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  • Brazil Hotel Chain on the Block

    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A U.S. real-estate investor could become one of the largest hotel owners in Brazil if the firm succeeds in a tender offer that values Brazil Hospitality Group at $1 billion.
  • Real Estate's Self-Made Mogul

    WSJ.com: Real Estate
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Don Peebles, the son of a mechanic, built a real-estate empire that includes three palatial family homes; meals sent up by dumbwaiter.
  • Power broker favors T-shirts over suits

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    Inman News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Climb Real Estate Group power broker Kevin Gueco’s taste for high fashion has landed him in the San Francsico Chronicle, which details every aspect of his wardrobe, from “Japanese salvage denim and designer sneakers” to American Apparel T-shirts and a ...
  • New Credit Score Model Would be Great for Housing! Too Bad it Won't be Used

    Mortgage News Daily
    Ted Rood
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireFICO, the company that develops proprietary scoring models for credit bureaus and lenders, announced August 7 that a new model (FICO Score 9) would be released this fall. FICO's press release caught buyers', Realtors', and lenders' attention, as the new model was touted as significantly more “borrower friendly”. Paid collections would no longer impact credit scores. Medical debts (paid or not) would hurt scores less as well. FICO predicted some consumers' scores could rise by 25 points, an amount that would significantly reduce their loan costs or interest…
  • Home prices rising, but slowly

    Home mortgage rates and real estate news - CNNMoney.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Home prices moderate, up 6.2% year-over-year.
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    WSJ.com: Real Estate

  • Sunset Views in Thailand

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    This contemporary waterfront villa in Krabi is nestled on 10 acres overlooking Phang Nga Bay and includes five pavilions, separate Western- and Thai-style kitchens, and an observation bridge.
  • The Big Unit Will List his Big House for $25 Million

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    On Monday, retired Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Johnson will list his 25,000-square-foot Paradise Valley, Ariz., estate
  • Real Estate's Self-Made Mogul

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Don Peebles, the son of a mechanic, built a real-estate empire that includes three palatial family homes; meals sent up by dumbwaiter.
  • Cost Dispute Halts Work on Brooklyn Apartment Tower

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Contractor Skanska is in fight with developer Forest City over added costs at tower next to Barclays Center that is using modular construction.
  • The 'Shoffice' Solution

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    London homeowners who have maximized the square footage in their attics and basements are now building a backyard 'shoffice,' a cross between a shed and an office.
 
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    Commercial Real Estate News

  • Kennesaw bans new payday lending, title pawn openings for one year

    Carla Caldwell
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    Kennesaw officials have approved a one-year moratorium on licenses for pawn shops, payday lending, check cashing and title pawn businesses. The moratorium, approved in August, will not affect businesses already operating in the city, reports Marietta Daily Journal. Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews said city officials recently discovered that Kennesaw’s restrictions on such establishments are more lax than other cities, the paper reports. Mathews said that the city is working on “a uniform development…
  • Women to watch this week: Sept. 2 - 7

    Mary Johnson
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    LuAnn Via: The CEO of the Minneapolis-based retailer Christopher & Banks is scheduled to announce her company’s quarterly earnings Wednesday. Via, the former CEO of Payless Shoesource, has been leading a massive turnaround at the company, closing hundreds of stores and overhauling the inventory to stay true to the company’s core customers, which she has described as “middle America.” And her efforts seem to be working: The company ended 2013 in the black for the first time since 2007 and…
  • Baltimore's top woman-owned firms and tourist attractions

    Carolyn Proctor
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Here’s the schedule of Lists coming up soon and when you can find them. Up next: For Sept. 5, you’ll see our annual List of the 50 largest woman-owned companies based in Greater Baltimore. More Lists coming up: For Sept. 12, we’ll have our List of the 50 most popular tourist attractions in Greater Baltimore, ranked by attendance. Then on Sept. 19, look for our annual List of the top home builders, along with our Lists of the biggest local landscape architecture and landscape contracting…
  • Report: Russell backs off opposed parking lot near Falcons’ stadium, envisions mixed-use (VIDEO)

    Carla Caldwell
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    H. J. Russell & Co. says it has withdrawn plans to turn a large empty lot near the new Atlanta Falcons stadium into a paid parking area due to neighborhood opposition. "We are looking forward to taking advantage of the revitalization in the area because of the new Falcons stadium,” H. Jerome Russell, who is the president of H.J. Russell & Co., told WSB-TV. Russell said he now envisions a three to four-story mixed-used development that will likely take three to four years to complete, the station…
  • Sussex indoor sports complex development seeks investors

    Sean Ryan
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A local team is seeking investors for a more than $10 million indoor sports complex in Sussex to host amateur league games, generating tourism and potentially surrounding development. Also this week, an Illinois developer bought 248 acres in Pleasant Prairie for a new business park. The Sussex Engage Sports Complex is the dream child of local residents Jeff Olson and David Mueller. They have commitments from members of the Amateur Athletic Union to play games there, interest in loan support from…
 
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  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – August 20 2014

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

    SoldAtTheTop
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Recently, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released their latest Housing Market Index (HMI) showing that assessments of housing activity improved notably in August with the composite HMI index climbing to 55 from 53 the prior month while the "buyer traffic" index rose to a level of 42.Looking at the data, its pretty clear that while there was a bit of a pullback in activity earlier in the year, homebuilder sentiment and, in particular, assessments of buyer activity have improved.
  • Retail Sales: July 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest nominal read of retail sales  showing modest activity in July with sales going flat from June and rising 3.7% on a year-over-year basis on an aggregate of all items including food, fuel and healthcare services. Nominal "discretionary" retail sales including home furnishings, home garden and building materials, consumer electronics and department store sales declined slightly, falling 0.1% from June but rising 1.68% above the level seen in July 2013 while, adjusting for inflation, “real” discretionary retail sales declined 0.23% on the…
  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – August 13 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:54 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…
  • Construction Spending: June 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released their latest read of construction spending showing slumping results for June with total private construction spending, single family construction spending and non-residential construction spending all declining over the month. On a month-to-month basis, total residential spending declined -0.3% from May climbing 7.4% above the level seen in June 2013 and remaining well below the peak level seen in 2006.Single family construction spending declined 1.40% from May rising 8.5% since June 2013 remaining well below it's peak level reached in…
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    Residential Real Estate News

  • Scenes from the president's return to Laborfest: Slideshow

    Alison Bauter
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    President Barack Obama played to the crowd Monday as he visited Milwaukee Laborfest, laying out a few "facts": Milwaukee brats are delicious, the Brewers are tied for first-place and "Republicans in Congress just love to say no." As if on cue, the crowd roared in response to each statement. It wasn't the president's only play to the Wisco audience, in his second visit to Laborfest since running for office and his second southeast Wisconsin stop this year. Check out the attached slideshow of his…
  • President Obama tells Laborfest 'America is stronger'

    Alison Bauter
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Back at Laborfest for the first time since his election year, President Barack Obama made the case to Milwaukee Monday that the country was stronger than it was six years ago. "I just want everybody to understand — because you wouldn't always know it from watching the news — by almost every measure, the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office," Obama declared to a crowd of about 6,000 at the Summerfest grounds. "Despite the cynics, America is moving forward."…
  • Baltimore's top woman-owned firms and tourist attractions

    Carolyn Proctor
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Here’s the schedule of Lists coming up soon and when you can find them. Up next: For Sept. 5, you’ll see our annual List of the 50 largest woman-owned companies based in Greater Baltimore. More Lists coming up: For Sept. 12, we’ll have our List of the 50 most popular tourist attractions in Greater Baltimore, ranked by attendance. Then on Sept. 19, look for our annual List of the top home builders, along with our Lists of the biggest local landscape architecture and landscape contracting…
  • Why SMU's new $6.5M Chi Omega house went viral; it might not be what you think

    Candace Carlisle
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    When Chi Omega's Iota Alpha chapter at Southern Methodist University decided to show off its new $6.5 million sorority house to the Dallas Business Journal, we were happy to feature the luxe digs on our website. The story about the renovation of the former SMU Faculty Club into a 25,000-square-foot mansion-like home for 40 lucky Chi Omega sorority sisters struck a nerve, bringing in more than 650,000 page views and inspired other news organizations such as Cosmopolitan to report on our story. Trying…
  • Marriott selling unfinished Kauai Lagoons project for $60M

    Duane Shimogawa
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Marriott Vacations Worldwide is in negotiations to sell its Kauai Lagoons project, one of the largest Hawaii construction projects to be stalled by the Great Recession, to Hawaii developer Ed Bushor for $60 million. Bushor, who also purchased, through a partnership with marine artist Wyland, the iconic Naniloa Volcanoes Resort on the Big Island late last year, confirmed to PBN on Friday that he is in negotiations with Marriott Vacations Worldwide for the Kauai Lagoons purchase. He says he plans…
 
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    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate

  • Limits Are Urged for Some REITs

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    State securities regulators are pushing for restrictions on nontraded real-estate investment trusts, saying added protections are needed for small investors who may not fully understand the risks.
  • Foreign Interest Runs High for London Offices

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Real-estate investors from Asia and the Middle East are lining up to bid for two of the most recognizable office buildings in London's skyline, adding heft to the U.K. capital's property boom.
  • Hotel Chain Gives It the Old College Try

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A new hotel brand thinks it can win a devoted following by offering guests a chance to relive the college experience.
  • Project Climbs Out of Its Hole

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    The battle over the stalled Chicago Spire project, one of the most high-profile real-estate developments clobbered by the downturn, has taken another step toward being resolved.
  • Brazil Hotel Chain on the Block

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    A U.S. real-estate investor could become one of the largest hotel owners in Brazil if the firm succeeds in a tender offer that values Brazil Hospitality Group at $1 billion.
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  • Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed-up military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west. Moscow's surprise announcement added a new and threatening new layer of tensions ahead of NATO's two-day summit that starts Thursday in Wales and will see Ukraine's beleaguered leader Petro Poroshenko personally lobby US President Barack Obama for military help.
  • U.S. military targets al-Shabab in Somalia

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    A Somali official says the strike targeted the Islamic extremist network's fugitive leader.
  • Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:02 pm
    By David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit’s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. “What Detroit needed to start with was a reinvestment program,” said James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors, a municipal finance consultancy. “If you don’t solve the systemic problem and fix it for real, all you’re…
  • Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests across U.S.

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    The protests, announced on Twitter by organizer Fight For 15, come as cities across the nation propose minimum wage increases while Democrats seek to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term congressional elections. Fast food workers have launched a series of protests over the last nearly two years to bring awareness to their demands, which include the right to unionize without retaliation. In one of the last major actions, restaurant workers launched rallies in 150 cities, including Boston, Chicago, New York and Miami in May. This time, organizers are staging…
  • Hong Kong police arrest 19 in pro-democracy scuffles

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Hong Kong police said on Tuesday they arrested 19 people during scuffles with pro-democracy activists prompted by China's decision not to allow the Asian financial hub to choose its next leader. The 19, aged between 20 and 45, were arrested on Monday for illegal assembly, trying to force their way on to a carriageway, charging a police line and for pushing barriers, a police spokeswoman said. Police used pepper spray to disperse activists as Hong Kong center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision. Hong Kong is in the midst of a political upheaval as…
 
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • Construction Nears for Island Paradise Investments’ $75M Senior Care Community in Waikiki

    Adriana
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor Island Paradise Investments of San Francisco will soon break ground on a $75 million, 17-story senior living facility at the entrance to Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue. According to Senior Housing News, the Kalakaua Garden will offer 106 assisted-living units, 32 memory care units and 49 skilled nursing beds. The building will be located at 1723 Kalakaua Ave., across from the Hawaii Convention Center and adjacent to Ala Moana Beach Park. Amenities will include a garden and water feature on the ground floor, a fourth-floor courtyard, a 1,800-square-foot outdoor…
  • Wood Partners, PREI Close on M-F Project Site; NewQuest Epic’s Big Buy Includes Phoenix Asset

    Liviu Oltean
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    By Liviu Oltean, Associate Editor A joint venture of Wood Partners and Prudential Real Estate Investors has closed on a downtown Chandler site in the South Arizona Avenue Corridor where the partners plan to build a 301-unit apartment project, Business Real Estate Weekly of Arizona reported. The joint venture, PR III/Wood Chandler Apartments L.L.C., will develop the asset on the former site of the CMC Steel plant, which closed in 2009. Dubbed Alta Steelyard Lofts, the property will be located on about six acres at the southeast corner of Washington Street and Frye Road. The South Arizona…
  • HFF Arranges $9.85M Financing for Apartment Conversion Project in Downtown Indianapolis; Officials Celebrate $10M Renovation of Historic IU Medical Building

    Adriana
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor Pennsylvania-based HFF has secured $9.85 million in financing for 333 Penn, a 78-unit, adaptive re-use apartment building in downtown Indianapolis. Led by director Ken Martin, the company’s debt placement team has worked exclusively on behalf of the borrower, TWG Development LLC, to arrange the fixed-rate loan through JP Morgan Securities. Loan proceeds will retire an existing construction loan on the property. The historic art deco building dates back to 1913. It originally consisted of office space which served many of the city’s architects and builders.
  • Dan Walker Proceeds with Plans in 7.6-Acre Business Park in Memphis; Tennessee Plans $70M Veterans’ Nursing Home for Shelby County

    Liviu Oltean
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    By Liviu Oltean, Associate Editor Memphis-based Dan Walker Associates Inc. is moving ahead with plans for the development of a new  office business park, according to the Memphis Business Journal. The plan entails the development of approximately 240,000 square feet, seven buildings on 7.6 acres and a 10,500-square-foot headquarters. Dan Walker Associates plans to start work on its headquarters in two months and hopes to relocate in spring 2015. The new HQ is a considerable upgrade for the company seeing as they operate within only 2,000 square feet at their current location at 5350 Poplar…
  • Trinity Partners Leases 176KSF at Shopton Ridge; Trinity Capital Buys Two Office Buildings in Toringdon

    elizat
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor Shopton Ridge 18-B Southwest Charlotte’s Shopton Ridge Industrial Park has been experiencing an upsurge in occupancy over the past 18 months, going from 53 percent vacant to 93 percent occupied. Trinity Partners’ Bill Wood has been in charge of doubling the property’s occupancy rate and continues to further market the remaining 28,844 square feet of unoccupied space at a 422,400-square-foot industrial park. Most recently, Woods signed leases for 176,000 square feet, bringing the vacancy down to seven percent. Among the newly signed tenants is Pinpoint…
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    Inman News

  • 100,000 agents to get ‘single sign-on’ access to NAR programs

    Andrea V. Brambila
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Imagine a dashboard where agents can access their multiple listing service, the third-party products they’ve purchased, resources from their local association and tools from the National Association of Realtors — all with a single logon. In what has been dubbed the “NAR Portlet ...
  • What consumers really want: lessons from an innovative shopping marketplace

    Inman News
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Susan Feldman, co-founder and chief merchandising officer for online shopping marketplace One Kings Lane, talks to Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman about the lessons she learned building a whole new way to buy online. ...
  • As Fed tapers, its European counterpart may just be getting started

    Lou Barnes
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Fed tightening is theoretically imminent, but U.S. bonds are falling in yield, even as the Fed tapers its bond purchases. Everyone is prepared for very dramatic action by the European Central Bank, some form of quantitative easing ...
  • Power broker favors T-shirts over suits

    Inman News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Climb Real Estate Group power broker Kevin Gueco’s taste for high fashion has landed him in the San Francsico Chronicle, which details every aspect of his wardrobe, from “Japanese salvage denim and designer sneakers” to American Apparel T-shirts and a ...
  • Drone helps broker discover whether clients have a few shingles loose

    Inman News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Tulsa, Oklahoma-based broker-owner Darryl Baskin says the drone footage he shoots gives his sellers an advantage, showing to the best advantage features like spacious backyards and sturdy roofs. On a flight observed by the Tulsa World, he discovered his client ...
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  • What We’re Reading: Aug. 23-29

    Dave
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Asking price psychology, iPhone 6 on its way, and Facebook fights clickbait In residential real estate, the asking price is often as much about psychology as it is reality. Most home buyers don’t realize that setting an asking price is primarily a negotiating tactic. The Wall Street Journal has a great article on getting to the best asking price. Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. What’s also turning up is the recovery seems still to be location-specific. If you’re in an ‘innovation hub’ like San Francisco or Seattle, you might be doing…
  • What we’re reading: Aug. 16-22

    Dave
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Big Data and home buying, ALS Ice Bucket everywhere, and unpoppable bubble wrap It used to be that home buyers only need worry about credit cards and loan debts when applying for a mortgage. But, with Big Data’s analytic capabilities, mortgagees have access to more information than ever before. New York Times’ writer Seeta Peña Gangadharan posits on what this could mean for home buyers. This past May, President Obama issued a report recognizing Big Data’s potential for both good and harm, stating that “A significant finding of this report is that big data analytics have the…
  • What We’re Reading – Aug. 9-15

    Dave
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Where we came from, real estate in Japan, and a Bloody Mary to end them all The New York Times Upshot section has a fun set of graphs this week that looks at state migration patterns from 1900 to today, state by state. Look at Florida and you can see the rise of immigrants from New York in the 1960s, or North Carolina’s rapid growth from the 1990s. Fun stuff! Japan vs. U.S. real estate culture. Buying an existing home is almost a foreign concept in Japan, where the vast majority of consumers prefer to tear down and build new rather than live in someone else’s house. Home…
  • New and Updated in the Library – Aug 2014

    Dave
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The following field guides have recently been updated in the Library: Appraisal of Real Estate Offices & Selling Your Book of Business Whether you own a real estate firm or are thinking of buying or selling one, it’s important to know what the business is worth. The following articles and studies can provide some insight into determining the value of a real estate firm and its assets. Breaking into Commercial Sales Though both the U.S. and world economies remain in a somewhat precarious state, the commercial real estate market has shown incremental improvements since the economic…
  • What We’re Reading: Aug. 2-8

    Dave
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Zillow + Trulia reactions, Russian hackers, and Mind the Gap! Zillow and Trulia merger: What will it mean for  the business? or even your business? Check out the thoughts of some real estate bloggers. You’ve probably heard about the billion stolen passwords, now in the hands of Russian hackers. Now you might be left wondering, “What do I do?” New York Times writer Molly Wood offers some solid advice. Most notably: assume you’ve been hacked and take the necessary precautions. Most expensive state to close a mortgage: Texas. Least: Nevada. Architects don’t like it, but…
 
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • New, Inexpensive Video Opportunities Explode For Small Businesses (Including Hyperlapse)

    Sam DeBord
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    If you haven’t tried out Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app (and your Facebook feed isn’t already full of your friends’ time lapse videos), stop reading this article, get the app, and try it out right now. My first reaction to this app was that its ability to shoot a time lapse video from a mobile phone was really interesting, but its ability to stabilize video through its programming that constantly monitors the phone’s gyroscope was the really useful feature.  Steve Pacinelli at Tech Savvy agent beat me to it, but I think that most people will come to see this…
  • Can Social Media Replace Business Cards?

    Troy Schuricht
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    No matter what your business or industry, the value of the internet and social media cannot be denied. It’s allowing us to stay more connected than ever; but are social media channels set to replace the classic paper business card? All signs point to “yes.” Just as online shopping systems have taken the place of many brick and mortar stores, and the website has all but replaced the paper catalog, the use of social media is rapidly replacing the old school Rolodex. The Virtual Address Book Yes, paper business cards were helpful, but static. They provided a contact’s…
  • Real Estate Automated Valuation Model (AVM) Websites

    Drew Meyers
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Someone landed on Geek Estate the other day, with the following search query: the truth about real estate automated valuation websites I’m not sure exactly what they are looking for, but they should know AVM’s (automated valuation model) have been around for years & used heavily in the lending, insurance, and investment industries. However, professionals had to pay for access to that data. Consumer Websites Zillow launched in February of 2006, and was the first site to give consumers free access to the same data professionals had been using for years. Yahoo Real…
  • Will Google Rank Realtors Using the .REALTOR domain?

    Bryn Kaufman
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    You might recall NAR’s failed AgentMatch program, where they were going to match consumers with Realtors. It was probably the most hated thing NAR came out with in many years, so it was good they killed it off fast. I see the potential for the .REALTOR domain name free profile website to have some of the same issues as AgentMatch. Having a .REALTOR domain name is a great idea, but their free Website that automatically shows all your listings and closed transactions, along with their complete system for displaying client recommendations, might have some interesting results. NAR is expecting…
  • Trusted Real Estate Referrals by Location

    Drew Meyers
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Referrals are pretty much the best lead you can get, since someone is introducing you to a potential client with their stamp of approval/trust. Whether or not you make money from referrals (I know some refuse to monetize that process), virtually every agent desires to find a trusted, qualified agent by location to hand a relocation client off to every now and then. There are dozens, and likely hundreds, of networks, groups, and masterminds in existence to help agents do exactly that, all over the country…and world. Some of those are standalone websites, while others exist inside…
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    Mortgage News Daily

  • MBS RECAP: Bond Markets Hold Narrow Range Overall; Some Month-End Volatility Around Treasury Close

    Matthew Graham
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryOvernight trading was uneventful for bond markets and made for a just slightly weaker open for both Treasuries and MBS. Economic data was completely and utterly ignored. It wasn't until headlines out of the UK concerning a "severe" terrorism alert sent UK bond yields sharply lower that US bond markets finally found some motivation to get moving. From there, liquidity waned severely, leaving the market open to any significant month-end trade flows. In other words, if there were to be even a normal amount of month-end trading around the 3pm Treasury close,…
  • Mortgage Rates Unchanged Near 2014 Lows Ahead of 3-Day Weekend

    Matthew Graham
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates barely budged today. A few lenders were a bit higher than yesterday. A few more were a bit lower, but most hadn't moved enough to be considered anything more than unchanged. Most borrowers would see the exact same quote today compared to yesterday. 4.125% remains the most prevalently quoted conforming 30yr fixed rate, but 4.0% is as close as it's been since May 28th. The lack of material improvement in mortgage rates is notable today, considering the underlying markets that most directly affect rates would indicate some improvement. This is one of…
  • New Credit Score Model Would be Great for Housing! Too Bad it Won't be Used

    Ted Rood
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireFICO, the company that develops proprietary scoring models for credit bureaus and lenders, announced August 7 that a new model (FICO Score 9) would be released this fall. FICO's press release caught buyers', Realtors', and lenders' attention, as the new model was touted as significantly more “borrower friendly”. Paid collections would no longer impact credit scores. Medical debts (paid or not) would hurt scores less as well. FICO predicted some consumers' scores could rise by 25 points, an amount that would significantly reduce their loan costs or interest…
  • Housing Market Entering Dicey Transition Phase

    Jann Swanson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireRealtyTrac estimated that home sales in July were at an annualized rate of 4.63 million units , a decrease of 3 percent from June and down 12 percent from July 2013. This would be the third consecutive month in which RealtyTrac has projected a decrease in sales volume and the report is sharp contrast to the Existing Home Sales report issued last week by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). That report showed existing home sales rose 2.4 percent from June to July, the fourth straight month-over-month increases, to an annualized total of 5.15 million sales and…
  • MBS MID-DAY: In Stunning Turn of Events, Economic Data Still Doesn't Matter

    Matthew Graham
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryRight there in the title of the first commentary of the day: "more economic data that probably won't matter." There's always some small tinge of doubt in my mind before I preemptively dismiss the importance of things that have historically been important. That's probably why I qualified it with the "probably." But now we see that was probably unnecessary. Probably. Who knows how markets might have reacted if this morning's wage/spending data had been much farther from expectations? Considering that this morning's batch of…
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  • Willow Glen Homes For Sale – Trends in Real Estate

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

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

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

    CJ Brasiel
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Q. I am trying to figure out the logistics of relocating to another state when my current house is paid for, I am in no hurry to sell, and it won’t be a problem to buy another house first and then sell this one, if needed. I live in North Dakota in a paid for […]
  • Beautiful Home in Willow Glen Listed at $1,338,000- PENDING SALE

    CJ Brasiel
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    This wonderful custom built home, a short walk from downtown Willow Glen is in move in ready condition. See all the photos at BestofWillowGlen.com - PENDING SALE A formal living room with gas fireplace creates an inviting first entry into the home. Followed by a formal dining room with sculpted ceilings, your guest will appreciate the […]
 
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    National Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group

  • CoStar's People of Note (Aug. 24 - 30)

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week's issue includes the following markets: Minneapolis, Long Island, Denver, Boston, Jacksonville, Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle, and South Florida. MINNEAPOLIS Houlihan Bingen Named New President of Stahl Construction By Trey Kern Stahl C
  • Lease Up (Aug. 25-29) Toyota Continues U.S. Facilities Consolidation

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Toyota will move forward with the planning of its new facility on the York Township, MI, campus of the Toyota Technical Center to accommodate 250 direct procurement positions currently based in Kentucky. The expansion of the TTC campus is a key element of Toyota’s ongoing consolidation of its North American operations, which includes the establishment of a new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. As part of this initiative, Toyota will...
  • Office Landlord Paramount Group Files For Massive IPO

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Paramount Group, Inc. on Wednesday filed a prospectus seeking to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PGRE in what could become the largest ever publicly traded REIT initial public offering. The company, a vertically-integrated real estate company focused on owning, operating and managing Class A office properties in CBD submarkets of New York City, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, intends to qualify for status as a publicly...
  • KBS REIT II Sells CityPlace Tower for $150M in West Palm Beach

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:27 pm
    W.R. Berkley Corporation acquired the CityPlace Tower at 525 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL from KBS REIT II, Inc. for $150 million, or about $507 per square foot. The 18-story, 295,933-square-foot, 5-Star office was built in 2008 on 1.2 acres in the West Palm Beach CBD submarket, at the northwest corner of Quadrille Blvd., less than three miles from the Palm Beach Airport. The property marks the southern entrance to the City Place...
  • Sale of MOB, Hospital Properties Brings $283 Million to Harrison Street Real Estate

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    Just a few days after announcing the $520 million purchase of an 11-property seniors housing portfolio in the Northeast, Chicago-based Harrison Street Real Estate Capital has divested 12 health care properties in Florida, Texas, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana for $283 million. Two undisclosed entities acquired the portfolio, reportedly winning out over a number of strong offers. Though details of the individual properties were not...
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    Dennis Fassett | Cash Flow Real Estate Investing | The Cash Flow Mercenary

  • Beware of Professional Tenants!

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

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

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

    Dennis Fassett
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Shocking I know. That hasn't happened since Paul Volcker. But it's about time. I just saw a piece in the New York Times titled "Fed Dissenters Increasingly Vocal About Inflation Fears". I was both happy and frightened to see that headline. Happy because the Fed needs to face up to the fact that interest rates can't stay at zero forever, and frightened by what's going to happen to the economy when (if) interest rates ever get back to anything resembling a market rate. And then there's inflation. I'm an econ major. I've been following this stuff since 2006 and 2007. I'm confounded but the fact…
  • REITD 014: Dave Sullivan – Regular Guy Buy-and-Hold Investor and DIYer

    Dennis Fassett
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    In this episode I talk to my good friend Dave Sullivan. Dave is a classic buy-and-hold investor. He characterizes it as “regular guy” investing. My business is pretty similar to his – and so I agree with his characterization. It’s not sexy – there are no frills. But the cash flow keeps rolling in month […]
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    1000watt

  • Just say no to “virtual tours”

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

    Marc Davison
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Thanksgiving Eve, 2012. An hour before dinner, my phone rings. Impulsively, I pick up.  This is the best decision I make all year. Hail Mary Tension resonated through her introduction. After all, we’d only met once. Long enough to shake hands and chat briefly. “I’m starting my own brokerage and need to commit to a name now. I would love your blessing,” she said. Funny. I reached for my Papal cloak and thurible. “What’s the name?” I asked.  “I want my brand to be known for providing an elite level of service, so I want to call it Elite Real Estate.  I prayed silently to the…
  • Friday Flash: the game ain’t over

    Brian Boero
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s been two and a half weeks since the Zillow/Trulia deal went down. As far as I can tell, we’re all still here. Right?? Some perspective: From 1996 to 2006, a single company absolutely dominated online real estate. They had all the listings, brutal pricing power and a CEO who makes Spencer Rascoff look like Mister Rogers. This company’s stock peaked at $411 in January of 2000. It was perceived as unstoppable. Then it wasn’t. And brokers carried on, through a boom and a bust, much as they always had. Remember all that? There is no game over here. Whatever comes next probably isn’t…
  • Real estate’s golden prize

    Marc Davison
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    The real estate industry is stuck. It will never progress until it frees itself. Here’s a push. The problem The industry clings to a belief in possessing things it has not, does not, and will never own. Home search. “The Consumer.” “The Data.” This trinity of false idols pins the industry in place. Let me explain. Home search The industry never owned the home search experience wholly. Before the Web, people searched using the newspaper. Magazines. They walked neighborhoods. Asked friends. People hired agents to make sense of things when the time came. To supply…
  • Zillow, Trulia and you

    Marc Davison
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca Every so often, the ground shakes beneath our industry. Online listings. Banks. “Discounters”. Now the latest tremor: the rumored Zillow acquisition of Trulia. This past week, Wall Street rallied. Analysts riddled the airwaves. Bloggers and social medialites pelted predictions. The wave of distraction so common in our industry reared up…again. I don’t know what’s coming next. But if this deal happens, I’ll watch and observe.
 
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    Zillow Blog

  • Making the Shift: Teen’s Room to Guest Suite

    BobVila.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    By Bob Vila After 18 years at home, your child is striking out on his own, whether to attend college or start an exciting new job. Though you may not be ready to do so immediately, you’ll probably want to convert the now-absent teen’s bedroom into a space you can use. One of the best and most popular strategies is to remake the space as a guest bedroom. That may seem like a tall order — especially if you’re peering into a chaotic, poster-lined teenager’s haunt — but you’re closer to the finish line than you might think. With luck, you can get the job done…
  • Before & After: 1950s Bathroom Returns to its Modern Roots

    Erika Riggs
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Sometimes the purpose of a renovation is to bring a room back to its former glory. Such was the case of a bathroom remodel in a 1950s home. The house was originally envisioned by Walter Gropius of Architect’s Collaborative, an American architectural firm inspired by the modernism movement. Gropius, in particular, is well known for starting Bauhaus, the German “School of Building,” which operated in between World Wars, cementing Grobius as a leader in modernist architecture. Before The bathroom previously was in major need of an overhaul. When S + H Construction and Zero Energy…
  • Jensen Ackles Lists Newly Remodeled Malibu Home

    Catherine Sherman
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Jensen Ackles. Source: IMDb Actor Jensen Ackles hunts ghosts and demons on The CW’s “Supernatural,” but there’s nothing spooky about his Malibu mansion. After a dramatic renovation, the picture-perfect Point Dume estate at 28931 Selfridge Dr is on the market for $6.995 million. Ackles and wife Danneel Harris purchased the property less than two years ago for $4.8 million — right after a million-dollar price cut. According to The Wall Street Journal, the couple then “gut-renovated” the place. Of note, the kitchen now includes custom cabinetry,…
  • How Your Neighbors Can Help — or Hurt — Your Home’s Sale

    Brendon DeSimone
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    When preparing to sell your home, you probably spend a lot of time and energy getting it in its best showing condition. But can improvements to your neighbor’s property help sell your home? Imagine that you’ve spent time and energy weeding the front yard, painting the front door, power-washing your siding and planting flowers. You’ve updated the kitchen and bathrooms and de-cluttered the home. You’re ready to go to market. And then, when you step across the street to look at your home, all that stands out are the beat-up cars in your neighbor’s driveway, not to mention the…
  • ‘Big Unit’ Randy Johnson Selling Big Arizona Estate

    Catherine Sherman
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Randy Johnson. Source: Wikipedia Commons “The Big Unit” is selling the big one. Randy Johnson’s 25,000-square-foot estate will be officially listed for $25 million Monday. Located on a tiered, 5-acre parcel in Paradise Valley, AZ, the main residence has 7 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. There’s also a detached guesthouse and commercial-grade fitness facility. “This is a very thoughtfully designed estate,” said listing agent Robert Joffe of Berkshire Hathaway’s The Joffe Group. “The layout works and feels comfortable, without being overwhelming. The…
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    Trulia Corporate Blog

  • Trulia Wants to Help You Live Rent-Free For A Year!

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

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

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

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

    Daisy Kong
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Today, we’ve updated our privacy policy and terms of use to harmonize them across the Trulia family of companies. We encourage you to review them. Thanks!
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    The BiggerPockets Blog

  • 3 Ways To Dig Into The Dirt: Your Guide to Investing In Vacant Land

    Kyle Zaylor
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We’ve all been there at one point or another. We pass by some vacant parcel of land for months, maybe even years.  We say to ourselves “man, I’d absolutely love to build on that property some day. It’s so underutilized.” This hypothetical building could be a house, multifamily community, retail center, office space…it could be anything.  But we know in our gut what it should be and what the market would love to see built there.  Today, however, it’s only vacant land. On the surface (no pun intended), land is simple and straightforward. It just sits…
  • Screening, Qualifying and Turning Down Potential Tenants

    Kevin Perk
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Screening and qualifying applicants for your rental properties are two of the most important things a landlord can do. Many of the problems that landlords complain about, such as nonpayment of rent, excessive damage to a property, etc, can often be remedied by not letting potentially bad tenants in your property in the first place. Your screening and qualifying process should involve checks on a potential tenant’s income, job history, credit history, criminal history, etc. When a potential tenant has applied to rent one of your rental units, you have a legal obligation not to be…
  • The One Question You Need To Answer FIRST In Order To Be Successful In Real Estate

    Michael Blank
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    People often ask me what they should do to get started. My response is that they need to answer one question first, and if they can’t answer that question sufficiently, there’s no point in getting started with anything else. The question that we all have to answer first is “why?”. Why do we want to invest in real estate? Why do we want to learn something new, step outside our comfort zone, take a bunch of risk, and work hard at something that may or not pay off several years down the road? Sure, we want to invest in real estate to make money. But money is only a means…
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mobile Home Investing (Including How The Last One Built Is Over 35 Years Old…)

    John Fedro
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Welcome back, In today’s article we’ll explore a small list of some surprising facts about mobile homes and manufactured homes that are not well publicized in the media. Mobile homes and manufactured homes are often times laughed at by a majority of investors. This seemingly negative stigma gives many mobile home investors a low competitive arena compared to other markets. 1. Did You Know That Properly Installed Manufactured Homes Can Withstand Short Wind Gusts Over 120 Miles Per Hour? Mobile homes are located in every state in America. Manufactures of factory built housing have…
  • Are You Still Struggling to find Great Tenants? Struggle No More!

    Eric Drenckhahn
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    As an owner/manager of 25 units, I am always on the hunt for quality tenants.  In 2014 alone, I have found and approved ten tenants for my units already. All with minimal or no vacancy.  It is about ten more than I like, but sometimes people have to move.  It is well above my average of about six.  Four were tenants I approved without ever seeing them.  My former tenants have gone on to buy homes, get job transfers, move into larger places, go to graduate or med school, move closer to their new job across town, and other legitimate reasons. Only two of my tenants that left were what I…
 
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    Rain City Guide

  • Costco Signs Major Lease With Vulcan – Issaquah

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

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

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

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

    Rhonda Porter
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:31 pm
    There is a buzz going on among fellow mortgage bloggers about how days may be numbered for mortgage blogs. This is as a largely the result of guidance issued by federal regulators late last year specifically on social media. When I first read this guidance, my initial response was “so what? This is pretty much what lenders are supposed to be doing anyhow”… stuff like properly quoting rates, not being misleading to consumers, etc.  It’s also my opinion that this seems to be written in favor of mortgage banks and not mortgage companies. The big banks seem to not want…
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    REITS & Finance Industry News - REITS & Finance Industry News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

  • Kennesaw bans new payday lending, title pawn openings for one year

    Carla Caldwell
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    Kennesaw officials have approved a one-year moratorium on licenses for pawn shops, payday lending, check cashing and title pawn businesses. The moratorium, approved in August, will not affect businesses already operating in the city, reports Marietta Daily Journal. Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews said city officials recently discovered that Kennesaw’s restrictions on such establishments are more lax than other cities, the paper reports. Mathews said that the city is working on “a uniform development…
  • Women to watch this week: Sept. 2 - 7

    Mary Johnson
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:43 pm
    LuAnn Via: The CEO of the Minneapolis-based retailer Christopher & Banks is scheduled to announce her company’s quarterly earnings Wednesday. Via, the former CEO of Payless Shoesource, has been leading a massive turnaround at the company, closing hundreds of stores and overhauling the inventory to stay true to the company’s core customers, which she has described as “middle America.” And her efforts seem to be working: The company ended 2013 in the black for the first time since 2007 and…
  • Baltimore's top woman-owned firms and tourist attractions

    Carolyn Proctor
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Here’s the schedule of Lists coming up soon and when you can find them. Up next: For Sept. 5, you’ll see our annual List of the 50 largest woman-owned companies based in Greater Baltimore. More Lists coming up: For Sept. 12, we’ll have our List of the 50 most popular tourist attractions in Greater Baltimore, ranked by attendance. Then on Sept. 19, look for our annual List of the top home builders, along with our Lists of the biggest local landscape architecture and landscape contracting…
  • Report: Russell backs off opposed parking lot near Falcons’ stadium, envisions mixed-use (VIDEO)

    Carla Caldwell
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    H. J. Russell & Co. says it has withdrawn plans to turn a large empty lot near the new Atlanta Falcons stadium into a paid parking area due to neighborhood opposition. "We are looking forward to taking advantage of the revitalization in the area because of the new Falcons stadium,” H. Jerome Russell, who is the president of H.J. Russell & Co., told WSB-TV. Russell said he now envisions a three to four-story mixed-used development that will likely take three to four years to complete, the station…
  • Sussex indoor sports complex development seeks investors

    Sean Ryan
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A local team is seeking investors for a more than $10 million indoor sports complex in Sussex to host amateur league games, generating tourism and potentially surrounding development. Also this week, an Illinois developer bought 248 acres in Pleasant Prairie for a new business park. The Sussex Engage Sports Complex is the dream child of local residents Jeff Olson and David Mueller. They have commitments from members of the Amateur Athletic Union to play games there, interest in loan support from…
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    Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants

  • Bloomberg View Column: Understanding Housing’s Dog Days

    Jonathan Miller
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The comparison of housing market statistics against last year’s results produced misdirection in our understanding of it’s current state. Although a year-over-year comparison gets rid of seasonality, the results are at the mercy of how normal the prior year was… The slowdown in the U.S. housing market has caused much hand-wringing. But keep this in mind: robust housing sales and price gains in 2013 were the anomaly and at odds with tepid economic fundamentals such as income, employment and credit. It’s the year-over-year comparisons that make things look worse than…
  • Bloomberg View Column: The Myth of Real Estate Stigma

    Jonathan Miller
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I gave some thought to what the long term impact of a nationally-covered local tumultuous event on a local housing market might be… The Aug. 9th shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer has roiled Ferguson, Missouri, thrusting it into the national spotlight. But what happens to the town of 21,000 outside of St. Louis after the turmoil ends — more specifically, what happens to property values? Read my latest Bloomberg View column The Myth of Real Estate Stigma. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. My Bloomberg View Column…
  • [Three Cents Worth #269 NY] Charting A Decade of Manhattan Inventory

    Jonathan Miller
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    It’s time to share my Three Cents Worth (3CW) on Curbed NY, at the intersection of neighborhood and real estate in the capital of the world…and I’m here to take measurements. Check out my 3CW column I posted a few weeks ago on @CurbedNY: As summer comes to a close and many have checked out until Labor Day, I thought I’d try another GIF animation (after the jump!) to illustrate the long fall of inventory (I’m on the “pronounced like ‘Jif’ peanut butter” team, as is the format’s inventor). August generally represents the annual low for…
  • [Three Cents Worth #268 NY] Units In New Developments Grow Larger

    Jonathan Miller
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    It’s time to share my Three Cents Worth (3CW) on Curbed NY, at the intersection of neighborhood and real estate in the capital of the world…and I’m here to take measurements. Check out my 3CW column that I posted a few weeks ago on @CurbedNY: For this chart, I looked at a little more than a decade of Manhattan closed sales by square footage, breaking out the market by new development sales and re-sales. During this period, the average square footage of a new development sale was 1,382—15.6 percent larger than the 1,195 average square footage of a re-sale. However, new…
  • [Three Cents Worth #267 NY] NYC Sets New Record Average Sales Price

    Jonathan Miller
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    It’s time to share my Three Cents Worth (3CW) on Curbed NY, at the intersection of neighborhood and real estate in the capital of the world…and I’m here to take measurements. Check out my 3CW column on @CurbedNY: Although our NYC market reports only cover Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, I also track Staten Island and The Bronx for fun. For the second quarter 2014 NYC analysis, I observed two new records: 1. The average sales price for NYC residential real estate (co-ops, condos and 1-3 family sales) reached a record $975,441 (pink line). 2. The average sales price for NYC…
 
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    AGBeat

  • What you must know about Google dropping support for authorship tags

    AG Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    (Tech News) Google authorship tags are going away, so what on earth will Google do next, and why do site owners need to do to please the Google Gods now? Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Top 10 ways your brand’s app can thrive in the iOS app ecosystem

    AG Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    (Tech News) With mobile app use on the rise, is your brand jumping in? Here are 10 ways to make sure your iOS app thrives. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • How bacon can teach you to write better

    Jennifer Walpole
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    (Business Marketing) Let this cute punctuation pig guide you through the most common uses of punctuation marks, complete with bacon-themed examples. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Apple receives patent for flexible displays

    Jennifer Walpole
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    (Tech News) Apple was granted a patent that will allow them to incorporate flexible displays into future product releases. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Linkredirector: URL shortener, send people to multiple URLs

    Jennifer Walpole
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    (Tech News) Linkredirector is a cloud-service offering a way to link information across multiple platforms. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
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    BloodhoundBlog

  • Getting a San Diego Condo VA-Approved Adds Value To Service Members

    Brian Brady
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Debra Brady and I are experts at VA-financing.  One of the things we do very well is secure a VA condo complex approval for condominiums which aren’t agency approved.  Some comments from a recent YELP review: I started the home buying process while still on deployment, and Brian graciously worked with me across 13 time zones to begin explaining the ins and outs of home buying. This is actually kind of fun for me.  With technology, deployed service members can communicate with me well in advance of buying.  Many times, when deployed,  they have free time with little to do.  They…
  • How Not to Message

    Damon Chetson
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Taking this moment to give this brief lesson on how not to message: Neil Siegel, a former special counsel to Joe Biden and supporter of ObamaCare/Affordable Care Act, was on WUNC’s The State of Things on Wednesday discussing recent appellate litigation involving the subsidies authorized by the Act. The DC Circuit ruled Monday that subsidies are illegal in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. North Carolina is one of those states. The Fourth Circuit, in which North Carolina is located, found otherwise.
  • Passed my Check Ride

    Damon Chetson
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Back in January, I wrote here about taking private pilot lessons. My post was inspired by one Greg wrote in December about mastering something difficult this year. Earlier this month I took an oral exam and then check ride with an designated examiner for the FAA, and I passed! The next day, I piled my wife and a little bit of luggage into my Piper Cherokee, and took off for the coast. An hour and 15 minutes later, I was down at Ocracoke, part of the Outer Banks that would ordinarily take someone 6 hours or so to get to by car from Raleigh. My wife and I got a lift to the local pub –…
  • The Real Housewives of Redfin

    Geno Petro
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    “Couldn’t you, just once, tell somebody what they really want to hear?” my wife asked, almost immediately after I got off the phone with the Redfin recruiter. “Is that a rhetorical question? You just asked me a rhetorical question!” I snapped. Ever since I turned fifty-five I get snappy when someone I love questions my intentions, especially when I’m hungry. She didn’t answer but instead, continued her Words With Friends game on her iPad. I walked into the kitchen. “They’ll call me back,” I said after a few moments of silence, my fat…
  • Hey, @Zillow: Why are you calling the Realtors and lenders you prey upon #racist?

