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Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:03:32 +0000

Our relocation industry has always employed more than its share of socially conscious people. The essence of our work is using our special knowledge in skilled and empathetic ways to help employees and families get through big life changes. Throughout relocation management and real estate offices, you’ll find many who have come into relocation services [...]




Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:48:58 +0000

During the Super Bowl last weekend, we saw a number of top-scoring advertisements. While these companies were pulling out all the stops to make sure they could convert their traffic and capture as much attention as possible, most of us don’t have a million dollar advertising budget to work with. However, that doesn’t mean you […]




Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:03:35 EST

Two well-known managers of private-equity funds are pushing further into debt investments partly in a bid to take advantage of the opportunities created by recent upheaval in the global capital markets.




Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:31:33 EST

The 535,000-acre Waggoner ranch will be sold to billionaire Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke in a deal approved by a court Tuesday. The terms weren’t disclosed, but the property had been listed for $725 million.




Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:25:02 EST

Ebrington Barracks in Northern Ireland was a military base for more than 160 years. Plans are moving ahead to transform the property into a hub of hotel space, offices and shops but progress has been slow.




Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:18:58 +0000

A moderating pace of sales had little impact on the trajectory of home prices during the final three months of the year, which picked up speed and showed continued growth in most of the U.S., according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. The median existing single-family home price increased in 81 […]




Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:32:45 EST

WeWork is embarking on a growth spurt, with the help of nearly $1 billion in investment, as it rapidly expands around the world—and beyond mere office space.




Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:47:20 +0000

Considering all the things real estate professionals must do—and do well—effective lead generation strategies are among the most essential. That’s why REBAC recently launched a new one-day course, Generating Buyer and Seller Leads: Capture, Qualify, Convert, designed to help agents optimize their business development efforts. Whether you think [...]




Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:40:21 +0000

Don’t believe the hype—technology is not the magic bullet that will transform a struggling real estate business into a thriving success. It doesn’t matter how much you spend on a fancy gotta-have-it gadget or app. While technology may help you become more organized and productive, it’s useless if you don’t have the basics down first. […]




Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:07:13 +0000

Before he became chief operating and chief financial officer with Xome, Kartik Ramachandran had purchased three homes in five years. He wasn’t a real estate guy—he was in the merchant and product technologies business with Groupon—but he had just received a crash course on real estate 2.0 after his career took him and his family […]




Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:03:38 +0000

Home buyers in Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. have to stay in a home for at least three years to break even on a home purchase, and buyers in the Bay Area would have to stay nearly that long to make buying financially advantageous, according to Zillow’s Breakeven Horizon analysis for the fourth quarter of 2015. Those under […]




Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:35:31 +0000

A recent study by the National Association of REALTORS® revealed that 89 percent of buyers and sellers consider negotiation skills to be the most important skill when selecting an agent. In an industry where commissions are being challenged and discounted daily, negotiation skills can be the difference between receiving a four or six percent commission. [...]




Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:40:30 +0000

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to advance legislation that will expand opportunities for homeownership. H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” includes a number of initiatives that have strong support from the National Association of REALTORS®, who hailed the vote as important progress for home buyers and sellers. [...]




Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:32:02 +0000

Economic uncertainty driven by a tumultuous start of the year for financial markets does not seem to be dampening the pent-up demand that drove growth and sales in 2015. Instead, year-over-year trends point to this spring being the busiest since 2006, according to the analysis of preliminary January data on realtor.com. The residential real estate [...]




Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:56:16 +0000

Online criminals are targeting the real estate industry and stealing large sums of money from unwary homebuyers. This fraud can destroy real estate transactions, so the National Association of REALTORS® is urging real estate professionals across the country to immediately implement safety measures to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. In a typical [...]




Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:06:03 +0000

Urban home values are outpacing the value of homes in the suburbs in most top-tier metros, as city life gains popularity and high-end condos fill the sky in Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and other cities with fast-changing downtowns. Homes in the suburbs – a longstanding symbol of the American Dream – have typically been worth more, on […]




Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:02 +0000

Mortgage rates move lower for the fourth consecutive week as the Fed held interest rates steady at its FOMC meeting on Wednesday, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). Results show that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.79 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending [...]




Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:16:36 +0000

As a real estate expert, you offer a great deal of value to your clients. While you spend hours researching the top trends in their area, learning about the recent selling prices and creating the perfect marketing campaign, often your clients don’t realize the amount of effort that goes into carefully crafting their personalized business […]




Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:25:21 +0000

Recently released data found that December new home sales were up nearly 11 percent over November, and 9.9 percent over December 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. The median sales price of new houses sold in December 2015 was $288,900; the average sales price […]




Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:11:03 +0000

Did you know that Hilary Swank raises her own chickens from eggs? She’s not the only celebrity getting into modern homesteading: Julia Roberts composts her kitchen scraps and chicken poop while Oprah has a 12-acre organic garden in Maui. Even the White House has a vegetable garden thanks to Michelle Obama! Anyone willing to give […]




Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:31:41 +0000

Ahhh, conference season. For brokers and agents, the New Year usually starts with travel plans as brands and networks pepper Q1 with their respective annual conferences. A conference offers a lot more than a getaway to a highly desirable destination—it’s also a once-a-year opportunity to hear from leadership about big-picture plans and new tech [...]




Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:42:16 +0000

Over the past few years, a question has been bubbling around the real estate community: should agents be legally treated as employees or independent contractors? This question has sparked several lawsuits around the country as agents grapple with this legal gray space. The reason this employee vs. independent contractor issue has been such a difficult [...]




Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:07:42 +0000

Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year, and the delayed closings resulting from the rollout of the Know Before You Owe initiative pushed a portion of November’s would-be transactions into last month’s figure, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the […]




Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:02:45 +0000

Favorable economic conditions have long triggered investment in home improvements—more money, more upgrades—and progress on the housing front is set to spur the next wave of homeowner spending on both necessary and discretionary projects. How should homeowners invest their remodeling dollars this year?  By and large, homeowners can expect to reap [...]




Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:44:51 +0000

Are you terrible at Twitter? Because of its ability to connect you with more influencers than any other social network, Twitter is a platform you should be focusing on. According to Chris Smith in a recent Watercooler episode, Twitter is a “bigger pond,” but not as many people are fishing in it. What this means […]




Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:06:09 +0000

Group, Inc., owner of Apartments.com, recently announced an agreement to exclusively power the apartment community listings on the websites owned and operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc.—realtor.com®, Move.com, and Doorsteps.com—with advertiser content from Apartments.com and ApartmentFinder.com. The Apartments.com apartment community listing [...]




Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:50:27 EST

A roundup of real-estate news in the tri-state region




Fri, 06 Nov 2015 02:34:53 EST

In Los Angeles, an abode that has housed generations of Hollywood legends can be the ultimate status symbol, but there are complications when it is time to sell.




Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:55:28 EDT

Increasingly, developers use a wide range of splashy affairs to promote luxury residential real-estate sales in autumn, the most important sales period after spring.




Sun, 25 Oct 2015 21:23:41 EDT

Rokitt’s augmented-reality technology helps architects and residents see a skyline’s potential.




Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:29:14 EDT

Microsoft will step onto one of the world’s biggest retail stages Monday when it opens its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan as part of its strategy to boost direct contact with consumers.




Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:01:02 +0000

Cartus Corporation recently announced that it has expanded its strategic alliance with Learnship, an innovative provider of online language training based in Germany with clients worldwide. Together, Learnship and Cartus are helping transform the way companies offer language training and how their employees access it worldwide. This strategic alliance [...]




Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:07:44 EDT

Projects by schools, hospitals and others more than tripled in the first half of this year compared with a year earlier.




Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:06:57 +0000

After five consecutive months of increases, pending home sales slipped in June but remained near May’s level, which was the highest in over nine years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest gains in the Northeast and West were offset by larger declines in the Midwest and South. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking [...]




Fri, 24 Jul 2015 02:33:57 EDT

Once dismissed as cheap and ugly, cork is becoming cool as top designers create pieces that are not only sustainable, but covetable.




Mon, 20 Jul 2015 02:33:16 EDT

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on designating the Stonewall Inn as an individual landmark for its pivotal role in New York City’s social history.




Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:26:29 +0000

When properly executed, open houses can be one of the best marketing tactics in real estate, not only for listings, but also for agents’ personal branding. However, their usefulness is often a polarizing topic; some find power and practicality in open houses, while others are doubtful of their value. RISMedia wants to know: Are open […]




Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:34:10 EDT

Take a tour of these classic residences, including Modernist designer Eileen Gray’s 1929 villa, now open to the public after years of restoration.




Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:20:55 +0000

Consumers are hungry for information, and the Internet gives them unprecedented access to all kinds of it with a few clicks. When it comes to searching for a new home, buyers want as much data as possible to help them make informed choices. And sellers want to quickly find market trends and activity to make […]




Fri, 26 Jun 2015 02:35:21 EDT

Collectors are tuning into radios designed by Charles and Ray Eames—a more accessible way to own an original by the midcentury masters.




Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:26:41 EDT

In a sign of the changing beverage market, a longtime plant and distribution facility of juice maker Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. will soon be home to the company Bai Brands, which produces drinks made from the coffee fruit.




Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:32:22 EDT

New York City’s rent regulations expired at midnight Monday as Albany lawmakers couldn’t agree on how to renew a law that afforded protection to more than two million people.




Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:32:34 EDT

The affluent New Jersey community, population 10,600, is about 25 miles from Manhattan. Residents are drawn by its well-regarded public schools, relatively low property taxes and bucolic atmosphere.




Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:33:33 EDT

A slew of innovative app-based services help New Yorkers instantly book short stints at the smallest of city spaces—a bathroom, a living room, an office. Need a pit stop? Try Airpnp.




Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:33:45 EDT

Even if you aren’t ready for Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic, you can still embrace the beauty of simplicity by investing in items that are functional and stylish.




Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:34:29 EDT

This luxury period-style home on more than 50,000 square feet of land has a national park out the back door and is just a 90-minute drive from Sydney.




Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:33:05 EDT

Choose the perfect vase to display those long-awaited spring flowers at their best.




Wed, 20 May 2015 22:46:21 EDT

A study by the advocacy group LiveOn NY has identified 39 parking lots in the five boroughs that it says are underused and would be better used as housing for seniors.




Wed, 20 May 2015 22:28:15 EDT

The Kroeses are selling their waterside home in Westbrook, Conn., designed to complement lives spent largely on sailboats. The nautically themed home is on the market for $1.975 million.




Sun, 17 May 2015 22:06:50 EDT

With a new Chelsea condominium that’s 80% sold, Scott Resnick shows he’s up to the challenge of developing residential projects on his own.




Sun, 17 May 2015 22:12:04 EDT

A round-up of commercial real-estate news in the Greater New York region.




Sat, 16 May 2015 02:34:06 EDT

A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made billionaire who cemented the enclosed shopping mall into American culture has died. He was 91.




Fri, 15 May 2015 02:35:01 EDT

A creative director crafts a San Francisco home dedicated to daring, whimsy and fun.




Fri, 15 May 2015 02:33:22 EDT

Buyers value new, highly personalized houses—forget resales. This model has one happy side-effect: a flourishing of some of the world’s most wonderfully bizarre architecture.




Fri, 15 May 2015 02:33:06 EDT

Known as “Gemini,” the nearly 16-acre estate south of Palm Beach is one of the highest priced listings in the country




Fri, 15 May 2015 02:32:25 EDT

The “Austin Powers” creator purchased the 4,200-square-foot penthouse in Soho for roughly $7.9 million in 2007




Thu, 14 May 2015 02:33:32 EDT

The actress/dancer was a tomboy who grew up in a lively Washington, D.C., home.




Thu, 14 May 2015 02:32:29 EDT

Anyone inspired to donate their home to charity should know that the tax rules are complicated.




Thu, 14 May 2015 02:32:33 EDT

Under construction, the apartment has the highest asking price in the city.




Wed, 13 May 2015 02:32:23 EDT

A look inside the $85,000 closet renovation of a California doctor.




Wed, 13 May 2015 02:33:35 EDT

An analysis of home listings over a two-month period identifies San Jose, Calif., as the place where home buyers need to act quickly.




Sun, 10 May 2015 17:06:29 +0000

Geoff Lewis, RE/MAX Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer has been named President upon the announcement that Vinnie Tracey plans to retire. Tracey assumes the title of President Emeritus until his retirement after the August Broker/Owner convention. Lewis led the RE/MAX Legal Department since joining the company in 2004 as Senior Vice [...]




Fri, 08 May 2015 02:33:53 EDT

There are rare deals in glittering Cap d’Antibes, the onetime party spot of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.




