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  • Odd Text Real Estate Agent Is Found Dead

    Real Estate Agent Market News- IQ Real Estate
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Real estate agent Beverly Carter, who had been missing since last week, has been found dead in Arkansas, police have said.
  • Agent Insights: 6 Lists All Real Estate Agents Need to Succeed

    Zurple | Real Estate Agent Success Blog
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Agent Insights features Bryan Robertson - a Broker in California. Bryan shares six must-have lists that will keep you organized, drive new clients and make your business run like a well-oiled machine. 
  • Do These 7 Things To Sell Property Fast

    House Flipping School
    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…
  • Fall is a Great Time to Sell Your Home

    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News
    Allison Halliday
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Fall is officially underway, and these months can be a great time to sell your home. If you are planning a home move, it could be worth considering putting your property on the market around now. This is quite different and from the past when it was more traditional to list your home in spring, and to miss this selling season was to miss the boat. The reason for this was because September coincided with the start of the school year and was quickly followed by large celebrations around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. In the past nobody really wanted to take the time to look at homes…
  • Branded Email with Google Apps

    Agent Avenue
    John Bunka
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Branded Email: Having a professional email is key to looking… well…  professional. We have all come across weird personal emails that are now being used by Realtors (like you) for business purposes. Have you ever seen an email like bigbooty42@comast.com, or dirtyharryman@gmail.com..  and then you realize this is supposed to be your professional real estate agent? Having a professional email is so easy but it is also easily overlooked. Agent work on their branding all of the time and then a branded email never seems to hit their radar! Branded Email Most agent have 3 websites on…
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    WSJ.com: Real Estate

  • A Historic Home on San Francisco's Russian Hill

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Built in 1853 and completely updated, this house inspired the owner to change careers and leave biotech to start a design gallery
  • News Corp to Buy Move Inc.

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    News Corp agreed to buy online real-estate listings business Move Inc. in an all-cash deal valued at about $950 million, expanding the media company's presence in the U.S. real-estate market.
  • U.S. Office Sector Plods Ahead

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    U.S. office rents and occupancies inched higher in the third quarter, as a gradual improvement in the overall economy is translating into a sluggish recovery in the office sector.
  • Expectations for Rise in Rates Pummel REITs

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Real-estate investment trusts posted their worst quarterly performance in a year and lagged behind the broader stock market in the third quarter as investors bet interest rates would rise over the next year.
  • Transit Agencies Trade Up

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    A deal between New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and apartment developer AvalonBay is the latest example of how cash-strapped transit agencies are using transit-oriented development to raise cash for capital improvements and new infrastructure.
 
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    Commercial Real Estate News

  • Colorado city in top 25 for construction job growth

    Mark Harden
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Greeley is tied for 24th place out of 339 U.S. metro areas in a ranking of one-year construction job growth rates by the Associated General Contractors of America. The ranking compares changes in construction-related employment in the 339 metros from August 2013 to August 2014. Cities are ranked on the percentage of change in construction jobs, not on total job numbers. Greeley — at the heart of an oil and gas boom — tied with five other metros for 24th place with a 12 percent growth rate,…
  • PHOTO TOUR: 12-story 250 S. High St. tops out, marking midpoint in construction

    Brian R. Ball
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Construction of the 12-story $51 million office and apartment complex at 250 S. High St. reached a milestone this morning. Developers Daimler Group Inc. and Kaufman Development watched as crews hoisted up a crossbar marking the top structural level of the project. “We’ll be done June 1,” Daimler President Bob White Jr. told me on the construction elevator up to the ninth floor to get a view of the city. “So we’re pretty much halfway through. We’re poured through the ninth floor, with…
  • Mod Pizza secures four new Houston locations, more to come

    Jenny Agee-Aldridge
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A Washington-based, gourmet pizza company will make its Houston area debut later this month in the Vintage Marketplace with three more locations secured. And plans for more are underway. Mod Pizza will open its Vintage restaurant in northwest Houston on Oct. 23 and has secured locations at the Tuscany Square Shopping Center on San Felipe in the Galleria area to open in December. It will also open a restaurant at 2682 Pearland Parkway in January and a fourth location in a new shopping center,…
  • Two new men’s clothing retailers to open in downtown Dayton

    Olivia Barrow
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Men’s fashion is getting a boost in downtown Dayton as two men’s clothing stores plan to open in first-floor retail spaces. Linwood Men’s Store plans to open in October at 27 S. St. Clair St., in what is currently a vacant space in the St. Clair Lofts, according to the Downtown Dayton Partnership. The store will carry men’s suits, jeans, and accessories like ties, watches and wallets. Another men’s fashion retailer plans to open Oct. 3 in the Kettering Tower lobby, called K.J. Boze Couture.…
  • Thirsty for inside track on Great American Beer Festival? Tap into our live Facebook Q&A

    Caitlin Hendee
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The Great American Beer Festival is Colorado's premiere craft brewing event, offering nearly 50,000 attendees the chance to sample over 3,500 brews from more than 700 breweries at the Colorado Convention Center in four hours time. Whether you're one of the lucky ones who nabbed a ticket before they sold out in 32 minutes or not, the craft beer scene in Colorado is exploding. Tuesday, DBJ craft brewing reporter Ed Sealover will offer you the inside track on the festival and the 250-plus beer-related…
 
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    Paper Economy

  • Weekly Unemployment Claims: Initial and Continued September 25 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Today’s jobless claims report showed an increase to both initial and continued unemployment claims as seasonally adjusted initial claims remained below the closely watched 300K level. Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment claims increased 12,000 to 293,000 claims from 281,000 claims for the prior week while seasonally adjusted “continued” claims increased by 7,000 to 2.439 million resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 1.8%.
  • Industrial Production: August 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Yesterday, the Federal Reserve released their monthly read of industrial production and capacity utilization showing a decrease in August with total industrial production falling 0.10% since July but still rising 4.12% above the level seen in August 2013. Capacity utilization also declined falling 0.37% from July but rising 1.23% above the level seen in August 2013 to stand at 78.81%
  • Employment Situation: Nonfarm Payrolls and Civilian Unemployment August 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Today's Employment Situation Report indicated that in August, net non-farm payrolls increased by 142,000 jobs overall with the private non-farm payrolls sub-component adding 134,000 jobs while the civilian unemployment rate declined to 6.1% over the same period.Net private sector jobs increased 0.11% since last month climbing 2.12% above the level seen a year ago and climbing 1.34% above the peak level of employment seen in December 2007 prior to the Great Recession.
  • Employment Situation: Total Unemployment August 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Today's Employment Situation report showed that in August “total unemployment” including all marginally attached workers declined to 12.0% while the traditionally reported unemployment rate also fell to 6.1%.The traditional unemployment rate is calculated from the monthly household survey results using a fairly explicit definition of “unemployed” (essentially unemployed and currently looking for full time employment) leaving many workers to be considered effectively “on the margin” either employed in part time work when full time is preferred or simply unemployed and no…
  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – August 20 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) publishes the results of a weekly applications survey that covers roughly 50 percent of all residential mortgage originations and tracks the average interest rate for 30 year and 15 year fixed rate mortgages as well as the volume of both purchase and refinance applications. The purchase application index has been highlighted as a particularly important data series as it very broadly captures the demand side of residential real estate for both new and existing home purchases. The latest data is showing that the average rate for a 30 year fixed rate…
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    Residential Real Estate News

  • Thirsty for inside track on Great American Beer Festival? Tap into our live Facebook Q&A

    Caitlin Hendee
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The Great American Beer Festival is Colorado's premiere craft brewing event, offering nearly 50,000 attendees the chance to sample over 3,500 brews from more than 700 breweries at the Colorado Convention Center in four hours time. Whether you're one of the lucky ones who nabbed a ticket before they sold out in 32 minutes or not, the craft beer scene in Colorado is exploding. Tuesday, DBJ craft brewing reporter Ed Sealover will offer you the inside track on the festival and the 250-plus beer-related…
  • Report: Dallas-Fort Worth growing as a desirable luxury home market

    Candace Carlisle
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Dallas-Fort Worth is climbing the rungs of the luxury home ladder, ranking as the No. 11 market in the United States for high-end homes topping a million dollars. As of August, Realtors in the North Texas region sold 722 homes valued at a million dollars or more, according to the 2014 Luxury Home Report by Coldwell Banker Previews International. Last year, Dallas sold 518 million-dollar-or-more homes. Dallas didn't rank on the list of markets selling homes topping $5 million. This year, Dallas-Fort…
  • With new $17M project, 'graduation' day is just around the corner for 63 formerly homeless people

    Marc Stiles
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    In about a year, around 60 formerly homeless people will "graduate" to more independent living in downtown Seattle, making way for an equal number of people who will move into the "graduates'" current homes. The graduates will move to a $17 million development called Sylvia's Place. Construction started Tuesday on the project in the Belltown neighborhood. Sylvia's Place is one a handful of low-income housing projects under construction in downtown Seattle, where many luxury and market-rate projects…
  • The 10 biggest debuts on the Bay Area's largest women-owned businesses list

    Ahavah Revis
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The 100 companies that landed on the Business Times women-owned businesses List generated $3.1 billion in revenue last year. There were 26 companies that were new to the 2014 List — doctors, builders, haulers and CPAs, to name a few. Here is a closer look at the top 10 new companies. Click on the photos on the right to see a slideshow of the top 10 women-owned Bay Area companies to debut on the list. Other companies new to this year’s top 100 women-owned companies list (but not among the top…
  • Building boost: Housing, commercial construction values up in August

    Anjali Fluker
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Central Florida’s construction industry saw an uptick on future project values in August, but year-to-date values were down, according to a new report from McGraw Hill Construction. The report showed that residential and commercial builders pulled permits valued at a total of $551.2 million last month, a 53 percent jump from $360.8 million in August 2013. Residential permits accounted for $384 million of that total, which was 52 percent higher than August 2013’s $252.9 million. And commercial…
 
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    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate

  • Haiti Pitches a Ritzy Oasis on an Island of Misfortune

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    The Haitian government is seeking partners for a seemingly daunting task: building a world-class resort destination in one of the world's poorest countries.
  • News Corp to Buy Move Inc.

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    News Corp agreed to buy online real-estate listings business Move Inc. in an all-cash deal valued at about $950 million, expanding the media company's presence in the U.S. real-estate market.
  • U.S. Office Sector Plods Ahead

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    U.S. office rents and occupancies inched higher in the third quarter, as a gradual improvement in the overall economy is translating into a sluggish recovery in the office sector.
  • Buy a Property, Get a Passport

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:18 pm
    With lending still tight in the Caribbean, several island nations are embracing an unorthodox method of financing resort and villa projects: selling citizenship.
  • Expectations for Rise in Rates Pummel REITs

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Real-estate investment trusts posted their worst quarterly performance in a year and lagged behind the broader stock market in the third quarter as investors bet interest rates would rise over the next year.
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  • U.S. Secret Service director resigns

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The recent break-in at the White House created insurmountable heat for Julia Pierson.
  • Texas Ebola patient had contact with kids

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says school-aged children are being monitored for symptoms.
  • Beheading suspect ordered held without bond

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant has been ordered held without bond and wants a Muslim to be named as his court-appointed lawyer.
  • U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light involving the protection for President Barack Obama. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Pierson's resignation and said Joseph Clancy, a veteran of the agency, was named acting director. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama had called Pierson to express his appreciation to her for her long years of service. ...
  • White House fence jumper pleads not guilty in September 19 breach

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Iraq war veteran accused in the September 19 breach of the White House pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court. The court ordered a mental competency review for Omar Gonzalez, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but defense lawyers opposed the evaluation. Gonzalez's lawyer, David Bos, said his client was mentally competent and did not need an evaluation. He said he has become increasingly confident in his client's competency. Gonzalez was captured inside the White House on Sept. ...
 
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • The 10 Most Expensive Commercial Real Estate Cities

    Suzann Silverman
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By Keith Loria, Contributing Editor Transwestern research finds that the East and West Coast cities continue to outperform the rest of the U.S. when it comes to commercial real estate investment, although investors are starting to move inland. The research ranked the top 10 most expensive commercial real estate cities for office product based on price, volume and number of transactions. “Pro-business states are utilizing incentives for growth,” Transwestern executive managing director Steve Pumper told Commercial Property Executive. “We’ve gone through a period of time where…
  • Priced to Sell

    Suzann Silverman
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
  • Improving Fundamentals Support Stable Outlook for Lodging REITs

    Suzann Silverman
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    By Griselda Bisono, Assistant Vice President & Analyst, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Moody’s Investors Service The U.S. lodging industry remains healthy, as its fundamentals continue on a positive trajectory.  Occupancy, average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the sector have climbed to all-time highs, long departing the bottoms they reached in 2009.  According to Smith Travel Research, these measures should continue to improve throughout 2015. Growth in both transient and group business has contributed to the improvement, with group business starting…
  • Net Lease Cap Rates Hold Steady at Historic Lows

    Suzann Silverman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    By Randy Blankstein,President, The Boulder Group Cap rates for the single-tenant net-leased retail sector remained unchanged in the third quarter of 2014, at a historic low rate of 6.5 percent. Cap rates for the office sector compressed by 37 basis points to 7.4 percent, while those in the industrial sector rose by a mere three basis points to 8 percent. There were no major contributing factors to the leveling of retail cap rates, as supply and demand remained near levels from the previous quarter. During the third quarter, the 10-year Treasury yield dropped to its lowest point of the year…
  • Pondering Interest Rates

    Suzann Silverman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    By Paul Daneshrad, CEO, StarPoint Properties If you were to ask 100 economists what is going to happen to interest rates over the next two to three years, I am certain 95 would say they are going to rise, and I might have agreed with them a month ago. But some statistics and metrics give reason to question their expectation. For instance, why should the 10-year German Bund be priced at 0.95 percent and our 10-year bonds be at 2.49 percent? That’s basically a 162 percent difference in yield! Does that properly represent the risk premium between a German and a U.S. bond? Not in my opinion.
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    Inman News

  • Long & Foster acquires large Philadelphia brokerage

    Inman News
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The Long & Foster Companies Inc., the third-largest brokerage in the U.S., has acquired the big Philadelphia-based firm Century 21 Alliance. Already the second-largest firm in Philadelphia, Long & Foster will creep closer to market-leader Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach ...
  • Realogy subsidiary NRT buys Coldwell Banker affiliate in central Pennsylvania

    Inman News
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Realogy subsidiary NRT LLC is creating a new 650-agent, 22-office Coldwell Banker Real Estate brokerage in central Pennsylvania by merging a newly acquired Coldwell Banker affiliate with a nearby company-owned, ERA-affiliated brokerage. The new Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based firm will operate as Coldwell ...
  • Zillow-owned StreetEasy unveils crop of mobile products

    Teke Wiggin
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Just over a year after being acquired by Zillow, StreetEasy, the popular listing portal covering the New York City area, has trotted out a trifecta of mobile products that it says will make it easier for consumers to search its database on the fly. ...
  • New RPR mobile app offers Realtors on-the-go access to 166 million property database

    Andrea V. Brambila
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Realtor-owned technology company Realtors Property Resource has rolled out its first mobile application, offering all 1 million-plus Realtors on-the-go access to its parcel-based property database at no additional cost. National Association of Realtors subsidiary RPR and its database of the ...
  • Free ‘big data’ resources help agents target new clients

    Guest Contributor
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The power of big data is about understanding patterns of consumer behavior and profiles, particularly information around “life events” such as marriage, divorce, job change and births. Having this data enables you to advertise to prospective clients when these events happen ...
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    Information CentralInformation Central

  • October eBooks Feature: Social Media Marketing

    Dave
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Social Media Marketing, the October 2014 Featured Collection at the NAR Library eBook Collection, launches today. Always a hot topic, Social Media Marketing will help members understand this rapidly changing online channel. Learn about blog design, Pinterest, Branding, and other topics related to developing your online presence. Most REALTORS® understand the importance of marketing via social media already but often just need some guidance and ideas to take it to the next level. These resources will help you to understand the intricacies of online portals so that you can get the best results…
  • Top Field Guides for September 2014

    Donna McCormick
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Field Guides are one-stop resource packages on dozens of subjects of interest to REALTORS®. On each page you’ll find links to articles, books, web sites, statistics, and other material on each subject. The list of the most-used field guides from Information Central for the month of September 2014 was released today: Field Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics Field Guide to Opening a Real Estate Brokerage Field Guide to Preparing & Staging a House for Sale Field Guide to Writing a Business Plan Field Guide to Farming and Prospecting Field Guide to 1031 Exchanges Field Guide to…
  • New Books – October 2014

    Donna McCormick
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Members and staff can also borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World By Nathan Eagle and Kate Greene The MIT Press, 2014 Big Data is made up of lots of little data: numbers entered into cell phones, addresses entered into GPS devices, visits to websites, online purchases, ATM transactions, and any other activity that leaves a digital trail.
  • What We’re Reading: Sept. 20-26

    Dave
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Failure to refinance, moving for climate change, and unaffordable California The Washington Post had an interesting article this week on why homeowners who would benefit from a refinancing of their mortgage don’t bother. Some think they won’t qualify, some think it’s a scam, some don’t want to rock the boat, and some just assume it’s junk mail. They couldn’t be further from the truth… Flickr user Steve Wall Today most relocations are for jobs, family or school. But what about in the future when climate change starts to really cause some havoc with…
  • What We’re Reading: Sept. 13-19

    Dave
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Portland’s youth problem, iPhone 6 arrives, New Orleans tips flickr user Meg Rutherford The New York Times ran an article this week on how Portland, Oregon suffers from too much popularity, especially among the young and hip. This, the article claims, has led to slower income growth and higher unemployment for Millennials. As the superstar cities along the coasts – New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston – have been priced out of the range of middle income Americans, smaller secondary and tertiary cities like Nashville, Austin, and Louisville are becoming the default…
 
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • News Corp. To Acquire Move.Com, Operators of Realtor.Com

    Michael Price
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is acquiring the operators of Realtor.Com, Move Inc. in a cash deal of $950 million. News corp. sees this acquisition as a “powerful pillar” of their portfolio. What are your thoughts? Is this a game changer? The post News Corp. To Acquire Move.Com, Operators of Realtor.Com appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
  • Ghar360

    Drew Meyers
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    I came across Ghar360 on ProductHunt last week, and it reminded me of the fact that I spoke to many entrepreneurs working on floorplan sites while doing business development for Zillow from 2007 until my departure 2010 to follow my travel passion (leading to Oh Hey World, and now Horizon). That was 5 years ago. Many of them were enabling owners to design their own dream home, just like Ghar360. Most were expensive software packages that only professionals used. Click here to view the embedded video. The concept is good in theory. The demo looks cool. Maybe we are finally at a…
  • Fred Ehrsam on BitCoin

    Drew Meyers
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    This presentation by Fred Ehrsam (CEO of CoinBase) was shared on AVC yesterday, and I thought it was worth highlighting here. Click here to view the embedded video. While I don’t think many people will be buying houses with BitCoin anytime soon, I do think the technology can enable some interesting businesses for new agent/broker focused technologies. Historically, a known business model is building a software offering and charging $19.95 or $29.95 per month. With BitCoin, maybe we will see $2.99 or $4.99 offerings that gain significant traction. Of course, the challenge is still…
  • Content Isn’t King Anymore… Distribution is.

    Andrew Gale
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    There was a day where content was king. What happened next was 27million+ content pieces being created and shared everyday. Now content is just flash on your Twitter feed. Let’s leave that phrase in the past. Focused Content Should Always Be a Focus When you create content for the purpose of gaining rankings for a researched keyword, then it can still be relevant and valuable. The key to having these pages though is growing them over time with internal linking, backlinking and always making them better. This type of content is considered your evergreen content. People are always going to be…
  • NAR President Sends FAA Position Statement on Use of Drones

    Michael Price
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Yesterday NAR president, Steve Brown, sent the FAA a statement letter on NAR’s position in the use of drones in real estate marketing (along with an education on using the REALTOR® trademark). NAR sees the use of the technology as a “game changer” in the marketing of real property. What are your thoughts? Game changer or just another nifty listing enhancement? Here’s the letter Mr. Brown sent yesterday: September 23, 2014 Michael P. Huerta Director Dale A. Stinton Chief Executive Officer Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20591…
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    Mortgage News Daily

  • Little Change in Construction Spending as Summer Ends

    Jann Swanson
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireTotal construction spending in the U.S. in August was estimated by the Census Bureau today to be at the seasonally adjusted annual rate of $961.0 billion, down 0.8 percent from spending in July and 5.0 percent higher than the $915.3 in construction outlays in August 2013. Total spending in June was revised up from the original estimate of $963.7 billion to $968.8 billion. Construction spending in August was estimated at $89.3 billion on a non-annualized basis compared to $87.6 billion in July. Year-to-date spending this year is estimated at $623.1 billion compared to…
  • MBS MID-DAY: Strong Bond Market Rally Has Nothing to do with Data

    Matthew Graham
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryIt's asking quite a lot to believe that the single most consistent source of guidance and inspiration for trading levels--economic data--is pretty much irrelevant at the moment, but it's true. ADP Employment came out this morning at 8:15am. In the past, any big reaction to ADP data begins PROMPTLY at 8:15:001. We got nothing today. 8:20am, however, was a different story. This told us oh so much about the nature of the rally right out of the gate this morning. 8:20 is the time of day where bond markets officially "switch on" for the day due to the…
  • Judge Cites Unequivocal Language in Dismissing Fannie/Freddie Lawsuit

    Jann Swanson
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireA lawsuit challenging the manner in which profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) have been allocated to the U.S. Treasury was dismissed on Tuesday by a U.S. District Court judge. The suit, brought by institutional investors Perry Capital, LLC, Fairholme Funds, Inc. and Arrowood Indemnity Company, contested a change in the Senior Preferred Stock Agreement negotiated between the GSEs and the Treasury Department in August 2008 when the GSEs were placed in government conservatorship. The three companies originally filed separate lawsuits in July 2013 but it…
  • Stonegate's New Channel; CFPB's Consent Order Against a Title Insurer

    Rob Chrisman
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Posted To: Pipeline PressWhen I was young, my parents taught me that my income was my own business, and talking about wages and bonuses with others never did anyone any good. But per the Small Business Administration, that has all changed, at least for anyone dealing with the Federal Government. "On September 17, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would prohibit federal contractors from maintainin g pay secrecy policies . The rule, which implements Executive Order 13655, would require most contractors and…
  • Mortgage Application Volume Continues to Slide

    Jann Swanson
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireLast week was another down week for mortgage applications according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey data for the week ended September 26 showed a 0.2 percent decrease in applications as reflected in its seasonally adjusted Market Composite Index. Compared with the previous week the decline in the unadjusted index was twice as large. MBA's Refinance Index was down 0.3 percent from the week ended September 19 and applications for refinancing comprised 56 percent of total loan applications. That share was unchanged from…
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  • 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, […]
  • Handy Tips for Moving Out of State

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

  • Johnson Controls to Sell Building Management Unit

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    In a move to refocus on its core manufacturing and engineering business, Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) today announced it plans to divest its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) division, a $4.3 billion business which provides on-site management of corporate real estate and energy management for large companies around the world. Alex Molinaroli, who was promoted to chairman and CEO of Milwaukee-based Johnson Controlsone year ago with a mandate for...
  • GAME ON: News Corp.'s $950M Deal for Move Affirms Value of Real Estate Marketplaces

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Announcing it wants to make online real estate "a powerful pillar of our portfolio," News Corp., the global publishing giant headed by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, agreed to buy Move Inc., the operator of realtor.com and other US real estate web sites, for $950 million. Under terms of the deal, Murdoch’s News Corp. and REA Group Ltd., a News Corp. affiliate that operates the leading residential property website in Australia, realestate.com.au, agreed...
  • Lease Up (Sep. 29) Venable to Anchor New District of Columbia Development

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    By Michael Horwitz Venable LLP, one of the biggest law firms in DC with approximately 400 lawyers and staff, confirmed plans to move its Washington office to 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.'s Penn Quarter area. The move is slated to occur once the currently under construction office project delivers in the first quarter of 2017. Gould Property Co. and Oxford Properties are redeveloping the property where Venable will occupy nearly...
  • Sabra Health Care Acquires 21 Senior Facilities in 15 States

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Irvine, CA-based Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. has acquired a portfolio of 21 independent living facilities from affiliates of Holiday Acquisition Holdings Corp. for $550 million cash. Sabra entered into a 15-year, triple-net master lease agreement with certain wholly-owned subsidiaries of Holiday AL Holdings LP, an affiliate of Holiday, which will continue to operate and manage the facilities. The master lease has two five-year renewal options...
  • Excel Trust Secures $223 Million Shopping Center Portfolio in Utah

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Excel Trust (NYSE: EXL), a retail-focused real estate investment trust based out of San Diego, added approximately 1.6 million square feet to its national retail holdings with the acquisition of three Family Center retail properties from DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR), a retail REIT based in Beachwood, OH, for $223.3 million, or approximately $138 per square foot. The three properties involved in the transaction were the Family Center at Fort Union in Midvale...
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  • 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…
  • Friday Flash: Revenge of the nutjobs?

    Brian Boero
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Move released a mobile version of its FIND application this week. FIND, you may recall, is an MLS add-on that allows agents to dive deep into on and off-market property information. The big picture here: Agents are WAY behind consumers when it comes to accessing property data on mobile devices. The lag isn’t because agents are laggards; the real estate business-to-business software vendors are. Agents who should have had “The MLS at their fingertips” years ago are routinely embarrased by consumers equipped with MLS-based mobile apps like Redfin or Estately. That finally seems to be…
  • Real Estate’s Madchester moment

    Joel Burslem
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The Haçienda was a nightclub in a former warehouse in an industrial part of Manchester, England. And at some point in the late Eighties and early Nineties, it became the birthplace for a new musical movement. The “Madchester” scene mixed guitar riffs and electronic music (think synths and programmable drum machines) to create a new style of music that was part rock and roll, part rave and was, most importantly, eminently danceable. Bands like the Happy Mondays, James, Paris Angels and the Stone Roses launched the scene. Later they spread and birthed later “baggy” bands like…
  • Just say no to “virtual tours”

    Brian Boero
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Imagine you are looking for a home online. You see a listing in your target neighborhood that’s right in your price range. Would you like a “Virtual Tour?” Why, of course you would. It sounds good – a bit of futuristic, time-saving candy. But reality isn’t so sweet. Old habits die hard What we in the real estate industry call a “virtual tour” is, more often than not, a stitched-together montage of blurriness upon which a blanket of Muzak has been lain. Blech. 1000watt does lots of usability tests on real estate apps and websites. Users click on “virtual tour” links or…
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    Zillow Blog

  • 5 Ideas for Creating a Bedroom Retreat on a Budget

    Erika Riggs
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    As days get shorter, you may be spending more time — even hibernating — in your bedroom. This season you can create a relaxing bedroom retreat without breaking a bank. Check out some tips from Zillow’s Board of Designers to make the perfect, affordable retreat. 1. Paint the walls Painting is always the first suggestion for a room redo. Affordable and DIY-friendly, a fresh coat of paint on the walls will dramatically change the room for the better. If you’re going for a relaxing look, most designers suggest gray paint. The neutral color works with several other…
  • Homes in Walkable Neighborhoods for Under $500,000

    Emily Heffter
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Being able to walk from home to shops and restaurants is convenient, charming and a priority for some of today’s home shoppers. The trend is reinvigorating forgotten neighborhoods in small towns and big cities. Even car-centric Los Angeles is getting in on the walking craze. Here are some homes for less than $500,000 in walkable neighborhoods — as calculated by Walk Score. Norfolk, VA 310 W 26th St, Norfolk, VA For sale: $123,900 This recently-renovated 4-bedroom, 2-bath home is close to downtown Norfolk, Old Dominion University and the naval bases. The home has a Walk Score…
  • Kate Mara’s Historic Condo No ‘House of Cards’

    Emily Heffter
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    “House of Cards” actress Kate Mara is selling her 2-bedroom unit in The Warwick in West Los Angeles. Source: IMDb She bought it in 2005 for $620,000, the same year she appeared in “Brokeback Mountain.” Mara, 31, appeared in “24″ as a computer analyst and “House of Cards” as journalist Zoe Barnes. She is playing Sue Storm in the new movie “The Fantastic Four,” which is set to be released next year. Her L.A. apartment is convenient to Hollywood studios and has panoramic views to the west and north. The 1928 unit is 909 square feet, and…
  • For Sale: Clark Gable’s Former Palm Springs Estate

    Emily Heffter
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    The pink stucco home once shared by leading man Clark Gable and actress Carole Lombard is for sale in Palm Springs. The 4-bedroom, 6-bath home is owned film producer Joel Douglas, whose father is Kirk Douglas and brother is Michael Douglas, as reported by The Los Angeles Times. The mustachioed Hollywood legend lived in the estate in the Las Palmas neighborhood during his brief marriage to Lombard, who died in a 1942 plane crash. The two were married in 1939, Gable’s third of five marriages. Built in 1925, the charming home has more than 3,000 square feet and has been restored. It has…
  • 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Drop Slightly

    Lauren Braun
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 4.08 percent, down from 4.13 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered around 4.13 percent for most of the week, falling to 4.04 percent on Monday before rising to the current rate. “After holding steady for much of the week, rates dropped to three-week lows on Monday, driven down by political unrest in Hong Kong,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “We expect rates to remain volatile this week as the…
 
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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

  • The House Flipper’s Guide to Great Short Sale Deals

    Conor Flaherty
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Finding a flip that is a good deal is hard. The biggest reason for the difficulty is the intense competition — particularly in markets that are hot, as many are today. I have tried hundreds of strategies to find and secure good deals for a flip including cold calling, making a bazillion offers, voodoo, praying and other superstitious antics. The best strategy by far has been creating a pipeline of short sale deals. There are still plenty of short sale deals to be had out there, even though prices are rising in many areas. A short sale is a type of real estate sale where the seller/owner…
  • One Proven Piece of Advice to Improve All Your Investing Decisions (The Buffett Series)

    Chad Carson
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    “Everything popular is wrong.”  — Oscar Wilde, Irish Playwright and Poet “When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain Back when you were a young teenager, going against the popular trends was probably not fun. Instead, you tended to do what everyone else did because it protected your fragile self confidence from the ridicule of other kids. But now we’re all adults. We need to hear the message from people like Warren Buffett and Oscar Wilde that says: Doing what is popular is dangerous. Warren Buffett…
  • Can The Apartment Market Continue to Boom?

    Drew Sygit
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Multifamily rentals — by and large, “apartments” — are strong and not showing any signs of slowing down. Axiometrics, a research firm that studies apartment rentals across the United States, released a statement in May that pointed out that apartment rent growth in April had reached a peak higher than it had achieved since the economy collapsed in 2008. Rents nationwide went up by a jawdropping 3.4%. Then in June, they pointed out to the world that apartment occupancy in May was higher that month than it had been since the firm had started keeping track in April of…
  • To Rent or To Buy: A Complete Analysis for Prospective Homeowners

    Eric Drenckhahn
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The question to rent or buy a home is always a great one. There are many calculators on the web that compute all sorts of things, including depreciation, appreciation, tax deductions, etc. But none of these calculators factor in the flexibility of renting and the financial advantages you can have if you rent. If you rent and take advantage of its perks, you can be farther along the path of financial freedom than if you buy. There Are Many Advantages to Renting You only “buy” the space you need, when you need it You can be mobile and have shorter commutes No maintenance costs You…
  • 14 Effective Pages for a Fully Optimized, Lead Generating Website

    Antonio Coleman
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    What a beautiful time of the year it is heading into my favorite season, Fall. You walk outside and start to see signs of the weather changing, from the leaves on the trees to the crisp chill in the air. Fall and Spring here in the South are maybe the most-loved seasons due to the fact that they bring weather that’s pretty much perfect. Mid-80’s is what we like down here — especially because our winters and summers are brutal months. When it’s hot, it’s hot, and when it’s cold, it’s cold, so we all enjoy seeing and feeling the warmth of Fall and…
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    Rain City Guide

  • 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…
  • “Offers to Be Considered on a Future Date”: Is This Really Fair to Buyers?

