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Sat, 23 May 2015 04:03:45 +0000

NAHB’s analysis of Census Data from the Quarterly Starts and Completions by Purpose and Design survey indicates that the number of custom home building starts (homes built on an owner’s land, with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor) posted a slight decline on a year-over year basis from 27,000 starts at the […]

Fri, 22 May 2015 07:37:12 EDT

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

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:09:59 EDT

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Thu, 21 May 2015 14:59:37 EDT

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

Thu, 21 May 2015 23:29:38 +0000

While many real estate agents panicked over the mobile updates brought about by Google’s Mobilegeddon, another less-expected algorithm update may have been overlooked, and its changes may be even more significant. With over 728 million daily users, Facebook is still the top way to create networking opportunities in the world of real estate. However, [...]

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.

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 22:34:08 EDT

New York-based GTIS is now the largest hotel owner in Brazil, following a $400 million takeover of Brazil Hospitality Group. The U.S. investor plans to upgrade properties and expand the hotel operator’s reach.

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.

Wed, 20 May 2015 13:07:40 EDT

Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky’s proposal, aimed at tackling one the country’s worst foreclosure backlogs, would include streamlining the process for abandoned or vacant properties.

Wed, 20 May 2015 20:39:53 +0000

“Part of our role as real estate professionals is to get out there and network and find other thought leaders with whom we can share and learn from,” said John Featherston during RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum in Washington, D.C., last week. “And then we have to repeat that process over and over again. We have […]

Wed, 20 May 2015 04:25:20 EDT

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

Tue, 19 May 2015 18:46:56 EDT

Existing-home sales in the U.S. this year are expected to hit levels not seen since 2006.

Mon, 18 May 2015 22:00:33 EDT

A $2 million budget can mean a sprawling mansion or a one-bedroom apartment.

Tue, 19 May 2015 21:10:02 +0000

After a slugging winter, housing starts have jumped a whopping 20.2 percent in April, restoring themselves to what some are calling “recovery highs,” levels similar to November 2007. Housing start landed at a 1.14 million annualized rates, up from a 944,000 pace in March, the highest it has been in 7 years, according to a […]

Tue, 19 May 2015 18:37:09 EDT

CIM is cashing in with a deal this week to sell a 29-story office tower in Manhattan for $2.6 billion, the second-highest sale price ever for a U.S. office building.

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:08:33 EDT

Rich Russians poured money into Monaco real estate last year, helping boost property transactions in the city state to a record high.

Sun, 17 May 2015 22:12:04 EDT

A round-up of commercial real-estate news in the Greater New York region.

Mon, 18 May 2015 20:57:44 +0000

This past Saturday during the 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., the NAR Board of Directors approved a partnership between the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and its wholly owned subsidiary Realtors Property Resource® (RPR) and UpstreamRE, LLC, to create a nationwide broker data-entry and collection [...]

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 17:06:54 +0000

On Thursday, May 21, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will be releasing its freshest batch of existing-home sales numbers. According to the data, market capacity for existing-home sales increased 1.3 percent in April, and improvements in the labor market and a spring surge in price appreciation pushed the capacity for existing-home sales [...]

Fri, 15 May 2015 23:11:32 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, 16 May 2015 02:31:53 EDT

For an April-themed arrangement, floral designer Lindsey Taylor welcomes the rainy season with a riff on Gerhard Richter’s windshield-wiper-ish painting ‘Bouquet.’

Fri, 15 May 2015 20:54:50 EDT

A slew of innovative app-based services help New Yorkers instantly book short stints at the smallest of city spaces—a bathroom, a living room, an office. Need a pit stop? Try Airpnp.

Sat, 16 May 2015 04:04:59 +0000

REALTORS® need to be marketing online more than ever, but what are you actually supposed to do?  What tactics produce results? The frustration for many REALTORS® is that the typical online lead generation tactics big brands use simply don’t work on a local level. These are the strategies that most often make it onto the […]

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 02:32:44 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 02:34:18 EDT

One writer recalls his lifelong love affair with black-and-white checkerboard floors.

Fri, 15 May 2015 13:07:56 EDT

Paula Deen is selling her home as she tries to revive her career.

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 02:33:06 EDT

Known as “Gemini,” the nearly 16-acre estate south of Palm Beach is one of the highest priced listings in the country

Fri, 15 May 2015 02:33:22 EDT

Buyers value new, highly personalized houses—forget resales. This model has one happy side-effect: a flourishing of some of the world’s most wonderfully bizarre architecture.

Fri, 15 May 2015 07:17:00 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.

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

Thu, 14 May 2015 02:32:33 EDT

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

Thu, 14 May 2015 02:33:32 EDT

The actress/dancer was a tomboy who grew up in a lively Washington, D.C., home.

Thu, 14 May 2015 02:32:29 EDT

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

Thu, 14 May 2015 21:05:36 +0000

Existing-home sales are expected to finish the year at their highest pace since 2006, but accelerating price growth and rising mortgage rates have the potential to slow sales, according to an economic forecast forum here at the 2015 Realtors® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors®, [...]

