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  • The good news in finance this week was not what you might think

    Inman News
    Lou Barnes
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Financial markets have stopped their hysterics for now, so let’s get some other things straight. Things about mortgage and other credit. Simple things. FDR’s first fireside chat in 1933 was devoted to simple explanations of banking. The next day Will ...
  • Tips for Baby Boomers Entering the Real Estate Market

    Zillow Blog
    Brendon DeSimone
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Many soon-to-be retirees own a home, have paid off their mortgage and haven’t been in the real estate market for 25 years or more. A lot has changed, however, and the tips and tricks of the trade that worked in the ’80s could backfire if applied today. Though technology and the flow of information have dramatically altered the process of buying and selling homes, at the heart it’s still an enormous undertaking, no matter your age or generation. Here are some tips for baby boomers and others who find themselves entering the real estate market for the first time in a while.
  • House of the Week: Single-Family Castle

    Zillow Blog
    Emily Heffter
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    0 Highway 31N, Mooresburg, TN For sale: $349,900 You know how it is with castles: they’re huge, and it can be so much work keeping up the moat. Here’s a castle without the hassle: a reasonably sized 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath, 3,526-square-foot castle built for family life. The ivy-covered castle is built into an East Tennessee moutainside, with brick walls and floors, and 20-foot ceilings.  And it’s on 70 acres — plenty of room for hunting dragons. According to the brokerage selling the home, United Country Clinch Mountain Real Estate, the couple who bought the property in the…
  • How to avoid homebuyer's remorse

    Home mortgage rates and real estate news - CNNMoney.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Big purchases often come with big expectations. So it's no wonder that in a recent survey 80% of homebuyers said they regretted at least one thing about their home. Here are ways to improve those odds.
  • Refinancing your mortgage? Opportunity knocks

    Home mortgage rates and real estate news - CNNMoney.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
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  • Denver apartment vacancy drops below 4%

    Molly Armbrister
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Apartment vacancies in metro Denver in the third quarter dropped almost a full percentage point to 3.9 percent, according to the latest Denver Metro Area Apartment Vacancy and Rent Survey. In the second quarter, the vacancy rate was 4.7 percent. From second to third quarter, the average rent in the metro area rose to $1,145 per month, about a 2 percent increase over the previous quarter when the average rent was $1,117 per month. The data in the report are compiled quarterly by the University…
  • Oxford Enterprises gets $46M in financing for 2 DFW apartment properties

    Candace Carlisle
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Dallas-based privately-held real estate investment firm Oxford Enterprises Inc. has received $46.7 million in financing for two large Dallas-Fort Worth apartment properties. The apartment complexes — The Bluffs at Ironhorse in North Richland Hills and Stone Villas in northwest Fort Worth — totaling 886 homes were purchased by the new owner in two separate transactions. Oxford financed The Bluffs with a $34.7 million, 10-year, fixed-rate Fannie Mae loan through M&T Realty Capital Corp. The…
  • Dallas real estate investor buys Turtle Creek building; plans massive renovation

    Candace Carlisle
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    A Dallas-based real estate investment firm has bought a Turtle Creek office building, with plans to spend a significant amount of capital renovating the property. Cardinal Capital Partners Inc. has acquired 3131 Turtle Creek Blvd. at the intersection of Turtle Creek and Cedar Springs Road near Uptown and Highland Park. "3131 Turtle Creek is one of the premier office locations in Uptown that has gone somewhat unnoticed during the past cycle," Cardinal President Gil Besing said in a statement. "The…
  • University of Hawaii throws a reception for Jay Shidler: Slideshow

    Tina Yuen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business held an open house for students and faculty to meet the school's namesake, Honolulu real estateThe University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business held an open house for students and faculty to meet the school's namesake, Honolulu real estate investor Jay Shidler. Shidler, who gave the school $25 million in 2006, last week increased his giving to his alma mater to $100 million. Shidler was joined by Vance Roley, dean of the business school,…
  • Hard Rock reopens with guitar smash, Bar-Kays bash

    Ryan Poe
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Hard Rock Cafe rolled out the red carpet and smashed the guitars Thursday for its grand reopening on Downtown Memphis' Beale Street. Check out the festivities in the slideshow to your right. Also, check out our interview with Hard Rock CEO Hamish Dodds about his wanting to build a new, 200-room Hard Rock Hotel on Beale Street. Featuring performances by legendary soul group The Bar-Kays and deejayed by Memphis Jones, the event kicked off a new beginning for the restaurant at 126 Beale. Hard Rock…
 
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  • New Residential Construction Report: September 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Today’s New Residential Construction Report showed mixed results with total permit activity and total start activity improving while single family permit activity declined since August.Single family housing permits, the most leading of indicators, declined 0.5% from August to 624K single family units (SAAR), but increased 1.1% above the level seen in September 2013 and still remained well below levels seen at the peak in September 2005.
  • Retail Sales: September 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest nominal read of retail sales showing mixed results in September with sales dropping 0.3% from August but rising 4.3% 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 0.14% from August but rising 2.16% above the level seen in September 2013 while, adjusting for inflation, “real” discretionary retail sales…
  • Reading Rates: MBA Application Survey – October 15 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:57 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…
  • Employment Situation: Nonfarm Payrolls and Civilian Unemployment September 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Today's Employment Situation Report indicated that in September, net non-farm payrolls increased by 248,000 jobs overall with the private non-farm payrolls sub-component adding 236,000 jobs while the civilian unemployment rate declined declined to 5.9% over the same period.Net private sector jobs increased 0.20% since last month climbing 2.25% above the level seen a year ago and climbing 1.61% above the peak level of employment seen in December 2007 prior to the Great Recession.
  • Employment Situation: Unemployment Duration September 2014

    SoldAtTheTop
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Today's employment situation report showed that conditions for the long term unemployed mostly improved in September while still remaining distressed by historic standards.Workers unemployed 27 weeks or more declined to 2.954 million or 31.9% of all unemployed workers while the median term of unemployment increased to 13.3 weeks and the average stay on unemployment went declined to 31.5 weeks.
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    Residential Real Estate News

  • DBJ Dine-N-Drink Madness: Round 2 food competitors starved for your final votes

    Caitlin Hendee
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    As of yet, there is no round that has been as closely matched as Round 2 of the casual dining and food brands. And at 11:59 p.m. today, those final crumbs will be licked off someone's plate for good. Today is your last chance to vote for the best eateries and food brands in Colorado, dubbing the winners and determining the next set of match-ups that will lead up to a final face-off Nov. 18-23. ( You can read the full competition breakdown here). Right now, it's anyone's game, with several match-ups…
  • Denver apartment vacancy drops below 4%

    Molly Armbrister
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Apartment vacancies in metro Denver in the third quarter dropped almost a full percentage point to 3.9 percent, according to the latest Denver Metro Area Apartment Vacancy and Rent Survey. In the second quarter, the vacancy rate was 4.7 percent. From second to third quarter, the average rent in the metro area rose to $1,145 per month, about a 2 percent increase over the previous quarter when the average rent was $1,117 per month. The data in the report are compiled quarterly by the University…
  • Dallas real estate investor buys Turtle Creek building; plans massive renovation

    Candace Carlisle
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    A Dallas-based real estate investment firm has bought a Turtle Creek office building, with plans to spend a significant amount of capital renovating the property. Cardinal Capital Partners Inc. has acquired 3131 Turtle Creek Blvd. at the intersection of Turtle Creek and Cedar Springs Road near Uptown and Highland Park. "3131 Turtle Creek is one of the premier office locations in Uptown that has gone somewhat unnoticed during the past cycle," Cardinal President Gil Besing said in a statement. "The…
  • Who We Are #25: Which place in WNY has the highest percentage of large homes?

    G. Scott Thomas
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Business First is answering a monthlong series of questions about Western New York, using the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Today's question: Which Western New York community has the highest percentage of large homes? Click on the View Photos button above for a slideshow that provides the answer. We've collected statistics for the 50 largest cities and towns across Western New York. (Villages are subdivisions of towns, so they are not included in these standings.) The slideshow (which…
  • Battle brewing between BIA-Hawaii and state preservation officials over historic buildings law

    Duane Shimogawa
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    A battle continues to brew between the Building Industry Association of Hawaii and historic preservation officials in the state over a law that subjects homes built more than 50 years ago to a historic preservation review whenever a homeowner applies for a building permit for a rebuild or remodel. "Most people understand that it's in the best interest of our communities to protect our historic buildings," Kiersten Faulkner, executive director of Honolulu-based Historic Hawaii Foundation, told PBN.…
 
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  • Wash. state shooting suspect identified

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Social media posts penned by the shooter portray a head-over-heels teenager.
  • Remains belong to missing Virginia student

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a missing university student, authorities said Friday, as they turned their attention to filing possible additional charges against the suspect accused of abducting her.
  • Obama meets Ebola survivor Nina Pham at White House

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    President Barack Obama gives Ebola survivor Nina Pham a bear hug, part of his personal hands-on approach to persuade jittery Americans to trust elite doctors and scientists to keep them safe.
  • Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities were seeking a motive on Saturday as to why a high school student in the United States' Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. The shooter, a homecoming prince at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle, took his own life as his classmates fled to safety. The incident was the latest in a series of deadly shooting rampages at U.S. schools that have played a central role in a national debate over gun laws. ...
  • Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America's biggest urban center. She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries to be automatically confined for monitoring during the 21-day incubation period of the virus. ...
 
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • BKM Capital Acquires Black Canyon Business Park, Plans $5M Upgrade

    Liviu Oltean
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    By Liviu Oltean, Associate Editor Black Canyon Business Park BKM Capital Partners plans a major upgrade for Black Canyon Business Park in Phoenix after buying it as part of a three-property, $42.8 million deal. The Irvine, Calif.-based firm acquired the asset for $13.1 million or $59.71 per square foot. Also included in the portfolio was Hayden Island Business Park in Portland, Ore., and Patrick Commerce Center in Las Vegas. Shortly before the acquisition, the 219,410-square-foot Black Canyon property lost its main tenants, which cut occupancy from 95 percent to 34 percent. BKM is planning to…
  • New Basketball Courts Debut at 3 Moore Schools, Gifts from Thunder

    Ioana
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor New basketball courts opened Oct. 22nd at three schools in Moore that were severely damaged by last year’s tornado. The project is part of a $1 million donation that the Oklahoma City Thunder and its Thunder Cares Foundation pledged after the tornado tore that through the city on May 20, 2013. Briarwood Elementary, Plaza Towers Elementary and Highland East Junior High are the beneficiaries of the new courts. “Today is the culmination of our initial pledge to help the community and the citizens of Moore and surrounding areas as they have recovered and…
  • CPE TV: Construction Outlook Snapshot

    MichaelR
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    CPE sits down with Steven Ritchie of CMD Group (formerly Reed Construction Data) at Greenbuild this week in New Orleans. Ritchie gives an update on what changing commodity prices could mean for construction, as well as trends in the healthcare, industrial and multifamily sectors.
  • Greenbuild 2014: Construction Outlook Snapshot

    MichaelR
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    CPE sits down with Steven Ritchie of CMD Group (formerly Reed Construction Data) at Greenbuild this week in New Orleans. Ritchie gives an update on what changing commodity prices could mean for construction, as well as trends in the healthcare, industrial and multifamily sectors.
  • Atlas Residential Picks Up Two Orlando Communities for $150M

    BSzekely
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor Alexandria Parc Vue and Crowntree Lakes, two apartment communities in Orlando, Florida recently changed hands. Atlas Residential acquired the portfolio. CBRE Capital Markets represented the seller, a large national owner-operator.  Shelton Granade, Robert Given, Luke Wickham and Justin Basquill spoke for the company in the $150 million sale of the 1,024 units. This transaction represents Orlando’s largest apartment complex sale in 2014 and he team has closed more than $1.4 billion in apartment sales in Central Florida since last year. Granade considers…
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    Inman News

  • Tech boom fallout: $1.8M teardown under contract in Silicon Valley

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listing agent Debbie Wilhelm is upfront in the listing description: “Property is not habitable. Property is located in a flood zone. Prospective buyers to drive or walk around property only.” She hints at what you might ...
  • Things get ugly when agents outnumber transactions

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    There are more licensed agents in Westport and Weston, Connecticut, than there are transactions each year, Coldwell Banker agent Evi Coghlan reports. The result? Homeowners get “bait and switch” letters from real estate agents who claim to have out-of-state buyers ...
  • Realtors at Coldwell Banker office say, ‘Stop us, before we win the lotto again!’

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    A Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate office in South St. Louis County, Missouri, has produced a third big lotto winner in two years. “It’s positive energy. That’s how we sell homes,” says Coldwell Banker agent Kimberly DeLapp, who won $100,000 ...
  • Why Realtors haven’t been able to turn SEO into a major source of leads

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you’re not a professional online marketer or a Web programmer -- and most real estates agents are not -- the term search engine optimization (SEO) is intimidating. You know it is really important to how your website attracts potential clients, but you may not know how to make that happen ...
  • The good news in finance this week was not what you might think

    Lou Barnes
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Financial markets have stopped their hysterics for now, so let’s get some other things straight. Things about mortgage and other credit. Simple things. FDR’s first fireside chat in 1933 was devoted to simple explanations of banking. The next day Will ...
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    Information CentralInformation Central

  • What We’re Reading: Oct 18-24

    Dave
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Why we move, computer hackers, and a spooky chair A new study published in the journal Urban Studies takes a close look at the connection between these two types of moves – moving for jobs versus moving for housing. Richard Florida gives the short version in the Atlantic’s CityLab: Changing your job appears to influence whether you move more than changing where you live influences changing your job.  Computer hackers never cease to find new forms of malice to afflict upon unwitting people and businesses. The latest in a slew of cybercrime scandals is a deceptive re-routing of…
  • What We’re Reading: Oct. 11-17

    Dave
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Homeownership rates by job, trouble with Airbnb, and why Chicago smells like brownies Who’s more likely to own a home — those in jobs that pay more, right? A new study by Ancestry.com Inc. suggests the answer is more complex. Landscaping adds value, trees add value, an updated kitchen adds value.  What about a cat named Tiffany?  A family in Australia included the family cat in the house sale and upped their selling price $140,000.  Good kitty! With rental scams on the rise, the need for reliable, authoritative and legitimate real estate listings becomes increasingly apparent. New…
  • New eBooks – October 2014

    Donna McCormick
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance. Selling Luxury Homes by  Jack Cotton, Jr. This book shows you how to catapult yourself to the top of the luxury real estate market with proven, practical strategies that work for anyone. Be the one listing and selling the top 10% properties in your market. Success at this…
  • New and Updated in the Library – Oct 2014

    Dave
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The following field guides have recently been updated in the Library: Association Mergers & Partnerships Mergers and partnerships can be advantageous to a Board or Association for a variety of reasons, including: overlapping markets, similar services, geographic considerations, cost-savings, membership benefits and wider recognition in the marketplace. And, in light of NAR’s Organizational Alignment Core Standards, more boards and associations may be looking at mergers as a viable option. This Field Guide will provide you with information regarding association mergers as well as…
  • What We’re Reading: Oct. 4-10

    Dave
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Saving for college, beavers to the rescue, and college football’s reach Affording college these days is near impossible. Or is it? New York Times writer Andrea Levere covers College Savings Account programs. The results provide a dose of some much needed optimism. Want to improve the opinion of your performance and writing? First try looking at your font choice. Research is showing that what fonts you use can impact how the reader views your work. Obviously comic sans is a big no-no, but for true credibility, stick with a serif font like Baskerville or even Times New Roman. As the days…
 
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • SQFT, Buying / Selling Homes on Your Phone without Agents

    Drew Meyers
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    This press release by SQFT was brought to my attention: SQFT, the world’s first fully transactional real estate app, is pleased to announce that its first electronic real estate listing is under contract at a price of $550,000. The seller, Helen Marshall of Boulder, Colorado listed her home on the SQFT app using her iPhone and quickly received an offer on her iPhone from the buyers, Melanie and Garrett Simon, also of Boulder, Colorado. The parties negotiated their price and terms exclusively through the app until they reached a deal. Within minutes of agreeing to terms, the Seller and Buyer…
  • How Important is Local Content? Ask Redfin

    Michael Price
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Redfin, the venerable disruptive, tech forward real estate Broker based in Seattle has made it’s first technology acquisition. Details of the deal haven’t been disclosed but it’s one of the smarter moves I’ve seen in the recently bubbly M&A activity in the RE tech space. “We want to give folks a complete portrait of what it would be like to live somewhere new, within the house and in the surrounding neighborhood.” ~Redfin Blog Forward thinking agents and brokers know that a huge portion of the value they provide lies in the unique perspective they have…
  • How to Disrupt the Real Estate Industry

    Bryn Kaufman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    I read some posts recently on Entrepreneur.com and GeekEstate about disrupting the Real Estate Industry. Disrupting the industry is a polite way to say, we are getting rid of Real Estate agents. In my opinion, there is only one way to disrupt the Real Estate industry. That would be to prove to sellers that you will get more money to your bottom line selling without an agent. The complexity of the transaction and the liability can all easily be handled, but proving to a seller they will get more money by not using an agent is hard to do. I don’t think anyone can do this, and that is why…
  • The Hardest Part of Building a Real Estate Tech Startup: Sales

    Drew Meyers
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The “Build it and they will come” mindset is of course completely false when it comes to software. Building a great software product that real estate agents and brokerages love, is really freaking hard. But that’s not the hardest part of building a real estate tech startup. Sales is. Once you have product market fit, it is still insanely expensive and time consuming to get distribution to customers within the real estate industry. It takes relationships with agents, brokerages, MLS executives, speakers, and consultants — all of…
  • An open letter to startups trying to disrupt the real estate industry

    Andrew Gale
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    There are always new startups popping up offering lower commissions and buyer rebates hoping that they’re going to be the next big thing in real estate. To date none of these new companies except Redfin have disrupted the industry at all. Personally, I believe it’s because people love working with people and don’t want technology taking that away on the biggest purchase/sale of their life. If a startup actually wants to disrupt the industry they have a lot to do Stop taking the same approach the last 20 startups have taken to the “buy and sell homes online”. Most of these are…
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    Mortgage News Daily

  • Mortgage Rates Mildly Lower; Volatile Week Ahead

    Matthew Graham
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates caught a break today and were able to ease just slightly lower heading into the weekend. This is somewhat refreshing because yesterday's bigger move higher was the kind of thing that historically results in further upward pressure. The gains weren't quite enough to get the average top tier rate quote back into the 3's for conforming, 30yr fixed loans. 3.875% and 3.75% remain viable for some borrowers looking to pay more money upfront in exchange for a lower monthly payment. In general though, 4.0% is the most prevalent quote today. As it stands, it…
  • MBS RECAP: Bond Markets Coast Out Uneventfully After Morning Volatility

    Matthew Graham
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryEarlier today, competing short term trends and considerations made for several salient swings between gains and losses. While MBS and Treasuries never dipped meaningfully into negative territory on the day, they quickly gave up some fairly strong gains on at least 2 separate occasions. On top of that, the overnight session began with a swift move right out of the gate. Taken together, there was simply a good amount of movement and "lead changes." Around noon (just after the second bounce off the day's weakest levels), I put an overlay on the Treasury…
  • MBS MID-DAY: Volatility Within a Range, but Little Change

    Matthew Graham
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryIf today's bond market movements were a ball game, it would be the kind you like to see, with numerous lead changes , no runaway victory, and the home team leading going into the half. Bonds started out in stronger territory overnight as the NYC Ebola case was confirmed and global markets sympathized with the risk-off bid (i.e. stocks sold, bonds bought). The morning's most significant event hit just after US markets opened when sources said that 25 banks were set to fail the European Central Bank's stress test. Official results are expected on Sunday.
  • Suddenly, The New Home Sales Trend is Flat Again

    Jann Swanson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireNew home sales increased only slightly in September, up 0.2 percent over August, bringing the annual rate of those sales to 467,000. Sales were up 17.0 percent from the September 2013 pace of 399,000 units. Perhaps bigger news in today's joint release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development was the revision to the August new home sales number. The initial report of those sales indicated a very significant 18 percent increase over July's number, sending sales to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000 and over the half-million mark…
  • Fannie Mae sees Growth Expanding, Downgrades Loan Origination Expectations

    Jann Swanson
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireFannie Mae said on Thursday that real economic growth in the last two quarters of 2014 appear poised to exceed 3.0 percent , providing a solid basis for growth in 2015. However the housing recovery will remain "choppy." The October Economic and Housing Outlook published by Fannie Mae says reduced fiscal uncertainty and slowing monetary intervention has enabled momentum in the private sector to build while total government spending no longer declined. Those government cutbacks had been masking improvement in the private economy. Housing contributed to growth as well,…
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  • California Home Buyer Optimism at an All-Time High

    CJ Brasiel
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    This infographic from the California Association of Realtors® pretty much sums it up. Buyers are optimistic about the real estate market! This is likely due to a more affordable California home market and historically low interest rates. Now is a good time to get into the market.
  • 8 Top Tips For Selling A Home Quickly

    CJ Brasiel
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you are selling a home there are a few key things you really must know. The infographic below is distilled from surveys by Trulia from the experience of 500 real estate agents and represents some key things every home owner should know. If you’d like to hear more you can do to make sure […]
  • Coming Soon- Olive Hill Drive San Jose CA 95125

    CJ Brasiel
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
     Gorgeous single family home built in 2004. Close to The Plant shopping and dining, Willow Glen, and CalTrain. A lovely two story home with attached garage, AC, wood flooring, large open kitchen and family room. Bedrooms:3 beds Bathrooms:2.5 baths Townhouse:2,250 sq ft Lot:2,193 sq. ft. Year Built: 2004  
  • Willow Glen Homes For Sale – Trends in Real Estate

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

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

  • American Real Estate Partners and Investcorp Finalize $176 Million Canal Center Acquisition

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Herndon, VA-based American Real Estate Partners, in a joint venture with New York City-based Investcorp, acquired the 540,000-square-foot, four-building Canal Center office park in Alexandria, VA for $176 million, or approximately $327 per square foot. The Class A mid-rise office complex was constructed in 1987 on the banks of the Potomac River just outside of Washington, D.C. Developed by local outfit Savage/Fogarty Real Estate, the complex is...
  • CoStar's People of Note (Oct. 19 - 25)

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    It's time to update those contact managers with CoStar's People of Note, reporting news on significant new CRE hires and promotions. This week's issue includes the following markets: Greenville / Spartanburg, Cleveland / Northern Ohio, San Diego, South Florida, Atlanta, Washington DC, Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Chicago. GREENVILLE / SPARTANBURG Colliers Taps Pollard as Vice Chair, Retail Services USA By Justin Sumner
  • As Good As It Gets? Office Market Moving Into Sweet Spot In Recovery

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Conditions in the U.S. office market are aligning in a way that office investors have dreamed about. A serendipitous combination of falling vacancy, rising net absorption and a controlled supply of new office space is creating broad-based opportunities to increase rents and reap higher property incomes on their office property investments. The U.S. office market has reached just such as sweet spot in the market cycle, according to the CoStar Portfolio...
  • Burst of IPO Activity Spotlights New Wave of 'Non-Traditional' REITs

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    At least a half-dozen companies have filed plans declaring their intention to launch initial public offerings to form REITs, ranging from a ski resort operator in Wildwood, MO, to U.S.-based firms seeking to buy or develop commercial property in local U.S. markets, as well as overseas in Norway. REIT IPO activity has picked up considerably in the third quarter after a slowdown in the middle of the year. And overall IPO volumes for real estate...
  • Portfolio Sale of 64 Apt. Communities Shows Multifamily Investment Still Has Legs

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Just when you think the multifamily investment mania might have run its course, along comes a deal in which more than 20,000 apartment units change hands in one of the largest multifamily transactions so far in 2014. Lone Star Funds, one of the leading real private equity buyers in the world, acquired a portfolio of 20,439 apartment units in 64 communities across the nation from a partnership of DRA Advisors LLC and Bell Partners Inc. The transaction...
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    継続的なエステ利用で、より輝く自分を手に入れる

  • エステやカラコンで綺麗になる

    crefeed.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    “大きくて印象的な瞳に フェイシャルエステの施術にはむくみを取る効果があります。 むくみが取れると腫れぼったかったまぶたがスッキリし、目がパッチリと大きくなります。 これにカラコンを合せることで、より目が大きく見え、印象的な目元になるのです。 “色によって違うカラコンの効果 カラコンには様々な色があり、黒目を大きく見せるにはブラックが定番です。…
  • エクステはエステを選んで、魅力アップ

    crefeed.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    “トラブルが急増している エクステは、自前のまつ毛に人工毛を特殊な接着剤を使用して貼り付けて、まつ毛を長く見せる美容法です。 接着剤を使用するため、下手なエステで行うと、接着剤を付け過ぎてまつ毛が折れ角膜を傷つけたり、接着剤事態が原因で炎症を起こしたりすることがあります。 最近、このようなトラブルが増えているようです。 “上手く行えば魅力アップ…
  • まつエクの基礎知識とチェック事項

    crefeed.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    “どういう施術を行うのか まつエクでは、人工のまつげを元々生えているまつげに、専用の接着剤で接着します。 1本1本に装着していく難しい作業なので、専門知識を持ったプロに施術してもらうのが一般的です。 エステサロンやヘアサロンなどでも施術を受けることができます。 “理想のまつげになれる まつエクで使用されるまつげは、希望に合わせて様々な種類から選ぶことができます。…
  • エステサロンに行く時のメイクはどうする

    crefeed.com
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    “メイクをして行っても大丈夫です エステサロンでは、フェイシャルメニューの前にクレンジングをしてくれます。 しっかりメイクを落とすことで、施術に用いるオイルなどが浸透しやすくなり、肌への負担も和らげることができます。 すっぴん、またはつけまつげなどのポイントメイクを控えて行く方もいますが、仕事帰りやお出かけの途中などでは、どうしてもいつものメイクが必要な場合があります。…
  • メディカルエステを自宅で再現

    crefeed.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    “メディカルエステを自宅用にアレンジ 自宅で気軽にエステ気分を味わうために、まずは、洗顔後にホットパックから開始します。 ぬらして絞ったタオルを電子レンジで1分ほど加熱してホットタオルをつくり、顔に2、3分のせてむらし、毛穴を開いて末梢血管を拡張させます。…
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    Dennis Fassett | Cash Flow Real Estate Investing | The Cash Flow Mercenary

  • The Landlord Suicide Squeeze

    Dennis Fassett
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    The suicide squeeze is one of the most exciting plays in baseball. It happens when there’s a runner on third who takes off toward home when the pitcher starts his motion, expecting the batter to make some sort of contact with the ball and put it in play, thus scoring a run. Except for trying […]
  • Stock Market is Now DOWN for the Year. What’s in YOUR Wallet?

    Dennis Fassett
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    It has been a pretty good ride, hasn’t it? I mean, since the dark days of the “great recession” when the DOW bottomed out at 6443.27 on March 6, 2009, the market has gone pretty much straight up. Remember those guys in the office that spent all day with a browser window open to their […]
  • Beware of Professional Tenants!

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

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

    Dennis Fassett
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    This is pretty amazing. I was looking around for some new ideas on how to finance additional rental properties, and I happened to find something that was pretty surprising….. …… that a monster-sized hedge fund – BLACKSTONE no less – has started offering financing specifically focused on rental property owners. Yeah. To say I was […]
 
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    1000watt

  • Storytime

    Jessica Swesey
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Every athlete has a story. It’s really the one thing I like about sports. The two that come to mind right away: Lance Armstrong: The famous cyclist survived a nasty cancer that spread to his brain, lungs and abdomen, went on to win the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times, then lost it all in the midst of a doping scandal. Mike Tyson: Tyson’s mother died when he was 16. After being left in the care of a boxing manager and trainer, he went on to become an undisputed heavyweight champion boxer then later went bankrupt, despite having earned more than $400 million in his boxing…
  • Thoughts on today’s Zillow and Apple events

    Joel Burslem
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Tough day to keep up with my Twitter stream today. Between Apple’s new iPad event and Zillow’s Agent Forum going on there was lots to digest. A couple thoughts on each: Brad Inman tweeted something yesterday that I think is pretty relevant to the framing of the Zillow event: Zillow agent confab in Vegas – franchise gathering? If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, quacks like a duck, then probably is a duck. — Brad Inman (@bradInman) October 15, 2014 There’s no doubt Zillow is seeking a very close relationship with its Premier Agent customers. They’re providing them with…
  • A 1000watt refresh

    Brian Boero and Marc Davison
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    1000watt started as two friends deciding to do some consulting for a while. That was seven years ago. A lot has changed. Today, 1000watt is much more than the Brian and Marc Show. We are a full service brand, marketing and strategy agency with a team of people based in two offices. Our clients – real estate brands, brokerages, tech companies, mortgage companies and more – bring us new opportunities and challenges every day. We love it. But it had been a while since we worked on our own stuff. All the things we do with clients – brand discovery, story development, creative ideation,…
  • A brokerage makes it happen

    Brian Boero
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Michael Saunders & Company, the leading brokerage on Florida’s Gulf coast, is a long-time 1000watt client. Michael, the company’s founder, and her son Drayton, who is president, take great care with everything they do. They are classy people who run a quality organization. Even amidst the smoking wreckage of the housing crash, Michael and Drayton never lost their bearings, or stopped seeing the big picture. They built a successful rental division and rolled out a home-grown agent website product built on wordpress while competitors simply hunkered down. When things got better, they…
  • Thoughts on the Move/News Corp. deal

    Brian Boero
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    News Corp. (or “Rupert Murdoch”, if you’re feeling more dramatic) is buying Move. A few quick thoughts… This is a good thing Move was eating Zillow’s dust for too long. As part of News Corp, the company (and, most notably, realtor.com), will get a shot of energy and talent that it needs very badly. Put aside your MySpace jokes: the people at News Corp know how to run and grow media businesses. Put aside your belief that the U.S. real estate market, just because it has an MLS, is forever and unassailably unique: the people at REA Group, the News Corp subsidiary that runs…
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    Zillow Blog

  • Tips for Baby Boomers Entering the Real Estate Market

    Brendon DeSimone
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Many soon-to-be retirees own a home, have paid off their mortgage and haven’t been in the real estate market for 25 years or more. A lot has changed, however, and the tips and tricks of the trade that worked in the ’80s could backfire if applied today. Though technology and the flow of information have dramatically altered the process of buying and selling homes, at the heart it’s still an enormous undertaking, no matter your age or generation. Here are some tips for baby boomers and others who find themselves entering the real estate market for the first time in a while.
  • Queen Latifah Raps Out Another Real Estate Listing

    Laura Vecsey
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    It’s been a busy year for a Queen. Latifah, that is. In January, the rapper-turned-actress-turned-talk-show-host listed her Colts Neck, NJ home for $2.399 million. Now, the woman born Dana Owens is looking to unload her cute home in Hollywood Hills West. The newly listed bungalow, first spotted by the L.A. Times,  is on the market of $1.939 million. The California hangout house is a little more fitting for a princess, given its relatively diminutive 2,026 square feet. The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was built in 1922, but since she has owned the place, a contemporary remodel has really…
  • Actress Tia Carrere Lists Mountaintop Retreat

    Natalie Wise
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Source: IMDb Actress Tia Carrere, best known for her roles in “Wayne’s World” and “True Lies,” has listed her remodeled Topanga Canyon retreat for $2.595 million. Its mountaintop location comes with panoramic views to Santa Catalina Island and beyond. Carrere purchased the home in 2005 for $1.625 million and has added modern, luxurious conveniences. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, clean lines and spacious modern bathrooms are just a few of the 1980-built home’s new features. The 3,567-square-foot home has 4 bedroom suites — two of which are considered…
  • House of the Week: Single-Family Castle

    Emily Heffter
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    0 Highway 31N, Mooresburg, TN For sale: $349,900 You know how it is with castles: they’re huge, and it can be so much work keeping up the moat. Here’s a castle without the hassle: a reasonably sized 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath, 3,526-square-foot castle built for family life. The ivy-covered castle is built into an East Tennessee moutainside, with brick walls and floors, and 20-foot ceilings.  And it’s on 70 acres — plenty of room for hunting dragons. According to the brokerage selling the home, United Country Clinch Mountain Real Estate, the couple who bought the property in the…
  • Rules for Using Gift Funds for a Down Payment

    Zillow Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    With the holiday season of giving just around the corner, it’s a good time to revisit down payment gifts for home buyers. Getting money for a down payment on a home purchase could be the best gift ever, but there are lender and IRS rules for gifts that you must know to make sure everything goes smoothly. Here’s a rundown. Gifts must be from family members As an overarching rule, mortgage lenders require gifts for down payments to be from family members. Lenders might make case-by-case exceptions, and if so, will require that the relationship of the non-relative and the other…
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    The BiggerPockets Blog

  • Flipping Houses: 101 Awesome Quick Tips for Success

    Brandon Turner
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    This morning I discovered something terrible while standing in the shower… I had forgotten a towel.  And worse, I was not at my house. I’m spending the week with my fellow host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, Josh Dorkin, and his wonderful family and I couldn’t simply streak through the home to get back to my room. Soaking wet I looked around at my options. I had just one: a small 6″ towel. Let’s just say it took a while to dry off. You see, I went in unprepared.  Had I spent a few seconds preparing for the morning, I would not have made this simple mistake. And…
  • Why You’re Building Wealth the SLOW Way (and 3 Ways to Fix That!)

    Scott Trench
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’d be willing to wager that a fair number of readers meet the following three criteria: 1. Your primary financial goal is to increase your net worth as rapidly as possible. 2. You are interested in Real Estate only insofar as it helps you achieve #1. 3. You earn somewhere between $40,000 and $100,000 per year. If these three things are true, I’m going to make a bold claim and say that there’s a good chance that learning to invest or creating a side hustle isn’t the best use of your time. Wait… what? Let Me Explain That’s right — I don’t think that…
  • 3 Simple Traits that Will Take You Far in Business (and in Life)

    Engelo Rumora
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.” — Ludwig Borne In many of my blogs, I have mentioned that I live by the numbers. The daily grind is really about replicating and creating an environment to succeed. In my business, I keep in mind that my purposes should be greater than myself and that my team is the key component to sustainable growth. As discussed in the BiggerPockets Podcast, three important qualities define my character, and I look for them in each individual I choose to work with. The commitment necessary and the time devoted in the…
  • Why Property Managers Should Remind Clients to Refinance NOW

    Drew Sygit
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    “There is no formula or mechanical answer I can give you,” said Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen when the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee pressed her for details about the Fed’s plans for continuing the Quantitative Easing and Zero-Interest policies that have propped the economy up since 2008. “The economic outlook is very uncertain.” While that might seem to mean nothing at all, to someone familiar with the lingo of the Fed, it speaks volumes. In short, it means that we need to keep doing what we’re doing for a while longer until…
  • How to Embrace the Uncertainty of Change & Make Your First Deal

    Marcus Maloney
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    In life, change can present many challenges and can therefore be frightening — but to become a successful real estate investor, you will eventually come to a fork in the road called transition. One question you will face is: do I continue on the path of working a job that is paying the bills but which I dread going to everyday, or do I set out to follow my passions and dreams? What is “Transition”? “Transition” is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a change from one state or condition to anther; or passage from one state, stage, subject, or…
 
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    Rain City Guide

  • Redfin bought Walkscore

    ARDELL
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    A brief update to my recent post on Walkscore…Redfin bought it. The post Redfin bought Walkscore appeared first on Rain City Guide. No related posts.
  • Real Estate – Why DATA is the New Black

    ARDELL
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Early Friday evening one of my favorite long term clients asked me this question: “Why is the market so slow these days? I have an alert for ($) houses in (zip code) and I barely get a couple of hits every week west of (the freeway). Almost always tear-downs.” (actual specifics from his email removed) My first data set pulled was a line up the number of homes sold where I primarily work (North King County – North of I-90), by month, over the last 6 years from 2009 to 2014 YTD. This to answer only the first 8 words of his question “Why is the market so slow these…
  • VERY “Walkable”…but is it SAFE to walk there?

    ARDELL
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I am very happy to report yesterday’s news that WalkScore has added a crime overlay, something I have been asking for since WalkScore first came about. Local residents often roll their eyes when they see an awesome walk score attached to an area where it is simply not very safe to walk after dark AT ALL. Not a big problem for local residents, but what about the many people relocating to The Seattle Area who are relying on various internet tools to guide them in their search for a home in their new City? I have not tried the new tool out extensively, but from what I have seen the crime…
  • Costco Signs Major Lease With Vulcan – Issaquah

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

    Craig Blackmon
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    As long-time readers know, I have been promoting the idea that attorneys should be involved in real estate transactions for about eight years (boy, time flies!). And it took me a looooong time to understand the difference between blogging and shameless self-promotion. I think I’ve learned, and hopefully I strike the right balance and tone here, but if not please let me know in the comments!! While my messaging has matured, my underlying message has not: Consumers – both buyers and sellers – benefit when an attorney represents them in a real estate transaction. But…
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  • Denver apartment vacancy drops below 4%

    Molly Armbrister
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Apartment vacancies in metro Denver in the third quarter dropped almost a full percentage point to 3.9 percent, according to the latest Denver Metro Area Apartment Vacancy and Rent Survey. In the second quarter, the vacancy rate was 4.7 percent. From second to third quarter, the average rent in the metro area rose to $1,145 per month, about a 2 percent increase over the previous quarter when the average rent was $1,117 per month. The data in the report are compiled quarterly by the University…
  • Oxford Enterprises gets $46M in financing for 2 DFW apartment properties

    Candace Carlisle
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Dallas-based privately-held real estate investment firm Oxford Enterprises Inc. has received $46.7 million in financing for two large Dallas-Fort Worth apartment properties. The apartment complexes — The Bluffs at Ironhorse in North Richland Hills and Stone Villas in northwest Fort Worth — totaling 886 homes were purchased by the new owner in two separate transactions. Oxford financed The Bluffs with a $34.7 million, 10-year, fixed-rate Fannie Mae loan through M&T Realty Capital Corp. The…
  • Dallas real estate investor buys Turtle Creek building; plans massive renovation

    Candace Carlisle
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    A Dallas-based real estate investment firm has bought a Turtle Creek office building, with plans to spend a significant amount of capital renovating the property. Cardinal Capital Partners Inc. has acquired 3131 Turtle Creek Blvd. at the intersection of Turtle Creek and Cedar Springs Road near Uptown and Highland Park. "3131 Turtle Creek is one of the premier office locations in Uptown that has gone somewhat unnoticed during the past cycle," Cardinal President Gil Besing said in a statement. "The…
  • University of Hawaii throws a reception for Jay Shidler: Slideshow

    Tina Yuen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business held an open house for students and faculty to meet the school's namesake, Honolulu real estateThe University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business held an open house for students and faculty to meet the school's namesake, Honolulu real estate investor Jay Shidler. Shidler, who gave the school $25 million in 2006, last week increased his giving to his alma mater to $100 million. Shidler was joined by Vance Roley, dean of the business school,…
  • Hard Rock reopens with guitar smash, Bar-Kays bash

    Ryan Poe
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Hard Rock Cafe rolled out the red carpet and smashed the guitars Thursday for its grand reopening on Downtown Memphis' Beale Street. Check out the festivities in the slideshow to your right. Also, check out our interview with Hard Rock CEO Hamish Dodds about his wanting to build a new, 200-room Hard Rock Hotel on Beale Street. Featuring performances by legendary soul group The Bar-Kays and deejayed by Memphis Jones, the event kicked off a new beginning for the restaurant at 126 Beale. Hard Rock…
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    Miller Samuel Real Estate Appraisers & Consultants

  • Bloomberg View Column: Credit Crunch Lives on in Housing

    Jonathan Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Credit Crunch Lives on in Housing. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. Here’s an excerpt… Don’t be fooled by low mortgages rates, which once again are below 4 percent: Credit for buying a home or refinancing an existing mortgage has almost never been tougher to get. [read more] My Bloomberg View Column Directory My Bloomberg View RSS feed.
  • Bloomberg View Column: Rent Control’s Winners and Losers

    Jonathan Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Rent Control’s Winners and Losers. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. Here’s an excerpt… Any renter in New York City has probably has felt the pain of coming up with the monthly payment. There are plenty of reasons for the city’s steep rents… ..So what would happen if rent control and its cousin, rent stabilization, disappeared overnight? [read more] My Bloomberg View Column Directory My Bloomberg View RSS feed.
  • Bad Actors: AMC Appraisal Perspective Through Rhetorical Misdirection

    Jonathan Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    I was invited to speak at the Great Lakes Chapter of the Appraisal Institute last week and met a lot of great appraisers who cover the state of Michigan. I spoke about the housing market and the misinterpretation of residential housing metrics, inspired by this article and the following infographic from the Detroit Free Press. Inkster +106.4% !!!!! a largely distressed market with what I was told only has a handful of rock bottom sales ie $10K in 2009 becomes to $30k in 2014 – a perfect example. Hot? Hardly. As much as I think I held their attention for the entire hour allotted, my…
  • Bloomberg View Column: Only Brooklyn Is Over the City’s Housing Bust

    Jonathan Miller
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Read my latest Bloomberg View column Only Brooklyn Is Over the City’s Housing Bust. Please join the conversation over at Bloomberg View. Here’s an excerpt… Housing prices in four of New York’s five boroughs still haven’t reached their pre-crash highs. The outlier? Brooklyn. Housing prices in Brooklyn now are more than 8 percent above the peak reached in 2007. The other four boroughs, meanwhile, are all more than 10 percent below their highs, with the Bronx still down by almost a quarter…. [read more] My Bloomberg View Column Directory My Bloomberg View RSS…
  • [Video] Fox Business Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton 10-6-14

    Jonathan Miller
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com I spoke with Deirdre Bolton on “Risk & Reward” today to speak about last weekend’s excellent New York Times real estate piece by Julie Satow called “Dialing it Down.” Deirdre focused on the metric developed during my preparation of last week’s Elliman Report of Manhattan sales in 3Q2014 showing that luxury inventory has doubled over the past year.
 
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    AGBeat

  • Lessons your brand can learn from Millennials’ wine consumption rates

    AG Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    (Business News) Millennials drink more wine than any other generation, but the reasons may not be what you expect. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Easily turn your PowerPoint presentation into an animated GIF

    AG Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    (Marketing) With one simple copy and paste job, your presentation can turn into an animated gif for use on Twitter, blogs, or even email. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Restaurant banned from ever frying bacon again. What!?

    AG Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    (Business News) Bacon, one of America's favorite foods, has been banned from an Australian restaurant for stinking too damn much. So sad. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Mom faces jail time for an overgrown yard

    AG Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    (Housing News) If you've been avoiding doing your yard work, this story may have you reconsidering. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • How UX design can help make sense of Big Data

    AG Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    (Tech News) UX design is not always understood for the full potential it offers, and the industry's approach to Big Data my untangle that ball of yarn. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
 
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  • Why Realtors haven’t been able to turn SEO into a major source of leads

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    By PEYMAN ALEAGHA If you’re not a professional online marketer or a Web programmer — and most real estates agents are not — the term search engine optimization (SEO) is intimidating. You know it is really important to how your website attracts potential clients, but you may not know how to make that happen. Some of you find SEO so baffling that you think you should pay an expert to “fix” it. Or maybe you have employed a tech guru, only to discover that the results were disappointing. Like many things tech, SEO is mystifying jargon for an essentially simple goal: getting the…
  • 5 myths about mega producers

    Trulia Pro Blog
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    By COLLEEN FISCHESSER Mega real estate producers are an enigma. They have secrets and magic formulas and know things the rest of us don’t, which is why they’re so much more successful than everyone else, right? Ironically, some of the biggest myths misconceptions about top producers are also the biggest reasons many agents don’t and won’t ever achieve that level of success. So what separates those big fish from the smaller fish in the proverbial real estate pond? Two words: attitude and belief. Success starts with attitude and belief — or in some cases, success is stalled…
  • Shift your value proposition to land more real estate clients

    Will Caldwell
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Real estate technology has come a long way in recent years allowing the consumer more control over the homebuying and selling process. The entire real estate search process has been democratized, leading consumers to ask the question, “Why do I need a real estate agent anymore?” Agents are no longer the gatekeeper to listings, and technology wants to make buying and selling a home as easy as ordering an Uber. Agents need to step up and prove their value to stay relevant in the age of “uberfication.” Modern real estate consumers are hiring real estate agents not to find homes,…
  • 6 ways to destress your real estate transaction

    Guest Contributor
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    By KIM GELLATLY  With rising sales prices and very low inventory here in Portland, Oregon, I have been noticing a trend over the past several months of buyers and sellers who are carrying a lot of stress about the sale or purchase of their home. More transactions seem to be falling apart over buyer and seller differences, and more tense interactions seem to be occurring among real estate agents as they negotiate deals. It makes sense: Stressful clients can easily make for stressed-out agents. So, if you’re feeling the pressure of your local market, here are some tips and tactics I have…
  • Inman News Demo Day with SmartZip [webinar replay]

    Laura Monroe
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Did you miss the Inman News Demo Day with SmartZip? Catch the replay here and learn how predictive analytics is moving agents to the front of the line with sellers. Top agents from around the country are growing their listings business and pipeline by focusing on homeowners who are most likely to sell. How do they do it? The power of predictive analytics. SmartZip gathers massive amounts of data about homes, and the people who live inside those homes, to identify patterns and behaviors that could lead to a future listing. Its flagship product, SmartTargeting, offers exclusive access to top…
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  • Highest Sale in Ten Years in Eagle Rock!

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    We have to brag about representing the buyers on the highest sale in Eagle Rock since the Pantages house at 2011 Hill Drive sold in October, 2004, for $1,850,000. This time, 2211 Hill Drive sold for $1,800,500. An interesting fact about both of these sales is that both sets of buyers already lived in Eagle Rock and moved up to Hill Drive, which is a dream often expressed by the Eagle Rock residents we meet. Well, start lining up your finances, folks, because there are more $Million-plus homes on Hill Drive and other cool parts of Eagle Rock coming to the market soon. And some of them are our…
  • The Gale House at 1775 Hill Dr.

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
     The Gale House--built in 1924 for geologist Hoyt Gale and still in the same family today. Built when Los Angeles opened its first Opera and George Gershwin penned Rhapsody in Blue, this was a time that burst with creativity.  A great example of the California style, this onestory Spanish ranch house sits halfway up its 26,000 square foot lot to take advantage of the amazing downtown and sunset views as well as the breeze that still cools off Eagle Rock most afternoons.   Read More
  • Gorgeous 3 Story Home at 2426 Yosemite.

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Watch the sunrise from your balcony, have treetop views from almost every room in the house, and live the local dream with a clear view of the Eagle Rock. This 2008-built custom home offers a spacious, open floor plan that can accommodate many life-styles. Need a main-level bedroom, or would you rather have an office there? There are spaces perfect for entertaining and for quiet moments surrounded by garden views. Read More
  • Lovely 1913 Craftsman at 1956 Nolden.

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Let's sit on the front porch of this lovely 1913 Craftsman, enjoy the view and imagine that life is just as quiet and simple as it was then in this tree-filled secluded corner of Eagle Rock. New dual-paned wood windows frame the views from the living/dining room which include the actual Eagle Rock and the Verdugos to the north. Read More
  • Beautiful Home at 2022 Las Flores.

