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  • For Sale: The Famous Mushroom House of Bethesda, MD

    Zillow Blog
    Catherine Sherman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    For the first time, the famous Mushroom House of Bethesda, MD has hit the market for $1.2 million. It’s not a new construction, but it could be. When Edward and Frances Garfinkle bought the place 47 years ago, it wasn’t a mushroom at all. A traditional 2-story stucco, 4949 Allan Rd blended in with the rest of the block. But like any growing family, the Garfinkles’ needs and tastes changed over time. They added kids to the mix and eventually needed an apartment for Edward’s mom. “They wanted something unique — something absolutely one-of-a-kind,” said…
  • Top 7 Real Estate Books You Should Read

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    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…
  • Serving luxury buyers and sellers requires hefty budget, ‘boots on the ground’

    Inman News
    Bernice Ross
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — What does it take to locate, convert and successfully close a transaction with an ultra high net worth individual (UHNWI) client? In many respects, it’s an entirely different game from the typical real estate transaction. At ...
  • Is It Too Hard To Get a Mortgage?

    Zillow Blog
    Erin Lantz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Six years after loose lending guidelines caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, many still argue it’s too hard to get a mortgage in this country. The debate was framed well recently as USA Today squared off with the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the country’s top housing finance advocate. USA Today said that human discretion has been taken out of mortgage decision making at banks, and they rely too heavily on transferring loan risk to government-backed entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The paper printed a rebuttal from MBA head David Stevens saying…
  • 3 body language poses that are bad for business

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    ActiveRain
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    By VALORIE L. FORD As you no doubt already know, the way that we present ourselves to others is much more than just words.  We are constantly being observed whether we realize it or not, and the way that we stand or sit can say a lot about our confidence level. In the world of business, it is vital that clients have faith in our ability to do what we say we will do. If we appear less than confident, it will be noticed. Even if this occurs on a subconscious level (which it often does), it is quite possible that the person we are speaking with may choose someone else to represent them, i.e.,…
 
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    Commercial Real Estate News

  • Top Houston immigration lawyer forms new law group

    Suzanne Edwards
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Gordon Quan, veteran immigration lawyer and co-chairman of Houston-based FosterQuan LLP is leaving FosterQuan to start a new group called Quan Law Group. FosterQuan will then become Foster LLP. "I just really like being my own boss," said Quan. Quan plans to staff the new Quan Law Group office — located at 5444 Westheimer in the Galleria area where remodeling is already underway — with 15-20 employees by the first quarter of 2015. The new law group will be housed in a 9,011-square-foot space…
  • FasTracks at 10: RTD's sprawling rail-transit construction project is still rolling (Video, slideshow)

    Cathy Proctor
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Ten years ago, Denver area voters approved by a 58-42 percent margin the Regional Transportation District's ambitious plan to build 122 miles of passenger rail line to link the metro area together — in just 12 years. That construction project — known as FasTracks — would greatly expand on RTD's existing light-rail network, which began service 20 years ago, in October 1994. The FasTracks plan, as envisioned in 2004, is still a work in progress. RTD officials said earlier this year that the…
  • Monumental: UW's big downtown Seattle property deal almost in the books

    Marc Stiles
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    At the stroke of midnight, the University of Washington will for the first time in more than a century be back in control of a 10-acre property in the heart of downtown Seattle. The UW will have unencumbered ownership of the property called the Metropolitan Tract, and the university and its new partner, Wright Runstad & Co., have some big plans for the Rainier Square piece of the site. Seattle-based Wright Runstad proposes to build a nearly 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use project, boasting what…
  • Seattle megachurch Mars Hill to disband amid controversy

    Rachel Lerman
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Mars Hill is disbanding all of its branches after months of controversy, the church announced Friday. "Following much prayer and lengthy discussion with Mars Hill's leadership, the board of Mars Hill has concluded that rather than remaining a centralized multi-site church with video-led teaching distributed to multiple locations, the best future for each of our existing local churches is for them to become autonomous self-governed entities," church leaders said in a blog post. The end of Mars Hill…
  • LinkedIn leases Box HQ in Los Altos

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    When Box Inc. announced it would move its headquarters to Redwood City, it left a big question mark over the city's largest office building. Not anymore. LinkedIn Corp. spokesman Hani Durzi confirmed on Friday that the business-networking company would occupy 4440 El Camino Real, which totals about 96,000 square feet. Terms weren't immediately available, but I'm told the deal was direct with the landlord, Travelers, and was fairly long term. The lease is good news for Los Altos, where Box was the…
 
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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

  • Culinary Institute of the Pacific campus at Diamond Head close to milestone

    Bill Cresenzo
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    The University of Hawaii is set to open bids Nov. 10 for its long-awaited Culinary Institute of the Pacific campus at Diamond Head, the school's director told PBN this week. The bids were scheduled to be opened Friday, but the date was extended, said Conrad Nonaka, director of the institute. He said that if the bids come in within budget, construction on the first phase of the project should begin in the first quarter of 2015. That phase includes laboratories and classrooms. The second phase of…
  • FasTracks at 10: RTD's sprawling rail-transit project is still rolling (Video, slideshow)

    Cathy Proctor
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Ten years ago, Denver area voters approved by a 58-42 percent margin the Regional Transportation District's ambitious plan to build 122 miles of passenger rail line to link the metro area together — in just 12 years. That construction project — known as FasTracks — would greatly expand on RTD's existing light-rail network, which began service 20 years ago, in October 1994. The FasTracks plan, as envisioned in 2004, is still a work in progress. RTD officials said earlier this year that the…
  • Hospital builder HBE Corp. closing

    Vince Brennan
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    HBE Corp., a provider of design and construction services for the health care industry, is ceasing operations. Sources in the construction industry and a former employee confirmed the closing. HBE President and CEO Joseph Lehrer declined to comment. The company, which had 2013 revenue of $226.6 million, is majority owned by Fred and June Kummer, and has an employee stock ownership plan. Fred Kummer founded the company in 1960 as Hospital Building & Equipment Co. and relinquished his role as CEO…
  • Monumental: UW's big downtown Seattle property deal almost in the books

    Marc Stiles
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    At the stroke of midnight, the University of Washington will for the first time in more than a century be back in control of a 10-acre property in the heart of downtown Seattle. The UW will have unencumbered ownership of the property called the Metropolitan Tract, and the university and its new partner, Wright Runstad & Co., have some big plans for the Rainier Square piece of the site. Seattle-based Wright Runstad proposes to build a nearly 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use project, boasting what…
  • Seattle megachurch Mars Hill to disband amid controversy

    Rachel Lerman
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Mars Hill is disbanding all of its branches after months of controversy, the church announced Friday. "Following much prayer and lengthy discussion with Mars Hill's leadership, the board of Mars Hill has concluded that rather than remaining a centralized multi-site church with video-led teaching distributed to multiple locations, the best future for each of our existing local churches is for them to become autonomous self-governed entities," church leaders said in a blog post. The end of Mars Hill…
 
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    WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate

  • Ground Shifts for Nontraded REITs

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Investors are backing away from nontraded real-estate investment trusts, a corner of the property market that had been a money magnet.
  • A Bet on Miami Signals Luxury Retail's Urban Shift

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    General Growth Properties. and Ashkenazy Acquisition are paying $280 million for a 20% stake in the company that owns much of this city’s Design District, betting on the emerging luxury-retail neighborhood as some 50 brands prepare to open new stores.
  • German Office Market Shines, but Clouds on Horizon

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Sales of office buildings in Germany are on track to hit their highest level since 2007, but concerns are increasing that the country’s slowing economy will put a damper on deals.
  • New Fund Targets Real-Estate Debt

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    A well-known father-son investment team has joined forces with a former Blackstone Group managing director to raise more than $750 million for a new real-estate debt fund.
  • Hotel Family Lays Out a Future

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Denihan Hospitality Group is focusing on expansion as it rides the strong hotel market in New York and looks to a new generation of the Denihan family.
 
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    Commercial Property Executive

  • Brookwood Trades 234 KSF Office Building in Denver

    annas
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    By Anna Spiewak, Senior News Editor Brookwood Financial Partners, L.L.C. has sold Denver Highlands, a nine-story, 234,423 square foot office building in Denver, three years after purchasing it from legacy Partners. The  real estate investment and asset management company bought the property at 10065 E. Harvard Ave. in 2011 at a low cost with plans to lease the remaining vacant space and renew impending leases of several large tenants. Brookwood did just that. The company executed new and expansion leases for 19,347 square feet, and renewed 189,339 square feet of existing tenants leases.
  • ULI Special Report: Insights from NY’s Century-Long Efforts to Become a Global City

    annas
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor From the consolidation plan that went into effect in 1898 to bring together the five boroughs to today’s high-rises racing skyward, New York City has gone through tremendous transformations that made it the world’s financial and commercial capital and a top destination for tourists. But how did New York get to be the way we know it today, after more than 100 years of consistent reinvention efforts? A panel of three leading experts offered insights on how the city managed to overcome challenges and create its amazing infrastructure of buildings, bridges,…
  • Dekel Capital Kicks Off NEW JV-Equity Investment Platform

    annas
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor Shlomi Ronen, Dekel Capital Real estate merchant bank Dekel Capital has introduced Dekel Strategic Investors, a new real estate JV-equity investment platform that, along with partner Mountain Capital Partners, will offer $3 million to $10 million of equity to capital-seeking developers of multi-family and retail projects. “We are filling a void in the capital markets; institutional funds rarely invest less than $10 million per transaction and it becomes challenging for developers to syndicate equity amounts larger than $3 million,” Shlomi Ronen,…
  • The Rockefeller Group to Acquire Majority Interest in TA Realty

    annas
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    The Rockefeller Group’s HQ, Manhattan By Gail Kalinoski, Contributing Editor The Rockefeller Group is expanding its global investment management platform with the acquisition of the majority stake in Boston-based TA Realty L.L.C. The terms of the deal, expected to close by the end of the year, were not released. TA Realty, which has about $12 billion in assets under management, will become The Rockefeller Group’s primary real estate investment management platform in the United States. The acquisition will enable The Rockefeller Group to establish a global platform totaling $32 billion…
  • CBRE: Global Recovery Continues, U.S. in Driver’s Seat

    annas
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Rija Beares, CBRE By Keith Loria, Contributing Editor A new forecast by CBRE predicts positive signs for the commercial real estate industry in 2015, with Philadelphia being one of the top cities expected to see increases. The market report was delivered at one of 10 planned events as part of CBRE’s 2015 national forecast series, “Moving Up the Risk Curve,” which includes forecasts for 10 U.S. cities. “The growing economy bodes well for CRE demand in 2015. Office using job creation is rising, GDP is on the upswing,” Rija Beares, CBRE’s senior associate, tenant representation, told…
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    Inman News

  • ShowingTime inks biggest MLS deal to date

    Andrea V. Brambila
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Showing management technology service ShowingTime has inked its biggest deal with a multiple listing service to date, wooing a North Carolina-based MLS away from a competitor. Carolina Multiple Listing Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, has signed ...
  • Trulia could add a fourth agent to ‘three-headed monster’ ads

    Paul Hagey
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    After adding a third agent advertiser slot to the query box on listing detail pages this year, Trulia could conceivably add a fourth in 2015, CEO Pete Flint told investors on the firm’s third-quarter earnings call. Flint said that the firm ...
  • National brokerage sets up shop in the nation’s capital with acquisition

    Inman News
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Carrington Real Estate Services, the brokerage wing of Carrington Holding Company LLC, has entered the Washington, D.C., market by acquiring the largest affiliate of Realty Direct LLC’s franchise network. Wendy Powers, former majority owner of the acquired firm, now heads Carrington’s Washington, ...
  • Agents, brokers commit not to show homes to strangers

    Andrea V. Brambila
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In the wake of the kidnapping and murder of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, more than 350 agents and brokers have signed a “Realtor Safety Pledge” promising to limit certain behaviors that could potentially put them in harm’s way. The ...
  • Serving luxury buyers and sellers requires hefty budget, ‘boots on the ground’

    Bernice Ross
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — What does it take to locate, convert and successfully close a transaction with an ultra high net worth individual (UHNWI) client? In many respects, it’s an entirely different game from the typical real estate transaction. At ...
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    Information CentralInformation Central

  • What We’re Reading: Oct. 25-31

    Dave
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Halloween pop-up industry continues to grow, real estate personalities, and Starbucks’ revised dress code from Flickr user Daniel Oines Pop-up stores have been a trend for several years, but hardly any segment is more successful than the Halloween pop-up. The Halloween retail industry is worth $7 billion annually and climbing. During the recession good-sized spots in prime markets were much easier to come by. Racked takes a look at a growing business model that seems to work. I think some of our library stacks could benefit from this: Lifehacker looks at how to get rid of that…
  • 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…
 
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    GeekEstate Blog

  • Future Mortgage Option: Lending Insurance To Avoid Rate Volatility

    Sam DeBord
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Imagine you’re one of the millions of Americans who have been locking in in record low interest rates on adjustable rate mortgages within the past few years. 4.0 percent on a 30 year mortgage is a good deal, but 2.25% on a 5 yr ARM, or 2.5% on a 7 yr ARM cuts your payment nearly in half. Since most mortgages are refinanced or the property is sold within a seven year time frame, it seems like a good financial bet. Still, five to seven years from now you’re not sure where rates will be. Your ARM could reset annually and potentially leave you at a 7.5 percent in an 8-10 year period.
  • RE Tech. Zillow & Move Get Hot, Everything Glows.

    Michael Price
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Crunchbase posted an article today covering the hot investing activity surrounding RE tech. One of the quotes in the post could probably be found in just about every story that has been written on the subject since 1998 or so. “Real estate is a super attractive industry to be building tech in,” says RRE Ventures‘ Steve Schlafman, “it drives a huge part of the economy, and it’s generally antiquated.” It would be good for a chuckle, but it’s “generally” true. To be fair, there have been some technology initiatives that have moved the technology needle. IDX comes…
  • Quick Horizon Update: Product Demo & Beta Testing

    Drew Meyers
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    We (Horizon) just applied to TechStars New York, and put together a product demo which I thought I’d share here: Click here to view the embedded video. The primary use case of finding a trusted person to stay with on your next trip is certainly not a real estate one, but there absolutely is a use case for discovering trusted contacts by location in a real estate context. I’ll be asking for the help of those in our Geek Estate Facebook group for help with beta testing in a few days. If you have an iPhone/iPad, and willing/interesting in helping us test, please join the group. The…
  • 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…
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    Mortgage News Daily

  • MBS RECAP: A Resilient Month-End For Bond Markets, All Things Considered

    Matthew Graham
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Posted To: MBS Commentary10yr yields are heading out the door at 2.335--a very significant level considering it had been the lowest closing yield of the year until October 8th. It's also right in line with a super-long-term inflection point for bond markets with roots as far back as 2010. Holding underneath it is a good thing, and provides a silver lining to today's otherwise slightly downbeat session. Today's drama started overnight when the Bank of Japan upped their annual QE allotment to 80 Trillion yen (from 50 previously). More complete coverage of the effects can be found…
  • Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher After Big News From Japan

    Matthew Graham
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates drifted inconsequentially higher to end the month, remaining well-within the recent range, albeit closer to the higher end. The most prevalently-quoted conforming 30yr fixed rate remained 4.0%, with 4.125% not too far behind. On average, rates were just slightly better than Wednesday's, though a few lenders were at their highest levels in weeks. Today's big consideration for financial markets was surprise news that the Bank of Japan voted to increase its quantitative easing (QE) program to 80 trillion Yen per year (just over $720 billion). Relative…
  • Baby Boomer Attitudes on Housing Might Surprise You

    Jann Swanson
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Posted To: MND NewsWireA survey of attitudes toward housing released on Thursday by The Demand Institute indicates that the Baby Boom generation still has no intention of aging gracefully . In fact, when it comes to housing it appears few intend to yield at all to their advancing years. The Institute, a nonprofit run by the Conference Board and the Nielson ratings people, surveyed 4,000 households last year in which residents qualified as members of that huge post-war generation born between 1944 and 1963 about their future housing plans. The survey found that as a group Baby Boomers had a…
  • MBS MID-DAY: Unexpected Weakness After Japan Tape-Bomb, but Some Redeeming Qualities

    Matthew Graham
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Posted To: MBS CommentaryThis will largely be a reprint of an update that appeared on MBS Live this morning. Reason being: that update covered the impact of big, surprising news from the Bank of Japan overnight, and it has been the only salient market mover for bond markets. As for the movement, it's not good, but neither is it without its redeeming qualities. Bonds are decidedly weaker (not good). But 10yr yields are holding under or around key technical ceilings and MBS are outperforming somewhat heroically (redeeming). And now for the big, long explanation on the overnight news: Big,…
  • Lender Still on the Hook Despite CFPB Consent Order

    Jann Swanson
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Posted To: MND NewsWireA recent motion filed by a mortgage company to dismiss portions of a class action suit against it shows, according to an attorney familiar with the matter, that a consent order settling charges brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPB) " does not necessarily bring finality to the issues it covers." At least not in the absence of releases from affected consumers. Barbara S. Mishkin, writing in the Ballard & Spahr CFPB Monitor says that earlier this week Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC filed a motion to dismiss three counts in a class action…
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  • 3 Critical Metrics for the Real Estate Investor

    CJ Brasiel
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    As a real estate investor, it is important to create business goal for each real estate investment as well the entire real estate portfolio.  To be successful, the 3 most common used metrics when deciding to invest could be summarized as: 1.) Determine your investment goals. Start with the WHY.  Why do you want to […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    National Commercial Real Estate News From CoStar Group

  • CoStar's People of Note (Oct. 26 - Nov. 1)

    30 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: Inland Empire, Minneapolis, San Diego, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, South Florida, Cincinnati, Charlotte, and Western Michigan. INLAND EMPIRE Wetherholt Named FVP at Marcus & Millichap By Justin Sumner Marcus & Mi
  • The Rockefeller Group To Acquire Majority Interest in TA Realty

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    The Rockefeller Group, a global property owner, developer and investment manager owned by Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd., said it will expand its investment management platform by acquiring Boston-based TA Realty LLC, which currently has four active commingled funds and approximately $12 billion in assets under management. TA Realty will become The Rockefeller Group’s primary real estate investment management platform in the U.S. Terms of the deal...
  • Seven Non-Traded REITs Exploring Sales or Mergers

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Looking to acquire a pre-packaged portfolio of office, industrial, retail, health care, hospitality or multifamily properties? Look no further than the pack of non-traded REITs that have recently hired financial advisors to leave their non-traded status behind and test the market for potential buyers, merger partners, or pursuing a public stock exchange listing. What has already been an active year of non-traded REITs seeking to cash in through...
  • Competition for CRE Lending Creating a Dilemma for Banks

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    The nation’s banks continue to grow their commercial real estate loan portfolios, increasingly betting on the growing demand for new commercial property construction and continued strength in multifamily. However, as many banks acknowledge in their quarterly earnings discussions this month, the lending landscape is getting pretty crowded with competitors. That is prompting some banks to back away from opportunities and others to stretch their lending...
  • Investors Finding a Permanent Home in Temporary Worker Housing

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    Leading private equity firms AllianceBernstein Real Estate Group and Centerboard Group, LLC are two of the latest major investors to move into the specialized and fast-growing real estate segment of temporary workforce housing, joining other major investors such as TIAA CREF, Guardian Life Insurance and Allstate Insurance. AllianceBernstein and Centerboard have jointly acquired a majority interest in a new company which owns all of the temporary...
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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

  • Going for the quick win

    Joel Burslem
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Ideas are fragile. Sometimes they need to be coaxed into existence. More importantly, it’s when they are in their nascent state that they are at their weakest. The words “we can’t” are the ultimate idea killers. One of the best things about our work at 1000watt is that our clients rarely fall into that category. Case in point: partnerstrust.luxury – a small website we launched last week for LA-based brokerage Partners Trust. The site debuted during Inman’s Luxury Connect conference. It started through a chance connection with one of their associates’ contacts, who…
  • 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…
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    Zillow Blog

  • For Sale: The Famous Mushroom House of Bethesda, MD

    Catherine Sherman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    For the first time, the famous Mushroom House of Bethesda, MD has hit the market for $1.2 million. It’s not a new construction, but it could be. When Edward and Frances Garfinkle bought the place 47 years ago, it wasn’t a mushroom at all. A traditional 2-story stucco, 4949 Allan Rd blended in with the rest of the block. But like any growing family, the Garfinkles’ needs and tastes changed over time. They added kids to the mix and eventually needed an apartment for Edward’s mom. “They wanted something unique — something absolutely one-of-a-kind,” said…
  • Taylor Swift Says 'Welcome to New York' With Tribeca Penthouse

    Catherine Sherman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Source: IMDb It’s been waiting for her. And Taylor Swift could dance to this New York City beat forevermore. With the release of her fifth studio album, “1989,” this week, the singer is leaving her country roots behind and embracing life in the Big Apple. But Swift first said “Welcome to New York” this spring when she moved into Peter Jackson’s former penthouse. Reports of the purchase first surfaced in March, and now property records confirm the deal closed for $19.95 million. Rolling Stone recently paid the country girl a visit to see how…
  • Is It Too Hard To Get a Mortgage?

    Erin Lantz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Six years after loose lending guidelines caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, many still argue it’s too hard to get a mortgage in this country. The debate was framed well recently as USA Today squared off with the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the country’s top housing finance advocate. USA Today said that human discretion has been taken out of mortgage decision making at banks, and they rely too heavily on transferring loan risk to government-backed entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The paper printed a rebuttal from MBA head David Stevens saying…
  • What's That Sound? 7 Creepy House Noises You Shouldn't Ignore

    BobVila.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    By Christopher Solomon Homes make strange noises. They’re built from many different materials — glass, concrete, wood — that expand and contract at different rates. “[But] the most noise your house should make is a popping sound, like your knuckles cracking, and only once in a while,” said Bill Richardson, former president of the American Society of Home Inspectors and owner of Responsive Inspections in Bosque Farms, N.M. If your home is making noises that rival the best of Metallica, then it may be sending you signals that there’s a problem. We asked the experts to catalogue…
  • Cover Your Legal Bases Before a Home Improvement Project

    Avvo
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    By Cynthia Flash We’ve all heard horror stories about home improvement projects gone wrong. In fact, many of us have likely lived through renovations and the headaches they can entail, including delays, shoddy work, unacceptable messes and fights with contractors. For most people, buying a home is the biggest financial investment they’ll ever make, and, understandably, homeowners want to keep their dream home feeling as fresh as the day they got the keys. But before you embark on a project to update your kitchen, spruce up your bathroom or switch out the paint and trim,…
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    The BiggerPockets Blog

  • 5 Ways to Revolutionize Your Business Using HD Video (With Example!)