    Craig Blackmon
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    As I work my way back into the market following the launch of my real estate firm, I am learning just how difficult it is from a buyer’s perspective.  Specifically, I am trying to get a client into a $400-500k home in West Seattle.  It turns out there are only a few thousand other people looking for the exact same thing, and a few dozen homes that fit the description.  OK, I’m making these numbers up, but you get the drift.  It’s tough out there. Until this week, I had a high degree of respect for sellers and their agents who noted in the listing that the seller would…
 
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  • Colorado city in top 25 for construction job growth

    Mark Harden
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Greeley is tied for 24th place out of 339 U.S. metro areas in a ranking of one-year construction job growth rates by the Associated General Contractors of America. The ranking compares changes in construction-related employment in the 339 metros from August 2013 to August 2014. Cities are ranked on the percentage of change in construction jobs, not on total job numbers. Greeley — at the heart of an oil and gas boom — tied with five other metros for 24th place with a 12 percent growth rate,…
  • PHOTO TOUR: 12-story 250 S. High St. tops out, marking midpoint in construction

    Brian R. Ball
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Construction of the 12-story $51 million office and apartment complex at 250 S. High St. reached a milestone this morning. Developers Daimler Group Inc. and Kaufman Development watched as crews hoisted up a crossbar marking the top structural level of the project. “We’ll be done June 1,” Daimler President Bob White Jr. told me on the construction elevator up to the ninth floor to get a view of the city. “So we’re pretty much halfway through. We’re poured through the ninth floor, with…
  • Mod Pizza secures four new Houston locations, more to come

    Jenny Agee-Aldridge
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A Washington-based, gourmet pizza company will make its Houston area debut later this month in the Vintage Marketplace with three more locations secured. And plans for more are underway. Mod Pizza will open its Vintage restaurant in northwest Houston on Oct. 23 and has secured locations at the Tuscany Square Shopping Center on San Felipe in the Galleria area to open in December. It will also open a restaurant at 2682 Pearland Parkway in January and a fourth location in a new shopping center,…
  • Two new men’s clothing retailers to open in downtown Dayton

    Olivia Barrow
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Men’s fashion is getting a boost in downtown Dayton as two men’s clothing stores plan to open in first-floor retail spaces. Linwood Men’s Store plans to open in October at 27 S. St. Clair St., in what is currently a vacant space in the St. Clair Lofts, according to the Downtown Dayton Partnership. The store will carry men’s suits, jeans, and accessories like ties, watches and wallets. Another men’s fashion retailer plans to open Oct. 3 in the Kettering Tower lobby, called K.J. Boze Couture.…
  • Thirsty for inside track on Great American Beer Festival? Tap into our live Facebook Q&A

    Caitlin Hendee
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The Great American Beer Festival is Colorado's premiere craft brewing event, offering nearly 50,000 attendees the chance to sample over 3,500 brews from more than 700 breweries at the Colorado Convention Center in four hours time. Whether you're one of the lucky ones who nabbed a ticket before they sold out in 32 minutes or not, the craft beer scene in Colorado is exploding. Tuesday, DBJ craft brewing reporter Ed Sealover will offer you the inside track on the festival and the 250-plus beer-related…
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    Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants

  • Bloomberg View Column: Giant Condo Tower Needs More Billionaires

    Jonathan Miller
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Giant Condo Tower Needs More Billionaires. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. Here’s an excerpt… In post-crash Manhattan’s high-end real estate, few projects loom larger or more visibly than the 1,004-foot-high One57, the tallest residential-hotel building in New York. This is a rarefied market, with two penthouse units selling for more than $90 million each, including one to hedge-fund baron Bill Ackman. Amid all the hyperventilating about the tower, including complaints that it’s out of scale with the…
  • Lone Wolves: Appraisers Fighting Everyone, Including Appraisers

    Jonathan Miller
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    A few days ago I published a critical piece on the appraisal industry for Bloomberg View called Guess What’s Holding Back Housing. There are many great people, incredible talents and solid organizations within the appraisal profession. But in my opinion only 20% of the industry are truly competent professionals and the remainder are merely varying degrees of form fillers. I have been an appraiser for 28 years and it is apparent that the industry is dying a death of a thousand knives. One of the key reasons for this slow death is the lack of national leadership and the extreme…
  • Bloomberg View Column: Housing’s New Wealth Effect

    Jonathan Miller
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Housing’s New Wealth Effect. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. Here’s an excerpt… It was a busy week for housing market reports. The U.S. Census published its new home-sales results for August, showing an 18 percent gain from the prior month and a 33 percent increase from August 2013. News headlines relied on words such as “surged” and “soared” to describe the results. Only a few days earlier, the National Association of Realtors released its existing home-sales report for August, which showed month-over-month…
  • Bloomberg View Column: Guess What’s Holding Back Housing

    Jonathan Miller
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Guess What’s Holding Back Housing. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. Here’s an excerpt… During the U.S. housing boom, real-estate appraisers acted like deal-enablers rather than valuation experts. Indeed, inflated appraisals were a key ingredient in the erosion of mortgage-lending standards that led to the housing bust. Now we are seeing the opposite — low appraisals — with unwelcome consequences for the housing market. [read more] My Bloomberg View Column Directory My Bloomberg View RSS feed.
  • A Century Later: Manhattan Is Less Crowded

    Jonathan Miller
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    The density of the Five Points in 1910 was absolutely incredible.  The 2010 population density is much more balanced across the island. NYU’s Marion Institute of Urban Management is offering a free seminar at the New York Public Library called “The Rise and Fall of Manhattan Density” to explain how this happened.
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  • On 56th anniversary of credit cards, Fed says consumer debt at all-time high

    Marti Trewe
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    (Economy) Consumer debt hits an all-time high as we celebrate nearly six decades of charge cards, but one generation is refusing to fuel the post-recession run up on charge cards. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Profile of today’s brand advocates, how to get them to evangelize for you

    AG Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    (Business Marketing) A new study reveals that there are 37.5 million American adults that want to be brand advocates and don't want to get paid - how are you tapping into this opportunity!? Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Addressing core religious beliefs during the hiring process

    AG Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    (Business) Corporate core religious beliefs can determine and employee's benefits and coverage; find out how to address this delicate issue. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • The future is here: create 3D scans of virtually any object

    Jennifer Walpole
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    (Tech News) 123D Catch from Autodesk turns photos into extraordinary 3D models which can be edited, refined, and then printed into 3D models. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • PhotoFeeler evaluates which profile pictures you should or shouldn’t use

    Jennifer Walpole
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    (Social Media) Photofeeler can help you choose which profile picture to so you are always giving the best first impression. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
 
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  • Free ‘big data’ resources help agents target new clients

    Guest Contributor
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By BRYAN ROBERTSON The power of big data is about understanding patterns of consumer behavior and profiles, particularly information around “life events” such as marriage, divorce, job change and births. Having this data enables you to advertise to prospective clients when these events happen. While you could pay to get this information, some of it you can get on your own without paying a dime. All you have to do is look at your own neighborhood and what’s happening with people and homes there. Big data No. 1 — Buyer profiles This might seem a bit invasive, but it’s powerful in…
  • 99 ways to market your real estate website

    Laura Monroe
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Coming up with fresh ideas to market your brand online in this fast-paced industry is a challenge! There are only so many articles, tweets and posts to read and webinars to attend. We have had so many of you come forward to get the webinar replay and free playbook of slides, so here it is! If you are heading into the fall with a little website burnout, this is the webinar you catch up on. It’s simple. Download 99 Ways You Can Market Your Real Estate Website. Whether you need inspiration, tips, tools, money-saving ideas or just a jolt to your system, we’ve got you covered. Join…
  • Real estate agents using apps, wearable tech to stay safe

    Guest Contributor
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
     By TARA L. CHRISTIANSON With the recent, horrible, kidnapping and death of Realtor Beverly Carter in Arkansas after showing a vacant home to an unknown person, personal safety is first and foremost on people’s minds today. As it should be. Every day. Unfortunately, it can take events like these to take a hard look at how we and our brokerage (and/or our company) handle issues like personal safety for real estate agents. With most agents now carrying mobile devices of some nature and new technologies being released all the time, there are a number of materials, devices, companies and apps…
  • Why every agent should ‘own’ their marketing — literally

    Guest Contributor
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    By JENNIFER SNYDER I believe that owning your own marketing is critical to being a successful Realtor. By marketing, I specifically mean the tools and materials that you use to promote your real estate business. By owning your own marketing, you are not at the mercy of your broker or other platforms to earn your business. You are also branding yourself as a Realtor and not your broker when you own your own marketing. Finally, you appear more professional and come across as more of an expert when you brand yourself differently than other Realtors. I can think of no better examples of owning…
  • Do you have – gasp! – HGTV Syndrome?

    ActiveRain
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By SHANNON MILLIGAN HGTV is a fun escape for many of us and a glimpse into the world of all things real estate and do-it-yourself. Even though I can work up to 80 hours a week as a Richmond, Virginia, Realtor, I still indulge in an episode of “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers” and “Flip or Flop” from time to time. However, being in the business allows me to take each program with a grain of salt. For example, in real life it often takes more than three homes for a client to make a decision with several contingencies involved (home inspection, appraisal,…
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  • Beautiful Home at 2022 Las Flores offered at $599,000.

    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
  • Contemporary Home in Glendale with Stunning Views!!

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    This home begins with the living green wall and bright red door in the front, this remodeled home is full of fun touches that create an inviting, unique home. Pure white walls create an ideal backdrop for the wood floors, natural stone tile, interesting light fixtures, and open floor plan. The stunning view west across Glendale greets you the minute you enter the living room, and can be fully enjoyed from the deck off the dining room. Read More
  • Spanish Pool Home at 5156 Townsend

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Pool party! Why go to Puerto Vallarta when you have the pool, the view of the palm trees, expanses of paver-tiled patio right here in the heart of Eagle Rock? This spacious home began as a small 1924 Spanish cottage and was expanded into a four bedroom, four-bath residence in 1984. The decorative Batchelder-style fireplace in the living room recalls the 1924 charm. Read More
  • Acts of Faith in Real Estate

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    It may come as a surprise to you, but buying or selling a home is largely an act of faith. As a seller, you hire an agent whom you believe will do a good job for you. You turn your keys over to the person you have chosen to handle one of the largest financial transactions that most people ever make. You believe, or should believe, that they will handle this transaction in your best interest and make you the most money possible. It's interesting to me that many sellers believe that it doesn't make a difference which Realtor they hire, that the result will be the same. But that could be a whole…
  • Sweet Mt Washington Cottage at 243 Mt Washington

    4 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Tucked up away from the street, this sweet cottage offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, plus a backyard that is private and green. The current owners have updated every room in the house, including the kitchen and baths. The living room has the original hardwood floors, wainscoting, and abundant light. Enjoy granite counters, new cabinets, a breakfast area, and a dishwasher in the kitchen. The private master suite is located at the back of the house with views of the back yard. Read More
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    RealCentralVA.com

  • Wi-Fi Locks on Houses when you Miss a Payment?

    Jim Duncan
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Wi-fi locks on houses when borrowers miss a payment can’t be that far in the future, based on this NYTimes article: Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March. And for context, Zillow has a nice, digestible post (with pictures) in which they look at subprime mortgages’ return:
  • Student Loans’ Impact on Housing – Two Perspectives

    Jim Duncan
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    I’ve written about student loans’ impact on housing, notably its impact on the Charlottesville market, but these are two recent stories, each with its own take on student loans. (My short opinion: student loans are increasing for the same reason the housing bubble expanded … we do remember what happened to that, right?) The Wall Street Journal: Higher levels of student debt will reduce U.S. home sales by around 8% this year, according to a report released Friday by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, an advisory firm. … Higher debt burdens will defer home purchases for…
  • One of the Best Things about Living in Charlottesville

    Jim Duncan
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Taken on this morning’s bicycle ride on Garth Road. One of the best things about living in Charlottesville is, quite simply, this time of year. The weather – the crisp temperatures, clean air, blue skies – and the changing of the leaves makes this truly a great time to live in Charlottesville. But living in Charlottesville is one thing – making/taking the time to appreciate where we live is another. Search the Charlottesville MLS Copyright RealCentralVA.com, LLC. If you like this post, please, visit RealCentralVA.comwhere this was originally posted. One of the Best…
  • C’Ville Pie Fest 2014 – 28 September

    Jim Duncan
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    I love this about Charlottesville. C’Ville Pie Fest is Back! It’s this Sunday at the Crozet Mudhouse, supports the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, and pie entries are needed (there are some hungry judges!) mmmmm … Pie. It all started on Twitter and was, as I said at the time, ridiculously good fun at the Charlottesville Downtown Mudhouse. And we had pie later in 2009 at Crozet Mudhouse, and it benefited PACEM. And Pie was had in 2010. And more pie in 2011, benefiting the Haven. And the judges: – Head Judge Brian Geiger – Wendy Novicoff – Sean McCord –…
  • Food for Thought about New Economies

    Jim Duncan
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Food for thought … A couple stories and trends that I’m trying to work through as they apply to real estate: Tesla and Uber/Lyft: Tesla, the groundbreaking electric car company is slowly but surely breaking down archaic, consumer-unfriendly barriers to being able to sell their cars direct to consumers, and Tesla is in the midst of building a new infrastructure through which to distribute the fuel for their vehicles. Uber/Lyft, brand new to Charlottesville, have seemingly led to a 65% decline in cab use in San Francisco. The real estate world has its own parallels – real…
 
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    Redfin Real Estate Blog

  • Redfin Celebrity Real Estate Roundup: Summer Swaps

    Alanna Finn
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    It was a busy summer for a lot of celebrities who were buying and selling real estate. Some of our stars even made a few transactions with one other! Check out our latest video on some of our favorite summer celebrity home swaps. Enjoy! The post Redfin Celebrity Real Estate Roundup: Summer Swaps appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.
  • The 10 Best Cities for Coffee Snobs

    Joshua Crespo
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the 61 percent of Americans who have at least one cup of coffee a day, today is your day: National Coffee Day. Plenty of national chains are serving up free cups of joe on this ultra-caffeinated holiday, but many believe that not all coffee is created equal. For some coffee lovers, only “indie” or independently owned, high-end coffee shops will do. To help these discerning coffee addicts, Redfin and Foursquare joined forces to track down the 10 best cities for coffee snobs. We selected these cities because they have the most indie coffee shops per capita, according to Foursquare data.
  • How to Deal with Bad Neighbors and Be a Good One Yourself

    Davis Pemstein
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Becoming a homeowner means committing not just to a home, but to a neighborhood. Unfortunately, while you can always improve a home, you can’t always improve bad neighbors. Today is National Good Neighbor Day, and in honor of the holiday, I’d like to pass on a few tips for new homeowners when it comes to dealing with their neighbors. 1. Know what you’re getting into before you buy You can prevent future headaches by doing research on your neighborhood before you buy a home. You’ll want to find a place that fits your lifestyle, whether you want to start a garage band or you can’t…
  • UnReal Estate of the Week: Amazing Spaces

    Alanna Finn
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    While browsing through luxury real estate listings, we often come across things that take our breath away. We’ve seen it all, from home theaters bigger than real theaters to murals that belong in an art museum. We gathered our favorites in a Redfin Collection called “Just Wow.” Redfin Collections is a fun way to browse, collect and share beautiful photos of homes for sale on Redfin. You’ll find architecture, home decorating ideas, interior design and collections on everything from bathroom ideas, kitchen designs and dream houses. Just Wow is full of the weird and the…
  • Spotting and Fixing Water Damage in Stucco

    Redfin Guest Blogger
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    By William Krech, Krech Exteriors Stucco is a beautiful siding material that is both durable and long-wearing. It can withstand heavy strikes and is easy to repair when superficial cracks appear. It is incredibly versatile and offers a variety of surfacing options, so finding a finish that will suit your home perfectly is practically a given. But despite all the good things about stucco, it may be hiding a deep, dark secret from you: water damage. Stucco can cause water damage? Yes. At least poorly installed stucco can. Like any kind of siding, stucco is meant to protect your home from the…
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    Ubertor Real Estate Blog

  • 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.
  • Single Property Listing Real Estate Websites

    Bryan Garcia
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Last week we rolled out the red carpet for Dedicated Condo Building Websites. This week, in partnership with Limelight Marketing, we’re releasing the Single Property Real Estate Website. Realtors have always asked us what they can do to ensure their listings get the proper exposure on the internet and drive in potential buyers. We’ve written a few blog posts in the past (like this one), that outline the basics. But now, what better way to WOW your clients, get the exposure for that listing, and drive in those buyers than with a stunning website dedicated solely for feature…
  • Show Everyone You’re the Expert with a Dedicated Condo Building Website

    Bryan Garcia
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    The power of focusing on a niche, whether in Real Estate or any type of business, has proven to be a successful business tactic. We’ve written numerous times about the benefit of focusing on a niche, and you can find a few examples here, here, and here. This week, Ubertor is partnering up with Limelight Marketing to deliver the “Dedicated Condo Building Website”. Now you may be asking yourself: I already have a website, why on Earth would I want another website? Well the answer is quite simple (it’s actually in the title)… Become the expert! What better way to…
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    Reverse Mortgage Daily

  • Home Prices Still Undervalued Nationally: Trulia

    Jason Oliva
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Although some high-cost metros across the country have been experiencing double-digit home price gains lately, homes are still 3% undervalued nationally, calming fears of another approaching housing bubble, according to a recent analysis from Trulia.  Trulia’s Bubble Watch indicates whether home prices are overvalued or undervalued compared to their fundamental value by companied prices today with historical prices, incomes and rents. The more prices are overvalued when compared to their fundamentals, the closer the market is to a housing bubble and possibly a subsequent crash.
  • Real Estate Brokers Change Tune to Focus on Older Americans

    Emily Study
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Real estate agents have shifted their focus when dealing with older adults — becoming part therapist, part housekeeper and part adviser to help these clients with everything from reverse mortgages to selling their belongings, according to a Seattle Times article.  “Moving out of a house is overwhelming in general, but it is perhaps even more unnerving later in life, when one is not only shedding the physical objects that are accumulated over the years but also unwinding a lifetime of memories,” Abby Ellin writes.  So to help with the move, realtors are now specializing in helping…
  • Reverse Mortgage Players Recognized in 2014 Tech Awards

    Jason Oliva
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Two recognized operators within the reverse mortgage space, Landmark Network, Inc. and ReverseVision are receiving national recognition for their technology capabilities in the mortgage process.  Eave has been named a finalist in the 15th Annual Mortgage Technology Awards sponsored by Mortgage Technology magazine. To better serve clients in an industry marked by both regulatory and programmatic changes, Los Angeles-based Landmark acknowledged that it, too, must undergo a shift from simply being an appraisal management company (AMC) to a technology provider as well. “This transition we’re…
  • FHA Completes ‘Milestone’ for Lender Handbook

    Cassandra Dowell
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is continuing to make strides toward developing a comprehensive forward mortgage policy handbook as the agency recently completed the first section of the handbook and launched a corresponding web page. FHA’s “Single Family Housing Policy Handbook,” which the agency began developing last year, is an effort to consolidate all FHA Single Family policies and requirements into one authoritative source.  The agency posted two draft sections “Doing Business with FHA – FHA Lenders and Mortgagees” and “Quality Control, Oversight and…
  • Older Americans’ Home Equity Totals $3.7 Trillion, Hits 7-Year High

    Cassandra Dowell
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Americans 62 years old and older now have more equity in their homes than at any time since early 2008, according to the latest Reverse Mortgage Market Index (RMMI). Collective home equity of Americans 62 and older has grown by more than 22% since the second quarter of 2012, to a total of $3.73 trillion, according to the data released by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association and RiskSpan. The figure surpasses the senior home equity $83.5 billion surge in the fourth quarter of 2013, as senior home equity continues to show marked progress as it edges closer to earlier highs.  The…
 
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    The Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • Creative Real Estate Marketing Ideas to Sell a Listing

    Vinny La Barbera
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    You're familiar with the definition of insanity, right? We're not calling you insane, but if you're still marketing your real estate business and your clients' properties the same ways as every other agent and expecting better or different results, then....well, you know the rest. In this article, we're going to give you some creative real estate marketing ideas to sell a listing. Most of you won't try them, but those of you that do will see results that you've never experienced before. Are you ready to try something new? The post Creative Real Estate Marketing Ideas to Sell a Listing…
  • Elements of Effective Real Estate Websites: The Community Info Page

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Must See! 15 Nathan’s Path, Wallingford CT 06492

    Harriman Real Estate
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Beautiful 4 bedroom home for sale at 15 Nathans Path, Wallingford, CT ! Home Photos Local Schools Patricia Harriman Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-672-4499 Questions? Schedule a Showing! 15 NATHANS PATH Wallingford, CT 06492 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms : 3 ( 2 full, 1 half ) List Price: $424,900 Living Area Approx : 2650 15 Nathans Path is a sprawling home set on a private lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. Located in sought-after neighborhood close to schools. Perfect floor plan for entertaining! Great room with fireplace, 1st floor MBR suite, large deck, heated pool, 3 car garage & many upgraded…
 
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    Atlanta Real Estate Blog

  • 1925 Pine Mountain Road Kennesaw Ga 30152

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    1925 Pine Mountain Road Kennesaw Ga 30152 FMLS # 5342543 A world-class estate privately nestled on approximately 2.7 acres featuring the finest craftsmanship accented with exquisite imports from around the globe. Located in the gated community of Stonebridge, this home offers privacy and security with convenience to local attractions and entertainment. The well-appointed brick manor fea...Read More »
  • 3081 Moss Stone Lane Marietta Ga 30064

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    3081 Moss Stone Lane Marietta Georgia 30064 FMLS # 5330688 Beautiful Williamscraft resale!  Spacious floorplan with Master on Main plus an additional bedroom suite also on the main level.Perfect in-law or teen suite on terrace level. Large banquet size dining room.  Gourmet kitchen opens to vaulted keeping room with fireplace and spacious breakfast area. Two story grand room with c...Read More »
  • 4558 Bryten Drive Douglasville, Ga 30135

    12 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    4558 Bryten Drive Douglasville, Ga 30135 FMLS # 5185963 Majestically perched atop a hill you will feel the elegance and grace upon arrival at this 4 sided brick European Style home.  This custom built estate is nestled privately on approximately a 1 acre lot and boasts the finest of lavish appointments and details. Your guest will be welcomed by the circular driveway and lush landsc...Read More »
  • 271 Carl Sanders Drive Acworth Ga 30101

    3 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    271 Carl Sanders Drive Acworth, Georgia 30101 FMLS # 5298375 This exquisite golf course estate is located in the gated Governors Towne Club subdivision. The home welcomes you with curved cascading staircases and gleaming Brazilian cherry wood floors. Seven bedrooms, and 6 full and 2 half bath custom built home with four sides brick on the #6 green and lake. The main level features...Read More »
  • Staging Your Atlanta Home to Sell

    16 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    Home staging is an important step in the successful sale of your home. Sprucing up your house inside and out can pay off big dividends in your final sale price. The art of home staging is often best left to Atlanta real estate professionals, but there are a number of steps you can take to get your house market-ready as well. We have four steps to home staging to help you attract buyers and a high...Read More »
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    Arizona Mortgage News

  • 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…
  • Getting Down Payment Money Just Got a Little Easier

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

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Sofa tables are suitable for you who have a small living room. Currently, minimalist house become the choice of many people. In addition to the simple design, minimalist house also gives the impression to the owner straightforward. Minimalist home is also considered easier to maintain than the classic home. If you have a minimalist home, […]
  • Movable Kitchen Islands for Small Kitchen

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Movable kitchen islands are home furnishings that are very popular in this era. In addition to the unique shape, this thing has a very powerful function for our activities in the kitchen. This feature is also becoming one of the features that are favored by the lovers of kitchen interior. This stuff can make you […]
  • Unique Picnic Tables

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Picnic tables are an ordinary object that we take when we picnic somewhere. This table serves as the other tables that are to place our food. Many people complain of difficulty in bringing the goods carried, including picnic tables. Traveling to the beach, the park, or the mountains with a table of course make your […]
  • Excellence of Paver Patio Designs for Small Yard

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Paver patio designs are a design inspired by Spanish-style architecture. Maybe you rarely hear this term, you may have never even heard of it. Well, the patio is derived from the Spanish language. It can be interpreted as the backyard. It can also be interpreted as a terrace. Patio itself actually has the characteristics of […]
  • Spongebob Toddler Ted for Your Baby

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    Spongebob toddler bed is a unique bed design patterned cartoon character. It is appropriate that we give comfort to our toddler because they also wanted a design that could please them. They may not ask us. We are the one who should understand what they see themselves like, like a cartoon character Spongebob squarepants. This […]
 
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  • Jeff Goldblum goes shirtless in wild ad

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Jeff Goldblum goes shirtless in wild adGettyYou'll never recognize the 'Jurassic Park' star in this completely bonkers commercial about light bulbs. His gold chain and cheetah boxersMore entertainment newsClooney donates wedding moneyBaby for 'Bachelorette' couple
  • School kids put at risk in latest Ebola scare

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    School kids put at risk in latest Ebola scareGettyTexas Gov. Rick Perry announced on Tuesday details surrounding the man diagnosed with the deadly virus and others who may be exposed.Precautions in effect right nowRelated Ebola coverage5 things to know about first US caseTimeline of US Ebola diagnosis
  • Report: Marine jailed in Mexico tried to kill self

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Report: Marine jailed in Mexico tried to kill self Getty The mother of a Marine being held in a Mexican prison testified before Congress Wednesday -- and gave a harrowing report on his condition.'Suffering an ordeal worse than ...' More newsArias defense costs top $2.5MCop on leave after using stun gun
  • Missing child found 12 years after vanishing

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Missing child found 12 years after vanishingFindSabrina.orgA young girl who has been missing for over a decade was reunited with her father after being found and rescued on Tuesday. Place she was discovered More newsAssassination article turns headsCalif. OKs landmark gun law
  • Secret Service director resigns amid scandal

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Secret Service director resigns amid scandalGettyAfter coming under fire for numerous security breaches, Julia Pierson has stepped down as the head of the Secret Service.Deceit Obama couldn't overlookMore headlinesISIS beheads three more victimsPaper of record calls for layoffs
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  • Jeff Goldblum goes shirtless in wild ad

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Jeff Goldblum goes shirtless in wild adGettyYou'll never recognize the 'Jurassic Park' star in this completely bonkers commercial about light bulbs. His gold chain and cheetah boxersMore entertainment newsClooney donates wedding moneyBaby for 'Bachelorette' couple
  • School kids put at risk in latest Ebola scare

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    School kids put at risk in latest Ebola scareGettyTexas Gov. Rick Perry announced on Tuesday details surrounding the man diagnosed with the deadly virus and others who may be exposed.Precautions in effect right nowRelated Ebola coverage5 things to know about first US caseTimeline of US Ebola diagnosis
  • Report: Marine jailed in Mexico tried to kill self

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Report: Marine jailed in Mexico tried to kill self Getty The mother of a Marine being held in a Mexican prison testified before Congress Wednesday -- and gave a harrowing report on his condition.'Suffering an ordeal worse than ...' More newsArias defense costs top $2.5MCop on leave after using stun gun
  • Missing child found 12 years after vanishing

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Missing child found 12 years after vanishingFindSabrina.orgA young girl who has been missing for over a decade was reunited with her father after being found and rescued on Tuesday. Place she was discovered More newsAssassination article turns headsCalif. OKs landmark gun law
  • Secret Service director resigns amid scandal

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Secret Service director resigns amid scandalGettyAfter coming under fire for numerous security breaches, Julia Pierson has stepped down as the head of the Secret Service.Deceit Obama couldn't overlookMore headlinesISIS beheads three more victimsPaper of record calls for layoffs
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  • Jeff Goldblum goes shirtless in wild ad

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Jeff Goldblum goes shirtless in wild adGettyYou'll never recognize the 'Jurassic Park' star in this completely bonkers commercial about light bulbs. His gold chain and cheetah boxersMore entertainment newsClooney donates wedding moneyBaby for 'Bachelorette' couple
  • School kids put at risk in latest Ebola scare

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    School kids put at risk in latest Ebola scareGettyTexas Gov. Rick Perry announced on Tuesday details surrounding the man diagnosed with the deadly virus and others who may be exposed.Precautions in effect right nowRelated Ebola coverage5 things to know about first US caseTimeline of US Ebola diagnosis
  • Report: Marine jailed in Mexico tried to kill self

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Report: Marine jailed in Mexico tried to kill self Getty The mother of a Marine being held in a Mexican prison testified before Congress Wednesday -- and gave a harrowing report on his condition.'Suffering an ordeal worse than ...' More newsArias defense costs top $2.5MCop on leave after using stun gun
  • Missing child found 12 years after vanishing

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Missing child found 12 years after vanishingFindSabrina.orgA young girl who has been missing for over a decade was reunited with her father after being found and rescued on Tuesday. Place she was discovered More newsAssassination article turns headsCalif. OKs landmark gun law
  • Secret Service director resigns amid scandal

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Secret Service director resigns amid scandalGettyAfter coming under fire for numerous security breaches, Julia Pierson has stepped down as the head of the Secret Service.Deceit Obama couldn't overlookMore headlinesISIS beheads three more victimsPaper of record calls for layoffs
 
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    Latest Activity on CREOpoint

  • 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…
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postMichiel van Zadel, Will Rapaport Join UIP Asset ManagementUIP Asset Management, Inc., a subsidiary of the UIP Companies, Inc. of Washington, DC, has appointed Michiel van Zadel Vice President of Asset Management and Will Rapaport Director of Acquisitions. In addition, Jonathan Mayer has been promoted to Vice President of Acquisitions.Michiel van Zadel joins UIPAM from Bouwfonds Investment Management in the Netherlands, where he served as Portfolio and Fund Manager, overseeing $1.5 billion of US multifamily investments on behalf of institutional and high net…
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    Apartment Ratings

  • 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)…
  • Eco-Friendly Decorating

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

    Inman News
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The Long & Foster Companies Inc., the third-largest brokerage in the U.S., has acquired the big Philadelphia-based firm Century 21 Alliance. Already the second-largest firm in Philadelphia, Long & Foster will creep closer to market-leader Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach ...
  • Realogy subsidiary NRT buys Coldwell Banker affiliate in central Pennsylvania

    Inman News
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Realogy subsidiary NRT LLC is creating a new 650-agent, 22-office Coldwell Banker Real Estate brokerage in central Pennsylvania by merging a newly acquired Coldwell Banker affiliate with a nearby company-owned, ERA-affiliated brokerage. The new Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based firm will operate as Coldwell ...
  • Zillow-owned StreetEasy unveils crop of mobile products

    Teke Wiggin
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Just over a year after being acquired by Zillow, StreetEasy, the popular listing portal covering the New York City area, has trotted out a trifecta of mobile products that it says will make it easier for consumers to search its database on the fly. ...
  • New RPR mobile app offers Realtors on-the-go access to 166 million property database

    Andrea V. Brambila
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Realtor-owned technology company Realtors Property Resource has rolled out its first mobile application, offering all 1 million-plus Realtors on-the-go access to its parcel-based property database at no additional cost. National Association of Realtors subsidiary RPR and its database of the ...
  • Free ‘big data’ resources help agents target new clients

    Guest Contributor
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The power of big data is about understanding patterns of consumer behavior and profiles, particularly information around “life events” such as marriage, divorce, job change and births. Having this data enables you to advertise to prospective clients when these events happen ...
 
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  • 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,…
  • A Fall Day at Lake Le Homme Dieu

    Craig Mische
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Earlier this morning there was a scheduled showing at one of my listings at Alexandria’s Chain of Lakes and as the owners were out of town for the day, I had to disarm the security system prior to the showing, unlock the front door and turn on lights for the showing agent. Afterwards, I drive to a friend’s cottage at the north end of Lake Le Homme Dieu. She also is out of town and gave me permission to stop by while she was away to record some video. The cottages, cabins and homes you will see in the video below are some of the classics of County Road 120.
  • Summer of 2014

    Craig Mische
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Are any of you in denial about summer being over? I sure am. September is my favorite month of Minnesota weather but I can’t believe I folded back the June, July and August pages of my 2014 calendar. One of my favorite videos from the summer of 2014 is below. My friends and partners at Counselor Realty, Tom and Linda Akenson, were going to boat over to pick me up for a cruise on Lake Carlos. I told Linda to text me as they were leaving their dock so I could catch some aerial video. She did and when Tom spotted eye in the sky, he hammed it up a bit. They are in a 20 foot 1960 Chris-Craft…
  • For Sale at the South End of Lake Le Homme Dieu

    Craig Mische
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Located at the south end of Lake Le Homme Dieu is a brick exterior home that was completed in 2000. The current owners had it custom built by a longtime Alexandria builder with a stellar reputation, Wambeke Family Builders. The 5,745 square feet (finished) was built on 1.99 acres and has 236 feet of lakeshore. Not your ordinary lot on Alexandria’s Chain of Lakes. It’s so private yet very close to where you want to be close to; downtown Alexandria, schools, golf courses, Central Lake Trail, medical facilities, grocery and restaurants. MLS 10-15597…$1,199,000 For a larger…
  • The Current Sale to List Ratio

    Craig Mische
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Last month residential homes in Alexandria, both on and off the lake, sold on average at 96.1 percent of the price listed in the Greater Alexandria Area Association of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service. If the sales history is filtered further to lake homes only at Lake Carlos, Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu, the percentage rises to 97.23 percent. The rates for all residential homes has stayed steady all year with the lowest percentage being in March at 95.2%. It is the best metric as the number of all residential sales is more consistent than lakefront sales only. With either, the trend…
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    Developments

  • In GM Building, Weil Gotshal Hops on the Downsizing Bandwagon

    Jennifer Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    New York law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a tenant at the iconic General Motors Building since it opened in 1968 at the southeast corner of Central Park. Now Weil, whose marquee bankruptcy practice also advised the automaker and longtime client during its Chapter 11 restructuring, is shrinking its footprint in the Big Apple. On Tuesday the firm announced it has signed a 15-year lease extension starting in 2019 for approximately 400,000 square feet in the GM Building—a 20% reduction in space compared to the current lease. The shift will give back about three floors and, according…
  • Hotel HQ: Top Starwood Execs Decamping to India for a Month

    Craig Karmin
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is temporarily relocating to the bustling metropolises of Mumbai and New Delhi during March.
  • Blackstone Skyscraper Sale Opens Door for Oxford In Boston

    Eliot Brown
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Oxford-- in a partnership with the asset management arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. – bought four office towers totaling 2.2 million square feet in the city from Blackstone Group LP, the company announced Friday.
  • Tensions Ease in Nashville Between Zillow and Home Listing Service

    Peter Grant
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Zillow Inc. and an association of brokers in the Nashville, Tennessee area have tentatively resolved their dustup over online home sale listings in the region. The tension in Nashville boiled over earlier this month when the regional multiple listing service, named RealTracs Solutions, announced that it was changing the listing information that it would be providing online real estate portals like Zillow and Trulia.
  • Saks Deal Is A Sign of New Luxury Era in Downtown Manhattan

    Peter Grant
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Luxury retail is beginning to boom in Downtown Manhattan. The announcement Wednesday that a Saks Fifth Avenue department store will open in Brookfield Place is the latest sign that shopping in the city’s financial district is going upscale. Other tenants that Brookfield Property Partners LP has signed at the retail complex that it’s overhauling include Burberry, Emenegildo Zegna and Salvatore Ferragamo.
 
 
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    NYT > Housing

  • House Hunting on ... St. John

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Inventory remains high on the island of St. John, more than half of which is covered by a national park, even though prices have dropped.
  • The Cost of Being Cool

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Cities branded as “cool” often start out poor. But when money starts pouring in, the hip label ends up having a hefty price tag.
  • Christopher A. Meyers

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Meyers is the managing principal of Houlihan Lawrence, a family-owned residential real estate brokerage firm.
  • In a Long Island Hamlet, a Downtown Is Being Built From Scratch

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A mixed-use commercial and residential project is rising near the train station in Wyandanch, N.Y., with leaders hoping it will revive the community.
  • City to Publicly Shame Harassing Landlords

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Starting next year, landlords who run afoul of an anti-harassment law will face public exposure on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development website.
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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 (±16.3%)* above the revised July rate of 427,000 and is 33.0 percent (±21.7%)* above the August 2013 estimate of 379,000.
 
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    Real Estate Agent Market News- IQ Real Estate

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:53 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.
  • Arkansas real estate agent missing, man arrested

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    A man was arrested Monday in the case of an Arkansas real estate agent who disappeared last week, police said, while authorities were still searching for the woman. Arron Michael Lewis was arrested after ...
  • Odd Text Real Estate Agent Is Found Dead

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Real estate agent Beverly Carter, who had been missing since last week, has been found dead in Arkansas, police have said.
  • Body of Arkansas Real Estate Agent Found

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Authorities found the body of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter overnight, days after she vanished while showing a house to a prospective customer.
  • Police: Body of Arkansas real estate agent found

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    SCOTT, Ark. (AP) - Police discovered the body of a missing Arkansas real estate agent in a shallow grave at a concrete company early Tuesday, and a man has been jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and killing her, authorities said.
 
