor who lights the menorah to my fellow man that celebrates seven core principals, the…
  • Finding the Right Neighborhood

    moswalt
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Home buying during a seller’s market can cause you to overlook some otherwise highly considered factors such as finding the right neighborhood.  While the pace to place a winning bid on your dream home may be urgent for some, neglecting to focus on the neighborhood can make the win a sour victory in the end. You not only want the best dwelling for your money but also to be surrounded by what you consider area perks.  This can be as important as the dwelling itself as it is seen as making the new residence manageable and more enjoyable.  When finding the right neighborhood, consider the…
  • 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…
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  • Success Stories in Real Estate Investing #5 Shaun Reilly – Rehabbing Pro

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Today is the 5th post in my series “Success Stories in Real Estate Investing” and the spotlight is on rehabbing pro Shaun Reilly from Newton, MA. Shaun is also a buy and hold landlord.   One thing I find interesting about Shaun’s business model is that he is willing to take on houses other investors think are […] The post Success Stories in Real Estate Investing #5 Shaun Reilly – Rehabbing Pro appeared first on .
  • The Entrepreneurial Mindset with Trevor Mauch – Podcast Episode #43

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today is the first podcast in my brand new series on  “entrepreneurship” that I am doing with my friend and serial entrepreneur Trevor Mauch. Trevor is  the founder of Investor Carrot a company that creates real estate websites for investors.   (Everyone knows these are a favorite of mine). When Trevor brought up the idea […] The post The Entrepreneurial Mindset with Trevor Mauch – Podcast Episode #43 appeared first on .
  • Seller Questions – What if I Don’t Know the Answer?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
      It’s a funny thing; when we are brand new we always worry about the darndest things.   This week I had a question from someone that is just getting started. His question was, “What if the seller asks me something that I don’t know the answer to”?   That’s something I haven’t thought about […] The post Seller Questions – What if I Don’t Know the Answer? appeared first on .
  • Andy McFarland – How to Wholesale 100+ Houses a Year – Podcast Episode #42

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    How to build a big business is a topic that a lot of folks want to hear about.  They always want to know what the magic formula is so they can learn how to wholesale 100+ houses a year. I’m sorry to say, there really isn’t a template or a magic formula to achieve this. […] The post Andy McFarland – How to Wholesale 100+ Houses a Year – Podcast Episode #42 appeared first on .
  • The One Thing

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    I  have read several great books this year, and today I wanted to tell you about what is sure to become one of my all-time favorites called “The One Thing”. One quality that makes entrepreneurs so successful is that they are visionaries.   This same trait that makes them successful is also the very same trait that […] The post The One Thing appeared first on .
 
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    Real Estate and Philippine Properties

  • Condo Living Ethics – 7 Lessons to Live By

    Justin
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    What we are witnessing today are residential buildings being erected in empty spaces in Manila, nearby provinces and metropolitan areas nationwide. With all the organized chaos happening around us, it  is easy to forget our values. This should not be the case whether you are living in a house or a condo in the Philippines. Condominiums are no longer for professionals. Families, couples, retirees and friends occupy condo units nowadays. With different backgrounds and lifestyles, it is easier to predict why conflict and tension may arise. We should behave like good neighbors all the time, but…
  • Getting Positive Responses to Your Condo Complaints

    Justin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Surely, there is no condo in Philippines that hasn’t received a complaint or two from its owners, tenants and guests. Some are petty, and some are serious enough that the owners already decided to sell their units. Complaints are inevitable regardless of how efficient you think you are in managing the condominium. Now what happens if you are an owner, renter or guest and you want to complain about faulty wiring in your unit? Here’s how.   Before that though, let me tell you that there are hundreds of condo complaints. Some of these common complaints include: Faulty wiring Faulty…
  • The True Cost of Poor Home Maintenance

    Justin
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    After buying the land for sale Philippines and building your dream house on it, what will you do? Of course, you need to care for it and for every little thing that comes with it or you stuffed it with. You see, maintaining a home is not easy. However, not maintaining your home can be costly. You may not realize it now, but each object that you fail to maintain or you maintain poorly will immediately pile up. Before you know it, you need to buy a new one without even exhausting the lifespan of that particular object.   How to save money by simply taking care of your things? Put simply,…
  • Tips For Staying Safe On The Beach

    Justin
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    The Philippines is a haven for beach lovers. With more than 7000 islands, there are many different kinds of beaches that can be found on this beautiful country. From well-developed, commercialized ones to raw, uninhabited beaches, with enough time, patience, and perseverance, you will find the perfect beach for you. However, the beach is not the safest of all places; whether you are in a luxury resort in the Philippines or a popular and affordable resort, the safety and security threats range from human-related to nature-related, so it pays to know how to stay safe at all times. So before you…
  • Why Rockwell – Top Reasons to Invest in Real Estate Properties in Rockwell

    Justin
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:30 pm
    We cannot suppress people’s desire to live in Rockwell. Rockwell is a term synonymous to luxury and exclusivity – two things that are imperative for people who themselves are living a posh lifestyle. Here are some of the key reasons why more and more people chose to invest Rockwell Philippines real estate and live in the area. When investing on real estate in Philippines, location should be a primary consideration. Makati is the topmost priority in real estate investment, having the highest land value and resale value of the properties. Located at Central Makati, Rockwell Philippines real…
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    News

  • 6 in 10 Brits do not know what the Green Belt is

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Do you know what the Green Belt is? You are not alone, even though over half of the population oppose building on it.New research from Iceni Projects shows that a third of Britons believe that building on green field land is prohibited in all cases, a misunderstanding that has prompted the company to call for the government to raise awareness of the planning legislation in the UK.Indeed, almost 90 per cent of the population have no knowledge of, or do not understand, the National Planning Policy Framework, says Iceni."Our research shows that there is a fundamental lack of understanding on key…
  • Manhattan to get second Empire State Building

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:58 am
    The Empire State Building, as seen in 2011 Photo: Ivo Jansch The Empire State Building is arguably New York's most defining building. The landmark, which is visited by millions every year, stretches 1,250 feet into the air on the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 34th Street. Soon, though, the skyscraper will have competition from another Empire State Building. The second building is located on 640 Broadway and has been recently approved for renovation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. How can it be called the Empire State Building as well? The building, discovers Curbed's…
  • The decline of homeownership among Britain's youth

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Homeownership is on the decline in Britain. While multiple reports have already demonstrated this decrease, new figures from the Official for National Statistics just how severe the fall has been.The analysis of the market since 1980 shows that in the 1980s and even the 1990s, a third of those between the ages of 16 and 24 could afford to purchase a home. That share has decreased to just 10 per cent today.Indeed, in 1991, 67 per cent of the 25 to 34 age group were homeowners. By 2011/12, this had declined to 43 per cent. A similar trend has occured in the 35 to 44 age bracket. Only older age…
  • London property prices race ahead

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Photo: Martie1SwartLondon property prices raced ahead of the rest of the country, according to the latest figures from the Land Registry, as growth remains uneven from region to region.The December registry data shows a monthly price increase of 0.6 per cent, taking total annual price growth in England and Wales to 7 per cent, with an average price of £177,766.London saws its property prices edge up 1.8 per cent in December 2014 compared to November, taking its annual growth to 16.3 per cent, significantly higher than all other region. Indeed, the average house price in the capital…
  • Miami breaks property sales record in 2014

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Photo: Fifth World Art Single-family homes set an all-time annual record in 2014, according to the Miami Association of Realtors. Year-end sales of single-family home sales increased 4.8 percent to 13,521 compared to 12,899 the previous year, while December's sales alone jumped 9.6 per cent compared to the same month in 2013.Christopher Zoller, 2015 Residential President, Miami Association of Realtors, comments: "Miami real estate again reflected great demand in 2014. More single-family homes were sold in Miami-Dade County than ever in history, while condominium sales marked their second…
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • Moss Creek Remodeling Adventure – Part 1

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    (Pin this image to check back and follow the Lowmans Remodeling Adventure) This past January we sold our marsh-front home in the gated community of Belfair. We felt fortunate with the sale and were excited about what was next.  Our plan was to buy a Belfair lakefront site and build a smaller house.  To avoid moving twice we had hoped to lease back from our buyers while we built, but they were ready to relocate.  So we moved from our 4350 SF home with a giant garage underneath to an 1800 SF rental and tight two-car garage. The buyers purchased lots of our furnishings including oriental…
  • A Boat Cruise on the Okatie River

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    On a nice sunny day in November with temperatures in the 70s, I had the pleasure to join friends to cruise the Okatie River with Captain Eric Burns on Berkeley Hall’s 25 foot pontoon boat.  Berkeley Hall, a private golf community, is known for its two “core” golf courses designed by Tom Fazio where no homes are built on the golf course and for its beautiful homes.  An added pleasure of living in or visiting the Berkeley Hall community is the opportunity to enjoy The Berkeley Hall River Park where you can fish, crab, kayak or take a cruise.    Berkeley Hall has more than one mile of…
  • Hilton Head Island Supports the Arts

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    Come on, admit it...when it rains outside, many of us hum or sing that old tune “Singing in the Rain”...since we don’t get too much rain here, and usually need it, and typically the weather is not too cold, we are in a good mood when it rains, right? A great idea on a rainy evening, would be to visit the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, here on Hilton Head Island, for an uplifting production of the vintage musical show, “Singing in the Rain”, one of the best musicals of all time, many would say. The story is set in the “Roaring Twenties”, where all movies were silent movies, and…
  • Palmetto Hall

    2 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    How would you like to drive your golf cart to the pool and tennis court?  One of the newer communities on Hilton Head Island will allow its owners to do just that.  Palmetto Hall is a family oriented gated plantation near the library and the hospital (yes, we have our own hospital), schools and shopping.  The 14,000 square foot Clubhouse hosts many amenities including a large swimming pool, tennis courts, a recreation field and a children’s playground.  36 holes of prime golfing are split into two  courses but each day one is public and one is private and it rotates daily so members…
  • Shelter Cove Town Centre Update

    2 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
      If you haven’t been by the new Shelter Cove Town Centre to see the progress that is taking place you might want to stop by.  The 290,000 square feet of retail space has large retailers like Kroger and Belk already in place with new stores like JoS. A. Bank and GNC nearing completion.  Other planned retailers include Palmetto Running Company, Player’s Word, Woody’s Sunglass Shop, The French Bakery, Heritage Fine Jewlery, Jake’s Wayback Burgers and a new SERG Group restaurant overlooking the Broad Creek.  Shelter Cove Villas for Sale Also in the works will be a 5-acre park and 210…
 
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Buying a Home – Get Pre-Approved

    Jason Thoele
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    You can improve your negotiating position significantly if you tell a home seller and their real estate agent that you’re pre-approved. We recommend that you get pre-approved, not just pre-qualified. Getting Pre-Approved: To get pre-approved, the lender digs deeper and may contact your employer, bank and others to verify your income, assets, debts and credit history. You may receive a letter stating that you’re pre-approved for a certain loan amount for a certain period of time. Your lender may charge you a small fee to cover the costs of your credit report and application. This…
  • Foreclosure Homes with Pools for Sale

    Jason Thoele
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Those that are in the market for foreclosures homes with pools in Bakersfield will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom home! Located close to the beautiful Riverlakes golf course, this home features a spacious tiled living room with fireplace, open kitchen with new appliances, large bedrooms with hardwood flooring, lovely master bed and bath with double vanity, 2 car garage, laundry room with hardwood flooring and extra cupboard space, and lush backyard with patio and built-in pool. Perfect for those hot summer days! This home is also located on…
  • Are you interested in becoming a PRO Realtor?

