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Leigh Brown’s reader mail: My first listing appointment
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 4:00:03
We asked readers to submit their questions via email. In this segment of Leigh Brown's reader mail, a new agent asks Leigh for advice on how to handle her first listing appointment ... read more»

4 open house tips from the pros
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 3:00:29
When you are trying to figure out best practices, it is best just to ask the people who have years of experience and have figured out what works. And that's just what we did; here are the top four open house tips we gathered from the pros ... read more»

Cheryl Maupin: ‘You can find out anything anyway, so what is there to hide?’
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 2:15:24
Cheryl Maupin of Bev & Co. - House of Brokers Realty talks meditation, hiring people whose strengths balance your weaknesses and why technology can keep her up at night ... read more»

Tech how-to: ranking and hiring real estate website design firms
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 1:45:24
Real estate transactions are executed on standard forms under (ideally) hard deadlines. State rules and industry-wide best practices fence in maverick sales tactics. It's no wonder, then, that when it comes to website needs, agents seek solutions that originate from templates using canned content ... read more»

Joe Killinger: ‘Successful agents will be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of their clients’
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 1:30:46
When asked how the role of the real estate agent will change in coming years, Killinger says: "I believe the successful agents will be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of their clients and embrace new technology to become more efficient." ... read more»

8 real estate landing page myths — busted
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 1:00:34
Real estate landing pages are one of the most important parts of your business -- or at least they should be. These pages are designed to deliver access or information to prospects searching for what you offer. I will debunk some of the most common marketing misinterpretations and myths when it comes to real estate landing pages ... read more»

June 2015 industry partnerships
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 0:05:52
Who joined forces in the real estate industry in June to help agents up their game? Here's our rundown, in chronological order ... read more»

Average Manhattan condo sells for nearly $2 million
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:01:11
Two reports show that while condo closing volume declined in Manhattan by 10 percent to 20 percent during the second quarter, median and average sales prices rose by 6 percent to more than 11 percent spanning the past 12 months. The average Manhattan apartment sold for more than $1.8 million during the second quarter, which represents an 8 percent rise when compared to a year ago, according to a report released by Brown Harris Stevens -- a New York-focused residential services provider ... read more»

Former Trulia exec Alon Chaver joins Broker Public Portal board
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:31:58
Former Trulia exec Alon Chaver has joined the board of managers for the first national MLS listing portal, dubbed the Broker Public Portal. Chaver, who helped secure data license agreements with MLSs and brokerages for nearly three years as vice president of industry services at Trulia, joins the 16-member board as an outside director. Chaver left Trulia earlier this month ... read more»

DC’s historic Italian Embassy slated to become luxury apartment building
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:26:30
Soon residents of Washington, D.C., will have the chance to live in a historic building that was the former Italian Embassy. Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily developer that works throughout the nation, today announced that it acquired the neo-Renaissance building -- completed in 1925. Mill Creek Residential will convert the former embassy into luxury apartments ... read more»

Right-wing radio host Glenn Beck promoting his real estate referral network
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:04:14
Joel Fletes, a real estate agent with Re/Max Futura in San Francisco, is working to close a lead from conservative radio and TV host Glenn Beck. Fletes doesn't know Beck and Beck doesn't know the home seller, but Fletes is prepared to pay a 25 percent referral fee to Beck's firm, Real Estate Agents I Trust, if he turns the lead into a client ... read more»

Silicon Valley Airbnb host successfully rents backyard tent for $46/night
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:42:37
Finding an affordable place in Silicon Valley is like finding a needle in a haystack, and even that may be easier. According to Rentbits, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in nearby San Francisco is $3,600 -- but for the low cost of $900 per month, one lucky person can find the apartment of their dreams ... more or less ... read more»

Top 10 metros for home price gains
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:31:18
Backing the findings of other recent reports, Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller’s U.S. National Home Price Index shows that home prices continue to escalate. Spanning April 2014 to April 2015, 10 markets experienced year-over-year price growth that exceeded 5 percent. Overall, home prices escalated by 4.2 percent during the 12-month period ... read more»

3-D home of the day
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:00:30
Old meets new in this spectacular, renovated century home located in sought-after Olde Aurora, Ontario. This home features soaring 9- to 12-foot ceilings and a gourmet kitchen upgraded with marble countertops ... read more»

Average US home price nudges up to $248,000
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:48:17
Home prices are up modestly this spring, according to the latest housing market data released by Black Knight Financial Services Inc. The mortgage industry technology, data and analytics provider released its Home Price Index (HPI) for April this week. The HPI represents the price of nondistressed sales by taking into account price discounts for REO and short sales ... read more»

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman: Low commission fees aren’t ‘rational’
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:45:30
If Redfin acted rationally, the high-tech brokerage would charge higher commission fees, according to Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. Why? Because Redfin has found that increasing its commission rate does not impact demand for its services, meaning the brokerage could theoretically boost profits if it charged going rates to match its competitors ... read more»

How changing oil prices affect real estate values
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:42:25
How do oil prices of $40 per barrel influence home values? Check out this HouseCanary infographic ... read more»

Pending home sales hit 9-year high
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:32:22
Home sales are off to their best year since before the financial collapse, according to the National Association of Realtors. According to the association’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a predictor of housing market activity based on contract signings, contract activity rose again in May for the fifth straight month and is at its highest level since April ... read more»

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