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Portal Watch (and more): Awakening the giant

Quote of the week (Well... actually, quote of the decade): “Storm clouds are coming.” -- Gary Keller, co-founder of Keller Williams. When? 2005, when he predicted the Great Recession and poised his feisty firm to truly compete with the big guys...

Think the Fed is standing pat? Think again.

Mortgage rates have been stable near 4.00 percent, held there by the 10-year T-note moving hardly at all in the last month, 2.31 percent-2.38 percent since Halloween. Such stability is most unusual, best understood as a market gathering tension for...

Table Made from Ikea Catalogues Looks as Awful as You'd Think

Photos via Design Boom This Ikea table isn't what you might call traditionally stylish, or in keeping with the "Swedish modern on a budget" look the furniture giant has spent decades carving out. You might say it looks like complete...

Cool Map Thing: Watch Los Angeles Explode Into a Megacity in Five Maps

Created using free templates from Esri, makers of the information system considered "the standard for urban data mapping," this interactive map gives glimpses of Los Angeles at intervals between 1907 and the...

5 social media mistakes that real estate agents make

Think social media still isn't important to your marketing strategy? Think again. More than 93 percent of Americans are on Facebook (according to hubspot), and 90 percent of home buyers start their real estate searches online....

Young Guns 2014: Meet Your Curbed Young Guns Finalists: the Revivalists

After weeks spent accepting nominations and sifting through hundreds of talented designers, builders, and architects, Curbed is ready to announce the finalists of Young Guns 2014. All week long we've been rolling out the nominees. Our final faction: the Revivalists....

Development Watch: Pacific Heights' Rockwell Breaks Ground on 260 New Condos

Renderings via Kwan Henmi Pacific Heights saw its second big condo project in a month break ground as Rockwell, which will bring 260 new units to the corner of Pine Street and Van Ness Avenue, began construction. The venerable Pacific...

The Story of Modern Polygamist Colony and its $115M Properties

Warren Jeffs' former mansion, in Hildale, Utah. Photo by Trent Nelson courtesy of The Salt Lake Tribune It all started with a false police report. In 2008, Texas police received a phone call from a woman who claimed to be...

Friday Flash: Dwell, dwell…

Dwell magazine, the glossy pub that always makes me feel like I have no taste, launched a real estate listings site last week. They’re only displaying agent-submitted homes for sale that are “Dwell certified” – cool, modern and generally high-end places that align with the Dwell brand. Show More Summary

Cost Crunch: Construction costs in San Francisco have...

Construction costs in San Francisco have risen at least 10 percent over the past two years, the largest increase since the height of the last housing boom in 2005-2006. The bump is largely driven by price hikes for materials and...

Green Giants: Milan's 'Vertical Forest' Declared 2014's Coolest High-Rise

Photos by Kirsten Bucher via Arch Daily In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, though the existence of an award this specific is kind of surprising, Milan's "vertical forest" has been named the winner of the 2014 International...

Do you dial, swipe or text? Matt Murphy

Tech maven Matt Murphy says drone use by real estate brokerages will really take off when regulators provide more clarity on rules governing their use...

The Commute: LA's Thanksgiving Traffic Will be the Nation's Worst

Los Angeles is home to some of the worst commutes in whole country, so perhaps it's not a huge surprise to anyone who drives on a regular basis that traffic on the day before Thanksgiving—nicknamed here "getaway day"—is expected...

Open House Report: Weekend Open House Report: Potrero Hill Edition

Location: 1464 Kansas St near 26th St. Size: 5-bed, 3-bath, 2,533-square-foot single-family home Price: $1.295M Pitch: "Classic San Francisco home with Victorian touches. Perfect for extended living or investment income. Main level; 3bed/2bath and remodeled kitchen. Lower level 2bed/1bath,...

FHA is back in the black, but don’t hold your breath for premium rollbacks

The Federal Housing Administration’s mutual mortgage insurance fund is unlikely to need another taxpayer bailout, but that doesn’t mean homebuyers looking to finance purchases with an FHA-backed home loan will get a break on their premiums anytime soon. To make...

The reformers: Douglas R. Miller

Douglas R. Miller is the executive director of CAARE (Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate), the only nonprofit public charity dedicated to consumerism with real estate brokers. Did you have causes when you were younger? What were they? Not really....

With Berkshire Hathaway brand roll out, Warren Buffett poised for global real estate expansion

It may have taken a while him to get into franchising, but Warren Buffett is no newcomer to residential real estate. Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America owns more than two dozen brokerages around the country, including heavyweights that are...

Free Stuff: Here's a Chance to Win a Michele Varian ? for Your Mantel

Attention: Curbed is teaming up with housewares shop Michele Varian to decorate your apartment. Neon signs, which are everywhere from MoMA to McDonalds, are tongue-in-cheek odes to 20th-century Americana. Michele Varian, who decamped from Detroit to Soho and specializes...

On the Market: As usual, the rampant practice of...

As usual, the rampant practice of describing something as "Wrightean" just because it was designed by an architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright is pretty far off with Curbed National's House of the Day, a rehabbed 1956 dwelling by...

Flipping Out: SF Flippers Make More Money Than Flippers Everywhere Else

A Noe Valley fixer that recently went for $655K over asking. San Francisco flippers made an average gross profit of $344,111 per flip in the third quarter of this year, a number that is the highest in the nation, according...

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