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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:04:42 EDT

Housing markets in some big Chinese cities are starting to heat up, but smaller markets like Changchun in northeastern China show few signs of thawing.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:07:48 EDT

India’s Prime Minister Modi conceived of the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, or GIFT, more than seven years ago. But the ambitious project has seen only halting progress.

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:57:01 +0000

Revisiting population data, the U.S. Census Bureau recently zeroed in on the living arrangements of adults over the last 40-plus years. Notably, the majority of adults in both 1970 and 2014 shared a household with a spouse. But if trends bear out, the gap between married adults and unmarried adults sharing households will close—fast. As […]

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:55:38 EDT

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:42:18 EDT

Criminals are laundering billions through London prime real estate but the British government is promising to get tough.

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:04:36 EDT

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:46:47 +0000

As a real estate agent, it’s important to excel in your field. But with a market that fluctuates with every passing season, shining in a specialized area will not only help you stand out, it will also allow you to eclipse the competition. One niche market that’s outshining others is the resort and second-home (RSH) […]

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:57:58 EDT

Tech and advertising companies love New York’s quirky old loft buildings and hip, unconventional neighborhoods. Trouble is, connectivity can be primitive.

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:07:48 +0000

At RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange this September, a blockbuster line-up of some of real estate’s most successful brokerage leaders – led by acclaimed coaching expert Dermot Buffini – will reveal the many facets of what it takes to build a winning real estate firm and create long-term, sustainable success. “The CEO Exchange Super Session: [...]

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:04:57 +0000

Admit it, you’ve Googled yourself or your company to see where you rank and haven’t been too happy with the results. Maybe you found yourself hovering near the bottom of the first page, or worse yet, had to click the “next” button because you weren’t even worthy of a page one result! Don’t worry. Google […]

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:48:16 EDT

The median home price climbed to $236,400 in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. Here's what that will buy you across the United States.

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 02:33:57 EDT

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

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:39:20 +0000

As a generation expected to surpass the number of baby boomers in the U.S., millennials are a target audience for businesses and advertisers. Known for being career-driven, educated, and progressive individuals, millennials are clearly making their dent in the workforce. A key part of the Millennial generation is their dedication to brand loyalty. Despite [...]

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:00:45 EDT

Living by the water doesn't always have to set you back seven figures.

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:32:24 +0000

Existing-home sales increased in June to their highest pace in over eight years, while the cumulative effect of rising demand and limited supply helped push the national median sales price to an all-time high, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. All major regions experienced sales gains in June and have now risen above year-over-year [...]

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:25:12 EDT

Condos accounted for just 5.5% of all construction of multifamily housing in the U.S. in the first quarter, the lowest ratio on record, as demand has been hit by post-crisis rules on condo mortgages and by some consumers’ shift in favor of renting.

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:40:09 EDT

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:52:03 +0000

In 2011, just 35 percent of American adults owned a smartphone. Today, nearly 64 percent of American adults own one. Smartphones are so prevalent, they even have their own physical condition attributed to them: text neck. But in all seriousness, these pocket-sized computers are reaching critical mass. In 2014 the total amount of time spent […]

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:19:24 EDT

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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:53:17 +0000

Between a parade of listing appointments, showings, negotiations and home inspections, carving out time to rest is easier said than done. As real estate’s busiest time of year marches on, we want to know: How are you unwinding this summer? Whether you plan to jet off on an excursion, take a breather from technology or […]

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 02:33:16 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.

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:09:38 EDT

Rents rose 4.3% nationwide in May, according to Zillow, but some cities are experiencing much faster growth. Here's a look at how quickly rents rose in regions across the country compared to the year before.

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:08:15 +0000

It’s safe to say that in 2015, if agents aren’t utilizing technology to the fullest, including social media, they are leaving money on the table, according to the latest RISMedia Agent Webinar entitled “Money Makers: Real Estate Technology You Need to Succeed.” Moderated by Verl Workman, the webinar checked in with Rob Levy of The […]

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 04:04:31 +0000

In real estate, it’s all about you, right? It’s your face and your name on the lawn sign, business card, office and marketing. That’s how much of your business is generated, right? People recognize your face and name and people know you, correct? Wrong. While our face and our name are integral parts to our […]

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 04:01:14 +0000

RealtyTrac® recently released its Midyear 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows a total of 597,589 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—in the first half of 2015, down 13 percent from the previous six months and down 3 percent from the same time period in 2014. A total [...]