    Chris Feltus
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    A picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to conveying information, especially in real estate. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, then video, by definition, must be worth over a million. Think about that for a moment and let it sink in. Video, unlike any other medium, has the greatest ability to generate exposure. Before you read any further, watch one of the HD Video Tours I filmed for one of my clients below, and think about the applications for your business, then come back and continue reading. Please enlarge the video for it to display correctly. People often write…
  • 5 Surefire Tricks & Tips to Overcome Naysayer Negativity

    Matt Faircloth
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    “You can’t do that!” “The market is not good.” “Real estate investing is risky!” We have all heard these less-than-uplifting comments before. Everyone from seasoned real estate investors to newbies have come across naysayers when the topic of real estate investing is discussed. The toughest part about naysayers is that they typically are friends and family: those closest to us. As we all know, these are the people we spend the most amount of time with, and we can’t just stop their returning calls! During the last couple of weeks, between reviewing recent BiggerPockers Forum…
  • How to Use Positive Triggers to Be a More Productive Investor

    John Fedro
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome back, Over the past decade investing in real estate, I’ve come to realize my strengths and weaknesses as a real estate investor — and as a human being in general. In the past I routinely found myself with the day finished, and few, if any, new calls to sellers dialed and no appointments made. This trend continued for weeks, giving me a persistent feeling that I was perpetually behind the proverbial 8-ball. My excuses were not all over the place, but rather contained to just a few areas of my business. My main complaints were: “Arg! I really don’t want to make…
  • The Buy ‘n Hold and NEVER Sell Strategy: A Case Study

    Jeff Brown
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Last week’s post talked about various strategies that didn’t work as advertised when it comes to real estate investing. Now, to be clear, the “tried and true” strategy of acquiring rental homes ’til one has 10 homes, then eliminating all debt by retirement, will defeat most-non real estate approaches, hands down. That’s true and has been for quite some time. Let’s talk about the side-by-side comparison of the above-mentioned strategy B&H (Buy ‘n Hold) versus selling/exchanging or refinancing to acquire more property, while also takin’…
  • My Single Biggest Real Estate Marketing Discovery of 2014

    Matt Landau
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Real estate agents, property managers, and vacation rental owners, listen up: Chances are, your marketing skills are excellent in person. When face to face with a client, your personality alone can probably sell or rent a property better than most of your competitors. However, when you don’t have the opportunity to be with a client face to face, you resort to email and phone calls — forms of communication that no matter how prompt or eloquent you appear always leave some of that compelling human angle to be desired. The use of video has likely always been on your radar as a marketing…
 
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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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  • Top Houston immigration lawyer forms new law group

    Suzanne Edwards
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Gordon Quan, veteran immigration lawyer and co-chairman of Houston-based FosterQuan LLP is leaving FosterQuan to start a new group called Quan Law Group. FosterQuan will then become Foster LLP. "I just really like being my own boss," said Quan. Quan plans to staff the new Quan Law Group office — located at 5444 Westheimer in the Galleria area where remodeling is already underway — with 15-20 employees by the first quarter of 2015. The new law group will be housed in a 9,011-square-foot space…
  • FasTracks at 10: RTD's sprawling rail-transit construction project is still rolling (Video, slideshow)

    Cathy Proctor
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Ten years ago, Denver area voters approved by a 58-42 percent margin the Regional Transportation District's ambitious plan to build 122 miles of passenger rail line to link the metro area together — in just 12 years. That construction project — known as FasTracks — would greatly expand on RTD's existing light-rail network, which began service 20 years ago, in October 1994. The FasTracks plan, as envisioned in 2004, is still a work in progress. RTD officials said earlier this year that the…
  • Monumental: UW's big downtown Seattle property deal almost in the books

    Marc Stiles
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    At the stroke of midnight, the University of Washington will for the first time in more than a century be back in control of a 10-acre property in the heart of downtown Seattle. The UW will have unencumbered ownership of the property called the Metropolitan Tract, and the university and its new partner, Wright Runstad & Co., have some big plans for the Rainier Square piece of the site. Seattle-based Wright Runstad proposes to build a nearly 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use project, boasting what…
  • Seattle megachurch Mars Hill to disband amid controversy

    Rachel Lerman
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Mars Hill is disbanding all of its branches after months of controversy, the church announced Friday. "Following much prayer and lengthy discussion with Mars Hill's leadership, the board of Mars Hill has concluded that rather than remaining a centralized multi-site church with video-led teaching distributed to multiple locations, the best future for each of our existing local churches is for them to become autonomous self-governed entities," church leaders said in a blog post. The end of Mars Hill…
  • LinkedIn leases Box HQ in Los Altos

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    When Box Inc. announced it would move its headquarters to Redwood City, it left a big question mark over the city's largest office building. Not anymore. LinkedIn Corp. spokesman Hani Durzi confirmed on Friday that the business-networking company would occupy 4440 El Camino Real, which totals about 96,000 square feet. Terms weren't immediately available, but I'm told the deal was direct with the landlord, Travelers, and was fairly long term. The lease is good news for Los Altos, where Box was the…
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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

  • Starbucks to begin delivery service in 2015 #awesome

    AG Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    (Business News) Starbucks says they'll be sending your java jitters right to your door starting next year. Here's what we know about it thus far. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • How young entrepreneurs can pave the road for future investment

    Jordan Wright
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    (Business Finance) Young and new entrepreneurs can do quite a bit to prepare for a potential investment, and we're not talking about preparing a pitch. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Qoffee launches to un-suck your team meetings

    AG Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    (Tech News) Qoffee is a new tool that is designed to keep you on task, make meetings more collaborative, and be less of a time suck. Genius! Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • Facebook “Rooms” app aimed at anonymity, may feel familiar

    Jennifer Walpole
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    (Social Media) Facebook releases a new iOS app called Rooms in an effort to allow people to anonymously discuss their favorite subjects. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
  • 10 rules for mastering the secret art of a skillful ___k

    Tinu Abayomi-Paul
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    If you want to get your way with people, you've got to know how to __k. There are rules to follow to get the most out of your __k and become more skillful than ever at it. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat
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    Mortgage Rates & News from The Mortgage Reports

  • Mortgage Rates Today – Home Loan Rates & Trends

    Joe Farr
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Current mortgage rates and mortgage market movement. Today's mortgage rates and mortgage news. Live rate quotes available. News and data provided by MBSQuoteline, a real-time mortgage market data service available to loan officers, real estate agents, and other finance professionals.Click for the complete post : Mortgage Rates Today – Home Loan Rates & Trends.
  • 30-Year Mortgage Rates Average 3.98%; 15-Year Rates At 3.13%

    Dan Green
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Mortgage rates are defying expert predictions. Analysis on today's 30-year and 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rates, plus live quotes from lenders. Click for the complete post : 30-Year Mortgage Rates Average 3.98%; 15-Year Rates At 3.13%.
  • With Mortgage Rates Ultra-Low, Purchase Loans More Likely To Get Approved Than Refinances

    Dan Green
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Purchase loans outnumber refinances, and are more likely to get approved. Analysis on the shift and what it takes to get approved, plus today's live mortgage rates.Click for the complete post : With Mortgage Rates Ultra-Low, Purchase Loans More Likely To Get Approved Than Refinances.
  • 30-Year Mortgage Rates Changing After Fed’s October FOMC Meeting

    Dan Green
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Mortgage rates are changing after the Federal Reserve's October 2014 meeting. How high will rates ultimately go? Analysis and live quotes here.Click for the complete post : 30-Year Mortgage Rates Changing After Fed’s October FOMC Meeting.
  • Cheap Jumbo Mortgage Rates Help To Propel Home Sales Over $500,000

    Dan Green
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    NAR reports strong home sales through September 2014. Luxury housing and jumbo mortgage rates have helped to boost the market. Analysis and live quotes.Click for the complete post : Cheap Jumbo Mortgage Rates Help To Propel Home Sales Over $500,000.
 
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    Inman News » Next

  • Who am I? Identity crisis plagues real estate agents

    Christopher Williams
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    When I ask other Realtors to tell me about their brands, I am told, “I don’t have a logo yet.” It seems everyone thinks their brand is their logo. If that is true, what about our broker’s logo we have to put on everything? Is that our brand? Real estate professionals have an identity crisis. Let me put your mind at ease. Your brand is not your logo. It is simply your vibe, your image. It is the projection of who you are. Who people think you are right now is your brand. Think about it. The moment you printed your first business card or sent out your first flier, you…
  • You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these 9 mobile apps

    Craig McClelland
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    We’re not going mobile anymore, we’ve gone mobile. And that’s a good thing! It means you can (and should) set up your business so you can manage it on the go. Doing so gives most clients exactly what they want: the ability to to do business anywhere at any time. Mobility makes life easier for your clients, but it can also make life easier for you. Here’s how: Transform paper into PDFs Too much paperwork is a major problem in real estate (and frankly, in life). Keeping it organized can be a major headache; heck, keeping it from getting lost in the bottom of an overstuffed briefcase is…
  • Keep hunter and skinner roles in-house to weather downturns

    Sam DeBord
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    “There are two kinds of salespeople: hunters and skinners. A hunter can find an albino buyer in a blizzard, and a skinner can get him to buy ice cream. You’re better at one role or the other, and in business you need to know which one that is.” This is a conversation overheard between two seasoned veterans of the real estate industry, with a bit of creative license added. The casual banter of two old friends might make it easy to miss its poignancy. Real estate salespeople were traditionally both hunters and skinners. They hunted their own leads through prospecting, and…
  • 3 body language poses that are bad for business

    ActiveRain
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    By VALORIE L. FORD As you no doubt already know, the way that we present ourselves to others is much more than just words.  We are constantly being observed whether we realize it or not, and the way that we stand or sit can say a lot about our confidence level. In the world of business, it is vital that clients have faith in our ability to do what we say we will do. If we appear less than confident, it will be noticed. Even if this occurs on a subconscious level (which it often does), it is quite possible that the person we are speaking with may choose someone else to represent them, i.e.,…
  • 10 agents you love to hate and how to cope

    Trulia Pro Blog
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By JOVAN HACKLEY Recently, we took to social media and asked real estate agents to get real and tell us: When you’re working with other agents, what are the little (or big!) bad habits that drive you crazy? You told us! They may be the minority, but, as with every industry, sometimes agents have to work with other agents who can cause some major headaches! Luckily, there are some simple solutions for dealing with even the most rage-inducing situations. Check out the list and a few friendly tips to help you have a positive transaction — no matter whom you’re working with! 1. The…
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  • Spanish Pool Home in Eagle Rock at 1674 Hill Dr.

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Exquisite 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival home presents the best of Eagle Rock has to offer; 6 bedrooms, 3 baths, grand living room, pool, spa, 3-car garage on over 13,000 square-foot flat lot on Hill Dr. Read More
  • 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
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  • Where are Interest Rates Going? (October 31 edition)

    Jim Duncan
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    A client asked me the other day, “what do you think rates are going to do”?  The underlying question is, “should we rush to list, sell and buy now, or can we be more deliberate (and sane), and wait until Spring? What will interest rates be next week, next month, in the Spring? The markets – real estate, mortgage, stock – change. Frequently. I’m good at what I do, and part of what I do is to know what I’m good at (real estate), who’s good at what they do, and help my clients assemble the right team. So my answer to the question was to ask an…
  • November 2014 Monthly Note – Kids, Zillow, the Market & MLS

    Jim Duncan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Lots to cram in this month’s monthly note; if you’re interested in joining the fives and fives of people reading one email a month from me, subscribe here and I’ll send it to you early next week once it’s written, edited, agonized over, edited again and finally sent.   Search the Charlottesville MLS Copyright RealCentralVA.com, LLC. If you like this post, please, visit RealCentralVA.comwhere this was originally posted. November 2014 Monthly Note – Kids, Zillow, the Market & MLS
  • Bicycle Garages in Charlottesville – A Great Evolution

    Jim Duncan
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    In a first (that I’m aware of) in Charlottesville – bicycle garages! ** They just make sense, particularly as the neighborhood in which these townhomes are being built is right in Downtown Charlottesville, is a 6 minute bicycle ride to the Mudhouse on the Downtown Mall. Today’s post made me look back at a post I wrote nearly 8 years ago, in which I responded to a reader who wrote about there being, essentially “two Charlottesvilles” – those who live in the City and those who don’t. Bicycle garages are evidence of the growing ability to live…
  • Is the “Recovery” Leading to a Boom in Real Estate Agents (in Virginia)?

    Jim Duncan
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Is the “Recovery” Leading to a Boom in Real Estate Agents (in Virginia)? Not yet. There’s a sweet spot for productivity. Too few and you’re not (in my opinion) truly competent; in the words of an agent from whom I’ve learned a lot over the years, “if you’re not doing enough business, you’re not screwing up enough to learn.” Experience matters; every transaction, every person, every situation is different. If you’re doing too many, the customer is going to feel (and be treated like) a number rather than a human – a person making a big freaking life and…
  • 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…
 
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  • UnReal Estate: Homes for Sale on Elm Street

    Alanna Finn
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Elm streets everywhere got a spooky rap after the debut of the 1980s film “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” which was filmed at this home in Los Angeles.  In honor of this freaky Friday, we decided to look at homes for sale across the country that are located on Elm Street. Any one of these homes could be yours, if they don’t scare you away! Trick? Or Treat? Address:  889 Elm St City:  Winnetka, IL Price:  $739,000 Listed by: Joanne Hudson, The Hudson Company This charming Elm Street home looks anything but scary, but even homes that don’t look haunted can have skeletons in their…
  • 13 Halloween Safety Tips to Keep Children and Pets Safe

    Redfin Guest Blogger
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Laura McHolm, NorthStar Moving Company Halloween should be full of spookiness, but all that fright should be fun and not dangerous, so I teamed up with a couple of experts to gather Halloween safety tips to keep your children and pets safe. First up are the experts in keeping your little pumpkins safe: Boo Boo Busters. As a leading professional childproofing service, they know a thing or two about keeping your kids safe. And for your pets, I gathered safety tips from Dr. Anthony George, doctor of veterinary medicine and certified veterinary acupuncturist. Halloween Safety Tips for…
  • The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Be a Vampire

    Christin Camacho
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Although many people believe vampires to be fictional, their presence is ingrained in our pop culture, thanks to shows like “True Blood,” “Twilight,” and the latest vampire movie to hit the big screen: “Dracula Untold.” Although the rules governing the lives of the undead seem to be as fluid as the blood that they drink, in many of the prevailing tales vampires need to avoid direct sunlight, drink blood from humans and sleep in coffins. With Halloween quickly approaching, we sunk our teeth into the data and found the best U.S. cities to be a vampire. Since vampires need to avoid…
  • You’ll Never Believe What I Saw in This 3D Home Tour

    Redfin Blogger
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following is a contribution from our oldest and tallest agent, Frank N. Stein: I’ve been a real estate agent for years, seemingly since Gothic novels were in vogue. Over the years, I have sold a variety of peculiar homes, from creaky Victorian mansions to remote cabins in the woods, but this one was the most unsettling by far. The owners were unusual, but gracious enough and quite transparent – when it came to their expectations. The home had good bones, as we say in the business, but I just couldn’t shake this eerie feeling. I thought it was me – maybe I had a screw loose –…
  • UnReal Estate of the Week: Bathrooms

    Alanna Finn
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Redfin recently released a list of the 10 cities with the most residential toilets per person.  In honor of the report, we decided to take a plunge into some of the most luxurious throne rooms currently on the market. You wouldn’t be flushing your money down the toilet with any of these homes; you’ll find that each abode is well-equipped for some serious quality relaxation time. Check them out! Bathing on Top of the World Address: 7411 Hillside Dr City: La Jolla, CA Price:  $5,800,000 Listed by: Amber Anderson, Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty This beautiful estate offers stunning…
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    Ubertor Real Estate Blog

  • The Most Basic yet Scariest and Teeth-Clenching Mistakes to Make on Your Real Estate Website

    UberSandra
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    As we all know, websites are an essential marketing tool. In this day and age, your website has the power to either make or break your business’s success.  Anyone who manages their own website knows that a glitch or mistake of any sort feels like a zombie apocalypse. Vice-versa, as a viewer there is nothing that makes our jaw clench and our guts churn more than coming across a website that is difficult to navigate and visually unappealing. There is nothing worse than losing business because your website did not make the cut. I know many of you might think that to have a good website you…
  • The Top 6 FAQs Ubertor Faces in Live Help

    UberJames
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    We at Ubertor believe in awesome customer service. That is why our team is ready to chat with you if you have any questions from 7am to 9pm PST Monday to Friday. Through the past 8 years of providing this service, we have noticed similar questions that continue to re-surface. What we have below are the top 6 most frequently asked questions for 2014. We hope with this article we can help new, and potential Ubertor users answer similar questions. We’ll structure the article in a “count down” format, with written step by step instructions, followed by visual screenshots. 6. How…
  • 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…
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    Reverse Mortgage Daily

  • Friday Round-Up: LO Salaries Revealed, Ocwen Preps for Foreclosure Settlement

    Elizabeth Ecker
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    In case you missed it… here’s what happened in reverse mortgage news this week.  Ocwen Woes Continue as CEO Pens Apology to Borrowers—Ocwen’s servicing troubles made headlines again this week stemming from findings among New York’s banking regulator that the company had back-dated letters to borrowers who were facing foreclosure, leading to the borrowers being unable to act in time. Ocwen’s CEO penned a letter of apology to those borrowers this week. The company also stated that it has set aside $100 million toward a potential settlement with the regulator.  Investopedia: 6…
  • Consumer Satisfaction Rebounds for Big, Midsize Banks

    Jason Oliva
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Overall banking satisfaction among small businesses bounced back in the last year, with large and midsize banks showing the strongest improvements, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Small Business Banking Satisfaction Study.   Now in its ninth year, the study measures small business customer satisfaction with the overall banking experience by examining eight factors such as product offerings, account manager, facility, account information, problem resolution, credit services, fees and channel activities. From July 2014 through September 2014, J.D. Power polled nearly 9,000 small…
  • Fed Ends Stimulus, But Rates to Remain Favorable

    Emily Study
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    After three rounds of bond-buying, the Federal Reserve Board has ended its quantitative easing program — but easy money lives on, writes USA Today in a recent article.  “We’re writing the eulogy on the most extreme Federal Reserve intervention in history,” Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott, tells the publication. But interest rates will remain low for years to come, he says. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced this week that there has been a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market since the inception of…
  • Ocwen Prepares for $100 Million Servicing Settlement

    Elizabeth Ecker
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    After a tumultuous several weeks for Ocwen Financial, the company says it is preparing to settle for servicing charges that may amount to $100 million in payments. The company recorded the $100 million charge Thursday in announcing third quarter earnings performance which netted Ocwen losses of $75.3 million or $.58 per share for the quarter ended September 30. The losses compare with net income of $60.6 million, or $.39 per share for the same period in 2013. The third quarter losses accounted for the $100 million potential settlement charges as part of $120 million reserved for “various…
  • Reverse Mortgage Job Opportunities are Thriving—Apply Today

    Jason Oliva
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The supply of reverse mortgage job opportunities continues to thrive as the industry heads into the final months of 2014. Nationwide, adamant lenders carry on their hiring efforts by offering positions to fill an array of reverse mortgage expertise. Reverse Mortgage Funding, The Money Store, HighTechLending and Urban Financial of America are only a few of the lenders in today’s jobs now hiring reverse mortgage loan officers, sales managers, loan processors, among many more. Click the following opportunities that are now open to find out more. Or for a complete list of jobs,…
 
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  • Just Listed: 186 Old Stagecoach Rd, Meriden CT 06450

    Harriman Real Estate
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Beautiful 3 bedroom Colonial with Front    Porch Charm! Home Photos Local Schools Just Listed Patricia Harriman Harriman Real Estate LLC 203-672-4499 Questions? Schedule a Showing! 186 OLD STAGECOACH RD Meriden, CT 06450 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms : 2 ( 1 full, 1 half ) List Price: $214,900 Living Area Approx : 1470 You’ll love this affordable home with front porch charm! Hardwood floors, fireplace, updated windows, kitchen updated in ’97, newer furnace, finished walk out basement, patio, large deck, ground level deck, lower deck with pool, beautiful wooded lot border. A great…
  • 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…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Blog

  • 1925 Pine Mountain Road Kennesaw Ga 30152

    25 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 »
  • 2904 Lavista Place Smyrna Georgia 30080

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    2904 Lavista Place Smyrna Georgia 30080 FMLS # 5322885 2904 Lavista Place is conveniently located in the Lavista Acres community with quick access to local attractions including Cobb Galleria, Cumberland Mall, the future home of the Atlanta Braves stadium, i75 and i285.  Nestled on almost half an acre, the four-side brick home offers a private fenced-in yard, lush landscaping, and p...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 »
 
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  • 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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  • Powerful way to fight big issue among kids

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Powerful way to fight big issue among kidsGettyYouths are spending more and more of their time online -- and there have been some unforeseen consequences.How to handle bad online behaviorMore on parentingScary movie guide for kidsHelp kids use social media better
  • Airports around the country are lying about this

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Airports around the country are lying about thisShutterstockSixty-two percent of airports claim to have adequate facilities for a common practice, but most of them can't back it up.How to get around the problemMore from What to ExpectMaking friends with other momsCalming your worries as a parent
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    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    If you love wine, you won't love this news ...GettyDoctors want labels to be added to bottles so that drinkers know what they're really having. Won't believe calories in one glassMore health storiesEat fat to get thin?The best post-workout smoothie
  • Starbucks' big news will have fans rejoicing

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Starbucks' big news will have fans rejoicingAPThe coffee giant announced that it will be launching an entirely new way to buy coffee.Why you could be saying bye to your barista for goodMore to read5 tips to host a Halloween partyRetailers opened on Thanksgiving
  • Just how hot is the lava coming from Kilauea?

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Just how hot is the lava coming from Kilauea?APYou know it's a mistake to get close -- but do you actually know the temperature of that red-hot lava?It makes a pizza oven seem frozen The great outdoorsMammoth skeleton unearthedNorthern lights display stuns
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  • Powerful way to fight big issue among kids

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Powerful way to fight big issue among kidsGettyYouths are spending more and more of their time online -- and there have been some unforeseen consequences.How to handle bad online behaviorMore on parentingScary movie guide for kidsHelp kids use social media better
  • Airports around the country are lying about this

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Airports around the country are lying about thisShutterstockSixty-two percent of airports claim to have adequate facilities for a common practice, but most of them can't back it up.How to get around the problemMore from What to ExpectMaking friends with other momsCalming your worries as a parent
  • If you love wine, you won't love this news ...

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    If you love wine, you won't love this news ...GettyDoctors want labels to be added to bottles so that drinkers know what they're really having. Won't believe calories in one glassMore health storiesEat fat to get thin?The best post-workout smoothie
  • Starbucks' big news will have fans rejoicing

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Starbucks' big news will have fans rejoicingAPThe coffee giant announced that it will be launching an entirely new way to buy coffee.Why you could be saying bye to your barista for goodMore to read5 tips to host a Halloween partyRetailers opened on Thanksgiving
  • Just how hot is the lava coming from Kilauea?

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Just how hot is the lava coming from Kilauea?APYou know it's a mistake to get close -- but do you actually know the temperature of that red-hot lava?It makes a pizza oven seem frozen The great outdoorsMammoth skeleton unearthedNorthern lights display stuns
 
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  • Powerful way to fight big issue among kids

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Powerful way to fight big issue among kidsGettyYouths are spending more and more of their time online -- and there have been some unforeseen consequences.How to handle bad online behaviorMore on parentingScary movie guide for kidsHelp kids use social media better
  • Airports around the country are lying about this

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Airports around the country are lying about thisShutterstockSixty-two percent of airports claim to have adequate facilities for a common practice, but most of them can't back it up.How to get around the problemMore from What to ExpectMaking friends with other momsCalming your worries as a parent
  • If you love wine, you won't love this news ...

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    If you love wine, you won't love this news ...GettyDoctors want labels to be added to bottles so that drinkers know what they're really having. Won't believe calories in one glassMore health storiesEat fat to get thin?The best post-workout smoothie
  • Starbucks' big news will have fans rejoicing

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Starbucks' big news will have fans rejoicingAPThe coffee giant announced that it will be launching an entirely new way to buy coffee.Why you could be saying bye to your barista for goodMore to read5 tips to host a Halloween partyRetailers opened on Thanksgiving
  • Just how hot is the lava coming from Kilauea?

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Just how hot is the lava coming from Kilauea?APYou know it's a mistake to get close -- but do you actually know the temperature of that red-hot lava?It makes a pizza oven seem frozen The great outdoorsMammoth skeleton unearthedNorthern lights display stuns
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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

  • Organizing a Small Kitchen

    Alexandrea Denny
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Kitchen organization is problematic, no matter the size of the space. With an apartment kitchen, more often than not, that space is going to be small. With limited scope, too few cabinets, and a definite lack of counter space, organizing a small kitchen becomes all about finding ways to maximize your minimal space. My current kitchen is absolutely tiny! While I appreciate the openness of the kitchen in relation to the living room, the limited workspace and lack of pantry was enough to make a person nervous. So, I had to adapt. I had to organize the space to the best of my abilities and…
  • 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…
 
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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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  • ShowingTime inks biggest MLS deal to date

    Andrea V. Brambila
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Showing management technology service ShowingTime has inked its biggest deal with a multiple listing service to date, wooing a North Carolina-based MLS away from a competitor. Carolina Multiple Listing Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, has signed ...
  • Trulia could add a fourth agent to ‘three-headed monster’ ads

    Paul Hagey
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    After adding a third agent advertiser slot to the query box on listing detail pages this year, Trulia could conceivably add a fourth in 2015, CEO Pete Flint told investors on the firm’s third-quarter earnings call. Flint said that the firm ...
  • National brokerage sets up shop in the nation’s capital with acquisition

    Inman News
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Carrington Real Estate Services, the brokerage wing of Carrington Holding Company LLC, has entered the Washington, D.C., market by acquiring the largest affiliate of Realty Direct LLC’s franchise network. Wendy Powers, former majority owner of the acquired firm, now heads Carrington’s Washington, ...
  • Agents, brokers commit not to show homes to strangers

    Andrea V. Brambila
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In the wake of the kidnapping and murder of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, more than 350 agents and brokers have signed a “Realtor Safety Pledge” promising to limit certain behaviors that could potentially put them in harm’s way. The ...
  • Serving luxury buyers and sellers requires hefty budget, ‘boots on the ground’

    Bernice Ross
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — What does it take to locate, convert and successfully close a transaction with an ultra high net worth individual (UHNWI) client? In many respects, it’s an entirely different game from the typical real estate transaction. At ...
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  • Smart Phones, Tablets and Phablets for Real Estate

    Craig Mische
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Each day I check analytics for this real estate site. Some of the data that I am able to see what hardware a visitor is using. Close to 50% of my visitors are using either a smart phone or tablet. If you are amongst those perusing Alexandria, Minnesota real estate using iOS or Android devices hopefully you have discovered that you can navigate through property photos by tapping the photo. Trying to hit the arrow buttons would be challenging so if you just tap anywhere within the photo, the next photo will appear. If you are at a laptop or desktop, you can scroll through photos with the left…
  • Broadway Redesign, Four Months in Four Minutes

    Craig Mische
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:33 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, Alexandria, Minnesota

    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
 
 
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  • Mortgages After Bankruptcy

    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Many borrowers who sought bankruptcy protection during the recent recession, which officially ended in 2009, may now be eligible to apply for a mortgage.
  • Risky Mortgage Loans

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    David Stevens of the Mortgage Bankers Association writes that “the regulators got it right in defining which mortgages are exempt from risk retention.”
  • More Renters, Less Risk for Wall St.

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Making meaningful reform to the financial system could require Americans to reconsider the assumption that homeownership is good for the economy.
  • Cheaper to Buy Than to Rent

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    New Trulia research finds homeownership less expensive than renting in the largest metropolitan areas, but the advantage narrows when F.H.A. loans are used.
  • Banks Again Avoid Having Any Skin in the Game

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Dodd-Frank overhaul aimed for banks to make loans with enough “risk-retention” to make them care about repayment, but the final rules appear to fall short of that.
 
