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  • The Typical Renter Needs an FHA Loan to Buy a House

    The Truth About Mortgage.com
    Colin Robertson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) argued that higher mortgage insurance premiums at the FHA have priced out scores of renters nationwide. Long story short, FHA financing is generally the cheapest option around for those with little set aside for down payment, so the increase in premiums is shutting the only door to [&hellip
  • How to Do a Title Search for Foreclosure Homes

    Bank Foreclosures Sale Articles
    Simon Campbell
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Are you interested in buying a foreclosure? If so, you have one thing on your mind: making money. While there is nothing wrong with this, any mistake along the way could cost you big time. In the past, many have made the mistake of not completing a title search before purchasing a foreclosure. There is no reason to believe that this search will turn up something, but there is always the chance that this could be the case. If you neglect to do a title search and there is a problem, such as a lien, it could cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars. Is that a risk you are willing to take?
  • The Separate Kitchen Makes a Comeback

    NYT > Real Estate
    By CONSTANCE ROSENBLUM
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    When it comes to dinner events and holidays, owners want a more defined space.
  • Affordable Housing Takes On a Different Look

    WSJ.com: Real Estate
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    With the scaffolding slowly coming down from a retrofitted P.S. 109, East Harlem residents are getting their first view at an affordable-housing project that stands in contrast to other such digs in the neighborhood.
  • Study says off-MLS deals cost home sellers big bucks

    Inman News
    Andrea V. Brambila
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In 2013, the average single-family home seller in San Francisco who kept his or her property off the local multiple listing service left more than $200,000 on the table. That’s according to a study by San Francisco agents Matt Fuller ...
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  • Affordable Housing Takes On a Different Look

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    With the scaffolding slowly coming down from a retrofitted P.S. 109, East Harlem residents are getting their first view at an affordable-housing project that stands in contrast to other such digs in the neighborhood.
  • Behind a Real-Estate Empire, Ties to India's Gandhi Dynasty

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Robert Vadra, an in-law of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of India's ruling Congress party, built a real-estate portfolio nearly from scratch in a few years.
  • Powers of Deduction

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    For those weighed down by large mortgage payments, there are ways to save money when next year's tax season arrives; beekeeping, anyone?
  • De Blasio Vows Fixes for Sandy Aid

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    At least 500 New York City homes damaged by superstorm Sandy would be rebuilt and 500 reimbursement checks would be issued to storm victims by the end of this summer, under the mayor's new recovery plan.
  • Like New, a Century Later

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A restoration of this 1903 colonial revival-style home preserved original details, like brass hardware and silk-covered walls.
 
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    Commercial Real Estate Industry News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

  • New First Mariner Bank owners plan to keep all 470 employees, add branches and diversify lending

    Sarah Gantz
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    First Mariner Bank’s new owners have a big vision for the future of Baltimore’s largest independent bank. Incoming President Robert Kunisch Jr. sees First Mariner returning to its reputation as a local bank that, beyond being a safe place to keep money, helps grow Baltimore’s economy, attracts business here and is a point of pride for the area. Kunisch is part of a group of investors that bought First Mariner for $17.1 million. The deal still needs regulatory approval. “It’s a bank that’s…
  • Public Kitchen & Bar aims to set new standard for Lowertown dining

    Nick Halter
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    With indoor seating for 263 people and a 10,000-square-foot interior that shows off a century-old St. Paul building's history, Public Kitchen & Bar aims to raise the bar for dining in Lowertown. Real estate broker Carol March is behind the restaurant project that was announced in March and is under construction for an early summer opening. In a tour of the space last week, she said she named the restaurant Public Kitchen & Bar because of its interaction with the public. The restaurant opens…
  • Ayeni targets Lean Startup Machine for St. Louis: TechFlashes

    Brian Feldt
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Saint Louis University’s Billiken Angels Network announced its  third campuswide business plan competition, sponsored by the Coleman Foundation of Chicago.  Progress is being made at the @4240 building. Dougan Sherwood, executive director of the Cambridge Innovation Center,  which will move into the building this summer, said he’s starting to get verbal commitments from startups looking to occupy space in the CIC. Ola Ayeni, founder of eateria, is looking to bring Starter League and Lean…
  • Enterprise takes on Zipcar in Arlington

    Jeff Clabaugh
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Zipcar's established and sizable car-sharing operation in Arlington now faces competition from Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Enterprise CarShare program. Enterprise, which entered the car-sharing fray in the District last September, will add cars along the Rosslyn - Ballston corridor, including spots in Clarendon and Courthouse sections of Arlington. Zipcar has a heavy concentration of cars along Wilson Blvd. between Rosslyn and Ballston. It also has a significant presence  throughout the rest of Greater…
  • Manifest Digital to move into @4240

    Brian Feldt
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Manifest Digital, a St. Louis digital creative agency, will move into the @4240 building in the Cortex innovation district, officials announced Thursday. Manifest will occupy a 16,751-square-foot space on the second floor of the @4240 building, and will neighbor the Cambridge Innovation Center. Terms of the deal were not made public. Dan Curran, a Manifest Digital partner, said the lease is for seven years. Manifest will move its 40 local employees from its current downtown office, on the third…
 
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    Paper Economy - A US Real Estate Bubble Blog

  • Hong Kong Bubble?: Hong Kong Residential Property Prices January 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    The latest release of the University of Hong Kong's Hong Kong Residential Real Estate Series (HKU-REIS) indicating that, in January, the price of residential properties declined 2.45% since December falling 1.30% below the level seen in January 2013. Clearly, the latest data is indicating a notable pullback in prices coming with the first year-on-year declines seen since 2009.  It will take some more data in order to see the extent of this pullback but with recent headlines indicating that China officials are loosening property and lending standards in order to control the downside risk,…
  • Homebuilder Blues: NAHB/Wells Fargo Home Builder Ratings April 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Today, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released their latest Housing Market Index (HMI) showing that assessments of housing activity went flat in April with the composite HMI index climbing to 47 from 46 the prior month while the "buyer traffic" index remained unchanged at a level of 32.The recent pullback has been notable and while many are suggesting that inclement weather is responsible, only time will tell if this is the beginning of an ongoing downtrend for new construction or just a momentary pause.Looking at the data, it is fairly clear that the last year of results…
  • Envisioning Employment: Employment Situation March 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    The latest Employment Situation Report indicated that in March, net non-farm payrolls increased by 192,000 jobs overall with the private non-farm payrolls sub-component adding 192,000 jobs while the civilian unemployment rate went flat at 6.7% over the same period.It's important to note that with today's release (and revisions), the private non-farm payroll level has risen to the highest level seen in over six years and finally climbed higher then the level seen before the start of the Great Recession. Net private sector jobs increased 0.17% since last month climbing 1.99% above the…
  • Recovery-less Recovery: Unemployment Duration March 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today's employment situation report showed that conditions for the long term unemployed improved in February while still remaining distressed by historic standards.Workers unemployed 27 weeks or more declined to 3.739 million or 35.8% of all unemployed workers while the median term of unemployment declined to 16.3 weeks and the average stay on unemployment went declined to 35.6 weeks.Looking at the charts below (click for super interactive versions) you can see that today’s sorry situation far exceeds even the conditions seen during the double-dip recessionary period of the early…
  • On The Margin: Total Unemployment March 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Today's Employment Situation report showed that in March “total unemployment” including all marginally attached workers increased to 12.7% while the traditionally reported unemployment rate went flat at 6.7%.The traditional unemployment rate is calculated from the monthly household survey results using a fairly explicit definition of “unemployed” (essentially unemployed and currently looking for full time employment) leaving many workers to be considered effectively “on the margin” either employed in part time work when full time is preferred or simply unemployed and no…
 
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    Residential Real Estate Industry News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

  • Insteel Industries posts lower earnings

    Matt Evans
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    Insteel Industries  said net earnings during its second fiscal quarter of 2014 were $3.5 million, down from $3.7 million a year ago. That was despite an increase in sales of 10.3 percent to $91.4 million, and shipments that were up 12.8 percent. But average selling prices were down by 2.1 percent, squeezing margins. For the first half of the fiscal year Insteel (NYSE: IIIN), which makes steel wire reinforcing products that are used mostly in concrete construction, has earned $6.3 million, up…
  • Schueler Groups adds to construction leadership team

    Tom Demeropolis
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Bunnell Hill Construction Co. Inc., part of the Schueler Group of Cos., named Christopher Breda as vice president of business development. Breda’s primary role is to lead the business development efforts for the construction division. He has more than 20 years of experience in real estate consultation, planning, design, development and construction. “We are excited to have Chris join our Bunnell Hill team. He brings considerable experience and knowledge to the organization, and will play a…
  • Four Seasons Baltimore condo addition won't extend the building to 44 stories as originally planned

    Sarah Meehan
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Revived  plans to construct condominiums above the Four Seasons Baltimore will not extend the building to the 44-story height initially envisioned by developers, but the structure will be similar to the original design. Todd Harvey, a partner at Beatty Harvey Coco Architects LLP, the architecture firm on the project, said a scaled-back design is still being finalized for the Harbor East condos. “They are looking at options for a project that’s going to range in size, but it will be smaller…
  • Ellen McCarthy's 'baptism by fire' as D.C.'s new planning chief

    Michael Neibauer
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    A couple hours into Ellen McCarthy’s first day on the job as the director of the D.C. Office of Planning, she was in front of the D.C. Council for a budget oversight hearing. “It was baptism by fire,” McCarthy said. But McCarthy was perfectly comfortable before the council’s Committee of the Whole. This isn’t her first rodeo, after all. She’s returning to a position she held under former Mayor Anthony Williams. “Basically, for a planner, being director of the D.C. Office of Planning…
  • Albuquerque’s newest office building creating buzz before construction

    Damon Scott
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Only the land has been cleared, but what will be Albuquerque’s latest Class A office building is already attracting attention. Scott Throckmorton, president of ARGUS Investment Realty, is set to construct a 140,000-square-foot office complex at 6701 Jefferson St. NE, likely this year. A 7.1-acre site was cleared last September near the northwest corner of Jefferson and Osuna Road in the North I-25 submarket. The four-story office building will be one of the first large-scale Class A office buildings…
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    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate

  • Plots & Ploys

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Google made a limited number of its Google Glass products available to the general public for the first time, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts wants in.
  • Hot Spot Gets Cold Shoulder

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    In the early 1990s, an inflow of Russian money boosted tourism and drove up real-estate prices in the German spa town of Baden-Baden. Now locals are worried about Russian funds drying up.
  • Hotel Builders Bet on Africa Gas Boom

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    When Enrique Nieto arrived in Palma eight months ago, there was one communal water tap and no paved roads. Now he is about to open the village's first hotel. The reason: natural gas.
  • New York REIT Starts Fast

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Shares of Nicholas Schorsch's latest real-estate investment trust closed trading at $10.75 a share, rising close to 3.8% in the last hour of trading. Before Tuesday, the shares were valued at $10 each.
  • Former Tobacco Hub Clears the Air

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Preservationists have long staked a claim to rescuing architecturally important train stations and government buildings. Many now are shifting their focus to saving vestiges of America's industrial past.
 
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • Cadillac Fairview to Build Massive M-U District in Downtown Montreal

    annas
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor The real estate arm of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Cadillac Fairview has revealed plans to develop Quad Windsor, a new residential and commercial district in downtown Montreal. The company plans to build a total of nine buildings, including the Tour des Canadiens residential high-rise (pictured) and the Deloitte Tower office project, both of which are currently under construction. Over the next 15 years, Cadillac Fairview intends to build five new residential high-rises and two office towers south of Saint-Antoine Street. The projects are part of the…
  • PM Hospitality Opens First Westin in Delaware

    annas
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor Wilmington, Delaware’s skyline is altered and its stature gets a boost with the opening of The Westin Wilmington. The brand new 180-room hotel, developed by a joint venture consisting of Buccini/Pollin Group and Westport Capital and managed by PM Hospitality Services, marks the debut of the Westin brand in the State of Delaware. Carrying the address of 818 Shipyard Dr., the Westin Wilmington signifies a key move in the ongoing revitalization of the city’s Riverfront district. In addition to the usual four-star hotel trappings, the 10-story, LEED…
  • Bouwinvest Acquires 300 High-End Rental Apartments in Iconic Amsterdam Tower

    annas
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor Bouwinvest REIM, one of the largest Dutch investment managers specializing in real estate, has bought 300 high-end rental apartments in the Pontsteiger. The investment is for Bouwinvest’s €2.6 billion ($3.6 billion) institutional Residential Fund. The arch-shaped 26-story Pontsteiger is a landmark tower that will be developed alongside Amsterdam’s IJ waterway, in Houthaven, a new neighborhood for the city. The new tower will be the centerpiece of the new residential neighborhood being developed on former dockland west of Amsterdam’s city center.
  • International: Intu Properties Pays Westfield $1.4B for 3 UK Retail Properties

    annas
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    By Alex Girda, Associate Editor The largest shopping mall owner in the United Kingdom Intu Properties Plc. paid a total of 867.8 million GBP or $1.4 billion for three retail centers owned by the Westfield Group. The total financial value of the transaction includes working capital, Bloomerg.com reported recently. Intu Properties has now gained ownership of Westfield’s Sprucefield retail park in Northern Ireland totaling 230,000 square feet of space, a 1.3 million square-foot retail center in the English city of Derby, as well as a 50 percent stake in the 1.4 million-square-foot Westfield…
  • Greater Baltimore Multi-Housing Developments Receive Funding

    Adrian
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor Two Greater Baltimore residential projects secured financing last week, and are both now one step closer to completion. Located in downtown Baltimore and in Odenton, the two projects total more than 420 units. Last fall, JK Equities, a real estate company based in Long Island, NY, paid 7.2 million to acquire the historic Equitable Building from Equitable Holdings Trust. Soon after, it announced its plans to invest $32 million and convert the nine-story office property into 180 market-rate housing units. Located at 10 North Calvert Street, the Equitable…
 
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    Information CentralInformation Central

  • What We’re Reading: April 12-18

    Frederik Heller
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Credit: The British Library 1 London house = 4 Chicago houses, the real estate potential in Google Glass, and the home-selling powers of St. Joseph London regularly makes headlines for being one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world.  Ready to exchange your home in Atlanta or Chicago or San Jose for a townhouse with a view of the Thames?  Online magazine Quartz compares London’s home prices with NAR’s metropolitan area home prices, to give you an idea of just how many houses you’d need to sell in order to buy one in the United Kingdom’s largest…
  • What We’re Reading: April 5 – April 11

    Dave
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ugh! Facebook privacy changes, Heartbleed virus, and 9 problems with Big Data Credit: Dazzie D. You might be noticing some more changes to your Facebook privacy settings in coming weeks. Facebook is rolling out some changes to make it more clear who exactly you’re sharing with, among other tweaks. The latest internet/password security breach is known as Heartbleed and it’s not just at one store or website. It can impact potentially millions. Ugh. Get ready to be deluged with sites asking you to update your username and password in coming weeks. To see if a site might be affected…
  • New eBooks – April 2014

    Donna McCormick
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:04 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. Infographics by  Jason Lankow, Josh Ritchie and Ross Crooks In today’s fast-paced environment, you must communicate your message in a concise and engaging way that sets it apart from the noise. Visual content–such as infographics and data visualization–can…
  • New Books – April 2014

    Donna McCormick
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Members and staff can also borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection Key Concepts in Corporate Social Responsibility By Suzanne Benn & Dianne Bolton Sage Publications, 2011 Introducing the key concepts in corporate social responsibility, Suzanne Benn brings together the essential issues relevant to the responsible management of businesses, not-for-profit organizations and government. With…
  • What We’re Reading – March 29 – April 4

    Dave
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Browser history fixes, activity trackers, and books bound in human flesh – yikes! Unless you’ve been vigilant, you probably have a pretty long internet browser search history built up. It’s why you see ads that are eerily in tune with your interests. Sometimes this can be a good thing, but eventually it can be harmful as Google or Bing start to only show you things you want to see rather than what is most accurate. Fortunately you have a few options: set your search engine parameters, use a search engine that doesn’t collect your data, or install an overlay in your…
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • Real Estate CRMs and Lead Management: Where Is The Integration Automation?

    Sam DeBord
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    I’ve been reviewing dozens of CRMs over the past year for projects within my own team as well as others’ businesses. The majority of these discussions include a fairly simple question: Will this CRM automatically import/update itself with the leads I get from various sources? Traditional CRMs are great for managing your “customers”, which is what they were designed for. It’s striking how many haven’t gotten past that point, though. Most real estate agents and teams that I know are generating leads through their own websites, company websites, and marketing…
  • Retargeting: Turning Real Estate Leads into Sales

    Matt Sidford
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Internet offers a variety of methods, such as social media, search engine optimization and pay-per-click ads that realtors can use to gain leads and convert them into sales. But the problem that most realtors experience when marketing on the Internet is that the customers visit their websites once, and don’t return again. Marketing studies say that the more times customers visit your site, the more likely they are to purchase your products and services. In an effort to help solve the problem of one-time visitors and gain more business, web designers and others have come up with a new…
  • How To Complete A Direct Mail Campaign (In Less Than 30 Minutes)

    Seth Williams
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Over the past 6 years, direct mail marketing has been one of the most successful methods that I’ve relied on to find motivated sellers. It has yielded a consistently solid response rate, which has resulted in my ability to generate more leads, close more deals and make more money (both in good times and in bad). This is all good and fine – but there are a lot of real estate professionals who have heard this story over and over again and have never actually done a direct mail campaign. To a lot of new investors, the whole concept sounds overwhelming, intimidating and risky.
  • When?

    Drew Meyers
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    Seth provides another good reminder: there is no perfect moment. Get off your butt, and do something (as I’ve said before). Not when you have $20k in savings. Not when your kids go to college. Not once you hire 5 more agents. Not once you close 3 more houses. Not next year. NOW. [Photo via http://onlinestrategy.ca/] The post When? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
  • The Lifestyle of Nimbin

    Drew Meyers
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I passed through Nimbin, Australia (the hippy/drug capital of Australia – see this & this) the other day, and snapped the following photo… Goes to show, this “lifestyle” thing is understood far and wide. Start here to figure out how to build your own lifestyle community. The post The Lifestyle of Nimbin appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
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    Mortgage News Daily

  • CFPB Disclosure Form News; Create Your Freddie User Profile; How is April Looking for Lenders?

    Rob Chrisman
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    Posted To: Pipeline PressTommy LaSorda supposedly said, "I found out that it's not good to talk about my troubles: 80% of the people who hear them don't care and the other 20% are glad you're having trouble." Many mortgage banking analysts are concerned about percentages - and everyone is doing their best to not end up being a carcass by the side of the road. The smartest guys in the room are saying, "Estimate that 1Q14 mortgage volume will come in at roughly $225 billion...While the MBA mortgage applications index is down an average of roughly 5% in 1Q, it was down by closer to 25% for the…
  • MBS RECAP: Moderate Selling Followed by Heavy Selling and Tons of Reprices

    Matthew Graham
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryBond markets had a bad day. The setup for this one started as early as Tuesday, when what looked like a shift toward weakness on Monday was instead greeted with a refreshing amount of resilience. Despite the fact that the resilience was based on geopolitical risk, it may have nonetheless set us up to hope that we could hold our ground. Then, when today's Geneva talks produced news of deescalation, bond markets were quickly forced to pay back some of the panic premium they'd benefited from earlier in the week. The geopolitical story accounts for the brunt of…
  • Mortgage Rates Sharply Higher to End The Week

    Matthew Graham
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates moved sharply higher today on a combination of factors including strong economic data, developments in Ukraine, and prevailing market momentum. That momentum risked turning negative as soon as Monday, when rates ended their impressive 7-day rally. Rather than simply turn around and head the other direction, however, rates managed to hold mostly sideways until today. Part of the resilience had to do with Geopolitical risk swelling earlier in the week. As we noted on Tuesday , such strength only lasts as long as the risk stays elevated. "When it…
  • MBS MID-DAY: Bond Markets Weaker After Economic Data Prompting Negative Reprices for Mortgage Rates

    Matthew Graham
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryGiven the recent adherence to a sideways range in bond markets combined with today's economic data coming in stronger than expected, it's not surprising to see yields moving from a lower rung on the range-bound ladder to the next rung higher. This move was already a consideration yesterday as 10yr yields lifted off from the 2.60 resistance level. The next rung on the technical ladder is 2.68, which is where we're currently trading. Weakness was delivered in 3 installments this morning. The first came just before the open as overnight trading turned…
  • Homes in Foreclosure Increasingly have Positive Equity

    Jann Swanson
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireHomes with serious negative equity numbers have now declined to the lowest point in at least two years RealtyTrac said today. The company, which began tracking so-called underwater properties in the first quarter of 2012, estimates that in the first quarter of 2014 9.1 million U.S. homes had loan balances at least 25 percent higher than the properties market value or a loan-to-value ratio (LTV) of 125 percent. This is 17 percent of all U.S. properties with a mortgage. In the fourth quarter of 2013 RealtyTrac said there were 9.3 million properties or 19 percent of…
 
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  • Are Buyers Looking For a Green Home?

    CJ Brasiel
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    There are two very important points in this great post from BuilderOnline.com about “green” and the home buyer.  First, choosing language that connects the feature to the client’s needs is very important.  The word “green” unto itself is vague and tends to mean “costly cool stuff” for home buyers.  The author Suzanne Shelton points out […]
  • Dodd-Frank Regulations and Your Mortgage

    CJ
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    According to Scott Morgan at DSNews.com the Dodd-Frank Regulations mortgage regulations might make it harder to qualify for mortgage loans. At first glance, qualified mortgage requirements may seem scary but in fact, better qualified buyers will create a more stable mortgage/real estate market. Due to the slightly more conservative debt-to-income ratio requirement, affordability may be […]
  • Coming Soon! East Hills Beauty

    CJ
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    East Hills entertainment home with views galore! Open floor plan and several patios to enjoy shade and sun as desired. A long driveway provides a perfect entrance to the home and the 20,000 sq. ft double lot. A large outdoor patio with gas fire place and fountain positioned perfectly for watching sunsets. Inside, 3 bedrooms, […]
  • Understanding Contingencies

    CJ
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:12 pm
    New and even experienced buyers may not be fully informed about what their options are in regard to the contingency period. If things aren’t working out, how can you cancel the purchase without losing your deposit monies? What limitations are there?
  • Coming Soon- Olive Hill Drive San Jose CA 95125

    CJ Brasiel
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:31 am
     Gorgeous single family home built in 2004. Close to The Plant shopping and dining, Willow Glen, and CalTrain.A lovely two story home with attached garage, AC, wood flooring, large open kitchen and family room. Bedrooms:3 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths Townhouse:2,250 sq ft Lot:2,193 sq. ft. Year Built: 2004  
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    National Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group

  • CoStar's People of Note (Apr. 13 - 19)

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 pm
    It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week's issue includes the following markets: Indianapolis, New York City, Austin, San Antonio, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Milwaukee / Madison, San Francisco, South Florida, Houston, Phoenix, Dallas, Southern Connecticut, and Raleigh / Durham. INDIANAPOLIS Jackiw Joins Milhaus Management as President By...
  • Avison Young Acquires Austin Real Estate Firm

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Toronto-based Avison Young has acquired Commercial Texas, LLC, an Austin, Texas-based commercial real estate services firm, giving it 11 new employees and a new office in Texas. Founded in 1997, Commercial Texas handled more than $67 million in lease and sales transactions in 2013. Following the acquisition, former Commercial Texas brokers Michael Kennedy, Carl Condon, Chrissy Cornelius and Burke Kennedy were named principals of Avison Young. Kennedy...
  • CBL Planning Major Restructuring of its Mall Portfolio

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., one of the largest owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the U.S., has embarked on an aggressive plan to jettison under-performing shopping centers and redeploy the proceeds into higher-growth properties with the goal of doubling its NOI per year. CBL owns or manages 91 regional malls/open-air centers and 150 retail properties located across 30 states and totaling 86.9 million square feet. As...
  • Judge Orders CompStak to Disclose Names of Alleged Infringers of CoStar’s Copyrights

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    In an important development late last week, U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ordered CompStak Inc. to disclose the names and addresses of its users that allegedly misused CoStar's proprietary data and photos while populating the competing service. CoStar claims that these users have infringed CoStar's copyrights and violated their CoStar license agreements. In filing a "John Doe" lawsuit earlier this month, CoStar sought a court order requiring...
  • Vornado Becomes Latest to Spin Off REIT Into Crowded Strip Shopping Center Field

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    Executing a move that's been in the works since last summer, Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) announced a plan to spin off its non-Manhattan portfolio of 81 strip shopping centers and four malls into a new publicly traded REIT. The strip shopping centers are located mostly in the Northeast, with the malls consisting of the Bergen Town Center in Paramus, NJ; Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, NJ; and two malls in suburbs of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 85...
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    Dennis Fassett | Cash Flow Real Estate Investing | The Cash Flow Mercenary

  • Meth Labs – In Beverly Hills?

    Dennis Fassett
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:09 am
    I had an interesting experience last weekend. It was my daughter’s birthday, and she wanted to barbecue for her birthday dinner. So after the long frigid, and never ending winter, I made my way over to the propane exchange store nearest my house. I’ve lived here going on 12 years. And I’ve been going to […]
  • Burn Your Ships? I Don’t Think So!

    Dennis Fassett
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:51 am
    Jobs are awesome. Having a job is one of the greatest benefits you can have while you’re starting a business. Especially a real estate business that takes some time to ramp up. The reason is, as I discussed in the last post, is because a job serves as a safety net. You have a source […]
  • J.O.B. Seriously?

    Dennis Fassett
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    Are you a sick and tired of this as I am? It seems like every time I check my email, some idiot goo-roo is pitching his “solution” to having a job. And of course they have all kinds of cutsey acronyms for JOB. Tell me if you’ve heard these: - Just Over Broke – Just […]
  • Newsflash – It Ain’t That Hard to Be a Set and Forget Landlord…

    Dennis Fassett
    14 Feb 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Here’s a news flash – being a landlord isn’t rocket science. Seriously. It just ain’t all that hard to own rental properties and make money at it. With very little work on your part. Actually – to be precise, it ain’t all that hard IF you do two simple and pretty obvious things. And that’s […]
  • I Have a Secret…

    Dennis Fassett
    4 Feb 2014 | 10:32 am
    Yep. I have a secret. Something that I’ve never told anyone. But I have to come clean. What’s the secret? Well, I have a tenant in one of my houses. They moved in right after I bought it in the fall of 2006. They’ve been with me now for seven and a half years. The […]
 
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  • Put your dreams away

    Jessica Swesey
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    I keep coming back to a parody video that made the rounds last week. It’s aptly named, “This Is a Generic Brand Video,” and strings together the lines of a poignant poem published by McSweeney’s with stock video footage. Why is this so funny? Well, for starters it’s true. The narration, calculated ethnic diversity, and perfectly pitched grand statements are familiar to anyone who’s watched a major brand advertisement in the last 10 years. Breaking out of the can Let’s first acknowledge this: It’s extremely difficult to convey a brand message in a video or ad of any kind,…
  • Odds and ends

    Brian Boero
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    I’ve been busier than usual the past week or so. On the road, on the phone, up in the air and down in the weeds. I haven’t had much time to write, so offer you just a few crumbs of thought dug up from the seat-back pocket in front of me… Brad Inman wrote a really insightful piece about Zillow last week. He makes the case that real estate disruption is near. I thought we were approaching this point a couple years ago, but things move slowly. The frog doesn’t feel anything until the end, though, right?  … Let’s look on the bright side: airport food has…
  • Why the iPad will become the real estate software platform of choice

    Joel Burslem
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors released a new iPad app for its agents yesterday. The app – Home Zone – lets Fox & Roach agents manage their open houses by automatically connecting them to their listings and to their CRM through a single interface. It’s smart, custom implementation of a tool that every agent should be using. Kudos to Rajeev and his team for getting this right. I see this as a real signal of progress, especially in light of the other big software news of the past week – the release of Office for the iPad. The rub here is that Microsoft seems to have…
  • Friday Flash: The Passion of the Kelman

    Brian Boero
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I have often thought of Redfin’s story as The Passion of Glenn Kelman. He seems, at times, to fancy himself a nerd-messiah bearing real estate’s sins upon his shoulders on a march toward a personal Golgotha. It grates on people. He is as disliked in online real estate circles as much as he is by the “traditional” brokerage industry. I get that. But I admire the guy. Whatever you think about him, two things are indisputably true: Redfin has given an 8-year graduate course in brokerage technology to all of us. While others talk about innovation and disruption, Kelman is pursuing it.
  • Real estate’s Amazon

    Jessica Swesey
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    If you’re an Amazon Prime customer, you probably received an email last week like this: A 25% price hike. Was I livid? Meh, not really. The value proposition of Prime for me is still worth the cost. But the move of course set off a chain reaction of complaints, criticisms and speculation about what sort of damage this would do to Amazon. What’s notable here is that Amazon weighed the outcomes of raising their prices 25%, anticipated backlash, and ultimately made the move anyway. Will they succeed? Too early to say for sure, but my gut tells me they’ll not only be fine but grow even…
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  • After Country Wedding, Kate Bosworth Moves to Country

    Emily Heffter
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Source: IMDb Newlywed Kate Bosworth reportedly has a lakefront home in Montana with new husband Michael Polish, and the couple were recently spotted house hunting in Los Feliz. So it’s not so surprising that the actress has listed her home at 2633 La Cuesta Dr in the Hollywood Hills for $2.499 million. Bosworth, who started her career as a trailblazing girl-surfer in “Blue Crush,” married writer-director Polish in a summertime Montana wedding last year. Martha Stewart Weddings released photos of the couple’s hoedown nuptials at a barn near tiny Philipsburg.
  • Paying Extra for Paradise

    Emily Heffter
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Boulder real estate agent Tim Goodacre sees it on the faces of his clients all the time: sticker-shock. It’s going to cost more than they thought to live the idyllic, walkable life they envisioned when they moved to the Colorado city. “If they’re coming from the Midwest or other lower-income places, frankly they can get a little mad and irritated,” Goodacre said. “And I say, ‘well, you have to make your sacrifice.’ ” Goodacre’s clients aren’t alone. While median-income buyers are paying a higher percentage of their paychecks than…
  • 5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    Mary Boone
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    House hunting is a little like speed dating. You only get a few minutes to make a great impression. That’s why curb appeal is so important. “When potential buyers pull up to your house, they’re asking themselves: Is this place worth getting out of the car to look at?” says Kevin Kieffer, a real estate agent based in California’s East Bay area. “Your house needs to be framed up: It needs to look like a picture when people pull up. They expect to see tasteful paint colors, well-trimmed grass, new bark, fresh flowers — the whole deal.” Real estate agents participating in…
  • Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky Lists Masculine Manse

    Emily Heffter
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and his wife, actress Janet Jones, have fixed up their Thousand Oaks, CA mansion and are selling it for $10.5 million. Source: IMDb Gretzky has been called audacious, and so might his house. But he has also been called The Great One, and the listing promises the estate “merely leaves you breathless from the very first footstep of the front door.” The 8,711-square-foot, 5-bedroom, 6-bath home doesn’t hold back on luxury, with pillars, molding, dark carpets, a gold fireplace, and masculine black chandeliers in the living room and entry…
  • Once Hub of LA Power, Landmark Home in Foreclosure

    Emily Heffter
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Plenty of homes in Los Angeles have swimming pools, history and glamour, but few have a story like this one. Built in 1913 in the stately Hancock Park neighborhood, the home at 455 Lorraine Blvd has had so many presidents for house guests that it carries the nickname “The Western White House.” Arts philanthropist Dorothy Chandler held fundraisers in the lavish music room in the 1950s and ’60s. Her campaign to save the Hollywood Bowl landed her on the cover of Time. She and her husband, Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler, named the property Los Tiempos, after the…
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  • Real Estate Lead Generation Case Study: How I Snagged a Great Deal in a Competitive Market

    Chris Feltus
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Case studies are one of my favorite ways to learn in real estate, they provide not only invaluable information but real world examples. For this reason I would like to share one of my past closings, from lead generation to closing, with the BP community. I feel it would be a great way to give back and help others along on their journey. The Dallas-Fort Worth market is notoriously competitive right now, but with the right strategies you can still find deals out there believe it or not. This particular case study will revolve around a lead that I generated through direct mail. Lead Generation:…
  • The ‘Superior’ Investor and ‘Better Than Average’ Results

    Jeff Brown
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    I’ve been on a tear lately, only reading books I’ve already digested. I was reminded of one of my all time favorite quotes, addressing superior investment results and long term success exceeding market averages. “It is no difficult trick to bring a great deal of energy, study, and native ability into Wall Street and to end up with losses instead of profits. These virtues, if channeled in the wrong directions, become indistinguishable from handicaps. Thus it is most essential that the enterprising investor start with a clear conception as to which courses of action offer…
  • 7 Common Tax Mistakes of New Real Estate Investors

    Amanda Han
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Over the years, I have come across thousands of real estate owners and small business owners across the U.S. and have unfortunately witnessed many mistakes that are costing thousands of dollars in over paid taxes. What a shame that so much money just going to waste and in Uncle Sam’s pocket! Let’s take some time to look at these mistakes that we should avoid: 1. Personal funds used for business and real estate expenses are nondeductible Most real estate or business start-up often needs cash support from the owner to cover operational expenses. If you use your personal funds to pay for…
  • BP Podcast 066: Flips, Apartments, & Protecting Yourself From Professional Tenants with Michael Blank

    Brandon Turner
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    On today’s show, we sit down with real estate entrepreneur Michael Blank to talk about his journey from a successful house flipping business and his entrance into apartment buildings… and the systems needed to run his investments well. Michael is a business entrepreneur through and through and today we get to talk about everything from getting started, investing with no money, working with (and as) a wholesaler, and even hear the story of the professional tenant that almost destroyed Michael’s investment career! This show is packed with useful, actionable tips, so…
  • 3 Benefits to Getting a Real Estate Agent License

    Paula Pant
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I’m coming up on the one-year anniversary of the month in which I received my real estate license. That’s right. I’m a licensed real estate agent. Most people don’t know that about me, not even my closest friends. It’s not that I’m trying to hide it. It just never really seems to come up in conversation. I’m not running around advertising that I’m a real estate agent. Why not? Because I got my license specifically for the purpose of investing in my own growing rental property business. In fact, my inspiration for getting my real estate license came from BiggerPockets. Last…
 
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  • New First Mariner Bank owners plan to keep all 470 employees, add branches and diversify lending

    Sarah Gantz
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    First Mariner Bank’s new owners have a big vision for the future of Baltimore’s largest independent bank. Incoming President Robert Kunisch Jr. sees First Mariner returning to its reputation as a local bank that, beyond being a safe place to keep money, helps grow Baltimore’s economy, attracts business here and is a point of pride for the area. Kunisch is part of a group of investors that bought First Mariner for $17.1 million. The deal still needs regulatory approval. “It’s a bank that’s…
  • Public Kitchen & Bar aims to set new standard for Lowertown dining

    Nick Halter
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    With indoor seating for 263 people and a 10,000-square-foot interior that shows off a century-old St. Paul building's history, Public Kitchen & Bar aims to raise the bar for dining in Lowertown. Real estate broker Carol March is behind the restaurant project that was announced in March and is under construction for an early summer opening. In a tour of the space last week, she said she named the restaurant Public Kitchen & Bar because of its interaction with the public. The restaurant opens…
  • Ayeni targets Lean Startup Machine for St. Louis: TechFlashes

    Brian Feldt
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Saint Louis University’s Billiken Angels Network announced its  third campuswide business plan competition, sponsored by the Coleman Foundation of Chicago.  Progress is being made at the @4240 building. Dougan Sherwood, executive director of the Cambridge Innovation Center,  which will move into the building this summer, said he’s starting to get verbal commitments from startups looking to occupy space in the CIC. Ola Ayeni, founder of eateria, is looking to bring Starter League and Lean…
  • Enterprise takes on Zipcar in Arlington

    Jeff Clabaugh
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Zipcar's established and sizable car-sharing operation in Arlington now faces competition from Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Enterprise CarShare program. Enterprise, which entered the car-sharing fray in the District last September, will add cars along the Rosslyn - Ballston corridor, including spots in Clarendon and Courthouse sections of Arlington. Zipcar has a heavy concentration of cars along Wilson Blvd. between Rosslyn and Ballston. It also has a significant presence  throughout the rest of Greater…
  • Manifest Digital to move into @4240

    Brian Feldt
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Manifest Digital, a St. Louis digital creative agency, will move into the @4240 building in the Cortex innovation district, officials announced Thursday. Manifest will occupy a 16,751-square-foot space on the second floor of the @4240 building, and will neighbor the Cambridge Innovation Center. Terms of the deal were not made public. Dan Curran, a Manifest Digital partner, said the lease is for seven years. Manifest will move its 40 local employees from its current downtown office, on the third…
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  • Nathan Pyle’s NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette Book Now Available!

    Jonathan Miller
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:13 pm
    My friend Nathan Pyle has penned a book: NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette that should be required reading, well at least required viewing for: anyone living in NYC, or anyone planning to visit NYC, or anyone who’s ever read anything about NYC, or anyone who hasn’t thought about going to NYC someday, or anyone not planning to visit NYC, or anyone who’s never read anything about NYC, or well, anyone. You get what I mean. This book is clearly for everyone. You can check it on on his Facebook page or actually buy it on Amazon. He’s come a long way from making selfie-videos of…
  • With Mortgage Lending Historically Tight, Renters Suffer Just As Much

    Jonathan Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    There was a good article in the New York Times yesterday: In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class Many have complained about the Federal Government’s (and our society’s) overselling of homeownership over the past decade and how the decline in homeownership will eventually lead to an emphasis on rentals in the US. Of course, like many housing market ideas, good and bad, they tend to be presented in a vacuum, without real context. I believe much of this discourse is in reaction to tight credit combined with a weak economy rather than some sort of fundamental…
  • [Video] Steve Witkoff on future of Helmsley Park Lane Hotel

    Jonathan Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Daniel Geiger of Crains New York Business interviews well know developer Steve Witkoff on his plans for the Park Lane Hotel, formerly owned by Leona and Harry Helmsley. Steve talks about shadow effect and how he plans to let Vornado discover how deep the top of the market is via their nearby development site on Central Park South. There has been a lot of discussion about “Billionaires Row” which these developments would be part of.
  • Ready, Set, Download: 1Q 2014 Market Reports for Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester/Putnam Sales

    Jonathan Miller
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    We released 3 reports for Douglas Elliman on the sales markets for Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester/Putnam this week. Click on the reports to download! BROOKLYN The Brooklyn housing market was characterized by more modest price growth and chronic lack of inventory, holding back sales growth. Median sales price expanded 1% to $520,000 from the same period last year and the highest first quarter result in 6 years. Average sales price grew 7.3% to $681,182 over the same period. Co-ops posted the largest year-over-year gain in median sales price, rising 12.2% to $340,000 but lost 2.1% of the…
  • [Manhattan Absorption] March 2014 – All But Top 1% Seeing Faster Pace

    Jonathan Miller
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    [click to expand] Thoughts All price segments of the market are generally showing a faster market pace than the same month in the prior year. The top 1% ($10M+) had slower absorption rates for co-ops and condos, but not by much. Inventory began to “bottom” in recent quarters so we may not see much more compression in the market pace in the coming months. Side by side Manhattan regional comparison: March 2014 v 2013 [click images to expand] I started this analysis in August 2009 so I am able to show side-by side year-over-year comparisons. The blue line showing the 10-year…
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  • Blue Mail is a snooze button for email, creates a to-do list

    Jennifer Walpole
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    (Tech News) Blue Mail is an email snooze button that works with almost any email provider, which by default creates a to do list to boost your productivity. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Drinkle pools tasks, lead management, and more into a centralized hub

    Jennifer Walpole
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    (Tech News) Drinkle is a new tool that pulls various web apps into one, so you don't have to jump from tab to tab to manage your business. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Datamolino automates invoice data, makes it searchable online

    Jennifer Walpole
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    (Business Finance) Datamolino has launched in private beta to solve one of the core pain points for businesses of all size - invoicing. They mix in automation and human touch to simplify the process. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • 5 ways to suck less at networking events

    Matt Winters
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    (Business News) Business networking is a tremendously valuable tool for growing your personal and professional brand, but do you suck at it? Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • T-Mobile nixes overage fees, challenges competitors to follow suit

    AG Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    (Business News) T-Mobile's CEO has written a scathing challenge against competitors, urging them to curb their greed and follow his lead by abolishing overage fees. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
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  • Real Estate Investment News 4/11/2014

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    Real Estate Investing Is No Longer A Private Club - Forbes Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:17:03 GMT ForbesReal Estate Investing Is No Longer A Private ClubForbesJilliene Helman had a track record in real estate. She had underwritten more than $1 billion and was a vice president in wealth management at Union Bank. She knew what to invest in and what ... Read more ...   Passive vs. active investing in real estate - Chicago Tribune...Read Full Post
  • The Basics of Real Estate Wholesaling

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    I'm starting a short series of articles about the wholesaling niche in real estate investment.  As the middle entity in matching undervalued properties to real estate investor buyers, the real estate wholesaler can profit, and do so with little investment on their part.  Learn the basics of real estate wholesaling in this first series article.
  • Doing Images Right on Your Real Estate Website

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    There is no doubt that the right photo, image or video clip makes a website article or blog post stand out.  Without an image, many people will be turned off, no matter how great your content....Read Full Post
  • Real Estate Market News 4/3/2014

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    What $250000 Will Buy In The Phoenix Real Estate Market - Investopedia Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:58:00 GMT InvestopediaWhat $250000 Will Buy In The Phoenix Real Estate MarketInvestopediaThe median list price for Phoenix-Mesa area homes is $244,900, up 14% from the same month last year, according to the National Housing Trend Report for February 2014 publi ......Read Full Post
  • How's Your Contact Data Health?

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:31 am
    When I ask the question about contact data health, I mean how current is your information, how accurate is it, and how complete is it?  I'm a Gmail guy, but it's the same with Outlook or other email clients.  We very frequently have new contacts entering our CRM system with limited data....Read Full Post
 
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  • Wanna borrow my ‘lipstick’? Very cool real estate tech tips No. 5 (5 of 10)

    ActiveRain
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    This post was originally published by Jimmy Chickey on ActiveRain. Follow him on Twitter: @jimmychickey. Tech tip No. 5: the Anker phone/tablet charger Anker “lipstick” charger Technology can be a great help in your real estate career. However, just because it is the new “flashy” thing doesn’t mean that it will actually make you more productive. I can say from experience that many tools end up just getting in the way and actually can slow you down. With that in mind, here is the fifth tech tip that has proven to be a great help with my real estate business.
  • Decluttering isn’t just for home staging: Spring clean your social media news feeds

    Sue Koch
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you feel you can liken your Facebook or LinkedIn news feed to a client’s hoarding nightmare? Are things appearing in front of you that you no longer have interest in? Great gems are hiding under that mess! Old clients and friends you haven’t heard from in a while, new potential business partners who haven’t had the opportunity to get in front of you. After years on social media, people have accumulated too many friends, fan page likes and LinkedIn connections that are all competing for space in your news feed. Facebook and LinkedIn think they know what is best for you,…
  • The ultimate list of must-have mobile apps for today’s real estate professional

    Lindsay Listanski
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    “There are more mobile phones in the world than there are toothbrushes” –Ian Carrington We are living in a world dependent on technology, and apps play an integral role in our lives touching everything from counting calories and getting directions to directly impacting the way we conduct business. But how do we find the most effective, affordable and best apps when there are over 300 apps created each day? Well, if you are a real estate professional, you are in luck. There’s an app for that Well, not quite, but there is a white paper! Kalpana Krishna-Kumar, project specialist at…
  • Mobile marketing strategies for real estate: Responsive design and mobile-friendly website can help capture more business

    Marci James
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Mobile marketing image via Shutterstock. This post is part of a series on mobile marketing strategies for real estate. According to the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of home shoppers use a mobile device during their search. Furthermore, 68 percent of them contacted a real estate professional based on a mobile search. And 21 percent of them found a listing agent based on their mobile search. Those are pretty staggering stats, and proof that real estate consumers are using mobile more than the average consumer. That also means that as a real estates professional, you cannot…
  • 13 knockout examples of how to write an agent bio

    Guest Contributor
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    This post by Placester’s Molly Moriarity was originally published on Placester. Bio is your brand As the real estate market shifts toward online growth and mobile-friendly technology, your professional biography becomes a more prominent tool for generating clients. Sixty-two percent of agents spend at least an hour a day on marketing or advertising to promote their company. Advertising is great for attracting business, but the place to make a personal connection to your customers is in your biography. Yes, your bio is a piece of marketing, but we like to think of it as an integral…
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  • Updated 1950s Charmer at 1229 East Palmer Avenue

    28 Mar 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown, come home to enjoy the peace and quiet of your very own hillside retreat. Compact and bright, 1229 East Palmer Avenue is a great place to start or continue your Glendale real estate empire. There are updates throughout, including modern fixtures in the bath, newer central air and heat, copper plumbing, updated electrical, and a finished 1-car garage currently used as a home office. The original 1950s charm is also present, with crisp, clean lines, hardwood floors, sunny yellow kitchen tile, and ample windows to take in the views.  Read More
  • Expanded Craftsman Bungalow at 845 N Avenue 63

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Step back in time to this 1921 Craftsman Highland Park home for sale with lots of modern upgrades and original charm.   As you enter the living room you'll see original wood floors, the decorative fireplace made of gray limestone and flanked by built-in bookcases. You can display your best china in the glass-fronted built-in buffet in the dining area. Central heat and air, dishwasher, tile floor in the kitchen and baths, dual pane windows are some of the modern touches you will find here. The family room is just what you wish for with high ceilings and a blank wall large…
  • Amazing Opportunity at 6443 Tujunga

    9 Mar 2014 | 8:36 am
    Here is the first time buyer's dream - an amazing short sale deal in Tujunga!  6443 Day Street, located at the top of Tujunga near La Crescenta, is a two bedroom, two bath bungalow listed for a deal-price of $309,000. This home has a bright living room with decorative fireplace. The dining area flows into the kitchen, providing a spacious area to dine, entertain, and hang out.  There is access to a separate office or den. The updated kitchen includes a dishwasher, garbage disposer, stove, stove vent, refrigerator, breakfast bar, and a pantry.  Both bedrooms are spacious,…
  • Vintage Traditional at 574 Kendall Avenue

    24 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Step back to 1938 with this captivating traditional home in the 111-year-old community of Hermon in Northeast Los Angeles.  Perched on a corner lot, the house features original and vintage details that will make you feel right at home--and better. The spacious living room has a decorative fireplace and views of the mountains from each window. The dining room also has views of the mountains and sunset, and is open to the kitchen with a pass-through. The kitchen has new countertops and flooring, and opens onto a lovely covered patio. Hardwood floors, a lovely decorative fireplace,…
  • Exciting News for Cindy's Diner!

    6 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Cindy's Diner, an Eagle Rock neighborhood staple, has been closed up for several weeks with rumors flying that it was being sold or that it was just going to be used for filming from now on.  Well now the truth is out, and it's great news! The folks behind the delicious Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena have taken over and will be bringing the diner back to life!  From the new owner, Paul, on the Firefly Facebook page: My self and Monique have just take over a new restaurant space in Eagle Rock! We now own Cindy's Restaurant on Colorado Blvd. We are looking to have it open again in…
 
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  • Photos and Floorplans – A Buyer’s Response to my Monthly Note

    Jim Duncan
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    If the “open rate” for my monthly note is only 2% yet it generates this kind of response, I’ll be happy. I’ll lead with “thank you” to the reader who took a great deal of time to email me this response, and for the three stories her response has generated. Part 1 of 3 … This month I asked what you (consumers) would change about the real estate process. A reader responded – (bolding mine) I wish house listings included a floor plan, even if it were a rough, not-to-scale, sketch. We’d be able to understand better if a house would or would not work for us if we knew the…
  • If Only … Bike Lanes were Ubiquitous

    Jim Duncan
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    Two and a half miles to dinner (x2) – about 16 minutes – is easy. Bicycling as transportation is something other countries (and some American cities) understand. It’s about time we did so as well. Search the Charlottesville MLS Copyright RealCentralVA.com, LLC. If you like this post, please, visit RealCentralVA.comwhere this was originally posted. If Only … Bike Lanes were Ubiquitous
  • Albemarle County Broadband Survey (Also, Broadband Increases Real Estate Values)

    Jim Duncan
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Last week I asked a seller’s agent to get the download speeds from a property in a not-so-rural part of Albemarle County. “Here is what my tenant sent: … The results were: Pings 36 Download 2.89Mbps Upload 0.47Mbps” My client will not consider this property, nor will they consider 75% of the properties that they find interesting – properties a bit outside of the City with a couple acres under $500k. Albemarle County is conducting a broadband survey (click through for the press release). A few thoughts before you take this survey: 1 – This is just such an opportunity…
  • A Short Look at the Charlottesville Real Estate Market – April 2014

    Jim Duncan
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Remember the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit? Remember how it pulled demand forward and compressed the 2010 real estate market (in Charlottesville at least)? In trying to figure out the first part of 2014, that’s the best sort-of-analogy I can make. So far, things are looking less awesome than they would appear. There are so many nuances that I tend to look at for clients – new construction versus resale, proximity to whatever it is that is important to them and that particular sub-real estate market, interest rates, ability to walk or bike to groceries and more. But. For a brief…
  • “Where Are you From?” – Something Else Real Estate Agents Can’t Ask

    Jim Duncan
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    In a transient place like Charlottesville, “Where are you from”? is a common question. Small talk. Innocuous, right? The ability to make and sustain small talk is a critical skill held by successful real estate agents – learning about clients and potential clients, asking questions, listening. But. What if innocuous conversation is (wrongly) perceived to be “discriminatory”? I’ve written many times about and told my clients about the seemingly-absurd limitations imposed on real estate agents regarding fair housing laws. This morning I read the account of a real estate…
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  • 15 Tips to Make Your Home More Green

    Redfin Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Guest post by Julie Jacobson, Redfin real estate agent Imagine a world where every home is powered by the sun. Where every raindrop waters the yard, even on dry days. Where trash is turned into fertilizer, which is used to grow produce. This isn’t science fiction; it can be done today. Here are 15 things you can do to lessen your home’s impact on the environment, ordered by least expensive to most expensive (but most impactful). Why does it matter? According to Energy.gov, homes and commercial buildings consume 40 percent of the energy used in the United States, the majority of…
  • Top 10 Neighborhoods for Green Homes: Did Yours Make the List?