    Jason Thoele
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    Are you interested in becoming a PRO Realtor? We’ll help you get there! BECOME A PRO REALTOR! PROfessionalism Our highly trained staff and broker put the PRO in Professionalism. By adding experience, honesty, integrity and accountability to our daily business, we have the key competencies to assist you the RIGHT way in whatever transaction you need assistance with. PROductivity To succeed in real estate, agents must learn how to maximize their most precious resource of time. Tholco Real Estate Group will give you the tools you need to improve your efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Bakersfield Homes for Sale with Solar

    Jason Thoele
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Interested in Homes for Sale with Solar? Take a look at this featured home! Spacious beauty in the desirable Northwest area of Bakersfield, over 3000 SF of living space boasting granite countertops and numerous upgrades. Pebble Tec pool & spa and solar panels on the roof! 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. Nestled just a short distance from the energetic community of Los Angeles, Bakersfield is a perfect place…
  • What’s Deductible When Buying a Home

    Jason Thoele
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Realtors are quick to point out that home ownership allows a lot of tax advantages not available to someone who merely pays rent. A homeowner can deduct points used to obtain a mortgage when buying a home, mortgage interest paid during the year, and property taxes. Those are the basics… There are rules and guidelines to these deductions, however. Even though Realtors and lenders have the best intentions, sometimes they are a little “fuzzy” about exactly what is deductible. What are Points? When most people buy a home, they generally obtain a mortgage. Mortgages have costs…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Buying a Home – Get Pre-Approved

    Jason Thoele
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    You can improve your negotiating position significantly if you tell a home seller and their real estate agent that you’re pre-approved. We recommend that you get pre-approved, not just pre-qualified. Getting Pre-Approved: To get pre-approved, the lender digs deeper and may contact your employer, bank and others to verify your income, assets, debts and credit history. You may receive a letter stating that you’re pre-approved for a certain loan amount for a certain period of time. Your lender may charge you a small fee to cover the costs of your credit report and application. This…
  • Foreclosure Homes with Pools for Sale

    Jason Thoele
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Those that are in the market for foreclosures homes with pools in Bakersfield will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom home! Located close to the beautiful Riverlakes golf course, this home features a spacious tiled living room with fireplace, open kitchen with new appliances, large bedrooms with hardwood flooring, lovely master bed and bath with double vanity, 2 car garage, laundry room with hardwood flooring and extra cupboard space, and lush backyard with patio and built-in pool. Perfect for those hot summer days! This home is also located on…
  • Are you interested in becoming a PRO Realtor?

    Jason Thoele
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    Are you interested in becoming a PRO Realtor? We’ll help you get there! BECOME A PRO REALTOR! PROfessionalism Our highly trained staff and broker put the PRO in Professionalism. By adding experience, honesty, integrity and accountability to our daily business, we have the key competencies to assist you the RIGHT way in whatever transaction you need assistance with. PROductivity To succeed in real estate, agents must learn how to maximize their most precious resource of time. Tholco Real Estate Group will give you the tools you need to improve your efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Bakersfield Homes for Sale with Solar

    Jason Thoele
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Interested in Homes for Sale with Solar? Take a look at this featured home! Spacious beauty in the desirable Northwest area of Bakersfield, over 3000 SF of living space boasting granite countertops and numerous upgrades. Pebble Tec pool & spa and solar panels on the roof! 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. Nestled just a short distance from the energetic community of Los Angeles, Bakersfield is a perfect place…
  • What’s Deductible When Buying a Home

    Jason Thoele
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Realtors are quick to point out that home ownership allows a lot of tax advantages not available to someone who merely pays rent. A homeowner can deduct points used to obtain a mortgage when buying a home, mortgage interest paid during the year, and property taxes. Those are the basics… There are rules and guidelines to these deductions, however. Even though Realtors and lenders have the best intentions, sometimes they are a little “fuzzy” about exactly what is deductible. What are Points? When most people buy a home, they generally obtain a mortgage. Mortgages have costs…
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    Orange County Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Dana Point Real Estate

  • Is now the right time to list your Orange County home?

    949hometeam
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    In the Orange County real estate market there was no noticeable slowdown in demand as the year winded down.  While less homes were listed in November and December there was a lingering strong buyer demand level that has continued into…Read more ›Is now the right time to list your Orange County home? is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • 2015 Orange County Real Estate Predictions

    949hometeam
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    So what’s in store for Orange County real estate in 2015? This is a pretty hotly debated topic annually at this time of year with all sorts of experts making our best educated guesses. Will interest rates go up, stay…Read more ›2015 Orange County Real Estate Predictions is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report January 2015

    949hometeam
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report Aliso Viejo Real Estate at a Glance: price and volume managed to remain strong despite the holiday season as the year came to an end. We look primed for a great start to 2015 in Aliso…Read more ›Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report January 2015 is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate Report January 2015

    949hometeam
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Orange County Real Estate – 2014 comes to a close strongly for Orange County Real Estate We ended 2014 pretty strong here in Orange County real estate and should expect 2015 to get off to a nice start as the…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate Report January 2015 is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Working with Foreign buyers of Orange County Real Estate

    949hometeam
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Back in 2012 and 2013 Orange County Real Estate had a huge influx of foreign buyers for many of these out of country buyers our home prices were seen as a great value investment alternative while others were buying vacation…Read more ›Working with Foreign buyers of Orange County Real Estate is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
 
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    Jacob Grant

  • Top 29 Real Estate Experts To Follow On Twitter In 2015

    robbie
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    The real estate industry has changed considerably in recent years with the rapid growth of social media. Leading publications and industry experts are now leveraging these channels to distribute content that was previously buried in expensive books and training courses. Today, people in all sectors of the industry – investors, agents, brokers, mortgage advisors, strategists […] The post Top 29 Real Estate Experts To Follow On Twitter In 2015 appeared first on Jacob Grant.
  • 17 Experts Reveal How To Make Smart (Profitable) Real Estate Investments

    robbie
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    How do successful real estate investors know which properties will deliver the greatest ROI? Simple, they know what to look for. Two weeks ago I asked 17 real estate investment experts a simple question: Which 3  formulas/metrics do you look at first before deciding to invest in a piece of real estate, and why? I […] The post 17 Experts Reveal How To Make Smart (Profitable) Real Estate Investments appeared first on Jacob Grant.
  • 7 “No BS” Real Estate Investment Tips From Maya Paveza

    robbie
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    This is a post by real estate investment coach and strategist, Maya Paveza. In this post, Maya will share 7 actionable tips that have helped her grow numerous profitable investment portfolios, both for herself and clients. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.    Maya Paveza, Real Estate Expert   ****** Real estate investment tips […] The post 7 “No BS” Real Estate Investment Tips From Maya Paveza appeared first on Jacob Grant.
  • 26 Real Estate Experts Reveal Top Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors

    robbie
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    For many first-time real estate investors, taking the leap and buying an investment property is one of the scariest things they’ll ever do. After all, there is a lot at risk if things go south. Two weeks ago I asked 26 real estate experts and successful investors a simple question: If you could list 3 common […] The post 26 Real Estate Experts Reveal Top Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors appeared first on Jacob Grant.
  • Top 89 Real Estate Blogs To Follow In 2014

    robbie
    27 May 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you’re anything like us – looking for ways to save time, become smarter real estate investors, uncover proven marketing strategies, and stay on track with industry news and trends – you need a quality reading list. Thanks to the abundance of blogs popping up all over the internet, finding quality (actionable) information is becoming very challenging. […] The post Top 89 Real Estate Blogs To Follow In 2014 appeared first on Jacob Grant.
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    Climate Plus

  • Heat Pump Installation in Oak Ridge

    admin
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    The installation of your heat pump is one of the most important factors determining how well it heats and cools your home, its energy efficiency and, critically, whether the manufacturer’s warranty is honored. If you are looking for simple, proper heat pump installation in Oak Ridge, here are a few things you should keep in mind. Who You Hire Matters Heat pump installation in Oak Ridge can be expensive, so there is no doubt a temptation to go with the cheapest option. But this isn’t always the best way to go. Often, less expensive installers cut corners that might save you money in the…
  • Drain Cleaning in Oak Ridge: Knowing the Signs of a Main Line Clog

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    A main line clog is not only not convenient, it can be a plumbing disaster. For that reason it’s important that you are able to recognize the signs of a main line sewer clog in Oak Ridge. Knowing what to look for can help you get a plumbing professional to your home more quickly, hopefully preventing serious damage to your home. Signs of a Mainline Clog A main line clog is a much more severe problem than a singular blockage in your bathtub or shower. A main line clog can cause your entire plumbing system to be out of commission until it’s cleared away, and can also cause damage to your…
  • Boiler or Furnace: Heating Services in Oak Ridge

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Differences Between Boilers and Furnaces Although they both accomplish the same goal – heating your home – there are important differences between boilers and furnaces that most homeowners aren’t aware of. If fact, many homeowners don’t even know which type they have. Read on to learn about the differences between boilers and furnaces, courtesy of the Oak Ridge experts at Climate Plus. What is a Boiler? Boilers do just what their name implies: boil water. In heating systems that are hot water- or steam-based, your boiler heats water up to a very high temperature by burning fuel,…
  • What is Radiant Floor Heating? Oak Ridge HVAC Experts

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    How many winter mornings have you stepped out of a nice hot shower onto a freezing cold tile floor? Even if your home has a fantastic heating system, it’s designed to heat the air, not your floors. But there is something you can do about it. Radiant floor heating, whether for just a couple of rooms or your whole home, can consistently heat the air as well as keep your floors warm and toasty. What is Radiant Floor Heating? Radiant floor heating consists of a number of electric or water-heated coils installed beneath your home’s floors. The heat from the floor radiates into the room,…
  • 3 Causes of Furnace Failure in Oak Ridge

    admin
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    What Makes Oak Ridge Homeowners Need Furnace Repair? When it’s 10 degrees outside, the last thing you want to deal with is furnace failure. Unfortunately, furnace failure tends to happen at the worst times. If you suspect furnace failure in Oak Ridge, there are a number of things that could be the cause. Below are 3 causes of furnace failure. Your Air Filters are Dirty or Clogged The air filter in your furnace prevents your unit from releasing dust and pollen into the air inside your home. A working filter is not only essential to the air quality in your home, it is an important factor in…
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    Lucy Kelts

  • Take Your Sweetheart(s) on a Sunset Sail This Valentine’s Day!

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:16 pm
    One of the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones is on beautiful San Diego Bay. Hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, this unique Valentine’s Day treat is not to be missed. Bring Mom, Grandpa, kids, — or just that single special someone — share this day of love with those you care about. Guests will board the tall ship America, for a three-hour scenic tour of the bay, marine wildlife and local attractions. Enjoy a twilight sail that comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and chocolate strawberries. Remember this day of love…
  • 5954 Calle Camposeco (#335)

    Lucy Kelts
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    An extraordinary gated entrance tennis court estate set upon nearly 2.5 acres with panoramic views in incomparable Fairbanks Ranch! Main house with 4 bedroom suites and formal entry, living, dining, also enjoys a very large beautifully styled outdoor family/entertaining center. A large detached guest house plus a detached casita lend great flexibility of use. A rare sunken with lights regulation size tennis court complements this ideal and unique property. Ultimate California Lifestyle – An extraordinary gated, tennis court estate set upon nearly 2 1/2 acres with panoramic views in…
  • Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection in San Diego on January 29

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Live music, sound effects, golden voices and imaginative storytelling…hallmarks of the golden age of radio. The San Diego State University Performing Arts Troupe presents an evening of live radio theater at 6:30 PM on Thursday, January 29th. This presentation is part of the Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection series held in the multipurpose room at The Salvation Army Kroc Center located at 6605 University Avenue. This family-friendly evening features adaptations o the popular 30’s sci-fi radio drama Buck Rogers in the 25th Century; a classic Aesop’s Fable and an…
  • Restaurant Week Dining Cruises

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:36 am
    If you’ve been thinking about trying a Hornblower Dinner Cruise or Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise, San Diego Restaurant Week is the time! Whether you choose the dinner cruise or the Sunday champagne brunch cruise, both are a deal at $50 per person. What You Get on the Dinner Cruise Nightly, January 18 to January 24th including Saturday: 3-hour cruise Boarding glass of champagne or sparkling cider Complementary coffee and hot tea Wine list and cocktails available for purchase 3-course seated dinner Private Reserved Table Dj Entertainer for Music requests and dancing Views that change…
  • Borrego Springs Film Festival Happening on January 15-19

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    9 Jan 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Do you love movies? Then you won’t want to miss out on the Borrego Springs Film Festival, happening on January 15-19! In 1920 the pioneering filmmaker and actress, Nell Shipman, launched a new era for Borrego Springs, California, with her film, Something New, and things have never been the same! Tom Hanks’ From the Earth to the Moon (episode 10), PBS’ Kingdom of David, Fox’s X-Files, Paramount, MGM, Universal, RKO and Castle Rock have all found the perfect setting in our desert. Silent films, comedies, science fiction, war and westerns, independent and major studios…
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Private Money & Hard Money Loans Designed Investors

    Camille Baptiste
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    No money? No Credit? No Problem. Private Money and Hard Money Loans are designed specifically for real estate investors. Real estate investor loans are typically based on the asset being used for collateral and not the ability of the borrower to repay the loan. In other words, real estate loans for investors are not necessarily [...]Private Money & Hard Money Loans Designed Investors is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Top 5 Real Estate Calculations

    Andrew Syrios
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Despite what many of us would prefer, real estate does involve some math. Luckily, most of the formula’s are rather simple. So here we go with the top five real estate calculations (according to me, that is): 1. Cap Rate:  Net Operating Income/Total Price of Property This is mostly used for valuing apartment complexes and other [...]Top 5 Real Estate Calculations is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Individual 401k Calculator: How Much Can You Contribute To A Solo 401k Plan?

