Real Estate News


How Much Do Home Alarm Systems Affect Resale?
Home alarm systems can be particularly hard to calculate into resale value or return on investment (ROI) because their job is to prevent loss rather than achieve gains. You purchase a home alarm system with the hope that you never need to use it.

The FAFSA And Real Estate: When To Buy And Refi To Get The Most Aid For College
Getting ready to fill out the dreaded Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? While there is a ton of advice out there about how to properly prepare, what you need, and what to expect, there's another layer of concern for homeowners and homebuyers: How does the FAFSA affect you if you're in the market, already own a home, have investment property, or are thinking about refinancing? We're breaking it down.

Mortgage fraud: Are you part of the problem?
There are lies and there are damn lies. Lies like the little white ones borrowers sometimes utter to improve their incomes just enough to qualify, or perhaps qualify for a better rate. And there are the whoppers some agents tell to, well, fleece unsuspecting clients ...

The biggest legal risks for real estate teams
Do you require team members to use a specific type of software, hold open houses on certain days, or attend regular meetings at your office? If so, the labor laws consider your team members to be employees not independent contractors.  ...

Where does Purplebricks stand one month after its U.S. launch?
Purplebricks, the online agent that has seen massive success while battering the incumbents in the U.K. market, launched in the U.S. about one month ago. Let’s take a deeper look at its launch, its tactics, the numbers and its next targets ...

Where does the NYC broker war with StreetEasy leave the industry?
The battle lines have been drawn, but the end is far from uncertain. And the ramifications for the rest of the real estate classified industry in the United States could be far-reaching ...

Post-hurricane investing: How to look for win-win opportunities
There have been (unlucky) 13 hurricanes so far in 2017 at the time of this article. Harvey, Irma and Maria have been the big three, causing massive devastation throughout Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, with especially destructive effects in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands ...

6 housewarming gifts buyers will actually use
Your clients just bought a new home and couldn’t be happier. What better way to congratulate them than to give them a great housewarming gift? Selecting something they'll actually like isn’t always easy though, especially if you don’t know them well ...

This fire map is a safe way for NorCal residents to check their home
Amid the destruction and sorrow caused by the Northern California wildfires, it seems a bit of positive news has surfaced: firefighters have been successful in containing 60 percent of the two largest fires, and weather reports indicate a chance of rain that could help extinguish additional flames. This news may leave residents anxious to return home -- and many have already begun doing so -- but there's a safer way to assess neighborhood damage: a satellite fire map ...

Real estate tracking app demo: Hacker Connect
Is the Dominos tracking app better than any real estate tracking app out there? Believe it or not, the answer to that questions used to be "yes". Fortunately, Shane Farkas of The Agency and Jess Martin of First.io took the Inman Stage to explain how their new app is going to take the anxiety out of the real estate transaction by tracking every step of the way ...

Opendoor’s buying homes at a rate of $100M per month
Opendoor, a three-year-old San Francisco startup that uses technology to quickly buy and resell homes, reports that it's reached a $1.3 billion annual purchase rate, which rounds out monthly home purchases at about $100 million ...

Pacific Union International acquires Empire Realty
This is the third acquisition in the last 10 months for Pacific Union, following its merger with Beverly Hills firm Partners Trust in August ...