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  • How to Care for Your Lawn This Fall

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    BobVila.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    By Bob Vila Autumn is generally seen as the season of winding down before winter dormancy. But when it comes to lawn care, fall is a busy time. What you do now will go a long way in safeguarding the health your grass, not only for the immediate future, but also for the next growing season. While on the surface your fall lawn may look a bit bedraggled, the roots below ground are still hard at work, storing up the reserves they’ll need to survive the winter and thrive come springtime. Though at other times of year there are reasons to choose a fast-acting liquid fertilizer, in autumn —…
  • Living In: Affordable Manhattan in Hudson Heights

    NYT > Real Estate
    By C. J. HUGHES
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Hudson Heights section of Washington Heights offers more affordable housing options, much of it prewar, than other parts of Manhattan.
  • How long does it take to buy a home?

    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Blog: Lansner on Real Estate
    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Open houses are a fundamental way for agents to keep their fingers on the pulse of hopeful home buyers. An open house puts buyers and agents face to face, handshake to handshake, and subject to common spoken greetings such as, “Hi, I’m Leslie,...
  • The 3 Most Important Things A New Home Buyer Should Be Doing Before Beginning To Look!!!

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

    Zurple | Real Estate Agent Success Blog
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Building a successful brand is hard work - so today, we've put together a post that provides you with three free tools you can use to simplify the process. Click the title of any freebie outlined below to learn more about that topic!
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    WSJ.com: Real Estate

  • Viva Las Vegas Views

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    An apartment on the 43rd floor of a building named after Dean Martin includes panoramic views of the Strip.
  • J.P. Morgan Seeks Tax Aid on Buildings

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has approached New York City with a request for tax breaks and other incentives to help build a new two-tower headquarters on Manhattan’s far West Side.
  • Newmark's Grand Leasing Assignment

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Newmark Grubb Knight Frank has landed the high-profile leasing assignment for Grand Central Terminal’s retail space, a coup for the company which has made retail a priority in its global expansion.
  • What's the Deal: News Digest

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    A roundup of commercial property news from across the tri-state region.
  • Scoring a Home Loan Gets Easier

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Bullish mortgage lenders are lowering the minimum FICO scores borrowers need to get a jumbo loan.
 
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    Commercial Real Estate News

  • Redi-Mix buys Custom-Crete plants in three Texas cities

    James Aldridge
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    U.S. Concrete Inc. has acquired the assets of Custom-Crete in Austin, San Antonio and Houston from Oldcastle Architectural Inc. for an undisclosed sum. U.S. Concrete's Redi-Mix LLC subsidiary purchased a total of 11 volumetric ready-mixed concrete facilities across the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin and a fleet of 61 ready-mix concrete trucks. The Euless, Texas-based company already had a presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth market prior to the Custom-Crete deal. U.S. Concrete…
  • Pfeil not going to buy history Troy Savings Bank branch

    Michael DeMasi
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Real estate developer and hardware store owner Jeff Pfeil decided not to buy the historic former Troy Savings Bank branch in downtown Troy, New York. "It was just not the right time for me for that project," said Pfeil, who had signed a purchase contract for the property at 32 Second St. "It's going to be very, very time consuming. I just decided not to take it on at this point." He added: "If I was 20 years younger and a little bit more risk accepting, I might have done it. It's going to be a…
  • Greater Cincinnati restaurant, retail center sells for $7.5 million

    Tom Demeropolis
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Investors purchased a 17,500-square-foot retail center in Deerfield Township for $7.5 million. The buyers, BSA Deerfield LLC, snatched up Deerfield Pointe, a $5 million center developed by Midland Atlantic, just south of Deerfield Town Center. The purchase price for the center, located at 9311 Mason-Montgomery Road, is nearly $430 per square foot. That falls right between the per-square-foot price of two other recent retail sales, Kenwood City Place at more than $660 a square foot and Kenwood Pavilion…
  • What's next for Hostess building?

    Ben van der Meer
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    The former Hostess Bakery building in Sacramento has been sold, with the new owner making it available for lease for the first time its 63-year history. Steve Chamberlain, senior vice president for land and investments with Colliers International Sacramento, said the building's location and local iconic status made it a worthwhile buy. "They're looking for the right tenant," Chamberlain said of the new owner, a local developer he did not identify. "The location is just one of a kind." Visible…
  • Dollar Bank opens Hill District branch

    Patty Tascarella
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Dollar Bank officially opened its new branch in Pittsburgh's Hill District Tuesday. It is Dollar's 64th location, or 38th in the Pittsburgh metro, and its only in-store branch, located within the Shop'n Save supermarket at 1850 Centre Ave. "We have nothing else like it," said Joseph Smith, senior vice president of marketing. At just 750 square feet, the newest site employs two but has a personal teller machine that operates 14 hours per day. "We also put in smart ATMs so checks have accelerated…
 
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    Paper Economy

  • New Residential Construction Report: September 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Today’s New Residential Construction Report showed mixed results with total permit activity and total start activity improving while single family permit activity declined since August.Single family housing permits, the most leading of indicators, declined 0.5% from August to 624K single family units (SAAR), but increased 1.1% above the level seen in September 2013 and still remained well below levels seen at the peak in September 2005.
  • Retail Sales: September 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest nominal read of retail sales showing mixed results in September with sales dropping 0.3% from August but rising 4.3% on a year-over-year basis on an aggregate of all items including food, fuel and healthcare services. Nominal "discretionary" retail sales including home furnishings, home garden and building materials, consumer electronics and department store sales declined slightly, falling 0.14% from August but rising 2.16% above the level seen in September 2013 while, adjusting for inflation, “real” discretionary retail sales…
  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – October 15 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) publishes the results of a weekly applications survey that covers roughly 50 percent of all residential mortgage originations and tracks the average interest rate for 30 year and 15 year fixed rate mortgages as well as the volume of both purchase and refinance applications. The purchase application index has been highlighted as a particularly important data series as it very broadly captures the demand side of residential real estate for both new and existing home purchases. The latest data is showing that the average rate for a 30 year fixed rate…
  • Employment Situation: Nonfarm Payrolls and Civilian Unemployment September 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Today's Employment Situation Report indicated that in September, net non-farm payrolls increased by 248,000 jobs overall with the private non-farm payrolls sub-component adding 236,000 jobs while the civilian unemployment rate declined declined to 5.9% over the same period.Net private sector jobs increased 0.20% since last month climbing 2.25% above the level seen a year ago and climbing 1.61% above the peak level of employment seen in December 2007 prior to the Great Recession.
  • Employment Situation: Unemployment Duration September 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Today's employment situation report showed that conditions for the long term unemployed mostly improved in September while still remaining distressed by historic standards.Workers unemployed 27 weeks or more declined to 2.954 million or 31.9% of all unemployed workers while the median term of unemployment increased to 13.3 weeks and the average stay on unemployment went declined to 31.5 weeks.
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    Residential Real Estate News

  • Redi-Mix buys Custom-Crete plants in three Texas cities

    James Aldridge
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    U.S. Concrete Inc. has acquired the assets of Custom-Crete in Austin, San Antonio and Houston from Oldcastle Architectural Inc. for an undisclosed sum. U.S. Concrete's Redi-Mix LLC subsidiary purchased a total of 11 volumetric ready-mixed concrete facilities across the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin and a fleet of 61 ready-mix concrete trucks. The Euless, Texas-based company already had a presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth market prior to the Custom-Crete deal. U.S. Concrete…
  • Colorado jobs: Steep drop in unemployment to 4.7%; state adds 14,600 jobs

    Mark Harden
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Colorado's unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in September, the lowest rate since June 2008, and the state added 14,600 payroll jobs from the previous month. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said the state's jobless rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point in September from August levels. The payroll job gain last month was nearly double the state's average monthly increase of 5,617 over the last 12 months. Check back shortly for more. Colorado unemployment rates since…
  • Existing homes sell at highest pace this year

    Kent Hoover
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Sales of existing homes rebounded in September, hitting their highest annual pace this year: 5.17 million. That's up from 5.05 million in August, according to the National Association of Realtors. The bad news is that sales are still below last year's pace. The numbers include completed sales for single-family houses, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops. September's increase can be attributed to "low interest rates and price gains holding steady," said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. "Traditional…
  • SmartZip Analytics drives wiser real estate decisions

    Riley McDermid
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    If there hadn't been a subprime mortgage crisis, SmartZip would never have been founded. The Pleasanton-based predictive marketing platform was started to help consumers, banks and others use smarter analytical tools to make better informed decisions around the purchase and sale of residential real estate. "In the early days, we set out to build the first-ever 'MorningStar-like' investment rating system for homes, to assess a home's return on investment potential, relative to other homes in the…
  • Exclusive: S.F. Mayor's housing task force pushes new affordable housing policies

    Cory Weinberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Mayor Ed Lee's housing working group is close to a deal on several policy changes that backers hope will boost the number of affordable units in San Francisco. The reforms, still in the draft stage but on track to be proposed as legislation next year, will try to make at least a moderate dent in the housing crisis as the mayor tries to reach his goal to build or rehab a daunting target of 10,000 affordable units by 2020. Whether the changes spur the construction of 10, 100 or 1,000 extra new affordable…
 
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    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate

  • Many on Renwick Street Embrace Development

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Renwick Street, one of a few, largely hidden one-block streets in Manhattan, is coming out from the shadows with a burst of new development construction.
  • Mortgage Rates Below 4%

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Mortgage rates this week fell to their lowest level since June 2013, mortgage-finance company Freddie Mac said Thursday, as the jitters being felt in the stock and bond markets ripple throughout the economy.
  • Agile Property Shares Plunge

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Shares of Chinese real-estate developer Agile Property fell to a five-year low after the company said Chinese prosecutors have its chairman in custody.
  • For Real-Estate Investors, It's Out With the Old

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    As foreign investors and pension funds push up prices for top-quality, low-vacancy office buildings, Boston Properties, one of the nation’s largest owners of existing office space is shifting gears.
  • Plots & Ploys: SEC Approves New Rules for Nontraded REITs

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:21 pm
    The SEC approved rule changes for nontraded real-estate investment trusts and other alternative investments that will require more disclosure and more-frequent valuations from the trusts.
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  • Schools closed after second sighting of Pennsylvania sniper

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    By Joe McDonald EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania school district closed on Tuesday after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the sniper accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another, near a post office close to the fugitive's former high school, officials said. The reported sighting on Monday afternoon of Frein, who is on the FBI's Most Wanted list for the Sept. 12 ambush, is the second since Friday in the same area of the Pocono Mountains, roughly 100 miles (160 km) north of Philadelphia. ...
  • Americans more worried about economy than Ebola: Poll

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Virus made Gallup poll's top 10 concerns, but remained behind economy, dissatisfaction with government, jobs, healthcare, immigration.
  • Pistorius gets sentenced

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    A South African judge sentences the runner for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
  • Snowplow driver drunk in plane collision that killed oil CEO

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Moscow (AFP) - Russian and French experts were investigating Tuesday a plane crash at a Moscow airport which killed the CEO of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, whose private jet struck a snowplough on takeoff.
  • Special Report: U.S. visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss prospect

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    It was the week of Chinese New Year, and Jian Zhen Huang was climbing her sister’s doorstep in Brooklyn with cups and other supplies for the celebration inside. Oakland, California, has less than 5 percent of New York’s population, yet law enforcement there verified 2,992 immigrants during the same period - more than twice as many.
 
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • Sustainable Hudson Yards

    Michelle Matteson
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Schematic detailing the energy and sustainability benefits that will be built into the property. For a pdf of the Smart City Image courtesy of Related-Oxford To read more about this project visit Hudson Yards.  
  • Office Costs at a Glance

    Paul Rosta
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Additional introductory copy to come. This is based on the annual survey commissioned by Building Owners and Managers (International) Association and Kingsley Associates. For a preview of operations costs in 2015, don’t miss “Price-Tag Preview” in the November issue of CPE.   Source: Building Owners and Managers Association International/Kingsley Associates, 2014 Experience Exchange Report.
  • Insights from the 2014 CREW Award Winners

    Suzann Silverman
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    The 2014 CREW Network Impact Award winners include a variety of accomplished and creative women, who have influenced the industry through their efforts at launching businesses, collaborating with colleagues, navigating complicated deals and mentoring up-and-comers. Following are their insights on leadership, mentoring and achieving success. Read more about their accomplishments in the November 2014 issue of Commercial Property Executive.
  • Single-Family Rental Demographic Data

    MichaelR
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
      Click to enlarge. Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community survey.   Courtesy: Fannie Mae, data from U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey.  
  • Hartz Mountain Industries Acquires North Atlanta Distribution Portfolio for $129M

    annas
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    By Keith Loria, Contributing Editor An entity controlled by Hartz Mountain Industries has acquired Peachtree Corners and Kennestone Corners, a 2.5-million-square-foot North Atlanta distribution portfolio of Class B industrial centers, from Clarion Partners for $129 million. CBRE’s New York Institutional Properties team represented the buyer in the transaction, while CBRE’s National Partners team represented the seller. “[Hartz Mountain Industries] is acquiring a lot of office and converting it into industrial, which they have a lot of background in and the real appeal is that this is a…
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    Inman News

  • Agent-ranking site crunches online reviews, social media

    Teke Wiggin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    The roots of many real estate tech startups can be traced back to experiences that left sour tastes in the mouths of their founders. That makes the origins of 32Best somewhat unusual. It sprouted from a real estate success story. Deidre ...
  • Regulators promise thaw in mortgage credit underway

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Regulators who oversee Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration are telling mortgage lenders that they’re ready to cut them some slack, and mortgage lenders say they’re ready to run with the ball. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers ...
  • Fewer homes for sale in most markets

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.com was down 2.7 percent from a year ago in September, to 1.87 million, as inventories fell in 60 percent of 144 markets tracked, according to statistics released today. Seasonal factors contributed to a 7.9 percent decline in national inventory from August to September ...
  • Tool lets buyers virtually redecorate ERA Real Estate’s luxury listings

    Teke Wiggin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Imagine you’re browsing listing photos online. The living room of a house you’re interested in looks spacious enough, but its beige walls and worn-out couch make the place look depressing. You wonder, for a moment, what the space might look ...
  • Lead ‘nurturing’ platform offered as stand-alone software

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Zurple is now making its lead conversion platform available to agents for $49 a month as a stand-alone software package, without requiring that they buy leads from the company. The new offering, “Conversations by Zurple,” integrates with Zillow and Trulia ...
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  • What We’re Reading: Oct. 11-17

    Dave
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Homeownership rates by job, trouble with Airbnb, and why Chicago smells like brownies Who’s more likely to own a home — those in jobs that pay more, right? A new study by Ancestry.com Inc. suggests the answer is more complex. Landscaping adds value, trees add value, an updated kitchen adds value.  What about a cat named Tiffany?  A family in Australia included the family cat in the house sale and upped their selling price $140,000.  Good kitty! With rental scams on the rise, the need for reliable, authoritative and legitimate real estate listings becomes increasingly apparent. New…
  • New eBooks – October 2014

    Donna McCormick
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:03 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. Selling Luxury Homes by  Jack Cotton, Jr. This book shows you how to catapult yourself to the top of the luxury real estate market with proven, practical strategies that work for anyone. Be the one listing and selling the top 10% properties in your market. Success at this…
  • New and Updated in the Library – Oct 2014

    Dave
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The following field guides have recently been updated in the Library: Association Mergers & Partnerships Mergers and partnerships can be advantageous to a Board or Association for a variety of reasons, including: overlapping markets, similar services, geographic considerations, cost-savings, membership benefits and wider recognition in the marketplace. And, in light of NAR’s Organizational Alignment Core Standards, more boards and associations may be looking at mergers as a viable option. This Field Guide will provide you with information regarding association mergers as well as…
  • What We’re Reading: Oct. 4-10

    Dave
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Saving for college, beavers to the rescue, and college football’s reach Affording college these days is near impossible. Or is it? New York Times writer Andrea Levere covers College Savings Account programs. The results provide a dose of some much needed optimism. Want to improve the opinion of your performance and writing? First try looking at your font choice. Research is showing that what fonts you use can impact how the reader views your work. Obviously comic sans is a big no-no, but for true credibility, stick with a serif font like Baskerville or even Times New Roman. As the days…
  • What We’re Reading: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

    Dave
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    REALTOR® Safety, Windows 10, and net neutrality Tragedy this week with the murder of Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter while showing a property. Another unfortunate reminder that REALTORS® work in an industry that is less safe than you think. There are ways to protect yourself and the end of REALTOR® Safety Month is a good time to review your options. Having good neighbors may reduce your heart attack risk, new research suggests. It turns out the reading on a screen affects your ability to read on a page. As people spend more time online where reading involves more skimming and jumping…
 
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • How to Disrupt the Real Estate Industry

    Bryn Kaufman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    I read some posts recently on Entrepreneur.com and GeekEstate about disrupting the Real Estate Industry. Disrupting the industry is a polite way to say, we are getting rid of Real Estate agents. In my opinion, there is only one way to disrupt the Real Estate industry. That would be to prove to sellers that you will get more money to your bottom line selling without an agent. The complexity of the transaction and the liability can all easily be handled, but proving to a seller they will get more money by not using an agent is hard to do. I don’t think anyone can do this, and that is why…
  • The Hardest Part of Building a Real Estate Tech Startup: Sales

    Drew Meyers
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The “Build it and they will come” mindset is of course completely false when it comes to software. Building a great software product that real estate agents and brokerages love, is really freaking hard. But that’s not the hardest part of building a real estate tech startup. Sales is. Once you have product market fit, it is still insanely expensive and time consuming to get distribution to customers within the real estate industry. It takes relationships with agents, brokerages, MLS executives, speakers, and consultants — all of…
  • An open letter to startups trying to disrupt the real estate industry

    Andrew Gale
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    There are always new startups popping up offering lower commissions and buyer rebates hoping that they’re going to be the next big thing in real estate. To date none of these new companies except Redfin have disrupted the industry at all. Personally, I believe it’s because people love working with people and don’t want technology taking that away on the biggest purchase/sale of their life. If a startup actually wants to disrupt the industry they have a lot to do Stop taking the same approach the last 20 startups have taken to the “buy and sell homes online”. Most of these are…
  • NAR Gains Control Of .realestate TLD Service

    Michael Price
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Recently NAR announced that they had “won the rights” to offer .realtor as a top level domain. Today they have announced they have also garnered control of .realestate as an additional TLD service offering. They said that “business rules” and pricing of the domain would be available in Q2 2015. Over the past few years a slew new TLD’s have been provided to registrars, none have created the kind of “land rush” that was expected. You’ll certainly see the first half million .realtor domains go fast, NAR is offering them for free. Of all the…
  • GeekEstate Facebook Group for RE Technologists

    Drew Meyers
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    We tried our own forums as part of Geek Estate Pro several years ago — but they didn’t stick. We’re going to give them another go, but this time inside of Facebook as a closed group. If you would like to talk shop with other real estate technologists from the Geek Estate community, you can request access to the following FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/193179660721138/ Note: I need beta testers for Horizon’s new iOS app, which organizes any group or community by location. Once it’s ready, I’ll be sharing it with members of the Geek Estate group…
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    Mortgage News Daily

  • NY Finally has its own MBA; Accronym Update: QRM, NMLS, CFPB, FHFA, & HUD

    Rob Chrisman
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Posted To: Pipeline PressI was dealt a serious setback yesterday here at the MBA conference, being held in the immense Four Seasons, Mandalay, Delano, conference center complex. While among the slot machines (the two that stand out are "Pirate's Booty" and "Gorilla's Mist") I ran out of breadcrumbs that I was using to sprinkle along my path so that I could find my way back to my room. I did, however, see Pete Rose signing autographs in a book store at the Mandalay - apparently his popularity comes and goes in sync with the popularity of non-prime/sub-prime lending. Who said there's nothing…
  • MBS Day Ahead: Will Bonds Continue to Defy Stocks?

    Matthew Graham
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryWill bond markets be able to hold their ground if equities make more meaningful gains today? I don't know but they did yesterday, and it was the best such performance since mid September. In fact S&P futures were up over 20 points by 5pm Treasuries had managed to make meager gains over the same time frame. This is a promising divergence because it suggests we might not be wholly dependent on stock markets in order to see low rates hang around a bit longer. Far more tenuous in terms of bond market inspiration is economic data. Today's only potentially…
  • MBA's Stevens: No Sense Pining for the way it used to be

    Jann Swanson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Posted To: MND NewsWireDavid Stevens, President of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), told an audience attending the association's s annual convention in Las Vegas that the rules for Qualified Residential Mortgages will be, as rumored, released on Wednesday. This rule, which was sent back to the drawing board two years ago after housing stakeholders complained it would shut down mortgage lending will, in this iteration, he said be aligned with the Qualified Mortgage Rule and will not have steep downpayment or strict debt-to-income requirements. He credited the industry and consumer…
  • MBS RECAP: Bond Markets Refreshingly Resilient Against Stock Market Gains

    Matthew Graham
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryTreasuries and MBS didn't end up making much progress today. Fannie 3.5s are only 2 ticks higher than they were at the close on Friday and 10yr yields aren't even 1bp lower. But bond markets were still arguably successful . Reason being: stocks advanced by nearly 20 points in the S&P. Why is this significant? Because equities have been the primary guidance giver for bond markets recently, and a 20 point move in the S&P is not the sort of thing that bonds have been able to overcome until today. That could mean today was simply less consequential, it…
  • Watt Focuses on Reps/Warrants; 97% GSE Loan Mentioned Only in Passing

    Jann Swanson
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Posted To: MND NewsWireFederal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Melvin L. Watt focused his remarks to attendees at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual conference on the issue of representation and warranties. He acknowledged that fears of being forced to repurchase large numbers of loans after they have been sold to one of the two government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has created unease among lenders almost from the start of the mortgage crisis. Watt said that the Representation and Warranty Framework in use by the GSE's provides them the necessary…
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  • California Home Buyer Optimism at an All-Time High

    CJ Brasiel
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    This infographic from the California Association of Realtors® pretty much sums it up. Buyers are optimistic about the real estate market! This is likely due to a more affordable California home market and historically low interest rates. Now is a good time to get into the market.
  • 8 Top Tips For Selling A Home Quickly

    CJ Brasiel
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you are selling a home there are a few key things you really must know. The infographic below is distilled from surveys by Trulia from the experience of 500 real estate agents and represents some key things every home owner should know. If you’d like to hear more you can do to make sure […]
  • Coming Soon- Olive Hill Drive San Jose CA 95125

    CJ Brasiel
    20 Sep 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  
  • Willow Glen Homes For Sale – Trends in Real Estate

    CJ Brasiel
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Many clients will ask about “seasonality” in our marketplace.  When is the best time to sell?  The best time to sell is when you are ready to move.  In this current market, your home will most likely have an offer within the first week and close with 30 days.  This quick sell time is due […]
  • Where are the hottest real estate markets in Silicon Valley?

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

  • Blackstone / DDR Acquire 71 Shopping Centers for $1.93 Bill

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    A joint venture between an affiliate of Blackstone and DDR Corp. closed on the $1.93 billion acquisition of 71 shopping centers previously owned by American Realty Capital Properties Inc. David J. Oakes, president and CFO of DDR, also disclosed that the joint venture is in discussions to flip a portion of the portfolio to one or more unidentified parties. The portfolio primarily consists of power centers in Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Chicago...
  • Walmart Cutting Back on Square Footage Growth

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to scale back its large format store growth through fiscal year 2016 as it steps up its investments in e-commerce and opening smaller stores. Presenting its capital expenditure plans for the next fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2016, Walmart said total capital spending is projected to range between $11.6 billion and $12.9 billion, including a stepped up commitment for e-commerce. This is below the updated range for fiscal...
  • Sears Leasing Seven of its Stores to Primark

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Struggling department store retailer Sears Holdings Corp. agreed to lease 520,000 square feet in seven of its standalone stores to Primark, a leading fashion retailer in Europe. Primark will also lease approximately 400,000 net square feet of retail space in Sears' mall-based stores located in the northeastern U.S. The space is expected to be delivered to Primark over the next 12 to 18 months. Sears said it will continue to have a significant...
  • CoStar's People of Note (Oct. 12 - 18)

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:17 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: New York City, South Florida, Boston, East Bay, Tampa / St. Petersburg, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington DC, Chicago, Austin, Phoenix, Seattle, and Orange County. NEW YORK CITY Retail Power Broker Pomerantz Joins C&W By CoStar News Staff
  • Lease Up (Oct. 20) Uber Keeps Foot On The Gas in San Francisco

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    By Bryce Meyers Uber Technologies hasn't hit the brakes in San Francisco quite yet as the American venture-funded transportation network company and creator of the Uber mobile app signed a long-term deal to lease 77,600 square feet at the Monadnock Building in the city's South Financial District. Acquired by Brookfield Office Properties (NYSE: BPY) in late 2013, the 204,625-square-foot, 10-story Monadnock Building was constructed in 1906 at 685...
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    継続的なエステ利用で、より輝く自分を手に入れる

  • エステやカラコンで綺麗になる

    crefeed.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    “大きくて印象的な瞳に フェイシャルエステの施術にはむくみを取る効果があります。 むくみが取れると腫れぼったかったまぶたがスッキリし、目がパッチリと大きくなります。 これにカラコンを合せることで、より目が大きく見え、印象的な目元になるのです。 “色によって違うカラコンの効果 カラコンには様々な色があり、黒目を大きく見せるにはブラックが定番です。…
  • エクステはエステを選んで、魅力アップ

    crefeed.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    “トラブルが急増している エクステは、自前のまつ毛に人工毛を特殊な接着剤を使用して貼り付けて、まつ毛を長く見せる美容法です。 接着剤を使用するため、下手なエステで行うと、接着剤を付け過ぎてまつ毛が折れ角膜を傷つけたり、接着剤事態が原因で炎症を起こしたりすることがあります。 最近、このようなトラブルが増えているようです。 “上手く行えば魅力アップ…
  • まつエクの基礎知識とチェック事項

    crefeed.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    “どういう施術を行うのか まつエクでは、人工のまつげを元々生えているまつげに、専用の接着剤で接着します。 1本1本に装着していく難しい作業なので、専門知識を持ったプロに施術してもらうのが一般的です。 エステサロンやヘアサロンなどでも施術を受けることができます。 “理想のまつげになれる まつエクで使用されるまつげは、希望に合わせて様々な種類から選ぶことができます。…
  • エステサロンに行く時のメイクはどうする

    crefeed.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    “メイクをして行っても大丈夫です エステサロンでは、フェイシャルメニューの前にクレンジングをしてくれます。 しっかりメイクを落とすことで、施術に用いるオイルなどが浸透しやすくなり、肌への負担も和らげることができます。 すっぴん、またはつけまつげなどのポイントメイクを控えて行く方もいますが、仕事帰りやお出かけの途中などでは、どうしてもいつものメイクが必要な場合があります。…
  • メディカルエステを自宅で再現

    crefeed.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    “メディカルエステを自宅用にアレンジ 自宅で気軽にエステ気分を味わうために、まずは、洗顔後にホットパックから開始します。 ぬらして絞ったタオルを電子レンジで1分ほど加熱してホットタオルをつくり、顔に2、3分のせてむらし、毛穴を開いて末梢血管を拡張させます。…
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    Dennis Fassett | Cash Flow Real Estate Investing | The Cash Flow Mercenary

  • The Landlord Suicide Squeeze

    Dennis Fassett
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    The suicide squeeze is one of the most exciting plays in baseball. It happens when there’s a runner on third who takes off toward home when the pitcher starts his motion, expecting the batter to make some sort of contact with the ball and put it in play, thus scoring a run. Except for trying […]
  • Stock Market is Now DOWN for the Year. What’s in YOUR Wallet?

    Dennis Fassett
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    It has been a pretty good ride, hasn’t it? I mean, since the dark days of the “great recession” when the DOW bottomed out at 6443.27 on March 6, 2009, the market has gone pretty much straight up. Remember those guys in the office that spent all day with a browser window open to their […]
  • Beware of Professional Tenants!

    Dennis Fassett
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    I have to say that one of my biggest fears about being a rental property owner is running into a “Professional Tenant”. A “Professional Tenant” is a someone who knows the rental laws cold, knows the system, and therefore knows how to work the system” by taking advantage of pieces of the law to live […]
  • REITD 015: Kelly Brittingham – COO, Property Manager, & Full Time Mom

    Dennis Fassett
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    In this episode I talk to Kelly Brittingham. Kelly started her real estate investing business with her Husband Todd in 2009 with their first investment in a single family rental property. Since then she has completed over 40 real estate transactions. Her investments have included single family rentals, lease options, wholesales, fix & flips, turnkey […]
  • Landlord Friendly Financing? Seriously?

    Dennis Fassett
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    This is pretty amazing. I was looking around for some new ideas on how to finance additional rental properties, and I happened to find something that was pretty surprising….. …… that a monster-sized hedge fund – BLACKSTONE no less – has started offering financing specifically focused on rental property owners. Yeah. To say I was […]
 
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    1000watt

  • Thoughts on today’s Zillow and Apple events

    Joel Burslem
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Tough day to keep up with my Twitter stream today. Between Apple’s new iPad event and Zillow’s Agent Forum going on there was lots to digest. A couple thoughts on each: Brad Inman tweeted something yesterday that I think is pretty relevant to the framing of the Zillow event: Zillow agent confab in Vegas – franchise gathering? If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, quacks like a duck, then probably is a duck. — Brad Inman (@bradInman) October 15, 2014 There’s no doubt Zillow is seeking a very close relationship with its Premier Agent customers. They’re providing them with…
  • A 1000watt refresh

    Brian Boero and Marc Davison
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    1000watt started as two friends deciding to do some consulting for a while. That was seven years ago. A lot has changed. Today, 1000watt is much more than the Brian and Marc Show. We are a full service brand, marketing and strategy agency with a team of people based in two offices. Our clients – real estate brands, brokerages, tech companies, mortgage companies and more – bring us new opportunities and challenges every day. We love it. But it had been a while since we worked on our own stuff. All the things we do with clients – brand discovery, story development, creative ideation,…
  • A brokerage makes it happen

    Brian Boero
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Michael Saunders & Company, the leading brokerage on Florida’s Gulf coast, is a long-time 1000watt client. Michael, the company’s founder, and her son Drayton, who is president, take great care with everything they do. They are classy people who run a quality organization. Even amidst the smoking wreckage of the housing crash, Michael and Drayton never lost their bearings, or stopped seeing the big picture. They built a successful rental division and rolled out a home-grown agent website product built on wordpress while competitors simply hunkered down. When things got better, they…
  • Thoughts on the Move/News Corp. deal

    Brian Boero
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    News Corp. (or “Rupert Murdoch”, if you’re feeling more dramatic) is buying Move. A few quick thoughts… This is a good thing Move was eating Zillow’s dust for too long. As part of News Corp, the company (and, most notably, realtor.com), will get a shot of energy and talent that it needs very badly. Put aside your MySpace jokes: the people at News Corp know how to run and grow media businesses. Put aside your belief that the U.S. real estate market, just because it has an MLS, is forever and unassailably unique: the people at REA Group, the News Corp subsidiary that runs…
  • Friday Flash: What, me worry?

    Brian Boero
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Free money to buy homes. This exists. In fact, there are over 1,500 public and private programs that provide financial assistance to homebuyers. Down Payment Resource, a for-profit company based in Atlanta, has been finding, screening and organizing them since 2011. They partner with MLSs to tie programs to specific areas and properties. The intent is to oil the machinery of homeownership. I’ve known about this company for a while (and perhaps you have too: DPR won an Inman Innovator Award a while back), but I’ve never had a chance to talk with them until this week. I’m giving them a…
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    Zillow Blog

  • How to Care for Your Lawn This Fall

    BobVila.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    By Bob Vila Autumn is generally seen as the season of winding down before winter dormancy. But when it comes to lawn care, fall is a busy time. What you do now will go a long way in safeguarding the health your grass, not only for the immediate future, but also for the next growing season. While on the surface your fall lawn may look a bit bedraggled, the roots below ground are still hard at work, storing up the reserves they’ll need to survive the winter and thrive come springtime. Though at other times of year there are reasons to choose a fast-acting liquid fertilizer, in autumn —…
  • Room of the Week: Winemaker's Kitchen

    Erika Riggs
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    The new home of Robert and Lydia Mondavi, of the Mondavi winemaking family, may be thousands of miles from Napa Valley, but much of its design pulls from California wine country. Located in coastal Beaufort, SC, the kitchen in particular has a casual, California aesthetic. The light-filled space was specifically designed to be the entertaining focal point, and each feature was chosen to fulfill that purpose, from a high-end Thermador range to top-of-the-line ventilation. Counters As anyone knows, counter space in the kitchen is key, and even more so for someone who enjoys cooking and…
  • Report: Lady Gaga Buys Applause-Worthy Malibu Estate

    Catherine Sherman
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Source: IMDb TMZ reports Lady Gaga has made her first California home purchase: a 6-acre estate across from Malibu’s Zuma Beach. The home was listed for $24.95 million this summer by The Agency‘s Santiago Arana. Property records show it was recently purchased under a trust for $22.5 million. “This beautiful estate was inspired by traditional homes in the South of France offering breathtaking views,” the listing description stated. In addition to a prime beachfront location, the home has an 800-bottle wine cellar, home theater, bar and a 1960s-era two-lane bowling…
  • 10 Projects to Do Before October is Over

    BobVila.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    By Bob Vila Summer’s gone and autumn’s knocking at the door. The month of October brings colorful leaves, cool breezes and Halloween trick-or-treaters. It’s also the perfect time to finish outdoor maintenance projects, brush up on your fire safety knowledge and winterize your lawn before the cold temperatures really set in. Seal and insulate While temperatures drop outside, you can still stay warm and keep your energy bills low with proper insulation. Attics are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to winter energy loss, so prep yours for winter by installing loose…
  • Does Your Home Have Too Much Personality?

    Brendon DeSimone
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Many sellers love their homes. They’ve made some of their most important memories there, and their home is literally where their heart is. When these homeowners took on improvements, from painting rooms to kitchen and bath renovations, they likely did it with the idea of adding “personality.” And then, when it’s time to sell, those same homeowners sit across the dining room table from their real estate agent and wonder why, after three months, their home hasn’t sold. What went wrong? Usually, it’s because the home has too much personality. The problem with personality is that…
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    Trulia Corporate Blog

  • Your Chance to Win a Freakin’ House!

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

    Sophie-Charlotte Moatti
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    We get it. Rents are skyrocketing and the competition to find a rental can be fierce. But the process doesn’t have to be painful. At Trulia, we’re committed to being a leading resource for finding a place to rent – in fact, we want to make finding your next place so easy, it’s actually enjoyable! Whether you’re on the road checking out the latest rentals to hit the market or searching online from home, Trulia simplifies the home search process by delivering block-by-block insights about a neighborhood along with detailed photos and features of the home. We’ll also alert…
  • Congratulations to Trulia’s $50K Home Giveaway Winner – Teresa W. of Charlotte, FL!

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

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

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

  • 4 Inexpensive Renovations Guaranteed to Maximize Resale Value

    Conor Flaherty
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Selling your house is an emotional process, particularly if you have lived there for a number of years. Where a potential buyer sees an old toilet, you see images of potty training your first child; where a potential buyer sees a stain on the carpet, you see the last physical sign of your awesome birthday party — and most importantly, where a potential buyer sees a house, you see a home. The key to smart real estate decisions regarding your home is to look at it like a house. Home is where the heart is, and your house is where most of your life savings are. It’s hard, but try not to…
  • 5 Ways to Reduce Booking Cancellations on Your Vacation Home

    Trey Duling
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Last year, I was reviewing ways to increase business for the upcoming year. In reviewing some of our data, I was really amazed at how many cancellations we received over the course of the year. We dove into some of the data, and we tested many different things in hopes of reducing our cancellations. I am happy to say that we were able to successfully reduce our cancellations by 11%. 5 Ways to Reduce Booking Cancellations 1. Charge a higher non-refundable deposit during high season. In most vacation areas, you have high seasons and low seasons. During the high season, guests typically make…
  • What You Need to Know About the Unglamorous Side of Real Estate

    Martin Dasko
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We all have a friend who is quick to tell us about their success in real estate. They want to brag about how investing in real estate or some sort of a rental property is the best idea on the planet. They’re convinced that you need to get into real estate. They want you to buy a rental property right away. While I personally love real estate, there are things that nobody tells you about –which is exactly why I’m going to do so right now. What Nobody Tells You About Real Estate Example 1: “I’ve been up all night. Man, I need another coffee.” My buddy called…
  • 4 Compelling Reasons to Always Follow Up With Sellers

    John Fedro
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Welcome back! Most investors do not know the answers to the question, “What price and terms did every past seller you’ve spent time with finally sell their properties for?” While this question may seem daunting at first, a simple tweak in your business practice can provide you more real-world sales data for your niche — and additional face-time with possible soon to be motivated sellers. According to Follow Up Success, 80% of sales are made between the fifth and twelfth contact with a seller. Additionally, 48% of sales people will never follow up with a client. This…
  • The Landlord’s Complete Guide to Tenant Bankruptcy Filings

    Kevin Perk
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    I live and work in one of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy capitals of the United States, Memphis, TN. Only the Atlanta and Chicago areas had more Chapter 13 filings than Memphis in 2014. Memphis has held this distinction for many years. No one really knows or has been able to fully explain why Memphis has this dubious distinction; it just seems to be a fact of life here. Memphis is also a city of renters. Large portions of the population live in rental housing. Yes, that makes Memphis a strong rental market and attractive to investors from all over the world. But it also means that many of those…
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    Rain City Guide

  • Real Estate – Why DATA is the New Black

    ARDELL
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Early Friday evening one of my favorite long term clients asked me this question: “Why is the market so slow these days? I have an alert for ($) houses in (zip code) and I barely get a couple of hits every week west of (the freeway). Almost always tear-downs.” (actual specifics from his email removed) My first data set pulled was a line up the number of homes sold where I primarily work (North King County – North of I-90), by month, over the last 6 years from 2009 to 2014 YTD. This to answer only the first 8 words of his question “Why is the market so slow these…
  • VERY “Walkable”…but is it SAFE to walk there?

    ARDELL
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I am very happy to report yesterday’s news that WalkScore has added a crime overlay, something I have been asking for since WalkScore first came about. Local residents often roll their eyes when they see an awesome walk score attached to an area where it is simply not very safe to walk after dark AT ALL. Not a big problem for local residents, but what about the many people relocating to The Seattle Area who are relying on various internet tools to guide them in their search for a home in their new City? I have not tried the new tool out extensively, but from what I have seen the crime…
  • Costco Signs Major Lease With Vulcan – Issaquah

    ARDELL
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Just received a press release that Costco is leasing 176,656 sf of space from Vulcan (Paul Allen) Real Estate at Sammamish Park Place in Issaquah. Sammamish Park Place is a 3 building complex totalling 586,823 sf with the other two buildings being occupied by Microsoft. This complex was built in or around 2000, so I am wondering who left that Costco is replacing. I don’t see any stories on this move yet, but will post a link if and when someone else picks it up with more info. The post Costco Signs Major Lease With Vulcan – Issaquah appeared first on Rain City Guide. Related…
  • Should you hire a lawyer when buying or selling a home? Depends – do you want to reduce your risk?

    Craig Blackmon
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    As long-time readers know, I have been promoting the idea that attorneys should be involved in real estate transactions for about eight years (boy, time flies!). And it took me a looooong time to understand the difference between blogging and shameless self-promotion. I think I’ve learned, and hopefully I strike the right balance and tone here, but if not please let me know in the comments!! While my messaging has matured, my underlying message has not: Consumers – both buyers and sellers – benefit when an attorney represents them in a real estate transaction. But…
  • It’s Hard Out There for Buyers, Lesson 2: Make Sure You’re Dealing with the “Agent-in-Charge” (It May Not Be Who You Think)

    Craig Blackmon
    2 May 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Here’s another quick tale from the trenches as I continue to work with clients at my new real estate firm, this time from the rough-and-tumble market of South King County.  Yup, it’s tough everywhere… My client identified a home in Kent for purchase.  It had been on the market for 200 days, with a couple of failed contracts in the meantime (one due to “buyer remorse” and one to failed financing) and nary a price drop. The listing showed an Agent and a Co-agent (both from the same office). I promptly reached out to the Agent, who told me they had no offers and…
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  • Redi-Mix buys Custom-Crete plants in three Texas cities

    James Aldridge
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    U.S. Concrete Inc. has acquired the assets of Custom-Crete in Austin, San Antonio and Houston from Oldcastle Architectural Inc. for an undisclosed sum. U.S. Concrete's Redi-Mix LLC subsidiary purchased a total of 11 volumetric ready-mixed concrete facilities across the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin and a fleet of 61 ready-mix concrete trucks. The Euless, Texas-based company already had a presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth market prior to the Custom-Crete deal. U.S. Concrete…
  • Pfeil not going to buy history Troy Savings Bank branch

    Michael DeMasi
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Real estate developer and hardware store owner Jeff Pfeil decided not to buy the historic former Troy Savings Bank branch in downtown Troy, New York. "It was just not the right time for me for that project," said Pfeil, who had signed a purchase contract for the property at 32 Second St. "It's going to be very, very time consuming. I just decided not to take it on at this point." He added: "If I was 20 years younger and a little bit more risk accepting, I might have done it. It's going to be a…
  • Greater Cincinnati restaurant, retail center sells for $7.5 million

    Tom Demeropolis
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Investors purchased a 17,500-square-foot retail center in Deerfield Township for $7.5 million. The buyers, BSA Deerfield LLC, snatched up Deerfield Pointe, a $5 million center developed by Midland Atlantic, just south of Deerfield Town Center. The purchase price for the center, located at 9311 Mason-Montgomery Road, is nearly $430 per square foot. That falls right between the per-square-foot price of two other recent retail sales, Kenwood City Place at more than $660 a square foot and Kenwood Pavilion…
  • What's next for Hostess building?

    Ben van der Meer
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    The former Hostess Bakery building in Sacramento has been sold, with the new owner making it available for lease for the first time its 63-year history. Steve Chamberlain, senior vice president for land and investments with Colliers International Sacramento, said the building's location and local iconic status made it a worthwhile buy. "They're looking for the right tenant," Chamberlain said of the new owner, a local developer he did not identify. "The location is just one of a kind." Visible…
  • Dollar Bank opens Hill District branch

    Patty Tascarella
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Dollar Bank officially opened its new branch in Pittsburgh's Hill District Tuesday. It is Dollar's 64th location, or 38th in the Pittsburgh metro, and its only in-store branch, located within the Shop'n Save supermarket at 1850 Centre Ave. "We have nothing else like it," said Joseph Smith, senior vice president of marketing. At just 750 square feet, the newest site employs two but has a personal teller machine that operates 14 hours per day. "We also put in smart ATMs so checks have accelerated…
 
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    Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants

  • Bad Actors: AMC Appraisal Perspective Through Rhetorical Misdirection

    Jonathan Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I was invited to speak at the Great Lakes Chapter of the Appraisal Institute last week and met a lot of great appraisers who cover the state of Michigan. I spoke about the housing market and the misinterpretation of residential housing metrics, inspired by this article and the following infographic from the Detroit Free Press. Inkster +106.4% !!!!! a largely distressed market with what I was told only has a handful of rock bottom sales ie $10K in 2009 becomes to $30k in 2014 – a perfect example. Hot? Hardly. As much as I think I held their attention for the entire hour allotted, my…
  • Bloomberg View Column: Only Brooklyn Is Over the City’s Housing Bust

    Jonathan Miller
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Only Brooklyn Is Over the City’s Housing Bust. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. Here’s an excerpt… Housing prices in four of New York’s five boroughs still haven’t reached their pre-crash highs. The outlier? Brooklyn. Housing prices in Brooklyn now are more than 8 percent above the peak reached in 2007. The other four boroughs, meanwhile, are all more than 10 percent below their highs, with the Bronx still down by almost a quarter…. [read more] My Bloomberg View Column Directory My Bloomberg View RSS…
  • [Video] Fox Business Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton 10-6-14

    Jonathan Miller
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com I spoke with Deirdre Bolton on “Risk & Reward” today to speak about last weekend’s excellent New York Times real estate piece by Julie Satow called “Dialing it Down.” Deirdre focused on the metric developed during my preparation of last week’s Elliman Report of Manhattan sales in 3Q2014 showing that luxury inventory has doubled over the past year.
  • [Manhattan Absorption] September 2014 – While All Markets Cool, Sub $3M Remains Brisk

    Jonathan Miller
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    [click to expand] Thoughts A noticeable downshift from last year yet the market remains brisk. Nearly all price segments are showing slower absorption rates with more weakness seen above the $3M threshold (roughly where the luxury market begins i.e. top 10%). Side by side Manhattan regional comparison: September 2014 v September 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. (I got tired of the red/gray look in 9-2014 so I changed it) The blue/red line shows the 10-year quarterly average for context.
  • Bloomberg View Column: When $7 Million Is Average for Manhattan

    Jonathan Miller
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column When $7 Million Is Average for Manhattan. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. Here’s an excerpt… It’s pretty much universal knowledge that Manhattan real estate is expensive. What isn’t so well known is what’s happening at the top of the market: Price increases have been crazy. Ever since the financial crisis, housing prices for the most-expensive 10 percent of the Manhattan market have increased more than 15 percent. Compare that with the modest 2.5 percent gain for the remaining 90 percent of the…
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  • Restaurant banned from ever frying bacon again. What!?

    AG Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    (Business News) Bacon, one of America's favorite foods, has been banned from an Australian restaurant for stinking too damn much. So sad. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Mom faces jail time for an overgrown yard

    AG Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    (Housing News) If you've been avoiding doing your yard work, this story may have you reconsidering. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • How UX design can help make sense of Big Data

    AG Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    (Tech News) UX design is not always understood for the full potential it offers, and the industry's approach to Big Data my untangle that ball of yarn. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Will Fitbit rashes lead to warning labels on all wearable technologies?