    Christin Camacho
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Earth Day just around the corner, today Redfin released a list of 10 neighborhoods across the U.S. with the largest number of green homes, and a list of the top green neighborhoods within 20 major metropolitan markets. To compile the list, Redfin data scientists searched through homes for sale on Redfin.com to find those with “green” features mentioned in the listing. Green features include solar panels, low-flow faucets, dual-pane windows, energy-efficient appliances, environmental ratings and certification programs such as ENERGY STAR®, “Built Green” and LEED, which…
  • Housing Market Soft in March with Price Growth Slowing to Single Digits and Sales Down 11.6%

    Ellen Haberle
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    The post Housing Market Soft in March with Price Growth Slowing to Single Digits and Sales Down 11.6% appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.
  • Three Simple Home Security Fixes For Spring

    Redfin Blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Guest post by Cara Giaimo, SimpliSafe Spring is finally here (so long, Polar Vortex!), and you’ve probably already got an itch for some spring cleaning. But after your closet is organized and your kitchen has been scrubbed from top to bottom (don’t forget those refrigerator drawers), it’s time to think about making some spring home security fixes! Easy checks around your home will do wonders for your peace of mind this summer. It only takes moments to make sure your locks are secure and your windows can be safely opened to let in that fresh breeze. Here are our top three tips for…
  • Game of Thrones: 10 Throne Rooms Fit for a King

    Alanna Finn
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Did last night’s “Game of Thrones” episode leave you all choked up? If you’re like us and can’t get enough, here’s a list of 10 “throne” rooms to keep you entertained until next Sunday. You don’t have to be a Lannister to live like one; each of these bathrooms is in a home for sale, so any one of them could be yours with enough gold. If you want to do your business like a king, just be wary of whoever starts knocking on the other side of that door; they could be looking to dethrone you. 1.) Who wants to sit on an iron throne when they can sit on rich mahogany? Address: …
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    Ubertor Real Estate Blog

  • Optimizing Social Media to its Potential for Your Real Estate Business: Twitter Edition

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Last time we discussed the in’s and out’s and the importance of using social media to its full potential using Facebook. This week we move a long the large plethora of social media platforms to @Twitter where all the cool trends seem to be! Optimizing Social Media Platform #2: Twitter Twitter is widely used by many people to create followers. It is a phenomenal way to connect with your clients using 140 characters (or less) to give updates to your followers. Let us show you how to deepen your relationships below: A) Tweeting Posting a tweet can be effective in numerous ways. You…
  • 10 Ubertor Sites We’re Enjoying: Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) Extended Edition

    Crystal Lai
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    As the Calgary Real Estate Board’s (CREB) official website provider, we see many great looking CREB sites day-in and day-out, and although it’s been done once already, all good things merit a second time so we’ve collected more to share in an extended version of 10 eye-catching CREB sites! First up is Thomas Krause’s magnificent site. With the full extent of the widescreen banner showing awe-inspiring mountain slopes behind Thomas’ portrait, it really leaves all visitors in a state of wonder. Specializing in Canmore, CREB sure knows how to bring the beauty of the region to the…
  • Ubertor Approved Vendor Spotlight: Chow Communications

    Bryan Garcia
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:18 am
    I would like to introduce Ubertor’s newest Approved Vendor – Chow Communications. After recently sitting down with Emily Chow, founder of Chow Communications, it was transparent her team was dedicated to helping small businesses, especially Realtors, maximize technology to improve or take their online presence to the next level. Her recent work with the Katronis Real Estate Team and The Bettina Reid Team showed Emily’s ability to provide quality work, and most importantly achieve results. You’ll find a quick brief of Emily’s company below, and the services they…
  • Optimizing Social Media to its Potential for Your Real Estate Business: Facebook Edition

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    When you think of social media, what comes to your mind? Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or maybe Linkedin? Many of these social media websites probably sound familiar to you. But here is the real question: Do you just play around with them or do you use it to put more money in your pocket and work smarter than your competition? Many realtors, including you, are brilliant and spectacular at building long lasting relationships with your clients on a personal level, participating in your local community events, and connecting with your local market. In this article, we are going to show you how…
  • Ubertor Attends Zen U!

    Crystal Lai
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    On Thursday March 20, 2014, two happy Ubertor team members went to attend their first class at Zen U: College of Customer Happiness. Offered by Zendesk as an opportunity for their users to learn more about their product, Ubertor sent Crystal Lai (UberCrystal) and Danica Lopez De Leon (UberDanica) in Vancouver, to absorb some ‘Zendesk knowledge’. Class is in session! First time Zen U students, Crystal Lai and Danica Lopez De Leon For those of you who have tried to contact Ubertor’s support via email, you may be familiar with the ticketing system offered by Zendesk. Therefore,…
 
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    Reverse Mortgage Daily

  • Friday Round-Up: Reverse Mortgage Realities, Lenders Adapt to Ginnie Changes

    Jason Oliva
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    In case you missed it, here’s what happened in reverse mortgage news this week: RMF’s HECM Choice Here to Stay, Despite Ginnie Mae Ruling—Reverse Mortgage Funding announced some new updates to its HECM Choice product offering, including minimum draw and set aside requirements. NY Times: Inheritance Blinds Heirs to Reverse Mortgage Realities—Heirs of reverse mortgage borrowers don’t care so much about how these loans work, but they do care how reverse mortgages affect their inheritances, The New York Times reported. Lenders Adapt Following Ginnie Mae Ruling on New…
  • Lenders Begin Closing in on Reverse Mortgage for Purchase Texas Potential

    Elizabeth Ecker
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Since the reverse mortgage for purchase was approved by Texas voters in November and lenders began originating it earlier this year, the first lenders are reporting that they are beginning to close the newest reverse mortgage loan type available in the Lone Star State.  Others have loans in the pipeline they expect to close shortly, and are seeing even more potential in Texas than in other areas of the country due to the demographics and real estate market there.  Georgetown Mortgage, based in Georgetown, Texas, reported this week that the company has closed the first H4P in Texas and…
  • Mortgage Rates Fall to 6-Week Low

    Jason Oliva
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to their lowest levels in six weeks, according to the latest quotes from Freddie Mac. The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 4.27% as of April 17, 2014, down from 4.34% from the previous week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS). The last time rates dipped this low was March 6, when they were 4.28% for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Rates for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also dropped this week to 3.38%, compared to 3.47% from the prior week.  The last time rates were this low for these…
  • Wells Fargo Lays Off 323 as Mortgage Demand Drops

    Alyssa Gerace
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Wells Fargo is downsizing its mortgage division and laying off more than 300 people, the bank announced Wednesday citing a slowdown in demand for mortgages. “While interest rates for homebuyers and lenders remain very favorable by historical standards, the demand for mortgage financing we experienced in recent years has continued to decrease,” said Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido in a statement obtained by the San Francisco Business Times.  Another contributing factor is a “substantial improvement” the bank is seeing in delinquency and foreclosure rates related to…
  • Number of Underwater Homes Drops to Lowest Level in 2 Years

    Alyssa Gerace
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The number of underwater properties in the U.S. dropped to its lowest level in two years in the first quarter of 2014, according to housing data source RealtyTrac. Negative equity numbers fell to 17% of all properties with a mortgage, or 9.1 million residential properties, says the most recent U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report. This represents about 2 million fewer seriously underwater properties from the fourth quarter of 2013, and the lowest level since RealtyTrac began reporting this data in early 2012.  A home is “seriously” underwater when the combined loan amount…
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    Wallingford Wired

  • Wallingford CT Wing Fest at Villa Capri

    Harriman Real Estate
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the patriarch of all finger foods, the Buffalo wing. Created in Buffalo, NY in 1964, the spicy treat has been the go-to finger food for every occasion, from bachelor parties to sporting events to just snacking on them while watching TV on a lazy weekend. What better way to celebrate this auspicious occasion than to eat some wings for a good cause? Vital Statistics When: Thursday, April 10th Time: 5:30PM – 7:45PM Where: Villa Capri, Wallingford CT Cost: $10 per person (pay at the door) Chowing for Charity This year’s event is a special one, as a…
  • New Listing: 289 Highland Ave, Wallingford CT 06492

    Harriman Real Estate
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Beautiful 4 bedroom home for sale in Wallingford, CT! Home Photos Local Schools New Listing Christine Zygmont-Ross Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-672-4499 Questions? Schedule a Showing! Licensed In: CT 289 HIGHLAND AVE Wallingford, CT 06492 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms : 2 ( 2 full ) List Price: $300,000 Living Area Approx : 1599 Split level, 4 bedrooms, 2 remodeled baths, huge family room with fireplace, cathedral ceiling, French doors to slate patio. Dining room with built-in hutch. Formal living room with bay window. Two car garage, level lot with invisible fence. Partially finished shed, walk out…
  • Just Listed: 16 Jodi Dr, Meriden CT 06450

    Harriman Real Estate
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Beautiful 3 bedroom home for sale in Meriden, CT! Home Photos Local Schools Just Listed Christine Zygmont-Ross Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-672-4499 Questions? Schedule a Showing! Licensed In: CT 16 JODI DR Meriden, CT 06450 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms : 2 ( 2 full ) List Price: $219,900 Living Area Approx : 1224 Cape with dormers, plenty of closets. Hardwood on 1st floor. Formal dining room, living room with picture window. Eat in kitchen with ceramic tile. 1st floor bedroom. 2 full baths. 2nd floor has two nice sized bedrooms. Great closet space. 2 zone heat. Roof & windows approximately 7…
  • Meriden CT Market Snapshot for February 2014

    Harriman Real Estate
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Here’s whats happening in the Meriden CT housing market as of February 28, 2014:There are currently 221 single family homes for sale in Meriden: Low list price: $19,900 High list price: $359,000 Average list price: $180,967 Median list price: $174,900 Average Days on Market:64 Homes sold on average for 93.1% of list price There are 85 homes currently under contract, priced between $40,000 and $449,000. Based on the number of homes sold in February (18), it would take approximately 12 months to sell the current inventory. As for condominiums, there are currently 79 condos for sale: Low…
  • Wallingford CT Market Snapshot for February 2014

    Harriman Real Estate
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Here’s whats happening in the Wallingford CT housing market as of February 28, 2014:There are currently 165 single family homes for sale in Wallingford: Low list price: $32,900 High list price: $1,299,000 Average list price: $336,254 Median list price: $304,900 Average Days on Market: 85 Homes sold on average for 95.8% of list price There are 52 homes currently under contract, priced between $55,000 and $749,000. Based on the number of homes sold in February (11), it would take approximately 15 months to sell the current inventory. As for condominiums, there are currently 69 condos for…
 
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  • He's lucky she said 'yes' to this prom proposal

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    He's lucky she said 'yes' to this prom proposalJohnny Morales was in the car with his unsuspecting future prom date behind the wheel next to him.Andrea began 'panicking and crying' at what she sawMore to seeThe science behind happinessHeartwarming college acceptance
  • 'Most American' cars on the road

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    'Most American' cars on the roadGettyBuying American doesn't exactly mean what it used to, but one study found these five models fit the bill based on several factors.Popular Ford, iconic muscle car and moreOn the road againMost fuel-efficient gas-only carsTest drive: New luxury Hyundai
  • Devotees reenact crucifixion for Good Friday

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Devotees reenact crucifixion for Good FridayOfficials condemn the practice, but swarms showed again this year.Photos of gruesome event are consistently stunningMore to clickStory behind Ukraine leafletsMuslims under siege
  • Result of people eating less salt

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Result of people eating less saltGettyThe amount of salt in people's diets has been declining in recent years — and according to new research, so has one type of death.Effect lower salt intake is havingMore health storiesGroup hit harder this flu seasonFactor doubles Alzheimer's risk?
  • At least 12 die after avalanche on Mt. Everest

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    At least 12 die after avalanche on Mt. EverestAPAn avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, in what is the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.Number of people still missingMore newsQuake rattles southern MexicoChelsea Clinton expecting baby
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  • He's lucky she said 'yes' to this prom proposal

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    He's lucky she said 'yes' to this prom proposalJohnny Morales was in the car with his unsuspecting future prom date behind the wheel next to him.Andrea began 'panicking and crying' at what she sawMore to seeThe science behind happinessHeartwarming college acceptance
  • 'Most American' cars on the road

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    'Most American' cars on the roadGettyBuying American doesn't exactly mean what it used to, but one study found these five models fit the bill based on several factors.Popular Ford, iconic muscle car and moreOn the road againMost fuel-efficient gas-only carsTest drive: New luxury Hyundai
  • Devotees reenact crucifixion for Good Friday

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Devotees reenact crucifixion for Good FridayOfficials condemn the practice, but swarms showed again this year.Photos of gruesome event are consistently stunningMore to clickStory behind Ukraine leafletsMuslims under siege
  • Result of people eating less salt

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Result of people eating less saltGettyThe amount of salt in people's diets has been declining in recent years — and according to new research, so has one type of death.Effect lower salt intake is havingMore health storiesGroup hit harder this flu seasonFactor doubles Alzheimer's risk?
  • At least 12 die after avalanche on Mt. Everest

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    At least 12 die after avalanche on Mt. EverestAPAn avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, in what is the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.Number of people still missingMore newsQuake rattles southern MexicoChelsea Clinton expecting baby
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  • He's lucky she said 'yes' to this prom proposal

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    He's lucky she said 'yes' to this prom proposalJohnny Morales was in the car with his unsuspecting future prom date behind the wheel next to him.Andrea began 'panicking and crying' at what she sawMore to seeThe science behind happinessHeartwarming college acceptance
  • 'Most American' cars on the road

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    'Most American' cars on the roadGettyBuying American doesn't exactly mean what it used to, but one study found these five models fit the bill based on several factors.Popular Ford, iconic muscle car and moreOn the road againMost fuel-efficient gas-only carsTest drive: New luxury Hyundai
  • Devotees reenact crucifixion for Good Friday

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Devotees reenact crucifixion for Good FridayOfficials condemn the practice, but swarms showed again this year.Photos of gruesome event are consistently stunningMore to clickStory behind Ukraine leafletsMuslims under siege
  • Result of people eating less salt

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Result of people eating less saltGettyThe amount of salt in people's diets has been declining in recent years — and according to new research, so has one type of death.Effect lower salt intake is havingMore health storiesGroup hit harder this flu seasonFactor doubles Alzheimer's risk?
  • At least 12 die after avalanche on Mt. Everest

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    At least 12 die after avalanche on Mt. EverestAPAn avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, in what is the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.Number of people still missingMore newsQuake rattles southern MexicoChelsea Clinton expecting baby
 
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    Latest Activity on CREOpoint

  • Deputy Managing Editor's video was featured

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Deputy Managing Editor's video was featuredRichard Batten at MIPIM - the "space challenge" and why he loves BudapestRichard Batten, European Board Member highlighting the "space challenge" and why he loves Budapest http://bit.ly/YH6qqD
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  • Leslie Braunstein's blog post was featured

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Leslie Braunstein's blog post was featuredDespite Rising Interest Rates, US Housing Remains Affordable by Historic StandardsDespite rising interest rates and eroding housing affordability, the average cost of home ownership in the US as a percentage of income is extremely low, according to a new report by Grosvenor Research.“The cost of owning a home in the US as a percentage of household income is now about ten percent, well below the 20-year average of about 14 percent and the 34-year average of more than 17 percent,” said Eileen Marrinan, Director of Research for Grosvenor Americas.
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postDespite Rising Interest Rates, US Housing Remains Affordable by Historic StandardsDespite rising interest rates and eroding housing affordability, the average cost of home ownership in the US as a percentage of income is extremely low, according to a new report by Grosvenor Research.“The cost of owning a home in the US as a percentage of household income is now about ten percent, well below the 20-year average of about 14 percent and the 34-year average of more than 17 percent,” said Eileen Marrinan, Director of Research for Grosvenor Americas. “In…
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    Oh My Apartment

  • Bringing in Spring

    Jacy Meyer
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    Spring is coming, whether it feels that way in your part of the country or not. You can give your apartment the fresh feeling of spring year-round by strategically decorating with plants, flowers and other natural elements. If you have a distinctive brown thumb, don’t think you can’t breathe life into your rooms. Make a visit to your local nursery and ask for some help. Tell the staff you are looking for a low maintenance house plant and they’ll make some suggestions. Check out your rooms ahead of time and identify some prime plant space. Tell the nursery employee if your space is…
  • Furniture for Small Apartments

    Jacy Meyer
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    You’ve got a new apartment, and now you need somewhere to eat, sleep and sit. “But it’s so small!” you think. “A couch will take up all the space!” Not so. You can have a well-furnished, comfortable and roomy feeling apartment that suits your lifestyle no matter how small the room may be. Here are some tips. Let’s start with a paradox: Using a few large pieces can actually make a room feel bigger than if you have a lot of small pieces. That’s because if you have six pieces versus three pieces, your eye sees the number and thinks big. A word of caution though, don’t buy…
  • Decorating Tips for Studio Apartments

    Jacy Meyer
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Mini, micro, compact living is all the rage, and if you’ve chosen to live in a studio apartment, you can take advantage of the reduced living space to create an efficient and beautiful home. Before buying one thing, critically look at the room and decide what spaces you need – a place to sleep, eat, relax, work? Once you know your needs, craft the apartment to fit them. If you are able to, spend a few days in the space with nothing in it. This will give you the opportunity to figure out how you and the space relate. When choosing your furnishings, don’t go big. This is a small space and…
  • Using Oriental Elements in Your Décor

    Jacy Meyer
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:43 pm
    If you are battling with decorating your apartment, you might want to consider a look east to the decorating habits in China, Japan and Korea. Oriental design elements are all about simplicity and minimalism – perfect for when you are faced with white walls, small rooms and not a lot of decorating leeway. An Oriental rug will not only warm the room, but also give you a base in which to incorporate other small items. Take clues from the colors in the rug to add a few pillows to the couch or candles for your shelf. Alternatively, you can choose a woven mat which is more typically found in…
  • Top 3 Etsy Picks for Apartment Living

    Carrie Diaz
    19 Feb 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Having all the best accessories and just the right rug can certainly make an apartment cozy and enjoyable to live in, but are any of those things the key to apartment living? Being on the latest trend is one thing, but walking from desk to fridge with minimal bumping of tabletop corners and toppling the potted plants is quite another. The most important thing you can have in your apartment is not furniture or top-of-the-line appliances. On the contrary, SPACE is the most valuable asset when your apartment is tight on square footage. Finding furniture that optimizes what space you do have is…
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    Missouri Living At It's BEST!

  • 4813 N Kensington Dr, Ozark, MO 65721

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Beautiful home with all the upgrades. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $129,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,568 sqftLot: 8,400 sqft Location 4813 N. Kensington Dr.Ozark, MO 65721USA 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 Home for the horse lover with 20 acres.Holiday Hills Condo in move-in condition.Home with character and space too.Home with acreage by NixaBeautiful home with all the…
  • 175 Rockford Dr K - 2, Branson, MO 65616

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Holiday Hills Condo in move-in condition. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $69,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,134 sqft Location 175 Rockford Dr.K - 2Branson, MO 65669USA 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 Home for the horse lover with 20 acres.Holiday Hills Condo in move-in condition.Home with character and space too.Home with acreage by NixaBeautiful home with all the upgrades.
  • 13610 Lawrence 1220, Marionville, MO 65705

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Home for the horse lover with 20 acres. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $129,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 1,293 sqftLot: 20.00 acre(s) Location 13610 Lawrence 1220Marionville, MO 65705USA 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 Home for the horse lover with 20 acres.Holiday Hills Condo in move-in condition.Home with character and space too.Home with acreage by NixaBeautiful home with all…
  • Patio home on cul-de-sac in quiet part of Branson but near the strip.

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Patio home with condo conveniences. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription Walk thru video on youtube $84,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 1,200 sqft Location 498 Van Buren Rd.Branson, MO 65616USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings Patio home with condo conveniences.Working Catlle Ranch near Table Rock LakeWorking cattle ranch by Table Rock LakeEstate on James River with Golf Course…
  • Lake-front lifestyle for you on Bull Shoals Lake by Forsyth

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Lakefront home on Bull Shoals Lake Overview Maps Photos Features Description $69,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 976 sqftLot: 0.15 acre(s) Location 3631 State Hwy YForsyth, MO 65653USA 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 Working cattle ranch by Table Rock LakeLakefront home on Bull Shoals LakeEstate on James River with Golf Course ViewLuxury 3 bedroom Condo w/2 suitesTable Rock Lake-front Home with View…
 
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  • Lake Homes For Sale

    Craig Mische
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    A week ago I was on the Central Lakes Trail for a 10 mile bike ride and it was beautiful. In anticipation of more nice weather I decided to order new inline skates. It is cruel that UPS is delivering them today. In a few minutes I am going to shovel the sidewalk leading to my front door. Before I do that and as I watch more snow fall, I am going to provide a quick recap of the active listing status of lake homes (non-association) at some of the most popular lakes in the Alexandria Area. Lake Amelia – 2 Lake Andrew – 3 Lake Carlos – 16 Lake Cowdry – 5 Lake Darling…
  • Buerman’s Belvedere Bay at Lake Carlos

    Craig Mische
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    In 1994 a plat was recorded at the Douglas County Court House with the name Buerman’s Belvedere Bay. With it 14 large lake lots were created on the west side of Lake Carlos and then in 1996, Buerman’s Belvedere Bay 1st Addition was recorded. In the original plat, lot 5 was 13.88 acres and in the addition it was divided into 11 lots. In total, there are 24 lake lots in this development and today almost all of them have homes. Yesterday afternoon with the temperature nearing 70 degrees, I parked at the Public Access not too far north of Buerman’s Belvedere Bay and prepared my…
  • For Sale at Le Homme Dieu & Minnewaska

    Craig Mische
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Today, I and two of my partners at Counselor Realty in Alexandria, Linda and Tom Akenson, listed for sale two homes that have lakeshore at Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Minnewaska. Both are attractive for different reasons but what both have in common are privacy at highly desirable locations at each of the lakes. 2113 S Le Homme Dieu Drive NE (MLS listing info) ….keep track of this Lake Le Homme Dieu listing and all Le Homme Dieu listings at lehommedieu.com or lakelehommedieu.com 19602 Halwood Road (MLS listing info) ….keep track of Halwood Road listings at halwoodroad.com SOUTH LE…
  • Photo Tour of a Lake Carlos Home For Sale

    Craig Mische
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    4255 County Road 11 NE is a lake home in Alexandria with 120 feet of shoreline on Lake Carlos. It’s a classic lake home with updates and additions. Listed with Counselor Realty, the owner’s ask price is $649,000.
  • Alexandria Lakes American Viticultural Area

    Craig Mische
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:18 am
    Most everyone that visits Alexandria knows about Carlos Creek Winery but are you aware that the 10,800 acre area south of Lake Miltona and in between Lake Ida and Lake Carlos is designated as an American Viticultural Area? The soil type is Nebish-Beltrami and grapes produced are Brianna, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, King of the North, Marquette, Petit Pearl, Prairie Star, Sabrevois and Valiant. Source: VinoVerve
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    Developments

  • West Coast Condo Values Continue to Rise

    Conor Dougherty
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Downtown condominium prices continue to skyrocket in West Coast cities, as the booming tech industry and interest from foreign buyers sends condo prices skyward and leaving little left to buy.
  • Is U.S. Housing Unaffordable? It Depends on How You Chart It

    Nick Timiraos
    11 Feb 2014 | 10:59 am
    Rising home prices and interest rates made housing less affordable last year than at any time in the last five years, according to National Association of Realtors data. So is it time to sound the siren over a housing bubble? Not really.
  • Why We Fall in Love—With Houses

    Sanette Tanaka
    10 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    A survey by Realtor.com shows that falling head-over-heels for a house is fairly common—69% of respondents reported that they have had a home crush.
  • Three Takeaways From the International Builders’ Show

    Kris Hudson
    7 Feb 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Information was as abundant as optimism this week at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, where more than 75,000 home builders and suppliers gathered to discuss topics ranging from new building products to buyers’ preferences.
  • Celeb Contractors: Workers Not Easy for Us to Find, Either

    Kris Hudson
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Home builders and remodelers take heart: Even contractors with their own national television shows have trouble finding workers in certain construction trades these days.
 
 
 
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    Real Estate Agent Market News- IQ Real Estate

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Get quality referrals and leads. Post Flash Property Listings (up to 10 photos per listing, no limits). Upgrade to Photo / Premium Agent Listing for free. If you are a 4-Star Agent or Broker, you should check IQRealEstate.com out. Over 900,000 agents listed. We are by far the Fastest Growing Directory online. Over 300,000 pages indexed in search engines. Be IQ Smart.
  • Real-estate agents eagerly awaiting outcome of Quebec election

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:42 pm
    MONTREAL - The Quebec election has real-estate agents on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border agreeing on one thing: the market is on hold as homebuyers await the outcome.
  • In Marin real estate market, sellers explore For Sale By Owner option

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:42 pm
    CAROLYN ROSKOWSKI is attempting to sell her Sausalito duplex herself, hoping to take advantage of Marin's hot real estate market and save the approximately $90,000 in commissions she would normally pay to agents on the $1.
  • PQ majority in Quebec could see homeowners flee to Ontario: realtors

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The Quebec election has real-estate agents on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border eagerly awaiting, as they say a PQ majority could see many Quebec homeowners flee to Ontario.
  • Real-estate agents eagerly awaiting outcome of Quebec election

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:42 pm
    MONTREAL - The Quebec election has real-estate agents on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border agreeing on one thing: the market is on hold as homebuyers await the outcome. Realtors say a Parti Quebecois majority on April 7 likely wouldn't result in the kind of mass exodus that followed the party's first election victory in 1976. Libby Broady, a Montreal real-estate broker, says the market is ...
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    Planetizen: The Urban Planning, Design, and Development Network

  • Freeway Cap, Penn’s Landing Waterfront Details Emerging in Philadelphia

    Planetizen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Project planners estimate that a $200 million investment in an 11-acre cap park over I-95 that will reconnect the city with the Delaware River could return $1 billion in private investment.
  • Coal Power Plants Dealt Blow by Appeals Court Ruling

    Planetizen
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The nation's first standards requiring power plants to reduce hazardous emissions, including the neurotoxin mercury, a coal-burning by-product, was upheld by a federal appeals court in a major win for public health, the EPA, and President Obama.
  • Is it a Suburban Exodus Yet?

    Planetizen
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A new report finds that suburban areas are losing residents to urban areas like New York City and Washington D.C., even well past the point when people would have traditionally made the choice to return to the suburbs.
  • Friday Funny: Goats Love a High Rise

    Planetizen
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Part funny, part amusing, and part just plain cool, goat towers are vertical structures with winding ramps that goats love to climb. They are also are “an idea whose time has come” according to a recent article in Modern Farmer.
  • 10 Common Characteristics of Successful Markets

    Planetizen
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Markets are important commercial and cultural spaces throughout South America, in small villages and big cities. The market landscape in South America is diverse, but thriving markets share a number of common characteristics across the continent.
 
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    All HW content

  • 5 tips for house flippers

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    "Flipping is back" may be a bit of an overstatement, but activity is there. No judgement on the mentality that buys into the "eternal price appreciation" model or what the short-term mindset does to long-term investments. But still, CNBC and Bankrate are going with this: Flipping is back.
  • Eminent domain: Whose land is it anyway?

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    HousingWire has covered eminent domain as both a tool some want to use for dealing with underwater mortgages, and as a tool used improperly in real estate deals. CNBC looks at the effects of the landmark Kelo decision now, almost a decade later.
  • Claire Rhodes joins LenderLive

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Denver-based LenderLive Network, hired Claire Rhodes as the firm’s regional account executive covering the northeast region for the company’s correspondent lending division.
  • RE/MAX: March home sales build momentum for 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    March home sales increased over the previous month for the first time in 2014, rising 24.6% from February, in addition to all 52 metro areas surveyed reporting an increase in sales over February.
  • Despite new law, Florida foreclosures take longer

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Florida recently passed a new law to help speed the foreclosure process up. But there's just one problem: the process is actually getting longer.
 
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    Developments

  • West Coast Condo Values Continue to Rise

    Conor Dougherty
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Downtown condominium prices continue to skyrocket in West Coast cities, as the booming tech industry and interest from foreign buyers sends condo prices skyward and leaving little left to buy.
  • Is U.S. Housing Unaffordable? It Depends on How You Chart It

    Nick Timiraos
    11 Feb 2014 | 10:59 am
    Rising home prices and interest rates made housing less affordable last year than at any time in the last five years, according to National Association of Realtors data. So is it time to sound the siren over a housing bubble? Not really.
  • Why We Fall in Love—With Houses

    Sanette Tanaka
    10 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    A survey by Realtor.com shows that falling head-over-heels for a house is fairly common—69% of respondents reported that they have had a home crush.
  • Three Takeaways From the International Builders’ Show

    Kris Hudson
    7 Feb 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Information was as abundant as optimism this week at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, where more than 75,000 home builders and suppliers gathered to discuss topics ranging from new building products to buyers’ preferences.
  • Celeb Contractors: Workers Not Easy for Us to Find, Either

    Kris Hudson
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Home builders and remodelers take heart: Even contractors with their own national television shows have trouble finding workers in certain construction trades these days.
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/15/14

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 4/15/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:March retail sales rose more than forecast due to pent-up demandConsumer confidence rises more than expected in AprilWholesale sales and inventories both rose in FebruaryProducer Price Index up by 0.5 percent in March and 1.4 percent over the previous yearWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/11/14

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 4/11/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Initial unemployment claims dip to 300,000, the lowest level since May 2007Federal Reserve March meeting notes shows policy split among its membersPace of wholesale inventory increase slowed in February but in line with expectationsWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.Want to make sure your company or event is included in the events…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/10/14

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 4/10/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Job openings rose by 7.7 percent in FebruaryOverall mortgage loan applications fall in latest survey; purchase loans still increaseWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/8/14

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 4/8/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Total jobs lost during Great Recession finally regained in MarchConsumer credit in February rose at the highest pace in a yearWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/4/14

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 4/4/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Planned job cuts continue to decline as economy improvesInitial unemployment claims rise by 16,000 in latest reportService sector economy improved in March despite winter weather impactsMortgage applications dip by 1.5 percent in latest survey even as purchase loans increaseWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.  Want to make…
 
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • The Devastating Impacts of Concentrated Poverty – And What Can Be Done to Reverse the Trend

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D., National Housing Conference and Center for Housing PolicyRecently published research on concentrated poverty by urban policy professor Paul Jargowsky shows that the number of high-poverty neighborhoods increased by 50 percent between 2000 and 2010. And the number of poor people living in high-poverty neighborhoods grew twice as fast as the overall poor population. A new book by sociology professor Patrick Sharkey documents the multi-generational nature of living in concentrated poverty—that is, the prevalence of two or more generations living in…
  • Senate markup of tax extenders is positive for housing

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    by Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference A collegial, efficient, and nevertheless long markup session in the Senate Finance Committee produced a tax extenders bill with several positives for affordable housing. Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined with Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to offer a selected set of tax provisions to extend for two years. Among the provisions included in the bill were several that could help housing and community development efforts if and when the bill becomes law: Extend the Mortgage Debt Relief Act, which protects households going through foreclosure, short…
  • What does it mean to move housing forward?

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    42nd Annual Gala honorees show us the way. by Chris Estes, National Housing ConferenceI had a great trip last week to San Francisco, where I had the pleasure of kicking off Ballard Spahr’s Best of the West Housing Conference. I talked about a variety of important housing issues like funding for the National Housing Trust Fund, the President’s budget for housing programs and the important issues it sets up for next year, expansion potential of programs like RAD, and implications for tax reform now that Chairman Camp introduced his bill.I also had great meetings with folks from the…
  • How data helps communities meet housing needs

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Developing solutions through researchby Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D., Center for Housing PolicyOn a recent Thursday evening, I stood in front of a group of residents gathered at Central Library in Arlington, Virginia, to talk about data. The prospect of sitting in a darkened auditorium to talk about numbers and charts brought many in the room back to the dreaded statistics class they had taken in college or grad school. But statistics are not just numbers. They can tell a story. And in this case, they tell a story of a changing community. In an interactive, game show style discussion, I asked the…
  • The tax extender that prevents foreclosures

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    What we're buildingby Ethan Handelman, National Housing ConferenceIt’s been three months since the Mortgage Debt Relief Act lapsed. It’s a provision in the annual package of tax extenders that keeps homeowners from having to pay income tax on debt that gets forgiven in a mortgage modification or short sale. It’s also a powerful tool to prevent foreclosures and protect struggling homeowners that Congress really ought to renew.How does the Mortgage Debt Relief Act work? Normally, if you have debt forgiven, the IRS charges you tax on it just like with money you earn (it’s called…
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    realtor.com® news

  • Ravens’ Great Ray Lewis Sells Oceanfront Mansion

    Neal J. Leitereg
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Baltimore Ravens legend Ray Lewis is one property lighter after selling an oceanfront mansion in Florida. While he continues to shop his Baltimore home at a reduced price, the two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker has scored a sale in Highland Beach, FL. The Sun Sentinal reports that sale of Lewis’ Palm Beach County home closed on April 10 for $4.775 million—$445,000 less than what the perennial All-Pro paid for the mansion in 2004. Located on a 10,890-square-foot lot overlooking the water, the mansion features a whopping seven bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a palatial master suite with its own…
  • Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall to Lowest Level Since February

    Rachel Stults
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Fixed-rate mortgages dropped for the second consecutive week to the lowest levels since February, helping to increase affordability at the onset of the spring home-buying season. The average for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages dipped to 4.27%, down from 4.34% last week, according to the latest survey from mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. A year ago, the 30-year average was 3.41%. “Mortgage rates continued to ease this week as housing starts [PDF] rose 2.8% in March but not as much as expected,” Frank E. Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist, said in a statement. “Also,…
  • Joely Fisher Selling House in Sherman Oaks

    Neal J. Leitereg
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Joely Fisher isn’t waiting until death to part with her house in Southern California. The actress, best known for her work on the television sitcoms “’Til Death” and “Ellen,” has listed her charming home for sale in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sherman Oaks. The Los Angeles Times reports that Fisher is asking $3.5 million for the property, which last changed hands in 2007 for $3.5 million. Occupying a half acre just north of Fossil Ridge Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, Fisher’s home was built in 2006 and has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Interiors exude a bohemian…
  • Alex Rodriguez Turns Small Profit on Condo Flip

    Neal J. Leitereg
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Alex Rodriguez won’t be cashing any paychecks from the New York Yankees this year, but the embattled Major League Baseball superstar is still finding ways to get paid. The currently suspended slugger has turned a small profit after flipping a luxury unit at the Mei Condominiums building in Miami Beach. The Wall Street Journal reports the sale of the condo closed last week for $2.575 million, with Rodriguez’s sister, Sotheby’s International REALTOR® Arlene Susy Dunand, representing him in the deal. Rodriguez paid $2.1 million for the property last year and spent a considerable…
  • Realtor.com® Report: Higher Inventory a Welcome Sign for Spring Buyers

    Realtor.com Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The spring home buying season is off to a stronger start than at this time last year, with modest price increases and a spike in inventory, according to realtor.com’s National Housing Trend Report for March.  The number of properties for sale on realtor.com® in March rose 9.5% above March 2013 levels, to 1,841,844 units, according to the report. The median list price of $199,900 was 5.3% higher than in March of last year, and the median age of inventory increased 22.9% above the year-ago figures, to 102 days on the market, the report’s data showed. These figures suggest that the…
 
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    LoopNet Commercial Real Estate Blog

  • 4 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm

    John Bremner
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    We are commonly asked: "Who is searching LoopNet and what are they searching for?" To answer these questions we decided to explore LoopNet's activity in 2013.With over 5 million monthly visitors and more than 7 million registered members – we definitely had some data to work with. We took a look at searcher behavior, market popularity, average pricing and also threw in a few other interesting facts from 2013.Based on the analysis, it seems that LoopNet is still the marketplace of choice for tenants and investors searching for commercial real estate – and they are searching for all types…
  • New: More Control Over Your Property Photos

    John Bremner
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:27 pm
    In a recent update, we made some enhancements to property photos on LoopNet. You now have more control over the order and position of your photos, and can update them with an easy-to-use interface. With this update you can click, drag, and drop photos to rearrange the order, easily rotate position, and also add descriptive captions. Here are the steps to rearrange or edit your photos:Go to your My Listings pageClick on the listing you wish to edit and click on "Edit" then "Photos"Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find your property photos Drag photos up or down to arrange…
  • LoopLink Updates and Enhancements

    Paige Reinsel
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    We're pleased to announce some updates and feature enhancements to our LoopLink product. With these changes, the LoopLink interface will be more in line with the appearance and functionality of the main LoopNet website.  Here is an overview of the updates:LoopLink search results will be enhanced to include a new "Listing Snapshot" feature. From search results, users can now access quick details about a listing without clicking through.The maximum number of listings supported by LoopLink reports has been increased as follows:100 listings in the Full Detail report (previous limit was…
  • New: Be the Featured Local Broker In Your Market

    John Bremner
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:51 pm
    LoopNet is excited to announce an exciting new advertising opportunity for our clients: Local Broker Ads.This new marketing product allows brokers to advertise their services to a specific, local audience. By choosing zip codes, audience size, and other criteria, brokers now have more control over who sees their ads and who they are connecting with.Local Broker Ads are displayed on high-traffic pages throughout LoopNet.com. Ad creation is easy with our professional templates and tools. Here's a preview:With Local Broker Ads you can:1.  Own Your Market.  Target prospects by…
  • Best Holiday Decorations: CRE Edition

    Paige Reinsel
    23 Dec 2013 | 4:03 pm
    Happy holidays from LoopNet! Here are some of our favorite commercial real estate holiday decorations from across the US. 1. Rockefeller Center: New York City, NY(Image Source: Huffington Post)2. Fashion Island: Newport Beach, CA(Image Source: prweb.com)3. MacArthur Center: Norfolk, VA(Image Source: greenbaypressgazette.com)4. The River Walk: San Antonio, TX(Image Source: thesanantonioriverwalk.com)5. Mohegan Sun: Uncasville, CT(Image Source: newsroom.mohegansun.com)
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    Web Real Estate Tools

  • Sometimes you just have to check the facts

    Peter Toner
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    It’s tempting fate to believe everything you read on the web … … but are you more inclined when it come from a respected source? I regularly read the Bernice Ross column over at Inman.  She does good research and puts her point over well. In her latest post entitled “Pardon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A site crash & a complete makeover

    Peter Toner
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:32 am
    It was late 2012 when we revamped our site & made it responsive. Not as many options were available then for responsive sites, but I knew that was the right way to go. After a bit of research I settled on a template system coded by some clever guys in Turkey. Yes it was responsive,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Craft your “About page” to convert potential clients

    Peter Toner
    5 Mar 2014 | 5:36 pm
    This is an extract from our free eBook I got my real estate license, now what? If a consumer has found your site … and they have any interest in doing business with you, they will almost certainly click on your About page. The About page is the very best way to introduce yourself, to showcase... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to get cheap quality local content for your Blog

    Peter Toner
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Many real estate agents have WordPress websites … … trouble is actual blog posts are far and few between. Some agents just gave up blogging to early, got bored, forgot, or just plain ran out of ideas. This is a problem when visitors to you site get interested enough to explore and then... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CRM is the latest cool topic

    Peter Toner
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Customer Relationship Management or CRM’s … … are designed to help you keep in touch with your sphere and past clients. CRM’s are one of the hottest topics on the most popular real estate Facebook Groups right now, so let’s take a look a little deeper. There are dozens... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    DanoSongs.com Free Music Downloads

  • Free Intro Music | 6 Mp3 Downloads | Every Possible Life

    dano@danosongs.com (Dan-O (DanoSongs.com))
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Hi, here are 6 free intro music mp3 downloads. These are different mixes of a short piece called “Every Possible Life” These could be good for talk and news shows, YouTube videos, movie soundtracks, websites, etc. At about one minute in length these seem best as intros but could be used for anything. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! —Audrey Hepburn  As usual you can use the free and royalty free if you credit me. To use without credit just donate. Also check out my package for more music! Just right click and “save as” to…
  • Free Music for Commercial Use | Sky Seeds

    dano@danosongs.com (Dan-O (DanoSongs.com))
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Hi here is some new music called “Sky Seeds”. I mixed the chords and melody into 4 different style tracks: Hollywood soundtrack, British pop rock, electronic trance, and electronic IDM chillout. These are all upbeat instrumentals that you can use royalty free in videos, games, presentations or other media. You will hear a full assortment of strings, percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizers and drums throughout these pieces. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson As usual, this is free music for…
  • Download Free Electronic Music | The Decision

    dano@danosongs.com (Dan-O (DanoSongs.com))
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:58 am
    Hi, here is new electronic music you can download free and use royalty free. The track is called “THE DECISION”…its upbeat and bright sounding. It starts off with chimes and then kicks in with synthesizer, drums and electric guitar. You might say it sounds a little like The Gorillaz, New Order or Depeche Mode. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. You can use this royalty free for free if you credit me, otherwise you can donate. For options click here. For more music see my package. Download Free…
  • Music for Video Production | Ready and Waiting

    dano@danosongs.com (Dan-O (DanoSongs.com))
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:46 am
    Hi, here is some new music for video production called “Ready and Waiting”. It’s a modern rock type instrumental with a pop sound. You might call it power-pop. Its done with bass, electric guitar, drums and synthesizer. Could be considered similar to Foo Fighters, Green Day or The Killers. “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us” -Joseph Campbell Use this track free and royalty free when you credit me or donate without credit. See my FAQ for details. Also see my package for more music. Download: Ready and…
  • Free Electro Music Download | 37 Echoes

    dano@danosongs.com (Dan-O (DanoSongs.com))
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:36 am
    Hi, here is a new free electro music download called “37 Echoes”. It has an upbeat quirky new wave synth sound. I used footage from “Elephants Dream” for the video, which is an open source film from the Blender Foundation. There are some funny scenes of an old man dancing that fit well. I composed it with a drum machine, virtual strings and a bunch of synthesizer sounds. You could use this as a futuristic or high tech soundtrack in a video, film or game. You might say this sounds similar to Daft Punk, Depeche Mode or The Chemical Brothers. “Music is the…
 
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    St. John's Real Estate Homes for Sale

  • CREA Gives A Whole New Meaning To ‘Guided Tours’ With The New REALTOR.ca iPhone App

    Stephen Winters
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    The Canadian Real Estate Association and Plastic Mobile partner to revamp REALTOR.ca iPhone app April 17, 2014 (Toronto, ON) - REALTOR.ca, Canada’s largest dedicated real estate listings website, has partnered with award-winning mobile agency Plastic Mobile to launch a completely redesigned mobile experience in the iPhone app version 2.0.0. “REALTORS® are always looking to provide consumers with the best real estate experience possible”, stated Mary Van Buren, VP Marketing and Technology for The Canadian Real Estate Association. “We’re excited to see our first app continue to grow…
  • St. John’s Real Estate Average Housing Prices for March 2014

    Stephen Winters
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:09 am
    The St. John’s Real Estate Market for the month of March (2014) showed little change from the previous month with regards to price changes.  We are seeing fair number of price reductions on properties. (a good thing)  Listings were down slightly this month so this could quite possibly be a little shift in the market.  With all the inventory out there we really need some of it to “dry up”.  There are lots of buyers looking and inquiring but many are sitting on the fence.  Expired listings are down from last month but still 23% of listings are expiring. The total number…
  • St. John’s Real Estate Housing Starts for March 2014

    Stephen Winters
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Housing starts in the St. John’s Real Estate Market were trending at 1,587 units in March compared to 1,842 in February according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR)1 of housing starts. “Residential construction activity in St. John’s trended lower in March,” said Chris Janes, Senior Market Analyst with CMHC’s Atlantic Business Centre. “The downward trend can be attributed to a slower rate of economic growth than has been seen in recent years and has impacted both single-…
  • Home for sale on Bauline Line

    Stephen Winters
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    **SALE PENDING** House for sale on 1000 Bauline Line.  This four year old three bedroom split entry bungalow is situated on a deep lot with lots of privacy. The property has an open concept design with large kitchen and eat-in dining area. Lots of cabinet and counter top space in this kitchen as well as a large peninsula eating area. Hardwood floors throughout most of the home. Large master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet. The basement is undeveloped but has the walls mostly insulated. Enjoy the privacy of your treed backyard on your patio deck. Asking $259,900.  Call Fraser or…
  • My Top 4 Apps for your iPad

    Stephen Winters
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    About three years ago I wrote about what apps I used for my new iPad for Real Estate and everyday Realtor tasks.  While some have come and some have gone, most are still on my iPad.  (yes Angry Birds is still there) These apps aren’t just for Realtors.  I think everybody can personally benefit from them. Tablets and smart phones are main stream now and will only continue to further intertwine with our everyday lives. While too many apps can over complicate and distract you, I have found the following 4 apps below (after 3 years of research) to be my go-to apps. 1) Dropbox – If…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • U.S. Housing Booming, Busting and Muddling Along

    John Burns
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Housing is local again!  Our partners, consultants and clients see vastly different housing markets all across the country.  I categorize them into three groups (booming, busting, and muddling) in this article and provide anecdotes from our team members — but it is really more complicated than that. Booming Markets I find three primary reasons that certain housing markets are booming: Read the rest of U.S. Housing Booming, Busting and Muddling Along » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate…
  • Due-on-Sale Clause – Understanding Land Trusts

    Clint Coons, Esq.
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article is Part 3 of a four-part series on Land Trusts.  You can find Part 1 here: Understanding Land Trusts Now you may be asking — how is the land trust going to help me with my lender? The answer lies in why the land trust was created, and why it’s perfectly legal. It’s basically a compromise between two opposing forces.  On one side is the bank which is interested in generating income from loans and at the same time protecting itself through a security interest in real property — on the other side is the borrower (real property owner) who desires to transfer title to his…
  • Welcome to the Rental Boom!  [infographic]

    Marco Santarelli
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Landlords have enjoyed the upper hand since the housing crisis as increased interest from renters coincided with little new supply of rental units.  Rising mortgage rates, tighter borrowing requirements and higher home prices have taken many people out of the home-buying market.  Plus, many remain burned by the housing crash and don’t want to own a home. Read the rest of Welcome to the Rental Boom!  [infographic] » 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…
  • How To Predict Real Estate Prices

    David Campbell
    5 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Want to know how to predict real estate prices? Every investor wants to know how to predict real estate prices and the process is not as mysterious as it may appear. While I focus on investing for cash flow, loan amortization, and tax benefits, I also appreciate the warm and fuzzy feeling you get as an investor when your real estate values climb!  So, what are the things I look for when figuring out how to predict real estate prices? Read the rest of How To Predict Real Estate Prices » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli…
  • Infographic: History of Mortgage Rates

    Erin Lantz
    11 Feb 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since 1971, when mortgage rates first started being tracked, they have ranged from a high of 18.63 percent in the early 80′s to a low of 3.20 percent in late 2013.  Currently, rates are still relatively low and for many prospective home buyers, low rates can greatly affect the affordability of a home and the monthly mortgage payment.  But, what will the future hold? Read the rest of Infographic: History of Mortgage Rates » 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…
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  • Just Listed Single Family Home in the Wellington Community in Manassas

    Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    We are proud to present to you 9397 Cloudberry Way, Manassas Virginia 20110 "This is a Rare Opportunity to own a home in the  Wellington Community!" How rare? Well there are over 500 single family homes in Wellington Community and in the  past two years only a dozen or so homes have come up for sale in the Wellington neighborhood. Homeowners love it here.  Why? Location, Location, Location! This is a cul-de-sac home, with a fenced rear yard, three finished levels and you can walk to community pool, pond, tot lot, walking paths, tennis, basketball, and take a stroll to the shopping center.
  • Peggy we have a Dog, so we need a home with a fenced yard and...

    Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    This weeks caller said; "Peggy we have a dog. We really would like to find a home with a fenced rear yard if at all possible. If a home had a nice big mud room,that would be awesome!" I said not to worry, I have three dogs, so I totally get it. Those of us who own dogs, know they are part of the family. That means when you are looking for a new place to call home of course the needs of the family pet come into play. Homes for sale that have what you need will make your life easier from day one of moving in. A home with a dog door is always nice and a home where you have a "Dog Room" or…
  • Selling your home, learning what's possible starts with a phone call

    Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:22 am
    Selling your home in the Woodbridge Virginia and surrounding area doesn't have to be difficult. Learning what's possible simply starts with a phone call. Below I explain more about the selling process, and how I can help you. Your need to sell a home can happen when you least expect it. There are so many life altering situations that can prompt someone to sell a home. New promotion A relocation on the horizon You've outgrown your home PCS Orders to a new duty station It's time to downsize Your tired of being a landlord You're getting a divorce You inherited a property You just want to buy…
  • Just Listed in Eagles Pointe in Woodbridge and Open Sunday April 6th

    Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    OPEN HOUSE, April 06, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM             3154 Eagle Talon, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191Get Directions Click HereDescription Photos Maps & Local Schools$ Click for current price4 BEDROOMS4 BATHROOMS (3 full, 1 half)3500 Square Feet Look at the rest in this community, however I promise you this one has the best lot! This home has a wooded veiw, fenced back yard with upper level deck and stairs to back yard! Come on out and see this home Sunday April 6th from 1pm to 4pm. One look and you'll fall in love. VA ZERO DOWN Financing is possible on this home!Avoid…
  • Northern Virginia Median Housing Prices Continue to Rise...

    Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The Northern Virginia Market Watch Video is out. A recap.... New home sales are improving Resale inventory is low and sluggish due to lingering winter Seller activity is improving New pending contracts fell (due to weather) Listing are increasing! Yet we are only at  23.6% of it's 2006 peak! The median sales price for homes for sale continue to increase for the 7th year in a row! Quick homes sales are happening all over Northern Virginia including Prince William County VA. It's April 1st, 2014. Finally this is not a joke. The sun is shining in Prince William County Virginia, resale…
 
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  • Free Email Signature Design‎ for Realtors

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

    Ivan Juric
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Ever wonder why when you Google other realtors, their search result looks like this?   Well listen up, because you’re about to find out why! The reason some realtors may have these detailed search engine results is because they have … Continue reading →
  • What is Realtor Website SEO?

    Ivan Juric
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many realtors have a misconception of what SEO or search engine optimization actually means. So, we wanted to take some time and actually bring light to this often confusing term. SEO is a very broad term which is loosely thrown … Continue reading →
  • Best real estate domain names

    Ivan Juric
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    If you register a domain name like www.EtobicokeHomes.com, when people search “Etobicoke Homes” will you show up on the first page of Google? Not necessarily. If you want to rank for these highly competitive keywords, setting up a good domain … Continue reading →
  • What Should Realtors Blog About?