    Greg Swann
    18 Jan 2014 | 9:22 am
    And why on earth do they continue to do business with you?
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  • Eligibility Requirements For FHA Condo Approval

    Justin McHood
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    What are the eligibility requirements for FHA condo approval? An individual unit in a condominium project can be eligible for financing through a FHA loan only if the entire project has an unexpired FHA condo approval in place. FHA recently made a number of changes to the eligibility guidelines for condominiums. In order get FHA approved, a condo project must meet the following requirements: Number of Units The minimum number of units should be at least two or more to be considered as a condominium Occupancy At least 50% of the total units in a project must be owner-occupied or sold to those…
  • Buying a Condo With an FHA Loan

    Justin McHood
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    How to buy a condo with a FHA loan? FHA (Federal Housing Administration) allows for the financing of condos under its various loan programs. The guidelines and requirements regarding FHA condo approval have changed since February 1st, 2010. Currently, a condo project must have an approval in place before you can seek financing from a FHA lender. Recent Changes to FHA Approved Condos Before the introduction of the recent changes, anyone buying a condo with an FHA loan had a few options. They could either consult the FHA’s list of approved condominium projects and buy an unit in one of…
  • Common Misconceptions About FHA Loans

    Justin McHood
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    What are some of the common misconceptions about FHA mortgages? FHA-insured home loan programs are a popular alternative to conventional mortgage loans offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Currently, about 30% of the new home buyers use one of the various loan programs offered by FHA lenders. For borrowers looking to buy a home with very little down payment, FHA has been the preferred choice since its existence. A number of common misconceptions are widely prevalent among new home buyers regarding exact role of FHA and its loan insurance programs. To successfully get a FHA loan approval,…
  • FHA Loans: Still The Best Option For Low Down Payments?

    Justin McHood
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Is an FHA loan still the best option for home buyers with a low down payment? Down payment is the most important concern for many first time home buyers with moderate incomes and limited savings. Finding a low-down payment mortgage loan with flexible requirements can be your gateway to homeownership. Before the financial crisis of 2008, there was an abundance of loan programs offering home financing with minimal down payment requirements. In fact, many mortgage lenders at that time were not only providing 100% financing, they were also allowing for the additional closing costs be included in…
  • Getting an FHA Loan With Outstanding Judgements on Your Credit Report

    Justin McHood
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Qualifying for a FHA-insured mortgage with outstanding judgments on credit report Are you worried that you may not qualify for a FHA home due to outstanding judgments in your credit history? Read on: One of the major concerns for new FHA loan applicants is their past credit history. Even with a good credit score, past adverse, negative credit items can impede your eligibility for a home loan under FHA credit guidelines. If you have outstanding judgments, there are two important factors that need to be considered in such a situation. The first factor is the FHA program’s rules and…
 
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  • Google just officially axed its Authorship program

    Guest Contributor
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Google just officially axed its Authorship program. If you’re not familiar with Authorship, the idea was a way to connect your online real estate content (like your blog) with your name and photograph in Google search. By setting up an account, you were able (to an extent) to control how your articles were displayed in Google search. It essentially helped to put a name and face to your writing. If you’ve ever seen search results offset with a picture next to them, the author was set up with Authorship. Google recently decided that this information was not as useful to users as it had…
  • How NOT to negotiate a real estate transaction

    ActiveRain
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client Over the last 10 years I’ve learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It’s almost always a give and take, as they say. It’s important to look at the bigger picture rather than argue over a microwave. Dont’ be greedy, but get what you can. Here are 10 things you should never do when negotiating a deal for your client: 1. Never try to use intimidation when representing a buyer or seller. Nothing screams that you’re…
  • Big questions cloud decision to start own brokerage or join existing one

    Aaron Woodman
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    The response to my first article both publicly and privately has been more than I ever imagined. Thank you for the encouragement, the words of wisdom and insight. I have catalogued all of them, and when this task seems daunting, I reread them and press on toward the goal. My progress is moving forward as I get back into the selling real estate full time. I’m reading page after page of California real estate principles and laws. Let me just say learning California principles and laws is different than any other state where I have had a license. It makes me wonder how the states and their…
  • Definitive guide to Google Analytics for real estate professionals: Part II – The Overview Reports

    Guest Contributor
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Benjamin Hoffman This post by Benjamin Hoffman is the second on Google Analytics (GA) for real estate professionals. In this post you will learn how to read and interpret the Google Analytics reports, as well as understand which metrics are most important for helping you grow your online business. In Part I of our Definitive Guide on Google Analytics, we reviewed how to set up your account and configure your settings. Now we’re going to take you through the Overview Reports so you can understand whether your website is working for your business and where the opportunities are for you to…
  • The top brokers’ blueprint to choosing a transaction system

    Laura Monroe
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    In our latest webinar we took a look firsthand at how brokers can and SHOULD choose a transaction system for their agents and their office. Joelle Senter of dotloop and Craig McClelland of Metro Brokers Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate joined me as we discussed choosing, implementing and adopting strategies for launching what is a MUST for your agents, clients and your bottom line. In quick summary, we discussed: The five questions you should be asking when selecting a transaction system. How the right system can impact your business today and long term. How to measure the ROI of your…
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  • Craftsman Colonial at 5290 Ellenwood Drive

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    A porch swing big enough for the whole family to snuggle in, a sunset view across the hills--life is great at this special corner of Hill and Ellenwood Drive in the best part of Eagle Rock. This Craftsman Colonial-style home has a wide front porch that invites friends and neighbors to stop by and visit. Lots of original windows illuminate the pale honey-colored maple floors throughout. There is a built-in buffet in the dining room, and a magnificent Batchelder-style wood-burning fireplace in the huge living room. Read More
  • Remodeled California Ranch at 6115 Hillandale Drive

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Living the good life is easy in this freshly updated California Ranch! From the open kitchen to the private master suite with its own 3/4 bath and huge walk-in closet, this great home has been updated to appeal to all the modern buyer's demands. New flooring? Check. Updated kitchen? Check. Central air & heat? Check! Every part of the interior has been freshly painted and ready to receive your furniture and your style. Read More
  • Modern Hillside Hideaway at 2723 Fyler Place

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Modern Los Angeles Zen nestled in the hills adjoining Eagle Rock, drinks on the deck overlooking the drought-tolerant backyard, an open floor plan right out of Dwell Magazine—this could all be yours! Ready to just move in and enjoy, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has everything you need to live the Southern California life-style, from great indoor/outdoor flow, an attached 2-car garage, to updated systems and fruit trees. The open living area features a remodeled kitchen with built-in island, plenty of windows to capture the light and view of the hills, wood floors, and easy access to outdoor…
  • Zen Retreat with Views at 2662 Banbury Place

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Quick, pour yourself a glass, take a tray of snacks out to the deck and sink back into your comfy chair. Drink in the mountainous view, turn the music on low, and at last, you're home. From the screened patio at the front to the Zen garden in the back, this is a peaceful retreat with no nagging items on your to-do list--everything has been updated, front to back, top to bottom. This home is easy to love with a practical tiled entry, hardwood floors through most of the rooms, updated kitchen and baths, even the fireplace has been cleaned, tuned up, and made pretty. Read More
  • Stunning Remodeled Craftsman at 1301 Oak Grove Drive

    4 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Rarely does a home this perfectly done come on the market. Located in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the nation, this home is updated to the tastes of today's discerning buyer's expectations of design and convenience. This Eagle Rock gem has the amenities and style that the modern urbanite is looking for in a classic Craftsman package.   The remodeled kitchen with Caesarstone counters, Viking appliances, built-in refrigerator, custom cabinets and drawers, and breakfast bar flows into the dining room and upper deck, creating the ideal atmosphere for entertaining, or…
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  • Get to Know Your Neighbors – It’s Good for your Health! (How to Evaluate Neighborhoodiness)

    Jim Duncan
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    I spend a lot of time thinking about connectivity and connectedness – “being part of something” is one of the most important criteria my buyer clients define. The end of neighbours – How our increasingly closed-off lives are poisoning our politics and endangering our health It’s a new day in the neighbourhood all across the Western world. More than 30 per cent of Canadians now say they feel disconnected from their neighbours, while half of Americans admit they don’t know the names of theirs. An Australian sociologist investigating community responses in the wake of the…
  • Uber in Charlottesville

    Jim Duncan
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    If you haven’t used Uber, you’re missing out. I’ve used the service in the big cities and it’s a tremendous service. The taxi competition in Charlottesville Just received this awesome email from Uber: ‘Hoos ready to ride?! We’re excited to announce that uberX has made its way to the city of Charlottesville. With the push of a button, Cavaliers and Cville residents can now request a safe and affordable ride. Update 29 August 2014 – This is a highly relevant article from The Atlantic’s CityLab – Uber Has an Enormous Wait Time Advantage Over Regular…
  • What Are Some Questions Buyers Should be Asking?

    Jim Duncan
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    This thread on Reddit the other day prompted a bit of a writing prompt … What are some questions that home buyers should be asking? In my practice, I ask a lot of dumb questions – dumb questions in that I know that my clients (buyers and sellers) should be asking them, but often don’t know to ask them. So I ask for them … these are just some that came to me the other day. I think I’ll add to this post over time, but felt that these were some awfully useful questions. I pulled some of them from my 30+ Tips for First Time Homebuyers post that I wrote earlier this year. Have a…
  • City Council Think the Flats are Too Big

    Jim Duncan
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    Unsurprisingly, Charlottesville’s City Council is expressing concerns about the size and scale of the just-opened Flats at West Village. The thing is huge (particularly from the back). I’m curious to see how quickly the place gets leased out. Search the Charlottesville MLS Copyright RealCentralVA.com, LLC. If you like this post, please, visit RealCentralVA.comwhere this was originally posted. City Council Think the Flats are Too Big
  • Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge 2014

    Jim Duncan
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    First things first – you can donate to the Boys and Girls Club here. I’d personally appreciate any donation you can muster. I rode this ride last year for the first time (accomplished 75 miles, aiming for 100 this time) and the cause is a tremendous one. 1 – What is the Boys and Girls Club Ride? Join hundreds of regional and pro cyclists on September 14, 2014 as they take off from Old Trail Village in Crozet, Virginia. During the Challenge, you’ll course through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are 25, 50, 75 and 100-mile routes, and an 8-mile family fun ride.
 
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  • UnReal Estate of the Week: Waterfront Homes

    Alanna Finn
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    According to Discover Boating, an estimated 89 million Americans go boating each year! Redfin recently released a list of the 10 Best Cities for Boaters, focusing on major metropolitan areas with the most waterfront property for sale, the longest boating seasons, the most boat vendors and the largest boating communities. For this week’s UnReal Estate, we’re diving into five homes that are each in one of the neighborhoods that made the list. Check them out! Miami, Florida Address: 510 S Mashta Dr City: Key Biscayne, FL Price: $14,900,000 Listed by: Brigitte De Langeron, Fortune…
  • Summer Celebrity Highlights: Stars Buying Real Estate From Stars

    Alanna Finn
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Kate Bosworth Sells Bachelorette Pad to Vince Vaughn Kate Bosworth handed over her Los Angeles property for a cool $2.375 million to none other than “Wedding Crashers” star Vince Vaughn. The deal went down in mid-July, just three months after Bosworth listed the home for $2.499 million. The “Blue Crush” star exchanged wedding vows with director Michael Polish this past spring, and rumor has it that they’re shopping for homes in Los Feliz, so it’s no surprise that she decided to sell off her bachelorette pad. The charming manse has an open floor plan with high-beamed ceilings,…
  • 5 Simple Labor Day Home Projects

    Redfin Guest Blogger
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Andrea Davis, HomeAdvisor Labor Day weekend is a great opportunity for homeowners to do some maintenance on their homes. There are plenty of projects that can be done over the course of the weekend without taking sunup to sundown to complete them. Do you need some ideas for what to do over the weekend? Here are some Labor Day home projects that will leave you time for rest and relaxation: Project: Fix up the deck or patio Photo courtesy of Ron Blaski Construction Estimated time: 1-2 days Over the Labor Day weekend, you could take part of each day to do some deck maintenance. While decks…
  • Listing Price Drops Will Help Drive a Fall Surge in Home Sales

    Nela Richardson
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The post Listing Price Drops Will Help Drive a Fall Surge in Home Sales appeared first on Redfin Real Estate Blog.
  • 10 Tips for Buying New Construction

    Kathryn Rion
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Note: A version of this post was published in July 2008, but it has been updated with additional insight from Redfin agents. A lot of people ask what’s different about buying new construction. First of all, you’re buying from the person who built it, not the person who called it home. The property is often one of many the builder is trying to sell. This can lead to a different dynamic both in negotiating and throughout the transaction. What can you expect? Here are some of the most important things to consider when buying new construction. 1. Find a great agent. Be sure it’s…
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  • Show Everyone You’re the Expert with a Dedicated Condo Building Website

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

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The market updates for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) and the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) July 2014 are up and below are the infographics we created to help you analyze the statistics… Enjoy!
  • How to Power Market Your Feature Properties Like a Pro

    Crystal Lai
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    What separates an Ubertor site from other providers is our ability to cater to your Real Estate needs. With our control panel making it easy to showcase your listings, are you marketing them to their fullest potential? Many of our users ask us – “How we do maximize your tools to market our feature properties online?” – well, the answer is below. Here are some tips on some functions you should be taking advantage of: 1. Photos – this is a no-brainer. How else are you showcasing your lovely property without visual evidence of how wonderful it is? Make sure all the…
  • Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) Market Update: June 2014

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Our previous infographics for Vancouver and  Calgary were on such a high demand that we had to comply with the requests to make one for the Victoria Real Estate Board. The market update for June 2014 from the Victoria Real Estate Board is here and we’ve made an infographic to help you understand the statistics… Enjoy!
  • Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) Market Update: June 2014

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    The infographic we made for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) was such a hit, we decided to create one for the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) as well. The market update for June 2014 from the Calgary Real Estate Board is here and we’ve made an infographic to help you understand the statistics… Enjoy!
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  • This isn’t my website! / What happened to the site I am looking for?

    Adrian Foley
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Welcome to Adrianfoley.com, which you may likely be seeing this morning (8/13) even though you were looking for another website.  Explanation:  Many real estate agents, brokerages, and title companies use the same website developer and host.  That hosting company has had a glitch which is causing this site to appear on many other domains besides adrianfoley.com.  If you are one of those other agents, brokers, or companies, I am very sorry for the inconvenience and I had no role in its occurrence.  The Real Estate Tomato has assured me they are working hard to take care of this problem…
  • Imagine this Miami: The Heatles, Beckham, Art, and a grand promenade Biscayne Boulevard

    Adrian Foley
    23 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    It seems like every week there is an exciting announcement of a new development, restaurant, retail space, or bar in Miami.  Recently the development news has been focused on where soccer star David Beckham will build a brand new stadium for his new MLS team.  Along the way there have been rumors of a stadium in Wynwood, playing at FIU or Marlins Park and now the latest possibility is a boat slip next to the American Airlines Arena. Of all the proposed sites, this makes the most sense.  Biscayne Boulevard has long been a concrete jungle surrounded by parking lots.  Recently the Downtown…
  • Are you ready for this High Pines? New Construction listed for over $2.8 million!

    Adrian Foley
    22 May 2014 | 8:51 am
    The real estate upswing has arrived in full force to High Pines.  After years of looking for the right “comp” for newer construction homes in the neighborhood (anything built after 2005), my sold listing on 52 Ct has given developers the market confidence to list their brand new construction for the highest prices ever seen in High Pines.  Insignia Developers has two homes that are about to be completed.  One on 7360 SW 53 Place and the other on 7700 SW 53 Court.  The former boasts more than 7,000 square feet of living space situated on a 12,500 square foot lot.  Featuring…
  • Want a Waterfront View Like This?

    Adrian Foley
    21 May 2014 | 7:58 am
    Waterfront views in Miami are spectacular! For many people their dream home would be a waterfront property and that dream can be achieved without spending millions.  Edgewater makes dreams of waterfront views a reality with its many buildings built in the eight years on the edge of Biscayne bay. In 2014 the average sales price per square foot of the 43 waterfront condo sales in Edgewater has been $503.  Right now, the average list price per square foot of the 165 waterfront condos for sale is $493. What does that mean to you?  A 2 bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bathroom in a waterfront condominium…
  • Good News High Pines!! Home Values Off The Charts!

    Adrian Foley
    21 May 2014 | 7:56 am
    A $775,000 High Pines Tear Down?? Neighbors in the High Pines and Ponce Davis areas must have thought they were witnessing the worst April Fools Day prank this past Tuesday when the beautiful home at 7437 SW 52 Court was razed to the ground.  That was not a prank! The current owners bought the property in July of 2013 for $775,000, within 3% of the original asking price.  Within less than a year they have made what must have been a very difficult decision to tear down the beautiful home that was on the property to make space for a new one.  It was a source of mixed emotions for neighbors…
 
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  • NY Times: FHA Reverse Mortgages for Co-ops Still Unlikely, For Now

    Jason Oliva
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    The likelihood of Federal Housing Administration-insured (FHA) reverse mortgages becoming available to homeowners age 62 and older living in co-ops is unlikely, at least in the near term, according to an article from The New York Times. Though FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) are eligible for properties like single-family homes, multi-families with up to four units, condos approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and manufactured homes, co-ops have largely been omitted.  Co-op advocates had expected this to change as a result of a provision in the…
  • MCM Holdings Targets Wholesale Growth, Hires Sean Collins

    Elizabeth Ecker
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Reverse mortgage lender MCM Holdings announced this week the hire of reverse mortgage veteran Sean Collins as business development manager for the northeast region. In his new role, Collins will report to Hader Mahmoodi, the company’s head of wholesale lending. “Sean Collins comes with a wealth of experience within the Mortgage industry with over 20 years experience in the reverse and forward mortgages markets, and we’re very excited to have him as part of our team,” Mahmoodi said upon the new hire. Prior to joining MCM Holdings, Collins worked for Greenway Mortgage, where he…
  • Kiplinger: Reverse Mortgage Non-Borrowing Spouse Rules Come With Cost

    Cassandra Dowell
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    While changes to reverse mortgage policies regarding non-borrowing spouses are meant to protect younger spouses, borrowers should be aware that age impacts the reverse mortgage payout, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance says in a recent article.  “The new rules come at a cost,” Kiplinger says. “Lenders factor in the age of the younger spouse when calculating the reverse mortgage payout; the younger the spouse and the longer the loan will be outstanding, the smaller the payout.” However, for those who understand how the new rules work a reverse mortgage can provide much relief,…
  • Labor Day Round-Up: AAG to Launch New Reverse Mortgage Product

    Emily Study
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    RMD will be observing Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1, and would like to wish all of our readers an enjoyable holiday weekend. We’ll see you back here on Tuesday, Sept. 2.  In case you missed it, here’s what happened in reverse mortgage news this week: AAG to Roll Out New Reverse Mortgage Product — Following Urban Financial of America’s rollout, American Advisors Group will offer a jumbo reverse mortgage product that will be available for older borrowers whose homes are worth more than the $625,500 limit for debt backed by the Federal Housing Administration. Brookings: Reverse…
  • Financial Planners: New Rules Make Reverse Mortgages Attractive

    Cassandra Dowell
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Financial Planners should consider recommending reverse mortgages for elderly clients and for the parents of middle-aged clients, writes Financial Planning in a recent article, noting that new rule changes position the product to better protect borrowers. “[Reverse mortgages] can be a very useful tool for seniors who plan to stay in the home for a long time,” Jim Kinney, who heads Financial Pathway Advisors in Bridgewater, N.J., tells Financial Planning. However, Kinney cautions, reverse mortgages are not a good fit for those who do not have the resources to maintain their home. As a…
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  • Must See! 15 Nathan’s Path, Wallingford CT 06492

    Harriman Real Estate
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Beautiful 4 bedroom home for sale at 15 Nathans Path, Wallingford, CT ! Home Photos Local Schools Patricia Harriman Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-672-4499 Questions? Schedule a Showing! 15 NATHANS PATH Wallingford, CT 06492 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms : 3 ( 2 full, 1 half ) List Price: $424,900 Living Area Approx : 2650 15 Nathans Path is a sprawling home set on a private lot at the end of a cul-de-sac. Located in sought-after neighborhood close to schools. Perfect floor plan for entertaining! Great room with fireplace, 1st floor MBR suite, large deck, heated pool, 3 car garage & many upgraded…
  • Price Reduced: 70 Prospect Road, East Haven CT 06512

    Harriman Real Estate
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
         Beautiful 3 bedroom home for sale                 in East Haven, CT! Home Photos Local Schools PRICE REDUCED! CT Property Sisters Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-710-9895 Questions? Schedule a Showing! Licensed In: CT 70 PROSPECT ROAD E Haven, CT 06512 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms : 3 ( 2 full, 1 half ) List Price: $234,900 Living Area Approx : 1701 Spacious 3 bedroom colonial located at 70 Prospect Road near the center of town. Stainless steel appliances, private deck and master bedroom suite with walk-in closet. Washer & dryer hookup in first floor bath. With a little TLC…
  • Connecticut Fireworks Displays for 2014

    Harriman Real Estate
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:37 pm
    The Fourth of July holiday is upon us, so we are pleased to provide this list of upcoming public fireworks around the state. All dates and time are as accurate as possible; for further information or confirmation of dates and times, please contact the appropriate city or town government: July 1 (Tuesday) Vernon: fireworks at 9:40 p.m. at Henry Park (rain date July 2) July 2 (Wednesday) Meriden — Hubbard Park 9:00 p.m. (Rain Date July 3) July 3 (Thursday) Danbury — Danbury Fair Mall at dusk. (Rain Date July 5) Dayville / Killingly — Owen Bell Park (Part of Red, White & Blue BBQ)…
  • 44th Annual Most Holy Trinity Bazaar Starts Tomorrow!

    Harriman Real Estate
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Seems like the Church of the Resurrection Carnival was just yesterday, and now here comes the next entrant in the Wallingford carnival season, the Most Holy Trinity Bazaar! Beginning Monday night, June 2nd, and running through Saturday, June 7th, this popular event is in its 44th year of providing fun and excitement for kids of all ages. Located at Most Holy Trinity Church at 84 No. Colony Road in Wallingford, this edition of the bazaar once again promises to have enough food, rides, games, prizes, plants, raffles and fun on tap to keep everyone happy! Here is a sample of what will be going…
  • Quinnipiac Chamber to Hold Annual Luncheon

    Harriman Real Estate
    29 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will host their Annual Meeting Luncheon from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Fantasia, 404 Washington Avenue in North Haven, CT. At the Annual Meeting Luncheon, the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will officially kick off its year-long 100 Year Anniversary Celebration.  The 100 Year Anniversary will be celebrated with a gala to be held at Choate Rosemary Hall in June 2015. The speaker for this event will be Dr. John Lahey, president of Quinnipiac University. Lahey has been Quinnipiac’s president since 1987. His leadership has led to the…
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  • NY Joins Texas In The Broad Use Of Appraisal

    Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Virtually all property insurance policies include an appraisal provision to resolve disputes over the “amount of loss” for a covered claim. Historically, the phrase “amount of loss” was interpreted to limit appraisal to those situations where the...By: Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
  • CFPB Answers FAQ on the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule

    Ballard Spahr LLP
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    On August 26, 2014, the CFPB staff and Federal Reserve Board co-hosted a webinar and addressed questions about the final TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule that will be effective for applications received by creditors or mortgage brokers on or...By: Ballard Spahr LLP
  • Court Grants Motion For Partial Judgment On The Pleadings In RESPA Class Action Regarding Private Mortgage Insurance

    Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    We have previously reported on a case styled Munoz v. PHH Corp., one of similar suits alleging putative class actions under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act arising from purported “sham” reinsurance transfers covering private mortgage...By: Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
  • Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act Applies to Anyone Collecting a Debt

    Rogers Towers - Florida Banking Law
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”) prohibits anyone attempting to collect a debt from using certain types of abusive, deceptive, and misleading tactics. In a recent decision, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals ruled that...By: Rogers Towers - Florida Banking Law
  • Bank of America’s $16.65 Billion Settlement

    Bilzin Sumberg Mortgage Repurchase Group
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    In what is being reported as the largest settlement ever between the U.S. and a single business entity, Attorney General Eric Holder and Associate Attorney General Tony West announced Thursday that Bank of America Corp. (“BofA”) has agreed to pay...By: Bilzin Sumberg Mortgage Repurchase Group
 
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  • Small Downtown Toronto Office Space for Lease – August 2014

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

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

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

    Chris Fyvie - 416-992-9869
    11 Feb 2014 | 7:41 am
    What are your bold predictions for the commercial real estate office leasing market in Toronto for 2014? Dtz commercial office leasing market report 2014 from Chris Fyvie   SEARCH for your own offices here!
  • 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!
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  • Modern Living Room Wall Décor

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Living room wall décor with a variety of exciting options can be applied to your home. Before you choose the right decoration for the living room wall, you can pay attention to the design of the room you have. Each guest room design would have different criteria and to be precise in determining the decoration […]
  • Metal Landscape Edging as Your Efficient Edging

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Metal landscape edging is an option that is very simple and not complicated. If you have a home page that is narrow or wide, you can use this edging as a very appropriate choice. You do not need to create a foundation of brick or other natural stone that need lot budget and take long […]
  • Two Ways in Kitchen Remodels

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    Kitchen remodels become very interesting idea for you to apply to obtain the different appearance of the kitchen. There are various ways that you can do to get a new kitchen to renovate your old kitchen. Basically, there are two things you can do in renovating your kitchen to make it look newer. First, you […]
  • Grey Kitchen Cabinets as Your Inspiration

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    Grey kitchen cabinets can be a very attractive option for those who want to get a different kitchen atmosphere. Basically, a kitchen requires a different design and is not monotonous so you do not feel bored when cooking in the kitchen. By applying this design, then you will get a new kitchen atmosphere and fun. […]
  • How to Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hinges

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Kitchen cabinet hinges have a very important function for each cabinet door. Without hinges, cabinet door would not function optimally. Certainly, hinges can affect the appearance of your cabinet. With the right cabinet hinges, the cabinet will look more beautiful and interesting to be applied. In addition, quality hinges will also affect the cabinet that […]
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  • Can salt worsen symptoms of this disease?

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Can salt worsen symptoms of this disease? Getty Previous research suggested that people who suffer from this illness should reduce their salt intake, but now doctors may not be so sure. What they're recommendingMore from Everyday Health Energy-boosting foods Tips to recover after a concussion
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    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    KKK using new strategy to attract recruitsAPThe most infamous and oldest hate group in the country appears to be using this issue as a platform to increase its membership.Group's latest targetMore in newsIraqi PM to root out militantsDemocracy debate riles China
  • He may be headed to Mars ... for good

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    He may be headed to Mars ... for goodTribuneMarsOne plans to send four people by 2023 -- and if Max is selected, he'll be getting a one-way ticket.How he's preparing to leave the planet More to readParamedics help teen flyDeath Valley mystery solved
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    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    First photos of Jolie's wedding gown revealedAPImages published in a dual release on the covers of both People and Hello! magazines showcase the 39-year-old bride's unique choice of gown.Back of dress reveals surprise detailMore entertainment newsLatest victim of celeb photo leakRock band singer dead at 63
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    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Can salt worsen symptoms of this disease? Getty Previous research suggested that people who suffer from this illness should reduce their salt intake, but now doctors may not be so sure. What they're recommendingMore from Everyday Health Energy-boosting foods Tips to recover after a concussion
  • KKK using new strategy to attract recruits

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    KKK using new strategy to attract recruitsAPThe most infamous and oldest hate group in the country appears to be using this issue as a platform to increase its membership.Group's latest targetMore in newsIraqi PM to root out militantsDemocracy debate riles China
  • He may be headed to Mars ... for good

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    He may be headed to Mars ... for goodTribuneMarsOne plans to send four people by 2023 -- and if Max is selected, he'll be getting a one-way ticket.How he's preparing to leave the planet More to readParamedics help teen flyDeath Valley mystery solved
  • First photos of Jolie's wedding gown revealed

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    First photos of Jolie's wedding gown revealedAPImages published in a dual release on the covers of both People and Hello! magazines showcase the 39-year-old bride's unique choice of gown.Back of dress reveals surprise detailMore entertainment newsLatest victim of celeb photo leakRock band singer dead at 63
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
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    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Can salt worsen symptoms of this disease? Getty Previous research suggested that people who suffer from this illness should reduce their salt intake, but now doctors may not be so sure. What they're recommendingMore from Everyday Health Energy-boosting foods Tips to recover after a concussion
  • KKK using new strategy to attract recruits

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    KKK using new strategy to attract recruitsAPThe most infamous and oldest hate group in the country appears to be using this issue as a platform to increase its membership.Group's latest targetMore in newsIraqi PM to root out militantsDemocracy debate riles China
  • He may be headed to Mars ... for good

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    He may be headed to Mars ... for goodTribuneMarsOne plans to send four people by 2023 -- and if Max is selected, he'll be getting a one-way ticket.How he's preparing to leave the planet More to readParamedics help teen flyDeath Valley mystery solved
  • First photos of Jolie's wedding gown revealed

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    First photos of Jolie's wedding gown revealedAPImages published in a dual release on the covers of both People and Hello! magazines showcase the 39-year-old bride's unique choice of gown.Back of dress reveals surprise detailMore entertainment newsLatest victim of celeb photo leakRock band singer dead at 63
  • School sends 5-year-old home because of hair

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    School sends 5-year-old home because of hairKOSAMalachi was really excited to start school -- until he was unexpectedly sent home on the first day. School policy he apparently brokeMore to watch107-year-old's 'secret' to long lifeLegos help solve murder case
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  • Brian Klebash posted an event

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Brian Klebash posted an eventThe Northern California Apartment Summit at The City Club of San FranciscoSeptember 30, 2014 all dayThe region's leading commercial real estate and regional economic development executives are making plans to attend The Northern California Apartment Summit, the region's full-day multifamily networking and informational event. The most active multifamily investors, including Essex Property Trust, Inc., TruAmerica Multifamily, Simeon and Equity Residential will participate in high-level panel discussions, more than 400 are expected to attend on September 30.Agenda…
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postJohn Mulhern Joins Washington Property Company as Construction ManagerWashington Property Company (WPC) of Bethesda, MD has hired John Mulhern as Construction Manager. In this role, Mr. Mulhern oversees all construction-related contract functions for WPC’s new multifamily and mixed-use properties, as well as renovation of existing commercial buildings.With over 25 years of construction management experience, Mr. Mulhern joins WPC from NTVI Enterprises, LLC, where he served as Program Director. Earlier, he worked for The Donohoe Companies, where he…
 
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  • Top Kitchen Tips for Your Apartment

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

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

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

    Jacy Meyer
    28 May 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Bedrooms are funny rooms. Some people put a lot of emphasis into creating a quiet peaceful space in which to retire each evening. Others toss in a bed and call the room complete. If you fall into the former category we have some suggestions on how to decorate your bedroom to design a room full of sweet dreams. No matter your decorating style in the rest of the apartment, you can go wild in the bedroom. This is your own personal space, one not many visitors to your home will see. Infuse it with yourself, and even feel free to experiment a bit. But not too much, as you don’t want to forget…
  • An Interior Design Primer

    Jacy Meyer
    13 May 2014 | 6:05 pm
    You don’t need to be a professional to set up your apartment in a pleasing and comfortable way. But there is a bit more to design than just unpacking your boxes and getting a couch. Follow these basic interior design tips to create a space that says you. Work with it, not against it Your apartment may not be the dream digs you imagined you’d be living in, but don’t fight the place, work with it. Strategically hide parts you don’t like with screens, curtains or art, while playing up things you do – big windows or an open floor plan. Don’t underestimate the effect a few bright new…
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    Missouri Living At It's BEST!

  • Branson Real Estate Market Report for August 2014

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Local real estate conditions are changing and your Ozarksagent provides valuable, up-to-date information. Market Area: 65616 Listing Price $206,720 Listing Price Trend -0% Sold Price $207,120 Sold Price Trend + 53.45% Just a fraction of what's happening...click now to view more local market conditions! Buying or selling a home involves many factors. Stay on top of current community trends by viewing these listing and sale prices, demographics, school performance, area comparisons, and more. Of course, you can always call or email for help understanding what this information really means for…
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    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Click Here and see all the local info you need! http://www.bransonhomesearches.com/media/id/1223940/ SMattison@KW.comSteve Mattison ABR e-ProDirect - (417)350-9743  bransonhomesearches.com
  • Invest in the dowtown 300 block of West College St. in Branson, MO

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

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

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    One level ranch home on almost level lots OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood $215,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,734 sqftLot: 1.00 acre(s) Location 245 Country Hills Dr.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 One level ranch home on almost level lotsTable Rock Lake-front Home with ViewHome for the horse lover with 20 acres.Luxury 3 bedroom Condo w/2…
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  • 100,000 agents to get ‘single sign-on’ access to NAR programs

    Andrea V. Brambila
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Imagine a dashboard where agents can access their multiple listing service, the third-party products they’ve purchased, resources from their local association and tools from the National Association of Realtors — all with a single logon. In what has been dubbed the “NAR Portlet ...
  • What consumers really want: lessons from an innovative shopping marketplace

    Inman News
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Susan Feldman, co-founder and chief merchandising officer for online shopping marketplace One Kings Lane, talks to Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman about the lessons she learned building a whole new way to buy online. ...
  • As Fed tapers, its European counterpart may just be getting started

    Lou Barnes
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Fed tightening is theoretically imminent, but U.S. bonds are falling in yield, even as the Fed tapers its bond purchases. Everyone is prepared for very dramatic action by the European Central Bank, some form of quantitative easing ...
  • Power broker favors T-shirts over suits

    Inman News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Climb Real Estate Group power broker Kevin Gueco’s taste for high fashion has landed him in the San Francsico Chronicle, which details every aspect of his wardrobe, from “Japanese salvage denim and designer sneakers” to American Apparel T-shirts and a ...
  • Drone helps broker discover whether clients have a few shingles loose

    Inman News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Tulsa, Oklahoma-based broker-owner Darryl Baskin says the drone footage he shoots gives his sellers an advantage, showing to the best advantage features like spacious backyards and sturdy roofs. On a flight observed by the Tulsa World, he discovered his client ...
 
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  • For Sale at the South End of Lake Le Homme Dieu

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

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

    Craig Mische
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    At the end of July I added a Lake Alvin lot to the Multiple Listing Service and on this site wrote about what it had to offer to someone wanting to enjoy Alexandria’s Chain of Lakes as there is a channel from Alvin to Darling. I mentioned that it is possible to “pass through easily in a small fishing boat, Sea-Doo, Stand Up Paddleboard, etc.” so I decided to show some proof.
  • Fair Time

    Craig Mische
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    During the summer months, if I am not out working with people looking to buy or sell a lake home in Alexandria, I am at the lake. My office is a patio chair, my Macbook Air, an iPhone 5s, good Wi-Fi and a good view of the lake. I’ll make an exception today as the Douglas County Fair started yesterday and I really enjoy going to the 4-H buildings. Douglas County 4‑H has 20 clubs with 428 members that bring their best to share during the County Fair. It is enjoyable to see what they have raised and the pride on their faces.
  • Central Lakes Trail Time Lapse

    Craig Mische
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality strapped a GoPro to a rider and sent him on a bike ride on the Central Lakes Trail. He heads west from Big Ole and takes time to stop at a few parks along the way. His reward is not just the ride. At the end he gets ice cream at The Sugar Shack on the east side of downtown Alexandria.
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  • Google Eyes Giant Offices in Historic Los Angeles Airplane Hangar

    Eliot Brown
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    A massive former airplane hangar just north of Los Angeles International Airport was home to construction of the world’s largest airplane in the 1940s. Soon it could launch a new life: corporate offices of Google Inc.
  • Some See Price Gap Narrowing Between New, Existing Homes

    Kris Hudson
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    A persistent price gap between existing homes and newly built homes has given the former an advantage over the latter in recent months. But some economists say that gap will soon will start to narrow.
  • In Florida, Return of the Condo-Hotel?

    Craig Karmin
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    A luxury hotel operator is trying to revive a failed condo-hotel project in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hoping that a formula that faded during the economic downturn can make a comeback.
  • Homes Built for Rent Claim Smaller Share

    Kris Hudson
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Recent Commerce Department data show that construction of single-family homes for rental purposes is shrinking toward its long-term average market share, but that doesn’t include the entire picture.
  • Building a Megaproject: A Tour of Related’s Hudson Yards Development

    Eliot Brown
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    After years of planning, the Related Cos.’ giant Hudson Yards project, where more than $20 billion in development is planned on Manhattan’s far West Side, is getting well underway.
 
 
 
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    HUD Press Releases

  • HUD, New Jersey Mortgage Company Settle Complaint Alleging Lending Discrimination Against Applicants Collecting Disability Income

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that Freedom Mortgage Corporation, a national residential mortgage lender based in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, will pay $104,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against loan applicants with disabilities by requiring them to provide medical or other documentation regarding their disability.
  • HUD Releases July Housing Scorecard

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released the July edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard-a comprehensive report on the nation's housing market. The latest data show progress among key indicators, including rebound in the sale of existing homes and the continuing downward trend of foreclosure starts and completions. This month's Housing Scorecard also features a spotlight on the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area (Philadelphia MSA). While this scorecard notes positive overall trends in the…
  • HUD, Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee Reach Agreement to Improve Job Opportunities for Low-Income Residents

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it has reached a Voluntary Compliance Agreement with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), resolving HUD findings the housing authority failed to comply with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. HACM agreed to change its hiring and contracting practices to increase hiring of public housing and other low-income residents, as well as contracting with businesses that employ low-income persons.
 
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    Business Insider

  • Google Is Deliberately Showing You Lousy Old Versions Of Itself To Force You To Update Your Web Browser

    James Cook
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Google has been accused of intentionally displaying old versions of its site in order to convince web users to install the latest browser software  The BBC reports that users took to Google's online support forum to complain about seeing outdated versions of the site. Expecting an apology and a fix for the issue, they were surprised when a Google employee appeared and told them that it "isn't a bug" and in fact "working as intended."  One user posted screenshots that show Google displaying an old version of the site from 2013 because his web browser hadn't been upgraded to the…
  • Australia axes contested mining tax

    Martin Parry
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:58 am
    Sydney (AFP) - Australia on Tuesday agreed to scrap a contested resources profits tax after the government struck a surprise deal with crossbench senators, including mining tycoon Clive Palmer.The Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) was introduced by the previous Labor administration in 2012, with a levy on annual profits above Aus$75 million (US$70 million) on iron ore and coal at a rate of 30 percent.It was intended to return a share of the spoils of Australia's decade-long mining boom to government coffers but was widely criticised after its revenues fell dramatically short of forecasts."The…
  • US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader: government

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mogadishu (AFP) - US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, the government said Tuesday, claiming "casualties" but with no details if the main target was killed. "The Americans carried out a major air strike targeting a gathering by senior Al-Shebab officials, including their leader Abu-Zubayr," said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, governor for southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.Abu-Zubayr is the often used name for Shebab supreme commander Ahmed Abdi Godane, listed by the US State Department as one of the world's eight top terror…
  • Japanese Researchers Develop A 30-Minute Ebola Test

    AFP
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese researchers said Tuesday they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection. Professor Jiro Yasuda and his team at Nagasaki University say their process is also cheaper than the system currently in use in west Africa where the virus has already killed more than 1,500 people. "The new method is simpler than the current one and can be used in countries where expensive testing equipment is not available," Yasuda told AFP by telephone. "We have yet to receive any…
  • The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

    Dina Spector
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    1.  Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko accused Russia in a speech on Monday of "direct and unconcealed aggression" as the military crisis in the country's eastern region continues.  2. NATO officials set to meet in Wales on Friday announced plans to create a force of 4,000 troops "capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe," The New York Times said.  3. In a speech on Monday, British prime minister David Cameron suggested giving police the power to seize the passports of British citizens suspected of trying to leave the country to support the…
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  • 100,000 agents to get ‘single sign-on’ access to NAR programs

    Andrea V. Brambila
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Imagine a dashboard where agents can access their multiple listing service, the third-party products they’ve purchased, resources from their local association and tools from the National Association of Realtors — all with a single logon. In what has been dubbed the “NAR Portlet ...
  • What consumers really want: lessons from an innovative shopping marketplace

    Inman News
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Susan Feldman, co-founder and chief merchandising officer for online shopping marketplace One Kings Lane, talks to Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman about the lessons she learned building a whole new way to buy online. ...
  • As Fed tapers, its European counterpart may just be getting started

    Lou Barnes
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Fed tightening is theoretically imminent, but U.S. bonds are falling in yield, even as the Fed tapers its bond purchases. Everyone is prepared for very dramatic action by the European Central Bank, some form of quantitative easing ...
  • Power broker favors T-shirts over suits

    Inman News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Climb Real Estate Group power broker Kevin Gueco’s taste for high fashion has landed him in the San Francsico Chronicle, which details every aspect of his wardrobe, from “Japanese salvage denim and designer sneakers” to American Apparel T-shirts and a ...
  • Drone helps broker discover whether clients have a few shingles loose

    Inman News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Tulsa, Oklahoma-based broker-owner Darryl Baskin says the drone footage he shoots gives his sellers an advantage, showing to the best advantage features like spacious backyards and sturdy roofs. On a flight observed by the Tulsa World, he discovered his client ...
 
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    All HW content

  • 2.5 million borrowers face imminent payment shock

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Tough forecast ahead for HELOC borrowers: Over the next three years, borrowers using home equity lines of credit are predicted to have a severe payment shock impacting their monthly budget.
  • TILA-RESPA humor and Google homebuyer stats

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s important to remember that beyond TILA-RESPA lies a whole new world of consumers expecting the rest of the world to be as digital and mobile as they’ve become.  
  • The devil is in the mortgage finance reform details

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    It now seems all but certain that 2014 will end without any further progress on comprehensive mortgage finance legislation. But the coming months will offer little comfort for those who rooted for such a stalemate in hope of avoiding hard decisions about fundamental parts of the current system.
  • Manhattan real estate prices hitting new records

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Prices for previously owned Manhattan condominiums rose to a record last month even as an increase in the supply of units eased competition among buyers.
  • Redfin: Here's why now is the ideal time buy a home

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Winter brought a surprise polar vortex that fed into a spring home-buying season that didn’t produce astounding results, but the remaining month of summer and rest of the year are projected to finally produce strong housing activity.
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    House Price Crash News Blog

  • The Times: London is ‘money laundering capital’

    sneaker
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    Why else would house-prices be comparable only with those in tax-havens - Monaco, Hong Kong, Geneva, etc.? Forget all the emotional arguments about how London is a cultural hub or whatever. It's *all* about tax and the path-of-least-resistance to make dodgy money appear clean. What better way to appeal to the ego and desire for status of someone from an iffy part of the world than to tell them "Route your cash through the UK's tax havens such as BVI, Cayman, Channel Islands - and then you can buy a house near Buckingham Palace and everyone will think you are terribly clever and…
  • The Leader: Homeowners queueing up to leave near site of Wrexham 'super prison'

    mark
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    PEOPLE are queuing up to move out of an estate near the site of a planned 2,100 inmate prison, according to a resident.
  • Money Week: London's property market is looking wobbly - is it about to topple?

    andrew.williams
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    Matthew Partridge looks at how much longer London's house-price bubble has to go before it pops.
  • BBC: Rogue landlords: What is it like to live in a substandard home?

    weta
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    For the cynical, this looks like this could be a new balloon being launched..for subsidising BTL brigade, reward landlords for improving rental accommodation? Win-win...improved living environment for renters (should be good and liveable to start with by the way, and enforced already), free upgrades for the owner, rogue or otherwise? Printed money or Increased taxes to pay for it. Bubble maintained?
  • The Guardian: Britain’s property boom roars back to life, powered by London

    libertas
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I had to do the calculation myself. The Guardian and others WILL NOT print the exorbitant amount houses have risen in July. Annualised, this would be a 39% increase. Recent shocking immigration numbers could be behind the rise, as Europeans flee Draghi's promised Euro devaluation and seek relative economic growth and lower taxes in the UK.
 
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    Developments

  • Google Eyes Giant Offices in Historic Los Angeles Airplane Hangar

    Eliot Brown
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    A massive former airplane hangar just north of Los Angeles International Airport was home to construction of the world’s largest airplane in the 1940s. Soon it could launch a new life: corporate offices of Google Inc.
  • Some See Price Gap Narrowing Between New, Existing Homes

    Kris Hudson
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    A persistent price gap between existing homes and newly built homes has given the former an advantage over the latter in recent months. But some economists say that gap will soon will start to narrow.
  • In Florida, Return of the Condo-Hotel?