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    This classic 1950s Rancher has all the original detail and charm of the era. In the same family for 50 years, now it is your chance to bring this great home into the 21st century, or revel in the days gone by. The hardwood floors have been refinished, there is fresh paint inside and out, the lawn is green to enjoy now or to qualify for the Landscape Incentive Program. There is original tile and cabinets in the kitchen and main bath, and a unique wall cabinet in the dining area to give it that 50s flair. Read More
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    RealCentralVA.com

  • Charlottesville Sellers – Take Pictures Now

    Jim Duncan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    This is why I advise my clients to take pictures of their houses in the fall. A photo posted by Jim Duncan (@jimduncan) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:28pm PDT I’ve said for years that if you’re in the Charlottesville area and are thinking about selling your home in the Spring, you should be having pictures taken of your home Now. If you decide in the dead of winter and want exterior photos taken those pictures will be of a desolate landscape – and that doesn’t look so great to potential buyers. Also, if you’re thinking about selling, now is the time to start truly…
  • How do buyers find homes – interwebs or agents?

    Jim Duncan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Me? I was somewhat surprised at how few found their new home via real estate agents … but upon reflection, not really. For years I’ve written and said that a good real estate agent’s skillset is far, far more than having a login to the MLS and a lockbox key (although I’d argue that that’s the primary skillset for at least half of licensed real estate agents). A great real estate professional helps buyers (and sellers) put together puzzles, serves as a guide – a navigator of the market, and a filter and interpreter of the seemingly endless morass of…
  • The life of a community blog – RealCrozetVA

    Jim Duncan
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Community. A friend wrote some time ago that part of finding success is to give a sh*t. Giving a sh*t is hard. But it’s rewarding and meaningful. This post? Not about real estate, other than that a tremendous component of “real estate” is community. Just over nine years ago, I started RealCrozetVA with a simple goal -“to provide a forum for Crozet to (hopefully) discuss their thoughts about Crozet’s growth.” At the time of the blog’s inception, Crozet was smaller, Old Trail hadn’t yet begun, the new Crozet Library was still being designed, and there…
  • 2014’s 3rd Quarter Market Report – Answering “How’s the Market”?

    Jim Duncan
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Download the 2014 Q3 Charlottesville Market Nest Report. The #1 Question buyers and sellers ask – whether in the conference room, the coffee shop, beers or dinner, is “how’s the market?” The underlying question tends to be a variation of, “can I sell?” or “should I sell” or “can I buy a home” or “should I buy a home”? Update: NBC29 had a nice report last night and I’ve immensely glad they used what I’ve been saying for years – “Get advice on what this report means to them because the report gives them…
  • More Houses Coming Near Mill Creek

    Jim Duncan
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    I’d call this, generally, good density – in the urban ring, less than 10 minutes (east/south east) to the Downtown Mall, good access to schools and 64, close to stuff (including the coming Wegmans), and (hopefully) meeting the needs of the marketplace. If the end result looks close to the rendering … (and if there are sidewalks and crosswalks). More infill neighborhoods, so long as the accompanying infrastructure improvements, are examples of relatively good growth. Charlottesville Tomorrow reports: The Albemarle Board of Supervisors has approved construction of as many as…
 
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    Redfin Real Estate Blog

  • TV Host Jimmy Kimmel Sells Los Angeles Home For Just Over $2M

    Alanna Finn
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Listed by Karen Misraje, Partners Trust Beverly Hills The TV comedian just sold his Los Angeles abode for $2,178,200 … and it’s apparently just as likable as he is! While Jimmy Kimmel is pretty good at entertaining a television audience, he’s probably not so bad at entertaining his guests, either. This home’s backyard has a BBQ, pizza oven, hot tub AND a beer keg dispenser! How’s that for luxury entertainment? The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is full of charm with a fabulous mix of midcentury modern design and elegance. Beautiful hardwood floors and large windows give…
  • Redfin Builder Services launches in Chicagoland: 56 homes in Elmhurst, by Nitti Development

    Adam Wiener
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A rendering of Berteau Development in Elmhurst, Illinois Sometimes you want access to big-city life with a small-town feel. For many in Chicagoland, suburban Elmhurst, Illinois, is the place: The town of 45,000 has retail storefronts, a town center and excellent schools. Yet it’s an easy drive or train ride from the Loop, near all the cultural offerings in the Windy City. We are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with Nitti Development, one of the premier builders in the northwest Chicago suburbs, to present Berteau Development in Elmhurst, on the site of the former Elmhurst…
  • Real Estate Redefined: Redfin Arrives to Make Waves in Jacksonville

    Amy Musser
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you live in Jax? If so, we’ve got great news! When you’re done hanging ten at The Beaches, you can now team up with a local Redfin agent, surf Redfin.com and find a home to buy with room for your surfboard collection. Anyone in the greater Jacksonville area can now work with a Redfin agent to buy and sell homes and can use the Redfin online and mobile tools to search for homes on the market. Redfin combines in-person service and cutting-edge technology to truly revolutionize the home-buying and selling process. Our technology empowers both our agents and customers with information and…
  • Redfin Buys Walk Score!

    Glenn Kelman
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Holy moly! Redfin just bought Walk Score, an online service started to score homes based on their walking distance from restaurants, groceries and bars. The acquisition is Redfin’s first and the reason for it is simple: We want to give folks a complete portrait of what it would be like to live somewhere new, within the house and in the surrounding neighborhood. Since developing its original idea, Walk Score has become an online authority on neighborhoods, adding cycling and transit metrics to the mix, and delivering 20 million scores per day through 30,000 partner sites. Even better, Walk…
  • Tons of Toilets: Which City Sits Atop the Throne?

    Alex Starace
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Talking about toilets may be taboo, but bathrooms are a serious topic in real estate. In fact, our Redfin agents tell us that too few toilets is often a deal breaker for home shoppers. And it makes sense: A family’s quality of life is greatly improved by an extra toilet or two. No more banging on the door, no more angry shouts of “Hurry it up! You think we have all day out here?” It’s an undignified dance everyone’s happy to avoid. So, where can you sit at your leisure? Using census and housing data, we calculated which cities had the most residential toilets per person…
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    Ubertor Real Estate Blog

  • REBGV CREB & VREB September 2014 Market Update Infographics

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:14 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) September 2014 are up and below are the infographics we created to help you analyze the statistics.
  • Custom Real Estate Websites by The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) on the Ubertor Platform

    Bryan Garcia
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    What a great week so far! I received an E-Mail early this morning from Mark Hobbs – the Digital Sales Coordinator for CREB’s Media Services – that listed a few of the latest sites CREB has designed and built for a handful of Calgary Realtors on the Ubertor platform. The sites are beautifully designed, and were crafted based on the each Realtor’s professional branding. Each is unique in its own way, and tailored towards the needs and requirements of each Realtor. If you’re a Realtor in Calgary looking for a branding refresh, or need help getting started, reach out…
  • Organize Your Listings in Multiple Categories

    Crystal Lai
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Noticing that it was well sought after from our users feedback, our team decided to make lives just a little bit easier by building a new feature for users to be able to organize listings under multiple categories. Now instead of inputting one listing multiple times just to showcase them on different category pages, you only need to do it once. To take advantage: Log into your control panel Head over to the Listings tab and click into the listing which you’d like to input into multiple categories. Right under Category Display, in the list of Current Categories, you can now select multiple…
  • Create Your Own “Automatic Listings Page” with Ubertor’s New AFC Builder

    Crystal Lai
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Many of our users use our platform because of its simplicity and easiness to create and market properties online. Now in line with our new control panel (CP2), we’ve made it easier for you to create Auto Fill Categories (AFCs). Each AFC will update based upon your Real Estate Board automatically and requires no maintenance whatsoever. Now’s the time to go ahead and switch to CP2 if you haven’t already, and start creating your own AFCs that focus on your specialty of Real Estate. How it works… Just head over to the Pages tab, and right next to the New Page tab in the top right…
  • REBGV CREB & VREB August 2014 Market Update Infographics

    Danica Lopez De Leon
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The market updates for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) and the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) August 2014 are up and below are the infographics we created to help you analyze the statistics. If you would like a copy for yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to share.
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    Reverse Mortgage Daily

  • Friday Round-Up: Reverse Mortgages High on CFPB Radar

    Jason Oliva
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    In case you missed it, here’s what happened in reverse mortgage news this week: Mortgage Originations Expect 7% Hike in 2015—The next year bodes well for mortgage originations, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, which forecasts $1.19 trillion in originations in 2015. Refinance activity in the next year is a different story.  Investopedia: 5 Financial Alternatives to Reverse Mortgages—A reverse mortgage is no longer a tool for last resort, but it’s also not the only option for homeowners age 62 and older to convert their home equity into cash, notes Investopedia.
  • Home Equity Is a Reliable ‘Piggy Bank’ — In Some Areas

    Emily Study
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Home prices have rebounded since the 2008 financial crisis, making it easier for homeowners to build home equity and tap into it through reverse mortgages, refinancing or downsizing. But only in certain places can home equity act as a reliable “piggy bank,” writes The New York Times in a recent article.   Some of the most robust growth projections for housing appreciation are for the coasts. California had the best performance over the last 20 years and is projected to grow a cumulative 30% over the next three years, according to the Local Market Monitor, which tracks housing…
  • Ocwen Faces More Downgrades Following Regulatory Scrutiny

    Elizabeth Ecker
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Following allegations from New York’s banking regulator over Ocwen Financial backdating mortgage servicing documents, Moody’s has downgraded Ocwen for its servicing capabilities and Standard & Poors has also issued a downgrade for the company.  Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC both as a primary servicer of subprime mortgages and as a special servicer of residential mortgages, following earlier downgrades that took place in September.  The changes include downgrading Ocwen from an SQ3+ classification to SQ3 as a primary services or subprime…
  • Lenders Seek Reverse Mortgage Professionals Nationwide — Apply Today

    Emily Study
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The reverse mortgage industry is experiencing a surge in position openings, with lenders nationwide looking for talented professionals to fill their spots. The Money Store, Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC, Premier Reverse Closings and VanDyk Mortgage San Antonio, among others, are seeking reverse mortgage loan officers, regional sales managers, business development representatives, reverse mortgage originators and more.  Are you seeking a new reverse mortgage opportunity? From Maryland to Arizona to California, new openings abound. Click the following opportunities that are now open to find out…
  • Bankrate: New Rules Make Reverse Mortgage Viable

    Cassandra Dowell
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Recent regulation changes to federal reverse mortgages have transformed the product from a “loan of last resort” to a viable financial planning tool, says Bankrate in a recent article. Bankrate notes some of the key changes that paved the way for the expanded use of reverse mortgages: allowing non-borrowing spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers who pass away or enter assisted living to remain in their home, and allowing qualified borrowers to obtain an HECM even if their non-borrowing spouse is younger than age 62, with the caveat that the loan’s principal amount will be…
 
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    Wallingford Wired

  • 28th Annual Celebrate Wallingford Festival

    Harriman Real Estate
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Wallingford’s largest festival, the 28th Annual Celebrate Wallingford Festival, is ready to kick off this weekend, October 4th and 5th. Prepare yourself for two fantastic days of activities, displays, food tasting, crafting, contests, and entertainment, all set in the beautiful uptown area of Wallingford Center. This year the main venue for the event will once again be along North and South Main Streets and Simpson Court, with other activities taking place at the Railroad Station green at 11 Hall Avenue. The festivities begin on October 4th at 11 AM and continue until 7 PM, and continue…
  • Art Open House Featuring Tom Pender

    Harriman Real Estate
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Art Open House Featuring Tom Pender Where: Harriman Real Estate LLC, 116 Center St. Wallingford CT 06492 Date: September 19th, 2014 Hours: 6pm – 8pm What: Art Open House Cost: FREE! Contact: Pat Harriman Phone: 203-605-3873 Come See an Amazing Local Artist Please join us to view artwork by local artist Tom Pender. He has created some beautiful paintings of local landmarks, such as the downtown area, the Town Hall and the Police Station. Tom’s portfolio includes paintings of people, pets, landscapes, homes and other special moments. We have had the pleasure of using Tom to paint…
  • Meriden Once Again Hosts Nites in the City

    Harriman Real Estate
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    If you’re like us and enjoy a good glass of wine or a frosty beer from time to time, then be in the Silver City on September 25th and 26th as Meriden once again hosts the 15th Annual Nites in the City, a two night event showcasing some great examples of wine and beer from all over the world. Main & Vine Wine Tasting The festivities kick off on Thursday, September 25th with the Main & Vine Wine Tasting sponsored by the Meriden Rotary and the City of Meriden. Plan on sampling at least 25 varieties of wine, both imported and domestic . You’ll be able to treat your palate to…
  • Quinnipiac Chamber to Hold Helicopter Drop to Benefit Connecticut Make-a-Wish

    Harriman Real Estate
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will hold a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop presented by Air Ocean Aviation and sponsored by Tweed New Haven Airport and Updike Kelly and Spellacy at its annual Golf Classic! The tournament will be held at the Farms Country Club on September 8th. Helicopter Drop is a Unique Event Air Ocean Aviation will be doing a fly over and dropping numbered golf balls from 50 to 75 feet in the air onto the 7th fairway following the end of the tournament.  Closest 3 balls to the pin will win fantastic raffle prizes!  Golfers will have the chance to buy their golf balls at…
  • Connecticut Fairs and Festivals for September 2014

    Harriman Real Estate
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    With Summer on the wane, it’s time now to shift focus to the many Connecticut fairs and festivals that are coming up this month. Whether you go for the food, the entertainment, the rides, the games, or a combination of everything, Connecticut has something for all of us fair-goers in September! North Haven Fair – September 4 – 7 Come and see “Rosie’s Racing Pigs,” and the thrills and stunts of “The Famous Wallendas.” Enjoy live musical performances, comedy and magic shows, animal exhibits and great fair food. Hebron Harvest Fair – September 4 – 7 This major…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Blog

  • 1925 Pine Mountain Road Kennesaw Ga 30152

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    1925 Pine Mountain Road Kennesaw Ga 30152 FMLS # 5342543 A world-class estate privately nestled on approximately 2.7 acres featuring the finest craftsmanship accented with exquisite imports from around the globe. Located in the gated community of Stonebridge, this home offers privacy and security with convenience to local attractions and entertainment. The well-appointed brick manor fea...Read More »
  • 231 Lakehill Way Douglasville Georgia 30134

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    231 Lakehill Way Douglasville Georgia 30134 FMLS # 5313225 Located in the Oak Run neighborhood, 231 Lakehill Way is nestled on a large and private fenced-in yard with stunning curb appeal! Gleaming hardwood floors greet you and your guests in the foyer of this 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom floor plan with spacious secondary bedrooms and plenty of closet space! The true master’s retreat is...Read More »
  • 3081 Moss Stone Lane Marietta Ga 30064

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

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

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

  • The 3 Most Important Things A New Home Buyer Should Be Doing Before Beginning To Look!!!

    Steve Heideman
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    There are things people should be doing before making the decision “I want a new home.” There are things that will make the process easier for them, to help them overall in finding the right home, and equally as important, the right mortgage product. It is important before you even begin to look to: Know what you credit report says Know what you can or want to afford in a home Know what your down payment will be Transcript Matthew O’Brien:  Welcome back to another segment of “Arizona Mortgage News.” We’re here with our expert in the field of mortgages,…
  • New Changes in Guidelines if you have had a recent Short Sale

    Mike Goblet
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    In August of 2014 this year, Fannie May changed their guidelines. For homeowners who have had a short sale, in the past, the guidelines made homeowners wait two years if the were putting down 20 percent and four years if you were putting down 10 percent.  However, this August, the guideline has now been changed to four years regardless of how much you are putting down. Watch the full video to learn more:   At United Mortgage Financial Group, we are happy to answer any questions only on short sales and these new guidelines by Fannie May.  Also, if you have questions about foreclosures,…
  • Learn: When Choosing a Higher Interest Rate Can Give You a Lower Monthly Payment

    Mike Goblet
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    It is an interesting concept – save money every month at a higher interest rate?  That doesn’t make sense.  Mike Goblet of United Mortgage Financial Group of Phoenix Arizona explains how. When choosing a higher interest rate, you can do those things, including giving you a lower APR. However, to get the lower rate, you may have to pay PMI – private mortgage insurance. You have to pay that when you have less than 20 percent equity or less than 20 percent to put down on a purchase. Private Mortgage Insurance is actually insurance provided by a neutral third‑party for the lender. In…
  • What are the Advantages of a VA Mortgage?

    Mike Goblet
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Being a veteran provides a lot of benefits that the government supports. One of the real advantages that has been around for many, many decades has been the VA mortgage loan.  The VA loan is one of the best programs out there.  The pricing is significantly better with a VA loan than that of a comparable conventional because the VA loan is a government-backed loan, There are a wide variety of terms available too, including a 30 year fixed, a 15 year fixed, even ARMs and even jumbos can be done under VA. Also, t’s not limited to a certain dollar factor. Whether it’s a home…
  • Why Don’t Banks let you choose your own rate?

    Mike Goblet
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice to choose your own rate?  Well, you can.  In this edition of Arizona Mortgage News, local expert Mike Goblet of United Mortgage and Financial Group discusses what banks provide you during the mortgage process and why being armed with information prior to getting a mortgage can save your thousands of dollars. Mortgage Rates today trade in a wide range of different rates. For instance, a 30‑year right now will trade from anywhere from 3.7 percent up to 5 percent. In a 15‑year, you could have an option of going down to 2.75 or up to 4 percent.  The real differences…
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  • Costume costs staggering $1.6 million

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Costume costs staggering $1.6 millionGetty Standing out on Halloween is definitely a plus -- but it's probably not worth this much dough. Outfit you won't believe is on the marketMore to seeLady Liberty to don costume'Pumpkin Picasso' teaches craft
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • 31 best horror movies on Netflix right now

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    31 best horror movies on Netflix right nowThese horror movies are a frightening way to get into the Halloween spirit this weekend. Freaky flicks that cracked this listMore movie news20 best movies of 2014'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect GettyNew reports indicate that a lunchroom staff member at the Wash. high school tried to stop alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg. One killed, several woundedMore headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
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  • Costume costs staggering $1.6 million

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Costume costs staggering $1.6 millionGetty Standing out on Halloween is definitely a plus -- but it's probably not worth this much dough. Outfit you won't believe is on the marketMore to seeLady Liberty to don costume'Pumpkin Picasso' teaches craft
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • 31 best horror movies on Netflix right now

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    31 best horror movies on Netflix right nowThese horror movies are a frightening way to get into the Halloween spirit this weekend. Freaky flicks that cracked this listMore movie news20 best movies of 2014'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect GettyNew reports indicate that a lunchroom staff member at the Wash. high school tried to stop alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg. One killed, several woundedMore headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
 
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  • Costume costs staggering $1.6 million

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Costume costs staggering $1.6 millionGetty Standing out on Halloween is definitely a plus -- but it's probably not worth this much dough. Outfit you won't believe is on the marketMore to seeLady Liberty to don costume'Pumpkin Picasso' teaches craft
  • Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISIS

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Marine killed in Iraq in the fight against ISISKTLALance Cpl. Sean P. Neal died during a noncombat incident this week, becoming the second American casualty of the ISIS campaign. Officials shed little light on deathMore newsDozens die in boat accidentISIS clashes in Lebanon kill 5
  • 31 best horror movies on Netflix right now

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    31 best horror movies on Netflix right nowThese horror movies are a frightening way to get into the Halloween spirit this weekend. Freaky flicks that cracked this listMore movie news20 best movies of 2014'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer
  • Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71APThe British musician best known for his work as the lead vocalist and bass player of super group Cream died Saturday at his home. Classic rock songs he's known forMore entertainment news'Duck Dynasty' star hospitalizedLake Bell welcomes new baby
  • Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Cafeteria worker tried to stop suspect GettyNew reports indicate that a lunchroom staff member at the Wash. high school tried to stop alleged gunman Jaylen Fryberg. One killed, several woundedMore headlinesPossible motive uncoveredCastrated sex offender to be freed
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  • Brian Klebash posted an event

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Brian Klebash posted an eventThe 4th Annual New Jersey Apartment Summit at Birchwood ManorOctober 30, 2014 from 7am to 4pmSave the Date for The Fourth Annual New Jersey Apartment Summit, the high-level information and networking conference for New Jersey & Tri-State multifamily developers, investors, capital sources and managers. The New Jersey Apartment Summit is the largest multifamily conference in New Jersey; 425 attended in 2013 and 500+ are expected on October 30, 2014. See More
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postWashington Property Co. Leases 110,978 SF in DC Metro AreaWashington Property Company (WPC) of Bethesda, MD has leased 110,978 square feet of office and retail space in its Maryland and Virginia properties:MARYLAND – Total of 72,416 SF8616 Cameron Street, Silver Spring, MD – 48,422 SF• LA Fitness extended its lease of 48,422 SF. Joshua Gurland of WPC represented the owner.6900 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD – 3,978 SF• Don Pollo of Bethesda leased 907 SF. Al Charbonneau of Evers & Co. represented the tenant. Joshua Gurland of WPC represented…
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postDC-Based CCI Launches Safe + Smart Cities Pilot ProjectThe Chesapeake Crescent Initiative (CCI), a public-private collaborative founded six years ago by Washington, DC real estate icon Herb Miller and former AOL Chief Counsel George Vradenburg, is leading a “Safe + Smart Cities” coalition to help cities optimize their operational performance and harden their resiliency through the efficient use of technology. The coalition has selected Newark, Delaware for its first pilot.CCI has assembled a group of world-class experts from technology industries,…
  • Leslie Braunstein posted a blog post

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Leslie Braunstein posted a blog postNew Washington, DC Condos iSet Capitol Hill Record PriceOne of the oldest structures in Washington, DC is close to becoming the city’s newest condominium residence. The Maples’ 19 unique homes, located just steps from historic Eastern Market in the heart of Capitol Hill, are scheduled to deliver by the end of the year. Urban Pace, Washington’s leading condo sales and marketing firm, already has presold 70 percent of the project at an average of $725 per square foot – some $200/SF higher than expected, setting a neighborhood record.Altus Realty…
  • Deputy Managing Editor posted a blog post

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Deputy Managing Editor posted a blog postFM BENCHMARKING ALIGNS WITH OSCRE STANDARDSWashington, DC – September 10, 2014 – Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE) and FM BENCHMARKING announce that FM BENCHMARKING aligns with OSCRE’s Space Management and Occupancy Costs Standards, including the major categories of Facility Management (FM) expenses. This alignment means that members, subscribers and partners of the respective organizations will be able to compare facility management costs with common definitions and cost breakdowns.The alignment encompasses critical components…
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    Apartment Ratings

  • 5 Things You Should Know Before Signing a Lease

    Teria Seah
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Apartments come in all sizes, which leaves plenty of room for hiccups when choosing the perfect place. Eliminate extra hassles during the apartment hunting process by asking plenty of questions. The goal is to know as much as possible about the place you will live in for the next period of your life. Here are 5 important things to consider before signing your name on the lease. Take a good look around Drive around the neighborhood during the day and night. You could get a good sense of how noisy the area is during various times of the day. Your living space should be peaceful. Evaluate the…
  • Living With a Roomate? Some Advice

    Alexandrea Denny
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
      Finding the perfect apartment is no easy task. Securing the perfect roommate is near impossible. When moving in with someone, two people will understandably have conflicting ideas when it comes to decorating, cleanliness, bills, groceries, and more. However, if talked about beforehand, most potential issues can be curtailed from the very beginning. I have lived with both people I knew and people I did not, and the structure is relatively the same. Here are some things you must establish beforehand to make the cohabitation as smooth as possible. 1. Merging two design aesthetics can…
  • Color Me Happy

    Jacy Meyer
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Well, color my apartment happy. Colors have many psychological strings attached to them – some make us feel happy, some portray an aura of attractiveness and other give off relaxed and mellow vibes. You can give your rooms the atmosphere of your choosing by thoughtfully decorating with certain colors. Read on for some tips on what to color where and why. Dark Rich Hues Navy blue and hunter green both give off regal and sophisticated vibes. Either of these shades work well as the main color in a bedroom or a supporting color in a neutrally decorated living room (grey is a good compliment).
  • Accenting Decor

    Jacy Meyer
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Add that extra bit of design POW to your rooms with accent pieces… A couple cliches: Little things come in big packages. Small things bring great pleasure. It’s all in the details and that’s what we are talking about today. Think in threes Grouping similarly themed items on a table, in a corner or on a shelf, attracts the eye and can be as big or small as the space requires. A framed photo or other piece of art; a plant and a knick-knack can all look really nice together. If you collect something you can display your collection in one location or spread it around. A smile will come…
  • Top Kitchen Tips for Your Apartment

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

  • Branson Real Estate Market Report for October 2014

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    The data on this page is consolidated from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you're a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions. Call or email anytime to discuss how this information can benefit you! Price Trends - Sold vs. ListedMarket Analysis   Understand the difference between "listing prices" (what sellers are asking for) and "sold prices" (what buyers are willing to pay). By comparing these price trends, you'll have a good idea of where the market is heading. The median listing and…
  • 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…
  • Invitation to my website for you!

    Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Click Here and see all the local info you need! http://www.bransonhomesearches.com/media/id/1223940/ SMattison@KW.comSteve Mattison ABR e-ProDirect - (417)350-9743  bransonhomesearches.com
  • Invest in the dowtown 300 block of West College St. in Branson, MO

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

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

  • Tech boom fallout: $1.8M teardown under contract in Silicon Valley

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listing agent Debbie Wilhelm is upfront in the listing description: “Property is not habitable. Property is located in a flood zone. Prospective buyers to drive or walk around property only.” She hints at what you might ...
  • Things get ugly when agents outnumber transactions

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    There are more licensed agents in Westport and Weston, Connecticut, than there are transactions each year, Coldwell Banker agent Evi Coghlan reports. The result? Homeowners get “bait and switch” letters from real estate agents who claim to have out-of-state buyers ...
  • Realtors at Coldwell Banker office say, ‘Stop us, before we win the lotto again!’

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    A Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate office in South St. Louis County, Missouri, has produced a third big lotto winner in two years. “It’s positive energy. That’s how we sell homes,” says Coldwell Banker agent Kimberly DeLapp, who won $100,000 ...
  • Why Realtors haven’t been able to turn SEO into a major source of leads

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you’re not a professional online marketer or a Web programmer -- and most real estates agents are not -- the term search engine optimization (SEO) is intimidating. You know it is really important to how your website attracts potential clients, but you may not know how to make that happen ...
  • The good news in finance this week was not what you might think

    Lou Barnes
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Financial markets have stopped their hysterics for now, so let’s get some other things straight. Things about mortgage and other credit. Simple things. FDR’s first fireside chat in 1933 was devoted to simple explanations of banking. The next day Will ...
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    New at craigmische.com

  • Broadway Redesign, Four Months in Four Minutes

    Craig Mische
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Alexandria Light and Power has a camera aimed at Broadway in Alexandria and put together a time lapse video showing the work in 4 minutes and thirty-four seconds. The work began in May of 2014 and Broadway was re-opened earlier this month. The finishing touches such as planting trees is still underway but there no longer are any detours. Yay.
  • 6059 County Road 11 NE

    Craig Mische
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    This video was recorded at a home located on the west side of Lake Carlos that is for sale. The lot has 200 feet of shoreline and the view across the lake from inside the home is outstanding. You can see Lake Le Homme Dieu in the distance. The home has five bedrooms (three on the main level, two in the lower level) and has approximately 3,083 finished square feet. There are five bathrooms and the tiled master bath shower is one of the biggest you will find in this area. 6059 County Road 11 NE Alexandria, MN 56308 MLS# 10-15400 5 beds | 5 baths | 3083 sqft
  • Lake Ida Lot For Sale

    Craig Mische
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Nice lakefront real estate is available to purchase in Alexandria, Minnesota at Bedman Drive, a paved drive at the southwest side of Lake Ida. In the video below, you will get an aerial view of a lot listed for sale with Counselor Realty. The lot has 100 feet of nice, level shoreline. Besides the levelness of the shoreline, another attractive feature of this Lake Ida lot is its location. Being at the southwest corner of Lake Ida means it is a short drive to downtown Alexandria. Also, Bedman Drive is a quiet drive and dead ends not too far north of this lots location. MLS 10-15502 $375,000
  • New Zebra Mussel Discoveries

    Craig Mische
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    If you take out your dock and/or boat lift and discover zebra mussels and it is a lake where zebra mussels haven’t been found prior to your discovery, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks you to document the discovery and then contact them at (888) 646-6367 or MN DNR office as soon as possible. Documentation suggestions include noting the location, taking a photo and keeping a sample. Link: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Office Locator
  • Lake Carlos Home Sales

    Craig Mische
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    12 lake homes with frontage at Lake Carlos have sold in 2014 (11 closed, 1 in escrow) in Alexandria’s Multiple Listing Service, Greater Alexandria Area Association of REALTORS. The majority of the new home owners will be enjoying sunsets each evening. The west side enjoyed a higher average sale price of $585,000 compared to the average of the east side at $489,410. Without a $1,200,000 sale on the east side, the average would have been $347,293. Surprisingly, the 2 of the 3 properties that have very level lakeshore sold for $263,840 and $350,000. The 3rd sold for $895,000. The property…
 
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    Developments

  • Forest City Eyes a Profit on Barclays Center

    Eliot Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Developer Forest City has high ambitions as it seeks new investors in the Barclays Center. The company is expecting any new investor will pay a price that values the arena substantially above its cost, according to a Forest City official. Left unclear is how much of Forest City’s 55% ownership stake in arena, which cost about $1 billion to construct, will be sold. The company is planning to keep some financial stake in the property, the official said, although the precise amount is subject to negotiation with a buyer.
  • Skadden Arps Plans Move to New Tower on Manhattan’s Far West Side

    Eliot Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    A soaring new skyscraper is poised to rise on Manhattan’s West Side, as legal giant Skadden Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has signed a letter of intent with Brookfield Property Partners to move to the planned 1 Manhattan West tower, according to a Skadden spokeswoman. Brookfield has been planning a tower at the site for years, going back all the way to the 1980s when its predecessor company, Olympia & York, bought the site on Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street, west of Pennsylvania Station. Last year, it began construction on a deck over below-ground rail tracks—a foundation, of sorts—and…
  • One World Trade to Open Nov. 3, But Ceremony is TBD

    Eliot Brown
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Nine years after ground was broken on North America’s tallest building, One World Trade Center is set to open its doors Nov. 3 to publisher Condé Nast, its principal tenant.
  • Some Builders Like New Mortgage Rules, But Toll Calls Them “Dumb”

    Kris Hudson
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Some home builders are heralding federal regulators’ move this week to ease mortgage-qualification standards as a key to reviving the entry-level market but at least one is panning it as a return to dangerous lending.
  • Author of The Liar’s Ball Talks About Life With Macklowe

    Eliot Brown
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    The commercial real estate sector rarely is the subject of mass-marketed books. The few exceptions over the years have included Tom Wolfe’s novel “A Man in Full” and Charles Bagli’s book on Stuyvesant Town debacle. Now a new book that shines the spotlight on the esoteric and entertaining world of New York City real estate tycoons hit the shelves this week: The Liar’s Ball by Vicky Ward.
 
 
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    What's New on HUDclips

  • CPD Notice 2014-15

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Guidance on Submitting Consolidated Plans and Annual Action Plans for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015
  • Form HUD-20-B

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Business Card Information Sheet
  • PIH Notices

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    2014-26 Asset Building and Financial Literacy Resources 2014-25 Over Subsidization in the Housing Choice Voucher Program 2014-21 Depository Agreements for Investing and Administering Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Funds
  • Federal Registers

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    FR-5763-N-10 Implementation of The Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Amendment to Existing Systems of Records, Computerized Homes Underwriting Management System-Development of New System of Records, Loan Application Management System FR-5763-N-12 Implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Modification to, Deletion of, and Creation of New System of Records-HUD Enforcement Management System (HEMS) FR-5756-N-39 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Management Reviews of Multifamily Housing…
  • Housing Handbook 4232.1

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Healthcare Mortgage Insurance Program - Section 232 of the National Housing Act
 
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    Real Estate Agent Market News- IQ Real Estate

  • Free Real Estate Marketing

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Get quality referrals and leads. Post Flash Property Listings (up to 10 photos per listing, no limits). Upgrade to Photo / Premium Agent Listing for free. If you are a 4-Star Agent or Broker, you should check IQRealEstate.com out. Over 900,000 agents listed. We are by far the Fastest Growing Directory online. Over 300,000 pages indexed in search engines. Be IQ Smart.
  • Real estate agent rifles through lingerie drawers, complains his privacy breached

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A real estate agent censured for rifling through a client's lingerie drawer at an open home has complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that his privacy has been breached.The agent, who has name suppression but is a prominent...
  • Undies-rifling agent claims privacy breach

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A real estate agent caught going through a client's underwear drawer has complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that his privacy has been breached.
  • Undies-rifling agent says his privacy's been breached

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A real estate agent caught going through a client's underwear drawer has complained to the Human Rights Review Tribunal that his privacy has been breached.
  • Real estate broker files RM1 million suit against Jais, police for using violence

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A real estate agent has filed an RM1 million lawsuit against the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and the police for allegedly using violent force against him during a raid at his home eight years ago. Hashim Said, 49, said the incident occurred when personnel from the two enforcement agencies barged into his home and arrested him...
 
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    Business Insider

  • 13 Apps For Transforming Your Phone Into The Ultimate Toolkit

    Steven Tweedie
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The best utility apps are designed to make your hectic life a little bit easier, and maybe even more enjoyable. From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle. We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.    Dark Sky tells you exactly when it's about to rain (or snow). Dark Sky does one thing very well: It tells you exactly when inclement weather, like rain or snow, is going to happen. The app is…
  • Twitter Acquires Photo-Sharing Website Twitpic's Domain And Photo Archive

    Steven Tweedie
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It looks like the Twitpic saga is finally coming to an end. Photo-sharing service Twitpic announced today an agreement had been reached with Twitter which will give Twitter ownership of the Twitpic domain and its expansive photo archives. Twitpic founder Noah Everett announced the news in a company blog post. We weren't able to find a way to keep Twitpic independent. However, I'm happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being. Twitter shares our goal of protecting…
  • Movies Of The Past That Correctly Predicted The Technology We Have Today

    Kamelia Angelova
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Movie makers have been creating visions of the future that include incredible technology and scientific breakthroughs seemingly far ahead of their time. But in today's world, many of the advanced tech gadgets we saw on the big screen can actually be seen in real life. Watch below for a quick guide to movies that have correctly predicted the future. Produced by Daniel Goodman. Originally published in August 2013. Follow BI Video: On FacebookNOW WATCH: Here's The Dirty Little Secret IMAX Doesn't Want You To Know Join the conversation about this story »
  • Clashes in Jerusalem but flashpoint Palestinian funeral delayed

    Steve Weizman
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli police clashed with Palestinians across east Jerusalem Saturday ahead of a potentially explosive funeral that was delayed for a day and tight security conditions imposed.Relatives of Abdelrahman Shaludi, the Palestinian driver who ploughed into a Jerusalem crowd on Wednesday, killing an Israeli baby, were told to be ready to bury him Sunday night, their lawyer said.The internment, near Jerusalem's Old City walls, will take place at 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) and must be finished by midnight, only 20 mourners will be permitted to attend and they will have to submit their…
  • Egypt's Sinai in lockdown after bomb kills 30 troops

    Tony Gamal-Gabriel
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Cairo (AFP) - Egypt imposed a state of emergency Saturday across parts of the Sinai Peninsula as the military pounded suspected jihadists after a suicide car bombing there killed 30 soldiers.Friday's bombing was the deadliest attack on security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters.The state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai will remain in place for three months, the president's office said.A curfew is in force from 5:00 pm to 7:00 am.Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip,…
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    Inman News

  • Tech boom fallout: $1.8M teardown under contract in Silicon Valley

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listing agent Debbie Wilhelm is upfront in the listing description: “Property is not habitable. Property is located in a flood zone. Prospective buyers to drive or walk around property only.” She hints at what you might ...
  • Things get ugly when agents outnumber transactions

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    There are more licensed agents in Westport and Weston, Connecticut, than there are transactions each year, Coldwell Banker agent Evi Coghlan reports. The result? Homeowners get “bait and switch” letters from real estate agents who claim to have out-of-state buyers ...
  • Realtors at Coldwell Banker office say, ‘Stop us, before we win the lotto again!’

    Inman News
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    A Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate office in South St. Louis County, Missouri, has produced a third big lotto winner in two years. “It’s positive energy. That’s how we sell homes,” says Coldwell Banker agent Kimberly DeLapp, who won $100,000 ...
  • Why Realtors haven’t been able to turn SEO into a major source of leads

    Guest Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you’re not a professional online marketer or a Web programmer -- and most real estates agents are not -- the term search engine optimization (SEO) is intimidating. You know it is really important to how your website attracts potential clients, but you may not know how to make that happen ...
  • The good news in finance this week was not what you might think

    Lou Barnes
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Financial markets have stopped their hysterics for now, so let’s get some other things straight. Things about mortgage and other credit. Simple things. FDR’s first fireside chat in 1933 was devoted to simple explanations of banking. The next day Will ...
 
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    House Price Crash News Blog

  • Leaked document shows 25 banks failed ECB safety tests: Telegraph

    alan
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the UK sinks further into debt, I look across Europe and see that not much has improved over there in the banking sector over the last 6 years. They seem to have a strong political will in the EU, but is that enough? Somehow, I can't see them having the cash to fund any large property loans in London over the coming year!
  • FT: The deficit will kill the property bubble

    khards
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    I have a friend who has been trying to sell a central London flat for eight months. Another has had a large house on the market for six months. They can’t understand why these one-time money machines aren’t selling. The reason is threat of higher property taxes pushes down house prices because buyers mentally capitalise the tax. They calculate the long-term costs of the tax in the future and subtract that lump sum from the price they are willing to pay for the house and its attached burden today.
  • FT: London’s luxury housing market freeze intensifies

    khards
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The number of homes changing hands in London’s luxury housing market has fallen precipitously as political uncertainty and fears that the market has become overblown continue to escalate. Houses were worst hit, seeing a drop in transactions of more than 50 per cent. Flats and apartment sales fell by 27 per cent.
  • The Economist: Location, location, location

    mountain goat
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Published in the summer, has some pretty charts. <img src="http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Screen-Shot-2013-08-31-at-1.08.34-AM.png">
  • Telegraph: UK growth slows to 0.7pc as services sector falters

    hpwatcher
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Britain's dominant services sector slows sharply, though UK economy remains on course to be the fastest growing in G7 this year
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    Developments

  • Forest City Eyes a Profit on Barclays Center

    Eliot Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Developer Forest City has high ambitions as it seeks new investors in the Barclays Center. The company is expecting any new investor will pay a price that values the arena substantially above its cost, according to a Forest City official. Left unclear is how much of Forest City’s 55% ownership stake in arena, which cost about $1 billion to construct, will be sold. The company is planning to keep some financial stake in the property, the official said, although the precise amount is subject to negotiation with a buyer.
  • Skadden Arps Plans Move to New Tower on Manhattan’s Far West Side

    Eliot Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    A soaring new skyscraper is poised to rise on Manhattan’s West Side, as legal giant Skadden Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has signed a letter of intent with Brookfield Property Partners to move to the planned 1 Manhattan West tower, according to a Skadden spokeswoman. Brookfield has been planning a tower at the site for years, going back all the way to the 1980s when its predecessor company, Olympia & York, bought the site on Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street, west of Pennsylvania Station. Last year, it began construction on a deck over below-ground rail tracks—a foundation, of sorts—and…
  • One World Trade to Open Nov. 3, But Ceremony is TBD

    Eliot Brown
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Nine years after ground was broken on North America’s tallest building, One World Trade Center is set to open its doors Nov. 3 to publisher Condé Nast, its principal tenant.
  • Some Builders Like New Mortgage Rules, But Toll Calls Them “Dumb”

    Kris Hudson
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Some home builders are heralding federal regulators’ move this week to ease mortgage-qualification standards as a key to reviving the entry-level market but at least one is panning it as a return to dangerous lending.
  • Author of The Liar’s Ball Talks About Life With Macklowe

    Eliot Brown
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    The commercial real estate sector rarely is the subject of mass-marketed books. The few exceptions over the years have included Tom Wolfe’s novel “A Man in Full” and Charles Bagli’s book on Stuyvesant Town debacle. Now a new book that shines the spotlight on the esoteric and entertaining world of New York City real estate tycoons hit the shelves this week: The Liar’s Ball by Vicky Ward.
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • October column for Green Home Builder magazine now online

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    My column for the October 2014 issue of Green Home Builder magazine is now posted online.For this issue, entitled "The Driverless Car's Impact on Land Use," I did some (quite fascinating) research on just what kind of changes in land use patterns we can expect in the future from the driverless (or self-driving) car. An excerpt:So just what does this mean for land use and real estate development?  Firstly, the very act of decoupling parking requirements from obtaining project approvals will have an enormous impact on how we design office buildings, retail centers, high-density…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/24/14

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/24/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:August FHFA House Price Index up 4.8 percent over previous 12 monthsLeading Economic Index rose 0.8 percent in September after no change in AugustInitial unemployment claims rise 17,000 in latest report but 4-week average still lowest since May 2000Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/23/14

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/23/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Existing home sales bounced back in September to highest pace of 2014CPI nearly flat in September, up just 1.7 percent over previous 12 monthsMortgage applications rise 11.6 percent in latest survey as rates continue to fallWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/21/14

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/21/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:September housing starts up 6.3 percent from August and 17.8 percent year-over-year, exceeding estimatesSeptember building permits up 1.5 percent form August and 2.5 percent year-over-yearConsumer sentiment unexpectedly rises in October to highest level since July 2007Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/17/14

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/17/14 on the Web.In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Builder confidence falls five points to 54 after four straight months of gainsPhiladelphia Fed's October Business Outlook Survey growth positive but down from previous month Industrial production rose 1.0 percent in September and 3.2 percent in 3Q 2014Initial unemployment claims dip again to lowest level since 2000Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at…
 
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    News-to-Use from Region VIII Office of Multifamily Housing

  • TRACS 202D MAT Guide Published

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Multifamily Housing has posted the Monthly Activity Transmission (MAT) Guide for TRACS 202D. The guide, which provides information about the newest TRACS update and includes system guidance previously found in HUD Handbook 4350.3, REV-1, can be found online.
  • State Supplementary Payments (SSP) Administered by States

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Multifamily Housing has recently been informed that some states no longer have their State Supplementary Payments (SSP), which supplement the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit, administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Because of this, SSA has advised they are not able to maintain any information about SSP in the states identified in their table below. The new protocol effects the income amounts provided by SSA to HUD and displayed in the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System. In order to verify the payment in states administering SSP, verification can…
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • HousingWorks RI leverages affordability data for housing advocacy

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    by Nicole Lagace, HousingWorks RINHC invites its members, partners, and other recognized housing experts to write guest blog entries on important topics. The views expressed by guest writers do not necessarily reflect those of NHC or its members or funders. Much of the campaign season in Rhode Island has been focused on the state’s lagging economy and need for more jobs, and rightfully so. In a state with the third highest unemployment rate in the country, jobs certainly need to be a priority for the next governor of Rhode Island. But missing from the conversation has been the…
  • Disaster resilience and affordable housing

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    by Ethan Handelman, National Housing ConferenceAs a speaker and participant at the Northeast Risk and Resilience Leadership Forum, I learned a lot about how communities can mitigate the risks of storms, flooding, and other disasters by becoming more resilient. As one of just a few attendees with an affordable housing perspective, I described some of the ways lack of wealth in communities and households complicates planning for disasters: Weaker physical infrastructure to start makes communities more vulnerable. More rental housing often means greater density of residents with fewer…
  • Twin Cities taking promising steps to ensure housing near transit is affordable

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    by Robert Hickey, National Housing Conference Promising work continues in Minneapolis/St. Paul to ensure growth in the region’s transit system lifts all boats. I had two separate opportunities to see this for myself a couple weeks ago.On Sept. 25, I presented the keynote address to a gathering of county officials, community advocates, neighborhood support institutions and local developers interested in how affordable homes and other community assets can be preserved near transit as the region adds two new transit lines to the southwest and northwest of Minneapolis. The full-day event…
  • Get affordable housing connected

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    What we're buildingby Ethan Handelman, National Housing ConferenceA broadband connection can touch so many parts of our lives: kids connect for schoolwork; parents connect to find work or train for new work; seniors connect for social interaction and health care; and all of us connect to manage the myriad details of daily life. But many residents of affordable housing lack meaningful broadband access at home. The affordable housing community can help to bring residents of affordable housing into the economic mainstream.NHC, with support from the California Emerging Technologies Fund and…
  • Rhode Island tackling housing affordability and healthy housing

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    News from NHC's family of membersby Radiah Shabazz, National Housing ConferenceSeptember was a busy month for housing in Rhode Island as two NHC members worked to maintain healthy and affordable housing for residents. NHC member, Green & Health Homes Initiative (GHHI) announced the launch of Rhode Island Alliance for Healthy Homes (RIAHH),while member HousingWorks RI hosted its 10th annual Housing Fact Book Luncheon. RIAHH is the newest of GHHI’s17 sites nationwide and its first expansion to a statewide model. RIAHH’s goal is to improve healthy housing standards by keeping Rhode…
 
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    Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

  • So, why IS everyone moving to Texas?

