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Low inventory pushing Chicago suburbs closer to sellers
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:19:58
The housing market in the Chicago suburbs is ending the summer on a high note, according to new data released by Midwest Real Estate Data and Mainstreet Organization of Realtors (MORe). Measuring data from 200 surrounding communities in the Chicagoland area, the July housing data covers DuPage, Lake and suburban Cook counties ... read more»

LA’s new construction booms in first half of 2016, but its still nowhere near New York
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:21:17
A new report from Dodge Data & Analytics shows new construction starts in the commercial and multifamily sector down 5 percent nationwide. Following a banner year in 2015 thanks to major project in New York, the first half of 2016 shows signs of leveling off under the previous year's mark ... read more»

The one thing every luxury marketing plan must have
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:52:30
Ben Bacal, an agent with Rodeo Realty and founder of Roofshoot, has made a name for himself in the high-end luxury market by melding together the mindset of a never-quit entrepreneur, the follow-through of seasoned salesman and the vision of a Hollywood director ... read more»

Special Report: How to make the most of open houses
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:03:43
It's 11 a.m. and brunch is calling your name. But instead of meeting your friends for breakfast tacos, you’ve got to get your game face on -- and it’s not to cheer on your favorite football team. Signs and balloons in hand, you’re out the door for this afternoon’s big hoorah: Open House Sunday. Love them or hate them, to many in the business these regular marketing events are a "necessary evil,” while others put a more positive spin on this opportunity to interact with their community ... read more»

Facing affordability issues, home sales hit a wall in July
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 8:03:33
For four straight months, home sales have been steadily climbing, according to the National Association of Realtors. In May, existing home sales boasted their highest pace in nine years. But during this time, the dark overhang of tight inventory has never dissipated from the housing market conversation. And it appears that this restraint finally superseded buyer momentum fueled by low mortgage rates ... read more»

Redfin: embattled LA homebuyers step back
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 3:30:07
Home prices in the city of Los Angeles rose 7.1 percent in July from a year earlier, to $600,000 – nearly double the price buyers were paying for an L.A. home five years ago. Home sales declined significantly, falling 9.3 percent compared to last July, mirroring a nationwide trend of declining sales activity ... read more»

Redfin: DC faces lowest supply of homes on record
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 3:15:20
Washington D.C., home prices increased 3.2 percent in July from a year earlier to a median sale price of $558,000. After prices declined in June, the peak of the real estate season, homeowners in the District welcomed July’s price appreciation ... read more»

Podcast: 18 rules of relentless lead follow-up (Part 2)
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 3:00:49
Today, we focus on two major points that are critical to great lead follow-up: lead quality and leaving messages. Major mistakes that cost you money are made every day in these two categories. Adopt these two points, and you'll start to see your business turn around almost instantly. ... read more»

How location-based marketing led us to Pokemon Go for real estate
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 2:30:41
Pokemon Go is the hottest mobile gaming app on the market, and it only came out in July in the United States. In addition to shattering records for users, downloads and participation, it heralds some major progress in the fields of technologies surrounding geolocation, augmented reality and virtual reality. Which means it can teach valuable lessons for location-based marketing, especially in the real estate and multi-housing industries ... read more»

10 technology trends that will change your business
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 2:30:03
National speaker Kristi Kennelly gave a quick runthrough of what agents and brokers need to be looking at for their businesses at Inman Connect San Francisco. Watch the video ... read more»

5 ways to become a player in your market
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 2:00:19
To be at the top of your craft, you have to have dedication. The successful brokers and agents of today understand this, which is why they control a majority of the business in the areas they service ... read more»

OneMob believes real estate agents can lead the use of video email
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 1:45:50
Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. Video is growing steadily in real estate marketing. It’s a compelling form of media and getting easier to leverage every day. ... read more»

3 major technologies driving real estate innovation today
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 1:30:15
Housing markets are heating back up with new home sales reaching their highest level since the financial crisis and market crash of 2008. Trulia’s Housing Economist, Ralph McLaughlin, determined the hot 2016 markets to watch accounting for key factors such as: affordability, job growth and vacancy rates ... read more»

How to create a buying frenzy to sell listings faster and for more money
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 1:00:46
Could you use a real estate strategy to help you sell listings faster for more money? When it comes to selling real estate listings faster and getting sellers a higher sales price at closing, Devin Doherty is definitely and expert ... read more»

Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 1:00:22
I'm part of the "sandwich generation," which means that just as our boys began to move out and move on, my husband's mom started experiencing the ill-effects of aging, and moved in... Oh vey! ... read more»

How to build a career as a team leader and top agent
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 0:15:46
You will not see Amy Kite -- a top-performing Chicago team leader -- oversharing on social media. Or anyone else on her team of nine agents, for that matter. "As far as social media goes, we do some Facebook ads -- but otherwise, it's not our thing," said Kite, leader of the Amy Kite Team, based out of the Keller Williams Infinity office in Naperville, Illinois ... read more»

Daily market update: August 24, 2016
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 0:00:45
Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news ... read more»

Houzz tour: superstar style for a small bathroom
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:00:27
“This is the smallest bathroom I’ve ever designed,” says interior designer Nicole White. Working with just over 32 square feet and a room width that could not accommodate a standard-size bathtub, she had to get creative. In the end, White managed to squeeze in all the elements and make the room appear roomier than its modest dimensions. ... read more»

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