    Craig Karmin
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    A luxury hotel operator is trying to revive a failed condo-hotel project in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hoping that a formula that faded during the economic downturn can make a comeback.
  • Homes Built for Rent Claim Smaller Share

    Kris Hudson
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Recent Commerce Department data show that construction of single-family homes for rental purposes is shrinking toward its long-term average market share, but that doesn’t include the entire picture.
  • Building a Megaproject: A Tour of Related’s Hudson Yards Development

    Eliot Brown
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    After years of planning, the Related Cos.’ giant Hudson Yards project, where more than $20 billion in development is planned on Manhattan’s far West Side, is getting well underway.
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • Happy Labor Day Weekend from Housing Chronicles

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Happy Labor Day weekend from The Housing Chronicles Blog and MetroIntelligence!So just what is the history of this holiday marking the end of summer?  Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.Founder of Labor DayMore than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/29/14

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/29/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:2Q 2014 GDP rose 4.2 percent in second estimateInitial unemployment claims dip by 1,000 in latest reportMortgage applications rose 2.8 percent in latest surveyInitial unemployment claims dip by 14,000 in latest reportWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/28/14

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/28/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: New home sales dip 2.4 percent from previous month; still up 12.3 percent year-over-yearCase-Shiller Indices all showing slower growth with report ending June 2014FHFA House Price Index up 0.8 percent in 2Q2014 and 5.2 percent since 2Q2013Consumer confidence increases in August for fourth straight monthWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/26/14

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/26/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Mortgage applications rose by 1.14 percent in latest survey as rates fell by six basis pointsFederal Reserve meetings notes shows continued commitment to keeping interest rates lowArchitecture billings at highest level since 2007Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • The Politics of Drought: Homebuilding is Already Leading the Way on Water Conservation

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    These days, it’s nearly impossible to avoid news of one of the worst droughts to grip the State of California since records were first kept in the mid 1800s.  And it’s not just California --- as of early August, the U.S. Drought Monitor was reporting that just over one-third of the contiguous U.S. states were experiencing drought conditions.  In the case of California and the southwest U.S., a so-called “ridiculously resilient ridge” (or Triple R) of high pressure has been squatting off the coast of western Canada since January 2013, thereby diverting storms normally…
 
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • RAD isn’t as radical as it sounds

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    By Ethan Handelman, National Housing ConferenceThe name of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) has a phonological connection to “radical,” but it’s far from it in practice.  Mostly, it’s trying proven techniques for financing and renovating older affordable housing and applying them to public housing properties that all agree need attention.  It’s still a pilot program, and rightly so,but over time I expect it will prove to be the future direction for fixing up long-neglected public housing.  Recent coverage of RAD by the American Prospect highlights the…
  • Bank of America settles with DOJ over mortgage lending case

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By Rebekah King, National Housing ConferenceOn Thursday, Aug. 21, Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a $16.65 billion settlement.  The settlement resolves federal and state claims against Bank of America and its affiliates, Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, regarding their mortgage lending and securitization activities.  This is the largest civil settlement ever reached between the U.S. government and a single company, and it includes $7 billion in funding for homeowner relief, community development and affordable rental housing activities that…
  • Impacts of CFPB proposed rule on HMDA reporting

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    by Rebekah King, National Housing ConferenceThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a proposed rule that would expand Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting requirements. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) requires CFPB to expand HMDA’s dataset to include more detailed information about mortgage lending.Why does mortgage data matter? In summary, the proposed rule would greatly expand our understanding of what is happening in the mortgage market.  Up until now, HMDA has provided a limited (but still useful) view of…
  • No sleep ‘til Solutions

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    by Chris Estes, National Housing ConferenceCongress has left town for August recess without making much progress on appropriations or other major legislation. We expect a continuing resolution to keep program funding at current levels through the November election. At that point, election outcomes will dictate how much progress can be made on legislation.This does not mean, however, that Washington or NHC will be inactive this month. We are working to finalize all of the details of Solutions 2014, the National Conference on State and Local Housing Policy, and have many exciting workshops…
  • Making the connection between research and practice

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Developing solutions through researchby Lisa Sturtevant, Ph.D., National Housing ConferenceAs NHC’s research division, the Center for Housing Policy increases awareness of housing needs and identifies promising solutions to housing challenges through timely and accessible research. Being able to connect research to practice to support local housing policy development is one thing that differentiates the Center’s work from others’. When we analyze data, synthesize research findings, evaluate best practices or describe housing innovations, we try to keep our audience in mind, whether it…
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    St. John's Real Estate Homes for Sale

  • Investment property near MUN 115 Bonaventure Ave

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

    Stephen Winters
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Total # of MLS Listings [July] = 1505 Total # of Sales [July] = 519 Number of Active Listings for Sale in Newfoundland = 5984 Numbers are based on both residential and commercial listings/sales Here is a break down by area for July: St. John’s Real Estate: Listings = 248 Sales = 114 Sales/Listings Ratio = 46% Average sale price for a home in St. John’s: $343,617 for the month of July and the 12 month average $342,138 Mount Pearl Real Estate: Listings = 44 Sales = 22 Sales/Listings Ratio = 50% Average Sale Price (12 month average): $294,849 Paradise Real Estate: Listings = 68 Sales = 25…
  • Airport Heights Home for Sale – 63 Otter Drive

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

    Stephen Winters
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Clovelly Trails subdivision is one of the most popular subdivisions in the east end of St. John’s.  The area offers well constructed homes by three of the top builders in St. John’s; Hann Construction, Erco Homes and New Victorian Homes.  Clovelly Trails has much to offer for the home owner.  Located right in your “backyard” is The Osprey. One of the best golf courses St. John’s has to offer.  Stavanger Drive (which loops around the Clovelly subdivision) offers shopping box stores, super markets, restaurants, coffee shops and easy access to the Outer Ring Road. Not to mention…
  • Home for sale in St. John’s – 16 Oakridge Drive

    Stephen Winters
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:34 am
    ** SALE PENDING ** 16 Oakridge Drive is located in a great neighborhood in the East End of St. John’s. Three bedrooms up and a fourth in the basement. Master bedroom has ensuite walk-in closet. Oak kitchen with a separate dining room and patio door leading to a large deck. Downstairs has a bedroom and a nicely finished family room with a wood burning stove. Lots of room in basement for more development as well. Landscaped and back garden fully fenced.  Close to Stavanger Drive and Clovelly. MLS 1104486  Asking $289,900. Contact Fraser or Stephen Winters for additional information. For…
 
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    Miami Beach Real Estate Blog

  • Just Listed | Trump Palace 1705 | Sunny Isles Beach Seasonal Lease

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

    Ashton Coleman
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Regalia Sunny Isles Beach | Limited Edition Living Regalia Residences are already setting new area records with sales above $10M and selling values above $1,900 psf! The new condo development consist of only 39 total residences with 1 very spacious unit per floor. Above & beyond the standard single floor living space, is the most impressive Regalia Penthouse and Regalia Beach House boasting two trophy properties like no other in Sunny Isles Beach. Now offering limited edition living. Regalia Location | 19575 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles Beach Regalia Condo Residence Features: 39 Total…
  • Sunny Isles Beach (JADE Beach #802) Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Just Sold this Beautiful Direct Ocean Condo at Jade Beach JADE Condo Specs: 17001 Collins Avenue #802 Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160 Built In 2007 1 Bedroom | 2 bath + Den 1,210 SF Interior (Floor Plan) 1,367 SF Total Sale Price $940,000 Originally Priced at $1.295M 2013 Taxes $10,792 Full Amenity Building White Glass Floors & Beautifully Renovated Seller Representation – Philly Buyer – Canada I know Sunny Isles Beach real estate & JADE Condos. If you are interested, or know someone interested in buying or selling a condo in Sunny Isles, it’s essential to work with…
  • Just Listed | Turnberry Isle South 19D | Aventura’s Premier Gated Community

    Ashton Coleman
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Just Listed at Turnberry Isle South 19D | Aventura’s Premier Gated Community Exceptional Views & Value in one of Aventura’s finest developments, Turnberry Isle. This is a chance of life time to own a luxury condo with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, Marina & the City of Aventura. This high floor view offers the very best in an open exposure with water & City beautiful both morning and night. Original condition, meticulously cared for. Amenities include Fitness Center, Tennis courts, Marina, Poolside dining & snack bar, Party,…
  • MUSE Condos Sunny Isles Beach | Trophy Penthouse 50

    Ashton Coleman
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    MUSE Condos Sunny Isles Beach Offers a Unique Trophy Penthouse MUSE Residences in Sunny Isles Beach has commenced with sales and while new construction along the coastline has ample options for new buyer’s, there is nothing comparable to the trophy Penthouse 49-50 available now for $18.5M. Penthouse ownership entails the entire top floor along with the Roof. With Smart Tech 2.0, your condominium is outfitted with state of the art technologies.   MUSE Penthouse Features: 6,106 Square Feet of Interior Living Space (567M2) 2,316 Square Feet of Terrace (215M2) 2,688 Square Feet of…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • Why Investors Should Continue Buying Real Estate

    Steve Sjuggerud
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Is this the end of the housing recovery? NO! “By keeping interest rates low, we are trying to make homes more affordable and revive the housing market.” That came from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen earlier this year. My friend, that’s all you need to know when it comes to the housing market today. Read the rest of Why Investors Should Continue Buying Real Estate » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate?

    Marco Santarelli
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Demographically, a lot has been written about how Millennials and Baby Boomers will impact real estate.  But how will 11 million undocumented immigrants impact residential real estate if they are given residency? Will millions of undocumented immigrants buy houses and increase prices and rents?  Already, we are starting to see some signs of how immigration is impacting housing. Read the rest of How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments.
  • The Long and Winding Recovery

    Marco Santarelli
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Zillow’s second quarter Real Estate Market Report shows national home values rose 6.3% on a year-over-year basis from June 2013 to $174,200.  The last time national home values were at this level was back in March 2005.  (Housing prices peaked in 2006.) Rents were up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis.  The Zillow Home Value Forecast calls for 4.2% appreciation nationally from June 2014 to June 2015. Read the rest of The Long and Winding Recovery » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments.
  • Understanding Your Purchase Appraisal

    Marco Santarelli
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Once you have a property under contract and you’ve performed an inspection, it’s time for your loan officer to secure a purchase appraisal. Be aware that an appraisal will almost always render a lower value than you determined in your comparative market analysis, for a number of reasons.  Appraisals do not give an accurate market value – they simply give you a reflection of what you’re trying to accomplish with the bank.  There are actually different types of appraisals, and each one serves a different purpose. Read the rest of Understanding Your Purchase Appraisal » For more…
  • Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth?

    Peter Miler
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    America is a nation on the move.  The Census Bureau says 35.9 million of us picked-up and went somewhere else in 2013, almost 12% of the entire population. We move because of such things as jobs, climate, family and schools but there’s another reason as well: A good move can be worth $1 million and maybe more. Read the rest of Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • What's the best way to find a home in Woodbridge Virginia

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:27 pm
    What is the best way to find a home in the Woodbridge Virginia area. That was a question a home buyer called and asked just yesterday. The person on the line said. I am so tired of looking at homes online. The caller said my frustration is:  "Peggy inevitably when I see one I like and drive to it. I hate the homes next to it. I wish I could just pick the  home up and move them to the neighborhood I want to buy in." The caller wanted to know how could she find a home where  she wanted  to live in  the quickest way.  This caller stated she is a busy person with a demanding schedule…
  • How do you find a REALTOR® who is a good negotiator

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    When you hire a REALTOR® to list or buy a home you need a skilled negotiator.  From the time the contract is written to the settlement table negotiations take place throughout the process.  The last thing you need to learn when an obstacle presents itself, is your agent folds like cheap lawn furniture. YIKES!  "You need a REALTOR® who is skilled and adept to finding a solution to the obstacles as they occur. " Obstacles: One party in the transaction is difficult, wants what they want One party in the transaction does not understand why someone would ask for something. The home…
  • Weekend trip to Upstate New York ends in Lake George!

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Last weekend my husband and I vacationed in Saratoga Springs New York. We knew some other family members that would be going to the Travers Race at the Saratoga Race Track and since this is near my home town, we decided to join in. It has been decades since I have lived in Upstate New York, so in reality I was a tourist. Oh my what fun that was. As we boarded the plane to head to New York. I overhead a conversation of two ladies in front of me. One had two horses running on Saturday in the Travers Race. Well, I have learned to act on things like this. So I said to my husband. Remember to…
  • Peggy "How will we know when it's a good time to buy a home?"

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    This is a question we get a lot from home buyers just like you who have been thinking, contemplating, saving and dreaming of buying a home. You all have the desire but hesitate. Saying no...not now. I have learned over the years you may not be saying NO. You are thinking to yourself.  I don't KNOW. I don't know enough I  don't want to buy to high I'm not  sure if prices are going up or down.  I don't  want to make a mistake I  don't know who we can trust. With that in mind, I  want to take you behind the scenes today and show you what a REALTOR can see   Below are two charts…
  • Luxury Homes, Luxury Cars and Boating in Prince William County VA

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    We're seeing more and more Luxury Tesla vehicles in the Woodbridge Virginia area. That is because we have a SuperCharge Station located at Potomac Mills Mall just off I-95 in the Woodbridge Virginia area. Directions click here  Did you know that those who opt to purchase a Tesla Luxury Car can charge their cars for FREE at any    SuperCharger Station? Well it's true. Watch the video below.   The station located at Potomac Mills Mall  is one of 150 stations nationwide currently. Learn where    other are with   this link to Tesla road trips made easy     Well it is. Watch this…
 
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    KW Blog

  • Staged Victory: Chicago Area Team Stages Its Way to Multi-million Dollar Success

    adminkwblog
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Kathy Quaid and Maureen Rooney own the most productive realty team in Glen Ellyn, Ill., with a 2013 closed volume nearing $55 million – more than double their 2012 sales. Though they didn’t partner until 2010 when they joined Keller Williams, they were on similar career trajectories. Both were licensed in 2004, each absolutely loved real estate, became rookies of the year in their respective companies, never had backward years and embraced staging as a critical sales component. Because they live in a smaller upscale suburban Chicago community with many brokers and agents,…
  • Keller Williams Realty’s Red Rally 5K Supports Austin Pets Alive!

    adminkwblog
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    On Saturday, August 9, Keller Williams associates and members of the Austin community joined forces for the 2014 Red Rally 5K to raise funds and awareness for Austin Pets Alive! The course was blanketed in a sea of red shirts as hundreds of runners, walkers and four-legged friends took to the pavement to promote APA! programs devoted to the healthy adoption of cats and dogs. “We were ecstatic to partner with Austin Pets Alive! and work with another local organization dedicated to the Austin community,” said Keller Williams President Mary Tennant. “Keller Williams associates are…
  • BOLD Law: “Do What You’ve Always Done and You’ll Get What You’ve Always Gotten”

    adminkwblog
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    What does your day look like? Are you planning on knocking out your lead generation in the morning so you can spend the afternoon running errands, catching up on personal stuff or maybe even napping? That’s what BOLD coach Kate Patulski did when she first got into real estate. Like many people, she was drawn to the career for its freedom, flexibility and wealth opportunities, but that was before she learned this lesson: Freedom plus flexibility does not equal success. Just because real estate gives you the flexibility and freedom to indulge in an afternoon nap doesn’t mean you…
  • Q&A with Michael Perna: Powerful Prospecting Defined

    adminkwblog
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    There’s prospecting, and then there’s The Perna Team. These guys have got it down to a science. They know how long to lead generate, how quickly to respond to leads, and exactly what to say. They stick to their top lead sources and refine their systems to convert leads at a higher level. The result: $81 million in closed volume for 2013. At the helm of the operation in Northville, Mich., is Michael Perna. We caught up with Perna to discuss how he generates and closes hundreds of leads a year. Q: Where does your business come from? A: Twenty percent comes from a combination of…
  • Inman News Names Ben Kinney 2014 Innovator of the Year

    adminkwblog
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    At Inman Connect San Francisco, a popular conference and networking event for real estate and technology leaders, Keller Williams associate Ben Kinney of Bellingham, Wash., was named the 2014 Innovator of the Year. Ben leads the Home4Investment Real Estate Team, serves as operating principal of numerous Keller Williams market centers and has founded multiple technology start-ups. Here’s what Inman News had to say about Ben:   “Ben Kinney not only heads one of the top producing real estate teams in the U.S., he’s the owner and operator of seven Keller Williams Realty…
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    The Real Deal New York

  • Happy Labor Day!

    Kerry Barger
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Happy Labor Day In honor of Labor Day, we won’t be posting on the Monday holiday (but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for breaking news). Have a safe, enjoyable weekend — but don’t forget to check back Tuesday morning. We resume our regular posting schedule at 7:30 a.m.
  • Posh Central Park neighborhoods plagued by rats

    ChrisC
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Central Park and a rat Residents of the well-heeled neighborhoods surrounding Central Park have a rat problem. In the past four years, those living near Central Park have called in in 4,691 vermin complaints, according to the New York Post. In fact, the Upper West Side is the most rat-plagued neighborhood in the city, with a 2,402 complaints in the 10023, 10024 and 10025 ZIP codes since 2010, according to 311 hot-line data cited by the Post. “The rats are getting worse,” said Upper West Sider Ron Hoffman. “You see them running back and forth on the sidewalk.” On the Upper East Side,…
  • Zephyr Teachout takes on LICH redevelopment

    ChrisC
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Zephyr Teachout and Long Island College Hospital Gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr Teachout is calling out Governor Andrew Cuomo over the long-running Long Island College Hospital debacle. Yesterday, Teachout criticized Cuomo for remaining silent about the future of LICH in Cobble Hill, in light of SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s decision to sell the facility to developers who plan to bring housing to the site. She also criticized the bidding process at the facility and is calling for an investigation, according to NY1. “That bidding process looks a lot like the bidding process that I…
  • America’s oldest mall is now brimming with micro-apartments

    ChrisC
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Providence Arcade in Providence, R.I. At nearly 200 years old, Rhode Island’s Providence Arcade is considered America’s first indoor mall. But recently the arcade has seen a dramatic overhaul, transforming it into dozens of micro apartments. “It had become economically obsolete,” said J. Michael Abbott, a principal at Northeast Collaborative Architects of the mall, which closed in 2008. “When it was a full shopping center of all three floors, it just wasn’t working. Shops were opening and closing all the time.” Desperate for a solution, the…
  • Activists petition to save falcons at 25 CPW

    ChrisC
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    A peregrine falcon nest on a building and the Century at 25 Central Park West Bird-loving New Yorkers are moving to stop a Central Park West condo from evicting a nest of endangered peregrine falcons. The activists have presented the management of the Century building at 25 Central Park West with a petition with more than 4,200 signatures, according to the New York Post. Earlier this month, the board at 25 CPW pushed have the birds, named Comet and Cruiser, and their two hatchlings from the window sill of Steve Nislick’s penthouse. The birds have lived on the sill since 2010. Building…
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Your New Home Dream Can Come True – Open Sunday Aug 31st

    thebeltteam
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Your new home dream could come true! Stop in to see us over Labor Day weekend. We’ll be holding open our fabulous new home on Tapawingo Rd SW in the Town of Vienna – not far from Vienna Metro & just down the street from Meadow Lane Park. You’ll enjoy the open, airy floorplan & high end finishes. It’s warm and expansive with wonderful touches like 10′ ceilings on the main level, a stunning master retreat, coffered & tray ceilings, five bedrooms (all with their own en suite baths!). a finished lower level with rec room, wet bar & game room &…
  • All Creatures Great & Small (The Real Estate Version!)

    thebeltteam
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Everyone looks for something different in a home. Some want low maintenance, easy living, lots of amenities & commuter convenience. Some want grandeur, elegance & acreage in horse country – plus a personal exercise area & sauna and plenty of room for entertaining and family living. To each his own – right? So here’s our version of the classic “All Creatures Great & Small“ – real estate style! Here are examples of the least expensive & most expensive home for sale in each of a variety of local cities: Vienna, Oakton, McLean, Great Falls,…
  • Open House in Oak Hill’s “Reserve at Stone Hill” August 24th

    thebeltteam
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:57 am
    If you’re looking for a gorgeous custom luxury home in Oak Hill, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this beauty! OPEN SUNDAY, AUGUST 24TH 1PM TO 4PM Here’s a sneak peek!Full description, directions and more photos of 12616 Winter Wren Ct in Oak Hill Call Tom Reilly & The Belt Team at (703) 629-1263 to schedule a showing! Search Oak Hill & Herndon Homes For Sale $1,000,000 to $1,250,000 Search Oak Hill & Herndon Homes For Sale $1,250,000 to $1,500,000 Search Oak Hill & Herndon Homes For Sale $1,500,000+
  • New Home on Tapawingo Rd SW in Vienna Open Sunday Aug 24th

    thebeltteam
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    If you’ve been waiting for a home less than 2 miles from Vienna Metro, near a wonderful neighborhood park AND brand new & move-in ready – then we’re going to make your day! Stop by our open house on Sunday – you just might find your dream home! OPEN SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 2PM to 4PM   Click here for pricing and a peek inside this lovely new home! Call Terry Belt at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing! Search Vienna Homes For Sale $1 million to $1.25 million Search Vienna Homes For Sale $1.25 million to $1.5 million
  • What’s Happening Nationally in Real Estate?

    thebeltteam
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Here’s a one minute look at the national numbers in real estate: Home Sales Home Prices Interest rates If you’d like to know what’s happening in YOUR neighborhood, call our CEO, Terry Belt, at (703) 242-3975.
 
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    Corporate Real Estate Network

  • Apps to Help Analyze & Operate Commercial Real Estate

    CRE Editors
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Join host Michael Bull and CEO of CRE Tech and CCIM instructor, Todd Kuhlmann as they discuss Apps to power your business including presentations, analytics, travel, marketing and sourcing real... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • JLL Report Download | Data-centric CRE: A competitive imperative

    CRE Editors
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    From JLL’s Data-centric CRE: A competitive imperative: Data and analytics are transforming entire industries, and increasing productivity and profitability in organizations which embrace them.... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Apps for Business Professionals

    CRE Editors
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Join host Michael Bull and CEO of CRE Tech and CCIM instructor, Todd Kuhlmann as they discuss Apps to power your business including presentations, analytics, travel, marketing and sourcing real... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • CBRE Report Download | U.S. Tech-Twenty: Measuring Office Market Impact

    CRE Editors
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    From CBRE’s August 2014 U.S. Tech-Twenty: Measuring Office Market Impact Report The booming high-tech sector has been one of the major drivers in the U.S. office market recovery, with the... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • JLL Report Download: JLL Global Office Index Q2 2014

    CRE Editors
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The JLL Global Office Index, which tracks the performance of prime office space in 95 major markets, reveals that rents grew by 2.2% in the year to Q2 2014, representing the strongest annual growth... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
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    Ensor Realtors

  • We Just Listed 17800 Edgewood Way #202, Jonestown TX 78645!

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

    Shannon Ensor
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    We just listed a remodeled home for sale at 315 Cloudview Dr, Austin TX 78745! If you are looking to live in a mature neighborhood that’s close to all of the modern conveniences of South Austin living, then we have the house for you! Located just south of William Cannon, and in between South 1st and…
  • We Just Listed 2009 Aster Way, Round Rock TX 78665 For Sale!

    Shannon Ensor
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    We just listed a spacious home for sale at 2009 Aster Way, Round Rock TX 78665. The sellers are putting their finishing touches on the home right now, and while it’s not quite yet ready for showings, it will be very soon! Photos Here are the high resolution pictures of 2009 Aster Way: Listing Details…
  • 2121 Ariella Dr, Cedar Park TX 78613 – Just Listed For Sale in Gann Ranch!

    Shannon Ensor
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Cedar Park real estate has been booming over the last several years. I can still remember when Cedar Park was a sleepy town, on the verge of expansion. Now, it is one of the hottest places in the country to live! One of the reasons why people choose Cedar Park is for the good school…
  • We Just Listed 13320 Coleto Creek Trl, Austin TX 78732!

    Shannon Ensor
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    We just listed an impressive home for sale at 13320 Coleto Creek Trl. Located in River Heights Overlook, a gated community in Steiner Ranch, this 4,440 square foot home (appraiser) has five bedrooms and four full baths. This floor plan from Drees Homes offers spaciousness and flexibility to suit your needs, as four of the…
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Top Posts for August

    CoyDavidson
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Happy Labor Day! In case you missed them, below are links to the most popular posts from The Tenant Advisor in August 2014: U.S. Office Market Rankings – Net Absorption Can you name the U.S. office market where office space is leasing the fastest? The answer might surprise you. When it comes to attention from […]
  • Healthcare Real Estate Primer

    CoyDavidson
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    6 Posts from The Tenant Advisor Big Data and Healthcare Site Selection Hospital System Real Estate Strategies for Primary Care – Part Two   As a result of “Big Data” real estate teams now have access to better decision support tools to guide their site selection and leasing decisions using data-informed scenarios to determine a forward-looking market […]
  • Inside Colliers

    CoyDavidson
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Deconstructing the global brand study In the first issue of Inside Colliers, our Global President & CEO, Doug Frye, takes us inside the 2014 global survey of clients and prospects, to share his insights and key takeaways – and where our focus should be moving forward. View here.
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Six Articles to Read this Weekend CRE Listening Tour It’s always good to get out and talk to agents and the people that support them. I recently had the opportunity to do just that during a series of round table discussions on CRE trends. Ages ranged from 22 to 70 – with youth being no […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Stocks Post Modest Gains for the Week All three major stock indexes finished the week with modest gains. The tech heavy Nasdaq finished up 0.92% for the week. The Dow gained 0.57% and the S&P 500 advanced 0.75% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: August Consumer Sentiment […]
 
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (August 29, 2014) Steve Davis: Powerful Words & Principles That Fuel Powerful Actions

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/67800d7c7d4690119f972dc864373f2a59464749/LURadio082914.mp3 Just as there are many truisms in life, there are many Delisms in Lifestyles Unlimited. What are Delisms you might ask. As you might imagine, they are phrases that were originally coined by LU Founder and President, Del Walmsley. But, mention any one of these well known sayings around the office and you’ll quickly notice that Delisms live in the daily lives and in the countless stories of any member of the LU family. Well, today you will get a glimpse of these…
  • (August 28, 2014) John Ridgway: Finding the Right Path That Will Lead You To Financial Freedom

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/978f44f42e87910469073d5c4f24ba31c664445e/LURadio082814.mp3 The analogy John Ridgway uses to describe how the single family model works in Real Estate investing is that of crawfish: “you can get a full meal out of it, but it’s a little piece at a time and it takes a lot of work.” He explains how the economy of scales work with multi-family investing and which investment path would benefit you the most, whether you have more than $50,000 (multi family) or less than $50,000 (single family) saved up. He also…
  • (August 27, 2014) Steve Davis: Designing Your Life to Be Where You Want it to Be in the Future

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/7d79455f84d75d17a83a2b032618d77dd2ae0255/LURadio082714.mp3 “It’s not the money. It’s the lifestyle.” Would you like to have an incredible lifestyle where you can spend more time with your family and be able to do the activities you’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t had the time because of your job or the lack of money? Steve helps you realize that one of the obstacles stopping you from enjoying a great life is having a good life. He explains why people struggle to achieve that “great…
  • (August 27, 2014) Del Walmsley: A Taste Of The Financial Freedom Seminar

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/9f5675156338f9704e5d15692cfef1db0f56a2e4/LURadio082714.mp3 When it comes to Lifestyles Unlimited, there is no better class to take than the 2-Day Seminar with Del Walmsley. In this class you don’t merely learn what you need to know about investing in any kind of single family or multi family real estate deal, you learn the effectiveness of your map to financial success. Has it gotten you the money you want, the precious time you need with your family that you love and cherish and is the money you make something you can…
  • (August 26, 2014) Del Walmsley: Del Stocks Up On Big Questions & Gives Back Big Answers Part 2

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/dcb5b6b45c2860d1b945ea7b07a00efe782ff541/LURadio082614.mp3 Del Walmsley dissects your email inquiries in regards to income taxes, buying real estate inside your IRA’s, different types of loans, refinance, and real estate advice for individual cases. Del encourages you to approach investing in real estate with an open mind so that you can see the endless advantages it has to offer and the life changing opportunities. The post (August 26, 2014) Del Walmsley: Del Stocks Up On Big Questions & Gives Back Big Answers Part…
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    中洲漁港を無事に撮影

  • 金融-中洲漁港

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

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

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

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

  • SW Ring Road Details

    Monika Furtado
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    A few months back now we saw the initial designs for the remaining sections of the ring road. Alberta Transportation has now released two amazing animations that show full details.   This answers a lot of questions clients have had about access points and location respect to various property.   The videos were created by Alberta Transportation.   69th st to Macleod (South Portion)     Transcanada to 69th St (West Portion)  
  • Just Listed - 42 Hawkdale Circle NW Calgary

    Monika Furtado
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Original owners. This exceptionally well maintained, clean home in Hawkwood is well designed to take advantage of the south facing backyard and ample light. The main floor includes a large kitchen wrapping around the centre island, eating nook, family room, dining room, living room and main floor office. Up the grand staircase 3 bedrooms including the master with 5 piece bath, additional full bath and laundry complete the level. The fully finished walkout basement offers a large rec room, 2 bedrooms, full bath and access to the amazing backyard. Landscaped with love over the years, this oasis…
  • Just Listed - 145 Tuscany Reserve Rise NW Calgary

    Monika Furtado
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    This Tuscany home with west facing backyard is exceptionally clean, painted in neutral colors and move in ready. With hardwood on the main floor, the floor plan flows from the entrance to the back deck. Beyond the front entrance is a den/office to the right and spacious mud room to the left. Beyond the stairs is the open concept large kitchen with corner pantry and substantial island with breakfast bar, the living room and dining area. The large windows let in ample light and the raised back deck is a perfect place to relax in watching the evening sun over the mountains. The upper level…
  • Selling Property - Marriage status or Leaving Canada

    Monika Furtado
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    In the last couple of weeks I've surprised a few buyers and sellers with information they didn't know but absolutely needed to know to avoid some major surprises.   1. Dower Rights. If you are legally married and purchasing a property only in your name you need to understand Dower Rights in Alberta.  You can buy the property without a blink but to sell the property you will require the signature of your spouse, even if you haven't seen then in 14 years and they live in the Arctic.    2. If you sell your home and you have moved outside of Canada you need to be aware of tax…
  • Calgary Real Estate Market Update - Aug 5 2014

    Monika Furtado
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    The real estate sales numbers for July are very strong with record levels for the month of July being posted. The good weather is sure to cause a bit of a lull and we are now looking at more balance in the upper price points of the single family market and some more balance in the condo market. This is a common summer scenario with many folks focusing on summer holidays and weekend plans, they are delaying their home buying / selling decisions. The shift to a more balanced market is also due to a continued rise in new listings through July. The peak of new listings was actually in June so…
 
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    Property Management Software

  • Best places to buy home abroad

    Property Management Software
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Buy home abroad Ever thought of buying a pad in Paris, Amsterdam or Venice? As Europe pulls out of the recession and global markets expand, the idea of owning a bolthole in a glamorous continental city looks very alluring. While prices linger in the post-recession doldrums, agents are suggesting that now is the time to buy. “Across the globe young, footloose, creative people are escaping the suburbs and moving to urban centres,” says Yolande Barnes, head of global research at Savills, in its latest 12 Cities report. We are drawn, like never before, to the hubbub of cafés and bars, the…
  • Increasing home prices reduce home affordability

    Property Management Software
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Reducing Home Affordability Nationwide housing affordability dipped in the second quarter of 2014 as several markets saw a firming of home prices, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), released today. In all, 62.6 percent of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and the end of June were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $63,900. This is down from the 65.5 percent of homes sold that were affordable to median-income earners in the first quarter. The national median home price increased from…
  • Chinese buying spree for US homes

    Property Management Software
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Chinese homebuyers Chinese buyers are now the biggest international players in the U.S. housing market and some states are seeing billions of dollars in real estate deals as a result. More than half of the $22 billion Chinese buyers spent on U.S. homes during the 12 months ended in March was spent in California, Washington and New York, according to the National Association of Realtors. The hottest markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Seattle, according to Juwai.com, a Hong Kong-based website that connects Chinese buyers with U.S. properties. California is particularly…
  • How to make million dollars in real estate

    Property Management Software
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Million dollars in real estate Building wealth from real estate is not as simple a feat as the get-rich gurus would have you think. And today, with home prices up 28% since 2011 and all-cash investors crowding out buyers who have to borrow, getting a foothold may seem especially daunting. But as a landlord, here’s what’s working in your favor: Rents are climbing too, up 5% in the past year alone, reports Trulia. The other piece of good news is that you don’t need a big portfolio of properties to make $1 million in real estate. “You can manage three or four units on the side,” says…
  • Mortgage activity drops further this summer

    Property Management Software
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Mortgage Volume Drop Mortgage applications continue to falter despite lower mortgage rates and far less dramatic home price gains than a year ago. Last week, total application volume fell 2.7 percent from the previous week on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Applications to refinance were down 4 percent. They had risen slightly in previous weeks despite basically stagnant rates—but possibly on a slight easing of some underwriting. Refinance volume is down nearly 28 percent from a year ago. Mortgage applications to purchase a home continued to…
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    30A Luxury Homes

  • 30A Real Estate to Destin FL Real Estate Inventory Down

    DebbieJ
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    30A Real Estate to Destin FL Real Estate Inventory Down Look how far we have come over the years! Times have changed for 30A Real Estate and Destin FL Real Estate. Below are 2 graphs comparing prices for the West End of 30A (West of Hwy 283) to the East End of 30A (East of 283). In 2013 it cost you 52% (on average) more to purchase a home on the east end of 30A vs. the west end. If you want to know more about 30A Real Estate call me, Debbie James at 850-450-2000. Let me provide you with all the information and tools you need to  make your 30A luxury home purchase a reality.
  • What is the Difference Between a Short Sale and a Foreclosure?

    Joy
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    What is the Difference Between a Short Sale and a Foreclosure? Many owners of 30A luxury homes are still confused between a short sale and a foreclosure, and sometimes mistake both to mean the same thing. In a short sale, the homeowner, who is in default or nearing default with their mortgage, is the one selling the home but at a price that is lower than the amount still owed on the mortgage. The short sale is subject to the approval of the lender or bank. If a short sale is approved by the bank, that means the bank is willing to accept a price lower than the amount of mortgage still owed on…
  • Latest Trends In 30A Luxury Homes: What’s Hot and What’s Not

    Joy
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Latest Trends In 30A Luxury Homes: What’s Hot and What’s Not Whether you are thinking of buying a luxury home along 30A or having one custom-built, it’s good to know what the hottest trends are in design and interior amenities so you can get great ideas for your home. Here are the hottest trends in luxury properties that you could consider for your 30A luxury home: What’s Hot 1. Windows Buyers are attracted to natural lighting. Floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized windows, ceiling windows – especially those facing the Gulf or any other natural, breathtaking view – are a top…
  • Seacrest Beach Real Estate | Market Report June-July 2014

    DebbieJ
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Seacrest Beach Real Estate | Market Report June-July 2014 Why is Seacrest Beach Real Estate one of the hottest 30A communities? Seacrest Beach real estate offers a more affordable alternative to Rosemary Beach FL real estate and Alys Beach, without sacrificing proximity to the atmosphere, shopping, dining and activities that make Rosemary Beach so desirable. A quaint 30A beach community, Seacrest Beach is nestled between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach and offers a mix of cottage-style homes, condos and homesites. Looking for a home, condo or homesite in Seacrest Beach? Click here for the…
  • 3 Reasons Why Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale are a Great Investment

    Joy
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    3 Reasons Why Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale are a Great Investment If you are planning on buying a Seacrest Beach 30A luxury 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 ON the beach before investing. Many people are attracted by the idea of living in a 30A beachfront home. With easy access to the beach, the relaxing sound of the surf, exciting water activities all year long – it sounds like 30A beachfront living is heaven on earth. But is it really for everyone?
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    Unconditional

  • Average asking of homes remains high

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

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

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

    Paul McKenzie
    2 May 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The April 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 April. A full print version of the NZ Property Report – April 2014 is published below and is available for download (800kb) and distribution.   Summary of the market – April 2014 Inventory recovers slightly as national asking prices ease After seeing record high asking price reported last month, the national average asking price eased in April to $477,460 – down 1.4% from…
  • Property Report – March 2014

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

  • The seven largest LEGO sets for real-world landmarks

    Hyder Owainati
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The LEGO House – Experience Center Last week, the first of six giant LEGO blocks were laid in Billund, Denmark, officially kicking off construction on The LEGO House — an 81,805 square-foot creative learning experience center. Designed by architecture firms Bjarke Ingels Group and Ralph Appelbaum Associates to resemble a pile of the company’s trademark toy blocks, the massive structure will open its doors in 2016 and is expected to welcome 250,000 visitors annually. The LEGO House is just one of the many steps the Danish brand has taken to blend the worlds of architecture…
  • 18 space-saving furniture designs for your tiny condo

    Michael Aynsley
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to save space? Adorn your home with any of these shape-shifting home furnishings that serve dual purposes. A couch that is also a bunk bed Photos: Bonbon Buy it here. This modest table that folds into the wall Photos: Resource Furniture See? It’s practically invisible when it’s closed. An oven that hides inside the counter Photos: Homebuilding.co.uk Sneaky. A door that flips over and becomes a ping pong table Photos: Tobias Fränzel Design/Facebook See, micro-living doesn’t mean you have to give up indoor sports. This bike rack that’s also a storage shelf…
  • Zaha Hadid strikes back at architecture critic’s controversial article on Qatar World Cup stadium

    Hyder Owainati
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects Zaha Hadid’s Al Wakrah Stadium is making headlines once again — yet this time, it isn’t over the future World Cup venue’s (not-so-subtle) resemblance to the more intimate parts of the female anatomy. In a recent piece published in the New York Review of Books, critic Martin Filler harshly criticized the stadium as a symbol of Hadid’s apparent apathy to the plight of migrant labourers in Qatar. Filler dug deep into the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, writing “She has unashamedly disavowed any responsibility, let alone concern, for the estimated…
  • Fun Facts Friday: All quiet in Battery Park City

    buzzhomeblog
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Hell’s Kitchen has a total of 2,630 new residential units currently under construction. Long Island City has a total of 4,547 new residential units currently under construction. Battery Park City has a total of zero new units currently under construction. The post Fun Facts Friday: All quiet in Battery Park City appeared first on BuzzBuzzHome News.
  • Brock is coming to Main Street and you’re just as excited as we are

    buzzhomeblog
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Brock is a striking boutique condo development by The Airey Group currently in preconstruction at Main Street and 32nd Avenue in Vancouver. The four-storey building will be comprised of just 18 homes priced from the low $300,000s. Brock‘s sought-after location will give residents backyard access to Queen Elizabeth Park and the expansive Hillcrest Community Centre. Not to mention, of course, all the other countless neighbourhood amenities that line Main Street — from boutique shops to independent restaurants and cafes. We will have lots more information available on Brock in the…
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    BornLiving Barcelona

  • The Gran Via Terrace III Apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    A lovely one bedroom apartment with terrace in the Eixample district, moments away from the famous Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas. Just a short five minutes’ walk will take you to many of the main attractions of Barcelona city, like Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas. With all the Gaudí sites within reach – like the impressive Gaudí houses La Pedrera and Casa Batlló- you will spend hours rambling along and looking upwards. The apartment: This great apartment has been tastefully decorated to ensure a wonderful stay in a modern and central setting. The bright and spacious living…
  • The Centro I Apartment in Barcelona

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

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    This spacious four bedroom, three bathroom apartment has been lovingly restored to ensure clients have the perfect stay in Barcelona. An added bonus is being in the best location in the city: only steps away from Plaza Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia, allows you the benefit of culture, cuisine and fantastic shopping… all at your fingertips! The apartment: On entering this lovely apartment you will immediately feel at home. Every room is spacious and the wood flooring and decoration infuse the apartment with light. The building has an elevator but there are eleven steps to climb first. The…
  • The BeachFront II apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    For a true touch of elegant city living with the added advantage of being on the beach, this is the choice for you. This elegant 3 bedroom apartment with a fantastic 40m2 terrace will ensure your stay in Barcelona is spent in luxury. The Apartment This frontline apartment has it all- style, elegance and attention to detail, making it a true luxury choice for your stay. From the private wrap-around terrace, the bold use of black and white furnishings, unique mirrored glass dining table and a very special master bedroom, will ensure an extremely happy stay. The apartment is finished throughout…
  • The Parc Guell Style III Apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Modern and fresh 2 bedroom apartment, perfect for families or small groups of friends. Only a 10 minute walk from Parc Guell which is one of Gaudi’s famous masterpieces and some of the best views over Barcelona. The Apartment:- In a fully renovated building, which is only steps away from a metro which will take you downtown in a matter of minutes. It is just on the outskirts of Gracia, a neighbourhood full of vibrant cafés, restaurants and shops. This is one of several identical apartments we can offer in the building. Your specific apartment will be allocated on arrival. The living…
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Blog: Lansner on Real Estate

  • Real estate by the numbers

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    You do realize that what you experience during a typical Orange County real estate transaction, as a home buyer or seller, is only the tip of the iceberg. While you are busy cleaning house, completing paperwork and writing checks, there’s a lot...
  • Mini mortgage refinancing boom possible

    JEFF LAZERSON
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s up with Mortgage Rates? Jeff Lazerson, of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel, gives us his take. RATE NEWS SUMMARY From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate was unchanged from last week’s 4.10 percent. Surprisingly, the...
  • Home price gains leveling off at 10.5%, Case-Shiller

    JEFF COLLINS
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    House prices continued to level off in the region and across the nation amid a sales slowdown and buyer resistance to paying higher prices, according the the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Yet local home values still are up, rising to their...
  • Builders stealing the show

    JONATHAN LANSNER
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    OUR LATEST CENTERPIECE: While developers across the nation take a wait-and-see attitude about market conditions, Orange County’s new-home sales are being propelled to heights not seen in years, if not a decade or more. Orange County builders’...
  • How to attract homebuyers? Fix your doorbell

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    It is a fact that it is different to live in your house the way that it is, it has become and as you have adapted it to suit your lifestyle than it is to market your house to sell it to someone who is not you and doesn’t have your same lifestyle,...
 