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    Business Insider

  • FINANCIAL ADVISOR INSIGHTS: During Times Like This, Advisors Should Call Their Most Anxious Clients

    Elena Holodny
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    FA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. Advisors Should Call Up Their Nervous Clients Today (Advisor Perspectives) Clients always get nervous around a market "hiccup." In these situations, it's important to first understand where this nervousness stems from. Concerns like Ebola, Ukraine, ISIS, elevated valuations of US stocks, and even the memory of the financial crisis six years ago all make clients feel extra anxious. Advisors should identify and call up the clients who are the most nervous. Those who…
  • Steve Smith Says He Found Out He Was Cut On The Radio, Rips The Panthers

    William Scott Davis
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    On the day the Carolina Panthers officially cut him, Steve Smith said there would be "blood and guts" on the field if he ever played his former team. In Week 4 Smith's Baltimore Ravens played Carolina at home and he made good on his promise, torching the Panthers for two touchdowns.  On Wednesday Smith took the feud with his former team a step further. He called into WFNZ radio in Charlotte and ripped the Panthers for the manner in which they cut him. Smith describes a summer meeting with general manager Dave Gettleman where Gettleman called him a "shadow of a player he used to be"…
  • Here Is Apple's New Designer's Philosophy On Marketing And Design

    Katie Richards
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Industrial designer Marc Newson recently joined the Apple team to take on the role of designer for the company. Now he's building out his design credentials even more, working on an innovative product with Krups and Heineken International. It's called The SUB. The SUB is a small machine that holds beer, but is designed to keep your beverage smooth and chilled. Better yet, you don't have to go out to a bar for this beer because it can be poured in your own home.  Newson spoke with PSFK about the mini keg-like product, which is referred to as the "Nespresso of the beer world."…
  • A GoPro Finally Met Its Match In This Stunning Video Of A Volcano

    Caroline Moss
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    A DJI Phantom 2 drone and a GoPro Hero 3 made the trip into Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano head on — and the GoPro didn't make it. Gizmodo reports, DJI's Eric Cheng and an Icelandic photographer named Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson "drove as close as they could to the eruption—and when authorities stopped their car." The bonus of the DJI's Phantom 2 is that it "has a failsafe mechanism that directs the drone to return to the user once it's beyond range."  Check out the video below and more photos of the melted GoPro over on Gizmodo:Join the conversation about this story…
  • PIMCO's Flagship Fund Sees Its 17th Straight Monthly Outflow, And It Was Massive

    Sam Ro
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    PIMCO's flagship Total Return Fund saw a breath taking $23.5 billion in net outflows in September. "Of note, the largest daily outflow occurred on the day of Bill Gross’s resignation from the firm, while outflows on the two following days were considerably smaller," PIMCO said in a press release. That was the 17th straight month of net outflows for a cumulative total amount of about $92 billion. All of this is part of the legacy that CIO Bill Gross leaves behind as he heads to Janus Capital. PIMCO has attracted a lot of attention in recent months, largely because of the unexpected departure…
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    Inman News

  • Long & Foster acquires large Philadelphia brokerage

    Inman News
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The Long & Foster Companies Inc., the third-largest brokerage in the U.S., has acquired the big Philadelphia-based firm Century 21 Alliance. Already the second-largest firm in Philadelphia, Long & Foster will creep closer to market-leader Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach ...
  • Realogy subsidiary NRT buys Coldwell Banker affiliate in central Pennsylvania

    Inman News
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Realogy subsidiary NRT LLC is creating a new 650-agent, 22-office Coldwell Banker Real Estate brokerage in central Pennsylvania by merging a newly acquired Coldwell Banker affiliate with a nearby company-owned, ERA-affiliated brokerage. The new Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based firm will operate as Coldwell ...
  • Zillow-owned StreetEasy unveils crop of mobile products

    Teke Wiggin
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Just over a year after being acquired by Zillow, StreetEasy, the popular listing portal covering the New York City area, has trotted out a trifecta of mobile products that it says will make it easier for consumers to search its database on the fly. ...
  • New RPR mobile app offers Realtors on-the-go access to 166 million property database

    Andrea V. Brambila
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Realtor-owned technology company Realtors Property Resource has rolled out its first mobile application, offering all 1 million-plus Realtors on-the-go access to its parcel-based property database at no additional cost. National Association of Realtors subsidiary RPR and its database of the ...
  • Free ‘big data’ resources help agents target new clients

    Guest Contributor
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The power of big data is about understanding patterns of consumer behavior and profiles, particularly information around “life events” such as marriage, divorce, job change and births. Having this data enables you to advertise to prospective clients when these events happen ...
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  • Crye-Leike expresses condolences in loss of Realtor Beverly Carter

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The company for which the late Beverly Carter worked has posted on their Facebook page an open letter to those who knew and loved Carter, and to those real estate agents and volunteers who joined in the four-day search that ended Tuesday.
  • Investors Unite: We have not yet begun Fannie, Freddie fight

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    The judicial dismissal of a lawsuit brought in District Court by Perry Capital and Fairholme Funds is definitely a set back, but the shareholders fighting against the federal government’s sweep of profits from the GSEs say they are down, but not out by a long shot.
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac stocks plummet amid lawsuit

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stocks dropped on Wednesday, after a judge threw out a lawsuit brought by investors in the companies to stop the government from making the companies pay a quarterly dividend to the U.S. Treasury.
  • FHFA director faces criticism from former allies

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    While they were the original supporters of his appointment, housing advocates are now frustrated with the lack of changes to housing policy since Mel Watt took over.
  • CFPB fines Lighthouse Title for kickbacks

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    “Today’s action sends a clear and simple message, that quid pro quo agreements for real estate referrals are illegal,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Consumer Bureau will continue to take action to ensure that the mortgage market is a level playing field where everyone plays by the rules.”
 
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    Real Estate Agent Market News- IQ Real Estate

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:53 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.
  • Arkansas real estate agent missing, man arrested

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    A man was arrested Monday in the case of an Arkansas real estate agent who disappeared last week, police said, while authorities were still searching for the woman. Arron Michael Lewis was arrested after ...
  • Odd Text Real Estate Agent Is Found Dead

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Real estate agent Beverly Carter, who had been missing since last week, has been found dead in Arkansas, police have said.
  • Body of Arkansas Real Estate Agent Found

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Authorities found the body of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter overnight, days after she vanished while showing a house to a prospective customer.
  • Police: Body of Arkansas real estate agent found

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    SCOTT, Ark. (AP) - Police discovered the body of a missing Arkansas real estate agent in a shallow grave at a concrete company early Tuesday, and a man has been jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and killing her, authorities said.
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    Developments

  • In GM Building, Weil Gotshal Hops on the Downsizing Bandwagon

    Jennifer Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    New York law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a tenant at the iconic General Motors Building since it opened in 1968 at the southeast corner of Central Park. Now Weil, whose marquee bankruptcy practice also advised the automaker and longtime client during its Chapter 11 restructuring, is shrinking its footprint in the Big Apple. On Tuesday the firm announced it has signed a 15-year lease extension starting in 2019 for approximately 400,000 square feet in the GM Building—a 20% reduction in space compared to the current lease. The shift will give back about three floors and, according…
  • Hotel HQ: Top Starwood Execs Decamping to India for a Month

    Craig Karmin
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is temporarily relocating to the bustling metropolises of Mumbai and New Delhi during March.
  • Blackstone Skyscraper Sale Opens Door for Oxford In Boston

    Eliot Brown
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Oxford-- in a partnership with the asset management arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. – bought four office towers totaling 2.2 million square feet in the city from Blackstone Group LP, the company announced Friday.
  • Tensions Ease in Nashville Between Zillow and Home Listing Service

    Peter Grant
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Zillow Inc. and an association of brokers in the Nashville, Tennessee area have tentatively resolved their dustup over online home sale listings in the region. The tension in Nashville boiled over earlier this month when the regional multiple listing service, named RealTracs Solutions, announced that it was changing the listing information that it would be providing online real estate portals like Zillow and Trulia.
  • Saks Deal Is A Sign of New Luxury Era in Downtown Manhattan

    Peter Grant
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Luxury retail is beginning to boom in Downtown Manhattan. The announcement Wednesday that a Saks Fifth Avenue department store will open in Brookfield Place is the latest sign that shopping in the city’s financial district is going upscale. Other tenants that Brookfield Property Partners LP has signed at the retail complex that it’s overhauling include Burberry, Emenegildo Zegna and Salvatore Ferragamo.
 
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • The Driverless Car’s Impact on Land Use

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    It’s not very often that a technological change can have an outsized impact on the way we work, live, and play -- or how our communities are developed to accommodate those activities.  Yet the advent of the driverless car – currently being made famous by Google but also being tried out by carmakers – may very well be one of those changes, and in the process could dramatically change our current car-focused land-use patterns over the next several decades. There is actually a precedent for this type of change:  in the early to mid 1800s, the first streetcars (then powered by…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 9/30/14

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 9/30/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: 2Q 2014 GDP grew by 4.6 percent in third and final estimate, up from 4.2 percent in second estimatePending home sales slowed by 1.0 percent in August but remain at second-highest level over last yearConsumer confidence enjoys healthy gain in September to highest level in last seven yearsInitial unemployment claims rise by 12,000 in latest reportOverall durable goods orders plunge in August, but orders for machinery points to…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 9/25/14

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 9/25/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: New home sales surged in August to highest level in more than six yearsJuly FHFA House Price Index up 4.4 percent year-over-year on eighth consecutive monthly increaseMortgage applications fall 4.1 percent in latest survey as rates rise to highest level since May 2014Want 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 9/23/14

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 9/23/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Existing home sales dipped in August as cash buyers retreatLeading Economic Index rose 0.2 percent in AugustPhiladelphia Fed's September Business Outlook Survey improves againWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • September column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    My column for the September 2014 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.For this issue, entitled "The Politics of Drought," I wanted to review the current state of the extreme drought impacting the western U.S. and how the building industry is adapting to it. An excerpt: "...there are some important differences between this event and the last major drought to hit California in 1976-77, in which the state’s reservoirs plummeted to 41 percent of average. On the demand side, although the state’s population has doubled since the last drought, per-capita water use has…
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    Habitat for Humanity - Twin Cities

  • Intern – Family Services – Full Time, Paid, Temporary

    tonyma
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Family Services Intern- Full Time, Paid, Temporary The Family Services Intern will support the work of the Family Services Department by providing assistance with homebuyer closing and underwriting components. This will include providing excellent customer service to homebuyer family applicants and to key staff members cross-departmentally. It will also include creating a New Homeowner Support Packet to assist new families in moving into their new home. The Intern will assist with income verification, completing administrative tasks related to homebuyer closing and public funding, and…
  • Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and Dow create affordable housing in the St.Paul/Minneapolis metro area in partnership with local families

    Becky Engen
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:56 am
    Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is one of 39 global affiliates funded by international partnership St. Paul, MN (May 31, 2014) – Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Dow and local area Dow employees in 2014 to build or rehabilitate a home in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area as part of the company’s 2014 commitment to Habitat for Humanity International. This year, the partnership includes 41 Habitat builds in 15 countries, and more than 1,500 employees who are expected to log 10,000 volunteer hours with Habitat. “We’re thrilled to have The Dow Chemical Company…
  • Events Program Manager – Full Time Position

    tonyma
    14 May 2014 | 10:43 am
    The Events Program Manager plans, organizes and implements special and major events for fundraising and public relations purposes. They also cultivate new and existing donor relationships, securing event sponsorship and in-kind donations as needed. Duties also include leading the home dedication process as well as other events. RESPONSIBILITIES: Plan, coordinate and manage the execution of Fundraising/Special Events, including but not limited to the Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala and Raise the Roof Golf Tournament. Also responsible to lead the home dedication event process Coordinate committee…
  • A New Home for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

    admin02
    24 Feb 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A new landmark for the community on University Avenue in St. Paul Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s New Home at 1954 University Avenue in St. Paul On Monday, February 24, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity moved into its New Home at 1954 University Avenue in St. Paul. This location is at the intersection of Prior and University Avenues, right on the new light rail Green Line. Background: Twin Cities Habitat was started in a church basement in 1985. Since then, our volunteers and staff have helped more than 1,000 local families build and buy Habitat homes in 52 communities across the Twin…
  • The Wizard of Oz cast building with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

    admin02
    3 Dec 2013 | 9:29 am
    The Wizard of Oz musical cast volunteering in two Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity home builds on Tuesday, December 10 What: Cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz musical and the Ordway staff will be working as volunteers to help build two Habitat for Humanity homes in the Twin Cities in support of the “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign. Where/When: Construction Site #1:   5116 35th Ave. N. Crystal 55422 Construction Site #2:   510 Edmund Ave. St. Paul 55103 Volunteers will work from 9am-3pm on Tuesday, December 10. The stars from the musical will be working on Site #1 in Crystal.
 
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    News-to-Use from Region VIII Office of Multifamily Housing

  • Nondirective Memo from the DAS: Clarification on Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan Review Guidance

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    What are we doing? This memorandum provides clarification regarding the review and approval of a multifamily property owner’s Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan (AFHMP) and supersedes the May 15, 2014 Office of Asset Management memorandum on this topic. On April 14, 2014, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) published a memorandum that clarifies when updated AFHMPs need to be submitted to FHEO for review and approval.
  • Deadline Extended for Comments on the Revised Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    On February 28, 2014 the Department posted the draft revised Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide for public comment. At that time the Department asked that all comments be submitted by April 30, 2014. The deadline for submitting comments has now been extended to May 14, 2014. Comments must specifically identify the section number, page, and paragraph number to which they refer. The draft Guide can be found under the section "What's New".
  • Revised Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide Posted for Public Comment

    28 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    On February 28, 2014 the Department posted the draft revised Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide for public comment. The Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide is HUD’s comprehensive guidance for renewing expiring Section 8 contracts. As part of these revisions and as described in the SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION section of this listserv, HUD is also advising the public that Section 9-23 of the Section 8 Renewal Policy Guide describes HUD’s proposed revision to address when rents in a Rent Comparability Study (RCS) exceed 110 percent of the median gross rent by zip code.
  • Deceased Tenant Report Unavailable for Some Multifamily (MF) Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) Users

    21 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    The EIV Information Technical (IT) team has advised us of an issue that is preventing approximately 2,455 MF EIV users with an HUD Systems Coordinator (HSC) role or an HUD Systems User (HSU) role from obtaining a complete Deceased Tenant Report. Specifically, properties that are assigned to an M-ID with only a contract number or only a project number will not appear in the Deceased Tenant Report. If a property is assigned to an M-ID with both a contract number and a project number, the property continues to appear in the Deceased Tenant Report.
  • FY2014 Income Limits Released

    24 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    HUD has released its FY2014 Median Family Income estimates and FY2014 Income Limits. The FY2014 Income Limits were published on December 18, 2013, and are effective immediately. The income limits can be found at http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/il/il14/index.html.
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    National Mortgage News

  • JPMorgan Loses Interim Ruling in RMBS Lawsuit

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    JPMorgan Chase lost a bid to block buyers of $10 billion worth of residential mortgage-backed securities it packaged in 2007 to proceed as a group with their lawsuit alleging the bank misled them.
  • Emerging Strategies for Lending Outside the 'Qualified Mortgage' Box

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Lenders desperately want to make potentially lucrative home loans to those with less-than-stellar credit, but only a few are willing to try given legal uncertainties. Here's how a few are designing their products to get a jump on the competition.
  • Small Banks Brace for Basel III Implementation

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Community banks, by and large, appear well-prepared for capital standards that Basel II will phase in beginning in January. Still, concerns remain on how the requirements will shape cost structures and consolidation at smaller institutions.
  • AllRegs to Publish FHA Single-Family Policies

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    AllRegs has begun publishing FHA single-family policies on its publishing platform.
  • Judge Tosses First GSE Shareholder Lawsuit

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunged in early trading after investors including Bruce Berkowitz's Fairholme Capital Management LLC lost a legal bid yesterday to force the bailed-out companies to share profits with private shareholders.
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • Putting values first at the BPC Housing Summit

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    News from NHCby Amy Clark, National Housing ConferenceValues-based messaging isn’t a new concept. But for many of us in the housing community, putting it into practice can sometimes feel a little like a child’s shaky ride on his first bicycle: very unfamiliar and a bit risky.On Sept. 15, I had the pleasure of welcoming a small group of housers from across the country to the Bipartisan Policy Commission 2014 Housing Summit with a crash course on messaging for affordable housing. After a brief presentation on the importance of putting values first, I challenged those in attendance to work…
  • Determining opportunities for efficiency with SAHF’s EZ Retrofit Tool

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    by Kenley Farmer, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF)NHC invites guest blog posters to write on important housing topics. The views expressed by guest bloggers do not necessarily reflect those of NHC or its members. The nature of the affordable multifamily housing stock presents a unique set of challenges for achieving energy and water savings in the built environment. One of the challenges most often cited in these efforts is the cost of energy audits.  Through HUD’s Energy Innovation Fund, and with the support of ICF International and Bright Power, Stewards of…
  • How far does a health worker’s paycheck have to stretch to pay for housing?

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    by Janet Viveiros, National Housing Conference The health sector is undergoing rapid growth as it expands to meet increasing demand for health care services. This trend is expected to lead to rising numbers of job opportunities for health workers, particularly those who work in doctors’ offices and visit patients in their homes. In light of the sluggish economic recovery, job growth is certainly positive news.Is Housing Affordable for Health Workers?However, even though the outlook for the health care industry is bright, it is less positive for health workers. Many health workers…
  • The new HUD Secretary puts broadband connectivity among his policy priorities

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    by Rebekah King, National Housing ConferenceLast week at the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Summit, the new HUD Secretary, Julián Castro, delivered the closing keynote. His policy speech outlined his priorities for the coming years and included predictable and valuable items like housing finance reform, expanding homeownership lending and rental housing preservation. He also highlighted his goal of increasing opportunity through broadband access and jobs training as well as the Obama Administration’s Promise Zones.  NHC was pleased to hear his emphasis on broadband access,…
  • HUD embraces regulatory flexibility to encourage preservation of affordable rental housing

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    by Ellen Lurie Hoffman, National Housing TrustNHC invites guest blog posters to write on important housing topics.  The views expressed by guest bloggers do not necessarily reflect those of NHC or its members.HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing recently issued guidance to create regulatory flexibility and encourage preservation of existing affordable multifamily properties. In two memos, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Ben Metcalf authorized changes in HUD rules which will ease the burden on property owners trying to recapitalize aging assisted properties and maintain their long-term…
 
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    St. John's Real Estate Homes for Sale

  • 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…
  • Airport Heights Home for Sale – 63 Otter Drive

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

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

  • 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…
  • Introducing Quayside Townhome 5006 | Miami Luxury Real Estate

    Ashton Coleman
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Just Listed Townhomes at Quayside 5006 An amazing tropical paradise within the most secure guard gates of Quayside. Welcome to Townhomes at Quayside #5006 with great open water views of Biscayne Bay along with your boat docked at the back door! This 2-level Townhome has been renovated with over $160,000 in upgrades including an elevator, marble floors, column decor and an upgraded kitchen and bathrooms. Expansive terrace from upper level or lower level with easy pool access exiting to your vessel. Breezes come off the waterways into your home with an outdoor environmental escape not…
  • Just Listed | Trump Palace 1705 | Sunny Isles Beach Seasonal Lease

    Ashton Coleman
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Just Listed at Trump Palace 1705 | Sunny Isles Beach Seasonal Lease Trump Palace #1705 is fully furnished and available with all the luxuries of Trump Resort yet the privacy and amenities of Trump Palace including unlimited parking, 4 pools, tennis, Spa, restaurants and more. Concierge services and gated entryway with the utmost in security and privacy. Residence 1705 is gorgeous with the interior finished in marble and contemporary furniture. The massive Master Bedroom has been enlarged adding more area than any other 2 bedroom line available. Ready for immediate or seasonal lease term.
  • Regalia Sunny Isles Beach | Limited Edition Living

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

  • 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…
  • Bloomberg Radio Guest Interview

    Marco Santarelli
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Once again, I was honored to be invited back as a guest on the Investing Coast-2-Coast radio show with Pete Asmus and Ivan Oberon. These two guys broadcast a great daily radio show and have a ton of fun doing it.  It is a “must listen to” radio program for new and seasoned real estate investors. On the radio show we went into depth on each of my 10 Rules of Successful Real Estate Investing.  We also covered a few other topics as we went off on tangents.  Be sure to listen to the program. Read the rest of Bloomberg Radio Guest Interview » For more articles like this,…
  • 5 Reasons Real Estate Is (Once Again) a Prudent Investment

    Brenton Hayden
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you are someone who has given up on the dream of real estate investment, before even giving it a serious look, consider a few trends. Construction is on the rise, foreclosures and repossessions are decreasing.  The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that new residential sales in May 2014 have increased an estimated 16.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Far from least, US median property sales are up over 11% annually, the biggest increase since 2012. It’s clear, conditions are optimal.  Given today’s economy, with low property prices, decreased interest rates and…
 
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • Add Me To Your Home Screen on your Smart Phone

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Choice Realty)
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Today you can now add your favorite real estate agent to your home screen of your Smart Phone Simply click on this link  to add my information to your HOME PAGE of your Smart Phone. Why would you do this? You now  have my phone number front and center You can contact me with one click. You can share my blog. The options are Facebook , Twitter or Email to a friend. ( This is the highest compliment any Realtor can receive in today's online world!) You can click on profile link. This will take to the section about me. You can also click on the FOLLOW LINK  to follow my local real estate…
  • Does Good Customer Service Matter Anymore?

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Choice Realty)
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    This is a serious question.   This morning as I sit waiting for a service person to install a new dishwasher at my home, I find myself perplexed. Asking myself, how do these people stay in business? The installer is a self employed contractor who represents a big box company. You would think they would do everything possible to maintain the referral connection. With that thought in mind....I was inspired to do this video.      "I believe Good Customer Service Matters!". The better the service, the better the outcome for all involved. Referrals are the lifeline of any business. So, keep…
  • A big shout out to Lake Ridge Virginia Town House Owners

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Choice Realty)
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you own a townhouse that is 10 Years or younger? Have you ever thought of selling?  Well right now in Lake Ridge Virginia there is a shortage of town houses for sale that are less than ten years old. First time buyers are seareching for a home just like yours. If you have a three finished level townhouse with a walkout basement, deck and a fenced yard  in Lake Ridge, Old Bridge Estates, Ridgeleigh, Westridge or The Glen we want to hear from you. Resale inventory is very low. When inventory is LOW you have a chance of "getting your price!!" Let's talk...call me 703-851-3085. The chart…
  • Main Level Living Homes Can Be Found in Four Seasons

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Choice Realty)
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
    For those who are dreaming of one day downsizing and buying a smaller home, we want someplace with less space, less maintenance less yard work and a place where we will be around like minded homeowners. In our area that would be the  Four Seasons at Historic Dumfries in  Eastern Prince William County Virginia.Four Seasons is a planned community designed for the over 55 homeowners.  Four Seasons is just off I-95 and near the Rt 1 cooridor. Shopping, hotels, restaurants area all near by. In a few short years you will be able to go about a mile and half and get on the Potomac Shores VRE…
  • Oh my gosh...we're out of LISTINGS. Who wants to sell their home?

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Choice Realty)
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Attention homeowners in the Lake Ridge, Woodbridge, Dale City and the Dumfries Virginia areas. The Twins Selling Real Estate Team have successfully assisted dozens of sellers and home buyers to the settlement table already this year. But we find ourselves in uncharted territory. We're out of homes to SELL! If you are thinking about selling your home soon, we would like to interview for the job! Yes I said "Interview" If you are thinking of selling your home, it  is important to talk to three local real estate agents prior to listing your home For Sale.   Why?  You learn who knows more…
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    Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Blog: SW Montana Homes: MLS Listings

  • Bozeman Montana Ranches - 1300 Acres For Sale

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Seven Ranges Bozeman Montana Ranches Unique Montana Ranch Properties One of Montana's most extraordinary ranch properties is located near Bozeman, MT. Choose from among five parcels, some nestled against Montana's Gallatin Range, and all situated  in a private, gorgeous little valley surrounded by 7 Mountain Ranges and spectacular, 360 degree views of Montana's Gallatin Valley. Be a part of these 1300, private and gated Montana acres. You'll find your dream spot to call home within 7 Ranges Ranch, Gallatin Gateway Montana. Excellent soils for your Montana farming and ranching ventures,…
  • Bozeman Montana Real Estate Market Update Week 1 May 2013 Taunya Fagan

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    1 May 2013 | 8:16 am
    Bozeman Homes demand measured by the Market Action Index is increasing and days-on-market is trending downward. Even as more Bozeman, Montana properties come available, these are positive trends for the SW Montana real estate market. Sales of Bozeman homes have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer's market, Bozeman home prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller's Market. Average Days On Market (DOM): 147 = DOWN Median Home Size: 2950± sf Percent of Market…
  • Bozeman Montana Real Estate Market Update Week 4 April 2013

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    24 Apr 2013 | 5:54 am
    Bozeman homes inventory and days-on-market are both trending higher. However, the improving Market Action Index implies some increased demand in Bozeman Montana real estate will temper the negative trends. Bozeman home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer's market, Bozeman real estate prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller's Market.Despite this week's decline, the price trend remains upward for several weeks. A persistent drop of the Market…
  • New Bozeman Homes

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    18 Apr 2013 | 12:17 pm
    Advance Street Brand New Bozeman Homes - SOLD! - 3 Bed, 2 Bath - Main Floor Living - Wonderful Western Mountain Views - Loyal Garden Homes SOLD! - Great things come in small packages! This gorgeous three bedroom, two bathroom Bozeman home for sale sitting on a primo lot backing to farmland with unobstructed mountain views will impress the one looking for high quality and smart design. Upon entry the beautiful walnut floors, wood doors and trim grab your immediate attention...then the 12' floor to ceiling living room windows and wood beam work entice you farther still. Large kitchen with…
  • Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Market Report Week 3 April 2013

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    18 Apr 2013 | 11:05 am
    In terms of supply and demand, the Bozeman real estate market is heating up and because more supply is coming on the market relative to the sales demand it appears to be cooling, but buyers are out! In recent weeks Bozeman home prices have been increasing. Since it is technically a Buyer's market, this price trend may be a result of improved quality (newer, larger homes) of the homes being listed. Look at the descriptive statistics where you may notice the homes being listed are larger and younger than they have been in the past.While this week Bozeman Montana median home prices didn't…
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    KW Blog

  • Bob Lucido: How to Sell a Home in 5 Days

    adminkwblog
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    In 35 years in real estate, Bob Lucido has seen highs and lows. He’s been heralded. He’s been humbled. And he’s sold a heck of a lot of houses. Before the housing market shift, in 2007, Lucido was selling upward of 3,000 new homes a year. Since reinventing his business model, he’s settled into a comparatively leisurely (though still breathtaking) pace of 500 closed units and $5 million in gross commission income a year. Lucido’s secrets to success? Sell your homes in 5 days. Keep an eye on listings inventory. And seek out niche markets to serve. “We’re Not Taking Any Offers”…
  • Tips to Improve Your Marketing Communications Strategy

    adminkwblog
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    JP Lewis, director of media productions for Keller Williams, facilitated a panel of top-producing  Keller Williams agents and their marketing specialists to discuss overcoming communication fatigue.  The first question they tackled: “Is email dead?” The answer is no, but your strategy might be outdated. Panelist Lance Loken presented compelling statistics that support not only the notion that email is not dead, but that there are also other widely used communication channels you should be using. In one day in 2014 there were 350,000 babies born, 500,000 Droid phones activated,…
  • Maintaining Constant Focus on Gaining Referrals

    adminkwblog
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    With Gary Keller as moderator, Christi Cannon kicked off a Mega Camp panel by declaring that her business strategy is to have a constant focus on gaining referrals. Prior to working with many of her clients, Cannon had already begun building a relationship with the assistance of her database management program. This database enables her team to become a systematic referral machine capable of generating a high volume of leads. The importance that Cannon places on referrals has led her to create more than two dozen different action plans, each tailored to a specific type of client and need.
  • How to Run a High Production Buyers Business

    adminkwblog
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Josh Anderson of The Anderson Group talked with Gary Keller about how his decision to make the strong business move to use the Organizational Model detailed in the book, The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, helped create a successful buyers business. Anderson first learned of the model at Mega Camp 2011 and started implementing it almost immediately. Three years later, the model is working great for him. Anderson’s buyers business consists of a lead buyers agent, showing specialist, lead coordinator, two open house specialists and a transaction coordinator. Implementing the model has created…
  • Creating Magic with Open Houses

    adminkwblog
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    There are few activities more fundamental to real estate than holding an open house. Yet generating extraordinary results from an open house requires being purposeful. Jason Berns and the Berns Team have changed the game by focusing on “creating the magic” for their clients. They call it the 10 Day Blitz. Since launching the program, the vast majority of their clients have chosen to participate by willingly agreeing not to accept any offers until day 10. During those 10 short days, the Berns Team activates, hosts three events (all with the singular focus on drawing big crowds), and most…
 
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    The Real Deal New York

  • The October issue is live!

    Mark Maurer
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Developer Michael Shvo, an embodiment of the last NYC real estate boom as a bad-boy broker, is making a big comeback. He opened up about his risky new Manhattan projects in the cover story of The Real Deal’s October issue, now available online. The interview is one of many juicy, revealing Q-and-As with industry honchos in our upcoming book of Closing interviews. In “Gary Barnett vs. Everyone,” we look at how the Extell Development chief has gotten his hands dirty when it comes to controversial industry issues. His appetite for risk is increasingly evident — from the poor-door…
  • Former Jonathan Rose exec to run new city housing division

    Mark Maurer
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Daniel Hernandez and Vicki Been Daniel Hernandez, a former executive at affordable housing-focused development firm Jonathan Rose Companies, was tapped to run a new division of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development to set up the new mandatory inclusionary zoning program. Agency commissioner Vicki Been said the new division, known as Neighborhood Strategies, will work on land use review applications and plan for large-scale projects. Under the mandatory inclusionary housing program, developers of massive projects that need zoning approvals would be required to provide…
  • De Blasio signs tenant harassment bill

    Julie Strickland
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    From left: Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Margaret Chin, who sponsored the bill Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill Tuesday that will require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to post a list of landlords found in housing court to have harassed tenants on its website. The measure also lifts the maximum penalty for such landlords to $10,000 per residential unit. The measure gives teeth to a 2008 city law prohibiting tactics, such as interrupting utilities, that are commonly use in an effort to force tenants to vacate an apartment or waive their tenancy rights.
  • Would-be record-selling UES co-op on market as rental

    Mark Maurer
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    828 Fifth Avenue (Inset: Alexa Lambert) A 22-room mansion that almost set the sales record for a New York City co-op last year is back on the market. But this time around, the palatial pad is up for grabs as a $150,000-per-month rental. The triplex co-op, known as the Berwind Mansion at 828 Fifth Avenue, near East 64th Street, belongs to Angelika Ivanc, widow of real estate tycoon Howard Ronson. Ivanc has opted against putting the home up for sale, opting to instead seek a renter while she relocates to Europe for at least two years. The mansion is divided into five apartments. Stribling &…
  • $26.5M penthouse at Brodsky’s 135 East 79th Street in contract

    Claire Moses
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    135 East 79th Street, Manhattan One of the three last available penthouses at the Brodsky Organization’s 135 East 79th Street, listed for $26.5 million, has entered contract. A spokesperson from the Corcoran Group on Wednesday declined to comment on the buyer and the price. The unit in question, Penthouse 19 West, is a five bedroom-duplex with four-and-a-half bathrooms. The apartment also includes a library, formal dining room and a private terrace. Corcoran’s Jennifer Reardon and Leighton Candler had the listing. The sale leaves only two available duplex penthouses in the…
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Coming Soon in Alexandria’s Quaker Village

    thebeltteam
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Stay tuned for our new listing in popular Quaker Village in Alexandria – coming on the market soon! For more info or to schedule a showing, call Tom Reilly & The Belt Team at (703) 629-1263 Search Townhomes for sale in Alexandria $750,000 to $900,000 Search Townhomes for sale in Alexandria $550,000 to $750,000 Search Townhomes for sale in Alexandria below $550,000
  • Just Listed: Luxury Home in Oakton on Almost A Full Acre

    thebeltteam
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    2938 Fox Mill Manor Drive in Oakton Beautiful brick front colonial on gorgeous almost acre lot in wonderful Oakton location! Super floor plan. Spacious gourmet kitchen & sun splashed morning room open to family room with vaulted ceiling & gas fireplace and walk out to fantastic private rear deck/patio with fire pit. Four bedrooms up includeing a tray ceiling master suite & 2nd master with private bath. Large finished lower level and 3 car garage! Price & more information about 2938 Fox Mill Manor Drive in Oakton Search Homes For Sale in Oakton $900,000 to $1,100,000 Search…
  • Just Listed: Commuter’s Dream in Vienna

    thebeltteam
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    You’ll love the location of our new listing in Vienna – ideal for commuting, top rated schools & close to all the amenities of the Town of Vienna and Tyson’s Corner! 2212 Central Avenue in Vienna Price, additional photos & more information about 2212 Central Avenue in Vienna Call Kevin Kleifges & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing! Search Vienna Homes for sale under $1 million Search Vienna Homes for sale $1 million to $1.3 million Search Vienna Homes for sale over $1.3 million The Belt Team has sold more homes in Vienna than any other Realtor…
  • Just Listed: Reston Townhouse on Golf Course

    thebeltteam
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    If you’ve been waiting to find a totally updated 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse overlooking the golf course in Reston, then it’s your lucky day because we just put one up for sale! 2140 Glencourse Lane in Reston Click here for more price, more photos or additional information about 2140 Glencourse Lane. Search Reston Townhouses Under $400,000 Search Reston Townhouses $400-$500,000 Call Kevin Kleifges & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing!
  • Martin Bristow Joins The Belt Team

    thebeltteam
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    The Belt Team is thrilled to welcome Martin Bristow to the team. Martin is a seasoned real estate professional with 17 years experience in helping clients buy & sell homes. Martin commented, “Our industry has significantly changed over the years. Real estate transactions have become more complex, more paperwork is involved, and there is a greater need for specific expertise in multiple areas – marketing, research, photography, staging, market knowledge, data interpretation & more. My clients deserve to have a competitive edge that can only be provided by working with a…
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    Corporate Real Estate Network

  • Cassidy Turley’s 2015 CRE Watch List: 15 Topics to Follow into 2015

    CRE Editors
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Streaming presentation online: Cassidy Turley’s 2015 CRE Watch List: 15 Topics to Follow into 2015 How long will the expansion last? What will the interest rate environment be over the next few... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • JLL Report Download | Q3 2014 U.S. Office Sentiment Survey

    CRE Editors
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Q3 2014 U.S. Office Sentiment Survey Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • CBRE: Q2 2014 Industrial MarketView

    CRE Editors
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Scott Marshall, Executive Managing Director of Industrial Services for the Americas, discusses the U.S. Industrial market’s performance during Q2 2014. Q2 2014 U.S. Industrial MarketView Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • CBRE Q2 2014 Retail MarketView

    CRE Editors
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Todd Caruso, Senior Managing Director, Retail Agency Services, The Americas, discusses the U.S. retail market’s performance during Q2 2014. Q2 2014 U.S. Retail MarketView Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • What is your favorite social media?

    CRE Editors
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A listener asks: What is your favorite social media? "Ask Michael Bull" is a commercial real estate FAQ video series featuring a new video posted each business day. Michael Bull, CCIM is a... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
 
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    Ensor Realtors

  • We Just Listed 1900 Little Elm # 139, Cedar Park TX 78613!

    Shannon Ensor
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    We just listed a spacious 3-bedroom condo for sale at 1900 Little Elm #139, Cedar Park TX 78613.  This END-UNIT condo backs to a greenbelt and is a single-story, making it one of the more desired and sought-after floor plans in the community.  Unique features and upgrades include: a large pecan tree or shade, a large…
  • We Just Listed 408 Cripple Creek Rd, Cedar Park TX 78613!

    Nancy Grimes
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    We just listed a spacious home for sale at 408 Cripple Creek Rd, Cedar Park TX 78613. Located in Buttercup Creek, this 3,124 sqft (per tax record) home features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Built in 1992, this 2-story home has upgrades including wood flooring and stainless steel appliances. The master bedrooms is downstairs, with…
  • We Just Listed 101 Lexington, Kyle TX 78640!

    Nate Howry
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    We just listed a former model home for sale at 101 Lexington, Kyle TX 78640!  Located in Kyle’s popular Steeplechase community, this home features 1736 sqft, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  It’s situated on a corner lot across the street from Fuentes Elementary School, and features a large family room and a spacious kitchen that…
  • We Just Listed 17800 Edgewood Way #202, Jonestown TX 78645!

    Shannon Ensor
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We just listed a beautiful condo in The Hollows at 17800 Edgewood Way #202, Jonestown TX 78645.  This 3-bedroom 2-bathroom condo has amazing views of Lake Travis from the master bedroom, living and dining rooms!  It’s spacious covered patio has panoramic views of the Hill Country and Lake Travis too!  The community is popular for…
  • We Just SOLD 315 Cloudview Dr, Austin TX 78745!

