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  • Moving up? Moving on? This may be the perfect time to make your move.

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    Greg Swann
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Why is right now the strategically perfect moment to move up? Because the mortgage interest-rate trend illustrated in that chart won’t last forever. There are other good reasons to make your move now, if moving’s on your mind, but these rates make a $200,000 home cheaper than the rent on half that much house. There’s this, too: When rates turn upward, that will put a damper on already wilted demand, so we may be at the de facto top of this market swing. Prices have been stalled, as best, over the last year. Washington does want to re-inflate the housing bubble. That’s the reasoning…
  • 4 reasons to sell your home now

    Home mortgage rates and real estate news - CNNMoney.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
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  • 5 ultra-modern summer rentals

    The Real Deal New York
    ChrisC
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Modern summer rentals   From Luxury Listings NYC: You don’t need to leave the city to find an oasis. These urban, high-design summer rentals from around the globe offer a unique way to getaway. Check them out via Dwell after the jump. [more]
  • Rent vs. buy vs. live with mom and dad

    Home mortgage rates and real estate news - CNNMoney.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
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  • Top Spots for Luxury Getaway Homes

    WSJ.com: Real Estate
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    Buyers looking to buy or build a luxury vacation home can start the house-hunt at these five popular destinations.
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  • In Manhattan's Chinatown, Signs of Change

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Although Chinatown has seen less new development than some other areas of lower Manhattan, new condos, shops and galleries are transforming some streets.
  • The Race to the $100 Million Spec House

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    More developers and investors are racing to build increasingly lavish homes on spec. Built on prime lots, many of these homes are also attempting to break new price records.
  • Top Spots for Luxury Getaway Homes

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    Buyers looking to buy or build a luxury vacation home can start the house-hunt at these five popular destinations.
  • Architect Homes: Streamlined Yet Sophisticated

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Many luxury buyers seek homes with complicated floor plans, high-end finishes and the latest technology. But architects’ homes are often simple, yet sophisticated structures.
  • China Tries to Help Property Firms Get Back in the Black

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    Several property developers recently have received loans or investments from state-owned firms. But is the government making a good bet by investing in them amid a slump, or is it trying to keep the companies afloat?
 
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    Commercial Real Estate News

  • The Week in Review: RadioShack, American, Toyota steal the headlines

    Lance Murray
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    The past week in Dallas-Fort Worth business news was highlighted by big news on American Airlines’ headquarters search, Toyota hiring of a contractor for its new headquarters in Plano, a hotel sale, speedy delivery plans from Amazon and the RadioShack bankruptcy saga. Let’s revisit the week that was: Commercial Real Estate American Airlines vice president Tim Skipworth told the DBJ exclusively that the carrier was putting its real estate search for a new headquarters on hold and, instead,…
  • Memphis architects honored during AIA Design Awards

    Michael Sheffield
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Archimania took home three of the seven awards during the 2015 AIA Memphis Design Awards, conducted by the Memphis chapter of the American Institute of Architects March 28. The event honors the best designs of local architects, as selected by a jury of architects and civic leaders from Louisville. The judges included M. Ross Primmer, who served as jury chair and Roberto DeLeon, who are principals of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop; David Biagi, of the University of Kentucky College of Design;…
  • Bardo Brewpub to open beer garden and park next to Nationals Park

    Rebecca Cooper
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    The team behind cult beer favorite Bardo Brewpub is cooking up a much larger project for this summer: a 2-acre beer garden and park on the Anacostia River next to Nationals Park. Bardo announced the project on its Facebook page Saturday morning with a video "made" by the brewpub's mascot, Bardawg, promoting an indiegogo campaign to help fund the project. Owners Bill and Andrew Stewart are trying to raise $200,000 for the beer garden. They are planning an "extremely tentative" July 1 opening. Bardo,…
  • Kinship increases Sunnyvale holdings in Peery Park

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Kinship Capital, the real estate investment arm of Chicago's Searle family, has been quietly building its portfolio in a Sunnyvale neighborhood ripe for future growth. Over the last few months, an entity affiliated with Kinship has acquired three buildings totaling some 165,000 square feet of space. The transactions give the Kinship-affiliated entity 810 W. Maude Ave., 870 W. Maude Ave. and 470 Potrero Ave — a trio of buildings in an area where Apple has been making big plays of late. If one…
  • $273M: 'Twin Toaster' towers sale is biggest of 2015 so far

    Marc Stiles
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The Metropolitan Park East and West office buildings in downtown Seattle have sold for just over $272.8 million, according to public records. That's 30 percent more than what the office campus – known locally as the "Twin Toasters" for their shiny exteriors and boxy shapes – sold for less than three years ago. The price is the highest paid for a real estate asset so far this year in King County. Documents that King County recorded on Friday show that CBRE Global Investors of Los Angeles bought…
 
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  • New Residential Construction Report: February 2015

    SoldAtTheTop
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Today’s New Residential Construction Report showed mixed results with total permit activity increasing 3% since January while total starts dropped a whopping 17.0% over the same period.Single family housing permits, the most leading of indicators, declined 6.2% from January to 620K single family units (SAAR), and rose 2.8% above the level seen a year earlier but still remained well below levels seen at the peak in September 2005.
  • NAHB/Wells Fargo Home Builder Sentiment: March 2015

    SoldAtTheTop
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    Today, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released their latest Housing Market Index (HMI) showing that overall assessments of housing activity declined in March with the composite HMI index falling to 53 while the "buyer traffic" index declined to a level of 37 from 39 in the prior month.Overall, conditions for new home construction appear to have softened some recently and still remain below the peak assessments see prior to the Great Recession.
  • Weekly Unemployment Claims: Initial and Continued March 05 2015

    SoldAtTheTop
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Today’s jobless claims report showed a an increase to both initial and insured unemployment claims as seasonally adjusted initial claims remained above the 300K level. Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment claims increased 7,000 to 320,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “insured” claims increased by 17,000 to 2.421 million resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 1.8%.
  • ADP National Employment Report: February 2015

    SoldAtTheTop
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Yesterday, private staffing and business services firm ADP released the latest installment of their National Employment Report indicating that the situation for private employment in the U.S. improved in February as private employers added 212,000 jobs in the month bringing the total employment level 2.62% above the level seen in February 2014. Look for Friday’s BLS Employment Situation Report to likely show somewhat similar trends.
  • Weekly Unemployment Claims: Initial and Continued February 26 2015

    SoldAtTheTop
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    Today’s jobless claims report showed a notable increase to initial unemployment claims and a decrease to insured unemployment claims as seasonally adjusted initial claims remained above the 300K level. Seasonally adjusted “initial” unemployment claims jumped 31,000 to 313,000 claims while seasonally adjusted “insured” claims declined by 21,000 to 2.401 million resulting in an “insured” unemployment rate of 1.8%.
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    Residential Real Estate News

  • Inner-Loop homes planned near bayous

    Olivia Pulsinelli
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Despite the oil slump and slowing housing market, two local homebuilders recently announced plans for new projects. Houston-based Al Ross Luxury Homes, which had focused on luxury single-family homes in River Oaks, will build its first multifamily project half a mile south of Buffalo Bayou, according to reports. The Monroe at Bayou Park will be an all-concrete, six-story condominium project at 1034 Rochow St., according to RealtyNewsReport.com. Masa Studio's Mark Atkins designed the building, which…
  • DeVry University leases in Edenvale

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Equinix's big land acquisition this week isn't the only recent real estate activity in Edenvale. DeVry Education Group Inc. recently leased 48,802 square feet at 5883 Rue Ferrari, a building in the Edenvale Business Park. The company, which operates the Carrington College network of for-profit private colleges, was already in the neighborhood at 6201 San Ignacio. The new lease is not a major size increase, but allows the school to have newer, updated facilities and more parking, said Patty Steele,…
  • Counting raindrops and courting Warren Buffett — all in a day's work for Bellevue couple

    Marc Stiles
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A Bellevue family made a big bet several years ago when it paid $8.5 million for a slice of a former sand-and-gravel pit in Everett and started making plans to build a big warehouse. Despite some anxious times for the husband – David Gartland, an engineer who spent rainy nights thinking about how much water was falling on his 25 acres of dirt – it has turned out OK so far. He and his wife, Shannon Underwood, and their real estate brokers from the Broderick Group have have found tenants for most…
  • Another sign that senior housing market is hot: Oakmont at Folsom sold less than a year after opening

    Ben van der Meer
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    A senior housing community in Folsom has sold as part of a portfolio deal. Oakmont of Folsom, a 66-unit community, sold along with another Oakmont-branded property in Southern California to Health Care REIT Inc. Greystone Real Estate Advisors, based in New York City, advised the deal. Sales prices for the two properties weren’t disclosed, though Oakmont’s Folsom property opened just last fall. Santa Rosa-based Oakmont Senior Living pushed ahead on construction of that and another senior housing…
  • Starbucks gives $500,000 to help expand Pike Place Market

    Rachel Lerman
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz often talks about the first time he walked into a Starbucks store in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. The Starbucks brand has always been closely tied to Seattle’s public market, and now the company is throwing its weight behind the market’s future. Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) announced Friday it would donate $500,000 to fund the market’s big expansion plans. That’s the biggest single contribution the Pike Place Market Foundation has raised so far toward…
 
 
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • CPE Distinguished Awards Entries Due April 13

    Michelle Matteson
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
  • West Broadway Education and Career Center to Break Ground in Minneapolis

    Ioana
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:49 pm
    By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor 800 W Broadway An innovative project meant to provide health and education services and workforce opportunities for Minneapolis residents will open at 800 W. Broadway in the summer of 2016. The center was designed by Sherman Associates and will break ground in April 2015. According to a news release, tenants at the West Broadway Education and Career Center will include the North Minneapolis WorkForce Center – part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) – as well as the Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minneapolis Community…
  • CyrusOne Offers Virtual Tour of San Antonio II Data Center

    Anca
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor CyrusOne, the global data center services provider, is now offering a virtual tour of its San Antonio II data center campus. The development is designed to be constructed in two phases, and at completion is expected to encompass 372,000 square feet. “Along with its central position in Texas and distance from natural-disaster zones, this facility offers customers a unique opportunity to establish an exceptional IT disaster recovery or production footprint in a highly reliable co-location facility with multiple levels of redundancy, as well as access to one of…
  • Princeville Center on Kauai’s North Shore Sells for $51M

    Adriana
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor The Princeville Center retail property on Kauai’s North Shore has a new owner. According to the Pacific Business News, The Sullivan Family of Cos., the owner of the Foodland supermarket chain in Hawaii, has acquired the shopping mall at 05-4280 Kuhio Highway, along with an adjacent vacant parcel of land, for a combined $51.3 million. The company formed SFLP Princeville Center Owner LLC and SFLP Sponsor LLC to purchase the properties from Princeville SC LLC, a partnership led by local developer Honu Group. The seller’s other partners include the…
  • 670 KSF Former World Trade Center Set for $364M Redevelopment

    elizat
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:13 pm
    By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor 2 Canal St. The city selection committee for the redevelopment of 2 Canal St. has named the Carpenter/Woodward partnership as preferred developer for the iconic building, the New Orleans Mayor’s Office announced.  The partnership formed by Carpenter & Co. and Woodward Interests was selected from five finalists competing to secure the right to redevelop the 670,000-square-foot trophy office building at the foot of Canal Street in New Orleans’ CBD. The committee’s recommendation is subject to the New Orleans Building Corp.’s approval. If NOBC also…
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    BloodhoundRealty.com

  • What is the sound of one shoe dropping?

    Greg Swann
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    I’ll answer a cliché with a cliché: It’s never over until the fat lady signs – but then it is. Everything that makes homes seem so affordable right now is a reflection of our insanely low interest rates. Every bump in those rates will cut the amount of house you can afford to buy – or commit more of your income to housing and less to the rest of your life. If you’ve been thinking about making your move – tick tock.
  • Moving up? Moving on? This may be the perfect time to make your move.

    Greg Swann
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Why is right now the strategically perfect moment to move up? Because the mortgage interest-rate trend illustrated in that chart won’t last forever. There are other good reasons to make your move now, if moving’s on your mind, but these rates make a $200,000 home cheaper than the rent on half that much house. There’s this, too: When rates turn upward, that will put a damper on already wilted demand, so we may be at the de facto top of this market swing. Prices have been stalled, as best, over the last year. Washington does want to re-inflate the housing bubble. That’s the reasoning…
  • It’s beginning to look a lot like… home-buying bargain season…?

    Greg Swann
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    The holidays mean different things to different people, but they mean something special to well-prepared home-buyers: When holly is in the air, it’s a great time to pick off bargains from motivated sellers. It’s easy to understand why: All the other buyers are tied up with their holiday preprations. Inventories have been rising for more than a year, and some sellers need to make a deal NOW. Who? • Folks who want to account for their proceeds on this year’s taxes, not next year’s. • New home builders who want their spec homes closed out on this year’s books. • People who are…
  • Will this infinite back yard always be this beautiful?

    Greg Swann
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    No. In a few months, when the wildflowers bloom, it will be even more breathtaking… Live where it snows? Had enough? Isn’t it time to get your Winter back?
  • If you bought a house in Metropolitan Phoenix within the past few years, you may be able to sell it at a profit.

    Greg Swann
    17 Oct 2013 | 4:24 pm
    Hard to believe, isn’t it? You can actually sell a home in Greater Phoenix and make money on the deal. How can this be so? The long answer is long and boring, but the short answer yields a comprehensive truth in only two words: Market volatility. We were a slow leak on the way down, until all of a sudden we were a fast leak. And then, just as suddenly, the market surged upward, gaining back a lot of lost price-pressure very quickly. The result? If you bought a house in Phoenix or its suburbs within the past two or three years, it could be possible for you to sell that home and actually…
 
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  • What We’re Reading: March 21-27

    Dave
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Sunbelt and suburbs ascendant New census data is out. The cities with the highest levels of net domestic migration since 2010 are Houston, Dallas, Austin, Phoenix, Denver, and San Antonio. In just the last year, Florida has been popular. The state now ranks 3rd in terms of overall population, surpassing New York. Americans are once again running for the sunbelt and the suburbs, away from the cold of the Northeast and Midwest. The Wall Street Journal reports this week that Facebook  exploring the possibility of using solar-powered drones to help spread internet access to remote corners of the…
  • New and Updated in the Library – March

    Dave
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    The following Field Guides have recently been updated in the Library: Social Benefits of Home Ownership The financial and tax benefits of owning a home vs. renting are very clear. Home ownership also provides many benefits to the family, children and the community, such as increased education for children, lower teen-age pregnancy rate and a higher lifetime annual income for children, as discussed in the following articles. Flood & Disaster Insurance Disasters can happen any time. Do you have flood or disaster insurance? Find out what a standard policy should cover, NAR information,…
  • What We’re Reading: March 14-20

    Dave
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    The death of IE, timely satellite maps, and commuting times Microsoft officially admitted that it’s phasing out its Internet Explorer web browser. The company will instead promote an as-yet unnamed browser, code-named Project Spartan. Once the browser of choice, IE’s popularity continues to decline as other more modern browsers have come to the fore. Do you still use IE? Have you ever looked at the satellite images in Google Maps and been miffed that the pictures are a few years old? If you’re in a major metro, things can change fast. Well, there’s a new service from…
  • What We’re Reading: March 7-13

    Dave
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Networking tips, Apple announcements, and the future of McDonalds networking by flickr user jairoagua For some networking feels like a chore while others find it invigorating. Finding the right way to network depends on your comfort level and personality. Regardless of your preferences, Harvard Business Review writer Dorie Clark shares the basic dos and don’ts of networking. This week Apple gave more details on its Apple Watch (cost and availability and some new apps) as well as introducing a long-awaited update to its Macbook laptop line. The new Macbook isn’t so much an upgrade…
  • Graphics for Home Sellers

    Kate Stockert
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    One of the most challenging aspects of working with home sellers is helping them understand the necessity of pricing a home for sale at fair market value. Fair market value is defined as: “The most probable price for which the specified property rights should sell after reasonable exposure in a competitive market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, with the buyer and seller each acting prudently, knowledgably, and for self-interest, assuming neither is under duress” (The Appraisal Institute, 2008). The goal is to expose the subject property to the maximum number of qualified…
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • The Real Estate Angle to a Start-Up House

    Drew Meyers
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Certainly there is no shortage of money in the technology sector, and that’s growing rather than shrinking. Real estate agents and brokers want to reach relocation clients moving to town for those extremely high-paying jobs. I wrote about being the “start-up agent” in 2013. It’s still do-able. How? Here’s one an idea to kickstart your efforts: Fund/sponsor/build a local start-up house. These types of houses exist already in some places. For example, Hackersurfing (funded/run by WeFunder) and StartupHouse in San Francisco. There’s Krash. Kansas City…
  • Home’s Best Friend

    Drew Meyers
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    From Coldwell Banker: Click here to view the embedded video. Well done. More background on how this campaign came to be: Click here to view the embedded video. The post Home’s Best Friend appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
  • From Stadiums and Casinos to a House

    John Bodrozic
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    [Editor’s Note: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post.] The story behind how a tech company gets its start often intrigues people. The three founders at HomeZada are passionate and driven second time entrepreneurs and believe that many good ideas come from personal experience. HomeZada is no different. The Previous Company Prior to HomeZada, Elizabeth, David and I worked for a software company called Meridian Systems, where in 1993 I started this company with another co-founder. Meridian was started from a personal experience that entailed the need to…
  • Kipo: A Landing Page Done Right. Now: Asking for Your Help with Ours.

    Drew Meyers
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:18 pm
    I often hear from readers that they love the geeky startup stuff (like this) I write from my own experience with Oh Hey World / Horizon. So here’s another one of those. I came across Kipo tonight via a posting inside a Facebook group I belong to. I think the landing page is very clear as to what the product is, and why I as a business owner would want such a service. Take a look: Kipo Landing Page And see the video: Click here to view the embedded video. Why do I mention this, and how does it relate to startup life? I think we have our consumer positioning for Horizon very, very close:…
  • Fridge Magnets for Life’s Biggest Asset

    John Bodrozic
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    [Editor’s Note: HomeZada is sponsoring Geek Estate this month, and this is a sponsored post.] Realtors often times state the importance of their role in helping consumers with their single largest financial transaction, the buying or selling of a home. But there is a long and important phase of the homeowner lifecycle that is sandwiched between the buying and the selling of the home, and that is managing the home when consumers own it which is typically between 6 to 9 years. So what do agents provide their clients to help them manage their largest financial asset? Fridge magnets. A…
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  • MBS RECAP: Bonds Catch a Break Heading into Quarter-End and NFP Week

    Matthew Graham
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryIt's that time again. Or, at least it will be next Friday. After 2 months in a row of painful NFP reactions in bond markets, the big jobs report is back again. The Fed has probably done some work toward decoupling rate-hike expectations from payrolls, but even before that, the previous reactions still bigger than they should have been according to previous Fed rhetoric. Getting back to today's events, we only really had GDP and Yellen's afternoon comments. Yellen expressed concern about wages and inflation, but only if they weaken from current levels. If…
  • Mortgage Rates Hold Ground As Markets Take a Breather

    Matthew Graham
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates had one of their least exciting days of the week today, moving just modestly lower from yesterday's latest levels. The trading range in underlying markets was exceptionally narrow, especially when compared to the week's previous activity. The final revision of 2014's 4th quarter GDP was released this morning, but it was close to forecasts and didn't produce much of a reaction. Fed Chair Yellen spoke in the afternoon, saying that a rate hike would indeed likely be warranted in 2015. By now, this is old news for financial markets. Few, if any,…
  • Affordability Falling as Permits Lag Growth

    Jann Swanson
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireThe old maxim that a household rents only until it can afford to buy a home is apparently being stood on its head in a lot of housing markets. A study published on Friday by Zillow says that "rental affordability is as bad as it's ever been." Nationally, in fact, they found it is consuming nearly twice as much of a family's monthly income as would homeownership and in many markets that ratio is even higher. In the fourth quarter of 2014 Zillow found that, in the U.S. as a whole, households are spending 30.1 percent of their income for a rental while, with a Zillow Home…
  • MBS MID-DAY: Bonds Taking a Break from Volatility, Especially MBS

    Matthew Graham
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryWith the exception of only a few trades during a few minutes, Fannie 3.0 MBS prices have remained in a range of 101-28 to 101-29 this morning. That's super narrow! It's already resulting in a few "stability reprices" as lenders are refreshed by the break from the normal volatility. 10yr yields are about 3.5bps lower, and making slightly better directional gains than MBS. GDP data came and went this morning without much fanfare. This was one of the fairest expectations this morning. In addition to the fact that markets have moved on to thinking about…
  • More Agency Updates; Why Bank M&A is Expected to Continue in 2015

    Rob Chrisman
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Posted To: Pipeline PressI love it when I receive an e-mail warning me, "You've had unusual and suspicious activity on your American Express Card." I don't have an American Express Card. Think your IT's security is up to speed? Think again - this e-mail got through, didn't it? Seriously, thanks to Len Tichy who sent along this recent analysis of the current state of IT security issues . "Big money goes around the world, Big money underground. Big money got a mighty voice, Big money make no sound. Big money pull a million strings, Big money hold the prize. Big money weave a mighty web, Big…
 
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  • Silicon Valley Home Price Comparison 2005 – 2014

    CJ Brasiel
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Booms and busts.  Booms are many times caused by rapid growth.  Some booms are completely generated by speculation.  All are bets.  None are guaranteed.  The difference in the housing market for Silicon Valley now, compared to 2005, is the foundation upon which it was built.  Prior to the 2007 bust, exotic loan products were trying […]
  • Homes for sale in San Jose begin to increase

    CJ Brasiel
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    February’s inventory numbers showed gains in all reported counties when compared both month-over-month and year-over-year. Santa Clara County leads the way in year-over-year gains with a staggering 49% jump, while San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties saw a 23% and 22% jump when compared month-over-month.  More homes are coming to market and this trend will […]
  • Available now! Olive Hill Drive $788,000

    CJ Brasiel
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    A lovely two story duette home with attached garage, AC, wood flooring, large open kitchen and family room. Close to The Plant shopping and dining, Willow Glen, and CalTrain. Shown by appointment only. Call CJ to schedule at 408.406.6035 Bedrooms:3 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths Townhouse:2,250 sq ft Lot:2,193 sq. ft. Year Built: 2004 Contact CJ now […]
  • Move-in Ready in South San Jose $498,000- Pending!

    CJ Brasiel
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
      Call CJ today to see this  home at 408.406.6035 This home is ready for you to move in! See more photos at VeridianRealtyGroup.com. Open floor plan, light, bright 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths 1,206 SqFt built in 1960 5,600 SqFt lot with covered deck Carpet, Tile, and Crown Molding Wood stove insert Central Heat/AC Dual […]
  • Implementing Common Core Standards in Santa Clara County

    CJ Brasiel
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Since 2009, states, education departments, teachers and parents have been moving toward the acceptance and implementation of Common Core Standards for K-12 schools.  The challenge for the states and education districts has been to move the educational system based on memorizing facts for standardized testing to a more rigorous system which promotes critical thinking skills.  […]
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    National Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group

  • CoStar's People of Note (Mar. 22 - 28)

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    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: Washington DC, Dallas / Fort Worth, St. Louis, New York City, South Florida, Philadelphia, and Northern New Jersey. WASHINGTON DC DTZ Hires Liss to Lead East Coast Offices By Adam Kosna DTZ has hired Roberta Liss to serv
  • Fresh & Easy Closing 50 Stores In 3 Western States

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    The Fresh & Easy grocery chain, after struggling through bankruptcy and emerging under new ownership in 2013, has announced plans to close about 50 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada by April 3. The company will try to sell the stores and use the proceeds to develop new concepts, including 3,000 to 5,000-square-foot "fresh-food convenience stores" under a project with Apple store designer ADMI, according to CEO Jim Keys and company spokesman...
  • TOO MUCH, TOO FAST? Investment Markets Eyeing Free-Flowing Capital With Some Concern

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    As the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System’s (SDCERS) board this past month debated putting an additional $30 million into JP Morgan’s Strategic Property Fund, a 100% core fund in which it already had invested $60 million, it had a major concern. JP Morgan’s Strategic Property Fund bought $3.45 billion in core properties last year and has a queue of investors lined up to pump in another $1.7 billion. Compared with its peers, the JPMorgan...
  • Investors Finding Ways To Reduce Risk in High Vacancy Office Building Buys

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    A spate of high vacancy office purchases this month seems to indicate that investors who are willing to take on more risk of high vacancy office buildings have found ways to hedge their bets. CoStar News first noted the trend towards buying vacancy in the third quarter of last year. While just a small fraction of overall investing currently, buying vacancy appears to still be a valid strategy this spring based on a pricing spread that is double...
  • DTZ Hires Liss to Lead East Coast Offices

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:02 pm
    DTZ has hired leasing and marketing veteran Roberta Liss away from BECO Management to become president of its east region, which includes the firm's operations in Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Raleigh, Charlotte, Nashville, Atlanta and Florida. Based in the Washington, D.C. office, where she will serve as managing principal for DTZ's operations in that market, Liss will also be responsible for...
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    Zillow Blog

  • 3 Tips for When Your House Goes Viral

    Stephanie Reid-Simons
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    When you’re selling a house, you want as many potential buyers to see it as possible. Your real estate agent’s expertise can be a key factor here. But sometimes, like when you’re Yolie Ball of Davenport, FL, it’s all about your teenage granddaughter’s Twitter account. MY GRANDMA IS TRYING TO SELL HER HOUSE IN FLORIDA AND THESE ARE THE PICS I AM LAUGHING SO HARD pic.twitter.com/rONaIUyevS — makenzie (@asapmakky) March 26, 2015 So what do you do when it seems like the whole world wants to see your pictures? Here are three tips: 1. Get those photos out there…
  • 4 Ways to Snag an Extra Tax Break

    Vera Gibbons
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Many homeowners have a general understanding of the home-related tax breaks that apply to them. Here are a few lesser-known areas where you may qualify for a credit or deduction. Refinancing points Did you buy a house last year? Then you likely know that you can deduct the points you paid to get your mortgage — in one fell swoop. If you refinanced, however, you can’t do that. Rather, you have to deduct the points on the new loan over the life of the loan. For a 30-year mortgage, you can only deduct 1/30th of the points per year. If you had $3,000 in points, divide by 30 to deduct a…
  • 'Tiny House Nation' Host Talks About Being Happy With Less

    Melissa Allison
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In FYI’s popular series “Tiny House Nation,” Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth travel the country visiting the ingenious micro spaces that make up the tiny home movement and helping more people create small dwellings. Giffin knows a thing or two about tiny living. When he’s not working, he lives in a 112-square-foot “ski chalet” on wheels in Washington state. Zillow: Where is your tiny house right now? Giffin: My house has been parked on a friend’s property in Leavenworth, WA for much of the past year. Zillow: What is it like to have just 112 square feet…
  • Billionaire Bill Koch Asks $100M for Aspen Acreage

    Melissa Allison
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Fossil-fuel baron Bill Koch has listed his 82.6-acre spread near Aspen for $100 million, making it one of the priciest listings in the country. The price includes furnishings, but not art, artifacts, collectibles or personal items. Called the Elk Mountain Lodge Properties, the mountain compound includes a nearly 15,000-square-foot main lodge built of stone and giant logs, plus single-family homes and historic cabins. Altogether, it boasts 28 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, 5 half bathrooms, an entertainment hall and an indoor basketball court. Luxury amenities include multiple spas, a four-car…
  • A Home With Character: Location Scouting for 'Transparent'

    Melissa Allison
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Like Hollywood talent scouts, the people who scout locations for film and television look for the right character fit. Much of the legwork happens online, with sites such as EastWest Locations and Meyler & Co. that have pre-selected locations — everything from art galleries to bowling alleys to funeral homes. “They rep houses that are already film friendly, so we’re not wasting time knocking on doors that don’t work,” said Jordana Kronen, a location manager in Los Angeles who helped find the longtime home of Maura (née Mort) Pfefferman in the…
 
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  • Crisis Management: How I’ve Dealt With Rogue Contractors (& What I’ve Learned)

    Nathan Brooks
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    You got it. Contractor says one thing. The actual end product, or action, or quality of work, is very, very different. For instance, the contractor keeps talking about how little money he is going to make. Or, “I really should have had another $10k-$20k for this job.” Or my favorite, the Mr. Silent contractor — the [...] View the full article: Crisis Management: How I’ve Dealt With Rogue Contractors (& What I’ve Learned) on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • 10 Ridiculously Easy Actions to Take Today if You’re Serious About Purchasing Your First Property

    Scott Trench
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Are you serious about purchasing your first property? Do you have the ability to make an offer on at least one property in your area of interest right now? If you are currently incapable of making an offer on a property in the area that you are trying to invest in, there’s nothing wrong with that. There are many [...] View the full article: 10 Ridiculously Easy Actions to Take Today if You’re Serious About Purchasing Your First Property on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • Making Decisions & Taking Action: 2 Factors That Dictate Real Estate Success

    Engelo Rumora
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    G’Day Mates, How many emails, calls and meetings have you done since reading my last blog? For 10 months I was eating peanut butter and drinking $1 gas station coffees in order to survive. During those depressed times, I was still committing to the numbers daily until my breakthrough moment came. Today, I find myself [...] View the full article: Making Decisions & Taking Action: 2 Factors That Dictate Real Estate Success on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • Is Real Estate Wholesaling Illegal? 

    Brandon Turner
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    [Editor’s Note: Please be aware that this material does not serve as legal advice. To safely practice wholesaling, be sure to consult Federal and State laws specific to your area before executing any deals.] One of the more “hotly debated” topics on BiggerPockets is concerning the legality of wholesaling. In fact, one of the most popular [...] View the full article: Is Real Estate Wholesaling Illegal?  on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • The Investor’s Guide to Financing Options for Buy & Hold Rental Property

    Matt Faircloth
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Hey there, BP! Today we are going to talk about ways to finance those passive income assets – buy and hold rentals. Not all strategies work for everyone. It all depends on your resources, the time you have available, credit, and long term goals. All these things come into play! It’s much more than interest [...] View the full article: The Investor’s Guide to Financing Options for Buy & Hold Rental Property on on The BiggerPockets Blog. This content is Copyright © 2014 BiggerPockets, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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  • Seller Will Review Offers on Monday…

    ARDELL
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    A seller setting a time in the future when they will review all offers at the same time has become common enough to warrant a blog post explaining the general pros and cons and procedure for this type of listing instruction. I just did a spot check of new listings in Kirkland 98033 and a full 2/3rds have this instruction, including both single family homes and condos. If you look only at the single family homes, the percentage is even higher. There is very little written on this topic that can be googled, so I will try to explain the ins and outs of this process best I can. Everyone does it a…
  • Best Place To Live – Testing Your Parameters

    ARDELL
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Seattle Area – Choosing Best Place to Live. I recently received a request to write a new post on this topic. Even I find most of the articles I have read on this topic to be very confusing. Like this one that mixes a few “Really?!?” with the obvious best places. Or this one that jumps from one extreme to the other pretty quickly back and forth. If you are renting vs buying you can use the lists of Best Places to Live in the Greater Seattle Area pretty freely, as you can skip around at the end of each lease until you find a place you may want to permanently call…
  • What is an Alternative Brokerage? Who is an Alternative Real Estate Agent?

    Craig Blackmon
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:18 pm
    One of the great challenges of being on the “bleeding edge” of change in any industry is identifying the words to be used in discussing the new model. The real estate industry is, at more than a century old, steeped in history and culture. So it’s even more of a challenge to create a dialog that accurately captures the essence of a particular innovation and the characteristics that distinguish it from the old way of doing business. It’s hard to create new meanings for words that have long-standing and well-understood definitions. One term used to describe real…
  • 2015 Conforming Loan Limits for Seattle – King County

    Rhonda Porter
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Conforming loan limits will be slightly higher in 2015 for homes located in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counites. 1 Unit: $517,500 2 Unit: $662,500 3 Unit: $800,800 4 Unit: $995,200 All other counties in Washington state will have the same loan limits in 2015 as they did this year.     The post 2015 Conforming Loan Limits for Seattle – King County appeared first on Rain City Guide. No related posts.
  • Ask not what your client can do for you…

    ARDELL
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Bill Gassett wrote a blog post a couple of days ago titled “Things Buyers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate”. I happen to know and like Bill and would not normally engage in a “correction”, point-counterpoint post with him. However one of my clients posted Bill’s article on his facebook page with this tag “Ardell DellaLoggia? Thoughts?” Since my thoughts are more than will fit in a facebook comment…I am writing the full answer here. My facebook comment answer was: I like Bill…and his piece is somewhat right…but for ALL the WRONG…
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  • The Week in Review: RadioShack, American, Toyota steal the headlines

    Lance Murray
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    The past week in Dallas-Fort Worth business news was highlighted by big news on American Airlines’ headquarters search, Toyota hiring of a contractor for its new headquarters in Plano, a hotel sale, speedy delivery plans from Amazon and the RadioShack bankruptcy saga. Let’s revisit the week that was: Commercial Real Estate American Airlines vice president Tim Skipworth told the DBJ exclusively that the carrier was putting its real estate search for a new headquarters on hold and, instead,…
  • Memphis architects honored during AIA Design Awards

    Michael Sheffield
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Archimania took home three of the seven awards during the 2015 AIA Memphis Design Awards, conducted by the Memphis chapter of the American Institute of Architects March 28. The event honors the best designs of local architects, as selected by a jury of architects and civic leaders from Louisville. The judges included M. Ross Primmer, who served as jury chair and Roberto DeLeon, who are principals of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop; David Biagi, of the University of Kentucky College of Design;…
  • Bardo Brewpub to open beer garden and park next to Nationals Park

    Rebecca Cooper
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    The team behind cult beer favorite Bardo Brewpub is cooking up a much larger project for this summer: a 2-acre beer garden and park on the Anacostia River next to Nationals Park. Bardo announced the project on its Facebook page Saturday morning with a video "made" by the brewpub's mascot, Bardawg, promoting an indiegogo campaign to help fund the project. Owners Bill and Andrew Stewart are trying to raise $200,000 for the beer garden. They are planning an "extremely tentative" July 1 opening. Bardo,…
  • Kinship increases Sunnyvale holdings in Peery Park

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Kinship Capital, the real estate investment arm of Chicago's Searle family, has been quietly building its portfolio in a Sunnyvale neighborhood ripe for future growth. Over the last few months, an entity affiliated with Kinship has acquired three buildings totaling some 165,000 square feet of space. The transactions give the Kinship-affiliated entity 810 W. Maude Ave., 870 W. Maude Ave. and 470 Potrero Ave — a trio of buildings in an area where Apple has been making big plays of late. If one…
  • $273M: 'Twin Toaster' towers sale is biggest of 2015 so far

    Marc Stiles
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The Metropolitan Park East and West office buildings in downtown Seattle have sold for just over $272.8 million, according to public records. That's 30 percent more than what the office campus – known locally as the "Twin Toasters" for their shiny exteriors and boxy shapes – sold for less than three years ago. The price is the highest paid for a real estate asset so far this year in King County. Documents that King County recorded on Friday show that CBRE Global Investors of Los Angeles bought…
 
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  • Bloomberg View Column: Income Inequality Hits the Housing Market

    Jonathan Miller
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Income Inequality Hits the Housing Market. This article turned out to be my most-commented on piece so far. The topic of affordability generates a hotbed of conversation. Here’s an excerpt… There’s been plenty of talk recently about signs of recovery in the housing market. Rather than think about housing as a single market, it might be helpful to look at housing as many markets based on everything from geography to price to new versus existing… [read more] My Bloomberg View Column Directory My Bloomberg View RSS feed.
  • Wired’s Phallic Take on the High-Rise Boom

    Jonathan Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    When first moving to New York City in the mid-1980s I remember seeing this epic quote in New York Magazine: “You know what this business is all about? Weenie-waving. Everyone does it. I do too.” -real estate developer Bruce Eichner Fast forward to the latest copy of Wired Magazine with the theme “Sex in the Digital Age.” The real estate angle includes a mandatory SuperTall building graphic with the theme embedded subtitle.
  • Bloomberg View Column: Real-Estate Agents Ride High Again

    Jonathan Miller
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Real-Estate Agents Ride High Again. It was disappointing to have so many Realtors go on the attack over this piece showing they missed the entire point – I was writing about the trend, not the dollars or the splits. Are commission incomes higher in say Manhattan than in rural Texas. Doh! The very idea that incomes are rising after years of low transaction volume plus the lack of resurgence in NAR membership since the financial crisis has made for a little less competition today. This seems like good news to me for the industry. But with the barrier…
  • [Three Cents Worth #278 NY] Murray Hill Has the Most Micro Units in All of Manhattan

    Jonathan Miller
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 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: Uptown may have the smallest studios, but which Manhattan neighborhood can claim the most micro units? To find out, I looked at where apartments measuring 300 square feet or less are located and determined what they have in common—besides being small. We’ve appraised many micro apartments over the years, so I was admittedly a little confused at how micro…
  • [Three Cents Worth #277 NY] Which Manhattan Neighborhood Has The Smallest Studios?

    Jonathan Miller
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 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 I’m often a bit macro in this column, it’s Micro Week at Curbed. So I thought I would rank Manhattan neighborhoods by the average square footage of their studio apartments based on all the closed sales of 2014. The results are in: if you want a plethora of small apartments, look uptown. On both the East and West Sides above 96th Street, from…
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  • AnaylzeWords: Decipher a Twitter user’s personality

    Ellen Vessels
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    A new tool invented by a UT professor can help you decipher the demeanor of a user's tweets giving you deeper insight into their moods. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Spike TV sued by contracted who states he was unfairly portrayed

    Ellen Vessels
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Spike TV has some very persuasive methods of convincing you to abide by the terms of your contract. So much so that one contractor is suing. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Ghostery: New browser extension turns you into a web detective

    Jennifer Walpole
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Ghostery helps turn you into a web detective by allowing you to track the people tracking you online and giving you the power to block them. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Study: startups abusing the “Uber of this” and “Airbnb of that” phrases

    Ellen Vessels
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:18 pm
    So many startups are describing their concept by comparing themselves to other successful companies, here's why this is a bad marketing idea. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Instagram announces its own collage Layout app

    Jennifer Walpole
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Instagram announces the addition of its own Layout app for customizing your own collages - worth a look, even if you're already using a third party collage app. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
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  • 04-24-2015 - Real Estate Institute to host Spring Symposium at SUNY Farmingdale

    CRE Newswire
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Farmingdale, NY Real Estate Institute hosts Spring Symposium at SUNY Farmingdale on April 24, 2015 Registration at ......
  • Architect

    CRE Newswire
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    BBS is a unique firm. Under one roof are housed almost all of the disciplines that would be ......
  • Roof Raising

    CRE Newswire
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Space Technology Inc. (STI) lifts the existing roof of an industrial building, intact, to two or ......
  • Environmental Consulting

    CRE Newswire
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Merritt Environmental Consulting Corp. (MECC) is located in Hauppauge, New York and provides ......
  • Property Management

    CRE Newswire
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Langsam Property Services Corp. is a Bronx-based real estate management company. The com­pany is ......
 
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  • My Pettiest SM Peeves

    Geno Petro
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    I’m a Chicago real estate blogger  who resides in a glass house (okay, an MCM high rise) so throw ‘em if you got ‘em.  A little collateral stone breakage comes with the territory in this Midwest cranny. Regardless, here are a handful of Social Media miens that tick  me off on a daily basis. In no great order: 1) Stock Photo Images On A Realtor’s Blog My take: If you’re going to offer up something to the SM gods that even faintly smells literary, have the decency (imagination?) to snap your own accompanying picture. (Unless of course, its a really cool shot…
  • 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…
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  • Temporary Work: Is it Possible to get a Mortgage?

    Justin McHood
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    Applying for a mortgage means that the underwriters are going to evaluate many different aspects of your financial life including your income, employment stability, assets, payment history and overall credit score. When your income is evaluated, it will need to appear steady. If you are a temporary employee, this could be concerning. How can temporary or contract work income look as if you receive it on a regular basis? Luckily, today many lenders will allow temporary work to qualify for a loan as long as you have the right documentation and have enough compensating factors. Don’t wait…
  • 80/10/10 Loans: Are they Worth It?

    Justin McHood
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    When you are purchasing a home, you have many options in regards to your financing. If you are going to be putting down less than 20 percent of the purchase price on the home, you run the risk of needing to pay private mortgage insurance on a conforming or FHA loan. These costs can add up, making your monthly mortgage payment difficult to afford. One way around that is to obtain an 80/10/10 mortgage, which is two mortgages, one with an 80 percent LTV and another with a 10 percent LTV. The final 10 percent comes from your own money as a down payment. Fast and easy way to get a free home loan…
  • Will Payment Shock Prevent you from Getting a Mortgage?

    Justin McHood
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    When you are looking for a mortgage to purchase a home, you might hear the term payment shock be thrown around. This is especially common for first-time home buyers, but has seen higher use with an increased number of borrowers entering the housing market after losing a home in recent years. Payment shock is a large increase in your monthly obligations, putting you at risk for defaulting on your loans. This is a common issue for someone that has been renting and wants to apply for a mortgage that will have a high monthly payment. It is also the case for borrowers that take out an adjustable…
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  • Beware: Today’s Mortgage Rates Subject To “Long Weekend” Effect

    Lou Barnes
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    For the second time this year, mortgage rates have bounced off of a bottom. This week, because of jobs data, rates may rise from their current levels near 3.75%.Click for the complete post : Beware: Today’s Mortgage Rates Subject To “Long Weekend” Effect.
  • 4 Errors Which Will Raise Your Mortgage Closing Costs

    Dan Green
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Four common mistakes borrowers make which increase their mortgage closing costs, and how to avoid making them yourself. Today's rates are now quoted near the lowest this year.Click for the complete post : 4 Errors Which Will Raise Your Mortgage Closing Costs.
  • Current Mortgage Rates – Today’s Analysis on Rates

    Joe Farr
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Current mortgage rates and mortgage market movement. Today's mortgage rates and mortgage news. Live rate quotes available. News and data provided by MBSQuoteline, a real-time mortgage market data service available to loan officers, real estate agents, and other finance professionals.Click for the complete post : Current Mortgage Rates – Today’s Analysis on Rates.
  • Mortgage Rates Today Have Millions Of Homeowners “In The Money”

    Dan Green
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Current rates have millions of homeowners "in the money" to refinance and are allowing FHA homeowners to cancel their FHA MIP. Today's mortgage rates are the lowest in more than six weeks and near the lowest of all-time.Click for the complete post : Mortgage Rates Today Have Millions Of Homeowners “In The Money”.
  • Lowest Mortgage Rates (In Order): VA Loans, Then FHA Loans, Then Conventional

    Dan Green
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    VA mortgage rates are the cheapest of all of today's mortgage rates -- and it's not even close. Full analysis, plus a complimentary mortgage rate quote.Click for the complete post : Lowest Mortgage Rates (In Order): VA Loans, Then FHA Loans, Then Conventional.
 
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  • Take a test drive of the only real estate website endorsed by Barbara Corcoran

    Laura Monroe
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    In this Demo Day webinar, Real Estate Webmasters introduces the world’s only real estate website exclusively endorsed by Barbara Corcoran. Real Estate Webmasters, known for its industry knowledge, collaborated with Corcoran and tapped into her advice to create this lead-generating, high-performance website. The focus of this site is on the importance of personal and corporate branding, full mobile responsiveness, clean designs and speed — oh yeah, this site is so fast that it feels like driving on the German Autobahn. Did we mention our state-of-the-art CRM (customer relationship…
  • ‘Inbound marketing’ turns strangers into real estate clients in 6 steps

    Laura Monroe
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Did you miss our webinar on inbound marketing? Catch up here. Inbound marketing is simply the best way to attract and nurture new prospects online. From your emails, blogs, social media and landing pages — the digital breadcrumbs that attract and bring new clients into your sales pipeline is called “inbound” marketing. You may be doing this already, but in this webinar we’re going to give you some actionable steps you can take to start collecting and converting leads through inbound methods. Stay tuned until the end — we’re going to give you a kit with even…
  • Approach real estate as if you were running for mayor

    Scott Schang
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What happens when someone builds a dominant online presence in your community? One of the ways you can lose market share in your farm is when a tech-savvy agent works as hard online as you’ve worked offline to capture market share by educating homeowners and homebuyers about the local market. Being recognized and trusted as a local expert is an important part of growing, and preserving your position as the go-to real estate agent in your community. In years past, simply farming your neighborhoods consistently might have worked pretty well. When you are the most popular source of…
  • 8 examples of authentic leadership in real estate

    Don Kottick
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    “Authentic leadership” is described in Wikipedia as “an approach to leadership that emphasizes building the leader’s legitimacy through honest relationships with followers.” Authentic leaders are said to value input and are supposed to be positive, truthful, open people who build trust and generate enthusiastic support to improve individual and team performance. In the past, an employee worked his entire career with one employer; today, the acceptable trend is a different job posting every three to five years. One of the benefits of this trend is the employee…
  • Homebuyers are liars: a poem

    Wes Pinkston
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Happy Friday, Inman readers — here is a poem to start off your weekend. Homebuyers are liars — we all know this is true, My real-life examples I will share with you. Let’s begin with a man who I met in the fall At a sunglass kiosk in the back of the mall. I showed him eight homes in the month of November; When I followed up, it’s like he didn’t remember. “Hey, Jon! It’s me; are you back in L.A.? Do you have some time to see that listing today?” A glimmer of hope — but already I know His voice mail picked up three times in a row. He never…
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  • Traditional home at 1311 Linda Rosa

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    The dream: Sipping  drinks on the deck with friends and family, watching the sun set behind the hills at the far edge of Eagle Rock and the tall buildings in downtown Glendale. The fun continues on the huge patio below big enough for a quick basketball game and/or major alfresco bbq party—or maybe you’d rather play some soccer on the grassy lawn— Read More
  • I Got Tricked By Rate Ads

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Today I want to share a story from Scott Groves with Movement Mortgage, a lender we work with frequently.  One of the big questions we get from buyers when they start their home search is "Who has the best rates?" And the truth is - picking a lender is a lot like picking a real estate agent.  Rates will change, however choosing someone you trust that can kind you through the (very complicated) process is something that will make a big impact in your home buying experience. From Scott:"I have to admit that I fell for it.  As a home-owner, even though I work in the…
  • South Pasadena Craftsman at 1115 Brent

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Yearning to live in a simpler, more gracious time but still want a great floor plan, a master bedroom retreat and great neighborhood? Have it all in this 1905 Craftsman in sought-after South Pasadena. Step back in time with hardwood floors, wainscoting, built-in buffet, period-style fixtures. Read More
  • 1909 Craftsman at 5029 Hartwick

    9 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The love affair begins as you step through the wooden gate into the front garden and walk across the wide front porch into the living room. While modernized for today's homeowner, the character of this Eagle Rock Craftsman home has been both preserved and enhanced with new hardwood floors, dual pane windows installed inside the original window frames, a spiral wooden staircase up to the bedrooms on the second floor. Read More
  • Rare Church at 6408 Ruby St

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Rare opportunity to own your own church! Complete with two large and beautiful stained glass windows, high vaulted ceilings in a huge open space, and a kitchen in the large basement. Located in Garvanza, this is a contributing structure of the Highland Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, Read More
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  • Looking at Numbers in the Charlottesville Real Estate Market

    Jim Duncan
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Some segments are moving, some are slowing, some are stagnant in the Charlottesville area real estate market. Start with this caveat – these are broad numbers that should be taken broadly. I’m going to write about this in more depth in this month’s note. Looking at: – Charlottesville + Albemarle – Single family, attached, condos – Not specifically looking at new construction data, as these contracts are not necessarily entered – 1 January – 24 March, 2014 vs 2015 In the $200k – $400k segment: 30% more contracts this year than last In…
  • Pocket listings in Charlottesville

    Jim Duncan
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    My buyer clients know about pocket listings; they rightfully expect me to find them, and I do everything I can to track them down. I was talking to an agent the other day, trying to find a house in the City of Charlottesville for buyer clients. Her response? “I don’t have anything; I’m selling everything before I can put it on the market.” I’ve seen more pocket listings this year than I can remember. “Pocket Listings” = a listing that a real estate agent markets quietly without putting it into the MLS. (I’m also seeing escalation clauses, bidding wars, offers within…
  • Charlottesville’s New Northside Library

    Jim Duncan
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The Northside Library opened today at noon, and people were arriving about 30 minutes early, in anticipation of its opening, some with books in hand. I was able to stay for about twenty minutes, but this from Supervisor Brad Sheffield echoes something I’ve been saying (and feeling) for a couple years. Brad Sheffield is talking about a resurgence in demand for community spaces-for human interaction. Libraries matter. The Library is located in the old Phillips Supply building on Rio Road – the west side of 29. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Albemarle County move as fast on…
  • Coaching Soccer, Community, Real Estate

    Jim Duncan
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:43 am
    One reason I'm a realtor: I can coach soccer. A photo posted by Jim Duncan (@jimduncan) on Sep 11, 2014 at 1:55pm PDT   Soccer starts again. Finally. Thanks to snow and rain, the start of this year’s soccer season has been delayed by three weeks. Re-posting what I wrote in 2011 (with a few updates): This Thursday my spring life changes again. My real estate business will shut down from three o’clock to six thirty for preparation and practice. And Saturdays’ schedules will be non-negotiably altered. I’ve never knowingly lost a client because I don’t negotiate my coaching…
  • Quick Peek at the Charlottesville Real Estate Market – 13 March 2015

    Jim Duncan
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    A lot of homes in the Charlottesville area are going under contract quickly. A lot aren’t. Your market will vary. In the County of Albemarle: there are (if the new MLS’ data is trustworthy) 794 active homes for sale – 394 homes marked as under contract; a whopping 188 of those have days on market of 7 days or less. 216 have days on market of 15 or less. 102 have days of more than 90. In the City of Charlottesville: there are 168 active homes for sale – 94 homes marked as under contract; 34 of those have days on market of 7 days or less. 44 have days on market…
 
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    Ubertor Real Estate Blog

  • North and West Vancouver Realtor, Stu Bell, Chooses Limelight Marketing and Ubertor for his Custom Real Estate Website

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Specialist of North and West Vancouver’s fine properties, Stu Bell’s custom Ubertor Real Estate website designed by Platinum Ubertor Approved Vendor Limelight Marketing, speaks to its visitors with a luxurious and contemporary feel. Highlight’s of Stu Bell’s custom Real Estate website: Featured listings on the home page includes a slider feature, which displays property information. High resolution photos are utilized throughout the website, which makes the site appealing to visitors looking for properties. Stu’s feature listings, are displayed in a unique, horizontal wide…
  • Build Your Own Lead Generating ‘Custom Forms’ with Ubertor

    Bryan Garcia
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    In today’s busy Real Estate world, agents rely on their website to generate leads. Leads can be captured through multiple channels, one which includes forms on a website. Since we’ve start building Realtor websites in 2000, we’ve seen over a million form submissions come through our websites – a majority of those being real leads, that turn into sales for thousands of Realtors on our platform. Our latest feature (due to popular request by our users) allows you to create custom forms for your Ubertor website. Our custom form builder is simple, using drag and drop…
  • Vancouver & Kelowna Realtor, David S. Green, Joins the Ubertor Family with a Fully Customized Real Estate Website

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    Vancouver and Kelowna Realtor, David S. Green of Macdonald Realty, has taken his Ubertor Real Estate website to the next level with a fully customized approach. Highlights of David’s fully customized Ubertor Real Estate website: The design on the home page is edgy and unique, while keeping it modern and easy on the eyes. The feature listing displayed on the home page is an aerial view of the property. Fully mobile site that compliments his desktop website. Fully automated property pages focused on Vancouver, West Vancouver and Kelowna. User friendly custom map of Vancouver which…
  • Responsive Real Estate Websites by Ubertor

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    We are happy to announce our new responsive Real Estate websites. Not only are these websites prim and pristine to give you your beautiful, ideal, modern looking Real Estate website – they also come in 2 themes with 7 impressive variations. We are projecting to roll out a handful more in the upcoming months!   TEMPLATE NAME: AVENUE. The true beauty of a responsive website lies within the word “responsive”, indicating your website’s ability to respond to any device: desktop, tablet, and smart phone. The design and look of your website stays consistent across all devices.
  • Edmonton Condo Specialist, Jakie Ng, Receives a ‘Limelight Makeover’!