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    REJournals.com

  • Cleveland’s ThenDesign hires new marketing coordinator

    Staff Writer
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Sandi Matgouranis Sandi Matgouranis has joined Cleveland’s ThenDesign Architecture as marketing coordinator. Before joining TDA, Matgouranis worked as marketing coordinator at Experience Columbs, the convention and visitors bureau in Columbus, Ohio. Matgouranis has nearly five years experience in the marketing field.
  • Clayco, Venture One bring natural pet-food company headquarters to Wisconsin business park

    Staff Writer
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Clayco and Venture One Real Estate have broken ground for the new Stella & Chewy’s headquarters in Oak Creek, Wis. Elected officials participated in a formal ground-breaking ceremony June 12, joining representatives from both companies. The 164,000-square-foot building will replace the company’s existing headquarters in Milwaukee. Clayco serves as the design-builder and is working in partnership with developer Venture One. Clayco’s design firm, Forum Studio, serves as the architect. The project will be completed in early 2015. “Our team is taking the utmost care in creating a…
  • Mid-America Real Estate Corporation closes sale of 277,000-square-foot retail center in Cincinnati market

    Staff Writer
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Mid-America Real Estate Corporation’s investment sales team recently brokered the sale of Buttermilk Towne Center in Crescent Springs, Ken., a community in the Cincinnati market. The 277,533-square-foot center was purchased by Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust for $42 million. Buttermilk Towne Center is located at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 71/75 and Buttermilk Pike (State Route 371). The center is anchored by Home Depot, Remke Markets, Field & Stream (Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.), and LA Fitness, and is complemented by a line-up of national and…
  • New wellness center opens at University of Nebraska at Kearney

    Staff Writer
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A new $6.5 million, 24,000-gross-square-foot Wellness Center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney had its grand opening Aug. 27. Designed by LEO A DALY, the two-story addition to UNK Cushing Arena features a state-of-the-art workout facility on the first level and a new home for UNK’s Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies on the second. Available to UNK’s 7,000 students and 370 faculty members, the first-story gym features cardio and strength-training equipment, a climbing wall and a social hub. The second-story Physical Activity and Wellness Lab…
  • Pure Development closes on land and starts construction for $100 Million GE Aviation facility in Indiana

    Staff Writer
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    GE Plant rendering Pure Development, the Indiana-based developer for GE Aviation’s new assembly plant in Lafayette, Indiana, has closed on the land and construction has begun on the 50-acre site that will house the new world-class facility. Officials – including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly – were on hand to celebrate the project’s start at a ceremonial groundbreaking event on July 21. Today, Pure Development finalized all proceedings in regards to the project, enabling construction to start on the state-of-the-art, $100 million facility at the…
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Property Managers Put Clients on “Bubble Alert” for Fiscal Planning

    Marc Courtenay
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The U.S. economy has come a long way from the frightening fiscal collapse that happened at the end of the Bush administration in 2008. The Obama administration inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve has been managing America’s monetary policies since 1913. Once former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke saw the dire realities facing the financial fabric of the country in the summer of that fateful year he and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) pulled out all stops. Quantitative Easing, massive amounts of bond buying and the now famous “Zero…
  • Help Your Process Server to Save Time in Your Eviction

    Ted Kimball
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    One of the longest delays in processing evictions occurs when not all occupants are served personally (hand to hand) with the unlawful detainer summons and complaint.  More often than not, the occupants know they must be legally served in order for the court to award a judgment for possession of the subject property.  If they are sophisticated, they know that they can delay the time for the eviction by two to three weeks if they successfully avoid the process server. If the unlawful detainer is not served in person, it can be served on another person who resides at the property or on the…
  • Property Managers Can Offer Clients a Piece of Crowd-funding Action

    Marc Courtenay
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    Don’t let the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer lull your property management business to sleep. Wake it up with timely communiqués that you send to your clients and potential clients. For example, why not ignite their imaginations with information about equity-based crowd-funding that specializes in real estate investment opportunities. I recently interviewed the co-founder of a company that has discovered such a niche. Heather Schwarz Lopes, the Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of EarlyShares , along with company CEO Joanna Schwartz are focused on the  growing U.S. real estate…
  • [Slideshow] 8 Reasons Why Your Property Management Business Has Outgrown Quickbooks

    Alexis Hammond
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you’re using Quickbooks to run your property management business, you may be experiencing common frustrations as you continue to grow. As a basic accounting software, Quickbooks only covers a fraction of your day-to-day property management activities. Learn more with this important slideshow on the reasons why your property management business may have outgrown Quickbooks. Some reasons include: You’re using Excel along with Quickbooks and you’re missing out on chances to easily market your vacancies and streamline your routine tasks. Your data can be prone to error and security is…
  • The Joys of Technology Integration – Part II

    Mary Girsch-Bock
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    I understand that most of us are averse to change.  Just the thought of changing a familiar product can make the most competent people break out into a cold sweat; even if that familiar product has resulted in more work and increased mistakes. Let’s take a quick look at some of the repercussions of Jill’s current technology situation. Jill’s approval rating has dropped among some of her tenants; mainly because when they call with a maintenance request, it is frequently ignored.  While large, catastrophic issues are handled fairly well, many ‘little’ requests never get funneled to…
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    Select Property Group Ltd

  • Ras al Khaimah’s growing tourism market shows investment potential

    Steven Sedgwick
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    The initial wave of Ras al Khaimah investment comes to fruition with the release of high visitor numbers from the first half of 2014. Summary: Tourism Development Authority reveals 330,048 people visited Ras al Khaimah in the first six months of 2014 Tourists bolstered Ras al Khaimah’s economy by $118.7 million Al Marjan Island has welcomed three leading hotels so far in 2014 Property markets across the UAE have been among the hottest in the world for more than a decade now. Economic diversification in Dubai and Abu Dhabi has led to high demand for both long-stay and short-stay…
  • Rising property prices support buy-to-let market

    Steven Sedgwick
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Property prices increased by 1.7% in July, according to new figures from the Land Registry. Summary: The average property price in the UK is now £175,653 Residential property prices have increased by 7.2% since the start of the year Tenants in the UK now pay an average of £1,029 a month to stay in rental accommodation The longstanding trend of property value growth is supporting the UK’s growing buy-to-let investment market. New figures from the Land Registry show the average house prices in England and Wales increased by 1.7% in July, with the average residential property now costing…
  • Buy-to-let market buoyed by next generation house prices of £3.4m

    Steven Sedgwick
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Property price rises in the UK mean that a child born in 2014 could be paying up to £3.4 million for their first property. Summary: A child born in 2014 will have to pay £3.4 million for their first property Property appreciated by 8.6% annually since 1956 The UK’s buy-to-let market is stronger than ever before with high demand for properties The long-term direction of the UK’s property market points towards a new, larger generation of renters. According to new research from online estate agent eMoov, any child that is born in 2014 will have to pay an average of £3.4 million to get on…
  • Dubai’s World Expo site begins to take shape

    Steven Sedgwick
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    After prompting so much new property investment in Dubai, work begins on the World Expo 2020 site. Summary: Construction work is about to commence on Dubai’s World Expo 2020 site Dubai’s Expo Preparatory Committee announced the appointment over a new consortium World Expo 2020 is set to provide a £13 billion economic windfall After prompting so much secondary construction and property investment in Dubai, the World Expo 2020 site is about to break ground. Behind the wooden hoardings in Jebel Ali, construction workers are set to start work on the high-profile project. Even before this new…
  • Buy-to-let landlords to see unexpected high capital appreciation

    Steven Sedgwick
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Buy-to-let landlords can expect to see capital appreciation of around 9.5% in 2014, as Savills ups its property price predictions. Summary: Residential property prices are set for growth of 9.5% this year Savills has reforecast its five-year house price prediction, upping it to 25.7% House price growth is adding to the strong rental returns buy-to-let landlords are recording in the buoyant market The pace of residential property value rises in the UK is exceeding expectations. International real estate adviser Savills has increased its five-year forecast, up from growth of 25.2% to 25.7%.
 
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • Top 5 Places to Spend Labor Day in South Carolina

    ERA Wilder Realty
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    By Surena Mitchell  Labor Day weekend approaching and it is time to enjoy the last few moments of wearing your white and the end of summer. South Carolina has plenty of fun in store for those who are looking for some things to do.  Charleston, SC- The sixth annual Low Country Jazz festival will begin on August 28 and conclude on September 1. The festival is set to include multiple award winning artist and is guaranteed to be a good time. For more information, click here.    Greenville, SC- The 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship will take place from August 27 thru September 1…
  • Successfully Selling HUD Homes in SC – September 2014

    Elza Hayen
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Registration is required to attend this training class. Please register by visiting http://www.HUDPEMCOevents.eventbrite.com/ or by emailing lucindab@erawilderrealty.com The post Successfully Selling HUD Homes in SC – September 2014 appeared first on ERA Wilder Realty.
  • Zeke Riddle Joins ERA Wilder Realty’s Irmo Office

    ERA Wilder Realty
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Columbia, SC  –  Zeke Riddle, also known as “GoldStandardZeke”, is moving locations to the Irmo office of ERA Wilder Realty. Zeke graduated from the University of Alabama, is a lifelong member of the National Association of Realtors, and is a Sales and Marketing Council Board Member on the Executive Committee.  Zeke Riddle truly wants to help your real estate process be a good one. Buying a home is one of the biggest financial investments, or decisions, that you will ever make. Riddle is prepared to be your partner every step of the way. When it comes to selling a home, putting…
  • Hurricane Season Is Here: Protect Yourself, Your Family, And Your Home!

    Elza Hayen
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Though only 27 hurricanes have touched down on the South Carolina shores in the past 100 years, it is still smart to protect yourself from these treacherous natural disasters. There are some simple steps to protect yourself, your family, and your home from such a terrible calamity. According to South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), 27 counties in the state of South Carolina have been affected by hurricanes.  If there is a possibility of a hurricane hitting the shores of South Carolina this year, there are some simple steps that you may not consider before the storm actually…
  • July 4th Events in Columbia, Charleston, Lake Murray and Sumter, SC

    ERA Wilder Realty
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Photo by Elza Hayen The fourth of July is just around the corner! What are you going to do for this spectacular holiday? If you haven’t planned yet, here are some fun ideas:  Charleston, SC- If you want to enjoy an eye-appealing firework show from an aircraft carrier with family or friends, or both, head on down to Patriots Point. For only 20 dollars for adults ($10 for children 11 and under), there will be a live beach band and a jaw-dropping display of fireworks on the USS Yorktown! For more information, click here.  Lake Murray - How about a firework show that’s choreographed to…
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    Salt Spring Island Real Estate

  • September 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    How’s the Salt Spring Island Real Estate Market? Things are definitely “better”, real estate wise, in secondary home regions. They […]
  • August & July 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    The main real estate sales window on the Pacific Northwest Coast seems to have evolved into a Summer/Fall market.This may […]
  • Salt Spring Island, 2014

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

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    The main real estate sales window on the Pacific Northwest Coast seems to have evolved into a Summer/Fall market.This may […]
  • June 2014 – Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    1 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Well, here we are at the beginning of June, a half-way point in our calendar year…yet only the beginning of […]
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • Jens closes on his new Burbank condo

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    This is Jens, otherwise known as JB (it's been a month for JBs).  He just closed escrow on his first home -- a great two bedroom condo in east Burbank.  This was supposed to be a video of me handing him the keys, but alas, the film thingy wasn't working on my phone. Fun fact: his backpack contains paint samples. Jens has been a wonderful client and was very eager to learn the ins-and-outs of the home buying process.  I know he and girlfriend Kristy will really have a wonderful time making the condo their own.  Another nice thing: The listing agent on this is an old friend…
  • Karen and JB closed escrow on their Sherman Oaks condo today!

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    My wonderful first-time home buyers, Karen and JB, closed escrow on their new home today.  This couple met in college and will be married next year.  Even though they are still in their 20's, they wanted to take the plunge into home ownership and we looked at Sherman Oaks condos for about a month until we found the perfect place. Best of luck with everything, K&JB, and thanks for introducing me to Local Peasant in Sherman Oaks!
  • Coming soon...Magnolia Park 3+2!

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Have you been looking for a single family home in Burbank's Magnolia Park? I just might have something for you.  There are no pictures yet because the sellers are still spiffing it up, and it's not officially on the market until after Labor Day. It has an open floor plan, lots of cool architectural details, two amazing patios, a chef's kitchen and a super saltwater pool, among other things.  It's defined by its unforced naturalness and is certainly not your basic plain vanilla house.Contact me if you're a serious buyer and if you think this might be right for you.
  • #StudioCity #celebrity sighting!

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Studio City is one of the best places for celebrity sightings that I know of, and here's proof.  This is the actual Rusty, of Rusty's Discount Pet Center in Studio City! I got to meet him on Saturday.  He's a beautiful 19-month old collie, and he's really sweet and well-behaved.  I was too shy to ask to take a selfie with him, though.  The pet supply store is great, too.  It's in the same strip mall as the famed (deservedly so) sushi restaurant, Katsu-ya.
  • These pictures of cat furniture were taken in my home. Or so my cats wish.

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
     Are these furniture pieces for cats cool, or what? http://www.boredpanda.com/cat-furniture/  Let's just do all of our decorating for our animals, right?
 
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    ReTechulous

  • Agent/Lender Facebook Q&A Video -- Test Results and Some Further Thoughts

    Ryan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    As mentioned in the video, this probably would have worked better if the agent and lender asked eachother a quick question then let the other give the answer. For example, a lender might ask: "Bill, a lot of people come to me last minute looking for a pre-approval, and sometimes they miss out on a house they really want. Can you speak to why it's so important to get a pre-approval before actually looking at homes?" Or an agent might ask: Susan, one of the most frequent questions I ask are about "Fixer Upper Loans, or money to help repair a property that needs some TLC. Can you talk about…
  • GifYoutube.Com / "Neighbor's House For Sale" Squeeze Page Example

    Ryan
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
  • Lender/Agent "Interview Video" Promoted Post Technique? (A Test...)

    Ryan
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    In this test we're posting an interview between and agent and a lender to the agent's fan page. The post includes a link out to a squeeze page, and we're getting traffic via a Facebook "promoted post" ad. We'll let you know in a few days how this test worked out... It at least seems like a sound way for both Lender and Agent Partners to get fast exposure -- even if the leads through the squeeze page aren't as "cheap" as they are through some of our other funnels...
  • Forced 2nd Step Surveys, After Opt Videos, Some WordPress Stuff (Strategy Session 8/20/2014)

    Ryan
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
  • $17 Dollars, 23 Emails, 6 Cell Phone #'s...

    Ryan
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here are the results from yesterdays "forced 2nd step survey" test... Pretty good stuff. It shouldn't take you more than 30 minutes to get the ReTechulous "Foreclosure Quick Funnel" campaign set up. Then 30-60 minutes a week on the follow up, and you should be good to go... For reference, here's a snapshot of the Facebook ad .
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Are You Building Your Skills?

    Neil Schwartz
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Increasing our knowledge and skills are vital to our success. Watch now and learn what you can do now to start increasing your earnings.Related Posts:Are You Limiting Yourself?Freedom is Created Through DisciplineKnowledge Equals ConfidenceHappiness Increases Productivity – Sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 8-18-2014, Earl Salter – Tax Expert, Federally Enrolled Agent

    Neil Schwartz
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Guest speaker Earl Salter speaks about “acceptable” tax write offs. Cancellation of debt on a personal residence has changed. Know the tax rules and avoid problems.Related Posts:Tax Preparation – Sales Meeting 1-13-2014Tax Preparation – Sales Meeting 1-7-2013Sales Meeting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Too Casual ?

    Neil Schwartz
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Successful real estate agents know that they cannot be “casual” about their work if they want to make money in real estate. Watch now and learn what you should be doing to improve yourself and make more money.Related Posts:5 Ideas to Cash in on This YearWhat Did You Improve on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do You Have Self Discipline?

    Neil Schwartz
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:32 pm
    If you use this one thing everyday for several years….it will change your life. Watch now and learn how to dramatically change your future by doing what other’s won’t do.Related Posts:Are You Holding Yourself Back?Times Have Changed, Shouldn’t You?Structure Creates... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 8-11-2014, Always Do Your Best

    Neil Schwartz
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Every one who has succeeded at a high level started at the beginning; having nothing more than a desire to succeed. Hard work, perseverance and the willingness to be their best is the only thing that separates an average person from a highly successful person. CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Georgia Places

  • 7 of the Best Neighborhoods to Live in Georgia

    Jon Fritz
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Peach State Paradise: 7 of the Best Neighborhoods to Live in Georgia Atlanta may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of Georgia, but this vibrant state has several smaller neighborhoods in the surrounding area that deserve a closer look. From historic homes to fresh new shopping centers, you can find nearly any type of neighborhood waiting for you in the Peach state. Check out these top picks. Old Fourth Ward – For Rapid Renovations Old Fourth Ward is a diverse neighborhood located just east of downtown Atlanta. Originally settled in the 1800s, this area boasts a rich…
 
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    Susan Singer

  • Studio | 1 Bath | London Terrace | $549,000

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

    Susan Singer
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Living room bedroom kitchen bathroom floor plan 345 East 69th street, #15B ListingID: 733581 Description: Set in a full-service coop building on the heart of the Upper East Side, this spacious alcove studio is in excellent condition with beautiful parquet hardwood floors and track lighting throughout. This high floor Alcove Studio is complemented by a long row of windows that stream sunlight and city views into both the living room and separate sleeping alcove via a western exposure. The large, updated kitchen is outfitted with full-size appliances and ample cabinet space, while the pristine…
  • Studio | 1 Bath |$475,000 | London Terrace

    Susan Singer
    15 May 2014 | 5:43 am
    Studio Living Room Kitchen hall way Floor Plan 405 West 23th Street, #9B ListingID: 211978 Description: This corner apt enjoys sunlight and views from 7 windows and is the largest studio in London Terrace. With two large closets including dressing room and a large original kitchen the possibilities are endless. As always at London Terrace, your maintenance includes ALL utilities…that means gas and electric too. You also enjoy full use of the half Olympic size pool, steam rooms and saunas. Our 1550′ gym has just been fully outfitted with new, state of the art equipment. Just steps…
  • Junior 1 Bed | 1 Bathroom | $549,000 | East Village

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

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

  • Should I renovate my home before I put it on the market?

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

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

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

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

    findwell
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    How important is professional photography to getting my home sold? findwell agent Tamar Baber answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: How important is professional photography to getting my home sold? Photography is very important to getting your home sold, and I would choose an agent who uses professional photography in every listing. Good photographs will show the quality of your home, they’re going to show the colors, and the lighting in the different rooms. It is very difficult to tell what the home is like and whether you are going to want to see it if the photography is…
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    NuWire Investor: RealEstateInvestment

  • Are High Rent Cities the Best Place to Invest?

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    When venturing into the world of real-estate investing for the first time, it’s natural to think that the best places to invest are those with the highest rents. However, the world of real estate investing isn’t always that simple. Properties in areas with lower rents may be more attractive...
  • Changing the Rules: When to Buy Another Property Following Your Foreclosure or Short Sale

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    The rules in banking are always changing. Take short-sale rules, for example. This is an area that’s incredibly complex, and it affects all homebuyers who were burned in the last recession. A short sale is a sale in which the homeowner had to sell the property for less than what they owed on the...
  • Spanish Property Investment Could be on the Up

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Eurozone crisis hit many countries, but few if any were hit as hard as Spain. The value of the country's property market, and the level of interest displayed by investors, has plummeted since the crisis began. Now that 2014 has at last shown some positive market trends, could this be the time to...
  • 5 Ways To Profit From Central America's Emerging Real Estate Markets

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    When it came to making money on real estate investments, Viva Tropical Founders Park Wilson and Josh Linnes knew everything.  Well, that is, everything there was to know about the U.S. real estate market. However, land in Central America, they quickly learned, was a completely different animal...
  • The 10 Most Popular Countries for Chinese Property Investors

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Chinese property investors have carved out a huge presence in international markets over the course of recent years. Large volumes of transactions in a number of different markets now come from Chinese investors, including many high-value purchases. According to data from a leading Chinese property...
 
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • Residential Construction Recovers Strongly in Chicagoland in July

    Peter Ricci
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Residential Construction Recovers Strongly in Chicagoland in July was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Construction spending has been up and down in Chicagoland in 2014, but it bounced... Residential Construction Recovers Strongly in Chicagoland in July was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • The Short List: Sue Koch’s Top 3 New Features on LinkedIn for Agents

    Chicago Agent
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Short List: Sue Koch’s Top 3 New Features on LinkedIn for Agents was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Every week, we ask a real estate professional for their Short List, a collection of... The Short List: Sue Koch’s Top 3 New Features on LinkedIn for Agents was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • @properties Hires New VP of Brokerage Services

    James McClister
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    @properties Hires New VP of Brokerage Services was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Earlier this week, Illinois largest independently-owned brokerage firm and Chicago’s No. 1 residential brokerage,... @properties Hires New VP of Brokerage Services was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • July Pending Home Sales Offer Pleasant Surprise

    Peter Ricci
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    July Pending Home Sales Offer Pleasant Surprise was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Pending home sales rose for the fourth time in five months, according to the... July Pending Home Sales Offer Pleasant Surprise was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • The Limitations of $1 Million in International Real Estate

    Peter Ricci
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    The Limitations of $1 Million in International Real Estate was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. $1 million sure goes much farther in our local housing market! #200433899-001 / gettyimages.com... The Limitations of $1 Million in International Real Estate was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • Luxury Home Sales up 33% in Edmonton

    Sara MacLennan
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Real Estate sales in Edmonton continued to follow the expected seasonal trend in August, once again at higher levels than we've seen for a number of years. With the census data for Edmonton released last week, it's no surprise sales are ahead of previous years, as the population of Edmonton grew by 60,000 people in the past two years. That's a growth rate of 7.4% - the highest in Alberta, which is the fastest growing province in Canada. Single Family Home Sales In August, 879 single family homes sold in Edmonton, through the MLS® system, up over 15% from last August. Edmonton single family…
  • Weekly Market Update, Aug. 29/14

    Sara MacLennan
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:53 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: 373 (436, 486, 495) # Sales: 319 (318, 346, 272) Ratio: 86% (73%, 71%, 55%) # Price Changes: 258 (252, 281, 250) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 148 (147, 140, 230) Net loss/gain in listings this week: -94 (-29, 0, -7) Active single family home listings: 2823 (2886, 2893, 2906) Active condo listings: 1651 (1657, 1669, 1680) Homes 4-week running average: $435k ($435k, $433k, $431k) Condos 4-week running average: $260k ($251k, $249k, $256k) Condo prices are…
  • 6 Things You’ll Learn During Your Home Evaluation That Might Shock You

    Sara MacLennan
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    A home evaluation is often the first step towards putting your home on the market. However, this is also a step that is commonly put off for fear of getting bad news. A home evaluation is an integral part to the home selling process, and one that you can only procrastinate for so long. To help you get as well-prepared as possible, here are the top six things you'll learn during your home evaluation that might shock you. Things Youll Learn During Your Home Evaluation That Might Shock You Neighbours Affect the Value of Your Home If you have a neighbour with a comparable home who got himself…
  • Weekly Market Update

    Sara MacLennan
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:57 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: 436 (486, 495, 447) # Sales: 318 (346, 272, 316) Ratio: 73% (71%, 55%, 71%) # Price Changes: 252 (281, 250, 249) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 147 (140, 230, 268) Net loss/gain in listings this week: -29 (0, -7, -137) Active single family home listings: 2886 (2893, 2906, 2823) Active condo listings: 1657 (1669, 1680, 1669) Homes 4-week running average: $435k ($433k, $431k, $429k) Condos 4-week running average: $251k ($249k, $256k, $256k) The biggest…
  • Deck It Out: Why a Patio Might Be the Upgrade That Causes Your Resale Value to Jump

    Sara MacLennan
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    When it comes time to sell your home, even the most minor renovations can boost your home's value, if they're done right. You may want to consider adding a deck to your home for your own enjoyment, or to add value if you're thinking of selling. Deck It Out How Does a Deck Add Value? Adding a deck to your property can have a considerable impact on your home's value. There are a few reasons for this increase, but in general, the primary draw is the extension of living space, even in our northern climate. Decks Are a Growing Trend Decks, patios and outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly…
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • So, About This “Our Listings” Business…

    Rob Hahn
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    I saw a post on a Facebook group that references this Inman News story about Zillow having no plans to raise prices. The Facebook author (Miriam Bernstein) thought the key graf from the story was this: “As long as we’re partners in success, we’re happy,” Liniger [CEO of REMAX] told Rascoff in front of the […]
  • Dear Realogy: What’s Stopping You?

    Rob Hahn
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    This is a brief note that I would have put on Facebook or something, except that such things get lost in the tides of time and Facebook’s rapidly scrolling updates. I want to be able to refer back to this at some later point. At the recent NAR Leadership Summit, there was a panel of […]
  • My God, I Love These Videos…

    Rob Hahn
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Look, if you’ve been a regular reader, you know that I don’t do “blogging for clients” type of junk you’ll find elsewhere on the real estate web. My clients are my clients, I don’t talk about them, what I do talk to them about is between me and them, and this blog here is my […]
  • A Couple of Brief Notes on Realogy

    Rob Hahn
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    I’m busy writing, but thought it worthwhile to take a few minutes to make a couple of observations about Realogy. I mean, it’s only the most important brokerage and franchise company in the industry with over $4B in annual revenues…. On “Project Flanker” First, with regards to this story on Inman… I’ve already told the […]
  • Special Guest Post: James Dwiggins on Zillow/Trulia

    Rob Hahn
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The following was posted on Facebook by a friend, James Dwiggins, earlier today. James is not only a very smart guy — also one of the tallest guys in the industry — he’s also the CEO of Nexthome in San Francisco. Because this is long, detailed, and worthy of saving past what Facebook thinks it […]
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • Why Investors Should Continue Buying Real Estate

    Steve Sjuggerud
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Is this the end of the housing recovery? NO! “By keeping interest rates low, we are trying to make homes more affordable and revive the housing market.” That came from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen earlier this year. My friend, that’s all you need to know when it comes to the housing market today. Read the rest of Why Investors Should Continue Buying Real Estate » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate?

    Marco Santarelli
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Demographically, a lot has been written about how Millennials and Baby Boomers will impact real estate.  But how will 11 million undocumented immigrants impact residential real estate if they are given residency? Will millions of undocumented immigrants buy houses and increase prices and rents?  Already, we are starting to see some signs of how immigration is impacting housing. Read the rest of How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments.
  • The Long and Winding Recovery

    Marco Santarelli
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Zillow’s second quarter Real Estate Market Report shows national home values rose 6.3% on a year-over-year basis from June 2013 to $174,200.  The last time national home values were at this level was back in March 2005.  (Housing prices peaked in 2006.) Rents were up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis.  The Zillow Home Value Forecast calls for 4.2% appreciation nationally from June 2014 to June 2015. Read the rest of The Long and Winding Recovery » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments.
  • Understanding Your Purchase Appraisal

    Marco Santarelli
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Once you have a property under contract and you’ve performed an inspection, it’s time for your loan officer to secure a purchase appraisal. Be aware that an appraisal will almost always render a lower value than you determined in your comparative market analysis, for a number of reasons.  Appraisals do not give an accurate market value – they simply give you a reflection of what you’re trying to accomplish with the bank.  There are actually different types of appraisals, and each one serves a different purpose. Read the rest of Understanding Your Purchase Appraisal » For more…
  • Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth?

    Peter Miler
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    America is a nation on the move.  The Census Bureau says 35.9 million of us picked-up and went somewhere else in 2013, almost 12% of the entire population. We move because of such things as jobs, climate, family and schools but there’s another reason as well: A good move can be worth $1 million and maybe more. Read the rest of Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
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    BuzzBuzzHome News

  • The seven largest LEGO sets for real-world landmarks

    Hyder Owainati
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The LEGO House – Experience Center Last week, the first of six giant LEGO blocks were laid in Billund, Denmark, officially kicking off construction on The LEGO House — an 81,805 square-foot creative learning experience center. Designed by architecture firms Bjarke Ingels Group and Ralph Appelbaum Associates to resemble a pile of the company’s trademark toy blocks, the massive structure will open its doors in 2016 and is expected to welcome 250,000 visitors annually. The LEGO House is just one of the many steps the Danish brand has taken to blend the worlds of architecture…
  • 18 space-saving furniture designs for your tiny condo

    Michael Aynsley
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to save space? Adorn your home with any of these shape-shifting home furnishings that serve dual purposes. A couch that is also a bunk bed Photos: Bonbon Buy it here. This modest table that folds into the wall Photos: Resource Furniture See? It’s practically invisible when it’s closed. An oven that hides inside the counter Photos: Homebuilding.co.uk Sneaky. A door that flips over and becomes a ping pong table Photos: Tobias Fränzel Design/Facebook See, micro-living doesn’t mean you have to give up indoor sports. This bike rack that’s also a storage shelf…
  • Zaha Hadid strikes back at architecture critic’s controversial article on Qatar World Cup stadium

    Hyder Owainati
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects Zaha Hadid’s Al Wakrah Stadium is making headlines once again — yet this time, it isn’t over the future World Cup venue’s (not-so-subtle) resemblance to the more intimate parts of the female anatomy. In a recent piece published in the New York Review of Books, critic Martin Filler harshly criticized the stadium as a symbol of Hadid’s apparent apathy to the plight of migrant labourers in Qatar. Filler dug deep into the Pritzker Prize-winning architect, writing “She has unashamedly disavowed any responsibility, let alone concern, for the estimated…
  • Fun Facts Friday: All quiet in Battery Park City

    buzzhomeblog
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Hell’s Kitchen has a total of 2,630 new residential units currently under construction. Long Island City has a total of 4,547 new residential units currently under construction. Battery Park City has a total of zero new units currently under construction. The post Fun Facts Friday: All quiet in Battery Park City appeared first on BuzzBuzzHome News.
  • Brock is coming to Main Street and you’re just as excited as we are

    buzzhomeblog
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Brock is a striking boutique condo development by The Airey Group currently in preconstruction at Main Street and 32nd Avenue in Vancouver. The four-storey building will be comprised of just 18 homes priced from the low $300,000s. Brock‘s sought-after location will give residents backyard access to Queen Elizabeth Park and the expansive Hillcrest Community Centre. Not to mention, of course, all the other countless neighbourhood amenities that line Main Street — from boutique shops to independent restaurants and cafes. We will have lots more information available on Brock in the…
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    Debra Sinick & Brooks Beaupain

  • A Healthy Market for Condo Sales in July on Seattle’s Eastside

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

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

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

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    No matter how many times people hear the market is the most active in the spring, many people think summer is the busiest time.   Summer is still a great time to sell, but now that we're into an absolutely fabulous July, buyers often join friends and family for weekend outings.  It can cause the activity to slow down a bit, but it does not go away by any means.  In fact, we tell sellers to expect more activity during the week.  With the days at their longest for the year, buyers often prefer to see homes after work and save weekends to enjoy the spectacular…
  • A Slight Shift in The Condo Market on Seattle’s Eastside?

    Sinick & Beaupain Team
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:02 am
    Has there been a shift in the Seattle Eastside condominium market? What could be a shift is shown by the big jump in inventory to 375 available condos from 288 in April and the slight decline in sales over the last couple of months.  Seattle Eastside condo sales are still fabulous, although more condos sold in March and April than in May.  The pattern we saw in 2013 is playing out once again.  The real estate market is always at its most frenetic during the first quarter of the year.  As the year progresses, more property becomes available, giving buyers more…
 
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    IPIN Live

  • British Expat Investment in Affordable UK Homes up 60%

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    According to a new report, the UK has seen a huge increase in overseas investors seeking and purchasing properties under £70,000. Find UK Property, an agency specialising in sourcing UK property for overseas investors have analysed their sales figures over the six months from January to June 2014 and recorded an increasing trend for overseas investment in properties at the lower end of the market. Foreign Investor Interest Extends Outside London It is well-known that London's prime markets are particularly targeted by overseas investors but the price tags are way beyond the reach of the…
  • 60% Increase in British Property Millionaires in One Year

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    UK Property website Zoopla has published a study today which reveals that the number of homeowners who can refer to themselves as property millionaires has increased by 60% to almost half a million over the last 12 months. According to the study, properties worth more than £1m have risen by 60% or 160,000 as prices in some regions of the UK boom. Number of property millionaires doubles in last year The study also found that around 12 streets in London have an average house price in excess of £10m with Kensington Palace Gardens being named the most expensive street in Britain with…
  • Re-Birth of the Iconic Crystal Palace

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Originally designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the iconic Crystal Palace is now poised to become one of South London's newest major developments. Built in 1851 to house the Great Exhibition which featured a massive 14,000 exhibitors, the structure was first located in central London's Hyde Park. The building originally offered 990,000 square feet of space and after the exhibition, was dismantled and relocated to the estate of Penge Place at Sydenham Hill in 1854. Once rebuilt and enlarged even further, the new 200-acre Crystal Palace included schools specialising in art, engineering, literature…
  • Mass Exodus from China's Property Market Boosts UK and Eurozone

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Speculation about the future of China’s property market has increased as real estate moguls Li Ka-shing and Wang jianlin have gradually withdrawn from the market and diversified their investments with overseas property. Over the last twenty years, the two ultra-rich property speculators have been making a killing in Chinese real estate, earning them huge respect among investors. However, even before the recent decline in Chinese property prices, Ka-shing and Jianlin have been gradually withdrawing from China’s market, preferring to diversify their investments with overseas…
  • IPIN Global announces charity partnership with AfriKids

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are delighted to announce our new charitable partnership with AfriKids, a child rights organisation working to improve the lives of Ghana's most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Together with IPIN Global Capital based in London, the IPIN Global team will be raising money over the next 12 months with a programme of on-going activities, ranging from sponsored industry cocktail parties to marathons, all designed to raise funds for Ghana's most disadvantaged communities. The work of AfriKids improves future prospects for Ghana's poorest children Kicking off fundraising is IPIN's Jamie…
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    Propertyshowrooms.com News

  • Palm Islands Developer Repays $2.1bn Debt

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    <p>Dubai's state-owned real estate developer Nakheel, creators of several well-known land-reclamation projects such as the Palm Islands, the Dubai Waterfront, The World and The Universe islands has repaid its debt in full, four years ahead of the last instalment date.</p> <p>In 2011, Nakheel faced financial ruin when the emirate's economy collapsed after Dubai's unsustainable boom years. Having built almost entirely on credit, Nakheel was bailed out by Dubai's government which in turn, had to borrow billions from Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>This financial restructuring led…
  • Bumper Year for Tourism Boosts Hotel Investment Sector

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    <p>World-leading real estate consultants CBRE have revealed that Spain's hotel investment market reached &#8364;724m in the first six months of 2014.</p> <p>The increase in investor-interest in the hotel sector of Europe's top tourist destination has been attributed to the record numbers of visitors and hotel occupancy rates in more than seven years.</p> <p>Investment in the hotel industry has already exceeded those throughout the whole of 2013 which saw &#8364;665m of transactions.</p> <p>Extremely positive data from the underlying tourism…
  • Scottish Housing Market Booming Ahead of Independence Vote

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:26 am
    <p>With the independence vote in Scotland next month, there has been speculation about the potential negative impact on the property markets for some time although according to data released this week, it would appear the opposite is true.</p> <p>Two rental indices show that rental prices have improved more in Scotland than in the rest of the UK, with the Scottish rental market seeing average rent price rises of 10% in July compared to 4.4% in the UK as a whole.</p> <p>In terms of property sales, Scotland's market is also performing well compared with the rest of…
  • Property Investor Confidence Returning

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    <p>Cyprus was one of the countries hardest hit by the financial downturn with the property market struggling as banks slid into crisis, eventually forcing the country to seek help from the EU and IMF in March 2013.</p> <p>The &#8364;10bn bailout also required Cyprus to wind down an insolvent bank and confiscate a slice of big deposits held at a second troubled lender. The property market reacted with prices falling by up to 20% on an annual basis between July and September in the wake of the banking crisis.</p> <p>Surging unemployment at a record 17% and a…
  • Spanish Property Sales Up 8.8% in June

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    <p>According to Spain's national statistics office (INE) , total property sales increased for the fourth consecutive month, with resale property driving the increase in transactions.</p> <p>After a 10 month long slump in house prices, the new data shows that buying interest has picked up by almost 10% with 162,591 properties being sold in the first half of 2014.</p> <p>However, over the same period in 2013, transaction levels were higher indicating that property sales in Spain for 2014 are down by 5.2%, showing that it may be too soon to herald recovery in the…
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    Naples Real Estate Blog

  • Mortgage News

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

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

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

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    So Many Restaurants, So Little Time #NaplesRestaurants Reason #2 why I love SW Florida: All the fabulous restaurants! I was born in New York City...New York City has great restaurants...but, I am not afraid to say that even small town Naples rivals the Big Apple in great places to eat! I think one could go out every night of the week for a year and never hit the same place twice! In the past month,  Chip and I have gone out to eat twice, both times trying a new place we had never dined at before, and both times being completely smitten with the food, the service and the…
 
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    Secure Real Estate Phoenix

  • Buy Real Estate with Retirement Funds – Using Retirement Funds to Buy Real Estate

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

    Charlie Allred
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Recently, I’ve had several clients asking me about living in Arizona retirement communities and Scottsdale retirement communities in particular.  Tons of my clients are from out of state and looking for a Scottsdale home to call theirs for the winter.  I love helping these clients find a second home, here in Scottsdale, basically a Scottsdale retirement home! Some of these clients looking for their Arizona retirement community think that Scottsdale will be too expensive, I’m here to show you homes that are available in Scottsdale retirement communities that are very affordable!
  • Scottsdale Real Estate News: What No One is Talking About

    Charlie Allred
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    Scottsdale real estate, well Phoenix real estate for that matter, has had a slower year during 2014 than in 2013.   When I speak with Scottsdale homeowners, they are generally very concerned about the fact that the Scottsdale real estate market has slowed, my response is always positive, things are moving in the right direction and prices are stable.  It is taking longer to sell Scottsdale homes and less are selling.  However, I’m going to take a closer look at the Scottsdale real estate numbers in this article to prove the market is moving in the right direction. Scottsdale Real…
  • Phoenix Real Estate Market Report

    Charlie Allred
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I have been describing the Phoenix real estate market as “sludgy” for several months.  The July 2014 Phoenix real estate numbers are showing the market slowing a bit.  Let’s talk about the numbers below. New Listings in Phoenix Real Estate The number of new listings (homes newly for sale in Phoenix) is down, we are lower than the 5 year average.  There were 8,114 new listings in July, the 5 year average is 9,350 new listings.  I see this statistic as a positive statistic because if too many new listings come on the market and homes not selling all that quickly, the…
  • Old Town Scottsdale : The Guide to Old Town Scottsdale

    Charlie Allred
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    In writing my last post about Old Town Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale homes, what to expect in the homes, I started thinking about how a big picture article was necessary about Old Town Scottsdale.  I started researching what the main Scottsdale visitors sites said, and oh my was I overwhelmed! It was so nitty gritty, I mean how many articles about Old Town Scottsdale do I want to read before visiting? Plus, have you ever visited another city (i’m sure you have) and read books (I did when we went to Spain), then on the day of the visit somewhere, I couldn’t remember the exact details…
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  • Know the Neighbourhood: Liberty Village

    TheRedPin Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
      Great location and edgy architecture of Liberty Village  Liberty Village in Toronto’s west end continues to evolve as a sleek and modern neighbourhood, catering to a growing young professional crowd. Most residents are between the ages of 25 and 44 and have jobs in tech and media. Liberty Village was once one of the industrial epicentres of Toronto, and today many of the original warehouses have stayed intact. The majority of them have been maintained and converted to innovative work spaces or repurposed as super cool lofts, such as the Toy Factory Lofts and Liberty Market…
  • 10 things to know before you buy a home

    TheRedPin Team
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Here at TheRedPin, we work to ensure your journey to the perfect home is as stress free as possible. From finding the right agent to negotiating selling prices, its important home buyers are armed with tips and tricks to protect themselves. We’ve compiled 10 things to keep in mind before you buy your new home. 1. The real reasons behind why the seller is selling Naturally, the seller will be keen on disclosing the features of a home rather than boasting about its defects, as a buyer make sure you have full disclosure on why the home is on the market. The reasons could be harmless, or it…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Minto Yorkville Park Condos

    TheRedPin Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Minto Yorkville Park: Project Details Project Intersection: Cumberland and Bellair St. Address: 88 Cumberland Developer: Minto Building Type: Condominium Storeys: 22 Yorkville Park is perfect for those who want a home to complement their luxurious lifestyle. With 22 towering storeys and three floors dedicated to restaurants and retail space, it embodies the chic Yorkville atmosphere. Register for VIP access now Neighbourhood Perks: Yorkville Yorkville is a prestigious neighbourhood, otherwise known as the mecca of luxury and high fashion in Toronto. Located at Cumberland Street and Bellair…
  • Hot Listings August 25 – August 29

    TheRedPin Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Apt. 311 – 5940 Yonge St Newtonbrook, Toronto Contact Michelle Ryckman to view this property: 416-800-0812 | michelle.ryckman@theredpin.com | @MichelleR_TRP Asking Price: $259,900 259,900 TheRedPin Rebate: $975 975 Details: 1 Beds, 1 Bath Apt. 2430 – 5233 Dundas St W  Islington, Toronto Contact Jason Hughes to view this property: 416-800-0812 | jason.hughes@theredpin.com | @JasonH_TRP Asking Price: $320,000 259,900 TheRedPin Rebate: $1,200 975 Details: 1+1 Beds, 1 Bath Apt. 1810 – 10 Northtown Way Willowdale, Toronto Contact Melody Sitchon to view this property:…
  • VIP: Highlighted floor plans for The Address at High Park

    TheRedPin Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The Address at High Park Condos Bloor St & Indian Road, Roncesvalles | Chestnut Hill Developments Project Details Project Name: The Address at High Park Developer: Chestnut Hill Developments Building Type: Condominium Address: Bloor St & Indian Road Number of Units: 108 Contact Joe Blay: (647) 454-3278 or Joe@theredpin.com No looming high rise, no jarring tower, just a classic building that compliments the unique neighbourhood, its diversity, and its connection to the city’s largest urban park – High Park! Check out some of the stunning floor plans: we’ve…
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  • Welcome to your New Harmony Home!

    Harmony Homes
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    One of the most exciting parts of getting a new home is showing it off to your closest friends and family. The moment doesn’t quite compare to getting the keys and walking into your home for the first time, but it comes pretty close. Here is a compiled list of things to think about when you are hosting you’re your first “get together”. - First, decide what kind of party you would like to throw. A neighborhood get together, traditional guest list party, just family or a mixture! - Now choose a theme. Would you like to grill out during the afternoon and encourage everyone to bring a…
  • Its Time to go Back to School!

    Harmony Homes
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Summer is ending and it is back to school we go! While the summer was fun and exciting we thought it would be helpful to put together some “back to school safety tips and reminders” to keep everyone out of trouble and aware.   Before children get back into the swing of riding the bus, walking to school or riding with a friend be sure to go over a few safety rules, just as a reminder: When walking to school make sure there is a safe route with sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards. Make sure you know the route that your children are taking and remind them never to talk with…
  • Daybreak Spotlight

    Harmony Homes
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Daybreak’s location at the base of Sunrise Mountain has become one of Harmony Homes’ most sought after communities. Thanks to its low prices, high value and impressive views of the Las Vegas Valley, the interest in this “dream home” community is outstanding. Daybreak is in a great location for families looking for amenities like parks, golf courses, schools and shopping. Las Vegas High School and East Career & Technical Academy are just down the street. Daybreak is close enough for convenience but far enough for quiet, safe living. Daybreak features three floor plans ranging from…
  • How About Solar Panels?

    Harmony Homes
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    How do you determine if solar panels are right for your home? Or better yet, how do you determine if your home is right for solar panels?  There are many factors put in place to determine if solar panels will be useful and beneficial for your home. The first is the size of your roof. The more space to put panels, the better. Solar panels work best if your roof is east or west facing, if there is little shade and if you have a more open, flat roof. It also depends on the location of your home. Location quality is determined by two major factors: shading and geographical placement. Living in…
  • Monsoon Season in the Desert

    Harmony Homes
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    “Rain, rain go away. Come again some other day” is not something we have learned to sing as residents of the desert! However, many people who are not from Las Vegas do not fully understand monsoon season! Monsoons are a shift in wind direction, which causes excessive rainfall in many parts of the world. The primary mechanism behind a monsoon is a shift in global wind patterns. Starting in late May/Early June and ending in early September, the air gets so hot that it tries to share energy with the cold upper atmosphere. The sun warms up the deserts in the southwestern U.S. and northwestern…
 
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    Charlotte NC Video Production | Photography | WordPress Web Design | Social Media | Branding

  • Bonterra Builders Presents Verdict Ridge – Full Motion Video Tour

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

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

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

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

    AVT
    11 Dec 2013 | 2:55 pm
    With over 60 years of combined real estate experience, David McCorkle and Don Stephens of LKW Realty (Lake Wylie Realty) have sold more waterfront homes on Lake Wylie than anyone else. I was thrilled when they formed LKW Realty and came to me to do their website.  They wanted a site that would not only showcase their listings, but provide an easy methodology to search all the available waterfront listings on the lake. They also wanted to be able to write content about specific neighborhoods, and a way for the site to automatically show all the current listings available in each neighborhood…
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    Hermann London Realtors

  • This is YOUR New Home!!!

    STLRealtor
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Beautiful Maplewood Home 3448 Cambridge, St. Louis, MO 63143 Welcome Home!!!!! This house is beautiful! This home features 2 bedroom 1 bath Updated kitchen w/ appliances, cabinets, countertops and flooring! Newer carpet and lighting throughout! Stained glass windows in living room! updated bath with tile and granite vanity top, all bedrooms have fans! Covered front porch! Deck off kitchen and leads to level, fenced backyard with utility shed! Full basement! This home come with 1 year HWA Home Protection Plan ! Close to great restaurants, shopping and highways! Easy to Show! Search All Area…
  • Beautiful Benton Park Rehab!

    STLRealtor
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Professional Rehab Ready to be a Family Home! 3012 McNair, St. Louis, MO 63118 Welcome to this extraordinary historic home in beautiful Benton Park. Totally renovated from top to bottom. Home boasts 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, wood floors, exposed brick, updated kitchen with custom cabinetry, quartz counter tops, undercabinet lighting, and stainless appliances. Open floor plan with galley kitchen and large separate dining area. Custom staircase leading to large master suite with huge walk in closet and another bedroom on the second floor. 2 additional bedrooms with full bath on the 3rd floor. Main…
  • Beautiful Family Home!

    STLRealtor
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Perfect Dream Come True 820 Whispering Windsong Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 Welcome to this beautiful 2 story home in O’Fallon!! This home boasts a very open and bright floor plan with lots of windows! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, wood floors, wood burning fireplace, main floor laundry, a full, walk-out basement, and 2 car garage. Fantastic deck that’s perfect for entertaining and a large yard that backs to woods. Great neighborhood for children and great location in Fort Zumwalt school district. This home has it all – make it yours today!!! Search All Area Properties Search…
  • HUGE Income Producer! Check This Out!

    STLRealtor
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Potential to EARN 1200 North Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63113 HUGE income potential! This building contains six, 3-bedroom units with one full bath, living room, eat in kitchen, bonus room, central air, front porch, and back deck. Washer and dryer hookups located in basement. Two units are currently occupied and rent for $625/month. Owner pays water and sewer. Some rehab needed in some units to bring top rents. 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…
  • St. Louis City Property Owner Opportunity!

