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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:19:06 EDT

Are you agreeable or neurotic? The answer matters, since your personality can influence home-buying decisions.




Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:17:46 EDT

The owners first put the unit on the market in 2008 for $35 million before reducing its price and eventually taking it off the market in 2010.




Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:22:37 EDT

The floor includes the two-bedroom Presidential Suite, which can combine with other rooms for a total of 4,786 square feet.




Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:20:55 EDT

On roughly 247 acres, the 4,843-square-foot villa has nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms




Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:16:32 EDT

One week after Related announced that it had acquired a stake in the real-estate brokerage CORE, Mr. Blau is listing his Fifth Avenue apartment with CORE agents




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:11:22 EDT

The novelist on her early life in New Orleans—and how she is spending Halloween.




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:29:22 EDT

Take a page from the book of Nancy Braithwaite, one of the art collecting world’s favorite decorators, and turn your space into a restrained antidote to sensory overload.




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:01:40 +0000

RealtyTrac® today released its Q3 2014 “Zombie” Foreclosure Report, which found that 117,298 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to a completed foreclosure, representing 18 percent of all active foreclosures. These vacant properties will likely end up as short sales, foreclosure auction sales or bank-owned [...]




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:17:56 +0000

Here’s a scary misconception about marketing—the louder you shout the more likely you’ll be heard.  In this age of information overload and the emergence of mobile and other digital trends, consumers are coming to market armed with knowledge they’ve gleaned from the palm of their hand.  Oftentimes, this education leads them to buy or sell [...]




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:27:47 EDT

Prices are rising around the park as new buyers move in, drawn to tight security and great views.




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:25:49 EDT

Create a hauntingly beautiful Brontë-esque bouquet by combining the velvety hues of darker flowers with dusky-sky streaks of pale pink roses and pink-flushed snowberry.




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:15:40 EDT

This home on the American River was designed as a space for kayaks, as well as a family with dogs




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:28:28 EDT

Extreme dream homes—featuring Medieval turrets, a Western saloon or a “Hobbit” house—cost millions to build. Expect challenges when it’s time to sell.




Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:43:53 EDT

More than 19,000 square feet, the Sunny Isles Beach apartment is expected to be the priciest offering in the Jade Signature condo building




Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:38:19 EDT

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.




Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:49:05 EDT

What homeowners can do now to prepare for tax time. Rules for deducting mortgage interest and itemizing other expenses to lower the tax bill.




Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:55:05 EDT

Detroit has 80,000 dilapidated properties and 100,000 empty lots. It's trying to get more people like Antjuan Wyatt to buy them.




Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:55:05 EDT

Detroit has 80,000 dilapidated properties and 100,000 empty lots. It's trying to get more people like Antjuan Wyatt to buy them.




Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:33:29 +0000

Home prices rose slightly at 0.2% in August, slower than the 0.6% rise in July, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index released Tuesday. However, data through August 2014, released this week in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, continue to show a deceleration in home price gains. The 10-City Composite gained 5.5 percent [...]




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 […]




Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:16:46 +0000

Big cities are known for having more job opportunities, people to meet, and things to do than small towns. On the flip side, they are also synonymous with traffic, crime, and—above all—high costs. That’s why a big city with a small price tag is an especially good find, offering urban perks without urban expenses. Kiplinger […]




Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:29:49 EDT

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Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:59:46 EDT

Advocates of affordable housing and for design innovation cheered in 2011 when Forest City Ratner unveiled plans to push “modular” construction techniques with a Brooklyn apartment tower. But now Forest City and construction company Skanska USA are suing each other over B2 BKLYN.




Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:44:09 EDT

In a modern-day stampede, billionaire execs are buying ranches for the cattle operations, game-hunting—and to entertain clients and guests.




Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:37:27 EDT

Ever dream of owning your own ghost town? On October 28, just in time for Halloween, you'll have your chance. That's when Johnsonville Village in Connecticut will be auctioned off. Starting bid: $800,000.




Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:53:26 EDT

Casino gambling may soon be added to the list of campus vices in New York, drawing anticipation from college students and concern from legislators and school officials.




Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:08:30 EDT

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.




Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:06:34 +0000

The share of 25– 29 year-olds who are married is down by almost 48 percent for men and 43 percent for women from 1970. This single fact is one of the biggest game changers in the housing industry.       Source: U.S. Census Bureau: 1970 Decennial Census and 2013 American Community Survey;calculations by John […]




Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:04:30 +0000

Appreciation in home values is slowing definitively after nearly two years of accelerating year-over-year growth, according to the third quarter Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Homebuyers who have been priced out of hot markets will welcome the cooling off, and the most recent data should further combat worry about another housing bubble. The rate [...]




Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:14:52 EDT

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:41:37 EDT

Taking Tylenol can reduce the psychological pain of decision-making, a new study finds. We ask if two tablets could affect a real-estate deal.




Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:19:14 EDT

The retired NBA star is selling to be closer to his new coaching position in Milwaukee, according to the listing agent




Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:24:10 EDT

The fashion designer is selling a portion of her longtime family retreat on Parrot Cay, adding to the number of high-profile properties to come to market on the small island recently.




Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:54:23 EDT

Landlords and tenants in San Francisco are battling in court over an ordinance that would sharply boost the size of payments to those evicted from rent-controlled apartments.




Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:13 EDT

A couple asked for a traditional, Tuscan-style house for their 290-acre farm. They got a contemporary vision of glass, concrete and rammed earth—and they love it




Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:47:47 +0000

Even though the holiday season is not exactly prime time for buying, selling or renting, we shouldn’t kick back, relax and hibernate until spring.  On the contrary, agents and brokers should take advantage of this time to share good tidings with old and new clients to stay top of mind year-round.  Here, Homes.com unwraps five holiday […]




Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:30 EDT

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:48:20 EDT

The architect describes the details of his all-white ‘everything room,’ where his young children frequently play.




Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:05:50 EDT

The bestselling author recalls her suburban childhood in a development called Storybook development and the house she and her husband built in Hanover, N.H.




Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:24:18 EDT

Some lenders bypass tightened mortgage rules when dealing with wealthy clients who, on paper, don’t meet government standards.




Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:05:40 EDT

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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 [...]




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, [...]




Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:06:40 +0000

As reported by the AP, new rules adopted yesterday by six federal agencies include the removal of a big stumbling block for would-be borrowers: the 20 percent down payment if a lender didn’t hold at least 5 percent of the mortgage securities tied to those loans on its books. According to the AP article, which […]




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.




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 […]




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 […]




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 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 12:50:04 EDT

After centuries underground, wine storage is moving to the upper floors with LED lights and glass walls. Now, how to keep the vino cold?




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.




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 11:13:26 EDT

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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 […]




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 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: [...]




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 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 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 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?




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.




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 [...]




Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:58:57 EDT

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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 […]




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.




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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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 13:38:42 EDT

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:09:25 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 […]




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 [...]




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 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 20:04:04 +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 [...]




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 [...]




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, 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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