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Why you should drop being a dual agent

Being a dual agent -- the seemingly harmless thing that appears to be an extremely profitable deal with the best of both worlds. But is it? Have you ever thought about dual agency from the point of view of buyers and sellers? Let's think about the buyers' and sellers' perspective now...

How to calculate customer acquisition cost

Emerging technology within the real estate market has made the tracking of marketing expenditures more feasible than ever. Brokers, agents and commercial developers can now readily generate leads from digital sources and track them through to the sale...

Baltimore redevelopment concentrated on one Little Italy block

Judging by its volume of potential projects, Baltimore appears to be a market prime for redevelopment. In the coming years, a group of redevelopment deals should be underway that feature small to large residential components, typically via the construction of mixed-use buildings....

Letters from: real estate broker Jim Roy

Welcome to "Letters from," a column that examines the intimate thoughts of members of the real estate industry...

How to turn Starbucks into a lead goldmine

Starbucks isn't only the place to pick up your daily triple nonfat latte with a drizzle of caramel and extra foam on the side -- it's also a great place to find leads...

Houston attracts young and restless college grads

When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Recent research from think tank City Observatory, which studies various trends on urbanShow More Summary

Luxury home sales activity in Houston down for 5 straight months

Falling oil prices in Houston were anticipated to noticeably impact the single-family housing market; however recent data suggests only the luxury sector has taken a hit. "Mid-range housing actually saw a healthy sales volume in January,"...Show More Summary

Will HomeViu build real estate’s first video listing portal?

HomeViu's interface takes you through the process, allowing you to stop recording in one room, walk to another and start recording again. The end result is a smooth video file that looks deliberately edited...

Valentine’s day edition of agent/broker perspective: working with spouse teams

In this monthly column, Anthony Askowitz will explore a hypothetical Miami real estate situation from both sides of the broker/agent dynamic. This month’s situation: One of the firm’s best agents plans to bring on their spouse as a partner. Agent...

Upstream and Broker Public Portal: What you need to know

Craig Cheatham, Dan Elsea and Cary Sylvester gave an overview of Upstream and Broker Public Portal on stage at Inman Connect New York, explaining what each is intended to do. You can watch them do it here...

Daily market update: Feb. 12, 2016

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

Property vacancy rates are dropping — good news or bad news?

U.S. residential property vacancy rates are on the decline, but this trend may not live up to its appearances, as noted in RealtyTrac’s 2016 U.S. Residential Property Vacancy Analysis report for the first quarter...

Lovely, Glassy Mid-Century Mod in La Cañada Flintridge Sits On a Whole Acre of Land

Images via Deasy/Penner Up in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge, this fantastic 1953 residence on its own little acre of land sits, with walls of glass on two sides of the living room area and throughout the house....

Priorities

Real estate is a business of managing priorities. I bet if you took a minute and wrote down every possible item that you think you have to do for your business, you would probably have dozens and dozens of “to dos”. Everything from entering last month’s expenses and this year’s taxes to a CMA for […]

The Duboce Gets Ready to Launch 87 New High-End Rentals

Images via The Duboce The area of Market Street near Duboce Triangle and the Castro has been booming with new development in recent years, and yet another project is getting ready to hit the market. This time around it's rentals,...

Ask Denise: Referral Thank You System?

Q:  Denise, I just got a referral from a past client and I feel like smacking myself on the head because I just realized I don’t have a system for thanking my past clients who refer me business. I thank agents who give me referrals. I thank buyers and sellers when they close with a […]

Huge Porter Ranch Gas Leak Has Finally Sort of Been Stopped

An aerial view of the damage at the site of the leak at the Aliso Canyon storage site. Photo by Earthworks, courtesy Environmental Defense Fund. A leak at a natural gas storage facility near Porter Ranch that's been raging...

Spencer Rascoff: ‘The days of the part-time agent are over’

Zillow Group's strategy of capturing the business (and advertising dollars) of top-producing agents seems to be paying off -- in a big way. In the company's fourth-quarter and overall 2015 earnings call, it revealed that its average monthly revenue per advertiser (ARPA) was $438. That's a big jump from $339 in 2014 -- a spike of 29 percent...

This San Francisco Warehouse Reminds Us Why We Love Lofts

The aesthetic of some lofts doesn't stand up to the test of time. Unit 406 in the Oriental Warehouse at 650 Delancey Street isn't one of them. The property hit the market today with an asking price of $1.95...

Handsome New Bay Area House Goes For LEED Platinum

All photos by Matthew Millman via Dwell Working with San Francisco-based firm Butler Armsden Architects, Ron Bigelow and his wife Ellis created the sustainable new-build of their dreams amidst an enclave of Eichler homes. As Dwell reports, the final result...

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