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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:03:55 EDT

Those in the market for a new condo in New York City next year can expect to pay more than $3 million.




Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:35:24 EDT

This two-level home is designed to maximize the panoramic ocean views.




Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:47:21 EDT

Brooklyn neighborhood offers everything from Gilded Age mansions to modest studios.




Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:49:52 EDT

From his Pine Island, Fla., home, novelist Randy Wayne White writes amid the mementos of his life as an outdoorsman, adventurer and globe trotter.




Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:39:27 EDT

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:58:26 EDT

Investors are pouring money into real-estate funds, but a few giant fund firms are collecting the lion’s share of the spoils.




Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:01:58 EDT

Equinox is launching a hospitality brand intended for travelers willing to pay for high-end fitness facilities while on the road.




Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:57:21 EDT

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




Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:23:17 EDT

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:48:13 EDT

Low-cost housing demand is a boon for one of the industry’s least glamorous sectors: mobile-home parks.




Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:36:32 EDT

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:11:59 EDT

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




Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:21:49 EDT

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




Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:14:07 EDT

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




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.




Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:19:29 EDT

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




Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:12:01 EDT

For an April-themed arrangement, floral designer Lindsey Taylor welcomes the rainy season with a riff on Gerhard Richter’s windshield-wiper-ish painting ‘Bouquet.’




Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:43:53 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, 17 Apr 2015 16:09:17 EDT

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:53:44 EDT

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




Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:16:05 EDT

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




Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:02:13 EDT

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




Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:02:57 EDT

German real-estate business Deutsche Wohnen said its bid to take over Austrian rival Conwert Immobilien Invest has collapsed after it failed to reach the minimum acceptance threshold.




Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:40:18 EDT

How the typical home has evolved - price, size, interiors.




Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:24:39 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.




Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:17:59 EDT

One writer recalls his lifelong love affair with black-and-white checkerboard floors.




Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:13:41 EDT

Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, Madoff. A look at the mansions built or bought with corporate fraud. (Remember the $6,000 shower curtain?)




Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:48:23 EDT

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




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.




Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:13:27 EDT

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:58:30 EDT

A development in suburban New York City will include luxury amenities, even though it will house those who qualify for affordable housing.




Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:58:23 EDT

A U.S. property-development firm is increasing its bet on Nicaragua, one of several developing countries that are attracting new tourism-industry investors.




Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:39:59 EDT

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




Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:37:33 EDT

Residential real estate is becoming the next frontier for speed-based investing. Math-driven models powered by historical patterns can size up homes and calculate future income in minutes.




Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:08:55 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.




Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:04:26 EDT

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




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.




Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:33:14 EDT

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




Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:38:52 EDT

Vacation home sales surged in 2014, up 57% from the year before.




Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:14:35 EDT

When your home is 400 square feet or less, you have to get creative with the design.




Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:31:11 EDT

It was "slacker" and embarrassing for Generation X, but living with parents is acceptable and even financially wise for millennials.




Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:59:18 EDT

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:05:08 EDT

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:43:07 EDT

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:33:30 EDT

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Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:47:01 EDT

Life is about to get better for savers and a little harder for borrowers.




Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:56:29 +0000

CoreLogic® recently released new analysis showing 1.2 million borrowers regained equity in 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity at the end of Q4 2014 to approximately 44.5 million or 89 percent of all mortgaged properties. Nationwide, borrower equity increased year over year by $656 billion in Q4 2014. The CoreLogic [...]




Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:58:16 +0000

The gap between rental costs and household income is widening to unsustainable levels in many parts of the country, and the situation could worsen unless new home construction meaningfully rises, according to new research by the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR reviewed data on income growth, housing costs and changes in the share of renter [...]




Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:26:37 EDT

Rents nationwide have increased 15% over the past five years, while household income is up only 11%, according to a new report.




Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:06:07 +0000

Digital currencies continue to take hold in real estate—this time, across the Atlantic. RE/MAX London recently announced a trial program with payment platform GoCoin that will support digital currency payments on property rentals throughout the country. “RE/MAX just topped representation in over 95 countries; this represents over one third of the world, [...]




Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:53:26 EDT

When the politicians move into downtown Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention next summer, many residents will be moving out -- and renting their homes for more than 10 times the normal cost.




Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:04:56 +0000

In the real estate industry, timing is critical. According to NAR, an average buyer spends 10 weeks searching for a new home, two weeks shorter than the previous year. Because of this, reaching these consumers at the right time has become more important than ever.  Since there are a number of factors that contribute to […]




Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:41:58 +0000

Despite the economic and financial challenges young adults have braved since the recession, the millennial generation represented the largest share of recent buyers, according to the 2015 National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which evaluates the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers. [...]




Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:25:05 +0000

Those counting on millennial buyers to rescue the housing market should be aware of the nascent normcore trend among that generation. The word normcore may sound fake, but a quick Internet search will show you that normcore is for real. The search results will likely inspire both laughter and tears, but ultimately this what-will-they-think-of-next [...]




Mon, 09 Mar 2015 20:34:10 +0000

Amid continued strengthening in employment, consumer optimism toward the economy is growing and appears to be contributing to further improvement in overall housing sentiment, according to results from Fannie Mae’s February 2015 National Housing Survey™. The share of respondents who believe the economy is headed in the right direction increased [...]




