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Real Estate News
Greg Schwartz on his 9-year journey at Zillow
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:28:29
Nine years ago, Zillow Group’s chief business officer, Greg Schwartz, traveled from New York to Seattle to interview for a new job. The portal was still in its infancy. He landed at 10:30 p.m. in Seattle. Zillow co-founder, Rich Barton, insisted on immediately conducting the hiring interview in the lobby of Schwartz's hotel for the next three hours. Schwartz valiantly stayed awake 'til 4 a.m. Eastern time and was competent enough to be hired ... read more»

3-D home of the day: Custom space on Moic Lake
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:00:49
A one-of-a-kind home tucked in the pines and cedars just minutes to Bass Lake. This completely custom home will stun with its grand entrance, gorgeous fireplace, wine room and chef's kitchen. Moic Lake is out the back door; fish or swim, you decide ... read more»

Podcast: Are you pursuing your real estate goals or just dreaming?
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:53:43
What's your real estate dream? Closing more deals, earning more money and achieving the financial security that you've been waiting for your entire career ... read more»

Rochelle Maize: ‘I don’t think luxury ever goes out of style’
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:49:11
The mind behind Rochelle Maize Luxury Estates gives advice on how to find the best agent and the open house that rocked her world ... read more»

Facing foreclosure fraud claims, HSBC settles at $601 million
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:21:33
HSBC Holdings will pay government regulators and law enforcement agencies a total of $601 million in response to allegations of mortgage origination, servicing and foreclosure abuses ... read more»

3 areas your agents can compete with powerful portals
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:00:30
Should brokers spend time focusing on how to complete with portals like Zillow or waste energy worrying about what realtor.com is going to do next that could impact their business? Zillow is spending tens of millions of dollars to win ... read more»

How to list a home the right way
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:11:30
Awesome, you've got your first listing! Maybe you're new in the business, you maybe you've been a buyer's agent and finally headed out to go solo. Congrats and welcome to the fast-paced and exciting world of residential real estate. Now let's get real and talk about listing a home the right way. ... read more»

Restoration Hardware to open luxury home furnishings gallery at Pier 70
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:00:59
The Dogpatch neighborhood will soon have a spiffy new, yet historically preserved connection to San Francisco’s shipbuilding past, and its breathtaking waterfront. And Restoration Hardware has just signed on as a tenant ... read more»

ZIP code profile: 60053
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:00:38
The 60053 ZIP code comprises the Morton Grove area near Linne Woods and Chick Evans Golf Course. The ZIP code hugs along Interstate 94 just west of Skokie. The area also covers the Frank Bobrytzke Forest. ... read more»

ZIP code profile: 92679
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:00:34
The 92679 ZIP code comprises the Trabuco Canyon area that hugs along the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park near Santiago Peak. The area covers the Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, O'Neill Regional Park and Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club. ... read more»

January homes sales in DC and Baltimore reach 8-year high
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 9:00:33
Home sales in DC and Baltimore metros reached their highest levels for a January dating back to 2007. Last month 2,702 homes sold in the Washington, D.C. metro, with 2,073 single-family residences closing in the Baltimore metro, according to market reports from RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) ... read more»

Miramar business environment gains speed as South Florida hub
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 8:00:47
In additional to the lure of no state income tax, companies choose to relocate to South Florida for a variety of other reasons. The weather is an awesome bonus, too ... read more»

SMARTePLANS listing: rustic farmhouse on more than three acres
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 8:00:31
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Round Top home combines the rustic charm of an old farmhouse exterior with all the modern conveniences homeowners seek. Sitting on 3.5 acres, the home was built in 2011 with an open living plan, two master bedrooms-- one downstairs and one upstairs-- large front porch and a guest apartment over the garage ... read more»

NYC rent and sale prices hit peaks at close of 2015
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 7:50:25
For the first time in history, the median resale price in Manhattan surpassed $1 million, according to website StreetEasy. In its recent Quarterly Market Report, StreetEasy highlights Manhattan hitting $1,002,008, marking 7.1 percent growth from the year prior ... read more»

Manhattan condo flippers forced to consider long-term strategies
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 6:53:02
With a large influx of high-end condos hitting the New York City real estate market, investors are wise to get choosier on their property picks, analysts say. The current market doesn’t fare to quick turnaround profits as it did a few years ago, when condo flippers could expect 30 percent profits. Still, in 2015, the average deal netted a 15 percent profit, according to Crain’s New York Business ... read more»

Apartment List reports San Francisco rent highest in state
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 4:00:17
Welcome to the February 2016 Apartment List Rent Report for San Francisco. With rents on the up-and-up, we took a look at California cities to see how they fare, and San Francisco continues to be the most expensive city in the state as well as across the nation ... read more»

Apartment List ranks Los Angeles rent no. 3 priciest in state
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 4:00:15
Welcome to the February 2016 Apartment List Rent Report for Los Angeles. With rents on the up-and-up, we took a look at California cities to see how they fare, and Los Angeles continues to be one of the most expensive cities in the state as well as across the nation ... read more»

Two types of mortgages that are MIA
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 3:45:14
Since the great mortgage crash (aka “the bubble”) blew in 2007, two types of mortgages disappeared, both long in use. Possibly held hostage in some Potomac River warehouse or nearby closet, but gone. By “long in use,” I mean that these were not some Frankenstein creation during the bubble, but one as old as banking itself, probably recognizable in Caesar’s Rome, and the second very well-tested and successful since exactly ... read more»

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