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  • Big Ticket: Light-Grabbing Penthouse for $42 Million

    NYT > Real Estate
    By ROBIN FINN
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    A 12-room penthouse with panoramic park views in the venerable Prasada co-op building.
  • Decorating Tips for Studio Apartments

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

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

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    Ken Horst
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Previously I wrote a post called 6 Tips to Turn Bad Tenants Into Great Tenants. It generated a bit of commentary, because many real estate investors have been there. You try to find good tenants, of course. But sometimes it just happens you end up with a terrible tenant and you have to try to do what you can to get them to comply or have enough of a case for eviction. Then there are the great tenants. The amazing tenants that you never want to see leave because you have it so good with them living in your unit.  You feel lucky to have them and you’re afraid to lose them, in the event that…
  • Are Buyers Looking For a Green Home?

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

  • Sky Is Limit for Air Rights

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The average price paid in Manhattan for the transfer of air rights—the undeveloped space above a building—rose 47% in 2013 from the previous year, according to a report.
  • A Heritage Home in Australia

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The owner of this restored house near Melbourne collaborated with a team of designers to create a variety of artistic interiors.
  • The Ultimate Chemistry Test: Speed Dating for Roommates

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Amelita Lijek wanted to be upfront about her two cats at an event called speed roommating, where she was hunting for someone to share the rent and utilities after deciding to give up her pricey one-bedroom apartment.
  • 'Man Camps' Gain Ground in the Bakken

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Target Logistics recently landed a nearly $30 million contract to provide lodging for oil-field workers in North Dakota, in the latest example of rising demand for professionally managed 'man camps.'
  • Showcase for Style, Old and New

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    More than 30 designers converged on this 1920s colonial-style home listed for sale in Washington, D.C. for a charity home showcase.
 
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    Commercial Real Estate Industry News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

  • Jamestown CC eyes property for expansion

    Dan Miner
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Jamestown Community College would like to acquire 127.7 acres of land adjacent to its Jamestown campus for future development. The college’s board of trustees recently approved a resolution “authorizing and directing the administration” to acquire the land, a college spokesman said. The board agenda described the plot as the “Lawson Property,” and college officials have previously said the James Avenue property owner would like to sell to the college. They have also repeatedly bemoaned…
  • Half-empty downtown Phoenix high rise sells for $22 million

    Kristena Hansen
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    A group involving Sunbelt Holdings’ John Graham and a wholly-owned subsidiary of home builder Lennar Corp. paid $22 million last week to buy a half-empty, lender-owned office high rise in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The mid-century modern tower — dually known as One 11 Monroe and the First American Building — stands 19 stories at the southwest corner of Monroe Street and First Avenue. It is roughly 255,000 square feet and occupied by Mutual of Omaha Bank and several law firms, among others. The…
  • Chicago-style hot dog joint, Farkles, re-opens in Honolulu's Chinatown near Grondin Restaurant

    Jenna Blakely
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Farkles, the seven-month-old hot dog joint in Honolulu's Chinatown, has found a new home at 56 N. Hotel St. after recently leaving its digs at the corner of Hotel and Maunakea Streets when its six-month lease ended. Owner Marc Jensen said the new space, which officially opened on Monday, is a better deal  than his previous space that was going to increase in rent. The location provides slightly more space and is expected to have more foot traffic. “I’m pretty excited about the move,” he…
  • Dallas' Statler Hilton gets $43.5M in city incentives for massive redevelopment

    Candace Carlisle
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    It's finalized. The historic Statler Hilton received $43.5 million in tax increment financing funds Wednesday to help the massive $175 million redevelopment take shape.  "I was betting on it and I thought it would (pass City Council) and it did," said John Crawford, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc., which recently held its annual luncheon Tuesday. "We are thrilled it got passed. It's another step for us in the right direction and another older building being redeveloped in downtown Dallas." …
  • Houston-based investor buys Mesquite Town Centre

    Candace Carlisle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Houston-based QEH Mesquite LLC beat out a bidding war to purchase Mesquite Town Centre Plaza for an undisclosed sum. The 209,766-square-foot retail property sits on nearly 15 acres at 1330 N. Town East Blvd. in Mesquite. It attracted multiple strong bidders, which illustrates the demand for property in the Town East trade area, said Tom Salanty, an executive director with Cushman & Wakefield of Texas Inc.'s Dallas capital markets group. "Mesquite Town Centre Plaza was an opportunity to buy a high-performing…
 
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  • Sky Is Limit for Air Rights

    Coester
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The average price paid in Manhattan for the transfer of air rights—the undeveloped space above a building—rose 47% in 2013 from the previous year, according to a report.    
  • Forget the Alamo San Antonio Gets a Makeover

    Coester
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Some developers are aiming to turn San Antonio into a city known for hip restaurants, a thriving tech scene and a booming downtown property market.   
  • A Heritage Home in Australia

    Coester
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The owner of this restored house near Melbourne collaborated with a team of designers to create a variety of artistic interiors.    
  • RealtyTrac Home sales tick up slightly in March

    Coester
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes sold at an estimated annual pace of 5,253,464 in March, an increase of 0.4% from February and up 8% from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac’s March and Q1 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report.   
  • Real estates spring buying season fails to launch

    Coester
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have lowered their forecasts for home sales this year, citing low inventory and the affordability crunch that shortage of homes has spurred. After relatively weak home sales in the first two months of …   
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    Paper Economy - A US Real Estate Bubble Blog

  • New Home Sales: March 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Department released its monthly New Residential Home Sales Report for March showing a notable decline with sales falling a whopping 14.5% from February dropping 13.3% below the level seen in March 2013 and remaining at an historically low level of 384K SAAR units. The monthly supply increased to 6.0 months (considered fairly balanced between buyers and sellers) while the median selling price jumped 12.62% and the average selling price increased 11.33% from the year ago level. The following chart show the extent of sales decline to date (click for full-larger version).
  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – April 23 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) publishes the results of a weekly applications survey that covers roughly 50 percent of all residential mortgage originations and tracks the average interest rate for 30 year and 15 year fixed rate mortgages as well as the volume of both purchase and refinance applications. The purchase application index has been highlighted as a particularly important data series as it very broadly captures the demand side of residential real estate for both new and existing home purchases. The latest data is showing that the average rate for a 30 year fixed rate…
  • Existing Home Sales Report: March 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Today, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report for March showing weak sales with total home sales falling 0.2% since February dropping 7.5% below the level seen in March 2013. Single family home sales also remained weak with sales staying flat from February and falling a notable 7.3% below the level seen in March 2013 while the median selling price increased 7.4% above the level seen a year earlier. Inventory of single family homes increased from February to 1.74 million units and climbed 5.5% above the level seen in March 2013 which, along…
  • FHFA Monthly Home Prices: February 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released the latest results of their monthly house price index (HPI) showing that in February, nationally, home prices increased 0.63% from January rising 6.88% above the level seen in February 2013.The FHFA monthly HPI are formulated from home purchase information collected from mortgages that have been sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • The Chicago Fed National Activity Index: March 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The latest release of the Chicago Federal Reserve National Activity Index (CFNAI) indicated that the national economic activity weakened in March with the index falling to a very weak level of 0.20 from a level of 0.53 in February while the three month moving average improved to a weak level of 0.0. The CFNAI is a weighted average of 85 indicators of national economic activity collected into four overall categories of “production and income”, “employment, unemployment and income”, “personal consumption and housing” and “sales, orders and inventories”. The Chicago Fed regards a…
 
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    Residential Real Estate Industry News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

  • Half-empty downtown Phoenix high rise sells for $22 million

    Kristena Hansen
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    A group involving Sunbelt Holdings’ John Graham and a wholly-owned subsidiary of home builder Lennar Corp. paid $22 million last week to buy a half-empty, lender-owned office high rise in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The mid-century modern tower — dually known as One 11 Monroe and the First American Building — stands 19 stories at the southwest corner of Monroe Street and First Avenue. It is roughly 255,000 square feet and occupied by Mutual of Omaha Bank and several law firms, among others. The…
  • New Arizona law allows some home builders to be sued by lenders for deficency

    Kristena Hansen
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Starting Jan. 1, speculative home builders will no longer find refuge under Arizona’s anti-deficiency law. On Tuesday, Gov. Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2018, which enables lenders to sue builders who undergo foreclosure for deficiency, or the difference between what’s still owed on the mortgage and the price at which the house was sold in foreclosure. HB 2018— sponsored by Rep. Phil Lovas (R-Peoria) — applies to spec or custom home builders who obtain mortgages for the purpose of constructing…
  • Abercrombie signs bill intended to protect distressed Hawaii homeowners

    Bill Cresenzo
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday signed into law a bill that narrows the scope of attorneys who can act as ”distressed property consultants” and are exempt from Hawaii’s Mortgage Fraud Prevention Act, an effort that advocates say will add further protection to prevent homeowners from falling victim to mortgage rescue fraud. The legislation stemmed, in part, from cases in which distressed home owners were bilked out of $1.5 million. The bill is also in response to people who have tried…
  • DFW developer to begin $50M North Richland Hills residential project

    Candace Carlisle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    North Richland Hills-based homebuilder Sandlin Homes is preparing to kick off a 58-acre infill tract within its hometown, bringingnearly 200 homes to the city. The tract has been dormant for more than 27 years and is one of the last parcels of land available in North Richland Hills, said Scott Sandlin, owner of Sandlin Homes. "We are excited about this piece of property because it is in our hometown," said Sandlin, in a written statement. "We are able to develop an exceptional new community with…
  • Joseph Mudd

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Joseph Mudd Senior project manager, Messer Construction Co. Company description: The construction manager and general contractor focuses on the health care, life sciences, higher education and industrial markets. It has 55 local employees and 1,020 companywide. In the past few years, it has been involved in construction, renovation and new projects at many local hospitals. In fiscal 2014 Messer put in place more than $830 million in commercial construction. Years serving the local health care…
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    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate

  • Smart Money in China Cuts Back on Property

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    For years, Chinese property has been a sure bet for savvy investors looking to ride the country's economic surge. Now, some of the best-known names in Chinese investing are cutting back, at least for the present.
  • Plots & Ploys

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Colorado's Oakwood Homes is purchasing Henry Walker Homes in a deal valued at over $75 million. The deal is a sign that home builders are deciding the best way to expand into a new market is to buy your way in.
  • Ruling Bodes Well for REIT Converts

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:08 pm
    News that advertising company CBS Outdoor has received a green light from the IRS to convert into a real-estate investment trust is a positive sign for other companies awaiting similar rulings.
  • Low-Slung Berlin Is Growing Up

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Developers are moving forward with plans for unusually tall apartment buildings in this low-slung city in response to demand for housing that is greatly exceeding supply.
  • Providing Medical Care in Retail Space

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    People with relatively minor health problems—say, the flu or a deep cut—aren't the only ones getting relief from growing walk-in urgent-care companies such as CityMD and PM Pediatrics.
 
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • The Army Builds Its Largest-Ever Solar Project in Southern Arizona

    BSzekely
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor Development of a solar array in southeast Arizona is about to start, according to a written announcement recently released by the U. S. Army. The plant is designed to meet about 25 percent of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, one of the United States Army’s busiest transient installations. Located in Sierra Vista in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca is a United States Army installation under the command of the United States Army Installation Management…
  • The Army Builds Its Largest-Ever Solar Project in Southern Arizona

    BSzekely
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor Development of a solar array in southeast Arizona is about to start, according to a written announcement recently released by the U. S. Army. The plant is designed to meet about 25 percent of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, one of the United States Army’s busiest transient installations. Located in Sierra Vista in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca is a United States Army installation under the command of the United States Army Installation Management…
  • LinkedIn’s Lease at Tishman’s San Francisco Tower—Trend Among Tech Companies

    annas
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    By Gail Kalinoski, Contributing Editor Technology companies continue to power the hot office market in San Francisco with LinkedIn announcing it is leasing the entire 26-story office building Tishman Speyer is constructing at 222 Second St. The Mountain View, Calif.-based firm is expanding its presence in San Francisco by taking about 450,000 square feet for approximately 2,500 employees. The company, which operates a professional social network with 300 million members worldwide, already leases 135,000 square feet at One Montgomery Tower and will occupy 87,000 square feet at 505 Howard St.
  • Amata Opens New Shared Office Center at 150 South Wacker Drive

    gcirciog
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor Amata Office Centers has recently announced it is opening its sixth shared office center in Chicago featuring 16,950 square feet of space. Occupying the entire 24th floor of the building located at 150 South Wacker Drive in the West Loop neighborhood, the shared office center is scheduled to open May 1. Amata’s 150 South Wacker Drive shared office center will feature over 50 private office suites, seven open workstations, six large team rooms, three state-of-the-art conference rooms, a café and lounge and Amata’s signature Cognac room. “It seemed…
  • ULI Spring 2014: Investment Trends in Latin America

    MichaelR
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Fred Gortner, managing director & COO at Paladin Realty Partners, talks about his firm’s investment strategy. Over the last 15 years, Paladin has been one of the leading investors in Latin America, with activity spanning seven countries and valued at over $5 billion in assets.
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  • Real estate’s spring buying season fails to launch

    Inman News
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have lowered their forecasts for home sales this year, citing low inventory and the affordability crunch that shortage of homes has spurred. After relatively weak home sales in the first two months of ...
  • How to create an editorial calendar for your content marketing: Google Drive or Trello

    Seth Price
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you’re anything like me, you are always looking for an easier way to stay organized with your content marketing plans. For the longest time, I used an Excel-style spreadsheet in Google Drive with different tabs for my editorial calendar, which included ideas, keyword focus, published content and the weekly task list. It was really effective for us ...
  • Neighborhood information like sex offender, school and crime data will fuel residential segregation

    Teke Wiggin
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    John Walko, a father of two who recently moved from Scranton, Pa., to a single-family rental in Charlotte, N.C., began his home search by filtering listings online based on location, price and photos -- the fun stuff. But as he continued to browse sites like Zillow and Trulia, he soon found himself digging through listings based on additional information: crime and school data. “I wouldn’t have really thought of it too much,” he said of the crime maps and school data he discovered on the sites. “But now it stands out. Now you go, ‘Oh, I got to look at this, make sure it’s a safe…
  • Homes are going fastest in the San Francisco Bay Area

    Paul Hagey
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Homes in the San Francisco Bay Area are moving faster than anywhere else in the country, according to a new inventory market report from Trulia. For markets across the U.S., Trulia calculated the share of homes for sale in its ...
  • New-home sales drop to 8-month low

    Teke Wiggin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Sales of new single-family houses hit an eight-month low in March, according to a report jointly released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). New-home sales decreased 14.5 percent month over month to ...
 
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    Information CentralInformation Central

  • What We’re Reading: April 12-18

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

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

    Donna McCormick
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance. Infographics by  Jason Lankow, Josh Ritchie and Ross Crooks In today’s fast-paced environment, you must communicate your message in a concise and engaging way that sets it apart from the noise. Visual content–such as infographics and data visualization–can…
  • New Books – April 2014

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

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

  • The Phases of Building a Real Estate Tech Startup

    Drew Meyers
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I’ve spent the last 2 years working on an early stage technology startup outside of the real estate industry, Oh Hey World, as well as working on several consulting projects within the industry (including Props) — and certainly have learned a few things about the various phases tech startups go through in the process. As the entrepreneurs reading know or will know soon (for those working on their first startup as I type), there are multiple phases to creating, building, and bringing a new product to market… Problem Identification (which I’ve already written on)…
  • Drones Become Airborne to Sell Homes

    Karin Gage
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Photo in Deer Valley UT by Rocky Maloney of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty A few real estate agents in the La Jolla, California area are using drones and aerial photography to sell high-end properties in the area. Imagine an eight-propeller (octocopter) drone fully equipped with a built-in camera while it lifts off from your backyard. All you need to do is connect your Smartphone to the controller, and you become the navigator of a high-tech helicopter. As the drone hovers twelve feet above the ground, it provides a live feed of property videos via WiFi. Sounds like a great way…
  • How to make money with a real estate startup – infographic

    Mike McGee
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    I saw this infographic the other day on entrepreneur.com: The first step made me think of real estate right away: “Find a product that is popular but not yet perfect.” Does that not describe virtually everything in real estate? Practically every tech tool I use in real estate is far from perfect. Think about it: CRM, IDX, Document mangement, MLS software, etc. Much of it is counterintuitive, inadequate, incomplete and downright frustrating. It makes me realize what opportunities exist in real estate technology for a killer app in each of these categories. I often find myself…
  • 4 Compelling Lead Generation Offers REALTORS® Can Provide

    Matthew Collis
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Good marketers know that lead generation offers can be powerful tools to rein in that next big lead and grow a business. A lead gen offer on a website usually consists of a box on the sidebar of a page asking for the prospect’s name and email address (at a minimum) in exchange for something of value. The benefit of this is that you can capture new, potentially very qualified leads, and then use your Realtor CRM to nurture them over time and convert them into clients. Real estate agents can learn some lead generation best practices from marketers to take their business to the next level. In…
  • Real Estate CRMs and Lead Management: Where Is The Integration Automation?

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

  • MBS RECAP: Strong and Stable all Day

    Matthew Graham
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryIt was a refreshingly strong day for MBS and Treasuries. While the gains weren't immense by any standard, they were mostly present from the start of the day and never looked to be under dire threat. Weak economic data helped get things going in the morning, though it was a bit of a mixed blessing for MBS watchers as the data in question was close to home (weak New Home Sales). The 5yr Treasury auction in the afternoon was lackluster at best--certainly not in the same league as the previous two examples from the Feb-April trend, though it did compare favorably with…
  • Mortgage Rates Erase 2 Days of Weakness

    Matthew Graham
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates moved lower at a healthy pace today, more than erasing the past two days of weakness, but leaving most of last Thursday's weakness intact. Some of the gains were attributable to today's much weaker than expected reading on New Home Sales earlier this morning. Downbeat economic data is typically positive for bond markets which results in lower rates. Today's strength is enough to bring the most prevalently quoted conforming 30yr fixed rate for best-case scenarios ( best-execution ) back down to 4.375% in many cases, though 4.5% remains a nearly…
  • California Pending Sales Surge; Short Sales Lowest since 2008

    Jann Swanson
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireCalifornia appears to be gearing up for a strong spring market according to pending home sales figures released today by the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.). The group reports that, based on contracts for home purchases, pending sales jumped 17.8 percent in March and were at the highest level in eight months. C.A.R's Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose from 97.1 in February to 114.4 in March. Despite the sharp monthly increase, the PHSI was still well below the revised index of 126.9 for March 2013. The PHSI is a forward-looking indicator that provides…
  • Housing Market Improving at Slower Pace, but There's a Catch

    Jann Swanson
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireThe February edition of the new Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) introduced by Freddie Mac last month indicates that the U.S. housing market overall is recovering at a slightly slower pace than it was in January. Nonetheless, the report shows that more than half of both the states and the top 50 metropolitan areas are still improving. MiMi uses proprietary Freddie Mac data and information on local markets to assess where each market currently is in relation to its own long-term stable range for home purchase applications, payment-to-income ratios (which allows…
  • Home Sales Tank; Inventories and Prices Surge

    Jann Swanson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireNew homes sales in March were down 14.5 percent from sales in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. The New Residential Sales report issued today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development February revised February sales numbers to 449,000 from the original report of 411,000. March 2014 sales were 13.3 percent lower than the estimated 443,000 new home sales in March 2013. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis an estimated 36,000 new homes were sold in March compared to 37,000 in February and 41,000 in March 2013.
 
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  • Are Buyers Looking For a Green Home?

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

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

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

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

    CJ Brasiel
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:31 am
     Gorgeous single family home built in 2004. Close to The Plant shopping and dining, Willow Glen, and CalTrain.A lovely two story home with attached garage, AC, wood flooring, large open kitchen and family room. Bedrooms:3 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths Townhouse:2,250 sq ft Lot:2,193 sq. ft. Year Built: 2004  
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  • With Ongoing Efficiency Drive, Some Wonder if GSA Now Stands for 'Getting Smaller Administration?'

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    When it comes to government efficiency and sustainability, the U.S. General Service Administration is working diligently to upgrade the federal government's office space and reduce its carbon and real estate footprints at the same time. GSA has identified 19 projects where it plans work with other federal agencies to consolidate their offices into federally owned space. While the bulk of all of the federal governments workspace is in the Washington...
  • Multifamily Borrowers Beating Path to Banks

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    Bankers appear to be of two minds when it comes to the hot multifamily market. Many are lending aggressively while demand is strong, while some say they are starting to back off a little because of the intense competition for business. Multifamily construction has remained strong in major markets across the country, according to bankers discussing their first quarter performance, including such major markets as New York, the Mid-Atlantic, Atlanta...
  • LinkedIn Connects With Tishman Speyer, Leases 450,000 SF in San Francisco

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    In a second major lease agreement by a tech firm in downtown San Francisco in as many weeks, career-focused social networking service LinkedIn (Nasdaq: LNKD) agreed to take the entire 26-story office tower Tishman Speyer is building at 222 Second Street. The 450,209-square-foot, LEED-regitstered office building is expected to be completed by the end of 2015 and ready for occupancy in early 2016. Tishman Speyer acquired the site in 2006. The building...
  • Farmers Insurance Hands Off LA HQ Complex to CIM Ahead of Move to Warner Center

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Farmers Insurance, the insurance firm founded in Los Angeles in 1928 and sponsor of the ubiquitous "We Are Farmers" television commercials, has agreed to sell its longtime headquarters campus on Wilshire Blvd. to CIM Group and lease-back part of the space until its new headquarters being retrofitted in Warner Center are completed. The agreement to sell the 10-acre complex in the Park Mile District of Los Angeles for an undisclosed price is part...
  • Brixmor CEO Sees Big Upside to Grocery-Anchored Shopping Centers

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    Blackstone Group LP raised eyebrows in 2011 when it acquired the U.S. shopping center portfolio owned by Australia-based Centro Properties Group in a $9 billion transaction. After two years of balance sheet cleaning and portfolio repositioning, Blackstone took its shopping center portfolio back to Wall Street in October repackaged as Brixmor Property Group (NYSE: BRX), a REIT that owns and operates the largest wholly owned grocery-anchored shopping...
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  • The Landlord Death Penalty

    Dennis Fassett
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    You’d think that we’d be way beyond this by now. But I just read an article in a Virginia newspaper that proves that we’re not. What I’m talking about is discrimination in tenant selection for rental properties. It seems that a landlord in Virginia didn’t return phone calls to a prospective tenant that wanted to […]
  • Meth Labs – In Beverly Hills?

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

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

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

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

    Brian Boero
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    In 1997, Coldwell Banker introduced a website feature called “Personal Retriever.” The listing alert was born. It was, and is, a killer real estate app. You can put IDX on Facebook; you can draw a search on your phone; you can take video tours of homes. But these things pale next to the enduring utility of having homes matching your criteria sent to you automatically. Oddly, though, few companies have taken the time to improve upon this core function. I get email listing alerts from dozens of sites and almost all of them transport me back to 1997. They look terrible on my phone. There’s…
  • Thoughts from this week’s RealTech conference

    Joel Burslem
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The cabin doors closed and so too did the incessant ringing of the slot machines. It was, finally, mercifully, quiet. Just 24 hours in and I was already ready to get out of here and back to Portland. I was in Las Vegas this week for the second annual RealTech conference – which was produced and hosted by Reesio, the online transaction management company. First off, I have hand it to Mark Thomas, CEO of Reesio, and his team. Having produced many Connect conferences during my time at Inman, I know first hand how stressful and taxing a day like this can be. So my hat’s off to Reesio…
  • Put your dreams away

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

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

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

  • Simplify the Home Buying Process

    Mary Boone
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Buying a home is an intimidating endeavor. The process can be time-consuming, it has its own language of unfamiliar terms and acronyms, and it involves one of the largest outlays of cash you’ll likely make in your lifetime. Deep breaths. By doing your homework and thinking about the process as four smaller stages, shopping for a home can be less complicated and, perhaps, even enjoyable. Step 1: Gather and prepare Even before you start perusing real estate websites or visiting open houses, you need to find a local real estate agent you can trust. Get recommendations from friends and family;…
  • Reality Star Nicole Richie Lists Spanish Colonial

    Emily Heffter
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Source: People.com Recent life changes for reality starlet Nicole Richie go beyond the purple hair she sported for a magazine shoot. She and musician husband Joel Madden are selling the Spanish Colonial Madden has owned since before they married in 2010. Now the couple have two kids and two busy careers in the spotlight: Madden as the lead vocalist for his pop-punk band Good Charlotte and Richie as the star of a televised version of her YouTube show, “#CandidlyNicole.” The VH1 series will feature her “unfiltered tweets and amusing points of view” as she goes about her…
  • ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Author Ready to Leave Her ‘Skybrary,’ Find the Next New Thing

    Catherine Sherman
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Elizabeth Gilbert has lived and worked out of the 19th-century home since 2008. No undisclosed address here. This home is listed for sale by owner, and she isn’t hiding behind a trust. In fact, “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert is refreshingly candid and unpretentious in a video tour of her home, laughing when she realizes she forgot to make her bed. But that doesn’t mean Gilbert’s home isn’t getting the celebrity real estate treatment. Rayya Elias, a broker and friend from New York City, is helping Gilbert market the property. “People must…
  • Value Villa: Celebrity Home Price Cuts

    Emily Heffter
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    It isn’t always easy to unload a mansion, and some stars are learning that the hard way. It’s tricky to find the right millionaire who shares your taste in equestrian facilities or wrought-iron staircases — just ask Sheryl Crow, who has cut the price on two of her homes in the past year. Things get even tougher if your place is, say, in Idaho, like Bruce Willis‘. It’s a beautiful home, but finding the right buyer has meant chopping millions off the price. Here are some other recent price reductions on unique, celeb-owned spaces: Celine Dion Admittedly, it would be…
  • 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Rise Slightly

    Alexa Fiander
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 4.19 percent, up from 4.14 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate steadily increased last week, peaking at 4.26 percent on Monday before dropping to the current rate this morning. “Last week, rates rose slightly on improving unemployment and manufacturing data,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “This week, fewer significant economic reports are slated for release, and markets are more likely to be…
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  • What You Don’t Know Could Cost You! Here’s How to Shop For Mortgage Rates The Smart Way!

    Mark Fitzpatrick
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s always a good idea to shop at least a few different lenders to compare mortgage rate quotes, right? After all, a mortgage is a big financial commitment, and shopping around for a better deal can potentially save you thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in finance charges over the life of the loan. Having said that, it’s not just important to shop around, it’s important to shop around the right way. There’s a few important things you need to be aware of to make sure you’re truly getting the best deal possible. How to Shop For Mortgage Rates Many shoppers…
  • 5 Simple Strategies For Real Estate Acquisition Domination! (You are Going to LOVE #5!)

    Jaren Barnes
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Last week I wrote an in depth post covering the topic of  “How to Rock at Finding  a Mentor in Real Estate”. In the post we discussed how one of the key components to getting the conversation started is by actually bringing a deal to the table that the seasoned investor can help you with (and make money from). Well how do you do that when you are brand new to real estate and have no experience? That is what I want to address in this post. Below are 5 simple strategies that I’ve personally used to generate deal flow and I have confidence that they will serve you well.
  • 7 Tips for Holding On To Amazing Tenants

    Ken Horst
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Previously I wrote a post called 6 Tips to Turn Bad Tenants Into Great Tenants. It generated a bit of commentary, because many real estate investors have been there. You try to find good tenants, of course. But sometimes it just happens you end up with a terrible tenant and you have to try to do what you can to get them to comply or have enough of a case for eviction. Then there are the great tenants. The amazing tenants that you never want to see leave because you have it so good with them living in your unit.  You feel lucky to have them and you’re afraid to lose them, in the event that…
  • 7 Ways Probate Investors Can Help Settle Estates

    Sharon Vornholt
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Settling an estate can be an overwhelming job for those left behind. The vast majority of the people involved in the probate process have to deal with all of this in what is undoubtedly a very emotional time their lives. They can be confused about the actual probate process and all of the tasks involved with settling the estate. When you can step up as the expert, these folks are genuinely happy that you are able to offer solutions to their particular problems.  Probate investors provide a valuable service to the executors and family members. Here are 7 Common Roadblocks Probate Investors…
  • Dissecting an IRR: A Quick Way to Assess Investment Risk

    Brad Johnson
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    When considering various real estate investment options, it’s tempting to just pick investments that offer the highest pro forma IRR (aka the discount rate that would make the present value of a series of cash flows equal to zero; which is a fancy way of saying an investment’s total return). While I imagine there are worse investment strategies, you can’t simply compare a 16% IRR to a 15% IRR and simply declare the former investment the winner. I wish it was this easy, but unfortunately real estate investing is more nuanced than that. What appear to be equivalent returns can be wildly…
 
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  • Jamestown CC eyes property for expansion

    Dan Miner
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Jamestown Community College would like to acquire 127.7 acres of land adjacent to its Jamestown campus for future development. The college’s board of trustees recently approved a resolution “authorizing and directing the administration” to acquire the land, a college spokesman said. The board agenda described the plot as the “Lawson Property,” and college officials have previously said the James Avenue property owner would like to sell to the college. They have also repeatedly bemoaned…
  • Half-empty downtown Phoenix high rise sells for $22 million

    Kristena Hansen
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    A group involving Sunbelt Holdings’ John Graham and a wholly-owned subsidiary of home builder Lennar Corp. paid $22 million last week to buy a half-empty, lender-owned office high rise in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The mid-century modern tower — dually known as One 11 Monroe and the First American Building — stands 19 stories at the southwest corner of Monroe Street and First Avenue. It is roughly 255,000 square feet and occupied by Mutual of Omaha Bank and several law firms, among others. The…
  • Chicago-style hot dog joint, Farkles, re-opens in Honolulu's Chinatown near Grondin Restaurant

    Jenna Blakely
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Farkles, the seven-month-old hot dog joint in Honolulu's Chinatown, has found a new home at 56 N. Hotel St. after recently leaving its digs at the corner of Hotel and Maunakea Streets when its six-month lease ended. Owner Marc Jensen said the new space, which officially opened on Monday, is a better deal  than his previous space that was going to increase in rent. The location provides slightly more space and is expected to have more foot traffic. “I’m pretty excited about the move,” he…
  • Dallas' Statler Hilton gets $43.5M in city incentives for massive redevelopment

    Candace Carlisle
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    It's finalized. The historic Statler Hilton received $43.5 million in tax increment financing funds Wednesday to help the massive $175 million redevelopment take shape.  "I was betting on it and I thought it would (pass City Council) and it did," said John Crawford, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc., which recently held its annual luncheon Tuesday. "We are thrilled it got passed. It's another step for us in the right direction and another older building being redeveloped in downtown Dallas." …
  • Houston-based investor buys Mesquite Town Centre

    Candace Carlisle
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Houston-based QEH Mesquite LLC beat out a bidding war to purchase Mesquite Town Centre Plaza for an undisclosed sum. The 209,766-square-foot retail property sits on nearly 15 acres at 1330 N. Town East Blvd. in Mesquite. It attracted multiple strong bidders, which illustrates the demand for property in the Town East trade area, said Tom Salanty, an executive director with Cushman & Wakefield of Texas Inc.'s Dallas capital markets group. "Mesquite Town Centre Plaza was an opportunity to buy a high-performing…
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  • Combinations: Creating a Larger Manhattan Co-op or Condo

    Jonathan Miller
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    [click to expand] Over my career, I’ve have observed a higher frequency of combination apartments (ie co-ops or condos) when inventory is tight.  A combination apartment is simply the connecting of 2 or more adjacent apartments (to either side, above or below).  It may be easier and/or less expensive to buy the apartment next door to create a larger space (even if you have to overpay for it) than to brave the tough market searching for a larger place to live. A few years ago I started to track this during the preparation of the Elliman Report: Manhattan Sales. I looked at the actual…
  • [Infographic] Getting Graphic in South Florida in 1Q 2014

    Jonathan Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Here’s a jumbo infographic from Douglas Elliman covering the findings of the four market reports in South Florida we prepare for them. Thank goodness Matrix can handle super tall images.
  • [Ready, Set, Download] South Florida Market Reports 1Q 2014

    Jonathan Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Our 4 comprehensive reports for Douglas Elliman on the residential sales markets for Miami, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach this week. Click on each report to download! MIAMI With the Miami housing market well into the third year of its recovery, rising prices have begun to pull listing inventory into the market. Median sales price increased 16.1% to $244,000, the highest point reached since 2008. Average sales price jumped 19.1% to $461,374 over last year to a 5 year high and average price per square foot exceeded $305 per square foot for the first time in 6 years. Listing…
  • Nathan Pyle’s NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette Book Now Available!

