Green Homes: Solar Panels Push Price Tag Up
Homebuyers are paying a premium for solar, on average 4.1 percent above asking price, according to findings recently released by Zillow. While The Golden and Sunshine States command costly mark-ups, New York City has the highest percentage premium, at 5.1 percent. New York, N.Y. – 5.1 percent ($23,989) Orlando, Fla. – 4.6 percent ($10,994) San […]
Join NAR for Free REALTOR® Safety Webinar
NAR PULSE—In a free webinar from NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program, Danielle Martin, founder and ambassador of True Boundaries, will explain how to trust your intuition and the importance of situational awareness. Join us on April 23 at 1 p.m. CDT. Register here. Have You Risen to the Challenge? The C2EX Challenge: C3 provides an opportunity […]
Real Estate Industry Shuts Down Proposed ‘Pied-à-Terre’ Tax on Luxury Second Homes
“Pied-à-terre” translated roughly from French is “foot on the ground.” They are properties, primarily condos and apartments, separate from an individual’s primary residence—think second, part-time homes. Since 2014, New York has been floating around a proposal to tax wealthy non-permanent residents on these properties—only those worth more than $5 million—in order to support the city’s […]
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Flipping’s Back on the Rise—but Is Trouble Ahead?
Flips hit a peak recently, new research shows. In the lead-up to the recession, flipped homes made up 11.3 percent of sales in the U.S., according to CoreLogic data. In the fourth quarter of 2018, flips jumped to 10.9 percent—the highest for a fourth quarter on record, and inching toward the pre-recession rate. Is this […]
Fair Housing After 50 Years: A Goal or Reality?
This month’s National Association of REALTORS® Power Broker Roundtable discusses fair housing. Moderator Jim Imhoff, Chairman, First Weber Real Estate, Madison, Wis., Liaison for Large Firm & Industry Relations Panelists Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla. Joan Docktor, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®, Philadelphia, Pa. Michael […]
Work and School: America’s Most Affordable Cities
For recent graduates, young professionals or folks considering career changes, housing affordability could be the deciding factor when it comes to searching for a job. A recent study out of BusinessStudent.com examined just this. Hosts of the site—dedicated to students and professionals seeking careers, courses, degrees and jobs in business, technology and healthcare—wanted to see […]
Real Estate Webmasters Celebrates 15 Years at the Top
(Above) Morgan Carey and the Real Estate Webmasters team at their recent all-company Town Hall, February 2019. Real Estate Webmasters launched its first website in April 2004 and hasn’t looked back. Today, Real Estate Webmasters (REW) is one of the most successful technology companies ever in the industry. To mark their 15th anniversary, we sat […]
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3 Reasons Why Now Is a Good Time to Become a Luxury Real Estate Agent
Thinking of getting into luxury real estate, but not sure if now is the right time for you to specialize? Believe it or not, there are a lot of good reasons why you might want to become a luxury real estate agent right now. If this niche has been on your mind, you might want […]
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FHA-Backed Mortgages: Could Increased Flagging Hurt First-Time Homebuyers?
First-time buyers could soon have a harder time obtaining a home loan. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will begin implementing stricter standards for loan approvals, possibly impacting about 50,000 loans annually. “We have continued to endorse loans with more and more credit risk,” Keith Becker, the agency’s […]
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Power Brokers: Committing to Technology, Not Tunnel Vision
With all the chatter on disruption in the industry, Power Brokers are doubling down on their strengths—including digital marketing strategies and technology.
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