Wed, 13 May 2015 22:56:25 EDT

This luxury period-style home on more than 50,000 square feet of land has a national park out the back door and is just a 90-minute drive from Sydney.

Wed, 13 May 2015 02:32:23 EDT

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

Wed, 13 May 2015 12:26:16 EDT

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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 20:54:26 +0000

With housing on a steady path to recovery, home prices have risen approximately 20 percent in the last three years, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Case-Shiller house price indices—and both consumers and industry professionals expect that upward trajectory to continue this year. The anticipated [...]

Wed, 13 May 2015 09:04:05 EDT

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Tue, 12 May 2015 21:22:43 +0000

Underscoring its aggressive growth pattern and reinvigorated strategy in the online real estate space, Tuesday,® unveiled a new logo, branding, and national consumer ad campaign featuring popular film star Elizabeth Banks. The announcement was made in Washington, D.C. Tuesday afternoon by Move CEO Ryan O’Hara in keynote remarks to more [...]

Mon, 11 May 2015 11:33:31 EDT

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Mon, 11 May 2015 20:59:36 +0000

Stronger demand amidst lagging inventory levels caused home prices to accelerate in many metro areas during the first quarter of 2015, and the number of areas experiencing double-digit price appreciation doubled compared to last quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. The median existing single-family [...]

Mon, 11 May 2015 17:32:42 EDT

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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 [...]

Sun, 10 May 2015 17:07:12 +0000

In the April 2015 iteration of the Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey (SLOOS), the Federal Reserve Board included a special question on residential real estate lending. That special question asked banks about how they had responded to new guidelines issued by the GSEs on November 20, 2014, on the definition of life-of-loan representation and warranty [...]

Sat, 09 May 2015 04:06:17 +0000

Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and racially integrated neighborhoods, according to a new Cornell University analysis of the crisis. Led by demographer Matthew Hall, researchers estimate [...]

Fri, 08 May 2015 02:33:10 EDT

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

Fri, 08 May 2015 02:33:53 EDT

There are rare deals in glittering Cap d’Antibes, the onetime party spot of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Fri, 08 May 2015 02:33:59 EDT

Spain’s second city is luring new home buyers who like the city-and-surf lifestyle of the coastal metropolis.

Thu, 07 May 2015 16:18:57 EDT

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

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.

Thu, 07 May 2015 21:06:26 +0000

Every turn of the calendar, people make New Year’s resolutions. Every election, politicians say that government leaders need to be held accountable. And every year organizations tell their leaders, “We need to hold our people to their words and actions.” Yet—just like New Year’s resolutions—these scenarios for accountability fall drastically [...]

Wed, 06 May 2015 20:04:13 +0000

Opinions on where real estate prices are heading from here might be mixed, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Millennials will be a big part of it. According to a recent survey from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the so-called millennial generation—depending who you ask, it’s defined as those born between the early […]

Tue, 05 May 2015 20:14:11 +0000

Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 5.9 percent in March 2015 compared with March 2014 according to a recently released CoreLogic® Home Price Index (HPI®). This change represents 37 months of consecutive year-over-year increases in home prices nationally. On a month-over-month basis, home prices nationwide, including distressed [...]

Mon, 04 May 2015 21:11:46 +0000

Negotiation is about settling differences to reach an agreement, and every part of the home-buying process is about doing precisely this. Your agents practice this skill when they convert prospects into clients, help buyers prioritize needs while touring homes, and when they liaise with the seller and listing agent to finalize the deal. Negotiation [...]

Mon, 04 May 2015 12:37:31 EDT

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Sun, 03 May 2015 17:06:12 +0000

Leading Power Brokers from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 14th, to share strategies for capitalizing on key market opportunities during RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum, held during the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. This year’s Forum, “Seizing Key Market Opportunities,” [...]

Sat, 02 May 2015 04:04:22 +0000

It seems like everyone has a real estate blog these days, as many real estate agents have joined the blogosphere over the last few years. ActiveRain has grown to over 250,000 bloggers, Zillow,, and many other major real estate news sites have also started blogs. The space is glutted. Just out of curiosity, […]

Fri, 01 May 2015 04:01:08 +0000

Owner-occupant buyers accounted for 63.2 percent of all residential single family home and condo sales in the first quarter of 2015, down from 65.8 percent in the previous quarter and 68.6 percent a year ago to the lowest quarterly level going back to the first quarter of 2011, the earliest quarter with data available. This […]

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:23:14 EDT

Pet owners' search for a rental unit can be tough, especially those with big dogs.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 23:05:47 EDT

The influential photographer lived at the West Village property in the 1960s.

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:03:55 EDT

Those in the market for a new condo in New York City next year can expect to pay more than $3 million.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:39:27 EDT

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:23:17 EDT

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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.

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:21:49 EDT

A roundup of real-estate news in the Greater New York area.