    Bryan Garcia
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    Edmonton condo specialist, Jakie Ng, has taken his Ubertor Real Estate website to the next level with a full custom design makeover from Limelight Marketing. Highlights of Jakie Ng’s redesign: Full wide screen slider, with high resolution images. Dedicated pages for specific condo buildings (like The Pearl and Ultima Tower) in Edmonton. Automated property pages focused on downtown Edmonton condos for sale, filtered by price range. 4 feature listings displayed on the home page. Visible “call to action” option for visitors to get in touch with Jakie. Feature listings…
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    Reverse Mortgage Daily

  • HUD Appoints Ed Golding as New FHA Chief

    Jason Oliva
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Starting next month, a new leader will take the reins of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), according to a memo this week from the Office of the Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On April 7, Ed Golding of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) will serve as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of FHA, replacing Acting FHA Commissioner/Assistant Secretary Biniam Gebre. “Ed brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to his new role,” Secretary Castro said in a written statement. “Ed has been an invaluable…
  • Mortgage Lender Launches Specialty Loan for Retirees in New Mexico

    Cassandra Dowell
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    As New Mexico attracts more retirees, an online mortgage lender has announced plans to expand its alternative mortgage program for those with complex incomes in the state. Los Angeles, Calif.-based Privlo is seeking retirees with significant assets who may be lacking in regular income. The company currently operates in 10 states, and plans to be active in 21 by the end of the year. Privlo’s expansion into New Mexico will help the state’s borrowers who are categorically rejected by banks due to their financial histories have another chance at homeownership, the company says in a…
  • [Webinar] Creating New Sales Strategy Around Reverse Mortgage Financial Assessment

    Elizabeth Ecker
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    The reverse mortgage financial assessment is arguably the most impactful product change in the history of the HECM. While the financial assessment is adding new steps to the origination process, these steps can be used as a sales advantage. Join Reverse Mortgage Daily and ReverseVision on Wednesday, April 15 for a FREE webinar on Creating New Sales Strategy Around the Reverse Mortgage Financial Assessment. During this webinar, we’ll cover strategic sales techniques that incorporate the financial assessment into the reverse mortgage origination process. Learn how lenders are changing their…
  • Friday Round-Up: A New Era, Reverse Mortgage Servicing Criticized

    Emily Study
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    In case you missed it, here’s what happened in reverse mortgage news this week: CFPB Official: Reverse Mortgage Industry Needs to ‘Clean Up’ Servicing — While a certain amount of consumer confusion is to be expected with complex products like reverse mortgages, this confusion has been significantly worsened by poor loan servicing, a CFPB official told attendees at a recent conference in Chicago.  The Best and Worst States for Retirement — It’s easy to associate retirement with traditional hotspots like Florida and Arizona, but retiring comfortably goes beyond enjoying the…
  • Reverse Mortgage Industry on the Cusp of a New Era

    John Yedinak
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    After several years of program changes, the reverse mortgage industry is facing its biggest change yet: the Financial Assessment. “We are on the cusp of entering a new era of the business” said Peter Bell, president and CEO of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association during its eastern regional event in New York City. The assessment is meant to provide a set of underwriting standards that borrowers must meet in order obtain a reverse mortgage. This new process, while it could impact volume in the short term, should be beneficial to the industry over the long term, according to…
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    Wallingford Wired

  • Pizza Wars IV Coming Back to Wallingford’s Villa Capri

    Harriman Real Estate
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Pizza Wars IV Coming to Back Wallingford’s Villa Capri Pizza: from the Latin pinsere, meaning “to press”. No matter what the etymology of the delicacy is, to those who love it it means, “Good God, let’s eat!”, and on April 9th, pizza lovers can unite under one roof to do just that. On that date, Wallingford’s Villa Capri Restaurant will once again host Pizza Wars, the area’s epic battle for pizza pie supremacy, from 5:30pm to 7:45pm. So far, hostess Dee Babkirk has seven pizza shops from Wallingford that have signed on to bring their best creations to share with the…
  • New Listing: 28 Prospect St, Wallingford CT 06492

    Harriman Real Estate
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    28 Prospect St in Wallingford CT Home Photos Local Schools New Listing Patricia Harriman Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-672-4499 Questions? Schedule a Showing! 28 Prospect St Wallingford, CT 06492 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms : 1 ( 1 full ) List Price: $109,900 Living Area Approx : 940 A bargain for the do-it-yourself buyers! This home has some updates but still needs TLC. Spruce up the exterior and you can enjoy some front porch charm. There’s a large eat-in kitchen with granite counters and newer cabinets. The town shows this home as a 2 bedrooms but there are three rooms with closets. There…
  • Easter Egg Hunts in and Around Wallingford CT

    Harriman Real Estate
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    This year, Easter Sunday falls on Sunday, April 5th and you know all the kids will have their attention focused on one thing: Easter egg hunts! There’s something about those brightly colored spherical objects and the race to find them that has kept children enthralled for hundreds of years, and it seems it never wears off! This year there are several Easter egg hunts taking place in and around the Wallingford area. I have done my best to discover most of them and list them here. If you know of one that I have missed, please leave a comment below and I will be happy to add it! Local…
  • New Listing: 123 Maple Ave, Meriden CT 06450

    Harriman Real Estate
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Beautiful 2 bedroom home for sale in Meriden, CT ! Home Photos Local Schools New Listing! Carmen Chaparro Harriman Real Estate LLC Questions? Schedule a Showing! 123 Maple Ave Meriden, CT 06450 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms : 2 ( 2 full ) List Price: $189,900 Living Area Approx : 1248 123 Maple Ave, Meriden CT 06450 Must see!! This beautifully maintained cape, freshly painted with wood fireplace, beautiful hardwood floors throughout home and alarm system. Newly remodeled lower full bath and new kitchen tiles. This charming home has fully fenced back yard. Feature List: MLS#: N10026479 Property Type:…
  • Harriman Real Estate LLC Joins Heroes Home Advantage Network

    Harriman Real Estate
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Pat and I are both proud to have a lot of military experience in our backgrounds: I am a Viet Nam era veteran and have a son who also served in the military, while Pat’s first husband was a veteran and her daughter also served and her son is still on active duty. It’s a part of our lives that has had a huge impact on our entire family and we wouldn’t have it any other way. This military connection is why we are excited to announce that we are now affiliated with Heroes Home Advantage. What is Heroes Home Advantage? Heroes Home Advantage is a real estate rebate program for those that…
 
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  • Could your partner have adult ADHD?

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Could your partner have adult ADHD?GettyMarriages can quickly be derailed when someone goes undiagnosed -- especially because the symptoms are easy to brush under the rug.7 red flags that may sound familiarMore from Everyday Health9 MS myths8 low-cost depression fighters
  • Tragic discovery made after NYC building blast

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Tragic discovery made after NYC building blastAPOfficials said a body was found Sunday in the rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion Thursday in Manhattan's East Village.Search for others remains top priorityRelated stories'Hazardous situation' to blame?Missing man worked at restaurant
  • Your bikini body could be just 7 days away

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Your bikini body could be just 7 days awayShutterstockThinking of a last-minute beach getaway? This bikini cleanse might be just what you need to get in tip-top shape before you go.Exclusive regimen to slim downMore videos to shopYour skincare 'a-ha!' momentGet thicker, longer eyelashes
  • Hometown pastor stands by troubled co-pilot

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Hometown pastor stands by troubled co-pilotAPThe Lutheran pastor made remarks Sunday supporting Andreas Lubitz, who is blamed for the reportedly intentional crash that killed 150. 'It makes it particularly difficult ... 'Related coveragePope prays for crash victimsStruggle to find co-pilot's motivation
  • Kerry postpones homecoming amid nuke talks

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Kerry postpones homecoming amid nuke talksGettyJohn Kerry announced Sunday he is extending his stay in Switzerland as the high-pressure deadline for nuclear deal with Iran approaches. Factors adding major urgencyMore newsWalker clarifies stance on issueItalians' mixed opinions on Knox
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  • Could your partner have adult ADHD?

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Could your partner have adult ADHD?GettyMarriages can quickly be derailed when someone goes undiagnosed -- especially because the symptoms are easy to brush under the rug.7 red flags that may sound familiarMore from Everyday Health9 MS myths8 low-cost depression fighters
  • Tragic discovery made after NYC building blast

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Tragic discovery made after NYC building blastAPOfficials said a body was found Sunday in the rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion Thursday in Manhattan's East Village.Search for others remains top priorityRelated stories'Hazardous situation' to blame?Missing man worked at restaurant
  • Your bikini body could be just 7 days away

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Your bikini body could be just 7 days awayShutterstockThinking of a last-minute beach getaway? This bikini cleanse might be just what you need to get in tip-top shape before you go.Exclusive regimen to slim downMore videos to shopYour skincare 'a-ha!' momentGet thicker, longer eyelashes
  • Hometown pastor stands by troubled co-pilot

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Hometown pastor stands by troubled co-pilotAPThe Lutheran pastor made remarks Sunday supporting Andreas Lubitz, who is blamed for the reportedly intentional crash that killed 150. 'It makes it particularly difficult ... 'Related coveragePope prays for crash victimsStruggle to find co-pilot's motivation
  • Kerry postpones homecoming amid nuke talks

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Kerry postpones homecoming amid nuke talksGettyJohn Kerry announced Sunday he is extending his stay in Switzerland as the high-pressure deadline for nuclear deal with Iran approaches. Factors adding major urgencyMore newsWalker clarifies stance on issueItalians' mixed opinions on Knox
 
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  • Could your partner have adult ADHD?

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Could your partner have adult ADHD?GettyMarriages can quickly be derailed when someone goes undiagnosed -- especially because the symptoms are easy to brush under the rug.7 red flags that may sound familiarMore from Everyday Health9 MS myths8 low-cost depression fighters
  • Tragic discovery made after NYC building blast

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Tragic discovery made after NYC building blastAPOfficials said a body was found Sunday in the rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion Thursday in Manhattan's East Village.Search for others remains top priorityRelated stories'Hazardous situation' to blame?Missing man worked at restaurant
  • Your bikini body could be just 7 days away

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Your bikini body could be just 7 days awayShutterstockThinking of a last-minute beach getaway? This bikini cleanse might be just what you need to get in tip-top shape before you go.Exclusive regimen to slim downMore videos to shopYour skincare 'a-ha!' momentGet thicker, longer eyelashes
  • Hometown pastor stands by troubled co-pilot

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Hometown pastor stands by troubled co-pilotAPThe Lutheran pastor made remarks Sunday supporting Andreas Lubitz, who is blamed for the reportedly intentional crash that killed 150. 'It makes it particularly difficult ... 'Related coveragePope prays for crash victimsStruggle to find co-pilot's motivation
  • Kerry postpones homecoming amid nuke talks

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Kerry postpones homecoming amid nuke talksGettyJohn Kerry announced Sunday he is extending his stay in Switzerland as the high-pressure deadline for nuclear deal with Iran approaches. Factors adding major urgencyMore newsWalker clarifies stance on issueItalians' mixed opinions on Knox
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    Latest Activity on CREOpoint

  • Mujdat guler updated their profile

    11 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Mujdat guler updated their profile
  • Deputy Managing Editor posted an event

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    Deputy Managing Editor posted an eventMIPIM 2015 at Palais des FestivalsMarch 10, 2015 to March 13, 2015MIPIM, the world’s leading property market, brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors - office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial, offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide.The 26th edition will be held in Cannes, France from 10-13 March 2015. VISITConnect with the industry's key decision-makers and gain insight into the latest property trends and…
  • Deputy Managing Editor posted a video

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Deputy Managing Editor posted a videoMIPIM 2015- Official TrailerIntroducing MIPIM 2015... MIPIM gathers the most influential international property players from all sectors for 4 days of ultimate networking. With 19,400M²...
  • Deputy Managing Editor posted blog posts

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Deputy Managing Editor posted blog postsCommercial ContentKimco CEO Retires; Replacement PickedC&W Owner Seeks Private Buyer with Deep Pockets
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    2 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
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    Apartment Ratings

  • 5 Apartment Design Trends This Spring

    Heather Myers
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Spotting home decor trends is sort of one of my hobbies if you can even put decor spotting into that category. Hobby or not, I totally enjoy adding cool items to enhance my space and I’m always on the lookout for new decor trends and ideas that I love. It’s too early in the year to call the ones that will stick, but here are five home design trends I have been spotting online recently and in stores this spring. I know there are a few that I want to incorporate into my decor and I hope you find one or two that you like as well. Patterns From soft florals to bold geometrics,…
  • Budget Bling

    Jacy Meyer
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Is your apartment looking like last night’s pizza? Give it some glow! Brightening up any room in your home is a lot easier than it sounds, and it can be done on a budget. Set aside a weekend for you and your apartment. We have some TLC tips to make it easy, and maybe even fun! Paint It! No, not the walls. Pick any piece of furniture, in any room. Head down to the home improvement store and wander the paint aisles. Find a bold color and buy a can of it. Get some advice from the staff on brushes and other particulars and then get to work! You may need to prep your piece before painting it,…
  • Design Trends We Love

    Jacy Meyer
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Wondering how to give your apartment an inexpensive, yet trendy face lift? Don’t be left with a design that is so last year! Take a look at this list of design items that are a little bit out compared to styles that are trending now. Heavy Metal Brass, cooper and gold are hot right now which means it is time to go a bit metallic. Replace wood mirror and picture frames with ones in a gold or silver tone. Pick up some brass flower pots to show off your green thumb. Or a big copper vase filled with bright blooms can be a signature piece on the dining room table or in the living room. Edge in…
  • 4 Ways a Landlord Can Help You

    Nadia Arain
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    A good relationship with your landlord is something that many renters desire over their tenancy. Being a great renter  has its benefits, a few of which we’re going to explore. Rent is Due There will come a point in every tenant’s life, where money will definitely be an issue. Perhaps you are falling short of a couple hundred until a check has been cleared or you just lost your job and cannot pay rent this month. Whatever it is, good standing is helpful because the dynamic with your landlord will serve understanding on both sides. An understanding landlord will give you a…
  • Top Things a Renter Should Consider Before Getting a Pet

    Heather Myers
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Having a pet to come home to is one of the greatest joys in life. However, before you go out and get that cute furry friend, it’s important to make sure you are ready for the commitment. Pet ownership is as much responsibility as it is endlessly rewarding. For the sake of the animal, make sure you are prepared for all aspects. Excuse Me, but You Have Some Hair on Your Coat… Unless you plan on a hairless breed, animals are hairy and after bringing one into your home, you will  find pet hair in the weirdest places. If you have no desire to find random stray hair on your clothes,…
 
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    New at craigmische.com

  • Can You Identify This Lake?

    Craig Mische
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    The lake in this aerial is one of the larger lakes in the Alexandria Area and in the most recent Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Lake Survey it was reported the water clarity is 10.3 feet (the range was 9 – 12.5 feet) and has a maximum depth of 32 feet. It also offers a couple very nice public beaches and restaurants that can be visited by watercraft. Can you identify this lake? I expect this will be an easy one for some of you. Post the answer with a comment if you know or would like to make a guess.
  • Getting Ready For Summer

    Craig Mische
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    12’6 Bic ACE-TEC Wing It is that time of year when thoughts start, or continue, to pop into heads about summer days at the lake in Minnesota. If you don’t own a lake home and are thinking of buying one, you will notice from now until Memorial Day Weekend that new listings of cottages and cabins start appearing on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Hot-Sheet. Within the past twenty four hours there have been four new lake homes listings (two on Lake Miltona, one on Lake Mary and the fourth on Lake Union) in Alexandria’s MLS. Besides thinking of buying a place at the lake or…
  • Lake Cottage For Sale on Arrowwood Drive

    Craig Mische
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Right behind Arrowwood Resort and Lake Darling in Alexandria is Lake Louise. At 214 acres it is not a big lake but it is a nice, quiet lake. Almost perfectly round. Some of the most level and nicest lakeshore is on Arrowwood Drive which travels along the south end of Louise. One of my partners at Counselor Realty listed a cottage for sale this week that is at this location. At $159,900, I think it is a very good buy. 3026 Arrowwood Drive NW Alexandria, MN 56308 MLS# 10-16497…$159,900 2 beds | 1 baths | 864 square feet UPDATE: This property is under contract as of March 24th More…
  • Financing a Home Purchase in Alexandria

    Craig Mische
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    If you are considering financing the purchase of a lake home in the Alexandria Area or a home off the lake? If you are and would like to work with a local lender, I have a recommendation for you. Call or email Cindy Maanum at Bremer Bank. She is very knowledgeable and service oriented after over 25 years of helping people finance home purchases. You will have as seamless as possible of a transaction throughout escrow leading to a new set of house keys. Email Cindy and you will hear back from her promptly. This quality alone separates her from the majority of lenders in Alexandria. 720…
  • Baywood at Lake Darling

    Craig Mische
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    My brokerage, Counselor Realty, has two new listings at Baywood on Lake Darling in Alexandria. It is purely coincidence that both these lake homes went on the real estate market during the same week. All is good at Baywood. If you aren’t familiar with Baywood, it is a townhome community on Arrowwood Drive with its neighbor being Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.. Built a little over a decade ago, each of the nineteen Baywood homeowners have the right to one boat slip in Baywood’s marina so you always are steps from a boat ride on Lake Darling or the other lakes in…
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    Developments

  • Kayne Anderson Deal Shows Student Housing Winning Favor

    Peter Grant
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Investors are getting more comfortable with student housing.
  • Slowing Momentum Might Signal Peak in New-Home Prices

    Kris Hudson
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    What does the recent slowdown in new-home price increases mean? It primarily means two things: Home builders appear to have exhausted buyers’ tolerance for big price increases, and builders are constructing a greater number of less-pricey homes.
  • Former Blackstone Exec Launches Fund to Focus on Benelux Countries

    Alessia Pirolo
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    A UK-based private equity firm founded by a former Blackstone Group LP executive is launching Icon Real Estate a new company that will invest up to €1 billion in real estate in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg where relatively high yields and recovering economies have been attracting new foreign capital.
  • Is There a Bearish Case on Spring’s New-Home Sales?

    Kris Hudson
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    With the likes of Lennar Corp. and KB Home last week posting sales-order gains of 18% and 24%, respectively, for their quarters ending Feb. 28, can a bearish case be made on new-home sales so far this spring? Yes, but not much of one.
  • Report Says “False Equity is on the Rise” in Housing Market

    AnnaMaria Andriotis
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Home prices in some U.S. markets are rising much faster than rental incomes or what it would cost to build new houses in those markets, according to a new study by a real estate valuation firm.
 
 
 
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    What's New on HUDclips

  • Mortgagee Letter 2015-08

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 am
    Electronic Appraisal Delivery (EAD) portal for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Insured Single Family Mortgages
  • Federal Registers

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    FR-5835-N-04 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Single Family Mortgage Insurance on Hawaiian Homelands FR-5835-N-02 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Single Family Premium Collection Subsystem-Periodic (SFPCS) FR-5835-N-03 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Counseling Standardization and Roster
  • Form HUD-27011

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Single-Family Application for Insurance Benefits
  • Federal Register - FR-5838-N-02

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Public Housing Agency Executive Compensation Information
  • Federal Register - FR-5828-N-12

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless
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    Real Estate Broker Market News- IQ Real Estate

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Get quality referrals and leads. Post Flash Property Listings (up to 10 photos per listing, no limits). Upgrade to Photo / Premium Broker / Agent Listing for free. If you are a 4-Star Agent or Broker, you should check IQRealEstate.com out. Over 900,000 agents listed. We are by far the Fastest Growing Directory online. Over 300,000 pages indexed in search engines. Be IQ Smart.
  • Building a hospitality real estate niche

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    PORTSMOUTH - Earle Wason has built his niche in commercial real estate from the outside in. The niche of Wason Associates at 1 New Hampshire Ave. at Pease International Tradeport is hospitality real estate, brokering the sale and purchase of restaurants, hotels and motels and resorts.
  • Nina Agdal celebrates 23rd birthday at Miami Open

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    The model's boyfriend, real-estate broker Reid Heidenry, surprised her by flying in her brother Emil Brohus from Denmark.
  • Real estate broker wins P10.4M lotto jackpot

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    MANILA, Philippines - This lotto winner from Batangas province has had to take on two jobs as a real estate broker and as a memorial plan agent so his family could have a decent life. But with his P10.4-million prize, the 58-year-old father of three need not worry now for the future of his family, and has in fact more than enough capital to start his own business, according to Philippine Charity ...
  • Real estate broker wins P10.4M lotto jackpot

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    MANILA, Philippines - This lotto winner from Batangas province has had to take on two jobs as a real estate broker and as a memorial plan agent so his family could have a decent life. But with his P10.4-million prize, the 58-year-old father of three need not worry now for the future of his family, and has in fact more than enough capital to start his own business, according to Philippine Charity ...
 
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    Real Estate Agent Market News- IQ Real Estate

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Get quality referrals and leads. Post Flash Property Listings (up to 10 photos per listing, no limits). Upgrade to Photo / Premium Agent Listing for free. If you are a 4-Star Agent or Broker, you should check IQRealEstate.com out. Over 900,000 agents listed. We are by far the Fastest Growing Directory online. Over 300,000 pages indexed in search engines. Be IQ Smart.
  • Agent declares reserve price before auction

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    A leading real estate agent is taking the irregular step of disclosing reserves to buyers.
  • Agent declares reserve price before auction

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    A leading real estate agent is taking the irregular step of disclosing reserves to buyers.
  • Vancouver house sells for $567K over listed price

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    A Vancouver real estate agent who has just sold a home for $567,000 over its published listing price says that underlisting is an accepted selling strategy in the real estate market. "If the product's right, the timing's right and the inventory is right, it's the right strategy," Paul Eviston told CBC News. Sitting two blocks west of Main Street - both a physical and psychological divide - the ...
  • 7 tips for picking a real estate agent

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Ever wish you could see through the hype to hire the best real estate agent for buying or selling your home?
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    Business Insider

  • One big way that eBay is trying to be more like Apple

    Jillian D'Onfro
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    eBay probably isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think about companies that are really nailing design. In fact, until little over a year ago, designers from eBay's different properties  — like Marketplace, PayPal, and StubHub — didn't interact at all. The company had no common voice or design culture. Now, that's in the process of changing.  "We're going through a big transformation," Dave Lippman, eBay's VP of design told Business Insider.  Once the company decided that it needed a more cohesive design strategy, it started by defining a new bar for quality…
  • There's a good reason 'The Walking Dead' creator doesn't use the word zombie

    Matthew Stuart and Alana Kakoyiannis
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    We interviewed Robert Kirkman – the creator of "The Walking Dead" – at New York Comic Con 2014. Produced by Matthew Stuart and Alana Kakoyiannis. Special thanks to Kirsten Acuna. Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story »
  • 2 bodies have been found in the rubble of the East Village building explosion

    Peter Jacobs
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Two bodies have been recovered from the site of a building explosion and collapse in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood, The New York Post and ABC News report. A massive fire Thursday afternoon brought down three New York City buildings after an explosion at 121 2nd Avenue. Two people were reported missing following the fire. The Post identified the two missing people as 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa, who was on a date at the Sushi Park restaurant in 121 2nd Avenue, and 27-year-old busboy Moises Locon, who was reportedly standing in the area of the fire. The FDNY or NYPD have not…
  • 26 MORE tech skills worth a $100,000+ salary

    Julie Bort
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When you have the right tech skills, you can command a great salary. But the hot tech one year is not the next. Job site Dice.com recently published its 2015 Salary Survey, which named the highest-paying tech skills right now. And many skills pay more than $110,000, as we recently reported. But there are plenty more skills that can net you a six-figure salary. Of course, skills alone won't always lead to a high salary. Work experience counts, too.Fiber Channel is worth $104,438 Fibre Channel is a technology that connects computer storage devices together. Pay for Fiber-Channel-related…
  • Iran negotiator says nuclear deal 'doable', issues remain

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Lausanne (AFP) - A nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is "doable" with "two or three" issues left to resolve, Tehran's lead negotiator said in crunch talks in Switzerland."Getting to an accord is doable. Solutions have been found for numerous questions. We are still working on two or three issues... The talks are in their final phase and are very difficult," Abbas Araqchi told reporters in Lausanne.Araqchi said Sunday that sending abroad its stocks of nuclear material, a key demand of world powers in talks in Switzerland, was unacceptable."The export of stocks of enriched uranium is…
 
 
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    Developments

  • Kayne Anderson Deal Shows Student Housing Winning Favor

    Peter Grant
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Investors are getting more comfortable with student housing.
  • Slowing Momentum Might Signal Peak in New-Home Prices

    Kris Hudson
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    What does the recent slowdown in new-home price increases mean? It primarily means two things: Home builders appear to have exhausted buyers’ tolerance for big price increases, and builders are constructing a greater number of less-pricey homes.
  • Former Blackstone Exec Launches Fund to Focus on Benelux Countries

    Alessia Pirolo
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    A UK-based private equity firm founded by a former Blackstone Group LP executive is launching Icon Real Estate a new company that will invest up to €1 billion in real estate in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg where relatively high yields and recovering economies have been attracting new foreign capital.
  • Is There a Bearish Case on Spring’s New-Home Sales?

    Kris Hudson
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    With the likes of Lennar Corp. and KB Home last week posting sales-order gains of 18% and 24%, respectively, for their quarters ending Feb. 28, can a bearish case be made on new-home sales so far this spring? Yes, but not much of one.
  • Report Says “False Equity is on the Rise” in Housing Market

    AnnaMaria Andriotis
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Home prices in some U.S. markets are rising much faster than rental incomes or what it would cost to build new houses in those markets, according to a new study by a real estate valuation firm.
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 3/27/15

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 3/27/15 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Durable goods orders declined in February as businesses cut back on investmentsInitial unemployment claims fall by 9,000 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 3/26/15

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 3/26/15 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:New home sales rose to 7-year high in FebruaryCPI rebounded 0.2 percent in February but unchanged for previous 12 monthsFHFA House Price Index rose 0.3 percent in January; up 5.1 percent year-over-yearWant 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 3/24/15

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 3/24/15 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Existing home sales rose modestly in February, but prices rose at the fastest pace in a yearFederal Reserve keeps interest rates at current levels for now, but may raise the later in the yearWant 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 3/20/15

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 3/20/15 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Leading Economic Index edged up in February for the third straight monthInitial unemployment claims rise by 1,000 in latest reportPhiladelphia Fed's Business Outlook Survey showed modest manufacturing expansion in FebruaryMortgage applications fall 3.9 percent in latest survey even as rates dip slightlyWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at…
  • March column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    My column for the March 2015 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.For this issue, entitled "The Housing Rebound Continues, Version 2.0" I wanted to revisit the state of the economic rebound as well as the slow recovery in the housing market.  An excerpt:Last December, I wrote about a slow but steady housing rebound that seemed to suggest an even stronger 2015, and this is certainly still the case. However, more updated economic information from the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first part of 2015 seem to point to a different type of animal: Look for 2015 to be…
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    News-to-Use from Region VIII Office of Multifamily Housing

  • FY2015 Income Limits Released

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    HUD has released its FY2015 Median Family Income estimates and FY2015 Income Limits. The FY2015 Income Limits were published on March 6, 2015, and are effective immediately.
  • OLHCHH Webinar on Successfully Adopting a Smoke-Free Housing Policy

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    On behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH), you are cordially invited to attend an informative webinar: How to Successfully Adopt a Smoke-Free Policy in Public and Multifamily Housing Thursday, March 5, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST.
  • 2015 Annual Adjustment Factors Announced

    12 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    On February 9, 2015, a Notice of the Revised Contract Rent Annual Adjustment Factors (AAFs) for 2015 was published. The AAFs are used to adjust the contract rents on the anniversary date of the assistance contract for some multifamily projects. The AAFs are effective February 9, 2015. A copy of the Federal Register containing the revised AAFs. The HUDUSER website has been updated to include the revised AAFs.
  • 30-Day Extension of TRACS 202.d Conversion Date

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    A 30-day extension to the TRACS 202.d Conversion Date has been posted under the "What's New" section of the TRACS website. The release is titled TRACS 202d Release Implementation Schedule.
  • REMINDER: New Passbook Savings Rate Effective February 1, 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Housing Notice 2014-15 Passbook Savings Rate Effective February 1, 2015 and Establishing Future Passbook Savings Rates has been posted to HUDCLIPS. As the title suggests, this notice establishes a new Passbook Savings Rate of 0.06% effective February 1, 2015 which supersedes the rate published in paragraph 5-7.F of HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1. The notice also provides explanation for how future Passbook Savings Rates will be adjusted.
 
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • Appropriations subcommittee hearing discusses HUD programs and questions costs

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    by Rebekah King, National Housing ConferenceOn March 24, HUD Secretary Julian Castro testified a second time before the House Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development subcommittee on the president’s FY 2016 HUD budget request. Chairman Diaz-Balart (R-Fl.) dispensed with opening statements so that members could dive into questions. Most of the chairman’s questions focused on compliance and cost, foreshadowing the strong justification HUD will need to provide to move the proposed program changes and funding increases in the president’s budget forward. The other…
  • New data on housing affordability points the way for housing policy

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    by Ethan Handelman, National Housing ConferenceNHC's release of Housing Landscape 2015this week throws into sharp relief the housing challenges so many people in America face. Some problems are steady over time, like the roughly one quarter of working renters who spend more than half of their income on housing.  Others vary more based on economic conditions.  The pressure of spending too much on housing hits renters and owners across this country at many income levels, and the effects are most intense for people with the least means. There isn't a single policy…
  • Housing affordability improves slightly, but challenges remain for working renters and people of color

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    by Mindy Ault, National Housing ConferenceIn Housing Landscape2015, the National Housing Conference’s Center for Housing Policy examines trends in housing affordability for low- to moderate-income working families throughout the United States. Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey data, we observed that while the share of households with severe housing cost burden—that is, spending more than half a household’s gross monthly income on housing costs—decreased overall from 2010, housing affordability remains a significant issue for working households,…
  • Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on HUD budget discusses negative impacts of sequestration

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    by Rebekah King, National Housing ConferenceYesterday, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development held its hearing on the HUD budget. HUD Secretary Julián Castro shared major points from the President’s FY 2016 budget request before taking questions from committee members. A theme throughout opening statements and member questions was sequestration, specifically the need for an alternative solution and the negative impact of sequestration on the HUD budget. Committee members also raised thoughtful questions about specific HUD programs,…
  • CFPB Director Richard Cordray testifies before the House Financial Services Committee

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    by Amanda Gold, National Housing ConferenceOn March 3, 2015, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled “The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.” The witness was the Honorable Richard Cordray, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Questions from committee members bounced from the partisan to the practical and back, touching on several areas relevant to housing. The qualified mortgage (QM) rule was front and center in the discussion, as were issues around payday lending and overdraft protection. The partisan…
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    Real Estate News

  • ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Got Real (Estate) This Week—and We Love It Hard

    Rachel Stults
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    By now, you’ve probably figured out that I watch entirely too much TV. (I rocked a 9 out of 9 on this quiz.) But I’m here to argue that it’s all just research in the name of career growth. Sure … that’s what I was doing when I popped open my laptop after work this week to catch the latest episode of “Fresh Off the Boat,” the ABC sitcom that takes a humorous look at the lives of Taiwanese immigrants in America in the 1990s. And guess what?! The episode, “License to Sell,” was all about real estate. Jessica, the tiger mom assertive…
  • In Midst of Comeback, Cowboys’ Amobi Okoye Selling Texas Mansion

    Roman Loyola
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Despite all the Dallas Cowboys haters out there, you can’t help but root for defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. He seems to have fully recovered from a brain condition that sidelined him for the past two NFL seasons. He did start to practice with the team in 2014 and could be an important piece of the Cowboys’ defense for the upcoming season. Okoye is an unrestricted free agent after 2015, and there’s no guarantee that his comeback will prove successful. Those are good reasons for Okoye to sell his house in Katy, TX. He’s asking for $2.1 million through listing agent…
  • The Reading Room: Gentrification—Yea, Nay, or Let’s Play?

    Cicely Wedgeworth
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The Settlers, a board game of gentrification set in various neighborhoods of New York City. It’s the Monopoly of our time. In a new board game set in New York City, rapid gentrification is the key to social domination. [Architizer] Speaking of gentrification, is it good because it improves diversity or bad because working-class residents are priced out? [New York Times/Mic] This adorable grandma posed in all her home listing photos, and it’s awesome. [Deadspin] A software engineer buys a home after making sure that Comcast can provide Internet service, then finds out…
  • Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Lists Knoxville Mansion for $4.9M

    Erik Gunther
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was “ticked off” earlier this week by reports that he was looking to leave Cleveland behind and swap his ownership in the Browns for a stake in the Tennessee Titans. After verbally reaffirming his commitment to the shores of Lake Erie, the Browns owner is also hard at work on an actions-speak-louder-than-words angle. To that end, he’s just listed his massive mansion in Knoxville, TN, for $4.9 million. Property records indicate Haslam purchased his Tennessee home in early 1996 for $1.4 million. After almost 20 years and a couple of…
  • Pie Chart, Meet Billboard Chart: The 4 Songs That Sum Up Housing Trends Right Now

    Jonathan Smoke
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Most people expect an economist to be deeply into data visualization—bar graphs, pie charts, etc.—and that certainly applies to me. I’m always at the ready with dozens of current charts to talk about economic and housing trends. But I also enjoy tracking the Billboard variety of chart. So this weekly commentary will be courtesy of my musical alter ego, DJ Smokey Smoke. 1. Affordability is going down—for real With supply tight and demand increasing, home price appreciation is again accelerating. Now we also have the prospect of higher mortgage rates, since the Federal Reserve has made…
 
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    Web Real Estate Tools

  • How verification of Photo ID’s can be a problem.

    Peter Toner
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    Author Asks Security Expert To Steal His Godaddy Domain/Account & He Does Being in the business of identity verification, we monitor the web for stories about photo ID fraud and abuse. This interesting article describes in detail how the authors GoDaddy account was hacked by Vinny Troia, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Agent safety featured on ABC’s 20/20

    Peter Toner
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The revered Barbara Corcoran was recently featured on 20/20 - - in the Feb 13th edition of the program, dedicated to real estate – the segment is now available to non cable subscribers over on ABC.go.com for the next week or two. San Antonio real estate agent Janice Tisdale was interviewed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Verify Photo ID now in beta trials!

    Peter Toner
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    After many late hours of coding/ testing then coding testing again, we have finally released our new safety app Verify Photo ID for testing. Verifying the ID of a strange prospect BEFORE you meet allows the agent to know much more about them and control the situation. Many real estate agents market... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Realtor safety app

    Peter Toner
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    The real estate safety mobile app we are building .. … is now close to being ready for beta trial.  There are a some last minute coding issues but we are now pretty close. Why it’s needed. Unfortunately, criminal incidents involving real estate agents are usually not widely reported in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Appalled, but working on a solution

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

  • Sunny Isles Beach Luxury Condos $1M+ | A 5-Year Snapshot

    Ashton Coleman
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Sunny Isles Beach Luxury Condos $1M+ | A 5-Year Snapshot In a review of where we are today and where we are going, we find a shifting market to what so many still believe to be a seller’s market. We are not only in a neutral market but a rapidly shifting buyer’s market** with a good selection of new inventory as we find in the previous Sunny Isles Beach Condo Index. The good news is that appreciation may still occur this year. Certain statistics and trends are in favor of our market doing well, but a crucial indicator is the rise in inventory with a widening gap between asking…
  • Ocean Village 102 Key Biscayne, Florida | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Ocean Village 102 Key Biscayne, Florida | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman Enjoy a lifestyle of tranquility & privacy within a tropical paradise found in the island community of Key Biscayne. Walk to everything with the white sandy beaches, restaurants and more just steps away. Ocean Village offers 2 pools, gym, parking, gated security and more. The 10 acres of grounds are meticulously cared for with water features and lush landscaping within the community. A wonderful young couple with newborn has now become the new owners. 101 Ocean Lane Drive Key Biscayne, Florida 33149 Ocean Village…
  • Quayside Townhome 5006 Miami, Florida | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Quayside Townhome 5006 Miami, Florida | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman North Miami Luxury Waterfront Condo | Boating Lifestyle. Open Water Views. An amazing tropical paradise within the most secure guard gates of Quayside. Welcome to Townhomes at Quayside #5006 with great open water views of Biscayne Bay along with your boat docked at the back door. This 2-level Townhome has been renovated with over $160,000 in upgrades including an elevator, marble floors, column decor and an upgraded kitchen and bathrooms. Expansive terrace from upper level or lower level with easy pool access to your…
  • Sunny Isles Beach Luxury Oceanfront Condo Market Index | March 2015

    Ashton Coleman
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    Sunny Isles Beach Luxury Oceanfront Condo Market Index | Edition #14 Here are the latest statistics & trends comparing luxury real estate from the October 2014, July 2014 & September 2013 Indexes to the March 2015 Sunny Isles Beach Condo Market Index including premier oceanfront condo towers such as Regalia, Chateau Beach, Acqualina, JADE Ocean, JADE Beach, Turnberry Ocean Colony, Trump Palace, Trump Royale, Ocean Four, Sayan, Trump Towers, Pinnacle & Millennium. I’ve excluded condo hotel properties from this research including  Trump International Beach…
  • Trump Palace Penthouse 5304 | Sunny Isles Beach | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman

    Ashton Coleman
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    Trump Palace Penthouse 5304 | Sunny Isles Beach | Just Sold by Ashton Coleman Sunny Isles Beach Luxury Oceanfront Condo | Amazing Lifestyle. Endless Miami Views. Expansive sea vistas provide the backdrop for an enclave designed for a rich, sophisticated lifestyle. This development has emerged as one of South Florida’s most sought-after addresses and is reserved for those with uncompromising taste and requirements. An answer to the demand for the ultimate expression of luxury lifestyle. This unique Miami penthouse condo residence includes over 2,900 SF with 12′ vaulted ceilings, a…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • How America Became a Nation of Renters  [Infographic]

    Marco Santarelli
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    The percentage of U.S. households that own a home has dropped significantly since 2008, and experts say this downward trend may well continue for at least several more years. Over the last ten years the nation has lost 1 million net homeowner households and has gained a whopping 10 million rental households. Read the rest of How America Became a Nation of Renters  [Infographic] » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2015 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Linear and Cyclical Real Estate Markets

    Marco Santarelli
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are two basic types of real estate markets: Linear and Cyclical. Cyclical Markets Cyclical markets are real estate markets that tend to have larger price moves up and down over the years. Property values move up and down like a roller coaster ride with noticeable peaks and troughs. They are the shooting stars of housing booms (and busts). Cycle lengths vary between markets but often last between 7 to 10 years from end to end. Read the rest of Linear and Cyclical Real Estate Markets » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2015 by Marco…
  • American “Nightmare”: Real US Homeownership Rate Has Never Been Lower

    Tyler Durden
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The transformation of the American Dream, most broadly manifested in popular folklore as the aspiration of the US middle-class to own a home (even if it means agreeing to a 30-year loan with one’s friendly neighborhood too-big-to-fail bank), into the American Nightmare, in which an entire generation (the Millennials) is locked out of purchasing a home due to over $1 trillion in student loans hanging over every financial decision, an abysmal jobs market (for everyone but college educated “waiters and bartenders” whose hiring is on a tear), and banks’ unwillingness to…
  • The Renter Next Door

    Marco Santarelli
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    An unexpected side effect of the mortgage crisis has been the replacement in many neighborhoods of single-family homeowners with renters.  An article from the Urban Institute, took a closer look at the 14.2 million single-family rental units in the US and found that renters are living in smaller, older and slightly less suburban homes than homeowners, and are poorer, more racially and ethnically diverse and younger than homeowners. Read the rest of The Renter Next Door » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2015 by Marco Santarelli and Norada…
  • How to Create Profits in Today’s Seller’s Market

    David Campbell
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The feedback I get from investors across the country is that we are in a seller’s market.  Prices are up.  Inventory is low.  Properties in the hottest markets are selling over asking price with multiple offers.  Investors are paying “more than they want to” just to get a deal done.  The ratio between rents and purchase price is favoring sellers and squeezing investor buyers out of the market. Another way to describe this trend is that CAP rates are decreasing, or “compressing”. We are approaching a delicate part of the market cycle where the flood of inexperienced investors is…
 
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • Open House Sunday- 12459 Manchester Way, Woodbridge VA

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:04 pm
    To view more photo's go to Twins Selling Real Estate Listings For Sale OPEN March 29th from 2 pm to 4 pm. Or simply call Peggy James 703-851-3085 SEARCH Homes For Sale in Lake Ridge Virginia RIGHT NOW                      Visit our websiteTwinsSellingRealEstate.com Like us on Facebook- We're TwinsSellingRealEstate  Subscribe to my local blog LakeRidgeVARealEstateNews.com to keep up with market activity, and tips for home buyers and sellers in the Lake Ridge Virginia area.     Note: This real estate blog is written by me Peggy James and it is is my opinion and may not…
  • The Spring Real Estate Market is off to a good start in Lake Ridge VA

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Well Spring is finally here in Lake Ridge Virginia. Soon the Daffodils will be up and the Dogwoods will be in bloom. So many people I meet with, think that they should wait and list their home for sale just before school gets out. Caution needed with this thought process! I cannot tell you how many times over the years homeowners hoping and needing to sell  are left standing in shock when they realize they missed the "Spring Real Estate Market" The Spring Real Estate Market in the Prince William County Virginia area including Lake Ridge, Woodbridge, Manassas, Occoquan and Dumfries Virginia…
  • Single family home with garage for $275,000 in Dale City Virginia

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
                             Just Listed                               4821 Kentbury Ct, Woodbridge Virginia 22193 "Fair Warning...this home is being sold "AS IS" as is. and one step inside you will soon discover it is stuck in the 1970's. "That said...it is priced to sell quick.            The  home has wallpaper, brown paneling, heavy drapes, blue carpet and it just looks tired. It needs a cosmetic face life that is why it is priced well below the others. Did you  know a lender can help you get the home you want even it needs fixing…
  • It is amazing what $325,000 will buy in Fredericksburg Virginia

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    When the homeowners and I sat down to determine a list price, they were very realistic. Their goal is to sell the home by June 1st 2015. They can actually move quicker if needed. These are flexible and realistic sellers. The best kind!  The home listed at 1032 Bakersfield Ln, Fredericksburg Virginia 22401 is priced at $324,900. The home features 2626 square feet on the main two floors and then another 915 square feet finished in the lower level. There is a deck, firepit, two car garage and it is in a sidewalk community. Another home in the neighborhood just a tad larger is listed for…
  • Is it a good time to sell my house in Prince William County Virginia?

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Today's blog post about the number one question I am getting from people I run into at the grocery store, while out and about. Peggy is a good time to consider selling my home? "Well if you live in the Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries and Manassas Virginia area I would say yes." However I need to qualify that with a few other questions. Where is your next move? The reason I ask is the local real estate market is brisk. As good as that is when you are a seller, it can be challenging when you want to buy a move-up home. Not so much for those of you moving up to a Luxury Home at five hundred…
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    KW Blog

  • Four Steps to Healthier, Wealthier Employees

    Keller Williams Realty International
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    If someone told you that staying healthy could make you wealthy, would you focus more on wellness? Well, that is exactly what Keller Williams is doing and raising the bar for employee wellness. In 2014, Keller Williams was named one of the Principal Financial Group’s 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security because of the company’s impressive commitment to employee financial and physical wellness. Among the key best practices the Principal Financial Group found among winning companies was “offering employees benefits, tools and resources to help them achieve health…
  • Overcoming the Five Challenges with Institutional Buyers

    Keller Williams Realty International
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Challenge 1: Improving market means fewer investment opportunities Institutional buyers were interested in acquiring bank-owned REO properties and distressed units. However, as the market continues to improve around the country, decreasing distressed inventory and rising prices are causing homes to move outside the purchasing criteria set by larger institutional investors. The problem this is causing: The decrease in available properties meeting the set investment criteria has caused large investor companies like Blackstone to dramatically decrease the amount of properties they acquire. As…
  • KW Young Professionals: Preparing Our Future Leaders

    Keller Williams Realty International
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The Choice of A New Generation KW Young Professionals (KWYP) is preparing the future leaders of Keller Williams to carry forth the company mission while preserving and strengthening its unique culture. At Keller Williams, the best ideas come from the field. Associates have inspired such ground-breaking innovations as the real estate industry’s first lead-to-close transaction management suite (eEdge) and its first agent-branded search app. Keller Williams attracts entrepreneurs – business leaders who are on the front lines of a constantly changing market. They know where the industry is…
  • The KWLS Is Your Listing Service

    Keller Williams Realty International
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    By partnering with real estate portals like Zillow and Trulia from the very beginning, Keller Williams has been able to secure agreements that reinforce our core business values. We believe passionately that agents should be able to market your listings how you choose. We built the Keller Williams Listing System (KWLS) to give Keller Williams agents the power of choice – to choose if you want to syndicate your listings and decide how you want position yourself as the expert in your local market. There has been a lot of discussion about listing syndication following recent developments…
  • REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Finalists Announced – Seven KW Associates on the List!

    Keller Williams Realty International
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    REALTOR® Magazineannounced the finalists to its annual “30 Under 30” list. Out of the 50 talented agents featured on the list, seven are with Keller Williams. Voting is now open for the Web Choice Winner and they need your help to win! Visit theREALTOR® “30 Under 30” finalists pageor click on their names below to vote! Congratulations to all of our finalists! AMY CAMPBELL Campbell is the Managing Broker and Director of Compliance for Keller Williams Milwaukee North Shore, which is a new and rapidly growing market center. She received her real estate license in 2012 and joined…
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    The Real Deal New York

  • Robert A.M. Stern-designed home sells in Montauk

    ChrisC
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A Robert AM Stern-designed home in Montauk A Robert A.M. Stern-designed house in Montauk has sat on the market for roughly two years. Now, it has sold for roughly its $8.2 million asking price. The 2,500-square-foot house sits on 1.5 acres, but has struggled to find a buyer. It saw $1.25 million in price cuts over the last two years, according to Curbed. It was built in 1973 and sits closer to the water than current zoning laws allow – and there’s always a possibility that the home could be pulled down. [Curbed] – Christopher Cameron
  • Possibility of criminal charges in East Village explosion

    ChrisC
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The aftermath of the East Village explosion and fire Thursday’s explosion in the East Village could lead to criminal charges, according to New York City officials. Investigators with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are now fully engaged, as opposed to the standard procedure of “monitoring” the investigation, a law enforcement source told ABC News. “They are on-site and they’ve been given instructions” regarding what information may be released by other city agencies, the source said. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to…
  • 5 ultra-modern summer rentals

    ChrisC
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Modern summer rentals   From Luxury Listings NYC: You don’t need to leave the city to find an oasis. These urban, high-design summer rentals from around the globe offer a unique way to getaway. Check them out via Dwell after the jump. [more]
  • Latin buyers fueling SoFla real estate boom, China emerging

    ChrisC
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Miami skyline From the South Florida website: The South Florida real estate market experienced its fourth straight year of record-breaking sales, fueled by a continuing surge of wealthy Latin America buyers, according to a report released Friday, conducted by the National Association of Realtors for the Miami Association of Realtors. [more]
  • Spider-Man helps market home of Marvel giant Stan Lee

    ChrisC
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Stan Lee and Spider Man Spider-Man has appeared in listing photos of a 5,000-square-foot home in the Hollywood Hills – and for good reason. The listing comes from none other than one of his creators – former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee. “Stan Lee still standing strong in the world of real estate!” the listing announces, according to Yahoo. Lee, 92, bought the 1939 home on one of Hollywood’s famous Bird Streets in 2012 for $3.4 million. Now, he’s asking an even $5 million for the home. [Yahoo] – Christopher Cameron
 
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • 1006 Polly St SE Vienna VA 22180 – Listed by The Belt Team

    thebeltteam
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    1006 Polly St SE Vienna VA 22180 has just been listed by The Belt Team! OPEN SUNDAY MARCH 29 1:30-3:30pm More info, price & additional photos of 1006 Polly St SE Vienna VA 22180 Call Kevin Kleifges & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 Search Vienna Homes for sale under $1 million Search Vienna Homes for sale $1 million to $1.5 million Search Vienna Homes for sale $1.5 million to $2 million Vienna Real Estate Market Statistics FREE, Instant Online Home Valuation Here’s a sneak peek! For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call Kevin Kleifges & The…
  • 1926 Poole Ln McLean VA 22101 – Listed by The Belt Team

    thebeltteam
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    1926 Poole Ln McLean VA 22101 has just been listed by The Belt Team! Here’s a sneak peek! More info, price & additional photos of 1926 Poole Ln McLean VA 22101 Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing! Search McLean Homes for sale $1,000,000 to $1,250,000 Search McLean Homes for sale $1,250,000 to $1,500,000 Search McLean Homes for sale $1,500,000 to $1,750,000 Search McLean Homes for sale $1,750,000 to $2,000,000 FREE, Instant Online Home Valuation McLean Real Estate Stats  
  • 1301 Stone Meadow Way Vienna VA 22182 – Open House March 29

    thebeltteam
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    Open House at 1301 Stone Meadow Way Vienna VA 22182  – Sunday, March 29 from 1 to 4PM! Beautiful, open layout, colonial home with main level guest/in-law/au pair suite & total quality renovation sited on a half acre lot in a fabulous Vienna location…mere minutes from all the amenities of Tysons Corner, Town of Vienna, Reston Town Center, great schools and easy access to major commuting routes…just minutes to the Silver Line Metro!  Exceptional features of this light-filled house include 3 finished levels, gorgeous hardwood floors, gourmet eat-in kitchen with…
  • 3438 Upside Ct Falls Church – Open House March 29

    thebeltteam
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    3438 Upside Ct Falls Church has had an amazing renovation just completed AND the price has been significantly improved to $759,000. You can see it at our open house on Sunday! Super spacious & delightfully renovated! The addition features a first floor master suite, plus an upper level with two bedrooms and a full bath. The rest of the main level has two additional bedrooms, a fabulous updated kitchen and more! OPEN SUNDAY, MARCH 29 2-4 PM More info & lots of photos of 3438 Upside Ct in Falls Church Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing. Search…
  • Homebuyers Are On Borrowed Time, Sellers Take Note

    thebeltteam
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    If you’re thinking of buying a home in 2015, you may want to do it sooner rather than later. Why is that? Well, according to Gary Keller, Chairman of the Board of the world’s largest real estate company, “Home buyers are on borrowed time.” Keller made this comment back in February at Keller Williams Realty’s annual gathering of top associates from around the world as part of his economic update. In case you’re thinking the comment made by Keller may have been self-serving just to encourage urgency among potential homebuyers, you might be interested to know…
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    Corporate Real Estate

  • Global Office Rent Cycle MarketView | Q4 2014

    CRE Editors
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Global Office Rent Cycle MarketView | Q4 2014 Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • International Investment Atlas Summary 2015

    CRE Editors
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    From Cushman & Wakefield: The International Investment Atlas report has been prepared by Cushman & Wakefield to provide an introduction to the world’s key commercial real estate investment... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • How 3-D Printing Will Revolutionize Commercial Real Estate

    CRE Editors
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Colliers has a two page document evaluating how 3D printing will affect commercial real estate in the future: Densification: less inventory, less space Location, Location, Location: rethinking the... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Location Strategy for US-Based Office Operations

    CRE Editors
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    This paper from Cushman & Wakefield, first published in the Corporate Real Estate Journal, examines the best practice approach for selecting the optimal location for new or relocating business... Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Relationship Acceleration vs Technology

    CRE Editors
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Author Keith Ferrazzi discusses the nature of relationship acceleration in a digital age. Amazon.com Widgets Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
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    Ensor Realtors

  • MLS Stats: Strong Demand, Higher Prices for Sendero Springs

    Matthew Morgan
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Last year on May 1, 2014, I wrote an article about a neighborhood in Round Rock titled: Why Sendero Springs is Experiencing a Seller’s Real Estate Market. This was written during a time when there was scarce inventory on the MLS for available homes in the neighborhood.  If you look back at that article, you can ...
  • Homes in Santa Rita Ranch Are Selling Quickly…And Here’s Why!