    AG Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    (Tech News) Fitbit catches a break and won't be recalled, but may inadvertently pave the way for warning labels on wearable technologies Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Social media is still not working for many; how to improve

    Tinu Abayomi-Paul
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    (Social Media) Many people feel like their social media efforts are failing, even some industry professionals, but there is a fix. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
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  • 11 amazing real estate facts to entertain your brain

    Seth Williams
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Source: Flickr, Seeking Alpha Source: Flickr, Wikipedia, HuffingtonPost Source: Flickr, Wikipedia, Houselogic Source: Flickr, LifestyleProperties Source: Flickr, OneRedPaperClip Source: Flickr, Wikipedia  Source: Flickr, WashingtonCityPaper Source: Flickr, HomesOfTheRich Source: Flickr, CrazyFacts, Wikipedia Source: Flickr, Gizmodo Source: Flickr, Cnet Seth Williams (@retipsterseth, G+) is an experienced land investor, commercial real estate banker and residential income property owner. Seth is also the founder of the REtipster Blog, a real estate information hub offering real-world…
  • 17 tips for a successful career in real estate sales

    ActiveRain
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By RICHARD AND BETH WITT 1. Be careful in implementing rules learned from mentors who are not where you want to be in net worth, happiness, family, fun and peace. You won’t know, so ask a lot of questions! 2. When you are being sold an expensive or time-consuming solution for a small real estate business problem, just say “no!” 3. The fastest way to move and stay at the head of the class is to spend no less than two hours every day on seller lead generation. 4. Most average agents are great in great markets. Only great agents are great in rotten markets. Great agents are not…
  • 3 great ways to handle high-maintenance clients

    Trulia Pro Blog
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By TARA-NICHOLLE NELSON We’ve all had them. You might have one now. That seller who takes your comps, cross-references them, adds in seven more, and builds out a spreadsheet — complete with formulas — then wants you to get them into each of the properties so she can point out the comps’ outdated paint colors, inferior appliance brands or other reasons she thinks she should get double the price for her home. The buyer who sees 45 houses before deciding he wants to see a condo, then sees 50 of those before revealing that his palm reader and rabbit jointly hold final…
  • 6 principles of persuasion every real estate agent should master

    Guest Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By ANDREW GALE Dr. Robert B. Cialdini wrote a book called “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.” It’s one of the most respected books on the subject and used by marketers all around the world. Reciprocity The theory of reciprocity is that as humans we naturally want to return any favors given and pay back when we owe. Another way to look at it is treating people as they’ve treated you. Some ways we can apply this to real estate: Sending a handwritten thank you/birthday card Mentioning local businesses on your blog Featuring local businesses on your website Giving your best clients…
  • Get past these 4 sorry excuses for not being on YouTube

    Lee Davenport
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    As a real estate agent, you may have heard the buzz about reaching millennials and foreign investors. Did you know YouTube may be one of the least expensive vehicles for you to reach these and other demographics? YouTube reaches U.S. millennials (those 18-34) more than ANY cable network (sorry, Bravo/”The Real Housewives of ____ ” (fill in your guilty pleasure location) and HBO/”Game of Thrones” producers). Beyond millennials, YouTube’s website and video viewers include an international audience (those outside of the U.S.) of 80 percent. YouTube has 1 billion…
 
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  • Highest Sale in Ten Years in Eagle Rock!

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    We have to brag about representing the buyers on the highest sale in Eagle Rock since the Pantages house at 2011 Hill Drive sold in October, 2004, for $1,850,000. This time, 2211 Hill Drive sold for $1,800,500. An interesting fact about both of these sales is that both sets of buyers already lived in Eagle Rock and moved up to Hill Drive, which is a dream often expressed by the Eagle Rock residents we meet. Well, start lining up your finances, folks, because there are more $Million-plus homes on Hill Drive and other cool parts of Eagle Rock coming to the market soon. And some of them are our…
  • The Gale House at 1775 Hill Dr.

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
     The Gale House--built in 1924 for geologist Hoyt Gale and still in the same family today. Built when Los Angeles opened its first Opera and George Gershwin penned Rhapsody in Blue, this was a time that burst with creativity.  A great example of the California style, this onestory Spanish ranch house sits halfway up its 26,000 square foot lot to take advantage of the amazing downtown and sunset views as well as the breeze that still cools off Eagle Rock most afternoons.   Read More
  • Gorgeous 3 Story Home at 2426 Yosemite.

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Watch the sunrise from your balcony, have treetop views from almost every room in the house, and live the local dream with a clear view of the Eagle Rock. This 2008-built custom home offers a spacious, open floor plan that can accommodate many life-styles. Need a main-level bedroom, or would you rather have an office there? There are spaces perfect for entertaining and for quiet moments surrounded by garden views. Read More
  • Lovely 1913 Craftsman at 1956 Nolden.

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Let's sit on the front porch of this lovely 1913 Craftsman, enjoy the view and imagine that life is just as quiet and simple as it was then in this tree-filled secluded corner of Eagle Rock. New dual-paned wood windows frame the views from the living/dining room which include the actual Eagle Rock and the Verdugos to the north. Read More
  • Beautiful Home at 2022 Las Flores.

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    This classic 1950s Rancher has all the original detail and charm of the era. In the same family for 50 years, now it is your chance to bring this great home into the 21st century, or revel in the days gone by. The hardwood floors have been refinished, there is fresh paint inside and out, the lawn is green to enjoy now or to qualify for the Landscape Incentive Program. There is original tile and cabinets in the kitchen and main bath, and a unique wall cabinet in the dining area to give it that 50s flair. Read More
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    RealCentralVA.com

  • Charlottesville Sellers – Take Pictures Now

    Jim Duncan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    This is why I advise my clients to take pictures of their houses in the fall. A photo posted by Jim Duncan (@jimduncan) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:28pm PDT I’ve said for years that if you’re in the Charlottesville area and are thinking about selling your home in the Spring, you should be having pictures taken of your home Now. If you decide in the dead of winter and want exterior photos taken those pictures will be of a desolate landscape – and that doesn’t look so great to potential buyers. Also, if you’re thinking about selling, now is the time to start truly…
  • How do buyers find homes – interwebs or agents?

    Jim Duncan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Me? I was somewhat surprised at how few found their new home via real estate agents … but upon reflection, not really. For years I’ve written and said that a good real estate agent’s skillset is far, far more than having a login to the MLS and a lockbox key (although I’d argue that that’s the primary skillset for at least half of licensed real estate agents). A great real estate professional helps buyers (and sellers) put together puzzles, serves as a guide – a navigator of the market, and a filter and interpreter of the seemingly endless morass of…
  • The life of a community blog – RealCrozetVA

    Jim Duncan
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Community. A friend wrote some time ago that part of finding success is to give a sh*t. Giving a sh*t is hard. But it’s rewarding and meaningful. This post? Not about real estate, other than that a tremendous component of “real estate” is community. Just over nine years ago, I started RealCrozetVA with a simple goal -“to provide a forum for Crozet to (hopefully) discuss their thoughts about Crozet’s growth.” At the time of the blog’s inception, Crozet was smaller, Old Trail hadn’t yet begun, the new Crozet Library was still being designed, and there…
  • 2014’s 3rd Quarter Market Report – Answering “How’s the Market”?

    Jim Duncan
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Download the 2014 Q3 Charlottesville Market Nest Report. The #1 Question buyers and sellers ask – whether in the conference room, the coffee shop, beers or dinner, is “how’s the market?” The underlying question tends to be a variation of, “can I sell?” or “should I sell” or “can I buy a home” or “should I buy a home”? Update: NBC29 had a nice report last night and I’ve immensely glad they used what I’ve been saying for years – “Get advice on what this report means to them because the report gives them…
  • More Houses Coming Near Mill Creek

    Jim Duncan
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    I’d call this, generally, good density – in the urban ring, less than 10 minutes (east/south east) to the Downtown Mall, good access to schools and 64, close to stuff (including the coming Wegmans), and (hopefully) meeting the needs of the marketplace. If the end result looks close to the rendering … (and if there are sidewalks and crosswalks). More infill neighborhoods, so long as the accompanying infrastructure improvements, are examples of relatively good growth. Charlottesville Tomorrow reports: The Albemarle Board of Supervisors has approved construction of as many as…
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    Redfin Real Estate Blog

  • 7 Tips to Get a Competitive Rate on Homeowners Insurance

    Redfin Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Elli Bishop, SafeWise Owning your own home can be very rewarding, but it also comes with an assortment of responsibilities. This includes ensuring your home has adequate coverage against theft and natural disasters, which means buying homeowners insurance. Of course you want a comprehensive policy that will protect your biggest investment, but there’s no need to pay more than necessary. Whether you’re looking for a new homeowners policy, or want to reduce the premium of your current one, here are seven simple ways to get the best rate. Tip 1: Do your homework. You didn’t get a…
  • UnReal Estate of the Week: Billiard Rooms

    Christin Camacho
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 2014 World Billiards Championship officially kicked off on Oct. 17 in Leeds, U.K. As players around the world chalk their cues in anticipation, we searched through listings of homes for sale to find the ultimate places to play. While most of these rooms feature American-style pool tables, they’d be fit for any type of cue sports that you fancy. Pool of Fish Address: 5330 Butterworth Rd City: Mercer Island, WA Price: $26,800,000 Listed by: Wendy Lister, Coldwell Banker Bain This Mercer Island home sits right on the water, so the fishing theme of the billiards room fits right in. The…
  • Finally, More Homes for Sale, but Will They Be Enough?

    Nela Richardson
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The post Finally, More Homes for Sale, but Will They Be Enough? appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.
  • Why I Work at Redfin: Jeffry Rhodes, Support Agent

    Redfin Blogger
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Jeffry took some time for sightseeing while he was in Chicago for the Support Agent Summit. When I was young, my mom always said I had a knack for helping people. Whether at church or working at the local produce market, I always wanted to help people make the right decision. After graduating from Washington State University, I knew I wanted to be in a place where I could thrive in helping others. You could say that I had a personal passion for customer service. I started working at Redfin as a customer service representative in the winter of 2012, answering calls through our national 877…
  • Redfin Agents Find Their Way to Fabulous Fresno!

    Amy Musser
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Redfin has arrived in the heart of San Joaquin Valley, also known as California’s largest inland city, Fresno!  Residents of Fresno can now work with local Redfin agents to buy and sell homes and can use the Redfin online and mobile tools to search every home on the market. Redfin combines in-person service and cutting-edge technology to truly revolutionize the home-buying and selling process. Our technology empowers both our agents and customers with information and tools that make buying and selling a home more efficient, less stressful and more fun. Redfin real estate agents focus on…
 
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    Ubertor Real Estate Blog

  • REBGV CREB & VREB September 2014 Market Update Infographics

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The market updates for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) and the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) September 2014 are up and below are the infographics we created to help you analyze the statistics.
  • Custom Real Estate Websites by The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) on the Ubertor Platform

    Bryan Garcia
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    What a great week so far! I received an E-Mail early this morning from Mark Hobbs – the Digital Sales Coordinator for CREB’s Media Services – that listed a few of the latest sites CREB has designed and built for a handful of Calgary Realtors on the Ubertor platform. The sites are beautifully designed, and were crafted based on the each Realtor’s professional branding. Each is unique in its own way, and tailored towards the needs and requirements of each Realtor. If you’re a Realtor in Calgary looking for a branding refresh, or need help getting started, reach out…
  • Organize Your Listings in Multiple Categories

    Crystal Lai
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Noticing that it was well sought after from our users feedback, our team decided to make lives just a little bit easier by building a new feature for users to be able to organize listings under multiple categories. Now instead of inputting one listing multiple times just to showcase them on different category pages, you only need to do it once. To take advantage: Log into your control panel Head over to the Listings tab and click into the listing which you’d like to input into multiple categories. Right under Category Display, in the list of Current Categories, you can now select multiple…
  • Create Your Own “Automatic Listings Page” with Ubertor’s New AFC Builder

    Crystal Lai
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Many of our users use our platform because of its simplicity and easiness to create and market properties online. Now in line with our new control panel (CP2), we’ve made it easier for you to create Auto Fill Categories (AFCs). Each AFC will update based upon your Real Estate Board automatically and requires no maintenance whatsoever. Now’s the time to go ahead and switch to CP2 if you haven’t already, and start creating your own AFCs that focus on your specialty of Real Estate. How it works… Just head over to the Pages tab, and right next to the New Page tab in the top right…
  • REBGV CREB & VREB August 2014 Market Update Infographics

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The market updates for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) and the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) August 2014 are up and below are the infographics we created to help you analyze the statistics. If you would like a copy for yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to share.
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    Reverse Mortgage Daily

  • Ginnie Mae Finalizes New Issuer Requirements

    Cassandra Dowell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Ginnie Mae announced several new issuer requirements Monday, as well a new issuer scorecard as part of the organization’s larger strategic effort to manage risk and resources in the mortgage market. The new issuer requirements and policies have been in the works since Chief for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Julián Castro was sworn in earlier this year. The HUD chief is tasked with driving the housing market forward on the heels of uneven recovery, among other initiatives. New net worth requirements will apply to forward issuers, but remain unchanged for…
  • FHA Close to Rebuilding Troubled Mortgage Insurance Fund

    Emily Study
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is close to replenishing its troubled mortgage insurance fund to minimum required levels, Bloomberg reports, citing research by Moody’s Analytics. The FHA is required to keep enough funds on hand to pay for all future costs of defaulted loans, plus a 2% cushion. Though the FHA’s reserves have been below mandated levels since 2009, its fund “will have close to the 2% required minimum this fiscal year,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, writes in an October report. Last year the FHA had to take $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds…
  • Urban Financial Names Tom Evans New Marketing Director

    Elizabeth Ecker
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Urban Financial of America has named a new vice president and marketing director, Tom Evans, who will lead the company’s marketing communications, lead generation and brand identity. Evans has worked with Urban since 2011, most recently in the role of vice president, business intelligence. He brings additional experience in reverse mortgage marketing. “Tom brings a rich 10-year background in many aspects of reverse mortgage marketing,” said Steve McClellan, president of UFA. “His work was instrumental in transitioning UFA from a spokesperson-driven advertising model to our current…
  • Investopedia: 5 Financial Alternatives to Reverse Mortgages

    Cassandra Dowell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    While those 62 or older may opt to convert the equity in their homes into cash with a reverse mortgage, Investopedia details five “top alternatives” to the reverse mortgage product in a recent article. “Home equity loans can be problematic if not done correctly and require careful attention to the rights of the surviving spouse, if you are married,” Investopedia says. “And of course, the end of the process means you or your heirs give up your home.” Five ways to tap into one’s home equity rather than taking out a reverse mortgage include: refinancing one’s…
  • Is the Media Coming Around to Reverse Mortgages?

    Elizabeth Ecker
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Reverse mortgage: last resort. Such is the mantra of many mainstream news outlets over the last two decades. But while the reverse mortgage industry has faced its share of challenges in terms of public perception over the years, for the first time — perhaps ever — mainstream media may be taking a lasting turn in favor of the product. One recent headline reads: “Love Them or Loathe Them, Reverse Mortgages Have a Place,” in the same publication (the New York Times) that two years earlier ran this one: “A Risky Lifeline for the Elderly Is Costing Some Their Homes.”   And the Wall…
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    Wallingford Wired

  • 28th Annual Celebrate Wallingford Festival

    Harriman Real Estate
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Wallingford’s largest festival, the 28th Annual Celebrate Wallingford Festival, is ready to kick off this weekend, October 4th and 5th. Prepare yourself for two fantastic days of activities, displays, food tasting, crafting, contests, and entertainment, all set in the beautiful uptown area of Wallingford Center. This year the main venue for the event will once again be along North and South Main Streets and Simpson Court, with other activities taking place at the Railroad Station green at 11 Hall Avenue. The festivities begin on October 4th at 11 AM and continue until 7 PM, and continue…
  • Art Open House Featuring Tom Pender

    Harriman Real Estate
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Art Open House Featuring Tom Pender Where: Harriman Real Estate LLC, 116 Center St. Wallingford CT 06492 Date: September 19th, 2014 Hours: 6pm – 8pm What: Art Open House Cost: FREE! Contact: Pat Harriman Phone: 203-605-3873 Come See an Amazing Local Artist Please join us to view artwork by local artist Tom Pender. He has created some beautiful paintings of local landmarks, such as the downtown area, the Town Hall and the Police Station. Tom’s portfolio includes paintings of people, pets, landscapes, homes and other special moments. We have had the pleasure of using Tom to paint…
  • Meriden Once Again Hosts Nites in the City

    Harriman Real Estate
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    If you’re like us and enjoy a good glass of wine or a frosty beer from time to time, then be in the Silver City on September 25th and 26th as Meriden once again hosts the 15th Annual Nites in the City, a two night event showcasing some great examples of wine and beer from all over the world. Main & Vine Wine Tasting The festivities kick off on Thursday, September 25th with the Main & Vine Wine Tasting sponsored by the Meriden Rotary and the City of Meriden. Plan on sampling at least 25 varieties of wine, both imported and domestic . You’ll be able to treat your palate to…
  • Quinnipiac Chamber to Hold Helicopter Drop to Benefit Connecticut Make-a-Wish

    Harriman Real Estate
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will hold a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop presented by Air Ocean Aviation and sponsored by Tweed New Haven Airport and Updike Kelly and Spellacy at its annual Golf Classic! The tournament will be held at the Farms Country Club on September 8th. Helicopter Drop is a Unique Event Air Ocean Aviation will be doing a fly over and dropping numbered golf balls from 50 to 75 feet in the air onto the 7th fairway following the end of the tournament.  Closest 3 balls to the pin will win fantastic raffle prizes!  Golfers will have the chance to buy their golf balls at…
  • Connecticut Fairs and Festivals for September 2014

    Harriman Real Estate
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    With Summer on the wane, it’s time now to shift focus to the many Connecticut fairs and festivals that are coming up this month. Whether you go for the food, the entertainment, the rides, the games, or a combination of everything, Connecticut has something for all of us fair-goers in September! North Haven Fair – September 4 – 7 Come and see “Rosie’s Racing Pigs,” and the thrills and stunts of “The Famous Wallendas.” Enjoy live musical performances, comedy and magic shows, animal exhibits and great fair food. Hebron Harvest Fair – September 4 – 7 This major…
 
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    Arizona Mortgage News

  • The 3 Most Important Things A New Home Buyer Should Be Doing Before Beginning To Look!!!

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

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

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    New Jets star speaks out after stunning tradeAPPercy Harvin, whose acquisition by the Jets came as a shock to most, practiced for the first time with his new team on Monday.Comments on unflattering reportsMore NFL coverageSeahawks star rips refs after lossBears coach downplays rift reports
  • 'Radicalized' Canadian man attacks soldiers

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    'Radicalized' Canadian man attacks soldiersTwitterThe Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the man who mowed down two soldiers in his car on Monday was 'known' to law enforcement.Unsettling item found on himMore in the newsFemale police imposing ISIS law15 simultaneous militant attacks
  • The hottest selling vehicles on the market

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    The hottest selling vehicles on the marketScott Olson via Getty ImagesAlthough sales are down overall after a huge summer blitz, these rides are still going strong.No. 1 blew away the rest (again)More from AOL AutosHow to handle a flat in a tunnel'Affordable supercar' back in US
  • Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies at 82APThe legendary designer died Monday evening surrounded by family and 'more than a few dogs,' according to his company's statement.Unlikely path to NYC's Seventh AveIn other newsRubio to propose Ebola travel banApple CEO: Mac sales 'best ever'
  • Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius learns his fate

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius learns his fateAPAfter seven-and-a-half months, Judge Masipa carefully read her final statements before asking the disgraced athlete to rise.Final sentence handed downIn other newsOil company CEO dies in plane crashFeds allege AIDS research fraud
 
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  • New Jets star speaks out after stunning trade

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    New Jets star speaks out after stunning tradeAPPercy Harvin, whose acquisition by the Jets came as a shock to most, practiced for the first time with his new team on Monday.Comments on unflattering reportsMore NFL coverageSeahawks star rips refs after lossBears coach downplays rift reports
  • 'Radicalized' Canadian man attacks soldiers

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    'Radicalized' Canadian man attacks soldiersTwitterThe Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the man who mowed down two soldiers in his car on Monday was 'known' to law enforcement.Unsettling item found on himMore in the newsFemale police imposing ISIS law15 simultaneous militant attacks
  • The hottest selling vehicles on the market

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    The hottest selling vehicles on the marketScott Olson via Getty ImagesAlthough sales are down overall after a huge summer blitz, these rides are still going strong.No. 1 blew away the rest (again)More from AOL AutosHow to handle a flat in a tunnel'Affordable supercar' back in US
  • Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies at 82APThe legendary designer died Monday evening surrounded by family and 'more than a few dogs,' according to his company's statement.Unlikely path to NYC's Seventh AveIn other newsRubio to propose Ebola travel banApple CEO: Mac sales 'best ever'
  • Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius learns his fate

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius learns his fateAPAfter seven-and-a-half months, Judge Masipa carefully read her final statements before asking the disgraced athlete to rise.Final sentence handed downIn other newsOil company CEO dies in plane crashFeds allege AIDS research fraud
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  • New Jets star speaks out after stunning trade

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    New Jets star speaks out after stunning tradeAPPercy Harvin, whose acquisition by the Jets came as a shock to most, practiced for the first time with his new team on Monday.Comments on unflattering reportsMore NFL coverageSeahawks star rips refs after lossBears coach downplays rift reports
  • 'Radicalized' Canadian man attacks soldiers

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    'Radicalized' Canadian man attacks soldiersTwitterThe Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the man who mowed down two soldiers in his car on Monday was 'known' to law enforcement.Unsettling item found on himMore in the newsFemale police imposing ISIS law15 simultaneous militant attacks
  • The hottest selling vehicles on the market

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    The hottest selling vehicles on the marketScott Olson via Getty ImagesAlthough sales are down overall after a huge summer blitz, these rides are still going strong.No. 1 blew away the rest (again)More from AOL AutosHow to handle a flat in a tunnel'Affordable supercar' back in US
  • Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies at 82APThe legendary designer died Monday evening surrounded by family and 'more than a few dogs,' according to his company's statement.Unlikely path to NYC's Seventh AveIn other newsRubio to propose Ebola travel banApple CEO: Mac sales 'best ever'
  • Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius learns his fate

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius learns his fateAPAfter seven-and-a-half months, Judge Masipa carefully read her final statements before asking the disgraced athlete to rise.Final sentence handed downIn other newsOil company CEO dies in plane crashFeds allege AIDS research fraud
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    Latest Activity on CREOpoint

  • Brian Klebash posted an event

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Brian Klebash posted an eventThe 4th Annual New Jersey Apartment Summit at Birchwood ManorOctober 30, 2014 from 7am to 4pmSave the Date for The Fourth Annual New Jersey Apartment Summit, the high-level information and networking conference for New Jersey & Tri-State multifamily developers, investors, capital sources and managers. The New Jersey Apartment Summit is the largest multifamily conference in New Jersey; 425 attended in 2013 and 500+ are expected on October 30, 2014. See More
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postWashington Property Co. Leases 110,978 SF in DC Metro AreaWashington Property Company (WPC) of Bethesda, MD has leased 110,978 square feet of office and retail space in its Maryland and Virginia properties:MARYLAND – Total of 72,416 SF8616 Cameron Street, Silver Spring, MD – 48,422 SF• LA Fitness extended its lease of 48,422 SF. Joshua Gurland of WPC represented the owner.6900 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD – 3,978 SF• Don Pollo of Bethesda leased 907 SF. Al Charbonneau of Evers & Co. represented the tenant. Joshua Gurland of WPC represented…
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postDC-Based CCI Launches Safe + Smart Cities Pilot ProjectThe Chesapeake Crescent Initiative (CCI), a public-private collaborative founded six years ago by Washington, DC real estate icon Herb Miller and former AOL Chief Counsel George Vradenburg, is leading a “Safe + Smart Cities” coalition to help cities optimize their operational performance and harden their resiliency through the efficient use of technology. The coalition has selected Newark, Delaware for its first pilot.CCI has assembled a group of world-class experts from technology industries,…
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postNew Washington, DC Condos iSet Capitol Hill Record PriceOne of the oldest structures in Washington, DC is close to becoming the city’s newest condominium residence. The Maples’ 19 unique homes, located just steps from historic Eastern Market in the heart of Capitol Hill, are scheduled to deliver by the end of the year. Urban Pace, Washington’s leading condo sales and marketing firm, already has presold 70 percent of the project at an average of $725 per square foot – some $200/SF higher than expected, setting a neighborhood record.Altus Realty…
  • Deputy Managing Editor posted a blog post

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Deputy Managing Editor posted a blog postFM BENCHMARKING ALIGNS WITH OSCRE STANDARDSWashington, DC – September 10, 2014 – Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE) and FM BENCHMARKING announce that FM BENCHMARKING aligns with OSCRE’s Space Management and Occupancy Costs Standards, including the major categories of Facility Management (FM) expenses. This alignment means that members, subscribers and partners of the respective organizations will be able to compare facility management costs with common definitions and cost breakdowns.The alignment encompasses critical components…
 
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    Apartment Ratings

  • Living With a Roomate? Some Advice

    Alexandrea Denny
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
      Finding the perfect apartment is no easy task. Securing the perfect roommate is near impossible. When moving in with someone, two people will understandably have conflicting ideas when it comes to decorating, cleanliness, bills, groceries, and more. However, if talked about beforehand, most potential issues can be curtailed from the very beginning. I have lived with both people I knew and people I did not, and the structure is relatively the same. Here are some things you must establish beforehand to make the cohabitation as smooth as possible. 1. Merging two design aesthetics can…
  • Color Me Happy

    Jacy Meyer
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Well, color my apartment happy. Colors have many psychological strings attached to them – some make us feel happy, some portray an aura of attractiveness and other give off relaxed and mellow vibes. You can give your rooms the atmosphere of your choosing by thoughtfully decorating with certain colors. Read on for some tips on what to color where and why. Dark Rich Hues Navy blue and hunter green both give off regal and sophisticated vibes. Either of these shades work well as the main color in a bedroom or a supporting color in a neutrally decorated living room (grey is a good compliment).
  • Accenting Decor

    Jacy Meyer
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Add that extra bit of design POW to your rooms with accent pieces… A couple cliches: Little things come in big packages. Small things bring great pleasure. It’s all in the details and that’s what we are talking about today. Think in threes Grouping similarly themed items on a table, in a corner or on a shelf, attracts the eye and can be as big or small as the space requires. A framed photo or other piece of art; a plant and a knick-knack can all look really nice together. If you collect something you can display your collection in one location or spread it around. A smile will come…
  • Top Kitchen Tips for Your Apartment

    Jacy Meyer
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Everyone has a different relationship with their kitchen. For foodies and chefs, it might be the most important room in the house. For others, it simply becomes an extension of the living space, maybe even a home office. This article is for those who want to make the most of their small kitchen. First things first: Maximize space by de-cluttering. Dedicate a day to your kitchen and pull everything out. And we mean everything. You might be surprised by the extra wooden spoons you have and odd kitchen helpers you don’t remember buying and have actually never used. The kitchen can easily get…
  • Top 5 Common Design Mistakes

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

  • Branson Real Estate Market Report for October 2014

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

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Local real estate conditions are changing and your Ozarksagent provides valuable, up-to-date information. Market Area: 65616 Listing Price $206,720 Listing Price Trend -0% Sold Price $207,120 Sold Price Trend + 53.45% Just a fraction of what's happening...click now to view more local market conditions! Buying or selling a home involves many factors. Stay on top of current community trends by viewing these listing and sale prices, demographics, school performance, area comparisons, and more. Of course, you can always call or email for help understanding what this information really means for…
  • Invitation to my website for you!

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Click Here and see all the local info you need! http://www.bransonhomesearches.com/media/id/1223940/ SMattison@KW.comSteve Mattison ABR e-ProDirect - (417)350-9743  bransonhomesearches.com
  • Invest in the dowtown 300 block of West College St. in Branson, MO

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

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

    Teke Wiggin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    The roots of many real estate tech startups can be traced back to experiences that left sour tastes in the mouths of their founders. That makes the origins of 32Best somewhat unusual. It sprouted from a real estate success story. Deidre ...
  • Regulators promise thaw in mortgage credit underway

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Regulators who oversee Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration are telling mortgage lenders that they’re ready to cut them some slack, and mortgage lenders say they’re ready to run with the ball. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers ...
  • Fewer homes for sale in most markets

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.com was down 2.7 percent from a year ago in September, to 1.87 million, as inventories fell in 60 percent of 144 markets tracked, according to statistics released today. Seasonal factors contributed to a 7.9 percent decline in national inventory from August to September ...
  • Tool lets buyers virtually redecorate ERA Real Estate’s luxury listings

    Teke Wiggin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Imagine you’re browsing listing photos online. The living room of a house you’re interested in looks spacious enough, but its beige walls and worn-out couch make the place look depressing. You wonder, for a moment, what the space might look ...
  • Lead ‘nurturing’ platform offered as stand-alone software

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Zurple is now making its lead conversion platform available to agents for $49 a month as a stand-alone software package, without requiring that they buy leads from the company. The new offering, “Conversations by Zurple,” integrates with Zillow and Trulia ...
 
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  • 6059 County Road 11 NE

    Craig Mische
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    This video was recorded at a home located on the west side of Lake Carlos that is for sale. The lot has 200 feet of shoreline and the view across the lake from inside the home is outstanding. You can see Lake Le Homme Dieu in the distance. The home has five bedrooms (three on the main level, two in the lower level) and has approximately 3,083 finished square feet. There are five bathrooms and the tiled master bath shower is one of the biggest you will find in this area. 6059 County Road 11 NE Alexandria, MN 56308 MLS# 10-15400 5 beds | 5 baths | 3083 sqft
  • Lake Ida Lot For Sale

    Craig Mische
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Nice lakefront real estate is available to purchase in Alexandria, Minnesota at Bedman Drive, a paved drive at the southwest side of Lake Ida. In the video below, you will get an aerial view of a lot listed for sale with Counselor Realty. The lot has 100 feet of nice, level shoreline. Besides the levelness of the shoreline, another attractive feature of this Lake Ida lot is its location. Being at the southwest corner of Lake Ida means it is a short drive to downtown Alexandria. Also, Bedman Drive is a quiet drive and dead ends not too far north of this lots location. MLS 10-15502 $375,000
  • New Zebra Mussel Discoveries

    Craig Mische
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    If you take out your dock and/or boat lift and discover zebra mussels and it is a lake where zebra mussels haven’t been found prior to your discovery, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks you to document the discovery and then contact them at (888) 646-6367 or MN DNR office as soon as possible. Documentation suggestions include noting the location, taking a photo and keeping a sample. Link: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Office Locator
  • Lake Carlos Home Sales

    Craig Mische
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    12 lake homes with frontage at Lake Carlos have sold in 2014 (11 closed, 1 in escrow) in Alexandria’s Multiple Listing Service, Greater Alexandria Area Association of REALTORS. The majority of the new home owners will be enjoying sunsets each evening. The west side enjoyed a higher average sale price of $585,000 compared to the average of the east side at $489,410. Without a $1,200,000 sale on the east side, the average would have been $347,293. Surprisingly, the 2 of the 3 properties that have very level lakeshore sold for $263,840 and $350,000. The 3rd sold for $895,000. The property…
  • Tough To Go Inside

    Craig Mische
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Wow. Yesterday sure was a beautiful day in Alexandria, Minnesota. Today’s weather is looking like a repeat and the forecast for this weekend is perfect weather.

 It is some of the best time to be out on a lake but it is always so quiet as a lot of people take out their docks and boats at the end of August. Yesterday afternoon I was on my paddle board for a round trip from the north end to south end and I only saw two boats. Except for loons (when I was at the middle of the lake I counted fourteen loons grouped together), I pretty much had Latoka to myself. The leaves were beautiful,…
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    Developments

  • Jonathan Litt Explains His Activist Campaign Against Pennsylvania REIT

    Robbie Whelan
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Jonathan Litt is the closest thing the REIT world has to an activist investor. Since co-founding Land and Buildings in 2008, the former Citigroup analyst has pushed for a number of management and strategic changes at real estate investment trusts, including apartment landlord BRE Properties Inc. and Associated Estates Realty Corp. Now he has Pennsylvania REIT, a mall-REIT based in Philadelphia, in his sights. On Monday morning, he published a letter he had sent to Joseph Coradino, PREIT's chief executive, calling for asset sales.
  • Hotel Investors Shouldn’t Fear Ebola Impact, Says Green Street

    Peter Grant
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Green Street Advisors has a message for investors concerned that the Ebola outbreak could hamper the rebound of the hotel sector: take a breath. “There is a small probability the Ebola outbreak hits lodging fundamentals,” said a new report by the real estate stock research firm on the hotel sector. “The most likely scenario is that Ebola concerns fade without much impact.”
  • Anyone Want an Arena? Forest City Seeks Sale of Barclays Center Stake

    Eliot Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Developer Forest City Ratner is marketing its majority interest in the Brooklyn arena that is home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, seeking a buyer for some or all of its 55% stake in the building, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Stuyvesant Town, a Symbol of the Downturn, is Rising in Value

    Peter Grant
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Here’s some good news about Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, the sprawling Manhattan housing complexes that became a symbol of the downturn when they ran into financial problems in 2010. The debt servicer on the properties has increased their appraised value by $100 million, according to Trepp LLC, a firm that tracks the commercial real estate bond market.  The complexes, that include about 11,200 apartments, are now appraised at $3.5 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in September 2013, Trepp said. That’s still well below the $5.4 billion paid in 2006 by a venture led by…
  • Why Homeowners Associations Want To Foreclose On Homes

    Joe Light
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Lenders and investors are in the midst of a legal battle in Nevada over whether foreclosures made by homeowners associations should have the effect of wiping out a first mortgage.
 
 
 
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    HUD Press Releases

  • HUD, LA Community Redevelopment Agency Settlement Creates Housing Opportunities for Persons With Disabilities

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached a Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) with the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA-LA) resolving allegations that housing funded by the agency was inaccessible to persons with disabilities. Under the agreement, CRA-LA will spend approximately $2.8 million to retrofit 140 units as well as common areas in 22 properties to make them fully accessible.
  • HUD, Treasury, Ad Council Launch New Public Service Ads to Reach Struggling Homeowners

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON, DC, September 24, 2014 - In an effort to increase awareness of the Making Home Affordable. (MHA) Program's free resources and assistance for struggling homeowners, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Ad Council today launched a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) as a part of their Foreclosure Prevention Assistance campaign.
  • HUD, Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in August

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON - Sales of new single-family houses in August 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 18.0 percent (116.3%)* above the revised July rate of 427,000 and is 33.0 percent (121.7%)* above the August 2013 estimate of 379,000.
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  • Federal Registers

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    FR-5763-N-10 Implementation of The Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Amendment to Existing Systems of Records, Computerized Homes Underwriting Management System-Development of New System of Records, Loan Application Management System FR-5763-N-12 Implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Modification to, Deletion of, and Creation of New System of Records-HUD Enforcement Management System (HEMS) FR-5756-N-39 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Management Reviews of Multifamily Housing…
  • Housing Handbook 4232.1

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Healthcare Mortgage Insurance Program - Section 232 of the National Housing Act
  • Federal Register - FR-5750-N-42

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Federal Property Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless
  • Forms HUD-7015.15 & 92466M

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    HUD-7015 Request for Release of Funds and Certification (.pdf) (.doc) HUD-92466M Regulatory Agreement For Multifamily Projects (Corrected .docx version)
  • Federal Registers

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    FR-5399-P-01 Public Housing Program: Demolition or Disposition of Public Housing Projects, and Conversion of Public Housing to Tenant-Based Assistance FR-5696-N-11 Third Allocation, Waivers, and Alternative Requirements for Grantees Receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Funds in Response to Hurricane Sandy
 
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    Real Estate Agent Market News- IQ Real Estate

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 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 agent rifles through lingerie drawers, complains his privacy breached

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A real estate agent censured for rifling through a client's lingerie drawer at an open home has complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that his privacy has been breached.The agent, who has name suppression but is a prominent...
  • Undies-rifling agent claims privacy breach

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A real estate agent caught going through a client's underwear drawer has complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that his privacy has been breached.
  • Undies-rifling agent says his privacy's been breached

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A real estate agent caught going through a client's underwear drawer has complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that his privacy has been breached.
  • Real estate broker files RM1 million suit against Jais, police for using violence

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A real estate agent has filed an RM1 million lawsuit against the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and the police for allegedly using violent force against him during a raid at his home eight years ago. Hashim Said, 49, said the incident occurred when personnel from the two enforcement agencies barged into his home and arrested him...
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    Business Insider

  • Step Inside New York's Fancy Denny's, Where You Can Get A $300 Grand Slam With Champagne

    Christian Storm
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Earlier this year, New York's pancake lovers rejoiced as the first Denny's, the restaurant famous for its delicious, quick, and affordable diner food options, finally opened in Manhattan's Financial District.  But if you go to the restaurant expecting the usual Denny's dining experience — the kind you might get pulling off the road after a long road trip looking to fuel up on eggs and sausage  you're in for a surprise. While the tasty food is certainly still available (and at Denny's signature affordable prices), Manhattan's Denny's is a more upscale version of the…
  • Lay's Is Going To Start Selling Wasabi Ginger Chips — Here's What They Taste Like

    Ashley Lutz
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    Wasabi Ginger is the winner of the annual Lay's potato chip "Do Us A Flavor" contest.  The flavor beat out the other finalists, which included Cappuccino, Mango Salsa, and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. More than a million people voted. Ram Krishnan, Frito-Lay's chief marketing officer, told The Associated Press that this year's winner is evidence that American tastes are changing to include more ethnic food. "We're kind of getting into a new flavor territory," Krishnan told Candice Choi at AP. "When I went to school, Mexican food was exotic." We tried all the flavors when they were…
  • 13 Things We Just Learned About Conservatives And Liberals In America

    Pamela Engel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Pew Research Center is out with a new study that dissects how Americans of varying political persuasions interact with each other and get informed about politics. The survey shows that conservatives and liberals usually stick together in their opposing camps and only trust certain news outlets to keep them informed (for consistent conservatives, one source dominates — Fox News). Here's what we learned from the Pew study: BuzzFeed is distrusted among all political ideologies, while British news outlets The Economist and BBC are most trusted. Consistent conservatives don't trust much outside…
  • The Psychologist Behind The Famous Marshmallow Test Discusses The Link Between Self-Control And Success

    Drake Baer
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel made psychological history with the aid of a few marshmallows. He was the lead researcher for an experiment that's become a keystone of psychological science, showing the link between executive function — or self-control, as laypeople say — and success.  In one variation of the experiments, researchers asked kids around age four to sit down at a table with a pair of marshmallows. The experimenter would then leave the room, telling the tyke that they could eat one marshmallow now or wait for their return, thus scoring two sugary treats.  Watching…
  • Here's How Ridiculously Difficult It Was To Film 'Birdman' In 30 Days

    Kirsten Acuna
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Michael Keaton and Edward Norton's new film "Birdman" came out swinging at the box office this weekend.  Released in only four theaters both in Los Angeles and in New York, the Fox Searchlight movie made more than $424,000 at the box office.  The film, about a washed-up actor Riggan Thomson (Keaton) gearing up for a Broadway debut, underwent a rigorous schedule. Shot in just 30 days in the spring of 2013 at the St. James Theatre in New York City's theater district, director Alejandro González Iñárritu insisted the film be made to appear as one continuous shot. The…
 
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  • Agent-ranking site crunches online reviews, social media

    Teke Wiggin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    The roots of many real estate tech startups can be traced back to experiences that left sour tastes in the mouths of their founders. That makes the origins of 32Best somewhat unusual. It sprouted from a real estate success story. Deidre ...
  • Regulators promise thaw in mortgage credit underway

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Regulators who oversee Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration are telling mortgage lenders that they’re ready to cut them some slack, and mortgage lenders say they’re ready to run with the ball. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers ...
  • Fewer homes for sale in most markets

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.com was down 2.7 percent from a year ago in September, to 1.87 million, as inventories fell in 60 percent of 144 markets tracked, according to statistics released today. Seasonal factors contributed to a 7.9 percent decline in national inventory from August to September ...
  • Tool lets buyers virtually redecorate ERA Real Estate’s luxury listings

    Teke Wiggin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Imagine you’re browsing listing photos online. The living room of a house you’re interested in looks spacious enough, but its beige walls and worn-out couch make the place look depressing. You wonder, for a moment, what the space might look ...
  • Lead ‘nurturing’ platform offered as stand-alone software

    Inman News
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Zurple is now making its lead conversion platform available to agents for $49 a month as a stand-alone software package, without requiring that they buy leads from the company. The new offering, “Conversations by Zurple,” integrates with Zillow and Trulia ...
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  • Empower today's consumers with mobile apps

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Borrowers can scan their supporting documents, or take pictures of them with a smartphone or tablet, and the mobile app will extract the data from those sources — which means neither the borrower nor the lender has to manually key in that information.
  • Allstate Appraisal and Bradford Technologies launch valuation tool

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    "The market needs alternatives that provide the strength and accuracy of an appraiser-driven valuation but without the time and expense of a full appraisal,” said Steven Albert, president of Allstate Appraisal. “The Valuation Express report provides the right balance of quality and expertise of the local appraiser at the price points lenders require."
  • IMA selling $46.1 million whole loan and REO portfolio

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    There are 210 loans total in the portfolio, with an average loan size of $216,367. The loans carry a weighted average seasoning of 75.2 months and a weighted average interest rate of 3.89%.
  • Fannie Mae will buy 97% LTV mortgages

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos said the government-sponsored enterprise will soon begin offering a 97% loan-to-value mortgage. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association annual convention & expo, Mayopoulous said the government-sponsored enterprise is working “closely” with the FHFA to offer this product to all Fannie associates.
  • NTC study alleges up to 490,000 homeowners face inaccurate servicing records

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    National Title Clearing found that out of 2,285,665 servicing database records that were verified against the collateral file, 24,490 loans (1.07%) had significant discrepancies.
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    House Price Crash News Blog

  • Not The BBC: Reuters: Rising UK borrowing leaves no room for pre-election sweeteners

    khards
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    British government borrowing rose more than 10 percent in the first half of the financial year, giving Chancellor George Osborne little scope to offer sweeteners to voters before a parliamentary election in May. Britain's economy has staged a stronger-than-expected recovery since the middle of 2013. But that has not yet translated into a big increase in tax revenues, in large part because slow wage growth has kept a lid on income tax receipts. Revenues from income tax and employment insurance contributions in September, 2.3 percent higher than a year ago. However, for the year to date it…
  • BBC: The UK's current-account Achilles' heel

    khards
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Bank of England is now expected to defer any increase in its policy interest rate till at least next autumn to maintain momentum in household consumption, business investment and construction, in the expected absence of strong demand for British goods and services from abroad. Domestic demand will become even more important to growth and making sure inflation does not fall too much further below its 2% target than it is today. Stimulating domestic demand at this stage of the recovery brings risks - especially because the UK has a record current account deficit, or gap between the income…
  • Telegraph: Home owners use properties as 'cash machines' to fund retirement

    khards
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Pensioners in their sixties and seventies in particular were turning to equity release, an expensive type of borrowing which typically lasts for life. Industry figures show the sum lent each day to the over-55s reached a record high between July and September this year, “Rising house prices also mean that customers have a growing pool of equity at their disposal.” In the early Nineties, a man aged 65 could have turned £100,000 into a lifetime income of more than £15,000 a year by buying an annuity. Today, someone of that age would be offered nearer…
  • Guardian: Housing market slowing, surveys show

    hpwatcher
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    ''Council of Mortgage Lenders data shows ‘plateau’, while Bank of England report points to caution among potential homebuyers.''
  • Zerohedge: Why Chinese Growth Forecasts Just Crashed To A Paltry 3.9%

    khards
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Up until a few years ago, conventional wisdom was that China would grow at nearly double digits as long as the eye could see. Then, however, something happened, and China's 9% growth became 8%, then 7% and even lower, as suddenly the Politburo made it quite clear China would not chase growth at any cost, especially when the cost is trillions in bad debt and other NPLs, as we have explained time and again. China's growth will slow sharply during the coming decade to 3.9% as its productivity nose dives and the country’s leaders fail to push through tough measures to…
 
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    Developments

  • Jonathan Litt Explains His Activist Campaign Against Pennsylvania REIT

    Robbie Whelan
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Jonathan Litt is the closest thing the REIT world has to an activist investor. Since co-founding Land and Buildings in 2008, the former Citigroup analyst has pushed for a number of management and strategic changes at real estate investment trusts, including apartment landlord BRE Properties Inc. and Associated Estates Realty Corp. Now he has Pennsylvania REIT, a mall-REIT based in Philadelphia, in his sights. On Monday morning, he published a letter he had sent to Joseph Coradino, PREIT's chief executive, calling for asset sales.
  • Hotel Investors Shouldn’t Fear Ebola Impact, Says Green Street

    Peter Grant
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Green Street Advisors has a message for investors concerned that the Ebola outbreak could hamper the rebound of the hotel sector: take a breath. “There is a small probability the Ebola outbreak hits lodging fundamentals,” said a new report by the real estate stock research firm on the hotel sector. “The most likely scenario is that Ebola concerns fade without much impact.”
  • Anyone Want an Arena? Forest City Seeks Sale of Barclays Center Stake

    Eliot Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Developer Forest City Ratner is marketing its majority interest in the Brooklyn arena that is home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, seeking a buyer for some or all of its 55% stake in the building, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Stuyvesant Town, a Symbol of the Downturn, is Rising in Value

    Peter Grant
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Here’s some good news about Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, the sprawling Manhattan housing complexes that became a symbol of the downturn when they ran into financial problems in 2010. The debt servicer on the properties has increased their appraised value by $100 million, according to Trepp LLC, a firm that tracks the commercial real estate bond market.  The complexes, that include about 11,200 apartments, are now appraised at $3.5 billion, compared with $3.4 billion in September 2013, Trepp said. That’s still well below the $5.4 billion paid in 2006 by a venture led by…
  • Why Homeowners Associations Want To Foreclose On Homes

    Joe Light
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Lenders and investors are in the midst of a legal battle in Nevada over whether foreclosures made by homeowners associations should have the effect of wiping out a first mortgage.
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/17/14

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/17/14 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Builder confidence falls five points to 54 after four straight months of gainsPhiladelphia Fed's October Business Outlook Survey growth positive but down from previous month Industrial production rose 1.0 percent in September and 3.2 percent in 3Q 2014Initial unemployment claims dip again to lowest level since 2000Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/16/14

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/16/14 on the Web. In a separate issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Retail sales dropped again in SeptemberProducer Price Index falls 0.1 percent in September, but is still up 1.6 percent over previous 12 monthsOctober Empire State Manufacturing Survey shows pace of growth slowed sharply since SeptemberMortgage applications soar 5.6 percent in latest survey as rates fall to lowest level since June 2013Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/13/14

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/13/14 on the Web. Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers?Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/10/14

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/10/14 on the Web.In this separate issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Initial unemployment claims dip by 1,000 in latest report; 4-week average declines by 7,250Wholesale inventories surged in August, rising by 0.7 percent FOMC Minutes: Fed Adjusts GDP and Inflation Targets Down SlightlyWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/9/14

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/9/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:There were 4.8 job openings on the last business day of August, up from 4.6 million in JulyConsumer credit use rose in August at slower pace as credit card use declinedMortgage applications rise by 3.8 percent in latest survey as rates declineWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
 
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    News-to-Use from Region VIII Office of Multifamily Housing

  • TRACS 202D MAT Guide Published

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Multifamily Housing has posted the Monthly Activity Transmission (MAT) Guide for TRACS 202D. The guide, which provides information about the newest TRACS update and includes system guidance previously found in HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1, can be found online.
  • State Supplementary Payments (SSP) Administered by States

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Multifamily Housing has recently been informed that some states no longer have their State Supplementary Payments (SSP), which supplement the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit, administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Because of this, SSA has advised they are not able to maintain any information about SSP in the states identified in their table below. The new protocol effects the income amounts provided by SSA to HUD and displayed in the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System. In order to verify the payment in states administering SSP, verification can…
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • HousingWorks RI leverages affordability data for housing advocacy

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    by Nicole Lagace, HousingWorks RINHC invites its members, partners, and other recognized housing experts to write guest blog entries on important topics. The views expressed by guest writers do not necessarily reflect those of NHC or its members or funders. Much of the campaign season in Rhode Island has been focused on the state’s lagging economy and need for more jobs, and rightfully so. In a state with the third highest unemployment rate in the country, jobs certainly need to be a priority for the next governor of Rhode Island. But missing from the conversation has been the…
  • Disaster resilience and affordable housing

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    by Ethan Handelman, National Housing ConferenceAs a speaker and participant at the Northeast Risk and Resilience Leadership Forum, I learned a lot about how communities can mitigate the risks of storms, flooding, and other disasters by becoming more resilient. As one of just a few attendees with an affordable housing perspective, I described some of the ways lack of wealth in communities and households complicates planning for disasters: Weaker physical infrastructure to start makes communities more vulnerable. More rental housing often means greater density of residents with fewer…
  • Twin Cities taking promising steps to ensure housing near transit is affordable

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    by Robert Hickey, National Housing Conference Promising work continues in Minneapolis/St. Paul to ensure growth in the region’s transit system lifts all boats. I had two separate opportunities to see this for myself a couple weeks ago.On Sept. 25, I presented the keynote address to a gathering of county officials, community advocates, neighborhood support institutions and local developers interested in how affordable homes and other community assets can be preserved near transit as the region adds two new transit lines to the southwest and northwest of Minneapolis. The full-day event…
  • Get affordable housing connected

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    What we're buildingby Ethan Handelman, National Housing ConferenceA broadband connection can touch so many parts of our lives: kids connect for schoolwork; parents connect to find work or train for new work; seniors connect for social interaction and health care; and all of us connect to manage the myriad details of daily life. But many residents of affordable housing lack meaningful broadband access at home. The affordable housing community can help to bring residents of affordable housing into the economic mainstream.NHC, with support from the California Emerging Technologies Fund and…
  • Rhode Island tackling housing affordability and healthy housing

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    News from NHC's family of membersby Radiah Shabazz, National Housing ConferenceSeptember was a busy month for housing in Rhode Island as two NHC members worked to maintain healthy and affordable housing for residents. NHC member, Green & Health Homes Initiative (GHHI) announced the launch of Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes (RIAHH),while member HousingWorks RI hosted its 10th annual Housing Fact Book Luncheon. RIAHH is the newest of GHHI’s17 sites nationwide and its first expansion to a statewide model. RIAHH’s goal is to improve healthy housing standards by keeping Rhode…
 
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    Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

  • So, why IS everyone moving to Texas?

