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What’s next in 2016? You tell us
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:45:40
Are you feeling optimistic about 2016 -- or not so much? Will mortgage rates go up or down next year? How about home values? What are you worried about, and where are the opportunities? Take our survey and tell us what's next ... read more»

MLSs anxious about their role in Upstream
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:23:41
MLS executives were treated to multiple presentations about broker-backed initiative Upstream at the National Association of Realtors' conference in San Diego, but MLS execs say those presentations left a lot of questions unanswered -- or answered poorly. Upstream intends to give brokers a single point of entry to manage property data and also give brokers the choice of where to distribute it ... read more»

3-D home of the day: The castle on the hill
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:00:59
Known as "the castle on the hill," Artemesia is a private estate situated on nearly two acres of secluded forest in upscale Hollywood Hills. The 13,290-square-foot residence is the largest arts-and-crafts-style home in the world ... read more»

San Francisco is third worst metro for traffic
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:00:29
Along with housing costs, traffic congestion in metro San Francisco appears to be an additional stress for residents. Drivers in San Francisco are said to deal with 78 hours of traffic-related delays during a year, according to a report from INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute ... read more»

Tom Schick on what’s next in tech for 2016
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:59:54
The push towards the high-tech agent is expanding the gap between the great agents and the good agents. I see the best companies hiring technology specialists to assist with clients, listings and marketing. I also see the rise of marketing automation, to stay in touch with people, generate new leads and respond to property inquiries. More agents in 2016 are getting into the tech trends to improve agent websites, capture leads through apps, ads and websites, and to tell the story and capture the emotions of buyers in property websites ... read more»

David Parnes defines luxury
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:45:02
The Agency representative talks about growth in his market and how he'd define luxury ... read more»

Podcast: Do rich agents know something that you don’t?
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:34:37
Ever wondered what wealthy, successful real estate agents are doing that you're not? Do they practice real estate the way that they do because they know something that you don't? We're here to tell you that they do! What it comes down to is your mindset for success -- something that rich agents all share, and less successful agents ultimately lack ... read more»

Home sales closing out 2015 with a whimper
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:27:24
Still struggling to find the right home in a competitive housing market, buyers aren’t flocking to close sales like they were in the spring, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) noted in its latest Pending Home Sales Index. Pending home sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, have hit a plateau thanks to persisting supply constraints and affordability concerns, NAR said ... read more»

4 tips to creating a more engaging newsletter
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:00:52
By now, I think we have all heard the stats of how many buyers and sellers say they would either use their agent again or refer them to a friend or family member, but they never do because a year later they can't even remember the agent's name. That’s not the consumer's fault -- that’s the agent's failure to stay top-of-mind with their clients. An e-newsletter is an excellent way to remain on the client's mind long after the transaction ends ... read more»

Privacy, investment opportunity or location?
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:52:24
What do your clients -- or you -- prefer ... read more»

3 apps to prepare sellers for D-Day
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:00:58
Clutter is the homeseller's seemingly innocent but conniving mortal enemy to selling in the least amount of time for the most money. "Over 140 million people over the age of 50 years old are now facing the overwhelming task of downsizing and handling all the personal possessions found in estates," as explained by Julie Hall, The Estate Lady in "What am I going to do with all my stuff?" And clutter is by no means a generational phenomenon -- clutter clings to the best of us ... read more»

Houston art auction raises cash for nonprofit housing group
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:00:26
Art on the Avenue saw nearly 600 supporters turned out at the Heights-area venue to bid on 545 paintings, jewelry and clothing items created by 285 artists and 35 student artists, with proceeds directed to the non-profit, which builds affordable housing for artists, seniors and low-income families ... read more»

ZIP code profile: 60302
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:00:10
The 60302 ZIP code is one of several that covers the Oak Park community. The suburban village to the West of Chicago is known for its historic charm and shopping and dining amenities, and with it's close proximity to downtown, it's a haven for homebuyers. ... read more»

Miami Realtors do well on 2015 America’s Best list
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 9:00:59
On the Florida entry on the REAL Trends Best Agents in America list, a handful of well-regarded Miami-area Realtors stand out. Here’s a brief introduction to the top five by the “individuals by sides” ranking ... read more»

DC market’s improvement largely due to employment opportunities
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 9:00:57
According to the Freddie Mac Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi), Washington, D.C. came right "in range" for improvement by a mere 0.3 points. The market was reported at 80.3, a 0.5 percent improvement over last month an 1.01 percent over the last three months. ... read more»

Flat is the new black, says Property Radar of lack of seasonal sales growth
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 9:00:45
Are buyers finally resisting unrelenting price increases in the California home market? Or, is it just that time of year for sluggish home sales? ... read more»

New Zillow Group agent app aims to boost advertising dollars in company coffers
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 7:12:17
Zillow Group is rolling out a new mobile app designed to allow agents to manage their online leads and company profiles more efficiently. If it works, Zillow Group hopes it will inspire agents to send more advertising dollars its way ... read more»

ZIP code profile: 90069
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 6:00:54
Comprising West Hollywood and the area surrounding Sunset Boulevard, the 90069 ZIP code is one of the most exclusive in Los Angeles. The ZIP code has a population of more than 20,000 and a median home price of $1,721,600, according to Best Places ... read more»

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