    Cynthia Spencer
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I was recently working with a buyer who was looking for a home in the Liberty Hill and Leander areas. This young man was being relocated to the Austin area from out-of-state for his job. His new workplace is closer to Marble Falls, but his fiancee will be joining him, and she needed a more densely populated area for ...
  • Homes Now Selling in Tessera on Lake Travis!

    Joseph Ensor
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    While I was on my way to The Hollows today, I saw a few signs about a new community in Lago Vista called Tessera on Lake Travis.  I decided to go take a look and see what this community was all about.  The weather was overcast today, but here is what the community looked like on a ...
  • We Just Listed 101 W Spring Dr, West Lake Hills, TX 78746!

    Matthew Morgan
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Matthew Morgan just listed a charming cottage style house at 101 W Spring Drive, West Lake Hills, TX 78746. Located off of Westlake Drive, this 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom home has all of the comforts of home with the convenience of being less than 8 miles from downtown Austin. The home features a large lot, ...
  • 5 Reasons to Buy a Home in Austin’s Lakewood Neighborhood

    Cynthia Spencer
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:15 pm
    When I first started my home search, I was living in South Austin. I had recently experienced a drastic change in my personal life situation and was starting over. I took a new job in Northwest Austin, and after a few weeks commuting I began considering moving to closer to work.  When I mentioned this ...
 
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • This Week in Healthcare Real Estate

    CoyDavidson
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Healthcare Real Estate News from Across the Web Top 10 Medical Space Users As the health care industry booms, so does interest in medical real estate. The Affordable Care Act, health care reform in general and other medical industry trends are spurring development of medical space, with an influx of interest and capital… National Real […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    5 Articles to Read this Weekend Retooling How Law Firms Work As work becomes more collaborative and firms recognize the importance of presenting a cohesive and dynamic brand to clients and potential clients, the behemoths of the legal industry have taken it upon themselves to hire design firms from large markets to retool their workspaces… […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Stocks Lose Ground for the Week All three major stock indexes rebounded this week posting strong gains. The Dow lost 2.29%  in value for the week and the S&P retreated 2.23%. The tech heavy Nasdaq was down 2.69% for the week. Below are links to the top economic stories of the week for the United States, Texas and Houston Economy: […]
  • 2014 Q4 North American Industrial Highlights

    CoyDavidson
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Cyclical and Structural Factors Driving Market Growth The 2014 Q4 North America Industrial Highlights presents a comprehensive overview of the industrial market segment of commercial real estate. Various cyclical and structural factors are driving industrial market growth in 2015, with the overall North American vacancy rate having decreased in Q4 2014. The U.S. industrial vacancy […]
  • This Week in Healthcare Real Estate

    CoyDavidson
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Healthcare Real Estate News from Across the Web Building Flexibility In Today’s Healthcare Market Today’s new healthcare landscape, specifically its changing reimbursement models, is having a transformative effect on how providers might best approach the concept of creating flexibility… healthcare design Micro Hospitals Are Coming to Town The cost to build a freestanding emergency room […]
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (March 27, 2015) The Del Walmsley Radio Show: When You Reach The “Impossible,” More Possibilities Await – We Would Have You Seize Them

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/1c8dab9a511e451587a2162dc4067ecf85e7fb42/LURadio032715.mp3 There is a difference between achieving everything in life and achieving everything you ever wanted in it. To set your mind on the former would be a delusional task. Why must someone have everything? How could someone have everything? But, on this podcast, Del Walmsely argues that gaining more than you have achieved so far to attain everything you ever wanted overall is not only realistic, if done the right way, it’s practical. To illuminate this argument, and…
  • (March 26, 2015) The Del Walmsley Radio Show with Special Guest, John Ridgway: Small Steps Have Big Results

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/b06c84860a2e50b74765f15cf0ffca14556b536b/LURadio031315.mp3 Life is full of small steps, but if you take some of them blatantly wrong, you may go down in history as what the wise John (Johnny Llama) Ridgway calls, “that guy.” But, furthermore, you may have set up a chain of events that could hinder you severely down the road. Broadening this concept to a wider scope, when a company, such as Lifestyles Unlimited, keeps transparency at the forefront of its practice, it is taking a comparatively small step to ensure…
  • (March 25, 2015) Del Walmsley: The Honesty Spreads

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/71e2d80dd6cf5f3d85731ce8670b729a18e33557/LURadio0325152.mp3 Make no mistake, Del Walmsley has been spreading the same message for the last 25 years and now it seems that others are starting to chime in. But, they may have left out a couple key points in the process. Nevertheless, Del is here on this podcast to promote the tides of change and to keep them flowing in the right direction. Prepare yourself for a special round of real estate investing tips that may benefit your RE investments in the coming months! The post (March…
  • (March 25, 2015) The Del Walmsley Radio Show: The Difference Between Finding What It Takes & Taking What You Can Get

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/0b91d851d71b5108f65e850d2b3551fd708573e5/LURadio032515.mp3 Del Walmsley is back at it with Personal Finance Writer for The Houston Chronicle, Scott Burns… and with good reason. In the Burns article of focus for this podcast, Scott starts in as if he pilfered his opening lines directly from a Lifestyles Unlimited brochure: “you’re only well off when you have enough income from earned assets and virtual assets to sustain your standard of living and payment obligations. Until that happens, you are as vulnerable…
  • (March 24, 2015) Del Walmsley with LU Member, Phil H: A Flourishing Lifestyles Unlimited Member

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/0bad46314fd45e5af0d16e7a1747de5e40f26a9b/LURadio0325152.mp3 Phil simply hits all the finer points of a Lifestyles Unlimited member. He refuses to believe the 9-5 grind is the only way to live. He dove head first into real estate investing, and though he got a little banged up doing some flipping to start out, he was soon able to find a program highlighting the triumphs of everyday people. With that, he felt ready to start his real estate endeavors once again. Del Walmsley invites you to hear how this gentleman has killed it in…
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    Your Home in Calgary - the Calgary Real Estate Market

  • Just Listed / Open House this Sunday - 111 Cougar Plateau Circle SW

    Monika Furtado
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Just listed today. This stunning home is a must see. Stop by our Open House Sun Mar 15 2-4 pm   Custom executive home in the Promontory, Cougar Ridge minutes to COP, downtown, playgrounds, private schools, Westside and more. Fully finished on all levels this home is beautifully designed with elements such as cathedral ceilings in the foyer and front office, coffered ceiling in the living room, custom kitchen cabinetry, high end appliances, walk through pantry to the mud room and custom built-ins throughout. The main level begins at the office and then extends to an open floor plan…
  • Open House Saturday March 14 2-4 pm

    Monika Furtado
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    You are invited to 767 Schooner Cove NW on Saturday March 14 between 2-4 pm to preview this great family home.   Located in the established community of Scenic Acres close to schools, amenities, and transit (LRT) this warm family home is located on a cul-de-sac and offers a southwest backyard exposure perfect for an evening on the deck. The upper level provides 4 spacious bedrooms including a master bedroom and 4 piece ensuite with separate shower and soaker tub. Another full bath is also upstairs. The main level includes a large front room which can be used as a dining and living room.
  • New Listing - 767 Schooner Cove NW

    Monika Furtado
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Located in the established community of Scenic Acres close to schools, amenities, and transit (LRT) this warm family home is located on a cul-de-sac and offers a southwest backyard exposure perfect for an evening on the deck. The upper level provides 4 spacious bedrooms including a master bedroom and 4 piece ensuite with separate shower and soaker tub. Another full bath is also upstairs. The main level includes a large front room which can be used as a dining and living room. The large kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. The window in the kitchen overlooks the spacious…
  • Website update March 5-10

    Monika Furtado
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    The Calgary Real Estate Board is migrating the base systems that run our MLS system on March 10. As such I will be updating all the searches and details on this website over the coming days so you continue to receive all the details you need. Should you encounter any issues please contact me at monika@monikafurtado.com. Cheers.
  • Calgary Real Estate Market Update March 3 2015

    Monika Furtado
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    The official sales numbers were posted by CREB this morning and it is not surprising to see the current trend continue from last month. Though, I must say, there has been a noticeable increase in activity in the latter part of February.  Official sales are down 35% from the same time last year with a significant rise in inventory.     The rate of new listings is coming down so we will see if the initial surge was based on those wanting to list ahead of a possible downturn.  With many people forecasting and commenting on a myriad of future paths I won't contribute to the…
 
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    Property Management Software

  • Blending People, Process and Technology: The Maintenance Project

    Property Management Software
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
      Property Management Software Introduction Maintenance is very important in rental units to maintain the necessary standard of living for the humans. Some common examples are water pipe leaks, repairing AC units, bursting pipes and many more. As these maintenance job piles up, they increase the expense budget of the rental unit. But the maintenance expenses can be tackled by the effective management of the repairs. Unlike any real world business problem, managing maintenance jobs require including right people, systematic process and suitable technology. Poor management leads to poor…
  • Go Green: Sustainability and Revolution in Apartments and Community

    Property Management Software
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
      Go Green : Property Management Software The world around has changed in every aspect. With all the industrial and scientific development, we have traded almost all of our green and natural surroundings without realizing that this price is way too high against what we have gained. But with the increasing health problems and pollution, mankind is once again on the pathway to attain the greenery and this is being backed by all the major corporate and government itself. Real estate is one sector that is now increasingly promoting the green revolution in the apartments and people are…
  • Guide to Turning over the Unit: The Preparation

    Property Management Software
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
      Guide to Turning over the Unit Introduction One tenant leaves and another comes in. It is just like some natural cycle and the time gap between these two events must be judiciously used by the property manager to prepare the unit for the next tenant. This is not a very heavy task and can be done with the help of a few simple strategies. In fact, it can prove to be very cost-effective as it may increase the chances of renting the unit at a higher price. So, let’s take a look at those simple steps. Take a careful walk-through While your tenant is leaving, it is very important to…
  • Up and running Property Management with LinkedIn – 1

    Property Management Software
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
      Property Management using Linkedin Introduction Social media has impacted every aspect of our daily lives. It has changed everything. The way we communicate, the way we express ourselves, the way we share with others. With this media in every phase of our life it would be stupid to ignore the fact that it plays a vital role in the field of business. And among the various platforms available, the #1 in the context of business is considered as LinkedIn. Many professionals from across the various industries use this platform to showcase their skills, resume, reference, interest for the…
  • Benefiting from Happy Tenants

    Property Management Software
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:44 pm
      Benefiting from Happy Tenants Most of the property managers have a tough time making the tenants happy and certainly it is not an easy task. But for those who succeed in this, let us show you how you can benefit from the happy tenants by turning them into positive reviewer. Sharing their enthusiasm about the property and complex they live with other people who can be your potential customer can prove to be really beneficial. The Reviews Most of the reviews come from the tenants who are not happy with their complex. It happens because very few people think of posting review when they…
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    30A Luxury Homes

  • The Food and Music Scene Around 30A Luxury Homes

    Joy
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    The Food and Music Scene Around 30A Luxury Homes Dive into the exhilarating food and music scene around 30A luxury homes. When food and music comes together, it produces the best symphony in bringing people together. There’s nothing like an amazing weekend in South Walton filled with live performances from the best bands and solo artists in town. Locals and guests from different parts of the world can enjoy these performances along with impeccable cuisines. SoWal is full of incredible options and here are some suggestions you might want to try one of these weekends: Dread Clampitt…
  • The Best Farmers Markets to Enjoy Every Week Near 30A Luxury Homes

    Joy
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    The Best Farmers Markets to Enjoy Every Week Near 30A Luxury Homes Are you looking to shop for the freshest, most succulent and crip farm produce in town? For the residents and homeowners of 30A luxury homes, enjoying these delightful products is just an arm’s reach away at various weekly farmers markets in and around the area. All throughout the week,  many local businesses and establishments put out their best products, from various farm produce, to delectable foodstuffs and even body care. There’s always something for everyone! Here are some of the best farmers markets along 30A.
  • Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach along 30A

    Joy
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach along 30A Alys Beach is among the newest communities where 30A luxury homes are coveted by home buyers. It is a striking community not just because of its area of 158 acres, but its overall design. This community will immediately catch your attention with its white themed houses. The beautifully designed homes come together not only with their architectural styles combining traditional and modern design but also with the stunning use of the color white. Because of this unique and interesting design of homes in Alys Beach, it has attracted one of the…
  • Top Potential Industries Near 30A Luxury Homes

    Joy
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    Top Potential Industries Near 30A Luxury Homes The future is bright for 30A luxury homes. Communities such as Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Seagrove Beach and Watersound Beach are just among the thriving neighborhoods found in the Florida Panhandle. Flourishing as it already is, communities along 30A continue to find progress and development through the various industries that it has attracted. In the near future, these communities will soon be home to even more industries opening up more opportunities. Ecotourism Communities along the Gulf Coast are geared towards the goal of sustainable…
  • Defining “Luxury” with 30A Luxury Homes

    Joy
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Defining “Luxury” with 30A Luxury Homes There can be a number of words that can cross your mind when trying to define “luxury” but one look at 30A luxury homes would make you understand what that means without having to think of a single word. These homes are a visual treat. It’ll make you wonder how much more beautiful these homes would look inside. How these homes appear on the outside could be an indication of why they are called luxury homes but there is more to just the physical appearance of a house that makes it a true luxury. Top Quality There are various communities found…
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    REJournals.com

  • Colliers helps Orangetheory Fitness open second location in Columbus market

    Staff Writer
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Colliers International represented Orangetheory Fitness in its search for a second location in the Columbus market. Orangetheory is a boutique fitness studio. The chain recently signed a 3,225-square-foot lease at 3959 Britton Parkway in the Giant Eagle Center retail development in Hilliard, Ohio. The company plans to open this location in May of this year. Tim Maly with Colliers’ Columbus office represented Stephanie Young, the owner of Orangetheory Fitness in Columbus.
  • Morgan/Harbour completes 19,352 SF office build-out in Oakbrook Terrace

    Staff Writer
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    McDonnell Investment Management, LLC at 18W140 Butterfield Road Morgan / Harbour has completed a 19,352 square foot office build-out for McDonnell Investment Management, LLC at 18W140 Butterfield Road (One Lincoln Centre) in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Relocating from another location in Oak Brook, Illinois, McDonnell selected Morgan / Harbour to complete the build-out of their new offices within One Lincoln Center. The construction featured 19,352 square feet of full-floor improvements including new private offices, work rooms, conference rooms and kitchen areas. The new space also features…
  • NGKF’s Marshall represents buyer and seller in 110,343 SF sale of industrial property in Elgin

    Staff Writer
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    2545 Northwest Parkway Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) announced that Adam Marshall, CCIM, recently completed the 110,343-square-foot building sale of 2545 Northwest Parkway in Elgin, Illinois. Marshall represented the property owner, Zilber Property Group, as well as the buyer, Bucher Hydraulics. Marshall and co-broker, Joe Bronson, SIOR, executive vice president of NAI Hiffman, represented the property owner, Zilber Property Group, in the transaction. The 110,343-square-foot industrial facility is located in Northwest Corporate Park and is adjacent to several retail, restaurant, hotel and…
  • Marcus & Millichap arranges the sale of a 23,035 SF mixed-use building

    Staff Writer
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    2934 North Milwaukee Marcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announced the sale 2934 N Milwaukee, a 23,035-square foot mixed-use property located in Chicago, IL, according to Steven D. Weinstock, Vice President/Regional Manager of the firm’s Chicago Oak Brook office. The asset sold for $6,100,000. Sean R. Sharko, Austin Weisenbeck and Adrian J. Mendoza, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Chicago Oak Brook office and Kyle Stengle investment specialist in Marcus &…
  • V3 Companies adds four to its shareholder ranks

    Staff Writer
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Heidi Voirol In its continuing mission to reward outstanding performance and contributions to its growth, V3 Companies has named four employees as new shareholders. Heidi Voirol, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, will be celebrating her 16-year anniversary with V3 this year. Currently a project manager within the firm’s Transportation and Municipal Engineering Division, Heidi started her V3 career within the Land Development Division where she provided civil engineering services to commercial and residential developments. Her focus is now on the public sector where she is responsible for design and…
 
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Property Managers Flourish as Housing Supply Sinks

    Marc Courtenay
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Conditions keep improving for the property management business across the U.S. That’s partly due to the slumping supply of houses for sale which has been waning since the final quarter of 2014. The reasons for the sparse number of homes for sale vary according to regions. Most areas are benefitting from lower mortgage rates allowing borrowers to better afford the cost of ownership. Yet weak housing construction and the growth of the single-family rental market have weighed in to lower the supply of houses for sale. Property managers benefit as potential owners snap up rentals. Another…
  • Urban Migration

    Vanessa Naranjo
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Millennials are heading downtown at a rapid pace. With short commutes ranking high on the priority list, millennials are relocating to large metros in an effort to be closer to work and school. A recent post by MultiFamily Executive sheds light on the urban migration trend, which also identified the top five popular, and least popular cities. Read the full article here
  • Are You Ready for an Audit?

    Mary Girsch-Bock
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Isn’t it amazing how a simple five-letter word can create such panic and anxiety in so many of us. While tales of audit disaster are found everywhere, most audits are simple and straightforward, involving little drama and a lot of paperwork. Of course, even with these reassurances, being audited, whether it’s by the IRS, the Real Estate Board, or by an outside firm, can be stressful. The good news is that solid preparation can go a long way towards reducing that stress, while also keeping your office compliant, should an audit become a necessity. Here are a few suggestions that can be…
  • Give Distressed Property Owners a Government-Backed Solution

    Marc Courtenay
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    Opportunity is often disguised in distressful situations. Property managers know that all too well. Many have shared with me how they turned “lemons” into “lemonade” by their careful vigilance. Recently The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced new requirements for sales of non-performing loans (NPLs) by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (the Enterprises).  This involves ample opportunity for patient investors. FHFA approved NPL sales of delinquent mortgages by the Enterprises to reduce the number of severely delinquent loans held in their inventories and to transfer risk to the…
  • Rents Continue to Escalate

    Vanessa Naranjo
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    San Francisco continues to lead the country in highest rent, but that’s not the only city that’s climbing. Yahoo shared a post discussing the significant rise in rents, which also identified the top 10 cities with the highest rents. Click below to read more about the top expensive metros. Read the full article here
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    Select Property

  • Sub-letting could be great for the PRS and buy-to-let investors

    Gareth Marshall
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
      Why you should welcome new reforms outlined in the 2015 Budget that now mean tenants have the opportunity to sub-let space in rented property. As the nation last week digested the words of George Osborne during his Budget speech, there was a change that went somewhat under the radar that has been the cause of much discussion amongst landlords and property experts. On page 51 of the Budget statement, under the heading ‘Support for the sharing economy 1.193’, the Chancellor outlined support for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) to be able to sub-let space or a spare room in…
  • Select Property Investment Round Up March 27th

    Gareth Marshall
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy Friday! In case you missed any of the biggest investment stories that have happened in the last seven days, you’ll find them all below. What Other Investors Are Reading Scottish student property to benefit from a post-study visa? What’s the story? Growing numbers of businesses and education leaders in Scotland are in favour of a post-study work visa for international students. How does this affect my investment? 21% of Scotland’s 230,805 students come from overseas. Would a post-study visa further drive the appeal of a Scottish education and, in turn, increase…
  • Will a sukuk be good for Ras Al Khaimah property?

    Gareth Marshall
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    A multi-million pound bond would undoubtedly drive the emirate’s growing economy, and this could have a significant impact on property investment in the region. Summary: Ras Al Khaimah has opened books for a potential 10-year sukuk offer Over the last few years continued government investment, particularly in the tourism industry, has helped the emirate’s economy to prosper Ras Al Khaimah property prices have grown as more visitors and workers are attracted to the region Ras Al Khaimah is planning to open books on a 10-year, US dollar-denominated sukuk – a sign of the local economy’s…
  • Pensioner property wealth swells by £33bn in 6 months

    Steven Sedgwick
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    Ahead of pensions freedom and an expected buy-to-let boom, pensioner property wealth has soared by £33 billion in six months. Summary: Capital property returns have generated the UK’s pensioners £1,200 a month since September last year On April 6th, a new generation of retirees will be given the freedom to use a buy-to-let investment as an income option Select Property Group has published a free downloadable guide to help people assess whether buy-to-let is suitable for their retirement Retired homeowners have earned a massive £1,200 a month from their property investments, new research…
  • 5 real rules of the UK and the UAE’s real estate success

    Steven Sedgwick
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Parted by 3,500 miles of land and sea, the UK and the UAE share 5 key real estate attractions that all investors are looking for. Iconic structures With a couple of notable exceptions, many of the world’s most recognisable buildings can be found in the UK or the UAE. For every Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Edinburgh Castle, the UAE boasts a Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and a Palm Island. Iconic structures are not only vertical either, with the two busiest airports – London Heathrow and Dubai International – housed in the countries. Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – has…
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • ERA Wilder Realty Welcomes New Broker in Irmo

    ERA Wilder Realty
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Columbia, SC March 18, 2015 – ERA Wilder Realty has recently designated Stuart Reynolds as the new Broker in Charge (BIC) of the Irmo office.  In his leadership role, Stuart will provide knowledge and opportunities to train and serve others.  Reynolds worked in real estate law firms and title companies for many years, performing every task necessary to facilitate a real estate closing. It was there that he gained a comprehensive understanding of real estate transactions and the closing process. “I am very proud to be a South Carolinian and I love living in our capital city of…
  • It`s a Wireless World After All

    Elza Hayen
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    When it comes to communication, we`re living in an increasingly untethered and online world. A report issued by the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA) notes that there were nearly 293 million subscribers to wireless services as of June 2010 in the United States alone, 93 percent of the U.S. population, versus 66 percent just five years ago. If that sounds like a lot, the CTIA report noted it`s just a fraction of about 2.3 billion subscribers to wireless mobile services worldwide, or just over 34 percent of the planet`s population. The move to the Web is no less dramatic. A leading…
  • ERA Wilder Realty Expands Ranks

    Elza Hayen
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Eleven New Associates Join Firm Focused on Growth  Columbia, SC –  December 30, 2014 — ERA Wilder Realty recently announced the addition of Tom Woodall, Joan Wald, Melissa Duvall, Vanessa Mason, Lonnie Hoke, Patricia Ortiz, Cale Ferguson, Kari Dowdy, Hollie Dowdy, Tiffani Joseph and Cedric Hurst to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Charleston, Northeast, Lexington and Chapin areas.  These sales professionals are willing to go the extra mile to ensure each client that buys and/or sales their home receives the best experience, not only during the…
  • ERA Wilder Realty Professionals Complete Advanced Training Program

    Elza Hayen
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    Columbia, SC, December 23, 2014 – Leading local sales associates Jessica Redmond, Novella Taylor, Elaine Runager, Jamie Fite, Tara Rogers, Andy Shelton, Bridget Shelton, Barbara Hudson, Jane Fenech, Sherman Jones, Elaine Katzenberger, Mark Woody, Joey Karoly, Donna Buzhardt, Johnathon Houdeshell, Zeke Riddle, Kay Muri, Jay Linginfelter, and Crystal Adams recently completed the ERA Top Gun Academy, an advanced home buying and selling training program offered by ERA Franchise Systems LLC.  The ERA Top Gun Academy is designed to increase productivity by focusing on several skill areas…
  • Give Your Buyer A Holiday Bonus

    Elza Hayen
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Hurricane Builders loves the season of gifting and wants to give your buyer a holiday bonus.  See the flyer below for incentive details and qualifications.  The post Give Your Buyer A Holiday Bonus appeared first on ERA Wilder Realty.
 
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    rentBits Blog

  • I Might Not Move to Houston. . . .Here’s Your Sign!

    rentBits Team
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Remember Bill Engvall’s comedy routine in which he regaled audiences with dumb stuff he’d seen? He would finish each story with “here’s your sign”, presumably printed with “I’m dumb” or other pertinent identification. Those considering moving to Houston have so many enticements to check out that we, personally, don’t want to see anyone holding that [...]
  • The Phoenix Rental Market Is Hot, And It Is Expected To Stay Hot

    rentBits Team
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    If you are thinking about making an investment in a rental property, you should take a look at the Phoenix rental market. The market in Phoenix is likely going to help you see a healthy return on your rental investment. Although, at one point, the market in Phoenix was hit hard by the housing market, [...]
  • The San Diego Rental Market: Drought Regulations that Landlords Must Follow

    rentBits Team
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    California is suffering its worst drought in years with three straight dry winters and heat that’s breaking all records. In response, the Board of Directors governing the San Diego County Water Authority has implemented mandatory water conservation as of November 1. The following are some of the regulations you must implement in the San Diego [...]
  • The Renaissance of the Atlanta Rental Market: Yall Enjoy the Charm

    rentBits Team
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Atlanta is comprised of 132.4 square miles encompassing 242 neighborhoods in addition to 86 towns forming suburbs of Atlanta. That kind of area boggles the mind especially if you’re considering the Atlanta rental market. Atlanta has reinvented itself multiple times. It is presently in the midst of revamping old and previously abandoned properties into hip new [...]
  • What Makes the Denver Rental Market Hot?

    rentBits Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Many people are relocated to various cities when their company needs help in particular areas, they have family in those areas or they’re just ripe for a change and want to check out those areas. Colorado is famous for John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High, the Old West, gold mines and the cleanest air in [...]
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • A new Yelp review

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Please check out my new Yelp review from the sellers of 5248 Ventura Canyon in Sherman Oaks. Josh and Danielle were dreams to work with even though they live in Cupertino.  Here at the house, we had a cooperative tenant family with four-year-old twin boys and a six-year-old, too, so showings were sometimes a bit noisy.  We received three great offers in 10 days and ended up taking the one that was $46,000 over list price. Of course, into each escrow a little rain must fall, and we had a kerfluffle towards the end -- I always love it when an inspector says, "That spot could be…
  • 4 beds, 3 baths, stand alone townhouse with attached garage and yard. How much would you expect to pay?

    13 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    I will be bringing to market a delightful townhome next week.  It's in a gated community in North Hills/Van Nuys, and features 1630+ sf, is completely detached from other units but has its own, direct access two-car garage and includes a small, completely private yard for pets, gardening, or parties.  All spacious bedrooms are upstairs and there's plenty of closet space.  More info will be coming next week, but here's a question for you:How much would you expect to pay? ______________ (your answer)Nope! It's only $359,999.  That's right! This is not a "come-on" price, nor…
  • The Realtor has two brand new experiences. Neither of them were good.

    9 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Last week was quite a week.  I had two new situations that I've never had before in my eighteen years in practice.First, a seller client passed away in the middle of our escrow.  I represent the buyer on this one.  This essentially puts a hold on the sale until all title issues can be cleared up.  It was a complicated deal to begin with as the seller was a FSBO (for-sale-by-owner).  What did I do on this one? Nothing, and let the estate take care of everything so we can close.Second, I was blithely invited to commit loan fraud.  A potential buyer on one of my…
  • Studio City on the cheap

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Everybody thinks Studio City is really expensive.  Some of the homes are. Some of the stores and restaurants are.  But some aren’t, as well, and I’m here to tell you how to save your hard-earned pennies in our neighborhood.1.     You can eat relatively cheaply at Jinya Ramen, Cactus Tacqueria, Henry’s Tacos, Lemonade, Spitz, and more. The food at these places is delicious and cheap.  Okay, the first four don’t serve alcohol, but there’s…2.       $2 beers at Jinky’s ALL DAY! $3 for craft brews! Really, now you have…
  • Check out the real estate podcast that I guested on

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    My guest podcast from Real Estate Radio Show is now available.  Click HERE for the link or visit RealEstateRadioShow.com.  I think the actual site's text about me tells even more than the podcast.  Thanks, Greg and Tracy!
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    ReTechulous

  • Video Email Now A Lead Barrel Feature!

    Ryan
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    This is pretty cool stuff. "Lead Barrel" the capture page builder / email marketing / crm software that comes with Retechulous Membership, now includes "Video Emailing..." Here's a quick demo about how it works and how easy it is to use: Best Possible Use For This - For Starters Send Out A Property Video! Of course there are 100's of ways for you to integrate video into your Lead Generation efforts, but of course the best is to just go video an interesting property and send it out to your database. Here's an example (very professional) video tour for inspiration :)
  • More On Youtube Listing Commercials (Strategy Session 3/24/15)

    Ryan
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
  • How To Build A System That Gets You Automatic Real Estate Leads From Social Media

    Ryan
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Click Here To Access The Notes In A New Window Click This Link To Start A FREE Trial & Get 50% of Cityblast For Life
  • How To Make A Quick “Dirty” Little Video For Youtube Instream Property Listing Ads

    Ryan
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    and... Here's the video that was created. (not fancy, but gets the job done, right? )
  • How to Setup a Simple Property Specific YouTube Ad

    Jeff Logue
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Here's a quick walkthrough on setting up your first property specific YouTube ad. Also, check out the timestamps listed below if you want to jump to specific parts of the video: :30 - Grab your YouTube URL and add to new Preroll campaign :50 - Create and choose your campaign settings 1:50 - Adding your property listing URL 2:43 - Overview of campaign banners 3:19 - How to remove or ad mobile placements 4:06 - Posting "end date" and establishing your ad schedule 5:22 - Running ads for view vs. running for conversions 6:05 - Choosing your frequency capping 6:40 - Creating your first video…
 
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Sales Meeting 3-23-15, Using Your Money Wisely

    Neil Schwartz
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Guest speaker, financial advisor and “Smart Money Fundamental” radio talk show host Raymond Kay discusses the current financial market and how to invest your real estate profits wisely. For a private consultation, Raymond Kay can be reached at 310-285-0525 and at Searchlight Financial... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Stubborn?

    Neil Schwartz
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Knowledge equals power. There is a simple way to know your marketplace and meet buyers and sellers. If you aren’t doing it by now, you are stubborn.. Watch now and find out how you can fix this and make more money.Related Posts:Are You Being Stubborn?Don’t Be StubbornWhen is the Best... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Talking to Enough People?

    Neil Schwartz
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Spring time is the perfect time to get out there and talk to more people. Watch now and be inspired to meet more people and close more deals.Related Posts:No Appointments = No $$$Want to Know How to Make $1,000,000 Per Year?Hearing NO is a Good ThingTalk to More People!Are You Short-Changing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Being Stubborn?

    Neil Schwartz
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    If you want to feel great about yourself, stop being stubborn and start doing what’s best for you. Watch now, reflect on some needed changes, then get into action.  Related Posts:Are You Stubborn?Don’t Be StubbornStubbornnessWhat is Stubbornness Costing You?Sales Meeting 2-25-2013... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Limiting Your Potential?

    Neil Schwartz
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Your thoughts on what you are capable of are only your opinion, and they are probably limiting your potential. Watch now… and learn how to unleash your potential.Related Posts:Are You Working To Your Potential?Sales Meeting 12-9-2013 – PotentialReaching Your Full Potential (Sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Susan Singer

  • Studio | 1 Bathroom | $585,000 | Chelsea

    Susan Singer
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    405 West 23rd Street Apt 3G | Susan Singer | The Corcoran Group 405 West 23rd Street 3G 1 Kitchen | Susan Singer | The Corcoran Group 405 West 23rd Street 3G 2 Living Area | Susan Singer | The Corcoran Group 405 West 23rd Street 3G 3 | Susan Singer | The Corcoran Group 405 West 23rd Street 3G 4 | Susan Singer | The Corcoran Group 405 West 23rd Street 3G 5 | Susan Singer | The Corcoran Group 405 West 23rd Street Apt 3G 6 | Susan Singer | The Corcoran Group 405 West 23rd Street Apt 3G 7 | Susan Singer | The Corcoran Group 405 West 23rd Street, Apt. 3G Web ID#: 3413294 Description: Welcome home…
  • March On!

    Susan Singer
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    If you’ve visited these parts with any regularity, you may have noticed a few small changes. Corcoran Group Real Estate With the Joys of Spring just around the corner it’s the best time to March On! For some that means finding a new home and you’ve all turned to me in some way over time to accomplish that goal. In my case I’ve seized the opportunity to return to my real estate roots at Corcoran Real Estate! My career began here nearly 15 years ago and while Town provided another chance to hone my skills there’s no place like home. Corcoran is the pre-eminent…
  • RENTED: 2 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | $14,000/Month | Flatiron

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

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

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

  • When do you pay property taxes in the State of Washington?

    findwell
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    When do you pay property taxes in the State of Washington? findwell agent Matt Martel answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: When do you pay property taxes in the State of Washington? As a home owner you’re going to have to pay property taxes. They are paid twice a year. April 30th and October 31st. If you have a mortgage, odds are that your lender is collecting money from each payment, putting that money into an escrow account and paying the property taxes for you. But they are paid, half is paid on April 30th and the other half is due October 31st. Q: When do I find out what…
  • I don’t want to leave buyers in my home unattended. Is it okay to stay in the home while they view it?

    findwell
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    I don’t want to leave buyers in my home unattended. Is it okay to stay in the home while they view it? findwell agent Tamar Baber answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q:  I don’t want to leave buyers in my home unattended. Is it okay to stay in the home while they view it? Staying in your own home during a showing is generally not a good idea. The buyers and their agents need to feel comfortable about discussing the home – the good and the bad – while they’re in the home and feeling comfortable walking through the home. This is very hard to do when the seller and/or the…
  • Mudrooms

    findwell
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    It’s surprising that more Seattle homes don’t have mudrooms. I mean, we are the rainy city, right? Perhaps some of these photos of our favorite mudroom spaces will inspire you to create your own! If you don’t have the luxury of having an entire room to dedicate as a mudroom you can get a similar look/function in your laundry room, entryway, or even the garage. We love the look of built-in cubbies with hooks and shelves for all of the junk stuff you and your kids come home with everyday. Other great ideas? A charging station, mail organizer, key holders and definitely a…
  • How do I pay an agent when buying or selling a home?

    findwell
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    How do I pay an agent when buying or selling a home? findwell agent, Lauren GeRoy, answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: How do I pay my agent when buying or selling a home? When you are purchasing a home your real estate agent’s commission is paid by the seller and it is part of the seller’s closing costs for the property. So you do not need to pay your agent as the buyer. When you are selling your home however, you will be paying a commission to both the buying agent and your listing agent which is part of your closing costs. Q: Am I able to negotiate commission that I have…
  • What are some of the intangible reasons that a buyer can win a bidding war?

    findwell
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    What are some of the intangible reasons that a buyer can win a bidding war? findwell agent Michael Schafer answers in this installment of Ask an Agent. Q: What are some of the intangible reasons that a buyer can win a bidding war? If you’re a buyer and you’re entering into a multiple offer situation and trying to be as competitive as possible there are some intangible things you can do to help enhance your offer in the eyes of the seller. One of the most important things to do is to be the first one in the door. There are countless times that that makes a difference and having your agent…
 
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    NuWire Investor: RealEstateInvestment

  • Apartments In City Centers Are Hot Investments As Urbanization Trend Continues

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Taking a holistic approach to investing -- looking at the world through the prisms of history and sociology in addition to crunching the numbers -- is important to uncovering opportunities others might miss, said Gary Carmell, president of CWS Capital Partners. "My experience in nearly 30 years...
  • Foreign Property Buyers In Spain Receive Important Protection

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    The Spanish government has passed a law to make it mandatory to compensate overseas buyers before their illegally built homes in Spain are demolished. The law will benefit thousands of foreign buyers, particularly British buyers, who were duped into buying illegal homes by property promoters...
  • Rental Costs Growing At Unsustainable Rates In Many Cities

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    The gap between rental costs and household income is widening to unsustainable levels in many parts of the United States and the situation could worsen unless new home construction meaningfully rises, it is claimed. According to new research by the National Association of Realtors which reviewed...
  • Istanbul Real Estate Sees Significant Growth

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey, yet contrary to popular belief, it is not the country's capital, but it is arguably Turkey's biggest economic powerhouse. It is also showing excellent signs of strong performance as a destination for property investment in 2015. In particular, three of Istanbul's...
  • Egypt Lowers Top Tax Rate in bid to attract Investors

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Egypt is doing much to attract private investment from both domestic and foreign investors as the country aims to rejuvenate its economy and push forward a number of major development projects. As a high-profile conference approaches, to be held in the luxury resort of Sharm El Sheikh with the aim of...
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • New Construction in Chicagoland Stumbles in February

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    New Construction in Chicagoland Stumbles in February was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. What was the deal with our local new construction marketplace last month? February proved... New Construction in Chicagoland Stumbles in February 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.
  • 3 Sobering Facts About Today’s Skittish Economy

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    3 Sobering Facts About Today’s Skittish Economy was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. We all know that the economy has improved in recent years, but we also... 3 Sobering Facts About Today’s Skittish Economy 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.
  • RE/MAX Names Northern Illinois Residential Top 20 for 2014

    Chicago Agent
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    RE/MAX Names Northern Illinois Residential Top 20 for 2014 was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network recently honored its associates whose 2014 residential... RE/MAX Names Northern Illinois Residential Top 20 for 2014 was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • The 6 Ways That Homebuyers Search For Homes

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    The 6 Ways That Homebuyers Search For Homes was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. We all know the Internet is prominent, but there are interesting details to how... The 6 Ways That Homebuyers Search For Homes 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.
  • Why Soaring Inequality is Terrible For Housing

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Why Soaring Inequality is Terrible For Housing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Everyone should be concerned about rising levels of inequality – especially residential real estate... Why Soaring Inequality is Terrible For Housing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • Weekly Market Update, March 27/15

    Sara MacLennan
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings:  507 (566, 594, 555) # Sales: 300 (284, 237, 239) Ratio: 59% (50%, 40%, 43%) # Price Changes: 274 (274, 232, 225) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 98 (109, 99, 215) Net loss/gain […]
  • Alternative Solutions for Leaky Basements

    Sara MacLennan
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    It’s that time of year, when basement problems come to light, and water shows up where it doesn’t belong. Nothing scares people away from a home more frequently than water and cracks in basements. Water can cause incalculable damage to a home, but it’s bound to show up sometime if precautions aren’t taken. Typical preventative measures […]
  • Weekly Market Update, March 20, 2015

    Sara MacLennan
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings:  566 (594, 555, 409) # Sales: 284 (237, 239, 227) Ratio: 50% (40%, 43%, 56%) # Price Changes: 274 (232, 225, 220) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 109 (99, 215, 94) Net loss/gain […]
  • REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Awards go to Two Liv Real Estate Agents

    Sheldon Johnston
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    What an exciting time for Liv real estate. As many of you are aware we recently launched our Liv REAL 3D models which are extremely popular, but we have also had some very exciting news. Our very own Sara MacLennan won the “Marketing Excellence Award” for 2014 from the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. “This is given to a person demonstrates […]
  • Weekly Market Update, March 13, 2015

    Sara MacLennan
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:46 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:  594 (555, 409, 433) # Sales: 237 (239, 227, 184) Ratio: 40% (43%, 56%, 42%) # Price Changes: 232 (225, 220, 174) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 99 (215, 94, 103) Net loss/gain […]
 
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  • 7 Steps to Planning Strategic Open Office Space

    Jennifer LeClaire
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    MIAMI – Over 70 percent of U.S. employees now work in open-plan office space. That’s according to an International Management Facility Association survey. This whopping stat begs a big question for companies considering a move toward an open-plan environment: What are the best practices for successful implementation? Over the last two years, Siemens Real Estate has been rolling out its New Way of Working (NewWow) open-office arrangement. Siemens has rolled out its plans to over 80 sites in 35 countries with an overwhelmingly positive reaction from employees. With that in mind, here…
  • Guess Which U.S. State Has the Most Telecommuting Jobs?

    Jennifer LeClaire
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    DENVER – If you want to telecommute from a virtual office you may want to move to one of these 10 states. FlexJobs, a job service that hones in on flexible job opportunities, just analyzed its database of 30,000 companies to determine the top 10 states in which employers recruit the most state-based telecommuters. The results may surprise you. “The geographic diversity of the states represented on this list highlights that telecommuting opportunities are available across the country,” says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “While employers specify these 10 states most…
  • Google Wins CBRE’s Meeting Room of the Year Contest

    Jennifer LeClaire
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    MIAMI – Google is the big winner in CBRE’s Meeting Room of the Year competition. IN-SPIRO won top honors in the Innovative Office Concept category and Airbank took the prize for The Most Attractive Working Environment. “A modern meeting room must combine elegance with technological sophistication,” said Ivo Němeček, CEO Cisco Česká republika. “Google, as I expected, is a top technological company with the highest standard of working space for its employees.” The world is changing and so is the working environment in companies. The purpose of CBRE’s Meeting Room of…
  • AlleyNYC Coworking Office Space Wins $16M Investment

    Jennifer LeClaire
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    NEW YORK – While some coworking office space outfits are failing, others are gaining big bucks from venture capitalists. NextSpace, WeWork and now AlleyNYC are among them. AlleyNYC was aiming to raise $6 million and far exceeded its goal, raising $16 million for a new 40,000-square-foot Chelsea coworking office space location. The coworking office provider’s Series A investors include Vandewater Capital Holdings and Entrepreneur Media. “We want our entrepreneurs to be able to focus on their companies and their products, not all the tedious stuff that comes along with building a…
  • Burning the Midnight Oil? You Need a Flexible Office

    Jennifer LeClaire
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    LONDON – Are you burning the midnight oil? If you are anything like most UK professionals, the answer is yes. According to research from executive office suites giant Regus, a whopping 69 percent more professionals in the United Kingdom are required to work beyond their regular office hours than five years ago. The survey polled over 3,000 business people in the UK on their attitudes and approaches to work. “These findings clearly show that UK working practices continue to evolve,” says Richard Morris, UK CEO. “The fact that so many UK workers find that ‘regular’ hours no…
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  • Is It Wrong for the MLS to Make Money?

    Rob Hahn
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Back from almost two weeks solid of being on the road… although it was a truly wonderful time at every stop, there really ain’t no place like home, y’all. in any event, a quick question/observation about one aspect of the crazy MLS world. Is it wrong for the MLS to make money and be profitable? […]
  • Does the MLS = Listhub Now?

    Rob Hahn
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I’m writing this brief post here, as the Facebook group I got this from isn’t exactly the widest-read one out there. But the issue posed is both interesting and important. Basically, the question is whether or not the most important function of the MLS in the minds of brokers is to simplify the sending of […]
  • Zillow, The Industry, and Reading the Tea Leaves

    Rob Hahn
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    This is one of those posts I write from time to time to figure out what I think about an issue. For now, that issue is trying to discern the possible direction of the residential real estate industry in the U.S. If you’re an agent and only care about something that will have a direct, […]
  • Oh, California… Duty to Monitor Crazies?

    Rob Hahn
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    I ran across this disturbing story on the Interwebz related to the horrible killings in Santa Barbara last year: A tearful mother of a college student slain in a rampage outside Santa Barbara last year said Tuesday that she and the parents of the first victims sued the county sheriff and other parties to prevent […]
  • Does an Agent’s Pricing Still Matter?

    Rob Hahn
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:23 pm
    A while back, I wrote a post about some possible problems and concerns with a new Fannie Mae program, called Collateral Underwriter, which is aimed at helping lenders evaluate appraisals and appraisers. As is often the case, that issue went completely under the radar while everyone was too busy arguing about HomesForSale.com or some new Zillow […]
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • How America Became a Nation of Renters  [Infographic]

    Marco Santarelli
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    The percentage of U.S. households that own a home has dropped significantly since 2008, and experts say this downward trend may well continue for at least several more years. Over the last ten years the nation has lost 1 million net homeowner households and has gained a whopping 10 million rental households. Read the rest of How America Became a Nation of Renters  [Infographic] » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2015 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Linear and Cyclical Real Estate Markets

    Marco Santarelli
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are two basic types of real estate markets: Linear and Cyclical. Cyclical Markets Cyclical markets are real estate markets that tend to have larger price moves up and down over the years. Property values move up and down like a roller coaster ride with noticeable peaks and troughs. They are the shooting stars of housing booms (and busts). Cycle lengths vary between markets but often last between 7 to 10 years from end to end. Read the rest of Linear and Cyclical Real Estate Markets » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2015 by Marco…
  • American “Nightmare”: Real US Homeownership Rate Has Never Been Lower

    Tyler Durden
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The transformation of the American Dream, most broadly manifested in popular folklore as the aspiration of the US middle-class to own a home (even if it means agreeing to a 30-year loan with one’s friendly neighborhood too-big-to-fail bank), into the American Nightmare, in which an entire generation (the Millennials) is locked out of purchasing a home due to over $1 trillion in student loans hanging over every financial decision, an abysmal jobs market (for everyone but college educated “waiters and bartenders” whose hiring is on a tear), and banks’ unwillingness to…
  • The Renter Next Door

    Marco Santarelli
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    An unexpected side effect of the mortgage crisis has been the replacement in many neighborhoods of single-family homeowners with renters.  An article from the Urban Institute, took a closer look at the 14.2 million single-family rental units in the US and found that renters are living in smaller, older and slightly less suburban homes than homeowners, and are poorer, more racially and ethnically diverse and younger than homeowners. Read the rest of The Renter Next Door » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2015 by Marco Santarelli and Norada…
  • How to Create Profits in Today’s Seller’s Market

    David Campbell
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The feedback I get from investors across the country is that we are in a seller’s market.  Prices are up.  Inventory is low.  Properties in the hottest markets are selling over asking price with multiple offers.  Investors are paying “more than they want to” just to get a deal done.  The ratio between rents and purchase price is favoring sellers and squeezing investor buyers out of the market. Another way to describe this trend is that CAP rates are decreasing, or “compressing”. We are approaching a delicate part of the market cycle where the flood of inexperienced investors is…
 
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  • Hotel Investment Booming in Dubai

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A shortage of residential real estate in Dubai is directing the attention of investors and developers towards the luxury hotel apartment market in search of high-yield opportunities. As the Emirate gears up to host the 2020 World Expo, authorities are pouring investment into its tourism infrastructure ahead of the event, creating a shortage of family-sized residential units. Rooms and apartments in four and five star hotels in city and resort locations are being bought off-plan by investors electing to use their units to generate rental income. Hotel room investment surges in popularity…
  • UK: Flipping Battersea

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In the never-ending saga that continues with Battersea Power Station, several purchasers are selling their flats that not only remain un-lived in but have not even been built. Units for the London redevelopment went on sale two years ago and investors eager to take advantage of local home price increases are attempting to sell flats with a markup of almost 40%. Notable future residents include musician Sting and a marketing event was held in Hollywood to boost sales at the iconic soon-to-be revamped landmark. Other marketing events have taken place in Asia, promoting the luxurious properties…
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  • Thailand's Tourism Bounces Back

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    2014 was a challenging year for Thailand's tourist sector with visitor numbers slumping 6.7% during a brief spell of political turbulence. During the year, 24.7million people visited the country, way below the forecast of 28 million. However, figures for January 2015 show that Thailand is back as a highly popular tourist destination, with visitor numbers up by a healthy 6.7% compared to the same month last year. Statistics published by the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports on March 18th showed that visitor arrivals climbed to record levels of 2,654,634. The upward trajectory is attributed…
  • Turkish Home Sales Up 15% in February

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:17 am
    Following a disappointing start to the year, transaction activity in Turkey's real estate market increased by 15% in February. According to figures published by the Turkish Statistical Institute , 95,021 homes were sold in February 2015 with Istanbul recording 17,690 transactions, representing an 18.6% share of the market. Following Istanbul was Ankara with 11,063 sales (11.6%) and Izmir 5,850 (6.2%), with the least sales completing in the provinces of Hakkari and Ardahan with 6 house sales respectively. The report also showed an increase in mortgage approvals, rising 53.6% compared with…
  • Land Give-Away Attracts Residents to Pitcairn Island

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    A tiny island set in the South Pacific is so keen to grow its population that land is being given away to those wishing to build a permanent home there. The Pitcairn Islands group is a British Overseas Territory comprised of Henderson, Ducie, Oeno and the only inhabited island of Pitcairn. The island is roughly 2170km from Tahiti and 6600km from Panama with its administrative headquarters located 3300km away in Auckland, New Zealand. The population of Pitcairn Island has gradually reduced from a peak level of over 200 people in the 1930s to the current count of 49 permanent residents, leading…
  • Foreign Investors Power Malaysian Real Estate

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:54 am
    Property investors are being alerted to improving stability in Malaysia, creating excellent opportunities to capitalise on predicted growth. According to central bank Negara Malaysia, the economy is projected to see expansion of between 4.5% and 5.5% this year, driven by domestic demand and increased foreign investment. Private investment capital is expected to increase 9% in 2015, led by investment in the manufacturing sector and the Malaysian real estate market. Investment inflows from overseas, notably China, have continued to pour into Malaysia in recent years transforming the country…
  • Wealthy Emiratis to Drive Global Real Estate Investment

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    Increased outflow of investment capital from the UAE is anticipated in 2015, largely boosted by dollar strength. According to a report published by international real estate researchers Cluttons , the top three global cities that most appeal to high-net-worth-individuals in the UAE are London, Dubai and Singapore. Sentiment is shifting to the Eurozone However, sentiment among wealthy Emiratis is shifting to the Eurozone where maximum value can be gained via dollar-to-euro transactions. Faisal Durrani, business development manager for Cluttons said: " While the slide in crude oil prices…
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    Naples Real Estate Blog

  • Naples Home On TEN Acres

    9 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    The Ultimate in Privacy! This winding driveway leads you to the charming two-story Florida-style pool home. Secluded, and located in one of the up and coming areas of Golden Gate Estates, right down the street from Palmetto Elementary School. Beautifully wooded, and ready for your personal touches! The top level has a Master Suite, 2 guest bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and formal living room with fireplace, plus a HUGE deck overlooking the peaceful trees. The lower level features a family room, a full bath, a den with a separate entrance, and an oversized 2-car garage. The pool…
  • Beautiful Naples Florida Estate Residence

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    Colliers Reserve.....Naturally!   This estate residence has been meticulously maintained and features many custom upgrades. The home boasts 3 spacious bedrooms plus a den with closet, a formal living room and a casual gathering room off the updated gourmet kitchen which features a gas stove and new granite. Colliers Reserve offers both full golf or social memberships! The focal point of the formal dining room is a dramatic mural by renowned artist Don Kettleborough. [click photo below to enlarge] Additionally the home features a wonderful outdoor kitchen, custom designed heated…
  • "Home's Best Friend"

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    Coldwell Banker to unveil the 'Home's Best Friend' commercial during the Academy Awards show!   For over 109 years, Coldwell Banker has helped people find a home. Our mission now expands to 'man's best friend'... We have teamed up with Adopt-a-Pet, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website... ~to help dogs find a loving home.   It's no surprise that we believe every loving animal deserves a loving family...and a loving place to call home! "But, we're not the only one!" As reported in the gmnews.com website today, the 'Home's Best Friend' commercial was the…
  • Mortgage Hurdles and How to Overcome Them

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    4 Annoying Mortgage Hurdles & How to Overcome Them: As recently reported on Credit.com, there are some common stumbling blocks that borrowers encounter, and here are some suggestions for helping you to overcome them: 1. A High Debt Ratio: It doesn't matter how great your credit score is, or how much money you earn; your housing payments plus your credit obligations cannot exceed 45% of your monthly income! If you have debt preventing you from getting a home loan, one way to possibly overcome this is to consolidate debt into lower payments. Most loan officers can look at your finances…
  • Direct Gulf Access in Naples Florida

    9 Feb 2015 | 11:47 am
    Wonderful Waterfront Opportunity Truly one of the best waterfront opportunities in Naples Florida. The home features 3 spacious bedrooms plus a den, and has a formal living room as well as a casual family room which opens up from the beautifully updated kitchen. Custom details throughout include high ceilings, large closets, a fabulous laundry room, luxurious master bath, and pocket sliders leading out to the lanai. The southern exposure homesite is situated on a lovely tree-lined street and faces an oversize channel that leads right out to Naples Bay, The Gulf of Mexico and …
 
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  • March Continues February Trend of Fat Middle – High End Showings Up

    greenwichstreets
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    GREENWICH REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT FOR 3/21/15 We have 83 sales of single family homes in Greenwich so far this year. Of those houses 24 of them have been in the first three weeks of March. Now the average sales for the whole month of March over the last 9 years has been 41 sales so we are likely to finish the month below this average. However, in March 2013 and 2014 we only had 35 and 31 sales. Last year was another harsh winter and our sales should be the 31 sales in March 2014. The price distribution of the sales continues to follow the pattern that we saw in February with a fat middle…
  • Greenwich has Record Mid-Market Sales – Feb. Cold Hammers Low- and High-End Sales

    greenwichstreets
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Best February sales in years Sales and contracts from $1 – 3M are top sellers Market under $1M has low sales due to limited inventory Market over $5M has few buyers in record cold   A Record February – Mostly From a Tight Price Range February 2015 was not only a record cold and snowy month, it was also a record month for Greenwich real estate. We had 41 single family home sales in Greenwich in what is traditionally the slowest month of the year. These 41 sales are more than we’ve ever had in February in last decade. They are also almost 50% more than January’s 28 sales.  …
  • 38 Open Houses in Greenwich on Sunday, 3/8/15

    greenwichstreets
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Daylight Savings-Spring Ahead! Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Hopefully, we had the final storm on Thursday and the forecast is for spring-like temperatures—clear skies in the 40’s to 50’s!! There are 38 Open Houses this weekend with many of them on Saturday. Pay particular attention to the days and times to make sure you plan properly. The prices range from $299,000 to $6,595,000. Come out and enjoy these beautiful homes. Please click here for the interactive map. The static map is below. Thanks to Rob Pulitano for preparing the list of Open…
  • The Greenwich Real Estate Market – 2014 Year End Report

    greenwichstreets
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    FINAL NUMBERS FOR 2014 GREENWICH REAL ESTATE SALES Well we made it; 700 real estate sales for 2014 according to the numbers from the Greenwich Town Clerk’s office via SearchGreenwich.net. This compares to 607 single family home sales reported through the Greenwich MLS. The 700 sales is a good year for Greenwich real estate and when you look at the sales volume the year was even better. Year Count Total Sales $ As. Factor Average Median 2014 700 $    1,846,507,939               1.64  $        2,637,868  $     1,768,750 2013 724 $    1,600,328,821…
  • December 2014 Greenwich Real Estate Sales on Pace for a Good Month and Good Quarter

    greenwichstreets
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    The last quarter of 2014 is actually starting to look good. The final November numbers are in from SearchGreenwich.net the gold standard for sales and we had 46 sales last month. Five of these sales are private sales which added to the 41 GMLS sales puts us at the same level as the very good year of 2013.  The 46 sales are also 10 units above the 8 year average of 36 sales. So far in December what have had only 26 sales versus the 8 year average of 46 sales, but December is always a screwy month for sales. December being further into the winter and the heart of the holiday season you’d…
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  • What are the costs of selling a home?

