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When apps can predict what homes consumers will like, agents must be ready to act

Last year the National Association of Realtors announced it intended to tackle big data by launching a predictive analytics group headed by industry veteran Todd Carpenter. Why should agents care about predictive analytics — something many real estate professionals may...

Dropbox: very cool real estate tech tips No. 4 (4 of 10)

I am one of those guys who has had Dropbox for two years and had done nothing with it (same goes with Evernote, but that I will save for another time). However, when I had a problem with a closing while traveling overseas (this was when I was still a solo agent), I knew I had to make a change. That is when I started my pursuit of going paperless...

Re/Max Prestige rebrands as Laer Realty Partners

The owners of a large Boston-based brokerage, Re/Max Prestige, have abruptly ended the firm’s affiliation with franchisor Re/Max Holdings,  rebranding their 14 offices and 280 agents as Laer Realty Partners. Announced today, the launch of the new, independent brand —...

Archicritics: New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman...

New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman has some choice words about the new HQ of South Korean tech giant LG, whose $300M, 490,000-square-foot structure will sit several stories above the tree line on a National Natural Landmark in New Jersey....

Office Space: Arts District's Old Coke Factory Swept Up in Gentrification Wave

The Arts District may have already reached the gentrification tipping point with the community bitching over high-end pot shops and fancy new developments, and its hotness shows no signs of letting up. Take, for example, the recent all-cash sale...

On Broadway: Huge Broadway Trade Center Getting Mixed-Use Makeover

The California Broadway Trade Center on Hill Street (formerly a May Co. department store, among other things) is joining the unstoppable action fanning out around Broadway and Ninth in Downtown—it's got new owners and they're planning a major redevelopment...

Zillow receiving 33,000 listings from Re/Max Integra brokers in 8 states

Zillow is now receiving about 33,000 listings from brokerages in affiliated with Re/Max Integra, owner of three of Re/Max’s U.S. master franchise regions, through Zillow’s Pro for Brokers program. By participating in the program, Re/Max brokerages with 6,215 agents in...

IRS will let quite a bit slide past April 15

As you probably know, your income taxes are due on April 15. However, this is not really the final date to file your 2013 return. You can get a six-month extension to file, meaning that your return won’t be due...

How real estate companies are getting results with video

As the co-founder and CEO of VScreen, Stephen Schweickart has insights into how real estate companies are using video and what generates the best return on investment. “People are focusing on what gets results,” and community videos are the most...

Skyrocketing real estate prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers

This article by OPP Connect editor Adrian Bishop was originally posted on OPP Connect. Leading overseas real estate expert Andrew Batt has told Singapore TV there is a lot of money being invested in foreign property and it will go.....

Demand for purchase loans down 16 percent from year ago

Demand for purchase mortgages during the week ending April 11 was up 1 percent from the week before but down 16 percent from the same time last year, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in reporting the results of a weekly...

AM Linkage: Understanding the City's Housing Crisis; Mural Spotting

· How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists (or SF's housing crisis explained) · SFMTA Board repeals Sunday parking meters · Is it ever OK to wear Google Glass? · A's making a pitch to remain in Oakland ·...

Six retail technology trends you must immediately know

(Tech News) The shopping experience has changed considerably in recent years as retail technology has augmented the traditional processes, according to a new report. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat

Housing starts stay on long-term growth path

Housing starts remain on a long-term growth path after moving sideways for about two years and a half years following the housing crash, Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride reports, citing Census Bureau figures showing single-family housing starts were up 6 percent...

Seller will take bitcoin for $2.69M Hilton Head vacation home

The owner of a four-bedroom oceanfront home on Hliton Head Island, S.C. is hoping that the lower transaction costs of using bitcoin will attract overseas buyers, says listing agent Bill True of Lancaster Real Estate sales. He’ll take all or...

Jobs, housing numbers raise fears that the economy is decelerating

(Economic News) There are mixed reports on the health of the economy, but a new Transwestern briefing pulls together some of the pieces into a broader look at the national economy. Follow The American Genius on Facebook for exclusive & breaking business stories Get more Business News at AGBeat

Bicycling Trails in Irvine and Orange County

Last week I wrote about the Orange County Transportation Agency (OCTA) bicycling safety workshop that was to be held at Irvine City Hall. This week I am continuing the theme of bike riding in Irvine and Orange County. Irvine has been recognized as “best” in many categories, and, at times, this has included the accolade of best bicycling city. Show More Summary

How Clean to Leave the House Upon Sale

Sellers often ask me how clean they have to clean the house upon sale. I don't try to analyze why a seller would ask the question because that would be a waste of time. The fact is they ask it. They are worried, I guess, that they might...Show More Summary

4 ways enhanced listing videos can boost properties’ selling power

Let's be honest: Video listings are a great real estate marketing tool, but sometimes you need more than a basic walk-through. Value-added features can be the key to making a standout video and boosting the selling power of a property...

W&R Studios, maker of Cloud CMA, launches MLS listing alert tool

W&R Studios, maker of the popular comparative market analysis tool Cloud CMA, has launched a new tool that allows agents and brokers to set up and brand multiple listing service listing alerts for their clients. Cloud Streams, which is currently...

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