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Lisa Archer: ‘Social media is about being social. Do that, and the business will come’

The social media all-star says that her best efforts come from "just being engaging and interested in others lives'... likes, comments and telling them happy birthday mean a lot and go a long way."...

How real estate agents can create market advantages using Zillow data

A website with the level of access and data-gathering power that Zillow has presents a real opportunity. One interesting thing that Zillow does is to make its data fully accessible to any end-user. Here are some basic steps for working with the spreadsheets...

Checking In: 33-Story South Park Building Will Be Fancy Corporate Housing

The 33-story tower at 888 S. Olive St. in South Park is going to be doing something a little different than the other condo and apartment towers in the neighborhood. The project, just named Level DTLA, will be full...

Upstream & The National Broker Public Portal: Unearthing, Creating Super-MLS Data Layers

Project Upstream aims to become the defender and gatekeeper of brokers’ real estate listing nationwide.  The National Broker Public Portal intends to provide a nationwide display of data that puts brokers at the controls.  Although the former is not necessarily intended to exclusively fuel the latter, it seems like a match made in heaven. Show More Summary

Comment of the Day: "I agree that we need more...

"I agree that we need more towers and density but I wouldn't posit Vancouver as the model. There's a reason most of San Francisco has such a high 'walk score' and those areas of Vancouver don't. A continuous retail street...

Political Cribs: Here's Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa's New House in the Hills

Remember Antonio Villaraigosa? He was mayor of Los Angeles mayor for eight years, from 2005 to 2013? He wanted to plant a million trees? He's the main reason the city has a bunch of rail lines under construction? Anything?...

Why social media is destined to play a bigger role in real estate search

A computer model crunching a person’s Facebook “likes” can do a better job at judging their personality traits than their own friends and family, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University. That “was nice...

Cool Map Thing: Mapping the Unexpected (and Expected) Tourist Spots in LA

Los Angeles can be a difficult city to visit. Unlike, say, New York, or London, it doesn't have a massive, easy to use public transit system, nor a single well-known tourist zone, like Times Square or Oxford Circus (sorry,...

Monday Manor: $32M Castle Looks Pretty Flawless for Being 915 Years Old

All photos via Sotheby's Location: Siena, Italy Price: €28M ($32M) With more and more Italians growing weary of paying taxes and upkeep on historic buildings, dozens of castles have dropped onto the market, including this splendid Medieval fortress in the...

Furniture: Marcel Breuer, Robert Venturi, and More Insiders On the History of Knoll

Photo of Knoll designers via Design Within Reach blog The Knoll design firm, founded in 1938, went on to create some of the 20th century's finest pieces of American modernist furniture. Architecture luminaries like Mies van der Rohe and Eero...

On the Market: Stunning Comstock One-Bedroom Lists for a Stunning $2.495M

The most expensive one-bedroom on the market right now is at the Comstock in Nob Hill. With floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Coit Tower, it feels more like a live-in observation deck....

Crabot Army: When Google announced its proposal last...

When Google announced its proposal last week for a futuristic transformable campus located under glass canopies, a machine called the "Crabot" was a key part of the plans. The Crabot, according to the official document submitted by Google to Mountain...

DevelopmentWatch: Six Enormous Megamansions Are On the Way at Billion-Dollar Hilltop Property in Beverly Crest

The 157-acre hilltop event space in Beverly Crest known as Vineyard Beverly Hills was put up for sale earlier this year with a website advertising that the owners were hoping for a single buyer looking to come forward with...

Droning On: Deserted Masdar City Looks Just as Sad From a Drone

Don't delay! Plan your visit to the United Arab Emirates' master-planned ghost town today! Going off a drone-enabled promotional video released by the Masdar Institute, it has everything: little two-person smart trams! A room with plants in it! A...

Jeff Goldblum’s latest role: Apartments.com mastermind

Jeff Goldblum plays Brad Bellflower, the fictional mastermind of apartments.com. Real estate brokers and agents have become adept at using the Internet and social media to grow their business. But suddenly TV is blazing hot, with big brand names like...

House of the Day: Live in a Former Fire Station in Downtown Plymouth for $1.05M

Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts Price: $1,050,000 If the words "loft-like" are by now a catch-all descriptor for any kind of residential conversion with wide open spaces and a live-work vibe, then a very loft-like converted fire station dating back to...

On the Market: Glossy New South Park Penthouse Lists for $4.995 Million

A pair of new luxury condos has risen along South Park, replacing the two-story single-family that once stood there. Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture joined forces with Geddes Ulinskas Architects and MT Development to unite numerous signifiers of...

Birthdays : Toasting Pierre Jeanneret, the Le Corbusier Sidekick Who Made a Name for Himself in India

Photo by Shubh Singh via Wikimedia A hundred-and-nine years ago today was the birth of Pierre Jeanneret, the late Swiss architect and furniture designer whose career is, for the most part, recognized in association with his more famous cousin, Le...

Less than half of agents say their broker has safety procedures

More than half of the nation’s Realtors say their brokerages don’t have safety procedures in place to help protect them from the dangers of meeting strangers in empty houses — or that if they do have such procedures, they don’t...

Construction Watch: Inside the Still Unfinished $4 Billion WTC Transportation Hub

The flurry of retrospective analysis after Santiago Calatrava's proverbial camel of a World Trade Center Transportation Hub topped out back in November may have seemed to indicate that the project was near completion. But, as evidenced by some photos...

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