    TheRedPin Team
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    In Toronto’s hot real estate market, where bidding wars and habitual price spikes fall within the territory of home buying, those looking to sell can almost certainly expect to turn a large profit. Yet, long before you hammer down the ‘for sale’ sign on your lawn, it’s important to take into account all the costs associated with putting your home out on the market. Between paying realtor commissions, lawyer fees and not to mention, moving costs, it’s critical that homeowners ask themselves what is the cost of selling my house? If overlooked, you can end up spending more than…
  • Duplex vs Townhouse: The Differences between a duplex and townhome

    TheRedPin Team
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    While many homebuyers have a clear picture of what makes a townhouse unique from a detached house, that image gets slightly hazier when deciphering the differences between a duplex vs townhouse. With easier financing options than a detached property and more square footage than a high-rise apartment, duplexes and townhouses are similar in that they are both popular among first-time buyers and young families looking to ditch the condo lifestyle for a house. But what exactly are the differences between a duplex and a townhouse? Townhouse vs Duplex: Definition What is a Townhouse? Townhouses are…
  • Featured Home: $719,000 Townhouse in Casa Loma, Toronto

    TheRedPin
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Address: 385 Albany Avenue Neighbourhood: Casa Loma, Toronto Price: $719,000 | TheRedPin Rebate: $2,696 Bedrooms: 3 | Baths: 2 Contact Michael Stolbergto Book a Tour Nestled along a quaint tree-lined street in Toronto’s midtown, a stone throw away from the city’s famous gothic revival tower, Castle Loma, and just north of the Annex neighbourhood, is this beautiful move-in ready home. Boasting a walk score of 89/100, this newly renovated townhouse sits on a 42.71 x 20.94 lot, just a 10 minute walk from Dupont Subway Station. The townhouse features a myriad of top notch upgrades…
  • Hot MLS Listings: March 23 – March 27

    TheRedPin Team
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Whether you’re looking for a new pad closer to the city, or house hunting in a more intimate, family-friendly neighbourhood, TheRedPin has you covered, as we reveal our Hot MLS listings in the Greater Toronto Area that are fresh on the market, every week. Get a better sense of the properties and book yourself a tour! 70 Quebec Oshawa, Ontario Contact Patricia Chiasson to Book a Tour Asking Price: $219,500TheRedPin Rebate: $823| Details: 2+1 Beds, 2 Baths 80 Western Battery Road Niagara, Toronto Contact Jennifer Christie to Book a Tour Asking Price: $395,000TheRedPin Rebate: $1,481|…
  • 2,826 GTA homes were sold in just 24hrs. Does the commission model still make sense?

    TheRedPin Team
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    A popular mantra in Toronto’s red-hot housing market is that it takes less 30 days to sell a home. After doing some digging in TREB’s listings data, we found that for a handful of lucky homeowners (and realtors), that number drops down to as little as one day. In 2014, a staggering, 2,826 homes were sold in the GTA in just 24 hours. That translates to an average income of $13,900 for a day’s work or around $1,000 per hour for the respective realtors®. When widening the parameters, the number of homes that were sold in three days ballooned to 8,477. Far from suggesting that…
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    Charlotte NC Video Production | Photography | Website Design | Social Media | Aerial

  • Free Charlotte NC Aerial Video for Builders and Real Estate

    AVT
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
      Free Charlotte NC Aerial Video for Builders and Real Estate? Really? Free? YES! For a limited time, we are offering free aerial video footage included with one of our other ground based video packages. And to be clear, not just builders and real estate, but any company who chooses AVT for ground video. Why are we doing this for free? Because our primary videographer (me) loves flying his drone as a hobby. Ok, enough talking about myself in the 3rd person. You see, when I’m out on a video shoot, it’s no big deal to throw the drone up in the air for a few minutes and grab some cool…
  • Charlotte, NC Area Website Designed for ILES PTO

    AVT
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    Last year, AVT Marketing had the opportunity to do website design for the Indian Land Elementary School PTO.  Located just south of Charlotte, NC, ILES is located just off Charlotte Hwy in Indian Land, SC.  The ILES PTO wanted a site to help organize functions of the PTO.  Some of their biggest “wants” was a public calendar to house all of the upcoming PTO and other school events.  They wanted to streamline communication with the public through user input forms for various reasons such as Spirit Rock sign ups.  The website disseminates tons of critical PTO info such as PTO…
  • Photography and Video – Ask The Camera Geek

    AVT
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Photography and Video – Ask The Camera Geek I walk around attached to some sort of camera, albeit a DSLR with long lens, or large video camera on a rig just about every day.  With a lot of gear comes a lot of questions about photography and video. What camera should I buy?  Nikon or Canon?  How do I take better photos?  What video camera do you recommend?  What the heck does the PSAM mean on my camera?  What lens should I get?  How come some lenses are so expensive?  How many megapixels is enough?  What is a megapixel?  Why are my photos always blurry, I bought this camera to…
  • How to Choose a Website Design Company for your Small Business

    AVT
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    What to look for in a website development company?  Times have changed.  They’ve actually gotten simpler.  Once upon a time, it made sense to have a professional website company design a scratch site for your business and wait 6 months to a year for it to come to fruition.  Once upon a time it made sense to have discussion after discussion about look, feel, content, and functionality.  Once upon a time, it made sense to spend $5-10K or more for a small business website.  But like the dinosaur, those days are dead. If you are a mid to large size business with complex logistical,…
  • Aerial Video of Ballantyne in Charlotte, NC

    AVT
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The Ballantyne area in South Charlotte is synonymous with expensive homes, fine dining, nice shopping, and recreation. From the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge to the Ballantyne Country Club to the 535 acre Ballantyne Corporate Park, it’s one of the most affluent areas in Charlotte. It also offers some great aerial video scenes. The aerial video is titled “A slice of Ballantyne” because it does not intend to be a complete showcase of the entire area – just some cool footage I was able to obtain during a few quick fly overs. Enjoy the aerial video of the Ballantyne Area in…
 
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  • London: how do you find a business property?

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    London is home to some of the largest corporate entities in the world – but that luxury doesn’t come cheap. Indeed, the opposite is true. As reported by national newspaper the Telegraph, London is the most expensive city in the world for homeowners, edging past Tokyo and New York in the price stakes. The average property in the British capital comes in at £2,000 per square foot – and it’s keeping all but the richest out of the city. However, any budding business owner should have pound signs in their eyes at this prospect – just imagine all the wealthy…
  • Avoid getting overcharged by a locksmith using these tips

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    There are many shady locksmiths around these days. However, with the right level of knowledge it is possible to keep them out of business pending when the law catches up with them. The main reasons people get charged more than normal by locksmiths is panic, desperation and ignorance. Panic leads to bad judgement and inability to analyse situations leaving you open to getting cheated. Desperation is the friend of opportunists. Ignorance is not always bliss. Here is what you can do to avoid overpaying. Stay relaxed It is easy to get all fired up and agitated over the fact that you’ve…
  • Further Declines in UK House Price Growth

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Just last week, a RICS survey showed that there has been a decline in both house price growth, and the purchasing of properties too (click here to read more). Now, Nationwide, who are the country’s second largest provider of mortgages has said that their research also suggests that there is declining growth in the prices of property in the country. Inflation has fallen from 7.2 percent to 6.8 over the last couple of months, with monthly prices rising by 0.3 percent in January this year. This puts the average price of a house in the country at around £188,500, which means that…
  • Fixed rate mortgages are the top choice for getting on the UK property market

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    A fixed rate mortgage guarantees that the monthly mortgage payment will not change during the length of the fixed rate period. Fixed rate mortgages are usually for the initial period of the loan, anywhere from one year to ten years. After the fixed rate term ends, the mortgage will go to a variable rate for the remainder of the loan. A fixed rate mortgage has many benefits that can help out a new homeowner. Major Advantages One of the major advantages of a fixed rate mortgage is a guarantee that the monthly payments will remain the same during the fixed rate term. Put simply in this chart…
  • How to Prepare Your Garden for the Upcoming Winter

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    As autumn draws to a close, it may be hard to accept that winter cold and flurries are right around the corner. Colder temperatures, less light, and an increase in rain and snow can all take a toll on gardens. With a little bit of preparation, the winter damage can be minimized so gardens are able to bounce back and be beautiful again in the springtime. Take care of fallen leaves Leaf removal is important for several reasons when preparing your garden for the winter months. Neglecting to rake, mow, or blow your leaves somewhere other than where they fall can lead to yellowing patches of dead…
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    South Florida Law Blog

  • 4 Astonishing Reasons We’ve Lost America’s Trust in the United States Judicial System

    OppenheimLaw
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    The transformation of the United States from a democratic-republic to an oligarchy where the wealthy elites yield most of the power. Pay attention to the candidates in the US election 2016 and not your affiliated party Roy Oppenheim examines the 4 reasons behind the sudden decline of trust in the in the judicial system. Citing recent articles from the New York Times, Gallup Poll results, a Readers Digest survey, and a study conducted by Princeton University, this video highlights the transformation of the United States from a democratic republic to an oligarchy where the wealthy elites yield…
  • More Short Sale and Modifications A-Comin’

    OppenheimLaw
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Aunt Fannie and Uncle Freddie May Cause a New Round of Strategic Defaults Having gotten over moral hazard, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may be encouraging borrowers to participate in strategic default. In recently published guidelines, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced new requirements for the sale of non-performing loans (NPL) by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, which make foreclosure a last resort. The FHFA believes that these regulations will result in favorable outcomes for borrowers in default, allowing them to keep their homes. While this may be true, another result of this…
  • Zombie Foreclosures Never Die

    OppenheimLaw
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    Zombie Foreclosures Continue to tie up the Housing Market If you thought they were gone, think again. The foreclosure phenomenon known as a ‘zombie foreclosure’ has proven that it is here to stay. A zombie foreclosure occurs when homeowners leave their homes when they receive a notice of foreclosure only to find out years later that the bank decided not to foreclose on the property; leaving title in the homeowner’s name. A recent article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune found that 25% of all the zombie foreclosures within the United States take place in Florida. Even more frightening is…
  • Class Action Recall Lawsuits Against Big Companies Misrepresenting Facts

    OppenheimLaw
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Class-Action Lawsuits Class Action Recall Lawsuits Against Big Companies Misrepresenting Facts Oppenheim Law is currently investigating and evaluating recall claims pertaining to the mislabeling of herbal supplements, vitamins, and nutrients. The New York Attorney General recently sent out cease and desist letters to suppliers who have deliberately, knowingly, recklessly or negligently mislabeled herbal products. This includes products from Wal-Mart’s Spring Valley brand, Target’s Up & Up brand, Walgreens’ Finest Nutrition brand and GNC’s Herbal Plus brand. These products, which…
  • Oppenheim Law Celebrates 25 Years in South Florida

    OppenheimLaw
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
 
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    First Home, First Loan » Stephen Katz

  • Real Estate Report – The Jobs Report Surprises AgainMarch 10, 2015

    Stephen Katz
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Stephen Katz 800 Johnson Ferry Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30342 Stephen@KatzMortgageTeam.com69623 Calculate a mortgage payment Compare the cost of owning versus renting What if I pay more every month? March 10, 2015 The Jobs Report Surprises Again Daylight Savings Time is the official start of the spring real estate selling season. With the weather we have had during February, we are sure this early rite of spring caught many by surprise. But in our experience we know that things can heat up quickly. The markets will be monitoring how busy traffic is at open houses, builder sites and more when…
  • The Importance of Having the Right Real Estate Professional

    Stephen Katz
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    As you most likely already know, almost all of the information you might want regarding real estate is available on the internet. As a result it can seem as though you don’t need an agent, at least in regards to knowing what homes in your neighborhood are selling for or what homes are currently on the market. That being said, it is still incredibly important to have a professional help you assess the information found online. “There’s a large gap between information and actionable knowledge.” To put it another way, without the tools to unlock the meaning behind the information, it’s…
  • The Best Way to Build Wealth- Homeownership- Per The New York Times

    Stephen Katz
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    Homeownership and Wealth Creation is an article The New York Times published recently. It’s great to read and see that the confidence level of both experts and consumers seems to be increasing, as the housing market continues to recover.   The article explains: “Homeownership long has been central to Americans’ ability to amass wealth; even with the substantial decline in wealth after the housing bust, the net worth of homeowners over time has significantly outpaced that of renters, who tend as a group to accumulate little if any wealth.” Another relevant article and study is the…
  • Has the Real Estate Market Turned a Corner?

    Stephen Katz
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Upon wrapping up 2014, it seems timely to evaluate the overall state of the real estate market. As we assess where it’s been over the past few years, it is clear that it is definitely in a strong place where it will move forward over the next few years. By simultaneously comparing projected house sales alongside projected home values, the market strength can be viewed. The Price Expectation Survey reflects that future home values are expected to experience steady appreciation. Research has been conducted by the Mortgage Bankers’ Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors…
  • Down Payments – You DO NOT Need 20%

    Stephen Katz
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    How America Views Homeownership, which is a recent survey that was conducted, shows that 95% of Americans want to own a home if they don’t already and that 68% feel that now is a solid time to purchase a home. One of the top people in Wells Fargo home mortgage production, Franklin Codel, says: “Although the home buying process has changed in many ways in recent years, our survey found Americans still view homeownership as an achievement to be proud of and many believe that now is a good time to buy a home.” Misunderstanding Can Cause Inactivity Bearing the above info in mind, there was…
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    Virtual Tour Software ~ Virtual Tour Company

  • Through the Lens Episode 2 - White Balance Workflow & Vertical Perspective Correction

    Jason LaVanture
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Come one and come all to RTV's second installment of our popular new "Through the Lens" webinar show. Please join us Tuesday April 7th at 7:00 PM as we focus on streamlining your white balance workflow to reduce post-production time.  During this virtual tour provider webinar we will also examine the pros and cons of leading perspective correction tools available on the market today. Join Jay Stringham as he passes the torch to our new TTL hosts: Shawn Roach and Beth Nixon.  Beth has been a professional photographer for the past 10 years and is our in house Digital Imaging…
  • Fort Wayne Virtual Tour Company Achieves T4 Status

    Jason LaVanture
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    RTV Virtual Tour Software & Professional Photography Company is pleased to announce, Nick Klein of Nicholas J Photography (NJP) as our latest T4 rated virtual tour photographer.  NJP services the Fort Wayne, Indiana market and more.NJP is a full service multimedia company providing services in the area of photography, video, graphic design, web design, marketing, and App Development.Nick Klein is the founder and visual artist behind NJP, specializing in all aspects of a businesses presence from imagery and video to graphics and web. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and…
  • Memphis Virtual Tour Company Achieves T4 Status With RTV

    Jason LaVanture
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    A very BIG congrats goes out today to Kenny Marino, owner and operator of KMP, LLC. Kenny started using the RTV virtual tour software system in 2009 when he decided to expand his service offerings.Started out as WebGrafix Photography in 2007 in Memphis, TN as a company that focused on graphic design, professional photography and web development, Kenny decided to enter the world of Virtual Tour Photography and in 2009 became KMP, LLC. Photography that Sells. Presently KMP, LLC offers a variety of professional services including professionally made virtual tours in the Memphis, TN market.Kenny…
  • Google Business View Sales & Marketing Show

    Jason LaVanture
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    You’ve got your nodal point nailed and you’re wrapping up your neutral virtual tour photography shoots.  All that’s required now is for you to dive in and start selling Google business view virtual tours to businesses in your area.Please join us Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 PM Eastern while we discuss how to sell and market Google virtual tour shoots to local businesses.•    Learn how to sell both Fusion virtual tours and Google shoots to a business.•    Explore the differences in pricing a Fusion tour VS a Google tour•    We will…
  • RTV Provider Websites Ready for April 21st Mobigeddon

    Jason LaVanture
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Hello there virtual tour provider! You asked, and we heard you. Your free RTV mobile website is on its way!There has been a lot of buzz about mobile-friendly websites in the past couple months. Google recently announced search algorithm updates that will have a significant impact on mobile search results worldwide.Google's update will improve rankings for websites that provide a mobile-friendly experience to those searching the web on mobile devices. These changes are said to take place on April 21st.For any RTV virtual tour providers that have purchased an RTV site, know that we'll have your…
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    Apartment Hacker

  • Nesting

    Mike Brewer
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    I have a standing desk. It holds two monitors, a few pages of paper, two pens and two highlighters. That’s it – nothing more. Aside from the health benefits of a standing desk it does something much more important. It keeps me from nesting. Nesting to mean – sitting in a nice cozy chair for very long bits of time moving busy work around my digital or analog desktop. When people come in to see me – we don’t sit. We have stand up meetings that get right to the point. They last long enough to move the business forward. We don’t get comfortable to the point of…
  • Scaling Up – Culture

    Mike Brewer
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    What is the most important responsibility of a company owner/president/ceo? Short Answer – Own and lead the Company Culture – Soup to Nuts It’s your – to the core – number one asset. It demands and deserves capital investment akin to putting a new roof an apartment building. Or, doing a full overlay on your parking lot. It’s the front door to your company. It’s the aroma that oozes out of your business office when a customer opens the front door. Does it eek of sour attitudes and tired souls or does it smell like fresh energy and enthusiasm? Brave…
  • RTC

    Mike Brewer
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Let me start by saying this arctic blast is for the polar bears. As a runner; I cringe every morning when my 5a alarm goes off. Just the thought of putting on three layers of running pants – two layers of long-sleeved shirts, two types of running jackets along with gloves a ski-mask and a wool cap – makes me tired. Makes me want to do some real-time communication (RTC) with the winter-master himself. How do you like that for a transition? RTC is not a new technology by any stretch and in the same respect I don’t consider it a mainstream business tool in the multifamily…
  • Place I Live

    Mike Brewer
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    Could this be the crazy cool cousin to Walk Score? Place I Live could become yet another measure of community attractiveness. In the same respect, it could be the bane of a community. If the Place I Live is not Tony, Hip or Cool then I will trade at a discount. Maybe more than I wished for. In any event, we are marching toward relevancy being a key driver to the success of your business. Walk Scores, Place I Live and Your Network will matter more than Ratings and Reviews. Your constantly thinking about the NOW and how it impacts the THEN Multifamily Maniac, M  
  • Want to Grow Your Multifamily Business

    Mike Brewer
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    One of the easiest ways to grow your business is to stop focusing on growing your business. Instead work on your business. Mills Properties is choosing to work on the business this year. After growing from 4,000 units in 2007 to just over 13,000 units at its peak in 2012, we stalled. Why? We focused on nothing but growth. Stall Point  From failing to invest in infrastructure as you grow to broken or nonexistent processes and standard operating rules – unfocused growth has a cost. It’s called stalling out. We hit that point in 2012. Taking on just enough assets to stretch our…
 
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • This Week in Healthcare Real Estate

    CoyDavidson
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Healthcare Real Estate News from Across the Web Top 10 Medical Space Users As the health care industry booms, so does interest in medical real estate. The Affordable Care Act, health care reform in general and other medical industry trends are spurring development of medical space, with an influx of interest and capital… National Real […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    5 Articles to Read this Weekend Retooling How Law Firms Work As work becomes more collaborative and firms recognize the importance of presenting a cohesive and dynamic brand to clients and potential clients, the behemoths of the legal industry have taken it upon themselves to hire design firms from large markets to retool their workspaces… […]
  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Stocks Lose Ground for the Week All three major stock indexes rebounded this week posting strong gains. The Dow lost 2.29%  in value for the week and the S&P retreated 2.23%. The tech heavy Nasdaq was down 2.69% for the week. Below are links to the top economic stories of the week for the United States, Texas and Houston Economy: […]
  • 2014 Q4 North American Industrial Highlights

    CoyDavidson
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Cyclical and Structural Factors Driving Market Growth The 2014 Q4 North America Industrial Highlights presents a comprehensive overview of the industrial market segment of commercial real estate. Various cyclical and structural factors are driving industrial market growth in 2015, with the overall North American vacancy rate having decreased in Q4 2014. The U.S. industrial vacancy […]
  • This Week in Healthcare Real Estate

    CoyDavidson
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Healthcare Real Estate News from Across the Web Building Flexibility In Today’s Healthcare Market Today’s new healthcare landscape, specifically its changing reimbursement models, is having a transformative effect on how providers might best approach the concept of creating flexibility… healthcare design Micro Hospitals Are Coming to Town The cost to build a freestanding emergency room […]
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    Waterfront Properties | Real Estate Blog

  • Tiger Woods to Redesign Course In China

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Tiger Woods might not be playing golf right now on the PGA Tour, but he is sure keeping himself busy with golf off the course. According to a report on golf.com, Woods has been selected to redesign a golf course in Beijing, China. The course will become a flagship in a group of a dozen or so private clubs that will provide members access to all the courses in that group. This will be Tiger's first foray into the Asian market, and the report goes on to say that the deal is a lucrative one, paying him almost $17 million for the two-course deal. Woods will redesign the Beijing Tain'an Holiday…
  • HIPPITY, HOPPITY FUN for KIDS

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
      Jupiter Easter Egg Hunt, .  Bring your own basket.  Prize baskets are being donated by Kilwin’s Chocolates. Bounce houses, face painting and an appearance by the Mr. Long Ears himself from 10am to 11:30am.  Saturday, April 4th @ 9:30am to 12:00pm, Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458 Easter Egg Hunt, Trinity United Methodist Church, 2221 N.E. Savannah Road, Jensen Beach,  Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:30 am.  Free for children ages 2-12.  Bring your own basket. Palm Beach Gardens Egg Extravaganza,  The City of Palm Beach Gardens invites you to their…
  • 20th ANNUAL PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
      The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 20th year, March 26 – April 2, 2015, featuring 12 World Premieres and 15 American premieres. The film festival will present features, documentaries and short films from the U.S. and around the world, including Bulgaria, Venezuela, France, England, Israel, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Spain, Russia, Slovakia, Australia, Canada, Cuba, The Netherlands and Germany.  The PBIFF will host filmmakers, producers and actors to chat about their films. Randi Emerman, President of PBIFF states,…
  • REEL FISHING REPORT 3.27.15

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    3.27.15 Fishing Report One more shot at the South Florida “winter” is projected to swift through the weekend. A cool front will be pushing in while bringing in breezy conditions. These are ideal conditions for our beauitful Sailfish, for those willing to take on the rougher conditions. OFFSHORE- Sailfish could be traveling around the Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlet within 100-300 feet of water. Dolphin should be cruising around the same depths as the sails and in really nice sizes too. Springtime catches within South Florida include cobia, kingfish and blackfin tuna. Bottom fishing anglers…
  • Great Restaurants in Delray Beach, FL

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Delray Beach is a beautiful city filled with many amazing restaurants! TrystTryst is a popular restaurant in Delray Beach that exhibits a neighborhood pub feeling mixed with European culture. Ingredients are taken from the best organic farmers, ensuring a fresh and quality experience. Customers love the micro brewed beer list and over 30 wines by the glass are offered. Tryst offers both indoor and outdoor seating, depending on your preference, and there is also a large bar for both drinking and full dining. Patrons rave about the fish tacos and truffle fries, as well as the scrumptious spicy…
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    Maine Real Estate Blog

  • Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Announces $25,000 Scholarship Fund in Memory in Frederick W. “Rick” Griffin

    LegacySIR
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Maine (March 26,  2014)— Marking the one-year anniversary of Rick Griffin’s passing,  Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty announces the creation of a memorial scholarship fund totaling $25,000.  This scholarship will be offered for the first time this year to graduating college bound Kennebunk High School seniors.  The scholarship fund will be presented as a $2,500 scholarship to one deserving student each year for the next 10 years. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who is recognized by teachers, school administration and…
  • 10 Landlord Responsibilities You May Have Overlooked

    LegacySIR
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    If you own real estate and decide to lease it out to someone else, then congratulations: you are now a landlord in the eyes of the law. Whether you lease out a single family home or apartments in a multiplex building, there are many landlord responsibilities that come with the territory. Some duties seem clear, like collecting rent or finding tenants for a vacant unit. Others, however, may be less obvious. The more you learn, the more success you will have with your real estate investments. Let’s examine 10 landlord responsibilities you may have overlooked. 1. Knowing the Landlord-Tenant…
  • Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Brazil

    LegacySIR
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    MADISON, N.J. (March 24, 2015) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Imobiliaria Bossa Nova in Brazil has joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand and now will do business as Bossa Nova Sotheby’s International Realty. The firm, led by owners Luciano Amado as president and Marcello Romero as vice president, is located at Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva 2027, Pinheiros, São Paulo. “São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are exciting markets that encompass extraordinary properties in a broadly diverse destination, and they provide a highly influential…
  • Staging Curb Appeal for Web Appeal

    LegacySIR
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    In today’s real estate market, curb appeal is about more than neighborhood drive-bys and official home showings. That’s because, if there’s one thing you can bet about today’s potential homebuyer, it’s that he or she is searching online. Thanks to a bevvy of easy-access real estate websites, it’s simpler than ever for anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to find details about homes for sale. And whether you’ve got a listing filled with photos or none at all, interested buyers can input your address and view the front of your home through Google’s Street View. So…
  • Maine Home Sales Increase Over 13% In February, Prices Up 4.6%

    LegacySIR
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    SOUTH PORTLAND (March 23, 2015)—Months of steady sales reports indicate stabilization in Maine’s single-family existing homes market. According to Maine Listings, Realtors sold 13.31 percent more homes in February 2015 than February 2014. The median sales price (MSP) for those homes increased 4.62 percent to $167,400 for that same time period. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less. Nationally, single-family existing home sales rose 5.9 percent in February. The National Association of Realtors reported a nationwide price increase of 8.2 percent…
 
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    ExpertView Blog

  • Video: Get ‘Appy’ with your property search!

    realestateview.com.au
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Property seekers- how does this sound? The latest listings, the most up to date data, the hottest property technology- in your back pocket, 24/7. Download the new realestateVIEW.com.au ‘Pocket... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Video: The New View on Property Hunting

    realestateview.com.au
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    We’re sure you’ve already heard about realestateVIEW.com.au’s new, cutting edge, property seeking App. Check out iTWire’s  interview with realestateVIEW.com.au Head of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 8 Top Tips to Buy a Home at Auction

    realestateview.com.au
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    It’s easy to make a mistake purchasing a home at auction. Here are 8 top tips to make auction results work for you. Buying a home at auction can be especially daunting, so follow these top tips to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • VIDEO: realestateVIEW.com.au launches long awaited App

    realestateview.com.au
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Did you know that over 70% of property seekers use mobile devices to find their next home? With this in mind, Australia’s industry owned property portal, realestateVIEW.com.au have created a new,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • HOUSE AND LAND VIDEO SERIES: PART 3

    realestateview.com.au
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:56 pm
    For the best results in picking your house and land estate, you’re going to need to do your research and find out what your motivation and needs are from a land point of view. Coming back to your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Las Vegas Real Estate Information

  • Ventanas Los Cabos Mexico

    Robert Ratliff
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Ventanas Los Cabos Residencial Ventanas Los Cabos Mexico a private residential community in Los Cabos with the most enviable views to both the Sea of Cortés and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you are looking for a real estate for sale new full ownership Villa, Home or a Condo for rental income, or simply you are trying to find that perfect place to spend an unforgettable vacation in Cabo, Ventanas Hotel & Residences is the place. Luxury Full Ownership with 5 Star Resort Amenities When we decided to create Ventanas Los Cabos residencial we thought of comfort, luxury, world-class amenities…
  • Affordable Condos for Sale in Los Cabos

    Robert Ratliff
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Los Cabos Condo for Sale Sale: $210,000 – $250,000 Affordable condos for sale in Los Cabos capturing the exotic character of Cabo San Lucas. Each two bedroom , two bathroom condominium and penthouses is designed built and furnished to American standards, spacious, inspiring interiors are finished with elegant dark wood, cantera stone and only the best quality materials. Sliding glass doors create a subtle transaction between the indoor living space and extensive outdoor tarrace. Welcoming fresh ocean breezes and highlighting magical views. Set in cabos most enviable location, Puerta…
  • Cabo San Lucas Condo for Sale

    Robert Ratliff
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Condos Cabo San Lucas Mexico Cabo San Lucas condo for sale or anywhere else in Southern Baja – the one that fits your budget and fulfills your needs, wants and wishes – is not easy. Doing it on your own can be a time and energy consuming undertaking, and it’s probably the worst thing you can do as well. If you’re not very familiar with the Los Cabos condominiums real estate marketplace and Mexican Real Estate Law, you leave yourself open to myriad pitfalls. Pitfalls that can make the process of purchasing a condo here in Cabo difficult, costly and sometimes, risky.
  • Lower FHA Mortgage Insurance

    Robert Ratliff
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Exclusive Mortgage Rates on FHA Loans Information Lower FHA Mortgage Insurance announced Wednesday by The White House. The Federal Housing Administration will significantly lower the fees it charges borrowers, a move that could save home buyers hundreds of dollars annually and help jump-start the on mortgage rates on FHA loans housing market. The “annual premiums” on mortgage rates on FHA loans, an especially popular source of financing for first-time home buyers, have increased five times since 2010. They jumped from .55 percent of a loan’s value to 1.35 percent today. FHA Mortgage…
  • Home Buyers Las Vegas

    Robert Ratliff
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Exclusive Obama Mortgage News Information Home buyers Las Vegas first time, President Obama mortgage news announced on Wednesday to make it cheaper for first time home buyers Las Vegas and younger buyers to take out a mortgage. Obama lowered the mortgage Las Vegas insurance premium for borrowers who have a down payment of just 3.5 percent of the home’s purchase price and finance the rest of the purchase with a loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration. “A lot of people are sitting on the fence…They don’t know if they can move up.” The reduction is…
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    Century 21 Alliance Realty - THE Gail Spada TEAM

  • Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report 2015

    Gail Spada
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The National Association of REALTORS conducts annual studies to amass data to compile and complete their yearly Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Reports. But first, it is important to have a clear picture of who makes up each of the generations within this report. The following generational definitions are based on a report published in the REALTOR University’s Center for Real Estate Studies. The splitting of the younger and older baby boomer age group is based on research from the Pew Research Center, Generations 2010. Millennials/Generation Y: Born 1980-2000 Generation X: Born…
  • Tips for Helpings Kids Adjust to Relocating to a New Home

    Gail Spada
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Whether you are moving across town, across the country, down-sizing, upgrading, the adjustment can often be stressful to all those involved, especially to children. Here are some tips for helping your kids navigate the moving process a little more easily. 1. Keep It Positive No matter what the reason is for your move, speak positively about the transition. Try to encourage excitement about the new adventure. 2. Talk To Your Kids About The Move Listen to any fears or concerns your children may have. Determine solutions to help alleviate any anxiety they may feel. 3. Let Your Children Be Part…
  • How to Negotiate the Best Price for Your Next Home

    Gail Spada
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Buying a home can be emotional… Negotiating the price should not be. The key to saving money when purchasing a home requires having a clear-cut plan in place during the back-and-forth negotiations. Keeping your emotions in check and your eyes on the goal will help ensure that you are happy with the end result – A GREAT PRICE! 1. Have Your Mortgage Pre-Approval In Place Do you want sellers to take your offer seriously? Of course, you do! If you need assistance in procuring a preapproval letter, ask your agent to recommend a few lenders who have successfully helped other customers in…
  • 5 Helpful Hints to Guide You When Choosing the Best Offer on Your Home!

    Gail Spada
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:37 am
    It’s hard work getting your home ready to hit the real estate market and you made sure it was priced properly, with the help of your real estate professional. With some luck, offers from buyers will come quickly. With a plan in place, you’ll determine the strengths and drawbacks of each offer so that you don’t let a great offer get away. 1. Understand How It Works Your REALTOR will tell you that all offers are negotiable. Therefore, when you receive an offer, you can do just 3 things. You can accept it, reject it or you can respond by requesting that something be modified more to your…
  • Top 5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Purchase on Track

    Gail Spada
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    WOW… You’ve found THE perfect place!! Check out our top 5 tips that will help keep your home purchase on track to help ensure a smooth and stress-free closing. 1. Be Truthful On Your Mortgage Loan Application You may think exaggerating your income a little or omitting debts when you apply for a mortgage will go unnoticed. THINK AGAIN. Lenders have become very diligent in verifying information on mortgage loan applications. If you stretch the truth, expect to be caught and denied the loan you need to purchase your dream home. Plus, intentionally lying on a mortgage application is…
 
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    Tri Cities Real Estate News & Views

  • Horsemanship Spring Break Camp Burbank, Washington

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Do you want to learn how to ride a horse? Are you a horse lover? Then, come and join the Horsemanship Spring Break Camp at the Happy Horse Riding School at 548 Tuttle Ln. in Burbank, Washington. This super exciting event will be from 8:00 in the morning until 12:00 noon, Monday - Friday from March 30 to April 3. Details of the Horsemanship Spring Break Camp This will be a five day Spring Break Horsemanship Camp. All participants should bring their own horse or use one of Happy Horse Riding Schools horse. Learn to ride, vault amp; care for horses. Cost: $276 For more details please call…
  • The Academy Of Children’s Theatre Spring Break Camp Richland, WA

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    The Academy Of Children’s Theatre will be holding a Spring Break Camp from March 30 to April 3 at ACT, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland, Washington. Classes will be from 10:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon daily and open to children ages 8 and up. Details of the Spring CampThe Academy of Children’s Theatre is presenting a Spring Break camp focusing on Circus Arts. The curriculum includes juggling, unicycling, balancing, tumbling and other circus arts as well as character development and movement. The camp will culminate in a staged presentation for family and friends. Cost: $250…
  • STEM to STEAM Spring Break Camp McLoughlin Middle School Pasco WA

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    McLoughlin Middle School invites everyone for their STEM to STEAM Spring Break Camp from March 31 to April 3. Camp will be from 9:00 in the morning until 12:00 noon daily. Details of the EventThe camp is offered by Washington State University and 21st Century Community Learning Center and has the following featured activities: *Cooking class*Dry Ice Experiments*Sports*Dance*Engineering*Drama with ACT Theater*Bottle Rockets*Art*plus much more Note: Open and free to 6th, 7th and 8th grade McLoughlin students, only. McLoughlin Middle School is located at 2803 Road 88 Pasco, Washington. Call…
  • YMCA Spring Break Camp Southgate Elementary Kennewick, Washington

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    This years YMCA Spring Break Camp will be on March 20 to April 3 at the Southgate Elementary, 3121 W. 19th Avenue Kennewick, Washington from 6:30 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening. The camp is for kids ages 5 to 12 (5 year olds must be enrolled in Kindergarten). More about the CampBreak free from boredom with YMCA Spring Break Camp and experience a week of fun Every day has a different theme with exciting activities that you won’t want to miss. We will be going on 3 field trips this week, as well as doing some awesome crafts and science projects Taking a break from school has never…
  • Richland Parks And Recreation Spring Break Camp In Richland, WA

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Come and join Richland Parks And Recreation Spring Break Camp from March 30 to April 3 at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive Richland, Washington. Schedule:From 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade Cost: Richland Resident $110.00 / Non-Richland Resident $137.50 Supervised activities include arts amp; craft projects, games, specialevents, field trips, Park Ranger activities, hikes, geocaching, science projects, cooking and more Participants need to bring a sack lunch, afternoon snack and water bottle each day. Click here for more details…
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  • How to Keep From Getting Scammed in a Real Estate Deal

    U.S. News
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    Filed under: Buying, Financing, Renting Alamy By Geoff Williams You'd be foolish to think you couldn't be fooled in a real estate transaction. While the majority of sellers, buyers and renters are presumably honest, there can be additional players with skin in the game, including landlords, real estate agents, bankers or workers at title agencies. As Sacramento real estate broker Alexis Moore observes: "The crooks don't always have on orange jump suits. Many are former real estate professionals who are using the system." So how do you know if you're about to be scammed? You can't, but there…
  • Oprah Auctioning Contents as She Sells Chicago Penthouse

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Selling Jordan Strauss/Invision/APOprah Winfrey with Stedman Graham at the Academy Awards. She has been trying to sell her Chicago condo. Oprah Winfrey is decluttering her real estate portfolio and her Chicago condo. The Queen of Talk has been trying to unload herWater Tower Place penthouse for $7.5 million. But while waiting for the 56th-floor, 9,600-square-foot spread to sell, Oprah is auctioning off some of its valuable art and antiques on April 25. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago is handling the sale of more than 500 lots including English,…
  • Tom Cruise Lists Hollywood Hills Estate for $13 Million

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Renting Tom Cruise now has two properties on the market -- his Colorado retreat in Telluride for $59 million and a 2.5-acre Hollywood Hills West compound he reportedly owns that recently was listed for just shy of $13 million. The California estate covers two parcels and includes a European-style main house featuring walls of glass overlooking city lights, a living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, and three bedroom-bathroom suites. Other features: Four-bedroom, four-bath guest house with kitchen. Stone pathways. Lagoon-style heated pool with…
  • Mortgage Rates at 3.56% on Fed's Signal Rise Won't Come Soon

    Zillow
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Filed under: Buying, Financing, Refinancing ZillowThe weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans fell this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.56 percent Tuesday, down 9 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped last week, then rose to 3.69 percent Monday before falling Tuesday. "Rates fell sharply last week after the Fed statement suggested that rates will remain lower for longer than expected," said Erin Lantz,…
  • Kylie Jenner, 17, Buys Her Very Own House in Calabasas

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Selling ZillowThe teenager's first home features five bedrooms, six baths, two entertainment centers and a three-car garage. Kylie Jenner, not even old enough to order a beer legally, is buying her very own house a block away from sisters Kourtney and Khloe in Calabasas, a Southern California enclave and celebrity haven. Kim/Kanye and mom Kris have separate mansions in nearby Hidden Hills, and dad Bruce recently bought a retreat in the hills of Malibu. Joel Ryan/Invision/APKylie Jenner Kylie, 17, paid $2.6 million for the five-bedroom, six-bath,…
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  • How to Keep From Getting Scammed in a Real Estate Deal

    U.S. News
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    Filed under: Buying, Financing, Renting Alamy By Geoff Williams You'd be foolish to think you couldn't be fooled in a real estate transaction. While the majority of sellers, buyers and renters are presumably honest, there can be additional players with skin in the game, including landlords, real estate agents, bankers or workers at title agencies. As Sacramento real estate broker Alexis Moore observes: "The crooks don't always have on orange jump suits. Many are former real estate professionals who are using the system." So how do you know if you're about to be scammed? You can't, but there…
  • Oprah Auctioning Contents as She Sells Chicago Penthouse

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Selling Jordan Strauss/Invision/APOprah Winfrey with Stedman Graham at the Academy Awards. She has been trying to sell her Chicago condo. Oprah Winfrey is decluttering her real estate portfolio and her Chicago condo. The Queen of Talk has been trying to unload herWater Tower Place penthouse for $7.5 million. But while waiting for the 56th-floor, 9,600-square-foot spread to sell, Oprah is auctioning off some of its valuable art and antiques on April 25. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago is handling the sale of more than 500 lots including English,…
  • Tom Cruise Lists Hollywood Hills Estate for $13 Million

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Renting Tom Cruise now has two properties on the market -- his Colorado retreat in Telluride for $59 million and a 2.5-acre Hollywood Hills West compound he reportedly owns that recently was listed for just shy of $13 million. The California estate covers two parcels and includes a European-style main house featuring walls of glass overlooking city lights, a living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, and three bedroom-bathroom suites. Other features: Four-bedroom, four-bath guest house with kitchen. Stone pathways. Lagoon-style heated pool with…
  • Mortgage Rates at 3.56% on Fed's Signal Rise Won't Come Soon

    Zillow
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Filed under: Buying, Financing, Refinancing ZillowThe weekly mortgage rate chart illustrates the average 30-year fixed interest rate in six-hour intervals. By Lauren Braun Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans fell this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.56 percent Tuesday, down 9 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped last week, then rose to 3.69 percent Monday before falling Tuesday. "Rates fell sharply last week after the Fed statement suggested that rates will remain lower for longer than expected," said Erin Lantz,…
  • Kylie Jenner, 17, Buys Her Very Own House in Calabasas

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Filed under: Buying, Celebrity Homes, Selling ZillowThe teenager's first home features five bedrooms, six baths, two entertainment centers and a three-car garage. Kylie Jenner, not even old enough to order a beer legally, is buying her very own house a block away from sisters Kourtney and Khloe in Calabasas, a Southern California enclave and celebrity haven. Kim/Kanye and mom Kris have separate mansions in nearby Hidden Hills, and dad Bruce recently bought a retreat in the hills of Malibu. Joel Ryan/Invision/APKylie Jenner Kylie, 17, paid $2.6 million for the five-bedroom, six-bath,…
 
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  • More New Development In Northern Liberties.

    blogeditor
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-on-green-street-will-just-add-to-the-bonanza-in-northern By: Jarek Cotto If you were to drive around Northern Liberties you would see new developments at various levels on so many blocks. There is a trend of consistent development in the neighborhood. It’d be hard to walk more than a block or two before seeing a development that’s under five years old.   http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-on-green-street-will-just-add-to-the-bonanza-in-northern A smaller project is at 410 Green St., a…
  • FYI: Council President Wants ShotSpotter Tech In Philly.

    blogeditor
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/23/clarke-wants-shotspotter-tech-for-philly/ By: Jarek Cotto A 15-year-old teen was jumped by a group of young males at a subway platform in Center City. The assault took place on Thursday, March 19th at around 4 p.m. Video footage shows the large group of males pumble the victim to the ground, then fleeing the scene. Detectives are still looking for the suspects. Council President Darrell Clarke wants to bring new technology to Philadelphia which helps locate and track shootings in our city. It is called ShotSpotter, and it is already being used in…
  • Leadership & Decision Making

    blogeditor
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    By: Alisa Cozza Here is the second installment in our training videos with RE/MAX International. To refresh your memory, our first training video was about creating a harmonious office. As we had previously mentioned, our office was among the top ten for agent retention in the United States. Here at RE/MAX Access we take pride in demonstrating leadership and executing any decisions we make. Watch here as the owners of RE/MAX Access, Steven Osiecki and Christopher Somers, show you what it takes to become a successful leader and get an inside look at our office located at The Piazza in…
  • New Mexican Joint Coming to Fishtown!

    blogeditor
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/tacos-planned-for-frankford-avenue By: Jarek Cotto If you’ve been around Fishtown you may have noticed a tiny building on a vacant Frankford Ave. corner. 1431-35 Frankford Ave. has just been sitting there for years, and we were beginning to wonder if it would ever be redeveloped since there is so much construction going on in the surrounding area. Finally, it looks like we got our answer. The Fishtown Neighbors Association recently supported plans for a take-out taco shack at this location run by the owners of Modo Mio. If you ever been to Modo…
  • FYI: Will Comcast Purchase Netflix?

    blogeditor
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/09/comcast-buy-netflix/ By: Jarek Cotto Why does the Mayor’s six-year capital budget plan include setting aside $5 million dollars for a new prison? Details below. The price of a Philadelphia Taxi Medallion is dropping fast. The medallion is now available starting at $50K for a minimum bid compared to the $475K the PPA was charging last fall. See why the price has dropped so dramatically. Will Comcast be trying to buy Netflix? More below. Feds postponed the release of a report of the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of force. No reason was given…
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  • New Construction in Fishtown: 2172 Norris St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/g38W The first of 6 New construction townhouses (2170, 2172 and 2174 E Norris AND 566, 568 and 570 E Hewson) with over 2,300 square feet of modern, thoughtful living space and off-street PARKING. Magnificent open first floor layout with a soaring 10' high ceiling and an abundance of natural light. Enter into the living room and dining space and through to the kitchen and half bath. The kitchen is fitted with modern espresso cabinetry, stunning Quartz counters and upgraded stainless steel appliances.
  • 1 Bedroom in Old City: 301 Race St. #405

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/a352 One of the most inspiring and memorable loft units in the Old City Wireworks Building can be yours. The bold and style centric features in this 4th floor 1 bedroom such as an expansive bright and open layout with massive exposed beams and timber ceilings, coupled with the drama of factory size windows... wow! The kitchen has new Euro-inspired flat panel cabinetry, topped by the polished Carara marble counters and a new stainless steel appliance package with stainless range hood will make…
  • 3 Bedroom New Construction in Fishtown: 2109 Arizona St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/j322 Amazing 3 bedroom 3 bath New Construction in Fishtown. This home includes a huge roof deck, a rear yard, finished basement and a 10 year tax abatement. Interior features: Open 1st floor layout, wide plank hardwood floors throughout, recessed lighting, open kitchen with storage island and seating, quartz counter tops, glass subway back splash, stainless appliance package, and access to yard from the kitchen. The basement has a full bath and is tiled throughout. The 2nd floor has 2 large bedrooms…
  • 4 Bedroom & Lot in South Kensington: 214-216 W Oxford St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r38n This 3 story brick front 4 bedroom row home is being sold with the lot located at 214 W Oxford. (Purchasing just the the lot or home individually is possible. Together being sold at a discounted price. Lot deeded separately. The land is approximately 17x49 and is listed on MLS - 214 W Oxford.) Enter in to a bright and open living and dining space with a door that can access the lot. This level of the home has linoleum flooring. The kitchen is newer, very functional and filled with natural light…
  • 2 Bedroom near Passyunk: 718 McClellan St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/b2hv We love this Passyunk area 2 bedroom 1 bath home with 2 fantastic outdoor spaces! Redfin even rated this area the 2nd best place to buy Real Estate in the US! Enter into the formal living room and dining room divide by an original open stair case. There is hardwood flooring in these two rooms and ample space for furnishings. The kitchen located in the rear of the home includes ample cabinetry and counter top work space and the appliances are included (gas range, dishwasher, disposal, and…
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  • IBM and AgencyLogic CEO Stephen Fells to Co-Present Cloud Computing Seminar

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Stephen Fells We are excited to announce that AgencyLogic CEO Stephen Fells will speak at a Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce event on cloud computing. The event takes place on May 19th and is being held at IBM, 2455 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. At the event Stephen, a member of the Chamber’s IT Committee, will discuss how cloud computing offers opportunity and savings to businesses small and large. Various technologies, products and platforms will be discussed and there will be a live, online demonstration of cloud based file sharing tool Google Drive. He will be joined by…
  • Footpath Failures Continued

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday’s “Footpath Failures” post generated quite a few emails so here is another batch, enjoy If you enjoyed this post you’ll certainly enjoy these other ‘Just For Fun’ posts!
  • 2015 NAR Member Orientation: Intro and Benefits Segment

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday we highlighted one of several videos released by the National Association of REALTORS (‘2015 NAR Member Orientation: Evaluating The Future of Technology and The Industry‘) and here is another in the series that introduces and explains some of the benefits of being a REALTOR. Over the next few days we will be highlighting more videos like this or you can simply visit the NAR YouTube channel.
  • Low Housing Supply Squeezes Affordability

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Rental affordability is as bad as it’s ever been across the U.S., in part because there are not enough new, affordable units to meet demand - U.S. renters can expect to spend 30.1 percent of their income on rent, while homebuyers can expect to spend about 15.3 percent of their monthly income on a mortgage payment. - Affordability is worst in fast-growing cities that have fallen behind in building homes to keep up with population growth. - The U.S. Zillow Rent Index was up 3.4 percent year-over-year in February to $1,355. The Zillow Home Value Index rose 4.9 percent year-over-year to…
  • Realtors Show Support for New FHA Appointee Ed Golding

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Washington, D.C. – March 26, 2015 (Realtor.org) The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron in response to leadership changes at the Federal Housing Administration: “NAR looks forward to working with Edward Golding in his new position as principal deputy assistant secretary for housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Golding’s tenure at HUD, along with his decades of experience in the housing industry, makes him an ideal candidate to run the day-to-day operations of the FHA. We commend Secretary Julian…
 
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  • Google Events Plugin for Real Estate Agents

    Peter Farrell
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Real Estate Events Plugin for Agents. Seo for Real Estate in conjunction with Agentpoint has developed a plugin that adds the inspection and/or auction times in Google organic results for a property an agent has listed. Using Laing and Simmons in Double bay as a test case we are able to successfully list these times on a Google search for any one of their properties. How Google Displays the Inspection and Auction Times. Fully Automated Real Estate Events Plugin. This is a first for any real estate agent in Australia. This is a fully automated feature we have added to the www.lsdb.com.au…
  • Homely concludes a successful year with biggest bang yet.

