Less than a decade after the U.S. housing bust almost blew the world economy to smithereens, Americans are once again looking at real estate as their best long-term investment — better than gold, stocks, savings accounts and bonds. That̵
Interesting, go-figure week. New economic data were strong but ignored by markets; Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made dovish speeches, which revived the stock market; and Ukraine (back from the brink) removed a safety bid from bonds. March retail sal
When the housing bubble burst, some of the hardest-hit markets around the nation were the “exurbs” — bedroom communities built far from job centers in high-cost housing markets to provide single-family homes for workers who a
How many times have you looked at your phone and worried that your battery is about to die? My solution to this phone battery phobia is the Anker Astro Mini Charger, or as I like to call it, "the lipstick charger." ...
In 2013, the average single-family home seller in San Francisco who kept his or her property off the local multiple listing service left more than $200,000 on the table. That’s according to a study by San Francisco agents Matt Fuller ...
Do you feel you can liken your Facebook or LinkedIn news feed to a client's hoarding nightmare? Are things appearing in front of you that you no longer have interest in? Great gems are hiding under that mess! Old clients and friends you haven't
Houzz co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko, who is helping take home renovation out of the dark ages by marrying technology and community, has some advice for aspiring startups who’d like to follow in her footsteps: Build and refine your product ...
The number of homes for sale and the amount of time they’d typically been on the market both increased in March, “welcome signs” for spring buyers, realtor.com reported today. The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.co
We are living in a world dependent on technology, and apps play an integral role in our lives touching everything from counting calories and getting directions to directly impacting the way we conduct business. But how do we find the most effective, affor
I've been doing research on the code of ethics as it applies to fair housing and the new "religious freedom" laws. I still have a lot to learn, but I found some very interesting details about segregation.
In the late 1910s, protective co
Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.27 percent with an average point of 0.7 for the week ending April 17, down from 4.34 percent last week but up from 3.41 percent a year ago, according to Freddie Mac?s latest Primary ...
Sometimes you do everything right and you still end up in litigation or losing your commission. Attorneys thrive on the fact that it is often cheaper to settle rather than to defend a frivolous lawsuit. On the other hand, sometimes the suit is justified e
According to the National Association of Realtors, 89 percent of home shoppers use a mobile device during their search. Furthermore, 68 percent of them contacted a real estate professional based on a mobile search. And 21 percent of them found a listing a
According to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent member survey, the median age of Realtors in 2012 was 57, up from 51 in 2007. Just in case anyone forgets the difference between “median” and “average,&
What’s one of the secret weapons for success at media juggernaut Huffington Post Media Group? Nap rooms. So says Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Yes, people looked at her askance when she insisted on providing space
Big brokers would like to use multiple listing service data to create automated property valuations to sell to financial institutions, and they want the National Association of Realtors to require MLSs to help them do it. That’s according to a