    Ivan Juric
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
      One of the best ways to improve your online marketing strategy is to start a real estate blog on your website. I have great news for you! You could start one in minutes and you don’t have to be … Continue reading →
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    KW Blog

  • Protecting You and Your Business from the Heartbleed Bug

    adminkwblog
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Keller Williams is committed to protecting the digital privacy and security of our associates and the clients we serve. As soon as the KW Technology Team learned about the potentially disruptive Heartbleed bug, we tested our systems for vulnerabilities. We are pleased to report that our systems have not been compromised. We also reached out to our technology partners to determine if they had been affected. Again, we are pleased to share that the security of our associates and clients does not appear to have been breached. Below are responses from the major technology providers who help power…
  • 18 Steps to Financial Fitness

    adminkwblog
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Health experts say it’s a good idea to get in 10,000 steps each day. But when it comes to keeping your business healthy, success lies in 18 key steps to improve and protect your fiscal fitness. Are you taking these steps to increase sales and commissions, improve profitability and give you peace of mind in your real estate business?   Use a profit and loss statement to monitor your income and expenses on a monthly basis. Know how much you want to earn – and need to earn. Have a written budget for your expenses and stick to it. Separate your business and personal finances, including…
  • KW Wellness Day a Healthy Success

    adminkwblog
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    You could have heard a pin drop at the Keller Williams corporate headquarters on Friday afternoon. Except for some key support service providers, the entire staff closed shop early to take part in the first-ever KW Wellness Day. Clad in red t-shirts emblazoned with the new Keller Williams logo, KWRI family members took part in physical challenges ranging from potato sack races to pull-ups. And thanks to the passion and initiative of KW Wellness Ambassadors, market centers coordinated their own health and we llness events in locations ranging from Oklahoma City to Fort Mill, S.C., to…
  • Announcing Keller Williams’ 2014 REALTOR 30 Under 30 winners!

    adminkwblog
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Congratulations to our bright, young superstars! This year’s group of accomplished talent includes Jordan Bennett, Bo Draughon, Ivan Estrada and Ginger Vereen. Vereen also took the top prize as this year’s Web Choice Winner, receiving 3,014 votes thanks to your support! Here, in their own words, the four winners share what makes up a hard-working young real estate professional and a 2014 “30 Under 30” winner!    Jordan R. Bennett “After working at one of the Big 4 accounting firms right out of school, I quickly learned that sitting behind a desk and crunching numbers was not…
  • BOLD Law: You Teach People How to Treat You

    adminkwblog
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Ever wished someone treated you differently? Maybe it was a friend who cancelled dinner plans at the last minute, or maybe a colleague took the sole credit on a task the two of you completed together. In either of the above examples, you could change the end result of hurt feelings or dissatisfaction in the future by following the BOLD Law of “You teach people how to treat you.” The easiest way to follow this BOLD Law is by letting people know exactly what you expect of them and how you expect them to treat you. You could let your friend know that, because of your tight schedule,…
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    The Real Deal New York

  • Port Authority panel braces for public “perspective”

    Angela Hunt
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    From left: Carol Kellermann, Martin Robins and Scott Rechler A special oversight committee for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will convene publicly for the first time next week to glean suggestions for reform. The committee was formed earlier this year to evaluate the agency, which has been hit by political scandal in recent days, as previously reported. The effort to include the public is seen as a step towards making the two-state operation more transparent amid quarrels over spending on large-scale developments like the World Trade Center complex rebuild.  “It’s…
  • Lego store assembling at 200 Fifth Avenue for July opening

    Mark Maurer
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    200 Fifth Avenue and Lego store (via Facebook) Lego plans to open its new flagship store at Olmstead Properties’ 200 Fifth Avenue near West 23rd Street in the Flatiron District in mid-July. In 2012, Lego Systems Inc. inked a 10-year lease for the 3,535-square-foot retail space, as well as a 481-square-foot reading and play area. The asking rent was $500 per square foot. Construction began on the site shortly after. The grand opening is set to occur in August. Last year, Buzzfeed signed a deal to sublease the full eighth floor of 57,691 square feet at the building. [DNAinfo] — Mark…
  • Judge reinstates order banning Africa Israel from condo sales

    Mark Maurer
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    From left: 15 Broad Street, Shaya Boymelgreen and Eric Schneiderman A state Supreme Court judge fully restored an earlier restraining order against Africa Israel, the co-developer at 15 Broad Street, the luxury condominium in Lower Manhattan that is the subject of an investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The attorney general filed suit in February to temporarily bar Africa Israel and co-developer Jeshayahu “Shaya” Boymelgreen from co-op and condo sales in New York. The complaint came amid allegations that the developers failed to obtain a permanent certificate…
  • US love affair with real estate makes comeback: Gallup

    Mark Maurer
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Credit: Gallup This recent Gallup survey on expected future returns of asset prices is pretty interesting.  It shows that most Americans still think that owning a home is the best way to generate a high return in the future. Look at those figures.  The top two assets are gold and real estate.  This shows how out of touch with reality the average American is.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Construction,single family real estate generates a 0.74% annual return over the last 30 years (this includes multiple housing booms, mind you, so the data is probably much lower…
  • Maki’s 4 WTC is shimmering perfection: architecture review

    ZacharyKussin/TRD
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    4 World Trade Center From the April issue: If proof were needed of the sad state of architectural criticism in New York City and beyond, look no further than the limited reception that 4 World Trade Center has received to date. Surely this building, the first to open for business at the new World Trade Center site, has been covered as a real estate story. But no high-profile New York City publications have written a truly critical appraisal of the project yet. There was a time when any new building of such consequence in New York City (and many of far less consequence) would have received…
 
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Open Sunday on Macy Avenue in Vienna

    thebeltteam
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:56 am
    Sunday is a great day for a stroll around the neighborhood or a drive around town. So when you head out in Vienna, stop by to see Kevin Kleifges. He’ll be holding open 9506 Macy Avenue in Vienna from 1 to 4PM. And wait til you see this home. It just might be your dream come true! Call (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing. Directions and more information about 9506 Macy Ave in Vienna Call (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing or  email The Belt Team for more information. Search all homes for sale in Vienna FREE INSTANT HOME VALUATION The Belt Team’s Mission Statement is…
  • Coming Soon on Cottage Street in Vienna

    thebeltteam
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Stay tuned – we’ve got another beautiful Vienna home coming on the market soon! Great location in popular Dunn Loring Woods – oh so convenient to Dunn Loring Metro, the Mosaic District & more! Call (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing or  email The Belt Team for more information. Search all homes for sale in Vienna FREE INSTANT HOME VALUATION The Belt Team’s Mission Statement is “Changing Lives For The Better“. If it’s time to change YOURS, call (703) 242-3975!
  • Coming Soon on Riva Ridge Drive in Great Falls

    thebeltteam
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Stay tuned – we’ve got another great listing coming soon in Great Falls! This one’s on Riva Ridge Drive – on a wonderful private lot with a great backyard. Call (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing or email The Belt Team for more information! Search all homes for sale in Great Falls FREE INSTANT HOME VALUATION The Belt Team’s Mission Statement is “Changing Lives For The Better“. If it’s time to change YOURS, call (703) 242-3975!  
  • First Quarter Housing Update – Northern Virginia – Plus 5 Home Buyer Tips

    thebeltteam
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    How is the housing market doing around Northern Virginia? Wondering where prices are? How many homes are selling? Whether it’s a Buyer’s Market, Seller’s Market or Balanced Market? Let’s take a look at the stats: City # Sales Avg Price Avg DOM Housing Supply Buyer or Seller Market Alexandria 867 $489,013 58 days 1.7 months Seller Annandale 103 $440,984 54 days 1 month Seller Arlington 486 $585,193 44 days 1.5 months Seller Ashburn 244 $461,566 53 days 2.3 months Seller Burke 114 $426,403 37 days Less than 1 month Seller Centreville 182 $372,015 50 days 1.1 month Seller…
  • Sneak Peek Into Our Ghost Inventory!

    thebeltteam
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Remember the post we wrote last week about “ghost inventory” in Northern Virginia real estate? Well, here’s a sneak peek of just a handful of our our signed listings that will be coming on the market between now and this summer. We’ve got everything from convenient condos in Reston to gorgeous estates in Great Falls to an oasis in Oakton and some very special homes in Vienna! Call (703) 242-3975 for more info or email to schedule a showing! Search Homes For Sale in Northern VA On Our State-of-the-Art Search Site FREE – How Much Is My Home Worth “Gorgeous…
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    Bank Foreclosures Sale Articles

  • Milwaukee Foreclosures to be Sold; Orlando Foreclosures Dip

    Simon Campbell
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Across the country, foreclosures are on the decline. In some markets, they have continued to decline for over a year straight. Even in harsher markets, foreclosures are dipping with each passing month, evidence that the real estate market across the nation is improving. Two cities in particular – Milwaukee and Orlando – are examples of what the foreclosure market is doing across the nation as we advance deeper into spring. City Plans to Sell Milwaukee Foreclosures Milwaukee is one example of a city that has been hit reasonably hard by the foreclosure crisis. The city has numerous…
  • Phoenix Real Estate Holds Promise for Real Estate Entrepreneurs

    Simon Campbell
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    For years, Phoenix real estate has been on a roller coaster. One of the hottest markets in the country before the recession, Phoenix took a hit during the foreclosure crisis and perennially reported some of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Now, the market is a lot more stable and is on the up-and-up. That means the market is full of potential for real estate entrepreneurs, for a few reasons that stand out. More Homes Are Available for Sale According to statistics released for January 2014, more homes are available for purchase in Phoenix than in previous months. Specifically,…
  • Promising Signs for the Real Estate Market in Colorado in 2014

    Simon Campbell
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:18 am
    When it comes to real estate, Colorado has had its share of ups and downs over the past half-decade, just like other parts of the country. It didn't survive the foreclosure crisis unscathed; at one point, it was one of the worst states in the country. Now, though, most areas of Colorado real estate are on the up and up. Here's a review of the latest news and trends with Colorado real estate, so you can make an informed investment choice. Denver Real Estate Is Heating Up Denver, Colorado's capital and largest city, has had a roller coaster real estate ride over the past few years.
  • How to Do a Title Search for Foreclosure Homes

    Simon Campbell
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Are you interested in buying a foreclosure? If so, you have one thing on your mind: making money. While there is nothing wrong with this, any mistake along the way could cost you big time. In the past, many have made the mistake of not completing a title search before purchasing a foreclosure. There is no reason to believe that this search will turn up something, but there is always the chance that this could be the case. If you neglect to do a title search and there is a problem, such as a lien, it could cost you thousands upon thousands of dollars. Is that a risk you are willing to take?
  • Cleveland Fed Discusses Fast-track for Ohio Foreclosures

    Simon Campbell
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:45 am
    Ohio has been one of the hardest-hit states when it comes to the foreclosure crisis. While foreclosures are down year-over-year in Ohio, they rose by 23 percent from December to January. Cities like Cleveland and Columbus have been awash in foreclosures for several years now, and countless solutions have been proposed to remedy the problem. Now, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has proposed another solution: a fast-track process for Ohio foreclosures that could dramatically cut the amount of time it takes to resolve a foreclosure in the Buckeye State. Under the new proposal, the Fed…
 
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  • 2215 Post Rd #2055, Austin TX 78704 – Just Listed & Coming Soon!

    Shannon Ensor
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    We have a new listing that is about to be on the market in Travis Oaks: a very popular condo community in the heart of Austin’s 78704 zip code!  Located on a side street just off of Congress Ave and Oltorf, this spacious condo has an extremely convenient location: just a few blocks away from…
  • 2409 Rodeo Dr, Austin, TX 78727 | Just Listed in Scofield Farms!

    Shannon Ensor
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Buyers are already lining up to check out our newest listing located at 2409 Rodeo Drive in red-hot Scofield Farms! This home is a gem in this super-popular North Austin neighborhood and here is a list of reasons why: Located on the preferred side of the street without a busy street running behind. Located across…
  • We Just Listed 209 Spillway Dr, Kyle TX 78640 | Southlake Ranch Home For Sale

    Kyle Ann Hintner
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:09 am
    We have a new listing in Kyle’s popular Southlake Ranch neighborhood. 209 Spillway Dr is a single-story 1803 sqft home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. It was built in 2003.  The seller added a beautiful sunroom that measures about 10X15 too!   For more details on this home, please contact a Team Ensor Realtor today!
  • Low Inventory & Strong Demand Pushing Scofield Farms Prices Higher

    Shannon Ensor
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:09 am
    According to January 2014 data from the Austin Board of Realtors, we have TWO months of inventory when it comes to single-family homes in the Austin area. What does this mean to the average buyer or seller in Austin? It means that we are very much still in a seller’s market. As we creep into…
  • We Just Listed 2104 Christoff Loop, Austin TX 78748!

    Nate Howry
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    We have a brand new listing that’s coming soon in the south Austin community of Rancho Alto. 2104 Christoff Loop was built by Meritage Homes in 2010, with features including granite counter tops, a center island in the kitchen, wood floors, master bedroom and an office downstairs. (with 1.5 baths downstairs, too!) Don’t miss the huge…
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Fed Beige Book: Commercial Leasing Activity Generally Advanced at a Modest Pace

    CoyDavidson
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Summary of Current Economic Conditions Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts suggest economic activity increased in most regions of the country since the previous report. The expansion was characterized as modest or moderate by the Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts. Chicago reported that economic growth had picked […]Fed Beige Book: Commercial Leasing Activity Generally Advanced at a Modest Pace is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • Houston Retail Market Report – Q1 2014

    CoyDavidson
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Houston’s Strong Economy Boosts Retail Construction Houston’s retail market posted 573,000 SF of positive net absorption in the first quarter. Some of the tenants who opened new locations during the quarter include Whole Foods Market, Spec’s, Rue21, Sears Outlet Center, Jack’s Carpet, and Mattress One. The average citywide vacancy remained unchanged from the previous quarter […]Houston Retail Market Report – Q1 2014 is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • Yeah…. That Didn’t Happen

    CoyDavidson
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    It’s Always Fun to Look Back at Past Predictions Remember when … Commercial Real Estate was the next shoe to drop. The CRE Zombie Apocalypse would ravage the market except in those few “glorious gateway cities.” There would be a wasteland of mostly vacant office towers because technology would allow everyone to work at home […]Yeah…. That Didn’t Happen is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • Houston Office Market Report – Q1 2014

    CoyDavidson
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Houston’s  Office Market Posts 2.3M SF of Positive Net Absorption in Q1 Houston’s office market had a phenomenal first quarter, recording 2.3M SF of positive net absorption, the highest quarterly amount since 2.5M SF was recorded in Q2 2007. More than 2.1M SF was added to Houston’s office inventory and, at the close of Q1, […]Houston Office Market Report – Q1 2014 is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    6 Articles to Read this Weekend The Case for Open Space Law firms, long a bastion of mahogany desks and wood paneling, are trading in traditional décor for a more open and contemporary style. This may be a response to the influx of Generation Y associates who, according to the American Bar Association, represent “a […]This Week’s Recommended Reading is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
 
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    Property Management Software

  • Barbados a new real estate haven for celebrities

    Property Management Software
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Barbados Real Estate Owners of second homes in Barbados have been looking a bit glum in the past few years. A beautiful island, and a gorgeous holiday destination. But the bottom line, financially, has been far less impressive than the bikini lines. In fact, until the back end of the last year, property prices were on a downward trend. “The first big sign that the Barbados property market was making a comeback came in June 2013,” says Kim Goddard, director of sales at the Royal Westmoreland, a luxury golf resort community. “A French-Canadian buyer paid $51 m for Cove Springs on the…
  • Top 12 cities in world driven by real estate

    Property Management Software
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Top 12 Cities According to a new report from international real estate adviser Savills called 12 Cities, New York and London have been named as leading international cities of the world. Savills classes cities based on their prominence and fame, as well as economy and size; factors that will determine the cross-border investability of their real estate and their future as well as their current ‘world class’ city status. In 12 Cities, the Savills ‘X-Factor’ world city characterization looked at a combination of global competitiveness, together with measures such as…
  • Should I downsize my home or not

    Property Management Software
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Downsize my home or not It can happen when the kids leave home or retirement looms or your first grandchild is born hundreds of miles away. You start to think about leaving a house that’s now too big for you and downsizing to a smaller house or condo or a retirement community. After launching three sons from their home of 23 years, Mike and Patty Denevi, both 61, of Los Gatos, Cal., shared an epiphany. “We realized that we spent all our time in our home’s kitchen and bedroom. We didn’t really need this house anymore. What were we doing here?” says Mike. “We thought, Wouldn’t it…
  • Having a hard time getting a home loan

    Property Management Software
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Subprime Mortgage Borrowers with bad credit were shut out of the mortgage market after the housing bubble burst, but now a handful of small lenders are starting to offer subprime loans again. Once synonymous with toxic, adjustable-rate mortgages — like the “exploding ARMs” that led many homeowners to lose their homes to foreclosure during the housing bust — subprime mortgages are once again being offered to borrowers who pose a higher credit risk, typically those with credit scores that fall below 640. But this time around, the loans are much more costly. During the…
  • Mortgage applications rebound in spring

    Property Management Software
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Mortgage applications rebound Mortgage applications to purchase a home rose 3 percent last week from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to a weekly survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association. This was driven mainly by an increase in conventional (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) applications, as demand for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration, the government insurer of home loans, were flat week-to-week. FHA loans require much lower down payments than conventional loans, just 3.5 percent minimum. Purchase applications are still down nearly 17 percent…
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    30A Luxury Homes

  • Reasons Why Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale are Better Than Beachfront Properties

    Joy
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Reasons Why Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale are Better Than Beachfront Properties If you are planning on buying a Seacrest Beach home for sale as a second property, primary residence, or an investment property, it is important to be aware of the advantages of living NEAR the beach versus living IN FRONT OF the beach before investing. Many people are attracted by the idea of living in a beachfront home. With easy access to the beach, the relaxing sound of the surf, exciting water activities all year long – it sounds like beachfront living is heaven on earth. But is it really for everyone?
  • Seacrest Beach Home for Sale | 91 Lifeguard Loop Seacrest, FL

    Joy
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Seacrest Beach Home for Sale | 91 Lifeguard Loop Seacrest, FL This stunning Seacrest Beach home for sale on 91 Lifeguard Loop offers everything you need for a relaxing beach getaway. Imagine living in paradise in this fabulous home for sale in Seacrest Beach. This home offers everything you need to enjoy the perfect beach getaway – with a few minutes walk to the beach and having a nature preserve right in your backyard! Feel the relaxing ambiance of this 4 bedroom and 4 bathroom home. The open floor plan makes for easy access to the dining and living room from the kitchen. The entire…
  • Experience Paradise in Crystal Beach Homes for Sale Destin FL

    Joy
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Experience Paradise in Crystal Beach Homes for Sale Destin FL Crystal Beach Destin Fl homes for sale are nestled in a charming and quaint neighborhood along the famous Scenic Hwy 98 in Destin. Imagine living in adorable beach homes in a variety of pastel colors, patterned after New England beach cottages and Southern plantations combined with relaxing and exciting waterfront living. Crystal Beach is one of the most sought after vacation spots in Destin Fl because of its cozy beach homes which are perfectly located only minutes away from the Emerald Coast’s beautiful emerald green…
  • Crystal Beach Destin FL Home With a Pool for Sale | 80 Dolphin St. Destin Fl

    Joy
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Crystal Beach Destin FL Home With a Pool for Sale | 80 Dolphin St. Destin Fl Crystal Beach Destin Fl Homes for Sale | 80 Dolphin St., Destin Fl | $795,000 This beautiful home for sale in Crystal Beach Destin FL truly represents what a beach house lifestyle is all about. Built to withstand the elements, this beautiful home has a metal roof, block construction, foam insulation, rebar, and all-impact doors and windows.80 Dolphin St in Crystal Beach Destin Fl is NOT in a Cobra Zone, meaning you won’t have to pay for higher flood insurance. Better yet, this beautiful pool home is located in…
  • Top 4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Beachfront Home Along 30A

    Joy
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Top 4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Beachfront Home Along 30A Who doesn’t dream of having a beachfront property? Waking up to the sounds of the ocean, watching beautiful sunsets day after day, having a refuge to escape from your busy life – these are what lures many to buy beachfront homes along 30A. However, there are some things you need to know before buying a 30A beachfront home. If you decide too soon, or make an uninformed decision, your dream home could turn into a nightmare if you do not take the time to know some important items before buying a 30A beachfront home for sale. 1.
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    Unconditional

  • Property Report – March 2014

    Paul McKenzie
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:04 pm
    The March 2014 NZ Property Report published by Realestate.co.nz provides an insight into the state of the New Zealand property market as measured by the supply side of the property market over the month of March. A full print version of the NZ Property Report – March 2014 is published below and is available for download (800kb) and distribution.   Summary of the market – March 2014 Residential asking prices reach new national high Average asking prices of newly listed residential properties across New Zealand rose to a new record high in March driven by renewed seller…
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    Paul McKenzie
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    To help spread the news of our recent successes in NZ, we have two new flyers to show buyers why they should 1. download our app, and 2. look on Realestate.co.nz for their next home. Download our new flyers now and make sure that you tell everyone about why they should use Realestate.co.nz.
  • Property Report – February 2014

    Paul McKenzie
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The February 2014 NZ Property Report published by Realestate.co.nz provides an insight into the state of the New Zealand property market as measured by the supply side of the property market over the month of February. A full print version of the NZ Property Report – February 2014 is published below and is available for download (800kb) and distribution. Summary of the market – February 2014 Sellers set a new record national asking price Seller confidence has driven asking prices of new listings to record levels in February; with the national (seasonally adjusted) mean reaching a…
  • Property Report – January 2014

    Paul McKenzie
    2 Feb 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The January 2014 NZ Property Report published by Realestate.co.nz provides an insight into the state of the New Zealand property market as measured by the supply side of the property market over the month of January. The key measures of the market analysed in the report are the number of new listings, the asking price expectation for those new listings and the level of inventory of unsold houses on the market at this time. The report is compiled from data captured by the website and represents close to 97% of all property movements in the NZ market as managed by licensed real estate…
  • Property Report – December 2013

    Paul McKenzie
    7 Jan 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The December 2013 NZ Property Report published by Realestate.co.nz provides an insight into the state of the New Zealand property market as measured by the supply side of the property market over the month of December. The key measures of the market analysed in the report are the number of new listings, the asking price expectation for those new listings and the level of inventory of unsold houses on the market at this time. The report is compiled from data captured by the website and represents close to 97% of all property movements in the NZ market as managed by licensed real estate…
 
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    Southern California Luxury Real Estate | Ventura County Homes for Sale | Estate Properties

  • 291 Garden Drive

    Karen Crystal & Nicki Laporta
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:49 pm
    291 Garden Drive Sherwood Country Club Like a fine work of art that is rich in detail and rare in its beauty, 291 Garden Drive is well-known within the exclusive gated community of Sherwood Country Club for its architectural magnificence. With stunning vistas of dramatic ridgelines and ancient Oak trees, this one-of-a-kind custom masterpiece proudly sits upon an elevated promontory overlooking the 16th fairway while capturing the tranquilly, warmth, and idyllic charm of a traditional Cape Cod home in the Hamptons. Designed by British-born architect Edward Carlson and shaped by a team of…
  • 2702 Ladbrook Way

    Karen Crystal & Nicki Laporta
    10 Oct 2013 | 11:06 pm
    2702 Ladbrook Way Sherwood Country Club Announcing our premier Sherwood Country Club listing! Sensational Sherwood Country Club Estate with unbelievable views and huge entertainer’s yard! Situated above the 1st fairway, this two story, brick Georgian Colonial is approx. 8200+ square feet, with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, including separate guest quarters above the garage. The open and spacious family room with fireplace, wood floors, and wet bar, opens to the gourmet kitchen, boasting stainless appliances, side-by-side Sub Zero, granite counters, and large breakfast room. Featuring an elegant…
  • Nicki LaPorta & Karen Crystal Named to Sotheby’s Significant Sales

    Karen Crystal & Nicki Laporta
    18 Jul 2013 | 11:20 am
    Hidden Valley 890 West Potrero Road Nicki LaPorta and Karen Crystal’s sale of a stunning Hidden Valley gentleman’s ranch has once again placed Ewing & Associates Sotheby’s in the company of the top sales internationally. Sotheby’s International Realty featured select sold properties by Sotheby’s franchises internationally to feature in a monthly “Significant Sales” newsletter. Fieldstone Farms, 890 West Potrero Rd., closed at $14,750,000 — making it one of the biggest sales for Sotheby’s in May. Tomer Fridman’s property was featured in last month’s list. The…
  • 11113 Rocky High

    Karen Crystal & Nicki Laporta
    8 May 2013 | 10:00 am
    In the Santa Rosa Valley, resting at the foot of the majestic hills of Wildwood, there’s a piece of natural perfection where exclusive living is enjoyed by a discerning few. Here you’ll find tranquility woven into the landscape; refreshing breezes compliments of the Pacific Ocean; and lifestyle choices as wide and varied as the land that surrounds you. Welcome to Rocky High Estate. Santa Rosa Valley 11113 Rocky High A hint of lavender in the air Designed by world renowned architect Marc Lemoine, this European-Spanish inspired property was masterfully executed to seamlessly fuse the…
  • 1233 Woodland Grove

    Karen Crystal & Nicki Laporta
    28 Oct 2012 | 3:40 pm
    1233 Woodland Grove – Ultimate Tuscan Estate Nestled in the private gated community of North Ranch Country Club Estates in Westlake Village, atop a rolling hill with incredible panoramic views, sits and over 14,000 square foot Italian custom dream home designed by Ron Firestone. Ultimate Tuscan Estate 1233 Woodland Grove For complete privacy and security, this property has its own private gate leading up its driveway, landscaped with Olive and Cypress trees, grape vines and Date palms. The endless attention to detail will make you appreciate the art of fine living. The interior has been…
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    BuzzBuzzHome News

  • Crown Heights’ 341 Eastern Parkway has a live teaser site now

    Joyce Chen
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Image: 341epw.com The teaser site is now live for Crown Heights rental 341 Eastern Parkway. The 65-unit, eight-story building designed by Meshberg Group will offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom rentals, including duplexes. Bluejay Management is the developer. Curbed has photos of the (nearly) finished project, which will have 8,000 square feet of retail and community space. One retail tenant will be Capital One Bank, which signed a 10-year lease for 3,000 square feet at the base of the building, Crain’s reported. The asking rent was $100 per square foot, a relatively high price…
  • BMO: Canadian housing market correction could pull economy into recession

    Sean MacKay
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Photo: Jerry Bowley/Flickr Canada’s booming housing market has played a significant role in the country’s economic growth through the 2000s and a steep correction in prices and construction could trigger a recession. A Bank of Montreal report released on Thursday analyzed the impact of rapidly increasing house prices and residential construction across the country beginning in 2002. It found that the housing boom added 0.56 percentage points to annual GDP growth between 2002 and 2007, accounting for one-fifth of total economic growth. “This suggests a moderate correction…
  • From soccer Stonehenge to tacky Le Corbusier, these architectural icons are out of whack

    Joyce Chen
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Renderings: Courtesy of Maxwell Render via Architizer Context? What context? SketchUp and Maxwell Render’s “Out of Place” competition called for renderings of 3D models yanked from their proper habitats. The winning decontextualized submissions were nice and all, but Mirče Mladenov snagged the popular vote with his tackification of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, pictured above. The modernist icon got the full suburban-hell treatment, complete with banana-yellow paint, a garden gnome, satellite dish and protruding AC units. Architizer analyzes the worthy entries, which…
  • Grimshaw unveils world’s largest airport terminal under one roof

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    17 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
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  • Firefighters battle boredom with hose hovercraft

    buzzhomeblog
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The post Firefighters battle boredom with hose hovercraft appeared first on BuzzBuzzHome News.
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Blog: Lansner on Real Estate

  • O.C. median home price hits $580,000

    By MARILYN KALFUS
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Sales of new and luxury homes in March helped boost the Orange County median home price to $580,000, the highest point in seven years, according to DataQuick Information Systems. The overall number of home sales continued to slide, however, down 5.8...
  • How to sail through a home appraisal

    By MARILYN KALFUS
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Real estate appraiser Matt Cook just finished working his way through a house to gauge its value when the homeowner reached out to shake his hand. Inside the man’s palm was a $20 – as if he was tipping a maitre d’. “I don't know what insulted...
  • Laguna Beach 'rock house' for sale at $15 million

    By MARILYN KALFUS
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The landmark Laguna Beach “rock house,” a cutting-edge home wedged into a large, oceanfront boulder, is for sale at $15 million. Designed by Orange County architect Brion Jeannette for a software entrepreneur with a wild streak, the...
  • Firm completes $750 million shopping spree

    JEFF COLLINS
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The dramatic collapse and recovery of home prices in recent years has stoked interest in the fate of housing, creating new fans for wonky price indexes formerly tracked mostly by the slide-rule set. An Orange County company that provides much of that...
  • Investing in real estate? There's a club for that

    By MARILYN KALFUS
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Kimberly and Edward Rushing’s fledgling real estate investment venture got off to a rocky start.Seven years ago, at the height of the housing market, the young couple bought a home they intended to fix up and flip in San Bernardino County.“As...
 
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  • Lee & Associates’ Courtney: Grocery stores, restaurants keep popping up in Indianapolis

    Dan Rafter
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    Whole Foods has been one of the more active grocers in the Indianapolis area. People like to eat, whether the economy is soaring or struggling. Just look at Indianapolis. Grocers and restaurateurs are announcing new shops in the city on a seemingly daily basis. And both are providing a boost to Indianapolis’ rebounding retail market. The best news? The brokers working in this city say that the retail resurgence in Indianapolis — and especially the boom in grocers and new restaurants — is far from a short-lived trend. “There was, years ago, a concern that Indianapolis…
  • Buckingham Companies to bring 272 apartment units to Cincinnati neighborhood

    Staff Writer
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Real estate developer Buckingham Companies has released the final plans for its seven-building residential apartment development in the Oakley neighborhood of Cincinnati. The seven three-story buildings will be blocated between Madison, Cardiff and Ridge avenues. The development’s buildings will include 272 apartments. The buildings will feature flat roofs, brick-and-stone facades and varying color palettes. Buckingham will pursue LEED for Homes certification. Plans also call for direct access to the Madison Road pedestrian bridge, which will connect the development to Oakley Station…
  • Block Real Estate Servies adds senior project manager

    Staff Writer
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Greg Shannon Greg Shannon has joined the construction services team at Kansas City-based Block Real Estate Services as senior project manager. Shannon brings more than 20 years experience in the construction industry to his new position. He has worked for such firms as The Weitz Company, Kraus-Anderson Construction and Blue Scope Construction.
  • Marcus & Millichap sells 80-room hotel in Wisconsin

    Staff Writer
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Marcus & Millichap recently sold the GrandStay Hotel & Suites, an 80-room hotel in Appleton, Wis. The hotel sold for $4.425 million, more than $55,000 a room. Scott Brash, senior director in Marcus & Millichap’s downtown Chicago office, had the exclusive listing to market the property for the seller, a private investor. Matthew Fitzgerald, a broker, assisted in this transaction. The seller built the hotel in 2007 as a Wyndham Garden Inn and then converted it to GrandStay Suites in 2010.
  • Cushman & Wakefield completes 703,973-square-foot industrial building acquisition

    Staff Writer
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Cushman & Wakefield, working with Paine/Wetzel TCN Worldwide, has completed the acquisition of 1300 Naperville Drive, a 703,973-square-foot industrial building in Romeoville. Buyer Magid Glove & Safety will consolidate two existing locations and relocate its primary manufacturing operations and headquarters to the site. Magid Glove & Safety is a manufacturer, importer, distributor and direct supplier of hand protection, protective clothing, first aid and personal protective equipment. The newly acquired property will combine the operations of two Chicago plants into one larger,…
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Property Managers and Residential Housing Owners Need Protection

    Marc Courtenay
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    With a title like this you may think I’m about to encourage you get a bodyguard or a permit-to-carry. While neither of those ideas are bad ones, I’m talking about reviewing your personal and business insurance. I’m also encouraging you to know your legal liabilities and your rights. Concerning insurance, this is a good time of year to make sure of your limits of coverage, what your deductibles are, and how your insurance carrier ranks concerning claims and customer satisfaction. It’s also a good idea to have your insurance agent do an annual review; both from the business side of your…
  • 10 Clues You Need To Modernize Your Property Management Business

    Alexis Hammond
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Take a quick look around your desk. Is it covered in papers and handwritten sticky note reminders? Maybe your printer is running out of ink from all the owner statements you have to print. These are just a few hints that it may be time to modernize your property management business. Does any of this sound familiar? Tracking marketing efforts amounts to hand-written notes and post its Residents still sign their lease with a paper and pen Your website looks old and your competition looks better! Is your property management business in need of some modern updating? Check out this quick and fun…
  • Rent Checks Stolen from Property Manager’s Lockbox

    Marc Courtenay
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Don’t let what happened to a property management company in Las Vegas, Nevada happen to you. The company had set up a convenient lock box so residents could drop off their checks after hours. The worst case scenario unfolded on a hot summer’s evening in July when thieves who had noticed the drop box of the property management company found a way to pry it open and steal the contents. Dozens of innocent renters had their checks stolen before they were cashed. The property managers said that the thieves took between $20,000 and $30,000 in checks. They also stole residents’ identities. The…
  • 3 Minute Quiz: Discover Hidden Ways You May Be Wasting Money

    Alexis Hammond
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Do you know where your property management business is wasting money? Take this 3-minute quiz and instantly uncover new and hidden ways to save money and increase profits in your business. More savings in your business today means more money to invest in growing your business tomorrow!      
  • Three More Ways to Fill Those Vacancies

    Marc Courtenay
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here are three ideas from my upcoming article series titled “50 Ways to Fill Your Vacancies”. Like you, I’m fired up about the idea of having as many marketing tools as possible to manage properties effectively. As a property owner and/or manager, you may already have many successful ways to quickly fill your vacancies with well-qualified new residents. My hope is that I can add a long list of intuitive and counter-intuitive suggestions that have worked and will keep on working. So here are three more suggestions that can insure that the rental income stream keeps flowing to your…
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    Select Property Ltd

  • Jones Lang Lasalle: Optimism to remain in Dubai markets

    Matt
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Optimism among investors in Dubai will continue to increase throughout 2014, according to real estate company Jones Lang Lasalle Summary Tourism, trade and transportation driving Dubai economy say Jones Lang Lasalle Dubai Real Estate Market Overview for Q1 revealed stock of 365,000 units in Dubai 39,000 properties due for handover by 2016, with asking prices approaching record levels Levels of optimism experienced in Q1 will continue to be seen in Dubai in 2014, according to Jones Lang Lasalle. The firms Dubai Real Estate Market Overview report for Q1 revealed tourism, trade and…
  • Morgan McKinley: Job opportunities in Dubai increase by 8%

    Matt
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    Job opportunities in the UAE rose by 8% between February and March 2014, according to recruitment specialist Morgan McKinley Summary Available professional job opportunities in Dubai up by 8% month-on-month Last 12 months sees 2% increase in number of roles Buoyant February followed by further increases in March The number of job opportunities available in the UAE rose by 8% between February and March 2014, according to Morgan McKinley. The specialist recruiter revealed the surge in opportunities via its UAE Employment Monitor, which revealed the significant increase when recorded on a…
  • Dubai Metro users top 40 million for Q1 2014

    Matt
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:05 am
    Q1 saw more than 40 million passengers using the Red and Green lines of the Dubai Metro, according to the Roads and Transport Authority Summary 40,655,978 riders used the Dubai Metro service in Q1 2014 Dubai Roads and Transport Authority reveals figure rose from 33.3m from same period 12 months ago More than 4.3m extra passengers using Red line compared to a year ago Green line sees 3m more users in Q1 2014 compared to same quarter in 2013 More than 40 million passengers used the Dubai Metro in the first quarter, according to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority. The Metro comprises of the…
  • Asteca report showcases rent rises and off-plan development interest

    Matt
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Dubai rental rates for apartments and villas up by 3% and 5% respectively, while investment interest in off-plan developments mounts, according to Asteca Summary Rents for apartments and villas up by 5% and 3% respectively in Q1 2014 Asteca report reveals increase in interest in competitively priced off-plan developments More than 3,000 units launched in Q1 following regulatory changes Dubai Marina, Jumeriah Lakes and International City register good returns Rental rates for apartments and villas in Dubai rose by 5% and 3% respectively in the first quarter of 2014, according to Asteca. The…
  • Dubai to build Aladdin City complex in Dubai Creek

    Matt
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Dubai Municipality has announced that “Aladdin City”, a development inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sinbad, is to be built in Dubai Creek Summary Aladdin City development takes inspiration from ancient tales of Aladdin and Sinbad Dubai Municipality looking to drive tourism and investment ahead of World Expo 2020 Project features commercial and hotel space in idyllic setting A development which takes its inspiration from ancient tales is to be built in Dubai Creek, the Dubai Municipality has revealed. Aladdin City will comprise three towers made up of commercial and hotel space that…
 
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • Fun in Columbia This Easter Weekend!

    Era Wilder Realty Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Easter is upon us, and there are so many fun ways to celebrate the holiday in and around Columbia this weekend.  Are you hankering for an Easter egg hunt with the kiddos, looking for a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny himself, or hoping to score a seat at a great Easter brunch? Read on to discover some of the places you can do just that in town this Easter weekend! Easter Photos at the Columbiana Centre Commemorate Easter this year with a photo with the Easter Bunny at Columbiana Centre.  It’s a great way to capture a moment of childhood and remember those days when the kids were…
  • My Week at the Masters

    Katie Crowley
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
                 This past week I had the opportunity to work at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Although I am not a sport and entertainment management or hospitality major, working at one of the most prestigious golf tournaments was not an opportunity to pass up.             At the Masters I worked in the newly renovated Berckman’s Pavilion. I somehow ended up with the lucky job of greeting at one of the four restaurants in the VIP area in the Masters. Berckman’s was opened in 2012, so this was only the third year that the restaurant was open. At the Pavilion, I…
  • Eliminate Allergens in Your Home this Spring

    Era Wilder Realty Blogger
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Spring is here!  While that may sound like music to your ears, there are quite a few among us who have mixed feelings about the season.  Springtime is often the onset of allergy season, and for those who suffer from allergies this time of year can be a bit challenging.  If you are an allergy sufferer, there are steps you can take minimize or eliminate allergens in your home that may trigger a reaction.  Read on to find out some great spring cleaning tips to keep allergens at bay! Window Treatments Curtains are one of the biggest culprits in your home for collecting allergens, so it is…
  • ERA Wilder Realty Hosts Pet Supply Drive to benefit Pawmetto Lifeline

    Katie Crowley
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    ERA Wilder Realty’s Irmo office will host a pet supplies drive throughout the month on April. All of the donations will go directly to Pawmetto Lifeline. Pawmetto Lifeline is a non-profit animal rescue organization working to solve pet overpopulation in the Midlands. The organization works to correct the problem with initiatives in adoption, medical, rescue collaboration, and education efforts. Pawmetto Lifeline is in need of: bleach, liquid laundry detergent, dawn dish soap, cat toys, paper towels, old towels and linens, and dry and wet food for dogs and cats. Shelia Kirkpatrick, office…
  • Have you ever thought of a Career in New Home Sales???

    ERA Wilder Realty
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
     We are looking for the Next Great New Homes Sales Professionals! Large Volume Builder! National Sales Training! Are YOU a Leader? Do YOU want to control your destiny? Learn about the psychology of the sale, how to better meet customers’ needs and wants and how to lead in difficult situations. Find out your sales strengths and weaknesses and how to capitalize on your strengthsLearn more, Earn more, Grow more! There are limited spots available so you must RSVP.  To reserve a spot, contact Wendee@WNewHomes.com or call 803.497.0896. Career Night will be held April 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at…
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    Salt Spring Island Real Estate

  • April 2014 – Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Here we are at the beginning of April, with Spring totally visible, & with a very encouraging consistent buoyancy finally […]
  • March, 2014

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Mar 2014 | 2:32 pm
    A Market Recovery? March, 2014 – Salt Spring Island Real Estate Analysis A recovery in the secondary home/recreational market seems […]
  • February, 2014

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Feb 2014 | 8:47 am
    February, 2014. Salt Spring Island Real Estate We live in such an interesting time! Change is its mantra. Some early […]
  • January, 2014

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Jan 2014 | 6:01 pm
    January. Prancing into a New Year…welcome! It’s the Year of the Horse in 2014…think about that image of horses racing […]
  • January 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    1 Jan 2014 | 2:35 pm
    January 2014, Market Analysis I find that January in particular, & perhaps the first half of February, often carry forward […]
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    rentBits Blog

  • Channel 9 News - New technology helps renters, landlords

    rentBits Team
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
  • Some Straightforward Apartment Tips for A Newbie Renter

    rentBits Team
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:11 am
    As a newbie renter, it can often take a large amount of preparation and comparison in order to locate an apartment which will suit your needs at a price that you are willing to pay. Too many first time renters make the mistake of choosing to rent an apartment that is simply not the right [...]
  • Some Apartment Tips for Those in College

    rentBits Team
    12 Feb 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Living in an apartment is a common experience for those going to college. However, selecting the right apartment for your needs can often be a challenge, especially when it comes to agreeing on the right place with other roommates who will be signing the lease. Through learning how to utilize some relatively straightforward apartment tips, [...]
  • Finding your first Apartment

    rentBits Team
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Living on your own in your very first apartment is an exciting time of life. However, it can be stressful to hunt for an apartment and hard to know the best options for your life-style and budget. These tips may help you sort it out to make this important step into adulthood easier. Calculate your budget for [...]
  • How to Use Rental Information as A Landlord to Pick A Desirable Tenant

    rentBits Team
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Every landlord has nightmares about a horrible and irresponsible tenant. A bad tenant can reduce profits, cause permanent damage to your home and make it challenging to find a new tenant in time to pay the bills. By learning how to take advantage of the rental information that exists for tenants who are applying, picking the [...]
 
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • Know anybody that wants to buy a townhouse in Studio City?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    I think a townhouse is coming up in our Studio City building.  The unit is empty, and workers have been there all week painting, fixing, and installing new floors.  And...I just noticed the telltale lockbox installed on our front railing.  The unit is 2 beds, 2.5 baths, den and probably around 1600 sf.  I imagine that it will list for $525k or more.  Please contact me if you're interested, and if you'd like nice neighbors.
  • Prices rising, sales declining, says L.A. Times

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Today's L.A. Times headline was Southland Home Prices Surge, but Sales Plummet.  Hey, welcome to my world! Click here for the article.  Here are some of the article highlights:"The market for high-dollar homes is hopping, with sales on the rise and buyers launching bidding wars. But sales of low- to medium-priced homes have plummeted during the same period — with many potential buyers priced out.Housing affordability is really taking a bite out of the market," said Leslie Appleton-Young, chief economist for the California Assn. of Realtors. "We haven't seen this issue since…
  • Game of Thrones, real-estate style. (Yes, yet another GOT meme.)

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    For you prospective home buyers out there, I know buying a home can seem just as hard as battling for the throne of Westeros.  (Admit it, this is your fourth season of trying to buy something.) Your experiences on this journey probably look like this to you:The part of town you'd like to live in:It's a little congested, but it's really very walkable.The part of town you can actually afford to live in:The, um, "city" council is trying to get the next CicLAvia here, and has promised to create bike paths on the dirt roads.Your seller:Would have more fun killing you than closing the…
  • And...2008 N. Rose, Burbank is in escrow

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    We had a wonderful turnout at the 2008 N. Rose open house on Sunday.  If you were there, thank you for coming. And we received multiple offers from qualified, adorable people.  The seller selected one offer and we are now in escrow with backups.  The seller, who is leaving the state, says "whew"!
  • Open Sunday from 2 to 5 in Burbank - 2008 N. Rose Street

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Please come visit us at 2008 N. Rose Street in Burbank on Sunday.  This remodeled 3 bedroom, 1 bath has been splendidly maintained and features a new kitchen (above), new bath, new paint, new landscaping, recessed lighting, gleaming hardwood floors, and more.  It also has all airport sound retrofitting, which includes double-paned windows and glass outer doors. It would be a great place to expand, or just live in and love as other generations have done.  It is listed for $505,000 and all the appliances stay -- even the big screen tv!
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    Retechulous

  • Stalking FSBOs and Expireds with new Google Street View Image Generator based Squeeze Pages

    Ryan Hartman
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
  • Strategy Session April 16, 2014

    Jeff Logue
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
  • Advanced: How To Advertise A Property Listing With Google Adwords

    Ryan Hartman
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    This is pretty powerful stuff, and will give you quite an edge when going "head to head" against other listing agents. Plus, if you follow this process as Jeff recommends below you can actually "Lead with Listings" -- generate leads while doing awesome work for your seller clients. The training... Here's a quick overview on how to build a Google+ business page for your listing. Even if you choose to use your own site or a different platform, the same principles apply. Focus on keyword relevancy and quality content: Choose a custom list of keywords to target for your ads: Build a list of…
  • Give Your Latest Real Estate Listing Its Own Twitter Account?

    Ryan Hartman
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    This technique isn't going to get you a TON of buyers, but it could grab you a tad more exposure for your listings... and of course, adding a handful of "little items" like this to your Listing Presentation & Servicing plan can't hurt, right? Click Here To Check Out The Example Twitter Account Featured In The Video Click Here To Access Training about how to execute this in the Leading With Listings page of the member's area.
  • Friend Up Some Engaged People, They Might Want To Buy A House Sometime Soon

    Ryan Hartman
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In this video we quickly talk about how to use Facebook's search functionality to "friend up" a few engaged people (who might want to buy a house soon in your area.) NOTE: After some engaged people accept your friend requests, DO NOT offer to help them buy a house. You gotta be more subtle than that If you want to learn a little more about how to market on Facebook without annoying people, you can click here to attend this week's social media best practices webinar...
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Are You Limiting Yourself?

    Neil Schwartz
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Sharp skills are critical to your success. Watch this short video to learn how to perfect your skills.Related Posts:Freedom is Created Through DisciplineStay SharpFind Your WhyWhat Actions Will Bring You Business Today?Be Prepared… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 4/14/14 – Focused Practice

    Neil Schwartz
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Being above average takes above average effort and practice.  If you want your business to improve… you must work on improving yourself first. Never stop learning and you will never stop growing. CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated Posts:Sales Meeting 4/7/2014 – The Importance of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When is the Best Time to Find Buyers and Sellers?

    Neil Schwartz
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Door knocking is a powerful tool to meet new sellers and buyers.  Watch this video to learn the best time to  door knock.Related Posts:Go To The Door !Sales Meeting Monday, 3-3-2014What would you do with the Money?10 Ways You Can Finish This Year Off PowerfullyBuyers vs. Listings [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Actions Will Bring You Business Today?

    Neil Schwartz
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    You hold the key to your success. Watch this video to learn what actions need to be taken to supercharge your day.Related Posts:Are You Limiting Yourself?What would you do with the Money?Do You Splatter or Bounce?Attitude Matters…Where Are You Now? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 4/7/2014 – The Importance of Practice

    Neil Schwartz
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    There will never be a day that you cannot be one level better than you are today. This is great news! It means that there are no limits to how great a salesperson you can become… as long as you are willing to practice. CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated Posts:Sales Meeting 4/14/14 – Focused... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Susan Singer

  • Junior 1 Bed | 1 Bathroom | $549,000 | East Village

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

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

    Susan Singer
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    They have organic produce, organic cups, organic coffee, and now an ORGANIC HOUSE…. “Frodo meets Gaudi” is how one commenter describes the curvaceous interior of Mumbai’s Organic House, an apartment by Mumbai-based design studio The White Room, which has ceilings as arched as and smooth as a hobbit’s cob home, with a bit of the Spanish master’s flair for the dramatic. There’s hardly a straight line in the place, aside from the ones formed by the diagonal floor and ceiling tiles, and despite the contemporary touches, the massive stone slab bar top…
  • 1 Bed | 1 Bath | $3,000/month | Midtown East

    Susan Singer
    26 Feb 2014 | 1:26 pm
    main kitchen bedroom bathroom 142 East 49th Street, #9E ListingID: 624734 Description: Prewar one-bedroom apartment is ready for immediate move-in! -UNFURNISHED -EASY APPLICATION PROCESS This unit has beautiful hardwood flooring, high ceilings, fantastic prewar architecture, and lots of windows! A newly renovated kitchen and bath blends modern amenities with the classic layout creating an apartment that truly feels like home. The kitchen has generous counter space, large cabinets, dishwasher, microwave, full stove/oven and a full size Liebherr refrigerator. A freestanding breakfast bar could…
  • Live Green | The first edible wall in NYC

    Susan Singer
    10 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
    Take a look at this inspirational video about a teacher in the South Bronx who is teaching students how to turn living spaces into vegtables gardens. YUM!!!!
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    findwell Blog

  • How do I know if I’ve got the wrong list price?

    findwell
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    How do I know if I’ve got the wrong list price? If the home sits on the market for a long time, is that detrimental to me as the seller? findwell agent Tamar Baber answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: How do I know if I’ve got the wrong listing price? A: There are many things that will tell you if your home is priced well or if it’s going to sit there and not sell right away. The first thing is the activity. Are you getting at least two to three showings a week on your home? The second thing is what is the feedback like from the agents who are showing your home?
  • Will the seller fix all of the problems that my home inspector finds?

    findwell
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Will the seller fix all of the items that my home inspector found wrong with the home? Will the builder fix problems found with a newly-constructed home? findwell agent Lauren GeRoy answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: Will the seller fix all of the items my home inspector found wrong with the home? A: Every inspection is going to find a handful of things that are considered possibly wrong with the property. It could be minor, little things to major, larger items. Most sellers are not going to fix every item that you find on the property. When you sit down with your agent to…
  • What are the hazards of having lead-based paint present in my home?

    findwell
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    If your home was built prior to 1978, there is a chance that lead-based paint was used on the interior and exterior surfaces. You may have some questions about what this means – for instance “How do I know if my home contains lead-based paint? or “What do I do if my home does contain lead-based paint?” and “What are the risks for purchasing a home with lead-based paint?”  Keep in mind that there are homes purchased every day with lead-based paint and it doesn’t present an imminent health risk. It does, however, mean you should be aware of any paint chips or situations where the…
  • Introducing 12 Hawks Nest – Seattle’s Premier 12th Man Residence

    findwell
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Seattle – April 1, 2014 – It took the Seattle Seahawks 38 years to win a Super Bowl, and now after 39 years, Seattle’s 12th Man fans will finally have a place to call home. findwell is proud to announce Seattle’s newest condominium community: 12 Hawks Nest: Seattle’s Premier 12th Man Residence. 12 Hawks Nest: Seattle’s Premier 12th Man Residence Architecture 12 Hawks Nest combines sleek modern architecture and luxurious accommodations with the indomitable spirit of the 12th Man. Designed by the renowned modern architecture firm of Carroll, Schneider &…
  • Detecting water leaks in your home with Wally, a new sensor network

    findwell
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:47 am
    Ever had a a costly water leak in your house or condo? Water damage is one of the most common and costliest of home insurance claims, but a new product called Wally can help avoid these situations. Wally is a home sensor network that will help you to proactively monitor for water leaks in places that you cannot see or at times when something springs a leak when you are not home. I received my Wally Home device this week in the first batch or pre-orders and decided to take a close look for homeowners who’d like to try out this new technology. Read my review on GeekWire for more…
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    NuWire Investor: RealEstateInvestment

  • Single-Tenant, Net Lease Properties Fastest Growing Sector In Commercial Real Estate Investment

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    The fastest growing sector among real estate investors is the net lease market. Yes, good old boring single-tenant, investment-grade buildings. With the upside pretty much capped, it never garnered too much attention outside of 1031 exchange investors and stodgy institutions. However, that has changed...
  • Detroit Industrial Property Making A Comeback

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    An industrial market rebound has proven to be the tide that lifts all boats, even struggling Detroit, which recently recorded one of the strongest declines in industrial property availability in the country. Detroit, with about 365 million sq. ft. of industrial space, tied with Atlanta in recording...
  • Foreign Investors Attracted To Florida Property

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    The USA is becoming more and more popular with international property investors, thanks to the diverse range of opportunities on offer across the country. Florida, in particular, is attracting a lot of attention from investors around the world as a source of all kinds of exciting opportunities. Florida...
  • Pending Home Sales Lowest Since 2011

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    With mortgage interest rates rising, this February the number of Americans signing home purchase contracts fell to its lowest since October, 2011, said the National Association of Realtors.   The National Association of Realtors’ seasonally-adjusted pending sales index fell 10.5% in the...
  • Why The EB-5 Program Works Well For Real Estate Investments

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Since the financial crisis of 2008, traditional lenders have significantly tightened their purse straps, and many developers have subsequently resorted to seeking alternative funding sources. One alternative financing source that is gaining popularity stems from the EB-5 visa program, where foreign...
 