    STLRealtor
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    State of the Art Technology Included 4995 Quincy, St. Louis, MO 63109 SOO much potential here! This is a full brick, 4 – unit building with basement and detached garage. Each unit is one bed, one bath, with a large eat in kitchen, pantry, stained glass windows in living room, wood floors, and front and back stair cases. One unit has an extra bonus room. Located on well kept, one way street. Needs some rehab to generate top rent but it is in a prime area for investment. Search All Area Properties Search Foreclosures Check out St. Louis County! The county is conveniently located just…
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    Eurobrix Blog

  • How to add value to your home with eco upgrades

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

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

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

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Moving house is an exciting step in your life but it isn’t an easy task. The British consider a house move to be the third most stressful thing they ever did in their life, especially as the conveyancing process can be nerve-wrecking. Conveyancing is the transference of ownership from one person to another. While it is possible to deal with the conveyancing process yourself, many people prefer consulting a solicitor or a reputable conveyancing specialist such as Saga to make sure that the move can go as smoothly as possible without any unnecessary delays. Some of the services a…
  • The UK Housing Market and Exploring Options Overseas

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    House prices in the UK are growing exponentially. When this is combined with an increase in the cost of living, it creates difficult living conditions for many residents. The average price of a house in this country has rocketed to £186,512, and this rise in price is a threat to the UK economy. Property Abroad For many homeowners in the UK this is leading them to sell their property and move overseas. This is so that they can move to a country where they can easily afford a property and release some of the capital from their home. In addition, moving to affordable areas in Europe may…
 
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    South Florida Law Blog

  • Oppenheim Law has the cornerstone on real estate/foreclosure defense

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

    OppenheimLaw
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    The following article featuring excerpts by Roy Oppenheim, Oppenheim Law was originally posted in the Palm Beach Post and written by Kimberly Miller. By Kim Miller Hundreds of South Florida residents are facing new foreclosure ramifications as banks seek to collect on the unpaid mortgage debt from homes that were lost years before. In a month-long period beginning June 1, about 110 so-called deficiency judgments were filed against Palm Beach County homeowners by a Texas-based debt collection company called Dyck O’Neal. The same firm filed more than 300 cases in Broward County and nearly 200…
  • Tricky Dick 2.0 – The art of buying and selling deficiency judgements

    OppenheimLaw
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, Dyck-O’Neals 25 years as a debt collector and Oppenheim Laws blog. As we commenorate the 40th anniversary of  President Nixon’s resignation,  it came to me, that these days we are dealing  with a new form of  ‘bait and switch.”  Here’s an “In the Trenches” point of  view  that I’d like opinions on and why it  makes sense to call this blog: “Tricky Dick 2.0.” So as more and more real estate clients keep coming in and telling us that they are being sued by a guy named…
  • A Cautionary Tale to Foreclosure Bidders on the Auction Block

    OppenheimLaw
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    The majority of the proceeds from a foreclosure sale recently ended up in an unlikely set of hands.  Out of the $184,000 winning bid placed at a Miami foreclosure sale in March 2013, a surplus of $99,500 existed after the foreclosing mortgage holder’s judgment was satisfied. The debt that was paid by the sale was for a second mortgage. The question faced in this situation is who should be entitled to the remaining $99,500? There are three possibilities: the winning bidder, the first mortgage holder, or the homeowner that was foreclosed upon.  At the trial level, the Court decided that the…
  • Dyck-O’Neal, Inc., – Reviving the Homeowner Foreclosure Nightmare with Deficiency Judgment Lawsuits

    OppenheimLaw
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Dyck-O’Neal, Inc., The Revival of the Homeowner Foreclosure Nightmare with the Use of Deficiency Judgment Lawsuits   A Brief Recap on the New Deficiency Judgment Deadlines As I have explained in my previous blog posts and YouTube videos, July 1st 2014 was a key date in terms of deficiency judgments.  If a bank had a foreclosure judgment entered in their favor at any time prior to June 30th, 2013 and the bank desired to file a lawsuit against the homeowner seeking a deficiency judgment, the deficiency judgment suit must be have been filed before July 1st, 2014. After July 1, 2014,…
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    Zoliath Blog

  • 2014 Midyear Market Review provided by the CCIM Institute

    Administrator
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    2014 Midyear Market Review We’re only halfway up the mountain. by Anthony M. Graziano, MAI, CRE, FRICS, and Matthew S. Krauser, CRE, FRICS In January, Integra Realty Resources released Viewpoint 2014, reflecting our national assessment of real estate market cycles throughout 63 primary, secondary, and tertiary U.S. markets. These preliminary results of our midyear update highlight forecasts for markets with solid investment fundamentals for the balance of 2014. Key Trends Prior to assessing the midyear market, first consider some key trends that affect the national commercial investment…
  • Burger King,Tim Hortons merge to form ‘global quick-service restaurant power house

    Administrator
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Reposted from: source: http://www.icsc.org/press/burger-kingtim-hortons-merge-to-form-global-quick-servioce-restaurant-power Publish Date: August 26, 2014 Category: SCT Newswire Articles Topics: burger king, qsr, quick-service, restaurant, tim hortons Burger King is moving to Canada after agreeing to acquire locally based fast-food chain Tim Hortons for about $11 billion. The two companies will merge and the global headquarters will be in Tim Hortons’ hometown of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Burger King will continue to operate out of its Miami headquarters, but the move ito Canada is an…
  • Upstate New York gets big commercial project

    Administrator
    24 Jan 2014 | 8:25 am
    Government officials at the local, county and state levels recently reached an agreement that will allow the first Costco store to open in the Rochester, N.Y., area. The 150,000-square-foot store will anchor a larger development, the $200 million CityGate, which is a mixed-use project that will include apartments, hotel space, offices and retail. "Establishing Costco as the anchor tenant is a great step forward for this project and will help attract future developments and investments to the region," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said to GlobeSt. "This is an example of government…
  • Index shows big construction gains in 2013

    Administrator
    24 Jan 2014 | 8:21 am
    Total construction contract value in the 25 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States hit $125.3 billion in 2013, according to the recent BidClerk Construction Index. The company, which provides construction project data and marketing tools to manufacturers, contractors and distributors, found that 20 of the 25 largest MSAs reported increased contract values in 2013 over 2012. It gathered its data by surveying its actively bidding commercial construction database about their construction activity last year. The only MSAs to experience decreases were…
  • Silicon Valley has high hopes for 2014

    Administrator
    23 Jan 2014 | 9:44 am
    Technology has undeniably been one of the main drivers of the U.S. economy for the past few years, as app designers, device makers and social networking innovators have flourished. As many of those ventures set up shop in California's Silicon Valley, commercial real estate companies in the area can expect to have a strong 2014. "The economy in Silicon Valley is hot and will actually get hotter in the short run," Russell Hancock, president of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said to the San Jose Mercury News. "But in the long term, we have risks to the expansion. One of those…
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    Virtual Tour Software ~ Virtual Tour Company

  • SEO Time For Virtual Tour Providers

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

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

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

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

    Jason LaVanture
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    A stunning virtual tour can be a great tool for anyone who’s promoting a real estate property, or just about any type of business. And like many creative endeavors, there are nearly as many ways to make a virtual tour as there are types of 360 virtual tours you can make. However, there’s a basic formula you can follow to create a powerful and effective virtual tour that will help you sell what you’re promoting.Whether you’re a virtual tour provider just starting out, or a real estate agent or business owner who’s never made a virtual tour but would like to learn more, these steps…
 
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Top Posts for August

    CoyDavidson
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Happy Labor Day! In case you missed them, below are links to the most popular posts from The Tenant Advisor in August 2014: U.S. Office Market Rankings – Net Absorption Can you name the U.S. office market where office space is leasing the fastest? The answer might surprise you. When it comes to attention from […]
  • Healthcare Real Estate Primer

    CoyDavidson
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    6 Posts from The Tenant Advisor Big Data and Healthcare Site Selection Hospital System Real Estate Strategies for Primary Care – Part Two   As a result of “Big Data” real estate teams now have access to better decision support tools to guide their site selection and leasing decisions using data-informed scenarios to determine a forward-looking market […]
  • Inside Colliers

    CoyDavidson
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Deconstructing the global brand study In the first issue of Inside Colliers, our Global President & CEO, Doug Frye, takes us inside the 2014 global survey of clients and prospects, to share his insights and key takeaways – and where our focus should be moving forward. View here.
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Six Articles to Read this Weekend CRE Listening Tour It’s always good to get out and talk to agents and the people that support them. I recently had the opportunity to do just that during a series of round table discussions on CRE trends. Ages ranged from 22 to 70 – with youth being no […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Stocks Post Modest Gains for the Week All three major stock indexes finished the week with modest gains. The tech heavy Nasdaq finished up 0.92% for the week. The Dow gained 0.57% and the S&P 500 advanced 0.75% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: August Consumer Sentiment […]
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    Waterfront Properties in Jupiter | Real Estate Blog

  • FISHING OUTLOOK FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Fishing Report 8.29.14Snook fishing season opens, college football season starts, typical South Florida weather and a three day weekend… Life is GOOD! OFFSHORE- Weather was very jagged earlier in the week but is shaping up to look like a very fishable weekend. Dolphin should make a showing and the east winds may even push them in a little closer than they have been. If you’re in the 200’-400’ range of water trolling for dolphin, consider putting a daisy chain way far back for a good chance to catch a blackfin tuna. On the ledge, you will find a few kingfish, Bonita and sharks. Be…
  • XGeneration 440 KDW Challenge

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Fishing TournamentThe XGeneration 440 KDW Challenge, is a fishing tournament benefitting the “Friends of The 440” which is a scholarship fund that is going to be held on September 12th and 13th at the Palm Beach Yacht Club in Hypoluxo, Florida. The Captain’s meeting is on September 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., there will be two non-fishing events being held. The fishing tournament is Saturday leaving from any inlet that is convenient for you and lines in the water starting at 6:30 a.m.; lines out at 3:30 p.m. The weigh in is at Palm Beach Yacht Club and the scales are open at 1:00 p.m.
  • LABOR DAY WEEKEND

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Labor Day weekend is just a few short days ahead. The holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in September and celebrates the American labor efforts. Labor Day is devoting to the achievements of the workers in the United States. It is a yearly national praise to workers that have made the success and well-being of our country. While the holiday may mark the unofficial end of summer, for residents in South Florida, the three day weekend is another excuse to enjoy life.For everyone in South Florida, the Labor Day holiday should be one day of relaxation.  Therefore, there are some expected…
  • TARPON FEEDING

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Photo By: Nicole Richards in Fort Lauderdale, 15th Street Fisheries. South Florida is not only known for its fantastic fishing but also its fish feeding. It’s not Tarpon fishing its Tarpon feeding. These giant silver kings are considered one of the great saltwater game fishes not only because of their size but also their fighting spirits when hooked. They are very strong and make spectacular leaps into the air to spit out the hook. The Atlantic Tarpon collect at numerous South Florida marinas and people congregate to the docks to get a chance to feed the huge fish, sometimes even by hand.
  • FLORIDA'S GOLD COAST

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Stretching from Palm Beach to Miami, Florida’s Gold Coast established its name from the gold Spanish coins that occasionally wash up on the beach shores and the golden way of life of its wealthy homeowners. Florida’s Gold Coast sparkles with chic and glamourous sophistication. The delicious cafes and bistros are as common as alluring swim wear and this metropolitan park of the rich and famous individuals provide entertainment distinct from anywhere else in Florida. Where else would you run into Michael Jordan having a delightful sushi dinner, or Venus Williams singing karaoke? You may…
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    ExpertView Blog

  • ViewNews August 2014

    realestateview.com.au
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    This month, the realestateVIEW.com.au team have been out on the road, hosting a series of road show events across Victoria, connecting with estate agents. This ViewNews edition focuses in on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Inner West – Melbourne Real Estate’s Best Kept Secret

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

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

    realestateview.com.au
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Within the real estate industry, Baby boomers are often touted as one of Australia’s most prosperous generations – living longer than previous generations, retiring later, and commonly labelled as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Baby boomers say young property buyers have it toughest

    Petra Sprekos
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Baby boomers hit by affordability and tough property market Despite buying property during the late 1980s and early 1990s when interest rates reached 17%, more than half of baby boomers (55%) believe... [[ 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

  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 1/4

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

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

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

    Gail Spada
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the…
  • PET-PROOFING YOUR HOME – Hazards in the Bathroom and Laundry Room

    Gail Spada
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:22 am
    If you are one of the 82.5 million households in the United States that cohabitates with a “furry friend” – 68% of ALL households do – you may not be surprised to hear that pet-parent’s spending is in excess $55 billion this year. You work very hard to keep your furry friends happy and healthy. Anyone who owns a dog or a cat soon understands that a certain amount of awareness comes with pet ownership. Puppies and kittens can get into everything and escape thru the tiniest opening. Some of the more-common known dangers are toxic plants and food. BUT… Do you know about the…
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    Maryland Suburban Homes

  • Home Seller Expectations

    Ken Montville
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever since the housing bubble in the early 2000s home seller expectations have included two things: Gobs of cash and A quick sale Who wouldn’t want that? To be fair there are some home sellers that aren’t in a big hurry to actually sell and settle (i.e., transfer the real estate and transfer actual possession of the home).  They have their reasons: They are having a home built, They are still looking for that perfect home to move into, They are in the process of buying another home but there is a time delay on the other side, They have a ton of stuff to pack up. All home sellers,…
  • 5 Reasons Sellers Give For Over Pricing Their Homes

    Ken Montville
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Ask any professional Realtor and they will probably tell you the Number One Reason homes don’t sell is that they are overpriced to the market. There may be plenty of  other reasons: A bad location in a low quality school district A high crime neighborhood Poor physical condition of the house Poor physical condition of the neighborhood There are more reasons a why a home won’t sell but no matter what the reason might be, all houses will sell at the right price. However, home sellers who naturally want as much as they can get from their house routinely overprice it and shoot…
  • Skeletons In Your Closet

    Ken Montville
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Yes. It’s true. You have skeletons in your closet. Maybe more than one skeleton. Maybe more than one closet. I know. It’s a damn shame. You’ve lived in the house for a long time. You may have raised kids there. You’ve had parties, friends over for dinner. You’ve painted and done some nice home improvements. Or, maybe you haven’t and that’s the big skeleton. You love the neighborhood and your neighbors. You love how close it is to the store and the school and the park. You just love, love, love your house. But, now it’s time to sell. Maybe…
  • How’s The Real Estate Market? | College Park, MD

    Ken Montville
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    From time to time I like to show the charts on what is happening with the real estate market in any given area. Today, I’m going to take a look at College Park, MD the home of the world famous Terps sports dynasty at the University of Maryland. College Park, MD is not the typical “college town” most people think about when they think of places like Ann Arbor or Charlottesville. The University of Maryland takes up a big part of the town and, yes, the population swells during the school year. However, a lot of College Park and it’s neighbor, Berwyn Heights (which share…
  • Your Real Estate Title and You

    Ken Montville
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Almost as important to the home buying as the financing is the real estate title. Most people know this as  the deed. You can think of this kinda in the way you think about your car title.  You go to a dealer or even to a private seller and you want to buy a car. You’ve done your research and done a test drive and now you’re ready to buy. You’ve even done the financing part. Or, maybe you don’t need financing and you’re paying cash. You still need some proof that the car is going to belong to you and not to, say, the person who currently owns the car (meaning…
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • First-Time Homebuyers Can Save Big With New FHA Program

    Credit.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    Filed under: News, Buying The HAWK is estimated to save buyers with an FHA-average $180,000 mortgage $9,800 over the life of a 30-year loan. By Kirk Haverkamp With their low down payments and credit requirements, FHA mortgages experienced a surge in popularity as other lending dried up in the wake of the housing market crash. More recently, however, they've lost some of that luster as a series of fee increases have made them a less attractive option than they were a few years ago. Now, the FHA is trying to restore some of their appeal by giving borrowers an opportunity to scale back some of…
  • 'Professional Tenants' and How Not to Fall Victim to Them

    Richard D. Vetstein, Esq.
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Filed under: News, How To, Renting ShutterstockThe Professional Tenant can leave the landlord with a worthless judgment for thousands in unpaid rent -- and a trashed apartment. I am an attorney who has practiced in landlord tenant law for over 15 years in Massachusetts, one, if not the most, tenant-friendly states in the country. I've seen the good, bad and the ugly when it comes to tenant shenanigans. I've written all about it on my Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog. Most tenants are problem-free, yet there is a certain type who make even an experienced landlord cringe with fear: The…
  • Charming $100,000 Homes for Sale Across the U.S.

    Zillow
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Filed under: News, Buying ZillowThis Philadelphia home's stunning original details include a pillared entrance, hardwood floors and decorative windows. By Sharona Ott Purchasing a home can be a big financial step. Whether you are a first-time buyer departing from the rental market or an individual entering the investment market, finding an affordable home is of great importance. Considering that the median home value in the United States is up 6.5 percent from last year and currently sits at $174,800, finding a quality home under that price may seem like an unattainable feat. Fear not,…
  • After-School Special: How to Zone Your Home for Learning

    Houzz
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Filed under: Design, Home ImprovementBy Catherine Funkhouser As children head back to school, it's back to reality for parents too. Now is the time to organize our homes for the homework that's soon to come. Advance planning and a few simple strategies, the experts say, can help boost productivity and reduce the frenzy. Parents out there know what I'm talking about -- there's that special time of day when you're monitoring homework, making dinner and maybe trying to entertain a rambunctious younger sibling, all before rushing off to sports practice or dance class. So take a deep breath and…
  • Federal Gov't Seeks More Support for Poor Borrowers

    Reuters
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Financing, Refinancing Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesA "Making Home Affordable" sign hangs inside Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va. By Jason Lange WASHINGTON -- The regulator for U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Friday it wants the two firms to provide more support to some low-income Americans taking out mortgages and refinancing their home loans. The Federal Housing Finance Agency released proposed goals for the two state-owned firms for 2015-2017 that would advance agency chief Mel Watt's aim to widen access to housing…
 
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • First-Time Homebuyers Can Save Big With New FHA Program

    Credit.com
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    Filed under: News, Buying The HAWK is estimated to save buyers with an FHA-average $180,000 mortgage $9,800 over the life of a 30-year loan. By Kirk Haverkamp With their low down payments and credit requirements, FHA mortgages experienced a surge in popularity as other lending dried up in the wake of the housing market crash. More recently, however, they've lost some of that luster as a series of fee increases have made them a less attractive option than they were a few years ago. Now, the FHA is trying to restore some of their appeal by giving borrowers an opportunity to scale back some of…
  • 'Professional Tenants' and How Not to Fall Victim to Them

    Richard D. Vetstein, Esq.
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Filed under: News, How To, Renting ShutterstockThe Professional Tenant can leave the landlord with a worthless judgment for thousands in unpaid rent -- and a trashed apartment. I am an attorney who has practiced in landlord tenant law for over 15 years in Massachusetts, one, if not the most, tenant-friendly states in the country. I've seen the good, bad and the ugly when it comes to tenant shenanigans. I've written all about it on my Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog. Most tenants are problem-free, yet there is a certain type who make even an experienced landlord cringe with fear: The…
  • Charming $100,000 Homes for Sale Across the U.S.

    Zillow
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Filed under: News, Buying ZillowThis Philadelphia home's stunning original details include a pillared entrance, hardwood floors and decorative windows. By Sharona Ott Purchasing a home can be a big financial step. Whether you are a first-time buyer departing from the rental market or an individual entering the investment market, finding an affordable home is of great importance. Considering that the median home value in the United States is up 6.5 percent from last year and currently sits at $174,800, finding a quality home under that price may seem like an unattainable feat. Fear not,…
  • After-School Special: How to Zone Your Home for Learning

    Houzz
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Filed under: Design, Home ImprovementBy Catherine Funkhouser As children head back to school, it's back to reality for parents too. Now is the time to organize our homes for the homework that's soon to come. Advance planning and a few simple strategies, the experts say, can help boost productivity and reduce the frenzy. Parents out there know what I'm talking about -- there's that special time of day when you're monitoring homework, making dinner and maybe trying to entertain a rambunctious younger sibling, all before rushing off to sports practice or dance class. So take a deep breath and…
  • Federal Gov't Seeks More Support for Poor Borrowers

    Reuters
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Financing, Refinancing Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesA "Making Home Affordable" sign hangs inside Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va. By Jason Lange WASHINGTON -- The regulator for U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Friday it wants the two firms to provide more support to some low-income Americans taking out mortgages and refinancing their home loans. The Federal Housing Finance Agency released proposed goals for the two state-owned firms for 2015-2017 that would advance agency chief Mel Watt's aim to widen access to housing…
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    Daniel Hancock Photography

  • State of the 2014 Photography Industry

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

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

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

    Daniel Hancock
    7 May 2014 | 5:23 am
    Spring is here. The crocus has bloomed; summer is drawing nigh.  
  • 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.      
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  • How big are Colorado Springs homes?

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

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

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

    Kathy Torline
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
     Zillow, Trulia, and Colorado Springs and real estate Search for all homes for sale in Colorado Springs The big news in Real estate this week is the announced merger between Trulia and Zillow; essentially Zillow is purchasing Trulia.  The 2 companies have competed head to head for the last several years, and even though they have differences, they were very similar. Zillow seems to attract more potential sellers, because of their Zesstimate feature, and Trulia’s buyer friendly web site seems to attract more buyers. As an active Realtor in the Colorado Springs area, it will be…
  • The awards for Colorado Springs continue to come in

    Kathy Torline
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Awards for Colorado Springs continue to come in If you’d like a FREE Relocation Package, sent to you, call or Email Kathy at KTorline@msn.com Colorado ranked 2nd Best State to Retire – Some of the factors considered were weather, access to health care, cost of living, crime, and taxes. The #1 choice was South Dakota, and Colorado was then rated #2. The state got especially high marks for cost of living, crime rate, health care quality and taxes.     Colorado Springs ranked 5th for Family Fun and Activities – WalletHub compared the 150 largest cities in the United…
 
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    Access Philly Real Estate Blog

  • More New Construction Coming to Girard.

    blogeditor
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/mixed-use-building-axing-old-lumber-yard-on-girard By: Jarek Cotto If you live in Northern Liberties, chances are you have walked by that lumber yard on 3rd and Girard. J.T. Riley Lumber Co. has been on the market for a while, and it was finally snatched up by a developer. What is planned for the space now is a massive, mixed-use property. In the works are plans to construct fifty-three new apartments, and ground-floor retail. The project will commence once the destruction of the current property is complete. Once this massive area is…
  • Hot #HotProps: Ghost Sign House Edition

    blogeditor
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Ghost Sign House Beautifully Rehabbed By: Elizabeth Flynn   You may have seen the article in Curbed Philadelphia profiling the rehab of 2661 Martha St. in Fishtown, where James Roletter uncovered a Ghost Sign while rehabbing the Fishtown property. After some research Roletter found that the sign was an advertisement for Snellenburg’s Clothing Manufacturers. Snellenburg’s was at one time the largest clothing manufacturer in the world, and it used to reside right at that wonky intersection of South Street, Fifth Street and Passyunk Avenue. Rolleter incorporated the Ghost Sign…
  • FYI: books on books on books

    blogeditor
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    by Karley Cohen Even though technology is taking over, I love the smell and touch of a physical book.  Surprisingly enough there are still bookstores all over the city!  Here are 10 bookstores you should hit up. @karleyface The Book Corner  Joseph Fox Bookshop The Spiral Bookcase The Book Trader Headhouse Books Bookspace The Last Word Bookshop Mostly Books The Wooden Shoe Molly’s Books and Records @karleyface
  • FYI: Teen uses explosives to “Take Out” Oriental food store.

    blogeditor
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/9f0c9afe0d8a0113e54613529c747d4198118e1e/c=41-0-672-473&r=x404&c=534×401/local/-/media/WTLV/WTLV/2014/07/02/1404273655000-philly.PNG By: Jarek Cotto Why did the editor of the Philadelphia Public Record use ethnic slurs such as “Chinky Winky” and “Me Too” in the August 21st edition of the free weekly tabloid? Find out what he says about it below. Should Pennsylvania destroy thousands of dollars of fine wine because of a bootlegger? A retired Philly police chief joins the protest in Ferguson wearing a sign saying “Police Chief Jackson all…
  • Just Some Block Party.

    blogeditor
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
      Philadelphia area native, Drexel graduate and party host Gina Piccari let me in on the creation of the event “Just Some Block Party”.   Gina and her partner in crime Maggi have been throwing parties together just over a year. Together they throw a monthly party at Ortlieb’s, Blank Stare and Kitty Kitty//Bang Bang and Maggi throws one at The Dolphin called Sick Sad World in conjunction with the Factory Girls. Together they knew they wanted to throw a party that was huge, outside and would end the summer on a crazy note.   During their early 20s they spent most of…
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    The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • 3 Bedroom in Fishtown: 2410 E Firth St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/t0cB Charming 3 Story 3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath home with many upgraded features. This home offers 2 out door spaces including a deck off of the 2nd floor and a large cement fenced in rear yard on the 1st floor. The property foot print goes street to street. The 1st floor has hardwood floors, exposed brick, recessed lighting and a formal living and dining room divided bay the stairs and a powder room with pedestal sink. The dining room is open to the eat-in kitchen. Kitchen features include Bosch…
  • 2 Bedroom for Rent in Mayfair: 4613 Meridian St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/q0ln Welcome to this 2 bedroom 1 bath Mayfair home. Features include a formal living room and dining room. The eat-in kitchen includes refrigerator and stove. Full finished basement with garage and laundry room. There is also parking just outside the garage door. There is a front porch and garden area in the front of the home. New carpeting throughout and freshly painted. Pet deposit will be required. Christopher Somers The Somers Team 1033 N 2nd St 5th Floor Philadelphia PA 19123 Feel free to…
  • 3 Bedroom Home in Frankford: 5113 Hawthorne St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r0lN 2 story porch front brick home. Freshly and professionally painted throughout. Straight through layout with a formal living and dining room. Eat-in kitchen, tile floors, with electric cooking, S/Steel sink, wood cabinets. Private fenced rear yard. Full basement with good ceiling height. Second floor features three bedrooms, great closet space, double door hall closet, three piece bathroom with tub surround, skylight. Gas heat with radiators throughout. Move-in condition. Christopher Somers The…
  • 3 Bedroom in Drexe Hill: 404 N Lansdowne Ave

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/p0qI Welcome to this beautifully maintained singe Colonial style stone home in Drexel Hill. This home has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 3 car parking and a full finished basement. Other features include: Foyer entrance, 1 car garage, romantic wood burning fireplace, solid hardwood floors throughout, powder room at the kitchen area, a new granite counter top in the eat in kitchen, full finished basement with laundry, all appliance included and a rear patio. Located in walking distance to the Lansdowne…
  • 3 Bedroom for Sale in Port Richmond: 3083 Chatham St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r0iW Absolutely stunning 3 bedroom 2 full bath renovated property with modern features. Charming brick 2 story with sustainable bamboo floors throughout. There is an open lay-out for living and dining room which flows into the stunning kitchen. The kitchen has polished high end granite, glass tile back splash, stainless steel appliances, goose neck faucet with under mount sink, gas range, and 32" cabinetry with a walnut finish and stainless pulls. The stair rails are hand forged open iron rails that…
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    AgencyLogic PowerSites

  • The World’s Worst Listing Photo?

    Admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wow. Just Wow.
  • Commercial Real Estate Strengthens

    Admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    NAR’s commercial real estate market report for the second quarter of 2014 shows continued strengthening. The following video discusses the association’s forecast for the third quarter when it expects to see more improvement.
  • Pending Home Sales Pick Up in July

    Admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Washington, D.C. – August 28, 2014 (Realtor.org) Pending home sales rebounded in July and have now risen in four of the last five months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced healthy gains except for the Midwest, which saw a slight decline. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 3.3 percent to 105.9 in July from 102.5 in June, but is still 2.1 percent below July 2013 (108.2). The index is at its highest level since August 2013 (107.1) and is above 100 – considered an average level of…
  • 7 Smartphone Photography Tips and Tricks

    Admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    In this short but fascinating video photographer Lorenz Holder demonstrate some creative smartphone photography tips and tricks using an iPhone 5S. Enjoy!
  • Finally! Dweeb Vs. Nerd Vs. Dork Vs. Geek Explained :)

    Admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Source: Great White Snark If you enjoyed this post you’ll certainly enjoy these other ‘Just For Fun’ posts!
 
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    Business 2

  • homesales.com.au launches innovative map search

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

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

    Guest Author
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    10 July 2014: Fairfax Media Limited today announced The Domain Group’s acquisition of Canberra-based online property portal, All Homes Pty Ltd, subject to regulatory approval. Total consideration is expected to be $50 million. Allhomes was founded in 2000 and is the leading real estate advertising site in the ACT and surrounding areas in regional NSW. Allhomes serves more than 180 real estate agencies in the ACT and has a well-known and highly-trusted digital brand among consumers in Canberra. Domain Group will actively promote both Allhomes and Domain in the ACT and surrounding areas,…
  • Real Estate Portal Homehound Relaunches and Promises To Disrupt The Online Property Landscape

    Guest Author
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:01 pm
    SYDNEY, Australia, 23 June, 2014 – Real estate and property website Homehound relaunched earlier this month, with a new look and feel. Set to deliver a rich user experience for home buyers and renters, the site offers new functionality which is simple, easy and user friendly. Early features of the revamp include: New Look and Feel: The new Homehound design feels like a serious evolution of the property portal. A fully responsive user experience with modern, clean and bold features is a joy to use. Property History: Showing the history of a particular property – such as when it was last…
  • Agents support drives homesales to the next level

    Guest Author
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Property website homesales.com.au, the property arm of Australia’s number one automotive group carsales.com Ltd is reporting a significant uplift in support from real estate businesses across the country. According to Rhett Dallwitz, General Manager of homesales.com.au, the number of agents signing up to the website’s premium offerings has surged in response to industry changes. “homesales.com.au has a lot to offer real estate businesses and we believe that many agencies are taking a fresh look at where they invest marketing dollars. We’ve seen a significant increase in…
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    New Hope Homes For Sale | New Hope Homes

  • How’s Your Memory?

    financemyhome1
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    How old is your bedroom furniture and what did you pay for it? Don’t know? That’s okay, let’s try an easier question. When did you buy the TV in your family room and is it a plasma, LCD or a LED? Whether you are the victim of a burglary, a fire or a tornado, most people are comforted they have insurance to cover the losses. However, unless you’ve filed a claim, you may not be familiar with the procedures. The adjustor will want to know the date and how the loss occurred. Assuming you have contents coverage, the claim for personal belongings is separate from damage to the home.
  • Reverse Mortgage

    financemyhome1
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    With all of the encouragement from celebrity spokespersons like Fred Thompson, Robert Wagner and Henry Winkler, there is a growing awareness of reverse mortgages. The fact is that our population is getting older and more than 25 million homeowners meet the age requirement. A reverse mortgage will allow homeowners age 62 or older currently living in their home to tap into their equity. The amount available is determined by the borrower’s age, the home’s current value and current interest rates. The loan proceeds can be received in a single, lump-sum or periodic payments. The closing costs…
  • How Was It Measured?

    financemyhome1
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    In an attempt to compare homes, one of the common denominators has been price per square foot. It seems like a fairly, straight forward method but there are differences in the way homes are measured. The first assumption that has to be made is that the comparable homes are similar in size, location, condition and amenities. Obviously, a variance in any of these things affects the price per square foot which will not give you a fair comparison. The second critical area is that the square footage is correct. The three most common sources for the square footage are from the builder or original…
  • The Reason They’re Called Benefits

    financemyhome1
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Veterans Administration guarantees home loans for eligible veterans. It is considered an attractive loan because the veteran can purchase the home with no down payment up to specific loan limits and no mortgage insurance. This makes the monthly payment considerably lower. Let’s assume a buyer wants to purchase a $200,000 home and can get a 4.5% interest mortgage for 30 years. A FHA loan would require a $7,000 down payment plus $3,377.50 in up-front MIP which can be rolled into the mortgage. The monthly mortgage insurance premium would be $221 per month for a total payment of $1,215.94.
  • Indecision Costs

    financemyhome1
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    More money has been lost to indecision than was ever lost to making the wrong decision. The economy and the housing market have caused some people to take a “wait and see” position that could cost them in lost opportunities as well as almost certain higher costs in the future. To illustrate what the opportunity cost might be, let’s compare what the value of the down payment two years from now would be if it was invested in a certificate of deposit, the stock market or used to purchase a home today. A 3.5% down payment on a $175,000 home is $6,125.00. If it was invested in a CD that…
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    Houston Apartment Insiders' Blog

  • Houston Apartment DIY: Temporary Wall Treatments

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

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Want to spruce up your Houston apartment? DIY tips for your floors to make every space in your home personal from Houston Apartment Insiders.When you use Houston Apartment Insiders as your Houston apartment locator, we’ll help you find the home that best matches your needs, your wants, your budget, and your style. Still, you’ll want to put your own mark on any Houston apartment you choose. We’ve already posted tips on improving the lighting in your apartment without upsetting your landlord. If it’s the floors that aren’t quite to your liking, here are apartment…
  • Houston Apartment DIY: Improve Your Apartment Lighting

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    Is your Houston apartment on the dim side? Check out these DIY apartment lighting tips from Houston Apartment Insiders and brighten up your living space.Whether you’re moving from your own house to a rental, or this is your first student apartment, the limitations of renting can take some getting used to. Some landlords allow renters to make quite a few improvements, including painting, wallpapering, and even wiring in new light fixtures. Many, though, won’t allow any change that can’t be easily reversed when you move out. To find out how much home improvement you can do…
  • Moving to Houston: Health Insurance

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    New to Houston? Health insurance information for you and your family as you take root in your new hometown.Moving a long distance is a complicated project, and it’s even more complicated since the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” took full effect in 2014. Everyone is now required by law to be covered by health insurance. If you’re not insured, not only do you risk having to pay high healthcare costs on your own if you get sick or hurt, but you’ll also have to pay a penalty come tax time next year. The good news is that there are more options for…
  • Houston Apartments for College Students: Where to Begin Your Search

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    If you're coming to Houston for college, we have you covered. Tips for finding Houston apartments for college students who are new to the area or simply ready for their first place on their own.There are so many great reasons to move to Houston, and our eight major colleges and universities are at the top of that list! If you’re relocating to Houston for school, you’re coming to one of America’s greatest college towns. Moving across the country can still be a challenge, though, and it offers special challenges for students, who may be moving only for the school year, or may…
 
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    IPIN Global - Investing in Property

  • British Expat Investment in Affordable UK Homes up 60%

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    According to a new report, the UK has seen a huge increase in overseas investors seeking and purchasing properties under £70,000. Find UK Property, an agency specialising in sourcing UK property for overseas investors have analysed their sales figures over the six months from January to June 2014 and recorded an increasing trend for overseas investment in properties at the lower end of the market. Foreign Investor Interest Extends Outside London It is well-known that London's prime markets are particularly targeted by overseas investors but the price tags are way beyond the reach of the…
  • 60% Increase in British Property Millionaires in One Year

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    UK Property website Zoopla has published a study today which reveals that the number of homeowners who can refer to themselves as property millionaires has increased by 60% to almost half a million over the last 12 months. According to the study, properties worth more than £1m have risen by 60% or 160,000 as prices in some regions of the UK boom. Number of property millionaires doubles in last year The study also found that around 12 streets in London have an average house price in excess of £10m with Kensington Palace Gardens being named the most expensive street in Britain with…
  • Re-Birth of the Iconic Crystal Palace

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Originally designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the iconic Crystal Palace is now poised to become one of South London's newest major developments. Built in 1851 to house the Great Exhibition which featured a massive 14,000 exhibitors, the structure was first located in central London's Hyde Park. The building originally offered 990,000 square feet of space and after the exhibition, was dismantled and relocated to the estate of Penge Place at Sydenham Hill in 1854. Once rebuilt and enlarged even further, the new 200-acre Crystal Palace included schools specialising in art, engineering, literature…
  • Mass Exodus from China's Property Market Boosts UK and Eurozone

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Speculation about the future of China’s property market has increased as real estate moguls Li Ka-shing and Wang jianlin have gradually withdrawn from the market and diversified their investments with overseas property. Over the last twenty years, the two ultra-rich property speculators have been making a killing in Chinese real estate, earning them huge respect among investors. However, even before the recent decline in Chinese property prices, Ka-shing and Jianlin have been gradually withdrawing from China’s market, preferring to diversify their investments with overseas…
  • IPIN Global announces charity partnership with AfriKids

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We are delighted to announce our new charitable partnership with AfriKids, a child rights organisation working to improve the lives of Ghana's most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Together with IPIN Global Capital based in London, the IPIN Global team will be raising money over the next 12 months with a programme of on-going activities, ranging from sponsored industry cocktail parties to marathons, all designed to raise funds for Ghana's most disadvantaged communities. The work of AfriKids improves future prospects for Ghana's poorest children Kicking off fundraising is IPIN's Jamie…
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    Massachusetts Real Estate News

  • Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles For August 2014

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

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

    Bill Gassett
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Mortgage Lending               Many home buyers are overwhelmed by the alphabet soup they encounter when shopping for the right mortgage. Lenders throw out acronyms like FHA, conventional, VA and USDA, but most consumers don’t know the ins and outs of each loan type, or which one is best for them. Knowing about these home loan programs gets buyers better rates and lower payments! It is not necessary however to know every detail of every loan type. You just need to know enough to choose the best long-term option for your…
  • Protect Your Home: Stay Ahead of Summer Storms

    Bill Gassett
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
                  Severe summer weather, such as hail, thunder, and heavy rain, can result in a great deal of damage to your home and other property. There are many steps that homeowners can take to protect themselves from the flooding and power outages that can result from severe weather events, so prepare ahead of time so that you’re not caught off guard. In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the most effective actions you can take to safeguard your home and property from dangerous and destructive summer storms. Steps to Take Before a Storm…
  • Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles June to July 2014

    Bill Gassett
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
                  The internet makes it incredibly easy for information to be found. The problem is much of the information that is found on the internet is junk. Google Plus is one of the best places, if not the best place, to find quality real estate information! Google Plus communities, such as the Real Estate Community owned by Bill Gassett, are loaded with knowledge not only to make all of us better Realtors but to help consumers by providing rich content about buying and selling homes. This is a fantastic reason to encourage anyone who has an interest in…
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    MLS Maps

  • 10 Great Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

    Ken Horst
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Buying a home is an exciting, often tiring and at times confusing process. Many venture into house-hunting without understanding the importance and intricacies of each stage and spend years searching for that perfect home. Here are a few tips that … Continue reading →
  • 10 Things to Look Out for When Buying an Older Home

    Ken Horst
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Older homes possess an allure that cannot be found in a new home. The mesmerizing architecture of an older home and its distinctive character may appeal to you at first sight, but do not forget that not only are older … Continue reading →
  • 7 Things Every Home Buyer Should Know Before Buying a Home

    Ken Horst
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Buying a home is a huge investment for your future and perhaps, one of the biggest decisions that you would make in your life. To ensure that your dream home does not give you nightmares, here are a few things … Continue reading →
  • 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Home Builder

    Ken Horst
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Whether you are planning to buy a ready-to-live condo or build a customized home, it is very important to choose the right home builder. A beginner to the real estate market might find himself overwhelmed by flashy brochures and aggressive … Continue reading →
  • Multiple Listing Services (MLS) Demystified

    Ken Horst
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    If you are new to the real estate market and are interested in buying or selling property, a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is the place to go to. But what exactly is the MLS and how does it fit into … Continue reading →
 
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    PropertyShark Real Estate Blog

  • The NYC Real Estate Event You Don’t Want to Miss: PropertyShark’s User Appreciation Party

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

    Georgiana Mihaila
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    A 1,575-square-foot unit at the Philip House – the conversion of a prewar Renaissance Revival rental building at 141 East 88th Street – has just managed to bring the comps up in the building. Unit 10F recently sold for $6,414,975, which translates into a whopping $4,073 per square foot. While no other residential unit sale has passed the $4K/sq. ft. mark up to this point, #9F came close earlier this month, when it sold for $6,227,006 or $3,953/square foot. The deed shows that the property was under contract since December 13, 2013, but buyer KPL Enterprises LLC only assumed ownership of…
  • Are Your Property Taxes Too High? See How Much You Should be Paying

    Georgiana Mihaila
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    High property taxes are a burden for many home owners; but if you feel you may be paying too much in property taxes, PropertyShark can help you figure out what the right amount is, and gather all the necessary information you need for your property tax appeal. Scout the Neighborhood and See How Much your Neighbors are Paying Our Tax Value per Sq. Ft Map is the quickest way to get a clear picture of how much your neighbors are paying in property taxes. Simply look up your exact address using the Property Search tab on the upper left side of the screen and a pin-point will indicate its…
  • Top 20 U.S. Cities for Culture: Cultural Venues Density per City Population

    Georgiana Mihaila
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    While cities all around the U.S. are constantly adding new venues and attractions, we started wondering: just how many properties are actually destined for cultural and recreational activities? An in-depth look at the biggest cities in the U.S. shows that they all have a generous amount of cultural attractions – ranging from museums, libraries and theaters to parks or stadiums. So we thought we’d rank them and see which major city is the uncontested leader for cultural venues. And while New York City has an impressive number (2,693!) of such properties — considerably more than…
  • Top 50 U.S. Home Owner Names: Did Your Name Make the List?

