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Independence Day 2 has us wondering who hates architecture more: aliens, asteroids, or ghosts?

In honor of Independence Day 2, we explore who has the worst track record of destroying architecture in movies In the 1996 film Independence Day, outer space aliens show up in their enormous ships ostensibly to strip Earth of all its...Show More Summary

‘Micro Town House’ Latest Example of Skinny Architecture in Vietnam

It rises in a narrow alley in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam’s dense urban areas have strong “skinny house” game, and this so-called “Micro Town House” in Ho Chi Minh City, by MM++ Architects (who also designed these tropical houses), is the...Show More Summary

Why the MLS might be your best defense against Zillow

There are two immense and immediate problems in the real estate industry, and one near-future problem can be solved by the MLS systems acting as the market innovators. But the window of opportunity to execute is nearly closed, and once this opportunity is lost it will never be available again...

Real estate office of the day: @properties Northbrook office

Just because you know a place won't be home forever doesn't mean you can't make it comfortable. Look at the @properties Northbrook office, which the real estate agency opened in January to service the suburban Northbrook area while waiting...Show More Summary

Daily market update: June 24, 2016

Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news...

Inside a Richard Meier-designed House Restored Beautifully by New Owners

With great architecture, comes great responsibility Outside of the architecture world, minimalist icon Richard Meier doesn’t have quite the same name recognition as you might think. So when homebuyers Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers...Show More Summary

Buyer’s Edge lands on Business Journal’s top brokerages list

In the 24 years Buyer's Edge brokerage has been representing clients, not once has founder and CEO Steve Israel considered converting to both buyers and sellers. Instead, Israel has found success in the long run, earning honorable placing on the Washington Business Journal's list of top brokerages...

Luxury listing: the River Loft at Riva

This upcoming loft in the Riva condos will sit above the building's waterfront garden and boat docks on the Middle River in Fort Lauderdale. Named the River Loft, the unit will encompass the entire second and third floors and feature an outdoor dining room, summer kitchen and private pool terrace on the main level. Show More Summary

On Your Bus and In Your Business

Whether you run your own real estate business, work for a company, or are part of a real estate team, there are people who you rely on day to day to help the business run smoothly. These are the people I call “on your bus”. In an ideal world, the bus runs smoothly. This means […]

Ask Denise: Database Help

Q: “Denise, you addressed databases in the Zebra Report last week and I hate to admit my database is a mess. I have a leads database which is automatically populated from my online lead source, an old database from my previous career (I have some people who I still reach out to), and I have […]

Pricing mistake No. 5: The big price-drop fumble

So let’s say you took an overpriced listing. No shame in that. It happens. The question is -- what are you going to do about it now? Here’s what most agents do. They’ll wait a month or two, then call the sellers and tell them it’s time to do a “price improvement” or a “price adjustment.” First of all, can we just call it what it is: a “price reduction?"...

How much home the rent buys in the 40 most expensive US cities

In March, Free and Clear released our first analysis of how much home you could buy based on the median rent in the 20 most expensive U.S. cities. The analysis sparked a lot of interest and touched upon important issues such as sky rocketing rents and housing affordability. Show More Summary

In the US HomeUnion Partners With First Guardian Group

Online real estate investment management firm HomeUnion is teaming with the First Guardian Group's Sperry Van Ness, a real estate investment and management firm specializing in retail, office, multifamily, student housing and land properties. The post In the US HomeUnion Partners With First Guardian Group appeared first on Property Portal Watch.

Online Real Estate Cloud Vendor planetRE Adds Partners

USA-based cloud vendor for online real estate planetRE, says it has added many reputed brokerages and team agents in 2016 for its end to end real estate platform. The platform offers single pass Lifestyle Consumer Search, branded Facebook IDX Apps, Socialite CRM and integrated Transact - Transaction Management. Show More Summary

Broker-Free Real Estate Site Poprio Launches in France

A new French site Poprio says it is targeting a community of French and European owners who wish to sell and rent their property without intermediaries or agency fees. The post Broker-Free Real Estate Site Poprio Launches in France appeared first on Property Portal Watch.

Who Will Win the Battle of Horizontal Sites Vs Verticals?

Property Portal Watch Founder Simon Baker says the race is on to dominate as leading classifieds sites emerge in each market with the capacity to go deep in segments they know they can win. But his vote still goes to verticals overall. The post Who Will Win the Battle of Horizontal Sites Vs Verticals? appeared first on Property Portal Watch.

Los Angeles Museums Are Loving on Each Other

Such flirts! Los Angeles museums spent the day raving about each other on Instagram using the hashtag #LAInstaFling. We hope it’s a love that lasts, because, as these pictures prove, they really bring out the best in each other: Today is the #LAInstaFling. Show More Summary

Mapping the Fancy New Developments Headed for the Once Scuzzy Sunset Strip

Things aren't like they used to be over here The Sunset Strip is only about a mile and a half long, but in the last few years, it's been a magnet for high-end developments: hotels, apartments, condos, mixed-use projects. From the Frank...Show More Summary

Los Angeles Is a Big Step Closer to Regulating Airbnb

Lots of passion about this topic Anyone who has ever listed their Los Angeles residence on Airbnb has done so without paying taxes like hotels do and without having to register with the city like a business does. They’ve probably also done so illegally. Show More Summary

Actor Paul Wesley is ready to part with his contemporary home in Studio City

Paul Wesley of “The Vampire Diaries” fame has put his contemporary-style home in the Studio City hills up for sale at $2.245 million. It was just a year ago that the actor bought the Jay Vanos-designed house from Charlie Gillingham of the Counting Crows. Since then, he’s paid great attention to...

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