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Realogy chief: brand still king

Brand awareness drives brokerage and franchise giant Realogy’s success, CEO and chairman Richard Smith says. Realogy owns NRT LLC, the largest brokerage in the U.S., and some of the country’s largest franchise brands including Century 21 Real Estate, Coldwell Banker Real Estate,...

On the Market: For Over $7M, Presidio Heights House Is Actually Kind of Meh

In the heart of Presidio Heights is 200 Laurel Street, a seven-bedroom home that just hit the market asking $7.195 million. Built in 1906, the house itself is spacious and light filled, but it lacks any special touches, and the...

3 advanced rules for bridging the real estate digital trust gap

Do you believe everything you read on the Internet? Probably not. Marketing to online buyers and sellers does not guarantee that you are earning their trust — or their business...

Bjarke Ingels Says: Bjarke Ingels Says Architecture Should Take After Minecraft

No one in the architecture world is interviewed more than Bjarke Ingels. To keep up, Curbed is instating a (weekly? daily?) series called Bjarke Ingels Says, where Bjarke Ingels says things about Lego, Titanic, handball, "promiscuous hybrids," Game of Thrones,...

Auction.com Introduces National Hospitality Division

Auction.com has expanded its highly successful hospitality business with the formation of a new division focused specifically on the sale of hotel properties.

Maponics Announces Peter Moeykens As VP Of Technology And Innovation

Maponics has appointed Peter Moeykens as the newest member of the senior management team. Moeykens will be joining the company as the Vice President of Technology and Innovation in February 2015.

The Birth of a Map: This spring, a new Muni map...

This spring, a new Muni map will officially debut around town, following its initial unveiling at SPUR's excellent "Urban Cartography" show. Designed by transit planner Jay Primus and mapmaker David Wiggins, the map makes the choice among routes more intuitive...

Pop Science: Starbucks Increases Property Values More than Dunkin' Donuts

Starbucks in Northwest Philadelphia. Photo by John Greim courtesy of Getty Images Likely everyone in the world knows that living near a Starbucks is not a terrible idea, as far as home values go, but in a new book called...

AM Linkage: Scenes from the Mission Fire; Birds Free of Goo; BART Couture

Fire on Mission at 22nd earlier tonight You can see @Vida_SF on the right #MissionFire pic.twitter.com/ALSNlNMG8z— Steve Rhodes (@tigerbeat) January 29, 2015 · Firefighters dousing hotspots at scene of fatal Mission fire · Images from the fire · SF could...

Car dependent Texans get search-by-commute tool

With an eye on attracting prospective homebuyers, the Houston Association of Realtors has rolled out a search-by-commute tool on its new statewide website. “We operate under a ‘give the consumer what they want’ perspective at HAR,” said HAR President and...

Better Together: 'Hoffice' Makes Working from Home More Social by Filling Your Apartment with Strangers

Photo via Hoffice via Co.Exist Trendy http://curbed.com/archives/2014/09/23/madrids-coolest-coworking-pad-is-full-of-artfully-placed-holes.php">coworking spaces where freelancers get to reclaim the joy of work buddies usually come with a membership fee. Over in Scandinavia, however, a group of hospitable Swedes are trying to kickstart a more laid-back...

Rupert Murdoch: ‘What the hell does Zillow mean?’

NEW YORK — Some real estate tech watchers have suggested that realtor.com is due for a name change, arguing that the label doesn’t deliver enough marketing oomph. But Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp., the media conglomerate that now...

News from Nippon: Do Japan's Lonely Singles Really Want 'Marriage-Hunting' Apartments with Stripper Poles?

Photo via Property Design Office In Japan, where a recent study found that nearly 50% of adults are not having sex, a Tokyo property developer has come up with his own solution to the country's problem. The remedy, according to...

Sold Stuff: Dr. Dre Unloads Hollywood Hills Mansion for $32.5M

Renaissance man and Apple employee Dr. Dre just got one small step closer to becoming the first billionaire in hip-hop (which he needs to hurry up with, before Warren Buffet releases his hotly-anticipated trap mixtape). TMZ reports that the...

Remodeling Market Has Regained its Mojo, New Report Says

The overall U.S. housing market still is struggling to hit its stride, but the remodeling market meanwhile has fully regained its mojo, according to a report released Thursday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studi...

Linkage: Beirut's Abandoned Mansion; a Dashing Carriage House; More!

Photo by Patrick Cline via Domaine · Perfectly preserved Victorian asks $1.2M. · London's marvelous inflatable planetarium. · Historic Queen Anne asks $4.488M after makeunder. · Hamptons manse goes for the luxe country home look. · Chicken Kitchen founder lists...

2 devices that’ll reinvent home tours

Two devices currently under development will reinvent the way buyers tour listings, according to Dave Eisenberg, CEO of 3-D provider Floored. The first is Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset. The device will let users explore homes remotely by making the virtual 3-D models that...

NCREIF: Institutional Investors Got 11.82% Return in 2014

Big pension funds and other major U.S. institutions enjoyed strong returns from their commercial real estate holdings in 2014, although the rate has declined from earlier years in the downturn, according to new data released by the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries.

Zoopla Claims Agents Finding Ways Around OnTheMarket’s “One Other Site” Policy

Zoopla claims that following the launch of the new agent-owned property portal, Onthemarket.com, agents are finding creative ways around its controversial rule preventing them from listing on all the other major portals.

ReeceNichols Joins Zillow Pro for Brokers

Zillow has announced that ReeceNichols has joined the Zillow® Pro for Brokers program. Based throughout Kansas and Missouri, ReeceNichols has 18 offices and approximately 2,000 agents in the Kansas City metro area who are participating in the program.

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