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • Sellers Market Grabs Hold in Edmonton

    Sara MacLennan
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Market-o-meter I was looking at the market stats today, and I noticed things seem to have slowed down a bit. We're almost half way through the month and sales of single family homes and condos are both less than half of the totals we reached for last month; we typically see increasing sales month over month until May or June each year. So what's going on? It could be that I'm just looking at the stats too early, and can't make an accurate judgement on the month as a whole yet. The weekly sales are certainly ahead of last year, but as we saw on Friday the average price of single family homes…
  • How to Choose the Right Neighborhood for Your New Home

    Michael David
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Image by Cubosh via Flickr Buying a new home is exciting, but the neighbourhood you choose is just as important as the actual house. If your dream house is in a terrible neighbourhood, it won’t be your dream home for long. In order to make sure you choose the right neighbourhood for you and your family, ask specific questions. First, take an honest look at yourself and your needs. Then you can investigate the neighbourhood you're considering. Here are a few questions to get you started. Questions to Ask Yourself Do you have children or plans for children? What do they…
  • Edmonton Weekly Market Update, April 11/14

    Sara MacLennan
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:53 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: 581 (492, 462, 474) # Sales: 327 (334, 330, 289) Ratio: 56% (68%, 71%, 61%) # Price Changes: 186 (161, 153, 165) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 59 (167, 79, 88) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 195 (-9, 53, 97) Active single family home listings: 2234 (2120, 2104, 2090) Active condo listings: 1424 (1350, 1371, 1333) Homes 4-week running average: $422k ($431k, $431k, $430k) Condos 4-week running average: $248k ($247k, $243k, $245k) Edmonton Real Estate…
  • Just because the market is hot, it doesn’t mean you can ask whatever you want

    Sara MacLennan
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    The real estate market in Edmonton is hot right now, we all know that. What many people don't know, is the best way to buy or sell real estate when the market is hot. Now, I know many of our readers would say that a hot market is not a good time to buy real estate, and to a certain extent that's true. If you're looking to buy in a neighbourhood or price range that is competitive, and you want to be successful, you may have to pay a premium, be prepared to act quickly, and miss out on a few before you find success. Homes for Sale From a seller's perspective, a hot market is an ideal time to…
  • How to Avoid a Flood in Edmonton

    Sara MacLennan
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
    It's that time of year again, when basements flood. What can you do to avoid an unplanned basement renovation? The first steps are quite simple, and everyone should take these steps to protect themselves each spring in Edmonton: 1. Make sure your sump pump is working, is free from blockages, and its hoses are not frozen (if you have one).  2. Check your eaves troughs for blockages, put extensions on the down spouts to move water away from your foundation. 3. Have a look in your attic and check for leaks.  Any home is in danger of water problems, regardless of where it's located, if…
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    aBetterOffice

  • How Innovative Can Coworking Office Space Really Be?

    Jennifer LeClaire
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    PHILADELPHIA – The alternative workspace industry is known for its innovation, but one shared office provider is pushing the innovation envelope across the table through a unique partnership. Innovation Center @3401 is readying to open office space in Philadelphia that taps two of the biggest names in education. Located at 3401 Market Street, Innovation Center @3401 is a collaboration between the Science Center and Drexel University. The program aims to support innovation, collaboration and business creation. The Innovation Center @3401 builds upon Drexel’s philosophy of cooperative…
  • MatchBox Lights a Fire Under Lafayette Office Market

    Jennifer LeClaire
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    LAFAYETTE – MatchBox is taking its alternative workspace concept to Lafayette, Ind. The company has just launched MatchBox Coworking Studio at 17 S. Sixth Street. “This marks a new era of startup opportunity, innovation and support,” says Dennis Carson, director of economic development for the city of Lafayette. In case you aren’t familiar with coworking, it’s a 21st century officing movement that has gained massive traction in a relatively short window of time. Coworking gathers a community of professionals, from artists to technology gurus, who independently and…
  • Virgo Opens New York City Midtown West Executive Office Suites

    Jennifer LeClaire
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    NEW YORK – Virgo Business Centers has expanded its New York City executive office suites presence – again. The company’s latest shared office venue spans 40,000 square feet and marks Virgo’s sixth executive office suites project. Located at 1345 Avenue of the Americas, the New York executive office suites are officially open for business. In fact, the office space takes up the entire third floor of the building. “Sixth Avenue is a very corporate environment, and we’ve been getting a lot of calls from people asking about something there, and 1345 is a beautiful building,”…
  • One Way to Kill Productivity in Your Office Space – Don’t Do This!

    Jennifer LeClaire
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    MIAMI – Everybody enjoys a little color in their office space, but did you know that the colors you choose could be impacting your productivity for better or worse?  Indeed, there’s a psychology to color that you’d do well to learn. According to MoreDays.com, the basic division of colors is into warm and cool colors. Colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange and yellow. “If you want a room that conveys energy and cheerfulness, and encourages social interaction, warm colors are the right choice of the interior paint,” the group…
  • Are Outdoor Workspaces Really The Coolest New Officing Trend?

    Jennifer LeClaire
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    MIAMI – I’ve been seeing a lot of momentum around outdoor workspaces lately. Living in Miami, I am hard pressed to believe this is an ideal office space option – at least in the summer months. But, hey, I’m willing to try something new. We’re not talking about officing on the beach. As it turns out, corporations are setting up outside workspaces for employees so they can change the scenery – and hopefully keep production flowing. I could see a savvy executive office suites or coworking office space provider glomming on to this alternative workspace trend. “Over the…
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    New Homes Section Blog

  • Find Your Dream Home Interactively

    Carol Morgan
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Ever wish you could plan out your dream home before you set foot inside a community? Well, with Keystone Custom Homes’ new interactive floor plans, now you can! The Pennsylvania home builder recently launched its first six interactive plans.These feature … Continue reading →
  • SIGNATURE SERIES COMMUNITY HOMES

    New Homes Section
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    The employees at Landon Homes all average more than 16 years of experience and each has personal pride in being part of a company renowned for its designs, quality and excellent customer service. The John R. Landon company that is … Continue reading →
  • The Landon Homes Building Talent Experience

    New Homes Section
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The influence and experience of John Landon is displayed and recognized in more than 40,000 homes. This recognition extends with awards such as Texas Builder of the Year for five out of seven years and various honours for outstanding architecture, … Continue reading →
  • Here’s 4 Quick Ways to Add Value to Your Home

    New Homes Section
    25 Feb 2014 | 2:59 pm
    A lot of property owners are reluctant to part with their hard-earned cash for renovations to their home, but the fact is, perform the right remodeling and your property will increase in value to a degree that outstrips your initial … Continue reading →
  • Keystone Custom Homes Honored for Customer Satisfaction

    Carol Morgan
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    Lancaster new home builder Keystone Custom Homes was awarded a 2014 Houzz award for the company’s outstanding customer satisfaction. Houzz is the leading social media network used for remodeling and designing homes. Keystone Custom Homes received the “Best of Houzz” … Continue reading →
 
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • The times they are a changin’ in MLS Land

    Bob Bemis
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    (with apologies to Bob Dylan for plagiarizing his lyric)   An industry veteran who was unable to attend the T3 Summit in Las Vegas this past week asked me today if the event lived up to its promise of becoming one of the “can’t miss” industry events of the year. I told the Vet Stefan Swanepoel and company made huge […]
  • Brokerages and Customer Service: Show Me the Money

    Rob Hahn
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:09 pm
    This will be brief, as I am in Las Vegas and both the dinner reservation and the craps table are calling me. But if I don’t write this now, I’m afraid it’ll never see the light of day. At Stefan Swanepoel’s T3 Summit event that just finished yesterday (a wonderful couple of days of really high-level […]
  • Association, MLS, RPAC: An Idea for Political Domination

    Rob Hahn
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    File this one under: “There Is No Box” kind of thinking. The reason why this isn’t a Black Paper (yet) is that I haven’t checked with enough lawyers to see all of the possible pitfalls, but that might happen sooner rather than later. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I was having an […]
  • Will CLAW Be the Waterloo for Anti-Syndication Forces?

    Rob Hahn
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    [This post was written to be posted almost a month ago, when the Errol Samuelson news broke, wiping the media calendar clean. And then I went on the road. Nonetheless, the issues raised here and the access to Zillow and to Annie Ives are important enough and I think still relevant, so I figured I'd […]
  • NAR Acquires Ashley Madison, Plans New Consumer Ad Strategy

    Rob Hahn
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    CHICAGO (April 1, 2014) – The National Association of Realtors® has agreed to acquire the online relationship website Ashley Madison (www.ashleymadison.com) from Avid Life Media for an undisclosed sum. Ashley Madison encourages extramarital relationships, with the tagline, “Life is short. Have an affair.” As part of the acquisition, Darren Morgenstern, Operations Director for AshleyMadison.com, will join NAR […]
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • U.S. Housing Booming, Busting and Muddling Along

    John Burns
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Housing is local again!  Our partners, consultants and clients see vastly different housing markets all across the country.  I categorize them into three groups (booming, busting, and muddling) in this article and provide anecdotes from our team members — but it is really more complicated than that. Booming Markets I find three primary reasons that certain housing markets are booming: Read the rest of U.S. Housing Booming, Busting and Muddling Along » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate…
  • Due-on-Sale Clause – Understanding Land Trusts

    Clint Coons, Esq.
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article is Part 3 of a four-part series on Land Trusts.  You can find Part 1 here: Understanding Land Trusts Now you may be asking — how is the land trust going to help me with my lender? The answer lies in why the land trust was created, and why it’s perfectly legal. It’s basically a compromise between two opposing forces.  On one side is the bank which is interested in generating income from loans and at the same time protecting itself through a security interest in real property — on the other side is the borrower (real property owner) who desires to transfer title to his…
  • Welcome to the Rental Boom!  [infographic]

    Marco Santarelli
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Landlords have enjoyed the upper hand since the housing crisis as increased interest from renters coincided with little new supply of rental units.  Rising mortgage rates, tighter borrowing requirements and higher home prices have taken many people out of the home-buying market.  Plus, many remain burned by the housing crash and don’t want to own a home. Read the rest of Welcome to the Rental Boom!  [infographic] » 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…
  • How To Predict Real Estate Prices

    David Campbell
    5 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Want to know how to predict real estate prices? Every investor wants to know how to predict real estate prices and the process is not as mysterious as it may appear. While I focus on investing for cash flow, loan amortization, and tax benefits, I also appreciate the warm and fuzzy feeling you get as an investor when your real estate values climb!  So, what are the things I look for when figuring out how to predict real estate prices? Read the rest of How To Predict Real Estate Prices » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli…
  • Infographic: History of Mortgage Rates

    Erin Lantz
    11 Feb 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since 1971, when mortgage rates first started being tracked, they have ranged from a high of 18.63 percent in the early 80′s to a low of 3.20 percent in late 2013.  Currently, rates are still relatively low and for many prospective home buyers, low rates can greatly affect the affordability of a home and the monthly mortgage payment.  But, what will the future hold? Read the rest of Infographic: History of Mortgage Rates » 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…
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    Expert Real Estate Advice

  • All About Bellbrook Ohio

    Christina (Asad) Cavins, www.DaytonOhioHouse.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS)
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Bellbrook offers something for everyone! The  Bellbrook  Sugarcreek  Park District  provides  many  programs  and classes for all ages throughout the spring and summer months.  Activities include a garden  speaker  series,  summer  camps, nature programs, fitness classes, stargazing, family  movie  nights,  tween,  youth  and preschool programs, and much more.  The Music in the Park series is held at Bellbrook Park and is free to attend.  In April Bellbrook hosts the Sugar Maple Festival in the downtown area. Entertainment…
  • All About Oakwood Ohio

    Christina (Asad) Cavins, www.DaytonOhioHouse.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS)
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    All About Oakwood Ohio Oakwood, Ohio is packed with history! Orville Wright, a technological and business innovator, and John H. Patterson, the visionary founder of NCR Corporation, both called Oakwood home. Oakwood, Ohio residents and visitors enjoy the city’s 4 parks (Shafor, Orchardly, Fairridge, and the pet-friendly Dog Park at Creager Field), strolling through 6 Gardens (Smith Gardens, Loy Gardens, Elizabeth Gardens, Houk Stream, Centennial Park, and Francine’s Garden), playing fields for soccer, field hockey, baseball, softball, and other sports and games, and recreation and…
  • All About Centerville Ohio

    Christina (Asad) Cavins, www.DaytonOhioHouse.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS)
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    All About Centerville Ohio Centerville, Ohio is described as “warm and cheerful” according to the Ohiocity’s slogan! Centerville, Ohio residents and visitors enjoy the Centerville-Washington park district, Centerville-Washington library facilities, playing a round of golf at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, andstrolling the grounds of the beautiful Victorian Homestead, Benham’s GroveSearchCenterville Ohio homes for saleat http://tinyurl.com/OhioHomeSearch  About the Author...Blog articlewas provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized REALTOR and Residential…
  • 5 Home Spring Cleaning Tips

    Christina (Asad) Cavins, www.DaytonOhioHouse.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS)
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    5 Home Spring Cleaning Tips Use wax-based aerosol spray to clean and protect stainless steel appliances. Clean painted walls with a cloth or sponge and water. If that doesn't work, mix dish soap into the water and scrub walls. Disinfect the sink with soap and water, then spray vinegar, followed by hydrogen peroxide, and let air-dry. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the dishwasher’s edges to clean. Deodorize the garbage disposal. Drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt, and a few ice cubes.  About the Author...Blog articlewas provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally…
  • Cinderella Calls Dayton Ohio Home

    Christina (Asad) Cavins, www.DaytonOhioHouse.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS)
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Dayton, Ohio home to the University of Dayton Flyers men's basketball team secured the coveted title of the Cinderella fairytale team during March Madness last week with greater success than expected. The UD basketball program competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Ten Conference. Dayton Flyers basketball fans, or better known as the Flyer Faithful, will cheer on the team tonight in the Sweet16. Since 2001, the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio was home to the tournament's play-in games, now the First Four. Tonight is the Flyers first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1984. President Obama…
 
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    BuzzBuzzHome News

  • Crown Heights’ 341 Eastern Parkway has a live teaser site now

    Joyce Chen
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Image: 341epw.com The teaser site is now live for Crown Heights rental 341 Eastern Parkway. The 65-unit, eight-story building designed by Meshberg Group will offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom rentals, including duplexes. Bluejay Management is the developer. Curbed has photos of the (nearly) finished project, which will have 8,000 square feet of retail and community space. One retail tenant will be Capital One Bank, which signed a 10-year lease for 3,000 square feet at the base of the building, Crain’s reported. The asking rent was $100 per square foot, a relatively high price…
  • BMO: Canadian housing market correction could pull economy into recession

    Sean MacKay
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Photo: Jerry Bowley/Flickr Canada’s booming housing market has played a significant role in the country’s economic growth through the 2000s and a steep correction in prices and construction could trigger a recession. A Bank of Montreal report released on Thursday analyzed the impact of rapidly increasing house prices and residential construction across the country beginning in 2002. It found that the housing boom added 0.56 percentage points to annual GDP growth between 2002 and 2007, accounting for one-fifth of total economic growth. “This suggests a moderate correction…
  • From soccer Stonehenge to tacky Le Corbusier, these architectural icons are out of whack

    Joyce Chen
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Renderings: Courtesy of Maxwell Render via Architizer Context? What context? SketchUp and Maxwell Render’s “Out of Place” competition called for renderings of 3D models yanked from their proper habitats. The winning decontextualized submissions were nice and all, but Mirče Mladenov snagged the popular vote with his tackification of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, pictured above. The modernist icon got the full suburban-hell treatment, complete with banana-yellow paint, a garden gnome, satellite dish and protruding AC units. Architizer analyzes the worthy entries, which…
  • Grimshaw unveils world’s largest airport terminal under one roof

    buzzhomeblog
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The post Grimshaw unveils world’s largest airport terminal under one roof appeared first on BuzzBuzzHome News.
  • Firefighters battle boredom with hose hovercraft

    buzzhomeblog
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    The post Firefighters battle boredom with hose hovercraft appeared first on BuzzBuzzHome News.
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    Debra Sinick & Brooks Beaupain

  • Almost Every Listed Condo on Seattle’s Eastside Sold In March!

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
      You know the condo real estate sales are hot when 95% of all the listed properties sell in one month. Of the 312 condos for sale, only 14 did not sell last month! Honestly, I've been working in Seattle eastside real estate since 1987, and I don't believe there has been a month when almost every condo sold.  Median pricing for condos stood at $274,000.  Condos took 42 days to sell on average and sold for 99% of the asking price.  Given the relatively small inventory of condos, none of these statistics is a big surprise.  So buyer, be armed and ready with a…
  • Real Estate Sales Marched Through March on Seattle’s Eastside

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It's a pretty crazy real estate market out there on Seattle's eastside.  The fever pitch of the real estate market is running high right now.  Buyers and their agents are having to be far more creative with their offers to be the buyer who wins the house.  Pre-inspections are the norm, something that has been very common place in Seattle's market.  Buyers are willing to bring more money to the table if needed to make a sale happen.  Many listing agents are holding offer review, often for a week, to give good exposure to a home.  Buyers then have an…
  • Seattle Eastside Condo Sales Were Still Strong in February

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The positive Seattle Eastside condo market continued through February!  Seventy percent of the available condos sold last month in, on average, 2 months time.  The median price for condos increased from $247,000 in 2013 to $263,000 this past February.  There's a strong demand with little supply, which translates to higher prices.  Since condos were harder hit than single family homes during the downturn, this is welcome news.  Many more condo owners are finding that they are no longer underwater and are now able to make a move.  If you'd like more…
  • Seattle’s Eastside Rained Real Estate in February

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:14 pm
    It's unusual that both January and February of 2013 and 2014 started out with a similar supply of homes for sale. Both years began with a very short supply.  The lack of inventory experienced in 2013 continued into 2014. Even though the supply of homes for sale was the similar,  the number of sales were less this year than last.  This February 558 homes sold, whereas in 2013,there were 658 sales.  It's suprising, given the positive attitude of the real estate market and the low unemployment rate in the Seattle area (see #115)  This year's fewer sales could…
  • How Fast Are Seattle Eastside Condos Selling?

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    14 Feb 2014 | 3:37 am
    Seattle Eastside Condo Real Estate Sales Seattle Eastside condo inventory is amazingly low as we start the year.  The amount of condos for sale is actually very similar to what was available for sale in January, 2013.  It'd be difficult to find two years that start out so similarly.  There were 287 condos for sale this past January and 286 in January, 2013! If all of the condos on the market in January were to sell, it would have only taken 1.4 months.  Condos have been selling within 96% of the asking price.  Median pricing has gone from $210,000 to $275,000, a…
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    IPIN Live

  • Crisis in China's Property Market?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When the wealthiest industrialists and retailers start to sell off property at prices 30% less than those expected in 2013, you can be sure that there's trouble brewing in the real estate sector.  This is exactly what has happened in China during the first few months of 2014 amid speculation that the country's property bubble has burst in a big way.  Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province on April 23 and Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing has recently sold a landmark Beijing property, fuelling fears that China's property boom is over.
  • The UK Property Bubble - Myth or Reality?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There appear to be two distinct camps of opinion when it comes to whether the UK is heading towards a property bubble.   Forecasters at Ernst and Young maintain that the property market's recovery is not debt-fuelled with predominantly cash purchases driving house prices upwards.  On the other hand, the Bank of England continue to fuel fears of a property bubble with negative reports about how people are stretching themselves to the limit by taking out larger and larger mortgages in order to afford rapidly increasing prices throughout the country. So what are the facts? …
  • The Global Contrast Between Serviced Apartment and Aparthotel Markets

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The serviced apartment sector, although present throughout the global accommodation markets, has different degrees of expansion and development, which are dependent on regional standardisations, the supply and demand dichotomy, and the legislation in place. However, regardless of the fragmented nature of the sector, "the global serviced apartment industry is continuing to mature, albeit at different rates in different places across the regions" writes Mark Harris from the Travel Intelligence Network inthe latest Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report (GSAIR) 2013-14. North America and…
  • Property Investment: The Rising Power of the Asian Investor

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Asian investors are slowly becoming one of the superpowers of the world property market. As the rest of the world suffered as a result of the financial crisis that struck property prices in the likes of the Middle East, Europe and North America, certain Asian economies such as China continued to grow, and it has left a growing number of people from these nations looking to get themselves a slice of the property market overseas. One of the major nations they have begun to move into has been the UK, with properties in London and further afield being seen as something as a safe haven for their…
  • Olympic Buildings - What's Happening to Them Now?

    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is currently much talk about the Olympic legacy, as the redevelopment of the area kicks into gear post-games. While much of the space will be used to create new communities, there was always a question about what would happen to the buildings specifically built for the event.  2 years on, it's a good time to take a look at how the purpose-built structures are being used to help support London as it grows.Olympic StadiumThe centre of summer activities in 2012, the Olympic Stadium will become the home of West Ham United Football Club from 2016. However, it will also be used for…
 
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  • Is the UK heading for another housing bubble?

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    House prices in London are rising at an alarming rate, prompting speculation that the capital may be facing another housing bubble. While rising house prices after a recession are usually an encouraging sign of an economy in recovery, the startling speed of their increase in London at present is of concern to many economists: some parts of the city have seen housing prices rise by a startling 18% in just twelve months. 1 Such an increase is clearly unsustainable, and this has led many experts to warn that a housing bubble is beginning to form. And these rising prices are not only confined to…
  • Tourists Spend Record 6.08 Billion in Spain

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    <p>Tourists to Spain have spent a record amount of money in the country according to the latest EGATUR Tourist Expenditure Survey, published by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. 6.08 billion euros were spent by international tourists to Spain between January and February this year: a 9.1% increase in expenditure compared with the figure from the same period in 2013 and the highest amount of money spent by international tourists in Spain since records began&#185;. British and German tourists accounted for a third of the total tourist expenditure in Spain between January…
  • Encouraging Start to 2014 for Bulgarian Property Market

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    <p>The first three months of 2014 have shown a marked increase of activity in the Bulgarian property market, according to data gathered by BulgarianProperties.com. Figures for Q1 of 2014 show that levels of activity in the market are extremely high: residential property sales are up by 15% compared with the same period in 2013&#185;.</p> <p>The residential districts of Vitosha and Mladost within the Bulgarian capital of Sofia are currently enjoying the greatest surge in the number of property sales, with properties selling for between 600 and 750 euros per square metre…
  • Property Market Revival Gathers Pace in Spain

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
    The latest sign that the Spanish property market is on the road to recovery has come from the stock market. The value of shares in two Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that floated on the stock market in the last month have increased - leading experts to interpret this as a positive indicator of growing confidence in the property market in Spain. <p>In early March Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios 'began trading on stock exchanges in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia after it raised &#8364;500 million in an initial public offering' and Lar Espa&#241;a Real Estate also…
  • Irish Property Market Shows Signs of Recovery

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    <p>According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office house prices across Ireland rose by an average of 8.1% in the year to February . These latest statistics confirm that on average house prices have been rising steadily for nine consecutive months and that the average national price rise is the strongest that it has been since before the crash in June 2007. Such figures give strength to the belief that a 'broad-based recovery' for the Irish housing market is well underway. </p><p> Outside of Dublin house prices across the country rose by 0.9% during the month…
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    Naples Real Estate Blog

  • Old Naples Condo Market

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The Old Naples Condo Market is Hot Hot Hot!  The Colonnade on Fifth Avenue South [photo inset] is priced at $1,270,000. USD and offers the best of the best of downtown living. Located directly on 5th Avenue S., the top floor home has over 2,500 square feet under air! The spacious 3 bedroom residence has many luxury features including granite kitchen, solid wood cabinetry, bamboo flooring and plantation shutters. The master suite has a sitting area, large walk-in closets and a luxurious bath. The open concept floorplan boats a 32' great room and 2 balconies! You are literally steps away…
  • Happy Living Survey

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Are you in a "happy place?" Photo of Naples Pier can be enlarged by clicking on picture "Are you in a “happy place”? ~Sounds like a funny question, but in the most recent “State of American Well-Being” report, the Gallup-Heathways ‘Well-Being Index’ measured Americans perceptions of happiness! Both physical and emotional health, as well as healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter and health care came into play when determining what American cities could be deemed "happy"! *Gallup…
  • Another New Listing in Naples Florida

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Welcome Home to Colliers Reserve This estates home has been impeccably maintained and features many custom upgrades and appointments throughout. The interior boasts 4 spacious bedrooms, a formal living room and a comfortable gathering room right off the gourmet kitchen featuring a gas stove and new granite. Tasteful Egyptian limestone flooring, Anderson windows and 8' solid wood doors are some of the many designs of this magnificent residence. Additionally, the home features a wonderful outdoor kitchen, golf-cart garage, custom heated pool with decorative fountain and lovely landscaping that…
  • Colliers Reserve Masterpiece

    26 Mar 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Stunning Home For Sale in Naples Florida     This magnificent home is located in the pristine North Naples community of Colliers Reserve. The gated neighborhood might be one of the most natural in all of Southwest Florida, where 228 single family homes share the 448 acres including 200 acres of habitat preserve. The Cocohatchee River meanders through the Audubon Signature Sanctuary golf course. From the moment you walk over the threshold into this majestic residence you can see quality everywhere! There are three large bedrooms, all en suite, with lots of closet space. The formal…
  • Another New Listing In Naples Florida

    19 Mar 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Located in the beautiful gulf side community of Coquina Sands, this custom built California mission-style residence embraces you immediately upon entering the charming entry courtyard.  ~ Coquina Sands Masterpiece ~ Designed by the prestigious architectural firm of Stofft Cooney, and constructed in 2006 by BCB Homes of Naples Florida, this spacious home features 3 large bedrooms plus a study. Each guest suite has its own private full bath and has direct access to the outdoors! There is a formal living room & formal dining room as well as a casual gathering room with soaring ceilings,…
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    greenwichstreets.com

  • Home Sales Over $10 Million Accelerating in Greenwich, CT

    greenwichstreets
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Over $10 Million Homes Sales Doing Much Better in Greenwich John Christeroffersen of the Associated Press has a very good article about the rise in sales over $10 million homes in Greenwich and was nice enough to quote me. The article has appeared from coast to coast showing the continuing interest in Greenwich and the high end market. The pace of the highest end sales is accelerating. We have had 6 properties sell for over $10 million this year. Three of these sales actually went to contract in 2013; one in March and two in October. We then had a contract in each of January, February and…
  • Greenwich, CT First Quarter Real Estate Report

    greenwichstreets
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    MARKET REPORT 1st QUARTER PART TWO     Under $1MM As reported last week, 2014 has been a different year than the three proceeding years.  The two charts that show this best are below. The first pie chart shows first quarter sales. In the last couple of years the segment under $1 million was a small part of the inventory, but they represented a much larger portion of the sales. We see this somewhat in 2014 as the first three pie pieces are a little bigger in the Solds chart than in the Inventory chart, but not that much bigger.                …
  • 49 Open Houses in Greenwich, CT on Palm Sunday

    greenwichstreets
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, April 13, 2014 This  weekend presents a major effort to show off as much inventory as possible due to the holidays that start next week. There are 49 Open Houses scheduled for Sunday, April 13th. The prices range from a  $4,000 per month rental to a single family home for $6,500,000. The Open Houses span the full acreage of the town of Greenwich and into Stamford, from 31 Scott Road in Banksville to 7 Charter Oak Lane in Byram and up to Shippan in Stamford. Check out the interactive map and the schedules to plan your afternoon. Please click here for the…
  • Copper Beech Farm sells for $120 million in Greenwich, CT

    greenwichstreets
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Copper Beach Farm – 499 Indian Field Road, Greenwich, CT Update @ 5 pm The buyer of Copper Beech Farm is The Conservation Institute, LLC. This Connecticut LLC was formed on 4/2/14, presumably to purchase the property. The LLC is managed by Jonathan Whitcomb of Diserio Martin in Stamford as reported by the New Canaanite. The price is still a surprise to many in the community. So the identity of the Conservation Institute is still a matter of major speculation with some wondering whether this has anything to do with owner’s forestry properties in Montana.   The Greenwich MLS…
  • Greenwich Real Estate 1st Quarter Statistics & Market Info – A New Year

    greenwichstreets
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    MARKET REPORT First Quarter Sales Numbers   Mar. 2014 Inventory Contracts Mo. Solds Tot. Solds+ Contracts YTD Solds  YTD+ Contracts Mos Supply Mos w/ Contracts < $600K 12 3 2 5 4 7 9.0 7.7 $600-$800K 17 8 4 12 8 16 6.4 4.8 $800K-$1M 18 8 1 9 5 13 10.8 6.2 $1-$1.5M 44 16 6 22 15 31 8.8 6.4 $1.5-$2M 56 16 2 18 10 26 16.8 9.7 $2-$3M 88 11 6 17 25 36 10.6 11.0 $3-$4M 62 18 5 23 14 32 13.3 8.7 $4-$5M 32 7 1 8 8 15 12.0 9.6 $5-7.5M 71 3 1 4 5 8 42.6 39.9 $7.5-$10M 26 4 0 4 0 4 29.3 > $10M 44 4 0 4 3 7 44.0 28.3 TOTAL 470 98 28 126 97 195 14.5 10.8   If you just look at total solds…
 
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    managementtrust.com

  • Top 15 Rule Violations

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    In partnership with their management company, all homeowner association Board members have a responsibility to enforce the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) for their community. While the Board understands that no one likes to be on the receiving end of a violation notice, there are those unfortunate times they have to be sent in order to preserve the aesthetic appearance, and more importantly, the property values within the association. If you're not sure which rules are in force in your community, please refer to your CC&Rs. Some associations have also created separate…
  • Annual Meeting Celebration – Tips to Increase Attendance

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:42 am
    The Annual Meeting of the Membership is required by the governing documents of a homeowners association.  This meeting is the opportunity for the membership to come together and reflect on the prior year’s accomplishments, receive information on upcoming projects and discuss future plans of the association.  The Annual Meeting may also include the election of Board Members and various other action items. Over the years, the Annual Meeting has often gained a bad reputation for lack of homeowner enthusiasm and attendance has declined significantly.  This makes reaching a quorum…
  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:10 am
    Let’s face it: as community association managers, we can sometimes feel like we are being pulled in multiple directions.  From fielding “The neighbor’s dog is pooping on my front lawn!” calls, to tracking down vendors to get that bid in under the deadline, the job is not always glamorous.  As partners in helping preserve the values of the properties we manage, we work every day to build the sense of community that every HOA strives for. But what about those we partner with? Those homeowners who continually devote their own time, year after year, serving on…
  • Tackling Home Repairs: Price vs. Peace of Mind

    13 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    DIY do-it-yourself (noun)  1.  the act or practice of building or repairing for oneself.      Adding value to your home is important and tackling DIY (Do-it-Yourself) projects can be fun and educational.  But when should you let a professional handle a project?  And what should you be looking for in a contractor?  I asked these questions of one of The Management Trust’s Trusted Partners, Scott Joseph from River City Restoration of Northern California.  He has some great advice for the average DIY-er like me!   (Laura-TMT):  Why should a…
  • What’s with Daylight Saving Time?

    11 Mar 2014 | 3:48 am
    On March 9, most of us experienced Daylight Saving Time, obediently setting our clocks ahead one hour and, as a result, losing one hour of precious sleep. Although we accept Daily Saving Time (DST) as a fact of life, do you know the history behind why it was started? Many think America’s farmers were instrumental in the onset of this plan, but it actually started outside the United States. During WWI, in an effort to conserve fuel, Germany began observing DST on May 1, 1916. The rest of Europe soon followed and the United States finally joined in on March 19, 1918. The idea was…
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    TheRedPin Pulse

  • 6 Tips to Set Your Home Apart From its Competition and Sell Quickly

    TheRedPin Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Canada’s real estate market is booming, especially in cities like Vancouver and Toronto. In Vancouver alone, February sales increased by 40.8 percent over the same month last year, putting the city in its 10th consecutive month of growth, according to a report released by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s Housing and Economic Outlook. Despite this dramatic rise, the conditions don’t exist for a “bubble burst” scenario, similar to what happened in 2008. However, a small decline in prices and demand is expected nationally, however that doesn’t mean that the selling…
  • Digital Tools that Help Sell Homes

    TheRedPin Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Digital technologies have creeped into every industry out there; even when the company has no ties to technology. It’s impossible to operate your daily life, inside or outside your work life, without connecting to the virtual world. Digital tools have also made a heavy impact on the way business is done, this also includes real estate. How effectively they are being used by all brokerages is another story. However, we can tell you which digital tools work effectively as far as sales and marketing goes in real estate. As mobile, social media, analytics and the cloud help grow businesses…
  • Fulfil Your Dream Living Lifestyle with San Francisco by the Bay 2

    TheRedPin Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
     San Francisco By The Bay 2 1215 Bayly Street, Pickering | Chestnut Hill Developments Register Now! Nothing beats the comfort of living in a place specifically designed to suit you and your family’s needs. If you are looking to purchase a pre-construction property in the Pickering area, then you should consider San Francisco by the Bay 2. San Francisco by the Bay 2 will be built by Chestnut Hill Developments. The property is at Bayly Street and Liverpool Road, close to the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trai. It will have 160 units covering a range of 551 Sq. Ft. to 1329 Sq. Ft. The new…
  • 50 Wellesley Residences: A Trend Setter for Condominiums

    TheRedPin Team
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    50 Wellesley Residences 50 Wellesley St. E, Toronto| Plaza Corp Register now! Talk about convenience. With the new condo project by the Plaza Corp, 50 Wellesley Residences (currently in its preconstruction stage) will rise at the heart of Toronto’s most vibrant and stylish districts that include posh shopping and trendy restaurants; just a few blocks away from Yorkville, Queen West, King West, Lawrence Park and a whole lot more! Perks of the Property: Appeals to both urban and suburban crowds Surrounded by beautiful parks and walking paths Just few steps away from the Toronto Eaton…
  • VIP Opportunity: River City 3

    TheRedPin Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    River City 3 Don River Park | Healthy Living Comes to a New Downtown on the Eastside Register Now! Welcome River City 3, following the huge success of phase 1 and phase 2, this time, phase 3 is estimated to be the tallest development in its series. Sitting directly on 18 acres of the Don River Park in Toronto, this area gives easy access to Evergreen Brick Works and the Beaches, yet only 5 minutes to the downtown core. Just like the surrounding area that showcases urban sustainability, River City 3 fits in perfectly to the waterfront revitalization efforts by fusing together innovation with…
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    Harmony News Now

  • Delhi Estates for Immediate Move-In

    Harmony Homes
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Located in North Las Vegas near West Gowan Road and Valley Drive, the community is situated on a cul-de-sac, and includes 14 lots. Delhi Estates has ONE single story floor plan of 1,797 square feet available for immediate move-in! This beautiful home is now at an incredible price of $202,780.   Delhi Estates offers quick access to the Cheyenne Avenue and Rancho Drive corridors, as well as shopping, schools, churches, restaurants and other day-to-day amenities buyers want near their neighborhood. Call our Harmony Homes sales agents Tony (702) 334-4301 or Kevin (702) 526-5143 or stop by…
  • Harmony News Now!

    Harmony Homes
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Harmony Homes offers a perfect home for nearly every buyer at its popular southwest Las Vegas community, Silhouette. Featuring nine available floor plans ranging from 1,706 to 2,939 square feet and six models, Silhouette’s homes are perfect for everyone from first-time buyers to growing families to empty nesters. We are featuring plan 2799 at Silhouette this week. This two-story plan is 2,779 square feet designed with 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Family Room, Dining Room, Den, Kitchen Island, Super Loft, Upstairs Laundry and 2 Bay Garage. Additional options include a 4th bedroom with 3  full…
  • Harmony Homes’ Geoff Gorman named Best Director of Sales at the Silver Nugget Awards for home builders

    Harmony Homes
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Harmony Homes’ Geoff Gorman was recognized last week as the Best Director of Sales in the local home building industry at the Silver Nugget Awards. “This is truly an honor,” Gorman said. “I would especially like to thank our sales team and all the sales teams here today. We’ve been through so much, such tough times. Without their hard work, we wouldn’t be here today.” Gorman later also credited Harmony Homes’ “buyer-inspired” design for the recent success in sales. “The homes, with their spacious and open floor plans, make selling the easy part,” he said. “Harmony…
  • Harmony Homes in Laughlin, NV

    Harmony Homes
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The fabulous neon lighting of the Las Vegas Valley often outshines Laughlin, Nevada but they too have a strip of their own. Just 90 minutes from Las Vegas, Laughlin lies along the Colorado River attracting nearly 3 million visitors each year. This charming town is also home to two Harmony Homes Communities: Crossing and Manor at Bilbray Ranch. These communities are just minutes from the Laughlin strip, restaurants, shopping and all the recreational activities along the beautiful river. Being the southern-most town in Nevada, Laughlin is the ideal location for these communities. Crossings at…
  • Harmony News!

    Harmony Homes
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Pearlite Pearlite Community has plan 2212 available for immediate move-in. This single story home is located near Whitney Ranch and Stephanie Lynn Craig Park. The floor plan is 2,212 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Great Room, Courtyard, Kitchen Island and 2-car garage from $287,970!   Serenada Serenada at Mountains Edge is a very family friendly community with Residence 2151 available for immediate move-in! Get settled down in a new home sooner rather than later!  This is a 2 story plan wither 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, living room, dining room and loft, overall covering 2,151…
 
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    Hermann London Realtors

  • Welcome Melanie Swaine to Hermann London

    STLRealtor
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Please Welcome Melanie Swaine! Melanie joins us from Beautiful Colorado, USA! She moved back to be with her family and sell some real estate here in town! She’s only been with us a few weeks but is already writing contracts and dealing with backed up sewers! The post Welcome Melanie Swaine to Hermann London appeared first on Hermann London Realtors.
  • Maryland Heights Condo for Rent

    STLRealtor
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Check out this Great Place!! 3108 Edwards #101, Maryland Heights 63043-1866 Magnificently remodeled 2 bedroom condo in Centrally located Edwards Place. 10 minutes to Clayton or Lambert International Airport. Rent: $875 per month Search All Area Properties Search Foreclosures Check out St. Louis County! The county is conveniently located just outside the city. You can experience all the joys of the city, but be able to drive home to a quiet suburban lifestyle when you’re finished. In St. Louis County, you’re sure to find your white-picket-fence dream come true! Learn More about St.
  • Brentwood Condo for Lease

    STLRealtor
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Don’t Miss This Condo! 1437 Oriole Place, Brentwood 63144-1126 Beautifully maintained 2 bed, 1 bath ground level, end unit in Brentwood Forest. New carpet recently installed, wood burning fireplace, covered deck off family room, separate dining room, washer and dryer are in separate laundry room which is unique among these units, bedrooms are also about equal size and in a more rare configuration than most units. Access to community pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, walking trails, and stocked lake on property. All appliances stay. Available for occupancy in early/mid June. This one…
  • Brentwood Townhome for Rent

    STLRealtor
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Don’t Miss Your New Home! 1503 Swallow, St Louis 63144-1619 Don’t miss this fabulous two bedroom townhome in Brentwood Forest. The main floor welcomes you with its open feel and beautiful floors. Step into the living room, move on to the dining area and then enjoy the private patio. The kitchen is complete with plenty of cabinets and counter tops, fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Two bedrooms upstairs with the added convenience of a second floor laundry. Relax at the pool or play tennis (pool passes required). Enjoy the convenience of the mall and specialty stores close…
  • Kirkwood Condo for Rent

    STLRealtor
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Don’t Miss This Great Condo! 1065 Pinegate, St Louis 63122-2409 Spacious 3 bed, 2.5 bath townhome available in Kirkwood. Open floor plan on main level, large master bedroom upstairs, plenty of storage in full basement. Patio outside is perfect for BBQing and has enough room to have a table and chairs. All appliances included, complex also offers inground pool to its occupants. New carpet upstairs coming soon! Quiet neighborhood, great location, Kirkwood schools….this one won’t last long! Available mid May, no pets preferred but may be considered with additional deposit.
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    South Florida Law Blog

  • What is the state of ‘deficiency judgements’ in the State of Florida?

    OppenheimLaw
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    In the Trenches with Roy Oppenheim, Oppenheim Law discusses the state of deficiency notice in the State of Florida. Do you have a deficiency judgment against you? The Florida legislature last year passed a law that shortens the amount of time that a bank can pursue a deficiency judgement against you after a foreclosure and maybe a short sale. Let’s take a look at the time barred to see where you stand and what your rights are. Protect yourself from getting your home taken away now.
  • Controversy Surrounds Florida’s 5-Year Foreclosure Statute of Limitations

    OppenheimLaw
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Important update on Florida foreclosure laws that homeowners need to know. When does the 5-year statute of limitations law actually kick in? How is it measured? Do you know the difference between an ‘intent to accelarate’  vs. a ‘notice to accelerate’? Do you know when the statute acually starts? This is tricky as banks are re-foreclosing on already foreclosed homes. Don’t let them try to take your home away a second time. The timing and the difference between losing your home and keeping your home is critical. Watch Roy’s explanation?  
  • Foreclosures, short sales declining across South Florida

    OppenheimLaw
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:16 am
    The following article was written By Paul Owers, Sun Sentinel and republished in the South Florida Law Blog with excerpts by Roy Oppenheim, homeowner defense attorney and legal blogger. Click here to read the original article. Foreclosures, short sales declining across South Florida Declining foreclosures, short sales and unemployment rates  Declining foreclosures, short sales and unemployment rates normalize housing industry in Palm Beach and Broward Counties while at the same time put more of a squeeze on already-burdened buyers. “The bargain days are gone,” said John Tuccillo,…
  • Update: The State of Florida Deficiency Judgments in 2014

    OppenheimLaw
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:25 am
    The following article is written for the South Florida Law Blog by Oppenheim Law attorney Roy Oppenheim.  Florida has remained in the top three of states with the highest foreclosure rate since the housing market collapsed in late 2007. Even scarier for distressed homeowners is the fact that Florida is a recourse state, permitting lenders to seek deficiency judgments for unsatisfied debts. A “deficiency” is the difference between the amount owed by the borrower and the foreclosure sales price.  This occurs when a home is foreclosed on and the total outstanding balance owed on the…
  • Homeowners Experience Déjà Vu of Injustice, as Mortgage Servicers Adopt Banks’ Abusive Practices

    OppenheimLaw
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Once again, homeowners facing foreclosure are falling victim to abusive practices in the handling of their mortgage, but this time the overpromising and under delivering can be attributed to entities other than the banks – mortgage servicers. As the name suggests, “mortgage servicers” are entities that handle and service mortgage loans.  A recent trend in the mortgage industry, is for banks to contract with mortgage servicers to collect payments, manage loan modifications, and handle foreclosures on loans which the bank originated. Mortgage servicers, such as Nationstar and Ocwen, have…
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    First Home, First Loan » Stephen Katz

  • The Prequalification and Preapproval Processes

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

    Stephen Katz
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Most people have a pretty good idea of their credit standing and whether or not they have good or, credit issues. But the only way to really find out about your credit is to get your hands on your credit report. This will enable you to see the same information a lender will. Many privacy or fraud protection services offer ways for you to get a copy of your report online. For a small fee, you can enroll in a program with a company who will monitor your year-to-date credit activity. If anything suspicious comes up, you’ll be notified of the possible breach. In exchange for subscribing to the…
  • Finding the Right Agent

    Stephen Katz
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Now that you’re ready to start house hunting, you’re probably wondering if you really need a real estate agent or if you can just do all the work yourself. Well, you can look all you want on the internet and go to open houses every weekend but you really don’t know the real estate market like an agent does. Just as you know your job inside and out, a good agent knows the ins and outs of finding a home. Your best bet for finding the right home is finding the right agent. To clarify, you should know that the agent representing you is called the buyer’s agent and the agent representing…
  • Is LPMI best for me?

    Stephen Katz
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:07 am
    Thinking of purchasing a home with less than 20% down? In this article, we will explain Borrower Paid Mortgage Insurance (BPMI) and Lender Paid Mortgage Insurance (LPMI) to help you determine which type of mortgage insurance is a better choice for your specific financial situation. What is BPMI? Borrower paid mortgage insurance is paid on a monthly basis to the loan servicer of your mortgage. Essentially, BPMI is a monthly insurance payment, charged to the borrower for putting less than a 20% down payment. Borrower paid mortgage insurance eventually ends or is canceled when the LTV…
  • Putting together your Homebuying Team

    Stephen Katz
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Home may be where the heart is, but the house-buying process can easily become a headache. To keep trouble to a minimum, take time to independently evaluate each professional you’ll need on your team, from lender to real estate agent to home inspector to title agent. Choose client-focused, experienced pros…preferably referred by trusted sources. Here are more tips, based on my interviews with consumers and highly rated service providers: Mortgage lender Before you start looking at homes, find a reliable lender to pre-approve you for financing. This is especially important now, given…
 
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    Virtual Tour Software ~ Virtual Tour Company

  • Attack of the Drones - Not Really

    Jason LaVanture
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Radio-controlled drones are revolutionizing the video industry but with great new technology, there are new obstacles. A drone is used to define an autonomous aircraft but now the word is slang for anything without a human pilot on board.In reality these line of sight quadcopters are simply RC helicopter aircraft. The FAA refers to these as an unmanned aerial system or UAS and has recently lost their battle to prevent us virtual tour photographers from using these to compliment a virtual tour businessUp until recently, drones have not been able to carry cameras due to the size and weight but…
  • The Non-Compete & Competition Comparison Chart

    Jason LaVanture
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Spring has sprung and RockPointeMarketing.com has a very special virtual tour company marketing piece that’s sure to put a bounce in your sales pitch. With the polar ice caps melting to the North (literally), and the grass greening up around the country, local business owners are sure to be ready for you to entice them with a Fusion virtual tour presentation.Real estate professionals are listing and selling more inventory than we’ve seen in six to seven years.  The time for you to make your move is NOW, and we’ve got just what you need this month for your virtual tour marketing and…
  • Calling All Virtual Tour Providers

    Jason LaVanture
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Are you new to the RTV Virtual Tour Software system and eager to get started?  Do you feel a little limited by your handle on everything you need to do and skills you need to learn?  Perhaps you’re a seasoned veteran of the old RTV System 1.0 or 2.0 and just aren’t sure how to get back into the virtual tour business.  Either way we have the answer for you.The RTV National Conference 2014 has an entire day dedicated to getting you up to speed on the powerful Fusion virtual tour system, the sales, and the virtual tour creation process.Learn side by side with RTV's TOP VIRTUAL…
  • The Tipping Point

    Jason LaVanture
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:06 am
    Every self employed person or business owner needs to read the book The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. According to the listing on Amazon.com, "The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire."  It's that one big break that happens and suddenly your business is an overnight success...or so it seemsSince starting our national virtual tour business, my husband and I have always said that we were just one phone call away from changing everything.  We have had some amazing breaks but for the…
  • Exposure Elements Launches Aerial Photography Service

    Jason LaVanture
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this era of internet exposure today's home buyers and businesses want stimulating visuals that captivate their attention.   Our radio controlled RC Helicopters provide close range high definition aerial images at up to 14 megapixel granularity and should be easily able to print up to 8x10 images with excellent results.  We recently were able to shoot a 4 image panorama 60 feet off the ground and deliver an outstanding 11x17 image to our client. Windy day? ... No problem!  Our quad copters are all GPS enabled.  When we get the shot we want we can focus on camera…
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    Apartment Hacker

  • Your Story Matters

    Mike Brewer
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    In the journey to becoming a leader in the Multifamily space you will find that stories matter. Stories that speak to motivation. Stories that speak to inspiration. And stores that speak to life lessons. But there is one story that matters above all. The King Mother of all Stories The story that matters above all is your story. The story of your upbringing. The story of your trials. The story of your faults. The story of your accomplishments. In short; the story of your life. This matters because people want to know that you’re real. They want to know that you put your pants on one leg…
  • Constructive Criticism

    Mike Brewer
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you have a hard time taking feedback from other people? Believe it or not, as hard as it is to take constructive criticism, it is that kind of feedback that provides you opportunity for growth. Feedback Feedback keeps you from breathing your own exhaust. It helps you to keep from focusing on yourself. It helps you understand the meaning of being an effective motivator and leader. Great multifamily leaders give feedback constantly. What are you feeding your people? Your always promoting feedback Multifamily Maniac, M
  • Experience the Values

    Mike Brewer
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    We are past the point where we can tell a customer that we uphold a certain set of standards or values. We are past the point where we can put promises in a piece of advertising and expect somebody to believe it. Experience People want to experience the values you espouse. They want to experience the product and the service you deliver. And most of all they want to experience the people that they will do business with. Do your people rock the values that your organization represents? Your thinking a lot about values Multifamily Maniac, M
  • We are Still in the Apartment Business

    Melissa DeCicco
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Today’s piece comes from our over-the-top amazing Marketing Director at Mills Properties – Melissa DeCicco She rocks!  Lately we have been told we are in the media business or is it the relationship business Both from wonderful, brilliant people who know a lot more about the apartment business than I. While they are both correct, I think it is just unnecessarily muddying the water. Make no mistake about it, we are still in the apartment business. Think about it. We, as consumers, are all doing our best to avoid all types of media (at least of the marketing variety) these days.
  • Hear and Listen

    Mike Brewer
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    There is a huge difference between hearing and listening: Hearing – “to perceive by ear.” Listen – “to pay attention.” Distractions We live in a noisy world and with every passing day it’s getting louder. I posit that stopping to pay attention is the hardest part of a property management professional’s job. In the midst of ringing phones, hyper-active leasing activity, vendor needs, employee celebrations and the such; finding a minute to listen is just hard. Permission to Listen Solutions: Schedule resident meetings in their space. Meet vendors…
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Fed Beige Book: Commercial Leasing Activity Generally Advanced at a Modest Pace

    CoyDavidson
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Summary of Current Economic Conditions Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts suggest economic activity increased in most regions of the country since the previous report. The expansion was characterized as modest or moderate by the Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts. Chicago reported that economic growth had picked […]Fed Beige Book: Commercial Leasing Activity Generally Advanced at a Modest Pace is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • Houston Retail Market Report – Q1 2014

    CoyDavidson
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Houston’s Strong Economy Boosts Retail Construction Houston’s retail market posted 573,000 SF of positive net absorption in the first quarter. Some of the tenants who opened new locations during the quarter include Whole Foods Market, Spec’s, Rue21, Sears Outlet Center, Jack’s Carpet, and Mattress One. The average citywide vacancy remained unchanged from the previous quarter […]Houston Retail Market Report – Q1 2014 is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • Yeah…. That Didn’t Happen

    CoyDavidson
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    It’s Always Fun to Look Back at Past Predictions Remember when … Commercial Real Estate was the next shoe to drop. The CRE Zombie Apocalypse would ravage the market except in those few “glorious gateway cities.” There would be a wasteland of mostly vacant office towers because technology would allow everyone to work at home […]Yeah…. That Didn’t Happen is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • Houston Office Market Report – Q1 2014

    CoyDavidson
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Houston’s  Office Market Posts 2.3M SF of Positive Net Absorption in Q1 Houston’s office market had a phenomenal first quarter, recording 2.3M SF of positive net absorption, the highest quarterly amount since 2.5M SF was recorded in Q2 2007. More than 2.1M SF was added to Houston’s office inventory and, at the close of Q1, […]Houston Office Market Report – Q1 2014 is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    6 Articles to Read this Weekend The Case for Open Space Law firms, long a bastion of mahogany desks and wood paneling, are trading in traditional décor for a more open and contemporary style. This may be a response to the influx of Generation Y associates who, according to the American Bar Association, represent “a […]This Week’s Recommended Reading is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
 
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    Waterfront Properties in Jupiter | Real Estate Blog

  • DELICIOUS GOURMET FOOD TRUCK INVASION

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Every second Friday of the month the epicurean Food Truck Invasion will be back in Abacoa at the Abacoa Town Center on Town Center Drive and Crescent Drive, Jupiter.If you have never experienced a “food truck invasion” here is some information you will need to know:    This is a huge outdoor picnic, bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy the music and      pleasant evening.    Food trucks of different origins, cuisine and menus prepare food to order.    It is not fast food.    A chef runs each pristine truck.    Sample fusion cuisine, comfort foods and decadent sweet…
  • GOOGLE GLASS GOES ON SALE TODAY … ONE DAY ONLY!

