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Weekend Getaways: 10 Tiny, Weird, and Awesome Los Angeles Vacation Rentals

Welcome to Curbed's first-ever Micro Week, five days' worth of stories, photos, and minuscule floorplans that celebrate the grand tradition of small-space living. We'll tour small homes, explore the city's smallest neighborhood, and so much more! Click here to view...

Former Sr. VP Pleads Guilty to Misapplication of Bank Funds

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Justin T. Brough, 39, North Las Vegas, Nevada, a former senior vice president of Bank of America, Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to misapplication of bank funds in a scheme that led to over $6.4 million in losses on two loans. Show More Summary

Man Admits Mortgage Scheme Involving Inflated Purchase Prices

Mortgage Fraud Blog. Enrique Hernandez, 34, Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud in connection with a scheme to inflate purchase prices and share kickbacks with his conspirators.The properties purchased in the scheme were subsequently allowed to fall into foreclosure. Show More Summary

Agent branding trumps IDX on real estate websites

There are tons of websites out there that have built-in Internet data exchanges (IDXs) intended to capture leads. However, the big issue is not that the websites are missing an essential feature; it's that these websites do not focus on the most important aspect of your business: you...

KW opens up shop in the UK on the QT

In the latest example of an overseas expansion push that’s picked up momentum in the last year, U.S. franchise powerhouse Keller Williams has quietly opened up shop in the U.K. and is expanding its presence there. Agents affiliated with Keller...

Weekend Getaways: From Hobbit Huts to Yurts, 12 Tiny House Vacation Rentals in Northern California

Whether or not you can squeeze your life into a tiny house on a permanent basis, sometimes it's nice to try on a smaller abode for its tiny, tiny size. We've scoured short-term rental listings all around Northern California...

Vanishing Buildings: Mirrored Home in Poland Looks Like It's Floating in a Forest

Photos by Marcin Tomaszewski via Design Boom The world is currently awash in mirrored buildings that claim to "disappear." There are "vanishing" childcare centers, roadside cafes, universities, and even a skyscraper. But frankly, most of them are still 95% visible,...

Starchitecture Watch : Google Enlists Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick to Create a "Series of Canopylike Buildings" for New HQ

All this time, while Apple's Norman Foster-designed spaceship HQ rises with much fanfare and Facebook's many offices are being reworked by Frank Gehry, fellow tech giant Google has apparently been plotting its own starchitecture takeover. According to The New...

Week's top sales includes Harold Zook-designed home in Pasadena

A pedigreed Midcentury Modern home in Pasadena, a glassy Nichols Canyon contemporary and a Westside residence offered for the first time in decades were among the top sales in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

Win over millennial real estate clients with a ‘team player’ attitude

At long last, the millennial generation has reached homebuying age. As one of the biggest populations yet, millennials are characterized by their use of technology and their team-oriented mindset...

AM Linkage: Oakland Construction Spending Surges; Urban Ag Growth Spurt

Photo via Jeff Ho · Oakland poised for biggest construction spending surge in a decade · Accolades pour in for Lava Mae mobile shower stalls · Urban agriculture showing some life on SF lands · Bill to ban BART strikes...

House Calls: How One New Yorker Lives Comfortably In 90 Square Feet

Welcome to a special Micro Week edition of House Calls, a feature in which Curbed tours lovely, offbeat, or otherwise awesome homes. Think your space should be featured next? Drop us a line. "I really like getting rid of things,"...

Sold Stuff: Frank Lloyd Wright's Storer House Finally Finds a Buyer

All photos via Crosby Doe According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the midcentury starchitect's famed Storer House in Hollywood Hills has sold to a "preservation-minded buyer for what is expected to be a record price for a Wright...

Exuberant Architecture: Are Bolivia's 'Andean Palaces' Groundbreaking or Kitschy?

Several years ago, El Alto, Bolivia, which is a stronghold of an indigenous group called the Aymara, was a populous city of bland, brick red buildings. Then a builder by the name of Freddy Mamani Silvestre came along, and...

Barbara Ann Rogers: ‘I’ll be able to show listings from all over to my clients’

The broker with William B. May talks about a new IDX platform and why her buyers keep her up at night...

Portals pay to play? Brokers, MLSs could profit from listing feeds

There's a reason why so much animosity toward the portal sphere exists. Lots of money is involved, and very few participants are speaking thoughtfully about how that value is distributed. When we avoid the shallow surface, though, there are ideas for the new arena that might be better for the industry...

Social Media or mass media?

Social media campaigns seems to be getting the bulk of attention in marketing and communication budgets these days, but I would argue that mass media still packs a far more potent punch when you are trying to build a brand or generate top of mind awareness among a mass audience. Show More Summary

Do you love what you do?

It’s been a whirlwind past few weeks with Inman Connect and Leading RE and everything in between. And then came Valentine’s Day and I found myself writing and thinking about love: A news release on the love of our homes, a new Valentine’s...Show More Summary

Audit Third Party Portals Today

Brokerages publish listings to third party portals as a method of advertising homes for sale. As we mentioned in our paper, the Syndication Rats Nest (Download Report), every portal displays listings differently. Moreover, portals apply different rules on the same listing if it comes from a different data source. Show More Summary

Revised IDX Rules are Looming for MLSs – New Solution Announced to Help MLSs be Compliant

As you probably know by now, the rules governing IDX were revised at the NAR Meetings in November last year.  Click here to view the details of the approved changes. One of the big changes requires that every MLS provide a Web API by...Show More Summary

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