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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:56:19 EDT

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank has landed the high-profile leasing assignment for Grand Central Terminal’s retail space, a coup for the company which has made retail a priority in its global expansion.




Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:09:15 +0000

Later this week, after several years of back-and-forth debate, U.S. regulators are finally set to finalize a more relaxed set of mortgage standards. This new set of rules will be a win for the real estate industry, with the projected agreement much more moderate than the mortgage security standards proposed back in 2011. The federal […]




Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:46:49 EDT

Bullish mortgage lenders are lowering the minimum FICO scores borrowers need to get a jumbo loan.




Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:35:20 EDT

A roundup of commercial property news from across the tri-state region.




Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:13:15 EDT

File just one property claim to your insurer and you can expect to see your premiums soar by hundreds of dollars in some states.




Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:04:59 +0000

Builder sentiment as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell five points in October to a level of 54. Any value above 50 means more builders see the market favorably over those who see unfavorable conditions. The drop was from a 9 year high of 59 in August and returns the index to […]




Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:25:38 EDT

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has approached New York City with a request for tax breaks and other incentives to help build a new two-tower headquarters on Manhattan’s far West Side.




Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:22:25 EDT

Ho-Ho-Kus residents prize the borough’s sense of civic engagement, where many volunteer for local committees or organizations, including the fire department.




Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:53:05 EDT

The unusual, roughly 65-foot-wide structure was created out of two older buildings.




Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:21:40 EDT

Called La Brisa, this 9-bedroom home in Miami's Coconut Grove neighborhood sits on nearly 7 acres with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay.




Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:55:18 EDT

Dallas investor Robert Haas and his wife Candice named the home they built “Oliver’s Cove,” after the first of their many rescue dogs




Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:10:16 EDT

Renwick Street, one of a few, largely hidden one-block streets in Manhattan, is coming out from the shadows with a burst of new development construction.




Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:59:19 EDT

After a career in business, some former execs are buying hobby vineyards. While they can savor the fruits of their labor, hungry caterpillars and foul weather loom.




Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:12:46 EDT

The 40-acre Pritchard Hill estate is surrounded by vineyards and offers picturesque views of the Valley




Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:53:36 EDT

Off the coast of South Carolina, St. Phillips Island is reachable only by boat and has two dwellings on it.




Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:38:06 EDT

Mortgage rates this week fell to their lowest level since June 2013, mortgage-finance company Freddie Mac said Thursday, as the jitters being felt in the stock and bond markets ripple throughout the economy.




Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:39:25 +0000

There is a new phenomenon emerging around aggressively growing real estate teams—and FiveStreet, a mobile leads solution, is paving the way, the company states. Team leaders who already dominate the surrounding communities once had to make a decision if they wished to expand—either try to squeeze more productivity out of their existing team structure [...]




Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:08:04 EDT

On nearly 7 acres, the house will be one of the priciest on the market in the Miami area




Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:13:26 EDT

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:36:17 EDT

The ‘Miami Vice’ star and his wife paid $12.5 million for the house last year




Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:34:05 EDT

The Hollywood Hills house has three bedrooms, one of which Mr. Legend uses as a studio where he wrote and recorded several of the songs on his current album, “Love in the Future.”




Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:10:44 EDT

As foreign investors and pension funds push up prices for top-quality, low-vacancy office buildings, Boston Properties, one of the nation’s largest owners of existing office space is shifting gears.




Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:17:15 EDT

Pat Croce, former president of the Philadelphia 76ers, is auctioning off his Villanova estate




Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:49:58 +0000

A recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed significant regional differences in new single-family home characteristics, ranging from price, design features, building materials and even financing. The new findings come from analysis of the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of Construction. Of the homes built for sale, the most [...]




Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:12:55 EDT

Georgia developer Ben Carter, who is rebounding from a high-profile loss of a $400 million Atlanta project during the downturn, has run into a different kind of headache with his current plan to overhaul one of Savannah’s major commercial corridors: preservationists.




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 […]




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 […]




Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:41:53 EDT

The former Defense Secretary on how a fruit stand on his family’s California farm launched his career




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 […]




Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:23:29 EDT

The weak Stamford, Conn., office leasing market is creating a headache for 400 Atlantic St., an office tower operated by Landis Group.




Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:09:19 +0000

One of the marvels of the mobile age is that real estate agents and brokers can now work from practically anywhere. In many cases, modern technology makes it possible for you to work just as efficiently from home as you could from a more traditional brokerage office. It can be more convenient to work outside […]




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 [...]




Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:06:58 +0000

Real estate agents have expressed concerns over third-party real estate portals, particularly in the wake of Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia. It’s understandable that some are questioning how this move will impact agents and consumers. As an industry, however, we simply can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that many consumers are starting their home [...]




Sat, 11 Oct 2014 04:03:20 +0000

Fall is here and even though some home sellers take their listings into hibernation, motivated sellers keep their homes on the market through the Holidays. So in honor of Halloween, RE/MAX compiled some the scariest things that homebuyers should avoid. The following mistakes to avoid when home buying spook RE/MAX REALTORS® every year: Geological Problems: [...]




Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:50:53 EDT

Robert Pamplin has turned his 400-acre estate in Sherwood, Ore., into an embodiment of his personal philosophy




Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:03:41 EDT

Home buyers in a bidding war often lose out to all-cash offers. But with these strategies, borrowers can win the house in the end.




Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:45:07 EDT

If you’re faced with a dauntingly cavernous room, the best approach is to divide and conquer—as in this inviting three-living-zones solution.




Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:14:53 EDT

Folded like origami or standing tradition on its head, the staircase climbs the architectural ladder




Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:07:41 EDT

Hundreds of London’s public buildings are being sold off to bolster Britain’s finances. The result: luxury apartments in former town halls, firehouses and military outposts.




Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:11:45 EDT

Forget a sea view mansion. In Hong Kong, parking spaces are some of the hottest properties on the market.




Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:24:52 EDT

Known as Rancho Paseana, the approximately 228-acre property is about 20 minutes north of San Diego




Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:01:49 +0000

You probably have a Facebook account. You may also watch videos on YouTube and upload pictures to Instagram. Maybe you tweet a few times per week. Chances are you’re adept at social media on an individual level—where you post about events happening in your life on personal accounts. But what about your business—could it benefit […]




Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:59:44 EDT

With a crack design team, a Manhattan couple invests in an 1830s clapboard home—and scores a weekend getaway that gently mixes tradition and modernity.




Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:54:57 EDT

Office projects are going up in London and elsewhere in Europe without the usual prerequisite of confirmed tenants, as investors embrace higher risk.




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 […]




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, 07 Oct 2014 20:43:13 +0000

We all get stuck from time to time and it can be frustrating. Feeling like we are just spinning our wheels is something all real estate professionals go through occasionally. If you’re feeling unsatisfied and want to take your career to the next level, consider these three strategies. Strategy 1: Renovate As real estate professionals, […]




Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:35:11 EDT

Forest City Ratner’s executive chairman, Bruce Ratner, who played a major role in the transformation of Brooklyn and Harlem, talks about the future of real-estate development.




Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:43:43 EDT

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:42:12 EDT

With home prices on the rise, 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. But is it a good move for you?




Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:31:31 +0000

Few businesses rely more on mobility and on-the-spot information gathering (and sharing) than residential real estate. No surprise then that the National Association of REALTORS® 2013-14 Technology Survey found that “REALTORS® continue to find the most value in current technology tools that allow them to conduct business quickly and conveniently, [...]




Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:07:31 +0000

Editor’s Note: Following the big news Tuesday that massive media empire News Corp acquired Move, Inc., RISMedia spoke with Steve Berkowitz, Move CEO, and Bob Goldberg, president and CEO of the Real Estate Information Network (RIN) and NAR senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, and Business Development for more details on what the deal means [...]




Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:07:31 +0000

Editor’s Note: Following the big news Tuesday that massive media empire News Corp acquired Move, Inc., RISMedia spoke with Steve Berkowitz, Move CEO, and Bob Goldberg, president and CEO of the Real Estate Information Network (RIN) and NAR senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, and Business Development for more details on what the deal means [...]




Sun, 05 Oct 2014 09:37:47 EDT

Some people are relying on family, friends and even complete strangers to help fulfill their real-estate dreams.




Sat, 04 Oct 2014 04:04:39 +0000

(MCT)–The nation’s housing market cooled off faster than expected this summer, according to recently released new figures. Home prices increased 5.6 percent in July from the year before, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Index. That’s down from 6.3 percent in June and their slowest pace since November 2012. The slowdown was broad-based, [...]




Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:58:57 EDT

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Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:32:56 +0000

If you think you’re attached to your smartphone and tablet device now, get ready to obsess over the next big mobile convenience that you can literally attach to your body—wearable technology devices. While these devices aren’t mainstream just yet, if we consider the swift adoption rate of smartphones and tablets from years ago, you should […]




Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:07:59 +0000

Nearly 950,000 homes returned to positive equity in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity in the U.S. to more than 44 million. Nationwide, borrower equity increased year over year by approximately $1 trillion in Q2 2014.  This compares to a negative equity share of 14.9 percent, […]




Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:07:59 +0000

Nearly 950,000 homes returned to positive equity in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity in the U.S. to more than 44 million. Nationwide, borrower equity increased year over year by approximately $1 trillion in Q2 2014.  This compares to a negative equity share of 14.9 percent, […]




Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:00 +0000

News Corp and Move, Inc. announced today that News Corp has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move. Move has an exclusive, strategic relationship with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and NAR has given its consent to the acquisition. According to a release by News Corp, REA Group Limited (“REA”), which is […]




Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:00 +0000

News Corp and Move, Inc. announced today that News Corp has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move. Move has an exclusive, strategic relationship with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and NAR has given its consent to the acquisition. According to a release by News Corp, REA Group Limited (“REA”), which is […]




Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:09:05 +0000

News Corp and Move, Inc. announced Tuesday that News Corp, the massive media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, has agreed to acquire leading online real estate business Move, Inc. for $950 million in an all-cash tender offer. REA Group Limited (“REA”), which is 61.6 percent owned by News Corp and is the operator of the […]




Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:02:53 +0000

As you’ve probably heard by now, Zillow recently entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia. The deal is not final and won’t be for some time, requiring both shareholder and regulatory approval in addition to customary closing conditions. Still, industry partners have a lot of questions as to what to expect from this acquisition. […]




Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:40:48 EDT

More people bought cars, furniture and cell phones in August, a positive sign for the economy.




Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:20:40 EDT

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:02:53 +0000

As you’ve probably heard by now, Zillow recently entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trulia. The deal is not final and won’t be for some time, requiring both shareholder and regulatory approval in addition to customary closing conditions. Still, industry partners have a lot of questions as to what to expect from this acquisition. […]




Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:13:48 EDT

While borrowers were trying to save their homes from foreclosure, Flagstar Bank sat on important documents and 'drove borrowers into foreclosure,' authorities said.




Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:06:40 +0000

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total.   Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment [...]




Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:06:40 +0000

Housing is an important source of economic growth. As of the second quarter of 2014, housing’s share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 15.5 percent, with home building and remodeling yielding 3.1 percentage points of that total.   Housing-related activities contribute to GDP in two basic ways. The first is through residential fixed investment [...]




Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:09:25 EDT

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:38:42 EDT

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:21:31 +0000

In a joint release the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that newly constructed single family homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 504 thousand in August, up 18 percent from July and 33 percent from August 2013. The supply of new homes available for sale inched up to […]




Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:06:16 EDT

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 12:54:07 EDT

There's plenty of data out there, but keep an eye on housing, manufacturing and people's spending.




Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:07:31 +0000

As cash investors pull away from the housing market, August’s existing home sales also slipped, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. This decline follows four consecutive months of impressive gains. Sales increases in the Northeast and Midwest were outweighed by declines in the South and West. Total existing-home sales, which are completed [...]




Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:02:24 EDT

Big pocketed borrowers are paying lower average rates on jumbo loans and lenders are now requiring down payments of just 10% -- and, in some cases, waiving the mortgage insurance, too.




Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:03:27 +0000

Real estate agent teams started over a decade ago, and they are stronger than ever. When done right, they can be a win-win-win for all parties. Clients are provided with immediate information, accessibility and service. Brokers see high-quality business growth. Agents are able to work in their areas of expertise, feel empowered by being part […]




Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:33:30 EDT

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:19:14 +0000

The future of Zillow and the acquisition of Trulia was a hot topic at RISMedia’s 2014 CEO Exchange last week, and attendees had a special opportunity to hear from executives from both companies during back-to-back events. First, during a Networking Luncheon, sponsored by Trulia, Paul Levine, COO of Trulia, assured conference attendees that real estate [...]




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:43:08 +0000

Builders’ sentiment jumped four points to 59, the highest level since November 2005, according to the September NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Many of the builders commented on the renewed interest by potential home buyers and higher traffic in their models and through their phone calls. Supporting those comments, all three components rose [...]




Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:04:04 +0000

With more options than ever for today’s homebuyers and sellers, appealing to a diverse clientele with a one-size-fits-all marketing plan just won’t cut it. On day two of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange, the industry’s master marketers revealed the campaigns they used to separate themselves from the pack. During Stand-out Strategies: Marketing Tactics [...]




Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:08:28 +0000

In June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3211, “The Mortgage Choice Act,” which addresses discrimination against affiliate businesses in the calculation of fees and points under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) safe harbor. H.R. 3211 and its Senate companion, S. 1577, are a bipartisan compromise that reduces discrimination against mortgage firms [...]




Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:19:16 +0000

The challenges of profitably operating a brokerage firm in today’s market are many, but key to doing so requires first and foremost the right leadership skills and accountability systems. This was the message delivered to 200 leading industry brokers and executives by Gino Blefari, incoming CEO for HSF Affiliates and former founder, President and CEO […]




Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:14:30 EDT

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:52:58 +0000

On August 28, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reported that, overall, mortgage interest rates were flat in July. To a large extent, the same was true for the subset of loans used to purchase new homes. Between June and July, the average contract interest rate on conventional mortgages for new homes ticked down, but […]




Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:57:52 +0000

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has announced the settlement of a copyright-infringement lawsuit against American Home Realty Network, Inc. (d/b/a NeighborCity). Since 2013, HomeServices of America and two of its subsidiaries, Preferred Carolinas Realty, Inc., and Edina Realty, Inc., have been engaged in litigation with American [...]




Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:02:50 +0000

As you may already know, September is REALTOR® Safety Month. But hopefully, safety is not something you think about only once a year. Whether at a showing, in the office, meeting a client, or online, you and your agents should always keep safety and security squarely in mind. Markets are on an upswing, which means […]




Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:21:33 EDT

From mortgages to closing costs, test your knowledge of these homebuying essentials.




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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