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    To make the most of a retirement plan, plan holders are recommended to contribute as much as they are allowed to. An individual 401k calculator can help plan holders to determine the exact contribution limit for their plan.Individual 401k Calculator: How Much Can You Contribute To A Solo 401k Plan? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Top 10 Business Books (In My Humble Opinion)

    Andrew Syrios
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Real estate is a business. And yes, there are some great books specifically on real estate that every investor should read (like the 10 I mentioned earlier), but there are also some great business books that investors should put on their list. My top 10 list is as follows: 10. Who- Geoff Smart and Randy [...]Top 10 Business Books (In My Humble Opinion) is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Tips For Building A Wholesale Buyers List

    Camille Baptiste
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    So what happens when you do find that good real estate investment deal and need to find a buyer so you can make some fast cash wholesaling it? First things first – get it under contract! You can not sell or wholesale something that you do not have the rights to or own. Period. Get an offer [...]Tips For Building A Wholesale Buyers List is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Real Estate News - The Housing Block

  • Interest rate announcement – January 2015

    The Housing Block
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The Bank of Canada Lowers Interest Rates on Fears of Lower Oil Prices The Bank of Canada (BoC) sent the loonie on a freefall today when it announced it’s cutting interest rates. The overnight lending rate is being lower by 25 basis points to 0.75 percent. This marks the first time in over four years our central bank has adjusted interest rates. Before today, the overnight lending rate had been frozen at 1 percent since September 2010.   The overnight rate is the interest rate at which lenders borrow and lend one-day funds among themselves. Any change could lead to a trickle-down effect…
  • Does it Make Sense to Rent or Buy in Toronto?

    The Housing Block
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    Source: wikimedia.org   With Toronto home prices soaring into the stratosphere, many Torontonians are deciding to sit on the sidelines and rent instead. This has helped boost Toronto’s condo rental market. Despite the Bank of Canada’s warning the Canadian housing market is 30 percent overvalued, Toronto’s condo boom shows no signs of letting up.   According to market research firm Urbanation, the number of units rented in the GTA increased by 15 per cent in 2014 year-over-year.  22,765 condos were rented in the GTA through the MLS website – that’s twice the level seen in…
  • How Oil Prices Affects the Real Estate Industry

    The Housing Block
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Photo by Arne Huckelheim At the beginning of 2014, nobody could have predicted the tumble in oil prices we experienced in the latter half of the year. Oil fell from its peak of over $100 a barrel to under $50 a barrel in a matter of months. Tough times look to be ahead for Alberta’s once-booming oil and gas industry. Companies are no longer able to turn a profit with oil at its current price level. Not surprisingly, the steep fall of oil is expected to impact the real estate industry.   Real estate brokerage Royale LePage  believes lower oil prices will benefit housing markets in…
  • 4 Ways to Get Your Finances in Shape in the New Year

    The Housing Block
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Source: lifehacker.com Have you set your New Year’s Resolution yet for 2015? While many people think of getting in better shape as visiting the gym more often, have you ever consider giving your financials a much-needed workout? $20,000 of outstanding debt on your credit card is a lot like carrying around an extra 50 pounds of fat, but instead of carrying it on your person you’re carrying it in your wallet.  Getting your financial house in order can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking a few simple steps you can shed those extra pounds of debt in no time and be on your…
  • Outlook of the Vancouver Housing Market in 2015

    The Housing Block
    9 Jan 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Greater Vancouver still held onto the distinct honour as Canada’s most expensive real estate market in 2014. The average home price reached $838,400 in 2014, an increase from $781,517 in 2013.   Vancouver house prices are predicted to appreciate 3 per cent in 2015, outpacing the Canadian average of only 2.5 per cent, while unit sales will stay the same, according to the RE/MAX annual Housing Market Outlook report. Although this isn’t as rosy as Toronto’s real estate market, where house prices are predicted to grow 4 per cent, Vancouver should easily hold onto its title as…
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  • What’s Available Wednesday? It’s a Philadelphia Duplex!

    Jackie McGinnis
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Honestly: we can’t count the number of reasons to invest in Philadelphia real estate. Low buy-ins. True cash flow. Equity. Appreciation (and we don’t mean the cheese steaks)… A city on the upswing and property values on the rise. It’s close to New York City and Washington D.C: colleges, hospitals, employers, culture, art – Philadelphia has it all PLUS some incredible deals on turnkey properties. Interested? You should be. Today’s property is a duplex – which means one property and two rental incomes. We love that, don’t you? Less to manage and…
  • Huge Announcements at Hipster!

    Jackie McGinnis
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Can you believe it’s nearly February already? For us, January has flown by, and we have a lot of awesome new things going on this year! Check them out: Our first eBook! Turnkey Rental Properties 101 This is the FIRST EVER detailed explanation of how to buy Turnkey Real Estate! It’s all right here in our new eBook: Turnkey Rental Properties 101. Seriously, if you are ready to invest in the absolute easiest way possible, you need to snag your copy of this book! If you’ve been around long, then you know how much we love turnkeys and how easy they can be. But that doesn’t…
  • The Pivotal Factor You Probably Don’t Know to Watch for in a Rental Market

    Jackie McGinnis
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    So you’ve decided you’re ready to buy a rental property, and you’ve decided you aren’t going to limit yourself to one area as far as where to buy said rental property, and now you need to figure out where to buy it. If you are looking outside of your local market to buy in, chances are you are doing so in hopes of gaining the best returns you can get on a property. If you didn’t care about returns, you’d probably just buy in your own backyard. Maybe you aren’t even looking for the best returns; maybe you just want good returns (assuming your local market can’t give them to…
  • What’s Available Wednesday? Houston!

    Jackie McGinnis
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    You know that we at Hipster love the lone star state. It’s got the growth, the jobs, the schools, the sports and the demand investors want and need for sustainable cash-flow year after year, month after month. In one word, Texas is: stable. Investors, you want stable. Your portfolio needs it. Your future children and grand-kids will thank you. Houston has big business. Big colleges. Hospitals. It’s a total hub! There’s always a demand for great rental housing, and today’s pick is a gem. Let’s take a closer look. Imagine this one as your next investment property…
  • The ONE Thing You Need to Do to Get Started as a Real Estate Investor

    Jackie McGinnis
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Do you know why real estate investing is so hard for most people? Maybe it’s not hard once you get into it, but isn’t (or wasn’t) getting started incredibly daunting and intimidating? Why is that? I think it’s because real estate investing was never taught to most of us growing up. Maybe a few of you were lucky enough to have family members who were investors so you were able to get into it more naturally, but I’d venture to say that’s not the case for most of us. I’ve never even heard of a school that teaches it. Certainly not high schools, and some colleges offer real estate…
 
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  • Ask Customer Care: Google Analytics

    Geneva Ives
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Dear readers, We are delighted to add yet another installment to our super helpful “Ask Customer Care” blog series. If you haven’t had the chance to interact with our Customer Care team yet, you should know that they are the friendliest customer service team around! Our customer service is free and unlimited, so if you have a question about Point2 Agent websites or our other services, be sure to give them a call or send an email.  And now on with the show!… Q: How do I add Google Analytics to my Point2 Agent website (and why would I want to)? When you add Google…
  • Rent Growth Approaches 4.5% in 2015

    Geneva Ives
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Today we have some rental news to share from our friends at Pierce-Eislen. If you’re an agent who also works with rentals, we’re sure you’ll find this interesting. And even if you never work with rentals, rent growth means that more people will be interested in discovering whether buying is a viable option for them this year. So it’s really a win-win! National rent growth to push towards 4.5% in 2015; Western markets lead the pack The 2015 Rent Forecast & Outlook Report for the US multifamily sector published by Pierce-Eislen noted that estimated rent growth in…
  • High Rise Homes on Point2 Homes

    Geneva Ives
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    So far we’ve shown you tiny homes, earth homes, tree houses and even homes of the future! But what about high rise homes? A hundred years ago, skyscraper and high rise homes were thought to be extremely futuristic, but now they’re a skyline mainstay in big cities all over the world. And a real estate mainstay in bustling towns where there’s no place to go but up. Our friends at Point2 Homes recently took a look at high rise construction in Montreal over the last six years. Their awesome team created amazing “sliding” images, so we can compare the Montreal of 2007 to 2013. Take a…
  • You’re Invited: 5 Broker Practices That Can Double Profits

    Terri Murphy
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    As another year launches, broker-owners are faced with how to get more sales from their agents. Many offices depend heavily on what has worked in the past. But what if you could pick the brains of highly profitable broker-owners to find out how they have greatly increased their profitability, retention and recruitment in 2014? Point2 has done the research for you and has a solution designed especially for your management team. We are kicking off the year with “How to Be More Profitable in 2015.” This new series of monthly events starts Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Every month, in a…
  • 4 Pieces of Wearable Tech for Real Estate Agents

    Geneva Ives
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Welcome to the future, agents! Remember when Walter Cronkite predicted that “in the 21st century, it may be that no home will be complete without a computerized communications console”? And now, of course, we all carry smartphones in our pockets and tablets everywhere we go. Well, it’s time to go even one step farther. Today we’re showing the latest in wearable tech for real estate agents. Because why should you have to dig in your purse or pocket for what you need? Nobody has time for that. It’s time to embrace computers as part of your daily wardrobe.* 4…
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    Keeping Current Matters

  • 13,808 Houses Sold Yesterday! Did Yours?

    The KCM Crew
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is... If it hasn't sold yet, maybe it's not priced properly. After all 13,808 houses sold yesterday, 13,808 will sell today and 13,808 will sell tomorrow. 13,808! That is the average number of homes that sell each and every day in this country according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Existing Home Sales Report. NAR reported that sales are at an annual rate of 5.04 million. Divide that…
  • The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

    The KCM Crew
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to: Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home) Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset Set the fee for the services required to liquidate that asset An agent must be concerned first and foremost about you and your family in order to garner that degree of trust. Make sure this is the case.  Be careful if the agent you are interviewing begins the interview by: Bragging about…
  • Why Have Interest Rates Dropped?

    The KCM Crew
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The headlines agree mortgage interest rates have dropped substantially below initial projections. Many who are considering purchasing a home, or moving up to their dream home, might think that they should wait to buy, because rates may continue to fall. A recent article on the Economists’ Outlook blog by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) provides insight into one major factor in the decline in interest rates, the crude oil price. “As of January 5, 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that the price of regular gasoline was $2.20/gallon, the lowest…
  • 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional

    The KCM Crew
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO. The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but have rather been strengthened due to the projections of higher mortgage interest rates & home prices as the market continues to recover. 1. What do you do with all this paperwork? Each state has different…
  • Latest Equity Report Released

    The KCM Crew
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    CoreLogic’s Q3 Equity Report was recently released. As a whole, the country has recovered well from the negative equity situation that existed previously. We now stand at 89.8% equity share as a nation. According to CoreLogic’s Methodology: “The amount of equity for each property is determined by comparing the estimated current value of the property against the mortgage debt outstanding (MDO). If the MDO is greater than the estimated value, then the property is determined to be in a negative equity position. If the estimated value is greater than the MDO, then the property is determined…
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  • Can The Right PA Realtor Really Save You?

    Dan Zito
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    How Much Can The Right PA Realtor Really Save You When Selling A Home? Beyond the sales pitches and glossy folders the data shows that some PA Realtors really can prove that they put more money in their clients’ pockets when selling their homes. So just how much are we talking about? Get More for Your Home Central PA based Zito Realty Group has a verifiable track record of selling their clients’ homes for 2% more than the MLS average. … Read More
  • Is a New or Existing Home in Harrisburg, PA the Best Move for You?