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

  • The Cost of a CRE Lead

    CoyDavidson
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    New Study: Most Expensive CRE Keywords 2014 What does is it cost to generate a lead these days for commercial real estate companies? Commercial Real Estate Marketing marketing company and creative agency, inMotion Real Estate Media analyzed the most expensive property-related keywords in commercial real estate based on Google Adwords cost-per-click (CPC) data. Cost-per-click is […]
  • Colliers North American Industrial Report

    CoyDavidson
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    No “Lazy Dog Days of Summer” for Industrial Real Estate The manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy and industrial real estate sectors are both continuing on a hot streak and are defying the stereotypical “lazy dog days of summer.” Manufacturing has been posting robust growth that we have not seen in six years. Q2 change […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Six Articles to Read This Weekend The Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Markets Aren’t All Obvious 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 […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Solid Week for Stocks All three major stock indexes finished the week with gains. The tech heavy Nasdaq finished up 0.27% for the week. The Dow gained 1.72% and the S&P 500 advanced 1.25% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: Texas Adds 20,100 Jobs in August US Rig Count Unchanged […]
  • Houston Economic Outlook

    CoyDavidson
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Houston Ranked In Top 10 “Best Cities For Job Growth” Houston ranked among the top-performing U.S. metros in 2013 and continues to be among the top 10 metros leading the nation in population and job growth in 2014. Houston is once again making headlines as having one of the healthiest economies in the U.S. In July 2014, Forbes […]
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (October 01, 2014) Del Walmsley: Financial Values You Should Be Teaching Your Young

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/c9db000f8bfcf0d37417916bde3599867d672c25/LURadio100114.mp3 There’s nothing more Del Walmsley likes than an article filled with disingenuous information. Why? Because it gives him the satisfaction to prove the writer is wrong. And today, he does just that. Del analyzes such an article by picking 12 factual points, that to him don’t seem factual at all, and puts his own spin on it, using his extensive knowledge on the subject. Tune in to hear Del Walmsley, President & Founder of Lifestyles Unlimited, Inc., speak…
  • (September 30, 2014) Del Walmsley & John Boriak: John Boriak’s Success Linked to His Upbringing

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/5dc3250c9f43c6a99b1c16a77a79b7006efa0a38/LURadio093014.mp3 Today John Boriak, recent winner of the Houston Apartment Association Independent Owner of the Year award, talks to us about his personal experience with real estate investing and how Lifestyles Unlimited, Inc. changed his life after graduating high school. Instead of going off to college like most eighteen-year-olds, John decided to use that college money to start a business with his family and gain some real world experience. This lead him to find Lifestyles…
  • (September 29, 2014) Del Walmsley: New Age Concepts For New Age Adults

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/cc5da69777e05e4f436aef35be7af0c306ce5b89/LURadio0929142.mp3 Childhood is a beautiful thing. The heart explores what it wants to and the mind catches up as best as it can. One of the most important things you will likely learn in this time of life is how to have fun, but what you will also soon learn are the traditional methods with which to build your life – go to school, get a job, invest in stocks & set up an IRA and/or a 401k. Well, Del Walmsley, who is a multimillionaire in real estate investing & the…
  • (September 29, 2014) Del Walmsley: The Correct Way To Teach Your Child About Money

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/9ea0ce13f1f82e37f88e9bffd954476ecee78b36/LURadio092914.mp3 For many people who listen to the LU radio show, the only thing more important than the financial success of the household is the success of their children. But, with so many college-educated sons and daughters coming back home instead of being thrust into their field of work, this compounds the problem of accruing a sustainable household income, and at the same time, it addresses a new problem entirely – how young adults will succeed in today’s economic…
  • (September 27, 2014) Steve Davis: Recapping The Importance of Effective Coaching & Staying Away From Bad Financial Advice

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/19eaf0656b3918f7b21f593a2889593eda516344/LURadio092714.mp3 Today’s show provides a second look at the topics discussed on Friday’s broadcast. So, here is a chance to explore fresh angles on the impact on coaching in sports and how that ties into the operations of the LU mentor program, as well as more helpful tips for you to understand exactly why and how your financial planners don’t exactly fit the bill when telling you how to save and invest your money. The post (September 27, 2014) Steve Davis: Recapping…
 
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    中洲漁港を無事に撮影

  • 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…
  • ゆのの中洲漁港 釣り

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

  • 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…
  • Just Listed - 1001 8 Ave NE Calgary

    Monika Furtado
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    This exceptional home with south facing backyard/deck is just steps from the ridge in Renfrew and quick access to downtown. Well designed and constructed, this home feels very spacious. Beyond the front foyer is a large dining area open to the beautiful front bay window. Beyond is the wrap around kitchen with granite counters, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, under-counter lighting and elegant cabinetry. The kitchen bar opens to the bright living area with gas fireplace. Step out to the composite deck to enjoy an evening dinner. Upstairs the master bedroom is spacious with beautiful…
  • Calgary Real Estate Update - Sept 9 2014

    Monika Furtado
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Calgary's residential market continues to hold strong with high sales number. The condominium apartment and townhouse sectors saw the biggest gains, increasing by nearly 14 and 20 per cent, respectively. As pricing has moved up, those in the lower price points are moving to condo property vs single family as single family prices rise and less are available in the lower price points. It makes sense that townhomes are seeing a strong demand as many folks that would otherwise purchase single family homes are now looking at townhomes.   Pricing for single family homes remain at pricing…
  • Calgary Secondary Suites - Is a big change coming?

    Monika Furtado
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    In the coming days and weeks, Council will be readdressing the issue of secondary suites in Calgary. A matter of great debate and has become quite politicized and is gaining momentum.  Student groups, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and even the Home Builders Association have put their support behind the easing of restrictions regarding secondary suites. Currently they are not permitted in R-1 (or variation) designated areas which accounts for most single family homes in the city and every individual application must be heard by the Council.    The lack of housing due to our…
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    Property Management Software

  • Want to live a Caribbean dream

    Property Management Software
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Caribbean dream house Belize boasts ancient Mayan ruins, lush rainforests and the world’s second longest UNESCO-protected barrier reef. This year the former British colony, which used to be known as British Honduras, celebrates 50 years of self-governance. Bordered by the Caribbean, Guatemala and Mexico with a population of 330,000, Belize is around 10 times the size of Luxembourg and is ranked by the Caribbean Tourism Organization as one of the region’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Property, too, is in the ascendancy. Less known than its Caribbean island neighbours for property,…
  • Tips on getting a home loan for foreign nationals

    Property Management Software
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Home loans for foreign nationals During and after the recession, mortgage programs were limited to non-existent. Recently, however, the tide has turned and credit to foreign buyers has loosened. In fact, some institutions view lending to foreign nationals as a growth market. Depending on your buyer’s resources, there may be several products that meet their needs and circumstances. In the past year, lenders have begun introducing more products tailored to foreign national buyers. Loan-to-value ratios have improved and lenders are coming up with ways to work around the credit history issue.
  • Tips on how to get low offer accepted

    Property Management Software
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Tips on low offer Your strategy for making an offer on a home — and handling the follow-up negotiations — depends on several factors:  the sales prices of comparable homes, the favorability of the market for buyers, the number of other people bidding on the home and the condition of the property. Before you start negotiating, set a firm ceiling on what you’ll pay. That will help you keep your cool if you become caught up in a bidding war or a series of counteroffers, says Michael Corbett, a real estate expert with Trulia and author of Before You Buy. In a hot market, he…
  • New rules of buying a home

    Property Management Software
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    New home buying rules From housing bubble to foreclosure crisis to somewhere in between, the housing market has changed dramatically over the past decade — and so have many of the rules of homebuying. Here are five once commonly believed myths that no longer apply. Myth #1: Buying a home is a great investment If the housing bust taught us anything, it’s that the housing market can be just as risky as the stock market — if not, worse. Homes lost a third of their value nationwide and some markets took an even bigger hit. Over the past 10 years, home prices have risen just 0.3%…
  • Top 10 least affordable cities for housing

    Property Management Software
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Top 10 least affordable cities Mortgage rates last week hit their lowest level of the year and are significantly lower than they were last summer, but that is not helping potential homebuyers in some local markets who are facing sticker shock. Home prices took a dramatic jump last year, fueled by all-cash investors on the low end of the market. While the gains are finally easing, much of the damage has already been done. The least affordable markets in the U.S. today are all in California, according to a new report from Zillow, a real estate company. In Los Angeles, it takes nearly 43 percent…
 
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    30A Luxury Homes

  • 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…
  • 5 Reasons Why 30A Luxury Homes Are the Perfect Investment

    Joy
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    5 Reasons Why 30A Luxury Homes Are the Perfect Investment Many buyers are anxious, or hesitant, about buying Gulf front properties because of the high cost associated with maintenance. However, there are fabulous 30A luxury homes with gulf views, or even gulf front condos, where the maintenance is less costly. In fact if you purchase a gulf front condo (or any condo for that matter) the Condo Association is responsible for the maintenance. Here are 5 reasons why you should buy a 30A luxury home: 1. A beach home is more than just the structure. Buying a home along 30A is more than just buying…
  • 4 Bedroom Seagrove Beach Home for Sale | 72 Chelsea Loop

    Joy
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    4 Bedroom Seagrove Beach Home for Sale | 72 Chelsea Loop Wake up everyday to amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico in this stunning 4-bedroom coastal beach cottage home for sale in Seagrove Beach. Conveniently located south of 30A, this 4-bedroom, 4.5 bath home has plenty of room for everyone with more than 3,200 square feet of living space. The first floor foyer provides easy access to the garage that can accommodate 3 to 4 cars. There’s also ample space for guests’ parking at the driveway. Two large and luxurious master suites are located on the second floor, complete with king sized…
  • Homeowners Insurance Tips For Your 30A Luxury Homes

    Joy
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Homeowners Insurance Tips For Your 30A Luxury Homes Owning 30A luxury homes on the beach could be amazing, but at the same time, there are certain risks or natural hazards that a homeowner should prepare for to ensure their safety and maintenance of their property. Obtaining homeowners insurance coverage is a smart decision, especially for those living on or near the waterfront. And if you are getting a mortgage, the lender will require it. Here are 4 tips to remember about getting homeowners insurance coverage for your 30A luxury home: 1. Your home along 30A is considered to be in an area…
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    BornLiving Barcelona

  • The Style Terrace Red apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Ideally situated right between Paseo de Gracia and Rambla Cataluña, this apartment offers guests the luxury of fine dining, shopping and famous sights right on their doorstep. All this and the added bonus of a private rooftop terrace – you can’t ask for more. The apartment: This wonderful and sunny one bedroom apartment is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway for two or for a small family or group of friends. The living area has been tastefully decorated in natural colors to ensure a bright and cheerful welcome. There is a comfortable sofa which converts into a double bed…
  • The Plaza Catalunya XVIII apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    In the heart of Barcelona city, right by Plaza Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia. This great two bedroom apartment is in one of the best locations Barcelona city has to offer, with everything you can possibly need to hand and all the sights right on your doorstep!!! The apartment: Bright and welcoming, with warm wooden floors and a neutral-toned décor, the Plaza Catalunya XIX apartment can comfortably sleep groups of up to 6 people wishing to enjoy the very best in modern comfort. It features a large living room with double sofa bed and flat screen TV, dining table with white matching chairs and…
  • The Plaza Catalunya XIX apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    In the heart of Barcelona city, right by Plaza Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia. This great two bedroom apartment is in one of the best locations Barcelona city has to offer, with everything you can possibly need to hand and all the sights right on your doorstep!!! The apartment: Bright and welcoming, with warm wooden floors and a neutral-toned décor, the Plaza Catalunya XIX apartment can comfortably sleep groups of up to 6 people wishing to enjoy the very best in modern comfort. It features a large living room with double sofa bed and flat screen TV, dining table with white matching chairs and…
  • The Borbon I apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Ideally located in Barceloneta, close to the Old Port, the beach and many places of interest in the centre of town In addition, you have some fantastic views over the Port and as far as Montjuïc. The apartment: This lovely three bedroom apartment is ideally located on the main street of Barceloneta, called Paseo Joan de Borbon which overlooks the port area and the luxury yachts. The apartment, while simple in style, manages to incorporate the original open beam ceiling and ceramic flooring with a stylish mix of modern furnishings. The living/dining area, which has 2 balconies, has a large…
  • The Centro I Apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    This newly renovated apartment is situated just a few steps away from Plaza Cataluña. With one of the best locations in the city, this apartment allows you to experience everything that Barcelona has to offer, culture, cuisine and some fantastic shopping too. The apartment: This stylish apartment has been completely refurbished and has managed to create a beautiful combination using contemporary furnishings while maintaining the traditional exposed beam ceilings. The building has an elevator, but there are eleven steps to climb first. Clients have a lovely open plan living and dining area…
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Blog: Lansner on Real Estate

  • Case-Shiller: L.A.-O.C. house prices up 9% in July

    JEFF COLLINS
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    House prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties increased 9 percent in the year ending in July, the smallest appreciation rate in 20 months, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index reported Tuesday. Prices were in the region were unchanged from June on...
  • Once valued at zero, slide area now boasts multi-million-dollar homes

    JEFF COLLINS
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    OUR LATEST CENTERPIECE: The San Clemente home belonging to Peter Shikli and Edith Radnoti crashed down a hillside in a 1993 landslide, shattering their lives and reducing the property's value to zero. The land on which their house was built had...
  • Not all deals take a straight path

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In real estate, you expect things to be pretty straight forward. People decide to sell their house. Other people decide to buy the house. The agent is just here to get you guys together so you can get on with your lives. Please quit getting in your...
  • O.C. underwater homes down to 3.6%

    JEFF COLLINS
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Just 3.6 percent of Orange County homes with a mortgage were worth less than was owed to lenders during the second quarter this year, down from 23 percent at the bottom of the recession, CoreLogic’s latest negative equity report shows. The...
  • U.S. housing policy needs an upgrade

    JEFF LAZERSON
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS SUMMARY From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage improved to 4.20 percent from last week’s 4.23 percent....
 
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    REJournals.com

  • Northeastern Illinois University celebrates the opening of its new El Centro building

    Staff Writer
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Today Northeastern Illinois University unveiled its new Northeastern Illinois University El Centro building at 3390 N. Avondale Avenue in Chicago. The new, $27 million facility enables the University to significantly expand its academic and community programming. The opening event included a speaking program and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today outside of the new building. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez joined several other dignitaries, friends of Northeastern, and University faculty and staff for the celebration. The new…
  • The Boulder Group arranges the sale of a triple net leased Shopko Hometown property

    Staff Writer
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    1140 East Fifth Street in Winner, SD The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant Shopko Hometown property located at 1140 East Fifth Street in Winner, SD for $2,450,000. The Shopko Hometown property is located along US Route 183 at the southern entry point to the town of Winner. US Route 183 is the primary thoroughfare in the region. Shopko Hometown faces limited competition as the closest Walmart is located over 75 miles away in Pierre, South Dakota. Furthermore, Shopko Hometown is the only national pharmacy in the community. The…
  • Liberty Property Trust breaks ground on a 429,541 SF Class A industrial building in North Aurora

    Staff Writer
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    LPT North Aurora groundbreaking. Liberty Property Trust has broken ground on a 429,541 square foot industrial building located at 300 Mitchell Road in Liberty Business Center North Aurora. This project is being developed by a joint venture in which Liberty holds a 25% interest. It is the first of three buildings planned for the 81-­‐acre park positioned conveniently at the intersection of Mitchell Road and Interstate 88 in North Aurora. “We are very excited to announce the development of our first building at Liberty Business Center North Aurora,” said Don Schoenheider, vice president…
  • HFF hires Phil Mahler as managing director in its national healthcare practice group

    Staff Writer
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Phil Mahler Phil Mahler has joined HFF as a managing director in its Chicago office. Mr. Mahler will be a member of HFF’s national healthcare practice and will focus on healthcare capital markets and investment sale transactions throughout the United States. “Phil has an extensive background in the commercial real estate industry and a deep understanding of the medical office space, having transacted numerous investment sales, financing assignments, joint ventures, direct hospital monetization strategies and strategic recaps, among others,” said John Pelusi, executive managing director…
  • The HEARN Company and Mount Kellett Capital Management announce sale of 55 W. Monroe

    Staff Writer
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    The Hearn Company (“HEARN”) and Mount Kellett Capital Management LP (“Mount Kellett”) announced the sale of 55 West Monroe, a property located in Chicago’s Central Business District’s Central Loop to John Hancock, the U.S. division of Manulife Financial Corporation, for US$244 million. HEARN and Mount Kellett have owned the property through a joint venture since 2011. Stephen Hearn, President and CEO of HEARN, commented, “When we purchased 55 West Monroe, we saw a great opportunity to transform the building into a stable, core asset and we’re tremendously proud of the…
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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

  • 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…
  • Creating a Sense of Community with Your Residents

    Mary Girsch-Bock
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Property managers often refer to their properties as communities, and rightfully so. But have you ever thought about strengthening that community?One of the things that apartment dwellers typically cite about living in an apartment is a sense of isolation. Often, renters are new to the area, or even the state, and would like to meet their neighbors, but conflicting schedules can often preclude social activities.  In order to build and strengthen your community, consider implementing a few of the suggestions below: Have a balcony decorating contest – but with a twist.  Instead of a…
  • Four More Ways to Quickly Fill Your Vacancies

    Marc Courtenay
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Marketing tools to turn vacancies into occupancies are worth a fortune. Like the technologies offered by Appfolio, there are many common sense methods to focus on your area’s target market. Each one of the following suggestions is not only intended to help you zoom in on new ways to attract a stream of potential tenants. They’re also carefully chosen to be segues to trigger other ideas. The first way to fill your vacancies fast takes a little time but can reap big results. Go to the human resources department of the 3 biggest employers in your area. Get to know the “gatekeepers” so…
  • How Do You Compete With The New Apartment Communities?

    Mary Girsch-Bock
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Wall Street Journal recently noted that the share of new homes being built as rental apartments is at its highest level in four decades.  While it certainly helps the economy, an increase in apartment homes can strike fear in the hearts of many property managers.  After all, these newer units will likely boast state of the art features, along with a long list of amenities designed to attract renters.  So how does your (older) property compete with these sparkling new communities?  Here are just a few suggestions: Play up your property’s best features.   Does your community offer…
  • Refreshing Suggestions from a Seasoned Property Manager

    Marc Courtenay
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    As the summer season slides to a close it’s good to remember that our work should be enjoyable. If our demanding profession begins to wear us down it’s probably time to do something about it. Recently I touched basis with a colleague who’s been in the property management business for over 40 years. I won’t tell you her age, but she’s definitely over 39. I asked her how she keeps doing her work with such enthusiasm and effectiveness. Her answers may surprise you. Today she’s still managing over 400 units with the help of staff members who’ve worked with her for decades. The…
 
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    Select Property Group Ltd

  • Dubai committed to ‘excellence in mega project management’

    Steven Sedgwick
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Dubai’s investment ahead of World Expo 2020 looks set to ensure the emirate can experience long-term economic growth. Summary: Dubai has announced several megaprojects to boost visitor numbers ahead of World Expo 2020 A megaproject expert has said Dubai is well prepared to deliver excellent property developments Since the bid win, there has been a new wave of Dubai property investment The World Expo 2020 project in Dubai has seen a new wave of megaprojects announced in a bid to help boost annual visitor numbers to 20 million by the time the event begins. For much of the past two decades…
  • UK universities preparing for demand-driven student system

    Steven Sedgwick
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Student property investors need to follow UK universities’ lead and ensure they are ready for a demand-driven student system. Summary: UK universities are preparing for next year’s demand-driven system Students will be attracted to the universities that can offer the best courses and value for money Student accommodation will need to adapt to the new uncapped system Next year’s cap removal on student numbers is expected to shake-up the higher education sector, making universities compete for students in a demand-driven system. It means that quality and value for money will be the key…
  • Test Media Coverage 2

    Lewis Knight
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. The post Test Media Coverage 2 appeared first on Select Property Group Ltd.
  • Test Media Coverage 1

    Lewis Knight
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. The post Test Media Coverage 1 appeared first on Select Property Group Ltd.
  • Buy-to-let property to house the majority of the next generation?

    Steven Sedgwick
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    Almost two-thirds of current tenants believe they will always be living in rental accommodation, new research suggests. Summary: Two-thirds of tenants think they will never be able to buy a home and will live in rented accommodation Only 1.4 million people aged between 24 and 35 own their own home Investors and landlords are set to benefit from the huge demand in rental property Buy-to-let rental property may house the majority of the next generation of UK residents. New research from online lettings agents Property Let By Us revealed that two-thirds of current tenants believe they will…
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • Halloween Attractions in South Carolina

    Surena Mitchell
    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

    Surena Mitchell
    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 thought 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. Morris…
  • 5 Best Places to Visit in South Carolina

    Surena Mitchell
    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

    Surena Mitchell
    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…
  • 6 Things to Consider When Relocating to a New City

    Surena Mitchell
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Every once in a while in your life, you may feel like it is time for change and a different scenery.  Sometimes that means a new car, a new home or maybe even a new city. This is a big step to make because you are virtually picking up your life and everything that you know to move to possibly an unfamiliar place. Here are 6 things you should consider when relocating to a new city: 1. Rent vs. Buy The most obvious thing to look for when moving is a place to live. Be sure to know your 5-10 year plan that way you can decide if you want to establish yourself in the area that you are moving…
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    rentBits Blog

  • 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 [...]
  • Remotely.com Named Best New Multifamily Start-Up

    rentBits Team
    7 May 2014 | 8:38 pm
    remotely.com is honored to have been named the 2014 best new multifamily start-up at the National Apartment Internet Marketing Conference which attracts more than 600 Senior Level Multifamily Executives from around the nation. All companies selected won the first round of judging which was held the day before at the MTEC (Multifamily Technology and Entrepreneurship Conference.) All of [...]
  • Channel 9 News - New technology helps renters, landlords

    rentBits Team
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
 
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • Long before there was a Studio City, Burbank, Toluca Lake...there was an SFV and here's a link to pictures

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Take a look at these pictures from our land.  These are from back in the day when "real estate" meant "farmland" or "belongs to the Catholic Church." Most of these were taken in the 1880s.  Unrecognizable? I'll say.  http://waterandpower.org/museum/Early_Views_of_the_San_Fernando_Valley.html.  Thanks, Melinda, for the heads up!
  • 629 N. Keystone in Burbank is open Sunday from 2 to 5!

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    If you think there's nothing left to buy, you haven't seen this lovely 3+2 in Burbank's Magnolia Park.  Totally upgraded with an open, flexible floor plan and two gorgeous patios, the home also boasts a chef's kitchen and sparkly, saltwater pool.  And it's in Burbank's best neighborhood, too.  Steve and I will be there spinning tunes from 2 to 5 on Sunday. More pictures and info can be found at 629NKeystone.com.
  • Open Sunday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 -- 11485 Moorpark #17, Studio City

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Please swing by my open house tomorrow in Studio City and see this amazing townhouse.  It has 2 beds, 2.5 baths, two stories, two balconies, a fireplace, a gym, and a gorgeous pool.  It has been spiffed up with new paint and new upstairs carpet.  Best of all, it's priced at an affordable $399,000 and the HOA is only $225 a month.  Do the math: depending on your down payment, that's cheaper than renting the same-sized unit.Plus, this is in the neighborhood that everybody loves -- Tujunga Village.  Walk to Girasol, Vitello's, Aroma, groceries, cool little stores...
  • Please and thank you for open houses

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    For the most part, holding open houses are one of my favorite real estate things.  It can be like a party and I get to meet new people.  Some people think that houses never sell from an open house showing, but that's completely false and I've done it several times.  However, some open house guests amaze me with unmindful behavior.  If you're visiting an open house, please...Please don't bring your pet in the home with you.  I, like you, love dogs more than people, but that sentiment isn't universally shared.  It's not just that your pet might have an accident;…
  • 11485 Moorpark #17, Studio City, is now on the market

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Do you want an affordable townhouse in the Tujunga Village neighborhood of Studio City? Wanna live within 3 blocks of Aroma Cafe (below), Vitellos or Girasol? (Yay! Never circle for parking again!) Here's your chance.  This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse has just listed for $399,000.  It features a front exposure, two balconies, washer/dryer hookups, security building, new paint, new carpet, laminate downstairs, fireplace, lots of closet space, pool and gym.  The HOA is incredibly low -- $225/month -- and includes earthquake insurance.  And of course the complex allows…
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    ReTechulous

  • Fun FREE WordPress Plugin Get’s You More Clicks To Your Lead Generating Pages

    Ryan
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    If you're using wordpress for your real estate site, you might really like this. Especially if you're using wordpress, and you're not getting enough leads. This fun plugin basically "squeezifies" your site, driving traffic out to your lead generating ReTechulous capture pages... Note: The plugin is currently set to only show 1 time per visitor here on Retechulous.com. (If you want to see it demo again, just clear cookies or open a new browser.)
  • Building A “Spanish” Lead Gen Funnel, etc (Strategy Session 9/24/14)

    Ryan
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Share the video Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Embed Copy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed.
  • Run Ads On Your Own Youtube Videos?

    Ryan
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you've got a nice handful of videos on your youtube account, you're probably getting an ok flow of FREE traffic. Here's a great tip from Jeff that will let you get a little more juice out of this traffic. Basically, in just a few minutes you can place an ad at the bottom left corner of all your ads. Ideally you'll do a banner that drives traffic to one of the lead capture pages you've built using our systems. Or maybe you can drive traffic to your personal Facebook Profile or business Fan page? Lots of possibilities... If you do happen to try this technique on your Youtube channel, please…
  • Cash Machine Email Sequences, Etc (Strategy Session 9/17/2014)

    Ryan
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    Share the video Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Embed Copy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. Click here for the doc/notes.
  • Fannie Mae “Homestyle Renovation” Fixer Upper Funnel Demo

    Ryan
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    We're reliably getting leads, with phone numbers for under $5 a piece through this funnel. Members click here to get started with it now... (should take under 20-30 minutes to have it all set up.)
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Sales Meeting 9-22-2014, Running Through the Finish Line

    Neil Schwartz
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    The final quarter is here but you are NOT done! While other agents are slowing down, you need to run through the finish line. Push through when other agents slow down and grab the opportunities that other agents won’t be around to take advantage of! CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated Posts:Running... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Doing What It Takes To Succeed?

    Neil Schwartz
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    There are daily activities that you must commit to and act upon to earn a high income on a regular basis. Watch now and learn what those daily activities are and then go out and do them.Related Posts:Are You Missing Opportunities?What Will You Do?ActivitiesAre You Building Muscle?Running Through... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Is Your Attitude?

    Neil Schwartz
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    A study by Harvard and Stanford found that attitude is the key component to success. Watch now and learn why working on your attitude is worth money in the bank.Related Posts:Your Attitude MattersAttitude Matters…Highly Successful PeopleSales Meeting 10-7-2013, Running Through The Finish... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do You Have The Habits Of A Highly Successful Agent?

    Neil Schwartz
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Highly successful real estate agents share certain habits. Watch now and learn what you should be doing to achieve or exceed your goals.Related Posts:Sales Meeting 3-10-2014, Highly Successful PeopleThe 7 Habits of Highly Successful Real Estate AgentsHighly Successful PeopleSales Meeting 8-11-2014,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 9-15-14, The Marshmallow Test

    Neil Schwartz
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    How committed are you to your own success? How much are you willing to forego now to get what you want later? Take the Marshmallow test and find out if YOU are getting in your way. CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated Posts:Sales Meeting 6-2-2014, You Still Have Time to Finish StrongSales Meeting 6-16-2014,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    NuWire Investor: RealEstateInvestment

  • The Rise in New Home Median Price is Over.

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Residential real estate has historically been a great investment. In this sector, investors have the choice of a new home or an existing home. When it comes to investing, is there a difference between the choices? Which will perform better over time? The national average for median new home prices...
  • Scottish Property Market Booming After Vote To Remain Part Of The UK

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Scotland has seen renewed activity in the residential real estate market in the weeks after the historic referendum vote. Agents across the country have reported an upsurge in sales, many of which they believe had been delayed due to the upcoming vote. Indeed some buyers had asked for a clause that...
  • Distressed Single Family Homes: A Good Buy?

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Fix and flip investors looking for new acquisitions may want to consider the substantial volume of residential foreclosures and short sales currently on the market. Though price gains on existing single-family homes are expected to be more moderate going forward than they were in 2012 and 2013, banks&rsquo...
  • US Property: A Short Tax Guide for Overseas Investors

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    More and more international investors are putting money into the US property market. Data from Real Estate Analytics shows that, in the first eight months of last year, almost US$23 billion flowed into the US real estate market from non-US buyers. Meanwhile, a survey by the Association of Foreign...
  • Hong Kong Property Market Could Be In For Major Correction

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Hong Kong´s residential property market has risen relentlessly for four years, but a severe price correction now threatens. A combination of a surge in new supply, cooling measures, and an impending interest rate rise – dubbed the “perfect storm” by the country’s...
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • 5 Important Details Concerning Millennials and Homeownership

    Peter Ricci
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    5 Important Details Concerning Millennials and Homeownership was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Though things are tough right now for Millennials, agents should definitely keep them on... 5 Important Details Concerning Millennials and Homeownership 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.
  • Brainstorm Better Using These 5 Tips

    James McClister
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Brainstorm Better Using These 5 Tips was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Brainstorming is one of the most beneficial activities a team can take part in…but... Brainstorm Better Using These 5 Tips 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.
  • Agent Publishing’s Anne Hartnett Named To Folio’s Top Women in Media

    Rachel Mazanec
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Agent Publishing’s Anne Hartnett Named To Folio’s Top Women in Media was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Anne Hartnett, co-founder of Agent Publishing, has been nominated as one of Folio’s Top... Agent Publishing’s Anne Hartnett Named To Folio’s Top Women in Media 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.
  • How Kitchen & Home Layouts Are Changing

    Karla Krengel
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    How Kitchen & Home Layouts Are Changing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Utilitarian; kitchens used to be simply that. Today we gather in them. Why do... How Kitchen & Home Layouts Are Changing 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.
  • Pamela Moran Joins Belgravia Realty Group Sales Team

    Rachel Mazanec
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Pamela Moran Joins Belgravia Realty Group Sales Team was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Belgravia Realty Group, a well respected, Chicago-based brokerage firm that is part of the... Pamela Moran Joins Belgravia Realty Group Sales Team 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

  • Sprucing Up the Kitchen: Try These Simple DIY Upgrades

    Sara MacLennan
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    The kitchen is one of the most functional rooms of a home. It is the place where food is prepared and families gather. If you are looking to spruce up your kitchen, try some of these simple do-it-yourself projects. Add Value and Personality by Tiling Your Backsplash The backsplash refers to the wall space above […]
  • Weekly Market Update, Sept. 26/14

    Sara MacLennan
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:19 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: 373 (447, 452, 394) # Sales: 321 (349, 291, 263) Ratio: 86% (78%, 64%, 67%) # Price Changes: 247 (248, 280, 266) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 151 (162, 143, 328) Net loss/gain […]
  • Blog Comments Working Again

    Sara MacLennan
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    We discovered a glitch with our commenting system this week, but everything is back to normal – you can now have your say and leave comments on Liv’s Edmonton Real Estate Blog. I’m so sorry to those that tried to leave comments only to have the “submit” button not work. I hope you’ll forgive us and […]
  • Three Reasons the Nest Thermostat Is the Perfect Introduction to Home Automation

    Sara MacLennan
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    The ability to control your appliances from your smartphone can seem like an unnecessary luxury, but in this case it’s a luxury that can save you time and money. To experience the major benefits of home automation, consider testing out the Nest thermostat. Below are a few reasons why it’s a great gateway appliance. Smart […]
  • Weekly Market Update, Sept. 19/14

    Sara MacLennan
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:03 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: 452 (394, 373, 436) # Sales: 291 (263, 319, 318) Ratio: 64% (67%, 86%, 73%) # Price Changes: 280 (266, 258, 252) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 143 (328, 148, 147) Net loss/gain […]
 
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • 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 […]
  • Competition Is Not Tortious Inteference

    Rob Hahn
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    A brief note this Saturday morning… Conversations around my last post, about FTC taking action on anti-competitive Code of Ethics provisions, have raised an interesting and salient point. The best example comes from the comments, where Brian Rayl writes: Despite what the FTC states in terms of “soliciting other’s clients” there are very strict laws […]
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • 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…
  • Bloomberg Radio Guest Interview

    Marco Santarelli
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Once again, I was honored to be invited back as a guest on the Investing Coast-2-Coast radio show with Pete Asmus and Ivan Oberon. These two guys broadcast a great daily radio show and have a ton of fun doing it.  It is a “must listen to” radio program for new and seasoned real estate investors. On the radio show we went into depth on each of my 10 Rules of Successful Real Estate Investing.  We also covered a few other topics as we went off on tangents.  Be sure to listen to the program. Read the rest of Bloomberg Radio Guest Interview » For more articles like this,…
  • 5 Reasons Real Estate Is (Once Again) a Prudent Investment

    Brenton Hayden
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you are someone who has given up on the dream of real estate investment, before even giving it a serious look, consider a few trends. Construction is on the rise, foreclosures and repossessions are decreasing.  The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that new residential sales in May 2014 have increased an estimated 16.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Far from least, US median property sales are up over 11% annually, the biggest increase since 2012. It’s clear, conditions are optimal.  Given today’s economy, with low property prices, decreased interest rates and…
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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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    Propertyshowrooms.com News

  • Dubai Steps into Limelight as Tourism Powerhouse

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    <p>Since the construction of the world-famous Burj al Arab hotel by Jumeirah Group in 1999, an average of 17 new hotels have been launched each year in Dubai.</p> <p>Dubai's ' build it and they will come ' strategy has paid off hugely and in the first half of 2014, the emirate welcomed more than 5.8 million tourists - the highest number of visitors ever achieved in the first six months of the year.</p> <p>Dubai has seen phenomenal growth in its vibrant hotel industry over the last 15 years. From 378 properties comprising 254 hotels and 124 hotel apartments,…
  • Investor Confidence in Portugal at 4-Year High

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    <p>Investment in Portugal's real estate is at record levels, despite property prices hovering around the bottom of the market. The country's economy has experienced a significant boost by the 'Golden Visa' scheme and foreign demand.</p> <p>The national confidence index increased by 10 points and now stands at 23, the highest reading on record by some margin and sales expectations are now more buoyant than at any other time since the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) launched their survey in 2010.</p> <p>Foreign demand, particularly from non-EU…
  • Football Legend Turned Property Tycoon Looks to US Market

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    <p>Robbie Fowler was a formidable striker for Liverpool football club, becoming Britain's 3rd richest footballer and earning a place in the nation's heart.</p> <p>However, less well-known outside of north-west England is Fowler's incredible track record as an astute property investor, with a portfolio of buy-to-let properties worth more than &#163;30m in and around his home turf.</p> <p>Indeed, one of the chants at Liverpool matches is &quot; we all live in a Robbie Fowler home &quot; (to the tune of Yellow Submarine), in reference to the…
  • Prince William Celebrates Malta's 50 Years of Independence

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    <p>Prince William replaced pregnant wife Kate on an official visit to the tiny island of Malta , in a last minute change of plan, as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence.</p> <p>Kate was forced to withdraw from what would have been her first solo overseas visit on doctors' advice after suffering severe morning sickness. After standing-in for his wife, Prince William told Malta's President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca that his wife was feeling &quot;so-so&quot;.</p> <p>Malta gained its independence from the UK on 21 September 1964,…
  • Greenpeace Lose Fight to Demolish ‘Hotel Illegal’ Algarrobo

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    <br/> </p> A legal judgement has been made to allow completion of a half-constructed hotel in Carboneras, Almeria, after over a decade of controversy. </p> The hotel&#8217;s structure rises like a huge white pyramid against the mountainous coastline of Almeria, set within the Cabode Gata natural park where construction started after a building licence was granted by Carboneras authorities in 2003. </p> At the time many saw the hotel as a massive symbol of Spain&#8217;s unbridled construction boom, while more sceptical observers felt that officials skipped…
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    Naples Real Estate Blog