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

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

    Jennifer Walpole
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    (Tech News) Google's Project Ara was accelerated by a broken prototype, but could bring flexibility and affordability to smartphone devices in a way never before seen. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • 5 ways the iPhone has changed how we use technology

    Marti Trewe
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    (Tech News) The iPhone is more than just a smartphone, it is a platform that propelled the entire technology industry forward, according to one technologist. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Voxeet desktop and mobile apps make conference calls in 3DHD

    AG Staff
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    (Tech News) Voxeet takes away the "can you hear me now?" pain of conference calls, adding clarity and cool functionality to conference calls, taking it to the next level. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Productivity is about more than apps: how to really stay focused

    Jennifer Walpole
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    (Business News) While we are suckers for any app that promises to give us seconds of our day back, productivity is maintained by so much more than just technology. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • What is no longer working in social media: 2014 edition

    Tinu Abayomi-Paul
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    (Social Media) With a constantly evolving list of features, shifting culture, and new practices, what worked last year on social media may not work this year. Here's what you need to know. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
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  • Are Americans Falling In Love With Housing Again?

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Americans have fallen in love with real estate once again - Fortune (blog) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:56:15 GMT Americans have fallen in love with real estate once again Fortune (blog)140128181235-housing-market-620xa. FORTUNE -- As the real estate market recovers, so does America's faith in housing as an investment. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday ......Read Full Post
  • Real Estate and Mortgage News 4/22/2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    U.S. Real Estate's State Of Malaise - Seeking Alpha Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:29:50 GMT U.S. Real Estate's State Of MalaiseSeeking AlphaReports from local real-estate agent groups in some of the markets that were the first to rebound, including Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego, show year-over-year declines in March home sales. February ... Read more ...   Why a government agency won't lower mortgage fees for borrowers - Washington Post (blog) Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:29:43 GMT Washington Post (blog)Why a government agency won't lower mortgage fees for borrowersWashington Post (blog)Two influential…
  • Real Estate Markets News 4/21/2014

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Real Estate Market Trends: Luxury Housing is on the Rise - Millionaire Corner Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:19:26 GMT Real Estate Market Trends: Luxury Housing is on the RiseMillionaire CornerChristies International Real Estate released its second annual Luxury Residential Property Market report, looking at the market in 10 of the world's major markets - Cote d'Azur ......Read Full Post
  • Real Estate Investment News 4/11/2014

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

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

    Michele Guss
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    This is a follow-up post to the original post I wrote in early November about Chihuly returning to the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens.  There is only one month left to see Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit runs through May 18, 2014. I finally found some time to get out and go see it. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the exhibit. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!   This entry is cross posted on Phoenix NE Valley: Real Estate, Lifestyle & Living   Originally posted on Phoenix Real Estate Guy. If you are reading this anywhere but inside your RSS feed…
  • Just how big is Maricopa County in Arizona?

    Michele Guss
    18 Dec 2013 | 2:35 pm
    I was talking to my dad this morning. As the conversation typically goes, he asked what I have been up to lately and how business is going. I told him I have a house in escrow for a couple that are relocating to the Phoenix Metro area and that it had been a hard process to try to pinpoint an area to live that would work for them since most people don’t realize just how big the Phoenix Metro area truly is. My dad has visited Arizona many times. He knows that Phoenix metro area covers a lot of ground, that it has grown considerably in recent years, but he had no idea just how wide of an…
  • Hiking Arizona: Bell Pass-Windgate Loop in Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve

    Michele Guss
    13 Dec 2013 | 7:06 pm
    I try to do 2 -3 hikes in the moderate to difficult range every week totaling 12 – 15+ weekly miles. Truth be told, I am not always consistent. In fact, I only hiked one day last week. Yesterday a few of my friends were meeting at the Gateway Trailhead in the Scottsdale McDowell Mountain Preserve to do a 9.6 mile loop hike. For the most part, I really do not like the long hikes, but I wanted to get some miles in this week. The plan was to meet them to hike out to the Bell Pass Scenic Overlook, a pretty tough 3.6 mile uphill hike, then I would turn around and return to the…
  • Upcoming change to Arizona’s FHA Loan Limit in 2014

    Michele Guss
    10 Dec 2013 | 4:18 pm
    Effective January 1, 2014, Maricopa County’s maximum FHA mortgage limit will be reduced from $346,250 to $271,050 for Single Family Residence (SFR) home purchases. This reduction applies to all counties in Arizona with the exception of Coconino, where the FHA loan limit will drop from $450,000 to $362,250. What does this mean for buyers? If a buyers offer is under contract and a FHA case number has been assigned by Dec 31, 2013, that buyer will be able to obtain financing up to $346,250.  If a buyer goes under contract on or after January 1, 2014, he/she would only be able to finance a…
  • Phoenix Residential Real Estate Distressed Market Update: December 2013

    Michele Guss
    4 Dec 2013 | 11:56 am
    I was talking with an investor client that had purchased a few homes through me in the past. He had heard that inventory was rising in the Phoenix metro area and he wanted to know if prices had dropped and if it would be possible to get a “good deal with a decent rate of return” on another investment home purchase in Phoenix. I knew that this would be a complex question to answer knowing that he had purchased 2 short sale listed single family homes in Gilbert in late 2011 when the market price was significantly lower; one with 3 bedrooms + loft, 2.5 baths, 1816 square feet for…
 
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  • How to create an editorial calendar for your content marketing: Google Drive or Trello

    Seth Price
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you’re anything like me, you are always looking for an easier way to stay organized with your content marketing plans. For the longest time, I used an Excel-style spreadsheet in Google Drive with different tabs for my editorial calendar, which included ideas, keyword focus, published content and the weekly task list. It was really effective for us. In fact, it allowed us to go from zero visitors to our Real Estate Marketing Academy with over 50,000 unique visitors per month. If you are a lover of Excel or Google Spreadsheets, you should definitely download the template we’ve put…
  • 3 reasons your leads aren’t closing and what you can do about it

    Trulia Pro Blog
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post was originally published on the Trulia Pro Blog by Jovan Hackley for Trulia.com. Follow Trulia Pro on Twitter: @TruliaPro Quick agent fame, overnight sensations and companies who build crowd followings fast have always scared me. Why? Because I know, billboards don’t make deals. Need an example? There are plenty of other case studies that speak to the same fact. Whether you’re marketing mansions or selling special spoons, the buzz you generate isn’t half as important as the clients who actually close the deal. So, who closes? What’s in the magic sauce that turns a…
  • Evernote: very cool real estate tech tips No. 6 (6 of 10)

    ActiveRain
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    This post by Jimmy Chickey was originally published on ActiveRain. Follow him on Twitter: @jimmychickey. Tech tip No. 6: Evernote Technology can be a great help in your real estate career. However, just because it is the new “flashy” thing doesn’t mean that it will actually make you more productive. I can say from experience that many tools end up just getting in the way and actually can slow you down. With that in mind, here is the the sixth (of 10) tech tips that have proven to be a great help with my real estate business. Evernote is a very cool program that,…
  • Does your home inspector use a thermal camera? You had better hope so

    ActiveRain
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Basement wall This post by Jay Markanich was originally published on ActiveRain. Jay owns a real estate inspection business in Bristow, Va. You can find him on Facebook here. This is what you and I see.  A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw online. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just as spectacular! My clients are in another state. We have never met. We had not even spoken on the phone! They simply emailed me, based on a referral, reputation online and my answer…
  • What’s a new client really worth? [webinar recording]

    Laura Monroe
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Knowing the long-term value and short-term value of your clients can help you decide the best strategies for client retention and marketing, and knowing where to target those efforts. Join us for a discussion hosted by Laura Monroe of Inman News and Jed Carlson, online marketing expert and CEO of AdWerx. Together, they’ll show you the simple way to calculate the value of a new client. Then they’ll demonstrate how you can use this critical number as the foundation for your year-round marketing strategy. Thank you to AdWerx for this informative webinar, and for this downloadable Client…
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  • Character-Filled Spanish at 5329 Vincent Avenue

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Have you been dreaming of an Eagle Rock home in a great location that still has character? Located just north of Hill Drive, this charming 1925 Spanish home is not an investor flip, but livable, freshly painted & cleaned, rewired, inspected - completely ready for you to make the equipment and design choices that you feel are important. The bones of this home are great: step down from the entry hall to the living room with tall, vaulted ceilings, original sconces, oak floors, windows and French doors out to the side porch. Read More
  • Weekend Events in Northeast LA!

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    This Saturday there are several fun events happening at some of the local businesses we love in Eagle Rock and Highland Park.  Check them out and support your small businesses! Read More
  • Midcentury With Views at 4831 Yosemite Way

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    You can live the classic California lifestyle in this 1959 midcentury – have your morning cup of coffee snuggled in your robe and slippers on your private patio, or entertain your friends on the front terrace with views of the Eagle Rock. The open floor plan allows for great indoor-outdoor flow, with sliding doors from the living room to the front patio and from the dining area that opens onto the back patio. The updated cook’s kitchen has quartz counters, a 5-burner gas cooktop, built-in oven & broiler, and a breakfast bar. Read More
  • Updated 1950s Charmer at 1229 East Palmer Avenue

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

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

  • Building a New Neighborhood in Charlottesville – Lochlyn Hill

    Jim Duncan
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Community. It’s amazing how many of my buyer clients identify “community” as one of the top three criteria they’re looking for. We’re aiming to build that in a new neighborhood in Charlottesville. My clients have heard me talk about this “coming neighborhood” for about two years; now dirt is finally moving, roads are going in, utilities are being run and house plans are being finalized. Lochlyn Hill is a new neighborhood in Charlottesville – 5 minutes to downtown Charlottesville by car, 15 minutes or so by bicycle, with only local (mostly small)…
  • Monday Morning Reading – 21 April 2014

    Jim Duncan
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    - My mom liked my April monthly note; you might too! Interested? Subscribe now and I’ll send you April’s note. - Getting into and around downtown Charlottesville has been a bit challenging for a while and now they’re asking the question – How will West Main Street be traversed after 1800 apartments and a hotel are built? Slowly. Very, very slowly. (one might think this conversation could have been had before approving nearly 2000 apartments, but that’s just me) - Getting a mortgage is getting a tiny bit easier. This is a good thing. - Student debt holds back many would-be…
  • Photos and Floorplans – A Buyer’s Response to my Monthly Note

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

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

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

  • Get the Most Out of Your Home Loan

    Redfin Blogger
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Guest post by TJ Freeborn, Discover Home Loans The search for a new home comes with a lot of questions. One of the most important questions to ask yourself is: “How much home can I comfortably afford?” One way to answer that question is to get pre-qualified for a home loan. To do this, just provide your mortgage professional with some information about your income, savings and monthly expenses, and you will receive an estimate of how much home you can afford. Pre-qualification can be a good starting point for determining your price range, but it does not guarantee a loan or that a…
  • Eva Mendes Sells Los Angeles Home

    Alanna Finn
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Listed by Anthony Stellini, Nourmand & Associates-BH Eva Mendes is cutting ties with the manse she owned with her former beau. The actress officially unloaded the three-bedroom, two-bathroom Los Angeles property for $1,278,630. Mendes co-owned the crib with her now ex-boyfriend George Augusto. They bought the place for $584,000 when they started dating in 2002. According to the listing, the midcentury sanctuary has undergone a decade-long renovation process. It offers a lot of private tranquility, with beautifully designed gardens and city views. The listing photos show off the home’s…
  • Bidding Wars Heat Up, but Remain Less Extreme than in 2013

    Troy Martin
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    In March, 63.4 percent of offers written by Redfin agents across 19 markets faced competition from other buyers, up from 58.7 percent in February. The post Bidding Wars Heat Up, but Remain Less Extreme than in 2013 appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.
  • UnReal Estate of the Week: Eco-Friendly Homes

    Christin Camacho
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s not easy being green. But it’s pretty easy to be greener. This Earth Day, be sure to check out tips from Julie Jacobson on ways to make your home more green (they don’t have to be drastic!). And for a little inspiration, here are five eco-friendly homes for sale that make us green with envy. 1. A Dome of Green Dreams Address: 12602 133rd Ave SE City: Rainier, WA Price: $299,000 Listed by: Bojana Foster, Signature Service RE Olympia This unique concrete dome home is completely “off the grid,” with a self-sufficient solar energy system, generator, propane…
  • Solar Power is Getting Hotter

    Leah L. Culler
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    © Global Warming Images / WWF-Canon Homeowners across the country are harnessing the power of the sun to light their homes, run their air conditioners and even watch their favorite TV shows. Since 2009, the number of home listings on Redfin.com that included mention of solar panels grew 288 percent. Just last week, former vice president Al Gore said in a speech at the University of Hawaii that the exponential growth in photovoltaic solar panels is a “game changer” in the fight against climate change. According to a Redfin report highlighting the top neighborhoods for green homes,…
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    Ubertor Real Estate Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Financial Advisor Column: Reverse Mortgages Worth Considering

    Elizabeth Ecker
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A reverse mortgage “evolution” is making the loans a better retirement prospect than they once were for financial advisors, writes industry publication Bank Investment Consultant in a column this week. “If you think that reverse mortgages are only for cash-strapped retirees without any other financial options, think again,” the column begins, addressing its advisor-readers. “The features of reverse mortgage loans have been evolving over the years and a growing body of research suggests that these loans can help older adults manage a dependable stream on income during their…
  • Mortgage Prof: Top 10 Situations a Reverse Mortgage Makes Sense

    Alyssa Gerace
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    A reverse mortgage isn’t always the best option for a senior, but there are at least 10 scenarios when taking out the federally-insured loan should be considered, says the Mortgage Professor in a recent column. Scenarios where seniors should reject a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) include when there are plans to pass on a debt-free house to their estate or a desire to have a spouse or child continue living in a home after the borrower passes away, writes Jack Guttentag, aka “The Mortgage Professor.” But there are many other scenarios where a reverse mortgage could…
  • Mortgage Mysteries Keep Potential Homebuyers on the Sidelines

    Alyssa Gerace
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Misperceptions and mysteries surrounding mortgages are preventing some potential homebuyers from pursuing financing, according to a new survey.  Nearly half (46%) of prospective homebuyers have not pursued the financing they would need in order to buy a home due to fear they wouldn’t qualify for a mortgage, found retail home loan lender loanDepot LLC in a national consumer survey. Nearly three in 10 (29%) of Americans surveyed said they’d like to buy a home in the next two years. While 42% of Americans don’t currently own a home, there’s demand among current…
  • CFPB to Digitize Mortgage Closings Under New Pilot

    Jason Oliva
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will call upon its technological capabilities via new pilot project that it intends will further simplify the mortgage closing process. The agency released details of the pilot Wednesday via its website and is currently seeking participants to test the technology that will aid in the mortgage closing process.  Streamlining the mortgage closing process has been a longtime priority for the federal agency from overhauling closing documents to becoming more technology-friendly. Now, the CFPB says it is targeting four major complaints of the closing…
  • California, Arizona Remain Reverse Mortgage Strongholds

    Alyssa Gerace
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Two states—California and Arizona—have produced the lion’s share of the year-to-date 8.1% overall growth in reverse mortgage endorsements, according to Reverse Market Insight’s most recent HECM Trends newsletter. “February HECM endorsements came in right between 2012 and 2013 volumes for the month, but we’re likely to see monthly totals below the 2012 [levels] for several months before this year is over,” says RMI.  Seven of the top 10 states for reverse mortgage endorsements have seen their volume decline so far in 2014, including #2 ranked Texas, down…
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    Wallingford Wired

  • Come to Downtown Wallingford for the 2nd Annual Restaurant Hop

    Harriman Real Estate
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    If you’ve ever wondered what the food at some of Wallingford’s downtown restaurants is like, now is the time to find out! Wallingford Center, Inc. is sponsoring the second annual Wallingford Restaurant Hop on May 7th from 4pm to 9pm. Bring the whole family and sample the specialties of some of the best eateries Wallingford has to offer, enter the raffles and enjoy some good company, too! Here’s how it works: you purchase an entry “bracelet” for $25 ($10 for kids under 12) which will get you into each of the participating restaurants and allow you to sample selected items…
  • Hubbard Park Welcomes 36th Annual Daffodil Festival

    Harriman Real Estate
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Over 600,000 daffodils. Over 100,000 attendees. Two days. One stupendous event! The 36th Annual Meriden Daffodil Festival in Hubbard Park is almost here and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 35 musical acts scheduled to perform this year and plenty of food, games, rides and activities on hand for everyone. The two day event kicks off on Saturday, April 26th and ends on Sunday, April 27th, but the amusement rides and food stations will be open starting at 5:00 PM on Friday, the 26th. Last year the abnormally warm weather caused the thousands of daffodils in the park to…
  • Church of the Resurrection Carnival Brings Fun For All!

    Harriman Real Estate
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Everybody loves it when the carnival comes to town! Once again, Wallingford’s Church of the Resurrection is sponsoring their annual carnival April 23rd through the 26th in the parking lot adjacent to the church. The weather forecast for the four day event is for good weather on Wednesday and Thursday and rain for Friday and Saturday, but that should not have any effect on the fun, games, rides and great food that always accompanies this much anticipated event. And we all know how fast the weather can change in New England! The venue will open nightly at 6pm and features a midway with…
  • Wallingford CT Wing Fest at Villa Capri

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

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

  • Location Supersedes Space as Key Driver to GTA’s Office Market Activity

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

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    11 Feb 2014 | 7:41 am
    What are your bold predictions for the commercial real estate office leasing market in Toronto for 2014? Dtz commercial office leasing market report 2014 from Chris Fyvie   SEARCH for your own offices here!
  • Cushman & Wakefield – Toronto Office Leasing #CRE Reports 2013 – Year In Review

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    What are your bold predictions for the commercial real estate office leasing market in Toronto for 2014? Cushman toronto office leasing market report 2014 from Chris Fyvie   SEARCH for your own offices here!
  • CRESA – Toronto Office Leasing #CRE Reports 2013 – Year In Review

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:37 am
    What are your bold predictions for the commercial real estate office leasing market in Toronto for 2014? Cresa office leasing market report toronto 2014 from Chris Fyvie   SEARCH for your own offices here!
  • CBRE – Toronto Office Leasing #CRE Reports 2013 – Year In Review

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    8 Feb 2014 | 7:31 am
    What are your bold predictions for the commercial real estate office leasing market in Toronto for 2014? Cbre office leasing market report 2014 from Chris Fyvie   SEARCH for your own offices here!
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  • Infamous serial killer helps solve another murder

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Infamous serial killer helps solve another murderAPEdward Beaudion's parents wondered for decades if the mystery of their son's death would ever be answered.Notorious case connected the dotsMore in the newsJudge threatens to 'gag' defendantMurderer's telling tattoo
  • Yankees pitcher caught cheating

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Yankees pitcher caught cheatingAPNew York's Michael Pineda was ejected when the Red Sox spotted him violating MLB rules.What umpires found on his neckWide world of sportsCowboys eyeing QB in draft?Seahawks QB, wife file for divorce
  • Would-be kidnappers get the wrong guy

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Would-be kidnappers get the wrong guyA jailed gang leader hired the men to snatch the prosecutor who sent him to prison, but then the 'kidnappers' looked up the wrong address online.Who they took insteadMore news storiesJudge's words for murdererVicious nursing home attack
  • Russia sends harsh warning to Ukraine

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Russia sends harsh warning to UkraineAP Although Ukraine's security forces are disorganized and demoralized, Russia proclaimed Wednesday they are ready to attack. 'Now the task is...' More world newsViolence erupts in Rio slumEbola death toll rises
  • Portrait of ferry's captain begins to emerge

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Portrait of ferry's captain begins to emergeAPLee Joon-seok, 68, has 40 years of experience at sea, and colleagues of his helped fill in the gaps about his reputation on Wednesday.Assessment his helmsman gaveMore on the sunken ferryBillionaire's home searched Ferry owner has checkered past
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  • Infamous serial killer helps solve another murder

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Infamous serial killer helps solve another murderAPEdward Beaudion's parents wondered for decades if the mystery of their son's death would ever be answered.Notorious case connected the dotsMore in the newsJudge threatens to 'gag' defendantMurderer's telling tattoo
  • Yankees pitcher caught cheating

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Yankees pitcher caught cheatingAPNew York's Michael Pineda was ejected when the Red Sox spotted him violating MLB rules.What umpires found on his neckWide world of sportsCowboys eyeing QB in draft?Seahawks QB, wife file for divorce
  • Would-be kidnappers get the wrong guy

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Would-be kidnappers get the wrong guyA jailed gang leader hired the men to snatch the prosecutor who sent him to prison, but then the 'kidnappers' looked up the wrong address online.Who they took insteadMore news storiesJudge's words for murdererVicious nursing home attack
  • Russia sends harsh warning to Ukraine

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Russia sends harsh warning to UkraineAP Although Ukraine's security forces are disorganized and demoralized, Russia proclaimed Wednesday they are ready to attack. 'Now the task is...' More world newsViolence erupts in Rio slumEbola death toll rises
  • Portrait of ferry's captain begins to emerge

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Portrait of ferry's captain begins to emergeAPLee Joon-seok, 68, has 40 years of experience at sea, and colleagues of his helped fill in the gaps about his reputation on Wednesday.Assessment his helmsman gaveMore on the sunken ferryBillionaire's home searched Ferry owner has checkered past
 
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  • Infamous serial killer helps solve another murder

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Infamous serial killer helps solve another murderAPEdward Beaudion's parents wondered for decades if the mystery of their son's death would ever be answered.Notorious case connected the dotsMore in the newsJudge threatens to 'gag' defendantMurderer's telling tattoo
  • Yankees pitcher caught cheating

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Yankees pitcher caught cheatingAPNew York's Michael Pineda was ejected when the Red Sox spotted him violating MLB rules.What umpires found on his neckWide world of sportsCowboys eyeing QB in draft?Seahawks QB, wife file for divorce
  • Would-be kidnappers get the wrong guy

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Would-be kidnappers get the wrong guyA jailed gang leader hired the men to snatch the prosecutor who sent him to prison, but then the 'kidnappers' looked up the wrong address online.Who they took insteadMore news storiesJudge's words for murdererVicious nursing home attack
  • Russia sends harsh warning to Ukraine

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Russia sends harsh warning to UkraineAP Although Ukraine's security forces are disorganized and demoralized, Russia proclaimed Wednesday they are ready to attack. 'Now the task is...' More world newsViolence erupts in Rio slumEbola death toll rises
  • Portrait of ferry's captain begins to emerge

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Portrait of ferry's captain begins to emergeAPLee Joon-seok, 68, has 40 years of experience at sea, and colleagues of his helped fill in the gaps about his reputation on Wednesday.Assessment his helmsman gaveMore on the sunken ferryBillionaire's home searched Ferry owner has checkered past
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    Oh My Apartment

  • 5 Tips for Fashion Inspired Decorating

    Jacy Meyer
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Fashionista? If your closet is better decorated than your apartment, use some of your fashion sense to add a bit of flair to your living space. These five ideas will hopefully inspire you to new levels of interior design. Catwalk Class Love the artistically funky creations you see on the runway? Often those outfits don’t seem suitable for wearing; even less so if you’ve got a job to go to everyday. However, take what you like best and make a splash in your apartment. Is there a particular color you fell in love with? If it’s a bit bold, introduce it with a few keys pieces, perhaps a new…
  • Bringing in Spring

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

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

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

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

  • 839 Lake Bluff Drive, Reeds Spring, MO 65737

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Home by Table Rock Lake for sale. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $109,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,374 sqftLot: 0.32 acre(s) Location 839 Lake Bluff DriveReeds Spring, MO 65737USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings Home by Table Rock Lake for sale.Table Rock Lake-front Home with ViewHoliday Hills Condo in move-in condition.Home for the horse lover with 20 acres.Home with…
  • 4813 N Kensington Dr, Ozark, MO 65721

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Beautiful home with all the upgrades. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $129,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,568 sqftLot: 8,400 sqft Location 4813 N. Kensington Dr.Ozark, MO 65721USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings Home for the horse lover with 20 acres.Holiday Hills Condo in move-in condition.Home with character and space too.Home with acreage by NixaBeautiful home with all the…
  • 175 Rockford Dr K - 2, Branson, MO 65616

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Holiday Hills Condo in move-in condition. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $69,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,134 sqft Location 175 Rockford Dr.K - 2Branson, MO 65669USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings Home for the horse lover with 20 acres.Holiday Hills Condo in move-in condition.Home with character and space too.Home with acreage by NixaBeautiful home with all the upgrades.
  • 13610 Lawrence 1220, Marionville, MO 65705

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Home for the horse lover with 20 acres. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $129,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 1,293 sqftLot: 20.00 acre(s) Location 13610 Lawrence 1220Marionville, MO 65705USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings Home for the horse lover with 20 acres.Holiday Hills Condo in move-in condition.Home with character and space too.Home with acreage by NixaBeautiful home with all…
  • Patio home on cul-de-sac in quiet part of Branson but near the strip.

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

    Inman News
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have lowered their forecasts for home sales this year, citing low inventory and the affordability crunch that shortage of homes has spurred. After relatively weak home sales in the first two months of ...
  • How to create an editorial calendar for your content marketing: Google Drive or Trello

    Seth Price
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you’re anything like me, you are always looking for an easier way to stay organized with your content marketing plans. For the longest time, I used an Excel-style spreadsheet in Google Drive with different tabs for my editorial calendar, which included ideas, keyword focus, published content and the weekly task list. It was really effective for us ...
  • Neighborhood information like sex offender, school and crime data will fuel residential segregation

    Teke Wiggin
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    John Walko, a father of two who recently moved from Scranton, Pa., to a single-family rental in Charlotte, N.C., began his home search by filtering listings online based on location, price and photos -- the fun stuff. But as he continued to browse sites like Zillow and Trulia, he soon found himself digging through listings based on additional information: crime and school data. “I wouldn’t have really thought of it too much,” he said of the crime maps and school data he discovered on the sites. “But now it stands out. Now you go, ‘Oh, I got to look at this, make sure it’s a safe…
  • Homes are going fastest in the San Francisco Bay Area

    Paul Hagey
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Homes in the San Francisco Bay Area are moving faster than anywhere else in the country, according to a new inventory market report from Trulia. For markets across the U.S., Trulia calculated the share of homes for sale in its ...
  • New-home sales drop to 8-month low

    Teke Wiggin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Sales of new single-family houses hit an eight-month low in March, according to a report jointly released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). New-home sales decreased 14.5 percent month over month to ...
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  • Dog Days

    Craig Mische
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    This post may fall under the category “only interesting to a few people” but I am risking sharing it anyway. In 2005, I represented an owner of a Lake Mary home wishing to sell. The stars aligned and a few months later we closed. The lake home is located on a remote portion of East Lake Mary Road where there are less than 10 homes. The owner lived out of state and wasn’t interested in moving personal items so I was at the home on this particular day to meet someone from Schiele Auctions. After the meeting, I hopped into my car and got onto East Lake Mary Road and noticed a…
  • Lake Homes For Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    Get quality referrals and leads. Post Flash Property Listings (up to 10 photos per listing, no limits). Upgrade to Photo / Premium Agent Listing for free. If you are a 4-Star Agent or Broker, you should check IQRealEstate.com out. Over 900,000 agents listed. We are by far the Fastest Growing Directory online. Over 300,000 pages indexed in search engines. Be IQ Smart.
  • Real-estate agents eagerly awaiting outcome of Quebec election

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    MONTREAL - The Quebec election has real-estate agents on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border agreeing on one thing: the market is on hold as homebuyers await the outcome.
  • In Marin real estate market, sellers explore For Sale By Owner option

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    CAROLYN ROSKOWSKI is attempting to sell her Sausalito duplex herself, hoping to take advantage of Marin's hot real estate market and save the approximately $90,000 in commissions she would normally pay to agents on the $1.
  • PQ majority in Quebec could see homeowners flee to Ontario: realtors

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    The Quebec election has real-estate agents on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border eagerly awaiting, as they say a PQ majority could see many Quebec homeowners flee to Ontario.
  • Real-estate agents eagerly awaiting outcome of Quebec election

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:43 am
    MONTREAL - The Quebec election has real-estate agents on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border agreeing on one thing: the market is on hold as homebuyers await the outcome. Realtors say a Parti Quebecois majority on April 7 likely wouldn't result in the kind of mass exodus that followed the party's first election victory in 1976. Libby Broady, a Montreal real-estate broker, says the market is ...
 