    Georgiana Mihaila
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    What are the most common home owner names in the U.S. — and is yours one of them? Or maybe yours is listed among the names of luxury property buyers? In a rather unique attempt to paint a picture of home ownership throughout the U.S., sister website Point2 Homes tapped into our property owners database and pulled out the most common owner names, placing them right next to the names of luxury home buyers. To make it even more interesting, Point2 Homes cross-referenced them with Ancestry.com data to pull out each name’s most probable ethnicity. Results: while traditional English names…
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    Houston Properties

  • Luxury Oak Estates Homes | Most Expensive Oak Estates Homes

    Jerico Gonzales
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Luxury Oak Estates Homes For Sale The allure of Oak Estates lies in its great Inner Loop location. It’s directly south of the prestigious River Oaks, and within a few minutes from Houston’s best recreational venues and business districts. This sought-after neighborhood is the 4th most expensive Houston neighborhood due to: Great location: This Inner Loop neighborhood is less than a mile away from Uptown Houston and Galleria, and just a few minutes away from Downtown Houston. Excellent schools: Students are zoned to the one of the best public schools in Houston, and some of the top private…
  • Oak Estates Real Estate Market: 5 Intriguing Home Sales Trends

    Paige Martin
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Oak Estates Houston Real Estate Trends   Oak Estates is a peaceful Inner Loop neighborhood recently ranked as the 4th most expensive Houston neighborhood. The neighborhood has great access to major job districts and the best shopping and recreational sites in Houston. Homes in the area are great alternatives to home buyers who wish to enjoy living within the River Oaks vicinity. The standard Oak Estates home cost about half of homes for sale in River Oaks. The spacious lots makes it attractive for new constructions. However, with the constant low inventory, finding an Oak Estates home…
  • Royden Oaks Homes Under $750k | Royden Oaks Homes For Sale

    Paige Martin
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Royden Oaks Homes For Sale Under $750k Spanning just over 67 acres, Royden Oaks Houston is one of the best neighborhoods in the vicinity of the prestigious River Oaks. Aside from being one of the most accessible Houston neighborhoods, it also offers the many conveniences that River Oaks offers. Royden Oaks homeowners enjoy being just a few-minute stroll to the bustling retail options and exceptional restaurants of nearby Highland Village. The Galleria, River Oaks Shopping Center, and Greenway Plaza are all less than a 10-minute drive from the neighborhood. A public library, parks, and…
  • Royden Oaks Houston Homes For Sale Under $1M

    Paige Martin
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Royden Oaks Homes For Sale Under $1M The exclusive Inner Loop neighborhood of Royden Oaks is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Houston. Royden Oaks mirrors the grand oaks and beautiful homes of the prestigious River Oaks just east of it. Royden Oaks Houston’s small-town feel attract homebuyers to the neighborhood. Aside from this, Royden Oaks offers its residents: STUNNING VIEWS: Crape myrtles lining Willowick bloom every summer, adding shades of pink, red, and lavender to the lush greenery. SIMILARITY WITH RIVER OAKS: Aside from often being mistaken as part of River Oaks, Royden…
  • Oaks On Caroline Houston | Oaks On Caroline Condos For Sale

    Paige Martin
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The Oaks On Caroline Condos is a new residential midrise from Urban Flats Builders. Located at 4820 Caroline, Houston, TX, 77004, the 6-story condo building features Texas Hill Country designs. Located within the vibrant Museum District, Oaks On Caroline Condos is built with cast in place concrete and post tension system flooring for sound-proofing. Oaks On Caroline condos for sale feature 7 floorplans between 1,014 to 1,486 square feet. Address: 4820 Caroline Houston, Texas, 77004 Year Built: 2014 Number of Units: 28 Neighborhood: Museum District For more information or available Oaks On…
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    Merrimack Valley Real Estate- Essex and Northern Middlesex County

  • 820 Methuen Street for Sale, Dracut Massachusetts

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

    Massachusetts Realtor
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 3 Pinedale Ave, Methuen MA 01844- MLS 71735061 Price- $280,000 Living Area-  1428 square feet Lot Size-  8835 square feet Bedrooms-  3 Bathrooms-  1.5 Year Built-  1942 Open House for 3 Pinedale Ave, Sunday August 31st 12-1:30pm About 3 Pinedale Ave, Methuen MA 01844 Located in Methuen Massachusetts, 3 Pinedale Avenue is located on a side street in a neighborhood setting.  It provides easy access to routes 93, 495 and 213.  The location is also close to nearby Salem NH for all…
  • 42 Boylston Lane for Sale in Lowell Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Realtor
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 42 Boylston Lane, Lowell MA 01852-  MLS# 71727292 Status: Active Price: $185,000 Style:  Condominium/ Townhouse Living Area: 1200 sq ft Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 1.5 42 Boylston Lane is located in South Lowell, Massachusetts in the 01852 zip code right on the Tewksbury town line.  Lowell MA is located in Middlesex county and is about 36 miles northwest of Boston.  Boylston Lane is a perfect location, being only minutes from route 495 with either route 93 or route 3 equally accessible in…
  • Great Online Marketing of Your Home, Starts with Great Photographs

    Massachusetts Realtor
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent You home must have exceptional online marketing I don’t think any home sellers would dispute that great online marketing is a must for a home.  With over 91% of buyers starting their home search online, your home has to be found online. Any online marketing of your home needs to start with great photographs.  Great images of your home will capture online buyers.  I did a recent post about an ocular study done to show how important photographs were to online marketing of a…
  • Melrose MA Tops the list as the Hottest Real Estate Market in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Realtor
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent In a recent article Boston Business Journal has cited Melrose MA to be the hottest real estate market in Massachusetts. I have done quite a bit of business in Melrose, Massachusetts over the years and it is certainly no shock to me.  Even back in 2009, 2010 Melrose during the housing down turn.  Houses are coming on the market in Melrose and are immediately flooded with offers.  Homes are selling for significantly more money then their asking prices in many case.  I have found that…
 
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • Are Banks Getting Out of Control on Pricing Foreclosures?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you are an investor or professional Realtor who works with investors, you may have noticed something during the past 6 - 12 months in the bank owned foreclosures. Have you noticed that foreclosures are being listed at market value or above market value in many cases? Have you seen homes that did not sell at a lower price when they were for sale before the foreclosure and now they are being listed for more money than the price that they did not sell for earlier? Well, if you have, you are not alone. I have noticed this trend as well.Why is this happening? Well, it is pretty simple,…
  • You Get What You Pay For--Or Do You?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    "You get what you pay for." It is a common belief and also a business misconception.  In the words of my friend and former colleague at Compaq, Alan Cole, "If life were only that easy." If you could measure quality by the price that vendors and suppliers charge, decisions would be so very easy. Flat and logical enough to build a spread sheet for every major decision. You just decide what level of quality and customer support you are looking for and you pay for exactly what you know you will receive on the other side of the transaction.Well, if you have been around long enough, bought…
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    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Click on the HD icon before watching video. Post by Tim Thornton.Tim Thornton, Realtor ®, Austin, Texas.
  • Austin Real Estate Market Update--YTD thru July 31, 2014

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    There is a ever so slight indication that the school season rush is over and we are in a short transition to the beginnings of the fall market. If employers were no longer hiring and people were no longer moving to the greater Austin area, I would tell you that this was a more noticeable transition, but none of that seems to be the case. Yes, there are a few new home builders that are offering incentive packages that were not available just a couple of months ago and the days on market in some areas may be a little longer, but over all, we are still in a very fast moving, fast thinking…
  • Are New Home Builders Cutting Corners with Dual Zoned AC Systems?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    New home construction is moving fast now, and builders are relying heavily upon the work of their sub-contractors. Large builders are trying to make up for several years of thin margins and big losses on the bottom line. Q: Are builders starting to push the envelope on low costs at the expense of quality construction in new homes today? A: You be the judge.  Q: Can one AC system that is designed to support a single story home approximately 2000-2500 sf, support a Two story home that is 3000 sf or bigger?A: You can do your research and draw your own conclusions. Here are my…
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  • Homeowners Have Big Interior Design Plans, But Few Will Achieve Them

    Mike Wheatley
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Only 2 percent of more than 1,700 home owners in the U.S. and Canada surveyed recently by the remodeling website Houzz say they have achieved their design vision for their homes. On average, most home owners say they’re only halfway there with the home’s décor.   Image credit: Keresi72 via Pixabay.com Forty-four percent of the home owners surveyed say they would like to do a complete overall of the décor of their homes, while 36 percent say they just want to refresh their existing décor. What’s guiding their décor decisions? Personal style and comfort, the survey finds, while…
  • Six Signs Your Clients Are Ready To Take The Plunge

    Mike Wheatley
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Are your clients looking to build their portfolio with investment properties? Help potential investors decide if now is the right time jump into the real estate market. Here are six signs, according to the international property website Lamudi.com, that they’re ready to make the investment plunge. photo credit: dollie_mixtures via photopin cc 1. They are financially secure: Your investors will need enough for a downpayment and an emergency fund for maintenance expenses. Make sure their credit history is good and they’ve met all their financial obligations. 2. They have long-term…
  • Real Estate Tech: How To Be Always ‘On The Go’

    Mike Wheatley
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    A devotion to mobile was once considered unique but it gave people an edge over their competitors. Now the mobile lifestyle is the status quo. Clientele are also constantly on the go, juggling multiple priorities, businesses, and responsibilities. So, clients expect and require agents to have the ability to operate from anywhere. photo credit: JD Hancock via photopin cc Paperwork and contracts are a huge part of any real estate professional’s life. Which is why apps like DocuSigned are a life-changer. Where paperwork was once the bottleneck of getting a deal closed, clients can…
  • Is It Time To Get Out Of The City? Not For The Millennials

    Guest Author
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    You can take the man out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the man. Or so it seems anyway, as a recent Nielsen report said that millennials, (those aged 18 to 36), prefer to live in the concrete jungle than move to the slow but steady suburbia. This is despite reports that a big chunk of this age group live with their folks in their traditional homes outside the city due to financial constraints. photo credit: Werner Kunz via photopin cc According to Nielsen, 62% of the participants said they prefer to live in the type of mixed-use communities found in urban centers,…
  • Real Estate Investment Business Plan Executive Summary

    Brian Kline
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Real estate investing is serious business where serious wealth is created. Creating that wealth is not magic. It takes planning. Specifically a solid real estate investment business plan. Solid business plans can easily run 50 pages or longer. Serious investors first read the executive summary before diving into the full plan to determine if the person asking for money has a reasonable idea of how to make money in a specific marketplace. This article provides a few short examples about how to write the executive summary to a real estate investment business plan that will be well received by…
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • Alternative Ways to Finance Property: Peer-to-Peer Lending, Crowd Funding And Crowd Investing

    Sam
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Getting a mortgage is hard work. Ever since the property market went *pop* most major banks have made getting mortgages harder than ever.  Chuck into that some extra regulatory hoops to wriggle over and you’ll soon find yourself wondering if you ever really wanted to buy a property. Anyway, it would appear the Kickstarter effect has winged it’s haloed glow over to property investment. Now I have to confess, I don’t know, nor have experience of these schemes. Are they a good idea? I am going to throw that over to you! Like any investment – there are risks.  You MUST…
  • Why I Spent A Quarter Of A Million Trying To Reach The Holy Grail Of Property Investment

    Sam
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    I own cheap property.  I own expensive property. I have DSS tenants.  I have mega-earning professionals. If I had my time again with the benefit of 10 years experience, what would I do? That was also the other question in my mind when I asked the ultimate question: Is there any such thing as an “easy” buy to let? And I can tell you from experience, cheap property (and I’m talking c. £50k) may have whopping rental returns – but it ain’t easy to run. And I can tell you expensive properties (and I’m talking flats in London) may have eye-popping capital…
  • Is This The REAL Doctor Who Tardis For Sale?

    Sam
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
      Admit it, you did a double-take didn’t you? You thought to yourself: “Is that…is that Doctor Who’s Tardis?” Well, now you could own your very own time-machine masquerading as a Police Box – as this Tardis distinctive ‘B’ Listed cast iron Edinburgh-pattern Police Box is going to auction! The Police Box, located in Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh has a guide of £15,000-£25,000 and benefits from planning permission for change of use to a cafe. Of course, if you are an actual Time Lord and wanted to keep exploring the universe via this…
  • How To Buy To Let Property On A Realistic Budget: Costings, Cash flow, ROI and Cash Margin

    Sam
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Property investment is a capital hungry business – the purchase of a property is just the beginning of a long line of costs. You need more than you think.  (Rule: 52) Estate agents, glossy brochures and TV programmes deal in the “headlines” of buy to let; the sort of sums which make you think property is a short-cut to becoming an over-night millionaire. Property can make you money – but it’s also going to cost you money.  And there’s a lot of hidden expenses involved.  These are the boring details that many don’t like to deal with – talking…
  • The Easy Buy To Let Property Experiment: Before And After Photos

    Sam
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Is there any such thing as an “easy” buy to let? That’s what prompted this property experiment – the subsequent purchase of a property before auction and the proceeding renovation tales! While the project may have been completed ahead of scheduletenanted in double-quick time (from day of purchase to tenanted status in 6 weeks) and has been rented ABOVE the initially expected rental of £1300-1400pcm at £1450pcm, it has not all been plain sailing. The start of this project faced a set-back when the property got valued at just £230k – when I was paying £250k for…
 
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  • Emkay Group optimist on Cyberjaya project

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Mazrita Mazlan, property developer's chief operating officer at Emkay Group said that the group expects half of its recently launched shop-office development, Radius Business Park, in Cyberjaya to be taken up by the end of the year.
  • PNB still identifying contractors for Malaysia's tallest building

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) is in the process of identifying contractors for the construction of the 118-storey Menara Warisan Merdeka, said its president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman.
  • 51,000 apply for affordable housing in Penang

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Jagdeep Singh Deo, state Town Country and Housing Committee chairman revealed that a total of 51,238 people have applied for the low-cost, low medium-cost (LMC) and affordable housing units in Penang to date.
  • Klang Valley MRT will be delivered on time

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Despite the recent incident that killed three workers along the transit line, the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project will be delivered on time by July 2017, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala.
  • Request to build affordable homes in Johor

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The Johor Umno Youth division is requesting for the state government to establish a designated area in the city to build affordable homes for young adults to rent, reported local media.
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    Las Vegas Modern Homes

  • Time for a Little End-of-Summer Las Vegas Home Maintenance

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Time for a Little End-of-Summer Las Vegas Home Maintenance It seems just yesterday that the beach towels were coming out of the closet—alas! With back-to-school specials ending and Labor Day Weekend upon us, it’s time to admit that summer is just about done for. Whether you’ve just purchased a new property, are sprucing up your […]
  • Should You Invest in Home Staging?

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Should You Invest in Home Staging? “If you are selling a Las Vegas home this fall, engage a Las Vegas staging professional to make your house look its best.” If cost weren’t a factor, most everyone would agree with that advice. But is staging really worth the price? Can staging in Las Vegas actually help […]
  • Alternate Programs Sometimes Aid Las Vegas First Time Buyers

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Alternate Programs Sometimes Aid Las Vegas First Time Buyers In an improving residential real estate market, first time buyers may flinch at the greater loan amounts that accompany larger price tags. Lending standards have also put some first time buyers through a tougher gauntlet than faced during many previous eras. Although some easing is now […]
  • Las Vegas Home Sales Ramp Up for a Bustling Fall Market

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Las Vegas Home Sales Ramp Up for a Bustling Fall Market With summer drawing to a close (say it isn’t so!), it’s time to cast an eye towards the prospects for this year’s fall home sales market. Fall can be a great time to list a home, but it can be especially opportune for luxury […]
  • Las Vegas Residents’ Credit Scores Could Improve Under FICO 9

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Las Vegas Residents’ Credit Scores Could Improve Under FICO 9 For any Las Vegas resident who has ever been stymied by seemingly arbitrary (or, put another way, nutty) lowering of his or her all-important credit score, next month’s beginning rollout of Fair Isaac’s new credit score model should be welcome news. It will be known […]
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • How to handle mistakes like Downton Abbey

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

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    The remake of the 1990s classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the top grossing movie in the box office for the second week running. It’s surprised most of the experts by dethroning Marvel’s latest offering (Guardians of the Galaxy), and holding off the third installment of the star-studded Expendables franchise (not a huge feat, but still). Beyond all those accolades, as this article in Forbes explains, Paramount’s strategy for TMNT is a case study in targeted marketing. The film was a smash without needing to be omnipresent in the run-up to its debut; marketers of the film…
  • We Are Mercantile – The SBA 504 Experts

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

    Trey
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Values are at the center of building a strong company culture, but we’re not going to bother with what they should or shouldn’t be. What matters is that you have a set of core values and that you align your organization around them. This is what Tony Hsieh (sounds like “Shay”) says about building a company culture in the latest issue of Inc. magazine. Hsieh founded Zappos (as if you didn’t know), which has become known far and wide for its legendary customer service. And for its free shipping both ways, but the customer service is what keeps people coming back to…
  • The REAL Truth About SBA Loans

    Chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Last week, I got an email telling me that a new article about SBA loans had been published online. I’ve set up several Google Alerts so I can be notified when there’s news that pertains to my business and industry. (If you don’t use Google Alerts for your business, I recommend fixing that right away!) This email in particular told me about an article called “The Truth About SBA Loans” that appeared on the FOX Business Small Business Center. I clicked through and read the article with great interest, hoping to find some support for SBA loans and something I could…
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    ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog

  • Expert Home Staging Tips: Cast Out Evil Odors

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Which smells can stop a home sale? Knowing the odors and aromas you should utilize or eliminate when staging your home for sale can help you turn a house hunter into a homebuyer. Darlene Parris, Interior Redesigner, Organizer and Home Stager with Los Angeles-based UPSTAGED!, guides you through how to cast out evil odors and entice buyers with pleasant fragrances.No matter how well you have staged your home by cleaning, decluttering and depersonalizing it, if house hunters encounter unpleasant smells when they come to your showing it could all be for nothing.Smell is the sense most tied to…
  • How Real Estate Investors Get the Best Financing

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    When you're evaluating a potential real estate investment, one of your top considerations should be cash flow, no matter how much you love the property. For rentals, two factors maximize cash flow: the rental income and the loan terms. Your goal should be to charge the highest rent the market will bear — certainly enough to cover the mortgage payment, insurance, property taxes and maintenance — while keeping the property occupied.The second way to maximize cash flow is to get the best loan terms. The lower your rate, the more profit you realize each month. Lenders examine three factors…
  • The How-To Guide for Garage Sales [Infographic]

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Hosting a garage sale or two is a great way to get rid of items that you don't want to leave in your home or take with you when you move. Once you've decluttered, cleaned and determined what's coming with you (or going into storage), you can find new homes for those items that don't quite make the cut. Then, your newly organized home will be ready to stage and show in its best possible light.From advertising your garage sale to how to price and arrange your items, the below infographic will help you lighten your load — and maybe make a few extra bucks in the process. Late summer and early…
  • Expert Home Staging Tips: How to Depersonalize Your Home

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    What’s one of the most important elements to success when selling your home by owner? Getting buyers to imagine your home as their home. Depersonalizing your home for sale is essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers. Darlene Parris, Owner, Home Stager and Interior Redesigner of Los Angeles-based UPSTAGED!, guides you through the process of helping buyers see the sale through depersonalization.Home staging is all about helping potential buyers visualize your home as their home. Getting professional advice from a home stager as well as decluttering and cleaning your…
  • 4 Simple Steps to Closing Your Home Sale

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Think of the closing table as your home sale end game it takes effort to get there, but the payoff is what you've been working toward.Here's how to make sure you finish strong with a four-point game plan to stay on track and seal the deal on your home sale.1. Set Your Timeline. Once you've accepted an offer on your home and the contract is signed, keep everything on schedule by creating your closing calendar.2. Expect an Inspection. After you've agreed on a sale price, the next step for the buyer is to have an appraisal done on your home. Be prepared by doing your own assessment beforehand…
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  • CRE Listening Tour

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

    Chris Clark
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Every time I look at yet another CRE cloud app – and every CRE app these days is in the cloud – I get agita.  While it’s great that someone else is handling server management and remote access is a given, it’s one more place to store documents and data.  I envision the company’s document […]
  • CRE Data – Stop Thinking Small

    Chris Clark
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    Someone asked me to summarize what’s going on in CRE regarding data. While the CRE data conversation has mostly revolved around what CoStar/LoopNet and Xceligent are up to, there’s a lot more going on than that. Yes, I’m talking about big data. But everyone in CRE seems to be thinking small. Properties and Listings There’s […]
  • 2014 Mid Year Emerging Trends Check

    Chris Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    One of my favorite websites is JWT Intelligence. They report on global cultural trends in various sectors including the economy, technology and lifestyle. Each year they compile a report of emerging trends and it’s interesting to return to it mid-year to see if they got things right.  If you haven’t read it yet, here are […]
  • Where to Start with Social Networking

    Chris Clark
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Agents always ask whether social networking is worth it.  By worth it, they’re usually referring to leads.  I give them the bad news – don’t expect a rush of new clients.  And then I point out the other benefits to social networking.  Like bolstering your online presence so when prospects check you out, they find […]
 
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    Underwritings Blog

  • Is It Really Better to Buy a Home When Interest Rates Are Low?

    Mark Scheets
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    With interest rates still low, many people remain interested in purchasing a home whether it’s their first one or second. The cost of doing so can be affordable and in a recent North Shore Bank/GMAR Home Affordability Report, shoppers in the second quarter could still buy a home with a small monthly payment as compared to late in 2013. Maybe it’s getting more for your money with a new home or becoming a first-time homeowner, these home transactions have taken place thanks in large part to lower interest rates. But before you seek these out and jump on the bandwagon, you may want to…
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut Mortgage Rates and Real Estate Overview

    Mark Scheets
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Bridgeport, Connecticut has long been associated with manufacturing and its proximity to the New York City area. Bridgeport enjoyed early success driven by the shipbuilding and whaling industries due to its centralized location on the Long Island Sound. Bridgeport became a significant manufacturing center on the East Coast. De-industrialization occurred in the 1970’s and 1980’s and the result was a loss of jobs and population that stunted the city’s development occurred. Bridgeport still enjoys much of the classic architecture, museums, theaters, and parks (including one designed…
  • Have You Tried to Refinance Lately? HARP Changes Could Help You Qualify

    Jennifer Esposito
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    As the housing market continues to rebound, lenders are in a tricky situation. Excessively strict lending laws can cause the market to stagnate, but loosening restrictions too much will result in foreclosures. Consumers and economists often eagerly await news about lending conditions, since it directly impacts the market. One major source of information on lending conditions is the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), which documents the availability of mortgage credit. In its most recent report, the MCAI revealed that availability was up .5 percent in July from the previous month,…
  • Fixed Rates Remain Unchanged Going Into Labor Day Weekend

    Mark Scheets
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Freddie Mac released their weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) today indicating that fixed rates are unchanged compared to rates last week.  For the week ending August 28, 2014, 30 year fixed-rates remained at 4.10%.  Interest rates for 15 year fixed mortgages closed the week at 3.25%.  At this point last year, interest rates for 30 year mortgages were .41% higher at 4.51%.   Rates are still at 14 month lows going into Labor Day weekend. Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac Vice President and Chief Economist was quoted in saying: “Mortgage rates were little changed following mixed…
  • Current Mortgage Rates for Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Over the past several days, we’ve seen a lot of intraday volatility in mortgage backed securities, but when you take a step back the broader trend has been that MBS have rallied since they hit their recent lows last Thursday.  The rally has been a result of geopolitical uncertainty, mixed domestic economic data, and the slowing of European economies.  As best as I can ascertain, anyway.  This morning we are rallying despite a pretty solid GDP print.  This morning I believe we are rallying because it appears that the Russians have invaded Ukraine in earnest.  The details seem kinda…
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  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Olde Town Grayson by Blue River Communities

    Courtney Rogers
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    This week’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is Scott Thompson, principle with Blue River Communities. The company was created in 2005 when Thompson and his partner began developing an active adult community in Grayson. The Olde Town Grayson active adult community features 110 single-family and attached homes. With development currently [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Broadway in Atlanta

    Courtney Rogers
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is Russ Belin, the vice president of Broadway in Atlanta. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Broadway in Atlanta has been the premier presenter of nationally-touring Broadway shows in the city for more than 32 years. Broadway in Atlanta brings some of the biggest and best shows [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Fischer Homes’ Summer Savings Event

    Courtney Rogers
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Today’s incredible Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is brought to you by Fischer Homes. Buyers have just five days remaining to take advantage of the fantastic deals that are being offered during the builder’s Summer Savings Event. During this event, buyers can save from $10,000 up to $60,000 on a [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum: Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta

    Courtney Rogers
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Today’s All About Real Estate guests on the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show are Shirley Gary, a broker and licensed partner of Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta, and Debra Johnston, the company’s real estate advisor. Engel & Völkers is an international franchise with more than 500 locations outside of North America on six continents and [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum: Georgia’s Edible Agricultural Tour (EAT GA)

    Courtney Rogers
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This week’s Around Atlanta guests on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio are Dale DeSensa, president and founder of Taste of Atlanta, and Ryan Costigan with the Georgia Restaurant Association. Together, these two organizations have collaborated to create Georgia’s Edible Agricultural Tour, also known as EAT GA. EAT GA is a dining program that aims to support [...]
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  • Moving Solar Panels To Your New House

    Pamela Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Solar panels are a great way to help the environment and prevent more CO2 emissions for the atmosphere, combat the global warming and save money in the long run. Producing your own energy is an investment that will pay off in the long run, especially if it is a grid-connected system and you can also […]
  • How To Organize A Stress-Free Move

    Joshua Green
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Stress is bad for you, especially if your relief valve happens to be out of order. And as long as there is a stressor, the pressure will build and build until the point where you may feel like you can’t take it anymore and that you’re going to lose it. It’s like gradually increasing the […]
  • 4 Ways To Have Fun During Your Long-Distance Move

    Joshua Green
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Loaded with your household belongings, the moving company’s truck is already on its way to your new home. Your family car has been packed with the open-first boxes and the items your movers wouldn’t transport (pets, plants, non-allowable goods). And now there’s only one thing left for you to do – make the long-distance move […]
  • How to Pack & Move a Dining Room

    Pamela Smith
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    The dining room is another one of the important premises in a home when it comes to packing and moving. How you prepare your dining room for relocation is important, because it contains fragile items like china, and of course how to move dining room chairs and table is also good to know. Protecting your […]
  • Moving to Nashville, TN: Your Music City Relocation Guide

    Joshua Green
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Moving to Nashville, Tennessee? Get ready for a lot of fun. Music alone is the perfect reason to relocate to Music City but you don’t have to necessarily be a (country) music lover to appreciate the overwhelming number of charming opportunities that the prosperous city of Nashville will undoubtedly offer. Add the high quality of […]
 
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    agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website

  • Five Useful Tips for Your Moving Day

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

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

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

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

    admin
    7 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    Online estate agent, Houses.co.uk, cautions home sellers on the risks of open house viewings With house prices surging and large numbers of buyers competing for a short supply of properties, open house viewings, whereby a large number of potential buyers visit a property on a specified day, are becoming increasingly common. They are particularly popular […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
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    Sydney Server Real Estate

  • Gov’t partnership to lower mortgages of military

    Florida Realtors® News
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    WASHINGTON – Aug. 29, 2014 – The Obama Administration announced a new agreement this week with five of the nation’s largest banks aimed at helping active-duty military service members save hundreds of dollars or more each year on their mortgage. Under a 2003 law, active-duty service members can have their mortgage rates and some of their other debt fees capped at 6 percent. However, many military members aren’t taking advantage of benefits that could lower their mortgage payments. Recent research from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that many military service…
  • Renters influenced by online property reviews

    Florida Realtors® News
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    NEW YORK – Aug. 29, 2014 – Property managers take note: online peer ratings and reviews matter. According to ApartmentFinder.com’s recent survey of more than 5,000 apartment seekers, nearly all – 96 percent – said that online reviews influence their decision when choosing an apartment. Property managers should also factor mobile use into their marketing strategy – nearly half (49 percent) of apartment hunters prefer to use their mobile device, according to the survey. And mobile property hunters are apt to take action: 45 percent will call and 42 percent will e-mail a rental…
  • NAR: Pending home sales pick up in July

    Florida Realtors® News
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    WASHINGTON – Aug. 28, 2014 – Pending home sales rebounded in July and have now risen in four of the last five months, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). All major regions experienced healthy gains except for the Midwest, which saw a slight decline. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 3.3 percent to 105.9 in July from 102.5 in June, but it’s still 2.1 percent below July 2013 (108.2). The index is at its highest level since August 2013 (107.1) and is in positive territory. A score of 100 is…
  • Citizens seeks rate cuts for inland homeowners

    Florida Realtors® News
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    TALLAHASSEE – Aug. 28, 2014 – Citizens Property Insurance Corp. wants state regulators to reduce base rates for the majority of its policyholders for the first time since a move to artificially lower rates ended in 2009. About 70 percent of Citizens’ policyholders, mostly inland residential customers, would benefit from the proposed 5.8 percent reduction for multi-peril coverage, according to the state-backed insurer. However, the other 30 percent, many in commercial, condominium and coastal properties, could face increases. Citizens President and CEO Barry Gilway told the Florida…
  • FHA to eliminate "post payment" interest charges

    Florida Realtors® News
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:24 am
    WASHINGTON – Aug. 27, 2014 – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced that borrowers who prepay their FHA-insured mortgages will not have to make interest payments beyond the date their mortgage is paid in full. FHA’s rule, Handling Prepayments: Eliminating Post-Payment Interest Charges, applies for FHA-insured mortgages closed on or after Jan. 21, 2015. This rule explicitly prohibits lenders from charging borrowers post settlement interest, which is broadly defined as a “prepayment penalty” by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), for all FHA…
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  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Harold Albert Hill and Karen Hill, of Wigan, bought Newlands House, Spring Valley Industrial Estate, for £1,000,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1u4yS09
  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Planning applications: via Isle of Man Today - Planning Applications Feed http://ift.tt/1vboCqL
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Estate agents have hit out at government figures showing the cost of rent in the island has gone up by nearly 20 per cent in the last year. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1pTwhGD
  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:20 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/1yA9qAI
  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:23 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/1uu8w8m
 
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  • Tankless Water Heaters – Tips from The Home Inspector

    Karen Highland
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tips from the Home Inspector ~ Tankless Water Heaters Tank or Tankless? Tankless water heaters (or on-demand water heaters) provide hot water when and where it’s needed without the need for a storage tank. Tankless water heaters are not new, they have been available for years and have been more popular in Europe than in the U.S. Tankless systems can be powered by electricity, gas, or propane and may decrease water-heating bills by ten to twenty percent. The savings occur because heated water does not sit unused in a tank. In a tankless system, water is warmed only when needed. Tankless…
  • Home Seller Question: How to Determine List Price?

    Karen Highland
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How to Determine List Price Q: How can I really determine what my home is worth? An online estimate website says my property is worth $350,000, but my agent says it’s worth only $300,000! I’m listed at $325,000, and my price is comparable to other similar listings. I really wonder about agents’ motivations, if they’re pricing to get an easy sale. What’s your input on this? This is a great scenario to answer all the issues that come up when we talk about determining a list price. Let me address them one at a time… . A. Online estimates and virtual appraisals have limitations.
  • First Time Real Estate Investors: Avoid These Mistakes

    Karen Highland
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Mistakes to Avoid for First-Time Real Estate Investors Chris and I were recently asked to participate in an article with tips for the First-time Real Estate Investor. The resulting article was a veritable Bible of great information from 26 real estate professionals. Following are the top 5 consistently shared tips: (you can read the entire article here: 26 Real Estate Experts Reveal Top Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors 1. The top mistake that most real estate professionals see with first-time investors is that they don’t thoroughly understand the costs involved. Many would-be…
  • Is Frederick A “Bedroom Community”?

    Karen Highland
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Is Frederick A “Bedroom Community”? Frederick, Maryland has been considered a bedroom community to southern locations like Montgomery County and Washington D.C. for many years. What is a “bedroom community”? A bedroom community is a “community where many commuters live”, according to princeton.edu.  Urban Dictionary proclaims there is no major employment in a bedroom community.  Wisegeek describes a bedroom community: “A proper bedroom community is generally located in the exurbs, extra urban, less developed areas separated from the suburbs by green spaces. A commuter town…
  • Maryland’s Homeowner’s Property Tax Break

    Karen Highland
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Maryland’s Homeowner’s Property Tax Break Some Maryland Homeowners Might Be Eligible for A Break The State of Maryland has a property Tax Credit Program that many homeowners might not know about. Maryland’s Homeowner’s Property Tax Break. When it was first enacted in 1975, it was known as the “circuit breaker” plan for elderly homeowners, but is available to all homeowners regardless of age, because credits were designed for low-income or fixed-income homeowners. There are 4 requirements: You must own the home, have a legal interest The home must be your principal residence Your…
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  • Multifamily Rent Growth Update

    Jonas222
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Marcus & Millichap Research Services third quarter report, “The Apartment Outlook” is here and we zoned in on the section on rental growth. The question about affordability has long been on our minds, especially with so many amenity-rich Class A developments underway. How will these spectacular new buildings fare? From a rental growth perspective, it comes down to an issue of affordability. read more
  • Healthcare Development Trends

    Jonas222
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    When you come across a headline with the phrase “boom time,” you have to stop and take notice. GlobeSt.com uses that phrase here to describe healthcare construction in the Northeast. read more
  • Digital Platforms Boost Senior Living Profiles

    Jonas222
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Despite the increasing number of senior citizens in need of senior living care, experts say the sector is highly competitive. As we’ve previously reported, developers are breaking ground all over the country to keep up with senior housing demand. read more
  • Hotel REITs Outperform in Q2

    Jonas222
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Real Estate Deal Sheet recently reported on the increasing value of upscale hotels, and how hotel REITs are outperforming other sectors. GlobeSt.com just reported here that Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc. read more
  • Wealthy Investors Flock to CRE

    Jonas222
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    How popular do you think investments in commercial real estate are for today’s wealthy investors? As Bloomberg points out here, 77 percent of millionaire investors surveyed by Morgan Stanley have identified real estate as a go-to investment in 2014. The attraction is all about high yields, the same article reports, thanks to the fact that property values have risen by 8 percent in value from January 2013 to January 2014, according to Green Street Advisors Inc. read more
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  • How To Be A Credible House Flipper

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

    Mike LaCava
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    You have a real estate business that is doing really well, growing at a really good pace and is doing better than expected. However, there’s only one problem, it has a horrible name. Today’s post won’t be all about investing in real estate or how to flip houses; it will be about how to name a legitimate real estate business. Naming a legitimate real estate business is a dilemma all real estate investors face at some point in their life. How To Create A Real Estate Investing Business No matter how much you think you know or how successful you think you are, you need to keep on improving…
  • 5 Surprise Tactics To Get Your Real Estate Offers Accepted

    Mike LaCava
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    After days or even weeks of searching, you finally found the perfect house for you to flip, or buy and hold. Your phone calls to owners who weren’t available, long drives to look for property, hundreds of direct mailings and your long search through MLS finally bore some fruits. This could be one of those real estate offers you have been waiting for. To make things even better, you got an asking price that is below your Maximum Allowable Offer. The bad news is that you are not the only one who is interested in this once in a lifetime deal. There are several other real estate investors…
  • Coaching Student Case Study | Ray Benson

    Mike LaCava
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    It all began when Ray Benson decided to attend one of our monthly HFS MeetUps, and liked what he was hearing. Afterward I spoke with Ray about our bootcamps and how it could help get him started flipping houses. Ray committed to attending the bootcamp we held this past June, and was enthusiastic to learn this business. Fast forward a couple weeks and my company has our signs up on a property we are rehabbing in Massachusetts . The sign says “We buy houses” and someone driving buy saw the sign and called us about a mobile home they were selling. This was when I began to think…
  • How To Flip Houses Like Steve Covey

    Mike LaCava
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Steven Covey is a well known self-improvement guru famous for writing “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. He gave us seven simple principles that we can use to achieve success in life and business. Is it possible to apply his principles to house flipping? His seven core habits are applicable to house flipping but one of these habits particularly stands out; “begin with the end in mind”. How The Begin With The End In Mind Habit Applies It’s common knowledge that making a profit on house flipping is not easy but when you know exactly what it is you want to accomplish, you…
 
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  • I’m a Real Estate Agent, Not a Salesperson. There’s a Difference.

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

    Karri Flatla
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes July 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 23% (144/637) For same month last year: 18% (112/637) Average sale price: $296,324 For same month last year: $286,086 PENDING sales as of this post date: 33 July 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 802   For same period last year: 774 Average sale price: $293,684  For same period [...]
  • Why There is No ‘Perfect Time’ to List Your Home in Lethbridge

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

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

    Karri Flatla
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes June 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 20% (133/671) For same month last year: 22% (128/587) Average sale price: $311,360 For same month last year: $301,928 PENDING sales as of this post date: 59 June 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 659  < virtually no change in volume For same period last year: 662 Average [...]
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    IXACTContact Blog

  • Want to Work Well With Gen Y? 3 Crucial Questions Every Real Estate Agent Should Be Asking

    Michael Churaman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Generational differences mean that you may need to do things differently in order to be successful in your interactions with clients. You may have primarily been working with baby boomers but have started getting interest from the millennial generation (generation Y). If this is the case, you need to ask yourself specific questions; questions that will help you provide the best possible service to your clients and execute the real estate transaction in the smoothest way possible. 1. What’s the best way to communicate with them? Before working with your client, talk with them about what the…
  • 5 Great Alternatives to Real Estate Marketing Postcards

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Check out these amazing alternatives to real estate marketing postcards that are all super quick and easy to implement into your business with a good CRM for REALTORS®. 1. Drip marketing campaigns                 Drip marketing campaigns help you automate some of your keep in touch work. A great real estate CRM will come with pre-loaded campaigns for past clients as well as buyer leads and seller leads – each completely customizable. 2. A professionally written and designed real estate e-Newsletter              …
  • Give Your Real Estate Database a Health Check: 4 Simple Steps

    Bruce Keith
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    For 99% of salespeople, the most productive source of business is their personal database (those who know, like, and trust them). These people may have done business with you or they may have not. Regardless, they likely send business your way. It’s logical to think that the bigger the list, the more business you get. But this is not always true. You still have to call your contacts every 90 days and ask for business (“Who do you know that needs my help…etc.?”). Here’s the acid test question: Aren’t there some people on your list that you do not want to call and ask for business?
  • Contact Management for Real Estate Agents: 3 Essential Elements to Success

    Matthew Collis
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    A lot of REALTORS® aren’t aware of important best practices when it comes to real estate contact management. Agents who excel in effective contact management forge strong relationships with their sphere and get the vast majority of their business from past clients in the form of repeat business and referrals. In this blog post we’ll outline three keys to success when it comes to contact management for real estate agents and actionable insights you can start applying to your business right away. 1. Create a multi-channel keep in touch plan You can’t overestimate the value of a good,…
  • 4 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Stand out From the Competition

    Carrie Gable
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    As the real estate market rebounds, so does the number of new agents! A recent article by the Associated Press reports that the number of real estate applications has doubled in states like Florida and California, where rising home prices are grabbing headlines. Newcomers to the industry are lured by the impression of a big payday with a relatively low barrier to entry. Real estate sales has always been a highly-competitive industry. With tens of thousands of new agents expected to enter the field in the upcoming months, it’s more critical than ever to distinguish your name and your brand…
 
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • Organizing Your Stuff for Storage

    Anita Clark Realtor
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Organizing Your Stuff for Storage When you are moving to a new home, it is not uncommon to need short-term or long-term storage, and taking a little time to prep ahead of time will ensure the process of organizing your stuff for storage is as seamless as possible. Perhaps your new home will not be […] The post Organizing Your Stuff for Storage appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014 Currently, 7% of the real estate market in Warner Robins are distressed properties, which means consumers do have some REO home choices if they are looking for foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014. However, I would be amiss if I did not mention that this […] The post Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Perry GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Foreclosures in Perry GA in August 2014 The number of available foreclosures in Perry GA in August 2014 went down last month. In fact, there is just 1.9% of the available inventory listed as REO homes in this community right now. Clearly, the choices are extremely limited for consumers who are looking for foreclosures deals in […] The post Foreclosures in Perry GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in August 2014 There is no time like the present for buyers and investors who are looking for real estate deals in the way of foreclosures in Kathleen GA in August 2014. Distressed homes in this market are not easy to find, currently making up just 5.1% (up nearly 2 percent […] The post Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Centerville GA in August 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Foreclosures in Centerville GA in August 2014 Both buyers and investors who are looking to make a splash in this REO market should be ready to make a fast offer if they want to purchase one of the available foreclosures in Centerville GA in August 2014. Currently, distressed homes only make up only 2.8% of the […] The post Foreclosures in Centerville GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
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  • Is it Time to Invest in Residential Real Estate?

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

    Debbie Drummond
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    An agent in our office recently complained about receiving an offer that was $50K lower than the list price.  His sellers wanted to counter back $50K higher than the list price.  An equally ridiculous move.  The agent wanted to call the buyer’s agent and suggest  Continue ReadingThe post Low Ball Offers in Real Estate – Do They Ever Work? appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas Real Estate Market Update – August 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Las Vegas and Henderson Homes For Sale in August We’re seeing more inventory this month.  We currently have 7131 single family homes listed for sale.  There are 1878 condos and town homes plus 509 high rise/vertical condos listed for sale.  This gives buyers a total  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas Real Estate Market Update – August 2014 appeared first on .
  • Luxury New Homes in Las Vegas – Video Tour

    Al Remetch
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Here are three video tours of  New luxury home developments across Las Vegas to give you a small sampling of what’s currently available.  Contact us for more information. New Homes at Horizon’s Edge South in Henderson New contemporary luxurious homes are under construction by D  Continue ReadingThe post Luxury New Homes in Las Vegas – Video Tour appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas High Rise Market – August 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    We’re starting this month with 448 high rise condos in our top buildings available in the MLS.  The number of condos sold in July jumped back up to 50 in the buildings we follow.  Better than the slight dip to 39 we had last month.  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas High Rise Market – August 2014 appeared first on .
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    Real Estate Valuation | IRR on Real Estate blog

  • Convention centers head outdoors, and Austin, Tex. retail continues to thrive

    Ray Cirz
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: Fresh air for conventions Attending a convention no longer means being trapped inside all day.  Convention centers throughout America are opening up their spaces and moving outdoors.  Renovation projects to convention centers in Detroit and San Antonio are adding more open spaces, which have proven to be a success in Pittsburgh and Anaheim.  Parks and plazas help integrate the space …
  • Retailtainment: Pop-Ups and Concept Stores-A Guest Post from Llenrock Group

    Ray Cirz
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    This post from Eric Hawthorn is part of our Llenrock Group guest post series and originally appeared on the Llenrock Group blog.  Retail drives other retail, which means vacant store fronts are a significant liability for both landlords and their tenants. Outside of key retail hubs like Manhattan and certain regional shopping malls, retail vacancies are a major problem, even years after the financial crisis. The slew of retail closures and bankruptcies that afflicted the …
  • The transformation of Kansas City, and master leases revive the medical-office sector

    Ray Cirz
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The Wall Street Journal: Medical-office sector leans on the ‘master’ lease Master leases might be the newest wonder drug to hit the medical-office sector, which felt some serious pain after doctors began abandoning the independent-practice model under the Affordable Care Act.  In the past, the sector relied on small leases backed by individual physicians and small practices.  But today, large companies and organizations are …
  • A university sparks development in Kentucky, and how cranberries are changing real estate

    Ray Cirz
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: A university’s partnership reshapes Bowling Green, Ky. A development district deal between a university and the local government is transforming 52 blocks of run-down buildings into usable space in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Western Kentucky University, the second-largest college in the state, spent millions on new, downtown student housing to bridge the gap between students and the greater community.  The university …
  • IRR-Orlando’s Charles Lentz and Stephen Matonis honored by the Appraisal Institute

    John Albrecht
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Two of our esteemed professionals at IRR-Orlando were recently honored at the 2014 Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting for their stellar performance and dedication to the appraisal field.  Executive Director Charles Lentz, MAI, MRICS received the 2014 National Outstanding Service Award for his exceptional service and contribution to the Region X chapter of the Appraisal Institute, and President, Principal, and Managing Director Stephen Matonis, MAI, MRICS received the George L. Schmutz Award in recognition of his …
 
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    The Oatley Team

  • Waterfront Wednesday

    Laura
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    The Oatley Team Summer isn’t quite over yet! You can still enjoy the summer heat at Waterfront Wednesday Tonight’s concert features Shovels and Rope, The Wild Feathers and Tim Easton. The show’s take place at Waterfront Park on the Big Four Lawn and gates open at 5 p.m. You may want to leave early given all of the […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 2138 Baringer Ave.

    Laura
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    The Oatley Team HUGE PRICE REDUCTION!! Exceptional duplex condo in the Cherokee Triangle location! This 4 bed, 3 bath has been updated, features two master suites, and is gorgeous! The main floor features a grand tiled entry (hardwood through most of the rest), remodeled kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances, large pantry, huge connecting dining room, spacious living […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 323 Evergreen Rd.

    Laura
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    The Oatley Team This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is back on the market and has been loaded with upgrades! The upgrades include: New carpet! New vinyl! Newer HVAC! Newer water heater! New inside doors! And much more! This home features a large great room and an open open kitchen with a huge breakfast bar.  You will also […] Laura
  • Kentucky State Fair

    Laura
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Oatley Team Today the Kentucky State Fair kicked off with the Kentucky Commodity Group Appreciation Breakfast.  There were many notable attendees including our Mayor, Greg Fischer and Kentucky Attorney General and candidate for Governor, Jack Conway. The politicians aren’t the only ones to have fun.  The state fair has something for everyone.  If you enjoy live music you […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 5216 Silverton Ln

    Laura
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Oatley Team This home will not last long.  If you are interested in checking it out I suggest you reach out to The Oatley Team quickly.  It is recently just back on the market. The home is completely remodeled and located on a private cul-de-sac. This fantastic home features a large eat in kitchen with brand new […] Laura
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  • Things You Must Tell Prospective Buyers When Selling Your Home

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

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

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

    Rebecca
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    The real estate market has many opportunities for investors. If you can target the right tenants, you can easily build a tidy nest egg. The key is to target a niche demographic – college and university students. Most landlords think twice about renting out their properties to students, as they worry about the place getting trashed during wild frat parties. However, this is not true. While there are a few risks renting out your property to students, it can turn out to be a lucrative business deal for you. Typically, college and university students have to stay in dorms. However, they…
  • Which Type of Commercial Real Estate Lease is Right for Your Business?

    Rebecca
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    When starting a business, many owners opt for financing to buy their own premises. However, this immediately puts a lot of burden on the owner and business, as it takes time to setup a business and get it going. On the other hand, opting for a commercial lease could offer the perfect solution. Not only can you get access to a space, you also can immediately start doing business. However, when choosing commercial real estate, it is important to choose the right leasing option. After all, the commercial lease you select will have a profound effect on your business. Commercial real estate lease…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Self Promoting Your Real Estate Business On Social Media

    Maria Rekrut
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Maria Rekrut here from Niagara on the Lake Cottage Rental.  I came across a great Blog on Self Promotion on Social Media that I wanted to share, with all of my Baby Boomer/Zoomer followers on my Social Media networks. As a Baby Boomer/Zoomer, this concept of self promotion goes against the very grain of how [...]Self Promoting Your Real Estate Business On Social Media is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 401k Solo Contribution Limits – How To Build Your Wealth Upon Retirement

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Your 401k solo contribution limits will influence the amount of retirement funds you can access and use for your future investment. Not all Solo 401k plans are the same, and choosing the right provider can make a tremendous difference. The main reason why most clients prefer a company above others is usually that they offer [...]401k Solo Contribution Limits – How To Build Your Wealth Upon Retirement is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Add Scoping The Sewer Line To Your Due Diligence

    Andrew Syrios
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It’s hard to overstate the importance of proper due diligence when purchasing real estate. And one of the most overlooked, but important pieces of due diligence is scoping the sewer line. It only took a few thousand dollars flushed down a couple of broken sewer lines before it became clear to me that this was [...]Add Scoping The Sewer Line To Your Due Diligence is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Top 5 Ethical Lease Option Investing Tips

    David Hamilton
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    What does ethical lease option investing mean? Basically, a tenant – either a current homeowner looking for a mortgage solution through lease option refinancing, or someone who wants to purchase a home but does not sufficient down payment funds – signs a lease option contract stipulating that, for a fee, they will retain the first [...]Top 5 Ethical Lease Option Investing Tips is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Rescuing Belongings In A Probated Property

    Jim Rutkowski
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Probates are the low hanging fruit because heirs want to cash out. > Get an overview of probate investing in this blog post. While every case is different and the executor has their own unique time frame in selling the probated property, the biggest obstacle that blocks the executor from selling is the personal belongings [...]Rescuing Belongings In A Probated Property is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
 
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    Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • Buildings Then and Now: Same building, different Mechanics

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Mechanics National Bank then, National Mechanics now. Unlike many banks in the early 1800s, the Mechanics Bank didn't build its second home at 22 S. 3rd St. in Old City out of a desire to create an imposing structure. It built it out of necessity. The bank, which had been housed in a three-story former bonnet factory across the street, was looking for something more secure than that factory. Nonetheless, it got an impressive little gem of a building, one that proved more solid than the bank and has worn many hats over its 178-year history. In 1833, the bank was burglarized. By this time its…
  • Phabulous Philly Home of the Week: 764 S. Mole St.