  • We Will Never Forget

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

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    New FICO Scoring System In a recent article published by the National Mortgage Professional Magazine, it was announced that the FICO scoring system will be restructured in order to help borrowers qualify for loans more easily. One of the primary differences we will see is that median FICO score for consumers whose only derogatory references are unpaid medical debts will increase by 25 points.  It has been determined that medical collections should have a lower impact on the score since in most cases it is not commensurate with the credit risk they represent, nor the…
  • Record Breaking Rainfall In Naples Florida

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • GREENWICH, CT FALL 2014 MARKET REPORT

    greenwichstreets
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    The market is definitely looking up in the last two months. If you look at the green 2014 line, you can see that we started out with a bang as lots of buyers believed the pundits and thought interest rates were going higher in 2014. Those buyers pulled the trigger in December 2013 and January 2014. In February, despite the pundits predictions interest rates fell and so did sales as buyers didn’t feel an urgency to buy. From March to June 2014 sales were better than 2012, but not as good as the near record year for sales that we saw in 2013. Greenwich Real Estate Sales Take Big Leap in…
  • Sunday Open Houses August 3, 2014 & July Market Report

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

    greenwichstreets
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    A beautiful sunset at Greenwich Point across from the Innis Arden Cottage
 
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    The Inside Edge

  • DIY tips: The Best Way to Clean a Hardwood Floor

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

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

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

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

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

  • Infographic: GTA MLS® Market Stats for October 1st

    TheRedPin Team
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    If you cannot see this infographic on your current browser, please click here The post Infographic: GTA MLS® Market Stats for October 1st appeared first on TheRedPin Pulse.
  • Hot Listings September 29 to October 3

    TheRedPin Team
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
     67 Sunrise Dr  Milliken Mills East, Markham  Contact Melody Sitchon to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $298,888 TheRedPin Rebate: $2,246 Details: 2 Beds, 1 Bath 82 Euclid Ave Waterloo, Ontario   Contact Keith Marshallto Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $319,900 TheRedPin Rebate: $1,200 Details: 3 Beds, 2 Baths 168 Hillside Ave Mimico, Toronto   Contact Francis Malboeufto Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $579,900 TheRedPin Rebate: $2,175 Details: 3 Beds, 1 Bath Apt. 101 – 75 Dalhousie St Moss Park, Toronto Contact Enzo Ceniti to Book a Tour of…
  • Know the neighbourhood: Cabbagetown

    TheRedPin Team
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Rich in History and Diversity Cabbagetown is historical neighbourhood lined with century old, beautiful Victorian homes, one of a kind boutiques and friendly pubs and cafes. There is a strong sense of community in this east end neighbourhood. The area is well serviced with amenities like affordable grocers, banks, schools and restaurants. Residents are well connected to the rest of Toronto, with the Carlton streetcar routes and buses running along Parliament. From university students to young families, the neighbourhood appeals to a broad spectrum of homebuyers and renters.   “The area is…
  • A look at fall real estate trends in Toronto, GTA

    TheRedPin Team
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Yesterday, Tarik Gidamy, one of the co-founders of TheRedPin.com sat down with Stephanie Smyth from CP24, to discuss the current state of the real estate market in Toronto and the GTA. Tarik explains how TheRedPin’s platform combines all new condo developments with all existing MLS® listings to create the largest active database in the city. He further explains the difference between MLS® and TheRedPin, which is that TheRedPin is all about adding that human touch to their platform, by incorporating rich visuals, valuable stats and an engaging user experience. Lastly, Tarik explains the…
  • Hot Listings September 22 to 26

    TheRedPin Team
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
     4138 Trapper Cres  Mississauga, Ontario  Contact Jason Hughes to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $599,000 259,900 TheRedPin Rebate: $2,246 975 Details: 4 Beds, 4 Baths Apt. 101 – 75 Dalhousie St Moss Park, Toronto Contact Enzo Ceniti to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $399,900 259,900 TheRedPin Rebate: $1,500 975 Details: 2+1 Beds, 1 Bath 72 Stornwood Crt  Peel Village, Brampton  Contact Bob Perks to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $339,900 259,900 TheRedPin Rebate: $1,275 975 Details: 3 Beds, 3 Baths  Apt. 302 – 30 Hugo Cres Apt. 302 –…
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    Harmony News Now

  • 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…
  • Connect with Harmony Homes

    Harmony Homes
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Harmony Homes is a buyer inspired builder in Las Vegas and Laughlin Nevada.  Inspired by quality, efficiency and originality, Harmony Homes delivers new homes in scenic areas with a sense of community and family. Our experience says it all! With harmony as its backbone, Harmony Homes has evolved into a shining addition to the Nevada homebuilding market. With one simple mission – to build buyer-inspired homes – Buy New. Buy Smart. Buy Harmony. You will find information about Harmony Homes:  On the Harmony Homes Las Vegas Web Page On the Harmony Homes Laughlin Web Page On the Harmony…
  • Save money in your new home

    Harmony Homes
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Harmony Homes is a Five-Star Energy Certified Builder, which includes energy-efficient features such as radiant barriers to help reduce heat transfer through the roof and attic; low-e windows that help reflect heat away from the glass; vinyl window frames for superior insulation; and 13 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating heating, ventilation and cooling systems that hold the government-recommended 13 rating and use less energy per unit. All homes also feature sealed ducts to help reduce energy consumption. Take a better look at the mentioned energy efficient offers: Radiant Barriers - When the…
 
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    Charlotte NC Video Production | Photography | WordPress Web Design | Social Media | Branding

  • 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…
  • Niblock Homes Presents The Stratford Video Virtual Tour and Photos

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Lovely Condo Close to Lafayette Park!

    STLRealtor
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Heart of the City! 2653 Saint Vincent Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104 This well located 2 bedroom townhouse was just updated and is a MUST see! New tiled entryway, new dark wood laminate floors, separate eating area, spacious living room and a beautiful brand new kitchen boasting modern white cabinets, bronze fixtures, and all new stainless appliances. The bedrooms and bath upstairs are spacious and have new carpet and large closets. The full walkout finished basement makes a great game/TV room and also has a storage and laundry area. The fenced concrete back patio is great for barbecuing or…
  • Live on a Golf Course!

    STLRealtor
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A Little Piece of Paradise 16 Woods Fort, Troy, MO 63379 Golf Course living at its Best! Check out this beautiful 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home located on the 9th fairway of the newly renovated Woods Fort Golf Course. Vaulted ceilings, Crown Molding, new floors, a new roof(September 2014) and wainscoting are just of few of the many updates the interior of this home has to offer. Enjoy the spectacular view of the golf course from your eat-in kitchen or back patio. After you finish your morning coffee, take stroll through the beautiful garden that is your back yard. Finally, grab your golf clubs…
  • Beautiful Home in Ballwin

    STLRealtor
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    SPECTACULAR HOME 1579 Wooden Bridge Trail, Ballwin, MO 63021 Spacious ranch on a cul-de-sac lot, backing to wooded common area. Attached two car garage, new roof, vinyl siding,leaded entry door, completely rehabbed with new espresso wood cabinets, new counter tops, stainless steel appliances, kitchen sink in bay window, bay in dining room area, new laminated flooring, open great room with brick fireplace, new patio door to deck area and fenced private back yard with BEAUTIFUL NEW SOD, bronze hardware and fixtures, frieze carpeting, open stairs to partial finished bright open area, could be…
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    Eurobrix Blog

  • Why it's important to get the right conveyancing service

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many of us choose the first conveyancer we come across whether buying property in the UK or around Europe. There are lots of compelling reasons not to do this. In this article we'll take a look at some of the benefits of choosing the right legal representation to handle the transaction of your property, whether it is a flat off Gumtree, or an investment property in Barbados. We will also highlight some important things to look out for as you complete the process. Why it's important If you choose the wrong conveyancing service you could end up having to fork out as much as 2 or 3 times the…
  • What to consider when selecting bedroom furniture

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    The bedroom is wherein most people spend the longest period of their lives. It is from where the personality of its occupants reflects. It also nourishes the mental and physical health of its users than any other location in the house. Therefore, as much as people focus when buying furniture for living rooms, they ought to pay much more attention when purchasing furniture for bedrooms. Unfortunately, most spend a longer time and much more money when selecting to buy living room furniture, but not so when it comes to bedroom furniture. Bedrooms: The Bed As the name bedroom shows, its central…
  • How to add value to your home with eco upgrades

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • You and your real estate agent should be prepared

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

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

  • Virtual Tours for Hospitals

    Jason LaVanture
    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…
  • SEO Time For Virtual Tour Providers

    Jason LaVanture
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hello to all of our RTV fans and friends out there. Did you know there are over 40,000 Google searches per second happening on the Internet right now? GO GOOGLE!! Quite a few of these constant internet searches could be directly related to your virtual tour photography service or professional photography company.The problem is that your virtual tour company website might not show up high enough in the results to get any of that traffic.  We're here to help!  If you have not taken a little time in the last month to perform a little search engine optimization strategy, you could be…
  • IMAGE Webinar 54 – Video Editing

    Jason LaVanture
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Full motion video is an important component to virtual tours and can be used in several ways.  It is great for Realtor Introductions, video walkthroughs and for showing off those property features that have motion and sound.  After you shoot your video it is important to edit your video to make it look its best for your client and the viewing public before uploading it to your virtual tour.  It needs to look like a finished product.In this webinar I am going to show you some basic video editing skills that are a must.  We will use Adobe Premiere Elements 10 for editing the…
  • RTV Launches T4 - Top Tier Tour Track Program!

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

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

  • The Cost of a CRE Lead

    CoyDavidson
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    New Study: Most Expensive CRE Keywords 2014 What does is it cost to generate a lead these days for commercial real estate companies? Commercial Real Estate Marketing marketing company and creative agency, inMotion Real Estate Media analyzed the most expensive property-related keywords in commercial real estate based on Google Adwords cost-per-click (CPC) data. Cost-per-click is […]
  • Colliers North American Industrial Report

    CoyDavidson
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    No “Lazy Dog Days of Summer” for Industrial Real Estate The manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy and industrial real estate sectors are both continuing on a hot streak and are defying the stereotypical “lazy dog days of summer.” Manufacturing has been posting robust growth that we have not seen in six years. Q2 change […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Six Articles to Read This Weekend The Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Markets Aren’t All Obvious 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 […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Solid Week for Stocks All three major stock indexes finished the week with gains. The tech heavy Nasdaq finished up 0.27% for the week. The Dow gained 1.72% and the S&P 500 advanced 1.25% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: Texas Adds 20,100 Jobs in August US Rig Count Unchanged […]
  • Houston Economic Outlook

    CoyDavidson
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Houston Ranked In Top 10 “Best Cities For Job Growth” Houston ranked among the top-performing U.S. metros in 2013 and continues to be among the top 10 metros leading the nation in population and job growth in 2014. Houston is once again making headlines as having one of the healthiest economies in the U.S. In July 2014, Forbes […]
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    Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Blog: SW Montana Homes: MLS Listings

  • Bozeman Montana Ranches - 1300 Acres For Sale

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Seven Ranges Bozeman Montana Ranches Unique Montana Ranch Properties One of Montana's most extraordinary ranch properties is located near Bozeman, MT. Choose from among five parcels, some nestled against Montana's Gallatin Range, and all situated  in a private, gorgeous little valley surrounded by 7 Mountain Ranges and spectacular, 360 degree views of Montana's Gallatin Valley. Be a part of these 1300, private and gated Montana acres. You'll find your dream spot to call home within 7 Ranges Ranch, Gallatin Gateway Montana. Excellent soils for your Montana farming and ranching ventures,…
  • Bozeman Montana Real Estate Market Update Week 1 May 2013 Taunya Fagan

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    1 May 2013 | 8:16 am
    Bozeman Homes demand measured by the Market Action Index is increasing and days-on-market is trending downward. Even as more Bozeman, Montana properties come available, these are positive trends for the SW Montana real estate market. Sales of Bozeman homes have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer's market, Bozeman home prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller's Market. Average Days On Market (DOM): 147 = DOWN Median Home Size: 2950± sf Percent of Market…
  • Bozeman Montana Real Estate Market Update Week 4 April 2013

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    24 Apr 2013 | 5:54 am
    Bozeman homes inventory and days-on-market are both trending higher. However, the improving Market Action Index implies some increased demand in Bozeman Montana real estate will temper the negative trends. Bozeman home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer's market, Bozeman real estate prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller's Market.Despite this week's decline, the price trend remains upward for several weeks. A persistent drop of the Market…
  • New Bozeman Homes

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    18 Apr 2013 | 12:17 pm
    Advance Street Brand New Bozeman Homes - SOLD! - 3 Bed, 2 Bath - Main Floor Living - Wonderful Western Mountain Views - Loyal Garden Homes SOLD! - Great things come in small packages! This gorgeous three bedroom, two bathroom Bozeman home for sale sitting on a primo lot backing to farmland with unobstructed mountain views will impress the one looking for high quality and smart design. Upon entry the beautiful walnut floors, wood doors and trim grab your immediate attention...then the 12' floor to ceiling living room windows and wood beam work entice you farther still. Large kitchen with…
  • Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Market Report Week 3 April 2013

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    18 Apr 2013 | 11:05 am
    In terms of supply and demand, the Bozeman real estate market is heating up and because more supply is coming on the market relative to the sales demand it appears to be cooling, but buyers are out! In recent weeks Bozeman home prices have been increasing. Since it is technically a Buyer's market, this price trend may be a result of improved quality (newer, larger homes) of the homes being listed. Look at the descriptive statistics where you may notice the homes being listed are larger and younger than they have been in the past.While this week Bozeman Montana median home prices didn't…
 
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  • BLUEWATER BABES COUNTDOWN

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    The prominent lady angler KDW fishing event is right around the corner! The once a year Bluewater Babes Fishing Tournament begins this weekend on October 3rd and 4th at U-Tiki in Jupiter, FL. This South Florida fishing tournament and costume contest is purely devoted to raising awareness for our local breast and ovarian cancer patients that are in financial necessity. Bluewater Babes is so much more beyond fishing, bearing in mind the Bluewater Babes working group is essentially of women who are breast cancer survivors, have a family member with cancer or have been truly touched by someone…
  • OKTOBERFEST TIME…OCTOBER 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
      Experience the spirit of Oktoberfest the second and third weekends of October.  Join the American German Club of the Palm Beaches located at 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth for authentic of bratwurst, schnitzel, leberkase, strudels, and so much more.  Allow your palate to sip imported and domestic beers, wines, schnapps, and liquors while enjoying authentic Oktoberfest bands straight from Germany. This annual Bavarian “celebration of beer and good times” will be held on ten acres under the pavilion.  The American German Club of the Palm Beaches celebrates one of the largest…
  • LOCAL CITIES PEDDLE MARINE UPGRADES

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    South Point Pier Latest Marine UpgradesSouth Pointe Park is a 17-acre inner-city park in the dazzling city of Miami, located in the vicinity of South Beach, Florida, which had recently been reintroduced by many marine improvements. This new version of the pier has new features for fishing, special occasions and leisure. South Pointe Pier is setting to become a big principal in the flourishing community. “The Pier gives people another attraction to visit, says the director of tourism, culture and economic development in the City of Miami Beach.”South Pointe Pier is a destination that is a…
  • WHO'S WHO in LUXURY REAL ESTATE honors WATERFRONT PROPERTIES and CLUB COMMUNITIES with NOMINATIONS

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
          Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate is a “global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world, this group of more than 130,000 professionals in more than 85 countries collectively sells in excess of $190 billion of real estate annually.”  Recognized as the industry leader, Luxury Real Estate has been recognized by the “Webby Awards”, has received “Best of the Web” by Forbes Magazine, acknowledged with an “Addy Award” for Excellence in Web Design, and recognized by the “Maggie Awards” for excellence in media publishing. Who’s Who in Luxury Real…
  • WATERFRONT PROPERTIES & CLUB COMMUNITIES nominated as MULITPLE AWARDS NOMINEE by WHO’S WHO in LUXURY REAL ESTATE

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
      Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate is a “global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world, this group of more than 130,000 professionals in more than 85 countries collectively sells in excess of $190 billion of real estate annually.”  Recognized as the industry leader, Luxury Real Estate has been recognized by the “Webby Awards”, has received “Best of the Web” by Forbes Magazine, acknowledged with an “Addy Award” for Excellence in Web Design, and recognized by the “Maggie Awards” for excellence in media publishing. Who’s Who in Luxury Real…
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    Maine Real Estate Blog

  • 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…
  • Sotheby’s International Realty Brand to Enter Hainan and Strengthen Presence in China

    LegacySIR
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
      MADISON, N.J. (Sept. 17, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced Tianjin Zeng Yi Real Estate Brokerage Co. Ltd., which is owned by Plus Investment Holding Group (Beijing), will open Hainan Sotheby’s International Realty in China, furthering the brand’s expansion in Asia. Kevin Corbett will serve as chief executive officer, and Jim Hao will serve as general manager. The firm is expected to open in mid-November of this year. “Following the planned opening of Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty in October, Kevin and Jim look to continue the…
  • Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Pennsylvania

    LegacySIR
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    MADISON, N.J. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Prudential Lancaster Real Estate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is the newest member of its real estate network and now will operate as Lusk & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty. Anne M. Lusk is owner of the firm, which has one office at 100 Foxshire Drive in Lancaster. With the addition of this firm, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have five independently owned and operated offices throughout the state of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, New Hope, Kennett…
  • Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Presents CEEF Kitchen Tour 2014

    LegacySIR
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
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    ExpertView Blog

  • Regional Victoria: Welcome to the ‘good life’…

    realestateview.com.au
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    It seems that those in search of a better life are running for the hills and finding it in regional Victoria- and it’s not hard to see why. Regional Victoria covers the wider vicinity surrounding... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Market update for first home buyers

    Enzo Raimondo
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:58 pm
    There was good news for Victorian first home buyers from September 1: the stamp duty discount increased from 40 per cent to 50 per cent.  This means buyers have more money available to spend on their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Top Tips for Buying Property “Off The Plan”

    Rolf Howard
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Buying property “off the plan” means committing to buying property in a new development before construction is completed- often before it has even begun. It is a popular move, especially among... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Inner West – Melbourne Real Estate’s Best Kept Secret

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

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

    Robert Ratliff
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Exclusive House in Gated Master Plan Community Information Aliante Home for Sale with Gourmet kitchen with granite, GE stainless appliances, large island with breakfast bar, custom butlers pantry between dining and kitchen, walk through pantry. Four large beds each with walk in closets. Backyard has gazebo with fan and lights, stamped concrete, covered patio, artificial […]
  • The Martin Las Vegas Condos for Sale

    Robert Ratliff
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    High Rise Condos Available for the First Time The Martin Las Vegas Condos for Sale 42nd floor is now available for the first time. These sought after Condominiums are finally on the market, ready for you to make the move way up. Each 42nd floor residence offers remarkable 11′ 6″ ceiling heights in the living areas. They […]
  • Tuscany Village Neighborhood

    Robert Ratliff
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Tuscany Village New Homes for Sale Information Tuscany Village Neighborhood with the hundreds of signature Canary Date Palms that line the scenic entry and lush green landscaping, creating a true oasis in the middle of the desert.  Later Dunhill New Homes for Sale purchased the project, then recently Century Real Estate Communities and is now in the process of […]
  • Tuscany Village Homes for Sale

    Robert Ratliff
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Exclusive Tuscany Golf Course Real Estate Information The beautiful master planned guard gated community of Tuscany Village Homes for Sale is located in the southeast area of the Las Vegas Valley, adjacent to the world-renowned Lake Las Vegas master planned community. Residents can play the championship Tuscany Golf Course, work out at the 35,000 sf recreation center […]
  • Typical Move In Costs for Renting a Las Vegas Home

    Robert Ratliff
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Exclusive REMAX Rentals Las Vegas Information Typical move in costs for renting a Las Vegas Home because sometimes it does not make sense at the moment to buy a home in the Clark County Nevada area – for whatever reason.  When you have to rent a house in Las Vegas, you will obviously what to know what is […]
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  • 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…
  • PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Great Outdoors

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

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

    Ken Montville
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    In a previous blog post, I wrote about what home sellers expect when they go to sell their home.A quick recap: Ever since the housing bubble in the early 2000s home seller expectations have included two things: Gobs of cash and A quick sale Pretty simple. Of course, I went into more detail. In that post, I mentioned that home buyers are getting a whole lot more picky even in the face of low housing inventory.  Why is that? HGTV and The House Hunter If you’ve ever set eyes on HGTV you know it’s all about homes and decorating. Even the website makes you drool. What’s even…
 
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  • Construction Spending Slips in August After July's Jump

    The Associated Press
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Economy Keith Srakocic/AP By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON -- U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness. Construction spending dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent after a 1.2 percent increase in July, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The July increase followed a 1.6 percent June decline. The weakness was apparent in all sectors. Housing construction declined 0.1 percent, reflecting a big drop in spending on remodeling.
  • Keys to Helping a Family Member Buy a Home Now

    Credit.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    ShutterstockHelping a family member purchase a home just got a little more complicated. By Scott Sheldon If you plan to help your family member purchase a home, take heed: Transferring money among different bank accounts is going to make their homebuying process stickier. Furthermore, if you're unable (or refuse) to document the origin of the monies you transferred, you can only impede your family member's home purchase. Here's the scoop. Donor funds must be documented, sourced and paper-trailed. Let's say you're helping your daughter buy her first home. The amount you plan to give her is…
  • Organic Architecture Thrives (Might Make You Healthier Too)

    Houzz
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Filed under: Design, News, Lifestyle By Andrew Boyne We know that our environments affect our moods, and that buildings play a major role in that, but how can we change the way we build our homes to help improve our sense of well-being? There is growing evidence that suggests being cooped up in buildings is bad for our health and that having connections to the exterior environment has positive health outcomes. Studies have found that views of nature from the home provide a significant improvement in general well-being. Improving the connection between the interior and the exterior of a…
  • For Sale: Gable and Lombard's Former Palm Springs Estate

    Zillow
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes, Selling ZillowClark Gable and Carole Lombard lived in this Palm Springs home during their brief marriage. APCarole Lombard and Clark Gable By Emily Heffter The pink stucco home once shared by leading man Clark Gable and actress Carole Lombard is for sale in Palm Springs. The four-bedroom, six-bath home is owned film producer Joel Douglas, as was reported by the Los Angeles Times; his father is Kirk Douglas and brother is Michael Douglas, The mustachioed Hollywood legend lived in the estate in the Las Palmas neighborhood during his brief marriage to Lombard,…
  • Reese Witherspoon's Home Becomes a Design Inspiration

    Zillow
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Filed under: Design, News, Celebrity Homes, How ToBy Erika Riggs Where do you find ideas for your home? For one couple, inspiration came from A-lister Reese Witherspoon's living room in her former home in Ojai, California. Celeb interior designer Kathryn Ireland decorated the actress' ranch, which was featured in magazine spreads in "House Beautiful" and "Elle Decor." Orlando Soria, an interior designer and West Coast creative director for Homepolish, wanted to give the clients the same feeling of Witherspoon's Spanish Revival-style home, but in a way that would work for their two small…
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  • Construction Spending Slips in August After July's Jump

    The Associated Press
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Economy Keith Srakocic/AP By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON -- U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness. Construction spending dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent after a 1.2 percent increase in July, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The July increase followed a 1.6 percent June decline. The weakness was apparent in all sectors. Housing construction declined 0.1 percent, reflecting a big drop in spending on remodeling.
  • Keys to Helping a Family Member Buy a Home Now

    Credit.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    ShutterstockHelping a family member purchase a home just got a little more complicated. By Scott Sheldon If you plan to help your family member purchase a home, take heed: Transferring money among different bank accounts is going to make their homebuying process stickier. Furthermore, if you're unable (or refuse) to document the origin of the monies you transferred, you can only impede your family member's home purchase. Here's the scoop. Donor funds must be documented, sourced and paper-trailed. Let's say you're helping your daughter buy her first home. The amount you plan to give her is…
  • Organic Architecture Thrives (Might Make You Healthier Too)

    Houzz
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Filed under: Design, News, Lifestyle By Andrew Boyne We know that our environments affect our moods, and that buildings play a major role in that, but how can we change the way we build our homes to help improve our sense of well-being? There is growing evidence that suggests being cooped up in buildings is bad for our health and that having connections to the exterior environment has positive health outcomes. Studies have found that views of nature from the home provide a significant improvement in general well-being. Improving the connection between the interior and the exterior of a…
  • For Sale: Gable and Lombard's Former Palm Springs Estate

    Zillow
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes, Selling ZillowClark Gable and Carole Lombard lived in this Palm Springs home during their brief marriage. APCarole Lombard and Clark Gable By Emily Heffter The pink stucco home once shared by leading man Clark Gable and actress Carole Lombard is for sale in Palm Springs. The four-bedroom, six-bath home is owned film producer Joel Douglas, as was reported by the Los Angeles Times; his father is Kirk Douglas and brother is Michael Douglas, The mustachioed Hollywood legend lived in the estate in the Las Palmas neighborhood during his brief marriage to Lombard,…
  • Reese Witherspoon's Home Becomes a Design Inspiration

    Zillow
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Filed under: Design, News, Celebrity Homes, How ToBy Erika Riggs Where do you find ideas for your home? For one couple, inspiration came from A-lister Reese Witherspoon's living room in her former home in Ojai, California. Celeb interior designer Kathryn Ireland decorated the actress' ranch, which was featured in magazine spreads in "House Beautiful" and "Elle Decor." Orlando Soria, an interior designer and West Coast creative director for Homepolish, wanted to give the clients the same feeling of Witherspoon's Spanish Revival-style home, but in a way that would work for their two small…
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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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  • 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…
  • Wind farms going strong in Colorado

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

    blogeditor
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
      http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/20140806_SEPTA_extends_24-hour_weekend_subway_el_service.html By: Jarek Cotto Do you ever find yourself alone and in need of human contact? With the new app Cuddlr, you can now set up a meeting with a complete stranger to cuddle in a place of your choosing. This app shows how much our human interactions have suffered because of technology.   Two former principals have been charged with changing answers on standardized tests to boost scores. Find out what is going to happen to them below.   Man robs Dunkin’ Donuts with…
  • This Is How You Fit 3 Homes in a Narrow Lot in Fishtown.

    blogeditor
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/three-homes-show-up-on-narrow-fishtown-street By: Jarek Cotto In Fishtown, developers are building as many new homes as they can fit into the area. In East Kensington, they’re building homes on some very narrow lots and on little streets. On the 1400 block of Emerick St., which is more like an alley that leads to Miller Street, developers Brickstone Group LLC is building three new homes at 1410-14 Emerick St. Before this project they were just vacant lots on this easily missable block in East Kensington. Brickstone Group LLC is also…
  • #HotProps: 1240 N. 4th St. Brings Luxury to South Kensington.

    blogeditor
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
      By: Jarek Cotto 1240 N. 4th is one of South Kensingtons premier residential homes. It’s just a stones throw the hustle and bustle of Northern Liberties. The first recorded sale of this home was in February 1986 to a lady named Gladys Lopez for $8,300. Over the years it has been purchased by different companies with the goal of renovating and flipping the home for a profit. In January 1996, Inner City Rehabilitators Inc purchased the home for $10,000 and flipped it in 2003 for a profit of $20,000. The next purchase was not until 2005 when the home was sold to its current owners for…
  • FYI: Does the AFDI Have the Right To Put Anti-Muslim Ads on Septa Buses?

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    21 Sep 2014 | 11:25 pm
    http://cdn.phillymag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/SEPTA-bus-fusco.jpg By: Jarek Cotto Septa buses could be getting new anti-islamic ads on them. The American Freedom Defense Initiative is a New Hampshire-based anti-Muslim organization that is filing a lawsuit against Septa to make sure their message gets across. Find out more details about the lawsuit below. How did a dog missing from the Philadelphia area get found in Oregon? Read about how this dog was found and what happened to it afterward below. The Taney Dragons now have their very own week in celebration of their Little League World…
  • Eight New Homes Coming to N3RD St.

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    18 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/bellagio-homes-building-eight-homes By: Jarek Cotto You can’t even take a stroll down the block without seeing construction happening in Northern Liberties. Eight more homes are being built at 609 N. 3rd St. The development company Bellagio Homes are the ones in charge of this project, and they are already underway. They have eliminated the second half of a surface parking lot around N. 3rd St. and started building the homes. http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/bellagio-homes-building-eight-homes After…
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  • Parking Space for Sale in Old City!

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/c18P Own your own covered parking space in Philadelphia's first parking condominium. This is not just a place to park your car! Owning your own parking space means you can use it, sell it, or leverage it as collateral. The Old City Parkominium provides 24 hours a da, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year, concierge valet service and full security around the clock! Have the peace of mind that your car is safe, secure, accessible, and all the while you are building equity on your investment. There is…
  • 4 Bedroom in Northern Liberties: 1446 N 4th St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/b17n 1446 N 4th St is only a few short blocks form Northern Liberties. This 3 story charming brick front row home has 4 large bedrooms, 1 bath, has some original features and many modern upgrades. Original features include original random wide plank flooring on the upper level bedrooms, and an original storage nook on the 3rd floor. Enter in through the open living and dining room. The 1st floor has hard wood floors, professionally painted and with views straight through to the kitchen. The kitchen…
  • New Construction in South Kensington: 138 W Oxford St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:41 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/i14q Oxford Hill is the newest addition to the burgeoning neighborhood of South Kensington. Each newly constructed home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a rooftop deck, enclosed rear patio, and off- street parking, all packaged in a stunningly modern design by the award-winning firm of Interface Studio Architects. Just blocks away from Fishtown to the east and Northern Liberties to the south, OxfordHill is also directly across the street from the celebrated historical renovation of Oxford Mills,…
  • Lovely Home in East Kensington! 1217 N Howard St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/p17P This home offers a  lovely brick rear yard with privacy fence. The living and dining room are an open layout with a peek through window into the kitchen. Living and dining area has hard wood flooring, and exposed beams in the ceiling. The kitchen is completely updated with glass tile back splash, shaker style cabinets, modern tile flooring, polished granite counters, refrig and gas range included. There is a nice size unfinished basement with very tall ceilings. This space can be finished with…
  • Over 4,000SF Property in North Philadelphia!

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/f15B Welcome to this large 4,038 sq foot property. Needs improvements but seller is highly motivated. Put in an offer today! Christopher Somers The Somers Team 1033 N 2nd St 5th Floor Philadelphia PA 19123 Feel free to subscribe to our blog or our monthly newsletter to stay up to date with our latest posts and information on the Philadelphia Real Estate Market.  You can also sign up to receive the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog via email.
 
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  • Do Your realtor.com® Solutions Help With Recruiting and Retention?

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    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the following video a top broker explains how realtor.com® marketing systems give him a clear advantage when it comes to recruiting new agents and expanding his business.
  • News Corp To Acquire Move, Inc.