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Austin's booming real estate market has been in the news a lot lately, and there is ample evidence that the city itself is growing by leaps and bounds, but why? What siren song is leading people to abandon their home states and move to the Capital of the Lone Star State? According to a recent article in CNN Money, the answer is a combination of job growth, high pay, and ample housing development, unencumbered by excessive regulation. Austin has a higher median income than most states, and housing prices are lower than in many other states. (While the CNN Money article states the median home…
  • Finding a Job in Austin, Texas

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    As most people know, there are plenty of good reasons to move to Austin, Texas.   Incredible live music? Check. Burgeoning film scene? Check. Hip and happening culture? Done. Another good reason you may not already be aware of is our awesome job market.  Austin is swiftly securing its spot among other tech industry destinations such as Palo Alto, California and Seattle, Washington. Some of the big-name tech giants who have found a home here in Austin include Apple, Google, Samsung, and Dell. In addition to these monoliths, there are some really great start-ups like Spiceworks and…
  • More Family Fun In Austin, Texas

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    In 2007 I wrote the blog post "Family Fun in Austin, Texas" and since it has been awhile, I thought I would revisit the topic. Austin certainly has no shortage of family fun options, many of which have opened since I first wrote the original post on this topic. So, without further ado, here are some more ideas for family fun in Austin! Austin Aquarium - The Austin Aquarium opened in December of 2013 to much fanfare and excitement. Located on 183 South, just past Lake Creek Parkway, the Austin Aquarium is open 365 days a year, and provides discounts from time to time.  Thinkery - The new…
  • Help Provide Housing & Cars for Four Different Families - Luke 6 Ministries

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    14 May 2014 | 9:23 am
    I am feeling ambitious, apparently. PLEASE consider re-blogging and/or donating if you're able. We just launched one of our most ambitious and exciting fundraisers, because it affects so many people's lives so directly. We have become friends with four families totaling 18 people, who all are very needy, and could use any help you can give to get them more stable and able to support themselves. Among these friends, 11 of them are children ranging from 1-14 years old. Two families are in need of places to stay, because they are currently living in motels. As you might well imagine, motel life…
  • Ministry Update - Luke 6 Ministries - Helping the Homeless & Needy

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    7 May 2014 | 2:35 am
    We have been blessed to be able to help several new families recently, and I see a lot of potential with each of them. As a result, however, we are very low now on ministry funds, but the needs don't take a break, obviously.To give you a sense of the folks we're currently assisting, here is a quick list with brief descriptions:* Young veteran and his wife, with 3 kids ages 2 and under (twin 2-year-old girls and a 1-year-old boy). He is working full-time next door to the motel where they currently live, but still trying to get back on their feet following a layoff and eviction.* Young couple…
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    Web Real Estate Tools

  • Appalled, but working on a solution

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

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

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

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

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

  • St. John’s Average House Price September 2014

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

    Stephen Winters
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you are looking for a 4 bedroom 2-story home that includes all the extras then look no further! This home has it all! Enjoy new kitchen cabinets and propane fireplace in this open concept kitchen & dining area. Large center island with wine cooler. There is a separate family room as well as a separate living room for entertaining. Hardwood & ceramic floors throughout the entire home. Four large bedrooms on the second floor. Master has walk-in closet and an ensuite with custom glass shower & marble tiles. The main bathroom has a jacuzzi soaker tub and a separate custom built…
  • St. John’s Average House Price for August 2014

    Stephen Winters
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    St. John’s Real Estate Stats for August 2014 Total # of MLS Listings = 1299 Total # of Sales [Aug] = 458 Number of Active Listings for Sale in Newfoundland = 5658 Numbers are based on both residential and commercial listings/sales Here is a break down by area for August: St. John’s: Listings = 237 Sales = 103 Sales/Listings Ratio = 43% Average sale price for a home in St. John’s: $346,273 for the month of August and the 12 month average $345,722 Mount Pearl: Listings = 44 Sales = 17 Sales/Listings Ratio = 39% Average Sale Price (12 month average): $299,194 Paradise: Listings = 69…
  • Investment property near MUN 115 Bonaventure Ave

    Stephen Winters
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    115 Bonaventure Ave is located close to MUN and downtown St. John`s.  This 2-apt home has a lot of upgrades. Hardwood and ceramic floors, new kitchen cabinets, bathrooms renovated and and vinyl windows. 4 bedrooms on the main floor with a 1 bedroom apartment in the basement. The home is situated on a large deep treed lot. The perfect home for an investment or to live in one unit and rent the other.  MLS 1106665  Asking price is $334,900  Contact Fraser or Stephen Winters for additional information.
  • St. John’s Real Estate Average House Prices for July 2014

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

  • Just Listed | La Perla 4004 | A Luxury Highrise on Sunny Isles Beach

    Ashton Coleman
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Just Listed | La Perla 4004 | A Luxury Highrise on Sunny Isles Beach Welcome home to La Perla Sunny Isles where views, luxuries and the ultimate Miami lifestyle are found at an excellent price. Extraordinary Atlantic Ocean & City Views from this high floor facing North. Easy to lease with a lenient rental policy for investors and spacious enough for an end user with larger family. La Perla is a luxury highrise building with great amenities and low maintenance. Right beside the newly renovated Historic Pier & Restaurant of Sunny Isles. Call Today for an easy showing and before this…
  • Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour vs. ONE Bal Harbour – No Rhyme or Reason?

    Ashton Coleman
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour vs. ONE Bal Harbour – No Rhyme or Reason? Savvy investors are watching the all new Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour very closely as it takes control of management for what was once known as ONE Bal Harbour. In researching the values for a friend, we find they are skewed with this new transition and yet speculative that very soon they may reach $1,500 plus per square foot. Today’s sellers have more confidence than ever in future values based on the strength of the brand known as Ritz-Carlton. Is there any rhyme or reason to today’s values? Where will these…
  • ONE Sotheby’s International Realty | Marketing Partners

    Ashton Coleman
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    ONE Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Marketing Partners The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s rich history goes back to 1744, when the venerable Sotheby’s Auction House was established. The Auction House founded the brand in 1976 to service the real estate needs of the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC selectively grants franchises to independent real estate companies meeting strict qualifications. In keeping with its stellar reputation, the Sotheby’s International Realty organization boasts an…
  • Just Listed | Historic Miami Shores Home | 339 NE 96th Street

    Ashton Coleman
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Just Listed | Historic Miami Shores Home | 339 NE 96th Street Historic Miami Shores Home ‘The Harold M. Wilson Home’ of 1925 is now available. Original tile flooring in great condition, High ceilings, wood beams, large great room with a wood burning fireplace and a spacious dining area. Impact Windows & Doors throughout, 2 central zoned AC systems, renovated kitchen with Gas Stove, granite & stainless steel. Laundry room, Nanny Room, fenced backyard, 4-Car carport and a historic charm rarely found! 339 NE 96th Street Details: 4 Bedrooms | 3 bath Year Built 1925 Miami…
  • Aventura’s Turnberry Isles South #19D Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Aventura’s Turnberry Isles South #19D Just Sold by Ashton Coleman Turnberry Isles Condo Specs: 19667 Turnberry Way #19D Aventura, Florida 33180 Built In 1980 2 Bedroom | 2 Bath 1,887 SF Interior (Floor Plan) Approx. 2,000 SF Total Sale Price $468,000 Originally Priced at $479,000 98% SP$/LP Ratio 2013 Taxes $5,530 (No Exemptions) Guard Gated | Full Amenity Building Meticulously Cared for Original Condition Seller Representation – Canada Buyer – New York I know Aventura real estate & Turnberry Isles Condos. If you are interested, or know someone interested in buying or…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • Multi-Family Investment Properties — More Tempting Than Chocolate Cake?

    All Property Management
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Chocolate cake and real estate.  Probably not a combination you think of very often.  Unless, of course, we’re talking about chocolate chip cookies and open houses, which every agent knows is the winning combination.  Wondering how we can link the two?  Keep reading. Over the past few years, investors looking for single-family rentals have found themselves running into supply issues in certain parts of the county, where institutional investors have scooped up many of the great deals.  That doesn’t mean the smaller investor is out of luck; we just need to think outside the box.
  • Stated Income Loans for Investment Property

    Marco Santarelli
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Norada Real Estate Investments is pleased to offer our new Stated-Income Mortgage Loans, available on many of our investment properties.  These loans are available on 1-4 units properties with just a minimum mid FICO score of 650.  You can get up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV) with absolutely no personal income verification. Read the rest of Stated Income Loans for Investment Property » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Capturing the Current Cash-Flow Window

    Marco Santarelli
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    As we enter the final quarter of 2014, we can look back at almost two years of a real estate turnaround having bottomed around early 2013.  Investors were poised to capitalize on one of the best real estate investment opportunities ever seen. There was significant upward pressure building on single-family home prices created by historically low interest rates, falling unemployment rates, and an improving economy.  Those factors have resulted in increased demand for housing from both home-buyers and investors alike, which has pushed housing prices higher in most markets nationwide. Read the…
  • Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks

    Steve Cook
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    A better class of renter is changing the fact of Rentorship in America, creating a climate for higher rents. Rental applicants, especially those applying for less expensive units, continue to see improvements in their credit risk, according to the latest TransUnion Rental Screening Solutions industry report.  The average ResidentScore, a measure used to assess a rental applicant’s risk level, improved by 0.8% between Q2 2013 and Q2 2014. Read the rest of Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by…
  • Landlords: You Need to Invest in These Upgrades Now

    Marco Santarelli
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you own income-producing rental property, it’s important to attract renters and keep tenants happy without sinking a small fortune into luxurious upgrades that won’t get you much return on investment. On the other hand, not taking care of your property or offering upgrades will likely cost you more in the long run, as you’ll have a harder time finding and keeping responsible tenants. Luckily, there are some property improvements that are relatively affordable and can increase your rental home value and overall rental income. Read the rest of Landlords: You Need to Invest in These…
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • Get a Professional Valuation for Your Lake Ridge Virginia Home FREE

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
                   Get a Professional Valuation        for Your Lake Ridge Virginia Home now. Your Home's Market Value Online For Free Have you been thinking of buying a move-up home or a new home?  The Twins Selling Real Estate can help you.                                                                                                           The first step is to find out the value of your current home. Your Professional Evaluation Will Include... Prices and Details of Properties that appraisers, lenders and banks use in…
  • When relocating to Fort Belvoir the question is always the same..

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    When a relocation to Fort Belvoir Virginia is on the horizon the question is always the same...Should we live in Fairfax, Alexandria or consider commuting from the Woodbridge Virginia area. The chart below is an active current snapshot of what you can expect to pay for homes in all three jurisdictions.  As you can see the closer you get to the Washington DC Area, the more homes cost.  We have been coaching relocating buyers for decades in the Fairfax, Alexandria, Lorton and Prince William County Virginia area. Where you ultimately wind up living in going to depend on your needs, your…
  • Luxury Homes in River Falls near Lake Ridge Virginia

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Someone recently asked "Are there any luxury homes in Prince William County Virginia?" The answer to that is a resounding yes. It will all depend on what you consider luxury. I ask the gentleman are you looking for privacy, acreage, a home over a Million? What's your pleasure. He said, I am looking for home that is less than ten years old, where there are established tree lined streets and I want it to be fairly close to services such as restaurants, shopping, grocery and I-95 I suggested he should consider River Falls.  River Falls in near Lake Ridge Virginia and it is off the Prince…
  • We're Moving Our Office Location....

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    We're Moving.... The time has come to make a change. We're still going to be with EXIT Realty, however we are making the shift to move to EXIT Realty Associates in Lorton Station Virginia. The reasons are simple. It's makes sense for our team. Patty Blackwelder lives in Mount Vernon and I live in Lake Ridge Virginia. We service home buyers and sellers from Quantico to Fort Belvoir. Patty was finding herself on the road far more than I was so the Lorton Station Virginia location is a wonderful compromise. We have done this to better serve our customer and client base. For those of you…
  • How's the real estate market in Woodbridge Virginia?

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Yesterday I attended a business function where a lot of local real estate agents and loan officers attended.   This is a place were one can really get a feel for the current local real estate market trends. Charts are great, however there is nothing better than talking with my real estate peers. They are the ones in the trenches just like myself. In the neighborhoods, working with home buyers and sellers across Prince William County Virginia. The overall consensus between real estate agents and lenders was "Where are all the home buyers?" We seem to have hit a lull in the market. I prefer…
 
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    KW Blog

  • New Home Construction Builds Opportunities

    adminkwblog
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    New home construction, commonly referred to as housing starts, is a leading economic indicator. Because construction lags demand, increased home starts and permit requests indicate that buyer demand is strong. For real estate agents, the biggest opportunity in new home construction is listings. By creating relationships with builders, you can position yourself to be first in line to get the listing. The first step to realizing this exciting opportunity is staying current with new housing construction statistics and understanding what the numbers mean. The second step is knowing where new…
  • Taking Back The Finish Line : A Story About The Keller Williams Culture

    adminkwblog
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    At Keller Williams Realty, our associates are more than just members of the company, they are members of our family. And to us, that means everyone working together to fulfill our mission to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living. To illustrate just how strong our culture is, Alex Coates, associate in the Wayne (Pa.) market center, shares his inspiring story about Keller Williams associates coming together for a great cause. Alex Coates owned his own broker company prior to joining Keller Williams in 2011. Coates decided to join Keller Williams because of…
  • The Unemployment Rate Is Down. What Does that Mean for Your Clients? [Q3-2014]

    adminkwblog
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    When clients ask how the real estate market  is going to perform in your market, the first answer is to look at unemployment rates. If people are not working, chances are they do not have the finances to purchase a home. Additionally, when unemployment is low, there tends to be increased mobility as people move around for jobs. This morning, the Department of Labor reported that U.S. jobless claims fell to a 14-year low. What does this mean for the housing market and your clients? The Facts: The national unemployment rate is down The national unemployment rate is 5.9 percent. There are more…
  • A BOLD Story: It Started with Just Coffee

    adminkwblog
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    It is no secret that BOLD conditions real estate agents to succeed with powerful mindset exercises, language techniques, and lead generation activities. Last year, according to KW MAPS Coaching, BOLD graduates increased their closed transactions by 50% and increased their income by 114%. However, many don’t know that BOLD can also transform your personal life. One Keller Williams agent shares her story about how BOLD increased her profitability and transformed her personal life. Denise Buchanan In a January, 2013 BOLD class, Denise Buchanan, associate in the Atlanta–Roswell (Ga.) market…
  • How Student Loan Debts Impact Home Ownership

    adminkwblog
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    There is a special category of life’s firsts. First kiss. First job. Going away to college. Buying your first home. Walking into your own home for the first time is one of the magical firsts people dream of. Having no prior experience, many first-time home buyers rely on their real estate agent and mortgage lender to help guide them through the process. As market experts, agents must be prepared to answer buyers’ questions, including, “Can I afford this house?” The answer is more detailed than just looking at income and listing price. There are multiple factors that affect…
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    The Real Deal New York

  • The ‘quietest borough’ is making some noise

    ZacharyKussin/TRD
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    From left: Studio Square in Long Island City and the Standard Motors Building, also in Long Island City From the October issue: After Manhattan and Brooklyn comes Queens. The city’s largest borough in land mass is typically among the quietest in commercial transactions. But this year, Queens is set to break sales records, if the recent uptick in activity stays on pace. [more]
  • The Wrap: Live in a former Catholic schoolroom, a look at five new food courts in New York … and more

    Claire Moses
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    This Cobble Hill condo used to be a Catholic schoolroom 1. This Brooklyn condo used to be a Catholic schoolroom [Curbed] 2. How to get a Mitchell-Lama apartment [BrickUnderground] 3. Cult locations in Los Angeles, then and now [Curbed] 4. Part of Astor Place closed to traffic [EV Grieve] 5. What does the future of retail look like? [Business Insider] 6. New York’s hottest new food courts [NYP] 7. Why some restaurants don’t close [NYMag] – Claire Moses
  • Gary Barnett reveals how he won the Ring portfolio

    hs@therealdeal.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    From left: Gary Barnett (Credit: STUDIO SCRIVO), 251 Park Avenue South and Frank Ring In a market where rents are on the upswing and demand is strong, an empty building is a rare prize. In the case of the F.M. Ring portfolio, there were 14 of them. Brothers Frank and Michael Ring, long at odds, left about a million square feet vacant for years in Midtown South – a neighborhood where average asking rents are now north of $65 a foot. Not surprisingly, many of the city’s top developers tried in vain to get their hands on the properties. The one to finally pull it off was Extell…
  • Jamaica sees biggest deal of the decade with $22M sale

    Claire Moses
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    163-05 Archer Avenue in Jamaica, Queens A Flushing-based developer paid $22 million for a property in Downtown Jamaica, the largest to be sold in the neighborhood in almost 10 years. Jamaica Tower LLC bought 163-05 Archer Avenue, at Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, from Gertz Plaza Acquisition, according to DNAinfo. The developer is planning to build market-rate housing at the site as well as retail. Massey Knakal Realty Services brokered the transaction. The site consists of two lots – multiple stores as well as a seven-story parking garage are currently located there — and a total…
  • Jets owner Woody Johnson sells co-op for record $80M

    Claire Moses
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    From left: Leonard Blavatnik, 834 Fifth Avenue and Woody Johnson Manhattan has a new record for most expensive co-op ever sold: $80 million. Billionaire Leonard Blavatnik bought New York Jets owner Woody Johnson’s unit at 834 Fifth Avenue, which was listed for $75 million. Earlier this month, Johnson accepted the offer from Blavatnik. Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, never lived in the 11th- and 12th-floor duplex, but did use the space for parties and fundraisers. Blavatnik is the world’s 32nd richest man, according to Forbes. He’s made other trophy real…
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Just Listed! Alexandria Condo at Manors At Stonegate

    thebeltteam
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    4667 Longstreet Lane #305, Alexandria – At The Manors at Stonegate List Price: $424,900 Welcome to Manors at Stonegate! This fabulous, townhouse style, 2 bedroom, 2 full bath condo features an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, loft area with built-in bookcases, skylights & office/den, updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, master suite with spacious walk-in closet & attached bath, and brand new hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms. Great location…convenient to many amenities and perfect for commuters! More information…
  • October 19th – Open Houses in Fairfax, Oak Hill & Alexandria

    thebeltteam
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Whether you’re looking for a luxury townhouse in Alexandria, a wonderful home near Metro & the Mosaic District or a beautiful custom home in Oak Hill – we’ve got you covered with our open houses this weekend! In sought after Lands of Quaker! 15 Arell Court in Alexandria – Listed at $649,500 Open Sunday, October 19th 2 to 4PM This elegant end-unit townhome is in a fabulous Alexandria location. Enjoy an open floorplan, loads of natural light, hardwood floors & striking architectural details. Versatile entry level living space with fireplace perfect for den or…
  • Home Selling Tip If You’re Waiting Til Spring

    thebeltteam
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Here’s a tip for those of you who are waiting until Spring to sell your home! TIP: If your home has trees, backs to woods or parkland, or even just looks lovely with the chrysanthemums you planted – then NOW is the time to take some photos. Some homes show really well in the Fall – especially when the leaves are changing. Buyers who move here from places like Southern California, where there are no real “seasons”, will be especially wowed by how your home looks at this time of year. Snap some photos now and tuck them away for next year when you’re ready to…
  • Open Houses: Oakton, Fairfax, Burke & Vienna – Oct 12th

    thebeltteam
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    We have a great variety of open houses for you this weekend – several of which have NEVER been held open before! Stop in and you just might find your dream home! 2407 Oakmont Ct in Oakton ~ List Price: $1,495,000 – Open Sunday 2-4PM (Just reduced $200,000 and this will be the first time open!) Exquisite four sides brick, expansive home on 1.7 spectacular acres in close-in Oakton. Full of amazing surprises like a fabulous master suite with spiral staircase to exercise area and sauna! More info, directions & photos for 2407 Oakmont Ct Search Oakton Homes For Sale $1,250,000 to…
  • It’s 4th & Goal Time in the 2014 Real Estate Bowl

    thebeltteam
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    We’re headed into Fourth Quarter of this year’s Real Estate game, so it’s time to survey the field and see what’s happening! First, it looks like the market has stabilized in terms of appreciation rates and become a bit more homogenous around the Beltway & beyond. When we assessed average sales prices at mid-year, we saw that some areas had gone DOWN when we compared last year to this year (Great Falls, McLean & Burke). We also had some areas that were UP close to 10% (Dunn Loring, Vienna & Chantilly). That’s a wide variation. Numbers from January 1…
 
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    Corporate Real Estate Network

  • U.S. – Office market outlook (Q3 2014)

    CRE Editors
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    JLL’s Managing Director of U.S. office market research, John Sikaitis, discusses the state of the office market and expectations for the coming months, as of October 2014. Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Cassidy Turley CRE Report Download: Over- or Under-Building?

    CRE Editors
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    From Cassidy Turley: There’s mounting evidence that development activity is picking up across the country. Growth in the value of construction underway has been in the double digits for almost 30... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • JLL Report Downoload: United States Office Outlook – Q3 2014

    CRE Editors
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    From JLL: Broad-based domestic economic expansion has fueled the tightest office market fundamentals in eight years across the United States. Strong U.S. economic forecasts will spur absorption rates... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Mark Wilson The future of Business Parks

    CRE Editors
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Out of town locations – how can they remain competitive in the current office market? – Mark Wilson Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Chris Hiatt Urban Tendency Implications for Landlords, Developers and Investors

    CRE Editors
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    What evidence do you have to support the urban tendency trend? What are the implications for landlords, developers and investors? – Chris Hiatt Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Texas Posts Record 12 Month Job Growth

    CoyDavidson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Texas Labor Market Review – October 2014 The Texas economy added 36,400 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in September following the revised addition of 32,500 jobs in August according to the latest Texas Labor Market Review. Over the year, Texas added 413,700 total non-farm jobs, the largest gain over a 12-month period ever recorded in […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Friday Rally Mitigates Stock Losses Stocks finally rallied on Friday but all three major stock indexes finished the week with losses. The tech heavy Nasdaq finished down 0.42% for the week. The Dow lost 0.99% and the S&P 500 retreated 1.02% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: […]
  • CRE Tech … Back in the Day

    CoyDavidson
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Party Like its 1999 I recently received a phone call that I get periodically from newbie commercial brokers to ask for a few minutes of my time to ask about the best technology to utilize in in commercial real estate brokerage. This got me to thinking about what the commercial real estate brokerage industry was like when […]
  • Fed Beige Book: Commercial Construction and Real Estate activity grew in most Districts.

    CoyDavidson
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Office leasing activity increased in Dallas and Austin and held steady at high levels in Houston Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts generally described modest to moderate economic growth at a pace similar to that noted in the previous Beige Book. Moderate growth was reported by the Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, and […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Five Articles to Read this Weekend An Outstanding “Hybrid Space” Utilizing Different Levels Of Privacy In our Industry, we all have heard the rants and raves concerning the open plan work space concept. Some firms have gone so far to eliminate any private space in their plans causing anarchy in their organizations. Every employee has […]
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (October 20, 2014) Del Walmsley: Special Guest Norm Holcomb Shares His Story

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/8f9157e372a87d8129a8b68fe40d86eb9521afde/LURadio102014.mp3 On the show today we have a military veteran from Ohio, Norm Holcomb, calling in to share his story with all the other fanatic LUI radio show listeners about how he came to realize on his own that the path he was following was never going to yield the results he desired. Norm, however, didn’t continue to follow the wrong map, hoping one day it would miraculously change his life all on it’s own, like so many do. Norm did however take matters into his own…
  • (October 20, 2014) Del Walmsley: Overqualified & Under-prepared

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/abad9516037e5376e82a04150d89ba6d31c5cc05/LURadio102014.mp3 Ever wonder why we can never get enough new Lifestyles Members to walk through our door? It’s not because we love the money. It’s because the more different members we have, the better chance we have at knowing what makes you, you. Each story our members tell about overcoming adversity, whether they went to college or didn’t, had a job or didn’t, or came from this country or didn’t, gives us a better understanding of the world we all face.
  • (October 19, 2014) Steve Davis: RE Investment Q & A

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/436228b49faf48609287d800e8e00f5cf57498d9/LURadio101914.mp3 Today, Steve Davis answers a whirlwind of different questions on real estate investment. So, here’s your chance to get the scoop on all of today’s in-depth content! The post (October 19, 2014) Steve Davis: RE Investment Q & A appeared first on Lifestyles Unlimited.
  • (October 18, 2014) Steve Davis: IRA’s & 401k’s – Why It’s Time To Cash Out of These Broken Financial Vehicles

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/ad15bf733e422108cd83350c066015db679995a0/LURadio101814.mp3 Welcome to a limbo where your money waits multiple decades to be spent. For now, the only benefit of placing your money here is the satisfaction of following your moral compass. Growth here is slow and now not even close to 100% of this money is yours. So, the rocky road of funding these limbo accounts begins. You lose a job. Keeping up with your IRA & 401k gets harder. You try to put your kids through school. Keeping up gets harder again. Finally, you retire and…
  • (October 17, 2014) Del Walmsley: The Interpretive Movement

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/72e6bf5a25e7340eb8a56130c746b9d45e1902dc/LURadio171014.mp3 Figuring out where you want to be in life and how you picture your future is what Del Walmsley calls the interpretive movement. Interpreting where you need to be financially is an important way to motivate you into finding the right map that will produce the right results for you. Often times, what people foresee as their future doesn’t pan out. Interpreting life in general is quite difficult. For some, it drives them into achieving their goals; and for others,…
 
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    中洲漁港を無事に撮影

  • 消費者金融-中洲漁港 キス

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    友人にも愚痴ったんだけど、会社でどーしても合わない人がいるんだよねー。 例えば、ナウルにしょっちゅう行っていて、お土産を買ってくるのはありがたいんだけど、その自慢話をいつも聞かされるとか。 9㌔痩せただの、函館にディナーが云々とか。 24時に帰ってきて仄々しようと思う。 けど、エアロビスティックをしたり、今度きゅう師の勉強を云々・・・と。 24時に家に帰れば自由だろー!!…
  • 消費者金融-中洲漁港 駐車

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    「7kg太ったのよ」なんて話題は出るけど、変わってないのに驚き!! 1人目で産後太りして、痩せるのに時間がかかったからこんにゃくゼリーやウォーキングや色々気にしてるらしぃ。 若い時に結婚して、なんだかんだ早めの対処が良かったのか・・・ 私もジムに行こうかと思ったけど…コアリズムやろうかなー。 みなさまも、クラス会とかで驚くべき変化とか感じることないですか?…
  • 金融-中洲漁港

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

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

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

  • Financing is changing - Do you have the information you need?

    Monika Furtado
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I have had an ongoing conversation with Jason Dodd of Verico Maximum Mortgages about changes to mortgage financing in the recent past. I've asked him to write a blog to update you on what to expect. It really is time to change our thinking about the process. This is especially for those folks newer to Canada, self employed or any buyer who wants to have the best options, not just those available at the last minute.   From Jason:   While we have enjoyed a very competitive mortgage market and low interest rate environment over the last few years, a slow steady change has happened with…
  • Are increasing home prices in Calgary pushing folks out of single family homes and into townhouses and condos?

    Monika Furtado
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Are increasing home prices in Calgary pushing folks out of single family homes and into townhouses and condos? From the CREB update: "While conditions are now more balanced, the composition of the single-family market has changed," said Lurie. "One-quarter of year-to-date sales in the sector has been for product priced below $400,000. Last year, it represented 35 per cent of the market share. Two years ago, it accounted for 44 per cent of all single-family sales."   With that the condo market is seeing a larger increase than single family homes: "For the fifth consecutive month,…
  • Spotlight on Signal Hill

    Monika Furtado
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    More and more folks are looking to Calgary's west side when looking for a new home. Is it the new LRT, the easy access to all parts of the city, the amenities or the great home options?You might be checking out the show homes further west, but don't forget to look in Signal Hill as there are some wonderful homes to consider that are at the heart of it all.    View the Signal Hill Community Profile.
  • Embracing electronic signatures in Calgary real estate

    Monika Furtado
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Electronic signatures have been growing in popularity across various industries including real estate. In Alberta, electronic signatures are accepted as part of real estate transactions.   Using highly secure Docusign clients can sign a document using their smart phones, tablets, laptops or computers via their email.  No paper. No printers, scanners or faxes needed.   This has become an essential tool in my arsenal for a few reasons:   1. My clients can sign from anywhere/anytime.  They will not need to find a printer and then scanner or fax to sign a…
  • Open House Saturday Sept 20 at 42 Hawkdale Circle NW

    Monika Furtado
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Stop by at 42 Hawkdale Circle NW this Saturday, Sept 20, between 2pm and 4pm to view this beautiful Hawkwood Home.   Original owners. This exceptionally well maintained home in Hawkwood is well designed to take advantage of the south facing backyard and ample light. The main floor includes a large kitchen wrapping around the centre island, eating nook, family room, dining room, living room and main floor office. Up the grand staircase 3 bedrooms including the master with 5 piece bath, additional full bath and laundry complete the level. The fully finished walkout basement offers a large…
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    Property Management Software

  • Is now a good time to buy a home on an island

    Property Management Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    St Kitts Real Estate A Caribbean backwater? Or a chic new property hot-spot? If you sat having a sundowner in the main square in Basseterre, the capital of St Kitts, you would probably think the former. The clock in the centre of the square has stopped at 16 minutes past three, which somehow seems to symbolise a Caribbean that has not changed in years. It is hot, dusty and unhurried, but blessed with lazy charm. This is one of the prettiest towns in the Caribbean, with its old wooden houses slumbering in the sun. You could be in a Graham Greene novel set in the Fifties. But Barbados or Nassau…
  • Is home equity loan right for you

    Property Management Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Home Equity Loan During the housing bust, many homeowners were cut off from a popular source of funds: their homes. But as home prices recover, more people have been able to tap their home’s equity to pay for renovations, consolidate debts or help pay for other big ticket items. Home equity lines of credit were up 27% during the year ended June 30, according to financial services company Experian and consulting firm Oliver Wyman. And more people are expected to follow suit. But does that mean a home equity loan (HEL) or home equity line of credit (HELOC) is right for you? Here are five…
  • Tips on avoiding capital gains tax

    Property Management Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Reducing Capital Gains Tax Capital gains taxes are charged when you sell something that’s increased in value such as an investment like a stock or property. If you held onto the asset for more than a year before you sold it, then you are taxed on a long-term capital gain at a tax rate of 0% to 20%. An important exception to the capital gains tax kicks in when you are selling your home. You can exclude $250,000 of your profit from the sale of your home if you are single and $500,000 of the profit if you’re filing taxes jointly as a married couple. However, you do have to meet specific…
  • Canadian real estate love fading away

    Property Management Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Canadian Real Estate Canadians’ exuberance about the housing market may be coming back to earth, survey data show. The share of Canadians who predict home prices will rise over the next six months fell to 38 percent last week, the lowest since April. The survey is part of polling for the Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index, which declined to 58.8, from the prior reading of 59.1, the lowest in five weeks. Housing is “a key forward indicator to be monitored because the perceptions of real estate have been a key driver of confidence,” said Nik Nanos, chairman of Ottawa-based Nanos…
  • Top tips from experts on getting a home loan

    Property Management Software
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Top tips for home loans Mortgage rates haven’t moved much this year, and the good news is they’ve been stuck at historically low levels. But the bad news is that may be about to change. Both home prices and mortgage rates are expected to move higher as we head through the fall, and that makes shopping for the right mortgage all the more critical. While various groups report national mortgage rate averages each week, the rates you get can vary dramatically from that average, depending on what product you choose and how you shop. So how do you get the best rate? We asked some of the…
 
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    30A Luxury Homes

  • Differences Between a Condo Association and a Homeowner’s Association

    Joy
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Differences Between a Condo Association and a Homeowner’s Association Understanding the differences between each type of association will help future owners of 30A luxury homes to get the most out of their association’s ownership experience, whether they buy condos or single family homes along 30A. The major difference between homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominiums associations revolves around the type of real property development administered by the association. An HOA governs a single-family, planned development made up of lots. Each lot is improved with a separate home.
  • Halloween Festivities Along 30A

    Joy
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Halloween Festivities Along 30A Halloween along 30A brings lots of fun activities and opportunities for residents of 30A luxury homes to wear their spookiest outfit and party in style. Residents of homes along 30A can look forward to a fun and haunted Halloween celebration as Seaside kicks off the weekend with ghosts, goblins, fairies and princesses go door-to-door collecting candy from the merchants of Seaside from 4:00PM to 6:00PM on October 31, 2014. Afterwards, hop on the haunted hayride for scary stories told by the Seaside Rep. Children are also invited to join the Trick or Treat at the…
  • Rosemary Beach Real Estate | Market Report September 2014

    DebbieJ
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Rosemary Beach Real Estate | Market Report September 2014 Rosemary Beach was founded on the principles of New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Development. Inspired by other classic beach towns, the 107-acre, gulf-front town of Rosemary Beach was designed to bring back the notions of community, neighborhood and convenience. This slice of heaven on earth offers residents the opportunity to live and work in paradise. Distinguished West Indies and Dutch inspired architecture offers a calming palette of earth tones, wide porches and intricate details such as arched doorways and gated…
  • Seacrest Beach Real Estate | Market Report August 2014

    DebbieJ
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Seacrest Beach Real Estate | Market Report August 2014 Why is Seacrest Beach Real Estate one of the hottest 30A communities? Seacrest Beach real estate offers a more affordable alternative to Rosemary Beach FL real estate and Alys Beach, without sacrificing proximity to the atmosphere, shopping, dining and activities that make Rosemary Beach so desirable. A quaint 30A beach community, Seacrest Beach is nestled between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach and offers a mix of cottage-style homes, condos and homesites. Looking for a home, condo or homesite in Seacrest Beach? Click here for the…
  • 3-Story Seacrest Beach Home For Sale | 41 Beachcomber Lane Seacrest FL

    Joy
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    3-Story Seacrest Beach Home For Sale | 41 Beachcomber Lane Seacrest FL This amazing 3-story, 4-bedroom home for sale is one of the best built homes in Seacrest Beach. Fully furnished and ready to move in, this home is conveniently located between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach where you are just walking distance from lots of options for dining and shopping, events, biking trails, and the famous beaches of 30A! This lovely Seacrest Beach home for sale has deeded beach access with tram service to the beach directly from your doorstep. Talk about convenience! You won’t have to worry about…
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    Unconditional

  • Property prices rising slower this year

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

    Paul McKenzie
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    The usual surge in new home listings on the market in August is noticeably weaker this year compared to the past, with just 9,482 new listings. New residential property listings are 11.5% down on the same time last year. This fall affected most regions around the country, with only Northland, the Coromandel and Central North Island bucking the trend. Every August, we start to see strong lifts in new home listings after the quieter winter months. The expected lift did come this year, but it’s not nearly as dramatic as in the past. For instance, we have seen an increase of 3.5% from July to…
  • Average asking of homes remains high

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

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

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

  • The Sensation Authentic Duplex in Barcelona

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    A fantastic 4-bedroom apartment with a huge interior terrace Located within easy reach of the Joanic metro station and less than 5 blocks away from the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Sagrada Familia, the Sensation Authentic Duplex apartment enjoys a warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes it perfect for a family trip or a holiday with friends in Barcelona. The apartment: On entering the apartment, guests will find themselves in a bright living area comprising a large dining table with matching chairs and a sofa that can be converted into a comfortable double bed for two additional guests. Two…
  • The Sunny Attic Apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    A lovely 3 bedroom apartment in a residential area of Barcelona, but only 5 minutes from 2 world heritage monuments: the Sagrada Familia and Hospital St Pau and 15 minutes from the historic center of town. Well communicated by subway and bus with supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, etc – you have everything at your fingertips. The Apartment:- This lovely three bedroom apartment is just flooded with light thanks to it’s elevated position and the wrap-round terrace. The apartment is divided into two distinct sections. One arm of the apartment houses the elegant living-dining area. The…
  • The Sensation Authentic II apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    A lovely two bedroom apartment with two small terraces Located within easy reach of the Joanic metro station and less than 5 blocks away from the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Sagrada Familia, the Sensation Authentic apartment enjoys a warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes it perfect for a family trip or a holiday with friends in Barcelona. The apartment: Located in a modern building with elevator, the Sensation Authentic apartment is the ideal base for a family or a small group of friends wishing to enjoy Barcelona in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The living area has warm wooden floors and a…
  • The Sensation Authentic I apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    A lovely two bedroom apartment with two small terraces Located within easy reach of the Joanic metro station and less than 5 blocks away from the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Sagrada Familia, the Sensation Authentic apartment enjoys a warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes it perfect for a family trip or a holiday with friends in Barcelona. The apartment: Located in a modern building with elevator, the Sensation Authentic apartment is the ideal base for a family or a small group of friends wishing to enjoy Barcelona in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The living area has warm wooden floors and a…
  • The Alcudia apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    A welcoming two bedroom apartment with private balcony Within easy reach of a metro station, the Alcudia apartment enjoys a quiet location on the outskirts of Barcelona. Enjoy the day hitting the shops or sightseeing thorough the narrow roads of the Gothic Quarter and come back to the comfort of a cozy apartment with private balcony!! The apartment: A cozy two bedroom apartment that will make you feel right at home. Located on the 1st floor of a building with elevator, the Alcudia apartment offers its guests a fresh, modern atmosphere that perfectly combines with the original tiled floors of…
 
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Blog: Lansner on Real Estate

  • How long does it take to buy a home?

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Open houses are a fundamental way for agents to keep their fingers on the pulse of hopeful home buyers. An open house puts buyers and agents face to face, handshake to handshake, and subject to common spoken greetings such as, “Hi, I’m Leslie,...
  • Slow pace of building drives up home prices

    JEFF LAZERSON
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: Interest rates for the fixed, 30-year mortgage plunged this week, falling below 4 percent for the...
  • O.C. home prices up 6.4% in September

    JEFF COLLINS
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    A fall chill crept into the Orange County housing market in September, freezing the median home price below the $600,000 threshold touched briefly earlier this year and keeping a lid on sales. The median price of an Orange County home -- or price at...
  • Here's the best question a homebuyer can ask

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “What’s the inventory like?” “What are today’s interest rates?” “Is this a good deal?” These are all really good questions that can help you find your way home in today’s real estate market, right? Not so much, it turns out. The...
  • Mortgage rates fall for third week

    JEFF LAZERSON
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage improved nicely, down to 4.12 percent...
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    REJournals.com

  • Darwin represents developer in second disposition in 90 days

    Staff Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Darwin Realty & Development Corporation announced that Principal Noel S. Liston represented both buyer and seller in the disposition of 330 South Fairbank Street, Addison, Illinois, a 34,688-square-foot industrial facility in 3.16 acres. Panattoni Development was the seller while Fieldsource Construction, an interior demolition and remodeling firm, was the buyer. Fieldsource had been leasing the facility from Panattoni. Darwin Associate Doug Pilcher joined Liston in representing Panattoni. This is the second sale transaction Darwin Realty & Development Corporation has consummated on…
  • HBA 2014 Lawyer of the Year

    Staff Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Brian Liston The HBA announced Brian P. Liston, M.B.A., J.D. of Liston & Tsantilis, P.C. in Chicago as the 2014 HBA Lawyer of the Year. Brian will be honored at our annual Scholarship Ball on November 8th at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Brian specializes in eminent domain and property tax litigation. His firm has been a member of the National Association for Industrial and Office Properties and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors receiving Awards for Excellence, and recognizing him for exemplary legal work related to Incentives and Land Use projects throughout the Midwest. His…
  • First four restaurants sign leases at Cincinnati’s new Liberty Center mixed-use development

    Staff Writer
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    A rendering of the new Cheesecake Factory restaurant set for Cincinnati’s Liberty Center. The first four restaurant tenants have signed agreements to open new locations at Cincinnati’s Liberty Center, a mixed-use development developed by Steiner + Associates and scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. A total of 62,000 square feet is set aside for restaurants in the initial 1.1-million-square-foot first phase of the project. Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille and Pie & Pints are the first of a dozen restaurants expected to join the $350 million Liberty Center.
  • Marcus & Millichap sells 54-unit apartment complex in Minnesota

    Staff Writer
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Marcus & Millichap has closed the sale of Oak Crest Apartments, a 54-unit apartment property located in Elk River, Minn. The property sold for $3.405 million. Mox Gunderson & Josh Talberg, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Minneapolis office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller.  The buyer, a private investor, was also secured and represented by Gunderson and Talberg.
  • Thrivent Financial hires Cushman & Wakefield|NorthMarq to advise it on future use of Minneapolis parking lots

    Staff Writer
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Thrivent Financial has hired Cushman & Wakefield|NorthMarq to provide the company with advice on the future use of the full-block surface parking lot it controls just east of its corporate headquarters in Minneapolis. The lot is located across 5th Avenue South and bordered by South 6th Street and South 7th Street. Thrivent has also hired the company to advise it on future uses for a smaller lot bordered by 5th Avenue South and South 7th Street in Minneapolis. The Cushman & Wakefield|NorthMarq team of Mark Houge and John Breitinger will work with Thrivent to analyze the real estate…
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    Reia of Macomb | Michigan Real Estate Investor Club

  • Two Ways To WholeSale Michigan Houses

    Dylan Tanaka
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Often times I hear real estate investors (typically new ones) say the want to wholesale, especially after attending a house flipping rally put on by a national speaker who’s looking to cash in on Boot Camp sales. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for national speakers as we all have to get bitten by the more »
  • Why I Need a Licensed Real Estate Attorney

    Dylan Tanaka
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    In today’s 100 mph paced business world it’s easy to make a mistake or encounter something that you haven’t before.  A lot of the time that question will have to be answered immediately…and not knowing how to answer that question can land you in hot water…legally.  So how do you make sure that you have more »
  • Millionaires See Real Estate as Top Investment for 2014

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

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

    Dylan Tanaka
    25 Feb 2013 | 11:02 am
    Michigan land lords are sitting in the drivers seat since the Michigan Foreclosure Boom is over and values are coming back.  Not only were they able to buy great rental properties over the last 5 years but even right now there are thousands of houses in strong rental neighborhoods that are still available to cash more »
 
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Do Green Property Managers Attract More Considerate Residents?

