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Real Estate News
Real estate market recap, June 29-July 2
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 5:00:10
Here's what happened this week in the real estate market ... read more»

The week in industry hires and promotions: June 29-July 2
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 5:00:53
Who got hired or promoted this week? Here's our weekly rundown, in chronological order ... read more»

SoFi says ‘so what?’ to traditional mortgage lending
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:08:54
In 2014, Dr. Sekuleo Gathers was in the market to buy a home. The New York emergency medicine physician was in a good financial position to buy, but he encountered unexpected obstacles in applying for a mortgage loan ... read more»

Fed is prepared to begin normalizing — a euphemism for ‘tightening’
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:08:01
Today feels like a remake of "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray trapped as a commentator on CNBC over and over for the monthly release of the same employment stats. But there is more in this week’s news than meets the woodchuck’s eye ... read more»

Airbnb enforcement streamlined through new SF city office
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:41:26
Americans have a love/hate relationship with Airbnb. Depending on how it impacts your travel or everyday life often indicates what side of the spectrum you fall. The company's massive growth and the encompassing industry spurring from it lends to the argument that Airbnb is indeed here to stay, but laws may just get a little more strict ... read more»

TheRRD offers instant tenant screening for agents, property managers
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:01:40
Just a couple months after its rebrand, theRRD is aiming to be a one-stop-shop solution for real estate agents, property mangers and landlords throughout the nation. Based in Dallas, the company officially launched in 2010 as solely an incident reporting liaison for property managers and landlords, and has since broadened its reach to various facets of the real estate industry ... read more»

3-D home of the day
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:00:58
Step inside this modern yet rustic estate and feel immediately at ease. This Potomac, Maryland, home combines the finest materials with expert craftsmanship. It sits close to the Potomac River and has a strong connection to its surrounding landscape ... read more»

Sound off: Are hybrid real estate brokers breaking new ground or emulating the same old discounters?
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:59:42
Newly minted Harvard MBA Ben Kubic and 25-year real estate veteran Jude Rasmus are an odd couple. But they share a vision: Turn the traditional real estate business model on its head ... read more»

Pro Teck Valuation Services’ Home Value Forecast pinpoints best markets for rental investing
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:53:00
Are you considering making an investment in a single-family home as a rental property this summer? The Pro Teck Valuation Services' Home Value Forecast measures the 10 best and worst markets for rental investment opportunities and includes a wide array of factors that potential investors should consider before taking the plunge to make a purchase ... read more»

World Economic Forum report: Lenders are having ‘Uber moment’
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:57:28
Twenty years ago, if you wanted to take a vacation, you visited a travel agent to explore your options and make your arrangements. But when websites like Expedia and Travelocity made those services available at the click of a mouse on a computer in the comfort of your own home, the travel industry was forever changed. That’s the crossroads currently facing banks and other stalwarts of the financial services industry ... read more»

Opinion: The runway extender for REO brokers
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:00:34
The space got crowded, but now we are entering a more healthy market, and there just isn't room for everyone in the new normal. I spoke to a great audience of REO brokers this morning at the National REO Brokers Association conference and was very enthused about their response to the information I am about to share ... read more»

Broker uses Reddit to expose bad real estate agents
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 7:03:18
A buyer signs a contract for a house, the elderly seller backs out ... and the buyer's agent, feeling sorry for the seller, doesn't push to close the deal. Cases like this one -- where an agent fails to fight for her client -- upset Daniel Reeves, broker-owner of a small Arizona brokerage. "As a real estate agent, no one is watching over your shoulder, and (sometimes, this is the scariest part) no one is keeping you honest," Reeves wrote in a recent Q&A on the online forum Reddit ... read more»

6 steps for letting go of luck and embracing success
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 4:15:01
But, this misleading concept of luck has the rest of us believing that we are unlucky. This theory is plainly untrue, horribly debilitating and it serves as a scapegoat when we aren't doing well. We blame it on luck and take no action or responsibility -- don't be that person. Instead follow these six steps that will help you create success ... read more»

6 vital questions to ask your lender
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 3:00:21
Listing agents often ask me how to vet the buyer and his or her lender, so I put together a short list of questions I would recommend asking the lender when you receive an offer ... read more»

James Hussaini: ‘Privacy is important because our franchisees share resources’
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 2:15:27
James Hussaini of Realty Point talks about founding a franchise and why the future of the industry as a whole causes his sleepless nights ... read more»

The rise of Chinese brokers
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 2:00:17
One of the most prominent trends in New York City real estate firms is the hiring of Chinese nationals. This trend is a result of the rising Chinese interest in purchasing NYC real estate over the past decade. The growth of Chinese economy combined with their interest in urban real estate in the U.S. has created new opportunities for growth among NYC real estate firms ... read more»

OutboundEngine cranks up your email marketing to 11
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 1:45:13
OutboundEngine is email marketing software that couples outbound campaigns with cross-marketed social media and landing pages to engage new and current customers ... read more»

Jeffrey Vier: ‘Most important is the idea and its chief benefits to a user’
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 1:30:56
Vier's favorite part of what he does is "The idea cultivation," he says. "At the core of every breakthrough digital product are a number of variables, but the most important is the idea and its chief benefits to a user. I love giving that idea a true place to live in the digital marketplace and arena." ... read more»

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