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:36:32 EDT

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:09:17 EDT

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:43:30 EDT

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is set to direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce mortgage fees on some borrowers.

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:48:25 EDT

Many who lost their homes during the early part of the financial crisis are rebounding after credit-penalty phase.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:31:30 +0000

Those using low down payment plans dropped last year, according to recently released news from RealtyTrac, who analyzed the size of down payments on nearly 20 million purchase loans for single family homes and condos nationwide from 2004 through 2014. Results show that in 2014 the share of buyers putting down 3 percent or less […]

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:53:13 EST

In the market for a new home? Or planning to refinance? Find out what your monthly payment will be.

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:44:17 +0000

NAR Broker Tip of the Month—In a speech to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday, January 12, President Obama unveiled new proposals to address how consumers’ personal data is handled. Among his proposals included “The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act” which clarifies and strengthens the obligations businesses have to notify [...]

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:05:26 +0000

A recently released study done by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found nearly half of Americans looking to purchase a home do not do their due diligence by shopping around for mortgage lenders. Rather, the survey found potential borrowers seriously consider only one lender, and that lender is often someone they’re already working [...]

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:47:31 +0000

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, announced Tuesday the consolidation of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (based in Seattle, WA) and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (based in Portland, OR), creating a regional Pacific Northwest brokerage. Jason Waugh, current president and CEO of Berkshire [...]

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:05:22 +0000

An interesting new paper published by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York demonstrates the important role downpayment and wealth constraints play in shaping housing demand, particularly for lower-income homebuyers. Using survey data, the authors (Andreas Fuster and Basit Zafar) employ a strategy to measure housing demand impacts that [...]

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:00:54 +0000

Compare your monthly expenses to those of your grandparents (maybe even your parents), and you’ll probably find that your expense list is quite a bit longer. Over the decades, more and more conveniences, habits, and gadgets have found their way into our everyday lives. And gradually we’ve accepted them as normal, even necessary. (For instance, […]

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:08:37 +0000

There’s more news to report this week on the ongoing battle among the real estate search giants. Zillow disclosed this week in an SEC filing that its listing agreement with Listhub will end on April 7. In the filing, filed Jan. 6, Zillow revealed it will not renew its four-year listing data share agreement with […]

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:41:58 +0000

News Corp announced Wednesday that Ryan O’Hara will become Chief Executive Officer of Move, effective January 5, 2015. O’Hara will replace CEO Steven Berkowitz, who has led the company since January 2009. News Corp acquired Move, a leading provider of online real estate services, including®, last month. “We are excited to have secured [...]

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:53:03 +0000

A few years ago, I wrote a post on Econsultancy detailing my escalating frustration with property websites and agents when looking for a place to live. So I was particularly pleased to hear about RentalRoost, a U.S. company aiming to disrupt the property market and place more power in the hands of the buyer. We […]

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:34:49 +0000

One factor holding back a stronger rebound in home construction has been the tight availability of acquisition, development and construction (AD&C) loans. However, the stock of residential AD&C loans outstanding has been on the rise, posting a 17 percent gain since the third quarter of 2013. According to data from the FDIC and NAHB analysis, [...]

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:27:52 +0000

Brad Korb, broker/owner of The Brad Korb Real Estate Group in Burbank, Calif., uses Zillow to stay on top in his local market. As both a Zillow Premier Agent and a Zillow Pro for Brokers partner, Korb’s agents benefit from immense exposure in the Burbank area and up-to-date, accurate listings. In the following interview, Korb […]

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:06:44 +0000

Despite an improving job market and low interest rates, the share of first-time buyers fell to its lowest point in nearly three decades and is preventing a healthier housing market from reaching its full potential, according to an annual survey released recently by the National Association of REALTORS®. The survey additionally found that an overwhelming [...]

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:30:20 +0000

Pending home sales rose slightly in September and are now above year-over-year levels for the first time in 11 months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, inched  0.3 percent to 105.0 in September from 104.7 in August, and is now 1.0 percent [...]

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:27:58 +0000

Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus, addressed RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City on September 10, 2014. He has led Cartus throughout its growth and transformation from a predominantly U.S.-centric relocation firm into a global market leader in related HR and financial services. He spoke about corporate trends in employee [...]

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:11:59 +0000

After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, [...]

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:05:16 +0000

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates hitting new lows for the year as 10-year bond yields briefly dipped below 2 percent. At 3.97 percent the average 30-year fixed rate is at its lowest level since the week of June 20, 2013 when it […]

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:47:02 +0000

Whether you’re simply speaking at an open house, addressing your entire company or taking over a panel, below are six ways to really rock your public speaking—and don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to picture anyone in their Underoos. First, create a speech map. Instead of (or in addition to) writing everything down […]

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:33:27 +0000

(MCT)—To improve financial literacy, you have to reach children at an early age so they can establish a strong foundation. Texas is off to a good start. Starting with the current school year, students from kindergarten through eighth grade are required to take financial literacy lessons in their math classes. And high school seniors get […]

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 [...]

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:10:09 EST

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