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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Real estate tech companies - San Antonio Express-News

Real estate tech companies - San Antonio Express-News: Tammy Anderson wanted to sell her North Side home so her family could move somewhere with more space, but she had a problem: What would she do with her three dogs when potential buyers came for a tour?

“It was absolutely daunting to figure out what to do with the dogs between every showing, and we both work full-time, so trying to keep the house in a showable state — we just didn’t think we could do it,” Anderson said.

Friday, June 22, 2018

The 4 Best Real Estate Mutual Funds for Income Investors | InvestorPlace

The 4 Best Real Estate Mutual Funds for Income Investors | InvestorPlace: These are trying times for investors holding real estate equities and real estate mutual funds. Real estate has one of the smallest sector weights in the S&P 500, but it is also one of its worst offenders this year.

Some real estate mutual funds have been hampered by large allocations to retail estate investment trusts (REITs), one of the most vulnerable corners of the broader real estate universe. Many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling. Some are going out of business, while others are rapidly closing locations, pinching REITs that own malls and other retail space.

Additionally, the real estate sector is historically inversely correlated to rising interest rates. The Federal Reserve has boosted interest rates five times since the start of 2017, including twice this year. Some bond market observers believe there are two more rate hikes in store before the end of 2018.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

$40 Million Fund Launched for Real Estate Startups, Tech | Los Angeles Business Journal

$40 Million Fund Launched for Real Estate Startups, Tech | Los Angeles Business Journal: New York-based real estate venture capital firm MetaProp has launched a $40 million fund that has attracted CBRE Group Inc., RXR Realty and Cushman & Wakefield.

MetaProp II is a venture capital fund that invests in early-stage real estate and real estate technology-related firms. The fund closed on June 13.

The new fund reportedly is expected to invest in real estate technology such as 3-D printing, augmented reality, co-working, blockchain among others.

Hot real estate markets to cool in 2020, experts predict – Orange County Register

Hot real estate markets to cool in 2020, experts predict – Orange County Register: Homebuilder James Boyd has no trouble selling the homes he builds. The difficulty is getting them built in the first place.

High lumber costs, regulatory restrictions and a construction worker shortage continue to plague housing developers like Boyd, the Orange County-based president of Toll Brothers’ operations in California and Nevada.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dear Monty: Picking a real estate agent for the wrong reasons

Dear Monty: Picking a real estate agent for the wrong reasons: ​I have a friend who is a real estate broker. She wants to be my agent for a home I currently own and the home I buy when I relocate. She has another job and appears overwhelmed. She lives two hours from where I am buying, and the house I am selling is four states away. I would like her to profit from the commissions. She seems to be financially desperate and not thinking clearly. I am very concerned that if I use another agent, it will compromise our friendship. Would it be permissible to tell her of an agent I hear of that I have not contacted and let her approach him and then she can get a referral? Or is it advisable to use her and see the houses on my own and hand out her business card so she can get the commission?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Realtors play integral roles in helping house hunters and owners sell, buy properties | | postandcourier.com

Realtors play integral roles in helping house hunters and owners sell, buy properties | | postandcourier.com: Among the big ticket items of life, selling a house ranks up there with, well, buying a home in the first place.

Homeowners often work with a real estate agent for home sales, relying on the professional to put the house on the market at a list price, show the property to prospective buyers, write up contracts on possible purchases and track the sale through to closing.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

China Responds Against Soybeans, Pork After US Slaps Tariffs on Chinese Technology

China Responds Against Soybeans, Pork After US Slaps Tariffs on Chinese Technology: Leaders from the American Soybean Association could only respond in dismay Friday after President Donald Trump announced he was going ahead with $34 billion in tariffs against Chinese technology products because China wasted little time Friday imposing a 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans and other agricultural products.

The Trump administration announced Friday morning that it would place a 25% tariff on goods that contain "industrially significant technologies." These include products under China's "Made in China 2025" strategy. The U.S. can no longer tolerate losing technology and intellectual property to unfair economic practices, the White House stated. The administration also said it was preparing tariff lines on another $16 billion in Chinese goods that would be announced later this summer.