    Dan Zito
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Harrisburg Homes for Sale: Existing Houses Vs. New Construction Are new or existing homes for sale in Harrisburg, PA the best choice for buyers today? Harrisburg new home communities can be very alluring to Pennsylvania home buyers. The question is whether they are really worth the asking price, or if existing homes may be the smarter and safer investment, especially for first time home buyers? Harrisburg Celebrated as Leading American City While perhaps underestimated by many, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is garnering … Read More
  • Community Spotlight Spring Rock Court Townhomes

    Dan Zito
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Spring Rock Court Townhomes, in Mechanicsburg, PA, is located in a prime location in south-central Pennsylvania. Just eight miles from the Capitol of Harrisburg, this is a great location giving you access and the convenience the city has to offer, while enjoying a rural lifestyle. Cumberland County offers highly sought after schools and a central location to both local attractions and national favorites. Add affordable homes starting in the low 200’s and this just might be the perfect location for … Read More
  • A Safe Haven From Soaring Rents

    Dan Zito
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    New Central PA Homes For Sale Offer A Safe Haven From Soaring Rents According to Zillow renting became twice as expensive as buying a home as we moved into 2015. So has mortgage lending eased enough for you to take advantage of new homes for sale in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, PA? Can local residents afford not to buy? Renting Becoming Unaffordable in America The latest data from Zillow shows that the minimum hourly wage needed to rent the median … Read More
  • Seller Tips: Depersonalization

    Dan Zito
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Seller Tips: Depersonalization After de-cluttering and staging, the third and crucial step before inviting buyers to tour your home is depersonalization. You want to make it easy for buyers to imagine your house as their home. This step can be difficult for some, especially if it’s been a while since your last move, because you might be very used to how your home looks and feels. It’s important that you use objective eyes when trying to depersonalize, and if those … Read More
 
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    Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team

  • Why Have Interest Rates Dropped?

    moellerteam
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    The headlines agree mortgage interest rates have dropped substantially below initial projections. Many who are considering purchasing a home, or moving up to their dream home, might think that they should wait to buy, because rates may continue to fall. A recent article on the Economists’ Outlook blog by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) provides insight into one major factor in the decline in interest rates, the crude oil price. “As of January 5, 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that the price of regular gasoline was $2.20/gallon, the lowest…
  • Curious about your equity?

    moellerteam
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Check out Core Logic’s latest statistics on Positive and Negative Home Equity in the United States. Curious about your equity? Visit www.Moeller.CustomValues.com for a custom prepared home valuation report. The post Curious about your equity? appeared first on Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team.
  • 3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

    moellerteam
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually a good time for you to buy a home. There are three questions you should ask before purchasing in today’s market: 1. Why am I buying a home in the first place? This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home?
  • Here’s the expert chatter about 2015.

    moellerteam
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Experts say that prices will be approximately 4% higher by the end of the year. Analysts say mortgage interest rates will be about 5 % by the end of the year. It also seems that all the best homes are selling must faster. The post Here’s the expert chatter about 2015. appeared first on Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team.
  • THE MAGIC OF REAL ESTATE

    moellerteam
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    For those who know us, you know that Todd and I are passionate about the magic of real estate. We believe real estate is the single most effective vehicle to build wealth and leave a financial family legacy. It’s like the perfect man in a Disney fantasy. Here are just a few of the dream come true benefits of owning and KEEPING real estate. 1. Leveraged Appreciation. We can purchase a property with 20% down and if that property goes up in value by 20%, we’ve doubled our investment. $500,000 Purchase Price 20% Increase in Value $600,000 Future Value $100,000 Gain $100,000 Original…
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    Times Realty News

  • Real Estate Crowdfunding Conference: The New Reality in Realty

    admin
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Dallas, Texas, Jan. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The 2-day Real Estate Crowdfunding Conference will gather real estate crowdfunding firms, investors, investment fund managers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, industry professionals, academia, and media during the Real Estate Investors Expo (REI Expo) at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, Texas. Online funding trends, investment and financing strategies, regulatory environment, and financial efficiency in the real estate sector are some of the topics to be discussed. David Drake, Founder and Chairman of Victoria…
  • Hedge Funds Sail Towards Crowdfunding Space in 5 Steps

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    by David Drake ‘A hedge fund is an aggressive investment portfolio. It utilizes advanced investment strategies in local and foreign markets to obtain high returns. Hedge funds are mostly private investment partnerships for a limited number of investors, requiring a high sum. The minimum period of investment is one year. Hedge funds are unregulated. Thus, US laws require investors to have substantial investment knowledge and have a net worth of over a million dollars per year.’ Angel investors and venture capitalists  are the sources of funding that new businesses are seeking to grow…
  • Crowdfunding Grows Up: 4 Trends That Will Shape and Shake 2015

    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    As 2014 draws to an end, the outlook for crowdfunding does not wane one bit despite growing up pains. The Tabb Group has estimated that the market will hit $17 billion in 2015 after having been forecasted to touch $10 billion in 2014 with more than 1000 new platforms formed. Some of the funding will come from angel investors who could invest a total of $50 billion in 2015 across all funding opportunities compared to $22.9 billion in 2012, though a more conservative estimate puts the figure at $28 billion. Research from the Tabb Group indicates that the type of lending which allowed the…
  • Top 4 Crowdfunding Developments and Predictions for Asia in 2015

    admin
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    Unlike the U.S. and Europe where crowdfunding has grown into a massive industry that provides funding for a variety of “SPPICE” (Service, Product, Project, Investment, Cause and Experience), it is yet to gain a ton of traction in Asia. Indeed, despite prospects for future growth identified in China, with a market forecasted to be worth $50 billion in the next decade, its potentials still remain largely untapped. Factors ranging from absence of a sound legal system backing its activities, lack of innovative projects, cultural influences and information asymmetry have constrained its…
  • Getting into UAE’s Real Estate Crowdfunding Space: Market, Trends, and Platforms

    admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Property markets in the United Arab Emirates are gradually recovering from the setback that has been witnessed for the past seven years. Reports have shown that property prices in UAE are growing between 20 to 30 percent. Experts argue that the real estate market is on course to full recovery as most sectors have recorded improved performance. UAE’s real estate sector is also witnessing some changes. Currently, there are new and better regulations, investors and sponsors are becoming more watchful, and the majority of investors in the region prefer the real estate sector due to its…
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    Dubai Real Estate Property Blog | Better Homes LLC.

  • Dubai Property & Real Estate Company in Dubai

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Dubai Property The last 3 months of 2014 were slow for the Dubai Property housing market, with villas and apartments suffering equally. Mortgage caps and an increase in transfer fees have not helped the situation. The falling price of oil has equally softened the Dubai Property market’s strength making potential buyers wary of where they spend and on what type of investment. With more and more additional units being distributed into an already slow market, normally aggressive Dubai property investors are slower to finalise deals that at one time would have been an easy decision. While…
  • Business Bay, the darling of investors

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:34 pm
      Better Homes LLC’s Mujtaba Virani, Residential Consultant specializing in the Business Bay Area, shares his insight on why the Community has become so popular with both residential and commercial clients …more Business Bay, the darling of investors Data from the Land Department shows Business Bay registered the highest number of sales compared to any other community. Mujtaba Virani, Residential Consultant for Better Homes, specializing the Business Bay area, explains why. Popularity with the residential community We have primarily seen an upsurge in Business Bay…
  • Renting v Buying - A Financial Comparison

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Planning to live in Dubai for the long term? If so, this infographic could help you save hundreds of thousands of Dirhams in living costs over the next six years. You'll pick up some valuable insights from our experts on how what you spend compounds dramatically over time. Want to learn more? Then give us a call on +971 600 52 2233.  
  • Buying v Renting

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    There comes a moment in many an expat’s life when you realise the UAE really is home - and will be for many years to come. And with that comes the realisation that you’ve also spent hundreds of thousands of Dirhams renting, when you could have owned your own home all along. It’s a realisation Sam Wani hears about every day. As General Manager of Independent Finance, a Dubai based mortgage advisory and Better Homes finance partner, Sam specialises in helping expats invest in their own homes.   ‘Believe it or not, the average time an expat spends living in the UAE…
  • Better Homes’ Linda Mahoney talks to Property Weekly

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
      Chairman gives an insight into 28 years in the UAE property market Linda Mahoney, chairman of Better Homes, has given her unique take on the UAE real estate industry for a special Cityscape edition of Property Weekly.   She is one of three long-term luminaries of the property industry to talk about their experiences over nearly three decades, and Linda reveals her own experiences of the incredible growth of the country’s property market.   Linda founded Better Homes in 1986 as a one-woman outfit and has presided over a company that has become one of the UAE’s most…
 
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  • Calgary Inner City Community of Haysboro - Community Profile

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    With the sprawl of the new Calgary suburbans stretching from deep south communities such as Cranston, Auburn Bay and Mahogany, to way up North to the communities of Evanston, Kincora, and Redstone, many people still prefer the character homes of Calgarys inner city communties. Haysboro is the perfect example of a neighbourhood that offers a mix of newer, udpated homes while still maintaining its 1960s charm.  Haysboro was established in 1958 on land owned by Harry Hays until the annexation (1956). Located in Calgarys southwest quadrant from Heritage Drive to the north, Macleod Trail to the…
  • Nova building 1118 12 ave sw Calgary condo in Connaught

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:53 pm
    The Nova building is located at 1118  12 ave sw Calgary Alberta and was built in 2008 . This modern and sleek high rise apartment has 27 levels of stunning design which was constructed by Itc construction group.  The front entrance can be found along 12 ave sw in Calgary and faces south towards the downtown core and is in the heart of the district Connaught . Connaught is a super neighbourhood full of vibrant establishments and shopping nearby, yet close to the 17th ave district.  This amazingly designed unit has some of best views of the downtown core . It is a concrete building with…
  • Downtown Calgary condo Popular spots

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Downtown Calgary is a vibrant spot , where people like to work , live and play . One of the most Popular streets is 17 ave sw. The street starts around McLeod trail in calgary and goes up the hill heading west towards leaving the city. Known for its many amazing coffee shops , pubs ,nightlife and referred to as Red mile.  Its is also situated very close to where the NHL Calgary flames play  and Whl Calgary HItmen .  It truly is a street that goes thru the heart of the fun district in Calgary . The downtown core has really outstanding neighbourhoods including the belt line , Connaught ,…
  • CREB Real Estate Forecast 2015

    18 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    By now, consumers who have been keeping an eye on Calgarys real estate market have heard news all over the place about the plummeting real estate prices affected by the lower prices of crude oil. Reports vary depending on the source but CREB maintains its stance of a modest increase to prices of 1.58 per cent while housing sales are to ease by 4 per cent, due to market uncertainty and changes in the economy. Although 2014 was a good year with increases in home prices and a short supply of listings, we will most likely see the market being pushed into more balanced conditions due to the rising…
  • Calgary Infills an amazing lifestyle choice for 2015

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    With all the great neighbourhoods in Calgary , many home buyers are looking for a taylor made solution to their housing needs. There has been a real popular trend of infills in the inner city where lifestyle meets design. This often is a result of the demand of the type of housing influence and land density that is occuring around the inner city of beautiful Calgary.  You will completely be amazed at how far Calgary has come along with uniqueness.  What this means is that old homes are being torn down which of course are being newly constructed with outstanding new modern homes in…
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  • Pag-IBIG Foreclosed Properties Sealed Bidding Slated on February 23-24, 2015 (Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas)

    Jay Castillo
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    A total of 729 Pag-IBIG foreclosed properties located in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas shall be for sale via public sealed biddings on February 23 and 24, 2015. Submission of bids for both dates shall be from 9:00am to 12:00nn at the 7th Flr., Conference Room, JELP Business Solutions Center, 409 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City. The complete list of foreclosed properties and general guidelines follows. The two batches of sealed biddings with respective dates, areas included, and total number of  Pag-IBIG foreclosed properties are listed below: Batch 1:…
  • Auction Of PNB Foreclosed Properties In Pangasinan Slated On February 12, 2015 (Up to 40% Discount!)