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:51:33 +0000

If you want to survive as a real estate agent in today’s Internet savvy world, you need to go digital with your marketing. This was the important message delivered by Garry Wise and Chris Scott in the recent webinar, “Never Lose a Listing Again! Tips On Going Digital!” A 20-year real estate vet, Wise […]

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:54:58 EDT

If you are looking to live outside the box, you can buy a converted barn, church or even a firehouse.

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:10:02 +0000

Keeping a consistent real estate blog is a lot of work. On top of the actual job of being a REALTOR®, a blog requires a layer of technical knowledge and writing skill, and demands some artistic and creative talent as well. Successful blogging also requires continued learning; as search and web technologies change, a blogger […]

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:51:02 +0000

The homeownership rate is falling — from a high of 69 percent in the mid-2000s to less than 64 percent today — and lack of millennial demand is a major factor. Some even see a lower homeownership rate as “the new normal,” as an Urban Institute study declared. This trend appears worrying, especially with homeownership […]

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:07:01 +0000

Securing long-term success for your real estate firm means courting new ideas, new business models and new partnerships. This September, three top Power Brokers will share rare insights into how they built firms designed to withstand the changes of a volatile marketplace and succeed for the long-term.  During the unique kick-off session of RISMedia’s [...]

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 04:03:22 +0000

New real estate technology arrives faster than you can say, “Sold!” How can you separate the tools too good to pass up from the ones too good to be true? In this month’s webinar, “Money Makers: Real Estate Technology You Need to Succeed,” RISMedia and moderator Verl Workman will talk tech with real estate pros […]

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:42:51 EDT

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:26:29 +0000

When properly executed, open houses can be one of the best marketing tactics in real estate, not only for listings, but also for agents’ personal branding. However, their usefulness is often a polarizing topic; some find power and practicality in open houses, while others are doubtful of their value. RISMedia wants to know: Are open […]

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 05:54:03 EDT

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:37:28 +0000

Real estate agents who see a For Sale By Owner listing and get discouraged need to change their tune and instead see an opportunity. A savvy agent sees FSBO listings as their next client. It’s no secret that the number one reason someone chooses the FSBO route is because they don’t want to pay commission […]

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:31:23 EDT

Having a college degree can hamper a grad's ability to become a homeowner if it comes with a large debt load.

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 20:43:59 +0000

In an effort to “scale up” solar, the Obama Administration recently announced an initiative that will result in lower household energy bills and job growth in the clean energy sector. The initiative, unveiled by the White House earlier this week, will primarily benefit renters and low- and moderate-income communities. Centered on the launch of a […]

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:55:56 +0000

Americans’ outlook toward the current home selling market and the future of home rental prices may bode well for purchase activity this year, according to results from Fannie Mae’s June 2015 National Housing Survey™. Amid continued strong job and income growth, consumers are looking more favorably on the current selling climate, perhaps portending [...]

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:49:06 EDT

This Millennial embraced debt for her mom's sake and also ended up with a long-term investment.

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:19:15 +0000

A survey of single-family builders conducted by NAHB in June 2015 shows that shortages of labor and subcontractors—already quite widespread in mid-2014—have become even more widespread during the past year. The shortages are most acute for basic skills like carpentry, which are needed during the construction of any home. For example, in the 2015 [...]

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:34:10 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.

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 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 06:23:45 EDT

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

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:50:53 EDT

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

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:53:53 EDT

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:58:00 EDT

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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.

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 02:32:34 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.

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.

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.

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:33:05 EDT

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

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.

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.

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 02:32:25 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 02:33:22 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 02:35:01 EDT

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

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?)

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

Thu, 14 May 2015 02:32:29 EDT

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

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 02:32:33 EDT

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

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 02:33:59 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.

Fri, 08 May 2015 02:33:10 EDT

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

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 […]

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:10:09 EST

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