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Looking for plenty of room to stretch out and attractive amenities in a great location at a price you can afford? Look no further. for you've found it here. This recently built home in Graduate Hospital has all the things you want, attractively packaged in a handsome contemporary home. Once past the vestibule, the main floor offers you an open plan living/dining area with recessed lighting and hardwood floors - a great space for indoor entertaining and relaxation. At the back is a conveniently located powder room and the nicely equipped modern kitchen, with up-to-date appliances, granite…
  • The Streets of Philadelphia: America's first turnpike

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    This mural at 41st Street and Lancaster Avenue celebrates the history associated with the Old Lancaster Road, America's first paved highway - and the highway that introduced the term "turnpike" for a toll road. As just about everyone knows, the modern superhighway, a German invention, made its debut in America in the Keystone State when the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened from Carlisle to Irwin in 1940. Fewer, however, probably know that the term most Americans use to refer to a toll superhighway also originated here, with one of the two streets that radiated diagonally out from the intersection…
  • AQ Rittenhouse project celebrates topping off with good job news

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Aquinas Realty Partners CEO Len Poncia speaks at yesterday's AQ Rittenhouse topping-off ceremony. The dignitaries assembled to mark the formal topping off of the AQ Rittenhouse mixed-use residential/commercial/educational tower project at 2021 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square were in a celebratory mood yesterday, for they had more than the passing of a major milestone to observe. They also had good news on the construction job front to share. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, projects like the 20-story tower designed by BLT Architects have contributed to a surge…
  • The Streets of Philadelphia: The street the railroad made

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    John F. Kennedy Boulevard meets 30th Street Station at night. Both street and station were originally named for the railroad that created both. Photo by Philip Jablom for Hidden City Daily. Our 35th president is honored here in the name of the wide thoroughfare that continues Filbert Street west from City Hall to 30th Street Station. This street, however, predates the assassination that triggered its renaming for John F. Kennedy. Its original name was the same as that of our beloved Commonwealth - but it wasn't named for the state, but for the railroad that brought it into being and reshaped…
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • White House Asks Lenders to Offer Lower Mortgage Rates to the Military

    Colin Robertson
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    There’s been a lot of news coverage lately concerning veterans not receiving proper medical care. Sadly, that’s just one area where our military isn’t being treated appropriately. Whether active duty military realize it or not, they’re also entitled to special mortgage rates and fees thanks to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA). But [&hellip
  • A Russian Bank Is Offering Free Cats to New Mortgage Customers

    Colin Robertson
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    It’s not uncommon for banks and mortgage lenders to offer special perks to customers who take out mortgages. After all, a mortgage is somewhat of a commodity, despite there being many different types of loans and lenders out there, and varying levels of service. For this reason, lenders are constantly looking for ways to separate [&hellip
  • What You Can Afford Isn’t Necessarily What You Should Spend on a Home

    Colin Robertson
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Most individuals shopping for a home will determine how much they can afford before beginning a property search. It’s the sensible thing to do. This could include back-of-the-envelope calculations, online calculators, and even a pre-approval letter from a bank or lender to determine exactly what’s within their budget. And while it’s very important to know [&hellip
  • Some Homeowners Will Receive Permanent 2% Interest Rates Thanks to Bank of America Mortgage Settlement

    Colin Robertson
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Today, Bank of America reached a historic agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay the largest settlement in U.S. history related to toxic mortgage loans it knowingly sold to investors. In short, the company admitted that it misrepresented the quality of the loans it packaged and sold to investors via its Merrill Lynch [&hellip
  • Median Down Payments Have Surged For Entry Level Homes

    Colin Robertson
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    While interest rates continue to hover near record lows, many of today’s first-time home buyers may find it difficult to come up with the money required to purchase a property. At the end of the day, a low interest rate can only provide so much access to homeownership. The prospective buyer still needs a down [&hellip
 
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • 4 Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

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

    Beazer Homes
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    With every Beazer home being built to the latest ENERGY STAR ® standards, it’s no secret that Beazer Homes takes energy efficiency seriously. Therefore, you may find our New Home Counselor’s driving around town in a Beazer Smart Car! As our Beazer Atlanta team gears up for the Grand Opening of Gwinnett County’s newest community—Kensington, they want you to join-in on the festivities. Find the Beazer Smart Car that has been strategically placed in the Hamilton Mill area and you could win! It’s easy to enter. When you see the Beazer Mobile in the Hamilton Mill area snap a photo and…
  • Benefits Of Incorporating Ceiling Fans Into Your New Home

    Beazer Homes
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    There many benefits of incorporating ceiling fans into your new home. While it’s nice during these hot summer months to add an extra source of air to a room, ceiling fans add-value year round because they are energy efficient, stylish, and can provide an additional light source.    Energy Efficient- Ceiling fans allow rooms to feel cooler than they actually are. During these hot months, turn on your fan before your air conditioner. You’ll likely notice a lower energy bill when your statement arrives.     Stylish- Ceiling fans are an inexpensive way to give a room an upgraded sense of…
  • Don’t Miss New Homes Sales Incentives This August During The Love It, Live It Sales Event

    Beazer Homes
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    If you’ve been contemplating a new home, now is the time to act.  Beginning August 1st through August 17th unique savings opportunities for buyers will be offered across cities in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia . Our Love It, Live It sales event is your opportunity to stop dreaming about a new home and make it a reality of your very own. Aside from the special offers available during the Love It, Live It Sales Event, each of the homes that Beazer builds…
  • Three Tips for a Top-Notch Yard

    Beazer Homes
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    It’s the season of green!  With new grass, plants and trees sprouting their new leaves, people are removing winter’s remnants and busy tending to their yards.  A beautiful yard is a badge of honor to most new homeowners, but achieving lasting results does take some work.  Here are some homeowner tips to help you achieve a lush, green yard: Watering Your Lawn: When the rainy season just isn’t rainy enough, supplemental watering is required to maintain a healthy lawn.  Most types of grass need around 1 inch of water per week to keep it alive, healthy and growing.  Also, the best time…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio Announces September Show Lineup

    Courtney Rogers
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Featuring a new format, the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio show is now airing three times per week. Wednesday’s segment will highlight the Deal of the Week, Thursday’s Around Atlanta segment will discuss an event or attraction in the city and Friday’s All About Real Estate edition will showcase an interview with an industry expert. [...]
  • Featured Lake Haven Home for Sale from Edward Andrews Homes

    Edward Andrews Homes
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Nestled in the heart of Milton, Edward Andrews Homes’ Lake Haven of Crabapple is one of the home builder’s most sought after communities. The beautiful wooded and lakeside home sites pair nature with luxury and now, one future home buyer has the opportunity to live in one of the most popular floor plans available – [...]
  • Academy Mortgage Aims to be Buyer’s First Choice Lender

    Academy Mortgage
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Academy Mortgage aims to be the first choice lender for buyers all over the United States. Originating loans in more than 145 branches throughout the country, including branches in metro Atlanta, Academy Mortgage can meet the needs of nearly every home buyer. By striving to deliver the dream of sustainable homeownership to everyone it works with, [...]
  • Many Older Americans Carry Mortgage Debt

    Amanda Winters
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Mortgage debt is in on the rise for older homeowners. A recent article on the Equifax Finance blog, “Older Americans Facing Increased Mortgage Debt,” shares some statistics about this startling trend and what those nearing retirement can do to avoid it. Approximately 33 million Americans over the age of 65 own their homes, making them the [...]
  • Coming Soon: Mill Creek Preserve and Overture at Encore

    Melissa Stocks
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    For those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of intown but still live nearby, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods has two amazing options coming soon. Its newest neighborhoods, Mill Creek Preserve in Marietta and Overture at Encore in Alpharetta offer convenient locations, great amenities and sought after schools. Set behind a landmark entrance just off [...]
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    Bidselect

  • Finding the Right Neighborhood

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

    moswalt
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    After a down turn in the real estate market when things start to look brighter you will see more interest in becoming a real estate agent.  There is a false conception sometimes that all you need to do in order to collect a commission check is to show a home and have the buyer sign on the dotted line.  There is a vast amount of education, dedication and hard work involved in becoming successful in this career. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, found on the U.S. Department of Labor web site, the basic duties of a real estate broker and a sales agent are: Solicit potential clients to…
  • Real Estate Terms – Guide to Understanding the Lingo

    moswalt
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:20 am
    Both buyers and sellers of real estate can at times feel less than knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the lingo and following the use of real estate terms that occur during a real estate transaction. From beginning to end a good agent will tell you that an informed client is one that is better adapted to the ever-changing course of purchasing or selling a home.  Knowing some of the key terms and lingo utilized by brokers and agents can help buyers and sellers of real estate be more informed about the process and ultimately help them feel more confident during their real estate…
  • Part 4 of 4: Outdoor Planting Decor – Decorating with Style

    moswalt
    21 May 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Most of us have or are thinking about decorating with style for that first lazy summer evening under the stars or perhaps for the first neighborhood barbecue by the grill.  This is the time of year when outdoor activity is heightened and gatherings ensue.  When it comes to updating your outdoor space, we tend to go about it in one of three ways, 1) become a DIY achiever and work to create an oasis that reflects our style, 2) hire a landscaping company, or 3) sporadically place gnomes around knowing that it is the go-to in an acceptable style for many.  Focusing on the first option…
  • Part 3 of 4: Floral Gardening – Planting Color

    moswalt
    13 May 2014 | 2:59 pm
    There are so many varieties of gardens that sometimes it is just fun to experiment with floral gardening and planting color.  From earth tones to bright sunshine day colors there is a large gamete of expressions that could emote from your own floral garden.  Just think of all the spaces around your yard that can benefit from a pop of color.  Don’t be shy about where you can add your floral arrays either.  From climbing vines, potted blooms, hanging baskets, shrub lining, to beds of flowers, there is really no area that would not be appropriate and since size and color is never ending,…
 
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    louisvillegalsrealestateblog.com

  • Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Kelly Payne – Real Estate Entrepreneur

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
      The person in the spotlight for  today’s “Successful Women in Real Estate Investing” is real estate entrepreneur Kelly Payne. Kelly invests in two different cities in Oklahoma. She invests in Tulsa which is where she lives and also in Oklahoma City (where she used to live).  Kelly is a busy mom with 3 small children.   […] The post Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Kelly Payne – Real Estate Entrepreneur appeared first on .
  • Ben Leybovich – Creative Financing for Multifamily Properties – Podcast Episode #27

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
      In today’s podcast we are going to talk about strategies for creative financing strate for multifamily properties.   Learning how to put these types of deals together opens up a whole world of options for investors especially since getting traditional financing can be challenging today. My guest for this podcast is Ben Leybovich. Ben […] The post Ben Leybovich – Creative Financing for Multifamily Properties – Podcast Episode #27 appeared first on .
  • Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Rachel Hernandez – Mobile Home Expert

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    I’m happy to have my friend Rachel Hernandez the “Mobile Home Gurl” in the spotlight today for the 7th part of this series, “Successful Women in Real Estate Investing”. Rachel is an expert in the mobile home expert.  She tried other strategies, but found that this particular one was a perfect fit for both her […] The post Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Rachel Hernandez – Mobile Home Expert appeared first on .
  • Kathy Kennebrook – Marketing Magic – Podcast Episode #26

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    My guest for today’s podcast Kathy Kennebroook the “Marketing Magic Lady”. I can’t believe this is episode #26. You might remember that Kathy was in the spotlight for my “Successful Women in Real Estate Investing” series a couple of weeks ago.  I am really happy to have her as my guest for today’s podcast.  The […] The post Kathy Kennebrook – Marketing Magic – Podcast Episode #26 appeared first on .
  • Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Karen Rittenhouse – Real Estate Investing Expert

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
      My guest for today is for the 6th part in this series of “Successful Women in Real Estate Investing” is Karen Rittenhouse from Greensboro, NC. Karen has been a full time real estate investor since 2005, and has bought and sold hundreds of  single family homes.  She is also coach, a trainer, a blogger and […] The post Successful Women in Real Estate Investing – Karen Rittenhouse – Real Estate Investing Expert appeared first on .
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    News

  • "Unprecedented" collapse in the number of Brits able to buy first home

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Research from Genworth reveals that there has been a shortfall of 1.8 million in first time buyers numbers since 2007 as a result of the decline of high loan to value (LTV) mortgage lending.The mortgage insurer's report - After Help to Buy: reconciling a healthy mortgage market and safe lending - highlights how tougher regulation and higher capital requirements for lenders have accelerated the fall in homeownership and dramatically reduced the number of people – especially younger households – who are able to buy their first home.Using government and industry data,…
  • Algarve ranked best place to retire

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Photo credit: Melenama The country's coastal region in the south is a hugely popular destination for holidaymakers and expats, thanks to its 3,000-plus house of sunshine every year, one of the highest levels in Europe. Indeed, it is already home to more than 100,000 international retirees and regularly drives interest in Portuguese real estate on TheMoveChannel.com.Now, Live and Invest Overseas has ranked it as the best place to retire. The site's index compares 12 factors for a range of countries, including climate, cost of Living, whether they speak English, entertainment,…
  • UK house prices continue to outpace earnings

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    The lender's latest House Price Index shows that UK house prices increased by 0.8 per cent in August, the 16th consecutive monthly price rise. Indeed, while the UK's housing market is widely agreed to be enjoying a period of moderation following a year of booming prices, the annual pace of house price growth is now up to 11 per cent in August from 10.6 per cent in July. "House price growth continues to outpace earnings by a wide margin," notes Robert Gardner, Nationwide's Chief Economist, "with average wage growth running at less than 1 per cent in recent months."Nonetheless, the annual rate…
  • UK development land prices continue to climb

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Photo: Department for Communities and Local Government Demand for homes in the UK has rocketed in the last year, as the Help to Buy schemes and improving economic conditions fuelled confidence from buyers keen to get onto the property ladder. The country's severe shortage of supply, though, has seen house prices rise - even as construction activity builds and takes housing starts to record highs.Indeed, housebuilders have announced robust sales volumes in their half-year results, notes Knight Frank, with some enjoying strong profits and share price increases. As developers rush to snap up…
  • Istanbul skyscrapers to be knocked down

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    A series of Istanbul skyscrapers will be knocked down to preserve the historic skyline of the city. The order from the Turkish government will see three towers in the Zeytinburnu area demolished, which were designed by Alpar Architecture for developer Astay Gayrimenkul as the heart of a 12-hectare development. The ruling arrives just over a year after protests began in the country in response to controversial plans to rebuild Taksim Square. This year, Unesco has also threatened to take away Istanbul's World Heritage Site status because of its approach to planning new construction proejects.
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • The Village at Wexford Shopping

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Its another beautiful day on Hilton Head Island; just right to put the top down on our little black convertible and take a drive to the Village at Wexford. Are you ready to go? The Village at Wexford is located toward the south end of the island right next to the entrance of Wexford Plantation. It is between mile marker 9 and 10. It is an open air shopping center that is beautifully landscaped. Elegant shops with 30 merchants feature an array of items for the discerning customer. The shops are stocked and ready in anticipation of a great 2014 Summer Season. In addition to the retail shops…
  • Hilton Head Island’s Special Powers

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    For those who have either visited or lived on Hilton Head Island, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I mention the Island’s Special Powers. You sense a special feeling when driving over our bridge to the mainland if you’re traveling away from Hilton Head for an extended period of time.  The feeling you get when leaving Hilton Head is similar to saying goodbye to an old friend -- not necessarily sadness, but you have a feeling of melancholy and you can’t wait to return to such a magical Island. Hilton Head’s Special Powers certainly tug at your emotions when you’re crossing…
  • Hilton Head Island Volleyball at the Tiki Hut

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Living on Hilton Head Island affords you the opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like tennis, golf, walking, biking or water activities but since first moving here in the early 1990’s I have seen the excitement over beach volleyball continue to grow. Coligny Beach is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.  Outside of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront/Beach House and the Tiki Hut Bar there has been a volleyball net set up for years.  This has always drawn some of the best local players who seem to play all day during the summer.  Apparently they hold down jobs like…
  • What’s New in Sea Pines?

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A lot is happening in the Island’s first resort.  The parent company has made the decision to improve one of Hilton Head’s favorite destinations and the results are phenomenal.  I had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Sea Pines Plantation Club. It is a tribute to the vision of our founders.  Sea Pines was one of the first resorts to recognize the importance of the environment and, in my opinion, the grandfather of modern resort development.  Before the ceremony we enjoyed a tasty breakfast in their new restaurant, incorporating their new farm to table…
  • 4th of July in Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    July 4th was extraordinarily special this year. The new Plantation Golf Club for the Ocean Course and Heron Point Golf Course had just opened. The Live Oak Restaurant opened a couple of months ago. All Sea Pines residents and tourists were not disappointed with the signature design style blending Lowcountry, coastal and traditional elements. And then just in time for July 4th the much awaited   opening of the new Sea Pines Resort Beach Club and the famous Beach Club Bar opened.  From the moment I stepped inside.  I was impressed, amazed, delighted and very proud  with  of  the…
 
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    Total Relocation Services

  • 6 Valuable Reasons to Justify the Importance of a Moving Company

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Relocation is a complicated event because no one likes packing and moving, especially due to busy and hectic daily schedule. It can give people many restless days and nights. However, it doesn’t mean that you should start feeling dizzy and stop planning things ahead. In such circumstances, you must realize the role of a professional company and facts written below will justify their importance. 1. These companies can provide you a check-list to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of your valuable items. They will also draw a plan of action to get everything organized in a perfect…
  • Why corporate moving services are considered a blessing?

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Change should be welcomed, because it gives us the opportunity to get rid of dull routine. At some stage, business relocation becomes mandatory for many companies when it comes to their expansion. However, relocation is considered to be a stressful event for majority of the people, especially when it comes to a corporate move. Today, in such events, you don’t need to worry much and appreciation goes to professional corporate relocation services in New York. Following are the reasons why these services are considered as a blessing: Safe transfer is the aim of every organization and corporate…
  • 10 questions you must ask from a commercial mover company

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Shifting office is a major event and can be an overwhelming. It is natural to experience anxiety and sleepless nights as you approach towards the day of shift. There are plenty of things such as furniture, computers, fittings, and number of files that you want to be carefully handled. However, if you have decided that the move is mandatory, it is time for you to plant the move instead of feeling dizzy. In such events, it is critically important for you to seek help from a professional office moving NYC company to get it all organized. However, there are many important questions to ask before…
  • Moving home? Find a moving company to get it done and dusted

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    Handling the stress of a move on your own can be devastating, which is why you must get it done and dusted with perfection. Hiring an expert will make you feel excited about moving to a new place instead of spending sleepless nights in worries. Yes, with the help of a certified moving expert, you can get maximum assistance in planning and organization of the entire move, doesn’t matter whether you are moving within your state or outside. They have special plastic moving bins or boxes to ensure the safety of the goods to be moved, especially when it comes to the packing of fragile items. On…
  • Household moving checklist

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Below is a small guide that tells you how to prepare for the next household move. Although professional help is always available, but taking care of these small details will make the process even easier for both movers and you.  First of all you need to book a moving and packing company After this, you need to get rid of any items that are not necessary any more. You can donate unwanted stuff to charity. This will reduce the amount of stuff that has to be moved during relocation. Create a list of all the fragile and precious items that will demand special care during the move. Take…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Agent Spotlight Jan De Tomaso!

    Carrie Cullifer
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Jan De Tomaso CalBRE#01732808  (661) 431-4194 jandetomaso@gmail.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/jandetomaso  Jan is a great agent that always puts the needs of her clients first. She has a good attention to detail and knows what it takes for a smooth transaction. She always has a smile on her face and she is ready to help you with all your real estate needs. Contact Jan today you will be happy you did!
  • Closing Costs

    Jason Thoele
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    When you talk to a lender, they usually prepare a “Good Faith Estimate” of closing costs. Sometimes they will give it to you right away, but they are only required to mail it to you within three business days of application. Because the lender is the one who prepares the estimate, many buyers associate all the closing costs with the lender. This is not correct. The lender is only preparing an estimate of the costs you may incur when buying or refinancing and is not required to list all potential costs. Nor does the lender know what all the costs are actually going to be. The…
  • Agent Spotlight Amber Ranger!

    Carrie Cullifer
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Amber Ranger CalBRE#01732808  (661) 703-4482 amberranger@live.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/amberranger  Amber is an outstanding agent that has a passion for real estate. She has previous property management experience so she understands what investors are looking for! She loves working with buyer’s and seller’s and her knowledge of the local market is hard to beat. If you are considering buying or selling a home contact Amber today!
  • Welcome Cheyne Cowne to Tholco Real Estate Group!

    Carrie Cullifer
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
  • NW Bakersfield Foreclosure Homes

    Jason Thoele
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Those that are in the market for NW Bakersfield Foreclosure Homes will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Here’s a nice newer 3 bedroom 2 bath Centex built home in Fox Run. Large pie shaped lot. Formal dining room, media nook, and two separate living areas. New carpet, paint, and appliances. Tankless water heater. 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…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Agent Spotlight Jan De Tomaso!

    Carrie Cullifer
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Jan De Tomaso CalBRE#01732808  (661) 431-4194 jandetomaso@gmail.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/jandetomaso  Jan is a great agent that always puts the needs of her clients first. She has a good attention to detail and knows what it takes for a smooth transaction. She always has a smile on her face and she is ready to help you with all your real estate needs. Contact Jan today you will be happy you did!
  • Closing Costs

    Jason Thoele
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    When you talk to a lender, they usually prepare a “Good Faith Estimate” of closing costs. Sometimes they will give it to you right away, but they are only required to mail it to you within three business days of application. Because the lender is the one who prepares the estimate, many buyers associate all the closing costs with the lender. This is not correct. The lender is only preparing an estimate of the costs you may incur when buying or refinancing and is not required to list all potential costs. Nor does the lender know what all the costs are actually going to be. The…
  • Agent Spotlight Amber Ranger!

    Carrie Cullifer
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Amber Ranger CalBRE#01732808  (661) 703-4482 amberranger@live.com  www.tholcorealestategroup.com/amberranger  Amber is an outstanding agent that has a passion for real estate. She has previous property management experience so she understands what investors are looking for! She loves working with buyer’s and seller’s and her knowledge of the local market is hard to beat. If you are considering buying or selling a home contact Amber today!
  • Welcome Cheyne Cowne to Tholco Real Estate Group!

    Carrie Cullifer
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
  • NW Bakersfield Foreclosure Homes

    Jason Thoele
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Those that are in the market for NW Bakersfield Foreclosure Homes will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Here’s a nice newer 3 bedroom 2 bath Centex built home in Fox Run. Large pie shaped lot. Formal dining room, media nook, and two separate living areas. New carpet, paint, and appliances. Tankless water heater. 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…
 
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    Dana Point Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Orange County Real Estate

  • GOAL – Coaching U8 AYSO soccer in Aliso Viejo

    949hometeam
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Fall is just around the corner and so is the start of the AYSO fall soccer season.  It’s been a long time since I coached my daughter as she manned the goal and AYSO occupied space on my calendar but…Read more ›GOAL – Coaching U8 AYSO soccer in Aliso Viejo is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate – Let’s Talk Real Estate

    949hometeam
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I got to admit I love it when I get calls from clients asking me to go over the current real estate market with them.  One of my favorite parts of my real estate career is counseling clients on the…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate – Let’s Talk Real Estate is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate – Safety First

    949hometeam
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Recently a very good Realtor friend of mine had an altercation at one of her listings which could have been much worse than it was but still serves as a very important reminder about the importance of safety to not…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate – Safety First is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Dana Point Real Estate Report August 2014

    949hometeam
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Dana Point Real Estate Report Dana Point Real Estate at a Glance:  Summer gets going slowly: Dana Point Real Estate is moving at the same slow, stable and sustainable pace that the rest of Orange County real estate is moving at…Read more ›Dana Point Real Estate Report August 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report August 2014

    949hometeam
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report Aliso Viejo Real Estate at a Glance:  summer starts with a slow simmer: Aliso Viejo Real estate is like the rest of Orange County real estate – moving at a slow and steady sustainable pace. This…Read more ›Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report August 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
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    Jacob Grant Property Management

  • 26 Real Estate Experts Reveal Top Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors

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

    Robbie Richards
    27 May 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you’re anything like us – looking for ways to save time, become smarter real estate investors, uncover proven marketing strategies, and stay on track with industry news and trends - you need a quality reading list. Thanks to the abundance of blogs popping up all over the internet, finding quality (actionable) information is becoming very challenging. […]
  • 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 […]
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    Climate Plus

  • Tankless Water Heaters in Passaic

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Does your home have a traditional water heater?  If so, you may have heard some people start to talk about making a switch from conventional to “tankless”; maybe it’s been recommended to you, or maybe other people like yourself who live in older houses have mentioned their recent upgrade.  More and more Americans are making the permanent crossover from tank-type to tankless water heaters — but why?  There has to be a reason why the tank-type heaters are  “traditional,” right?  Why is this becoming an issue all of the sudden? The crux of this whole water…
  • What Are the Reasons for Using an Air Purifier?

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Did you know that indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution? Considering all the chemicals we use to clean our homes, dust accumulation, and circulating air, no wonder indoor air pollution is a serious problem! In fact, the World Health Organization has released a study estimating that approximately 3 billion people in the world unknowingly suffer from indoor air pollution. Whether it’s asthma, allegories, or something more severe, indoor air pollution is a serious problem that homeowners and commercial business owners alike should consider.  Indoor air…
  • Central Air vs. Window Units: Which to Choose?

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Summertime is here! Whether it’s lounging in your swimming pool or driving to the beach, people everywhere are looking for ways to stay cool over the entire summer. With temperatures regularly exceeding 90°F in the northeast during the summer months, it’s important to have a plan for keeping your family cool. The two main options for homeowners are: Central Air Conditioning Units Window Air Conditioning Units Central Air vs. Window Units  Homeowners in New Jersey and the greater northeast often debate which unit is better for their home, asking, “Should we get central air or a window…
  • The Chilling Benefits of Central Air Conditioners

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Central air conditioners boost efficiency because they lower the temperature throughout your entire home. Aside from simply lowering the temperature, central air conditioners also help lower humidity, which makes a huge difference on those muggy summer days.Because of the proximity of northeastern statesto large bodies of water, humidity in the region is a major factor in how hot it “feels,” regardless of the temperature. In fact, unless you live in the desert states, chances are that you will have to deal with humidity issues at some point during the year.  Central air conditioners are…
  • Common Causes Of Indoor Air Quality Problems

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    There are several common causes as to why your home may have poor indoor air quality. But before going into these causes, check to see if there are common indoor air pollutants that can be the source of your problem. Climate Plus is about home comfort. Having poor indoor air quality can result in health issues and overall discomfort. These common causes of indoor air quality problems can be easily fixed if you act now. Don’t delay to contact a home comfort specialist that can help improve the air quality inside your home and give you the comfort that you need. Poor Ventilation  Are your…
 
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    Lucy Kelts

  • Mojalet Summer Series: Opus Muxtus.dance

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    North County-based OPUS MIXTUS.dance, directed by Heather Dale Wentworth, engages audiences with its unique blend of dance genres. Ranging from deeply emotional contemporary dance to high energy jazz, OMD’s talented and expressive dancers create a relatable and enjoyable experience for audience members. Mojalet Dance Collective is an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company that performs with a passion to share the beauty of expression through movement and artistic collaborations. The work performed by the professional company varies from large ensemble work to intimate…
  • Coronado MainStreet Garden Party

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    The 23rd Annual Coronado MainStreet Garden Party will take place on September 6 from 5-8 p.m. at the beautiful, historic property located at 1127 F Avenue. Local chefs will be preparing their specialties, libations will be available, entertainment will add to the fun and there will be a fabulous silent auction.  During the Annual Coronado MainStreet Garden Party, visitors will enjoy   Entertainment Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes Tastings from Coronado Restaurants No Host Cocktails, Wine tasting & CBC Brew   Ticket proceeds support the beautiful median gardens along Orange…
  • Fundraising Event Features Brent Atwater, Animal Medium

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Brent Atwater has been touching the lives of pet owners across the world with her books, blogs, social media and radio shows, all directed at the question of animal life after death.  Now the world-renowned medium is donating her spiritual gifts to Helen Woodward Animal Center with a very special Readings for Rescue fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Atwater’s books (translated into multiple languages), blogs, radio shows and global Facebook groups skyrocketed her to the top of the list as a leading resource for pet loss grief and animal afterlife questions. In 1987, Atwater…
  • Julian StarFest 2014

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Julian StarFest, a four-day festival focused around the field of astronomy, will occur in the mountain town of Julian. Julian is known for its clear dark skies and one of the best locations in Southern California for observing. The event will be held at Menghini Winery where a large grassy area and plenty of parking can accommodate the anticipated crowd. The festival includes a free public Star Party on Saturday night, astronomy related exhibition areas, guest speakers presenting on astronomy related subjects, a swap meet, and a raffle with some great astronomy prizes. Camping, adjacent to…
  • ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station on August 16-17

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Formerly ArtWalk on the Bay, ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station builds upon the success of the past 7 years at San Diego’s Bayfront. This 8th annual event takes place in San Diego’s flagship arts and culture district, NTC @ Liberty Station, once San Diego’s Naval Training Center, and now a mecca for artist studios, galleries, museums and performing arts groups. This fine art festival is part of the ArtWalk San Diego brand known for bringing together all facets of the arts in San Diego while promoting the experience of owning original art. We are looking forward to welcoming more…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Self Promoting Your Real Estate Business On Social Media

    Maria Rekrut
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Maria Rekrut here from Niagara on the Lake Cottage Rental.  I came across a great Blog on Self Promotion on Social Media that I wanted to share, with all of my Baby Boomer/Zoomer followers on my Social Media networks. As a Baby Boomer/Zoomer, this concept of self promotion goes against the very grain of how [...]Self Promoting Your Real Estate Business On Social Media is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 401k Solo Contribution Limits – How To Build Your Wealth Upon Retirement

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Your 401k solo contribution limits will influence the amount of retirement funds you can access and use for your future investment. Not all Solo 401k plans are the same, and choosing the right provider can make a tremendous difference. The main reason why most clients prefer a company above others is usually that they offer [...]401k Solo Contribution Limits – How To Build Your Wealth Upon Retirement is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Add Scoping The Sewer Line To Your Due Diligence

    Andrew Syrios
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It’s hard to overstate the importance of proper due diligence when purchasing real estate. And one of the most overlooked, but important pieces of due diligence is scoping the sewer line. It only took a few thousand dollars flushed down a couple of broken sewer lines before it became clear to me that this was [...]Add Scoping The Sewer Line To Your Due Diligence is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Top 5 Ethical Lease Option Investing Tips

    David Hamilton
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    What does ethical lease option investing mean? Basically, a tenant – either a current homeowner looking for a mortgage solution through lease option refinancing, or someone who wants to purchase a home but does not sufficient down payment funds – signs a lease option contract stipulating that, for a fee, they will retain the first [...]Top 5 Ethical Lease Option Investing Tips is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Rescuing Belongings In A Probated Property

    Jim Rutkowski
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Probates are the low hanging fruit because heirs want to cash out. > Get an overview of probate investing in this blog post. While every case is different and the executor has their own unique time frame in selling the probated property, the biggest obstacle that blocks the executor from selling is the personal belongings [...]Rescuing Belongings In A Probated Property is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Conny's Real Estate Blog

  • Mortgage Taxes in Florida

    Conny
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    One of the surprises many Buyers have when purchasing a house in Palm Beach County is that we pay taxes on mortgage loans. If not forewarned, this can be a significant unplanned expense at closing. The two Florida mortgage related taxes are: Documentary Stamps on Mortgages Intangible Tax on Mortgages These are state taxes, so they apply anywhere in Florida, not just in Palm Beach County. Both taxes are assessed on the amount of the mortgage debt, not on the sales price of the property. For example, if you purchase a property for $200,000 using a $140,000 mortgage, the taxes are based on the…
  • House Purchase Closing Costs

    Conny
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    At some point in the process of buying a house a client always asks “How much will my closing costs be?” For most clients, the underlying question is about estimating how much money they will need on the day of closing. And from a client’s point of view, it’s a pretty straightforward question. But is it? In reality, it is actually three questions rolled into one: What are my Closing Costs? What are my Pre-Paids? What are the Total Funds that will be required to close? Huh? Real Estate Settlement Costs Many professions have their own terminology and language. The real estate and…
  • Flood Insurance for Homeowners

    Conny
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:17 pm
    There is a lot of confusion about flood insurance.  Many homeowners find out too late that flood damage isn’t covered by their basic homeowner’s insurance policy. Private companies offer flood insurance, but most people get their coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). To be eligible for an NFIP flood insurance policy, your community must participate in the program. What’s the National Flood Insurance Program? The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created in 1968 to help property owners obtain flood insurance at a reasonable cost. The premiums on the…
  • Impact of Credit Scores on Your Mortgage Rate

    Conny
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:51 pm
    All mortgage rates are not created equal, which is why that great advertised rate is not usually the rate a borrower is quoted after his or her credit is pulled. Credit scores weigh heavily with lenders when you are applying for a loan. The better your credit score, the easier to get a mortgage and the lower the rate you will pay. Conversely, a low credit score will cost you money and possibly make it difficult or impossible for you to qualify. What Score Does a Mortgage Lender Use? When you apply for a mortgage loan, the lender pulls your credit from all three major credit bureaus, Experian,…
  • Buying a House? Read the Small Print

    Conny
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Anyone who has ever bought a house knows that the paperwork involved can be a bit overwhelming. (Seriously, who doesn’t silently groan when handed a pile of dense legalese?) Purchase and Sale contracts, mortgage terms, title searches, survey details, HUD statements, mortgage loan notes and closing documents – all are complicated and can be difficult to understand. But being an informed consumer is critically important when purchasing real estate. Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions most people make. And just because the person handing you the papers to…
 
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    Real Estate News - The Housing Block

  • Tougher Times in Store for First Time Buyers

    The Housing Block
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Planning to make your move in the housing market within the next 24 months? While real estate in Canada has long proven challenging for the first-time buyer segment, conditions could be even more hostile, according to the latest report from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. While the national housing agency calls for the beginning of the long-fabled “soft landing” in their Q3 Housing Market Outlook, the forecast spells troubling times for first timers; the segment is expected to shrink altogether due to rising rates and prices coupled with steep housing supply. Still thinking…
  • 9 Step Home Buyers Guide

    The Housing Block
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Buying a home will most likely be your biggest financial and lifestyle decisions you will ever make! This 9 step home buyers guide will help you understand the real estate buying process and to help make an informed decision. Are you Ready to be a Homeowner: Before you decide to buy a home, it’s important to determine whether you’re ready to take on the responsibilities that come with homeownership. Read more>>> Find a Realtor: Don’t choose the first realtor who tries to connect with you. Choosing your realtor is a decision to be taken seriously. How to find a good realtor.
  • Moving Tips for Buyers

    The Housing Block
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Image Source: skydivechick.com You’ve made an offer and it’s been accepted  – congratulations, you can now call yourself a homeowner! Before you crack open the champagne bottle, it’s important to start planning your move. Closing can be a stressful time – not only will you have to meet with your real estate lawyer and mortgage lender to finalize the sale, you’ll have to find time to move. Whether you’re a property virgin or you’ve bought and sold many times over, there are several more steps left before you walk through the front door.   DIY Moving As a homeowner,…
  • Modern Seaside Residence Villa Nilsson

    The Housing Block
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    This Modern Seaside Residence Villa Nilsson is not only great eye candy and a Must See residence. Got to have it and looking in the in Lerberget, Höganäs, Sweden housing market? Well this Modern  Seaside Residence Villa Nilsson currently listed for sale by Peter Landgren. Visit Peter Landgren The post Modern Seaside Residence Villa Nilsson appeared first on Real Estate Blog - The Housing Block.
  • Different Types Of Home Insurance

    The Housing Block
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
      Image Source: simplicikey.com Your home is probably the single largest investment of your lifetime, so only makes sense to ensure that it’s properly protected. Not only does home insurance help protect you from costly repairs that would put you in financial ruin, most lenders require it before they’ll approve our mortgage. The idea behind insurance is simple – the insurance premiums of many protect the losses of the few. Let’s take a look at the types of insurance and easy ways you can save on home insurance.   Types of Insurance Although insurance isn’t a “one size…
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    i1 properties Bangalore

  • Apartments with advantageous aminities in Bangalore by i1 properties

    Santosh V.T
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    As far as the residential and commercial sectors are concerned, the i-1 properties are the best in Bangalore, which is considered as one of the leading real estate companies. Most of the commercial complexes, apartments, residential layouts are designed by the i-1 properties and the company offers an integrated suite of real estate services. An entire range of constructions is taken care  by the company and nowadays most of the apartments in Bangalore are designed by the i-1. The apartments have all the required facilities and can be thoroughly enjoyed by the people. The apartments are…
  • Impact Of Metro Rails On Apartment buyers In Bangalore City

    Santosh V.T
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Most of the Indian cities are becoming overcrowded these days due to increase in migration of more people. As a result, the demands for housing facilities are growing every year and many real estate properties focus on developing various projects. Most real estate developers now prefer tier II and tier III locations all over India because of several advantages.   Metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad face traffic congestion problems. Tier II cites also witness same issues as many people find it difficult to reach their destination on time. Nowadays,…
  • Is It A right Time To Invest On Real Estate Market ?

    Santosh V.T
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Real estate markets are facing a lot of ups and downs over the recent years due to economic slowdown problems in different parts of the world. The prices of properties are going higher and lower because of various factors. According to recent studies, the home sales were low in 2013 when compared to previous years. Investing money in real estate properties is a wise one and at the same time it requires a basic knowledge. Real estate experts say that the demands for properties will increase in the coming years which help to generate more revenues. It is essential to know the tips before buying…
  • Indian Real estate market: An investor dream comes true

    Santosh V.T
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:43 am
    Most people want to invest their money in real estate properties safely to earn more profits while selling them. However, the Indian real estate market is facing a lot of struggles over the past few years due to economic uncertainties and other problems. The present market conditions are undergoing a lot of changes and therefore, it is an essential to aware about them for achieving goals in life. There are several options which are available for investors while purchasing real estate properties. At the same time, one should have a basic knowledge about selling and buying properties to…
  • India sees boost in investment on real estate.

    Santosh V.T
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    Real estate markets in India face several challenges today due to economic slowdown problems and other factors. In fact, it is considered as a favorite destination for real estate investments because of the infrastructure facilities. Increase in construction expenses, high interest rates and economic uncertainties are affecting the real estate companies over the recent years. The prices of properties remain stagnant and many properties are not sold in major cities. At the same time, the conditions are now improving slowly as demands for properties are increasing day by day in various cities…
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    Hipster Investments

  • What Can You Accomplish in Two Years? Anything you want!

    Ali
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    It’s no secret that Hipster Investments turned two – we’ve been celebrating all month long! So, in the spirit of this, it’s time we reflected on how time works and how you can best use it. See, when it comes to success, time plays a key role: it can be a hindrance or a help. Time can hinder us when we worry too much about it and place unrealistic goals on ourselves. Sometimes, when working toward a goal, we may think things are happening too slowly and lose motivation; other times, we might think that success takes too long, and we may throw in the towel before we even…
  • What’s Available Wednesday? It’s Another Amazing Chicago Triplex

    Ali
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Yes: we are back to Chicago again. We just can’t get enough of these delicious deep-dish pies and, of course, these incredible deals. For the real estate investor who is all about turnkeys that really deliver true value, Chicago – and especially today’s TRIPLEX, are just that. First things first, why invest in the beautiful city of Chicago? Let us count the ways (or, anyway, at least a few of them)…. Chicago, as you know, is a major metropolis: it’s Illinois’s largest city by far. It’s centrally located – and if you ever wanted to check on your…
  • Rejoice in Your Real Estate Investing Success: Your Future Success Depends on it!

    Ali
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    You’ve heard it all before: turn lemons into lemonade; learn from failure; strikeout before hitting a grand slam. Sure, that’s all well and good, but what’s wrong with rejoicing and reveling in our success? Nothing! In fact, doing so can keep you motivated and ensure you continue on your winning path. It’s no secret that the world of real estate is full of ups and downs, wild successes and gigantic failures. So, more so than other industries, your tenacity and positive attitude are of crucial importance to your longevity. Keeping that in mind, here’s a list of…
  • What is Your Dream Birthday Party?

    Ali
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The cat is now out of the bag: Hipster is coming up on our big 2nd birthday. Birthdays are a ritual: they are a time to reflect upon the past year of successes and to really celebrate both our accomplishments and the beginning of a new, amazing year. Birthdays also mark a momentous occasion in your life or your company’s: its actual birth. It’s important to take stock of what you have achieved – and to reflect upon that which you set out to do. When it comes to celebrating the birth of your business or career – you should think way back to when it all began. Did you…
  • Who Wants a Hipster Shirt!?

    Ali
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    GUESS WHAT, HIPSTERS?! We are turning the big 2.0……. Yup, yup – it’s our second year and we are partying it up this time around. Here’s a pre-bash blog from founder Ali Boone – enjoy!!!!! Keep reading to enter to WIN – wooooooooooooooot!!!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
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    Point2 Agent Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • 5 Steps to Massive Lead Conversion Made Easy [Webinar Recording]

    Geneva Ives
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you busy but not making money? Chasing empty leads is a waste of time and energy! We want to help you make the most of every day (and every lead). That’s why this month’s Point2 Power Coaching Webinar focused on lead conversion tips from the master herself, Terri Murphy. In yesterday’s webinar, she shared her 5 steps to massive lead conversion. Here’s a quick summary, then watch the recording below to get the full details: Make sure you have a responsive web platform with lead capture tools Go global for more leads. Don’t limit yourself to your local audience. Get social! Make…
  • How To: Help Your Buyers Win a Bidding War

    Geneva Ives
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Have you been seeing a lot of multiple offer situations lately? Low inventories and low interest rates are resulting in bidding wars in many areas. If you are working with buyers who have put in a few offers on homes that haven’t been accepted – or if you have first-time buyers in a hot market – help them get in the right mindset by setting realistic expectations. Here are five things you should tell buyers about multiple offer situations that will help them be more successful: 1. Get Pre-Qualified Make sure your offer is taken seriously by showing you have the financial ability to back…
  • Hot Tip: 5 Ways to Conquer Call Reluctance

    Tanya Fears
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Chances are you don’t even know you are doing it. Some of us are craftier than others at looking “busy” to dodge what we have blocked out on our schedule to do. Avoidance behavior can include diving into organizing or filing papers, grabbing a second cup of coffee or checking email one more time. Before you know it, the time block has been squandered that was set aside for calling back those leads. After missing your mark, if you are like most of us, you mentally berate yourself for not being a “winner” or, worse, are relieved that you conveniently avoided the exercise. Self-talk…
  • 10 Moving Tips to Share with Your Clients

    Geneva Ives
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Making sure your agent site is packed with resources for buyers and sellers is one way to differentiate yourself from other agents working in your area. It’s also a great way to keep prospects on your website and develop trust in your services as a REALTOR®. Sellers will always want information about recent sales and buyers will always be anxious to check out the newest listings, but what can you offer that will interest both parties of a transaction? Moving tips! Whether they’re coming or going, your clients (and prospective clients) can benefit from the knowledge that comes from…
  • Are You Wasting Your Time Chasing Leads?

    Tanya Fears
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Imagine for a moment that you are a buyer looking for a property that is smack dab in the middle of a particular part of town. As you start to surf the web for information, you are likely to put in search words that refer to a specific town, subdivision or zip code. Like most buyers, you are doing some preliminary “research” to get more information about the area, demographics, pricing and checking out the type of housing options available. What happens from that point on depends on how well positioned you are as a smart agent to snag that lead to advance the relationship with that…
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    Keeping Current Matters

  • Enjoy the Weekend!

    The KCM Crew
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Have you used Personalized Posts yet?