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  • Ted Cruz Won Twitter Tonight

    Hunter Walker
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz had, by far, the best political tweet of Wednesday evening.  Cruz posted this picture of himself, his fellow Texas Republican, Senator Mike Lee, and a tiger skin rug: Did a little shopping for the office with @SenMikeLee in Houston today. pic.twitter.com/t9IsNINO5G — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 24, 2014 As of this writing, Cruz's tweet has earned nearly 200 favorites. Business Insider reached out to Cruz's office to ask if either senator actually purchased the rug. They did not immediately respond.Join the conversation about this…
  • Here Are All The Awful Things That Happen To Your Body In Space

    William Wei
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Click for the story >Join the conversation about this story »
  • Shocking Report Claims 'At Least 40' Veterans Died After Being Put On 'Secret Waiting List' At Arizona VA Hospital

    Hunter Walker
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    A stunning report published by CNN's Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin Wednesday night claims "at least 40" veterans died awaiting treatment from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system and many of them were on a "secret waiting list." The list was allegedly designed so the Phoenix VA could hide the long wait times veterans experienced at its facilities. CNN claimed "top management" at the Phoenix VA were aware of the list and even defended its use after complaints from staffers. Now, CNN reported the Phoenix VA is being investigated by both the VA Office…
  • THE ROAD TO 300 MILLION: Photos Of LinkedIn's Epic Journey (LNKD)

    Jillian D'Onfro and Owen Thomas
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    LinkedIn recently announced a major milestone: The professional network now has 300 million members around the world. But those millions didn't come easy. After LinkedIn launched in 2003, it took the company almost a year and a half to win 500,000 members. In April 2004, the startup's tiny crew assembled in a room in Palo Alto, California, to celebrate the occasion with a photo. Since then, LinkedIn employees have gathered to commemorate every milestone. At first, it was every million. Then the numbers started flying by — every 5 million new members, every 10 million. Today, 67% of…
  • Here's The Only Way To Get Your Passport Renewed In 24 Hours

    Kamelia Angelova
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Click for the story >Join the conversation about this story »
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    Inman News

  • Real estate’s spring buying season fails to launch

    Inman News
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have lowered their forecasts for home sales this year, citing low inventory and the affordability crunch that shortage of homes has spurred. After relatively weak home sales in the first two months of ...
  • How to create an editorial calendar for your content marketing: Google Drive or Trello

    Seth Price
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    If you’re anything like me, you are always looking for an easier way to stay organized with your content marketing plans. For the longest time, I used an Excel-style spreadsheet in Google Drive with different tabs for my editorial calendar, which included ideas, keyword focus, published content and the weekly task list. It was really effective for us ...
  • Neighborhood information like sex offender, school and crime data will fuel residential segregation

    Teke Wiggin
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    John Walko, a father of two who recently moved from Scranton, Pa., to a single-family rental in Charlotte, N.C., began his home search by filtering listings online based on location, price and photos -- the fun stuff. But as he continued to browse sites like Zillow and Trulia, he soon found himself digging through listings based on additional information: crime and school data. “I wouldn’t have really thought of it too much,” he said of the crime maps and school data he discovered on the sites. “But now it stands out. Now you go, ‘Oh, I got to look at this, make sure it’s a safe…
  • Homes are going fastest in the San Francisco Bay Area

    Paul Hagey
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Homes in the San Francisco Bay Area are moving faster than anywhere else in the country, according to a new inventory market report from Trulia. For markets across the U.S., Trulia calculated the share of homes for sale in its ...
  • New-home sales drop to 8-month low

    Teke Wiggin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    Sales of new single-family houses hit an eight-month low in March, according to a report jointly released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). New-home sales decreased 14.5 percent month over month to ...
 
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    House Price Crash News Blog

  • Maxkeiser: This is why talk of UK recovery is nonsense. Osborne’s shock growth in UK debt.

    khards
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    At 9.30am 2moro @ONS data will confirm George Osborne has grown National Debt more in 4 yrs than Labour did in 90 yrs <img src="http://i60.tinypic.com/wgqp0j.png">
  • Torygraph: Honest work can't put a roof over people's heads: true Tories should be appalled

    pete green
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    Its good we have political consensus growing for reducing the cost or housing. While I think building more houses is important - it is of far more fundamental importance to enact policies that reduce rents and house prices, shifting the tax burden being the first.
  • Daily Mail: The mortgage inquisition: Borrowers face tough new quiz..

    icarus
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The FCA's new 'macroprudential' regulation of mortgages to rein in house price rises. Mortgage applicants are to face 'invasive' and 'inquisitorial' questions about their finances and lifestyles in an interview lasting 'up to 3 hours'. There will be stress tests like: what if IRs rose sharply, say to 7%. And there'll be far fewer short, fixed-term teaser rates and virtually no interest-only mortgages. Ray Boulger thinks it's silly.
  • Zerohedge.com: Martin Armstrong Warns "Abandon The UK Before You Can't"

    hpwatcher
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    ''The politicians have squandered everything and now they are hunting down capital everywhere and the view is people have to pay whatever they demand or you are just a criminal.''
  • Mindfulmoney: Three reasons not to rush into housebuying now

    khards
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    I came across these charts while trying to figure out the best places to hunt for houses in London on a value-for-money basis; I think they speak for themselves… Slump in new buyer enquiries and the gulf in house prices has never been greater. These three charts seems to suggest that the sharp surge in London house prices over the last few months could be at risk of cooling or even partially reversing over the next few months, hard though it may be to believe at the moment!
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    Developments

  • West Coast Condo Values Continue to Rise

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

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

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

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

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

  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/22/14

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 4/22/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Leading Economic Index rose sharply in MarchBuilder confidence rose by one point to 47 in AprilMarch housing starts up by 2.8 percent from February but down 5.9 percent over past yearMarch building permits down by 2.4 percent from February but up 11.2 percent over last yearIndustrial production continued to rise in MarchWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan…
  • Builder confidence and housing starts up while building permits dip from February

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Although these types of news items are generally covered in the MetroIntelligence Economic Update portion of BuilderBytes, due to some technical errors these stories were not included in today's version.  Look for them in next Tuesday's edition.  Not a subscriber to the free BuilderBytes e-newsletter?  Click here to subscribe!Builder confidence rose one point to 47 in AprilBuilder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April from a downwardly revised March reading of 46.  Headwinds include ongoing tight credit conditions for…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/18/14

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 4/18/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicator:Mortgage loan applications rise by 4.3 percent in latest survey mostly due to refinancesWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 4/15/14

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

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

  • 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.
  • Revised Transmittal for HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1, Change 4 Posted to HUDCLIPS

    11 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    A revised transmittal for HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1, Change 4 has been posted to HUDCLIPS. In response to Multifamily Housing's business partner requests for a handbook implementation period, the Department is delaying the implementation of the requirements found in Change 4 until December 15, 2013. Owners/management agents will also have until March 1, 2014, to implement any change that requires modifications to TRACS software. In addition to the revised implementation period, the revised transmittal identifies the removal of all appendices associated with Chapter 9 of HUD Handbook 4350.3…
 
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • What I like about the attacks on housing finance reform

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    by Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference When you suddenly see vigorous but contrived opposition to a policy proposal, it means at least some opponents are afraid it might actually happen. That’s why I take heart from the spate of attack ads and strange new coalitions popping up against the Johnson-Crapo housing finance reform bill. Housing stakeholders need to stay engaged, both to improve the bill and to move the bipartisan effort forward. If the other side is shouting, we’re doing something right. Recently, we’ve seen baseless attack ads from the 60 Plus Association,…
  • The Devastating Impacts of Concentrated Poverty – And What Can Be Done to Reverse the Trend

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

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

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

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

  • Austin - The New Foodie Destination?

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Austin has been anything but low-profile in the past few years, garnering attention for our music festivals and our tech scene, among other claims to fame. Lately, however, Austin is getting a reputation as a "foodie" destination. Austin eateries have been featured on such shows as "Man Vs. Food", "No Reservations" and "Feed The Beast". Also, we can't forget that Paul Qui, of Top Chef Austin, resides, well, in Austin. He creates cullinary masterpieces at his downtown restaurant, Qui. You can also find international cuisine at Austin favorites such as The Clay Pit, which features traditional…
  • Thanks for showing me your house, Batman!

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    13 Feb 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Years ago, I received a call from a guy who wanted to have us come take a look at his house on the north shore of Lake Travis. He asked us to meet him on the SOUTH shore of Lake Travis. After we found him and chatted for a bit, he took us on his boat (at around 50 mph, if memory serves) across the lake to his house.  Upon arriving, he escorted us to a golf cart, which made the trip up to the house itself a lot easier. The home was around 6500 square feet, with a commanding view of the lake and hills beyond, and it was surrounded by manicured acreage. Inside, we found a place in need of a few…
  • Yesterday, I Won "2013 Texas Realtor Hero of the Year"

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Yesterday was a whirlwind for me. A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Xplode conference in Houston, where founder Matt Fagioli took the time to mention our ministry (Luke 6 Ministries) and to match funds raised that day, resulting in about $1100 to help the homeless and needy families we serve. John Gormley, who is the Vice President of the Texas Association of Realtors, was at that event in Houston as well, and he was intrigued by our efforts and called me the next day to chat, and to invite me to the TAR winter meeting, which is held right here in Austin. John told me, "I'd like for you…
  • Real Estate Isn't Rocket Science, But It Requires Finesse

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    1 Feb 2014 | 11:34 am
    This last month, I celebrated 17 years of selling homes full-time in Austin. Well, I didn't really celebrate offiically, but I passed a milestone nonetheless. During my career, I have worked directly with hundreds of clients, and I've trained and counseled agents on their transactions as well.  I'm thankful to report that our company has never been involved in a lawsuit or mediation. We've had a few situations go awry, but I've found that with the right combination of honesty, communication, and being proactive, almost every problem can be solved.  My last three clients came to me (one by…
  • Carl's Heating and Air - Austin & Pflugerville - Great Service!

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    30 Jan 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I wanted to write this post to recognize the solid good service I've received from Carl's Heating and Air, based out of Pflugerville, Texas. I've had Carl out to my house three times this year. Obviously, I would prefer not to require his services at all, since it means our A/C broke (late summer) and our heat did, too (early winter, but super-cold outside). The heat actually broke two different times, once downstairs and, yesterday, upstairs as well.  Carl is a true professional. He did a full replacement of our downstairs A/C unit in July, and it was great work, completed within 24 hours…
 
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  • Bengals’ Marvin Lewis Buys Scottsdale Retreat

    Neal J. Leitereg
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    At a time when NFL coaches and general managers look to upgrade their respective rosters, Cincinnati Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis has made an upgrade to his real estate portfolio. Lewis recently paid $2.82 million for a Tuscan estate in Desert Highlands, an elite golf course community in Scottsdale, AZ. The property, found at the base of Pinnacle Peak, previously listed for as much as $3 million. Built in 2007, Lewis’ new trophy blends to its desert locale with a combination of rough-hewn stone, custom woodwork and southwestern palettes. The rustic aesthetic is further enhanced by…
  • Tom Hanks Banks $5 Million in Home Sale

    Neal J. Leitereg
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    As news of Tom Hank’s attachment to a new Cold War thriller runs rampant, the A-list star has become unattached to a palatial property in the celebrity-preferred suburb of Pacific Palisades. The esteemed actor, director and producer, along with wife Rita Wilson, have parted ways with their relaxed Spanish-style villa. L.A. Times Hot Property caught wind of Hanks’ deal and reports that the film star received $5.025 million for a property steeped in “Old Hollywood ambiance.” Hidden away behind mature trees and privacy walls, the relaxed homestead features delicate archways, frescoed…
  • Jerry Buss’ Mansion Goes for $5.1 Million

    Neal J. Leitereg
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    There’s a proud new owner of Jerry Buss’ “Showtime” spread. The Playa del Rey estate of the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and real estate magnate has officially changed hands for $5.1 million, according to a report by the L.A. Times. Buss’ legendary home originally debuted on the MLS in December for nearly $6 million and last publicly listed for $5.45 million in late March. Commissioned by Buss himself, the custom-built mansion was completed in 1998 and certainly lives up to the Lakers owner’s larger-than-life presence with an ideal combination of world-class views and luxury…
  • Bobby Thigpen Shopping Waterfront Estate

    Neal J. Leitereg
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Looks like Martin St. Louis isn’t the only athlete shopping a hot property in the state of Florida. New to the market is the waterfront home of former Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Bobby Thigpen. Currently a member of the White Sox coaching staff, Thigpen is asking $3.15 million for his palatial estate in St. Petersburg, FL, according to our friends at Busted Coverage. Property records show that the retired ballplayer’s property last sold in 1992 for a mere $412,000, which we are guessing was the price for the nearly half-acre lot overlooking Tampa Bay. Sporting 180-degree views of the…
  • Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Exits Brentwood

    Neal J. Leitereg
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    On a day in which Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden listed his Glendale house for sale comes word that fellow rocker, Joe Hahn, has parted ways with his eco-friendly home in Brentwood, CA. The alternative-rock DJ and programmer for Linkin Park previously listed the half-acre property in an exclusive gated community in Brentwood Hills in July 2013 for $4.6 million. The Los Angeles Times reports that the sale of Hahn’s home recently closed at $4 million—$25,000 more than what the rock star paid for it in 2006. Designed by award-winning architect James Porter, the contemporary pad has five…
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  • 4 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Erin Lantz
    11 Feb 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since 1971, when mortgage rates first started being tracked, they have ranged from a high of 18.63 percent in the early 80′s to a low of 3.20 percent in late 2013.  Currently, rates are still relatively low and for many prospective home buyers, low rates can greatly affect the affordability of a home and the monthly mortgage payment.  But, what will the future hold? Read the rest of Infographic: History of Mortgage Rates » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for…
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • Million Dollar Home Goes Under Contract in 11 Days in Woodbridge VA

    Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Would it surprise you to know that a Million Dollar Home went under contract is 11 Days in the 22192 zip code area? What if I shared with you that 52 Homes went under contract in the 22192 zip code area since April 1st, 2014 So when you hear a REALTOR® say the spring market is BRISK. Please realize they are not  Blowing smoke Just saying that to get you to write a contract Just trying to get a listing Or think...oh they always they that. The real estate market is horrible. Values are down. Chances are if you are thinking those thoughts,  you could be missing your opportunity to get what…
  • Just Listed Single Family Home in the Wellington Community in Manassas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Protecting You and Your Business from the Heartbleed Bug

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hamptons home sales jump from dismal first quarter in 2013

    Julie Strickland
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Aerial view of the Hamptons Hamptons home sales returned to normal first-quarter levels in the first three months of 2014, rebounding from last year’s post-“fiscal cliff” slump, according to Douglas Elliman’s first-quarter Hamptons Sales Report. The number of homes sold in the Hamptons for the quarter jumped to 528 from 347 during the same period the previous year – a 52 percent increase. The median sales price ticked up as well, rising 18.9 percent to $880,000 from $740,000 in the first quarter of 2013. Fiscal cliff fears spurred a mad rush toward high-end purchases at the end of…
  • Unilever snags two floors atop Tribeca’s 99 Hudson Street

    Julie Strickland
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Paul Amrich and 99 Hudson Street Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company Unilver has inked a deal for 30,000 square feet in JCM Holding’s 99 Hudson Street in Tribeca. The firm’s spread takes up the 16-story building’s top two floors, Crain’s reported. The space includes an outdoor roof deck, and the asking rent was $78 per square foot — one of the highest rates paid in the area. Cushman & Wakefield’s Alex Cohen represented Unilever in the deal, while a CBRE team led by Paul Amrich represented JCM. JCM purchased the top three floors at 99 Hudson Street for roughly…
  • SL Green beats analysts’ expectations in Q1

    hs@therealdeal.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    388-390 Greenwich Street and Marc Holliday SL Green Realty today reported $150 million in funds from operations, or about $1.52 per share in the first quarter, surpassing analysts’ expectations of $1.37 per share. The REIT also reported first quarter revenues of $381.1 million, a year-over-year increase of nearly 41 percent from $360 million. The firm signed 75 office leases in its Manhattan portfolio for a total of 548,602 square feet, in line with CEO Marc Holliday’s goal of leasing about half a million square feet per quarter. Among the bigger signings were the City University…
  • Prominent property lawyer hit with ban for false filings

    John Goff
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    From left: Eric Schneiderman and 161 East 110th Street New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that real estate lawyer Harold Gruber is permanently banned from representing condo or coop developments after an investigation found that he submitted at least nine false filings connected to the Mirada condo in Harlem. The 60-year-old Brooklyn lawyer was one of the city’s most prolific condo and coop lawyers, writing hundreds of offering plans over the years. But Schneiderman filed suit against the attorney and developers of the 161 East 110th Street property amid allegations that…
  • De Blasio proposes fireplace ban, professionals flock to real estate careers as market rebounds … and more

    Julie Strickland
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Final stretch of the High Line at the Rail Yards (Credit: Field Condition) 1. De Blasio proposes wood-burning fireplace ban [NYP] 2. Professionals flock to real estate careers amid market rebound [REW] 3. Toll Brothers’ Pierhouse emerges by Brooklyn Bridge Park [Curbed] 4. Peek at the High Line’s last section [Field Condition] 5. Imagining famous artworks as architecture [Lost At E Minor] 6. Going back in time with Google maps street view [cnet] 7. Why you should care about apathetic neighbors [Habitat Mag] — Julie Strickland
 
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Just Listed: Vienna Contemporary In The Bluffs of Wolftrap

    thebeltteam
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Are you looking for a contemporary home on a gorgeous lot in a great Vienna location close to Tysons? An absolute sanctuary of tranquility? An open floorplan with four bedrooms (including a main level master retreat)? If so – you’ve hit the jackpot because we just listed one at 1650 Montmorency Drive in Vienna! Call (703) 242-3975  or email The Belt Team to schedule a showing or click for more information & photos Search all homes for sale in Vienna FREE INSTANT HOME VALUATION The Belt Team’s Mission Statement is “Changing Lives For The Better“. If…
  • What’s It Like To Work With The Best?

    thebeltteam
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:55 am
    Our clients often tell us “You’re the best!”. But we never take that for granted. We SO appreciate their trust in us at such important times in their lives. And so after every transaction, we ask for feedback on how we can make things even better. We also ask our clients to share their experiences on an independent review site like Zillow or Trulia. We don’t get to see what they have said until AFTER it’s published. And we have no ability to edit what they say. This is where the rubber meets the road! What we have learned over time is that some things get…
  • Downsizing Made Easy – 4 Tips To Simplify

    thebeltteam
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The Belt Team works with many clients who are downsizing. (We like to call it “right sizing.”) There are a number of reasons people think about moving “down”: Travel – Some of our clients downsize to a home that’s easier to maintain so they can travel more – visit grandchildren – or take those trips they’ve always dreamed of. This is not uncommon with empty nesters. Health – Maybe your current home is just too much for you to take care of on top of whatever health concerns you are dealing with. Financial Freedom – Some people…
  • Open Sunday on Deerfoot Drive in Great Falls

    thebeltteam
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Here’s your opportunity for a “like new” home – as close to new construction as you can get – but with a great resale price and on two gorgeous acres! Stop by to visit Belt Team Partner Beth Dadisman on Sunday, April 20th, at her open house at 10422 Deerfoot Drive in Great Falls from 1PM to 4PM. List Price: $899,000 Full interior & exterior photos, directions & more info about 10422 Deerfoot Drive. Call (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing. Search all homes for sale in Great Falls FREE INSTANT HOME VALUATION The Belt Team’s Mission Statement is…
  • Open Sunday on Macy Avenue in Vienna

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

  • Atlanta Real Estate: Foreclosures Up, But So Are Home Prices

    Simon Campbell
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Atlanta is one of the jewel cities of the South, and as a result, this vibrant, in-demand city has real estate that is just as dynamic as the rest of the metropolis. Atlanta real estate has made long strides in recovering from the recession and housing market crash. The latest housing statistics are evidence of this growth. According to the latest stats, housing prices in the metro Atlanta area were up by 16.8 percent year-over-year, which is a remarkable improvement. Prices did drop slightly by 0.1 percent from December 2013, but such a small variation is expected on a month-to-month basis.
  • Milwaukee Foreclosures to be Sold; Orlando Foreclosures Dip

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

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

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

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

  • 2215 Post Rd #2055, Austin TX 78704 – Just Listed & Coming Soon!

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

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

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

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

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

    CoyDavidson
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:11 pm
    6 Articles to Read this Weekend The Rise of the Executive Headquarters Headquarters were once a defining characteristic of urban economic power, and indeed today cities that can still brag of the number of entries they boast on the Fortune 500 list of largest American firms. Yet as urban centers increasingly lost headquarters, boosters started […]This Week’s Recommended Reading is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Strong Week for Stocks All three major stock indexes were in positive territory for the week. The Dow rose 2.38% while the S&P 500 gained 2.71%. The Nasdaq ended the week up 2.39%. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: BLS: Payroll jobs up in 34 states, down in 16 Texas […]This Week in the Economy is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • Fed Beige Book: Commercial Leasing Activity Generally Advanced at a Modest Pace

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

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

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

  • Barbados a new real estate haven for celebrities

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 7 Tips for Staging Your 30A Luxury Home For Sale

    Joy
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Top 7 Tips for Staging Your 30A Luxury Home For Sale Spring and Summer is the best time for beachfront property owners to sell their 30A luxury home for sale. The warm sunshine and the crystal clear waters create a spectacular landscape and help create a great impression for buyers looking for beachfront homes for sale along 30A. Since many sellers will be listing their beachfront homes for sale this spring and summer, 30A luxury home owners need to prepare and stage their home in order to attract more potential buyers and stand out from the competition. Here are a few tips in staging your…
  • Reasons Why Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale are Better Than Beachfront Properties

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

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

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

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

  • Property Report – March 2014

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

    Paul McKenzie
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    To help spread the news of our recent successes in NZ, we have two new flyers to show buyers why they should 1. download our app, and 2. look on Realestate.co.nz for their next home. Download our new flyers now and make sure that you tell everyone about why they should use Realestate.co.nz.
  • Property Report – February 2014

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

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

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

  • US new home sales drop 14.5 percent in March

    Joyce Chen
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Sales of new US homes fell 14.5 percent in March from the previous month, according to a report released by the Commerce Department today. Newly built home sales dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, down 13.3 percent from 443,000 in March 2013. This marks the lowest annual pace since last July. The median sales price of new homes sold in March 2014 was $290,000 (up 11.2 percent from February), and the average sales price was $334,200. The seasonally adjusted estimated of new residences for sale at the end of March was 193,000, which represents a supply of six months at the…
  • Ranking: The best (and worst) cities to be a woman in Canada

    Monika Warzecha
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Flickr Where in Canada are women better off? The Centre for Policy Alternatives recently released a report exploring how women are faring in the country’s largest 20 metros. It’s a look at the gender gap, or the the difference between how men and women experience economic security, leadership, health, personal security and education, the five measures that make up the backbone of the ranking. That’s why Edmonton had such a poor economic score. Although the city is home to the highest median employment income in the country, it also has the biggest…
  • Eco-friendly prefab house fits together like a 3D puzzle

    buzzhomeblog
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The post Eco-friendly prefab house fits together like a 3D puzzle appeared first on BuzzBuzzHome News.
  • The Starship Enterprise looks great decked out in mid-century design

    buzzhomeblog
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The post The Starship Enterprise looks great decked out in mid-century design appeared first on BuzzBuzzHome News.
  • Urbancorp to release two new residential projects within the GTA in late May

    buzzhomeblog
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Believe us when we say Urbancorp is a developer to watch this year. While the company currently has a number of modern residential projects coming down the pipeline in Toronto (see here and here), the team has just unveiled plans to build two additional exclusive neighbourhoods within the GTA. The first, called The Homes of Bridle Path, will feature a collection of contemporary townhomes at Bayview Avenue and The Bridle Path in North York. The second project is The Ravine Homes of Buttonville, an enclave of single homes in Markham at Woodbine Avenue and 16th Avenue. Details on both…
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  • O.C. median home price hits $580,000

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

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

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

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

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

  • CBRE Dayton helps developer find land for new hotel project in southwest Ohio

    Staff Writer
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Sue Zickefoose of CBRE Dayton represented Middletown hotel Management in its purchase of two plots of land in Beavercreek, Ohio. Middletown Hotel Management will use the land to develop a 118-room Springhill Suites by Marriott near the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Middletown already manages five hotels in southwest Ohio, including properties in Dayton, Columbus and Fairfield, Ohio.
  • Michigan’s Farbman Group names new brokerage assistant

    Staff Writer
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Emma Kinnison Emma Kinnison has been promoted to brokerage assistant for the brokerage department at Southfield, Mich.-based Farbman Group/NAI Farbman. Kinnison for the last six months has worked with company officials on Farbman’s software transition for property management accounting. Before joining Farbman Group, Kinnison served as a leasing consultant for Vesta Preferred, LLC.
  • The Dickman Company sells pair of industrial buildings in Wisconsin

    Staff Writer
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The Dickman Company, Inc./CORFAC International, recently completed the sale of two industrial buildings totaling 27,550 square feet in St. Francis, Wis. The buildings are located at 4160 and 4170 South Nevada Ave. in St. Francis. Mathie Nevada Holdings, LLC purchased the properties from Nevada Avenue Properties, LLC.  The brokers involved in this transaction were Samuel M. Dickman, Jr., Samuel D. Dickman and Zach Noble of the Dickman Company, Inc.
  • William Blair & Company executes lease for headquarters relocation to 150 N. Riverside

    Staff Writer
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    William Blair & Company has executed a lease to move its world headquarters to 150 N. Riverside, becoming the building’s anchor tenant. The building along the riverfront is being developed by O’Donnell Investment Company in partnership with Wanxiang America Real Estate Group. William Blair’s 318,000-square-foot lease will commence in the third quarter of 2017. William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm with more than 1,100 employees in offices across five continents, has had its headquarters in Chicago since the firm’s founding in 1935. In December,…
  • DTZ represents Ignite USA in headquarters relocation to 180 N. LaSalle St.

    Staff Writer
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    DTZ has represented Ignite USA in a headquarters relocation to a full floor at 180 N. LaSalle St. from its previous location in the West Loop. Ignite is an innovator in the beverage-ware industry. The fast-growing company markets its products under the Contigo brand in the housewares industry and the Avex brand in the outdoor/sporting goods industry. After an extensive stay vs. relocate analysis performed by DTZ’s Executive Vice President Chris Wood and Associate Vice President Jordan Decker, Ignite decided to relocate to a new headquarters rather than expand and retrofit its existing…
 
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Mobile Marketing Continues to Drive More Business in Real Estate Industry

    Alexis Hammond
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    “According to the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of home shoppers use a mobile device during their search.” With statistics like these, it has become a necessity to rethink your marketing strategies to accommodate the mobile consumer. This begins with looking at what your website and what your mobile optimization options are. This article from Inman News gives more information.    
  • Property Managers and Residential Housing Owners Need Protection

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

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

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

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

  • Two agreements finalise artistic solutions for Dubai

    Matt
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has agreed two Memoranda of Understanding to transform Dubai Metro stations and public areas Summary Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Roads and The Transport Authority sign two Memoranda of Understanding First Memoranda will see six Dubai Metro stations transformed into museums at cost of AED 184 million Second Memoranda will see bridges and underpasses decorated to provide artistic touches around Dubai An agreement has been reached between the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and The Roads and Transport Authority to transform parts of Dubai. Two…
  • Dubai real estate investments in Q1 jump 57% from 2013

    Matt
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:35 am
    Dubai Land Department data reveals real estate investment was 57% higher in Q1 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013 Summary Real estate investments up by 57% in Q1 this year compared to same quarter in 2013 Dubai Land Department reveals investment totalled AED35 billion Number of investors rises by 81% to 13,279 in Q1 2014 Investments in Dubai’s real estate totalled AED35 billion during Q1 2014, up 57% from the same period in 2013, according to new data. The Dubai Land Department revealed that 13,279 individuals had made transactions during the first three months of the year, up 81%…
  • Buy-to-let Index showcases opportunities for investment returns

    Matt
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:33 am
    Landlords are reaping the rewards of tenants being in good financial positions, according to the Buy-to-let Index from LSL Property Services Summary Tenant arrears at 7.8% of all rent, down from 8.5%  a year ago LSL Property Services’ Buy-to-let index shows rents are 0.9% higher than 12 months ago The South West and North West see considerable annual rent rises of 5.2% and 2.3% Tenant finances in March 2014 are significantly better placed than a year ago, according to the latest data from LSL Property Services. According to the firm’s monthly Buy-to-let Index, the amount of late rent was…
  • Design-Led Student Developments

    Miriam Howarth
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:33 am
    Select Property’s student accommodation partner, Vita Student, is bringing high-end property to the market and simultaneously combatting the perception that students want to ‘slum it’ during their time at university. Traditionally the construction and design of student property has mainly been price-driven; developments and houses would usually be situated in the cheapest areas, with the interior design being functional at best. However, with student housing becoming the UK’s strongest asset class, outperforming the conventional buy-to-let market and achieving to extremely high…
  • Jones Lang Lasalle: Optimism to remain in Dubai markets

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

  • Johnathon Houdeshell Joins ERA Wilder Realty

    Katie Crowley
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    ERA Wilder Realty announces the addition of agent Johnathon Houdeshell to its team of real estate professionals working in the Columbia area. Houdeshell has always been drawing to real estate and desired to learn more about the topic even when it was not his career path. He is excited to have taken the step and start working as an agent. “Becoming part of a professional and successful team was very important to me,” Houdeshell said. “I wanted to be part of the best team…I found that ERA Wilder Realty was exactly that, and I look forward to learning from everyone I can.” As a new…
  • Fun in Columbia This Easter Weekend!