    Jay Castillo
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Another auction of PNB foreclosed properties in Pangasinan will be held on February 12, 2015, 2:00pm, at the Star Plaza Hotel, A. B. Fernandez Avenue, Dagupan City. Foreclosed property buyers can get up to 40% discount. Download the complete list of properties below. Auction terms According to the auction flyer from PNB, buyers can get as low as 6% interest rate, and payment terms up to 20 years. This is in addition to the discount that can be as high as 40%. Top Pick For This Auction Download the list of PNB foreclosed properties You may download the list of foreclosed properties located…
  • Nationwide List of BFS Foreclosed Properties for sale as of January 2015 now available!

    Jay Castillo
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    I have just completed updating our list of BFS foreclosed properties in our database. In total, we now have 2,143 properties for sale from all over the Philippines, and 143 of these are newly listed. Check out the details below. The updated list comes directly from Bahay Financial Services (BFS). Here’s a summary for this update: 143 new listings were added to the database (all with pictures!) All sold properties were removed from the database We now have a total of 2,143 properties from BFS This update supersedes all previous listings from BFS Reminders Each property may still have…
  • Security Bank Fantastic Elastic Home Loan Offers 5.25% Interest Rate – Comparison Chart Updated

    Jay Castillo
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Although I have seen a lot of billboards of Security Bank’s Fantastic Elastic Home Loan, I didn’t know exactly what interest rates they were offering. Thanks to Ms. Emy Arceo of Security Bank, I now know that their interest rates starts at just 5.25% (fixed for 1 year), one of the lowest in the market. Other interest rates/fixing periods, and a video introduction with Megan Young can be seen below.   Security Bank Fantastic Elastic Home Loan Interest Rates Fixing Period (Years) Interest Rate 1 5 .25% 2 to 3 6.25% 4 to 5 7.00% 6 to 10 8.00% 11 to 15 9.00%   Aside from…
  • 228th UnionBank Foreclosed Properties Auction Slated on January 31, 2015 (Metro Manila, Luzon, Amalfi)

    Jay Castillo
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Here’s the first listing of UnionBank foreclosed properties for sale through public auction for 2015. This includes foreclosed properties from Metro Manila and Luzon areas, plus the brand new house and lots located at Amalfi at The Islands, Dasmarinas Cavite . Auction details below. The 228th Special Public Auction of Unionbank will be held on January 31, 2015, Saturday, at the 28th Flr. UnionBank Plaza, Meralco Ave. cor. Onyx Rd., Ortigas Ctr. Pasig City. Just like past auctions, UnionBank will have two auctions on the same day. The first will be for foreclosed properties from Metro…
 
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  • Do Open Houses Still Work in the Digital Age?

    Aaron Joshua Barroso
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:28 am
    Most prospective homeowners would agree – if you’re serious about buying, then open houses will become a big part of your life. It’s a familiar ritual. Follow the sign, enter the home, sign in and pick up the sell sheet, poke around and once done let the selling agent know in broad strokes whether you like what you see, or whether you’ll simply move on. The question is, in a world where people can easily create virtual home tours, make their own Facebook pitch or post detailed videos on YouTube, do open houses still matter? If activity in Toronto or Vancouver is the only indication,…
  • BREAKING: The Bank of Canada Cuts Interest Rate to 0.75%

    Melissa Marchesano
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    By Penelope Graham, RateSupermarket.ca, MoneyWise The Bank of Canada is officially worried about the drop in oil prices – so much so that they have cut central interest rates for the first time since September 2010. The BoC announced this morning in their January rate announcement that the overnight lending rate, which sets the Prime rate (the cost of borrowing applied to the banks and sets the cost of variable loans in Canada), has been lowered to 0.75 per cent from 1 per cent. Stated the Bank in their announcement, “This decision is in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices,…
  • Canadian Real Estate Market Outlook 2015

    Melissa Marchesano
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Romana King, MoneySense magazine Buy a house. Don’t buy a house. Soft landing. Crash landing. As we start the new year, the question on everyone’s mind is: What can we expect from Canada’s housing market? Once again, experts agree that housing affordability is stretched, historically low interest rates will rise, and housing prices will drop. Rewind 365 days and you could be reading a forecast for 2014. But this time the experts agree: prices really will fall and it’s got everything to do with the recovery of the global economy. Now, if the global economy were a ballgame we…
  • Month End December 2014 Homes Sold in Vancouver

    Melissa Marchesano
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    The post Month End December 2014 Homes Sold in Vancouver appeared first on Zoocasa Life.
  • Sell or stay? How to decide what is best for you

    admin
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    by Farhaneh Haque Homes are rarely, if ever, one-size-fits-all. As your life changes, so can your housing needs. At some point, the big question arises: Should we stay or should we go? A layout that’s spacious and convenient to a first-time buyer can seem cramped and congested by the time you add kids, pets or a home office to your life. Whether to sell or to stay put depends on many factors, both financial and emotional. Consider these key questions before staking the “For Sale” sign. Will your current home fit your changing lifestyle? “A new job, a growing family, an…
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  • Precast Concrete Greatly Boost Quality of Modular Home Construction

    Legendary Homes
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The following highlights a few reasons why precast concrete is helpful in modular home construction; Precast Concrete is Safe Nothing is as solid and secure as a precast concrete building. Homeowners sense the structure’s quality and permanence as they walk the floors and experience the quiet of the evening. They feel safe during the worst that nature can offer, including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and fire. Even their neighbors offer little threat because precast protects them with superior fire resistance that meets or exceeds the fire ratings of their building codes. A…
  • Insulated Modular Home and the Properties That Make It Beneficial

    Legendary Homes
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Modular Home in Michigan with a Front Porch Insulated modular home leverages the kind of living nowadays. It has shrug off the many drawbacks of having a modular home especially in areas where storms are frequent. The properties of an insulated modular home usually increase the home’s energy efficiency and provide lots of options for home finishes. Insulated Modular Home is Eco Friendly Advocates of green building love insulated foundations because its eco- friendly. Insulated modular home foundations do not used hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde that could affect the balance of our…
  • Reason to Use Precast Concrete for Modular Homes

    Legendary Homes
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Precast concrete construction has many advantages and is best when use in the construction of modular homes. It is also an efficient way to gain a high quality modular home especially when you hire an experienced contractor. Description of Precast Concrete Precast concrete is a construction product that is produced by casting concrete in a reusable mould. It is cured in a controlled environment, transported to site and lifted into place. It is a highly versatile product available in vast range of different sizes, functions and finishes. Design-Build Efficiency Precast concrete provides an…
  • Advantages of an Insulated Modular Home in Michigan

    Legendary Homes
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Legendary Homes Inc. has come up with a great solution to answer the demand of many about insulated modular home. The company is building modular homes with high insulation rate that promise a sustainable and efficient abode. Insulated Modular Home is Green Insulated homes are built with products that are safe and nontoxic. They incorporate green features that minimize the build-up of indoor air pollutants, humidity, and allergens. These green characteristics are important to your family’s health, since airborne toxic pollutants are five times higher inside houses than outdoors. Green…
  • Cost of Having a Ranch Style Modular Home in Michigan

    Legendary Homes
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The quality of a ranch style modular home may even surpass that of site-built homes despite having a lesser costs. Construction inside a factory also means the components of the home aren’t exposed to extreme temperatures or weather conditions as they would be at a job site leaving the end result or modules in high quality. Consistency in modular home construction is enhanced because the modular home is built by a single source rather than many subcontractors. Another advantage is that modular homes are nearly complete when they arrive at the site. Carpet, vinyl, and other flooring are…
 
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    Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

  • Regain Your Garage: Simple Tricks for Getting Organized

    BobVila.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    If your house is bursting at the seams, with every cabinet and closet filled to the brim, the solution to your storage woes may be as close as your garage. To make the best use of this space, however, you first need to corral its current chaos. This is, fortunately, a relatively simple task if you incorporate a few good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little effort, you can transform your garage from a messy catchall to an efficient, well-organized household annex. Source: California Closets Divide and conquer First things first: Get rid of anything you no longer use. After…
  • House of the Week: A Home in an Old Bucks County Church

    Melissa Allison
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    JoAnn Rosenthal always loved the simple lines of St. Joseph’s, a church near where she used to spend weekends away from New York City. So when it went on the market in 2000, she and a friend snapped it up with the idea of turning what was essentially a stone-and-stucco building from the 1870s into a weekend retreat. It took several years, and at one point Rosenthal rented a house nearby to keep daily tabs on the renovation. They dug a well, added plumbing and electricity, put a kitchen in the old vestry and built an annex for additional bedrooms. They also uncovered murals on the…
  • Understanding Single-Family Home HOAs

    ProfessorBaron.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Most people think of homeowners associations (HOAs), legally known as Common Interest Developments, as related to attached housing structures like condominiums or town homes. But this is not always the case. Around the 1980s, developers started building communities of single-family homes that were actually Common Interest Developments. These communities came with their own sets of rules, regulations and HOA fees. The reason builders starting developing communities in the HOAs structure was to maintain order and the aesthetics of a community. Their rules keep home paint colors and front yards…
  • 'Gossip Girl' Leighton Meester Unloading Encino Home

    Melissa Allison
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Source: IMDb One way “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester and actor Adam Brody appear to be celebrating their upcoming one-year wedding anniversary is by listing the bachelorette pad she bought in 2011, when she moved from New York to Los Angeles. Meester is asking $2.35 million for the 4 bedroom, 4.5-bath ranch-style home near Ventura Boulevard. The tiered backyard, which is fenced and surrounded by trees, boasts a saltwater swimming pool and a separate pool house with a built-in barbecue grill, speakers and a bar. She’s redecorated, and the 2,847-square-foot home now…
  • Could You Afford to Rent in These 10 Cities?

    Melissa Allison
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Singles often prefer renting to owning, but the financial case for renting is becoming tenuous. Zillow’s latest affordability report found that solo U.S. renters can expect to spend 30 percent of their income on rent. By comparison, homeowners spend just 15 percent of their income on mortgages. Homeownership isn’t as simple as a monthly payment, however, and you should run affordability calculations for yourself and consider your own circumstances. To put the market in perspective, Zillow calculated the hourly wage a solo renter would have to make to afford the median rent…
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  • Tips for Executing Stress-Free Contingency Sales

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Representing a buyer in a contingency sale – where your client’s new home purchase is wholly reliant on a seamless execution of the sale of their property – is stressful. When your sellers are trying to coordinate dual transactions, timing is critical and any small obstacle can quickly escalate into a major crisis. So what can you do to help your client’s experience be as stress free as possible? Follow these three steps:
  • How to Hire The Right Real Estate Assistant

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Running your own company is a big job, and at some point in your career, you will probably need some help. So how do you find an A-List right-hand man or woman to be your real estate assistant?
  • Want to know why your property won't sell? Read this...