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    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    News Corp To Acquire Move, Inc. Will become a leading player in rapidly growing US online real estate sector. Move to benefit from News Corp’s scale and reach. New York, NY – September 30, 2014 (newscorp.com) News Corp and Move, Inc. (“Move”) announced today that News Corp has agreed to acquire Move, a leading online real estate business that brings consumers and Realtors® together to facilitate the sale and rental of real estate in the United States. REA Group Limited (“REA”), which is 61.6% owned by News Corp and is the operator of the leading Australian residential…
  • Does This Sign Describe the House or the Agent? :)

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  • 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…
  • homesales.com.au launches innovative map search

    Guest Author
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:51 pm
    August 20, 2014 Property website homesales.com.au, the property arm of Australia’s No.1 automotive group carsales.com has launched a new Map Search function which details public transport transit times. The feature champions technology created in-house during one of the Australian online business’ ‘Hackathon’ events. carsales.com uses Hackathons to fast-track development of innovative solutions and ideas. In the most recent event more than 150 employees across carsales’ varied business categories participated. Teams ‘hot-housed’ innovations over a stand-alone…
  • How to build a portal – Lessons from a success

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

  • 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…
  • Annual Maintenance

    financemyhome1
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    A common expectation of homeowners is to want the components and systems in their home to work when they need them. Periodic maintenance is just as important as having a trusted service provider to make necessary repairs. Victims of Murphy’s Law can attest that their air conditioner goes out on the hottest day of the year or the water heater fails when you have out of town visitors. If the convenience of having things work doesn’t justify maintaining your home’s systems, consider that it can be less expensive than the results of neglect causing repairs or replacement. Replace…
  • Cash Flow and Equity Build-up

    financemyhome1
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Many years ago, Las Vegas hotels would entice customers with inexpensive rooms, meals and entertainment so they would gamble. It may have worked initially but if you’ve been to Las Vegas recently, the bargains are gone. Hotels expect each division to be a profit center on its own. As a consumer, I might not like the changes but as an investor, I’d have to be pleased with increased profitability. Years ago, real estate investors used to accept negative cash flow buoyed by tax incentives in hopes of making a big payday due to appreciation when they sold it. Today’s investors are focusing…
 
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  • 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…
  • Eco-Friendly Ways to Get Rid of Stuff in Houston

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Need to unclutter your life? We have eco-friendly ways for Houston residents to move out the clutter, from donations to Houston charity organizations to Houston consignment shops and more.It’s been said many times, and we’ve said it in previous posts: Nothing simplifies a move like decluttering. Don’t move anything that you don’t need or love — but what’s the best way to get rid of everything else? If you don’t like the idea of sending your old possessions to a landfill, or you’d rather know that they’re serving a good purpose…
  • Houston Festivals for Fall 2014

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    If you’re new to the Houston area, and haven’t yet experienced the Houston festivals and events that happen every autumn, you’re in for a treat. Check out this listing of Houston festivals in town this fall for the whole family.There are so many reasons to love fall in Houston, including perfect weather, the back-to-school excitement of Houston’s many colleges and universities, and plenty of fun things to do. If you’re new to the Houston area, and haven’t yet experienced the Houston festivals and events that happen every autumn, you’re in…
  • Houston Apartment DIY: Temporary Wall Treatments

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    Want to spruce up your Houston apartment? Tips for decorating your walls the safe way -- while saving your deposit.Apartment decorating presents special challenges, since your home improvement options are limited by your lease and your landlord’s rules. If you’re moving within Houston from a house to an apartment, this can take some getting used to. It’s always best to ask first about any project you’d like to carry out. You may be surprised how much is allowed, or you may find out that what you thought would be a welcome change would have violated your lease and cost…
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  • 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

  • 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…
  • Recent Sale Sets New Record Price per Square Foot at the Philip House

    Georgiana Mihaila
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    A 1,575-square-foot unit at the Philip House – the conversion of a prewar Renaissance Revival rental building at 141 East 88th Street – has just managed to bring the comps up in the building. Unit 10F recently sold for $6,414,975, which translates into a whopping $4,073 per square foot. While no other residential unit sale has passed the $4K/sq. ft. mark up to this point, #9F came close earlier this month, when it sold for $6,227,006 or $3,953/square foot. The deed shows that the property was under contract since December 13, 2013, but buyer KPL Enterprises LLC only assumed ownership of…
 
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  • 5 Ways to Improve Your Home Without Having to Obtain Planning Permission

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    18 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Creating your dream home need not be a hassle. Time is of the essence when trying to enhance your home and everyone would like to fulfil their plans without unneeded delays. If you are considering selling or your house is already on the market, there are a variety of ways you can add value to [...]
  • Earthships – Where The Ancient Meets the Energy Efficient

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    As populations around the world continue to increase and the earth’s resources continue to be stretched, dirt-cheap building materials are becoming increasingly scarce – unless of course, you decide to use dirt itself. Ancient construction materials and techniques such as Adobe and Cob have, in recent times, been considered retrogressive or even primitive. However, there’s [...]
  • Make an Eco-friendly Bathroom

    admin
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Eco-proofing your bathroom is beneficial for many reasons. It saves money on energy bills, is better for the environment and cuts down on the use of dangerous toxins and chemicals. If you’re interested in reaping the benefits of an eco-friendly bathroom, check out some of our suggestions below. Install an eco-friendly shower head Many of [...]
  • What Does It Take To Store Solar Energy?

    admin
    9 May 2014 | 6:17 am
    The problem with renewable power has almost become a cliché. When the wind blows the turbines turn and generate power. When the sun is out and/or the UV (ultra-violet level) is high, solar PV panels will generate electricity. So, how do you power anything when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun isn’t shining? The [...]
  • Getting Your Back Garden Ready for Summer

    Dave
    7 May 2014 | 7:54 am
    For many people, the first rays of sunshine in the spring mean it’s time to assess the status of the back garden and begin cleaning up the winter debris. It is also important to keep in mind that summer is just around the corner so making plans for warm-weather planting is also necessary. Spring cleaning [...]
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  • Riva At The Park Houston | Riva At The Park Condos For Sale

    Jerico Gonzales
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Riva At The Park Condos In Houston Riva At The Park is a residential midrise from Sims Luxury Builders. Located at 3331 D’Amico St, Houston, TX 77019, the 7-story condo building features units with contemporary and traditional living options, custom Eggersmann kitchen cabinets, Miele appliances and energy-efficient windows and doors. Address: 3331 D’Amico St, Houston, TX, 77019 Year Built: *In development Number of Units: 22 Nearby Buildings: The Royalton, The Huntingdon, Chateau Ten Neighborhood: River Oaks For more information or available Riva At The Park…
  • Luxury Houston Homes For Rent | Most Expensive Homes For Lease

    Paige Martin
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:27 am
    Luxury Houston Homes For Lease Over 4,000 people relocate to Houston each month. Many of them look for homes for rent. Demand for “for lease Houston homes” is at an all-time high, with the average rent for a single-family home up over 5% year-over-year. Listed below are some of Houston’s most luxurious homes for lease. Many of the homes are within Inner Loop neighborhoods, a few of them are even within luxury gated communities. Check homes for rent below. All properties have at least 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, with the lease rates at $7,000 up to nearly $20,000 per month. Call…
  • 16 Best Gated Communities Within 35 Minutes of Downtown Houston

    Paige Martin
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    16 Best Gated Communities Within 35 Minutes of Downtown Houston Houston’s close in neighborhoods offer more than 100 gated communities.  Many of these are small and only have less than a dozen homes each. Each of the following 16 luxury neighborhoods feature a manned security gate and are within 35 minutes of Houston’s Inner Loop.* These gated communities in Houston are grouped by location (Inner Loop, Inside the Beltway, Outside the Beltway) and listed alphabetically. For detailed information and personal recommendations that meet your specific needs, contact Paige Martin, Owner of…
  • 2120 Kipling Houston | 2120 Kipling Condos For Sale

    Paige Martin
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Guide To 2120 Kipling Condominiums In Houston 2120 Kipling Condominiums is a residential midrise from Bailey Properties. Located at 2120 Kipling, Houston, TX, 77098, the 4-story condo building is a recent conversion from corporate leases. Located within the vibrant Upper Kirby, 2120 Kipling Condos is built with 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units featuring spacious open floorplans. 2120 Kipling condos for sale come in 5 floorplans between 1,065 to 1,886 square feet. Address: 2120 Kipling, Houston, TX, 77098 Year Built: 2014 Number of Units: 27 Neighborhood: Upper Kirby For more information or…
  • Houston Real Estate Update: September 2014 – Home Sales Rise

    Paige Martin
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    Houston Real Estate Update: September 2014 – Home Sales Rise Inventory holds its own as home sales and prices continue to climb HOUSTON REAL ESTATE MARKET SOARS IN AUGUST   The following is the most recent Houston MLS Report, published by the Houston Association of Realtors. The data covers Houston homes for sale and real estate trends from the last twelve months (August 2013 – August 2014). August Houston Real Estate Milestones: Single-family home sales rose 1.1 percent versus August 2013; Total property sales were up 1.7 percent year-over year; Total dollar volume…
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    Merrimack Valley Real Estate- Essex and Northern Middlesex County

  • 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…
  • 3 Pinedale Ave for Sale, Methuen MA

    Massachusetts Realtor
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 3 Pinedale Ave, Methuen MA 01844- MLS 71735061 Price- $280,000 Living Area-  1428 square feet Lot Size-  8835 square feet Bedrooms-  3 Bathrooms-  1.5 Year Built-  1942 Open House for 3 Pinedale Ave, Sunday September 7th 12-1:30pm About 3 Pinedale Ave, Methuen MA 01844 Located in Methuen Massachusetts, 3 Pinedale Avenue is located on a side street in a neighborhood setting.  It provides easy access to routes 93, 495 and 213.  The location is also close to nearby Salem NH for all…
 
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • 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…
  • I Hope You Have Somewhat Thick Skin

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    When my clients come to me and ask me questions about buying or selling their home--my basic assumption is that they want to know the truth and want me to back up what I have to say with history and numbers. This is always the goal of my conversations with my clients.I believe anyone can paint a rosy picture and tell you that your home is worth more than the true market value, more than what buyers around you are paying for similar homes and more than any home has sold near you during the past 6-12 months. But is that really what you need to know to sell your home?Yes, I agree, it would be…
  • Is a Duplex A Good Investment?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Here is an investment conversation that comes up from time to time. There is a popular belief that investing in a duplex is better than investing in a single family home for one common reason: When one tenant leaves, you are still collecting rent from the other tenant, so you still have half of the rental income coming in "all the time". Sounds good on the surface. If you own a duplex and this is why you bought it, you should stop reading now. I hate to put a match to this investment strategy, but I think any experienced landlord knows that there is a lot more to this story than this simple…
  • We Remember Sept. 11, 2001

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
     We RememberAll those who lost their lives onSept 11, 2001   These are some of beautiful memorials, memories and hero's that honor those who gave their lives on this most hallowed day in American history and some of horrific images that took place on Sept 11, 2001.Sadly, the events of 9/11 were very real and a horrible reminder to us all of what people are capable of doing. Thirteen years later, let us not forget and let us teach our children of the ugly truths that surrounded that horrible day in American history.  Tim Thornton, Realtor ®, Austin, Texas.
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • Keller Williams for Today’s Marketplace

    Brian Kline
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    When you are a Keller Williams associate, you have the best of both worlds. You are in full control of your local business while Keller Williams backs you up with national corporate level training, support, and technology. Image credit: iStockphoto.com The Keller Williams support brings you the most current and effective marketing strategies based on tested and proven marketing methods that are helping highly success agents across North America and beyond. Keller Williams has a deep belief that the individual associate is the brand rather than the national company. Keller Williams’…
  • Google Ads for Realtors: How Much Does a Lead Cost?

    Mike Wheatley
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Virtually every real estate professional markets themselves online one way or another, whether it’s through their own website or simply by dumping their listings on multiple MLS’s and sites like Trulia and Zillow. photo credit: ginatrapani via photopin cc The results can be mixed at best, and not everyone is able to get a decent flow of traffic their way. But there is one way to get an instant traffic boost – and that’s through ‘paid traffic’, the most obvious form of which is traffic from Google Adwords. Naturally paid traffic comes at a cost – but what is…
  • Fall is a Great Time to Sell Your Home

    Allison Halliday
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Fall is officially underway, and these months can be a great time to sell your home. If you are planning a home move, it could be worth considering putting your property on the market around now. This is quite different and from the past when it was more traditional to list your home in spring, and to miss this selling season was to miss the boat. The reason for this was because September coincided with the start of the school year and was quickly followed by large celebrations around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. In the past nobody really wanted to take the time to look at homes…
  • Police Search for Missing Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter

    Mike Wheatley
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Police continue to search for Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49, who vanished after showing a home in Scott, Ark., on Thursday. More than 100 volunteers continue to comb the Little Rock area looking for the missing Crye-Leike Realtor agent. photo credit: Highway Patrol Images via photopin cc On Sunday, police issued an arrest warrant for Aaron M. Lewis, 33, in connection with the disappearance. But police have failed to provide any details as to why or how they believe Carter is linked with the disappearance. Police are still looking for Lewis, who faces a charge of kidnapping in…
  • Real Estate Investing Profits and Loses

    Brian Kline
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    When you are running your own real estate investing business, it’s essential that you have well organized and up to date accounting books. It doesn’t matter if you have 1 property or 15 properties. It doesn’t matter if you have rental properties or are flipping houses or both. Each property must have a separate account. You don’t need a full time accountant but you must take the time to keep your accounts up to date. Even with 15 properties under management, you should be able to enter income and expenses and keep a profit or loss tally once a week in about one or two…
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • 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…
  • Property Investment For Beginners: How To Start A Buy To Let Empire

    Sam
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    This is the story of my first time.   Make a coffee or grab a beer this is a l-o-n-g post with occasional fruity language.  You have been warned. “I guess I’ll learn whether to sink or swim…alternatively the shit will hit the fan and it’ll be a mess”. Words from my leaving email I sent to a colleague 10 years ago. June 12th 2004 was my epiphanous moment. Thanks For All The Fish! There was nothing special or fancy about that moment.  There wasn’t a great lead up – apart from the fact I worked insane hours, travelled the world first class and stayed…
  • WARNING: Landlords And Lettings Agents HMRC Are After You!

    Sam
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    So, I’ve just opened a letter from HMRC and thought I’d share the contents. As, I no longer own a letting agency this doesn’t affect me – but for any of you who do own a letting agency, your paperwork is about to get even more long-winded, and for those landlords out there who think they can collect rent and not pay tax – think again. Landlords – Note the text in red. Letting agents – note the extra paperwork involved. “Dear Sir/ Madam, I will soon be sending you a statutory notice under paragraph 18 of Schedule 23 to the Finance Act 2011…
 
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    Showing Suite

  • Get a Higher Feedback Response Rate with New Redesigned Responsive Feedback Request Emails

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    We recently have had quite a few of our subscribers give us some pretty insightful suggestions, particularly about our feedback request emails. You voiced your opinion… so we made it happen! We made it easier than ever for buyers agents to provide showing feedback with brand new redesigned feedback request emails. Our new feedback request email redesign features the latest flat, responsive design, targeted specifically to make it as easy as possible for buyers agents to provide feedback. The look and feel overall is more clean and concise, resulting in higher click-through volume and more…
  • Showing Suite Mobile App Update – Extended Free Trial and New Features!

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    We just made our brand new real estate mobile app even better with the latest round up upgrades! In our latest version, we’ve added some cool new features, as well as improved overall functionality and stability. Plus, along with our new features and upgrades, since we want you to understand the full potential of our new Showing Suite app, we are now extending your FREE premium edition through September. SentriLock Free Users – This is your last chance to enjoy ALL the functionality of an Ultimate Showing Suite account at no cost! This includes automatic lockbox and listing sync,…
  • Brand New Showing Suite Mobile App Now Available for iOS and Android!

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

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

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

  • Choosing the Las Vegas Real Estate Agent Who Represents You

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Choosing the Las Vegas Real Estate Agent Who Represents You When you set about buying a home for the first time, the lay of the land can be a little tricky. It’s worth recalling some familiar sayings, like All that glitters is not gold; and Don’t judge a book by its cover; and Appearances can […]
  • Unexpected Ways to Boost a Las Vegas Selling Price

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Unexpected Ways to Boost a Las Vegas Selling Price For just about everyone who will soon be preparing to list their home in Las Vegas, selling price is a principal focus. What price will this fall’s market support? How will that number affect the time it takes to attract serious buyers? Are there ways to […]
  • School Districts Rate Highly in Home Buying Survey

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    School Districts Rate Highly in Home Buying Survey Las Vegas residents don’t have to have children at home to know when we’ve gone through the familiar back-to-school rituals. Just turn on a radio or TV, step into a retail store, or drive past a school and the calls to educational muster are evident. At the […]
  • An Open House in Las Vegas Deserves Maximum Prep

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    An Open House in Las Vegas Deserves Maximum Prep Once your property appears in the Las Vegas listings it’s time to prepare for the all-important initial open house. Whether it’s really “all-important” (or just very important) is a matter for debate—you can’t really pin down exactly how important the initial open house is because some […]
  • A Las Vegas Property Inspection Shows What You’re Getting Into

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    A Las Vegas Property Inspection Shows What You’re Getting Into You’ve successfully located the home that fits your wish list! The listing agent says the home is in “great condition!” Financing is pretty much a done deal! Time to relax! Er—maybe not just yet. When you are buying a home, among the scores of thoughts […]
 
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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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    All Calgary Real Estate

  • What Is The Secret To Basement Development Construction?

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    Are you in search of an efficient way to build an additional space at home where your loved ones could spend time together for movies? Have you considered basement enhancement, instead? A basement is a great spacious addition to any house. The only worry, perhaps, is how will this be done efficiently so as to avoid complex repairs in the future. Aside from employing the expertise of a Calgary basement development company, here are a few things that need consideration: Basement development involves tricky planning. The additional space which you’ll be able to achieve in basement development…
  • Benefits Of Basement Development

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    Is your home feeling a little too cramped up and filled with way too many stuff? Do you have difficulty relocating your furniture and all you other household belongings because of the lack of space? Will extending your home be out of the question because of the limited lot space between you and your neighbors? If you answered an astounding yes to the questions above then it may be time for you to consult with the many basement developers Calgary offers or even get in touch with the Edmonton basement developers, as these well experienced businesses will be able to provide you with the services…
  • Basement Development: What You Should Expect

    admin
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    There are a lot of advantages when a home has its own basement as it serves as a feasible form of storage and provides extra space for a household. This is one of the reasons why Calgary basement development and Edmonton basement developers are well needed services these days because of the many households that look to developing the basement of their homes. Many homeowners are looking into the basement developers Calgary has to offer because the skills of the trade are needed to fulfill the home basement that is put to their standards. You too should have an expected standard and outcome…
  • Get Your Basement Developed and Get More For Your House In Calgary…

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:57 pm
    You might as well get your Calgary basement developed or renovated – it is only going to get your house more money when you sell it!  Plus, you can enjoy it during all the time you live there so it is only a win/win. Most people think about getting their kitchen renovated or bathrooms but very few people realize how much a basement is actually used or will be used once it looks really nice and people enjoy being down there. That is why you need to consider hiring a really good Calgary basement development company.  Recently, we had an estimate from PLANiT Builders and we absolutely…
  • Asbestos Remediation Services in Calgary

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Several decades ago, asbestos was commonly used in construction materials such as insulation boards, cement, floors and tiles. This is not surprising: Asbestos encompasses fire-proofing, reinforcing and insulating capacities all in one. As the years passed, however, more and more people began to link asbestos with health issue. Nowadays, asbestos is nicknamed the “silent killer” and its use has become more restricted than ever. Fortunately, with the reduced use of asbestos comes a lower tolerance for it. As the population begins to become aware of the dangers associated with it, the need…
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Apple Ruined Our Smartphone App

    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…
  • We Are Mercantile – The SBA 504 Experts

    Trey
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Up until about a month ago, this blog prominently featured a single person as the face of our company. We’ve fielded quite a few questions about what the departure of our former CEO means for Mercantile going forward, and the short answer is that nothing changes. But there’s a longer explanation that we’d like to give you by way of video so that you can know and see a little about what goes on behind the scenes here at Mercantile. What we do for our small business clients has been a team effort from the very start. We’re known as “the 504 Experts” (plural) and we’re a…
 
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    ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog

  • Home Seller Sweepstakes Winner Profile: Diane and Larry Wermers

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    This summer, ForSaleByOwner.com held its inaugural Home Seller Sweepstakes, a promotion celebrating successful by-owner home sellers. Three lucky winners were each awarded 6 percent of their home sale price the equivalent of what they saved by not having to pay a real estate agent's commission. Here we profile our July Home Seller Sweepstakes winners, Diane and Larry Wermers of Rapid City, South Dakota.Diane and Larry Wermers are no strangers to DIY real estate sales; in fact, of the six homes they've sold over the years, two have been by-owner transactions. As Larry puts it, "We've paid more…
  • DIY Decorating: 8 Ways to Warm Up Your Home this Fall

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    These do-it-yourself fall decorating tips will help you spice up your home and heat up interest from buyers.According to a poll conducted by YouGov, fall is the most popular season among Americans. Whether you are looking to stage your home for sale or just surround yourself with the sights and smells of your favorite season, making your house an autumn oasis is easy with just a few simple suggestions.1. Pick Your Fall Color PaletteFinding a color palette that works with your home and furnishings while utilizing the earthy tones of the season is the crucial first step to decorating for fall.
  • Good Housing Market Brings More Willingness to Sell By Owner

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    As the peak home selling season drew to a close in August, indicators such as price increases, time on market and decreased distressed home sales point toward a “good” housing market. As seen in a recent ForSaleByOwner.com survey, these factors also indicate an increased willingness to sell by owner.August 2014 Existing Home SalesAccording to an August report, after four months of consecutive increases, existing home sales fell slightly for the month, down 1.8 percent from July. Despite the dip, August still saw 2014’s second highest seasonally adjusted annual rate with 5.05…
  • Selecting the Right Property for Investment

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Joel Cone is a freelance writer based in south Orange County, California. For nearly a quarter century Joel's career — both as a journalist and as a marketing communications specialist — has focused on the residential and commercial real estate industries, as well as the legal community. After a decade as a staff writer for the Daily Journal Corp. group of newspapers, Joel was a regular contributor to California Real Estate magazine for the California Association of Realtors; was the original Orange County reporter for GlobeSt.com; wrote executive profiles for OC Metro magazine; and has…
  • Home Seller Sweepstakes Winner Profile: Naomi Boyd

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This summer, ForSaleByOwner.com held its inaugural Home Seller Sweepstakes, a promotion celebrating successful by-owner home sellers. Three lucky winners were each awarded 6 percent of their home sale price the equivalent of what they saved by not having to pay a real estate agent's commission. Here we profile our June Home Seller Sweepstakes winner, Naomi Boyd of Morgantown, West Virginia who won $24,000.For her very first home sale, Naomi Boyd decided to go the DIY route. "We previously tried listing with a real estate agent without success," she reports of the 4-bedroom home she and her…
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    NewStone's blog

  • Contract now in the Pending State - okay to breathe!

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

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

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

    NewStone
    21 Aug 2013 | 7:58 am
    SteveC 72 lg[1].JPG Dear readers,In this blog, I will be sharing some interesting data on housing for the Raleigh Real Estate market. This data includes both detached and attached homes (town homes and condos included).  This is not intended to be comprehensive but to focus on the main highlights. If you are interested in more detailed information please do not hesitate to contact me directly! As of today, there are a total of 2,269 active listings in Raleigh.  The price range is between $35,000 - $4,850,000. The range of square footage is between 500 sq ft – 15,890 sq ft. read…
  • Cary Real Estate snapshot – analytical analysis 8/14/2013

    NewStone
    15 Aug 2013 | 4:28 pm
    SteveC 72 lg[1].JPG Greetings!In an effort to continue to provide valuable data, I will be sharing some interesting statistics on housing for the Cary Real Estate market. This data includes both detached and attached homes (townhomes and condos included).Currently, there are a total of 562 active listings in Cary.  The price range isbetween $75,000 - $3,995,000. The range of square footage is between713 sq ft – 13,200 sq ft. read more
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    CREOutsider

  • Real Massive – 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 […]
  • CRE Listening Tour

    Chris Clark
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    It’s always good to get out and talk to agents and the people that support them. I recently had the opportunity to do just that during a series of round table discussions on CRE trends. Ages ranged from 22 to 70 – with youth being no indicator of “tech” savviness. There were middle aged agents […]
 
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    Underwritings Blog

  • Mortgage Rate News for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Yesterday mortgage backed securities were basically flat on the day, and mortgage rates idled.  This morning we are seeing a big rally in MBS, and if it holds, rates will improve, and we will have made up approximately half the ground that was lost during the week of 9/9-9/16.  I think the adjustment that we are seeing today is partially a result of weak European economic data, and could also be adjustments to trading positions as we wait for the outcome of Thursday’s ECB meeting and the September nonfarm payroll report on Friday. Yesterday’s economic data was weak (housing…
  • 5 Red Flags to Watch for When Purchasing a Home from the 1900s

    Jennifer Esposito
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    It may not seem like that long ago, but the 1900s are now more than a decade behind us. For new homebuyers, this means that a home that was made prior to the turn of the century is already dated. While older homes certainly have their benefits, over time, there may be a few things that have changed. Being unaware of these changes could force a buyer to eventually face costly issues. If a pre-millennial home has caught your eye, you don’t have to automatically mark it off your list, however. Pay close attention to these areas during your search and you’ll be able to enjoy the charm of a…
  • 6 Moving To-dos that Fall Through the Cracks

    Taryne Leahey
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    When you’re shoving the contents of your life into the back of a moving van Tetris-style, it’s easy to forget the little things. But what seems unimportant in the middle of a moving frenzy can actually cost you later. Here are some small-but-important details that you should probably remember when moving house. 1. Transferring medical records Accidents happen, and the last thing you want is to end up in a strange doctor’s office in a new city with no medical history in sight. Make sure you remember to contact your general practitioner, pediatrician, dentist, and any specialists you…
  • Mortgage Rate News for Monday, September 29, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    Last week mortgage rates improved on net.  Rates hit the highest levels we’ve seen since May following the Fed statement on the 17th, and have been improving since hitting that recent nadir. Domestic economic data has been mixed but generally positive, and you could probably explain the recent market action as a correction to an overreaction following the Fed statement.  The main events of this week that could influence our markets are the September jobs report on Friday, a meeting of the European Central Bank on Thursday, and the political unrest that cropped up in Hong Kong over the…
  • Should you rent or buy? A new map helps answer this question

    Courtney Watson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Whether it’s a challenging roommate, a long commute, or marriage (just to name a few reasons) at some point many of us decide to stop renting and take the plunge of purchasing a home. The housing market continues recovering from its 2008 crash and home prices are rising although they’re not quite back to normal. In fact, in June, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed that average U.S. home prices are sitting around summer 2004 levels but remain almost 20 percent off the mid-2006 peak. Depending on where you live, prices in your area still may not have topped out and the value…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Stonecrest Homes

    Courtney Rogers
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Stonecrest Homes is this week’s Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Right now, metro Atlanta real estate agents can receive a $2,500 bonus on all inventory homes sold at The Springs at Sterling on the Lake, the easy-living section of the master-planned Sterling on the Lake community in Flowery Branch. To [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Piedmont Residential

    Courtney Rogers
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Today’s guests on the All About Real Estate edition of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio are J.D. Espana, president of Piedmont Residential, and Shelby Feinberg, the company’s sales and marketing coordinator. With new home communities in Cherokee, Cobb and Paulding counties, as well as the city of Newnan, Piedmont Residential primarily serves buyers on the west [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Aurora Theatre

    Courtney Rogers
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    This week’s guest on the Around Atlanta segment of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is Anthony Rodriguez, founder and producing artistic director for the Aurora Theatre. Located in historic downtown Lawrenceville, the theatre is currently in its 19th season. When asked how they choose which shows to include in the lineup each season, Rodriguez states that [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta for Kindred Homes

    Courtney Rogers
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    September’s final Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio features a home buyer’s incentive from Kindred Homes at its Stonecrest community in Buford. Currently, Kindred Homes is offering $5,000 towards closing costs when a preferred lender is used to purchase either of the community’s final two homes during September. Priced at $539,900, the [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Waterford Homes

    Courtney Rogers
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    This week’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is Drew Clough, the vice president of land acquisitions and development for Waterford Homes. Founded in 1991 by Drew’s father, David, and Don Shanks, the current vice president of construction, Waterford Homes has built more than 2,500 homes in the Atlanta area. [...]
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    My Moving Reviews

  • Top 12 Reasons To Move To Colorado

    Joshua Green
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Moving to Colorado can be your lifetime opportunity for an exciting and much needed change in your life. And to help you make the right decision, we have done an extensive and time-consuming research and have compiled a comprehensive list of solid and indisputable reasons why moving to Denver, Colorado Springs or any other great city […]
  • Moving Sofa Yourself Instructional Guide

    Pamela Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Sofas are large, cumbersome and heavy, they are difficult and quite inconvenient to move around because this task involves moving other furniture, pushing and removing doors and sometimes – hoisting, if all else fails. Sofas sometimes need to go through staircases up or down the stairs, or won’t go into the elevator. Figuring out the easiest […]
  • 12 Quality Time-Saving Packing Tips For Moving

    Joshua Green
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    When you’re facing an imminent move, there is never enough time to do all the things that you want and need to do, is there? It is a well-known fact that packing is the most time-consuming process in a move, and you’re going to have to make that universal constant work for you, not against you. […]
  • Cheap Ways To Move Across Country

    Pamela Smith
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Are you looking for the cheapest way to move cross country? Moving your household goods across state may be difficult, tiresome, time-consuming, exhausting and probably too… costly. And surely, if you are relocating to a new state, you will be interested in making your cross state move not just easier but also more affordable and cheaper. And […]
  • Top 5 Reasons to Relocate to a Beach Town – Make Your Dream a Reality

    Pamela Smith
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    Moving to a beach town probably sounds like a dream come true for those who want it – and if you want it, you can have it. Spending your free time on the sand, by the water, in the water, doing water sports, reading a book or just having a cold cocktail while enjoying the […]
 
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    agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website

  • Adding Value To Your Family Home

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    What does your home mean to you? It’s a very interesting question that can really show you how attached you are to your home. If you’ve spend most of your life or a fair few years in your home then it can be hard to part with it should you need to expand. But you […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Five Useful Tips for Your Moving Day

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Tips On Buying Profitable Florida Property

    Loxley McKenzie
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Tip 1: Make Sure You Invest In Areas With Strong Rental Demand The most important thing to remember when investing in property is to buy in an area that is in demand. There is really no difference between the sunshine state of Florida, or a row of terraces in Bradford in the UK when it comes to choosing the right area. By right area, we mean one where there is likely to be a good supply of prospective tenants willing to pay the level of rent that will not only cover the cost of your investment, but also generate a decent profit each month. Any rise in the value of the property then becomes a…
  • 5 Main Reasons Why Student Accommodation Makes A Perfect Investment

    Brett Tudor
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    I once lived in a five-bedroom house with four other students in what was known as Cardiff’s student village. The house was furnished with second hand furniture, the kind that most people would throw into the nearest rubbish bin and forget about. My friends and I did not care. As for me, I was riding the crest of a wave at just being given that opportunity to study at one of the UK’s leading universities. I thought nothing about paying the old landlord £300 a month for my room. Most students don’t. Then soon it began to dawn on me – a house that holds many books is also a good…
  • Holiday Home Or Investment Property – What’s Right For You?

    Brett Tudor
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    For investors looking for positive cash flow, the rental market, particularly in South Florida is seeing strong growth. Rents increased 2.9% year on year to 2012 in Florida as a whole, 5.6% in Miami Fort Lauderdale Metro and 3.8% in Orlando Metro area. On the other hand, if you plan to use the property as a holiday home and regular cash flow is not an issue, then a holiday home will be the perfect choice for you. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, especially in the US where land is divided into long-term ‘residential’ zones and short-term ‘holiday’ zones. Before you…
  • 10 Good Reasons To Invest In Florida’s Cash Flow Positive Properties

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

    Brett Tudor
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Student property in the UK is all about high rental yields. Investors can invest remotely and have the whole process and hassle removed by the management company who will take care of collecting the rent and any maintenance. There is absolutely zero hassle, and rental returns are higher than from any other buy-to-let investment. Getting a college degree is a minimum requirement to get a good job – it opens more doors. UK universities will continue attracting home and international students. UCAS, the company which deals with applications to Britain’s universities, reported that an…
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    Sydney Server Real Estate

  • Owners who overpaid flood ins. to get refund soon

    Florida Realtors® News
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 1, 2014 – The cost of federal flood insurance rose dramatically in some areas of Florida and the nation, but a law passed earlier this year, the Grimm-Cassidy Substitute Amendment to the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, offers short-term relief. Some homeowners paid the higher flood insurance rate before the bill passed, and those owners are slated to receive a refund for the overpayment that has taken time to calculate. However, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) announced that the refund checks will start going out today, and all checks should be in…
  • Study identifies new trend in buyer behavior

    Florida Realtors® News
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    MADISON, N.J. – Oct. 1, 2014 – A survey from ERA Real Estate finds that consumers and real estate professionals have eagerly adopted technology – but only so far. From coupon sites to service provider ranking sites to crowd-sourced recommendations, consumers today can comparison shop, read reviews and search for discounts from their phone, making it easy to point, click and buy. But those high-tech behaviors don’t always carry over into a home purchase. According to the ERA survey, there are two distinct phases of the process – shopping and buying. “While our survey…
  • Fla. consumer confidence reaches post-recession high

    Florida Realtors® News
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Oct. 1, 2014 – Floridians’ consumer sentiment (previously consumer confidence) for September reached its highest level since before the Great Recession began, according to the University of Florida’s (UF) September survey. The index inched up one point from August to 83 – a level not seen since April 2007. “This is a welcome development given that consumer sentiment has been flat for the last few months,” says Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. “While we are still…
  • HUD: $75M to help low-income residents

    Florida Realtors® News
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 1, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it awarded $75 million to local housing support groups. The money will be used to help public housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents on a path to self-sufficiency through education and employment. In Florida, 35 local agencies will share $3,314,986. Funded through HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), these grants allow public housing agencies to work with social service agencies, community colleges, businesses and other local partners. In 2014, Congress combined…
  • Realtor.com’s oversight company sold to News Corp

    Florida Realtors® News
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    NEW YORK – Sept. 30, 2014 – The National Association of Realtors (NAR) consumer website, realtor.com, could soon have a new boss. News Corp will acquire the company that manages realtor.com, Move Inc., according to information released this morning by NAR. Rupert Murdoch is executive chairman of News Corp, a multinational news and information company headquartered in New York. The company reported more than $8.5 billion in revenue in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. It owns publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. News Corp already competes in the real estate…
 
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    Luxury Property Domains

  • TorontoRealEstate.com sold for $140k

    editor
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Rob Grant, who has one of  the best portfolio of geo-targeted .com Real Estate domains sold TorontoRealEstate.com for  $140,000. Grant told DNJournal.com’s Ron Jackson,  that the Canada based buyer had also purchased OttawaRealEstate.com from him earlier this year. He added that to the best of his knowledge,  TorontoRealEstate.com sale is the highest sale to date for a geo-targeted real estate domain, easily  topping HamptonsRealEstate.com which was sold for $100,000 several years ago to Saunders & Associates. Clearly someone in Canada understands the power of domains, owning…
  • Luxury.Estate sells for $50,000

    editor
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    DomainHoldings recently sold Luxury.Estate for $50,000 USD Luxury Real Estate Domain Names are valuable assets that attract High-networth buyers and sellers. If you are in the Luxury Real Estate Market, a Luxury domain name is a clear advantage.  Congratulations to the buyer and seller. Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip:   Every facet of your real estate business should communicate Luxury. It starts with your Domain Name. If you sell Luxury property, make sure you domain says Luxury!    View exclusive inventory at LuxuryPropertyDomains.com        
  • LuxuryLiving.com sells for $30,000

    editor
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Every facet of your real estate business should communicate Luxury.  If you sell Luxury property, make sure you domain says Luxury! DomainNameSales.com recently sold LuxuryLiving.com for $30,000 Luxury  Domain Names are valuable assets that attract High-networth buyers and sellers. The right premium Domain Names are a strategic advantage: Traffic, Leads, Trust, Authority, Recall, Sales, $$$$   If you are in the Luxury Market, a Luxury domain name is a clear advantage.  Congratulations to the buyer and seller. Luxury Real Estate Marketing Tip: A clear, descriptive, Luxury Domain Name is…
  • Real Estate domain name CornerStoneHomes.com sold for $150,000

    editor
    8 Feb 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The Real Estate domain name CornerStoneHomes.com  sold for $150,000 The domain name was owned by Cornerstone Home Builders, Inc. has an original creation date of 2006.  The domain is now showing at being at escrow over at Sedo.com -  Dave Evanson of Sedo co-brokered this sale. Congrats to buyer and seller.   Do you Own Your Market? Upgrading your real estate domain name is one of the easiest things you can do to increase the value of your Real Estate business.      
  • Beverly Hills & New York Lead Luxury Home Sales — Own Your Market!

    editor
    9 Oct 2013 | 10:51 am
    Top Luxury Real Estate Markets and the matching Top Real Estate Domain Names.  Beverly Hills, California, and New York had the most Luxury home sales for more than $10 million in the past year, according to a report by Coldwell Banker Previews. Read more Highest Volume of Luxury Home Sales over $10 Million: New York Beverly Hills Aspen Bel Air Miami Beach Malibu Want to sell $10 Million Luxury Homes?  Start with the Domain name: Own Your Market! As real estate professionals know, Exposure is one of the most important aspects of this profession.  The right premium Domain Name is a strategic…
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    Isle Of Man Property For Sale

  • 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
  • Milky Way Over Nearby Niarbyl

    Simon Costain
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
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  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:49 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/Xtiwn0
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    Alexander James Wigmore and Margaret Bell, of Derby, bought Booilushag House, Ballajora Hill, Ramsey, for £700,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/XJe7wA
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    Frederick Real Estate Online

  • Getting My Home Ready For the Real Estate Market -Part 2

    Karen Highland
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    When you are considering the sale of your home, it’s never too early to start planning what you need to do to get your home into the best condition for the market. If you have done the basic things that we’ve explained in Part One, all of the things that are most important, the cleaning, painting, and de-cluttering, take a good look and see if there are any obvious deficiencies.  Here are several things that might need attention: …. 1.  Shampoo or replace carpet.  If it is permanently stained, worn, or dated, replace it.  Get a neutral shade, “Tea Stain” is our…
  • 9054 Myersville Road, Myersville Md 21773

    Karen Highland
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Single-Family Home for Sale in Myersville Maryland Three bedroom, 2 bath Cape Cod with loads of charm and living space. Many custom features inside and out. Almost 3 acres to enjoy atop a ridge in the Middletown Valley, this custom Cape Cod has many premium features that will WOW you! This lovely home brings all of that beautiful nature inside through large palladian windows and vaulted ceilings. Enjoy the Walk-through full motion Hi-def video of 9054 Myersville Road, Myersville Md 21773: Description: The Family room has beautiful Palladian Windows with vaulted ceilings to make a spacious…
  • How Much House Can I Afford to Buy?

