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  • Welcome to the Guesthouse

    WSJ.com: Real Estate
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Sometimes offices, sometimes crash pads for Junior, guesthouses are enjoying a moment, even if they're rarely being used to house actual guests.
  • In some housing markets, all-cash deals still rule

    Home mortgage rates and real estate news - CNNMoney.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Buying a home? You still have to compete against the big money bringing all-cash. But it's getting a little easier.
  • IREM report: Shopping centers generating more income

    REJournals.com
    Dan Rafter
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    Shopping centers across the country are generating more sales and income, based on the latest findings from Chicago-based IREM. The association’s 2014 Income/Expense Analysis: Shopping Centers reports that the median income for open shopping centers across the country stood at $17.18 a square foot in 2013. That’s up from $16.18 a square foot in 2012. At the same time, the costs to operate shopping centers fell. The report found that the operating costs of open shopping centers fell to $5.07 a square foot in 2013 from $5.20 a square foot one year earlier. The IREM study looks at…
  • How to Accurately Price your House

    Keith Flenniken
    Keith Flenniken
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:57 am
    Keith Flenniken is an expert in real estate and even founded his own company, Flenniken Enterprises. He and his team have a knack for transforming undervalued properties and selling them for a profit. A key to success in the industry is knowing how to accurately price a property. These and other tips can be accessed through his personal tumblr page. Naturally, home sellers are looking to sell their properties for the highest amount possible- and quickly. According to an article on realestate.msn.com, there are ten things to remember to price your house right. 1. Comps are perhaps the most…
  • 5 sales metrics real estate brokers shouldn't be ignoring

    Inman News
    Laura Monroe
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Did you miss our webinar last week? As part of our Broker Success series we had a great discussion with our expert panelists, and learned how great Pipeline ROI is for helping brokers achieve the results they are looking for. Catch the summary and replay below! ...
 
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  • LDS real estate arms swap Arizona land for $104M

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Two real estate arms of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have swapped ownership of land in the outer suburbs of Phoenix. Property Reserve Inc. has sold at least 16 parcels to Suburban Land Reserve Inc. for $104.2 million, according to Maricopa County Records. Both companies are real estate affiliates of the Mormon Church. Both are also major buyers of real estate across the U.S. and the Southwest. Real estate industry officials say the land sale between LDS brethren companies involves…
  • Dallas' Gaedeke Group to invest $3.8M in Oak Lawn Plaza redo

    Candace Carlisle
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Dallas-based real estate investment firm Gaedeke Group LLC plans to bankroll a major renovation for Oak Lawn Plaza, an office building located in the high-trafficked entry to the Dallas North Tollway from the city's urban core. The firm is one of a number of investment groups banking on the city's rising real estate values and putting money into their own office properties. Other office buildings, such as Thanksgiving Tower, Bank of America Plaza and 2100 Ross, are in the midst of multimillion…
  • MIG Real Estate drops $35.5 million on Arizona deal

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    A Southern California that already owns business hotels, an office complex and multifamily properties in the Phoenix area has bought a Chandler, Ariz. apartment complex for $35.5 million MIG Real Estate purchased the 234-unit Symphony Apartments in Chandler near Frye and Dobson roads. There have been a slew of apartment complex sales including a good number involving California buyers and sellers. CBRE brokers Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham and Asher Gunter negotiated the sale. The seller was…
  • Transaction Action: Land next to Pearl Brewery development on the sales block

    Tricia Lynn Silva
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This special online feature details the real-estate sales, leases, new assignments and other deals that have recently taken place in San Antonio and other parts of Texas. Every week, we will post a new listing of some of the latest real estate news for our readers. Have some newsworthy real estate news to share? Contact real estate reporter Tricia Lynn Silva at tsilva@bizjournals.com. Sold! The Point Royale Apartment Homes has changed hands. Joe James, Kent Myers and J. Patrick Burke of the Austin…
  • New Clorox Building tenants gobble Oakland office space

    Adam Weintraub
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Two offices leases have filled up about one-fourth of all the vacant office space in the Clorox headquarters building at 1221 Broadway in Oakland, including one tenant that will relocate from offices in San Francisco. The deals, signed in the past week or so, will tighten up the Oakland Class A office market and show that the rising rents and competition for space in San Francisco are making Oakland look like a viable alternative for more potential tenants. As recently as August 1, the 520,000-square…
 
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  • The investment performance of REITs

    James
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    This graph shows the investment performance of real estate investment trusts over the past decade. As you can see, they plunged during the housing crash, but have since fully recovered and continue growing.
  • Robert Shiller wins Nobel Prize in Economics

    James
    14 Oct 2013 | 6:18 am
    Yale Professor Robert Shiller has won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel:Three American professors — Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J. Shiller — were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science on Monday for showing that asset prices move unpredictably in the short term but with greater predictability over longer periods. . . .Mr. Fama, 74, was honored for showing that asset prices are “extremely hard to predict over short horizons.” . . .Mr. Shiller, 67, would later introduce an important caveat to the idea that markets…
  • Why the prolonged economic slump? One word: Housing.

    James
    17 Aug 2012 | 7:20 pm
    Economist Dean Baker writes about a recent research paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland:The study goes on to note the extraordinary weakness in housing in this recovery and point out that this weakness could explain much of the weakness of the recovery.While the study notes that there are questions of causation (a weak recovery could lead to weakness in housing), there can be little doubt that if residential construction had returned to its pre-recession level, as had been the case by this point in all prior post-war recoveries, the economy would be back near full employment.Of…
  • S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index falls again

    James
    29 May 2012 | 6:57 am
    In the first quarter of 2012, the S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index fell 1.9% year-over-year:Data through March 2012, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that all three headline composites ended the first quarter of 2012 at new post-crisis lows. The national composite fell by 2.0% in the first quarter of 2012 and was down 1.9% versus the first quarter of 2011. The 10- and 20-City Composites posted respective annual returns of -2.8% and -2.6% in March 2012. Month-over-month, their…
  • Housing recovery a long way off

    James
    23 May 2012 | 2:36 am
    In a CNBC editorial, Michael Yoshikami argues that a housing market recovery is still a long way away:Housing starts were surprisingly strong this week, while there was improving sentiment from home builders. So should we start to breathe a sigh of relief that the housing market is returning to health? The short answer is no. The headlines say that housing is stabilizing and there are signs of life in the real estate sector. This is true but is only part of the story. Signs of life is far different than a return to healthier times.While KB Homes and Toll Brothers are reporting sales…
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  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – August 20 2014

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

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

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

    SoldAtTheTop
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) publishes the results of a weekly applications survey that covers roughly 50 percent of all residential mortgage originations and tracks the average interest rate for 30 year and 15 year fixed rate mortgages as well as the volume of both purchase and refinance applications. The purchase application index has been highlighted as a particularly important data series as it very broadly captures the demand side of residential real estate for both new and existing home purchases. The latest data is showing that the average rate for a 30 year fixed rate…
  • Construction Spending: June 2014

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

  • GM unveils Chandler IT center, plans to employ 1,000 at capacity

    Emily Overholt
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    General Motors was a long way from Detroit with the unveiling of its 170,000-square-foot Information Technology Innovation Center in Chandler Friday morning. The center, which has half of its expected 1,000 employees already working, is a score for Chandler and its Price Road Corridor, which already houses Intel Corp. and Microchip Technology Inc. This is the fourth Innovation Center in the country, with other sites in Georgia, Texas and Michigan. "GM is exactly the type of technology employer…
  • Dallas' Gaedeke Group to invest $3.8M in Oak Lawn Plaza redo

    Candace Carlisle
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Dallas-based real estate investment firm Gaedeke Group LLC plans to bankroll a major renovation for Oak Lawn Plaza, an office building located in the high-trafficked entry to the Dallas North Tollway from the city's urban core. The firm is one of a number of investment groups banking on the city's rising real estate values and putting money into their own office properties. Other office buildings, such as Thanksgiving Tower, Bank of America Plaza and 2100 Ross, are in the midst of multimillion…
  • Better Bricks: Deal of the Year winner adds a second key tenant

    Andy Giegerich
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Park Avenue West has enlisted its second key tenant. Washington Trust Bank announced Friday it would move its Oregon regional headquarters onto the under-construction downtown tower's 18th floor when the structure is completed in 2016. Washington Trust joins Stoel Rives, Park Avenue West's anchor tenant, in the 546,000-square-foot building next to the Fox Tower. The building won a Better Bricks Commercial Real Estate Award for TMT Development, the project's developer. Washington Trust will occupy…
  • Minneapolis hotel developer stakes claim in big Redmond project

    Marc Stiles
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A Minneapolis company called CSM is the latest real estate developer to jump on the "let's build a hotel in the Puget Sound region" bandwagon. According to public records, CSM this week paid Capstone Partners $7.8 million for nearly one-and-three-quarter acres in Capstone's Esterra Park project, a 28-acre mixed-use development in Redmond near Microsoft's campus. CSM will build a hotel on the Esterra Park's northwest corner next to a future light-rail stop, Capstone Principal Mike Hubbard said Friday.…
  • Better Bricks: A touching tribute from the Bill Naito Co.

    Wendy Culverwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Renovating a historic building in the middle of downtown is a messy, noisy business. So when The Bill Naito Co. initiated a $20-plus million renovation of The Galleria, 921 S.W. Morrison in 2012, to accommodate CityTarget, there were bound to be complaints about noise, traffic and parking. Boy were there, says CEO Bill Barendrick, CEO. Guests at the Governor Hotel (now the Sentinel) weren't happy to be awakened by construction noise. Nearby residents complained as did businesses. Barendrick jokes…
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    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate

  • Sam Zell, Ex-Partner Face Off in Emerging Markets

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Since an acrimonious split, Sam Zell and his former partner Gary Garrabrant have kept their distance. Now they are preparing to square off on turf they once conquered together: emerging-markets real estate.
  • Plots & Ploys: News Summary

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    MediaNews Group is putting its real estate on the block; Investors are pouring money into health-care properties; Swedish construction giant Skanska invests in more public-infrastructure projects.
  • U.S. Construction Shifts to Second Tier

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Construction projects in cities across the country that stalled during the economic downturn now are getting the green light, an indication that the real-estate recovery is spreading beyond a handful of urban areas.
  • Casinos Chase New York City Proximity

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    With three failing Atlantic City casinos slated to close their doors within the next month, officials near New York City are pushing shiny new gaming facilities harder than ever.
  • Many Visitors but Few Tenants

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Governors Island attracts many seasonal visitors but also faces many stumbling blocks in luring year-round tenants to the 172-acre off the southern tip of Manhattan.
 
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  • ACLU: Ferguson death report violates law

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Police report on Michael Brown's shooting death violates Missouri open records laws: ACLU.
  • Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
  • Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    DONETSK, Russia (AP) — Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine began returning to Russia on Saturday.
  • Paris to celebrate end to Nazi rule 70 years later

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    PARIS (AP) — Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Iran refuses UN nuclear watchdog access to Parchin base

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    Iran will not give UN nuclear inspectors access to a military base outside Tehran that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, Defence Minister Hossein Dehgan said on Saturday. Dehgan's comments, reported by the ISNA news agency, came just two days before a deadline for Iran to answer historic allegations of a military dimension to its nuclear research. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Yukiya Amano, who visited Tehran earlier this month, had said in June that access to the Parchin base was essential for the watchog to be able to certify Iran's nuclear programme…
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • Executive Spotlight, Alex Cohen, Liberty SBF

    Suzann Silverman
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    By Leah Etling, Contributing Writer As a global traveler with an interest in concept restaurants and hospitality, it’s safe to assume Alex Cohen has discerning taste. As co-founder & CEO of Philadelphia-based Liberty SBF, he applies his good judgment to small-balance loans for commercial assets, including a focus on the limited/select-service hospitality market. Attention to niche products has helped Liberty grow quickly and capitalize on post-recession opportunities in multiple sectors. With forays into owner-occupied commercial, multi-family and capital improvement projects, Liberty…
  • Guest Column: Corporate Distribution Sales Continue to Drive Industrial Capital Markets

    Suzann Silverman
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    By Erik Foster Amazon is often in the spotlight today due to its rapid growth, strong dominance in the e-commerce world and the ripple effect it has on commercial real estate. As we look more closely at the industrial distribution market, however, there are millions of products that are bought, sold and moved through distribution facilities outside of the Amazon model. This is creatingopportunities for institutional investors who want to tap into the recovering industrial market—opportunities that are increasing with the improving economy and the recovery. Vacancy rates in various regions…
  • MARKET SNAPSHOT: Flat is the New Up in Albuquerque

    Suzann Silverman
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor The Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area is still lagging in its ongoing efforts to pull out of the deepest and longest recession since the 1930s. A growing list of casualties have included businesses that drowned because they couldn’t hang on any longer, those that pulled up stakes to try their luck somewhere else, and families who have left the state. The interest the city once triggered among investors is much decreased. However, there are a few promising spots, specifically the three T’s: Tourism – returning tourists are helping to boost…
  • IREM Operating Expenses Study: Mixed Bag of Results for Federally Subsidized Properties

    MichaelR
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor In the post-Great Recession climate, federally subsidized housing is perhaps more important than ever. But aside from high demand, the year-over-year benchmarks for the various forms of this housing class are anything but consistent, as noted in the Institute of Real Estate Management’s 2014 edition of the Income/Expense Analysis: Federally Assisted Apartments study. Federally subsidized housing consists of much more than Section 8 Family properties; it also encompasses Section 202, Section 221(d)3, Section 236 and Section 8 Elderly/Handicap…
  • Officials Unveil Major Brownfield Redevelopment Project at Pittsburgh International Airport

    Adriana
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor A public private partnership involving Pennsylvania, Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Airport Authority is planning the construction of an international trade center complex right next to Pittsburgh International Airport. Slated to rise on a brownfield site of about 195 acres, the new Pittsburgh International Airport World Trade Center is envisioned to include over one million square feet of Class A office space, 90,000 square feet for research and development and a 400-room hotel with convention space. There will also be land available for up to six…
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  • Flood-prone markets recovering from insurance scare

    Inman News
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Fears of a drastic increases in federal flood insurance premiums dented home prices in Louisiana's St. Charles Parish in the first half of the year, but the market has settled down and pretty much returned to normal since the passage ...
  • It's time to tell agents they can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

    J. Philip Faranda
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    This past weekend, an agent in my local market was holding a new construction home open when two men arrived, said they worked for the builder and were there to pick up materials. As they loaded their truck, she became ...
  • Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

    Lou Barnes
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    The world is a better-looking place than one week ago, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whispered "Bang" today but did not shoot. Thus the great barometer, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, rose a bit in yield, from 2.33 percent ...
  • 5 sales metrics real estate brokers shouldn't be ignoring

    Laura Monroe
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Did you miss our webinar last week? As part of our Broker Success series we had a great discussion with our expert panelists, and learned how great Pipeline ROI is for helping brokers achieve the results they are looking for. Catch the summary and replay below! ...
  • Ditch the 'Monkey Bars Approach' to thrive in real estate sales

    Bret Calltharp
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Viewers tuning in to CBS to watch “I Love Lucy” on a September evening 62 years ago might not have known that they were about to witness one of the most iconic scenes in sitcom history. Thanks to reruns, countless viewers around the globe have since watched Ricky challenge Lucy to get a job for a week, leading her and her best friend, Ethel, to get a job in a candy factory as candy wrappers ...
 
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  • What we’re reading: Aug. 16-22

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

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

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

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

    Dave
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    This month, NAR’s Library eBook special collection focuses on home staging, organizing, and decluttering. We’ve gathered our existing staging titles together in one place and supplemented them with some new ones too. Click on the link to ‘Staging Secrets’ in the far left column, just under the REALTOR® ‘R’. The collection features everything from the basic Home Staging that Works to broader topics on Decluttering Secrets, and books that bring in ideas from fung shui to help you lead a more organized life. There are even titles on how to start your own…
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • Trusted Real Estate Referrals by Location

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

    Drew Meyers
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Imraan Ali, co-founder of NuOffer. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? I’ve been a practicing Realtor in Los Angeles for 10 years and am a co-founder and the CEO of NuOffer: a mobile offer writing application. Why do You Do What you Do? I receive great satisfaction from serving others. In the role of Realtors our team helps buyers and sellers. As a real estate software maker our team gets to help people on a larger scale. What are you most excited about right now? Three things: When…
  • Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Michael Wurzer

    Drew Meyers
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Michael Wurzer, President of FBS. Without further adieu, here’s a bit more from his own mouth… What do you do? I’m President and CEO of FBS, which creates the Flexmls line of real estate software. I’m privileged to work with 70 other employee-owners (FBS is 100% employee owned) all dedicated to the future of MLS and real estate software. FBS has been serving MLSs for over 30 years and the last few years have been the most exciting as our vision for the future of the MLS industry is taking hold as we’ve won…
  • Redfin + Matterport. 3D is Here.

    Drew Meyers
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Apparently Redfin folks agree with me; Matterport is the real deal. They just released their 3D tours today… Click here to view the embedded video. Which major brokerage is next in line? The post Redfin + Matterport. 3D is Here. appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.
  • Everdwell

    Drew Meyers
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Everdwell launched, and got featured on TechCrunch. A few thoughts: 1. The problem isn’t that amazing tools don’t exist. The problem is most agents and brokers aren’t willing to spend what it costs for a great product. The high end of the San Francisco is not a good test case to see if this is a viable offering that can scale across the whole country. 2. The most amazing website on the planet, is completely useless if no one sees it. How is Everdwell going to help their clients with that? There is some value for technology products that require agents to market them on…
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    Mortgage News Daily

  • MBS RECAP: Mid-Day Volatility False-Alarm; Back to Sleep for Markets

    Matthew Graham
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryWith limited interruptions, bond markets have been sleepwalking since most of the summer. While that has afforded them some measure of forward progress, it's been slow going, and far from coherent. Today was no exception as a series of events that would have historically motivated more of a change, instead leave trading levels very much in line with yesterday's latest levels. They also happen to be about mid range for the week. As for the events that swung and missed, there were headlines out of Ukraine and of course Fed Chair Yellen's Jackson Hole Speech.
  • Mortgage Rates at a Standstill Just Above 2014 Lows

    Matthew Graham
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates moved lower for a second straight day following a much-anticipated speech from Federal Reserve Chair Yellen in Jackson Hole. While she didn't break any new ground in terms of what we should expect from Fed policy, there was some temporary volatility in the markets that underlie mortgage rates late this morning. Headlines concerning Ukraine/Russia tension and European market movements all contributed, but by early afternoon, it was all for naught. Bond markets (which include the mortgage-backed-securities that dictate mortgage rates), settled down…
  • MBS MID-DAY: Here's How Pathetic the Apparent J-Hole Knee-Jerk Really Was

    Matthew Graham
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryJ-Hole Knee-Jerk: A brief, but volatile market reaction to Fed Chair Yellen's speech at the Jackson Hole symposium. That's been the day's primary story, at least on the surface . Bigger media outlets will attribute the volatility to Yellen's speech and headlines out of Ukraine. That's OK. They don't know any better, but you can. The truth is the same as it has been : domestic bond markets really aren't sure what the game plan is. Big conviction has been punished so volatility stays low as a result. Markets are resigned to follow European…
  • CFPB's eClosing Pilot Program Details; Homeownership Counseling; PACE Update

    Rob Chrisman
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Posted To: Pipeline PressThe race to the bottom, in terms of guidelines or razor-thin pricing margins , prompted on industry vet to send me, "There's a lot of space in the mortgage cemetery." Names like Thornburg, Countrywide, or WAMU are left to discussions of lawsuits, but plenty of firms, and their names, are alive and kicking. For example, Cole Taylor Mortgage is now part of MB Financial Bank ("MB Financial, Inc. completes acquisition of Taylor Capital; Cole Taylor Bank is merged into MB Financial Bank"). And regarding news yesterday that Pinnacle Mortgage Group is being acquired by UAMC,…
  • MBS Day Ahead: What's up With This 'Jackson Hole' Business?

    Matthew Graham
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryYellen delivers the keynote speech at Jackson Hole today. What does that even mean? I remember being somewhat perplexed by the unclear significance of Jackson Hole , and am only slightly less perplexed now. But hopefully if you've found yourself wondering "what's up with this Jackson Hole business," this will bring a bit more clarity. First of all, from here on out, it saves time to simply say "J Hole." This also sounds funny when you say it out loud. With that out of the way, let's begin to understand J-Hole with an analogy based on…
 
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  • Where are the hottest real estate markets in Silicon Valley?

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

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

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

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

    CJ Brasiel
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    I love these imaginative uses for the nooks and crannies in a home to make it more fun and take advantage of every inch of space available. Sometimes it just takes a fresh eye on your available space to come up with creative ways to solve a problem or make elements of your home more […]
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    National Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group

  • Lease Up (Aug. 18-22): Duke Realty Lands Two Big HQs Assignments

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    ChannelAdvisor Signs for 136,500 SF of Office Space ChannelAdvisor Corp. and Duke Realty entered into a new headquarters office lease for Suites 100, 300, 400, and 500, comprising 136,538 rentable square feet of a building to be constructed by landlord at 3025 Carrington Mill Blvd. in Morrisville, North Carolina. The term of the lease commences on the completion date, which is targeted to be Oct. 15, 2015. The initial term of the lease is for...
  • Group Led By Atlas Capital Agrees to Buy EVOQ For $357M

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Downtown Los Angeles commercial property owner EVOQ Properties, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by affiliates of Atlas Capital Investors III, LLC, Square Mile Capital Management, LLC, and USAA Real Estate Co. in a transaction valued at $357.4 million. EVOQ Propertiesannounced in February that it was exploring potential strategic options, including a possible sale. The deal has been approved by the EVOQ board of directors and its largest stockholder...
  • $573 Million Loss Means Another Real Estate Tune Up for Sears Holdings

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    More retail space changes are coming for Sears Holdings Corp., which reported a net loss $573 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to a $194 million loss for the same period a year ago. “Our second quarter earnings are unacceptable and we are taking steps to address our performance on several levels. This includes reducing costs as we evolve our business model, investing in our Shop Your Way and Integrated Retail customer initiatives...
  • Commercial Construction Is Back On the Drafting Board

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Government statistics and the latest reports from the design and construction sectors suggest that the growing number of cranes dotting the country's CBDs and suburbs won't be leveling off any time soon. According to the latest report by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Architecture Billings Index hit its highest level since 2007 in July as robust demand for design services continues to spread across all U.S. regions and construction...
  • Amazon Goes the Last Mile for Delivery With New 'Sortation' Centers

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    In 1994, Amazon.com’s real estate and logistics requirements fit tidily into founder Jeff Bezos’s SUV and Bellevue, WA home. "Nineteen years ago, I drove the Amazon packages to the post office every evening in the back of my Chevy Blazer. My vision extended so far that I dreamed we might one day get a forklift," the president and CEO of the e-commerce giant said in a recent letter to shareholders. "Fast-forward to today and we have 96 fulfillment...
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    Dennis Fassett | Cash Flow Real Estate Investing | The Cash Flow Mercenary

  • Rational Thought from the Fed?

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

    Dennis Fassett
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    In this episode I talk to my good friend Dave Sullivan. Dave is a classic buy-and-hold investor. He characterizes it as “regular guy” investing. My business is pretty similar to his – and so I agree with his characterization. It’s not sexy – there are no frills. But the cash flow keeps rolling in month […]
  • Another Zillow Fail – Being a Landlord Is Most Profitable in These 10 Areas

    Dennis Fassett
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    This is nutso. Plain crazy nutso. Call it Zillow in Wonderland instead of Alice in Wonderland. Zillow – who you know has a sterling reputation for accuracy <cough cough> has struck again. In this installment of Zillow-Does-Real Estate, they give their opinion as to what the best rental markets in the country are. (I’ve included […]
  • The First 50 Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms

    Dennis Fassett
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    I found a great article in the Huffington Post regarding Crowdfunding. It was written by Jorge Newbery, and a link to the article is included at the end. From less than 10 a year ago to over 50 today, real estate crowdfunding platforms are sprouting up like World Cup fans in the United States. The […]
  • REITD 013: Todd Brittingham and John Rospierski – New Construction Builders

    Dennis Fassett
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    In this episode I talk to Todd Brittingham and John Rospierski. Together they formed a new build construction company about a year ago. John’s background is in homebuilding, and Todd and his wife Kelly are real estate investors here in the metro are. I’m having Kelly on the show in a couple of weeks to […]
 
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    1000watt

  • Friday Flash: the game ain’t over

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

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

    Marc Davison
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca Every so often, the ground shakes beneath our industry. Online listings. Banks. “Discounters”. Now the latest tremor: the rumored Zillow acquisition of Trulia. This past week, Wall Street rallied. Analysts riddled the airwaves. Bloggers and social medialites pelted predictions. The wave of distraction so common in our industry reared up…again. I don’t know what’s coming next. But if this deal happens, I’ll watch and observe.
  • The 24-hour website workout

    Brian Boero
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Over the past seven years, 1000watt has worked with countless brokerages, franchisors and real estate tech companies to re-imagine the face and story they present in the digital world. This takes time. Discovery, strategy, content development, information architecture, wireframing, visuals, copywriting, coding, QA… it’s a process – one we’ve never been very public about. It’s also much more than “designing a website.” We need to create an expression of a brand, account for myriad business rules and keep the strategic objective in mind. So it was a bit of a…
  • Realogy buys ZipRealty – quick thoughts

    Brian Boero
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Realogy announced today that it intends to by ZipRealty for $166 million in cash. This is a really, really smart move. Congratulations to all involved. I’m just headed into the Inman show, but thought I’d jot down a few thoughts: I’ve taken a close look at Zip’s technology over the past few months, and they’ve made great strides. They recently began making their entire tech platform – mobile/desktop website, CRM, etc. – available to other brokerages on a white-label basis and early progress was good.  They have a very sleek mobile web version of…
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    Zillow Blog

  • Sold: Julia Stiles’ Gramercy Park Condo

    Emily Heffter
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Source: IMDb Actress Julia Stiles has sold her condo in New York’s Gramercy Park for $2.7 million. Stiles was last seen on the big screen in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Right now, she’s starring with James Wirt in an off-Broadway play called “Phoenix.” She first listed the condo at 310 E 15th St #3B last summer. Stiles’ father bought the 2,081-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo in 2004, but her name is on the property records as the seller. The unit has a private rooftop deck and a balcony off the living room. Each of the upstairs bedrooms has…
  • July Data: Buying Is a Bargain, But Renting Remains Expensive

    Cory Hopkins
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Buying a home remains a real bargain compared to renting in most areas nationwide, as the share of income typically needed to afford the average home is much lower today than it was in the past. But while buying a home is a great deal, for those current renters looking to buy — particularly millennials — saving up the necessary down payment can be a real challenge as rents keep rising. Zillow’s July Real Estate Market Reports examined both mortgage affordability and rental affordability nationwide and in dozens of large markets. U.S. home buyers should currently expect to pay 15.3…
  • How to Own a Vacation Home With Friends

    Vera Gibbons
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:43 pm
    If you’re in the market for a vacation home but are looking to minimize costs as real estate prices rise and you face a stagnant paycheck, you might be considering going in with trusted friends or family members. Assuming you go that route, here are a few things to keep in mind so that you don’t turn your dream house into a nightmare. Decide how the property will be used Conflicts will arise if you approach the purchase of this second home with different assumptions. For example, one party may view the home as a money-making rental unit and may be fixated on its investment potential; the…
  • What You Can Buy for $300,000

    Sharona Ott
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:43 pm
    With fall approaching, those imagining a change of scenery may be inspired to seek out a new home. It is no secret that housing markets vary across the United States. The types of homes offered at a specific price can vastly differ between neighborhoods, counties, states and regions. Curious how much house you can get for your money in other parts of the country? Here’s what $300,000 can buy in cities across the United States. Portland, OR 10036 N Midway Ave, Portland, OR For sale: $290,700 This 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home boasts an open floor plan with dark hardwood floors and a…
  • States With the Most Million-Dollar Homes

    Emily Heffter
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    With home values rising across the country, $1 million doesn’t buy you what it used to. In fact, in some states, more than 10 percent of all homes are worth $1 million or more. Here are the states that have the highest percentage of $1 million homes, and an example of what you can get for $1 million in each. Rhode Island There are lots of big-money abodes packed into this tiny state. Of 283,239 homes, 7,206 are worth more than $1 million. This cedar-shake 3-bedroom at 92 Coggeshall Ave in Newport is newly-renovated and listed for just under $1 million. See more homes for sale in…
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    Trulia Corporate Blog

  • Congratulations to Trulia’s $50K Home Giveaway Winner – Teresa W. of Charlotte, FL!

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

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

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

    Daisy Kong
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Today, we’ve updated our privacy policy and terms of use to harmonize them across the Trulia family of companies. We encourage you to review them. Thanks!
  • Don’t Miss Out On Your Perfect Home or Apartment

    Korina Buhler
    15 May 2014 | 5:01 am
    In today’s competitive real estate market it’s crucial to be the first to know about new homes and apartments as soon as they come on the market. That’s why Trulia is now providing instant alerts of newly listed homes near your current location. The nearby home alerts feature is available on both the iPhone and Android versions of the Trulia app, and will alert you of any new homes — either rentals or homes for sale, the choice is yours—listed in the last 24 hours. Because it is the only real estate app to offer this kind of functionality, it truly can help you stay ahead of the…
 
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    The BiggerPockets Blog

  • The 5 “Better” Questions to Ask In Order Achieve Your Goals In Real Estate!

    Matt Faircloth
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hello again. Liz back with this week’s blog post! I don’t know about you, but I feel like 2014 has flown by incredibly fast!  As the summer months come to a close, I am sure many of you are like me – thinking and planning for the last four months of the year. The last quarter of the year is always crazy busy for people – both personally and professionally.  Between getting kids back to school, businesses trying to complete projects before year end, dealing with the chaos of the holiday season – the last quarter of the year is always a busy time of year for…
  • 10 Incredible Real Estate Phenomenons You Probably Haven’t Seen Before!

    Seth Williams
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    There are a lot of crazy things going on in the world of real estate and most of these things go completely unnoticed by folks like you and me. Related: A High-Level Overview (Literally) of 30 Unique Real Estate Markets Around the World Maybe it’s because they aren’t “newsworthy”, or maybe they just don’t have any direct impact on our daily lives – but if you take a look at some of the CRAZY real estate phenomenons listed below, I think you’ll agree that there are a lot of remarkable things going on around us. Check it out and let me know if you…
  • The Importance of Being a Genuine Person In Real Estate

    Engelo Rumora
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Real Estate investing is a numbers game. For anyone that has ever thought about purchasing just one property, all it takes is a few quick calculations and you’ll begin to see the dollar signs $$$. It’s pretty simple math too. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t enjoy cashing checks each month and really feeling their investments pay off. Just like with any investment vehicle, you need to weigh the risk and the more money you invest the higher the potential return! People ask me all the time “How do you find such great deals? I also want to buy similar properties.” For this I ask…
  • How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Real Estate Professionals

    Marcus Maloney
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    I always encourage people if you are not informed about a topic; educate yourself about it…. There are too many resources available not to know a little information about a lot of topics. Aristotle put it like this “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” There are many free resources to educate yourself about a topic you are unfamiliar with. Some great resources are found at your local Title Company, Real Estate Brokers, REIA, College or University, Bigger Pockets, CNBC and other media outlets. Related: Getting Started in Real Estate With Less Than…
  • Strategy to Take Out Cash in a 1031 Exchange –Tax Free!