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Austin's booming real estate market has been in the news a lot lately, and there is ample evidence that the city itself is growing by leaps and bounds, but why? What siren song is leading people to abandon their home states and move to the Capital of the Lone Star State? According to a recent article in CNN Money, the answer is a combination of job growth, high pay, and ample housing development, unencumbered by excessive regulation. Austin has a higher median income than most states, and housing prices are lower than in many other states. (While the CNN Money article states the median home…
  • Finding a Job in Austin, Texas

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    As most people know, there are plenty of good reasons to move to Austin, Texas.   Incredible live music? Check. Burgeoning film scene? Check. Hip and happening culture? Done. Another good reason you may not already be aware of is our awesome job market.  Austin is swiftly securing its spot among other tech industry destinations such as Palo Alto, California and Seattle, Washington. Some of the big-name tech giants who have found a home here in Austin include Apple, Google, Samsung, and Dell. In addition to these monoliths, there are some really great start-ups like Spiceworks and…
  • More Family Fun In Austin, Texas

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    In 2007 I wrote the blog post "Family Fun in Austin, Texas" and since it has been awhile, I thought I would revisit the topic. Austin certainly has no shortage of family fun options, many of which have opened since I first wrote the original post on this topic. So, without further ado, here are some more ideas for family fun in Austin! Austin Aquarium - The Austin Aquarium opened in December of 2013 to much fanfare and excitement. Located on 183 South, just past Lake Creek Parkway, the Austin Aquarium is open 365 days a year, and provides discounts from time to time.  Thinkery - The new…
  • Help Provide Housing & Cars for Four Different Families - Luke 6 Ministries

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    14 May 2014 | 9:23 am
    I am feeling ambitious, apparently. PLEASE consider re-blogging and/or donating if you're able. We just launched one of our most ambitious and exciting fundraisers, because it affects so many people's lives so directly. We have become friends with four families totaling 18 people, who all are very needy, and could use any help you can give to get them more stable and able to support themselves. Among these friends, 11 of them are children ranging from 1-14 years old. Two families are in need of places to stay, because they are currently living in motels. As you might well imagine, motel life…
  • Ministry Update - Luke 6 Ministries - Helping the Homeless & Needy

    Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
    7 May 2014 | 2:35 am
    We have been blessed to be able to help several new families recently, and I see a lot of potential with each of them. As a result, however, we are very low now on ministry funds, but the needs don't take a break, obviously.To give you a sense of the folks we're currently assisting, here is a quick list with brief descriptions:* Young veteran and his wife, with 3 kids ages 2 and under (twin 2-year-old girls and a 1-year-old boy). He is working full-time next door to the motel where they currently live, but still trying to get back on their feet following a layoff and eviction.* Young couple…
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    Web Real Estate Tools

  • Appalled, but working on a solution

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

  • St. John’s Average House Price September 2014

    Stephen Winters
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    St. John’s Real Estate Stats for September 2014 Total # of MLS Listings = 1111 Total # of Sales [Sept] = 430 Number of Active Listings for Sale in Newfoundland = 5508 Numbers are based on both residential and commercial listings/sales Here is a break down by area for September: St. John’s: Listings = 291 Sales = 86 Sales/Listings Ratio = 30% Average sale price for a home in St. John’s: $321,928 for the month of September and the 12 month average $345,988 Mount Pearl: Listings = 52 Sales = 17 Sales/Listings Ratio = 33% Average Sale Price (12 month average): $298,465 Paradise:…
  • 46 Mountbatten Drive – Bally Hally East End home for sale

    Stephen Winters
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you are looking for a 4 bedroom 2-story home that includes all the extras then look no further! This home has it all! Enjoy new kitchen cabinets and propane fireplace in this open concept kitchen & dining area. Large center island with wine cooler. There is a separate family room as well as a separate living room for entertaining. Hardwood & ceramic floors throughout the entire home. Four large bedrooms on the second floor. Master has walk-in closet and an ensuite with custom glass shower & marble tiles. The main bathroom has a jacuzzi soaker tub and a separate custom built…
  • St. John’s Average House Price for August 2014

    Stephen Winters
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    St. John’s Real Estate Stats for August 2014 Total # of MLS Listings = 1299 Total # of Sales [Aug] = 458 Number of Active Listings for Sale in Newfoundland = 5658 Numbers are based on both residential and commercial listings/sales Here is a break down by area for August: St. John’s: Listings = 237 Sales = 103 Sales/Listings Ratio = 43% Average sale price for a home in St. John’s: $346,273 for the month of August and the 12 month average $345,722 Mount Pearl: Listings = 44 Sales = 17 Sales/Listings Ratio = 39% Average Sale Price (12 month average): $299,194 Paradise: Listings = 69…
  • Investment property near MUN 115 Bonaventure Ave

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

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

  • Sunny Isles Beach Luxury Oceanfront Condo Market Index | October 2014

    Ashton Coleman
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Sunny Isles Beach Luxury Oceanfront Condo Market Index | October 2014 | Edition #13 Here are the latest statistics & trends comparing luxury real estate from the July 2014 & September 2013 Indexes to the October 2014 Sunny Isles Beach Condo Market Index including premier oceanfront condo towers such as Regalia, Chateau Beach, Acqualina, JADE Ocean, JADE Beach, Turnberry Ocean Colony, Trump Palace, Trump Royale, Ocean Four, Sayan, Trump Towers, Pinnacle & Millennium. I’ve excluded condo hotel properties from this research including  Trump International Beach…
  • Just Listed | La Perla 4004 | A Luxury Highrise on Sunny Isles Beach

    Ashton Coleman
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Just Listed | La Perla 4004 | A Luxury Highrise on Sunny Isles Beach Welcome home to La Perla Sunny Isles where views, luxuries and the ultimate Miami lifestyle are found at an excellent price. Extraordinary Atlantic Ocean & City Views from this high floor facing North. Easy to lease with a lenient rental policy for investors and spacious enough for an end user with larger family. La Perla is a luxury highrise building with great amenities and low maintenance. Right beside the newly renovated Historic Pier & Restaurant of Sunny Isles. Call Today for an easy showing and before this…
  • Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour vs. ONE Bal Harbour – No Rhyme or Reason?

    Ashton Coleman
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour vs. ONE Bal Harbour – No Rhyme or Reason? Savvy investors are watching the all new Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour very closely as it takes control of management for what was once known as ONE Bal Harbour. In researching the values for a friend, we find they are skewed with this new transition and yet speculative that very soon they may reach $1,500 plus per square foot. Today’s sellers have more confidence than ever in future values based on the strength of the brand known as Ritz-Carlton. Is there any rhyme or reason to today’s values? Where will these…
  • ONE Sotheby’s International Realty | Marketing Partners

    Ashton Coleman
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    ONE Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Marketing Partners The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand’s rich history goes back to 1744, when the venerable Sotheby’s Auction House was established. The Auction House founded the brand in 1976 to service the real estate needs of the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC selectively grants franchises to independent real estate companies meeting strict qualifications. In keeping with its stellar reputation, the Sotheby’s International Realty organization boasts an…
  • Just Listed | Historic Miami Shores Home | 339 NE 96th Street

    Ashton Coleman
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Just Listed | Historic Miami Shores Home | 339 NE 96th Street Historic Miami Shores Home ‘The Harold M. Wilson Home’ of 1925 is now available. Original tile flooring in great condition, High ceilings, wood beams, large great room with a wood burning fireplace and a spacious dining area. Impact Windows & Doors throughout, 2 central zoned AC systems, renovated kitchen with Gas Stove, granite & stainless steel. Laundry room, Nanny Room, fenced backyard, 4-Car carport and a historic charm rarely found! 339 NE 96th Street Details: 4 Bedrooms | 3 bath Year Built 1925 Miami…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • Multi-Family Investment Properties — More Tempting Than Chocolate Cake?

    All Property Management
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Chocolate cake and real estate.  Probably not a combination you think of very often.  Unless, of course, we’re talking about chocolate chip cookies and open houses, which every agent knows is the winning combination.  Wondering how we can link the two?  Keep reading. Over the past few years, investors looking for single-family rentals have found themselves running into supply issues in certain parts of the county, where institutional investors have scooped up many of the great deals.  That doesn’t mean the smaller investor is out of luck; we just need to think outside the box.
  • Stated Income Loans for Investment Property

    Marco Santarelli
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Norada Real Estate Investments is pleased to offer our new Stated-Income Mortgage Loans, available on many of our investment properties.  These loans are available on 1-4 units properties with just a minimum mid FICO score of 650.  You can get up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV) with absolutely no personal income verification. Read the rest of Stated Income Loans for Investment Property » 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.
  • Capturing the Current Cash-Flow Window

    Marco Santarelli
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    As we enter the final quarter of 2014, we can look back at almost two years of a real estate turnaround having bottomed around early 2013.  Investors were poised to capitalize on one of the best real estate investment opportunities ever seen. There was significant upward pressure building on single-family home prices created by historically low interest rates, falling unemployment rates, and an improving economy.  Those factors have resulted in increased demand for housing from both home-buyers and investors alike, which has pushed housing prices higher in most markets nationwide. Read the…
  • Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks

    Steve Cook
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    A better class of renter is changing the fact of Rentorship in America, creating a climate for higher rents. Rental applicants, especially those applying for less expensive units, continue to see improvements in their credit risk, according to the latest TransUnion Rental Screening Solutions industry report.  The average ResidentScore, a measure used to assess a rental applicant’s risk level, improved by 0.8% between Q2 2013 and Q2 2014. Read the rest of Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by…
  • Landlords: You Need to Invest in These Upgrades Now

    Marco Santarelli
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you own income-producing rental property, it’s important to attract renters and keep tenants happy without sinking a small fortune into luxurious upgrades that won’t get you much return on investment. On the other hand, not taking care of your property or offering upgrades will likely cost you more in the long run, as you’ll have a harder time finding and keeping responsible tenants. Luckily, there are some property improvements that are relatively affordable and can increase your rental home value and overall rental income. Read the rest of Landlords: You Need to Invest in These…
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • You've heard the ads, and seen the signs " We buy your home fast"

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    You've heard the ads, and seen the signs on the street corners that say " We buy your home fast" Close in seven days. The other day, a homeowner I met with, asked me about this service and how does it work. The homeowner is exactly who these people are hoping to attract. Folks that owe nothing on their home. The home needs  updating to bring it into today's times and they have no clue what the home would sell for in today's real estate market. The owners asked. Is this a service we should consider? So I said.  Let me help you explore all of your options: Are you in a hurry to sell? The…
  • Get a Professional Valuation for Your Lake Ridge Virginia Home FREE

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
                   Get a Professional Valuation        for Your Lake Ridge Virginia Home now. Your Home's Market Value Online For Free Have you been thinking of buying a move-up home or a new home?  The Twins Selling Real Estate can help you.                                                                                                           The first step is to find out the value of your current home. Your Professional Evaluation Will Include... Prices and Details of Properties that appraisers, lenders and banks use in…
  • When relocating to Fort Belvoir the question is always the same..

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    When a relocation to Fort Belvoir Virginia is on the horizon the question is always the same...Should we live in Fairfax, Alexandria or consider commuting from the Woodbridge Virginia area. The chart below is an active current snapshot of what you can expect to pay for homes in all three jurisdictions.  As you can see the closer you get to the Washington DC Area, the more homes cost.  We have been coaching relocating buyers for decades in the Fairfax, Alexandria, Lorton and Prince William County Virginia area. Where you ultimately wind up living in going to depend on your needs, your…
  • Luxury Homes in River Falls near Lake Ridge Virginia

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Someone recently asked "Are there any luxury homes in Prince William County Virginia?" The answer to that is a resounding yes. It will all depend on what you consider luxury. I ask the gentleman are you looking for privacy, acreage, a home over a Million? What's your pleasure. He said, I am looking for home that is less than ten years old, where there are established tree lined streets and I want it to be fairly close to services such as restaurants, shopping, grocery and I-95 I suggested he should consider River Falls.  River Falls in near Lake Ridge Virginia and it is off the Prince…
  • We're Moving Our Office Location....

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    We're Moving.... The time has come to make a change. We're still going to be with EXIT Realty, however we are making the shift to move to EXIT Realty Associates in Lorton Station Virginia. The reasons are simple. It's makes sense for our team. Patty Blackwelder lives in Mount Vernon and I live in Lake Ridge Virginia. We service home buyers and sellers from Quantico to Fort Belvoir. Patty was finding herself on the road far more than I was so the Lorton Station Virginia location is a wonderful compromise. We have done this to better serve our customer and client base. For those of you…
 
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    KW Blog

  • KW Associate and Breast Cancer Survivor Awarded the 2014 Spirit of Courage Award

    adminkwblog
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    “‘You have breast cancer.’  Those words will knock the breath out of anyone,” Sheri Malone said. Malone, a Keller Williams associate and productivity coach at the Houston Metropolitan (Texas) market center, was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2007. After multiple surgeries and chemotherapy, she is now a seven-year cancer survivor. On October 6, 2014, Sheri was awarded the Spirit of Courage award at the 13th annual Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation Luncheon. Sheri was honored for her courage and her ability to encourage others diagnosed with breast cancer. This year,…
  • Leveling the Playing Field. Home Price Gains Stabilize.

    adminkwblog
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Home price gains continue to increase, but at a much more sustainable rate than previously. Year-over-year home price increases have decelerated after starting the year at 10 percent, to 4-6 percent, where they have been hovering since April. While some people may speculate that this is indicative of a downward trend, the 4-6 percent range is actually right where we want to be. Price increases above 4-6 percent may create the risk of a bubble. Additionally, when home price gains outpace income, affordability is negatively impacted. National Association of Realtors data released today showed…
  • New Home Construction Builds Opportunities

    adminkwblog
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    New home construction, commonly referred to as housing starts, is a leading economic indicator. Because construction lags demand, increased home starts and permit requests indicate that buyer demand is strong. For real estate agents, the biggest opportunity in new home construction is listings. By creating relationships with builders, you can position yourself to be first in line to get the listing. The first step to realizing this exciting opportunity is staying current with new housing construction statistics and understanding what the numbers mean. The second step is knowing where new…
  • Taking Back The Finish Line : A Story About The Keller Williams Culture

    adminkwblog
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    At Keller Williams Realty, our associates are more than just members of the company, they are members of our family. And to us, that means everyone working together to fulfill our mission to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living. To illustrate just how strong our culture is, Alex Coates, associate in the Wayne (Pa.) market center, shares his inspiring story about Keller Williams associates coming together for a great cause. Alex Coates owned his own broker company prior to joining Keller Williams in 2011. Coates decided to join Keller Williams because of…
  • The Unemployment Rate Is Down. What Does that Mean for Your Clients? [Q3-2014]

    adminkwblog
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    When clients ask how the real estate market  is going to perform in your market, the first answer is to look at unemployment rates. If people are not working, chances are they do not have the finances to purchase a home. Additionally, when unemployment is low, there tends to be increased mobility as people move around for jobs. This morning, the Department of Labor reported that U.S. jobless claims fell to a 14-year low. What does this mean for the housing market and your clients? The Facts: The national unemployment rate is down The national unemployment rate is 5.9 percent. There are more…
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    The Real Deal New York

  • Mega ranches back in vogue among mega rich

    jamescomtois@gmail.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Waggoner Ranch in Texas Billionaire executives are buying ranches for cattle operations, hunting game and to entertain clients and guests. The recession and droughts slowed demand for wide swaths of ranch land in recent years. Dry conditions forced ranchers to sell off their herds, which drove down cattle prices. Now, with easing drought conditions across much of the country and cattle prices coming back up, the market for large ranches is rebounding. “It’s the perfect storm,” says Sam Middleton, a Lubbock, Texas-based ranch agent who is representing Waggoner Ranch, told the Wall Street…
  • Half the homes in one of NYC’s priciest nabes vacant most of the year

    jamescomtois@gmail.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    From left, State Senator Liz Krueger, 721 Fifth Avenue Nearly half of the apartments in one of New York’s most expensive neighborhoods are empty for the majority of the year. Data from the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey reveals that, 285 out of 496 apartments, or 57 percent, in a three-block stretch of Midtown, from East 56th Street to East 59th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue, are vacant at least 10 months a year. From East 59th Street to East 63rd Street, 628 of 1,261 homes, or almost 50 percent, are vacant the majority of the time. “My district has some…
  • Strange proposals for Guggenheim outpost in Helsinki

    jamescomtois@gmail.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A proposed design for the Guggenheim Helsinki Several submitted designs for the proposed Guggenheim museum in Helsinki have been a little odd, to put it mildly. Which isn’t to say that they’re bad. Just that some are quite weird. The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition is an international architectural competition organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. All 1,715 anonymously submitted designs for the proposed Finnish museum from 77 countries are available for any and all to see on the website, http://designguggenheimhelsinki.org. Over at Curbed, some of the…
  • Jennifer Lawrence buys Beverly Hills home

    jamescomtois@gmail.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    From left, Jennifer Lawrence, her newly-bought home in Beverly Hills Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence bought Jessica Simpson’s former Beverly Hills home reportedly for more than $7 million. Designed by Kerry Joyce, the 5,500-square-foot five-bedroom home features a gym, gourmet kitchen and an outdoor stone courtyard that leads to a koi pond. There’s also a swimming pool in the back yard. The Hamptons-inspired house was built in 1991 and recently renovated by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. Simpson originally bought the home in 2005 for $5.275 million on the heels of her divorce…
  • Jason Kidd asking $8 million for Hamptons home

    jamescomtois@gmail.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    From left, Jason Kidd, his Hamptons home The former NBA star and now rookie coach Jason Kidd has put his two-acre home in the Hamptons on the market for $8 million. The 7,800-square-foot mansion has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool, tennis court, putting green and, not surprisingly, a basketball court. The home even a “man cave” on the basement level where Kidd kept all of his sporting treasures. The gated Water Mill compound also comes complete with all of its furnishings. Corcoran Group is listing the home. “He loves it very much but it seems as though the distance is…
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Open House in Oakton’s Horse Country On 1.74 Acres!

    thebeltteam
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:46 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 fabulous listing at 2407 Oakmont Court! OPEN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH FROM 1-4PM Pricing, more info and additional photos of 2407 Oakmont Ct in Oakton. Stunning 4-sided brick custom home nestled on a private 1.7 acre lot in Oakton’s horse country. This property offers endless versatility and exceptional features like an amazing main level master suite with sitting…
  • This Falls Church Charmer Will Win Your Heart!

    thebeltteam
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Just listed at 3600 Fairmont Street in Falls Church! This one of a kind custom charmer will win your heart! Along with the open and imaginative floor plan, exceptional features include a delightful screened porch plus a covered front porch, a family room with gas log fireplace, gourmet kitchen that any chef would love, a rec room with wet bar rough-in, huge master suite and 2 car garage. This 3 years young home is sited on a level/usable lot in a fabulous “inside the beltway” location. Great commuting options! So close to the vibrant & appealing attractions at the nearby Mosaic…
  • Just Listed – Fabulous Condo in Reston’s Sutton Ridge!

    thebeltteam
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Just Listed – 1300 Windrift Drive #152 in Reston Welcome to this delightful home loaded with updates and located in a sought after North Point location! This Crawford model unit is bright & spacious and has an open floorplan that allows for great everyday traffic flow and makes entertaining a breeze! Enjoy details such as soaring ceilings, hardwood floors, large windows, crown molding, remodeled kitchen open to the family room with gas fireplace, separate dining room, master bedroom with attached bath and a back balcony overlooking trees. Convenient to many Reston amenities and…
  • Just Listed! Alexandria Condo at Manors At Stonegate

    thebeltteam
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    4667 Longstreet Lane #305, Alexandria – At The Manors at Stonegate List Price: $424,900 Welcome to Manors at Stonegate! This fabulous, townhouse style, 2 bedroom, 2 full bath condo features an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, loft area with built-in bookcases, skylights & office/den, updated kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, master suite with spacious walk-in closet & attached bath, and brand new hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms. Great location…convenient to many amenities and perfect for commuters! More information…
  • October 19th – Open Houses in Fairfax, Oak Hill & Alexandria

    thebeltteam
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Whether you’re looking for a luxury townhouse in Alexandria, a wonderful home near Metro & the Mosaic District or a beautiful custom home in Oak Hill – we’ve got you covered with our open houses this weekend! In sought after Lands of Quaker! 15 Arell Court in Alexandria – Listed at $649,500 Open Sunday, October 19th 2 to 4PM This elegant end-unit townhome is in a fabulous Alexandria location. Enjoy an open floorplan, loads of natural light, hardwood floors & striking architectural details. Versatile entry level living space with fireplace perfect for den or…
 
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Big Week for Stocks All three major stock indexes finished the week with significant gains. The tech heavy Nasdaq finished up 5.29% for the week. The Dow advanced 2.59% and the S&P 500 gained 4.12% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: U.S. Rig Count is up 9 […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    5 Articles to Read this Weekend Workplace Design Implications of Emergent Worker Attitudes It is hard to argue that the workplace of the future will be vastly different than the workplace of the 1970s or even the ‘90s. Shifts in technology, different business models, and increased environmental concern will all be actors. But the biggest […]
  • Q3 2014 | Houston Industrial | Market Report

    CoyDavidson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Houston’s industrial market Q3 Net Absorption of 2.9M SF Pushes YTD Positive Net Absorption to 7.6M SF Houston’s industrial market remains one of the healthiest in the U.S. primarily due to continued expansion in the oil and gas industry. It has accelerated Houston’s job growth, increasing demand for housing and home building supplies. Job growth […]
  • 25 Tweeting Tips for CRE Professionals

    CoyDavidson
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Do You Tweet? Every day Twitter is becoming more accepted as a mainstream branding and marketing tool for commercial real estate professionals. One of my colleagues recently asked me for some tweeting tips to develop an active and highly followed twitter account. So I put together this quick list: Think Content Curation with your Twitter […]
  • Texas Posts Record 12 Month Job Growth

    CoyDavidson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Texas Labor Market Review – October 2014 The Texas economy added 36,400 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in September following the revised addition of 32,500 jobs in August according to the latest Texas Labor Market Review. Over the year, Texas added 413,700 total non-farm jobs, the largest gain over a 12-month period ever recorded in […]
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (October 24, 2014) The Del Walmsley Show: Robert Martinez Shares His Personal Lifestyles Unlimited Experience

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/2747ab86ff82999175cb75ff657248ca93f656f4/LURadio102414.mp3 At this point, Robert Martinez is no stranger to the world of real estate investing. He’s been doing it, very successfully I might add, ever since he joined Lifestyles Unlimited Inc. in 2007. One prosperous deal after the next, he’s been able to create for himself and his family a better life than he ever imagined possible happening with his old corporate job, which he left behind after seeing what Lifestyles Unlimited was all about. Now, he’s one of…
  • (October 24, 2014) Steve Davis: Weaning Off of Corporate Dependence & The Side Effect of Financial Freedom

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/88289509be9d167da3e036552b38e341d9da3e27/LURadio102414.mp3 It’s time to put your foot down on the accelerator. Financial freedom awaits in your not-so-distant future and that’s not all, there is a side effect to this freedom. For some it is a genuinely easy going feeling that washes over them and won’t go away, for others it is the ability to say no to that dreadful morning alarm clock and for some it is even having the chance to watch their children grow. But, it all starts with saying no to corporate…
  • (October 23, 2014) Del Walmsley & John Ridgway: Talk Multifamily

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/628260d9176720e34796f39b23335390a890f36/LURadio102314.mp3 John Ridgway joins Del Walmsley on the radio today, all the way from New Orleans! Today, they will talk about how their brilliant marketing strategy to get one of their multifamily properties rented quickly got them in a little bit of a pickle with the law. The outcome however was exactly what they wanted. Tune in to hear this story! The post (October 23, 2014) Del Walmsley & John Ridgway: Talk Multifamily appeared first on Lifestyles Unlimited.
  • (October 23, 2014) Steve Davis: The Scarcity Mentality and More…

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/7a326fd75ab991191ba0b253ac8b1489115efbfc/LURadio102314.mp3 Are you afraid of not being able to make money in today’s up market? Is having bad credit or no money stopping you from purchasing your first investment property? Do you believe their is scarcity in the real estate market? If these are questions you have been pondering about recently, then listen in to hear Steve Davis give you the answers you have been waiting for! The post (October 23, 2014) Steve Davis: The Scarcity Mentality and More… appeared first on…
  • (October 22, 2014) Del Walmsley: There’s Nothing to Fear

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/0c4325f20e47ad2a507dc9aab8bd6f1a216e4afb/LURadio102214.mp3 Fear is a feeling all too common in everyone. It has been present in our lives since childhood. Sometimes experiencing fear can be healthy for us and other times it can be detrimental to our well-being. It affects us in many different ways that we are unconsciously unaware about. It has the power to stop us from achieving our goals and living a great life. Del is here to discuss those fears with you and to share how one brave caller overcame his. The post (October 22,…
 
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    中洲漁港を無事に撮影

  • 消費者金融-中洲漁港 キス

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    友人にも愚痴ったんだけど、会社でどーしても合わない人がいるんだよねー。 例えば、ナウルにしょっちゅう行っていて、お土産を買ってくるのはありがたいんだけど、その自慢話をいつも聞かされるとか。 9㌔痩せただの、函館にディナーが云々とか。 24時に帰ってきて仄々しようと思う。 けど、エアロビスティックをしたり、今度きゅう師の勉強を云々・・・と。 24時に家に帰れば自由だろー!!…
  • 消費者金融-中洲漁港 駐車

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    「7kg太ったのよ」なんて話題は出るけど、変わってないのに驚き!! 1人目で産後太りして、痩せるのに時間がかかったからこんにゃくゼリーやウォーキングや色々気にしてるらしぃ。 若い時に結婚して、なんだかんだ早めの対処が良かったのか・・・ 私もジムに行こうかと思ったけど…コアリズムやろうかなー。 みなさまも、クラス会とかで驚くべき変化とか感じることないですか?…
  • 金融-中洲漁港

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

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

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

  • Financing is changing - Do you have the information you need?

    Monika Furtado
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I have had an ongoing conversation with Jason Dodd of Verico Maximum Mortgages about changes to mortgage financing in the recent past. I've asked him to write a blog to update you on what to expect. It really is time to change our thinking about the process. This is especially for those folks newer to Canada, self employed or any buyer who wants to have the best options, not just those available at the last minute.   From Jason:   While we have enjoyed a very competitive mortgage market and low interest rate environment over the last few years, a slow steady change has happened with…
  • Are increasing home prices in Calgary pushing folks out of single family homes and into townhouses and condos?

    Monika Furtado
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Are increasing home prices in Calgary pushing folks out of single family homes and into townhouses and condos? From the CREB update: "While conditions are now more balanced, the composition of the single-family market has changed," said Lurie. "One-quarter of year-to-date sales in the sector has been for product priced below $400,000. Last year, it represented 35 per cent of the market share. Two years ago, it accounted for 44 per cent of all single-family sales."   With that the condo market is seeing a larger increase than single family homes: "For the fifth consecutive month,…
  • Spotlight on Signal Hill

    Monika Furtado
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    More and more folks are looking to Calgary's west side when looking for a new home. Is it the new LRT, the easy access to all parts of the city, the amenities or the great home options?You might be checking out the show homes further west, but don't forget to look in Signal Hill as there are some wonderful homes to consider that are at the heart of it all.    View the Signal Hill Community Profile.
  • Embracing electronic signatures in Calgary real estate

    Monika Furtado
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Electronic signatures have been growing in popularity across various industries including real estate. In Alberta, electronic signatures are accepted as part of real estate transactions.   Using highly secure Docusign clients can sign a document using their smart phones, tablets, laptops or computers via their email.  No paper. No printers, scanners or faxes needed.   This has become an essential tool in my arsenal for a few reasons:   1. My clients can sign from anywhere/anytime.  They will not need to find a printer and then scanner or fax to sign a…
  • Open House Saturday Sept 20 at 42 Hawkdale Circle NW

    Monika Furtado
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Stop by at 42 Hawkdale Circle NW this Saturday, Sept 20, between 2pm and 4pm to view this beautiful Hawkwood Home.   Original owners. This exceptionally well maintained home in Hawkwood is well designed to take advantage of the south facing backyard and ample light. The main floor includes a large kitchen wrapping around the centre island, eating nook, family room, dining room, living room and main floor office. Up the grand staircase 3 bedrooms including the master with 5 piece bath, additional full bath and laundry complete the level. The fully finished walkout basement offers a large…
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    Property Management Software

  • Is now a good time to buy a home on an island

    Property Management Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    St Kitts Real Estate A Caribbean backwater? Or a chic new property hot-spot? If you sat having a sundowner in the main square in Basseterre, the capital of St Kitts, you would probably think the former. The clock in the centre of the square has stopped at 16 minutes past three, which somehow seems to symbolise a Caribbean that has not changed in years. It is hot, dusty and unhurried, but blessed with lazy charm. This is one of the prettiest towns in the Caribbean, with its old wooden houses slumbering in the sun. You could be in a Graham Greene novel set in the Fifties. But Barbados or Nassau…
  • Is home equity loan right for you

    Property Management Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Home Equity Loan During the housing bust, many homeowners were cut off from a popular source of funds: their homes. But as home prices recover, more people have been able to tap their home’s equity to pay for renovations, consolidate debts or help pay for other big ticket items. Home equity lines of credit were up 27% during the year ended June 30, according to financial services company Experian and consulting firm Oliver Wyman. And more people are expected to follow suit. But does that mean a home equity loan (HEL) or home equity line of credit (HELOC) is right for you? Here are five…
  • Tips on avoiding capital gains tax

    Property Management Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Reducing Capital Gains Tax Capital gains taxes are charged when you sell something that’s increased in value such as an investment like a stock or property. If you held onto the asset for more than a year before you sold it, then you are taxed on a long-term capital gain at a tax rate of 0% to 20%. An important exception to the capital gains tax kicks in when you are selling your home. You can exclude $250,000 of your profit from the sale of your home if you are single and $500,000 of the profit if you’re filing taxes jointly as a married couple. However, you do have to meet specific…
  • Canadian real estate love fading away

    Property Management Software
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Canadian Real Estate Canadians’ exuberance about the housing market may be coming back to earth, survey data show. The share of Canadians who predict home prices will rise over the next six months fell to 38 percent last week, the lowest since April. The survey is part of polling for the Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index, which declined to 58.8, from the prior reading of 59.1, the lowest in five weeks. Housing is “a key forward indicator to be monitored because the perceptions of real estate have been a key driver of confidence,” said Nik Nanos, chairman of Ottawa-based Nanos…
  • Top tips from experts on getting a home loan

    Property Management Software
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Top tips for home loans Mortgage rates haven’t moved much this year, and the good news is they’ve been stuck at historically low levels. But the bad news is that may be about to change. Both home prices and mortgage rates are expected to move higher as we head through the fall, and that makes shopping for the right mortgage all the more critical. While various groups report national mortgage rate averages each week, the rates you get can vary dramatically from that average, depending on what product you choose and how you shop. So how do you get the best rate? We asked some of the…
 
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    30A Luxury Homes

  • Seacrest Beach FL Home for Sale | 213 Seacrest Beach Blvd E

    Joy
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Seacrest Beach FL Home for Sale | 213 Seacrest Beach Blvd E It has an elegant architecture, offers breathtaking view, is nestled in a prime location, comes fully furnished and it can be yours now! This is one deal you wouldn’t want to miss. Check out this 3 story Seacrest Beach FL home for sale in Seacrest Beach Subdivision and you’ll never dream of any other home. This exquisite home proudly stands tall offering panoramic views of the surrounding areas. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a kitchen and dining area, living room, laundry room, balconies, and a rooftop deck. The expansive…
  • Differences Between a Condo Association and a Homeowner’s Association

    Joy
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Differences Between a Condo Association and a Homeowner’s Association Understanding the differences between each type of association will help future owners of 30A luxury homes to get the most out of their association’s ownership experience, whether they buy condos or single family homes along 30A. The major difference between homeowners associations (HOAs) and condominiums associations revolves around the type of real property development administered by the association. An HOA governs a single-family, planned development made up of lots. Each lot is improved with a separate home.
  • Halloween Festivities Along 30A

    Joy
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Halloween Festivities Along 30A Halloween along 30A brings lots of fun activities and opportunities for residents of 30A luxury homes to wear their spookiest outfit and party in style. Residents of homes along 30A can look forward to a fun and haunted Halloween celebration as Seaside kicks off the weekend with ghosts, goblins, fairies and princesses go door-to-door collecting candy from the merchants of Seaside from 4:00PM to 6:00PM on October 31, 2014. Afterwards, hop on the haunted hayride for scary stories told by the Seaside Rep. Children are also invited to join the Trick or Treat at the…
  • Rosemary Beach Real Estate | Market Report September 2014

    DebbieJ
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Rosemary Beach Real Estate | Market Report September 2014 Rosemary Beach was founded on the principles of New Urbanism and Traditional Neighborhood Development. Inspired by other classic beach towns, the 107-acre, gulf-front town of Rosemary Beach was designed to bring back the notions of community, neighborhood and convenience. This slice of heaven on earth offers residents the opportunity to live and work in paradise. Distinguished West Indies and Dutch inspired architecture offers a calming palette of earth tones, wide porches and intricate details such as arched doorways and gated…
  • Seacrest Beach Real Estate | Market Report August 2014

    DebbieJ
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Seacrest Beach Real Estate | Market Report August 2014 Why is Seacrest Beach Real Estate one of the hottest 30A communities? Seacrest Beach real estate offers a more affordable alternative to Rosemary Beach FL real estate and Alys Beach, without sacrificing proximity to the atmosphere, shopping, dining and activities that make Rosemary Beach so desirable. A quaint 30A beach community, Seacrest Beach is nestled between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach and offers a mix of cottage-style homes, condos and homesites. Looking for a home, condo or homesite in Seacrest Beach? Click here for the…
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    Unconditional

  • Property prices rising slower this year

    Paul McKenzie
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The strong rise in property asking prices has slowed down markedly in recent months. Over the last year, the national asking price for properties increased by only 3.9%, compared to an 8.7% increase in the preceding year. At the same time, the available inventory of homes for sale remains well below the long-term average. The number of homes for sale in New Zealand has been below the long-term average since January 2012. This is especially apparent in Auckland, where the inventory sits at 15 weeks of available stock, well below the long-term average inventory of 27 weeks. This means that if…
  • New home listings unseasonably low

    Paul McKenzie
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    The usual surge in new home listings on the market in August is noticeably weaker this year compared to the past, with just 9,482 new listings. New residential property listings are 11.5% down on the same time last year. This fall affected most regions around the country, with only Northland, the Coromandel and Central North Island bucking the trend. Every August, we start to see strong lifts in new home listings after the quieter winter months. The expected lift did come this year, but it’s not nearly as dramatic as in the past. For instance, we have seen an increase of 3.5% from July to…
  • 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…
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    BornLiving Barcelona

  • The Sensation Authentic Duplex in Barcelona

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    A fantastic 4-bedroom apartment with a huge interior terrace Located within easy reach of the Joanic metro station and less than 5 blocks away from the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Sagrada Familia, the Sensation Authentic Duplex apartment enjoys a warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes it perfect for a family trip or a holiday with friends in Barcelona. The apartment: On entering the apartment, guests will find themselves in a bright living area comprising a large dining table with matching chairs and a sofa that can be converted into a comfortable double bed for two additional guests. Two…
  • The Sunny Attic Apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    A lovely 3 bedroom apartment in a residential area of Barcelona, but only 5 minutes from 2 world heritage monuments: the Sagrada Familia and Hospital St Pau and 15 minutes from the historic center of town. Well communicated by subway and bus with supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, etc – you have everything at your fingertips. The Apartment:- This lovely three bedroom apartment is just flooded with light thanks to it’s elevated position and the wrap-round terrace. The apartment is divided into two distinct sections. One arm of the apartment houses the elegant living-dining area. The…
  • The Sensation Authentic II apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    A lovely two bedroom apartment with two small terraces Located within easy reach of the Joanic metro station and less than 5 blocks away from the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Sagrada Familia, the Sensation Authentic apartment enjoys a warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes it perfect for a family trip or a holiday with friends in Barcelona. The apartment: Located in a modern building with elevator, the Sensation Authentic apartment is the ideal base for a family or a small group of friends wishing to enjoy Barcelona in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The living area has warm wooden floors and a…
  • The Sensation Authentic I apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    A lovely two bedroom apartment with two small terraces Located within easy reach of the Joanic metro station and less than 5 blocks away from the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Sagrada Familia, the Sensation Authentic apartment enjoys a warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes it perfect for a family trip or a holiday with friends in Barcelona. The apartment: Located in a modern building with elevator, the Sensation Authentic apartment is the ideal base for a family or a small group of friends wishing to enjoy Barcelona in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. The living area has warm wooden floors and a…
  • The Alcudia apartment in Barcelona

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    A welcoming two bedroom apartment with private balcony Within easy reach of a metro station, the Alcudia apartment enjoys a quiet location on the outskirts of Barcelona. Enjoy the day hitting the shops or sightseeing thorough the narrow roads of the Gothic Quarter and come back to the comfort of a cozy apartment with private balcony!! The apartment: A cozy two bedroom apartment that will make you feel right at home. Located on the 1st floor of a building with elevator, the Alcudia apartment offers its guests a fresh, modern atmosphere that perfectly combines with the original tiled floors of…
 
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    The Orange County Register - News Headlines : Blog: Lansner on Real Estate

  • Mortgage rates remain below 4%

    JEFF LAZERSON
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate dropped again, to 3.92 percent from last week’s 3.97 percent -- holding...
  • How long does it take to buy a home?

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Open houses are a fundamental way for agents to keep their fingers on the pulse of hopeful home buyers. An open house puts buyers and agents face to face, handshake to handshake, and subject to common spoken greetings such as, “Hi, I’m Leslie,...
  • Slow pace of building drives up home prices

    JEFF LAZERSON
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: Interest rates for the fixed, 30-year mortgage plunged this week, falling below 4 percent for the...
  • O.C. home prices up 6.4% in September

    JEFF COLLINS
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    A fall chill crept into the Orange County housing market in September, freezing the median home price below the $600,000 threshold touched briefly earlier this year and keeping a lid on sales. The median price of an Orange County home -- or price at...
  • Here's the best question a homebuyer can ask

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “What’s the inventory like?” “What are today’s interest rates?” “Is this a good deal?” These are all really good questions that can help you find your way home in today’s real estate market, right? Not so much, it turns out. The...
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    REJournals.com

  • RTKL welcomes healthcare leader in Chicago

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Andrew Lane RTKL, the global architecture and urban design practice, announced that Andrew Lane LEED AP, LEAN, NCARB will be joining RTKL Chicago as an associate vice president. With over 18 years of experience, Lane is a LEAN certified architect and will enhance RTKL’s ability to apply LEAN methodologies into the design of healthcare facilities that support the delivery of quality, patient-centered care. “We are excited to have Andrew join our Chicago team,” says Executive Vice President and Global Health Practice Leader Brad Barker. “His expertise in LEAN will ensure…
  • Spicklemire named first female and youngest managing director of MB Real Estate

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Sara Spicklemire Kevin Purcell, EVP/ Chief Operating Officer of MB Real Estate announced that Sara Spicklemire has been promoted from vice president of Leasing Services to senior vice president/managing director of Leasing Services. “Sara is a strong leader, well-respected by her colleagues and clients and will be a valuable member of the strategic leadership team,” said Purcell. “She brings a unique perspective and enthusiasm to her role and we are proud to have her on our team.” Spicklemire joined MB Real Estate in 2011 and specializes in assisting multi-tenant office building…
  • Melissa Podolsky: Making a positive difference

    Bianca Herron
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Melissa Podolsky Ten years ago, Melissa Podolsky made the switch from restaurant management to commercial real estate. She loved the customer service aspect of her restaurant management position, but did not care for the politics, or the long hours and erratic schedules. Having worked in the restaurant industry for 9 ½ years, Podolsky needed to pick a career she would enjoy long term. So she conversed with her father, Randy Podolsky, about property management and the similarities, interviewed with the director of property management at the time, and took the leap. “I absolutely love what I…
  • JLL promotes Keith Largay to managing director within the company’s Capital Markets Group

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Keith Largay Keith Largay has been promoted from Executive Vice President to Managing Director within JLL‘s Capital Markets Group, as part of the Real Estate Investment Banking team. Keith specializes in the representation of both institutional and private real estate owners in the financing (both debt and equity) of investment properties. Keith has been directly involved in the placement of over $5 billion in real estate financing. His financing experience includes all major property types including office, multi-family, retail, industrial, hospitality, and condominiums. His product…
  • South Loop Luxury by Related enters final phase of sales

    Staff Writer
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Grant A year and a half after relaunching sales at South Loop Luxury by Related, a collection of 500 condominiums across three towers in the South Loop, Related Midwest announced it has sold 400 units in just over 18 months, with only 100 of the original 500 residences remaining. South Loop Luxury by Related represents three previously-stalled condo buildings that Related Midwest reimagined in 2013, when Chicago’s condo market was showing few signs of recovery. As a result of the overwhelmingly positive response from buyers, Related Midwest has released an assortment of previously…
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Designing Crowd Pleasing Spaces

    Vanessa Naranjo
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Designing a crowd pleasing space is not as difficult a task as many would think. Despite the age gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials, you will find that they share common interests. Lindsay Machak,Associate Editor for Multifamily Executive, posted an article that offers insight on how to create spaces that cross generational lines. See the full article from Multifamily Executive here  
  • Do Green Property Managers Attract More Considerate Residents?

    Marc Courtenay
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just because it may not be as “cool” today to take your property management business in a “green” direction doesn’t mean it’s not rewarding. Besides the personal satisfaction there are advantages. As part of its Healthy Homes Program, the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched in 1999 its Healthy Homes Initiative (HHI) to protect families from housing-related health and safety hazards. Then in July of 2007 HUD introduced its Green Initiative, a nationwide pilot initiative to encourage owners and purchasers of affordable, multifamily…
  • Renters May Temporarily Turn into Buyers as Incentives Arise

    Marc Courtenay
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    It may feel like 2006 all over again when it comes to the housing market.  Gimmicks and giveaways are creeping into the market because homes aren’t selling like builders had hoped. Back in 2006, just before the crash of 2008, no-document mortgages greased the way to the top of that housing bubble. Today it’s freebies such as swimming pools, built-in barbecues and cost reductions. This may seduce some renters to stretch their wallets with the allure of being an “owner”. How quickly people forget the prelude that eventual leads to foreclosures or valuations being “underwater”.
  • Why You Can’t Afford to Skip Video Tours (Webinar Recap)

    Stephanie Vernon
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    We hosted a fun and informative session with Todd Breen on the power of video tours this week. He covered best practices for creating engaging video tours for your listings. He also covered many of the benefits video tours can offer property managers, including: Cutting vacancy time and showings in half! Increasing engagement and time spent on your site. Going green! Cut down on pollution by driving less each year with less in person showings. Attracting new owners by showcasing the powerful way you market their properties. And more! Click here to view the slides and recording from this…
  • Residential Housing for Renters Expands as Property Managers Wonder

    Marc Courtenay
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    The number of multi-family rental housing complexes being built around the nation keeps on growing month after month. The implications for the property management business are somewhat ambiguous. No doubt there’s been a steady decline in the number of homeowners since the financial crisis of 2008. This has translated to a substantial increase of renters who are likely to remain renters for a long time. That’s been good news for property managers and their owner-clients. For the past 4 years vacancy rates have declined while the inventory of rental units built has reached record levels.
 
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    Select Property Group Ltd

  • Buy-to-let investors to see new demand for properties in 2015

    Steven Sedgwick
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    The average advertised rent in the UK is now £1,034 after increasing by £66 last year, according to the latest figures from Move With Us. Summary The average advertised rent in the UK now stands at £1,034 January is likely to bring a new influx of tenants to the private rented sector Although rents are higher in the south, investors see higher yields in the north of the UK Across the whole of the UK, advertised rents increased by £66 to reach £1,034 per month over the past year, according to new statistics. The figures from Move With Us revealed rents in the south-east region and East…
  • Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island ‘major tourist destination’

    Steven Sedgwick
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah is set for more property investment ahead of a planned tourism expansion. Summary: Ras Al Khamiah’s Al Marjan Island is becoming a globally significant tourism hotspot More than 100,000 tourists visited the island in the first seven months of 2014 Property investors have been told the island is set for higher than average growth rates Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island has been heralded as a major tourist destination in the UAE. Mohammed Ahmed Ruqait Al Ali, Chairman of Al Marjan Island Company, stated with three exclusive resorts – Rixos Bab Al Bahr,…
  • UK property being used to fund retirement

    Steven Sedgwick
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Both property investments and equity release are being used to help people in the UK fund their retirement, research suggests. Summary: Over £1 billion worth of equity has been released from UK properties in the first nine months of the year 16,000 property owners have released equity of an average amount of £67,467 Buy-to-let property can help retirees almost double their income People approaching retirement in the UK are increasingly looking towards property to provide their income after they finish working. New figures from the Equity Release Council show a surge in the number of…
  • Dubai property investment volumes increase by 2174.3%

    Steven Sedgwick
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    The volume of property investment in Dubai increased by 2174.3% in the year to June, a new report has stated. Summary: In the year to June, the volume of property investment in Dubai increased by 2174.3% Dubai property investors have been enjoying capital growth of 24% on an annual basis Economic growth in Dubai is set to continue ahead of World Expo 2020 The volume of property investment in Dubai increased by 2174.3% in the 12 months to June 2014, according to a new Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) report. A yearly spend of 13.5 billion AED (£2.2 billion) means that the emirate rises from…
  • Buy-to-let tenants ‘want value for money and location’

    Steven Sedgwick
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    New research suggests that tenants want value for money from their accommodation, but they are willing to pay for certain services and a good location. Summary: Tenants want a good location and value for money from their rental accommodation Buy-to-let investors have been told concierge services, in-house cleaning and swimming pools could all add value The majority of tenants want to live close to their place of work Buy-to-let property investors have been told that the overriding factors in a tenant’s choice of accommodation are value for money and location. New research from Knight…
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • The Advantages and Pitfalls of Short Sales

    Elza Hayen
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Thanks to media focus on the significant number of homeowners who are `under water` in the current market, real estate professionals are increasingly being approached by buyers seeking short sales in hopes of snatching up a `bargain.`  While it is possible for a well-qualified, cash-rich, patient buyer who is looking for an exceptional deal on a home to find short sales a great opportunity, they are clearly not for everyone. Here’s a bit of real-world wisdom you can pass along to prospects that approach you about short sales : Don’t expect to pay less than market value - To have a good…
  • Halloween Attractions in South Carolina

    ERA Wilder Realty
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    It is finally Fall and the first day of October in South Carolina! It is time to pull out the pumpkin spiced candles, seasonal coffees from Starbucks and of course those Halloween costumes and haunted houses. South Carolina is also full of scary and fun attractions in October for you to enjoy during this month.  North Augusta, South Carolina Spirit of Hallowed Eve Dinner, October 24, 2014. For more information, please click here.  All Hallowed Eve Ghost Walk & Illusion Show, October 25, 2014. For more information, please click here Anderson, South Carolina Sweet Dreams Scare House,…
  • Morris Lyles Elected President of the Central Carolina Association of Realtors

    ERA Wilder Realty
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Columbia, S.C., September 29, 2014 – ERA Wilder Realty broker, Morris Lyles, has been elected as this year’s president of the Central Carolina Association of Realtors (CCAR).  In his new leadership role, Lyles has great expectations and a vision for the organization. “I look forward to 2015 and engaging new members through this upcoming year,” says Morris Lyles. As president, Lyles wants to push for more involvement from current members and also bring in new members who are dedicated and driven. This upcoming year will be a time for change and to take CCAR to the next level.
  • 5 Best Places to Visit in South Carolina

    ERA Wilder Realty
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Whether you are a native of South Carolina, visiting South Carolina or looking at relocating to South Carolina; our beautiful state has a lot to offer and fun for all ages. Below are some recommended activities and places for you to visit while in South Carolina. *in no particular order* 1. Myrtle Beach Since South Carolina is located on the coast, there are a number of beaches for you and your family to go visit. Myrtle Beach is a great place to go for the entire family. I often enjoy visiting Broadway at the Beach where there is great food and shopping, The Strip where there are fun…
  • ESPN College Gameday in Columbia, SC

    ERA Wilder Realty
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    On Saturday, September 27, ESPN College Gameday will be in Columbia, SC for the USC Gamecocks vs. Missouri Tigers football game. You may have witnessed last year’s intense game against the Tigers that went into double overtime and left Carolina fans on the edge of their seats as they waiting to see if the Gamecocks would prevail. This season, the excitement continues and what better way to show spirit than to join in the Gameday fun? ESPN College Game Day will be on the University of South Carolina’s historic horseshoe with special guest Kenny Chesney beginning at 9 a.m. It is…
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    Salt Spring Island Real Estate

  • October 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    October really is the segue from mellow Fall to stark Winter. Early October pretends it’s still September…late October says, no-no…leaves flying, November’s almost here…it’s the Pacific Northwest Coast season of grey. (I think that means our form of Winter). This thin strip of coastal beauty does offer a northern California “off season” weather pattern…& even more so on the amazing Southern Gulf Islands. Salt Spring enjoys a “cool Mediterranean” climate, one that encourages orchards, berry production, vineyards, olive…
  • September 2014, Market Analysis

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    How’s the Salt Spring Island Real Estate Market? Things are definitely “better”, real estate wise, in secondary home regions. They are still not “good”. Good, to me, means consistent buoyancy in sales, across the board, no matter the property type or price. To me, a buyers market means lots of inventory and few buyers. A sellers market is the reverse: lots of buyers and very little inventory. A transition market is a cloudy one. At this very beginning of September 2014… At the moment, at this very beginning of September, most sales have continued in that…
  • 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 be the case on Vancouver Island, on the Sunshine Coast, as well as on the Gulf Islands.Secondary home/discretionary markets have a different pattern from primary residence/city markets. “By choice” regions have been slow to recover from this past six year downturn.At this very beginning of July, the uptick does appear to be underway, although it’s not an even-handed recovery & most sales to date still remain in the entry-level residential…
  • Salt Spring Island, 2014

    saltspringislandrealestate@gmail.com ( Li Read)
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
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  • 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 be the case on Vancouver Island, on the Sunshine Coast, as well as on the Gulf Islands.Secondary home/discretionary markets have a different pattern from primary residence/city markets. “By choice” regions have been slow to recover from this past six year downturn.At this very beginning of July, the uptick does appear to be underway, although it’s not an even-handed recovery & most sales to date still remain in the entry-level residential…
 
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    rentBits Blog

  • Moving to a New City? Five Functional Tips to Finding a Suitable Apartment

    rentBits Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    You’ve had the opportunity to start an adventure, moving to a new city; it’s exciting and filled with intrigue and mystery. Your boxes are packed, you’ve cancelled your cable, and you’re ready to change you address, but wait! What will you be changing it to? Moving, while exciting, can be extremely stressful and overwhelming at [...]
  • Moving to a New City? Five Functional Tips to Finding a Suitable Apartment

    rentBits Team
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    You’ve had the opportunity to start an adventure, moving to a new city; it’s exciting and filled with intrigue and mystery. Your boxes are packed, you’ve cancelled your cable, and you’re ready to change you address, but wait! What will you be changing it to? Moving, while exciting, can be extremely stressful and overwhelming at [...]
  • Property Manager Directory - JustPropertyManagers.com

    rentBits Team
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    At rentbits, we have been getting feedback from thousands of advertisers that they needed a better Property Management Directory. We took this feedback to heart and are excited to announce the launch of a more robust, better user experience directory where owners of rental properties can search, review and compare Property Managers throughout the entire US for free. [...]
  • Remotely Wins First Place in SIM Tank Best New Start-Up Pitch

    rentBits Team
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Remotely won first place in the second annual SIM Tank Best Start-Up Pitch competition. There were some incredible companies that presented and we are honored to have been selected as the best new start-up.
  • How to Make Better Use of a Small Space

    rentBits Team
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    People that are looking to rent an apartment may look for one with ample space to get enough room for everything they already have, and everything they are going to get in the future. However, you do not need an incredible amount of space to have a fulfilling and enjoyable experience in your apartment. It [...]
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    San Fernando Valley Real Estate

  • Check out my new Yelp review!