    Karen Highland
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    “How Much House Can I Afford?” One of the first questions that a home buyer asks is, “How much house can I afford to buy?” It’s best if this important question is answered from the very beginning of the home buying process. That’s why we refer a home buyer to one of our preferred lenders before we even take them out to look at homes. Knowing how much you can afford in a monthly payment is very important before you start looking. If you take the time to find out what your loan limits will be, you save yourself from several negative experiences: Wasting time, looking in a price…
  • Are You Downsizing? – Here Are Four Tips

    Karen Highland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Four Approaches to Downsizing For Frederick Sellers With the upheaval of the nation’s economy, and with the aging of the Baby Boomer demograpic, many are choosing to downsize their living situation. For the past several years, downsizing from large, high mortgage homes, to smaller more affordable homes has become an increasingly popular trend. Not only is the obvious savings associated with mortgage or rent a benefit of downsizing, but most will also see a savings in utility costs, such as heating oil. Lifestyle downsizing is a trend that will most likely continue as smaller but smarter…
  • Historic Frederick in Pictures

    Karen Highland
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Pictures of Historic Frederick in Animated Gif: Historic Frederick via Animated Gif. I had a lot of fun putting together this “moving slide show” of historic Frederick sites. Frederick History in Brief Frederick Maryland is a beautiful historic city in central Maryland. The name of the city either came from Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord Baltimore, who offered free land to those who would settle the Monocacy River Valley, or possibly it was named after Frederick the Great, of Prussia. The earliest settlers of the area in the 1600’s were German, and the city was founded in 1745…
 
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  • EB-5 Funding Boosts Senior Housing

    Jonas222
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Development within the senior housing sector is benefitting from funding through the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, better known as EB-5. In quick summary, EB-5 is a program that allows foreign nationals to invest $500,000 or $1 million in U.S. companies that are located in low-employment areas and have projects that are expected to create jobs. In turn, the investors are granted resident visas. read more
  • Foreign Investment in Multifamily

    Jonas222
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Foreign investors generously allocate capital for strategic commercial real estate investments across the nation, and as this article points out, there’s a special affinity for multifamily opportunities, particularly among Chinese investors.   read more
  • Demand for New Hotel Concepts

    Jonas222
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Move over, multifamily. You’re not the only real estate sector with more demand than supply. The hotel industry is red hot, according to this mid-year report from Marcus & Millichap, as reported by GlobeSt.com here. read more
  • Quick Look at CRE Global Fund

    Jonas222
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Financial Advisor published this story from Bloomberg News, which discusses the flurry of activity from investors who are placing capital into non-U.S. real estate companies to the tune of more than $304 million with the SPDR Dow Jones International Real Estate ETF (as of August, according to Bloomberg’s report). read more
  • Secondary Markets

    Jonas222
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    As we’ve widely reported previously, investor interest in secondary multifamily markets has trended upward across the country. In our reporting, we discussed land prices, construction prices, and even the ways in which demand has outpaced supply even as core markets and high barrier to entry markets become saturated. Foreign investors, too have shown their support for secondary markets. And now, as the demand has caught up and renters have settled it, we can get a truer picture of rental rates. read more
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    House Flipping School

  • 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…
  • 5 Little Known Ways To Successful Real Estate Investing Success

    Mike LaCava
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Some people think that success is a smooth road to riches. But if you ask any real estate investor, they will tell you that t involves a lot of hard work and plenty of tough decisions to be made. Successful real estate investing is not just a step by step formula that you can use to get rich; it’s a mosaic of thousands of decisions that you organize and execute to achieve your goals. If you break down the steps to successful real estate investing, it might seem like some of them don’t contribute in any way to making money. However, these steps that do not seem to bring back monetary…
  • Exit Strategies | FREE DOWNLOAD

    Mike LaCava
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    A lot of people who are new to real estate are fearful of losing money. In house flipping there can be a lot of money on the line and I can understand why people feel the fear. I myself felt fearful at times early on in my house flipping career. Today this thought motivated me to share with you a free downloadable PDF specifically about exit strategies. I chose to share these exit strategies with you because having an exit strategy in place can help alleviate the fear and anxiety felt by newbie investors. An Overview Of The PDF This PDF contains 10 pages of information about exit strategies…
  • 4 Excellent House Flipping Exit Strategies You Should Try

    Mike LaCava
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    In real estate investing, especially house flipping, almost everyone is focused on entry strategies as opposed to house flipping exit strategies. Most people are focused on how to find property to flip, how to work with wholesalers, how to wholesale property, working with real estate agents, etc. Having solid house flipping exit strategies can be a life saver but unfortunately, they do not always guarantee that unfortunate things you hadn’t anticipated might happen. Exit strategies are simply back up plans. So if things do not go your way, you have a plan B. The feeling and excitement of…
  • How To Be A Credible House Flipper

    Mike LaCava
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    When you declare to the world that you are a house flipper, you should be prepared for an onslaught of criticism. There are a lot of negative connotations associated with the term “house flipping” even though you are a credible house flipper. Banks and the government are not particularly fond of house flippers. This is because house flipping has received so much criticism it has made those who specialize in it face even bigger challenges. So is there anything you can do to maintain your reputation as a credible house flipper? The Negative Side Of House Flipping House flipping does indeed…
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    Karri Flatla

  • 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 [...]
  • Why There is No ‘Perfect Time’ to List Your Home in Lethbridge

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

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

  • Save Time with a Real Estate CRM [Video]

    Matthew Collis
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Check out the video below where renowned real estate trainer, Chris Leader of Leader’s Edge Training, sits down with IXACT Contact’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Rich Gaasenbeek. Rich discusses how agents can use a real estate CRM to free up more time, get better organized, and build an explosive referrals and repeat business. In this video you’ll discover: Why a real estate CRM is absolutely essential to the real estate business. How a REALTOR® CRM makes you work smarter, not harder.… Read the rest
  • 4 Real Estate Drip Campaigns

    Michael Churaman
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    In today’s blog post I’m going to outline four great real estate drip campaigns that you can use to nurture all of the leads and past clients in your database. This way, your contacts will use you for all of their real estate needs and refer you to their friends and family for years down the road. If you’re not using real estate drip campaigns already, start by selecting an easy to use and robust real estate contact management software, like IXACT Contact, that has the campaigns I discuss in this article pre-loaded into your account.… Read the rest
  • 10 Simple Ways Agents Can Stay Relevant After Handing Over The Keys

    Matthew Collis
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    The post below appeared in InmanNext last month and it’s on a topic we thought you’d be very interested in, since it’s all about effective contact management and creative ways to stay in touch. While reading the post, keep in mind that with a great real estate contact management software, you can cover most of the items on this list. You can even automate and supplement a lot of your keep in touch work with drip marketing and auto responders.… Read the rest
  • 6 Key Benefits of Using a Real Estate CRM

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Check out the below article from Jay Thompson, Zillow’s Directory of Industry Outreach. In the post Jay articulates, extremely well, six important benefits to using a real estate CRM. This is a must-read for every REALTOR®! Keep in mind that you can do everything Jay discusses in this post with IXACT Contact. Enjoy: CRM stands for customer relationship management. To some agents, CRM means software that is designed to help manage clients. Others consider CRM as a philosophy or strategy for how to run a business.… Read the rest
  • Real Estate Marketing Ideas

    Michael Churaman
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you’re looking for some great real estate marketing ideas, you’ve come to the right place! In this post I’m going to outline four of my top ideas for promoting yourself and your business, staying top of mind, and establishing trust and credibility with your real estate sphere of influence (SOI). 1. A monthly real estate newsletter Make sure your CRM for REALTORS® includes a professionally designed and written monthly real estate e-Newsletter. This way, you can benefit from a fantastic way to stay in touch with your database without having to pay an extra fee to a newsletter company…
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • Warner Robins MOPS Consignment Sale

    Anita Clark Realtor
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Warner Robins MOPS Consignment Sale The Warner Robins Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is hosting their fall consignment sale this week. That is great news for both single parents and families as they will have an opportunity to save some money and pickup much needed items. In today’s economy, any opportunity to save a few dollars […] The post Warner Robins MOPS Consignment Sale appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • How To Make Your Property More Appealing

    Anita Clark Realtor
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    How To Make Your Property More Appealing Wanting to sell your home for a good price and in a reasonable time frame are standard goals for the majority of sellers. However, when you are dealing with a tough real estate market and struggling to break even on a property, you need to do everything you […] The post How To Make Your Property More Appealing appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in September 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in September 2014 Slowly but surely the REO inventory is dwindling in this city, making it difficult for buyers and investors who are looking for deals in the way of foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in September 2014. At the moment, only 5.6% of the available real estate in Warner […] The post Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in September 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Perry GA in September 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Foreclosures in Perry GA in September 2014 In a bit of a surprise, the number of available foreclosures in Perry GA in September 2014 went up slightly from the previous month. it is not a significant increase as the REO inventory makes up just 3.2% of the available homes in this community right now. With limited […] The post Foreclosures in Perry GA in September 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in September 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in September 2014 If you are looking to purchase one the foreclosures in Kathleen GA in September 2014 you will need to act quickly and decisively! There is limited inventory and plenty of buyers and investors out looking for great deals. REO properties in this market are not easy to locate, […] The post Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in September 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
 
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    thelasvegasluxuryhomepro.com

  • How To Sell Your Las Vegas Home In The Fall

    Debbie Drummond
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Fall is here, football season has started and the holidays are just around the corner.  Every year we find home owners who ask “Should I put off selling my home until the Spring?”   In Las Vegas, there is no reason to hold off until  Continue ReadingThe post How To Sell Your Las Vegas Home In The Fall appeared first on .
  • Improvements That Help Sell Your Luxury Homes

    Debbie Drummond
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Reports show the luxury home market is heating up.  As noted in the Luxonomist, “U.S. Luxury Homes Are Selling at the Fastest Path in Years“.  The article focuses on the uber expensive $30 Million plus market.  It credits much of it to investors looking for more  Continue ReadingThe post Improvements That Help Sell Your Luxury Homes appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas Real Estate News – What Sold in August 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We’ve entered Fall with more homes listed for sale than we’ve had in almost 3 years.  Last month we were at 9518 homes for sale.  In September 2013 we had just over 7300 homes for sale.  We currently have 7690 single family homes plus 2471 condos  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas Real Estate News – What Sold in August 2014 appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas High Rise Condos Sold in August 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    We’re starting Fall with 424 high rise condos listed for sale.  We sold 47 condos in our high rise buildings in August.  Down slightly from the 50 we sold in July and from the 51 we sold in August of 2013.  At the current rate  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas High Rise Condos Sold in August 2014 appeared first on .
  • Is it Time to Invest in Residential Real Estate?

    Debbie Drummond
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    National headlines have switched from “Foreclosures” and “Short Sales” to “Rising Home Prices”.  Las Vegas was one of the hardest hit with the housing crisis, but even here prices are up.  Rising prices make some investors wonder if they have missed the boat.  Even traditional  Continue ReadingThe post Is it Time to Invest in Residential Real Estate? appeared first on .
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    Real Estate Valuation | IRR on Real Estate blog

  • Faneuil Hall: Reimagining Boston’s Famous Landmark – A Guest Post from Llenrock Group

    Ray Cirz
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    This post from Eric Hawthorn is part of our Llenrock Group guest post series and originally appeared on the Llenrock Group blog. A while back, Travel + Leisure published a ranking of America’s most-visited tourist attractions based on each location’s annual number of visitors. The number one attraction in the United States is, no surprise, Times Square in Manhattan, with over 40 million visitors per year. That’s the population of Argentina! Yes, that’s a lot of …
  • Atlantic City’s genius redevelopment idea, and millennials rule the multifamily sector

    Ray Cirz
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: The wrecking ball targets a former Army base New Jersey’s Fort Monmouth is performing an about-face, transforming from a military hotbed to an extensive mixed-use park.  CommVault, a data and information management software company, recently moved into a $100 million building on base, and now residential, retail, and commercial real estate developers have shown interested moving to the 1,126 acre …
  • Seattle’s boom moves beyond multifamily, and tech firms are reshaping Chicago’s Skid Row

    Ray Cirz
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce: Seattle’s real estate boom has finally spread beyond apartments Seattle’s commercial real estate boom might be moving on from a multifamily blitz to an office revival.  More than 10,000 apartment units are expected to open this year, but developers are upping the ante by also adding more office space in the next few years.  Though Amazon and Microsoft have …
  • IRR-Lehigh Valley Director Kent Brustlin receives MAI designation

    Joseph Pasquarella
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Integra Realty Resources (IRR) has once again expanded the number of MAI-designated appraisers in our ranks as Kent Brustlin, Director of Integra Realty Resources – Lehigh Valley, becomes the latest IRR expert to receive his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute.  This honorable designation recognizes appraisers who are experienced in the valuation of commercial, industrial, and residential properties, as well as advising clients on real estate investment decisions. Since joining the firm, Kent has demonstrated …
  • Multifamily market stays hot in Phoenix, and tech firms choose Detroit over San Francisco

    Ray Cirz
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The Wall Street Journal: Phoenix landlords are enjoying the market’s heat The Phoenix area continues to thrive thanks to serious economic recovery occurring in the region.  A strong job market has encourages more than 59,000 people to move to the area in the last year alone, and now the commercial real estate market’s reaping the benefits.  Vacancy rates dropped and rent rates soared due …
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    The Oatley Team

  • 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
  • It’s Time to Pick Pumpkins!

    Laura
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The Oatley Team Leaves are starting to turn, there is a chill in the air and it is sweater weather. There is only one thing that could mean- it is time to pick pumpkins! Below we have compiled a list making it easy for you to find out where you and your family can go enjoy a day […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 2800 Newburg Rd.

    Laura
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Oatley Team This exceptional executive style home is loaded with history. 2800 Newburg Rd. is the past home of Gen. J. Fred Miles, an original Ashland Oil pioneer and head of the KY Colonels. This home was the site of many lavish Derby Parties in the 1920’s and 1930’s and attended by Bing Crosby. Not only is […] Laura
  • Louisville Aids Walk & Pet Walk

    Laura
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    The Oatley Team This Sunday take your family and fur family to the Belvedere for the Louisville Aids Walk and Pet Walk. Walk activities begin at noon and will end by 5 P.M. The kickoff to the walk takes place at 2:00 P.M. You can find the full agenda here. Both the Aids Walk and the Pet Walk […] Laura
 
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    Agent Avenue

  • Crafting a quality Google+ post

    John Bunka
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    A few best practices to take advantage of Google+! Best Practices for crafting a Google+ Post. There is no character limit: write longer posts to spark discussions Encourage participation: ask questions and include a call to action! Be responsive: +1 and reply to great comments Post high-res photos to get a larger post in the stream (bonus tip) Mix photo posts with videos or animated gifs to attract attention in Google+ Include hhashtagsto make your posts easier to find #agentavenue Do you any great tips for Google plus? Let us know below! The post Crafting a quality Google+ post appeared…
  • Find it, see it, get it first – Tell a story

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • 8 Precautions You Must Take Before Leaving Home For Vacation

    Rebecca
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    When going out for a vacation most people are concerned about the security of the apartment. To make sure there are no shocks waiting for you back home when you return from an exciting holiday, you need to take care of a few basic things. Here we offer some key tips that will keep your house secure and help you remain stress free when on a vacation. Image Courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net 1) Do not make a public announcement on the social media about your absence It feels good to share your next vacation destination and plan with your friends but you never know who else…
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    Ocean View Real Estate Dubai

  • 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…
  • Should everyday Dubai property purchasers be worried when large companies’ share prices plummet?

    Holly Woolston
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:11 am
    After losing a prominent Chief Executive last week, Arabtec Holding, Dubai’s most traded stock, saw a massive decrease in the price of their shares.  Their share prices halved and they lost approximately $3.9 billion from their market value. But what does this mean for the rest of the construction and real estate market? Will new buyers and tenants feel the shockwave from Arabtec’s dramatic market crash? Although the big players in the real estate and construction industry in Dubai do have a significant impact on the industry as a whole, it seems that in Dubai at the moment this recent…
  • Is Dubai Traffic Affecting The Value of Your Property?

    Holly Woolston
    15 Jun 2014 | 12:32 am
    Those of us living and driving in Dubai are constantly infuriated with the traffic and road closures throughout the Emirate, especially those living in the Downtown or Marina area where recent road closures have caused traffic chaos. For Marina particularly, the constant traffic in JBR has been made worse with the building of the new Dubai tramline. You find yourself driving round the Marina and suddenly the road ahead has been closed and a 15-minute diversion has been added on to your journey. Are the constant changes in the road systems and traffic chaos affecting us more than we think?
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Why You Should Consider Real Estate Investment For Your Self Employed 401k?

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Self employed 401k, or often called Solo 401k, is designed for self employed individuals and business owners, who usually are drawn to the flexibility and high limits of the plan. One of the perks of having a self employed 401k is that plan holders are able to choose among the widest variety of investment classes, [...]Why You Should Consider Real Estate Investment For Your Self Employed 401k? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Buying Investment Property – Getting Estimates Tips

    Camille Baptiste
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Let’s say you’ve found the perfect investment property to rehab & flip or to fix-up & rent. You have done a quick estimate of repairs you think need to be done, submitted an offer, it was accepted and you then ordered an inspection. Then what? Using Inspection Report Make note of any unexpected problems that [...]Buying Investment Property – Getting Estimates Tips is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 20 Mile Marching To Real Estate Success

    Andrew Syrios
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Every real estate investor should make sure to be an avid reader and they should not simply limit themselves to real estate books. General business books are also extremely important. On that subject, there is no one better than Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great and Built to Last. Jim Collin’s most recent [...]20 Mile Marching To Real Estate Success is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Seller Responded – Making Your First Offer Example P3

    Tex Norton
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Making your first offer can seem a little scary. But it is NOT.  I’ve taken the time to break down the steps for you in Seller Responded – Making Your First Offer Example P1 & Seller Responded – Making Your First Offer Example P2 . Since we’re just getting started, perhaps you’re wondering how we [...]Seller Responded – Making Your First Offer Example P3 is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • One Question Too Many Investors Fail To Ask A Coach

    Darin Garman
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    The question that I am talking about is simply this: “Have you ever lost money in any of the investments that you have been involved in?” It’s a question that more investors need to be asking. It is also what I consider “The Question” that when answered will tell you a lot about with respect [...]One Question Too Many Investors Fail To Ask A Coach is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • 3 Ways to Win at the Bidding Game for the Best Properties

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Want to win at the real estate bidding game? Do your homework and make your Realtor your ally and partner and you can. In the world of buying real estate, you are almost never alone in your desire to obtain a property. Others interested in new places to call home, or great investment opportunities, can see what you see in a given property and may well elbow you out of the way for it. But with a professional Realtor at your side and knowledge in your toolkit, you can be the one doing the elbowing, not the other way around. Here are three strategies for outfoxing your competition: 1. Be…
  • Lunchtime Quick Hits

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    A Canadian investor group wins the bidding for the shuttered Revel casino, then announces it will remain one; two founders of a new advocacy group explain why they belive Philadelphia can have "Development Without Displacement"; and two major Center City office tenants are looking for new space - and less of it: Revel announces winning bidder (Philadelphia Business Journal)Revel buyers plan to re-open it as a casino (Associated Press via WFTV Orlando)Philadelphia can gentrify while protecting residents (Philly.com) Two big tenants looking at space in Center City (Philadelphia Business…
  • Another groundbreaking, another set of stop closings

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Work on NREADS' East Market project begins tomorrow. Barriers are already in place along Market, 11th and 12th streets, and a SEPTA bus stop and subway entrance will close. Attention SEPTA riders: Please be aware that another huge mixed-use development project will cause some slight disruption to your usual commuting habits. This one's in Center City, on the northern edge of Washington Square West and Midtown Village, and it includes the closure of a subway station entrance as well as a bus stop, starting tomorrow. That's when work officially begins on the first phase of East Market, the huge…
  • Mantua's Brandywine Park to be remade into neighborhood gateway

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Brandywine Park as it now appears. By Gabriel Gottlieb Two Mantua community groups, “We Are Mantua” and the Mantua Civic Association, are planning to redesign a small park on 34th Street. This park, known as Brandywine Park, sits at the intersection of 34th and Brandywine streets, near Mantua's southeast corner and in the middle of a stretch of 34th Street experiencing massive development of small apartment buildings. We Are Mantua received a “creative placemaking grant” from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; the group is also getting help from the City of Philadelphia,…
  • Rodin Square work begins tomorrow; SEPTA bus stops discontinued

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Work on the Rodin Place apartment/office/retail complex starts tomorrow. SEPTA bus riders who catch buses at 22nd and Spring Garden streets will endure a little more than a year of inconvenience for a long-term benefit for the neighborhood. It's not often that we get construction updates from SEPTA Media Relations, but we got one this morning: Work will begin tomorrow on the Rodin Square mixed-use development at 22nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Logan Square, just off the Ben Franklin Parkway in the Art Museum area. While construction on this project that will combine luxury apartments,…
 
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • Using a Home Equity Loan to Pay Off Your First Mortgage

    Colin Robertson
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    In case you weren’t aware, people tend to be obsessed with the idea of paying off their mortgages. For many, it’s a major lifelong goal to pay off the mortgage in full. For others, it’s a nagging debt that they’d prefer to take care of sooner rather than later, for better or worse. Regardless of [&hellip
  • I’ve Been Offered the Opportunity to Skip Two Mortgage Payments

    Colin Robertson
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    So I received an unmarked piece of mail the other day, and whenever that happens, I know it’s going to contain some kind of nonsense. Upon opening the letter, which I could have easily just thrown away, I discovered that it was a mortgage solicitation. Fun! More specifically, it was a refinance offer from a [&hellip
  • 414,000 Home Sales Won’t Happen This Year Thanks to Student Loan Debt

    Colin Robertson
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    There’s been a lot of recent buzz about teens and Millennials being extremely bullish on homeownership. And with that comes hope of a stronger housing recovery and even higher home prices in the future. But it’s one thing to say you’re going to buy a home (or want to buy a home), and another thing [&hellip
  • Are Mortgage Calculators Actually Accurate?

    Colin Robertson
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Time for more mortgage Q&A: “Are mortgage calculators accurate?” Just about anyone looking to buy a property or refinance will rely upon a calculator to get a better understanding of what their monthly payment might be. But not all mortgage calculators are created equal – in fact, some totally miss the mark. For that reason, [&hellip
  • Don’t Freak Out About the Recent Mortgage Rate ‘Spike’

    Colin Robertson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Queue the panic. Mortgage rates have officially spiked and the media is all over it. Yep, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage increased from 4.05% to 4.19% this week, per Zillow’s weekly survey. Over at Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed climbed to 4.23% this week from 4.12% last week, the highest level since [&hellip
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • 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…
  • 4 Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

    Beazer Homes
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    When shopping for a new home, Energy efficiency is one of the main factors considered. With that in mind, Beazer Homes takes additional steps to ensure our homes meet the latest ENERGY STAR® requirements. Every Beazer home is built to ENERGY STAR standards, is tested, and receives an individual  ENERGY STAR certification. This means that Beazer homes are built to conserve energy and reduce your monthly costs. For example, Beazer Homes in the Houston, TX area are currently built with spray foam insulation which saves on energy costs and lowers utility bills.  Studies by the US Department of…
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  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio Celebrates Third Anniversary

    Courtney Rogers
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio, Atlanta’s longest-running new home and home builder-focused radio show, is celebrating its third anniversary! The show, which is designed to be of interest to both industry professionals and consumers, gathers all of the latest Atlanta real estate news into an exciting digital format. Airing three times per week, the show includes [...]
  • Fischer Homes Offers Unique Options in West Cobb

    Fischer Homes
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Fischer Homes offers new home buyers multiple choices in the sought-after West Cobb area. With four new home communities located in Powder Springs, Fischer Homes offers a price point and floor plan that will meet the needs and lifestyle of every family. The Meadow at Miller’s Pond, The Enclave at Miller’s Pond, Lost Mountain Trails and [...]
  • Village at Deaton Creek Hosts Annual Oktoberfest This Weekend

    Pulte Homes
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Active adult home buyers are invited to the eighth annual Oktoberfest Fall Festival at Village at Deaton Creek. Located in Hoschton, this active adult community is celebrating the kick off of fall on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from noon until 3 p.m. During the festival, attendees will be able to enjoy authentic German cuisine, listen to [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Stonecrest Homes

    Courtney Rogers
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Stonecrest Homes is this week’s Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Right now, metro Atlanta real estate agents can receive a $2,500 bonus on all inventory homes sold at The Springs at Sterling on the Lake, the easy-living section of the master-planned Sterling on the Lake community in Flowery Branch. To [...]
  • Monte Hewett Homes Introduces New Agent at Lake Haven

    Monte Hewett Homes
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Monte Hewett Homes is excited to introduce its newest sales agent, Jeremy Aldridge. With past experience working in Washington, D.C. and McLean, Virginia, Jeremy brings years of new home sales experience to the Monte Hewett team. He has successfully worked with reputable builders including Stanley Martin, Brookfield Homes and Urban Pace. “We are confident that Jeremy [...]
 
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  • Buying Houses “Subject To” the Existing Mortgage Part 2

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
        Today I have the second part of this 2 part article on buying houses subject to the existing mortgage by Michael Quarles from Buy Sell Fix Flip.  In part 2 of this post on the creative financing technique “Subject To”, Michael lays out the rest of his buying strategy. He dives deep into […] The post Buying Houses “Subject To” the Existing Mortgage Part 2 appeared first on .
  • Buying Houses “Subject To” the Existing Mortgage Part 1

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
      I have a guest post for you today from Michael Quarles.  You might remember that I interviewed Michael a few weeks ago on a podcast for “Let’s Talk Real Estate Investing”.  If you missed that phenomenal interview on negotiation you can Click Here to listen to that show. Investors are always looking for creative […] The post Buying Houses “Subject To” the Existing Mortgage Part 1 appeared first on .
  • How to Use Inbound Marketing in Your REI Business

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
      Most of you know that I love direct mail marketing. In fact, it has always been my number one source of leads.  But with so much competition out there, the pressure is even greater today than before to find new ways to stand out in the crowded field.  What does that mean for you? […] The post How to Use Inbound Marketing in Your REI Business appeared first on .
  • The Importance of Automation and Systems in Your REI Business

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      A while back, I was asked by Mike Simmons if I would be a contributor for a series of posts that he was doing for his blog “Just Start Real Estate”. If you’re not familiar with Mike’s site, he does a daily podcast just for new investors.  I highly recommend that you check it […] The post The Importance of Automation and Systems in Your REI Business appeared first on .
  • Successful Women In Real Estate Investing – Iman Yusef-Yahya – Philly Wholesaler

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    In the spotlight for today’s “Successful Women In Real Estate Investing” is that “Philly Wholesaler Chick” Iman Yusef-Yahya.  She is a wholesaler in the Philadelphia area that specializes in inner city properties. Iman is a full time real estate investor, mentor and coach in Philadelphia, PA.  Like me, she is a mentor and a coach […] The post Successful Women In Real Estate Investing – Iman Yusef-Yahya – Philly Wholesaler appeared first on .
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  • News Corp moves into US online real estate

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Rupert Murdoch has conquered TV. He has conquered newspapers. Now, he wants to sell your US home. Media giant News Corp has announced that it will buy Move Inc., operator of Realtor.com. The $950 million deal will see the company acquire Move for $21 per share, an agreement that will give News Corp control over the advertising of more than 98 per cent of all for-Sale properties in the US.News Corp is no stranger to the online property listings game, though: REA Group Limited, which is 61.6 per cent owned by the company, operates Australia's leading property portal, realestate.com.au, which…
  • W.A.Ellis joins with JLL

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Global real estate advisory firm JLL today announced a merger with W.A.Ellis  strengthening the firm’s residential capability in the central London market and creating a leading prime estate agency business. W.A.Ellis is an established leader in the prime London market operating since 1868 with a particular focus in Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Belgravia re-sale, lettings, property management and valuation. The LLP comprises six equity partners, five take up key roles within the JLL agency and James Wilson, the sixth, moves his team into the existing residential valuation…
  • Prime London property prices start to fall

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    What goes up must come down? Photo: Martie1Swart Average sales prices fell in six of the UK's 10 most expensive areas in September 2014, according to Home.co.uk, all of them being located in Central London.Prices dropped 8 per cent in Belgravia over the 12 months to September 2014. Values also fell year-on-year in Westminster by 6.3 per cent, in Soho by 5.7 per cent, in South Kensington by 4 per cent, in Chelsea by 3.5 per cent and in Charing Cross by 2.7 per cent. House price inflation is now cooling across all of Greater London, adds the site, with the average asking price down…
  • Dublin drives 15pc property price growth in Ireland

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Property prices in Ireland have risen almost 15 per cent in the last year, the Official of National Statistics reveals.The figures show that property prices climbed 14.9 per cent year-on-year in August 2014, up from 13.4 per cent annual growth in July. Dublin is the main driver of price rises, though, with values surging 25.1 per cent across the 12 months to August.Ireland, House Prices
  • Brits happier than they have been for years

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Photo: Konszvi The ONS survey of wellbeing found that Brits are more satisfied with their lives, with year-on-year improvements recorded since since 2011, when data was first collected. 27 per cent of UK adults rated their life satisfaction at a very high level in 2013/14, an increase on the previous year.The proportions of people reporting the highest levels of personal well-being have grown since 2011/12 for each of the four measures. The greatest gain has been in reduced anxiety levels, with the proportion of people in the UK reporting very low anxiety grew between 2011/12 and…
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • 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…
  • Palmetto Previews - September 2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    If you are one of the 2.5 million visitors who crossed the bridge to Hilton Head Island for a vacation this year, chances are you have entertained the idea of living here. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an annual guest, maybe you are wondering what it would be like to plant your feet more firmly in the sand. If you already own a piece of paradise, read on and count your blessings. Life in the Lowcountry centers on three important values: nature, convenience and community. Often billed as the nation’s first environmentally sensitive, “eco-planned” resort, in spite of its steady…
  • Transportation In Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Hilton Head Island was developed and remains a destination for many to come and enjoy the amenities of the island; beaches, golf, tennis, kayaking, shops, restaurants, the list goes on and on.  When traveling to the area some enjoy driving while others prefer to fly.  If your party consists of more than yourself, driving or flying leaves you with a dilemma, one vehicle. What are you going to do if dad wants to go golf and mom and the kids want to go to the beach?   Or, the ladies in the party want to play tennis and the men want to go shopping? You didn’t go on vacation so you could…
  • Things to See and Do on Hilton Head Island

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    BUBBLE GUM CRUISE WITH GREGG RUSSELL IN HARBOURTOWN SEA PINES RESORT When my potential buyers and clients say that Hilton Head Island style of living is too expensive, I tell them you can do as little as you want to do or spend as much as you want to. The main beauty and advantages of Hilton Head are free.   The salt air, the sunshine, the moonbeams, Spanish Moss, the sand and sea. I went on the first of the season “Bubble Gum Cruise” with Gregg Russell in Harbourtown in Sea Pines this morning with my granddaughter. We saw dolphins and their babies that were just born this spring…
 
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Agent Spotlight DeAnna Holman!

    Carrie Cullifer
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    DeAnna Holman CalBRE#01766129  (661) 619-4505 deannakholman@yahoo.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/deannaholman  Looking for a Realtor with heart and experience then give DeAnna a call! She works hard for each of her clients doing her best to make every transaction and smooth as possible. She knows our local market and will give you the information you need to price your home right! If you are considering buying a home DeAnna can help you whether  you are a first time home buyer or have purchased many homes. Take the first step in making your Real Estate dreams come true and contact…
  • Smart Realtors Choose Tholco

    Jason Thoele
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Realtors choose Tholco Real Estate Group for 100% real estate commission in California & Hawaii. Smart agents choose 100 percent real estate commission plans to keep what they’ve earned. We offer top-notch agent support and a lead distribution technology that leaves other companies in the dark-ages. Tholco provides its agents an “always on” agent portal to access the online tools and training they need to successfully sell and manage their real estate transactions, day or night. Our 100% commission real estate program combined with our agent support makes the move to…
  • Getting the House Ready to Sell – Removing Clutter

    Jason Thoele
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    The kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter, because it is an easy place to start. First, get everything off the counters. Everything. Even the toaster. Put the toaster in a cabinet and take it out when you use it. Find a place where you can store everything in cabinets and drawers. Of course, you may notice that you do not have cabinet space to put everything. Clean them out. The dishes, pots and pans that rarely get used? Put them in a box and put that box in storage. You see, homebuyers will open all your cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen. They want to be sure there…
  • Agent Spotlight Michelle Grissom!

    Carrie Cullifer
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Michelle Grissom CalBRE#01407970  (661) 345-3432 kerncountyrealtor@gmail.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/michellegrissom “Helping people with real estate is more than a career; it’s also my opportunity to make a positive impact in people’s lives’.  I’m a no-nonsense kind of gal, who blends up-to-the minute technology with old fashion service to keep my client’s happy.  I listen, advice, & guide rather than push my client’s.  For a Seller, I use marketing tools to expose your property to the widest possible range of qualified buyer’s…
  • Agent Spotlight Marcos Ortega!

    Carrie Cullifer
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Marcos Ortega CalBRE#01480500  (661) 371-6705 marcos0845@yahoo.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/marcosortega  “My name is Marcos Ortega and I am Fluent in both Spanish and English. I have been a resident of Bakersfield, California since 2000. I grew up in Porterville, California and graduated from Porterville High School in 1992. In 1999 I went back to college and attended San Joaquin Valley College and got a Associate of Science Degree in HVAC. In 2001 I got into Mortgage lending so I can help people achieve the American Dream of becoming home owners. For my continuing need to better…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Agent Spotlight DeAnna Holman!

    Carrie Cullifer
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    DeAnna Holman CalBRE#01766129  (661) 619-4505 deannakholman@yahoo.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/deannaholman  Looking for a Realtor with heart and experience then give DeAnna a call! She works hard for each of her clients doing her best to make every transaction and smooth as possible. She knows our local market and will give you the information you need to price your home right! If you are considering buying a home DeAnna can help you whether  you are a first time home buyer or have purchased many homes. Take the first step in making your Real Estate dreams come true and contact…
  • Smart Realtors Choose Tholco

    Jason Thoele
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Realtors choose Tholco Real Estate Group for 100% real estate commission in California & Hawaii. Smart agents choose 100 percent real estate commission plans to keep what they’ve earned. We offer top-notch agent support and a lead distribution technology that leaves other companies in the dark-ages. Tholco provides its agents an “always on” agent portal to access the online tools and training they need to successfully sell and manage their real estate transactions, day or night. Our 100% commission real estate program combined with our agent support makes the move to…
  • Getting the House Ready to Sell – Removing Clutter

    Jason Thoele
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    The kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter, because it is an easy place to start. First, get everything off the counters. Everything. Even the toaster. Put the toaster in a cabinet and take it out when you use it. Find a place where you can store everything in cabinets and drawers. Of course, you may notice that you do not have cabinet space to put everything. Clean them out. The dishes, pots and pans that rarely get used? Put them in a box and put that box in storage. You see, homebuyers will open all your cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen. They want to be sure there…
  • Agent Spotlight Michelle Grissom!

    Carrie Cullifer
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Michelle Grissom CalBRE#01407970  (661) 345-3432 kerncountyrealtor@gmail.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/michellegrissom “Helping people with real estate is more than a career; it’s also my opportunity to make a positive impact in people’s lives’.  I’m a no-nonsense kind of gal, who blends up-to-the minute technology with old fashion service to keep my client’s happy.  I listen, advice, & guide rather than push my client’s.  For a Seller, I use marketing tools to expose your property to the widest possible range of qualified buyer’s…
  • Agent Spotlight Marcos Ortega!