    Marc Courtenay
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just because it may not be as “cool” today to take your property management business in a “green” direction doesn’t mean it’s not rewarding. Besides the personal satisfaction there are advantages. As part of its Healthy Homes Program, the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched in 1999 its Healthy Homes Initiative (HHI) to protect families from housing-related health and safety hazards. Then in July of 2007 HUD introduced its Green Initiative, a nationwide pilot initiative to encourage owners and purchasers of affordable, multifamily…
  • Renters May Temporarily Turn into Buyers as Incentives Arise

    Marc Courtenay
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    It may feel like 2006 all over again when it comes to the housing market.  Gimmicks and giveaways are creeping into the market because homes aren’t selling like builders had hoped. Back in 2006, just before the crash of 2008, no-document mortgages greased the way to the top of that housing bubble. Today it’s freebies such as swimming pools, built-in barbecues and cost reductions. This may seduce some renters to stretch their wallets with the allure of being an “owner”. How quickly people forget the prelude that eventual leads to foreclosures or valuations being “underwater”.
  • Why You Can’t Afford to Skip Video Tours (Webinar Recap)

    Stephanie Vernon
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    We hosted a fun and informative session with Todd Breen on the power of video tours this week. He covered best practices for creating engaging video tours for your listings. He also covered many of the benefits video tours can offer property managers, including: Cutting vacancy time and showings in half! Increasing engagement and time spent on your site. Going green! Cut down on pollution by driving less each year with less in person showings. Attracting new owners by showcasing the powerful way you market their properties. And more! Click here to view the slides and recording from this…
  • Residential Housing for Renters Expands as Property Managers Wonder

    Marc Courtenay
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    The number of multi-family rental housing complexes being built around the nation keeps on growing month after month. The implications for the property management business are somewhat ambiguous. No doubt there’s been a steady decline in the number of homeowners since the financial crisis of 2008. This has translated to a substantial increase of renters who are likely to remain renters for a long time. That’s been good news for property managers and their owner-clients. For the past 4 years vacancy rates have declined while the inventory of rental units built has reached record levels.
  • Four Low Cost Ways to Improve the Properties You Manage

    Marc Courtenay
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Residents are on the prowl again looking for the most attractive rental units for their money. At the same time there is a growing group of former homeowners who are back in the rental market. The monthly rent these groups are willing to pay will partially depend on the condition of the rental properties. If they have a choice, they’ll go with the property that impresses them the most. This is especially true with the baby boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964. This demographic is looking for places to live that feel secure, feel like home and appeals to aesthetics. So to…
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    Select Property Group Ltd

  • Buy-to-let rents reach record high

    Steven Sedgwick
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Buy-to-let investors with property in England and Wales enjoyed record rental yields during September. Summary: Average rents in the UK increased to £768 per month during September Regions such as the north-west of England are driving the rise Buy-to-let investors are averaging gross returns of 5% The average buy-to-let property yield across England and Wales has reached a new record high of £768 per month, according to the latest data. Lettings agent networks Your Move and Reeds Rains found that on a monthly basis, September’s average rents were 0.8% higher than those recorded in August…
  • Theme park ‘to boost Dubai occupancy rates’

    Steven Sedgwick
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Colliers International expects Dubai’s new theme park plans to boost occupancy rates and tourism spend ahead of 2020. Summary: New theme parks in Dubai have the potential to make tourists stay longer and spend more money Attractions can increase hotel occupancy by up to 10% Dubai property is in high demand ahead of expected visitor number rises Dubai’s expansion into theme park tourism is set to be good news for both property investors and hoteliers, as the attractions have the capacity to make people stay longer and spend more money in the emirate. Property consultancy Colliers…
  • Student property investment needed as undergrads forced to share rooms

    Steven Sedgwick
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    As investment in future student property is set for record levels, some current students have been asked to share accommodation. Summary: Students are being forced to share rooms in some halls of residence across the UK There is high demand for places at many of the UK’s universities Annual student property investment is set to surpass £2 billion by the end of 2014 In a crystal clear illustration of the undersupplied nature of the UK’s student accommodation market, young undergraduates are being forced to share beds in some halls of residence across the UK. The BBC reports that as many…
  • Dubai property investment law awaiting approval

    Steven Sedgwick
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    A new law could to promote the rights of property investors is awaiting approval in Dubai’s Ruler’s court. Summary: A draft version of a new law related to property investor rights is awaiting approval in Dubai’s courts Dubai’s real estate offers investors higher returns than elsewhere in the world Property investment in Dubai increased by 50% in the first half of 2014 A new law regarding the further protection of the property investors in Dubai is ready and with the emirate’s court awaiting approval, a Dubai Land Department (DLD) official has said. The Real Estate Investor…
  • Dubai property regulator releases development service charges list

    Steven Sedgwick
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Dubai property investors have been offered a new index which charts a list of service charges across the emirate’s developments. Summary: Rera has compiled a list of service charges for all of Dubai’s most popular property investments The list is based on data from both owners’ associations and real estate developers Service charges range from 8.12 AED per sq ft to 20.88 AED per sq ft Dubai property has offered investors some of the highest returns in the world over the past few years. Knight Frank’s recently released Global House Price Index highlighted capital growth of 24% while…
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • The Advantages and Pitfalls of Short Sales

    Elza Hayen
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Thanks to media focus on the significant number of homeowners who are `under water` in the current market, real estate professionals are increasingly being approached by buyers seeking short sales in hopes of snatching up a `bargain.`  While it is possible for a well-qualified, cash-rich, patient buyer who is looking for an exceptional deal on a home to find short sales a great opportunity, they are clearly not for everyone. Here’s a bit of real-world wisdom you can pass along to prospects that approach you about short sales : Don’t expect to pay less than market value - To have a good…
  • Halloween Attractions in South Carolina

    ERA Wilder Realty
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    It is finally Fall and the first day of October in South Carolina! It is time to pull out the pumpkin spiced candles, seasonal coffees from Starbucks and of course those Halloween costumes and haunted houses. South Carolina is also full of scary and fun attractions in October for you to enjoy during this month.  North Augusta, South Carolina Spirit of Hallowed Eve Dinner, October 24, 2014. For more information, please click here.  All Hallowed Eve Ghost Walk & Illusion Show, October 25, 2014. For more information, please click here Anderson, South Carolina Sweet Dreams Scare House,…
  • Morris Lyles Elected President of the Central Carolina Association of Realtors

    ERA Wilder Realty
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Columbia, S.C., September 29, 2014 – ERA Wilder Realty broker, Morris Lyles, has been elected as this year’s president of the Central Carolina Association of Realtors (CCAR).  In his new leadership role, Lyles has great expectations and a vision for the organization. “I look forward to 2015 and engaging new members through this upcoming year,” says Morris Lyles. As president, Lyles wants to push for more involvement from current members and also bring in new members who are dedicated and driven. This upcoming year will be a time for change and to take CCAR to the next level.
  • 5 Best Places to Visit in South Carolina

    ERA Wilder Realty
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Whether you are a native of South Carolina, visiting South Carolina or looking at relocating to South Carolina; our beautiful state has a lot to offer and fun for all ages. Below are some recommended activities and places for you to visit while in South Carolina. *in no particular order* 1. Myrtle Beach Since South Carolina is located on the coast, there are a number of beaches for you and your family to go visit. Myrtle Beach is a great place to go for the entire family. I often enjoy visiting Broadway at the Beach where there is great food and shopping, The Strip where there are fun…
  • ESPN College Gameday in Columbia, SC

    ERA Wilder Realty
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    On Saturday, September 27, ESPN College Gameday will be in Columbia, SC for the USC Gamecocks vs. Missouri Tigers football game. You may have witnessed last year’s intense game against the Tigers that went into double overtime and left Carolina fans on the edge of their seats as they waiting to see if the Gamecocks would prevail. This season, the excitement continues and what better way to show spirit than to join in the Gameday fun? ESPN College Game Day will be on the University of South Carolina’s historic horseshoe with special guest Kenny Chesney beginning at 9 a.m. It is…
 
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    Salt Spring Island Real Estate

  • October 2014, Market Analysis

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

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

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    The main real estate sales window on the Pacific Northwest Coast seems to have evolved into a Summer/Fall market.This may be the case on Vancouver Island, on the Sunshine Coast, as well as on the Gulf Islands.Secondary home/discretionary markets have a different pattern from primary residence/city markets. “By choice” regions have been slow to recover from this past six year downturn.At this very beginning of July, the uptick does appear to be underway, although it’s not an even-handed recovery & most sales to date still remain in the entry-level residential…
  • Salt Spring Island, 2014

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

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    The main real estate sales window on the Pacific Northwest Coast seems to have evolved into a Summer/Fall market.This may be the case on Vancouver Island, on the Sunshine Coast, as well as on the Gulf Islands.Secondary home/discretionary markets have a different pattern from primary residence/city markets. “By choice” regions have been slow to recover from this past six year downturn.At this very beginning of July, the uptick does appear to be underway, although it’s not an even-handed recovery & most sales to date still remain in the entry-level residential…
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    rentBits Blog

  • Moving to a New City? Five Functional Tips to Finding a Suitable Apartment

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

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

    rentBits Team
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    At rentbits, we have been getting feedback from thousands of advertisers that they needed a better Property Management Directory. We took this feedback to heart and are excited to announce the launch of a more robust, better user experience directory where owners of rental properties can search, review and compare Property Managers throughout the entire US for free. [...]
  • Remotely Wins First Place in SIM Tank Best New Start-Up Pitch

    rentBits Team
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Remotely won first place in the second annual SIM Tank Best Start-Up Pitch competition. There were some incredible companies that presented and we are honored to have been selected as the best new start-up.
  • How to Make Better Use of a Small Space

    rentBits Team
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    People that are looking to rent an apartment may look for one with ample space to get enough room for everything they already have, and everything they are going to get in the future. However, you do not need an incredible amount of space to have a fulfilling and enjoyable experience in your apartment. It [...]
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • Surprise! Mortgage interest rates are really low.

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    In defiance of expectations, mortgage interest rates moved down this week.  All the financial experts said they'd be going up and we'd probably hit 5% by the end of the year.  Just shows what experts know, eh?  Right now, rates look like this:30 year fixed: 20% down = 4.00% with no points30 year fixed: 10% down = 4.125% with one pointIt may be time to pull the trigger on purchasing a home.  BTW, my 11485 Moorpark #17, Studio City is open on Saturday from 2-5 and 629 N. Keystone in Burbank is open on Sunday, 2-5.
  • Hollywood Hills house closed yesterday - whew!

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    First-time buyers Elizabeth and Jim are the proud new owners of this home in the Lake Hollywood area.  This transaction had a bunch of challenges.The house is a flip and the new stuff is really nice, but an entire lower unit had been torn out on the order of L.A. City.  And there were lots of brand-new concrete pours and patches which indicated lots of cracks and slipping.  This is no surprise as the house is built on a hillside.We had lots of inspections and estimates and the news wasn't so great.  But two factors made this purchase a go: first, Jim and Elizabeth are up…
  • Check out my brand-new website at JudyGraff.com!

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Please visit JudyGraff.com and take a look at my newly-designed website.  It has lots of new functionality plus many of the same popular features as the old one.  Search the local mls, read my blog posts (without pictures), and get community news.  Some bugs are still being worked out, but I hope you like it.
  • Burbank-style Octoberfest

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Now that you've seen this, you can't un-see it.  Thanks, clients George and Yvonne Feucht, for the fun night! George, you are adorable in your lederhosen!
  • Best breakfast in Studio City -- by item

    4 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Who needs Yelp, eh? Let's all hop on the restaurant ratings bandwagon! Lately, I've been sampling various specific breakfast food items in my new hometown of Studio City.  I've come up with a not-so-definitive "best of" list by item for those of you that share my tastes. I select Jinky's on Colfax and Ventura for the best all-around egg-type breakfast.  Not only do they have many, many kinds of omelets and such, they also have quick service with a smile, celebrity spotting, a dog-friendly patio, and mimosas.  Coffee is a bit pricey but you get a whole pot.Now on to…
 
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Sales Meeting 10-13-14, What is Stubbornness Costing You?

    Neil Schwartz
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Sometimes, we are the only ones that are in our way. Stubbornness can cause a lifetime of grief and a life load of regret. Let go of stubbornness and step into success. CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated Posts:What is Stubbornness Costing You?StubbornnessSales Meeting 9-24-2012Sales Meeting 2-25-2013... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 10-6-2014, Be Hard To Stop

    Neil Schwartz
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    How successful you can become really depends on how hard you are to stop. Anybody can start something…but it takes true self discipline to keep going.Related Posts:Running Through the Finish Line with Annabelle PachecoSales Meeting 6-23-2014, The Relationship Between Self…Sales Meeting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What’s Behind Every 10th Door?

    Neil Schwartz
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Most buyers and sellers already live in homes… a great way to find them is to knock on their doors. Watch now and find out what’s behind every 10th door.Related Posts:When is the Best Time to Find Buyers and Sellers?Are You Wasting Your Time?Go To The Door !What would you do with the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Working To Your Potential?

    Neil Schwartz
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    No one is born successful, but everyone is born with the potential to be successful. Watch now and be inspired to go to your next level, to work on reaching your potential.Related Posts:It’s Not What You Were Given When Born, It’s…Do You Have Potential?Reaching Your Full... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Really Prepared?

    Neil Schwartz
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Good preparation is a critical key to success. Watch now and learn what  you should be doing today to convert your opportunities into income.Related Posts:Are You Prepared?Are You Missing Opportunities?What Actions Will Bring You Business Today?What Did You Improve on Today?Are You Missing Your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Susan Singer

  • 2 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | $14,000/Month | Flatiron

    Susan Singer
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    S3 Sale Listing Template Living Room Living Room With Furniture Dining Room W/Empire State Views 1MadisonAve_SSinger_3 2nd Bedroom (facing South and West) Bathroom Floor plan The pool The gym Media room Billiards room 23 East 22nd Street #12A ListingID: 938037 Description: This new to market One Madison 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath gem awaits you! With open views north to the park and ESB views from both the Master suite and Living Room you’ll be bathed in light from both the west and north. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of opportunity knocking at your door. Open them and see yourself…
  • 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom | $759,000 | Chelsea

    Susan Singer
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    S3 Sale Listing Template 453W19th_3B_kit_WEB 453W19th_3B_lr1_WEB 453W19th_3B_br1_WEB 453W19th_3B_bath_WEB floorplan 453 West 19th Street, #3B ListingID: 407534 Description: NO BOARD APPROVAL REQUIRED! The height of hip at half the cost! Just steps from 10th Ave and the High Line this gut renovated One Bedroom home in a private elevator building is surrounded by new development apartments selling at $3-4,000 per foot! Buy this spacious home for a fraction of the price and you’ll never regret it! Your European styled kitchen includes all new stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets…
  • 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | $3.2 Million | London Terrace

    Susan Singer
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    S3 Sale Listing Template 410W24th_11H_lr1_WEB 410W24th_11H_lr2_WEB 410W24th_11H_kit1_WEB 410W24th_11H_den1_WEB 410W24th_11H_br1_WEB 410-floorplans 2014 ammenities 410 West 24th Street, #11H ListingID: 943777 Description: Spectacular…that’s the first word you’ll utter upon entering this London Terrace Three Bedroom/Three Bath home, fully renovated and designed for living and entertaining. With eleven large closets it marries the practical with the extraordinary in every room. The open kitchen is fully decked in quartz counter-tops including a commodious serving and dining…
  • Studio | 1 Bath | London Terrace | $549,000

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

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

  • Northwest MLS Seattle Real Estate Statistics for September 2014

    findwell
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The Northwest MLS has released their Western Washington real estate statistics for September 2014. Though home sale activity has slowed down since last month with fewer closed listings, sale prices have risen for both single family homes and condos. Single family homes have shown an increase of 5.25% while condos are up 5.18% since last month. The number of closed sales for King County were down 4% over 2013 and down 11.78% over July. Pending sales have also followed this downward trend over the last 2 months though are up from September 2013. Inventory of homes for sale is down 2.68%…
  • Should I renovate my home before I put it on the market?

    findwell
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you are a home owner thinking about selling your home, there are likely some repairs you’ve considered fixing or renovations you’ve considered undertaking before putting your home on market. You may be wondering what is worth addressing now to gain a higher sales price. While there are no clear-cut answers, it is worth discussing with your real estate agent what the best course of action is before going on market. We have put together some general recommendations that may help. Repairs normally fall into three main categories: Major Remodel / Renovations Some sellers wonder if…
  • Our take on Zillow buying Trulia for $3.5 billion

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

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

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

  • Do Investors Overlook Dubai Property Risks?

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Back in 2008 as the world descended towards an inevitable financial crisis, property in Dubai seemed to be bucking just about every trend it could find. With rampant lending, little government control, and few meaningful valuation methods, the market surged upwards while the rest of the world plummeted...
  • What Should Landlords Look for in a Tenant Background Check?

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The tenant screening process is, in many ways, as complicated as interviewing for a job. Indeed, there are numerous commonalities between the two processes, from filling out an application to going through an in-person interview, all the way to reference checks and background checks. If you’re...
  • CalPERS, Hedge Funds, and Real Estate Investments

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Hedge funds have enjoyed quite a run – until, perhaps, recently. The decision in mid-September by CalPERS to exit hedge fund investments could mean that hedge funds may have hit their high-water mark – and could signal that real estate and other more conventional investments may gain increased...
  • Will Housing Become More Affordable?

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Housing affordability is going to go up. In fact, it is going to become more affordable than it has been at any time in the last thirty plus years. In order to understand this, first know what the definition of affordability is according to the Federal Reserve: Housing affordability measures the degree...
  • Bank Of England Wants More Control Over Home Loans

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    The Bank of England (BoE) has asked for new powers to limit UK loan-to-income and loan-to-value ratios, so that a UK housing bust can be prevented. The BoE can already recommend how much banks should allow homebuyers to borrow, based on income and property value, but has no legal powers to enforce...
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • Your Mind on Multitasking

    James McClister
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your Mind on Multitasking was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Today’s agent doesn’t look busy unless they’re multitasking. Unfortunately, that frantic lifestyle may be... Your Mind on Multitasking was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • The Short List: Denise Butchko on the Unexpected – But Considerable – Value of Custom Storage Spaces

    Chicago Agent
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Short List: Denise Butchko on the Unexpected – But Considerable – Value of Custom Storage Spaces was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Every week, we ask a real estate professional for their Short List, a collection... The Short List: Denise Butchko on the Unexpected – But Considerable – Value of Custom Storage Spaces was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real…
  • Agents’ Choice Awards 2014

    Chicago Agent
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Agents’ Choice Awards 2014 was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. We asked agents, developers and lenders to vote for peers and colleagues for our... Agents’ Choice Awards 2014 was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • So Many Choices

    Agent X
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    So Many Choices was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Time to dust off your finest gowns and your bespoke-iest suits, because the Agents’... So Many Choices was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • NAR CEO Debunks Myths About News Corp. Acquiring Move, Inc.

    Lani Rosales, AGBeat
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    NAR CEO Debunks Myths About News Corp. Acquiring Move, Inc. was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Recently, it was announced that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has made a bid to... NAR CEO Debunks Myths About News Corp. Acquiring Move, Inc. was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
 
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • Weekly Market Update, October 17/14

    Sara MacLennan
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 368 (390, 373, 447) # Sales: 258 (259, 321, 349) Ratio: 70% (66%, 86%, 78%) # Price Changes: 232 (233, 247, 248) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 161 (374, 151, 162) Net loss/gain […]
  • Six Questions You Need to Ask Your Listing Agent in 2014

    Sara MacLennan
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    So you’re ready to list your property and jump into the Edmonton real estate market? Congratulations! Nothing is more exciting than making a change or heading down the road to selling a property. One of the most important steps you can make in this process is choosing the right listing agent as they can make […]
  • Weekly Real Estate Market Update, Oct. 10/14

    Sara MacLennan
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:05 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: 368 (390, 373, 447) # Sales: 258 (259, 321, 349) Ratio: 70% (66%, 86%, 78%) # Price Changes: 232 (233, 247, 248) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 161 (374, 151, 162) Net loss/gain […]
  • Liv Gives Hope: Hope Mission Radiothon Today

    Sara MacLennan
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Part of our Mission at Liv Real Estate is to help people in the Edmonton area Liv better. We understand as a local real estate company that there are many people who go hungry and who need hope.  The agents at Liv Real Estate donate a portion of every sale to a local charity. This […]
  • Get Rid Of The Allergy, Not Your Pet! 5 Simple Ways To Breathe Easier.

    Sara MacLennan
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    The following is a guest post from Joe Ratledge. Joe is a furnace cleaning professional with Britcan Furnace Cleaning, an Edmonton company with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. We love our pets. They are a source of boundless love, joy, and fulfillment in our lives. They are family. Unfortunately, our furry friends tend […]
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • On Rupert Murdoch Buying Realtor.com (Part 2): Wherefore Hope?

    Rob Hahn
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    I meant to get this up days ago, but between travel, client engagements, other writings, and an upcoming vacation, I just couldn’t. But if you’ve missed Part 1, you can check it out here. In a nutshell, part 1 worries about whether the acquisition would be allowed to proceed without the government requiring that ListHub […]
  • On Rupert Murdoch Buying Realtor.com (Part 1)

    Rob Hahn
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    By now, I’m sure any reader of mine knows that we have seen the second major blockbuster deal in the digital real estate space, with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp agreeing to buy Move, Inc., the operator of Realtor.com, Top Producer, Tiger Leads, ListHub, and other brands. It’s an all-cash offer of $21 per share, which […]
  • Edina Realty Reverses Course on Syndication

    Rob Hahn
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    I realize that the news of the day will be the News Corp buying Move, which certainly requires some thought, but since important details are missing from that story as yet and may not be clear for months to come… I figured I should take notice of another sort of significant story that just crossed […]
  • Antitrust Questions on MLS Decision to Screw With Syndication

    Rob Hahn
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Having just spent a couple of days at CMLS, a young man’s fancy turns to questions of MLS-related things. In this case, a middle-aged man’s fancy might turn that way too, since it’s been a while since I’ve been a young man with fancy of any sort. As most of my readers probably know, RealTracs, […]
  • In Which I Welcome the WSJ to 2011

    Rob Hahn
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Longtime readers of this blog know that I’ve been talking about Millennials for years now. Back in April of 2011, I wrote a post worrying about Millennials and family formation: Given the above facts and data, how do you see the Millennials dealing with this issue? Because it’s not a small issue of just boys […]
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • Multi-Family Investment Properties — More Tempting Than Chocolate Cake?

    All Property Management
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Chocolate cake and real estate.  Probably not a combination you think of very often.  Unless, of course, we’re talking about chocolate chip cookies and open houses, which every agent knows is the winning combination.  Wondering how we can link the two?  Keep reading. Over the past few years, investors looking for single-family rentals have found themselves running into supply issues in certain parts of the county, where institutional investors have scooped up many of the great deals.  That doesn’t mean the smaller investor is out of luck; we just need to think outside the box.
  • Stated Income Loans for Investment Property

    Marco Santarelli
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Norada Real Estate Investments is pleased to offer our new Stated-Income Mortgage Loans, available on many of our investment properties.  These loans are available on 1-4 units properties with just a minimum mid FICO score of 650.  You can get up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV) with absolutely no personal income verification. Read the rest of Stated Income Loans for Investment Property » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Capturing the Current Cash-Flow Window

    Marco Santarelli
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    As we enter the final quarter of 2014, we can look back at almost two years of a real estate turnaround having bottomed around early 2013.  Investors were poised to capitalize on one of the best real estate investment opportunities ever seen. There was significant upward pressure building on single-family home prices created by historically low interest rates, falling unemployment rates, and an improving economy.  Those factors have resulted in increased demand for housing from both home-buyers and investors alike, which has pushed housing prices higher in most markets nationwide. Read the…
  • Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks

    Steve Cook
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    A better class of renter is changing the fact of Rentorship in America, creating a climate for higher rents. Rental applicants, especially those applying for less expensive units, continue to see improvements in their credit risk, according to the latest TransUnion Rental Screening Solutions industry report.  The average ResidentScore, a measure used to assess a rental applicant’s risk level, improved by 0.8% between Q2 2013 and Q2 2014. Read the rest of Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by…
  • Landlords: You Need to Invest in These Upgrades Now

    Marco Santarelli
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you own income-producing rental property, it’s important to attract renters and keep tenants happy without sinking a small fortune into luxurious upgrades that won’t get you much return on investment. On the other hand, not taking care of your property or offering upgrades will likely cost you more in the long run, as you’ll have a harder time finding and keeping responsible tenants. Luckily, there are some property improvements that are relatively affordable and can increase your rental home value and overall rental income. Read the rest of Landlords: You Need to Invest in These…
 
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    Debra Sinick & Brooks Beaupain

  • Condos

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    After a big jump in condo inventory back in May on Seattle's Eastside, the number of condos for sales continues to slowly creep up.  Pending condo sales were up slightly each of the past few months, but seemed to have peaked back in the spring.  Still, over 50% of the condos sold last month. The average market time was 36 days and median pricing war, $265,000.  The most active month so far this year was back in April, when 95% of the condos for sale sold!  It's still a good market.  If you'd like more information about the condo market or your condo in…
  • Did Our Gorgeous August Affect Real Estate Sales On Seattle’s Eastside?

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Seattle Eastside Real Estate Sales Through August, 2014   The end of summer brought the first decline for Seattle Eastside home sales this year.  I wouldn't get too alarmed, though, as sales dropped by only 2.5%.  August always seems to be a slower month as people rush to get kids ready for school or cram those last summer weekends full of fun activities.   The number of pending sales this year, 768, is very similar to last August, when 776 homes sold.  The market did not die after last August and it will not die after this August.  The real estate…
  • A Healthy Market for Condo Sales in July on Seattle’s Eastside

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

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

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

  • Spain's Glut of Unsold Homes Diminishing Fast

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An increase in sales by foreign buyers and institutional investors has led to predictions that unsold homes in Spain will shrink to 563,000 units in 2015, a 40% decline from 2010. Spain's landscape has become well-known for being littered with unoccupied housing developments, neglected by an almost stagnant domestic market.  Meanwhile, foreign investment in Spanish property has increased exponentially in H1 2014, rising by more than 31% over the same period in 2013. According to the latest edition of the Pulsometer real estate report prepared by Spanish Realtors Association IPE, the…
  • Mining Boom Attracts Investors Down Under

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region has been known as a hot spot for property investment for years, fuelled by the regional iron ore mining boom. Pilbara's main mining operator, Rio Tinto, saw first half earnings for 2014 leaping by a massive 21% to €3.5bn. CEO Sam Walsh said: "The outstanding half year performance reflects the quality of our world-class assets, our programme of operational excellence and our ability to drive performance during a period of weaker prices". The unique landscape created by mining operations The growth in Rio's iron ore production followed on the back of…
  • Optimistic Growth Forecast for Spanish Economy

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Spain has released consistently strong economic data over the last eight quarters, leading economists to raise forecasts towards more positive growth through 2015. This is in sharp contrast with other countries in the Eurozone that are currently struggling quite significantly. For example, France and Italy have lowered their economic outlook for the coming year and Spain was supposedly in just as sticky a mess in the years after the financial crisis. Much to the surprise of Eurozone counterparts, Spain has managed to emerge – albeit moderately – from the deep recession it has…
  • High Speed 2 Railway £40bn Boost to UK Economy

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The controversial railway network that will link Britain's south and north could be worth more than £40bn to the economy, say economists. Researchers from Ernst & Young (EY) predict the boost will come from thousands of new homes and office buildings expected to be built in the communities surrounding the nine HS2 stations dotted across the Midlands and the North. Also forecast is the rise in construction employment as the industry embraces the surge of building projects along the railway line. €1bn annual revenue from housing projects to 2035 EY undertook research on the first…
  • Buy-to-Let: The Only Way is Up North

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Media reports showing a booming demand for rental properties in the UK have been on the increase in 2014, with demand significantly outstripping supply. For investors in the buy-to-let market, this obviously spells good news but with marked regional differences in yield levels, it can still be tough to identify the most valuable locations providing the best returns on investment. Comparatively modest property price increases provide better rental yields Credit comparison experts TotallyMoney.com have created an interactive map of all the best and worst buy-to-let areas across the UK, using…
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    Propertyshowrooms.com News

  • Bulgarian Property Buoyed by Foreign Investment

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    <p>2014 has seen a great deal of change in the Bulgarian real estate market, with more and more foreigners buying assets along the Black Sea coast, in the ski resorts or in the country's capital, Sofia.</p> <p>Consequently, house prices and rents have started to show increases for the first time since the financial crisis, with further growth expected. Despite a lack of new large-scale construction projects in Bulgaria, the property market still has many assets to offer.</p> <p>The main difference between Bulgaria and other real estate markets in Eastern Europe…
  • Malaysia's 18bn Euro Infrastructure Investment to Boost Property Market

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    <p>Malaysia has allocated &#8364;18bn of public money for road and rail projects aimed at unlocking housing potential.</p> <p>Iskandar Mansor, president of the Malaysian Real Estate and Housing Developers Association ( Rehda ) believes the infrastructure improvements will spur development of affordable housing projects.</p> <p>&quot; We are thankful that the government is spending on highways and public transportation. This will make a lot of areas more accessible and cut travel time. I believe a lot of developers will be looking at potential development…
  • Affordable Homes Sell Fast in South Africa

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    <p>A shortage of stock in the affordable home market in South Africa has resulted in the limited amount of new homes available being sold within days of being listed.</p> <p>Ronelle Venter of South African agent RealNet said: &quot; Small homes with two bedrooms are selling for just less than &#8364;15,000 in certain areas and young buyers at the start of their careers find this an excellent opportunity to enter the market &quot;.</p> <p>&quot; At this price level, 100% loans are also relatively easy to obtain and some buyers have saved up enough…
  • Interesting Facts You Never Knew about Italy

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:16 am
    When speaking English, the Italian accent is so strong that it is the most recognisable in the world. Truly cultural, Italy has over 3,000 museums. Italy is the third oldest country in the world, after Japan and Germany. Contrary to popular belief, Italian women have an average of 1.3 children and is 31 years old when she gives birth. The colours of the Italian flag represent three virtues: hope (green), faith (white) and charity (red). Ice cream cones are an Italian invention &#8211; no surprise really! Tourism provides nearly 63% of Italy&#8217;s GDP. Italy is the world&#8217;s…
  • Booming Panama – No Longer 'Just a Canal'

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    <p> Panama has long been blighted by misconceptions. When most people think of Panama, they think of the canal, hats, cigars and 'Prison Break'. For that reason, Panama has largely remained beneath the investor radar, during which time it has actually achieved China-like growth consistently year-on-year over the past decade.</p> <p> The Telegraph have highlighted Panama as being one of the world's 20 best places to invest in property and so it would appear that the tiny Central American country's secret is out although to seasoned investors, this will not come as a…
 
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    greenwichstreets.com

  • The Over $2 Million Report for Fairfield County

    greenwichstreets
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The Over $2 Million Report for Fairfield County By Mark Pruner Berkshire Hathaway – New England Greenwich/Old Greenwich Office I. Overview The high-end market continues at nice pace in Fairfield County. In the first nine months of 2014 we have had 448 sales over $2 million dollars. Of those sales 93% were in Greenwich, Westport, New Canaan and Darien with 50% of all sales in Greenwich. Both Greenwich and New Canaan have seen unit sales jump by double-digit amounts and sales volume in Greenwich is up by a quarter billion dollars in the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period in…
  • Greenwich Open House List for Sunday October 19, 2014

    greenwichstreets
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, October 19, 2014 59 Open Houses in Greenwich this weekend. The real estate market’s positive momentum continues. There is one rental for $15,000 and the other 58 are condos and single family homes. The range starts at $295,000 for a condominium to a beautiful home for $6,850,000. The times vary so plan your tour carefully. Please click here for the interactive map. The static map is below. Thanks to Rob Pulitano for preparing the list of Open Houses and the interactive map and to Pam Toner for the hot links. Address Town Price Time Broker 5 Grimes Road Old…
  • Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, October 5, 2014 – 92 Open Houses – BH Celebration

    greenwichstreets
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Greenwich Open HousesSunday, October 5, 201410-5-14 Open Houses Printable Word Doc.  This weekend’s 92 open houses has the most open houses on any weekend possibly ever because of Berkshire Hathaway. Of the 92 open houses 40 of them are hosted by Berkshire Hathaway and our Open House Weekend Celebration! We also have a limited number of goody bags at each BH-NE open house so stop by early to get yours. Four of the open houses are  rentals from $5,900 per month to $14, 995 per month. The 88 homes for sale ranging from $350,000 to $7,499,000.  The high-end is well represented with 42…
  • Sunday Greenwich Open House, September 28, 2014 & Sept. Market Report

    greenwichstreets
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, September 28, 2014 The fall real estate market is maintaining its momentum with 47 Open Houses, two rentals from $7,500 per month to $11,500 per month, and 45 homes for sale ranging from $449,000 to $6.795,000.  I’m hosting the first public open house at 505 E. Putnam Avenue from 1 – 4 this Sunday. This 4,000 s.f. classic Victorian sits on 1.68 acres of land in a half acre zone. The house has been extensively renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms and is just around the corner from Greenwich High School. Price is $2.59M. Please click here for the…
  • 40 Open Houses in Greenwich for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

    greenwichstreets
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, September 21, 2014 The fall real estate market is maintaining its momentum with 40 Open Houses, four rentals from $2,500 per month to $13,500 per month, and 36 homes for sale ranging from $350,000 to $5,100,000.  As always, please check the times as they vary. Greenwich Open House Map for 9/21/14 – Click the link for the interactive map Please click here for the interactive map. The static map is above   If you are out looking at open houses please feel free to stop by my new listing at 9 Tomney Road just off lower Stanwich Road. I call it the perfect…
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    TheRedPin Pulse

  • Checklist: 10 factors to consider when finding the best place to live in Toronto

    TheRedPin Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Last month, we put together a post that revealed 10 factors to consider when finding the best place to live in Toronto. Toronto is made up of many diverse neighbourhoods, some offering a laid-back, cottage feel, away from the noise, to a bustling metropolis that is constantly evolving, changing and remains boisterous any given time of day.We put together a checklist to consider when picking a Toronto neighbourhood for your next home, which is dependent on your personal preference and your wallet size. Download the checklist for 10 factors to consider when finding the best place to live in…
  • Know the neighbourhood: Leslieville

    TheRedPin Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Welcome to Leslieville Leslieville is a charming area that blends modernity with hippie chic. The east end neighbourhood is bordered by Gerrard Street to the north, Eastern Avenue to south, and enclosed by Empire Avenue and Coxwell Avenue on the east and west side. Leslieville as a whole, offers a snapshot of Toronto’s unique diversity, located minutes from the original Chinatown district, the Beaches, and the heart of Riverdale. Unique to the area  The neighbourhood is home to one-of-a kind boutiques, antique stores, trendy cafes and bars, while surrounded by plenty of parks…
  • Infographic: GTA MLS® Market Stats for October 16th

    TheRedPin Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    If you cannot see this infographic on your current browser, please click here The post Infographic: GTA MLS® Market Stats for October 16th appeared first on TheRedPin Pulse.
  • Toronto condo rental market shatters records despite sluggish growth

    TheRedPin Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    So far, 2014 has been a record breaking year for the Toronto condo rental market. Not only did the number of condo apartments rented through MLS in the GTA hit a new high of 7,132 units in the third quarter of this year, 10% higher than in 2013, but it also marks the fact that condos suites rented broke records for two consecutive quarters in a row. Market growth has been far more tepid in comparison, with growth rates the slowest they have been in two years. Reasons behind the slowdown is mostly associated with a decrease in the number of listings made available to renters, which fell…
  • Hot Listings October 13 – 17

    TheRedPin Team
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Apt. 409 – 28 Linden St Apt. 409 – 28 Linden St Apt. 409 – 28 Linden St Apt. 409 – 28 Linden St Apt. 409 – 28 Linden St Apt. 409 – 28 Linden St Every week, we reveal the hottest GTA listings that are fresh on the market. Apt. 409 – 28 Linden St St. James Town, Toronto Contact Michael Stolberg to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $329,900 TheRedPin Rebate: $1,237 Details: 1 Bed, 1 Bath  292 Prospect St Newmarket, Ontario Contact Rob Mills to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $429,000 TheRedPin Rebate: $1,609 Details: 4 Beds, 3 Baths…
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    Harmony News Now

  • Downtown Summerlin

    Harmony Homes
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    If you didn’t make it our to the Downtown Summerlin Grand Opening this past weekend, you definitely missed out. From boutiques to food trucks to department stores they really have thought of everything! Conveniently located just off the 215 Beltway, Downtown Summerlin is just miles from Harmony Home communities Silhouette and Mesa Verde! Officials announced that Downtown Summerlin can help create growth for our economy. “The opening of Downtown Summerlin will dramatically change the commercial real estate market in Southern Nevada, five senior industry executives agree. But they differ on…
  • Mesa Verde and Solar Power

    Harmony Homes
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Harmony Homes, a locally owned homebuilder, is making the most of the valley’s 300 average annual days of sunshine by making solar panels standard on all homes in its Mesa Verde community. Mesa Verde, in the southwestern valley, lets homebuyers save money with solar power while helping the environment. “Every home we build at Mesa Verde will come with a solar power system from SolarCity,” Harmony Homes President Robert Beville said. “The solar offering sets Mesa Verde apart from other communities and adds value and interest to what is already a compelling community.” Beville said…
  • Fall Activities in the Desert

    Harmony Homes
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    There are always so many different events and activities going on in Las Vegas and surrounding cities like Henderson, Boulder City and Laughlin. We decided to point out a few events that you may not have heard of before and would like to attend! Gilcrease Orchard Gilcrease Orchard is a very exciting place to be, especially in the desert. In the Fall is one of the best times to visit as well! You can pick fruits and veggies while enjoying the fun Fall activities. Gilcrease Orchard has a pumpkin patch and hay maze during this season along with their orchard and huge garden. You can even…
  • Silhouette by Harmony Homes

    Harmony Homes
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    “One of my favorite things about Silhouette’s location is that it’s just a short drive to world-class outdoor amenities like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, and it’s also just down the street from Wet ‘n’ Wild Park” says Harmony Homes’ President Robert Beville. Homes at Silhouette, in this amazing southwest location, start in the $210,000 with standard features including oversized kitchen islands, granite counter tops, paver driveways and now, solar panels! Silhouette is home to six beautifully laid out model homes and 9 floor…
  • Harmony Homes builds in the sunshine at Mesa Verde

    Harmony Homes
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Harmony Homes is making solar power systems standard on all homes at Mesa Verde, a unique new community in the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley. With nearly 300 annual days of sunshine, the premier locally owned homebuilder is intent on giving prospective buyers every opportunity to enjoy the best part of desert living. “Every home we build at Mesa Verde will come with a solar power system from SolarCity, a leader in the clean energy industry that has been growing rapidly across the country,” said Robert Beville, president of Harmony Homes. “We’re excited to offer our home…
 
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  • WellcomeMat Channel

    AVT
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Welcome to my WellcomeMat Channel
  • Real Estate Video Tour ~ 18 Acre Home in Troutman, NC

    AVT
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Joy Young and AVT Marketing / Amazing Video Tours are proud to bring you this full motion real estate video tour of a fantastic 18 Acre Home in Troutman, North Carolina.     Here are just some of the highlights of this fabulous property: 17.89 Acres offers country living at its best! Enjoy the fishing spring feed pond stocked with bass & brim Stream runs through property Fenced 15 acre pasture land currently used for cattle 3 stall pole barn 2nd pole barn for hay storage Tree lined back of property offers great views of land and potential building site for second house. Organic…
  • Bonterra Builders Presents Verdict Ridge – Full Motion Video Tour

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

    AVT
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:49 pm
    AVT Marketing  is proud to bring you this full motion real estate video tour of a full brick home for sale in Charlotte, NC.  This home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and features ~3390 heated sq ft on a .42 acre lot and a golf course view! Check out the video for the full tour!     Want to see the professional real estate photos of this home? CLick HERE  
  • Full Brick Home for Sale – Charlotte, NC – A Video Virtual Tour

    AVT
    8 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    AVT Marketing.com  is proud to bring you this full motion real estate video tour of a full brick home for sale in Charlotte, NC     Click here to see the professional real estate photography  
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    Hermann London Realtors

  • My Cousin wrote an awesome article about us

    STLRealtor
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    When someone hears “real estate” and “2008” together, they often start thinking very doom and gloom.  May 2008 was when the United States housing market bottomed out and Adam Kruse opened the doors of the Hermann London Group.  Five years later, it indeed seems as though the firm completely defied the odds to even be as remotely successful as it has become.  Why can this be when so many others struggled for so long?  Differentiation made all the difference. Mr. Kruse started out with a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Missouri.  What he walked away with after…
  • St. Louis Realtor Podcast – Episode 2

    STLRealtor
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Please upgrade your browser Segment 1-CIREB, a deal of the week in Princeton Heights, contract riders, and why city folk may need flood insurance Live from the rooftop of the Hermann London Real Estate Group in beautiful downtown Maplewood, it’s the St. Louis Realtor Podcast, with your host, Adam Kruse! Welcome to this week’s podcast. This is the Hermann London Real Estate Group Podcast live from beautiful downtown Maplewood, Missouri, and this is our second one. I’m sitting here with producer, Joey Vosevich, and our guest, John Charlton from Midwest Mortgage Capital. So…
  • St. Louis Realtor Podcast – Episode 1

    STLRealtor
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
      Please upgrade your browser Segment 1: Billiards tournament & crunching the numbers on a recently purchased 4 family unit Welcome to the podcast today, guys. My name is Adam Kruse and I am going to be your host today. And also with us we are going to have John Charlton from Midwest Mortgage Capital step in here in a little bit. First off for today’s show agenda we are going to have a ouple announcements to start and then we are going to jump into our first topic which is going to be all about a recent four­family I purchased and go through the numbers of that. We’re going…
  • Historic 5 Bedroom Home in CWE

    STLRealtor
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    Turn of the Century Charm! 6127 Kingsbury Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112 You will fall in LOVE with 6127 Kingsbury, St. Louis Missouri. Stunning historic house, strategically located in the historic St. Louis district. This property has been gorgeously renovated to the fullest details. This house offers many features and some of the work done includes a new MAIN water service line, new plumbing fixtures installed in the entire house, new sewer lines, new electrical water heater. The house has 5 Bedrooms and 4 bathrooms fully fitted with new bathroom fixtures and marble floors, laundry room on the…
  • Fantastic Ranch Home!

    STLRealtor
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Professionally Decorated! 702 Danny Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366 You MUST see 702 Danny Lane, O’Fallon Missouri. This professionally decorated 3bed, 2bath ranch is spectacular!! The gorgeous hardwood floors, neutral décor, and abundance of natural light really make this home a gem! Spend the upcoming fall evenings sipping coffee on the screened-in porch and the cold winter months snuggled up by the wood burning fireplace. The backyard and patio are perfect for BBQ’s and entertaining!! Also perfect for your beloved 4 legged friends! This stunning home has been well maintained…
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    South Florida Law Blog

  • South Florida Real Estate Could Use a #FanGate, too! The 2014 Florida Gov. Gubernatorial Race Heats Up.

    OppenheimLaw
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    2014 polls show Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist in tight race with only one month to go. Roy Oppenheim, foreclosure defense attorney wants the Florida real estate zombie foreclosures to be addressed by both. #Fangate overshadows weirdest start of the FL. Gov. gubernatorial debate as the 900 pound invisible gorilla in South Florida seeks answers. While the Florida real estate market is heating up in Florida and particularly South Florida, all eyes are also watching the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election between candidates Charlie Crist (D) and Rick Scott (R) -both parties openly discuss…
  • The Pace of South Florida Foreclosures Has Dramatically Slowed

    OppenheimLaw
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    The following article was originally written by Samantha Joseph for the Daily Business Review with excerpts from real estate and foreclosure defense attorney Roy Oppenheim. Florida leads the nation in foreclosures long after the housing crisis, but new data show the pace has dramatically slowed in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and the numbers even fell in Palm Beach County. Analysts predicted foreclosures would plunge as the crushing flood of cases worked through an overwhelmed legal system. And a new report from California-based real estate research firm RealtyTrac suggests the courts…
  • New foreclosures in Florida increase for first time in 17 months

    OppenheimLaw
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    The following post was originally published in the Palm Beach Post by Staff Writer Kimberly Miller with excerpts by Roy Oppenheim. Newly-filed foreclosures jumped 24 percent in Florida last month compared to a year earlier, a spike that marked the first annual increase since early 2013 and led to speculation about whether a long-predicted flood of home repossessions had arrived. Source: RealtyTrac According to a report from the company RealtyTrac, which measures foreclosure filings nationwide, 6,468 Florida homes fell into foreclosure in August, which was a 74 percent increase from the…
  • How the Bank of America resolution helps distressed Florida homeowners

    OppenheimLaw
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    “This morning we demonstrate once again that no institution is either too big or too powerful to escape appropriate enforcement action by the Department of Justice.  At nearly $17 billion, this resolution with Bank of America is the largest the Department has ever reached with a single entity in American history.” Associate Attorney General West Delivers Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Major Financial Fraud The Bank of America settlement is by far the largest deal the Justice Department has reached with a bank over the 2008 mortgage meltdown. In the last year, JPMorgan Chase &…
  • Oppenheim Law has the cornerstone on real estate/foreclosure defense

    OppenheimLaw
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Oppenheim Law sets the record straight in real estate, foreclosure and homeowner related matters. For over 25 years, Oppenheim Law has successfully defended and protected clients in South Florida representing them as their advocates. They have closed over $1.5 billion in real estate transactions ranging from representing investors in buying and selling commercial property, representing homeowners buying and selling, refinancing or modifying their loans. The firm also has developed a national reputation defending homeowners in foreclosure and in defending deficiency judgments. The firm also…
 
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    First Home, First Loan » Stephen Katz

  • How Do You Define Earnest Money?

    Stephen Katz
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    It is a deposit paid toward the purchase of a home, to illustrate to the seller how serious you are about buying the property. Why Are They Needed? Because sellers have a lot on the line when selling their house, they want to ensure buyers are serious when making an offer to buy. The exercise of putting a cash deposit down shows them exactly that. The bottom line: Earnest money deposits are meant to discourage buyers from just making multiple offers on many different properties, only to “weigh their options.” If you consider this concept from the seller’s perspective it makes a lot of…
  • Problems Associated With Excessive Debt

    Stephen Katz
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Many Americans, including myself, carry a small and manageable amount of credit card debt. There is nothing wrong with this. It is when you have an excessive level of debt in relation to your monthly income, that you can hurt your chances of getting approved for a mortgage loan. Mortgage lenders use credit scores and debt-to-income (DTI) ratios to measure the potential risk a borrower carries. A borrower with a relatively low score and a high amount of recurring debt represents a bigger risk to the lender. This is exactly what can happen when you have a lot of credit card debt. It can lower…
  • Your Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI)

    Stephen Katz
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This ratio can make or break your loan approval, as it is one of the largest qualification criteria used for home loan applicants. When you apply for a mortgage, one of the first things the lender will do is check your debt-to-income ratio, or DTI. As the name implies, this is a comparison between the amount of money you pay toward your debts each month, and the amount of money you earn. This is similar to the ratio discussed earlier, the credit-utilization ratio. But this one compares your overall debt to your monthly income. Mortgage lenders use the DTI to assess your financial stability…
  • Mortgage Insurance – What Does it Cost?