    Amanda Han
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Dan is a new client that I started working with just a few months ago. He is an old timer in the real estate business and in fact Dan has owned most of his real estate for over 20 years. Almost all of his properties were single family rentals and many of which he bought for a super deal at around $40K to $70K each. Considering the rise in market value since his original purchase it is safe to say that now each property is worth between $250K and $375K. Dan was nearing retirement age and when I met with him he told me that his goal over the next year or two was to sell his single family…
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    REITS & Finance Industry News - REITS & Finance Industry News Headlines | Bizjournals.com

  • LDS real estate arms swap Arizona land for $104M

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Two real estate arms of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have swapped ownership of land in the outer suburbs of Phoenix. Property Reserve Inc. has sold at least 16 parcels to Suburban Land Reserve Inc. for $104.2 million, according to Maricopa County Records. Both companies are real estate affiliates of the Mormon Church. Both are also major buyers of real estate across the U.S. and the Southwest. Real estate industry officials say the land sale between LDS brethren companies involves…
  • Dallas' Gaedeke Group to invest $3.8M in Oak Lawn Plaza redo

    Candace Carlisle
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Dallas-based real estate investment firm Gaedeke Group LLC plans to bankroll a major renovation for Oak Lawn Plaza, an office building located in the high-trafficked entry to the Dallas North Tollway from the city's urban core. The firm is one of a number of investment groups banking on the city's rising real estate values and putting money into their own office properties. Other office buildings, such as Thanksgiving Tower, Bank of America Plaza and 2100 Ross, are in the midst of multimillion…
  • MIG Real Estate drops $35.5 million on Arizona deal

    Mike Sunnucks
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    A Southern California that already owns business hotels, an office complex and multifamily properties in the Phoenix area has bought a Chandler, Ariz. apartment complex for $35.5 million MIG Real Estate purchased the 234-unit Symphony Apartments in Chandler near Frye and Dobson roads. There have been a slew of apartment complex sales including a good number involving California buyers and sellers. CBRE brokers Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham and Asher Gunter negotiated the sale. The seller was…
  • Transaction Action: Land next to Pearl Brewery development on the sales block

    Tricia Lynn Silva
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This special online feature details the real-estate sales, leases, new assignments and other deals that have recently taken place in San Antonio and other parts of Texas. Every week, we will post a new listing of some of the latest real estate news for our readers. Have some newsworthy real estate news to share? Contact real estate reporter Tricia Lynn Silva at tsilva@bizjournals.com. Sold! The Point Royale Apartment Homes has changed hands. Joe James, Kent Myers and J. Patrick Burke of the Austin…
  • New Clorox Building tenants gobble Oakland office space

    Adam Weintraub
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Two offices leases have filled up about one-fourth of all the vacant office space in the Clorox headquarters building at 1221 Broadway in Oakland, including one tenant that will relocate from offices in San Francisco. The deals, signed in the past week or so, will tighten up the Oakland Class A office market and show that the rising rents and competition for space in San Francisco are making Oakland look like a viable alternative for more potential tenants. As recently as August 1, the 520,000-square…
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    Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants

  • [Three Cents Worth #267 NY] NYC Sets New Record Average Sales Price

    Jonathan Miller
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    It’s time to share my Three Cents Worth (3CW) on Curbed NY, at the intersection of neighborhood and real estate in the capital of the world…and I’m here to take measurements. Check out my 3CW column on @CurbedNY: Although our NYC market reports only cover Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, I also track Staten Island and The Bronx for fun. For the second quarter 2014 NYC analysis, I observed two new records: 1. The average sales price for NYC residential real estate (co-ops, condos and 1-3 family sales) reached a record $975,441 (pink line). 2. The average sales price for NYC…
  • A Fifth Avenue Co-op’s 87-Year Price Increase was 3.6X Rate of Inflation

    Jonathan Miller
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    [click to expand] A few months ago there was a record $70M sale of a penthouse co-op sale at 960 Fifth Avenue.  The purchaser paid $5M over list price. While doing some research I ran across an article in the New York Times archive that described a record Manhattan sale of $450,000 in the same building in 1927.  The apartment was located on the 10th and most of the 11th floor in the same building (aka 3 East 77th Street). Based on the unit description, I believe this to be Apartment 10/11B which last sold for $21,000,000 on July 24, 2013.   Using the BLS calculator for CPI, a $450,000…
  • My Bloomberg View Column: Housing Data Is Old and Moldy

    Jonathan Miller
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    After being pummeled with confusing sound bits after the release of Monday’s Pending Home SalesIndex by the NAR and the S&P/Case Shiller Index, I thought it was time to set the record straight on the applicability of this research. This is my second column for Bloomberg View: Housing Data Is Old and Moldy My Bloomberg View RSS feed.
  • North America Leads Luxury Housing Trends in 2Q14 – Knight Frank

    Jonathan Miller
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Knight Frank published their quarterly Prime Global Cities Index today and North America led the way as a region with a 14.5% rise in prices. “Prime” translates to “Luxury” in US housingspeak. We provide research for their Manhattan and Miami results through the Elliman Reports we prepare. The report conclusion succinctly summarizes the state of high end housing today and speaks to the global phenomenon: …the index’s annual increase of 6.2% in the year to June is above the long-run average of 4.6% recorded since Lehman’s collapse in the third quarter of 2008,…
  • My First Post on Bloomberg View: Homebuying Gets a Housecleaning

    Jonathan Miller
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I was recently approached by Bloomberg View, the editorial arm of Bloomberg LP, to provide commentary on the housing market. I seem to be in good company. Although their well oiled machine began to append my additional title “Bloomberg Contributor” earlier in the month when being sourced, it wasn’t an oversight on their part. I didn’t submit my first post until last week. It took me a few weeks to get my groove on as I was in the midst of a 2Q14 market report release gauntlet. Last Wednesday evening I wrote my first post about Lawrence Yun’s attendance at the…
 
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    AGBeat

  • IKEA makes the world’s first website inside of Instagram: how?

    Jennifer Walpole
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    (Business Marketing) IKEA has taken the Instagram feed and completely "hacked" it into something different and awesome: a catalog-esque website to showcase their latest goods. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • 3 ways successful startups solve consumers’ problems

    Larry Alton
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    (Business) Startups that succeed have some commonalities that can be duplicated at any sized new brand, or one looking to expand. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Starbucks wants to bring your favorite brew even closer via truck

    Jennifer Walpole
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    (Business News) Starbucks wants to bring your favorite brew even closer. Mobile stores will be tested on three college campuses. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Get sales alerts without flooding your inbox #finally

    Jennifer Walpole
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    (Tech News) ShopSavvy has eliminated the need to sign up for sales alerts with their new app release. Amen. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • 6 surprising things startup investors don’t want

    AG Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    (Editorial) Startup investors are busy and they're considering hundreds of companies at any given time, so be sure you know how NOT to waste their time or annoy them (if you want their money, of course). Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
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    BloodhoundBlog

  • How Not to Message

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

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

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

    Greg Swann
    18 Jan 2014 | 9:22 am
    And why on earth do they continue to do business with you?
  • Flourishing, Flying, and the FAA

    Damon Chetson
    8 Jan 2014 | 10:52 am
    Greg has a nice post on mastering something difficult this year. I’m not sure it counts as a truly difficult task, but I started taking private pilot lessons in August, and was hooked. It turns out that flying in a small plane is fun, especially when you can fly most places you want with comparatively little hassle. In October, I bought an airplane – a Piper Cherokee 140 that was built in the 1960s, and refurbished in the 2000s with new avionics and electronics. It’s not particularly speedy. It flies about 130 to 140 mph in calm weather. With a headwind, you’ll get no…
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  • Eligibility Requirements For FHA Condo Approval

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

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

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

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

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

    Laura Monroe
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Did you miss our webinar last week? As part of our Broker Success series we had a great discussion with our expert panelists, and learned how great Pipeline ROI is for helping brokers achieve the results they are looking for. Catch the summary and replay below! Leads are coming in faster than ever -- and timing and response is critical to agent and broker success. Are your marketing and lead generation efforts truly paying off? In this webinar, we will explore the five key sales metrics that you can't ignore, and assess where you can make improvements to your systems, marketing and…
  • Ditch the 'Monkey Bars Approach' to thrive in real estate sales

    Bret Calltharp
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Viewers tuning in to CBS to watch "I Love Lucy" on a September evening 62 years ago might not have known that they were about to witness one of the most iconic scenes in sitcom history. Thanks to reruns, countless viewers around the globe have since watched Ricky challenge Lucy to get a job for a week, leading her and her best friend, Ethel, to get a job in a candy factory as candy wrappers. Things start fine enough; however, soon the conveyer belt begins moving faster and faster. In a panic, Lucy and Ethel begin stuffing chocolates into their blouses, hats and, of course, mouths,…
  • 18 real estate 'professionals' who are doing it wrong

    Seth Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just in case you thought you'd seen it all, here are 18 real estate professionals who are clearly doing something wrong ... via Reddit via eBaum's World via eBaum's World via eBaum's World via BiggerPockets via Sarcastic Sarcasms via Reddit via HappyPlace via eBaum's World via Thejrusso101 via Oddee via eBaum's World via Oddee via Pinterest via BiggerPockets via REI tips via AgentMarketingTips via Weirdopedia Seth Williams (@retipsterseth, G+) is an experienced land investor, commercial real estate banker and residential income property owner. Seth is also the founder of the REtipster Blog, a…
  • 3 reasons to invest your time and money in client relationships instead of leads

    Will Caldwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Relationships are the key to future success in the real estate business. Relationships pay dividends, build referral networks and can last a lifetime. Leads, however, have an expiration date, are not personal and are sold to the highest bidder. Relationships act as a net to capture high-quality leads, and as time goes on that net only becomes larger. Growing up in the real estate business, I witnessed this net expand firsthand as I saw agents who invested time and money into relationships with clients reap long-term success. The point I want to make is that agents should invest 80 percent of…
  • 5 surprisingly simple ways to get people to your open house

    Trulia Pro Blog
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    An open house is one of the oldest and easiest ways to meet prospective homebuyers and home sellers. In theory, all you do is throw a few yard signs around the neighborhood, unlock the door, and the buyers and sellers come flocking in like people to a giveaway. But, the truth is that it isn't quite so easy, is it? On weekends during the summer, folks have summer on the brain -- vacation, trips to the beach, and bike rides. Unfortunately, your next open house may not be on their minds. Have you ever held an open house and been the only one there? Have you ever sat for three hours until…
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  • Craftsman Colonial at 5290 Ellenwood Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jim Duncan
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    What’s your triangle?* The above is from a map on which I was drawing the Downtown Mall, Belmont and what is “walking distance” to Downtown and UVA for some clients. I’ve found that many, if not most, of my clients have specific triangles – geofences of sorts – that guide their buying areas. The top squiggle in the box is 29 North. The circle in the center circle is the City of Charlottesville. The two points of the triangle to the West represent home and school. Typically, my clients’ lives (and my life too, when I’m playing dad/husband and not Realtor)…
  • August’s Monthly Note – The Market, Neighborhood Context and a Question about Archives

    Jim Duncan
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This month’s note, while a bit late, will be published late this week. I’m hoping to dive into some meatier topics so the editing process is going to be interesting. I still find the monthly-note-writing experience interesting and find myself referring more and more often to the stories I write there; the triangles segment from last month is one I might end up publishing here on the blog. One of the questions I’ll be posing this month is whether I should publish the subscription-only notes here once a year. Thoughts welcomed. If you are interested in reading only one email…
  • 29 to Get More Car-Friendly (soon) & West Main to get More Bike-Friendly

    Jim Duncan
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    The stories of two Charlottesville/Albemarle arteries: 29: However, he unveiled a timetable that lists major milestones that must be met to ensure all the projects are completed by October 2017. “About a year from now, we’re going to have a set of plans for construction for Rio,” Shucet said. Plans to manage traffic and relocate utilities will be developed in the spring, Shucet said. The road and bridge designs will be reviewed by July, and the plans will be approved by August 2015, he said. West Main: The loss of 30 street parking spaces on Charlottesville’s West Main Street in favor…
  • A Few Thoughts on Trulia + Zillow – Fear & Opportunity

    Jim Duncan
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    So Many Choices. How to Know What’s Good? Since I started in real estate in 2001, the fear of being disintermediated, being rendered meaningless or obsolete has been a constant. I’ve chosen to not subscribe to that fear. And still don’t. Zillow is buying Trulia. For $3.5 Billion. The Zestimate was $2 billion. (ba-dum-bum) Good for them – they’re smart companies that execute well. Truzillia? Zillowia? ZillowTru? None. They’re going to remain two separate companies, drawing advertising from the same constituency as before. They’ll save money, but the ones paying likely…
 
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  • Celebrity Real Estate: The Inside Scoop with L.A. Times Reporter Lauren Beale

    Alanna Finn
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Lauren Beale Redfin is teaming up with the luxury real estate experts over at the Los Angeles Times to give you a closer look at the opulent lifestyles of the rich and famous. Lauren Beale and Neal Leitereg report for the widely read Hot Property section at the Times, a section dedicated to the “best of” when it comes to the most coveted real estate eye candy, whether owned by a star or designed by a starchitect. We are publishing a series of Q&As with Lauren and Neal, digging deeper into the exclusive world of the super wealthy. Last Q&A, Neal dished out insider information on…
  • What is an Escrow Account?

    Ali Donoghue
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Escrow accounts are not often discussed, but if you buy a home using a mortgage you’ll likely have one – either by choice or as a requirement of your loan. In real estate, an escrow account is a separate bank account used by your lender to pay your property taxes and insurance. Here’s how it works: You make monthly payments into the account at the same time you make your mortgage payment. Your lender manages the money and disburses the tax and insurance payments when they’re due. Lenders often require escrow accounts as a way to protect their loan. If you were to fall behind on your…
  • 3D Innovation Meets Home Tours: Introducing Redfin 3D Walkthrough

    Sasha Aickin
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    At Redfin, we are always looking for ways to make every part of buying or selling a home easier, faster and even more fun. Today, we’re accomplishing all three with the launch of Redfin 3D Walkthrough™. This online feature for Redfin-listed homes provides a high-resolution, interactive view from every angle inside a home and is powered by groundbreaking 3D scanning technology from Matterport. It is now available for Redfin listings in Seattle, including this home, and will roll out to other markets in the coming months. Redfin 3D Walkthrough (think of it like Google Street View, but for…
  • Bruce Willis Unloads Beverly Hills Home

    Alanna Finn
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Listed by Branden Williams, Hilton & Hyland It must have been a good day to… sell your home? “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis has finally sold his gorgeous Beverly Hills estate after it sat on the market for 15 months. According to property records, the action star listed the elegant eight-bedroom, 11-bathroom hacienda last May for $22 million. Apparently, that price didn’t get the 10,379-square-foot manse much action. A few months later, the price was dropped to $19.995 million and in February of this year it dropped again to $18 million. The home is certainly designed for peace and…
  • Caring for Fruit Trees in the Summer

    Redfin Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Catherine Morrison, City Fruit New to Seattle earlier this year, I was surprised to find fruit trees everywhere I went. In my neighborhood, I’m often greeted by apple, pear and plum trees. I soon learned that, like many cities, Seattle grew as a small urban center within a larger agricultural landscape. However, whereas development in many cities led to the complete destruction of that landscape, in Seattle, it has been preserved. Today, the city boasts thousands of apple, plum, pear and fig trees in over 30 public parks and on residential properties across the city. At my own home, we…
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  • REBGV CREB & VREB July 2014 Market Update Infographics

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

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

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

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    The infographic we made for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) was such a hit, we decided to create one for the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) as well. The market update for June 2014 from the Calgary Real Estate Board is here and we’ve made an infographic to help you understand the statistics… Enjoy!
  • 5 Ubertor Sites We’re Enjoying: Banners as the Centerpiece

    Crystal Lai
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    To keep visitors visually engaged, many web designs choose to hook them with an outstanding centerpiece – the banner. Here are a selection of sites that display the variety of ways the banner is the star of the site! The Joy Bagga Team is utilizing the good ol’ widescreen flash banner which is standard for showcasing different high quality images to entice the visitor. They’ve chosen earthly colors to frame the site but still manage to bring an elegant style to the look. On the other hand, the Stone Sisters are deviating from the typical look, and going for a banner that brings all…
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  • This isn’t my website! / What happened to the site I am looking for?

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason Oliva
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    In case you missed it, here’s what happened in reverse mortgage news this week: Urban Launches New Private HomeSafe Reverse Mortgage—The new, fixed-rate reverse mortgage proprietary product will cater to borrowers who have high volumes, with a maximum loan amount just north of $2 million. Available to borrowers beginning in September, Urban plans to roll out the product in just five states initially. Reverse Mortgage Market Sees Broker Count Boom—The reverse mortgage market may start to show signs of an uptick in loan volume, considering an influx of 733 mortgage brokers that have…
  • Brookings: Reverse Mortgage Can Play Viable Role in Retirement

    Cassandra Dowell
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As data show how many Americans lack sufficient retirement savings, seniors should consider a reverse mortgage to turn housing equity into cash and remain in the home, says research nonprofit The Brookings Institution. “Many retirees don’t have access to or knowledge of retirement financial products to provide security,” writes Benjamin H. Harris in a recent The Brookings Institution opinion post. “While reverse mortgages showed signs of life through the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, which originated 400,000 reverse mortgages between the inception of the…
  • CFPB Urges Consumers to Enroll in Social Security Online Account

    Cassandra Dowell
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is conducting consumer outreach urging that they create online accounts with the Social Security Administration. The notice followed the Aug. 17 kick off of National My Social Security Week, which ends Aug. 23.   “Whether you’re one of the millions of workers who pay Social Security taxes or the 50 million retired Americans and dependents who receive benefits, it’s good to keep track of your Social Security benefits,” CFPB says. The account allows participants secure online access to Social Security information, including…
  • HUD: Bank of America $17 Billion Settlement to Strengthen FHA Fund

    Jason Oliva
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    One agency stands to benefit considerably from the record $16.65 billion settlement reached Thursday between Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and the U.S. Department of Justice—the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), according to one top official with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under the terms of the settlement, Bank of America will pay $800 million to resolve claims arising from allegations of fraud involving certain FHA-insured single-family mortgages underwritten between May 1, 2009 and April 1, 2011, along with $200 million to resolve claims that the bank failed…
  • Jobs Available for Reverse Mortgage Pros, LOs and More—Apply Today

    Jason Oliva
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    With the third quarter well underway, reverse mortgage lenders and companies continue to offer positions for a slew of professionals to meet their plans for growth in the months ahead.  Those currently on the hiring front include Generation Mortgage Company, Yadkin Bank, ReverseVision, Nationwide Equities, among others looking to fill positions for reverse mortgage sales professionals, specialists, loan originators processors and more. Click the following opportunities that are now open to find out more. Or for a complete list of jobs, visit Reverse Mortgage Jobs Online.
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  • Elements of Effective Real Estate Websites: The Community Info Page

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

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

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

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

    Vinny La Barbera
    7 Jun 2012 | 9:55 am
    Over the past year, a crop of media-based mobile apps have emerged and skyrocketed in popularity. People have rediscovered media, such as photos and videos, as a great way to engage with others online. As people become busier the need for quick, visual consumption of information makes photo and video content increasingly essential for effective [...] The post Top Photo and Video Apps for Real Estate Marketing appeared first on Real Estate Marketing Blog.
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  • Price Reduced: 70 Prospect Road, East Haven CT 06512

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

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

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

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

    Harriman Real Estate
    27 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The second 60 days of our Wallingford Inspires Art Wall is coming to a close, and we hope you got a chance to see the first two artists’ work at least once. For the first 60 day display we featured local photographer Wendy Kenerson and her beautiful images of Mackenzie Reservoir, Gouveia Vineyards, and more. Many people commented on her work during our Grand Opening, and we were proud to have her images grace our office walls. Beginning on April 1st we had photo collages of Wallingford barns done by art students at Lyman Hall High School under the direction of Art Teacher Colin…
 
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  • Refacing Kitchen Cabinets by Yourself

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    Refacing kitchen cabinets can be an alternative for those who want to get a cabinet that looks new but in affordable cost. If you have kitchen cabinets and want to renovate the appearance of your cabinets, you can do a few things like give a new color or add some room and replacing the existing […]
  • Kitchen Cabinet Handles Options

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    Kitchen cabinet handles are present with a variety of attractive options. For your information, handles have an important function in a cabinet. In general, handles are used to open and close the cabinet door. However, these handles also have another important function as a decoration cabinet. No wonder so many people are choosing to replace […]
  • Colorful Rain Garden Design

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    20 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Rain garden design should be beautiful because rain garden is usually planted with many colorful flowers. Anyway, do you know what rain garden is? Before telling you more about the design, you should know what it is. So, it is a garden which uses a rainfall or taking advantages of rainfall. When the rain season […]
  • Simple Herb Garden Design

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    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Herb garden design is a design of garden for herb. Herb is many plants that can be used for cooking spices and medicine. Herb garden is different with other gardens. Maybe you have known many gardens just like flower garden, water garden, and other gardens. As mentioned before, herb garden is only used for herb […]
  • Steps to Install Glass Fireplace Doors

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    18 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Glass fireplace doors are doors to cover the fireplace and it is made out of glass. Maybe you have known about fireplace screen, but the screen is cover the fireplace and you cannot see the inside. By using glass fireplace door, you can see the inside of the fireplace. Since it uses a glass, it […]
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  • J. Law and Chris Martin spotted ... again

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    J. Law and Chris Martin spotted ... againGettyThe actress and Coldplay's frontman were reportedly seen getting cozy just months after splitting from their respective relationships.Romantic date they were seen onMore entertainment newsJenna Wolfe is pregnant againKelly Clarkson reveals post-baby bod
  • Bombing suspect seeks case dismissal

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bombing suspect seeks case dismissalAPLawyers for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said the makeup of the state's jury pool constitutes a violation of federal law.Two groups notably underrepresentedIn other newsPossible US terror attack avoidedKerry condemns shocking photo
  • Scott Weiland outraged over huge mistake

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Scott Weiland outraged over huge mistakeGettyThe former Stone Temple Pilots frontman is fuming after the LAPD made a pretty massive error. 'You'll be hearing from my attorneys'More to watchStrange tourists in Switzerland10-billion-ton comet found
  • Who will win at the 2014 Emmy Awards?

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Who will win at the 2014 Emmy Awards?APMost expect Bryan Cranston will take home the award for Lead Actor in a Drama series -- but some entertainment gurus aren't so sure.Actor poised to upset CranstonMore entertainment news 'Girls' season 4 teaserReality star upset about being naked
  • Cop seen in CNN report suspended

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    Cop seen in CNN report suspendedCNNThe officer, who had a tense exchange with a reporter and protesters in Mo., was put on leave after a jarring video from earlier this year surfaced.Explosive words that got him troubleDid you see these stories?Rocket explodes during test flightU.S. retailers warned of hacking
 
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  • J. Law and Chris Martin spotted ... again

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    J. Law and Chris Martin spotted ... againGettyThe actress and Coldplay's frontman were reportedly seen getting cozy just months after splitting from their respective relationships.Romantic date they were seen onMore entertainment newsJenna Wolfe is pregnant againKelly Clarkson reveals post-baby bod
  • Bombing suspect seeks case dismissal

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bombing suspect seeks case dismissalAPLawyers for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said the makeup of the state's jury pool constitutes a violation of federal law.Two groups notably underrepresentedIn other newsPossible US terror attack avoidedKerry condemns shocking photo
  • Scott Weiland outraged over huge mistake

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Scott Weiland outraged over huge mistakeGettyThe former Stone Temple Pilots frontman is fuming after the LAPD made a pretty massive error. 'You'll be hearing from my attorneys'More to watchStrange tourists in Switzerland10-billion-ton comet found
  • Who will win at the 2014 Emmy Awards?

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Who will win at the 2014 Emmy Awards?APMost expect Bryan Cranston will take home the award for Lead Actor in a Drama series -- but some entertainment gurus aren't so sure.Actor poised to upset CranstonMore entertainment news 'Girls' season 4 teaserReality star upset about being naked
  • Cop seen in CNN report suspended

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Cop seen in CNN report suspendedCNNThe officer, who had a tense exchange with a reporter and protesters in Mo., was put on leave after a jarring video from earlier this year surfaced.Explosive words that got him troubleDid you see these stories?Rocket explodes during test flightU.S. retailers warned of hacking
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  • J. Law and Chris Martin spotted ... again

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    J. Law and Chris Martin spotted ... againGettyThe actress and Coldplay's frontman were reportedly seen getting cozy just months after splitting from their respective relationships.Romantic date they were seen onMore entertainment newsJenna Wolfe is pregnant againKelly Clarkson reveals post-baby bod
  • Bombing suspect seeks case dismissal

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bombing suspect seeks case dismissalAPLawyers for marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said the makeup of the state's jury pool constitutes a violation of federal law.Two groups notably underrepresentedIn other newsPossible US terror attack avoidedKerry condemns shocking photo
  • Scott Weiland outraged over huge mistake

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Scott Weiland outraged over huge mistakeGettyThe former Stone Temple Pilots frontman is fuming after the LAPD made a pretty massive error. 'You'll be hearing from my attorneys'More to watchStrange tourists in Switzerland10-billion-ton comet found
  • Who will win at the 2014 Emmy Awards?

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Who will win at the 2014 Emmy Awards?APMost expect Bryan Cranston will take home the award for Lead Actor in a Drama series -- but some entertainment gurus aren't so sure.Actor poised to upset CranstonMore entertainment news 'Girls' season 4 teaserReality star upset about being naked
  • Cop seen in CNN report suspended

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    Cop seen in CNN report suspendedCNNThe officer, who had a tense exchange with a reporter and protesters in Mo., was put on leave after a jarring video from earlier this year surfaced.Explosive words that got him troubleDid you see these stories?Rocket explodes during test flightU.S. retailers warned of hacking
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  • Norbert Bol updated their profile

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  • Brian Klebash posted an event

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

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

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Brian Klebash posted an eventThe Northern California Apartment Summit at The City Club of San FranciscoSeptember 30, 2014 from 7am to 4pmSave the Date for The inaugural Northern California Apartment Summit, the next installment in The National Multifamily Investment Series, the high-level commercial real estate conference series for active and innovative multifamily developers, investors, owners/operators, equity sources, debt sources, technology firms and service providers.The Northern California Apartment Summit will bring together 400+ senior-level commercial real estate executives who…
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  • Branson Real Estate Market Report for August 2014

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

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

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

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    One level ranch home on almost level lots OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood $215,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,734 sqftLot: 1.00 acre(s) Location 245 Country Hills Dr.Branson, MO 65616USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999steve@ozarksagent.comhttp://www.ozarksagent.com          Listed by: Keller Williams Tri-Lakes (BSF) 417-336-4999 Our recent listings One level ranch home on almost level lotsTable Rock Lake-front Home with ViewHome for the horse lover with 20 acres.Luxury 3 bedroom Condo w/2…
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  • Flood-prone markets recovering from insurance scare

    Inman News
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Fears of a drastic increases in federal flood insurance premiums dented home prices in Louisiana's St. Charles Parish in the first half of the year, but the market has settled down and pretty much returned to normal since the passage ...
  • It's time to tell agents they can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

    J. Philip Faranda
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    This past weekend, an agent in my local market was holding a new construction home open when two men arrived, said they worked for the builder and were there to pick up materials. As they loaded their truck, she became ...
  • Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

    Lou Barnes
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    The world is a better-looking place than one week ago, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whispered "Bang" today but did not shoot. Thus the great barometer, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, rose a bit in yield, from 2.33 percent ...
  • 5 sales metrics real estate brokers shouldn't be ignoring

    Laura Monroe
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Did you miss our webinar last week? As part of our Broker Success series we had a great discussion with our expert panelists, and learned how great Pipeline ROI is for helping brokers achieve the results they are looking for. Catch the summary and replay below! ...
  • Ditch the 'Monkey Bars Approach' to thrive in real estate sales

    Bret Calltharp
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Viewers tuning in to CBS to watch “I Love Lucy” on a September evening 62 years ago might not have known that they were about to witness one of the most iconic scenes in sitcom history. Thanks to reruns, countless viewers around the globe have since watched Ricky challenge Lucy to get a job for a week, leading her and her best friend, Ethel, to get a job in a candy factory as candy wrappers ...
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  • The Current Sale to List Ratio

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

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

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

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

    Craig Mische
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    If you have spent time on Alexandria’s Chain of Lakes knows that a favorite spot for people to congregate is the southeast corner of Lake Carlos. It’s sandy and the water isn’t very deep. On a hot day, there are trees that provide welcome shade. Often, it will look like a party has broken out. Earlier this week, I went out for a paddle on my SUP on Little Darling and along the south shoreline of Lake Carlos. I stopped at the southeast corner for a break and to reply to some emails. A friend of mine has been battling health issues this year and last week had to travel 3 1/2…
 
 
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    NYT > Mortgages and the Markets

  • A Crackdown on Law Firms

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A recent suit found borrowers involved in “mass joinder” lawsuits against mortgage lenders were duped by law firms.
  • Helping Prevent Foreclosures

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Data shows that extensions of unemployment benefits helped prevent mortgage defaults more than government programs focused on reducing monthly payments.
  • In a Bank Settlement, Don’t Forget the Bulldozers

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If it provides hard cash for demolishing abandoned homes, an impending settlement by Bank of America could help many forgotten victims of the mortgage crisis.
  • Ira Zlotowitz

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Zlotowitz is the founder and president of Eastern Union Funding, a private real estate mortgage brokerage business that specializes in small to midsize commercial borrowers.
  • Dealing With Home-Equity Resets

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    New research suggests the payment shock expected to hit millions of consumers with home equity lines may not pose as much of a risk to lenders as feared.
 
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    NYT > Housing

  • On the Market in New York City

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This week’s properties include a one-bedroom one-and-a-half bath in Chelsea, and a condo in the West Village.
  • On the Market in the Region

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This week’s properties include a four-bedroom in Darien, Conn., an eight-bedroom in Asbury Park, N.J. and a six-bedroom in Old Brookville.
  • Trotting Out New Luxury

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Plans are underway to turn Caton Place, a short street near Prospect Park Parade Ground in Brooklyn, into a destination for luxury rentals.
  • Shelter Island Hits New Highs

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Second-home buyers are increasingly enticed by the usable waterfront, relaxed ambience and affordability found on Shelter Island.
  • A Tale of de Blasio’s Neighborhoods: Park Slope and Yorkville

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family moved to Gracie Mansion from their Brooklyn house, but the Manhattan neighborhood’s amenities could mirror the comforts of home.
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    HUD Press Releases

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

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

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

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

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Get quality referrals and leads. Post Flash Property Listings (up to 10 photos per listing, no limits). Upgrade to Photo / Premium Agent Listing for free. If you are a 4-Star Agent or Broker, you should check IQRealEstate.com out. Over 900,000 agents listed. We are by far the Fastest Growing Directory online. Over 300,000 pages indexed in search engines. Be IQ Smart.
  • Agent ?scarred for life? by biting

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    AN ANGRY Gold Coast mum who bit a real estate agent after failing to get a rental callback has been sentenced to jail.
  • ApplyConnect Announces New Feature, Web Link for Rental Advertisements Further Simplifies Tenant Screening

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    LANCASTER, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ApplyConnect, a revolutionary alternative to traditional tenant screening for landlords and real estate agents announced a product enhancement this week, providing landlords and real estate agents with a unique web link for use in advertisements. The link can be utilized by multiple renters and no longer requires landlords and real estate ...
  • Danish Apartments Beating Houses Stoke Bubble Worries

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Martin Jacobsgaard and Helene Sally speak to a real estate agent outside a three-bedroom apartment in a quiet residential area just south of downtown Copenhagen.
  • ApplyConnect Announces New Feature, Web Link for Rental Advertisements Further Simplifies Tenant Screening

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    LANCASTER, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ApplyConnect, a revolutionary alternative to traditional tenant screening for landlords and real estate agents announced a product enhancement this week, providing landlords and real estate agents with a unique web link for use in advertisements. The link can be utilized by multiple renters and no longer requires landlords and real estate ...
 