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

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

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

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

  • April 2014 – Market Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

  • Channel 9 News - New technology helps renters, landlords

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ask me anything: is Spring the best time to buy or sell a house?

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Is spring the best time to buy or sale a house? If you live in a place that's buried in snow four months a year, yes.  Not here.  Here, the best time to list or buy is whenever it's the best time to list or buy for you.  Here's what I can tell you about seasons (what are those?) and Los Angeles area real estate:- Because the days are longer, you can squeeze more showings into the spring and summer months;- Inventory usually is shortest in December.  But that doesn't mean that houses don't sell -- they do; and just as rapidly as any other time if they are in good condition…
  • Know anybody that wants to buy a townhouse in Studio City?

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

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

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

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

  • Do You Really Want to Make More Money?

    Neil Schwartz
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:39 pm
    You are where you are because it is okay with you… Stop Settling! Watch this  video and learn a crucial element to success.Related Posts:Don’t Settle For AverageDo you Give Up Too Soon?Are You Limiting Yourself?What Actions Will Bring You Business Today?The Time is NOW [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 4-21-14, Communication and Real Estate Production

    Neil Schwartz
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    How you run your business effects your reputation and your sales production. You must treat your business like a business if you want it to grow and obtain repeat and referral business. Watch now and learn how to become measurably better than your competition.Related Posts:Sales Meeting 2/10/2014... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do you Give Up Too Soon?

    Neil Schwartz
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    It’s not what happens to us … It’s how we react. Watch this short video to learn the importance of not letting setbacks stop or slow you down.Related Posts:Work Through Your Fear, It Will Bring You SuccessAre You Limiting Yourself?Do You Really Want to Make More Money?Sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Limiting Yourself?

    Neil Schwartz
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Sharp skills are critical to your success. Watch this short video to learn how to perfect your skills.Related Posts:Do you Give Up Too Soon?Freedom is Created Through DisciplineStay SharpDo You Really Want to Make More Money?Find Your Why [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 4/14/14 – Focused Practice

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

  • What is a special assessment and how can I avoid buying a condo that has one?

    findwell
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    What is a special assessment and how can I avoid buying a condo that has one? findwell agent Matt Martel answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: What is a special assessment and how can I avoid buying a condo that has one? A: Sometimes a condominium has improvements that need to made to it, the windows need to be replaced, the siding needs to be replaced, and they don’t have enough money in reserves to pay for that. Or, if they use all of the money in reserves, then they won’t have anything left over. So, they need to issue a special assessment. If you are buying a…
  • How do I know if I’ve got the wrong list price?

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

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

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

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

  • Investment Home Purchases Down, Vacation Home Purchases On The Rise

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Vacation home sales in the United States rose strongly in 2013, but investment purchases fell below the levels seen in the previous two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors. The NAR’s 2014 investment and vacation home buyers survey, which covers existing and...
  • The Ten Countries Snapping Up US Properties

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Investing in US properties is popular with investors around the world. This popularity is driven by the country's economic strength, affordable prices and sheer breadth of opportunities on offer. According to subscription data from property and investment portal RealtyTrac, the ten biggest countries...
  • Curb Appeal Most Valuable Home Improvement For Property Sellers

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Home owners in the United States putting their properties on the market should focus on making them look good on the outside rather than undertake large scale renovations, a survey has found. The survey from real estate firm Zillow asked real estate agents and interior designers nationwide to identify...
  • Experts Say Commercial Real Estate Prices Have Yet To Peak In Major Markets

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Just when you think prices can’t go any higher for properties in core markets, some experts say they haven’t yet reached their peak in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. “The opportunity over the next 12 years is even stronger,” says John Sikaitis, managing...
  • Foreign Investment In Spain's Real Estate Market Highest In 9 Years

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Foreign investment in Spain’s housing market in 2013 was the highest for nine years, at €6.45 billion (US$8.95 billion), up 16% on the previous year, according to the Bank of Spain.   British nationals were the biggest buyers with 15.1% of total foreign residential property purchases...
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • 4 Steps for a Successful Move Out Clean

    Sara MacLennan
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The following is a guest post submitted by Scrubbi Home Cleaning Services.  As a house cleaning service we’ve done hundreds of Move Out cleans and have seen all kinds of mistakes that others have made before you. To help you avoid those same mistakes and make sure your Move Out clean stays a stress reducing event, here are 4 Steps for a Successful Move Out Clean. 1. Look For Reliability So how do you pick out one cleaning service from another? Look for reviews from people you know like co-workers, neighbors, friends, or family - they’re usually more reliable than the reviews you find…
  • Weekly Market Update, April 18/14

    Sara MacLennan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Edmonton Real Estate Market Update Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 567 (581, 492, 462) # Sales: 411 (327, 334, 330) Ratio: 72% (56% (68%, 71%, 61%) # Price Changes: 155 (186, 161, 153) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 84 (59, 167, 79) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 72 (195, -9, 53) Active single family home listings: 2274 (2234, 2120, 2104) Active condo listings: 1462 (1424, 1350, 1371) Homes 4-week running average: $419k ($422k, $431k, $431k) Condos 4-week running average: $250k ($248k,…
  • Sellers Market Grabs Hold in Edmonton

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

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

    Sara MacLennan
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 581 (492, 462, 474) # Sales: 327 (334, 330, 289) Ratio: 56% (68%, 71%, 61%) # Price Changes: 186 (161, 153, 165) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 59 (167, 79, 88) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 195 (-9, 53, 97) Active single family home listings: 2234 (2120, 2104, 2090) Active condo listings: 1424 (1350, 1371, 1333) Homes 4-week running average: $422k ($431k, $431k, $430k) Condos 4-week running average: $248k ($247k, $243k, $245k) Edmonton Real Estate…
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    aBetterOffice

  • Do Nonprofit Coworking Office Spaces Drive Economic Development?

    Jennifer LeClaire
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    NEVADA CITY – It’s hard to fail when there’s no competition. Of course, just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come. Located at 792 Searls Avenue, Sierra Commons is the only coworking office space in Nevada County. The alternative workspace is stumping for new members, recently holding an open house to show professionals in the local community how collaborative office space really works. “At Sierra Commons, we share a fax machine, high-speed internet and an address, but we share so much more than that,” says board member Hilary Hodge. “It is a place to share ideas…
  • Want Free Green Office Space on Earth Day?

    Jennifer LeClaire
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    DALLAS – If you’ve always wanted to try one of Regus’ business lounges but didn’t want to shell out any green, here’s your chance. The executive office suites provider is opening all of its local business lounges for free on Earth Day. Regus is working the Earth Day angle to introduce its business center brand to the environmentally-friendly masses. With its green offer, the alternative office space provider is helping people save gas and reduce emissions by doing away with the long commute to work and doing business in a Regus center instead. As part of the exercise, Regus has…
  • How Innovative Can Coworking Office Space Really Be?

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

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

    Jennifer LeClaire
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    NEW YORK – Virgo Business Centers has expanded its New York City executive office suites presence – again. The company’s latest shared office venue spans 40,000 square feet and marks Virgo’s sixth executive office suites project. Located at 1345 Avenue of the Americas, the New York executive office suites are officially open for business. In fact, the office space takes up the entire third floor of the building. “Sixth Avenue is a very corporate environment, and we’ve been getting a lot of calls from people asking about something there, and 1345 is a beautiful building,”…
 
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    New Homes Section Blog

  • Find Your Dream Home Interactively

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

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

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

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

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

  • Placester Raises Dough, Takes Aim at Zillow and Trulia

    Rob Hahn
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    My friend Seth Price, aka, Best Dressed Man in Real Estate, works for a startup called Placester. Many of you know the company, as it makes IDX websites for brokers and agents. High quality design templates and custom websites is Placester’s game. Or rather it was Placester’s game. This morning, Placester announced that it had […]
  • An Interesting Take on Zillow

    Rob Hahn
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Consider this a Easter present to my readers. Sort of like a colorful egg, hidden amidst thorns and brambles of Gen-Y DOOOOOOM that I get into sometimes. Barbara Gray is one of those friends one makes on the Internet in the 21st century. That is, I’ve never met her in person, and with whom I […]
  • The times they are a changin’ in MLS Land

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Erin Lantz
    11 Feb 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since 1971, when mortgage rates first started being tracked, they have ranged from a high of 18.63 percent in the early 80′s to a low of 3.20 percent in late 2013.  Currently, rates are still relatively low and for many prospective home buyers, low rates can greatly affect the affordability of a home and the monthly mortgage payment.  But, what will the future hold? Read the rest of Infographic: History of Mortgage Rates » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for…
 
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  • All About Bellbrook Ohio

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

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

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

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

    Christina (Asad) Cavins, www.DaytonOhioHouse.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS)
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Dayton, Ohio home to the University of Dayton Flyers men's basketball team secured the coveted title of the Cinderella fairytale team during March Madness last week with greater success than expected. The UD basketball program competes in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Ten Conference. Dayton Flyers basketball fans, or better known as the Flyer Faithful, will cheer on the team tonight in the Sweet16. Since 2001, the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio was home to the tournament's play-in games, now the First Four. Tonight is the Flyers first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1984. President Obama…
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  • US new home sales drop 14.5 percent in March

    Joyce Chen
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Sales of new US homes fell 14.5 percent in March from the previous month, according to a report released by the Commerce Department today. Newly built home sales dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, down 13.3 percent from 443,000 in March 2013. This marks the lowest annual pace since last July. The median sales price of new homes sold in March 2014 was $290,000 (up 11.2 percent from February), and the average sales price was $334,200. The seasonally adjusted estimated of new residences for sale at the end of March was 193,000, which represents a supply of six months at the…
  • Ranking: The best (and worst) cities to be a woman in Canada

    Monika Warzecha
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Flickr Where in Canada are women better off? The Centre for Policy Alternatives recently released a report exploring how women are faring in the country’s largest 20 metros. It’s a look at the gender gap, or the the difference between how men and women experience economic security, leadership, health, personal security and education, the five measures that make up the backbone of the ranking. That’s why Edmonton had such a poor economic score. Although the city is home to the highest median employment income in the country, it also has the biggest…
  • Eco-friendly prefab house fits together like a 3D puzzle

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    23 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
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  • The Starship Enterprise looks great decked out in mid-century design

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    23 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
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  • Urbancorp to release two new residential projects within the GTA in late May

    buzzhomeblog
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Believe us when we say Urbancorp is a developer to watch this year. While the company currently has a number of modern residential projects coming down the pipeline in Toronto (see here and here), the team has just unveiled plans to build two additional exclusive neighbourhoods within the GTA. The first, called The Homes of Bridle Path, will feature a collection of contemporary townhomes at Bayview Avenue and The Bridle Path in North York. The second project is The Ravine Homes of Buttonville, an enclave of single homes in Markham at Woodbine Avenue and 16th Avenue. Details on both…
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  • Almost Every Listed Condo on Seattle’s Eastside Sold In March!

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Investing in UK Buy to Let (BTL) property has long been considered an efficient vehicle to minimise taxation. However, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have recently increased scrutiny on BTL investors to ensure that tax bills are not being underpaid. There are unlikely to be any changes to BTL taxation as a result of this review although it is obviously important that investors ensure that they are enjoying the tax benefits of BTL in legitimate ways. Appointing an accountant is probably the best way to guarantee the accuracy of tax returns and keep investors away from the HMRC's prying eyes.
  • Positive Outlook for UK Property Rental Market

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The latest Home Let Rental Index published in March 2014 by the Barbon Insurance Group paints a very appealing picture of the UK Buy to Let (BTL) investment market with projections of significant growth in the sector in 2014. Martin Totty, Barbon's CEO states in the report that "We're seeing an increase in the number of people who are opting to rent as their preferred choice of living.  The private rented sector offers many advantages to tenants – whether they're students, professionals or families looking for a long-term home." A distinct north-south divide emerges in the report…
  • Mark Carney - Housing Market Friend or Foe?

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In terms of credentials Mark Carney, former Governor of the Bank of Canada and current Governor of the Bank of England is arguably equipped to do the job.  With a degree in economics from Harvard and a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University together with a prestigious career history with Goldman Sachs and the Bank of Canada, this is a man who must surely know his stuff right? Credited with protecting Canada from the worst effects of the late-2000's financial crisis, his appointment at the Bank of England was a pragmatic move aimed at shielding the UK in exactly…
  • The UK Property Bubble - Myth or Reality?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    19 Mar 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Located in the beautiful gulf side community of Coquina Sands, this custom built California mission-style residence embraces you immediately upon entering the charming entry courtyard.  ~ Coquina Sands Masterpiece ~ Designed by the prestigious architectural firm of Stofft Cooney, and constructed in 2006 by BCB Homes of Naples Florida, this spacious home features 3 large bedrooms plus a study. Each guest suite has its own private full bath and has direct access to the outdoors! There is a formal living room & formal dining room as well as a casual gathering room with soaring ceilings,…
 
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  • Home Sales Over $10 Million Accelerating in Greenwich, CT

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    You have heard that it rolls downhill, you might step in it literally and figuratively, and it is frequently a topic of discussion and a source of angst when it comes to community management.   It is that nasty, foul stuff I refer to as: poop. How big of a problem could this really be?  Well, a Wall Street Journal article stated that, “at three-quarters of a pound per day on average, waste production per dog comes to 274 pounds a year—or 10.9 million tons dropped on the landscape annually.  By some estimates, about half is cleaned up. The rest is opportunity.” …
  • An Owner-Inspired Interview: Making A Difference

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    As Heide Bush reflects back, she admits working in the IT Department for The Management Trust was not something she would have ever envisioned for her life. In fact, when she was required to take a computer class in high school, she solidly declared she had no need for the class, as she would never use computers in her lifetime! If only her teacher could see her now. A career with computers wasn’t the only - or biggest - surprise waiting for Heide. Becoming a mother of four, one a special needs child, and losing her husband to cancer after more than 23 years of marriage, were also not in…
  • Staying on Track – While Losing It

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    As part of our larger corporate Wellness Program, many employees of The Management Trust are currently participating in our own version of The Biggest Loser Challenge!  From April 1st through June 30th, the goal of the competition will be to promote a healthy lifestyle while continuing our quest to become more engaged with our fellow employee-owners. Finalists will be judged on the percentage of weight lost – but that’s not all!  For those who make better cheerleaders than gym rats, they can sign up to offer support to those who are sweating to the oldies.  And the good…
  • Compliance Matters

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    Compliance is one of the major issues that all Associations face. On a daily basis complaints come in to the management company regarding non-complaint residents and/or their guests. Compliance can also be an area where homeowners feel that management gets it wrong - but there is always more involved than on the surface. Many residents on the receiving end of a violation letter feel as though they are being "singled out". That they are being punished for something that others get away with - "What about my neighbor or that home down the street?”. Conversely, if it is a homeowner who calls…
  • How We Make Things Better

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Anyone who’s seen Office Space is familiar with “The Bobs” and their infamous meeting with Tom, the hapless product manager who tries to justify what he does at Initech. Tom’s feeble attempt at explaining his job ends with one of The Bobs (my personal hero John McGinley) shrugging his shoulders and asking, “What is it, you’d say, you do here?” While Tom’s description is incoherent (much like his ability to do his job), his role is actually a critical one in a company’s ability to evolve itself to address the needs of their customer. Nothing remains stagnant. New regulations,…
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  • Laird gets a Makeover with its First Condo Going Up Soon!

    TheRedPin Team
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The Upper House  2 Laird Drive, Toronto | KCAP Laird Inc. Register Now!
  • Modern Townhomes come to the Communal City of Vaughan, for Cheap!

    TheRedPin Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
     Oggi Boutique Townhomes 5289 Highway 7, Vaughan | Duca Developments  Register Now! Oggi Towns will consist of 180 stacked townhomes at Highway 7 and Kipling. Prices will start at $240,000 which is ridiculously affordable for new builds in the area. The townhomes are close to shops such as Longos, Costco, IKEA, Canadian Tire and more. Plus, it’s only 35 minutes away from downtown Toronto. Check out the video and images and register today to get priority access to Oggi Boutique Townhomes!           View Larger Map Project details: Development Name: Oggi…
  • April Showers Bring May Flowers …And Hot VIP Properties for Sale

    TheRedPin Team
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Curious to know where Toronto’s best VIP properties are hiding? Do you want to get first access to these opportunities before the throng of other homebuyers and investors? We can help. If you’re like most people who are trying to either buy or invest in a home this spring, you’ll have to be ready to jump on great opportunities when you see them. TheRedPin experts have knowledge and access to some of the hottest homes on sale that will go fast, if you don’t act fast. There’s no time like the present to invest in a home, especially when we’re offering you insider’s access. Here…
  • 6 Tips to Set Your Home Apart From its Competition and Sell Quickly

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

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

    Harmony Homes
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    With innovative design, great location and features such as granite counter-tops, paver driveways and open floor-plans, Harmony Homes’ Serenada Community is proving popular with home buyers with this immediate move-in. Serenada at Mountains Edge is a very family friendly community with Residence 2151 available for immediate move-in! Get settled down in a new home sooner rather than later!  This is a 2 story plan with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, living room, dining room and loft, overall covering 2,151 sq. ft The gourmet kitchen at Serenada plan 2151 is simply spectacular, with an oversized…
  • Delhi Estates for Immediate Move-In

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

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

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

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

  • Welcome Melanie Swaine to Hermann London

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happy 450th Birthday, Bard! “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Waive a Deficiency or Not?

    OppenheimLaw
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Short Sales and Foreclosures – 1099 Waiver of Deficiencies The arcane implications of receiving a 1099 after a short sale or a foreclosure are as complex as the opening lines in Sir William Shakespeare’s’ Hamlet. Thus, the question  is not; “to be or not to be” but, rather whether to waive a deficiency or not.. and that is the question. Roy Oppenheim, Oppenheim Law – esq, Florida real estate and homeowner defense attorney and national legal blogger explains the differences in short sales and foreclosures for Florida Homeowners regarding taxes, the IRS and…
  • What is the state of ‘deficiency judgements’ in the State of Florida?

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

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

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

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

  • The Prequalification and Preapproval Processes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Last Chance to Attend the RTV Virtual Tour Provider Convention!

    Jason LaVanture
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    It’s your last chance to attend the RTV Virtual Tour Software Convention here in beautiful downtown Traverse City, Michigan NEXT WEEK! We MUST submit our final attendee number to the Park Place Hotel by Monday 9:00 AM.This weekend will be your very last chance to purchase your convention tickets. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?Click the link below to visit our registration page, see the show schedule, and we’ll see you next week team.http://www.realtourvision.com/virtual-tour-convention.phpSincerely,Team RTVVirtual Tour Software & Digital Marketing Training Order a virtual tour -…
  • Preparing for a virtual home tour

    Jason LaVanture
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Over the past seven years our virtual tour and photography products have continued to get better and better. We can really show off a well prepared home. Our photos can be absolutely stunning and really attract attention from those who are interested in your property. Our virtual tour photographers specialize in advance real estate photography techniques and really do a great job of capturing the essence of a home.We are often asked to provide a list of things that should be done prior to the photographer arriving to take your marketing photos and to construct photos for your virtual home…
  • Professional Hotel Photography

    Jason LaVanture
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    When you are searching for a hotel room for your upcoming vacation, do you look at listings that include horrible images or none at all? The answer is, probably not. Photos are extremely important when it comes to online booking sales and reservations.Over 65% of individuals are visual learners, so this means that having photographs within a website can make or break a sale. Why are images so important?A recent study proved that 7% of US hotel guests stopped short of booking a reservation due to the lack of visual content. Visual content is what drives the travel industry and is crucial to…
  • Game of Drones

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

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

  • Life of Their Own

    Mike Brewer
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Apartment communities and the things that make them up have a life of their own. It’s simply our job to wake up their souls. And it is people are the difference that makes a difference. People add soul to the curbs by painting fresh color People add Soul to flower beds by planting color People add soul to signage by designing it to be user friendly and fun People add soul to grass by making sure it is cut, trimmed and edged consistently People add soul to the otherwise vacant and quiet business office People add soul to amenities by keeping them clean and in working order People add…
  • Property Job Descriptions

    Mike Brewer
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    We are working through a retooling of Job Descriptions at Mills Properties and it sparked a question in my head. Should we exercise brevity and clarity and make them as straight forward and simplistic as possible? Or should we do the opposite and make them very detail oriented, precise and exhaustive? I have my very own firm opinion but am curious to hear your thoughts. Your excited to retool job descriptions Multifamily Maniac, M
  • Intuition and Hiring

    Mike Brewer
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve been pressed to hire someone to fill the key role? And without fail it is never at the right time. Is there such a thing as good timing when it comes to filling a key role? Or any role for that matter? As Multifamily providers, we have all been there. And we’ve all acted too swiftly at times. Do you want to know why we do that? Simply put; we ignore our gut. And I’m not talking about that little bit of waistline that you wish you can get rid of with a bit of exercise and healthy eating. No I am talking about that deep-seated…
  • Walk the Talk

    Mike Brewer
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    Some of my best conversations in the multifamily space have come during long strolls around a property. In between inspecting curb appeal, common area space and apartment units I have the best conversations. I make it a point to talk about desires and ambitions. I make it a point to talk about motivations. And I make it a point to talk about personal lives; that is birthdays, babies, anniversaries, struggles and opportunities. I believe in my heart of hearts that taking the time to talk to people is what makes any business successful. The overarching point however is that those conversations…
  • Overworking MultiFamily

    Mike Brewer
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    I think there is a flaw in today’s definition of success. That flaw is believing that just working more is the way to exceptional results. Always on doesn’t translate to peak performance; it rather leads to overload and burnout. I often get site team members asking for permission to get email on their personal devices. I respond by suggesting that giving them the ability to check email at all hours of the day and night is the greatest white-collar crime of all time. (Disclaimer: I don’t respond the same way to corporate team members – but I should) It’s highway…
 
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:11 pm
    6 Articles to Read this Weekend The Rise of the Executive Headquarters Headquarters were once a defining characteristic of urban economic power, and indeed today cities that can still brag of the number of entries they boast on the Fortune 500 list of largest American firms. Yet as urban centers increasingly lost headquarters, boosters started […]This Week’s Recommended Reading is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Strong Week for Stocks All three major stock indexes were in positive territory for the week. The Dow rose 2.38% while the S&P 500 gained 2.71%. The Nasdaq ended the week up 2.39%. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: BLS: Payroll jobs up in 34 states, down in 16 Texas […]This Week in the Economy is a post from: The Tenant Advisor
  • Fed Beige Book: Commercial Leasing Activity Generally Advanced at a Modest Pace

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

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

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

  • 2014 MIKE SCHMIDT’S WINNERS CIRCLE CHARITIES…FISHING INVITATIONAL

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Once again, the tournament is headed to Old Bahama Bay “where the fishing is good and life is easy” on April 30 – May 3rd.  HMY Yachts and Waterfront Properties and Club Communities host the fishing invitational.   Again, this year the tournament is raising awareness and funds for a cure of Cystic Fibrosis.  Paying tribute and honoring the life of Brett Weinstein and the courageous fight, he lost to Cystic Fibrosis.  Additionally, the American Cancer Society has been added because so many have been touched by cancer.The Winner’s Circle Invitational will be held at Old Bahama Bay…
  • EARTH DAY – April 22, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    More than a billion people around the world and 190 countries will celebrate Earth Day today. Earth Day aims to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment.  Some people celebrate the global observance around the time of the March Equinox, while others observe the occasion today.The April 22 Earth Day was first organized in 1970 “to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution” by Senator Gaylord Nelson.  Although Earth Day is not a public holiday with closed schools and…
  • WILL YOU BE THE TORTOISE OR THE HARE AT THIS YEAR’S TURTLE TROT 5K?

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare. It’s a classic! In this case, you can be the tortoise or the hare and win big at the 24th Annual Turtle Trot!  The celebrated, annual Turtle Trot 5K Run brought to us by the Town of Jupiter is taking place on May 3rd and is kicking off at 7:30am. The usual location had to be changed up just a little bit due to construction. The exciting, new location will take place at Ocean Cay Park in Jupiter, which is located right between Jupiter and Juno Beach.  As far as the race goes the main Turtle Trot is a “flat out, back and forth” 3.1…
  • SUNFEST 2014 - WHERE MUSIC MEETS THE WATERFRONT - APRIL 30 - MAY 4

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    It is only a matter of days until the largest waterfront music and art festival, SunFest 2014, opens its gates on April 30 and continues through Sunday, May 4. SunFest takes place along the West Palm Beach Intracoastal Waterway on Flagler Drive between Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue.  The state's largest waterfront music and art festival attracts more than 275,000 visitors.SunFest is a premiere sun and fun event showcasing top musical talents.  This year’s lineup includes Robin Thicke, Kid Rock, Alice in Chains, Ellie Goulding, J. Cole , Daughtry, Sublime, Goo Goo Dolls and many…
  • Lee Westwood Snaps Winless Drought in Malaysia

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Lee Westwood ened a two year winless drought in dominating fashion, winning the Malaysian Open on the European Tour Sunday. Westood went wire-to-wire to win the event despite having to sit through a four hour weather delay in the middle of the final round. The Old Palm resident shot a final round 68 to win by seven shots for his 36th career victory. It's a golf course that suits my game; it's very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good," Westwood said. Westwood's final round 68 was enough to allow him to ease to victory over neighboor and fellow Old…
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    Maine Real Estate Blog

  • Dennis Duggan Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is pleased to announce that Dennis Duggan has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President specializing in Mid-Coast Real Estate Sales. He will be located at the Brunswick office at 141 Maine Street, Brunswick. Dennis, a resident of Harpswell Maine, has owned several properties in Maine’s beautiful mid-coast region. A licensed real estate agent for more than a decade, Dennis has established himself as a leader in the marketplace. Dennis has traveled the world…
  • DOUBLE-DIGIT REAL ESTATE GAINS STATEWIDE – SALES UP 12.63 PERCENT IN MARCH

    LegacySIR
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Buyers of Maine real estate have entered the spring market in force, leading to double-digit sales gains during the month of March. Maine Listings today reported a 12.63 percent increase in single-family existing home sales compared to one year ago. The statewide median sales price (MSP) dipped 4.71 percent to $162,000. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less. According to the National Association of Realtors, single-family existing home sales are down 7.3 percent across the country. The national MSP rose 7.4 percent to $198,200 last month.
  • Top 10 High Schools in Maine

    LegacySIR
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    US News & World Report recently reviewed 31,242 U.S. public high schools; 26 Maine schools made their rankings. Maine high schools must instruct students in eight subject areas, including career and education development and world languages. Students take the Maine High School Assessment exams and may apply for the Regional Student Program Tuition Break at out-of-state colleges within New England.  Of the 113 high schools in Maine below are the top 10: Top Ranked ME Schools To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal. #1 - Maine School…
  • January 2014 Significant Sales

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

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

  • Aussies Stuck on Property Rental Roundabout

    Petra Sprekos
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Speculation of a housing bubble and the state of Australia’s housing affordability reached new heights last month following further price increases across the country. REIV data shows Melbourne led... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ADT Report Reveals Trends in Property Theft

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

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

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

    Rates Direct
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to leave interest rates at present levels following their official meeting today. This decision keeps the cash rate unchanged at 2.50%. This decision was of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Century 21 Alliance Realty - THE Gail Spada TEAM

  • HOT KITCHEN TRENDS – Kitchen Floor Options

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Everybody is welcome to join the public drop-in tours being offered by LIGO Hanford Observatory every fourth Friday of the month. The tours last about two hours, from 3 to 5PM. This month, the fourth Friday tour will fall on April 25. Tour Inclusions As most probably know, LIGO is a facility where everyone can observe gravitational waves of cosmic origin. According to LIGO’s website, LIGO “searches for gravitational waves created in the supernova collapse of stellar cores to form neutron stars or black holes, the collisions and coalescences of neutron stars or black holes, the wobbly…
  • Dig Deep Into History: Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig in Kennewick, WA

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Interested in seeing a part of history unfold before your eyes? Join the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig on May 17 and experience this one of a kind event. Coyote Canyon Mammoth DigThe Columbia Basin holds a lot of interesting secrets under its soil. Get the chance to uncover some of them as you participate in the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig on the 17th of May, from 8AM to 11AM at a dig site just southwest of Kennewick. Be prepared to learn more about the different creatures that came thousands of years before you through the entire process as you are given an introduction about the dig site, get a…
  • Spring Bazaar and Flea Market in Kennewick, WA

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    If you’re hoping to catch some deals this season, then visit this year’s Spring Bazaar and Flea Market on April 25 and 26 at the Kennewick Valley Grange 731. 2014 Spring Bazaar and Flea MarketThis year’s Spring Bazaar and Flea Market promises a variety of goodies for you at low prices. Hunt for some treasures among the knick knacks for sale, or set up your own corner and sell some things yourself Open to the public and with no admission fee to worry about, you get to take a look around, enjoy the event and maybe catch a deal or two. This event takes place on April 25 from noon until 6PM…
  • A Wonderful Wine Experience: Spring Barrel Tasting in Tri Cities, WA

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Are you on the lookout for the next great wine for your cellar? If so, then the Spring Barrel Tasting in Tri Cities, Washington is just the event for you from April 25 to 27. Spring Barrel TastingThe Spring Barrel Tasting event is the best chance for you to taste and purchase some of the best wines in the region. With over 40 wineries participating, there is definitely a taste or two that you would instantly love, making you look forward to the day when these barreled wines would be available in their bottles for you to take home. Winemakers and a lot of their staff will be attending the…
  • Brushes and a Bottle in Richland, WA

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    If you want to explore your creative side as you sip on exquisite wine, then Brushes and a Bottle could be just the thing for you. Enjoy a night of art lessons and wine with the artist Rachel Heglar and see a creative aspect to your personality that you may not have seen before. Brushes and a BottleRegardless of your experience in art, Brushes and a Bottle will allow you to release your inner Picasso by letting you experience how it feels to actually create a work of art yourself. With classes that would give you tips and tricks on painting, you get to apply everything you learn real time.
 