    Guest Author
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Homely adds to rapid expansion, with 300 First National offices joining the movement. 8th December 2014- Homely.com.au, the revolutionary new real estate website combining Australia’s most beautiful search experience with free property listings, has today announced that it will be displaying all of the homes for sale and rent from the First National Real Estate group. Off the back of a successful sponsorship of First National’s annual golf day on the Gold Coast, National Sales Director, Rocky Bartolotto, said the authority had been secured to syndicate all listings from the 300 plus…
  • Whats Gone Wrong at Squiiz.com.au? ***UPDATED***

    Glenn Batten
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The team at Squiiz did an amazing job selling themselves and their concept to the industry to become partners in their yet to be released portal Squiiz.com.au. They gained the financial support from most of the national real estate groups and certainly the best wishes from the remainder.   Groups like PRDnationwide, Belle Property, Century 21, Harcourts, IRENE (Independent Real Estate Network of Excellence), LJ Hooker, Ray White, Raine & Horne and REMAX became partners in the venture.  Because of those connections they launched in Mid November with more than 200,000 properties on day…
  • Is your future as dark as theirs?

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

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

  • Selecting a Lender

    financemyhome1
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    Finding a mortgage lender is not a problem. Selecting someone who will help you find the best loan product for your situation even if it means sending you to another lender is paramount. There is a huge advantage to be able to sit across the table from someone you’re doing business with and look them straight in the eye. It’s difficult to make an informed decision based on a website and a phone call. Doing business with a full-time professional who specializes in residential loans like you’re trying to get is important. You want the loan officer to be familiar with local conditions,…
  • Invisible, Odor-free and Potentially Hazardous

    financemyhome1
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Most people’s first introduction to Radon is during the inspections of a home. It can be as much a surprise to a seller as it is a buyer. Radon is an invisible and odor-free, cancer-causing radioactive gas. Radon can get into a home through cracks in solid floors, construction joints, cracks in walls, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls and even the water supply. It is estimated that one out of every fifteen homes in the United States has elevated radon levels. The EPA recommends that you test your home which is the only way to find out if you and your…
  • Fast and Easy But is it Accurate?

    financemyhome1
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    There are sites all over the web that offer to tell you what your home is worth. Simply plug in your address and email and you’ll get a value. It’s fast; it’s easy but is it accurate? The value is determined by what is called an Automated Valuation Model (AVM) that analyzes public record data with computer decision logic. Square footage, age, number of bedrooms and location are easily definable objective data. The challenge is identifying, measuring and comparing the subjective data. An AVM cannot identify how unique features might add or detract from the value, if the market is…
  • Home is Worth the Sacrifice

    financemyhome1
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:37 am
    There are many reasons people want a home with the most frequent responses being a place of their own, to raise their family, share with their friends and feel safe and secure. These are all strong motivations fueling the American Dream of owning your own home. The motivation is so dominant that buyers are willing to make sacrifices to have their dream come true. According to the 2014 National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyers and Sellers Survey, 72% of first-time buyers cut spending on luxury or non-essential items. They also cut spending on entertainment, clothes and even cancelled…
  • Save on Homeowner’s Insurance

    financemyhome1
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Insurance is a way to hedge the risk of a possible loss on an asset that a person or entity cannot afford. The cost of the coverage is determined by risk and exposure to the insurer and reflected in the premium. Another way to say it is: don’t buy insurance when you can afford the loss. If you have a mortgage on your home, you must have insurance. It is probably prudent for most people to have property insurance but certain coverage might be avoided because you can afford the loss if you were to have an occurrence. 1. Call your current agent and review your insurance coverage. Ask if there…
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    Houston Apartment Insiders' Blog

  • Passive Agressive Roommate? 5 Ways to Cope

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Find yourself living with a passive-aggressive roommate? Some tips for coping and saving your lease when you have a problem roommate.Whether you’re starting off in your first student apartment, sharing space to save money, or just keeping more human companionship in your home, living with roommates is often a great idea. It’s not always smooth sailing, though. When roommates share close quarters, conflicts happen. Our previous post, Resources for Great Roommate Relationships, is full of links to advice on choosing great roommates and living well with them. Still, the most…
  • Spring in Houston: Get to Know Your Pre-Summer City

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    March 20 is the Vernal Equinox, the official first day of spring, but it arrives as the Spring Break tourism rush in Texas is already starting to die down. For those of us who live in Houston, spring is the time when our city’s famous heat and humidity just begin to come in, but it’s not uncomfortable yet, just cozy and warm. If you’re new to Houston, you may be wondering what to expect as we say goodbye to the tourists and settle into everyday life in another Houston spring.March 20 is the Vernal Equinox, the official first day of spring, but it arrives as the…
  • St. Patrick’s Day 2015: Things to Do in Houston (Besides Drinking)

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Looking for St.Patrick's Day fun in Houston, without all the drinking? These fun events will help you celebrate in style, and without the hangover.St. Patrick’s Day 2015 is this coming Tuesday, and the celebration is getting started this weekend. Even if you’re new to Houston, if your way of celebrating is to knock back a few drinks, you can easily find a bar that’s your style in Houston — or several on a St. Patrick's Day pub crawl. On the other hand, if you’re looking for other ways to enjoy culture, community, and fun on St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few…
  • Resources for Relocating to Houston

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Need resources to make your relocation to Houston more fun that frightening? We've got that list right here -- welcome home.If you’re moving to Houston, you’ll want to learn about the city, the climate, the culture, and more, all while you’re settling into your new home, and maybe a new school or a new job. Fortunately, plenty of resources are available to help you get to know your new hometown and what it has to offer to someone with your specific interests and lifestyle. We’ve already posted 6 Tips for Getting to Know Houston to help you learn your way around fast.
  • Moving Out: 8 Steps to Do It Right

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:43 am
    Whether you’re moving within Houston or relocating from far away, we’d like to help make your move as easy as possible. While moving out of your old apartment, follow these move-out tips to minimize problems and maximize your chances of getting your whole deposit back.Whether you’re moving within Houston or relocating from far away, we’d like to help make your move as easy as possible. While moving out of your old apartment, follow these move-out tips to minimize problems and maximize your chances of getting your whole deposit back: Read your…
 
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    IPIN Global - Investing in Property

  • Hotel Investment Booming in Dubai

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A shortage of residential real estate in Dubai is directing the attention of investors and developers towards the luxury hotel apartment market in search of high-yield opportunities. As the Emirate gears up to host the 2020 World Expo, authorities are pouring investment into its tourism infrastructure ahead of the event, creating a shortage of family-sized residential units. Rooms and apartments in four and five star hotels in city and resort locations are being bought off-plan by investors electing to use their units to generate rental income. Hotel room investment surges in popularity…
  • UK: Flipping Battersea

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In the never-ending saga that continues with Battersea Power Station, several purchasers are selling their flats that not only remain un-lived in but have not even been built. Units for the London redevelopment went on sale two years ago and investors eager to take advantage of local home price increases are attempting to sell flats with a markup of almost 40%. Notable future residents include musician Sting and a marketing event was held in Hollywood to boost sales at the iconic soon-to-be revamped landmark. Other marketing events have taken place in Asia, promoting the luxurious properties…
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    Massachusetts Real Estate News

  • 10 Questions People Forget to Ask Their Loan Officer

    Bill Gassett
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
                              Your loan officer has the power to grant or deny you the money to buy your dream home! He’s the one who can make your mortgage possible or deny your move altogether. He’s obviously an important person, and you should ensure that [...]
  • Best Google+ Real Estate Articles March 2015

    Bill Gassett
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    March has arrived with the promise of warmer weather and spring blooms (those are things we can all rejoice about). With a hint of newness in the air, it is a wonderful time for new growth in the real estate industry, with good options for both buyers and sellers across the country. That also makes [...]
  • Best Google+ Real Estate Articles February 2015

    Bill Gassett
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:50 am
    Best Real Estate on Google + For February While half of us were battling winter snow and cold during the month of February, and…ahem… half of us were bragging about the warm temperatures they were experiencing in the southern climates, it was a great month to catch up on some great real estate reads! Bill Gassett [...]
  • Best Google+ Real Estate Articles January 2015

    Bill Gassett
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:51 am
                              Each month here on Google+, you can find some incredibly good Real Estate articles that we find to be both educational and entertaining. With content marketing being such an integral part of the Real Estate brands that we develop and project, it [...]
  • Walkability Checklist: What Makes A Neighborhood Walkable?

    Bill Gassett
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    What makes any particular neighborhood or area walkable? Sure, you walk from your house to your car, or from your car to wherever you’re going once you’ve parked; however, that’s not what we mean by walkable. A neighborhood’s walkability rating is based on how much on average the local populace is able to walk to [...]
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    PropertyShark Real Estate Blog

  • NYC Foreclosures Reach 2-Year High; Queens Sees Striking 56% Rise in Foreclosure Activity

    Georgiana Mihaila
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    New York City foreclosure activity has gained traction in 2014, the number of distressed properties ending up on the auction block reaching a total of 1,560. That’s 33% more than in 2013 and stands as a 2-year high. On a more positive note, pre-foreclosures have experienced a 17% drop from 2013. 2014 Foreclosure Stats for Each Borough In terms of volume, Queens was the undisputed leader, with a total of 617 properties up for auction – accounting for a striking 40% of all NYC first-time foreclosures. The worrisome number of 2014 Queens auctions is 56% greater than 2013’s total of 395.
  • Top 10 Priciest Neighborhoods in San Francisco

    Amalia Otet
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    Famous for its eclectic architecture, artsy vibe, rolling hills and steep streets, San Francisco has also become synonymous with pricey real estate in recent years. To see exactly what ‘pricey’ means here, we looked at home sales across the city to find the neighborhoods that registered the highest median prices for sales completed in 2014. Not surprisingly, location and view come with hefty price tags. Most of the priciest neighborhoods are located along the coast of the San Francisco peninsula or in the heart of the city. Without further ado, here are San Francisco’s most expensive…
  • NYC Home Prices Up 2% in 2014, Luxury Market Thriving

    Amalia Otet
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    In New York City, the real estate market is as hot as it has ever been. Whether it’s local or international buyers, everybody wants a piece of the Big Apple. This huge demand for urban living has driven property prices up over the past 5 years, with the median price for a NYC home peaking at $505,000 in the third quarter of 2014, according to our latest NYC residential sales report. 2014 Home Sales Highlights Overall, the NYC residential sales market recorded rising prices but weakening sales volume. The median sale price of a NYC home increased 2% year-over-year, from $488,000 in 2013 to…
  • L.A. Housing Market Heating Up in 2014, Median Price at Five-Year High

    Amalia Otet
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    The Los Angeles residential real estate market boasted strong sales volumes and rising sale prices in 2014, mainly fueled by increased demand, low inventory levels, and consistent job growth. Median home prices have gone up 11% over the past year, making 2014 the third consecutive year of growth for the local real estate market. Median price of L.A. homes rises, number of homes sold falls According to PropertyShark’s Los Angeles Home Sales Market Report, the median price reached $442,000 in 2014, up 11% from $400,000 in 2013, and up 34% from $330,500 in 2010. The median price per…
  • The 20 Most Expensive Zip Codes in Silicon Valley: Atherton’s 94027 Holds Strong at No.1

    Amalia Otet
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    The home of some of the country’s most prominent tech companies is also home to the most expensive residential real estate in the nation. Silicon Valley continues to see increased demand for high-end single-family homes, with zip code 94027 in Atherton, CA standing out as the area’s most expensive place to buy. In fact, according to San Francisco Curbed, 7 out of the 71 billionaires who reside in the Bay Area have a primary residence in Atherton. To see which Silicon Valley zip codes attract the most affluent buyers, we went through the 2014 sales data and we’re ready to reveal the…
 
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  • Buying Investment Properties from Calgary MLS® System

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    MLS® System Is it possible to find a great deal on Calgary MLS® (multiple listing service) System? Yes, but it takes patience and the help of an experienced REALTOR®. Calgary real estate prices have been rising up until the end of 2014 and only few homes were available for sale, which made it harder to get a great deal from the MLS®. Our Investor Clients buy many properties to fix and flip and hold as rental properties and 90 percent of the purchases are from the MLS®. In 2014 we found 2% of the MLS® listings were priced 10%-15% below market. This year, the economic climate is expected…
  • Impact of Falling Oil Prices on Calgary Real Estate Market

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Alberta Oil Oil prices have tumbled in the past couple of months, and the reasons are due to supply and demand. Alberta’s crude oil reserve is the third largest in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. 8% of the jobs in Alberta are directly related to energy and the indirect benefits of oil sands extend beyond Alberta’s borders, stimulating Canada’s economy. From near $110 per barrel one year ago, the crude oil price has fallen to $54 per barrel. Alberta is producing oil like mad. Daily production in Alberta is about 2 million barrels, so over the next year, from September to…
  • Investor Alert

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    2919 48 St NE INVESTOR ALERT!! INVESTOR ALERT!! INVESTOR ALERT!! There are many options for this outstanding 1350 sq ft bungalow. This property features 3 bdrms on the main floor with a double sided wood fireplace, large living room, and laminate floors. The good sized master has a 2 piece ensuite and double sliding doors that lead to the back deck/yard. There is a self contained access to the basement that could easily be converted into a suite. A great fixer upper with a little work this property will look great.
  • Municipal Property Assessment

    27 Feb 2013 | 3:45 pm
    Tax Time Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the same might not be said about the value of your home in the eyes of a civic assessor. When the City of Calgary assesses your property in order to determine the value of your home and in turn, your share of municipal tax, there’s always the possibility of a distortion in how much your home is really worth and how much the tax will affect your household bottom line. City formula Conducted annually and following stipulations in the provincial government’s Municipal Government Act, the assessment conducted by the City of Calgary bases…
  • Investment Tip of the week – Mckenzie Bungalow

    23 Feb 2013 | 12:07 pm
    Mckenzie Bungalow This Beautiful 1092 sq ft 3 bedroom bungalow is located at 827 Mckenzie DR SE. Main floor is completely renovated with new paint and flooring. Comfortable living and dining area is open to kithen and bay window. Spacious kitchen has white cabinets and granite counter tops. Large master bedroom, two additional good sized bedrooms and 4 piece bath are on the main floor. This home offers updated windows of good quality and newer high efficiency furnace. Two piece bath and some development started in the basement. A vehicle sized gate off lane…
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  • HoustonProperties: Interactive Map Of Houston Neighborhoods

    Paige Martin
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    The post HoustonProperties: Interactive Map Of Houston Neighborhoods appeared first on Houston Properties.
  • Guide To Upper Kirby Houston Homes For Sale Under $1M

    Rio Siochi
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Upper Kirby Houston Homes For Sale Under $1M Upper Kirby, one of the Inner Loop’s hottest neighborhoods in real estate appreciation, is a trendy mixed-used community located adjacent to the Greenway Plaza. Upper Kirby homes are sought after mainly for their central location near schools, restaurants, bars, lounges, and shopping centers. Its location along several of the Inner Loop’s main roads gives it excellent access to and from Houston’s cultural, retail, and business hotspots. Major job centers like Downtown and the Texas Medical Center are minutes away from Upper Kirby…
  • Upper Kirby Luxury Real Estate & Most Expensive Homes

    Rio Siochi
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Guide To Upper Kirby Luxury Real Estate Formerly a neglected area crisscrossed with some of Houston’s main roads, the Upper Kirby District of today is a vibrant and trendy neighborhood of elegant homes, luxury highrises, and upscale restos and shops. Like most of the Inner Loop’s hottest neighborhoods, location plays a major role in Upper Kirby’s newfound popularity. Centrally located amid more established and older neighborhoods, Upper Kirby luxury real estate blends seamlessly with the area’s chef-owned restaurants, bars, lounges, and upscale boutiques.
  • 3615 Montrose Houston | 3615 Montrose Condos For Sale

    Paige Martin
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    Guide To 3615 Montrose Houston Condos For Sale Located within the Montrose / Museum District area, 3615 Montrose is a luxury residential midrise designed by the world-renowned firm of Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects. 3615 Montrose’s design takes some inspiration from Philip Johnson’s “Glass House” project. 3615 Montrose condos for sale feature floor-to-ceiling glass to “bring an abundance of light into the space and take advantage of the site’s spectacular views.” Address: 3615 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006 Year Built: In Development (2016) Number of Units:…
  • Houston Heights Home For Sale: 2502 Bevis, Houston

    Paige Martin
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    2502 Bevis Houston, TX 77008 Get more information: 2502 Bevis For Sale. This immaculate corner home offers sleek & sophisticated upgrades throughout! 2502 Bevis St, Houston Fabulous new Houston Heights Houston home for sale: 2502 Bevis St, Houston, TX 77008. Floor plan perfection the open kitchen/living/dining rooms boast marble counters & tile, stainless appliances, private balcony & elegant dark wood floors. A chef’s dream kitchen has a large island ideal for friendly gatherings. Master suite hosts a refined jetted tub with over-sized shower. Secondary bedrooms showcase en…
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  • ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Got Real (Estate) This Week—and We Love It Hard

    Rachel Stults
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    By now, you’ve probably figured out that I watch entirely too much TV. (I rocked a 9 out of 9 on this quiz.) But I’m here to argue that it’s all just research in the name of career growth. Sure … that’s what I was doing when I popped open my laptop after work this week to catch the latest episode of “Fresh Off the Boat,” the ABC sitcom that takes a humorous look at the lives of Taiwanese immigrants in America in the 1990s. And guess what?! The episode, “License to Sell,” was all about real estate. Jessica, the tiger mom assertive…
  • In Midst of Comeback, Cowboys’ Amobi Okoye Selling Texas Mansion

    Roman Loyola
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Despite all the Dallas Cowboys haters out there, you can’t help but root for defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. He seems to have fully recovered from a brain condition that sidelined him for the past two NFL seasons. He did start to practice with the team in 2014 and could be an important piece of the Cowboys’ defense for the upcoming season. Okoye is an unrestricted free agent after 2015, and there’s no guarantee that his comeback will prove successful. Those are good reasons for Okoye to sell his house in Katy, TX. He’s asking for $2.1 million through listing agent…
  • The Reading Room: Gentrification—Yea, Nay, or Let’s Play?

    Cicely Wedgeworth
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The Settlers, a board game of gentrification set in various neighborhoods of New York City. It’s the Monopoly of our time. In a new board game set in New York City, rapid gentrification is the key to social domination. [Architizer] Speaking of gentrification, is it good because it improves diversity or bad because working-class residents are priced out? [New York Times/Mic] This adorable grandma posed in all her home listing photos, and it’s awesome. [Deadspin] A software engineer buys a home after making sure that Comcast can provide Internet service, then finds out…
  • Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Lists Knoxville Mansion for $4.9M

    Erik Gunther
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was “ticked off” earlier this week by reports that he was looking to leave Cleveland behind and swap his ownership in the Browns for a stake in the Tennessee Titans. After verbally reaffirming his commitment to the shores of Lake Erie, the Browns owner is also hard at work on an actions-speak-louder-than-words angle. To that end, he’s just listed his massive mansion in Knoxville, TN, for $4.9 million. Property records indicate Haslam purchased his Tennessee home in early 1996 for $1.4 million. After almost 20 years and a couple of…
  • Pie Chart, Meet Billboard Chart: The 4 Songs That Sum Up Housing Trends Right Now

    Jonathan Smoke
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Most people expect an economist to be deeply into data visualization—bar graphs, pie charts, etc.—and that certainly applies to me. I’m always at the ready with dozens of current charts to talk about economic and housing trends. But I also enjoy tracking the Billboard variety of chart. So this weekly commentary will be courtesy of my musical alter ego, DJ Smokey Smoke. 1. Affordability is going down—for real With supply tight and demand increasing, home price appreciation is again accelerating. Now we also have the prospect of higher mortgage rates, since the Federal Reserve has made…
 
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • #5 in Series: Details

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    It's all in the details. Details. And more details.I suppose there are different styles of buyers. Some buyers may be very happy to just sign a check for their new home, make some decisions about flooring, decor and how the kitchen will look and then come back in 6-9 months when the project is complete. And others of us are more interested in the details and seeing that the house is built correctly. Well, you may not know how to build a house, but I think the more familiar you are with how your home is built, the better off you will be in the end. Operative words: "In the end." Because it…
  • Did You Hear That Ad? Do You Believe That?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    When I was in college I studied media and advertising and learned that sometimes ads are not what they appear to be. Comparisons that on the surface sound incredible, and amazing. Almost super human. So amazing that anyone would be an idiot not to use that product or company, but when you deconstruct the ad and discover that they are not really saying what they want you to believe that they are saying, you often find the disappointing truth that you were not meant to discover. Have you heard or read media ads that claim Real Estate sales productivity at a rate of "50 times that of the average…
  • Who Profits From A Pocket Listing?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    A: Short answer--the listing brokerage/agent. A: Not the seller.A pocket listing is way for a listing agent to keep your property as "his little secret" until he can find someone to buy your house. So, he puts it on a list and passes it around the office, but seriously, this is just another form of junk mail and a pretense with the hopes that the agent can find a buyer himself and make twice the amount of money as he would if he listed it on the MLS. How do you compare visibility of thousands of professionals and tens of thousands of potential views on the open MLS to the influence of…
  • Austin's Best Schools

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Greater Austin has a number of communities with OUTSTANDING schools--several of which have national ranking. Our own rating and ranking methodology in Texas has become rather convoluted and not always helpful in this last revision--so more and more we are becoming dependent upon other sources of information regarding which schools rank and rate well among their peers. Parents, keep in mind, putting your child in "the very best" schools does not guarantee academic success. In fact, it could work against you if you are not careful. There are so many things to consider when looking at…
  • 2015 Austin Real Estate Market Update: January

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:12 am
    Davy Crockett was known for being an Early American frontier's man, soldier and one of the early American politicians. Crockett was a man of the people who stood up for his country and spoke his mind. I will draw one personal parallel to Crockett--he hailed from the place of my birth--Tennessee.Mr. Crockett is given credit for having said and done many memorable things, one of which had to do with joining the Texas Revolution and fighting in the battle of the Alamo. When leaving Tennessee, Davy Crockett was giving a final political speech when he was quoted as saying: "You can all go to to…
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • Kadre brothers launch real estate investing tech tool Cadre

    Mike Wheatley
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Cadre, Kushner Brothers’ start-up company with Ryan Williams as Co-Founder and CEO, has been creating a lot of buzz online. With the Kushners’ credentials – Jared, principal owner of Kushner Properties, and Josh, founder of the venture shop, Thrive Capital – this partnership can even attract another part of the combo, which could result to huge amount of money, bizjournals.com noted. According to the business news site, Cadre has already “raised an $18.5 million Series A round, led by Thrive and General Catalyst.” Notable individuals also reportedly…
  • Why spring is the perfect time to move

    Mike Wheatley
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Do potential sellers in your market need convincing? An article in CNNMoney recently highlighted several reasons why this spring would be the perfect time for home owners to get off the fence. After all, many markets across the country are still tilting in sellers’ favor. Here’s why: Less competition: A limited number of homes on the market will help sellers nab top dollar, and may even spur bidding wars and multiple offers. The National Association of Realtors reports that inventory levels nationwide were at a 4.6-month supply in February. A balanced market is considered to fall between…
  • Existing home sales rise 7.5% year-on-year

    Mike Wheatley
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Existing-home sales showed some improvement in February, but remain constrained by low inventories of homes for-sale that are pushing price growth to the fastest pace in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors. The median existing-home price for all housing types was $202,600 in February – 7.5 percent higher than a year ago. “Insufficient supply appears to be hampering prospective buyers in several areas of the country and is hiking prices to near unsustainable levels,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “Stronger price growth is a boon for home…
  • Don’t Take It with You

    Guest Author
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Whenever you’re getting prepped for a major road trip, be it a long awaited move or a much needed vacation, odds are that you will quickly find that covering all the bases of packing your luggage can be one of the most consistent and head spinning challenges involved. The stress of making sure you remember to pack everything tends to persist up until the final moments before you hit the road (and oftentimes even beyond.) Photo Credit: redjar via Compfight cc   However, taking the time to properly assess your goods and decide what truly deserves to come with you can have the propensity…
  • Consumers want affordable & tech-savvy agents

    Mike Wheatley
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Consumers want their real estate agent to be tech-savvy and offer lower fees than their competitors, finds a new survey by the real estate brokerage Redfin of nearly 1,000 recent home buyers and sellers. Photo Credit: MarkMoz12 via Compfight cc   About 62 percent of buyers and sellers said they are looking for lower fees in a real estate transaction. However, 22 percent of those surveyed said that low fees actually made them worry about the quality of the service. Buyers and sellers are also taking notice of what technology agents are using to help them on their house hunt or sale.
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    calgaryrealestate.ca

  • Buying Investment Properties from Calgary MLS® System

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    MLS® System Is it possible to find a great deal on Calgary MLS® (multiple listing service) System? Yes, but it takes patience and the help of an experienced REALTOR®. Calgary real estate prices have been rising up until the end of 2014 and only few homes were available for sale, which made it harder to get a great deal from the MLS®. Our Investor Clients buy many properties to fix and flip and hold as rental properties and 90 percent of the purchases are from the MLS®. In 2014 we found 2% of the MLS® listings were priced 10%-15% below market. This year, the economic climate is expected…
  • Impact of Falling Oil Prices on Calgary Real Estate Market

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Alberta Oil Oil prices have tumbled in the past couple of months, and the reasons are due to supply and demand. Alberta’s crude oil reserve is the third largest in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. 8% of the jobs in Alberta are directly related to energy and the indirect benefits of oil sands extend beyond Alberta’s borders, stimulating Canada’s economy. From near $110 per barrel one year ago, the crude oil price has fallen to $54 per barrel. Alberta is producing oil like mad. Daily production in Alberta is about 2 million barrels, so over the next year, from September to…
  • Investor Alert

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:35 pm
    2919 48 St NE INVESTOR ALERT!! INVESTOR ALERT!! INVESTOR ALERT!! There are many options for this outstanding 1350 sq ft bungalow. This property features 3 bdrms on the main floor with a double sided wood fireplace, large living room, and laminate floors. The good sized master has a 2 piece ensuite and double sliding doors that lead to the back deck/yard. There is a self contained access to the basement that could easily be converted into a suite. A great fixer upper with a little work this property will look great.
  • Municipal Property Assessment

    27 Feb 2013 | 3:45 pm
    Tax Time Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the same might not be said about the value of your home in the eyes of a civic assessor. When the City of Calgary assesses your property in order to determine the value of your home and in turn, your share of municipal tax, there’s always the possibility of a distortion in how much your home is really worth and how much the tax will affect your household bottom line. City formula Conducted annually and following stipulations in the provincial government’s Municipal Government Act, the assessment conducted by the City of Calgary bases…
  • Investment Tip of the week – Mckenzie Bungalow

    23 Feb 2013 | 12:07 pm
    Mckenzie Bungalow This Beautiful 1092 sq ft 3 bedroom bungalow is located at 827 Mckenzie DR SE. Main floor is completely renovated with new paint and flooring. Comfortable living and dining area is open to kithen and bay window. Spacious kitchen has white cabinets and granite counter tops. Large master bedroom, two additional good sized bedrooms and 4 piece bath are on the main floor. This home offers updated windows of good quality and newer high efficiency furnace. Two piece bath and some development started in the basement. A vehicle sized gate off lane…
 
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • Why I Am Saying Goodbye, For Now

    Sam
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
    So writing this post is sad. And the decision to do it has not been easy – especially not when I’ve got so many super cool stories (and so many more in the pipeline) that I want to share with you. However, I’m off to start living new adventures and so I’m officially taking a sabbatical…as of now! You may remember I was meant do this before when I sold the lettings business, but then I got busy writing…and a blog post turned into a book or two! And life has a habit of racing around you and before you know it, years have passed and you didn’t do what…
  • HTTP 404 Not Found Error: 10 Reasons You Did Not Expect To Be Here!

    Sam
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    If you’ve found this page, chances are, you probably weren’t expecting this. That’s what a recent check of my search terms has taught me.  And they make for interesting reading (hmm how sad does that make me sound!) Anyway, I’m happy you’ve found me – whether you’re here on purpose or by accident. Here are my favourite search terms for how people find What Sam Saw Today: I don’t remember writing about Bulgarian pigs, but 30 squillion of you can’t be wrong That was a tenant’s drugs raid I hasten to mention.   Admittedly, I do have an…
  • The Importance Of Having A Tenant Guarantor (If You Want To Get Paid!)

    Sam
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:26 pm
    3 years into a tenancy you would figure that you pretty much know a tenant. No. This isn’t so. And that is because in that time period not enough stuff has happened for the tenant to react to. What do I mean by that? Well, as a landlord, you truly get a measure of a tenant when the shit hits the fan, and they don’t know what to do about it. Now, I have always operated an open door policy and I encourage my tenants to talk to me when stuff goes wrong, or if they think stuff might go wrong.  It’s a policy which has stood me well and seen me, on many occasions be the first or second…
  • Income or Capital? What Do YOU Want From Property Investment?

    Sam
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:11 pm
    With all the talk of sky-high buy to let returns, it’s easy to get overly excited and rush to buy the first property you think you can make a buck on. But, wait. Before you barrel in with any property purchase, it’s critical to first think to yourself: Why? Why am I investing in property? Property is not a passive income stream, no matter what the glossy articles and TV shows say.  Property can be a good way to make money, but it’s not passive.  Even if you have a property managed by agents, the buck and the responsibility still falls to YOU – even if you’ve paid an agent to…
  • Can Property Pay Your Wages?

    Sam
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:31 pm
    It’s an apt question that many people ask themselves.  In these times of booming property prices and soaring buy to let rents it’s no wonder so many people have opted to invest in bricks and mortar over volatile stocks and shares. So when IWC (the makers of Kirsty and Phil’s Location, Location, Location) approached me to be a property consultant for the show they were making “Can Property Pay Your Wages?” for Channel 4, I said “Yes”. As walking proof that property can pay my wages (yes, you really can ditch the day job if you follow the Rules) I was…
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    Showing Suite

  • New Updates to our Showing Suite Real Estate Mobile App

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    In our latest round of updates, we have added new features and made more improvements to our Showing Suite mobile app. Additionally, we have made significant usability and interface enhancements, giving you more features available using your Showing Suite mobile apps. See a list of all the new changes below: Signup Improvements Added the ability to add promotional codes to sign up for a Showing Suite account when signing up through the mobile app.   Showing Suite Listing Agent Improvements Addition of the ability to “Add New Listing” to “My Listings”. Ability to manually edit…
  • How to Set up IFTTT for Lead Generation – Real Estate Technology

    Brianna Collier
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Have you checked out If This Then That (IFTTT) to use as real estate technology? Basically you can create automatic actions to be performed over pretty much anything you could want or think of. Want to save all those houses in a Google doc automatically? Check. Want an email every time someone tweets about you? Check. You can even program it to open the garage door every time you get home without pressing any buttons. How about getting an email every time someone is moving to your city? Or getting alerts sent straight to your phone when a certain type of home pops up for sale in your area?
  • Are You a Good Real Estate Broker?

    Brianna Collier
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “My real estate broker is the best because he/she empowers me to succeed.” Is the ideal statement of a team member. Brokers, the biggest asset you have is your team members. This goes for any team no matter what profession. Are you empowering your team to succeed or are you setting them up for failure? Whatever the size of your team, each member has specific qualities and strengths. The important thing is making sure everyone is in the right role. Maximize your resources – your team will take off when you have each member in the right place. Team dynamics determine how…
  • 8 Branding Techniques of Successful Agents – Real Estate Solutions

    Brianna Collier
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Branding is an essential part of building a business. No matter what industry you are in, your employer will look you up on Google before you are hired. After searching for awhile they will develop an impression of you. You want to be in control of those impressions and decide what information is out there about you. What is branding? Branding is “the marketing practice of creating a name, symbol or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products.” Entrepreneur explains it as what you are promising to your customer – “It tells them what they…
  • What Did They Just Say?! Mastering Home Feedback for Home Sales

    Brianna Collier
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    You have a truly lovely home for sale. The clients are down to earth, nice, and have done a lot of work on the house. So how do you break it do them that one of the improvements they spent money on doesn’t look too great? In fact its an eye sore. They happen to love it though. Two words – Home Feedback. After showing the home to several interested clients, its important to know what they thought. Without a way to gather that information though, your chances for home sales significantly decrease. You have no way of knowing if buyers think the house is priced too high, the shed in…
 
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    Las Vegas Modern Homes

  • 6908 Kinkenon Dr FOR SALE!

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    6908 Kinkenon Dr For Sale! I just listed a beautifully renovated home for sale on the west side of Las Vegas located at 6908 Kinkenon Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89145. I absolutely love listing homes like this because I get to see the transformation from an ugly property to a gorgeous home.  This home is 2214 […]
  • When Las Vegas Homeowners Consider Buying a Second Home

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:13 pm
    When Las Vegas Homeowners Consider Buying a Second Home People approach the whole idea of owning a second home from a hundred different perspectives simply because a second home can answer so many different purposes. If you are a Las Vegas homeowner at the stage in life where making retirement plans is becoming a more […]
  • Las Vegas 2015 Real Estate Predictions

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
      Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was filled with family and lots of love. 2014 was a great year, and 2015 is going to be even better! Have you made all your resolutions for the year? One of my goals this year is to keep in touch with my clients and friends […]
  • Las Vegas Home Sales Needn’t be Stalled until Springtime

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Las Vegas Home Sales Needn’t be Stalled until Springtime Past history tells us that home sales in Las Vegas perk up come springtime, just as the advent of colder weather brings a slowdown in Las Vegas home sales. But what if your own family and professional situations dictate that now is the time to list […]
  • Forecasting the Future for Las Vegas Housing in the New Year

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Forecasting the Future for Las Vegas Housing in the New Year It does seem to be time for an in depth forecast about Las Vegas’s housing outlook for 2015. The prediction game is going strong everywhere else this week, with print and online journalists and TV talking heads interviewing experts and each other about what […]
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    EMA Blog

  • Going Digital Can Help Lenders Deliver a More Customized Experience

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    In the mortgage industry, the one thing that is critical to a lenders business is customization.  As lenders have to build their business around distinct customer segments, customization can transform the borrower-lender relationship into a personalized experience that customers crave for. But what does personalization mean for the lender? It means engaging with the customer in their preferred ways at different touch points. In the traditional form of engagement it would mean the lender visiting the buyer’s home for helping him with the loan process. Surely, it meant making things a lot…
  • MBA’s 101st Annual Convention and Expo 2014

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

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

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

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

    ForSaleByOwner
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    While your home might speak for itself in person, photos of it absolutely need to show your house in its best light. The 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers shows that 92 percent of buyers use the Internet in their home search and 50 percent use a mobile website or app. With the Internet and mobile apps being so driven by images, it’s never been more important to have high quality, attention-grabbing photos in your listing. Before you break out your iPhone and start snapping away, check out the biggest — and most common — mistakes home sellers make when it comes to real estate…
  • Six Ways to Win a Bidding War

    ForSaleByOwner
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Want to make sure that you win your dream home in a bidding war? Joel Cone of Auction.com outlines the steps to a successful purchase when multiple buyers are vying for one home for sale. Today’s higher home prices and tighter housing inventory mean greater competition for consumers and real estate investors. And that competition often results in bidding wars that send the sales price soaring way above the list price. More sales are being financed, too, increasing the number of potential buyers for any particular home—and, given that fewer homes are on the market, making a bidding war all…
  • Most Popular Homes For Sale By Owner in February

    ForSaleByOwner
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    By owner sellers attracted more house hunters in February by marketing their home like an agent and continuing to update their listings with new photos and property descriptions. While the homes that drew the most attention were located throughout the nation, from Arkansas to Connecticut to Montana, each seller used social media to help increase traffic to their listing. What else about these homes drew in thousands of curious buyers? Take a look and see what made these homes so popular. 1. 5 Kimberly Drive, Monroe, CT 06468 Price: $425,000 Highlights: This 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home offers…
  • Fix and Flip, or Buy and Hold? 8 Questions to Help You Decide

    ForSaleByOwner
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Fix and flip, or buy and hold? That is the question. Unfortunately, the answer is sometimes less obvious than most of us would like it to be. When it comes to deciding which type of real estate investing is “better,” there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is an answer to this question that’s specifically right for you. Ask yourself these eight questions to figure out whether you’re better off flipping your investment property or holding on to it for the long haul. Question #1: Do you need the money now or later? Flipping your…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster

    ForSaleByOwner
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Do you dream of the day you pay off your home loan? You can realize that dream three, five, ten or even fifteen years faster with a few alternatives. Here’s how. 1. Refinance and Reinvest The average mortgage rates in 2014 have been about four percent for 30-year fixed loans; 15-year fixed loans and 5/1 ARMs have been around three-percent. Suppose you’ve been paying on a 7.25 percent $200,000 30-year mortgage for four years at approximately $1,364 per month, and can get a refinance rate that’s at 5.5 percent. By refinancing to the lower rate, but continuing to make the same payment, you…
 
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  • Uncover Attractive Backless Dresses to your Physique

    Alessia Barbara
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Lean back dresses for all gals alluring touch. Many women have on backless whenever they go to the party. Strapless dress are common for developing wedding day dress. Backless attire are sort of outfits that entice attractive creation concepts via the back. In back, a designer wanting to make additional exciting and interesting look to see. Most likely, a number of women are a lot less assured when wearing this jaket distro. Within the contrary, it'll make you look feminine contact and get modern-day types. It backless was well known several yrs ahead of style make great influences in this…
  • How To Lower Cholesterol With Orange Tea

    Alessia Barbara
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Properties orange tea to lower cholesterol There are a wide variety of fruit teas, many of which are beneficial for treating hypercholesterolemia. One of these is tea infusions orange. The properties possessed orange to lower cholesterol, moved to her tea. If you fancy fruit teas, you can consider orange tea and how to reduce your cholesterol. Orange tea can be drunk by various therapeutic purposes such as diet. At this property is added the benefit of reducing blood cholesterol. How Come? Thanks to the action of various substances, one of which is beta-cryptoxanthin, this is a carotenoid…
  • Much To Gain From Vehicle Covers

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    21 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Water resistant covers suggests that no rain, sleet or snow, or undoubtedly any sort of liquid, can work they method through to the vehicle. The cover will certainly likewise be made from breathable product, making it possible for air and wetness out through the product, however not in. This offers the vehicle an opportunity to sweat and breathe whilst covered, without the worry of it getting rotten, and steamed up. The wind Wind has the tendency to drag together with all of it sorts. This consists of any sort of debris that has actually been left in the streets such as stones and…
  • Soy Healthy proteins Curbing Cholesterol

    Alessia Barbara
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    In line with a survey yaang also been performed some time ago, it is usually figured preventing blood vessels cholesterol quantities not just can be done via natural or perhaps modern medication therapy by itself, but also can be done through having some type of fresh fruit or perhaps meal materials like soursop, oat meal or perhaps Scorching chocolate and also the belief that effectively expressed concerning preventing cholesterol food tend to be soy. Dark soybeans are widely-used because make of soy spices or perhaps yellow-colored are widely-used because make of tempeh and also tofu, it's…
  • What is Cholesterol?

    Alessia Barbara
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Have you ever heard the word cholesterol? Something called cholesterol is often discussed in a medical consultation, so many people want to know more about this cholesterol. So What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is commonly found in cells and blood flow in the body. Cholesterol is produced in the liver and is needed by the body to metabolize. Examples such as the role is to assist the formation of hormones and also a new cell. But despite needed by the body, cholesterol should not be excessive in number. Yes, this excess cholesterol can cause a buildup of fat in the…
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  • The Demographics of CRE Agents

    Chris Clark
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    As you may have noticed, most CRE agents are white males.  While the percentages vary depending on the study and what positions/specialties are included, females represent anywhere from 10% to over 40% of the work force with minorities representing around 5%. They’re also old – and getting older.  Between 2002 and today, the median age […]
  • Social Networks Marketing Update

    Chris Clark
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Social networks are always adding new features to their platforms. Some are obvious but others aren’t. And some are useful or nothing but a pain. This latest crop of updates offers some features that may actually be useful to CRE agents or brokerages. Facebook Call to Action Button Steady yourself. Facebook is offering a marketing […]
  • Market Your CRE Content with Flipboard

    Chris Clark
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Flipboard is one of the most popular and stylish news readers for mobile devices. It’s also a popular referrer, often at the top of the list of sites sending traffic to many company websites and blogs. While Flipboard provides many of its own personally curated content, users can create their own for private or public […]
  • App News – Evercontact, Space Calculator and CRM

    Chris Clark
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    Taking a break from spreadsheets and data management to post on some interesting apps I came across and news on updates to some popular CRE CRM apps. Evercontact A very clever add on for Gmail, Outlook and several CRM apps, Evercontact is a daily service that scans your emails collecting contact info to keep your […]
  • Creating an XML File from Excel for Your Listing Data

    Chris Clark
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    Last week I showed you how to keep your listings in Excel. If you’ve done that, you can create an XML file. As I wrote, having an XML file gives you more ways to use your listing data. The process isn’t that difficult as long as you’re aware of some of Excel’s quirks.  Basically, you’re […]
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  • 5 Care Tips for a Greener Lawn

    Courtney Watson
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Now that spring is officially here and things are starting to thaw out, it’s time to evaluate your lawn situation. Here are 5 ways to make sure that your lawn stays the healthiest it can. Don’t over-fertilize. It can be easy to think that the more fertilizer you use, the healthier your grass will grow. In fact, too much of one of fertilizer’s main ingredients, nitrogen, can actually burn grass. Fertilize just twice a year, in the spring and fall. Plus, make sure you get the right formulation for your grass and soil type. Rake your lawn. Raking isn’t just for fall. Once the snow…
  • Current Mortgage Rates for Friday, March 27, 2015

    Michael Kraus
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Mortgage bonds took a beating again yesterday, and mortgage rates rose.  We have lost all of our early-week gains, and are now approximately at the same place where we were when we started the week.  What we’re seeing is likely the result of portfolio repositioning, profit-taking, and good old-fashioned randomness/herd-like momentum.  On the whole, rates didn’t really change all that much this week, but it was sort of a roller-coaster ride. This morning MBS are up a bit, but I don’t think we will see significant gains today. To put all of this in perspective –…
  • Should You Pick a House or a Condo for Your Second Home?