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    Business Insider

  • How Great Is It To Work At Twitter? This Hilarious Recruitment Video From 2012 Will Show You (TWTR)

    Julie Bort
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Job-hunting site Glassdoor just released its list of the 25 companies with the best corporate cultures. Given how tech companies shower their employee with perks ranging from free gourmet food to free laundry to free massages, it's not surprising that tech companies dominate the list. But one tech company did surprisingly well (even better than the king of corporate culture, Google): Twitter. Our coverage of the list prompted Ben Slater, head of marketing for recruitment tech company Seed Jobs, to tweet us about Twitter saying, "Have you seen their 2012 recruitment video? Really great."…
  • Don't Expect Discounts At Gap This Fall

    Ashley Lutz
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Gap shoppers have come to expect deep discounts and promotions.  But JPMorgan analysts believe that Gap will stop offering 30% to 50% promotions on items this fall.  The company is "optimistic" that it will be able to sell products at full-price this fall, according to a report led by analyst Brian Tunick.  Gap's new strategy, which includes stocking less inventory and trying a new marketing agency, will probably drive sales, according to the report.  The analysts also believe that Gap's fashion sense will improve under creative director Rebekka Bay.  While cheaper,…
  • Here's Your Chance To Take Private Tours Of LinkedIn, Twitter And More

    Business Insider
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We're sending one lucky winner and a friend to Silicon Valley for an insider's look at the upper echelons of the tech world. Meet CEOs and execs from Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, Chegg, andYCombinator, tour their campuses, and enjoy the best of the Bay Area with a$1,000 Uber credit and a stay at the luxury Hotel Zetta.      Join the conversation about this story »
  • The 20 Best US Cities For Culture

    Megan Willett
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Living in a city that values recreation, art, and culture is important. Property Shark, a property research website, put together a list of the 20 U.S. cities with the most activities dedicated to culture and recreation, including museums, libraries, theaters parks, and stadiums. The team then factored in how many attractions there were per capita to create the final ranked list. Keep reading to see which major U.S. cities have the most culture (and can lord it over the rest of us).#20 Chicago, IL One cultural attraction for every 7,438 people 365 properties in the Windy City are dedicated to…
  • Here's The $3,500 Gift Bag Musicians Will Take Home At MTV's Video Music Awards

    Kirsten Acuna
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    After Beyoncé and this summer's buzzed about singer Iggy Azalea perform at MTV's Video Music Awards this Sunday, they'll go home with a gift bag valued at more than $3,500. The bags will be received by nominees, presenters, and performers and include everything from toothpicks and candles to hats and a guitar. Check out what's inside. The Lipault bag, which will hold everything in the gift bag, is a small luggage tote valued at $179. Inside, attendees will receive an array of gifts which include the following. A $22 trucker hat from Ascot + Hart. A bottle of Botran aged Rum Floss picks and a…
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  • Flood-prone markets recovering from insurance scare

    Inman News
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Fears of a drastic increases in federal flood insurance premiums dented home prices in Louisiana's St. Charles Parish in the first half of the year, but the market has settled down and pretty much returned to normal since the passage ...
  • It's time to tell agents they can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

    J. Philip Faranda
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    This past weekend, an agent in my local market was holding a new construction home open when two men arrived, said they worked for the builder and were there to pick up materials. As they loaded their truck, she became ...
  • Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

    Lou Barnes
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    The world is a better-looking place than one week ago, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whispered "Bang" today but did not shoot. Thus the great barometer, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, rose a bit in yield, from 2.33 percent ...
  • 5 sales metrics real estate brokers shouldn't be ignoring

    Laura Monroe
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    Did you miss our webinar last week? As part of our Broker Success series we had a great discussion with our expert panelists, and learned how great Pipeline ROI is for helping brokers achieve the results they are looking for. Catch the summary and replay below! ...
  • Ditch the 'Monkey Bars Approach' to thrive in real estate sales

    Bret Calltharp
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Viewers tuning in to CBS to watch “I Love Lucy” on a September evening 62 years ago might not have known that they were about to witness one of the most iconic scenes in sitcom history. Thanks to reruns, countless viewers around the globe have since watched Ricky challenge Lucy to get a job for a week, leading her and her best friend, Ethel, to get a job in a candy factory as candy wrappers ...
 
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    Real Estate Agent Market News- IQ Real Estate

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Get quality referrals and leads. Post Flash Property Listings (up to 10 photos per listing, no limits). Upgrade to Photo / Premium Agent Listing for free. If you are a 4-Star Agent or Broker, you should check IQRealEstate.com out. Over 900,000 agents listed. We are by far the Fastest Growing Directory online. Over 300,000 pages indexed in search engines. Be IQ Smart.
  • Agent ?scarred for life? by biting

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    AN ANGRY Gold Coast mum who bit a real estate agent after failing to get a rental callback has been sentenced to jail.
  • ApplyConnect Announces New Feature, Web Link for Rental Advertisements Further Simplifies Tenant Screening

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    LANCASTER, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ApplyConnect, a revolutionary alternative to traditional tenant screening for landlords and real estate agents announced a product enhancement this week, providing landlords and real estate agents with a unique web link for use in advertisements. The link can be utilized by multiple renters and no longer requires landlords and real estate ...
  • Danish Apartments Beating Houses Stoke Bubble Worries

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Martin Jacobsgaard and Helene Sally speak to a real estate agent outside a three-bedroom apartment in a quiet residential area just south of downtown Copenhagen.
  • ApplyConnect Announces New Feature, Web Link for Rental Advertisements Further Simplifies Tenant Screening

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    LANCASTER, Calif., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ApplyConnect, a revolutionary alternative to traditional tenant screening for landlords and real estate agents announced a product enhancement this week, providing landlords and real estate agents with a unique web link for use in advertisements. The link can be utilized by multiple renters and no longer requires landlords and real estate ...
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    House Price Crash News Blog

  • Guardian: Leap in right-to-buy sales of council houses sparks call for reform

    icarus
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    2,845 council houses were sold to tenants between April and June, a 31% increase on last year. 33% of these sales were in London, where discounts can go over £100k. Since the proceeds of these sales go towards building replacements such discounts leave less for that purpose. "A lot of council houses today will be in the hands of private landlords tomorrow. Fewer low-rent houses will drive low-paid people out of London" said a Green Party member of the London Assembly.
  • FE Trustnet: I’m so bearish I’ve sold my house, says Cantor’s Tan

    jack c
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    The analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald says that the global economy faces a downturn similar to 2008, and wants as little exposure as possible to risk assets as a result.China’s already overheated property market is on verge of collapse, according to Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charles Tan, who has sold his central London home and moved all his money back to Singapore in preparation for the severe repercussions on the global and UK economy.
  • TeleSUR: On the edge of another global recession

    icarus
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Roundup of the world economy. EU weakness is now concentrated in its core economies - Germany's export-driven economy, France and Italy. The usual problems - unemployment, falling wages, drying up of business investment, banks hoarding money or directing liquidity into financial assets globally - are exacerbated by sanctions against Russia and the need for bailouts for Ukraine. The usual problems are even worse in Japan. The US, which dropped the EU in it regarding Russia/Ukraine, can compensate for weak fundamentals by the dollar's hegemonic status, which enables it to get capital…
  • Mail: Osborne pockets £1bn in stamp duty bonanza as house prices soar... but Government borrowing still rises by £10bn

    hpwatcher
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Between April and July stamp duty receipts soared by 25%, figures reveal But public borrowing continues to rise - up £9.4bn from 2013 to £32.4bn
  • Financial Times: London among Europe’s least ‘liveable’ cities, according to index

    sneaker
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:57 am
    London has become a haven for money from around the world, with at least £122bn of UK property now held by offshore companies. [...] Despite this huge demand from international buyers, London is a less attractive place to live than Detroit or Reykjavik, the EIU researchers found.
 
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/21/14

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/21/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Builder confidence in August rises to highest level since JanuaryHousing starts staged rebound in July to highest level since NovemberBuilding permits in July up 8.1 percent over and June and 7.7 percent year-over-yearCPI edged up 0.1 percent in July; rose 2.0 percent in previous 12 monthsWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/19/14

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/19/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Producer Price Index rose just 0.1 percent in July; up 1.7 percent over previous 12 monthsEmpire State Manufacturing Survey still improvingIndustrial production rose again in July; capacity at just 0.9 percent below long-term averageConsumer sentiment dips in August but confidence still at moderate positive levelsWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/15/14

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/15/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicator:Initial unemployment claims rise 21,000 in latest report; 4-week average up just 2,000Mortgage applications dip 2.7 percent in latest survey as rates remain flatAugust FreddieMac outlook shows improving economic and housing conditionsWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • August column for Builder & Developer magazine now online

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    My column for the August 2014 issue of Builder and Developer magazine is now posted online.For this issue, entitled "Second Quarter 2014 Economic Update," I wanted to focus on just how the new Fed Chair Janet Yellen is addressing the U.S. economy as well as how the economy performed in the second quarter of 2014.  An excerpt:From Yellen’s financial perch, this collection of indices means that the U.S. economy, although slowly improving, is still too fragile to thrive without the Fed’s near-zero-rate training wheels. Consequently, it could be well into 2015 before we start to see…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 8/14/14

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 8/14/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators: Job openings rise slightly to 4.7 million in JuneProductivity rose by 2.5 percent in 2Q 2014Retail sales mostly flat in JulyWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
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    National Mortgage News

  • What Bank of America's Settlement Means

    23 Aug 2014 | 3:37 am
    For Moynihan: Time to Look for Growth Brian Moynihan is generally praised for taking the bank to this point, but now comes the hard part: getting B of A to grow again. For the Industry: Brace for More FIRREA Claims Bank of America's accord leaves questions about issues such as consumers' tax liability and other banks' legal exposure.
  • Jumbo Reverse Loans Revived for Wealthy Seniors

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jumbo lending isn't just on the upswing for traditional home loans. It's also being revived for seniors who want to borrow against the equity in their houses through reverse mortgages.
  • Home Values, Rents Increase in July: Zillow

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The cost of housing increased in most major metropolitan areas during July, according to a report from the real estate firm Zillow.
  • Social Media Star Uses Online Engagement to Boost Loan Volume

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    AMC Lending Group's Logan Mohtashami has found social media success by avoiding overt sales pitches and instead providing a unique take on the market that's translated into active engagement online and a nice bump in new business.
  • Home Flipping Wanes as Property Buyers Find Fewer Bargains

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Home flipping, in which a buyer resells a property quickly for a profit, is on the decline as residential price gains slow and foreclosures dwindle.
 
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • Bank of America settles with DOJ over mortgage lending case

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

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

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

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

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    What we're buildingby Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference Policy work isn’t just about knocking on the doors of members of Congress. Indeed, with Congress out all this month and campaigning when the recess ends, it’s clear we need to focus elsewhere. NHC members are rolling up their sleeves to develop new ideas about housing policy that can work at the state, local and (when the time is right) federal levels. In part, they’re doing so in preparation for our Solutions 2014 conference coming up this November in Oakland.This year’s conference has sessions created and shaped…
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    Web Real Estate Tools

  • Marketing real estate a century ago – a history lesson

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

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

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

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

    Peter Toner
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    You finally landed that listing presentation you were after … and you are in competition with at least two other agents, that you know of. What is your differentiator, or in marketing speak – your USP – Unique Selling Proposition? You have got one right – a USP I mean? The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    St. John's Real Estate Homes for Sale

  • Investment property near MUN 115 Bonaventure Ave

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

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

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

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

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

  • Regalia Sunny Isles Beach | Limited Edition Living

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

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

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

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

    Ashton Coleman
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Just Sold this Beautiful & Spacious Home in Miami Shores. Home Specs: 434 NE 95th Street Miami Shores, FL. 33138 Built In 1938 .44 Acres/19,350 SF Land 3,003 SF Interior Originally Priced at $1.1M Sale Price $950,000 2013 Taxes $12,669 54 Days on Market Saltwater Heated Pool Fruit Trees (Mango, Coconut, Banana, Akee) Wonderful Family Friendly Neighborhood w/Quiet Street Hardwood floors & Renovated Kitchen Buyer Representation – New York We know Miami Shores real estate. If you are interested, or know someone interested in buying or selling a home in Miami Shores, it’s…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate?

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

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

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

    Peter Miler
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    America is a nation on the move.  The Census Bureau says 35.9 million of us picked-up and went somewhere else in 2013, almost 12% of the entire population. We move because of such things as jobs, climate, family and schools but there’s another reason as well: A good move can be worth $1 million and maybe more. Read the rest of Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Strongest Job Markets in the 60 Largest U.S. Cities

    John Kiernan
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes the grass truly is greener on the other side of the fence.  The financial turmoil of the past few years certainly lends credence to that notion, as the Great Recession’s disproportionate impact on local economies spawned a 24-point unemployment rate difference between the most and least bountiful major U.S. cities. More than 100 million people have moved within the past five years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and 48% of unemployed individuals have picked up their roots in search of a job over that time-frame.  This societal mobility stands to be a major asset…
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • Peggy "How will we know when it's a good time to buy a home?"

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

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

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Are you planning on listing your home for sale or selling your home? There is a difference. When you list your home for sale:You list your home for the same price as others are listed forYou do not trust the process, and decide to list it yourself for a small fee For Sale By OwnerYou are not willing to pay the buyers closing costsYou try to control everything. Do not allow a lockbox, no interior photo's, appointment only showingsYou are not going to crate your dog...You are not going to make any repairsYou stay home when someone comes to see your home to tell them all about it. You want to…
  • When listing inventory rises, that is awesome news for home buyers

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The local Woodbridge Virginia real estate market is changing... Active listings continue to climb. What does this mean for you? If you've been hoping to buy a home soon. You might be able to get what you want and need. So, it's awesome news! Lately Patty and I  have been house hunting with several relocating buyers and local home buyers hoping to buy a home.We were able to negotiate on price; help the purchaser get the closing cost they needed to buy;and on a few  appraisals  have come in lower than the contracted price. This happens when the sellers are testing the market or adjusting to…
  • Buying a home is more than finding a home with pretty rooms.

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Finding a new place to call home is a very personal decision. Only you know your lifestyle, what type of lot you want, what your must haves are. So many home shoppers today look at listing online and pick pretty houses that they could see themselves living in. Then they are so disappointed when we head out to look at it and they find they hate the surrounding area.  It happens everyday. But so much more goes into buying a home. You must be able to see yourself living and thriving in the area where you purchase a home.  Let me give you an example of what was important to us when we…
 
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    Web4RealtyWeb4Realty»

  • Free Virtual Tour Tool

    Ramy Nazim
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Want to create beautiful virtual tours for your listings without having to spend a dime? Web4Realty has the solution! All Web4Realty clients have FREE ACCESS to use our Virtual Tour Tool which allows you to create beautiful, high-definition tours for … Continue reading →
  • New Feature: ReTargeting for REALTORS ®

    Ramy Nazim
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    ReTargeting, otherwise known as ReMarketing, is a cookie-based form of online advertising that allows you to expose your name and brand to individuals who have recently browsed your site. It’s quite simple, really;   1)  Someone visits your website and learns … Continue reading →
  • Google Authorship for Real Estate Agents

    Ivan Juric
    1 May 2014 | 7:10 am
    What is Google Authorship? Have you ever Googled something and found a link with someones face and byline in your search result? Sure you have… You probably clicked that link, neglecting the dozen other, lower, less personal, and less graphic … Continue reading →
  • 8 Easy Ways to Personalize Your Real Estate Website

    Ivan Juric
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Do most of the real estate websites you see look like templates? The reason they look so generic is simple. They lack a personal touch. But your website doesn’t have to look generic! Here are 8 easy ways to personalize … Continue reading →
  • Free Email Signature Design‎ for Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top residential agents of the week

    Thomas DiChristopher
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    From left: Catherine Auerbach and 58 East 66th street drawings Price: $17,150,000 Listing broker: Catherine Auerbach of Stribling & Associates Address: 58 East 66th Street From left: Catherine Harding and 146 Central Park West Price: $12,500,000 Listing broker: Catherine Harding of Stribling & Associates Address: 146 Central Park West From left: Richard Steinberg, Matthew Slosar and 15 Central Park West Price: $9,500,000 Listing brokers: Richard Steinberg and Matthew Slosar of Warburg Realty Address: 15 Central Park West From left: Daniela Kunen and 1185 Park Avenue Price: $6,750,000…
  • TGIF: Stay tuned to TRD‘s Weekend Edition

    Kerry Barger
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    It may be high time to kick back and relax, but The Real Deal is still churning our stories courtesy of our Weekend Edition. Every Saturday and Sunday, we cover real estate items from around the country and abroad, along with any breaking news happening in New York City. Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to stay in touch with us on the go.
  • Rumors surround possible Extell hotel on 47th Street

    Claire Moses
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    2 West 47th Street and Extell’s Gary Barnett A published report claims that Extell Development Company plans to open a hotel on West 47th Street. The supposed plan for the Extell-owned lot assemblage is uncertain, however. A total of 100 tenants have moved out of — or are in the process of departing — 2 West 47th Street, which once housed ABS Partners Real Estate’s jewelry exchange on the ground floor and designers in the floors above. Extell, SL Green Realty Trust and Thor Equities are reportedly in talks over commercial development sites on West 46th Street and…
  • The Wrap: Top 12 U.S. cities for lucrative flips, prices on Shelter Island hit Hamptons highs, … and more

    Julie Strickland
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The price tags on posh Shelter Island pads are on the rise. 1. Prices on Shelter Island hit Hamptons highs [NYT] 2. America’s top 12 cities for lucrative home flips [Business Insider] 3. Woman discovered 50,000 bees in Elmhurst attic [Curbed] 4. Art-filled Greenwich Street one-bedroom on the market for $3.8M [NYDN] 5. Kips Bay grocer goes toe-to-toe with neighborhood competition [Crain’s] 6. A stroll through New York City’s hottest hotel rooftops [Yahoo] — Julie Strickland
  • By the numbers: Rising rents on the menu for New York City’s restaurant industry

    ZacharyKussin/TRD
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Union Square Cafe From the August issue: The New York City restaurant business is not for the faint of, well, stomach. And in the past few years, that’s become even more apparent, as a number of acclaimed long-standing restaurants — the nearly 30-year-old Union Square Cafe, celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s flagship Mesa Grill and Wylie Difresne’s groundbreaking wd~50 among them — closed or announced plans to shutter because of rent increases or to make way for more lucrative real estate developments. [more]
 
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Open House in Oak Hill’s “Reserve at Stone Hill” August 24th

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

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

    thebeltteam
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Here’s a one minute look at the national numbers in real estate: Home Sales Home Prices Interest rates If you’d like to know what’s happening in YOUR neighborhood, call our CEO, Terry Belt, at (703) 242-3975.
  • Just Listed in Oakton’s Horse Country On 1.74 Acres!

    thebeltteam
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Are you looking for a stunning custom, luxury home nestled on 1.74 acres in the heart of Oakton’s horse country oh so convenient to the amenities of Vienna, Oakton & Reston? If so, you’ll want to take a peek at our brand new listing on Oakmont Court! Pricing, more info and additional photos of 2407 Oakmont Ct in Oakton. Call Terry Belt at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing. Another gorgeous home from The Belt Team Portfolio . . . !
  • Home Sales Down Across The Board, What About Prices?

    thebeltteam
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    As professional Realtors, it’s our job to have a read on the housing market. We do this by taking the market’s temperature and by taking its pulse. So – What’s The Temperature? “98.6” That’s the exact number just about anyone can quote when you ask them what a normal temperature is. In real estate, we also like to know EXACT numbers. Scroll down and you’ll find a year-over-year comparison between last year’s and this year’s home sales & home prices for each city in Northern VA. What you’ll see is that although each city varies in the exact number, the…
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    Corporate Real Estate Network

  • Apps for Business Professionals

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

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

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

    CRE Editors
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Project Management Software: Manage your projects online. Try ProjectManager.com and get your 30 day trial for Free! Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
  • Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate

    CRE Editors
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Host Michael Bull and Hugh Kelly, Professor of Real Estate at NYU and Chairman for the Counselors of Real Estate discuss the Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate. Please click on the link to read complete commentary. Thank you!
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (August 21, 2014) John Ridgway: Discusses His Recent Multi Family Purchase

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Apple Users Android Users As of now, Lifestyles Unlimited multi-family consultant and mentor, John Ridgway, has successfully attained over 1,000 units of multi-family property by closing on a 52 unit apartment complex. He discusses how he managed to closed on this amazing deal, which pushed him over the 1,000 mark. With Lifestyles Unlimited having won awards for 8 consecutive years, John explains how members are still finding great multi-family properties, rehabbing them to make them more profitable, and increasing their value by simply managing the properties correctly. The post (August 21,…
  • (August 20, 2014) Steve Davis: The Importance Of Learning The Business Model First & Investing Second

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Apple Users Android Users In this show, Steve Davis briefly paints a picture of companies who seized the real estate market at the right time, but in the wrong way. Essentially, his example highlights the fact that poor decisions made at the beginning of an investment process can hound you to its bitter end. “They didn’t learn the business model fist,” says Steve, “they try go out and figure it out as they go and they get slaughtered.” So, be sure to take a listen to the in-depth questions and answers on this, as well as any LU podcast and see how members of the…
  • (August 20, 2014) Del Walmsley: Wall Street Takes A Blind Leap Towards RE Investment & Makes One Of Its Biggest Returns Yet

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Apple Users Android Users Del compares Wall Street to a beginner investor, and shows that even with all the money in the world, there’s no escaping the growing pains of real estate investment if you haven’t received the effective map to success. Ironically, however, in some ways Wall Street makes good on its investment and brings billions of dollars to the market, as well as a world of good publicity. Nevertheless, for many of these power hungry conglomerates, the writing is on the wall. So, take a listen to this show to find out how you can beat Wall Street at a game that it was…
  • (August 19, 2014) Del Walmsley: Financial Literacy

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Apple Users Android Users After listening, you will have answered for yourself some of the most important financial questions that Del Walmsley poses on today’s Lifestyles Unlimited radio show. Questions that could make you realize that the financial path you have planned or thought-out for your retirement, whether it be through stocks, bonds, CDS, or 401ks, might not bring you to the financial freedom you seek in the end. Del Walmsley explains financial literacy, the three rules of financing, and more in today’s eye-opening discussion. The post (August 19, 2014) Del Walmsley:…
  • (August 18, 2014) Del Walmsley: LU Reaches Beyond Real Estate

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Apple Users Android Users The Lifestyles Unlimited Radio Show takes a big leap forward as Del Walmsley promotes his listeners to call in to the show with not only their real estate challenges, but their life challenges as well. Listen in and be the first to share your life’s struggles on the next LU radio broadcast to take the first step towards becoming part of a group of people helping people. The post (August 18, 2014) Del Walmsley: LU Reaches Beyond Real Estate appeared first on Lifestyles Unlimited.
 
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    中洲漁港を無事に撮影

  • 金融-中洲漁港

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

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

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

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

  • Just Listed - 42 Hawkdale Circle NW Calgary

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

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

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

    Monika Furtado
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    The real estate sales numbers for July are very strong with record levels for the month of July being posted. The good weather is sure to cause a bit of a lull and we are now looking at more balance in the upper price points of the single family market and some more balance in the condo market. This is a common summer scenario with many folks focusing on summer holidays and weekend plans, they are delaying their home buying / selling decisions. The shift to a more balanced market is also due to a continued rise in new listings through July. The peak of new listings was actually in June so…
  • If your smoke detector is more than 10 years old, it may not work.

    Monika Furtado
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    When you test your smoke detector it may beep but it may longer be able to detect smoke in your home if it is more than 10 years old.   At almost every home inspection, I hear the inspector advise buyers to swap out the smoke detectors. In many cases they are beyond their useful date, but owners don't realize that they are no longer functioning.  It also advised that owners replace the old smoke detectors with a smoke/carbon monoxide detector.    Having a smoke detector or smoke alarm can save your life or help you avoid serious injury. Many injuries in fires are a result…
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    Property Management Software

  • Best places to buy home abroad

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

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

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

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

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

  • Latest Trends In 30A Luxury Homes: What’s Hot and What’s Not

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

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

    Joy
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    3 Reasons Why Seacrest Beach Homes for Sale are a Great Investment If you are planning on buying a Seacrest Beach 30A luxury home for sale as a second property, primary residence, or an investment property, it is important to be aware of the advantages of living NEAR the beach versus living ON the beach before investing. Many people are attracted by the idea of living in a 30A beachfront home. With easy access to the beach, the relaxing sound of the surf, exciting water activities all year long – it sounds like 30A beachfront living is heaven on earth. But is it really for everyone?
  • Rosemary Beach: Your Paradise Along 30A

    Joy
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Rosemary Beach: Your Paradise Along 30A Rosemary Beach is the perfect vacation destination with its pristine white sand beaches and lovely beach cottages all conveniently located between Panama City and Destin FL, at the eastern end of Scenic Highway 30A. Named after the rosemary plants growing among its coastal sand dunes, trails, and pathways, Rosemary Beach was established in 1995 as a new urban town with a neo-traditional look. 30A luxury homes in Rosemary beach have been most sought after by investors and second home buyers ever since for many reasons. Paradise within Your Reach Imagine…
  • Fun Awaits 30A Luxury Home Owners at the 3rd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run in Alys Beach

    Joy
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Fun Awaits 30A Luxury Home Owners at the 3rd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run in Alys Beach   Good news for all 30A luxury home owners and 30A tourists! You can now register for the 3rd Annual 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run to be held in Alys Beach. Click on the link to register in advance. The 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run happens on Sunday, August 31, 2014. The 5K Race starts at 7:00AM while the 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30AM. Organizers advise participants to arrive 30 minutes early on the day of the race. The Fun Run course winds through the streets of Alys Beach located along Scenic Highway 30A. This…
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    Unconditional

  • Average asking of homes remains high

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

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

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

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

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

  • St-Dominique Condominiums boasts brilliant common areas

    buzzhomeblog
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    St-Dominique Condominiums, a 67-unit project coming to downtown Montreal, is known for its historic exterior. Built in 1894, the structure is actually the former Ekers Brewery and DevMcGill is carefully converting the heritage structure into a unique collection of dwellings. Located at 2118 Rue Saint Dominique, its easy to see why the building is a head-turner. But beyond the work of architect Karl Fischer who is combining the essence of the heritage structure with a more contemporary look, the condo will also be animated by eye-catching common areas. Residents will surely appreciate the…
  • Six surprisingly gorgeous parking garages you want to find a spot in

    Monika Warzecha
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Parking garages tend to be synonymous with suburban blight or, at best, purely functional structures that aren’t exactly attractive. But if you needed any proof that good design can rehabilitate even the ugliest structures, look no further than these examples of very pretty car parks. Some boast green features while others bend expectations of what these structures should look like. Enjoy! Santa Monica Civic Centre, Santa Monica, USA Photo: John McStravick/Flickr Photo: Thomas Hawk/Flickr This LEED-certified, six-storey garage is so popular its fans have taken to praising it on Yelp.
  • Only a single one-bedroom unit left at Hampton Park Lofts in Ottawa

    buzzhomeblog
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    After recent news that Hampton Park Lofts in Ottawa hit the 67 per cent sold mark, units in the 18-unit residential building have continued to fly off the shelves. Now, only a single one-bedroom suite remains on the market. In designing the condo project, Surface Developments was dedicated to offering smartly-designed lofts with upscale finishes that still boast an affordable price tag. It’s thanks to these two elements that the three-and-a-half storey building has already been deemed a success. The developer hasn’t stopped there. Purchasers can now receive a covered parking space…
  • Toronto-based Skyline purchases Bear Valley Mountain Resort in Northern California

    buzzhomeblog
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Skyline is set to add Bear Valley Mountain Resort in northern California to its impressive portfolio of hotels and resort communities. The move represents the second time the Toronto-based developer has ventured south of the border, the first being in 2011 when Skyline purchased the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. Originally opening its doors in 1967, Bear Valley Mountain Resort is located in Sierra mountain range between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and offers year-round outdoor family-centric activities that includes skiing, water sports, golfing and music festivals. Already having…
  • Free this weekend? Looking for a home? Check out these events!

    Hyder Owainati
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    While the real estate schedule may be light on events this weekend, that shouldn’t stop house hunters in Surrey and Toronto from making it out. In Surrey, those attending the second annual High Street Summer Block Party can enjoy shopping and live music before heading to the South Point Walk table, where they can learn more about the development and even have the chance to win a gift basket worth over $250. Ontario will see model suite events for Emerald City in Toronto and Walkers Creek in St. Catharines. Enjoy! BC South Point Walk by StreetSide Development Corporation (pictured above):…
 
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    BornLiving Barcelona

  • The Gran Via Terrace III Apartment in Barcelona

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to frustrate home buyers, sellers and their agents

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you'd like to frustrate buyers and sellers, bringing their agents to the boiling point, here are the top four things you should do in today's normal Orange County real estate market. 1. Sellers -- List your house for sale and then go on vacation...
  • Granny flats can be good for granny -- or for tenants

    JEFF LAZERSON
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    What’s up with Mortgage Rates? Jeff Lazerson, of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel, gives us his take. RATE NEWS SUMMARY From the Freddie Mac weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate climbed 2 basis points to 4.14 percent from last week’s 4.12...
  • Home price gains leveling off, CoreLogic reports

    JEFF COLLINS
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    House price gains are leveling off, with Orange County posting the smallest year-over-year increase in almost two years, CoreLogic reported Tuesday. Orange County house prices increased 7.8 percent in the 12 months ending in June, the Irvine-based...
  • A year after frenzy, homes taking longer to sell

    JEFF COLLINS
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    OUR LATEST CENTERPIECE: A year ago, homes typically sold in days with multiple offers as a buying frenzy gripped the market, driving prices up as much as 28 percent in a year. Since then, however, the pace of sales has slowed. Sellers have flooded...
  • Read my lips: Smelly, messy houses don't sell

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Clearly my message is not being heard. I’ve emphasized repeatedly the importance of “staging” to make your home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers. That is, declutter, depersonalize and set a trap for buyers, paying attention...
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    REJournals.com

  • Chicago real estate firm partners with Goldman Sachs on 4 deals in two days

    Staff Writer
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    R2, a new Chicago based real estate investment platform comprised of South Street Capital Principals, and AIMS Real Estate (AIMS RE), a business unit of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), announced a strategic partnership to acquire & recapitalize four creative office assets in Chicago & Minneapolis. The R2 brand has been developed and launched by members of South Street Capital (SSC) as a new institutional investment platform, and will be led by Matt Garrison. In Chicago, R2 & AIMS RE announced the recapitalization of two well known loft office buildings, 900 North Franklin…
  • Quest Products to relocate headquarters, distribution operations to Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corporate Park

    Dan Rafter
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Quest Products is moving its headquarters as well as its assembling, packaging and warehousing operations to Kenosha County. It is currently headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois with additional distribution operations in Independence, Iowa. Both facilities will be consolidated into the new, larger location. On Monday, Quest purchased a 44,398-square-foot building at 8201 104th Street in the Village of Pleasant Prairie’s LakeView Corporate Park – a $3.6 million investment. Initially, the company will bring 28 jobs with another 28 employees and $1.5 million in additional investment expected…
  • The Boulder Group arranges sale of a triple net leased 7-Eleven property in the Chicago MSA

    Staff Writer
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant 7-Eleven property located at 5363 Lincoln Avenue in Skokie, IL for $960,000. The corporately guaranteed 7-Eleven property is located at the signalized intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Gross Point Road, a prime intersection that experiences traffic counts of 25,000 vehicles per day. The property is located in a densely populated area with approximately 28,000 people living within a one mile radius. 7-Eleven has successfully operated at this location since 1967. There are over six years…
  • IREM report: Shopping centers generating more income

    Dan Rafter
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:13 am
    Shopping centers across the country are generating more sales and income, based on the latest findings from Chicago-based IREM. The association’s 2014 Income/Expense Analysis: Shopping Centers reports that the median income for open shopping centers across the country stood at $17.18 a square foot in 2013. That’s up from $16.18 a square foot in 2012. At the same time, the costs to operate shopping centers fell. The report found that the operating costs of open shopping centers fell to $5.07 a square foot in 2013 from $5.20 a square foot one year earlier. The IREM study looks at…
  • Goldie B. Wolfe Miller: A Walking Legacy

    Bianca Herron
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Goldie B. Wolfe Miller In 1972, Goldie B. Wolfe was working in an advertising agency as an account representative. She wanted to go into sales since one of her clients, who was giving her career advice, said she should sell bridges instead of widgets. After going through 62 interviews, she landed at Arthur Rubloff & Co. – the largest real estate firm in Chicago, in the office leasing department. After leaving Rubloff & Co., Goldie started her own firm, Goldie B. Wolfe & Co., which she grew to be the largest woman-owned commercial real estate firm in the country. She sold it in…
 
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    Reia of Macomb | Michigan Real Estate Investor Club

  • Millionaires See Real Estate as Top Investment for 2014

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

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

    Dylan Tanaka
    25 Feb 2013 | 11:02 am
    Michigan land lords are sitting in the drivers seat since the Michigan Foreclosure Boom is over and values are coming back.  Not only were they able to buy great rental properties over the last 5 years but even right now there are thousands of houses in strong rental neighborhoods that are still available to cash more »
  • Have Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD Wiped Out Real Estate Investors?