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Starting at 9:00 a.m. ET on April 15, for ONE DAY ONLY, any adult in the United States may purchase a pair of wearable technology – Google Glass.   Purchase price is $1,500.00 a pair.  The orders will include shades or frames for the glasses.  Google has collaborated up the owner of Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses brand to make the glasses cool.Google released the following statement about the wearable technology glass:“Over the past several months, we’ve been trying out different ways to expand the Explorer program. Some of you signed up at Google I/O, some told us what you would do…
  • PUBLIC MEETING…HIGH SPEED TRAINS

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    The Jupiter Town Council, Mayor of Tequesta, head of North County Real Estate Board, amongst others are conducting an important public meeting on Thursday, April 17 at 6pm.  The assembly will be held at the Jupiter Community Center, 210 Military Trail Boulevard in Jupiter.On the agenda will be ample discussion regarding All Aboard Florida (high-speed rail service), Florida East Coast Railway (F.E.C.) and the impact on property values, traffic, safety and boating. All Aboard Florida is proposing 32 passenger trains will run between Miami and Orlando airports, with two stops only in West Palm…
  • Bubba Watson Wins Season's First Major Again

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    For the second time in three years, Bubba Watson slipped on the Green Jacket in the famed Butler Cabin as the champion of the Masters. Unlike two years ago, when he had to hit a miraculous shot out of the pine straw on the second playoff hole to beat Old Palm resident Louis Oosthuizen, Watson came down the final stretch with the tournament all but locked up. Watson didn't have the command that he did late early on in the final round of the season's first major though. Watson entered the final round in a two way tie for the lead with 20 year old Jordan Speith and early on in the round lost the…
  • ROCK THE OCEAN TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL – APRIL 12-13, 2014 – FORT LAUDRDALE

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Photo courtesy of Tortuga Music Festival.The Tortuga Music Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at Fort Lauderdale beach park.  Thousands of people are expected “to rock the beach” in support of marine conservation.Music and beach lovers are expected to take over the beach this weekend for the “Rock the Ocean, Tortuga Music Festival”.  This is the second year in a row for the concert.  The inaugural concert drew more than 25,000 fans to Fort Lauderdale beach last year.This year some of music’s biggest names will be performing.  Tortuga Music Festival is pairing country, rock and…
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    Maine Real Estate Blog

  • January 2014 Significant Sales

    LegacySIR
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
  • Massachusetts Firm Joins Sotheby’s International Realty Brand

    LegacySIR
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    MADISON, N.J. (April 10, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Harborside Realty in Marblehead, Mass., is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty. Michael Cannuscio, Dick McKinley and Matt Dolan are broker/owners of the firm, which is located at 72 Front Street in Marblehead, and serves Marblehead and the adjacent markets. With the addition of this firm, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand now has 31 offices throughout Massachusetts. “Michael and his team of 30…
  • Virginia Firm Joins Sotheby’s International Realty Brand

    LegacySIR
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    MADISON, N.J. (April 9, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Virginia Realty & Relocation in Richmond, Va., is the newest member of its real estate network and will operate as The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty. Bill Steele is broker/owner of the firm, which is located at 6726 Patterson Avenue in Richmond, and will serve the greater Richmond metro area. “Richmond is known for its central location on the East Coast between the mountains and the ocean, as well as for a wide range of housing options from historic to…
  • Lynn Hallett Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Portland, Maine (April 7, 2014)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is proud to announce that Lynn Hallett has joined its team of  Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President. Lynn, a 30-year resident of the Greater Portland area, now lives in Portland’s West End with her husband.  Prior to moving to Maine, Lynn lived in New York City, Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans and San Juan. Before embarking on a career in real estate, Lynn taught Spanish, most recently at the Waynflete School. She also works as a…
  • Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine

    LegacySIR
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
      Are you in a happy place? Healthways and Gallup wanted to find out the well-being of cities across the country. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measures Americans’ perceptions of physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare. Gallup conducted 500 telephone interviews daily in 2013 with Americans nationwide to gather their perceptions of well-being. In the “State of American Well-Being” report, Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine…
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    ExpertView Blog

  • ADT Report Reveals Trends in Property Theft

    realestateview.com.au
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Whether we like it or not, home security is a subject many of us have been confronted with at some point. Unfortunately, the ugly prospect of a break-in is all too common these days, and it can have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Budgets a Chance to Help Homebuyers

    Enzo Raimondo
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Next month’s state and federal budgets offer governments the chance to do something for those being priced out of the housing market by booming house prices. With the great Australian dream of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Where to Invest in Brisbane Real Estate

    David Chehade
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Brisbane is a market full of opportunity for those considering investing in property for sale as it poises all the right factors to suggest moderate to strong capital growth over the next few years... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • RBA keep interest rates on hold for now

    Rates Direct
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to leave interest rates at present levels following their official meeting today. This decision keeps the cash rate unchanged at 2.50%. This decision was of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 more ways to lose money in property in 2014

    Michael Yardney
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Recently I wrote an article about 3 sure fire ways to lose money in property which got me thinking about the other ways I’ve seen investors get it wrong. You see… the unfortunate truth is that most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Century 21 Alliance Realty - THE Gail Spada TEAM

  • HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – Kitchen Floor Options

    Gail Spada
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Did you know that almost 50% of new homebuyers plan a kitchen remodel project within 3 months of their home purchase, according to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS. Let’s see what is TRENDY but has some STAYING POWER… TODAY’S BLOG POST – Kitchen Floor Options The kitchen is one of the most trafficked areas of the home. So choosing the right flooring material based on your life-style is very important. Based on the Houzz 2013 Fall Kitchen Trends Study, the following stats illustrate the popularity of various kitchen flooring materials as well as…
  • HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – Tile Backsplashes

    Gail Spada
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Did you know that, according to a report from the National Association of REALTORS, almost 50% of new homebuyers plan a kitchen remodel project within 3 months of their home purchase? Check out the ROI (return on investment) figures below compiled from 2014 COST vs VALUE Report by REMODELING Magazine for a mid-range kitchen remodel project. South Atlantic – Tampa Bay Region Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel Remodel Cost: $17,890 Re-Sale Value: $13,721 % Cost Recouped: 76.7% SO… Let’s see what is TRENDY but has some STAYING POWER… Chef’s Stoves Stainless Steel Appliances…
  • HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – Granite and Engineered Quartz Countertops

    admin
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:12 am
    Did you know that, according to a report from the National Association of REALTORS, almost 50% of new homebuyers plan a kitchen remodel project within 3 months of their home purchase? Check out the ROI (return on investment) figures below compiled from 2014 COST vs VALUE Report by REMODELING Magazine for a mid-range kitchen remodel project. South Atlantic – Tampa Bay Region Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel Remodel Cost: $17,890 Re-Sale Value: $13,721 % Cost Recouped: 76.7% SO… Let’s see what is TRENDY but has some STAYING POWER… Chef’s Stoves Stainless Steel Appliances…
  • HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – Eco-Friendly Features

    Gail Spada
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Did you know that, according to a report from the National Association of REALTORS, almost 50% of new homebuyers plan a kitchen remodel project within 3 months of their home purchase? Check out the ROI (return on investment) figures below compiled from 2014 COST vs VALUE Report by REMODELING Magazine for both a minor and major kitchen remodel project. South Atlantic – Tampa Bay Region Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel Remodel Cost: $17,890 Re-Sale Value: $13,721 % Cost Recouped: 76.7% SO… Let’s see what is TRENDY but has some staying power… Chef’s Stoves Stainless Steel…
  • HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – Transitional Style

    Gail Spada
    19 Feb 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Did you know that, according to a report from the National Association of REALTORS, almost 50% of new homebuyers plan a kitchen remodel project within 3 months of their home purchase? Check out the ROI (return on investment) figures below compiled from 2014 COST vs VALUE Report by REMODELING Magazine for both a minor and major kitchen remodel project. South Atlantic – Tampa Bay Region Minor Kitchen Remodel Remodel Cost: $17,890 Re-Sale Value: $13,721 % Cost Recouped: 76.7% Major Kitchen Remodel Remodel Cost: $106,364 Re-Sale Value: $62,276 % Cost Recouped: 59% SO… Let’s see what…
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    Ann Melendez

  • Lang Realty Open House Extravaganza, March 23rd, 12-4pm

    Ann Melendez
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:09 am
    Ready for a new home? Lang Realty is holding an Open House Extravaganza! Over 300 homes will be open from Boca Raton to Port Saint Lucie. Join the fun and enter to win one of these great prizes: A Mini I-Pad, a 50″ TV or A$100 restaurant gift card. Look for our newspaper and television [...]The post Lang Realty Open House Extravaganza, March 23rd, 12-4pm appeared first on Ann Melendez.
  • New Breakers West Video & Open House

    Ann Melendez
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Have you ever wanted to see inside the gates of Breakers West in West Palm Beach? Now you can from the comfort of your own home! The video link is on the Home page of www.AnnAndMarySellBreakersWest.com. If you would like to venture out into this beautiful Florida sunshine on Sunday, March 9th between the hours [...]The post New Breakers West Video & Open House appeared first on Ann Melendez.
  • Oaks East Inventory Is Scarce!

    Ann Melendez
    8 Oct 2013 | 10:26 am
    Buyers have been clamoring for new inventory in Oaks East! We have had quite a dry spell of new homes coming to the market. The good news is I have a new listing! It is a Carmel model with a solar heated pool. The kitchen has been remodeled with wood cabinetry, granite counter tops and [...]The post Oaks East Inventory Is Scarce! appeared first on Ann Melendez.
  • Great Places to Enjoy Your Dog in Palm Beach Gardens

    Ann Melendez
    24 Jun 2013 | 7:47 am
    Guest Post by Marc Rasmussen of LuxurySarasotaRealEstate.com Palm Beach Gardens is one of the most beautiful spots in Florida. With numerous recreation areas, it’s a perfect spot for residents and their dogs. Man’s best friend needs lots of open space to run and play, and Palm Beach Gardens provides plenty of it for Fido. Whether [...]The post Great Places to Enjoy Your Dog in Palm Beach Gardens appeared first on Ann Melendez.
  • Breakers West Home On Spacious Corner Lot

    Ann Melendez
    17 Jun 2013 | 9:16 am
    This home has a special presence with 5,891 total square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a 3.5 car garage. It starts with the sweeping curved driveway of the over sized corner lot accented with mature landscaping. Double door entry leads to the open living and dining areas with soaring ceiling heights and a bright, open floor [...]The post Breakers West Home On Spacious Corner Lot appeared first on Ann Melendez.
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    Tri Cities Real Estate News & Views

  • Tri Citian of the Year Award in Kennewick

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    It’s that time of the year again. The whole of Tri Cities will once again honor distinguished Tri Citians who went over and above their capabilities to contribute to the growth and development of the Tri Cities. Tri Citian of the Year The Tri City Herald conceptualized the Tri Citian of the Year award. The very first recipient of this award was Owen Hurd, and that was back in 1962. Despite hitches along the way, the Tri Citian of Year awarding is now a community wide effort and is considered the single most important and well-known annual awards program in the Tri Cities. Basis for the…
  • Sip amp; Shop For a Cure in Richland, WA

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Interested in mixing shopping, drinking wine and helping out a good cause? This is exactly what Sip amp; Shop for a Cure is set to give you Round up the girls and head to the Market Vineyards on April 17, 2014 from 6:30PM to 9PM for this fundraising event for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Sip amp; Shop for a CureWith a number of participating brands like Mary Kay, Silpada, Bandals and Scentsy, the Sip amp; Shop for a Cure promises a night of fun shopping as funds are also raised for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. To make the night even more interesting, the best…
  • Blue Mountain Wildlife Fundraiser in Kennewick

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    If you don’t have anything to do on April 19, head on out to Kennewick Ranch and Home at 845 N. Columbia Center Blvd. for the annual Blue Mountain Wildlife Fundraiser. Blue Mountain Wildlife Blue Mountain Wildlife is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mission is to provide help and take care of orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife. Their focus is on birds of prey, providing these creatures the necessary treatment and care to bring them back to their natural habitat. Their goals include training volunteers to become experts in rehabilitation techniques, helping enhance awareness and…
  • Smash for Cash Demolition Derby at TRAC Center in Pasco

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Get ready for some smashing fun at the Smash for Cash Demolition Derby happening this weekend at the TRAC Center. Smash for Cash Demolition Derby This event, set for April 19th, will feature two demolition derbies in one night, Power Wheels derby for the kids, and Jump You Junk Competition worth $500 cash. Door opens at 6PM and the event starts at 7PM. Incidentally, this event is a charity benefit for Camp Patriot. Admission prices are as follows: Reserved Seating – $17 in advance; $19 on the day of the event Adults (10 years or older) – $14 in advance; $16 on the day of the event Kids (9…
  • Easily Reduce the Property Taxes of Your Tri Cities Wa Home

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    It doesn’t matter if you live in Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, or West Richland. The fact remains that finally owning the home of your dreams is one of the best goals you could ever achieve. However, the reality sets in a year after acquiring your home, as you’re faced with property taxes. Many homeowners consider property taxes a burden, and for good reason. A recent study conducted by Zillow showed that a property owner in the United States pays an average of close to $2,800 in property taxes. That is approximately 1.4 of the owner’s home value each year. Given that property tax is…
 
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    Maryland Suburban Homes

  • When Does The House Belong To You?

    Ken Montville
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Buying a house can be pretty exciting.  it doesn’t matter is it’s your first house or your tenth house. Once you pick it out and the seller agrees to your terms, it’s almost like the house belongs to you. Only it doesn’t. After looking at possibly dozens of homes and running the gantlet to get your mortgage approved, you really want to be done with the process. Getting an offer accepted by a home owner only gets your half way to the finish line. The house still belongs to the person who is selling it to you. Yes, there are times that the seller allows you to go onto…
  • The Tax Man and The Mortgage Interest Deduction

    Ken Montville
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tomorrow is the deadline for filing your taxes. Well, you could file an extension but you still have to have figured out how much you owe.  My guess is that if you have a refund coming, you’re ready to send in the forms. For a lot of people, filling out the tax forms really isn’t that big of a deal. There is no itemization to hassle with or extra “schedules” to fill out.  It’s just the 1040 or even the 1040EZ. Boom. You’re done. If you own a home and you took out a mortgage to buy your home, you have this great thing called the Mortgage Interest…
  • Your Home Is Worth How Much?!

    Ken Montville
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    As most people know, real estate agents work on a 100% commision basis. That means that if we don’t get your house sold, we don’t make any money. In fact, we lose money. We pay, up front, the costs of marketing the house. These marketing costs could add up. The other thing about working on commission is that real estate agents have an “enlightened self interest” in making sure your house sells for the most money we can get. Think about it. You want the most you can get because, well, you just do.  Real estate agents want the most they can get because our compensation…
  • Avoiding Common Real Estate Scams

    Ken Montville
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Real estate scams in the U.S. aren’t going away in the wake of the economy’s improvement, according to the CoreLogic Mortgage Fraud Report. In fact, the incidence of mortgage fraud in particular remain high, with close to 20,000 mortgage applications around the country classified as having a “high fraud risk” in mid-2013. Though mortgage fraud comprises a significant share of real estate scams, renters can be ripped off, too. Three real estate scams in particular can be difficult to spot, but you can take steps to protect yourself: Equity stripping scams This scam starts with an…
  • Lower Home Sales and Higher Mortgage Rates

    Ken Montville
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Homes sales and mortgage rates go hand in hand. If mortgage rates rise too quickly it may put a damper on home sales. On the front page of The Washington Post – above the fold – is an article by Dina ElBoghdady screaming “Rising interest rates slow down housing sales“. It’s quite an interesting article and you should click on the link to read it but a good take away is this: The higher rates, soaring home prices and a tight inventory have kept potential buyers on the sidelines, hurting the sales of previously owned homes and undermining the recovery of the…
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • Is Your Home Ready for Your Retirement?

    U.S. News
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    Filed under: Home Improvement, How To ShutterstockConsider replacing doorknobs with handles. By Dave Bernard You may be more than ready to retire, but what about your home? If you hope to age in your current home it makes sense to prepare for the challenges that aging is likely to bring. The environment in which you live will be an essential ingredient to your retirement safety and happiness. Here are a few areas you may want to consider as you prepare: How's the temperature? As I get older I notice I am increasingly sensitive to temperature changes. It seems that the cold is a bit colder…
  • Secrets to Getting Multiple Offers on a Home

    Zillow
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Filed under: News, Advice, Selling ShutterstockDon't assume your home will get multiple offers. By Brendon DiSimone Homeowners hear that the real estate market has finally turned a corner and assume that means multiple offers and bidding wars are back. Even if your town is buzzing with real estate activity and sales are picking up, it doesn't mean that you're guaranteed multiple offers, or even one offer for that matter. For a seller to get lots of activity on their listing, there are three must-haves: location, price and presentation. Must have a good location: One thing is common among all…
  • For Sale: Affordable Homes in the Most Affordable Markets

    Zillow
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    ZillowWhat's affordable in Minneapolis? This charming and updated three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow. By Sharona Ott Some metros are known for their sky-high home prices. However, metros with affordable homes for sale do exist! We define a market as affordable if a buyer who makes the area's median income can afford the area's median-priced home by spending less than what they have spent historically. These seven metro areas have the highest percentage of affordable homes currently on the market among the nation's 35 largest metros. No. 1: Cincinnati 187 Wedgewood Ave. For sale: $92,000…
  • How to Know If You Should Keep Renting Instead of Buying

    Credit.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Filed under: News, Advice, Buying, Renting ShutterstockHomebuyers have to be ready to commit their time and money. By AJ Smith One question I heard frequently throughout my 20s was, "When are you going to buy a house?" Some believed I was already missing out on the benefits of homeownership while others thought with my career constantly taking me to new cities, I was better off renting forever. Many people grapple with the decision of whether to buy or rent a home. While there are pros and cons to each and the decision is ultimately personal, here are some signs you should keep renting. 1. No…
  • Sellers, the Real FSBO Deal Demands Preparation

    Zillow
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Filed under: News, Advice, Selling The Associated PressIt's common home sellers to wonder if they can go at it alone. By Brendon DiSimone Many sellers entertain the idea of selling their home without an agent. They always have. Particularly today, with so much information online, many believe that the Internet weakened the role of the agent; that the agent's value is not what it used to be. However, when it comes time to sell a home, it's common for many people to wonder if they can go at it alone and save the 6 percent commission. Going the FSBO route, as in "For Sale By Owner," seems easy…
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  • Is Your Home Ready for Your Retirement?

    U.S. News
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    Filed under: Home Improvement, How To ShutterstockConsider replacing doorknobs with handles. By Dave Bernard You may be more than ready to retire, but what about your home? If you hope to age in your current home it makes sense to prepare for the challenges that aging is likely to bring. The environment in which you live will be an essential ingredient to your retirement safety and happiness. Here are a few areas you may want to consider as you prepare: How's the temperature? As I get older I notice I am increasingly sensitive to temperature changes. It seems that the cold is a bit colder…
  • Secrets to Getting Multiple Offers on a Home

    Zillow
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Filed under: News, Advice, Selling ShutterstockDon't assume your home will get multiple offers. By Brendon DiSimone Homeowners hear that the real estate market has finally turned a corner and assume that means multiple offers and bidding wars are back. Even if your town is buzzing with real estate activity and sales are picking up, it doesn't mean that you're guaranteed multiple offers, or even one offer for that matter. For a seller to get lots of activity on their listing, there are three must-haves: location, price and presentation. Must have a good location: One thing is common among all…
  • For Sale: Affordable Homes in the Most Affordable Markets

    Zillow
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    ZillowWhat's affordable in Minneapolis? This charming and updated three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow. By Sharona Ott Some metros are known for their sky-high home prices. However, metros with affordable homes for sale do exist! We define a market as affordable if a buyer who makes the area's median income can afford the area's median-priced home by spending less than what they have spent historically. These seven metro areas have the highest percentage of affordable homes currently on the market among the nation's 35 largest metros. No. 1: Cincinnati 187 Wedgewood Ave. For sale: $92,000…
  • How to Know If You Should Keep Renting Instead of Buying

    Credit.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Filed under: News, Advice, Buying, Renting ShutterstockHomebuyers have to be ready to commit their time and money. By AJ Smith One question I heard frequently throughout my 20s was, "When are you going to buy a house?" Some believed I was already missing out on the benefits of homeownership while others thought with my career constantly taking me to new cities, I was better off renting forever. Many people grapple with the decision of whether to buy or rent a home. While there are pros and cons to each and the decision is ultimately personal, here are some signs you should keep renting. 1. No…
  • Sellers, the Real FSBO Deal Demands Preparation

    Zillow
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Filed under: News, Advice, Selling The Associated PressIt's common home sellers to wonder if they can go at it alone. By Brendon DiSimone Many sellers entertain the idea of selling their home without an agent. They always have. Particularly today, with so much information online, many believe that the Internet weakened the role of the agent; that the agent's value is not what it used to be. However, when it comes time to sell a home, it's common for many people to wonder if they can go at it alone and save the 6 percent commission. Going the FSBO route, as in "For Sale By Owner," seems easy…
 
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  • Pre-pack up your home, it wil make it show better

    Kathy Torline
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:24 am
     Pre-packing will make your Colorado Springs home show better Free home market analysis for Colorado Springs homes Related Articles: 5 reasons your house didn’t sell 5 ways to search the internet for a home in Colorado Springs Disadvantages of buying a new home 3 reasons to get building permits How do I price my home part II How do I price my home Part I  How do I price my Home — Part III 7 Things that home sellers should do when selling their home There are  many things that need to be done to ensure that a house sells; but one that doesn’t cost much money but takes a lot of…
  • 7 Things that home sellers should do when selling their home

    Kathy Torline
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
     7 Things that home sellers should do  Get a free Home Evaluation for your Colorado Springs Home Related Articles: 5 reasons your house didn’t sell 5 ways to search the internet for a home in Colorado Springs Disadvantages of buying a new home 3 reasons to get building permits How do I price my home part II How do I price my home Part I  How do I price my Home — Part III Even though the real estate market is definitely better in Colorado Springs than it was a couple of years ago, there are still plenty of listing that don’t sell.  There were 911 homes since the start of 2014 in…
  • 2014 Homes sales for January and February aren’t as strong as last year

    Kathy Torline
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:44 am
    Colorado Springs Homes Prices continue to stay strong Are the sales for the first two months an indication of the sales for the year? Search for Colorado Springs Homes Max Price: Min Price: Min SQFT: Min Rooms: Min Baths: Property Quick Search Choose a City Black Forest Cascade Castle Rock Chipita Park Colorado Springs Divide Falcon Fountain Green Mountain Falls Larkspur Manitou Springs Monument Palmer Lake Penrose Peyton Security Woodland Park Related Articles 2013 Housing report for Monument and Palmer Lake Homes Sales and pricing continue to increase in Old Colorado City in 2013 2013…
  • Search for Homes for sale in Colorado Springs and the Surrounding area

    Kathy Torline
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
     Search for Homes in Colorado Springs and the Surrounding area If you are interested in moving to  Colorado Springs  you may also be interested in looking at homes in the surrounding communities. The links below will quickly take you to homes currently for sale in these areas.  Happy searching! Black Forest, CO Real Estate Cascade, CO Real Estate Castle Rock, CO Real Estate Chipita Park, CO Real Estate Colorado Springs, CO Real Estate Divide, CO Real Estate Falcon, CO Real Estate Larkspur, CO Real Estate Manitou Springs, CO Real Estate Monument, CO Real Estate Palmer Lake, CO Real Estate…
  • Don’t forget about your mortgage interest deduction

    Kathy Torline
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:52 am
    Don’t forget to take advantage of the Mortgage Interest Deduction for your Colorado Home Search for all Homes in Colorado Springs There are many wonderful benefits to owning your own home, and it’s always important to remember to take advantage of the interest rate deduction.  There has been periodic discussions about the deduction being taken away by Congress, and time will tell if this ever happens.  But in the mean time, don’t forget to take advantage of it and include it on your Schedule A on your 2013 taxes.   The easy way to understand the deduction is that it…
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  • FYI! Ride (Septa) all Night.

    blogeditor
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Curated by: Karley Cohen Can this building be too pretty to knock down? Will SEPTA run all night long again? Getting ready for Easter? Excited for Morgan’s Pier to reopen?   Demolition Turned This High Rise Into a Work of Art (curbed) SEPTA to restore all night service soon (philly.com) The South Street Headhouse District Celebrates Easter With its 83rd Annual Easter Promenade (uwishunu) Morgans Pier Will Open May 1st (foobooz)  
  • Open House Schedule for Sunday, April 13th

    blogeditor
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Sunday, April 13th Port Richmond — 3307 Livingston Street — 12:00pm-2:00pm Port Richmond — 2530 E. Westmoreland Street — 12:00pm-2:00pm Northwood — 946 Herbert Street — 12:30pm-2:30pm Overbrook — 915 Flanders Road — 1:00pm-3:00pm Northern Liberties — 605 N. Bodine Street — 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • FYI- Have A Smashing Passover

    blogeditor
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Curated By: Karley Cohen   Need somewhere to go for Passover dinner? Need some new retail spots to check out? Is Philly becoming a powerhouse city? Hungry for Manayunks restaurant week?   Roundup: Our Picks For Passover Dinners In And Around Philadelphia (uwishunu) Retail Report: Tons of New Store Openings (Phillymag) 7 statistics that show Philadelphia is a rising economic powerhouse (PBJ) Guide To Manayunk Restaurant Week: Spring 2014 (CBS local)
  • Secret Beats in Port Richmond

    blogeditor
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    by: Jarek Cotto Straight Drop Studios lies in a hidden corner of Port Richmond. Located just down the road from Aramingo and Tioga in a large factory-turned-apartment building. Here you can find a lot of Philly’s young talent making and recording music. The moment you walk in you are immersed the place’s distinct vibe. With new music constantly being created and played on studio quality speakers, it’s any music lovers dream come true. I have known one of the main engineers of “The Drop” all my life. He is a very talented producer who works with a score of emerging rappers from not…
  • FYI- Eat in NoLibs!

    blogeditor
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    By: Jarek Cotto Photo by: www.hungrynomad.net   Modo Mio is a traditional Italian restaurant featuring cuisine from all across Italy. Their menu is updated frequently allowing for the freshest seasonal ingredients to be used. This small B.Y.O.B. offers an intimate setting seating only a few. Calling ahead to schedule reservations is highly encouraged- because the place is always packed. If you want to come enjoy some wine and some traditional 4-course Italian meals, then I recommend you try Modo Mio!   http://modomiorestaurant.com/ http://www.zagat.com/r/modomio-philadelphia…
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  • 10 April Fool Pranks – Which One Is Your Favorite?

    Admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    1. Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish to prevent it from lathering: 2. Stuff doughnuts with mayonnaise: 3. Stock the refrigerator with a terrifying “head” in a jar: 4. Swap hand sanitizer with lubricant: 5. Tape an airhorn under a coworkers chair: 6. Ensure your victim gets lots of strange calls and messages for the day: 7. Sew your child’s sock half way down: 8. Swap ice cream with mashed potato: 9. Make your colleagues keyboard more eco-friendly: 10. And finally, for real estate agents especially, put a ‘for sale’ sign up in front of your victims home
  • How Does Google Evaluate Algorithmic Changes?

    Admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In another video from Google’s own Matt Cutts he answers what metrics Google uses to evaluate whether one iteration of the ranking algorithm is delivering better quality results to users than another. For more videos like this visit the Google Webmaster YouTube channel.
  • CoreLogic Reports Home Prices Rise by 12.2 Percent Year Over Year in February

    Admin
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    CoreLogic Reports Home Prices Rise by 12.2 Percent Year Over Year in February. New CoreLogic HPI Forecast Indicates National Home Prices Are Expected to Rise 10.5 Percent Year Over Year in March 2014 Irvine, CA – April 1, 2014 (PRNewswire) CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, today released its February CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI®) report. Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 12.2 percent in February 2014 compared to February 2013. This change represents 24 months of consecutive…
  • Real Estate Signs Gone Wrong. They Used to Sell Sandwiches…

    Admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    But now they sell something else… If you enjoyed this post you’ll certainly enjoy these other ‘Just For Fun’ posts!
  • Facebook to Use Drones to Provide Global Internet Access

    Admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    As reported on CNN Facebook is exploring using drones to provide Internet access to the billions of people that currently don’t have it. In doing so it would make the world truly connected on a global scale for the first time. Crazy? You decide:
 
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  • Homely.com.au makes free listing distribution easier for agents with integration to Australia’s top real estate software providers.

    Guest Author
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    Homely.com.au now supporting the leading CRM platforms to make submitting listings for agents as simple as possible. April 8, 2014 – Homely, the revolutionary new real estate website combining Australia’s most beautiful search experience with free property listings is now supporting the leading CRM providers commonly used by Australian real estate agents, making it easy for offices to start using the platform and freely list their properties. Top software providers working with Homely include Agentbox, Agentbase, Agentplus, Agentpoint, Box+Dice, Core Web Systems, Inhabit, iProperty,…
  • Is RealBusinesses.com.au Operating Under a New Name?

    Guest Author
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    So after the big announcement made by the REA Group that RealBusinesses was closing its doors (seen below), leaving hundreds of business brokers in the lurch, it appears that this is not the case at all, or is it? “As a subscriber to our realbusinesses.com.au website, I want to let you know first hand of our intention to close the service on the 3rd March 2014. During the past 12 months we have reviewed all aspects of our wider business to align ourselves to our long-term strategic goals and REA Group purpose; to help people to live their property dreams by making the entire process simple,…
  • 9 Ways to Enhance Your Reputation as an Agent

    Kurt Jacobson
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Creating a name for yourself in real estate is no easy feat. You are often competing for business among professionals who have been working in this field, in the same community, for decades. Though it can be a challenge, by being proactive and putting in some time, you too can become a major player in your local area real estate market. Here are some tips to help you get started. 1. Embrace social media  - Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or Google+, the greater your presence on the internet, the more chance potential clients have of seeing you and making contact. It’s also a great way of…
  • Does Lead Generator OpenAgent.com.au Cross the Line?

    Glenn Batten
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The lead generation site OpenAgent has come up with a somewhat unique point of difference to attract potential sellers but have they crossed the line and gone too far? Most lead generators follow the simple principle of let us contact 2 or 3 agents in your area but the benefit for the potential seller is a little murky. You see them advertise on the real estate portals and on google and include such sites as www.ozhomevalue.com.au, www.homeguru.com.au, www.myhousevalue.com.au OpenAgent does it a little differently. If you as a potential seller visits OpenAgent you are tempted with the sales…
  • Fall of a Giant Throws the Business Broking Industry into Turmoil

    Guest Author
    4 Feb 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Over the past year the Business Broking industry has been decreasing as the number of saleable businesses has decreased and banks have tightened their restrictions on lending for businesses. This has made it harder for genuine buyers to gain the finance to buy and as a result of this, a number of Business Brokers have had to either down scale or close down. As a result of the financial environment, budgets have been decreased and the once flourishing Business for sale website for RealCommercial (RealBusinesses.com.au), has been looking for different ways to improve its profitability in this…
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  • An Exchange Means More to Reinvest

    financemyhome1
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Section 1031 exchange for rental and investment real estate is a tool that allows investors to move the gain from one property to another without immediate income tax consequences. An instant benefit is to postpone the tax due which gives the investor a larger amount of proceeds to invest. In the example shown, the investor has 21% more proceeds to invest and grow over time than if he had paid the taxes due instead of exchanging. A legitimate long-term goal might be to make qualified exchanges from one property to another until the investor dies. The heirs would then receive a stepped-up…
  • Is the Window Closing?

    financemyhome1
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    With interest rates lower than they’ve been in over 40 years, it may be difficult to think of a “window of opportunity” closing. However, it isn’t difficult to understand that it may very probably cost more to live in a home in the near future due to rising interest rates and prices. Zillow recently reported results from a nationwide study that home values are expected to appreciate by 4.5% through the end of the year. Coupled with Freddie Mac’s projection that rates are going up, the cost of housing for buyers by the end of the year will be higher than it is now. While uncertainty…
  • Looking for the Largest Deduction

    financemyhome1
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    IRS allows taxpayers the option to take the standard deduction or the itemized deduction. The astute taxpayer will compare to see which one will result in the greatest deduction and the election can be made each year. The 2013 standard deduction for a married couple filing jointly is $12,200 and $6,100 for a single taxpayer. It doesn’t require any proof of actual expense and has no requirement for home ownership. Items that can be included on Schedule A for itemized deductions include: • Certain taxes paid for state and local income tax, general sales tax, real estate property taxes,…
  • What’s the Point?

    financemyhome1
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:21 am
    Prepaid interest, sometimes called “points”, is generally tax deductible when a person pays them in connection with buying, building or improving their principal residence. When points are paid on a refinance, they are not a current deduction but have to be taken prorata over the life of the mortgage. For instance, if $3,000 in points were paid on refinancing a 30 year mortgage, a deduction of $100 per year is allowed. When the loan is paid off or replaced by refinancing again or the home is sold and the mortgage paid off from the proceeds, the balance of any un-deducted points may be…
  • Edina Minnesota Real Estate

    financemyhome1
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Here is a fun video about real estate. I hope you enjoy it. Contact me if I can help you.
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  • Houston Apartment Utility Billing: A Guide

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Want to know what you're looking at to power your Houston apartment each month? Here's a guide to Houston apartment utility billing for new and seasoned renters.If you're searching for your first apartment of your own, you may be surprised at the many different ways of setting up and billing utilities. While you're searching for your Houston apartment, check apartment listings, ask the landlords or managers, or if you're using Houston Apartment Insiders to help you search, ask us to explain how each apartment complex you're considering handles utilities. The four common ways…
  • Houston Easter 2014 - A Guide for Residents New and Seasoned

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    New to Houston and looking for what's good to do on Easter? Here's your guide to Easter in Houston this year -- events for the whole family.Easter 2014 falls on Sunday, April 20. There's no shortage of things to do in Houston to celebrate the holiday. (If you celebrate Passover, instead, check out our previous post for tips on connecting with the Houston Jewish community and finding Passover events. Passover begins on Monday, April 14 this year.) If you're new to Houston, all of the possibilities might be a little overwhelming. Choosing the best way to celebrate Easter in Houston depends on…
  • Passover 2014 When You’re New to Houston

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    If you celebrate Passover, make your plans now: Passover 2014 begins on Monday, April 14. If you're new to Houston, we have plenty of resources for you to observe Passover.If you're new to Houston, and just getting to know the city, there's no better time than a holiday for meeting fellow Houstonians who share your faith and values. If you celebrate Passover, make your plans now: Passover 2014 begins on Monday, April 14, and continues through Tuesday, April 22. It's a wonderful time to meet the Houston Jewish community.   To find a celebration in your neighborhood,…
  • When Noise Complaints are About You

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    ​If you might be prone to being a noisy neighbor, we have some ideas to make your Houston apartment living experience a pleasant one for both you and your neighbors.Apartment dwellers are often amazed to find out how much sound carries through walls, floors, and ceilings. Even tenants who mean well and want to be good neighbors can get the occasional noise complaint. If you’ve heard noise complaints from your neighbors, landlord, or even the police—or if you want to take steps to make sure you never do—here are some tips to help you keep the peace, while still living your…
  • Vertical Gardening for Your Houston Apartment: Go Green This Spring

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    Learn about vertical gardening and how you can get your green thumb on in your Houston apartment this spring. Springtime is on its way! If you’re moving within Houston—or across the country—to a smaller space, this time of year may make you miss your garden. Moving to an apartment doesn’t mean you have to give up gardening if that’s what you love to do. It only means you’ll have a challenge and an opportunity to get more creative. We’ve already shared posts about the basics of balcony and patio gardening, and how to grow food in your Houston…
 
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  • Crisis in China's Property Market?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When the wealthiest industrialists and retailers start to sell off property at prices 30% less than those expected in 2013, you can be sure that there's trouble brewing in the real estate sector.  This is exactly what has happened in China during the first few months of 2014 amid speculation that the country's property bubble has burst in a big way.  Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province on April 23 and Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing has recently sold a landmark Beijing property, fuelling fears that China's property boom is over.
  • The UK Property Bubble - Myth or Reality?

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There appear to be two distinct camps of opinion when it comes to whether the UK is heading towards a property bubble.   Forecasters at Ernst and Young maintain that the property market's recovery is not debt-fuelled with predominantly cash purchases driving house prices upwards.  On the other hand, the Bank of England continue to fuel fears of a property bubble with negative reports about how people are stretching themselves to the limit by taking out larger and larger mortgages in order to afford rapidly increasing prices throughout the country. So what are the facts? …
  • The Global Contrast Between Serviced Apartment and Aparthotel Markets

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The serviced apartment sector, although present throughout the global accommodation markets, has different degrees of expansion and development, which are dependent on regional standardisations, the supply and demand dichotomy, and the legislation in place. However, regardless of the fragmented nature of the sector, "the global serviced apartment industry is continuing to mature, albeit at different rates in different places across the regions" writes Mark Harris from the Travel Intelligence Network inthe latest Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report (GSAIR) 2013-14. North America and…
  • Property Investment: The Rising Power of the Asian Investor

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Asian investors are slowly becoming one of the superpowers of the world property market. As the rest of the world suffered as a result of the financial crisis that struck property prices in the likes of the Middle East, Europe and North America, certain Asian economies such as China continued to grow, and it has left a growing number of people from these nations looking to get themselves a slice of the property market overseas. One of the major nations they have begun to move into has been the UK, with properties in London and further afield being seen as something as a safe haven for their…
  • Olympic Buildings - What's Happening to Them Now?

    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is currently much talk about the Olympic legacy, as the redevelopment of the area kicks into gear post-games. While much of the space will be used to create new communities, there was always a question about what would happen to the buildings specifically built for the event.  2 years on, it's a good time to take a look at how the purpose-built structures are being used to help support London as it grows.Olympic StadiumThe centre of summer activities in 2012, the Olympic Stadium will become the home of West Ham United Football Club from 2016. However, it will also be used for…
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  • 8 Ways to Make Your Move Eco-Friendly

    Ken Horst
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Those who love and care for nature always find a way to incorporate environmental-friendly measures into everything they do. Even when you’re done searching for your new home and planning your move, there are options available to make a good … Continue reading →
  • FHA Mortgages to Buy a Home Stop If Government Shuts Down

    Ken Horst
    30 Sep 2013 | 6:25 am
    As of this writing, the chances of averting a partial shutdown of the federal government are slim to none as members of House blamed the Senate, and members of the Senate blamed the House, for being unwilling to agree on … Continue reading →
  • 5 Tips for Saving Up a Down Payment to Buy a Home

    Ken Horst
    26 Sep 2013 | 8:15 am
    As home sales speed towards an apparent recovery and interest rates fluctuating, many first time home buyers feel like they need to get into the real estate market right now. Even as housing prices and interest rates rise, wages have … Continue reading →
  • 5 Tips for Selling a Home in Autumn

    Ken Horst
    24 Sep 2013 | 7:10 am
    No one ever thinks of autumn as a season for selling homes. Any season can be good for selling a home, though, even in places that have four seasons. People need homes for different reasons: They may want to buy … Continue reading →
  • 6 Ways Home Buyers Can See Past the Façade of Home Staging

    Ken Horst
    27 Aug 2013 | 7:09 am
    To draw home buyers, many home sellers use staging techniques or hire professional home stagers to make their house look it’s best and possibly fetch a higher price. The home is cleaned, rearranged and decorated to look like a house … Continue reading →
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  • Sea Cliff Takes the Lead as Priciest San Francisco Neighborhood

    Veronica Grecu
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    When it comes to expensive lifestyle and pricey neighborhoods, San Francisco seems to give New York’s steep prices a run for their money (pun intended). After all, it’s the fourth most expensive city in the U.S. and it’s located in one of the wealthiest regions in the world. So if you’re on a spending spree and looking to relocate to a posh area, which upscale San Francisco nabes should you be looking at? Well, here’s a list of the top 10 most expensive San Francisco neighborhoods in 2013: Neighborhood Median sale price 2013 Median sale price 2012 2013 vs 2012 1 Sea Cliff $3,115,000…
  • San Diego Zoning Map Shows What you Can Build and Where

    Georgiana Mihaila
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    What better way of telling what you can build and where to build it around San Diego than with a highly-detailed Zoning Map of the entire San Diego County? Freshly updated as part of a broader and more ambitious plan of boosting PropertyShark.com’s data & services offering for California (that included the addition of detailed property characteristics, recent sales data, superior ownership information, new tools and much more), the map will walk you through all of San Diego County’s zoning areas. Designed with developers, investors and potential homebuyers in mind, the map is a useful…
  • San Francisco Gentrification all Mapped Out: See Where Prices Went Up 51%

    Georgiana Mihaila
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    Driven by Silicon Valley’s booming tech sector, San Francisco’s rising rents have been holding headlines for the past months, claiming their spot among the nation’s highest rents. And while everyone else focused on how much rents had gone up, we thought we’d look at just how much median home prices have been soaring in the past 10 years, while also spotting the most dynamic neighborhoods in all of San Francisco. An in-depth analysis  revealed that the local real estate market has suffered significant changes throughout the past decade, with some neighborhoods taking the spotlight by…
  • Real Estate Agents: Why Use Branded Property Reports?

    Georgiana Mihaila
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:13 am
    In an increasingly competitive market, staying ahead of the game is not always an easy task; home buyers and sellers try to identify skilled professionals with a good grasp of the local market – but with so many resources at their immediate disposal, standing out from a pool of candidates might present itself as quite the challenge even for the most experienced agents. Here’s where PropertyShark branded reports step in to lend you a helping hand with your personal branding and advertising efforts! Branded report header How can branded property reports help you stand out? Place your…
  • Carroll Gardens, Chelsea – the Superstar NYC Nabes of 2013

    Balazs Szekely
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:09 am
    The past year has brought quite a lot of change to the crème de la crème of New York City’s housing market. Now, this could mean a lot of things, but reassuringly enough 2013 was mostly about progress in top-of-the-line NYC residential real estate. As the impact of the recession fades, it is slowly beginning to show which neighborhoods have the best chances to come through with flying colors. Speaking strictly in terms of median sale prices, here’s the list of the top ten priciest areas of New York City. #10 East Village Kicking off our list, East Village is clearly proving a point…
 
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  • The Environmental Impact of Freight Pallets

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Pallets were first designed around 1930s to help forklift drivers lift more stuff in one go. Ever since that, the industry has gone absolutely huge. It’s so big that there are organisations in the EU that work on regulation and standardisation of pallets. We go through a large number of pallets every year. For example, [...]
  • Thankful Wallets Due to the Sun

    admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
    If you are a large dog owner, you know how difficult it can be to contain your family friend. Using a hidden dog fence is one option that is often used for larger dogs, but what happens if there is a power failure and your fearless pooch is outdoors. Most times this is a recipe [...]
  • Eco-friendly Options for your Bathroom

    admin
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    The easiest way to install a bathroom is to just buy a suite, call a plumber and get it installed. However, many people now choose to go for a more refined eco-friendly trend. It’s not always easy because the mainstream bathroom suites are made of ceramics and there’s not much else you can use. Ceramics [...]
  • Consulting Engineers is Important for Sustainable New-builds

    admin
    20 Feb 2014 | 5:15 am
    Today, the mainstream concept for architects is all about sustainable resources. Planning and building regulations require buildings to be more energy efficient in order to protect the environment. Natural Ventilation is just one of the ways where buildings are becoming more eco-friendly. But in order to be used properly engineers need to be involved from [...]
  • Easy Steps to Find Property in the UK You’ve Always Dreamed About

    admin
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:49 am
    Anyone who has ever been faced with property search knows it can be a daunting task. Having a house in the UK is a dream for many people. The British love and value their houses, that’s why if British people are searching for a property whether for rent or for sale, it must be good [...]
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    HSH Associates Financial News Blog

  • Remodeling activity stays strong despite ’sluggish’ housing

    Marcie Geffner
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Spending for home remodeling is expected to post solid growth this year, though that momentum might begin to slow in the October, November and December timeframe, according to a statistical analysis known as the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA). The latest LIRA was released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Sluggishness in the housing market recovery and fewer home sales are expected to soften the growth in remodeling from double-digits through September to the high single-digits at…
  • Mortgage rates headed towards 2014 lows?

    Tim Manni
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    “By all rights mortgage rates should be rising by now,” wrote Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com, in the latest Market Trends newsletter, but thanks to an inconsistent economy here at home and a rocky situation in many countries abroad, mortgage rates continue to find more room to settle. “Each time there appears to be sufficient reason for rates to kick higher, something else comes along to press them back down.” Current mortgage rates hit three-week low Here are the latest mortgage rates from HSH.com: 30-year: The overall average rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages…
  • Economy is primary concern for pessimistic homebuyers

    Marcie Geffner
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    The U.S. housing recovery “continues to proceed in fits and starts.” That’s according to Doug Duncan, chief economist of Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C. “Rising mortgage rates and a lack of supply have dampened housing market momentum,” Duncan said in a statement. “However, we see several positive signs going into this year’s spring home buying season compared with last year.” Among those signs: consumers were less pessimistic about their personal finances and more optimistic about the housing market and their ability to get a mortgage, according…
  • Jobs help to firm mortgage rates

    Tim Manni
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    The long, cold winter that persisted in much of the U.S. seems to get the majority of the blame for the economy’s slow start to 2014. “The freshest economic indicators suggest that we are starting to move away from any weather-related holdback in growth, but it looks as though it will be more of a ’slipping away from’ than a ’shaking off’ process,” wrote Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH.com, in the latest Market Trends newsletter. A gradual trend of economic improvement should bring higher mortgage rates along with it. While mortgage rates remained at…
  • The top new-home amenities

    Marcie Geffner
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It comes down to: A walk-in closet in the master bedroom Low-e windows A laundry room A great room Those four amenities topped the list when a national trade group recently asked home builders to name the most popular features in new homes built this year. The survey, conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a building trade group in Washington, D.C., suggested that builders are focused on features that offer buyers convenience, livability and energy savings. Energy-Star-rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star-rated windows topped the list as features…
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  • Ravens’ Great Ray Lewis Sells Oceanfront Mansion

    Neal J. Leitereg
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Baltimore Ravens legend Ray Lewis is one property lighter after selling an oceanfront mansion in Florida. While he continues to shop his Baltimore home at a reduced price, the two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker has scored a sale in Highland Beach, FL. The Sun Sentinal reports that sale of Lewis’ Palm Beach County home closed on April 10 for $4.775 million—$445,000 less than what the perennial All-Pro paid for the mansion in 2004. Located on a 10,890-square-foot lot overlooking the water, the mansion features a whopping seven bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a palatial master suite with its own…
  • Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall to Lowest Level Since February

    Rachel Stults
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Fixed-rate mortgages dropped for the second consecutive week to the lowest levels since February, helping to increase affordability at the onset of the spring home-buying season. The average for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages dipped to 4.27%, down from 4.34% last week, according to the latest survey from mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. A year ago, the 30-year average was 3.41%. “Mortgage rates continued to ease this week as housing starts [PDF] rose 2.8% in March but not as much as expected,” Frank E. Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist, said in a statement. “Also,…
  • Joely Fisher Selling House in Sherman Oaks

    Neal J. Leitereg
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Joely Fisher isn’t waiting until death to part with her house in Southern California. The actress, best known for her work on the television sitcoms “’Til Death” and “Ellen,” has listed her charming home for sale in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sherman Oaks. The Los Angeles Times reports that Fisher is asking $3.5 million for the property, which last changed hands in 2007 for $3.5 million. Occupying a half acre just north of Fossil Ridge Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, Fisher’s home was built in 2006 and has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Interiors exude a bohemian…
  • Alex Rodriguez Turns Small Profit on Condo Flip

    Neal J. Leitereg
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Alex Rodriguez won’t be cashing any paychecks from the New York Yankees this year, but the embattled Major League Baseball superstar is still finding ways to get paid. The currently suspended slugger has turned a small profit after flipping a luxury unit at the Mei Condominiums building in Miami Beach. The Wall Street Journal reports the sale of the condo closed last week for $2.575 million, with Rodriguez’s sister, Sotheby’s International REALTOR® Arlene Susy Dunand, representing him in the deal. Rodriguez paid $2.1 million for the property last year and spent a considerable…
  • Realtor.com® Report: Higher Inventory a Welcome Sign for Spring Buyers

    Realtor.com Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The spring home buying season is off to a stronger start than at this time last year, with modest price increases and a spike in inventory, according to realtor.com’s National Housing Trend Report for March.  The number of properties for sale on realtor.com® in March rose 9.5% above March 2013 levels, to 1,841,844 units, according to the report. The median list price of $199,900 was 5.3% higher than in March of last year, and the median age of inventory increased 22.9% above the year-ago figures, to 102 days on the market, the report’s data showed. These figures suggest that the…
 
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  • Is Uphill the New Downhill?

