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A family I know moved from California to Texas recently to take advantage of a new job opportunity. As they set out to buy a new home in their adopted North Texas city, the questions they had for their real estate agent were pretty typical, but the last one raised an eybrow:
Posted: August 17, 2017, 12:18 pm
New advances in technology are taking much of the guesswork out of going green. With home automation systems like the Wink Hub and free app, you can control the settings on many of your home devices with the push of a smartphone button or even just with your voice.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 12:18 pm


Real Estate News for Realtors and Brokers

What happens when a handful of top producers join forces to conquer the luxury real estate market? If you’re anything like the six driven agents who founded Seattle-based boutique brokerage Avenue Properties, what happens is $65 million sold in one week
Author: Gill South
Posted: August 17, 2017, 9:27 pm
It takes nine months from conception to birth to have a baby. If you had to build a business from the ground up in less than nine months, how would you do it? West + Main Homes is a brand-new brokerage in the Denver metro area -- broker-owner Stacie Perrault Staub decided in January to "take the next year to develop a brand totally from scratch."
Author: Amber Taufen
Posted: August 17, 2017, 9:24 pm
To compete on price with real estate agents, high-tech investors known as "iBuyers" will need to figure out ways to sell their homes very fast and for top dollar. Leading iBuyer Opendoor, which makes quick offers on homes and can close in days, has taken another step in this direction
Author: Teke Wiggin
Posted: August 17, 2017, 9:09 pm
After several announcements earlier this year about movement in Realogy's executive suite, the real estate giant had been largely quiet about any hiring announcements. But clearly Realogy is still tweaking its all-star lineup
Author: Amber Taufen
Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:00 pm
Since 2014, the U.S. has gained 346 new $1 million neighborhoods, which can be a good thing -- or a not-so-good thing, depending on how you look at it. According to Zillow, nearly one in 20 residential ZIP codes fall into this category because 10 percent of the homes in the area are worth $1 million or more
Author: Marian McPherson
Posted: August 17, 2017, 7:46 pm
The real estate marketplace is changing, and quickly. What were once outstanding ideas may have outgrown their usefulness. But how do you know
Author: Devon Broderick
Posted: August 17, 2017, 6:59 pm
Realtors can be a fearful lot, seeing threats in new technologies and new business models that might change the way they do business. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has in some ways encouraged this mindset, often disparaging companies such as real estate tech giant Zillow Group. But new NAR CEO Bob Goldberg, who is determined to paint himself as a change agent, is striking a more inclusive tone at the beginning of his tenure. In an interview with Inman, Goldberg said those thought of as "disrupters" should be invited into the "tent" of organized real estate in the hopes of turning them into Realtor advocates
Author: Andrea V. Brambila
Posted: August 17, 2017, 6:00 pm
Marketing. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. And though it may sometimes feel like marketing is falling outside of our job description, there’s more marketing in the day-to-day of the running of a real estate business than we may realize
Author: Brandon Doyle
Posted: August 17, 2017, 4:27 pm
In real estate sales, how many homes we sell and how much money we make is the only measure of success. What many people don’t know is that it's possible to be a jerk and make money too
Author: Teresa Boardman
Posted: August 17, 2017, 9:15 am
There seems to be some misconceptions about what options advertisers (or agents) have for targeting their ideal audience on Facebook. Everyone seems to know about the basic targeting options: age, income, location, interests, behaviors, etc
Author: Nate Dadosky
Posted: August 17, 2017, 9:00 am
Making money by flipping property has become as much of an American dream as homeownership. The full spectrum programming on HGTV is a testament to how much we want to believe that we can make money of flipping houses, in small towns, in cities -- anywhere there is a deal with good bones to be had.
Author: Deidre Woollard
Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:30 am
When you put a home on the market, the clock starts — and the pressure sets in. You only have one opportunity to make a first impression, and you don’t want the home to sit for endless days on market while your sellers get increasingly upset
Author: Cara Ameer
Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:15 am
Real estate video marketing is possibly the most effective marketing method available to agents; it's definitely one of the cheapest
Author: Pat Hiban
Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:00 am
Smaller homes with more outdoor space seem to be all the rage lately as homebuyers are abandoning the motto "bigger is better" when it comes to square footage. According to a consumer survey by Wakefield Research commissioned by residential construction company Taylor Morrison, 56 percent of buyers would be willing to sacrifice having a larger house for a larger yard. Why
Author: Marian McPherson
Posted: August 16, 2017, 10:05 pm
Homelessness, lack of affordable housing, natural disaster damage -- these are all global problems that can be alleviated through creative housing solutions
Author: Dani Vanderboegh
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:47 pm
June's housing starts report was heralded as "welcome news" by National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, who said increasing residential construction was the key to lowering home prices. This month, however, housing starts have taken a turn for the worse.
Author: Marian McPherson
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:36 pm
Every year Inc. magazine ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. This year, 17 real estate companies made the top 500 cut, while 196 made the 5,000 list
Author: Gill South
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:28 pm
The housing market saw a series of ups and downs in Q2 2017, the majority of which were largely driven by low inventory unable to meet the demand of would-be buyers. This imbalance drove home prices to rise 6.2 percent, easily eclipsing the previous Q3 2016 peak of $241,300. The Q2 median single-family home price was $255,600, a 6.2 percent year-over-year and 6.9 percent quarter-over-quarter increase
Author: Marian McPherson
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:03 pm

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