Sun, 08 Mar 2015 17:06:22 +0000

While they may be slow in arriving, it’s inevitable that those born after 1980 are poised to become tomorrow’s mainstream buyers and sellers. Define them as digital natives, Gen X or Y-ers, or collectively as millennials—no matter how you slice it, they’re bringing new expectations to what constitutes responsive service and insightful advice. [...]




Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:26:00 EST

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 05:02:07 +0000

National Association of REALTORS® members now have access to an additional benefit through a new choice for credit—an official REALTOR® credit card. The credit program, available to current and new members of the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, features cards with customized real estate-themed designs, [...]




Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:23:01 +0000

To be successful as a REALTOR®, an agent needs to devote at least one hour of his or her day to prospecting. That’s the philosophy of best-selling author, Jim Remley, founder of FSBOListingGuru.com, who lent his expertise in the recent Homes.com’s webinar, “FSBO Farming – Top Tips to Double Your Inventory.” In the informative webinar, [...]




Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:16:32 +0000

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced new disclosure rules, which will go into effect this summer. While their activation is still months away, lenders are already weary that it will make the closing process much more complicated, and could possibly mislead consumers. “New disclosure forms for real estate transactions [...]




Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:43:54 +0000

Today’s real estate agents have countless ways to get their faces and names in front of prospective buyers or sellers, from paid advertising to social media to community involvement and much, much more. Most of you craft some combination of elements to fit your style and target audience. You use Facebook, send emails, buy ads […]




Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:38:31 +0000

The recent death of a Florida man who was gunned down while looking at a home in Fort Lauderdale last week once again has the real estate community speaking about the importance of safety. In an industry that requires its professionals to regularly meet with strangers in unfamiliar settings, safety in the real estate business […]




Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:04:11 +0000

Improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions except for the Midwest saw gains in activity in January. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 1.7 […]




Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:03:15 +0000

This past week, both Home Depot, Inc., and Lowe’s reported high fourth quarter gains, with profits beating their own revenue projections as well as analysts’ estimates, according to a recent Bloomberg Business article. With sales at both home-improvement chains advancing over 7 percent, and more expensive purchases (ranging from 500 to 900 dollars) [...]




Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:55:40 +0000

Real estate pros are in the business of selling, which is why generating leads is the lifeblood of a successful career. The challenge is, in the seller’s market we are currently in, finding new leads is not always easy. The 2014 NAR Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers reported that 70 percent of home sellers only […]




Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:40:51 +0000

As CEO of Your Coach, an international coaching and training company, Tom Ferry has been helping real estate agents, brokers and others in the field create inner and outer wealth by helping them grow a prosperous business that they love. With 26 years in the industry, the renowned speaker has helped more than half a million […]




Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:24:41 +0000

The battle between Move and Zillow Group over Trulia’s listings continued this week, with a California judge granting Zillow Group’s request Monday for a temporary restraining order, requiring Move-owned ListHub to continue providing listing data to Trulia until at least March 12. Last week was a busy one for the two portal giants—Move, owned [...]




Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:34:25 +0000

Existing-home sales declined in January to their lowest rate in nine months, but the pace was higher than a year ago for the fourth straight month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced declines in January, with the Northeast and West seeing the largest. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions [...]




Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:06:00 +0000

A new study from the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate concludes that new household formation, a key driver of housing demand, has recovered after the job losses that accompanied the recession. While it was known that negative economic shocks such as major drops in employment reduce household formations, little was known [...]




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 […]




Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:53:13 EST

In the market for a new home? Or planning to refinance? Find out what your monthly payment will be.




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 [...]




Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:27:58 +0000

Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus, addressed RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City on September 10, 2014. He has led Cartus throughout its growth and transformation from a predominantly U.S.-centric relocation firm into a global market leader in related HR and financial services. He spoke about corporate trends in employee [...]




Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:11:59 +0000

After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, [...]




Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:05:16 +0000

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at its lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 when it […]




Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:47:02 +0000

Whether you’re simply speaking at an open house, addressing your entire company or taking over a panel, below are six ways to really rock your public speaking—and don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to picture anyone in their Underoos. First, create a speech map. Instead of (or in addition to) writing everything down […]




Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:33:27 +0000

(MCT)—To improve financial literacy, you have to reach children at an early age so they can establish a strong foundation. Texas is off to a good start. Starting with the current school year, students from kindergarten through eighth grade are required to take financial literacy lessons in their math classes. And high school seniors get […]




Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:30:19 +0000

For the second consecutive year, RE/MAX, LLC has received the highest global ranking among real estate franchises by Entrepreneur magazine. Appearing in the October edition, Entrepreneur’s annual global rankings of U.S.-based franchises placed RE/MAX highest among real estate brokerage franchises for 2014, and 39th overall. 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut headed [...]




Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:39:15 +0000

With the November mid-term elections around the corner, it is important to remember that there are still a number of issues that Congress has to address. While Congress will return for a lame duck session after the election, the issues they will debate remain unknown. Some key issues that impact the business of real estate […]




Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:10:09 EST

Calculate the return on your home and how it compares to returns on stocks, bonds and overall home prices.

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