All Things Real Estate: Disclosure challenge requires unlikely scenario

All Things Real Estate: Disclosure challenge requires unlikely scenario: Q: We sold our house in late 2016. We used a real estate agent and the whole process went pretty smoothly. Today we got a letter from two people we’ve never heard of demanding that we pay $18,500 to them for repairs to the house. Apparently the people we sold the house to have resold it to this couple and now they’re demanding money from us for failing to disclose problems with the foundation. We never knew the house had foundation problems and, even if we did, these aren’t the people we sold the house to. How can somebody we’ve never even met sue us for failing to disclose something to them?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Palm Beach real estate: Lakefront estate sells for $41.3 million

Palm Beach real estate: Lakefront estate sells for $41.3 million: A sprawling lakefront compound with architecture recalling a Venetian palace has sold on�Palm Beach’s Billionaire’s Row for more than $41 million, according to the deed recorded by the�Palm�Beach�County�Clerk’s office.
Private-equity specialist Thompson Dean and his wife, Caroline, bought 1485 S. Ocean Blvd., the deed shows. Thompson Dean is managing partner and CEO of�Avista Capital Partners.�The New York City-based firm has more than $6 billion invested in health-care companies, according to its�website.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Real estate surge helps Lubbock economy's strong start in 2018 - News - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - Lubbock, TX

Real estate surge helps Lubbock economy's strong start in 2018 - News - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - Lubbock, TX: The Lubbock economy experienced a positive start to the year, with many trends to be proud of, reported Lubbock National Bank at its monthly economic index presentation on Wednesday.

Down payments squeezing potential homebuyers: real estate expert | Fox Business

Down payments squeezing potential homebuyers: real estate expert | Fox Business: A word of advice for those looking to buy a home: don’t try to time the�housing market Opens a New Window. , according to Dottie Herman, the CEO of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, one of America’s largest real estate firms.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sumner real estate prices level out, but inventory is still low

Sumner real estate prices level out, but inventory is still low: Home prices in Sumner County are taking a breather from their relentless growth, making this a good time to buy. But that might not be as easy as it sounds, real estate industry professional say

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Why San Francisco fintech HouseCanary seeks to upend traditional real estate appraisals - San Francisco Business Times

Why San Francisco fintech HouseCanary seeks to upend traditional real estate appraisals - San Francisco Business Times: Anyone who has questioned the accuracy of an appraisal of their own property, typically based on three nearby comparable sales, can appreciate the opportunity for a better valuation model.

Real estate investors hold classes for budding entrepreneurs | 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Real estate investors hold classes for budding entrepreneurs | 13 WTHR Indianapolis: Budding entrepreneurs are in class learning how to buy and sell real estate.

"I didn't know very much about this and we miss a lot of opportunities by not knowing, so when we see people trying to share information with you I think it's an awesome thing," said Elizabeth Bennett, Indianapolis.

"It's a passion of mine to be able to educate people on the different avenues you can use real estate to build wealth," said Keith Safford of K & T Investment Developments.

Safford is half of K & T. He and Tony McDaniel are part of the growing effort to improve the housing and commercial landscape of Indianapolis.

Compass Continues to Reinvent Real Estate Across Northern Virginia | ARLnow.com

Compass Continues to Reinvent Real Estate Across Northern Virginia | ARLnow.com: Since expanding into Virginia in December 2017, Compass Real Estate has quickly grown their Arlington team to over 40 agents, set new record sales and announced their launch into the Alexandria market. Compass Arlington now holds the #2 spot for market share in home sales priced over $1M.

Pairing the industry’s top agents with proprietary technology, Compass offers a smarter, more seamless solution to selling or finding your home — from Arlington to McLean to Alexandria and all points in between.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Real Estate Talk with Denise Kopasz: Shopping for a Home in Today's Internet World | CapeCodToday.com

Real Estate Talk with Denise Kopasz: Shopping for a Home in Today's Internet World | CapeCodToday.com: When you are looking to buy a home you have to make so many choices and decisions. ��When I work with clients I ask them to consider where they want their home to be located and how much they want to spend . �That is just the beginning of the process and since most people do not have time to drive around and look at homes that do not meet their requirements I am always diligent about learning the needs and wants of my buyers.

Redfin CEO explains why competitors in growing online real estate market should fear him - Business Insider

Redfin CEO explains why competitors in growing online real estate market should fear him - Business Insider

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Real estate property manager and developer JLL launches a $100 million tech investment fund | TechCrunch

Real estate property manager and developer JLL launches a $100 million tech investment fund | TechCrunch: The multi-billion-dollar real estate developer and property manager JLL is getting into the tech investment game with the launch of a new $100 million fund run by corporate subsidiary JLL Spark.