    The KCM Crew
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The KCM Crew is always dedicated to bringing the latest and greatest features to our members! Personalized Posts is our latest release, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the feedback that we have already received from members who are taking advantage of their new branded blog posts.  If you haven't already set up your profile to start sharing... What are you waiting for?     Below is one example of feedback we received on the KCM Members Facebook page:   If you haven't already experienced the difference Personalized Posts can make to your business... start now by setting up…
  • Could An Hour of Your Day Drastically Change Your Business?

    The KCM Crew
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
  • NAR's Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Immigration & Its Impact on the Housing Market

    Jeymy Gonzalez
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today we are pleased to have the VP of Spanish KCM, Jeymy Gonzalez, as our guest blogger. Jeymy has personal experience with the challenges Hispanics may face during the real estate process and works to assist this community with guidance and education. Enjoy! - The KCM CrewThere are many hot topics right now and immigration is definitely one of them. Whether we agree or disagree on what is going on at this moment, the history of immigration starting around 1600 shows us the United States has been a country that always received immigrants. Several organizations have done research on the…
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  • Ways to Win a Multiple Offer Situation

    Dan Zito
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    In many neighborhoods, the combination of high buyer demand and low available inventory means that you might not be the only one making an offer on the house you want. Multiple offers are great for sellers, but can be stressful for buyers. Sellers can choose whether or not to inform buyers that they’re considering other offers, but in the majority of cases they do because it can start a bidding war and drive their price up. The easiest way to … Read More
  • How Zillow, Trulia, & National Real Estate Sites Work

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

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

    Dan Zito
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
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    Dan Zito
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    Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team

  • Monochromatic Decorating Ideas

    The Moeller Team
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    The use of a single color, or range of shades in a color gives your home a sophisticated designer appeal. Do you have to hire a designer to achieve the look? No, you can do it yourself if you keep these things in mind. Respect the Hue In other articles, we’ve talked about the difference between warm and cool undertones in the color palette. Warm undertones are in the yellow, red, orange and green family while cool undertones are in the blue and purple family. When designing in monochrome, your goal is to keep all the elements in the room (walls, flooring, furnishings) in the same color…
  • Product of the Week – K2 Jumbo

    Nancy Moeller
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
      This week’s product of the week is a K2 Jumbo! The post Product of the Week – K2 Jumbo appeared first on Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team.
  • How to Choose Lights for Your New Home

    The Moeller Team
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:06 am
    It’s not just about wattage anymore. Light fixtures and light bulbs come in myriad types, sizes and colors. Do you want LED? Should you use “soft” bulbs? And what is the difference between watts and lumens? With the phase-out of the traditional incandescent bulb, the lighting choices you grew up with are not the same as what will be available in the future. When making choices for your new home, consider the light’s expected usage, the use of the room and the availability of replacement bulbs. How Light Works Artificial light affects how color appears on your walls and…
  • Renters Beware! Don’t Get Caught in the ‘Renter’s Trap’

    Nancy Moeller
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    In a recent press release, Zillow stated that the affordability of the nation’s rental inventory is currently much worse than affordability of the country’s home sale inventory. The release revealed two things: Nationally, renter’s signing a lease at the end of the second quarter paid 29.5% of their income to rent U.S. home buyers at the end of the second quarter could expect to pay 15.3% of their incomes to a mortgage on the typical home Furthermore, renters pay more than the average of 24.9% that was paid in the pre-bubble period while buyers actually pay far less than the…
  • Choosing Paint by Light Direction

    The Moeller Team
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    Light exposure in your room plays a large part in the visual drama of your paint colors. In rooms with multi-directional sun exposure—either opposing (east/west or north/south) or perpendicular (north/west, north/east, south/west, south/east)—the play of light over your walls, reflecting off your ceiling or bouncing off the floor can change the appearance of the paint colors your chosen. In fact, the colors will look different at various times of the day and even change with the seasons throughout the year. And, when you add artificial light into the mix you may end up with a look you…
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  • Ultimate Guide: How to Prepare Your House/Listing for Real Estate Photography

    Hugh
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Hiring a professional real estate photographer is one of the best things that you can do to make your real estate listing shine. But, before the photographer arrives, there are a few things that you should do to prepare your home. This article will provide you with all of the information that you need to know about preparing your home to have professional real estate photos taken. General Guidelines In addition to the detailed information that will be provided about specific areas of your home, there are also general guidelines that need to be considered for all areas of the home. Paying…
  • How to Use Real Estate Video Tours to Boost the SEO of Your Real Estate Listing

    Hugh
    6 May 2014 | 9:42 am
    The search engines are an integral part of the real estate industry today, and any agent who is failing to keep up with technology will quickly be lost in the dust. Real estate video tours are a great way to leverage the power of the internet, and with the right marketing plan they can help with the SEO of your real estate listing. Why Real Estate Videos are Essential It is estimated that over 1 billion users visit YouTube every single month, and 4 billion hours are spent watching videos on YouTube within a month. People spend a lot of time searching for videos, and those videos also rank…
  • 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…
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    Times Realty News

  • Venture Philanthropy and Social Investing at Sweden’s Regional Meet Sponsored by Times Realty News

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    Sep. 1, 2014 – STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) Regional Meeting in Scandinavia was held on August 28, 2014, with a kick-off dinner on the 27th Times Realty News supports a highly dynamic Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum for Scandinavian based members of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). It was held at Grevgatan 34, 114 53 Stockholm, Sweden. The EVPA is a membership association comprised of venture philanthropy funds, grantmaking foundations, private equity firms and professional service firms, advisors, business schools and other…
  • How Institutional Players Can Enter the Real Estate Crowdfunding Game

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    by David Drake The real estate crowdfunding marketplace has been dominated by young tech entrepreneurs from the start.  These entrepreneurs leverage technology and the internet to bring this new innovation  to mainstream real estate investing. Lately, the appearance of institutional players onto the marketplace is altering the industry in a profound way. Institutional players have alluded to their many years of industry experience and wide network of investors as their edge over the small startup firms. However, their long dominance in the industry deserves a second look. In essence, with…
  • Sharestates On Becoming the E-Trade of Real Estate

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    With interest rates continuing to be low, investors are increasingly turning to real estate in their quest for superior returns. However, traditionally, retail investors have found it difficult to find real estate investment opportunities which have been the exclusive domain of investment managers and well-connected high net worth individuals. Retail investors have been forced to restrict their investments to buying and flipping properties or to invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs) which manage a portfolio of investment properties. However, Sharestates, a real estate crowdfunding…
  • Equity-based Crowdfunding for Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Companisto, one of the top online crowdfunding platforms in Europe, was able to invest over EUR 1.4 million in the exceptional five-star resort Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa within just a few days. The money was raised from investors after the project had been initiated by its major investor, Jan Henric Buettner, who is also an internet millionaire. To date, this is still the largest equity-based crowdfunding campaign in Europe. This superb property is located by the Baltic Sea, which is only 100 km north of Hamburg – a village that has been a tourist destination for the last…
  • Sky Is the Limit: Exponential Growth of Real Estate Crowdfunding

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    by David Drake Investors have always regarded real estate as a safe and less volatile investment than other forms of investment such as equities, and since 2013, the rapid rise of the crowdfunding industry is changing the rules of the game. Investors are now beginning to see real estate crowdfunding as an excellent tool to stabilize and diversify their investment portfolios. Moreover, many investors interested in real estate investment had to previously invest in real estate companies and their entire range of activities whether these activities were acceptable or not. Now, crowdfunding…
 
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    Keith Flenniken

  • Should You Buy A “Flipped” House?

    Keith Flenniken
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Through his business, Flenniken Enterprises, Keith Flenniken has built an extensive real estate portfolio with both commercial and residential properties. With the number of ‘flipped’ properties on the rise, Keith Flenniken offers potential homebuyers advice about what to look for when considering this investment. Keith Flenniken advises homebuyers to look beyond the aesthetics when viewing flipped houses A flipped home is one that is bought and then resold within six months with the intent of making a profit. Therefore, it is wise to make sure the investor did not cut any corners with…
  • How to Accurately Price your House

    Keith Flenniken
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:57 am
    Keith Flenniken is an expert in real estate and even founded his own company, Flenniken Enterprises. He and his team have a knack for transforming undervalued properties and selling them for a profit. A key to success in the industry is knowing how to accurately price a property. These and other tips can be accessed through his personal tumblr page. Naturally, home sellers are looking to sell their properties for the highest amount possible- and quickly. According to an article on realestate.msn.com, there are ten things to remember to price your house right. 1. Comps are perhaps the most…
  • The Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops

    Keith Flenniken
    22 May 2014 | 10:55 am
    Keith Flenniken advises that you weigh the pros and cons of granite prior to making your purchase. Keith Flenniken is the founder of a successful real estate business, Flenniken Enterprises. His portfolio boasts an impressive range of properties. Some of these commercial, single family, and multi-family homes can be found on his Pinterest page. To be successful in the industry, Keith Flenniken relies on a team of talented artisans that are able to bring worth to something undervalued. An eye for design is an important element that can help others appreciate the space as well. When remodeling…
  • Investing in a Flip Property

    Keith Flenniken
    16 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    In this blog, Keith Flenniken shares tips on investing in flip properties. House flipping has become a widespread practice among investors, as the opportunity to make a profit is high. According to RealtyTrac.com, investors flipped more than 100,000 homes in the first half of the year alone, making an average of $30,000 per flip. Experts warn to tread lightly, however, as many investors who are in a rush to make a profit overlook the basics and in turn, end up failing. Keith Flenniken, owner of the successful real estate business Flenniken Enterprises, knows the keys to success, as well as…
  • US Housing Market Hits a Rut

    Keith Flenniken
    6 May 2014 | 6:41 am
    In some high-demand regions, Keith Flenniken noticed that housing prices were rising so dramatically that there was sure to be a decline in sales. However, these price increases caused certain housing markets to experience a temporary slowdown, causing the trend to be deeper and more widespread than expected. According to a recent report, monthly home sales dropped a full 13.3% year over year. A report from the National Association of Realtors also mentioned that last month, the sales of new single-family homes hit their lowest point since July of 2013. In addition to a slowdown in overall…
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    Dubai Real Estate Property Blog | Better Homes LLC.

  • Find the right commercial property for your business

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Moving to a new business location is a crucial long-term decision for any company. Commercial Sales and Leasing Head, Sandrine Loureiro, tells us the ins and outs and what’s hot right now. Click here to watch the video. What are the most popular areas for businesses right now? At the moment Business Bay, JLT, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Media City, Tecom and Barsha are popular for businesses relocating or setting up for the first time.   What do businesses look for in a commercial address? Our clients look for well managed buildings with easy access, ample parking and good facilities for…
  • A guide to sub-leasing

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Sub-leasing is allowed in Dubai, but should you do it? It is not unusual for tenants to want to sub-lease their villa or apartment in Dubai, as there are often penalties payable for those who want to break their tenancy contracts early.     It is important to explain what is meant by sub-leasing, as there are two different meanings. First, when an agency such as Better Homes obtains the master lease for an entire building and then sub-leases the apartments to tenants - each of the tenants has their own sub-lease contract with Better Homes. The second type, which this blog is…
  • The Park or The Bay?

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    There’s no doubt Dubai’s growth is staggering with a host of exciting new areas now open. From high rise living to gated communities, we look at two districts to help you decide which is right for you.   JUMEIRAH PARK Just behind JLT, between Discovery Gardens and Emirates Hills, you’ll find Dubai's newest residential district, Jumeirah Park. Developed by Nakheel, the community contains more than 2000 villas, spread across 350 hectares.     The district is laid out in three clusters, each with its own theme: Heritage, Regional and Legacy. Villas are available…
  • Know your right as a Tenant

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Finding the right rental property at the right price can be a challenge. So be sure where you stand before you sign a contract with this short FAQ.   How many rent cheques are usually required and what is the best way to negotiate the best rate?   Between one and four cheques are the most common. You can often negotiate a slightly lower lease by paying with fewer cheques.   Can a tenant be expected to pay a security deposit to view a property?   A security deposit just to view a property is not good practice, nor our practice at Better Homes.   Does the landlord have…
  • 0% transfer fee on Business Bay Executive Tower C

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Take advantage of the Better Homes Ramadan offer It is not too late to take advantage of Better Homes’ superb Ramadan deal. We are offering a 0% transfer fee on apartments for sale in Executive Tower C, Business Bay     A range of generously sized 1-4 bedroom apartments are available in this development, which is increasingly sought after thanks to its convenient location, just five minutes’ walk from the Metro and on the doorstep of thriving Downtown.   Facilities include shared swimming pools, health clubs, 24 hour security, and access to a new park,…
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  • BFS Foreclosed Properties Listing Updated As Of August 2014

    Jay Castillo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We have just updated our listing of BFS foreclosed properties for August 2014, and the updated list is now inside our Foreclosed Real Estate Database. Complete the details for this update and a link to the updated listings can be found below. “Fruits of Your Labor” is BFS’s latest offer of unbeatable value for interested buyers looking to purchase Foreclosed Properties August 2014 update from BFS The updated list, which comes directly from Bahay Financial Services (BFS), has a total of 2,082 foreclosed properties, with a total selling price of Php798,930,000.00. Here’s a…
  • Featured: RUSH!!! Vacant Lot For Sale In Foliage Hills, Cottonwoods Heights, Antipolo City

    Jay Castillo
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This featured property is a vacant lot located at Block 3 Lot 15, Palm Avenue, The Foliage of Cottonwoods Heights, Antipolo City. Lot area is 184 sqm., with a selling price of Php1.5 Million (Cash basis only). That’s approximately Php 8,152/sqm. Pictures, Youtube video, vicinity map, and contact details can be seen below. Picture Gallery (Click to enlarge) Property Details Location: Block 3 Lot 15 Palm Avenue, The Foliage of Cottonwoods heights, Antipolo City. Lot Area: 184 sqm. Selling Price: Php1.5M CASH ONLY (approx. Php8,152/sqm) RFS: Owner needs funds Foliage Hills is within…
  • For Sealed Bidding On August 8, 2014 – Big Condominium Units In Andrea North Towers, New Manila, Quezon City

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you are looking for spacious huge condo units in the heart of Quezon City, this should be interesting. We now feature 2 big condominium units in Andrea North Towers, New Manila, Quezon City. These are also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the Andrea North Towers and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 9: ANDREA NORTH TOWERS CONDOMINIUM UNITS IN NEW MANILA, QUEZON CITY NO. OF UNITS: 2 TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 360.27 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP36,027,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: SAMANTHA ALLEJE AT (02) 534-9725 OR 0930-96-00000 Picture…
  • Quezon City Bungalow With 2-Door Apartment And 3-Car Garage For Sealed Bidding on August 8, 2014

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Looking for a house and lot that also has rental income potential? This bungalow with a 2-door apartment and 3-car garage in Fairview, Quezon City might be for you. This is also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the subject property and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 6-1: BUNGALOW TYPE WITH 2 DOOR APARTMENTS AND 3 CAR GARAGE IN QUEZON CITY (FAIRVIEW) LOT AREA: 411 SQM. FLOOR AREA: BUNGALOW 147 SQM. APARTMENT 1- 91 SQM. APARTMENT 2- 80 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP10,000,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: SAMANTHA ALLEJE AT (02) 534-9725…
  • 7-Door Apartment Near FTI For Sealed Bidding On August 8, 2014

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    With upcoming developments in the FTI Taguig area, this property looks promising. We now feature a 7-Door Apartment Near FTI, which is also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the subject property and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 4-3: 7 DOOR APARTMENT NEAR FTI LOT AREA: 780 SQM. FLOOR AREA: 279.14 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP14,000,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: RUTH MOLON AT (02) 534-9686 OR 0930-98-00000 Picture Gallery (click to enlarge) Sealed bidding details To access details for the sealed bidding, and to get a complete list of…
 
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    HotPads Blog

  • 8 Tips to Help You Find a Great Roommate

    Paula Pant
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Choosing a good roommate is crucial to the quality of your home life. After all, you’re signing a legally-binding contract to live with this person every single day. How can you increase the chances that you’ll get along? How do you know that you won’t find yourself regretting your decision in a month or two? Here are eight tips to help you choose a great roommate: 1. Make Sure You’re Speaking the Same Language We don’t mean literally (although if you actually don’t speak the same language, that could pose some problems, too). What we mean is, make sure that you have the same…
  • Micro Studios and Apartments: Living Small, 300 Square Feet and Under

    Mary Kearl
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    From New York to Austin and from Paris to Seattle, micro studios of all styles—and sizes, generally 300 square feet and under, are where some are now calling home. Want a tour inside a micro studio apartment? Wonder if you could really live in one? Want to feel better about—or learn to make better use of—the square footage of your home? Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most detailed videos that give the inside scoop on micro studio space and space-saving techniques, décor, and lifestyle. 1) Where: Manhattan, NY | Size: 90 SQ FT Fun Fact: “There’s no kitchen…but in New York…
  • Where to Find the Best Summer Tacos in New York City

    Eve Turow
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    Tacos are a contentious topic in New York. Los Angeles transplants argue there’s no point discussing the issue: LA tacos are just better. But plenty of New Yorkers beg to differ. Here are taco joints in each borough that give LA taquerias a run for their money. Manhattan Taqueria Lower East Side. Tucked off of Orchard Street, the interior of Taqueria Lower East Side looks like a college boy’s dorm room fused with a mariachi craft store. But the eccentric decor aside, the food served at TLES is simple, straight forward, and delicious. The menu urges customers to break out of their…
  • The 14 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Seattle Mapped by Neighborhood

    Paula Pant
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    In addition to being known for its excellent coffee and lots of gorgeous, green space, Seattle is also a great place to be if you’re a dog lover. Considered one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, Seattle offers a lot to both you and your pooch, including restaurants that welcome Fido. If you’re looking for a place to dine when out with your four-legged buddy, check out this list of the top 14 dog-friendly restaurants in Seattle. This list is in no particular order. And keep in mind that “dog-friendly” means that only well-behaved and supervised dogs are allowed, so always…
  • HotPads Shopping Guide: Fantastic Ceiling Fans on Sale Now!

    Tara Scott-Johnson
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    These are not your grandparent’s ceiling fans. Ceiling fans were once an eyesore; they were noisy, wobbly and just plain ugly. Today’s generation of ceiling fans are quiet, safe and come in inspiring designer styles. Why do you need a ceiling fan? Ceiling fans keep you cool; ceiling fans circulate the air and create a breeze which makes you feel cooler, even though the room temperature remains the same. Ceiling fans save money; central air conditioning is expensive to run and does nothing for air circulation. By using ceiling fans along with the air conditioning, you can set the…
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    Overseas Property Mall

  • Miami Residential Market Fuelled by Strong Demand at Home and Abroad

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

    Les Calvert
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    Denmark has finally been able to break out from the debt trap. With the improvement of amortization rates, the world’s most severely Denmark Out of The Debt Trap is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Denmark Out of The Debt Trap appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America

    Les Calvert
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    In the mid-20th century many of the richest Americans high-tailed it out of cities and into sprawling suburbs where they could have 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • Are French House Prices About to Start Falling

    Les Calvert
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Two French economists recently told the world that house prices in France are due to start falling – and will continue a Are French House Prices About to Start Falling is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Are French House Prices About to Start Falling appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • German Property Boom Good News for Investors

    Les Calvert
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Germany is on everyone’s lips because of the performance of the national football team. The team even made it onto the front German Property Boom Good News for Investors is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post German Property Boom Good News for Investors appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
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    Zoocasa Life

  • Mid-Month August Homes Sold in Toronto (GTA)

    Bevan Friedman
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    August brought out a variety of buyers in our hot Toronto Real Estate Market. In the first fourteen days of August, Toronto buyers were out looking for properties of all types.  With sales for all major home types up between 5% to 31%, sellers are still enjoying a prosperous selling season.  Once again, semi-detached and detached home sales posted the strongest growth at 30.9% and 12.3% respectively in the 416 area.  This hot market means consumers have to reach deeper into their pockets for homes as prices are growing across all home types with detached homes posting a 10.6% growth versus…
  • 5 Mortgage Tips for Reducing Your Mortgage Costs

    Aaron Joshua Barroso
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Mortgages are just one of many stressful things to take into account when buying a home. The toughest things to deal with are the high costs associated with getting a mortgage and the long-term commitment that comes with signing the dotted line. Getting the best rate – First and foremost, you want to secure a good rate. To do this, you need to shop around and do your homework. You wouldn’t pick the first used car you see, pay the dealer and drive off, would you? So why go with the first mortgage offer? You don’t need to stick with one financial institution just because you’ve been…
  • Important Documents to Have When Selling Your Home

    Bevan Friedman
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    You may not realize in the hustle and bustle of the home listing process, but there are a few crucial documents you should have on hand when selling your home. Don’t get caught empty handed, spending hours frantically searching for a piece of paper you stashed at the bottom of your “junk” drawer. Avoid putting yourself in this position, and get these documents prepared ahead of schedule. It could be the difference between selling your house or not. Warranty information:You will want to have on hand any existing warranty information on the house, including the furnace, various…
  • What You Should Watch Out For When Buying an Older Home

    Bevan Friedman
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    When house hunting, many buyers prefer the history and character of an older home versus the cookie-cutter design that often comes with new developments.  However, if you’re looking into buying an older home, it’s important to arm yourself with knowledge so you can assess the house objectively and protect yourself from costly surprises down the road. Leave it to the professionals – but ask around One of the most important things to remember with older homes is the worst problems are often the least apparent. There may be clues to the naked eye, but only professional home inspectors can…
  • Common Factors that Can Risk Devaluing Your Home

    Bevan Friedman
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
      Finding out exactly what your home is worth can be a tough pill to swallow. Your house is likely filled with priceless memories and before an appraiser nitpicks every last inch of it, you’ll want to make sure you’ve done what you can to ensure your return on investment is as high as possible. Understanding the factors that can risk devaluing your home and taking them into consideration can put you head and shoulders above the competition. While many of these factors are out of your control, there are some that aren’t. We’ll start by outlining the external factors that affect…
 
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    Tampa Capital Partners

  • Top 20 Residential Rental Markets for Investors

    steve
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Please note – we are finding properties with cap rates much better than the ones in this table. Remember this chart is based on analyzing 3 bedroom homes and taking into consideration, mortgages and rental rates. 3 bedroom homes in middle class neighborhoods have an added benefit of market appreciation. Higher returns are usually found in less popular markets and areas.  Real estate is an asset that secures your money, gets favorable tax treatment and when you buy rental property you are building equity with other people’s money.  There is strong demand for rental property.
  • How Real Estate Deals Get Funded

    steve
    5 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    Funding Real Estate Investment At the time of this article our firm has approximately $20 million of real estate properties that are in our pipeline for funding. This is how we proceed to getting those done: Real Estate Funding Sources First we are always interested in connecting with private money lenders (individuals who want their money working in real estate), fund managers, hard money lenders and banks friendly to real estate investors especially in the commercial property segment. The following highlights the real estate deals we are currently working: Bulk Buy Residential Real Estate…
  • Fact – Real Estate Investment – Income Guaranteed In Less Than 30 Days

    steve
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Income Guaranteed In Less Than 30 Days – Amazing or Is This Another Totally Bullshit Promotion? You Decide: First – this is only for my coaching clients and yes you can be one of them Next – our funding partners have similar but not exact return on investment opportunities because they are not real estate investor business builders – you are!! How Does This Work? I already guarantee that you will earn more than your investment in coaching back in one year or less. Up until now my estimate for a new person coming into the business, was that it would take about, 4 months…
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    steve
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:38 pm
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  • Real Estate Investing – Reality vs Gurus

    steve
    22 Feb 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Guru Defined for Purposes of This Article: Real Estate Investment BusinessA real estate investment guru is a person who we typically find in front of an audience pitching the ease of doing real estate investing and making money fast. They sell information products, courses, group training and some sell one on one coaching. In front of an audience may mean in person or on line. If on line there are often videos in support of a long sales letter. Videos on line, people in person, slides on line and live normally feature success stories – people holding up photos of checks they made…
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    Michigan Modular Homes | Legendary Homes

  • Insulated Precast Concrete Foundation At A Glance

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    What are an insulated precast concrete foundation walls? How can it help the modular home construction? Insulated precast concrete foundation walls are panels that are cast and cured in a controlled factory environment, which helps ensure panel quality and uniformity. Panels can be installed in a fraction of the time that poured concrete foundations and traditional exterior walls would take. When panels are delivered to the site, they are often erected in three or four hours. Because the concrete is cured in the factory, foundations can be backfilled as soon as the slab and first-floor are…
  • Understanding Precast Concrete Panels for Modular Homes

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    What are precast concrete panels? Are they a viable alternative to traditional brick and mortar construction? To understand what are the precast concrete panels, go through the following paragraph; Precast concrete panels have been used in the commercial construction industry for years, but have only been introduced to the modular home construction market recently. What are Precast Concrete Panels? Precast concrete panel construction takes a different approach compared to traditional brick or mortar construction. Precast concrete is used to ensure the building is structurally sound and…
  • Features of an Insulated Precast Concrete Installed for Modular Home Basement

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Your modular home needs a basement that is made of insulated precast concrete. This material is proven to be high quality, durable and energy efficient. But what makes it more popular? Precast concrete gains more popularity because of its features. Purely Concrete or No Organic Content Precast concrete has no wood or organic content to attract mold and rot. Designed specifically for basements, these panels will stand up to the toughest conditions –even a basement flood. You’ll never have to worry about mold, wood rot, nasty odors or soggy insulation. Integral Steel Studs The steel studs…
  • Benefits and Applications of Precast Concrete

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Does a precast concrete provide high quality modular home? What are the benefits of precast concrete to modular home construction? Precast concrete, a highly efficient, practical method of concrete construction makes beautiful buildings especially modular homes possible at a cost that rivals even the most utilitarian industrial building. The following highlights the benefits and applications of a precast concrete; Application of Precast Concrete Precast concrete can be applied or used for the construction of industrial, commercial and residential buildings. The popularity of precast…
  • How to Maintain and Protect the Precast Concrete Foundation of Modular Homes

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Among the many concerns of modular home owners is the maintenance of the precast concrete. Ways to prevent leak or structural damage must be known and done to ensure the durability of the foundation as well as the modular homes. Precast concrete offers superior qualities to resist weathering and corrosion. The high density, prestressing and post tensioning make its air and watertight with fewer joints, thus offering excellent protection from climatic conditions. The natural durability of precast concrete is enhanced by pre- stressing, resulting in a trouble-free wall that will give decades of…
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    Tumlis : Blog

  • Why Big Data and Real Estate is an Unbeatable Combination

    Wendell Tumlis Inc
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, there is a huge rush to move all aspects of finding your next home online (check out our take on a Forbes article on the subject), Because of this, Big Data will provide the bread crumbs of… Read more › The post Why Big Data and Real Estate is an Unbeatable Combination appeared first on Tumlis : Blog.
  • Zillow Trulia Merger is a Big Opportunity for Agents

    Wendell Tumlis Inc
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I have been pestering Tumlis’ CEO, Tom Horvath, to provide his open insights about the 800 pound gorilla in the room, the Zillow + Trulia merger, and how it will effect real estate agents now and long-term. After all, Tom has 35+ years experience as a broker and… Read more › The post Zillow Trulia Merger is a Big Opportunity for Agents appeared first on Tumlis : Blog.
  • To Stand Out as a Real Estate Agent – Take Your H.I.T.S.

    Wendell Tumlis Inc
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:27 am
    With increases in inventory, holding steady (record low) mortgage rates, and more home sales, this summer is shaping up to be a hot time for home sales. But with a hot market comes increased competition amongst agents. Right? So how… Read more › The post To Stand Out as a Real Estate Agent – Take Your H.I.T.S. appeared first on Tumlis : Blog.
  • Zillow Merger Means Cost of Leads Will go up?

    Wendell Tumlis Inc
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Now that the dust is starting to settle after the recent union of Trulia and Zillow, it looks like everyone agrees on at least one thing: the cost of leads from the new, bigger Zillow will increase. How much those… Read more › The post Zillow Merger Means Cost of Leads Will go up? appeared first on Tumlis : Blog.
  • Is Big Data for Real Estate Agents?

    Wendell Tumlis Inc
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    The term Big Data can feel intimidating at first to real estate agents without a background in statistical analytics. Not to mention, there is so much other stuff to focus on right now as a real estate professional: Social Media marketing, quality lead… Read more › The post Is Big Data for Real Estate Agents? appeared first on Tumlis : Blog.
 
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    Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

  • Making the Shift: Teen’s Room to Guest Suite

    BobVila.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    By Bob Vila After 18 years at home, your child is striking out on his own, whether to attend college or start an exciting new job. Though you may not be ready to do so immediately, you’ll probably want to convert the now-absent teen’s bedroom into a space you can use. One of the best and most popular strategies is to remake the space as a guest bedroom. That may seem like a tall order — especially if you’re peering into a chaotic, poster-lined teenager’s haunt — but you’re closer to the finish line than you might think. With luck, you can get the job done…
  • Before & After: 1950s Bathroom Returns to its Modern Roots

    Erika Riggs
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Sometimes the purpose of a renovation is to bring a room back to its former glory. Such was the case of a bathroom remodel in a 1950s home. The house was originally envisioned by Walter Gropius of Architect’s Collaborative, an American architectural firm inspired by the modernism movement. Gropius, in particular, is well known for starting Bauhaus, the German “School of Building,” which operated in between World Wars, cementing Grobius as a leader in modernist architecture. Before The bathroom previously was in major need of an overhaul. When S + H Construction and Zero Energy…
  • Jensen Ackles Lists Newly Remodeled Malibu Home

    Catherine Sherman
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Jensen Ackles. Source: IMDb Actor Jensen Ackles hunts ghosts and demons on The CW’s “Supernatural,” but there’s nothing spooky about his Malibu mansion. After a dramatic renovation, the picture-perfect Point Dume estate at 28931 Selfridge Dr is on the market for $6.995 million. Ackles and wife Danneel Harris purchased the property less than two years ago for $4.8 million — right after a million-dollar price cut. According to The Wall Street Journal, the couple then “gut-renovated” the place. Of note, the kitchen now includes custom cabinetry,…
  • How Your Neighbors Can Help — or Hurt — Your Home’s Sale

    Brendon DeSimone
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    When preparing to sell your home, you probably spend a lot of time and energy getting it in its best showing condition. But can improvements to your neighbor’s property help sell your home? Imagine that you’ve spent time and energy weeding the front yard, painting the front door, power-washing your siding and planting flowers. You’ve updated the kitchen and bathrooms and de-cluttered the home. You’re ready to go to market. And then, when you step across the street to look at your home, all that stands out are the beat-up cars in your neighbor’s driveway, not to mention the…
  • ‘Big Unit’ Randy Johnson Selling Big Arizona Estate

    Catherine Sherman
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Randy Johnson. Source: Wikipedia Commons “The Big Unit” is selling the big one. Randy Johnson’s 25,000-square-foot estate will be officially listed for $25 million Monday. Located on a tiered, 5-acre parcel in Paradise Valley, AZ, the main residence has 7 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. There’s also a detached guesthouse and commercial-grade fitness facility. “This is a very thoughtfully designed estate,” said listing agent Robert Joffe of Berkshire Hathaway’s The Joffe Group. “The layout works and feels comfortable, without being overwhelming. The…
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    Prime Asset Investments Blog

  • Has the Monetary Policy Committee Lost Faith in Carney?

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Rumours continue to spread that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is becoming irritated with Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney’s lack of resolve to increase interest rates.
  • Six Years After the Financial Crisis, this is how UK Property Prices are Looking

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It has been six years since the global financial crisis that many believe, and rightly so, to be the worst crunch the world has ever seen. Considered second only to the Great Depression, the crisis of 2007-2008 hit the UK housing market with numerous foreclosures, evictions and drawn-out unemployment. Now that most of Europe has largely recovered from the euro-zone crisis and unemployment rates have gone down, the property market is on the road to recovery as well.
  • The Top Five Property Investment Mistakes you Want to Avoid

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thinking of making a property investment? Good! To help you start off on the right foot, here is our selection of the five most commonly made mistakes in property investment. 
  • UK House Prices Finally Start to Drop

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Shortly after the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) announced the results of a survey stating the number of UK properties for sale is greater than the number of buyers, solid evidence of house price drops arrived.
  • UK Property Price Crash "Could Happen Within Months"

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The end could be near for the UK property market’s seemingly endless growth. Just days after the Office of National Statistics announced that London has prices shot up 20% year-on-year, a new survey suggests the tide is turning.  
 
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    FlyerCo

  • The Best Backlinks For Realtors

    Andrew Gale
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Sadly, backlinks are still the #1 ranking factor from Google when trying to rank higher in organic searches. Google likes to tell us that ‘content is king’ and it’s true to an extent. Great content naturally gets backlinks and also has various other ranking signals that helps you rank well. Still backlinks are the most […]The post The Best Backlinks For Realtors appeared first on FlyerCo.
  • Redfin revealed AMAZING real estate lead generation tactics

    Andrew Gale
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
      Redfin just gave an amazing presentation on lead generation tactics that cost them millions to find out. The surprising thing is that most of these insights that help them get more leads are really simple and you can take action with these real estate lead generation tactics right away. Watch the video if you have time, […]The post Redfin revealed AMAZING real estate lead generation tactics appeared first on FlyerCo.
  • Ask yourself this before buying .Realtor domains

    Andrew Gale
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    First, .Realtor domains are awesome. They provide a really brandable domain that can position yourself as an authority in your audiences mind. These are some questions you should be aware of and ask yourself before making the full commitment to moving your web presence over to .Realtor. Will people try to put .com at the […]The post Ask yourself this before buying .Realtor domains appeared first on FlyerCo.
  • Real Estate Video Marketing Tips For YouTube + Facebook

    Andrew Gale
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Video is one of the most effective forms of advertising on the planet today. Most people are lacking in this department because creating great videos that are actually entertaining is hard. With technology becoming more advanced, that’s not the case anymore. Adding video to your real estate brand is a great way to set yourself […]The post Real Estate Video Marketing Tips For YouTube + Facebook appeared first on FlyerCo.
  • Top PPC tips for real estate agents of ALL TIME!

    Andrew Gale
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
      PPC through Google Adwords is one of the most effective ways you can connect with potential leads who need your real estate services right now. In this post were going to go over the most effective PPC (Pay per click) advertising tips of all time and how you can use them to get cheaper advertising with more […]The post Top PPC tips for real estate agents of ALL TIME! appeared first on FlyerCo.
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    Zurple | Real Estate Agent Success Blog

  • Free Real Estate Training Materials for Agents

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Free Premium Content Downloads Now Available Our Zurple Agent Success blog, which launched a few months back, is designed to serve as an educational hub for real estate agents around the country. Our content goal is simple: help agents succeed in today’s market.
  • Before you fire that real estate client...

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Welcome back to Agent Insights - our guest blogger series where real agents share real advice and tricks of the trade. Today, we're featuring Patricia Kennedy (more commonly known as Pat) - an agent in Washington DC who just celebrated her 30 year real estate-iversary. Pat has some real estate tips for any agent who is dealing with or has ever dealt with a problem client. 
  • 9 Reasons Real Estate Blogs Really Matter

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    You know you should probably blog every once in a while – but it’s time consuming. What good are a couple blog posts going to do to help you and your business anyway? The truth is, if you can make a commitment to blog and promote your blog posts on a semi-regular basis – you will see pretty incredible results. Why? Check it out: 
  • Create Awesome Real Estate Newsletters in 5 Simple Steps

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Real estate newsletters are a great tool for reaching out to and connecting with your lead database on a weekly or monthly basis. However, it's easy to make small mistakes that can really hurt the effectiveness of your newsletter. Follow these five simple steps to increase your open rates, generate better readership and get more traffic back to your website. How to Create Awesome Real Estate Newsletters: 
  • 11 Things Realtors Can Learn from a New Teenage Driver

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Welcome to this week's edition of Agent Insights! Today, you'll be hearing from Sean Carpenter, an avid blogger out of Dublin, Ohio who came up with a clever blog post about the parallels between new drivers and real estate agents. WIthout further adieu... Here's Sean: Riding Shotgun I’ve been a passenger in my own car quite a few times in the last few weeks. Not because I lost my driver’s license, but because we gained a driver’s license in the family -- at least a temporary one. My daughter Riley is six months shy of her 16th birthday and in the state of Ohio, teenagers…
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    Coffee Real Estate

  • BPO Sacramento and Placer County Broker Price Opinion

    CoffeeRealEstate
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Broker Price Opinion or BPO A professional opinion of price and so much more   What is a BPO? The estimated market price of a property as determined by a real estate broker or other qualified individual or firm. A broker price opinion is based on the characteristics of the property being considered. One key element of the BPO is that it is designed to be free of influence by parties who have a vested interest in the transaction. How is a BPO done? Some of the factors that a broker will consider when pricing a property include: the value of similar surrounding properties, sales trends in…
  • Home Buyers and Real Estate

    CoffeeRealEstate
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Home Buyers Bring the Money Home Buyer bring the Money The buyer, seller, lender and the whole economy are all tied together in the real estate world. Financial issues that impact a home buyer’s ability to buy a property are both personal and macro-economic. The home buyer has a maximum price they can pay to purchase a home. This maximum price depends on a few personal financial issues. The amount of cash assets to purchase the home as a full cash offer is one way to measure the limit of a home buyer. The amount of cash is equal to the purchase price. If the home owner needs a real estate…
  • Best time to sell real estate

    CoffeeRealEstate
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Is now the best time to sell my home? Are real estate prices going higher? Can I sell for more then I owe? Preface First, every one situation is unique. The complicated nature of real estate makes the “when to sell” decision a mix of pros and cons that impact the individual situation. The article following is a basic real estate situation analyst of macro-economic and the general impact on housing prices. Take advantage of our free consultation with a Coffee Real Estate professional to evaluate your unique situation. It is completely free of any obligations. There are factors that impact…
  • Problem fast house sales

    CoffeeRealEstate
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    SOLD to cash investor WHY? When a house sells too fast   Home owners could be losing profit unnecessarily   Houses sell fast in a standard market when they are priced low. This could be a good thing if the owner needs to sell fast. But if the owner wants to maximize the proceeds from a property sale, a too fast sale indicates the price was set too low. If a cash investor buyer snaps up the property in hours, that means the investor views the property as having ready-made value to make a profit. That profit is what the home owner could have made if priced differently. One way of…
  • Mortgage Application Checklist

    CoffeeRealEstate
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Mortgage Application Checklist The mortgage application requires a good deal of information.  The information as well as the documents proving the data can feel very personal. The lender is required by some laws to ask for some data. Other data is the lender’s policies and lending guidelines.   Information Full legal name, Social Security number, Date of Birth phone number, email address, current and former residential/mailing addresses over the last two years Gross income amount, including primary, secondary and part-time jobs, as well as overtime, bonuses, and commissions, if…
 
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    Central Ohio Real Estate & Homes for Sale

  • Centex Homes Reynolds Crossing Reynoldsburg

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
     View Current Discounts, Promotions & Inventory Homes Call 614-835-7151 to schedule a tour on any Centex Homes model home, inventory home or spec home in Reynolds Crossing Reynoldsburg or Central Ohio. Centex Homes is a New Home Builder in Central Ohio and builds in the Reynolds Crossing subdivision in Ohio. Reynolds Crossing Reynoldsburg (Reynoldsburg Schools) Starting in the $140s Click Here to view current Discounts and Promotions Call 614-835-7151 To Schedule A Tour Today! Call 614-835-7151 To Schedule A Tour Today! Current Pulte Homes / Centex Homes Communities Albany Crossing -…
  • West Jefferson OH Homes for Sale & Homes Sold July 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    View Current West Jefferson OH Homes for Sale Home Sold Data:Total: 4Total Volume: $440,385Average List Price: $110,096Original Total Volume: $411,300Original Average List Price: $102,825Sold Total Volume: $406,933Sold Average List Price: $101,733 Homes Sold $122,500 - 637 Brookdale Drive, West Jefferson, OH 43162 (Westwood) - Madison County$120,000 - 55 Mary Street, West Jefferson, OH 43162 (Westwood) - Madison County$104,000 - 235 Danbury Road, West Jefferson, OH 43162 (Westwood) - Madison County$60,433 - 633 Crescent Drive, West Jefferson, OH 43162 (Westwood Estates) - Madison County*All…
  • Pulte Homes Fox Glen Pickerington

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    View Current Discounts, Promotions & Inventory Homes Call 614-835-7151 to schedule a tour on any Pulte Homes model home, inventory home or spec home in Fox Glen Pickerington or Central Ohio. Pulte Homes is a New Home Builder in Central Ohio and builds in the Fox Glen subdivision in Ohio. Fox Glen Pickerington (Pickerington Schools) Starting in the 210s Click Here to view current Discounts and Promotions Current Pulte Homes / Centex Homes Communities Albany Crossing - Westerville (Columbus Schools) - Starting in the $170s Big Run Ridge - Grove City (Columbus Schools) - Starting in the…
  • Sunbury OH Homes for Sale & Homes Sold July 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    View Current Sunbury OH Homes for Sale Home Sold Data:Total: 20Total Volume: $4,875,690Average List Price: $243,785Original Total Volume: $5,049,790Original Average List Price: $252,490Sold Total Volume: $4,708,200Sold Average List Price: $235,410 Homes Sold $475,000 - 19 State Route 61, Sunbury, OH 43074 - Morrow County$372,000 - 16210 State Route 37, Sunbury, OH 43074 - Delaware County$325,000 - 3000 Blayney Road, Sunbury, OH 43074 - Delaware County$307,500 - 13693 State Route 37 Road, Sunbury, OH 43074 - Delaware County$300,000 - 930 Mill Run Drive, Sunbury, OH 43074 (Sunbury Meadows) -…
  • Saint Louisville OH Homes for Sale & Homes Sold July 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    View Current Saint Louisville OH Homes for Sale Home Sold Data:Total: 2Total Volume: $125,400Average List Price: $62,700Original Total Volume: $133,900Original Average List Price: $66,950Sold Total Volume: $114,345Sold Average List Price: $57,173 Homes Sold $92,500 - 117 Moreland Street, Saint Louisville, OH 43071 - Licking County$21,845 - 213 Sugar Street, Saint Louisville, OH 43071 (Coffmans) - Licking County*All Information is Deemed Reliable, But Is Not Guaranteed. Copyright 2014 - The Buckeye Realty Team - All Rights Reserved.  Search All Central Ohio Real Estate BREAKING NEWS - PULTE…
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    Real Estate

  • Top Real Estate Websites and Blogs

    goussey
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Industry publications help any professional stay on top of what is happening in their field, so its important to me that I’m not only getting frequent industry news, but that my sources are diverse and represent more than just what is happening in my city.  I like to see my surroundings in a global context, and I hope this list helps you find the knowledge you need to pursue your real estate goals: The Atlantic’s City Lab- Housing This is probably one of my favorite new finds for housing, property, policy, community and infrastructure news. Their point of view is interesting and…
  • The Business of Summer

    goussey
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Seasonal Properties Most seasonal businesses know you have to be resilient and aggressive for your part-time business, which is why its no surprise that many of the beach properties along the shore are impeccably kept and maintained.   This particular area of the beach included a number of multi-family rental buildings, private  homes and large front yards used for beach parking. And on this less crowded strip, beach side parking revenue is easily $1,000/day. This week, I’d like to learn how the multi-family rental buildings on the beach operate. Can you do a month-to-month summer…
  • The Cary Building

    goussey
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The single best quality of TriBeCa and much of lower manhattan are the cast iron buildings of the late 1800’s and 1900’s. I came across the Cary building on 105 Chambers street and stopped in my tracks when I saw the beautiful pre-war details on this corner property. There are several Dept of Buildings permits posted on the door but the interior seems gutted. TriBeCa is exploding with the most luxurious residential gut renovations there are, and I thought this might be the perfect site analysis. What I found was that this building was sold as part of a portfolio to Jeffrey Lam of…
  • Sake Bomb, Woodbridge

    goussey
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Italian headscarf and Chinese Buffet. Sake Bomb Restaurant. If you’ve ever driven through Route 1, Route 9 or Route 35 in Jersey, you’ve probably seen the retail strips lined along the road. Home improvement stores, lots of fast food, liquor stores, department stores, local retail chains, diners and the occasional Chinese buffet. I was invited to this location–and since still feeling inspired from my trip to Dubai, I created a makeshift turban from my Versace scarf and headed over. It makes sense why most of these buffets are along retail strips on the highway; hundreds of…
  • Living Legends at Dubailand

    goussey
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Living Legends at Dubailand Model Living Legends Condo Building Rendering This is the mini-model of the Living Legends development. Currently on the market are the 12 buildings you see towards to top of the model, each with studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments at various stages of development. Buildings 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are scheduled for completion in early 2015, while the others are in the pipeline for the following year in 2016. There are three main reasons I w