    Dylan Tanaka
    13 Feb 2013 | 4:52 am
      Does it feel like there’s either an armed guard stopping you from making offers these days? or That Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD have real estate investors in a headlock I hate getting too technical but if you want to understand how and why the government may be trying to STOP you from more »
  • Royal Oak Real Estate Explosion

    Dylan Tanaka
    10 Feb 2013 | 12:33 pm
    Royal Oak has been exploding with growth over the passed 2 years. With new builds, amazing additions (sometimes doubling or tripling the square footage), and even regular homeowners getting into the mix – you simply cannot ignore the explosion.  From homeowners and renters to builders and investor/rehabbers Royal Oak is the hottest city in Metro more »
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Property Managers Can Offer Clients a Piece of Crowd-funding Action

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

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

    Mary Girsch-Bock
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    I understand that most of us are averse to change.  Just the thought of changing a familiar product can make the most competent people break out into a cold sweat; even if that familiar product has resulted in more work and increased mistakes. Let’s take a quick look at some of the repercussions of Jill’s current technology situation. Jill’s approval rating has dropped among some of her tenants; mainly because when they call with a maintenance request, it is frequently ignored.  While large, catastrophic issues are handled fairly well, many ‘little’ requests never get funneled to…
  • Boost Your Business into the 21st Century: A Step-by-Step Guide for Property Managers

    Alexis Hammond
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This easy guide and checklist lays out the steps in detail for you to start modernizing your business today. Stop wasting time with outdated processes and archaic resources and start spending more time streamlining your workflow and growing your business! This guide offers tips you won’t want to miss, including: How to reinvigorate and empower your sales team to flourish in a modern market Strategies for streamlining your leasing flow––close those deals on the spot! Modern ways to approach marketing, customer service and even accounting–find out what you’re missing! And much more……
  • The Joys of Technology Integration – Part I

    Mary Girsch-Bock
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Once upon a time there was a woman we’ll call Jill.  Jill worked in a fairly large property management company that handled both commercial and residential property management, so Jill was kept busy. When Jill became a property manager, she was trained on the company’s property management software.  The software was adequate, but didn’t perform many of the tasks that Jill had to utilize in order to run her property smoothly.  So Jill used the primary software product exclusively for move-ins and move-outs.  But the software was unable to run the reports that her management team at…
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    Select Property Group Ltd

  • Dubai aims to be world’s top tourist destination by 2020

    Steven Sedgwick
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    The large-scale tourism expansion centred on World Expo 2020 is fuelling further Dubai property investment. Summary: Dubai wants to be the world’s most visited city by 2020 The emirate is aiming to attract 20 million annual tourists World Expo 2020 is supporting a new wave of property investment in Dubai Dubai has set out its long-term plans to become the world’s number one tourist city by 2020. Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), wants to attract 20 million visitors to the emirate by 2020, a feat he believes will treble the economic…
  • ONS: UK property prices reach record high

    Steven Sedgwick
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    High property value increases are providing buy-to-let investors with strong capital appreciation. Summary: ONS figures show residential property prices have increased by over 10% so far in 2014 The average house price in the UK is now £265,000 Strong capital appreciation and high yields have led to more than £5 billion worth of student property investment in the past 2.5 years New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that buy-to-let investors are seeing strong capital appreciation on their property portfolios so far in 2014. The official data reveals an annual…
  • World Expo 2020 underpins Dubai property investor confidence

    Steven Sedgwick
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Recent figures from DIP and DLD show World Expo 2020 is underpinning strong investor demand for Dubai property. Summary: Following Dubai’s World Expo bid win, the emirate has seen significant property investment Commercial warehouse leases in Dubai have increased by 10.5% on an annual basis The first six months of the year saw £18.6 billion worth of Dubai residential property investment The economic expansion generated by the World Expo 2020 event in Dubai is filtering through to all levels of the emirate’s property investment industries. Omar Al Mesmar, General Manager of Dubai…
  • £127bn worth of building projects under construction in UAE

    Steven Sedgwick
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Property investment in the UAE continues at a great pace, with £127 billion worth of new projects currently under construction. Summary: £127 billion worth of new projects are under construction in the UAE Property investment in the UAE is being underpinned by the demand generated by World Expo 2020 Dubai Marina remains the favoured region of people searching for rental accommodation The expansion of United Arab Emirate’s (UAE’s) property market shows no sign of slowing down, with new figures revealing the total value of current construction projects in the country is £127 billion…
  • Students are ‘selective about their university accommodation’

    Steven Sedgwick
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    Following last week’s A level results, millions of undergraduates are now searching for high-quality student accommodation. Summary: Student accommodation reaches peak booking period Student property is the highest performing asset class in the UK Modern facilities and a central location are now seen as fundamental requirements in student accommodation provision Almost a week after the UK’s A level results were revealed, students up and down the country are now searching for a place to call home for the upcoming academic year. Property consultancy Savills had already identified a shift…
 
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • Hurricane Season Is Here: Protect Yourself, Your Family, And Your Home!

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

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

    ERA Wilder Realty
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    Contact: Chip Searles                              ERA Wilder Realty                               chips@erawilderrealty.com Columbia, S.C. June 25, 2014 – ERA Wilder Realty welcomes real estate expert, Elaine Runager, of Columbia, SC. Having lived in Irmo and Chapin for over 35 years, Elaine joins the team of agents in the Irmo area.  “We are honored to have Elaine join our team of professionals,” said Jim Brown, Broker-In-Charge for the Irmo branch of ERA Wilder Realty, ”With her work ethic and extensive knowledge of the Lake Murray…
  • Vote for ERA Wilder for Best of Columbia 2014 Awards!

    Era Wilder Realty Blogger
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    ERA Wilder Realty is pleased to announce that we have been nominated for Best Real Estate Agency in Columbia! The Best of Columbia 2014 Awards are sponsored by the Columbia Free Times, and readers have the opportunity to participate in the voting to choose their favorite local businesses.  The awards have been taking place every year since 1989 and have become one of the most comprehensive and popular surveys of the best that Columbia has to offer! Serving our community is our biggest priority, and we’d love to get your vote!To participate in the survey, please visit…
  • Stuart Reynolds Joins the ERA Wilder Realty Team

    ERA Wilder Realty
    18 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Contact: Chip Searles                 ERA Wilder Realty                 chips@erawilderrealty.com Columbia, S.C. June 18, 2014 – ERA Wilder Realty readily welcomes Stuart Reynolds to its team of real estate professionals serving the Columbia area. Backed with experience in all aspects of real estate law and title companies, Stuart has a full understanding of real estate transactions and closure. “I live by a core set of values and I make my client’s number one goal my number one goal. After all, it’s all about them and their needs, not mine.” Truly a…
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    Salt Spring Island Real Estate

  • August & July 2014, Market Analysis

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

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

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

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

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    1 May 2014 | 9:55 am
    May to October is now our main window of opportunity for real estate viewings/subsequent sales, in our specific secondary home/discretionary […]
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • Karen and JB closed escrow on their Sherman Oaks condo today!

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

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

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

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
     Are these furniture pieces for cats cool, or what? http://www.boredpanda.com/cat-furniture/  Let's just do all of our decorating for our animals, right?
  • Ask the Realtor: Does the seller have to disclose all property reports in their possession?

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Any real estate transaction contains lots of paperwork, much of which are disclosures.  A property seller has an affirmative duty to disclose anything and everything that they know about a property.  I once had a seller disclose that a house was haunted.  Seriously.  The buyers bought it anyway.So if a seller has property condition reports from another, earlier escrow, those must be given to the buyer, too, right? Ethically, yes.  Legally, no. I know; this is really surprising, and I just learned the legal answer myself.  Part of the contractual legalese…
 
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    ReTechulous

  • Lender/Agent "Interview Video" Promoted Post Technique? (A Test...)

    Ryan
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    In this test we're posting an interview between and agent and a lender to the agent's fan page. The post includes a link out to a squeeze page, and we're getting traffic via a Facebook "promoted post" ad. We'll let you know in a few days how this test worked out... It at least seems [...] Sorry this page is for Members Only . Click Here to Start a Free Trial Today Please login / become a member.
  • Forced 2nd Step Surveys, After Opt Videos, Some WordPress Stuff (Strategy Session 8/20/2014)

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

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

    Ryan Hartman
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Here's how it works. 1. Require only an email in order for folks to get your juicy resource. 2. Then after opt ask a few optional questions designed to pull out more info & phone numbers. 3. After the survey, show them the original resource.
  • 15 Status Update Templates You Can Use To Stay Top Of Mind With Your (Social) Sphere of Influence

    Ryan
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Click here to open the Gdoc with the templates in a new window. Micro touches. Tiny little reminders that you still exist - that you sell real estate. That you're there for them whenever they might need you. Without being too sales, pitchy, creepy, and "real estate agenty." That's the name of the game when it comes to marketing your real estate business on social media, right? On this recorded session with Shaun Nilsson & Grace Carrol from CityBlast, we walk through 15 posting templates you might use on your personal social profiles in order to gain and maintain top of mind status with your…
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Sales Meeting 8-18-2014, Earl Salter – Tax Expert, Federally Enrolled Agent

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

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

    Neil Schwartz
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Every one who has succeeded at a high level started at the beginning; having nothing more than a desire to succeed. Hard work, perseverance and the willingness to be their best is the only thing that separates an average person from a highly successful person. CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Times Have Changed, Shouldn’t You?

    Neil Schwartz
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    For years and years most of our prospecting leads came from phone calls to “land-lines,” but this type of lead generation has dramatically slowed down. Many people no longer have home phones and those who have them often don’t answer, thinking that an annoying salesperson is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 8-4-2014, An Enemy Called Average

    Neil Schwartz
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Don’t be pulled into the limiting belief that above average agents are above average individuals. They all started small and with those first tentative steps that all people take. The only difference is that they use the power of self discipline to repeat income producing activities because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Susan Singer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Indian Property Market Will Be Strengthened By Introduction Of REITs

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    The introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts in India will help deepen the country’s property industry and bring greater industry stability, it is claimed. India has approved legislation allowing the creation of REITs, a long awaited move that should encourage the creation of big institutional...
  • The Success of Barbados' Property Market

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    A number of islands in the Caribbean are seeing significant property market growth, but Barbados definitely stands out from the crowd. A recent report from Knight Frank underlines this fact neatly, showing that last year saw a 15% increase in sales on the island. According to Knight Frank International...
  • Foreclosures At 6 Year Low

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    The mortgage delinquency rate has decreased for the sixth consecutive quarter and is at 6.04% of all residential mortgage loans through the second quarter of 2014, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. In addition, the percentage of loans in foreclosure during Q2 stood at 2.49%, down from...
  • Cash Property Sales Trending Down

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Cash sales made up 34.4% of total home sales in the United States in May 2014, the lowest share since May 2010, the latest data shows. The figures from real estate company Core Logic, also show that the number of cash sales are down from 37.4% from the same month a year ago. However, the firm...
  • Foreign Home Buyers Boosting Spain's Property Market

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Residential property sales in Spain increased by 8.8% in June compared to the same month a year ago, the latest data from the National Statistics Institute shows. The year on year increase in June is the fourth consecutive monthly rise following those experienced in March, April and May, when home...
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • The Secret Life of Existing-Home Sales

    Peter Ricci
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    The Secret Life of Existing-Home Sales was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. July’s existing-home sales data looked pretty positive, but scratching beneath the surface reveals a... The Secret Life of Existing-Home Sales 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.
  • Chicagoland’s Top 10 Selling Suburban Housing Markets

    Peter Ricci
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Chicagoland’s Top 10 Selling Suburban Housing Markets was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. What suburban housing markets in Chicagoland saw the most home sales in July? #6042-001522... Chicagoland’s Top 10 Selling Suburban Housing Markets 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.
  • Builder Confidence Jumps to Highest Mark Since January

    Peter Ricci
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Builder Confidence Jumps to Highest Mark Since January was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Despite numbers that would imply the contrary, homebuilder confidence continued to increase this month.... Builder Confidence Jumps to Highest Mark Since January 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.
  • Existing-Home Sales Pace Hits Its Stride, Reaches 2014 Peak

    James McClister
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Existing-Home Sales Pace Hits Its Stride, Reaches 2014 Peak was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. NAR’s new existing home-sales report shows the sales pace quickening, inventory rising and distressed... Existing-Home Sales Pace Hits Its Stride, Reaches 2014 Peak 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.
  • This is How Important Government Financing is For First-Time Homebuyers

    Peter Ricci
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    This is How Important Government Financing is For First-Time Homebuyers was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Simply put, without government guarantees, the percentage of first-time homebuyers would be even smaller... This is How Important Government Financing is For First-Time Homebuyers 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…
 
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • Weekly Market Update

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

    Sara MacLennan
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    When it comes time to sell your home, even the most minor renovations can boost your home's value, if they're done right. You may want to consider adding a deck to your home for your own enjoyment, or to add value if you're thinking of selling. Deck It Out How Does a Deck Add Value? Adding a deck to your property can have a considerable impact on your home's value. There are a few reasons for this increase, but in general, the primary draw is the extension of living space, even in our northern climate. Decks Are a Growing Trend Decks, patios and outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly…
  • Weekly Market Update, Aug. 15/14

    Sara MacLennan
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Edmonton Real Estate Market Update Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 486 (495, 447, 419) # Sales: 346 (272, 316, 346) Ratio: 71% (55%, 71%, 83%) # Price Changes: 281 (250, 249, 285) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 140 (230, 268, 110) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 0 (-7, -137, -37) Active single family home listings: 2893 (2906, 2823, 2898) Active condo listings: 1669 (1680, 1669, 1728) Homes 4-week running average: $433k ($431k, $429k, $430k) Condos 4-week running average: $249k ($256k,…
  • How Aerial Photos and Videos can help sell your home

    Sara MacLennan
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
     Have you seen one of these flying around your neighbourhood yet? Drone photography If you haven't yet, you probably will soon. The cost of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - better known as UAV's or drones - has rapidly decreased, making everyday arial photography and videography a reality. Drones with cameras attached can hover inches off the ground, and soar up several hundred feet in the air. The photos you can create are stunning and the videos can be downright mesmerizing. It's a perfect way to showcase properties for sale, particularly those with unique architectural features and…
  • 5 Strategies for Maintaining Healthy Home Plumbing

    Karleia Steiner
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    One of the most expensive repairs for homeowners can be the cost of repairs for pipes, which are prone to be break and have leaks with time. In some cases, the interior of the home can also become damaged with leakage, which can be expensive to repair. To maintain the home's plumbing and allow it to stay in good condition, there are a few strategies to practice on a consistent basis. 1. Check the Water Pressure To prevent pipes from bursting due to too much water flowing through, it's crucial to check the water pressure with a pressure gauge. A pressure regulator can then be used to adjust it…
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    aBetterOffice

  • Detroit Coworking Office Space Revs Up Motor City

    Jennifer LeClaire
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    DETROIT – TechTown Detroit’s Junction440 coworking office space for entrepreneurs is making waves in Motor City. Located on a renovated floor in the historic 440 Burroughs Street building in Midtown Detroit, the $1.5 million, 20,000-square-foot facility is not your typical coworking office space. With renovations funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the site also features TechTown’s public event facilities, and acceleration, incubation and administrative suites. And floors two through five are home to traditional commercial tenants. “This space will…
  • Houston Office Space Offers ‘Green’ Convenience

    Jennifer LeClaire
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    AUSTIN – BusinesSuites is throwing down the gauntlet in the Houston executive office suites market. The alternative workspace provider just opened its seventh executive office suites project in the Houston area. Specifically, BusinesSuites has taken up residence at The Woodlands, Texas at Hughes Landing. Dubbed BusinesSuites Hughes Landing, the Houston office space is located at 1790 Hughes Landing Boulevard. “We help businesses avoid the hassle and commitment of a conventional office lease without compromising on professionalism, infrastructure or amenities,” says John G. Jordan,…
  • New Coworking ‘Passport’ Connects 17 Indiana Shared Workspaces

    Jennifer LeClaire
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – What do you get when 17 coworking office space facilities and innovation centers across a single state join forces? A formidable network that caters to mobile workers and road warriors that have an appreciation for alternative office space. That’s the story behind Indiana CoWorking Passport, a agreement between 17 centers that gives members of any one workspace access to any other workspace in the network as they move freely about the state. “This all started with a single member of Launch Fishers asking ‘what if…’ and we ran with the idea. Now we…
  • This May Be the Answer to Your Office Space Challenges

    Jennifer LeClaire
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    PITTSBURGH, PA – If you are a nonprofit looking to drive revenue from your unused office space – or a startup looking for affordable office space in Pittsburgh – listen closely because this new initiative could be the answer you’ve been waiting for. The Forbes Funds, a Pittsburgh-based foundation dedicated to nonprofit capacity building, just launched Nonprofit Spaces. It’s a free online service that aims to help nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region advertise their vacant office space for rent or purchase. The site also promises to expedite your search for culturally…
  • A New York Coworking Office Space for Rainy Days

    Jennifer LeClaire
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    NEW YORK – Coworking office space providers are working hard to differentiate themselves from the pack. There are all sorts of newfangled concepts, from targeting attorneys to catering to moonlighters and beyond. Indeed, when it rains it pours. And that’s just what WeWork and ‘brellaBox are counting on. You can’t guess by its name, but ‘brellaBox is the first-ever umbrella rental company. The business just launched a pilot program at a Downtown New York coworking office space outfit called WeWork. Here’s how it works: For $2.50, ‘brellaBox lets New Yorkers rent a…
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • My God, I Love These Videos…

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

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

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

    Rob Hahn
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    There is something about Zillow that brings out the melodramatic in the real estate commentariat, both of the professional variety and often more hilariously, of the amateur variety. The big bombshell from yesterday, of Zillow acquiring Trulia, has brought out some of the finest performances in a drama and in a comedy. It’s an odd […]
  • Why Are Referrals Still Legal?

    Rob Hahn
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    A brief question, born out of discussions online and offline in the wake of the Zillow-Trulia deal…. Let me set the stage. More than a few people think that Zillow will ultimately want a piece of the commission (as evidence, they point to the brokerage licenses that MarketLeader once owned, which then Trulia owned, and […]
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • How Will Immigration Impact Residential Real Estate?

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

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

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

    Peter Miler
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    America is a nation on the move.  The Census Bureau says 35.9 million of us picked-up and went somewhere else in 2013, almost 12% of the entire population. We move because of such things as jobs, climate, family and schools but there’s another reason as well: A good move can be worth $1 million and maybe more. Read the rest of Would You Move for $1 Million in New Wealth? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate Investments. Your Premier Source for Turnkey Investment Property.
  • Strongest Job Markets in the 60 Largest U.S. Cities

    John Kiernan
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes the grass truly is greener on the other side of the fence.  The financial turmoil of the past few years certainly lends credence to that notion, as the Great Recession’s disproportionate impact on local economies spawned a 24-point unemployment rate difference between the most and least bountiful major U.S. cities. More than 100 million people have moved within the past five years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and 48% of unemployed individuals have picked up their roots in search of a job over that time-frame.  This societal mobility stands to be a major asset…
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    BuzzBuzzHome News

  • St-Dominique Condominiums boasts brilliant common areas

    buzzhomeblog
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    St-Dominique Condominiums, a 67-unit project coming to downtown Montreal, is known for its historic exterior. Built in 1894, the structure is actually the former Ekers Brewery and DevMcGill is carefully converting the heritage structure into a unique collection of dwellings. Located at 2118 Rue Saint Dominique, its easy to see why the building is a head-turner. But beyond the work of architect Karl Fischer who is combining the essence of the heritage structure with a more contemporary look, the condo will also be animated by eye-catching common areas. Residents will surely appreciate the…
  • Six surprisingly gorgeous parking garages you want to find a spot in

    Monika Warzecha
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Parking garages tend to be synonymous with suburban blight or, at best, purely functional structures that aren’t exactly attractive. But if you needed any proof that good design can rehabilitate even the ugliest structures, look no further than these examples of very pretty car parks. Some boast green features while others bend expectations of what these structures should look like. Enjoy! Santa Monica Civic Centre, Santa Monica, USA Photo: John McStravick/Flickr Photo: Thomas Hawk/Flickr This LEED-certified, six-storey garage is so popular its fans have taken to praising it on Yelp.
  • Only a single one-bedroom unit left at Hampton Park Lofts in Ottawa

    buzzhomeblog
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    After recent news that Hampton Park Lofts in Ottawa hit the 67 per cent sold mark, units in the 18-unit residential building have continued to fly off the shelves. Now, only a single one-bedroom suite remains on the market. In designing the condo project, Surface Developments was dedicated to offering smartly-designed lofts with upscale finishes that still boast an affordable price tag. It’s thanks to these two elements that the three-and-a-half storey building has already been deemed a success. The developer hasn’t stopped there. Purchasers can now receive a covered parking space…
  • Toronto-based Skyline purchases Bear Valley Mountain Resort in Northern California

    buzzhomeblog
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Skyline is set to add Bear Valley Mountain Resort in northern California to its impressive portfolio of hotels and resort communities. The move represents the second time the Toronto-based developer has ventured south of the border, the first being in 2011 when Skyline purchased the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. Originally opening its doors in 1967, Bear Valley Mountain Resort is located in Sierra mountain range between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and offers year-round outdoor family-centric activities that includes skiing, water sports, golfing and music festivals. Already having…
  • Free this weekend? Looking for a home? Check out these events!

    Hyder Owainati
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    While the real estate schedule may be light on events this weekend, that shouldn’t stop house hunters in Surrey and Toronto from making it out. In Surrey, those attending the second annual High Street Summer Block Party can enjoy shopping and live music before heading to the South Point Walk table, where they can learn more about the development and even have the chance to win a gift basket worth over $250. Ontario will see model suite events for Emerald City in Toronto and Walkers Creek in St. Catharines. Enjoy! BC South Point Walk by StreetSide Development Corporation (pictured above):…
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    Debra Sinick & Brooks Beaupain

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Will Bamboo Change the Face of Western Construction?

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Housing shortages exist in various regions all over the world as the global population continues to increase year-on-year and construction falls behind, failing to meet the pressures of demand. Buildings have been made out of bamboo for thousands of years during which time, the material has been developed considerably to provide a higher quality, lighter and more moisture-resistant construction bamboo that could replace the demand for wood, steel and concrete building materials. Bamboo is widely used in construction throughout Asia Bamboo a Sustainable Solution for Urban Expansion Gregory…
  • IPIN Global Appoints New Singapore MD

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IPIN Global is pleased to announce the arrival of Steven Lee, the new senior member for the IPIN Global team at our Asian headquarters in Singapore. Having shone through a vigorous selection process Steven will now lead a key and rapidly expanding region for the company. Previously Vice President of Agency Distribution at HSBC, a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Consultant, Steven boasts in excess of 30 years' experience in financial services. Aside from directing our Singapore growth to new frontiers, Steven's primary short-term objective is to fully homogenise operations…
  • UK Construction: Strongest Growth for 11 Years

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    According to data from Markit, the UK's construction sector recorded a rating of 62.4 on the purchasing managers' index (PMI). Any figure above 50 indicates growth and the construction sector includes not just residential but also commercial building and civil engineering. The sector's growth beat expectations by continuing to improve strongly throughout 2014, bringing activity in the housing sector to its highest level since 2003. Conversely, last week's manufacturing PMI was disappointing, recording the slowest growth for a year, placing further importance on expansion in the construction…
  • China's Real Estate - A Market in Crisis

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After China's house prices rose dramatically through the first months of 2013, the government imposed stringent cooling measures which may have been too efficient, resulting in rapid deceleration in housing values across the country. The government initially imposed restrictions on the purchases of second and third homes, increased the amount of deposits required on property financed by mortgages and tightened credit for property developers. Measures to Cool Market Too Effective In June 2014 it was reported that among 70 major cities in China, house prices dropped in 55 of them, representing…
  • Spanish Property Sales Up 48% in 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Spanish real estate valuation and assessment specialists TINSA have released data showing that Spain's housing market is now recovering, amidst gradually improving economic conditions. House prices in Spain fell 3.03% during the year to the end of the second quarter, the lowest annual decline since the second quarter of 2008. In certain regions, Spanish house prices are beginning to increase slightly in the current quarter, with 0.15% growth recorded so far, according to the Spanish institute of statistics (INE) . Residential property transactions increased by a substantial 48% in the first…
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    Propertyshowrooms.com News

  • Scottish Housing Market Booming Ahead of Independence Vote

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

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    <p>In a secluded spot on a mountain named after the prophet Elijah on the Greek Island of Rhodes a villa was built as a retreat for Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's old age - ultimately, Mussolini saw neither the villa or old age and the property has remained unused for decades.</p> <p>Set amongst pine trees with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, the idyllic villa was constructed to the highest standard by one of Mussolini's trusted aides in 1936, Cesare Maria De Vecchi, at a time when Italy ruled the Dodecanese islands.</p> <p>Mussolini was famously executed…
  • 2014: Property Investment Trends in 5 European Cities

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    <p>All property markets have pockets of value and Europe is no different. Here we take a look at 5 of the most popular markets for overseas property investors in 2014.</p> <p> Malta : One of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries has had a huge amount of interest from foreign buyers in 2014, particular at the high-end price range. The years 2008-2013 saw falling house prices in Malta, losing around 40% in value. Before 2008 property prices increased at around 10% to 15% annually.</p> <p>European buyers lead the league table of foreign investors…
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  • Mortgage News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Charlie Allred
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    In full disclosure, I live in Old Town Scottsdale and of course love Old Town Scottsdale.  Whenever a potential buyer calls me about moving to Old Town Scottsdale, central Scottsdale* or South Scottsdale, there are a few things I make sure they know about the homes in the area prior to going out and looking at a new Old Town Scottsdale home for them. Much of the time, these home buyers are moving to Old Town Scottsdale to be close to all the great amenities, which is originally what brought me to the area 11 years ago from the suburbs (well Tempe, AZ).  I love eating out (my favorite…
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  • Sunday Open Houses August 3, 2014 & July Market Report

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

    greenwichstreets
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    A beautiful sunset at Greenwich Point across from the Innis Arden Cottage
  • 29 Open Houses on Sunday, 7/27/14

    greenwichstreets
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    There are 29 Open Houses starting with 30 Sherwood Ave which is for rent $12,000 per month, or sale for $2,500,000.   The  highest priced single family home Open House is $6,400,000 on Club Road in Riverside. There are plenty of homes to see in every price point. Look closely at the times as they vary.  You can use the interactive map to plan your route. Please click here for the interactive map. The static map is below.           Address Town Price Time Broker 30 Sherwood Avenue Greenwich $12,500 1-4 PM Berkshire Hathaway 171 Putnam Park #171 Greenwich $425,000…
  • Greenwich Real Estate Market Report Part II – Average Price Now $3MM

    greenwichstreets
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    First Half Market Supply and Demand in Greenwich, CT           Greenwich Inventory vs. Sales [You can see Part I of this report at GreenwichStreets.com.] Comparing the percentage of each price range sold to the inventory in that price range is another way of looking at demand in that price range and it also shows you how each price range compares to the overall market. If you look at the inventory pie chart you can see that the under $1,000,000 market in Greenwich only has 8% of the market; it’s three tiny little sliver at the top right of the chart. Look at sales for the same…
  • 43 Open Houses in Greenwich, CT on Sunday 7/19/14

    greenwichstreets
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, July 20, 2014   There are 43 Open Houses this Sunday from $$610,000 right across the street from the park on Pemberwick Road, to $7,200,000 on Mayfair Lane off of Pecksland Road.  Both of these properties are in the Glenville Elementary & Western Middle School District.   There is much to see from new construction at 7 Oakwood Lane for $6.495M, 20 Carpenters Brook Lane for $4.1M or 2 Meadow Place for $4.2M to classic vintage homes such as 349 Sound Beach Ave built in 1925 and listed for $3.575M & the convenient “in-town” gem, 10 Maher Ave…
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  • Reaching Out is On-going at The Management Trust

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    It was 9:00 am on Thursday morning, and our Tustin office was already operating in high gear! Nearly 100 employee owners from our Southern California offices had gathered together to partner with Stop Hunger Now in assembling nearly 40,000 packages of food!                       Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other life-saving aid to people in developing nations. Founded in 1998, it has mobilized over 450,000 volunteers to send more than…
  • Emphatic Empathy, and why the Perception of a Problem is a Problem in the Customer Service Industry

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Recently I was booking a flight for a visit to one of our divisions when I encountered a problem with the airline’s website. Unable to complete my ticket purchase, I was instructed to call customer service. I spent about 5 minutes following the instructions of the auto-attendant to press certain buttons to access certain menus. I finally gave up and started pressing “0” repeatedly until I was patched through to a “customer satisfaction” representative. After another 5 minutes of waiting on hold and being forced to listen to that god-awful, overly-processed electronica music, I was…
  • Casual For A Cause

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:47 am
             As one of our recurring Community Outreach projects, The Management Trust–Transpacific designates two months during the year as “Casual for a Cause” months. For those months, our employee owners are able to donate $2 for every day they choose to dress casually. The resulting funds are then donated to a charity or organizational need. June is our first “Casual for a Cause” month for 2014 and we have chosen to support the Wounded Warrior Project®. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) strives to honor and empower our Wounded Warriors and help…
  • Inspiring Each Other Through Taking The Journey

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:55 pm
      At the beginning of 2014 The Management Trust released a new mission statement: "To Inspire Each Other to Take Ownership of Our Potential" Now we have asked our employee-owners to submit their reflections on how this mission statement applies to them and their jobs. The sixth entry is posted here. If this resonates with you let us know by leaving a comment at the end of the article!   Inspiring Each Other Through Taking The Journey by Carla Hanchett, Division Assistant to V.P. of AccountingThe Management Trust-Northwest   Scene (My daughter is hurriedly searching the house…
  • Inspiring Each Other Through Leading By Example

    26 May 2014 | 11:24 pm
      At the beginning of 2014 The Management Trust released a new mission statement: "To Inspire Each Other to Take Ownership of Our Potential" Now we have asked our employee-owners to submit their reflections on how this mission statement applies to them and their jobs. The fifth entry is posted here. If this resonates with you let us know by leaving a comment at the end of the article!   Inspiring Each Other Through Leading By Example by Bill Sorenson, A/R SpecialistThe Management Trust-CDC   I nominate my bosses as inspiration:  Ron Rice, Steve Stepleton and Craig…
 
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  • Guide To Renovations & Extensions

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

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

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

    admin
    9 Feb 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Getting on the property ladder is not easy these days, especially for younger people and first-time buyers. There’s plenty to think about when looking for the right house, let alone finding the right mortgage with so many different mortgage options out there.  When thinking of buying a house, shopping around for a mortgage is extremely important; without properly researching what’s out there, buyers risk signing a deal that may not be in their best interests, and could end up paying more. Before you even start looking to get a mortgage you should always make sure that you are aware of…
  • The top five UK retirement hotspots

    admin
    12 Jan 2014 | 9:30 am
    After a long hard life of working and bringing up kids, all most of us want from our retirement is a little bit of the good life. Some nice views, friendly neighbours and plenty of opportunities for day trips and activities are all we ask for from a retirement property – in addition to top class facilities, high end fixtures and great staff. If you’re looking for the perfect destination for your golden years, here are five of the best spots in the country for the older and more discerning members of our nation. North Yorkshire With breathtaking views, picturesque villages and friendly…
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  • Its Time to go Back to School!

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

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

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

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

    Harmony Homes
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Many people think of Las Vegas and only see the strip. Residing here is not what most people would think. The Las Vegas Strip is a great benefit for entertainment and activities but Residential areas in Lake Las Vegas, Henderson and Summerlin has many other benefits. Entertainment: Las Vegas is arguably “The Entertainment Capital of the World” and people come all over for the food, shows, conventions and events. Living here means attending all of the exciting “happenings” without travel expenses. Schools: Green Valley Ranch High School was recently voted one of the top high schools in…
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  • Bonterra Builders Presents Verdict Ridge – Full Motion Video Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

    STLRealtor
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Potential to EARN 1200 North Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63113 HUGE income potential! This building contains six, 3-bedroom units with one full bath, living room, eat in kitchen, bonus room, central air, front porch, and back deck. Washer and dryer hookups located in basement. Two units are currently occupied and rent for $625/month. Owner pays water and sewer. Some rehab needed in some units to bring top rents. Search All Area Properties Search Foreclosures Check out St. Louis County! The county is conveniently located just outside the city. You can experience all the joys of the city, but be able…
  • St. Louis City Property Owner Opportunity!

