Real Estate News

Referral Exchange is real estate matchmaking at its finest
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:01:04
The folks at Oakland-based Referral Exchange started the conversation by calling their product a “” for real estate agents. After a few minutes exploring its features, I corrected them. It’s more like “It’s Just Lunch” for real estate agents … read more»

Podcast: The real estate agent’s pre-listing prayer and routine
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:49:05
What’s the key to being a successful real estate agent? The answer is being the best listing agent you can be. There’s no crime in being a great buyer agent, but true long-term real estate success comes out of your listings … read more»

Laura Brady’s most embarrassing real estate moment
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:45:26
Luxury isn’t about fits and finishes — it’s about how someone lives in a home. The Concierge Auctions president talks about what she thinks will be the next big luxury market (somewhere in the Rocky Mountains) and her most embarrassing moment in real estate … read more»

How to work the capital stack for investment property financing
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:30:33
There are plenty of reasons why real estate investors might use “leverage” — other people’s money — to earn a higher return on their own investment. There are a lot of different potential routes to take, though, when one is trying to raise money for a project. The kind of money a sponsor or borrower gets might be as important as the total value of financing it’s able to line up — because different money means different things … read more»

Meet the New Kids on the Block
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:28:02
At every Connect event, Inman introduces the New Kids on the Block — the up-and-comers in the real estate tech space who are going to change the world, or at least a little corner of it. Zillow and Trulia were just two companies to make their Inman readership debuts on the Connect stage as part of the New Kids on the Block … read more»

Is housing news good news or bad news?
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:25:31
Trying to make sense of economic news and its effects on mortgages and home buyers and sellers feels more like a game of Chutes And Ladders than rational analysis. Heaven knows the Fed itself is confused. Interest rates fall on bad economic news because a slow economy does not generate inflation. But for low rates to be good news for housing, people need to have jobs and rising incomes … read more»

Why you should sing ‘happy birthday’ to Zillow
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:45:00
Twenty years ago, I hung out for a couple of years on the third floor of the Redwest campus at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where the software company was dabbling in every imaginable digital venture. One day, I was meeting with Laura (Bordewieck) Rippy, the product manager for the software company’s secret real estate venture, later dubbed HomeAdvisor … read more»

3 reasons agent safety advice falls on deaf ears
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:30:22
For years, our industry has been telling agents “always take someone with you” as a means to agent safety. Although a small percentage of agents will follow this advice, another small percentage would fail to consider it — even if they were meeting with Freddy Krueger … read more»

Santa Monica Expo line impacting high-end LA neighborhoods minimally
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:00:48
In the next few weeks, Metro should be announcing that its pre-revenue testing of the now complete Expo line will end, and that general service will begin. This means for a lot of Los Angeles-area residents that commuting will be much less of a headache … read more»

Neighborhood guide: Wicker Park
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:00:48
Over the last decade, the Wicker Park (and Bucktown) epicenter—the six-corner intersection of Milwaukee, North and Damen Avenues—has gradually transformed from a somewhat gritty, artsy neighborhood of galleries and dive bars to an area flush with trendy, upscale living spaces and entertainment options. … read more»

The New York Times releases neighborhood pricing guide for NYC buyers
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 9:41:11
In order to better serve the demands of New York City real estate consumers, The New York Times is releasing fresh pricing tools for users on their Find a Home platform. These tools are aimed at assisting buyers in their searches as they navigate the NYC real estate market … read more»

Houston residents openly object to low-income housing projects
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 8:00:41
Of the all objections and letters the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs receives regarding low-income housing developments, the highest percentage come from Houston … read more»

DC commuters are increasingly opting to bike to work
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 8:00:18
DC is already considered a bike-friendly major market that features a growing percentage of residents who bike to work. A project being pushed by the District Department of Transportation (DDT) looks to increase downtown’s bike-ability by installing protected bike lanes, which are physically seperated from general travel lanes, from downtown/national mall to the north end of downtown … read more»

9 ways to practice offline face-to-face marketing
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 4:15:02
A few weeks ago, I watched a reality show featuring a woman looking for love. Before you move on though, humor me for just a minute and keep reading. I promise you this post will give you some serious food for thought on the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, evaluating your activities and changing your mindset to grow your real estate business … read more»

How to build a better alternative to niche sites
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 4:00:25
As an SEO adviser to real estate agents, I get questions about niche sites a lot. And my advice is always the same: avoid them at all costs. You might be thinking, “Well, Josh — if niche sites are so … read more»

Luxury listing: Floor to ceiling views in Palisades Riviera
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 4:00:24
This seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom home spans 10,400 square feet of living space and nearly 37,000 square feet of meticulously manicured landscape. The home in the highly coveted Palisades Riviera boasts sprawling views of the ocean, mountains and city skyline. … read more»

ZIP code profile: 94602
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 4:00:12
The 94602 ZIP code comprises parts of Oakmore, Upper Dimond and Lower Dimond, right between Highway 13 and Interstate 580. The area hugs along Joaquin Miller Park, a part of the Redwood Regional Park. … read more»

Miami Association of Realtors add 4,200 agents in 6 months
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 4:00:08
Last year the state of Florida saw a spike in the number of new real estate agents. One reason: the hot Miami-Dade market. Spanning July 2015 to February 2016 the Miami Association of Realtors’ (MIAMI) primary, active membership expanded from 37,328 to 41, … read more»