    Jim McNiff
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    If you have a primary residence, you might consider buying a second home as a vacation spot or an investment property. This can be a place to relax with your family, plus you can generate passive income for a variety of purposes—save for retirement, pay off debt or create a rainy day fund. Even if you like the idea of a second property, there’s a question to consider: do you buy a condo or a house? Truthfully, either type of property can work as a second home. Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of both to help you decide the best property given your needs and preferences. Pros of…
  • Current Mortgage Rates for Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Michael Kraus
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Right off the bat: whatever is going on with the market right now is confusing.  Mortgage backed securities sold off yesterday, losing most of the ground that was gained in the early part of the week.  Mortgage rates are up as a result.  Recent economic data has been poor to mixed at best, and I guess it’s possible that the markets have written much of the weakness off as being related to the weather or to the west coast port strike.  Not everything has a clear or explicable cause, and our markets are prone to randomness and herd mentality.  This could be an example of…
  • When NOT to Refinance Your Mortgage

    Taryne Leahey
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    With interest rates still hovering around historic lows, it can be tempting to dive into a refinance without taking a good hard look at the pros and cons. But while refinancing is generally touted as a money-saving move, it doesn’t come without cost. Here are a few situations where the costs may not outweigh your gains. You can see yourself relocating in the next few years. If you don’t think you’re going to stick with your mortgage for the next two or three years, there isn’t much point in refinancing. Closing costs typically cost between 2% and 5% of the loan amount, so even if you…
 
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  • Louisville Home For Sale | 6304 Eureka Ave Louisville, KY 40216

    Bob
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:49 am
    If you liked Louisville Home For Sale | 6304 Eureka Ave Louisville, KY 40216, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Home For Sale at 1856 Heaton Rd Louisville, KY 40216 Louisville Home For Sale | 2403 Adrienne Way Louisville, KY 40216 Louisville Home For Sale | 811 W Evelyn Ave Louisville, KY 40215
  • Louisville Home For Sale | 7707 Hermits Run Rd Louisville, KY 40291

    Bob
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:41 am
    If you liked Louisville Home For Sale | 7707 Hermits Run Rd Louisville, KY 40291, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Home For Sale | 8903 Hatlerhall Dr Louisville, KY 40291 Louisville Area Condo For Sale at 9502 Magnolia Ridge Dr Louisville, KY 40291 Louisville Area Home For Sale at 16 Henry Ct Fisherville, KY
  • Louisville Home For Sale | 1042 Harmony Landing Rd Goshen, KY 40026

    Bob
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    If you liked Louisville Home For Sale | 1042 Harmony Landing Rd Goshen, KY 40026, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Area Home For Sale at 16 Henry Ct Fisherville, KY Louisville Area Home For Sale at 321 Piatt Pl Middelton, KY 40223 Louisville / Southern Indiana Home For Sale at 201 Clay St New Albany, IN 47150
  • Louisville Home For Sale | 2403 Adrienne Way Louisville, KY 40216

    Bob
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:19 am
    If you liked Louisville Home For Sale | 2403 Adrienne Way Louisville, KY 40216, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Home For Sale at 1856 Heaton Rd Louisville, KY 40216 Louisville Area Home For Sale at 16 Henry Ct Fisherville, KY Louisville Area Home For Sale at 321 Piatt Pl Middelton, KY 40223
  • Louisville Home For Sale | 8903 Hatlerhall Dr Louisville, KY 40291

    Bob
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    If you liked Louisville Home For Sale | 8903 Hatlerhall Dr Louisville, KY 40291, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Home For Sale | 7707 Hermits Run Rd Louisville, KY 40291 Louisville Area Condo For Sale at 9502 Magnolia Ridge Dr Louisville, KY 40291 Louisville Area Home For Sale at 16 Henry Ct Fisherville, KY
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  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Arthur Rutenberg Homes

    Courtney Rogers
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Today’s All About Real Estate guest is Marty Anker, president of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, a custom home builder. In business for more than 60 years, Arthur Rutenberg was one of the pioneers of modern homebuilding, and he started what is now the largest franchise network of custom home builders in the United States. As a franchise [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Tossed Out Treasures by The Sandy Springs Society

    Courtney Rogers
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Lib Thompson, president of The Sandy Springs Society, is today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. A charitable organization of more than 300 women, The Sandy Springs Society is committed to improving the community through philanthropic work. As the largest philanthropic agency in Sandy Springs, the group has raised and donated $2.8 [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: D.R. Horton at Heron Bay Golf and Country Club

    Courtney Rogers
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The current Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio comes from home builder D.R. Horton, who is offering reduced pricing on ranch-style active adult homes in The Villas at Heron Bay Golf and Country Club, an exclusive 55-plus community within Heron Bay. Home site 52: Claiborne plan WAS  $195,160, NOW  $184,990 Featuring the [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: FrontDoor Communities

    Courtney Rogers
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Today’s All About Real Estate on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is Irene Hall, vice president of sales and marketing for FrontDoor Communities. Founded by former executives of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, FrontDoor Communities has a variety of new projects in the Atlanta area, as well as communities in Charleston and Naples. When asked what [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Wylde Center’s 8th Annual Urban Coop Tour

    Courtney Rogers
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Today’s Around Atlanta guest, Anne-Marie Anderson, is on hand to discuss an egg-citing event taking place this month in Atlanta! As the chair of the 2015 Urban Coop Tour, which benefits the Wlyde Center, Anderson is on the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio Show to discuss the growing trend of urban coops and the tour [...]
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  • The Process Of Moving To Another State

    Jessica Ryan
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Successful transplantation requires a lot of care and proper preparations. When you transplant seedlings outdoors, you intend to provide the right environment for them to grow and develop naturally. But when you take them out of their safe shelter and plant them in the unknown surroundings of your garden, how can you be sure that they will adapt to the new conditions successfully and quickly enough? In fact, observing several simple rules guarantees an almost certain favorable outcome: let your plants adjust beforehand, prepare their new habitat properly, transplant them with care and do…
  • How To Cope With Relocation Depression

    Joshua Green
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Post relocation depression is your mourning period of the life you no longer have and could never bring back. If your relocation to another city has been successful, then you must know how good it feels to finally sit down in your new home right after the moving truck has left and congratulate yourself on a job well done. You can’t help but feel great satisfaction about the flawless way you organized the entire move by creating a customized moving calendar and strictly sticking to it until the very end. And what about the smart tactics of finding, researching and hiring the best moving…
  • How To Create A Floor Plan Before You Move

    Jessica Ryan
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    A good floor plan will let you preview your future home. When moving into a new house, you have the unique chance to create the home of your dreams. The place may not be as spacious and luxurious as you have imagined it would be, but you are at liberty to unleash your creativity and design the artistic refuge you have always wanted or the cozy charming dwelling you have fancied since you were a small child. Regardless of the type and the size of your future home, you can arrange it in a manner that best reflects your personality, guarantees maximum comfort and adds charm and elegance to your…
  • How To Deal With Bad Movers

    Joshua Green
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    It’s important to know how to protect yourself against bad movers. It’s well known that some things will always stay out of our control no matter how hard we try to be in the driver’s seat. And sadly enough, sometimes we are forced to become mere spectators as an unfortunate event takes the steering wheel out of our own hands. Whenever faced with the arduous process of moving house, it can be really disheartening, to say the least, to put so much time and efforts into planning and preparing a good local or long distance move only to have a bad moving company ruin it all. Yes, there…
  • Important Things To Consider When Deciding On A Moving Date

    Jessica Ryan
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:09 am
    A perpetual calendar will help you count the days until your move. So, when for one reason or other you are faced with imminent relocation, you need to come up with a smart strategy in order to plan and organize a trouble-free moving process. And regardless of whether you are a sworn fan of numerology and regularly consult Lunar calendars and any relevant Feng Shui principles whenever you have to make an important decision, or you are just mocking the idea of celestial predestination, you still need to take into consideration several factors when scheduling your move and setting a moving…
 
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  • agentright NEWS – new agents profile page goes live

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    4 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    today (4/3/15) we have launched the new agentright agent profile page. this is the first stage in improving the agents profile page to include a lot of new items. this first page includes a fresh now look which still has a few changes to be made and the ability for agents to list their opening […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Rental Costs across the UK

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    21 Jan 2015 | 2:09 am
    The image below has been added thanks to the kind permission of Furthr   agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Choosing the Perfect Bathroom Design for Rental Properties

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    24 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    Image credit: jinkazamah, license Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jinkazamah/2475956824/ In order to make a property attractive to potential tenants, you need to ensure that they feel instantly at home when they view it and that they have absolutely no difficulty imagining themselves living in it for an extended period of time. […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Discover more about living in Farnham

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    25 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    Are you on the hunt for property in Surrey? Discover more about living in Farnham, a pretty Georgian market town set in the lush English countryside, with this infographic from Romans Estate Agents Learn more about the schools, the famous people who grew up in the area and the transport links to London with this […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
  • Adding Value To Your Family Home

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    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    What does your home mean to you? It’s a very interesting question that can really show you how attached you are to your home. If you’ve spend most of your life or a fair few years in your home then it can be hard to part with it should you need to expand. But you […] agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website
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  • Floridians’ confidence rises 3 points in March

    Florida Realtors® News
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – March 27, 2015 – Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose in March by more than 3 points to 96.8, the highest reading in 10 years, according to a monthly University of Florida (UF) survey. All five components that make up the index increased. “Florida consumers are particularly optimistic about the future,” says Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. “The three components that are forward-looking are much higher than they have been for quite some time.” Expectations of…
  • Census Bureau: Fla. has fastest growing U.S. city

    Florida Realtors® News
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    THE VILLAGES, Fla. – March 27, 2015 – The Villages, located to the west of the Orlando metro area, grew by 5.4 percent between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, and now has a population of about 114,000. That makes it the fastest growing U.S. city, according to Census Bureau information released yesterday. Overall, Florida has seven metro areas in the U.S. top 50 for growth over that timeframe. The Census Bureau released information in December that found Florida had become the nation’s third most populous state. The latest demographic info shows how growth in individual metro areas…
  • Most millennials don’t understand closing costs

    Florida Realtors® News
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    WASHINGTON – March 26, 2015 – Closing costs come as a surprise to many buyers, especially young adults. Two-thirds of millennials – those between the ages of 18-34 – who plan to buy a home said they’re unaware of closing costs in a survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by ClosingCorp, a provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate industries. More than one-third of all potential homeowners – across all age brackets – say they’re “not very” or “not at all” aware of closing costs.
  • Amendment gets enough signatures for court review

    Florida Realtors® News
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 26, 2015 – A private group, Floridians for Solar Choice, is collecting voter signatures in hopes of adding a proposed constitutional amendment to the 2016 Florida ballot. Yesterday, the group announced that it collected enough signatures to cross the first threshold – Florida Supreme Court review of the ballot’s wording. The amendment, if passed, would allow private property owners and businesses to sell a limited amount of solar-generated power. The Supreme Court review won’t focus on the benefits or perils of a change in solar energy policies. Its…
  • U.S. streamlines rules to speed up drone permits

    Florida Realtors® News
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    WASHINGTON – March 25, 2015 – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced an interim policy covering drone use that will remain in effect until it issues a final version of a proposed small unmanned aircraft (UAS) rule. Legal drone operators must still receive approval from the FAA – a Section 333 exemption. However, under the new policy, these operators will be allowed to fly anywhere in the U.S., providing they follow a blanket set of rules, such as a required minimum distance from airports. According to the FAA, it will grant approved drone users a Certificate of Waiver or…
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  • Calgary Real Estate February 2015 Monthly Housing Statistics

    Crystal Tost
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    The latest Calgary housing market report shows some ups and downs for the city. Overall, new listings are slowing down, which means there is likely to be some downward pressure on the supply growth within the Calgary resale market. While Calgary home sales remained below the long-term averages for the month of February and year-over-year new listings growth fell from 37 percent in January to nine percent in February, inventory levels increased to 5,474 units. Nonetheless, while the supply levels are higher than what the market has seen in awhile, they are still falling short of the record…
  • Price Gap Between Condos And Houses Largest In Years

    Crystal Tost
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
    CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS – For a lot of people buying homes for the first time, condominiums have been a way to transition from owning your own home to owning your dream home. However, an influx of upcoming condos and aggressive bidding battles for modern detached houses has led to an increasing gap between the rates of house and condo prices which hit the peak last year. Comparing Housing and Condo Price The average price gap in December between a one family house and a condo for sale in the market reached $320,000.  Canada’s four main cities were affected by this which are…
  • MLS Listings Calgary: 37% Increase in Listings, Prices Still Stable

    Crystal Tost
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - In spite of new MLS listings increasing by 37% in relation to January, Calgary homes for sale prices are still stable amid surplus.  Crystal Tost, Top 3 Calgary REMAX REALTOR® of 2014, sells another home this month A report on sales by CREB (Calgary Real Estate Board) last month detailed the percentage increase in listings and sales. CREB noted a decline in sales January year over year, which is due to low customer confidence. This low confidence is triggered by low prices in oil, due to Calgary Oil Crisis 2015 and Alberta’s status in the energy…
  • Calgary Oil Crisis 2015 Is Little Worry To Many Businesses

    Crystal Tost
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:08 am
    CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - Since the price of oil decreased, many of us Calgarians are concerned about the big effects this shift will have on the economy and Calgary real estate. Many people and various businesses however, are showing little worry. I read a great article by Claudia Cattaneo on her take of the oil boom decrease and how many are ot too concerned. I want to share some of that information with you on my blog. Business As Usual In Calgary...For Some In Calgary, its business as usual during the oil crisis of 2015: there has been no drop in sales for most luxury items such as jet…
  • Calgary Real Estate January 2015 Monthly Housing Statistics

    Crystal Tost
    6 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - A combination of uncertainty regarding employment opportunities within the energy sector and the low oil prices experienced throughout the month of January has resulted in a general unease among consumers. As a result, monthly sales within the Calgary housing market fell to a level that has not been seen for the past five years. Furthermore, sales were more than 35 percent lower than the 10 year average as they fell across all three of Calgary’s sectors. Unfortunately, with economic conditions expected to fall short of the predictions that were made in…
 
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  • Baker Park Real Estate Report – Spring 2015

    Karen Highland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Baker Park Neighborhood Market Report Frederick Md Neighborhood: Baker Park Baker Park is an established neighborhood in the center of Frederick that offers stately homes surrounding the 35 acre linear park. You’ll find many Victorian homes built in the first half of the 1900’s, some Colonials and Arts & Crafts homes also. Most of the homes were built on larger city lots, with lovely tree-lined streets. Baker Park, Frederick Md Area Information: Baker Park Boundaries: Baker Park Neighborhoods surround the linear park on both sides, for several blocks. Many times people…
  • 10 Ways Elbow Grease is the Secret to Great Curb Appeal

    Karen Highland
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    If you’re considering selling your home this Spring, you will want to start getting your home ready.  Don’t forget the outside when you consider sprucing up the home. With the Spring officially upon us, it’s time to give some attention to outside. In most cases, all you need is a little elbow grease to make a big difference. Here are 10 steps to great curb appeal: Great Curb Appeal Welcomes Buyers We’ve seen the effect that the outdoor approach to the home has on home buyers. Great curb appeal is a first impression that can set the tone for how the buyer views the…
  • 100% Home Loans for Maryland Veterans

    Karen Highland
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    100% VA Home Loans  The VA loan is truly one of the best benefits offered to our Veterans, and I’m happy they’re available to men and women who have served us by protecting our freedoms. VA mortgage loans have many benefits besides the no-down payment feature, making them truly 100% home loans for Veterans. Although VA guaranteed loans do not have a maximum dollar amount, lenders must limit the size of those loans to the maximums prescribed by GNMA (Ginnie Mae) if they plan to sell those VA loans in the secondary market. Explaining VA Loan Limits Federal law was passed in 2008 which…
  • 4011 Mills Road Sharpsburg Md 21782

    Karen Highland
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Single Family Home for Sale in Sharpsburg Md Price Reduction! Lovingly cared for, 4 bedroom 2.5 bath single-family colonial home on over 7 beautiful acres in Sharpsburg Md. 4011 Mills Road Sharpsburg Md 21782 is a nature-lover’s paradise! 4011 Mills Road Sharpsburg Md 21782 This home is ready for someone who loves their space, both inside and out. Nature abounds on 7.27 acres, minutes from C&O Canal and the Potomac River. The open acreage is partially wooded and suitable for horses, hunting and hiking or ATV or cycle use. The updated kitchen has a thoughtful design that even a…
  • Buyers: It Helps to Get Inside the Home Seller’s Head

    Karen Highland
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Understanding what is going on inside the mind of the home seller will be an advantage to a buyer. Ok, maybe it sounds like a Sci-Fi plot, but it’s not. One of the misconceptions new buyers have is that negotiating a home sale is all about the price.  While it certainly is the main concern for both parties, there are other considerations that influence a home seller’s acceptance of an offer. Understanding the Home Seller Understanding and using some of these other factors, or a combination of them, to your advantage, may be the secret to winning out over other buyers: Other Factors:…
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  • The Strength of CRE Investments

    Jonas222
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Financial Advisor magazine ran a story called “Property Perks” in which the reporter said that wealthy private investors—family  offices, high-net-worth individuals, and individual/non-institutional developers, owners, and operators—are putting big money into commercial properties, as evidenced by the $176.9 billion invested in 2014. read more
  • Investors Favor CRE Investments, According to Report

    Jonas222
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    Marcus & Millichap’s Special Research Report, “First Quarter 2015 Commercial Real Estate Investment Outlook,” has an exciting headline: “Investor Sentiment Sets New Record High.”  The big picture message is that investor confidence is at its all-time peak and investors feel good about all major property types. (Download the report here.)   read more
  • Would You Invest in Normcore Markets?

    Jonas222
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    The term “normcore” means normal or unpretentious, and in the real estate world, it refers to markets that offer average value. These are those ordinary homes in ordinary neighborhoods that have common (as in run-of-the-mill) amenities. Here, there’s nothing splashy. No over-the-top design. No new builds. Everything’s just average. And that’s okay.   read more
  • The Upside in Multifamily

    Jonas222
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    The trend of rising rental rates in the multifamily sector is no longer tied to gateway and core markets. Read this article from National Real Estate Investor, and you’ll see that secondary and tertiary cities are riding the wave too. In the article, Bendix Anderson reports that as job growth has trickled smaller metros, rent gains have followed suit.   read more
  • Senior Housing Investments on Top for the Year

    Jonas222
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    By most accounts, this year will prove to be another positive one for investments in senior housing. GlobeSt.com reporter Paul Bubny’s article, “All Signs Positive for Seniors Market,” summarizes the sentiment by quoting the recent senior living industry report from Marcus & Millichap and explaining that demographic trends and strong economics continue to fuel activity. read more
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  • Will Higher Closing Costs in Alberta Really Deter Homebuyers?

    Karri Flatla
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Everyone woke up this morning to a slightly different Alberta. That is, to ease the pain of a looming deficit, the government will be taxing Albertans a little more than what we’ve been used to. Health care levies and more taxes at the pump are coming into effect immediately. And if you’re buying a home this […]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: February 2015

    Karri Flatla
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes February 2015: Sales to active listings ratio: 17% (84/502) For same month last year: 16% (79/488) Average sale price: $300,490 For same month last year: $278,216 Average Cumulative Days on Market: 106 For same month last year: 114 PENDING sales as of this post date: 43 February 2015, Year-to-Date: Total number […]
  • 5 Things to Know When Buying a New-Construction Home in Lethbridge

    Karri Flatla
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Ah, the smell of sawdust and fresh paint! Hits my senses every time I walk into a new home in Lethbridge. And it will hit your senses too. Hard. New-home smell is an intoxicating force. After all, who can resist the thought of waking up to brand new everything? Despite the emotional appeal, however, there can […]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: January 2015

    Karri Flatla
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:23 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes January 2015: Sales to active listings ratio: 11% (53/462, 8.7 months’ inventory) For same month last year: 15% (67/445, 6.6 months’ inventory) Average sale price: $278,899 For same month last year: $277,210 Average Cumulative Days on Market: 104 PENDING sales as of this post date: 33 City of Lethbridge – Condos […]
  • Is Curbside Recycling in Lethbridge a Pressing Issue?

    Karri Flatla
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    Residential curbside recycling… it’s a stinky subject that we may not be able to turn our noses up at for much longer… Do you recycle? We do. But I admit, if it weren’t for the hired hand who comes to our door every week to pick up the contents of our blue bin, we would recycle less. […]
 
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  • 11 Statistics REALTORS Need to Know

    Candace Green
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    There is a lot of data available about real estate sales.  The right information can offer some valuable insight into where a REALTOR should focus their attention to avoid common challenges and mistakes. We sifted through the stats and compiled the top 11 that you need to know. Check it out:   Did these stats shed some light on your business? It’s time to leverage a real estate CRM that can help you stay in touch with past clients, prospects and your Sphere of Influence (SOI).… Read the rest
  • [VIDEO] Open House Tips for REALTORS®

    Candace Green
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    I came across this terrific video from IXACT Contact partner Richard Robbins.  In the video, Richard explains that real estate agents often ask him whether open houses truly work.  His answer is full of ideas for Realtors on how you can step up your Open House game and drive more leads. Check it out! In addition to the tips Richard mentions in the video, here are a few more ideas for how to make your next Open House a success: Send out “Just Listed” e-cards or flyers to your database, letting them know you have a property available.  … Read the rest
  • Real Estate is About Relationships Not Just Lead Generation

    Candace Green
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today I want to share an article with you by Sunny Lake for Inman Select.  It’s a beautifully written piece emphasizing the importance of forming relationships as a real estate agent instead of only seeking anonymous leads from the web. At IXACT Contact we often discuss the importance of building relationships, establishing your Sphere of Influence and staying in touch with your past clients.  Repeat and referral business are so valuable and achieved through what? You guessed it: relationships.… Read the rest
  • How To Build Memorable Connections Within Your Sphere

    Candace Green
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today I’m thrilled to share a post with you from Tom Ferry, CEO of Tom Ferry – Your Coach, an International Coaching and Training Company.  During his 26+ years in the industry Tom has influenced over 500,000 real estate professionals to create inner and outer wealth by helping them grow a prosperous business that they love. His expert advice is valuable to real estate professionals. Enjoy! Are you taking the time to create memorable moments with your sphere of influence?… Read the rest
  • Real Estate Newsletter Best Practices

    Candace Green
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know that I often discuss the value of keeping in touch with your real estate leads and past clients.  In an industry where business is frequently propelled by repeat and referral business, REALTORS® can’t risk losing touch without also losing out on commissions. A survey by the National Association of REALTORS® found that 85% of home sellers would likely use the same agent again or recommend that agent to others. How can they recommend you if they can’t recall your name?… Read the rest
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  • Your Property Presentation Checklist

    Anita Clark Realtor
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Your Property Presentation Checklist A good property presentation should be carried out if you intend to sell your property. The appearance of your home is the first thing that prospective buyers will notice; make sure you make a fantastic first impression by following these simple tips. Here is your property presentation checklist to ensure your […] The post Your Property Presentation Checklist appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in February 2015

    Anita Clark Realtor
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in February 2015 Consumers…your wait is over! Many potential sellers have been asking “What is my Warner Robins GA home worth in February 2015″. That question and others will definitely be answered in this real estate report. This sellers real estate market (4+ months of available inventory) […] The post What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in February 2015 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Perry GA Home Worth in February 2015

    Anita Clark Realtor
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:43 pm
    What is my Perry GA Home Worth in February 2015 Spring is arriving and it is bringing new buyers with it which is prompting sellers to ask “What is my Perry GA home worth in February 2015?“. In this buyers market (nearly 9 months of available inventory) there are plenty of homes for consumers to […] The post What is my Perry GA Home Worth in February 2015 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in February 2015

    Anita Clark Realtor
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in February 2015 Spring is in the air, which has prompted some consumers to ask “What is my Kathleen GA home worth in February 2015?”. They have certainly come to the right place to get that question and others answered! This market currently favors sellers (4+ months of […] The post What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in February 2015 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What to Look For When Choosing a Storage Facility

    Anita Clark Realtor
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Things to Consider When Choosing a Storage Facility There comes a time when you need to downsize but letting go of your possessions is not that easy. Or maybe you need a temporary place to store all your stuff as you make a transition. Perhaps you need a long-term storage option. Whatever the case, finding […] The post What to Look For When Choosing a Storage Facility appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
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  • Peaches aren’t the only Georgian export, and development caps strike fear into the heart of Silicon Valley

    Ray Cirz
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: Flurry of freight spurs new commercial building construction in Georgia With freight traffic on the rise, the Port of Savannah is seeing amazing growth.  But while maritime transport continues to be a hot business for the region, it’s not just the port itself that’s seeing commercial real estate traction.  Commercial development around the port has also picked up in order …
  • The Willis Tower breaks another record, and why e-commerce is streamlining retail and industrial channels

    Ray Cirz
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The Chicago Tribune: Willis Tower to be sold for $1.3 billion to Blackstone Group Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, is shattering records, as the private equity firm Blackstone Group is suspected to have purchased the building for a record-breaking $1.3 billion.  This would be the highest price ever paid for a U.S. office tower outside of New York City, and would set the …
  • How the demise of big banks will impact property owners, and Washington State’s new hot city

    Ray Cirz
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: National Real Estate Investor: Shifting bank branch strategies impact property owners, investors Almost 100,000 physical banks exist in shopping centers across the U.S., making them an important tenant for retail developers.  Yet as more and more people adopt online banking, the role of the national brick-and-mortar bank is changing.  JP Morgan Chase recently announced its plans to close 300 branches over the next 20 months, and …
  • A shocking stat in New York’s hotel space, and what your smartphone can tell you about Seattle leasing

    Ray Cirz
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The New York Times: Hotel market staggers in New York City In New York City, a troubling start to the new year has some questioning their crystal ball about the future of the hotel sector.  In January, the industry watched as RevPAR, occupancy, and ADR all decreased, causing concern among many investors and developers.  Some are worried that a stronger dollar and weaker global …
  • Top 40 Under 40: IRR’s Rusty Rich named top business professional by Birmingham Business Journal

    John Albrecht
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Here at Integra Realty Resources, we strive to provide clients the expertise and service they need to make informed decisions about the commercial real estate market.  Through our research, valuation, and counseling services, our appraisers across the country are helping business and individuals navigate all of the ebbs and flows of this complex market.  That’s why we are always proud to hear when one of our team members is recognized for their work in the …
 
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    The Oatley Team

  • Home of the Week: 723 N Hite Ave

    Laura
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    The Oatley Team This great condo is move in ready! Welcome home to this fabulous 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom first floor unit perfect for entertaining! You will find an open floor plan with spacious living area which includes fireplace and sliding glass door to private yard space and an eat-in kitchen with lots of cabinet space! The […] Laura
  • Questions to Ask a Realtor

    Laura
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The Oatley Team When you are looking for a realtor you want to be comfortable. Here are questions we think you need to ask to make the best decision about whom you work with. Take a look and then start your search! 1. How much did you sell last year? 2. Are there specific neighborhoods you specialize in? […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 133 S. 3rd St.

    Laura
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    The Oatley Team Our Home of the week is downtown LUXURY living at its finest! This beautiful Romanesque style building was built in 1896 and is on the National Historic Register! Own a part of history with this wonderfully updated, 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo located a block away from the YUM center, and walking distance to Kentucky […] Laura
  • Spring Cleaning

    Laura
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    The Oatley Team It hardly seems time for spring cleaning since there is a foot of snow on the ground. This checklist will help make sure your house is ready to list or just enjoy with your family. Spring Cleaning Checklist Remove and donate unwanted items; reorganize and clean attic and garage Power wash exterior walls, porch floors, […] Laura
  • Tulips and Juleps

    Laura
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    The Oatley Team Forget about the cold weather and snow and start thinking spring with The Junior League of Louisville’s Tulips and Juleps Art and Gift Market. In the past the Junior League hosted a holiday market but this year they are changing it up. To get everyone out of the winter doldrums they are getting you ready […] Laura
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    PropertyCluster.com Blog

  • Rent or Lease – Make your Right Choice

    Rebecca
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    This debate of whether a rent agreement is better than a lease is like whether ice-cream is better than soft drinks. If you look from the eyes of the tenant, a rent agreement could be better than a lease and vice-versa for a landlord. But before we delve deep in the argument, we should understand what is a rent agreement and what is a lease agreement. Rent Agreement A rent agreement is one where a tenant agrees to pay rent for a given period of time. Rent agreement is usually for a short period of time (mostly a 30 day period) and it could be either renewed or discontinued by either party.
  • What You Should Know When Selling a Home with Mold

    Rebecca
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Selling your home is a big decision and among the many things you will consider, make sure mold growth is one of them. This is because if the house you wish to sell has a problem of mold you are legally bound to inform the prospective buyer or the appraiser /real estate agent. Mold has been known to cause many health issues so there are both health and legal issues to consider before selling a home with mold. As a seller you need to know the risks of selling a home with mold, the potential health hazards it could pose to those buying your home as well as the laws which offer some amount of…
  • The Impact of School Locations on Home Prices

    Rebecca
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:26 am
    Buying a home is a great decision but not an easy one.  A home is an investment and buyers consider a number of factors before zeroing in on a place they want to put their money in. Let us look at some of the buying trends. Some of the key parameters people consider before taking a decision on buying a home are – apart from the budget, design and layout of the house, is the proximity of the house to the supermarket and healthcare services as well as basic amenities. These few considerations help prospective homebuyers from taking a decision. There is one other aspect which also plays a…
  • 7 Negotiation Tips For The Home Buyers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Rebecca
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Negotiation is both an art and a science. You need to deal in a way that not only appeases you but also appears favorable for the seller. While negotiating, you also need to act timely and smartly. A single slip can throw the ball in the court of another buyer who may be equally desperate for the piece of property you have set your eye on. Here we offer you some tips to simplify the deal-making process and help you strike a winning deal. Information Used to Create Infographic (Source): PropertyCluster.com Feel free to Subscribe to our PropertyCluster Blog to stay up to date with our latest…
  • Convert Your Home into a Garden of Love for a Date Night

    Rebecca
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Are you bored of the sameness of dine-in restaurants and shopping malls; and do you wish for a date that is more relaxing and romantic than hectic and expensive? With a few out-of-the-box ideas and simple preparations for a night in at home, you can get a most pleasant evening with your beloved without stepping out of the comforts of your nest. A date night at home besides offering the much coveted privacy, helps you save a lot of money that you would otherwise be shelling on eating out and traveling. So grab a bottle of wine, light a few candles, and cuddle up with your lover on a couch, in…
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  • 6 Tips to bear in mind when looking for a new home

    Holly Woolston
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:55 pm
    As more and more apartments are released in to the Dubai property market, there will be less demand for housing and rental prices will start to stabilize. This is the hope anyway and, as many experts are estimating, this will be the case in the next year or two. As rental prices in the city start to drop, it’s time to think about which property to invest in and why. Looking to rent a two-bedroom apartment? Why not opt for three! Two bedroom apartments are extremely popular which has seen their price bracket increase. For more space and only a little more money, you can opt for a…
  • Top tips on selling your property in Dubai

    Holly Woolston
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    If the time has come for you to sell your property in Dubai, either because you want to buy a new home or are looking to invest your money elsewhere, it is important to be prepared for the sometimes lengthy process ahead of time. With the below top tips, some of the stress will be taken out of selling your property in the city. Make sure all your paperwork is in order before you start the selling process. By ensuring you have all of the below documents, you will be saving yourself a lot of time and stress. Original Title Deed Mortgage documents (if applicable) Oqood registration (of…
  • Dubai property rent prices set to fall in 2016

    Holly Woolston
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    All those worrying about the rental prices in Dubai will welcome the latest news from a recent study carried out by Asteco, where it is forecast that by rents in Dubai will dramatically reduce by 2016. In recent years, rent has been steadily increasing with the announcement of the Dubai Expo 2020 win causing rents to increase more rapidly. However, why does Asteco think the rents will see big drops by 2016? Firstly there are so many properties finishing their construction in 2015, with an estimated 12,000 apartments and 2000 villas being released into the Dubai property market by the end of…
  • Safeguard your property against the threat of fire

    Holly Woolston
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    As news this month has seen one of the most prominent buildings on the Dubai Marina skyline, Torch Tower, experience a massive fire, leaving hundreds of families without a home, we look at fire safety precautions to take in order to keep your Dubai property safe. Earlier on this year, Dubai Civil Authority said at one of their press conferences that they were planning on implementing mandatory fire alert systems in all new villas and apartments being built in the city. This would then ensure that as soon as the fire alarm in the property is triggered due to smoke or excessive heat, the fire…
  • Top ways to ensure your Dubai apartment is rented out

    Holly Woolston
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    As newly opened Jannah Place in Dubai Marina is now offering long-haul return flights included in annual rental agreements, we look at what needs to be done to attract tenants to your property in the city. First of all, think of your property as a blank canvas. A tenant should be able to enter and instantly see themselves living there. So, if the property is unfurnished, this means plain, neutral walls and if it is furnished it means attractive and new furniture. Choose the right realtor – The person who will represent your property is key. If you do not believe in their personality or…
 
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  • A Great Time to Buy a Duplex, Triplex, or Fourplex

    Peter Maclennan
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:37 pm
    As a real estate professional, you might expect me to say, “It’s a great time to buy real estate.” You could think I am biased, and I may be. Right now there are two factors that provide a unique opportunity to invest in duplex, triplex, and fourplex properties. Interest Rates and Financing Banks consider 2-4 unit properties as residential properties. This means they are qualify for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae underwriting guidelines. You can get a great interest rate on these properties. The rates are going to be 0.5% to 1.0% higher than owner-occupied rates. Right now this…
  • What it Costs to Have a Vacant Rental

    Peter Maclennan
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    A dilapidated house. Taken by Nicholas A. Tonelli * I recently heard two stories about investment property owners that left their property vacant for an extended period of time. Investors refer to the lack of income from a property as Lost Rent. One landlord owned a rental home in Concord, California. The home had been sitting vacant while the owner was determining what to do with it. The owner let it remain vacant for a period of 20 months. The house would rent for $2,200 per month. Over that period of time the owner’s lost rent was almost $44,000. This doesn’t include the…
  • “Good Deals” are Harder to Find

    Peter Maclennan
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    One of the old adages in real estate is “You make your money when you buy, not when you sell.” Meaning that the acquisition price of a property is just as important as the sales price. Most investors know this and seek to obtain the best price when they buy as possible. What is an investor to do when getting a good deal is hard to find? WSJ.com is detailing the difficulty that smaller investors are having with finding properties to invest in. Much of this is driven by large investors that have continued to poor institutional funds into commercial real estate. This is forcing…
  • Good News for West Oakland

    Peter Maclennan
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    West Oakland is slowly overcoming negativity. Its proximity to the economic activity in Emeryville, Oakland, and San Francisco have given rise to its popularity. The West Oakland BART station is only 10 minutes from the Embarcadero Station in San Francisco’s bustling financial district. This allows West Oakland to be “closer to downtown San Francisco” than many parts of San Francisco itself. One of the downsides for the residents of West Oakland has been its paucity of food retailers. In fact, you can see on the map below from the USDA’s website that parts of West…
  • 2014 World Series & Real Estate Investing

    Peter Maclennan
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Madison Bumgarner “MadBum” 2014 World Series MVP As you may have heard, the San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series in a thrilling Game 7 defeating the Kansas City Royals. What is interesting about the win is that it was built upon skillful pitching and base hits. The Giants did not hit any home runs in Game 7 and had only one double in the deciding game. What does this have to do with real estate? Base Hits Matter The Giants won because they were able to get base hits. They were able to get men on base and put them into scoring position. Base hits allowed the runners to…
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    Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • 19146 Open houses for March 28 & 29

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Here is a quick list of the 41 open houses featured this weekend in 19146.  This includes: Graduate Hospital Point Breeze Newbold Southwest Center City Grays Ferry  Download the complete list with dates and times here 1222-24 S Broad St C $269,000 1305 S Chadwick St $349,000 1312 S Bancroft St $349,999 1330 S Bancroft St $329,999 1420 Pemberton St $1,199,800 1421 S 19th St $349,900 1522 Manton St $270,000 1553 S Chadwick St $329,999 1625 Catharine St $400,000 1700 Rodman St $799,900 1707 Carpenter St A $434,900 1710 Rodman St $799,000 1732 Montrose St $450,000 1801 Montrose St E $749,900…
  • Philly Living Lux opens up the market for luxury homes for sale in Philadelphia

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Projects like The Walnut Estates, now under construction, have taken Philly Living into the luxury home market. Now we have a team of experts that will help you sell your luxury home faster and at a better price. Center City’s increased popularity has brought with it a new breed of luxury home buyer, one who is interested in exploring all of the high-end housing options Philadelphia has to offer. Up until now, finding a luxury home in the city meant dealing with a small circle of insiders who tightly controlled the market. That’s all changed now that the Philly Living Lux agent team is on…
  • Shopping for the right mortgage: Should you use a mortgage broker?

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Like travel agents, mortgage brokers can help buyers find mortgages that fit their budgets and goals, especially for buyers with credit problems or those interested in properties that may have trouble getting financed through the usual means. But as with just about every other decision a buyer faces in the home buying process, there are pros and cons associated with this one too. Because there are so many lenders out there, some borrowers find it worthwhile to get some handholding as they swim through the sea of possibilities. Licensed mortgage brokers are independent middlemen who, much like…
  • Shopping for the right mortgage: Shopping on your own vs. letting an expert help you

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    You can let your fingers do the walking and comparison shop for mortgages online, or you can get expert advice. The choice is yours. Thanks to the Internet, it’s now much easier for you to comparison shop for mortgages on your own. Sites like Bankrate.com offer tools that let you see rates for various mortgage products from different lenders side by side. One of the most comprehensive mortgage comparison-shopping sites is HSH.com, which offers detailed information on both general mortgage rate trends and mortgage rates in your own area along with articles offering advice and resources you…
  • An adjustable-rate mortgage trap to watch out for: Negative amortization

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    What happens if your adjustable-rate mortgage limits increases in your monthly payment but not your interest rate? You could end up owing a bundle—potentially even more than your home is worth. Adjustable-rate mortgages have their advantages and disadvantages, as we have previously noted. But a feature of some ARMs may actually be hazardous to your fiscal health. That feature is this: The loan has a cap on the amount your monthly payment can go up but not on the amount your interest rate may increase. In such cases, if interest rates rise higher than your monthly payment cap, your payment…
 
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • Millennials Clueless About Closing Costs

    Colin Robertson
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    We already knew Millennials were selfish and bad savers, so it probably comes as no surprise that they don’t know the first thing about closing costs. They just seem to know that they want to buy a home, regardless of the costs involved, which I suppose is somewhat bittersweet to those in the industry. While [&hellip
  • Win $40,000 Toward Your Home Down Payment

    Colin Robertson
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Everyone knows one of the biggest hurdles to homeownership is coming up with the hefty down payment, especially with most zero down loan programs a thing of the past. This explains why the FHA and now Fannie and Freddie offer loans with down payments as low as 3.5% and 3%, respectively. It’s also tough to [&hellip
  • Home Buyers Put an Average of $32,141 Down Last Year

    Colin Robertson
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    In 2014, the average home buyer put down $32,141 when purchasing a property, according to a new analysis of county-level data by RealtyTrac. The company said the average down payment was 14% of the purchase price across 386 counties, though it varied based on the characteristics of the market. For example, in the 25 highest-priced [&hellip
  • Mortgage Rate Roller Coaster Could Be Heading Downhill Again

    Colin Robertson
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It’s been a wild year for mortgage rates so far, even though it’s only mid-March. Rates started 2015 on a bit of a tear that carried over from 2014, with the 30-year fixed dropping from around 4% in late December to roughly 3.5% by the end of January as global economic woes persisted. However, the [&hellip
  • Consumer Reports Bashes Mortgage Brokers, Receives Backlash

    Colin Robertson
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    The latest issue of Consumer Reports magazine recommends that consumers avoid mortgage brokers when seeking home loan financing. As a result, the publication, which prides itself on neutrality and fairness, just angered a very large group of mortgage industry workers. So much so that the president of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) fired [&hellip
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • The Power To Choose Your Home’s Layout With Choice Plans

    Beazer Homes
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    How does the flexibility to change your home’s layout, for no additional cost, sound to you? At Beazer Homes we understand that each homeowner is unique and therefore will live in their home differently than their neighbor. Beazer gives you the power to personalize your floorplan, at no additional cost, through our Choice Plans. We provide a plethora of Choice Plan options based on how we’ve discovered Beazer families actually want to live in their home. You may prefer a study over a formal dining room. Perhaps having a deluxe sports shower is more appealing than the traditional…
  • Lighting Lingo You Should Know When Building a New Home

    Beazer Homes
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Affecting both the aesthetics and functionality of a space, most people can agree that lighting is a very important part of the home building process. Today, there are many factors that go into creating the perfect lighting plan that fits your lifestyle. With the right “lighting lingo” (courtesy of our friends at Progress Lighting), you can make wise, informed decisions for lighting your home beautifully and efficiently. Types of Fixtures: •    Luminaire: Light fixture, including the lamp (bulb).   Light Sources: •    Light Emitting Diodes (LED): LEDs are semiconductor…
  • New Home Backyard Contest – Beazer New Jersey

    Beazer Homes
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Is the backyard your family’s retreat? Do you dream of relaxing in the evenings next to a fire pit with s’mores in a relaxing over-sized hammock? We want to know what type of backyard oasis you would prefer for this Estates at Federal Hill move-in ready home! Tell us on this Beazer Homes New Jersey Facebook post for a chance to win a $25 VISA gift card. *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this COMMENT TO WIN post between 3/2/15 and 3/7/15. Limit one entry per household. Prize consists…
  • Personalize Your Living Spaces To Meet Your Needs…at No Additional Cost

    Beazer Homes
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    One major perk to buying a brand new home versus a preexisting home is the ability to personalize. For most builders this means adding rooms or additional structures, selecting light fixtures, backsplashes, additional décor finishes, and more, for an additional fee. For Beazer Homes, it  means the freedom to choose how you want to live in your new home with our no cost floor plan options. Our Choice Plans allow new home buyers the flexibility to choose from multiple home layout options, offering you the ability to reallocate your new home’s space for the kitchen, master bath, and…
  • Beazer Homes Division Presidents Bike To Support Multiple Sclerosis

    Beazer Homes
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Over 35 years ago, The Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Will Munger, and his then-10-year-old son decided to ride their bikes from Duluth, Minnesota to Minneapolis. The novice riders were unable to complete the 150-mile ride in one day and had to spend one night in Hinckley, about halfway between the two cities. When he and his son completed their ride and arrived in Minneapolis, Will thought that if he and his son could complete 150 miles in two days, others could too. Years later, in 1980, 200 cyclists duplicated Will’s original ride…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Happy Homeowners Enjoy Low-Maintenance Living in The Lilac

    Stonecrest Homes
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    For many empty-nesters, finding a low-maintenance lifestyle and a smaller home is a necessity. For Mark Lesser and Toni McCormick, these were two requirements they had to have, so they decided on a brand new home in The Springs at Sterling on the Lake. Mark’s career brought them to Georgia, and they landed in Lawrenceville where [...]
  • Piedmont Residential Begins Construction on New Homes in Crown Club Community

    Piedmont Residential
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    As Piedmont Residential’s first Paulding County community, Crown Club features new homes priced form the $180,000s. Conveniently located in Dallas just minutes from Lake Allatoona, this community of 83 homes has enjoyed a steady sales pace. Currently, four inventory homes are under construction at Crown Club: Home site 20 – The Magnolia plan offering four bedrooms and [...]
  • Heron Bay Featured Homes: The Drake Plan by Ryland Homes

    Heron Bay
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Home buyers can enjoy the beauty of a new Ryland home in one of metro Atlanta’s most picturesque communities, Heron Bay Golf and Country Club. Currently, the builder has three move-in ready homes available featuring the spacious Drake plan. One home even overlooks the Canongate at Heron Bay golf course! The Drake plan offers four bedrooms [...]
  • Millennials Make a Comeback in the Housing Market

    Academy Mortgage
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    First-time home buyers are making a comeback to the real estate market with young adults purchasing their first homes. According to Realtor.org, Millennials were the majority of first-time home buyers in 2014 with 32 percent of all homes bought being purchased by adults 34 and younger with the average median age being 29 years old. What [...]
  • Understanding a Home Warranty Before You Buy

    Courtney Rogers
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Many factors go into the purchasing decision when you’re buying a new home in metro Atlanta. One of the major factors to make sure you fully understand before purchasing is the home warranty. Designed to help cover the costs if a major component of the house fails, it’s important to understand that they don’t cover [...]
 
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  • The Best Real Estate Blogs in 2015

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
      My friends over at Jacob Grant Property Management recently put together a list of the “63 Best Real Estate Blogs for 2015.  I was honored to be included in this list. I can tell you first hand there are some pretty awesome bloggers on this list.  I know many of them personally, and I […] The post The Best Real Estate Blogs in 2015 appeared first on .
  • Secrets to Hiring A List Team Members with Trevor Mauch – Podcast Episode #50

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
      I’m happy to have Trevor Mauch from Investor Carrot back for the 4th episode in this series of podcasts on entrepreneurship. Today we are going to talk about the secrets to hiring “A list” team members. In the first 3 shows in this series we talked about mindset, productivity hacks (and why they don’t […] The post Secrets to Hiring A List Team Members with Trevor Mauch – Podcast Episode #50 appeared first on .
  • Real Estate Coaching and Your Success

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
      I am sitting here in Atlanta, GA attending the 3 day NAMS workshop.  I am always excited to learn new strategies for my business, and to have the opportunity to network with other successful entrepreneurs. This 3 day event is all about marketing which most of you know is one of my favorite topics, […] The post Real Estate Coaching and Your Success appeared first on .
  • How Real Estate Investors Can Make More Money by Staging a Home

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Investors everywhere are always debating the topic of how real estate investors can make more money by staging a home once it is rehabbed.   Is it really necessary?  Can I really sell my house faster and make more money? Today I have a guest post by Jane Blanchard that breaks it all down for […] The post How Real Estate Investors Can Make More Money by Staging a Home appeared first on .
  • Neva Williamson – From Corporate America to Full Time Real Estate Investor – Podcast Episode #49

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
      I love having successful women on this show.  My guest today is Neva Williamson from the DC area. She is a wife, the mother of a 3 year old daughter and a full time investor so she is one busy lady. Neva was born in Jamaica, grew up in New York then went on […] The post Neva Williamson – From Corporate America to Full Time Real Estate Investor – Podcast Episode #49 appeared first on .
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    Real Estate and Philippine Properties

  • Moving Somewhere? Find the Right Removalist With These Tips

    Justin
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    After looking for houses in the Philippines for sale and buying the best one that you can call your dream house, what’s next? Move in! So, how will you go about the process? Look outside for ‘Lipat Bahay’ signs? Not so. Will you entrust your possessions to a company with a questionable identity?  Definitely not. On the other hand, can you handle the moving in and moving out yourself? We have this tendency to do everything even if we are not experts in tackling the moving task. Good for you if you can. If not, you might as well start looking for the right removalist. Here’s how. 1)…
  • Condo Living Ethics – 7 Lessons to Live By

    Justin
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    What we are witnessing today are residential buildings being erected in empty spaces in Manila, nearby provinces and metropolitan areas nationwide. With all the organized chaos happening around us, it  is easy to forget our values. This should not be the case whether you are living in a house or a condo in the Philippines. Condominiums are no longer for professionals. Families, couples, retirees and friends occupy condo units nowadays. With different backgrounds and lifestyles, it is easier to predict why conflict and tension may arise. We should behave like good neighbors all the time, but…
  • Getting Positive Responses to Your Condo Complaints

    Justin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Surely, there is no condo in Philippines that hasn’t received a complaint or two from its owners, tenants and guests. Some are petty, and some are serious enough that the owners already decided to sell their units. Complaints are inevitable regardless of how efficient you think you are in managing the condominium. Now what happens if you are an owner, renter or guest and you want to complain about faulty wiring in your unit? Here’s how.   Before that though, let me tell you that there are hundreds of condo complaints. Some of these common complaints include: Faulty wiring Faulty…
  • The True Cost of Poor Home Maintenance

    Justin
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    After buying the land for sale Philippines and building your dream house on it, what will you do? Of course, you need to care for it and for every little thing that comes with it or you stuffed it with. You see, maintaining a home is not easy. However, not maintaining your home can be costly. You may not realize it now, but each object that you fail to maintain or you maintain poorly will immediately pile up. Before you know it, you need to buy a new one without even exhausting the lifespan of that particular object.   How to save money by simply taking care of your things? Put simply,…
  • Tips For Staying Safe On The Beach

    Justin
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    The Philippines is a haven for beach lovers. With more than 7000 islands, there are many different kinds of beaches that can be found on this beautiful country. From well-developed, commercialized ones to raw, uninhabited beaches, with enough time, patience, and perseverance, you will find the perfect beach for you. However, the beach is not the safest of all places; whether you are in a luxury resort in the Philippines or a popular and affordable resort, the safety and security threats range from human-related to nature-related, so it pays to know how to stay safe at all times. So before you…
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    News

  • IKEA bans hide-and-seek in stores

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    With Easter holidays upon us, what better time could be had than going to IKEA and playing hide-and-seek? Crouching behind a CACTACEAE potted plant. Lurking underneath a LERHAMN table. Camouflaging yourself with a KORNFIBBLA cushion cover.The hiding places are endless in the Swedish furniture stores, with their open plan layouts turning entire buildings into gigantic living rooms of convenient alcoves and childlike playtime.Now, though, the flatpack giant is stamping out all traces of the games in its stores over safety concerns. The Netherlands were the first to announce the outlawing of…
  • How to buy a property abroad

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Balearic Islands, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzgovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Corsica,…
  • Foreign buyers protected from illegally built Spanish homes

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Malaga, Andalusia, where the seaside dreams of many Brits crumbled due to illegally built homes Photo: Veronica Bautista Thousands of Brits swooped upon Spain's property market in the 1990s and 2000s, as low prices, sunny beaches and the country's building boom offered a bargain too good to be true. Years later, though, it emerged that the homes were exactly that, as developers had built many properties without planning permission from authorities.In Andalusia alone, there are estimated to be 300,000 illegally built homes.Courts have, in the past, ordered for homes to be demolished, leaving…
  • New deal brings 4,000 new homes to Leicestershire

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has announced a new, multi-million pound deal to ensure a 4,000-home development in Leicestershire will get started within the next month.The New Lubbesthorpe development will provide 4,200 homes as well as shops, schools and a health centre.The £9.4 million deal will get builders on site, and provide hundreds jobs for local residents within weeks.UK, Property Development
  • Dubai prices resilient in the face of falling demand

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Dubai property prices remain resilient in the face of falling demand, according to Knight Frank.The agency's latest report shows that prices fell 1.2 per cent quarter-on-quarter in the final months of 2014, despite the number of residential transactions falling to their lowest level since the end of 2012.December's figures marked the second quarterly decline in a row, almost reversing the growth seen in the first half of 2014, with values now just 0.3 per cent higher year-on-year.Read moreDubai, UAE, House Prices
 
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • Snow Dusted Hilton Head Island

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Hilton Head Island Snow Day in Shelter Cove Park                         Did you didn’t know that once a year Hilton Head Island declares one Saturday each January to celebrate snow.? January 24 ,2015 it was 63 and partly cloudy, a little windy from a storm that passed through during the night. It was a little chilly.  The sky cleared during the day to become a brilliant blue with luminous white clouds. In years past the temperature has been in the 70’s and the children still come in parkas and hats.   The Snow Day is held in the Shelter Cove Park from 11:00 to 4:00.
  • The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
    The Arts Center is located in the center of Hilton Head Island at the entrance to The Shelter Cove Harbour, a beautiful marina with waterfront shopping, dining, entertainment and villa residences. The 4,500 square foot Arts Center rests on 4.7 acres and was opened in 1996 to “enhance and benefit the community through the arts.”  The land was donated by the Self family and was originally the Arts Center was known as the Self Family Arts Center.   The Self family has been a development force on Hilton Head Island since the 1960s, when James C. Self Jr. helped build Sea Pines first golf…
  • Bring on the sunshine

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Bring on the sunshine Spring is quickly approaching in the south, and that only means one thing—more sunlight The lowcountry is lucky enough to not have had snowfall or too many freezing temperatures, but I think I can speak for many people when I say that everyone is looking forward to warmer weather. With spring being only three weeks away, summer is right around the corner… As the sun comes out, people will begin to yearn for outdoor activities. Luckily, there are many things to do outside   If you’re looking for a meal with a view, try ELA’s restaurant for brunch every Sunday…
  • Hilton Head History

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Many, many years ago the island was inhabited by Native Americans and in the 1500’s there were periods of Spanish and French who came and went.  In 1663 Captain William Hilton (for whom Hilton Head is named) came to the area to explore lands King Charles had granted to eight Lords Proprietors.  Sailing around Port Royal Sound, Hilton spotted a headland on the island’s north end and the island became known as Hilton’s Head. For many years there was cattle raising and indigo farming but then later on Long Staple Sea Island cotton brought fortunes here. The cotton plantations were tended…
  • The Find… Consignment Furniture Shopping on Hilton Head and Bluffton

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    I remember growing up that my dad would go to garage sales and thrift stores every weekend looking for who knows what.  I asked him, “Why do you go to garage sales every weekend when you can just go to the store and buy new things?”  I can still recall his answer.  After a long pause he said, “Son it’s always about the find.” In truth we really didn’t need most of the things that he brought home but years later I am beginning to think I might have inherited some of the old man’s enthusiasm for bargain hunting.  A few years back I remodeled my first home on a very tight…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • New Agent Announcement Sergio Murillo

    Jason Thoele
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    We are pleased to welcome our newest Agent… Sergio Murillo! WHY IS THOLCO ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AGENCIES IN BAKERSFIELD? Tholco Real Estate Group gives it’s Agents the tools needed to close more deals. Here are some of the tools we provide to our Agents at no additional cost: 1. Free Leads – sent directly to our Agents cell phones and email to increase their business 2. Sales Training – to teach you how to close more deals 3. Client Management System – we have a in-house system that allows you to manage the entire follow up and transaction process with your clients that you…
  • Commercial Real Estate

    Jason Thoele
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Some people enjoy huge profits and even become wealthy from commercial real estate. On the other hand, it’s not for all individuals, since the risks and necessary investments are both great. Regardless of which side of the negotiations you’re on, learn to haggle. Both the buyer and seller should attempt to negotiate a fair price rather than accepting the other’s first offer. Make sure you have a voice and that you are offered a reasonable amount of money for the property. You should expect your commercial real estate investment to require a significant time commitment. First you will…
  • Negotiating a Real Estate Deal

    Jason Thoele
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Successful negotiating encompasses the acquired ability to use certain skills and techniques to bring about coveted win-win results. Your Tholco Agent can help you stay focused, objective, and not let your emotions rule. Start with a thoroughly researched, fair price. Respect the other side’s priorities. For example, a buyer with an urgent move-in date might be willing to pay a higher portion of the transaction costs or forgo some major repairs. Or, they may prefer to push out the closing date, in order to be more confident that there will be no unanticipated additional expenses. In…
  • Thinking About Buying A House

    Jason Thoele
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Buying a house is an exciting and stressful time. You need to have the right information, because if you do not, then there is the chance you could make mistakes that could follow you for years. Use the valuable tips and suggestions below to keep you from making these mistakes. When you are negotiating the price of real estate, it is best to have a moderate approach. It can be counter productive to be too aggressive in your bargain hunting. However, you should always stand firm on your wants. Allow your lawyer and Realtor to attend negotiations because they have experience in negotiating.
  • Remember This When Purchasing Real Estate

    Jason Thoele
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Purchasing real estate is a life changing step that can cause a lot of stress. That being said, if you know what you are doing, it doesn’t need to be that stressful. After reading the tips below, you’ll be in a better position to make your first home-buying experience a pleasant one. You need a business partner you can trust, when purchasing an expensive parcel of commercial property. With a partner, loan qualification will be easier. When you have a partner, you can also use his or her income when applying for a loan. Should a seller decline your offer on their home, don’t fret,…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • New Agent Announcement Sergio Murillo

    Jason Thoele
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    We are pleased to welcome our newest Agent… Sergio Murillo! WHY IS THOLCO ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AGENCIES IN BAKERSFIELD? Tholco Real Estate Group gives it’s Agents the tools needed to close more deals. Here are some of the tools we provide to our Agents at no additional cost: 1. Free Leads – sent directly to our Agents cell phones and email to increase their business 2. Sales Training – to teach you how to close more deals 3. Client Management System – we have a in-house system that allows you to manage the entire follow up and transaction process with your clients that you…
  • Commercial Real Estate

    Jason Thoele
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Some people enjoy huge profits and even become wealthy from commercial real estate. On the other hand, it’s not for all individuals, since the risks and necessary investments are both great. Regardless of which side of the negotiations you’re on, learn to haggle. Both the buyer and seller should attempt to negotiate a fair price rather than accepting the other’s first offer. Make sure you have a voice and that you are offered a reasonable amount of money for the property. You should expect your commercial real estate investment to require a significant time commitment. First you will…
  • Negotiating a Real Estate Deal

    Jason Thoele
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Successful negotiating encompasses the acquired ability to use certain skills and techniques to bring about coveted win-win results. Your Tholco Agent can help you stay focused, objective, and not let your emotions rule. Start with a thoroughly researched, fair price. Respect the other side’s priorities. For example, a buyer with an urgent move-in date might be willing to pay a higher portion of the transaction costs or forgo some major repairs. Or, they may prefer to push out the closing date, in order to be more confident that there will be no unanticipated additional expenses. In…
  • Thinking About Buying A House

    Jason Thoele
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Buying a house is an exciting and stressful time. You need to have the right information, because if you do not, then there is the chance you could make mistakes that could follow you for years. Use the valuable tips and suggestions below to keep you from making these mistakes. When you are negotiating the price of real estate, it is best to have a moderate approach. It can be counter productive to be too aggressive in your bargain hunting. However, you should always stand firm on your wants. Allow your lawyer and Realtor to attend negotiations because they have experience in negotiating.
  • Remember This When Purchasing Real Estate

    Jason Thoele
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Purchasing real estate is a life changing step that can cause a lot of stress. That being said, if you know what you are doing, it doesn’t need to be that stressful. After reading the tips below, you’ll be in a better position to make your first home-buying experience a pleasant one. You need a business partner you can trust, when purchasing an expensive parcel of commercial property. With a partner, loan qualification will be easier. When you have a partner, you can also use his or her income when applying for a loan. Should a seller decline your offer on their home, don’t fret,…
 
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    Orange County Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Dana Point Real Estate

  • How Important is Your Lender in Orange County Real Estate?

