Category Archive: News

May 03

The Housing Market Is Outperforming

The Housing Market Is Outperforming

The Housing Market Is Outperforming   The housing market has been off to a roar this spring. In fact, the market is performing so strongly that the National Association of REALTORS® has upgraded its forecast for the year. At the start of the year, home sales were expected to match last year’s pace due to …

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May 02

Cities With the Most Cash Sales

Cities With the Most Cash Sales

Cities With the Most Cash Sales   Cash sales made up about 30 percent of all single-family and condo sales in the first quarter of this year, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ First Quarter 2017 U.S. Home Sales Report. That is well below their peak of 44.7 percent in the first quarter of 2011 but …

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May 01

How Trees Benefit Home Values

How Trees Benefit Home Values

How Trees Benefit Home Values Today is Arbor Day, the perfect time to send clients information on landscaping that can boost their home’s value and reduce energy bills. The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station says that planting a tree in front of a house increases the home’s sale price by an average of …

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Apr 28

Checks to Protect a Home in the Spring

Checks to Protect a Home in the Spring

Checks to Protect a Home in the Spring     The spring season can bring about dangers to a home from strong wind gusts, rains, and fluctuating temperatures. Be sure to take steps to protect your home this season. 1. Check outside faucets and exteriors for flood risks. Inspect your outside hose faucets for any …

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Apr 27

Use the Power of Gratitude to Spark Loyalty

Use the Power of Gratitude to Spark Loyalty

Use the Power of Gratitude to Spark Loyalty     It’s important to thank your customers for their business, and that couldn’t be easier with the rise of social media as a mass communications method. Gratitude should be at the core of a marketer’s brand, says Bardi Toto Drake, author of “The Power of Asking.” …

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Apr 26

3 Tips for Selling a Small Home

3 Tips for Selling a Small Home

3 Tips for Selling a Small Home You just landed a smaller-than-average listing. Now you have to figure out how to capitalize on the square footage to help the house stand out in your marketing. Desare Kohn-Laski, broker-owner of Skye Louis Realty in Coconut Creek, Fla., offers these three ideas that both agents and brokers …

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Apr 25

4 Bathroom Fads That Turn Buyers Off

4 Bathroom Fads That Turn Buyers Off

4 Bathroom Fads That Turn Buyers Off     For some buyers, the bathroom is a deal breaker. So if your listing includes these fading bathroom trends, you might have a harder time selling it. Realtor.com® notes some fads you may want to suggest your sellers change before putting their home on the market. All-white …

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Apr 24

Green Matters in Real Estate, Surveys Show

Green Matters in Real Estate, Surveys Show

Green Matters in Real Estate, Surveys Show Your clients want to hear more about green real estate and why it matters, surveys show. Whether they’re first-time buyers or existing homeowners, consumers are showing more desire to learn more about environmental matters in housing. Indeed, 61 percent of homeowners have researched energy-efficient improvements, according to the …

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Apr 21

The Big Boomer Sell-Off Coming in the 2020s?

The Big Boomer Sell-Off Coming in the 2020s?

The Big Boomer Sell-Off Coming in the 2020s? Arthur C. Nelson, a University of Arizona professor, predicts the “great senior sell-off” will occur in the mid to late 2020s. It’s a few years later than what Nelson had originally predicted in 2013 (he originally said by 2020). He says baby boomers are living in their …

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Apr 20

Why Removing That Wall Isn’t Always So Easy

Why Removing That Wall Isn’t Always So Easy

Why Removing That Wall Isn’t Always So Easy   Design TV shows make it look so easy: Just remove a wall or two and you have the open floor plan you’ve always wanted. But not so fast. Tearing down a wall could open up a host of other problems—some structural, if not done properly. It …

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Apr 19

Court College Grads: Here’s Why

Court College Grads: Here’s Why

Court College Grads: Here’s Why     Americans with an education level of bachelor’s degree or higher are more likely to own a home by age 30, according to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That’s regardless of their student debt situation too, the study finds. Researchers who tracked college …

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Apr 18

Forget Millennials: Gen X Is Driving the Market

Forget Millennials: Gen X Is Driving the Market

Forget Millennials: Gen X Is Driving the Market Millennials may often get all the attention, but members of Generation X are really the ones who have been driving the housing market lately. Gen Xers, who are between the ages of 37 and 51, make up the second largest share of home buyers, comprising 28 percent …

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