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  • Is A Home Addition In Your Future?

    Ken Montville
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    So, you’ve decided that your current living space just isn’t working anymore, leaving you with two options: put an addition on your current home or move into a new, bigger house. There are many factors to take into account when making this decision, from hassle, to cost to end results. Why Expand The ROI of putting an addition on your house is up from 2013 across the board says Remodeling.HW.net. Additionally, they say that the majority of the cost of a mid-range two-story addition can be gained back if you ever decide to sell. Also, adding on is less expensive than moving,…
  • When Does The House Belong To You?

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

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

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

    Ken Montville
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Real estate scams in the U.S. aren’t going away in the wake of the economy’s improvement, according to the CoreLogic Mortgage Fraud Report. In fact, the incidence of mortgage fraud in particular remain high, with close to 20,000 mortgage applications around the country classified as having a “high fraud risk” in mid-2013. Though mortgage fraud comprises a significant share of real estate scams, renters can be ripped off, too. Three real estate scams in particular can be difficult to spot, but you can take steps to protect yourself: Equity stripping scams This scam starts with an…
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  • Comparing Loan Types on a $200,000 Mortgage

    Credit.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Filed under: Advice, Buying, Financing Shutterstock By Chris Birk Mortgages aren't one-size-fits-all products. Loan types and lenders all have different requirements, benefits and drawbacks. Some require sterling credit and sizable down payments. Others have looser standards but limit where you can purchase, or come with higher fees. Heck, one loan program is open to only about 1% of the population - the veterans and military members who proudly serve our country. The type of mortgage can affect everything from your purchasing power to your monthly payment. The key is finding the mortgage…
  • Home Finance: Exploring Alternatives to the 30-Year Mortgage

    U.S. News
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    Filed under: Advice, Buying, Financing, Refinancing Shutterstock"Over one-third of U.S. home sales in 2013 were all-cash deals." By Geoff Williams If you're buying a house, chances are you'll take out a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. It's the most popular home financing option, according to Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored entity that works to help homeowners get mortgages. In the last couple of years, those who took out home loans overwhelmingly chose the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage: It accounted for 85 percent of the home-purchase loan market in 2012, according to Freddie Mac, and 90…
  • Are There Best Times to Buy, Sell or List a Home?

    Zillow
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    Filed under: Advice, Buying, Selling ShutterstockReal estate inventory tends to fluctuate by season. By Brendon DiSimone A common question from a buyer or seller is: What is the best time to buy or sell a home? In the clothing world, it makes sense to get the best "deal" on winter clothes at the end of winter and that you will likely will pay top dollar for a swimsuit in April. Does the same trend hold true for real estate purchases and sales? Not really. But there are some considerations a buyer or seller should make as they enter the market that could have an impact on the transaction.
  • 'American Dream Builders' Episode 6: Before & After

    Zillow
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Filed under: News, Home Improvement This week on American Dream Builders, the teams faced yet another set of smaller spaces to redesign. Team Red and Team Blue headed to Glendora, CA, where two Craftsman-style homes sat awaiting their improvements. Craftsman homes are a particular style found in older neighborhoods of many American cities. Constructed at the turn of the 20th century and through the 1930s, Craftsman homes are classified by low-pitched roof lines, front porches and decorative exteriors, similar to what what would be found in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Inside, the homes tend to…
  • How Renting Out Your Home Can Help You Buy Another

    Credit.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Filed under: Advice, Buying, Investing, Renting ShutterstockUse projected rents for your property to show additional income. By Scott Sheldon One of the biggest obstacles homebuyers will face is being able to show enough income to offset their debts -- in addition to a proposed housing payment. If you don't show enough income to offset your debts according to the bank's requirements, you may have trouble getting the loan. With that in mind, there is a little-known lending guideline that allows you to show more income, which can help you seal the deal. In order to take advantage of this…
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  • Comparing Loan Types on a $200,000 Mortgage

    Credit.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Filed under: Advice, Buying, Financing Shutterstock By Chris Birk Mortgages aren't one-size-fits-all products. Loan types and lenders all have different requirements, benefits and drawbacks. Some require sterling credit and sizable down payments. Others have looser standards but limit where you can purchase, or come with higher fees. Heck, one loan program is open to only about 1% of the population - the veterans and military members who proudly serve our country. The type of mortgage can affect everything from your purchasing power to your monthly payment. The key is finding the mortgage…
  • Home Finance: Exploring Alternatives to the 30-Year Mortgage

    U.S. News
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    Filed under: Advice, Buying, Financing, Refinancing Shutterstock"Over one-third of U.S. home sales in 2013 were all-cash deals." By Geoff Williams If you're buying a house, chances are you'll take out a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. It's the most popular home financing option, according to Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored entity that works to help homeowners get mortgages. In the last couple of years, those who took out home loans overwhelmingly chose the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage: It accounted for 85 percent of the home-purchase loan market in 2012, according to Freddie Mac, and 90…
  • Are There Best Times to Buy, Sell or List a Home?

    Zillow
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    Filed under: Advice, Buying, Selling ShutterstockReal estate inventory tends to fluctuate by season. By Brendon DiSimone A common question from a buyer or seller is: What is the best time to buy or sell a home? In the clothing world, it makes sense to get the best "deal" on winter clothes at the end of winter and that you will likely will pay top dollar for a swimsuit in April. Does the same trend hold true for real estate purchases and sales? Not really. But there are some considerations a buyer or seller should make as they enter the market that could have an impact on the transaction.
  • 'American Dream Builders' Episode 6: Before & After

    Zillow
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Filed under: News, Home Improvement This week on American Dream Builders, the teams faced yet another set of smaller spaces to redesign. Team Red and Team Blue headed to Glendora, CA, where two Craftsman-style homes sat awaiting their improvements. Craftsman homes are a particular style found in older neighborhoods of many American cities. Constructed at the turn of the 20th century and through the 1930s, Craftsman homes are classified by low-pitched roof lines, front porches and decorative exteriors, similar to what what would be found in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. Inside, the homes tend to…
  • How Renting Out Your Home Can Help You Buy Another

    Credit.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Filed under: Advice, Buying, Investing, Renting ShutterstockUse projected rents for your property to show additional income. By Scott Sheldon One of the biggest obstacles homebuyers will face is being able to show enough income to offset their debts -- in addition to a proposed housing payment. If you don't show enough income to offset your debts according to the bank's requirements, you may have trouble getting the loan. With that in mind, there is a little-known lending guideline that allows you to show more income, which can help you seal the deal. In order to take advantage of this…
 
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  • He is Risen!

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

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

    Daniel Hancock
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
  • Winter Coziness

    Daniel Hancock
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:14 am
    People are constantly changing in their expressions and appearances. Landscapes are slowly changing. Cats are somewhere in between. While cats change more often than seasonally, they are normally ready to enjoy the little things in life – such as a good nap. There is a lesson of contentment to be learned from cats. In this case, Nutmeg (my cat) was quite happy to watch me take pictures of her. For this picture, I set up a flash on the side of the bed and aimed it at the joint between the wall and the ceiling. This lit up the background. To light up the cat, I had one flash to the camera…
  • Peaceful Solitude

    Daniel Hancock
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:52 am
    Instead of sleeping in, I decided to get outside and take some photographs. In order to compensate for the dull lighting, I used my flash to bring out contrast and add interest to the photograph. I used my hand to shield the snowflakes near the lens from getting hit with the flash and obstructing the picture. This is a 1 second exposure at ISO 100. A tripod was used to get optimum sharpness, and an aperture of f/12 gives the depth of field.  
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  • Open House at a Historic Home in Colorado Springs

    Kathy Torline
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Come see a move-in ready home in Central Colorado Springs, in the Historic Old North End Search for Historic Homes in the Old North End There will be at an open house this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th,  from 12:00-3:00pm, you can stop by and see this home at 219 E. Columbia in Central Colorado Springs; Priced to sell at $325.000.   Centrally located in the Old North End Beautiful Wood floors Updated Kitchen Clawfoot Tub in Main Level Bathroom  If you enjoyed reading this article, why not Subscribe to be notified of the next one? To find out more information about…
  • Moving to Colorado Springs, 7 reasons to use Buyer’s Agent to help you find a home.

    Kathy Torline
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
     Why would I use a Buyer’s agent to help me find a home? Related Articles: Real Estate Agents have a fiduciary relationship Real Estate Agent or Realtor? How to choose a Buyer’s Agent Colorado Real Estate Terms: What is a Listing Agent? What is a Buyer’s Agent?  7 reasons to use a Colorado Springs’ Buyer’s agent (1) First of all, they know the area, they know the city, they know neighborhoods.    Utilize their expertise and knowledge. (2) They’ll be your advocate, they”ll  work for you, not the seller.    Make sure and have someone on your side. (3)…
  • Pre-pack up your home, it will make it show better

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

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

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

    blogeditor
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    Curated By: Karley Cohen @radiowar #phillyhomeportraitInstagram More West Philly student housing? What is this #phillyhomeportrait hashtag about? Got plans on Saturday? Temple student makes waves for LGBTQ resource center, what’s his deal?   New Student Housing Coming to Woodland Avenue (curbed) #phillyhomeportrait Instagram tag presents Philly’s ridiculously photogenic houses (city paper) The Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival And Philly Puff Inflatable Sculpture Contest Arrives At The Portside Arts Center This Saturday, April 26 (uwishunu) Student Pushes for Temple’s First…
  • NoLibs gets N3rd-y

    blogeditor
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    by: Karley Cohen Photo By Technical.ly Philly Last week at Liberty Lands Park there was a BBQ hang out in honor of the renaming of North 3rd Street to “N3rd Street” – pronounced “Nerd Street.”  The BBQ was part of Philly Tech Week.  The location of N3rd Street is between Market Street and Girard because the Northern Liberties section of the city is growing a Technology Hub in Philadelphia. N3rd Street has been getting filled up with various technology based companies over the past few years so it was only fitting to change the name of that section to reflect the growth.
  • FYI! Ride (Septa) all Night.

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

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

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

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    Are Open Houses a Waste of Time? As I was sitting in a coffee shop on Easter Sunday, I looked out the window and saw an open house sign.   My initial thought was who in their right mind would host an open house on Easter weekend?  The debate regarding the value of open houses has been discussed for a long time.  Of course there are always the stories "I bought my house from an open house!" .  But when I hear those statements I wonder out loud was YouTube around then, or Trulia or Zillow?   With video and stunning photography, is it better to create an open house 24/7 on the net which…
  • Off to Vegas! RE/MAX 2014 Convention

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    2 Mar 2014 | 11:14 pm
    I must say it is always a lot of fun and incredibly rewarding to attend the annual RE/MAX Convention. When you have so many top agents not just from all over the country but all over the world, an atmosphere of incredible energy is created. The keynotes are always super impressive with this year being no different, with Magic Johnson, Darren Hardy,  with RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly and founder Dave Liniger. When I was asked to be a panelist on “Differentiating Yourself from Other Social Marketers”, of course I said yes and booked my travel and registration for this year’s convention in…
  • Do Good Real Estate in Philadelphia!

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    19 Jan 2014 | 6:48 am
    Do Good Real Estate in Philadelphia! Several years ago, Stephanie and I made a personal decision and commitment to give back to the community via charitable donations from our own sales production.  We believe in our hearts that it is important to give back to the community where we can as it helps our drive in improving all of Philly's great neighborhoods.   We have also learned that a vibrant civic association is an integral piece of the puzzle when it relates to community, growth, development and home price appreciation. We are proud to announce that we made over $5,000 in donations in…
  • 7 Reasons I Love Investing in Real Estate

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    11 Jan 2014 | 5:51 am
    7 Reasons I Love Investing in Real Estate As a CPA in the past as well as a stockbroker, I must say I have been exposed to almost every type of investment that exists.   I have had my ups and downs in several of them, many of which have done tremendous and others that have done horrid.  Over time, as an investor, it is critical to learn from your mistakes, gain experience and simply become a better investor.  And as a result of my experiences, I must say that real estate is simply the best investment for myself.  Perhaps in the future it will be for you as well, or maybe it already is?  …
  • How I Lost More than 15 Pounds in 2 Months

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    4 Jan 2014 | 3:03 am
    How I Lost More than 15 Pounds in 2 Months So how did I lose more than 15 pounds and why is this relevant ? Sometimes answers are in front of us, so close and so easy to reach but for whatever reason we choose not to see them, whether it be our own denial or lack of awareness.   In my case, it was a little of both, but mostly denial.   For the last couple of years, I have been struggling with horrible migraines and stomach issues.  I went the traditional path of seeing doctors whicn in turn, numerous procedures and tests were performed and ultimately I was prescribed several types of…
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  • First View of Worlds Smallest Personal Computer – The Mactini!

    Admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you enjoyed this post you’ll certainly enjoy these other ‘Just For Fun’ posts!
  • REALTOR Magazine Discusses Financial Planning for Real Estate Professionals

    Admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the following video Victoria Gillespie of REALTORS Federal Credit Union shares tax and financial planning tips for real estate professionals. She is joined by Heather Elias, NAR’s director of social business practice.
  • Existing-Home Sales Remain Soft in March

    Admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Washington, D.C. – April 22, 2014 (Realtor.org) Existing-home sales were essentially flat in March, while the growth in home prices moderated, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset by declines in the West and South. Total existing-home sales (1), which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, slipped 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million in March from 4.60 million in February, and are 7.5 percent below the 4.96 million-unit pace in March…
  • 10 Fun Real Estate Gifts

    Admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Real Estate Broker Hat: Available from Zazzle.com for $16.95 Save a Horse – Ride a Broker Tie: Available from Zazzle.com for $44.95 Sleep With a Real Estate Boker Mouse Pad: Available from Zazzle.com for $16.95 Super Mom Real Estate Broker T-Shirt: Available from Zazzle.com for $46.90 World’s Sexiest Real Estate Broker Pin: Available from Zazzle.com for $4.45 Keep Calm iPhone Case: Available from Zazzle.com for $49.95 Real estate bumper sticker: Available from Zazzle.com for $4.20 Real estate hitch cover: Available from Zazzle.com for $20.95 Real estate skate board: Available…
  • The Future of Apps, Home Buying and the Importance Predicitive Analytics in Real Estate

    Admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the following brief video Todd Carpenter, Managing Director of Data Analytics at the National Association of REALTORS®, discusses the importance of predictive analytics and how it will play into how people find homes in the future.
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  • Homely boosts its rental listings from some of Australia’s largest property managers

    Guest Author
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Syndication from major groups adds thousands of homes in key rental markets. 22nd April, 2014 – Homely.com.au the revolutionary new real estate website combining Australia’s most beautiful search experience with free property listings has announced agreements with some of Australia’s largest rental property providers to add homes in key markets. The agreements see Homely connected with real estate groups Run Property, MICM, ParkTrent Properties Group, Melbourne Real Estate and Rentals Express bringing thousands of new homes across Australia. Matthew King, Marketing Executive at MICM…
  • Homely.com.au makes free listing distribution easier for agents with integration to Australia’s top real estate software providers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Investing in UK Buy to Let (BTL) property has long been considered an efficient vehicle to minimise taxation. However, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have recently increased scrutiny on BTL investors to ensure that tax bills are not being underpaid. There are unlikely to be any changes to BTL taxation as a result of this review although it is obviously important that investors ensure that they are enjoying the tax benefits of BTL in legitimate ways. Appointing an accountant is probably the best way to guarantee the accuracy of tax returns and keep investors away from the HMRC's prying eyes.
  • Positive Outlook for UK Property Rental Market

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The latest Home Let Rental Index published in March 2014 by the Barbon Insurance Group paints a very appealing picture of the UK Buy to Let (BTL) investment market with projections of significant growth in the sector in 2014. Martin Totty, Barbon's CEO states in the report that "We're seeing an increase in the number of people who are opting to rent as their preferred choice of living.  The private rented sector offers many advantages to tenants – whether they're students, professionals or families looking for a long-term home." A distinct north-south divide emerges in the report…
  • Mark Carney - Housing Market Friend or Foe?

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In terms of credentials Mark Carney, former Governor of the Bank of Canada and current Governor of the Bank of England is arguably equipped to do the job.  With a degree in economics from Harvard and a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University together with a prestigious career history with Goldman Sachs and the Bank of Canada, this is a man who must surely know his stuff right? Credited with protecting Canada from the worst effects of the late-2000's financial crisis, his appointment at the Bank of England was a pragmatic move aimed at shielding the UK in exactly…
  • The UK Property Bubble - Myth or Reality?

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

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

  • All Aboard: Subway Series Networking Event Starts May 8 in Staten Island

    Georgiana Mihaila
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    NYC real estate peers, we’ve got some great news to share with you! On May 8, PropertyShark will be kicking off a 5-part series of exciting real estate networking events that will stop by each NYC borough – hence the affectionate moniker: Subway Series. The panel discussions will be centered on how current developments will help shape the future of real estate in each borough. Of course, you are cordially invited to continue the discussion and establish lasting relationships with your fellow real estate pros during the 2-hour networking sessions held after each panel! First stop: Staten…
  • Sea Cliff Takes the Lead as Priciest San Francisco Neighborhood

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

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

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

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

  • How to Boost the Energy Efficiency of Your Conservatory

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    The fickleness of the British weather can leave us tearing our hair out in frustration. It seems Mother Nature is not content until she’s ruined innumerable barbecues with a sudden torrential downpour or left sun seekers shaking their fists in fury at a threatening sky. As a result, the popularity of conservatories continues unabated, with [...]
  • The Environmental Impact of Freight Pallets

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

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

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

    admin
    20 Feb 2014 | 5:15 am
    Today, the mainstream concept for architects is all about sustainable resources. Planning and building regulations require buildings to be more energy efficient in order to protect the environment. Natural Ventilation is just one of the ways where buildings are becoming more eco-friendly. But in order to be used properly engineers need to be involved from [...]
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    HSH Associates Financial News Blog

  • Market tilts toward purchase loans

    Marcie Geffner
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    After years of a refinance boom in which homeowners replaced their existing home loans with new ones at lower mortgage rates, the mortgage market today has tilted substantially away from refinancing to purchase loans for homebuyers. The latest evidence was a recent report released by Ellie Mae, which provides technology systems for residential mortgage companies. The report analyzed a sampling of loan applications that flowed through Ellie Mae’s mortgage management software and network. The report found 60 percent of the closed loans in March 2014 were to purchase a home. A year…
  • Mortgage rates return to 2014 lows

    Tim Manni
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Last Monday we said, “We actually have a shot at setting 2014 lows this week if investors continue to shun stocks at the rate they have lately, and especially if there’s nothing in the economic news of concern.” Well, that all seemed to be the case last week as mortgage rates returned to the lowest point last seen in February. What’s causing mortgage rates to fall? There has been a collection of factors in recent weeks forcing interest rates downward, including: A gyrating stock market Political trouble and economic softness overseas Soothing words from the Federal Reserve about the…
  • Remodeling activity stays strong despite ’sluggish’ housing

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

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

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

    Neal J. Leitereg
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    At a time when NFL coaches and general managers look to upgrade their respective rosters, Cincinnati Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis has made an upgrade to his real estate portfolio. Lewis recently paid $2.82 million for a Tuscan estate in Desert Highlands, an elite golf course community in Scottsdale, AZ. The property, found at the base of Pinnacle Peak, previously listed for as much as $3 million. Built in 2007, Lewis’ new trophy blends to its desert locale with a combination of rough-hewn stone, custom woodwork and southwestern palettes. The rustic aesthetic is further enhanced by…
  • Tom Hanks Banks $5 Million in Home Sale

    Neal J. Leitereg
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    As news of Tom Hank’s attachment to a new Cold War thriller runs rampant, the A-list star has become unattached to a palatial property in the celebrity-preferred suburb of Pacific Palisades. The esteemed actor, director and producer, along with wife Rita Wilson, have parted ways with their relaxed Spanish-style villa. L.A. Times Hot Property caught wind of Hanks’ deal and reports that the film star received $5.025 million for a property steeped in “Old Hollywood ambiance.” Hidden away behind mature trees and privacy walls, the relaxed homestead features delicate archways, frescoed…
  • Jerry Buss’ Mansion Goes for $5.1 Million

    Neal J. Leitereg
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    There’s a proud new owner of Jerry Buss’ “Showtime” spread. The Playa del Rey estate of the late Los Angeles Lakers owner and real estate magnate has officially changed hands for $5.1 million, according to a report by the L.A. Times. Buss’ legendary home originally debuted on the MLS in December for nearly $6 million and last publicly listed for $5.45 million in late March. Commissioned by Buss himself, the custom-built mansion was completed in 1998 and certainly lives up to the Lakers owner’s larger-than-life presence with an ideal combination of world-class views and luxury…
  • Bobby Thigpen Shopping Waterfront Estate

    Neal J. Leitereg
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Looks like Martin St. Louis isn’t the only athlete shopping a hot property in the state of Florida. New to the market is the waterfront home of former Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Bobby Thigpen. Currently a member of the White Sox coaching staff, Thigpen is asking $3.15 million for his palatial estate in St. Petersburg, FL, according to our friends at Busted Coverage. Property records show that the retired ballplayer’s property last sold in 1992 for a mere $412,000, which we are guessing was the price for the nearly half-acre lot overlooking Tampa Bay. Sporting 180-degree views of the…
  • Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Exits Brentwood

    Neal J. Leitereg
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    On a day in which Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden listed his Glendale house for sale comes word that fellow rocker, Joe Hahn, has parted ways with his eco-friendly home in Brentwood, CA. The alternative-rock DJ and programmer for Linkin Park previously listed the half-acre property in an exclusive gated community in Brentwood Hills in July 2013 for $4.6 million. The Los Angeles Times reports that the sale of Hahn’s home recently closed at $4 million—$25,000 more than what the rock star paid for it in 2006. Designed by award-winning architect James Porter, the contemporary pad has five…
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    Real Estate Blog

  • Is Uphill the New Downhill?

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

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

  • Real Estate Investing

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

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

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

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

    26 Sep 2013 | 5:54 am
    Section 8 #HACFL Opens their Wait List.The #HACFL is opening their Section 8 or Plan Ocho waiting list as it plans to have a lottery to add 1,000 names to its backlog for the rental-assistance vouchers, which are paid for by HUD.The application forms are only available via Sunday's Sun Sentinel and Thursday's Westside Gazette and Saturday's El Sentinel. The form copy is available at SunSentinel.com/Section8. The form has to be mailed in. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Written by
 
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  • 438 New Boston Road, Dracut MA 01826

    Massachusetts Realtor
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent •    5 Rooms •    1.5 Bath •   1804 sq ft •   40,097 sq ft lot •    Built in 1775 •    Priced at $270,000 PhotosDescriptionDetailsFloor Plans Photos of 438 New Boston Road, Dracut MA 01826 Dracut MA Home for Sale 438 New Boston Street is an antique colonial located in Dracut Massachusetts.  Built in 1775 this home is a great blend of modern amenities while keeping some of the flavor of an antique colonial.  With woodwork, wainscoting, pocket shutters and…
  • Annisquam MA Real Estate for Sale

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

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

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

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

  • Listing Ads: Choose Your Words Carefully, They Could Be Worth A Fortune

    Mike Wheatley
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    The words that real estate professionals choose to describe a property in listing ads could potentially result in the home selling for a premium, suggests an analysis that looks at listing descriptions and their effect on sales price and probability of sale. For example, property descriptor words in listing ads, like granite countertops and wood-burning fireplace, can help net higher sales prices. Researcher Bennie Waller, a professor of finance and real estate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., told the Wall Street Journal that each property characteristic mentioned in a listing…
  • The History of Prefab Homes

    Mike Wheatley
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    If you work in a housing niche or simply appreciate the knowledge it takes to work in a niche, a new book might find a spot on your desk or waiting area table. Image courtesy of Taschen’s Prefab Houses. Art book publisher Taschen’s Prefab Houses takes a look at the history of assembled domiciles around the world, looking at a style of homes originally meant to supply inexpensive yet sturdy housing that grew to be an area where architects and housing experts could explore edgier and ultramodern housing styles. The book, which comes in English, German, and French in the same volume,…
  • 10 Tips For Investing In Turn-Key Real Estate

    Donna S. Robinson
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    The idea behind “turn-key” real estate investing is that an investor can purchase a property from a company that will then manage that property for them. It’s basically portrayed as “hands-off” investing for busy professionals or investors that, for whatever reason, do not want to get their hands dirty managing their own rental properties. But turn-key investing is no excuse for not knowing what you are doing. Here are some very important questions investors need to be aware of before seriously considering plunking money down with an investment company that will…
  • It’s Time for Vacation Rentals

    Brian Kline
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Vacation homes have made a surprising recovery and with spring weather upon us, the market is heating up. The housing crash certainly hit the vacation home market hard but 2013 saw a strong recovery and 2014 looks to be a stand out year. Obviously, vacation homes are dominated by the upper income households and they’ve seen substantial growth in investment funds from the stock market rally. Now, many are looking to diversify their investment holdings into real estate in the form of vacation homes or vacation rentals. © MAXFX – Fotolia.com Vacation Homes By the Numbers Sales of…
  • Real Estate is #1 Long-term Investment for Americans

    Mike Wheatley
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Americans have renewed confidence in real estate as a great investment. In fact, Americans believe real estate is the “best” long-term investment, followed by gold, stocks, mutual funds, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds, according to a new Gallup Poll of about 1,000 adults who were asked to choose the best option for long-term investments. Bonds were the least favorite investment among the options Gallup surveyed. photo credit: SalFalko via photopin cc In 2011, Americans surveyed said the most popular long-term investment was gold. That also marked a time when gold was at its highest price…
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • Why A Dozen Strangers Probably Also Have Keys To YOUR Home

    Sam
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    Getting the keys to your new property is terrifically exciting.  A new property means a new start – a new adventure and a new home… But how many other people have keys to your new home? Have you ever considered that? Take a moment to think about who has a set of keys to your home. Even if you’ve bought it – are you sure the estate agents don’t still have a spare set lying around somewhere?  What about the solicitors or the gas engineer? If it’s a rental property it’s likely (and preferable) for the landlord to also have a set…but what about the previous tenants or the former…
  • WTF? My Tenant Pretended To Be ME (The Landlord) And Sub-Let My House!

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

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

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

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

  • House prices in KL, Johor, Penang jump by more than 30% in 2013

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    PropertyGuru.com.my: Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang saw average residential property prices increase by more than 30 percent last year, according to the Property Market Report 2013 by the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH).Specifically, average residential property prices in Johor rose 39.92 percent to RM275,854 in 2013 from RM197,147 in 2012. Kuala Lumpur posted an average increase of 37.66 percent while Penang recorded an increase of 31.45 percent.Overall, the Malaysian property market posted moderate growth which saw values increase marginally by 6.7 percent, on the back of…
  • RHB Research impressed by Penang's property scene

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

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

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

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

  • In A Galaxy Far, Far Away………The Dark Star.

    dukelong
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Its construction near completion it sits at the center of the universe. Its weapons and technology at a scale never seen before in the history of this or any world. Its willingness to use its weapons and technology against any and all even its own is explicit. Its power unquestioned and authority unprecedented. Its leader all mighty all-powerful. There will be no lack of faith. There is no underestimating his vision. His authority poetic. You will give yourself and your soul. The battles futile. Domination and submission. Elimination. Victory absolute. Except there is one. One that starts.
  • CoStar sues “John Doe” CompStak Responds.

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

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

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

    dukelong
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    What a fantastic resource. JLL Cities Research Center. Watch the video. It will show and tell you the who what where and why. It’s worth your #CRE time.    
 
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    edmontonrealestateinfo.com

  • Spring Is Here! – Sellers Start Your Preparations

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Bye-bye snow. Hello “for sale” signs. Like a bevy of unrestrained blossoms they carpet the city streets, all vying for the attention of potential buyers. You plan to add your signage to the mix in hopes that you will outshine … Continue reading → The post Spring Is Here! – Sellers Start Your Preparations appeared first on .
  • Prepare for Bidding Wars and Higher Prices

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

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

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

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

  • What QM Means for Lenders

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

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

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

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

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

  • Calgary & Edmonton Insurance Broker Is Setting The Standard…

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

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

  • $51.6 Million for Small Businesses During First Quarter

    Chris
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I’m happy to report that the outlook for America’s small business owners continues to brighten. We still have a long way to go to help small businesses grow and create jobs, but we’re seeing more confidence from our primary job creators in small (and important) increments. In January we announced that our 2013 loan volume topped our 10-year average by 77.3%. Through the first quarter of 2014, we’re 2.3% ahead of our 2013 pace. A couple things contribute to this uptick. [Go here to read our official first quarter press release.] First of all, I believe that small business owners are…
  • Guest Blog: Open Letter to Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

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

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

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

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

  • The Shocking Truth About FSBO Home Sales and Agents

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Real estate agents are just fine. You might not expect to read that from the folks at ForSaleByOwner.com, an online service that helps home sellers bypass real estate agents and their 6 percent commissions, but it's true: There's nothing wrong with agents.What's wrong is needlessly giving away the money you've invested in your home and overpaying for services you could otherwise handle on your own. And as more and more for sale by owner home sales take place, agents' and professional organizations are stepping up their campaigns to convince homeowners that doing it yourself is a bad…
  • The Right Place to Find Home Buyers

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

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

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

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

  • CoStar vs CompStak

    Chris Clark
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    An unintended consequence of success in the CRE data industry is that, eventually, you can expect to be raked over the coals by CoStar.  For CompStak, it started with an April 2, 2014 demand by CoStar for the names of certain agents who provide information to CompStak.  While CompStak has not been charged with anything, […]
  • Why Would CoStar Buy Apartments.com?