Initially envisioned as a technology-focused business unit of the multinational real estate company, the firm eventually turned to the more traditional venture capital investment model as a way to get more exposure to all of the new technologies that are coming to market, according to JLL Spark’s co-chief executive, Mihir Shah.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Why A Workshop In D.C. Is So Important to America's Real Estate Industry

Why A Workshop In D.C. Is So Important to America's Real Estate Industry: The FTC and DOJ are convening bigwigs from Zillow, Redfin and more to evaluate the state of listings and competition. The findings could shape the industry's future

Canyon Partners Real Estate and Pasadena-based CIT Bank Buy Harvey Apartments in Hollywood | Los Angeles Business Journal

Canyon Partners Real Estate and Pasadena-based CIT Bank Buy Harvey Apartments in Hollywood | Los Angeles Business Journal: Century City-based investment firm Canyon Partners Real Estate and Pasadena-based CIT Bank have purchased the Harvey Apartments in Hollywood.

The purchase of the four-story, 177-unit apartment building that includes 1,900 square feet of ground retail space at 5640 Santa Monica Blvd. was consummated via the Canyon Multifamily Impact Fund III, a joint venture between Canyon and CIT Bank. CIT’s real estate finance business provided a $20.4 million senior loan to fund the purchase as well as capital improvements.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Commercial Real Estate Growing More Diverse | GlobeSt.com

Commercial Real Estate Growing More Diverse | GlobeSt.com: Not so long ago, most commercial real estate firms were behind their counterparts in other industries when it came to fostering diversity. But a sea change has come over the real estate industry, and most firms have decided that to fully succeed in the modern business world, women and minorities have to play a bigger role in deal making and other operations. At the same time, a new generation has flooded the workplace, and companies need to change their use of office spaces and methods of working to attract and retain these new recruits. As a result, modern commercial real estate firms don’t resemble the companies of the past, but these changes have made it easier to succeed with clients, many of which have also put more emphasis on diversity.

Business Monday: Declining real estate inventory means seller’s market in Aspen area | AspenTimes.com

Business Monday: Declining real estate inventory means seller’s market in Aspen area | AspenTimes.com: It's a seller's market in Aspen-area real estate because of the continued decline in inventory.

That's been a common theme among property brokers keeping an eye on the dips and rises in the local market, which has seen residential inventory drop 40 percent over the past five years.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Las Vegas’ housing market reaches most heated levels in years – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas’ housing market reaches most heated levels in years – Las Vegas Review-Journal: Seven or eight years ago, Las Vegas’ housing market was all but dead.

Banks were foreclosing on homes all over town, property values were plunging, and developers were walking away from unfinished projects.

Today? The market has reached the most heated levels in years.

Hot Property: Tyra Banks doubles down in Pacific Palisades

Hot Property: Tyra Banks doubles down in Pacific Palisades: After catching the home-buying bug in recent years, Tyra Banks is giving her real estate portfolio a makeover once again. The model and television personality has listed two Pacific Palisades homes for sale and divested herself of a town home in the area.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Litter on a stick? Real estate agent fined $2,750 for too many open house signs – Orange County Register

Litter on a stick? Real estate agent fined $2,750 for too many open house signs – Orange County Register: Jerry Del Mauro hoped to score a $1.4 million sale last month when he staged an open house near the water in Huntington Beach.

Instead of a sale, the Re/Max agent got a $2,750 fine for putting out too many open house signs.

Del Mauro said he had no choice. The house sat on an island at the end of a semi-desolate street almost 2 miles from the nearest traffic light. To guide buyers to his open house, he put out some�18�signs — 11 more than the city typically�allows.

A city code enforcement officer spotted the signs and issued a citation, fining him $250 per “excessive” sign.

“These open house sign laws are getting out of control,” said one of the 140 comments on Del Mauro’s Facebook post following the citation.

