Real State News


Holiday Decor That Can Help You Sell Your House
It's that season where you want to celebrate the coming holidays with a grandiose display of ghouls and goblins followed by pumpkins and wreaths and hand-traced kindergarten turkeys glued on paper plates and then, of course, garland and lights and ornaments hanging from everything and inflatables and a giant incredible tree. But going overboard while your home is for sale can actually keep it from selling. And there's nothing festive about that.

Reserve Planning In Your HOA: Yield, Safety & Liquidity
In recent years, reserve planning has become a long overdue reality for many older homeowner associations. The boom and bust mentality of deferred maintenance and special assessments has finally been replaced with proper long range planning and funding. For all of them, that meant accumulation of hundreds of thousands of dollars and for some, millions.

Do Real Estate Agents Really Matter Anymore?
Bad advice or a lack of details in the home buying process simplified down to an "app" can make nightmares happen and disillusioned buyers in the end.

Trulia could add a fourth agent to ‘three-headed monster’ ads
After adding a third agent advertiser slot to the query box on listing detail pages this year, Trulia could conceivably add a fourth in 2015, CEO Pete Flint told investors on the firm’s third-quarter earnings call. Flint said that the firm ...

National brokerage sets up shop in the nation’s capital with acquisition
Carrington Real Estate Services, the brokerage wing of Carrington Holding Company LLC, has entered the Washington, D.C., market by acquiring the largest affiliate of Realty Direct LLC’s franchise network. Wendy Powers, former majority owner of the acquired firm, now heads Carrington’s Washington, ...

Agents, brokers commit not to show homes to strangers
In the wake of the kidnapping and murder of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, more than 350 agents and brokers have signed a “Realtor Safety Pledge” promising to limit certain behaviors that could potentially put them in harm’s way. The ...

Serving luxury buyers and sellers requires hefty budget, ‘boots on the ground’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — What does it take to locate, convert and successfully close a transaction with an ultra high net worth individual (UHNWI) client? In many respects, it’s an entirely different game from the typical real estate transaction. At ...

How well-meaning agents are unwittingly annoying their prospects, clients and colleagues
Hey did you know daylight saving time is ending this weekend? Of course you did! Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Leigh Brown and Associates with Re/Max Executive Realty, wonders why so many real estate agents feel compelled to remind prospects, clients ...

Who am I? Identity crisis plagues real estate agents
When I ask other Realtors to tell me what their brand is, I am told, "I don't have a logo yet." It seems everyone thinks their brand is their logo ...

Today’s economy is a three-ring circus, and then some
Mortgage and long-term rates are still near their lows — reassuring, considering everything else has lost its marbles. Or perhaps bonds are doing well because everything else is nuts … a fair proposition to which we’ll return. When I was ...

Realtor problems: cries of anguish from the trenches
Real estate agents are like pinballs: They can score big, but often only after ricocheting around a minefield of obstacles. These occupational hazards are many and various. And they produce their own special flavor of shell shock. Can you relate ...

You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these 9 mobile apps
We’re not going mobile anymore, we’ve gone mobile. And that’s a good thing! It means you can (and should) set up your business so you can manage it on the go. Doing so gives most clients exactly what they want: ...

Big MLSs on both coasts rolling out ‘Coming Soon’ listings
Two major multiple listing services on opposite sides of the country will be among the first to launch a “Coming Soon” listing status to help agents generate interest for their listings before they’re ready to sell. Rockville, Maryland-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. ...