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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:06:39 +0000

There’s no arguing that technology has dramatically changed the landscape of consumer behavior in almost every industry, and real estate is certainly no exception. Today’s buyers and sellers no longer need to rely on an agent to start the process of searching for a new home or calculating the worth of their current house. They […]

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:36:54 EDT

Poland is attracting more major distribution centers now that transport links with the rest of Europe have been upgraded.

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:03:03 EDT

Employers took on 8.2 million square feet of additional office space in the second quarter, one of the stronger periods since the recession but a relatively tepid expansion by historical standards.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:38:45 EDT

A French boutique hotel brand known for outrageous flourishes is hoping its risqué formula can translate across the Atlantic, starting with the opening of its first U.S. property in Los Angeles.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:51:19 EDT

A new wave of office construction is altering the skyline of Poland’s capital as the city goes through its latest surge of development.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:53:12 +0000

S&P Dow Jones Indices recently released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for April 2015 show that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. Year-over-Year Both Composites and the National index showed slightly lower year-over-year [...]

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 17:02:43 +0000

(TNS)—Mortgage rates are looking stable amid an improving housing market, with Freddie Mac’s latest survey showing that lenders were offering 30-year fixed-rate home loans this week at an average interest rate of 4.02 percent, up from 4 percent a week ago. The results of Freddie Mac’s weekly survey, released Thursday, says the average for a […]

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.

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:33:59 EDT

Millennials aren't the only ones hurting America's homeownership rate.

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:10:12 +0000® recently revealed that millennials have become more positive when it comes to taking the plunge into homeownership and are primed to gain market share in the second half of the year, based on the results of its consumer behavior survey of more than 12,000 respondents conducted from Jan. 1, 2015 to June 15, 2015. […]

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:01:50 +0000

RealtyTrac® has released a joint analysis with Down Payment Resource that examined affordability, median income, median home price and homeownership program availability in 370 U.S. counties with a population of at least 100,000 and where sufficient data was available. The report then ranked each county based on its affordability and accessibility [...]

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:53:53 EDT

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:34:04 EDT

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

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:23:45 EDT

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma has paid $23 million for a 28,100-acre property in New York's Adirondacks

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:58:00 EDT

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:46:57 +0000® recently released its April 2015 Local Market Index, a price performance summary of repeat sales in the top 100 markets, and the companion Midsize Markets Report for the next 200 largest markets. Among the nation’s top 300 markets, 137 markets (46 percent) have now achieved full pricing recovery in April, compared to 130 markets […]

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 20:44:00 +0000

Fueled partly by an increase in the share of sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales increased in May to their highest pace in nearly six years, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Led by the Northeast, all major regions experienced sales increases in May. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include [...]

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:58:55 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.

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:07:58 +0000

Bringing together its broker members for an in-depth strategy session, the National Association of REALTORS® two 2015 REALTOR® Broker Summits, taking place this August in Seattle, will offer real estate professionals a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders about the critical tech tools and business strategies propelling their firms to success. [...]

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:36:16 +0000

Much like any industry, real estate is populated with individuals who came to the field through self-motivation, raw talent or successful mentoring. But as the competition continues to heat up, real estate professionals across the board are raising the bar even higher through more formalized training programs. For Adrienne “Abe” Wagner of Berkshire [...]

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:57:10 +0000

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week a proposal to push back the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which combines two mortgage disclosure regimes into one. The new date is set for October 1. The rule, originally set to go into effect August 1, has been making headlines for months, with feedback [...]

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:26:37 +0000

Inspiration is an important part of achieving success. It’s what drives you to show up and give your best every day. It provides perspective during challenging times when you’re most susceptible to drifting. Most importantly, it reignites your fire to thrive when you begin to feel burned out. Here are three ways to get inspired […]

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.

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:01:40 +0000

Recently reported May housing starts showed an 11.1 percent drop in new home construction nationally, falling to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.036 million units. The drop from elevated April results was broad, with a 5.4 percent dip in single-family and a 20.2 percent plummet in multifamily. However, this dip is not necessarily bad news, […]

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:54:56 +0000

Commercial real estate markets are improving with REALTORS® specializing in commercial real estate reporting an increase in annual gross income, the number of sales transactions and sales volume, according to the 2015 National Association of REALTORS® Commercial Member Profile. The annual study’s results represent REALTORS®, members of NAR, [...]