    Chris Clark
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:34 am
    While showing off some re-designed property reports, a newbie marketing staffer asked why there wasn’t one for apartment lease listings. A senior administrator dismissively replied, “We don’t do apartment leasing.” And so it is. Commercial real estate brokerages are not in the business of renting apartment space. So why does a CRE data concern buy […]
  • What Technology Do Customers Want?

    Chris Clark
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:36 am
    When it comes to technology, the CRE industry is definitely reactive.  Born from being burned by failed enterprise implementations in the early part of the century and the revelation that just because you build it doesn’t mean people will come, brokerages let clients call the shots. In fact, large companies subject to various regulations and […]
  • Twitter Strategy for CRE Agents

    Penelope Labram
    5 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    Today’s post is from Penelope Labram, the in-house Online Marketing Manager at inMotion Real Estate Media. A digital marketing agency focusing on the commercial real estate sector, they provide everything from online marketing management to graphic design and web development solutions.   Don’t be fooled by the cute bird icon and the network’s popularity with […]
  • Getting to Yes (or No) Faster

    Bruce Kirsch
    12 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    Last year, Bruce Kirsch introduced Valuate an online tool for valuation analysis. On the heels of its successful launch, Bruce continues to add new features like the Comparison Module which he explains in this guest post. The last three real estate cycles bottomed in the third year of the decade (1983, 1993, and 2003). A […]
 
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    Underwritings Blog

  • Chesapeake Mortgage Rates and Real Estate Overview

    Patrick Merryman
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    The city of Chesapeake, Va., dates to 1963 when South Norfolk joined with Norfolk County to create an independent city. Chesapeake is Virginia’s third-most populous city and until the 1980s served mainly as a suburb of the larger Norfolk. Since then, its population has doubled and major industries have set up shop, including finance, telecommunications and technology. Although most of Chesapeake’s municipal buildings, including City Hall, lie in the Great Bridge area, the city has no actual downtown or city center. This is despite having a population (around 225,000) almost as high as its…
  • 3 Home Additions You Could Make to Create the Perfect Home for Your Retirement

    Jennifer Esposito
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    As homeowners near retirement, often they consider leaving their cherished homes. Perhaps they need a smaller space or a two-story home poses mobility challenges. Even as the market improves, however, selling a current home and purchasing a new one may not be the best option for many retiring homeowners. By making a few small changes, a homeowner can turn an existing home into a home perfectly fit for retirement. Many of these changes can be implemented for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new home. Most importantly, they allow retirees to continue to enjoy a low mortgage payment in a…
  • Lubbock , Texas Mortgage Rates and Real Estate Overview

    Patrick Merryman
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    The history of Lubbock, Texas might read like a science fiction movie; a region inhabited for the past 12,000 years, shaped by the presence of cowboys, cotton, aliens, college kids and rock singers.  Lubbock is home to Buddy Holly, Texas Tech University and the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration.  Lubbock is also home to one of the key cotton production regions of the world, and also was the site of a famous UFO sighting in 1951, still unexplained to this day. Purchasing a home in the Lubbock area is affordable and not out of this world.  Compared to other cities in the U.S, the…
  • Good News for Jumbo Borrowers in 2014

    Courtney Watson
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    You’ve found your dream home. But to get it, you’ll need to apply for a jumbo mortgage loan. Historically, this means that you would have needed a larger down payment, been assessed a higher interest rate and been required to provide more documentation to verify your income. But much of this is changing in 2014. While mortgage lenders are still requiring jumbo borrowers to extensively document their financial health, many are also reducing the costs of taking out and paying back these large loans. And, as recent mortgage-lending numbers show, lenders are approving a greater…
  • How Can I Get a Mortgage After Credit Problems?

    Patrick Merryman
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’re rebuilding your credit, you might feel that a mortgage loan is out of reach. Today, many lenders require a minimum credit score between 680 and 700. And if your score isn’t within this range, you might push aside any plans to purchase a home — at least for now It’s true that mortgage lenders have tightened their loan requirements. However, there are provisions in place to help those with a “not-so-perfect credit past” qualify for mortgages. If you’re ready to buy a house, here are four ways to get approved for a loan.   Apply for an FHA Mortgage Loan…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 9 Unusual DIY Moving Tricks And Tips For Saving Time And Money

    Joshua Green
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    Like most processes that require a lot of effort and energy, relocation has its own insider tricks and practical tips for getting things done easier, faster and more efficiently. Here are some hand-picked pieces of advice on how to save time and money when doing a Do-It-Yourself move. 1. Clear obstacles By the time Moving […]
  • 9 Simple Tips to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

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

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

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

    Joshua Green
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Have you ever tried, be it even for a few seconds, to put yourself in your movers’ shoes? Moving is usually a stressful and chaotic event where hundreds of small details need to be taken care of one by one. There is no doubt that good organization, smart planning and mental preparation are essential for […]
 
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    Nashville TN Realtors, Real Estate Listings, & Homes For Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Legal Steps To Brazil Property Ownership

    Artur Vogt
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
      The process of investing in Brazil property is relatively straightforward. Foreign nationals have the same legal rights as Brazilians and are allowed unrestricted ownership and freehold of land and property. When it comes to legal matters however, there are 5 simple steps that one needs to follow in order to ensure that the investment process is smooth and worry-free.   Step 1: Carry Out Property Checks Once you’ve chosen a property, you should instruct a lawyer to carry out a number of checks on your behalf and compile a report. They should check; the title of the property,…
  • A Picture Paints A Thousand Words

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Calgary Real Estate February 2014 Monthly Housing Stats

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dalby From The Sea

    Simon Costain
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
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  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    The latest property sales recorded at the General Registry. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1gD376O
  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    The following applications have been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure for consideration. via Isle of Man Today - Planning Applications Feed http://ift.tt/1kAmfJO
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    The latest property sales recorded at the General Registry. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1etpwCJ
  • Mortgage Advice

    Simon Costain
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:32 am
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    Frederick Real Estate Online

  • 100% Loans for Veterans

    Karen Highland
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    100% Loans for Veterans The VA loan is truly one of the best benefits offered to our Veterans, and I’m happy they’re available to men and women who have served us by protecting our freedoms. VA mortgage loans have many benefits besides the no-down payment feature, making them truly 100% loans for Veterans. Although VA guaranteed loans do not have a maximum dollar amount, lenders who sell their VA loans in the secondary market must limit the size of those loans to the maximums prescribed by GNMA (Ginnie Mae). Today’s loan limits for VA loans is $692,500.00, for Frederick County…
  • Tree Houses for the Grown-Ups

    Karen Highland
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Tree Houses Are Not Just for the Kids Anymore What child hasn’t tried to build a fort or a tree house — sometimes to the chagrin of hovering parents? Today there is no need to let those tree house fantasies go unfilled. The popularity of tree houses for the grown ups is on the rise. Here’s a “just for fun” article about Tree Houses, thanks to our home inspector, David Goldberg, Reliable Home Inspections. Tree houses for the grown-ups are showing up all over the world, as adventurers seize the opportunities to visit, stay in, and perhaps even build a tree house. Sizable,…
  • Recent Homes Sold in the City of Frederick

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

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

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

  • Purchasing Trends Impact Brick-and-Mortar Retail

    Jonas222
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Consumers are definitely leveraging their purchasing power to buy products across all retail categories. But with the convenience, comfort, and cost efficiency of online shopping, some retail storefronts are being forced to do something they absolutely don’t want—close up brick-and-mortar shop.   read more
  • More Travel, Limited Supply Boost Hotel Sector Growth

    Jonas222
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    When RealEstateDealSheet.com last reported on the hospitality sector, the new year had just begun and the outlook for revenue per room rate (RevPAR), occupancy, and overall growth was positive. As we approach the end of the first quarter, the story has gotten even better. Did you know that every time the amount spent on business travel increases by 1 percent, it means that the economy has gained nearly $5 billion in gross domestic product? read more
  • Wealthy Investors Bet on CRE

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

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

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

  • Can You Flip Houses Without Money?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Here are the questions you have to ask to find a great property management company for your apartment building

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Good property management pays for itself. As an income property owner, you should look at your property management company as a business partner. Under savvy management, your investment will grow and run smoothly.   But be careful! Because let’s face it- no property management company is going to care as much about your property as you do.  That’s OK because we don’t need them too. Property management companies want to keep you as a client, and that’s enough motivation for them to do a great job. The most important thing is to find a company you trust. There is big money…
  • Supplemental Tax

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

    admin
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:55 pm
        See all 11500 National Boulevard. (all data current as of 4/23/2014) $959,000 : 11500 National Boulevard, Unit 109, Los Angeles 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths Home size: 1,616 sq ft Lot size: 24,381 sqft Year built: 2014 Parking spots: 4 Days on market: 39 $969,000 : 11500 NATIONAL Boulevard, Unit 110, Los Angeles 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths Home size: 1,626 sq ft Lot size: 24,381 sqft Year built: 2014 Parking spots: 4 Days on market: 55 $949,000 : 11500 National BLVD, Unit 101, Los Angeles 2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths Home size: 1,613 sq ft Year built: 2014 Parking spots: 2 Days…
  • Boathouses

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

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

  • Karri’s 10 Commandments of Listing Your Home in Lethbridge

    Karri Flatla
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Real estate agents in Lethbridge know that, in our flat but stable market, you can’t bat a thousand in the listing game. However, you can counsel your seller clients in an honest, direct way as to what it will take to sell their home faster and for top dollar. Unless of course they aren’t serious [...]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: March 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Want More Referral Results?

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Here’s a great script from IXACT Contact partner and real estate trainer Bruce Keith. If you feel like you’re not able to properly close the loop on the referrals you get, this blog post from Bruce will help! Make sure that each time you get a referral, you add the contact to your real estate contact management software. From there, you can assign them to a drip marketing campaign and/ or your monthly e-Newsletter to ensure you’re building the relationship and keeping in touch! Enjoy the post: REFERRAL WISDOM...have you ever asked an acquaintance for a referral and then been unable to…
  • Embracing Technology Doesn’t Make You a Robot

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

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

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

    Matthew Collis
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, a leading real estate coach and author of “Sell with Soul,” prepared a great list of things all REALTORS® should be doing to maximize their business success and build that coveted referrals and repeat business. Jennifer recommends IXACT Contact to all of her clients and would tell you that many of the items on the list below can be achieved just by using a good real estate CRM on a daily basis. Here is Jennifer’s list. Our commentary is in italics. 1. Do you have a photo on your business card? (“To Photo or Not to Photo?”) 2. Do you follow up on…
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in April 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in April 2014 Currently, 10.6% of this real estate market is distressed so buyers who want foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in April 2014 have several choices. It is imperative if you find an REO home you are interested in, do not delay, as other consumers are also out looking and you run […] The post Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in April 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Perry GA in April 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Foreclosures in Perry GA in April 2014 The number of available foreclosures in Perry GA in April 2014 is dwindling quickly so buyers and investors need to hurry. With only 3.5% of the available inventory in this city REO homes, there are only a few choices for interested consumers to pick from. As a reminder, bank owned properties […] The post Foreclosures in Perry GA in April 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in April 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in April 2014 Consumers who are looking for a bargain need to preview the available foreclosures in Kathleen GA in April 2014. REO homes currently make up 4.8% of the overall available inventory (104 properties) in this community and will not last long. As a reminder, foreclosures often have special stipulations so […] The post Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in April 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Centerville GA in April 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Foreclosures in Centerville GA in April 2014 This market looks to stay stable with REO homes staying in single digits, so buyers and investors who want deals should be ready to act when they see the available foreclosures in Centerville GA in April 2014. As a reminder, foreclosures often have special stipulations so it is always best to […] The post Foreclosures in Centerville GA in April 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Byron GA in April 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Foreclosures in Byron GA in April 2014 It is slim pickings for consumers who have been waiting for real estate deals in the form of foreclosures in Byron GA in April 2014! Currently, there are only a few bank owned home options in this community (Houston County only), and like many REO properties, these homes often have […] The post Foreclosures in Byron GA in April 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
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  • Home Ownership During & After Divorce

    Debbie Drummond
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Deciding what to do with your home during a divorce is one of the most difficult decisions couples face.  Should you sell the home?  The answer to that question is going to vary from one couple to the next.  It will depend on your financial  Continue ReadingThe post Home Ownership During & After Divorce appeared first on .
  • Ten Tips for Buying Luxury Homes

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

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

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

    Debbie Drummond
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    We’ve entered April with a bit more inventory in our high rise buildings. There are currently 446 high rise condos available in the top buildings in town. In March, we sold 40 condos in these buildings. If no new high rise condos came on the  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas High Rise Condo Update – April 2014 appeared first on .
 
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  • REITs are slow to raise capital in 2014, and property bubbles raise concerns from US to China

    Ray Cirz
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: Commercial Observer: Bursting the bubble: Is NYC real estate heading for a crash? Are we experiencing another real estate bubble?  The jury’s still out.  While the continual improvement of underlying fundamentals, such as rising occupancy rates and increasing demand for investment properties,  dispute the idea, the disconnect between those improvements and property values suggest we’re in a bubble state.  To read both sides of …
  • Integra Realty Resources consolidates coverage in Texas and Oklahoma

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

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

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

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

  • Home of the Week: 5422 Valley Park Dr

    Laura
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    The Oatley TeamThis former Cimarron model home may be the home you have been looking for.  It is an all brick walkout ranch with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.  The walkout has an abundance of daylight with triple doors leading outside. The details in this home are amazing. It features a hardwood entry with custom molding and […]Laura
  • Best Weeks of the Year in Louisville

    Laura
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    The Oatley TeamThis is my favorite time of year!  The weeks following Thunder Over Louisville offer so many events for Louisvillian’s and visitors alike leading up to the fastest two minutes in sports, The Kentucky Derby.    I have compiled a list of my favorite events here along with dates.         US Bank Great BalloonFest℠ […]Laura
  • How to Sell Your Home in 4.5 Days

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

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

    Laura
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The Oatley TeamIf you are looking for privacy this is the place for you.  This 4 bedroom 3 bath ranch is located on 10 acres on a private dead end street.  This is the perfect place to entertain and enjoy the outdoors.  It has a covered patio, a deck and gorgeous landscaping with large decorative natural stones.  […]Laura
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  • How to Quench Your Social Media Thirst in 60 Minutes a Day

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

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

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

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

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

  • Finding The Right Contractor

    Rebecca
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Did you know that in most states, complaints against contractors by homeowners’ makes one of the largest category of consumer complaints filed with the state attorney general’s office? For most homeowners, having a contractor makes life much easier. But more and more people are growingly unhappy with the services of their contractors. Knowing how to find that right contractor prevents a lot of future issues. In order to do that, you need to look for contractors first, and then you can decide which one is right. image by jjay69 Looking for Contractors Word-of-mouth : Whenever you…
  • The 8 Most Livable Cities of Florida

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

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

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

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

  • Studies show an increase in property returns for UAE investors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Investors Beware Of Property Buying Tours

    Darin Garman
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It happened in Florida, in 1925. Where one of the all-time best con artists pulled one of his most extraordinary swindles. It defies belief that “The Count,” could sell a black box that would “produce” money…and sell it for $300,000 in today’s dollars ($30,000 at that time). Not only that, but his “money-box” customers were [...]Investors Beware Of Property Buying Tours is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Top Beginner Real Estate Investing eBooks

    Camille Baptiste
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Becoming a real estate investor can certainly be fun, exciting and profitable, but you must realize one important thing: real estate investing requires some training. When you are just starting out in real estate investing, most new real estate investors will benefit from buying a few investing books, training courses, or even joining a local [...]Top Beginner Real Estate Investing eBooks is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Making Unhappy Vacant Property A Happy Occupied Property

    Jarnell Porter
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Renting a home can be a very stressful process. It really does not matter if this is your first experience dealing with the alien life form known as “tenants” or even  if you are a professional tenant handler -  it always is something we want to get right the first time around. The right decision [...]Making Unhappy Vacant Property A Happy Occupied Property is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Pssst – Wanna Be A Real Estate Millionaire? Part 2

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

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

  • Hokkaido closes after one year on Walnut Street

    Sandy Smith
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We should have known things weren’t looking good for Hokkaido, the moderate-priced Japanese-Thai restaurant at 1316 Walnut St. in the Midtown Village-Gayborhood section of Washington Square West, the moment it started adding dancing lights and billboard-like signs to its facade. Although the restaurant opened with a smidgen of these elements on April 1 of last year, the come-ons grew more numerous and insistent as the months passed, drawing attention away from the sensitive reconstruction of the facade of this Romanesque building, not to mention the stylish ’60s Modernist interior…
  • Lunchtime Quick Hits

    Sandy Smith
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The PFT and public school activists launch a campaign to dissolve the School Reform Commission; Axis Philly looks at Temple’s drive to transform itself from a regional Rodney Dangerfield into a national powerhouse; a science-and-technology-focused charter school in the Far Northeast has become the hottest educational ticket in town, right up there with Masterman; and someone wants to build what at 20th and Wharton? Well, not really: Public School Advocates Propose November Ballot Question on Dissolving SRC (CBS Philly) Overlooked no more (Axis Philly) Philly’s coolest charter…
  • Fabric Row rehab adds apartments to existing building

    Sandy Smith
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A mixed-use structure at 614-16 S. 4th Street, on Queen Village’s historic Fabric Row, is getting alterations. The building, which contains retail space on the first floor and apartments on the two floors above, has been gutted and is being expanded at its rear. The permitting path to this project had a speed bump in it. The Zoning Board of Adjustment originally granted a variance to allow a two-story rear addition with roof deck to this building in order to create four apartments in September, but in November, the Board of Building Standards issued a refusal on the construction permit…
  • Lunchtime Quick Hits

    Sandy Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    While Philly has more to offer than Chattanooga, it faces some of the same challenges the Tennessee city does, including how to keep all those new young arrivals around for the long run – and there may be object lessons for Philly in Chattanooga’s approach to the issue; Existing-home sales nationwide slipped a bit last month, though not by as much as economists expected; A huge 862-acre tract at the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station is now in play; and Germantowners come togther to figure out what life after high school might look like for Germantown High School (among the…
  • Rittenhouse Estates rising fast; sales progressing even faster

    Sandy Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Work is progressing at a steady pace on The Rittenhouse Estates, the followup to The Lombard Estates in Rittenhouse Square now being built by Realtor-developer Noah Ostroff, the sponsor of this blog. We happened to be in the vicinity of the project site at 19th and Lombard streets last week, and thanks to a quirk in the construction process, found ourselves able to get some great pictures of foundation work nearing completion. The quirk? In order to allow the cement trucks to deliver concrete to the site, the construction fencing had been lowered in several places, allowing us to take shots…
 
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • Where Home Sales Are Moving the Fastest…and Slowest

    Colin Robertson
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Real estate is local. We hear that constantly, despite being force-fed national housing statistics all the time.  But both serve a unique purpose to give us clues about the direction of the overall economy, or just our local housing market. A new analysis from Trulia broke down time on market by low-price tier, mid-price tier, [&hellip
  • Don’t Count on the FHA Lowering Insurance Premiums Anytime Soon

    Colin Robertson
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The fight to keep the FHA affordable to would-be home buyers is heating up. Despite some intense efforts to get the FHA to bring down its annual mortgage insurance premiums to pre-crisis levels, it probably won’t happen this year. Or even next year… And that’s straight from the horse’s mouth. Yesterday, FHA Commissioner Carol Galante [&hellip
  • As Real Estate Recovers, Americans Say Housing Is the Best Long-Term Investment

    Colin Robertson
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    A new survey from Gallup revealed that Americans are increasingly bullish on housing as a long-term investment. Earlier this month, the polling company conducted phone interviews with over a 1,000 participants to determine the most attractive investment option out there. Unsurprisingly, real estate was the most favored investment, with 30% of respondents naming it their [&hellip
  • The 3% Down Payment Mortgage Has Returned

    Colin Robertson
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Well that didn’t take long. Only about six months after we bid adieu to 3% down mortgages, they have resurfaced. But this time things are a little different. Though Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still don’t accept mortgages with less than five percent down, some individual lenders have loosened up guidelines in an effort to [&hellip
  • The Typical Renter Needs an FHA Loan to Buy a House

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

  • Enter the Green Saver Rewards Giveaway!

    Beazer Homes
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
        Beazer homeowners help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing and living in ENERGY STAR certified, energy efficient new homes.  We want to thank you for your help in protecting the environment by giving you the chance for Beazer to PAY YOUR UTILITY BILL.  It’s very easy to enter: Email your gas and/or electric bill for the March 2014 billing period to internet_marketing@beazer.com In the body of the email, include the name of the Beazer community you live in Include in the subject line — GREEN SAVER All entries must be sent on or before 11:59pm May 12th, 2014…
  • Sherwin Williams Gives New Home Design Painting Tips

    Beazer Homes
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Even if you haven’t purchased your own place this scenario probably sounds familiar if you’ve ever been part of new home design:  You’re standing in front of an endless array of paint swatches in your local home improvement store with your favorite color in mind, but no idea whether it’s fit for your walls and decor.  A polite sales associate comes to ask whether you need help.  You pause and widen your eyes at the rainbow of color selections and look up tentatively. This is a paint puzzle friends, but it’s something you can make easier with a little preparation.  Beazer Homes…
  • Real Estate Agents Luncheon for New Homes in Pearland, TX

    Beazer Homes
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    You’re officially invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony for new model homes in the Houston community of Highland Crossing.  Join us Thursday, April 24th at 10:30 AM-12:30 PM at 1302 Ownby Court Pearland, TX 77581.   If you’re a real estate agent in the Houston, TX area interested in selling new homes make sure to join us for this wonderful event. Newly constructed and professionally decorated, these new models perfectly showcase all that this family-friendly community with homes from $218,990 has to offer your clients.  You can tour our new models, enjoy lunch, and speak with Beazer…
  • Beazer Homes 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

    Beazer Homes
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Beazer Homes is the proud recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.  Selected from more than 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program, Beazer is being recognized for our outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through building ENERGY STAR certified new homes. Building ENERGY STAR Certified homes since 2011, every home we build comes with energy efficiencies that lead to significant savings for buyers in the form of lower utility bills.  Be sure to check out the video below to view some…
  • New Homes in the Raleigh, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Maryland Areas!

    Beazer Homes
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you’re looking for a new home mark your calendars and make sure to attend a GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION of our Georgia, Indiana, and Maryland communities in the next few weeks.  If you haven’t already, make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest event information.  Read on for details of these exciting new communities.  We hope to see you there!             Covington in Apex, NC:  Saturday, March 22nd at noon.  Join us for food, fun, and tours of our newly decorated model home.  We’ll also release some of the best home sites…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Lower Credit Score than Expected? Learn Why

    Ben Heisler
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    If you are planning your Atlanta real estate purchase, you’ve likely pulled a copy of your credit report or been told your score from your lender during the mortgage application process. If during the process, your score has dropped, you’re probably (understandably so) concerned about what could have caused the change. The credit experts at [...]
  • Warmup In Floor Heating Systems Announces New Tester

    Warmup
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Installing a Warmup in floor heating system just got easier. The world’s best-selling electric floor heating brand announces its latest product, The Alligator tester. The Alligator is a meter with six-inch alligator clips that allows the constant monitoring of the heating cable. By testing the electrical resistance (ohms) on the heating conductors and any leak to [...]
  • Visit Sun City Peachtree This Weekend for the Annual Sports Expo

    Pulte Homes
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Join Sun City Peachtree this Saturday for their second annual Sports Expo, a fun-filled day that you won’t want to miss! Whether you want to perfect your golf swing with tips from the Canongate golf pro, take a tennis clinic led by the sports director, learn to play pickleball or join in a game of [...]
  • Fischer Homes Now Offering Estate Homes at Established Roswell Community

    Fischer Homes
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Are you searching for a stunning estate home built by one of the nation’s top builders? Then look no further than Overlook at Litchfield, a beautiful community in Roswell from Fischer Homes. As part of the established, exclusive community of Litchfield, new homeowners will have access to outstanding amenities, a great location and top-ranked schools. New [...]
  • Five New Homes are Now in Bloom at Scott Farm

    Traton Homes
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Looking to spring into a new home in a great school district? Traton Homes currently has five homes under construction in the final phase at Scott Farm. These five homes are the last chance for you to own a new Traton home in this popular community. Located in the top-ranked Harrison High School District, Scott Farm [...]
 
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  • Part 2 of 4: Spring Gardening – Vegetable Gardens That Satisfy

    moswalt
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    There are vegetable gardens that satisfy people in ways other than just home grown nourishment.  Picking ripe and delicious produce can satisfy many for a job well done.  Now that you have done the pre-work for post-work success, let’s look at planting vegetables.  Choose your location wisely; tucking your bed of growth away in a corner may not be the greatest idea.  Keeping your garden away from large foliage will assist them in gaining the most nutrients.  For best results you will want to be able to maneuver around your plants for easy hands-on access, have them in direct sunlight…
  • Part 1 of 4: Spring Gardening – Pre-Work Makes for Post-Work Success

    moswalt
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    As the cold weather has mostly faded and the nature around us begins budding, it beckons those of us with a hands-on desire to consider spring gardening.  Once again thoughts of a successful planting season have arrived.  Even in the south, it is not too late to start the process of producing a beautiful and productive garden.  Another reason to tackle your outdoor surroundings is to add to the beauty and visual appeal of your home.  Over the next few weeks BidSelect will examine different types of gardening and outline tips to help you succeed.  This week, we will look at the…
  • What to Look For in a Green Home

    moswalt
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Searching for your next real estate purchase can have you asking what to look for in a green home.  Being environmentally conscious is a global responsibility that we are all increasingly aware of.  Moving beyond the basics of simple recycling and watering restrictions, home builders have begun to target the earth friendly segment of homebuyers by also, going green. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has an informative website on many aspects of building green.  They define this as, ‘… the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally…
  • How to Move Smoothly

    hsquyres
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:23 pm
      To ensure the excitement of your new address remains, you must know how to move smoothly.  Happiness can quickly turn to frustration and disappointment when things go wrong.  The greatest asset to possibly enjoying your move is to plan ahead.  Planning should start at least two months ahead of the actual move date if not sooner. Planning should start at least two months ahead of your actual move date if not sooner.  Allowing extra time in securing resources is a good idea, as well as starting conversations with those that have already been through this process, to researching…
  • What is Escrow?

    hsquyres
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:18 pm
    What is Escrow? When a seller and buyer have agreed to and signed a real estate purchase agreement or contract, it is time to begin the escrow process, but what is escrow?  Unless you are a professional in the real estate or financial arena there is seldom talk of escrow except for when you decide to purchase or sell a home.  Escrow, as defined by the dictionary is ‘a bond, deed, or other document kept in the custody of a third party, taking effect when a specified condition has been fulfilled’.  Simplified for the business of real estate, escrow is when a third party becomes…
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  • Barbara Grassey – How to Market Your Real Estate Investing Business – Podcast Episode #13

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
        On today’s episode of “Let’s Talk Real Estate Investing” we are diving into my favorite subject which happens to be marketing.  My guest today is marketing expert Barbara Grassey and our topic is “How to effectively market your real estate investing business. Barbara is a real estate investor, writer, marketing specialist and a published […] The post Barbara Grassey – How to Market Your Real Estate Investing Business – Podcast Episode #13 appeared first on .
  • Secrets to Successful Probate Investing

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
      Probate investing is one of the most lucrative niches of all. Folks that have inherited a house almost always want just one thing; the CASH that is sitting in the house. The primary thing most real estate investors get hung up on doesn’t have anything to do with the actual process of working with […] The post Secrets to Successful Probate Investing appeared first on .
  • Danny Johnson- Flipping Houses for Big Profits – Podcast Episode #12

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
        My guest today on my podcast “Let’s Talk Real Estate Investing” is Danny Johnson.  Danny is someone that has built a very successful business flipping houses in San Antonio, TX.  A lot of you probably know him from his popular blog FlippingJunkie. Danny and his wife Melissa have 5 children, and they have […] The post Danny Johnson- Flipping Houses for Big Profits – Podcast Episode #12 appeared first on .
  • 9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
        Most real estate investors work from home at least in the beginning.  Even if you eventually get an outside office, it’s inevitable that you will end up working from home at times.   Let’s face it; it’s easy to get distracted when you work from home Does this sound like you?  You get […] The post 9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home appeared first on .
  • Real Estate Rewind; What Would You Do Differently if You Started Over?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
          I have a “Freebie” for you today. It is a book that I am proud to say I “co-authored”. The book is a BiggerPockets Publication called, “Real Estate Rewind”.  This book asks the question: “If I were to do it all again, knowing what I know now, what would I do differently”? Most real […] The post Real Estate Rewind; What Would You Do Differently if You Started Over? appeared first on .
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    Real estate and Money!