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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

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:44 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 | 8:44 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 | 8:44 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 | 8:44 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 | 8:44 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

  • 26 Maps That Show How Ethnic Groups Are Divided Across America

    Business Insider
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The United States may be a melting pot, but many ancestry groups still stick together. Take German-Americans, the country's largest ancestry group with 49 million members. While they make up more than 30% of the population in the Midwest, they account for less than 10% of the population in the Deep South and California. Irish-Americans are everywhere in the North East, but almost nowhere in the South West. Meanwhile, there are hardly any Mexican-Americans in New England. Maps of the largest ancestry and racial groups in America based on the American Community Survey can be found in a book…
  • Slack CEO Explains Why He Thinks His 8-Month-Old App Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion

    Eugene Kim
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    There’s been so many billion-dollar startups these days that it’s almost starting to feel routine in tech.  Slack, an enterprise work collaboration app, is the latest one to join the club. It announced on Friday that it’s raising $120 million at a $1.1 billion valuation. It’s hard to imagine a company as young as Slack — it launched publicly in February — to be worth more than a billion dollars. But when you’re growing as fast as it is, especially in the enterprise space, anything is possible. When we asked Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield about it, he agreed his company’s…
  • World stocks rally after Japanese stimulus

    John Biers
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    New York (AFP) - Global stocks soared and US markets powered to fresh records Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised investors with a sharp increase to its stimulus operations.The policy switch, aimed at countering a slowdown in the Japanese economy, delivered a much-needed boost to equities from Asia to the Americas after a slow week marked by the US Federal Reserve's announcement of the end of its own huge quantitative easing program."Just as the Fed takes away the punch bowl, the BoJ has turned up with a crate of sake," said Capital Spreads dealer Jonathan Sudaria, on the diverging…
  • We Finally Know The Identity Of The Mystery Woman In 'The Avengers' Sequel Trailer

    Kirsten Acuna
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    When Marvel released "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer, fans were left with a lot of questions about the anticipated sequel.  The biggest mystery revolved around an unidentified actress spotted at the 37 second mark of the trailer. We finally know her identity! She popped up again in a new clip that premiered earlier this week during ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but once again, the actress's view was still obscured.  Many were convinced she was Thor's girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) because of her close proximity to the superhero in the first trailer.
  • How A Spooky Story Is Revitalizing A Sleepy New York Town

    Richard Feloni
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," is making a comeback. The tale of the Headless Horseman chasing the hapless Ichabod Crane has not only been adapted to a prime-time drama on Fox called "Sleepy Hollow," it's also helped revive a sleepy New York town. Although the story is fictional, Irving set his tale in a real village, which is today a short train ride north of New York City. The village was officially named North Tarrytown in 1883 and kept that moniker for over a century. But when General Motors left its Hudson River plant in 1996 for cheaper property elsewhere, North…
 
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    Inman News

  • ShowingTime inks biggest MLS deal to date

    Andrea V. Brambila
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Showing management technology service ShowingTime has inked its biggest deal with a multiple listing service to date, wooing a North Carolina-based MLS away from a competitor. Carolina Multiple Listing Services Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, has signed ...
  • Trulia could add a fourth agent to ‘three-headed monster’ ads

    Paul Hagey
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    After adding a third agent advertiser slot to the query box on listing detail pages this year, Trulia could conceivably add a fourth in 2015, CEO Pete Flint told investors on the firm’s third-quarter earnings call. Flint said that the firm ...
  • National brokerage sets up shop in the nation’s capital with acquisition

    Inman News
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Carrington Real Estate Services, the brokerage wing of Carrington Holding Company LLC, has entered the Washington, D.C., market by acquiring the largest affiliate of Realty Direct LLC’s franchise network. Wendy Powers, former majority owner of the acquired firm, now heads Carrington’s Washington, ...
  • Agents, brokers commit not to show homes to strangers

    Andrea V. Brambila
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In the wake of the kidnapping and murder of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, more than 350 agents and brokers have signed a “Realtor Safety Pledge” promising to limit certain behaviors that could potentially put them in harm’s way. The ...
  • Serving luxury buyers and sellers requires hefty budget, ‘boots on the ground’

    Bernice Ross
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — What does it take to locate, convert and successfully close a transaction with an ultra high net worth individual (UHNWI) client? In many respects, it’s an entirely different game from the typical real estate transaction. At ...
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    All HW content

  • Lynn Effinger joins RIO Genesis

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Industry veteran and frequent HousingWire contributor Lynn Effinger has joined the management team at RIO Genesis Software Solutions as the company’s new senior vice president of institutional services.
  • Maryland apartment complex kicks out victims of domestic violence

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    An apartment complex in Maryland is being charged with violating the Fair Housing Act for refusing to renew the lease of a female tenant and her two sons after a reported domestic violence case.
  • PGA golfer Dustin Johnson sues Nat Hardwick for $3 million theft

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    According to Johnson’s lawsuit, filed Tuesday in United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and obtained exclusively by HousingWire, the title law firm of Morris Hardwick Schneider, Nat Hardwick and others allegedly used their positions as Johnson’s “trusted advisors” to steal $3 million from him to cover shortages in the firm’s accounts created by Hardwick himself, who allegedly embezzled at least $30 million from the firm’s own accounts and the firm’s trust accounts.
  • Here's why falling home prices is not good news

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Many economists and housing analysts agree that a rise in interest rates will negatively impact the economy, particularly with respect to the housing sector. This will hardly be good for homebuyers.
  • Ocwen woes drag down Altisource

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Over the course of the last ten days, Ocwen Financial and its affiliates have taken a beating from all corners of Wall Street over a letter from the New York Department of Financial Services, which alleged that Ocwen was backdating letters to borrowers.
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    House Price Crash News Blog

  • Investment week: Happy Halloween: Five scary charts from M&G's Bond Vigilantes

    jack c
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    You may see some scary sights this Halloween night, but none as terrifying as these global economic statistics. M&G's Bond Vigilantes have put together five scary charts guaranteed to make your hair stand on end, which they have labelled 'not for the fainthearted'.
  • Kentonline: Fergus and Judith Wilson to launch Maidstone High Flyers Business Club

    khards
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Property tycoons Fergus and Judith Wilson may be selling off their 1,000-home empire but they cannot help dipping into the market. Mr Wilson – who reportedly was buying a house a day in the early 2000s – admitted he is still buying houses and bought one as recently as last week. Mr Wilson – who lives in Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone – was speaking after he was spotted walking around the Kent 2020 Start Up Live exhibition at Kent Showground, Detling, last week. He said: “My wife and I have been involved in lots of business clubs.
  • Telegraph: David Cameron: I want interest rates to stay at rock bottom for ever

    quiet guy
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    'David Cameron has said it would be "lovely" for interest rates to remain at historic lows "forever" because it will allow families "to buy the homes they can afford". The Prime Minister said that Britain’s low interest rates are "good news" because it has made owning a home more affordable. He agreed with a voter who told him that a rise in rates could make life "very hard" for homeowners.' This is a taste of what we can look forward to for the next general election.
  • BBC: Housing market is losing momentum, Nationwide says

    alan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Nationwide said house price inflation slowed to 9.0% in October on an annual basis, down from 9.4% in September. Despite the gradual slowdown in house price growth, the broader economic outlook remains positive, Nationwide said. Check out the affordability calculator.
  • Zero Hedge: Mortgage purchase applications plunge to 19 year low

    britishblue
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    In America mortgage applications are at a 19 year low. In China the property market is on the brink of collapse. One of these superpowers has gorged on massive quantitative easing for 6 years the other has gorged on massive infrastructure spending in the same time frame, both based on funny money to keep the pack of cards together. It always used to be said if America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold. If China and America sneeze at the same time, I wonder just what sort of cold is coming our way.
 
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    The Housing Chronicles Blog

  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/31/14

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/31/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:3Q 2014 GDP rose by 3.5 percent in advance estimateFederal Reserve ends QEIII, will now focus on interest ratesInitial unemployment claims rise by 3,000 in latest reportMortgage applications dip 6.6 percent in latest survey, interest rates up slightly Want to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • Where are the first-time homebuyers? Demographic shifts point to delayed milestones.

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    During the month of September, while both new and existing home sales rose slightly, there was one group which continues to remain somewhat on the sidelines:  the first-time buyer.  According to the National Association of Realtors®, in September the share of first-time buyers was 29 percent for the third straight month.  Since historically the share of first-time buyers has been closer to 40 percent, given that these buyers have represented less than 30 percent of the market in 17 of the last 18 months, it’s almost certain that this change will have an impact on the housing…
  • BuilderBytes' MetroIntelligence Economic Update for 10/30/14

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/30/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:Case-Shiller Indices show continued deceleration in home gains through AugustConsumer confidence rebounds in OctoberDurable goods orders slumped in September after busy summerWant 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 10/28/14

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Please click here to see the edition of BuilderBytes for 10/28/14 on the Web. In this issue of the MetroIntelligence Economic Update, I covered the following indicators:September new home sales rose to six-year highPending home sales rose in September to second-highest level over last yearWant to advertise in the newsletter and reach over 130,000 readers? Contact National Sales Manager Nick Cosan at nkosan@penpubinc.com.www.metrointel.com
  • 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…
 
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    NHC Open House Blog

  • Key takeaways from the Regional Housing Forum

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    by Rebekah King, National Housing Conference Last week NHC hosted a regional housing forumin Chicago, in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.The day-long event had four great sessions, and I’ve shared a few highlights below.In summary, I was reminded that we need a long-term strategy to address the historically underserved populations in this country, which requires some action at the federal level.In the meantime, communities are innovatively responding to the needs they face and deploying creative programs and strategies in the Illinois and Wisconsin region and…
  • 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…
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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

  • Miami Beach Real Estate Sales | Summer vs. Winter Season

    Ashton Coleman
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Miami Beach Real Estate Sales | Summer vs. Winter Season The old adage that summer months are dead in Miami ended many years ago. Summer months are strong and may actually be a better time period in selling premier real estate than the winter months when things ‘cool’ off. Right now the weather is gorgeous and the time when many love to visit Miami. Its 77 degrees & Sunny today with an exuberance felt with the changing season. Snow Birds are beginning to flock here for these winter months with the majority of luxury seasonal rentals absorbed. Miami Beach Luxury Condo Sales…
  • 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…
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    Real Estate Investing Blog

  • Should You Invest in Real Estate With Your IRA?

    Joshua Geary
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The financial markets have been quite finicky and lackluster over the past several years, with many stocks barely managing to break even after weathering the last financial crisis in 2008.  Pension plans have traditionally invested in stocks and bonds with a moderate to low risk appetite, but if you have been keeping track, you have seen that the returns have been and continue to be dismal. Read the rest of Should You Invest in Real Estate With Your IRA? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate…
  • 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…
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    Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News

  • Cream Puff Home Just Listed in Dale City Under $250,000!

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    The slang definition for Cream Puff is a secondhand car in excellent condition right? Well, this week, I am going to apply that definition to a home in Dale City Virginia we just listed for $245,000. The home has been lovingly cared for an updated throughout the owners tenure. This home is finished on both levels. It has  level fenced yard with a massive patio and nice deck overlooking the rear yard. There is an over sized concrete driveway with room for four cars and plenty of street parking! "One step inside the home and you can tell this home is a Cream Puff!" You'll find hardwood…
  • Find out "What Your Dale City Virginia Home is Worth" today

    Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist (EXIT Realty Associates)
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    This is a story about a Dale City Virginia homeowner who lived in a little tiny house for decades. Over recent years the home just did not function well for there lifestyle anymore. Sound familiar? Well the received the best news ever! They learned they could sell this Dale City split level and purchase a main level living home with a basement, fenced yard, deck! It doesn't matter how much you change the cosmetics inside the four walls, if  your home is NOT working for you anymore. The choices are sell or rent your home. So I'll bet your saying;   What can I sell my Dale City Virginia  …
  • 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…
 
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    Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Blog: SW Montana Homes: MLS Listings

  • New Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Website

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Taunya Fagan is one of Southwest Montana’s most consistent, award winning real estate agents and has consistently been recognized as a top real estate agent in Bozeman, Southwest Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. Taunya Fagan offers buyers and sellers extensive experience finding and selling distinctive Montana properties, has the knowledge and expertise you need to help sell or buy Montana property, and is assiduous in each Bozeman real estate transaction. Please visit Taunya's new, world-class Bozeman Montana real estate website to search for homes, luxury real estate, land, ranches,…
  • Bozeman Montana Ranches - 1300 Acres For Sale

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Seven Ranges Bozeman Montana Ranches Unique Montana Ranch Properties One of Montana's most extraordinary ranch properties is located near Bozeman, MT. Choose from among five parcels, some nestled against Montana's Gallatin Range, and all situated  in a private, gorgeous little valley surrounded by 7 Mountain Ranges and spectacular, 360 degree views of Montana's Gallatin Valley. Be a part of these 1300, private and gated Montana acres. You'll find your dream spot to call home within 7 Ranges Ranch, Gallatin Gateway Montana. Excellent soils for your Montana farming and ranching ventures,…
  • Bozeman Montana Real Estate Market Update Week 4 April 2013

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    24 Apr 2013 | 5:54 am
    Bozeman homes inventory and days-on-market are both trending higher. However, the improving Market Action Index implies some increased demand in Bozeman Montana real estate will temper the negative trends. Bozeman home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer's market, Bozeman real estate prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller's Market.Despite this week's decline, the price trend remains upward for several weeks. A persistent drop of the Market…
  • New Bozeman Homes

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    18 Apr 2013 | 12:17 pm
    Advance Street Brand New Bozeman Homes - SOLD! - 3 Bed, 2 Bath - Main Floor Living - Wonderful Western Mountain Views - Loyal Garden Homes SOLD! - Great things come in small packages! This gorgeous three bedroom, two bathroom Bozeman home for sale sitting on a primo lot backing to farmland with unobstructed mountain views will impress the one looking for high quality and smart design. Upon entry the beautiful walnut floors, wood doors and trim grab your immediate attention...then the 12' floor to ceiling living room windows and wood beam work entice you farther still. Large kitchen with…
  • Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Market Report Week 3 April 2013

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    18 Apr 2013 | 11:05 am
    In terms of supply and demand, the Bozeman real estate market is heating up and because more supply is coming on the market relative to the sales demand it appears to be cooling, but buyers are out! In recent weeks Bozeman home prices have been increasing. Since it is technically a Buyer's market, this price trend may be a result of improved quality (newer, larger homes) of the homes being listed. Look at the descriptive statistics where you may notice the homes being listed are larger and younger than they have been in the past.While this week Bozeman Montana median home prices didn't…
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    KW Blog

  • Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners and Trick-or-Treaters

    adminkwblog
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    There are many features that people look for when buying a home. One of the most important features is often the neighborhood. In neighborhoods populated with families and young children, Halloween can be a big event. As the sun goes down, the trick-or-treaters come out. Trick-or-treating is about more than just giving neighborhood children candy. Trick-or-treating is a great opportunity for community bonding. Here are some Halloween safety tips for trick-or-treaters: 1. Have each child wear something lit or carry a flashlight. 2. Trick-or-treaters should walk, not run. If you are driving…
  • A Leap into KW Commercial Yields a Life Worth Living

    adminkwblog
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Ken Wimberly, KW Commercial associate in the Arlington (Texas) market center, has been in the commercial real estate industry since 2002. Five years ago, Ken was approached about joining KW Commercial. At first, he was skeptical about joining a company that was deeply rooted in residential real estate. However, after seeing the systems and models as well as the great culture at Keller Williams, he decided to make the move. Today, Ken says it was the best decision of his career. When recruits ask Ken why they should join KW Commercial, he tells them, “Just look at my results. I would not be…
  • Have Your Listings Increased 6% from Last Year? [Q3-2014]

    adminkwblog
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Real estate agents know how important it is to keep up with national and local market data so they can serve their clients. Yet it can be confusing to know exactly what to do with all the information. This article will help you understand how to interpret inventory, months of supply, and pace of home sales data and see how together, all of this data can help you shine in your listings presentations and boost your performance. The Facts: There are 2.3 million homes listed for sale in the U.S and they are selling at a faster rate than in 2012. Inventory: In September 2014, there were 2.3…
  • 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. [Q3-2014]

    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…
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    The Real Deal New York

  • Top residential agents of the week

    Mark Maurer
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    From left: Rebecca Edwardson, Bonnie Chajet, Lisa Chajet and 459 West Broadway in Soho Price: $14,650,000 Listing brokers: Rebecca EdwardsonBonnie Chajet and Lisa Chajet of Warburg Realty Address: 459 West Broadway  From left: Arlene Reed and 791 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side Price: $10,000,000 Listing broker: Arlene Reed of Warburg Realty Address: 791 Park Avenue From left: Robert Dankner, Lisa Beth Carroll and 219 East 67th Street in Lenox Hill Price: $8,235,000 Listing brokers: Robert Dankner and Lisa Beth Carroll of Prime Manhattan Address: 219 East 67th Street From left:…
  • Steepest, cheapest listings to hit Manhattan this week

    Claire Moses
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Emily Beare and Elizabeth Beare from CORE had the week’s priciest listing with a $34.5 million unit at 1040 Fifth Avenue. Related CEO Jeff Blau relisted his palatial 10-room apartment, which includes three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms. Blau paid $21.4 million for the apartment in 2008 and gut renovated it. Amenities for the unit on the 14th floor of the Rosario Candela-designed landmarked building include a doorman, an elevator operator and a storage room. The apartment includes a wood-burning fireplace, original herringbone floors and a planting terrace. The week’s…
  • 15 Renwick launches sales with costume party: PHOTOS

    Kerry Barger
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Funky fashions and classic characters were on hand for the launch of 15 Renwick Street, hosted at the building’s sales center at 505 Greenwich Street. The IGI-USA-developed building features 31 condos, including three adjoining townhouse units and four duplex penthouses, which are priced between $7.85 million and $10.5 million. Prices for two- and three-bedroom units range from about $2 million to $5 million, with townhouses starting at $3.9 million. The project, which is being marketed by CORE, took some time to get off the ground following a stall in work during the recession and a…
  • The Wrap: Harlem Renaissance Ballroom redevelopment moves ahead, North and South W’burg price gap narrows … and more

    Mark Maurer
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    2351 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem (credit: GF55) 1. Abyssinian Development moves ahead with Harlem Renaissance Ballroom redevelopment [NY YIMBY] 2. North and South Williamsburg price gap is fading [WSJ] 3. Bronx politicians consider asking Kingsbridge National Ice Center developer to wage hike [Crain’s] 4. Canadian photographer aims to capture Halloween at first sight [NYT] 5. Hedge-fund billionaire Phil Falcone decks out Upper East Side pad as haunted house [NYP] 6. Madison Square Garden’s third-quarter revenue climbs 12 percent [WSJ]
  • Property Markets Group gets $130M financing for LIC tower

    The Real Deal Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    From left: Kevin Maloney, a rendering of 23-10 Queens Plaza South and Howard Lorber Kevin Maloney’s Property Markets Group has locked down more than $130 million in construction financing for its planned 44-story rental tower in Long Island City, property records filed with the city today show.  Deutsche Bank provided the developer with a $113 million building loan and another $24.5-million project loan for soft costs, the records indicate. The bank also consolidated previous mortgages on the property in the amount of $11.05 million. In December 2012, PMG bought two sites — a…
 
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    Northern Virginia Real Estate Blog

  • Spooktacular Open Houses in Fairfax, Reston & Vienna

    thebeltteam
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s a spooktacular weekend for open houses in Northern Virginia and we’ve got a fabulous Reston condo open for the first time, two colonials in the most amazing locations, and all three with fantastic price reductions that equal opportunity for YOU! No worries – they’re not haunted! (At least not that we know of – haha!)   422 Center Street North in Vienna – JUST REDUCED! List Price: $735,000  Open Sunday, Nov 2nd 2PM to 4PM  Lovely 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath colonial in the heart of Vienna close to everything – W&OD Bike Trail, shopping,…
  • Is It Getting Any Easier To Get A Mortgage Loan?

    thebeltteam
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    One of the great things about working with seasoned, top producing Realtors is that they have their hands not just on the pulse of the real estate market, but on the mortgage market as well. Otherwise, you may just be rolling the dice! Here at The Belt Team, we have several top notch lenders we work with – some of whom we have worked with for almost 30 years. (That’s like eternity in the loan business!) This is a win-win not just for our current buyer clients, but also for our past clients who may be looking to refinance with today’s favorable interest rates! (Call us at…
  • Sell in January – February? Or Wait Til Spring? Well, What Would You Do With $16,000?!

    thebeltteam
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    So . . . What would you do with $16,000?! Take a Cruise? College Fund? Charity Donation? Trip to Napa? Save for Retirement? Go on Safari? Belt Team CEO & Realtor Terry Belt asks, “Did you know that people who sold their homes in Vienna in January – February of this year sold for almost $16,000 more than those who waited for the March – April “Spring Market”?” DON’T WAIT! Start with a FREE INSTANT home valuation at www.NorthernVirginiaHouseValues.com. Then call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for a more finely honed estimate & FREE consultation. Better…
  • 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…
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    Ensor REALTORS®

  • We Just Listed 3705 Pappys Way, Austin TX 78730!

    Joseph Ensor
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Shannon & I are very excited to announce our newest real estate listing for sale at 3705 Pappys Way, Austin TX 78730.  This luxury home is located in Greenshores on Lake Austin — a posh enclave of homes with private access to Ladybird Lake. Tucked discreetly into a cul-de-sac, this spectacular 4,417 sqft home looks ...
  • We Just SOLD 1900 Little Elm # 139, Cedar Park TX 78613!

    Shannon Ensor
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    We just listed SOLD a spacious 3-bedroom condo for sale at 1900 Little Elm #139, Cedar Park TX 78613.  This END-UNIT condo backs to a greenbelt and is a single-story, making it one of the more desired and sought-after floor plans in the community.  Unique features and upgrades include: a large pecan tree or shade, a ...
  • We Just Listed 408 Cripple Creek Rd, Cedar Park TX 78613!

    Nancy Grimes
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    We just listed a spacious home for sale at 408 Cripple Creek Rd, Cedar Park TX 78613. Located in Buttercup Creek, this 3,124 sqft (per tax record) home features 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Built in 1992, this 2-story home has upgrades including wood flooring and stainless steel appliances. The master bedrooms is downstairs, with ...
  • We Just Listed 101 Lexington, Kyle TX 78640!

    Nate Howry
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    We just listed a former model home for sale at 101 Lexington, Kyle TX 78640!  Located in Kyle’s popular Steeplechase community, this home features 1736 sqft, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  It’s situated on a corner lot across the street from Fuentes Elementary School, and features a large family room and a spacious kitchen that ...
  • We Just Listed 17800 Edgewood Way #202, Jonestown TX 78645!

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

  • Q3 2014 | Austin Office | Market Report

    CoyDavidson
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    2.8M SF of construction paired with high occupancy rates prove Austin’s office market is hotter than ever. Office vacancy rates decreased by 4.0% between quarters as new tenants lease space in Austin’s CBD. Citywide absorption reached 728,703 SF in the Q3 2014 compared to 99,000 in Q2 2014, making this by far the strongest quarter […]
  • 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 […]
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    Learn Real Estate Investing | Lifestyles Unlimited

  • (October 31, 2014) Steve Davis: Faulty Real Estate Investor Programs That Will Haunt You Till The Day You Die

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/10e299a83d4ef68797e201f4ec7fafbc836f98d9/LURadio103114.mp3 What would possess someone to spend $35,000 to simply hire a mentor from a well-known real estate investment company? Furthermore, would you not raise hell if after that payment you had to wait 6 months just to find an honest person with legitimate investment experience who could help you? Well, we’ll be danged (to heck) if we let anyone get away with that on our watch! All puns aside, there are many large real estate investment companies that masquerade as…
  • (October 30, 2014) The Del Walmsley Radio Show: The “Interpretive Movement”of Life

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/5e796769210364588bf4bc5e6c1fb89b7e6558bd/LURadio103014.mp3 Lifestyles Unlimited Members are pioneers who are carving out lives far different than that of their counterparts. Life is moving fast now and things are starting to take shape. Work is an afterthought, enjoyment is a full-time occupation and they themselves are moving along an entirely separate path than they once had. Essentially, their “interpretive movement” has fundamentally changed. This term, discussed on today’s LU Podcast, refers to our…
  • (October 29, 2014) The Del Walmsley Radio Show: What Financial Planners Can’t Teach You and What Del Walmsley Can

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/737d7a6a1050c4c1aa37ce72cdb8f3ab638c02ce/LURadio102914.mp3 Is your income enough to live off of every month? Have you been wanting to buy a new car for the past year but can’t seem to earn enough money to give yourself that luxury? Would you like to own a home someday, but know that at the rate your saving up money that will probably take longer than you imagine? Have you gone to see a financial planner and realize that they can’t help you fix your problems? Don’t worry you are not alone in this. These are…
  • (October 28, 2014) The Del Walmsley Radio Show with Gene Trowbridge: Real Estate Investment Syndications

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/5a8ad8ead7f9281e11311c69ea99e9d8330c393d/LURadio102814.mp3 Ever wondered how it’s possible for a group of investors to combine their capital in order to purchase a piece of real estate successfully? What legal actions does one need to take? Well, here to explain the usage of syndications and securities in real estate investing is Professional Real Estate Investor & Syndication Lawyer, Gene Trowbridge. Alongside Del Walmsley, Gene will elaborate on a variety of very important topics that an investor needs to know…
  • (October 28, 2014) Del Walmsley & Gene Trowbridge: The Proper Usage of Real Estate Investment Syndications

    webmaster@luinc.com (Professional Real Estate Investors)
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Home Listeners Mobile Listeners http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/517ba0da07ae828520c5f228b1a42aea78f8a651/LURadio102814.mp3 When it comes down to bringing together a group of investors and their money to purchase lucrative real estate deals, there are a lot more important questions that must be answered than you might think. In fact, this show brought up so many in-depth answers to those questions that it becomes quite hard to sum up such a broadcast in so few words. However, we can say that syndications are one of the most important tools used in real estate investment today. For…
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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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    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

  • What is the Cost of Selling a 30A Luxury Home?