    Stephen Katz
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    There are two basic types of coverage. The first type is private mortgage insurance (PMI) policies, which are applied to conventional home loans. The federal government does not insure Conventional or “regular” loans. The second type is for those borrowers who use government-insured FHA loans. These borrowers must also pay for mortgage insurance, but it’s different from PMI — it is provided through the federal government. Conventional Loans How much is private mortgage insurance, on average? A percentage of the loan amount is typically used to generate PMI fees based on the amount of…
  • The Affects of Credit Card Debt on Mortgage Approval

    Stephen Katz
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    As a home buyer, you should be concerned with the amount of credit card debt you have as it can directly affect your ability to get a home loan. In fact, having too much debt can hurt you in two ways during the mortgage process: – It can lower your credit score, which in turn reduces your ability to qualify for a loan. – It increases your overall debt-to-income ratio, which also reduces your chances of getting the loan amount you desire. Lenders today will turn you down cold if they feel you have too much debt in relation to your income, as they are most concerned with your total…
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    Zoliath Blog

  • Zoliath: Compiling and Connecting Qualified Real Estate Professionals & Services Online…for Free

    Administrator
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Connecting professionals in the commercial real estate industry Zoliath delivers the most qualified commercial real estate professionals for your unique needs now—filtered and easy to find in the market in which you operate. Whether you’re looking to rent commercial space, sign up with a commercial bank or find a commercial listing for a property appraiser in your area, you’ve come to the right place. WE HELP PROFESSIONALS LIST THEIR SERVICES AND OWNERS & MANAGERS FIND THE RIGHT SERVICE PROVIDER. ALL FOR FREE! Though you won’t find a commercial property listing on…
  • Smart CRE Broker- Online Source for growing your skills

    Administrator
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    What Is Smart CRE Broker ? Smart CRE Broker is a content rich, one stop resource for the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Industry. Our Site offers the Commercial Agent or Broker actionable know – how and valuable productivity tools that will help you maximize your potential. The resources you will find here at Smart CRE Broker will help you grow your skills, win more business and service your clients both smarter and better. Blog, podcasts, acadamy and more. More info, CLICK HERE. source: http://www.smartcrebroker.com source:
  • The Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Markets (source: fundrise)

    Administrator
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    The Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Markets Aren’t All Obvious by Jordan Sale | Sep 16, 2014 | Economy It’s probably not surprising to industry observers that San Francisco took first place in a recent survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute — Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014.  After all, the city is centered in the country’s strongest tech region and property values across the board reflect this distinction. However, there are some smaller markets, such as Seattle and Austin, that some might not have expected to make the cut. Let’s…
  • Outlet center development surging (source: shopping centers today)

    Administrator
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Outlet center development surging, VRN conference told Publish Date: September 15, 2014 The factory outlet concept is as hot with developers and investors as it is with consumers, said ICSC president and CEO Michael P. Kercheval, at the Value Retail News (VRN) Fall Outlet Leasing & Marketing Convention, in Secaucus, N.J., this morning. North American outlet centers continue to outperform traditional malls, he pointed out. “Sales today at U.S. malls are almost $480 per square foot,” he said. “But look at the outlet sector. The 205 outlet centers in North America are posting $532…
  • Nonresidential Building Poised for Modest Uptick (source: GlobeSt.com)

    Administrator
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Nonresidential Building Poised for Modest Uptick By Paul Bubny | National Private nonresidential building is up nearly 13% for the first seven months of this year. NEW YORK CITY—Outside the multifamily sector, commercial construction’s growth rate is a bit more modest. However, it’s leading the way when both private- and public-sector nonresidential construction are factored in, says Fitch Ratings. Private nonresidential construction spending increased 12.9% to $187.5 billion during the first seven months of 2014 after gaining just 1.2% in 2013. After four consecutive full years of…
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    Virtual Tour Software ~ Virtual Tour Company

  • Hot Springs, AR Virtual Tours - New T4 Photographer - Impact 360

    Anonymous
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Impact 360 Media, your custom virtual tour and Google Business View 360 tour specialist, serves the entire state of Arkansas and beyond.   We have had the privilege of shooting 360 virtual tours in Alaska, Washington, California, Arkansas and even Florida.We have been serving business clients since 2006 including:    Retail    Medical    Private Schools    Manufacturing    Restaurants    Hotels    Universities    Venuesand much more!Our ability to offer the highly…
  • Jim Rector - First RTV Provider to Achieve T4 Status - Servicing Roanoke, VA

    Anonymous
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    RTV proudly welcomes James Rector to the T4 virtual tour provider group!  Jim runs Image 360 Studios, an interactive media marketing company founded in 2006; specializing in 360 degree Panoramic photography and High Resolution architectural images.  Located outside of Blacksburg, in southwest Virginia, the studio mainly provides service to areas in Roanoke and New River Valley area; although they also service many cities in North Carolina, western Tennessee, and West Virginia.  Jim Rector graduated from Radford University where he first studied photography using film cameras…
  • 4 Places to Promote Virtual Tours

    Anonymous
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Whether you’re a real estate agent, a business owner, or a virtual tour provider, marketing is an essential part of making virtual tours work for you. After all, the more people see your stunning, high quality virtual tours, the more business you’ll generate. Posting your videos on YouTube and your own website is a great start—but you can do more to get views for your virtual tours and increase your profits, all without spending a dime.Here are four different but effective places you can display your virtual tours in order to capture more potential customers and buyers.Facebook: High…
  • RTV Announces New Talkshow - Through The Lens

    Anonymous
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Through the Lens – Portrait Photography 101Attention RTV family and fans: The inaugural Through The Lens webinar hosted by Jay Stringham is finally here. This exciting opening episode will focus on portrait photography and will feature special guest Mike Drilling of Windborne Studios in Traverse City, MI.Mike has a been a very successful portrait and commercial photographer in Northern Michigan for over 30 years.  This is a great opportunity to learn from a very experienced on location lighting expert. We believe photographers of all skill levels will benefit from his experience and…
  • Virtual Tours for Hospitals

    Anonymous
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Just about every business or service provider can benefit from high quality professional photography and a virtual tour of their facilities. This includes hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, and other health service organizations. Whether you’re a health care service provider interested in the benefits of a virtual tour, or a virtual tour provider looking to offer your services to hospitals, these tips will help you create successful virtual tours.Why Professional Hospital Photography?A great virtual tour provides an interactive look at the environment of your hospital or health care…
 
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Texas Posts Record 12 Month Job Growth

    CoyDavidson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Texas Labor Market Review – October 2014 The Texas economy added 36,400 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in September following the revised addition of 32,500 jobs in August according to the latest Texas Labor Market Review. Over the year, Texas added 413,700 total non-farm jobs, the largest gain over a 12-month period ever recorded in […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Friday Rally Mitigates Stock Losses Stocks finally rallied on Friday but all three major stock indexes finished the week with losses. The tech heavy Nasdaq finished down 0.42% for the week. The Dow lost 0.99% and the S&P 500 retreated 1.02% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: […]
  • CRE Tech … Back in the Day

    CoyDavidson
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Party Like its 1999 I recently received a phone call that I get periodically from newbie commercial brokers to ask for a few minutes of my time to ask about the best technology to utilize in in commercial real estate brokerage. This got me to thinking about what the commercial real estate brokerage industry was like when […]
  • Fed Beige Book: Commercial Construction and Real Estate activity grew in most Districts.

    CoyDavidson
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Office leasing activity increased in Dallas and Austin and held steady at high levels in Houston Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts generally described modest to moderate economic growth at a pace similar to that noted in the previous Beige Book. Moderate growth was reported by the Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, and […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Five Articles to Read this Weekend An Outstanding “Hybrid Space” Utilizing Different Levels Of Privacy In our Industry, we all have heard the rants and raves concerning the open plan work space concept. Some firms have gone so far to eliminate any private space in their plans causing anarchy in their organizations. Every employee has […]
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    Waterfront Properties in Jupiter | Real Estate Blog

  • TASTE of CITY PLACE … THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 … 5:30pm-9:00pm

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
      Step out and support a wonderful cause this week.  Food lovers are invited to a food and cocktail tasting from over 20 CityPlace restaurants during the “Taste of City Place” flavorful event supporting the Susan G. Komen South Florida Foundation. The event will take place at CityPlace, 700 Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, on Thursday, October 23 5:30pm - 9:00pm   Participants are encouraged to show support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink to the event. Foodies will not be disappointed.  Last year was a huge success!  City Place’s top restaurants and food focused shops…
  • EATING LIONFISH

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Can you eat lionfish? This topic has been coming up frequently in South Florida since our waters are filled with the invasive lionfish species. The surprising answer is yes, society does consume lionfish and they are very enjoyable! Eating a non-native lionfish is great for numerous reasons. It is a great seafood choice because by eliminating the non–native lionfish species helps save our beautiful reefs and the native fish can improve from the environmental burdens. Eating lionfish is actually a healthier choice than most other fish species that are regularly served in restaurants such as…
  • THE NORTON MUSEUM OF ART IS BACK!

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida has been refreshed and ready to show off its American and European displays.  The keepers of the museum have brought significant items out of storage and set on display, some of these collections have not been seen in over a decade, such as Michealangelo’s 500 year old oil paintings on wood and European art. The organization of the museum’s collection of art has been categorized by theme instead of nationality as it seems most museums often do. The entire collection is refreshed and visitors can now observe how the creation was made and how…
  • TOWN of JUPITER...WATER UTILITIES SERVICE NOTICE

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Effective October 27, 2014 tap water for Jupiter Utilities customers might have a slight chlorine perception for four weeks.  The Town of Jupiter Utility Department states they are “committed to maintaining its established role in the industry as a standard of excellence with a commitment to a sustainable community in concert with our unique environment” and in doing so, chlorine will be used without ammonia to maintain water quality.  This temporary change in the treatment process is a standard industry practice performed in accordance with State and Federal drinking water regulations.
  • FALL FISHING FORECAST

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    10.17.14 Fishing Report This weekend’s marine forecast looks very fishy and the weather is beyond beautiful! The Southeast Atlantic Ocean should have some chop to get the fish fired up and ready to get hooked! OFFSHORE- Fishing for Dolphin is still very sizeable and consistent from 6-15 miles offshore and with the east winds pushing them in closer; they have been hooked trolling with ballyhoo, bonita strips or squid which are all good bets for Dolphin bites. Keep a few small feathers out as well for a chance to hook up a small blackfin tuna. The blackfin tuna reports have been around the…
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    Maine Real Estate Blog

  • Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes New California Firm

    LegacySIR
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    MADISON, N.J. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Venture Sotheby’s International Realty in Pleasanton, California, is the newest member of its real estate network. The brokerage will be led by Andrew Greenwell, the broker and co-owner of the firm. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 83 offices throughout the state of California. “We are proud to grow the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s presence in California with Venture Sotheby’s International Realty and the team of professionals that…
  • Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Tim Kennedy as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Maine Real Estate (October 6, 2014) Legacy Properties Sotheby’sInternational Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is pleased to announce that Tim Kennedy has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President. Tim will be based in the Portland office at 2 City Center. Tim began his  real estate career in 1985. He has an extensive background in all phases of new construction and residential development. Adept at working with both buyers and sellers, Tim specializes in complex high value and hard-to-value homes. “It is terrific to have Tim join…
  • Jim Nadeau Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty’s as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Maine Real Estate (October 3, 2014) Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is proud to announce Jim Nadeau has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President.  Jim, a graduate of Boston College, has more than 20-years experience in real estate.  His background spans working with properties both domestic and international. He has been involved in property management, development, investment and brokerage. Jim is also a land use consultant with an expertise in waterfront and water view properties.  “We…
  • Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Massachusetts Firm

    LegacySIR
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    MADISON, N.J. (Oct. 1, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is the newest member of its real estate network. The company now will operate as Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, and Jon Ufland is principal and managing broker of the firm. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 33 independently owned and operated offices throughout the state of Massachusetts. “We are proud to grow our presence in Massachusetts with…
  • Maine Home Sales Increased 3.32 Percent in August, Prices Eased 2.2 Percent

    LegacySIR
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    SOUTH PORTLAND (September 22, 2014)—Sales of single-family existing homes continue to rise in the state of Maine, according to statistics released today by Maine Listings. A total of 1,556 homes changed hands during the month of August 2014—an increase of 3.32 percent from 12 months ago. The August median sales price (MSP) eased 2.2 percent to $178,000. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less. National sales were down 4.9 percent last month, while the MSP increased 5.2 percent to $220,600. The National Association of Realtors reported that…
 
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  • The Dangers of Overcapitalising

    realestateview.com.au
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    In a buoyant property market, as in most Australian capitals over the past year, it’s tempting to spend on home improvements and renovations. After all, prices on the up mean money laid out now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why failing to plan is planning to fail

    Enzo Raimondo
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    As the weather is starting to pick up and the sunnier months are within reach, it is easy to feel inspired for change. It could be a DIY addition to your property which you never got around to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Advice for a stress- free house move

    realestateview.com.au
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move Moving house can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time of significant stress- especially if you decide to do it yourself. Moving on your own can save you a lot... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    9 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
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  • Can you trust a ‘bargain’ home?

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    5 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    The real price of a ‘bargain’ home The seemingly ever increasing property prices in Australia have turned many first home buyers’ attention to affordable and fixable homes. With popular... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Don’t Be Mad at Us

    Gail Spada
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    This past weekend, while contemplating what new series I would be embarking on for my soon-approaching BLOG post, I remembered the recent loss of a fellow REALTOR, Beverly Carter from Arkansas, and thought that this tragedy should serve as a red-flag to our industry. For those of you who don’t know the sad story about Beverly Carter, let me tell you… While showing a vacant home to a stranger, she was kidnapped, murdered and dumped in a shallow grave. Reportedly, the sole suspect, who remains in police custody, told police he targeted her because she was “a woman that worked…
  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 4/4

    Gail Spada
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market home-staging. Explore our last 2 “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale. Failing to Stage for all the Senses – #7 Outrageously Bad Home-Staging Decision A house that smells like pet pandemonium or nasty nicotine will be a tough house to sell, no matter how…
  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 3/4

    Gail Spada
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market…
  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 2/4

    Gail Spada
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding…
  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 1/4

    Gail Spada
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s entire life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market…
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  • I Got Me A New Caricature

    Ken Montville
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    So, I got this caricature done on Fiverr. You know. The place that does all kinds of things for $5 except that anything on Fiverr is rarely five bucks. Anyway. I always liked caricatures. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I know they’re a distortion of what I look like and not what I really look like in, say, a photograph or the mirror. car·i·ca·ture ˈkerikəCHər,ˈkerikəˌCHo͝or/ noun  a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect. A lot of the…
  • What A Home Seller Means When They Say…

    Ken Montville
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    We Realtors hear a lot of crazy stuff. It amazes me that I hear a lot of the same phrases over and over. Of course, the individual home seller thinks they’re being original and clever. To be honest, it took awhile for me to be able to crack the code. “Can You Give Me A Ballpark Number?” This usually comes in the form of a phone call. The home seller has gotten one of my postcards or found me on the Internet. They’ve already been to one of those big listings aggregator sites and saw their ballpark estimate on the web. They got a little upset, probably, because the…
  • Timing Your Home Sale

    Ken Montville
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    When is a good time for your home sale? Believe it or not, this is not a blog post about NOW IS THE TIME TO SELL.  I know you hear enough of that.  All you have to do is turn on the TV or radio or go to virtually any real estate website and they’ll be telling you NOW IS THE TIME TO SELL. Only it might not be. Really the only time to sell your house is when you are actually ready to move. Or, in the case of inheriting  a house, which sometimes happens, when you’re ready to sell it and cash in. What this blog post is about is when you should put the house on the market relative…
  • The Physical Condition of Your House

    Ken Montville
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Ah. The good ol’ days. It used to be people would want to meet with Realtors if they were interested in selling their house. They’d have a conversation about what they wanted to do and the time frame they had in mind. Part of the process involved the Realtor looking at the house, live and in color, to get a good idea about the physical condition of the house. The real physical condition. Not something the seller wanted them to think. You see, the actual physical condition of the house has a huge effect on the selling price. I have seen lots of houses in lots of different states…
  • 5 Reasons To Pay Off Your Mortgage Off Early

    Ken Montville
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    My financial adviser guy says it’s not smart to pay off a mortgage and, in fact, if he could get a 1000 year mortgage he would. He puts into the terms of the time value of money. Today’s $500,000 is not going to be the same as $500,000 twenty five years from now. Even low inflation will erode the value of money. That may be logical and it may even be empirically correct. It does nothing for my psyche. It does nothing for harmony in a marriage where one partner was raised with the value of a “free and clear” house ingrained into their soul. Let’s look at reasons…
 
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  • For Sale: Don Johnson's Sprawling Montecito Farmhouse

    Zillow
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes Courtesy of The Agency via ZillowThe home Don Johnson and his wife are selling in Santa Barbara County has a reverse-osmosis swimming pool. Getty ImagesDon Johnson, right, and wife Kelley Phleger By Emily Heffter This Montecito view home is about as far as you can get from the vice beat in Miami. Actor Don Johnson bought this sprawling California farmhouse last year for $12.5 million but decided to sell it when he and his wife found another property with space for their horses. The home they are selling -- it comes on the market for $14.9 million today -- is…
  • 6 Home-Maintenance Musts for Autumn

    BrightNest
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Filed under: Home Improvement ShutterstockClearing rain gutters of leaves now will pay off later -- but it must be done cautiously and by hand. The following post is by BrightNest: 1. Change your linens and move your mattress. Strip and vacuum your mattress and machine wash all of your bed linens, including your comforters, duvets, bed skirts and pillows. Then, turn your mattress front-to-back and end-to-end -- flipping your mattress prolongs its life by evenly distributing the wear. For more tips, read: Maintain Your Mattress. 2. Inspect your windows. Start by cleaning your windowpanes, then…
  • As Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4%, Refinancing Looks Good Again

    The Associated Press
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Filed under: News, Economy, Refinancing ShutterstockA stock market rally on Friday suggested that the moment to refinance at rates below 4 percent might be fleeting. By Josh Boak and Alex Veiga A sudden plunge in mortgage rates last week raised an urgent question for millions of Americans: Should I refinance my mortgage? Across the country, homeowners and would-be homeowners eager for a bargain rate fired off inquiries to lenders. The opportunity emerged from the tumult that seized financial markets and sent stock prices and bond yields tumbling. Rates on long-term mortgages tend to track the…
  • Lady Gaga Reportedly Buys a House With a 'Batcave' in Malibu

    Zillow
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes Courtesy of The AgencyThis entertainment-friendly house across from Malibu's Zuma Beach reportedly was just purchased by Lady Gaga. APLady Gaga By Catherine Sherman TMZ reports Lady Gaga has made her first California home purchase: a 6-acre estate across from Malibu's Zuma Beach. The home was listed for $24.95 million this summer by The Agency's Santiago Arana. Property records show it was recently purchased under a trust for $22.5 million. "This beautiful estate was inspired by traditional homes in the South of France offering breathtaking views," the…
  • A Case for Energy Efficient Housing

    Sheri Koones
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Filed under: Design, News, Home Improvement Photo courtesy of Trent BellThis home cost about $175 a square foot to build and is close to net zero with the addition of more photovoltaic panels. Years ago, it was difficult to build a very energy efficient house because there was a lack of technology and materials -- such as extremely energy efficient insulation and triple-pane windows. The cost for solar panels was also high and subsidies were non-existent. Today this is not the case. We know how to build houses to substantially reduce the use of fossil fuel and energy costs. You might then…
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  • For Sale: Don Johnson's Sprawling Montecito Farmhouse

    Zillow
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes Courtesy of The Agency via ZillowThe home Don Johnson and his wife are selling in Santa Barbara County has a reverse-osmosis swimming pool. Getty ImagesDon Johnson, right, and wife Kelley Phleger By Emily Heffter This Montecito view home is about as far as you can get from the vice beat in Miami. Actor Don Johnson bought this sprawling California farmhouse last year for $12.5 million but decided to sell it when he and his wife found another property with space for their horses. The home they are selling -- it comes on the market for $14.9 million today -- is…
  • 6 Home-Maintenance Musts for Autumn

    BrightNest
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Filed under: Home Improvement ShutterstockClearing rain gutters of leaves now will pay off later -- but it must be done cautiously and by hand. The following post is by BrightNest: 1. Change your linens and move your mattress. Strip and vacuum your mattress and machine wash all of your bed linens, including your comforters, duvets, bed skirts and pillows. Then, turn your mattress front-to-back and end-to-end -- flipping your mattress prolongs its life by evenly distributing the wear. For more tips, read: Maintain Your Mattress. 2. Inspect your windows. Start by cleaning your windowpanes, then…
  • As Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4%, Refinancing Looks Good Again

    The Associated Press
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Filed under: News, Economy, Refinancing ShutterstockA stock market rally on Friday suggested that the moment to refinance at rates below 4 percent might be fleeting. By Josh Boak and Alex Veiga A sudden plunge in mortgage rates last week raised an urgent question for millions of Americans: Should I refinance my mortgage? Across the country, homeowners and would-be homeowners eager for a bargain rate fired off inquiries to lenders. The opportunity emerged from the tumult that seized financial markets and sent stock prices and bond yields tumbling. Rates on long-term mortgages tend to track the…
  • Lady Gaga Reportedly Buys a House With a 'Batcave' in Malibu

    Zillow
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes Courtesy of The AgencyThis entertainment-friendly house across from Malibu's Zuma Beach reportedly was just purchased by Lady Gaga. APLady Gaga By Catherine Sherman TMZ reports Lady Gaga has made her first California home purchase: a 6-acre estate across from Malibu's Zuma Beach. The home was listed for $24.95 million this summer by The Agency's Santiago Arana. Property records show it was recently purchased under a trust for $22.5 million. "This beautiful estate was inspired by traditional homes in the South of France offering breathtaking views," the…
  • A Case for Energy Efficient Housing

    Sheri Koones
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Filed under: Design, News, Home Improvement Photo courtesy of Trent BellThis home cost about $175 a square foot to build and is close to net zero with the addition of more photovoltaic panels. Years ago, it was difficult to build a very energy efficient house because there was a lack of technology and materials -- such as extremely energy efficient insulation and triple-pane windows. The cost for solar panels was also high and subsidies were non-existent. Today this is not the case. We know how to build houses to substantially reduce the use of fossil fuel and energy costs. You might then…
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  • Shadows in Gray

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

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

    Daniel Hancock
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    This article is for those who currently are earning profit (or attempting to) from the photography industry. If photography is just a hobby, enjoy it, but don’t expect it to provide a profitable income without a large amount of effort. If the music industry refused to change, they’d be out of business. Many record companies refused to change, and these companies are now out of business. The change in the music industry has been drastic. First, there were records. These became outdated and were replaced by the radio, then tapes, and then CDs. Now we mostly listen to media through…
  • Lilies

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

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

    Kathy Torline
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Garden of the Gods, a registered National Landmark in Colorado Springs Search for homes on acreage in the Colorado Springs area Garden of the Gods is one of my favorites places in Colorado Springs.  It is truly magnificent, regardless of the time of the year.  Hope you enjoy some of the recent shots I took while hiking the park with my grandkids. There are over 15 miles of trails in the park, and one of my favorite trails starts from the main parking lot.  It is an easy, 1 1/2 mile roundtrip, concrete.   It’s Wheelchair and stroller accessible.     Related Articles: 21…
  • The property has been on the market 200 days, something must be wrong with it

    Kathy Torline
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
     Colorado Springs Days on Market I often hear this statement from Colorado Springs home buyers, “The property has been on the market for 200 days, I don’t want to see it.  There must be something wrong with it.” With all of the information available to consumers, more and more buyers pay attention to the Days of Market listed in the property details reports available in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS.) The importance of days on market can vary from area to area, and from place to place, from price range to price range.   And sometimes homes that have been on the…
  • Foreclosures continue to decline in 2014

    Kathy Torline
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Foreclosures in the Colorado Springs area continue to decline in 2014 Search for all Colorado Springs Homes   As the Colorado Springs real estate market and economy has continue to improve in 2014, foreclosure2 have continue to decline.   The latest numbers from the El Paso County Public Trustee shows that there is a drop of almost 28% in August compared to August of the previous year, and year to date numbers are trending lower than in 2013. Year to date as of July 2014   1,156 Year to date as of July 2013    1,215 Year to date as of July 2012  2,105 Year to date as of July 2011…
  • How big are Colorado Springs homes?

    Kathy Torline
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
      How big are Colorado Springs homes? Search for all Colorado Springs Homes The median size of a house in the U.S. currently stands at 2,478 sq. feet.  And it’s important to note that the median size has continued to increase in the U.S. since 2012 as the real estate market has started to rebound. The average size of a home in Colorado Springs is 2,469, very close to the National Average and the average price for homes sold in the first 6 months of 2014 was $251,603.  But sizes of homes vary vastly depending on the area of town. The smallest homes in Colorado Springs are located in…
  • 7 way to get your home offer accepted

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

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    20 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    http://s3.thehealthsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ebola-virus33.jpg By: Jarek Cotto The losing bidder for the Revel Casino, Glenn Straub,  has filed an appeal of that outcome in state bankruptcy court. He claims that Revel officials did not share promised information about competing bids, and that they accepting a bid past the deadline. Will the “University for Geniuses” actually be made? Is Camden changing for the better? Many think so. Gun violence is down, outsiders are making investments and redevelopment is slowly starting to take place. Read more about Camdens revival below.
  • Open Houses October 18th & 19th

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    17 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    1122 Carpenter Street Follow accessphilly.com’s board 1122 Carpenter Street Philadelphia PA 19147 on Pinterest. Loading   View on Instagram 2544 Memphis Street Follow accessphilly.com’s board 2544 MEMPHIS ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest. Loading   View on Instagram 417 Livingston Follow accessphilly.com’s board 417 LIVINGSTON ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest. Loading   View on Instagram 1 Academy Circle Follow accessphilly.com’s board 1 ACADEMY CIR #103, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19146 on Pinterest. Loading   View on Instagram 945 N 6th Street…
  • Front Street Is The New Face of Development

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    16 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
      http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/checking-in-on-front-street-in-northern-liberties By: Jarek Cotto Front Street north of Fairmount is currently getting a major facelift. V2 Properties is currently in the process of constructing four new homes right at Front & Fairmount. This project started last May when the foundation was dug. Today, the four homes are framed out, and are already changing the feel of the area. The Penn Treaty Village Penthouses are right at Front & Brown. Core Realty are the developers behind this project, and they have been working on…
  • FYI: Philly Doesn’t Have An Ugly Accent. Do We?

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    13 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/10/07/phillys-pittsburghs-scrantons-accent-really-ugly/ By: Jarek Cotto Woman steals mans prostetic leg at Eagles game. Did he ever get it back? Find out below SEPTA is making its late-night service run indefinitely. Even though the cost has tripled from the old “Night Owl” service they used to offer, it has been getting many more riders. On an average weekend about 15000 people use this service. Man robs TD Bank with a Halloween mask. The man robbed the teller at gunpoint, then fled in an old buick with a stolen license plate. Read more. A passenger was…
  • Access Philly’s Open Houses 10/11 & 10/12

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    10 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    37 W Wildey st Philadelphia, PA 19123 10/12 from 11am -1pm Christopher Everly   Follow accessphilly.com’s board 37 W WILDEY ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 on Pinterest. 8545 Castor Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19152 10/12 from 12pm – 2pm Chris Lyons   Follow accessphilly.com’s board 8545 CASTOR AVE, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19152 on Pinterest. 130-36 N. Bread St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 10/11 from 12pm – 2pm Christopher Everly   Follow accessphilly.com’s board 130-36 N BREAD ST #120, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106 on Pinterest. 130-36 N. Bread St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 10/12…
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  • 3 Bedroom in Fishtown: 840 Almond St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/t1CJ This home has been completely renovated with all of the modern features you have been looking for. There is plenty of space for a living room and dining room and the kitchen overlooks the entire first floor. The kitchen has beautiful cabinetry, a granite counter top and glass bread stick patterned back splash, stainless appliance package, under mount sink with goose neck faucet and filled with natural light from the rear door and window that overlooks the back patio. The basement is finished…
  • New Construction in Fishtown: 412 Moyer St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r1Fb All units are 3 bedrooms with 2.5 baths ranging in size from 2030sf to 2630sf. This urban community offers a secure courtyard layout with a private driveway where every home will have it's own attached garage and the entrance immediately off of the courtyard. These stunning townhomes will be built for energy efficiency utilizing green building techniques and products. There will be a 10 year new construction tax abatement. The amenities for unit 1 include: 2,031sf of living space with 3…
  • 4 Bedroom in Northern Liberties: 407 Poplar St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/g1HZ Enjoy the modern up scale design throughout and features such as an open steel staircase with solid wood tread, oversize windows throughout, hardwood floors throughout, a lower level storage room, media inspired room with tons of natural light, with a full bathroom on the lower level and laundry room with side by side washer and dryer. The main level entrance leads you to the eat in chef kitchen, and rear yard access. The eat in kitchen has Wolf appliances, 6 burner gas range with exhaust hood,…
  • New Construction in Northern Liberties: 949 N 6th St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/j1BU Enter into the living room and dining space through to the kitchen and half bath.  The first floor has an abundance of natural light from the oversized 3 section sliding glass rear doors that lead to the 35+' deep rear yard with walk-out deck, amphitheater inspired steps and tranquil landscaping.  The kitchen is fitted with European cabinetry from Porcelanosa, stunning polished Quartz counters and Bosch appliances. . The 2nd floor holds the Master bedroom suite with a sizable walk through…
  • 2 Bedroom in Northern Liberties: 722 N 2nd St #202

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/j1Ag Welcome to this stunning loft-style condo with cathedral ceilings, exposed ductwork and beams and exposed brick in the lovely 8 unit boutique condo building. Experience the best of luxury living combined with being in the heart of Northern Liberties! First floor has gleaming hardwood floors throughout with plenty of natural light on both sides of the unit as well as a convenient half bath. Kitchen has custom cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Open / modern layout for…
 
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  • MyRPR User Story: Nicole Nicolay, REALTOR

    Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the following video REALTOR Nicole Nicolay discusses how RPR Mobile gives her the on-demand information she needs for her clients, anytime, anywhere.
  • Number of Homes for Sale Increased 4% in September, According to Latest Redfin Report

    Admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Unseasonal Rise in Inventory Attributed to Would-be Sellers Who Took Longer to Find Homes to Buy Seattle, WA – October 17, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) There was a rare late-season boost in the number of homes for sale in September. According to the latest Real-Time Housing Market Tracker report from customer-first brokerage Redfin, inventory increased by 4 percent over August and newly listed homes were up 2.1 percent. According to Redfin agents, this bump is because would-be sellers took longer to find homes to buy, which delayed them putting their homes on the market. But will new inventory…
  • Is This How Mobile Phones Will Impact Evolution? :)

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    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
  • What Do You Know About The REALTORS Relief Foundation?

    Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following video will help you learn more about the REALTORS® Relief Foundation and how it has worked to help victims of disaster over the last 10 years.
  • September Home Sales Higher Than 2013

    Admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Denver, CO – Oct. 16, 2014 (PRNewswire) For the first time in 2014, home sales reached a level higher than one year ago. Following an expected seasonal trend, September home sales were 10.4% lower than sales in August. However, sales pushed past the mark set in September 2013 by 0.9%. Sales throughout 2014 remained just below those in 2013, but finally in September sales inched above those one year ago. The Median Sales Price of all homes sold in the 52 metropolitan areas surveyed in September was $195,000, which was 5.4% higher than the median price last September. Prices in 2014…
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    Business 2

  • Is your future as dark as theirs?

    Dave Platter
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Will real estate agents in Australia go the way of those in China — where the number one portal is competing directly against them? The experience of agents in China shows what could happen here if one or more of the big local real estate portals decides to compete directly with agents. The dominant portal for people who want to buy real estate in China, known as Soufun.com, has angered agents first by dramatically raising prices and then by going into competition with them. (Disclosure: I do public relations for Juwai.com, which is the Chinese portal for people wanting to buy real…
  • Homely.com.au reports record growth as agents show support for free to list portal

    Guest Author
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Welcoming over 500 new offices in the last 30 days, Homely sees rapid growth from independents while scaling up business development and engineering teams. 15th October, 2014- Homely.com.au, the revolutionary new real estate website combining Australia’s most beautiful search experience with free property listings, has seen a strong influx of listings from independent offices, pushing the total office count on Homely to nearly 5,000. Homely CEO Jason Spencer attributes several key reasons for the growth. “Agents love our free to list model and are telling other agents about us so word…
  • Business for Sale Avdertisers Get SSL Security

    Guest Author
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With the ever looming threat of online scammers, spammers and hackers, security concerns are the number one issue for making payments online. https://www.BizListings.com.au is the first website in its niche to completely move the entire site over to the https version, otherwise known as SSL (secure sockets layer). Previously, Biz Listings used SSL on member and payment pages only, but since this announcement moved the site over completely. Google recently announced that SSL (https) is now there preferred format for websites, and websites which use SSL (https) will now receive an instant, but…
  • Homesales.com.au Promotes Unique Investment Search Feature

    Guest Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    September18, 2014 Property portal homesales.com.au has launched a new consumer campaign, promoting its unique investment search engine to property seekers. Homesales is the only mainstream property portal to have a dedicated investment search engine, allowing property seekers to search for properties based on rental return, capital growth, cash flow and more. According to Rhett Dallwitz, General Manager of homesales, “When it comes to the real estate market, every property purchase is an investment, which is why it’s important for property seekers to have access to the key data that will…
  • Homely.com.au reveals top 100 suburbs across Australia, ranking every suburb and awarding that elusive top spot

    Guest Author
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Powered by over half a million consumer reviews, Homely.com.au has today released an insight in to the top 100 suburbs in Australia, ranked by the locals that know best. 17th September 2014- After hundreds of thousand of reviews from agents and locals, Homely.com.au has provided an in depth overview for those who have wanted to know what is the best suburb in Australia. The reviews, which rank suburbs in Australia with a score out of 10 provides an amazing insight into the most desired places to live in Australia. CEO Jason Spencer said “Homely’s ratings and reviews have been a valuable…
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    New Hope Homes For Sale | New Hope Homes

  • Enjoy Your Improvements and Profit by Them

    financemyhome1
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Homeowners can raise the basis or cost in their home by money spent on capital improvements. The benefit is that it will lower their gain and may save them taxes when they sell their home. Improvements must add value to your home, prolong its useful life or adapt it to new uses. Repairs are routine in nature to maintain the value and keep the property in an ordinary, operating condition. Additions of decks, pools, fences and landscaping add value to a home as well as new floor covering, counter-tops and other updates. Replacing a roof, appliances or heating and cooling systems would be…
  • Opportunity Costs

    financemyhome1
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Sometimes, there are costs associated with not taking a particular action. If a person left their money in a certificate of deposit earning 2% when they could have made an investment that earned 8%, the difference is the opportunity costs associated to not taking action. If a couple has a down payment and good credit, locking in a low interest rate mortgage for 30 years could easily provide their lowest cost of housing. If that couple waits three years to purchase a home, the price would probably be higher as would the mortgage rate. However, assuming the price and interest rate remained…
  • Crafting an Acceptable Offer

    financemyhome1
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    An agent was presenting a contract to a single, senior woman who was moving into a retirement home. It was a full price offer with reasonable terms and timelines but the seller wouldn’t accept it. When the agent probed deeper, she discovered that the seller was concerned with her dining room table. It had been the first piece of nice furniture that she and her husband had purchased and they had literally spent a lifetime celebrating and making decisions at that table. It troubled the owner to think that the table would go to strangers who might not appreciate it as much as her family…
  • Seller Safety Plan

    financemyhome1
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    September is REALTOR® Safety month when special attention is focused on the security of having a home on the market and the concerns for the well-being of owners is a day-to-day effort. The following list may help sellers secure their home and minimize risk. • Locks – doors and windows should be locked at all times. Additional locks like deadbolts or safety locks can provide a higher level of security. • Home lighting – turn on the lights prior to prior to purchasers arriving to improve the showing. Not only will they be able to see things better, it could prevent them hurting…
  • Money Down the Drain

    financemyhome1
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Private mortgage insurance is necessary for buyers who don’t have or choose not to put 20% or more down payment when they purchase a home. It is required for high loan-to-value mortgages and it provides an opportunity for many people to get into a home who otherwise would not be able. The problem is that it is expensive and a homeowner’s goal should be to eliminate it as soon as possible to lower their monthly payment and avoid putting good money down the drain. FHA loans made after 6/1/13 that have 90% or higher loan-to-value at time of purchase have mortgage insurance premium for the…
 
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    Houston Apartment Insiders' Blog

  • Houston Halloween 2014 for Kids

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Halloween for Houston kids has even the adults excited about this year's options. Check out the great activities in and around town for Halloween in Houston -- for kids of all ages.Halloween is a fun time of year for everyone, but it's especially exciting for kids and their parents. All October, every October, Houston is full of opportunities to meet your neighbors, play as a family, and maybe even have the kids learn something new. Of course, trick-or-treating is an option, but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the season, too. Here are a few of the best Halloween events Houston…
  • Apartment-Friendly Outdoor Halloween Decorating Ideas

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Relocating within Houston or across the country doesn’t have to spoil your holiday fun. There are plenty of ways to show your spooky side in an apartment of any size. Here are just a few apartment Halloween decorating ideas to get you started.If you love Halloween, don’t let a small space keep you from expressing yourself, even if you’re moving from a house to an apartment, and you’re just getting used to life without a yard. Relocating within Houston or across the country doesn’t have to spoil your holiday fun. There are plenty of ways to show your spooky…
  • Houston Apartment Workshops and Craft Spaces

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Your Houston apartment is a launchpad -- directly into Houston's maker community. Whatever your desire to create, we've got you covered with these craft and maker destinations across Houston.There are lots of great reasons to move from a house to an apartment — saving money, having someone else take care of repairs, and enjoying shared amenities, and more — but the transition can be particularly challenging for creative types, whether you're just relocating within Houston, or moving across the country. Makers, crafters, artisans, and DIY lovers need space to organize tools and…
  • Celebrate Fall: Seasonal Houston Apartment Decorating Ideas

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Fall's here and it's a great time to add some seasonal decorations to your Houston apartment. Tips for enjoying autumn indoors to the fullest around your home.School is back in session, Houston’s college students are settling into their dorms and student apartments, and the vernal equinox has come and gone. It’s officially fall! There are so many things to love about fall in Houston. If you’re a fan of the season, why not celebrate by decorating your Houston apartment? Here are a few autumn apartment decorating ideas for apartments large and small:   Fall Colors and…
  • New to Houston? Emergency Contacts to Know

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    New to Houston? Here are all of the emergency contact numbers that new residents need to know. From weather and natural disasters to pets, we've got you covered at Houston Apartment Insiders.If you’re moving to Houston, we’d like to welcome you, help you find a great Houston apartment, and show you all you need to know to enjoy our beautiful city. Even in a fun, modern city like Houston, emergencies and problems can happen, and it’s good to be prepared from your first day here. Here are the links and contact numbers that will get you the help you need in some common problem…
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    IPIN Global - Investing in Property

  • Spain's Glut of Unsold Homes Diminishing Fast

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An increase in sales by foreign buyers and institutional investors has led to predictions that unsold homes in Spain will shrink to 563,000 units in 2015, a 40% decline from 2010. Spain's landscape has become well-known for being littered with unoccupied housing developments, neglected by an almost stagnant domestic market.  Meanwhile, foreign investment in Spanish property has increased exponentially in H1 2014, rising by more than 31% over the same period in 2013. According to the latest edition of the Pulsometer real estate report prepared by Spanish Realtors Association IPE, the…
  • Mining Boom Attracts Investors Down Under

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region has been known as a hot spot for property investment for years, fuelled by the regional iron ore mining boom. Pilbara's main mining operator, Rio Tinto, saw first half earnings for 2014 leaping by a massive 21% to €3.5bn. CEO Sam Walsh said: "The outstanding half year performance reflects the quality of our world-class assets, our programme of operational excellence and our ability to drive performance during a period of weaker prices". The unique landscape created by mining operations The growth in Rio's iron ore production followed on the back of…
  • Optimistic Growth Forecast for Spanish Economy

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Spain has released consistently strong economic data over the last eight quarters, leading economists to raise forecasts towards more positive growth through 2015. This is in sharp contrast with other countries in the Eurozone that are currently struggling quite significantly. For example, France and Italy have lowered their economic outlook for the coming year and Spain was supposedly in just as sticky a mess in the years after the financial crisis. Much to the surprise of Eurozone counterparts, Spain has managed to emerge – albeit moderately – from the deep recession it has…
  • High Speed 2 Railway £40bn Boost to UK Economy

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The controversial railway network that will link Britain's south and north could be worth more than £40bn to the economy, say economists. Researchers from Ernst & Young (EY) predict the boost will come from thousands of new homes and office buildings expected to be built in the communities surrounding the nine HS2 stations dotted across the Midlands and the North. Also forecast is the rise in construction employment as the industry embraces the surge of building projects along the railway line. €1bn annual revenue from housing projects to 2035 EY undertook research on the first…
  • Buy-to-Let: The Only Way is Up North

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Media reports showing a booming demand for rental properties in the UK have been on the increase in 2014, with demand significantly outstripping supply. For investors in the buy-to-let market, this obviously spells good news but with marked regional differences in yield levels, it can still be tough to identify the most valuable locations providing the best returns on investment. Comparatively modest property price increases provide better rental yields Credit comparison experts TotallyMoney.com have created an interactive map of all the best and worst buy-to-let areas across the UK, using…
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    Massachusetts Real Estate News

  • 7 Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make

    Bill Gassett
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    First Time Home buyers Mistakes Right now, the US housing market has yet to fully recover from its peak in 2006. Yes, things are healing quite nicely in many markets with some decent price appreciation, but the costs of buying a home are still very affordable. Between low home prices and favorable interest rates, this is a great time for first time home buyers to get into the real estate game. But, becoming a first time home buyer can be a daunting decision. These are just so many complexities that jumping in at the wrong time might not be the best decision. Instead, it’s much wiser to be…
  • Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles For September 2014

    Bill Gassett
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Google Plus Real Estate Articles It’s that time again, time for a roundup of the best Google Plus articles of the month. You will find some great real estate content from the Real Estate Community on Google Plus for the month of September. It’s all right here. If you are a real estate professional and you are not currently networking with other professionals on Google Plus, you are missing out. I network with professionals on many social platforms and Google Plus is my favorite, by far. Great discussions happen every day in this community and the original content from other real estate…
  • Flood Insurance: Do You Need it

    Bill Gassett
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Do You Need Flood Insurance? If you have ever lived through a flood you know first-hand how devastating they can be. Not only can they destroy a home and its belongings but in the ensuing aftermath they can bring about mold, bacteria, and unsafe living conditions. It is not surprising they are the most common natural disaster in the world, accounting for billions of dollars in damage and countless claims each year. Some of the more common reasons for flooding are: Dams/levees Flash floods Heavy rains Ice jams Mud slides New/under developed areas Snow melt Tropical storms Flood Tips You May…
  • Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles For August 2014

    Bill Gassett
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    Google Plus For Real Estate                         What better place to find a wealth of useful Real Estate articles than on Google+. On Google+ you’ll find some of the best Real Estate professionals located in states nationwide. What do you do when you come across a Real Estate article that really stands out? In other words, the headline grabs you, or its on a topic that you’ve been dying to learn more about or what about those eye popping images? You’ll likely head back again and again to the spot where you’ve found these…
  • Home Sellers: Expect More From Your Realtor

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

  • The Unofficial Top 10 Most Beloved NYC Buildings

    Amalia Otet
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    The playground of some of the world’s most notable architects, New York City flaunts an impressive collection of buildings: some innovative, others grand or imposing, modern structures or historic landmarks, high-rise or low-rise, glassy, zany, or green… and the list could go on. But which among them cater best to New Yorkers and their thirst for singularity? To shed some light on the matter, we turned to Reddit and asked New Yorkers to share some of their favorite buildings. We got the good, the bad, and the controversial. While people can’t decide whether One57 is stunning or actually…
  • PropertyShark User Appreciation Party Brings Together 1,500 NYC RE Pros

    Nicoleta Iudean
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    You would think real estate is all about work, and no fun? 1,500 of NYC’s most influential real estate professionals would disagree, for they surely know how to party (after work, that is). The 2014 edition of PropertyShark’s annual Networking Event & User Appreciation Party was a tremendous success and a record breaker, gathering 1,500 real estate professionals from all branches of the industry. Hosted on September 16 in the glamorous and newly opened Space Ibiza New York, the event was our way of saying Thank You to the thousands of real estate professionals in NYC who subscribe to…
  • LA County Tax Sale Auctions Off 2,725 Properties; Find One That’s Perfect for You

    Georgiana Mihaila
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    With just a few weeks left until the 2014 LA County Tax Sale – set to take place on October 20, 21 in Pomona – we thought we’d take a look at the properties that will go up for auction and help you find one that’s perfect for you. Our Los Angeles Foreclosure listings show an impressive total of 2,725 properties that are about to be auctioned off by the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector. With a median starting bid of $7,424, 60% of the properties consist of vacant lots, but there are also a great deal of single-family homes and condos scheduled for auction — some of…
  • Does Airport Noise Affect Property Values?