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

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

  • Time Is Tricky, Trippy & Easy To Lose Track Of

    darin
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Time can get away from you, can’t it? And I’m not just talking about an hour here or there… Having a pint or glass of wine with friends. I’m talking about years and decades. The other night Kat and I went out for a little date night. There was music playing through the sound system […]
  • Creating A Productivity Environment – Productivity Nugget #250

    darin
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    How To Create A Productive Environment To Get Things Done Another Productivity Coaching video by Darin Persinger of ProductivityJunkies.com Maybe you have a deadline pressing down on you … your timelines are coming up… you really need to get a project done… Or you decide today is the day when you’re going to be more […]
  • Why You’re Not Actually Growing Your Business

    darin
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    If you’re spending too much time trying to figure it out (tools, tech, etc)… Then you’re not spending enough time actually growing your business. ProductivityJunkies.com
  • As A Realtor: Should You Focus On Seller Listings Or Buyer Leads?

    darin
    2 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Let’s pretend you are a business owner (that shouldn’t be hard). Let’s pretend that you own two businesses. Let’s pretend one of your busines is a fireworks store and another business is a costume store. Let’s pretend that it is October 1st. Which business would get more of your attention? More of your time? Which […]
  • 3 Tips On How To Become Ruthless With Your Time Management

    darin
    17 Feb 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Today, we’re talking about being ruthless with time management. It’s something that I strive for, especially as the Founder of a company called Productivity Junkies. And I’m told quite often that I am ruthless with my Time Management. For example, my podcast partner Jonathan Rivera says, “Well, from what I see of you, I think […]
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    Real Estate Commentary

  • Real Estate Investing

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Tricks to make it Big with Real Estate InvestingReal Estate Investing is one of the most attractive ways of making large amount of money in a short amount of time (if done correctly). Moreover, Real Estate Investing can be very stressful but if you make a mistake it can be very forgiving. When you see the rewards of your efforts it can be very satisfying and addicting. Real Estate Investing is really a skill and, like any skill, it takes time to master. The main objective is to buy low and sell high and make a profit after paying all the costs involved in the transaction. Back Porch of 167 NW…
  • Florida's Mortgage Components

    21 Jan 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The components that make up a Florida MortgageI was surprised to find out most people, who are home owners or my students, do not know what their mortgage consists of! Biggest financial transaction of your life and you can’t recall the interest rate that you are paying? As the sports analysts say – "C'Mon Man!"One of the questions I ask my Real Estate Mentoring Students or Clients, what are the three parts of a Florida Mortgage? Most say the mortgage and stop with blank stare? So today I am going to discuss the three parts that make up your Mortgage in Florida. They Are: Note Mortgage…
  • Florida Sun Shine Real Estate

    11 Jan 2014 | 6:22 am
    Selling Sun Shine Real Estate "Florida is where the Sun Shines" - you must have heard this many times. Moderate/warm climate (Yeah Baby!), famous beaches like: South Beach, Crandon Park-Key Biscayne, Coco Beach, Ft. Myers Beach and entertainment venues: Disney World, Epcot, Key West, Lighthouses, make Florida Real Estate very attractive. So that means Florida Real Estate or buying a house in Florida is really good for someone who wants to escape weather elsewhere in America and also add to his/her enjoyment through the Keys, Gulf Coast, Miami Beach and Orlando theme parks.Ft. Myers Beach,…
  • How To Find The Right Painter!

    21 Dec 2013 | 7:29 am
    A Real Estate Investor can quickly add value by painting the exterior of a distressed property. If you are like us, hate painting (long story), we hire someone.While painting to add value to the distressed property, dealing with contractors are going to be one of your biggest headaches. Last year over 3,000 complaints and lawsuits were filed against painting companies in South Florida. Remember, you get what you pay for!Below are questions you need to ask to protect yourself and guarantee the paint job is without unpleasant surprises!Before - When we Bought It!Here we go: INSURANCE Do they…
  • Wait List Opening for Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale #HACFL

    26 Sep 2013 | 5:54 am
    Section 8 #HACFL Opens their Wait List.The #HACFL is opening their Section 8 or Plan Ocho waiting list as it plans to have a lottery to add 1,000 names to its backlog for the rental-assistance vouchers, which are paid for by HUD.The application forms are only available via Sunday's Sun Sentinel and Thursday's Westside Gazette and Saturday's El Sentinel. The form copy is available at SunSentinel.com/Section8. The form has to be mailed in. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Written by
 
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    Merrimack Valley Real Estate- Essex and Northern Middlesex County

  • Annisquam MA Real Estate for Sale

    Massachusetts Realtor
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Annisquam MA a Gloucester Community Annisquam Massachusetts is a small waterfront community in Gloucester MA.  It is primarily a residential area with a few small businesses.  Annisquam is located on a small piece of land between the Annisquam River and the Ipswich Bay.   Annisquam typifies the rocky New England coast and stands for “top of the rock” in the Algonquin language.  The most notable part of Annisquam is the Annisquam Harbor Light, marking the eastern part of…
  • Price Change Andover MA Condominium

    Massachusetts Realtor
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 60 Washington Park, Unit 10, Andover MA 01810 Price change on this 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 670 square foot unit in Andover’s Washington Park.  Washington Park is a popular Andover MA choice because of it’s affordability and walking distance to downtown.  Well kept, 1st floor unit is being offered for $119,900. View the full detials of this affordable Washington Park Condominium in Andover MA Other Andover MA Condominiums for sale See all Real Estate and Homes for Sale in the…
  • Tewksbury MA Real Estate Update- March 2014

    Massachusetts Realtor
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Tewksbury, Massachusetts Real Estate Tewksbury is in a slight to moderate seller’s market.  Median house price on single family homes is up 7% from a year ago from $316,500 to $340,000.  Inventory is very low with only 30 single family home on the market vs 84 a year ago at the same time.  market times remain relatively unchanged up to 122 days on the market from 116 last year.   Homes on the Market in Tewksbury MA Price Range # of Listings Avg. Days on Market $200,000…
  • Dracut MA Real Estate Statistics March 2014

    Massachusetts Realtor
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Dracut MA Real Estate Statistics  for the March 2014 Dracut Real Estate has seen a 2.9% rise in median house price from March to March to $265,000.  There has been a 39% decrease in inventory from 91 units on the market a year ago to 55 units on the market at the end of March 2014.  Market times have decreased 29% from 135 to 96 days on the market.  Dracut MA Real Estate has seen an over all brightening of the real estate market.   Homes for Sale in Dracut MA Price Range # of…
  • Cape Ann Photographs

    Massachusetts Realtor
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Cape Ann Cape Ann is about 30 miles north of Boston.  The city of Gloucester and the towns of Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport and the northern most part of Beverly make up Cape Ann.  Tidal rivers, marshes and a rocky, scenic coastline, scattered with some of north Boston’s best beaches is a big draw to the Cape Ann area. Gloucester is a major commercial fishing port and is is the home of Gorton’s and similar companies.  There is a large downtown filled with shops…
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • March 2014 Austin Real Estate Mortgage Update

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I have clients ask me all the time, "What do you think will happen to interest rates this year?" It is sometimes a complex question to answer, but smarter people than me seem to be aligned in the answer that rates are heading up and to the right as we speak. This article was written by John Schutze, Senior Loan Officer at Supreme Lending. Please read it and take John's words to heart. What we have known about rates during the past few years seems to be coming to a screeching halt--don't let it catch you unaware. tT______________________________________ "A short comment by Janet Yellen, Chair…
  • Austin Real Estate Feb. 2014 YTD Market Update

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:18 pm
    This is not your father's real estate market. If you are in the market to buy or sell this spring--you should read this article. 1 in 4 homes that have sold this year have gone under contract in 4 days or less on the market. Many of these homes sold in less than 24 hours. As a Buyer's Agent and as a Listing Agent, I have witnessed the beginnings of a tornadic real estate season ahead. I have written 10 contract this year already, but I have written twice that many offers. Offers over list price and I have listed homes that have sold for well above the listing price already this year. I have…
  • SXSW Begins Today!

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:54 am
    It all starts today! SXSW officially takes control of the city today and celebrities live among us. If you are going downtown to partake, go early and expect delays. Take the train, for goodness sakes. Avoid the traffic and hassle of finding parking. And if you are not wanting to be a part of the crowds and scene of SXSW--avoid downtown on all sides. For those of you/us who can not avoid downtown because you are looking at houses this week, take emergency food, water and blankets--just in case!Tim Thornton, Realtor ®, Austin, Texas.
  • Why Is It So Hard To Find A Home In Austin Now?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    4 Mar 2014 | 9:07 am
    It's frustrating to buyers. Making offers. Full list price offers. Standing in line to see a house. Prices going up. It is a fast moving market right now and if you are not 100% in tuned with what is happening, you may miss the mark--more than once.So, here is the secret answer to the question: In times like these, it takes more than an experienced Realtor to hit the mark. It also takes a ready, willing and able buyer to make it happen. Ready to jump in the car and go see a house the day it hits the MLS. Willing to make an offer that day --immediately. Able to show the seller that you are…
  • How Fast is Austin Growing?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    17 Feb 2014 | 9:34 am
    While the numbers from source to source and year to year vary a little, there is no denying the fact that Austin Texas is growing and many sources over the past few years (including this year) put Austin in the top 3 major population cities in the nation--if not the number one position for growth. So, what are the numbers? For the sake of simplicity, there are more than 100 people per day moving to the Greater Austin area. This is incredible.100 people a day. Think how long it would take to fill every home in your neighborhood if every person moving to Austin moved to your community. Of…
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • Fun New App Helps Buyers Find The Perfect Home

    Mike Wheatley
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Doorsteps.com, operated by Move Inc., announced the launch of its first app for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows consumers to scan through homes for sale and give properties a thumbs up or thumbs down. The information is then used to help buyers become more aware of their home-shopping preferences. Doorsteps Swipe, a free app powered by realtor.com, allows potential home buyers to collect listings that appeal to them in one spot. The app allows users the option to browse active listings from realtor.com® in their surrounding area or to manually insert up to three areas. The app also…
  • States Selling Pot Legally Attract Renters In Their Droves

    Mike Wheatley
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Apparently, legalizing marijuana can do wonders for the rental market. While Washington, D.C., and New York City remain the top destinations for recent college grads, more renters are flocking to Colorado and Washington state — both of which made it legal to smoke pot starting Jan. 1. photo credit: louisa_catlover via photopin cc According to rental site Apartment Guide, searches for rental apartments in the dope-friendly states have seen a particular resurgence in the last five months. Properties listed in Colorado saw an increase of 26.27 percent in unique visitors between November 2013…
  • Top 10 Cities for Flipping Houses to Millennials

    Brian Kline
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    There’s a hot market developing with the potential to flip houses to the Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y). There is no absolute consensus of the exact age range for this generation but generally it is children born between 1982 and 2002. This constitutes about 82 million people that have completed or will soon complete high school to either enter the work force or go on to college. This is your next wave of first time buyers and they are different from previous generations of first time buyers. photo credit: Cle0patra via photopin cc The economic melt down saw many…
  • eXp Realty International Launches Reward Plan for Brokers + Agents

    Mike Wheatley
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Brokerage eXp Realty International Corp. announced that it is allowing its agents and brokers to become significant shareholders in the company. “The greatest asset that any real estate brokerage possesses is the group of agents and brokers who are a part of it,” says eXp Realty President Jason Gesing. “In our view, those agents and brokers should be owners.” The new initiative features several components. The company will issue 100 shares of stock to each agent and broker for their first transaction in 2014, retroactive to Jan. 1. It also says it will issue 1,000 shares to any agent…
  • Building Costs Rise Due To Lot Shortages

    Mike Wheatley
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Homebuilders who did not buy up land during the housing downturn are facing much higher costs today — and that may get passed on to home buyers. “Builders waited so long to buy land that, when the recovery happened, it was very strong and they got caught short,” Tobias Welo, a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, tells Reuters. The cost of land is nearly 22 percent of the final sales price of a new home, and 100 percent of that cost usually gets passed down to the buyer, the National Association of Home Builders has said in the past. Some builders used the housing downturn…
 
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • WTF? My Tenant Pretended To Be ME (The Landlord) And Sub-Let My House!

    Sam
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    Being a landlord means you have to put up with a lot of weird shit.  And you have to accept much of this weird shit as normal behaviour in the course of being a landlord. Fundamentally I think having tenants changes you as a person.  I think it’s called “Tenant-Hood”. But still, I have to admit the email I received recently did cause mild surprise to me – even on my Tenants-Do-The-Strangest–Things-Richter-Scale Here’s the email: Hi Sam. I believe you are the owner of the following property after doing a land registry search. XXX (address of property) My girlfriend has just…
  • 5 Pant-Wettingly Divine Auction Properties

    Sam
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    My jaw hit the floor when I saw these awesome properties going to auction.  And I found myself salivating…and incredibly lustful. Go ahead – drool and dream! The Boat House, Grand Bahama, Bahamas Previously Offered: $5,500,000. Now: Incentives starting at $2.65M including Hinckley Picnic Boat Auction: May 15, 2014 Details: 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half bathrooms. Sq. Ft: 9,727 on 0.59 acres. Les Jardins, 3808 Turtle Creek Drive, Dallas, Texas 75219 Previously Offered: $4,250,000. Now: Without Reserve Auction: April 24, 2014 Details: 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half bathrooms.
  • 6 Incredibly Cheap Ready-To-Go Buy-To-Let Bargains

    Sam
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    London and the South East may be experiencing astronomic growth with multiple buyers chasing single properties, but get out of the M25 and there are plenty of bargains to be had. Here are 6 incredibly cheap Buy-to-Lets soon to be sold under the hammer.  All are tenanted meaning you can hit the ground running and collect your rent from day one! 103 Laxey Crescent, Leigh, Lancashire, WN7 5HE With a guide of just £38k this three bedroom semi-detached property is around half the price of most other comparable houses on the market in this area.  It’s also one hell of a drop since it was…
  • 4 Problem Properties With Profit Potential?

    Sam
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Auctions offer a huge variety of properties for sale – but some of them can come with problems. Problematic properties offer an opportunity for you to fix the problems and potentially make a profit – but you always have to balance the risk to reward. If you’re looking for a challenge and want to try and make a few bucks, here are some properties which may have profit potential. But remember: Do thorough research before you bid.  Bridgend Farmhouse, Downton Road, Bridgend, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 2AX Guide: £280k (By order of the mortgagees in possession) This…
  • WOW. That Was One MEGA Awesome Book Launch Day!!!!

    Sam
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:16 am
    You know sometimes in life you build things up so much, that they cannot possibly meet with your expectations? I truly cannot believe what an incredibly special and awesome day my book launch was.  It exceeded every expectation I had ever had.  I felt truly honoured to be surrounded by so many family, friends and industry experts who I admire.  I am so grateful and happy for everybody’s support. It truly was the most awesome day. Words cannot express just how incredibly happy I am.  But I hope the photos show you The Book Signing at Savills Property Auction, Mayfair The Live Auction…
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    Latest Property Market News from PropertyGuru

  • RHB Research impressed by Penang's property scene

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    PropertyGuru.com.my: Analysts at RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd (RHB Research) plan to keep an eye on certain property players with projects in Penang, given the vibrant property scene there.According to analyst Loong Kok Wen, the research house’s positive view on the state was reinforced after a recent visit to Penang.She revealed that they were impressed by the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) hub spearheaded by the state government, the Penang Second Bridge infrastructure as well as the upcoming developments in Batu Kawan which involve some reputable regional companies.Loong noted…
  • Bumper year for the Penang construction, renovation industry

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    PropertyGuru.com.my: The volume of construction projects in the state this year is expected to grow between five and 10 percent from the RM6.59 billion recorded in 2013, according to the Penang Master Builders and Building Materials Dealers Association.Of this, RM2.56 billion worth of jobs are expected to come from projects announced by eight major developers and the government’s affordable housing schemes that were announced in late-2013, said the association’s President Datuk Lim Kai Seng.However, this amount excludes projects by other developers, as well as other infrastructure…
  • Tidal wave of residential supply

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    PropertyGuru.com.my: Malaysia is expected to be swamped with residential properties this year, in anticipation of a buying rush before the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) in April 2015, according to PropertyGuru, Asia’s leading property portal.Despite the central bank’s tougher mortgage rules, buyers will likely buy a house this year before they get too expensive due to the GST, said PropertyGuru’s Malaysia Country Manager Gerard Kho.As such, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) should implement measures to prevent panic in the market, which could negatively affect…
  • Property boost for Penang

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    PropertyGuru.com.my: The Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) Penang has said the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge, known as the second Penang bridge, will benefit the island's property market as well as narrowing the development gap between the mainland and the island.“The new bridge will generate positive spin-offs for the local property market, especially with more players looking for land on the mainland, which previously they were less confident about,” said Chairman Datuk Jerry Chan.The new bridge could also be the solution for people…
  • Developers snapping up land plots

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    PropertyGuru.com.my: Malaysian property developers have been snapping up land in anticipation of a resurgence in housing demand, despite a slowdown in the local property market.Am Research noted: “Developers are now taking advantage of the slowdown in residential transactions to rebuild their landbank portfolio as it would surely underpin net asset value growth from the accretion in value on the land, which is the key share price driver.”More importantly, the recent land acquisition by developers at increasingly higher prices is boosting market confidence.“For example, Mah…
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    Duke Long

  • CoStar sues “John Doe” CompStak Responds.

    dukelong
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Press Release. 4/17/2014 CompStak Files Emergency Motion to Protect Its Members Against Costar Group   Yesterday, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, CompStak, the nation’s largest independent database of commercial lease comparables, filed a motion asking the court to postpone and reconsider a discovery order directing CompStak to release the names of several of its members to CoStar Group.  CompStak’s motion is an effort to protect its members against meritless claims by CoStar Group, as noted in recent court filings and press releases.
  • Colliers 360. Data Analytics Dashboard. (Video)

    dukelong
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    - Solutions A fully-integrated analytics platform that provides complete coverage for clients’ Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management technology needs. - Team Collaboration. - Business Intelligence. - Workplace Management.  
  • 3 Essential Online Commercial Real Estate Tools.

    dukelong
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Recently I had the good fortune to be in “the city beautiful” Chicago for a meeting or two and a cup of (not in the #crejavaclub) hot chocolate. It may have been 50 something degrees that day but standing on the bridge to take the pic above my ass was still freezing. Spring in Chicago “like nothing else.” After my lunch meeting and before I had to get back for a friends pre-wedding surprise chicken wing get together thing I received an email from a local Chicago “business” person to (secretly) meet up. Now gender job title and all the other stuff is not…
  • JLL Cities Research Center. Incredible Free #CRE Data. (Video)

    dukelong
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    What a fantastic resource. JLL Cities Research Center. Watch the video. It will show and tell you the who what where and why. It’s worth your #CRE time.    
  • 10 Powerful Tips to Increase Fan Engagement on Facebook.

    dukelong
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Uh…wait a minute! Did I write that headline? Uh…..sorry I think that the headline is misleading………..or incorrect. I think what I meant to write was ……… 10 Powerful Tips to Increase Your Daily Narcissism on Facebook. Maybe it was 10 Powerful Tips to Increase Your Chances of Not Having A Meaningful Life on Facebook. Or 10 Powerful Tips to Increase Your Chances of Never Doing A Commercial Real Estate Deal on Facebook. My personal favorite 10 Powerful Tips To Increase Your Chances of Never Making A Meaningful Connection on Facebook. So, it’s…
 
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    edmontonrealestateinfo.com

  • Prepare for Bidding Wars and Higher Prices

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    So you want to buy a home in Edmonton in the next little while? Be prepared for higher prices, bidding wars and quick sales. You’ll also need to develop a great deal of patience, flexibility and at the same time … Continue reading → The post Prepare for Bidding Wars and Higher Prices appeared first on .
  • First Time Home Buyers Sometimes Trade Lifestyle for Budget

    admin
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The price of real estate in Edmonton is going up. That makes it even harder for first time buyers to get into the market. Those that do are more likely to exceed their budget to buy a home that suits … Continue reading → The post First Time Home Buyers Sometimes Trade Lifestyle for Budget appeared first on .
  • Some Grassroots Tips For The Investor

    admin
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:56 am
    Great!! You made the decision to invest in real estate. Now you are probably wondering where to begin. Before you can begin, let’s take a look at the options available for those seeking to invest in residential homes. If you … Continue reading → The post Some Grassroots Tips For The Investor appeared first on .
  • Loonie Creeping Downward – Bank of Canada Denies Responsibility

    admin
    13 Feb 2014 | 10:35 am
    Conspiracy theories are everywhere. David Parkinson who is a noted columnist with the Globe and Mail referred to a research paper that questioned the viability of the Canadian Dollar, at least as far as it being kept at parody with … Continue reading → The post Loonie Creeping Downward – Bank of Canada Denies Responsibility appeared first on .
  • The Skinny on Edmonton’s New Housing Venture

    admin
    16 Jan 2014 | 10:50 am
    Developers are accustomed to the idea of building up and out. So are the clients that buy those homes. But what happens when you subdivide a 50-foot lot into two spaces leaving you with twin parcels 25 feet wide? You … Continue reading → The post The Skinny on Edmonton’s New Housing Venture appeared first on .
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    EMA Blog

  • What QM Means for Lenders

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    Last January, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set forth new rules and regulations that impact both borrowers and lenders. One part of the statute that is of special interest is the definition of Qualified Mortgages. These would be more difficult for consumers to challenge later on with regard to ability to repay rules. The Basics The new rules place responsibility in the hands of mortgage lenders when it comes to determining that a borrower is indeed able to pay back their loan. According to CFPB director Richard Cordray, 2 million households across the country are still at high risk…
  • Ability to Repay Rule – The Good and The Bad

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:11 am
    New mortgage rules went into effect earlier this year, aiming to simplify the approach to mortgage lending. At the same time, this “back to basics” alignment was done with additional goals of reducing the risk of defaults and foreclosures from borrowers. The new rules were developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and director Richard Cordray says “No debt traps. No surprises. No runarounds.” The new rules put a lot of pressure and responsibility on mortgage lenders, which is why it’s so critical that lenders across the board understand how to comply. Implementing…
  • What Is A Jumbo Loan

    admin
    3 Feb 2014 | 1:27 am
    If the house of your dreams doesn’t fit in with standard sizes or costs, you might need to consider a jumbo loan. This term is defined as a loan that goes beyond the conforming loan limits established by the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In the majority of locations across the country, the conforming limit is $417,000 for a mortgage, but it is increased up to $625,500 in areas where the costs are higher. Out of the 3,300 counties located in the country, only 100 or so are eligible for this increased limit. Homes For Jumbo Loans Bigger single family homes are…
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Set Conforming Loan Size Limits for 2014

    admin
    27 Jan 2014 | 1:29 am
    The government sponsored enterprises of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have established the conforming loan limits for 2014. There are no major changes to these levels, which haven’t been altered in the previous nine years. The goal of the current limits has been to allow homeowners and buyers to have access to as many government-backed affordable home loans as possible. The loan limits remain effective immediately and are applicable to all conventional mortgages in the country. The most important thing to note is that there are not major changes for these loan limits in the upcoming year. Loan…
  • Qualified Mortgage (QM) Rule

    admin
    14 Jan 2014 | 2:57 am
    New rules will be coming into effect for the Qualified Mortgage stipulations starting in early 2014. Let’s review some of the most important facets of these new rules to get you up to date. What’s A Qualified Mortgage? A qualified mortgage came about under the Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed in 2010. This rule creates new categories of mortgages that puts into place minimum underwriting requirements for the majority of home loans. These minimum underwriting standards are referred to as the requirement on ability to be paid. In order to qualify for one of these loans, an individual must…
 
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    All Calgary Real Estate

  • Calgary & Edmonton Insurance Broker Is Setting The Standard…

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Whether you are needing an Edmonton insurance broker or Calgary insurance broker, Sharp Insurance is setting the standard for brokers in Western Canada.  They are taking the old, traditional insurance industry and making it fresh, innovative, and exciting.  There’s no question that the verdict is in and customers are demanding a new approach to insurance that makes it easier for them. Looking for the best Edmonton car insurance rates? No problem… Sharp has you covered!  Or maybe you are looking for the best Calgary car insurance rates?  Again, no problem… Sharp has you…
  • Plaint Builders- The Best Garage Builders

    admin
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:39 am
    Looking for professional garage builders?  Relax we got you covered… Since 2008, Plaint Builders have being designing and constructing high quality garages for clients from across the globe. The large clientele that they have managed to establish since their inception is clear proof that they deliver on their promises. Let us look at some aspects that place them miles ahead of their competition. Professionalism: All their personnel are highly qualified and determined to ensure that they meet each client’s specific needs and preferences. They will not only build your garage but also…
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Guest Blog: Open Letter to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

    Chris
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Charles H. Green, Managing Director of the Small Business Finance Institute and regular contributor to the Coleman Report, has penned an open letter in response to comments from Jeff Sessions, Republican Senator from Alabama, that appeared in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article yesterday. I happen to think Charles’s stance is right on the money and I’ve received his permission to feature his letter here as a guest blog (our first ever, I might add). After you read what he has to say and the article from Bloomberg BusinessWeek (here), I’d really like to know your thoughts. Leave…
  • Small Business Commercial Finance Update for April 2014

    Chris
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    I haven’t posted an update like this in a couple months because we’ve been so busy closing commercial loans like the one you’ll read about in this April 2014 Commercial Finance Update. It was a $12 million project to fund the purchase of a 428,867 square foot industrial facility in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and our client only had to put down 10% of the total project cost (keep reading for more details). Also, the 20-year fixed rate on our loan program has dropped to 5.18%, and you’ll see what that means in terms of monthly payments in the Structure & Rate section. Without any…
  • SBA 504 Loans At Your Fingertips

    Chris
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    We’re thrilled to announce something HUGE today. Ever since I got my first iPhone, I’ve wanted to make use of touchscreen technology in the small business lending industry. With the recent proliferation of biometric technology and the opportunity to work with the NSA (can’t divulge many details), we’ve been able to develop a loan application that requires only a thumbprint. The following press release is being distributed with all the details, and you can experience it for yourself at www.504touch.com.  SBA 504 LOANS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Mercantile Capital Corporation…
  • An Open Letter to Maria Contreras-Sweet

    Chris
    24 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Last July, speculation swirled about who the next SBA Administrator might be. It had been five months since Karen Mills announced that she would step down, and we were all starting to wonder about the future of the post and the agency. I joined the conversation, though not to guess who the nominee might be — instead I put forth a list of qualities the next SBA Administrator should possess and embody. Now that President Obama has nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet, I have a few suggestions for her to consider. My latest blog for The Huffington Post is an open letter to Ms. Contreras-Sweet.
  • 2013 By the Numbers

    Chris
    20 Jan 2014 | 6:09 am
    I’ll be perfectly honest with you: last year was full of uncertainty, surprises, frustrations, victories, and defeats. I knew at the outset that 2013 would be a rather “interesting” year for Mercantile and the SBA 504 lending industry in general. There was good news and bad news regarding supply and demand. More business owners sought SBA financing, but the expiration of the 504 refinance program left a gaping hole in the range of services we could provide for them. I predicted that SBA 504 loan volume would be down by 30% industry-wide, and I was nearly right — I read just the other…
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    ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog

  • The Right Place to Find Home Buyers

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    Peter Fiore knew he wanted to sell his home on his own for one simple reason: He knew he could find a buyer. Fiore says he didn't even bother to list his Manhattan apartment on his local Multiple Listing Service (MLS). "That's how confident I was," says Fiore. "And I didn't want to have my place used as leverage so someone else could get a better deal on another apartment in my building or something up the street."Fiore felt like he knew what would sell his residence better than anyone. "I lived there for 14 years," says the 48-year-old marketing consultant. "I know what kind of people live…
  • Top U.S. Real Estate Markets: Boston

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Boston is the ninth city featured in our series that takes a look at the top U.S. real estate markets from a new angle. How were the cities chosen? Using three criteria: the size of the buyer population, the number of homeowners and the average number of days houses are on the market. Boston's Housing Shortage Puts Home Sellers in an Advantageous PositionA strikingly low inventory of homes for sale in Boston continues to drive area home prices up at a record pace. The inventory of single-family homes was down more than 20 percent in January 2014 from a year earlier. This low supply, coupled…
  • Selling a Home FSBO Today vs. a Year Ago

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    It's spring, and compared to this time last year, everything's coming up roses for sellers who choose to go the for sale by owner (FSBO) route.Despite some concern about fluctuation in mortgage rates, economic activity indicators are lining up for a surge of real estate activity. "Growth is expected to pick up in the second quarter and build throughout the summer, firming to approximately 2.7 percent for all of 2014," reports Pete Bakel of Fannie Mae, a government-controlled company that helps provide money for the U.S. housing market.Bakel adds, "The return of weather to seasonal norms…
  • Green Home Improvements Take Root with the Right Buyer

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Tammy Young says she spent at least five years and more than $25,000 making her house as environmentally friendly as possible. "Before I bought the house, I spent a few years traveling overseas for my job and was always horrified at the way Americans wasted so much of our resources," Young says. "I vowed that I would do everything I could to live as resourcefully as possible when I returned for good to the States."When it was time to sell her home, Young says she soon learned that the environmental add-ons were part of a filtering process for prospective buyers. "You know what kind of people…
  • Set a Selling Season Plan of Action

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    This 3-bed home is listed on ForSaleByOwner.com.Spring brings many things: tax time, Earth Day and home-selling season among them. Here's how to get the most out of a spring home sale. 1. Capitalize on Tax Time: While buyers will be eager to put their tax returns towards a down payment, you might be doing some home repairs and improvements. Save those Home Depot receipts! Your costs may be tax deductible.2. Go Green to Get Green: It's spring cleaning time. Recycling or donating items you no longer need makes sense for the planet and could also help come tax time, too. Make every day…
 
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  • Installing Corrugated Roofing Materials

    northochousingnews
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    There are many kinds of roofing materials available from metal, to pvc or even typical shingles. You’ve made your choice and have done your research and purchased your corrugated roofing materials at your local hardware store, or perhaps even from OFIC North America, so here are some easy installation tips to ensure you roof is ready for that next rain storm. *Disclaimer* this is just a guide. Measure your roof, or the old roofing materials you are replacing. Measure and mark the new corrugated roofing materials. (make sure to leave enough room for overlapping) Using a circular saw or a jig…
  • Remodeling a Kitchen: The Real Improvement

    northochousingnews
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    This year with my tax refund, I decided to remodel the entire kitchen of my home in Alexandria, VA. My wife and I have spent a great deal of time designing and planning out the kitchen of our dreams, as its one of the most rewarding things to have from the experiences I’ve had in the past.  We’ve selected new appliances, added technology wherever possible, had tile flooring installed in place of the existing vinyl flooring that was once there, a brand new range – and a very, very fancy refrigerator (it talks to us!).  All of these things have made quite a significant impact on the…
  • Drywall Repairs – Major Damage

    northochousingnews
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    There’s a pretty good chance that every one of us will one day encounter some damage to our homes walls, and we are more than likely going to want to repair it.  Repairing damage to drywall is easy to do, however it requires patience, effort, and skill in order to do it right – and learning how to do is a simple task so long as you adequately prepare and take your time as you go through the process.  The first thing you should do, is figure out how bad the damage is and what that means for the repair you are about to carry out. Is the damage patchable? Chances are the damage to your…
  • Top Fence Building Materials

    northochousingnews
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    If you are looking into different residential fencing options, there are several materials out there you might want to consider. With years of fence building experience I have used them all, there are some important differences you should be aware of before you make your final decision and build your dream fence. One you have decided which makes the most sense in your yard visit the official website of Fencing Pro and they will install you’re a beautiful fence. Wood – this is the classic choice and a popular one too, however there are many different types of woods used to build fences…
  • I Found a Good Plumber, and So Can You

    northochousingnews
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The one thing I wasn’t expecting to have to do this past week was find an plumber to repair a damaged fixture in my Manchester, NH home.  As a matter of fact, I had just recently replaced the fixture not even 3 months ago – which is the real reason why I found myself on a hunt to find plumbing services that wouldn’t break shortly after paying for them.  Here is some of the information I followed to make sure that the next plumber I called was one that didn’t rip me off. Researching Reputation This is by far the most important aspect when looking for a plumber that is going to make…
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    Underwritings Blog

  • The Government Wants To Know More About Your Mortgage Loan

    Courtney Watson
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    You might be surprised at how much information the federal government collects whenever you apply for a new mortgage loan. The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act — which became law in 1975 — requires lenders to provide the federal government such information as the credit scores, races and ages of their mortgage borrowers. And lenders might soon be required to provide even more information on those who apply for mortgage loans if the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gets its way. According to a recent news release , the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants mortgage lenders to…
  • Norfolk Mortgage Rates and Real Estate Overview

    Patrick Merryman
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
      Founded in 1682 about 50 miles downriver from the first British colony in North America, Norfolk, Va., is one of America’s oldest cities but you wouldn’t necessarily know it. The city has a modern vibe thanks to its revitalized waterfront and 20th century suburbs. The city in the 1960s and 1970s underwent a period of transition when large sections of the population were drawn away from the downtown Granby Street area into the surrounding areas. More recently, the city has undergone an urban revival. Large high-rise apartment buildings now accommodate residents along the city’s…
  • Staying on Budget When Buying a House

    Jennifer Esposito
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    After years of improving your personal finances you might feel that now’s the right time to buy a home. However, before you can start bidding on houses, you need to decide how much to spend on a property. A mortgage pre-approval is the next logical step. A lender will pull your credit report and review your income; and based on this information, determine what you can afford to spend on a house. Although pre-approvals can accurately estimate affordability, there’s always a chance that a lender will pre-approve you for more than you can realistically afford to spend each month.   The…
  • Durham Mortgage Rates and Real Estate Overview

    Patrick Merryman
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Durham owes much of its history to tobacco. Through the second half of the 19th Century, the Duke family grew from a single farm into the American Tobacco monopoly, which controlled 90% of all cigarette production in the United States. The Duke family donated money to establish Trinity College, which in 1924 was renamed Duke University. Though the last cigarette “rolled” out of Durham in 2000, Durham did not miss a beat in redeveloping itself. Many of the old tobacco factory and warehouse structures have been converted into housing, retail stores, restaurants and office buildings.  Even…
  • Four Things Real Estate Agents Wish Buyer’s Knew

    Patrick Merryman
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    There is no rule that says you need a realtor when buying or selling a house; but given their expertise, it helps to have a professional by your side. Real estate agents have the tools and resources to get properties sold, plus they can help negotiate your contract. However, the home buying or selling experience is only as smooth as you make it. And if you enter this stage with the wrong attitude or false expectations, you might be disappointed. Most agents are happy to offer helpful advice and guide you through the process from start to finish — the more you know, the less stressful the…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Habitat For Humanity ReStore and Artisan Custom Closets

    Ben Heisler
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Welcome to this week’s episode of the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast! This week, we are excited to speak with Stacie Stamper, head of donations at the Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Teresa Safranek of Artisan Custom Closets. Stacie tells us all about how she went from being a full-time interior designer to being [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: SEREI.net and Edifice Inspections

    Ben Heisler
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    We’re excited to have a pair of very special housing experts on the award-winning Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio Show: Dana Danvers, a sales analyst for SouthEast Real Estate Investments and Bill Garwood, home inspector for Edifice Inspections. As a sales analyst and valuator for SouthEast Real Estate Investments, Dana is drawn to the data of [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: The Atlantic and M. Cary & Daughters Plumbing

    Ben Heisler
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    This week on the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show we are excited to share information on one of downtown Atlanta’s newest condominium communities, The Atlantic, and to chat with Melissa Cary of M. Cary & Daughters Plumbing, one of Atlanta’s most well-known experts in plumbing for historic homes. Our first guest is Yaakov Litvin, property [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Harry Norman, Realtors and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

    Ben Heisler
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:56 am
    This week on the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show, we are excited to have on Mike Wright, broker for the intown office of Atlanta-based Harry Norman, Realtors and Brian Hill with the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. It’s a great episode focused on intown living and lifestyle, and it’s a fabulous way to launch into spring! Our [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Spring Atlanta Home Show and Built to Honor

    Ben Heisler
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    This week, we are excited to have Julie Herron Carson, the head of one of this weekend’s most exciting events for homeowners, the Spring Atlanta Home Show, on the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show. Also joining us this week is Stephen Haines from Pulte Homes’ Built to Honor program, one of the Atlanta real [...]
 
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    My Moving Reviews

  • 9 Simple Tips to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

    Pamela Smith
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Here you are already at your new home. After moving to your new house or apartment, you’ve set up the utilities, done the unpacking and the cleaning but your place doesn’t feel quote like your home yet. Whether you are going to college, moving in with your partner and kids, moving out on your own, […]
  • Finding A New Doctor After Moving

    Joshua Green
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Congratulations on your successful relocation. And now that you’ve settled in your new home and the memories of your moving experience begin to quickly fade away, it’s time to get your life back on track. From hunting for a new job (if you don’t already have one) to walking around your neighborhood in search of […]
  • How to file a Lawsuit against Movers in Small Claims Court

    Manuella Irwin
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Small claims court procedures are said to be simple and inexpensive, and you do not need a lawyer to file your claim. You may read that in a lot of small claims related guides and handbooks, but don’t take it at face value. If you choose not to be represented by an attorney, the judge […]
  • Treat Your Moving Crew The Way You Want To Be Treated

    Joshua Green
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Have you ever tried, be it even for a few seconds, to put yourself in your movers’ shoes? Moving is usually a stressful and chaotic event where hundreds of small details need to be taken care of one by one. There is no doubt that good organization, smart planning and mental preparation are essential for […]
  • All You Need to Know About Living in a Dorm Vs Apartment or Your Home

    Pamela Smith
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    What’s it like living in a dorm vs apartment or your home? As the time comes for you to go to college the opportunity to go out and live on your own comes too. Before deciding what to do, you better do some comparison between these options. Here below we will discuss the main aspects […]
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    Nashville TN Realtors, Real Estate Listings, & Homes For Sale

  • Common Home Seller Mistakes in The Nashville Tennessee Market (Part 2)

    montemohr@yahoo.com
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:43 am
    Previously, we had started a two-part list outlining the biggest mistakes commonly made by people who are trying to sell their homes. Let’s run back through the first 4 mistakes that we discussed in Part 1: 1. Not Hiring a Successful, Experienced Real Estate Professional This cannot be overstated. If you use the We Sell Homes 4 Free program with The Mohr Group it costs you nothing to make sure you have a professional in your corner; it will cost you thousands if you don’t! 2. Procrastinating About Getting Your Home on the Market – Now is the Time! Inventory is low, so don’t wait until…
  • The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Selling Their Home (Part 1)

    montemohr@yahoo.com
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    Today we’re going to talk about the mistakes people make when marketing their home.  Below are the most common blunders made by home sellers, as well as some great advice on how to avoid making the same errors. Mistake #1:  Not Hiring a Successful, Experienced Real Estate Professional The importance of getting the right tour guide cannot be overstated. So many times people just end up hiring the piano teacher at their church or wherever, to help them out, but you’d never do that if you were going to have your heart operated on; you’d never walk into a hospital and say, “Hi, who here…
  • Spring Hill Tennessee House for Sale Sold for Free (Spring Hill, TN Area Case Study 72)

    montemohr@yahoo.com
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:18 am
     And we just sold our home in Franklin with The Monte Mohr Group. The way we came to know Monte is I saw his ad on one of the local news T.V. stations. At the time, wewere remodeling our home, and I placed that information in a drawer. And, after the completion of the remodeling and the home sales rebounding, I pulled that out and gave Monte a call. He came out, looked at our home, we decided on a price; he said he could sell our home probably within two weeks. At that time, I was a little skeptical. It was the end of August and school had already started; however, we had an offer on our…
  • Relocating to the Nashville Tennessee Area (Relocation Real Estate Case Study 4)

    montemohr@yahoo.com
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    Relocating to the Nashville Tennessee Area (Relocation Real Estate Case Study 4) I purchased my home through The Mohr Group during a relocation to the Nashville area from Birmingham. Really just stumbled by them in the relocating process, quite by accident. Monte was listing this house in Franklin right outside of Nashville, and then I ended up working with their great Buyer’s Agent, Amanda, and just was extremely responsive to any phone calls, messages, which is one of the big things that I really value when I’m working with somebody in real estate. And, just really made the process as…
  • Avoid the 5 Most Common Home Buyer Mistakes

    montemohr@yahoo.com
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:53 am
    Jennifer from Nashville sent in the following wonderful question… “I’ll be graduating from Belmont soon and want to buy my first home and I’m a little scared of what to do next. My mother said she saw you on Channel 4 discussing the most common mistakes people make when buying. Please share those mistakes with me so I don’t repeat them!” I wish everyone would ask that question. I can’t overstate that the #1 thing to do when you’re buying a home, is to do your homework.  You would never walk into a hospital, raise your hand and say, “Who’s here that can work on my…
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    Colordarcy Blog

  • A Picture Paints A Thousand Words

    Artur Vogt
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Symbol Istanbul is an iconic, award winning development, in one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Istanbul. With a 14% rental guarantee over two years, hassle free management and prices starting from £28,500, this is one that should not be missed. Here are a few more reasons why Symbol Istanbul is doing so well.   Location – The Metrobus Effect Symbol Istanbul is located in the fast growing Esenyurt region. Just a few years back, it would have taken someone living in Esenyurt around 2 hours to get to the centre of Istanbul, where the majority of people work – you can…
  • UK Student Property Investment Guide

    Artur Vogt
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:58 am
    Why invest in student properties? The answer is simple – the returns are guaranteed. There is huge demand for purpose-built student accommodation in the UK because there is a national shortage. The number of local and international students is also increasing rapidly. Most people need a degree to have a chance of getting a job in the 21st century. Student property in the UK is all about high rental yields. You can count on 100% occupancy rates and 1-year or longer tenancies – this means no void periods and stable profit from day one. Investors can invest remotely and enjoy the…
  • Is Owning A Rental Property Worth It?

    Brett Tudor
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:32 am
    One of the best decisions I ever made was to invest in a rental property. When I started out, I bought a property that was nothing to write home about and I ended up sleeping on the floor. I worked very hard to make the house look presentable enough for tenants to want to move in. A lot of people will make you question the wisdom of property investment. There are times when might question it yourself in the early years. I learned an important lesson from that first rental property. Everything comes down to cash flow. All the wealth you get from owning property comes from cash flow.  Without…
  • Brazil Property Investment Guide

    Artur Vogt
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    Behind the sun, sea and samba dancing, is a country that can now be counted among the giants of world economic powers. With the World Cup arriving this year, followed by the Olympics in 2016 and major off-shore oil discoveries, has there ever been a better time to invest in Brazil? If you are an investor who has any concerns about heading for South America, let us calm those fears with this perspective on where Brazil is now and where we think it will be in the future. Read our free, 68-page Brazil Property Investment Guide and learn about: What Makes Brazil So Special? Economic Snapshot…
  • Florida Guide – Everything You Need To Know About Investing In Florida

    Artur Vogt
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    Florida Property Investment Guide Have you ever wondered why Florida is such a popular destination among investors? What makes the Sunshine State so attractive? Maybe you’re after detailed information about running costs, management fees and what locations offer the best returns? Perhaps you would like to learn about the things that can go wrong and how to avoid them? Download our free, 54-page guide and maximise the chances of making a safe and profitable investment. No need to sign up or fill up forms, simply click the download link below and enjoy. You will learn every aspect of…
 
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    Sydney Server Real Estate

  • In May, some flood policy costs revert to 2013 levels

    Florida Realtors® News
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    WASHINGTON – April 15, 2014 – David L. Miller, associate administrator with the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, part of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), released a memorandum with guidelines for insurance companies that sell flood insurance on behalf of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The guidelines – called “Phase I Implementation of the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014″ – generally roll back the cost of flood insurance policies for most homeowners and buyers to the level charged before October 2013…
  • Prediction: 50% of buyers in 2020 will be Hispanic

    Florida Realtors® News
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    MIAMI – April 15, 2014 – Hispanics lead the growth of U.S. owner households, and many more are credit-ready to buy now if homes were available, according to the 2013 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report published by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). The complete 2013 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report is available online. “This is a story of pent-up demand,” says Jason Madiedo, president of NAHREP. “Latinos are ready to buy homes now. Their biggest obstacle coming into today’s market isn’t credit – it’s…
  • Most force-placed insurance following new rules

    Florida Realtors® News
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April 14, 2014 – The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FOIR) has issued a Consent Order to Praetorian Insurance Company, Florida’s second largest lender-placed insurance (LPI) provider, requiring the modification of its business practices related to property insurance policies that lenders apply to homeowners whose private insurance has lapsed. American Security Insurance Company, Florida’s largest lender-placed insurer, already follows similar rules following a Consent Order issued in October 2013. FOIR says the new requirements will now impact more…
  • Mortgage availability hits 3-year high

    Florida Realtors® News
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    WASHINGTON – April 14, 2014 – Access to mortgage credit is at its highest level in at least three years, and credit standards are expected to loosen even more this year, according to a newly released index by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). MBA’s index, which tracks mortgage credit availability, shows that in March the gauge rose to 114 – the highest reading in the gauge’s three-year history. “I don’t think there’s any question that mortgage underwriting has gotten easier or is looser than it was two or three years ago, but it’s nowhere near…
  • Foreclosed owners could buy home again in 12 months

    Florida Realtors® News
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Home Getting Started Tools and Support News and Events Legal Center Legislative Center Education Get Connected About Florida Realtors Governance Research & Statistics Video Library What’s this?remove Sign in to use the “My Favorites” feature. Connect with us on: Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Subscribe to Florida Realtors®YouTube Channel
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    Calgary Real Estate Blog

  • Calgary Real Estate February 2014 Monthly Housing Stats

    Crystal Tost
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    Sales growth for the city of Calgary slowed down a bit for the month of February when compared to the previous month, which saw double digit gains. Nonetheless, February still saw an 8.68 percent increase when compared to February 2013. In all, 1,854 units were sold during that time period. Single-family sales still totaled 1,230 units during that period, representing a 1.9 percent increase when compared to the previous year. Overall all, the demand growth within the single-family sector has been restricted due to a reduction in inventory. This reduction in listings can be traced back to…
  • Calgary Real Estate January 2014 Monthly Housing Statistics

    Crystal Tost
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:18 pm
    With sales for the city of Calgary totaling 1,440 units, which represents a 17 percent increase when compared to 2013 figures, sales in January 2014 were the highest they have been since 2008 . These figures represent a continuing trend that started in the later portion of 2013 in which sales continue to grow at a double digit pace.  In terms of condominium apartment and townhouse sales, a total of 466 units were sold in January 2014. This represents a 33 percent increase when compared to January of the previous year. While the single-family sector also saw an increase with 974 homes…
  • Calgary Real Estate December 2013 Monthly Housing Statistics

    Crystal Tost
    2 Jan 2014 | 11:52 am
    After enjoying an 8 percent year-over-year increase in sales volume in December, the city of Calgary closed out the year with an overall growth of  11 percent in sales volume. These figures, which pushed far above the long-term trends, exceeded the expectations for 2013.  Calgary's growth in sales can be attributed to many factors. These include the fact that the city has enjoyed two consecutive years of increased levels of net migration. The city has also continued to experience an improved job outlook while buyers are feeling more confidence in the long-term stability of the…
  • Calgary Real Estate November 2013 Monthly Housing Statistics

    Crystal Tost
    5 Dec 2013 | 1:32 pm
    Residential sales in Calgary increased by 19 percent in November when compared to the previous year, reaching a total of 1,730 for the month. With another strong month of activity in the record books, this brings the city’s year-to-date sales to a total of 22,322. These figures are 11 percent higher than the long-term trends.  Several factors appear to be motivating people to buy within the Calgary housing market. One major factor appears to be the fact that many first-time homebuyers are trying to purchase property before prices increase further. They are also trying to purchase…
  • SW Calgary Private Schools

    Crystal Tost
    2 Dec 2013 | 10:11 am
    One of the reasons why Calgary is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada is due to the economic opportunity that is presently driving the city in an extremely positive direction financially, which in turn improves amenities in the city, as well as institutions such as private schools. Home to some of the most prestigious and reputable private schools in the city, the area of SW Calgary has a variety of options for parents looking to enrol their children in a rewarding educational environment that they can feel proud to be a part of. Are you looking for Southwest Calgary private schools?
 
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    Isle Of Man Property For Sale

  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    The latest property sales recorded at the General Registry. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1gD376O
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    Simon Costain
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    The following applications have been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure for consideration. via Isle of Man Today - Planning Applications Feed http://ift.tt/1kAmfJO
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    Simon Costain
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    The latest property sales recorded at the General Registry. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1etpwCJ
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    11 Mar 2014 | 3:32 am
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  • Ballacallin Offered For Sale On Black Grace Cowley Website

    Simon Costain
    15 Feb 2014 | 5:13 am
    Black Grace Cowley website: http://www.blackgracecowley.com/details/24742494https://plus.google.com/113761086245153233413?rel=author
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    Frederick Real Estate Online

  • Recent Homes Sold in the City of Frederick

    Karen Highland
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Homes Sold Recently in the City of Frederick Maryland: The previous 12 months: Recent Homes Sold in the City of Frederick Homes Recently Sold in the City of Frederick: Contact the Highland Group for our Seller’s Marketing Plan for your Frederick Home: Tell Me About Your Sellers Marketing Plan High Tech/Real Touch Marketing Plan NameAddressEmailPhone Click To see homes for sale in Historic Frederick The post Recent Homes Sold in the City of Frederick appeared first on Frederick Real Estate Online.
  • Mobile Apps for Home Buyers

    Karen Highland
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Four (or 24) Mobile Apps For Home Buyers Technology keeps making our lives easier (as long as it’s working:) and never more true than in the search for a new home. Mobile apps are appearing on the market every day that help buyers find what they want and need in their search. Here are a few mobile apps for home buyers that you might want to check out:  Mortgage Calculator – It’s a great tool to have when you’re driving by and see what could possibly be your dream home and wonder if you can afford it. Plugging in the numbers on the spot will help you decide if you should just…
  • Recent Homes Sold in Holly Hills

    Karen Highland
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Holly Hills Real Estate Holly Hills is conveniently located in southern Frederick County off Interstate 70, minutes from downtown Frederick. With beautiful views of the Catoctin Mountains, golfers enjoy the beautiful 18-hole golf course, the private country club and the many community amenities. Recent Homes Sold in Holly Hills Homes sold via Slide Show: Contact Chris Highland to ask about our High Tech/High Touch Seller’s Marketing Package to sell your Holly Hills home: Tell Me About Your Sellers Marketing Plan High Tech/Real Touch Marketing Plan NameAddressEmailPhone The post Recent…
  • Assumable Loans Have Future Value

    Karen Highland
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Assumable Loans Have Future Value Although FHA fees have gone up and VA funding fees have increased, these loans have built-in value that many buyers wouldn’t naturally think about… they are assumable. A few years from now, homeowners who have purchased with an FHA or VA loan may be at an advantage for having born those extra expenses. What is an Assumable Loan? An assumable mortgage allows a buyer to assume the rate, repayment period, current principal balance and other terms of the seller’s existing mortgage rather than obtain a brand-new mortgage, as long as the lender approves…
  • Recent Homes Sold in Dearbought

    Karen Highland
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Homes Recently Sold in Dearbought Dearbought is a planned community in northeast Frederick, in the 21701 Zip Code. Dearbought neighborhood has single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. Bordered on the south by the Monocacy River, the neighborhood has lovely green areas with walking paths and views of nature. The community has tennis courts, a pool, several playgrounds and a sports field. Nearby shopping and commuter routes for convenience, and minutes from downtown Frederick. Recent residential sales in Dearbought: Recent sales via Slide Show: Contact the Highland Group for our…
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  • Wealthy Investors Bet on CRE

    Jonas222
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    High net-worth individuals and family offices continue to see commercial real estate as a priority investment class, and as proof of their confidence, they are allocating more money to the sector. read more
  • Senior Living Occupancy Influenced by Housing Fundamentals

    Jonas222
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    When you read commentary about the drivers behind senior living development and occupancy, our aging population is typically cited as the largest influencer for demand. However, in “Senior Housing Sees Gains Across the Board,” writer Paul Bubny reports on another significant influence: home appreciation. read more
  • Spotlight on Class A Office Space

    Jonas222
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    If you’re in the market for Class A office space, prepare yourself for pricey rental rates. As National Real Estate Investor’s Robert Carr reports here, building owners can command higher rates than we’ve seen for the past several years because demand is high and new construction activity is low—or at the very least, isn’t quite able to keep up. read more
  • Where Budget-conscious Renters Should Live

    Jonas222
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Multifamily Executive magazine published a list of the top metros for renters on a budget, and considering there are 34.6 million people living in apartments, the top 10 is probably of interest to many developers and owners. Here’s a quote from the article: “High rental rates—combined with a high cost of living—create the perfect storm for an ultra-tight budget.”   read more
  • REITs Continue Buying Streak

    Jonas222
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Real estate investment trusts are expected to keep on spending big money on acquisitions and expenditures throughout the year, according to this article from CoStar Group. The real estate information group reports that Prologis and W.P Carey have the grandest ambitions of all of the REITs that shared their 2014 guidance outlines. read more
 
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    House Flipping School

  • Can You Flip Houses Without Money?