    Joy
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    What is the Cost of Selling a 30A Luxury Home? Many sellers tend to overlook the actual costs of selling a 30A luxury home. Real estate agent’s commission is usually the first thing that people tend to think of when it comes to home selling expenses since it’s the biggest cost. However, there are other fees and expenses you should be aware of before putting your 30A luxury home for sale on the market. 1. State Document Stamps (Doc Stamps on the Deed) Although there is no income tax in Florida, there are other taxes the state requires, especially when selling your homes along 30A. The…
  • 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…
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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

  • Common sense makes landlord loans easier

    JEFF LAZERSON
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS SUMMARY From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate worsened to 3.98 percent from last week’s 3.92 percent. The 15-year...
  • Online sites help owners sell homes without an agent

    JEFF COLLINS
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    OUR LATEST CENTERPIECE: You're gambling with a lot more money these days when you try to sell your home without an agent. Home values are three times what they were 25 years ago.Real estate deals also are more complex, and there's so much information...
  • Guilty plea expected in apartment fraud case

    JEFF COLLINS
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    The co-founder of a failed apartment investment firm plans to plead guilty to federal fraud charges next week in a case in which hundreds of small, mostly elderly investors lost almost $91 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S....
  • Sizing up the open house visitor

    LESLIE SARGENT ESKILDSEN
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Holding an open house is like speed dating or speed networking. You have two to four minutes to size up the visitors, listen to their stories, ask about their motives, then see if you have anything in common. And it’s not like a day at the beach,...
  • 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...
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    REJournals.com

  • PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC announces completion of new spec warehouse in Elk Grove Village

    Staff Writer
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    2475 Touhy PREMIER Design + Build Group announced the recent completion of a new industrial warehouse facility. Bridge Development Partners, LLC, in partnership with Wanxiang America Real Estate Group and Hillwood Investment Properties, hired PREMIER in 2012 to manage the design and construction of the new warehouse for air and land freight forwarders and distributors in the industrial district of Elk Grove Village. 2475 Touhy is one of three recently completed construction projects managed by PREMIER Design + Build Group during the past 12 months. With close proximity to several major…
  • Pierre Cowart: A Man of His Word

    Bianca Herron
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Pierre Cowart Pierre Cowart’s start in the construction industry came while studying architecture and civil engineering at the University of Illinois. Then he began working at Leopardo in 1995—He can hardly believe he’s already celebrating nearly 20 years in the industry and with the same company. Almost two decades of participating in anything is a long time! And with Cowart, the driving force that has kept him in the industry is really the people he’s worked with. “It’s also about the relationships I’ve built right alongside all of the buildings,” Cowart said, SVP at…
  • Marcus & Millichap names Austin Weisenbeck vice president investments

    Staff Writer
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Austin Weisenbeck Marcus & Millichap  has named Austin Weisenbeck vice president investments, according to Steven Weinstock, vice president and regional manager of the Chicago Oak Brook office. Most recently, Weisenbeck held the title of associate vice president investments. “It’s an honor to recognize Austin as a vice president investments,” says Weinstock. “He excels as a brokerage professional, is dedicated to providing superb service to our investor clients and possesses extensive knowledge of the commercial real estate investment sector.”
  • Essex Realty Group brokers the sale of a two building commercial property

    Dan Rafter
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    2603-11 N. Halsted Street Essex Realty Group, Inc. announced the sale of 2603-11 N. Halsted St. in Chicago, Illinois. The property is a newer construction commercial property consisting of two (2) adjacent buildings located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The property is situated on the east side of Halsted St. just north of Wrightwood Ave., and is well-positioned along a busy commercial corridor in Lincoln Park. In addition, the property is steps from the CTA bus route 8 stop and is within walking distance of the CTA Fullerton Station Red, Brown, and Purple lines. The sale price…
  • Capital One Bank closes $21.4M FHA loan to refinance Chicago skilled nursing facility

    Staff Writer
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Capital One Multifamily Finance has provided a $21.4 million fixed-rate, HUD 232/223(f) loan to refinance a 186-bed skilled nursing facility in Chicago. Senior Vice President Joshua Rosen originated the transaction. Rosen leads Capital One’s agency healthcare lending from the company’s Chicago office. The borrowers are experienced operators who have assembled an extensive portfolio of skilled nursing facilities in the Midwest over the last decade. They have closed several deals with Capital One Multifamily Finance during the last year. “The 232/223 (f) program provides an excellent…
 
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    PropertyManager.com

  • Renters are here to stay

    Vanessa Naranjo
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The economic shock, better known as The Great Recession, has created a demand that’s here to stay. Millennials witnessed the masses get hurt by home ownership and are now opting to rent. The New York Times recently posted an article discussing this demand increase. Read the full article here
  • Property Managers, Here’s How to Increase Your Income

    Marc Courtenay
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like the line from the infamous movie Jerry Maguire, property managers work hard to be able to say “Show me the money!” It doesn’t matter if you’re a Tom Cruise fan for these words to resonate. When I consult with property managers about growing their income I begin with the question, “Have you discussed this with your tax advisor?” Perhaps it’s time to interview a new CPA as well. Speaking of taxes, consider challenging your tax assessment on properties you own. This is especially helpful when buying a property in a market where rental property values have declined. Think…
  • 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”.
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    Select Property

  • Property investors to focus on the buy-to-let market?

    Steven Sedgwick
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Capital growth begins to stabilise, but rental returns show no signs of slowing down as tenant demand looks set to remain high. Summary: House prices increased by 0.5% in October, according to Nationwide Homeowners could be set for a period of stabilisation before property values increase again next year Rental returns are at record levels due to high levels of tenant demand across the UK As buy-to-let yields approach record highs, new figures show that the UK’s house price spike is starting to stabilise. The latest report from the Nationwide building society revealed that house prices…
  • Ras Al Khaimah surpasses previous tourism landmark

    Steven Sedgwick
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    More people are travelling to Ras Al Khaimah than ever before, as the emirate races past the one million-guest-night barrier. Summary: Ras Al Khaimah sets a record pace as total guest night stays reach 1.4m in Q3 There has been a 47% year-on-year rise in Ras Al Khaimah’s hotel room revenue Many property investors see Ras Al Khaimah as a market set for significant future growth Ras Al Khaimah’s potential as a major new tourism and property investment hotspot has been underlined by record visitor numbers. Figures highlighted by the emirate’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA) revealed…
  • Diversifying an investment portfolio: Cash and savings

    Steven Sedgwick
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    What investment assets to diversify into Whatever your next purchase is, you will want to assess its suitability and compare it against your existing assets to create your ideal portfolio. In this guide, the most common asset types and their most prominent categories will be judged and ranked on the following criteria: Ability to generate returns The amount of effort they require on your behalf The level of risk they expose you to The flexibility of the investment Cash and savings Almost half of all adults in England have an ISA, with over £440 billion held in ISA accounts at the end of the…
  • Buy-to-let lenders positive about 2015

    Steven Sedgwick
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    A rise in tenant demand is leading the majority of mortgage lenders to predict there will be increased buy-to-let activity over the next year. Summary: Buy-to-let lenders expect to see an increase in lending over the coming 12 months A continued rise in demand for rental property is driving the lending People approaching retirement see property as an effective way to supplement their income Buy-to-let lenders believe the next 12 months will bring an increase in mortgage activity as more people look to make a property investment and capitalise on the high returns that are currently available…
  • Dubai Marina to welcome Hard Rock Hotel

    Steven Sedgwick
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Dubai Marina’s new tourist attraction will help keep the region at the forefront of property investors’ minds in the future. Summary: A new Hard Rock Hotel project has been announced in Dubai Marina The hotel will be the latest in a long line of visitor attractions in the marina Dubai Marina’s popularity with visitors and new resident’s makes it a prime property investment market Dubai Marina will be the site of a new Hard Rock Hotel. The property project is set to open next summer and will be a 281-room development managed by Hard Rock International. “As an ongoing effort to…
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    ERA Wilder Realty

  • Who Wants FREE Tickets to the 2014 Carolina Clemson Football Game?

    ERA Wilder Realty
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Are you a member of Central Carolina REALTORS Association? No matter if you’re a Gamecock or a Tiger, you could put your claws or paws around a couple of football tickets to the biggest match-up of the year. Are you game? The post Who Wants FREE Tickets to the 2014 Carolina Clemson Football Game? appeared first on 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 REALTORS Association

    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 REALTORS Association (CCRA).  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 CCRA 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…
 
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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

  • Ask the Realtor: Mansionization in L.A. and what it means for you

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    (Cartoon by the incomparable Ted Rall) Recently, two separate residential real estate clients have called about parcels of residential property next to or adjacent to their houses.  These parcels are either vacant land or an older, smaller home in disrepair.  They’re worried that a real estate developer will come along, buy the properties for cash and build a mansion which will then block my clients' light, their view, their neighborhood ambience.  Could this really happen? Yup.  Check out this recent article from the L.A. Times about many residents’ growing…
  • 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.
 
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    NeilSchwartz.net

  • Sales Meeting 10-27-2014, Be Relentless And Unstoppable

    Neil Schwartz
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Superstar agents understand that success is a product of the accumulation affect. That’s why they are relentless and unstoppable every single day. You can be relentless and unstoppable too. Try it starting today and watch your last quarter end in an amazing way. CLICK HERE FOR NOTES... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
  • Are You Practicing to be the Best?

    Neil Schwartz
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Practicing to be the best is dress rehearsal for success. Watch now and learn how your level of practice will determine your level of success.Related Posts:Sales Meeting 4/7/2014 – The Importance of PracticeAre You Too Comfortable?Legendary Agents PracticeIt’s Not What You Were Given... [[ 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! ]]
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    Almaden-Cambrian-San Jose-Los Gatos Homes and Real Estate For Sale

  • Home Auction Sales…NEWS

    Mike
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    52 Cal. Investors Indicted For Bid Rigging/Fraud at Bay Area Public Foreclosure Auctions In a new series of high profile fraud prosecutions, prosecutors and grand juries are pursuing indictments….  More can be read here… On Oct. 21, 2014 a San Francisco grand jury returned an 8-count indictment against 5 real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties. The indictment alleges defendants agreed to stop bidding or to refrain from bidding for properties at public foreclosure auctions…
  • 15 Easy Home Buying Tips

    Mike
    11 Feb 2014 | 9:12 pm
    How To Buy a House Made Simple, Really Simple. While these 15 easy home buying tips are entertaining, they are 15 important tips Read on MEME!   On a serious note, get started by contacting me first. [contact-form-7] The post 15 Easy Home Buying Tips appeared first on Almaden-Cambrian-San Jose-Los Gatos Homes and Real Estate For Sale.
  • Home Buyer Contingencies, What are they?

    Mike
    6 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    Home buyer contingencies are buyer options that build in protections for home buyers within a home purchase offer.  Much like traffic lights they warn you when to stop, when to proceed and often, when it is time to go in another direction.  Your good faith deposit will be at risk if the home buyer contingencies are not understood or used properly. Three common types of home buyer contingencies are defined here.  Their purpose is to provide a set time period to investigate the property condition, title history and to secure your financing. The common home buyer contingency periods are 10-17…
  • First Time Home Seller -Step One

    Mike
    1 Feb 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Are you planning to be a First Time Home Seller?  Thinking about putting your home on the market this spring?  It’s never too early to start planning for your upcoming home tours.  And there’s a lot to think about.  Perhaps one of the most crucial pieces to finding that buyer will be staging your home properly.  And that means…..de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter. Having your stuff lying all around the house tends to tell prospective buyers that “this house is someone else’s place, not theirs”…never a good message to send.  Removing clutter will not only help your home…
  • Make the Best Offer on a Home

    Mike
    25 Jan 2014 | 1:28 pm
    How to make the best offer on a home for sale is becoming tough..  I recently wrote about how fast homes were selling in San Jose and very little has since changed.  The one change in homes for sale in San Jose, the entire Bay Area for that matter, might simply be more questions  “What do I have to do to get my offer accepted?” or “I keep making offers on homes for sale and never get one!”. In this fast paced environment how to make the best offer means being prepared beyond belief.   Writing the winning offer is more technical than in the recent past.  Naturally, having…
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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

  • Realty Crowdfunding Exponential Growth: Numbers Don’t Lie

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Just as it gained traction in mainstream real estate investing, realty crowdfunding has grown rapidly into an industry of its own. According to a report by the WSJ, funds raised by U.S. crowdfunding platforms in 2013 were in excess of $135 million. With just a handful of platforms visible in the landscape...
  • Cutting Corners on Rental Property Repairs: Four Areas You Shouldn't Overlook

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Buying a rental property is one thing, but investing in the property after purchasing it is another. All too often, first time investors make the mistake of investing in a “fixer-upper” or “as-is” as a means for saving money, yet they fail to invest the money necessary to get...
  • Experts Say Real Estate Price Growth Has Peaked In US

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Home value growth has peaked in the United States and the cooling real estate market has banished concerns about a property bubble, according to experts. Home values are still rising in most markets, but the rate of appreciation has slowed considerably, making the housing market less competitive...
  • Australia Looking To Impose Additional Restrictions On Foreign Property Buyers

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Australia is likely to impose a slew of penalties on foreigners who flout its property buying laws. A parliamentary committee set up to investigate whether international buyers are pricing local middle-class families out of the housing market is likely recommend increased penalties in its report...
  • Student Accommodation Still Among Best Investment Markets for Growth

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Recent research by Mistoria Group, specialists in student property investment, has highlighted the speed of growth in the student property market. The findings of the research also underlined the high level of returns that student property currently tends to deliver, particularly in the North West...
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    Chicago Agent Magazine

  • Cheaper to Own, But Most People Still Rent

    James McClister
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Cheaper to Own, But Most People Still Rent was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Owning a home is getting cheaper, but people are still choosing to rent. #77805435... Cheaper to Own, But Most People Still Rent was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • The Great Divide in Homebuilding

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The Great Divide in Homebuilding was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Some measures of the U.S. home construction market suggest things have radically improved, but... The Great Divide in Homebuilding was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • Chicagoland Foreclosure Inventory Down Double-Digits

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Chicagoland Foreclosure Inventory Down Double-Digits was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. New data from CoreLogic drives home just how much progress our housing markets have... Chicagoland Foreclosure Inventory Down Double-Digits 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.
  • 2015 Investor Prospects

    James McClister
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    2015 Investor Prospects was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Investor interest is a major contributing factor to the success of a real estate... 2015 Investor Prospects 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.
  • 6 Things to Know About the Fed Ending ‘Quantitative Easing’ and How it Pertains to Housing

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    6 Things to Know About the Fed Ending ‘Quantitative Easing’ and How it Pertains to Housing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. The Fed announced earlier today that it was ending its third round of Quantitative... 6 Things to Know About the Fed Ending ‘Quantitative Easing’ and How it Pertains to Housing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real…
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    The Edmonton Real Estate Blog

  • Weekly Market Update, Oct. 31/14

    Sara MacLennan
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:15 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: 325 (397, 368, 393) # Sales: 249 (265, 258, 259) Ratio: 77% (67%, 70%, 66%) # Price Changes: 205 (210, 232, 233) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 154 (122, 161, 374) Net loss/gain […]
  • Emerging Trends in Real Estate, 2015: Edmonton’s on Top

    Sara MacLennan
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    PwC released their Emerging Trends in Real Estate this week, with a thorough analysis of Canada’s major cities. Edmonton and Calgary came out on top, scoring very well for investment, development and housing. The report discusses urbanization as the “new norm” with people flooding into city cores to live close to both work and the […]
  • Four Legal Forms Every Landlord Needs

    Sara MacLennan
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    With Edmonton having the lowest tax rate in Canada and a steady increase in wages, it is no wonder investors are looking toward Edmonton’s lucrative real estate market. Unfortunately being a landlord is not as easy as one may think. Many actions have to be followed in accordance to the Residential Tenancies Act. Failure to […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Notorious R.O.B.

  • Raising the Bar and Lawsuits… A Thought

    Rob Hahn
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I know I haven’t been blogging, but hey… when you’re sitting on the beach in Aruba staring at gently lapping waves of turquoise waters, diving into the Interwebz isn’t real high on your list of priorities. Trust me on that. In any event, saw an interesting little tidbit this morning on Inman News that got […]
  • 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, […]
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  • Should You Invest in Real Estate With Your IRA?

    Joshua Geary
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The financial markets have been quite finicky and lackluster over the past several years, with many stocks barely managing to break even after weathering the last financial crisis in 2008.  Pension plans have traditionally invested in stocks and bonds with a moderate to low risk appetite, but if you have been keeping track, you have seen that the returns have been and continue to be dismal. Read the rest of Should You Invest in Real Estate With Your IRA? » For more articles like this, please visit our Real Estate Investing Blog. © 2014 by Marco Santarelli and Norada Real Estate…
  • 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…
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  • Why Chinese Investors Love Australian Real Estate

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When it comes to investing overseas, Chinese property hunters often head for global neighbours Australia, where they have spent more than $24bn in the last seven years. Whilst Chinese capital is pouring in to the residential property market, a significant proportion of investment is directed at Australia's commercial sector – shops, offices, hotels, shopping centres and residential development sites. According to the Real Estate Association of GuanDong Province, the main reason behind Chinese preference for Aussie real estate is the opportunity to realise superior capital growth…
  • Chinese Investors Seek Safe-Haven of British Infrastructure

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    China is seeking financial sanctuary in Britain's energy, property and transport infrastructure, with plans to invest a massive £105bn by 2025. The world's second largest economy, responsible for producing the most high-net worth individuals in recent years than in any other country, has seen an economic slowdown in 2014 forcing investment overseas. Chinese companies are set to cut capital spending in the country by around 7% this year, the biggest annual reduction since the global financial crisis, deepening concerns of an economic chill. Deepening concerns for China's economy Slower…
  • 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…
 
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  • Greek Passports for Property Investors

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    <p>The Greek government has scheduled a new bill allowing non-EU buyers to gain full citizenship, subject to a qualifying property purchase.</p> <p>To date, investors who have bought properties in Greece worth more than &#8364;250,000 have been granted five-year residency permits in the country. Under the new scheme, permits will be renewed and after seven years, investors will be able to enjoy the benefits of Greek citizenship.</p> <p>The initiative is part of the Greek government's drive to encourage foreign investment in its property market, with…
  • Propertyshowrooms.com Goes Mobile With 'responsive' Website

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    <p> Propertyshowrooms.com , one of the world&#8217;s most experienced and advanced international property portals has launched its new mobile-friendly and interactive website as part of a new campaign aimed at enabling property professionals to Sell Smart .</p> <p> Sell Smart is Propertyshowrooms.com&#8217;s campaign to provide property professionals with all the essential tools and information to increase their sales potential through online marketing channels. </p> <p>The new Propertyshowrooms.com site is fully mobile-responsive, including additional…
  • Foreign Buyers Target Malta's Luxury Property Market

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    <p></p> <p>Malta's profile has been significantly boosted in recent months with the pound's strength against the euro providing a strong incentive for investors targeting prime property in Malta .</p> <p>September saw the British Royal Family represented at Malta's Independence Day celebrations by Prince William * , who expressed a close affinity between his family and the archipelago country during his high-profile visit.</p> <p>According to Ray Woods of UK-based online agent Malta Buy Property , Malta's property prices have more than doubled in the…
  • The 'Lone Star' State Shines Brightest in 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    <p>Texas, the second largest US State is the most attractive market for buying and developing real estate, with growth potential drawing investors in from coastal areas.</p> <p>A new report shows that Texan cities Houston and Austin rank top of the charts as investment destinations for savvy property buyers, toppling former favourites San Francisco from the top spot.</p> <p>The report, published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute showed that several non-coastal markets such as Texas are drawing more property investors, partly because they…
  • 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…
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  • OCTOBER 2014 GREENWICH REAL ESTATE REPORT

    greenwichstreets
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    So far in October we have 30 sales of single family homes reported on the Greenwich MLS this compares to only 31 sales for the entire month of September, but then September 2014 was a funny month. July and August had 95 sales and 84 home sales recorded at the Greenwich Town Clerk’s office. So a drop to 31 sales in September was a big change from two excellent months of sales in July and August. Now we did have 9 private homes sale in September a number that looks big next to only 31 sales on the GMLS. When you add in the private sales we had 40 September house sales, still below the…
  • Greenwich Open Houses Sunday, October 26, 2014

    greenwichstreets
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    64 Open Houses in Greenwich this weekend! The real estate market’s positive momentum continues. The rentals range in price from $3,750 per month to $10,000 per month. The homes for sale range in price from $339,500 to $15,950,000. 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 and the Word document attached. Address Town Price Time Broker 4 Waterfall Lane Cos Cob $3,750 2-4 PM Raveis 12 Lockwood Drive Old…
  • 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…
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  • Top 10 standout reasons to live in Minto Westside

    TheRedPin Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Hot off being named 2014 Ontario Home Builder of the Year, Minto is gearing up to kick start sales for their newest waterfront community; Minto Westside. Anticipation has been high for Minto Westside, as the ultra-modern 20 storey condo project is set to take shape right along the Toronto waterfront community, at Bathurst and Front. With top-notch amenities and an ideal downtown location, suites are expected to be quickly snatched up by both condo hunters and real estate investors alike. Those looking for exclusive information on Minto Westside, in Toronto and to gain access to perks are…
  • Hot Listings:October 27 – 31

    TheRedPin Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:41 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. 507 – 3520 Danforth Ave Oakridge, Toronto Contact to Eva Allaire to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking Price: $290,000 | TheRedPin Rebate: $1,088 | Details: 1 Bed, 1 Bath Apt. 1803 – 28 Harrison Garden Lansing, Toronto Contact to Eva Allaire to Book a Tour of the Project! Asking…
  • [Video] University Suites is in The Hub of Kingston, close to Queen’s University

    TheRedPin Team
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    University Suites, a modern 10-storey condominium from Brookfield Multiplex and PRK Developments is coming to “The Hub” district of Kingston city. As a result, students from Queen’s University to life-long Kingston residents and savvy real estate investors have taken notice – and for good reason. Ideally located, less than a ten minute walk to Queen’s University at 495 Princess Street, student residents at University Suites can enjoy the condo lifestyle without having to forgo all the perks of living in dorms. Also, by being situated in Kingston’s entertainment district and…
  • Zigg Condos Infographic – Everything you need to know about Forest Hill

    TheRedPin Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Situated in the heart of Forest Hill at Avenue Road and St. Clair Avenue West, Zigg Condos from Madison & Fieldgate Homes is bringing a modern touch to the prestigious Toronto neighbourhood. With views overlooking the winding tree-lined streets and grand mansions of Forest Hill, as well as the Toronto skyline, this 11-storey boutique condo will also boast over 4,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. While we can go on about what makes Forest Hill and Zigg Condos in Toronto a stand-out place to live, why not see for yourself with this infographic provided to us by…
  • 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 in Toronto and not just the artsy types. It’s also…
 
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  • History of Halloween

    Harmony Homes
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? Trick-or-Treating, Bobbing for Apples, Dressing up in Costumes and lots and lots and lots of candy! But Halloween has not always been so “Family Friendly” and it was not always called Halloween. Let this blog take you back in time, to the ancient beginnings… Some 2,000 years ago the ancient Celtics put on a festival known as Samhain celebrated on November 1. This festival was full of bonfires and costumes used to ward off ghosts. On the night before, October 31, people believed that the dead returned as ghosts. They would leave food and…
  • 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…
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  • WellcomeMat Channel

    AVT
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
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  • 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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  • St. Louis Realtor Podcast – Episode 3

    STLRealtor
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
  • Close To Home…Maybe?

    STLRealtor
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    June 17th, the day my husband and I excitedly put in an offer on a building we came across. Here we are 4 months later and we still haven’t closed. A little back story. We came across an amazing building, 6,500 square feet to be exact if you count the 4 car garage, and it was love at first sight. But this isn’t a cut and dry real estate transaction. The building is zoned residential but it presents itself as a mixed use building. It’s past uses have included grocery store, bar and catering business. In it’s current state, it is stripped down to the brick and metal…
  • 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 SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES 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…
  • St. Louis Realtor Podcast – Episode 1

    STLRealtor
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Please upgrade your browser SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES 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.
 
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  • Four ways to sell your UK home

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Four ways to sell your home but which is right for you? When selling a home in the UK, the vast majority of homeowners will approach a traditional high street agent to help sell their home. However, with online estate agents and private sales websites taking an increasing proportion of business away from the high street, there are now serious and competitive alternatives available. There are 4 main methods to sell a home in the UK, these being: High Street Agent, Online Estate Agent, Private Sale/For Sale by Owner, and Property Auctions. To help you navigate the home-selling minefield and…
  • Why it's important to get the right conveyancing service

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many of us choose the first conveyancer we come across whether buying property in the UK or around Europe. There are lots of compelling reasons not to do this. In this article we'll take a look at some of the benefits of choosing the right legal representation to handle the transaction of your property, whether it is a flat off Gumtree, or an investment property in Barbados. We will also highlight some important things to look out for as you complete the process. Why it's important If you choose the wrong conveyancing service you could end up having to fork out as much as 2 or 3 times the…
  • What to consider when selecting bedroom furniture

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    The bedroom is wherein most people spend the longest period of their lives. It is from where the personality of its occupants reflects. It also nourishes the mental and physical health of its users than any other location in the house. Therefore, as much as people focus when buying furniture for living rooms, they ought to pay much more attention when purchasing furniture for bedrooms. Unfortunately, most spend a longer time and much more money when selecting to buy living room furniture, but not so when it comes to bedroom furniture. Bedrooms: The Bed As the name bedroom shows, its central…
  • How to add value to your home with eco upgrades

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

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

    OppenheimLaw
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    As Halloween approaches, it seems as though some Florida courts have finally begun to apply the rules of law, civil procedure and evidence in foreclosure cases, thereby stopping the “trick the homeowner and treat the bank” system of procedure and evidence that have haunted Florida homeowners for nearly a decade. Banks Dressed in Costume Lack Standing In order for a bank to foreclose on a homeowner, it must prove standing to collect on the subject Note and Mortgage.  A bank (or servicer) has standing to foreclose if they can prove that they are the “holder in due course” of the note…
  • 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…
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    First Home, First Loan » Stephen Katz

  • Is it Wise to Access your 401(k) to Purchase your first Home?