    Balazs Szekely
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Say, you are on the lookout for a home. Say, you are willing to accept certain compromises in hopes of a financially favorable deal. Ever thought about noise pollution as a price-affecting factor? It seems reasonable to think that the closer you live to an airport, the bigger the impact the constant jet-roar has on the value of your home. At Property Shark, we wanted to find out whether this assumption is true and turned our attention to the residential blocks surrounding John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports in New York City. We started out by taking a look at which areas are…
  • The NYC Real Estate Event You Don’t Want to Miss: PropertyShark’s User Appreciation Party

    Georgiana Mihaila
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    PropertyShark’s 2013 User Appreciation Party Looking for a chance to connect with some of the most influential real estate professionals in NYC? Or maybe just to have a fun night out in the company of New York’s finest? Then please jump aboard PropertyShark’s 2014 Networking Event & User Appreciation Party, set to take place on September 16. To show just how much we appreciate the loyalty of all PropertyShark users, we’ve planned a great evening. We’ll start off with a real estate networking event — held from 5 pm to 9 pm — followed by a fun user appreciation…
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    Houston Properties

  • Jersey Village Houston Real Estate, Neighborhood & Homes For Sale

    Paige Martin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Jersey Village Houston Neigborhood Guide Jersey Village is a small neighborhood located at the crossroads of two major highways, US 290 and Highway 6. Houstonians often refer to Jersey Village as a “small town with big plans”, due to its combination of quiet, peaceful community and rapid real estate and commercial development. Jersey Village residents benefit from having easy access to major freeways. Two of the city’s biggest employment centers, Downtown Houston and Energy Corridor, are a 15-30 minutes away. Homes in Jersey Village are also near Memorial Park. Its northwest Houston…
  • 5 Key Avalon Place Real Estate Market Trends

    Paige Martin
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    5 Key Avalon Place Real Estate Trends Avalon Place is an affluent Inner Loop neighborhood composed of 7 sections. It is the 7th most expensive Houston neighborhood, and one of the most desired in the vicinity of River Oaks. Aside from its central location, Avalon Place has easy access to the most popular recreational venues in Houston. While there are a number of new constructions, the neighborhood is more known for its elegantly restored older homes. Avalon Place homes sit on very spacious lots with a median lot size of over 9,300 square feet. As with the rest of Houston, the neighborhood…
  • Luxury Avalon Place Homes | Most Expensive Avalon Place Homes

    Paige Martin
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Luxury Avalon Place Homes For Sale Avalon Place is the 7th most expensive Houston neighborhood. Avalon Place is in the vicinity of the prestigious River Oaks. The neighborhood offers many conveniences that are well worth its price. Avalon Place provides its residents: GREAT LOCATION: The neighborhood is within minutes from Houston’s busiest business districts such as Uptown Houston, Greenway Plaza, and Downtown Houston. SUPERIOR HEALTH CARE: Residents are a mere 15 minutes away from the world-class facilities and top medical practitioners of the Texas Medical Center. ACTIVE HOA: The Avalon…
  • Avalon Place Houston Homes, Real Estate, Neighborhood Guide

    Paige Martin
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Avalon Place Houston Neighborhood Guide Avalon Place is a small Inner Loop neighborhood of lovely, historic homes amidst mature trees. It’s often considered to be an extension of the prestigious River Oaks. It is the 7th most expensive Houston neighborhood, and one of the most sought-after due to: ESTABLISHED COMMUNITY: The neighborhood offers a great community feel due to its old-fashioned charm and beautiful surroundings. IDYLLIC LOCATION: Avalon Place is near hundreds of shopping options in the Highland Village and Galleria area. The neighborhood also has easy access to the main job…
  • Royden Oaks Real Estate Market: 5 Key Home Sales Trends

    Paige Martin
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Royden Oaks Houston Real Estate Trends   The charming neighborhood of Royden Oaks is as quiet and as exclusive as any Inner Loop neighborhood can get. It is also the 3rd most expensive Houston neighborhood. This Inner Loop neighborhood is located in the geographic center of Houston making it one of the most accessible Houston neighborhoods. With its land value increasing by 200% in the past decade, Royden Oaks homes for sale grow increasingly in demand. However, with the very limited inventory, real estate trends can be challenging to predict based on statistics alone. Finding the best…
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    Real Estate Blog

  • 63 Piñon, Blue Creek Ranch, Carbondale CO

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    63 PINON LANE || Blue Creek Ranch, Carbondale, CO from Altitude Filmworks on Vimeo Just footsteps to Gold Medal fishing, 50+ acres of open space, and the Rio Grande Trail. This beautifully designed ENERGY STAR certified, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home will allow you and your family to live a healthier lifestyle. Featuring bamboo floors, vaulted ceilings, radiant heat, central vacuum system, passive solar design, ENERGY STAR appliances, solar hot water, photo-voltaic system, over 1000SF of deck and patio space, private storage barn with garage door and much much more. You must see this house
  • Heritage Dr. River Valley Ranch, Carbondale CO

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

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

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

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

  • Hardie Plank- The Pro’s of Fiber Cement Board Siding

    Massachusetts Realtor
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent What is Hardie Plank Siding? Hardie Plank siding is the most recognized name in fiber cement board siding.  While the most recognized name in fiber cement board siding other manufacturers include Certainteed (now Allura), GAF and many others. What is Fiber Cement Board Siding? Fiber cement board siding is pretty much what it says it is… a mixture of sand, cement and cellulose that is imprinted and then baked into planks or shingles.  It is basically a cement product giving you…
  • Real Estate Photography Tutorial Show Dedication

    Massachusetts Realtor
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent I recently posted an article on Active Rain.  A very popular real estate resource site.  The article was a tutorial on using multiple flash and Photoshop layers masks to create an exceptional marketing image of a home. Now the article was written for the real estate agent and real estate photographer to help hone their photography skills.  Let me assure you the above shot could not be created with an iphone or a point and shoot camera.  It could only be created with professional…
  • 52 Regency Drive for Sale, Dracut MA New Construction

    Massachusetts Realtor
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 52 Regency Drive, Dracut MA 01826- MLS#   Status- Active Price- $559,900 Rooms- 8 Bedrooms- 4 Baths- 3 full Living Area- 2734 sq ft Lot Size- 20,120 sq ft 52 Regency Drive is located in Dracut Massachusetts in zipcode 01826.  Situated in Dracut’ premiere golf course community, Meadow Creek.  Meadow Creek is a large neighborhood built around the Four Oaks Country Club.  Meadow Creek is a large neighborhood of similar homes, definitely an upscale community. 52 Regency Drive is 8…
  • The Unused Bedroom, Show Its intended Use

    Massachusetts Realtor
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Often times as a REALTOR, I go on listing appointments to consult with home sellers, to find one or more bedrooms that are no longer a bedroom.  The bedroom is empty, has been converted to an office or has become a catch all room. It is important to show potential buyers the true use of a space.  Take that unused bedroom and make it look like a bedroom.  Buyers will walk away thinking your house only had two bedrooms instead of the three that are listed.  Or if you have converted a…
  • 820 Methuen Street for Sale, Dracut Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Realtor
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 820 Methuen Street Dracut MA 01826 – MLS 71729947 Price- $330,000 Style- Townhouse/ Duplex Bedrooms- 3 Bathrooms- 2.5 Square Footage- 2045 sq feet Commuter Open House- Wednesday, September 3rd 4:30pm to 6:30pm About 820 Methuen Street Dracut MA Located on the East side of Dracut, Massachusetts this home is a quick drive to route 93, making it a great location for commuters. This duplex style townhouse offers a unique opportunity.  The main living area is one floor, including a…
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    Murney Associates, Realtors

  • Impressive Halloween Homes…

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    When it comes to the holiday spirit, it seems everyone saves their decorating energy for Christmas – it’s not often that people go all out for any other occasion. Well, with Halloween just around the corner, we decided to prove that there are a few October die hards out there. Enjoy these impressive Halloween homes. 1. The Pumpkin Palace This home is one of the subtler of the bunch but if you look closely, you’ll see well over 100 neatly carved pumpkins lighting up the night. Though the other houses might be a bit more chaotic in their approach, imagine the time it took to carve each…
  • Murney Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
           The History Behind BCFO In May 1999, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks was established to provide help and hope to local families impacted by breast cancer. The first contribution was made by BCFO founder, Mary Beth O’Reilly, and matched by Kristen’s surgeon, Joni Scott, MD, in tribute to all the patients Dr. Scott has treated for breast cancer. Other breast cancer survivors and friends of Kristen have made donations in her memory as well. Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks incorporated on February 23, 2000 and received not-for-profit status the following…
  • Fall Festivals in The Ozarks

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Fall Festivals are upon us! Now that we are in the middle of September and Fall os officially upon us, fall festivals are popping up all around SW Missouri. There is almost more than 4 every weekend being attended by many families from all over the State of Missouri.  Silver Dollar City’s annual “National Cowboy & Harvest Festival” The Home of American Craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City, presents The Country’s Premier Craft Festival -National Harvest Festival! Including: New Texas Trick Riders, September 6 – October 6, showcasing trick, fancy stunt and…
  • Real Estate Safety Month Tips

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Did you know that September is “Realtor Safety Month?” Some of you may wonder why the real estate industry would have a month dedicated to their safety? According to Department of Labor, being a REAL ESTATE AGENT is in the Top 10 High Risk Occupations in America.   In 2013 “120 REALTORS” were either mugged, assaulted, raped and 4 were murdered in the line of duty according to the Department of Labor. We can definitely protect ourselves from this from occurring. Many times as agents we trust what people say but there are times that thinking with our “inner…
  • Real Estate Lawn Care Tips For Fall

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The long days of summer have ended, and fall is here once again. For homeowners, this means that you will no longer have to complete those irksome, weekly mowing sessions. Your grass won’t grow as quickly and it will require far less maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean you can just ignore your lawn until warmer weather returns in the spring. In preparation for the cold, dry months ahead, your grass needs to suck up energy, moisture, and nutrients right now. Use our lawn care tips for fall to ensure that come spring, your lawn will be green, lush, and healthy. Lawn Care Tips for Fall…
 
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • Are Banks Over-Valuing Foreclosures? Will the Bank Foreclosure Bubble Burst Soon?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    It used to be that you could get a good deal and save a little money with a foreclosure. Investors or builders could find a home that needed to be remodeled, buy it at reasonable price, bring in a crew to bring the house up to a livable condition and ultimately re-coop their time and investment. That is really not happening right now. There are some exceptions, but in general banks seem to be getting more money for a foreclosure today than the house is worth in its present condition. It is my opinion that this is happening a lot more often than buyers are getting a good deal on foreclosures…
  • 2014 ARES Builder Recognition

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Realtors deal with builders on an almost daily basis and have a unique perspective over time about builder's attitudes and customer care. In times like this, when the market is strong, I find myself writing letters to builders executive staffs--about short sighted company behavior. First and foremost on the list of bad behavior is how the builders are treating buyers. Second on the list of offending behavior is poor communications to buyers and buyer's Realtors. Many builders, and other businesses for that matter, have a very bad tendency of treating  clients differently when their…
  • Halloween on 6th Street in Austin Texas - Oct. 31, 2014

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This year, Halloween on 6th Street will be sharing the streets and city with the F1 event! This may be a new learning curve for Austin to schedule a major city event to coincide with one of the most popular local celebrations. I assume this was an intentional decision, and the risk may pay off in showing off one of Austin's more colorful and fun adult events--Halloween on 6th Street. But this is a lot like scheduling the Superbowl to happen in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. The pay off may be big, but the risk is even bigger. Come on down and enjoy the insanity. I don't recommend this one for…
  • Where Are the Best Schools in Austin?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    While this question may not be very difficult to answer for some of us who keep up with the school districts, test scores, the history of the areas and the socioeconomics of the communities where the students live, you might think that this is an incredibly difficult and convoluted question to answer if you ask a group of politician in the Texas Legislature. When the state, in its infinite wisdom, takes a system that seems to be working and they jockey endlessly with that rating system in committee debates for years, the metrics and the reporting systems that we end up are probably exactly…
  • Finding the Right Home

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Wisdom of the day:The challenge in all home searches is not in finding a great home and great community, but in maximizing the features of one's "like to have" list of items. When it comes to making trade-off's (as any good Realtor will tell you is "the name of the game" when buying a home), helping you work through the items that are most important to you and your family is key. The right schools. Ideal size of home. Best condition and age of home. The kind of community and location where you want to live. The style of yard you would like to have in your home. The all important kitchen…
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • Reasons NOT To Claim On Your Home Insurance

    Mike Wheatley
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    In some states, all it takes is just one claim to a home owner’s property insurance to see premiums soar by hundreds of dollars. Filing a single claim can result in a monthly premium increase of 9 percent, according to a study by InsuranceQuotes.com. A second claim? Premiums climb an average of 20 percent. The claims can be for anything ranging from tornado damage to a stolen bicycle. Filing a small claim can increase your rates by just as much as filing a catastrophic one, according to the study. “Winning a small claim could actually cost you money in the long run,” Laura…
  • Don’t Want To Reveal How Much You Paid For Your New Home?

    Mike Wheatley
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Clients who recently purchased a new home might find themselves in an awkward place when an inquiring mind – a friend, neighbor, colleague, or relative – questions them about the price of their home. Money magazine has some helpful tips for people who don’t feel comfortable answering that question directly. Passing this information onto your clients could help them get out of sticky situation in the future. Deflect the question with a joke. The writer of the Money article, Antonia Messa, suggests that recent home buyers could say something like, “How much did we pay? More than I would…
  • 50 Ways You Can Use Evernote To Manage Your Real Estate Business

    Mike Wheatley
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Evernote can become one of your most valuable business tools if you develop habits and set up automation to save information, locate it when you need it, and share it selectively with clients or other business contacts. photo credit: joe.ross via photopin cc Because Evernote can search within PDF files, and uses OCR to search text in images, just about anything you can get into Evernote from your computer, cell phone as text, or cell camera is searchable later. It’s a really efficient way to store information, but even more so, to locate it later. Here are 50 ways you can use Evernote…
  • What Makes a Good Rental Property?

    Brian Kline
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    What makes a good or great rental property is a personal decision. It depends on the types of tenants you want to deal with. The vacancy rate you’re willing to deal with (which can include vandalism and other property crimes). The amount of profit you want to earn on your investment. And a host of other questions or issues that you need to be knowledgeable about before making a long term investment. Where to Find Neighborhood Information As an investor, you’re best off doing your own research of neighborhoods before investing. The type of information you want to learn includes:…
  • Things to Avoid When Buying a Home

    Allison Halliday
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Even though fall is here, and there may be fewer listings, those homes that are on the market are being sold by motivated buyers who intend to keep their property on the market even through the holidays. It is worth having a list of things to avoid when looking for a new home. Buying a home on a slope may give you a great view, but it’s worth being cautious and investing in a geotechnical survey just in case there is a risk of a landslide. It would be a truly tragic moment to see your investment wander down the hillside. Some homes built in the 80s and 90s can have faulty siding problems,…
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • 6 Churches For Sale Which Would Make Spectacular Renovation Projects

    Sam
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    If you’re looking for a bit of divine DIY, then these churches for sale are an in-spired choice which will have you praying for more! 1. The Former Wycliffe Church, Church St, Alfreton, DE55 7AH Guide: £125k+ An 18th Century Free Norman style former church, church hall and school room constructed of coursed sandstone with a recently upgraded slate roof with stone coped gables, enriched with dog tooth ornament.  Stone built with many original features, oozing charm and character – and with planning permission for conversion into 3 dwellings. How’s about this for an…
  • Is Empty Property Council Tax The New Landlord Stealth Tax?

    Sam
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Psst. Did I tell you, I have a money tree in my garden?   I swear that’s what some people seem to think I said. Especially local councils. Their pretty, little envelopes dropping incessantly through my letterbox asking me for money is doing my friggin nut in. I wouldn’t mind, but the bloody properties are empty – why the hell do you keep chasing me for council tax? Oh, sorry I forgot, this is the new stealth tax designed to screw over all insanely rich, evil landlords.  Of course, once I get a DSS tenant in that property you’ll demand the same monies from them won’t you…?
  • Do NOT Read. Unless You Want The Most Epic Property Renovation Project EVER!!!

    Sam
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Seriously. How often do you find a property where you can really (and I mean REALLY) get your renovation claws in? And this is a deep-claws (and deep-pockets) project. Unbelievably gorgeous.  Unloved.  Untouched.  I fell off my chair in absolute lust and wet scrummy-ness when I saw this: And there’s so much more – and it gets soooooooooo exciting!!!! Contain yourself. Let me tell you about Langleigh, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34. See, I told you it was sexy.  This is Devon. And you know what – the guide is £150k. But, I’ve gotta be straight.  It’s unlikely…
  • Why You Need To Have Your Insurance Company On Speed Dial

    Sam
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    Insurance is a tricky subject. You want to make sure you’re covered, but you’re never quite sure if you are.  Until things happen. Which they invariably do. This isn’t a big catastrophe story (sorry to disappoint!). It’s just a little story of how little changes can end up having BIG consequences. Selling a buy to let property Now, I didn’t think me putting a buy to let property on the market for sale was a big deal.  Admittedly, it hadn’t been planned, but the fact of the matter is, it’s a property I have owned for 7 years and for those 7 years I…
  • 8 Outrageously Different Auction Properties For Sale

    Sam
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Are you bored by the same-old property for sale in estate agent windows? Well, check out these bizarre and beautiful auction properties that are soon to be sold under the hammer! Who Took My Combine Harvester? You know it – you’ve always wanted a small-holding to live some of that ‘good life’.  And here’s your chance with this Cornish small-holding.  It’s got a guide of £125-150k.  For that you get 6.3 acres currently used as a low key market garden with large pond, 2 modern timber outbuildings, 3 polytunnels and a log cabin (which has lapsed planning…
 
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    edmontonrealestateinfo.com

  • Neighbour’s Curb Appeal Can Help Or Hurt Your Home Sale

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    You spruce up the inside and outside of your home, getting it ready for the market. The paint is fresh, the lawn manicured and flowers grace the walkway leading to your front door. But, even with all this, there is … Continue reading → The post Neighbour’s Curb Appeal Can Help Or Hurt Your Home Sale appeared first on .
  • Eighty Percent Of People Do This

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    80% or more of people spend more time shopping for fruits and vegetables then they do their real estate agent. Most pick a family member or friend. Some pick a name from an ad or phonebook. Even a great referral … Continue reading → The post Eighty Percent Of People Do This appeared first on .
  • Flooring Options – So Many Choices For Your Renovation

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Ah yes, summer in Canada. Out come the barbeques, the deck chairs and on go the renovation thinking caps. Perhaps a new floor is in your future this summer. You’re in luck. There’s a flooring material out there to please … Continue reading → The post Flooring Options – So Many Choices For Your Renovation appeared first on .
  • The Best Ways to Save Water in the Home

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    For most of us, having access to water is as easy as turning on a faucet and filling up a cup. Most of us are also used to using water a lot in our daily lives. However, we often forget … Continue reading → The post The Best Ways to Save Water in the Home appeared first on .
  • 5 Summer Decorating Ideas for the Home

    admin
    29 May 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Summer is almost upon us, and you may think of adjusting your decor to get ready for the season. Here are 5 summery ideas that will give your house the breezy, relaxing feel of the warmer months without needing to … Continue reading → The post 5 Summer Decorating Ideas for the Home appeared first on .
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    Las Vegas Modern Homes

  • Las Vegas Comparables: Close to a Science Fiction Adventure!

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Las Vegas Comparables: Close to a Science Fiction Adventure! Establishing the asking price for a Las Vegas home may not quite qualify as science fiction, but it can be a bit of an adventure in time and space—at least when it comes to establishing the Las Vegas comparables. The logic behind valuing a property by […]
  • When Las Vegas Home Listing Photos Scare Buyers Away

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    When Las Vegas Home Listing Photos Scare Buyers Away Your Las Vegas home listing is, hands-down, the most likely place prospective buyers will get their first glimpse of the home you are selling. Most serious prospects will go online as an early step in the process of winnowing candidate properties by area, asking price, number […]
  • Las Vegas Homeowners Association: Exclusive Club, Sort of…

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
      Las Vegas Homeowners Association: Exclusive Club, Sort of… Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are not a new idea. They were first formed in nineteenth century America, as the Industrial Revolution spurred migration from rural to urban living. Owning real estate has always been considered a big deal, so it’s right to think of Homeowners Associations as […]
  • Are Drones the Next Big Thing in Las Vegas Real Estate?

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
      Are Drones the Next Big Thing in Las Vegas Real Estate? When you hear the word “drone,” you’re more likely to think military target than local residential listing. But drones could be the Next Big Thing in real estate photography—that is, if they don’t run afoul of the law. Technically known as Unmanned Aerial […]
  • Advance Home Inspection: a Heads-Up When Selling Your Home

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Advance Home Inspection: a Heads-Up When Selling Your Home If you are currently selling your Las Vegas home, you may already find yourself playing the waiting game. It’s a normal course of affairs in most real estate markets—but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. You’ve got decisions to make, moving deadlines to order, but […]
 
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    EMA Blog

  • MBA’s 101st Annual Convention and Expo 2014

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    The Mortgage Bankers Association 101st Annual Convention & Expo 2014 is an acclaimed mortgage event where mortgage experts and real estate finance professionals from the world over congregate to address the important issues facing the mortgage industry today. The event offers a wealth of business and networking opportunities to top industry leaders and major performers. Attendees can hear from industry experts on the issues impacting mortgage business and also learn about the latest products which can be leveraged to improve services. In keeping with its practice of engaging dynamic…
  • How Technology has changed the Mortgage Landscape

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    The one thing that a prospective home buyer has been too scared of is the process of procuring loans. It involves going through a maze of complicated and never ending processes, much of which is beyond their knowledge and understanding. At a time, when technology has uncomplicated matters in every walk of life, loan procurement process too has undergone a transformational change. For those who believe things still remain the same, it’s time for a revisit. A string of amazing technological advancements has contributed hugely in simplifying loan processing today. The advent of e-signature,…
  • 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…
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Commercial Finance Update: October 2014

    Trey
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Happy New Year! (In October?) The SBA’s fiscal year began on October 1st, so SBA lenders nationwide are working on their resolutions. Probably lots of the usual stuff: eat better, quit smoking, join a gym, do more loans, etc. We’re not big on new year’s resolutions, so we’ll just keep helping small business owners. Business as usual. We’ll probably take a break to do some Halloweening later this month, but that won’t deter us from providing the best commercial real estate financing experience for small business owners nationwide. Featured Project: Safe…
  • Apple Ruined Our Smartphone App *UPDATED*

    Trey
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Every time Apple releases an iOS update, we have to scramble to fix whatever problems it causes with our iPhone app. Sometimes the problems are minimal, but sometimes the app is rendered unusable. The process is compounded because we didn’t develop the app in-house and we don’t have any mobile developer types on staff who can troubleshoot and fix even minor issues. In case you hadn’t heard, Apple’s recent release of iOS 8 has gone poorly so far. The initial rollout was a little buggy, so Apple released an update (8.0.1) on Wednesday. Users immediately complained that…
  • September Commercial Finance Update: Construction Edition

    Trey
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Construction projects accounted for 62% of our lending activity last year. It wasn’t always that way, but the past few years have been construction-heavy for us. We’ve become pretty darn good at this type of lending (if we do say so ourselves) and that’s good news for you. When you or your clients get stymied by lenders who aren’t keen on financing construction/renovation projects, we’re only a phone call or email away.  Featured Project: - North Magnolia Properties, LLC – Orlando, Florida – $3.9 million total project cost (acquisition/construction) –…
  • How to handle mistakes like Downton Abbey

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Even if you don’t watch it, surely you’ve heard of the British show Downton Abbey. Two weeks ago they released a series of publicity photos for the upcoming season and one photo in particular got all the attention, but for all the wrong reasons. The stars of the show were dressed in full period garb (the show takes place in the 1920s) but someone had left a plastic water bottle on the mantle behind the two actors. Plastic bottles of course, were not introduced until the 1960s. As you can imagine, the internet went crazy making fun of the show for their oversight. The show could have…
  • Marketing Lessons from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    The remake of the 1990s classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the top grossing movie in the box office for the second week running. It’s surprised most of the experts by dethroning Marvel’s latest offering (Guardians of the Galaxy), and holding off the third installment of the star-studded Expendables franchise (not a huge feat, but still). Beyond all those accolades, as this article in Forbes explains, Paramount’s strategy for TMNT is a case study in targeted marketing. The film was a smash without needing to be omnipresent in the run-up to its debut; marketers of the film…
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    ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog

  • How Millennials Can Make Millions in Real Estate

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Roughly 95 million Americans belong to the Millennial Generation, the classification for those born between the early 1980s and 2000. Many members of this group have reached the age where, historically, they would purchase their first home, but those 25 to 34 are accounting for fewer home purchases. Although Millennials may be suspicious of the real estate market after the recession, investing in the market is something that could help them grow their wealth and buy their own home sooner.In his article, My Advice to Millennials: 4 Steps to Becoming a Real Estate Millionaire, Ethan Roberts, a…
  • 4 Tricks to Be a Fearless Seller This Fall

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    This New Jersey home listed on ForSaleByOwner.com is ready for a fall sale.Are you afraid that you missed out on the summer selling season? Autumn is a great time to scare up leads from buyers who are looking to take advantage of lower mortgage rates and want to find a home before the holidays. So don't despair, these simple tips can help you become a fearless home seller this fall.1. Avoid Scary Staging MistakesA home that hasn't been properly staged can send house hunters running for the hills. Filling your garage with items you are unsure what to do with or ignoring unpleasant odors…
  • Mixed Signals in Foreclosure Numbers Are No Cause for Alarm

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    How can an increase in foreclosure activity be a positive sign for the housing market? Rick Sharga, Executive Vice President of Auction.com, has evaluated the monthly growth of foreclosure starts and real estate owned actions to show why these numbers are not a cause for concern. With over 30 years of experience in real estate, mortgage and technology marketing, Sharga is one of the country's most frequently-quoted sources on real estate, mortgage and foreclosure trends and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, ABC World News, CNBC, FOX and NPR.So, what should we make…
  • 5 Most Popular Homes For Sale By Owner in September

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    The most popular properties on our website for the month of September are a diverse group that offer everything from modern updates and amenities to acres of land. All five homeowners prepared their home for sale with updates and improvements before listing. In fact, one of these homes is already under contract.1. 206 N Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22304Price: $1,199,000Highlights: This open concept 5-bed, 4.5-bath is located on a private lane that is only shared with six other houses making it quiet and secluded, but that doesn't mean that it is lacking in any amenities. A fully…
  • How to Maximize Your Returns on Rental Properties

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Ethan Roberts is a real estate writer, editor and investor. He’s a frequent contributor to InvestorPlace.com, and his work has been featured on Money.msn.com and Reuters.com. He’s also written for SeekingAlpha.com and MarketGreenhouse.com, and was one of five contributing editors to TheTycoonReport.com. He’s been investing in real estate since 1995 and has been a Realtor since 1998. He also teaches classes on investing in residential real estate.Investing in long-term rental properties can be quite lucrative, if and when it’s done correctly. However, just as with all investments,…
 
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    CREOutsider

  • Taking the Fun out of Crowd Funding

    Chris Clark
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    One of the more exciting provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act  (JOBS Act) was the exclusions for crowd funding (Title III).  It was conceived as a way to give small businesses and property owners a means to raise funds (up to $1 million) in exchange for equity without having to comply with the […]
  • RealMassive – Alternative Aggregator Version 2.0

    Chris Clark
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Remember CIMLS, RealUp, Commercial Source or BuildingSearch? I didn’t think so. Sprouting up all over the place several years ago, those were some of the alternative aggregators meant to put LoopNet out of business. At the time “free” was the big issue so every one of them was a free to list and search service. […]
  • New Social Apps and Tools

    Chris Clark
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Here’s a roundup of some new apps and tools/features for popular CRE social networking sites and CRE bloggers. LinkedIn Connected App Don’t want all the sponsored posts and other stuff in your LinkedIn stream?  Find the fuller featured LinkedIn app unwieldy on your phone?  Then try the iPhone Connected app (Android version should be available […]
  • Is Commercial Real Estate A Target for Disruption?

    Chris Clark
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Lot’s of people* insist that real estate is due for disruption. They point to common markers – tell-tale signs that an industry is not serving its customers in an efficient or cost effective way. And because of that, just one person or company can appear on the scene and change the way things are done. […]
  • Using Twitter Cards

    Chris Clark
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    Ever see those tweets that have Facebook-like posts below? Those are Twitter cards. Fairly easy to implement (but currently can only be seen on Twitter/Twitter apps) they’re ideal for commercial real estate purposes. You can display an image plus some text – all you need along with a link to promote a post. And a […]
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    Underwritings Blog

  • Mortgage Rate News for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    There was little change to mortgage rates yesterday, despite a fair amount of volatility in mortgage backed securities markets.  Mortgage bonds began the day by selling off, and assuming current levels stand, mortgage rates will worsen slightly today.  Remember that mortgage rates have an inverse relationship to the price of mortgage bonds, so as the price of mortgage bonds increases, mortgage rates decrease. It’s always a challenge to ascertain what may be fueling market movements on any given day, assuming that such a thing is even possible.  On some days the primary causes are…
  • Mortgage Rate News for Monday, October 20, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Last week was a pretty crazy one for mortgage rates.  Rates hit 14 month lows in the middle of the week, with the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage falling below 4% according to Freddie Mac.  It was not to last however, and mortgage bonds subsequently retreated from their peaks, and while rates are still very close to the best we’ve seen in more than a year, we’ve lost a little ground. This morning we are seeing a bit of a rally, and while I think we are stuck with the volatility, I don’t see a great reason to believe that mortgage rates will stray to far from…
  • 3 Refinance Options You Should Always Avoid

    Courtney Watson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Mortgage refinancing can be the logical choice for many homeowners. Whether it’s to reduce the interest rate, lower monthly payments or for any other reason, it can be a smart move. However, it’s important to be aware of some common refinancing schemes that can get you into trouble. They are almost always bad deals and should be avoided. 1) Refinance for Free When refinancing, you will typically end up paying between 2 to 3 percent of the value of your home in fees. These covers things like the application fee, appraisal, title search and legal fees. This is the norm, so being offered a…
  • Mortgage Rate News for Friday, October 17, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Well, it’s been an interesting week for mortgage rates.  An attempt to recap: bonds rallied like crazy on Wednesday morning, and mortgage rates fell to levels not seen since June of 2013.  According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was under 4%.  The rally quickly subsided, and we gave back the better part of Wednesday afternoon and Thursday giving back our gains.  The sell-off is continuing this morning, and rates are just a little better than where they were to start the week.  So long story short, there was almost…
  • Tips for Navigating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Taryne Leahey
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Since the eighties, breast cancer awareness has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Sure, this means good things for research and prevention, but it also means scammers have popped up hoping to make a quick profit off the generous. Here are some tips for ensuring that your money makes the biggest impact it can. Avoid donating to “raise awareness” Giving money to “raise awareness” for the most funded cancer in the Unites States doesn’t make sense. This is often the way shady charities phrase their pitches, but all it really means is that your money is being funneled…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Construction Resources

    Courtney Rogers
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Construction Resources’ Design Center Director Antonette Copeland is today’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Construction Resources was started by Fred Hires 40 years ago as a cultured marble fabrication company. Today, Construction Resources is run by Fred’s sons Mitch and Sonny Hires.  The company has expanded and merged with [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Fernbank Museum of Natural History

    Courtney Rogers
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Fernbank Museum of Natural History is today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio! Brittany Loggins, the marketing and public relations coordinator at Fernbank joined us in studio to discuss the natural history museum’s many exhibits, events and attractions. From dinosaur month to Martinis and IMAX® events at night, Fernbank has something for [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Brock Built

    Courtney Rogers
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Brock Built is offering all treats and no tricks in the current Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio! During the month of October, home buyers can take advantage of free closing costs on move-in ready homes in any the builder’s metro Atlanta communities. Brock Built is known for building exceptional, high-quality homes [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: ProBuild Atlanta

    Courtney Rogers
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    One of the largest building material supply companies in the nation, ProBuild, is today’s All About Real Estate Guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Ronnie Gullatt, sales manager for ProBuild Atlanta, is on hand to discuss the many products and offerings available from the company. As a private, national company, ProBuild has more than 400 [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience

    Courtney Rogers
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We are focused on football this week on the Around Atlanta segment of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Go Dawgs and we love the SEC! Our guest is Marcus Margerum, vice president of marketing and communications with the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Now open on Marietta Street, the Hall of Fame [...]
 
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    My Moving Reviews

  • 5 Super Easy Steps to Moving Any Desk

    Pamela Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Lots of homes have desks – whether it is in your home office or in a different room, moving a heavy desk could be a bit of a challenge for those without experience in the relocation of such furniture. Whether you want to plan how to move a large desk by yourself to your new […]
  • How Moving Affects Dogs

    Joshua Green
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Sometimes moving can prove to be a bitter pill to swallow – a nerve-racking roller coaster of immediate changes, mixed emotions, bittersweet memories and tough goodbyes. The inevitable stress of an impending move affects to a different degree all family members – grandparents, parents, children and pets (especially dogs). Dogs are highly sensitive and may […]
  • A Beginner’s Guide To Moving Out

    Joshua Green
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Do you remember the time when you first started walking? That daunting feeling of insecurity, inexperience and fear of the unknown? It was tough, wasn’t it? Yes, doing something for the first time is never an easy task, especially if it means organizing and executing a problem-free move out of your current home. But you […]
  • How To Pack Paintings For Moving Checklist

    Pamela Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Packing paintings for moving is an achievable challenge that you can cope with quite well. If you have this type of artwork to relocate, then you’re on the right page. Paintings – whether they are unframed, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, with glass, etc., could be sometimes very valuable to us emotionally or could just cost […]
  • Moving To Jacksonville, Florida: The River City Relocation Guide

    Joshua Green
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Perfectly positioned along the Atlantic Ocean and the banks of the scenic St. Johns River, Jacksonville is often regarded as the perfect destination for anyone who’s looking for a beautiful, romantic and affordable place to get genuinely inspired and, hopefully, to start calling the largest city in Florida their new home. The following Relocation Guide […]
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    Sydney Server Real Estate

  • New sinkhole standards a problem for some owners

    Florida Realtors® News
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Oct. 20, 2014 – At one time, a number of homeowners put in a property insurance claim for any crack in their wall or foundation, claiming it was caused by a sinkhole. In addition, as many as half of the homeowners who collected insurance money for sinkhole damage failed to make changes and pocketed the money. Noting a problem, the Florida Legislature enacted SB 408 in 2011 to crack down on frivolous sinkhole payments and make it clear what is, and is not, sinkhole damage. As a tactic to stop fraudulent sinkhole claims, SB 408 worked. Florida-owner Citizens Property…
  • Census Bureau releases annual housing survey

    Florida Realtors® News
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 17, 2014 – The 2013 American Housing Survey released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and U.S. Census Bureau had both good and bad news for prospective homebuyers. Characteristics of U.S. homes In 2013, more than one home in 10 stood empty: 87% were occupied – though that’s an increase since 2011 – and 35% were rented. The average size was 1,800 square feet, and the median lot was a quarter acre. About 4.5 percent of homes needed work, though the number declined a bit since 2011. Overall, the Census Bureau reports that nearly 2…
  • Despite price gains, affordability still in play

    Florida Realtors® News
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 17, 2014 – Despite a jump in the latest median single-family home price – $220,600, up from around $160,000 just a few years ago, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) – the large price gains aren’t denting affordability. Even with home prices climbing, homeownership remains affordable because low mortgage rates have helped offset price gains, writes Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. Also, incomes have risen slightly as the unemployment rate has fallen, which has also helped to improve affordability. A home buyer purchasing a…
  • HUD: $2.7M to fight Fla. housing discrimination

    Florida Realtors® News
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    MIAMI – Oct. 16, 21014 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $2,750,756 to eight fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in Florida. The money will be used to address housing discrimination. The grant money comes under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). It’s used to help enforce the Fair Housing Act through investigations and testing allegations of discriminatory practices. They money is also used for educating housing providers, local governments and potential housing discrimination victims about their rights and…
  • Feds consider money-saving Fannie, Freddie change

    Florida Realtors® News
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 16, 2014 – A change in policy for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could save taxpayers a lot of money. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is currently seeking comments on the proposal. The proposal: Make the mortgage security documents issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – the paperwork that gives the lender legal rights to a property if a borrower fails to pay – the same. In practice, the change would be a large, multi-year task. In a letter to FHFA backing the change, Financial Services Roundtable President John Dalton said: “A single security would…
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    Isle Of Man Property For Sale

  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    The Mitre Hotel (Ramsey) Limited, whose registered address is at Ballaberragh Farm, Smeale Road, Andreas, bought The Mitre Hotel, Parliament Street, Ramsey for £895,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1yGyQkz
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Londonmetric Retail Limited, whose registered office is in London, bought 12 and 12a Strand Street, Douglas, for £5,265,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1qoz3zO
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Paul Reilly, of 16 Bradda View, Colby, bought 4 Carrick Bay View, Colby, for £665,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1ryrcpn
  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:29 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/ZR5r8E
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Alexander Henderson Rapson, of 7 Abbeylands, Abbeylands Estate, Douglas, bought Crovie, Main Road, Union Mills, for £845,150. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1rdqWMu
 
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    Frederick Real Estate Online

  • FHA Offers Discounted Loans to Homebuyers Taking A Class

    Karen Highland
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    The Homeowners Armed with Knowledge Program HAWK was announced by the FHA, Federal Housing Administration, this summer. The Homeowners Armed with Knowledge program is a series of housing counseling classes, with the intent of helping more first-time borrowers understand the issues of home ownership. The hope is that with more knowledge, fewer homeowners will default on their home loans. HAWK housing counseling and education covers how to evaluate housing affordability and mortgage alternatives, to better manage their finances, and to understand the rights and responsibilities of…
  • Homes for Sale in Middletown High School District

    Karen Highland
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Homes for Sale Near Middletown High School Middletown High School is located at 200 Schoolhouse Dr, in Middletown. Home of the Knights, football MHS football is celebrated by the entire town. The school offers 42 sports teams in 25 sports. The current school building was opened in 1974. Feeder schools include:  Middletown Middle School, Middletown Elementary and Middletown Primary, Myersville Elementary and Wolfesville Elementary Schools. Homes for sale in Middletown School District: Or Use our Advanced Map Search: More About Middletown High School: Principal: Lee Jeffrey Assistant…
  • How To Sabotage Your Home Sale

    Karen Highland
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    How to Sabotage Your Frederick Home Sale Congratulations, your home is under contract! By now, you’re realizing that selling your Frederick home is not an event, it’s a process. For most home sellers, the process of selling your home is not completely predictable. If you ever thought the process was somewhat scientific or even methodical, think again.  There are humans involved at every turn, humans with emotions, and expectations. Even if the initial contract negotiation goes smoothly, often new issues can arise during the process. Sometimes, it helps to remember what NOT to do,…
  • Frederick Real Estate Market Snapshot – Sept. 2014

    Karen Highland
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Frederick County Real Estate Market Snapshot September 2014 provided by the Highland Group We’re seeing the real estate market in Frederick continue with a steady demand in September. Here is a snapshot of Frederick County real estate statistics: Frederick Real Estate Trends for Sept. 2014 Average Home Sales Price:  $281,500: down 13% from last September. Also down from August’s average sales price. Average Single-Family Sales Price:  $321,000 Average Attached Home Sales Price:  $208,000 Median Home Sales Price:   $255,000: down 6% since last September. Also down 12% from…
  • Homes for Sale in Urbana High School District

    Karen Highland
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Homes for Sale Near Urbana High School Urbana High School is one of the newer schools in Frederick County, opened in 1995. Located at 3471 Campus Drive, Ijamsville, the feeder schools to Urbana High School include: Centerville Elementary, Green Valley Elementary and Urbana Elementary schools; Urbana Middle and Windsor Knolls Middle schools. Homes for sale in Urbana High School District: See homes for sale in Urbana High School district on our Advanced Map Search: More about Urbana High School Urbana High School is an award winning school with many accolades for it’s academics and…
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    Blog

  • Shipping Buoys the Industrial Boom

    Jonas222
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    The industrial sector is red hot, responding to the demand fueled by consumer expectations and e-commerce.  But as a National Real Estate Investor report by Susan Piperato explains, there are nine other reasons why industrial is booming. (Piperato’s sources in her coverage are reports from six real estate firms. read more
  • Retail and e-commerce Collide

    Jonas222
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Retail-related headlines and research reports once forecasted that e-commerce was going to heavily circumvent brick-and-mortar sales and growth for years to come. Consumers love the convenience, selection, and pricing online shopping affords, and if they can get next-day delivery, then why wouldn’t they shop from the comfort of home?   read more
  • Baby Boomers Head to CBDs

    Jonas222
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    The term, “24-hour community,” mentioned here by writer John Salustri, is another way to express the work-live-play lifestyle, which translates as the desire to live in an area in proximity to where one works, dines, shops, and entertains. read more
  • Grocery Retailers Offer Dining

    Jonas222
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
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  • Net Lease Asset Update

    Jonas222
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    If you participate in net lease investments, or follow the industry, no doubt the recent headlines have you as captivated as we are with all of the change and activity. Marcus & Millichap’s Q3 report, “Retail Research, Net Lease Outlook” rounds up the highlights, and we’ve got them boiled down into a quick, high-level read here. read more
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    House Flipping School

  • 10 Unbelievable Things For Under $20 That Can Make Your House Flip A Success

    Mike LaCava
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    House flipping is not a cheap venture; you need to invest some money. Renovating a house can cost anything from thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The amount of money used in a rehab can add up very fast. I have talked time and again about flipping houses with no money but did you know that you can buy items for under $20 dollars that will make your house flip a success? If you do not believe me, here’s a list of top ten items you can purchase for under $20. 10 Unbelievable Things For Under $20 That Will Make Your House Flip A Success Bandit Signs For just $2, these…
  • The Number One Reason You Should Consider Your Real Estate Competitor As Your Ally

    Mike LaCava
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    As a real estate investor, you obviously know the drill by now; you find properties to flip, give your offer, prepare yourself psychologically to get most of them rejected and a few of them accepted. But sometimes you might just submit several offers and they all get accepted at the same time. This can be quite a dilemma especially if you do not have the financial ability to handle all the offers at once. The bank may not be willing to lend you the money to finance all your flips, you may not have access to all the necessary funds or maybe you encountered some unexpected issues with the…
  • Do These 7 Things To Sell Property Fast

    Mike LaCava
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
      One of the most satisfying parts of being a house flipper is getting your offer accepted. So how do you sell property fast without sacrificing quality? Believe it or not, the easiest part of house flipping is selling. If you stick to all the house flipping rules and properly use the expertise of your house flipping team, you will find that this claim is actually true. Below I have 7 tips that can help you sell property fast. As a matter of fact, you will find that selling a house is the simplest part of the house flipping process. 1. Get Your ARV Right The After Repair Value or ARV is…
  • 7 Unbelievable Ways You Can Find House Flips With Real Estate Agents

    Mike LaCava
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    The most common way of finding houses to flip is through non-MLS listings but real estate agents can also be a valuable resource. Most of the house flips that I have done especially in markets I am not familiar with have been through real estate agents. A good real estate agent who knows their market can help you snag a really good deal but first, you have to know how to work with them. How To Work With Real Estate Agents REO Agents And Short Sale Agents Real estate agents who have direct links with asset managers from banks and they are REO brokers, they will know before anybody else when…
  • 7 Simple Ways To Prevent Real Estate Deal Flows From Drying Up

    Mike LaCava
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    At one point or another, in the house flipping business, you might find that your real estate deal flows are drying up. You might begin to wonder how other real estate dealers have a constant real estate deal flow while yours has dried up or is beginning to dry up. The answer? They are obviously doing something that you are not. Most house flippers fall into a comfort zone when they begin raking in profits and business seems to be looking up. I have been guilty of this and I realized soon enough that what I used to do a year ago, just isn’t working any more. I changed my approach and things…
 
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    Karri Flatla

  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: September 2014

    Karri Flatla
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes September 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 16% (97/588) For same month last year: 16% (100/613) Average sale price: $299,619 For same month last year: $282,682 PENDING sales as of this post date: 33 September 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 1013 For same period last year: 986 Average sale price: $295,462   For same [...]
  • “Honest Agent” Author & Karri Flatla on Keeping It Real in Real Estate

    Karri Flatla
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Early in my career a prospective client asked me, “Why do you think you’ve already been successful? Without hesitation I replied, “Because I treat it like a business.” Almost with a sigh of relief, he gave me a nod, and hired me on the spot. Sadly, I think my “treat-it-like-a-business” attitude was surprising to him. We can [...]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: August 2014

    Karri Flatla
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes August 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 18% (114/622) For same month last year: 19% (112/600) Average sale price: $304,458 For same month last year: $284,256 PENDING sales as of this post date: 38 August 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 916   For same period last year: 886 Average sale price: $295,025  << +3.4% (!!) [...]
  • I’m a Real Estate Agent, Not a Salesperson. There’s a Difference.

    Karri Flatla
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    When you hire a REALTOR®, you want someone who is great at selling, right? And if you’re listing your home, this might seem like THE most important quality to look for. I suppose that if you don’t mind selling your home for any price in any amount of time with a potentially unending amount of stress… then yes, the SALE [...]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: July 2014

    Karri Flatla
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes July 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 23% (144/637) For same month last year: 18% (112/637) Average sale price: $296,324 For same month last year: $286,086 PENDING sales as of this post date: 33 July 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 802   For same period last year: 774 Average sale price: $293,684  For same period [...]
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    IXACTContact Blog

  • Real Estate Email Marketing: Deciphering the Data

    Michael Churaman
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Email marketing campaigns are a great way for REALTORS® to stay in touch with their clients. But do you know how your campaigns are performing? More importantly, do you know how to use that data to further enhance the performance of your current efforts? Deciphering the data behind a real estate email marketing campaign isn’t difficult. Just by understanding the potential the statistics your email sending platform can provide, you can uncover easy opportunities for enhancing your current efforts. Here are some key email marketing data points and how you can best use them: Total Opens: Do…
  • Real Estate Website Best Practices

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Nearly 90% of home buyers search online during the home buying process. Not only are they using the internet for their next home, but to find a REALTOR® who has experience buying or selling their particular type of home. Many real estate agents understand that having a strong web presence is important, but don’t often know where to start. Here are the top 5 elements to consider when building out your real estate website:   1. Consider your brand. A website often serves as a visual representation of your brand, so be mindful of the voice, tone and images you elect.… Read the…
  • Email Marketing: Use Your CRM for REALTORS ® to Get Relevant and Personal

    Matthew Collis
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    If you’ve written off email marketing as being ineffective, you may want to think again. Email is one way you can stay in touch with your real estate database and remain “top of mind,” quickly and easily. It’s much more cost effective than many other marketing channels, such as direct mail and print advertising, and much of it can be automated. Studies have shown that people 1) want to receive email from individuals and companies they’re interested in, 2) use email to share information, and 3) check email every single day.… Read the rest
  • Why Use a Cloud Real Estate CRM?

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are a multitude of concrete business benefits to moving your business to the cloud. If you’re looking to save time, cut costs, and run a more efficient and productive business overall, you want to make sure you’re using a CRM for REALTORS® that’s cloud-based (also sometimes referred to as web-based). Here are the top 3 reasons for using a cloud real estate CRM: Data security If you care about protecting your data to the highest degree, you’ll want a cloud-based CRM.… Read the rest
  • The 3 Things All REALTORS® Need to Be Doing to Grow Their Business

    Matthew Collis
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    You may feel a bit overwhelmed with all the advice you get about what you should or shouldn’t be doing for your business. Maybe you can only implement a few changes and need to figure out which are the really important ones to focus on and which ones you can put on the backburner for the time being. In this post I’ll discuss three big points to think about. Each one will greatly affect your overall business success. 1. Focus on retention more than acquisition It costs five times less money and energy to retain an existing client than to acquire a new one.… Read the rest
 
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • What is Homeowners Insurance and Why Do I Need It?

    Anita Clark Realtor
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    What is Homeowners Insurance and Why Do I Need It? Homeowners insurance creates a financial shield to protect your home in the event a disaster occurs.  With all the things that could possibly go wrong, having a way to protect yourself is crucial. A typical homeowners policy insures not only the home itself, but also […] The post What is Homeowners Insurance and Why Do I Need It? appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Warner Robins GA Real Estate Market in September 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Warner Robins GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 You would not know the slower fall season was here by the performance of the Warner Robins GA real estate market in September 2014. It is a great time to be a buyer, investor, or seller in this city! This market is balanced (6+ months of […] The post Warner Robins GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Perry GA Real Estate Market in September 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Perry GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 Now is the perfect time to check out what the Perry GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 was up to. has been up to. This buyers market continues to hold steady as we enter the fall real estate season. Is it a good time for buyers and […] The post Perry GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Kathleen GA Real Estate Market in September 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Kathleen GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 Is it a smart move to jump into the Kathleen GA real estate market in September 2014? What options are available for buyers and investors? Should sellers wait a bit longer? This market just slipped into a sellers market (5 months of available inventory) but the answer […] The post Kathleen GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Centerville GA Real Estate Market in September 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Centerville GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 The Centerville GA real estate market in September 2014 was quite remarkable as buyers found homes in this community to their liking. In fact, it was the best month for sales (13) in the past year! Although this market now favors sellers (5 months of available inventory), […] The post Centerville GA Real Estate Market in September 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
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    thelasvegasluxuryhomepro.com

  • Now Is The Time to Move Up to a Las Vegas Luxury Home

    Debbie Drummond
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Have you been watching the housing market?  Waiting to sell your current home and move to something nicer?  Home values in Las Vegas have been improving for the past two years.  While values have been improving, the market segment that is most in demand is  Continue ReadingThe post Now Is The Time to Move Up to a Las Vegas Luxury Home appeared first on .
  • Things To Do in Las Vegas – Zappos Tour

    Debbie Drummond
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    So why would you want to spend an hour in Las  Vegas touring a place where people work? For starters, they have a great selection of artwork scattered about the place.  Add to that an interesting success story and a unique work environment. The tours  Continue ReadingThe post Things To Do in Las Vegas – Zappos Tour appeared first on .
  • How To Avoid Seller’s Remorse When Selling Your Home

    Debbie Drummond
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Is your home telling you that it’s time for a change?  Maybe you’re entertaining more and could use an open floor plan with a big kitchen?  Have the kids moved out leaving rooms that you never use?  Or maybe you accepted a job in another  Continue ReadingThe post How To Avoid Seller’s Remorse When Selling Your Home appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas Real Estate News – What Sold in September 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    The number of homes listed for sale has climbed to 10,530. This includes 8015 single family homes. The remaining 2515 are condos and town homes. Last month we had a total of 10,161 homes available. A year ago we only had 8632 homes available. Short  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas Real Estate News – What Sold in September 2014 appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas High Rise Condos Sold in September 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    We have 425 high rise condos listed for sale.  We sold 54 in September, a nice increase from the 47 we sold in August and the 50 we sold in July.  In September of 2013, we only sold 47 high rise condos.  If we continued  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas High Rise Condos Sold in September 2014 appeared first on .
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    Real Estate Valuation | IRR on Real Estate blog

  • Hot off the press: Integra Realty Resources’ October in the News

    Ray Cirz
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    It was an active third quarter in the commercial real estate industry, and with Integra Realty Resources’ hundreds of appraisal experts located throughout our 66 offices across the country, the media turned to IRR for insight on everything from national trends to hot local markets in Texas and Florida.  Here are just a few of the stories that featured Integra’s experts last quarter. Reuters: A recent report by the team at IRR-Miami on the state …
  • America’s warehouse boom, and CRE is on the rise in Phoenix

    Ray Cirz
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The Post and Courier: Charleston region on cusp of new growth for commercial real estate Charlotte investors and realtors are moving full steam ahead with an onslaught of new commercial real estate projects.  As Charlotte’s population continues to grow and vacancy rates drop across market segments, demand for new construction is at an all-time high.  The rising need for real estate is encouraging investors …
  • 3 ways Charlotte’s Blue Line extension could spark a commercial real estate boom

    Fitzhugh Stout
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    A simple rail line transformed Charlotte’s real estate landscape.  The LYNX light rail service, which commenced service in 2007, sparked nearly $2 billion in new construction in Charlotte’s South End and uptown neighborhoods. The success of the rail, and real estate development around its stations, encouraged the city to continue its public transit push.  It recently announced a 9.3-mile, $1.1 billion dollar Blue Line extension project connecting Ninth Street and University City.  While the Blue …
  • Shopping centers prove to be a hot sector, and New York investors head west

    Ray Cirz
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed last week: The Wall Street Journal: Hilton to sell Waldorf Astoria to Chinese firm The famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan just sold for a record-breaking price — $1.95 billion.  A Chinese insurance company splurged on this New York landmark, and the purchase reflects an ongoing trend in the luxury real estate market.  Experts are seeing more and more foreign investors gobbling up high-end American hotels …
  • Want to ensure you are RICS Red Book compliant? Attend this webinar on compliance for North American valuers

    Jim Andrews
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    As a part of the RICS Online Training Academy curriculum, and to help bring American and Canadian RICS members up to speed on the newest Red Book requirements, I will be leading an RICS online course titled “Compliance with The Red Book for North American Valuers” on October 20, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has more than 100,000 members in over 120 countries; 3,400 members in the U.S., …
 
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    The Oatley Team

  • What is Your House Worth?

