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Real estate agents applaud Bill Gates ‘smart city’ plans near Phoenix

The land, in Phoenix's West Valley, is on what local agents call the "outskirts of the outskirts" of the city, but likely won't be that way for long...

Will ‘small-minded’ tax bill nudge the market? Not likely

Financial markets do react to changes in financial public policy. That’s a valid axiom. So, if markets do not move when new public policy arrives, does that mean that markets no longer care? Or that the particular new policy does not matter...

Potential sellers staying put to avoid homebuyer hell

Most real estate experts would agree that it's a seller's market -- inventory is low and buyer demand is high, meaning that homeowners can garner higher sales prices than ever before. So, why aren't homeowners selling their homes? They don't want to navigate the current housing market as buyers...

What do Realtors really want from their MLS?

As most of you know, there were some changes made at NAR about the whole MLS of choice deal. Because I don’t think that’s a huge thing, although events could prove me wrong, I’ll skip it and move on to this: NAR MLS consolidation resources...

Zillow’s 6 predictions for the 2018 housing market

If only we could stare into a crystal ball to see exactly what 2018 holds for the housing market. More inventory? Yes! Slower home price growth? Absolutely! Oprah giving everyone a free house? That would be a dream come true...

How to build a brand from the ground up

When Stacie Perrault Staub left her job as director of marketing at her old agency, she made the quick (and brilliant) decision to start her own brokerage. Motivated and determined to change the Denver real estate scene, Staub hit the ground running and created a successful brokerage and brand in 9 short months...

MLSs in North Carolina consolidate for cost savings, bargaining power

More and more multiple listing services are listening to the drumbeat of consolidation nationwide. CarolinaMLS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, will acquire the North Carolina Mountains MLS on January 1,...

What design elements are millennials looking for in a home?

With millennials becoming the largest segment of homebuyers, it's critical for homesellers and their real estate agents to know their design preferences. Thanks to the 2017 Taylor Morris Consumer Survey, we know what recent and prospective millennial homebuyers are into. ...

Could Gary Keller and Compass’s Robert Reffkin be more similar?

I recently sat with Compass CEO Robert Reffkin in his slick new offices on New York City’s 5th Avenue, when suddenly the image of Texan Gary Keller oddly flashed before my eyes. It was an illusion that quickly lifted, but something clicked in my head that I had missed before...

Is Opendoor testing a new listing brokerage service?

If the Yelp review is authentic, Opendoor’s test suggests the company is willing to explore a new business model that doesn't see it buy homes...

Zipi makes financial management easy for brokerages

Zipi is a browser-based reporting and financial management solution that helps streamline financial oversight for real estate brokerages of all sizes...

Mesh digital and traditional methods for pure marketing gold

Although the industry may be veering more and more toward all things digital, there’s still something to be said for the power of tried-and-true traditional marketing...

4 telltale signs that Paris’s wealth is returning

There seems to be a re-emergence of the French affluent. I know that sounds a bit strange because Paris is known worldwide as the epicenter of luxury, but we have had our fair share of recent challenges...

Crazy Sht In Real Estate: Tax reform is on its way

Tax reform is on its way -- fast. Jamie Gregory explains what's going on in Washington and how it negatively affects homeowners by taking away tax incentives...

Be on the Lookout for Up-and-Coming Communities

Recently I had a client call me to discuss how excited she was about writing an offer on an exciting new community in her area. I asked her if it was a community that I happen to know a lot about. She was so surprised that I had so much knowledge about it even though […]

Branding Spotlight: Steve Parker

This week’s design spotlight features the brand of our SEMI CUSTOM client Steve Parker, from Enumclaw, Washington. Steve wanted to take his branding up a notch with a luxurious and natural brand. He selected Semi-Custom design #20 and we applied his favorite natural green and silver palette. The cool charcoal background sets the stage for […]

Freddie Mac to invest $500M in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit market

Freddie Mac today announced its re-entry into the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) market as part of the newly launched Duty To Serve program, an initiative geared toward addressing persistent affordable housing problems by preventing...Show More Summary

Wells Fargo Consumer Lending chief axed for disparaging communication to former executive

Still reeling from a scandal involving fake banking accounts, Wells Fargo this week fired its head of consumer lending over mysterious email activity, executives said on Friday...

Rookie agent called to real estate to help others with limited mobility

It’s been over 20 years since Coldwell Banker agent Sabrina Cohen was in the car accident that left her a wheelchair user as the result of a spinal cord injury. Today, with her portable ramp in tow, she doesn’t find it difficult to get her wheelchair into most homes, but that isn’t always the case for other disabled individuals...

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