    Stephen Katz
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Many are looking at the money in their 401(k) along with the increase in home prices and wondering if they should use some of those funds. A big concern and caution is to ensure that contributions to retirement don’t halt at the time of borrowing against it. If that happens, it can become quite detrimental to your overall retirement plan. So, it’s imperative to weigh the amount of money borrowed from your 401(k) to make sure your overall retirement plan is not jeopardized. A word of warning is to make sure you can handle the payments on the 401(k) “loan”, plus the mortgage payments…
  • 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…
 
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    Zoliath Blog

  • Suburbs Still Appeal to Some Office Tenants (source: national real estate investor)

    Administrator
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    by Robert Carr, Oct. 29, 2014 Suburban office markets have lately received a bad rap, but some supporters say that outside markets are now the places to find the bestdeals and locate new satellite offices. Suburbs across the country have been struggling to recover from the recession and the flight to urban CBDs that followed. Many suburban submarkets, including the class-A stock, are still at more than 20 percent vacancy. Chicago’s 117 million sq. ft. suburban market, for example, still posts 23.2 percent availability. . However, though tenants are still seen in the driver’s seat,…
  • 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…
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    Virtual Tour Software ~ Virtual Tour Company

  • A Virtual Tour Checklist

    Jason LaVanture
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Here's a basic checklist for creating amazing virtual tours.A stunning virtual tour can be a great tool for anyone who’s promoting a real estate property, a hotel, campus, restaurant, resort, or just about any type of business. And like many creative endeavors, there are nearly as many ways to make a virtual tour as there are types of virtual tours you can make.However, there’s a basic formula you can follow to create a powerful and effective virtual tour that will help you sell what you’re promoting. Whether you’re a virtual tour provider just starting out, or a real estate agent or…
  • Minneapolis Virtual Tour Provider - New T4 Professional Photographer

    Jason LaVanture
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    RTV is proud to announce our latest T4 Rated professional photographer, Dan Baker from Baker Imaging Photography.  Baker Imaging Photography is a Minneapolis / St Paul based Commercial Photography and virtual tour business, and Virtual Tour provider with a long history of providing strong technical and visually pleasing imagery.Baker Imaging was founded by Dan Baker in 1988. Dan has 30+ years of professional photography experience, ranging from film to digital technologies, including digital retouching and manipulation. Dan was certified a Google Trusted Photographer in early 2012 and…
  • 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…
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    THE TENANT ADVISOR

  • Q3 2014 | Austin Office | Market Report

    CoyDavidson
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    2.8M SF of construction paired with high occupancy rates prove Austin’s office market is hotter than ever. Office vacancy rates decreased by 4.0% between quarters as new tenants lease space in Austin’s CBD. Citywide absorption reached 728,703 SF in the Q3 2014 compared to 99,000 in Q2 2014, making this by far the strongest quarter […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Blog: SW Montana Homes: MLS Listings

  • New Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Website

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Taunya Fagan is one of Southwest Montana’s most consistent, award winning real estate agents and has consistently been recognized as a top real estate agent in Bozeman, Southwest Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. Taunya Fagan offers buyers and sellers extensive experience finding and selling distinctive Montana properties, has the knowledge and expertise you need to help sell or buy Montana property, and is assiduous in each Bozeman real estate transaction. Please visit Taunya's new, world-class Bozeman Montana real estate website to search for homes, luxury real estate, land, ranches,…
  • Bozeman Montana Ranches - 1300 Acres For Sale

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Seven Ranges Bozeman Montana Ranches Unique Montana Ranch Properties One of Montana's most extraordinary ranch properties is located near Bozeman, MT. Choose from among five parcels, some nestled against Montana's Gallatin Range, and all situated  in a private, gorgeous little valley surrounded by 7 Mountain Ranges and spectacular, 360 degree views of Montana's Gallatin Valley. Be a part of these 1300, private and gated Montana acres. You'll find your dream spot to call home within 7 Ranges Ranch, Gallatin Gateway Montana. Excellent soils for your Montana farming and ranching ventures,…
  • Bozeman Montana Real Estate Market Update Week 4 April 2013

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    24 Apr 2013 | 5:54 am
    Bozeman homes inventory and days-on-market are both trending higher. However, the improving Market Action Index implies some increased demand in Bozeman Montana real estate will temper the negative trends. Bozeman home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks. While still a Buyer's market, Bozeman real estate prices seem to have responded by moving upward. If the demand trends continue, expect prices to keep marching upward, especially once we see a Seller's Market.Despite this week's decline, the price trend remains upward for several weeks. A persistent drop of the Market…
  • New Bozeman Homes

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    18 Apr 2013 | 12:17 pm
    Advance Street Brand New Bozeman Homes - SOLD! - 3 Bed, 2 Bath - Main Floor Living - Wonderful Western Mountain Views - Loyal Garden Homes SOLD! - Great things come in small packages! This gorgeous three bedroom, two bathroom Bozeman home for sale sitting on a primo lot backing to farmland with unobstructed mountain views will impress the one looking for high quality and smart design. Upon entry the beautiful walnut floors, wood doors and trim grab your immediate attention...then the 12' floor to ceiling living room windows and wood beam work entice you farther still. Large kitchen with…
  • Taunya Fagan Bozeman Real Estate Market Report Week 3 April 2013

    Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (PureWest Properties, Christie's Bozeman Real Estate)
    18 Apr 2013 | 11:05 am
    In terms of supply and demand, the Bozeman real estate market is heating up and because more supply is coming on the market relative to the sales demand it appears to be cooling, but buyers are out! In recent weeks Bozeman home prices have been increasing. Since it is technically a Buyer's market, this price trend may be a result of improved quality (newer, larger homes) of the homes being listed. Look at the descriptive statistics where you may notice the homes being listed are larger and younger than they have been in the past.While this week Bozeman Montana median home prices didn't…
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    Waterfront Properties in Jupiter | Real Estate Blog

  • HALLOWEEN GETS FISHY!

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    10.31.14 Fishing ReportFor the thrill of Halloween weekend, it seems the fishing will be facing a trick instead of a treat. Not just one, but two cold fronts will affect our fishing forecast. The first cold front is moving in on Friday (Halloween) night and then a second on Saturday, with strong winds making the ocean rough for anglers. OFFSHORE-The ocean will be very rough this weekend, but if you are able to sneak through the winds, you may scout a sailfish as the rough conditions are perfect for them and will most likely see dolphin as well. Cobia made a nice display this past week along…
  • DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME…SET CLOCKS BACK THIS WEEKEND

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Daylight Savings Time (DST) is this weekend, which means we get an extra hour of sleep this Sunday morning.  Plan on turning your clocks back an hour at 2:00am, Sunday, November 2, 2014.  Most smartphones, computers and cable television box connections will do this automatically. This will mark the beginning of Standard Time.  Standard time means we will have one less hour of daylight in the evening for the next four months through March 8. The days will lengthen and transition back to Daylight Savings Time in the spring.  If you get confused, remember the phrase “spring forward, fall…
  • NO HALLOWEEN PLANS?...FEAR NOT!

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Is there a more of an amusing way to thrill the weekend than it being Halloween? Performances, scary movies, drink specials and frightening or maybe even goofy costumes! Even if you have not prepared any plans for Friday night yet, there is no excuse to stay home-base with the porch lights off and mope around street corners watching the carnival of people pass by. The Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County have plenty of fun and entertaining events that don’t need reservations, plus some parties have chances to win cash prizes! Here is a list of Halloween Events held on October 31, 2014 in…
  • THINGS TO DO AT THE 55TH FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, also known as the “Yachting Capital of the World” will be hosting the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 30 – November 3, 2014. Things to do at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show: Go to Pier 66 Marina; it’s the Fort Lauderdale’s Boat Show newest location. It reopened with a total makeover and will be featuring the ample volume of brokerage yachts from super vessels to fishing boats and in between for all budgets. Yummy dining options are available such as the casual dining, Pelican Landing restaurants and upscale fine cuisine, Grill 66 &…
  • A SPRING FOR EVERY SEASON

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Photo Credit: Mermaid.Andrea One of Florida’s natural hidden jewels is more than 700 natural springs sprinkled throughout the state that offer many great activities and fun in its natural environment. Florida’s crystal clear and natural springs not only are perfect for swimming, scuba diving, tubing and kayak or canoe sightseeing but also the springs provide a noteworthy aquarium for all native plants and animals. Florida Springs act as an outstanding underwater creation with tons of freshwater flowing from the Florida Aquifer. In one solitary visit to a Florida spring, you can reveal…
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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

  • You had me at WELCOME

    Gail Spada
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Your front door is your home’s chance to make a good first impression…Check out our simple solutions that are often overlooked by sellers when marketing a home for sale.   Give it a once-over After a while, we all stop noticing the little flaws in our homes. Therefore, it is a great idea to begin by taking a good, hard look at your front door’s condition. Try to view your doorway just as a visitor would. Make sure the paint and/or stain is in good condition. Clear away any cobwebs and sweep away any debris. Assess the condition of the lighting fixtures, the door hardware and…
  • 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…
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • Spooky Household Noises That You Should Investigate

    Zillow
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Filed under: News, Home Improvement ShutterstockThose creepy noises that you hear in the night might be the sound of your house telling you that repairs are needed. By Christopher Solomon for BobVila.com Homes make strange noises. They're built of many different materials -- glass, concrete, wood -- that expand and contract at different rates. "[But] the most noise your house should make is a popping sound, like your knuckles cracking, and only once in a while," said Bill Richardson, former president of the American Society of Home Inspectors and owner of Responsive Inspections in Bosque…
  • Connecticut Ghost Town Sells for $1.9 Million

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, SellingJust in time for Halloween, a Connecticut ghost town was auctioned off for a scary $1.9 million Thursday, more than double the starting price for this abandoned town. Known as Johnsonville, the 62-acre village in East Haddam was once a thriving spinning mill community, then a tourist attraction, and then a deserted collection of structures that was occasionally used as a backdrop, most notably for Billy Joel's 1993 video "River of Dreams" and for Cuba Gooding Jr's. recent film "Freedom," according to Connecticut Today. (Take a video tour below.) Johnsonville…
  • Room of the Day: Creating a Warm, Welcoming Living Space

    Houzz
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Filed under: Design, News, Home ImprovementBy Jeannie Matteucci Photos by Eric Laignel There was a lot to like about the living room in Brian Garrett and Stephen Fronk's 1878 Victorian flat. Located in San Francisco's Liberty Hill Historic District, the home had 12-foot ceilings and lovely architectural details. But the long, narrow layout and the lack of storage options for media made the space feel uninviting. Turning to their friend and designer Sara Story for help, the pair created a welcoming living room that celebrates the beautiful architecture but has more warmth and better storage.
  • It's Official: Taylor Swift Bought Peter Jackson's Penthouse

    Zillow
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Celebrity Homes ZillowTaylor Swift' has put down roots in New York City with the purchase of this penthouse formerly owned by the "Lord of the Rings" director. APTaylor Swift By Catherine Sherman It's been waiting for her. And Taylor Swift could dance to this New York City beat forevermore. With the release of her fifth studio album, "1989," this week, the singer is leaving her country roots behind and embracing life in the Big Apple. But Swift first said "Welcome to New York" this spring when she moved into Peter Jackson's former penthouse. Reports of the purchase…
  • Reese Witherspoon Sells Last Part of Her Brentwood Compound

    Trulia
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes, Selling TruliaReese Witherspoon sold the larger part of her compound in Los Angeles' Brentwood district for more than $10 million. APReese Witherspoon Bye, Bye, Brentwood! Reese Witherspoon has just sold the remainder of her massive Brentwood compound for $10.068 million. After listing that entire Los Angeles property and an adjacent side lot for sale for a whopping $14 million in June, Witherspoon peeled off the smaller lot in a side deal, getting $3,550,000 for the lot (with a "teardown" home) on Sept. 11. Now, property records show that on Oct. 14…
 
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    AOL Real Estate - Blog

  • Spooky Household Noises That You Should Investigate

    Zillow
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Filed under: News, Home Improvement ShutterstockThose creepy noises that you hear in the night might be the sound of your house telling you that repairs are needed. By Christopher Solomon for BobVila.com Homes make strange noises. They're built of many different materials -- glass, concrete, wood -- that expand and contract at different rates. "[But] the most noise your house should make is a popping sound, like your knuckles cracking, and only once in a while," said Bill Richardson, former president of the American Society of Home Inspectors and owner of Responsive Inspections in Bosque…
  • Connecticut Ghost Town Sells for $1.9 Million

    Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, SellingJust in time for Halloween, a Connecticut ghost town was auctioned off for a scary $1.9 million Thursday, more than double the starting price for this abandoned town. Known as Johnsonville, the 62-acre village in East Haddam was once a thriving spinning mill community, then a tourist attraction, and then a deserted collection of structures that was occasionally used as a backdrop, most notably for Billy Joel's 1993 video "River of Dreams" and for Cuba Gooding Jr's. recent film "Freedom," according to Connecticut Today. (Take a video tour below.) Johnsonville…
  • Room of the Day: Creating a Warm, Welcoming Living Space

    Houzz
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Filed under: Design, News, Home ImprovementBy Jeannie Matteucci Photos by Eric Laignel There was a lot to like about the living room in Brian Garrett and Stephen Fronk's 1878 Victorian flat. Located in San Francisco's Liberty Hill Historic District, the home had 12-foot ceilings and lovely architectural details. But the long, narrow layout and the lack of storage options for media made the space feel uninviting. Turning to their friend and designer Sara Story for help, the pair created a welcoming living room that celebrates the beautiful architecture but has more warmth and better storage.
  • It's Official: Taylor Swift Bought Peter Jackson's Penthouse

    Zillow
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    Filed under: News, Buying, Celebrity Homes ZillowTaylor Swift' has put down roots in New York City with the purchase of this penthouse formerly owned by the "Lord of the Rings" director. APTaylor Swift By Catherine Sherman It's been waiting for her. And Taylor Swift could dance to this New York City beat forevermore. With the release of her fifth studio album, "1989," this week, the singer is leaving her country roots behind and embracing life in the Big Apple. But Swift first said "Welcome to New York" this spring when she moved into Peter Jackson's former penthouse. Reports of the purchase…
  • Reese Witherspoon Sells Last Part of Her Brentwood Compound

    Trulia
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes, Selling TruliaReese Witherspoon sold the larger part of her compound in Los Angeles' Brentwood district for more than $10 million. APReese Witherspoon Bye, Bye, Brentwood! Reese Witherspoon has just sold the remainder of her massive Brentwood compound for $10.068 million. After listing that entire Los Angeles property and an adjacent side lot for sale for a whopping $14 million in June, Witherspoon peeled off the smaller lot in a side deal, getting $3,550,000 for the lot (with a "teardown" home) on Sept. 11. Now, property records show that on Oct. 14…
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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

  • Halloweekend Open Houses November 1 & 2

    blogeditor
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Follow accessphilly.com’s board 2544 MEMPHIS ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125 on Pinterest. Open House on 11/2 from 12pm – 2pm at 2544 Memphis st. Philadelphia, PA 19125 MLS#6469594 #remaxaccess #accessphilly #openhousephilly A video posted by RE/MAX Access (@accessphilly) on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:15pm PDT Follow accessphilly.com’s board 308 MAYPOLE RD, UPPER DARBY, PA 19082 on Pinterest. Open House on 11/1 from 12pm – 2pm at 308 Maypole Rd. Upper Darby, PA 19082 MLS#6462696 #remaxaccess #accessphilly #openhousephilly A video posted by RE/MAX Access (@accessphilly) on Oct 10,…
  • Kensington’s Mini-Golf Course Is Actually Pretty Cool.

    blogeditor
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/south-kensington/a-different-kind-of-adaptive-reuse-at-keystone-mini-golf By: Jarek Cotto Old factories have met different fates over the past few years. A former dye works was converted into apartments and office space at Oxford Mills. On Howard St., a factory was torn down to make room for new single homes. Today, we bring your attention to a factory that was converted into something pretty cool. The Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade is a factory conversion that is a unique edition to the area. Located at 161 Cecil B. Moore Ave. The space occupies what was…
  • FYI: Hundreds Of Motorists Honor Deceased Philly Celebrity “Dirt Bike Rell”.

    blogeditor
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/10/22/watch-dirtbike-atv-riders-mourn-deceased-kyrell-dirt-bike-rell-tyler/#gallery-1-1 By: Jarek Cotto The PPA has launched undercover “sting” operations against UberX, a company that provides transportation services like taxi cabs but for a cheaper price. They have been setting up UberX drivers by requesting a pick up, then towing their cars after they arrive. Why are they doing this? Read about it below. SEPTA will go on strike. The only question is, when it will happen. SEPTA’s union voted unanimously for the strike, but have no idea when the…
  • 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…
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    The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • 4 Bedroom in Yorktown: 1209 W Jefferson St

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/r1TB This 4 bedroom 2 bath with den in Yorktown is centrally located close to Center City and Temple Main Campus. Many desired features to enjoy: Hardwood floors throughout, an open floor plan with a formal living area filled with natural light, a formal area for dining and a huge kitchen. The kitchen has a lot of counter space and a breakfast bar area to sit, polished granite counters, tile floor and stainless appliances including a refrigerator, ceramic cook top range, dishwasher, microwave and…
  • 2 Bedroom Condo in Northern Liberties: 1102 N 4th St #B

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/c1QZ Northern Liberties 2 bedroom condo on N 4th St in walking distance to you favorite local spots in the neighborhood. This unit includes many desired features: Beautiful exterior facade, private entrance, bamboo flooring throughout, a spacious and bright living room, laundry and storage, full eat in kitchen with shaker style cabinetry, granite counters, and stainless appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and range with ceramic cook top), recessed light in kitchen and hall, 2 bedrooms…
  • 2 Bedroom in Fishtown: 1800 Frankford Ave #B

    Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access)
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: http://briv.it/b1IW Pending FHA approval.Located in one of the fastest developing areas of Philly. This Energy efficient modern Fishtown condo is sunning. Enjoy a home that is flooded with natural light from oversize and perfectly positioned energy efficient windows. This 2nd floor flat has an open air floor plan that is very impressive . There is plenty of space space for a formal living room and dining room. The design shows off the exotic look of the Tiger-wood Bamboo flooring throughout. Enjoy 2 balconies and…
  • 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…
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  • Seriously Disturbing Home Decoration

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Halloween is here and so it’s time for candy and everything scary. Kids are obviously excited about the former, for many adults it’s a great time of year for the latter especially classic horror movies reruns. We highlighted “Halloween Home Staging” and here are several more scary home decoration options. We just hope you never see any of them when you next visit friends… Lighting for the damned… Blood candles: The screaming child wall tile: A Hitler rug: The anatomical chair: A saw-cutter mirror: Animal items: Human furniture: There has to be a coffin or…
  • NAR Video Discusses Implementing Office Safety Measures

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this month’s National Association of Realtors “Window to the Law” video, Associate Counsel Jessica Edgerton presents legal tips and best practices for brokerages to take into consideration when implementing safety programs and policies to help agents stay safe.
  • Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Continue Rebound

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    New York, NY – Oct. 30, 2014 (PRNewswire) Mortgage rates moved higher for a second consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.10 percent, according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey. The 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.23 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 3.27 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate inched higher to 4.11 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were mostly higher, with the 5-year ARM climbing to 3.17 percent and the 7-year ARM bouncing upward to…
  • AgencyLogic and Follr CEO Stephen Fells To Be Interviewed By The New York Real Estate Journal

    Admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    AgencyLogic and Follr CEO Stephen Fells will be interviewed by the New York Real Estate Journal on Tuesday November 4th. The interview will be available via the NYREJ Website, here and on the Follr Blog. Check back on the 4th to listen!
  • Is This The Scariest Home Showing Ever? ;)

    Admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you enjoyed this post you’ll certainly enjoy these other ‘Just For Fun’ posts!
 
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    Business 2

  • 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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  • Relax…There’s an Alternative

    financemyhome1
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    There is a simple alternative in rental real estate. Single family home for rental purposes offer an excellent rate of return in an investment that most people understand better than other investments. The concept is simple: stay with predominantly owner-occupied homes in a slightly below average price range. In most areas, tenants are easy to find and they’ll usually stay two to three years or more. For the person who doesn’t want to be bothered with calls from tenants, professional management is available and commonly won’t dramatically affect the rate of return. Managers can achieve…
  • 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…
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    Houston Apartment Insiders' Blog

  • New to Houston? Offbeat Ways to Get to Know the City

    Houston Apartment Insiders
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    New to Houston or looking for some new communities to join? Don't fret -- we have some unconventional ways of getting to know your new city. Enjoy the adventure!Welcome to Houston! If you’re brand new to the Houston area, there’s so much for you to discover! With its colleges and universities, fast-growing industries, world-class cuisines, varied and vibrant music scene, and love of art and culture, Houston has a lot to offer people with almost every taste and interest imaginable. We’ve already offered basic tips for getting to know Houston in a previous post. Here are more…
  • 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…
 
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    IPIN Global - Investing in Property

  • Why Chinese Investors Love Australian Real Estate

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When it comes to investing overseas, Chinese property hunters often head for global neighbours Australia, where they have spent more than $24bn in the last seven years. Whilst Chinese capital is pouring in to the residential property market, a significant proportion of investment is directed at Australia's commercial sector – shops, offices, hotels, shopping centres and residential development sites. According to the Real Estate Association of GuanDong Province, the main reason behind Chinese preference for Aussie real estate is the opportunity to realise superior capital growth…
  • Chinese Investors Seek Safe-Haven of British Infrastructure

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    China is seeking financial sanctuary in Britain's energy, property and transport infrastructure, with plans to invest a massive £105bn by 2025. The world's second largest economy, responsible for producing the most high-net worth individuals in recent years than in any other country, has seen an economic slowdown in 2014 forcing investment overseas. Chinese companies are set to cut capital spending in the country by around 7% this year, the biggest annual reduction since the global financial crisis, deepening concerns of an economic chill. Deepening concerns for China's economy Slower…
  • 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…
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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

  • 10 Spooky L.A. Buildings: The Real Estate Side of the Story

    Georgiana Mihaila
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    With the help of Redditors, we picked 10 of the creepiest buildings in Los Angeles, and dug deep in their property reports to tell their real estate story. Rarely has there been a horror story without a brick and mortar location to serve as its background. And since there’s such a strong connection between real estate and terrifying tales, we thought we’d answer some of the questions on everybody’s mind: Who owns these dilapidated buildings? How much do creepy backstories slash off the price of a property? Are there any building permits pulled out for them? Any activity at…
  • 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…
 
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    Houston Properties

  • Energy Corridor Houston Homes And Neighborhood Guide

    Rio Siochi
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Energy Corridor Houston Neighborhood Guide Home to several Fortune 500 companies, The Energy Corridor is one of the most affluent districts in West Houston. Energy Corridor real estate include condos, single-family homes, and townhomes. The neighborhood also houses various luxury gated communities. Energy Corridor offers: GREAT LOCATION: The Energy Corridor is along Katy Freeway (I-10), adjacent to a 26,000-acre urban park. One of the largest business districts in Houston, Energy Corridor features various outdoor recreational and entertainment options. GOOD CHOICE OF HOMES: The Energy…
  • 5 Key Bellaire Real Estate Market Trends | HoustonProperties

    Paige Martin
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    5 Important Bellaire Real Estate Trends Located between the cities of Houston and West University, Bellaire is a small and largely residential neighborhood. Bellaire homes for sale come in various sizes and prices. Property values in the area has slowly appreciated over the last decade, increasing by 64% in median sales prices and 48% in price per square foot. For questions, advice, Bellaire TX real estate recommendations, or off-market MLS listings, contact Paige Martin, Owner of HoustonProperties.com and rated as the best Keller Williams realtor the last four years. Bellaire Houston…
  • Bellaire Homes For Sale Under $1M | Bellaire Real Estate

    Paige Martin
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:48 am
    Bellaire Homes For Sale Under $1M Nestled between the cities of Houston and West University, Bellaire features top ranking schools, several parks, and its very own library. Southwest Freeway and The Galleria are just north of the city’s border, while Loop 610 runs through the city’s center. Though generally a residential neighborhood, Bellaire also has commercial, light industrial and mixed-use residential and commercial zones. Bellaire homes for sale are in constant demand because of its: WIDE RANGE OF HOMES: Bellaire has a variety of homes including bungalow single-family homes,…
  • Bellaire Luxury Real Estate | Most Expensive Bellaire Homes

    Paige Martin
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Guide To Most Expensive Bellaire TX Homes Bellaire, affectionately called the “City of Homes,” provides a quiet, idyllic ambiance mixed with the luxury and comfort of big city living. Bellaire is located near the Southwest and Loop 610 freeways. Its central location and proximity to the best schools in Texas make Bellaire a highly sought after neighborhood. Bellaire luxury homes are in high demand due to its: Spacious living spaces, sprawling land areas: The most expensive Bellaire TX homes for sale are typically estate-type homes with lot areas between 7,000 to more than 10,000 square…
  • Bellaire TX Townhomes For Sale Guide | HoustonProperties

