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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:06:13 +0000

Following the announcement of News Corp’s acquisition of Move, Inc, operator of realtor.com®, this past October, more news was announced last week by News Corp with Ryan O’Hara, a News Corp veteran, taking over as CEO in January. Outgoing Move CEO Steve Berkowitz, who has led the company since 2009, spoke with RISMedia Friday about […]




Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:52:35 EST

A town laid to waste by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is now getting a $1 billion port and a new airport with the help of Chinese money. But some worry that funding comes with strings attached.




Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:49:44 EST

More and more travelers are opting to rent their apartments while they are gone— through home-sharing websites. Now, these time-strapped New York area hosts have help to prepare for their guests: online property management firms.




Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:59:30 EST

The endangered Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., is expected to remain open through the weekend while lawyers work to complete a $20 million lifeline from billionaire Carl Icahn.




Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:02:20 +0000

Recently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to begin backing home loans with down payments as low as three percent. This move came just days after the mortgage giants implemented less rigid lending standards in order to give Main Street citizens with less-than-perfect credit a better chance at homeownership. According to The Association of […]




Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:56:39 EST

A jury in Hong Kong found Thomas Kwok, the co-chairman of one of Hong Kong’s biggest property developers, guilty in a corruption trial involving the city’s former No. 2 official, but found his brother, Raymond, not guilty.




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:15:13 EST

A new exhibition shows how the designers Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos transformed Viennese style in the early 20th century




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:49:24 EST

A carefully chosen Persian rug will last a lifetime, but it’s not just something to cover the floor—it’s a work of art.




Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:57:13 EST

A furniture producer based on a former farm in the Netherlands lets clients tweak the quirky concepts of designers to suit their own homes




Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:08:27 EST

For his 670-square-foot New York apartment, interior designer Amir Khamneipur chose pieces that could do double-duty.




Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:03:01 EST

Two luxury high-rises are on the horizon for a small strip of Yorkville. But for now, a handful of the tenement-style buildings stand empty, waiting for construction to begin.




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:46:43 EST

The 5,577-square-foot apartment has a terrace that is 192 feet long; a typical city block is about 200 feet




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:52:16 EST

His grandmother’s home in Missouri was small but full of love and humor




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:53:05 EST

Affluent Americans are increasingly building or buying legacy properties— multimillion-dollar compounds designed to be shared with family now and for generations to come.




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:41:04 +0000

As we move towards the end of the year, it’s time to put pen to paper about what worked (and what didn’t) this year, and our goals for next year. There’s no perfect recipe for success, but after working in this industry for some years, we can truly attest to the fact that “those who […]




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:53:31 EST

Amid falling gas prices and investor nervousness, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate loan fell to 3.8%, a rate not seen since May 2013.




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:19:30 EST

A home appraisal that comes in low can reduce the amount a home-buyer can borrow for a mortgage; why the loan-to-value ratio matters.




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:47:57 EST

The actor had listed the property on exclusive North Bay Road for $18.999 million, down from $20 million in 2013.




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:28:03 EST

This Austin estate sits on more than 5 acres and includes a copy of the Belvedere Pavilion at Versailles




Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:11 EST

The five-bedroom, 5½-bath shingle-style home sits on more than a half-acre of land with 63 feet of beach frontage on the Pacific Ocean.




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 [...]




Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:45:28 EST

Stockbridge Capital Partners said Sam Nazarian no longer would be involved in the management of the new SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino that Stockbridge controls.




Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:31:32 EST

Bolivia, one of Latin America’s poorest countries, is experiencing a spurt in economic growth that has ignited a boom in the real-estate sector.




Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:03:21 +0000

The number of U.S. homeowners upside down on their mortgages has fallen by more than 40 percent since early 2012, according to the third quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. More than 7 million Americans who at one point owed more on their mortgages than their homes were worth have escaped– either by paying down their […]




Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:55:40 EST

Jamestown Properties is bringing a formula to Atlanta that it honed in New York, San Francisco and elsewhere: converting massive industrial buildings into fashionable, mixed-used addresses.




Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:59:16 EST

A gauge of home-builder sentiment ticked down this month, the latest mixed signal for the U.S. housing recovery.




Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:53:55 EST

American Realty Capital Properties Inc., the real-estate investment trust that earlier this year disclosed accounting irregularities, said Monday that Chairman Nicholas Schorsch and Chief Executive David Kay have stepped down.




Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:07:17 +0000

As a real estate agent, you live and die by your referrals. Offline word-of-mouth referrals can be powerful and effective since they come from a trustworthy source, but their reach is limited to your clients’ family and friends. Online reviews have a much broader reach, and for better or worse, clients are increasingly moving conversations […]




Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:20:20 +0000

If you’re not running social media advertising or driving a specific social media campaign, your Facebook likes tend to stay flat.  And when your social network doesn’t grow, you’re likely a lot less enthusiastic about staying on top of your social media. Unfortunately, creating engaging social media posts is difficult. But it’s not impossible. [...]




Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:06:54 +0000

As 2014 comes to a close, Power Brokers are pretty pleased. While specifics vary and hurdles still exist, most brokers report important progress this year, with home prices and overall volume heading in generally positive directions. The big question: What’s next for real estate? Will the market continue on its upward trajectory in 2015 or […]




Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:30:58 EST

A renter has booked the 39th floor of the Pierre Hotel as well as an additional $150,000-a-month suite on the 10th floor for guests




Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:04:29 +0000

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates slightly up from the last week, but with the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remaining below four percent. “Fixed mortgage rates rebounded this week with the 30-year fixed mortgage rate increasing to 3.93 percent [...]




Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:16:12 EST

Tips on how home buyers can ease the sticker shock of closing costs, which vary widely across the country.




Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:31:13 EST

About 20 privately owned Greek islands are currently up for sale, some for the first time in generations.




Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:21:55 +0000

It’s not enough to have any old real estate website anymore. Consumer mobile search trends for real estate are climbing and closing the gap on desktop searches. Real estate brokers must ensure their websites are mobile-friendly and optimized to edge out the competition, and capture and convert these savvy mobile home-seekers into clients. Consider [...]




Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:19:51 EST

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:48:09 EST

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:07:55 +0000

Data released by the Federal Reserve Board indicates that consumer credit outstanding increased over the month of October 2014. The data released by the Federal Reserve Board covers most short- and intermediate-term credit extended to individuals, excluding loans secured by real estate. According to the release, total consumer credit outstanding expanded [...]




Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:49:10 EST

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:29:16 EST

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:39:56 +0000

The majority of U.S. renters are struggling financially and plan to remain renters for the next three years, according to recent Freddie Mac survey data. However, the recent financial crisis did not tarnish renters’ dreams of homeownership with 91 percent of them viewing homeownership as something of which to be proud. “It’s no secret [...]




Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:04:32 +0000

Another year has come and gone. This is a natural time to reflect back on the year, celebrate accomplishments/milestones and look forward to 2015. How did you do? Was 2014 as productive as you’d hoped? If not, what was holding you back? What can you work on in 2015 to get you to where you […]




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 […]




Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:06:55 +0000

With 2015 almost upon us, your action items for the year are surely in place. But here’s one to consider adding near the top of your list: educating potential homebuyers about some major shifts in lending practices. Housing policy announcements in October were good news for first-time borrowers and those with lower incomes who might […]




Sun, 07 Dec 2014 11:07:00 EST

As the jobs picture improves, Millennials are finally going to be buying homes in 2015 -- and these 10 cities are poised to benefit the most, according to Realtor.com.




Sat, 06 Dec 2014 05:06:25 +0000

After nearly three years of deliberation, regulators have finalized the Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rule and abandoned the onerous and costly down payment requirement while giving creators of mortgage-backed securities one less uncertainty on their road to recovery. The immediate impact may be small, but another piece in the path for long-term [...]




Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:47:20 EST

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:17:24 EST

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:03:42 EST

When it comes to home improvements, how much customization is too much? These 8 upgrades could reduce your home's value.




Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:43:22 EST

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 21:06:40 +0000

Following years of retrenchment among prospective first-time homebuyers and the dampening effect it has had on the recovery of the housing market, first-timers will return to the market next year, according to the realtor.com® 2015 Housing Forecast released Dec. 4. This is among several key developments projected for the coming year by realtor.com®, [...]




Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:42:51 +0000

A new study shows REALTORS® are largely optimistic about their local markets, still struggle with low inventory challenges, and 60 percent of them are doing 100 percent of the business. According to a new REALTOR® Productivity Study of Multiple Listing Service activity released by leading consulting firm WAV Group and sponsored by Realtors Property [...]




Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:27:56 EST

Thanks to rising costs and stagnant wage growth, nearly 40 million Americans are spending more than 30% of their income on housing, according to a survey of by the Demand Institute.




Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:42:40 +0000

The holidays are always a great time to unwind and forget about all of those listings from the past year and the pending deals that are just around the corner—but just for a day or two. For many real estate brokers, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is mostly a mad dash to the […]




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, [...]




Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:22:00 EST

Many discerning homebuyers prefer old houses. They were built with craftsmanship and materials rare today with features like wideboard floors, heavy joists and plaster walls. Here's a sampling of homes from around the country, most priced far below replacement costs.




Mon, 01 Dec 2014 21:52:06 +0000

Pending home sales declined in October but remained at a healthy level of activity and are above year-over-year levels for the second straight month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, decreased 1.1 percent to 104.1 in October from an upwardly-revised [...]




Sun, 30 Nov 2014 18:07:15 +0000

Two times per year, at NAR’s major meetings, the idea exchange council for brokers comes together to share broker challenges, ideas and solutions. And the goal is always the same: to raise the caliber of the industry by sharing good ideas. Earlier this month, during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans, La., brokers […]




Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:17:04 +0000

S&P Dow Jones Indices released Tuesday the September 2014 index data for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, a leading measure of U.S. home prices. Results show that home prices continue to decelerate. The 10-City Composite gained 4.8% year-over-year, down from 5.5% in August. The 20-City Composite gained 4.9% year-over-year, compared to 5.6% [...]




Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:44:12 EST

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:40:08 EST

Billionaires are on a buying spree in New York, with sales of multimillion dollar properties up 120% so far this year, according to CityRealty. And the prices are expected to keep climbing next year.




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 […]




Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:37:39 EST

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:05:11 EST

Out of 100 large metro areas, these five cities top the Milken's Institute's "Best Cities for Successful Aging" list based on access to health care, job opportunities, lifestyle factors and more.




Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:59:37 EST

Thousands of former homeowners have gotten blindsided by debt collectors coming after them for old foreclosure debt on homes that they haven't lived in for years.




Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:16:09 EST

How much does the American Dream home cost? From $2 million in Los Altos, Calif., to $65,000 in Cleveland, here's what you'll pay for a 4-bedroom, 2-bath house, according to Coldwell Banker's annual survey.




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 21:30:19 +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 [...]




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 […]




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 […]




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 [...]




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. […]




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 [...]




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 [...]




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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