    Laura
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    The Oatley Team There are three major things that determine your homes value. 1.Interior Condition & Curb appeal. Make sure your home is in optimal condition inside – free of clutter, furniture placed appropriately, & staged. For the exterior, always have the outside looking attractive with nice landscaping, paint if necessary, have a floor mat or door wreath […] Laura
  • Junior League of Louisville’s American Girl Fashion Show

    Laura
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Oatley Team If you are looking for something to do with the favorite girl in your life, look no further than the American Girl Fashion Show hosted by the Junior League of Louisville this weekend. Tickets are $4o and there are multiple shows Saturday and Sunday. Check out all the details here. Tickets are limited so purchase […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 11106 Meadow Breeze Lane

    Laura
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The Oatley Team This 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick has a walkout ranch and is a brand new build. It was built on a premium extra larger corner lot and has a 3 car garage! Attention to detail can be seen throughout the home. There are brand new granite countertops, hand-scraped hardwood floors, coffered ceiling in the great […] Laura
  • Step to Independence Walk/Fun Run

    Laura
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    The Oatley Team This annual walk supporting Down Syndrome of Louisville is Saturday, October 4. The walk takes place at Waterfront Park and registration is from 7:15-9:15 a.m. This is such a fun event. It is not only a walk there are a ton of activities for the entire family. Between 8 and 11:45 you can play games […] Laura
  • Fall Home Improvements

    Laura
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    The Oatley Team Most of us do home improvements in the spring but there are also some items we need to take care of to prepare our home for winter. This list will help make sure your home is prepared before temperatures dip. Gutters and Downspouts This is essential. You need to make sure you remove leaves and […] Laura
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    PropertyCluster.com Blog

  • How to Find The Right Buyer for Your Fixer Upper

    Rebecca
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Not every house is perfect. Some homes can have a few chinks that can cost the owner quite a bit to fix. If you are the proud owner of such a home, you have a fixer upper on your hands. Do not dread, as there are several such home that are sold successfully every single year. Buyers often view fixer upper homes favorably because they feel they are getting a good deal and they also have their freedom to put their own touch to the house when they are getting it renovated. Here are a few tips to help you successfully sell a fixer upper. image by tsc_traveler Find the Perfect Realtor It is…
  • Starting The Real Estate Investing Business The Right Way

    Rebecca
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Some people are drawn towards real estate investing as it promises huge returns while some are naturally inclined to this business as they find their calling in real estate investing. Whatever be your reason for getting into this business, you ought to be prepared and arm yourself with the right knowledge if you wish to ensure success. Money indeed is an important aspect of real estate investing but there are die-hard investors who have established themselves with little or no-money. So you need to be absolutely passionate about the business to succeed, money comes secondary. Image Courtesy…
  • Should You Invest in Commercial or Residential Real Estate?

    Rebecca
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Real estate investment is often more attractive compared to other forms of investment. However, when it comes to real estate, you have a choice between commercial and residential properties. Most people opt for residential properties, as the risks involved are low and this gives them peace of mind. On the other hand, people with great risk appetite can opt for commercial real estate. But, before you decide which type of investment is right for you, take time to understand the difference between the two types of real estate. This will help you make an informed decision, so that you get the…
  • Things You Must Tell Prospective Buyers When Selling Your Home

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

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

  • Top tips to ensure you get the most money for your Dubai property

    Holly Woolston
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Spending some time and money on your property before you sell it, may seem absurd, but it should be something every homeowner does before they even look at putting their property on the market. Studies have shown that by showcasing your property in a certain way, it can add thousands onto the resale value of your home, making sure you get the best deal for your Dubai property. Firstly, you must think about the taste of your home; is your home décor extravagant or extremely personal to you? Are the colours used bright and maybe not to every one’s taste? No matter how much you love your home…
  • Why not opt for a larger property?

    Holly Woolston
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    Recent studies have shown that less people are opting for a three, rather than a two, bedroom property, but what are the benefits of opting for a larger place in Dubai? According to a recent study from propertyfinder.ae, 38% of property hunters in Dubai are looking for a two-bedroom apartment, with 36% looking for a one bedroom and only 16% looking for a three bedroom. So what does this mean for property prices in Dubai? Well with the demand being for one and two bedroom properties, it may always be a better option to invest a slightly larger sum when purchasing your property and get a bigger…
  • Up, Up and Away: As Dubai’s offerings increase so does your property price

    Holly Woolston
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Exploring why now is a good time to invest in property in Dubai, as more and more exciting hospitality and leisure projects are announced for the city. Forget the constant judgments on the superficiality of the city, Dubai is a fantastic place to live and with all the plans laid out for the next few years, it is only going to get bigger and better. Let’s take a look at what makes Dubai such a special place to call home and why investing in a property now could make for a prosperous investment! Shopping Everyone knows that Dubai is definitely the must-visit destination for shopping in the…
  • How to make sure you are dealing with a real realtor!

    Holly Woolston
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The importance of making sure your real estate agency or property broker are licensed and registered with RERA in Dubai, before proceeding with a property search.  When looking to buy or rent a property in Dubai, many will first off head to property portals online that house hundreds of adverts for housing in your desired area and price bracket. However, with so many listings and so many real estate agents out there, how do you know that the realtor that will show you the property and help you with the deal is in fact a true realtor? Luckily, it has been reinforced this week that RERA,…
  • Why short-term letting could be a great option for your Dubai property

    Holly Woolston
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Renting out your property in Dubai is one of the most effective ways of seeing a strong return on your investment. Although renting out to long-term tenants on an annual basis ensures you have guaranteed income from your property, short-term lettings can also be a great way to make a profitable return on your property and are something to definitely consider. Dubai has recently been voted the second most important international hub for retail, surpassed only by London. With 19 retail openings in 2013 alone, and a multitude due to open over the next couple of years, Dubai is on its way to…
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Self Employed 401k: What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distribution

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    The day you start putting money into a self employed 401k is the day you start building a better retirement future. This plan, often called Solo 401k, offers a lot of benefits. Many real estate investors are taking advantage of its allowance for non-traditional investment classes. To make the most of the savings and tax [...]Self Employed 401k: What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distribution is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • What To Look For On An Operating Statement

    Andrew Syrios
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    I believe quite strongly that a seller-provided pro forma is all but completely useless. I’ve even gone so far as to call them “pro-fake’as”. After all, the seller can put in whatever estimate they want. And you can pretty easily guess whether that estimate is going to be high or low. However, the operating statement is very useful. [...]What To Look For On An Operating Statement is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Seller Financed Notes – What Should You Know?

    Camille Baptiste
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    If I offered you a seller financed note on an investment property that is due to collect 100 payments of $400 a month at 8% interest would you know how much to offer?  Do you know how much the note is worth? Here are a Few Non-Calculator Items to Consider with Seller Financed Notes: The [...]Seller Financed Notes – What Should You Know? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Setting Goals For Life & Business Success

    David Buttross
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Setting Goals - One of the themes of this real estate investing article is that I hope you’re catching on to is that there is more to being wealthy than just having money. I know plenty of rich people who are absolutely miserable. They have all the money they could ever want, but they are [...]Setting Goals For Life & Business Success is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • The Sandwich Lease Option

    David Hamilton
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Sandwich Lease Option is another lease option strategy that some real estate investors have had success with. However, there are more risks here than a straight lease option refinance so it may not be an appropriate strategy for a novice investor. Still, if you’re having trouble coming up with investment funds or perhaps if [...]The Sandwich Lease Option is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • To rent or buy? The case for renting

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Most Americans find homeownership beats renting for many reasons. But there are a number of reasons why one might choose to rent instead. Yesterday, we explained why, for the great majority of Americans, buying a home of their own makes sense. But it doesn't make sense for everyone. There are those for whom renting is the better alternative - sometimes even if it costs more than buying in the long run. Here are the reasons someone looking for a place to live may prefer to rent instead: The process is easier and simpler. It still takes time to find a suitable apartment to rent, but unless the…
  • Two new homes rising at Francisville's southwest corner

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    It's hard these days to walk through Francisville and not find construction under way somewhere. Our recent swing through the area last week revealed progress on several projects we've been following and some new ones under way. This new structure at 702-04 N. 20th St. falls into the latter category. According to permit data on file with Licenses and Inspections, this will be "a three (3) story structure for use as a six (6) family dwelling." In other words, judging from the looks of the structure now rising, two three-unit apartment townhomes. The framing suggests that each will have their…
  • To rent or to buy? The case for buying

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    As you search the listings on this site, we're sure you will find a home you'd love to live in. In this first installment in a series on home buying, we offer some reasons you should buy it. Of course, we're here to help you buy the home of your dreams. When you're ready to buy that new Philly home, we hope you turn to us first. But if you're not a homeowner now, you should consider whether buying or renting makes more sense for you before you take the plunge. In this article, we will examine some of the reasons homeownership makes more sense for most Americans, and may make more sense for…
  • Lunchtime Quick Hits

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    We all know the sad stories of renters forced out of gentrifying neighborhoods by rising rents. But what about the people who live in places where rent is cheap because the housing stock is in sad shape - and still can't afford a place to live?; Inga Saffron looks at Philly's new "inclusionary housing" incentives and wonders whether they really help who they're intended to help; Bart Blatstein's AC buy hasn't cooled his ardor for The Provence - and he's getting tired of waiting for the verdict on that second casino license; and commercial real estate investors who have traditionally passed…
  • Another reason it's fun to stay at the YMCA: The Metropolitan gets its gym back

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the inheritor of the legacy of Carl Dranoff's first development company, Historic Landmarks for Living, Philadelphia-based Reinhold Residential is an old hand at preserving the historic integrity of the residential buildings it owns and manages. This Thursday, it will formally take the wraps off its latest restoration project, one that revives the spirit and original purpose of its Art Deco gem, The Metropolitan (above). That would be the building's gym, now dubbed MetroFit and open to all Reinhold residents. One of the amenities every YMCA in the country offered its members was a place to…
 
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • Fannie and Freddie Will Offer 3% Down Mortgages Again

    Colin Robertson
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Some good news finally came out of Las Vegas today, and I’m not talking about someone winning a mega jackpot on an oversized one-armed bandit. During the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Annual Convention in Sin City, it was revealed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will again accept mortgages with as little as three percent down. [&hellip
  • The Rent vs. Buy Argument Depends on Mortgage Type Too

    Colin Robertson
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Trulia releases a quarterly Rent Versus Buy report to determine if it makes more sense to buy a home or continue renting based on current metrics. Their latest report for the third quarter of 2014 revealed that buying is still 38% cheaper than renting nationally, which sounds pretty compelling. It’s also cheaper to buy than rent [&hellip
  • Mortgage Rate Plunge! Time to Take Another Look at a Refinance/Purchase?

    Colin Robertson
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    As many long anticipated, the stock market finally took a major hit after months of seemingly endless gains. When it comes down to it, things can’t keep rising forever (remember home prices), and so we’re finally seeing some pullback, though no outright correction yet. Thanks to the recent stock market carnage, bonds have rallied because [&hellip
  • Man Offers to Sell Home In Exchange for an iPhone 6 or the 32 GB iPad

    Colin Robertson
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    So a guy, an Austrian fellow named Andreas Gindelhuber, with apparent dreams of making money in real estate here in the United States, resorted to selling his home in exchange for an iPhone 6 last week. He originally purchased the foreclosed 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath Detroit home (you probably already knew it was in Detroit) for $41,000 [&hellip
  • Should We Worry About a Triple Dip in Home Prices?

    Colin Robertson
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The weather is finally beginning to cool off and Halloween is just around the corner. Oh, and The Walking Dead is back on TV. It must be fall. Surely that means homes sales are going to slow down after the traditionally busier spring and summer sessions have now come to a close. But aside from [&hellip
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • Vote To Win- Beazer Homes New Jersey Contest Rules

    Beazer Homes
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Stop by Courts at Woolwich TODAY to tour these cozy floor plans in person. Contest Rules: *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this VOTE TO WIN post between 10/15/14 and 10/19/14.  Limit one entry per household.  Prize consists of one $25 VISA gift card to 1 randomly selected winner who voted.  Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash.  Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value.  Additional restrictions may apply.  See a New Home Counselor for complete details.
  • Win It Wednesday Nashville Contest Rules

    Beazer Homes
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Stop by Providence Landing TODAY for a fall filled with memories to your NEW front doorstep with single family homes from the $240s. Contest Rules: *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this Win It Wednesday post between 9/24/14 and 9/30/14.  Limit one entry per household.  Prize consists of one $20 gift card for Target to 10 randomly selected winners who voted.  Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash.  Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value.  Additional…
  • Shopping Around For A Mortgage Lender

    Beazer Homes
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, or an empty-nester looking to downsize, you will likely need a mortgage lender to help secure the purchase of your dream home. At Beazer we understand the importance of having loan options, which is why we have created our unique, Mortgage Choices program. Taking advantage of the ability to shop around will help you find the right lender and loan program for you. Though the thought of “shopping” for a lender may sound daunting, Beazer’s done the grunt work to help new home buyers save and enjoy the best customer service possible when…
  • What To Know About Putting A Down Payment On A Home

    Beazer Homes
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    How much of a down payment should I make? Where can my loan funds come from? These are just a couple of the most common questions that we hear from potential home buyers as we begin to assist them with navigating through the buying process. Here are a few answers to these questions so that you may make the most informed decision possible regarding your down payment. Should I put more than the minimum down on an FHA purchase? FHA mortgage loans allow for borrowers with less than perfect credit to purchase a home with a down payment of only 3.5% of the purchase price. As a result of credit…
  • Fixed-Rate vs. Variable-Rate: Know The Difference For Your Home Loan

    Beazer Homes
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Understanding the types of mortgage options you have is an important part of buying a new home. One decision you will face is choosing between a variable-rate loan or a fixed-rate loan. Knowing the differences between each type of loan can save you money in either the long-term, or the short-term, depending on which will best fit your needs. Fixed-Rate Loans A fixed rate loan keeps the same interest rate throughout the entire term of the loan. The benefit to this type of loan is that you will pay exactly the same amount on the note itself from your first payment to your last payment. Whether…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Enjoy the Fun at Freedom Barkway’s HOWLoween Festival and Pet Parade

    Epic Development
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Pet owners, get your furry friends ready for their moment in the spotlight at this year’s Old Fourth Ward HOWLoween Festival and Pet Parade! Held on the Highland Avenue bridge in Old Fourth Ward, the parade and festival will take place this Saturday, Oct. 25 from noon until 6 p.m. The pet parade begins at noon [...]
  • Cadence at Woodmont Offering $10,000 Outdoor Living Bonus on Select Homes

    John Wieland Homes
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Cooler fall weather calls for plenty of outdoor entertaining. Whether cooking dinner at a built-in outdoor kitchen, enjoying the serenity of a waterfall feature, warming up beside an outdoor fireplace or roasting s’mores by a fire pit, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods offers outdoor features that are a must have for enjoying the season. Now, [...]
  • Only 10 Homes Remain in South Forsyth’s Marseille Community

    Edward Andrews Homes
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    A limited number of expertly designed, move-in-ready homes remain in Edward Andrews Homes’ Forsyth County community, Marseille. Buyers who desire the perfect combination of spacious floor plans, striking design elements and stylish amenities – along with Forsyth County’s low tax rates and award-winning schools – are sure to find Marseille appealing. “Marseille is a development that [...]
  • Agent Incentive Available on The Village at Towne Lake Model Home

    Marketing Results
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Change is on the horizon and new home plans are coming soon at The Village at Towne Lake! In preparation, the community model home is now available for sale with a $2,000 selling bonus!* In addition, the next phase is now pre-selling, and just limited opportunities remain as there are only 10 home sites available. Located [...]
  • Stonecrest Homes Features The Lilac Plan at The Springs at Sterling on the Lake

    Stonecrest Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Buyers searching for the perfect easy-living home in a community complete with world-class amenities will find the home and lifestyle of their dreams at The Springs at Sterling on the Lake. The ranch and one-and-a-half story homes built by Stonecrest Homes showcase luxury living just steps away from all of the amenities that Sterling on [...]
 
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  • Glenn Schworm – Building A Successful Rehabbing Business – Podcast Episode #33

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
      I have another successful rehabber on the podcast today to share his wisdom about building a thriving rehabbing business in what folks will tell you has been a challenging environment for real estate investors in recent years. Glenn Schworm is best described as a serial entrepreneur.  He is the owner of Signature Home Buyers in upstate […] The post Glenn Schworm – Building A Successful Rehabbing Business – Podcast Episode #33 appeared first on .
  • Want a Crash Course on Wholesaling Probates?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
      Recently Joe Fairless from JoeFairless.com asked me to do a podcast on wholesaling probates, and I was more than happy to spend some time with him talking real estate.  Joe is a full time real estate investor that you might remember I interviewed recently for my blog. If you have ever wondered about some […] The post Want a Crash Course on Wholesaling Probates? appeared first on .
  • Are You Ready to “Pumpkin Plan” Your REI Business?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
      I love a good book, and I recently read what I believe is one of the best business books on the market. It is called The Pumpkin Plan by Michael Michalowicz. In this book, you will find strategies to help you grow a remarkable business by following his 7 step process.  To prove that […] The post Are You Ready to “Pumpkin Plan” Your REI Business? appeared first on .
  • Joe Fairless – Making the Transition From Single Family Homes to Apartments – Podcast Episode #32

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
      My guest today is  New Yorker Joe Fairless of Fairless Investing.  I was really looking forward to this podcast because I get one question over and over again;  “How do I go from investing in single family home, to investing in apartments? I personally have seen a lot of real estate investors that made […] The post Joe Fairless – Making the Transition From Single Family Homes to Apartments – Podcast Episode #32 appeared first on .
  • Organizing and Automating Your Real Estate Business

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
      I have a guest post for you today from Jimmy Moncrief on “Organizing and Automating Your Real Estate Business”. This is something that all of us should be doing, but we get so caught up in “doing everything” that we often fail miserably at this. In today’s guest post, you will find some tips […] The post Organizing and Automating Your Real Estate Business appeared first on .
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  • Spanish Coastal Law permits extended

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Photo credit: Pepe Rodmon The controversial law was introduced in 1988 to protect the coastlines of Spain. The rule divided land near the coast into public and private, threatening to demolish any property built in the public zones. (Public domains are defined as the surf zone, beach and all areas where there is sand, shale, pebbles or where the waves can reach, either in normal or severe weather.) Property owners were entitled to appeal for a postponed demolition, provided they could prove it was legally constructed before 1988. This extension, though, was nearing its expiry - until the…
  • Leggett Immobilier voted Best Estate Agency in France

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    For the second year running, Leggett Immobilier has been voted the Best Estate Agency in France at the European Property Awards.The winner was announced this week at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square by a panel of judges including Peter Bolton-King, global director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier, comments: "To win this award two years running is a huge achievement and a testament to the hard work put in by our staff and agents. Last year we wore the label of “Best Estate Agency in France” with great pride…
  • Winter is coming: and so is rationing

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    New research from Gocompare shows that Brits are already planning ways to limit their energy usage to save money during the coldest months of the year.42 per cent of over 1,800 householders said they intend to heat their homes for less time than they would like this winter, while 36 per cent will be forced to leave rooms unheated.Half of respondents said they will leave it as long as possible before switching the heat on, while a quarter will avoid using energy hungry devices like the tumble dryer.Jeremy Cryer, energy spokesperson at Gocompare.com, commented: "Winter, the peak period for…
  • Pensioners: UK's savviest savers

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Pensioners are the UK's savviest savers, according to Gocompare.The comparison site's research reveals that over 65s were the most likely age group to regularly review their savings, to know what interest rates they were earning, and be most likely to switch to better-paying accounts.4 in 10 over 65s regularly review their savings to ensure they’re getting the best interest rate, compared to 16 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds. And 35 per cent of over 65s know what rate of interest their savings are earning compared to 14 per cent of 35 to 44 year olds. The research also found that over…
  • House price growth in South East overtakes London

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Brighton in the South East, where property prices have risen faster than London on average Photo: musical photo man Asking prices in the South East jumped 10 per cent in the 12 months to October 2014, outpacing London's 9.6 per cent following months of the capital dominating price rises. The price of property coming to market this month across the UK has increased by 2.6 per cent (£6,784), according to Rightmove, as October optimism hits the selling mareket. While this is the lowest rise at this time of year for six years, sellers may still find that their asking prices are too…
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • Tower Beach in Sea Pine Plantation

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    We’ve all been excited about all of the new things that are happening on the island – renovations at the mall making it a boutique type shopping center, the 87000 sq.ft. Kroger supermarket, the new Plantation Golf Club with the fabulous Live Oak Restaurant, the new Sea Pines Beach Club, and the soon to be completed new Harbour Town Golf Course Clubhouse. If you’ve been reading our blogs you have probably seen photos of many of these improvements. You may not have seen photos of the new Tower Beach Club in Sea Pines. As a Sea Pines resident I recently enjoyed a pleasant evening at our…
  • Parrot Palooza at Shelter Cove in Palmetto Dunes

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As the Summer Breeze comes in over Shelter Cove Harbour and the sun begins to set in the west vacationers and locals gather to hear the “Island Music Concert Featuring Shan Tan amp; the Oyster Reefers” There is lots of room to dance down in front of the stage and plenty of stadium seating to view the concert or from the balcony of your Shelter Cove condo. You can also have dinner at one of the local restaurants and not miss a note. The music is flavored with old and new songs that are familiar to the south east and islands. Click on the video for a sample. Come join us to dance and sing…
  • Explore The Hilton Head amp; Bluffton Lowcountry

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Hilton Head Island and the areas that surround it are bursting at the seams with places to go that many visitors have never even heard of. There is quite a lot of history, learning experiences, and other opportunities for those who want to take a different path. Some of these are on the island, and others require a short drive; but all of them are worth the effort. First on the list is  at Honey Horn Plantation. This historic and interactive property dates back 300 years and encompasses 68 acres with 3 boardwalks. Here youll find events such as; sweet-grass basket making, dolphin nature…
  • New Beer Law Heads to Governor Haley

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    A new law inspired by the desire of San Diego based Stone Brewing to spend approximately $31million on a new East Coast facility opens the way for Stone to choose South Carolina, it also opens options for existing micro breweries to expand their business models.  One component of the bill allows micro breweries to produce up to 500,000 barrels annually (up from 2000).  I am told it will also allow micro breweries to sell off premises.  Imagine picking up your favorite local craft beer at the grocery store instead of going into the micro brewery to fill up your growler.    The oldest…
  • A Day in the Life on Hilton Head Island

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    A day in my life on Hilton Head Island is like a day in paradise  I wake up surrounded by nothing but white sand, water and sunshine. My mornings couldn’t be more picture perfect; I always go for a long stroll along the beach while watching the immaculate sun surface over the water.  After I’ve finished with my walk I head over to Java Burrito, my favorite local coffee/ burrito shop, and order a pecan roast. This next part of my day is where life gets a little more difficult because I have to decide on only one of the numerous world- class golf courses to play, but its ok because what I…
 
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  • Don’t purchase packing material, let moving experts use theirs!

    admin
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    If you think hiring professionals to take care of your residential move is a waste of money, here are some points that might make you change your mind, by telling why it is best to hire them. The thing is you will have to first purchase or at least rent certain packing material and moving blankets. Purchasing such supplies is waste of money because you are not likely to use them any sooner in future. It is not going to be of any use and will only occupy space. Even if you choose to rent such supply, you will have eventually to spend money. Hiring a moving company is a decision that will cause…
  • 6 Valuable Reasons to Justify the Importance of a Moving Company

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Relocation is a complicated event because no one likes packing and moving, especially due to busy and hectic daily schedule. It can give people many restless days and nights. However, it doesn’t mean that you should start feeling dizzy and stop planning things ahead. In such circumstances, you must realize the role of a professional company and facts written below will justify their importance. 1. These companies can provide you a check-list to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of your valuable items. They will also draw a plan of action to get everything organized in a perfect…
  • Why corporate moving services are considered a blessing?

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Change should be welcomed, because it gives us the opportunity to get rid of dull routine. At some stage, business relocation becomes mandatory for many companies when it comes to their expansion. However, relocation is considered to be a stressful event for majority of the people, especially when it comes to a corporate move. Today, in such events, you don’t need to worry much and appreciation goes to professional corporate relocation services in New York. Following are the reasons why these services are considered as a blessing: Safe transfer is the aim of every organization and corporate…
  • 10 questions you must ask from a commercial mover company

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Shifting office is a major event and can be an overwhelming. It is natural to experience anxiety and sleepless nights as you approach towards the day of shift. There are plenty of things such as furniture, computers, fittings, and number of files that you want to be carefully handled. However, if you have decided that the move is mandatory, it is time for you to plant the move instead of feeling dizzy. In such events, it is critically important for you to seek help from a professional office moving NYC company to get it all organized. However, there are many important questions to ask before…
  • Moving home? Find a moving company to get it done and dusted

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    Handling the stress of a move on your own can be devastating, which is why you must get it done and dusted with perfection. Hiring an expert will make you feel excited about moving to a new place instead of spending sleepless nights in worries. Yes, with the help of a certified moving expert, you can get maximum assistance in planning and organization of the entire move, doesn’t matter whether you are moving within your state or outside. They have special plastic moving bins or boxes to ensure the safety of the goods to be moved, especially when it comes to the packing of fragile items. On…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Lender Ratio

    Jason Thoele
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    How much home can you afford? Well, among other things, it depends on your credit score, your gross income and your savings. Additionally, there are two common metrics (measurements) that lenders use to determine how much mortgage you can handle. Your Housing Expense or Front-End Ratio: To calculate your Housing Expense, just multiply your gross monthly income by 28 percent. That product is also known as your front-end ratio. The 28 percent is not a hard and fast number. It varies by lender. It says that your monthly mortgage payment, which consists of interest, principal, real estate taxes…
  • Custom Built Homes in Bakersfield

    Jason Thoele
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Thinking about buying a Custom Built Home in Bakersfield? Take a look at this featured listing! Wow! Roberson Plan 3505 in Trinity offers 4 bedrooms & Monster Shop! Beautiful one owner home is ready to go with new paint in and out, new carpet, split wing enormous granite kitchen, large family room, huge lot with rock waterfall pool, spa and gazebo, abundant patio space, built in speakers and block walls. Two car garage plus one car garage that drives through to 850 foot shop fully equipped with lift, 3 cylinder motor compressor with 6 pneumatic outlets, 220 for welding, speakers and…
  • Buying a Fixer Upper

    Jason Thoele
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    It happens all the time. You find a fixer upper home in a great location and it needs a bit of tender loving care. OK, lots of tender loving care. Even if the home is priced correctly, you wonder how you can manage the purchase of the home and the additional costs of remodeling. Here are three great programs to consider: FHA 203K: With FHA 203K renovations, you get a single loan that not only pays for the home but also for renovations and/or repairs, which can be major or minor. You decide. • 3.5% down payment based on as-improved value. Seller contributions up to 6%. • $5,000 minimum…
  • DBA’s Third Thursday Event!

    Carrie Cullifer
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Tholco Real Estate Group would like to thank the agents that participated in this great event. We are always looking for ways to reach out and help people achieve the goal of home ownership.
  • The For Sale Sign

    Jason Thoele
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It seems fairly obvious that when you put your house up for sale that your agent will put a “for sale” sign in the front yard. The sign will identify the agent’s company, the agent, and have a phone number so prospective buyers can call and get information. Signs are great at generating phone calls, even if very few actually purchase the home they call about. However, you might be one of the lucky ones. For that reason, you should determine what happens when someone calls the number on the sign. Does a live person answer the phone or does the call go to a voicemail or recorder?
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Lender Ratio

    Jason Thoele
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    How much home can you afford? Well, among other things, it depends on your credit score, your gross income and your savings. Additionally, there are two common metrics (measurements) that lenders use to determine how much mortgage you can handle. Your Housing Expense or Front-End Ratio: To calculate your Housing Expense, just multiply your gross monthly income by 28 percent. That product is also known as your front-end ratio. The 28 percent is not a hard and fast number. It varies by lender. It says that your monthly mortgage payment, which consists of interest, principal, real estate taxes…
  • Custom Built Homes in Bakersfield

    Jason Thoele
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Thinking about buying a Custom Built Home in Bakersfield? Take a look at this featured listing! Wow! Roberson Plan 3505 in Trinity offers 4 bedrooms & Monster Shop! Beautiful one owner home is ready to go with new paint in and out, new carpet, split wing enormous granite kitchen, large family room, huge lot with rock waterfall pool, spa and gazebo, abundant patio space, built in speakers and block walls. Two car garage plus one car garage that drives through to 850 foot shop fully equipped with lift, 3 cylinder motor compressor with 6 pneumatic outlets, 220 for welding, speakers and…
  • Buying a Fixer Upper

    Jason Thoele
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    It happens all the time. You find a fixer upper home in a great location and it needs a bit of tender loving care. OK, lots of tender loving care. Even if the home is priced correctly, you wonder how you can manage the purchase of the home and the additional costs of remodeling. Here are three great programs to consider: FHA 203K: With FHA 203K renovations, you get a single loan that not only pays for the home but also for renovations and/or repairs, which can be major or minor. You decide. • 3.5% down payment based on as-improved value. Seller contributions up to 6%. • $5,000 minimum…
  • DBA’s Third Thursday Event!

    Carrie Cullifer
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Tholco Real Estate Group would like to thank the agents that participated in this great event. We are always looking for ways to reach out and help people achieve the goal of home ownership.
  • The For Sale Sign

    Jason Thoele
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It seems fairly obvious that when you put your house up for sale that your agent will put a “for sale” sign in the front yard. The sign will identify the agent’s company, the agent, and have a phone number so prospective buyers can call and get information. Signs are great at generating phone calls, even if very few actually purchase the home they call about. However, you might be one of the lucky ones. For that reason, you should determine what happens when someone calls the number on the sign. Does a live person answer the phone or does the call go to a voicemail or recorder?
 
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    Orange County Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Dana Point Real Estate

  • Gorgeous Dana Point Townhouse for Sale

    949hometeam
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    4 bedroom 2.5 bath in a fantastic gated community in the heart of Dana Point. Light and bright with a host of upgrades this home is the very definition of move in ready. Wonderfully upgraded unique hardwood flooring, a cook’s…Read more ›Gorgeous Dana Point Townhouse for Sale is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Mirroring the Tenacity of a Child

    949hometeam
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    After spending 5 hours with my 7-month-old grandson I was reminded of how powerful a child’s tenacity and determination can be. With laser like focus while leaning against the ottoman as he can’t quite stand without help yet, he systematically…Read more ›Mirroring the Tenacity of a Child is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Why now is a great time to move on up

    949hometeam
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    A few weeks ago I was out door knocking in Aliso Viejo when I was fortunate to meet a very nice homeowner. We struck up a fantastic conversation where we found out we had many similar interest. It was during…Read more ›Why now is a great time to move on up is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • How Props 60 and 90 Help Those Over 55 Make an Orange County Real Estate Move

    949hometeam
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Want to make a move but worried about a higher tax bill? Well if you are over 55 there are options available to make that Orange County dream move a reality. Here are the general guidelines for the transfer of…Read more ›How Props 60 and 90 Help Those Over 55 Make an Orange County Real Estate Move is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • 10 Reasons to List Your Orange County Home During the Holiday Season

    949hometeam
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    While most home sellers in Orange County list their homes during the spring and summer there are some advantages to selling during the holiday season. Here are ten reasons to jump into the Orange County Real Estate market during the…Read more ›10 Reasons to List Your Orange County Home During the Holiday Season is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
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  • Water Heater Efficiency in West Milford

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The higher the efficiency rate of your water heater translates to more money that you will save on household expenses over time. The big problem with this statement, however, is that you may not fully understand what makes one water heater more efficient than another model. Fortunately enough, Climate Plus is here to explain what determines a water heater’s efficiency. Explaining Water Heater Efficiency There are three pieces of information that are necessary when coming up with a water heater’s efficiency rate: Recovery efficiency: The recovery efficiency of a water heater is based upon…
  • Tankless Water Heater Maintenance in Bayonne

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    So you’ve made the switch to tankless: congrats!  Now you’re enjoying energy savings, unlimited hot water, and a more efficient heating system.  The typical warranty on a tankless water heater is between 15 and 20 years, far greater than the typical 6 year warranty you get with a tank-type.  But how do you make sure it last that full lifespan? Because tankless heating sends water through a coil for perpetual heating rather than storing cooled water, there’s no storage tank to break, no thermostat pre-set to adjust, and no magnesium corrosion to worry about!  This means…
  • Tankless Water Heaters in Clifton

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    So what are the advantages of tankless water heaters?  Many Americans have been making the switch, but what exactly are they switching to?  We mentioned on this blog last week that the difference between conventional and tankless water heating is the storage tank: whereas conventional heating stores hot water at a pre-set temperature, tankless water heats your water on-demand in a series of coils.  That means you don’t waste energy on water that you don’t use, and also that there’s no limit to the hot water your family can use — meaning no more cold showers. …
  • Tankless Water Heaters in Passaic

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Does your home have a traditional water heater?  If so, you may have heard some people start to talk about making a switch from conventional to “tankless”; maybe it’s been recommended to you, or maybe other people like yourself who live in older houses have mentioned their recent upgrade.  More and more Americans are making the permanent crossover from tank-type to tankless water heaters — but why?  There has to be a reason why the tank-type heaters are  “traditional,” right?  Why is this becoming an issue all of the sudden? The crux of this whole water…
  • What Are the Reasons for Using an Air Purifier?

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Did you know that indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution? Considering all the chemicals we use to clean our homes, dust accumulation, and circulating air, no wonder indoor air pollution is a serious problem! In fact, the World Health Organization has released a study estimating that approximately 3 billion people in the world unknowingly suffer from indoor air pollution. Whether it’s asthma, allegories, or something more severe, indoor air pollution is a serious problem that homeowners and commercial business owners alike should consider.  Indoor air…
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    PropertyMetrics

  • How Not to Use NPV in Excel

    propertymetrics
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    NPV in Excel is widely used but commonly misunderstood. Even top MBA grads commonly misuse NPV in Excel. In this short article we’ll look at the problem with NPV in Excel, show you where most people go wrong, and we’ll also walk through the correct way to use the NPV function in Excel, step-by-step. The Problem With NPV in Excel First of all, what’s the problem with NPV in Excel? Why do so many people get it wrong? Well, contrary to popular belief, NPV in Excel does not actually calculate the Net Present Value (NPV). Instead, it calculates the present value of a series…
  • Ground Lease Fundamentals in Commercial Real Estate

    propertymetrics
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ground leases are an important component of many commercial real estate deal structures. Yet for a lot commercial real estate professionals ground leases are rarely encountered and are poorly understood. In this article we’ll shed some light on how ground leases work, explain what typical ground lease structures look like, and we’ll also clear up some common misconceptions about the ground lease. What is a Ground Lease? First of all, what exactly is a ground lease? Ground leases, often called land leases, are simply a lease of the land only. Usually land is leased for a…
  • Understanding Replacement Reserves in Commercial Real Estate

    propertymetrics
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    The topic of replacement reserves is often confusing for commercial real estate professionals. How much should be set aside for replacement reserves? Should replacement reserves be included in net operating income? How do replacement reserves impact cap rates and value? In this article we’re going to take a closer look at reserves for replacement, clear up the confusion, and also tackle some common misconceptions. What are Replacement Reserves? First of all, what are replacement reserves? Replacement Reserves are funds set aside that provide for the periodic replacement of building…
  • What You Should Know About The Time Value of Money

    Robert Schmidt
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    Being completely comfortable with the time value of money is critical when working in the field of finance and commercial real estate. The time value of money is impossible to ignore when dealing with loans, investment analysis, capital budgeting, and many other financial decisions. It’s a fundamental building block that the entire field of finance is built upon. And yet, many finance and commercial real estate professionals still lack a solid working knowledge of time value of money concepts and they consistently make the same common mistakes. In this article we take a deep dive into…
  • What is IRR and How Does it Work?

    Robert Schmidt
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    The internal rate of return (IRR) is a widely used investment performance measure in commercial real estate, yet it’s also widely misunderstood. What is IRR exactly? How is it used and what are its limitations? In this article we’ll discuss what IRR is and how it works. We will also identify some common misconceptions and finally clarify these ideas with some relevant examples. What is IRR? First of all, what is IRR? Simply stated, the Internal rate of return (IRR) for an investment is the percentage rate earned on each dollar invested for each period it is invested. IRR is also…
 
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    Lucy Kelts

  • Native American Expert Dr. James Kemp Returns to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    Dr. James Kemp, an expert on Native American culture, will return to the Santa Fe Historical Society on October 25 to discuss kachina dolls and dances. Dr. Kemp is a popular speaker about Native American artifacts, and his events sell out quickly. Advance registration is required. During this visit, Dr. Kemp will examine the history of kachina dolls in Native American culture. The katsina figures, also called kachina dolls, were typically carved from cottonwood root by the Hopi people to instruct young girls and new brides about katsinas, the immortal beings that bring rain, control the…
  • 16950 Blue Shadows Lane, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92127

    Lucy Kelts
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Ultimate upgrades throughout interior and exterior spaces in this one-of-a-kind Liang Luxury 2+ BR Crosby Villa! Sited upon a premium homesite with Golf Course views enjoyed from most rooms, everything is here to enjoy the lifestyle of casually elegant, carefree perfection. Seller’s purchase price plus improvements significantly above $1,600,000 and it shows!! The upgrades (call for 3-page list) are above and beyond other villas. Unique opportunity here!! Rich hardwood flooring, exquisite Carrera and other marble solid slab countertops, multiple sets of French doors (including from the…
  • Celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, at the San Diego Museum of Art

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. Now in its seventh year, Diwali is an annual, multi-institution Balboa Park event, held this year on October 18, from 3 – 6:30 p.m. This year, The San Diego Museum of Art will offer docent-led tours of the South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Persian art galleries, a lantern making activity, and performances in the James S. Copley Auditorium. The Museum’s holdings from China, Japan, and Korea include a range of paintings, ceramics, and metalwork. Highlights from the collection have been recently reinstalled in galleries conceived as a…
  • 17240 Turf Club Drive

    Lucy Kelts
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Positioned to capture and enjoy the ultimate views of the Crosby Signature 16th fairway and waterways and vistas beyond.  Incomparable VIEWS!  Pristine interiors, very lightly lived in and offering the highly desirable floorplan with 3BR suites–all enjoying privacy.  Master suite on 1st level, 2BR suites up.  Optional 4th BR or library or formal dining room down.  Beautiful natural light throughout!!! The Crosby Crosby Association includes guard gated entrances, lakes, biking/hiking trails, private streets, playground and passive recreational areas. Crosby Country Club (separate…
  • 4840 Rancho Del Mar Trail

    Lucy Kelts
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Amazing property at a most attractive price!!! This estate is priced to sell!!!  Extraordinary, uncompromised sit down views from this entertainer’s dream home augmented with the most impressive usable, highest quality electronics throughout–indoor and out door–state-of-the-art technology in audio visual, security and user convenience.  THIS HOME IS A MUST SEE!!!Single level living at its ultimate level of casual comfort for unsurpassed family living as well as large scale entertaining! Five large bedroom suites, superb professional theatre, wonderful billiard/game room,…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Self Employed 401k: What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distribution

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    The day you start putting money into a self employed 401k is the day you start building a better retirement future. This plan, often called Solo 401k, offers a lot of benefits. Many real estate investors are taking advantage of its allowance for non-traditional investment classes. To make the most of the savings and tax [...]Self Employed 401k: What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distribution is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • What To Look For On An Operating Statement

    Andrew Syrios
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    I believe quite strongly that a seller-provided pro forma is all but completely useless. I’ve even gone so far as to call them “pro-fake’as”. After all, the seller can put in whatever estimate they want. And you can pretty easily guess whether that estimate is going to be high or low. However, the operating statement is very useful. [...]What To Look For On An Operating Statement is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Seller Financed Notes – What Should You Know?

    Camille Baptiste
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    If I offered you a seller financed note on an investment property that is due to collect 100 payments of $400 a month at 8% interest would you know how much to offer?  Do you know how much the note is worth? Here are a Few Non-Calculator Items to Consider with Seller Financed Notes: The [...]Seller Financed Notes – What Should You Know? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Setting Goals For Life & Business Success

    David Buttross
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Setting Goals - One of the themes of this real estate investing article is that I hope you’re catching on to is that there is more to being wealthy than just having money. I know plenty of rich people who are absolutely miserable. They have all the money they could ever want, but they are [...]Setting Goals For Life & Business Success is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • The Sandwich Lease Option

    David Hamilton
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Sandwich Lease Option is another lease option strategy that some real estate investors have had success with. However, there are more risks here than a straight lease option refinance so it may not be an appropriate strategy for a novice investor. Still, if you’re having trouble coming up with investment funds or perhaps if [...]The Sandwich Lease Option is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Conny's Real Estate Blog

  • Incorporated vs. Unincorporated Palm Beach County

    Conny
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Welcome to Florida, where a town’s postal address doesn’t necessarily mean you live within the borders of that town. This issue can be completely baffling if you are an out-of-state home buyer looking to relocate to our area. And it can accidentally throw off your real estate search. Palm Beach County Locally, the term “incorporated county” means that you are within the municipal limits of one of our 38 cities, towns or villages. “Unincorporated county” means you are outside municipal boundaries. Real estate confusion stems from the fact that both incorporated and…
  • Mortgage Taxes in Florida

    Conny
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    One of the surprises many Buyers have when purchasing a house in Palm Beach County is that we pay taxes on mortgage loans. If not forewarned, this can be a significant unplanned expense at closing. The two Florida mortgage related taxes are: Documentary Stamps on Mortgages Intangible Tax on Mortgages These are state taxes, so they apply anywhere in Florida, not just in Palm Beach County. Both taxes are assessed on the amount of the mortgage debt, not on the sales price of the property. For example, if you purchase a property for $200,000 using a $140,000 mortgage, the taxes are based on the…
  • 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,…
 
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    Real Estate News - The Housing Block

  • Amazing Laguna Beach Home by McClean Design

    The Housing Block
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    McClean Designs description of the home “Our clients wanted to move to a smaller home now that their children had moved out and chose a street to street lot high on a hill overlooking Laguna Beach and its famous beaches. The beauty of this property is that views are available from both levels. A key issue was trying to decide where to locate parking and entry. There was early opposition from the local review board which led to a split solution where parking is taken from the street below with guests entering from above. The garage can be reached by staircase or elevator ensuring that…
  • How to Protect Yourself From Title Fraud

    The Housing Block
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    With real estate values skyrocketing, many homeowners are finding themselves with more equity in their homes than they could have ever imagined. It should come as no surprise then fraudsters are looking to cash in on the equity homeowners have worked so hard to build up. Title fraud is a scam on the rise that can leave homeowners on the hook for hundreds of thousands if they’re not properly protected.   What is Title Fraud? Title fraud is one of the most devastating and costly types of fraud for homeowners. This deception begins with identity theft. The fraudster will use falsified…
  • What is Foreclosure and Home-Equity Fraud?

    The Housing Block
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    The internet has made mortgage fraud easier than ever today. Two relatively new types of fraud homeowners need to be on the lookout for are foreclosure fraud and home-equity fraud. Foreclose fraud is when you’re in a financial bind and a white knight lender offers to help you out. Home-equity fraud is when a criminal takes out a home equity line of credit (HELOC) in your name. Here’s how you can protect yourself from both.   RELATED: The Foreclosure Process   What is Foreclosure Fraud? Homeowners who find themselves in a financial bind are a lot more likely to fall victim to…
  • Infograpgic – Canadian Home Buyers Spending More for Less

    The Housing Block
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    With home prices continuing their trend upward, Canadians are spending more than ever to purchase their dream home. Many homebuyers are going toward the upper end of their housing budget. 43 percent of buyers, mostly in the country’s four biggest cities, have boosted the amount they plan to spend on a home by 21 per cent just since they started house hunting, according to a recent BMO report. As home prices continue to head towards the stratosphere, buyers are being forced to downsize their dream or face the real possibility of being “priced out of the market.” Many buyers in Calgary,…
  • Modern Hard Structure and Pool Landscape Design by C.O.S Designs

    The Housing Block
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Pool Landscape Design by C.O.S Designs There was an interesting challenge with this design as the classical exterior architecture of the home clashed with the modern interior palette and alfresco pool house. The resulting garden brings the two styles together with seamless harmony. The timeless front garden that houses some subtle modern touches compliments the home’s facade a streetscape while to pool zone and rear parent’s retreat courtyard displays the epitome of modern minimalistic design. Visit C.O.S. Design The post Modern Hard Structure and Pool Landscape Design by C.O.S Designs…
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  • Refinancing your mortgage isn’t always worth it – Dallas Morning News

    Admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Refinancing your mortgage isn’t always worth it – Dallas Morning News http://news.google.com Sat, 04 Oct 2014 22:39:50 GMT Your Houston NewsRefinancing your mortgage isn’t always worth itDallas Morning NewsThe housing industry has experienced its share of ups and downs over the last few years. While many of the issues plaguing the industry were devastating for […] The post Refinancing your mortgage isn’t always worth it – Dallas Morning News appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • Tight Credit? Why Ben Bernanke Couldn’t Refinance His …

    Admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Tight Credit? Why Ben Bernanke Couldn’t Refinance His … http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/ Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:51:03 -0700 Just how inflexible are lending standards these days? Ben Bernanke said at a conference Thursday that he’d been unable recently to refinance his mortgage. Read more … The post Tight Credit? Why Ben Bernanke Couldn’t Refinance His … appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • Proven Tricks For Reducing Your Mortgage Closing Costs – The Mortgage Reports (blog)

    Admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Proven Tricks For Reducing Your Mortgage Closing Costs – The Mortgage Reports (blog) http://news.google.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:33:06 GMT Proven Tricks For Reducing Your Mortgage Closing CostsThe Mortgage Reports (blog)According to Bankrate.com’s annual closing cost survey, the costs of a typical mortgage are up 6% from last year, and poised to rise again in […] The post Proven Tricks For Reducing Your Mortgage Closing Costs – The Mortgage Reports (blog) appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • 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.
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    Hipster Investments

  • Challenge: Your Beliefs

    Ali
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What do you believe about yourself? About your future? About what you can do in one day? About how much money you make? About business? About life in general? Most of us are raised to believe there is a set of limitations. In a way, it’s helpful to have limits. We need to know we can’t say…walk on water…or if we jump off a building, we’ll fall – not fly (yikes). So, some limits we believe in are for very good reasons. Some beliefs, however, just limit us big time. Don’t let yourself become limited by false beliefs. Demand more of yourself – and…
  • What’s Available Wednesday? Trenton!