Sun, 14 Jun 2015 17:08:07 +0000

To say that we live in a society driven by information is an understatement. Content and its dissemination have truly morphed into the lifeblood of our culture. Users on social media scroll their news feeds daily, hourly even, scraping the bottom of the barrel for news of the latest to-the-minute happenings of the world. Artists […]

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 04:03:42 +0000

During the busy spring/summer selling season, it’s especially important to ramp-up your marketing efforts. Fortunately, several partners in the National Association of REALTORS®’ s REALTOR Benefits® Program offer members special year-round savings on marketing products and services. Each REALTOR Benefits® Program partner is chosen because they [...]

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.

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 02:32:34 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.

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:16:31 EDT

There's a way for average people to invest in real estate through crowdfunding. But they should exercise extreme caution.

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:00:28 +0000

Whether it’s plastering photos of yourself on billboards, helping out at local charity events or even sponsoring a little league team, each agent has their own secret for connecting with clients. The key to creating a connection with new clients is to find your niche and build yourself up. Whether you choose to build your […]

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:21:24 EDT

Vacancy rates in Manhattan are low and rent prices are rising.

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.

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:45:38 EDT

The ex-Federal Reserve chairman warns that housing has not recovered yet.

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:05:29 +0000

Detroit-based Quicken Loans recently reported the difference between appraiser and homeowner perceptions continued to increase for the fourth consecutive month in May. Appraiser opinions of home values were 1.15 percent lower than homeowner estimates, according to Quicken Loans’ national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). This is the first time in 22 months [...]

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:03:57 +0000

If you do a Google search for “lead generation for real estate,” guess how many results you’ll find? Over one million. You don’t have to be an industry expert to know that lead generation is a big deal. And some real estate agents believe it’s the only thing that matters when it comes to marketing. […]

Mon, 08 Jun 2015 21:21:20 +0000

Recently, USA Today reported on the influx of foreign real estate buyers in Miami. Since I live in Miami I’m seeing this first hand. But it’s the same story in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, and to a lesser degree in other cities in the U.S. and Canada.  Foreigners are investing in […]

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 17:07:54 +0000

Recent news regarding employment rates has housing professionals breathing a sigh of relief. Friday’s May Jobs Report reported that employers added a plush 280,000 jobs last month, which hints that there will be no slowdown in job growth anytime soon. “The May Jobs Report was a good affirmation that indeed the economy is back on […]

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:08:58 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.

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:33:57 EDT

In some markets, buyers are getting homes at nearly half off the listing price, while properties in other markets are selling for far above asking.

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:50:16 EDT

Ads touting "tax free" money of reverse mortgages are misleading: government study

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:33:05 EDT

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

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 10:53:28 EDT

Real estate prices in these cities are well above pre-recession levels, according to real estate investment firm West Realty Advisors.

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:23:45 EDT

After the housing crash, markets across the country have been on a long road to recovery. These markets are still undervalued, according to real estate investment firm West Realty Advisors.

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:28:00 EDT

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:11:54 EDT

Cities across the country are experiencing a rental crunch that's hitting tenant's wallets hard.

Wed, 27 May 2015 11:22:48 EDT

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Fri, 22 May 2015 07:37:12 EDT

REITs have been one of the best performing assets since the recession. But now they're stalling.

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.

Thu, 21 May 2015 02:35:15 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.

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:09:59 EDT

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Thu, 21 May 2015 14:59:37 EDT

Rents increased 4% in April from last year while home values only rose 3% during the same time period.

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.

Wed, 20 May 2015 04:25:20 EDT

These 10 cities saw the highest price rises for prime residential real estate over the past 12 months.

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 02:32:25 EDT

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

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 02:33:22 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 02:32:44 EDT

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

Thu, 14 May 2015 02:32:33 EDT

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

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.

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.

Wed, 13 May 2015 02:32:23 EDT

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

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 02:33:10 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.

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.

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 […]

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®, 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 […]

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:10:09 EST

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