    Mike LaCava
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    If there is a question that I get more often is “How do I flip houses without money?” TV shows make it look like it’s very easy to flip houses without money but in reality it is not. While it is not easy, you can learn how to do it. I do it all the time. In fact, I hardly ever invest any of my money in most of my house flipping deals. It is definitely much easier to flip houses when you have your own money especially if you are a beginner. But there are many ways that you can find funding sources to give you money for flipping houses. Which Comes First? The Money Or The Deal? There…
  • 6 Crucial Profit Making Steps For House Flipping Beginners

    Mike LaCava
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    There’s much to learn for house flipping beginners especially about making a profit in their deals. Contrary to what many people would have you think, house flipping is not easy. Reality TV shows on house flipping make it seem like it’s easy but I can guarantee you that you cannot learn how to do it in a single day or by reading one blog. The best way for house flipping beginners to learn the business is by doing it on their own. They will make mistakes along the way but experience is the best teacher. Thankfully, you can shorten the learning curve by learning these six crucial profit…
  • To Work Or Not To Work With Wholesalers In House Flips

    Mike LaCava
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Many people have had terrible experiences with wholesalers in house flips but are they all the same? I have to confess that in the many years I have been flipping houses, I have purchased properties from wholesalers. Some of my best deals were sourced from wholesalers. Up to date I still use wholesalers. When I first started out, I had a hard time differentiating between the good wholesalers and the bad ones. I made my fair share of mistakes and I believed that a majority of the wholesalers were honest people. I wasn’t naïve; I just gave people the benefit of the doubt. I have met many…
  • How To Flip Houses Getting Dirty

    Mike LaCava
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I loved playing in the dirt when I was a kid. My mom would swing open the door and I would rush out straight to the sandbox. Since I loved playing in the dirt so much, my favorite cartoon character had to be “Pig-pen” from peanuts. I still love getting dirty today but I love getting dirty when flipping houses. Getting dirty while making money is much more fun. How To Flip Houses Getting Dirty Perhaps you’ve wanted to start flipping houses for a while now but many things have discouraged you. Perhaps you lost some money the first time you tried, or you don’t have enough money to fund…
  • Lessons I Learned From My Failed House Flip Deal

    Mike LaCava
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:19 am
    My kids love showing me “Epic Fail” videos on YouTube. They are the most viewed videos on YouTube simply because people love seeing other people failing at something they are doing. The videos range from wardrobe malfunctions to the Brazilian soccer goalie that kicks the ball in the opposite direction. These “Epic Fail” videos are even more popular maybe because people watch and say “thank goodness that wasn’t me”. I hope people watch those videos because they want to learn from other people’s mistakes and not just for amusement. Humans typically learn more from failure than…
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    Los Angeles Income Property

  • Supplemental Tax

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:59 am
    Supplemental Tax assessments or supplemental tax bills raise property taxes. Supplemental Bill example los angeles Need help understanding and reading your Supplemental Tax bill? View an explanation of each information field of the bill at the Los Angeles Assessor’s website: http://lacountypropertytax.com/portal/bills/suppbill.aspx Large, and sometimes surprising, Supplemental Tax assessments or supplemental tax bills are common with Remodels, New Construction, or longtime owner sales (lived there 20+ years). These types of sales typically have a large change in the tax value of the…
  • 11500 National Boulevard

    admin
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:55 pm
        See all 11500 National Boulevard. (all data current as of 4/16/2014) $959,000 : 11500 National Boulevard, Unit 109, Los Angeles 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths Home size: 1,616 sq ft Lot size: 24,381 sqft Year built: 2014 Parking spots: 4 Days on market: 33 $969,000 : 11500 NATIONAL Boulevard, Unit 110, Los Angeles 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths Home size: 1,626 sq ft Lot size: 24,381 sqft Year built: 2014 Parking spots: 4 Days on market: 49 $949,000 : 11500 National BLVD, Unit 101, Los Angeles 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths Home size: 1,613 sq ft Year built: 2014 Parking spots: 2 Days…
  • Boathouses

    admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:20 am
    Sorry, but we couldn't find any results in the MLS that match the specified search criteria. Nestled within the winds and folds of Woodrow Wilson Drive in the Cahuenga pass, is a peculiar row of small mountain cabins known as the Boathouses. Built in 1958 and 1959 by Architect Harry Gesner, these homes are stilt houses that reside on ‘unbuildable lots’. a view of foundation underneath Ronald Buck purchased the group of lots and asked Gesner to do something with them. Gesner loves a good challenge, and so he agreed. See this great interview with Harry Gesner by another local realtor Jimmy…
  • Central Air

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:52 am
    Central Heat and Air is the most common air conditioning system in Los Angeles. Central Heat and Air is sometimes also called ‘forced air’, or a ‘split system’.  Central Heating and Air uses air as its heat transfer medium.  The system relies on ducts and fans to circulate the conditioned air throughout the house. An advantage central heat and air has over a boiler or a hydronic system is that there is no water, so there is no risk of structure damage due to a water leak. An advantage a Central Air system has over a Heat Pump is that the furnace heats very quickly.
  • Heat Pump

    admin
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Heat pumps are a combined heating and cooling system that works great in moderate climates like Los Angeles. Heat pumps and Central Air are the two most common heating and cooling systems you will run into in LA. Heat Pumps ability to heat goes down when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing so they are not used in cold winter climates. Recent technology improvements to Heat Pumps are making them better at heating at very lower temperatures. For Los Angeles this isn’t an issue. Because heat pump systems work by transferring heat instead of creating heat, a heat pump uses significantly…
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    Karri Flatla

  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: March 2014

    Karri Flatla
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes March 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 18% (100/560) For same month last year: 17% (100/578) Average sale price: $284,078 For same month last year: $276,904 PENDING sales as of this post date: 34 March 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 246  For same period last year: 266 Average sale [...]
  • BMO Mortgage Rate Drop: A Great Deal? Or Not a Big Deal At All?

    Karri Flatla
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    This week the headlines lit up when the Bank of Montreal offered 2.99% on 5-year fixed mortgages. But anyone in real estate who works with homebuyers knows that 2.99% isn’t news. Nor is it what it seems. Homebuyers have been getting historically low rates on their mortgages for quite a while now. All you have [...]
  • Home Staging Tip: Bling Up Any Room With a Mirror Grouping

    Karri Flatla
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:23 pm
    I’ve always been grateful for the quality of clients I’ve kept company with in my real estate biz. They’re invested in the process. They’re smart. And they share my sensibilities about home ownership and what that means to our sense of safety, self and stability. Of course, 99% of my clients also share my sense [...]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: February 2014

    Karri Flatla
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:32 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes February 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 16% (80/486) For same month last year: 17% (92/551) Average sale price: $276,863 For same month last year: $273,846 PENDING sales as of this post date: 35 February 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 147 (-11.4% vs 2013) For same period last year: 166 [...]
  • CMHC Announces Premium Increase

    Karri Flatla
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The much anticipated CMHC announcement turned out to be a blip on the radar for most of us. As a REALTOR® in Lethbridge, I was just relieved that they didn’t increase the minimum down payment for first-time homebuyers. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is raising its mortgage loan insurance premiums effective May 1, the Crown [...]
 
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    Shanghai Residential

  • Happy April Fool's Day

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Happy April Fool’s Day to one and all. You’ll need to have your wits about you today or...
  • Featured Properties

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:11 am
    139 AnTing Road Old Apartment This gorgeous apartment is located in Xuhui district. This large 200...
  • Concerns with International Schools in Shanghai

    19 Mar 2014 | 7:14 pm
    A good number of parents encounter many challenges with their kids trying to adjust to life in...
  • Pudong District Guide

    12 Mar 2014 | 1:46 am
    The Pudong District (East Bank) is a huge district located on the east side of Shanghai’s Huangpu...
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    11 Mar 2014 | 9:44 pm
    What every foreigner must do within 24 to 48 hrs of arriving in Shanghai and living in a place other...
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    IXACTContact Blog

  • Embracing Technology Doesn’t Make You a Robot

    Matthew Collis
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    I recently came across a great article in REM Magazine by Ontario Real Estate Association president, Phil Dorner. He discusses the role technology can play in real estate sales and the impact it can have in helping agents soar to new heights. Should you embrace technology? Dorner firmly believes so but is careful to point out that technology is not the “be all end all;” you need to still make “face time”, build trust with your clients and prospects, and practice effective communication. Dorner is right. Some REALTORS® shy away from technology because they feel that the traditional…
  • IXACT Contact’s REALTOR® CRM Gets New Email and Lead Capture Automation Features

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    With our new Email Correspondence Capture, you can now capture all email correspondence with your clients and prospects right into your IXACT Contact real estate CRM! No more copying and pasting emails into the contact history or having to type in manual notes! This new feature will help you get more organized and free up time. And next time you’re on the phone with a contact, you’ll benefit from the convenience of being able to see all past email correspondence with them. Now, everything you would need to see about a client or prospect is in one consolidated system – IXACT Contact.
  • Want to Better Service Your Clients? Consider a CRM for REALTORS®

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    What are you doing right now to offer exceptional service to your clients? Perhaps you respond to their inquiries right away, provide them with excellent advice, are proactive in showing them homes they may be interested in and anticipating their needs, and more. But are there other things you can be doing? Maybe you could be leveraging technology more to bring the service you provide from good to great. Or great to extraordinary. The technology I have in mind is a CRM for Realtors. Not a generic CRM but one that’s specifically customized to meet the unique requirements of real estate sales…
  • 20 Ways to Make $100K this Year… OR NOT!

    Matthew Collis
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, a leading real estate coach and author of “Sell with Soul,” prepared a great list of things all REALTORS® should be doing to maximize their business success and build that coveted referrals and repeat business. Jennifer recommends IXACT Contact to all of her clients and would tell you that many of the items on the list below can be achieved just by using a good real estate CRM on a daily basis. Here is Jennifer’s list. Our commentary is in italics. 1. Do you have a photo on your business card? (“To Photo or Not to Photo?”) 2. Do you follow up on…
  • What’s The Difference Between Hard Email Bounces and Soft Bounces?

    Matthew Collis
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    IXACT Contact is the only real estate CRM that comes with Email Campaign Reporting; a feature that helps you to identify your hot leads and gives you key insight into how many people opened and forwarded your email and clicked on its links. It also tells you which emails hard bounced and which ones soft bounced so you can clean up the email addresses in your database if necessary. A common question we get asked is “What’s the difference between hard and soft bounces?” Here’s the deal… Hard Bounces versus Soft Bounces Hard bounces refer to emails that can’t be delivered due to…
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • Warner Robins GA Real Estate Market in March 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Warner Robins GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 The weather is warm and the Warner Robins GA real estate market in March 2014 has been bustling with new listings and active buyers looking for good deals. But, is it the right time to list your property? Should you make an offer if you find a […] The post Warner Robins GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Perry GA Real Estate Market in March 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Perry GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 The Perry GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 remains a buyers market which means sellers need to keep their home looking its best to have a realistic opportunity to be seen and sold right now. Many homes are selling so sellers need to ensure their property is […] The post Perry GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Kathleen GA Real Estate Market in March 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Kathleen GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 What can real estate buyers and sellers expect from the Kathleen GA Real Estate Market in March 2014? In this balanced market (6+ months of available inventory) both buyers and sellers have excellent opportunities to get good deals. Because there is plenty of homes available, it is imperative sellers update […] The post Kathleen GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Centerville GA Real Estate Market in March 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Centerville GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 When the weather started to warm up the Centerville GA real estate market in March 2014 did the same thing! With nearly 7 months of available inventory, this city has a balanced market right now (meaning it does not favor buyer or sellers). Like all local markets, a market […] The post Centerville GA Real Estate Market in March 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Home for Sale in Weatherby Plantation Subdivision in Warner Robins GA

    Anita Clark Realtor
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Home for Sale in Weatherby Plantation Subdivision in Warner Robins GA Weatherby Plantation Home and Neighborhood Amenities This gorgeous home for sale in Weatherby Plantation Subdivision in Warner Robins GA has just made it to the Warner Robins housing market and is ready for new buyers to come by and have a look-see! This home for […] The post Home for Sale in Weatherby Plantation Subdivision in Warner Robins GA appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
 
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  • Ten Tips for Buying Luxury Homes

    Debbie Drummond
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Buying a new home can be exhilarating and stressful at the same time.  This is true in any price range.  In the luxury market there are some unique challenges.   We recommend luxury home buyers keep the following tips in mind as they’re finding their  Continue ReadingThe post Ten Tips for Buying Luxury Homes appeared first on .
  • Should I Pay Cash for My Home?

    Debbie Drummond
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    The number of homes purchased with cash in Las Vegas reached 60% at the peak of the investor frenzy.   This is trending down in 2014.  January and February had 47% cash purchases.  In March, 43% of the homes sold were cash deals. Why Should  Continue ReadingThe post Should I Pay Cash for My Home? appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas Real Estate Update – April 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Las Vegas is heating up. By mid-week The Weather Channel predicts highs of 91 degrees. The housing market is also heating up.  A recent CNN report “Homebuyers Getting Priced Out in Cities Across U.S.”  had Las Vegas in the No. 1 spot of the top  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas Real Estate Update – April 2014 appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas High Rise Condo Update – April 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    We’ve entered April with a bit more inventory in our high rise buildings. There are currently 446 high rise condos available in the top buildings in town. In March, we sold 40 condos in these buildings. If no new high rise condos came on the  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas High Rise Condo Update – April 2014 appeared first on .
  • Should You Buy Your Retirement Home Before You Retire?

    Debbie Drummond
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Today’s home prices have many soon to be retirees looking at buying retirement homes while prices are low.  Some buyers turn the home into a rental property while they’re waiting to retire.  Others use it as a second home until they make the move.  Depending  Continue ReadingThe post Should You Buy Your Retirement Home Before You Retire? appeared first on .
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    Real Estate Valuation | IRR on Real Estate blog

  • Integra Realty Resources consolidates coverage in Texas and Oklahoma

    Charles Bissell
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Four of IRR’s offices in Texas and Oklahoma have merged to provide better coordination and service to our commercial real estate valuation and counseling clients.  The Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Tulsa offices will unite and will also open a new office in Oklahoma City in 2014.  These five offices will join our offices in Houston and San Antonio in serving IRR’s clients in the Southwest region.  Read on for more information on this exciting …
  • Against Entertainment Districts-A Guest Post from Llenrock Group

    Ray Cirz
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    This post from Eric Hawthorn is part of our Llenrock Group guest post series and originally appeared on the Llenrock Group blog. Let’s talk about downtown entertainment districts. You know the kind: a planned city development featuring at least one anchor establishment (a hotel, for instance, or a large cinema or sports stadium), with hundreds of thousands of square feet of bars, higher-class chain restaurants, and retail offerings. The entertainment district usually comes with a …
  • Doctors open up shop in strip centers, and Hoboken’s cry for luxury apartments is finally heard

    Ray Cirz
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: As a hospital rises, so do hopes for a neighborhood Dallas’ new Parkland Hospital, which lies just north the city’s main commercial hub, is projected to become the cornerstone of the regions’ budding real estate market.  In addition to the first-class facility’s draw, the city’s light rail line will stop directly in front of the hospital, creating an infrastructure that …
  • Integra Realty Resources’ March news: Retail chains battle to stay afloat, and the housing market makes headlines from Philly to Phoenix

    Ray Cirz
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The media sought out Integra Realty Resources’ experts this month to gain insights about a variety of commercial property sectors, including retail real estate and multi-family lodging.  Here are some stories that featured IRR in March: NJTVNews:  I spoke with NJTVNews’ Brenda Flanagan to discuss how online competition and high rent rates are hurting retail chain stores, and even forcing some major brands to close up shop.  I also chatted with NorthJersey.com’s Joan Verdon about …
  • Why we should expect more billion-dollar REIT mergers and acquisitions in 2014

    Joseph Pasquarella
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Real estate investment trust (REIT) mergers and acquisitions (M&A) exploded in 2013 with multiple billion-dollar deals.  American Realty Capital Properties acquired American Realty Capital Trust IV for $3.1 billion.  Essex Property Trust acquired BRE Properties for $4.34 billion.  And the trend is already pushing into 2014, with Kite Realty Group Trust acquiring Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust Inc. for $1.2 billion in stock in February. Why such a flurry of activity? REITs were rocked on …
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    The Oatley Team

  • How to Sell Your Home in 4.5 Days

    Laura
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The Oatley TeamSpring is definitely in the air for The Oatley Team!  That means trees are in bloom, birds are chirping, kids are playing in the streets and houses are moving quickly-very quickly.   Just how quickly?  Our current average days on the market is just 4.5 days!  That is a number we are certainly proud of and […]Laura
  • Home of The Week: 6927 Woodhaven Place Dr.

    Laura
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The Oatley TeamThis beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath ranch could be the home you have been searching for.  It features a large vaulted great room with Brazilian cherry hardwood floors.  The great room also has a corner fireplace to keep you cozy during cold winter nights.  You’ll also find an open eat in kitchen.  This is perfect […]Laura
  • Home of the Week: 711 High Ridge Drive

    Laura
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The Oatley TeamIf you are looking for privacy this is the place for you.  This 4 bedroom 3 bath ranch is located on 10 acres on a private dead end street.  This is the perfect place to entertain and enjoy the outdoors.  It has a covered patio, a deck and gorgeous landscaping with large decorative natural stones.  […]Laura
  • Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    Laura Oatley
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    The Oatley TeamFirst impressions are everything and when your home is on the market, your home’s curb appeal could make a break a sale. You want your home to be inviting from the very first time a potential buyer sets eyes on it, whether they’re driving by or pulling up for a showing. Here are some tips […]Laura Oatley
  • Home of the Week: 4301 Wooded Bend Way

    Laura Oatley
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    The Oatley Team4301 Wooded Bend Way is an absolutely stunning four bedroom, three 3.5 bath updated home that is located on a private cul-de-sac. This wonderful home has a large white eat-in kitchen with an island and tile backsplash. The huge two-story great room features a center fireplace and four large windows. The first floor master suite […]Laura Oatley
 
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    Agent Avenue

  • How to Quench Your Social Media Thirst in 60 Minutes a Day

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

    John Bunka
    3 Jan 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Have you ever left a comment on a real estate site or blog? Its a great way to respond or start having a conversation with folks. Most comment forms are easy and just require a name and valid email (to keep the spammers out). Other ones require you to login via your social media credentials, ie facebook, google plus or twitter. We challenge you to leave a comment below. You can say hi, or tell us what you did today; its up to you! Also remember to comment on other sites as well. Feedback and constructive criticism is always welcomed. Thanks, Agent Avenue P.s. Don’t forget to comment The…
  • Seth Godins blogging tip

    John Bunka
    2 Jan 2014 | 8:59 pm
    “Blog every single day, once a day. Don’t follow trends. Don’t measure. Don’t read the comments. Start now.” – Seth Godin I love this tips! So many agents get hung up on the logistics, the how to and the technical part of things and they never actually start blogging. I have been guilty of it and so have a few Realtors that I know. As the famous Nike phrase states.. Just do It! This is your year to finally dive in! Experience and learning how to blog when your blogging will reap huge benefits for your blog and real estate business. The tip above starts off…
  • A Toast to 2013

    John Bunka
    31 Dec 2013 | 7:00 pm
    A Toast to 2013 A final toast to 2013! It has been a fantastic year and we hope everyone reading this has a great night and an awesome 2014! The YouTube Rewind of all the great and fun videos from 2013 Here comes 2014 are you ready? Let us know in the comments! The post A Toast to 2013 appeared first on Agent Avenue.
  • 7 Steps for an Optimized Content Marketing Strategy

    John Bunka
    14 Dec 2013 | 7:37 am
    Content marketing is in and 2014 will be the best time to kick off your new strategy for gaining new leads and prospects on your real estate website. 1. What are your goals New business? Leads? Owning a niche area? Trends: Marketers now average a quarter of their budgets on content marketing! 2. Research Keyword Research Search engine trends Social media landscape Persona creation aka who is your audience? 3. Plan Create a content calendar Map out your plan 4. Create Create content in the different media formats that your audience will engage with Create content for the different parts of…
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    PropertyCluster.com Blog

  • The 8 Most Livable Cities of Florida

    Rebecca
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The Sunshine State has not earned its nickname for no reason. It is one of the sunniest States in the United States and that is what has made it popular not just with visitors, but also with people looking to enjoy its abundant sunshine. However, even Florida is known to have its bad weather days! Nonetheless, there are some cities in the State that more preferable to others. Perhaps this has to do something with its fantastic weather, lower crime rates and better chances of employment and education. So without much ado, here are the top 8 cities in Florida that you should pick to live in if…
  • Mistakes That New Landlords Shouldn’t Make

    Rebecca
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Being a good, successful landlord is no less than being an astute businessman. The work sounds cakewalk – buying a house, making a new renovations and changes, then finding a tenant and renting it out for an amount greater than the monthly mortgage. But it’s hardly so simple! The real estate market is going through a really good phase right now. There were times when investors would target just 1% of the purchase price as monthly rent, but in today’s times, a lot of intelligent investors are making as much as 2% per month! Lucrative as it may sound, the real estate market…
  • Best Retirement Places To Live In California

    Rebecca
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The United States offers numerous places where people can retire and lead a safe and secured life without having to worry about commutation facilities and safety related issues. Since many years, the state of California has been the favorite choice for American residents desiring to lead a meaningful retired life, primarily due to the improved education system, a multi-faceted culture open to people belonging to ethnic origins, and relatively safe and friendly neighborhoods ideal for all types of families. California is one of the best states for residing purposes, especially if you are…
  • Best Family Places To Live In California

    Rebecca
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Families are often forced to relocate when the earning members seek employment elsewhere, or when certain reasons compel them to seek accommodation elsewhere. Relocating to a new place with the entire family involves a lot of responsibility on the parts of the parents, since they have to consider several factors such as the cost of living, commutation, schools and colleges available in the vicinity, the safety of the neighborhood, etc. before they move in. California offers several residential options for families who desire to settle in the state. It is worthwhile checking out some of the…
  • 5 Imaginative Ways to Block the View of Your Neighbor’s Unsightly Backyard

    Rebecca
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:01 pm
    You may create an awesome garden in your yard but if your neighbor gives a damn to his, your yard will automatically lose its value. To enhance or maintain the value of your yard, you will need to shield the ugliness that stares at it. Though the easiest way to conceal the unsightly view of your neighbor’s backyard is to install a wooden fencing but this will cost you thousands of dollars. So if you are one of those who do not find it wise to invest so much for the sake of your neighbor, here we offer some creative and aesthetically pleasing ways to create visual barriers. image by…
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    Ocean View Real Estate Dubai

  • Studies show an increase in property returns for UAE investors

    Holly Woolston
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    Things are looking up for those who have recently bought property in Dubai as recent studies show that real estate investors in the UAE will be blessed with returns of between 9-13 percent per year, starting from 2014. According to a new report, the property market in Dubai will continue to grow at such a great rate that investors could be getting substantial returns on their purchased property year after year. Add this to the fact that landlords are now seeing rent prices dramatically increasing since the hype around the Expo2020 and by investing in property in Dubai you could be sitting on…
  • Now is the time to start investing and buy in Dubai

    Holly Woolston
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:20 am
    After many of Dubai’s real estate projects were put on hold or ceased completely following the 2008 crash, the city has been scattered with unfinished buildings and developments. However now these deserted projects have started to be restarted and are due to be completed within the next year or so. A good sign to show that Dubai is now back on track, with ever-increasing property sales, is the fact that work has once again begun on The World project. Located approximately 4km off shore from Jumeirah Beach, The World showcases a man-made globe with the islands representing different…
  • How to maximise space and storage in your Dubai Apartment

    Holly Woolston
    16 Mar 2014 | 1:13 am
    Rental prices within Dubai have risen by 8 to 20 percent within the first quarter of 2014 and with property prices always a worry for Dubai residents, some are deciding to take on a smaller apartment and save some of their hard earned cash for other things. Although this is sensible in theory it does leave you with certain space issues, unsure of how you will fit all of your or your family’s belongings into the smaller downgrade. With the knowledge that Dubai Landlords cannot increase the rent price within your first two years of being in the property, it is okay for you to spend some…
  • How to get your full deposit back when moving out of your property

    Holly Woolston
    9 Mar 2014 | 12:33 am
    With rent prices on the rise, and the market-rate deposit for furnished properties being set at a minimum of 10%, large sums of money are being invested by renters in their property deposits. Giving this large sum of money up front to your agency, however, will be thought of by most as an investment. They are giving a deposit to someone to ‘store’ until the time comes for them to move out, and knowing they will leave the apartment in an excellent state, they are confident that they will get their full deposit back. However, unfortunately for most this is not the case, as simple…
  • Should you buy new or old?

    Holly Woolston
    2 Mar 2014 | 4:48 am
    Dubai can be recognised for its modern architecture, record breaking facilities and rich array of glamour, but it’s safe to say it’s not known for its old or period property. With the Emirate only being 42 years old, the majority of the property is relatively new but there are some houses and apartments that we could refer to as ‘old’ property.  In this fast paced economy it feels like any property over 10 years old is technically old, but what are the pros and cons of investing in these older properties, rather than buying brand new? New homes usually sell for a higher price per…
 
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    Property Target

  • 10 Guaranteed Ways to Win Big with Google Places for Business and Get Winning Leads

    Todd Mumford
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    For any small to medium sized business, the Internet offers a number of free services that can help with expanding and diversifying a customer base. One of the most effective ways to reach out to more people and improve the overall search engine optimization (SEO) of your business’ web presence is by taking advantage of Google Places for Business. This is a service that will completely change how easily new and existing customers are able to find your business, both online and off. Here are 10 ways you can use Google Places for Business to generate dozens of leads. Establish a Fully…
  • 10 Ways To Improve SEO For Your Real Estate Website

    Todd Mumford
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Building a brand in real estate is hard. Usually it requires years of due diligence and a die hard work ethic in order to truly establish a strong presence in your neighborhood or list of neighborhoods. When you factor in the myriad of related disciplines a realtor needs to know well in order to succeed, it’s not surprising that a large percentage of real estate agents aren’t around to see year three. However the advent of online marketing, social media and technology has given real estate agents the same growth hacker advantages that many tech startups are able to employ. Utilizing…
  • Focus on Need, Not Greed: Why Now is the Time to Expand Your Real Estate Business

    Todd Mumford
    18 Apr 2013 | 8:49 am
    With a resurgent demand for housing comes a newly urgent need:  real estate agents and Greed (Photo credit: Great Beyond) brokers. If you’re an agent or broker who suffered through the housing crash of 2007, the last thing on your mind might be expanding your office.  Wouldn’t it be better to handle the increased traffic — and keep the profits — yourself? It’s essential that you grow your business now.  If you’re too busy to handle even a single call or prospect, the leads will go elsewhere, and leads generated by those leads will also go elsewhere. …
  • 2 Advanced Ways to Cut Real Estate Advertising Costs and Increase Exposure

    Todd Mumford
    9 Apr 2013 | 9:55 am
    The founder of Century 21 Canada is now in the doggie day care business — and maybe you How to Get Ahead in Advertising (Photo credit: Wikipedia) should be, too.   And possibly in the mobile phone, supermarket and oil industries. Or at least, you can learn  from — and borrow — the marketing strategies of these and other businesses that seem to have little or nothing to do with real estate. Your marketing dollars are precious and to get the most value from them, it pays to think outside the box (or property line) when deciding how to spend them. Top-earning real estate…
  • Crowdsourcing Brings New Marketing Opportunities for Real Estate Agents and Brokers

    Todd Mumford
    28 Mar 2013 | 8:14 pm
    Technology makes it increasingly easy for you to reach potential real estate clients.  But there’s a difference between reaching out to prospective home buyers and sellers and getting their attention.  You can tweet and post all day long, but it’s pointless if no one is reading your insightful comments. Wouldn’t it be nice to start a conversation in a forum where you know everyone came to listen to you? That’s the idea behind WikiRealty, set to start on a trial basis in May or June. WikiRealty       WikiRealty intends to be the Wikipedia of the real…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Pssst – Wanna Be A Real Estate Millionaire? Part 2

    Tex Norton
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Always keep in mind that you will be letting other people pay your bills. Always! When I started my real estate investing, I would never consider a property unless it showed a 10% triple-net return. That means that after paying all the fixed costs such as taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance, management and a vacancy factor [...]Pssst – Wanna Be A Real Estate Millionaire? Part 2 is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Why Are Mortgage Loans At A 14-Year Low?

    Brian Davis
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Investors – did you know that new mortgage originations are at their lowest level since at least 2000, according to a study released recently by Black Knight Financial Services, with data going back to the beginning of the millennium? The new data surprised many analysts, who have watched the real estate sector gaining momentum in [...]Why Are Mortgage Loans At A 14-Year Low? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Why Every Investor Should Write A Book About Their Business

    Aaron Kinney
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    After reading this title, you might be thinking: “There’s already plenty of Real Estate gurus.  I have no desire to do that.” Let me explain. You don’t need to make a ton of money or even a single dollar for this to be a worthwhile endeavor.  Here’s the main goal: Writing a book about your [...]Why Every Investor Should Write A Book About Their Business is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 5 Steps To Creating A Real Estate Marketing Plan To Find Sellers

    Frank Chen
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Real Estate Marketing Plans Are Essential To Your Real Estate Business. Here’s A Video Explaining How To Create A Real Estate Marketing Plan… 5 Steps To Creating A Real Estate Marketing Plan To Find Sellers is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors5 Steps To Creating A Real Estate Marketing Plan To Find Sellers is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Five Home Improvements For A Quick Sale

    Nick Mormann
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Need to sell a property fast but not sure which home improvements make sense due to time constraints? Start by walking through the house and visualizing buyers’ reactions. Would something make them pause, frown, or shake their head “no”? If so, repair or replace the source of this negative reaction. Below are the five areas [...]Five Home Improvements For A Quick Sale is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Philly Living Blog | Philadelphia Real Estate News & Articles

  • Does Philly have a housing affordability problem, or doesn’t it?

    Sandy Smith
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    New rental properties at any price point, like this one planned for the 1400 block of South Street, will help keep renting affordable if the growth in supply outpaces the growth in demand – it’s basic Econ 101. Whatever your opinion on the subject, there’s no denying that housing affordability has become one of the Issues of the Day. We’ve long maintained (for instance, here and here) that, at least by East Coast standards, housing remains affordable overall in Philadelphia, and the problems we do have stem more from the city’s high poverty rate and the…
  • Hidden Treasure Hunt: Tacked-on history

    Sandy Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    There’s old, and then there’s “old.” As anyone who has read the many groans over Robert A.M. Stern’s design for the Museum of the American Revolution (like this one, or this one, or this one) should know, efforts to create faux-historic buildings often ring false. But at least Stern understands the architectural language, as his authentically Neo-Georgian McNeil Center for Early American Studies at Penn demonstrated. Some architects don’t even get that right, such as the one who designed the structure where we found this gimcrack recently. Where did we…
  • New luxury townhomes coming to Rittenhouse Square fringe

    Sandy Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    By the end of the year, this one-story commercial building at Walnut and Van Pelt streets on the western fringe of Rittenhouse Square should be gone, along with the buildings behind it and the parking lot next to it. In their place should be a dozen luxury townhomes. The first step in the journey took place on April 4, when Licenses and Inspections issued zoning permits to redraw the lines for five deeded lots at four addresses in order to create 12 lots with a shared driveway easement. The lots – two lots at 2108 Sansom Street, one at 2112-14 Sansom, one at 2109 Walnut (right in…
  • Planning Commission OKs memorial garden for collapse victims at 22nd and Market

    Sandy Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The site of the Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets will become a memorial garden once the city acquires the site under legislation now before City Council. The City Planning Commission voted to endorse the bill at its April 15 meeting. The City Planning Commission granted approval at its April 15 meeting for the city to acquire the land where the former Salvation Army thrift store once stood at 22nd and Market streets, before the tragic collapse of a neighboring building that killed six people there last June, for a memorial garden for the victims. On June 5 last year, the…
  • First-time buyer? Learn the ropes at this Saturday seminar

    Sandy Smith
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    The road to your first home can be intimidating. Our First-Time Buyer Seminar this Saturday will help make the journey easier. Thinking of becoming a homeowner, but intimidated by the complexities of real estate? A seminar this Saturday from the PhillyLiving.com team will help you overcome your fears and buy a new home with confidence. At PhillyLiving’s First-Time Home Buyer Seminar, to be held this Saturday, April 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., you will learn the ins and outs of buying a home and how you can move into your first home with as little as one percent of your own money for an…
 
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • The Typical Renter Needs an FHA Loan to Buy a House

    Colin Robertson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) argued that higher mortgage insurance premiums at the FHA have priced out scores of renters nationwide. Long story short, FHA financing is generally the cheapest option around for those with little set aside for down payment, so the increase in premiums is shutting the only door to [&hellip
  • Can Low Mortgage Rates Save the Spring Home Buying Season?

    Colin Robertson
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    So far, the traditionally strong spring home buying season is off to a not-so-great start. A pair of reports from DataQuick revealed that home sales in Northern and Southern California were at six-year lows in March, despite a strong seasonal uptick from February. In SoCal, a total of 17,638 new and resale homes and condos [&hellip
  • The Nation’s Most Expensive Short Sale Finally Sold This Week

    Colin Robertson
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Sure, short sales have come to a relative crawl after carving out a decent slice of the real estate market over the past couple years, but there are still some stragglers gaining bank approval and closing. One of the more notable short sales to sell this week was in Greenwich, Connecticut. I say notable because [&hellip
  • Higher FHA Premiums May Have Priced Out 375,000 Potential Home Buyers

    Colin Robertson
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors sent a letter to FHA Commissioner Carol Galante urging her to rethink the agency’s new mortgage insurance structure. Since 2011, annual mortgage insurance premiums have risen from 90 basis points to 135 basis points in an effort to shore up reserves at the FHA. Additionally, many borrowers [&hellip
  • Mortgage Lending Hits Lowest Point Since at Least the Year 2000

    Colin Robertson
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    A new report from Black Knight Financial Services revealed that monthly mortgage origination volume fell to its lowest point on record in February. And recent prepay speeds signal even more declines in refinance volume in the near future. The company said mortgage originations hit at least a 14-year low during the second month of the [&hellip
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • Sherwin Williams Gives New Home Design Painting Tips

    Beazer Homes
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Even if you haven’t purchased your own place this scenario probably sounds familiar if you’ve ever been part of new home design:  You’re standing in front of an endless array of paint swatches in your local home improvement store with your favorite color in mind, but no idea whether it’s fit for your walls and decor.  A polite sales associate comes to ask whether you need help.  You pause and widen your eyes at the rainbow of color selections and look up tentatively. This is a paint puzzle friends, but it’s something you can make easier with a little preparation.  Beazer Homes…
  • Real Estate Agents Luncheon for New Homes in Pearland, TX

    Beazer Homes
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    You’re officially invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony for new model homes in the Houston community of Highland Crossing.  Join us Thursday, April 24th at 10:30 AM-12:30 PM at 1302 Ownby Court Pearland, TX 77581.   If you’re a real estate agent in the Houston, TX area interested in selling new homes make sure to join us for this wonderful event. Newly constructed and professionally decorated, these new models perfectly showcase all that this family-friendly community with homes from $218,990 has to offer your clients.  You can tour our new models, enjoy lunch, and speak with Beazer…
  • Beazer Homes 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

    Beazer Homes
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Beazer Homes is the proud recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.  Selected from more than 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program, Beazer is being recognized for our outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through building ENERGY STAR certified new homes. Building ENERGY STAR Certified homes since 2011, every home we build comes with energy efficiencies that lead to significant savings for buyers in the form of lower utility bills.  Be sure to check out the video below to view some…
  • New Homes in the Raleigh, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Maryland Areas!

    Beazer Homes
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you’re looking for a new home mark your calendars and make sure to attend a GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION of our Georgia, Indiana, and Maryland communities in the next few weeks.  If you haven’t already, make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest event information.  Read on for details of these exciting new communities.  We hope to see you there!             Covington in Apex, NC:  Saturday, March 22nd at noon.  Join us for food, fun, and tours of our newly decorated model home.  We’ll also release some of the best home sites…
  • New Homes Coming Soon to Phoenix, Mullica Hill and Orlando!

    Beazer Homes
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    If you’ve been thinking about building a new home in Phoenix, AZ or New Jersey now is definitely the time to act.  This weekend you can join us for the official grand opening celebration of our newest communities:  Artesa in Phoenix, AZ and the Estates at Devonshire in Mullica Hill, NJ.  Make sure to read on for event and community details. Artesa Community Opening Near Phoenix, AZ: You’re invited to join us Saturday, March 8th at 11:00 AM to tour our beautiful new model home and learn more about this exceptional community located at the base of South Mountain with easy access to…
 
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Habitat For Humanity ReStore and Artisan Custom Closets

    Ben Heisler
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Welcome to this week’s episode of the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast! This week, we are excited to speak with Stacie Stamper, head of donations at the Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Teresa Safranek of Artisan Custom Closets. Stacie tells us all about how she went from being a full-time interior designer to being [...]
  • Jett Ferry Mansion Aggressively Re-Priced for Spring

    SEREInvestments
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    We are excited to share that due to aggressive spring pricing on luxury and executive level homes in the Atlanta area, we have decided to adjust the sales price on our huge mansion in idyllic Sandy Springs. The home itself is a European-style mansion located at 8395 Jett Ferry Road. Built in 2007, the home [...]
  • Q&A with Kelly Dempsey of Jim Chapman Communities

    Jim Chapman Communities
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    2014 is going to be a big year for the active adult home builder Jim Chapman Communities. With only 20 homes left in all communities, Brookhaven of East Cobb and Brookhaven at Lanier Ridge will be joining Brookhaven at Sugarloaf in closing out soon. Kelly Dempsey, the vice president of sales and marketing for Jim Chapman [...]
  • Submit Your Intent to Enter the 34th Annual OBIE Awards Today

    Greater Atlanta HBA
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Ready, set…go for the gold at the 34th annual OBIE Awards! The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) is currently calling for entries into this prestigious awards program. Be sure you have declared your intent to enter no later than Friday, April 25, 2014. The annual OBIE Awards [...]
  • Final Opportunities Available at Village Walk in Smyrna

    Traton Homes
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    With its delicious restaurants and trendy boutiques, Smyrna Market Village is one of Cobb County’s most popular hotspots. Traton Homes is offering buyers the opportunity to live within walking distance of the Smyrna Market Village with single-family homes and townhomes available at Village Walk, but time is quickly running out. Just one single-family home and [...]
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  • What to Look For in a Green Home

    moswalt
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Searching for your next real estate purchase can have you asking what to look for in a green home.  Being environmentally conscious is a global responsibility that we are all increasingly aware of.  Moving beyond the basics of simple recycling and watering restrictions, home builders have begun to target the earth friendly segment of homebuyers by also, going green. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has an informative website on many aspects of building green.  They define this as, ‘… the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally…
  • How to Move Smoothly

    hsquyres
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:23 pm
      To ensure the excitement of your new address remains, you must know how to move smoothly.  Happiness can quickly turn to frustration and disappointment when things go wrong.  The greatest asset to possibly enjoying your move is to plan ahead.  Planning should start at least two months ahead of the actual move date if not sooner. Planning should start at least two months ahead of your actual move date if not sooner.  Allowing extra time in securing resources is a good idea, as well as starting conversations with those that have already been through this process, to researching…
  • What is Escrow?

    hsquyres
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:18 pm
    What is Escrow? When a seller and buyer have agreed to and signed a real estate purchase agreement or contract, it is time to begin the escrow process, but what is escrow?  Unless you are a professional in the real estate or financial arena there is seldom talk of escrow except for when you decide to purchase or sell a home.  Escrow, as defined by the dictionary is ‘a bond, deed, or other document kept in the custody of a third party, taking effect when a specified condition has been fulfilled’.  Simplified for the business of real estate, escrow is when a third party becomes…
  • FHA vs. Conventional Loans

    hsquyres
    28 Feb 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Now that you are in the hunt for that perfect home, the most common financial question is around the differences between FHA vs. Conventional loans.  Tighter restrictions, closer evaluations, and lower limits have been the talk of many banks and brokers as well as concerns for most borrowers. There are some big differences in the top two loan options, FHA and Conventional.  FHA loans require little down payment and are backed by the federal government.  On the other hand, conventional loans are backed by private entities and require a larger down payment.  Both types of loans provide for…
  • Should You Buy a Condo or a Townhome?

    hsquyres
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:24 pm
    When expanding your search for a new home, should you buy a condo or a townhome could be a question you ask.  These are the most common options outside of a standalone residence.  With each of these having unique community characteristics it is often better to review the major differences and how one or the other fits into your lifestyle and basic residential needs.  Deciding should you buy a condo or a townhome can be a bit confusing.  While there can be exceptions to the norm, a condo is generally found in a multi-storied building and can have an apartment feel.   A townhome is…
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  • Danny Johnson- Flipping Houses for Big Profits – Podcast Episode #12

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
        My guest today on my podcast “Let’s Talk Real Estate Investing” is Danny Johnson.  Danny is someone that has built a very successful business flipping houses in San Antonio, TX.  A lot of you probably know him from his popular blog FlippingJunkie. Danny and his wife Melissa have 5 children, and they have […] The post Danny Johnson- Flipping Houses for Big Profits – Podcast Episode #12 appeared first on .
  • 9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
        Most real estate investors work from home at least in the beginning.  Even if you eventually get an outside office, it’s inevitable that you will end up working from home at times.   Let’s face it; it’s easy to get distracted when you work from home Does this sound like you?  You get […] The post 9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home appeared first on .
  • Real Estate Rewind; What Would You Do Differently if You Started Over?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
          I have a “Freebie” for you today. It is a book that I am proud to say I “co-authored”. The book is a BiggerPockets Publication called, “Real Estate Rewind”.  This book asks the question: “If I were to do it all again, knowing what I know now, what would I do differently”? Most real […] The post Real Estate Rewind; What Would You Do Differently if You Started Over? appeared first on .
  • Greg Harris – Investing, Wholesaling and Rehabbing Houses in Other States – Podcast Episode #11

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
        Did you ever wonder how someone with an MBA in finance from the University of Oklahoma ended up as a real estate investor?  Or how receiving a random book in the mail could actually change the course of your life? My guest today is Greg Harris from Chanute Kansas a small town of […] The post Greg Harris – Investing, Wholesaling and Rehabbing Houses in Other States – Podcast Episode #11 appeared first on .
  • 6 Random Facts about Real Estate Investing; Fact, Fiction or a Little of Both?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
      Real estate investing at its core is a pretty simple business. Someone has a house to sell, and as a real estate investor it is your business to buy houses.  As you can see, it’s pretty simple on the surface isn’t it?  However once you have been in this business for a while, you […] The post 6 Random Facts about Real Estate Investing; Fact, Fiction or a Little of Both? appeared first on .
 
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  • Earn Money From Home: Five popular ways to earn money from home, Offline

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    The digital age presents various opportunities to everyone. Everything seems simpler, easier, and quicker, with just a click of a mouse. While most money-making opportunities are now web-based, there are still those who prefer to generate income the classic way and not rely heavily on the benefits of the internet.How To Earn Money From Home OfflineHere are five traditional methods on how to earn money from home, offline.1.       Offer tutorial. Being a tutor is one of the timeless techniques to getting revenues straight from the comfort of your house. Be it…
  • Things to do in Makati without burning a hole in your Pocket

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:57 am
    Makati is considered to be one of the busiest, if not the busiest, commercial area/s in the country. It is host to several headquarters and offices of more than a hundred local and international companies; It is dotted with several malls, riddled with a range of 3 to 5-star hotels, and generously covered with coffee shops built to cater to the needs of more than 10,000 corporate employees daily. It seems like an ideal place for yuppies and those accustomed to living the office life. However, to an outsider, Makati can be quite intimidating. With its seemingly fast-paced life, massively…
  • Four (4) basic tips to optimize your Fiverr Gigs

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:07 am
    The concept ofFiverr is simple. For a small amount of five dollars ($5), or $4 for the one who’s offering the service, you can earn income for almost anything and everything you can do for someone else. This can be as simple as helping plan a honeymoon trip in Europe, as creative as creating professional pop-art portrait, as technical as building a cool UI for an Android application or as diverse as writing a message in two different languages or singing a birthday song using ukulele. How To Optimize Your Fiverr GigOne trick with Fiverr lies in proper optimization. The more people see you…
  • How to earn money from home

    19 Feb 2014 | 12:54 am
    Thanks to technology, telecommuting has never been easier. Due to traffic problems and company cost-cutting, working from home has been offered to most employees who can do their work from home using the internet. This has saved both employers and employee a lot of time and resources.However, there are also other ways to make money online or earn money from home. For example, if you are a stay at home mom who needs to take care of the kids but want to earn money to help with the bills and support the family as well, there are plenty of online opportunities for you! You just need to be…
  • Earn Money From Blogging: Five (5) Reasons To Monetize Blog

    30 Jan 2014 | 1:08 am
    People have various reasons for starting a weblog. Some like to use it as an avenue to express their thoughts and feelings. Others lean towards this marketing platform to establish their reputation in their respective industries. There are those who want hone their writing skills through it and then there are people who see it as an opportunity to generate revenues online.Why Monetize Your BlogLearn the top reasons why you should monetize your blog. Here are five (5) of them.1.       It’s cheap. You may opt to setup one that is free-hosted such as the one…
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  • Innovative ways to make good passive income in Real Estate Investments

    Justin
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    If you have money to invest and want to make good profits from that, real estate is probably one of the safest and most lucrative place to capitalize. Investing in real estate will pay you rich dividends because housing is a big concern almost everywhere, and you can make good money by spending on the right place. There are numerous ways to make money from the real estate market. You can invest your own money in promising properties. But as a good developer and promoter, you can also earn money while others finance your projects. In such cases, the profits are shared between the investors and…
  • Why Homeowners should Damp Proof their Property

    Justin
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    What is Rising Damp?Rising damp or salt damp is a common type of dampness that you can see in buildings. As such, damp issues cause severe damage to a property, you should treat the damp immediately to protect your building from further damage. Rising damp occurs when water from the ground rises up through the brick and mortar of a building through a process widely known as “capillarity.” The water rises up the wall of a building in the same way oil rises up through the wick of a lamp. The height to which the water will rise depends upon different factors such as poor structure of the…
  • The Rise of Mortgage Rates could Discourage Potential Home Buyers

    Justin
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:57 am
    Mortgage rates have been rising for the past few weeks and this would mean that homeowners cannot benefit from their refinance. Renters are also encourage to purchase a home due to low rates and because they are afraid that maybe every good-condition home would be bought already. From the previous week, refinances have dropped to 12%, while the mortgage applications in buying a home increased by 3% reaching 14% way back last year. This was according to According to Mike Fratantoni of the MBA, “Rates rose in response to stronger economic data and an increasing chance that the Fed may…
  • Five Benefits of Living in the City

    Justin
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:13 pm
    There are people who prefer to stay in the city. After all, the chance to be entertained and at the same time, be able to live comfortably is a huge opportunity to pass up. In the metro, you won’t easily get bored, you never run out of things to do and there are plenty of great places to see. Left and right, everything seems to scream convenience and modern lifestyle. What Are The Benefits Of Living In The City Identify the reasons that make living in the city an irresistible choice for many. Here are five (5) of its benefits.   Bigger and higher-end facilities.         …
  • Five-Star Hotels In The Makati Central Business District

    Justin
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:05 am
    MakatiCity is one of the major financial, commercial and economic hubs in Asia. With over 3,000 finance-related institutions and approximately 62,300 plus establishments that include 48 shopping centers or malls, 472 banks, 47 embassies, 40 consulates, and 20 international organizations to name a few, not only is it known for being a primary cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila, its Central Business District (CBD) is also considered as the undisputed business capital of the Philippines.   What Five-Star Hotels Can Be Found In The Makati Central Business District There are about…
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  • Photo of the Week: Best wallpaper ever?

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Photo: Sebastian Masuda (via My Modern Met) The design, which has been displayed in New York this year, is called Colourful Rebellion - Seventh Nightmare and was created by Sebastian Masuda. It takes the idea of re-using and recycling materials for interior decor and takes it to a dazzling, disturbing extreme: the innards of a giant multi-coloured teddy bear, combined with everything from plastic toy soldiers to furniture from dollhouses, are splattered up the walls, resulting in an eye-popping collage of childhood bits and bobs.My Modern Met notes that the design riffs on Masuda's seven…
  • Where are Russian investors really buying property?