    Rio Siochi
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Bellaire Townhomes For Sale Guide Located near award-winning schools, The Galleria, and Loop 610, Bellaire is a charming neighborhood encapsulated by Houston and West University. Bellaire townhomes for sale are typically smaller than single-family homes. Some townhomes have lot areas to accommodate swimming pools, front and back yards, 2-car garages, and patios. The standard floor plan includes 3 bedrooms and 3 and a half baths. Architectural styles also vary, ranging from Mediterranean, Spanish, French, contemporary, and traditional. Bellaire is within minutes of main Houston hubs. The…
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    Merrimack Valley Real Estate- Essex and Northern Middlesex County

  • Top Credit Don’ts While Buying a House

    Massachusetts Realtor
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This content is provided by Kevin Vitali of EXIT Group One Real Estate your Massachusetts Real Estate Agent Today we will discuss the top credit don’ts while buying a house.  When you get a pre-approval and you are in the process of buying a home in is important to keep your credit status quo.  Your credit score is a complicated thing.  It is calculated by “mystical” alogrithyms from the major credit reporting agencies.   Something that you think makes sense can send your credit into a tail spin.  Alternately some home buyers will just plain do stupid things. 4 Top…
  • 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…
 
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    Austin Real Estate Secrets

  • Austin Area Real Estate Update, Sept. 2014

    Tim Thornton, Greater Austin Area Realtor® ZipRealty, inc.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    If you track what is happening in our Greater Austin area Real Estate, you might think that we are experiencing an ever so slight roller coaster--on its way back up again. Please don't put a lot of weight in the words "on it's way back up again". This is the time of year that Real Estate is not supposed to sell at all. Here are the analogies: If you are driving at an elevation of 900 feet above sea level and the road changes in elevation ~100 feet over a course of a few miles--you probably would not even notice it. This is not a roller coaster ride. And I don't think we are seeing any…
  • 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…
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    RealtyBizNews: Real Estate News

  • Herb Strather Revealed As Detroit’s Mystery Blight Buyer

    Mike Wheatley
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    Herb Strather, a casino and real estate developer in Detroit, has big plans for the more than 6,000 foreclosed homes he recently snagged in an auction. “This is more than just an acquisition of parcels,” Strather told Bloomberg Businessweek. “It’s an opportunity to redevelop the city I was born in and plan to die in.” Detroit’s Wayne County, hit hard during the foreclosure crisis, launched a mega-auction earlier this month to unload the properties for which the owners had defaulted on their taxes. It dubbed the lot of properties a “blight…
  • Using Gmail with Zoho for Customer Relationships Management

    Mike Wheatley
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    There are few email solutions more valuable than Gmail. With the labels, filters and generous storage limit, I can handle all of my email and find archived email with ease. With “canned responses,” I can send automated replies to frequently asked questions. Gmail can also link to numerous other Google tools and services to perform so many different tasks besides email. It’s essential for any realtor, particularly since it’s free. But… Gmail is not a CRM solution: CRM, Customer Relationships Management, is known by a lot of names, including contact management,…
  • Memphis the Musical

    Brian Kline
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    It takes balls to name a musical “Memphis” after the home of Rock ‘n Roll and R&B but that’s what it is, a ball of energy. Fresh off of Broadway and a 55 city North American tour, the story of 1950’s Memphis is now playing at the Shaftbury Theater in London. Based on the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll and R&B it tells the story about a love affair between a fictional white DJ Huey Calhoun and an up and coming black singer Felicia Farrell. They meet one fateful night on Beale Street and despite the objections of both bigoted families, they embark on a…
  • Insurance Claims Can Send Premiums Soaring

    Allison Halliday
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Household insurance is there for your peace of mind, but a new report shows filing even just one claim can send your premiums soaring. This increase can run into hundreds of dollars in certain states. Apparently filing just a single claim for anything from tornado damage to a stolen bicycle will see your premiums being raised by around 9%. If you dare to file a second claim then you can expect to see premiums increase by an average of 20%. What this means is that making a small claim could cost you more money in the long run, and experts point out that homeowners need to be particularly…
  • The Real Reasons Renters Choose to Rent

    Mike Wheatley
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    The majority of Americans who do not own their own home say they intend to one day and hold strong feelings toward home ownership. But how about those 20 percent of households who are adamant about renting and say they intend to stay renters now and in the future? About 20 percent of renting households don’t have any intentions to purchase a home in the future, and researchers at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies recently surveyed such renters to find out why they’re shying away from what’s some consider the “American dream” of home ownership. The bottom line: It’s not…
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    What Sam Saw Today

  • Would YOU Spend The Night In This Creepy House?

    Sam
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Picture the scene… You’re on holiday in Scotland.  You’re in an old graveyard and you see a burnt out house next door. Would you dare enter? WSST intrepid blog reader Jools did (@cardifflandlord) and it’s to him, I owe a massive thanks for sharing his Spooktacular story and photos.  And what hauntingly good timing given it’s Halloween today!! I was in the graveyard taking some photos when I looked up and saw a burned out house.  I followed the path around the back and found the old Manse. It was completely open. I couldn’t resist. I’m an ex-rugby…
  • 3 Unbelievably Cheap Sea View Auction Properties

    Sam
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    No matter the market, sea views never go out of fashion.  But, they usually come with a premium price tag.  Not so with this budget beach-side selection I’ve found. Here’s my trio of the sea-side lovelies soon to be sold under the hammer. Lower Ground Floor Flat, St. Agathas, Esplanade, Tenby, Dyfed, SA70 7DU Guide: £110k+ If it’s sea front you’re after – then it’s sea front you’ll get with this flat! Admittedly, this two bedroom flat is on the lower ground floor of this period terraced building, but this enviable location on the sea front…
  • 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…
 
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    Showing Suite

  • Alan Shafran Named One of the Top 200 Real Estate Agents in 2014

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Alan Shafran, Co-founder of Showing Suite and President of the Alan Shafran Group in San Diego, California, was recently named one of the top 200 real estate agents in 2014 in America. Presented by Steven Marshall, CEO of Mortgage Executive Magazine, this award recognizes the top 200 highest producing real estate agents in the United States.   Over the years Alan has held many titles, from “North San Diego County’s #1 Highest Producing Realtor” to “Prudential CA Realty’s #1 Realtor in North County Coastal” for the past 11 consecutive years. Alan has also achieved ranks that…
  • Get a Higher Feedback Response Rate with New Redesigned Responsive Feedback Request Emails

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    We recently have had quite a few of our subscribers give us some pretty insightful suggestions, particularly about our feedback request emails. You voiced your opinion… so we made it happen! We made it easier than ever for buyers agents to provide showing feedback with brand new redesigned feedback request emails. Our new feedback request email redesign features the latest flat, responsive design, targeted specifically to make it as easy as possible for buyers agents to provide feedback. The look and feel overall is more clean and concise, resulting in higher click-through volume and more…
  • Showing Suite Mobile App Update – Extended Free Trial and New Features!

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    We just made our brand new real estate mobile app even better with the latest round up upgrades! In our latest version, we’ve added some cool new features, as well as improved overall functionality and stability. Plus, along with our new features and upgrades, since we want you to understand the full potential of our new Showing Suite app, we are now extending your FREE premium edition through September. SentriLock Free Users – This is your last chance to enjoy ALL the functionality of an Ultimate Showing Suite account at no cost! This includes automatic lockbox and listing sync,…
  • Brand New Showing Suite Mobile App Now Available for iOS and Android!

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

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

  • 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

  • Low Credit Score? Your First Home May Still be Within Reach

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Low Credit Score? Your First Home May Still be Within Reach Buying a Las Vegas home—especially if it’s your first—takes attention to detail, even for home buyers with spotless credit. The challenge is a good deal greater if your credit score has dropped below the level most banks require to approve a home loan. The […]
  • Fall Decorating Ideas Liven Las Vegas Homes for Sale

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
      Fall Decorating Ideas Liven Las Vegas Homes for Sale Having a Las Vegas home for sale as autumn swings into full bloom has more than one advantage. First off, this is definitely not looky-loo season—the majority of home shoppers this time of year tend to be serious-minded (perhaps because many are hoping to be […]
  • Projection Sees Major Housing Market Price Bounce Back

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Projection Sees Major Housing Market Price Bounce Back When it comes to tracking the national housing market’s performance, CoreLogic is one of the industry’s top voices. They provide insights and trend projections based on “trillions of data points” to anyone interested in “housing economies and property markets” (that’s the dry-as-melba-toast description of their focus area). […]
  • Going the Extra Mile: 3 Staging Tips for Las Vegas Homeowners

    Las Vegas Modern Homes
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Going the Extra Mile: 3 Staging Tips for Las Vegas Homeowners A recent Zillow survey again confirmed that extensive renovations are usually not the shortest path to a sale. Across the board, experts agree: it’s still curb appeal and home staging—staging that highlight’s a home’s best features while downplaying its flaws—that often prove most effective. […]
  • 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 […]
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • We do a lot of construction loans…

    Trey
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    We’ve seen something of a small business construction boom in terms of our loan production in the last few years. Because we have so many construction projects under our collective belt, we think maybe we can say that we’re small business construction loan experts. It’s a very subjective judgement on our part, but we would never say something like that without having some evidence to back it up. Shannon Marks, our President and COO, has graciously answered a few questions about Mercantile’s collective experience in construction financing. Take a look… Mercantile…
  • 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…
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    ForSaleByOwner.com: Blog

  • Most Desirable Features for Home Buyers Revealed

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    This Houston, TX home for sale hasthe features Southern homebuyers are searching for.What features make home buyers willing to pay more? Is energy-efficiency important to house hunters? Will living in a gated community attract more buyers or keep them away? Joel Cone of Auction.com looks at the buyer preferences that are shaping the market.Whether it is a new or existing home, for buyers in the post-Great Recession market, real estate is still first and foremost about location. After that, the buyer’s individual (or family) dynamics kick in when it comes to the home features they…
  • 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…
 
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    Underwritings Blog

  • Mortgage Rate News for Friday, October 31, 2014 – Halloween Edition

    Michael Kraus
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Mortgage rates ticked back up over the past week, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.  The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose 6 basis points to 3.98%. Rates remain just above the lows of the year.  This is a minor fluctuation, and endeavoring to determine the root causes of the fluctuation is most likely a fool’s errand (one of my favorite type of errands).  We’re seeing some rate deterioration this morning (more on that below the fold), but fundamentally, very little has changed from an economic perspective over the past few months,…
  • Three Reasons Why It Pays to Have a Pre-approval Letter

    Jennifer Esposito
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    With the housing market improving in many areas across the U.S., it’s a hot time to shop for a home. Consequently, sellers that may have only received one bid a couple of years ago may now receive several. If you’re serious about buying a home, it’s important to do everything within your power to increase your chances of landing a deal. One option that can be helpful is having a pre-approval letter from a lender. Having this on hand can benefit you in three ways. 1) Streamlines Your Search By pre-arranging financing, you can save a considerable amount of time. Because a lender will…
  • How Do You Actually Make Money Flipping Houses?

    Taryne Leahey
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you have cable, you’ve probably crossed paths with a house flipping show or three. These days, it seems like every network has at least one knocking around their line-up, and it makes sense. Though there may be fewer houses being flipped, flippers are making more money off each house than they did even before the real estate bubble burst. Plus, today’s super low interest rates can be attractive to people who want to get in and out of a house with as little loss as possible. If you’ve ever wondered what really goes into making a profit off flipping real estate, here’s a…
  • Climate Worries are Sending Insurance Companies Running

    Taryne Leahey
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    After Hurricane Sandy, private insurers were notorious for taking their time evaluating damage, and then for being stingy when the payouts finally came. As disruptive weather patterns continue, property insurance companies grow increasingly cagey, and the reason isn’t actually too hard to understand. At the moment, government subsidies are keeping flood insurance artificially low in many high-risk areas. This, in turn, encourages growth in locations that are dangerous for homeowners. Private insurance companies are then faced with large (and growing) populations with access to…
  • Mortgage Rate News for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Michael Kraus
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    So, it’s FOMC day.  Huzzah!  Not that I think we’ll learn anything new from our friends at the Fed, but it sometimes makes for an interesting day, or at gives us something of interest to write about.  Which would stand in stark contrast with the last couple of weeks, which have been really quite boring, at least from a mortgage rates perspective. Speaking of rates, not much new to report on that front.  Yesterday mortgage backed securities lost some ground, but are basically flat since the crazy volatility we saw back on the 15th.  Mortgage rates have an inverse relationship…
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    We Love Louisville

  • Louisville Real Estate – 3802 Falcon Crest Dr Louisville, KY 40219

    Bob
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    3802 Falcon Crest Dr Louisville, KY 40219 Affordable living at Falcon Crest! Here’s your answer to paying rent and getting nothing for it! This 1st floor 2 Bedroom / 2 Full Bath condo offers Maintenance Free Living at an incredibly … Read more »If you liked Louisville Real Estate – 3802 Falcon Crest Dr Louisville, KY 40219, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Area Real Estate – 1 Riverpoint Plaza Jeffersonville, IN 47130 Louisville Area Real Estate – 12202 Covered Bridge Rd…
  • Louisville Area Real Estate – 12202 Covered Bridge Rd Sellersburg, IN 47172

    Bob
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    12202 Covered Bridge Rd Sellersburg, IN 47172 —>For a Better View, Watch our Walk-thru VideoIf you liked Louisville Area Real Estate – 12202 Covered Bridge Rd Sellersburg, IN 47172, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Area Real Estate – 1 Riverpoint Plaza Jeffersonville, IN 47130 Louisville Real Estate -7911 Westover Dr, Prospect, KY 40059 Louisville Real Estate – 12709 Ledges Dr Louisville, KY 40243
  • Louisville Real Estate – 2903 Butler Ct Louisville, KY 40218

    Bob
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    2903 Butler Ct Louisville, KY 40218 Adorable well maintained ranch on a quiet cul de sac, tastefully decorated, mature landscaping, built in wood burning stove, nice size bedrooms and deck, huge patio area, storage shed and fully fenced yard (see … Read more »If you liked Louisville Real Estate – 2903 Butler Ct Louisville, KY 40218, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Real Estate -7911 Westover Dr, Prospect, KY 40059 Louisville Real Estate – 12709 Ledges Dr Louisville, KY 40243 Louisville Real…
  • Louisville Area Real Estate – 1 Riverpoint Plaza Jeffersonville, IN 47130

    Bob
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    1 Riverpoint Plaza Jeffersonville, IN 47130 Rare custom-designed Penthouse in an absolutely stunning building with million dollar views of the Louisville Skyline and Sunsets. Walk into a formal entry with beautiful hardwood flooring, gourmet kitchen and vaulted ceiling in the … Read more »If you liked Louisville Area Real Estate – 1 Riverpoint Plaza Jeffersonville, IN 47130, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Real Estate -13610 Pinnacle Gardens Cir Louisville, KY 40245 Louisville Real Estate -7911…
  • Louisville Real Estate – 9534 Wessex Pl Louisville, KY 40222

    Bob
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    9534 Wessex Pl Louisville, KY 40222 The perfect location with the perfect amount of space! Live close to shopping, restaurants and the interstate! This three bedroom brick 2 1/2 bath townhouse offers almost 2600 square feet of living space. Walk … Read more »If you liked Louisville Real Estate – 9534 Wessex Pl Louisville, KY 40222, then you may also want to view more homes for sale in Louisville, KY. Related Louisville Real Estate: Louisville Area Real Estate – 4900 Higgins View Ln, Fisherville, KY 40023 Louisville Real Estate – 3207 Hurstbourne Springs Drive…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Metrostudy

    Courtney Rogers
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Metrostudy’s regional directory, Eugene James, is today’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. James self-describes Metrostudy as a company that counts houses for a living, meaning they visit all of the new construction sites every quarter to determine how many new home starts are underway. Employment and job growth typically tie [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

    Courtney Rogers
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Kim Hatcher, public affairs coordinator for Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, is today’s Around Atlanta guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. The state of Georgia features diverse terrain from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the barrier islands along the coast, and with more than 60 sites across the state, park [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Greenwich Park by Traton Homes

    Courtney Rogers
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Traton Homes is offering an outstanding incentive on homes at Greenwich Park as the current Deal of the Week on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio! New home buyers can enjoy $10,000 in free design options plus a $7,500 closing costs bonus on all market homes that close by Dec. 31, 2014 when they use Traton [...]
  • 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 [...]
 
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    My Moving Reviews

  • How Does Moving Change Your Life?

    Joshua Green
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    “How will moving change my life?” Moving is all about change – an actual move from one place to another, together with your family, pets and plants, and of course all the personal possessions and household items that you have assessed as worth taking with you to your new residence. This is the tangible part of a relocation process that only scratches the surface – a physical event that can be seen, heard, tasted, smelled and touched. But moving is much more than just a physical relocation from point A to point B. Rather, it’s a mental experience that gives us the chance…
  • What to Wear When Moving Home

    Pamela Smith
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    When moving most people think about the packing, storage, how to select movers, etc. but very few remember to take a special care of one very important component of the move – you! Yes, you! It really makes a difference what you are wearing on moving day as it is quite unpleasant to stumble upon a heavy box in your slippers or getting sweaty and not having an extra set of clothes. Well, these are just a few of the essential factors to consider when wondering what to wear for a moving day. Let’s take a look at all the factors that matter, explained bellow. What to Wear When Moving…
  • 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,…
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    Sydney Server Real Estate

  • Fla.’s decline in homeless population leads U.S.

    Florida Realtors® News
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Home Getting Started Tools and Support News and Events Legal Center Legislative Center Education Get Connected About Florida Realtors Governance Research & Statistics Video Library What’s this?remove Sign in to use the “My Favorites” feature. Connect with us on: Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Subscribe to Florida Realtors®YouTube Channel WASHINGTON – Oct. 31, 2014 – In a one-year period from 2013 to 2014, homelessness decreased in 36 states, with the largest decrease – 6,320 fewer homeless people – in Florida. The annual count of homeless individuals takes place each January…
  • NAHB: New-home sales will ‘rev up’ in 2015

    Florida Realtors® News
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 31, 2014 – A growing economy, rising household formations, low mortgage rates and pent-up demand will help single-family housing production to rev up in 2015, according to economists who participated in yesterday’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2014 Fall Construction Forecast Webinar. The economists also said that renter growth will keep the multifamily market at cruising altitude or higher. “Single-family builders are feeling good. They are not overly confident, but confident enough to keep moving forward,” says NAHB Chief Economist…
  • Fla. ranked No. 5 for best ‘business tax climate’

    Florida Realtors® News
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    WASHINGTON – Oct. 30, 2014 – The Tax Foundation says 45 U.S. states are worse for business than Fla. in a comparison of tax climates, while only four states are considered more competitive. To create a state ranking, the Tax Foundation looks at five individual tax components. In one of those, individual income taxes, Florida logs the No. 1 spot as best in the nation. Other Florida category rankings include corporate taxes (No. 14 in a state comparison), sales taxes (No. 12), unemployment insurance taxes (No. 3) and property taxes (No. 16). The 10 most competitive states are: Wyoming (No.
  • What do buyers want? And what do they fear?

    Florida Realtors® News
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    CHICAGO – Oct. 30, 2014 – According to a survey conducted by Pollara for BMO Harris Bank, American homebuyers visit an average of 10 homes before making a purchase, and about half (51 percent) spend up to six months searching. According to the study, half (52 percent) of today’s current buyers believe they’ll find their dream home in their price range, but 48 percent say it’s impossible – and 71 percent will settle for something less than perfect. Still, buyers believe in the American Dream: 77 percent of homebuyers say they’ll know immediately if they’ve…
  • Fla. still home to the most zombie foreclosures

    Florida Realtors® News
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 30, 2014 – RealtyTrac’s third quarter 2014 Zombie Foreclosure Report ranked Florida the top state for zombie foreclosures – empty properties where an owner has already moved out. However, the state’s zombie foreclosure problem seems to be improving. According to RealtyTrac, the total number of Florida zombie foreclosures in the third quarter (35,913) declined 26 percent compared to the second quarter and 34 percent year-to-year. In a comparison of zombie foreclosure numbers, New York came in second with 12,683, followed by New Jersey (12,133), Illinois…
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    Isle Of Man Property For Sale

  • Isle of Man Property Sales

    Simon Costain
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    David William Freer and Helen Louise Freer, of 26 Fuchsia Close, Reayrt ny Keylley, Peel, bought Shenndeeagh, Ballaquane Road, Peel, for £500,000. via Isle of Man Today - Property Lettings Feed http://ift.tt/1vnPnn8
  • 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
 
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    Blog

  • Who’s Who in Etail

    Jonas222
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    The most powerful names in the online marketplace have been published this week by Retail Week. You can see the list of the most influential 50 business pros in its entirety here (requires a quick online registration). read more
  • Senior Housing in Urban Locations

    Jonas222
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Senior living communities in downtown areas and central neighborhoods? Seniors interested in activities associated with the urban lifestyle?  Yes and yes, according to this article from GlobeSt.com. read more
  • The Rising Cost of Construction

    Jonas222
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    It’s always the push to the pull of development: construction spending. GlobeSt.com reports here that U.S. construction spending is at its peak since 2008, and cites the U.S. Q3 “Quarterly Construction Cost Report” from Rider Levett Bucknall, a global consulting firm. read more
  • 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
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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

  • Millennials Don’t Want to ‘Kick it Old School’ With Their Real Estate

    Karri Flatla
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    If a real estate agent couldn’t drive a car, we would say that he can’t be a real estate agent. Driving a car is considered that critical to what we do. But what of our comfort level with other types of technology besides driving? We take our transportation for granted because it’s adapted right along with [...]
  • 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 [...]
 
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    IXACTContact Blog

  • Top Real Estate CRM Myths – Debunked!

    Candace Green
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    You have a lot on your plate. In fact, REALTORS are notorious for their hectic schedules and constant task-juggling. No wonder you haven’t had the time to investigate the truth about CRMs, you’re still trying to get through your email inbox! Never fear, to save you time, we’ve compiled a list of the most common misconceptions surrounding CRMs.  This quick read will help you get wise to these 4 myths and discover how IXACT Contact will reveal the truth for your business.… Read the rest
  • 4 Steps for Past Clients & Centers of Influence

    Rich Gaasenbeek
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Recently, one of IXACT Contact partners, Bruce Keith, shared a blog post outlining 4 steps for REALTORS to take with past clients & centers of influence.  His post highlights what a powerful asset your past clients are to your business for generating referrals and leads. I especially like what Bruce has to say in his Action Steps, offering Realtors specific actions you can take to avoid common errors and maximize referrals.  Many of Bruce’s Action Steps can actually be carried out more quickly and easily by leveraging the power of a real estate CRM like IXACT Contact. … Read…
  • 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…
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    Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088

  • Lane Southern Orchards Corn Maze – 2014

    Anita Clark Realtor
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Lane Southern Orchards Corn Maze – 2014 Have you been out and tested your navigation skills in the Lane Southern Orchards Corn Maze yet? This is the last week this year you can get both lost and found so come out and enjoy the 6 acre corn maze,  hayrides, the pumpkin patch, rubber duck races, […] The post Lane Southern Orchards Corn Maze – 2014 appeared first on Warner Robins Real Estate - Warner Robins GA 31088.
  • 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.
 