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In today's Agent Insights, Craig Ackerman of Ackerman Realty Group isn't a typical real estate agent. He specializes in doing whatever it takes to get top dollar for sellers in San Francisco - whether that means impressive staging or coordinating a total renovation. Today, Craig talks about the key to sellers getting the most bang for their renovation buck.
  • 4 Steps to Protect Yourself From Fair Housing Violations

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There are so many rules and regulations you must know and follow to avoid potential legal issues that it can be overwhelming. The risk of facing litigation is only exacerbated by The Fair Housing Act – a set of laws put into place to protect renters and buyers from housing discrimination. Unfortunately, accidentally violating the act is easier than you might realize. In fact, a seemingly harmless question can be prosecutable in the eyes of the law.  Follow these 4 simple steps to protect yourself:
  • Friday Freebies: All About Referrals

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Referral marketing is so important to the success of your real estate business. Are you doing everything you can to maximize your sphere of influence to generate new clients? Use these friday freebies to optimize your referral marketing and see better results in 2015. Free Referral Program Resources:
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    Latest blog entries - Colorado Real Estate Agent Brandy Unruh

  • Highlighted Community: Westminster, Colorado

    6 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Almost equidistant between Denver and Boulder is the growing suburban community of Westminster, Colorado.  Westminster is in an excellent location for commuting and offers a wide variety of housing, an excellent school system and a number of great amenities.   If history is your interest, take a step back in time and visit Westminster as it was 100 years ago by visiting the Bowles House Museum. Or, drive by the Pillar of Fire building - a majestic neo-Romanesque-style building built in 1892. Both buildings, along with others in the area, are listed on the National Register of…
  • 10 Reasons that I Love my Backyard

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    I grew up in the hot Vegas desert and there really weren't many days in the summer where it was feasible to be outside during the hours of 10 am and 9 pm.  I say that because even after the sun sets, it is still over 100 degrees.  So when I moved to Colorado, I really cherished the evening hours of sunlight and the ability to bask in the sun without feeling like you are going to melt (most days at least).  With that comes a love for my back yard, where I spend as much time as possible no matter the time of year, but during the dog days of summer, I cherish it just a little bit…
  • 7 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Curb appeal allows for a warm and inviting impression of your home.  I always believe that having your homes entry express “if you like what my front door has to offer you will love what is beyond it.” The great thing is you don’t have to break the bank to create that curb appeal that buyers are impressed with.  Just doing a few of the items listed below will take your entry from drab to fab in no time. Dress up your front door. Your homes entry is the focal point of all that is curb appeal.  Doing a few simple things to dress up your front door space will make it…
  • 6 Relocation Tips to Make Moving a Little Easier

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    Connect with someone who lives in the area you are looking to move.  There are countless social media groups out there that will put you in touch with people who came from where you live and moved to where you are going.  It may take a little digging but you are sure to find people to connect with.  This will help guide you as you make your transition. Research and interview reputable movers.  I always suggest getting at least 3 because the quotes can vary drastically from each other.  While you are getting quotes verify what the mover does (i.e. disassemble…
  • How to Take Advantage of Today's Hot Market - Even if You Haven't Found a Home Just Yet

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    It’s almost officially Summer, the weather has warmed, flowers are bursting with color, and the housing market is as hot for sellers as it has been in years. For the first time since the early to mid 2000s, REALTORS® across the country are seeing many homes go under contract relatively in the blink of an eye from the time they’re listed (sometimes even before). In many areas, it’s not unusual to see multiple offers and bids over the asking price for some homes. This is obviously good news for those homeowners thinking about selling their property. Buyers are out there in force and…
 
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    Central Ohio Real Estate & Homes for Sale

  • Worthington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Worthington * Median Listing Price: $300,620 -0.11% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $137.0000 0.01% Total Listings: 19 -0.30% Total Listings Previous Months: December November 27 38 -0.29% 0.12% * All data pertains to single-family homes Worthington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015 Worthington OH Subdivisions Bristol Woods Colonial Hills Davis Estates Deer Creek Kilbourne Village Northhigh Acres Old Worthington Old Worthington Area Olde Worthington Olentangy Highlands Olentangy Hills Pinecliff Village Potters Creek Ravines At Deer Creek Riverlea Riverlea…
  • Whitehall Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Whitehall * Median Listing Price: $133,040 -0.12% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $69.0000 -0.08% Total Listings: 78 -0.13% Total Listings Previous Months: December November 90 79 0.14% -0.09% * All data pertains to single-family homes Whitehall Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015 Whitehall OH Subdivisions Edward L Mcvey 67 Fairway Links Fairway Oaks Glencoe Norton Field Pinewood Whitehall Park Whitehall Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older   The Buckeye Realty TeamBerkshire…
  • Westerville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Westerville * Median Listing Price: $309,580 -0.07% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $115.0000 -0% Total Listings: 180 -0.14% Total Listings Previous Months: December November 210 256 -0.18% -0.05% * All data pertains to single-family homes Westerville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015 Westerville OH Subdivisions Albany Crossing Albany Reserve Albanyview Annehurst Ashbrooke Village Asherton Grove Asherton Grove Condominiums Asherton Grove Dr. Augusta Woods Autumn Woods Bay Ridge Estates Beachler Blendon Chase Brookstone Cambridge Crossing Carriage Oaks…
  • Utica Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Utica * Median Listing Price: $194,390 -0.03% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $93.0000 0.09% Total Listings: 14 -0.07% Total Listings Previous Months: December November 15 17 -0.12% -0.15% * All data pertains to single-family homes Utica Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015 Utica OH Subdivisions Utica Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older   The Buckeye Realty TeamBerkshire Hathaway HomeServcies - Professional Realty121 Mill Street, Suite 128Gahanna, OH 43230 Phone:…
  • Upper Arlington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Upper Arlington * Median Listing Price: $405,320 -0.06% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $148.0000 -0.05% Total Listings: 76 -0.18% Total Listings Previous Months: December November 93 92 0.01% 0.05% * All data pertains to single-family homes Upper Arlington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Jan 2015 Upper Arlington OH Subdivisions Arlington Crossing Arlington Pointe Camberlay Canterbury Canterbury Area Carriage Hill Coach Road Villas Concord Village Coventry Estates Duros Subdivision East Cleft Eastcleft Guilford Place Hastings Place Lot 27 Kenbrook Heights Kipling…
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  • Fair Market Value Challenged by Faith

    goussey
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Faith Ministries Church Recently, my mom came home to tell me of a big real estate deal her pastor discussed one Sunday at church, involving millions of dollars in real estate. Obviously, I had to find out more. Its an issue around the site that the Sayreville government obtained by eminent domain from Faith Ministries, NL (National Lead) Industries, New Jersey Highway Authority, The City of Perth Amboy and a few other parties, and underwent almost a decade in litigation over market price and fair compensation. The land has also been subject to massive contamination and environmental clean up…
  • Dead Malls

    goussey
    26 Dec 2014 | 9:35 pm
    As the holidays pass and the end of the year approaches, either you or someone you know spent a considerable amount of time in a shopping center. Depending on your neighborhood, shopping preference and ability to travel- chances are you are willing to go some distance to a place that has some combination of entertainment and your favorite retail outlets. But once in a while, there is a mall that is poorly thought out, their retail tenants are suffering, and require some level of repositioning. I learned of these through the site Dead Malls and I focused on this for a recent real estate…
  • ROI on Fashion

    goussey
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:03 am
    So these past weeks, it’s become increasingly difficult for me to focus on highlighting properties for the blog, because 100% of my spare time is being dedicated to the two real estate valuation classes I am completing at Baruch this semester. However, I had an opportunity to snap some photos today (a much less time consuming endeavor), and the weather is finally cool enough to debut my favorite tapestry print coat. While I’m no professional fashion blogger, I do find the task of tracking down pieces that inspire me and putting them together in a creative way, is a challenge…
  • Take Me To The Bronx

    goussey
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    This is what the city is calling the “Lower Concourse” area of the South Bronx; it includes the north side of the Mott Haven and the South Side of Morrisania. This 30 block area of the South Bronx was recently part of the New York City Department of Planning rezoning plan. Due to its proximity to the waterfront, this area has traditionally been zoned for industrial and warehousing use. Most of the current residential housing stock in the lower Bronx was built in the 1970’s and 80’s when the city attempted to recoup population loss in this area, however development has slowed since…
  • Weekend Getaway

    goussey
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Weekend Getaway by goussey featuring a cashmere top J Crew cashmere top jcrew.com Diane Von Furstenberg wide leg pants dvf.com Carlo Pazolini leather platform booties yoox.com 1970s large TOOLED LEATHER duffel travel bag etsy.com
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  • Home Loans For Every Age Group

    Resident Blogger
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Age is an important consideration for applicants of home loans. Many are unsure about whether they would be able to bear the liability of paying it back due to various constraints; like an EMI that is too high, or a tenure that is too short. However, banks now offer various options to applicants of different ages that make repayment easy. Below are a few important pointers to keep in mind while applying for a home loan, and strategies to manage it, for each of the three age groups. 45 to Retirement 60 is the age of retirement at most companies. It is also the age limit to repay your home…
  • Tech Tales : The Mystery Of Our Tiled Map Interface

    Resident Blogger
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ever wondered how we make our maps work? We spill the beans here! Scaling Maps Using Tiles -1 Our tiling service has helped us in solving various issues with our map interface. Using decluttering algorithms for map markers, smoothing our zoom and pan interactions, and scaling our map interface for virtually infinite inventory are some of the benefits we got from this service. But before we explore the problem and the  solution, first let us understand how 2-D maps work, specifically digital 2-D maps. How do 2-D maps work? The entire planet is mapped to a two dimensional piece of paper using…
  • 8 Awesome Decor Ideas For A Cool House

    Resident Blogger
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    1. Herb Garden In Your Kitchen If we’ve learnt anything from binge-watching Masterchef, it’s the difference between a soufflé and a mousse; and that fresh produce from your own little herb garden is always the best! Apart from ensuring that your kitchen will always smell nice and inviting, a small herb garden has an obvious functional use as well. Several leaves that are usually used to garnish Indian food come from tiny plants that can be easily grown in your home, like Curry Leaves (kadipatta), Mint, Coriander; as well as other popular ones like Parsley and Basil.
  • Housing: Our Passion is Product

    Resident Blogger
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Like every business, Housing has often faced an existential problem too – what is it that we stand for? And the answers have always been and will always be more than one. But over time, we have found that one thing all of us are invariably very passionate about is product. Let me tell you why. Why we do what we do? Because businesses don’t solve problems, a product does. We believe a great product should pilot a business and not the other way round. A great, innovative product changes the course of an entire industry and eventually, the entire mankind. A great product doesn’t just…
  • Introducing Online Rental Agreements

    Resident Blogger
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    There’s already a lot on a person’s mind when searching for a house, and the technicalities and complexities involved while renting a property can be frustratingly tedious. Housing’s primary focus has always been to simplify the lives of home seekers. The Online Rental Agreements service (currently operational in Bangalore) is a unique, first of its kind service for an online property portal in India. The service gives users a platform through which they can create rental agreements that are legal, customize them as per their requirements, and know the correct stamp duty through an…
 
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    Home Creations

  • Thunder Watch Party Must-Haves

    Rachel Cunningham
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Nothing can get your blood pumping at a basketball game faster than hearing the thunderous crowd booming, “O-K-C! O-K-C!” Thunder fans have been named some of the best in the nation, and it’s no surprise this  has also made the Thunder franchise the best in the nation. One reason Oklahoma City’s fan-base is so great read more...The post Thunder Watch Party Must-Haves appeared first on Home Creations.
  • DIY Home Projects to Take On in 2015

    Rachel Cunningham
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    While you’re busy coming up with new things to tackle in 2015, why not add some home projects to the list? Investing in your home can be one of the most rewarding New Year’s resolutions. Not only will you create a fun, functional living space for you and your family—but you can all work together read more...The post DIY Home Projects to Take On in 2015 appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Here Comes the Cold: Start at the Top to Winterize your Home

    Rachel Cunningham
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    If you’d rather not have “a shiver in your bones” describe the way you feel this winter, then now is the time to make sure your house is prepared for the coming months of snow and cold. From the roof to the cellar, blowing winds, swirling snow, and ice buildup can cause major damage to read more...The post Here Comes the Cold: Start at the Top to Winterize your Home appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Before the Snow Falls: Holiday Decorating Prep

    Brent Pittman
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s never too soon to get a jump start on the holidays, particularly when you consider how fast time flies by between September 1 and December 31. Those industrious North Pole elves are already hard at work preparing for the Christmas crunch. Here are some tips to join them and get ahead on the holiday read more...The post Before the Snow Falls: Holiday Decorating Prep appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Host a Tailgating Party Right At Home

    Brent Pittman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Can’t justify shelling out big bucks for tickets for the big college or NFL football game? Even though you may not be able to sit in the stands, you can still have a fantastic game day at home with family and friends, including hosting your own tailgate party. A tailgate party traditionally revolves around tailgates read more...The post Host a Tailgating Party Right At Home appeared first on Home Creations.
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    Arizona Real Estate Today

  • Mesa, Arizona Open House: Beautiful Dobson Ranch Home

    William Morris
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Open House at a beautiful Dobson Ranch Home in Mesa, ArizonaAddress: 2651 S Los Altos                Mesa, AZ 85202When: Thursday, January 22nd from 2pm-5pm & Saturday, January 24th from 10am-2pmLow HOA, Great amenities,Beautiful home in highly sought after Dobson Ranch. 3 bedrooms plus an office, formal living and dining, family room with gas fire place off of completely new kitchen, new gas stove, microwave, and dishwasher. The interior of this home is fresh with upgraded cabinetry, granite counters, custom tile surrounds in bath and shower,…
  • Thinking About Buying A Home? Give Yourself Enough Time

    William Morris
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Give Yourself Enough Time To Get Into The Home You WantMany people want to buy homes, but sometimes it does not work out due to time restraints.  Trying to time the home purchase with moving out of your apartment or house at the end of your lease, trying to relocate for work, or other life factors can make it difficult to get into a new home within a certain time frame.  I have had many clients face this very issue.  Sometimes things worked out due to early and constant communication, and other deals have fallen apart because their was not enough time to buy.  Some of the…
  • Merry Christmas from Arizona Real Estate Today

    William Morris
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Merry Christmas from Arizona Real Estate Today!!!I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!!  I hope your holiday season is blessed with a spirit of love and celebration.  Enjoy and make the most of the holidays with your friends and family.
  • Virtual Tour: Ocotillo Home with Backyard Oasis in Chandler, AZ

    William Morris
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Virtual Tour of Ocotillo Home with Backyard Oasis in Chandler, ArizonaThis home is located in the highly sought after Ocotillo area of Chandler, Arizona.  This beautiful home has it all and it does not stop with the interior.  The backyard of this Chandler Home is a must see.The home has a large backyard with lots of grass and mature trees.  The layout makes the backyard beautiful and functional for all types of outdoor activities and entertainment.The Ocotillo home also features a sparkling pool with rock water feature.  There is also an attached hot tub.  In the…
  • Chandler Arizona Open House!