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    The Black Sea coast, Bulgaria Photo: Rubber Dragon Russian buyers are often associated with prime real estate in London's property market, villas in Spain and Portugal or Golden Visa schemes in Europe. Algarve property website Meravista, though, reveals that Russian buyers are not looking to invest in Portugal very much at all. Their number one target? Bulgaria. Indeed, despite widespread perception that Golden Visa schemes are helping to entice Russian investors to European property markets, Meravista reveals that 95 per cent of purchases by Russian buyers involve the buyer keeping…
  • Watch - Factory-Built Prefab Mansions That Fold Into Place

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
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    17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
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  • At a Glance: Demand soars for property across Portugal

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    -    Enquiries for Portuguese property up one-third nationally-    Lisbon most-searched property location in Portugal-    Algarve responsible for 6 in 10 Portuguese property enquiries-    10 times more searches for “property in Portugal” on Google (2013 vs 2011) Lisbon is now the most-searched property hotspot in Portugal, according to TheMoveChannel.com, accounting for 4.33 per cent of all Portugal searches on the site in the 12 months to February 2014, up from 3.61 per cent in the 12 months to February 2012. The…
 
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  • Hilton Head Island Tennis History

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Tennis players around the world don’t call Hilton Head Island the “Tennis Capital of the World” for nothing Offering possibly the most tennis courts per square mile anywhere on the planet, Hilton Head Island, which is 12 miles x 5 miles in size, boasts 300+ tennis courts on the Island alone  Nearly a hundred additional courts can be found in Bluffton, South Carolina which is adjacent to Hilton Head on the mainland side of the bridge. Most tennis courts are located in Hilton Head’s premier oceanfront resorts including Sea Pines Resort, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Shipyard Plantation, Port…
  • Hilton Head Flood Insurance

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Floods are the number one hazard in the United States and it is important to remember floods can happen anywhere, at anytime. What many people do not realize is anywhere it can rain, it can flood and it is important to understand a property’s flood risk and the options you have to financially protect it.  What this means is even if you are not required to have flood insurance, your home may still be at risk for flooding. Many people looking to purchase property in southern Beaufort County might not be familiar with flood insurance.  Being a coastal community many in our area have become…
  • The Hilton Head Airport Expansion

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
     Many of you may have heard that the Hilton Head Island Airport is slated to go through some changes.  With proposals and talk of expansions going on for years, I thought I would look in to see where the project currently stands. Part of the proposed scope of work is to relocate and lengthen two of the runways from their current 4,300 feet to 5,000 feet.  This will allow the new regional jets enough room to safely land.  Back in 2009 Delta Airlines pulled out of the area citing lack of sales, leaving US Airways as the only carrier.  The FAA will cover about 90 of the expected $12.9…
  • Springtime in the Lowcountry

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Do you have cabin fever? This winter is being recorded as one of the coldest and snowiest in recent history. Never fear, spring is right around the corner. Here on Hilton Head Island not only does that mean warm sunny days on the beach, but fun festivals and entertaining events that will help warm your soul. Whether Spring comes “in like a lion and out like a lamb, what the season brings for the Lowcountry area is gathering with friends and family outside at some fun filled festivals and events. Here are a just a few:    The Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon - March 9th            …
  • Sea Pines Resort Continues to Reinvent Itself

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    In the beginning, Sea Pines Resort developers took extreme measures in protecting the environment and eco-system.  This is why Sea Pines is known as one of the first ecologically sensitive, “eco-planned” communities in the country. Preservation of the beaches, surrounding waters and the natural feel is essential for the continued success of this community.  Sea Pines Resort is a real  amp; thriving community combining a nice mixture of primary residents, seasonal home owners and vacationers. However, the resorts beauty, preservation and quality of its eco-system are just a few of the…
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  • Why is office moving more difficult than residential moving?

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    There is no denying the fact that moving is one of the most difficult chores of all. It literally encompasses every other mundane chore as well. In bits and pieces, it involves cleaning, washing, lifting, dusting, and a very high, near gruelling level of organization. Office moving in a place like NYC is even more difficult than the more common residential moving in the same or another place. Here are 3 main reasons behind that: There is a great deal of technical aspects involved in office moving. Wiring, assembling gadgets, installing servers, creating an internal network of computers,…
  • 5 golden tips for anyone who is moving abroad

    admin
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:06 pm
    When you move to another country, the effort required increases, the piece of mind decreases and the chances of mishaps increase. Here are 5 golden tips to balance the equation by as far as possible: Be prepared- It will take you a while to adjust to the new land anyways. Do as much homework as possible. Know what kind of weather to expect the exchange rate, and other customs. Make sure you can resume a regular lifestyle as soon as possible. Do not waste time enrolling in schools, looking for jobs, etc. Have all that dealt with beforehand. For international moves, hire professional moving…
  • How to manage office relocation?

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Prospect of office relocation seems to be very daunting because it involves various steps. However, if broken down into series of simple steps then surely it can be hassle free and ensure moving of your office in time and in budget too. Step 1: Assess your current needs: You are carrying out office relocation process because of lease break, lease expiry, planned growth or due to contraction reason; you must be clear with the reason of relocation. Step 2: Be clear about your requirements:  After determining purpose of office move, next you need to be clear with is your requirements. This…
  • Moving the dishwasher and the washing machine!

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:44 pm
    There is a specific way of moving everything to its new location. Here is a quick guide to help you move your and dishwasher and washing machine. The protocol is largely similar for both, so the following set of instructions should be sufficient. 1. Unplug the machine before cleaning it. 2. Unplug all hoses, and clean each individual component separately. Clean each hose inside out and scrap every last but of dust out. 3. Wrap each hose in a clean towel while moving. Don’t use a brand new towel, just make sure that it’s clean and does not soil the freshly cleaned hose. 4. Keep metallic…
  • Is your relocation services provider insured?

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    If you’ve been asking friends for tips concerning moving to a new location, they will tell you that the actual process is the hardest part. You don’t get any props if everything goes right, but if something terrible happens (like in the case of having lost or broken something), it may result in much unhappiness. The best thing you can do is make sure that you rely on a bankable moving company that knows what they’re doing. Count every advantage, they offer while considering, hiring them. One prominent advantage, they may or may not offer, is insurance. There is always a possibility that…
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  • 201 Myrtle St - $139,000

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    WELCOME HOME ...is what you will feel as soon as you enter into this Darling Little Doll House located on Beautiful Myrtle Street! This Home has been Re-furbished from Top to Bottom and Inside Out. Featuring: Original Hard Wood Floors, Updated ...
  • 8536 Kern Canyon Road # 65 - $21,500

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    This 3 bedroom home has new paint in living room and master bedroom, new carpet and laminate flooring. Three bedroom, or two +office. One bedroom has built-ins and would make nice office. Two dining areas. Spacious kitchen. Private back yard. I...
  • 3422 View St - $500,000

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Under-priced resort style home. Original owners. Well cared for with attention to the smallest detail. Grounds designed by award winning landscaper. 100 points amenity list coming soon to include 8 sets French doors. Plan to spend at least 30 m...
  • 11501 Jenlee Ave - $260,000

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Take a look at this Beautiful 1,820 sqft home in the NW.Located on a corner lot. Property features 3 bedrooms 2 bath, new AC, newer roof, a gorgeous Rock waterfall swimming pool with a slide for those hot summer days. Regular Sale Hurry before ...
  • 1331 Bernard St - $1,250,000

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Corner lot, branded, and liquor gas station for sale. Motivated seller. Great potential.    
 
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  • Investment Property for Sale in Bakersfield CA

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    When it comes to making a sure bet investment there aren’t many more secure than Bakersfield real estate. This stunning city boasts huge industry and growth potential. This is what has made it such a popular place to relocate to. For this reason, the property value in Bakersfield has increased substantially over the years. That is why Bakersfield real estate is a safe bet if you are looking to make some serious returns! Those that are planning on purchasing Bakersfield CA real estate absolutely must come see this ideal property! Remarkable 2005 built gated 13 unit complex consisting of 1…
  • Disclosure Laws

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Before the professional inspects the home that you are buying, you will be asked to sign an acknowledgment of the scope of the inspection. This document will probably include a disclaimer clause designed to relieve the company of responsibility if they should miss a defect. What happens if a defect is missed during an inspection? The disclaimer clause may get the inspection company off the hook for a defect if there is no visual indication of a problem. If the inspector clearly indicated that he was not checking for that problem--many inspectors do not check for dry rot or inspect roofs--then…
  • Foreclosure Homes for Sale in Kern County

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Good news! We have some incredible foreclosures that can now be yours in Bakersfield CA! Foreclosures in Bakersfield offer you a chance at attaining your dream of buying a home in Bakersfield CA without having to pay a premium price for the property. Sounds fantastic, right? Well it is! These homes need to be sold as fast as possible meaning that they can be acquired sometimes for thousands below market price saving you some serious coin. What are you sitting around for? One of the foreclosure homes in Bakersfield CA is waiting for you to capture it! Those that are in the market for…
  • Agent Spotlight! Jesse Khalid!

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Agent Spotlight!Jesse Khalid!"I specialize in Retail Business such as Gas Stations ,and liquor stores, Properties Producing Income, and 1031 Exchange. By working with him, you are choosing to work with someone who deals exclusively in your line of business. You will not get the experience and expertise that Jesse K provide any where else. He can truly understand your business and how to market it, is someone who has been in your shoes. I can assist you to finance your purchase of a gas station. I offer free consultation, and assistance to buyer before ,during and after the transaction. I…
  • Welcome Back Shiela Rolin!!

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Welcome Back Shiela Rolin!!!! We are excited to have you back on the team!!
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    The Law Office of Paul A. Krasker, P.A

  • Foreclosure Defense Alternatives

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    An important part of foreclosure defense is considering the various foreclosure alternatives available. In light of the government programs that have been developed and refined over the past several years, there are many alternatives to foreclosure available for struggling homeowners. The following are the most widely utilized loss mitigation options:   Loan Modification: A loan modification is a change to the terms of the original mortgage loan agreement. Depending on the lender and the type of loan, foreclosure attorneys are often able to negotiate a change of terms with the lender,…
  • Questions to Help You Understand Foreclosure Defense

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    You may be fighting for your home against foreclosure without knowing what it really is. Once the paper is served it’s game on with limited time to save your home. You will have several questions at least and want answers right away. This whitepaper answers the 10 most common questions to Foreclosure Defense answered by our very own foreclosure defense attorneys. If you would like more details on foreclosure defense feel free to set up a free foreclosure defense consultation where we can answer any questions you may have.
  • 9 Questions to Ask a Foreclosure Defense Attorney

    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Looking for a foreclosure defense attorney is a process not to be taken lightly. Just as if you were shopping for a car there are questions to ask before hiring a foreclosure defense attorney. 1. How long have you been practicing foreclosure law? The attorney should have enough experience in the field to have a proven track record of handling many different types of cases. The amount of time can vary, but the number and type of cases the attorney has handled is important. 2. Will I be in contact with you or someone else in your office during my case? A law firm should always have the attorney…
  • Florida Strengthens as the Real Estate Crisis Ends

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Foreclosure filings in Palm Beach County continue to fall down 49% from last year at this time, and 9% down from January. One purported reason for this decrease is the enactment of a July 1 law regarding expediting certain foreclosures and specific paperwork that needs to be in place for the foreclosure to take place. Many experts in the field believe that attorneys and professionals in the field are getting used to the new laws and that there it is likely that the number of filings could increase once those involved become more used to the process However, one fact that cannot be disputed is…
  • Student Loan Forgiveness An Important Piece of the Financial Puzzle

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    The Law Office of Paul A. Krasker, P.A. has been helping distressed homeowners for years, providing foreclosure defense in the form of loan modifications, short sales, and even bankruptcy filings. The professionals with the Homeowner Assistance Division of The Law Office of Paul A. Krasker, P.A.(HAD) have gained an enormous amount of satisfaction from providing help to homeowners who would have ordinarily had to endure the trauma of a foreclosure. However, Paul A. Krasker, P.A. began noticing a trend in some of the clients who were also bogged down with student loan debt. Even though HAD was…
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  • The Orange County Real Estate Roller Coaster is Heading Up

    949hometeam
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    As a full time realtor in Orange County since 1999 I’ve been around long enough to see all the ebbs and flows of Orange County Real Estate.  We had the rise starting in 1998 all the way through 2007 then…Read more ›The Orange County Real Estate Roller Coaster is Heading Up is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Attack of the Tornado Tenant

    949hometeam
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Being an Orange County real estate investor can offer great financial rewards but it also comes with a good amount of risk. As a landlord one of the greatest risks is what I call a tornado tenant. A tornado tenant…Read more ›Attack of the Tornado Tenant is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate is it time to get off the fence?

    949hometeam
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Currently I’m working with multiple buyers  in different stages of the home purchase cycle and right now, as we head into the summer season, the Orange County Real Estate market is heating up as much as our weather.  This increase…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate is it time to get off the fence? is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report April 2014

    949hometeam
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report Aliso Viejo Real Estate at a Glance:  Activity is picking up  After a few slow months we had a nice jump in activity last month which hopefully will continue to move the market as we…Read more ›Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report April 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Dana Point Real Estate Report April 2014

    949hometeam
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Dana Point Real Estate Report Dana Point Real Estate at a Glance:  Activity is picking up  After a few slow months we had a nice jump in activity last month which hopefully will continue to move the market as we…Read more ›Dana Point Real Estate Report April 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
 
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    Hidden Valley Moving and Storage

  • What to put in your First Day Kit and “Essentials” boxes

    Abbie
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    If you’ve visited our site for moving tips before, you know how important it is to pack properly for a smooth move.  In several of our posts (See: Moving Tips for the Week Before the Move and Reducing your Moving Day Stress), we mentioned creating “Essentials” boxes for each room and a “First Day Kit” as part of that preparation.  While what goes in these boxes will vary somewhat from person to person and family to family, we thought we’d give you some ideas to help get you started. Your essentials boxes will contain the basic things you need to make your new place livable while…
  • Reestablishing Your Home After Moving

    Jared Carrizales
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:50 am
    On Your Marks, Get Set… If you read our post “Planning Ahead for Easier Unpacking”, you know that two-thirds of unpacking is in packing and moving. So, in a sense, if you followed our advice, you’re already almost done unpacking! Now is the fun part – rediscovering your favorite things (and not your least favorite things because you got rid of them during the packing process); creating a new, organized space. Focusing on these exciting aspects can be a huge part of taking the headache out of moving in again. As can the following tips: 1. Flatten all packing materials, including…
  • Tax Write Offs For Moving Expenses

    Jared Carrizales
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Relocating to start a new job can be a very stressful time. Fortunately, you may be eligible for some welcome relief in the form of a tax deduction for your moving expenses. There are three main “tests” the IRS uses to determine eligibility: the start of work test; the distance test; and the time test. REQUIREMENTS TO CLAIM DEDUCTION * Did you move less than a year before (or after) the day you began work? * Is your new office at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old office was? Also, “the distance from your new home to the new job location is not more than…
  • Planning Ahead for Easier Unpacking

    Jared Carrizales
    27 Feb 2014 | 10:45 am
    Common wisdom tends to divide moving into three stages – Packing and Preparation, Moving Day, and Unpacking. Everyone has their personal approaches, preferences and feelings pertaining to each. While thinking about a move in three stages can be helpful, one of the most important things to remember is that the third stage is a direct a product of the first two. The ease with which you are able to set your household back in order will be exponentially proportional to the care taken in packing and in loading and unloading the moving truck. Packing Advice abounds on the best way to pack…
  • How to Prepare for a Long Distance Move

    Jared Carrizales
    15 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
    Regardless of your destination, moving can be taxing, even overwhelming. Relocating across the country adds a whole new level of difficulty compared to moving across town. Moving can be stressful whether you’re moving across town or across the country, but with thoughtful planning and patience, it can be done with the least amount of stress to you and your family. With a few simple steps, you can make everything easier. Make Sure You Have Enough Money There are certain expenses that come from a cross-country move and you need to be prepared. Expect to spend between eight and fourteen…
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  • What documents are required to get a mortgage?

    John Moran
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    What documents will I need to provide to get a home loan?Some loans will require more or less documentation, but these are the basic documents required by the majority of lenders on average mortgage transactions: Employed borrowers: Two most recent years of W-2 forms Two most recent years of federal tax returns, personal (all pages)Most recent 30 days of pay stubs Current mortgage statement (if refinance) Purchase contract and copy of earnest money check (if purchase) Two months statements for any asset accounts (checking, savings, 401k, IRA,…
  • How to shop for mortgage interest rates.

    John Moran
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Many people reading this article may not have much experience comparing interest rates and lenders and may be avoiding shopping for a mortgage out of anxiety. Here are some dos and don'ts from someone who works in the mortgage industry to help you navigate the experience:Don't fill out multiple loan applicationsYou don't need to complete a full mortgage application to receive an interest rate and fee quote. Some companies will train their employees to get an application to further the sales process before telling you what they can offer. The reality is that they can accurately quote you rates…
  • What are the steps involved in the home mortgage process?

    John Moran
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Every home mortgage process is a little different, but nearly all loans follow this same timeline of events.Here is a quick overview of the steps nearly all loans will follow before the mortgage officially closes.  The Application: In order to begin the loan process, a prospective borrower must first fill out an application.  There are three typical methods to complete this portion of the loan process; an online application a face-to-face interview or a phone interview. Most of the information contained in the application is something a borrower would know off…
  • Are Realtors and real estate agents giving away business?

    John Moran
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Most likely, yes. I'm going to throw some numbers out that should really make you sit up in your chair and take notice. Regardless of whether you are a multi-million dollar superstar or you started in real estate yesterday, this is something to think about:88% of homebuyers would use their agent again or recommend them to others. (1)12% of homebuyers actually use an agent they have previously used. (1)The average American household moves every 5 years. (2)Read through those figures again and honestly think about the amount of referrals or repeat customers you typically generate…
  • Arizona - Get rid of your monthly FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) already!

    John Moran
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Homeowners in Arizona with FHA loans should all take a good look at their home's current value to see if refinancing into a conventional home loan is an option.It's no secret that home values have risen significantly over the past year or two here in Arizona. AZCentral estimates between 15-45% in the greater Phoenix area (info here). Many homeowners who purchased in the last few years chose an FHA loan because of the low down payment options. What those homeowners don't realize is that they may be able to refinance out of their FHA loan and into a conventional loan with lower monthly mortgage…
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  • 88th Annual Coronado Flower Show

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tented flower show in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations. Held in Coronado’s Spreckel’s Park , the Show features landscape displays, horticultural and floral competitions, lectures, food, beer and wine events, live entertainment, demonstrations and shopping. A Wine and Beer Garden is now a permanent feature of the Flower Show. Take a break from the show, relax and listen to the entertainment from the nearby…
  • #1 in 92127 Market

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    10 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Feb 27th, 2014 Dear Lucy, Congratulations on another successful year! You’re #1 the 92127 market for all real estate transactions less than $3.3M. You also rank #17 in San Diego County out of 13,670 total agents in 2013 per the Sandicor MLS! We’ve enclosed sales charts showing your remarkable statistics. Not only are you #1 in sales volume, but you also have a higher average selling price, less days on market and a higher sale to list price ration than other top agents. Your clients are the true beneficiary of your dedication and expertise in your real estate market!
  • “Wine Gathering” at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Delicias Restaurant in the village of Rancho Santa Fe will host a “Wine Gathering” for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center on Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m. The event will be a promotional kick-off for the Community Center’s Moroccan Fantasy Gala to be held on Saturday, May 17, at the RSF Community Center. The wine collected at the event will be featured at the gala. Moffett Vineyards will be hosting Screenplay wines throughout the evening and complimentary hors d’oeuvres to be provided by Delicias Restaurant. Space is limited to 65 attendees. Delicias will remain open following…
  • 7664 Top O The Morning

    Lucy Kelts
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Custom home construction in the prestigious, highly sought after Crosby Estates at Rancho Santa Fe! A perfect home with 5BR suites, SINGLE LEVEL, an oversized 4-car garage, sited upon an all usable, large homesite with beautiful MOUNTAIN AND PANORAMIC VIEWS!!! Built to today’s exacting standards for energy efficiency, designer excellence and complete livability, some of the features of this wonderful home include: Kitchen with 2 peninsulas, large center island, Stainless Steele appliances featuring free standing Wolf range with 6-burner+grill, and double ovens. Warming drawer in…
  • Mark Your Calendars: Moroccan Fantasy Gala at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center on May 17

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center will present its “Moroccan Fantasy: a Night at the Oasis” gala on Saturday, May 17, at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Festivities will start at 6 p.m. with tantalizing entertainment, a cocktail reception and silent-auction bidding. Guests can feel free to wear regular cocktail attire, or embrace the theme by donning Moroccan-style clothing. (One local source is Bombay Fashions, located at 9494 Black Mountain Road in San Diego.) A decadent three-course dinner (special dietary needs can be accommodated with prior notification), live auction and…
 
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  • Pssst – Wanna Be A Real Estate Millionaire? Part 2

    Tex Norton
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Always keep in mind that you will be letting other people pay your bills. Always! When I started my real estate investing, I would never consider a property unless it showed a 10% triple-net return. That means that after paying all the fixed costs such as taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance, management and a vacancy factor [...]Pssst – Wanna Be A Real Estate Millionaire? Part 2 is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Why Are Mortgage Loans At A 14-Year Low?

    Brian Davis
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Investors – did you know that new mortgage originations are at their lowest level since at least 2000, according to a study released recently by Black Knight Financial Services, with data going back to the beginning of the millennium? The new data surprised many analysts, who have watched the real estate sector gaining momentum in [...]Why Are Mortgage Loans At A 14-Year Low? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Why Every Investor Should Write A Book About Their Business

    Aaron Kinney
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    After reading this title, you might be thinking: “There’s already plenty of Real Estate gurus.  I have no desire to do that.” Let me explain. You don’t need to make a ton of money or even a single dollar for this to be a worthwhile endeavor.  Here’s the main goal: Writing a book about your [...]Why Every Investor Should Write A Book About Their Business is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 5 Steps To Creating A Real Estate Marketing Plan To Find Sellers

    Frank Chen
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Real Estate Marketing Plans Are Essential To Your Real Estate Business. Here’s A Video Explaining How To Create A Real Estate Marketing Plan… 5 Steps To Creating A Real Estate Marketing Plan To Find Sellers is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors5 Steps To Creating A Real Estate Marketing Plan To Find Sellers is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Five Home Improvements For A Quick Sale

    Nick Mormann
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Need to sell a property fast but not sure which home improvements make sense due to time constraints? Start by walking through the house and visualizing buyers’ reactions. Would something make them pause, frown, or shake their head “no”? If so, repair or replace the source of this negative reaction. Below are the five areas [...]Five Home Improvements For A Quick Sale is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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  • House Purchase Closing Costs

    Conny
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    At some point in the process of buying a house a client always asks “How much will my closing costs be?” For most clients, the underlying question is about estimating how much money they will need on the day of closing. And from a client’s point of view, it’s a pretty straightforward question. But is it? In reality, it is actually three questions rolled into one: What are my Closing Costs? What are my Pre-Paids? What are the Total Funds that will be required to close? Huh? Real Estate Settlement Costs Many professions have their own terminology and language. The real estate and…
  • Flood Insurance for Homeowners

    Conny
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:17 pm
    There is a lot of confusion about flood insurance.  Many homeowners find out too late that flood damage isn’t covered by their basic homeowner’s insurance policy. Private companies offer flood insurance, but most people get their coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). To be eligible for an NFIP flood insurance policy, your community must participate in the program. What’s the National Flood Insurance Program? The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created in 1968 to help property owners obtain flood insurance at a reasonable cost. The premiums on the…
  • Impact of Credit Scores on Your Mortgage Rate

    Conny
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:51 pm
    All mortgage rates are not created equal, which is why that great advertised rate is not usually the rate a borrower is quoted after his or her credit is pulled. Credit scores weigh heavily with lenders when you are applying for a loan. The better your credit score, the easier to get a mortgage and the lower the rate you will pay. Conversely, a low credit score will cost you money and possibly make it difficult or impossible for you to qualify. What Score Does a Mortgage Lender Use? When you apply for a mortgage loan, the lender pulls your credit from all three major credit bureaus, Experian,…
  • Buying a House? Read the Small Print

    Conny
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Anyone who has ever bought a house knows that the paperwork involved can be a bit overwhelming. (Seriously, who doesn’t silently groan when handed a pile of dense legalese?) Purchase and Sale contracts, mortgage terms, title searches, survey details, HUD statements, mortgage loan notes and closing documents – all are complicated and can be difficult to understand. But being an informed consumer is critically important when purchasing real estate. Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions most people make. And just because the person handing you the papers to…
  • Buying a Home in Palm Beach County

    Conny
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:49 pm
    South Florida is a go-to haven for retiring and relocating northerners, myself included. But on a practical level there are a few items you should be aware of when looking for your new home. There are No Basements Okay, I realize that is self-evident, but think about the implications when you are searching for a home. Northern basements house a lot of activities, from laundry rooms to workshops to family entertainment centers to storage.  You’ll need to accommodate for those uses when considering the size and floor plan in your new home. Learn About Flood Zones The news has been full of…
 
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  • Understanding Deed-Restricted Communities

    The Housing Block
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Understanding Deed-Restricted Communities If you are in the market for a new home, you may come across the term “deed restricted” in regard to certain communities in your area. “Deed restricted” generally means that the homeowners association has put certain limits on how the property can be used, not only at the time the restriction was put into place, but also for anyone who purchases the property in the future. If you are interested in a property in a deed restricted community, you should research the rules carefully to avoid conflicts in the future.   Image…
  • Bank of Canada Stands Pat, Leaving Interest Rates at 1 Percent

    The Housing Block
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Bank of Canada Stands Pat, Leaving Interest Rates at 1 Percent Quelle surprise! The Bank of Canada (BoC) has decided to once again leave interest rates at 1 per cent. This marks the 29th time in a row the central bank has left the trendsetting overnight rate at 1 per cent; we haven’t seen it budge 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 felt throughout the Canadian economy. Individual lenders set their prime rate based on the overnight lending rate. Those…
  • The Fish House by Guz Architects

    The Housing Block
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    The Fish House by Guz Architects In today’s must see luxury home we wanted to share this home known as the “The Fish House by Guz Architects”. This tropical modern home is located on Sentosa Island, Singapore and is designed by Guz Architects. The home provides a combination of both environmentally friendly living with a luxurious design drawing you to its beautiful features of its tropical environment. Guz Architects designed the homes concept “to create a house which has a close relationship with nature”. This was accomplished by features such as natural sea breeze…
  • Guideline B-21: What It Means for Homebuyers

    The Housing Block
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Guideline B-21: What It Means for Homebuyers The much-anticipated Guideline B-21 was released as a draft on Monday by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI). Homebuyers can breathe a sigh of relief, as the new guidelines will affect relatively few buyers.   Instead of targeting buyers this time around, the new guidelines are aimed squarely at mortgage insurance providers. The CMHC, a crown corporation, backed by taxpayer dollars provides the lion’s share of mortgage insurance; smaller insurers like Genworth MI Canada and Canada Guaranty cover the rest. Image…
  • Rob Mills Architect – Toorak Contemporary Home

    The Housing Block
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Rob Mills Architect – Toorak Contemporary Home Ross Street is the ultimate in contemporary inner-city living: a luxury home and style accessory in one. It’s a place where the ambitious can thrive, whether playing sharp-suited host or dressed down to unwind. The custom spiral staircase, chrome clad columns and frameless windows turn this glass, zinc and concrete building into an artwork that transcends its suburban environment and radiates success.     House as described by Rob Mills Architect A courageous design reflecting our client: glamorous yet family-focused.
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    Apartments in Bangalore | i1 properties

  • Few points to keep in mind before accepting a real estate deal.

    Santosh V.T
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    If you want to take a real estate and if you are preparing yourselves for a deal then you have to keep in mind few points which are very important. If you consider these points then the deal can be a profitable one. We have mentioned a Few points to keep in mind before accepting a real estate deal and you can go through the same before making a deal. You have to first find out a good estate agent who is reliable and genuine so that he can guide you in the correct manner and he can also help you regarding the legal matters. You need to get the best exit strategy initially. You need to search…
  • Demand for residential properties in Bangalore.

    Santosh V.T
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Today with the increasing opportunities in the so called silver city, we can see that the Demand for residential properties in Bangalore has also risen. We can also observe the fall in the price of the homes and apartments as well. Due to the increasing demand for the residential properties including the apartments, the investors are taking more and more interest in the real estate. As the demand goes up, the quality also goes up in a parallel way. The prices of the properties in Bangalore are coming down each and every day and hence more and more people are taking interest in buying new…
  • Current development of real estate in Bangalore.

    Santosh V.T
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
    The well known Silicon Valley of India is changing its form is coming to our way as a    new makeover of the city as the Manhattan of India. With growing population due to increase in the opportunities, the city is going to turn into the new real estate centre of the country. Since last few years many new companies have started creating many opportunities for the fresher. This has given rise to the migration of the people to the city and as a result development of real estate in Bangalore has take place. The demand for the residential and commercial properties rises and the prices have…
  • Are you looking for properties in Bangalore?

    Santosh V.T
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Bangalore, popularly known as the Silicon Valley  and one of the most developed cities in our country. The city has got the best popularity and the number of people migrating here because of the jobs is increasing day by day. If you are also the one who is here and want to get your own home then here is the right place for you. You should first decide what kind of place you want to stay at. It can be a house or apartments. Both of them have different benefits. If you go for an apartment then you can enjoy all the recent facilities like club house, swimming pool etc. It is difficult to get…
  • New Luxury Apartments In Bangalore, By Best Builders In Bangalore.

    Santosh V.T
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Bangalore, very well known as the IT hub of our country, is ranked as the fifth rapid developing city in the country thanks to the IT and other sectors development. As the sectors grow and expand its wings, the need for the homes also increases as the time goes ahead. All the factors are responsible for the development of the real estate industry and the building of the top quality of apartments in Bangalore, just because of the increasing demand for apartments in Bangalore with the rise in the crowd of It professionals who want to buy the apartments in Bangalore in order to get the higher…
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  • Signs the housing market is heating up – USA TODAY

    Admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Signs the housing market is heating up – USA TODAY Signs the housing market is heating upUSA TODAYThe reasons for the American housing crash fill entire library bookshelves, so we’ll skip the gory details and just note that the market for private mortgage insurance tanked. If you wanted a house and c … Original article […] The post Signs the housing market is heating up – USA TODAY appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • What a $200000 Mortgage Will Cost You – ABC News

    Admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    What a $200000 Mortgage Will Cost You – ABC News ABC NewsWhat a $200000 Mortgage Will Cost YouABC NewsThe type of mortgage can affect everything from your purchasing power to your monthly payment. The key is finding the mortgage program that makes the most sense given your particular financial situ … Original article on http://news.google.com […] The post What a $200000 Mortgage Will Cost You – ABC News appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for Mortgages – Bloomberg

    Admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for Mortgages – Bloomberg Washington PostWells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for MortgagesBloombergNew York-based JPMorgan said jobs at its mortgage business declined 14,000, or 30 percent, since the start of last year. Wells Fargo set plans to cut 1,100 positions in th … Original article on http://news.google.com […] The post Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for Mortgages – Bloomberg appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • New Rules Mean Some Jumbo Mortgages May Be Harder to Get – Wall Street Journal

    Admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    New Rules Mean Some Jumbo Mortgages May Be Harder to Get – Wall Street Journal New Rules Mean Some Jumbo Mortgages May Be Harder to GetWall Street JournalBecause some of those features are now more commonly found in larger home loans, some experts say that could mean fewer choices for some consumers seeking jumbo mortgages, […] The post New Rules Mean Some Jumbo Mortgages May Be Harder to Get – Wall Street Journal appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
 
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    Hipster Investments

  • The Value Of Coaching

    Ali
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Today’s lifestyle design post is going to take a look at one of the most important aspects of true life style design. What is it you ask? Don’t look at the title! Think – what makes you keep going after your wants even when things get so hard you don’t think you want them anymore? A coach does. A coach isn’t just an incredibly talented athlete and strategist – although some of the best coaches are just that. Coaches are your friends. They are your parents. They are the times in life you fail (yes, really). They are the shoes you wear. They are the obstacles…
  • What’s Available Wednesday! Texas.

    Ali
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    TEXAS IS BACK!! So much so, we are doing the first-ever double What’s Available Wednesday! It’s hump day again – and Hipster has a very special post lined up for you today…. Texas inventory is back – with a vengeance. The new stock is going to go fast – just as it did in the past – so if you’re interested in going big with your ROI, we suggest you lasso in one of these rock star properties! As you know, Hipster loves the lone star state’s fundamentals. Why? Both Houston and Dallas deliver big returns and real cash value. If you want to…
  • The Blue Chip Way To Invest In Real Estate

    Ali
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The stock market is often thought of as something of a gamble. Stocks go up and down on a dime. When it comes to investing in the stock market, there are certain stocks that are thought of as bringing security, profitability and safety: they’re called ‘blue chips’. Blue chip stocks usually cost more to buy into – but the cost is considered well worth it for the security investing in this kind of stock brings. When it comes to investing in real estate, there are lots of different approaches investors can take. As with the stock market, there are the penny stocks (think:…
  • Sometimes, A Fork In The Road Is Just A Fork In The Road

    Ali
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    People always say, “Prepare yourselves: one day there will be a fork in the road.” They say, “you’ll need to make a decision you don’t want make.” They say, “Get ready.” We lifestyle designers say something different: we say this – every single day there is a fork in the road. Sometimes it’s a real fork, sometimes it’s a change in philosophical direction, sometimes it’s a different way to get to the same direction, sometimes you need to take a whole different direction completely. Either way, forks in the road happen.
  • What’s Available Wednesday? Houston.

    Ali
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Are you looking for the turnkey investment property of your dreams? You know – the kind of property that starts making money for you the moment you sign the papers. Ca-chink! Ca-chink! That’s the sound of more money in your piggy bank, each hour and day of the month. Ah, turnkey bliss. Yes – it is possible. The two key factors for achieving turnkey bliss?1. Location. 2. Actual Property…. Today’s What’s Available Wednesday takes us out of Philly (for the moment) to remember how great we think Houston is. The city is full of amazing deals (although these…
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  • How to become a Million Dollar Agent

    LinkLearn
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Many people get into real estate sales with one big goal – attaining Million Dollar Agent status. Here’s some tips from LinkLearn trainees who have gone on to achieve this milestone. What else would you say helped you reach the top of your game? Advice from industry experts on how to achieve Million Dollar Agent Status The post How to become a Million Dollar Agent appeared first on LinkLearn.
  • Retraining after Redundancy

    LinkLearn
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Losing your job can be tough. As well as dealing with uncertainty and trying to find a new job in a country where the unemployment rate is at a decade-high of 6%, you can be left feeling discouraged and let down. But have you stopped to think that maybe this could be the fresh start you are looking for? You don’t have to be a young person to retrain and try something different. In fact, these days it is common for a person to change careers up to five times during his or her lifetime. Did you know that the skillset you have from your previous job could be a great fit for a completely…
  • Technology and the Future of Real Estate

    LinkLearn
    10 Jan 2014 | 9:22 am
    The internet has had a huge impact on the real estate industry. The amount of internet users in Australia has grown from 6, 600, 000 in 2000 to 19, 554, 832 in 2012. Whether at home or on the move, advancements in technology allow people to access a plethora of information at the click of a button. So what does this mean for the Real Estate Industry? Real Estate Agents Need to Meet Clients Where They Are Where people once relied on real estate agents and newspapers to browse properties, they are now able to start their search online. Many real estate agencies have adapted to this by creating…
  • Real Estate Business for Sale: Make it Yours

    LinkLearn
    19 Dec 2013 | 2:18 am
    Is your dream to buy a real estate agency and be your own boss? By following the correct regulations you can make this dream a reality. Understand How the Industry Works The real estate industry does not stay the same. Instead, it is continuously fluctuating and can be quite volatile. The key to buying and maintaining a successful real estate business is to understand how the industry works and to keep on top of the fluctuations. This is done through research, observation, industry experience, networking and immersing yourself in real estate news. Get the Correct Licenses Knowing the ins and…
  • Midlife Career Change

    LinkLearn
    11 Dec 2013 | 1:17 am
    Are you entertaining the idea of a midlife career change but not sure if it is too late? If you are considering starting a career in real estate, the answer is no, it is not too late. In the real estate industry it is common to come across staff who are older than 40 and who have swapped to real estate from another career. What’s more, these days it is common to swap careers multiple times during your lifetime. Whether you are working in a job you no longer enjoy or you have been a stay at home mum for a number of years, the key to changing careers is to find a job that interests you and…
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  • Faces of Point2 – Mary Chu

    Geneva Ives
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Title: Event Planner Start Date: August 2013 Today we thought we’d showcase one of the people who make all of the events we attend so wonderful. Mary Chu is an events planner for Point2, meaning she interacts with important organizations and industry groups, coordinates our show attendance and helps organize presentations. Without her help, we’d be – probably quite literally – lost! When she’s not helping us sort out which one of us is going where and when, Mary spends her time eating (and Yelping about) all the foods of San Diego with her husband and adorable…
  • Upcoming Webinar: Go Paperless for More Profits – You Don’t Have to be Tech Savvy!

    Tanya Fears
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What if this Point2 session could really help you save over 400 working hours a year? Imagine enjoying more time to do what you want, reducing your stress and saving a bunch of trees in the process? Terri will share the top 10 tips to going paperless even if you aren’t tech savvy. She’s compiled the best tips from some of our top experts like Verl Workman and Garry Wise in our 36 minute session. Get the scoop on: 1) Which apps will help you save time and cut your fuel costs 2) Why going paperless can save you space and cover your business in future transactions 3) How to cut costs on…
  • Heartbleed: Should I Change My Password?

    Geneva Ives
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    If you keep an eye on tech news – or even if you don’t – you probably heard the word “heartbleed” on repeat last week. Heartbleed is a bug that compromises the security of websites that use OpenSSL encryption technology to protect sensitive data. This includes the names and passwords of website visitors. Some have estimated that the Heartbleed bug affects more than half a million websites. That sounds scary, right? Well, the good news is that Point2 is pleased to confirm that our sites have not been affected by and are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. BUT that’s not the case…
  • So, You Want to Be a Broker?

    Yardi Yardi
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Considering the transition from real estate agent to broker? There is more in your future than a few classes and a bigger paycheck. There are several factors to consider before taking the plunge into brokerage. As an agent, you’ve earned your stripes by fulfilling your state’s licensing requirements. You may even be a REALTOR®, upholding the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics. If you’re earning about $39,800 per year, you’re in stride with the median income for agents throughout the US according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet you want change. Before you sign up…
  • Convert Seller Prospects: SOLD in 5 Easy Steps

    Tanya Fears
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What if you knew which 5 top steps you need to not only get more listings but also list them at the right price? Super agent and founder of  The Paperless Agent, Garry Wise, shared his proven 5-step strategy in our Success Series webinar recently. With over 20 years in the business, Garry turned his frustration with the inefficiencies of a complicated and often inconsistent listing appointment process into a streamlined, highly-efficient system using a paperless approach. Garry shared his proven 5-step system as a template for success at listing appointments that will set you apart from…
 
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  • A Snapshot of Homeowners [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Real Estate: This Spring Will Be Different

    The KCM Crew
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just like May flowers, every spring the housing market blossoms as buyers come out ready to purchase their dream house. This spring, we believe we are going to see the strongest purchasing market we have seen in a decade. Why are we so bullish on the housing market this spring? Here are a few reasons: MILLENNIALS Contrary to many reports, this age demographic is READY, WILLING and ABLE to become homeowners. As a matter of fact, the latest National Association of Realtors’ gender study revealed that the Millennial generation has recently accounted for a greater percentage of all buyers than…
  • Real Estate: We are NOT the Only Ones Saying You Should Buy

    The KCM Crew
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have never hid our belief in homeownership. That does not mean we think EVERYONE should run out and buy a house. However, if a person or family is ready, willing and able to purchase a home, we believe that owning is much better than renting. And we believe that now is a great time to buy. We are not the only ones that think owning has massive benefits or that now is a sensational time to plunge into owning your own home. Here are a few others: Benefits of Owning Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University “Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while…
  • Thinking of Buying a Vacation/Retirement Home? Why Wait?

    The KCM Crew
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The sales of vacation homes skyrocketed last year. A recent study also revealed that 25% of those surveyed said they’d likely buy a second home, such as a vacation or beach house, to use during retirement. For many Baby Boomers, the idea of finally purchasing that vacation home (that they may eventually use in retirement) makes more and more sense as the economy improves and the housing market recovers. If your family is thinking about purchasing that second home, now may be the perfect time. Prices are still great. If you decide to lease the property until you’re ready to occupy it full…
  • Want to Sell Your House? Price it Right!

    The KCM Crew
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The housing market is recovering nicely. Prices have increased nationally by double digits over the last twelve months. Competition from the shadow inventory of lower priced distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) is diminishing rapidly. Now may be the perfect time to sell your home and move to the dream house or beautiful location your family has always talked about. The one suggestion we would definitely offer: DON’T OVERPRICE IT!! Even though prices have increased by more than 10% over the last year, the acceleration of appreciation has slowed dramatically over the last few…
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  • Five easy ways to save money on your energy bill

    Dan Zito
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Five easy ways to save money on your energy bill Save your money — and help save the environment at the same time. Whether you’re moving into a new home or looking to improve your current living situation, one easy way to reduce your bills and live more mindfully is to be a smarter consumer of energy. Here are five easy ways that you can start saving energy and reducing your utilities bills today. 1. Replace your light bulbs. Do … Read More
  • How to Make Buyers Love Your Home

    Dan Zito
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Does Your Home Appeal To Buyers? A neat, tidy and well-staged home creates buyers interest, and helps to create quick home sales whereas when a home is an untidy mess, it will turn off potential buyers. You could then wait for months to find a buyer and will probably end up needing to drop your price dramatically to conclude a sale. So lets look at ways to encourage a ‘selling’ interest in your home. How to Make Your Home Say … Read More
  • The Avocet

    Dan Zito
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
  • Staging Your House to Sell

    Dan Zito
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Home staging plays a very important part in successfully selling your house. The impression that the buyer makes of your home is what will determine him to make you an offer for it or keep looking. Here is what a properly staged house should convey to the buyer: Cleanliness Your house needs to look spotless. Because we might at times miss something important, it’s recommended to hire a professional cleaning firm at least once before starting to show your house … Read More
  • 5 Easy Ways to Update your Patio

    Dan Zito
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Whether you are trying to sell a house, sprucing up your current residence or settling in to your new abode, think of your outdoor space as an extension of your living space. Are you utilizing the space well? Here are five easy ways to update your back patio space — and add much more usable space to your property. 1. Draw the eyes upward. You’ve traditionally heard this design rule apply to tall living rooms; consider your backyard a really, … Read More
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  • Homeownership’s Impact on net Worth

    Nancy Moeller
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. A study by the Federal Reserve formally answered this question. Some of the findings revealed in their report: The average American family has a net worth of $77,300 Of that net worth, 61.4% ($47,500) of it is in home equity A homeowner’s net worth is over thirty times greater than that of a renter The average homeowner has a net worth of $174,500 while the…
  • Can I Afford to Be a Landlord?

    The Moeller Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    According to Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), multifamily rent growth should level out to its long-term average performance as interest rates increase. That does not mean that investing in a multifamily property is a bad idea, it just means that the supply and demand conditions are varying by location and adjusting to job growth or stagnation. Since most rental housing demand comes from 25- to 34-year-olds, the FHLMC expects the need for rental property to grow by up to 1.6 million as the employment picture improves. You do not have to be a high-level investor…
  • A Home’s Cost vs Price Explained

    Nancy Moeller
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:02 am
      We have often talked about the difference between COST and PRICE. As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned about price but instead about the ‘long term cost’ of the home. Let us explain. Recently, we reported that a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists projected that home values would appreciate by approximately 8% from now to the end of 2015. Additionally,…
  • Tips for Last Minute Tax Returns

    Nancy Moeller
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Tips for Last Minute Tax Returns Sometimes there is just not enough time in the day and before you know it tax season has come and is almost gone! Filing your taxes hastily can lead to simple mistakes. Here are some tips on how to file a flawless last minute tax return. Take your time It isn’t April 16 yet, you have time. Don’t rush through your return; that is how mistakes are made. Never skip questions Answer all questions on your return. If you are unsure if it applies to you, read the directions. Not checking one yes/no box can lead into a massive delay on the processing. Sign your…
  • How to get Clean Sparkling Windows

    The Moeller Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    The warming days of spring are the perfect time to bring some light and air into your home. Whether you are planning to sell your home now or sometime in the future, having clean bright windows gives a home a whole new look and transform a dull interior into a bright living space. Take the time to get yourself a few good tools and you can make window washing a breeze. Clean your windows when the sun is not shining directly on them since the sun will heat the glass causing your soap’s suds to dry too quickly and streak. So if you have a lot of windows that might take you most of the day,…
 
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  • How to Choose a Professional Real Estate Photographer

    Hugh
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many people know that they should hire a professional real estate photographer, but they don’t understand the right steps that need to be followed in order to select the best photographer for the job. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when you are looking for a real estate photographer to help with your home listing photos: Price Matters… You Get What You Pay For The cost of moving can be expensive, and since you are selling your home then you are likely spending a little bit of extra money on the cost of moving. In these situations, many people are looking for…
  • Real Estate Video Tours Give You an Edge Over the Competition

    Hugh
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you are looking for a way to market your property that is for sale, then real estate video tours should be at the top of your “to-do” list. This marketing method is an effective way to find more buyers to view your home listing, but it is estimated that only 5% of real estate agents utilize video marketing in their efforts. So, if you use real estate videos to market your home, then it means that you will be able to get ahead of 95% of the competition. As a real estate agent, if you aren’t already utilizing real estate video tours, then you should start offering the…
  • Why Professional Real Estate Photos Increase the Value of Your Property

    Hugh
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is estimated that 92% of home buyers use the internet to search for properties that they are interested in, and their first impressions will be decided based on the real estate listing of each property that they view. Professional real estate photos can make a big difference to the first impression that each buyer has of your property, and there are several ways that the photos can be beneficial to help you sell your home. Professional and Amateur photography comparison For example, the photos can highlight the upgrades and unique details that are available in the home, helping to justify…
  • Real Estate Videos are an Important Element of Modern Marketing

    Hugh
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    Newspapers and print ads might have been effective real estate marketing techniques years ago, but the face of the new industry is shaped around technology and online marketing. Real estate agents who fail to use online tools such as social media and real estate video tours, are making a big mistake in their business. If you want to see success with selling the properties that are listed for sale, then it is necessary to take a few steps in order to utilize online and digital marketing techniques. Newspaper Ads are a Thing of the Past Before the invention of the internet, people usually…
  • Real Estate Marketing Tools in 2014

    Hugh
    20 Feb 2014 | 6:35 am
    Real estate marketing tools have changed drastically in recent years, due to the increase in the use of technology. As a real estate agent, failing to utilize these tools can have a negative impact on the length of time that it takes to sell a home as well as the final selling price of the home. This article provides a few real estate online marketing tools that you should use to market your real estate, and these tools can be used by both real estate agents and private home sellers. Keep in mind that 88% of home buyers have stated that they start their search for a new home on the internet,…
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    Times Realty News

  • Real Estate Tech Company, GroundBreaker, is Leading as a SaaS (Service as a Software) Platform

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    by Michael Hull   It is not easy to get a real estate project off the ground. Most of these projects require just a lot of money that small entrepreneurs may not be able to raise.  This is where GroundBreaker, which has labeled itself as a launchpad for real estate ventures, comes in. GroundBreaker is the only exclusively focused real estate technology platform company as a SaaS (Software as a Service) in existence today to help  real estate entrepreneurs raise money to get their ventures off the ground. Investors get to enjoy transparency through technology in each project on their…
  • UK’s New Crowdfunding Regulations by FCA Draws Out Mixed Emotions

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Many entrepreneurs and startups in the UK have said that the new crowdfunding rules to be implemented starting April this year will scare people away from crowdfunding. These crowdfunding policies,  drawn by Financial Conduct Authority or FCA (equivalent to SEC in the US), have brought a lot of mixed reactions.   Several projects have been financed through crowdfunding in the UK.  It has brought many ordinary people in the investment industry. The idea of crowdfunding has encouraged sharing of losses among people who have invested money by buying the projects’ equities. Crowdfunding…
  • The Big Five in Real Estate Crowdfunding

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:44 pm
    by David Drake Crowdfunding is changing the way capital can be raised for ventures.  With the passing of the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), the rules on investments are being streamlined.  The real estate market is one area where crowdfunding efforts are taking off. As a serial entrepreneur and investor in real estate, I have witnessed how crowdfunding has been changing the landscape in real estate financing. Last November 2013, we gathered together in New York both the established and  emerging players in this industry. Barry Sternlicht of Starwood Capital and Kent Swig…
  • Orlando Welcomes New Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

    admin
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Crowdfunding,  the latest concept in the business world,  is revolutionizing the investment industry across the globe, especially for the real estate investment sector. Crowdfunding brings  individuals together on online platforms to pool smaller amounts of money and finance various projects. Several crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, are operating successfully and giving investors opportunities to invest. Now, another real estate crowdfunding platform is launched for investors and developers in Orlando. For as low as $1,000, an investor can participate in…
  • RealFunds Receives £10,000 in UCL Bright Ideas Awards 2014

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:58 pm
    RealFunds was among the participants of the UCL Bright Ideas Awards 2014 and managed to win £10,000.  RealFunds submitted their business plan along with 36 other companies. Out of this, 7 got selected for undergraduate category. Each had to pitch in front of 6 judges who will ask questions about the brilliant idea behind their company. Aside from winning  £10,000, RealFunds was also awarded an office space and a 30-second commercial video. This is indeed great news for RealFunds especially at this startup stage. With this amount, it is expected that RealFunds will start its journey of…
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    Keith Flenniken

  • 7 Steps for Buying a Rental Property

    Keith Flenniken
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Keith Flenniken has purchased a number of rental properties, including one at 57 West Broadway (above) in Derry, NH. Keith Flenniken currently runs his own successful real estate business, Flenniken Enterprises. His vast portfolio encompasses a number of commercial and residential properties. Keith Flenniken provides an easy seven step approach for those interested in purchasing a rental property.   Get Pre-Approved It is important to start with this time saving step to make sure you can afford the property. You will need a pre-approved letter from the bank or other lender, who will help…
  • Buying Multi-Family Properties

    Keith Flenniken
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In this blog, Keith Flenniken shares tips for investing in multi-family real estate properties, such as his four-unit property at 15 Mt. Pleasant St. (above). Keith Flenniken is a real estate investor who owns Flenniken Enterprises. His portfolio of New Hampshire homes includes many multi-family properties, which offer unique benefits over single-family homes. Multi-family homes have not historically attracted much investment interest as single-family homes but are now growing in popularity. Younger first-time buyers are especially enthusiastic about multi-family units, in many cases choosing…
  • 4 Tips for Evaluating Investment Properties

    Keith Flenniken
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    Keith Flenniken shares tips for identifying properties with good investment potential. Keith Flenniken is the owner of Flenniken Enterprises, a real estate investment firm with a diverse portfolio of residences and commercial properties. He recognizes that spotting a good investment property is not easy. Here are four tips he recommends for new real estate investors who are looking for a good property to flip:   Look For Structural Problems All problems will cost money to repair, but some can be fixed inexpensively. An aesthetically displeasing issue like a broken window or peeling paint…
  • Real Estate Investing: Best Practices

    Keith Flenniken
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:42 am
    Keith Flenniken, owner of Flenniken Enterprises, shares best practices for real estate investing. Keith Flenniken is the owner of Flenniken Enterprises, a real estate investment firm with an extensive portfolio of residential and commercial properties in New Hampshire. He recognizes that there are a few best practices individuals who are interested in getting into real estate investing should follow before taking the leap. Prospective real estate investors should begin by compiling as much information and advice as possible for their target markets. Property ads and listings can provide a…