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Thanks, Jim and Elizabeth, for my new 5-star Yelp review.  Jim and Elizabeth, the writers, are the new owners of the Hollywood Hills home that I blogged about last week.  Even though the transaction got a little hairy, I had a great time working with J&E and I miss them already.
  • Surprise! Mortgage interest rates are really low.

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    In defiance of expectations, mortgage interest rates moved down this week.  All the financial experts said they'd be going up and we'd probably hit 5% by the end of the year.  Just shows what experts know, eh?  Right now, rates look like this:30 year fixed: 20% down = 4.00% with no points30 year fixed: 10% down = 4.125% with one pointIt may be time to pull the trigger on purchasing a home.  BTW, my 11485 Moorpark #17, Studio City is open on Saturday from 2-5 and 629 N. Keystone in Burbank is open on Sunday, 2-5.
  • Hollywood Hills house closed yesterday - whew!

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    First-time buyers Elizabeth and Jim are the proud new owners of this home in the Lake Hollywood area.  This transaction had a bunch of challenges.The house is a flip and the new stuff is really nice, but an entire lower unit had been torn out on the order of L.A. City.  And there were lots of brand-new concrete pours and patches which indicated lots of cracks and slipping.  This is no surprise as the house is built on a hillside.We had lots of inspections and estimates and the news wasn't so great.  But two factors made this purchase a go: first, Jim and Elizabeth are up…
  • Check out my brand-new website at JudyGraff.com!

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Please visit JudyGraff.com and take a look at my newly-designed website.  It has lots of new functionality plus many of the same popular features as the old one.  Search the local mls, read my blog posts (without pictures), and get community news.  Some bugs are still being worked out, but I hope you like it.
  • Burbank-style Octoberfest

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Now that you've seen this, you can't un-see it.  Thanks, clients George and Yvonne Feucht, for the fun night! George, you are adorable in your lederhosen!
 
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Sales Meeting 10/20/2014, Systems for Professional Communication

    Neil Schwartz
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Communicating with your sellers in a professional manner isn’t just for the clients benefit. It also solidifies you as the professional that truly knows the market. If you run your business like a business, your clients will respect your opinion and come to the realization that your knowledge... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 10-13-14, What is Stubbornness Costing You?

    Neil Schwartz
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Sometimes, we are the only ones that are in our way. Stubbornness can cause a lifetime of grief and a life load of regret. Let go of stubbornness and step into success. CLICK HERE FOR NOTESRelated Posts:What is Stubbornness Costing You?StubbornnessSales Meeting 9-24-2012Sales Meeting 2-25-2013... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Meeting 10-6-2014, Be Hard To Stop

    Neil Schwartz
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    How successful you can become really depends on how hard you are to stop. Anybody can start something…but it takes true self discipline to keep going.Related Posts:Running Through the Finish Line with Annabelle PachecoSales Meeting 6-23-2014, The Relationship Between Self…Sales Meeting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What’s Behind Every 10th Door?

    Neil Schwartz
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Most buyers and sellers already live in homes… a great way to find them is to knock on their doors. Watch now and find out what’s behind every 10th door.Related Posts:When is the Best Time to Find Buyers and Sellers?Are You Wasting Your Time?Go To The Door !What would you do with the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You Working To Your Potential?

    Neil Schwartz
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    No one is born successful, but everyone is born with the potential to be successful. Watch now and be inspired to go to your next level, to work on reaching your potential.Related Posts:It’s Not What You Were Given When Born, It’s…Do You Have Potential?Reaching Your Full... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Susan Singer

  • 2 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | $14,000/Month | Flatiron

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

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

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

  • Northwest MLS Seattle Real Estate Statistics for September 2014

    findwell
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The Northwest MLS has released their Western Washington real estate statistics for September 2014. Though home sale activity has slowed down since last month with fewer closed listings, sale prices have risen for both single family homes and condos. Single family homes have shown an increase of 5.25% while condos are up 5.18% since last month. The number of closed sales for King County were down 4% over 2013 and down 11.78% over July. Pending sales have also followed this downward trend over the last 2 months though are up from September 2013. Inventory of homes for sale is down 2.68%…
  • 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…
 
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    NuWire Investor: RealEstateInvestment

  • Second Quarter Spanish Home Sales up 12%

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    The second quarter of the year saw sales of Spanish homes up 12.1% compared to the same period in 2013. Foreign buyers provided much of the buying activity behind the increase. According to the Ministry of Public Works, this was Spain's strongest second quarter for home sales since 2010. A total of...
  • Residential Price Growth in US Sees Eleventh Month of Moderation

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    According to the newest statistics released by Clear Capital, a specialist provider of property data, the US residential property market has seen moderation in price growth for the eleventh month running. Through September, yearly gains across the US decreased from the October 2013 high of 11.7% to...
  • Do Investors Overlook Dubai Property Risks?

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Back in 2008 as the world descended towards an inevitable financial crisis, property in Dubai seemed to be bucking just about every trend it could find. With rampant lending, little government control, and few meaningful valuation methods, the market surged upwards while the rest of the world plummeted...
  • What Should Landlords Look for in a Tenant Background Check?

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The tenant screening process is, in many ways, as complicated as interviewing for a job. Indeed, there are numerous commonalities between the two processes, from filling out an application to going through an in-person interview, all the way to reference checks and background checks. If you’re...
  • CalPERS, Hedge Funds, and Real Estate Investments

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Hedge funds have enjoyed quite a run – until, perhaps, recently. The decision in mid-September by CalPERS to exit hedge fund investments could mean that hedge funds may have hit their high-water mark – and could signal that real estate and other more conventional investments may gain increased...
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • 7 Interesting Details About New Construction Home Sales

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    7 Interesting Details About New Construction Home Sales was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. While everyone else focuses on the headlines, here are seven below-the-hood details you should... 7 Interesting Details About New Construction 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.
  • Student Loan Debt Takes Its Toll on Housing

    James McClister
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Student Loan Debt Takes Its Toll on Housing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. In the last decade, student loan debt has become a major hindrance to young... Student Loan Debt Takes Its Toll on Housing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA to Join RE/MAX Network

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA to Join RE/MAX Network was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Linda Feinstein’s real estate team, a prominent brokerage in Hinsdale, has joined the RE/MAX Northern... Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA to Join RE/MAX Network 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 Improvements Highlight New Construction Slump

    James McClister
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Existing-Home Sales Improvements Highlight New Construction Slump was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. NAR’s September existing-home sales reports marks a bounce back from August’s dip. #188074940 /... Existing-Home Sales Improvements Highlight New Construction Slump was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • How Homebuyers in Illinois Find Their Homes

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    How Homebuyers in Illinois Find Their Homes was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. There are many ways that homebuyers can go about locating their new residence, but... How Homebuyers in Illinois Find Their Homes was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • Real Estate Market Update, Oct. 24/14

    Sara MacLennan
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 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: 397 (368, 390, 373) # Sales: 265 (258, 259, 321) Ratio: 67% (70%, 66%, 86%) # Price Changes: 210 (232, 233, 247) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 122 (161, 374, 151) Net loss/gain […]
  • Buying a new home? Here’s how to make sure all the work gets done

    Sheldon Johnston
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Construction in Edmonton is booming. Dealing with builders in Edmonton in a market environment like this can be tricky business. As I reflect on my own personal experience there are builders you can trust with a handshake and their word is gold, and then there are others… How do you know you are dealing with […]
  • Weekly Market Update, October 17/14

    Sara MacLennan
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 368 (390, 373, 447) # Sales: 258 (259, 321, 349) Ratio: 70% (66%, 86%, 78%) # Price Changes: 232 (233, 247, 248) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 161 (374, 151, 162) Net loss/gain […]
  • Six Questions You Need to Ask Your Listing Agent in 2014

    Sara MacLennan
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    So you’re ready to list your property and jump into the Edmonton real estate market? Congratulations! Nothing is more exciting than making a change or heading down the road to selling a property. One of the most important steps you can make in this process is choosing the right listing agent as they can make […]
  • Weekly Real Estate Market Update, Oct. 10/14

    Sara MacLennan
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:05 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: 368 (390, 373, 447) # Sales: 258 (259, 321, 349) Ratio: 70% (66%, 86%, 78%) # Price Changes: 232 (233, 247, 248) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 161 (374, 151, 162) Net loss/gain […]
 
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • On Rupert Murdoch Buying Realtor.com (Part 2): Wherefore Hope?

    Rob Hahn
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    I meant to get this up days ago, but between travel, client engagements, other writings, and an upcoming vacation, I just couldn’t. But if you’ve missed Part 1, you can check it out here. In a nutshell, part 1 worries about whether the acquisition would be allowed to proceed without the government requiring that ListHub […]
  • On Rupert Murdoch Buying Realtor.com (Part 1)

    Rob Hahn
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    By now, I’m sure any reader of mine knows that we have seen the second major blockbuster deal in the digital real estate space, with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp agreeing to buy Move, Inc., the operator of Realtor.com, Top Producer, Tiger Leads, ListHub, and other brands. It’s an all-cash offer of $21 per share, which […]
  • Edina Realty Reverses Course on Syndication

    Rob Hahn
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    I realize that the news of the day will be the News Corp buying Move, which certainly requires some thought, but since important details are missing from that story as yet and may not be clear for months to come… I figured I should take notice of another sort of significant story that just crossed […]
  • Antitrust Questions on MLS Decision to Screw With Syndication

    Rob Hahn
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Having just spent a couple of days at CMLS, a young man’s fancy turns to questions of MLS-related things. In this case, a middle-aged man’s fancy might turn that way too, since it’s been a while since I’ve been a young man with fancy of any sort. As most of my readers probably know, RealTracs, […]
  • In Which I Welcome the WSJ to 2011

    Rob Hahn
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Longtime readers of this blog know that I’ve been talking about Millennials for years now. Back in April of 2011, I wrote a post worrying about Millennials and family formation: Given the above facts and data, how do you see the Millennials dealing with this issue? Because it’s not a small issue of just boys […]
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • Multi-Family Investment Properties — More Tempting Than Chocolate Cake?

    All Property Management
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Chocolate cake and real estate.  Probably not a combination you think of very often.  Unless, of course, we’re talking about chocolate chip cookies and open houses, which every agent knows is the winning combination.  Wondering how we can link the two?  Keep reading. Over the past few years, investors looking for single-family rentals have found themselves running into supply issues in certain parts of the county, where institutional investors have scooped up many of the great deals.  That doesn’t mean the smaller investor is out of luck; we just need to think outside the box.
  • Stated Income Loans for Investment Property

    Marco Santarelli
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Norada Real Estate Investments is pleased to offer our new Stated-Income Mortgage Loans, available on many of our investment properties.  These loans are available on 1-4 units properties with just a minimum mid FICO score of 650.  You can get up to 70% loan-to-value (LTV) with absolutely no personal income verification. Read the rest of Stated Income Loans for Investment Property » 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.
  • Capturing the Current Cash-Flow Window

    Marco Santarelli
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    As we enter the final quarter of 2014, we can look back at almost two years of a real estate turnaround having bottomed around early 2013.  Investors were poised to capitalize on one of the best real estate investment opportunities ever seen. There was significant upward pressure building on single-family home prices created by historically low interest rates, falling unemployment rates, and an improving economy.  Those factors have resulted in increased demand for housing from both home-buyers and investors alike, which has pushed housing prices higher in most markets nationwide. Read the…
  • Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks

    Steve Cook
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    A better class of renter is changing the fact of Rentorship in America, creating a climate for higher rents. Rental applicants, especially those applying for less expensive units, continue to see improvements in their credit risk, according to the latest TransUnion Rental Screening Solutions industry report.  The average ResidentScore, a measure used to assess a rental applicant’s risk level, improved by 0.8% between Q2 2013 and Q2 2014. Read the rest of Rents Rise as Renters Become Better Risks » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by…
  • Landlords: You Need to Invest in These Upgrades Now

    Marco Santarelli
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you own income-producing rental property, it’s important to attract renters and keep tenants happy without sinking a small fortune into luxurious upgrades that won’t get you much return on investment. On the other hand, not taking care of your property or offering upgrades will likely cost you more in the long run, as you’ll have a harder time finding and keeping responsible tenants. Luckily, there are some property improvements that are relatively affordable and can increase your rental home value and overall rental income. Read the rest of Landlords: You Need to Invest in These…
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    IPIN Live

  • UK Sees First-Time Buyer Revival

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Despite gloomy reports on the lack of affordability for many British buyers trying to get on the property ladder, September saw a healthy 11% increase in first-time buyer completions. The First Time Buyer Tracker published by LSL Property Services showed that there were 25,800 first-time buyer completions in September, up from 23,200 in 2013. According to the report, new buyers are also paying more for their first home, with average prices increasing 3% to £150,950, the fourth consecutive month median prices have remained above the £150k mark. First-time buyers paying more for…
  • Chinese Investors get Thumbs Up for Australian Mining

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's no secret that China has generated huge amount of wealth for its population over the last decade, with more millionaires and ultra-high net worth individuals emerging than in any other country in the world. However, restrictive Chinese legislation has largely prevented large-scale investment overseas, leaving many to find 'alternative' means of getting their money out of the country. The situation altered dramatically last week, when China further relaxed restrictions around investments in overseas markets, particularly in mining and energy. This has prompted experts in Australia's…
  • Spain's Glut of Unsold Homes Diminishing Fast

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An increase in sales by foreign buyers and institutional investors has led to predictions that unsold homes in Spain will shrink to 563,000 units in 2015, a 40% decline from 2010. Spain's landscape has become well-known for being littered with unoccupied housing developments, neglected by an almost stagnant domestic market.  Meanwhile, foreign investment in Spanish property has increased exponentially in H1 2014, rising by more than 31% over the same period in 2013. According to the latest edition of the Pulsometer real estate report prepared by Spanish Realtors Association IPE, the…
  • Mining Boom Attracts Investors Down Under

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region has been known as a hot spot for property investment for years, fuelled by the regional iron ore mining boom. Pilbara's main mining operator, Rio Tinto, saw first half earnings for 2014 leaping by a massive 21% to €3.5bn. CEO Sam Walsh said: "The outstanding half year performance reflects the quality of our world-class assets, our programme of operational excellence and our ability to drive performance during a period of weaker prices". The unique landscape created by mining operations The growth in Rio's iron ore production followed on the back of…
  • Optimistic Growth Forecast for Spanish Economy

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Spain has released consistently strong economic data over the last eight quarters, leading economists to raise forecasts towards more positive growth through 2015. This is in sharp contrast with other countries in the Eurozone that are currently struggling quite significantly. For example, France and Italy have lowered their economic outlook for the coming year and Spain was supposedly in just as sticky a mess in the years after the financial crisis. Much to the surprise of Eurozone counterparts, Spain has managed to emerge – albeit moderately – from the deep recession it has…
 
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    Propertyshowrooms.com News

  • Turkish Real Estate on the Radar of Foreign Buyers

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    <p>The number of house sales to foreign buyers in Turkey almost doubled in August compared to the same period last year.</p> <p>Despite the geo-political instability in the region, foreign buyers boosted the Turkish real estate sector by just under &#8364;1bn in the first four months of 2014, with transaction volumes continuing to gain momentum in subsequent months.</p> <p>While neighbouring countries are embroiled in conflict, their economies collapsing around them, Turkey continues to attract rising interest from overseas buyers. In August alone, house…
  • The Future's so Bright, Portugal's Wearing Shades

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    <p>After a while in the doldrums, Portugal's property market is now enjoying renewed interest from both domestic and overseas buyers, boosting the sector enormously.</p> <p>Latest data from the RICS/Ci Portuguese Housing Market Survey (PHMS) shows that investor confidence is at an all-time high with new buyer enquiries and transactions increasing throughout the country.</p> <p>Like other property markets in Europe much of the lift in investment can be attributed to elevated foreign buying, primarily from Britain, China and France. Out of the total 75,000…
  • Gulf Investors Amass Dubai Real Estate

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    <p>UAE Investors completed real estate transactions worth a whopping AED12.5bn in Dubai in the first half of 2014.</p> <p> Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced that the total sum of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) investment in Dubai's real estate market exceeded AED19bn from January through to July 2014.</p> <p>Out of the total invested by Gulf buyers, more than 17% of property purchases were by Saudi Arabians, making them the second largest investors in Dubai real estate.</p> <p>Demand for high-end commercial developments and luxury residential…
  • Cypriot Property Shows First Signs of Stabilising

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    <p>After four and a half years of declining prices, property across Cyprus has recorded the smallest quarterly fall since March 2013, indicating improved stability.</p> <p>The recent Cyprus Central Bank Property Price Index showed that in Q2 2014, apartment prices fell by an average of 2.1% while house prices fell by an average of 1.8%. RICS Cyprus reported comparatively slower declines in September with their data showing that apartments fell by 1.1% and houses 1.0%,over the same period.</p> <p>According to the Central Bank index, the largest quarterly decline…
  • Brazil's Real Estate Continues to Attract Foreign Investment

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    <p>Before the 2014 Football World Cup was hosted in Brazil its real estate remained generally under the radar of overseas property investors.</p> <p>However, long since the international audience left the building, Brazil's property market &#8211; both domestic and foreign &#8211; continues to thrive.</p> <p>According to analysis from Savills, Brazil's property market, compared to some of the other fast growing emerging economies, is showing price growth without looking overheated.</p> <p>Savills senior researcher Paul Tostevin reported that…
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  • The Over $2 Million Report for Fairfield County

    greenwichstreets
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The Over $2 Million Report for Fairfield County By Mark Pruner Berkshire Hathaway – New England Greenwich/Old Greenwich Office I. Overview The high-end market continues at nice pace in Fairfield County. In the first nine months of 2014 we have had 448 sales over $2 million dollars. Of those sales 93% were in Greenwich, Westport, New Canaan and Darien with 50% of all sales in Greenwich. Both Greenwich and New Canaan have seen unit sales jump by double-digit amounts and sales volume in Greenwich is up by a quarter billion dollars in the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period in…
  • Greenwich Open House List for Sunday October 19, 2014

    greenwichstreets
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, October 19, 2014 59 Open Houses in Greenwich this weekend. The real estate market’s positive momentum continues. There is one rental for $15,000 and the other 58 are condos and single family homes. The range starts at $295,000 for a condominium to a beautiful home for $6,850,000. The times vary so plan your tour carefully. 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. Address Town Price Time Broker 5 Grimes Road Old…
  • Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, October 5, 2014 – 92 Open Houses – BH Celebration

    greenwichstreets
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Greenwich Open HousesSunday, October 5, 201410-5-14 Open Houses Printable Word Doc.  This weekend’s 92 open houses has the most open houses on any weekend possibly ever because of Berkshire Hathaway. Of the 92 open houses 40 of them are hosted by Berkshire Hathaway and our Open House Weekend Celebration! We also have a limited number of goody bags at each BH-NE open house so stop by early to get yours. Four of the open houses are  rentals from $5,900 per month to $14, 995 per month. The 88 homes for sale ranging from $350,000 to $7,499,000.  The high-end is well represented with 42…
  • Sunday Greenwich Open House, September 28, 2014 & Sept. Market Report

    greenwichstreets
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, September 28, 2014 The fall real estate market is maintaining its momentum with 47 Open Houses, two rentals from $7,500 per month to $11,500 per month, and 45 homes for sale ranging from $449,000 to $6.795,000.  I’m hosting the first public open house at 505 E. Putnam Avenue from 1 – 4 this Sunday. This 4,000 s.f. classic Victorian sits on 1.68 acres of land in a half acre zone. The house has been extensively renovated with new kitchens and bathrooms and is just around the corner from Greenwich High School. Price is $2.59M. Please click here for the…
  • 40 Open Houses in Greenwich for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

    greenwichstreets
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, September 21, 2014 The fall real estate market is maintaining its momentum with 40 Open Houses, four rentals from $2,500 per month to $13,500 per month, and 36 homes for sale ranging from $350,000 to $5,100,000.  As always, please check the times as they vary. Greenwich Open House Map for 9/21/14 – Click the link for the interactive map Please click here for the interactive map. The static map is above   If you are out looking at open houses please feel free to stop by my new listing at 9 Tomney Road just off lower Stanwich Road. I call it the perfect…
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    TheRedPin Pulse

  • Queen West vs Parkdale – Which (hipster) neighbourhood should you buy into?

    TheRedPin Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Find yourself regularly scouring Queen Street West for vintage clothing and antique knick knacks, while wearing sunglasses when the sun isn’t out? That doesn’t necessarily make you a hipster…well maybe a little, but there’s no need to fret because more and more Torontonians are embracing traditional “hipster hoods” as their regular hangouts and a place to call home. While both Queen Street West and Parkdale are notorious hipster heavens, these areas have become increasingly popular with almost everyone and not just the artsy types. It’s also important to note…
  • Featured Home: $18M in Forest Hill, Toronto

    TheRedPin Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    26 Old Forest Hill Rd Detached house for sale in Forest Hill, Toronto Price Tag: $18,000,000 TRP Rebate: $67,500 Among Toronto’s most affluent neighbourhoods, Forest Hill is just as famous for its luxury mansions as its many celebrity residents, which have included Ted Rogers, Nelly Furtado and even the rapper Drake. Situated at 26 Old Forest Hill, this grandiose stone mansion still manages to stand out among its opulent neighbours, blending the best of old world architecture with all the comforts of 21st century amenities. List of amazing features in this luxury Forest Hill home: Grand…
  • Hot Listings: October 20 – 24

    TheRedPin Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Whether you’re looking for a new pad closer to the city, or house hunting in a more intimate, family-friendly neighbourhood, TheRedPin has you covered, as we reveal hot listings in the GTA that are fresh on the market, every week. Get a better sense of the properties and book yourself a tour! Apt. 1803 – 28 Harrison Garden Lansing, Toronto Contact to Eva Allaire to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $299,000 TheRedPin Rebate: $1,121 Details: 1 Bed, 1 Bath  292 Prospect St Newmarket, Ontario Contact Rob Mills to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $429,000 TheRedPin…
  • Toronto Mayoral Race: River City Condos will reap the benefits of SmartTrack

    TheRedPin Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Whether you’re supporting John Tory for mayor, a fan of Olivia Chow, a passionate member of the Ford Nation or still on the fence, we can all agree that when it comes to the Toronto mayoral election, public transit is the defining hot-button issue. One mayoral debate after another, the topic always reverts back to the TTC, as each candidate passionately proclaims that their subway solution is the one to patch up Toronto’s transit woes. The current front runner in the polls, John Tory, has been riding his mayoral campaign on the SmartTrack Transit Line – a 53 km line above ground…
  • Checklist: 10 factors to consider when finding the best place to live in Toronto

    TheRedPin Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Last month, we put together a post that revealed 10 factors to consider when finding the best place to live in Toronto. Toronto is made up of many diverse neighbourhoods, some offering a laid-back, cottage feel, away from the noise, to a bustling metropolis that is constantly evolving, changing and remains boisterous any given time of day.We put together a checklist to consider when picking a Toronto neighbourhood for your next home, which is dependent on your personal preference and your wallet size. Download the checklist for 10 factors to consider when finding the best place to live in…
 
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    Harmony News Now

  • Las Vegas Fall Activities

    Harmony Homes
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Even in the desert, pumpkins are one of the best parts of October. With cooler weather trying to push through and not much of the traditional “fall” scenery, pumpkins and fall-like activities are very exciting in Las Vegas. Below is a list of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses and more to really spice up your season! Haunted Houses: Bonnie Screams – located in Blue Diamond, NV, rests three haunted houses, haunted train, haunted trails and more! Located in a ghost town just outside Las Vegas, just how much haunted can you handle?  Project X – Located in North Las Vegas,…
  • Downtown Summerlin

    Harmony Homes
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    If you didn’t make it our to the Downtown Summerlin Grand Opening this past weekend, you definitely missed out. From boutiques to food trucks to department stores they really have thought of everything! Conveniently located just off the 215 Beltway, Downtown Summerlin is just miles from Harmony Home communities Silhouette and Mesa Verde! Officials announced that Downtown Summerlin can help create growth for our economy. “The opening of Downtown Summerlin will dramatically change the commercial real estate market in Southern Nevada, five senior industry executives agree. But they differ on…
  • Mesa Verde and Solar Power

    Harmony Homes
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Harmony Homes, a locally owned homebuilder, is making the most of the valley’s 300 average annual days of sunshine by making solar panels standard on all homes in its Mesa Verde community. Mesa Verde, in the southwestern valley, lets homebuyers save money with solar power while helping the environment. “Every home we build at Mesa Verde will come with a solar power system from SolarCity,” Harmony Homes President Robert Beville said. “The solar offering sets Mesa Verde apart from other communities and adds value and interest to what is already a compelling community.” Beville said…
  • Fall Activities in the Desert

    Harmony Homes
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    There are always so many different events and activities going on in Las Vegas and surrounding cities like Henderson, Boulder City and Laughlin. We decided to point out a few events that you may not have heard of before and would like to attend! Gilcrease Orchard Gilcrease Orchard is a very exciting place to be, especially in the desert. In the Fall is one of the best times to visit as well! You can pick fruits and veggies while enjoying the fun Fall activities. Gilcrease Orchard has a pumpkin patch and hay maze during this season along with their orchard and huge garden. You can even…
  • Silhouette by Harmony Homes

    Harmony Homes
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    “One of my favorite things about Silhouette’s location is that it’s just a short drive to world-class outdoor amenities like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, and it’s also just down the street from Wet ‘n’ Wild Park” says Harmony Homes’ President Robert Beville. Homes at Silhouette, in this amazing southwest location, start in the $210,000 with standard features including oversized kitchen islands, granite counter tops, paver driveways and now, solar panels! Silhouette is home to six beautifully laid out model homes and 9 floor…
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    Charlotte NC Video Production | Photography | WordPress Web Design | Social Media | Branding

  • WellcomeMat Channel

    AVT
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Welcome to my WellcomeMat Channel
  • Real Estate Video Tour ~ 18 Acre Home in Troutman, NC

    AVT
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Joy Young and AVT Marketing / Amazing Video Tours are proud to bring you this full motion real estate video tour of a fantastic 18 Acre Home in Troutman, North Carolina.     Here are just some of the highlights of this fabulous property: 17.89 Acres offers country living at its best! Enjoy the fishing spring feed pond stocked with bass & brim Stream runs through property Fenced 15 acre pasture land currently used for cattle 3 stall pole barn 2nd pole barn for hay storage Tree lined back of property offers great views of land and potential building site for second house. Organic…
  • Bonterra Builders Presents Verdict Ridge – Full Motion Video Tour

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

    AVT
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:49 pm
    AVT Marketing  is proud to bring you this full motion real estate video tour of a full brick home for sale in Charlotte, NC.  This home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and features ~3390 heated sq ft on a .42 acre lot and a golf course view! Check out the video for the full tour!     Want to see the professional real estate photos of this home? CLick HERE  
  • Full Brick Home for Sale – Charlotte, NC – A Video Virtual Tour

    AVT
    8 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    AVT Marketing.com  is proud to bring you this full motion real estate video tour of a full brick home for sale in Charlotte, NC     Click here to see the professional real estate photography  
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    Hermann London Realtors

  • My Cousin wrote an awesome article about us

    STLRealtor
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    When someone hears “real estate” and “2008” together, they often start thinking very doom and gloom.  May 2008 was when the United States housing market bottomed out and Adam Kruse opened the doors of the Hermann London Group.  Five years later, it indeed seems as though the firm completely defied the odds to even be as remotely successful as it has become.  Why can this be when so many others struggled for so long?  Differentiation made all the difference. Mr. Kruse started out with a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Missouri.  What he walked away with after…
  • St. Louis Realtor Podcast – Episode 2

    STLRealtor
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Please upgrade your browser Segment 1-CIREB, a deal of the week in Princeton Heights, contract riders, and why city folk may need flood insurance Live from the rooftop of the Hermann London Real Estate Group in beautiful downtown Maplewood, it’s the St. Louis Realtor Podcast, with your host, Adam Kruse! Welcome to this week’s podcast. This is the Hermann London Real Estate Group Podcast live from beautiful downtown Maplewood, Missouri, and this is our second one. I’m sitting here with producer, Joey Vosevich, and our guest, John Charlton from Midwest Mortgage Capital. So…
  • St. Louis Realtor Podcast – Episode 1

    STLRealtor
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
      Please upgrade your browser Segment 1: Billiards tournament & crunching the numbers on a recently purchased 4 family unit Welcome to the podcast today, guys. My name is Adam Kruse and I am going to be your host today. And also with us we are going to have John Charlton from Midwest Mortgage Capital step in here in a little bit. First off for today’s show agenda we are going to have a ouple announcements to start and then we are going to jump into our first topic which is going to be all about a recent four­family I purchased and go through the numbers of that. We’re going…
  • Historic 5 Bedroom Home in CWE

    STLRealtor
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    Turn of the Century Charm! 6127 Kingsbury Ave, St. Louis, MO 63112 You will fall in LOVE with 6127 Kingsbury, St. Louis Missouri. Stunning historic house, strategically located in the historic St. Louis district. This property has been gorgeously renovated to the fullest details. This house offers many features and some of the work done includes a new MAIN water service line, new plumbing fixtures installed in the entire house, new sewer lines, new electrical water heater. The house has 5 Bedrooms and 4 bathrooms fully fitted with new bathroom fixtures and marble floors, laundry room on the…
  • Fantastic Ranch Home!

    STLRealtor
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Professionally Decorated! 702 Danny Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366 You MUST see 702 Danny Lane, O’Fallon Missouri. This professionally decorated 3bed, 2bath ranch is spectacular!! The gorgeous hardwood floors, neutral décor, and abundance of natural light really make this home a gem! Spend the upcoming fall evenings sipping coffee on the screened-in porch and the cold winter months snuggled up by the wood burning fireplace. The backyard and patio are perfect for BBQ’s and entertaining!! Also perfect for your beloved 4 legged friends! This stunning home has been well maintained…
 
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    South Florida Law Blog

  • Are you over the economic housing crisis and foreclosures South Florida?

    OppenheimLaw
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    In a recent article by editor Paul Owers, the Sun Sentinel reported that “New foreclosure cases declined across South Florida” in September and the third quarter, according to a report Thursday from RealtyTrac Inc. Published exerpts by Roy Oppenheim in the article are republished here; but WAIT, there’s so much more! Real Estate rumor mill – take note:  Rumor has it from a highly-credentialed source that –  the retired South Florida  ‘Judges’ appointed about 6 years ago to come out of retirement are yet, retiring again. Yes! Once again, what…
  • Foreclosure trial involving homeowner and bank: #boom gone in 24 minutes thanks to Oppenheim Law Firm

    OppenheimLaw
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Foreclosure trial #boom gone in 24 minutes thanks to Oppenheim Law Firm
  • South Florida Real Estate Could Use a #FanGate, too! The 2014 Florida Gov. Gubernatorial Race Heats Up.

    OppenheimLaw
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    2014 polls show Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist in tight race with only one month to go. Roy Oppenheim, foreclosure defense attorney wants the Florida real estate zombie foreclosures to be addressed by both. #Fangate overshadows weirdest start of the FL. Gov. gubernatorial debate as the 900 pound invisible gorilla in South Florida seeks answers. While the Florida real estate market is heating up in Florida and particularly South Florida, all eyes are also watching the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election between candidates Charlie Crist (D) and Rick Scott (R) -both parties openly discuss…
  • The Pace of South Florida Foreclosures Has Dramatically Slowed

    OppenheimLaw
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    The following article was originally written by Samantha Joseph for the Daily Business Review with excerpts from real estate and foreclosure defense attorney Roy Oppenheim. Florida leads the nation in foreclosures long after the housing crisis, but new data show the pace has dramatically slowed in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, and the numbers even fell in Palm Beach County. Analysts predicted foreclosures would plunge as the crushing flood of cases worked through an overwhelmed legal system. And a new report from California-based real estate research firm RealtyTrac suggests the courts…
  • New foreclosures in Florida increase for first time in 17 months

    OppenheimLaw
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    The following post was originally published in the Palm Beach Post by Staff Writer Kimberly Miller with excerpts by Roy Oppenheim. Newly-filed foreclosures jumped 24 percent in Florida last month compared to a year earlier, a spike that marked the first annual increase since early 2013 and led to speculation about whether a long-predicted flood of home repossessions had arrived. Source: RealtyTrac According to a report from the company RealtyTrac, which measures foreclosure filings nationwide, 6,468 Florida homes fell into foreclosure in August, which was a 74 percent increase from the…
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    First Home, First Loan » Stephen Katz

  • How Do You Define Earnest Money?

    Stephen Katz
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    It is a deposit paid toward the purchase of a home, to illustrate to the seller how serious you are about buying the property. Why Are They Needed? Because sellers have a lot on the line when selling their house, they want to ensure buyers are serious when making an offer to buy. The exercise of putting a cash deposit down shows them exactly that. The bottom line: Earnest money deposits are meant to discourage buyers from just making multiple offers on many different properties, only to “weigh their options.” If you consider this concept from the seller’s perspective it makes a lot of…
  • Problems Associated With Excessive Debt

    Stephen Katz
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Many Americans, including myself, carry a small and manageable amount of credit card debt. There is nothing wrong with this. It is when you have an excessive level of debt in relation to your monthly income, that you can hurt your chances of getting approved for a mortgage loan. Mortgage lenders use credit scores and debt-to-income (DTI) ratios to measure the potential risk a borrower carries. A borrower with a relatively low score and a high amount of recurring debt represents a bigger risk to the lender. This is exactly what can happen when you have a lot of credit card debt. It can lower…
  • Your Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI)

    Stephen Katz
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This ratio can make or break your loan approval, as it is one of the largest qualification criteria used for home loan applicants. When you apply for a mortgage, one of the first things the lender will do is check your debt-to-income ratio, or DTI. As the name implies, this is a comparison between the amount of money you pay toward your debts each month, and the amount of money you earn. This is similar to the ratio discussed earlier, the credit-utilization ratio. But this one compares your overall debt to your monthly income. Mortgage lenders use the DTI to assess your financial stability…
  • Mortgage Insurance – What Does it Cost?

    Stephen Katz
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    There are two basic types of coverage. The first type is private mortgage insurance (PMI) policies, which are applied to conventional home loans. The federal government does not insure Conventional or “regular” loans. The second type is for those borrowers who use government-insured FHA loans. These borrowers must also pay for mortgage insurance, but it’s different from PMI — it is provided through the federal government. Conventional Loans How much is private mortgage insurance, on average? A percentage of the loan amount is typically used to generate PMI fees based on the amount of…
  • The Affects of Credit Card Debt on Mortgage Approval

    Stephen Katz
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    As a home buyer, you should be concerned with the amount of credit card debt you have as it can directly affect your ability to get a home loan. In fact, having too much debt can hurt you in two ways during the mortgage process: – It can lower your credit score, which in turn reduces your ability to qualify for a loan. – It increases your overall debt-to-income ratio, which also reduces your chances of getting the loan amount you desire. Lenders today will turn you down cold if they feel you have too much debt in relation to your income, as they are most concerned with your total…
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    Zoliath Blog

  • Will Amazon Be The Future of Brick-and-Mortar Retail? (source: national real estate investor)

    Administrator
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Microsoft. Samsung. Apple. Google. Amazon: These are the most prominent tech companies around. Do they also represent the future of brick-and-mortar retail? As everyone looks at the phenomenal success of Apple’s retail stores to learn how to drive sales volume and build their brands, it’s not surprising that other large technology and consumer products companies are also considering dipping their toes in the same retail waters. Microsoft has opened stand-alone specialty stores as well as kiosks in shopping centers across the United States. Google has dabbled in pop-ups and Samsung has…
  • Zoliath: Compiling and Connecting Qualified Real Estate Professionals & Services Online…for Free

    Administrator
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Connecting professionals in the commercial real estate industry Zoliath delivers the most qualified commercial real estate professionals for your unique needs now—filtered and easy to find in the market in which you operate. Whether you’re looking to rent commercial space, sign up with a commercial bank or find a commercial listing for a property appraiser in your area, you’ve come to the right place. WE HELP PROFESSIONALS LIST THEIR SERVICES AND OWNERS & MANAGERS FIND THE RIGHT SERVICE PROVIDER. ALL FOR FREE! Though you won’t find a commercial property listing on…
  • Smart CRE Broker- Online Source for growing your skills

    Administrator
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    What Is Smart CRE Broker ? Smart CRE Broker is a content rich, one stop resource for the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Industry. Our Site offers the Commercial Agent or Broker actionable know – how and valuable productivity tools that will help you maximize your potential. The resources you will find here at Smart CRE Broker will help you grow your skills, win more business and service your clients both smarter and better. Blog, podcasts, acadamy and more. More info, CLICK HERE. source: http://www.smartcrebroker.com source:
  • The Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Markets (source: fundrise)

    Administrator
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    The Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Markets Aren’t All Obvious by Jordan Sale | Sep 16, 2014 | Economy It’s probably not surprising to industry observers that San Francisco took first place in a recent survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute — Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014.  After all, the city is centered in the country’s strongest tech region and property values across the board reflect this distinction. However, there are some smaller markets, such as Seattle and Austin, that some might not have expected to make the cut. Let’s…
  • Outlet center development surging (source: shopping centers today)

    Administrator
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Outlet center development surging, VRN conference told Publish Date: September 15, 2014 The factory outlet concept is as hot with developers and investors as it is with consumers, said ICSC president and CEO Michael P. Kercheval, at the Value Retail News (VRN) Fall Outlet Leasing & Marketing Convention, in Secaucus, N.J., this morning. North American outlet centers continue to outperform traditional malls, he pointed out. “Sales today at U.S. malls are almost $480 per square foot,” he said. “But look at the outlet sector. The 205 outlet centers in North America are posting $532…
 
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    Virtual Tour Software ~ Virtual Tour Company

  • Vacation Rental Photography & Professional Virtual Tours

    Jason LaVanture
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Vacation home rentals are very popular at this time of the year. But with so many properties available for vacation rentals, especially those in and around popular destinations, it can be hard for property owners to attract renters to their particular vacation homes.A well-made vacation rental virtual tour can give you a competitive advantage in marketing your vacation home rental. Whether you’re a property owner, a real estate agent working with vacation homes, or a virtual tour provider looking to expand your customer base, creating vacation home virtual tours is a great place to…
  • Hot Springs, AR Virtual Tours - New T4 Photographer - Impact 360

    Jason LaVanture
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Impact 360 Media, your custom virtual tour and Google Business View 360 tour specialist, serves the entire state of Arkansas and beyond.   We have had the privilege of shooting 360 virtual tours in Alaska, Washington, California, Arkansas and even Florida.We have been serving business clients since 2006 including:    Retail    Medical    Private Schools    Manufacturing    Restaurants    Hotels    Universities    Venuesand much more!Our ability to offer the highly…
  • Jim Rector - First RTV Provider to Achieve T4 Status - Servicing Roanoke, VA

    Jason LaVanture
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    RTV proudly welcomes James Rector to the T4 virtual tour provider group!  Jim runs Image 360 Studios, an interactive media marketing company founded in 2006; specializing in 360 degree Panoramic photography and High Resolution architectural images.  Located outside of Blacksburg, in southwest Virginia, the studio mainly provides service to areas in Roanoke and New River Valley area; although they also service many cities in North Carolina, western Tennessee, and West Virginia.  Jim Rector graduated from Radford University where he first studied photography using film cameras…
  • 4 Places to Promote Virtual Tours

    Jason LaVanture
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Whether you’re a real estate agent, a business owner, or a virtual tour provider, marketing is an essential part of making virtual tours work for you. After all, the more people see your stunning, high quality virtual tours, the more business you’ll generate. Posting your videos on YouTube and your own website is a great start—but you can do more to get views for your virtual tours and increase your profits, all without spending a dime.Here are four different but effective places you can display your virtual tours in order to capture more potential customers and buyers.Facebook: High…
  • RTV Announces New Talkshow - Through The Lens

    Jason LaVanture
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Through the Lens – Portrait Photography 101Attention RTV family and fans: The inaugural Through The Lens webinar hosted by Jay Stringham is finally here. This exciting opening episode will focus on portrait photography and will feature special guest Mike Drilling of Windborne Studios in Traverse City, MI.Mike has a been a very successful portrait and commercial photographer in Northern Michigan for over 30 years.  This is a great opportunity to learn from a very experienced on location lighting expert. We believe photographers of all skill levels will benefit from his experience and…
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • This Week in the Economy

    CoyDavidson
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Big Week for Stocks All three major stock indexes finished the week with significant gains. The tech heavy Nasdaq finished up 5.29% for the week. The Dow advanced 2.59% and the S&P 500 gained 4.12% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: U.S. Rig Count is up 9 […]
  • This Week’s Recommended Reading

    CoyDavidson
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    5 Articles to Read this Weekend Workplace Design Implications of Emergent Worker Attitudes It is hard to argue that the workplace of the future will be vastly different than the workplace of the 1970s or even the ‘90s. Shifts in technology, different business models, and increased environmental concern will all be actors. But the biggest […]
  • Q3 2014 | Houston Industrial | Market Report

    CoyDavidson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Houston’s industrial market Q3 Net Absorption of 2.9M SF Pushes YTD Positive Net Absorption to 7.6M SF Houston’s industrial market remains one of the healthiest in the U.S. primarily due to continued expansion in the oil and gas industry. It has accelerated Houston’s job growth, increasing demand for housing and home building supplies. Job growth […]
  • 25 Tweeting Tips for CRE Professionals

    CoyDavidson
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Do You Tweet? Every day Twitter is becoming more accepted as a mainstream branding and marketing tool for commercial real estate professionals. One of my colleagues recently asked me for some tweeting tips to develop an active and highly followed twitter account. So I put together this quick list: Think Content Curation with your Twitter […]
  • Texas Posts Record 12 Month Job Growth

    CoyDavidson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Texas Labor Market Review – October 2014 The Texas economy added 36,400 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in September following the revised addition of 32,500 jobs in August according to the latest Texas Labor Market Review. Over the year, Texas added 413,700 total non-farm jobs, the largest gain over a 12-month period ever recorded in […]
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    Waterfront Properties in Jupiter | Real Estate Blog

  • 24/7 PRACTICES of VERY SUCCESSFUL ENTREPENUERS

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Research indicates that the human brain is most productive two and a half to four hours after waking.  Some simple habits can align someone for success.  Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  A habit is a regular tendency or practice. Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, claims to rise every day at 4:30am. Anna Wintour, Editor-in-chief of Vogue, commits to playing tennis daily.  India’s fourth richest billionaire is a marathon runner.  An active body equals and active mind.  Successful people do not stay in bed until noon on…
  • WINDY WEEKEND FOR FISHING!