    William Morris
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    3740 S HEATH WAY Chandler, AZ 85248Open House Today from 11am-2pm!Welcome to your own waterfront oasis in the sought after community of Carmel Bay at Ocotillo! Enter into the home and put your feet up in the luxurious Great Room where you have enough room to gather with friends in the indoor/outdoor space that looks out at the fantastic pool and spa. Picture yourself enjoying cocktails from the meticulously maintained backyard. Look out to a gorgeous view of the lake and sit on your very own dock and enjoy the sunset 300+ days a year! This beautiful 4 bedroom well cared for home won't last…
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  • Rising Rental Demand in Houston Triggers Need for Tenant Checks

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    In Houston, Texas, the rental market is growing by leaps and bounds. According to the Houston Association of REALTORS, 2014 showed record levels for the local Houston housing market, with home sales prices and volume reaching record heights.
  • How to Evaluate Background Screening Companies

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today, it has become increasingly important for landlords to ensure they are properly screening their tenants. According to The New York Times, evictions are on the rise around the country, often for nonpayment of rent.
  • Short Term Rentals are Hot in South Florida

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    According to CBS Miami, the state of Florida has benefitted from three consecutive years of ground-breaking tourism numbers, which is due in part to allowing homeowners to rent their properties seasonally.
  • Attention Vacation Rental Property Owners! Screen for Criminals

    2 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Owning a vacation rental property can present a wealth of benefits, including the ability to enjoy your own getaway whenever you are ready as well as financial benefits.
  • What Should a Tenant Screening Report Contain?

    27 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The process of obtaining a tenant screening report is often among the most dreaded aspects of filling a vacancy. This is often because landlords may be confused about what they should include in the report.
 
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    Struggling Investor

  • Rant: Who Has Time to Organize

    Scott Costello
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    New Monthly Rant Series:  I figured it would be insightful to share some of what bothers me about trying to run a side business.  It’s not all successes and happy faces.  It truly is a roller coaster ride and I think sharing that with my readers is going to cathartic.  It seems every month I hit a point where I say “Do i want to do this anymore?”   Thankfully I am pretty good at over coming those feelings.  Lucky or unlucky for you I’ve decided to write about what I’m tired of or think is just plain stupid when it comes to real estate investing.   Here…
  • SI Lead Manager v7 is HERE!

    Scott Costello
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    I am happy to announce that the latest version of SI Lead Manager has been released…v7!  This latest update to SI Lead Manager is the biggest update yet.  The entire software has been recreated from the ground up in order to take it to the next level. I’ve listened to the suggestions and have put all my efforts into making this one of the most user friendly lead management applications out there. There are 3 main areas that I wanted to focus on with this new release… Number 1 – Organization of Property Leads and All the Data you’ll need to maintain Previous…
  • Reader Questions From Brian

    Scott Costello
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over the past 6 months or so I’ve been getting some great questions from people who read my blog.  I love answering questions about real estate investing and lead generating websites.  If you have any questions feel free to post a comment below or send me an email. Recently I got an email from Brian.  He had downloaded my Lead Manager software a couple years ago and most recently heard my appearance on the BiggerPockets Podcast.  Brian had some questions about websites and SEO.  As I was typing out the response to him, it occurred to me that this would make a great blog…
  • BiggerPockets has Invited me Into Their Home for Christmas

    Scott Costello
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m very excited about 2015 and all the potential that it holds.  While 2014 saw my wholesaling business change dramatically I was able to pivot and keep it going.  I did not achieve all my 2014 goals (like releasing SILMv7) but I was very close! The relationship I’ve built with Brandon Turnor (of biggerPockets loar) has lead me to a couple opportunities that should really put me out there.  I’m a in introvert by nature so I don’t like directing the spotlight towards myself.  Just like many of you I’m sure, I underrate my accomplishments and feel that like…
  • 5 Creative Ways to Find Motivated Sellers

    Scott Costello
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Today’s post is going to be a little different.  I was lucky enough to have Brandon Turner, from BiggerPockets.com, write a guest post.  Not only does he regularly write incredible content over on the BP Blog, but he hosts the BiggerPockets Podcast along with Founder Joshua Dorkin.  Needless to say it’s an honor to have him author a blog post for Struggling Investor. He chose to write about a topic that I get asked about all the time…What are some of the creative ways we can find motivated sellers? It’s a great article and one I know you’ll enjoy. Let me share…
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    Real Property Management National Headquarters » Blog

  • 12 Safety Tips for Property Managers and Real Estate Agents When Showing a Home

    Chanda Gunter
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    “Don’t talk to strangers”, a phrase that has been embedded into us since childhood, and for good reason, is a little difficult to obey in the adult world, especially in real estate. But showing a home to a complete stranger is an everyday part of the property managers’ world. With the recent news of Beverly Carter, the Arkansas real estate agent who was found murdered after showing a home to a potential buyer, real estate agents and property managers have become more aware of their surroundings, some even taking classes in self-defense. Erik Boltman, owner of Real Property Management…
  • 2014 Year in Review: Real Property Management

    Chanda Gunter
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    2014 Year in Review: It’s been an amazing year at Real Property Management! A new office location, a new President, new franchise locations, new websites, and several new awards…Things just keep getting better and better. Thanks for being there with us in 2014 and we hope to see you in 2015! Happy New Year!!!
  • New Website for Investors Seeking Rentals

    Chanda Gunter
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:04 am
    Nearly one in five single family homes in the United States is bought by an investor for the purpose of renting it out. In 2013, 1.2 million single family homes were purchased for investment purposes, totaling roughly $220 billion in value, and over 80% of those 1.2 million homes, are bought by individuals like you. Investors currently look for investment properties the same way retail purchasers do – on thousands of websites worldwide that offer search functionality for finding properties based on characteristics such as size, location and price. Investability.com is a new website that not…
  • Industry Trends: The Health of the Rental Market

    Chanda Gunter
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    Much is written about the housing market, but the perspective is almost always from the point of view of buying and selling houses.  Seldom is the perspective from the point of view of landlords and the rental market.  This trend article is for landlords! The key determinants of rental market health are often the same as for the housing industry overall, but the impact of some factors have the opposite effect on rentals.  For example, home ownership is declining.  That’s bad for housing sales, but good for the rental income.  Other indicators are common to both housing and rentals…
  • Trusting Real Property Management: A WWII Veteran’s Story

    Chanda Gunter
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Frank Daffern served our country throughout WWII as a Radio Operator on a Coast Guard Cutter. Like most WWII veterans serving at the time of Pearl Harbor, Frank has plenty of stories and a few close scrapes. He was stationed in waters near Alaska in close proximity of the Japanese. Toward the end of his military career his District Admiral asked him what he wanted to do, and Frank’s response was, “Go somewhere warm,” so he ended his career in Miami. After the war Frank went into television and was the 3rd person hired by Los Angeles station KTTV. He and his wife also began their love of…
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    DIY Property Investment

  • How much does it cost to build a house in 2015?

    Adam Sweeny
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:51 pm
    How much does it cost to build a house in 2015? I’m excited to share with you below a guest article from Ben Everingham from Pumped on Property. Ben has year’s of in the trenches experience with building properties, and… The post How much does it cost to build a house in 2015? appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
  • 10 cash flow boosting facts about property depreciation

    Adam Sweeny
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I learnt the hard way that property depreciation is something best left to the experts. I missed out on a lot of deductions the first time round and I want you to learn from my mistakes. The post 10 cash flow boosting facts about property depreciation appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
  • Homebuyers speak out: “What I wish I’d known before buying my first property”

    Adam Sweeny
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Do you remember the enthusiasm you felt upon that initial spark: “Hey, I should buy a place!” If you succeeded in buying your property, then what would you say to your past self now that the dust has settled? Would you warn yourself off, or encourage yourself forward? The post Homebuyers speak out: “What I wish I’d known before buying my first property” appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
  • 11 Strategies To Minimise Your Capital Gains Tax

    Adam Sweeny
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I'll show you how with a bit of knowledge and forward planning you can substantially minimise your capital gains tax, or even avoid it altogether. The post 11 Strategies To Minimise Your Capital Gains Tax appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
  • Property Investment 101: The Beginners Guide

    Adam Sweeny
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Buying a property is the biggest investment you'll ever make. Whether you want to live in it or rent it out, this guide gives you everything you need to know to get started. The post Property Investment 101: The Beginners Guide appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
 
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    Red Cube Property » Blog

  • Are you in a tenancy deposit dispute?

    sev
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    At the conclusion of any tenancy, if you as a landlord and your tenant are unable to agree over any proposed deductions from the tenancy deposit, you may find that you will need to use the dispute resolution services of your deposit protection scheme to resolve this matter. The dispute resolution service is an evidence based service, so it is absolutely necessary that you provide actual evidence from the start of the tenancy term, that the tenant has indeed been negligent and broken the terms of the tenancy agreement and that as a result, you have sustained a financial loss. As to what type…
  • Financial Independence: Investors Seeking To Leave the Daily Grind of Work Behind

    sev
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The reality of following the investor route hopefully towards acheiving financial independence is fraught with many pitfalls, with the reality being that you will probably end up working as hard if not harder than you would have previously. However, once your property portfolio reaches a level of maturity with a broad bend of balanced property types, covering different market conditions, you will then reap the rewards of the hard work and time invested and realise your ultimate dream. Generally investors are focused on the amount of money they can accrue from an investment, without giving…
  • Seasons Greetings from everyone at Red Cube

    sev
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
     Opening Times - www.redcubeproperty.com/contact The post Seasons Greetings from everyone at Red Cube appeared first on Red Cube Property.
  • Council Tax on Rental Properties – Who Is Responsible For Payment?

    sev
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    What Is Council Tax? Council Tax was introduced on residential property within England, Wales and Scotland in 1992 and replaced the Community Charge (widely known as Poll Tax). These taxes are used to fund some of the services that local authorities are required to provide such as schools, rubbish collection and street lighting. Each property is given a ‘band’ from A-H with ‘A’ being the least expensive and ‘H’ the most expensive, the costs of each band differ between different local authorities. Is it the landlord or tenants responsibility to pay council tax? For the vast…
  • Stamp Duty Reform

    sev
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    What you need to know On 3 December 2014 George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement that the current stamp duty system would be replaced by a graduated system that would work in a similar way to how income tax is calculated and this new structure would apply across the whole of the UK from 4 December 2014. However, the Government’s Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) will come into force on 1 April 2015 and will replace Stamp Duty or Stamp Duty Land Tax, to give it its full namefor land transactions in Scotland after this date. What does this mean? This means substantial savings…
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    Partner Xchange Blog

  • Remembering Snowpocolypse 2011

    Kat Bremhorst
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    While New York is relieved to see their anticipated 3 feet of snow turned out to be less than a quarter of that, some of us are remembering Chicago’s three feet of snow during Snowpocolypse 2011. For those of you who didn’t live in the Windy City of January of 2011, it was a MESS.…
  • The Weird Things Your Home Insurance Covers (& The Weird Ones It Doesn’t)

    Kat Bremhorst
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
      Home insurance is a necessary safety net to make sure you’re taken care of when the worst things happen. You might think of home insurance as an all-encompassing umbrella that keeps you safe from all the bad guys in the world, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Be amazed to find out the…
  • Weird Products That Real Estate Agents Actually Need

    Kat Bremhorst
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Real estate is an industry unlike any other and because of that it requires a very specific set of tools to make the job easier. What weird product can you not live without in your business? A lot of a real estate agent’s day is spent in the car driving between listings and meeting with…
  • WEBINAR REPLAY: Top 10 Sources of Immediate Business

    Jonathan D. Nicholas
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Are you in a sales slump?  Did your sales manager ask about your sales pipeline, and your answer back was, “What pipeline?”  If you find yourself lacking in immediate business, you only need to take a closer look at your activities to be able to accurately predict your sales outcomes.  If you’re not generating qualified…
  • Securing Listings: The Road Less Traveled

    Selene Garcia
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    To most agents listings are king and so a lot of time is spent on gearing up your business to do just that – get those listings.  There are many different strategies agents can employ and some seem better than others – it all depends on your preference. Either way, as long as you hit…
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    The Atlanta Homes Team Real Estate Blog

  • Real Estate Market Predictions 2015: A Return to Normalcy?