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

    STLRealtor
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    State of the Art Technology Included 10239 St, Richard Lane, St. Ann, MO 63074 A great home with a little extra income! This is a one story duplex with full basement, central air and off street parking. The unit at 10241 is vacant, and is a one bedroom one bath. Other unit at 10239 is occupied, rents for $600/month, and is a 2 bedroom 1 bath. Vacant unit may be showed at will through appointment in Showing Time. Occupied unit may be viewed after contract is accepted. Sold in “as is” condition – buyer to be responsible for all inspections and repairs.Great Investment…
  • Beautiful Ballwin Condo in Desirable Ridgeview Place

    STLRealtor
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Beautiful Ballwin Condo in Desirable Ridgeview Place 1690 Ridgeview Circle Check out this beautifully finished 2 bed/4 bath townhouse minutes from Manchester Road. Home boasts 3 levels of living space totaling over 1950 sq ft. You will have plenty of room for entertaining or spreading out to relax! This stunning 2 story features cathedral ceilings, corner fireplaces on both the main and lower level, a master suite with vaulted ceilings, dual closets, whirlpool tub and much more! The kitchen features tile flooring, abundant cabinet space, smooth-top range, microwave, and pantry. The finished…
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  • How to add value to your home with eco upgrades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    OppenheimLaw
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (or simply “Dodd-Frank”) was passed in 2010.  The passage of this Act was in effort to prevent the recurrence of the events that caused the 2008 financial crisis. The act also implements regulations that ultimately seek to create a greater certainty that borrowers can repay their home loans. The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) was established to implement and enforce the Dodd-Frank rules in the mortgage industry. The CFPB regulations implementing Dodd-Frank went into effect on January 10, 2014 and…
 
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  • Real Estate Report – The AftermathAugust 12, 2014

    Stephen Katz
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
      Stephen Katz 800 Johnson Ferry Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30342 Stephen@KatzMortgageTeam.com NMLS ID: 69623 Calculate a mortgage payment Compare the cost of owning versus renting What if I Pay More Every Month? August 12, 2014 The Aftermath We have had a week to consider the barrage of data released during the last week of the month and the first days of August. The markets were very volatile during this period with the Dow moving from record territory by mid-July to a 2.5% loss in one week and negative territory for the year as of August 1. Other markets moved as well during this period as…
  • You and your real estate agent should be prepared

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

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

    Stephen Katz
    6 May 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Aside from it being spring cleaning season, it’s also moving season. At the end of the school year, everyone is scrambling to move and get settled. I jokingly call it “Christmas Season” for professional organizers. Why? Because you don’t know what you are getting yourself into when you arrive to unpack and set up a house. Bad packing and lack of planning can cost you hours in your move process. If you are hiring movers and organizers to unpack you, it could get expensive. Here are some helpful tips for moving in an efficient manner: 1. Pack like with like. 2. Clearly label…
  • The Prequalification and Preapproval Processes

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

  • RTV Launches T4 - Top Tier Tour Track Program!

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

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

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

    Jason LaVanture
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Just as with every marketing tool, opinions on the effectiveness of real estate virtual tours are divided. While some believe that a great virtual tour still does more to attract potential buyers and increase visibility for a listing than more traditional real estate marketing strategies, others suspect the virtual tour has started to lose ground with property buyers.Opponents of real estate virtual tours often claim they’re a waste of time, and that good quality photos of a property will work just as well—and further, it all gets lost in the sea of digital noise that the Internet has…
  • Apartment Photography & Virtual Tours with RTV

    Jason LaVanture
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Choosing an apartment or a condo to rent is an important decision—and the more information you can give prospective renters, the more likely you’ll be to get your lease signed. If you are a real estate agent, property owner, or virtual tour service provider, don’t overlook creating virtual tours for rental properties like apartments, town homes, and condominiums.Why should you create virtual tours for apartments?Most people who are looking to rent an apartment are just like home buyers in that they want a place to call home, where they’ll be comfortable and happy. Whether they’re…
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    Waterfront Properties in Jupiter | Real Estate Blog

  • FISHING 4CAST!

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Fishing Report 8.22.14Typical South Florida weather patterns for the weekend with some favorable winds should have the fish biting. Even the flats skiffs were getting in on the wahoo bite with the flat seas. OFFSHORE- Dolphin fishing improved over the last week for those of you who run way offshore. About 15-25 miles offshore from Palm Beach to Jupiter seem to produce the best number of dolphin. Lots of small ones, but enough bigger fish around to keep things interesting. In a little closer, blackfin tuna action seemed to pick up in 250-500' of water off Palm Beach Inlet. Hard to beat a nice…
  • THE SPORT OF KINGS in the PALM BEACHES

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Horseracing has various forms, of which thoroughbred racing is the most popular and has been termed as “The Sport of Kings”.  Horses have remained a symbol of great wealth.  This has always been popular with the aristocrats and royalty of British society, thusly earning the title. Historically, records indicate that horseracing began as early as the days of Babylon, Syria, and Egypt.  Both chariot and mounted horses participated in the ancient Greek Olympics 648 B.C. Various types of racing have given rise to horse breeds that excel in specific disciplines of equestrian sports. One…
  • BLUEWATER BABES

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Do you have a love for fishing, have the bravery to fight, and understand the power of women working together? Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure is the leading lady angler KDW fishing tournament. As Palm Beach County’s first all-female fishing tournament, Bluewater Babes is dedicated to raising money for local breast and ovarian cancer patients in financial need. There is so much more beyond fishing, Bluewater Babes has grown gradually year after year since 2009, organizers decided to convert the event into its own 501©3 public charity, which means the charity is able to make direct…
  • BallenIsles Country Club…Platinum Club of America with Superb Golf!

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
      BallenIsles Country Club is highly regarded for its championship golf courses.  The three championship golf courses, where many golf legends have qualified for the PGA Tour, is home to the to a $26 million state of the art Sports complex.  Out of nearly 200 Clubs managed by worldwide by Troon Golf, BallenIsles has been awarded “Facility of the Year”! Three impressive courses make up BallenIsles Country Club.  The East Course, opened in 1963, winds through a natural habitat, which is a sanctuary for freshwater bird and indigenous striding birds.  ASGCA Golf Course Architect Keith…
  • WHOLE LATTE LOVE FOR COFFEE MONTH

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    August is the national month of coffee!   FUN FACT:  Did you know that coffee is the second most recognizable scent in America – second only to the smell of the aroma of burning wood. Social aspects of “coffee” have been noted in modern culture for quite some time.  The United States is the largest market for coffee, followed by Germany and Japan.   Inviting someone for a cup of coffee has led to Americans embracing “the café” as a social gathering place to relax.   An individual inviting another to their home, late at night, for a cup of coffee after a date could be an…
 
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    ExpertView Blog

  • Inner West – Melbourne Real Estate’s Best Kept Secret

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

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

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

    Petra Sprekos
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Baby boomers hit by affordability and tough property market Despite buying property during the late 1980s and early 1990s when interest rates reached 17%, more than half of baby boomers (55%) believe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • INVESTMENT HOUSING CONTINUES TO GROW

    realestateview.com.au
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Courtesy of the REIV The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says the latest housing finance figures released by the  Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reflect a stabilising market. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Century 21 Alliance Realty - THE Gail Spada TEAM

  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 1/4

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

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

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

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

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

  • Childrens Summer Workshops Art Exhibit Reception In Richland, WA

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    This coming Sunday, August 24 there will be a Childrens Summer Workshops Art Exhibit Reception from 1:00p to 3:00 in the afternoon at the Allied Arts Association Gallery at the Park situated in 89 Lee Boulevard Richland, Washington. Details of the Childrens Summer Workshops Art Exhibit Reception Visit the park and get a chance to view artworks that are created by area children attending the Summer Workshops. Plus, get to enjoy refreshments and be one of the first to view the new art at The Gallery at the Park Admission is free. For more information please call 509- 943-9815 or go to…
  • Line Dance Lessons Mondays At Kennewick Senior Center, Washington

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    This coming Monday, August 25 at 6:30 in the evening everyone is invited to join Line Dance Lessons Mondays At Kennewick Senior Center located in 500 S. Auburn Street Kennewick Washington. Details of Line Dance Lessons Mondays The event is open to all ages. This will be a great way to exercise, loose that extra weight and be acquainted to new friends. What’s more dance lesson instructors will be providing a venue to dance in a club setting. Isn’t that fantastic? If you want to be a part of the event admission fee is $20.00 per month for residents and $30.00 per month for people from…
  • National Park Services Birthday Free Day In Sacajawea State Park

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Come and visit Washington state parks for free on Monday, August 25 at 8:00 in the morning. Call your family and friends and explore the beauty of Sacajawea State Park located in 2503 Sacajawea Park Road Pasco, Washington. More about National Park Services Birthday Free Day If you love to go to parks you will surely enjoy a free day at Sacajawea State Park. Plus, it is absolutely free of charge. Please be informed that the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on designated free days. Also, a Discover Pass is required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of…
  • Farm to Table Tour Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, Richland

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    There will be a seven hour tour at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in Richland on Saturday, August 30 from 8:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon that will enlighten participants and give them an idea of what it takes to get their food on the table. Details of the EventAdmission fee is $60.00 per person with beverages, lunch, tour guide, and bus included. Get a chance to visit to various farms and talk to the farmers that grow apples, corn, beans, onions, and wheat. Confirmation is required before August 22. For more information you may call Hanford Reach Interpretive Center at…
  • Labor Day Patio Party @ Barnard Griffin Wine Bar amp; Eatery, Richland

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Everyone is invited to join the Labor Day Patio Party at Barnard Griffin Wine Bar amp; Eatery in 878 Tulip Lane Richland, Washington on Friday, August 29 from 12:00 noon until 10:00 in the evening. There will be a lot of grilling and chilling plus amazing food and Wine Specials in the weekend celebration. More about the Labor Day Patio Party Barnard Griffin Wine Bar amp; Eatery will be featuring a lot of great live music with their Fresh, Light and Contemporary cuisine, often with a Mediterranean accent. Feel relaxed with their interior décor that is awashed with colorful fused-glass mobiles…
 
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    Maryland Suburban Homes

  • 5 Reasons Sellers Give For Over Pricing Their Homes

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

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

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

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

    Ken Montville
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    No. Not that kind of performance anxiety. The kind of performance anxiety that leads to you not being able to get the loan that was promised to you. Financing is the most critical part of the whole home buying process. It affects everything. Unless you have a ton of cash (and lots of people do) and can afford to buy a home without having to get a mortgage, you need to have a loan officer that can perform. To be fair, most of what a loan officer does is up front. He collects the information he knows will be needed in order for the loan to be funded. bank statements W-2s or 1099s tax returns…
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • Katie Holmes Buys Modernist Manor House in Calabasas

    Trulia
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes Multiple Listing ServiceKatie Holmes' Calabasas house has several entertaining courtyards, including next to the dramatic formal dining room. APKatie Holmes A new home for Holmes! Katie Holmes has left her life in New York City and moved back to California. According to a report by TMZ and property records, Holmes dropped $3.795 million on a six-bedroom, 6.5-bath, 6,200-square-foot house in the celebrity-infested Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. TMZ says that Holmes is high-tailing it back to California to be nearer to Hollywood, so she can get her career…
  • 'Back to School' Means Private School in These Places in U.S.

    Trulia
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Filed under: News, BuyingBy Jed Kolko More than two-thirds of adults with children under 12 say that the neighborhood school district is among the most important considerations when choosing a home, according to a June 2013 Trulia survey. However, some parents factor schools into their housing choices differently. Nationally, 10 percent of school kids grades 1-12 attend private schools, and in some neighborhoods, the majority of kids go to private school. In recognition of the back-to-school season, we analyzed where private school enrollment is high and low across the U.S. These geographic…
  • Room of the Day: A Breezy Midcentury Style That Travels Well

    Houzz
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Filed under: Design, News, Advice, Home ImprovementBy Mary Jo Bowling Photos by David Duncan Livingston Blye Faust wanted some of Southern California's relaxed, beach-centric style to migrate north with her when she moved from Santa Barbara to Belvedere, a small island in Marin County, California. She and her family (husband Aaron and a 2-year-old son) found a Midcentury ranch-style home to rent that was perfect for them at the moment. Although a move could be in the future, Faust gave the home a dose of style for the here and now. Contemporary Living Room by San Francisco Interior Designers…
  • Julia Stiles' Manhattan Condo Sells for $2.7 Million

    Zillow
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes, Selling ZillowJulia Stiles' just-sold condo in Gramercy Park has two small fireplaces and there's an upright piano in the living room. APJulia Stiles By Emily Heffter Actress Julia Stiles has sold her condo in New York's Gramercy Park for $2.7 million. Stiles was last seen on the big screen in "Silver Linings Playbook." Right now, she's starring with James Wirt in an off-Broadway play called "Phoenix." She first listed the condo at 310 E. 15th St., No. 3B last summer. Stiles' father bought the 2,081-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo in 2004, but…
  • Housing Market Recovery Finally Back on Track?

    The Associated Press
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Economy, Financing Jeff Chiu/The Associated PressThis property in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood recently sold for $600,000 more than its asking price. By Christopher Rugaber WASHINGTON -- A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year. Housing has been a drag on an otherwise strengthening economy, in part because a harsh winter delayed many sales. But Americans are stepping up purchases as more homes have been put up for sale. And…
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • Katie Holmes Buys Modernist Manor House in Calabasas

    Trulia
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes Multiple Listing ServiceKatie Holmes' Calabasas house has several entertaining courtyards, including next to the dramatic formal dining room. APKatie Holmes A new home for Holmes! Katie Holmes has left her life in New York City and moved back to California. According to a report by TMZ and property records, Holmes dropped $3.795 million on a six-bedroom, 6.5-bath, 6,200-square-foot house in the celebrity-infested Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. TMZ says that Holmes is high-tailing it back to California to be nearer to Hollywood, so she can get her career…
  • 'Back to School' Means Private School in These Places in U.S.

    Trulia
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Filed under: News, BuyingBy Jed Kolko More than two-thirds of adults with children under 12 say that the neighborhood school district is among the most important considerations when choosing a home, according to a June 2013 Trulia survey. However, some parents factor schools into their housing choices differently. Nationally, 10 percent of school kids grades 1-12 attend private schools, and in some neighborhoods, the majority of kids go to private school. In recognition of the back-to-school season, we analyzed where private school enrollment is high and low across the U.S. These geographic…
  • Room of the Day: A Breezy Midcentury Style That Travels Well

    Houzz
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Filed under: Design, News, Advice, Home ImprovementBy Mary Jo Bowling Photos by David Duncan Livingston Blye Faust wanted some of Southern California's relaxed, beach-centric style to migrate north with her when she moved from Santa Barbara to Belvedere, a small island in Marin County, California. She and her family (husband Aaron and a 2-year-old son) found a Midcentury ranch-style home to rent that was perfect for them at the moment. Although a move could be in the future, Faust gave the home a dose of style for the here and now. Contemporary Living Room by San Francisco Interior Designers…
  • Julia Stiles' Manhattan Condo Sells for $2.7 Million

    Zillow
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:49 am
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes, Selling ZillowJulia Stiles' just-sold condo in Gramercy Park has two small fireplaces and there's an upright piano in the living room. APJulia Stiles By Emily Heffter Actress Julia Stiles has sold her condo in New York's Gramercy Park for $2.7 million. Stiles was last seen on the big screen in "Silver Linings Playbook." Right now, she's starring with James Wirt in an off-Broadway play called "Phoenix." She first listed the condo at 310 E. 15th St., No. 3B last summer. Stiles' father bought the 2,081-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo in 2004, but…
  • Housing Market Recovery Finally Back on Track?

    The Associated Press
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Economy, Financing Jeff Chiu/The Associated PressThis property in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood recently sold for $600,000 more than its asking price. By Christopher Rugaber WASHINGTON -- A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year. Housing has been a drag on an otherwise strengthening economy, in part because a harsh winter delayed many sales. But Americans are stepping up purchases as more homes have been put up for sale. And…
 
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    Daniel Hancock Photography

  • Lilies

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

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

    Daniel Hancock
    7 May 2014 | 5:23 am
    Spring is here. The crocus has bloomed; summer is drawing nigh.  
  • He is Risen!

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

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

  • 7 way to get your home offer accepted

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

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

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

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

    Kathy Torline
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    Colorado Springs Housing Market Report for Northgate Homes, Single Family Neighborhoods Include:Wildwood, GlenEagle, Flying Horse Zip code 80921 Search for homes in Northgate area of Colorado Springs Related Articles: June 30, 2014 Colorado Springs Real Estate Market Trends   Here’s a quick summary of the Real Estate Market for Northgate Colorado Springs for the first 6 months of 2014. Pricing has continued to increase in 2014 Number of homes sold in 2014 is on pace with 2013. Least Expensive Sale in area: Address: 735 Diamond Rim Area: Greyhawk Square Footage: 1,527 Price:…
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  • Just Some Block Party.

    blogeditor
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
      Philadelphia area native, Drexel graduate and party host Gina Piccari let me in on the creation of the event “Just Some Block Party”.   Gina and her partner in crime Maggi have been throwing parties together just over a year. Together they throw a monthly party at Ortlieb’s, Blank Stare and Kitty Kitty//Bang Bang and Maggi throws one at The Dolphin called Sick Sad World in conjunction with the Factory Girls. Together they knew they wanted to throw a party that was huge, outside and would end the summer on a crazy note.   During their early 20s they spent most of…
  • 2410 E Firth Street Open House 8/24 @ 1-3

    blogeditor
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Open House With Jennifer Sunday 8/24 1pm-3pm 2410 E Firth Street Follow accessphilly.com’s board 2410 E FIRTH ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest.
  • 3083 Chatham Open House Sun 8/24 @ 12:30-2:230

    blogeditor
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Open House With Marvin Sunday 8/24 12:30-2:30 3083 Chatham Street Follow accessphilly.com’s board 3083 CHATHAM ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19134 on Pinterest.
  • Introducing #HotProps- Our New Listing Series

    blogeditor
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
     #HotProps-  Sweet New Old City Listing! 315-17 B North Front St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 The Ben   RE/MAX Access is proud to announce our new feature #HotProps. Each week we’ll focus on one of our new, interesting listings acquired and expertly managed by one of our exceptional agents. Our inaugural property is 315-7 B North Front St.- right in the heart of bustling Old City, Philadelphia. There’s no other neighborhood in Philly that maintains the close feel of a community while architecturally and historically embodying a true metropolitan lifestyle. Handcrafted custom…
  • Old Fishtown Church Gets Turned into Apartments.

    blogeditor
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/sites/www.ocfrealty.com/files/images/1236%20e%20columbia%202.JPG   By: Jarek Cotto If you live in Fishtown, chances are that you’ve passed by the church on Columbia Ave. It is formally known as East Baptist Church and has been vacant for years, ever since the non-profit that owned it went bankrupt. According to OCF Realty, neighbors were trying to force the property to sheriff’s sale and they succeeded. A company named Metal Green Inc. purchased East Baptist Church for a staggering discount. The church was going for a reported $1.4M when the property was…
 
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  • 3 Bedroom for Sale in Port Richmond: 3083 Chatham St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r0iW Absolutely stunning 3 bedroom 2 full bath renovated property with modern features. Charming brick 2 story with sustainable bamboo floors throughout. There is an open lay-out for living and dining room which flows into the stunning kitchen. The kitchen has polished high end granite, glass tile back splash, stainless steel appliances, goose neck faucet with under mount sink, gas range, and 32" cabinetry with a walnut finish and stainless pulls. The stair rails are hand forged open iron rails that…
  • 3 Bedroom for Rent in Fishtown: 2448 Amber St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/d0kw Huge 3 bedroom 2 full bath fully renovated home in 19125. Easy to share with roommates with 2 large bedrooms on the 2nd floor with a large shared bath, laundry in the 2nd floor hall and the 3rd floor is a private suite with full bath. The first floor is huge with a large living room, big kitchen and dining area. All appliances and fixtures included. Basement for storage. Hardwood throughout the 1st floor and all halls. Carpet in bedrooms, tile granite, and ready September 7th. Central air gas…
  • 4 Bedroom for Sale in Fishtown: 2208 E Susquehanna Ave

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/p0my This 4 bedroom 3 story brick row home is ready for renovation. Investors welcome. Nice curb appeal and new construction on the block. The property has been completely cleaned out. The rooms and baths are large. There is a ton of potential here. Excellent comps. Bring flashlight. Christopher Somers The Somers Team 1033 N 2nd St 5th Floor Philadelphia PA 19123 Feel free to subscribe to our blog or our monthly newsletter to stay up to date with our latest posts and information on the Philadelphia…
  • 2 Bedroom Condo in Northern Liberties: 837 N 2nd St #305

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/d0g2 Life-style, location, size, refinement, and the creature comfort amenities that you have been looking for can be found in this3rd floor with elevator, bi-level, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath condo. Everything Northern Liberties has to offer just outside your door step. 1 car garage parking, secure entrance, and a private deck off of both bedrooms. This home features hardwood floors, modern kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters. The style is contemporary, and clean with 9' ceilings and…
  • 2 Bedroom for Sale in Fishtown: 2306 E Thompson St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/h0eE Fishtown 2 bedroom available for sale. This 2 story stucco front home has a large cement rear yard. Enter into the formal living room. The stairs to the 2nd floor make a natural division for the formal dining room There is ample space for a full dining room set. The kitchen is an eat in with a gas range, full size refrigerator, and microwave. Exit from the kitchen to the large rear yard. No maintenance cement and private. There is a large full bath in the rear with a tile enclosed tub/shower,…
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  • Follr Goes Full Community! New Release Details: Part 1

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    As of this wonderful Wednesday morning, Follr is officially a completely integrated community platform! This latest release is one our entire team is excited about, as our product development department has been hard at work for months to create the most seamless community user experience out there. Read on then visit Follr.com to create your own online community! First and foremost, we’ve added massive user experience enhancements to make posting, inviting members and designing your community page easy as pie. You can now post to any of your communities from your personal dashboard via a…
  • How Not To Clean Your Hard Drive!

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Coldwell Banker’s Home of the Week: A Modern Home on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
  • Second Quarter Housing Affordability Declines Statewide and in 19 of 26 California Counties, C.A.R. Reports

    Admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Los Angeles, CA – August 13, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) Lower interest rates in the second quarter of 2014 failed to offset continued home price increases, lowering housing affordability statewide and in 19 of 26 counties in California, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California fell from 33 percent in the first quarter of 2014 to 30 percent in second-quarter 2014 and was down from 36 percent in second-quarter 2013, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional…
  • 10 Home Inspection Nightmares

    Admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Source: ThisOldHouse.com Save the tree, save the world! It’s a bird, it’s a squirrel, it’s a? Hopefully Santa can bypass the bee’s this Christmas: Who need flashing? Is this Big Bird’s nest or a big bird’s nest? It’s a sock and a condensation collector! If you don’t know how a floor is supported does that make it safe? Plug in, turn on, lights out! Dual purpose downspout – cools the electrical panel too! And finally…if you lean your head to the left it looks ok… If you like this post you’ll love our other ‘Just For…
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  • homesales.com.au launches innovative map search

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Houston Apartment DIY: Temporary Floor Fixes

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

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

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

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    If you're coming to Houston for college, we have you covered. Tips for finding Houston apartments for college students who are new to the area or simply ready for their first place on their own.There are so many great reasons to move to Houston, and our eight major colleges and universities are at the top of that list! If you’re relocating to Houston for school, you’re coming to one of America’s greatest college towns. Moving across the country can still be a challenge, though, and it offers special challenges for students, who may be moving only for the school year, or may…
  • Houston Pets: 7 Tips for Smooth Moves

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Houston is a pet-friendly city, with dog parks, pet-friendly apartments, and lots of fellow animal lovers. If you’re relocating to Houston with your pet, you’ve chosen wisely! Here are a few pet tips to make your move go smoothly.Houston is a pet-friendly city, with dog parks, pet-friendly apartments, and lots of fellow animal lovers. If you’re relocating to Houston with your pet, you’ve chosen wisely! Here are a few pet tips to make your move go smoothly:   Keep your pet in a safe and calm place on moving day. Moving is stressful,…
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    IPIN Global - Investing in Property

  • Will Bamboo Change the Face of Western Construction?

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Housing shortages exist in various regions all over the world as the global population continues to increase year-on-year and construction falls behind, failing to meet the pressures of demand. Buildings have been made out of bamboo for thousands of years during which time, the material has been developed considerably to provide a higher quality, lighter and more moisture-resistant construction bamboo that could replace the demand for wood, steel and concrete building materials. Bamboo is widely used in construction throughout Asia Bamboo a Sustainable Solution for Urban Expansion Gregory…
  • IPIN Global Appoints New Singapore MD

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IPIN Global is pleased to announce the arrival of Steven Lee, the new senior member for the IPIN Global team at our Asian headquarters in Singapore. Having shone through a vigorous selection process Steven will now lead a key and rapidly expanding region for the company. Previously Vice President of Agency Distribution at HSBC, a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Consultant, Steven boasts in excess of 30 years' experience in financial services. Aside from directing our Singapore growth to new frontiers, Steven's primary short-term objective is to fully homogenise operations…
  • UK Construction: Strongest Growth for 11 Years

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    According to data from Markit, the UK's construction sector recorded a rating of 62.4 on the purchasing managers' index (PMI). Any figure above 50 indicates growth and the construction sector includes not just residential but also commercial building and civil engineering. The sector's growth beat expectations by continuing to improve strongly throughout 2014, bringing activity in the housing sector to its highest level since 2003. Conversely, last week's manufacturing PMI was disappointing, recording the slowest growth for a year, placing further importance on expansion in the construction…
  • China's Real Estate - A Market in Crisis

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After China's house prices rose dramatically through the first months of 2013, the government imposed stringent cooling measures which may have been too efficient, resulting in rapid deceleration in housing values across the country. The government initially imposed restrictions on the purchases of second and third homes, increased the amount of deposits required on property financed by mortgages and tightened credit for property developers. Measures to Cool Market Too Effective In June 2014 it was reported that among 70 major cities in China, house prices dropped in 55 of them, representing…
  • Spanish Property Sales Up 48% in 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Spanish real estate valuation and assessment specialists TINSA have released data showing that Spain's housing market is now recovering, amidst gradually improving economic conditions. House prices in Spain fell 3.03% during the year to the end of the second quarter, the lowest annual decline since the second quarter of 2008. In certain regions, Spanish house prices are beginning to increase slightly in the current quarter, with 0.15% growth recorded so far, according to the Spanish institute of statistics (INE) . Residential property transactions increased by a substantial 48% in the first…
 
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  • Home Sellers: Expect More From Your Realtor

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

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

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

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

    Bill Gassett
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Top Flooring Choices Examined                   If you are looking to sell your home soon (or even a few years down the road), it’s helpful to know what buyers are searching for. I work with many new home buyers, so I see what they are doing before they move in. Trends and preferences may vary based on area of country and construction of home. These preferences are for the Northeast and Mid Atlantic states and focuses on single family homes (as opposed to apartments or rentals). I will start with overall trends, and then go room by room. By…
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  • 10 Things to Look Out for When Buying an Older Home

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

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

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

    Ken Horst
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    If you are new to the real estate market and are interested in buying or selling property, a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is the place to go to. But what exactly is the MLS and how does it fit into … Continue reading →
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Move Eco-Friendly

    Ken Horst
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Those who love and care for nature always find a way to incorporate environmental-friendly measures into everything they do. Even when you’re done searching for your new home and planning your move, there are options available to make a good … Continue reading →
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    PropertyShark Real Estate Blog

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

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

    Georgiana Mihaila
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    High property taxes are a burden for many home owners; but if you feel you may be paying too much in property taxes, PropertyShark can help you figure out what the right amount is, and gather all the necessary information you need for your property tax appeal. Scout the Neighborhood and See How Much your Neighbors are Paying Our Tax Value per Sq. Ft Map is the quickest way to get a clear picture of how much your neighbors are paying in property taxes. Simply look up your exact address using the Property Search tab on the upper left side of the screen and a pin-point will indicate its…
  • Top 50 U.S. Home Owner Names: Did Your Name Make the List?

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

    Georgiana Mihaila
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Finding that perfect home is never an easy task; and it’s not only the home buyers that feel the weight of the search. With this in mind, we wanted to see what stories realtors have to tell, so we took it to Reddit, asking them upfront: What’s the worst experience you’ve ever had with a home buyer? From funny to awkward (or simply troubling), the answers were beyond our expectations, so we’d like to thank all those who agreed to share their past experiences with us. And here are some of the most mind-boggling answers we’ve gotten so far: Like our infographic? Feel free to share…
  • How to Find Potential Home Sellers in NY: A 3-Step Guide for Real Estate Pros

    Georgiana Mihaila
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    With such a limited listings inventory at your disposal, having to find prospective home sellers in New York is quite a task. But here’s where PropertyShark can help, with three effective tips on how to find potential home sellers: 1. Get to the owner of a condo before he even decides to sell A good way to bypass the competition in the real estate market is by getting to potential sellers before they publicly announce their intention to sell. Some apartment owners, who weren’t initially planning to sell, might have a change of heart once they find out how much similar units have gone…
 
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    Houston Properties

  • Oaks On Caroline Houston | Oaks On Caroline Condos For Sale

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

    alfie nollora
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Free 58-pages Guide to Houston’s Best Neighborhoods! Free 58 page guide to Houston’s Best Neighborhoods: Houston neighborhood maps! Houston neighborhoods overview! Houston real estate trends! Houston homes for sale, pictures, overview, and more! Get It Now! The post Guide to Houston’s Best Neighborhoods: Maps, Homes, Real Estate Trends appeared first on Houston Properties.
  • Fall Creek Home For Sale: 14803 Aspen Chase Ln

    Paige Martin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    14803 Aspen Chase Ln, Houston, TX 77396 Get more information: 14803 Aspen Chase Ln. For Sale. Fall Creek Stunner! 14803 Aspen Chase Ln, Houston Stunning Fall Creek home for sale: 14803 Aspen Chase Ln, Houston, TX 77396. Fantastic, flowing floor plan with downstairs study, formal dining room, family room/den, open kitchen & breakfast room. Greeted by a dramatic, wrought iron staircase & gleaming wood floors, the high ceilings are accentuated throughout the home. The kitchen, fit for a chef, boasts stainless appliances, gas stove, center island, granite counter tops & abundant…
  • Oak Estates Houston Maps | Oak Estates Neighborhood Maps

    Paige Martin
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Oak Estates Houston Neighborhood Maps   Oak Estates Houston is quintessentially Inner Loop. This charming Inner Loop neighborhood in the shadows of River Oaks offer an incredible location, a peaceful ambience, and a beautiful scenery. Located in the 77027 Houston zip code, it is the 4th most expensive Houston neighborhood and offers many conveniences typical of Inner Loop neighborhoods. Oak Estates deed restrictions only allow properties to be used as single-family residences. Front lawns are at least 25 feet wide, and homes are meticulously maintained due to the HOA’s bylaws. With…
  • Luxury Royden Oaks Homes | Most Expensive Royden Oaks Homes

    Paige Martin
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Luxury Royden Oaks Homes For Sale   Royden Oaks subdivision is a small neighborhood within the vicinity of River Oaks. Royden Oaks has an ongoing trend of replacing older properties with new construction and newly remodeled homes. River Oaks is such a seamless neighborhood that many people mistake Royden Oaks homes as still a part of it. Even the street lamps in the neighborhood are the same as those in River Oaks. Still, Royden Oaks has an identity on its own. Its small-town feel and “close-knit” neighborhood vibe are just some of the reasons it is one of the 20 most expensive…
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    Real Estate Blog

  • Heritage Dr. River Valley Ranch, Carbondale CO

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

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

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

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

  • 42 Boylston Lane for Sale in Lowell Massachusetts

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

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

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

    Massachusetts Realtor
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 23 Merrimack Way, Unit B in Tyngsborough MA is located right off Merrimack Street.  Access route 3 in minutes from this newer condominium.  23 Merrimack Way, Unit B is part of Merrimack Landing Condominium. A 32 unit complex built around 2006.  It is impressively landscaped and shows a pride of ownership. 23 Merrimack Way, Unit B Tyngsborough MA 01879- MLS# 71720352 Price 235,000  | Condominium/Townhouse  |   1395 sq feet  |  2 bedroom  | 1.5 Bath The units at Merrimack…
  • What is that “NO” costing you?

