Real Estate News


Avoid Contractor Estimation Errors; Hire A Contractor That Uses The Bluebook Pro Estimator
There are many things to consider when it comes to remodeling or any other home improvements on a home. The pressure to get things done in the right way can at times be overwhelming. However, choosing the right residential construction contractor can help you release a great deal of this pressure. A good contractor should have adequate experience, proven credibility, and the appropriate tools to get the job done efficiently.

California Broker-Owned Escrows Need To Submit Activity Reports
It is time again -- but there is not much time left -- for affected California brokers to submit their annual Escrow Activity Report to the Bureau of Real Estate (BRE). This applies to firms that operate a "broker-controlled escrow" that engaged in five or more transactions or whose escrow activities exceeded $1 million in the past calendar year.

What's Driving Canadian Cities' House Prices?
A new study says conventional economic forces such as low mortgage rates and higher disposable incomes have much to do with the big increase in Canadian cities' home prices since 2010…but there's still a lot that can't be explained.

Pacific Union recruits three Keller Williams teams in SoCal
After some high-profile moves last week in San Diego, the next spate of brokerage recruiting wars is going down in Los Angeles, where Pacific Union, the largest independent brokerage in California, today announced the opening of a new 20-agent office in the trendy Highland Park neighborhood and the addition of three top producing real estate teams from Keller Williams to its Southern California operation.  ...

Leadership Lens: Make it 5 instead of 5,000 steps!
Inman sat down with Roland Kampmeyer, Managing Director of Kampmeyer Immobilien GmbH in Cologne, Germany, founded in 1995, to talk about leadership ...

Agent Connect NY 18: How to create and execute the perfect lead magnet program
Watch Lance on stage at Inman Connect New York as she shares the strategies that won her business leads and helped make her the go-to professional in her field, and learn how to be the one everyone listens to, comes to and wants to do business with ...

Agent Connect NY 18: There is no such thing as agent search — why agent reviews still matter
What does a review do for you? According to immoviewer CEO Jeff Turner, "it helps you understand how you did, it helps you understand how to identify your fans and it creates validation for the thing that's really happening -- and that's people referring you." ...

Leadership Lens: If you’re not growing, you’re dying
As the founder and president of international luxury real estate auction firm Concierge Auctions, Laura Brady is responsible for leading the company and its aggressive growth ...

Doorport wants to install a smart intercom on every apartment building
Doorport's intercom turns residents' smartphones into their keycards. Having a connected smartphone in your pocket will automatically unlock the front door. More significantly for residents on-the-go, their phones will also ring when unannounced visitors or FedEx deliverymen push the intercom button. ...

5 tips for closing every real estate deal ahead of schedule
Once a property goes under contract, it becomes a sprint to get to the finish line. However, with so many parties involved, lack of communication, missing paperwork, being unorganized and a host of other challenges can quickly can prevent you from closing on or before the contractual deadline ...

7 questions to guide investors toward their ideal property
Real estate agents thrive on finding the perfect properties for their clients. If you’re working with an investor, a good recommendation could lead to more business in the future and more recommendations to their peers ...

5 costs that can surprise new homeowners
Many years ago, after a carefree weekend away, my husband and I came home to discover we had no water, our television was fried and our refrigerator wasn't working ...

Agent Connect NY 18: Delivering 7-star service in a 3-star industry
Guess how much money Jay O'Brien spends every year on marketing. $0.00. Yes, you read right. Rather than pouring funds into marketing campaigns to attract skeptical buyers, O'Brien invests in products and experiences that make the entire real estate transaction enjoyable for his clients ...