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    10.24.14 Fishing Report The ocean forecast is in the midst of changing seasons, it has been a little wet and windy out there. The fish are used to being wet so it doesn’t affect them, but the north winds should help them get a little feisty for dinner! OFFSHORE- The Dolphin bite has been around in fair numbers all year and is being found closer in about 600-800 feet, which is about 5 miles offshore in the Southeast Region of Florida. As normal, always look for floating debris and around the weed lines for these colorful predators. Trolling with artificial lures and ballyhoos are the best…
  • VENICE OF AMERICA

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    In the heart of Broward County rests Fort Lauderdale, also known as “Venice of America” for its intricate coordination of waterways and canals. Fort Lauderdale is a prominent ocean side city highlighted on enjoying the salt water and sun that is existing in South Florida, whether you are relaxing on the pristine white sandy beach, fishing or even golfing, there is endless temptations and fun for all ages. Fort Lauderdale is also stylish for its live entertainment, shopping, and delicious restaurants and has all the finest night clubs and bars. You also have the prospect to take a step…
  • THE 55TH FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    The “Yachting Capital of the World” also referred to as Fort Lauderdale, Florida annually hosts, now its 55th year, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 30-Novemebr 3, 2014.  This show is considered to be a leading worldwide yachting event and fascinates a huge amount of international spectators as well as thousands of boating enthusiasts from Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East and every corner of the U.S. to the major in-water boat show location in the world. The 55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show displays an array of yacht manufacturers and…
  • BOOST YOUR HAPPINESS

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    A Harvard University study found that optimists are not only happier but 50% less likely to have heart disease, a heart attack or a stroke.    Decades of data indicate that people who are happy live longer and healthier lives.  Achieving contentment is something many people strive to achieve based on the $550 million Americans spend on self-help books and $1 billion on motivational speakers. One explanation is behavioral.   Possibly, because optimists enjoy better health and live longer lives because they live healthier lifestyles.  These lifestyles lead to biological benefits such as…
 
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    Maine Real Estate Blog

  • MAINE REAL ESTATE SALES UP 6.58 PERCENT; PRICES RISE

    LegacySIR
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    SOUTH PORTLAND (October 21, 2014)— Buyers of Maine real estate have been active this fall season, purchasing seasonal/vacation properties as well as primary homes. Maine Listings released statistics today showing that sales of single-family existing homes increased 6.58 percent in September 2014. The median sales price (MSP) hit $175,000 last month—up 1.16 percent from one year ago. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less. Nationwide, sales dipped 1.9 percent while the national MSP rose 5.9 percent to $210,300. According to the National…
  • Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes New California Firm

    LegacySIR
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    MADISON, N.J. (Oct. 6, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Venture Sotheby’s International Realty in Pleasanton, California, is the newest member of its real estate network. The brokerage will be led by Andrew Greenwell, the broker and co-owner of the firm. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 83 offices throughout the state of California. “We are proud to grow the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s presence in California with Venture Sotheby’s International Realty and the team of professionals that…
  • Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Tim Kennedy as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Maine Real Estate (October 6, 2014) Legacy Properties Sotheby’sInternational Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is pleased to announce that Tim Kennedy has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President. Tim will be based in the Portland office at 2 City Center. Tim began his  real estate career in 1985. He has an extensive background in all phases of new construction and residential development. Adept at working with both buyers and sellers, Tim specializes in complex high value and hard-to-value homes. “It is terrific to have Tim join…
  • Jim Nadeau Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty’s as Vice President

    LegacySIR
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Maine Real Estate (October 3, 2014) Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is proud to announce Jim Nadeau has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President.  Jim, a graduate of Boston College, has more than 20-years experience in real estate.  His background spans working with properties both domestic and international. He has been involved in property management, development, investment and brokerage. Jim is also a land use consultant with an expertise in waterfront and water view properties.  “We…
  • Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Massachusetts Firm

    LegacySIR
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    MADISON, N.J. (Oct. 1, 2014) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is the newest member of its real estate network. The company now will operate as Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, and Jon Ufland is principal and managing broker of the firm. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 33 independently owned and operated offices throughout the state of Massachusetts. “We are proud to grow our presence in Massachusetts with…
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    ExpertView Blog

  • The Dangers of Overcapitalising

    realestateview.com.au
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    In a buoyant property market, as in most Australian capitals over the past year, it’s tempting to spend on home improvements and renovations. After all, prices on the up mean money laid out now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why failing to plan is planning to fail

    Enzo Raimondo
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    As the weather is starting to pick up and the sunnier months are within reach, it is easy to feel inspired for change. It could be a DIY addition to your property which you never got around to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Advice for a stress- free house move

    realestateview.com.au
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move Moving house can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time of significant stress- especially if you decide to do it yourself. Moving on your own can save you a lot... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Agent’s top tips to getting open home ready

    realestateview.com.au
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Agent’s top tips to getting open home ready Are you looking to sell? As an agent, it is my role is to give my home owners or ‘vendors’ the best advice possible to prepare their property for sale so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Can you trust a ‘bargain’ home?

    realestateview.com.au
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    The real price of a ‘bargain’ home The seemingly ever increasing property prices in Australia have turned many first home buyers’ attention to affordable and fixable homes. With popular... [[ 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

  • Don’t Be Mad at Us

    Gail Spada
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    This past weekend, while contemplating what new series I would be embarking on for my soon-approaching BLOG post, I remembered the recent loss of a fellow REALTOR, Beverly Carter from Arkansas, and thought that this tragedy should serve as a red-flag to our industry. For those of you who don’t know the sad story about Beverly Carter, let me tell you… While showing a vacant home to a stranger, she was kidnapped, murdered and dumped in a shallow grave. Reportedly, the sole suspect, who remains in police custody, told police he targeted her because she was “a woman that worked…
  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 4/4

    Gail Spada
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    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 home-staging. Explore our last 2 “biggest staging sins” that sellers can make and some common-sense advice to help avoid these pitfalls before it costs them a sale. Failing to Stage for all the Senses – #7 Outrageously Bad Home-Staging Decision A house that smells like pet pandemonium or nasty nicotine will be a tough house to sell, no matter how…
  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 3/4

    Gail Spada
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding pre-market…
  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 2/4

    Gail Spada
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    For many sellers and buyers, the purchase of a home is an intensely personal experience. At its core, a home is the individual expression of a homeowner’s life enclosed within four walls. And while, initially, buyers should be more focused on the “bones of a home” – meaning those items that will stay after the seller vacates – staging a home can often be the difference between a “Buyer Bonanza” and a “Buyer Abyss”. It may be difficult for those involved but, with a little “tough love”, sellers can definitely benefit by heeding advice regarding…
  • 8 OUTRAGEOUSLY BAD STAGING DECISIONS – Part 1/4

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

  • Dropping Mortgage Rates. Buy? Or Re-fi?

    Ken Montville
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Mortgage rates are dropping, again. Yay! Do you remember the last time mortgage rates dipped down into the 3s?  It was, maybe , a year or so ago. People said it would never be that low, again. Well, they were wrong. Due to stock market volatility a lot  of investors are moving away from equities – the “stocks” in stock market – and getting into bonds. Bonds are a lot more stable and provide a lot less return on your investment. Think of a US Savings Bond. Our parents and grandparents used to collect them.  They would buy them for less than their face value of, say,…
  • I Got Me A New Caricature

    Ken Montville
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    So, I got this caricature done on Fiverr. You know. The place that does all kinds of things for $5 except that anything on Fiverr is rarely five bucks. Anyway. I always liked caricatures. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I know they’re a distortion of what I look like and not what I really look like in, say, a photograph or the mirror. car·i·ca·ture ˈkerikəCHər,ˈkerikəˌCHo͝or/ noun  a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect. A lot of the…
  • What A Home Seller Means When They Say…

    Ken Montville
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    We Realtors hear a lot of crazy stuff. It amazes me that I hear a lot of the same phrases over and over. Of course, the individual home seller thinks they’re being original and clever. To be honest, it took awhile for me to be able to crack the code. “Can You Give Me A Ballpark Number?” This usually comes in the form of a phone call. The home seller has gotten one of my postcards or found me on the Internet. They’ve already been to one of those big listings aggregator sites and saw their ballpark estimate on the web. They got a little upset, probably, because the…
  • Timing Your Home Sale

    Ken Montville
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    When is a good time for your home sale? Believe it or not, this is not a blog post about NOW IS THE TIME TO SELL.  I know you hear enough of that.  All you have to do is turn on the TV or radio or go to virtually any real estate website and they’ll be telling you NOW IS THE TIME TO SELL. Only it might not be. Really the only time to sell your house is when you are actually ready to move. Or, in the case of inheriting  a house, which sometimes happens, when you’re ready to sell it and cash in. What this blog post is about is when you should put the house on the market relative…
  • The Physical Condition of Your House

    Ken Montville
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Ah. The good ol’ days. It used to be people would want to meet with Realtors if they were interested in selling their house. They’d have a conversation about what they wanted to do and the time frame they had in mind. Part of the process involved the Realtor looking at the house, live and in color, to get a good idea about the physical condition of the house. The real physical condition. Not something the seller wanted them to think. You see, the actual physical condition of the house has a huge effect on the selling price. I have seen lots of houses in lots of different states…
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • Under the Dome

    Sheri Koones
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Filed under: Design, News, Lifestyle Courtesy of Angelo VermeulenThe dome and its inhabitants occupy an abandoned quarry on the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. Unlike the popular CBS-TV series "Under the Dome," the inhabitants of this dome are in a self-imposed isolation, which began on Oct 15. Imagine spending eight months in a remote dome with five other people, with limited communication with the outside world. These six people were selected from 150 applicants with the primary purpose to examine the crew psychology of working and living together for an extended length of time. This project…
  • Mortgage Rates Below 4%: Sparking a Boom or Just a Boomlet?

    The Associated Press
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Financing, Refinancing ShutterstockHomeowners eager for a bargain mortgage rate are firing off inquiries to lenders and refinancing is on the upswing. By Marcy Gordon WASHINGTON -- With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home. Yet there are limits to how far the wave can extend. Millions of homeowners already re-financed in 2013, when the average 30-year mortgage rate stayed…
  • New Home Sales Rise in September, but August Pace Cut

    Reuters
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Economy Keith Srakocic/AP By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rose to a six-year high in September, but a sharp downward revision to August's sales pace indicated that the housing recovery remains fragile. The Commerce Department said Friday that sales increased 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 units, the highest reading since July 2008. August's sales pace was revised down to 466,000 units from 504,000 units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales at a 470,000-unit pace last month. New…
  • New York Apartment Building Is Tallest in the Americas

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Lifestyle, Inside Look DBOX for CIM Group & Macklowe PropertiesRendering of a master bathroom in a finished apartment at 432 Park Avenue. When the first residents of 432 Park Avenue say they're feeling on top of the world, they won't be speaking in metaphors. The 96-floor condo nearing completion stands 1,396 feet tall. It is, at the moment, not only the tallest residential building in Manhattan, or in the U.S., or in North America; developers CIM Group and Macklowe Properties claim the rooftop of 432 Park Avenue is the highest of any apartment building in the…
  • 8 Reputedly Haunted Homes Currently on the Market

    Zillow
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Filed under: News, Buying, LifestyleBy Catherine Sherman Is that the "Crying Lady Ghost" or the sound of old pipes? Now you can see for yourself. Some of America's oldest and most haunted homes are on the market. Take a stroll down eerie lane, but know this: You're on your own from here. There's no telling what's lurking behind these doors.  Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
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  • Under the Dome

    Sheri Koones
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Filed under: Design, News, Lifestyle Courtesy of Angelo VermeulenThe dome and its inhabitants occupy an abandoned quarry on the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. Unlike the popular CBS-TV series "Under the Dome," the inhabitants of this dome are in a self-imposed isolation, which began on Oct 15. Imagine spending eight months in a remote dome with five other people, with limited communication with the outside world. These six people were selected from 150 applicants with the primary purpose to examine the crew psychology of working and living together for an extended length of time. This project…
  • Mortgage Rates Below 4%: Sparking a Boom or Just a Boomlet?

    The Associated Press
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Financing, Refinancing ShutterstockHomeowners eager for a bargain mortgage rate are firing off inquiries to lenders and refinancing is on the upswing. By Marcy Gordon WASHINGTON -- With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home. Yet there are limits to how far the wave can extend. Millions of homeowners already re-financed in 2013, when the average 30-year mortgage rate stayed…
  • New Home Sales Rise in September, but August Pace Cut

    Reuters
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Economy Keith Srakocic/AP By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rose to a six-year high in September, but a sharp downward revision to August's sales pace indicated that the housing recovery remains fragile. The Commerce Department said Friday that sales increased 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 units, the highest reading since July 2008. August's sales pace was revised down to 466,000 units from 504,000 units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales at a 470,000-unit pace last month. New…
  • New York Apartment Building Is Tallest in the Americas

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Lifestyle, Inside Look DBOX for CIM Group & Macklowe PropertiesRendering of a master bathroom in a finished apartment at 432 Park Avenue. When the first residents of 432 Park Avenue say they're feeling on top of the world, they won't be speaking in metaphors. The 96-floor condo nearing completion stands 1,396 feet tall. It is, at the moment, not only the tallest residential building in Manhattan, or in the U.S., or in North America; developers CIM Group and Macklowe Properties claim the rooftop of 432 Park Avenue is the highest of any apartment building in the…
  • 8 Reputedly Haunted Homes Currently on the Market

    Zillow
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Filed under: News, Buying, LifestyleBy Catherine Sherman Is that the "Crying Lady Ghost" or the sound of old pipes? Now you can see for yourself. Some of America's oldest and most haunted homes are on the market. Take a stroll down eerie lane, but know this: You're on your own from here. There's no telling what's lurking behind these doors.  Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
 
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    Daniel Hancock Photography

  • Testament to Courage

    Daniel Hancock
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    After spending last weekend in the Gettysburg area of Pennsylvania, I am finally getting a chance to edit the pictures. Gettysburg is an amazing location full of natural beauty and history. Although the scenery was beautiful of itself, framing it with the monument really helped convert the photograph from nice to stunning. Just as sentences are composed of various types of words, photographs are also composed of smaller portions. Having a subject, a foreground (often to frame the subject), and a background in a photograph attracts the viewer’s attention in a complementary way.
  • Shadows in Gray

    Daniel Hancock
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    I’ve been busy with several commercial projects, but still have been getting out for landscape photography – especially for the fall colors. It is such a blessing to take a walk through the woods, camera in hand.    
  • Forest Fungi

    Daniel Hancock
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Nope… No little green men in this picture – just spooky fungi. Random? Maybe. Flash was used in this photograph to create the shadows around the fungi. Anybody know what type?
  • State of the 2014 Photography Industry

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

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

    Kathy Torline
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Garden of the Gods, a registered National Landmark in Colorado Springs Search for homes on acreage in the Colorado Springs area Garden of the Gods is one of my favorites places in Colorado Springs.  It is truly magnificent, regardless of the time of the year.  Hope you enjoy some of the recent shots I took while hiking the park with my grandkids. There are over 15 miles of trails in the park, and one of my favorite trails starts from the main parking lot.  It is an easy, 1 1/2 mile roundtrip, concrete.   It’s Wheelchair and stroller accessible.     Related Articles: 21…
  • The property has been on the market 200 days, something must be wrong with it

    Kathy Torline
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
     Colorado Springs Days on Market I often hear this statement from Colorado Springs home buyers, “The property has been on the market for 200 days, I don’t want to see it.  There must be something wrong with it.” With all of the information available to consumers, more and more buyers pay attention to the Days of Market listed in the property details reports available in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS.) The importance of days on market can vary from area to area, and from place to place, from price range to price range.   And sometimes homes that have been on the…
  • Foreclosures continue to decline in 2014

    Kathy Torline
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Foreclosures in the Colorado Springs area continue to decline in 2014 Search for all Colorado Springs Homes   As the Colorado Springs real estate market and economy has continue to improve in 2014, foreclosure2 have continue to decline.   The latest numbers from the El Paso County Public Trustee shows that there is a drop of almost 28% in August compared to August of the previous year, and year to date numbers are trending lower than in 2013. Year to date as of July 2014   1,156 Year to date as of July 2013    1,215 Year to date as of July 2012  2,105 Year to date as of July 2011…
  • How big are Colorado Springs homes?

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

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

  • RE/MAX Access Open Houses Oct 25th-26th

    blogeditor
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    A video posted by RE/MAX Access (@accessphilly) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:14am PDT   Follow accessphilly.com’s board 1124 O’NEIL ST , PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 on Pinterest. A video posted by RE/MAX Access (@accessphilly) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:02am PDT   Follow accessphilly.com’s board 1247 E COLUMBIA AVE #3, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest. A video posted by RE/MAX Access (@accessphilly) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:47am PDT   Follow accessphilly.com’s board 840 ALMOND ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest. A video posted by RE/MAX Access (@accessphilly) on…
  • #Hot Props:What’s Going On At Hagert Square?

    blogeditor
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    By: Jarek Cotto Hagert Square is a major project from the folks over at Hagert Development LLC. It consists of 30 premium housing units on the blocks of E Hagert st. and E Letterly st. Half of the units, which have already been sold, are between 2403-2431 E Hagert St. The other half are between 2402-2430 E Letterly St, and four of these homes are already under contract. The homes are on a 21.333ft wide footprint making them fairly sizable compared to other homes whose footprints are only 16-18ft wide. Here, you get the most bang for your buck. These homes come with 3 bedrooms and 3.5…
  • FYI: How Long Will Philly Stay Ebola Free?

    blogeditor
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    http://s3.thehealthsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ebola-virus33.jpg By: Jarek Cotto The losing bidder for the Revel Casino, Glenn Straub,  has filed an appeal of that outcome in state bankruptcy court. He claims that Revel officials did not share promised information about competing bids, and that they accepting a bid past the deadline. Will the “University for Geniuses” actually be made? Is Camden changing for the better? Many think so. Gun violence is down, outsiders are making investments and redevelopment is slowly starting to take place. Read more about Camdens revival below.
  • Open Houses October 18th & 19th

    blogeditor
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    1122 Carpenter Street Follow accessphilly.com’s board 1122 Carpenter Street Philadelphia PA 19147 on Pinterest. Loading   View on Instagram 2544 Memphis Street Follow accessphilly.com’s board 2544 MEMPHIS ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest. Loading   View on Instagram 417 Livingston Follow accessphilly.com’s board 417 LIVINGSTON ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest. Loading   View on Instagram 1 Academy Circle Follow accessphilly.com’s board 1 ACADEMY CIR #103, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19146 on Pinterest. Loading   View on Instagram 945 N 6th Street…
  • #HotProps: Rent on the River with Pier 3 Condominiums

    blogeditor
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Views at Pier 3 By: Jarek Cotto Pier 3 Condominiums are in a prime location on the Delaware River waterfront. There is a luxury rental property currently available very close to Old City and Philadelphia’s historic treasures. This beautiful and conveniently located spot has a rich history and rad modern amenities. According to the Pier 3 website, “In 1907, the City of Philadelphia established the Department of Wharves, Docks, and Ferries as a division of its Department of Commerce to meet the needs of the city’s growing foreign, inter-coastal, coastal and Delaware River trade.
 
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    The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • 3 Bedroom in Fishtown: 840 Almond St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/t1CJ This home has been completely renovated with all of the modern features you have been looking for. There is plenty of space for a living room and dining room and the kitchen overlooks the entire first floor. The kitchen has beautiful cabinetry, a granite counter top and glass bread stick patterned back splash, stainless appliance package, under mount sink with goose neck faucet and filled with natural light from the rear door and window that overlooks the back patio. The basement is finished…
  • New Construction in Fishtown: 412 Moyer St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r1Fb All units are 3 bedrooms with 2.5 baths ranging in size from 2030sf to 2630sf. This urban community offers a secure courtyard layout with a private driveway where every home will have it's own attached garage and the entrance immediately off of the courtyard. These stunning townhomes will be built for energy efficiency utilizing green building techniques and products. There will be a 10 year new construction tax abatement. The amenities for unit 1 include: 2,031sf of living space with 3…
  • 4 Bedroom in Northern Liberties: 407 Poplar St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/g1HZ Enjoy the modern up scale design throughout and features such as an open steel staircase with solid wood tread, oversize windows throughout, hardwood floors throughout, a lower level storage room, media inspired room with tons of natural light, with a full bathroom on the lower level and laundry room with side by side washer and dryer. The main level entrance leads you to the eat in chef kitchen, and rear yard access. The eat in kitchen has Wolf appliances, 6 burner gas range with exhaust hood,…
  • New Construction in Northern Liberties: 949 N 6th St.

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/j1BU Enter into the living room and dining space through to the kitchen and half bath.  The first floor has an abundance of natural light from the oversized 3 section sliding glass rear doors that lead to the 35+' deep rear yard with walk-out deck, amphitheater inspired steps and tranquil landscaping.  The kitchen is fitted with European cabinetry from Porcelanosa, stunning polished Quartz counters and Bosch appliances. . The 2nd floor holds the Master bedroom suite with a sizable walk through…
  • 2 Bedroom in Northern Liberties: 722 N 2nd St #202

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/j1Ag Welcome to this stunning loft-style condo with cathedral ceilings, exposed ductwork and beams and exposed brick in the lovely 8 unit boutique condo building. Experience the best of luxury living combined with being in the heart of Northern Liberties! First floor has gleaming hardwood floors throughout with plenty of natural light on both sides of the unit as well as a convenient half bath. Kitchen has custom cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Open / modern layout for…
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  • Real Estate Community Websites – The Follr Way

    Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    There has been an increasing amount of conversation, online and offline, about real estate community Websites. What is a real estate community Website? The simplest definition is: “a dedicated [] website where an individual can go to learn more about a particular city or town.” As highlighted on The Social Media Hat: “When trying to determine whether to choose one town over another there are usually some specific things that a buyer is going to want to know. Most often the decision to relocate to one city or another boils down to a few of the following things: How good is…
  • The Latest Halloween Costume: A Realtor!

    Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Available from The Costume Center: If you enjoyed this post you’ll certainly enjoy these other ‘Just For Fun’ posts!
  • NAR Discusses Home Sales Pace Rising in September

    Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this video, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun talks about September Existing-Home Sales and predicts what will happen in the housing market in the next 1-2 years.
  • Millennials Haven’t Written off Homeownership; More Than Half Expect to Buy within Five Years, C.A.R. Survey Finds

    Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Los Angeles, CA – October 23rd 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) Contrary to popular belief, millennials still highly value homeownership, and a majority expect to buy a home in the next five years, according to a CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) survey of young adults age 18-34. More than half (54 percent) gave homeownership an importance rating of “8” or higher on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “not at all important” and 10 being “extremely important.” The biggest advantages they see in homeownership are the freedom to do what they want with the property, privacy, and the…
  • Halloween Home Staging?

    Admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    As we approach Halloween I hope the following pieces of furniture don’t end up in any staged homes for sale, unless of course it’s a haunted house… The bloody bathroom (SpinningHat.com): This blood soaked pillow is only $272 (Lost City Products) My favorite, the bloody table: Throw in a couple of lights: And then there’s the Kersplat Coffee Table, created by James Ian Killinger, a 2008 graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Design: And finally the scariest/most disgusting of them all, blood soaked china:
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  • Is your future as dark as theirs?

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

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

    Guest Author
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With the ever looming threat of online scammers, spammers and hackers, security concerns are the number one issue for making payments online. https://www.BizListings.com.au is the first website in its niche to completely move the entire site over to the https version, otherwise known as SSL (secure sockets layer). Previously, Biz Listings used SSL on member and payment pages only, but since this announcement moved the site over completely. Google recently announced that SSL (https) is now there preferred format for websites, and websites which use SSL (https) will now receive an instant, but…
  • Homesales.com.au Promotes Unique Investment Search Feature

    Guest Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    September18, 2014 Property portal homesales.com.au has launched a new consumer campaign, promoting its unique investment search engine to property seekers. Homesales is the only mainstream property portal to have a dedicated investment search engine, allowing property seekers to search for properties based on rental return, capital growth, cash flow and more. According to Rhett Dallwitz, General Manager of homesales, “When it comes to the real estate market, every property purchase is an investment, which is why it’s important for property seekers to have access to the key data that will…
  • Homely.com.au reveals top 100 suburbs across Australia, ranking every suburb and awarding that elusive top spot

    Guest Author
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Powered by over half a million consumer reviews, Homely.com.au has today released an insight in to the top 100 suburbs in Australia, ranked by the locals that know best. 17th September 2014- After hundreds of thousand of reviews from agents and locals, Homely.com.au has provided an in depth overview for those who have wanted to know what is the best suburb in Australia. The reviews, which rank suburbs in Australia with a score out of 10 provides an amazing insight into the most desired places to live in Australia. CEO Jason Spencer said “Homely’s ratings and reviews have been a valuable…
 
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  • Save Interest, Build Equity & Shorten the Term

    financemyhome1
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    If you invest in a savings account, you’ll make less than 1% and would have to pay income tax on the earnings. On the other hand, contribute something extra to your house payment and you’ll earn at the mortgage interest rate which is certain to be more than you are earning in the bank. Making additional principal contributions on your mortgage will save interest, build equity and shorten the term. An extra $100 a month in the example shown will save thousands in interest and shorten the term of the mortgage as well. Reducing your cost of housing is another way to improve the investment in…
  • Enjoy Your Improvements and Profit by Them

    financemyhome1
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Homeowners can raise the basis or cost in their home by money spent on capital improvements. The benefit is that it will lower their gain and may save them taxes when they sell their home. Improvements must add value to your home, prolong its useful life or adapt it to new uses. Repairs are routine in nature to maintain the value and keep the property in an ordinary, operating condition. Additions of decks, pools, fences and landscaping add value to a home as well as new floor covering, counter-tops and other updates. Replacing a roof, appliances or heating and cooling systems would be…
  • Opportunity Costs

    financemyhome1
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Sometimes, there are costs associated with not taking a particular action. If a person left their money in a certificate of deposit earning 2% when they could have made an investment that earned 8%, the difference is the opportunity costs associated to not taking action. If a couple has a down payment and good credit, locking in a low interest rate mortgage for 30 years could easily provide their lowest cost of housing. If that couple waits three years to purchase a home, the price would probably be higher as would the mortgage rate. However, assuming the price and interest rate remained…
  • Crafting an Acceptable Offer

    financemyhome1
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    An agent was presenting a contract to a single, senior woman who was moving into a retirement home. It was a full price offer with reasonable terms and timelines but the seller wouldn’t accept it. When the agent probed deeper, she discovered that the seller was concerned with her dining room table. It had been the first piece of nice furniture that she and her husband had purchased and they had literally spent a lifetime celebrating and making decisions at that table. It troubled the owner to think that the table would go to strangers who might not appreciate it as much as her family…
  • Seller Safety Plan

    financemyhome1
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    September is REALTOR® Safety month when special attention is focused on the security of having a home on the market and the concerns for the well-being of owners is a day-to-day effort. The following list may help sellers secure their home and minimize risk. • Locks – doors and windows should be locked at all times. Additional locks like deadbolts or safety locks can provide a higher level of security. • Home lighting – turn on the lights prior to prior to purchasers arriving to improve the showing. Not only will they be able to see things better, it could prevent them hurting…
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    Houston Apartment Insiders' Blog

  • Haunted Houston: Halloween Ghost-Hunting Tours

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    For adults and older kids, there are plenty of spooky, scary, startling Houston Halloween events. Check out this list of haunted houses in Houston!Halloween is on the way, and there are plenty of fun things to do in Houston to celebrate. If you’ve got little ones, check out our previous post full of fun, not-too-scary Halloween events for families with young children. For adults and older kids, there are plenty of spooky, scary, startling Houston Halloween events happening, too. Haunted houses and haunted trails offer pretend, horror-movie experiences, but why not go where there’s…
  • Houston Halloween 2014 for Kids

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Halloween for Houston kids has even the adults excited about this year's options. Check out the great activities in and around town for Halloween in Houston -- for kids of all ages.Halloween is a fun time of year for everyone, but it's especially exciting for kids and their parents. All October, every October, Houston is full of opportunities to meet your neighbors, play as a family, and maybe even have the kids learn something new. Of course, trick-or-treating is an option, but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the season, too. Here are a few of the best Halloween events Houston…
  • Apartment-Friendly Outdoor Halloween Decorating Ideas

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Relocating within Houston or across the country doesn’t have to spoil your holiday fun. There are plenty of ways to show your spooky side in an apartment of any size. Here are just a few apartment Halloween decorating ideas to get you started.If you love Halloween, don’t let a small space keep you from expressing yourself, even if you’re moving from a house to an apartment, and you’re just getting used to life without a yard. Relocating within Houston or across the country doesn’t have to spoil your holiday fun. There are plenty of ways to show your spooky…
  • Houston Apartment Workshops and Craft Spaces

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Your Houston apartment is a launchpad -- directly into Houston's maker community. Whatever your desire to create, we've got you covered with these craft and maker destinations across Houston.There are lots of great reasons to move from a house to an apartment — saving money, having someone else take care of repairs, and enjoying shared amenities, and more — but the transition can be particularly challenging for creative types, whether you're just relocating within Houston, or moving across the country. Makers, crafters, artisans, and DIY lovers need space to organize tools and…
  • Celebrate Fall: Seasonal Houston Apartment Decorating Ideas

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Fall's here and it's a great time to add some seasonal decorations to your Houston apartment. Tips for enjoying autumn indoors to the fullest around your home.School is back in session, Houston’s college students are settling into their dorms and student apartments, and the vernal equinox has come and gone. It’s officially fall! There are so many things to love about fall in Houston. If you’re a fan of the season, why not celebrate by decorating your Houston apartment? Here are a few autumn apartment decorating ideas for apartments large and small:   Fall Colors and…
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    IPIN Global - Investing in Property

  • UK Sees First-Time Buyer Revival

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Despite gloomy reports on the lack of affordability for many British buyers trying to get on the property ladder, September saw a healthy 11% increase in first-time buyer completions. The First Time Buyer Tracker published by LSL Property Services showed that there were 25,800 first-time buyer completions in September, up from 23,200 in 2013. According to the report, new buyers are also paying more for their first home, with average prices increasing 3% to £150,950, the fourth consecutive month median prices have remained above the £150k mark. First-time buyers paying more for…
  • Chinese Investors get Thumbs Up for Australian Mining

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's no secret that China has generated huge amount of wealth for its population over the last decade, with more millionaires and ultra-high net worth individuals emerging than in any other country in the world. However, restrictive Chinese legislation has largely prevented large-scale investment overseas, leaving many to find 'alternative' means of getting their money out of the country. The situation altered dramatically last week, when China further relaxed restrictions around investments in overseas markets, particularly in mining and energy. This has prompted experts in Australia's…
  • Spain's Glut of Unsold Homes Diminishing Fast

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An increase in sales by foreign buyers and institutional investors has led to predictions that unsold homes in Spain will shrink to 563,000 units in 2015, a 40% decline from 2010. Spain's landscape has become well-known for being littered with unoccupied housing developments, neglected by an almost stagnant domestic market.  Meanwhile, foreign investment in Spanish property has increased exponentially in H1 2014, rising by more than 31% over the same period in 2013. According to the latest edition of the Pulsometer real estate report prepared by Spanish Realtors Association IPE, the…
  • Mining Boom Attracts Investors Down Under

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Western Australia's (WA) Pilbara region has been known as a hot spot for property investment for years, fuelled by the regional iron ore mining boom. Pilbara's main mining operator, Rio Tinto, saw first half earnings for 2014 leaping by a massive 21% to €3.5bn. CEO Sam Walsh said: "The outstanding half year performance reflects the quality of our world-class assets, our programme of operational excellence and our ability to drive performance during a period of weaker prices". The unique landscape created by mining operations The growth in Rio's iron ore production followed on the back of…
  • Optimistic Growth Forecast for Spanish Economy

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Spain has released consistently strong economic data over the last eight quarters, leading economists to raise forecasts towards more positive growth through 2015. This is in sharp contrast with other countries in the Eurozone that are currently struggling quite significantly. For example, France and Italy have lowered their economic outlook for the coming year and Spain was supposedly in just as sticky a mess in the years after the financial crisis. Much to the surprise of Eurozone counterparts, Spain has managed to emerge – albeit moderately – from the deep recession it has…
 
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    Massachusetts Real Estate News

  • Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles For October 2014

    Bill Gassett
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    The Very Best of Google+ Real Estate Articles               If this is the first recap of the “Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles” you’re reading, you’ve missed out! Google Plus is a great place to find real estate content from some of the best real estate bloggers. There are many Real Estate communities that are geared towards real estate industry professionals who create and share excellent articles, tips, and tricks! Google Plus communities are not only a great place to find excellent content, but also a place to network and interact with top…
  • 7 Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make

    Bill Gassett
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    First Time Home buyers Mistakes Right now, the US housing market has yet to fully recover from its peak in 2006. Yes, things are healing quite nicely in many markets with some decent price appreciation, but the costs of buying a home are still very affordable. Between low home prices and favorable interest rates, this is a great time for first time home buyers to get into the real estate game. But, becoming a first time home buyer can be a daunting decision. These are just so many complexities that jumping in at the wrong time might not be the best decision. Instead, it’s much wiser to be…
  • Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles For September 2014

    Bill Gassett
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Google Plus Real Estate Articles It’s that time again, time for a roundup of the best Google Plus articles of the month. You will find some great real estate content from the Real Estate Community on Google Plus for the month of September. It’s all right here. If you are a real estate professional and you are not currently networking with other professionals on Google Plus, you are missing out. I network with professionals on many social platforms and Google Plus is my favorite, by far. Great discussions happen every day in this community and the original content from other real estate…
  • Flood Insurance: Do You Need it

    Bill Gassett
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Do You Need Flood Insurance? If you have ever lived through a flood you know first-hand how devastating they can be. Not only can they destroy a home and its belongings but in the ensuing aftermath they can bring about mold, bacteria, and unsafe living conditions. It is not surprising they are the most common natural disaster in the world, accounting for billions of dollars in damage and countless claims each year. Some of the more common reasons for flooding are: Dams/levees Flash floods Heavy rains Ice jams Mud slides New/under developed areas Snow melt Tropical storms Flood Tips You May…
  • Best Google Plus Real Estate Articles For August 2014

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

  • Find All Liens Attached to a Property in 5 Minutes or Less

    Georgiana Mihaila
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Want to steer clear of properties with a history of liens? Or maybe just to check and see if there are any property liens you can use as leverage during negotiations? Here’s how to find out if a property has any liens against it, with the search taking less than 5 minutes of your time. Whether you’re in the process of buying property, mediating a sale on behalf of your client, or of investing in distressed properties, you’ll need to perform a thorough lien search before moving forward with your closing. Fortunately, you no longer have to spend valuable time taking trips to your…
  • The Unofficial Top 10 Most Beloved NYC Buildings

    Amalia Otet
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    The playground of some of the world’s most notable architects, New York City flaunts an impressive collection of buildings: some innovative, others grand or imposing, modern structures or historic landmarks, high-rise or low-rise, glassy, zany, or green… and the list could go on. But which among them cater best to New Yorkers and their thirst for singularity? To shed some light on the matter, we turned to Reddit and asked New Yorkers to share some of their favorite buildings. We got the good, the bad, and the controversial. While people can’t decide whether One57 is stunning or actually…
  • PropertyShark User Appreciation Party Brings Together 1,500 NYC RE Pros

    Nicoleta Iudean
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    You would think real estate is all about work, and no fun? 1,500 of NYC’s most influential real estate professionals would disagree, for they surely know how to party (after work, that is). The 2014 edition of PropertyShark’s annual Networking Event & User Appreciation Party was a tremendous success and a record breaker, gathering 1,500 real estate professionals from all branches of the industry. Hosted on September 16 in the glamorous and newly opened Space Ibiza New York, the event was our way of saying Thank You to the thousands of real estate professionals in NYC who subscribe to…
  • LA County Tax Sale Auctions Off 2,725 Properties; Find One That’s Perfect for You

    Georgiana Mihaila
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    With just a few weeks left until the 2014 LA County Tax Sale – set to take place on October 20, 21 in Pomona – we thought we’d take a look at the properties that will go up for auction and help you find one that’s perfect for you. Our Los Angeles Foreclosure listings show an impressive total of 2,725 properties that are about to be auctioned off by the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector. With a median starting bid of $7,424, 60% of the properties consist of vacant lots, but there are also a great deal of single-family homes and condos scheduled for auction — some of…
  • Does Airport Noise Affect Property Values?

    Balazs Szekely
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Say, you are on the lookout for a home. Say, you are willing to accept certain compromises in hopes of a financially favorable deal. Ever thought about noise pollution as a price-affecting factor? It seems reasonable to think that the closer you live to an airport, the bigger the impact the constant jet-roar has on the value of your home. At Property Shark, we wanted to find out whether this assumption is true and turned our attention to the residential blocks surrounding John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports in New York City. We started out by taking a look at which areas are…
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  • 5 Key Camp Logan Real Estate Trends | HoustonProperties

    Paige Martin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    5 Key Camp Logan Real Estate Trends The quiet and idyllic neighborhood of Camp Logan offers the right mix of luxurious city living and of living close to nature. Its neighborhood slogan says it all, “At the edge of the park, in the heart of the city.” Properties in the area have enjoyed a steady real estate appreciation over the past decade, marking a 102% increase in the last 5 years alone. Camp Logan homes for sale, however, have a very limited inventory. Finding a reliable Camp Logan Houston realtor gives buyers an edge in this highly competitive market.  For questions, advice, Camp…
  • Houston Trumps California In Housing Permits: 10 Astounding Houston New Construction Facts

    Jerico Gonzales
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Houston Trumps California In Housing Permits: 10 Astounding Houston New Construction Facts Bad news for California.  Good news for Houston. Houston became the #1 city in the country for new single family home construction permits over the past year.  In addition, Houston’s 27,151 new permits exceed the total number of permits for the entire state of California (1), (2), (3). What’s most astounding is that these 27,151 new permits may not be enough. Houston added 107,400 jobs in the 12 months ending August. In addition, Houston’s major employers are planning on boosting their…
  • Camp Logan Homes For Sale Under $1M | HoustonProperties

    Paige Martin
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Camp Logan Homes For Sale Under $1M Camp Logan, a cozy nook next to Memorial Park, possesses the right mix of the comforts of city living and the pleasure of living in a peaceful neighborhood. The neighborhood is near commercial and shopping establishments in the Washington Corridor and The Galleria, as well as to various outdoor pursuits in Memorial Park. Great location is the best selling point for Camp Logan homes, though properties in the neighborhood are also in high demand because of its: DIVERSE HOMES: Camp Logan features single-family homes and townhomes for sale. Properties include…
  • Camp Logan Luxury Real Estate | Camp Logan Houston Homes

    Paige Martin
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Most Expensive Camp Logan Houston Homes Camp Logan, a WWI-era training camp, combines the luxury of living in the heart of the city and the pleasure of having Memorial Park right next door. Camp Logan is located within Houston’s Inner Loop, wonderfully intertwining outdoor recreation with luxury living. It is one of the most sought-after addresses in the area due to its: ECLECTIC MIX OF HOMES: Camp Logan offers a wide selection of home styles, ranging from renovated ranch-style houses to new-construction single-family homes and multi-level townhomes. GREAT LOCATION: Camp Logan’s…
  • Jersey Village Houston Real Estate, Neighborhood & Homes For Sale

    Paige Martin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Jersey Village Houston Neigborhood Guide Jersey Village is a small neighborhood located at the crossroads of two major highways, US 290 and Highway 6. Houstonians often refer to Jersey Village as a “small town with big plans”, due to its combination of quiet, peaceful community and rapid real estate and commercial development. Jersey Village residents benefit from having easy access to major freeways. Two of the city’s biggest employment centers, Downtown Houston and Energy Corridor, are a 15-30 minutes away. Homes in Jersey Village are also near Memorial Park. Its northwest Houston…
 
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    Real Estate Blog

  • 63 Piñon, Blue Creek Ranch, Carbondale CO

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    63 PINON LANE || Blue Creek Ranch, Carbondale, CO from Altitude Filmworks on Vimeo Just footsteps to Gold Medal fishing, 50+ acres of open space, and the Rio Grande Trail. This beautifully designed ENERGY STAR certified, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home will allow you and your family to live a healthier lifestyle. Featuring bamboo floors, vaulted ceilings, radiant heat, central vacuum system, passive solar design, ENERGY STAR appliances, solar hot water, photo-voltaic system, over 1000SF of deck and patio space, private storage barn with garage door and much much more. You must see this house
  • 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

  • 7 Schiripo Way, New Construction for Sale, Dracut MA

    Massachusetts Realtor
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 7 Schiripo Way, Dracut MA 01826 MLS#71758048 Price-  $539,900 Rooms- 8 Bedrooms- 4 Living Area- 2634 sq feet Lot Size- 26,433 sq feet Description of 7 Schiripo Way, Dracut MA 01826 7 Schiripo Way is located in the eastern part of Dracut Massachusetts, in the desirable Meadow Creek golf community.  Meadow Creak is built around the Four Oaks Country Club.   The Four Oaks Country Club is an upscale, 18 hole championship golf course.  The club house features a bar and grill as well as…
  • Hardie Plank- The Pro’s of Fiber Cement Board Siding

    Massachusetts Realtor
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent What is Hardie Plank Siding? Hardie Plank siding is the most recognized name in fiber cement board siding.  While the most recognized name in fiber cement board siding other manufacturers include Certainteed (now Allura), GAF and many others. What is Fiber Cement Board Siding? Fiber cement board siding is pretty much what it says it is… a mixture of sand, cement and cellulose that is imprinted and then baked into planks or shingles.  It is basically a cement product giving you…
  • Real Estate Photography Tutorial Show Dedication

    Massachusetts Realtor
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent I recently posted an article on Active Rain.  A very popular real estate resource site.  The article was a tutorial on using multiple flash and Photoshop layers masks to create an exceptional marketing image of a home. Now the article was written for the real estate agent and real estate photographer to help hone their photography skills.  Let me assure you the above shot could not be created with an iphone or a point and shoot camera.  It could only be created with professional…
  • 52 Regency Drive for Sale, Dracut MA New Construction

    Massachusetts Realtor
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent 52 Regency Drive, Dracut MA 01826- MLS#   Status- Active Price- $559,900 Rooms- 8 Bedrooms- 4 Baths- 3 full Living Area- 2734 sq ft Lot Size- 20,120 sq ft 52 Regency Drive is located in Dracut Massachusetts in zipcode 01826.  Situated in Dracut’ premiere golf course community, Meadow Creek.  Meadow Creek is a large neighborhood built around the Four Oaks Country Club.  Meadow Creek is a large neighborhood of similar homes, definitely an upscale community. 52 Regency Drive is 8…
  • The Unused Bedroom, Show Its intended Use

    Massachusetts Realtor
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Often times as a REALTOR, I go on listing appointments to consult with home sellers, to find one or more bedrooms that are no longer a bedroom.  The bedroom is empty, has been converted to an office or has become a catch all room. It is important to show potential buyers the true use of a space.  Take that unused bedroom and make it look like a bedroom.  Buyers will walk away thinking your house only had two bedrooms instead of the three that are listed.  Or if you have converted a…
 
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    Murney Associates, Realtors

  • Murney Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
           The History Behind BCFO In May 1999, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks was established to provide help and hope to local families impacted by breast cancer. The first contribution was made by BCFO founder, Mary Beth O’Reilly, and matched by Kristen’s surgeon, Joni Scott, MD, in tribute to all the patients Dr. Scott has treated for breast cancer. Other breast cancer survivors and friends of Kristen have made donations in her memory as well. Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks incorporated on February 23, 2000 and received not-for-profit status the following…
  • Fall Festivals in The Ozarks

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Fall Festivals are upon us! Now that we are in the middle of September and Fall os officially upon us, fall festivals are popping up all around SW Missouri. There is almost more than 4 every weekend being attended by many families from all over the State of Missouri.  Silver Dollar City’s annual “National Cowboy & Harvest Festival” The Home of American Craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City, presents The Country’s Premier Craft Festival -National Harvest Festival! Including: New Texas Trick Riders, September 6 – October 6, showcasing trick, fancy stunt and…
  • Real Estate Safety Month Tips

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Did you know that September is “Realtor Safety Month?” Some of you may wonder why the real estate industry would have a month dedicated to their safety? According to Department of Labor, being a REAL ESTATE AGENT is in the Top 10 High Risk Occupations in America.   In 2013 “120 REALTORS” were either mugged, assaulted, raped and 4 were murdered in the line of duty according to the Department of Labor. We can definitely protect ourselves from this from occurring. Many times as agents we trust what people say but there are times that thinking with our “inner…
  • Real Estate Lawn Care Tips For Fall

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The long days of summer have ended, and fall is here once again. For homeowners, this means that you will no longer have to complete those irksome, weekly mowing sessions. Your grass won’t grow as quickly and it will require far less maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean you can just ignore your lawn until warmer weather returns in the spring. In preparation for the cold, dry months ahead, your grass needs to suck up energy, moisture, and nutrients right now. Use our lawn care tips for fall to ensure that come spring, your lawn will be green, lush, and healthy. Lawn Care Tips for Fall…
  • 5 HUGE APPRAISAL MYTHS.

    Murney Associates, Realtors Blog
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    A visit from an appraiser is inevitable in selling and buying  your home. This can be a scary process for some. Sometimes the appraisal can make or break the deal. Be smart in real estate when going through the appraisal process. Here are 5 myths to the appraisal process. 1. Myth: Assessed value should equate to market value. Reality: While most states support the concept that assessed value approximate estimated market value, this often is not the case. Examples include when interior remodeling has occurred and the assessor is unaware of the improvements, or when properties in the vicinity…
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • Are Banks Over-Valuing Foreclosures? Will the Bank Foreclosure Bubble Burst Soon?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    It used to be that you could get a good deal and save a little money with a foreclosure. Investors or builders could find a home that needed to be remodeled, buy it at reasonable price, bring in a crew to bring the house up to a livable condition and ultimately re-coop their time and investment. That is really not happening right now. There are some exceptions, but in general banks seem to be getting more money for a foreclosure today than the house is worth in its present condition. It is my opinion that this is happening a lot more often than buyers are getting a good deal on foreclosures…
  • 2014 ARES Builder Recognition

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Realtors deal with builders on an almost daily basis and have a unique perspective over time about builder's attitudes and customer care. In times like this, when the market is strong, I find myself writing letters to builders executive staffs--about short sighted company behavior. First and foremost on the list of bad behavior is how the builders are treating buyers. Second on the list of offending behavior is poor communications to buyers and buyer's Realtors. Many builders, and other businesses for that matter, have a very bad tendency of treating  clients differently when their…
  • Halloween on 6th Street in Austin Texas - Oct. 31, 2014

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This year, Halloween on 6th Street will be sharing the streets and city with the F1 event! This may be a new learning curve for Austin to schedule a major city event to coincide with one of the most popular local celebrations. I assume this was an intentional decision, and the risk may pay off in showing off one of Austin's more colorful and fun adult events--Halloween on 6th Street. But this is a lot like scheduling the Superbowl to happen in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. The pay off may be big, but the risk is even bigger. Come on down and enjoy the insanity. I don't recommend this one for…
  • Where Are the Best Schools in Austin?

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    While this question may not be very difficult to answer for some of us who keep up with the school districts, test scores, the history of the areas and the socioeconomics of the communities where the students live, you might think that this is an incredibly difficult and convoluted question to answer if you ask a group of politician in the Texas Legislature. When the state, in its infinite wisdom, takes a system that seems to be working and they jockey endlessly with that rating system in committee debates for years, the metrics and the reporting systems that we end up are probably exactly…
  • Finding the Right Home

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Wisdom of the day:The challenge in all home searches is not in finding a great home and great community, but in maximizing the features of one's "like to have" list of items. When it comes to making trade-off's (as any good Realtor will tell you is "the name of the game" when buying a home), helping you work through the items that are most important to you and your family is key. The right schools. Ideal size of home. Best condition and age of home. The kind of community and location where you want to live. The style of yard you would like to have in your home. The all important kitchen…
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • Top 5 Markets for Real Estate Investors in 2015

    Mike Wheatley
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Typical investor magnets like San Francisco, New York City, Boston, and Seattle are getting new competition from some rapidly growing markets that are set to emerge as investors top choices in the year ahead. Other markets are stepping in as the ones to watch for 2015, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015, a report co-published by PwC US and the Urban Land Institute. The report is based on a survey of more than 1,000 leading real estate experts, including investors, fund managers, developers, property companies, lenders, brokers, advisers, and consultants. Houston and Austin edged…
  • Mixed-Use Property Developments Growing in Popularity in Memphis

    Guest Author
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Mixed-use property developments are rapidly growing in popularity throughout Memphis, according to the latest reports. Memphis Business Journals recently reported the purchase of almost 19 acres by McNeill Commercial Real Estate. The property, located in Germantown, was purchased at a price of $150 million and will be the location for a mixed-used development known as Thornwood. Featuring 500 condo units, the development will also include 55,000 square feet of retail space along with a four-story Hampton Inn & Suites. Germantown is not the only area in Memphis that will soon see the…
  • Follow These 10 Steps To Save Your Home From Foreclosure

    Mike Wheatley
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    If you are worried about keeping up with your house payments, you may be stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, or just plain tired. You’re scared. But it’s important to act quickly to find solutions. Keep in mind you can’t save a home you’ve already lost. You might be one of the millions of at-risk Americans with a subprime adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) whose interest rates will reset to much higher percentages later this year, or you may be a prime borrower who took out a different type of nontraditional mortgage. You may even be up-to-date on your conventional mortgage…
  • Lenders Go All-In On Multifamily Apartments

    Mike Wheatley
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    Lenders dished out $172.5 billion in new mortgages for apartment buildings with five or more units in 2013 — a multifamily lending record, according to a new Mortgage Bankers Association report. It’s an 18 percent gain over 2012 levels, and so far, lending for apartments this year looks likely to meet the 2013 pace. The top five multifamily lenders by dollar volume in 2013 were JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, PNC Real Estate, CBRE Capital Markets Inc., and KeyBank. “These bigger banks — Wells Fargo, JP Morgan — they are starving for loans, and JPM and Wells Fargo, we’re…
  • College Grads Set to Drive Growth in Some Cities

    Mike Wheatley
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    About a quarter more young college grads live in a major metro area today than in 2000, double the percentage increase in cities’ total populations, according to a report by the City Observatory. College graduates aren’t just moving on to the usual big cities, like New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Instead, the biggest magnets for college grads lately has been Houston, Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and Portland, Ore., to begin their careers, according to the report. In fact, in Denver alone, the young professional population is up 47 percent since 2000, nearly…
 
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • Why Do Estate Agents Treat Vendors Like Born Again Suckers?