    Massachusetts Realtor
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent No shoes!!  No showings during the week!!   No unaccompanied showings!!  No unapproved buyers!!  No agents from this company!!  No Showings when I am not home!!  No Lockbox!!  No for Sale Sign!!  No Pictures of my House on the Internet!!  No Offers Less then Full Price!! You get the picture.  I am probably missing another 2 dozen “no’s” we will hear from home sellers when listing their home.  But as a home seller what is that no costing you? Don’t be…
 
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • You Get What You Pay For--Or Do You?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    "You get what you pay for." It is a common belief and also a business misconception.  In the words of my friend and former colleague at Compaq, Alan Cole, "If life were only that easy." If you could measure quality by the price that vendors and suppliers charge, decisions would be so very easy. Flat and logical enough to build a spread sheet for every major decision. You just decide what level of quality and customer support you are looking for and you pay for exactly what you know you will receive on the other side of the transaction.Well, if you have been around long enough, bought…
  • Get Iced and Give to ALSa.org Today

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Click on the HD icon before watching video. Post by Tim Thornton.Tim Thornton, Realtor ®, Austin, Texas.
  • Austin Real Estate Market Update--YTD thru July 31, 2014

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

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

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    I help a lot of buyers buy new home construction from a builder and while I believe that new homes can be a real value, I know that builders are far from "perfect" in their construction of new homes and the value of the new home can be lost when builders cut corners. Builders are human and regardless of reputation, builders make mistakes. Some of these mistakes can be corrected if the builder is willing to recognize the issue and address it. However, getting a builder to acknowledge a construction mistake sometimes means knowing as much as the builder and being able to recognize a mistake…
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • Singles View Home Ownership as Key Investment

    Mike Wheatley
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Seventy-five percent of single home owners ages 25 to 50 say home ownership is important to them, according to a new Century 21 survey. Image credit: Unsplash via Pixabay.com These are the top three reasons single home owners say they decided to buy: They viewed home ownership as an investment in their financial future; they were tired of paying rent; and they thought it was the right time to purchase a home. “We are in the midst of a shift in the home-buying population,” says Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “This survey shows that…
  • The Contradictory World of Real Estate Market Reports

    Mike Wheatley
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    If you’re like most real estate professionals, you’ve been confused at one time or another by real estate market reports that seem contradictory or that just make no sense when compared to what you’re experiencing in your market. Image credit: Geralt via Pixabay.com When one report has home sales up and another has something different, which is right? If prices are soft where you live, but all the national reports in the news have prices zooming, what do you tell your sellers when they want to price their homes too aggressively? News coverage of national reports sets your clients’ and…
  • Demand for “In-Law Suites” is on the Rise

    Mike Wheatley
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:36 pm
    More homeowners are remodeling their dwellings to create in-law suites for aging parents, with features to make them accessible and safe while providing plenty of space and privacy. photo credit: moodboardphotography via photopin cc AARP senior policy adviser Rodney Harrell told The Washington Post that demand for in-law suites is on the rise as baby boomers age, and with the cost of care-giving facilities and services soaring, it may be more affordable for parents to move in with their children. These suites often are located on the first floor to eliminate stairs and feature flush…
  • Memphis Investment Group Takes It to The Next Level

    Brian Kline
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    If you’re a serious investor, you should have a big interest in Memphis real estate. And if you have an interest in Memphis real estate, you should be a member of the Memphis Investment Group (MIG). Without a doubt, MIG is the premier group when it comes to education and networking for investors and property owners of the Memphis Metro area. Image credit: bykst via Pixabay.com What’s In It For You? The answer to that question is almost infinite. You’ll get as much out of a membership as you put in. A membership with MIG can be your ticket to a wealthy lifestyle when you put…
  • Miami Real Estate Market Still Being Boosted by Demand at Home and Abroad

    Allison Halliday
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    According to the latest report from the Miami Association of Realtors, demand for real estate is still strong. The data shows this is particularly true for single-family homes costing between $200,000 and $400,000. The median sales price for a property in Miami-Dade County increased by 8.9% compared to 2013, rising to $245,000. The median sales price for condominiums increased by 5.6%, rising to $190,000. The article in Propertywire points out this means the market has now increased for 10 consecutive quarters, both for condominiums and single-family homes. The demand is coming from buyers in…
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • Why I Spent A Quarter Of A Million Trying To Reach The Holy Grail Of Property Investment

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

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

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

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

    Sam
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    I cannot think of a time in my life when I have completed a property renovation and said: “Well, that didn’t take as long as I thought it would”. Never. And I cannot believe I am saying it now.  But I am. This project was run differently to my norm, so I thought I’d share with you what I did to achieve ahead of schedule success!  And just in case you’re wondering – I thought this project would take at least 6 weeks to complete with additional workers and actually took just 5 weeks – with LESS workers!! So how did I do it? 1. I made a plan and…
 
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  • The northern corridor of Kota Kinabalu

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    If you look at the population growth of suburban Kota Kinabalu over the last decade, you will see that a large percentage of it has occurred north of the city.
  • Government urged to review policies on foreigners

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    In the wake of the two MAS incidents, Swhengtee International Investment Alliance founder and president Datuk Seri Gavin Tee has urged the government to review some of its policies involving foreigners.
  • CentralPlaza i-City to open in 2017

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Thailand's biggest mall developer Central Pattana Pcl will push back the opening date of its first mall in Malaysia to 2017 from 2016 previously, as it requires more time to study the market.
  • MH17 victims finally laid to rest

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    More than a month after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine, the remains of 20 Malaysian passengers were finally brought back to their home country today.
  • Selangor Dredging to launch new projects with RM500mil GDV

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    In the next six to nine months, Selangor Dredging Bhd plans to launch new property projects with a combined RM500 million gross development value (GDV), revealed local media reports.
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    Showing Suite

  • Brand New Showing Suite Mobile App Now Available for iOS and Android!

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

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

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

    admin
    29 May 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Today’s prices and the mentality of younger buyers may mean a nuanced, transitional approach will help agents bring in more foot traffic and in-turn improve sales in Seattle, the Western region and the U.S. as a whole. According to Showing Suite CBSA Reports and NAR home sales data, showings in the overall Seattle market and Western United States are about two months ahead of sales. Seattle’s regional shift is in lock-step with the larger trends of the Western region defined by the National Association of Realtors. NAR data shows decreases in home sales following decreases in listings…
  • NAR Expo is Coming Up – Visit Our Booth!

    admin
    1 May 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The 2014 NAR REALTOR Party Convention & Trade Expo is right around the corner, and we are excited to be exhibitors this year alongside some of the most innovative real estate companies in the industry!   Booth Info: Booth #425 in Hall C 2660 Woodley Rd NW Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC May 14th & 15th — all day To get to our booth, just go straight ahead from the entrance and take a right once you hit the back of Hall C and we’ll be there to greet you, you can’t miss us! Be sure to ask about our promotions we have going on especially for NAR expo…
 
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    Las Vegas Modern Homes

  • Las Vegas Foreclosed Home Market Echoes National Trend

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    Las Vegas Foreclosed Home Market Echoes National Trend If you’ve been following foreclosure news, you already suspect that cashing in on foreclosed home opportunities in Las Vegas must be getting more difficult. According to CoreLogic’s Insights report at the end of last month, foreclosure inventory across the nation had dropped 35% from a year earlier. […]
  • Choose a New Las Vegas Home That Addresses Tomorrow’s Needs

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Choose a New Las Vegas Home That Addresses Tomorrow’s Needs “At the end of the day…” “The bottom line…” “When all is said and done…” The final verdict on whether any activity is ultimately deemed a triumph comes down to how successfully it addresses future circumstances. It’s especially relevant when you find yourself at the […]
  • Las Vegas Property Type Wording Shapes Buyer Expectations

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Las Vegas Property Type Wording Shapes Buyer Expectations If you are preparing to sell your property in Las Vegas this fall, it’s worth considering what the marketing angle will be: how to characterize it most accurately—and appealingly. It starts with the choice of wording for your home’s property type, which will set up prospective buyers’ […]
  • Rental Homes in Las Vegas Adopt More Pet-Friendly Attitudes

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Rental Homes in Las Vegas Adopt More Pet-Friendly Attitudes Owning rental homes in Las Vegas may be a profitable venture, but sometimes the image of a landlord could use a little public relations boost. For instance, the cartoon version of a landlord is the opposite of pet-friendly. Lassie or Puff? Fuhgeddaboudit! That parody landlord attitude […]
  • Investing in Las Vegas Real Estate – Crucial Considerations

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Investing in Las Vegas Real Estate – Crucial Considerations If you have been doing groundwork with an eye toward investing in Las Vegas real estate, chances are you’ve also been watching some new national movement in housing sales. Last month’s Real Trends Housing Market Report showed U.S. sales of 5,880,000 units (a 5.1% increase over […]
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • We Are Mercantile – The SBA 504 Experts

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

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

    Chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Last week, I got an email telling me that a new article about SBA loans had been published online. I’ve set up several Google Alerts so I can be notified when there’s news that pertains to my business and industry. (If you don’t use Google Alerts for your business, I recommend fixing that right away!) This email in particular told me about an article called “The Truth About SBA Loans” that appeared on the FOX Business Small Business Center. I clicked through and read the article with great interest, hoping to find some support for SBA loans and something I could…
  • Bigger SBA 504 Loans, Greater Small Business Confidence

    Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Last week we released our official lending figures for the first six months of 2014. Our performance has been decently strong so far, but no record-breaking pace to report this time. Our loan closing numbers have been steady, and we’ve worked hard to provide our small business clients with the best financing and best service possible, but the bigger story is the size of the loans we’re closing these days. (You may be thinking, “It’s not the size of the loan that matters…” But, well, it kind of does.) [Go here to read our official mid-year press release for 2014.] After doing some…
  • Commercial Finance Update: World Cup Edition

    Chris
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    GOAL! (and other soccer words) It’s World Cup time, which means most of the world is watching soccer with an even greater interest than usual. We, too, have World Cup Fever, but we would never let it get in the way of your commercial real estate financing needs. However, if you do happen to call during a USA match, you’ll probably have to leave a message. Just fair warning. With that lone World Cup caveat, here’s the latest news about smarter small business commercial real estate financing… Featured Project: - Planet Fitness - Muncie, Indiana - $1.18 million total project cost…
 
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    ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog

  • Expert Home Staging Tips: How to Depersonalize Your Home

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

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Novice real estate investors may not be familiar with the term "private money," but veteran investors have probably tapped into this resource more than once. Sometimes referred to in the investment community as "hard money," this type of financing is available for properties that don't quite fit the traditional lending model. These are basically properties that banks won't touch. Private Money DescribedPrivate money comes from an individual or a group of individuals — even friends and family members — who pool their funds to finance real estate transactions. Private lenders establish…
  • Expert Home Staging Tips: Decluttering Is King

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Want to sell your home faster? Proper home staging decreases the amount of time your home spends on the market by 78 percent compared to a non-staged property, according to Real Estate Staging Association statistics. This expert tip on decluttering from Darlene Parris, Interior Redesigner, Organizer and Home Stager with Los Angeles-based UPSTAGED!, can help you organize any room in your house.Prospective buyers need to be able to visualize themselves living in your home, and decluttering plays a big part in allowing them to do that. Decluttering is one of several simple staging tips that will…
  • Women Real Estate Investors Build Long-Term Wealth as Landlords

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Ethan Roberts is a real estate writer, editor and investor. He's a frequent contributor to InvestorPlace.com, and his work has been featured on Money.msn.com and Reuters.com. He was one of five contributing editors to TheTycoonReport.com and has also written for MarketGreenhouse.com and SeekingAlpha.com. He's been investing in real estate since 1995 and a Realtor since 1998. This post is the second in Roberts' ongoing series about women in real estate. As we saw in the first part of this series, real estate investing is no longer exclusively a man's world: More and more women are getting…
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  • Dear CRE App Developers

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

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

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

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

    Chris Clark
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Yes, there’s a difference between selling or buying a home and buying/selling/leasing commercial property. Commercial transactions are more complex and you’re dealing with business as well as individual concerns.  But the basic marketing and transaction processes – they’re essentially the same.  And on many accounts, residential seems to do them all better thanks to a […]
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    Underwritings Blog

  • HARP is nearing its end: If you’re underwater, its time to refinance now

    Jennifer Esposito
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Debating whether to refinance? If you owe more on your mortgage loan than what your home is worth, you might be running out of time. That’s because the federal government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program — better known as HARP-  is scheduled to expire at the end of 2015. And if you don’t refinance before that government program goes away, you might struggle mightily to convince mortgage lenders to refinance your underwater home loan. The underwater challenge HARP is so important for so many homeowners because of the continued problem of underwater home loans.
  • Fixed Rates Drop to Lowest of the Year. Will They Stay There?

    Mark Scheets
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Freddie Mac released their weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) report today indicating that fixed rates have hit the low for the year.  30 year fixed rates closed out the week of August 21, 2014 at 4.10%, coming in .02% lower than last week.  At this time last year, rates were almost a whole half point higher at 4.58%.  For the past 3 months or so, rates have generally been within a .10% range (4.1 – 4.2%), and under 4.15% since the middle of July. Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist at Freddie Mac commented: “Mortgage rates were down slightly this week,…
  • Increasing Home Value Part 1: 3 Projects to Instantly Add Value to Your Home

    Mark Scheets
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Homeowners constantly seek out new ways to build value to their homes. But adding value can come at a high price. Renovations and upgrades are expensive, and not all home projects promise a return on investment in the form of increased equity. Property owners on a tight budget need to pick and choose which improvements to make in order to take advantage of limited resources. If you can learn what provides the best bang for your buck without too much hard labor or too many complicated tasks, you can work more efficiently to increase your home’s value on the market. If you’re looking…
  • What is a balloon mortgage? What are the risks and advantages to taking one out?

    Andrew Penner
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    A balloon mortgage feels a bit like a traditional 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan. Only in a balloon mortgage, you’d have to make a big payment at the end of a set period of time. It usually works like this: Your monthly mortgage payment is the amount you’d pay if you were paying off your balloon mortgage over a 30-year period, just like with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan. But instead of taking the full 30 years to pay off your balloon loan, you must after a certain number of years – say five or seven — pay off the loan’s outstanding balance in full.
  • Current Mortgage Rates for Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Rates are continuing to increase. After a bit of a roller coaster ride, mortgage bonds ended yesterday in the red.  The release of the Fed minuntes from July prompted the afternoon sell-off.  The Minutes were perceived as being more hawkish than prior statements and minutes, but we’ll get to that a little latter.  Yesterday marked the third consecutive days of sell-offs.  After mortgage rates came close to hitting the lows of the year toward the middle of last week, we’ve seen a sustained slide.  Early this morning, we’ve recovered a lot of ground, but the…
 
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  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum: Engle & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta

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

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

    Courtney Rogers
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    The current Deal of the Week is brought to you by SouthEast Real Estate Investments (SEREI), your source for all types of real estate available for immediate sale or lease in the Southeast United States. Currently, SEREI is offering a $10,000 incentive on homes at The Waterfront on Lake Oconee. Buyers who purchase one of [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: SawHorse

    Courtney Rogers
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Today’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio is Matt Hoots, the president and owner of SawHorse, a residential design-build company in Atlanta. As one of the premier design-build firms in Atlanta with roots dating back to the 1970s, SawHorse is a cutting-edge company that was one of the first construction [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Room & Board

    Courtney Rogers
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This week’s Around Atlanta guest is Julie Dewald, the market manager with Room & Board, a design showroom that offers the best of modern design and American craftsmanship. This family-owned business has been around more than 30 years and aims to help each customer create a beautiful home that they love to live in. Room & [...]
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    My Moving Reviews

  • Moving to Nashville, TN: Your Music City Relocation Guide

    Joshua Green
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Moving to Nashville, Tennessee? Get ready for a lot of fun. Music alone is the perfect reason to relocate to Music City but you don’t have to necessarily be a (country) music lover to appreciate the overwhelming number of charming opportunities that the prosperous city of Nashville will undoubtedly offer. Add the high quality of […]
  • Top 6 Reasons To Hire A Moving Company

    Joshua Green
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    There is a natural order to this world and any attempt to deviate from that set order usually ends up in disaster. Who do you call or visit when you’re not feeling well? Who do you contact when you need legal advice? What do you do when your car won’t start or breaks down and […]
  • How to Pack Your Shoes for Moving Tips

    Pamela Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Packing your shoes is an important part of the packing of your home for a relocation. Your shoes are your precious possessions that you need in your everyday life and taking good care of them during the move will protect them, preserve them and allow you to use them longer. It doesn’t matter how many […]
  • How To Handle A Short Notice Move

    Joshua Green
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Life can be, and often is, highly unpredictable. And while some people find this unpredictability exhilarating, there are those who are no less than terrified by it. And yet, regardless of how one feels about what tomorrow will bring, the fool-proof approach to emerging victorious from most unexpected situations is to rise to each and […]
  • San Jose Relocation Guide: Moving To The Capital Of Silicon Valley

    Joshua Green
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    San Jose is a great choice for anyone who’s planning to move to the heart of the Silicon Valley. The city offers unparalleled quality of life, a pleasurable spring-like climate year round to enjoy the endless outdoor activities and easy access to other top destinations in Northern California, including San Francisco (1 hour), Oakland / […]
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    agentright articles | agentright News | and property related articles for the agentright.com website

  • Five Useful Tips for Your Moving Day

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

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

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

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

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

  • FAQ – Top 10 Most Common Questions About Investing In Brazil

    Artur Vogt
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Question 1: Why should I invest in Brazilian properties now? Is there room for further growth? Brazil has been one of the fastest-growing property markets in the world and we expect this trend to continue for at least the next five years and beyond. The government is actively encouraging its people to buy their own homes with generous social housing programmes. One particular project – Minha Casa Minha Vida in Natal – also happens to provide investors with an easy route into the Brazil market that will give more than a 100% return on investment inside a year.   Question 2:…
  • Investment Hotspots In Brazil – Timesaving Guide

    Artur Vogt
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The property market in Brazil has changed rapidly since 2008 and property price growth in cities such as Sao Paolo, Rio, Fortaleza and Natal has been nothing short of spectacular in this period. However, where once you had several investment options in Brazil, as the market begins to mature in 2014 it is worth looking in more detail at the best cities for cash flow and solid long-term capital growth. Over the past few months we have carried out an in-depth analysis of the most profitable investment locations in Brazil and shared them with you. If you haven’t had a chance to read about them…
  • Brazil Investment Hotspots – Bahia

    Artur Vogt
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bahia is located on the north-east coast of Brazil. The area has some stunning beaches and a fantastic year-round tropical climate. Prices have been increasing at around 20% per annum, but the area still remains affordable and is at the centre of Brazil’s tourism push. Bahia is one of Brazil’s original tourist states and is certainly geared up for investment with some of the best infrastructure in Brazil. The World Bank has given Bahia a $16 billion infrastructure grant, as part of a 15-year initiative to attract tourists. Major developers and hotel operators have been investing heavily…
  • Everything You Need To Know About Purchase Costs In Brazil

    Artur Vogt
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Those investing in Brazilian property right now are enjoying a cocktail of high capital growth and solid rental yields. This is attracting the attention of investors from all over the world who are keen to secure their own piece of paradise while conditions remain ripe for investment. Real estate is still cheap by European and US standards and so is labour, so you have the ideal conditions in place for property investment. In the same way that one person may want a BMW and the other a Ferrari, we are aware that each client will have a different investment objective and also set out from a…
  • 10 Good Reasons To Invest In Florida’s Cash Flow Positive Properties

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

  • Home flipping drops below 5% of 2Q sales

    Florida Realtors® News
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    Home Getting Started Tools and Support News and Events Legal Center Legislative Center Education Get Connected About Florida Realtors Governance Research & Statistics Video Library What’s this?remove Sign in to use the “My Favorites” feature. Connect with us on: Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Subscribe to Florida Realtors®YouTube Channel IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 22, 2014 – RealtyTrac’s Q2 2014 U.S. Home Flipping Report finds that home flips – a same-home re-sale in less than 12 months – dropped below 5 percent. In the second quarter, 4.6 percent of all U.S. single-family…
  • NAR to Congress: Extend short sale forgiveness

    Florida Realtors® News
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:02 am
    WASHINGTON – Aug. 22, 2014 – The National Association of Realtors (NAR) issued a statement backing earlier comments by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder first announced a $7 billion settlement with Bank of America, but he followed up the announcement with a call for Congress to “do the right thing for financially distressed American families who lost homes to foreclosure or short sales this year.” “Realtors agree,” said NAR President Steve Brown in a statement following Holder’s announcement. On Dec. 31, 2014, tax forgiveness for short sales and…
  • Fla.’s housing market: Prices, inventory up in July 2014

    Florida Realtors® News
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Aug. 21, 2014 – Florida’s housing market reported rising median prices and increased inventory in July, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 22,099 last month, up 5 percent over the July 2013 figure. “Florida’s housing market continued its steady pace in July,” said 2014 Florida RealtorsPresident Sherri Meadows, CEO and team leader, Keller Williams, with market centers in Gainesville, Ocala and The Villages.“Median sales prices rose year-over-year for both…
  • NAR: Home sales hit highest level in almost a year

    Florida Realtors® News
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    WASHINGTON – Aug. 21, 2014 – Existing-home sales increased in July to their highest annual pace of the year, and the ongoing decline in distressed sales reached an important milestone, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Total existing home sales – completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – rose 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million in July from a downwardly-revised 5.03 million in June. Sales are at the highest pace of 2014 and have risen four consecutive months, though they remain…
  • NAR: Home sales hit highest level in almost a year

    Florida Realtors® News
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    WASHINGTON – Aug. 21, 2014 – Existing-home sales increased in July to their highest annual pace of the year, and the ongoing decline in distressed sales reached an important milestone, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Total existing home sales – completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – rose 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million in July from a downwardly-revised 5.03 million in June. Sales are at the highest pace of 2014 and have risen four consecutive months, though they remain…
 
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  • Isle of Man Property Sales

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

    Simon Costain
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    The following applications have been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure for consideration. via Isle of Man Today - Planning Applications Feed http://ift.tt/1yA9qAI
  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    The following applications have been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure for consideration. via Isle of Man Today - Planning Applications Feed http://ift.tt/1uu8w8m
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Pinfold Personal Pension Scheme, by trustee, Paul Juan Leneghan, of Pinfold Cottage, Pinfold Hill, Laxey, as trustee, and Tynwald Pensions Limited, whose registered office is at 29/31 Athol Street, Douglas, as trustees, bought 101 Anagh Coar Road, Douglas, for £185,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1sgvrWP
  • The Mortgage Game

    Simon Costain
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
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    Frederick Real Estate Online

  • Is Frederick A “Bedroom Community”?

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

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

    Karen Highland
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Homes Sold in Lake Linganore in the Recent Six Months: About Lake Linganore Lake Linganore Villages are the largest privately held lake community in Maryland. Residents enjoy 4 private lakes, 2 beaches, acres of nature and miles of scenic trails. There are also pools, basketball courts, tot lots and recreation fields. Lake Linganore was established in 1968 and has had several different builders over the years. To date, there are still hundreds of lots available to build a home. Linganore is said to get its name from an Indian Chief who once lived along the creek, a member of the Susquehanna…
  • The Benefits of Buying New Construction

    Karen Highland
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Benefits to Buying a New Home The Benefits of Buying New New construction can offer a home-buyer more than fresh paint and an open floor plan. Today’s new homes feature flexible spaces, are constructed using low-maintenance building materials and are significantly more energy efficient than older homes. And financing can be easier because of mortgage-financing perks that may be offered through a builder. When reviewing the process used to construct a new home, everything starts on the inside – with the building envelope. Builders are concerned with making sure conditioned air — cool…
  • Frederick County Real Estate Market Statistics for July 2014

    Karen Highland
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Frederick County Real Estate Market Snapshot July 2014 provided by the Highland Group We’re seeing the real estate market continue this summer with healthy demand. Here is a snapshot of Frederick County real estate statistics July: For the visual people, a slideshare: Frederick Maryland Real Estate Trends July 2014 from The Highland Group For those who like statistics: Frederick Real Estate Trends for July 2014 Average Home Sales Price:  $303,300: down 2% from last July. Down 5% from June. Average Single-Family Sales Price:  $354,900 Average Attached Home Sales Price:  $216,500…
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  • Digital Platforms Boost Senior Living Profiles

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

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

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

    Jonas222
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Apartment demand has helped drive up national occupancy rates to more than 95 percent for the last two consecutive months, according to a report in Multifamily Executive. The reporter cites data from Axiometrics, a Dallas-based multifamily research firm, which also says annualized rental growth has increased by 3.6 percent.  The thesis of the article centers around the whether or not we should worry about oversupply. read more
  • Hotel Investment Update

    Jonas222
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    It’s just the sort of cyclical news commercial real estate is known for: competition in the hotel space has prompted a dramatic increase in selling prices among institutional investors. read more
 
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    House Flipping School

  • How To Name A Legitimate Real Estate Business

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

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

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

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

    Mike LaCava
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Every new business faces growing pains. When I first began flipping houses for a living, I dealt with and overcame many unexpected challenges. Today, I am actively flipping 2-3 houses per month, however I still face growing pains. This past week in particular has presented 4 distinct challenges that I am working to overcome. In this post I will share with you the challenges I am facing in my business right now, because I know you will face similar challenges as you build your house flipping business. Challenge #1 – Managing The Details We have expanded our business rapidly and I lost…
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    Karri Flatla

  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: July 2014

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

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

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

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

    Karri Flatla
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Mayor Chris Spearman shot this short video of the Oldman River in Lethbridge… at 6am this morning. I’m not too proud a prairie girl to say that no, I wasn’t even awake yet Two things I must briefly point out before you take in the view for yourself: 1) The Oldman River slices right through [...]
 
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    IXACTContact Blog

  • Give Your Real Estate Database a Health Check: 4 Simple Steps

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

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

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

    Michael Churaman
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Check out the video at the end of this blog post by real estate coach Bruce Keith of Bruce Keith Results. Bruce is a big fan of IXACT Contact and recommends the real estate CRM to all of his coaching clients. In this video he discusses how IXACT Contact’s listing and closing Activity Plans help get you more organized and in control. Listing and closing Activity Plans come included in IXACT Contact. They are a series of tasks with corresponding due dates. At the right date and time, the REALTOR® CRM will remind you to take specific actions, like install a lockbox, update the MLS, or send…
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Real Estate Leads Are Falling Through the Cracks

    Matthew Collis
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    You likely work hard to generate real estate leads for your business. But once you get the leads, are you doing everything you can to maximize the chance that they convert into clients? If you’re not making the most of every lead and letting some fall through the cracks, you could be missing out on many easy sales opportunities – “low hanging fruit.” In this post, we’re going to share four important reasons why your real estate leads may be falling through the cracks. 1. You’re making it hard to contact you/ find your contact details I’ve been on REALTOR® websites where the…
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in August 2014

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

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

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

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

    Anita Clark Realtor
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Foreclosures in Byron GA in August 2014 Both buyers and investors who have been looking for foreclosures in Byron GA in August 2014 are almost out of inventory to choose from as only a few distressed properties are available right now. Like many distressed homes, these properties often have special stipulations and requirements so it […] The post Foreclosures in Byron GA in August 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
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    thelasvegasluxuryhomepro.com

  • Low Ball Offers in Real Estate – Do They Ever Work?

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

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

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

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

    Debbie Drummond
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, in real estate it can be worth thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. The internet has changed the way we buy and sell our homes.  We’re not tied to a Realtor who has access to listings  Continue ReadingThe post Outstanding Luxury Home Marketing – Photography And Video appeared first on .
 
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    Real Estate Valuation | IRR on Real Estate blog

  • The transformation of Kansas City, and master leases revive the medical-office sector

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

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

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

    Ray Cirz
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: GlobeSt.com: It is not your imagination: MF origination is down this year Freddie Mac’s recent $1.2 billion K-Deal means more than just reaching an $80 billion landmark in total multifamily mortgages it’s securitized since 2009.  The transaction is representative of a growing interest in floating rate loans from borrowers.  The K-Deal also signals a decrease in multifamily origination, possibly due to pent-up demand for …
  • New IRR study forecasts Miami real estate trends: Foreign investment has transformed the condo market

    Anthony Graziano
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Amid sensational headlines and conflicting reports about the future of Miami’s real estate market, the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) retained IRR-Miami to assemble accurate metrics and interpret current trends within the Greater Downtown housing market to help inform future planning and development decisions by providing comprehensive research on the state of the market. This report provides insights on the multitude of new projects currently being constructed in the Greater Downtown Miami market, and offers …
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    The Oatley Team

  • Home of the Week: 323 Evergreen Rd.

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

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

    Laura
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Oatley Team This home will not last long.  If you are interested in checking it out I suggest you reach out to The Oatley Team quickly.  It is recently just back on the market. The home is completely remodeled and located on a private cul-de-sac. This fantastic home features a large eat in kitchen with brand new […] Laura
  • Weekend Events August 8-10

    Laura
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Oatley Team This weekend is packed with great things to do. Here you can find some of my favorites. St. Joe’s Picnic for the Kids This picnic is in its 165th year and raises money for the St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.  It kicks off tonight with FREE live music.  There will also be selected booths with food […] Laura
  • PGA Championship at Valhalla

    Laura
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Oatley Team By now we all know that the PGA championship is going on here in Louisville.  Practice rounds started on Monday and the competition officially kicks off tomorrow. The news over the last few days has been flooded with speculation whether Tiger Woods would actually be able play since his injury last weekend.  A few hours […] Laura
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    PropertyCluster.com Blog

  • Things You Must Tell Prospective Buyers When Selling Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rescuing Belongings In A Probated Property

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

    Camille Baptiste
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Find you self asking these questions: “How Do I Get Started in Real Estate Investing?”, “How Do I Become a Real Estate Investor”? or ” How Can I Make Money in Real Estate Investing?”. We created a set of FREE ebooks that investors can use to get started in real estate investing and learn about [...]DOWNLOAD FREE- Real Estate Investing Books is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Blogging Your Way To Profits For Vacation Rental Owners

    Maria Rekrut
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    What is Blogging? First off, blogging falls under the category of content marketing. Content marketing is a strategy geared towards using content (such as articles, blogs, social media, videos, etc…) to drive traffic to your website or business that will eventually convert into sales (or bookings for vacation rental managers and owners). Content marketing really isn’t [...]Blogging Your Way To Profits For Vacation Rental Owners is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Star Trek, Yoda, And Purple Cows – Huh?

    David Hamilton
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    You may already be wondering what Star Trek, Yoda, and Purple Cows have to do with real estate investing, and if you’re looking for specific how-to stuff, this isn’t quite it. Today, I want to push you out of the small world of real estate investing and challenge you to get to the core of [...]Star Trek, Yoda, And Purple Cows – Huh? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Principles Of Buy And Hold Investing

    Andrew Syrios
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Owning real estate is the most effective way to grow one’s wealth yet discovered. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it easy. Buying and holding real estate successfully requires a lot of very different tasks to be accomplished or it won’t work. To summarize, there are five major tasks: Acquisition Finance Rehab Management/Leasing Maintenance/Turnover Acquisition Some buy [...]Principles Of Buy And Hold Investing is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • Meet the Keller Williams New Employee of the Month

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Employee Number One We're pleased to see that the Philadelphia Business Journal took note of Keller Williams Realty's recent announcement that the No. 2 top-performing real estate sales team in Greater Philadelphia had joined the company's Center City office. But we didn't know that KW had hired Noah Ostroff until we read the "People on the Move" feature in the Business Journal. Here's how these things usually work: Real estate brokers are free agents. They can work on their own, or they can affiliate with a branded company that provides them with valuable support in the form of office…
  • "Condo king" nearly done with rental-retail rehab off Rittenhouse

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Alan Domb, who, when he's not busy renovating buildings or selling condos, is the fearless leader of our industry's trade group, the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors®, is close to wrapping up work on a rehab near Rittenhouse Square that includes...apartments for rent. Yes, you read that right. Apartments for rent. From what we could see when we walked past 126 S. 16th St. earlier this week, the apartments will be nicely finished and should command good rents, even if the rental housing market in Center City has softened a bit recently. There will be five of them - down from six,…
  • Planning Commission survey takes pulse of city's renters, landlords

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    Only one in three Center City renters could afford to buy one of these... ...while two in three renters living outside it could afford to buy one of these.  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission revealed results of their Renter and Landlord housing survey at its monthly meeting this week. The William Penn Foundation funded the survey and the Milliard Group conducted it. The survey questions both renters and landlords about their situations, needs, and desires. PCPC staff member Olivia Howell explained that the surveyors contacted renters throughout the city using social media and…
  • Hidden Treasure Hunt: Words to the wise

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    It's not that often that one runs across a building full of wise sayings. Okay, okay, libraries are chock full of 'em. But usually they're found in the books, not in the bricks, stones and glass that make up the building itself. Ever since we first set foot in this building, we've been fascinated by the advice found in the aphorisms inscribed on its windows and etched in its stones. Like this one, which we had just a little difficulty deciphering. Where did we spot this? And if you know, tell us who designed the building - and give us the aphorism while you're at it. This feature will be…
  • Hello, South Jersey! We're at your service

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Thinking of living in New Jersey? We have good news for you: The Philly Living team at Noah Ostroff and Associates has established a beachhead in South Jersey. The new JerseyLiving.com portal, which launched this week, is your first place to turn to when you're looking for homes in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Atlantic counties. You'll find the same browser-friendly interface and informative advice here that you find on Philly Living, only with a New Jersey accent. Ostroff Team agent Jon Cohen is the Jersey Living team leader. He's backed by one of the top-performing real estate sales…
 
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • What You Can Afford Isn’t Necessarily What You Should Spend on a Home

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

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

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

    Colin Robertson
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Despite the fact that home prices have risen by double-digits over the past couple years, buying might still beat renting because monthly rents are also climbing at a rapid clip. Lately, there have been numerous reports and frightening new stories about rising rents causing affordability concerns, with former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan referring to it [&hellip
  • Apparently It’s Not a Housing Bubble, But an Affordability Crisis

    Colin Robertson
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Here’s some good news, if you can call it that. Real estate experts at a recent housing forum in San Francisco determined that we are in the midst of an “affordability crisis,” not a housing bubble. Jed Kolko of Trulia fame and Tim Cornwell of the Concord Group told attendees at the SPUR Urban Center [&hellip
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • 4 Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum: Engle & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta

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

    ATL Best New HomesTV
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Experience life plus style at Vinings on the Chattahoochee, where construction is in full swing on the first townhome building and two single-family homes from Brock Built. Currently, buyers can take advantage of special pre-construction prices and fantastic buyer’s incentives! The first building from Brock Built will feature nine townhomes that are comprised of two floor [...]
  • Smith Douglas Homes Reaches Closeout at Two Paulding County Communities

    Smith Douglas
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Two of Smith Douglas Homes’ popular new home communities in Paulding County are in closeout, meaning buyers are running out of time to call Alexandria Place and Poplar Farms home. Both communities offer stunning ranch and two-story floor plans and are located in the sought-after East Paulding High School district. The established Alexandria Place community in [...]
  • JB Whites Condos Offer Southern Comfort and City-Chic Living

    SEREInvestments
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    While Augusta, Georgia is well-known across the nation for being the host city of the Masters Tournament every year, this vibrant and historic metropolis has much more to offer than golf. Amazing architecture, gorgeous waterways, charming boutiques and restaurants surround the condominiums of the JB Whites Building downtown, offering new homebuyers the benefits of a [...]
  • Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta Hires Suzy Smith as New Real Estate Advisor

    Engel & Volkers
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta is pleased to announce the hiring of a new real estate advisor. Suzy Smith brings with her 15 years of experience in the real estate industry that will allow her to provide in-depth market knowledge to buyers and sellers in the Atlanta area. “Suzy’s experience will be a huge asset to [...]
 