  • Earn Money From Home: Five popular ways to earn money from home, Offline

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    The digital age presents various opportunities to everyone. Everything seems simpler, easier, and quicker, with just a click of a mouse. While most money-making opportunities are now web-based, there are still those who prefer to generate income the classic way and not rely heavily on the benefits of the internet.How To Earn Money From Home OfflineHere are five traditional methods on how to earn money from home, offline.1.       Offer tutorial. Being a tutor is one of the timeless techniques to getting revenues straight from the comfort of your house. Be it…
  • Things to do in Makati without burning a hole in your Pocket

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:57 am
    Makati is considered to be one of the busiest, if not the busiest, commercial area/s in the country. It is host to several headquarters and offices of more than a hundred local and international companies; It is dotted with several malls, riddled with a range of 3 to 5-star hotels, and generously covered with coffee shops built to cater to the needs of more than 10,000 corporate employees daily. It seems like an ideal place for yuppies and those accustomed to living the office life. However, to an outsider, Makati can be quite intimidating. With its seemingly fast-paced life, massively…
  • Four (4) basic tips to optimize your Fiverr Gigs

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:07 am
    The concept ofFiverr is simple. For a small amount of five dollars ($5), or $4 for the one who’s offering the service, you can earn income for almost anything and everything you can do for someone else. This can be as simple as helping plan a honeymoon trip in Europe, as creative as creating professional pop-art portrait, as technical as building a cool UI for an Android application or as diverse as writing a message in two different languages or singing a birthday song using ukulele. How To Optimize Your Fiverr GigOne trick with Fiverr lies in proper optimization. The more people see you…
  • How to earn money from home

    19 Feb 2014 | 12:54 am
    Thanks to technology, telecommuting has never been easier. Due to traffic problems and company cost-cutting, working from home has been offered to most employees who can do their work from home using the internet. This has saved both employers and employee a lot of time and resources.However, there are also other ways to make money online or earn money from home. For example, if you are a stay at home mom who needs to take care of the kids but want to earn money to help with the bills and support the family as well, there are plenty of online opportunities for you! You just need to be…
  • Earn Money From Blogging: Five (5) Reasons To Monetize Blog

    30 Jan 2014 | 1:08 am
    People have various reasons for starting a weblog. Some like to use it as an avenue to express their thoughts and feelings. Others lean towards this marketing platform to establish their reputation in their respective industries. There are those who want hone their writing skills through it and then there are people who see it as an opportunity to generate revenues online.Why Monetize Your BlogLearn the top reasons why you should monetize your blog. Here are five (5) of them.1.       It’s cheap. You may opt to setup one that is free-hosted such as the one…
 
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    Real Estate and Philippine Properties

  • Top Pinoy Food Snacks During Summer

    Justin
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    Summer is inarguably the most looked-forward season by Filipinos. From hitting the beach to swim and dive, joining sports activities like volleyball and basketball to taking road trips and being adventurous, summertime is considered as the busiest, most enjoyable time in the country.   What Are The Favorite Summer Food Snacks By Pinoys The season is not complete without these Philippine food snacks. From street stands and sari-sari stores to dining establishments and restaurants, the variety of these favorite desserts never wavers. It is not surprising because Pinoys are known for…
  • Innovative ways to make good passive income in Real Estate Investments

    Justin
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    If you have money to invest and want to make good profits from that, real estate is probably one of the safest and most lucrative place to capitalize. Investing in real estate will pay you rich dividends because housing is a big concern almost everywhere, and you can make good money by spending on the right place. There are numerous ways to make money from the real estate market. You can invest your own money in promising properties. But as a good developer and promoter, you can also earn money while others finance your projects. In such cases, the profits are shared between the investors and…
  • Why Homeowners should Damp Proof their Property

    Justin
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    What is Rising Damp?Rising damp or salt damp is a common type of dampness that you can see in buildings. As such, damp issues cause severe damage to a property, you should treat the damp immediately to protect your building from further damage. Rising damp occurs when water from the ground rises up through the brick and mortar of a building through a process widely known as “capillarity.” The water rises up the wall of a building in the same way oil rises up through the wick of a lamp. The height to which the water will rise depends upon different factors such as poor structure of the…
  • The Rise of Mortgage Rates could Discourage Potential Home Buyers

    Justin
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:57 am
    Mortgage rates have been rising for the past few weeks and this would mean that homeowners cannot benefit from their refinance. Renters are also encourage to purchase a home due to low rates and because they are afraid that maybe every good-condition home would be bought already. From the previous week, refinances have dropped to 12%, while the mortgage applications in buying a home increased by 3% reaching 14% way back last year. This was according to According to Mike Fratantoni of the MBA, “Rates rose in response to stronger economic data and an increasing chance that the Fed may…
  • Five Benefits of Living in the City

    Justin
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:13 pm
    There are people who prefer to stay in the city. After all, the chance to be entertained and at the same time, be able to live comfortably is a huge opportunity to pass up. In the metro, you won’t easily get bored, you never run out of things to do and there are plenty of great places to see. Left and right, everything seems to scream convenience and modern lifestyle. What Are The Benefits Of Living In The City Identify the reasons that make living in the city an irresistible choice for many. Here are five (5) of its benefits.   Bigger and higher-end facilities.         …
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    News

  • New funding to boost local developments

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    New government funding has been announced to help local areas unlock locally-led housing developments.From today (23rd April 2014), local leaders can bid for a share of £50 million to invest in infrastructure that supports new homes. A prospectus published by the government explains how to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for support.The investment will be made available in 2015 to 2016 through the Local Growth Fund to unlock locally-led housing developments of between 250 and 1,499 units which are struggling to move forward.This is on top of a further £1 billion fund,…
  • Lack of new homes drives South East recovery

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Photo: John Mueller Demand for homes in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is outpacing supply to the extent that prices are growing at a significally faster rate than the rest of the South East. Nick Gregori, an Analyst at Savills Research, comments:  “The latest planned housing target for the Borough is 701 net additional dwellings per year.  In recent years the new dwellings delivered have been significantly below this level with under 200 delivered in both 2010/11 and 2011/12.  With the council’s own housing projections estimating an average of 400…
  • 95 per cent of homeowners expect prices to rise

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Photo: Images_of_Money UK homeowners are almost twice as confident in the UK housing market compared to last, the portal's surveys suggests. The report found that Brits expect an average house price increase of 8.8 per cent between now and September, almost double that reported at the same time in 2013.3 per cent of those surveyed stated that they expect prices to remain flat over the next six months and only 2 per cent predict house prices will fall over that period, down significantly from 13 per cent one year ago.In anticipation of expected strong pricing gains, 42 per cent of those…
  • 95 per cent of homeowners expect prices to rise

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Photo: Images_of_Money UK homeowners are almost twice as confident in the UK housing market compared to last, the portal's surveys suggests. The report found that Brits expect an average house price increase of 8.8 per cent between now and September, almost double that reported at the same time in 2013.3 per cent of those surveyed stated that they expect prices to remain flat over the next six months and only 2 per cent predict house prices will fall over that period, down significantly from 13 per cent one year ago.In anticipation of expected strong pricing gains, 42 per cent of those…
  • London property "a country of its own" as prices soar

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    London's property market is now "a country of its own", according to one agent, as prices soar by almost one-third compared to last year. London property prices climbed 29.5 per cent annually to an average of £473,500 in March 2014, according to haart's latest report. The capital's rate is far ahead of the rest of the country, which saw property prices increase 7.4 per cent annually in March to £195,511.Paul Smith, CEO of haart, the UK’s largest independent estate agent, comments:  “London is now a country of its own in property market terms with average house…
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • Hilton Head Spring Events

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Spring is here and we are finally enjoying warm weather and sunny skies.  The island landscapers are busy planting flowers and trees and setting the stage for the annual Heritage Golf Tournament.  There are blossoms on the trees, the birds are singing, and everything is looking great  Islanders and visitors alike are getting outdoors enjoying our parks, beaches, bike trails, tennis, golf, boating, and even paddle boarding. Spring brings festivals of all kinds to our area.  There are Wingfests, Seafood festivals, farmers markets, outdoor concerts and more. The Hilton Head Island St.
  • Hilton Head Island Tennis History

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Tennis players around the world don’t call Hilton Head Island the “Tennis Capital of the World” for nothing Offering possibly the most tennis courts per square mile anywhere on the planet, Hilton Head Island, which is 12 miles x 5 miles in size, boasts 300+ tennis courts on the Island alone  Nearly a hundred additional courts can be found in Bluffton, South Carolina which is adjacent to Hilton Head on the mainland side of the bridge. Most tennis courts are located in Hilton Head’s premier oceanfront resorts including Sea Pines Resort, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Shipyard Plantation, Port…
  • Hilton Head Flood Insurance

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Floods are the number one hazard in the United States and it is important to remember floods can happen anywhere, at anytime. What many people do not realize is anywhere it can rain, it can flood and it is important to understand a property’s flood risk and the options you have to financially protect it.  What this means is even if you are not required to have flood insurance, your home may still be at risk for flooding. Many people looking to purchase property in southern Beaufort County might not be familiar with flood insurance.  Being a coastal community many in our area have become…
  • The Hilton Head Airport Expansion

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
     Many of you may have heard that the Hilton Head Island Airport is slated to go through some changes.  With proposals and talk of expansions going on for years, I thought I would look in to see where the project currently stands. Part of the proposed scope of work is to relocate and lengthen two of the runways from their current 4,300 feet to 5,000 feet.  This will allow the new regional jets enough room to safely land.  Back in 2009 Delta Airlines pulled out of the area citing lack of sales, leaving US Airways as the only carrier.  The FAA will cover about 90 of the expected $12.9…
  • Springtime in the Lowcountry

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Do you have cabin fever? This winter is being recorded as one of the coldest and snowiest in recent history. Never fear, spring is right around the corner. Here on Hilton Head Island not only does that mean warm sunny days on the beach, but fun festivals and entertaining events that will help warm your soul. Whether Spring comes “in like a lion and out like a lamb, what the season brings for the Lowcountry area is gathering with friends and family outside at some fun filled festivals and events. Here are a just a few:    The Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon - March 9th            …
 
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    Total Relocation Services

  • Why is office moving more difficult than residential moving?

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    There is no denying the fact that moving is one of the most difficult chores of all. It literally encompasses every other mundane chore as well. In bits and pieces, it involves cleaning, washing, lifting, dusting, and a very high, near gruelling level of organization. Office moving in a place like NYC is even more difficult than the more common residential moving in the same or another place. Here are 3 main reasons behind that: There is a great deal of technical aspects involved in office moving. Wiring, assembling gadgets, installing servers, creating an internal network of computers,…
  • 5 golden tips for anyone who is moving abroad

    admin
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:06 pm
    When you move to another country, the effort required increases, the piece of mind decreases and the chances of mishaps increase. Here are 5 golden tips to balance the equation by as far as possible: Be prepared- It will take you a while to adjust to the new land anyways. Do as much homework as possible. Know what kind of weather to expect the exchange rate, and other customs. Make sure you can resume a regular lifestyle as soon as possible. Do not waste time enrolling in schools, looking for jobs, etc. Have all that dealt with beforehand. For international moves, hire professional moving…
  • How to manage office relocation?

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Prospect of office relocation seems to be very daunting because it involves various steps. However, if broken down into series of simple steps then surely it can be hassle free and ensure moving of your office in time and in budget too. Step 1: Assess your current needs: You are carrying out office relocation process because of lease break, lease expiry, planned growth or due to contraction reason; you must be clear with the reason of relocation. Step 2: Be clear about your requirements:  After determining purpose of office move, next you need to be clear with is your requirements. This…
  • Moving the dishwasher and the washing machine!

    admin
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:44 pm
    There is a specific way of moving everything to its new location. Here is a quick guide to help you move your and dishwasher and washing machine. The protocol is largely similar for both, so the following set of instructions should be sufficient. 1. Unplug the machine before cleaning it. 2. Unplug all hoses, and clean each individual component separately. Clean each hose inside out and scrap every last but of dust out. 3. Wrap each hose in a clean towel while moving. Don’t use a brand new towel, just make sure that it’s clean and does not soil the freshly cleaned hose. 4. Keep metallic…
  • Is your relocation services provider insured?

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    If you’ve been asking friends for tips concerning moving to a new location, they will tell you that the actual process is the hardest part. You don’t get any props if everything goes right, but if something terrible happens (like in the case of having lost or broken something), it may result in much unhappiness. The best thing you can do is make sure that you rely on a bankable moving company that knows what they’re doing. Count every advantage, they offer while considering, hiring them. One prominent advantage, they may or may not offer, is insurance. There is always a possibility that…
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    Property Results For All Properties - Tholco Real Estate Group

  • 1355 S. Fairfax Road - $275,000

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Finally, your search is over. Elegantly remodeled house on South Fairfax Rd. very close to schools and Hwy 58. House is over 2,000 sqft. and lot size is almost half an acre. Seller installed new cabinets, granite kitchen counters, tile, carpet,...
  • 3501 Bernard St #13 C - $89,000

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Resort style living at it's best. This beautiful Spanish style home will impress. Recently remodeled with new tile flooring, fireplace and carpet this home has a modern feel. Stainless steal appliances and upgraded lighting round out the up...
  • Address Hidden - $264,900

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Tile flooring throughout the entire house. Granite counter tops in Kitchen with stone backsplash. All stainless steel appliances. Fireplace. Two full baths - No ...
  • 201 Myrtle St - $139,000

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    WELCOME HOME ...is what you will feel as soon as you enter into this Darling Little Doll House located on Beautiful Myrtle Street! This Home has been Re-furbished from Top to Bottom and Inside Out. Featuring: Original Hard Wood Floors, Updated ...
  • 8536 Kern Canyon Road # 65 - $21,500

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    This 3 bedroom home has new paint in living room and master bedroom, new carpet and laminate flooring. Three bedroom, or two +office. One bedroom has built-ins and would make nice office. Two dining areas. Spacious kitchen. Private back yard. I...
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    Latest blog entries - Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Upgrade Before You Sell

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Real estate agents sometimes receive calls from homeowners asking for advice on what they should do to prepare their house to go on the market. They may have settled for living in a "less than optimal" circumstance for years, and are now going to spend money to make it nice for someone else to enjoy. If you are considering painting, updating the kitchen, landscaping, or making any other improvements that will increase your home's re-sale value, think about making those improvements while you are still there to enjoy them. Create your own dream kitchen, master suite or spa, build an outdoor…
  • Agent Spotlight! Frank Reina!

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Agent Spotlight! Frank Reina! "License Real Estate Broker 00683627; Original License date 04/05/1982; Married to Nancy since 09/19/1959; Member-Christ Church of the Valley.Grandfather of three. I have been a Broker Associate Realtor since 11/18/2004: I am well qualified to assist in Residential; Commercial; Industrial; 1031 Tax Exchange properties; My pledge to each client: Sincerity: Integrity: and Results. The best phone number (661) 978-6666" Frank is honest and hardworking and we are lucky to have him on our team. To contact Frank just click the link below.
  • Foreclosure Homes for Sale in Bakersfield CA

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Good news! We have some incredible foreclosures that can now be yours in Bakersfield CA! Foreclosures in Bakersfield offer you a chance at attaining your dream of buying a home in Bakersfield CA without having to pay a premium price for the property. Sounds fantastic, right? Well it is! These homes need to be sold as fast as possible meaning that they can be acquired sometimes for thousands below market price saving you some serious coin. What are you sitting around for? One of the foreclosure homes in Bakersfield CA is waiting for you to capture it! Those that are in the market for…
  • Announcing our new in house lender! The Gannon Team with iMortgage!

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    We are very proud to announce our partnership with Imortgage and The Gannon Team! Kristy and her team are true professionals who work hard for each of their clients. With one of Kristy's team member's on site daily we are able to assist our clients with quick prequals, easy updates and personal service.
  • Welcome Susan Trevino To Our Team!!

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    We are very excited to have Susan on our team!
 
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    The Law Office of Paul A. Krasker, P.A

  • Foreclosure Defense Alternatives

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    An important part of foreclosure defense is considering the various foreclosure alternatives available. In light of the government programs that have been developed and refined over the past several years, there are many alternatives to foreclosure available for struggling homeowners. The following are the most widely utilized loss mitigation options:   Loan Modification: A loan modification is a change to the terms of the original mortgage loan agreement. Depending on the lender and the type of loan, foreclosure attorneys are often able to negotiate a change of terms with the lender,…
  • Questions to Help You Understand Foreclosure Defense

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    You may be fighting for your home against foreclosure without knowing what it really is. Once the paper is served it’s game on with limited time to save your home. You will have several questions at least and want answers right away. This whitepaper answers the 10 most common questions to Foreclosure Defense answered by our very own foreclosure defense attorneys. If you would like more details on foreclosure defense feel free to set up a free foreclosure defense consultation where we can answer any questions you may have.
  • 9 Questions to Ask a Foreclosure Defense Attorney

    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Looking for a foreclosure defense attorney is a process not to be taken lightly. Just as if you were shopping for a car there are questions to ask before hiring a foreclosure defense attorney. 1. How long have you been practicing foreclosure law? The attorney should have enough experience in the field to have a proven track record of handling many different types of cases. The amount of time can vary, but the number and type of cases the attorney has handled is important. 2. Will I be in contact with you or someone else in your office during my case? A law firm should always have the attorney…
  • Florida Strengthens as the Real Estate Crisis Ends

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Foreclosure filings in Palm Beach County continue to fall down 49% from last year at this time, and 9% down from January. One purported reason for this decrease is the enactment of a July 1 law regarding expediting certain foreclosures and specific paperwork that needs to be in place for the foreclosure to take place. Many experts in the field believe that attorneys and professionals in the field are getting used to the new laws and that there it is likely that the number of filings could increase once those involved become more used to the process However, one fact that cannot be disputed is…
  • Student Loan Forgiveness An Important Piece of the Financial Puzzle

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    The Law Office of Paul A. Krasker, P.A. has been helping distressed homeowners for years, providing foreclosure defense in the form of loan modifications, short sales, and even bankruptcy filings. The professionals with the Homeowner Assistance Division of The Law Office of Paul A. Krasker, P.A.(HAD) have gained an enormous amount of satisfaction from providing help to homeowners who would have ordinarily had to endure the trauma of a foreclosure. However, Paul A. Krasker, P.A. began noticing a trend in some of the clients who were also bogged down with student loan debt. Even though HAD was…
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    Dana Point Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Orange County Real Estate

  • 31hollyhock

    949hometeam
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    FANTASTIC ALISO VIEJO HOME JUST LISTED 31 Hollyhock  Aliso Viejo  $336,800 Fantastic turnkey one level condo is move in ready and would make an outstanding place for you to call home! Situated in a great neighborhood close to everything Aliso…Read more ›31hollyhock is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • The Orange County Real Estate Roller Coaster is Heading Up

    949hometeam
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    As a full time realtor in Orange County since 1999 I’ve been around long enough to see all the ebbs and flows of Orange County Real Estate.  We had the rise starting in 1998 all the way through 2007 then…Read more ›The Orange County Real Estate Roller Coaster is Heading Up is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Attack of the Tornado Tenant

    949hometeam
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Being an Orange County real estate investor can offer great financial rewards but it also comes with a good amount of risk. As a landlord one of the greatest risks is what I call a tornado tenant. A tornado tenant…Read more ›Attack of the Tornado Tenant is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate is it time to get off the fence?

    949hometeam
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Currently I’m working with multiple buyers  in different stages of the home purchase cycle and right now, as we head into the summer season, the Orange County Real Estate market is heating up as much as our weather.  This increase…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate is it time to get off the fence? is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report April 2014

    949hometeam
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report Aliso Viejo Real Estate at a Glance:  Activity is picking up  After a few slow months we had a nice jump in activity last month which hopefully will continue to move the market as we…Read more ›Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report April 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
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    Jacob Grant Property Management

  • Living In Idaho Falls: By The Numbers

    Robbie Richards
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    The city of Idaho Falls is no stranger to “best places to live” lists. In 2013, Idaho Falls was ranked the second best ‘small city’ to move to in the United States. With a population of 57,899, the city of Idaho Falls has experienced steady growth in recent years. This growth can be attributed to […]
  • 10 Digital Marketing Channels for Property Management and Real Estate Professionals

    Robbie Richards
    7 Feb 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Every property manager and real estate professional understands the importance of attracting and retaining quality tenants. But, not everyone knows how to do it. In this post we are going to explore the digital marketing channels that will help you generate leads and reduce rental vacancies. In no particular order: Responsive Website: your website is […]
  • New Craigslist Rules Hurt Real Estate Ad Listings

    Robbie Richards
    6 Jan 2014 | 10:05 am
    Thanks to recent rule changes to Craigslist’s “housing” and “for sale” sections, property owners are no longer able to post enhanced listings.  This is big news as many landlords and property managers rely on enhanced listings to generate tenant leads. What changed? The recent changes may seem minor, but they have had a big impact […]
  • Starting an LLC separate business entity can reduce risk for real estate investors

    Robbie Richards
    12 Dec 2013 | 11:36 am
    Holding commercial or residential real estate property includes assumed risk that must be managed effectively. Landlords can be subjected to many forms of litigation, ranging from personal injury to environmental contamination. Not to mention the inherent financial risk that comes with any form of investment (financial risk exposure typically remains the same with the exception of “non-recourse” loans).  As […]
  • Landlord Insurance Policies – Is Your Property Covered?

    Robbie Richards
    29 Nov 2013 | 10:37 am
    All property owners need to make sure that they have the right type and amount of insurance for their property. The notion of property insurance gets more complex for landlords, due to the wide variety of insurance policies needed to ensure sufficient coverage. Unfortunately, many landlords elect the cheapest coverage, choosing to pay the lowest […]
 
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    Hidden Valley Moving and Storage

  • What to put in your First Day Kit and “Essentials” boxes

    Abbie
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:55 pm
    If you’ve visited our site for moving tips before, you know how important it is to pack properly for a smooth move.  In several of our posts (See: Moving Tips for the Week Before the Move and Reducing your Moving Day Stress), we mentioned creating “Essentials” boxes for each room and a “First Day Kit” as part of that preparation.  While what goes in these boxes will vary somewhat from person to person and family to family, we thought we’d give you some ideas to help get you started. Your essentials boxes will contain the basic things you need to make your new place livable while…
  • Reestablishing Your Home After Moving

    Jared Carrizales
    15 Mar 2014 | 12:50 am
    On Your Marks, Get Set… If you read our post “Planning Ahead for Easier Unpacking”, you know that two-thirds of unpacking is in packing and moving. So, in a sense, if you followed our advice, you’re already almost done unpacking! Now is the fun part – rediscovering your favorite things (and not your least favorite things because you got rid of them during the packing process); creating a new, organized space. Focusing on these exciting aspects can be a huge part of taking the headache out of moving in again. As can the following tips: 1. Flatten all packing materials, including…
  • Tax Write Offs For Moving Expenses

    Jared Carrizales
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Relocating to start a new job can be a very stressful time. Fortunately, you may be eligible for some welcome relief in the form of a tax deduction for your moving expenses. There are three main “tests” the IRS uses to determine eligibility: the start of work test; the distance test; and the time test. REQUIREMENTS TO CLAIM DEDUCTION * Did you move less than a year before (or after) the day you began work? * Is your new office at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old office was? Also, “the distance from your new home to the new job location is not more than…
  • Planning Ahead for Easier Unpacking

    Jared Carrizales
    27 Feb 2014 | 10:45 am
    Common wisdom tends to divide moving into three stages – Packing and Preparation, Moving Day, and Unpacking. Everyone has their personal approaches, preferences and feelings pertaining to each. While thinking about a move in three stages can be helpful, one of the most important things to remember is that the third stage is a direct a product of the first two. The ease with which you are able to set your household back in order will be exponentially proportional to the care taken in packing and in loading and unloading the moving truck. Packing Advice abounds on the best way to pack…
  • How to Prepare for a Long Distance Move

    Jared Carrizales
    15 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
    Regardless of your destination, moving can be taxing, even overwhelming. Relocating across the country adds a whole new level of difficulty compared to moving across town. Moving can be stressful whether you’re moving across town or across the country, but with thoughtful planning and patience, it can be done with the least amount of stress to you and your family. With a few simple steps, you can make everything easier. Make Sure You Have Enough Money There are certain expenses that come from a cross-country move and you need to be prepared. Expect to spend between eight and fourteen…
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  • How are appraisal values determined on a home?

    John Moran
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    What really affects value when it comes to a home appraisal?I hear the following statement a few times a day, "My neighbor's house is listed for X and mine is bigger, so my house must be worth Y." Replace X and Y with values that make sense in your neighborhood and you've probably heard it too. For this reason, I am going to go over the basics of how a residential appraiser calculates home value. *This is not how commercial properties are valued, but that's another subject for another blog. Recent comparable sales are everything. Residential appraisals are based on the three most…
  • What documents are required to get a mortgage?

    John Moran
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    What documents will I need to provide to get a home loan?Some loans will require more or less documentation, but these are the basic documents required by the majority of lenders on average mortgage transactions: Employed borrowers: Two most recent years of W-2 forms Two most recent years of federal tax returns, personal (all pages)Most recent 30 days of pay stubs Current mortgage statement (if refinance) Purchase contract and copy of earnest money check (if purchase) Two months statements for any asset accounts (checking, savings, 401k, IRA,…
  • How to shop for mortgage interest rates.

    John Moran
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Many people reading this article may not have much experience comparing interest rates and lenders and may be avoiding shopping for a mortgage out of anxiety. Here are some dos and don'ts from someone who works in the mortgage industry to help you navigate the experience:Don't fill out multiple loan applicationsYou don't need to complete a full mortgage application to receive an interest rate and fee quote. Some companies will train their employees to get an application to further the sales process before telling you what they can offer. The reality is that they can accurately quote you rates…
  • What are the steps involved in the home mortgage process?

    John Moran
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Every home mortgage process is a little different, but nearly all loans follow this same timeline of events.Here is a quick overview of the steps nearly all loans will follow before the mortgage officially closes. The Application: In order to begin the loan process, a prospective borrower must first fill out an application.  There are three typical methods to complete this portion of the loan process; an online application a face-to-face interview or a phone interview. Most of the information contained in the application is something a borrower would know off the…
  • Are Realtors and real estate agents giving away business?