Fri, 08 May 2015 02:33:10 EDT

The 98-acre property in Mount Kisco, N.Y. was once owned by showman Billy Rose




Fri, 08 May 2015 02:33:59 EDT

Spain’s second city is luring new home buyers who like the city-and-surf lifestyle of the coastal metropolis.




Thu, 07 May 2015 02:32:26 EDT

Homes with a special feature that is no longer allowed under local building rules may give owners an edge when it’s time to sell.




Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:21:49 EDT

A roundup of real-estate news in the Greater New York area.




Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:18:53 EDT

A. Mitti Liebersohn has left his longtime brokerage team at JLL to join Avison Young’s New York office.




Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:43:30 EDT

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is set to direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce mortgage fees on some borrowers.




Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:48:25 EDT

Many who lost their homes during the early part of the financial crisis are rebounding after credit-penalty phase.




Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:31:30 +0000

Those using low down payment plans dropped last year, according to recently released news from RealtyTrac, who analyzed the size of down payments on nearly 20 million purchase loans for single family homes and condos nationwide from 2004 through 2014. Results show that in 2014 the share of buyers putting down 3 percent or less […]




Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:44:17 +0000

NAR Broker Tip of the Month—In a speech to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday, January 12, President Obama unveiled new proposals to address how consumers’ personal data is handled. Among his proposals included “The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act” which clarifies and strengthens the obligations businesses have to notify [...]




Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:05:26 +0000

A recently released study done by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found nearly half of Americans looking to purchase a home do not do their due diligence by shopping around for mortgage lenders. Rather, the survey found potential borrowers seriously consider only one lender, and that lender is often someone they’re already working [...]




Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:47:31 +0000

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, announced Tuesday the consolidation of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (based in Seattle, WA) and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (based in Portland, OR), creating a regional Pacific Northwest brokerage. Jason Waugh, current president and CEO of Berkshire [...]




Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:05:22 +0000

An interesting new paper published by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York demonstrates the important role downpayment and wealth constraints play in shaping housing demand, particularly for lower-income homebuyers. Using survey data, the authors (Andreas Fuster and Basit Zafar) employ a strategy to measure housing demand impacts that [...]




Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:54 +0000

Compare your monthly expenses to those of your grandparents (maybe even your parents), and you’ll probably find that your expense list is quite a bit longer. Over the decades, more and more conveniences, habits, and gadgets have found their way into our everyday lives. And gradually we’ve accepted them as normal, even necessary. (For instance, […]




Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:08:37 +0000

There’s more news to report this week on the ongoing battle among the real estate search giants. Zillow disclosed this week in an SEC filing that its listing agreement with Listhub will end on April 7. In the filing, filed Jan. 6, Zillow revealed it will not renew its four-year listing data share agreement with […]




Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:41:58 +0000

News Corp announced Wednesday that Ryan O’Hara will become Chief Executive Officer of Move, effective January 5, 2015. O’Hara will replace CEO Steven Berkowitz, who has led the company since January 2009. News Corp acquired Move, a leading provider of online real estate services, including realtor.com®, last month. “We are excited to have secured [...]




Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:53:03 +0000

A few years ago, I wrote a post on Econsultancy detailing my escalating frustration with property websites and agents when looking for a place to live. So I was particularly pleased to hear about RentalRoost, a U.S. company aiming to disrupt the property market and place more power in the hands of the buyer. We […]




Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:34:49 +0000

One factor holding back a stronger rebound in home construction has been the tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans. However, the stock of residential AD&C loans outstanding has been on the rise, posting a 17 percent gain since the third quarter of 2013. According to data from the FDIC and NAHB analysis, [...]




Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:27:52 +0000

Brad Korb, broker/owner of The Brad Korb Real Estate Group in Burbank, Calif., uses Zillow to stay on top in his local market. As both a Zillow Premier Agent and a Zillow Pro for Brokers partner, Korb’s agents benefit from immense exposure in the Burbank area and up-to-date, accurate listings. In the following interview, Korb […]




Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:06:44 +0000

Despite an improving job market and low interest rates, the share of first-time buyers fell to its lowest point in nearly three decades and is preventing a healthier housing market from reaching its full potential, according to an annual survey released recently by the National Association of REALTORS®. The survey additionally found that an overwhelming [...]




Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:30:20 +0000

Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched  0.3 percent to 105.0 in September from 104.7 in August, and is now 1.0 percent [...]

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