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    Real Estate Metro

  • Community Spotlight

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    St. Louis Park, Minnesota When looking for a new place to call home, the community you choose can be just as important as the home itself. Certainly you will spend plenty of time inside your new home, but the people, store fronts and other homes surrounding your new space can alter the environment more drastically than you might think. You may not want to feel like you are out of place in a neighborhood dominated by rentals or homes occupied by students at the nearby college, or you may be looking for a home that has plenty of quality shopping within walking distance. Whatever your needs,…
  • Preparing a House for Sale

    29 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Home Improvements – Enough or Too Much? Preparing a house for sale can be challenging. When making home improvements, many sellers make the mistake of not consulting with an experienced real estate professional who can provide guidance, and potentially save them time and money, and save them from a lot of frustration. Despite having the best intentions when making improvements, a seller will often go too far, not far enough, or simply improve something that adds no value while ignoring something that may actually hurt the salability or value of the home.  We’ve previously…
  • The Importance of Getting a Timely Inspection BEFORE Closing

    9 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Houses, buildings, and humans all have something in common. Each is flawed. None are perfect. Although many buyers believe they have found a "dream home" or the "perfect" property, a wise buyer will let a professional inspector inspect the property and explain some of the reasons why the property isn’t perfect before going forward with a commercial property acquisition or home purchase. Although some sellers will have an inspection of a property done before selling (to find and make needed repairs), inspections are generally more important for, and more commonly…
  • Fixed Rate Loans: The Basics

    12 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fixed-rate loans are historically the most common type of residential loans because of their inherent stability and predictability. With a fixed rate loan, the monthly loan payment generally stays the same for the entire term of the loan (e.g. 15 or 30 years). The interest on a fixed rate loan may not decrease (unless you refinance) and you may not be able to qualify for as much of a loan with a fixed rate loan as you would with an adjustable or variable rate loan. But fixed rate loans offer more pros than cons for most borrowers. The stability of a fixed-rate loan provides for (1) proper…
  • Minnesota Passes New Radon Awareness Law

    5 Jan 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The new Minnesota Radon Awareness Act (Minn. Stat. § 144.496 – the "Act") is effective January 1, 2014, and applies to most agreements to sell or transfer residential real property executed on or after that date. Under the Act, "residential real property" is defined as "property occupied as, or intended to be occupied as, a single-family residence, including a unit in a common interest community as defined in section 515B.1-103, clause (10), regardless of whether the unit is in a common interest community not subject to chapter 515B." In general,…
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  • Finding the Right Neighborhood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
        Do you have a coach?  If you don’t, you probably should invest in coaching. Did you know that “coaches even have coaches”?  It’s true. Almost all of the biggest earners in our business have at least one coach – sometimes two as long as they are trying to grow their business. Do you […] The post Is It Time for You to Invest in Coaching? appeared first on .
  • Bill Walston – Understanding Master Lease Options – Podcast Episode #25

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    My guest for today’s podcast is my friend Bill Walston, and we are diving into the strategy of master lease options.  It is a fascinating concept; that anyone can invest in commercial property with no money down.   Even more fascinating is the idea that this strategy works for pretty much any type of property that […] The post Bill Walston – Understanding Master Lease Options – Podcast Episode #25 appeared first on .
 
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  • Down Under down under: Inside the world's only underground town

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    One way to save on air conditioning... Photos: F8BThere / BozzyD200 The South Australian mining village is a community familiar with the benefits of subterranean soil: it is the main source of opals on the planet. But since it was founded almost 100 years ago (in 1915), the waterless town has found much more underground than gems: they have found a home. Coober Pedy is a typical town, with houses, bars, shops and even churches - but all located between 8 and 22 feet below the surface. The community, which is connected by a series of dugouts, contains around 1,500 homes, complete with air…
  • Spanish property sales up 48pc

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Marbella, Costa del Sol, one of the most popular areas for Spanish property Photo: Mikko Helander Data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) shows that sales of Spanish property have surged by 48 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same period of 2013. The figures mark the start of what has been a positive year for Spain, with prices dipping 1.6 per cent year-on-year during the same period, the smallest drop in several years, and values even climbing in several locations. Property sales have continued to increase this summer, according to the general council of…
  • Photo of the Week: Models painted to blend into landmarks

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Trina Merry spent hours meticulously painting the bodies of models in the city to camouflage them against well-known buildings, from the Guggenheim Museum to the Empire State Building. The result is a bizarre portrait of humans and architecture that blurs the boundaries between admiring our surroundings and getting in the way of them. "I wanted to engage the city and understand it and make some observations," Merry commented. "So instead of a person right in front of the Empire State building or the Statue of Liberty, they’re softly in the background, and you’ve got more of a…
  • For sale: No. 1, River Thames

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    No. 1, The Thames is now for sale. The disused fort, which dates back to 1855, boasts everything a London house hunter needs: five bedrooms, two receptions, a bathroom and a bomb-proof structure. The drawback? You can only access the property when the tide is low, as it is located where the Thames meets the Medway in the Thames Estuary. On the plus side? You have all the fun of pretending to be a Bond villain combined with a city center lifestyle. The price? £500,000. Read moreUK, Weird World, London house
  • Purplebricks gets £8m backing

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    The UK property portal market has become increasingly crowded in recent years, as Rightmove and Zoopla establish their duopoly and others attempt to disrupt the balance. Now, Purplebricks, a start-up which hopes to do just that, has raised a total of £8 million in funding, including £1 million from angel investors and £7 million from Neil Woodford, a high-profile fund manager.The Woodford Equity income fund's investment in Purplebricks came from its total pool of £2.4 billion and, according to TechCrunch, marks the biggest non-listed investment the fund has ever…
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • The Village at Wexford Shopping

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

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

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

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    A lot is happening in the Island’s first resort.  The parent company has made the decision to improve one of Hilton Head’s favorite destinations and the results are phenomenal.  I had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Sea Pines Plantation Club. It is a tribute to the vision of our founders.  Sea Pines was one of the first resorts to recognize the importance of the environment and, in my opinion, the grandfather of modern resort development.  Before the ceremony we enjoyed a tasty breakfast in their new restaurant, incorporating their new farm to table…
  • 4th of July in Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    July 4th was extraordinarily special this year. The new Plantation Golf Club for the Ocean Course and Heron Point Golf Course had just opened. The Live Oak Restaurant opened a couple of months ago. All Sea Pines residents and tourists were not disappointed with the signature design style blending Lowcountry, coastal and traditional elements. And then just in time for July 4th the much awaited   opening of the new Sea Pines Resort Beach Club and the famous Beach Club Bar opened.  From the moment I stepped inside.  I was impressed, amazed, delighted and very proud  with  of  the…
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    Total Relocation Services

  • 6 Valuable Reasons to Justify the Importance of a Moving Company

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Relocation is a complicated event because no one likes packing and moving, especially due to busy and hectic daily schedule. It can give people many restless days and nights. However, it doesn’t mean that you should start feeling dizzy and stop planning things ahead. In such circumstances, you must realize the role of a professional company and facts written below will justify their importance. 1. These companies can provide you a check-list to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of your valuable items. They will also draw a plan of action to get everything organized in a perfect…
  • Why corporate moving services are considered a blessing?

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Change should be welcomed, because it gives us the opportunity to get rid of dull routine. At some stage, business relocation becomes mandatory for many companies when it comes to their expansion. However, relocation is considered to be a stressful event for majority of the people, especially when it comes to a corporate move. Today, in such events, you don’t need to worry much and appreciation goes to professional corporate relocation services in New York. Following are the reasons why these services are considered as a blessing: Safe transfer is the aim of every organization and corporate…
  • 10 questions you must ask from a commercial mover company

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Shifting office is a major event and can be an overwhelming. It is natural to experience anxiety and sleepless nights as you approach towards the day of shift. There are plenty of things such as furniture, computers, fittings, and number of files that you want to be carefully handled. However, if you have decided that the move is mandatory, it is time for you to plant the move instead of feeling dizzy. In such events, it is critically important for you to seek help from a professional office moving NYC company to get it all organized. However, there are many important questions to ask before…
  • Moving home? Find a moving company to get it done and dusted

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    Handling the stress of a move on your own can be devastating, which is why you must get it done and dusted with perfection. Hiring an expert will make you feel excited about moving to a new place instead of spending sleepless nights in worries. Yes, with the help of a certified moving expert, you can get maximum assistance in planning and organization of the entire move, doesn’t matter whether you are moving within your state or outside. They have special plastic moving bins or boxes to ensure the safety of the goods to be moved, especially when it comes to the packing of fragile items. On…
  • Household moving checklist

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Below is a small guide that tells you how to prepare for the next household move. Although professional help is always available, but taking care of these small details will make the process even easier for both movers and you.  First of all you need to book a moving and packing company After this, you need to get rid of any items that are not necessary any more. You can donate unwanted stuff to charity. This will reduce the amount of stuff that has to be moved during relocation. Create a list of all the fragile and precious items that will demand special care during the move. Take…
 
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Eight Ways to Burglar-Proof Your Home

    Jason Thoele
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Home security experts claim that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the U.S. A burglary may appear random, but the criminal chose your home for a reason. Here are eight ways to defend your home from thieves. 1. Get an alarm system. It’ll encourage burglars to move on. You want your house to be the least appealing home on the block to thieves. Ask the security company about wired versus wireless systems, the benefits of motion-trip sensor lasers and if you can supervise your home from other locations. 2. Make your home appear occupied at all times. Set up light and TV timers to go on…
  • Agent Spotlight Elias Sandoval!

    Carrie Cullifer
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Elias Sandoval CalBRE#01717634  (661) 213-6874 e.sandoval561@yahoo.com www.tholcorealestategroup.com/eliassandoval  Elias will get you through your real estate transaction with a smile on your face. He knows the market and how to negotiate the best deal for you. If you are thinking of listing your home he will price it right and market it to get you top dollar. If you are looking for a great agent give Elias a call today you will be glad you did!
  • Find a Realtor

    Jason Thoele
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    You Have to Find a Realtor. How do you do that? If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the Internet. One key to a successful relationship between a real estate agent and their client is that, in addition to representing your interests competently, they educate you about the process as it unfolds. So don’t simply look for property on the web – look for an agent that informs you about the process. Referrals are always a good way to go. Perhaps a friend, co-worker, or family member recently bought a house in the same community and had a good experience. However, if…
  • Agent Spotlight Lynette Graham!

    Carrie Cullifer
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Lynette Graham CalBRE#01896094  661-805-7019 lynettegraham@gmail.com www.tholcorealestategroup.com/lynettegraham  Customer service, expert negotiations, and access to a wide variety of real estate resources are just some of the services that I’m committed to providing to my clients. I do my best to go above and beyond to provide you with the most pleasant Real Estate experience possible. Taking the time to take care of you.
  • Bank Owned Homes in Bakersfield

    Jason Thoele
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Those that are in the market for Bank Owned Homes in Bakersfield will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Take a look at this semi custom home on a large lot off Fairfax in the Del Sol community. Large 4 bedroom home 3 bath home. Features in ground pool, space for RV parking, and nice kitchen with huge center island with granite counters. Good news! We have some incredible foreclosures that can now be yours in Bakersfield CA! Foreclosures in Bakersfield offer you a chance at attaining your dream of buying a home in Bakersfield CA without having to pay a premium price for the…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Eight Ways to Burglar-Proof Your Home

    Jason Thoele
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Home security experts claim that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the U.S. A burglary may appear random, but the criminal chose your home for a reason. Here are eight ways to defend your home from thieves. 1. Get an alarm system. It’ll encourage burglars to move on. You want your house to be the least appealing home on the block to thieves. Ask the security company about wired versus wireless systems, the benefits of motion-trip sensor lasers and if you can supervise your home from other locations. 2. Make your home appear occupied at all times. Set up light and TV timers to go on…
  • Agent Spotlight Elias Sandoval!

    Carrie Cullifer
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Elias Sandoval CalBRE#01717634  (661) 213-6874 e.sandoval561@yahoo.com www.tholcorealestategroup.com/eliassandoval  Elias will get you through your real estate transaction with a smile on your face. He knows the market and how to negotiate the best deal for you. If you are thinking of listing your home he will price it right and market it to get you top dollar. If you are looking for a great agent give Elias a call today you will be glad you did!
  • Find a Realtor

    Jason Thoele
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    You Have to Find a Realtor. How do you do that? If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the Internet. One key to a successful relationship between a real estate agent and their client is that, in addition to representing your interests competently, they educate you about the process as it unfolds. So don’t simply look for property on the web – look for an agent that informs you about the process. Referrals are always a good way to go. Perhaps a friend, co-worker, or family member recently bought a house in the same community and had a good experience. However, if…
  • Agent Spotlight Lynette Graham!

    Carrie Cullifer
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Lynette Graham CalBRE#01896094  661-805-7019 lynettegraham@gmail.com www.tholcorealestategroup.com/lynettegraham  Customer service, expert negotiations, and access to a wide variety of real estate resources are just some of the services that I’m committed to providing to my clients. I do my best to go above and beyond to provide you with the most pleasant Real Estate experience possible. Taking the time to take care of you.
  • Bank Owned Homes in Bakersfield

    Jason Thoele
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Those that are in the market for Bank Owned Homes in Bakersfield will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Take a look at this semi custom home on a large lot off Fairfax in the Del Sol community. Large 4 bedroom home 3 bath home. Features in ground pool, space for RV parking, and nice kitchen with huge center island with granite counters. Good news! We have some incredible foreclosures that can now be yours in Bakersfield CA! Foreclosures in Bakersfield offer you a chance at attaining your dream of buying a home in Bakersfield CA without having to pay a premium price for the…
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    Dana Point Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Orange County Real Estate

  • Orange County Real Estate – Let’s Talk Real Estate

    949hometeam
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I got to admit I love it when I get calls from clients asking me to go over the current real estate market with them.  One of my favorite parts of my real estate career is counseling clients on the…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate – Let’s Talk Real Estate is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate – Safety First

    949hometeam
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Recently a very good Realtor friend of mine had an altercation at one of her listings which could have been much worse than it was but still serves as a very important reminder about the importance of safety to not…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate – Safety First is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Dana Point Real Estate Report August 2014

    949hometeam
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Dana Point Real Estate Report Dana Point Real Estate at a Glance:  Summer gets going slowly: Dana Point Real Estate is moving at the same slow, stable and sustainable pace that the rest of Orange County real estate is moving at…Read more ›Dana Point Real Estate Report August 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report August 2014

    949hometeam
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report Aliso Viejo Real Estate at a Glance:  summer starts with a slow simmer: Aliso Viejo Real estate is like the rest of Orange County real estate – moving at a slow and steady sustainable pace. This…Read more ›Aliso Viejo Real Estate Report August 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
  • Orange County Real Estate Report August 2014

    949hometeam
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Orange County Real Estate – the slow and steady trend continues So with two months of summer 2014 in the books we have a firm trend of a slow and steady market set in. Growth is slow and stable and the…Read more ›Orange County Real Estate Report August 2014 is a post from: Dana Point Real Estate
 
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    Jacob Grant Property Management

  • 26 Real Estate Experts Reveal Top Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors

    Robbie Richards
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    For many first-time real estate investors, taking the leap and buying an investment property is one of the scariest things they’ll ever do. After all, there is a lot at risk if things go south. Two weeks ago I asked 26 real estate experts and successful investors a simple question: If you could list 3 common […]
  • Top 89 Real Estate Blogs To Follow In 2014

    Robbie Richards
    27 May 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If you’re anything like us – looking for ways to save time, become smarter real estate investors, uncover proven marketing strategies, and stay on track with industry news and trends - you need a quality reading list. Thanks to the abundance of blogs popping up all over the internet, finding quality (actionable) information is becoming very challenging. […]
  • Living In Idaho Falls: By The Numbers

    Robbie Richards
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    The city of Idaho Falls is no stranger to “best places to live” lists. In 2013, Idaho Falls was ranked the second best ‘small city’ to move to in the United States. With a population of 57,899, the city of Idaho Falls has experienced steady growth in recent years. This growth can be attributed to […]
  • 10 Digital Marketing Channels for Property Management and Real Estate Professionals

    Robbie Richards
    7 Feb 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Every property manager and real estate professional understands the importance of attracting and retaining quality tenants. But, not everyone knows how to do it. In this post we are going to explore the digital marketing channels that will help you generate leads and reduce rental vacancies. In no particular order: Responsive Website: your website is […]
  • New Craigslist Rules Hurt Real Estate Ad Listings

    Robbie Richards
    6 Jan 2014 | 10:05 am
    Thanks to recent rule changes to Craigslist’s “housing” and “for sale” sections, property owners are no longer able to post enhanced listings.  This is big news as many landlords and property managers rely on enhanced listings to generate tenant leads. What changed? The recent changes may seem minor, but they have had a big impact […]
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    PropertyMetrics

  • Ground Lease Fundamentals in Commercial Real Estate

    propertymetrics
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ground leases are an important component of many commercial real estate deal structures. Yet for a lot commercial real estate professionals ground leases are rarely encountered and are poorly understood. In this article we’ll shed some light on how ground leases work, explain what typical ground lease structures look like, and we’ll also clear up some common misconceptions about the ground lease. What is a Ground Lease? First of all, what exactly is a ground lease? Ground leases, often called land leases, are simply a lease of the land only. Usually land is leased for a…
  • Understanding Replacement Reserves in Commercial Real Estate

    propertymetrics
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    The topic of replacement reserves is often confusing for commercial real estate professionals. How much should be set aside for replacement reserves? Should replacement reserves be included in net operating income? How do replacement reserves impact cap rates and value? In this article we’re going to take a closer look at reserves for replacement, clear up the confusion, and also tackle some common misconceptions. What are Replacement Reserves? First of all, what are replacement reserves? Replacement Reserves are funds set aside that provide for the periodic replacement of building…
  • What You Should Know About The Time Value of Money

    Robert Schmidt
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    Being completely comfortable with the time value of money is critical when working in the field of finance and commercial real estate. The time value of money is impossible to ignore when dealing with loans, investment analysis, capital budgeting, and many other financial decisions. It’s a fundamental building block that the entire field of finance is built upon. And yet, many finance and commercial real estate professionals still lack a solid working knowledge of time value of money concepts and they consistently make the same common mistakes. In this article we take a deep dive into…
  • What is IRR and How Does it Work?

    Robert Schmidt
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    The internal rate of return (IRR) is a widely used investment performance measure in commercial real estate, yet it’s also widely misunderstood. What is IRR exactly? How is it used and what are its limitations? In this article we’ll discuss what IRR is and how it works. We will also identify some common misconceptions and finally clarify these ideas with some relevant examples. What is IRR? First of all, what is IRR? Simply stated, the Internal rate of return (IRR) for an investment is the percentage rate earned on each dollar invested for each period it is invested. IRR is also…
  • How The Breakeven Occupancy Ratio Works

    propertymetrics
    29 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    The breakeven occupancy ratio is one of the less frequently used ratios in commercial real estate, yet it’s also one of the most practical and useful ratios to know. It’s also especially important to lenders when underwriting investment commercial real estate loans. In this short article we discuss how the breakeven occupancy ratio works, why it’s important, and then we tie it all together with a clear example. Breakeven Occupancy Ratio First of all, what is the breakeven occupancy formula and how is it calculated? As shown above, the breakeven occupancy ratio is simply the…
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    Lucy Kelts

  • Coronado MainStreet Garden Party

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    The 23rd Annual Coronado MainStreet Garden Party will take place on September 6 from 5-8 p.m. at the beautiful, historic property located at 1127 F Avenue. Local chefs will be preparing their specialties, libations will be available, entertainment will add to the fun and there will be a fabulous silent auction.  During the Annual Coronado MainStreet Garden Party, visitors will enjoy   Entertainment Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes Tastings from Coronado Restaurants No Host Cocktails, Wine tasting & CBC Brew   Ticket proceeds support the beautiful median gardens along Orange…
  • Fundraising Event Features Brent Atwater, Animal Medium

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Brent Atwater has been touching the lives of pet owners across the world with her books, blogs, social media and radio shows, all directed at the question of animal life after death.  Now the world-renowned medium is donating her spiritual gifts to Helen Woodward Animal Center with a very special Readings for Rescue fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Atwater’s books (translated into multiple languages), blogs, radio shows and global Facebook groups skyrocketed her to the top of the list as a leading resource for pet loss grief and animal afterlife questions. In 1987, Atwater…
  • Julian StarFest 2014

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Julian StarFest, a four-day festival focused around the field of astronomy, will occur in the mountain town of Julian. Julian is known for its clear dark skies and one of the best locations in Southern California for observing. The event will be held at Menghini Winery where a large grassy area and plenty of parking can accommodate the anticipated crowd. The festival includes a free public Star Party on Saturday night, astronomy related exhibition areas, guest speakers presenting on astronomy related subjects, a swap meet, and a raffle with some great astronomy prizes. Camping, adjacent to…
  • ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station on August 16-17

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Formerly ArtWalk on the Bay, ArtWalk NTC @ Liberty Station builds upon the success of the past 7 years at San Diego’s Bayfront. This 8th annual event takes place in San Diego’s flagship arts and culture district, NTC @ Liberty Station, once San Diego’s Naval Training Center, and now a mecca for artist studios, galleries, museums and performing arts groups. This fine art festival is part of the ArtWalk San Diego brand known for bringing together all facets of the arts in San Diego while promoting the experience of owning original art. We are looking forward to welcoming more…
  • Jenny Craig to Appear at Rancho Santa Fe Library on July 15

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Jenny Craig will visit the Rancho Santa Fe Children’s Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, to sign and discuss her children’s book, “I Believe in Genevieve,” a story that shares Craig’s lifelong positive message about being strong and healthy. The book tells a tale borrowing from Craig’s other big passion: horses. Genevieve wants to ride well in a large horse show at the end of summer, but she and her horse, Candy Ride, must get healthy to compete. To go for the championship means cutting out sweets and eating nutritious foods, and for both horse and rider to get plenty of…
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Rescuing Belongings In A Probated Property

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

    Camille Baptiste
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Find you self asking these questions: “How Do I Get Started in Real Estate Investing?”, “How Do I Become a Real Estate Investor”? or ” How Can I Make Money in Real Estate Investing?”. We created a set of FREE ebooks that investors can use to get started in real estate investing and learn about [...]DOWNLOAD FREE- Real Estate Investing Books is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Blogging Your Way To Profits For Vacation Rental Owners

    Maria Rekrut
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    What is Blogging? First off, blogging falls under the category of content marketing. Content marketing is a strategy geared towards using content (such as articles, blogs, social media, videos, etc…) to drive traffic to your website or business that will eventually convert into sales (or bookings for vacation rental managers and owners). Content marketing really isn’t [...]Blogging Your Way To Profits For Vacation Rental Owners is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Star Trek, Yoda, And Purple Cows – Huh?

    David Hamilton
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    You may already be wondering what Star Trek, Yoda, and Purple Cows have to do with real estate investing, and if you’re looking for specific how-to stuff, this isn’t quite it. Today, I want to push you out of the small world of real estate investing and challenge you to get to the core of [...]Star Trek, Yoda, And Purple Cows – Huh? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Principles Of Buy And Hold Investing

    Andrew Syrios
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Owning real estate is the most effective way to grow one’s wealth yet discovered. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it easy. Buying and holding real estate successfully requires a lot of very different tasks to be accomplished or it won’t work. To summarize, there are five major tasks: Acquisition Finance Rehab Management/Leasing Maintenance/Turnover Acquisition Some buy [...]Principles Of Buy And Hold Investing is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Conny's Real Estate Blog

  • Mortgage Taxes in Florida

    Conny
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    One of the surprises many Buyers have when purchasing a house in Palm Beach County is that we pay taxes on mortgage loans. If not forewarned, this can be a significant unplanned expense at closing. The two Florida mortgage related taxes are: Documentary Stamps on Mortgages Intangible Tax on Mortgages These are state taxes, so they apply anywhere in Florida, not just in Palm Beach County. Both taxes are assessed on the amount of the mortgage debt, not on the sales price of the property. For example, if you purchase a property for $200,000 using a $140,000 mortgage, the taxes are based on the…
  • House Purchase Closing Costs

    Conny
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    At some point in the process of buying a house a client always asks “How much will my closing costs be?” For most clients, the underlying question is about estimating how much money they will need on the day of closing. And from a client’s point of view, it’s a pretty straightforward question. But is it? In reality, it is actually three questions rolled into one: What are my Closing Costs? What are my Pre-Paids? What are the Total Funds that will be required to close? Huh? Real Estate Settlement Costs Many professions have their own terminology and language. The real estate and…
  • Flood Insurance for Homeowners

    Conny
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:17 pm
    There is a lot of confusion about flood insurance.  Many homeowners find out too late that flood damage isn’t covered by their basic homeowner’s insurance policy. Private companies offer flood insurance, but most people get their coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). To be eligible for an NFIP flood insurance policy, your community must participate in the program. What’s the National Flood Insurance Program? The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created in 1968 to help property owners obtain flood insurance at a reasonable cost. The premiums on the…
  • Impact of Credit Scores on Your Mortgage Rate

    Conny
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:51 pm
    All mortgage rates are not created equal, which is why that great advertised rate is not usually the rate a borrower is quoted after his or her credit is pulled. Credit scores weigh heavily with lenders when you are applying for a loan. The better your credit score, the easier to get a mortgage and the lower the rate you will pay. Conversely, a low credit score will cost you money and possibly make it difficult or impossible for you to qualify. What Score Does a Mortgage Lender Use? When you apply for a mortgage loan, the lender pulls your credit from all three major credit bureaus, Experian,…
  • Buying a House? Read the Small Print

    Conny
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Anyone who has ever bought a house knows that the paperwork involved can be a bit overwhelming. (Seriously, who doesn’t silently groan when handed a pile of dense legalese?) Purchase and Sale contracts, mortgage terms, title searches, survey details, HUD statements, mortgage loan notes and closing documents – all are complicated and can be difficult to understand. But being an informed consumer is critically important when purchasing real estate. Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions most people make. And just because the person handing you the papers to…
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    Real Estate News - The Housing Block

  • Modern Seaside Residence Villa Nilsson

    The Housing Block
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    This Modern Seaside Residence Villa Nilsson is not only great eye candy and a Must See residence. Got to have it and looking in the in Lerberget, Höganäs, Sweden housing market? Well this Modern  Seaside Residence Villa Nilsson currently listed for sale by Peter Landgren. Visit Peter Landgren The post Modern Seaside Residence Villa Nilsson appeared first on Real Estate Blog - The Housing Block.
  • Different Types Of Home Insurance

    The Housing Block
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
      Image Source: simplicikey.com Your home is probably the single largest investment of your lifetime, so only makes sense to ensure that it’s properly protected. Not only does home insurance help protect you from costly repairs that would put you in financial ruin, most lenders require it before they’ll approve our mortgage. The idea behind insurance is simple – the insurance premiums of many protect the losses of the few. Let’s take a look at the types of insurance and easy ways you can save on home insurance.   Types of Insurance Although insurance isn’t a “one size…
  • Only 17.1% of Vancouver and Toronto Condo Owners are Investors: Infographic

    The Housing Block
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Only 17.1% of Vancouver and Toronto Condo Owners are Investors: CMHC’s recent survey on condominium owners in Toronto and Vancouver sheds some light on who are snapping up condo units at a record pace. The survey found a whopping 82.9 per cent live in the condo they purchase – only 17.1 per cent are also investors in condos other than the unit they occupy. These finding are surprising, as a lot of real estate experts have suggested the number of investors is a lot higher. While the number of investors isn’t that earthshattering, a lot of condo owners are deciding to subsidize their…
  • Closing the deal with the right offer

    The Housing Block
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    You’ve been house hunting for months and finally you think you’ve found the one. Before you can make an offer on your dream home, it’s important to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Although much attention is paid to the offer price, the conditions can be just as important. In fact, conditions have been known to cost buyers their dream home. Before you make an offer, it’s important to discuss your offer in advance with your realtor to ensure you maximize your chances of acceptance.   What is an Offer? An offer is something to be taken seriously. If the buyer or seller…
  • Mortgage Options and Costs

    The Housing Block
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Buying a home is most likely the single largest financial transaction of your lifetime, so it’s important to get it right. Mortgage rates may be at a record low, but it still makes sense to shop around for the lowest mortgage rate. Lower mortgage rates have helped fuel skyrocketing home prices in popular cities like Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver. With bidding wars commonplace, it can be easy to leave financing until the last minute. But by making your mortgage an afterthought, you could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table. Because financing your dream home is so crucial, you…
 
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    i1 properties Bangalore

  • Apartments with advantageous aminities in Bangalore by i1 properties

    Santosh V.T
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    As far as the residential and commercial sectors are concerned, the i-1 properties are the best in Bangalore, which is considered as one of the leading real estate companies. Most of the commercial complexes, apartments, residential layouts are designed by the i-1 properties and the company offers an integrated suite of real estate services. An entire range of constructions is taken care  by the company and nowadays most of the apartments in Bangalore are designed by the i-1. The apartments have all the required facilities and can be thoroughly enjoyed by the people. The apartments are…
  • Impact Of Metro Rails On Apartment buyers In Bangalore City

    Santosh V.T
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    Most of the Indian cities are becoming overcrowded these days due to increase in migration of more people. As a result, the demands for housing facilities are growing every year and many real estate properties focus on developing various projects. Most real estate developers now prefer tier II and tier III locations all over India because of several advantages.   Metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad face traffic congestion problems. Tier II cites also witness same issues as many people find it difficult to reach their destination on time. Nowadays,…
  • Is It A right Time To Invest On Real Estate Market ?

    Santosh V.T
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Real estate markets are facing a lot of ups and downs over the recent years due to economic slowdown problems in different parts of the world. The prices of properties are going higher and lower because of various factors. According to recent studies, the home sales were low in 2013 when compared to previous years. Investing money in real estate properties is a wise one and at the same time it requires a basic knowledge. Real estate experts say that the demands for properties will increase in the coming years which help to generate more revenues. It is essential to know the tips before buying…
  • Indian Real estate market: An investor dream comes true

    Santosh V.T
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:43 am
    Most people want to invest their money in real estate properties safely to earn more profits while selling them. However, the Indian real estate market is facing a lot of struggles over the past few years due to economic uncertainties and other problems. The present market conditions are undergoing a lot of changes and therefore, it is an essential to aware about them for achieving goals in life. There are several options which are available for investors while purchasing real estate properties. At the same time, one should have a basic knowledge about selling and buying properties to…
  • India sees boost in investment on real estate.

    Santosh V.T
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    Real estate markets in India face several challenges today due to economic slowdown problems and other factors. In fact, it is considered as a favorite destination for real estate investments because of the infrastructure facilities. Increase in construction expenses, high interest rates and economic uncertainties are affecting the real estate companies over the recent years. The prices of properties remain stagnant and many properties are not sold in major cities. At the same time, the conditions are now improving slowly as demands for properties are increasing day by day in various cities…
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    Hipster Investments

  • What is Your Dream Birthday Party?

