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Posted on : June 26, 2009
Agent to Agent: dealing with inexperienced or untrained agents
In this monthly column, a member of Miami's Master Brokers Forum will examine and resolve potential differences that may arise between real estate professionals in the field. This month's edition is written by Master Broker Ralph De Martino, broker-president of Ocean International Realty and former president of the Miami Association of Realtors ... ...»

Homefacts now alerts buyers when homes take turn for the worse
Imagine a homebuyer is scheduled to close on the perfect home, but then a sex offender moves in nearby or an adjacent property is registered as a former drug lab. She might not discover these changes until she's already bought the property, potentially resulting in buyer's remorse. is the latest website to offer a way for people to hedge against this dreaded scenario ... ...»

Inman Demo Day Webinar: From spitballing to strategy — get real value from your real estate ads
In this webinar, you learn the three key audience objectives for real estate agents and the right Adwerx digital tool to help you achieve them ... ...»

Delinquency rates are falling, but Illinois is still in the red
CoreLogic's June report finds that loan refinancing doesn't make sense for a lot of current homeowners in the U.S. Forecasts predict mortgage rates will increase this year, so CoreLogic used its data to determine refinancing conditions, mortgage denial rates and the overall health of the housing market throughout the nation ... ...»

Community spotlight: Kentfield
Nestled at the feet of Mount Tamalpais, you will find the unincorporated town of Kentfield. The small town is home to people who not only love living close to nature, but also want easy access to everything San Francisco has to offer. Almost every house in Kentfield is blessed with a spectacular view, whether it is of the mountain, Bay or lush redwood forest canopy ... ...»

Luxury listing: custom craftsman in McLean
This custom home in McLean, Virginia features a stone-wrapped fireplace and vaulted ceilings for a spacious yet warm atmosphere. The house also comes with a gourmet kitchen, library/office and master suite for an extra layer of privacy ... ...»

New York title insurance rates cost buyers millions
Real estate buyers in New York have been paying more than they need to during transactions, according to a new study released in June. OneTitle National Guaranty Company, Inc. released a report finding that homebuyers and investors in New York paid an estimated $155.3 million in excess title insurance premiums and fees in ... ...»

Malibu residence offers all-inclusive resort living under $1 million
In Malibu, it's all about the lifestyle. More specifically, a California lifestyle. A new luxury development is catering to the outdoor-centric and active homebuyers looking for a place to truly live as a Californian. ... ...»

Agents and brokers at risk of lawsuits over website accessibility
At the National Association of Realtors midyear conference in May, MLS CEO Shelley Specchio stood up in a crowd of hundreds of fellow MLS executives and announced that one of her members had filed a charge of disability discrimination against her multiple listing service, Northern Nevada Regional MLS. Specchio spoke during a session on website compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. "I wanted to say that out loud so that everyone takes this very seriously," Specchio said at the time ... ...»

How have Houston rents changed since 1980?
With rents rising in cities and states across the U.S., many renters struggle with affordability. In Miami, Los Angeles and Orlando, for example, more than 55 percent of renters were cost-burdened in 2014, spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent. Rents have moderated recently in expensive metros like San Francisco and New York City, but continue to climb rapidly in Dallas, Seattle and Denver ... ...»

Blame uninspiring home sales on low inventory, CAR says
Lack of inventory, both affordable and overall, remains an issue for California homebuyers, and price continues to climb in response. For the second straight month, median home price grew above $500,000 while California home sales dropped annually, according to the California Association of Realtors' (CAR) statewide report ... ...»

Find the perfect tools, systems and technologies at Connect
We bring in a stellar list of outsiders who know very little about real estate -- but they know lots about the rest of the world and will share their thoughts on the latest trends, ideas and inventions ... ...»

Want to see the brokerage of the future? Think soap
The real estate industry finds itself at a branding crossroads. The traditional franchise template has turned sour. Many agents find the usual "personality-branded"ť approach of independent brokerages not that helpful to their businesses. In too many instances, an agent's choice in brokerage affiliation is one between the lesser of two neutrals, neither of which speaks to them directly ... ...»

Freddie’s follies: How to predict the future of mortgage rates
I tell clients that I'm much more comfortable predicting the past than the future. But there's one financial spot in which you can do both! Freddie Mac in 1971 began a mortgage-rate survey upon which we all rely for historical reference ... ...»

Why the broker-centric model is in decline
The "full-service"ť broker-centric real estate model will soon exit the "maturity"ť segment of its product life cycle and signal the beginning of a 20-year decline. We'll explore how disruptive technologies triggered the broker-centric life cycle stages and the alternative business model that will replace the established one ... ...»

QuantumDigital’s TriggerMarketing Social makes Facebook ads a breeze
QuantumDigital just announced a new Facebook ad automation tool, TriggerMarketing Social, that integrates with MLS data. The social media extension auto-generates ads and distributes them through a user's Facebook Business Page in seconds. Agents receive an email notification when a lead comes through, along with their contact information ... ...»

Pending home sales drop for first time in nearly 2 years
New data from the National Association of Realtors, released this morning, says that May's pending home sales actually declined year-over-year for the first time in nearly two years. The reason? This competitive seller's market continues leaving inventory in a sad state. ... ...»

Chicago counties flourished in spring, says Re/Max
Spring was kind to Chicago's housing situation, and the momentum is continuing into the second half of the year, according a recent market report from Re/Max Northern Illinois. The report shows tightening inventory in May meant homes stayed on the market for less time, and people were eager to buy them ... ...»