    Sam
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Maybe it’s me. Maybe I just don’t fundamentally understand estate agents. Maybe I have missed that little rule book which every property seller, bar me, should have read before they instruct an estate agent.  I think it’s a little rule book that goes something like: we will list your property, do naff all about selling it, until the day you have enough, sack us, and then we will propel ourselves into a flurry of activity that would make a manic ADHD sufferer look tame. Which is exactly what has happened to me this week, having sacked the estate agents for not selling my property. As I…
  • Could This Be Your Passageway To Property Heaven?

    Sam
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Fancy a pad in Battersea, but can’t quite stretch to the Power Station prices?  How about a passageway with planning potential instead, guided at £55,000+. This passageway between 38/40 Northcote Road, Battersea is a freehold site of approx. 0.016 acres and comes with planning permission for a residential artist’s studio.  While it may only be a passageway, the unit will have an approx. area of 900 sq. ft. – which is the average size of a small three bedroom house! Permission was granted by London Borough of Wandsworth on 15th April 2014 for alterations including the construction of…
  • 6 Churches For Sale Which Would Make Spectacular Renovation Projects

    Sam
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    If you’re looking for a bit of divine DIY, then these churches for sale are an in-spired choice which will have you praying for more! 1. The Former Wycliffe Church, Church St, Alfreton, DE55 7AH Guide: £125k+ An 18th Century Free Norman style former church, church hall and school room constructed of coursed sandstone with a recently upgraded slate roof with stone coped gables, enriched with dog tooth ornament.  Stone built with many original features, oozing charm and character – and with planning permission for conversion into 3 dwellings. How’s about this for an…
  • Is Empty Property Council Tax The New Landlord Stealth Tax?

    Sam
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Psst. Did I tell you, I have a money tree in my garden?   I swear that’s what some people seem to think I said. Especially local councils. Their pretty, little envelopes dropping incessantly through my letterbox asking me for money is doing my friggin nut in. I wouldn’t mind, but the bloody properties are empty – why the hell do you keep chasing me for council tax? Oh, sorry I forgot, this is the new stealth tax designed to screw over all insanely rich, evil landlords.  Of course, once I get a DSS tenant in that property you’ll demand the same monies from them won’t you…?
  • Do NOT Read. Unless You Want The Most Epic Property Renovation Project EVER!!!

    Sam
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Seriously. How often do you find a property where you can really (and I mean REALLY) get your renovation claws in? And this is a deep-claws (and deep-pockets) project. Unbelievably gorgeous.  Unloved.  Untouched.  I fell off my chair in absolute lust and wet scrummy-ness when I saw this: And there’s so much more – and it gets soooooooooo exciting!!!! Contain yourself. Let me tell you about Langleigh, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34. See, I told you it was sexy.  This is Devon. And you know what – the guide is £150k. But, I’ve gotta be straight.  It’s unlikely…
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  • Neighbour’s Curb Appeal Can Help Or Hurt Your Home Sale

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    You spruce up the inside and outside of your home, getting it ready for the market. The paint is fresh, the lawn manicured and flowers grace the walkway leading to your front door. But, even with all this, there is … Continue reading → The post Neighbour’s Curb Appeal Can Help Or Hurt Your Home Sale appeared first on .
  • Eighty Percent Of People Do This

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    80% or more of people spend more time shopping for fruits and vegetables then they do their real estate agent. Most pick a family member or friend. Some pick a name from an ad or phonebook. Even a great referral … Continue reading → The post Eighty Percent Of People Do This appeared first on .
  • Flooring Options – So Many Choices For Your Renovation

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Ah yes, summer in Canada. Out come the barbeques, the deck chairs and on go the renovation thinking caps. Perhaps a new floor is in your future this summer. You’re in luck. There’s a flooring material out there to please … Continue reading → The post Flooring Options – So Many Choices For Your Renovation appeared first on .
  • The Best Ways to Save Water in the Home

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    For most of us, having access to water is as easy as turning on a faucet and filling up a cup. Most of us are also used to using water a lot in our daily lives. However, we often forget … Continue reading → The post The Best Ways to Save Water in the Home appeared first on .
  • 5 Summer Decorating Ideas for the Home

    admin
    29 May 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Summer is almost upon us, and you may think of adjusting your decor to get ready for the season. Here are 5 summery ideas that will give your house the breezy, relaxing feel of the warmer months without needing to … Continue reading → The post 5 Summer Decorating Ideas for the Home appeared first on .
 
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    Las Vegas Modern Homes

  • Las Vegas Comparables: Close to a Science Fiction Adventure!

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Las Vegas Comparables: Close to a Science Fiction Adventure! Establishing the asking price for a Las Vegas home may not quite qualify as science fiction, but it can be a bit of an adventure in time and space—at least when it comes to establishing the Las Vegas comparables. The logic behind valuing a property by […]
  • When Las Vegas Home Listing Photos Scare Buyers Away

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    When Las Vegas Home Listing Photos Scare Buyers Away Your Las Vegas home listing is, hands-down, the most likely place prospective buyers will get their first glimpse of the home you are selling. Most serious prospects will go online as an early step in the process of winnowing candidate properties by area, asking price, number […]
  • Las Vegas Homeowners Association: Exclusive Club, Sort of…

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
      Las Vegas Homeowners Association: Exclusive Club, Sort of… Homeowners Associations (HOAs) are not a new idea. They were first formed in nineteenth century America, as the Industrial Revolution spurred migration from rural to urban living. Owning real estate has always been considered a big deal, so it’s right to think of Homeowners Associations as […]
  • Are Drones the Next Big Thing in Las Vegas Real Estate?

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
      Are Drones the Next Big Thing in Las Vegas Real Estate? When you hear the word “drone,” you’re more likely to think military target than local residential listing. But drones could be the Next Big Thing in real estate photography—that is, if they don’t run afoul of the law. Technically known as Unmanned Aerial […]
  • Advance Home Inspection: a Heads-Up When Selling Your Home

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Advance Home Inspection: a Heads-Up When Selling Your Home If you are currently selling your Las Vegas home, you may already find yourself playing the waiting game. It’s a normal course of affairs in most real estate markets—but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. You’ve got decisions to make, moving deadlines to order, but […]
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Commercial Finance Update: October 2014

    Trey
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Happy New Year! (In October?) The SBA’s fiscal year began on October 1st, so SBA lenders nationwide are working on their resolutions. Probably lots of the usual stuff: eat better, quit smoking, join a gym, do more loans, etc. We’re not big on new year’s resolutions, so we’ll just keep helping small business owners. Business as usual. We’ll probably take a break to do some Halloweening later this month, but that won’t deter us from providing the best commercial real estate financing experience for small business owners nationwide. Featured Project: Safe…
  • Apple Ruined Our Smartphone App *UPDATED*

    Trey
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Every time Apple releases an iOS update, we have to scramble to fix whatever problems it causes with our iPhone app. Sometimes the problems are minimal, but sometimes the app is rendered unusable. The process is compounded because we didn’t develop the app in-house and we don’t have any mobile developer types on staff who can troubleshoot and fix even minor issues. In case you hadn’t heard, Apple’s recent release of iOS 8 has gone poorly so far. The initial rollout was a little buggy, so Apple released an update (8.0.1) on Wednesday. Users immediately complained that…
  • September Commercial Finance Update: Construction Edition

    Trey
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Construction projects accounted for 62% of our lending activity last year. It wasn’t always that way, but the past few years have been construction-heavy for us. We’ve become pretty darn good at this type of lending (if we do say so ourselves) and that’s good news for you. When you or your clients get stymied by lenders who aren’t keen on financing construction/renovation projects, we’re only a phone call or email away.  Featured Project: - North Magnolia Properties, LLC – Orlando, Florida – $3.9 million total project cost (acquisition/construction) –…
  • How to handle mistakes like Downton Abbey

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

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

  • The End of Distressed Home Sales Means a New Stage for the Housing Recovery

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Are we entering into a new phase of the housing recovery? While mixed signals in the number of foreclosures have been shown to be a positive indicator for the market, overall distressed sales are shrinking. Matthew Schreck of Auction.com examines whether these decreases are will speed up improvement or if we're in for a slower recovery.The current state of the U.S. housing market recovery is that of moderating home price growth, halting and slow demand growth for both new and existing-homes, and increasing housing inventory. Looking at the big picture, we still expect demand and prices to…
  • How Millennials Can Make Millions in Real Estate

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Roughly 95 million Americans belong to the Millennial Generation, the classification for those born between the early 1980s and 2000. Many members of this group have reached the age where, historically, they would purchase their first home, but those 25 to 34 are accounting for fewer home purchases. Although Millennials may be suspicious of the real estate market after the recession, investing in the market is something that could help them grow their wealth and buy their own home sooner.In his article, My Advice to Millennials: 4 Steps to Becoming a Real Estate Millionaire, Ethan Roberts, a…
  • 4 Tricks to Be a Fearless Seller This Fall

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    This New Jersey home listed on ForSaleByOwner.com is ready for a fall sale.Are you afraid that you missed out on the summer selling season? Autumn is a great time to scare up leads from buyers who are looking to take advantage of lower mortgage rates and want to find a home before the holidays. So don't despair, these simple tips can help you become a fearless home seller this fall.1. Avoid Scary Staging MistakesA home that hasn't been properly staged can send house hunters running for the hills. Filling your garage with items you are unsure what to do with or ignoring unpleasant odors…
  • Mixed Signals in Foreclosure Numbers Are No Cause for Alarm

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    How can an increase in foreclosure activity be a positive sign for the housing market? Rick Sharga, Executive Vice President of Auction.com, has evaluated the monthly growth of foreclosure starts and real estate owned actions to show why these numbers are not a cause for concern. With over 30 years of experience in real estate, mortgage and technology marketing, Sharga is one of the country's most frequently-quoted sources on real estate, mortgage and foreclosure trends and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, ABC World News, CNBC, FOX and NPR.So, what should we make…
  • 5 Most Popular Homes For Sale By Owner in September

    6 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    The most popular properties on our website for the month of September are a diverse group that offer everything from modern updates and amenities to acres of land. All five homeowners prepared their home for sale with updates and improvements before listing. In fact, one of these homes is already under contract.1. 206 N Quaker Ln, Alexandria, VA 22304Price: $1,199,000Highlights: This open concept 5-bed, 4.5-bath is located on a private lane that is only shared with six other houses making it quiet and secluded, but that doesn't mean that it is lacking in any amenities. A fully…
 
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    CREOutsider

  • Why No One Wants Your LoopNet Alternative (And What They Do Want)

    Chris Clark
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    It’s not like people haven’t been working on an alternative to LoopNet.  Some have crashed and burned, others are built out waiting for “them” to come and more are in the works. But nobody is using them much less showing any interest. Why? I’ll tell you a few of the major reasons why. Nobody Knows […]
  • Taking the Fun out of Crowd Funding

    Chris Clark
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    One of the more exciting provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act  (JOBS Act) was the exclusions for crowd funding (Title III).  It was conceived as a way to give small businesses and property owners a means to raise funds (up to $1 million) in exchange for equity without having to comply with the […]
  • RealMassive – Alternative Aggregator Version 2.0

    Chris Clark
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Remember CIMLS, RealUp, Commercial Source or BuildingSearch? I didn’t think so. Sprouting up all over the place several years ago, those were some of the alternative aggregators meant to put LoopNet out of business. At the time “free” was the big issue so every one of them was a free to list and search service. […]
  • New Social Apps and Tools

    Chris Clark
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Here’s a roundup of some new apps and tools/features for popular CRE social networking sites and CRE bloggers. LinkedIn Connected App Don’t want all the sponsored posts and other stuff in your LinkedIn stream?  Find the fuller featured LinkedIn app unwieldy on your phone?  Then try the iPhone Connected app (Android version should be available […]
  • Is Commercial Real Estate A Target for Disruption?

    Chris Clark
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Lot’s of people* insist that real estate is due for disruption. They point to common markers – tell-tale signs that an industry is not serving its customers in an efficient or cost effective way. And because of that, just one person or company can appear on the scene and change the way things are done. […]
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    Underwritings Blog

  • Getting Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance

    Courtney Watson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    You can raise your credit score, save enough cash for closing costs, and maintain accurate financial records. However, if you don’t have at least a 20 percent down payment when buying a house, you’ll have to pay private mortgage insurance. Private mortgage insurance is required on all mortgage loans with a loan-to-value ratio greater than 80 percent. The annual premium for PMI — which is between 0.5 percent and one percent of the loan — is added to each mortgage payment. Therefore, if you get a mortgage for $100,000, and your mortgage insurance premium is one percent, you’ll…
  • Mortgage Rate News for Friday, October 24, 2014

    Taryne Leahey
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    After last week’s dramatic drop, mortgage rates have continued to decline at a more sedate pace. For you, that means lows not recorded since June of 2013. The average rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell to 3.92%, down from 3.97% last week. 15-year fixed-rate mortgages were down 10 basis points to 3.08%, and 5/1 ARMs dropped only slightly, from 2.92% to 2.91%. Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist for Freddie Mac said: “Fixed mortgage rates continued to fall this week after the yield on 10 year Treasuries dropped to their lowest point of the year. Existing…
  • How to Compare Mortgage Loan Products

    Jennifer Esposito
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all mortgage. Some products are specifically for high-end buyers, whereas other products are geared toward borrowers with not-so-perfect credit. This is why blindly choosing a mortgage product is one of the worst things you can do when buying a place. Shopping around may be a tedious job, but it’s the only way to find the right mortgage. Sure, lenders can assist and discuss options with you. However, you shouldn’t rely solely on their advice. You need to do your homework and pick a loan product that works with your financial situation. Here…
  • Getting a Mortgage is About to Get Easier

    Taryne Leahey
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Sizable down payments have been the norm for the last few years, after loans gone bad sent the housing market stumbling. This may have changed yesterday (Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, for those of you in the future). According to The Wall Street Journal: “Federal regulators took a big step toward easing postcrisis lending rules, agreeing to drop a proposed requirement that borrowers make a 20% down payment in order to get a high-quality mortgage. Regulators, heeding warnings of real-estate groups and consumer advocates who said such a move could crimp the ability of millions of Americans to…
  • Mortgage Rate News for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Yesterday mortgage rates mostly held their ground, sticking to a general sideways trend we’ve seen since the end of last week.  Volumes are down, and I think the market is taking a breather from the record volumes and volatility we saw in bonds last week.  As has been noted here (and elsewhere), I believe that the spike in bond prices we saw on the 15th – and the subsequent sell-off – was largely a function of institutional investors re-balancing portfolios that were probably heavy in equities, and light in bonds. There are, of course, a bunch of other factors causing…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Traton Homes

    Courtney Rogers
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Traton Homes is today’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Kimberly Garwood, director of marketing, and Josh Hilscher, vice president of sales and marketing, are on hand to discuss the many exciting things happening for Traton Homes in 2015! With a solid 43 years of homebuilding experience in metro Atlanta, Traton [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

    Courtney Rogers
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Owner Mike Pinzl tells how his search to find a pumpkin patch for his family to visit led to the creation of Uncle Shuck’s 13 years ago! Today, the most popular attraction at Uncle Shuck’s is the corn [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Six Flags Fright Fest

    Courtney Rogers
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Both tricks and treats await visitors at Six Flags Fright Fest, today’s guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio’s Around Atlanta segment. As Halloween quickly approaches, Gary Petriello, the communications manager for Six Flags’ Atlanta properties, is on hand to discuss all of the attractions that can be enjoyed during Fright Fest. During the Halloween season, [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: The Residences of W Atlanta – Downtown

    Courtney Rogers
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The Residences of W Atlanta – Downtown is highlighted as the Deal of the Week on this week’s Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. With just four highly-appointed, two-story luxury penthouses remaining, the W Atlanta is offering a sky-high incentive to buyer – free helicopter transfers.  How cool is that? For a limited time, penthouse buyers will [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Construction Resources

    Courtney Rogers
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Construction Resources’ Design Center Director Antonette Copeland is today’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Construction Resources was started by Fred Hires 40 years ago as a cultured marble fabrication company. Today, Construction Resources is run by Fred’s sons Mitch and Sonny Hires.  The company has expanded and merged with [...]
 
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    My Moving Reviews

  • What Size Rental Truck Do I Need?

    Joshua Green
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Congratulations on your informed decision to perform a cost-effective do-it-yourself move. After successfully solving the ultimate dilemma whether you should hire a mover or move by yourself, the next step is to go ahead and rent a moving truck for your upcoming relocation. But all of a sudden, you find yourself stressed out, for a worrisome thought just crossed your mind, “What size of rental truck do I need?” And indeed, choosing a rental truck of the right size is nothing less than crucial for the outright success of your move. And you do want to have a smooth and headache-free moving…
  • Moving To California’s State Capital: Sacramento Relocation Guide

    Joshua Green
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Do you enjoy high-quality food? Welcome to America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital where some of the nation’s freshest and most delightful localized cuisine can be found. Are you a wine lover? Welcome to the center of Northern California wine country with more than 200 wineries in close proximity. Are you interested in history? Welcome to the historical starting point of the Gold Rush of 1849. This Sacramento Relocation Guide highlights the main reasons why a local or state to state move to Sacramento will be a great opportunity for a compelling change in your life. Sacramento is the capital city…
  • 5 Super Easy Steps to Moving Any Desk

    Pamela Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Lots of homes have desks – whether it is in your home office or in a different room, moving a heavy desk could be a bit of a challenge for those without experience in the relocation of such furniture. Whether you want to plan how to move a large desk by yourself to your new home or around the room, whether it is a small, light laptop desk, a writing bureau or a big desk, here is some useful info that can help make this task easier and safer. How to Move a Desk by Yourself Empty the desk. Moving a large desk begins by removing the objects on and in it. If you have souvenirs, a desk lamp,…
  • How Moving Affects Dogs

    Joshua Green
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Sometimes moving can prove to be a bitter pill to swallow – a nerve-racking roller coaster of immediate changes, mixed emotions, bittersweet memories and tough goodbyes. The inevitable stress of an impending move affects to a different degree all family members – grandparents, parents, children and pets (especially dogs). Dogs are highly sensitive and may have a strong reaction to moving to a new home because they love the safety and comfort of their familiar surroundings and will not welcome easily abrupt changes in their set routine. From their own perspective, all of a sudden they…
  • A Beginner’s Guide To Moving Out

    Joshua Green
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Do you remember the time when you first started walking? That daunting feeling of insecurity, inexperience and fear of the unknown? It was tough, wasn’t it? Yes, doing something for the first time is never an easy task, especially if it means organizing and executing a problem-free move out of your current home. But you don’t have to worry too much, for professional help is waiting for you around the corner and can be yours just for the asking. We have prepared this beginner’s guide to moving out with the sole purpose of assisting you in your first moving steps. Why? Because after the…
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    Sydney Server Real Estate

  • Homebuyers aren’t budging for low rates

    Florida Realtors® News
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    NEW YORK – Oct. 23, 2014 – Mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest level in nearly 18 months, but mortgage applications for home purchases have fallen 5 percent week-to-week – and they’re down about 9 percent from year-ago levels, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The national average on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dropped to 4.10 percent last week to its lowest level since May 2013, according to MBA. Some lenders are even offering stellar credit borrowers rates below 4 percent. Overall, MBA reports that mortgage applications rose 11.6 percent last week…
  • 28% of Fla.’s mortgaged homes still underwater

    Florida Realtors® News
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 23, 2014 – Only one other U.S. state has more underwater homeowners than Florida. According to RealtyTrac’s U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report for the third quarter of 2014, 28 percent of Floridians with a mortgage owe more than the current value of their property. Only Nevada, at 31 percent, ranks higher. Other states with a high number of underwater homeowners include Illinois (26 percent), Michigan (25 percent) and Rhode Island (22 percent). While Las Vegas led the nation in cities (population of 500,000 or more) with “seriously underwater”…
  • Fed’s final QRM mortgage rule should help sales

    Florida Realtors® News
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 22, 2014 – The mortgage-financing environment for households could improve as a result of federal regulator rules put in place Tuesday. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is the first of six regulators to release the final version of its long-awaited qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule, which a big 2010 banking reform bill mandated to avoid another financial crisis. The QRM rule creates a set of mortgage loan requirements. If it meets those requirements, it’s legally considered safe and eligible for sale to investors as part of a mortgage-backed…
  • Fla.’s housing market: More sales, rising prices in Sept.

    Florida Realtors® News
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Oct. 21, 2014 – Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, increased new listings and a rise in inventory in September, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. Closed sales of single-family homes statewide totaled 20,792 last month, up 13.5 percent over September 2013. The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month also rose to $180,000, a 5.9 percent increase year-to-year, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis (IDA) department in partnership with…
  • NAR: Existing-home sales rebound in Sept.

    Florida Realtors® News
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 21 2014 – After a modest decline last month, U.S. existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains. Total existing home sales – completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – increased 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million in September from 5.05 million in August. Sales are now at their highest pace of 2014 but remain 1.7 percent below the…
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    Isle Of Man Property For Sale

  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:44 am
    Clementine Properties Limited, whose registered office is situated at 8 Langdale Close, Onchan, bought 1 Prospect Hill, Douglas, for £1m.It was bought from The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1uJfTqT
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    The Mitre Hotel (Ramsey) Limited, whose registered address is at Ballaberragh Farm, Smeale Road, Andreas, bought The Mitre Hotel, Parliament Street, Ramsey for £895,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1yGyQkz
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Londonmetric Retail Limited, whose registered office is in London, bought 12 and 12a Strand Street, Douglas, for £5,265,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1qoz3zO
  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Paul Reilly, of 16 Bradda View, Colby, bought 4 Carrick Bay View, Colby, for £665,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1ryrcpn
  • Planning Applications

    Simon Costain
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    The following applications have been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure for consideration. via Isle of Man Today - Planning Applications Feed http://ift.tt/ZR5r8E
 
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    Blog

  • Shipping Buoys the Industrial Boom

    Jonas222
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    The industrial sector is red hot, responding to the demand fueled by consumer expectations and e-commerce.  But as a National Real Estate Investor report by Susan Piperato explains, there are nine other reasons why industrial is booming. (Piperato’s sources in her coverage are reports from six real estate firms. read more
  • Retail and e-commerce Collide

    Jonas222
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Retail-related headlines and research reports once forecasted that e-commerce was going to heavily circumvent brick-and-mortar sales and growth for years to come. Consumers love the convenience, selection, and pricing online shopping affords, and if they can get next-day delivery, then why wouldn’t they shop from the comfort of home?   read more
  • Baby Boomers Head to CBDs

    Jonas222
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    The term, “24-hour community,” mentioned here by writer John Salustri, is another way to express the work-live-play lifestyle, which translates as the desire to live in an area in proximity to where one works, dines, shops, and entertains. read more
  • Grocery Retailers Offer Dining

    Jonas222
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
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  • Net Lease Asset Update

    Jonas222
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    If you participate in net lease investments, or follow the industry, no doubt the recent headlines have you as captivated as we are with all of the change and activity. Marcus & Millichap’s Q3 report, “Retail Research, Net Lease Outlook” rounds up the highlights, and we’ve got them boiled down into a quick, high-level read here. read more
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    House Flipping School

  • 10 Items Under $20 That Can Make Your House Flip A Success

    Mike LaCava
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Before I dive into this post, I wanted to let you know about the House Flipping School MeetUp my team and I are hosting this Thursday, October 23rd. This Thursday will mark the 1 year anniversary of our zero-cost, zero-pitch, all education MeetUp. It would be terrific to meet you so please swing by if you are in the New England area. Ok, so now onto the details of this post… House flipping is not a cheap venture; you need to invest some money. Renovating a house can cost anything from thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The amount of money used in a rehab can add…
  • The Number One Reason You Should Consider Your Real Estate Competitor As Your Ally

    Mike LaCava
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    As a real estate investor, you obviously know the drill by now; you find properties to flip, give your offer, prepare yourself psychologically to get most of them rejected and a few of them accepted. But sometimes you might just submit several offers and they all get accepted at the same time. This can be quite a dilemma especially if you do not have the financial ability to handle all the offers at once. The bank may not be willing to lend you the money to finance all your flips, you may not have access to all the necessary funds or maybe you encountered some unexpected issues with the…
  • Do These 7 Things To Sell Property Fast

    Mike LaCava
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
      One of the most satisfying parts of being a house flipper is getting your offer accepted. So how do you sell property fast without sacrificing quality? Believe it or not, the easiest part of house flipping is selling. If you stick to all the house flipping rules and properly use the expertise of your house flipping team, you will find that this claim is actually true. Below I have 7 tips that can help you sell property fast. As a matter of fact, you will find that selling a house is the simplest part of the house flipping process. 1. Get Your ARV Right The After Repair Value or ARV is…
  • 7 Unbelievable Ways You Can Find House Flips With Real Estate Agents

    Mike LaCava
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    The most common way of finding houses to flip is through non-MLS listings but real estate agents can also be a valuable resource. Most of the house flips that I have done especially in markets I am not familiar with have been through real estate agents. A good real estate agent who knows their market can help you snag a really good deal but first, you have to know how to work with them. How To Work With Real Estate Agents REO Agents And Short Sale Agents Real estate agents who have direct links with asset managers from banks and they are REO brokers, they will know before anybody else when…
  • 7 Simple Ways To Prevent Real Estate Deal Flows From Drying Up

    Mike LaCava
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    At one point or another, in the house flipping business, you might find that your real estate deal flows are drying up. You might begin to wonder how other real estate dealers have a constant real estate deal flow while yours has dried up or is beginning to dry up. The answer? They are obviously doing something that you are not. Most house flippers fall into a comfort zone when they begin raking in profits and business seems to be looking up. I have been guilty of this and I realized soon enough that what I used to do a year ago, just isn’t working any more. I changed my approach and things…
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    Karri Flatla

  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: September 2014

    Karri Flatla
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes September 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 16% (97/588) For same month last year: 16% (100/613) Average sale price: $299,619 For same month last year: $282,682 PENDING sales as of this post date: 33 September 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 1013 For same period last year: 986 Average sale price: $295,462   For same [...]
  • “Honest Agent” Author & Karri Flatla on Keeping It Real in Real Estate

    Karri Flatla
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Early in my career a prospective client asked me, “Why do you think you’ve already been successful? Without hesitation I replied, “Because I treat it like a business.” Almost with a sigh of relief, he gave me a nod, and hired me on the spot. Sadly, I think my “treat-it-like-a-business” attitude was surprising to him. We can [...]
  • Lethbridge Real Estate Market Update: August 2014

    Karri Flatla
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes August 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 18% (114/622) For same month last year: 19% (112/600) Average sale price: $304,458 For same month last year: $284,256 PENDING sales as of this post date: 38 August 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 916   For same period last year: 886 Average sale price: $295,025  << +3.4% (!!) [...]
  • I’m a Real Estate Agent, Not a Salesperson. There’s a Difference.

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

    Karri Flatla
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    City of Lethbridge – Single Family Homes July 2014: Sales to active listings ratio: 23% (144/637) For same month last year: 18% (112/637) Average sale price: $296,324 For same month last year: $286,086 PENDING sales as of this post date: 33 July 2014, Year-to-Date: Total number of sales: 802   For same period last year: 774 Average sale price: $293,684  For same period [...]
 
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    IXACTContact Blog

  • Three Real Estate Relationship Building Mistakes to Avoid

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Relationships are key to any successful real estate business. While you know you need to take the time to build a report with every client, putting that truth into practice isn’t always so easy. REALTORS® have busy, hectic schedules and are often juggling multiple buyers and sellers at once. They also have to constantly consider nurturing the relationships of those they’ve worked with in the past, as well as new clients and referrals. While there isn’t an exact science to building better relationships, here are three real estate relationship building mistakes to avoid, no matter how…
  • Top 7 Real Estate Books You Should Read

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The real estate industry is constantly evolving. However, there are a number of basic principles, tips and tricks that remain true regardless of current trends or conditions. Whether you’re looking to bush up on some basic skills, or need advice on how to better organize your real estate business or your sales techniques, there are a number of helpful books that can provide powerful insights. Here are our top seven real estate books every REALTOR® should read: 1.) Sell with Soul: Creating an Extraordinary Career in Real Estate without Losing Your Friends, Your Principles or Your…
  • Real Estate Email Marketing: Deciphering the Data

    Michael Churaman
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Email marketing campaigns are a great way for REALTORS® to stay in touch with their clients. But do you know how your campaigns are performing? More importantly, do you know how to use that data to further enhance the performance of your current efforts? Deciphering the data behind a real estate email marketing campaign isn’t difficult. Just by understanding the potential the statistics your email sending platform can provide, you can uncover easy opportunities for enhancing your current efforts. Here are some key email marketing data points and how you can best use them: Total Opens: Do…
  • Real Estate Website Best Practices

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Nearly 90% of home buyers search online during the home buying process. Not only are they using the internet for their next home, but to find a REALTOR® who has experience buying or selling their particular type of home. Many real estate agents understand that having a strong web presence is important, but don’t often know where to start. Here are the top 5 elements to consider when building out your real estate website:   1. Consider your brand. A website often serves as a visual representation of your brand, so be mindful of the voice, tone and images you elect.… Read the…
  • Email Marketing: Use Your CRM for REALTORS ® to Get Relevant and Personal

    Matthew Collis
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    If you’ve written off email marketing as being ineffective, you may want to think again. Email is one way you can stay in touch with your real estate database and remain “top of mind,” quickly and easily. It’s much more cost effective than many other marketing channels, such as direct mail and print advertising, and much of it can be automated. Studies have shown that people 1) want to receive email from individuals and companies they’re interested in, 2) use email to share information, and 3) check email every single day.… Read the rest
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  • Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in October 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in October 2014 The number of available foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in October 2014 remained fairly static as there was not much real estate fluctuation in this community this month. At the moment, only 6.6% of the available real estate in Warner Robins is distressed, which means consumers who […] The post Foreclosures in Warner Robins GA in October 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Perry GA in October 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Foreclosures in Perry GA in October 2014 Like all the markets in Houston County, the number of available foreclosures in Perry GA in October 2014 are not in favor of buyers and investors who are looking for distressed properties right now. Currently, the REO inventory makes up just 3.3% of the homes for sale in this […] The post Foreclosures in Perry GA in October 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in October 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in October 2014 Like all the markets in Houston County, if you are seeking foreclosures in Kathleen GA in October 2014, you must act NOW! With only a handful of available distressed properties available, and many consumers in this market, the really good deals will not last long. Currently, REO homes […] The post Foreclosures in Kathleen GA in October 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Centerville GA in October 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Foreclosures in Centerville GA in October 2014 The number of available distressed homes up-ticked slightly this month but the overall number of foreclosures in Centerville GA in October 2014 remained very low in comparison to the rest of the market. Currently, REO homes make up only 6.3% of the overall available inventory in Centerville GA. As […] The post Foreclosures in Centerville GA in October 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • Foreclosures in Byron GA in October 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Foreclosures in Byron GA in October 2014 Wow, the number of available foreclosures in Byron GA in October 2014 is nearly non-existent right now. While this does not bode well for consumers who are seeking a distressed home, it is good news for the overall market and shows that homeowners are doing their best to […] The post Foreclosures in Byron GA in October 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
 
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  • Now Is The Time to Move Up to a Las Vegas Luxury Home

    Debbie Drummond
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Have you been watching the housing market?  Waiting to sell your current home and move to something nicer?  Home values in Las Vegas have been improving for the past two years.  While values have been improving, the market segment that is most in demand is  Continue ReadingThe post Now Is The Time to Move Up to a Las Vegas Luxury Home appeared first on .
  • Things To Do in Las Vegas – Zappos Tour

    Debbie Drummond
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    So why would you want to spend an hour in Las  Vegas touring a place where people work? For starters, they have a great selection of artwork scattered about the place.  Add to that an interesting success story and a unique work environment. The tours  Continue ReadingThe post Things To Do in Las Vegas – Zappos Tour appeared first on .
  • How To Avoid Seller’s Remorse When Selling Your Home

    Debbie Drummond
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Is your home telling you that it’s time for a change?  Maybe you’re entertaining more and could use an open floor plan with a big kitchen?  Have the kids moved out leaving rooms that you never use?  Or maybe you accepted a job in another  Continue ReadingThe post How To Avoid Seller’s Remorse When Selling Your Home appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas Real Estate News – What Sold in September 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    The number of homes listed for sale has climbed to 10,530. This includes 8015 single family homes. The remaining 2515 are condos and town homes. Last month we had a total of 10,161 homes available. A year ago we only had 8632 homes available. Short  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas Real Estate News – What Sold in September 2014 appeared first on .
  • Las Vegas High Rise Condos Sold in September 2014

    Debbie Drummond
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    We have 425 high rise condos listed for sale.  We sold 54 in September, a nice increase from the 47 we sold in August and the 50 we sold in July.  In September of 2013, we only sold 47 high rise condos.  If we continued  Continue ReadingThe post Las Vegas High Rise Condos Sold in September 2014 appeared first on .
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    Real Estate Valuation | IRR on Real Estate blog

  • How the energy sector is ramping up CRE investments in Houston, and reasonable rents drive investors to Philadelphia

    Ray Cirz
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: Houston Business Journal: Houston named No. 1 real estate market to watch in 2015 Investors worldwide have targeted Houston as the next big U.S. market for commercial real estate.  The city was recently ranked by the Urban Land Institute and PwC as the top market for investment and development prospects, the second hottest market for office and multifamily, and fourth for hotel investment.  Much …
  • Hot off the press: Integra Realty Resources’ October in the News

    Ray Cirz
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    It was an active third quarter in the commercial real estate industry, and with Integra Realty Resources’ hundreds of appraisal experts located throughout our 66 offices across the country, the media turned to IRR for insight on everything from national trends to hot local markets in Texas and Florida.  Here are just a few of the stories that featured Integra’s experts last quarter. Reuters: A recent report by the team at IRR-Miami on the state …
  • America’s warehouse boom, and CRE is on the rise in Phoenix

    Ray Cirz
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: The Post and Courier: Charleston region on cusp of new growth for commercial real estate Charlotte investors and realtors are moving full steam ahead with an onslaught of new commercial real estate projects.  As Charlotte’s population continues to grow and vacancy rates drop across market segments, demand for new construction is at an all-time high.  The rising need for real estate is encouraging investors …
  • 3 ways Charlotte’s Blue Line extension could spark a commercial real estate boom

    Fitzhugh Stout
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    A simple rail line transformed Charlotte’s real estate landscape.  The LYNX light rail service, which commenced service in 2007, sparked nearly $2 billion in new construction in Charlotte’s South End and uptown neighborhoods. The success of the rail, and real estate development around its stations, encouraged the city to continue its public transit push.  It recently announced a 9.3-mile, $1.1 billion dollar Blue Line extension project connecting Ninth Street and University City.  While the Blue …
  • Shopping centers prove to be a hot sector, and New York investors head west

    Ray Cirz
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Here are the news stories you might have missed last week: The Wall Street Journal: Hilton to sell Waldorf Astoria to Chinese firm The famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan just sold for a record-breaking price — $1.95 billion.  A Chinese insurance company splurged on this New York landmark, and the purchase reflects an ongoing trend in the luxury real estate market.  Experts are seeing more and more foreign investors gobbling up high-end American hotels …
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    The Oatley Team

  • Fun Weekend Halloween Events

    Laura
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Oatley Team There are so many activities this weekend. All are family friendly and some would work with or without the kiddos. First up is the Junior League of Louisville’s Noogiefest. Noogiefest is a FREE event open to all youth in the community whose lives are touched by cancer between ages of 3-15. This event is a […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 607 Winyan Lane

    Laura
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    The Oatley Team This home is back on the market! It is a beautiful 4BR, 2.5BA remodeled home with an in ground swimming pool to help beat the heat in the summer and it has a hot tub that you can enjoy year round. This fantastic home features a completely remodeled kitchen with upgraded Kraft Maid all wood […] Laura
  • What is Your House Worth?

    Laura
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    The Oatley Team There are three major things that determine your homes value. 1.Interior Condition & Curb appeal. Make sure your home is in optimal condition inside – free of clutter, furniture placed appropriately, & staged. For the exterior, always have the outside looking attractive with nice landscaping, paint if necessary, have a floor mat or door wreath […] Laura
  • Junior League of Louisville’s American Girl Fashion Show

    Laura
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Oatley Team If you are looking for something to do with the favorite girl in your life, look no further than the American Girl Fashion Show hosted by the Junior League of Louisville this weekend. Tickets are $4o and there are multiple shows Saturday and Sunday. Check out all the details here. Tickets are limited so purchase […] Laura
  • Home of the Week: 11106 Meadow Breeze Lane

    Laura
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The Oatley Team This 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick has a walkout ranch and is a brand new build. It was built on a premium extra larger corner lot and has a 3 car garage! Attention to detail can be seen throughout the home. There are brand new granite countertops, hand-scraped hardwood floors, coffered ceiling in the great […] Laura
 
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  • How to Find The Right Buyer for Your Fixer Upper

    Rebecca
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Not every house is perfect. Some homes can have a few chinks that can cost the owner quite a bit to fix. If you are the proud owner of such a home, you have a fixer upper on your hands. Do not dread, as there are several such home that are sold successfully every single year. Buyers often view fixer upper homes favorably because they feel they are getting a good deal and they also have their freedom to put their own touch to the house when they are getting it renovated. Here are a few tips to help you successfully sell a fixer upper. image by tsc_traveler Find the Perfect Realtor It is…
  • Starting The Real Estate Investing Business The Right Way

    Rebecca
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Some people are drawn towards real estate investing as it promises huge returns while some are naturally inclined to this business as they find their calling in real estate investing. Whatever be your reason for getting into this business, you ought to be prepared and arm yourself with the right knowledge if you wish to ensure success. Money indeed is an important aspect of real estate investing but there are die-hard investors who have established themselves with little or no-money. So you need to be absolutely passionate about the business to succeed, money comes secondary. Image Courtesy…
  • Should You Invest in Commercial or Residential Real Estate?

    Rebecca
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Real estate investment is often more attractive compared to other forms of investment. However, when it comes to real estate, you have a choice between commercial and residential properties. Most people opt for residential properties, as the risks involved are low and this gives them peace of mind. On the other hand, people with great risk appetite can opt for commercial real estate. But, before you decide which type of investment is right for you, take time to understand the difference between the two types of real estate. This will help you make an informed decision, so that you get the…
  • Things You Must Tell Prospective Buyers When Selling Your Home

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

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

  • Top tips to ensure you get the most money for your Dubai property

    Holly Woolston
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Spending some time and money on your property before you sell it, may seem absurd, but it should be something every homeowner does before they even look at putting their property on the market. Studies have shown that by showcasing your property in a certain way, it can add thousands onto the resale value of your home, making sure you get the best deal for your Dubai property. Firstly, you must think about the taste of your home; is your home décor extravagant or extremely personal to you? Are the colours used bright and maybe not to every one’s taste? No matter how much you love your home…
  • Why not opt for a larger property?

    Holly Woolston
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    Recent studies have shown that less people are opting for a three, rather than a two, bedroom property, but what are the benefits of opting for a larger place in Dubai? According to a recent study from propertyfinder.ae, 38% of property hunters in Dubai are looking for a two-bedroom apartment, with 36% looking for a one bedroom and only 16% looking for a three bedroom. So what does this mean for property prices in Dubai? Well with the demand being for one and two bedroom properties, it may always be a better option to invest a slightly larger sum when purchasing your property and get a bigger…
  • Up, Up and Away: As Dubai’s offerings increase so does your property price

    Holly Woolston
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Exploring why now is a good time to invest in property in Dubai, as more and more exciting hospitality and leisure projects are announced for the city. Forget the constant judgments on the superficiality of the city, Dubai is a fantastic place to live and with all the plans laid out for the next few years, it is only going to get bigger and better. Let’s take a look at what makes Dubai such a special place to call home and why investing in a property now could make for a prosperous investment! Shopping Everyone knows that Dubai is definitely the must-visit destination for shopping in the…
  • How to make sure you are dealing with a real realtor!

    Holly Woolston
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The importance of making sure your real estate agency or property broker are licensed and registered with RERA in Dubai, before proceeding with a property search.  When looking to buy or rent a property in Dubai, many will first off head to property portals online that house hundreds of adverts for housing in your desired area and price bracket. However, with so many listings and so many real estate agents out there, how do you know that the realtor that will show you the property and help you with the deal is in fact a true realtor? Luckily, it has been reinforced this week that RERA,…
  • Why short-term letting could be a great option for your Dubai property

    Holly Woolston
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Renting out your property in Dubai is one of the most effective ways of seeing a strong return on your investment. Although renting out to long-term tenants on an annual basis ensures you have guaranteed income from your property, short-term lettings can also be a great way to make a profitable return on your property and are something to definitely consider. Dubai has recently been voted the second most important international hub for retail, surpassed only by London. With 19 retail openings in 2013 alone, and a multitude due to open over the next couple of years, Dubai is on its way to…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Private Money Advantage: Speed Of Closing The Transaction

    Don Konipol
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Mortgage money obtained from banking or institutional sources, called conventional mortgage money, usually takes between 45 and 90 days to fund. Institutional lenders need not only obtain appraisal of the value of the property, but also require detailed examination of the borrower’s credit history and current financial status, as well as financial statements and tax [...]Private Money Advantage: Speed Of Closing The Transaction is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 5 Must Do’s After Purchasing A Manufactured Home Inside A Park

    John Fedro
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Let's pretend that as a successful manufactured home investor you have just successfully purchased another manufactured home inside a local manufactured home park. What will you want to do next?...5 Must Do’s After Purchasing A Manufactured Home Inside A Park is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Investors When Asked To Co-sign A Loan – Don’t!

    Lee R. Phillips, JD
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    When you co-sign a loan for someone, you are taking on risk on with no return. When lenders refuse to give a loan to someone it is because they are too much of a risk. Consider the following about co-signing or guaranteeing a loan for someone else: The lender does not have to go after [...]Investors When Asked To Co-sign A Loan – Don’t! is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Self Employed 401k: What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distribution

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    The day you start putting money into a self employed 401k is the day you start building a better retirement future. This plan, often called Solo 401k, offers a lot of benefits. Many real estate investors are taking advantage of its allowance for non-traditional investment classes. To make the most of the savings and tax [...]Self Employed 401k: What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distribution is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • What To Look For On An Operating Statement

    Andrew Syrios
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    I believe quite strongly that a seller-provided pro forma is all but completely useless. I’ve even gone so far as to call them “pro-fake’as”. After all, the seller can put in whatever estimate they want. And you can pretty easily guess whether that estimate is going to be high or low. However, the operating statement is very useful. [...]What To Look For On An Operating Statement is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
 
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  • Common mistakes mortgage applicants make: Ignoring what the loan officer tells them

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Borrowers encounter a torrent of words when applying for a mortgage. Some of them - the ones their loan officers say to them - can help them avoid headaches down the road. The mortgage application process can be nerve-wracking, or it can go smoothly, depending on the relationship between the borrower and the lending officer. Tish Bonner, a mortgage officer with our funding partner, Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage, has seen borrowers make mistakes that cost them time, money and peace of mind in spite of her best efforts. In this series of articles on the mortgage process, Bonner addresses…
  • Happy National Bologna Day!!!

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Yep, that's right! You're full of bologna and so are we! For today is NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY! Just when you were thinking, "Gee, there aren't enough occasions to glorify my favorite cold cuts," here comes PhillyLiving with a reminder to celebrate your sausage. Bologna has been around since about the 1400s, originating from --drum roll, please-- Bologna, Italy. In its Italian form, it's known as mortadella and has bits of fat, peppercorns and sometimes pistachios. Mortadella is to bologna as turkey on the Thanksgiving table is to pressed turkey from the deli counter. However, Americans…
  • Lunchtime Quick Hits

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The Daily News tackles gentrification in Philadelphia from all angles and discovers that while it's essential to the city's future, it's not an unalloyed good; on a related note, a former city housing director proposes a novel strategy for mitigating one of gentrification's downsides; Hidden City's Nathaniel Popkin takes in the (non-)monumental scope of Dilworth Park and pronounces it a fitting front door to City Hall, even if there are Issues with a few of the details; and if the rent's too damn high — and in most of the Western world's large cities, it is — one of these drastic…
  • Top of the Weekend: Where true terror lives

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    By day, Eastern State Penitentiary is a fascinating ruin, the relic of an experiment in prison reform gone wrong. But when the sun sets, the ghosts that inhabit it take over. They get the run of the place during Halloween season, and if you're brave enough, you can see them. This is the last weekend before Halloween, which falls on the start of next weekend. So if you haven't had your really good scare yet, we recommend you get it in now and avoid the last-minute rush. We know just the place to go: Eastern State Penitentiary. The moldering historic prison located between Francisville and…
  • Hidden Treasure Hunt: Big honkin' deal

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    "If you can't find 'em, grind 'em." That mild putdown has largely disappeared along with manual transmissions from the knowledge of most American drivers, and those "clutchless" tap-to-shift sticks won't bring it back either. But drivers of cars equipped with them can at least follow the instructions seen here easily. The question is: Do they need to? Our question is: In what local building can these instructions be found? Answer next week. Photo by the author Last week's Hidden Treasure Hunt answer: That caduceus, even if used to indicate the wrong field here, was still a proper symbol to…
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • Online Refinance Shop Lenda Has Plans to Fund Home Loans in Seconds

    Colin Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    In the technology world, and more specifically, the venture capitalist world, the word “disrupt” gets thrown around an awful lot. Too much really. There’s even a Disrupt conference. Every new business these days seeking millions of dollars in funding has grand plans to disrupt the status quo. Of course, many great (and silly) ideas never [&hellip
  • Mortgage Lending Volume Expected to Rise 7% in 2015

    Colin Robertson
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    After what seemed like a dismal few weeks, some good news is finally streaming back into the mortgage world. First off, mortgage rates are super low again, with the 30-year fixed pricing below 4% at some lenders. It sounds like a broken record but I doubt anyone is complaining. And because interest rates have returned [&hellip
  • Fannie and Freddie Will Offer 3% Down Mortgages Again

    Colin Robertson
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Some good news finally came out of Las Vegas today, and I’m not talking about someone winning a mega jackpot on an oversized one-armed bandit. During the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Annual Convention in Sin City, it was revealed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will again accept mortgages with as little as three percent down. [&hellip
  • The Rent vs. Buy Argument Depends on Mortgage Type Too

    Colin Robertson
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Trulia releases a quarterly Rent Versus Buy report to determine if it makes more sense to buy a home or continue renting based on current metrics. Their latest report for the third quarter of 2014 revealed that buying is still 38% cheaper than renting nationally, which sounds pretty compelling. It’s also cheaper to buy than rent [&hellip
  • Mortgage Rate Plunge! Time to Take Another Look at a Refinance/Purchase?

