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From Bolinas to Montauk: America's new second-home hot spots

Vacation homes have long been a draw for many Americans, from ski condos to beachside retreats. But rising real estate prices have meant that a growing number of second homeowners can’t afford America’s priciest destinations. Instead...Show More Summary

How to turn your home into a smart home

Tech mavens from Nest, Amazon, and more share their tips and tricks for how to take your home into the 21st century We’re on the cusp of a Cambrian explosion in smart home products. The speedy march of technology is churning out everything...Show More Summary

A 360-degree entrepreneur dishes on the future of real estate

Chairman and CEO of Docusign, Krach is an MBA, visionary and humble leader who is changing the real estate industry. In this podcast, Krach shares tips on leadership, relationships, cybercrime and business strategy...

Comment Marketing with Local Advice

Great agents have deep, deep local expertise — and an incentive to share it. Hence why I’ve long thought there is a play to be made around showcasing local experts. Zillow Advice and Trulia Voices and Localism (check this press release from 2008) used to be the rage when it came to comment marketing with local advice. Show More Summary

Stained glass windows stripped from old Hollywood church

Preservationists aren’t happy A set of 90-year-old stained glass windows have been removed from an old Hollywood church, and preservation-minded neighbors are none too pleased. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the windows were stripped...Show More Summary

Sculptural Japanese kindergarten conceals old timber skeleton

And it’s adorable Today in awesome-kindergartens-in-Japan, Beijing-headquartered firm MAD Architects uses curious spaces rather than, say, oodles of primary colors, to convey a sense of playfulness. Underneath the sculptural, curvaceous...Show More Summary

’40s stone house with surprisingly delightful interiors asks $549K

Don’t judge a house by its unfortunate rocky facade Have a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Location:...Show More Summary

Not your parent's dorm: student housing gets more elaborate (and expensive)

The high-end world of student living can include jacuzzis, sand volleyball, and a more adult lifestyle With students settling in on campuses across the country this month, it didn’t take long for "dorm goals" to become an online distraction. Show More Summary

What it costs to pay for a home in America’s biggest cities

All but three of the country’s largest cities became less affordable to prospective homebuyers For many prospective homebuyers in the U.S., earning enough to pay for even an average-priced home can be a struggle (not to mention saving enough or a down payment). Show More Summary

Casamatic’s search product helps agents find more listing matches for buyers

Some real estate agents ask clients to fill out a quiz so they can hone in on the sort of neighborhood and property their clients are after. Casamatic, a property-matching service covering the Cincinnati area with plans to expand to other markets,...

How does Howard Hanna do it?

The title to this article may very well become the title of a book someday: The story of Howard Hanna’s ascension to the pinnacle of real estate brokerages in America is one for the Library of Congress...

Podcast: 18 rules of relentless lead follow-up (Part 1)

How many calls and emails are you getting each week from companies trying to sell you leads? Dozens, right? One of the traps agents fall into is thinking that they have to spend more and more money on lead sources, when in reality, they could increase their business by 30 percent or more just by properly handling the leads they already have...

How Zillow Group’s latest buy could ‘muddy the waters’ for Upstream

When real estate brokers and agents enter the profession, they likely don't have visions of data entry and management tools dancing in their heads. Yet they often still end up entering and re-entering listing data in various systems, including multiple MLSs, a broker's platform back-end, in accounting software or elsewhere...

Richmond America unveils three model homes in Irvine

Auburn at Stonegate, a new community under Richmond America Homes, is introducing three model homes in Irvine for prospective buyers and agents to peruse before construction commences...

How to use video to get listings and enthrall buyers

Three real estate professionals (Ben Bacal, Peter Lorimer and Amy Youngren) sat down with moderator Katie Maxwell at Inman Connect San Francisco to share how they're making video work for them. Check out the session...

7 tips for building a service provider network using Facebook

Stop asking your real estate agent friends for plumbers, electricians, landscapers, painters etc. I am on various local real estate agent Facebook groups, and I see this sort of post all the time...

Say goodbye to foreclosures and hello to new homeowners

Since the housing crisis began, distressed properties -- foreclosures, short sales and bank-owned real estate -- have dominated much of the conversation around real estate and real estate finance. The latest data, however, seems to indicate those days might be over...

How to crush local content marketing with help from the local news

Getting a shout out from local news would be a huge win for your real estate business, but a lot of agents have trouble cracking the code and getting on the radar of local journalists. The fact is, local content marketing can deliver the best ROI of any other marketing effort, and it can be done for very cheap or free...

Which metros have the most diverse dining?

Some days you want a gyro from the Greek spot on the corner, other days you want chicken tikka masala from the Indian joint on 22nd. Maybe the next day, you want hibachi with a pitcher of sake from the Japanese steakhouse on the other side of the city. That's the gift of choice -- and it's something homebuyers want when they're looking for a new area to live...

4 ways to answer real estate questions with mojo

The power in scripting lies not in having a rehearsed response but in being so comfortable with articulating your service to people, they feel compelled to work with you...

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