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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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  • Savannah becomes America’s next great port city, and Boston tries to lure in manufacturers

    Ray Cirz
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Here are the news stories you might have missed this week: Bloomberg: Savannah surges as mighty gate for imports on U.S. growth Savannah is transitioning from sleepy southern hamlet to America’s next big international port.  Twenty years after local officials built a large warehousing complex near the then small port, Savannah’s been on the rise, and has quickly become the second busiest U.S. port, only behind New York City.  Large retailers like Target and Home …
  • Next Moves – A Guest Post from Llenrock Group

    Ray Cirz
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    This post from Eric Hawthorn is part of our Llenrock Group guest post series and originally appeared on the Llenrock Group blog. Amazon.com, one of the great success stories of the late-90s tech boom and an e-commerce juggernaut of the last decade or so, rarely shies away from surprising investors, customers, and the media alike. While Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is no longer the world’s largest eCommerce company–having lost that title following Alibaba’s(NYSE: BABA) record-setting, $25B …
  • 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 …
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    The Oatley Team

  • M.S. Pumpkin Derby

    Laura
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Oatley Team This weekend the 2nd annual M.S. Pumpkin Derby is taking place at Louisville Slugger Field. This is a fun event that raises awareness about multiple sclerosis. The highlight of the event is the Pumpkin Derby, a unique side-by-side race featuring handcrafted, decorated pumpkin racers in a fun battle for the coveted M.S. Pumpkin Derby Grand […] Laura
  • Renting vs. Buying

    Laura
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    The Oatley Team t’s an investment. Owning real estate is one of the best investments you can make because of the potential appreciation. t’s a route to financial independence. Each mortgage payment builds your equity & gets you one step closer to not having a monthly house payment. t’s affordable. There are so many new loan programs available […] Laura
  • 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
 
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  • Steps to Buy an Apartment Complex

    Rebecca
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Buying an apartment complex can be a smart investment decision provided you make the right moves. Selecting the right building, applying for the loan properly and discussing things with professionals can help you take a prudent decision. image by drtchock Decide on the type of apartment complex you want While some buildings are completely residential, there are buildings which are designed for mixed use. Such buildings have a combination of offices and residential units, however a major chunk of it is allotted for residence. You should look for a complex with a grading of C+ or higher. In…
  • 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…
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  • Property Price Slow Down in Dubai

    Holly Woolston
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
      After property prices in Dubai soared at the end of last year due to the announcement that the Emirate had won its bid to host the Expo2020, research is showing that Q4 will see a slow down in the high prices. Many people were beginning to question whether Dubai was heading for a another crash earlier this year, after prices in the city rose dramatically and quickly, but property purchasers and tenants can relax now that prices seem to be stabilizing once again. Residential rents showed a 1% drop in Q3, which is welcomed good news for all tenants in Dubai. Many were extremely worried…
  • 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
    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 three-bedroom apartment, as the price difference is not as big a jump up as would be expected. Although many would worry that this would mean it would be more difficult…
  • 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,…
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    Maclennan Investment Group

  • 2014 World Series & Real Estate Investing

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

    Peter Maclennan
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    It seems like each industry has their own acronyms. The same is true for real estate. In real estate, the letters NOI stand for Net Operating Income. The net operating income is a number on paper 9 times out of 10. It is not an actual figure that will show up in an investor’s bank account nor is it the number that will be used for tax purposes. NOI is useful in comparing the returns of various properties and for determining if a property is financeable. Think of NOI as the return a property would generate if it was purchased for all cash and regardless of taxes and depreciation. Actual vs.
  • Financing a Fourplex in California

    Peter Maclennan
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Fourplex in San Diego by Joe Wolf As I have mentioned elsewhere, purchasing a duplex, triplex, or fourplex can be a beneficial means of getting started building a real estate portfolio, especially for the young professional. One of the greatest hurdles in purchasing a fourplex is financing the purchase. Since the real estate bubble and the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, obtaining a residential mortgage has become a much more rigorous process. It is important that potential investors work with a qualified mortgage professional to obtain prequalification early. Here are some important items…
  • Advantages of Buying a Fourplex for Investment

    Peter Maclennan
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Sometimes in investing it pays to start small. Buying a fourplex or quadplex (4 units), a duplex (2 units), or a triplex (3 units) can be a great way for an investor to get started in the investment game. Advantages of Buying a Fourplex Property There are several advantages to purchasing this type of property. Purchase Price is Smaller Most duplex, triplex, and fouplex properties are less expensive than comparable commercial or multifamily properties. (This doesn’t ring true everywhere, see Walnut Creek, CA.) A lower purchase price allows the prudent investor to save for a down…
  • Two Forms of Real Estate Investment

    Peter Maclennan
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:47 am
    Monopoly got it partially right. There are two forms of real estate investment, equity (ownership) and debt (lending). Each way offers different benefits and risks for investors. Executing the right strategy at the right time or in the right way, can maximize returns for an investor. Equity Investment When most people think about real estate investing they think of ownership of property. There are certain rewards with equity investing and certain risks. There are three major benefits of being an equity investor: control, appreciation, and capital gains tax rates. Control The first benefit to…
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Count It! – Everything Counts In The Real Estate World

    Ronan McMahon
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    A friend’s hunting for a condo as we speak. He sent me photos and details of the unit he’s looking at, asking for my opinion on whether the list price is good value or not. I gave him the average price per square foot in that neighborhood for the type of condo he’s looking at. [...]Count It! – Everything Counts In The Real Estate World is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 7 Reasons Real Estate Investors Do 1031 Exchanges

    Frank Chen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    1031 exchanges have many benefits for real estate investors. Watch this quick video on why you should defer your Capital Gains. 7 Reasons Real Estate Investors Do 1031 Exchanges is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors7 Reasons Real Estate Investors Do 1031 Exchanges is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Is Leveraging Real Estate Investments A Violation To Solo 401k Rules?

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Leverage is not a new concept to seasoned investors, who understand the advantages of obtaining loan to finance purchases they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. Real estate investors usually go with a mortgage or other financing options when they see an immediate opportunity that they don’t want to miss. However, once making investments on [...]Is Leveraging Real Estate Investments A Violation To Solo 401k Rules? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Maximize Your Selling Potential In The Winters, Know How!

    Amaya Bell
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Certainly, winter is the slowest selling season, for the obvious reasons. Since the main focus is on holidaying, staying warm, etc and not on buying a home. This makes most homeowners take their homes back from the market till spring. If you too do the same, you need to re-work the selling strategy of your [...]Maximize Your Selling Potential In The Winters, Know How! is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • How To Deal With A Highest And Best Counter

    Andrew Syrios
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    The highest and best counter is the dread of many real estate investors. Well, perhaps not really dread, but they certainly aren’t particularly pleasant. They serve as a reminder of why it’s better to find a deal off-market than on the MLS or even through a wholesaler. That being said, we’ve had a lot of success buying [...]How To Deal With A Highest And Best Counter is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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    Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

  • So long, Little Pete, hello boutique hotel - assuming all goes according to plan

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
     Little Pete's: Here today... Earlier this week, we reported that the former Dewey's Famous at 13th and Chancellor streets, a Washington Square West/Midtown Village/Gayborhood icon and a landmark in local LGBT history that last housed the Letto Deli, will come down in favor of a new restaurant to be run by star chef Sylva Senat, late of Tashan and now building his own culinary empire. Now comes news that the other historic Dewey's we mentioned in our May 4, 2013 "Buildings Then and Now" feature, the restaurant now known as Little Pete at 17th and Chancellor streets near Rittenhouse Square,…
  • Lunchtime Quick Hits

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    That threat to the established taxi order, UberX, could be in a position to become a lifesaver if TWU 234 walks as most expect it will; Eastern State Penitentiary may have the franchise on "Terror Behind the Walls," but there's another prison in this city that has ghosts too; Want some urbanist dress-up ideas for tonight's Halloween parties? Try these; and if you think there are too many bloodsuckers in this city now, wait until news of this really gets around: UberX ride-sharing could be in perfect position if SEPTA strikes (Philadelphia Business Journal)Haunting Holmesburg Prison (Hidden…
  • Grey Lodge owner, friend and neighbor go in together on new pub in Tacony

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Above, Troy Everwine with the liquor license application notice; below, the Prince Cafe, soon to become the Saw Town Tavern. The arrow points to the license application in the window. When Mike "Scoats" Scotese opened the Grey Lodge Public House on Frankford Avenue above Harbison in Mayfair, Troy Everwine became an early fan of what quickly became one of the most highly regarded beer bars in a city that loves its beer. Then the two became neighbors in Tacony. Now they're business partners, as the two are going in together on a new pub in their home neighborhood. For Scotese, it's an…
  • Hidden Treasure Hunt: Signed by the artists

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Or is "artist" the right term? Architecture is considered an art form: the legendary Paris architecture school's name translates into the "School of Fine Arts," which is the same thing Penn called the school that housed its architecture department for many years. But the discipline is as much engineering as art, at least if the artist wishes for his or her creation to not fall down. Still, it's art enough that its practitioners — or some of them, at least — sign their work. We ran across these artists' signatures on a recent walk around town. Can you tell us where we found them? For…
  • Boxers gets welcome-to-the-Gayborhood present

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Washington Square West's Gayborhood, which overlaps with Midtown Village, gets a new western frontier this weekend as Boxers PHL, the local outpost of a popular New York City sports bar, opens to the public. People were already headed through the door as your editor passed the site earlier today, but he couldn't help but notice that the Sheet Metal Workers union also showed up for the grand opening with a Welcome Wagon present of sorts. This time, instead of the giant rat that has made an appearance at the Boxers construction site on at least two earlier occasions, the union hauled out the…
 
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    The Truth About Mortgage.com

  • Your Personality Determines If You’ll Buy or Rent and What Mortgage You’ll Get

    Colin Robertson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I came across an interesting study that explores real estate and mortgage preferences based on personality type (thanks WSJ). Whether you realize it or not, your temperament determines whether you’re more likely to rent or buy a home, what type of mortgage you’ll take out, and how much you might put down on a home. [&hellip
  • HUD Has $412 Million in Uncollected FHA Mortgage Insurance Refunds

    Colin Robertson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    If you’ve ever taken out an FHA loan, you may be eligible for a refund on that costly upfront mortgage insurance premium. Sure, the FHA is struggling at the moment and no longer so liberal about doling out refunds on newly originated loans, but they’ve still got over $400 million in their coffers from uncollected [&hellip
  • 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
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    Beazer Homes Blog

  • Fall Cleaning: Spring Isn’t The Only Time To Get Organized

    Beazer Homes
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    We all know the concept “spring cleaning.” That one time a year when you deep clean and organize the house to get ready for the warmer months to come. However, spring is not the only time of year to do a thorough home cleaning. A good fall cleaning will prepare your home for the upcoming holidays, and allow you to get organized. 1) Starting on the Outside Now that the summer months are gone it is time to put up the patio furniture, umbrellas, and warm weather toys. Drain the garden hoses and the sprinkler system. Find space in the garage or shed to house these items for the cold months.
  • 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…
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    Atlanta Real Estate Forum

  • Get Your Tailgate On with Piedmont Residential

    Piedmont Residential
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Piedmont Residential is getting into the football spirit at Park Village! “Get your Tailgate On” with the Park Village team on Saturday, Nov. 8 from noon until 3 p.m. and enjoy good food, fun and prizes. Hosted by Piedmont Residential and BankSouth Mortgage, this event is perfect for prospective home buyers and Atlanta real estate [...]
  • Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio: Metrostudy

    Courtney Rogers
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Metrostudy’s regional directory, Eugene James, is today’s All About Real Estate guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. James self-describes Metrostudy as a company that counts houses for a living, meaning they visit all of the new construction sites every quarter to determine how many new home starts are underway. Employment and job growth typically tie [...]
  • The 18th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Presents The Harper Home

    Laura Craft
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    The city of Woodstock has an abundance of charming homes. This year, seven of these beautiful homes will be a part of the 18th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes presented by the Junior Service League of Woodstock. Hop on Downtown Woodstock’s new Trolley Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday November 9 [...]
  • Core Homebuilders Building New Homes at Lake Forest in Cumming

    Coldwell Banker RMR
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Core Homebuilders is excited to announce that construction is now underway on its two first homes at Lake Forest, a premier established community in North Forsyth. Featuring new homes priced from the $400,000s, buyers will find exceptional homes and great amenities that will appeal to the entire family. The stunning Auburn plan includes five bedrooms and [...]
  • New Amenities Planned for The Springs at Sterling on the Lake

    Stonecrest Homes
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Stonecrest Homes is excited to announce that residents at The Springs at Sterling on the Lake will soon have a brand new amenity center to enjoy within walking distance of their home! Scheduled to be open in 2015, Sterling on the Lake is adding a new clubhouse and swimming pool in The Springs section of [...]
 
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    louisvillegalsrealestateblog.com

  • Tracy Royce – Short Sales Superstar – Podcast Episode #34

    LouisvilleGalsRealEstateBlog
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
      My guest today is Arizona short sales superstar and Realtor Tracy Royce.  Tracy is an investor, a Realtor, a rehabber, and a foreclosure expert.  She has a thriving real estate business, and she has helped a whole lot of people in tough situations in her area. Like me, Tracy has seen the market change […] The post Tracy Royce – Short Sales Superstar – Podcast Episode #34 appeared first on .
  • 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 .
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  • Cinema's 6 scariest haunted houses

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Halloween is here once again and, while 15 per cent of Britons think their property has a ghost, according to a survey by Ocean Finance, the majority will be spooked this weekend by homes in scary movies. But what makes a home creepy? And how real are these on-screen abodes? We round up the six scariest haunted houses from films... The Haunting - Ettington Park Photo: Skinz Victorian houses, with their mansard roofs and assorted towers, are the textbook image of spooky. Why? Art historian Sarah Burns in American Art argues that it stems from a creepy combination of The Addams Family and…
  • Prime Central London landlords set for good 2015

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Landlords with property in Prime Central London are set for a good 2015, Strutt & Parker has predicted.As the lettings market in the capital continues to thrive, the estate agent  is experiencing a shortage of rental properties available, particularly for three-bedroom homes which are in high demand.Zoe Rose, Head of London Lettings at Strutt & Parker, comments: “Buy-to-let investors often believe owning a one or two-bedroom flat is a fail-safe option when it comes to attracting tenants and optimising rent – but all of our experience suggests that it's actually…
  • Zillow sued over "Coming Soon" service

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Zillow has been sued this week by Top Agent Network, Inc. over the site's recently introduced "Coming Soon" service. The lawsuit alleges that Zillow "gained access to TAN’s confidential information by feigning interest in investing in the company when, in fact, it was simply interested in tapping into TANs proprietary information and industry know-how to launch a competing product", reports Business Wire.USA, Industry Issues
  • Zoopla lets agents list their redress scheme associations

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Zoopla is now letting agents list the redress schemes and other professional groups to which they belong. This month, it became compulsory for letting agents to register with one of three redress schemes to protect tenants. Now, Zoopla has updated its site to let agents display the logo for the scheme with which they are affiliated.Other logos that can be toggled on and off in their profiles include the Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents.UK, Industry Issues
  • Sarah Beeny show boosts online agency traffic

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Online estate agencies have enjoyed a boost in traffic thanks to Sarah Beeny's new TV show, How to Sell Your Home. The Channel 4 series, which follows homeowners as they attempt to sell online rather than through a traditional estate agent, has reinforced the perceived divide between high street firms and digital-based agency services. Indeed, Agents' Mutual has controversially banned online agencies from advertising on its upcoming portal, On the Market. Now, though, there is another factor that differentiates online and high street agents: web traffic. In the hours following the show's…
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    Hilton Head Real Estate Blog

  • Octoberfest in Bluffton, South Carolina

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Theres a nip in the air, its kinda rainy and gloomy, everything in the stores are pumpkin flavored...yup, its fall for sure And what does fall mean? October And what does October mean? Octoberfest in Bluffton This year the event is set for Saturday, Nov. 1st., in old town Bluffton. Soon, Calhoun Street will be filled with 190 of the world’s best stouts, ales, lagers, and pilsners from 60 breweries from around the world. Some of the participates are from right here, such as Hilton Head Brewing Company and River Dog Brewery. But some are international from Germany, France, and England. There…
  • Hilton Head keeps calling you home

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Real Estate Specialist, Mark Lynch, wanted you to hear a first-hand account of why people always return to Hilton Head Island so he asked his new assistant to tell us about coming back to Hilton Head: – Blog by Mark Lynch’s Assistant, Cynthia “CJ” Johnson After leaving Hilton Head for a year and moving to Florida, I could hardly wait to return to the Island.  Driving over the bridge was like coming home where I belong  The beauty of the Island is just amazing.  All the beautiful trees and landscape can’t be found anywhere else I have ever lived. I soon discovered that Fall is…
  • Bluffton Microbrewery The Southern Barrel Brewing Co. to open February 2015

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A microbrewery in Bluffton? You bet Bluffton does it again If you have not seen all the growth in Bluffton you are missing out on some great stuff From the beautiful promenade in Downtown Bluffton to the May River, Bluffton is booming The craft-brewing industry is growing all around our country and our area is about to realize that growth  Keep your eye out for the new Microbrewing Company opening in February 2015 in Bluffton, SC.  The Southern Barrel Brewing Co. owned by Stewart Taylor will open its first location in February at Buckwalter Place in  Bluffton, SC. Aimed to make the state a…
  • The Hilton Head Concours D’Elegance– Not Just Any Car Show

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
      Coming to Hilton Head at the end of October, again  Concours D’Elegance is the penultimate presentation of all kinds of vehicles.  For one week every year we are treated to an experience of automotive history, innovation and grandeur.  From the option of driving the latest creations to driving on a real track, you can achieve the experience of your dreams.  One surprise every year is outside the venue.  One year, we showed up to find and exhibit of the earliest campers.  From those designed to be pulled by horses were wagon tents, the display progressed to the earliest automotive…
  • How About a Trail Ride?

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Did you know that we have horseback riding in the heart of our beautiful resort?  Sea Pines has had lots of renovations recently with a new Beach Club, Plantation Golf club and work in progress on the Harbourtown Golf Club.  But we’re not all about the beach and golf.  Sea Pines is home to Lawton Stables which was originally down in Harbourtown.  Actually Sea Pines was originally called Lawton Plantation.  There was a plantation house and 50 cabins for freed slaves as well as the stables. This was back in the 1800’s.  Many years later the stable was moved to make way for the newly…
 
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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

  • Transfer of Possession

    Jason Thoele
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    A transaction is considered “closed” once the deeds have been recorded. Then you own the home. However, it is not always possible for you to occupy it immediately. This can happen for several reasons, but the most common is that the seller may be purchasing a home, too. Usually, their purchase is scheduled to close simultaneously with your purchase of their home. It is sort of like being at a red light when it turns green. Although all the cars see the light change at the same time, the guy at the back of the line doesn’t begin moving until all the cars ahead of him have…
  • Get to know Realtor Lynette Graham

    Jason Thoele
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Ethics and professionalism is what it takes to assist clients with their Real Estate needs. My name is Lynette Graham and I’m proud to say I work with one of the best Real Estate companies in Bakersfield. I have been a licensed agent in both California and Canada and started my career 8 years ago and am happy that I chose such a rewarding career. Life Before Real Estate Born and raised in Central Coast California, l married young and started a family. My husband and I chose for me to be a stay at home mom and I am proud to say I raised three wonderful productive children. I was married…
  • REO Homes for Sale in NW Bakersfield

    Jason Thoele
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Those that are in the market for REO Homes for sale in Bakersfield will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Close to schools! This 4-bedroom, 2-bath stucco home at 11708 Mantova Ave, Bakersfield, CA is approximately 1,700 sq. ft. and sits on a .18 acre lot. Step through the tiled entry into the airy and bright great room, complete with vaulted ceiling, tiled fireplace, and built-in shelving. The open concept continues into the kitchen, which features both an extensive breakfast bar and room for a dining table. A slider off of the dining area leads to a spacious backyard…
  • Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond

    Jason Thoele
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond. Functional Spaces Homebuyers are looking to get more functionality out of less space and often discover downsizing is a viable option for both young families and empty-nesters. Modular or manufactured homes, like those from Clayton Homes, are gaining…
  • Flat Rate Really Means FLAT RATE

    Jason Thoele
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Agents, When we say $550.00 we really mean ONLY $550.00! This particular agent chose to use our in-house TC so you’ll notice the fee is slightly higher but WOW, what a great check!!! CLICK ON THE CHECK TO SEE THE DETAILS!!! WHY IS THOLCO ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AGENCIES IN BAKERSFIELD & MAUI? Tholco Real Estate Group gives it’s Agents the tools needed to close more deals. Here are some of the tools we provide to our Agents at no additional cost: 1. Free Leads – sent directly to our Agents cell phones and email to increase their business 2. Sales Training – to teach you how…
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    Tholco Real Estate Group

  • Transfer of Possession

    Jason Thoele
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    A transaction is considered “closed” once the deeds have been recorded. Then you own the home. However, it is not always possible for you to occupy it immediately. This can happen for several reasons, but the most common is that the seller may be purchasing a home, too. Usually, their purchase is scheduled to close simultaneously with your purchase of their home. It is sort of like being at a red light when it turns green. Although all the cars see the light change at the same time, the guy at the back of the line doesn’t begin moving until all the cars ahead of him have…
  • Get to know Realtor Lynette Graham

    Jason Thoele
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Ethics and professionalism is what it takes to assist clients with their Real Estate needs. My name is Lynette Graham and I’m proud to say I work with one of the best Real Estate companies in Bakersfield. I have been a licensed agent in both California and Canada and started my career 8 years ago and am happy that I chose such a rewarding career. Life Before Real Estate Born and raised in Central Coast California, l married young and started a family. My husband and I chose for me to be a stay at home mom and I am proud to say I raised three wonderful productive children. I was married…
  • REO Homes for Sale in NW Bakersfield

    Jason Thoele
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Those that are in the market for REO Homes for sale in Bakersfield will be delighted to see that this home is now available! Close to schools! This 4-bedroom, 2-bath stucco home at 11708 Mantova Ave, Bakersfield, CA is approximately 1,700 sq. ft. and sits on a .18 acre lot. Step through the tiled entry into the airy and bright great room, complete with vaulted ceiling, tiled fireplace, and built-in shelving. The open concept continues into the kitchen, which features both an extensive breakfast bar and room for a dining table. A slider off of the dining area leads to a spacious backyard…
  • Energy-efficient home trends for 2015 and beyond

    Jason Thoele
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    One of the top trends driving today’s housing market is the demand for energy-efficient homes that don’t sacrifice comfort for quality. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, green features can save money both now and in the future, with numerous earth-friendly benefits. Here’s what is trending for 2015 and beyond. Functional Spaces Homebuyers are looking to get more functionality out of less space and often discover downsizing is a viable option for both young families and empty-nesters. Modular or manufactured homes, like those from Clayton Homes, are gaining…
  • Flat Rate Really Means FLAT RATE

    Jason Thoele
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Agents, When we say $550.00 we really mean ONLY $550.00! This particular agent chose to use our in-house TC so you’ll notice the fee is slightly higher but WOW, what a great check!!! CLICK ON THE CHECK TO SEE THE DETAILS!!! WHY IS THOLCO ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AGENCIES IN BAKERSFIELD & MAUI? Tholco Real Estate Group gives it’s Agents the tools needed to close more deals. Here are some of the tools we provide to our Agents at no additional cost: 1. Free Leads – sent directly to our Agents cell phones and email to increase their business 2. Sales Training – to teach you how…
 
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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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    Property Advice Blog

  • Haunted houses: buy your own ghost town for $800,000

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    The spooky abandoned village of Johnsonville is about to be sold, ghosts and all. We investigate the ruinsNew lease of life: the pretty town in Connecticut is awaiting a new owner to restore itIt's no accident that the village of Johnsonville, Connecticut, is going up for sale over Hallowe'en. The place is a ghost town.Of course, it wasn't always so. Back in the 1830s, this was a thriving little hamlet. It was home to the Neptune Twine Company, who harnessed the water power of the Moodus River to produce rope for the US fishing industry.Gradually, though, demand for Neptune products slowly…
  • 5 Ways to Know If You Have Picked a Safe Neighborhood

    18 Jun 2014 | 2:31 am
    When you are buying a home, you have to do all you can to ensure that your neighborhood is safe. After all, you are going to be living here for a long time. In order for the neighborhood to be considered safe, it needs to have low crime rates. This means there shouldn't be too many instances of robbery, theft, kidnapping, shootings, etc. Here are some methods you can use in order to determine how safe your neighborhood is.image by Photo Dean1. Visit the neighborhood and talk to neighborsYou have probably visited the neighborhood a number of times, to check the house. You should visit a few…
  • Top 10 Most Futuristic Buildings in the World

    4 Feb 2014 | 2:12 am
    Have you ever looked at science fiction movies and wondered about all the futuristic designs? Futuristic technology portrayed in Hollywood movies leave us in awe and we wonder if such structures and designs might ever be real? But look around you, science and technology has advanced so much in the last decade that space travel is common, possible and dare I say, civilian space travel might be a very frequent thing in the future. Talking about technology, futuristic buildings and architecture has improved by leaps and bounds and we have seen some of the coolest and magnificent structure's pop…
  • The 10 Best Hollywood Houses of All Time

    24 Jan 2014 | 2:29 am
    The industry that entertains millions of people around the world has to stay top-notch with everything it displays, including the houses shown in movies. These houses, in many cases, not just complement the theme of the film but also capture viewers' attention more than the film's plot itself!Here is a list of some of the most appreciated Hollywood homes ever. These homes never fail to remind us of the characters who resided in them. We hope you enjoy reading the list as much as we enjoyed compiling it for you!1. Xanadu of Citizen Kane (1941)image via Wikimedia CommonsThe colossal dome of the…
  • Here's What Buying a House Looks Like in Animated GIFs

    17 Jan 2014 | 4:28 am
    So, you want to buy your first house, do you?No, not that kind of House. This kind:We think that sounds like a great idea.But where do you start?You can talk to a real estate agent...Or you can start your search on the Internet.You go with the Internet, but there are SO MANY choices.Which neighborhoods are safe?Are the schools any good?Will you be a hundred miles from anything?After a little hunting, you finally find one that looks just perfect.And it's off the market (of course).That's okay-there'll be another. You find one and call an agent to go see it.It ends up looking nothing like you…
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    Lucy Kelts

  • Celebrate Veterans’ Day in San Diego

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    The San Diego Veterans Day Parade is produced by “Veterans Week San Diego”, an all-volunteer team of Veterans and citizens of all ages and walks of life, dedicated to honoring Veterans annually during “Veterans Week”, as a program event of the Veterans Memorial Center. We rely upon donations from the generous residents of the San Diego area, as well as financial support from the regional industry and business sector, and the support of our partners in the non-profit sector. This year’s parade theme is “A Tribute to Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans.” A…
  • 8170 High Society Way

    Lucy Kelts
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Classic Crosby Estate located on a premier lot overlooking the golf course below. This 5BR/5.5BA home with amazing curb appeal, has the MASTER ON THE MAIN LEVEL, a loft/ study area upstairs, upgraded limestone and hardwood floors, huge kitchen area with 2 walk-in pantries and an abundance of storage throughout. There are multiple French doors, viewing balconies and a courtyard with fireplace and terracotta stone.  The backyard has an infinity edge pool, spa, BBQ, highly functional outdoor kitchen with palapa, fireplace and plenty of grass for children or pets to play. Set far back off…
  • Art San Diego 2014

    Lucy Kelts Blogger
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    With Art San Diego as the centerpiece, visitors can also enjoy a diverse section of our citywide arts and cultural events that will include museum exhibitions, gallery openings, installations, public art, music, theatre and dance performances, and special dining, transportation and hotel opportunities for residents as well as  international cultural visitors. Since its inception in 2009 ART SAN DIEGO has featured specially curated programs featuring select non-profits and institutions with site-specific projects, art talks and panel discussions, a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film,…
  • 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…
 
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    Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors

  • Count It! – Everything Counts In The Real Estate World

    Ronan McMahon
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    A friend’s hunting for a condo as we speak. He sent me photos and details of the unit he’s looking at, asking for my opinion on whether the list price is good value or not. I gave him the average price per square foot in that neighborhood for the type of condo he’s looking at. [...]Count It! – Everything Counts In The Real Estate World is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • 7 Reasons Real Estate Investors Do 1031 Exchanges

    Frank Chen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    1031 exchanges have many benefits for real estate investors. Watch this quick video on why you should defer your Capital Gains. 7 Reasons Real Estate Investors Do 1031 Exchanges is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors7 Reasons Real Estate Investors Do 1031 Exchanges is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Is Leveraging Real Estate Investments A Violation To Solo 401k Rules?