    949hometeam
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Recently I closed one of the craziest and most stressful deals I have seen in over 15 years working in Orange County Real Estate. The particular issues with the deal really stressed how important a role the lender can play…Read more ›How Important is Your Lender in Orange County Real Estate? is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • 4 Reasons to list your Orange County home today

    949hometeam
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    As we enter the spring the Orange County Real Estate market will see its typical seasonal increase in activity. If you are thinking of selling this year here are four reasons to put your home on the market now.  1)…Read more ›4 Reasons to list your Orange County home today is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report March 2015

    949hometeam
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report Aliso Viejo Real Estate at a Glance: we are starting to see more movement in the market as the year progresses. Prices remain stable as we expect them to throughout the year without any major catalyst…Read more ›Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report March 2015 is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate Report March 2015

    949hometeam
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Orange County Real Estate -the market is starting to heat up Things in Orange County Real Estate are starting to heat up as sales volume rose along with active inventory and the average days to sell fell. Look for this…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate Report March 2015 is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Gorgeous Monarch Beach Ocean View Home

    949hometeam
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Monarch Beach Ocean and Golf Course View Home Ocean and golf course views from both levels from this gorgeous Monarch Beach in the prestigious guard gated community of Ritz Pointe.  Tastefully well appointed over 2,500 square feet including four bedroom,…Read more ›Gorgeous Monarch Beach Ocean View Home is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
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    Jacob Grant

  • 65 Best Real Estate Blogs Of 2015 (By Category)

    robbie
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    If you’re anything like us – want to be better informed, become a smarter investor and learn how to successfully market your properties – you need a quality reading list. A go-to-resource of expert advice covering a range of real estate topics from a variety of different angles. Often, finding this information involves weeding your way through […] The post 65 Best Real Estate Blogs Of 2015 (By Category) appeared first on Jacob Grant.
  • Top 29 Real Estate Experts To Follow On Twitter In 2015

    robbie
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    The real estate industry has changed considerably in recent years with the rapid growth of social media. Leading publications and industry experts are now leveraging these channels to distribute content that was previously buried in expensive books and training courses. Today, people in all sectors of the industry – investors, agents, property managers, brokers, mortgage […] The post Top 29 Real Estate Experts To Follow On Twitter In 2015 appeared first on Jacob Grant.
  • 17 Experts Reveal How To Make Smart (Profitable) Real Estate Investments

    robbie
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    How do successful real estate investors know which properties will deliver the greatest ROI? Simple, they know what to look for. Two weeks ago I asked 17 real estate investment experts a simple question: Which 3  formulas/metrics do you look at first before deciding to invest in a piece of real estate, and why? I […] The post 17 Experts Reveal How To Make Smart (Profitable) Real Estate Investments appeared first on Jacob Grant.
  • 7 “No BS” Real Estate Investment Tips From Maya Paveza

    robbie
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    This is a post by real estate investment coach and strategist, Maya Paveza. In this post, Maya will share 7 actionable tips that have helped her grow numerous profitable investment portfolios, both for herself and clients. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.    Maya Paveza, Real Estate Expert   ****** Real estate investment tips […] The post 7 “No BS” Real Estate Investment Tips From Maya Paveza appeared first on Jacob Grant.
  • 26 Real Estate Experts Reveal Top Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors

    robbie
    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 […] The post 26 Real Estate Experts Reveal Top Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors appeared first on Jacob Grant.
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    PropertyMetrics

  • How To Use an HP 10BII Financial Calculator

    propertymetrics
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    In finance and commercial real estate it’s simply expected that you know how to use a financial calculator. Yet, it’s surprising how many commercial real estate and finance professionals still don’t know how to properly use a financial calculator. Sometimes it’s because they didn’t learn it correctly the first time, and other times it’s because they simply forgot how to use a financial calculator to perform a less frequently used calculation. It’s also common for people to get stuck with basic but confusing settings such as the payments per year…
  • The Difference Between Recourse and Non-Recourse Loans

    propertymetrics
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    What’s the difference between a recourse and a non-recourse loan? In commercial real estate both types of loans are common depending on the stage and type of financing. In this short article we’ll take a closer look at commercial real estate loans, and specifically the difference between recourse and non-recourse commercial real estate loans, as well as what’s covered by the “bad boy guaranty.” The Definition of Recourse and Non-Recourse First of all, what do the terms recourse and non-recourse mean? The definition of a recourse loan is a loan where the borrower…
  • What You Should Know About The Triple Net (NNN) Lease

    propertymetrics
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The NNN Lease, often just called the triple net lease, is a common lease structure used in commercial real estate. Despite the popularity of the NNN lease, the triple net lease structure is still commonly misunderstood by many commercial real estate professionals. In this article we’ll take a deep dive into the NNN lease, dispel some common misconceptions about the triple net lease, and then finally we’ll tie it all together with a clear and concise example. What is a Triple Net (NNN) Lease? First of all, what exactly is a triple net, or NNN, lease? A triple net (NNN) lease is…
  • How to Use the Operating Expense Ratio

    propertymetrics
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    The operating expense ratio provides a lot of useful insight into a commercial property analysis, but it’s not as widely used as it ought to be. The operating expense ratio is a simple ratio that’s easy to calculate and in this article we’ll take a closer look at how to calculate the operating expense ratio, how to interpret it, and finally we’ll tie it all together with a solid example. Operating Expense Ratio Definition First of all, what exactly is the operating expense ratio? The operating expense ratio is simply the total of all expenses needed to operate a…
  • What is a Tenant Estoppel and How Does It Work?

    propertymetrics
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    In commercial real estate the tenant estoppel often comes up during the due diligence phase of an acquisition or during the underwriting of a loan. What exactly is a tenant estoppel and how does it work? Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the tenant estoppel. What is a Tenant Estoppel? What exactly is a tenant estoppel? By definition, an estoppel certificate is a “signed statement by a party certifying for another’s benefit that certain facts are correct, as that a lease exists, that there are no defaults, and that rent is paid to a certain date. A party’s delivery of…
 
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    Lucy Kelts

  • 5130 Rancho Del Mar Trail

    Lucy Kelts
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:12 pm
    THE ESTATE with the ultimate views in prestigious, highly coveted Rancho Pacifica! Set at the pinnacle of Rancho Pacifica’s most sought after street, this estate presents the enviable lifestyle for those who can afford to make it home. Breathtaking panoramic ocean, golf course, mountain, valley, and lake views coupled with all usable acreage distinguishes this property from all others. Extraordinarily private and serene, this custom designed and perfectly executed property has it all! The sumptuous Master Suite plus 2 other very, very large bedroom suites enjoy the main level, along…
  • Make Your Easter Brunch Reservations Today!

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Treat yourself to a scrumptious Easter Sunday brunch at one of these San Diego treasures: Easter Champagne Brunch at Loews Coronado Bay: Dine waterfront as you indulge in a lavish Easter champagne brunch in Market Café! Selections include breakfast favorites, a variety of salads, a carving station featuring an assortment of meats, a cold bar featuring seafood favorites, house specialties, and an array of desserts. There is even a special buffet for the little ones, featuring the ultimate kid picks. Reservations are available at the Buy Tickets button above. Sunday, April 5, 10 a.m. –…
  • MCASD Spring Thing Party on March 20

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Help support the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego at the annual Spring Thing party on March 20th! Shimmer and shine with Avant Garde Members at MCASD Downtown to support its exhibition and education programs. Be inspired by Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, an exhibition featuring the celebrated artist who transforms discarded materials into glimmering artworks of monumental beauty. Join the fun for the whole evening by arriving at 7:00 PM for Artful Dining featuring a cocktail hour menu created by Chef duo Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giuseppe Restaurants and Fine Catering and…
  • 3912 Via Valle Verde

    Lucy Kelts
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    A must See!!! SINGLE STORY, beautifully renovated with top quality materials, on the golf course! Very large kitchen, dining, great room, all open to each other enjoying tall vaulted knotty cedar ceilings, gleaming Hawaiian ironwood and stone floors, and stunning solid slab marble floor to ceiling fireplace. Stainless steel appliances, center island , stone master bath. All new solid wood thermal windows throughout. Tankless H20 heater, security system. Must be a member of Morgan Run to access complex. The post 3912 Via Valle Verde appeared first on Lucy Kelts.
  • 16573 Via Lago Azul

    Lucy Kelts
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:02 am
    GORGEOUS ESTATE! COURTYARD ENTRY, SINGLE-LEVEL (NOT ONE STEP!) FAIRBANKS RANCH ESTATE SET WITHIN AN ABSOLUTELY SUPERB SETTING! DEEP, ROLLING LAWNS COVER AN ALL USABLE PRIVATE 1+ ACRE HOMESITE–WALK TO TENNIS, PLAYGROUND, EQUESTRIAN CTR, PUTTING GREEN, & OTHER FABULOUS FBR AMENITIES! Stunning Curb Appeal! Glorious Site! Wonderfully large wood-paneled Library with fireplace, custom cabinetry and double entry doors leading to Courtyard. Entry Courtyard with central fountain; handset pavers, French doors leading to Bedroom Suites, (attached casita). Gourmet entertainer s Kitchen…
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  • Oak Pass Guesthouse by Walker Workshop

    The Housing Block
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Sitting along side a ridge in a grove of over 120 coast live oak trees is this modern two-bedroom guesthouse by Walker Workshop. The structure of the home utilizes a small footprint and height to maximize panoramic canyon views while strengthening its connection with the trees below. An existing barn was rehabbed extensively and functions as both a living room and a concert venue for up to 80 guests. The upper floor is clad in fire-resistant wood and has bedrooms at opposite corners of the floating volume.    
  • Wheeler Kearns Architects Designs Inspiring Lakeside Retreat

    The Housing Block
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Description by Wheeler Kearns Architects Tranquility and simplicity are at the core of this family retreat in Harbert Michigan. Overlooking Lake Michigan, the house is designed for a young family seeking respite from city living and immersion along the quiet beach. The site context strongly influenced the arrangement of the home. Challenged by the pronounced sloping topography and imposing neighboring house to the east, the design entails two shifting volumes that maximize southern exposure, and create a vertical “sun court.” The house is positioned on the lot so that each room connects…
  • 5 Beautiful Log Homes… and they’re for sale!

    The Housing Block
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    First on the list is this stunning log home in Bozeman, Montana. The versatility of the land is exceptional with Bridger Creek traversing lush meadows filled with stands of aspen, cottonwood and numerous native shrubs, bushes and wildflowers. Currently listed at $7,500,000, this Butte Meadows Ranch log home sits on 397 acres and boasts a 1.2 acre pond (stocked with trout for you avid fishermen). 15536 KELLY CANYON, BOZEMAN, MT 59715   Second, we have a rustic style, hearthstone log home on Douglas Lake. You will be in awe as you approach the property to see a working water-wheel…
  • The Housing Block Announces New Partnership with New Home Source

    The Housing Block
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Housing Block Inc., is proud to announce a partnership with NewHomeSource.com, the most complete new home marketplace. Consumers can now search for new homes nationwide like never before. New Home Source is the flagship product of Builders Digital Experience, LLC (BDX) and is the largest detailed collection of new home communities available in the U.S. By collaborating with BDX, The Housing Block’s many loyal users are now able to search from nearly 10,000 new home communities in the U.S. “Our goal is to provide consumers with a place to find all their real estate options, whether it is a…
  • Banks Lower Prime Rate to 2.85%, Pocket 0.1% Difference

    The Housing Block
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    The big banks took their sweet time, but prime rate has finally been lowered. The problem is, it’s not by as much most expected. Prime rate has been reduced by 15 basis points from 3 percent to 2.85 percent. Although some homeowners will save money, it’s not the 25 basis point rate cut most were hoping for. Less than a week ago, the Bank of Canada made a surprise cut in interest rates. After being frozen at 1 percent for over 4 years, the Bank of Canada cut interest rates in the face of falling oil prices. Homeowners with variable rate mortgages were overjoyed. They were going to save a…
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  • Gouthami Meadows Inimitable Residential Venture at Basapura Hosa Road

    Seo
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    i1 Gouthami Meadows, a newly constructed residential apartment by i1 Properties pvt. ltd. These residential apartments are up for sale in Hosa Road, Bangalore. The skillful architecture reflects in the expert engineering. At i1 Gouthami Meadows, you stay connected to your outer world through Basapura-Hosur Road, Hosa Road, Outer Ring Road, and NH7. The apartment is located in proximity to important destinations like schools like DPS School South, hospitals like Naryan Hrudhayalaya, Jayadeva, Blossom Multispecialty Hospital, shopping complexes like Metro cash and carry 7, Neo Mall, IT…
  • SS Swadhama Project of Luxurious Apartments at Vishweshwaraya Layout

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    Vishweshwaraya Layout is one of the favored localities to reside in Bangalore. i1 Properties pvt. Ltd. is proud to present you with the luxury apartments of i1 SS Swadhama, a BDA approved site that is up for sale at Vishweshwaraya Layout. Amidst nature, fresh air, and open space, this luxurious project makes your brand new address of happiness. Vishweshwaraya Layout is well-connected with Marathahalli, ITPL, Whitefield, Bellandur, and other important parts of the city.   Experience the freedom to live a carefree life at Vishweshwaraya Layout. i1 SS Swadhama has 2 & 3 BHK residential…
  • Surya Enclave Apartments at Chandapura, Anekel Road, Bangalore

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:15 pm
    A recent project of i1 Properties pvt. Ltd., Surya Enclave is a budget apartment at Chandapura, Anekal Road. This is a residential apartments project up for sale. At Surya Enclave, you live amidst natural environment, comfort, and stylish lifestyle.   The project is located at Chandapura, Anekal Road, this place is well connected with lifestyle amenities like Satya Sai General Hospital, Srinidhi Hospital, Alliance University via Bannerghatta Road and Byagadadenahalli. i1 Properties pvt. ltd. provides you with indispensable solutions in property planning, consulting, management, sales,…
  • Apartments with advantageous aminities in Bangalore by i1 properties

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:48 pm
    As far as the residential and commercial sectors are concerned, the i1 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 i1 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 i1. The apartments have all the required facilities and can be thoroughly enjoyed by the people. The apartments are available…
 
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    Hipster Investments

  • Key Accessories for Successful Lifestyle Design

    Jackie McGinnis
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Designer handbags. Flashy cars. Best-in-breed snowboards. McMansions. These are all accessories that often accompany a “successful” life. Well, they are accessories that are immediately apparent to the naked eye, anyway. They beg the question: is it just luck and a MasterCard that create a successful lifestyle? Our answer: not at all…. There are other important accessories that indicate whether a person is successful or not: you just can’t see them right away. They have to do with the way a person approaches life. How they operate at their very core. Let’s take a look at some of…
  • Hipster’s First International Spotting!

    Jackie McGinnis
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    Hipster hits Rio de Janeiro at Sugarloaf Mountain! We’ve got a few Hipster tees running around the US, but this is the first one that went international! We’re always excited to see Hipster tees out and about. In fact, you can check out more of them on our brand new Hipster Media page!   SO… Where would you wear your  Hipster tee?  
  • What’s Available Wednesday? A Trenton Fourplex!

    Jackie McGinnis
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    You know at Hipster we’ve fallen in love with Trenton, NJ… And we found another FOURplex for you to check out this week! So what do we find so attractive about this city located between New York and Philly? Everything! The location is just right: poised for real growth in an in-demand locale. Unemployment is significantly low here. Lots of stable renters. Incredible low buy-in deals and some excellent no-hassle properties for you to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Today’s property comes with a tenant in place as a condition of closing and free tenant replacement…
  • Contact Page Technical Difficulties

    Jackie McGinnis
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Hey all— We are having some technical problems with our Contact page. Bummer, we know. We are working hard to figure out what’s going on, but in the meantime, just email melissa@hipsterinvestments.com directly with any inquiries. Thanks for your patience!
  • The Power of Passive Income: How to Free Yourself From Your 9 to 5

    Jackie McGinnis
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Do you realize how powerful passive income really is? Do you? I bet you know generally what passive income is, but have you really weighed out how passive income could change your entire life — in ways you likely never thought possible? What would you do with your time if you didn’t have to work a full-time job? The Definition of Passive Income According to Wikipedia (one of my favorite go-tos!), Passive Income is defined as: Income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it. What does this really mean? This means you don’t have to work (or put effort in)…
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  • 6 Steps to Getting a Job in Real Estate

    Lane Cathcart
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:05 pm
    With a variety of roles on offer from agencies that operate as a small local office, to large multinational companies like Sotherby’s, it’s no wonder the Real Estate is becoming such a popular industry for employment. The diversity of roles on offer means there’s a position to suit everyone, whether you’re a people person who or someone with a keen attention to detail and knack for keeping things organised. Whatever your preferred position may be, in order to land one of these roles, our National Career Development Manager Michael Dewar gives us his 6 Steps to Getting…
  • How to become a Million Dollar Agent

    Lane Cathcart
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Many people get into real estate sales with one big goal – attaining Million Dollar Agent status. Here’s some tips from LinkLearn trainees who have gone on to achieve this milestone. What else would you say helped you reach the top of your game? Advice from industry experts on how to achieve Million Dollar Agent Status The post How to become a Million Dollar Agent appeared first on LinkLearn.
  • Retraining after Redundancy

    Lane Cathcart
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Losing your job can be tough. As well as dealing with uncertainty and trying to find a new job in a country where the unemployment rate is at a decade-high of 6%, you can be left feeling discouraged and let down. But have you stopped to think that maybe this could be the fresh start you are looking for? You don’t have to be a young person to retrain and try something different. In fact, these days it is common for a person to change careers up to five times during his or her lifetime. Did you know that the skillset you have from your previous job could be a great fit for a completely…
  • Technology and the Future of Real Estate

    Lane Cathcart
    10 Jan 2014 | 9:22 am
    The internet has had a huge impact on the real estate industry. The amount of internet users in Australia has grown from 6, 600, 000 in 2000 to 19, 554, 832 in 2012. Whether at home or on the move, advancements in technology allow people to access a plethora of information at the click of a button. So what does this mean for the Real Estate Industry? Real Estate Agents Need to Meet Clients Where They Are Where people once relied on real estate agents and newspapers to browse properties, they are now able to start their search online. Many real estate agencies have adapted to this by creating…
  • Real Estate Business for Sale: Make it Yours

    Lane Cathcart
    19 Dec 2013 | 2:18 am
    Is your dream to buy a real estate agency and be your own boss? By following the correct regulations you can make this dream a reality. Understand How the Industry Works The real estate industry does not stay the same. Instead, it is continuously fluctuating and can be quite volatile. The key to buying and maintaining a successful real estate business is to understand how the industry works and to keep on top of the fluctuations. This is done through research, observation, industry experience, networking and immersing yourself in real estate news. Get the Correct Licenses Knowing the ins and…
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    Point2 Agent Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • Recap: Sales Secrets from Bob Corcoran

    Geneva Ives
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our live agent training session yesterday with expert real estate coach Bob Corcoran was a blast! Bob really knows how to close more sales, and he shared his top tips from both an agent and broker perspective. If you missed this fantastic online event, you can watch the recording below. In less than an hour, Bob teaches us: 4 strategies for agents who want to become top producers How to generate a crazy number of leads in just 5 1-hour prospecting sessions His 4 A’s of telephone prospecting How to schedule your activities by the day and the week for the highest profit Why you should use…
  • Meerkat for Real Estate

    Geneva Ives
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Have you heard about Meerkat? No, we’re not talking about the furry little mongoose relative. Meerkat is a new live streaming app that allows users to broadcast video in real time to a wide audience. Download the Meerkat app (iOS only for now) to live broadcast anything using just your smartphone, and you can instantly be the star of your own newscast, so to speak. (Sitcom might be more accurate, depending on your home/work environments.) Meerkat is kind of like live tweeting, except there’s video so everyone can see and hear what’s going on, instead of just reading your…
  • 5 Tips for Creating Facebook Ads for Real Estate

    Geneva Ives
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Do you create Facebook ads to promote your brand, your listings and your real estate services? With Facebook pages continuing to see a decrease in organic reach, Facebook ads are an easy way to target your market and get your content in front of the right audience. Facebook ads are also a great way to drive traffic to your Point2 Agent website. If you haven’t used Facebook’s Ad Manager before, it’s really easy to get started. Check out the Facebook Ads Help Center for a quick rundown of the basics. If you’re already familiar with how creating and running a single ad or ad campaign…
  • 4 Google Analytics Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

    Point2
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today’s guest post comes to us from Paul Koks, a passionate Analytics & Optimization Consultant and founder of Online-Metrics.com.  As a real estate agent, you know that your online presence is of crucial importance to grow both your lead database and your bottom line. You need to establish your brand, have a stunning platform and turn your visitors into customers. That’s when the measurement part comes in play. You can’t optimize what you don’t measure. It’s great you already have access to Google Analytics, but does it really help you to get more out of…
  • You’re Invited: Get Bob Corcoran’s Proven Sales Secrets

    Geneva Ives
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Learn how you can make 3-5 more sales this year! REGISTER NOW Everyone would agree that all managers of any sales force would like more closed sales every month, but exactly how can that become reality? Many brokers tell us that they are already stretched to the max working daily to keep their sales team motivated, mitigate issues and keep an eye on profitability, and are already pressed for time and resources…so exactly what are the next steps? If you are facing the same challenges, we’ve got the solution for you! Our March expert presenter for our Agent Profitability series is super…
 
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    Keeping Current Matters

  • NAR’s Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some Highlights of the Report: Existing Home Sales are up 4.7% from sales last year, and up 1.2% month-over-month The Percentage of First-Time Homebuyers increased for the first time since November when it climbed to 29% The Median Home Price is up 7.5% over last year marking the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. Members: Sign in now to set up your Personalized Posts & start sharing today! Not a Member Yet? Click Here to learn more about KCM's newest feature, Personalized Posts.
  • Housing Inventory Slowly Disappearing

    The KCM Crew
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The price of any item is determined by the supply of that item, and the market demand. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Existing Home Sales Report this week. Inventory Levels & Demand Amidst reporting on the fact that sales of existing homes rose 1.2% from January, and outpaced year-over-year figures for the fifth consecutive month, was the news that total unsold housing inventory is at 4.6-month supply. This is down 0.5% from last February and remains below the 6 months that is needed for a historically normal market. Consumer confidence is at the highest…
  • Baby Boomers: Home Is Where The Heart Is

    The KCM Crew
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Within the next five years, Baby Boomers are projected to have the largest household growth of any other generation during that same time period, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard. Let’s take a look at why… In Merrill Lynch’s latest study, “Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices” they surveyed nearly 6,000 adults ages 21 and older about housing. Crossing the “Freedom Threshold” Throughout our lives, there are often responsibilities that dictate where we live. Whether being in the best school district for our children, being close to our jobs, or…
  • 5 Demands to Make on Your Listing Agent

    The KCM Crew
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The busy spring real estate season is here. Are you thinking of selling your house? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge just like a great doctor or great accountant. You want to deal with one of the best agents in your marketplace. To do this, you must be able to distinguish the average agent from the great one. Here are the top 5 demands to make…
  • Freddie Mac’s New 3% Down Program

    The KCM Crew
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today, Freddie Mac is scheduled to start buying mortgages with down payments of only three percent – the first time down payments have been this low on Freddie Mac loans in nearly five years. The program is called Freddie Mac Home Possible AdvantageSM. In a recent Executive Perspectives, Dave Lowman EVP, Single-Family Business Freddie Mac, explained the potential impact this program will have on the housing market: “There's a new reason Realtors and lenders may expect more qualified borrowers at the closing table during this spring's home buying season. In addition to low mortgage rates…
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  • Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring

    Dan Zito
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:53 pm
    The Central Pennsylvania real estate market is looking at a healthy and robust spring season. Pending sales are up overall, and buyers are ready to purchase before rates climb. However, if you are trying to sell your home this spring you have some competition with new builders. Today’s homebuyers want to purchase a home that is turnkey and has little to no work that needs to be done. In order to have a home that shows well you’ll need to … Read More
  • The Central PA Spring Real Estate Market

    Dan Zito
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    We are entering into the busiest season of the real estate market. After a long winter there is a lot of pent up Home-Buyer and Home Seller demand each spring. Here’s what you can expect from the real estate market in Central Pennsylvania this spring and some tips on how to navigate the market. 1- Home sales will increase. The start of 2015 has seen an increase in the sales of homes over the first quarter of 2014. Experts agree … Read More
  • Is A Home or Townhome Right For You?

    Dan Zito
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Recently there has been an upswing of affordable housing in Pennsylvania. Because of this, there are many homes and townhomes on the market that appeal to many different budgets and needs. However, choosing from the bounty of Pennsylvania real estate can be difficult especially when you can’t decide between the townhomes and single family homes. While similar in many respects, there are quite a few differences between the two that you should make note of in order to find the … Read More
  • 8 Tips for Picking The Right Real Estate Agent

    Dan Zito
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    There’s a good chance you know at least one real estate agent already. Probably someone in your neighborhood, in your church or right there in your own family. Do you want to hire this person to sell your house? Probably not. When you think about it, you’ll be having some serious conversations with this person. You’ll need someone that you can disagree with and not feel bad about it. And don’t forget, you’ll be sharing some pretty intimate financial information … Read More
  • 3 Reasons to Buy Now in Central Pennsylvania

    Dan Zito
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Homeownership in Central Pennsylvania The homeownership rate in Pennsylvania has been steadily declining since 2004. According to the US Census Bureau, the homeownership rate for Pennsylvania dropped below 70% last year. This is the lowest it has been in 30 years, the last time the rate fell below 70% was in 1984. The rate of homeownership was 69.4% in Pennsylvania in 2014, which was higher than the national average of 64.5%. In addition to lower rates of homeownership, homeowner vacancy … Read More
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  • This Weekend in the OC

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Here’s are some last minute ideas of things to do this beautiful weekend, 3/28-3/29, in Orange County: -The Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival starts Saturday 3/28 and runs through 4/12. Pie eating contest today 3/28 at 2pm. Admission required: http://bit.ly/1GPHLBo -Anaheim Citrus Festival is Saturday 3/28 from 12-5pm at Farmers Park at the Anaheim Packing District. Citrus cook-off, music & more! FREE to attend. http://bit.ly/1Bui0Tg -Blue Water Music Festival, 3/28-3/29 at the Sawdust Festival grounds in Laguna Beach. Admission required: http://bit.ly/1vTmExk -Spring…
  • NAR Home Sales Report

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Some Highlights of the Report: Existing Home Sales are up 4.7% from sales last year, and up 1.2% month-over-month The Percentage of First-Time Homebuyers increased for the first time since November when it climbed to 29% The Median Home Price is up 7.5% over last year marking the 36th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. The post NAR Home Sales Report appeared first on Todd and Nancy Moeller.
  • How to Win a Bidding War with Escalation Clauses

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect house, only to lose out to another buyer’s offer. It’s tempting to bid higher on the next house, but buyers don’t want to overpay, even for a great house. One strategy we have recommended with success to our buyers facing this possible situation is an escalation clause. An escalation clause added to a real estate purchase agreement will look something like this,  “Buyer will pay $600,000 but agrees to pay $2,500 above highest comparable offer up to $625,000″. If no higher offers are…
  • Challenge Your Zillow Value

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Frustrated with Zillow and other online “guestimates” of your home’s value. Check out www.ChallengeYourValue.com The post Challenge Your Zillow Value appeared first on Todd and Nancy Moeller.
  • 5 Top Demands You Should Make of Your Real Estate Agent

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The busy spring real estate season is here. Are you thinking of selling your house? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct?Here are the top 5 demands we believe you should make of us or any other professional Real Estate Agent you hire to sell your house.1. Tell the truth about the priceToo many agents just take the listing at any price and then try to the ‘work the seller’ for a price correction later. Demand that the agent prove to you that they have a belief in the price they are…
 
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    Times Realty News

  • CohnReznick, Realty Mogul & Ackman-Ziff join Investors at OPAL’s 2015 Real Estate Investors Summit

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Soho Loft ​ Media Group ​supports the​ Real Estate Investors Summit organized by the Opal Financial Group ​on March 30 and 31, 2015 in Miami Beach, FL   PRLog – March 28, 2015 – MIAMI — Real estate developers, managers, family offices, hedge funds, endowment funds, pensions, consultants, attorneys, funds of funds, venture capitalists and other stakeholders in the real estate sector will be converging in Miami, Florida for the Real Estate Investors Summit. This 2-day annual summit will take place at the Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, FL. Leading experts in the…
  • 4 Growth Factors in Real Estate Crowdfunding

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    by David Drake One of the biggest Real Estate Crowdfunding Conferences took place on January 24 and 25 at the 2015 Real Estate Investor Expo in Dallas, Texas with 1100 participants. The discussions that I produced under The Soho Loft Conferences brand brought together real estate thought leaders, industry professionals, crowdfunding firms, investment fund managers, entrepreneurs, investors, media and academia to explore trends, strategies and other issues affecting the real estate investment sector. Here are the four major topics that dominated the real estate crowdfunding conference…
  • Sequoia, Walmart’s Walton, Gap’s Fischer billionaires’ Solar Energy Vision Discussed in SF with The Soho Loft

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Globally, fossil fuel is the major source of energy. This over-reliance on fossil fuel is slowly depleting this natural resource across the globe. In the United States alone, fossil fuel accounts for 81.6 percent of all energy sources. The oil price is falling since June 2014, by more than 40 percent when it was still $115 per barrel after almost five years of being stable. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was not able to reach an agreement to curtail the fall. Is the drop beneficial for us? Most probably, on the short term. However, the challenge in the coming…
  • Physicians See Real Estate and Crowdfunding as Stellar Alternative for Retirement and Passive Income

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    by Amir Baluch Though they tend to have sizeable incomes, physicians often also have a great deal of overhead, student debt, and other miscellaneous expenses as well. The same is true of attorneys and other business professionals, and this makes investment a key and tricky aspect of their financial lives, especially if they are planning for an early retirement. That is why so many physicians are turning to real estate crowdfunding and other real estate syndications for retirement. Crowdfunding investment platforms give you the ability to pool your capital with other investors to purchase a…
  • Germany’s Crowdfunding Industry: Opportunities and Trends

    admin
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Germany is one of those countries where crowdfunding is making a lot of impact. We can see numerous platforms, investment-hungry crowd, and efficient rules and regulations. Here’s a brief overview of some of the opportunities and trends in the Germany’s crowdfunding market. Equity crowdfunding model: This is a type of business model where individual investors make contributions to fund a project in exchange for a share of profits realized from the project or revenue that the project generates. There are three categories of equity crowdfunding platforms that use this model but have…
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    Dubai Real Estate Property Blog | Better Homes LLC.

  • Furnished Apartments & Villas

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:24 pm
      For those looking to stay in a furnished apartment or villa the short-term rentals market in Dubai is well-stocked and offers competitive prices at all budget levels. Short-term accommodation in Dubai is a popular option for business travellers and tourist visitors alike because the units often feel closer to staying in a home rather than a hotel. The experience of the stay, particularly the kitchen and interior decor, appeal to a target market looking at the short-term rentals in Dubai experience over that of a hotel.  Most prime areas of Dubai offer either furnished apartments…
  • Do I Need a Property Management Company?

    22 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
      Let’s start by asking why you need a management company to oversee your property. Maybe you have multiple properties that need your attention and you lack the time; maybe you live overseas so managing even one unit can be handful; and, maybe the real estate laws of Dubai are either new to you or unclear, so you’re looking for some peace of mind in employing some cost effective help.     Our property management division intends to make a landlord’s life easier by ensuring the process of investing in a property is a positive experience rather than a stressful…
  • Better Homes Services - Rent

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
      Looking for flats or apartments for rent in Dubai can be a daunting task as there is no single source that consolidates all property information for new tenants and existing tenants. Landlords or tenants looking to rent or rent out their Dubai apartment or flat can visit property portals, newspapers or the property industry websites and magazines. Better Homes Real Estate has a broad array of service divisions, however its Residential Rentals Division is one of its oldest, created back in 1986, and has grown exponentially year after year. On its website today, in its property magazine…
  • Better Homes Services - Sales/Leasing/Pmgt/Str/Off Plan

    8 Mar 2015 | 11:36 pm
      When looking for a reputable property service from a Dubai real estate company, Better Homes offers a broad service offering. Services include residential and commercial sales and leasing; off plan sales with property investment advice; property management of villa or apartment units; or of buildings and villa developments, and short-term rentals of apartment units for business purposes or tourists travelling through the Emirate. Real estate companies in Dubai are prevalent so potential renters, buyers and landlords can be sure that with over 30 years in the business Better Homes Real…
  • Apartments for Sale in Dubai Marina - Fulfilling Housing Needs

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:31 am
      Dubai Marina continues to be a popular location to buy apartments. In spite of it being a well-established community, apartments for sale in Dubai Marina can generally be harder to find however ample options are still available. Apartments for sale in Dubai Marina can command higher rates than those in newer and less-established communities particularly when buying apartments within the original construction zone because of its restaurants and other shopping facilities. The first apartments for sale in Dubai Marina were the 6 towers: Al Mass, Fairooz, Murjan, Mesk, Anbar, and Al Yass…
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  • Home Owners Tax Credits

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    If you own a home or planning to buy a home in Canada, there are several home tax deductions that you can claim. It is very surprising that many homeowners do not know about this which is why I thought it would be most helpful to fill you in on this very useful information. First-time home buyer’s tax credit You can claim an amount of $5,000 for the purchase of a qualifying home acquired in 2014. To be eligible, you or your spouse or common-law partner must be the Buyer for the home, the home must fit into the category of a “qualified” home, and you must not have lived in another home…
  • Bridgeland in Calgary -a community for families

    18 Mar 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Bridgeland in Calgary is a stunning family oriented community . Part of the Ne sector of the inner city core you will appreciate the outstanding views from this part of the city. POpular streets are edmonton trail and 10 th ave ne for getting around. Nearby districts would include Renfrew and Cresent Heights . There used to be a big Italian population in this neighbourhood. Things that are exciting that are family oriented include visiting the calgary zoo, walking along the Bow river pathway and checking out the new and Urban restaurants in this diverse community. There is a Telus spark that…
  • Calgary real estate investment basics

    15 Mar 2015 | 10:04 pm
    There are many reasons why consumers turn to homes and real estate as an investment in calgary .  This city has enormous potential due to its unbelievable population growth and job capacity . Many educated workers from Canada have been moving here over the years to get the job and opportunity they might not obtain elsewhere.  The unemployment is low and jobs pay decent wages in this city.  When you are turning to learning about investment real estate there are many ways to diversify the risk. Single family bungalows or bilevel homes with suited properties allow you to collect 2 different…
  • Dawn of the Smart Home

    10 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Gone are the days of the old thermostat with the manual switch you move back and forth. These days everything is controlled by the smart phone. The phrase “There’s an APP for that” holds true in all aspects of home automation. There are apps to control your home temperature, to control your home lighting, to monitor your home, to control your home entertainment system, heck it will even open your garage door and have fresh brewed coffee waiting for you at home Where and how can I set up my home to run on such a system? Well, here are some tips and information to help you get started.
  • 188-15th ave sw chocolate by Battistella Calgary condos

    8 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Chocolate by Battistella located at 188 -15 th ave sw is a very popular condo complex in the inner city core of victoria park in calgary. It is in the heart of the core and very close to schools , shops and restaurants close to the well known 17 th ave SW. This amazing inner city condo complex was finished in 2006 and created by Battistella . Its  very well known for being amazing in design . It has a lot of interesting floor Angles and plans. The landmarks are 15 th ave sw and about 1 st sw calgary . It is the actual complex located right on that specific corner Compromising of 327 units in…
 
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  • Real Property Tax Amnesty For Las Pinas City Takes Effect Until June 30, 2015

    Jay Castillo
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:35 am
    Here’s good news for all real property owners in Las Pinas City, the local government has passed a city ordinance that grants a tax amnesty for real property. The real property tax amnesty took effect last March 20, 2015 and will be up to June 30, 2015. Check out the details below. Actually, I have seen tarpaulins for the tax amnesty in various streets within Las Pinas City, like the one above which was at Abel Nosce Street. I’m glad that the Las Pinas City Government is conducting an information campaign about the tax amnesty as we received a flyer that had more details…
  • 231st UnionBank Foreclosed Properties Auction Slated on March 28, 2015 (Metro Manila, Luzon, Amalfi)

    Jay Castillo
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The 231st Special Public Auction of UnionBank foreclosed properties shall be on March 28, 2015, Saturday, at Function Room No. 1, 28th Floor, UnionBank Plaza, Meralco Avenue corner Onyx Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. This auction includes properties from Metro Manila, ,Luzon, and brand new houses and lots at Amalfi, The Islands, Dasmarinas Cavite. Auction details below. The first auction starts promptly at 9:00am and includes Metro Manila and Luzon foreclosed properties. The second auction follows immediately and features the brand new AMALFI house and lots. Don’t forget to…
  • Public Auction Of PNB Foreclosed Properties In Bicol Slated On March 26, 2015

    Jay Castillo
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Another public auction of PNB foreclosed properties in the Bicol Region (includes Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camaraines Norte, and Sorsogon) will happen on March 26, 2015, Thursday, 2:00pm, at The Avenue Plaza Hotel, Magsaysay Avenue, Balatas, Naga City. Download the complete listing below. Sneak Peek Here are some properties included in the sealed bidding. (Note: To get pictures of the rest of the properties, you must contact PNB directly through their contact info in the auction flyer below.) Bidding Details These were printed in the flyer using tiny fonts and might be…
  • 2,174 BFS Foreclosed Properties for sale as of March 2015

    Jay Castillo
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:10 am
    I’ve just finished updating our Foreclosed Real Estate Database (FRED) with the latest list of BFS foreclosed properties for sale as of March 2015. We now have a total of 2,174 properties from BFS located all over the Philippines. Big discounts are still available! Check out the details below.   Here’s a summary for the March 2015 update, which comes directly from Bahay Financial Services (BFS): 55 new listings were added to the database (pictures to follow) All sold properties were removed from the database We now have a total of 2,174 properties from BFS This update…
  • Quick And Easy Home Staging Tip For Your Newly Renovated Foreclosed Property

    Contributing Author
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    So you bought a foreclosed property, renovated it, and started with marketing. Now a potential buyer (or tenant) calls up and wants to see your newly renovated property. But it’s bare, and actually boring. Here’s a quick but elegant home staging tip that costs very little, but can help make your property stand out. Got a piece of PVC pipe lying around? You can turn it into a stunning flower vase using no more than a saw, some spray paint, and your choice of flowers. Materials A long piece of PVC pipe at 12 inches long A hand saw A miter box (optional) Sandpaper Spray paint…
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  • Zoocasa teams up with Canada’s legendary Humble & Fred radio duo

    Melissa Marchesano
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    This week Zoocasa, Canada’s premier place to get matched with the best real estate agent, teamed up with Humble & Fred, Canada’s national morning show as an official sponsor. Zoocasa’s Marketing Manager Melissa Scheglov visited the legendary radio duo at their lovely downtown Etobicoke studio to announce the big news. Melissa held her own, answering dozens of questions about Zoocasa and real estate – and may have even fended off a date from Humble Howard but we’re… not… quite… sure. “I think the key ingredient for what you guys do is you vet the real estate agents for…
  • Canada’s best deals for 2015: As ranked by MoneySense magazine and Zoocasa Preferred Agents.

    Melissa Marchesano
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    At Zoocasa, we like to say that the right real estate agent makes all the difference. But truth be told, having the right tools at your fingertips goes a long way too. One tool that’s helped Zoocasa Preferred Agents – and their clients – immeasurably over the last few years is MoneySense magazine’s rating of Canada’s top real estate markets. Each year, MoneySense magazine pours over housing prices and trends to discover where home prices are most likely to keep rising. It applies its ranking system to Canada’s largest cities plus every single neighbourhood in Vancouver, Calgary,…
  • Month End February 2015 Homes Sold in Toronto

    Melissa Marchesano
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    The post Month End February 2015 Homes Sold in Toronto appeared first on Zoocasa Life.
  • Month End February 2015 Homes Sold in Vancouver

    Melissa Marchesano
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
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  • Month End January 2015 Homes Sold in Vancouver

    Melissa Marchesano
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The post Month End January 2015 Homes Sold in Vancouver appeared first on Zoocasa Life.
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  • Using VA Loan to Acquire a Modular Home

    Legendary Homes
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Out of the gate, it’s incredibly important to make this distinction: Modular homes and manufactured homes are not the same thing, at least as far as theVA home loan programis concerned. Regardless of the home you choose, now is the time to get started on yourVA home loan application. Its manyadvantagesmake home buying easier and less expensive for veterans. Modular Home and VA Loan Modular home construction is a different ballgame. The finished pieces remain inside of the factory and aren’t exposed to outside conditions until it comes time for transport. Depending on the look, it’s…
  • Leading Lender for Modular Home Construction Loan in Michigan

    Legendary Homes
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Are you interested in a loan for a modular home, including a dream home or second home, which involves construction and/or site development? Premiere Home Mortgage is not only an industry-leading modular home lender, but construction lending experts as well. We can answer your questions and your retailer’s/builder’s questions so your modular home building project keeps moving smoothly from planning to final completion. Unique Lender for Modular Home Loan We are a unique lender of modular home loans in that we offer Construction-to-Permanent Loans that are either a one-close loan…
  • Buying a Modular Home in Michigan with Legendary Homes Inc.

    Legendary Homes
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Buying a modular home is a fairly simple, and somewhat similar, to buying a stick-built home. One major difference is the fact that you will be going to a dealership instead of a real estate agent. Legendary Homes Inc is here to assist you in the purchase of your modular home. We are also here to help in the construction process as we are also known to be a trusted modular home builder in Michigan. Budget There are a few preparations you’ll need to do before visiting the first dealership and that’s calculating how much home you can afford. Financial experts advise that a home…
  • Legendary Homes Inc Offers High Quality Modular Home at a Cheaper Price

    Legendary Homes
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you are working within a tight budget but still want a home of outstanding build quality, that is also energy efficient and both looks and functions well in terms of design and layout, you can achieve all that and more by purchasing a modular home from Legendary Homes Inc. We don’t just offer the cheapest modular home. We have quality built prefab homes that answers the individual needs of our customers. We have builders with a Grade A construction license to secure the best quality build because not every modular home builder is the same. Take a moment to check with the building…
  • How Legendary Homes Inc. Assist in Ditching Your Modular Home Financing Misery

    Legendary Homes
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    If you have been worrying about financing the construction of your modular home, you need not worry anymore. Legendary Homes Inc. in Michigan helps those in need of modular home financing along with Premiere Home Mortgage. Modular Home Financing Process The way a modular home is financed is in a two-part process.  First, there is a construction loan.  This loan is typically an interest only loan.  This means that while you are in the construction phase you only pay interest on your loan, you do not have to pay down the principal amount.  The amount of the loan you are paying interest on…
 
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  • 3 Tips for When Your House Goes Viral

    Stephanie Reid-Simons
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    When you’re selling a house, you want as many potential buyers to see it as possible. Your real estate agent’s expertise can be a key factor here. But sometimes, like when you’re Yolie Ball of Davenport, FL, it’s all about your teenage granddaughter’s Twitter account. MY GRANDMA IS TRYING TO SELL HER HOUSE IN FLORIDA AND THESE ARE THE PICS I AM LAUGHING SO HARD pic.twitter.com/rONaIUyevS — makenzie (@asapmakky) March 26, 2015 So what do you do when it seems like the whole world wants to see your pictures? Here are three tips: 1. Get those photos out there…
  • 4 Ways to Snag an Extra Tax Break

    Vera Gibbons
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Many homeowners have a general understanding of the home-related tax breaks that apply to them. Here are a few lesser-known areas where you may qualify for a credit or deduction. Refinancing points Did you buy a house last year? Then you likely know that you can deduct the points you paid to get your mortgage — in one fell swoop. If you refinanced, however, you can’t do that. Rather, you have to deduct the points on the new loan over the life of the loan. For a 30-year mortgage, you can only deduct 1/30th of the points per year. If you had $3,000 in points, divide by 30 to deduct a…
  • 'Tiny House Nation' Host Talks About Being Happy With Less

    Melissa Allison
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In FYI’s popular series “Tiny House Nation,” Zack Giffin and John Weisbarth travel the country visiting the ingenious micro spaces that make up the tiny home movement and helping more people create small dwellings. Giffin knows a thing or two about tiny living. When he’s not working, he lives in a 112-square-foot “ski chalet” on wheels in Washington state. Zillow: Where is your tiny house right now? Giffin: My house has been parked on a friend’s property in Leavenworth, WA for much of the past year. Zillow: What is it like to have just 112 square feet…
  • Billionaire Bill Koch Asks $100M for Aspen Acreage

    Melissa Allison
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Fossil-fuel baron Bill Koch has listed his 82.6-acre spread near Aspen for $100 million, making it one of the priciest listings in the country. The price includes furnishings, but not art, artifacts, collectibles or personal items. Called the Elk Mountain Lodge Properties, the mountain compound includes a nearly 15,000-square-foot main lodge built of stone and giant logs, plus single-family homes and historic cabins. Altogether, it boasts 28 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, 5 half bathrooms, an entertainment hall and an indoor basketball court. Luxury amenities include multiple spas, a four-car…
  • A Home With Character: Location Scouting for 'Transparent'

    Melissa Allison
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Like Hollywood talent scouts, the people who scout locations for film and television look for the right character fit. Much of the legwork happens online, with sites such as EastWest Locations and Meyler & Co. that have pre-selected locations — everything from art galleries to bowling alleys to funeral homes. “They rep houses that are already film friendly, so we’re not wasting time knocking on doors that don’t work,” said Jordana Kronen, a location manager in Los Angeles who helped find the longtime home of Maura (née Mort) Pfefferman in the…
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  • Find the Best Real Estate Lead Generation Tactic for Your Agency

    Andrew Gale
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Real estate lead generation is always on the mind of real estate agents like yourself. If you’re not looking for ways to get more phone leads, you’re probably searching for tips and tricks to bring in more leads to your website. Using online marketing tactics to maximize real estate lead generation is a must if … Continue reading Find the Best Real Estate Lead Generation Tactic for Your Agency The post Find the Best Real Estate Lead Generation Tactic for Your Agency appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • The Best Real Estate Postcards &Templates For 2015

    Andrew Gale
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Here is an awesome list of all the best companies making real estate postcards. Some of them have quality real estate postcard templates and some should be avoided! We also have a list of expired listing letters   Realasponse – Real Estate Postcards http://www.realasponse.com/ No other real estate postcards gives you so much for pocket … Continue reading The Best Real Estate Postcards &Templates For 2015 The post The Best Real Estate Postcards &Templates For 2015 appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • Powerful Real Estate Marketing | Tools, Strategies & Tips

    Andrew Gale
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    The online and offline real estate marketing landscape is getting bigger and bigger. New tools are coming out all the time, new strategies to help bring more traffic and in this post we try to help you bring it all together. Real Estate Marketing Tools These tools are not all made specifically for Realtors. Optimizely … Continue reading Powerful Real Estate Marketing | Tools, Strategies & Tips The post Powerful Real Estate Marketing | Tools, Strategies & Tips appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • Remarkable Content Strategy Tips For Realtors

    Andrew Gale
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Today the hard part of creating content is getting eyeballs on the real estate content that you’ve created. In this post we outline some of the key tips you can use to get more views on the content you put all that time into. Also known as distribution. Outreach Outreach is defined as manually finding people … Continue reading Remarkable Content Strategy Tips For Realtors The post Remarkable Content Strategy Tips For Realtors appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • Best Real Estate CRM’s reviewed

    Andrew Gale
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    With so many software’s out there, someone had to make a list of the best real estate CRM’s and do a comparison! If we missed any let us know in the comments below.   Follow Up Boss http://www.followupboss.com/ Never Lose Another Real Estate Lead Follow up boss looks really easy to use but, comes with … Continue reading Best Real Estate CRM’s reviewed The post Best Real Estate CRM’s reviewed appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
 
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  • Zurple Case Study - Bob McTague

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    Today we'd like to share Bob McTague's real estate success story with you. Bob is a highly organized, highly effective agent and team leader based in Syracuse, New York. He began using Zurple a few years ago as a system to help keep his real estate team's leads organized. Today, the system plays a major role in Bob's day-to-day operations and overall success. This is his story:
  • Friday Freebies: Top Freebies of 2015 (so far)

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    It's time for Friday Freebies! At Zurple, we've made it our mission to provide helpful marketing tips, tools, advice, ideas and strategies that will help you grow your business - but it doesn't stop at our blog. In fact, we have a whole library of free premium content available for instant download called the Agent Success Center. I highly recommend you take a few minutes to check out out - there's some great stuff in there! Today, we're showcasing our top three freebies of 2015 (so far):
  • Zurple Spotlight: The Tom Ferry Show

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tom Ferry is a top real estate coach and speaker, a New York Times best selling author and he was named the most influential voice in real estate by Inman News. His videocast, The #TomFerryShow is an awesome resource that gives agents easy to implement, actionable advice on how to strengthen and grow their real estate business. In his most recent episode, Tom provided 10 tips that will help you improve your listing presentation. This post will give you the high-level takeaways - click here for the full broadcast.  
  • Curaytor #WaterCooler Tips on How to Become a Better Agent

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    At Zurple, we are big fans of Chris Smith and Jimmy Mackin, the co-hosts of the Curaytor Water Cooler show. In fact, we believe you can become a better and more effective agent by listening to the show. But - we know you’re busy, so if you’re short on time, check out our top takeaways from the first three shows of 2015, featuring guests Cliff Stevenson, Russell Rhodes and Neil Patel.
  • Agent Insights: Real Estate is Not a Job - It's a Lifestyle

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In today's Agent Insights - Chris Ann Cleland, a Real Estate Agent at Long & Foster REALTORS in Virginia, talks about how her real estate career goes far beyond a day job - it impacts her whole lifestyle. Here's Chris:
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  • What is a multigenerational home

    CoffeeRealEstate
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    What is a multigenerational home?     A multigenerational home is designed to meet the needs of multigenerational families. Multigenerational families have unique requirements for public and private space within a home. One common feature is the desire for multiple master suites. What is a multigenerational family?   The U.S. Census Bureau defines multigenerational families as those consisting of more than two generations living under the same roof. Multigenerational Households come in all shapes and sizes. Naming the type of multigenerational household is not as important as…
  • What makes a property multigenerational

    CoffeeRealEstate
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    What makes a property multigenerational? What makes a multigenerational property? The short answer is people’s needs. No one property design fits all multigenerational property wants or needs. This blog deals with many of the common features of a multigenerational property. One of the keys to successful multigenerational living is communication. Getting a feel of what features are available, then discussing them is an example of open, up front communication that can save a lot of time when looking for a new home. An example is maybe Mom and Dad did not share how important it is to have an…
  • Multi-Generational Home For Sale Sacramento

    CoffeeRealEstate
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    Multi-Generational Home Three Master Suites One Story Design Special Needs Bathroom Two Living Areas A home with 2 master suites are hard to find. This multi-generational home creates a unique living opportunity with 3 master suites. Three master suites add to the uniqueness to the property. The generous size of the suites allow for private living with in the master suite. One of the master suites has a special needs bathroom which facilitates impaired usages. It also has a walk in closet and plenty of room for reading and watching TV. Another master suite is set up for a private entrance…
  • Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know