    Ali
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    So- Hipster fell in love: with Trenton, NJ…. What do we find so attractive about this city located between New York and Philly? Everything! The location is just right: poised for real growth in an in-demand locale. Unemployment is significantly low here. Lots of stable renters. Timing is everything and right now Trenton has some incredible low buy-in deals and some   excellent no-hassle properties for you to choose from. Side note: like us, Barbara Corcoran loves Trenton too – and we think you will Today’s property comes with a tenant in place as a condition of closing and…
  • Keep Investing Simple

    Ali
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius Guess what? Investing doesn’t have to be this wildly complex, insider-only thing that people often perceive it to be. It can actually be mind-bogglingly simple. Yes, really. Just like life, investing is what you make it. It can be as complicated and stressful as you make it – or it can be as simple and beautiful as you want it. What do you want? Simple – buy a property and start making cash-flow? Or do you want to buy a property, rehab it yourself and attempt to flip it? If you love stress, the…
  • Change Your Life: Be Here Now

    Ali
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Time for a new mantra? As the seasons change, it’s an ideal time for  you to look at your own life. What needs to change? Sometimes, change really is as simple as a few new words to live by. Today we’re looking at the idea behind the popular saying, “be here now.” What does it mean? What does it mean for you? Three simple words: three heavy words. If you use them right, you may find they help change your life. Time for Change If you already have a mantra, you’ve probably found it helps ground you and keep you focused on the big picture and what’s truly…
  • TRIPLEX in Philly available, only 24hrs left!!

    Ali
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Not sure what to call this, since it’s not Wednesday so it’s not a What’s Available Wednesday… Oh who cares, there is a killer property available! PHILLY TRIPLEX AVAILABLE NOW, AND WITH INCENTIVES! BUT ONLY FOR 24 HOURS AND FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE   Here’s the awesomeness. Well, there are two pieces of awesome: 1. Philly triplexes are far and few between and because everyone wants them, 2. The seller is offering 1- year of free property management, ON TOP OF, a 1-year rental guarantee (you get paid no matter what), a 1-year maintenance guarantee (no…
 
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  • Top Negotiating Tips You Need to Win!

    Tanya Fears
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What do you say to control negotiations for a listing commission or counteroffer? How do you manage haggling between buyers and sellers for personal property? If you are like most of us, you have a true distaste for confrontational negotation. But what if there were some top tips and strategies to help you negotiate your way to more sales, more easily? Our Success Series expert, Don Hutson, shared with us the 5 biggest mistakes most agents make when negotiating. As the New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 author of the best selling book, The One Minute Negotiator, Don tackled the most…
  • 10 Funny Real Estate Comics: Animal Edition

    Geneva Ives
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    If there’s two things we love, it’s real estate and humor. It really pays to have a sense of humor in this industry, right? And if there’s a third thing we love, well, that’s a no brainer: cute animals. So what happens when funny, cute animals meet real estate? It happens more often than you might think, and we have the photo evidence! Scroll through the funny real estate comics, memes and snapshots below for a quick pick me up. Animals… they’re just like us! They have priorities… … and guts! They aspire to be real estate success stories. And they are always…
  • Upcoming Webinar: 5 Top Negotiation Tips to Get the Sale CLOSED!

    Tanya Fears
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Agents can go from confident to crazy when negotiations start flying back and forth in a transaction, and trading offers back and forth does not yield top results for your buyer or seller. Too often, sales people view negotiating as distasteful. We try to accommodate when we should really be focusing on how to best collaborate to create the best outcomes for both sides of the deal. So why aren’t agents really good at the process after all this practice? Expert and New York Times best selling author of the One Minute Negotiator, Don Hutson, understands the top mistakes most sales people…
  • 9 Ways to Clean the Clutter Before Selling a Home

    Point2
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today we have a guest post from Bill Gassett, a popular real estate blogger who shares his tips and tricks with buyers, sellers and other agents. This article is an excellent resource to pass on to your clients and prospects. So you have decided to leave your old home behind and move into a house better suited to your current lifestyle. The initial excitement you feel after making this decision is pretty invigorating, but there is still a lot of work to be done to transition from one home to another. Depending on how long you have been in your current home you may have a great deal of…
  • Halloween Marketing: Seasonal Decorating Ideas

    Yardi Yardi
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Seasonal decorating has it benefits. When done tastefully, autumn décor can add charm and comfort to a property. When done poorly, the decorations can be a distraction. These autumn decorating tips can help you market your properties and office for the perfect blend of professionalism and coziness.  Think autumn, not Halloween If you want to stay on the safe side, decorate properties for the season rather than the holiday. This approach is beneficial because you can keep up the décor past October 31 without being tacky. Also, there are fewer chances of offending buyers or scaring off their…
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  • #1 Reason You Should Sell Now

    The KCM Crew
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’.  If the supply of an item is larger than the amount of people looking to purchase that item, the price will decrease. With winter right around the corner, now may be the best time to get the best price. #KCM2014Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), historically there is a natural decline in buyers looking to purchase a home (also known as foot traffic) as the winter months approach. Shown in the graph below: NAR goes a step further to…
  • 5 Demands to Make on Your Real Estate Agent

    The KCM Crew
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you thinking of selling your house? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge just like a great doctor or great accountant. You want to deal with one of the best agents in your marketplace. To do this, you must be able to distinguish the average agent from the great one. Here are the top 5 demands to make of your Real Estate Agent when selling your…
  • Single Women & Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

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    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Fannie Mae Agrees: Hire a Pro to Sell Your House

    The KCM Crew
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you really need an agent to sell your house in today’s market? Here’s what Fannie Mae suggests to sellers on the Know Your Options section of their website: “Select how you'll market and list the home (e.g., with a real estate agent or for sale by owner). There are pros and cons to each, but unless you are experienced at selling homes, it usually makes financial sense to get professional help—homes sold by agents typically sell at a higher price and spend less time on the market. An agent will also help you determine the best pricing for the house, they'll market the home, and…
  • Buying A Home? You Don’t Need To Do It Alone

    The KCM Crew
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Discover Home Loans conducted an interesting survey that revealed how prepared homebuyers are for the actual mortgage process. The survey reported that 94% of prospective buyers believe they are making a good investment decision if they buy a home. The survey also explained that 66% of buyers reach out to real estate agents to help determine whether buying a certain home would be a good investment. However, there is less certainty regarding the mortgage process. Most buyers overwhelmed The majority of potential buyers are actually overwhelmed with the plethora of information available…
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  • Trying to Sell By Owner?

    Dan Zito
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    When you contact an agent to list your home, one of the first things they’ll do is sit down with you for a chat. They’ll want to learn your motivation for selling. Do you need to be closer to work or school? Are you up sizing? Downsizing? Or perhaps you’re just curious about what your house would fetch? Seller motivation generally comes from one of two things: time or money. You either need to move fast, or you need to … Read More
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  • Tips For Buying Your First Home

    Dan Zito
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Buying your first home can be an anxious experience in both senses of the word; it’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Like most new things though, the more you learn about the process, the less nervous you become. These tips can help you prepare for becoming a first time homeowner. Whether you’re just considering the switch from renting to owning, or you’re already shopping around for an agent to tour homes with, this information will help demystify some … Read More
  • What to ask your Realtor before you List

    Dan Zito
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Choosing the right agent to represent your listing will help you sell at the highest price, sell as fast as possible, and enjoy a smooth, stress-free transaction. Every agent operates differently. They have different specialties, different tools, and different abilities depending on the volume of business they do and the brokerage they’re associated with. Some agents are a part of a team, some go at it alone. Each unique situation has its benefits and drawbacks, but you won’t be able … Read More
  • Ways to Win a Multiple Offer Situation

    Dan Zito
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    In many neighborhoods, the combination of high buyer demand and low available inventory means that you might not be the only one making an offer on the house you want. Multiple offers are great for sellers, but can be stressful for buyers. Sellers can choose whether or not to inform buyers that they’re considering other offers, but in the majority of cases they do because it can start a bidding war and drive their price up. The easiest way to … Read More
 
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  • Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Changes?

    The Moeller Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    Often, homeowners make changes and upgrades to their home without securing permit. In some cases, permits are not required, but in many cases they are. When you attempt to sell your home, investigations by the buyer’s real estate agent, inspector or legal representation may discover undocumented changes that could hinder the sale. The degree to which this causes difficulties greatly depends on the types of changes made to the original structure, and whether your buyer’s lender will give a loan on property with unpermitted changes. Sometimes, the changes occurred even before you…
  • Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

    The Moeller Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and many times new buyers worry that they’ll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too much for the house? What if the neighborhood isn’t what I thought it was? What if I lose my job and can’t pay the mortgage? What if I hate my neighbors? What if a better house becomes available next week/month/year? What-if? What-if? What-if? Second-guessing is normal First, you need to know that questioning your own decisions is normal. Hundreds of doubts and fears can run…
  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 3 of 3)

    The Moeller Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    A common question for prospective home sellers is “How can I increase my home’s value or get a higher selling price?” In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase the perceived value of your home. In this article, we discuss those higher cost items that only give you a high return on your investment if you have high equity in your home or will lose more money if it doesn’t sell quickly. Many buyers look for a home they can move into immediately. While the specifics depend on the age and condition of…
  • Become a Fan of Fans

    The Moeller Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Ceiling fans aren’t just about moving air, they are an important part of creating the right atmosphere in your home. Before choosing a fan, consider what you really want it to do. Smart ceiling fans Being smart isn’t just for phones. Big Ass Fan company has developed smart residential fans that have motion sensors, can detect ambient air temperature and humidity, and even connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat. These fans are about keeping the temperature and atmosphere in your home at optimum levels using the least amount of energy. With five-ply bamboo blades and an…
  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 2 of 3)

    The Moeller Team
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your home. In general, however, if you’re willing to spend a little bit on some minor upgrades, a higher return on your investment can be significant. We covered the “no-to-low cost” items in part 1 of this series and in this post we suggest some low to medium cost options for improving that selling price. If you have a little money to spend, the next…
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  • CoAssets announce strategic partnership with Alternaty Real Estate to tap on emerging markets in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Singapore, 17 October 2014 – CoAssets (www.CoAssets.com), Southeast Asia’s first real estate crowdfunding site, would like to welcome Alternaty as a partner to grow the platform in emerging markets in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Alternaty is a real estate firm based in Vietnam and they specialise in the implementation and operation of alternative real estate structures. “We are very excited to work with Alternaty,” said Mr Getty Goh, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of CoAssets. “We recognise that Alternaty is spearheading the growth and acceptance of alternative ownership…
  • SEC Commissioner Addresses SEC Shortfalls and Recommends Changes

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    by Anthony Zeoli, Guest Contributor Did you ever find yourself reading an article, or listening to a speech, and literally agreeing out loud with everything the person was saying? Well that happened to me as I read the transcript of the speech Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher’s gave at a recent Heritage Foundation event. Daniel M. Gallagher, acting Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), gave an impassioned speech recently at a Heritage Foundation event addressing the capital needs of small businesses. Surprisingly his speech was not filled with the usual expected…
  • Nicholas Schorsch Launches New Platform: We Are Crowdfunding

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    As more crowdfunding platforms continue to be established worldwide, more niche-based platforms, which target a specific niche market, are also on the rise. Enter We Are Crowdfunding, which will focus on facilitating direct discussion and sharing of information among financial advisors, investors and consumers in the commercial real estate sector. The site is still new and currently it is concentrating on providing popularity to potential investors and advisers. Nicholas Schorsch, executive chairman of RCS Capital, is the person behind the property crowdfunding platform…
  • A New Crowdfunding Platform PeerStreet Focuses on Alternative Mortgage Financing

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    For many years now, banks have been the principal lenders of various mortgages. Majority of the borrowers have been unable to repay their loans within the loan term. The gradual rise in property prices over the last two decades has even made loan repayment more difficult due to increased interest rates. Against this backdrop, a new crowdfunding firm has launched to offer alternative mortgage financing to borrowers. The firm will focus on raising money for non-bank lenders that offer property loans to small entrepreneurs and businesses which specialize in real estate investing. PeerStreet Inc.
  • Expert Views on Equity Crowdfunding Law: Challenges and Opportunities

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    When the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was enacted by Congress on April 5, 2012, there were a lot of hopes on how equity crowdfunding was going to transform startup businesses. Entrepreneurs’ hopes of being able to raise capital online and finance their businesses were renewed. Once again, the American Dream came alive because equity crowdfunding was expected to bring more business ideas back to life and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to raise money and finance their projects easily. However, it is almost two-and-a-half years since this law was passed but not much has been…
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  • Buying v Renting

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    There comes a moment in many an expat’s life when you realise the UAE really is home - and will be for many years to come. And with that comes the realisation that you’ve also spent hundreds of thousands of Dirhams renting, when you could have owned your own home all along. It’s a realisation Sam Wani hears about every day. As General Manager of Independent Finance, a Dubai based mortgage advisory and Better Homes finance partner, Sam specialises in helping expats invest in their own homes.   ‘Believe it or not, the average time an expat spends living in the UAE…
  • Better Homes’ Linda Mahoney talks to Property Weekly

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
      Chairman gives an insight into 28 years in the UAE property market Linda Mahoney, chairman of Better Homes, has given her unique take on the UAE real estate industry for a special Cityscape edition of Property Weekly.   She is one of three long-term luminaries of the property industry to talk about their experiences over nearly three decades, and Linda reveals her own experiences of the incredible growth of the country’s property market.   Linda founded Better Homes in 1986 as a one-woman outfit and has presided over a company that has become one of the UAE’s most…
  • Find the right commercial property for your business

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Moving to a new business location is a crucial long-term decision for any company. Commercial Sales and Leasing Head, Sandrine Loureiro, tells us the ins and outs and what’s hot right now. Click here to watch the video. What are the most popular areas for businesses right now? At the moment Business Bay, JLT, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Media City, Tecom and Barsha are popular for businesses relocating or setting up for the first time.   What do businesses look for in a commercial address? Our clients look for well managed buildings with easy access, ample parking and good facilities for…
  • A guide to sub-leasing

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Sub-leasing is allowed in Dubai, but should you do it? It is not unusual for tenants to want to sub-lease their villa or apartment in Dubai, as there are often penalties payable for those who want to break their tenancy contracts early.     It is important to explain what is meant by sub-leasing, as there are two different meanings. First, when an agency such as Better Homes obtains the master lease for an entire building and then sub-leases the apartments to tenants - each of the tenants has their own sub-lease contract with Better Homes. The second type, which this blog is…
  • The Park or The Bay?

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    There’s no doubt Dubai’s growth is staggering with a host of exciting new areas now open. From high rise living to gated communities, we look at two districts to help you decide which is right for you.   JUMEIRAH PARK Just behind JLT, between Discovery Gardens and Emirates Hills, you’ll find Dubai's newest residential district, Jumeirah Park. Developed by Nakheel, the community contains more than 2000 villas, spread across 350 hectares.     The district is laid out in three clusters, each with its own theme: Heritage, Regional and Legacy. Villas are available…
 
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  • Las Pinas 120-Unit Real Estate Seminar & Training for 2015 Real Estate Brokers Exam Starts October 25, 2014

    Cherry Castillo
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Do you want to take the 2015 real estate brokers licensure exam on May 2015? If you are based south of Metro Manila, then this seminar is for you. The Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines – Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Paranaque Chapter (REBAP-LMP), our home chapter, shall be conducting a Comprehensive Real Estate Seminar and Training (CREST) from October 25, 2014 to January 4, 2015 (Saturdays and Sundays only) for 8 hours each day. More details below. CREST Venue The venue will be at Rm. 205 Tia Maria Bldg. CV Starr Ave. Philamlife Village, Las Pinas City. Since the seminar will be…
  • Free Seminar – Making It Big In Real Estate And Grand PKS (October 18, 2014)

    Jay Castillo
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    You’re all invited to attend a free real estate seminar entitled: “Making It Big In Real Estate and Grand PKS, Moldex Realty”. This will be held on October 18, 2014, Saturday, 1:00pm to 6:00pm, at the 3rd floor, Shaw 500 Zentrum, 500 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Seminar details can be seen below. Sorry for the short notice I’m really sorry for the short notice, I was busy deploying updates/QA testing for our online training and members area, which took longer than expected as I had to make sure all 69+ video tutorials were working and accessible. With that out of…
  • 224th Unionbank Foreclosed Properties Auction Slated On October 25, 2014 (Metro Manila and Luzon)

    Jay Castillo
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The 224th Special Public Auction of UnionBank foreclosed properties shall be on October 25, 2014, Saturday, 9:00am, at the 28th Floor, UnionBank Plaza, Meralco Avenue corner Onyx Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City Philippines. Auction details can be found below. This real estate auction includes foreclosed properties from Metro Manila, Luzon, plus the brand new House and lots at Amalfi, The Islands, Dasmarinas Cavite. Interested bidders are reminded to come early to have enough time to register and fill-out all required forms. Bidders are expected to have done proper due diligence prior to the…
  • Where To Find A Real Estate Training Center For The 2015 Real Estate Brokers Exam – The Ultimate List!

    Cherry Castillo
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you are looking for a Real Estate Training Center that offers a Comprehensive Real Estate Seminar and Review (CRESR)  for the 2015 real estate brokers exam, look no further. This is our compilation of CRESR providers for the March 2015 brokers exam. Before we get to the list, let me try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the real estate brokers exam. Is the March 2015 real estate brokers exam the last one that will not require a degree in Real Estate? While there has been no formal announcement yet, it is possible that the March 2015 exam may be the last one which…
  • More Than 50 Foreclosed House And Lots For Sale Are Included In The “Ten-Ten Auction” On October 10, 2014

    Jay Castillo
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    If you would rather buy a foreclosed house and lot, then this listing is for you. More than 50 foreclosed house and lots are also included in Property Forum’s “Ten-Ten Auction”, which will be happening on October 10, 2014, Friday, at 8:00am. Foreclosed properties can be purchased for as little as 10% down payment, with up to 10 years to pay, @ 12% interest per annum. The complete listing and contact details can be found below. Here are just a few of the foreclosed houses on the list: Location of foreclosed house and lots The list includes foreclosed house and lots in the…
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  • Las Vegas Home Prices Falter as Sales Slow

    Les Calvert
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    New data from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) indicates that the median house price in Southern Nevada increased only Las Vegas Home Prices Falter as Sales Slow is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Las Vegas Home Prices Falter as Sales Slow appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • What Does America’s Millennial Generation Want in a Home?

    Les Calvert
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    The narrative we’re used to hearing is pretty simple. Whether the fault lies with an economy that doesn’t provide young people with What Does America’s Millennial Generation Want in a Home? is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post What Does America’s Millennial Generation Want in a Home? appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • Danish Apartment Prices Soar Above Houses

    Les Calvert
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Fears about a recurrence of a new property bubble dog the Scandinavian housing markets – with some reason. In Denmark, the price Danish Apartment Prices Soar Above Houses is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Danish Apartment Prices Soar Above Houses appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • Auctions and Land Prices Rise in Australia – And So Do Fears of a Bubble

    Les Calvert
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Figures have been released showing that land prices in Australia are on the rise. The increases are largely concentrated in the country’s Auctions and Land Prices Rise in Australia – And So Do Fears of a Bubble is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Auctions and Land Prices Rise in Australia – And So Do Fears of a Bubble appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • In One Hand and Out The Other

    Les Calvert
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Spanish House Prices Rise – And Foreign Buyers in Spain Face Regulations That Give With One Hand, Take With the Other House In One Hand and Out The Other is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post In One Hand and Out The Other appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
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  • Mid-Month October Homes Sold in Toronto (GTA)

    Melissa Marchesano
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    The laws of supply and demand are at work again in the GTA during the first two weeks of October with sales up 12 per cent while new listings only grew 6 per cent. This combination of strong demand for homes and lower supply pushed the average selling price of homes in the GTA up 8.8 per cent to $583,719. Sales growth in the GTA is sourcing from all home types with detached and semi-detached leading the charge growing at 17.4 per cent and 17.9 per cent respectively. Although sales of condos are up 7 per cent in the first half of October, prices are soft with average price down 2.7 per cent…
  • Toronto Home Prices in September 2014 (Infographic)

    Bevan Friedman
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    As predicted, the fall Greater Toronto Area real estate market kicks off with strong sales growth (+10.9%)!. Get the facts in our monthly infographic of sold Toronto home prices in September 2014. #TorontoHomeSales up again in September pushing the average price $573,676Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule September tells the same story that Toronto has seen for months – active listings are down (-5.1%), sales are up (+10.9%) and competition is strong pushing prices up to an average selling price of $573,676 (+7.7%).   Once again, price increases have been up on all major home types…
  • The Top Kitchen Trends of Fall 2014

    Bevan Friedman
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Could your kitchen be in a magazine? It’s not a far-fetched question if you hope to sell your home for a tidy profit. People spend so much time together in the kitchen, it’s no surprise a beautiful, well-equipped space is high on every buyer’s wish list. And when a kitchen is done right, it can yield a substantial return on investment. Whether you’re thinking of remodeling or just making a few updates, these hot design trends for 2014 will help you create an incredible kitchen that buyers will fall in love with. Bold lighting These days, pot lights and task lighting under the…
  • Buying a Home Is a Better Investment than You Think

    Bevan Friedman
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Timing is everything, and the future looks bright for Canada’s housing market. In this infographic, we explore the various factors contributing to market growth – and why you should feel confident about making an investment.       There’s no time like the present!  Average Canadian home prices have been steadily rising since 2009, and there’s no end in sight. Low mortgage rates and a healthy economy are fuelling the action, with Canada’s largest cities leading the way. Although no one has a crystal ball, here are our thoughts on the future of the housing market. However your…
  • Mid-Month September Homes Sold in Toronto (GTA)

    Bevan Friedman
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The weather is cooling down but Toronto Real Estate is still hot! The weather may be cooling down but home sales in Toronto are still hot increasing 8.3 per cent versus prior year.  Although we saw growth in sales of most major home types throughout the GTA, semi-detached homes in the 416 area had the strongest growth at 21 per cent.  This pushed the average price for a semi in Toronto to a whopping $670,180 – up 14.8 per cent versus September of last year! For first time buyers looking to get into the market there seems to be a bit of relief on Townhouses in both the 416 and 905 as…
 
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  • St Petersburg Florida Home For Sale – Handyman Special – Attn Real Estate Investors

    steve
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    This is a great deal for handyman, real estate investors wanting to flip or hold for rental income. This property is in a hot zip code Note: North St Petersburg, Florida Zip 33713 – Hurry.  3443 11th Ave N, St Petersburg, Fl 33713 $54,700 Cash Call 727-587-7871 or email for access information After Repair Value (what this should sell for) $137,000  as stated buy  comp report.  Rehab and you should get at least 25% ROI  Rent and you should get at least 14% cap rate maybe more if you convert to commercial office. Tax Records $59,000 – you buying anything less than tax record…
  • Top 20 Residential Rental Markets for Investors

    steve
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Please note – we are finding properties with cap rates much better than the ones in this table. Remember this chart is based on analyzing 3 bedroom homes and taking into consideration, mortgages and rental rates. 3 bedroom homes in middle class neighborhoods have an added benefit of market appreciation. Higher returns are usually found in less popular markets and areas.  Real estate is an asset that secures your money, gets favorable tax treatment and when you buy rental property you are building equity with other people’s money.  There is strong demand for rental property.
  • How Real Estate Deals Get Funded

    steve
    5 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    Funding Real Estate Investment At the time of this article our firm has approximately $20 million of real estate properties that are in our pipeline for funding. This is how we proceed to getting those done: Real Estate Funding Sources First we are always interested in connecting with private money lenders (individuals who want their money working in real estate), fund managers, hard money lenders and banks friendly to real estate investors especially in the commercial property segment. The following highlights the real estate deals we are currently working: Bulk Buy Residential Real Estate…
  • Fact – Real Estate Investment – Income Guaranteed In Less Than 30 Days

    steve
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Income Guaranteed In Less Than 30 Days – Amazing or Is This Another Totally Bullshit Promotion? You Decide: First – this is only for my coaching clients and yes you can be one of them Next – our funding partners have similar but not exact return on investment opportunities because they are not real estate investor business builders – you are!! How Does This Work? I already guarantee that you will earn more than your investment in coaching back in one year or less. Up until now my estimate for a new person coming into the business, was that it would take about, 4 months…
  • Tampa Bay Images

    steve
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The post Tampa Bay Images appeared first on Tampa Capital Partners.
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    Michigan Modular Homes | Legendary Homes

  • Mistakes You Should Avoid To Have a Successful Modular Home Construction

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    People choose modular home because they offer time and cost savings. Not all savings are necessarily a wise decision. Before you proceed with your factory built home you should read this article and learn which shortcuts to avoid. By avoiding these modular home mistakes you will be much happier and richer in the long term. The “mistakes” we list are generalized. They may not apply to you but more often than not they will. Do Not Purchase the Modular Home based on Cost per Square Foot The common question of asking how much a modular home cost per square foot is not an informative…
  • Reasons to Take the Modular Home Construction As Your Next Project

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Modular Home in Michigan Modular home construction is one of the fastest growing sectors of the construction industry. It is an industry where many have given their utmost trust. Modular construction triples the savings of homeowners as it provides self- efficient home. Modular Home Construction is Controlled A modular home is constructed of building materials in a controlled factory setting. The factory setting allows manufacturers of modular homes to use automated and technologically advanced systems and machinery in an assembly-line fashion. Modular Home Construction Follows the Building…
  • How Does a General Contractor Wow in Modular Home Construction

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Building of Modular Home On- Site Being a general contractor is a hard way to make an easy living. There are lots of moving parts totally out of control when doing modular home construction. Things aren’t perfect including the plans, specifications, field conditions, inspectors, subcontractors, suppliers, deliveries, conflicts, and payments. Customers expect everything from a general contractor to go exactly as scheduled, with perfect quality, no hiccups or extra costs. The problem with the modular home construction business is every party wants to make more money by providing the…
  • Hiring a General Contractor to Incorporate Universal Design in your Modular Home

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you have decided to install the Universal Design features to your modular home, hire a reputable general contractor. A general contractor will take charge of the project, ordering materials, getting necessary building permits, and hiring subcontractors or workers as needed. Subcontractors can be hired to do part of the work, but in this case, you or a family member will become the general contractor with all the responsibility of ordering materials and scheduling work. Get Referrals from Previous Clients When hiring a general contractor, it is better to get recommendations from friends or…
  • Designing the Accessible Modular Home for Persons with Hearing Impairment

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Modular Home in Michigano Modular home floor plans can be easily modified to meet universal design features, or be customized as much as needed to meet your specific accessibility requirements.  It can accommodate persons with hearing impairment most especially. In addition to the floor plan, a good accessible modular home design will need to include plans for entrances to the home as well as access to the landscape and outdoor entertainment. Accessible modular home design is not just about putting in a wheelchair ramp or a lift; it is about the comfortable enjoyment of home, family, and…
 
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    Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

  • How to Care for Your Lawn This Fall

    BobVila.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    By Bob Vila Autumn is generally seen as the season of winding down before winter dormancy. But when it comes to lawn care, fall is a busy time. What you do now will go a long way in safeguarding the health your grass, not only for the immediate future, but also for the next growing season. While on the surface your fall lawn may look a bit bedraggled, the roots below ground are still hard at work, storing up the reserves they’ll need to survive the winter and thrive come springtime. Though at other times of year there are reasons to choose a fast-acting liquid fertilizer, in autumn —…
  • Room of the Week: Winemaker's Kitchen

    Erika Riggs
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    The new home of Robert and Lydia Mondavi, of the Mondavi winemaking family, may be thousands of miles from Napa Valley, but much of its design pulls from California wine country. Located in coastal Beaufort, SC, the kitchen in particular has a casual, California aesthetic. The light-filled space was specifically designed to be the entertaining focal point, and each feature was chosen to fulfill that purpose, from a high-end Thermador range to top-of-the-line ventilation. Counters As anyone knows, counter space in the kitchen is key, and even more so for someone who enjoys cooking and…
  • Report: Lady Gaga Buys Applause-Worthy Malibu Estate

    Catherine Sherman
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Source: IMDb TMZ reports Lady Gaga has made her first California home purchase: a 6-acre estate across from Malibu’s Zuma Beach. The home was listed for $24.95 million this summer by The Agency‘s Santiago Arana. Property records show it was recently purchased under a trust for $22.5 million. “This beautiful estate was inspired by traditional homes in the South of France offering breathtaking views,” the listing description stated. In addition to a prime beachfront location, the home has an 800-bottle wine cellar, home theater, bar and a 1960s-era two-lane bowling…
  • 10 Projects to Do Before October is Over

    BobVila.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    By Bob Vila Summer’s gone and autumn’s knocking at the door. The month of October brings colorful leaves, cool breezes and Halloween trick-or-treaters. It’s also the perfect time to finish outdoor maintenance projects, brush up on your fire safety knowledge and winterize your lawn before the cold temperatures really set in. Seal and insulate While temperatures drop outside, you can still stay warm and keep your energy bills low with proper insulation. Attics are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to winter energy loss, so prep yours for winter by installing loose…
  • Does Your Home Have Too Much Personality?

    Brendon DeSimone
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Many sellers love their homes. They’ve made some of their most important memories there, and their home is literally where their heart is. When these homeowners took on improvements, from painting rooms to kitchen and bath renovations, they likely did it with the idea of adding “personality.” And then, when it’s time to sell, those same homeowners sit across the dining room table from their real estate agent and wonder why, after three months, their home hasn’t sold. What went wrong? Usually, it’s because the home has too much personality. The problem with personality is that…
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    Zurple | Real Estate Agent Success Blog

  • What Do Reviews & the Death of Angie's List Mean to Real Estate?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Agent Insights takes a look at the new consumer journey. In today's market, buyers hold all the cards. They have the option (and are using it) to do tons of research online before they even consider speaking with an agent. This shift is dramatically impacting your business, and Jimmy Chickey, a nationally recognized author blogger, is here to tell you how. Here's Jimmy:
  • 3 Free Real Estate Brand Building Tools

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Building a successful brand is hard work - so today, we've put together a post that provides you with three free tools you can use to simplify the process. Click the title of any freebie outlined below to learn more about that topic!
  • The Savvy Agent's Guide to Real Estate Blogging (Part 1)

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Blogs can be great marketing tools – but they can also present a few challenges for today’s super busy real estate agent. To help, I decided to put together a special series that provides solutions to four of the most common real estate blogging roadblocks. Today we’re going to tackle Problem #1 – writer’s block. (See what I did there?) So you’ve got a real estate blog – go you! That’s a great first step. Now it’s on to the daunting task of actually blogging - as well as promoting your blog and driving traffic back to your site –…
  • Do your clients have HGTV Syndrome?

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    We're going to have a little fun with today's Agent Insights guest post. Shannon Milligan is a Real Estate Agent in Richmond Virginia, talks about the implications of HGTV Syndrome  - a massive epidemic that is sweeping the real estate industry. Are your clients suffering from HGTV Syndrome? Read on to find out...(article originally posted in Shannon's blog)
  • The Truth About Real Estate Email Metrics

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    What metrics really matter when it comes to measuring whether or not your real estate marketing emails are successful? Traditional marketing knowledge dictates that if you have the goal of using email marketing to drive conversions through a certain point on your website – you should focus on these three stats: Open rate Click through rate Conversion rate Right? Well, kind of... Those three metrics do illustrate each “gate” or step an email recipient must pass through in order to become a more qualified lead – but they don’t tell the whole story. Let’s take…
 
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    Latest blog entries - Colorado Real Estate Agent Brandy Unruh

  • 10 Reasons that I Love my Backyard

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    I grew up in the hot Vegas desert and there really weren't many days in the summer where it was feasible to be outside during the hours of 10 am and 9 pm.  I say that because even after the sun sets, it is still over 100 degrees.  So when I moved to Colorado, I really cherished the evening hours of sunlight and the ability to bask in the sun without feeling like you are going to melt (most days at least).  With that comes a love for my back yard, where I spend as much time as possible no matter the time of year, but during the dog days of summer, I cherish it just a little bit…
  • 7 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Curb appeal allows for a warm and inviting impression of your home.  I always believe that having your homes entry express “if you like what my front door has to offer you will love what is beyond it.” The great thing is you don’t have to break the bank to create that curb appeal that buyers are impressed with.  Just doing a few of the items listed below will take your entry from drab to fab in no time. Dress up your front door. Your homes entry is the focal point of all that is curb appeal.  Doing a few simple things to dress up your front door space will make it…
  • 6 Relocation Tips to Make Moving a Little Easier

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    Connect with someone who lives in the area you are looking to move.  There are countless social media groups out there that will put you in touch with people who came from where you live and moved to where you are going.  It may take a little digging but you are sure to find people to connect with.  This will help guide you as you make your transition. Research and interview reputable movers.  I always suggest getting at least 3 because the quotes can vary drastically from each other.  While you are getting quotes verify what the mover does (i.e. disassemble…
  • How to Take Advantage of Today's Hot Market - Even if You Haven't Found a Home Just Yet

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    It’s almost officially Summer, the weather has warmed, flowers are bursting with color, and the housing market is as hot for sellers as it has been in years. For the first time since the early to mid 2000s, REALTORS® across the country are seeing many homes go under contract relatively in the blink of an eye from the time they’re listed (sometimes even before). In many areas, it’s not unusual to see multiple offers and bids over the asking price for some homes. This is obviously good news for those homeowners thinking about selling their property. Buyers are out there in force and…
  • 10 Tips for a Perfect Home Showing

    2 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Showing your home is essential in the real estate business. After all, who would purchase a property sight unseen? When a potential buyer stops in, here are 10 recommended tips to follow when showing your home: Tip # 1: Welcome Your Buyers  If you are still living in the home while it's being shown, graciously greet your potential home buyers and invite them to look around. Make sure that you instruct them to take their time and to ask any questions that they may have. It is ideal if you leave the home for a showing time to allow the buyer to look without feeling…
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    Coffee Real Estate

  • Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know

    CoffeeRealEstate
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know   What home selling tips are the most important for sellers to know?   That question was asked of 500 real estate agents. Each tip was then ranked based on the survey responses and then used the first eight – those viewed as being “very important” by 80 percent of agents or more – to create this infographic, “Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know.”   Look below the infographic to find a complete list of the home seller tips included in the survey, and learn what agents thought about them.   For more in depth…
  • REO-Real Estate Owned properties for sale Sacramento and Placer County

    CoffeeRealEstate
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    REO-Real Estate Owned REO properties can be fixers or ready to move in   REO is a Real Estate Owned property. REO is a property that has reverted to the mortgage lender after a foreclosure auction did not sell. A foreclosing beneficiary will typically set the opening bid at a foreclosure auction for at least the outstanding loan amount. If there are no bidders that are interested, then the beneficiary will legally repossess the property. Most REO homes are sold “as is” so it’s important to do “due diligence.” A home inspection is very important to know what condition the…
  • BPO Sacramento and Placer County Broker Price Opinion

    CoffeeRealEstate
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Broker Price Opinion or BPO A professional opinion of price and so much more   What is a BPO? The estimated market price of a property as determined by a real estate broker or other qualified individual or firm. A broker price opinion is based on the characteristics of the property being considered. One key element of the BPO is that it is designed to be free of influence by parties who have a vested interest in the transaction. How is a BPO done? Some of the factors that a broker will consider when pricing a property include: the value of similar surrounding properties, sales trends in…
  • Home Buyers and Real Estate

    CoffeeRealEstate
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Home Buyers Bring the Money Home Buyer bring the Money The buyer, seller, lender and the whole economy are all tied together in the real estate world. Financial issues that impact a home buyer’s ability to buy a property are both personal and macro-economic. The home buyer has a maximum price they can pay to purchase a home. This maximum price depends on a few personal financial issues. The amount of cash assets to purchase the home as a full cash offer is one way to measure the limit of a home buyer. The amount of cash is equal to the purchase price. If the home owner needs a real estate…
  • Best time to sell real estate

    CoffeeRealEstate
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Is now the best time to sell my home? Are real estate prices going higher? Can I sell for more then I owe? Preface First, every one situation is unique. The complicated nature of real estate makes the “when to sell” decision a mix of pros and cons that impact the individual situation. The article following is a basic real estate situation analyst of macro-economic and the general impact on housing prices. Take advantage of our free consultation with a Coffee Real Estate professional to evaluate your unique situation. It is completely free of any obligations. There are factors that impact…
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    Central Ohio Real Estate & Homes for Sale

  • Lewis Center Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Lewis Center * Median Listing Price: $329,930 0.02% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $115.0000 0.01% Total Listings: 88 0.10% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 80 99 -0.19% 0.1% * All data pertains to single-family homes Lewis Center Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Lewis Center OH Subdivisions Abbey Knoll Abbey Knolls Alum Crossing Bale Kenyon Bluff Bryn Mawr Cross Creek Estates Of Glen Oak Estates Of Walker Woods Estates Of Woodstone Glen Oak Hidden Reserve Hidden Springs Hidden Springs 1 Hidden Springs Ii Little Bear Village Mariner's Watch…
  • Lancaster Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Lancaster * Median Listing Price: $170,660 -0% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $86.0000 0% Total Listings: 269 -0.02% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 275 266 0.03% 0.06% * All data pertains to single-family homes Lancaster Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Lancaster OH Subdivisions Avery Hills Baldwin Heights Beverly Hills Caffee Carpico College Green Collegeview Collegeview Acres Collegeview Estates Crestview Manor Dan Danehys 2nd Add Earl Peters Earl Peters Sub Div 6 Lot 129 Earle E Campbell Sub Hills & Dales Hop Co Add Huffer Durdin…
  • Kirkersville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Today's Market Trends for Kirkersville * Median Listing Price: $85,000 -0.02% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $45.0000 -0.02% Total Listings: 2 Total Listings Previous Months: September August 2 1 1% 0% * All data pertains to single-family homes Kirkersville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Kirkersville OH Subdivisions Kirkersville Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older The Buckeye Realty TeamKeller Williams Greater Columbus Realty 1715 Hill Road N Pickerington, OH 43147 Phone: 614-835-7151  Fax:…
  • Kilbourne Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Today's Market Trends for Kilbourne * Total Listings Previous Months: September August 1 0% 0% * All data pertains to single-family homes Kilbourne Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Kilbourne OH Subdivisions Kilbourne Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older The Buckeye Realty TeamKeller Williams Greater Columbus Realty 1715 Hill Road N Pickerington, OH 43147 Phone: 614-835-7151  Fax: 614-729-9099 Columbus Homes for Sale Taking Care Of All Of Your Real Estate Needs In Central Ohio Including: Pulte…
  • Johnstown Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Today's Market Trends for Johnstown * Median Listing Price: $245,740 0.01% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $105.0000 -0.03% Total Listings: 56 -0.13% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 64 55 0.16% 0% * All data pertains to single-family homes Johnstown Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Johnstown OH Subdivisions Concord Crossing Johnstown Rural Kyber Run Leafy Dell Meadow Knoll Millpond Estate Rolling Meadows Rural Saveson Acres Wagoner Farms Johnstown Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older…
 
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    Real Estate

  • Take Me To The Bronx

    goussey
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    This is what the city is calling the “Lower Concourse” area of the South Bronx; it includes the north side of the Mott Haven and the South Side of Morrisania. This 30 block area of the South Bronx was recently part of the New York City Department of Planning rezoning plan. Due to its proximity to the waterfront, this area has traditionally been zoned for industrial and warehousing use. Most of the current residential housing stock in the lower Bronx was built in the 1970’s and 80’s when the city attempted to recoup population loss in this area, however development has slowed since…
  • Weekend Getaway

    goussey
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Weekend Getaway by goussey featuring a cashmere top J Crew cashmere top jcrew.com Diane Von Furstenberg wide leg pants dvf.com Carlo Pazolini leather platform booties yoox.com 1970s large TOOLED LEATHER duffel travel bag etsy.com
  • Top Real Estate Websites and Blogs

    goussey
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Industry publications help any professional stay on top of what is happening in their field, so its important to me that I’m not only getting frequent industry news, but that my sources are diverse and represent more than just what is happening in my city.  I like to see my surroundings in a global context, and I hope this list helps you find the knowledge you need to pursue your real estate goals: The Atlantic’s City Lab- Housing This is probably one of my favorite new finds for housing, property, policy, community and infrastructure news. Their point of view is interesting and…
  • The Business of Summer

    goussey
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Seasonal Properties Most seasonal businesses know you have to be resilient and aggressive for your part-time business, which is why its no surprise that many of the beach properties along the shore are impeccably kept and maintained.   This particular area of the beach included a number of multi-family rental buildings, private  homes and large front yards used for beach parking. And on this less crowded strip, beach side parking revenue is easily $1,000/day. This week, I’d like to learn how the multi-family rental buildings on the beach operate. Can you do a month-to-month summer…
  • The Cary Building

    goussey
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The single best quality of TriBeCa and much of lower manhattan are the cast iron buildings of the late 1800’s and 1900’s. I came across the Cary building on 105 Chambers street and stopped in my tracks when I saw the beautiful pre-war details on this corner property. There are several Dept of Buildings permits posted on the door but the interior seems gutted. TriBeCa is exploding with the most luxurious residential gut renovations there are, and I thought this might be the perfect site analysis. What I found was that this building was sold as part of a portfolio to Jeffrey Lam of…
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    Housing Blog

  • KPS Algorithm for Data Collector Route Optimization

    Resident Blogger
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming. We at Housing think, Deming had it right. One of Housing.com’s key differentiator is our Data Sciences Lab (DSL). DSL is a team of data scientists that leverages statistics and mathematics to produce accurate features and tools to facilitate a simple home search process for the consumer. In line with our effort to efficiently service our customers’ needs, our DSL team was entrusted with the task of optimizing our ever-expanding operations. The team concluded that an essential aspect of optimization was to convert…
  • Housing Hackathon 2014

    Resident Blogger
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Housing held its first-ever internal Hackathon, a 30-hour marathon of coding and innovation, from noon on September 26 until 6 PM on September 27. In between the snacking and napping, our teams came up with some real amazing pieces of technology. Here’s a list of some of our favorites: Muse by team Radiant - Namandeep, Shubham, Pawan and Saurabh Goel. Muse is a plug-and-play broadcasting radio station. It allows users to create their own radio stations via a wifi network and keep adding songs as they go. After a few bug patches and feature enhancements, they plan to take it further and…
  • Decoding Real Estate Investment Trusts

    Resident Blogger
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Indian government’s recent introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) has the potential to dramatically spur growth in the formerly declining sector by making property investment accessible to small investors. In the two years leading up to the 2014 Indian General Elections the Indian economy saw an overall slowdown, which resulted in a sharp decline in the real estate sector. However, the new budget introduced following the elections addressed many of the sector’s shortcomings, causing a general upswing in investment sentiment. An infrastructure-driven approach from…
  • Housing Announces Plans for Delhi Design Office

    Resident Blogger
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    Housing.com has always been about great people creating great products. The talent and creativity that have driven the company since its founding as India’s first map-based property search portal have also led to market-leading innovations such as aerial views, price heat maps, and verified photos of each and every listing. We didn’t just want to build a website, but a powerful tool for people to find houses they’ll love! We believe in helping our users find homes, not just places to stay, and in making that journey as simple and enjoyable as possible. Part of that has always been about…
  • J&K Flood Relief Drive

    Resident Blogger
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    On Monday, 15 September, Housing launched a drive to raise money and gather supplies for victims of the floods in Jammu and Kashmir. In conjunction with grassroots relief fund JKFloodRelief.org, Housing team is gathering medical supplies, clothing, food, and other necessary items to be sent to the affected areas. Housing Co-founder Advitiya Sharma, one of many people at Housing who hails from Jammu & Kashmir, traveled to his hometown in Jammu immediately after the floods in order to support his family and volunteered with medical camps in the area. His story, as told below, has…
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    Home Creations

  • Before the Snow Falls: Holiday Decorating Prep

    Brent Pittman
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s never too soon to get a jump start on the holidays, particularly when you consider how fast time flies by between September 1 and December 31. Those industrious North Pole elves are already hard at work preparing for the Christmas crunch. Here are some tips to join them and get ahead on the holiday read more...The post Before the Snow Falls: Holiday Decorating Prep appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Host a Tailgating Party Right At Home

    Brent Pittman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Can’t justify shelling out big bucks for tickets for the big college or NFL football game? Even though you may not be able to sit in the stands, you can still have a fantastic game day at home with family and friends, including hosting your own tailgate party. A tailgate party traditionally revolves around tailgates read more...The post Host a Tailgating Party Right At Home appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Tulsa Outdoor Fitness Options for the Adventurous Family

    Brent Pittman
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    We give Oklahoma City a lot of love, sure – but as any self-respecting Okie (and any research-loving visitor, for that matter) knows, Tulsa is another part of our state that’s grown its own unique culture and community. Tulsa is extremely family-friendly, with plenty of new and historic neighborhoods, community-centric clubs, great school districts, and read more...The post Tulsa Outdoor Fitness Options for the Adventurous Family appeared first on Home Creations.
  • OKC Outdoor Fitness Options and Activities

    Brent Pittman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    While there are plenty of great gyms in OKC to choose from for our sweat sessions, there’s nothing quite like an outdoor workout. Here are some of our favorite venues and activities around the OKC Metro. Hiking and mountain biking trails Whether you’re embarking on a day-long expedition or just want to work up an read more...The post OKC Outdoor Fitness Options and Activities appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Home Buyer Seminar Now in Spanish

    Brent Pittman
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Home Creations, Oklahoma’s largest new home builder, has always encouraged future home buyers to make educated decisions when investing in a new home. In an effort to promote home ownership, we regularly offers free Home Buyer Seminars. For this reason, our first Home Buyer Seminar in Spanish will take place on Thursday, October 16th from 6:30 p.m. read more...The post Home Buyer Seminar Now in Spanish appeared first on Home Creations.
 
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    Arizona Real Estate Today

  • Living On a Golf Course in Arizona

    William Morris
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Arizona Golf Course LivingLiving on a golf course sounds like a dream to many people.  Beautiful views, quick and easy access, and numerous other benefits.  There is a lot to like about living on a golf course, and it is not for everyone.DamageHere are a few things to think about before deciding to buy a home on the course.  The first is damage.  For what ever reason, some people do not think about this fact when choosing their new home.  In fact, some people don't even notice the golf ball dings in the siding of the house.  The location on the course can affect…
  • Home For Sale: 44023 W Wade Dr. Maricopa, Arizona

    William Morris
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Beautiful Home in Maricopa, Arizona For SalePlease check out the video below for a short virtual tour of the home at 44023 W Wade Dr. Maricopa, AZ.This is a beautiful house with a great backyard.  A backyard of this size is rare.  Some of the backyard amenities include: salt water pool with water feature and sitting area, a personal basketball court, a built in BBQ Grill, and an outdoor fridge! This home is meant to entertain the whole family! Situated on a road bend, this home has some space between the neighbors! There is no home behind this home, it is a very private lot. Open…
  • Maricopa, Arizona Open House: 44023 W Wade Dr.

    William Morris
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Open House at 44023 W Wade Dr. Maricopa, AZI will be holding an open house today until 1:30.  Please stop by if you are interested or just in the area.  Some refreshments available. The address is 44023 W Wade Dr. in Maricopa. This is a beautiful house with a great backyard. Only 1 of a very few lots this size in Maricopa. Open bright and clean floor plan with a VERY HUGE LOT! This home features tile in all the right places, and the carpet is brand new! Enjoy the salt water pool, or shoot some hoops on your own personal basketball court. Cook up some food on the built in…
  • Arizona Property Taxes

    William Morris
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Arizona Property Taxes DueMany people have their property taxes taken out with their mortgage and insurance payment.  For the people that don't, here is a friendly reminder that the first half of your property taxes are due on October 1st, and they are delinquent on November 1st.  The Maricopa County Treasurer reports that on average homeowners will see a 5.4% increase in property taxes.  Obviously the actual amount will vary property to property.  With increases in taxes people generally want to know where that money is going.  The information below will help outline…