    Colin Robertson
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    As many long anticipated, the stock market finally took a major hit after months of seemingly endless gains. When it comes down to it, things can’t keep rising forever (remember home prices), and so we’re finally seeing some pullback, though no outright correction yet. Thanks to the recent stock market carnage, bonds have rallied because [&hellip
 
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • 3 Tips For Gardening In The Fall

    Beazer Homes
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s a nip in the air and the leaves are starting to change colors. Now that the busiest season for gardening is starting to wind down, it’s time to think about fall landscaping chores. Fall is the perfect time to do some housekeeping in your garden. It’s important to get your lawn and landscaping ready for the winter and there are several steps you can take now to make sure your garden is beautiful next spring. Pruning and Trimming When the temperatures begin to fall many plants prepare for the winter by going dormant. This is the ideal time to trim away dead foliage and…
  • Halloween Home Decorating Tips

    Beazer Homes
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    There are endless possibilities to decorating your home for Halloween! Whether you need ideas on how to decorate, or where to shop, love DIY projects, or just want to buy the perfect Halloween decorations to display as is, we have the home decorating tips you need for a successful scary house this Halloween: 1. Decide where to put your decorations The first step in decorating is to decide the areas of your home you wish to decorate. This will help determine how much space you have and how many decorations you need. The porch, garage, and windows are the most popular places to put Halloween…
  • Vote To Win- Beazer Homes New Jersey Contest Rules

    Beazer Homes
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Stop by Courts at Woolwich TODAY to tour these cozy floor plans in person. Contest Rules: *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this VOTE TO WIN post between 10/15/14 and 10/19/14.  Limit one entry per household.  Prize consists of one $25 VISA gift card to 1 randomly selected winner who voted.  Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash.  Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value.  Additional restrictions may apply.  See a New Home Counselor for complete details.
  • Win It Wednesday Nashville Contest Rules

    Beazer Homes
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Stop by Providence Landing TODAY for a fall filled with memories to your NEW front doorstep with single family homes from the $240s. Contest Rules: *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this Win It Wednesday post between 9/24/14 and 9/30/14.  Limit one entry per household.  Prize consists of one $20 gift card for Target to 10 randomly selected winners who voted.  Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash.  Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value.  Additional…
  • Shopping Around For A Mortgage Lender

    Beazer Homes
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, or an empty-nester looking to downsize, you will likely need a mortgage lender to help secure the purchase of your dream home. At Beazer we understand the importance of having loan options, which is why we have created our unique, Mortgage Choices program. Taking advantage of the ability to shop around will help you find the right lender and loan program for you. Though the thought of “shopping” for a lender may sound daunting, Beazer’s done the grunt work to help new home buyers save and enjoy the best customer service possible when…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Take a Seat on the Norcross Trolley for a Tour of Brock Built Homes

    Brock Built
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Brock Built is excited to invite metro-Atlanta Realtors and home buyers to the October Fest Trolley Crawl in Norcross next Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees of this can’t-miss event will hop aboard the historic trolley at Thrasher Park to go for a whirl through the charming streets of Norcross, getting a [...]
  • SEREI Builder’s Corner: Land for Sale in Acworth at Westbrook Creek

    SEREInvestments
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    South East Real Estate Investments is excited to announce that it has a mixture of partially developed and undeveloped land for sale in Acworth, Georgia at the single-family home community, Westbrook Creek. Located on the east side of Cedarcrest Road, this community has fantastic amenities in a prime Paulding County location, with access to the [...]
  • New Phase Now Selling at Piedmont Residential’s Hickory at Shiloh

    Piedmont Residential
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Home buyers searching in the desirable North Cobb area have a variety of new opportunities to own at Hickory at Shiloh, a new community from Piedmont Residential in Kennesaw. With construction in full swing in phase II, buyers will find an assortment of new single-family homes priced from the $190,000s. Located just across Shiloh Road from [...]
  • Smith Douglas Homes Hosts Tour of Homes

    Smith Douglas
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Smith Douglas Homes is brewing up a week of Halloween fun at five of its new home communities in metro Atlanta! From Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31, prospective home buyers and local real estate agents can participate in the builder’s Tour of Homes event, which takes place at Gatewood Arbor in Lawrenceville, Silver [...]
  • The 18th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Presents The Petty Home

    Laura Craft
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The Junior Service League of Woodstock invites you to hop aboard the Downtown Woodstock Trolley for its 18th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Featuring seven beautifully-decorated homes, this year’s tour will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. One of these charming [...]
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    louisvillegalsrealestateblog.com

  • The Way You Do Anything is the Way You Do Everything

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
      Have you ever heard this saying; the way you do anything is the way you do everything? That is a powerful statement.  If you stop and think about it for just a minute; these 11 words often tell the story of your success or your failure in life and in business.  They certainly are […] The post The Way You Do Anything is the Way You Do Everything appeared first on .
  • Glenn Schworm – Building A Successful Rehabbing Business – Podcast Episode #33

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
      I have another successful rehabber on the podcast today to share his wisdom about building a thriving rehabbing business in what folks will tell you has been a challenging environment for real estate investors in recent years. Glenn Schworm is best described as a serial entrepreneur.  He is the owner of Signature Home Buyers in upstate […] The post Glenn Schworm – Building A Successful Rehabbing Business – Podcast Episode #33 appeared first on .
  • Want a Crash Course on Wholesaling Probates?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
      Recently Joe Fairless from JoeFairless.com asked me to do a podcast on wholesaling probates, and I was more than happy to spend some time with him talking real estate.  Joe is a full time real estate investor that you might remember I interviewed recently for my blog. If you have ever wondered about some […] The post Want a Crash Course on Wholesaling Probates? appeared first on .
  • Are You Ready to “Pumpkin Plan” Your REI Business?

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
      I love a good book, and I recently read what I believe is one of the best business books on the market. It is called The Pumpkin Plan by Michael Michalowicz. In this book, you will find strategies to help you grow a remarkable business by following his 7 step process.  To prove that […] The post Are You Ready to “Pumpkin Plan” Your REI Business? appeared first on .
  • Joe Fairless – Making the Transition From Single Family Homes to Apartments – Podcast Episode #32

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
      My guest today is  New Yorker Joe Fairless of Fairless Investing.  I was really looking forward to this podcast because I get one question over and over again;  “How do I go from investing in single family home, to investing in apartments? I personally have seen a lot of real estate investors that made […] The post Joe Fairless – Making the Transition From Single Family Homes to Apartments – Podcast Episode #32 appeared first on .
 
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  • New Wales hovercraft link gives lift to hotel investment

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    A Brighton-based company, Hoverlink, is behind the plan of introducing a regular service to link Llandudno to Merseyside, which will bring substantial revenue into this popular tourist destination. Llandudno is the No.1 holiday resort destination in Wales and is rated 8th in the UK. The concept arrived alongside local authorities’ plans to move 200,000 tourists a year.  The 85-seater hovercraft could make up to 24 trips into North Wales every day, providing links between Rhyl, Llandudno, Liverpool, Wirral, Southport and Blackpool.  Hoverlink spokesman, Simon Clitheroe, stated:…
  • 5 solutions to America's prison crisis

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    America has a unique crisis on its hands: a prisoner shortage. There are too many prisons and not enough people to put in them. There were 1.62 million inmates in federal and state prisons in 2009, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Last year, thanks to a combination of lower crime rates and more relaxed sentences, that had fallen to 1.57 million. As a result of this surplus of non-incarcerated citizens, cities are faced with high maintenance fees for buildings that are never used. Littlefield, Texas, for example, is $8 million in debt for its prison, which has been empty since…
  • UK nationals dominate Surrey rental market once more

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The latest data from prime letting agents, Barton Wyatt, has revealed that, for the first time in 3 years, UK nationals are once again dominating the rental market in North Surrey.Assessing the nationality of the multi award-winning agent's rental clients, 36% of tenants to date in 2014 have been UK nationals, edging ahead of US nationals at 27%.In total Barton Wyatt let properties in the North Surrey area (which includes the affluent village of Virginia Water and the auspicious Wentworth Estate) to tenants of 13 different nationalities in 2014 from Australians to Japanese, Russians to…
  • Working abroad is the new normal

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Photo: Aero Icarus A study from Boston Consulting Group reveals that a willingness to work abroad has become the new normal, at least among people looking for new job opportunities, who represent the majority of the survey’s participants.Indeed, 1 in 5 respondents to bcg's questions said that they already had international work experience, with almost 64 per cent saying they would be willing to move to another country for work.In some countries, the eagerness to work elsewhere is "impossible to miss", says bcg.“They’re all over Europe, they’re in America,…
  • 6 in 10 mortgage holders will be in better position after rate rises

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    6 in 10 mortgage holders believe they will be in a better position financially in three years' time, despite the majority of them expecting interest rates to rise.The survey, published by the CML in conjunction with YouGov, shows that almost one-third expect their finances to worsen as rates rise. One-fifth say they are currently experiencing some financial difficulty, but fewer than half this amount believe themselves to be in danger of missing a mortgage payment. Across the market, however, mortgage arrears are continuing to decline, and CML data shows there are currently only 1.18 per cent…
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • It’s All About the Lake

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
      How about a boat ride on the only fresh water lake in South Carolina?  I recently enjoyed a trip around the lake and can’t begin to tell you how relaxing it was.   Clear blue water and birds and beautiful scenery along with balmy breezes.  Back in 2006 a developer that had planned on opening another golf community had a meeting with his team and decided that the women in the marketplace wanted a lake community so he decided to build one.  Well, the rest is history and the name of the community is “Hampton Lake” There are now over 600 homeowners enjoying a new lifestyle.
  • What’s holding you back from making the move?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    What’s holding you back from making the move? These are the TOP 3 reasons holding people back from moving to HHI and Bluffton. Let’s solve those problems right now together. Grab that moving box Maybe the joy of summer has taken me over, but wow – things are great here There are so many benefits to living here. I often wonder what holds people back from making the move.  But I don’t have to wonder too much, most people tell me one of three things – which is your reason?  “We have to sell our house back home.”  Very valid and an easy one to solve – fix what needs fixed in…
  • Tower Beach in Sea Pine Plantation

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    We’ve all been excited about all of the new things that are happening on the island – renovations at the mall making it a boutique type shopping center, the 87000 sq.ft. Kroger supermarket, the new Plantation Golf Club with the fabulous Live Oak Restaurant, the new Sea Pines Beach Club, and the soon to be completed new Harbour Town Golf Course Clubhouse. If you’ve been reading our blogs you have probably seen photos of many of these improvements. You may not have seen photos of the new Tower Beach Club in Sea Pines. As a Sea Pines resident I recently enjoyed a pleasant evening at our…
  • Parrot Palooza at Shelter Cove in Palmetto Dunes

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As the Summer Breeze comes in over Shelter Cove Harbour and the sun begins to set in the west vacationers and locals gather to hear the “Island Music Concert Featuring Shan Tan amp; the Oyster Reefers” There is lots of room to dance down in front of the stage and plenty of stadium seating to view the concert or from the balcony of your Shelter Cove condo. You can also have dinner at one of the local restaurants and not miss a note. The music is flavored with old and new songs that are familiar to the south east and islands. Click on the video for a sample. Come join us to dance and sing…
  • Explore The Hilton Head amp; Bluffton Lowcountry

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Hilton Head Island and the areas that surround it are bursting at the seams with places to go that many visitors have never even heard of. There is quite a lot of history, learning experiences, and other opportunities for those who want to take a different path. Some of these are on the island, and others require a short drive; but all of them are worth the effort. First on the list is  at Honey Horn Plantation. This historic and interactive property dates back 300 years and encompasses 68 acres with 3 boardwalks. Here youll find events such as; sweet-grass basket making, dolphin nature…
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    Total Relocation Services

  • Don’t purchase packing material, let moving experts use theirs!

    admin
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    If you think hiring professionals to take care of your residential move is a waste of money, here are some points that might make you change your mind, by telling why it is best to hire them. The thing is you will have to first purchase or at least rent certain packing material and moving blankets. Purchasing such supplies is waste of money because you are not likely to use them any sooner in future. It is not going to be of any use and will only occupy space. Even if you choose to rent such supply, you will have eventually to spend money. Hiring a moving company is a decision that will cause…
  • 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…
 
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Vacation Home Rental Tips

    Jason Thoele
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    If you’re planning a vacation, renting a luxury condo or house instead of staying in a hotel can save you big bucks. Plus, you’ll have more space to relax and enjoy your home away from home. Renting a vacation home is an especially smart choice if you’re traveling with a group of friends or with kids. You can find some of the best bargains on vacation home rentals online if you know what to ask about and how to protect yourself as a renter. Here are five tips to help you get the biggest bang for your buck. 1. Choose a popular rental destination If you’re looking for…
  • Get to know Realtor Roger Herrick

    Jason Thoele
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    From age 6, I grew up in Redmond, Oregon that is about as close to the middle as you can get. My Father passed away when I was 7 and my Mom took on the role of both parents. My sister and I were soon learning how to take care of each other while Mom was at work, my sister is older than me and really did a great job. I feel that those two were my true role models and I am thankful for them. When I was 17 my mother moved me to Iowa where my sister and her new husband lived, mom would follow later. I began working with the local telephone company and learned a lot from my boss. I got married and…
  • How FHA and VA Loans Affect Your Offer

    Jason Thoele
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    If you are obtaining a VA or FHA loan in order to finance your purchase, you must include that information in your offer. This is because government loans place additional financial and performance obligations on the seller. Non-Allowable Fees First, VA and FHA loans prohibit buyers from paying certain types of fees that are often charged by lenders, escrow companies, settlement agents, and title companies. They are called “non-allowable” fees. They still get charged anyway, but as the buyer, you are “not allowed” to pay them. The result is that the seller ends up…
  • Bakersfield Bank Owned Homes for Sale

    Jason Thoele
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Those that are in the market for Bakersfield Bank Owned Homes for Sale will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Great opportunity in Bakersfield. Home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Recent repairs done to the home. Hurry this wont last long. This is a Fannie Mae Homepath property. Good news! We have some incredible foreclosures that can now be yours in Bakersfield CA! Foreclosures in Bakersfield offer you a chance at attaining your dream of buying a home in Bakersfield CA without having to pay a premium price for the property. Sounds fantastic, right? Well it is! These…
  • Recipe for Success

    Jason Thoele
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Getting started in real estate is fairly simple, to build a sustainable business in real estate is a bit more difficult. Some agents believe that all it takes to succeed is having a nice “glamour shot”, I can assure you that it takes more than that. Some new licensees have done extremely well in building their careers while others (approximately 80%) are out of the business in 18 months. So, why do some real estate agents succeed while others fail in today’s market? The answer is simple… Agent’s need the right tools! Tholco Real Estate Group gives it’s…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Vacation Home Rental Tips

    Jason Thoele
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    If you’re planning a vacation, renting a luxury condo or house instead of staying in a hotel can save you big bucks. Plus, you’ll have more space to relax and enjoy your home away from home. Renting a vacation home is an especially smart choice if you’re traveling with a group of friends or with kids. You can find some of the best bargains on vacation home rentals online if you know what to ask about and how to protect yourself as a renter. Here are five tips to help you get the biggest bang for your buck. 1. Choose a popular rental destination If you’re looking for…
  • Get to know Realtor Roger Herrick

    Jason Thoele
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    From age 6, I grew up in Redmond, Oregon that is about as close to the middle as you can get. My Father passed away when I was 7 and my Mom took on the role of both parents. My sister and I were soon learning how to take care of each other while Mom was at work, my sister is older than me and really did a great job. I feel that those two were my true role models and I am thankful for them. When I was 17 my mother moved me to Iowa where my sister and her new husband lived, mom would follow later. I began working with the local telephone company and learned a lot from my boss. I got married and…
  • How FHA and VA Loans Affect Your Offer

    Jason Thoele
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    If you are obtaining a VA or FHA loan in order to finance your purchase, you must include that information in your offer. This is because government loans place additional financial and performance obligations on the seller. Non-Allowable Fees First, VA and FHA loans prohibit buyers from paying certain types of fees that are often charged by lenders, escrow companies, settlement agents, and title companies. They are called “non-allowable” fees. They still get charged anyway, but as the buyer, you are “not allowed” to pay them. The result is that the seller ends up…
  • Bakersfield Bank Owned Homes for Sale

    Jason Thoele
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Those that are in the market for Bakersfield Bank Owned Homes for Sale will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Great opportunity in Bakersfield. Home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Recent repairs done to the home. Hurry this wont last long. This is a Fannie Mae Homepath property. Good news! We have some incredible foreclosures that can now be yours in Bakersfield CA! Foreclosures in Bakersfield offer you a chance at attaining your dream of buying a home in Bakersfield CA without having to pay a premium price for the property. Sounds fantastic, right? Well it is! These…
  • Recipe for Success

    Jason Thoele
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Getting started in real estate is fairly simple, to build a sustainable business in real estate is a bit more difficult. Some agents believe that all it takes to succeed is having a nice “glamour shot”, I can assure you that it takes more than that. Some new licensees have done extremely well in building their careers while others (approximately 80%) are out of the business in 18 months. So, why do some real estate agents succeed while others fail in today’s market? The answer is simple… Agent’s need the right tools! Tholco Real Estate Group gives it’s…
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    Orange County Real Estate | Aliso Viejo Real Estate | Laguna Niguel Real Estate | Dana Point Real Estate

  • Gorgeous Dana Point Townhouse for Sale

    949hometeam
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    4 bedroom 2.5 bath in a fantastic gated community in the heart of Dana Point. Light and bright with a host of upgrades this home is the very definition of move in ready. Wonderfully upgraded unique hardwood flooring, a cook’s…Read more ›Gorgeous Dana Point Townhouse for Sale is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Mirroring the Tenacity of a Child

    949hometeam
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    After spending 5 hours with my 7-month-old grandson I was reminded of how powerful a child’s tenacity and determination can be. With laser like focus while leaning against the ottoman as he can’t quite stand without help yet, he systematically…Read more ›Mirroring the Tenacity of a Child is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • Why now is a great time to move on up

    949hometeam
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    A few weeks ago I was out door knocking in Aliso Viejo when I was fortunate to meet a very nice homeowner. We struck up a fantastic conversation where we found out we had many similar interest. It was during…Read more ›Why now is a great time to move on up is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • How Props 60 and 90 Help Those Over 55 Make an Orange County Real Estate Move

    949hometeam
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Want to make a move but worried about a higher tax bill? Well if you are over 55 there are options available to make that Orange County dream move a reality. Here are the general guidelines for the transfer of…Read more ›How Props 60 and 90 Help Those Over 55 Make an Orange County Real Estate Move is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
  • 10 Reasons to List Your Orange County Home During the Holiday Season

    949hometeam
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    While most home sellers in Orange County list their homes during the spring and summer there are some advantages to selling during the holiday season. Here are ten reasons to jump into the Orange County Real Estate market during the…Read more ›10 Reasons to List Your Orange County Home During the Holiday Season is a post from: Orange County Real Estate
 
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    Climate Plus

  • Water Heater Efficiency in West Milford

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The higher the efficiency rate of your water heater translates to more money that you will save on household expenses over time. The big problem with this statement, however, is that you may not fully understand what makes one water heater more efficient than another model. Fortunately enough, Climate Plus is here to explain what determines a water heater’s efficiency. Explaining Water Heater Efficiency There are three pieces of information that are necessary when coming up with a water heater’s efficiency rate: Recovery efficiency: The recovery efficiency of a water heater is based upon…
  • Tankless Water Heater Maintenance in Bayonne

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    So you’ve made the switch to tankless: congrats!  Now you’re enjoying energy savings, unlimited hot water, and a more efficient heating system.  The typical warranty on a tankless water heater is between 15 and 20 years, far greater than the typical 6 year warranty you get with a tank-type.  But how do you make sure it last that full lifespan? Because tankless heating sends water through a coil for perpetual heating rather than storing cooled water, there’s no storage tank to break, no thermostat pre-set to adjust, and no magnesium corrosion to worry about!  This means…
  • Tankless Water Heaters in Clifton

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    So what are the advantages of tankless water heaters?  Many Americans have been making the switch, but what exactly are they switching to?  We mentioned on this blog last week that the difference between conventional and tankless water heating is the storage tank: whereas conventional heating stores hot water at a pre-set temperature, tankless water heats your water on-demand in a series of coils.  That means you don’t waste energy on water that you don’t use, and also that there’s no limit to the hot water your family can use — meaning no more cold showers. …
  • Tankless Water Heaters in Passaic

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Does your home have a traditional water heater?  If so, you may have heard some people start to talk about making a switch from conventional to “tankless”; maybe it’s been recommended to you, or maybe other people like yourself who live in older houses have mentioned their recent upgrade.  More and more Americans are making the permanent crossover from tank-type to tankless water heaters — but why?  There has to be a reason why the tank-type heaters are  “traditional,” right?  Why is this becoming an issue all of the sudden? The crux of this whole water…
  • What Are the Reasons for Using an Air Purifier?

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Did you know that indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution? Considering all the chemicals we use to clean our homes, dust accumulation, and circulating air, no wonder indoor air pollution is a serious problem! In fact, the World Health Organization has released a study estimating that approximately 3 billion people in the world unknowingly suffer from indoor air pollution. Whether it’s asthma, allegories, or something more severe, indoor air pollution is a serious problem that homeowners and commercial business owners alike should consider.  Indoor air…
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    PropertyMetrics

  • How Not to Use NPV in Excel

    propertymetrics
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    NPV in Excel is widely used but commonly misunderstood. Even top MBA grads commonly misuse NPV in Excel. In this short article we’ll look at the problem with NPV in Excel, show you where most people go wrong, and we’ll also walk through the correct way to use the NPV function in Excel, step-by-step. The Problem With NPV in Excel First of all, what’s the problem with NPV in Excel? Why do so many people get it wrong? Well, contrary to popular belief, NPV in Excel does not actually calculate the Net Present Value (NPV). Instead, it calculates the present value of a series…
  • Ground Lease Fundamentals in Commercial Real Estate

    propertymetrics
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ground leases are an important component of many commercial real estate deal structures. Yet for a lot commercial real estate professionals ground leases are rarely encountered and are poorly understood. In this article we’ll shed some light on how ground leases work, explain what typical ground lease structures look like, and we’ll also clear up some common misconceptions about the ground lease. What is a Ground Lease? First of all, what exactly is a ground lease? Ground leases, often called land leases, are simply a lease of the land only. Usually land is leased for a…
  • Understanding Replacement Reserves in Commercial Real Estate

    propertymetrics
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    The topic of replacement reserves is often confusing for commercial real estate professionals. How much should be set aside for replacement reserves? Should replacement reserves be included in net operating income? How do replacement reserves impact cap rates and value? In this article we’re going to take a closer look at reserves for replacement, clear up the confusion, and also tackle some common misconceptions. What are Replacement Reserves? First of all, what are replacement reserves? Replacement Reserves are funds set aside that provide for the periodic replacement of building…
  • What You Should Know About The Time Value of Money

    Robert Schmidt
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    Being completely comfortable with the time value of money is critical when working in the field of finance and commercial real estate. The time value of money is impossible to ignore when dealing with loans, investment analysis, capital budgeting, and many other financial decisions. It’s a fundamental building block that the entire field of finance is built upon. And yet, many finance and commercial real estate professionals still lack a solid working knowledge of time value of money concepts and they consistently make the same common mistakes. In this article we take a deep dive into…
  • What is IRR and How Does it Work?

    Robert Schmidt
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:51 am
    The internal rate of return (IRR) is a widely used investment performance measure in commercial real estate, yet it’s also widely misunderstood. What is IRR exactly? How is it used and what are its limitations? In this article we’ll discuss what IRR is and how it works. We will also identify some common misconceptions and finally clarify these ideas with some relevant examples. What is IRR? First of all, what is IRR? Simply stated, the Internal rate of return (IRR) for an investment is the percentage rate earned on each dollar invested for each period it is invested. IRR is also…
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    Lucy Kelts

  • Native American Expert Dr. James Kemp Returns to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    Dr. James Kemp, an expert on Native American culture, will return to the Santa Fe Historical Society on October 25 to discuss kachina dolls and dances. Dr. Kemp is a popular speaker about Native American artifacts, and his events sell out quickly. Advance registration is required. During this visit, Dr. Kemp will examine the history of kachina dolls in Native American culture. The katsina figures, also called kachina dolls, were typically carved from cottonwood root by the Hopi people to instruct young girls and new brides about katsinas, the immortal beings that bring rain, control the…
  • 16950 Blue Shadows Lane, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92127

    Lucy Kelts
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Ultimate upgrades throughout interior and exterior spaces in this one-of-a-kind Liang Luxury 2+ BR Crosby Villa! Sited upon a premium homesite with Golf Course views enjoyed from most rooms, everything is here to enjoy the lifestyle of casually elegant, carefree perfection. Seller’s purchase price plus improvements significantly above $1,600,000 and it shows!! The upgrades (call for 3-page list) are above and beyond other villas. Unique opportunity here!! Rich hardwood flooring, exquisite Carrera and other marble solid slab countertops, multiple sets of French doors (including from the…
  • Celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, at the San Diego Museum of Art

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Celebrate Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. Now in its seventh year, Diwali is an annual, multi-institution Balboa Park event, held this year on October 18, from 3 – 6:30 p.m. This year, The San Diego Museum of Art will offer docent-led tours of the South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Persian art galleries, a lantern making activity, and performances in the James S. Copley Auditorium. The Museum’s holdings from China, Japan, and Korea include a range of paintings, ceramics, and metalwork. Highlights from the collection have been recently reinstalled in galleries conceived as a…
  • 17240 Turf Club Drive

    Lucy Kelts
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Positioned to capture and enjoy the ultimate views of the Crosby Signature 16th fairway and waterways and vistas beyond.  Incomparable VIEWS!  Pristine interiors, very lightly lived in and offering the highly desirable floorplan with 3BR suites–all enjoying privacy.  Master suite on 1st level, 2BR suites up.  Optional 4th BR or library or formal dining room down.  Beautiful natural light throughout!!! The Crosby Crosby Association includes guard gated entrances, lakes, biking/hiking trails, private streets, playground and passive recreational areas. Crosby Country Club (separate…
  • 4840 Rancho Del Mar Trail

    Lucy Kelts
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Amazing property at a most attractive price!!! This estate is priced to sell!!!  Extraordinary, uncompromised sit down views from this entertainer’s dream home augmented with the most impressive usable, highest quality electronics throughout–indoor and out door–state-of-the-art technology in audio visual, security and user convenience.  THIS HOME IS A MUST SEE!!!Single level living at its ultimate level of casual comfort for unsurpassed family living as well as large scale entertaining! Five large bedroom suites, superb professional theatre, wonderful billiard/game room,…
 
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  • Private Money Advantage: Speed Of Closing The Transaction

    Don Konipol
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Mortgage money obtained from banking or institutional sources, called conventional mortgage money, usually takes between 45 and 90 days to fund. Institutional lenders need not only obtain appraisal of the value of the property, but also require detailed examination of the borrower’s credit history and current financial status, as well as financial statements and tax [...]Private Money Advantage: Speed Of Closing The Transaction is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 5 Must Do’s After Purchasing A Manufactured Home Inside A Park

    John Fedro
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Let's pretend that as a successful manufactured home investor you have just successfully purchased another manufactured home inside a local manufactured home park. What will you want to do next?...5 Must Do’s After Purchasing A Manufactured Home Inside A Park is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Investors When Asked To Co-sign A Loan – Don’t!

    Lee R. Phillips, JD
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    When you co-sign a loan for someone, you are taking on risk on with no return. When lenders refuse to give a loan to someone it is because they are too much of a risk. Consider the following about co-signing or guaranteeing a loan for someone else: The lender does not have to go after [...]Investors When Asked To Co-sign A Loan – Don’t! is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Self Employed 401k: What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distribution

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    The day you start putting money into a self employed 401k is the day you start building a better retirement future. This plan, often called Solo 401k, offers a lot of benefits. Many real estate investors are taking advantage of its allowance for non-traditional investment classes. To make the most of the savings and tax [...]Self Employed 401k: What You Need To Know About Required Minimum Distribution is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • What To Look For On An Operating Statement

    Andrew Syrios
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    I believe quite strongly that a seller-provided pro forma is all but completely useless. I’ve even gone so far as to call them “pro-fake’as”. After all, the seller can put in whatever estimate they want. And you can pretty easily guess whether that estimate is going to be high or low. However, the operating statement is very useful. [...]What To Look For On An Operating Statement is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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  • How to Create Income from Your Home

    The Housing Block
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    With home prices reaching the stratosphere in many housing markets across Canada, it’s never been more expensive to buy a home. Homeowners who sit on the sidelines too long can find themselves priced out of the market. Although mortgage rates are near record lows, it’s a double-edged sword; low mortgage rates are fueling sky-high real estate prices. Many homebuyers find themselves buying at their maximum purchase price. Being “house poor” is no fun, so why not generate some income from your home? Here are two ways to earn some extra money from real estate and reach mortgage freedom…
  • Shocker – The Bank of Canada Leaves Interest Rates at 1% Yet Again

    The Housing Block
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    With the volatility in the stock market as of late, it should come as no surprise the Bank of Canada (BoC) is standing pat on interest rates. Canada’s central bank is leaving interest rates at 1 per cent once again. The trendsetting overnight rate has been frozen at 1 per cent since September 2010, the longest stretch in Canadian history. The overnight rate is the interest rate at which lenders borrow and lend one-day funds among themselves. Any change could lead to a trickle-down effect felt throughout the Canadian economy. Individual lenders set their prime rate based on the overnight…
  • Protecting Yourself from Online Sale Scams

    The Housing Block
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    While the Internet can be a great resource for information, it can also be a great way to get scammed if you’re not careful. The ubiquity of the Internet has made it a hotspot for fraudsters. With real estate prices through the roof, it should come as no surprise more criminals than ever are lurking online.   What is an Online Sale Scam? Have you ever come across a great real estate deal online? As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. Online sale scams often start by luring homebuyers with properties for sale, usually at a very low cost on online classified…
  • The Difference Between a Mortgage Term and Amortization

    The Housing Block
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    As a homebuyer it’s important to be up to speed on your mortgage lingo. Two of the most basic, yet important terms to understand are your mortgage term and amortization. While your mortgage term and amortization can be the same, often times they’re not. By understanding the difference between the two, you can possibly save thousands of dollars in interest over the life of your mortgage and enjoy mortgage freedom years sooner.   Mortgage Term A mortgage term is the length of time you’re guaranteed mortgage rates and conditions with your bank. With a fixed rate mortgage, you’re…
  • Stunning Bedfordale House by Suzanne Hunt

    The Housing Block
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Photography by Robert Frith Visit Suzanne Hunt here. The post Stunning Bedfordale House by Suzanne Hunt appeared first on Real Estate Blog - The Housing Block.
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  • Refinancing your mortgage isn’t always worth it – Dallas Morning News

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    6 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Refinancing your mortgage isn’t always worth it – Dallas Morning News http://news.google.com Sat, 04 Oct 2014 22:39:50 GMT Your Houston NewsRefinancing your mortgage isn’t always worth itDallas Morning NewsThe housing industry has experienced its share of ups and downs over the last few years. While many of the issues plaguing the industry were devastating for […] The post Refinancing your mortgage isn’t always worth it – Dallas Morning News appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • Tight Credit? Why Ben Bernanke Couldn’t Refinance His …

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    6 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Tight Credit? Why Ben Bernanke Couldn’t Refinance His … http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/ Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:51:03 -0700 Just how inflexible are lending standards these days? Ben Bernanke said at a conference Thursday that he’d been unable recently to refinance his mortgage. Read more … The post Tight Credit? Why Ben Bernanke Couldn’t Refinance His … appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • Proven Tricks For Reducing Your Mortgage Closing Costs – The Mortgage Reports (blog)

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    9 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Proven Tricks For Reducing Your Mortgage Closing Costs – The Mortgage Reports (blog) http://news.google.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:33:06 GMT Proven Tricks For Reducing Your Mortgage Closing CostsThe Mortgage Reports (blog)According to Bankrate.com’s annual closing cost survey, the costs of a typical mortgage are up 6% from last year, and poised to rise again in […] The post Proven Tricks For Reducing Your Mortgage Closing Costs – The Mortgage Reports (blog) appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
  • Signs the housing market is heating up – USA TODAY

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    14 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Signs the housing market is heating up – USA TODAY Signs the housing market is heating upUSA TODAYThe reasons for the American housing crash fill entire library bookshelves, so we’ll skip the gory details and just note that the market for private mortgage insurance tanked. If you wanted a house and c … Original article […] The post Signs the housing market is heating up – USA TODAY appeared first on Today's Mortgage News.
 
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  • Risky Business!

    Ali
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Risky Business? Real estate investing certainly can be. It’s important to be your own risk manager to ensure you don’t get left holding an empty bag. With every property or deal you say yes to, you should conduct your own risk assessment to safeguard your investment dollars and your time from potential loss. 1. What is a Risk Assessment? A risk assessment protects you, and your money. You should conduct one before you sign any papers or hand over any dollars. A risk assessment identifies any hazards you may be met with on your path to cash-flow and can help steer you in the right…
  • Challenge: Your Beliefs

    Ali
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    What do you believe about yourself? About your future? About what you can do in one day? About how much money you make? About business? About life in general? Most of us are raised to believe there is a set of limitations. In a way, it’s helpful to have limits. We need to know we can’t say…walk on water…or if we jump off a building, we’ll fall – not fly (yikes). So, some limits we believe in are for very good reasons. Some beliefs, however, just limit us big time. Don’t let yourself become limited by false beliefs. Demand more of yourself – and…
  • What’s Available Wednesday? Trenton!

    Ali
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    So- Hipster fell in love: with Trenton, NJ…. What do we find so attractive about this city located between New York and Philly? Everything! The location is just right: poised for real growth in an in-demand locale. Unemployment is significantly low here. Lots of stable renters. Timing is everything and right now Trenton has some incredible low buy-in deals and some   excellent no-hassle properties for you to choose from. Side note: like us, Barbara Corcoran loves Trenton too – and we think you will Today’s property comes with a tenant in place as a condition of closing and…
  • Keep Investing Simple

    Ali
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius Guess what? Investing doesn’t have to be this wildly complex, insider-only thing that people often perceive it to be. It can actually be mind-bogglingly simple. Yes, really. Just like life, investing is what you make it. It can be as complicated and stressful as you make it – or it can be as simple and beautiful as you want it. What do you want? Simple – buy a property and start making cash-flow? Or do you want to buy a property, rehab it yourself and attempt to flip it? If you love stress, the…
  • Change Your Life: Be Here Now

    Ali
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Time for a new mantra? As the seasons change, it’s an ideal time for  you to look at your own life. What needs to change? Sometimes, change really is as simple as a few new words to live by. Today we’re looking at the idea behind the popular saying, “be here now.” What does it mean? What does it mean for you? Three simple words: three heavy words. If you use them right, you may find they help change your life. Time for Change If you already have a mantra, you’ve probably found it helps ground you and keep you focused on the big picture and what’s truly…
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  • Top Negotiation Tips to Get the Sale CLOSED [Webinar Recording]

    Geneva Ives
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Is contract negotiation your favorite part of the buying and selling process? Do you just love bargaining over the amount of commission you will get in a transaction? If you answered ‘no’ to both of those questions, we’re not surprised… and we’re here to help! (And if you answered ‘yes’ to both of those questions, we want to meet you!) Yesterday’s power coaching webinar with Terri Murphy was packed with so many negotiation tips, we feel like we’re prepared to handle any tricky real estate deal. And you can feel that way, too, even if you missed the session. We recorded…
  • How to Write a Great ‘About Me’ Page

    Geneva Ives
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Have you ever sat down to create or update your agent website and struggled with the ‘About Me’ page? The sudden onset of writer’s block is not uncommon when faced with a blank page. And here you are, supposed to create an ‘About Me’ page that inspires complete strangers to use your services. That’s a lot of pressure! We completely understand, and we’re here to help with easy steps anyone can use to create a compelling ‘About Me’ page that says who you are, what you do and why readers should get in touch with you to handle their next real estate transaction . 6 Tips to…
  • Hot Tip: 3 Tips to Negotiate NO into NOT YET

    Tanya Fears
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    When your customer or client says NO, what do they really mean? If you don’t have the skills to figure out how this response may really be a yes, you might miss a great opportunity to make a sale. From an unskilled perspective, hearing the word “no” is percieved as being a final boundary in the negotiation process, when in fact, it can open the door to better outcomes for both parties. According to negotiation experts Don Hutson and George Lucas, authors of the best selling book, The One Minute Negotiator, the word “no” is often the gateway to a completely positive outcome if the…
  • How Many Listing Photos Do You Need to Get Leads?

    Geneva Ives
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    At Point2, we spend a lot of time thinking of how to help our clients get the most out of their online marketing activities. When it comes to marketing your listings online we want to make sure that you generate as many leads as possible, so we had our experts analyze the data from Point2 Homes to see how many listing photos you need in order to generate leads. Put this information to use in your own business to streamline your workflow and grow your business! What is the optimal number of listing photos to generate leads? Is 5 photos enough? Is 50 photos too many? Here is what our research…
  • Top Negotiating Tips You Need to Win!

    Tanya Fears
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What do you say to control negotiations for a listing commission or counteroffer? How do you manage haggling between buyers and sellers for personal property? If you are like most of us, you have a true distaste for confrontational negotation. But what if there were some top tips and strategies to help you negotiate your way to more sales, more easily? Our Success Series expert, Don Hutson, shared with us the 5 biggest mistakes most agents make when negotiating. As the New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 author of the best selling book, The One Minute Negotiator, Don tackled the most…
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  • NAR's Existing Home Sales Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Home Sales Hit Highest Level of the Year

    The KCM Crew
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report earlier this week. The report revealed that “sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year”. As the chart below shows, after a very slow start at the beginning of the year, residential home sales have been increasing nicely.   Members: Sign in now to set up your Personalized Posts & start sharing today! Not a member yet? Click Here to learn more about KCM's newest feature, Personalized Posts.
  • Billionaire Says Real Estate is Best Investment Possible

    The KCM Crew
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Billionaire money manager John Paulson was interviewed at the Delivering Alpha Conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor. During his session he boldly stated: "I still think, from an individual perspective, the best deal investment you can make is to buy a primary residence that you're the owner-occupier of.” Who is John Paulson? Paulson is the person who, back in 2005 & 2006, made a fortune betting that the subprime mortgage mess would cause the real estate market to collapse. He understands how the housing market works and knows when to buy and when to sell. What do…
  • #1 Reason You Should Sell Now

    The KCM Crew
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’.  If the supply of an item is larger than the amount of people looking to purchase that item, the price will decrease. With winter right around the corner, now may be the best time to get the best price. #KCM2014Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), historically there is a natural decline in buyers looking to purchase a home (also known as foot traffic) as the winter months approach. Shown in the graph below: NAR goes a step further to…
  • 5 Demands to Make on Your Real Estate Agent

    The KCM Crew
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you thinking of selling your house? Are you dreading having to deal with strangers walking through the house? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can take away most of the challenges of selling. A great agent is always worth more than the commission they charge just like a great doctor or great accountant. You want to deal with one of the best agents in your marketplace. To do this, you must be able to distinguish the average agent from the great one. Here are the top 5 demands to make of your Real Estate Agent when selling your…
 
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  • Trying to Sell By Owner?

    Dan Zito
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    When you contact an agent to list your home, one of the first things they’ll do is sit down with you for a chat. They’ll want to learn your motivation for selling. Do you need to be closer to work or school? Are you up sizing? Downsizing? Or perhaps you’re just curious about what your house would fetch? Seller motivation generally comes from one of two things: time or money. You either need to move fast, or you need to … Read More
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  • Tips For Buying Your First Home

    Dan Zito
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Buying your first home can be an anxious experience in both senses of the word; it’s exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Like most new things though, the more you learn about the process, the less nervous you become. These tips can help you prepare for becoming a first time homeowner. Whether you’re just considering the switch from renting to owning, or you’re already shopping around for an agent to tour homes with, this information will help demystify some … Read More
  • What to ask your Realtor before you List

    Dan Zito
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Choosing the right agent to represent your listing will help you sell at the highest price, sell as fast as possible, and enjoy a smooth, stress-free transaction. Every agent operates differently. They have different specialties, different tools, and different abilities depending on the volume of business they do and the brokerage they’re associated with. Some agents are a part of a team, some go at it alone. Each unique situation has its benefits and drawbacks, but you won’t be able … Read More
  • Ways to Win a Multiple Offer Situation

    Dan Zito
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    In many neighborhoods, the combination of high buyer demand and low available inventory means that you might not be the only one making an offer on the house you want. Multiple offers are great for sellers, but can be stressful for buyers. Sellers can choose whether or not to inform buyers that they’re considering other offers, but in the majority of cases they do because it can start a bidding war and drive their price up. The easiest way to … Read More
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  • Can You Sell Your House with Unpermitted Changes?

    The Moeller Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    Often, homeowners make changes and upgrades to their home without securing permit. In some cases, permits are not required, but in many cases they are. When you attempt to sell your home, investigations by the buyer’s real estate agent, inspector or legal representation may discover undocumented changes that could hinder the sale. The degree to which this causes difficulties greatly depends on the types of changes made to the original structure, and whether your buyer’s lender will give a loan on property with unpermitted changes. Sometimes, the changes occurred even before you…
  • Fearing Buyer’s Remorse?

    The Moeller Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make, and many times new buyers worry that they’ll make a wrong decision and then be sorry when it is too late to change it. What if I paid too much for the house? What if the neighborhood isn’t what I thought it was? What if I lose my job and can’t pay the mortgage? What if I hate my neighbors? What if a better house becomes available next week/month/year? What-if? What-if? What-if? Second-guessing is normal First, you need to know that questioning your own decisions is normal. Hundreds of doubts and fears can run…
  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 3 of 3)

    The Moeller Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    A common question for prospective home sellers is “How can I increase my home’s value or get a higher selling price?” In our earlier articles on this subject, we discuss low budget and economical fixes and upgrades that can increase the perceived value of your home. In this article, we discuss those higher cost items that only give you a high return on your investment if you have high equity in your home or will lose more money if it doesn’t sell quickly. Many buyers look for a home they can move into immediately. While the specifics depend on the age and condition of…
  • Become a Fan of Fans

    The Moeller Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Ceiling fans aren’t just about moving air, they are an important part of creating the right atmosphere in your home. Before choosing a fan, consider what you really want it to do. Smart ceiling fans Being smart isn’t just for phones. Big Ass Fan company has developed smart residential fans that have motion sensors, can detect ambient air temperature and humidity, and even connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat. These fans are about keeping the temperature and atmosphere in your home at optimum levels using the least amount of energy. With five-ply bamboo blades and an…
  • Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 2 of 3)

    The Moeller Team
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    A common question sellers ask is “What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home?” Since each home and every market is different, we, as your real estate professionals, can give you specific advice on your home. In general, however, if you’re willing to spend a little bit on some minor upgrades, a higher return on your investment can be significant. We covered the “no-to-low cost” items in part 1 of this series and in this post we suggest some low to medium cost options for improving that selling price. If you have a little money to spend, the next…
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  • Technology Meets the Real Estate World in DisruptCRE

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    - Oct. 21, 2014 – BOSTON –  The Soho Loft Media Group sponsored the meeting of disruptive ideas about the real estate industry last 16 October 2014 in Boston. The DisruptCRE is designed to create an environment where people with disruptive ideas get to meet investors and developers to create potential partnerships. The bigwigs of the real estate industry converged from 1pm to 7pm at the District Hall in 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA. David Drake, Founder and Chairman of Victoria Global, LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group, says, “It is through these events that real estate…
  • A New Platform, The NNN Crowd, Focuses on Net Lease Assets

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    With the idea of crowdfunding becoming the best alternative for most property investors and developers, new real estate crowdfunding platforms are being established. The NNN Crowd is among the latest established crowdfunding portals to join the industry with the aim of offering services that will meet the ever-increasing demand. The NNN Crowd is a commercial property crowdfunding platform specialized in net lease assets. It becomes the first company to be fully specialized in net lease assets. This presents the company with the greatest opportunity to offer greatest services to its customers…
  • Fundrise Continues to Lead the Real Estate Crowdfunding Sector in the US

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Fundrise has extended its lead in the real estate crowdfunding sector after it received funding of $3.6 million from Renren for its Series A round. The company has now raised a total of $38 million through online crowdfunding making the best financed real estate crowdfunding firm. Other crowdfunding firms in real estate sector include: Realty Mogul, which has raised $10 million; AssetAvenue and RealtyShares, which have raised $3 million; RealCrowd, which has raised $1.6 million, and CrowdStreet, which has raised $800,000, among others. There are many investors who have contributed to the…
  • CoAssets announce strategic partnership with Alternaty Real Estate to tap on emerging markets in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

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    18 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Singapore, 17 October 2014 – CoAssets (www.CoAssets.com), Southeast Asia’s first real estate crowdfunding site, would like to welcome Alternaty as a partner to grow the platform in emerging markets in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Alternaty is a real estate firm based in Vietnam and they specialise in the implementation and operation of alternative real estate structures. “We are very excited to work with Alternaty,” said Mr Getty Goh, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of CoAssets. “We recognise that Alternaty is spearheading the growth and acceptance of alternative ownership…
  • SEC Commissioner Addresses SEC Shortfalls and Recommends Changes

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    by Anthony Zeoli, Guest Contributor Did you ever find yourself reading an article, or listening to a speech, and literally agreeing out loud with everything the person was saying? Well that happened to me as I read the transcript of the speech Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher’s gave at a recent Heritage Foundation event. Daniel M. Gallagher, acting Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), gave an impassioned speech recently at a Heritage Foundation event addressing the capital needs of small businesses. Surprisingly his speech was not filled with the usual expected…
 
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    Dubai Real Estate Property Blog | Better Homes LLC.