    CoffeeRealEstate
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know   What home selling tips are the most important for sellers to know?   That question was asked of 500 real estate agents. Each tip was then ranked based on the survey responses and then used the first eight – those viewed as being “very important” by 80 percent of agents or more – to create this infographic, “Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know.”   Look below the infographic to find a complete list of the home seller tips included in the survey, and learn what agents thought about them.   For more in depth…
  • REO-Real Estate Owned properties for sale Sacramento and Placer County

    CoffeeRealEstate
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    REO-Real Estate Owned REO properties can be fixers or ready to move in   REO is a Real Estate Owned property. REO is a property that has reverted to the mortgage lender after a foreclosure auction did not sell. A foreclosing beneficiary will typically set the opening bid at a foreclosure auction for at least the outstanding loan amount. If there are no bidders that are interested, then the beneficiary will legally repossess the property. Most REO homes are sold “as is” so it’s important to do “due diligence.” A home inspection is very important to know what condition the…
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  • Upper Arlington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Upper Arlington * Median Listing Price: $474,660 0.04% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $163.0000 0.03% Total Listings: 58 -0.05% Total Listings Previous Months: February January 61 76 -0.2% -0.18% * All data pertains to single-family homes Upper Arlington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015 Upper Arlington OH Subdivisions Arlington Crossing Arlington Pointe Camberlay Canterbury Canterbury Area Carriage Hill Coach Road Villas Concord Village Coventry Estates Duros Subdivision East Cleft Eastcleft Guilford Place Hastings Place Lot 27 Kenbrook Heights Kipling Forest…
  • Sunbury Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Sunbury * Median Listing Price: $302,120 -0.03% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $125.0000 0% Total Listings: 26 -0.10% Total Listings Previous Months: February January 29 29 0% -0.22% * All data pertains to single-family homes Sunbury Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015 Sunbury OH Subdivisions Barley Corn Country Property Eden Estates At Cheshire Rural - Kingston Township Sunbury Estates Sunbury Meadows Sunbury Mills The Greens At Northstar Sunbury Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62…
  • Saint Louisville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Saint Louisville * Median Listing Price: $202,100 -0.17% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $78.0000 -0.24% Total Listings: 6 0.50% Total Listings Previous Months: February January 4 4 0% 0% * All data pertains to single-family homes Saint Louisville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015 Saint Louisville OH Subdivisions Coffmans Saint Louisville Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older   The Buckeye Realty TeamBerkshire Hathaway HomeServcies - Professional Realty121 Mill Street, Suite…
  • Reynoldsburg Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Reynoldsburg * Median Listing Price: $160,490 0.01% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $85.0000 0.06% Total Listings: 135 0.15% Total Listings Previous Months: February January 117 140 -0.16% -0.13% * All data pertains to single-family homes Reynoldsburg Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015 Reynoldsburg OH Subdivisions Asbury Park Barcelona Square Blacklick Heights Briar Cliff Briarcliff Brice Estates Brook Farm Brookside Brookside Park Brookside Park 2 Cobblestone Run Crofton Place Crystal Lakes Deerfield Estates Eastshire Farmington Farmington Meadows Farmsbury…
  • Radnor Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Radnor * Median Listing Price: $189,200 0% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $107.0000 0% Total Listings: 1 Total Listings Previous Months: February January 1 2 -0.5% 1% * All data pertains to single-family homes Radnor Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Mar 2015 Radnor OH Subdivisions Rural Radnor Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older   The Buckeye Realty TeamBerkshire Hathaway HomeServcies - Professional Realty121 Mill Street, Suite 128Gahanna, OH 43230 Phone: 614-835-7151  Fax:…
 
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  • Welcoming The Truth of Real Estate – IREF

    Resident Blogger
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    Home-buying is a landmark decision in one’s life and, as goes with every big decision, requires thorough research. Our industry, the Real Estate sector, maintains an infamous reputation in India. Consumers lack trust and, subsequently, have a lot of reservations and doubts pertaining to Real Estate transactions. Whom do they go to with these questions? A developer has insights but has vested interests as a seller. Most of the brokers (of course not all) are hopeless advisers. Identifying this gaping hole, a discussion platform – Indian Real Estate Forum – came to be.
  • LOOK UP WORLD

    Resident Blogger
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    Holi is the festival that celebrates colours and happiness. It is only fitting that before this celebration starts, we say hello again and introduce our symbol, our soul to the world. Far from being just a makeover, it is the distillation of all that we stand for and culmination of a process that began a year ago. You’ll be seeing a lot more of our new brand over the coming months. But two words will tell you everything you need to know about us: Look Up! Look Up is a Journey Housing is for everyone. Call it an itch or idealism, we knew we wanted to change things big and fast for everyone.
  • 5 Amazing Monuments In The Name Of Love

    Resident Blogger
    14 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    Legendary poems have been penned, faraway lands conquered, and amazing monuments built in the name of love! While we know of the Taj Mahal as perhaps the most famous and notable testament to undying love, there are several others all over the world; each one with its own beautiful story. Boldt Castle on Heart Island, New York The story of Boldt Castle is one of love and loss, like many other great love stories. The castle was commissioned in 1900 by George C. Boldt, a famous and wealthy hotelier; as a symbol of his overwhelming affection for his wife, Louise. It was to be a grand 5-acre…
  • A Home With a View – Slice View

    Resident Blogger
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:20 pm
    At Housing, we work to solve every problem in real estate. One of the challenges in the real estate industry is the difficulty in visualising a new apartment as a home, when the project is still a layout on paper. It is more difficult to do so when staring at a 2-D image on a screen. Housing aims to provide its users a seamless home-buying experience, one that lets the buyer see – and not just imagine – the homes he/she wants. So, we created Slice View. Using Slice View, we have been able to capitalise on what was a shortcoming for the entire industry. It enables our users to take…
  • Housing on Google Now

    Resident Blogger
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of spending weeks running around the city chasing your next home, it could just… show up? Now it can. Now cards in the Google app bring you what you need, when you need it. Looking for a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment through the Housing.com app? Tap the Google app icon on your phone and Now cards will offer suggestions when listings come up near the places you like. If an apartment is for sale in the building next door to your favorite coffee shop, you want to be the first to know. Read more here : http://goo.gl/l1zdaw Download the Housing mobile…
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    Home Creations

  • Thunder Post-Game Interview with the Benears

    Rachel Cunningham
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    On March 4th, Home Creations selected the Benear family to present the game ball at the Thunder vs Philadelphia game. Despite blizzard-like conditions, the Benears were still able to make it to the game! The Benears made the night a family-wide event. Brandon’s father wanted to see Lane present the game ball, so he bought read more... The post Thunder Post-Game Interview with the Benears appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Home Creations Family to Present Thunder Game Ball March 4

    Rachel Cunningham
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    This year, Home Creations is a proud partner of the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that partnership comes the opportunity to present the game ball before a Thunder home game. We chose one Home Creations family to present the game ball March 4, when the Thunder takes on Philadelphia! Here’s their story: In 2010, Brandon, Erin, and read more... The post Home Creations Family to Present Thunder Game Ball March 4 appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Romantic Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Day Dates

    Rachel Cunningham
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    A stay-at-home Valentine’s Day date can be even more romantic than a date out in the city. When you think about Valentine’s Day, you might think of an expensive night on the town. Staying home, though, means you have the freedom to create a perfect date in your own intimate setting. This could be your read more... The post Romantic Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Day Dates appeared first on Home Creations.
  • Thunder Watch Party Must-Haves

    Rachel Cunningham
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Nothing can get your blood pumping at a basketball game faster than hearing the thunderous crowd booming, “O-K-C! O-K-C!” Thunder fans have been named some of the best in the nation, and it’s no surprise this  has also made the Thunder franchise the best in the nation. One reason Oklahoma City’s fan-base is so great read more... The post Thunder Watch Party Must-Haves appeared first on Home Creations.
  • DIY Home Projects to Take On in 2015

    Rachel Cunningham
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    While you’re busy coming up with new things to tackle in 2015, why not add some home projects to the list? Investing in your home can be one of the most rewarding New Year’s resolutions. Not only will you create a fun, functional living space for you and your family—but you can all work together read more... The post DIY Home Projects to Take On in 2015 appeared first on Home Creations.
 
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  • Beautiful North Phoenix Home For Sale

    William Morris
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    3307 E Tonopah Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85050What A Location! This Well Maintained 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home In A Popular North Phoenix Neighborhood Conveniently Located To Desert Ridge Which Offers Great Shopping And Dining, Paradise Valley Community College And Quick Access To Both The 101 & 51 Freeways. This 1564 SF Home Offers A Split Floor Plan With A Bright, Open Living Room With Vaulted Ceilings & Plant Shelves. You Will Appreciate The Formal Dining Room And A Spacious, Eat-In Kitchen With Breakfast Nook, Breakfast Bar, Built In Desk And Spacious Pantry. The Large Master Suite Features A…
  • Arizona Cactus League Spring Training

    William Morris
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Major League Baseball Cactus League Spring Training in ArizonaEach spring the Phoenix, Arizona area fills up with people from all over the country.  March is a busy time in Arizona.  Many local hotels sell out on a nightly basis, and businesses see a boom in revenue.  One of the biggest draws during that time is Major League Baseball's spring training.  No matter where you are in the Valley during March there is a spring training game nearby.For a Printable Map of Spring Training Stadiums Click HereSpring Training games are fun for friends or family.  Everyone enjoys…
  • Great Horse Property with Mountain Views For Sale in Globe, Arizona

    William Morris
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Home For Sale: 8253 Ice House Canyon Globe, ArizonaThis mountainside three bedroom home has spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding area. The home has a large master bedroom with a walk in closet and access to the beautiful back patio. The backyard is great for relaxing or entertaining with built in fire pit and a jacuzzi enclosed in a separate building. The property sits on just over 6 acres with plenty of room for horses or whatever suits your desires. This unique property is a must see for potential buyers wanting their space, but still want the convenience of being close to…
  • Mesa, Arizona Open House: Beautiful Dobson Ranch Home

    William Morris
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Open House at a beautiful Dobson Ranch Home in Mesa, ArizonaAddress: 2651 S Los Altos                Mesa, AZ 85202When: Thursday, January 22nd from 2pm-5pm & Saturday, January 24th from 10am-2pmLow HOA, Great amenities,Beautiful home in highly sought after Dobson Ranch. 3 bedrooms plus an office, formal living and dining, family room with gas fire place off of completely new kitchen, new gas stove, microwave, and dishwasher. The interior of this home is fresh with upgraded cabinetry, granite counters, custom tile surrounds in bath and shower,…
  • Thinking About Buying A Home? Give Yourself Enough Time

    William Morris
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Give Yourself Enough Time To Get Into The Home You WantMany people want to buy homes, but sometimes it does not work out due to time restraints.  Trying to time the home purchase with moving out of your apartment or house at the end of your lease, trying to relocate for work, or other life factors can make it difficult to get into a new home within a certain time frame.  I have had many clients face this very issue.  Sometimes things worked out due to early and constant communication, and other deals have fallen apart because their was not enough time to buy.  Some of the…
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    Struggling Investor

  • Direct Mail Campaign Tracking + Free Tool

    Scott Costello
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Two weeks ago I wrote a blog post about What Lead Information you should keep track of.  In that post I broke down the minimum data points that you would benefit from keeping track of over the course of a leads life.  What I didn’t go over is how to keep track of your mailing campaigns. When I first started out I found that keeping track of mailing campaigns can quickly get out of control.  I’ll be the first to admit that my memory is terrible…I was never good at taking tests.  Once I had more then 3 campaigns running at a time I completely lost track of what needed to…
  • How to Organize Your Wholesaler Leads

    Scott Costello
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    There are a few HAVE TO HAVES when it comes to being a real estate wholesaler as far as I’m concerned.  Relationships, Systems and Leads.  Everything else comes a distant second. They all work together as well to create a successful business. Having leads is must, but what is also very important is your ability to keep those leads organized. What leads do you need to mail to this month? Looking up a lead when they call Making sure you don’t have duplicate leads Which leads you referred to another wholesaler Which addresses are invalid Which leads do I need to call back? I can…
  • Rant: Who Has Time to Organize

    Scott Costello
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    New Monthly Rant Series:  I figured it would be insightful to share some of what bothers me about trying to run a side business.  It’s not all successes and happy faces.  It truly is a roller coaster ride and I think sharing that with my readers is going to cathartic.  It seems every month I hit a point where I say “Do i want to do this anymore?”   Thankfully I am pretty good at over coming those feelings.  Lucky or unlucky for you I’ve decided to write about what I’m tired of or think is just plain stupid when it comes to real estate investing.   Here…
  • SI Lead Manager v7 is HERE!

    Scott Costello
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    I am happy to announce that the latest version of SI Lead Manager has been released…v7!  This latest update to SI Lead Manager is the biggest update yet.  The entire software has been recreated from the ground up in order to take it to the next level. I’ve listened to the suggestions and have put all my efforts into making this one of the most user friendly lead management applications out there. There are 3 main areas that I wanted to focus on with this new release… Number 1 – Organization of Property Leads and All the Data you’ll need to maintain Previous…
  • Reader Questions From Brian

    Scott Costello
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Over the past 6 months or so I’ve been getting some great questions from people who read my blog.  I love answering questions about real estate investing and lead generating websites.  If you have any questions feel free to post a comment below or send me an email. Recently I got an email from Brian.  He had downloaded my Lead Manager software a couple years ago and most recently heard my appearance on the BiggerPockets Podcast.  Brian had some questions about websites and SEO.  As I was typing out the response to him, it occurred to me that this would make a great blog…
 
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  • Refinance with Record Low Interest Rates!

    Chanda Gunter
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The difference between 4% and 5% on a $200,000 loan is $42,000. #RefinanceClick To Tweet Re-financing is hot! We received so much feedback on our short February Tip of the Month blurb, “Is it a Good Time to Refinance?“, that we decided to go a little more in-depth on the subject. So, to all of you who contacted us on this subject, THANK YOU! Now….enjoy, and please feel free to leave more feedback.
  • High Rents and Low Income are Driving Roommates Together

    Chanda Gunter
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:24 am
      The Census Bureau recently reported that the home ownership rate in the United States is at a 20 year low, dropping to 64% at the end of last year.  This was 1.2 percentage points lower than at the end of 2013.  In addition, the rental vacancy rate during the fourth quarter of 2014 was 7% — 1.2 percentage points lower than the fourth quarter of 2013. According to Zillow, Tweet the U.S. gained more than 770,000 new renters in 2014 and combined with rising rents across the country, created a cumulative amount paid in rent to $441 billion. As rents continue to rise faster than…
  • Professional, Trustworthy and Hassle Free: A Real Property Management Success Story

    Chanda Gunter
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    When Chris Armijo needed a professional property manager, he called Steve Reeves, owner of Real Property Management Albuquerque. Steve prides himself on the simple things – returning phone calls quickly, working with property owners in the best interest of both parties, and valuing relationships with his owners.  It was this approach that earned him a new client and the respect of Chris. I don’t think I would have had that success with another company or with trying to do this myself.Click To Tweet Steve met Chris at his property, complimented him on how well he had made it rent-ready,…
  • Turn Your Passion Into Volunteer Work

    Chanda Gunter
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    Are you passionate about something?  Maybe your passion is the environment, children’s education, homelessness, disabled veterans, animals, youth sports or the arts.  Whatever it is, volunteering is a fun and easy way to use your interests and passions. Not only does volunteering improve the lives of others, research suggests it can also improve your own life.  It connects you to others and allows new and diverse friendships.  It can increase self-confidence, combat depression, and help you stay physically and mentally active.  Finally, volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your…
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 – Ranked #1

    Chanda Gunter
    7 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    While the property management industry continues to grow and new competitors enter the market, Real Property Management is honored to be recognized as the #1 residential property management company by Entrepreneur magazine.  This is a testament to the quality of our 260 plus offices nationwide that manage over $7 billion in assets.  We hope it confirms to you that you made the right decision to hire us to manage your investment property. Throughout the organization, Real Property Management is committed to dealing with people with honesty and integrity at every level.  Each office operates…
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    Rise To Leads

  • How To Run Real Estate Facebook Ads For Highly Targeted Buyer And Seller Leads

    Kurt Aungst
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    When it comes to marketing your real estate services on Facebook there are a few key variables we need to follow in order to be effective. I hope that this blog post clears up some of the confusion and fear around running Facebook ads. For two reasons, Facebook ads when done correctly can bring you in a boat load of prospects/clients, that you just simply wouldn’t have gotten with traditional word of mouth or prospecting. Secondly, there is a lot of bad advice out there on how to run these ads, and I don’t want to see anyone lose money due to simple lack of knowledge. One last thing…
  • Top 5 Ways To Use Facebook To Increase Positioning For REALTORS

    Kurt Aungst
    7 Mar 2015 | 11:25 pm
    5 Ways to Use Facebook to Increase Positioning     As in any industry, there are multiple ways to try to find new clients in the realtor world. As technology develops, and we have more tools at our disposal to make our company more successful, so must our techniques in growing clientele. Prospecting is a technique that focuses on a particular group of people that are already interested in real estate or have at least expressed an interest in making a purchase. Resources can be allocated to prospecting, but also focus on a newer technique-using Facebook to put realtors in a position…
  • How To Turn Your Website Into A Lead Generation Magnet

    Kurt Aungst
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    The purpose of a website is to open up your business to a wider audience and get more people to use your services. All too often however, realtors set up websites only to forget about them. For a website to serve its purpose, it must attract a good number of leads who are interested in your services and can easily be converted into loyal clients. This is referred to as lead generation magnet. Fortunately, transforming your website from a useless brochure and into a lead generation magnet does not have to be a mind boggling or an overwhelming task. Below are ten practical tips that you can…
  • Realtor DIY WordPress Site

    Kurt Aungst
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Are you curious on how difficult it would be to create your own Real Estate Website? In 2014 it is easier than ever to create your own website, with very limited technical knowledge. WordPress is a hosting platform that will allow you to create beautiful websites literally within just a few hours time. Below I have some good resources that will help you achieve this:) If there are any questions please feel free to ask in the comments section:) A Good Solid Tutorial On The Steps You Need to Follow To Create An Awesome Website. WordPress For Real Estate Guide Above is a great place to start.
  • 3 Facebook Ads You Aren’t Running That You Should Be

    Kurt Aungst
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Facebook  Ads To Get Page Likes AD Style Number 1. Realtors STILL aren’t using this first strategy. Maybe they are unaware, or possibly they don’t understand how to accomplish this. The style of Facebook Ad I am talking about is as follows. Recent Visitors To Your Website Ads Ad: Facebook Page Likes Audience: Website Visitors A Page Like Ad that targets recent visitors to your website. ( Why would we want to target website visitors on Facebook you ask?) This audience has extreme interest in what you do. I mean they just came from your website and now they are seeing your Ads on…
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    Red Cube Property » Blog

  • Which areas have the best buy-to-let potential?

    sev
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Regional centres have proven to be the best locations for profitable returns in buy-to-let investment, with 25% of properties in places like Manchester, Nottingham and Southampton now privately rented. London is no longer the place to be if you’re after the best buy-to-let returns, with investors looking beyond the capital and at regions where yields are 300% higher, according to data from lender HSBC. The data showed that certain parts of the UK – such as Blackpool, Nottingham, Hull and Southampton, offered the outstanding rental yields when compared to other areas of the UK. HSBC also…
  • Know your rights if you have squatters in your property

    sev
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    It can be devastating coming home from an extended holiday or coming back from taking a construction break on your property and finding that it has been broken into and people are now squatting there. Any kind of break-in is a stressful and frightening experience and often has a lasting effect on the owner of the property, however unlike in the event of a burglary; you now have to deal with people who have broken into your home without permission. It is commonly thought that there is a grey area in the law when it comes to the squatter’s rights and evicting squatters from your property;…
  • Is there a buy-to-let boom on the horizon?

    sev
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Right now is the perfect time to be in the property business. House prices are surging, and buy-to-let demand is rising rapidly. Supply vs Demand Let’s look at the evidence. Supply and demand in the residential sector has yet to be addressed and the number of new homes being built – purported to be the key to affordability – has not increased to a point where everyone is able to move to homeowner status. House prices are continuing to rise, despite predictions to the contrary by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) back in January. Data shows that there’s…
  • Landlords: How to choose the right Letting Agent

    sev
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Your property is probably your single largest asset and for many landlords, a letting agent is an absolute necessity. While some property owners choose to manage their properties themselves, many choose to entrust their properties to a letting agency. If you decide to employ a letting agent there are several important factors that you should consider. Your final choice will of course depend on your individual situation – but here are some excellent tips to help you find the right agent. National Approved Letting Scheme Choose a letting agent who is a member of the National Approved…
  • Meet Red Cube at the Landlord & Letting Show

    sev
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
     Landlord & Letting Show, 25-26 February 2015 – London This event gives landlords and property professionals access to a wealth of advice and information from a host of industry experts in the seminars and exhibition. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to network, share best practice and keep up to date with the latest legislation.  will be on Stand 19, so come and visit us to take advantage of: EXCLUSIVE buy-to-let investment opportunities EXCLUSIVE let-only offer at 6% and fully managed at 8% Tickets are FREE when prebooked or £10 on the door. Click here to book your…
 
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    Partner Xchange Blog

  • Top Mistakes Team Leaders Make

    Kat Bremhorst
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Having a team to manage is both a blessing and a burden. Make sure you’re being the best leader you can be by avoiding these common mistakes. Hiring anyone else before an assistant. Don’t ever underestimate the value of an assistant. Before you bring on any other position, you must hire someone who can support the…
  • The Coolest Door You’ve Ever Seen

    Kat Bremhorst
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    This door looks like any other door, right? Well it’s a little more than that. It’s a door that’s 440 lbs of steel, but can be opened with the touch of a finger.     Klemens Torggler, an Australian artist, created this “flip panel door” as a kinetic sculpture versus a function door. We think…
  • WEBINAR REPLAY: Get 73% More Listings with Video

    Carly Ramirez
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Did you know that 73% of homeowners say they’re more likely to list with a Realtor who offers to create a video for them, but only 4% of agents put their listings on YouTube? Realtors who use video marketing also tend to drive 300% more leads. In this 15 minute webinar, I’ll go over the best technology,…
  • 10 Secrets For Building a Successful Team

    Kat Bremhorst
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    1. You need a team. Yes, there is a way to run a business solo–until you reach a certain point of success. The goal is to continually grow out of your current staffing due to success, and the way to grow that success is with a supportive team. 2. You can’t re-train personality traits. Got a marketing…
  • Researching the History of Your House Part 4

    Kat Bremhorst
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
     This is a 7-week series on researching the history of your home. At the bottom of this post, you’ll see the links to the entire series once available. This week’s installation of researching the history of your home focuses on getting help from public records.  Approach your town’s local record office and with a little help…
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    The Atlanta Homes Team Real Estate Blog

  • 10 Reasons To Have Buyer Representation When Purchasing A New Construction Home

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Do you really need a Realtor® if you plan on buying a newly constructed home? Sometimes when the real estate market has many new constructed homes, buyers often consider purchasing without consulting a Realtor® first. Nevertheless, the benefits of using an agent as a new construction buyers representative are many. Here’s our list: 1. FREE Representation. It’s almost never recommended to represent yourself in a court, so why would anyone do it when buying a home? Using an agent for a new construction who will represent you will keep your best interest in mind against a seller who is…
  • The Best Of Valentines Day Events In Atlanta

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    Valentine’s Day 2015 is arriving on February 14th, just a few days away to plan a night for you and your special someone. Atlanta has tons going on, and we have compiled a list of some of our favorite things to do so dont panic if you havent made plans yet. No matter your relationship situation, any of these events would be great to enjoy with your spouse, significant other, potential new mate, or platonic friends.  Don’t stay in and sulk this year for Valentine’s Day - the Atlanta metro area has tons of events that are enjoyable whether you live in the city or just outside the…
  • Friday The 13th: Visit The Spookiest Places In Atlanta

    11 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    Friday the 13th is right around the corner, and for those who are superstitious or simply have a fascination with Black Friday, there’s a lot to know that surrounds this special date. While many people who have phobias of this holiday actually change their normal routines, others choose to treat it with a carefree opportunity to divulge in the eerie. The metro Atlanta area has several spooky places to visit if you find you are one of the latter types of people; the former, however, might want to just stay home Friday The 13th: History amp; Impact While the origin of the superstition is…
  • In The Spotlight: Cumming, GA

    3 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    Located in Forsyth County, Georgia, Cumming is a part of the Atlanta metro area and hosts a population of 5,430 (2010 Census). Cumming is a vibrant community with a downhome, southern feel located just outside of the faster-paced Atlanta metro scene. Cumming is charming and beautiful, and due to its proximity to major business centers in Atlanta, has become an oft sought-after location for those searching for their dream homes in the Atlanta real estate market. Residents here have strong sense of community tied together with traditional family values. The folk that live in Cumming enjoy…
  • Real Estate Market Predictions 2015: A Return to Normalcy?

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    As we enter 2015, potential home buyers and sellers alike are wondering what 2015 will look like for the US housing market. While we saw an uneven recovery from the 2008-2009 Recession in 2014, some analysts have expressed their real estate market predictions (2015) and they believe things might even out as economic and job growth continue to accelerate in the United States. Fortune reported that we can expect three main things: Home price increases are likely to slow down, although affordability will decline. Mortgage rates are likely to rise. Millennials will demand housing which will help…
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    The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • Find the Best Real Estate Lead Generation Tactic for Your Agency

    Andrew Gale
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Real estate lead generation is always on the mind of real estate agents like yourself. If you’re not looking for ways to get more phone leads, you’re probably searching for tips and tricks to bring in more leads to your website. Using online marketing tactics to maximize real estate lead generation is a must if … Continue reading Find the Best Real Estate Lead Generation Tactic for Your Agency The post Find the Best Real Estate Lead Generation Tactic for Your Agency appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • The Best Real Estate Postcards &Templates For 2015

    Andrew Gale
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Here is an awesome list of all the best companies making real estate postcards. Some of them have quality real estate postcard templates and some should be avoided! We also have a list of expired listing letters   Realasponse – Real Estate Postcards http://www.realasponse.com/ No other real estate postcards gives you so much for pocket … Continue reading The Best Real Estate Postcards &Templates For 2015 The post The Best Real Estate Postcards &Templates For 2015 appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • Powerful Real Estate Marketing | Tools, Strategies & Tips

    Andrew Gale
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    The online and offline real estate marketing landscape is getting bigger and bigger. New tools are coming out all the time, new strategies to help bring more traffic and in this post we try to help you bring it all together. Real Estate Marketing Tools These tools are not all made specifically for Realtors. Optimizely … Continue reading Powerful Real Estate Marketing | Tools, Strategies & Tips The post Powerful Real Estate Marketing | Tools, Strategies & Tips appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • Remarkable Content Strategy Tips For Realtors

    Andrew Gale
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Today the hard part of creating content is getting eyeballs on the real estate content that you’ve created. In this post we outline some of the key tips you can use to get more views on the content you put all that time into. Also known as distribution. Outreach Outreach is defined as manually finding people … Continue reading Remarkable Content Strategy Tips For Realtors The post Remarkable Content Strategy Tips For Realtors appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
  • Best Real Estate CRM’s reviewed

    Andrew Gale
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    With so many software’s out there, someone had to make a list of the best real estate CRM’s and do a comparison! If we missed any let us know in the comments below.   Follow Up Boss http://www.followupboss.com/ Never Lose Another Real Estate Lead Follow up boss looks really easy to use but, comes with … Continue reading Best Real Estate CRM’s reviewed The post Best Real Estate CRM’s reviewed appeared first on The Leading Real Estate Marketing Blog.
 
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    Revaluate Blog

  • The Upper East Side: Cool, Like Emma Watson

    Melissa Case
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    It’s been said, since the dawn of time, that there’s a battle between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” Revaluate thinks there is a battle, but it’s probably not between these groups. It’s between the “cool” and the “those who think they’re cooler than cool.” Or something like that. Ice cold? What? Why are we suddenly humming “Hey Ya”? We digress. Nowhere is this battle evidenced more than in New York City, where there’s no end to the discussion of which neighborhood is the best, the most hip, or the coolest. If Hipster wisdom in all its cowl-necked, bearded,…
  • Revaluate in the News – “Big Deal” Edition

    Chris Drayer
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    More big time news outlets and reporters are asking Revaluate to dig deep in order to uncover the dirt and diamonds on New York Real Estate. Yesterday Revaluate was featured in the New York Post, in an article highlighting the crazy low taxes assessed on the super high end penthouses around Central Park.  The most expensive Penthouse ever sold went for 100M, and paid only 16k in Taxes!  The article is getting lots of publicity, and was the featured as an exclusive. Realtor.com is the official website of the National Association of Realtors – and is operated by Rupert…
  • New York’s Most Expensive Apartments – Past, Present, and Future

    Max Galka
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:50 am
    At the end of last year, a penthouse in the new One57 tower sold for an astounding $100M, setting a new record for most expensive apartment ever sold in New York City, and topping a banner year for high-end real estate that included seven sales valued at over $50 million. Are these sales reflective of a luxury bubble that is about to pop? In 2000, when Blackstone president Steven Schwartzman bought a Park Avenue triplex penthouse for $37M, people could not imagine how prices could go any higher.  Sure enough, it took only one year for the sale to be topped, as Donald Trump sold his…
  • When is the Best Time to Rent an Apartment in NYC?

    Max Galka
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
      When is the Best Time to Rent an Apartment in NYC? Had you lived during the three centuries stretching from New York’s colonial days to the time of World War II, you would only have one option. Until about 70 years ago, everyone in New York moved on the same day, May 1, known then as “Moving Day.” As the legend goes, Dutch settlers established this odd tradition in celebration of May 1st, 1626, the day they first set out to colonize Manhattan (later buying it from the Lenape on May 4th for a measly $23).  Each year thereafter, the settlers would…
  • Are These 6 New York Pied-a-Terres Nefarious?

    Chris Drayer
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Last week the New York Times LOUISE STORY and STEPHANIE SAUL unveiled an article that is an epic story about the concealed identity of a handful of businessmen, many from out of the country, who purchase staggeringly expensive pied-a-terres in New York. There was a direct line drawn connecting the frequently illegal business actions of the buyer and the buildings that seemingly protected the anonymity of buyers. According to the Times, 80% of units sold in Time Warner Building in 2014 were bought by shell companies, so as to cover the identity of the purchaser.  The Times found 16…
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  • Events and Amenities of Admiral's Cove

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter is known as a world class boating and golfing community, but there is so much more to Admiral’s Cove than these most popular front runners. Admiral’s Cove has a large list of amenities and activities for residents to enjoy that it is a wonder home owners ever leave the community.   Carnivals, Shows and Parties There are a number of yearly events that happen on the large lawn overlooking the marina including Easter Egg Hunts, Antique Car Shows, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and the Christmas Carnival. Art Show Every other year Admirals Cove hosts a…
  • Abacoa Town Center is Undergoing a Makeover

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
     Abacoa is a large non-gated community in the town of Jupiter with its own town center. When most think of the Abacoa Community the words spring training, weekend markets and ArtiGras come to mind. Lately the Abacoa Town Center is seeing a shift in activity bringing renovation and changes that will re-generate business.   The Allure at Abacoa, a new housing community with town homes, lofts, and single story or “flat” apartments, is now opening for residents. This 300 unit building is in walking distance of retail and business space built around its own pool courtyard and…
  • New Facility Enhancements Planned for Mirasol

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    New Facility Enhancements Planned for Mirasol Clubhouse and Fitness Center Mirasol Country Club is one of the best golf and country club housing communities in Palm Beach Gardens. This community is full of amenities to offer residents the finest in resort style living which has become part of the south Florida culture. The members of Mirasol Country Club have just approved renovations to make their clubhouse and fitness center even better for residents. Currently the Country Club is awaiting county approval for the disruption plan. In May the club will hold an informational meeting with more…
  • Easter Events Near Admiral's Cove

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Admirals Cove is a premier gated golf, country, and yacht club community in Jupiter Florida. There is always something to keep you busy at Admirals Cove and in the Jupiter area. Looking for an egg hunt for the little ones to participate in this Easter? Jupiter has two just 4 miles from Admirals Cove at the Jupiter Community Center next to the middle school. Hippity Hop Hunt and Storytime This is a hunt for wee ones under the age of five. Before the egg hunt begins there is story time. Bunny stories will be read by Mother Nature played by Jupiter’s art director Brenda Nickolaus. After…
  • Easter in Frenchman's Reserve

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Frenchman’s Reserve is an upscale golf and country club community of Palm Beach Gardens Florida. The Country Club is full of events and activities for the entire family year round especially during holidays. Easter is a great time at Frenchman’s Reserve with a weekend full of celebrations. Passover Seder A dinner service with traditional Passover meal favorites will take place in the main clubhouse on Good Friday April 3, 2015. The meal is served on a traditional Seder plate with wine and haggadahs included. Seating will begin at 6:30pm and the dinner service will begin at 7pm…
 
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  • North Mira Mesa Home – Before and After Remodel

    Amanda Shelley
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Here we are for another edition of our Before and After remodel series in which we reveal the tremendous transformations of San Diego investment properties listed by City Consulting Group. Today we look at our most recent flip project in Mira Mesa, 11703 Giles Way. While we typically focus on downtown San Diego and Chula Vista […] The post North Mira Mesa Home – Before and After Remodel appeared first on City Consulting Group - A San Diego Real Estate Agency.
  • Lane Field Adds More Park Space to Downtown San Diego

    Amanda Shelley
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Limited park space in downtown San Diego has long been an area of concern for local residents. Fortunately, with the improving economy we’ve seen a new wave of development, and with this new construction, we’re seeing public park spaces finally getting more attention. Just last year, Waterfront Park was unveiled as part of the North Embarcadero Visionary Project, replacing 2 asphalt […] The post Lane Field Adds More Park Space to Downtown San Diego appeared first on City Consulting Group - A San Diego Real Estate Agency.
  • Best Juice Bars in Downtown San Diego

    Jason Cassity
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    The Summer Season is quickly approaching (I mean… did it ever leave?) and if you’re anything like me, it’s time to scramble in order to get the body back in shape. Recent hit documentaries like “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” have brought a lot of attention to JUICING as a healthy lifestyle choice. Here in Downtown […] The post Best Juice Bars in Downtown San Diego appeared first on City Consulting Group - A San Diego Real Estate Agency.
  • Condo in downtown SD East Village – 1 Bedroom – 800 The Mark ln. #907

    City Consulting Group
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    This week’s property is in one of the best buildings in the East Village of downtown San Diego- The Mark. Link to Listing INFO – Unit #904 To schedule a showing or to learn more about downtown San Diego real estate please contact us. The Mark – 800 The Mark Lane San Diego, CA 92101 Built in 2007 by […] The post Condo in downtown SD East Village – 1 Bedroom – 800 The Mark ln. #907 appeared first on City Consulting Group - A San Diego Real Estate Agency.
  • Investor Talk: Cap Rate vs Cash On Cash Return

    Jason Cassity
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve been working with a few buyers this week out in North Park. These buyers are current property owners who happen to be looking for a second home as an investment property. We’ve spent a lot of time over the past day or two discussing investment strategy, and the best way to identify a good […] The post Investor Talk: Cap Rate vs Cash On Cash Return appeared first on City Consulting Group - A San Diego Real Estate Agency.
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  • Design Vidal’s Peter Hassler Breathes New Life into an Historic Bed-Stuy Brownstone

    Annie Doge
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    one moment please...Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY, United States+ Expand- collapseWhen owner Peter Hassler wanted to update his Bed-Stuy brownstone, the budding designer took matters into his own hands. After living there for nearly a decade, he teamed up with Design Vidal, a Los Angeles-based firm that specializes in restoring historic buildings. The partnership helped give Hassler’s Stuyvesant Avenue home–built in 1892–a much-needed renovation, while also breathing new life into its original accents. To do so, Hassler stayed true to the house’s original layout, like…
  • March’s 10 Most-Read Stories and This Week’s Features

    Dana Schulz
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    March’s 10 Most-Read Stories Woody Johnson’s Co-op Sale Still Sets Record, but Comes In Lower Than Expected at $77.5M REVEALED: ODA Architects Design Cantilevering Ziggurats for Gowanus Site Supermodel Freja Beha Erichsen Snags a Stunning $3M Carroll Gardens Townhouse Construction Update: COOKFOX’s 855 Sixth Avenue Tops Off, Ties for City’s ‘Shortest Skyscraper’ Tiny 500-Square-Foot Apartment Is as Fashionable as Its Chelsea Address REVEALED: Asking Prices, Floorplans for 520 Park Avenue, the Next Billionaire’s Row Blockbuster Interview: McSorley’s Historian Bill Wander…
  • REVEALED: ODA Architects Design Cantilevering Ziggurats for Gowanus Site

    Ondel Hylton
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    one moment please...225 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States+ Expand- collapseAnother eye- and volume-popping mega-project by ODA Architects may be coming to Brooklyn, and this week’s chosen neighborhood is Gowanus. A recently posted video by ODA delves into the thought process of Eran Chen’s burgeoning firm and provides some shots of their recent work, including the provocative rendering shown here. We recognized the location only by the “Stop & Frisk Hands Off the Kids” text scrawled across the defunct Brooklyn Rapid Transit Powerhouse building (the “Bat…
  • New Yorker Spotlight: Gil Shapiro of Urban Archaeology Re-Imagines Beautiful Old Things

    Michelle Cohen
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    one moment please...143 Franklin Street, New York, NY, United States+ Expand- collapseNative New Yorker Gil Shapiro founded Urban Archaeology in the early 1970s, when the salvaging movement was just catching on. With a collector’s–and creator’s–eye and an entrepreneurial spirit, he began re-imagining architectural remnants as treasured additions to the home environment. This month the company has been preparing for an auction taking place on March 27th and 28th, handled by Guernsey’s auction house, when nearly 1,000 of their long-treasured pieces of history will be sold to…
  • Get 6sqft Delivered to Your Inbox

    Alyssa Alimurung
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    We know that’s what you’re thinking. Sign up to receive our newsletter and catch up on NYC real estate, architecture and neighborhood news right in your inbox. Once you fill out either one of the forms below and click Subscribe, you’ll get a confirmation e-mail. Please make sure to click on Confirm to be put on our list. We promise not to spam your already-bursting inbox! Your info is safe with us. We’ll never share your stuff with anyone else. Click here to sign up for our DAILY newsletter, (sample) Click here to sign up for our WEEKLY newsletter, (sample)  
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  • Break Up With Craig: Zumper’s New Ad Campaign

    Devin O'Brien
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    If you live in the Bay Area, you may have seen our new ad campaign: “Break up with Craig”. Let us assure you, we have nothing personal against people named Craig. Rather, we think the process of searching and applying for an apartment should be easier. For those who haven’t heard of us, Zumper is a national home and apartment rental search site, and also the first “search through close” platform. What this means is that you can not only search for your new apartment with us, but also securely apply directly from our website, iOS, or Android app. Imagine…
  • Zumper Now Offers Complete Tenant Screening

    Devin O'Brien
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Zumper Pro now offers full tenant screening. Landlords, Brokers, and Property Managers can receive a completed rental application and a full screening report (tenant credit check and tenant background check, including eviction and criminal) simply by entering the e-mail address of an applicant into our website. Once you place your tenant background check request, the applicant receives an e-mail from Zumper with a link to complete a rental application online and pay $30 via credit card so we can generate their screening reports. Our reports are generated in just a few seconds and include the…
  • Best Things To Do In San Francisco with Kids

    Bree Bossy
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Visiting any city with a family poses the challenge of finding fun, interactive, and affordable options for entertainment. Luckily San Francisco has plenty. Below are our picks of the best things to do in SF with kids. 1. Baby Loves Disco Whoever said you can’t bring a child into a nightclub clearly hadn’t been to a Baby Loves Disco event. Every month, this national franchise transforms some of the most popular SF clubs into child proof discos for toddlers, pre-schoolers and parents wanting to let loose after nap time. But don’t mistake this for the Mickey Mouse Club. Top…
  • Best Chicago Bars to Watch March Madness If You Went To A Big Ten School

    Bree Bossy
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Tis the season for March Madness. If you’re from Chicago, you know the city is filled with Big Ten alums that know how to party. In honor of the seven Big Ten teams that made the NCAA tourney this year, we’ve handpicked the best bar for fans of each school to watch the madness unfold. 1. Will’s Northwoods Inn – University of Wisconsin Will’s Northwoods Inn is Chicago’s official Badger fan headquarters. This Sconnie sports joint will make you feel as though you never left Madison with cheese curds galore and pint deals that fly even on a college budget.
  • The Bay Area Late Night Munchies BART Map

    Gabby Nguyen
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Edit by Gabby Nguyen / Original Photo courtesy of www.winstonyao.com    There’s no natural human desire like the one to consume greasy, lip-smacking food in the dark of the night. Last year, Thrillist created one of the most useful maps in the Bay Area – a BART bar map. We decided to hone that utility and make our own useful Bay Area map – a map of the best restaurants for late night munchies/drunchies/whatever else-chies you can think of based on proximity to BART stop and, of course, level of deliciousness. Yeah, we know, the last BART usually leaves around midnight. But…
 
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    Real Estate Investor Online Marketing and Websites

  • Why You Should Use Investor Carrot Websites

    David Brown
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Investor Carrot Websites Investor Carrot is a well designed real estate investor website platform built off of the WordPress platform.  If you are familiar with WordPress and have used it be you know how easy and powerful it is.  Investor Carrot uses the most important  capabilities of WordPress and helps real estate investors get found on the internet and at the top of the search engines by utilizing the concept of content / inbound marketing. Here is why you should use Investor Carrot Websites! Here is rundown of everything that I like about the Investor Carrot Real Estate Investor…
  • 8 Different Ways To Locate Motivated Sellers

    David Brown
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    There are several things you can do to locate motivated sellers. We’ll touch on a few right now. Depending on your personality and time commitment, you’ll gravitate towards some more than others. That’s totally fine! There’s no one way to do this. 8 Ways To Locate Motivated Sellers Direct Mail Direct mail is the tried and true method when it comes to generating real estate leads and motivated sellers.   Great direct mail campaigns have the ability to capture a recipient’s attention, get them to read and process content, commit to the message, then execute a specific call to action.
  • Real Estate Investor Squeeze Pages And How They Work

    David Brown
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Internet savvy real estate investors are generating leads and doing more deals by using cheap micro- websites called squeeze pages or landing pages.  These real estate investor squeeze pages are built to capture leads when a visitor hits the page. Real Estate Investor Squeeze Pages Squeeze pages have been used online for a decade or so and they have evolved quite a bit over the years.  Today there are all kinds of new pages, concepts, and flashy new options to help increase conversions.  You’ll see videos on many squeeze pages, pictures, audio, some are fancy looking… others are very…
  • How To Attract More Leads To Your Real Estate Investor Website

    David Brown
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Building a great looking real estate investor website is just one part of the overall picture for a real estate investing company’s success online and attracting more leads into your real estate business. Most investors don’t really understand the importance of getting the right real estate website online.  They don’t understand that getting a website online is all about having it out there for people to find so you can generate leads for you business.  95% of most real estate investors and agents  forget that a website should really exist for one reason and one reason…
  • Financing your deals with private money lenders

    David Brown
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Financing your deals is the most important thing in developing your real estate investing business, and finding a private money lender and hard money lenders should be something you look for daily. Find A Private Money Lender Now With traditional financing being very tight for investors it’s time to search out other alternatives. The best alternative is finding a private lender and hard money lenders. Despite the economy there is still a tremendous amount of money out there and because of the economy a lot of this money is sitting on the sidelines. A lot of investors have taken their money…
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • Your Property Presentation Checklist

    Anita Clark Realtor
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Your Property Presentation Checklist A good property presentation should be carried out if you intend to sell your property. The appearance of your home is the first thing that prospective buyers will notice; make sure you make a fantastic first impression by following these simple tips. Here is your property presentation checklist to ensure your […] The post Your Property Presentation Checklist appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in February 2015

    Anita Clark Realtor
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in February 2015 Consumers…your wait is over! Many potential sellers have been asking “What is my Warner Robins GA home worth in February 2015″. That question and others will definitely be answered in this real estate report. This sellers real estate market (4+ months of available inventory) […] The post What is my Warner Robins GA Home Worth in February 2015 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Perry GA Home Worth in February 2015

    Anita Clark Realtor
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:43 pm
    What is my Perry GA Home Worth in February 2015 Spring is arriving and it is bringing new buyers with it which is prompting sellers to ask “What is my Perry GA home worth in February 2015?“. In this buyers market (nearly 9 months of available inventory) there are plenty of homes for consumers to […] The post What is my Perry GA Home Worth in February 2015 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in February 2015

    Anita Clark Realtor
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in February 2015 Spring is in the air, which has prompted some consumers to ask “What is my Kathleen GA home worth in February 2015?”. They have certainly come to the right place to get that question and others answered! This market currently favors sellers (4+ months of […] The post What is my Kathleen GA Home Worth in February 2015 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • What to Look For When Choosing a Storage Facility

    Anita Clark Realtor
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Things to Consider When Choosing a Storage Facility There comes a time when you need to downsize but letting go of your possessions is not that easy. Or maybe you need a temporary place to store all your stuff as you make a transition. Perhaps you need a long-term storage option. Whatever the case, finding […] The post What to Look For When Choosing a Storage Facility appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
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  • Becoming A Real Estate Agent – Learn What Industry Experts Would Tell Themselves About Getting Started As A Realtor

    Tyler Zey
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:37 pm
    The cool thing about writing on Easy Agent Pro is how many people I get to interact with on a daily basis.  There are just so many interesting stories from realtors about being a real estate agent.  So today, I’m going to break down everything it takes to become a real estate agent through letting you tell your story. I asked some of the most active realtors online to talk about becoming a real estate agent.  What you’ll find below are short stories, around 300 words, describing various stories about being a new realtor. Here is the question I asked everyone about becoming a…
  • 6 Bullet Proof Ways To Get Listings Without Cold Calling

    Tyler Zey
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    Does anyone actually like cold calling?  I’m definitely not a natural cold caller.  And I’m assuming there are a fair number of you out there who would rather generate listings through other methods.  So, I’m focusing on providing the best tactics for you get more listings, listing leads, and ultimately more money all without you having to do cold calling. FREE PDF OF OUR 200 REAL ESTATE MARKETING IDEAS 1) Target Divorcees This is a slightly taboo topic but presents a great opportunity for agents looking for listings.  Did you know that most judges mandate that couples…
  • 10 Power Tips For Using Social Media To Sell A House

    Tyler Zey
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Struggling to sell the house you just listed? Social media has a couple of solutions for you!  There are a lot of things you can do to market the house online. Today, I’m going to break down 10 tips for using social media to sell a house. Click here to download my 10 Power Tips For Using Social Media To Sell A House Download PDF 1) Real Estate Farming Facebook Page – Social Media To Sell A House What if you could get a bunch of people to like a Facebook page dedicated to real estate near you?  That would be amazing! Home buyers are looking for homes in very specific locations.
  • 9 Must-Do Twitter Marketing Tactics For Real Estate Agents

    Tyler Zey
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Is Twitter For Real Estate Agents? Twitter was the hardest social network for me to understand.  I know how to use Facebook, Pinterest just makes sense since I read a lot of blogs, and Google Plus is great for SEO.  But it took me a while to figure out how to use Twitter. So, today I’m going to be breaking down some of the best Twitter marketing tactics I know of! I’m going to try my best to tie each of these tactics back to lead generation for you! So here we go: Click here to download this tip as a PDF! Free PDF Download Positioning Statement – Twitter For Real Estate…
  • 9 Real Estate Tools And Apps To Use To Close More Deals

    Tyler Zey
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Did you ever use a new app and say: “I wish I knew about that sooner?” I know I have.  The problem always seems to be that there isn’t enough time in the day. How many of you have things on your to-do list that seem to always be there? Are you always missing those follow-ups with older leads? Click here to download a PDF of the top real estate tools Top Tools Download Well, I have the solution for you! These real estate tools and apps will help you close more deals this year.  I use all of them in my business.  They’ve all tremendously improved my life and…
 
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  • Comment on Foreclosure Apartment Investing: Earn Huge Profits Tonight by Rahul

    Rahul
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    YEP it does have negative iupmctbat not as bad as foreclosureYou need your lender’s agreement for this to workWith negative equity and the value of the home being less than the amount of the mortgage, you do a short sale. . . .lender must agreeOther options are Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure worse impact, keeping home but renting it out if you can get high enough rental to cover mortgage and buy you some time for market to recoverTALK to your lender and see what your options are with them, talk to more than one person at your lender References : real estate attorney Was this answer…
  • Comment on Rental Housing Profits on the Rise by Edimar

    Edimar
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    I am interested in a rnaetl list of properties to see what price and availability, I am in Texas and saw the Villages on internet where are you and are you close to water?Thanks
  • Comment on Will The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act be Extended through 2014? by Aline

    Aline
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    I believe you have anseerwd your own question. As far as I remember, bridge financing ,allows you to purchase the NEW dwelling, while your money is held up waiting for the sale of your existing dwelling. Yes as far as I know, (check with any large Real Estate Companies, there are tons on the net! You must be very diligent in your paperwork if your going to do this When listing your existing residence, you must have a clause in there protecting yourself. I personally would first sell your residence, then buy the new one!(are you afraid you won’t get the new house you want?) or (were you…
  • Comment on How to Find and Close Motivated Sellers by Rosli

    Rosli
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    NICE Brian, way to hang in there. STILL about to close my first deal with this particular sysetm. I’m days away’ from final written approval from the gate-keeper’, (per BofA). I’ll let you know.Will you be in Vegas for FixAFlip?Ciao.
  • Comment on Foreclosure Auction Success and the WSJ by Andr

    Andr
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    - I seriously gasepd when I saw this card the first time, i would die to have a picture of my kids that adorable. I sure hope you are blowing it up big and beautiful soon, if so you will have to show us next month when we come visit!!!
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  • American Mortgage Corporation Explains: Mortgage Closing Costs

    American Mortgage Corporation
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    MORTGAGE CLOSING COSTS ARE ON THE RISE Mortgage rates are near their lowest levels of 2015 with many consumers now report getting loan APRs in the mid-3s. However, as mortgage rates drop, closing costs are rising. According to Bankrate.com, though, mortgage closing costs are 6 percent higher as compared to last year. Following new loan regulations and installing additional financial safeguards has added to bank costs, which banks have passed on to consumers. There are ways to limit what you’ll pay to the bank at closing, though, and to ensure you get a better loan, too. Avoiding the…
  • Mortgage Rates Have Put Millions Of U.S. Homeowners In The Money To Refinance

    American Mortgage Corporation
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Since late-2014, mortgage rates have been below four percent, which has opened refinance opportunities for millions of U.S. households. After last weeks drop, current mortgage rates are now near their lowest levels of the year, and within striking distance of the all-time low for the 30-year fixed. 15-year mortgage rates are in the 2s, on average. It’s an excellent time to consider a refinance and homeowners nationwide are beginning to catch on. According to the Federal Home Finance Agency (FHFA), refinance activity is at its highest point since mid-2013 and, relative to purchase loans,…
  • New Home Sales at Highest Pace Since 2008

    American Mortgage Corporation
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Sales of new construction turned in another strong month last month. According to the Census Bureau, February’s New Home Sales jumped 8% from the month prior, posting the highest annualized sales total in more than seven years Demand for homes is high. The inventory of homes for sale is scarce. Today’s low mortgage rates are helping to stoke demand. The conventional 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate has averaged less than four percent for all of 2015, and is near its lowest point s