    Carrie Cullifer
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Marcos Ortega CalBRE#01480500  (661) 371-6705 marcos0845@yahoo.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/marcosortega  “My name is Marcos Ortega and I am Fluent in both Spanish and English. I have been a resident of Bakersfield, California since 2000. I grew up in Porterville, California and graduated from Porterville High School in 1992. In 1999 I went back to college and attended San Joaquin Valley College and got a Associate of Science Degree in HVAC. In 2001 I got into Mortgage lending so I can help people achieve the American Dream of becoming home owners. For my continuing need to better…
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    Orange County Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Dana Point Real Estate

  • Orange County Real Estate – exciting new mortgage options

    949hometeam
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    After the market crash and subsequent rebound we have seen steady changes in the mortgage guidelines and products available.  So if you are wondering if you can get a loan to purchase that next dream home give me a call…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate – exciting new mortgage options is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate and the Emergence of Multigenerational living

    949hometeam
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Multigenerational living has been emerging as a growing trend nation wide including right here in Orange County. But exactly what is multigenerational living, why is it increasing in popularity, how are new homebuilders responding and what to consider if you…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate and the Emergence of Multigenerational living is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • 8 Tips for Orange County Real Estate Buyers

    949hometeam
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    So you are a first time Orange County home buyer? Here are 8 tips for you to consider before you start the home buying process.   Research before you look. Decide what features you most want to have in a…Read more ›8 Tips for Orange County Real Estate Buyers is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report – September 2014

    949hometeam
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report Aliso Viejo Real Estate at a Glance: based on all the data we are clearly in a slow and steady stable market here in Aliso Viejo. Expect all the major indicators to stay within a relatively…Read more ›Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report – September 2014 is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Dana Point Real Estate Report September 2014

    949hometeam
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Dana Point Real Estate Report Dana Point Real Estate at a Glance: Dana Point sailed through the stable steady market like the rest of Orange County. South Orange County Real Estate General Economic Conditions: All major indicators point to us being in…Read more ›Dana Point Real Estate Report September 2014 is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
 
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    Climate Plus

  • 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

  • “Very impressive and well done!”

    myreen
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Lucy and her team did a fantastic job in the search and purchase our new home. Our requirements weren’t easy since we had a tight timetable, a firm budget and wanted to live in a very defined neighborhood in a home that can comfortably fit our four kids and two pets! Lucy guided us through the entire process and later even found out she did some tough negotiating on some last minute items that saved us money. Working through complex situations was incredibly smooth based on Lucy, Sharon and Connie’s cohesive team approach. It’s like they are an extension of one another. I…
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    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    The highlight of the fall apple harvest is the Julian Apple Days Festival, a two-day celebration featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, the coronation of Mr. and Mrs. Apple Days, and, of course, apple pie. The coronation for Mr. and Mrs. Apple Days will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. The admission is $5 for adults with children 12 and under free of…
  • Arts & Craft Show in Old Town

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Get excited to be immersed into an amazing sensory overload as the streets of Old Town San Diego transform into a beautiful art display at this year’s Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego. This free weekend event will take place on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego features contemporary artists, fine craft, fashion and home décor artisans. This event brings together the essence of Southern California; beautiful San Diego weather, the Flavors of Old Town international…
  • Black Tie Boxing Fundraising Event Scheduled in Rancho Santa Fe on September 20

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The world of Olympic boxing is heading to Rancho Santa Fe this month, all in the name of raising money for a pair of very important charities. Charles C. Butler, owner of Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club & Storage, will host a “Black Tie Brawl” fundraising event from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, September 20, at the private social club at 3270 Corporate View Drive in Vista, reports the Ranch Santa Fe Review. It will be an exclusive evening for the well-heeled, tucked behind the hills of Rancho Santa Fe. A high security compound normally used to house some of the city’s rarest car…
  • 10th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    From September 21-26, foodies will eat their way through more than 180 participating restaurants throughout San Diego. Leave the cooking to someone else and join over 140,000 diners in the celebration of Restaurant Week and indulge in discounted prix fixe menus including two-course lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course dinners are $25, $35, or $45. No tickets necessary for this event, just make reservations for any of the participating locations, show up, choose from their prix-fixe menu and let your taste buds enjoy! This countywide affair gives foodies the chance to…
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Why You Should Consider Real Estate Investment For Your Self Employed 401k?

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Self employed 401k, or often called Solo 401k, is designed for self employed individuals and business owners, who usually are drawn to the flexibility and high limits of the plan. One of the perks of having a self employed 401k is that plan holders are able to choose among the widest variety of investment classes, [...]Why You Should Consider Real Estate Investment For Your Self Employed 401k? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Buying Investment Property – Getting Estimates Tips

    Camille Baptiste
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Let’s say you’ve found the perfect investment property to rehab & flip or to fix-up & rent. You have done a quick estimate of repairs you think need to be done, submitted an offer, it was accepted and you then ordered an inspection. Then what? Using Inspection Report Make note of any unexpected problems that [...]Buying Investment Property – Getting Estimates Tips is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 20 Mile Marching To Real Estate Success

    Andrew Syrios
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Every real estate investor should make sure to be an avid reader and they should not simply limit themselves to real estate books. General business books are also extremely important. On that subject, there is no one better than Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great and Built to Last. Jim Collin’s most recent [...]20 Mile Marching To Real Estate Success is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Seller Responded – Making Your First Offer Example P3

    Tex Norton
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Making your first offer can seem a little scary. But it is NOT.  I’ve taken the time to break down the steps for you in Seller Responded – Making Your First Offer Example P1 & Seller Responded – Making Your First Offer Example P2 . Since we’re just getting started, perhaps you’re wondering how we [...]Seller Responded – Making Your First Offer Example P3 is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • One Question Too Many Investors Fail To Ask A Coach

    Darin Garman
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    The question that I am talking about is simply this: “Have you ever lost money in any of the investments that you have been involved in?” It’s a question that more investors need to be asking. It is also what I consider “The Question” that when answered will tell you a lot about with respect [...]One Question Too Many Investors Fail To Ask A Coach 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

  • How to Survive a Bidding War

    The Housing Block
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A lot of homebuyers fear bidding wars for a good reason. In skyrocketing markets such as real estate in Toronto and Vancouver where single-family homes are in short supply, bidding wars have become common. It’s no coincidence bidding wars happen frequently today – in a buyer’s market, it’s fairly common for realtors to list properties below market value and hold back offers to drum up buyer interest. Multiple offers can be intimidating, especially for first-time homebuyers. Here are some tips for surviving the dreaded bidding war.   Pre-Approval Bidding wars often force you to…
  • Home in Washington Park by Conard Romano Architects

    The Housing Block
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    This residential home in Washington Park was designed by Conard Romano Architects. The private residence home offers an amazing Lake Washington view which is situated in Anacortes, WA, United States. This Washington Park Residence sits on a bluff with easterly views of Lake Washington and the Cascades beyond. The house has a restrained presence on the street side and opens to the views with floor to ceiling windows looking east. A limited palette of concrete, steel, wood and stone create a serenity in the home and on its terraces. The house features a ground source heat pump system for…
  • Choosing an Urban or Suburban Lifestyle

    The Housing Block
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Are you looking for a home where all the hustle and bustle is in an urban city centre, or do you prefer life in the suburbs? It’s a hotly contested debate between many homeowners, since each has its tradeoffs. When you’re in the city centre you’re typically within walking distance of shopping and trendy restaurants. When you live in the suburbs, you’ll get a bigger bang for your housing bucks. HGTV has an entire show dedicated to the topic called Urban Suburban. Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between urban and suburban to see which one is right for you.  …
  • Should you get a roommate? (Infographic)

    The Housing Block
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Wondering if it makes financial sense to get a roommate? Here are some tips that will come in handy when debating whether you should live alone or split the costs with other people. The post Should you get a roommate? (Infographic) appeared first on Real Estate Blog - The Housing Block.
  • Don’t Get Stuck in Your Starter Home

    The Housing Block
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The road to Canadian homeownership has long followed the traditional path of starting small and working toward a bigger and better home. Most first time buyers scrimp and save to break into the market, enjoy property value appreciation for several years, than cash out for a larger property later on. But a new study suggests today’s first-time buyers will have little room to grow in today’s market, as mid-and-high-priced home price growth has far outpaced that of the starter home. The study from CIBC Economics titled Staying Putfinds that Toronto homes in the $800,000 to $1.2-million range…
 
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    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.
  • What a $200000 Mortgage Will Cost You – ABC News

    Admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    What a $200000 Mortgage Will Cost You – ABC News ABC NewsWhat a $200000 Mortgage Will Cost YouABC NewsThe type of mortgage can affect everything from your purchasing power to your monthly payment. The key is finding the mortgage program that makes the most sense given your particular financial situ … Original article on http://news.google.com […] The post What a $200000 Mortgage Will Cost You – ABC News appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for Mortgages – Bloomberg

    Admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for Mortgages – Bloomberg Washington PostWells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for MortgagesBloombergNew York-based JPMorgan said jobs at its mortgage business declined 14,000, or 30 percent, since the start of last year. Wells Fargo set plans to cut 1,100 positions in th … Original article on http://news.google.com […] The post Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Vexed by Low Demand for Mortgages – Bloomberg appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
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    Hipster Investments

  • What’s Available Wednesday! Trenton, NJ

    Ali
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Since Trenton is still a brand new market for Hipster to explore, we’re going back east today to check it out. It’s a pretty amazing score – Trenton comes with all the bells and whistles for savvy investors. Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran has her eyes on Trenton, pointing out that it’s half-way between Philly and New York: she believes this market is poised for real growth. Aside from Trenton’s premium location, it has a uniquely low unemployment rate and a high price to rent ratio, which means you score quality tenants with a low-buy in and a higher monthly…
  • Why Investing In Turnkey Real Estate Matters For Your Lifestyle

    Ali
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    If you’re considering jumping in to the exciting world of investing in real estate, consider investing in turnkey real estate for maximum return on your income or ROI. Why? Turnkey real estate is an incredible gig – you buy a ready to rent or already rented, fully renovated property, get hooked up with an ace property manager, and your focus, life and bank account don’t get drained by the day in and day drudge of rehabbing or being a hands-on investor who does it all – unless that’s your thing, of course. Turnkey Real Estate Investing is Simple Buying turnkey real estate or…
  • What’s Available Wednesday! Trenton, NJ

    Ali
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Yahoo to Trenton! Brand new market, the properties are already flying off the shelf (3 sold before we even aired the webinar), and cash flow is ready to be had. The seller is new and excited, the properties look amazing, and we are ready to rock. So let’s get right to it. Single-Family Home Location: Trenton, NJ. Built In: 1907 (but fully redeveloped, including plumbing, electrical, you name it) Purchase price: $68,000 (not a foreclosure, normal sale) Property info: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,068  square feet, 2-stories Income Monthly rent collected: $1,125 Expenses Monthly expenses…
  • Uh Hello, Don’t Forget to Calculate the Profit on an Investment!

    Ali
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Shut up, I’m not even kidding. Do you know how many people approach me and ask me what I think of a particular deal? Mind you, I’m a very open-minded person. Even if a deal isn’t one I would necessarily pursue personally, either for interest or niche reasons, I’m always open and eager to hear about deals other people find. I’m especially excited if a deal seems really good and the person goes after it (I get really excited for people going after killer deals — and even more if they actually get them!). But… Of all those people who approach me wanting to hear my opinion on deals,…
  • What’s Available Wednesday? Houston!

    Ali
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    When it comes to investing in turnkey properties, the lone star state is a real star – why? It has huge potential for tenants, great property managers, well-vetted vendors and a wealth of large companies, good school districts, colleges and hospitals (think: $$$$). Believe it or not, this city in Texas is ranked as the 30th largest economy in the entire world….Enough said? Want more? Forbes recently ranked it as one of the country’s top ten up and coming tech cities: meaning jobs, jobs, and lots of tenants who want a house just like this one below. All signs point to –…
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    Point2 Agent Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • 7 Smartphone Security Tips for Real Estate

    Chris de Jong
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    As a real estate professional your smartphone is undoubtedly your most important possession. It’s your mobile office, your primary means of communication, your Rolodex, your weather forecast, your camera and more. But with this reliance on one device comes risks. A lost or stolen phone can potential compromise our most important business data, your sensitive client information – even your own identity. Reduce your risk by following these 7 smartphone security tips that work whether you are an iOS or Android user. 1. Use a device PIN or password While this might seem like a no-brainer…
  • Are You Brand Dead in Your Marketplace?

    Tanya Fears
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Brand dead! Get it? Quick! Name one agent in your area who has successfully established themselves with strong differentiation in their marketplace… It’s not that easy is it? Why is it that most agents fail to create strong brand identification where they do their business? Can you imagine what chaos would occur in the marketplace if there were no brand positioning? Branding is not about some slick logo; it is about YOU and your business. Without some unique identification in your market, you default to being just another real estate agent with no particular value set. Branding is more…
  • Upcoming Webinar: Are You Making Negotiating Mistakes that Cost Big Money?

    Tanya Fears
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever heard these objections? Your commission is too high. We don’t want a yard sign. We won’t sell unless we get our price! How good you are at negotiating for buyers and sellers can make or break a transaction, and yet most agents have little investment in negotiation training or coaching to get better at the one activity required to be more successful in real estate… negotiating to win! If you can’t even negotiate what you get paid, chances are your prospects will figure out that you won’t be a sizzler on their behalf at the bargaining table when an offer is made. Strong…
  • Moving to Our New Office Today!

    Geneva Ives
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today our team is doing something you’re no doubt familiar with as a real estate professional… we’re moving! That’s right, we’re finally settling into our new office. It’s big and shiny and hopefully has a basement that doesn’t flood (ah, the memories). Our phone lines will be down for the switch starting around noon Central Standard Time (CST). We will be back up and running on Monday. In the interim, feel free to email us at customercare@point2.com or find us on Facebook and on Twitter. And in case you were planning on sending us any love letters, bust out your address…
  • Client Retention Made EZ [Webinar Recording]

    Geneva Ives
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are wondering how you can boost your real estate business – permanently – without spending a fortune, yesterday’s client retention webinar with Terri Murphy was for you! Fortunately, we recorded the session for agents who couldn’t make it (you’re busy people, we know!) or who simply want to watch it again. In less than an hour, Terri walks agents through daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly activities you can easily do to secure clients for life and attract more referrals. She urges you to stop keeping busy with fake work and instead put in the effort to build…
 
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    Keeping Current Matters

  • Future Homeowners Share American Dream

    The KCM Crew
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Two recently released reports indicate that both young adults (Millennials) and teenagers (Generation Z) still see homeownership as an important piece of their future success. A report by The Demand Institute, Millennials and Their Homes: Still Seeking the American Dream, revealed that the Millennial Generation is optimistic about their financial future and still believe in homeownership. The findings were based on a survey of millennial households (ages 18 to 29). The report predicted that: 8.3 million new Millennial (Gen Y) households will form in the next five years $1.6 trillion will be…
  • Be Quiet Chicken Little! Real Estate is Just Fine

    The KCM Crew
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The latest Existing-Home Sales Report from NAR revealed that sales decreased 1.8 percent in August. Many might start to panic, but let’s see what the report really shows. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist explains “there was a marked decline in all cash sales from investors. On the positive side, first-time buyers have a better chance of purchasing a home now that bidding wars are receding and supply constraints have significantly eased in many parts of the country.” There is Still A LOT of Good News: The median existing-home price for all housing types in August was $219,800, which is…
  • Homeownership: A Few Stats and Quotes

    The KCM Crew
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    2014 American Express Spending & Saving Tracker “About two-thirds (65%) of homeowners say they are confident they would get the asking price for their home if they were to put it on the market today (up from 40% in 2010).” Financial Security Index Survey “Eighty nine percent of Americans feel that buying a home is an important part of achieving the American Dream.” “How America Views Homeownership” Survey “Sixty eight percent of Americans feel that now is a good time to buy a home.” Housing Confidence Index “A two-thirds majority of renter households said that owning a…
  • Unleashing the Power of Your Personal Brand | Free Webinar

    The KCM Crew
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
  • 13,836 Home Sell Every Day in the United States! [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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    zitorealtygroup.com

  • 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
  • How Zillow, Trulia, & National Real Estate Sites Work

    Dan Zito
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Anyone who’s interested in buying or selling a home knows about Zillow and Trulia. They are two of the most popular listing websites nationwide, and the first place people look when they have real estate on their mind. Zillow just recently bought Trulia, an interesting move that will affect industry dynamics, but not the focus of this article. It’s important to understand how websites like Zillow and Trulia work so you have some context when browsing them. Most people take … Read More
  • Don’t Do This: The Home Repairs with the Least Return

    Dan Zito
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    All renovations are not created equal. If you’re getting ready to sell your home, or you are planning renovations with the hopes of adding valuefor a future sale, think before you act. Some home renovations can increase the value of your home and help it sell faster. Updating the master bedroom, kitchen and bathrooms are common selling points for a home; the money you put in here will often have good returns. But other home repairs won’t help at all, … Read More
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    Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team

  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 1 of 3)

    The Moeller Team
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    When preparing to sell their home, a common question pops up. Homeowners want to know what they can do to get the maximum selling price on their home. Of course, the answer to “What can I do to increase my home’s value or get a better selling price?” is difficult to answer because each home has it’s own set of improvements, renovations or upgrades that might make the difference for it’s specific market. In general, however, potential improvements can be broken out by the amount the homeowner has available to spend and the return on investment, or R.O.I. Low cost…
  • Homeownership: A Few Stats and Quotes

    Nancy Moeller
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    2014 American Express Spending & Saving Tracker “About two-thirds (65%) of homeowners say they are confident they would get the asking price for their home if they were to put it on the market today (up from 40% in 2010).” Financial Security Index Survey “Eighty nine percent of Americans feel that buying a home is an important part of achieving the American Dream.” “How America Views Homeownership” Survey “Sixty eight percent of Americans feel that now is a good time to buy a home.” Housing Confidence Index “A two-thirds majority of renter households said that owning a…
  • Planning Appropriately for a Renovation

    The Moeller Team
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you’ve always wanted to customize a home … so you buy it with renovation in mind. How hard could it be? After all, those television shows remodel an entire home over the course of a weekend. You can live in the mess for a couple weeks, right? Adjust your timeline If you’ve never lived through a renovation, you’ll be tempted to underestimate how long it will take. It is a mistake to think of…
  • Planning a Fall Open House

    The Moeller Team
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Your home is newly on the market this and you want to have an open house, but you don’t know how to show it best in the shorter autumn days. As the weather turns toward fall and winter, consider these ideas for making your open house bright, warm and welcoming. Curb appeal In the spring and summer, it’s easy to make the exterior of your home appealing by keeping the lawn green and trim, adding showy blooms to your flower beds and trimming the hedge. If your lawn is the type that goes dormant in the winter, you know it won’t look its best, but you can make sure it receives a…
  • A Homeowner’s Net Worth is 36x Greater Than A Renter!

    Nancy Moeller
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. The Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Financesevery three years, and just released their latest edition this past week. Some of the findings revealed in their report: The average American family has a net worth of $81,200 Of that net worth, 61.4% ($49,856) of it is in home equity A homeowner’s net worth is over 36 times greater than that of a…
 
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    Times Realty News

  • The 6 Waves to Watch in the World of Crowdfunding

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    by David Drake One of the outcomes of the 2008 global financial crisis was the “funding gap”. Banks were less willing to provide loans and investors moved capital into more stable platforms. In general, the market tolerated less risk. In this new environment, raising capital became the greatest challenge for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). They needed new platforms. Enter crowdfunding. While some players have been around since 2008, the huge crowdfunding wave crashed onto the market between 2012 and 2013, particularly in Europe and the U.S. As of April 2012, there were more than 450…
  • How Do Angels Invest: Five Important Lessons from the Angel Investors Education Day

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Angels are almost everywhere in the financing and business landscape in the country, and globally. They either invest as individuals or as a group in almost all types of businesses, be it a startup or a growth-stage company. They are instrumental in creating jobs as every business they invest in would need professionals and workers. Angel investments helped finance 274,800 new jobs in 2012. In 2013, 41 percent of technology sector executives mentioned angels as their source of funds. Likewise, the jobs created in 2013 due to to angel funds rose to 290,020 new jobs, or 4.1 jobs per angel…
  • Investor Protection Issue – Patch of Land Addresses Growing Industry Concerns

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    by Anthony Zeoli, Guest Contributor I recently posted an article entitled “Why You May Want To Reconsider How “Secure” You Feel About Your Real Estate Crowdfunding Investment” which captured the attention of many investors. In response to that article, the real estate crowdfunding portal, PatchOfLand.com, posted a genuine and refreshing response that I would like to share.   I had a long conversation with Amy Wan, Patch of Land’s General Counsel, about the issues identified in my article and she shares many of the same concerns I have about the direction of the real…
  • Crowdfunding Platform CrowdProperty Aims to Raise £20M in Its First Year of Operation

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    CrowdProperty, a peer-to-peer (P2P) crowdfunding platform, has publicized the launch of its website with an ambitious target of raising £20M from individual investors within its first year of doing business. CrowdProperty’s main goal is to facilitate lending between individual investors and property developers. The company’s major competitive advantage, which also makes it outstanding when compared to other crowdfunding platforms, is that it is managed and run by property professionals with vast knowledge and experience in this sector. All the 5 co-founders and owners of…
  • RealCap Chicago Conference: Trailblazing Online Real Estate Capital Syndication

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Sep. 15, 2014 – CHICAGO — The Soho Loft Conferences, with diamond sponsors American Homeowner Preservation and Victoria Global, will introduce Online Capital to Real Estate Entrepreneurs this 18 September 2014. “RealCap Chicago: Introducing Online Capital to Real Estate Entrepreneurs” will be held on Thursday from 8am to 6pm at One Financial Place, 440 S La Salle St., Chicago. The conference will provide real estate entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from industry leaders on how to use an online platform to source funds for different ventures, whether its flipping and fixing…
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    Dubai Real Estate Property Blog | Better Homes LLC.

  • 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…
  • Know your right as a Tenant

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Finding the right rental property at the right price can be a challenge. So be sure where you stand before you sign a contract with this short FAQ.   How many rent cheques are usually required and what is the best way to negotiate the best rate?   Between one and four cheques are the most common. You can often negotiate a slightly lower lease by paying with fewer cheques.   Can a tenant be expected to pay a security deposit to view a property?   A security deposit just to view a property is not good practice, nor our practice at Better Homes.   Does the landlord have…
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  • Attend A Free Seminar On Basics Of Real Estate Marketing On October 4, 2014

    Contributing Author
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    This post is a contribution from Rod Martin. All new real estate salespersons, online marketers, and online sellers, are invited to attend a free seminar on the basics of Real Estate Marketing dubbed as “ACHIEVING YOUR MILLIONS IN REAL ESTATE MANILA”. This free seminar will be held on October 4, 2014 Saturday, 1pm-5pm at the Club House, Moldex Residences Valenzuela, 323 E. Miranda St. Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City. Register now! Leuterio Realty and Brokerage, together with the MOLDEX Realty, Inc. shall be conducting the “ACHIEVING YOUR MILLIONS IN REAL ESTATE MANILA” seminar. Even if…
  • Do You Own A Property That You’re Not Using? Why Not Use It To Build-And-Sell Real Estate?!

    Jay Castillo
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    If you (or your family) has a vacant lot somewhere out there that has been left idle and un-utilized, have you ever wondered if it’s possible to use it to start your own build-and-sell real estate business? Maybe, this idea has never crossed your mind, but think about it. Your unused property can be the start of something big. Think of the possibilities If you do have a vacant lot lying around, what if you built a house on it (or multi-units like a row of townhouses, or several apartment units, etc.) and sell it for a profit, or have it rented out for cashflow. Imagine the income it…
  • Maybank Yellow Garage Car Sale for Cebu, Iloilo, Davao (September 15 to October 15, 2014)

    Jay Castillo
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    As promised in my post about Maybank repossessed cars for sale in Pasig, here are the details for their Yellow Garage Car Sale in Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao. Promo runs from September 15 to October 15, 2014. Checkout the details and complete price-lists below. Download the list of repossessed cars, and official bid form below  Mandaue and Iloilo Cebu & Iloilo YGCS List of Repossessed Cars (PDF) Download the pricelist for Mandaue and Iloilo – September 15 to October 15, 2014 (PDF) Davao Davao YGCS List of Repossessed Cars Download the price-list for Davao – September 15 to…
  • Repossessed Cars – Maybank Yellow Garage Car Sale Slated On September 1 – 30, 2014 (Pasig & Calasiao)

    Jay Castillo
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    A big number of repossessed cars are for sale at up to 10% off in Maybank’s Yellow Garage Car Sale (YGCS) for their Ugong (Pasig) and Calasiao warehouse inventories. Promo runs from September 1 to 30, 2014. Checkout the details and complete pricelist below. Based on the flyer above, over 50 repossessed cars are available in their Pasig warehouse. The pricelist includes more than 20 repossessed/foreclosed cars from their Calasiao warehouse. I checked and noticed that the listings also includes newly foreclosed cars. However, 2014 model cars are not discounted. Anyway, Maybank’s…
  • We’ve Been Very Busy, But We Are Back!

    Jay Castillo
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    We just made a record of sorts, this is the first time that we have NOT been posting anything on the blog for almost a month. We just had no time to post updates, and with good reason, we have been VERY busy. Anyway, we are back, and we are slowly, but surely getting back into the groove. Actually, we were here all along… We have been very active here, but not publicly (obviously), as we are busy with the ongoing online training inside the members’ area, which we opened to early-notification and blog subscribers. We almost reached the maximum capacity, so the training was no…
 
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    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.
  • Holiday Home Sellers: Add Sweat Equity

    Les Calvert
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
    Selling your holiday home? Do it up first, or risk getting a far lower price. That’s the word form the iProperty Company, Holiday Home Sellers: Add Sweat Equity is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Holiday Home Sellers: Add Sweat Equity appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • US Negative Equity Falling

    Les Calvert
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    The number of US homeowners underwater on their mortgages is falling, but not as fast as prices are rising. That’s the news US Negative Equity Falling is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post US Negative Equity Falling appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • Miami Residential Market Fuelled by Strong Demand at Home and Abroad

    Les Calvert
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    The Miami real estate market, long one of the USA’s most robust, continued to see rising prices in the second quarter of Miami Residential Market Fuelled by Strong Demand at Home and Abroad is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Miami Residential Market Fuelled by Strong Demand at Home and Abroad appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
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    Zoocasa Life

  • 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…
  • Vancouver Home Prices in August 2014 (infographic)

    Bevan Friedman
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Metro Vancouver housing market was an August record with sales up 4.3% above the 10 year sales average for August. The #VancouverHousingMarket was record breaking in August! Check out our infographic to learn more Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Vancouver residential property sales were up 10.2% versus August 2013.   Metro Vancouver is a region that is accustomed to strong sales growth however the 5% increase in price (bringing the average residential house price to $631,600) is a modest gain for the region.  House price inflation is mainly attributed to detached homes which…
  • Toronto Home Prices in August 2014 (infographic)

    Bevan Friedman
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    This summer’s real estate market ends on a strong note and is expected to continue into the fall. Get the facts in our monthly infographic of sold Toronto home prices in Aug 2014. #TorontoHomeSales up again in August pushing the average price $546,303 (up 8.9%!)Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule As we end the summer, the real estate market continues to grow (although not at the double digit rate that we have seen in previous months).  August’s sales growth of 2.8% had a significant impact on price with the average selling price now at $546,303 compared to $501,677 figure reported…
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    Tampa Capital Partners

  • 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

  • Tips on Changing the Modular Home Floor Plan

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As you go over several of modular home floor plan, keep in mind that each can be changed to answer the owner’s specific needs. The optional modular home floor plans were created by making relatively minor and affordable modifications. You can do something similar to virtually any of our standard modular home floor plans. You can also take one of our modular home floor plans and make it into an entirely different type.For example, you can turn most of our ranch house plans into modular Cape Cod floor plans by adding a steeper roof, a set of stairs, and rough mechanicals to the second…
  • The Right Floor Plan for your Modular Home in Jackson, Michigan

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Are you looking for floor plans who speak just what you think of dream modular home? Get into you seek a plan that answers all your needs? Have you been eager to find a modular home floor plan that could provide high quality living with fewer expenses? If you have answered yes to all these questions, then you come in the right place. There are many home builders who offer many modular home floor plans, which deliver exciting benefits to potential home buyers. Most of them provide enough space for a growing family. One Story Modular Home Floor Plan The most common home plan that modular home…
  • Features You Can Add to Your Modular Home in Allen, Michigan

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Modular Home built in Michigan As you set out to build a modular home, you generally begin with a choice of house plans and features, and then make a selection of finishes and materials, such as cabinetry, flooring, and fixtures. You may adapt aspects of the plan but the overall building process is streamlined, to save time and money. If you desire some modular home customization you can opt to have those done on-site by modular home contractor or builder, rather than completed at the factory, for an additional cost. The features you add to make your modular home more attractive are not…
  • General Contractor and Other Persons Involved in the Modular Home Construction

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Two Story Modular Home with Front Porch A general contractor is an individual who engages in the planning, developing and coordinating of activities which coincide with the modular home construction. The general contractor is the individual who oversees the construction and ensures that all necessary measures are taken to result in the completed finished product. A general contractor will need to hire a number of sub contractors to complete the site work during the modular home construction. Some of the sub contractors you will need to hire include: Subcontractors in Modular Home…
  • What to Expect When You’re Building a Modular Home

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    When you’re planning to build a house, Legendary Homes Inc offers a variety of designs for modular home in Adrian, Michigan. From the standard style of modular home to the complex styles, home buyers can choose the design they most deemed represent their personal lives. These different styles of modular home can be modified to channel your personal taste. You can check the different floor plans in our database and experience how to design your own home even before going to us. Modular Home is Quality Built Manufacturers of modular homes make sure that each product they produce comply…
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    Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

  • 5 Ideas for Creating a Bedroom Retreat on a Budget

    Erika Riggs
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    As days get shorter, you may be spending more time — even hibernating — in your bedroom. This season you can create a relaxing bedroom retreat without breaking a bank. Check out some tips from Zillow’s Board of Designers to make the perfect, affordable retreat. 1. Paint the walls Painting is always the first suggestion for a room redo. Affordable and DIY-friendly, a fresh coat of paint on the walls will dramatically change the room for the better. If you’re going for a relaxing look, most designers suggest gray paint. The neutral color works with several other…
  • Homes in Walkable Neighborhoods for Under $500,000

    Emily Heffter
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Being able to walk from home to shops and restaurants is convenient, charming and a priority for some of today’s home shoppers. The trend is reinvigorating forgotten neighborhoods in small towns and big cities. Even car-centric Los Angeles is getting in on the walking craze. Here are some homes for less than $500,000 in walkable neighborhoods — as calculated by Walk Score. Norfolk, VA 310 W 26th St, Norfolk, VA For sale: $123,900 This recently-renovated 4-bedroom, 2-bath home is close to downtown Norfolk, Old Dominion University and the naval bases. The home has a Walk Score…
  • Kate Mara’s Historic Condo No ‘House of Cards’

    Emily Heffter
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    “House of Cards” actress Kate Mara is selling her 2-bedroom unit in The Warwick in West Los Angeles. Source: IMDb She bought it in 2005 for $620,000, the same year she appeared in “Brokeback Mountain.” Mara, 31, appeared in “24″ as a computer analyst and “House of Cards” as journalist Zoe Barnes. She is playing Sue Storm in the new movie “The Fantastic Four,” which is set to be released next year. Her L.A. apartment is convenient to Hollywood studios and has panoramic views to the west and north. The 1928 unit is 909 square feet, and…
  • For Sale: Clark Gable’s Former Palm Springs Estate

    Emily Heffter
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    The pink stucco home once shared by leading man Clark Gable and actress Carole Lombard is for sale in Palm Springs. The 4-bedroom, 6-bath home is owned film producer Joel Douglas, whose father is Kirk Douglas and brother is Michael Douglas, as reported by The Los Angeles Times. The mustachioed Hollywood legend lived in the estate in the Las Palmas neighborhood during his brief marriage to Lombard, who died in a 1942 plane crash. The two were married in 1939, Gable’s third of five marriages. Built in 1925, the charming home has more than 3,000 square feet and has been restored. It has…
  • 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Drop Slightly

    Lauren Braun
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 4.08 percent, down from 4.13 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered around 4.13 percent for most of the week, falling to 4.04 percent on Monday before rising to the current rate. “After holding steady for much of the week, rates dropped to three-week lows on Monday, driven down by political unrest in Hong Kong,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “We expect rates to remain volatile this week as the…
 
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    Zurple | Real Estate Agent Success Blog

  • How to Convert Real Estate Leads Generated Online

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    I recently wrote an article for Inman Next that outlines how agents can avoid wasting marketing dollars on online lead generation – not by avoiding it, but by adopting a lead engagement strategy that maximizes conversion opportunities. The following is a re-post of the original article.   You may agree that real estate leads sourced online are a waste of time and money for any number of reasons. Perhaps your past marketing efforts support this belief. You’ve invested in online lead generation and found it doesn’t work. Perhaps NAR’s 2013 claim that only 9 percent…
  • Agent Insights: 6 Lists All Real Estate Agents Need to Succeed

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Agent Insights features Bryan Robertson - a Broker in California. Bryan shares six must-have lists that will keep you organized, drive new clients and make your business run like a well-oiled machine. 
  • Apps for Realtors - Version 2.0

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    With the number of exciting technology announcements that have been made of late (the Apple Watch?!) – now is as good a time as any to release a new installment of our favorite apps for realtors list. We recently posted a list of our 7 favorite productivity apps for on-the-go agents – today we’ve got 7 more for you. Check it out!
  • Get More Real Estate Leads with the New Craigslist Layout

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Within the last year, Craigslist dramatically tightened up their terms of use for real estate postings – stripping away the ability to create full HTML ads with clickable links to outside pages. Now, they are testing some impactful changes to the housing section that may help agents get more exposure for their listings. It appears they haven't rolled the new layout out to all markets yet and I haven’t seen any official release details so I’m not sure when you’ll be able to see changes - but it’s always good to be ready!
  • 5 Challenges of Transitioning to a Paperless Real Estate Office

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Agent Insights is focused on transitioning to a technology driven paperless office. San Diego Broker  Melissa Zavala shares her insights on the struggles of transition and the benefits of the final outcome.  Here's Melissa:
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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

  • Worthington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Worthington * Median Listing Price: $299,990 -0.06% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $133.0000 0.06% Total Listings: 43 0.26% Total Listings Previous Months: August July 34 37 -0.08% 0% * All data pertains to single-family homes Worthington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014 Worthington OH Subdivisions Bristol Woods Colonial Hills Davis Estates Deer Creek Kilbourne Village Northhigh Acres Old Worthington Old Worthington Area Olde Worthington Olentangy Highlands Olentangy Hills Pinecliff Village Potters Creek Ravines At Deer Creek Riverlea Riverlea Condos Robbins…
  • Westerville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Westerville * Median Listing Price: $351,230 -0.02% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $114.0000 -0.03% Total Listings: 267 0.03% Total Listings Previous Months: August July 260 221 0.18% -0.08% * All data pertains to single-family homes Westerville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014 Westerville OH Subdivisions Albany Crossing Albany Reserve Albanyview Annehurst Ashbrooke Village Asherton Grove Asherton Grove Condominiums Asherton Grove Dr. Augusta Woods Autumn Woods Bay Ridge Estates Beachler Blendon Chase Brookstone Cambridge Crossing Carriage Oaks Chippewill…
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    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Utica * Median Listing Price: $262,030 0.07% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $99.0000 0.02% Total Listings: 24 Total Listings Previous Months: August July 24 21 0.14% 0.62% * All data pertains to single-family homes Utica Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014 Utica OH Subdivisions Utica Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older The Buckeye Realty TeamKeller Williams Greater Columbus Realty 1715 Hill Road N Pickerington, OH 43147 Phone: 614-835-7151  Fax: 614-729-9099 Columbus Homes…
  • Sunbury Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Sunbury * Median Listing Price: $295,320 -0.08% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $119.0000 0% Total Listings: 41 0.11% Total Listings Previous Months: August July 37 47 -0.21% 0.04% * All data pertains to single-family homes Sunbury Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014 Sunbury OH Subdivisions Barley Corn Country Property Eden Estates At Cheshire Rural - Kingston Township Sunbury Estates Sunbury Meadows Sunbury Mills The Greens At Northstar Sunbury Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or…
  • Saint Louisville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Saint Louisville * Median Listing Price: $186,220 -0.08% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $90.0000 0.13% Total Listings: 15 0.50% Total Listings Previous Months: August July 10 14 -0.29% 0.17% * All data pertains to single-family homes Saint Louisville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Sep 2014 Saint Louisville OH Subdivisions Coffmans Saint Louisville 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…
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    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…