    John Moran
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Most likely, yes. I'm going to throw some numbers out that should really make you sit up in your chair and take notice. Regardless of whether you are a multi-million dollar superstar or you started in real estate yesterday, this is something to think about:88% of homebuyers would use their agent again or recommend them to others. (1)12% of homebuyers actually use an agent they have previously used. (1)The average American household moves every 5 years. (2)Read through those figures again and honestly think about the amount of referrals or repeat customers you typically generate…
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    Lucy Kelts

  • Spring Garden Festival

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    The Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College, in its 21st year, is a family-friendly community celebration of spring and a greener future that attracts more than 7,000 visitors annually. The festival features fun programs, exhibitors and demonstrations that will help you become a better gardener and learn how to conserve our precious resources. The renowned Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture department will be holding its biggest plant sale of the year. A special attraction this year will feature a fashion show, “Fashion in Bloom,” to benefit students and programs at the…
  • 88th Annual Coronado Flower Show

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tented flower show in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations. Held in Coronado’s Spreckel’s Park , the Show features landscape displays, horticultural and floral competitions, lectures, food, beer and wine events, live entertainment, demonstrations and shopping. A Wine and Beer Garden is now a permanent feature of the Flower Show. Take a break from the show, relax and listen to the entertainment from the nearby…
  • #1 in 92127 Market

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Feb 27th, 2014 Dear Lucy, Congratulations on another successful year! You’re #1 the 92127 market for all real estate transactions less than $3.3M. You also rank #17 in San Diego County out of 13,670 total agents in 2013 per the Sandicor MLS! We’ve enclosed sales charts showing your remarkable statistics. Not only are you #1 in sales volume, but you also have a higher average selling price, less days on market and a higher sale to list price ration than other top agents. Your clients are the true beneficiary of your dedication and expertise in your real estate market!
  • “Wine Gathering” at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Delicias Restaurant in the village of Rancho Santa Fe will host a “Wine Gathering” for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center on Wednesday, April 23, from 6-8 p.m. The event will be a promotional kick-off for the Community Center’s Moroccan Fantasy Gala to be held on Saturday, May 17, at the RSF Community Center. The wine collected at the event will be featured at the gala. Moffett Vineyards will be hosting Screenplay wines throughout the evening and complimentary hors d’oeuvres to be provided by Delicias Restaurant. Space is limited to 65 attendees. Delicias will remain open following…
  • 7664 Top O The Morning

    Lucy Kelts
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Custom home construction in the prestigious, highly sought after Crosby Estates at Rancho Santa Fe! A perfect home with 5BR suites, SINGLE LEVEL, an oversized 4-car garage, sited upon an all usable, large homesite with beautiful MOUNTAIN AND PANORAMIC VIEWS!!! Built to today’s exacting standards for energy efficiency, designer excellence and complete livability, some of the features of this wonderful home include: Kitchen with 2 peninsulas, large center island, Stainless Steele appliances featuring free standing Wolf range with 6-burner+grill, and double ovens. Warming drawer in…
 
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    easiersale's Blog

  • Easier Sale – Terraced/Townhouse £155000 Albert Street Colchester CO1 1RU

    easiersale
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    See on Scoop.it – Estate Agent News 47 Albert Street Colchester CO1 1RU 2 bedroom Terraced/Townhouse – £155000 Easier Sale‘s insight: Situated between the Colchester main line station and the town centre   and five minutes walking from both, our two bedroomed terraced house would suit a first time buyer, commuter or buy-to-let landlord. The area is residential but within easy reach of restaurants, shops, pubs, banks and beautiful parkland. http://rightmove.easiersale.co.uk See on www.easiersale.co.uk
  • Help and Advice

    easiersale
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    See on Scoop.it – Estate Agent News Easier Sale‘s insight:   http//:rightmove.easiersale.co.uk   http://online-estate-agents.easiersale.co.uk See on www.easiersale.co.uk
  • Easier Sale – Shop (Business) £129995 Market Street Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QW

    easiersale
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    See on Scoop.it – Estate Agent News 32/34 Market Street Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QW 0 bedroom Shop (Business) – £129995 Easier Sale‘s insight: http://rightmove.easiersale.co.uk See on www.easiersale.co.uk
  • Easier Sale – Bungalow £120000 copse way chichester po201qh

    easiersale
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    See on Scoop.it – Estate Agent News 23 copse way chichester po201qh 2 bedroom Bungalow – £120000 Easier Sale‘s insight: A breath taking,uncapped view of the lake, a fishermans dream! Stunning lodge with massive decking and a built in hot tub! 2 bedrooms,full size bath, full double glazing and central heating throughout, front opening french doors on to the decking, ample parking and much more, this home has to be seen to be appreciated. Price includes fees,tv aerial,insurance etc. See on www.easiersale.co.uk
  • Easier Sale – Bungalow £59995 lakeside chichester po201qh

    easiersale
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    See on Scoop.it – Estate Agent News roxbury lakeside chichester po201qh 2 bedroom Bungalow – £59995 Easier Sale‘s insight: Stunning brand new home, full double glazing and wet central heating throughout,comes fully furnished with sofa, cooker,integrated large fridge freezer,beds,shower,wc and more. Price includes fees, gas and electricity safety tests, choice of location from what is now available,steps tv aerial. Front opening doors mean you can have a decking leading out and enjoy the wonderful views Chichester Lakeside has to offer.    See on…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Investors Beware Of Property Buying Tours

    Darin Garman
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It happened in Florida, in 1925. Where one of the all-time best con artists pulled one of his most extraordinary swindles. It defies belief that “The Count,” could sell a black box that would “produce” money…and sell it for $300,000 in today’s dollars ($30,000 at that time). Not only that, but his “money-box” customers were [...]Investors Beware Of Property Buying Tours is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Top Beginner Real Estate Investing eBooks

    Camille Baptiste
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Becoming a real estate investor can certainly be fun, exciting and profitable, but you must realize one important thing: real estate investing requires some training. When you are just starting out in real estate investing, most new real estate investors will benefit from buying a few investing books, training courses, or even joining a local [...]Top Beginner Real Estate Investing eBooks is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Making Unhappy Vacant Property A Happy Occupied Property

    Jarnell Porter
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Renting a home can be a very stressful process. It really does not matter if this is your first experience dealing with the alien life form known as “tenants” or even  if you are a professional tenant handler -  it always is something we want to get right the first time around. The right decision [...]Making Unhappy Vacant Property A Happy Occupied Property is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Pssst – Wanna Be A Real Estate Millionaire? Part 2

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

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

  • Beach Home Turned into Remarkable Modern A-Frame Residence

    The Housing Block
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Beach Home Turned into Remarkable Modern A-Frame Residence This beach front home was converted into a remarkable modern A-frame residence by New York City-based studio Bromley Caldari Architects. The property is located on Fire Island and was renovated with the interiors of a 1960’s beach home. The home in its original stat was equipped with a spiral staircase that split down the middle of the home. That’s not all… the home also included four bedrooms which could only be described as “dark”! The roof was leaking and the foundation of the property was in rough condition. By adding a…
  • Million Dollar ‘Temple of Light’ Houseboat

    The Housing Block
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Million Dollar ‘Temple of Light’ Houseboat With spring finally here, the weather had us start looking for properties on the water. That’s when we stumbled on this million dollar ‘temple of light’ houseboat. If you’re looking for a luxury houseboat to take in some refreshing scenery, this “temple of light” houseboat may be just what you need.  This $1.095 million houseboat in Sausalito, CA, does not disappoint when it comes to sunlit spaces. The A-frame design of the houseboat outfitted with skylights, vestibules and windows of various sizes, the floating home takes full…
  • Common First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    The Housing Block
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    For most people buying a home represents the single largest financial transaction of their lifetime, so it’s only natural you may get the first-time housing jitters. Buying a home is a time of celebration, but it’s also a time to tread softly and avoid any costly mistakes. The good news is with a mortgage specialist on your side, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge to avoid a home-buying blunder.   Buying a home is usually a time-consuming process, so we’ve decided to break this article into multiple parts. Let’s start by taking a look at the first three mistakes…
  • Understanding Deed-Restricted Communities

    The Housing Block
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Understanding Deed-Restricted Communities If you are in the market for a new home, you may come across the term “deed restricted” in regard to certain communities in your area. “Deed restricted” generally means that the homeowners association has put certain limits on how the property can be used, not only at the time the restriction was put into place, but also for anyone who purchases the property in the future. If you are interested in a property in a deed restricted community, you should research the rules carefully to avoid conflicts in the future.   Image…
  • Bank of Canada Stands Pat, Leaving Interest Rates at 1 Percent

    The Housing Block
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Bank of Canada Stands Pat, Leaving Interest Rates at 1 Percent Quelle surprise! The Bank of Canada (BoC) has decided to once again leave interest rates at 1 per cent. This marks the 29th time in a row the central bank has left the trendsetting overnight rate at 1 per cent; we haven’t seen it budge since September 2010. The overnight rate is the interest rate at which lenders borrow and lend one-day funds among themselves. Any change could lead to a trickle-down effect felt throughout the Canadian economy. Individual lenders set their prime rate based on the overnight lending rate. Those…
 
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    Apartments in Bangalore | i1 properties

  • Investing on apartments of Bangalore.

    Santosh V.T
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Today we can notice that Bangalore is developing rapidly and it comes in the line after the two cities Delhi and Mumbai in terms of the growth and development of all the industries and sectors. We can see many people shifting in this place and they prefer to make investment on apartments in Bangalore. If you are shifting to Bangalore for a short term then you should stay in the apartments and your stay will be good. If you are thinking of investment on apartments in Bangalore then you should read the following before taking any decision. As the prices of property and the rates of interest…
  • Few points to keep in mind before accepting a real estate deal.

    Santosh V.T
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    If you want to take a real estate and if you are preparing yourselves for a deal then you have to keep in mind few points which are very important. If you consider these points then the deal can be a profitable one. We have mentioned a Few points to keep in mind before accepting a real estate deal and you can go through the same before making a deal. You have to first find out a good estate agent who is reliable and genuine so that he can guide you in the correct manner and he can also help you regarding the legal matters. You need to get the best exit strategy initially. You need to search…
  • Demand for residential properties in Bangalore.

    Santosh V.T
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Today with the increasing opportunities in the so called silver city, we can see that the Demand for residential properties in Bangalore has also risen. We can also observe the fall in the price of the homes and apartments as well. Due to the increasing demand for the residential properties including the apartments, the investors are taking more and more interest in the real estate. As the demand goes up, the quality also goes up in a parallel way. The prices of the properties in Bangalore are coming down each and every day and hence more and more people are taking interest in buying new…
  • Current development of real estate in Bangalore.

    Santosh V.T
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
    The well known Silicon Valley of India is changing its form is coming to our way as a    new makeover of the city as the Manhattan of India. With growing population due to increase in the opportunities, the city is going to turn into the new real estate centre of the country. Since last few years many new companies have started creating many opportunities for the fresher. This has given rise to the migration of the people to the city and as a result development of real estate in Bangalore has take place. The demand for the residential and commercial properties rises and the prices have…
  • Are you looking for properties in Bangalore?

    Santosh V.T
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Bangalore, popularly known as the Silicon Valley  and one of the most developed cities in our country. The city has got the best popularity and the number of people migrating here because of the jobs is increasing day by day. If you are also the one who is here and want to get your own home then here is the right place for you. You should first decide what kind of place you want to stay at. It can be a house or apartments. Both of them have different benefits. If you go for an apartment then you can enjoy all the recent facilities like club house, swimming pool etc. It is difficult to get…
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    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.
  • New Rules Mean Some Jumbo Mortgages May Be Harder to Get – Wall Street Journal

    Admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    New Rules Mean Some Jumbo Mortgages May Be Harder to Get – Wall Street Journal New Rules Mean Some Jumbo Mortgages May Be Harder to GetWall Street JournalBecause some of those features are now more commonly found in larger home loans, some experts say that could mean fewer choices for some consumers seeking jumbo mortgages, […] The post New Rules Mean Some Jumbo Mortgages May Be Harder to Get – Wall Street Journal appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
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    Hipster Investments

  • What’s Available Wednesday? Chicago.

    Ali
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    Want to skyrocket your cash-flow? Who doesn’t! You  know Hipster loves Chicago – and you know Hipster loves the Triplex turnkey. Why? Simply put: serious cash-flow on both fronts. Chicago is a fantastic city in which to invest – lots of tenants, big employers, great property management, fantastic ROI’s. If you want to triple your earning potential with one property purchase, this Chicago triplex could be just what you want. So… why does Hipster love the Triplex again? Triplexes multi-task for you. Buy one property. Get one property manager. Net three monthly…
  • Recession-Proof Your Portfolio With Rental Properties

    Ali
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Real estate is like the economy. The economy? It’s like the weather. We have warm seasons, we have cold ones. Some seasons are unseasonably hot and others: unseasonably cold. As we come out of the most recent downturn and start assessing what happened, what went wrong, what went right – one thing is for certain: rental properties survived the storms. For investors who want cash-flow, the recession has been a fine time to invest in real estate. Why? Some real bargains have come up. First time home buying rates went down. More people rented. Hipster’s bottom line? Buy and hold…
  • The Value Of Coaching

    Ali
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Today’s lifestyle design post is going to take a look at one of the most important aspects of true life style design. What is it you ask? Don’t look at the title! Think – what makes you keep going after your wants even when things get so hard you don’t think you want them anymore? A coach does. A coach isn’t just an incredibly talented athlete and strategist – although some of the best coaches are just that. Coaches are your friends. They are your parents. They are the times in life you fail (yes, really). They are the shoes you wear. They are the obstacles…
  • What’s Available Wednesday! Texas.

    Ali
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Note: The Dallas Property Has Now Sold. Texas Is Back!! We love it so much, we are doing the first-ever double What’s Available Wednesday! It’s hump day again – and Hipster has a very special post lined up for you today…. Texas inventory is back – with a vengeance. The new stock is going to go fast – just as it did in the past – so if you’re interested in going big with your ROI, we suggest you lasso in one of these rock star properties! As you know, Hipster loves the lone star state’s fundamentals. Why? Both Houston and Dallas deliver big…
  • The Blue Chip Way To Invest In Real Estate

    Ali
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The stock market is often thought of as something of a gamble. Stocks go up and down on a dime. When it comes to investing in the stock market, there are certain stocks that are thought of as bringing security, profitability and safety: they’re called ‘blue chips’. Blue chip stocks usually cost more to buy into – but the cost is considered well worth it for the security investing in this kind of stock brings. When it comes to investing in real estate, there are lots of different approaches investors can take. As with the stock market, there are the penny stocks (think:…
 
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    LinkLearn

  • How to become a Million Dollar Agent

    LinkLearn
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Many people get into real estate sales with one big goal – attaining Million Dollar Agent status. Here’s some tips from LinkLearn trainees who have gone on to achieve this milestone. What else would you say helped you reach the top of your game? Advice from industry experts on how to achieve Million Dollar Agent Status The post How to become a Million Dollar Agent appeared first on LinkLearn.
  • Retraining after Redundancy

    LinkLearn
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Losing your job can be tough. As well as dealing with uncertainty and trying to find a new job in a country where the unemployment rate is at a decade-high of 6%, you can be left feeling discouraged and let down. But have you stopped to think that maybe this could be the fresh start you are looking for? You don’t have to be a young person to retrain and try something different. In fact, these days it is common for a person to change careers up to five times during his or her lifetime. Did you know that the skillset you have from your previous job could be a great fit for a completely…
  • Technology and the Future of Real Estate

    LinkLearn
    10 Jan 2014 | 9:22 am
    The internet has had a huge impact on the real estate industry. The amount of internet users in Australia has grown from 6, 600, 000 in 2000 to 19, 554, 832 in 2012. Whether at home or on the move, advancements in technology allow people to access a plethora of information at the click of a button. So what does this mean for the Real Estate Industry? Real Estate Agents Need to Meet Clients Where They Are Where people once relied on real estate agents and newspapers to browse properties, they are now able to start their search online. Many real estate agencies have adapted to this by creating…
  • Real Estate Business for Sale: Make it Yours

    LinkLearn
    19 Dec 2013 | 2:18 am
    Is your dream to buy a real estate agency and be your own boss? By following the correct regulations you can make this dream a reality. Understand How the Industry Works The real estate industry does not stay the same. Instead, it is continuously fluctuating and can be quite volatile. The key to buying and maintaining a successful real estate business is to understand how the industry works and to keep on top of the fluctuations. This is done through research, observation, industry experience, networking and immersing yourself in real estate news. Get the Correct Licenses Knowing the ins and…
  • Midlife Career Change

    LinkLearn
    11 Dec 2013 | 1:17 am
    Are you entertaining the idea of a midlife career change but not sure if it is too late? If you are considering starting a career in real estate, the answer is no, it is not too late. In the real estate industry it is common to come across staff who are older than 40 and who have swapped to real estate from another career. What’s more, these days it is common to swap careers multiple times during your lifetime. Whether you are working in a job you no longer enjoy or you have been a stay at home mum for a number of years, the key to changing careers is to find a job that interests you and…
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    Point2 Agent Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • Hot Tip: 5 Ways to Pump Up Your Listing Presentation and Beat the Competition!

    Tanya Fears
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    You get the call for an appointment that you know is  a great listing opportunity for a property that will sell fast! Having your sign there would make it as good as sold, but the competition for getting the seller to sign with you is stiff. What can you do to clinch the job? In today’s competitive market, agents often compete for more listings as inventory shrinks. Yet many agents haven’t changed their listing presentation for years. Are you still using the same old systems and tired marketing activities that your competition is using too? It’s time to jump into the new and…
  • How to Become a Real Estate Agent

    Geneva Ives
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about becoming a real estate agent. Or you already are one and have been practicing for years or even decades. In either case, it’s time that someone highlighted all the hard work it takes to follow this career path. After all, most of us have heard someone, somewhere casually announce “but ANYONE can be a real estate agent!” That’s simply not true. Becoming a real estate agent takes a lot of determination and hard work (a lot more than we could fit into one infographic, in fact). Whether you’re…
  • Streamline Your Office to Save Money

    Tanya Fears
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you feeling overwhelmed with all of the papers, files and clutter that seem to have piled up over the winter? Spending a bunch of time searching for things or printing off tons of paperwork for clients? Time for some spring cleaning and getting organized? Well, we are here to help you! Grab your lunch this Thursday and in less than 40 minutes discover how streamlining your office and your services can not only get your life organized, but also save you big dollars in the coming months! Communications specialist Terri Murphy has put together the best tips and tricks for organization from…
  • Faces of Point2 – Mary Chu

    Geneva Ives
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Title: Event Planner Start Date: August 2013 Today we thought we’d showcase one of the people who make all of the events we attend so wonderful. Mary Chu is an events planner for Point2, meaning she interacts with important organizations and industry groups, coordinates our show attendance and helps organize presentations. Without her help, we’d be – probably quite literally – lost! When she’s not helping us sort out which one of us is going where and when, Mary spends her time eating (and Yelping about) all the foods of San Diego with her husband and adorable…
  • Upcoming Webinar: Go Paperless for More Profits – You Don’t Have to be Tech Savvy!

    Tanya Fears
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What if this Point2 session could really help you save over 400 working hours a year? Imagine enjoying more time to do what you want, reducing your stress and saving a bunch of trees in the process? Terri will share the top 10 tips to going paperless even if you aren’t tech savvy. She’s compiled the best tips from some of our top experts like Verl Workman and Garry Wise in our 36 minute session. Get the scoop on: 1) Which apps will help you save time and cut your fuel costs 2) Why going paperless can save you space and cover your business in future transactions 3) How to cut costs on…
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    Keeping Current Matters

  • 12,575 Houses Sold Yesterday!

    The KCM Crew
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you read certain headlines, you might be led to believe that the housing recovery has come to a screeching halt. Naysayers are claiming that rising mortgage rates and a lack of consumer confidence are keeping Americans on the fence when it comes to purchasing real estate. That is actually far from reality. After all 12,575 houses sold yesterday, 12,575 will sell today and 12,575 will sell tomorrow. 12,575! That is the average number of homes that sell each and every day in this country according to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Existing Home Sales Report. According…
  • With Rates & Prices on the Rise, Do You Know the True Cost of Waiting?

    The KCM Crew
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We, at KCM, have often broken down the opportunity that exists now for Millennials who are willing and able to purchase a home NOW... Here are a couple other ways to look at the cost of waiting. Let’s say you're 30 and your dream house costs $250,000 today, at 4.41% your monthly Mortgage Payment with Interest would be $1,253.38. But you’re busy, you like your apartment, moving is such a hassle...You decide to wait till the end of next year to buy and all of a sudden, you’re 31, that same house is $270,000, at 5.7%. Your new payment per month is $1,567.08. The difference in payment is…
  • Either Way, You’re Still Paying a Mortgage

    The KCM Crew
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent free, you are paying a mortgage - either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the…
  • A Snapshot of Homeowners [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Real Estate: This Spring Will Be Different

    The KCM Crew
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just like May flowers, every spring the housing market blossoms as buyers come out ready to purchase their dream house. This spring, we believe we are going to see the strongest purchasing market we have seen in a decade. Why are we so bullish on the housing market this spring? Here are a few reasons: MILLENNIALS Contrary to many reports, this age demographic is READY, WILLING and ABLE to become homeowners. As a matter of fact, the latest National Association of Realtors’ gender study revealed that the Millennial generation has recently accounted for a greater percentage of all buyers than…
 
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  • Weatherstone New Cumberland Photo Gallery

    Dan Zito
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Excellent location, gorgeous views, and a beautiful setting make Weatherstone the premier townhome community in Central Pennsylvania. Nestled on a hillside, dappled with tall trees, this setting offers the quaintness of pastoral views and the magnificence of vista views. Weatherstone offers 104 townhomes in all. Numerous exciting floor plan designs offer a multitude of choices. From the first floor master bedroom with media loft to the more traditional two story designs, Weatherstone has something for everyone. The entrance monument speaks … Read More
  • Orchard Glen The Best of Both Worlds

    Dan Zito
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    The best of both worlds Orchard Glen, in the picturesque Cumberland County countryside, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Central Pennsylvania. Residents are drawn here for its ideal location — only one mile from Route 15, yet tucked away in expansive open space so it feels like a private, peaceful retreat. And residents stay here for the incredible community amenities. Here, you will find miles of trails, a great park, friendly neighbors and best of all, … Read More
  • Five easy ways to save money on your energy bill

    Dan Zito
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Five easy ways to save money on your energy bill Save your money — and help save the environment at the same time. Whether you’re moving into a new home or looking to improve your current living situation, one easy way to reduce your bills and live more mindfully is to be a smarter consumer of energy. Here are five easy ways that you can start saving energy and reducing your utilities bills today. 1. Replace your light bulbs. Do … Read More
  • How to Make Buyers Love Your Home

    Dan Zito
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Does Your Home Appeal To Buyers? A neat, tidy and well-staged home creates buyers interest, and helps to create quick home sales whereas when a home is an untidy mess, it will turn off potential buyers. You could then wait for months to find a buyer and will probably end up needing to drop your price dramatically to conclude a sale. So lets look at ways to encourage a ‘selling’ interest in your home. How to Make Your Home Say … Read More
  • The Avocet

    Dan Zito
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
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    Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team

  • Thinking of Buying a Vacation or Retirement Home

    Nancy Moeller
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Thinking of Buying a Vacation or Retirement Home? Why Wait? The sales of vacation homes skyrocketed last year. A recent studyalso revealed that 25% of those surveyed said they’d likely buy a second home, such as a vacation or beach house, to use during retirement. For many Baby Boomers, the idea of finally purchasing that vacation home (that they may eventually use in retirement) makes more and more sense as the economy improves and the housing market recovers. If your family is thinking about purchasing that second home, now may be the perfect time. Prices are still great. If you decide…
  • Spring Means Servicing Your Air Conditioner

    The Moeller Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    In preparation for warmer summer days, spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner serviced. With regular service, air conditioning units can continue to function in the most efficient and effective way possible. Neglected units are more costly to run and deliver poorer air-cooling quality. DIY air conditioner maintenance Several components of your air conditioning unit are easy for you to maintain. According to the US Department of Energy, the most important item is to check your filter. A dirty or clogged air filter reduces normal airflow. When airflow is reduced, the filter no…
  • Vacation Home Property Sales Surges

    Nancy Moeller
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    The American desire to own a second home as a vacation home is alive and well! The National Association of Realtors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows there are approximately 8 million vacation homes in the U.S. Their 2014 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey shows vacation home sales improved substantially in 2013. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said favorable conditions are driving second-home sales: “Growth in the equity markets has greatly benefited high net-worth households, thereby providing the wherewithal and confidence to purchase recreational property,” he said.
  • Keeping it Local: Rockwell’s Bakery and Cafe

    Nancy Moeller
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Keeping it Local: Rockwell’s Bakery and Cafe In this week’s series of Keeping It Local, we feature the Rockwell’s Bakery and Cafe. About Rockwell’s Bakery and Cafe Originally opened in 1987, Rockwell’s Cafe & Bakery has been a Villa Park favorite for over 20 years. Everyday our chefs and in-house bakers use the freshest ingredients to create amazing entrées and luscious desserts and wedding cakes. Our restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner while our award winning bakery makes custom desserts that are perfect for any occasion. You can choose from our…
  • Homeownership’s Impact on net Worth

    Nancy Moeller
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home was truly a good way to build wealth. A study by the Federal Reserve formally answered this question. Some of the findings revealed in their report: The average American family has a net worth of $77,300 Of that net worth, 61.4% ($47,500) of it is in home equity A homeowner’s net worth is over thirty times greater than that of a renter The average homeowner has a net worth of $174,500 while the…
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  • How to Choose a Professional Real Estate Photographer

    Hugh
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many people know that they should hire a professional real estate photographer, but they don’t understand the right steps that need to be followed in order to select the best photographer for the job. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when you are looking for a real estate photographer to help with your home listing photos: Price Matters… You Get What You Pay For The cost of moving can be expensive, and since you are selling your home then you are likely spending a little bit of extra money on the cost of moving. In these situations, many people are looking for…
  • Real Estate Video Tours Give You an Edge Over the Competition

    Hugh
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you are looking for a way to market your property that is for sale, then real estate video tours should be at the top of your “to-do” list. This marketing method is an effective way to find more buyers to view your home listing, but it is estimated that only 5% of real estate agents utilize video marketing in their efforts. So, if you use real estate videos to market your home, then it means that you will be able to get ahead of 95% of the competition. As a real estate agent, if you aren’t already utilizing real estate video tours, then you should start offering the…
  • Why Professional Real Estate Photos Increase the Value of Your Property

    Hugh
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is estimated that 92% of home buyers use the internet to search for properties that they are interested in, and their first impressions will be decided based on the real estate listing of each property that they view. Professional real estate photos can make a big difference to the first impression that each buyer has of your property, and there are several ways that the photos can be beneficial to help you sell your home. Professional and Amateur photography comparison For example, the photos can highlight the upgrades and unique details that are available in the home, helping to justify…
  • Real Estate Videos are an Important Element of Modern Marketing

    Hugh
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    Newspapers and print ads might have been effective real estate marketing techniques years ago, but the face of the new industry is shaped around technology and online marketing. Real estate agents who fail to use online tools such as social media and real estate video tours, are making a big mistake in their business. If you want to see success with selling the properties that are listed for sale, then it is necessary to take a few steps in order to utilize online and digital marketing techniques. Newspaper Ads are a Thing of the Past Before the invention of the internet, people usually…
  • Real Estate Marketing Tools in 2014

    Hugh
    20 Feb 2014 | 6:35 am
    Real estate marketing tools have changed drastically in recent years, due to the increase in the use of technology. As a real estate agent, failing to utilize these tools can have a negative impact on the length of time that it takes to sell a home as well as the final selling price of the home. This article provides a few real estate online marketing tools that you should use to market your real estate, and these tools can be used by both real estate agents and private home sellers. Keep in mind that 88% of home buyers have stated that they start their search for a new home on the internet,…
 
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    Times Realty News

  • Trump, Mondrian Hotels, Abu Dhabi and Brunei Peninsula Hotel Representatives join “Global Real Estate Crowdfunding Conference II” in New York #CrowdFundRealty

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    New York, April 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — It’s a #CrowdFundRealty day this Thursday, April 24, in New York! What better way to usher that day than to gather the top honchos of the real estate industry and realty-focused family offices from all over the globe in a VIP cocktail party at the Big Apple. Nobody would want to miss out on this swanky cocktail happening on Wednesday night, 23 April 2014 at The Soho Loft penthouse in NYC. Grab a last minute ticket and hobnob with no less than the representatives of Trump Properties, the owners of the Hudson Hotel, the Morgans Hotel Group…
  • Understanding How Regulation D 506 c Changes the Real Estate Landscape

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:53 am
    By David Drake   When the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was passed by the Congress, startup businesses received the news with a lot of excitement and anticipation. The JOBS Act aimed at encouraging startup businesses to raise capital, even from non-accredited investors.  The act altered and added securities regulations that had previously prevented small businesses to easily access capital.   Under the JOBS Act, Regulation D 506 underwent several changes. These changes have an impact on the way small businesses are allowed to raise capital. Previous to the approved…
  • GroundFloor: Making Real Estate Investing Affordable to the General Public

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
      GroundFloor just started the journey of making real estate investing accessible and affordable to more people through crowdfunding. In Georgia, the general public of all financial spectrums can now participate in real estate investing. This has been greatly facilitated by the crowdfunding state laws in Georgia. According to Brian Dally, co-founder of GroundFloor, this concept is expected to be taken to other states in the US.   The journey of Raleigh-startup GroundFloor was officially launched a few weeks ago. The company is now operating and  successfully raised capital of…
  • Real Estate Crowdfunding: Going Beyond Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and the Empire State Building

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    New York, April 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Get ready for the Global Real Estate Crowdfunding Conference II this 24 April 2014, Thursday, in New York, a full-day event organized and hosted by The Soho Loft, Victoria Global and FundingPost and sponsored by Times Realty News, Patch of Land, Global Crowd News, LDJ Capital, and Stock & Fund Managers.  After the astounding success of the first real estate investing conference last 14 November 2013 where Barry Sternlicht of Starwood Capital  and the  leading real estate crowdfunding firms inspired and equipped the crowd,  real estate…
  • Announcement: Win an Event Ticket to the April 24 Real Estate Conference in New York!

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Times Realty News sponsors 1 free ticket daily to the “Global Real Estate Crowdfunding Conference II” April 24 in New York City. One of you who sent in your name and email ID to subscribe to the TRN newsletter is going away with a free ticket worth $785 to this leading event in real estate investing. The conference is organized/hosted by The Soho Loft, Victoria Global and FundingPost and sponsored by Times Realty News, Global Crowd News, LDJ Capital, Patch of Land, The Carlton Group, BoaW, and Stock & Fund Managers. The winner for the April 18 draw is Shakka Williams of …
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  • 7 Steps for Buying a Rental Property

    Keith Flenniken
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Keith Flenniken has purchased a number of rental properties, including one at 57 West Broadway (above) in Derry, NH. Keith Flenniken currently runs his own successful real estate business, Flenniken Enterprises. His vast portfolio encompasses a number of commercial and residential properties. Keith Flenniken provides an easy seven step approach for those interested in purchasing a rental property.   Get Pre-Approved It is important to start with this time saving step to make sure you can afford the property. You will need a pre-approved letter from the bank or other lender, who will help…
  • Buying Multi-Family Properties

    Keith Flenniken
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In this blog, Keith Flenniken shares tips for investing in multi-family real estate properties, such as his four-unit property at 15 Mt. Pleasant St. (above). Keith Flenniken is a real estate investor who owns Flenniken Enterprises. His portfolio of New Hampshire homes includes many multi-family properties, which offer unique benefits over single-family homes. Multi-family homes have not historically attracted much investment interest as single-family homes but are now growing in popularity. Younger first-time buyers are especially enthusiastic about multi-family units, in many cases choosing…
  • 4 Tips for Evaluating Investment Properties

    Keith Flenniken
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    Keith Flenniken shares tips for identifying properties with good investment potential. Keith Flenniken is the owner of Flenniken Enterprises, a real estate investment firm with a diverse portfolio of residences and commercial properties. He recognizes that spotting a good investment property is not easy. Here are four tips he recommends for new real estate investors who are looking for a good property to flip:   Look For Structural Problems All problems will cost money to repair, but some can be fixed inexpensively. An aesthetically displeasing issue like a broken window or peeling paint…
  • Real Estate Investing: Best Practices

    Keith Flenniken
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:42 am
    Keith Flenniken, owner of Flenniken Enterprises, shares best practices for real estate investing. Keith Flenniken is the owner of Flenniken Enterprises, a real estate investment firm with an extensive portfolio of residential and commercial properties in New Hampshire. He recognizes that there are a few best practices individuals who are interested in getting into real estate investing should follow before taking the leap. Prospective real estate investors should begin by compiling as much information and advice as possible for their target markets. Property ads and listings can provide a…
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    Dubai Real Estate Property Blog | Better Homes LLC.

  • Find Dubai’s cultural offerings in Barsha

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Al Barsha is the home of the Mall of the Emirates, which is in turn the home of DUCTAC, (Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre) - a hub of theatre, music, film and other visual art disciplines. Neighbouring Al Quoz has a fine reputation for art galleries and Gulf Photo Plus, a photography school, resource and gallery rolled into one, is located in Alserkal Avenue, a location which, while it may look unprepossessing from the outside, is home to 20 art spaces in total and is a hub of creativity in an otherwise industrial area.     DUCTAC is a cultural hub in its own right, with…
  • A night at the movies in JBR

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    Many residents may have heaved a sigh when they heard that part of the beach in JBR was to be redeveloped into another shopping mall, but, as time has gone by, it has become clear that The Beach at JBR is something a little bit different. It incorporates the natural resources of the ocean and beach with shopping, dining, and leisure to create a social space with a relaxed vibe.     More of the development comes to life as the weeks pass, and the latest addition is a new Reel Cinema with seven screens, including one open air, and three additional luxury platinum suites. There are few…
  • Parks to try before the summer

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am