Real State News


5 Home Projects Only a Professional Should Do
It's easy for homeowners to get caught up in the world of Pinterest and do-it-yourself blogs. While unique, custom projects can be a great way to personalize or spruce up your home, some projects are better left to professional contractors. Next time a friend or client has a brilliant idea to attempt one of these projects on their own, let them know why some things are best when left in the hands of pros.

Homeowners' Advice: Don't Invite a Christmas Burglary
If you're a fan of classic Christmas movies like Home Alone, you know what can happen while you're gone for the holidays. Empty homes are targets for burglars looking for gifts of electronics, jewelry, and other fenceable merchandise.

What Makes A Smart Suburb - And What to Run Away From
For all the talk about people abandoning suburbia for urban cores, American moving trends still gravitate towards less dense spaces. According to a recent review of Census data by Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko, most movers in the US trend towards 'lower density, lower unemployment, and cheaper housing.'

Realtor.com regrets, bulls and bears, and underestimate Redfin at your own expense
Anyone who underestimates Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman is crazy. Quirky, yes. Direct, yes. Master fundraiser, yes. True entrepreneur, yes. Irritates the hell out of the industry, yes ...

Agent-only app gathers momentum with MLSs
Looks like nothing says “try me” better than “free.” In July, real estate tech firm Homesnap offered the agent-only version of the company’s popular real estate mobile app free to multiple listing services for the first 12 months. At the ...

Best (and worst) agent marketing strategies for 2015
Over the past several years, I have noticed things that work and things we agents do that might not be as beneficial as we think; these activities just don't produce the desired results. The bottom line: If you spend more time on your Facebook page than you do working on your website, then you are limiting your success ...

Zillow, Trulia shareholders approve merger
Zillow and Trulia are one step closer to consummating their proposed merger. At separate meetings at Zillow and Trulia’s respective headquarters this morning, shareholders in the firms voted to approve the deal that would bring Trulia into the Zillow family. As Zillow CEO ...

Redfin’s got another $71 million to break into new markets and build out its technology
Redfin has bagged another $70.9 million in funding that the high-tech real estate brokerage plans to use to boost its expansion into new markets and develop new technology to make the homebuying and selling process better for consumers. The raise was led by institutional ...

Pam O’Connor: ‘Brokers are the unsung heroes’
Pam O'Connor, the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World CEO, says that brokers are the Rodney Dangerfields of the industry: They don't get any respect. She talks about why that needs to change in an opinionated video ...

Do you dial, swipe or text? Jeff Hyland
Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland answers three questions from Inman, discussing how successful agents know their clients' desires better than the clients themselves do and why he thinks there's no substitute for personal communication ...

Tim Harris: ‘We are all in real estate to be of service to others’
Real estate coach Tim Harris sees a fundamental disconnect between the real estate industry old guard and what both consumers and agents want -- an ancient lead-generation and numbers approach to sales that's out of step with their core beliefs about themselves and why they became agents: to be of service to others. ...

Helping sellers select the right offer in a hot market
The amazingly hot real estate market of southern California of 2013 and 2014 produced many listings with multiple offers. In fact, for a while it was the norm. When presenting offers to sellers, "paralysis by analysis" often set in. ...

News Corp. taps one of its own to lead realtor.com operator Move
Less than a month after closing its $950 million acquisition of realtor.com operator Move Inc., News Corp. is bringing in new leadership at the top, announcing today that News Corp. veteran Ryan O’Hara will take over the CEO reins from ...