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    As we enter 2015, potential home buyers and sellers alike are wondering what 2015 will look like for the US housing market. While we saw an uneven recovery from the 2008-2009 Recession in 2014, some analysts have expressed their real estate market predictions (2015) and they believe things might even out as economic and job growth continue to accelerate in the United States. Fortune reported that we can expect three main things: Home price increases are likely to slow down, although affordability will decline. Mortgage rates are likely to rise. Millennials will demand housing which will help…
  • Top 5 Downtown Atlanta Restaurants, for the Budget-Conscious

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    Atlanta occupies a unique position in the southern United States. As a crossroads in the heart of Georgia, the influences on its cuisine are felt from a myriad of different sources, reflecting the diverse cultural makeup that has come to epitomize the city. With so much to see and do, you don’t want to spend a lot of time, or money, finding a great place to eat. Downtown Atlanta has you covered. Without further ado, we present the top 5 Downtown Atlanta restaurants where you can dine on the cheap. 5. Rosa’s Pizza – It’s styled as the only place to get authentic New York style pizza in…
  • In the Spotlight: Suwanee, GA

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Suwanee is a city in northern Georgia most notable as a suburb to the larger metropolitan Atlanta. But residents and visitors unanimously agree that Suwanee is a beautiful city in its own right; on two separate occasions the city was voted one of the top 10 places to live and the top 10 places for a family. The citys beauty and appeal to families can, in no small measure, be attributed to the communitys stunning dedication to an outstanding amount of green space for a city its size. For a city of roughly 16,000 people, there are well over 500 acres of parkland for visitors and residents alike…
  • Shaun Rawls and the Rawls Group

    3 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Rawls Group has the distinction of being the first Keller Williams Office in the state of Georgia, founded way back in 1999. Company founder Shaun Rawls has been on the move ever since. After being asked to head up the first Keller Williams office in the city, Rawls baby has really taken off. Starting with just the one office and 27 agents, the group has now expanded to 6 offices with over 1000 agents servicing every part of Atlanta, this includes our very own Atlanta Homes Team. The awards have piled up since 1999 and its clear that Shaun and his team deserves to be recognized. Shaun…
  • In the Spotlight: Johns Creek, Georgia

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The community of Johns Creek is very new but at the same time very old. The ancestral home of the Cherokee Indian nation, the first incursions of European influence came in the form of the trading posts that dotted the banks of the Chattahoochee River, now a popular kayaking spot. Its appropriate that the site of Americas first gold rush would develop into some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the entire country. Johns Creek is a city of over 76 000 combining to earn the 13th highest average income in the nation. Lets take a look back at the unique journey as this community moved from a…
 
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  • My Best Advice on Building Passive Income + Free Webinar

    linda mckissack
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Hey all! I am excited to let you know that I was recently interviewed by Mike Hambright, from FlipNerd.com, and the episode was published today! If you haven’t yet heard of FlipNerd, Mike’s aim is simple: to arm real estate investors (newbies and pros) with knowledge from the biggest and best VIP’s in the industry to help inspire massive action towards success. Nobody can make you successful, but YOU, but it all starts with knowledge. Knowledge is power. In my episode with Mike, I discuss one of my favorite topics: Building Passive Income with Real Estate! The episode is about…
  • Don’t Make This Mistake in Real Estate Investing

    linda mckissack
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Succeeding in Real Estate Investing is not rocket science!  But you need to know where to start in real estate investing, where to go from there and what to avoid. A few weeks ago I wrote, Real Estate Investing: The Most Important Lesson, and it was a about how failure is OK. Jim and I bought our first rental property in 1991…and it was a flop. However, the lessons learned from that first “flop” have made us successful in our efforts today. Fast forward to now and we have over 100 single-family homes, 5 commercial buildings, 2 multi-family structures and 11 vacation rental properties.
  • How will you leverage your 2015?

    linda mckissack
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    2015 is here! We are almost a week in to this year and perhaps you are still motivated from the flip of the calendar, or maybe some of you are starting to lose a little bit of steam. Either way, you have to know THIS IS YOUR MOMENT! It’s time to leverage yourself to a better future. Leverage is a major topic I want to cover, in detail, on this site in 2015. This will be your step one. Something you need to accomplish today to keep moving in the right direction this year. I don’t consider leverage to be a buzz word; it’s a principle I live by. It took me a long time to learn and master…
  • Our Most Important Real Estate Investing Lesson

    linda mckissack
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    Real estate investing is marathon, not sprint.  Jim and I have recently been looking back on all of our years of real estate investing and really analyzing our approach and the approach of others. We are going over the lessons learned, strategies, common pitfalls and more. We have even been reaching out to our real estate investing students to see what questions they have and what their biggest fears and hurdles are. It’s been fun. The reason being is that we are working hard to build our one-of-a-kind online real estate investing course. Our goals is to provide seasoned, and would-be…
  • My new “Ask Linda” Podcast is live!

    linda mckissack
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
      Hey all! I am excited to announce I have launched a new podcast called “Ask Linda”, where I answer your questions about: Real Estate Investing Leverage Passive Income and more! I have my first three episodes up on my website and also available in iTunes: Episode #000: Introduction Episode #001: How to Get Full Potential out of People Episode #002: People and Buying a Business Since this is BRAND new, I need your help! Can you go to iTunes and leave a review? It will only take about 30 seconds and I would be forever grateful! Simply click HERE and leave a review. Also, do…
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    Revaluate

  • Trulia “Pro Tip” Mystery Solved!

    Chris Drayer
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Good News for New York Real Estate buyers and renters from the good people at Trulia, yet it’s not about our best-of-its-kind No Fee Apartment Map. From the Trulia Blog: Pro Tip: Thinking of buying in NYC? Perfect. Try out Revaluate, an app that gives you firsthand accounts of what it’s really like to live in any apartment, co-op, or condo in Manhattan. Hidden issues, potential problems, and all the goodness each building offers.    Wow – thanks for the kind words Trulia, what a gift!  It’s way better than the automatic hotdog slicer I got for Christmas from by…
  • Epic Winter Storm & #ICNY Simultaneously Descend on City: Coincidence? We Think Not.

    Melissa Case
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    #snOMG #snowmageddon #snowbliteration #snowtoriousBIG #snowbigdeal #snowvocaine No matter what you name it, even if you think it’s all hype and a big #SNOWVERREACTION, all signs point to Real Estate Connect NY 2015 (affectionately known as #ICNY) and one of the biggest snow events in New York’s history to converge on the Big Apple in a perfect storm of awesome. If you’re in town or headed to the event—and can get to Midtown (at the time of this writing, flights were getting canceled faster than Usain Bolt can run the 100 yard dash), then you’re in for one of the greatest real estate…
  • 5 of the Strangest Buildings in NYC (Part 2)

    Max Galka
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Home to six of the ten tallest buildings in the U.S., with a seventh on the way, New York City’s architecture is perhaps its most defining quality.  However, even more interesting than the grandiose towers for which the City is famous, are the little-known, yet eye-catchingly strange structures dispersed throughout its side streets. Last month, Revaluate profiled five of these crazy buildings, and here we continue with five more.  From “vertical lofts” with odd little windows to disjointed homes where nothing is where it is supposed to be, these structures are without a…
  • Social Powerhouse Laurie Weston Davis Joins Revaluate!

    Melissa Case
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    When it comes to real estate and social media, there are only three words you need to know: Laurie. Weston. Davis. One half of the dynamic duo that is The Geeky Girls (a team made up of Davis and her Live Love Realty partner, Lisa Archer), Laurie Weston Davis is a social media force of nature. Inman’s People’s Choice Innovator in 2013 and part of the Swanepoel Power 200 Social Influencers for 2015, Laurie Weston Davis is a name synonymous with social influence in residential real estate in these here United States. Here at Revaluate, we are positively BURSTING with excitement, pride,…
  • The Best New York City Maps of 2014

    Max Galka
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    As the growth of the digital universe continues to accelerate, we now have more information at our fingertips than ever before.  One product of this new information age is the rapidly-growing art form of digital cartography.  Done well, digital maps are as beautiful and striking as any classic art form, and at the same time convey deep insights inexpressible with language. Due its population and cultural density, New York City is the subject of some of the best map work being done today.  Here are our favorites from 2014.   The Most Detailed Tweet Map Ever Anyone…
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  • Jupiter Medical Center to Start $46 Million Expansion

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The Jupiter Medical Center will be opening the new DeGeorge Pavilion located at 1210 S. Old Dixie Hwy. emphasizing speedy recovery and boosting patient care. This new three-story center will include areas for surgery, recovery and rehabilitation. This nonprofit hospital employees over 1600 staff and medical employees including 600 physicians and is the largest employer in Jupiter Florida. The Jupiter Medical Center originally opened in 1979 but now it is growing to include the Florence A. DeGeorge Pavilion. The third-floor women services unit will include eight labor rooms, 14 post…
  • Neighborhoods of Abacoa

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    Communities within Abacoa Abacoa has numerous mini subdivisions within the master planned community of Abacoa. Feel free to click on any of these and browse them at your leisure to find the best home for you in this excellent community. Learn more about the community as a whole on our Abacoa real estate page. Valencia Homes - Premier community offering 137 custom one or two-story estates with mediterranean appeal.  A choice Abacoa home for discriminating a South Florida home buyer. Windsor Park Homes - The homes at Windsor Park are priced to sell with a variety of…
  • Homes on the Golf Course and the Water in Palm Beach County

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    If you are interested in not only a golf home but a waterfront or oceanfront home in Palm Beach County, you’re in luck. There are those few amazing properties that offer golf and water frontage.  Juno Beach is one of the top towns for this type of home. Nestled right along the Atlantic Ocean, The Seminole Golf Club is located between Hwy 1 and the ocean. This makes for the best of both worlds. Just south of the Seminole is the Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach. This also offers golf homes with water views or frontage.  The Seminole Golf Club has residential…
  • 3 Bedroom Condo on Singer Island - New Listing

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    3 Bedroom Condo on Singer Island - New Listing - $925,000 Located in the Martinique II condominium building nestled at 4100 North Ocean Dr. on Singer Island, in Palm Beach County Florida is a beautiful brand-new listing featuring three bedrooms, four bathrooms and over 3000 ft.² of living space priced at $925,000. I'm really excited to talk to you today about this new listing at the Martinique II building built in 1986. Some things just don't go out of style. It's beautiful home offers a pristine three-bedroom residence practically surrounded by water on all sides. This rare, high…
  • New Attractions at Admiral's Cove

    2 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Admirals Cove in Jupiter Florida is always adding new events, recreational facilities and improvements in 2014 was one of the biggest improvements in years past. Here are just some of the amazing enhancements that Admirals Cove experienced over 2014. The Marina Café was updated to offer temperature controlled, year-round dining experience with increased capacity. The East clubhouse was updated with state-of-the-art technology and for new pools were added. The East fitness facility also was updated and expanded to include Cybex and Precor.  The Spa reception area was…