  • Renting v Buying - A Financial Comparison

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Planning to live in Dubai for the long term? If so, this infographic could help you save hundreds of thousands of Dirhams in living costs over the next six years. You'll pick up some valuable insights from our experts on how what you spend compounds dramatically over time. Want to learn more? Then give us a call on +971 600 52 2212.  
  • Buying v Renting

    8 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    There comes a moment in many an expat’s life when you realise the UAE really is home - and will be for many years to come. And with that comes the realisation that you’ve also spent hundreds of thousands of Dirhams renting, when you could have owned your own home all along. It’s a realisation Sam Wani hears about every day. As General Manager of Independent Finance, a Dubai based mortgage advisory and Better Homes finance partner, Sam specialises in helping expats invest in their own homes.   ‘Believe it or not, the average time an expat spends living in the UAE…
  • Better Homes’ Linda Mahoney talks to Property Weekly

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
      Chairman gives an insight into 28 years in the UAE property market Linda Mahoney, chairman of Better Homes, has given her unique take on the UAE real estate industry for a special Cityscape edition of Property Weekly.   She is one of three long-term luminaries of the property industry to talk about their experiences over nearly three decades, and Linda reveals her own experiences of the incredible growth of the country’s property market.   Linda founded Better Homes in 1986 as a one-woman outfit and has presided over a company that has become one of the UAE’s most…
  • Find the right commercial property for your business

    24 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Moving to a new business location is a crucial long-term decision for any company. Commercial Sales and Leasing Head, Sandrine Loureiro, tells us the ins and outs and what’s hot right now. Click here to watch the video. What are the most popular areas for businesses right now? At the moment Business Bay, JLT, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Media City, Tecom and Barsha are popular for businesses relocating or setting up for the first time.   What do businesses look for in a commercial address? Our clients look for well managed buildings with easy access, ample parking and good facilities for…
  • A guide to sub-leasing

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:51 am
    Sub-leasing is allowed in Dubai, but should you do it? It is not unusual for tenants to want to sub-lease their villa or apartment in Dubai, as there are often penalties payable for those who want to break their tenancy contracts early.     It is important to explain what is meant by sub-leasing, as there are two different meanings. First, when an agency such as Better Homes obtains the master lease for an entire building and then sub-leases the apartments to tenants - each of the tenants has their own sub-lease contract with Better Homes. The second type, which this blog is…
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  • 2,358 BFS Foreclosed Properties For Sale Included In Nationwide Listing Updated As Of October 14, 2014

    Jay Castillo
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    As the only end-to-end mortgage servicing platform in the Philippines, BFS offers a variety of foreclosed properties scattered all over the Philippines. With selected properties at up to 50% discount, you can avail a property for as low as Php 55,000. Find these among 2,358 BFS foreclosed properties for sale. Check out the details below. “Fruits of Your Labor” is BFS latest offer of unbeatable value for interested buyers looking to purchase Foreclosed Properties The updated list, which comes directly from Bahay Financial Services (BFS), has a total selling price of Php 983,010,000.00, all…
  • Las Pinas 120-Unit Real Estate Seminar & Training for 2015 Real Estate Brokers Exam Starts October 25, 2014

    Cherry Castillo
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Do you want to take the 2015 real estate brokers licensure exam on May 2015? If you are based south of Metro Manila, then this seminar is for you. The Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines – Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Paranaque Chapter (REBAP-LMP), our home chapter, shall be conducting a Comprehensive Real Estate Seminar and Training (CREST) from October 25, 2014 to January 4, 2015 (Saturdays and Sundays only) for 8 hours each day. More details below. CREST Venue The venue will be at Rm. 205 Tia Maria Bldg. CV Starr Ave. Philamlife Village, Las Pinas City. Since the seminar will be…
  • Free Seminar – Making It Big In Real Estate And Grand PKS (October 18, 2014)

    Jay Castillo
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    You’re all invited to attend a free real estate seminar entitled: “Making It Big In Real Estate and Grand PKS, Moldex Realty”. This will be held on October 18, 2014, Saturday, 1:00pm to 6:00pm, at the 3rd floor, Shaw 500 Zentrum, 500 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Seminar details can be seen below. Sorry for the short notice I’m really sorry for the short notice, I was busy deploying updates/QA testing for our online training and members area, which took longer than expected as I had to make sure all 69+ video tutorials were working and accessible. With that out of…
  • 224th Unionbank Foreclosed Properties Auction Slated On October 25, 2014 (Metro Manila and Luzon)

    Jay Castillo
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The 224th Special Public Auction of UnionBank foreclosed properties shall be on October 25, 2014, Saturday, 9:00am, at the 28th Floor, UnionBank Plaza, Meralco Avenue corner Onyx Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City Philippines. Auction details can be found below. This real estate auction includes foreclosed properties from Metro Manila, Luzon, plus the brand new House and lots at Amalfi, The Islands, Dasmarinas Cavite. Interested bidders are reminded to come early to have enough time to register and fill-out all required forms. Bidders are expected to have done proper due diligence prior to the…
  • Where To Find A Real Estate Training Center For The 2015 Real Estate Brokers Exam – The Ultimate List!

    Cherry Castillo
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you are looking for a Real Estate Training Center that offers a Comprehensive Real Estate Seminar and Review (CRESR)  for the 2015 real estate brokers exam, look no further. This is our compilation of CRESR providers for the March 2015 brokers exam. Before we get to the list, let me try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the real estate brokers exam. Is the March 2015 real estate brokers exam the last one that will not require a degree in Real Estate? While there has been no formal announcement yet, it is possible that the March 2015 exam may be the last one which…
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    Overseas Property Mall

  • Las Vegas Home Prices Falter as Sales Slow

    Les Calvert
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    New data from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) indicates that the median house price in Southern Nevada increased only Las Vegas Home Prices Falter as Sales Slow is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Las Vegas Home Prices Falter as Sales Slow appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • What Does America’s Millennial Generation Want in a Home?

    Les Calvert
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    The narrative we’re used to hearing is pretty simple. Whether the fault lies with an economy that doesn’t provide young people with What Does America’s Millennial Generation Want in a Home? is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post What Does America’s Millennial Generation Want in a Home? appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • Danish Apartment Prices Soar Above Houses

    Les Calvert
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Fears about a recurrence of a new property bubble dog the Scandinavian housing markets – with some reason. In Denmark, the price Danish Apartment Prices Soar Above Houses is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Danish Apartment Prices Soar Above Houses appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • Auctions and Land Prices Rise in Australia – And So Do Fears of a Bubble

    Les Calvert
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Figures have been released showing that land prices in Australia are on the rise. The increases are largely concentrated in the country’s Auctions and Land Prices Rise in Australia – And So Do Fears of a Bubble is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Auctions and Land Prices Rise in Australia – And So Do Fears of a Bubble appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
  • In One Hand and Out The Other

    Les Calvert
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Spanish House Prices Rise – And Foreign Buyers in Spain Face Regulations That Give With One Hand, Take With the Other House In One Hand and Out The Other is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post In One Hand and Out The Other appeared first on Overseas Property Mall.
 
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    Zoocasa Life

  • Mid-Month October Homes Sold in Toronto (GTA)

    Melissa Marchesano
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    The laws of supply and demand are at work again in the GTA during the first two weeks of October with sales up 12 per cent while new listings only grew 6 per cent. This combination of strong demand for homes and lower supply pushed the average selling price of homes in the GTA up 8.8 per cent to $583,719. Sales growth in the GTA is sourcing from all home types with detached and semi-detached leading the charge growing at 17.4 per cent and 17.9 per cent respectively. Although sales of condos are up 7 per cent in the first half of October, prices are soft with average price down 2.7 per cent…
  • Toronto Home Prices in September 2014 (Infographic)

    Bevan Friedman
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    As predicted, the fall Greater Toronto Area real estate market kicks off with strong sales growth (+10.9%)!. Get the facts in our monthly infographic of sold Toronto home prices in September 2014. #TorontoHomeSales up again in September pushing the average price $573,676Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule September tells the same story that Toronto has seen for months – active listings are down (-5.1%), sales are up (+10.9%) and competition is strong pushing prices up to an average selling price of $573,676 (+7.7%).   Once again, price increases have been up on all major home types…
  • The Generation Gap: Buying a Home Today vs. 20 Years Ago

    Melissa Marchesano
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Is buying a home easier or harder than it was 20 years ago? That debate – and the answer – varies depending on the historical factors considered and your own financial position and lifestyle preference. We explore how times have changed by looking at prices, demographics, mortgage rates, and house type and location. PRICES Then: A long slump Going into the 1990s, Canada’s housing market seemed robust, but then the economy slid and prices stagnated for most of the decade. In Toronto, prices peaked at $254,197 in 1989 and didn’t reach that level again for more than 12 years. Statistics…
  • The Top Kitchen Trends of Fall 2014

    Bevan Friedman
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    Could your kitchen be in a magazine? It’s not a far-fetched question if you hope to sell your home for a tidy profit. People spend so much time together in the kitchen, it’s no surprise a beautiful, well-equipped space is high on every buyer’s wish list. And when a kitchen is done right, it can yield a substantial return on investment. Whether you’re thinking of remodeling or just making a few updates, these hot design trends for 2014 will help you create an incredible kitchen that buyers will fall in love with. Bold lighting These days, pot lights and task lighting under the…
  • Buying a Home Is a Better Investment than You Think

    Bevan Friedman
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Timing is everything, and the future looks bright for Canada’s housing market. In this infographic, we explore the various factors contributing to market growth – and why you should feel confident about making an investment.       There’s no time like the present!  Average Canadian home prices have been steadily rising since 2009, and there’s no end in sight. Low mortgage rates and a healthy economy are fuelling the action, with Canada’s largest cities leading the way. Although no one has a crystal ball, here are our thoughts on the future of the housing market. However your…
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    Tampa Capital Partners

  • St Petersburg Florida Home For Sale – Handyman Special – Attn Real Estate Investors

    steve
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    This is a great deal for handyman, real estate investors wanting to flip or hold for rental income. This property is in a hot zip code Note: North St Petersburg, Florida Zip 33713 – Hurry.  3443 11th Ave N, St Petersburg, Fl 33713 $54,700 Cash Call 727-587-7871 or email for access information After Repair Value (what this should sell for) $137,000  as stated buy  comp report.  Rehab and you should get at least 25% ROI  Rent and you should get at least 14% cap rate maybe more if you convert to commercial office. Tax Records $59,000 – you buying anything less than tax record…
  • Top 20 Residential Rental Markets for Investors

    steve
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Please note – we are finding properties with cap rates much better than the ones in this table. Remember this chart is based on analyzing 3 bedroom homes and taking into consideration, mortgages and rental rates. 3 bedroom homes in middle class neighborhoods have an added benefit of market appreciation. Higher returns are usually found in less popular markets and areas.  Real estate is an asset that secures your money, gets favorable tax treatment and when you buy rental property you are building equity with other people’s money.  There is strong demand for rental property.
  • How Real Estate Deals Get Funded

    steve
    5 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    Funding Real Estate Investment At the time of this article our firm has approximately $20 million of real estate properties that are in our pipeline for funding. This is how we proceed to getting those done: Real Estate Funding Sources First we are always interested in connecting with private money lenders (individuals who want their money working in real estate), fund managers, hard money lenders and banks friendly to real estate investors especially in the commercial property segment. The following highlights the real estate deals we are currently working: Bulk Buy Residential Real Estate…
  • Fact – Real Estate Investment – Income Guaranteed In Less Than 30 Days

    steve
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Income Guaranteed In Less Than 30 Days – Amazing or Is This Another Totally Bullshit Promotion? You Decide: First – this is only for my coaching clients and yes you can be one of them Next – our funding partners have similar but not exact return on investment opportunities because they are not real estate investor business builders – you are!! How Does This Work? I already guarantee that you will earn more than your investment in coaching back in one year or less. Up until now my estimate for a new person coming into the business, was that it would take about, 4 months…
  • Tampa Bay Images

    steve
    1 Mar 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The post Tampa Bay Images appeared first on Tampa Capital Partners.
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    Michigan Modular Homes | Legendary Homes

  • Features of Modular Home in Michigan Incorporated with Universal Design

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    When a homeowner wants to place the Universal Design on his modular home, he can find contractors in Michigan. Most of the contractors install the modules that follow the features and accommodations of building codes. The modular home includes state-of-the-art materials, fixtures, appliances, and technology, much of which was contributed by vendors interested in being part of the project. Entrance of the Modular Home The entrances of the modular home have step-free thresholds, gradual level grades instead of ramps, and doors that are wide enough for mobility devices. Glass panels at the…
  • Reasons Why Building an Accessible Modular Home Is Often Better Than Remodeling

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Many find it more efficient to build an accessible modular home than to remodel an existing home.  The amount of demolition and remodeling, in some houses, will make it financially difficult for you and your family to get the modifications you need.  Building with modular technology will help cut those costs. Greater Resale Value Accessible modular home will almost always have greater resale value than what you paid for it. Because the value of your modular home will not increase as much as it will cost to remodel it, you often will lose much of the money you spent remodeling when you…
  • Tips on Changing to Modular Home Floor Plan Accommodate the Handicapped

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    At this time, there are only a couple of modular home manufacturers that will actually build a really accessible home for the truly handicapped. However, the modular homes that are built are done so in such a manner as to provide minimal coverage of the laws for handicapped access. The following are the tips on how to have an effective and accommodating accessible modular home for the handicapped; Incorporate Universal Design for an Accessible Modular Home Generally speaking, most manufacturers will not make extensive changes in order to accommodate handicapped persons but will do some…
  • How to Build a Modular Home on Schedule

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Building your modular home on schedule takes eats sweat like building it on budget. In fact, if you put a lot of effort into planning both, you are likely to find that keeping on schedule is considerably harder than staying on budget. That is because you can determine what you will get and how much you will spend before construction begins, and almost all of the required decisions for building a modular home are reasonably predictable and within your control. This is not true for scheduling, since there are so many other players involved who will not always bend to your will, including the…
  • Mistakes in Designing the Modular Home Floor Plan and How To Avoid Them

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Modular Home in Michigan You choose a modular home that you think will be ideal for you and your family and once you move into, and then you wonder why that floor plan doesn’t work. Many homeowners make common mistakes when looking for the best floor plan to fit their needs. Whether you are getting ready to design your floor plan with an architect, choosing from a list of modular home floor plans with your modular builder, or house hunting for an existing home in Jackson Michigan, you won’t want to miss these tips on how to avoid the mistakes on designing a modular home floor plan.
 
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    Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

  • Tips for Baby Boomers Entering the Real Estate Market

    Brendon DeSimone
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Many soon-to-be retirees own a home, have paid off their mortgage and haven’t been in the real estate market for 25 years or more. A lot has changed, however, and the tips and tricks of the trade that worked in the ’80s could backfire if applied today. Though technology and the flow of information have dramatically altered the process of buying and selling homes, at the heart it’s still an enormous undertaking, no matter your age or generation. Here are some tips for baby boomers and others who find themselves entering the real estate market for the first time in a while.
  • Queen Latifah Raps Out Another Real Estate Listing

    Laura Vecsey
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    It’s been a busy year for a Queen. Latifah, that is. In January, the rapper-turned-actress-turned-talk-show-host listed her Colts Neck, NJ home for $2.399 million. Now, the woman born Dana Owens is looking to unload her cute home in Hollywood Hills West. The newly listed bungalow, first spotted by the L.A. Times,  is on the market of $1.939 million. The California hangout house is a little more fitting for a princess, given its relatively diminutive 2,026 square feet. The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was built in 1922, but since she has owned the place, a contemporary remodel has really…
  • Actress Tia Carrere Lists Mountaintop Retreat

    Natalie Wise
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Source: IMDb Actress Tia Carrere, best known for her roles in “Wayne’s World” and “True Lies,” has listed her remodeled Topanga Canyon retreat for $2.595 million. Its mountaintop location comes with panoramic views to Santa Catalina Island and beyond. Carrere purchased the home in 2005 for $1.625 million and has added modern, luxurious conveniences. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, clean lines and spacious modern bathrooms are just a few of the 1980-built home’s new features. The 3,567-square-foot home has 4 bedroom suites — two of which are considered…
  • House of the Week: Single-Family Castle

    Emily Heffter
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    0 Highway 31N, Mooresburg, TN For sale: $349,900 You know how it is with castles: they’re huge, and it can be so much work keeping up the moat. Here’s a castle without the hassle: a reasonably sized 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath, 3,526-square-foot castle built for family life. The ivy-covered castle is built into an East Tennessee moutainside, with brick walls and floors, and 20-foot ceilings.  And it’s on 70 acres — plenty of room for hunting dragons. According to the brokerage selling the home, United Country Clinch Mountain Real Estate, the couple who bought the property in the…
  • Rules for Using Gift Funds for a Down Payment

    Zillow Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    With the holiday season of giving just around the corner, it’s a good time to revisit down payment gifts for home buyers. Getting money for a down payment on a home purchase could be the best gift ever, but there are lender and IRS rules for gifts that you must know to make sure everything goes smoothly. Here’s a rundown. Gifts must be from family members As an overarching rule, mortgage lenders require gifts for down payments to be from family members. Lenders might make case-by-case exceptions, and if so, will require that the relationship of the non-relative and the other…
 
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    Zurple | Real Estate Agent Success Blog

  • Real Estate Leads Exposed: Inside the Mind of Today’s Homebuyer

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When it comes to making a purchasing decision, consumers go through a process – coined by inbound marketing company, Hubspot, as “The Buyer’s Journey.”  This journey is made up of three stages: Awareness Consideration Decision In this article – we’re going to take a look at each stage of the buyer’s journey, discuss how it impacts the home buying process and your real estate leads and provide ideas on how you can use each phase as a guide to help you maximize your effectiveness in generating and converting new buyer leads online.
  • 3 Ways to Fit Real Estate Blogging into Your Busy Schedule

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I have a real estate blog, but… I just don’t have time to actually blog! Sound familiar? Read on! Everyone hates that "race against the clock" feeling - and when that starts happening to you every time you sit down to write a blog, chances are, you're going to give up on it sooner rather than later. You can't stop time - so what can you do to alleviate the blogging time crunch? The obvious answer is to outsource – but perhaps not in the way you might think. Incorporate these three ideas to free up some of your time without missing blog deadlines.
  • Convert Your Trulia & Zillow Leads

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    New Product Announcement: Zurple has launched a highly affordable and extremely effective conversion solution built specifically to work with your Zillow and Trulia leads. It's called Conversations by Zurple, and it's designed to help you turn more of your leads into real client opportunities.
  • How to Engage Today’s Homebuyer

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Back in the day, the only way for consumers to learn about a product or service was to talk to a salesperson – whether it be in a store, on the phone or in the home. Today’s consumers are operating in a much different environment. Buyers have access to endless, instantaneous information about a variety of product and service options – and it’s available at the touch of a button. What’s more, not only do buyers have access to product information, they also have access to reviews from other consumers to take into consideration.  Transparency is here to stay…
  • What Do Reviews & the Death of Angie's List Mean to Real Estate?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today's Agent Insights takes a look at the new consumer journey. In today's market, buyers hold all the cards. They have the option (and are using it) to do tons of research online before they even consider speaking with an agent. This shift is dramatically impacting your business, and Jimmy Chickey, a nationally recognized author blogger, is here to tell you how. Here's Jimmy:
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    Latest blog entries - Colorado Real Estate Agent Brandy Unruh

  • 10 Reasons that I Love my Backyard

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    I grew up in the hot Vegas desert and there really weren't many days in the summer where it was feasible to be outside during the hours of 10 am and 9 pm.  I say that because even after the sun sets, it is still over 100 degrees.  So when I moved to Colorado, I really cherished the evening hours of sunlight and the ability to bask in the sun without feeling like you are going to melt (most days at least).  With that comes a love for my back yard, where I spend as much time as possible no matter the time of year, but during the dog days of summer, I cherish it just a little bit…
  • 7 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Curb appeal allows for a warm and inviting impression of your home.  I always believe that having your homes entry express “if you like what my front door has to offer you will love what is beyond it.” The great thing is you don’t have to break the bank to create that curb appeal that buyers are impressed with.  Just doing a few of the items listed below will take your entry from drab to fab in no time. Dress up your front door. Your homes entry is the focal point of all that is curb appeal.  Doing a few simple things to dress up your front door space will make it…
  • 6 Relocation Tips to Make Moving a Little Easier

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    Connect with someone who lives in the area you are looking to move.  There are countless social media groups out there that will put you in touch with people who came from where you live and moved to where you are going.  It may take a little digging but you are sure to find people to connect with.  This will help guide you as you make your transition. Research and interview reputable movers.  I always suggest getting at least 3 because the quotes can vary drastically from each other.  While you are getting quotes verify what the mover does (i.e. disassemble…
  • How to Take Advantage of Today's Hot Market - Even if You Haven't Found a Home Just Yet

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:48 am
    It’s almost officially Summer, the weather has warmed, flowers are bursting with color, and the housing market is as hot for sellers as it has been in years. For the first time since the early to mid 2000s, REALTORS® across the country are seeing many homes go under contract relatively in the blink of an eye from the time they’re listed (sometimes even before). In many areas, it’s not unusual to see multiple offers and bids over the asking price for some homes. This is obviously good news for those homeowners thinking about selling their property. Buyers are out there in force and…
  • 10 Tips for a Perfect Home Showing

    2 Jun 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Showing your home is essential in the real estate business. After all, who would purchase a property sight unseen? When a potential buyer stops in, here are 10 recommended tips to follow when showing your home: Tip # 1: Welcome Your Buyers  If you are still living in the home while it's being shown, graciously greet your potential home buyers and invite them to look around. Make sure that you instruct them to take their time and to ask any questions that they may have. It is ideal if you leave the home for a showing time to allow the buyer to look without feeling…
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    Central Ohio Real Estate & Homes for Sale

  • Pataskala Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Pataskala * Median Listing Price: $244,220 -0% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $102.0000 -0.02% Total Listings: 143 -0.04% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 149 156 -0.04% 0.06% * All data pertains to single-family homes Pataskala Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Pataskala OH Subdivisions Amhurst Village Barrington Ridge Beech Wood Trails Beechwood Trails Borders Place Bright Waters Brooks Edge Brooksedge Cumberland Trail Cumberland Trails Daley Acres Falling Leaf Glenbrooke Happy Homes Harrison Trace Hazelwood Hazelwood Highlands Hidden Hills…
  • Ostrander Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Ostrander * Median Listing Price: $303,100 -0.04% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $130.0000 0.02% Total Listings: 25 0.14% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 22 20 0.1% -0.09% * All data pertains to single-family homes Ostrander Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Ostrander OH Subdivisions Cooper Haas Ostrander Homes for Sale / Columbus Homes for Sale HECM For Purchase - Buy a Home With As Little as 40% Down if you are 62 or Older The Buckeye Realty TeamKeller Williams Greater Columbus Realty 1715 Hill Road N Pickerington, OH 43147 Phone:…
  • Newark Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Newark * Median Listing Price: $130,340 -0.01% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $75.0000 0.03% Total Listings: 310 -0.03% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 318 315 0.01% 0.08% * All data pertains to single-family homes Newark Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Newark OH Subdivisions Alfred Krebs Barrick Bella Vista Briarhill Brittany Hills Bryn Glyn Bryn Mawr Camelot Camelot Condominium Complex Camelot Estates Carriage House Condos Cherry Vale Clearview Heights 2 Colonial Colony Country Club Condo Coventry Condo Coventry Condos Deer Run Deerfield…
  • New Albany Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for New Albany * Median Listing Price: $738,090 0.01% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $158.0000 0.01% Total Listings: 125 -0.10% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 139 141 -0.01% 0.09% * All data pertains to single-family homes New Albany Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 New Albany OH Subdivisions Ackerly Park Albany Park Ashton Grove New Albany Country Cl Brandon Clivdon Mews Cobblestone Cobblestone At The Preserve Cobblestone At The Reserve Ealy Crossing Edge Of Woods Fenway Hampsted Hampsted Green Hampsted Village Hamptons At New Albany Hamptons…
  • Marysville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014

    Christopher Lotte, Call (614) 835-7151 For Your Real Estate Needs (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - www.TheBuckeyeRealtyTeam.com)
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Marysville * Median Listing Price: $240,790 -0.02% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $99.0000 0.03% Total Listings: 124 -0.03% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 128 123 0.04% -0.21% * All data pertains to single-family homes Marysville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Marysville OH Subdivisions 5 Ac Country Near Dublin Adena Pointe Bar Haven Barrhaven Connolly Cordell Country Estates Country Living Crossings At Watkins Glen Fleetwood Green Pastures Greenwood Greenwood Colony Hickory Run Hunters Run Keystone Crossing Lakeview Milford Estates Mill…
 
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    Real Estate

  • Take Me To The Bronx

    goussey
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    This is what the city is calling the “Lower Concourse” area of the South Bronx; it includes the north side of the Mott Haven and the South Side of Morrisania. This 30 block area of the South Bronx was recently part of the New York City Department of Planning rezoning plan. Due to its proximity to the waterfront, this area has traditionally been zoned for industrial and warehousing use. Most of the current residential housing stock in the lower Bronx was built in the 1970’s and 80’s when the city attempted to recoup population loss in this area, however development has slowed since…
  • Weekend Getaway

    goussey
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Weekend Getaway by goussey featuring a cashmere top J Crew cashmere top jcrew.com Diane Von Furstenberg wide leg pants dvf.com Carlo Pazolini leather platform booties yoox.com 1970s large TOOLED LEATHER duffel travel bag etsy.com
  • Top Real Estate Websites and Blogs

    goussey
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Industry publications help any professional stay on top of what is happening in their field, so its important to me that I’m not only getting frequent industry news, but that my sources are diverse and represent more than just what is happening in my city.  I like to see my surroundings in a global context, and I hope this list helps you find the knowledge you need to pursue your real estate goals: The Atlantic’s City Lab- Housing This is probably one of my favorite new finds for housing, property, policy, community and infrastructure news. Their point of view is interesting and…
  • The Business of Summer

    goussey
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Seasonal Properties Most seasonal businesses know you have to be resilient and aggressive for your part-time business, which is why its no surprise that many of the beach properties along the shore are impeccably kept and maintained.   This particular area of the beach included a number of multi-family rental buildings, private  homes and large front yards used for beach parking. And on this less crowded strip, beach side parking revenue is easily $1,000/day. This week, I’d like to learn how the multi-family rental buildings on the beach operate. Can you do a month-to-month summer…
  • The Cary Building

    goussey
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The single best quality of TriBeCa and much of lower manhattan are the cast iron buildings of the late 1800’s and 1900’s. I came across the Cary building on 105 Chambers street and stopped in my tracks when I saw the beautiful pre-war details on this corner property. There are several Dept of Buildings permits posted on the door but the interior seems gutted. TriBeCa is exploding with the most luxurious residential gut renovations there are, and I thought this might be the perfect site analysis. What I found was that this building was sold as part of a portfolio to Jeffrey Lam of…
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    Housing Blog

  • Diwali : Festival of Glittering Houses

    Resident Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Diwali – and what comes to mind when you utter this beautiful word – Shopping (loads of it), lights, colours and happiness. It’s believed that the reason to celebrate this festival was the marriage of Goddess Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu and so we take blessings from the divine couple on this day. Another story, which is pretty common, originates in the Ramayana. Diwali came to be celebrated in order to welcome Rama back to Ayodhya after his fourteen year exile. The highlight of any Indian festival is it’s food. And Diwali has it’s own special list of things to make.
  • KPS Algorithm for Data Collector Route Optimization

    Resident Blogger
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming. We at Housing think, Deming had it right. One of Housing.com’s key differentiator is our Data Sciences Lab (DSL). DSL is a team of data scientists that leverages statistics and mathematics to produce accurate features and tools to facilitate a simple home search process for the consumer. In line with our effort to efficiently service our customers’ needs, our DSL team was entrusted with the task of optimizing our ever-expanding operations. The team concluded that an essential aspect of optimization was to convert…
  • Housing Hackathon 2014

    Resident Blogger
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Housing held its first-ever internal Hackathon, a 30-hour marathon of coding and innovation, from noon on September 26 until 6 PM on September 27. In between the snacking and napping, our teams came up with some real amazing pieces of technology. Here’s a list of some of our favorites: Muse by team Radiant - Namandeep, Shubham, Pawan and Saurabh Goel. Muse is a plug-and-play broadcasting radio station. It allows users to create their own radio stations via a wifi network and keep adding songs as they go. After a few bug patches and feature enhancements, they plan to take it further and…
  • Decoding Real Estate Investment Trusts

    Resident Blogger
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Indian government’s recent introduction of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) has the potential to dramatically spur growth in the formerly declining sector by making property investment accessible to small investors. In the two years leading up to the 2014 Indian General Elections the Indian economy saw an overall slowdown, which resulted in a sharp decline in the real estate sector. However, the new budget introduced following the elections addressed many of the sector’s shortcomings, causing a general upswing in investment sentiment. An infrastructure-driven approach from…
  • Housing Announces Plans for Delhi Design Office

    Resident Blogger
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    Housing.com has always been about great people creating great products. The talent and creativity that have driven the company since its founding as India’s first map-based property search portal have also led to market-leading innovations such as aerial views, price heat maps, and verified photos of each and every listing. We didn’t just want to build a website, but a powerful tool for people to find houses they’ll love! We believe in helping our users find homes, not just places to stay, and in making that journey as simple and enjoyable as possible. Part of that has always been about…
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    Arizona Real Estate Today

  • Ahwatukee Home For Sale

    William Morris
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    4202 E Saltsage Drive Phoenix, AZBrought to you by Team SantistevanLooking for a fabulous 5 bedroom home with a pool, in a great Ahwatukee location, with no HOA? Look no further!This home has so much to offer! A very functional lay-out with room to grow. Downstairs you will find a huge bonus/game room. This is in addition to the 5 bedrooms! The kitchen is very spacious and has two eating areas, vaulted ceilings, stainless steel appliances, and a pantry. You will enjoy some great updates including plantation shutters, remodeled baths, new carpet, updated HVAC, and more! You will love your…
  • San Tan Home For Sale: 3717 E Whitehall Drive

    William Morris
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    San Tan, Arizona Home For SaleBrought To You By Team SantistevanThis single level home boasts an open floor plan & vaulted ceilings! The functional kitchen has upgraded cabinets, a spacious pantry, an oversized breakfast bar that opens up to the great room & eat in kitchen. Not a fan of carpet? You are in luck! This home has beautiful bamboo flooring & 16'' neutral tile throughout. The split master is generous in size & features a fabulous bathroom w/ dual sinks, Jacuzzi size tub/shower, & large walk in closet. All other bedrooms are very spacious. You will enjoy the…
  • Great New Home Loan Product

    William Morris
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Arizona Home LoansMany people have had trouble buying homes in the past.  However, lenders are loosening their requirements and offering new products that are attractive to potential homeowners.  Many companies offer similar products, but there many be some differences.Many lenders will work with you if you do not qualify.  If you are close to qualifying, they will help you figure out how to get where you need to be.  Many offer assistance with increasing your credit score, ways to improve your debt to income ratios, and other help as needed.  Find a lender you trust…
  • Great Chandler Home For Sale: Brought To You by Team Santistevan

    William Morris
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Chandler, Arizona Home For SaleGreat Chandler listing!!! This cul de sac home has great curb appeal. Inside you will find a open spacious floor plan that features a great room with fire place, den can be used as a third bedroom large eat in kitchen, and inside laundry room. There is a beautiful community playground and park and the HOA maintains the front yards. Close to schools, freeways and shopping.For More Pictures and Information About This Home Click Here
  • Living On a Golf Course in Arizona

    William Morris
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Arizona Golf Course LivingLiving on a golf course sounds like a dream to many people.  Beautiful views, quick and easy access, and numerous other benefits.  There is a lot to like about living on a golf course, and it is not for everyone.DamageHere are a few things to think about before deciding to buy a home on the course.  The first is damage.  For what ever reason, some people do not think about this fact when choosing their new home.  In fact, some people don't even notice the golf ball dings in the siding of the house.  The location on the course can affect…
 
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    Struggling Investor

  • How To Market To Absentee Owners With Your Website

    Scott Costello
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Writing content for your lead generating website is how you will attract more leads.  The greatest part of inbound leads is that your website content works for you as you sleep. What I have learned is to be specific with what you are writing about.  General content, written to be a catch all, just doesn’t work.  Pick a niche, and then niche it down even further. This post is part of a 5 post series were I break down how I would target Probates, Foreclosures, Tired Landords, Out-of-State Owners and Code Violations.  I’ll take you through the brain storming, the research and…
  • How to Get a Website on a Shoestring Budget

    Scott Costello
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I created my first website in 1997 while I was in my sophomore year of college at Virginia Tech.  As an aspiring geek, i thought it would be cool to learn how to make a webpage.  A free hosting account at GEOCITIES.com later and a crash course in basic HTML got me started.  Oh if I could see that website again…I’m sure embarrassed would be putting it lightly.  Even back then my choice of black, red and florescent color was a mistake.  To make matters worse I’m pretty sure I had blinking, scrolling and color changing text all centered on the screen. As a poor…
  • Attracting Probate Leads Online with your Website

    Scott Costello
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Writing content for your lead generating website is how you will attract more leads.  It’s as close as you can get to free probate real estate investing. What I have learned is to be specific with what you are writing about.  General content, written to be a catch all, just doesn’t work.  Pick a niche, and then niche it down even further. This post is part of a 5 post series were I break down how I would target Probates, Foreclosures, Tired Landords, Out-of-State Owners and Code Violations.  I’ll take you through the brain storming, the research and even the keywords to…
  • I Knew Better…But Still Made These Mistakes

    Scott Costello
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’ve always thought of myself as very knowledgeable when it comes to technologies.  I’ve built websites for myself in the past and have been running Struggling Investorfor over 7 years.  I thought I knew what it would take to get a lead generating websites noticed.  It turns out I really didn’t! At the end of 2013 I took a step back from my websites to see how everything stood.  I noticed something interesting when I looked at my blog stats…they have been stagnant for the past 3 years!  I thought I was doing what was necessary to gain traffic but I wasn’t.
  • Investor Carrot Review, Is It Right For Your Wholesaling Business?

    Scott Costello
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the past year I’ve been asked all kinds of questions about my experiences with Investor Carrot.  When I first discovered them I had a lot of questions myself and found it hard to find the answers.  At the time Investor Carrot had just launched the service so there was not a lot of information out there.  I just had to take the plunge and hope for the best. I’ve had my website up for over a year now with some good results.  From my experience with the website service I felt I had enough knowledge to put out an in-depth review.  I tried to cover all the questions that I…
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    Real Property Management National Headquarters » Blog

  • Holiday Decorating Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

    Chanda Gunter
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Oct. 15, 2014 — We all know the holidays can be a busy time of year, so we wanted to find some great tips to make this time of year more enjoyable.  Try these quick holiday hacks, and spend more time celebrating! Halloween Décor: Use a dry erase marker instead of a Sharpie so you can correct any mistakes before you start carving your pumpkin Treats: Using a rubber band, pack a group of straws into a large cup. Then, pour JELL-O mix into the straws. Refrigerate, and then rinse with warm water to release the perfect snack of slimy “worms”! Pumpkins: Dip your carved pumpkin in bleach…
  • Do You Know the Level of Training of Your Property Manager?

    Chanda Gunter
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Tom Bunn, Learning Development Manager  Spotlight: Who’s Managing Your Property? Oct. 10, 2014 — You chose to hire a professional property manager for a reason – possibly for convenience, fewer hassles, a better return on your rental home investment, or preservation of your property’s value. But do you know who’s managing your property? Did you know your property manager is professionally trained, has access to knowledge and experiences from over 250 offices nationwide, and is backed by a company that has been in the industry for over 25 years? Being part of a national…
  • 3 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

    Chanda Gunter
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    Oct. 7, 2014 — Winter is coming! Check out these 3 simple and inexpensive tips for winterizing your home.   #1 Check the furnace Turn your furnace on to make sure it’s working properly and expect a strong smell when firing up the furnace for the first time. Also, replace furnace filters once a month during the heating season to increase airflow.   #2 Reverse the fan Reverse the direction of the ceiling fans, counter-clockwise, to push warm air downward and force it to recirculate, keeping you warmer.   #3 Wrap those pipes To prevent frozen pipes, wrap exposed…
  • Customer Profile: Peace of Mind for Military on the Move

    Chanda Gunter
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    Oct. 4, 2014 — Lash & Regina Bailey are the proud parents of two grown children, grandparents to two beautiful grandchildren and pet parents to three dogs. Lash has been an active duty military service member for 25 years and is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. The couple enjoys volunteering in their community, especially with local pet shelters and animal rescues. They love antiques and revel in traveling through the countryside in search of them. The Baileys spent the majority of Lash’s career stationed in Germany but four years ago they bought a beautiful home in…
  • Trending: Baby Boomers Impact the Housing Marketing

    Chanda Gunter
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    Oct. 1, 2014 — While much attention in the rental market focuses on ‘millennials’, there is another large population segment, almost 80 million people, not to be ignored.  Research projections suggest that between 8,000 and 10,000 baby boomers reach age 65 every day. Many retiring boomers may still want the security of home ownership, but others may seek a new home for a variety of reasons. Downsizing to a smaller home with less landscaping and upkeep doesn’t necessarily mean less expensive.  Some boomers eager for a lifestyle change may move to a smaller, but more expensive…
 
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    DIY Property Investment

  • Homebuyers speak out: “What I wish I’d known before buying my first property”

    Adam Sweeny
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Do you remember the enthusiasm you felt upon that initial spark: “Hey, I should buy a place!” If you succeeded in buying your property, then what would you say to your past self now that the dust has settled? Would you warn yourself off, or encourage yourself forward? The post Homebuyers speak out: “What I wish I’d known before buying my first property” appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
  • 11 Strategies To Minimise Your Capital Gains Tax

    Adam Sweeny
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I'll show you how with a bit of knowledge and forward planning you can substantially minimise your capital gains tax, or even avoid it altogether. The post 11 Strategies To Minimise Your Capital Gains Tax appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
  • Property Investment 101: The Beginners Guide

    Adam Sweeny
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Buying a property is the biggest investment you'll ever make. Whether you want to live in it or rent it out, this guide gives you everything you need to know to get started. The post Property Investment 101: The Beginners Guide appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
  • The complete list of property expenses

    Adam Sweeny
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The number one pet peeve of new homebuyers is without a doubt the hidden expenses that come with buying a property. I’ve put together what I believe is as close to a complete list as you will find anywhere. The post The complete list of property expenses appeared first on DIY Property Investment.
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    Rise To Leads

  • Why Social Media May Not Be Your Answer

    Kurt Aungst
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Social media offers your business an opportunity to expand. It can be a fun and creative way of conducting business since it allows employees to discuss and share content, post news as well as share links. It also helps to build loyalty and permanent relations with clients. If you are a small business realtor, social media may not be right platform to market your business. Below are reasons why social media may not be the best marketing option for a small business real estate agent or broker. Commitment If your company decides to start a blog, facebook page or even twitter feed, then you need…
  • 2 Ways To Increase Responsivness From Your List

    Kurt Aungst
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Because of the long history of SPAM and the internet, people are very wary about email marketing these days. It does not work as well as it did in the early days. In order to be successful in the email marketing game today, you need to be precise and as efficient as you possibly can. In this article, we are going to go over how to build an effective and responsive email list. Know Your Audience borrowed from www.timidmonster.com This may sound obvious but not everyone understands the importance of knowing exactly the kind of person that will see your emails. When you are looking at your list,…
  • 7 Keys to Local SEO for Real Estate Marketing

    Kurt Aungst
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Hey All, Today I am doing something a bit different. I am going to share a good friend of mine’s latest blog post on SEO.  His name is Seth Price. Seth is a master at SEO, and I have to share this timely blog post. I think we all can agree that SEO can be confusing. Especially with all of the latest and constant changes Google has thrown our way. But, interestingly enough there are some standards that just don’t seem to change. Lets focus on those. Lets build slow powerful back-linking strategies and take our time. SEO is not a race its a marathon. Hope you enjoy the article. 7…
  • The Ultimate Guide To Pinterest For Realtors

    Kurt Aungst
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Have you never heard of pinterest? If this is indeed the case, then in all honesty you and your business is missing out. You see, this website is the hottest property on the Internet right now and even though you might go there, see a lot of images, and then wonder how it can help you in the real estate business the good news is that it can. By being intelligent with your marketing and using the amazing pulling power that Pinterest has with the correct market demographic, you can easily turn this site into your very own real estate lead generation machine. What is Pinterest? First, we need to…
  • 3 WP Plugins Every Realtor Needs

    Kurt Aungst
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    WordPress is one of the most popular platforms on the market so it’s not a surprise that many realtor websites are hosted here. However, in order to make the most out of it, even real estate websites require a couple of plugins. Here are the 3 best WP plugins when it comes to realtor websites: 1. FireStorm Professional (http://wordpress.org/plugins/fs-real-estate-plugin/) FireStorm Professional is one of the most advanced realtor plugins for WordPress, allowing anyone to turn a simple blog or website into a highly advanced real estate listing. The plugin is perfect for brokers,…
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    Red Cube Property » Blog

  • Award Winning Estate Agency

    sev
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Red Cube scoops award for customer service by UK’s largest property review website allAgents.co.uk for the second year running! Red Cube is celebrating winning the Silver award for Best Letting Agent in N12 2014, for best customer experience. Red Cube is also currently ranked as one of the top estate agencies in London by allAgents.co.uk. Managing Director of Red Cube, Sev Fernandes, said “I am delighted at our success and it is such an honour to win this award, underling all the hard work from everyone within my team. I think there was a gap in the market for offering a more innovative…
  • What type of a property investor do you want to be?

    sev
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    What do you look for as a property investor? Over the years we have come across many people who are interested in the idea of becoming a property investor and building a property portfolio, think that buying a collection of residential property in what they consider good areas should do the trick. Added to this layer of thought is the idea that they want properties that are below market value (BMV), and can add value with the view to let or resell. Furthermore, they are busy individuals who are immersed in their daily lives or careers, who have available cash to build up (gradually) a…
  • Tenancy Deposit Protection – FAQ

    sev
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Frequently Asked Questions The importance of protecting your tenants deposit has been widely publicised since its implementation in April 2007. But are you aware of all your obligations and the consequences of not acting accordingly? Q: Why was mandatory Tenancy Deposit Protection Introduced? A: The principle objective in establishing mandatory Tenancy Deposit Protection on all Assured Shorthold Tenancies was to ensure that tenants are able to recover their deposit from their Landlord or Agent at the end of their tenancy minus any deductions the Landlord or Agent is entitled to withhold. Q:…
  • Everyone Wants a Below Market Value Deal!

    sev
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    Below Market Value (BMV) and Managing Expectations Regular readers of our blogs and articles will know we have alluded in the past to the importance of where we are in the property cycle – which is closely related to the economic cycle. Generally, when we are in a situation of a recession, property prices are always depressed, as prices fall, lending becomes tighter and confidence is generally low. With higher repossessions, distress transactions, and a general low turnover of housing stock, there are better chances of below market deals available. The reasons are obvious, and those who are…
  • Are property prices pausing for a breath or for the start of something big?

    sev
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    We have previously alluded to the fact that the property cycle behaves very closely to the economic cycle in the UK. Casting our minds back to 2008, property prices slumped from their peaks and parts of the country experienced price drops that seem to wipe out 20-30% on the value of homes. Certain areas of the country were hit far worse than others – notably the NW, NE, Wales and East Midlands. Whilst London and the SE did not experience these kinds of drops, certain areas of London actually saw price rises – namely Prime Central London (PCL). Indeed, the London market has been the focus…
 
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    Partner Xchange Blog

  • We’ve Found the Perfect Halloween Costume for Your Child!

    Kat Bremhorst
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Halloween is one week away, is your child still searching for the perfect Halloween costume? Instead of hunting down an Elsa costume or making sure you bought the RIGHT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume, how about letting your child go as a Real Estate Agent!   Your child must have the perfect “Real Estate Agent”…
  • Admit it! Which of These Did You Use?

    Jonathan D. Nicholas
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    If you’ve been in the real estate business for more than 10 years, then chances are you have witnessed your fair share of technology upgrades.  For those that have been in the business even longer…well, the gadgets, tools, and technology of yesteryear can become even more comical when you take a look back. Take a…
  • Dream House, Wrong Location

    Kat Bremhorst
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
      Imagine building your dream home for almost $700k, just to find out that your new house was built on property that didn’t belong to you. That’s what happened to Florida couple, The Vosses. The couple owns 18 lots in their gated community, and yet their home was built on their neighbors lot. The lot the…
  • Gaining an Unfair Advantage at the Listing Presentation

    Jonathan D. Nicholas
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    By:  Jonathan D. Nicholas How can you gain an unfair listing advantage over the other agents at the listing table?  It is a question that every real estate agent would love to know the answer to.  Wouldn’t you? Top agents have systems in place to help them to control the listing process, and to position…
  • Instagram 201

    Kat Bremhorst
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    So you’ve mastered Instagram, and you’re using it as a marketing tool for your business. You post amazing images and use relevant hashtags whenever you can, right? Since you’ve graduated from Insta-basics, here are three tools that will take your Instagram game to the next level. Pic Stitch There are few things worse than people…
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    The Atlanta Homes Team Real Estate Blog

  • In the Spotlight: Suwanee, GA

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Suwanee is a city in northern Georgia most notable as a suburb to the larger metropolitan Atlanta. But residents and visitors unanimously agree that Suwanee is a beautiful city in its own right; on two separate occasions the city was voted one of the top 10 places to live and the top 10 places for a family. The citys beauty and appeal to families can in no small measure be attributed to the communitys stunning dedication to an outstanding amount of green space for a city its size. For a city of roughly 16 000 people, there are well over 500 acres of parkland for visitors and residents alike…
  • Shaun Rawls and the Rawls Group

    3 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Rawls Group has the distinction of being the first Keller Williams Office in the state of Georgia, founded way back in 1999. Company founder Shaun Rawls has been on the move ever since. After being asked to head up the first Keller Williams office in the city, Rawls baby has really taken off. Starting with just the one office and 27 agents, the group has now expanded to 6 offices with over 1000 agents servicing every part of Atlanta, this includes our very own Atlanta Homes Team. The awards have piled up since 1999 and its clear that Shaun and his team deserves to be recognized. Shaun…
  • In the Spotlight: Johns Creek, Georgia

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The community of Johns Creek is very new but at the same time very old. The ancestral home of the Cherokee Indian nation, the first incursions of European influence came in the form of the trading posts that dotted the banks of the Chattahoochee River, now a popular kayaking spot. Its appropriate that the site of Americas first gold rush would develop into some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the entire country. Johns Creek is a city of over 76 000 combining to earn the 13th highest average income in the nation. Lets take a look back at the unique journey as this community moved from a…
  • September Big Read Challenge for All in Atlanta

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    I am an avid reader and especially enjoy seeing reading campaigns, like the one sponsored by The Atlanta History Center amp; Atlanta Public Schools geared toward getting young and old to read more. This program is the largest in our nation’s history and is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest.  There is something available for everyone, so its easy to pack up the family and head to the library to participate in the September Big Read Challenge. DetailsFREEPrograms at different location The September Big Read Challenge is a great opportunity to pick up a book…
  • Buckhead’s Blue Heron Nature Preserve adding 4 acres

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Buckhead’s Blue Heron Nature Preserve is adding more space allowing it to connect to other existing trails, the Sarah Smith Elementary School and also eventually Buckhead’s PATH 400 Trail.   The expansion of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead is a great way to give some space back to nature.   Getting more space and connecting to other trails will no doubt add to the quality of life for residents along the Buckhead PATH 400 who will now be one step closer to having a nature preserve in their own backyards. To get more details about the expansion, visit  The Blue Heron Nature…