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4 Chicago tech companies transforming local real estate operations
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:03:05
Although not quite on par with Silicon Valley, Chicago tech startups are opening and expanding fairly quickly. The neighborhoods of River North and the West Loop, where Google just opened its new swanky offices, are both littered with familiar and fresh faces determined to transform technology for the better ... read more»

Open house jewel thieves steal $150K worth of luxury loot
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:03:00
A major robbery in Sherman Oaks, a Los Angeles neighborhood, serves as an unfortunate reminder that you can never be too careful when letting strangers into your home, even when you're trying to sell it ... read more»

Everything you need to know to make a real estate video
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:45:55
Over the past year, videos have become an integral part of many real estate professionals' marketing strategies because of their virality and the plethora of options for video creation, such as Facebook Live, Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope and YouTube. But some agents still steer away from videos because they simply don't know how to tap into their creativity and get started ... read more»

ZIP code profile: 94903
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:38:42
The 94903 ZIP code comprises part of the city of San Rafael. The area sits in Marin County, about a 35 minute drive from Oakland and 45 minutes from San Francisco, and is known for its beautiful tree coverage and nature preserves ... read more»

Fewer homes sold in Palm Beach in July, but for higher prices
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:03:31
The Realtors Association of Palm Beach (RAPB) released July sales figures for Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. The findings? Less homes sold overall, but more dollar volume was transacted, meaning more expensive homes came off the market than last year ... read more»

Increased rental inventory in New York City helps soften prices
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:55:09
Rent prices across the Big Apple moved in different directions last month, according to the Douglas Elliman rental survey for July. However, rental inventory showed a consistent upward trend in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens ... read more»

Best cities for short-term rental investment properties in 2016
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:00:47
Even if the reason isn't to purchase a home specifically for rental purposes, some homebuyers are interested in the possibility of bringing in some extra cash. Rented.com recently released its Best Places to Buy Rental Property in 2016, finding the best cities, vacation spots and small towns to own a short-term rental property ... read more»

How to be the local market expert with Market Intel
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:55:18
With Market Intel, you can be the true market data expert, with the ability to chart the price history of multiple houses or multiple ZIPs in one metro. This new level of detail helps you get ahead of the competition, by spotting historical trends from the individual house up to the metro level in a way that has not been possible before ... read more»

Trulia highlights most improved school districts in major metros
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:28:27
What's that old saying? Something like: "Every time a school bus drives away with children in it, a mother and father get a few more hours of relaxation." OK, so that's not really a saying -- but it's back to school time, which means it's time for parents to evaluate where their kids learn ... read more»

Discount brokerage gets $100M more from billionaire founder
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 9:13:48
“$200 million is no problem for Mr. Sekiguchi,” said billionaire real estate developer Takeshi Sekiguchi, speaking of himself in the third person about his investment in SRE Matrix, which is a discount brokerage that he founded in 2014. SRE stands for "Smart Real Estate." A company spokesperson confirmed that Sekiguchi has poured an additional $100 million into SRE, which purportedly brings its total funding -- all provided by Sekiguchi -- to $200 million ... read more»

Forget the American Dream: For millennials, renting is the American Choice
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 3:00:48
I’m 31. I have a great job. I have a savings account and patio furniture and a dog. And -- I’m not embarrassed to say it -- I’m a renter…and just might be for life. Nor am I alone -- not by a long shot ... read more»

Podcast: 18 rules of relentless lead follow-up (Part 4)
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 3:00:45
As we close out our series on relentless and furiously fast lead follow-up, our final six points are filled with takeaways and real life examples that we hope you'll learn from ... read more»

Where are Houston’s best schools?
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 2:59:02
Homebuyer needs and wants aren't universal, but those with children share at least one of the same demands: good schools. Niche.com provides millions of reviews, polls and data on schools throughout the nation, which are then used to rank the top Houston-area school districts, basing it on student and parent reviews, state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores and teacher quality ... read more»

How computer vision is reshaping real estate search
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 2:30:52
RealScout CEO Andrew Flachner's discussion of real estate home search -- using jellybeans as a learning tool -- was one of the hits of Inman Connect San Francisco ... read more»

How agents should use Instagram’s new business profiles
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 1:30:14
We’ve seen a lot of great Instagram updates lately, including the ability to add stories, which is a direct attack on Snapchat. We’ve also seen an overhaul (and the creation of) business pages on Instagram. Here's an illustrated step-by-step guide that shows you how to get set up right away ... read more»

How one agent made his name as a media entrepreneur
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 1:30:13
Real estate agent Ben Hirsh just "wasn't Buckhead enough” to snag a $3 million listing in Atlanta's affluent uptown district, known for its large single-family homes, top-notch shopping and the finest restaurants -- all with dense forest views. An inferior agent was appointed instead for her good social connections, he says. But the lost battle was the impetus he needed to win the war ... read more»

Black Knight LA home price index for June 2016
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 1:00:55
Black Knight Financial Services released its June 2016 home price index data for Los Angeles, based on summarized sales data -- here's how the metro measured up ... read more»

5 crucial tips for keeping the smart home secure
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 1:00:54
By and large, smart home technology has arrived -- including thermostats that can learn the preferred temperature settings of the family and energy-efficient lighting systems that produce a variety of ambiances ... read more»

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