    Ali
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The cat is now out of the bag: Hipster is coming up on our big 2nd birthday. Birthdays are a ritual: they are a time to reflect upon the past year of successes and to really celebrate both our accomplishments and the beginning of a new, amazing year. Birthdays also mark a momentous occasion in your life or your company’s: its actual birth. It’s important to take stock of what you have achieved – and to reflect upon that which you set out to do. When it comes to celebrating the birth of your business or career – you should think way back to when it all began. Did you…
  • Pre-Birthday Bash Video Blog

    Ali
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    GUESS WHAT, HIPSTERS?! We are turning the big 2.0……. Yup, yup – it’s our second year and we are partying it up this time around. Here’s a pre-bash blog from founder Ali Boone – enjoy!!!!!
  • What’s Available Wednesday? Amazing Philadelphia Triplex

    Ali
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Ok. Let’s get real. We’ve gained about 100 pounds just because we love investing in Philadelphia and those darn cheese steaks so much. Yikes! Maybe our next post will be about kale and smoothies (don’t worry – it won’t be!). We are traveling back to Philly today – this time with an amazing turnkey triplex with an amazingly low buy-in price. Be prepared for sticker shock (in a good way). We know. We keep telling you – Philadelphia is an investor’s dream. Jobs. Colleges. Hospitals. Tenants. Cheese steaks. We realize we’re getting boring.
  • Key Real Estate Investing Myths: Debunked

    Ali
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    There’s a lot of information about how the best way to invest is – where to buy, how to buy, what to buy – what money to use and from where. It’s a lot to take in all at once. Should you flip? Should you be a rehabber? Should you buy and hold? Should try a mix? Not everything works for every one person. It seems that around every corner, there is someone holding a sign saying “this is the way.” What is the way? Should you pay attention to those signs? Should you follow the current myths about real estate like gospel? We say: no. At Hipster, we believe in…
  • Why You Must Celebrate Your Success!!!

    Ali
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Celebration is not a four letter word (duh)! We get it – we all work hard and we have goals to reach: we don’t have time to celebrate! Well, believe it or not, celebration is a key to success. Sure, partying for the sake of partying is slacking off; however, celebrating for the right reasons is always a good idea. As you know, Hipster will be celebrating our 2nd birthday this month, so let’s look at the importance of celebrating! Celebration is Validation Perhaps most importantly, celebrating is a way to validate all of your hard work and achievement. It’s a way of…
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    Point2 Agent Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • The Faces of Point2 – Andrij Zip

    Geneva Ives
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Title: Customer Care Representative Start Date: April 2013 Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrij Zip, one of our fabulous Customer Care Representatives. Did you know he moved to Saskatoon for this job? He must either really like us… or really love snow! Andrij (pronounced like Andre) loves the Edmonton Oilers, speaks Japanese and never ever uses his work computer for non-work-related Internet browsing. We asked Andrij to answer some questions about himself. Here is what he had to say: What is your favorite type of music? I’m a big fan of older music and like to explore the…
  • Agents: Pick Up Your Phones (& Ditch Your Desks!)

    Geneva Ives
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Thanks to modern technology, real estate agents can work from anywhere… and that’s exactly how today’s consumers like it. The #1 complaint about we hear about real estate agents is that they don’t communicate effectively. What’s more, the 2014 CAR Home Buyer Survey revealed that 49% of homebuyers expect an instant response from their agents, with another 29% expecting to be contacted within the next half hour at least. Agents, it’s clear: your clients want you to pick up your phone. Fortunately you no longer have to remain tethered to your desks waiting for the phone to ring.
  • Webinar Announcement: 5 Steps to Lead Conversion Made Easy

    Tanya Fears
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Leads! Every agent says they need more leads… but what if they are wrong? Leads are good to have, but prospects that are ready to buy from you are better! What’s the difference? A solid lead generation and conversion system to help you prioritize and manage those leads to make more sales, more easily. Getting leads is easy, but knowing which leads are the good ones is critical! There are literally hundreds of lead generation sites, but wasting time with unqualified leads takes your time and costs you money. The most effective way to convert leads into sales is with a system that is…
  • Tech Talk: iCloud Photo Sharing for Real Estate

    Geneva Ives
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you ready to hear about one of the greatest free tools you probably already have access to and didn’t even realize it? If you have an iPhone or iPad, this post is for you! iCloud photo sharing is a free way to share your images privately with your clients using the cloud. You can share in real time from anywhere you are, making it simple for you to send snaps without heading back to the office or composing yet another email. Better still, the people you are sharing your photos with can like or comment on them, kind of like on Facebook, giving you instant feedback and the opportunity to…
  • The ABC’s of Leads: How to Grade Your Leads

    Tanya Fears
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    What if you were handed the treasure map to making more money with a guaranteed system to convert incoming calls from leads into real cash? Verl Workman did just that for us during our recent Success Series webinar on how to become a LEAD MASTER! Did you know that one size does not fit all when it comes to follwing up with lead calls? Verl walked us through the importance of  “grading” your leads so that you can plug them into a monthly process with the appropriate follow up to incubate and convert those  leads to sales. Question: How do I categorize and prioritize my leads? Verl…
 
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    Keeping Current Matters

  • National Foreclosure Inventory [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

    The KCM Crew
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year.According to a recent article in Kiplinger, 30 year mortgage rates are about to increase: “Now around 4.1%, rates will edge slowly toward 4.4% by the end of this year. Then they’ll follow the Treasury bond rate’s upward move in early 2015. Thirty-year home loans should end 2015 at around 5.1%, still low by historical…
  • Still a Great Time to Buy a Home…but HURRY!!

    The KCM Crew
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kevin Kelly, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), recently explained that: “With interest rates near historically low levels and strengthening job growth, now continues to be a great opportunity to buy a home.” We couldn’t agree more. However, we must realize that, with prices and interest rates both projected to increase, waiting could cost us. There are two organizations that look at the affordability of purchasing and actually measure it over time. The National Association of Home Builders has their Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) and the National Association…
  • With Interest Rates and Home Prices on the rise, do you know the true Cost of Waiting?

    Morgan Tranquist
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today we are excited to have Morgan Tranquist as our guest blogger. Morgan is the Marketing & Graphics Director for The KCM Crew and provides insight into what the Millennial Generation needs to hear from their agents. – The KCM CrewAt Keeping Current Matters, we have often broken down the opportunity that exists now for Millennials who are willing and able to purchase a home NOW... Here are a couple other ways to look at the cost of waiting.Let’s say you’re 30 and your dream house costs $250,000 today, at 4.12% your monthly Mortgage Payment with Interest would be $1,210.90.But…
  • Personalized Posts Are Here!

    The KCM Crew
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    For those of you who have not yet heard about our newest feature, Personalized Posts, you'll get the chance to start using it later today! In just a few hours, you will gain access to a new and exciting feature that allows you to share personally branded content written by KCM with your clients and prospects. With Personalized Posts, you will be able to take the daily posts from our KCM Blog, and brand them with your picture, information and even links to contact you directly. No more advertisements, or directing your customers to the Keeping Current Matters website for their articles. Now…
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    zitorealtygroup.com

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

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

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

    Dan Zito
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
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    Dan Zito
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
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    Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team

  • Price Per Square Foot Unmasked

    Nancy Moeller
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Price per square footage analytics are generally a waste of time. Price per square foot is a number that boils down dozens of unique factors in a house or condo and attempts to bundle them into one tiny package. Unfortunately, all it really does is instill a false sense of confidence. It takes away all of the unique, broad, and interesting features of the home that allow us to effectively evaluate its worth and instead melts them into a beige, unremarkable mass.Price per square foot is the equivalent of putting a cheeseburger, fries, and Coke into a blender and trying to charge $5 for the…
  • Living Small

    The Moeller Team
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:21 am
    No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access to cultural events, public transportation, or a great walk score you might have to look smaller to be able to afford your location. Or, if you want a mountain cabin or beach cottage, you may have to rethink that overstuffed sofa, king-sized bed, and your gigantic collection of taxidermy. Does size matter? Depending on how many people are living in the home and the home’s design, too…
  • Unrealistic Expectations of Buyers and Sellers

    Nancy Moeller
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Buyers and sellers have been known to have unrealistic expectations in approaching the housing market and they say the funniest things. Foolish Talk: Buyers and sellers who buy into some foolish thinking will not find success in today’s Orange County real estate market. Real estate professionals from all corners of Orange County have provided plenty of feedback as to what buyers and sellers have been saying as they approach the 2014 housing market. If you have not been paying close attention, this year has been plagued by the overpriced seller and the jittery home buyer. Here’s a short…
  • Where are the Mortgage Rates Headed?

    Nancy Moeller
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
      The interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year. According to a recent article in Kiplinger, 30 year mortgage rates are about to increase:  “Now around 4.1%, rates will edge slowly toward 4.4% by the end of this year. Then they’ll follow the Treasury bond rate’s upward move in early 2015. Thirty-year home loans should end 2015 at around 5.1%, still low by historical…
  • Do I Want to Buy with Cash?

    The Moeller Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to the table. When it comes to buying a home in a hot real estate market, sometimes cash can net you a lower price than a mortgage. So, if you’ve just sold your home and are looking to buy a new one with cash or are otherwise planning your estate, here are some things to remember. Reasons to buy with cash: As an empty nester or retiree looking to downsize, you…
 
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    realestate-photography.ca

  • Ultimate Guide: How to Prepare Your House/Listing for Real Estate Photography

    Hugh
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Hiring a professional real estate photographer is one of the best things that you can do to make your real estate listing shine. But, before the photographer arrives, there are a few things that you should do to prepare your home. This article will provide you with all of the information that you need to know about preparing your home to have professional real estate photos taken. General Guidelines In addition to the detailed information that will be provided about specific areas of your home, there are also general guidelines that need to be considered for all areas of the home. Paying…
  • How to Use Real Estate Video Tours to Boost the SEO of Your Real Estate Listing

    Hugh
    6 May 2014 | 9:42 am
    The search engines are an integral part of the real estate industry today, and any agent who is failing to keep up with technology will quickly be lost in the dust. Real estate video tours are a great way to leverage the power of the internet, and with the right marketing plan they can help with the SEO of your real estate listing. Why Real Estate Videos are Essential It is estimated that over 1 billion users visit YouTube every single month, and 4 billion hours are spent watching videos on YouTube within a month. People spend a lot of time searching for videos, and those videos also rank…
  • How to Choose a Professional Real Estate Photographer

    Hugh
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many people know that they should hire a professional real estate photographer, but they don’t understand the right steps that need to be followed in order to select the best photographer for the job. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when you are looking for a real estate photographer to help with your home listing photos: Price Matters… You Get What You Pay For The cost of moving can be expensive, and since you are selling your home then you are likely spending a little bit of extra money on the cost of moving. In these situations, many people are looking for…
  • Real Estate Video Tours Give You an Edge Over the Competition

    Hugh
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you are looking for a way to market your property that is for sale, then real estate video tours should be at the top of your “to-do” list. This marketing method is an effective way to find more buyers to view your home listing, but it is estimated that only 5% of real estate agents utilize video marketing in their efforts. So, if you use real estate videos to market your home, then it means that you will be able to get ahead of 95% of the competition. As a real estate agent, if you aren’t already utilizing real estate video tours, then you should start offering the…
  • Why Professional Real Estate Photos Increase the Value of Your Property

    Hugh
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is estimated that 92% of home buyers use the internet to search for properties that they are interested in, and their first impressions will be decided based on the real estate listing of each property that they view. Professional real estate photos can make a big difference to the first impression that each buyer has of your property, and there are several ways that the photos can be beneficial to help you sell your home. Professional and Amateur photography comparison For example, the photos can highlight the upgrades and unique details that are available in the home, helping to justify…
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    Times Realty News

  • Real Estate Crowdfunding VS Traditional Real Estate Investment, An Overview (Part 2)

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    by Anthony Zeoli, Guest Contributor This is part two of my two-part article exploring the use of real estate crowdfunding (i.e. “RECfunds” or “RECfunding“) as a vehicle for investing in real estate (for part 1, click HERE). This part will focus primarily on the associated benefits of RECfunding over more traditional approaches to real estate investment for today’s investors. When You Invest In RECfunds What Do You Actually Own? Equity-Based RECfunds: Short and sweet, you will be a part owner of the property that is purchased (indirectly of course). Most equity-based RECfunds are…
  • The $100 Reason for Real Estate Crowdfunding

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    by David Drake With the exception of REITs, commercial real estate transactions have so far been outside the reach of everyone except for the 3% comprising institutional investors and high net worth individuals possessing the necessary network, contacts and capability of investing large sums of money. With crowdfunded properties continuously cropping up online in recent  months, critics are sending out their caveats to the public concerning this new wave of investing, alleging that deals are often costly, inefficient and time consuming. These deals usually require a large number of people to…
  • Cole Valley Partners and RealtyShares Crowdfunds Largest Commercial Real Estate Transaction in Phoenix

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    The 7th Gate Centre at 1601 N. 7th Street in metropolitan Phoenix was the centre of attraction when Cole Valley Partners, a commercial real estate firm in San Francisco California, partnered with RealtyShares, a crowdfunding platform, to fund a project. The property was worth $5 million of which $750,000 was raised through crowdfunding. This represented the largest amount ever raised through a crowdfunding campaign in the city of Phoenix. The project was a property (the 7th Gate Center) of over 43,000 square feet of multiple usages located at the heart of Phoenix’s metropolitan area. The…
  • Is Crowdfunding a Stable Financing Solution for Real Estate Developers?

    admin
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    The ever escalating interest rates on mortgage loans offered by banks and financial institutions have always been a big problem to developers. Crowdfunding has therefore risen at the most suitable time and  is projected to support many startups take their businesses off the ground and create wealth and employment opportunities. Crowdfunding is gradually transforming the real estate industry which was previously dominated by wealthy individuals and institutional investors. In the past, many people were locked out of real estate investing because the process of investing was very long and…
  • Real Estate Ownership made Easier through Crowdfunding with Sharestates

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    One of the greatest dreams for many individuals is to own property, but the biggest challenge towards this is where to get the huge amount of capital required to invest in the property industry. Some people imagine how happy they would be if they had the opportunity to have the resources to buy an investment property such as a high-rise apartment, and then just sit back and collect rent after their retirement. Such people now have a chance to achieve their dreams through Sharestates‘ platform. The real estate industry has been for many years exclusive for wealthy and institutional…
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    Keith Flenniken

  • Should You Buy A “Flipped” House?

    Keith Flenniken
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Through his business, Flenniken Enterprises, Keith Flenniken has built an extensive real estate portfolio with both commercial and residential properties. With the number of ‘flipped’ properties on the rise, Keith Flenniken offers potential homebuyers advice about what to look for when considering this investment. Keith Flenniken advises homebuyers to look beyond the aesthetics when viewing flipped houses A flipped home is one that is bought and then resold within six months with the intent of making a profit. Therefore, it is wise to make sure the investor did not cut any corners with…
  • How to Accurately Price your House

    Keith Flenniken
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:57 am
    Keith Flenniken is an expert in real estate and even founded his own company, Flenniken Enterprises. He and his team have a knack for transforming undervalued properties and selling them for a profit. A key to success in the industry is knowing how to accurately price a property. These and other tips can be accessed through his personal tumblr page. Naturally, home sellers are looking to sell their properties for the highest amount possible- and quickly. According to an article on realestate.msn.com, there are ten things to remember to price your house right. 1. Comps are perhaps the most…
  • The Pros and Cons of Granite Countertops

    Keith Flenniken
    22 May 2014 | 10:55 am
    Keith Flenniken advises that you weigh the pros and cons of granite prior to making your purchase. Keith Flenniken is the founder of a successful real estate business, Flenniken Enterprises. His portfolio boasts an impressive range of properties. Some of these commercial, single family, and multi-family homes can be found on his Pinterest page. To be successful in the industry, Keith Flenniken relies on a team of talented artisans that are able to bring worth to something undervalued. An eye for design is an important element that can help others appreciate the space as well. When remodeling…
  • Investing in a Flip Property

    Keith Flenniken
    16 May 2014 | 5:45 am
    In this blog, Keith Flenniken shares tips on investing in flip properties. House flipping has become a widespread practice among investors, as the opportunity to make a profit is high. According to RealtyTrac.com, investors flipped more than 100,000 homes in the first half of the year alone, making an average of $30,000 per flip. Experts warn to tread lightly, however, as many investors who are in a rush to make a profit overlook the basics and in turn, end up failing. Keith Flenniken, owner of the successful real estate business Flenniken Enterprises, knows the keys to success, as well as…
  • US Housing Market Hits a Rut

    Keith Flenniken
    6 May 2014 | 6:41 am
    In some high-demand regions, Keith Flenniken noticed that housing prices were rising so dramatically that there was sure to be a decline in sales. However, these price increases caused certain housing markets to experience a temporary slowdown, causing the trend to be deeper and more widespread than expected. According to a recent report, monthly home sales dropped a full 13.3% year over year. A report from the National Association of Realtors also mentioned that last month, the sales of new single-family homes hit their lowest point since July of 2013. In addition to a slowdown in overall…
 
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    Dubai Real Estate Property Blog | Better Homes LLC.

  • A guide to sub-leasing

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Sub-leasing is allowed in Dubai, but should you do it? It is not unusual for tenants to want to sub-lease their villa or apartment in Dubai, as there are often penalties payable for those who want to break their tenancy contracts early.     It is important to explain what is meant by sub-leasing, as there are two different meanings. First, when an agency such as Better Homes obtains the master lease for an entire building and then sub-leases the apartments to tenants - each of the tenants has their own sub-lease contract with Better Homes. The second type, which this blog is…
  • The Park or The Bay?

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    There’s no doubt Dubai’s growth is staggering with a host of exciting new areas now open. From high rise living to gated communities, we look at two districts to help you decide which is right for you.   JUMEIRAH PARK Just behind JLT, between Discovery Gardens and Emirates Hills, you’ll find Dubai's newest residential district, Jumeirah Park. Developed by Nakheel, the community contains more than 2000 villas, spread across 350 hectares.     The district is laid out in three clusters, each with its own theme: Heritage, Regional and Legacy. Villas are available…
  • Know your right as a Tenant

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Finding the right rental property at the right price can be a challenge. So be sure where you stand before you sign a contract with this short FAQ.   How many rent cheques are usually required and what is the best way to negotiate the best rate?   Between one and four cheques are the most common. You can often negotiate a slightly lower lease by paying with fewer cheques.   Can a tenant be expected to pay a security deposit to view a property?   A security deposit just to view a property is not good practice, nor our practice at Better Homes.   Does the landlord have…
  • 0% transfer fee on Business Bay Executive Tower C

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Take advantage of the Better Homes Ramadan offer It is not too late to take advantage of Better Homes’ superb Ramadan deal. We are offering a 0% transfer fee on apartments for sale in Executive Tower C, Business Bay     A range of generously sized 1-4 bedroom apartments are available in this development, which is increasingly sought after thanks to its convenient location, just five minutes’ walk from the Metro and on the doorstep of thriving Downtown.   Facilities include shared swimming pools, health clubs, 24 hour security, and access to a new park,…
  • Amwaj Suites, JBR

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Better Homes are offering beach front fully serviced apartments at Amwaj Suites JBR with 2 bedrooms starting from only AED 161,500.   Situated on picturesque Jumeriah Beach, Amwaj Suites comprise one, two and three bedroom furnished serviced apartments, duplexes and penthouses, available for rent.     It’s the ideal new home for young families who love to get outdoors or singles who prefer to indulge in a little nightlife - with some of Dubai’s most acclaimed restaurants and nightspots right at your doorstep.   From gorgeous JBR beach, Beach Mall and The Walk…
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    ForeclosurePhilippines.com

  • BFS Foreclosed Properties Listing Updated As Of August 2014

    Jay Castillo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    We have just updated our listing of BFS foreclosed properties for August 2014, and the updated list is now inside our Foreclosed Real Estate Database. Complete the details for this update and a link to the updated listings can be found below. “Fruits of Your Labor” is BFS’s latest offer of unbeatable value for interested buyers looking to purchase Foreclosed Properties August 2014 update from BFS The updated list, which comes directly from Bahay Financial Services (BFS), has a total of 2,082 foreclosed properties, with a total selling price of Php798,930,000.00. Here’s a…
  • Featured: RUSH!!! Vacant Lot For Sale In Foliage Hills, Cottonwoods Heights, Antipolo City

    Jay Castillo
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This featured property is a vacant lot located at Block 3 Lot 15, Palm Avenue, The Foliage of Cottonwoods Heights, Antipolo City. Lot area is 184 sqm., with a selling price of Php1.5 Million (Cash basis only). That’s approximately Php 8,152/sqm. Pictures, Youtube video, vicinity map, and contact details can be seen below. Picture Gallery (Click to enlarge) Property Details Location: Block 3 Lot 15 Palm Avenue, The Foliage of Cottonwoods heights, Antipolo City. Lot Area: 184 sqm. Selling Price: Php1.5M CASH ONLY (approx. Php8,152/sqm) RFS: Owner needs funds Foliage Hills is within…
  • For Sealed Bidding On August 8, 2014 – Big Condominium Units In Andrea North Towers, New Manila, Quezon City

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you are looking for spacious huge condo units in the heart of Quezon City, this should be interesting. We now feature 2 big condominium units in Andrea North Towers, New Manila, Quezon City. These are also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the Andrea North Towers and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 9: ANDREA NORTH TOWERS CONDOMINIUM UNITS IN NEW MANILA, QUEZON CITY NO. OF UNITS: 2 TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 360.27 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP36,027,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: SAMANTHA ALLEJE AT (02) 534-9725 OR 0930-96-00000 Picture…
  • Quezon City Bungalow With 2-Door Apartment And 3-Car Garage For Sealed Bidding on August 8, 2014

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Looking for a house and lot that also has rental income potential? This bungalow with a 2-door apartment and 3-car garage in Fairview, Quezon City might be for you. This is also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the subject property and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 6-1: BUNGALOW TYPE WITH 2 DOOR APARTMENTS AND 3 CAR GARAGE IN QUEZON CITY (FAIRVIEW) LOT AREA: 411 SQM. FLOOR AREA: BUNGALOW 147 SQM. APARTMENT 1- 91 SQM. APARTMENT 2- 80 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP10,000,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: SAMANTHA ALLEJE AT (02) 534-9725…
  • 7-Door Apartment Near FTI For Sealed Bidding On August 8, 2014

    Jay Castillo
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    With upcoming developments in the FTI Taguig area, this property looks promising. We now feature a 7-Door Apartment Near FTI, which is also included in Property Forum’s sealed bidding on August 8, 2014. Pictures of the subject property and other details can be seen below. ASSET POOL 4-3: 7 DOOR APARTMENT NEAR FTI LOT AREA: 780 SQM. FLOOR AREA: 279.14 SQM. MINIMUM BID PRICE: PHP14,000,000 FOR INQUIRIES CALL OR TEXT: RUTH MOLON AT (02) 534-9686 OR 0930-98-00000 Picture Gallery (click to enlarge) Sealed bidding details To access details for the sealed bidding, and to get a complete list of…
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    HotPads Blog

  • Mapping San Francisco’s 100+ Bike Shops

    Joanna McGuire
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    In our on-going quest to map all of the things, we’re looking at bicycle shops in our favorite big cities across the US. First up? San Francisco. It’s no secret that Bay Area cyclists are enthusiastic about their two wheels and so, we’ve mapped out every single bike shop (that’s 100+ bike shops!). If you work in the Financial District, live in The Richmond, and like to bike in Sausalito, you’ll never be far from a tune up with this handy map. Have a tip on a favorite bike shop? Tweet us @hotpads. The post Mapping San Francisco’s 100+ Bike Shops…
  • Your Guide to NYC as an Urban Jungle Gym

    Becky Dalzell
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Labor Day is imminent. As you soak in the last days of summer, it’s only natural to long for the days of summer camp. Lucky for you, most major cities today are jam-packed with outdoorsy activities. Get the most out of Indian Summer – and get your country fix without leaving city – in our new series featuring the best in urban jungle gyms entertainment.  First up, the Big Apple itself: New York City.  1. Go kayaking. You’ll gain a new perspective on the city when you paddle around it. (For one: These rivers have strong currents.) It’s surprisingly calming to…
  • The Urban Cyclist’s Guide To: Seattle

    Paula Pant
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Next up in our series of Urban Cyclist’s City Guides: Seattle! Whether you’re a new resident or just visiting for a few days, we’ll introduce you to the city’s bike culture, show you maps of popular rides, and tell you about our favorite bike shops in each neighborhood.  At HotPads we love everything biking. Check out all of our resources and stories about urban biking.  In addition to offering great coffee, Seattle is one of the top cities in the U.S. for urban cycling. A combination of ubiquitous biking trails, temperate climate, and a pro-cycling local culture makes Seattle…
  • Welcome to HotPads 2.0

    John Doherty
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    You may have already noticed - HotPads has a whole new look today! Our talented team has been hard at work since the beginning of the year on this new version of HotPads, and we are over-the-moon excited to share it with all of you! In this post you’ll learn why we updated HotPads, what is new, and how and where you can use the new HotPads! Why We Updated HotPads HotPads was founded in 2005 by three friends from Notre Dame who were frustrated with finding a new place to live in Washington DC. One had mapping experience through his time at Lockheed Martin, so they decided to…
  • HotPads Shopping Guide: Grab These Funky Chairs on Sale Now!

    Tara Scott-Johnson
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    What is the one piece of furniture you can add to your living space to show your personality, is a conversation starter and adds more seating? A new chair of course! New living room furniture can be pricey, so consider replacing an old chair with one of these new fabulous options to spruce up that tired decor. We’ve shopped the web for the most trendy, yet functional seating options currently available. These fantastic chairs are on sale now, don’t miss out. Get your new chair today!     1. The Marquette Beige Dome Chair $760 at Furniture.com 2. Anna Houndstooth Accent…
 
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    Overseas Property Mall

  • Denmark Out of The Debt Trap

    Les Calvert
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    Denmark has finally been able to break out from the debt trap. With the improvement of amortization rates, the world’s most severely Denmark Out of The Debt Trap is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Denmark Out of The Debt Trap appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America

    Les Calvert
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:38 am
    In the mid-20th century many of the richest Americans high-tailed it out of cities and into sprawling suburbs where they could have 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post 5 Uber Wealthy Urban Neighborhoods in America appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • Are French House Prices About to Start Falling

    Les Calvert
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Two French economists recently told the world that house prices in France are due to start falling – and will continue a Are French House Prices About to Start Falling is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Are French House Prices About to Start Falling appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • German Property Boom Good News for Investors

    Les Calvert
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Germany is on everyone’s lips because of the performance of the national football team. The team even made it onto the front German Property Boom Good News for Investors is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post German Property Boom Good News for Investors appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • South Africas Property Market Continues to Grow

    Les Calvert
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    South Africa’s Property Market Continues to Grow – Despite Economic Pressure Against It The South African economy has given observers cause for South Africas Property Market Continues to Grow is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post South Africas Property Market Continues to Grow appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
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    Zoocasa Life

  • Mid-Month August Homes Sold in Toronto (GTA)

    Bevan Friedman
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    August brought out a variety of buyers in our hot Toronto Real Estate Market. In the first fourteen days of August, Toronto buyers were out looking for properties of all types.  With sales for all major home types up between 5% to 31%, sellers are still enjoying a prosperous selling season.  Once again, semi-detached and detached home sales posted the strongest growth at 30.9% and 12.3% respectively in the 416 area.  This hot market means consumers have to reach deeper into their pockets for homes as prices are growing across all home types with detached homes posting a 10.6% growth versus…
  • 5 Mortgage Tips for Reducing Your Mortgage Costs

    Aaron Joshua Barroso
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Mortgages are just one of many stressful things to take into account when buying a home. The toughest things to deal with are the high costs associated with getting a mortgage and the long-term commitment that comes with signing the dotted line. Getting the best rate – First and foremost, you want to secure a good rate. To do this, you need to shop around and do your homework. You wouldn’t pick the first used car you see, pay the dealer and drive off, would you? So why go with the first mortgage offer? You don’t need to stick with one financial institution just because you’ve been…
  • Important Documents to Have When Selling Your Home

    Bevan Friedman
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    You may not realize in the hustle and bustle of the home listing process, but there are a few crucial documents you should have on hand when selling your home. Don’t get caught empty handed, spending hours frantically searching for a piece of paper you stashed at the bottom of your “junk” drawer. Avoid putting yourself in this position, and get these documents prepared ahead of schedule. It could be the difference between selling your house or not. Warranty information:You will want to have on hand any existing warranty information on the house, including the furnace, various…
  • What You Should Watch Out For When Buying an Older Home

    Bevan Friedman
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    When house hunting, many buyers prefer the history and character of an older home versus the cookie-cutter design that often comes with new developments.  However, if you’re looking into buying an older home, it’s important to arm yourself with knowledge so you can assess the house objectively and protect yourself from costly surprises down the road. Leave it to the professionals – but ask around One of the most important things to remember with older homes is the worst problems are often the least apparent. There may be clues to the naked eye, but only professional home inspectors can…
  • Common Factors that Can Risk Devaluing Your Home

    Bevan Friedman
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
      Finding out exactly what your home is worth can be a tough pill to swallow. Your house is likely filled with priceless memories and before an appraiser nitpicks every last inch of it, you’ll want to make sure you’ve done what you can to ensure your return on investment is as high as possible. Understanding the factors that can risk devaluing your home and taking them into consideration can put you head and shoulders above the competition. While many of these factors are out of your control, there are some that aren’t. We’ll start by outlining the external factors that affect…
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    Tampa Capital Partners

  • Top 20 Residential Rental Markets for Investors

    steve
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Please note – we are finding properties with cap rates much better than the ones in this table. Remember this chart is based on analyzing 3 bedroom homes and taking into consideration, mortgages and rental rates. 3 bedroom homes in middle class neighborhoods have an added benefit of market appreciation. Higher returns are usually found in less popular markets and areas.  Real estate is an asset that secures your money, gets favorable tax treatment and when you buy rental property you are building equity with other people’s money.  There is strong demand for rental property.
  • How Real Estate Deals Get Funded

    steve
    5 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    Funding Real Estate Investment At the time of this article our firm has approximately $20 million of real estate properties that are in our pipeline for funding. This is how we proceed to getting those done: Real Estate Funding Sources First we are always interested in connecting with private money lenders (individuals who want their money working in real estate), fund managers, hard money lenders and banks friendly to real estate investors especially in the commercial property segment. The following highlights the real estate deals we are currently working: Bulk Buy Residential Real Estate…
  • Fact – Real Estate Investment – Income Guaranteed In Less Than 30 Days

    steve
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Income Guaranteed In Less Than 30 Days – Amazing or Is This Another Totally Bullshit Promotion? You Decide: First – this is only for my coaching clients and yes you can be one of them Next – our funding partners have similar but not exact return on investment opportunities because they are not real estate investor business builders – you are!! How Does This Work? I already guarantee that you will earn more than your investment in coaching back in one year or less. Up until now my estimate for a new person coming into the business, was that it would take about, 4 months…
  • Tampa Bay Images

    steve
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The post Tampa Bay Images appeared first on Tampa Capital Partners.
  • Real Estate Investing – Reality vs Gurus

    steve
    22 Feb 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Guru Defined for Purposes of This Article: Real Estate Investment BusinessA real estate investment guru is a person who we typically find in front of an audience pitching the ease of doing real estate investing and making money fast. They sell information products, courses, group training and some sell one on one coaching. In front of an audience may mean in person or on line. If on line there are often videos in support of a long sales letter. Videos on line, people in person, slides on line and live normally feature success stories – people holding up photos of checks they made…
 
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    Michigan Modular Homes | Legendary Homes

  • Why You Need an Insulated Precast Foundation for your Modular Home

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Insulated precast foundation offers a wide variety of options for modular home owners. It varies in texture, shapes, and finishes. As a result, the precast foundation provides a number of reasons why it is needed in the construction of a modular home. The following are the reasons for installing an insulated precast foundation for your modular homes; Thermal Performance of Insulated Precast Foundation Insulated precast foundation derives its thermal performance characteristics primarily from the amount of insulation placed in the cavity or within the backup wall, which is commonly a metal…
  • Designing the Insulated Precast Foundation for Modular Homes

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Insulated precast foundation has been used to enhance the quality of a modular home or any structure. Its design has also received appreciation from both the contractors and homeowners.  The exterior surface of precast foundation can vary from an exposed aggregate finish that is highly ornamental to a form face finish that is similar to cast-in-place. Some precast panels act as column covers while others extend over several floors in height and incorporate window openings. In most cases, the architect selects the cladding material of an insulated precast foundation for appearance,…
  • Advantages of Insulated Precast Foundation to Modular Homes in Adrian, Michigan

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Insulated precast foundation has been successfully specified in a plethora of modular homes in Adrian, Michigan. Precast foundation offers quick construction with minimal site disturbance, environmentally friendly benefits,