    Dmitriy Fomichenko
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Leverage is not a new concept to seasoned investors, who understand the advantages of obtaining loan to finance purchases they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. Real estate investors usually go with a mortgage or other financing options when they see an immediate opportunity that they don’t want to miss. However, once making investments on [...]Is Leveraging Real Estate Investments A Violation To Solo 401k Rules? is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • Maximize Your Selling Potential In The Winters, Know How!

    Amaya Bell
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Certainly, winter is the slowest selling season, for the obvious reasons. Since the main focus is on holidaying, staying warm, etc and not on buying a home. This makes most homeowners take their homes back from the market till spring. If you too do the same, you need to re-work the selling strategy of your [...]Maximize Your Selling Potential In The Winters, Know How! is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
  • How To Deal With A Highest And Best Counter

    Andrew Syrios
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    The highest and best counter is the dread of many real estate investors. Well, perhaps not really dread, but they certainly aren’t particularly pleasant. They serve as a reminder of why it’s better to find a deal off-market than on the MLS or even through a wholesaler. That being said, we’ve had a lot of success buying [...]How To Deal With A Highest And Best Counter is a post from: Real Estate Investing Blog For Real Estate Investors
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  • Is Canadian Mortgage Debt As Bad As It Seems?

    The Housing Block
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    High household debt levels have been cause for concern – but one bank says they’re full of hot air There may be differing opinions on whether Canada’s housing market is too hot to touch – but economists, market watchers and policy makers all agree on one thing – the high level of debt held by Canadian homeowners is waving a huge red flag. It costs more than ever to be a homeowner in our country – but today’s record low mortgage rates have made it possible for many would-be renters. Some believe they’re biting off more mortgage debt than they can chew; the 5 per…
  • 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…
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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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    Hipster Investments

  • 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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    Point2 Agent Real Estate Marketing Blog

  • Spooktacular Real Estate: 3 Haunting Tales

    Geneva Ives
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Happy Halloween, friends! It’s the spookiest day of the year, and it’s no secret that real estate can be a pretty creepy line of work sometimes. From floors that creak to attics that squeak and doors that open and shut on their own, we’ve all no doubt encountered our share of “haunted houses.” (Not to mention some extra scary foreclosures, right?) But have you ever met a ghost or walked into a house that just made your hair stand on end? These agents did! In honor of the holiday, we’ve rounded up three stories from real estate agents and homeowners who had truly hair…
  • Convert More Leads in 5 Easy Steps

    Geneva Ives
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Q: What is the purpose of your real estate website? A: To attract online leads, of course! It’s great to pop up in an Internet search, but getting found is only half the battle. Once a prospect lands on your website, in order to convert them into a lead, your site has to get them to do something… whether it’s give you a call, get on your email list or visit your physical office. With that in mind, there are a few simple things you can do to convert more website leads. We have used one of our Point2 Agent websites as an example. You can take a more in-depth look on our demo site. 1.
  • A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Leads!

    Yardi Yardi
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re wondering how you can take advantage of social media for your real estate business, know that visuals trigger increased engagement among social media users. Pictures mean more traffic and ultimately more leads! Content that includes a visual representation of some sort, be it a photo, an infographic, a chart or a video, is much more likely to create a buzz among your fan base than a text-only message. Depending on the focus of your business, utilizing social networks such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram or Pinterest can help you tell the story of your property through images. Even…
  • 5 Fun REALTOR® Pop-By Ideas

    Geneva Ives
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    What’s the one thing that everyone loves? Free stuff! As an agent, having a supply of fun “pop-by” gifts and other inexpensive (but memorable) swag is a great tool to have in your marketing arsenal. Customized gifts or fun freebies with your business card attached can help you break the ice with new clients, maintain your relationships with past clients and stay top of mind with referral sources. You can target who you give them to or hand them out at open houses and community events. But before you order that next batch of magnets, pens or calendars (yes, we’re well aware that 2015…
  • Do You Recognize the 4 Negotiation Strategies?

    Tanya Fears
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you don’t think negotiation stress impacts our daily lives, both personally and professionally, just look at the national sales purchase reports for Tums and Rolaids! It’s not like you can avoid negotiating. Even if you elude every opportunity to negotiate, you still have to live with the consequences of possibly getting less than you could have if you had stepped up to the plate. Experts Don Hutson and George Lucas outlined the four legitimate negotiation strategies in their best selling book, The One Minute Negotiator. According to the experts, the four strategies can be categorized…
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    Keeping Current Matters

  • Taking the Spooky Out of the Mortgage Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The KCM Crew
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      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.
  • Buying a Home with as Little as 3-5% Down Payment

    The KCM Crew
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have recently reported on the misconception that many buyers have regarding the down payment necessary to purchase a home. Multiple studies reveal that 40-50% of Americans believe you need between 15-20% of a down payment to be eligible to purchase a home. This misconception came about as the government just last year debated new guidelines for residential mortgages because of the housing collapse in 2007. Some were arguing that there should be a minimum of 20% or even 30% down payment on all mortgage loans. However, those standards were never implemented. To counter this misunderstanding,…
  • Gallup Poll: Real Estate Best Long-Term Investment

    The KCM Crew
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Gallup organization conducts an annual report entitled the Economy and Personal Finances Poll, which asks Americans to choose the best option for long-term investment. It was no surprise that real estate returned to the top position over other investment categories (gold, stocks/mutual funds, savings accounts/CDs and bonds). Back in 2011, gold was the most popular long-term investment among Americans. However, with the housing market improving across the U.S. and home prices rising, more Americans now consider real estate the best option for long-term investments. The poll also revealed…
  • 14,164 Homes Sold Yesterday! Did Yours?

    The KCM Crew
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are some homeowners that have been waiting for months to get a price they hoped for when they originally listed their house for sale. The only thing they might want to consider is... If it hasn't sold yet this fall, maybe it's not priced properly. After all 14,164 houses sold yesterday, 14,164 will sell today and 14,164 will sell tomorrow. 14,164! If your house hasn't sold in today's market, perhaps you should reconsider the asking price #KCM2014Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule That is the average number of homes that sell each and every day in this country according to…
  • 3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

    The KCM Crew
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually a good time for you to buy a home. There are three questions you should ask before purchasing in today’s market: 1. Why am I buying a home in the first place? This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home?
 
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  • Seller Tips: Depersonalization

    Dan Zito
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
     Seller Tips: Depersonalization After de-cluttering and staging, the third and crucial step before inviting buyers to tour your home is depersonalization. You want to make it easy for buyers to imagine your house as their home. This step can be difficult for some, especially if it’s been a while since your last move, because you might be very used to how your home looks and feels. It’s important that you use objective eyes when trying to depersonalize, and if those … Read More
  • Free Finished Basement at Orchard Glen

    Dan Zito
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
     Incentive News From McNaughton Homes: For a limited time only, McNaughton Homes is offering one sweet deal on a select inventory of townhomes in its communities of Autumn Oaks, Summit View and Orchard Glen. Imagine over 2000 square feet of living space for you and your family to enjoy. Starting today and running for a limited time, McNaughton Homes will include a finished basement of up to 600 square feet in its current price structure. You want a townhome with … Read More
  • 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
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    Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team

  • Taking the “Spooky” Out Of The Mortgage Process

    Nancy Moeller
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
      Do you need help understanding the mortgage process? Don’t hesitate to contact us for any and all advice. For more information on Real Estate, like us on Facebook! The post Taking the “Spooky” Out Of The Mortgage Process appeared first on Seven Gables Real Estate - The Moeller Team.
  • Should I Buy or Sell on Contingency?

    The Moeller Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    While your home is on the market, and you find your dream home (or at least the perfect “next” home), it is tempting to place an offer on the new place to hold it until your home sells. Unless you own the house you are selling free and clear, or can afford two mortgage payments, selling on contingency is the only option. Or, you’re the seller and a buyer wants to make a contingency offer on your home. Do you accept it? What is a “contingency”? A contingent offer means that completion of the sale or purchase does not finalize until a requirement, the contingency,…
  • Preparing Your Home for Winter

    The Moeller Team
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    With November just around the corner, winter weather is on its way. Now is the time to get the jump on cold weather and winterize your home. Whether you are selling your home or you are a new homeowner, it is a good idea to keep these things in mind: Clean your gutters During the summer, and especially the fall, your gutters fill with leaves and debris that can block your gutters and downspouts. When heavy rains, snow or ice descends on your roof, your gutters are unable to remove the runoff quickly enough to protect your roof from leaks. Take the time now to clean your gutters, or hire a…
  • 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…
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    Times Realty News

  • Crowdfunding Gets its Way into the Real Estate Sector in Dubai

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Crowdfunding has been dominant in the technology and web retailing sectors but it is now getting into real estate. Talks are underway between Mayfair & Morgan Limited (M&M) and a developer based in Dubai on launching an online crowdfunding platform for real estate projects. The developer’s financing requirement for the project is $6 million and they are reviewing whether crowdfunding is a feasible option to raise this amount. Real estate crowdfunding has been growing steadily in the US and UK and the two parties are confident that it will also take off successfully in Dubai and in…
  • The Next 3 Surges That Will Change the Future of Crowdfunding

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    by David Drake The remaining months of 2014 may still hold unexpected twists for those hoping to ride the ever-increasing crowdfunding wave in the U.S., Europe and beyond. The number of crowdfunding platforms available to investors continues to grow, with more than 536 active platforms estimated last 2012. If the SEC regulators make Title III of the JOBS Act workable (as it relates to crowdfunding), thereby imposing less restrictions on non-accredited investors, the uncapped crowdfunding market will continue to swell through more innovative platforms and startups. The ruling by this…
  • Athena Organic Farm + Eco-Retreat Launches an Organic Farming Crowdfunding Project for a Sustainable Future

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Athena Organic Farm + Eco-Retreat is returning the power to the local people for an ecological future by helping them choose to invest in ventures that are universal, community-building, eco-friendly, and investment-worthy. The company has launched a real estate crowdfunding campaign, which is the first of its kind in Canada, which will last for 6 weeks. The campaign is aimed at creating awareness to the public on the benefits of investing in ventures that support the community and which promote an ecological future. Athena venture entails purchasing a 50-acre organic farm located in…
  • 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…
 
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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

  • Should You Buy a Property Abroad This Year

    Les Calvert
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    International real estate agents are struggling to give the impression that holiday hotspots like Spain, Portugal and Greece have seen resurgent property Should You Buy a Property Abroad This Year is a post from: Overseas Property Mall The post Should You Buy a Property Abroad This Year appeared first on 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.
 
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    Zoocasa Life

  • Picking a real estate agent is like flipping a coin for most Albertans

    Aimee Beck
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Survey reveals only half of Albertan home buyers & sellers are confident they chose the right agent Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned seller, you’ve likely overheard chatter about the booming housing market in Western Canada. Zoocasa surveyed Albertans who had purchased or sold a property within the past four years. Our goal was to observe Albertans in their natural real estate habitat… alright, well technically it was to learn a) how Canadian consumers are currently finding and selecting their realtors and b) how satisfied they are—or aren’t—with their…
  • Zoocasa Presents: A seller’s story

    Aimee Beck
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Tino sold his house with a Zoocasa Preferred Agent in August 2014. Listen to what he has to say about choosing the right real estate agent, how he enjoyed his experience and why he recommends Zoocasa. The post Zoocasa Presents: A seller’s story appeared first on 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…
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    Michigan Modular Homes | Legendary Homes

  • How Modular Home Additions Affects the Whole Floor Plan

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    What do you mean by modular home additions? Do they affect the modular home floor plan? A modular home addition is an elongated box or “module” that is transported to the building site, set into place and assembled to create an “instant” finished addition to the existing home. Every material and design feature that can be found in a conventionally built home addition is used in a modular homes construction. So what makes modular home additions different from a conventionally built home addition? It’s not how it’s made or how it’s assembled, but…
  • Looking at the Modular Home as a Whole System

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    In modular home construction, you will not be restricted in size or space with regards to your floor plan. Modular homes offer flexible and affordable options in customizing and constructing homes to meet your needs. And, Legendary Homes Inc. never fails to amaze people by embracing and promoting modular home as a system.  Modular Home Building System A building system is a highly engineered method of producing buildings or building components in an efficient and cost effective manner. The use of building systems is common in many different types of residential, multifamily, and commercial…
  • Modular Home Additions Offer A Wide Variety of Benefits

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Modular home additions are fabricated and constructed to meet your exact, unique needs. Whether you are a minimalist or not, there is always a modular floor plan that can be customized according to your preferences. With many options to maximize space and materialize style, it is certainly hard to refute how modular homes have turned out to be exceptional and innovative. For these reasons, modular home additions have become increasingly popular in Jackson. Modular Home Additions are Custom- Designed In Jackson, Michigan modular home additions are custom-designed based on the homeowners…
  • How Do Modular Home Additions Are Realize

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    What are the steps to make modular home additions possible? By combining new technologies in the fields of modular and traditional building techniques, we can let you have modular home additions much quicker than you thought possible, and without the mess and fuss you would normally expect. By fabricating the modules in our yard, we can achieve better quality control and shorten the traditional process considerably. In effect, we do the entire modular home additions offsite, then after a little preparation at the customer’s home, we then crane the modules into place. All that remains then…
  • Truth and Myths of Modular Home Additions in Jackson, Michigan

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Many have been thwarted by how modular home additions affect the structure of a modular house. They say that it could ruin the integrity of the home and decrease its selling value. But that are not the case. To lighten you about modular home additions, here are the facts and hearsays about it. Floor Plan Limitations of Modular Home Additions Contrary to the belief, renovating your modular home will place you in unlimited options. There are no limitations of any sort in modular home additions. Legendary Homes Inc. offer many choices to home owners when they wanted to add something to their…
 
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    Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

  • Find and Fix Drafty Windows to Save Money This Winter

    BobVila.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:46 pm
    by Bob Vila There’s a chill in the air — do you feel it? Rather than wait around for the mercury to plummet, take steps now to ensure that your home remains comfortable through the coldest months of the year. Besides proper insulation and HVAC maintenance, I recommend taking a close look at your windows. Notorious for air leaks, windows can not only admit cold air, but also allow heated air to escape. There are many ways to seal such drafts — but first you’ve got to find them. Locate the draft Here’s a quick and easy method of testing the seal on your windows. First, walk…
  • For Sale: The Famous Mushroom House of Bethesda, MD

    Catherine Sherman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    For the first time, the famous Mushroom House of Bethesda, MD has hit the market for $1.2 million. It’s not a new construction, but it could be. When Edward and Frances Garfinkle bought the place 47 years ago, it wasn’t a mushroom at all. A traditional 2-story stucco, 4949 Allan Rd blended in with the rest of the block. But like any growing family, the Garfinkles’ needs and tastes changed over time. They added kids to the mix and eventually needed an apartment for Edward’s mom. “They wanted something unique — something absolutely one-of-a-kind,” said…
  • Taylor Swift Says 'Welcome to New York' With Tribeca Penthouse

    Catherine Sherman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Source: IMDb It’s been waiting for her. And Taylor Swift could dance to this New York City beat forevermore. With the release of her fifth studio album, “1989,” this week, the singer is leaving her country roots behind and embracing life in the Big Apple. But Swift first said “Welcome to New York” this spring when she moved into Peter Jackson’s former penthouse. Reports of the purchase first surfaced in March, and now property records confirm the deal closed for $19.95 million. Rolling Stone recently paid the country girl a visit to see how…
  • Is It Too Hard To Get a Mortgage?

    Erin Lantz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Six years after loose lending guidelines caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, many still argue it’s too hard to get a mortgage in this country. The debate was framed well recently as USA Today squared off with the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the country’s top housing finance advocate. USA Today said that human discretion has been taken out of mortgage decision making at banks, and they rely too heavily on transferring loan risk to government-backed entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The paper printed a rebuttal from MBA head David Stevens saying…
  • What's That Sound? 7 Creepy House Noises You Shouldn't Ignore

    BobVila.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    By Christopher Solomon Homes make strange noises. They’re built from many different materials — glass, concrete, wood — that expand and contract at different rates. “[But] the most noise your house should make is a popping sound, like your knuckles cracking, and only once in a while,” said Bill Richardson, former president of the American Society of Home Inspectors and owner of Responsive Inspections in Bosque Farms, N.M. If your home is making noises that rival the best of Metallica, then it may be sending you signals that there’s a problem. We asked the experts to catalogue…
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    Prime Asset Investments Blog

  • Why sterling’s rise spells trouble for the UK housing market

    William Hodges
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Robust growth; falling unemployment; a strong currency: all appears well with the UK as it continues to outperform its European neighbours on all fronts. A favourable conclusion of the Scottish referendum has quashed fears of a halt to sterling’s rapid rise against other major currencies over the past few months, with the appreciation of the pound against the euro, proving particularly dramatic.
  • Beyond Draghi and the Dragon, the US is making the headlines for all the right reasons

    William Hodges
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Flick to the financial section of any daily paper and you’re likely to find yourself bombarded with talk of the latest rescue effort for the flagging eurozone economy. A slow day in Frankfurt might see editors peddling dismal Chinese manufacturing figures or, perhaps even the latest mind-blowing UK house price inflation data. With enough global economic drama to flesh out the middle pages several times over, attention has drifted from the US and what is turning out to be one of the most remarkable economic revivals in the modern era.
  • It’s the "Best time to Buy in the UK for Years?” - Really?

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    If there’s one thing newspapers love, it’s a good story that will sell more copies. The feel-good factor of a booming UK property market is a great example...
  • Is the UK Property Market "Finally about to Topple"?

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
  • 3 Reasons Why Sterling’s Rise Spells UK Housing Market Trouble

    William Hodges
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    Robust growth, falling unemployment, a strong currency; all certainly appears well with the UK as it continues to outperform its European neighbours on all fronts...
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    Zurple | Real Estate Agent Success Blog

  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Real Estate Website

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    So you have a real estate website and you added great content – now how do you get traffic?  To effectively drive traffic to your site or blog, there are three key factors you need to consider: Desired Audience Website & Blog Post SEO Paid Promotion Step One: Identify Your Target Audience
  • 5 Spooktacular Real Estate Marketing Ideas for Halloween 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    What’s the one holiday weekend a year you’re guaranteed to have leads literally lining up at your front door? Halloween! Get into the spirit of the season and use these 5 holiday-themed tips to boost new business:
  • Independent Brokers: The Next Big Real Estate Trend?

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week's Agent Insights is focused on what may well be the next big thing in real estate - Independant Brokers. We've gone straight to the source and found an Independent Broker - Cynthia Larsen - to find out what the buzz is all about.  Here's Cynthia:
  • Real Estate Leads Exposed: Inside the Mind of Today’s Homeshopper

    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.
 
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    Central Ohio Real Estate & Homes for Sale

  • Worthington 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)
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Worthington * Median Listing Price: $371,490 0.24% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $140.0000 0.05% Total Listings: 34 -0.21% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 43 34 0.26% -0.08% * All data pertains to single-family homes Worthington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Worthington OH Subdivisions Bristol Woods Colonial Hills Davis Estates Deer Creek Kilbourne Village Northhigh Acres Old Worthington Old Worthington Area Olde Worthington Olentangy Highlands Olentangy Hills Pinecliff Village Potters Creek Ravines At Deer Creek Riverlea Riverlea Condos…
  • Whitehall 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)
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Whitehall * Median Listing Price: $144,730 -0.01% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $71.0000 0% Total Listings: 87 -0.07% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 94 100 -0.06% 0.01% * All data pertains to single-family homes Whitehall Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Whitehall OH Subdivisions Edward L Mcvey 67 Fairway Links Fairway Oaks Glencoe Norton Field Pinewood Whitehall Park Whitehall 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…
  • Westerville 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)
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Westerville * Median Listing Price: $343,980 -0.01% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $115.0000 0.01% Total Listings: 269 0.01% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 267 260 0.03% 0.18% * All data pertains to single-family homes Westerville Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Westerville OH Subdivisions Albany Crossing Albany Reserve Albanyview Annehurst Ashbrooke Village Asherton Grove Asherton Grove Condominiums Asherton Grove Dr. Augusta Woods Autumn Woods Bay Ridge Estates Beachler Blendon Chase Brookstone Cambridge Crossing Carriage Oaks Chippewill…
  • Utica 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)
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Utica * Median Listing Price: $205,400 -0.22% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $92.0000 -0.07% Total Listings: 20 -0.17% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 24 24 0% 0.14% * All data pertains to single-family homes Utica Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Utica OH Subdivisions Utica 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: 614-835-7151  Fax: 614-729-9099…
  • Upper Arlington 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)
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today's Market Trends for Upper Arlington * Median Listing Price: $503,620 -0.02% Median Listing Price/Sq Ft: $172.0000 -0.01% Total Listings: 88 0.01% Total Listings Previous Months: September August 87 81 0.07% 0.03% * All data pertains to single-family homes Upper Arlington Ohio Real Estate Market Report for Oct 2014 Upper Arlington OH Subdivisions Arlington Crossing Arlington Pointe Camberlay Canterbury Canterbury Area Carriage Hill Coach Road Villas Concord Village Coventry Estates Duros Subdivision East Cleft Eastcleft Guilford Place Hastings Place Lot 27 Kenbrook Heights Kipling Forest…
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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

  • The Rise of the High Rises

    Resident Blogger
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Mumbai, the financial hub of India, has the maximum number of high-rise buildings in India. This city is soon changing with skyscrapers and super tall buildings being built at a dizzying rate. As of now, more than 2,500 such buildings have already been constructed in the city, most of them being residential complexes. Currently, the construction industry in the city is laying golden eggs as it is undergoing a construction boom and is leading in the highest number of under construction skyscrapers in and around the world. Luxury apartments are being built with various attractive themes like…
  • 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…
 
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    Arizona Real Estate Today

  • Open House Sat. and Sun. November 1-2!

    William Morris
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • Realtor DIY WordPress Site

    Kurt Aungst
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Are you curious on how difficult it would be to create your own Real Estate Website? In 2014 it is easier than ever to create your own website, with very limited technical knowledge. WordPress is a hosting platform that will allow you to create beautiful websites literally within just a few hours time. Below I have some good resources that will help you achieve this:) If there are any questions please feel free to ask in the comments section:) A Good Solid Tutorial On The Steps You Need to Follow To Create An Awesome Website. WordPress For Real Estate Guide Above is a great place to start.
  • 3 Facebook Ads You Aren’t Running That You Should Be

    Kurt Aungst
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Facebook  Ads To Get Page Likes AD Style Number 1. Realtors STILL aren’t using this first strategy. Maybe they are unaware, or possibly they don’t understand how to accomplish this. The style of Facebook Ad I am talking about is as follows. Recent Visitors To Your Website Ads Ad: Facebook Page Likes Audience: Website Visitors A Page Like Ad that targets recent visitors to your website. ( Why would we want to target website visitors on Facebook you ask?) This audience has extreme interest in what you do. I mean they just came from your website and now they are seeing your Ads on…
  • 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…
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  • Right to Rent – What You Need To Know

    sev
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
      Immigration Act 2014 – Right to rent The Immigration Act 2014 has created a new requirement for private landlords to vet the immigration status of their prospective tenants in an effort to combat illegal immigrants and the landlords who profit by exploiting these people, renting out substandard, overcrowded and unsafe accommodation. The Government will begin by implementing a pilot “Right to Rent” scheme in Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton from  1 December 2014 which will then be rolled out nationwide in 2015. Checks required Checks will need…
  • 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…
 
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  • If Real Estate Agents Were Halloween Candy

    Kat Bremhorst
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
      Real estate agents can be so sweet. So sweet that we thought of all the different kind of Halloween candy real estate agents would be! If you’re trick or treating with your kids, or just handing out candy to the neighborhood think about what kind of candy you would be! Pumpkin Shaped Reeses- A…
  • Trick or Treat: Bite-sized Lessons Learned in my Rookie Year

    Jonathan D. Nicholas
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    I remember it well.  Oh the excitement and anticipation to take on my first day as a licensed real estate agent.  I was “wet behind the ears” and sported a baby face at the ripe old age of 18 years old.  There’s no doubt that I intrigued many curious and accommodating souls when I showed…
  • Seeing the World Through Colored Appliances

    Kat Bremhorst
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    In this day and age, appliances come in standard tones of white, black, and stainless steel. Back in the mid-1900’s though, appliances were as much a part of your decor as decorative hand towels and tchotchkes.  Colored appliances might seem to be an item of the past, but niche companies still create colored refrigerators, stoves,…
  • 9 Strategic Tasks Top Agents Assign Their Assistants

    Kat Bremhorst
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    This morning, the PX Social team brought you our monthly webinar. This month’s webinar was the 9 Strategic Tasks Top Agents Assign their Assistants. The best agents delegate any tasks they can to assistants so they can spend more time bringing in more leads. Here’s a list of tasks you can delegate to your assistant…
  • Haunted Houses On The Market

    Kat Bremhorst
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
      Sometimes previous tenants can cause problems that interfere with selling a home. They REALLY interfere when they happen to be ghosts that haunt the place. Here are homes that are currently for sale that might come with a couple extra roommates. Don’t worry, they don’t eat much or take up any space! Hampton Lillibridge…
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  • 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…
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