Commercial Real Estate Deal Volume Up, But Headwinds Are Blowing

Commercial Real Estate Deal Volume Up, But Headwinds Are Blowing: Volume for the quarter, which reached $107 billion, was down 14 percent from the previous three months.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Six Ways To Find More Cash Buyers For Your Real Estate

Six Ways To Find More Cash Buyers For Your Real Estate: hutterstock

They say “cash is king” when it comes to real estate. For those try to sell homes and flip houses, it’s cash buyers who rule. They are vitally important in the current market and can make moving property far easier. So how do active real estate investors, agents and other property owners find more cash buyers for their deals?

To Gauge Long-Term Health of a Real Estate Market, Look Beyond Sales Prices - Mansion Global

To Gauge Long-Term Health of a Real Estate Market, Look Beyond Sales Prices - Mansion Global: When gauging the health of a real estate market, it’s tempting to focus on sales numbers, and median and average prices. But to determine the resiliency of a location, and the potential for returns on investment, there are indicators beyond sales prices and supply and demand that should be factored into your calculus, experts say.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Flat fee real estate company Home Bay buys 50% stake in OnTitle | 2018-05-30 | HousingWire

Flat fee real estate company Home Bay buys 50% stake in OnTitle | 2018-05-30 | HousingWire: The company is now offering real estate services for a flat fee in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Colorado�and California.

And now, the company is about to grow again, but not by expanding to a new state. Rather, Home Bay announced this week that it is getting into the title insurance and settlement services business.

Google launches solar power service in UK - BBC News

Google launches solar power service in UK - BBC News: The tech giant has released an online tool called Project Sunroof, in partnership with energy supplier Eon, that estimates savings using data from Google's Earth and Maps apps.

It first launched in the US in 2015, where reviews suggested it was broadly accurate but gave some odd results.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Real Estate Corner: Selling and wondering if you should update? | The Cross Timbers Gazette

The Real Estate Corner: Selling and wondering if you should update? | The Cross Timbers Gazette: When you consider updating your home, and want to see at least dollar-for-dollar return, then you need to be careful where you spend your money.

For example, I think money is best spent in the kitchen and master bath. This doesn’t mean that updating other areas won’t help, but kitchen and master bath are the most important.

In the kitchen, replacing the countertops, backsplashes, appliances, removing wallpaper and possibly the flooring will help the most. This assumes that your cabinets are all in good shape. Hopefully, all they need is touch-up, repainting or updated hardware since they are so expensive to replace.

Monday, May 28, 2018

This Week in Celebrity Homes: Kirsten Dunst, Tyler Perry - Mansion Global

This Week in Celebrity Homes: Kirsten Dunst, Tyler Perry - Mansion Global: This week in celebrity real estate:�Kirsten Dunst sells trendy SoHo loft for $4.4 million and�Tyler Perry makes $1.1 million profit flipping Beverly Hills mansion

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Real Estate Corner: Buying a home in today's seller's market | Local | helenair.com

Real Estate Corner: Buying a home in today's seller's market | Local | helenair.com: Buying a home in today’s market can be a bit of a challenge and can be a little frustrating. Hang in there. Successful buyers have learned that it takes preparation, persistence and creativity to get your new home. But it can be done.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

No wonder the ultra-wealthy are now flocking to Sydney, Real Estate - THE BUSINESS TIMES

No wonder the ultra-wealthy are now flocking to Sydney, Real Estate - THE BUSINESS TIMES: WITH its pristine beaches, glistening harbour and enviable climate, you'd be forgiven for thinking of Sydney as a holiday destination. But for an increasing number of the world's wealthy, their ticket to Sydney is one-way.

More high-net-worth-individuals (defined as US$1 million ) immigrated to Sydney than any other city in the world at last count; a trend which is expected to continue. As more of the world's wealthy head Down Under, the number of Sydney's high-net-worth-individuals is expected to increase 70 per cent by 2026; while its population of ultra-wealthy (defined as US$50 million ) is expected to increase by 37 per cent in the next five years.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Could microgrids change how real estate sources energy? | JLL Real Views

Could microgrids change how real estate sources energy? | JLL Real Views: These localized, small-scale power grids operate independently from the main electrical network and are increasingly being used to boost the amount of power in remote areas or act as a back-up for mission critical buildings like hospitals and data centers. They are able to integrate various sources of decentralized energy – most notably renewable energy.

Chinese buyers pump luxe property bubble in Phnom Penh, Real Estate - THE BUSINESS TIMES

Chinese buyers pump luxe property bubble in Phnom Penh, Real Estate - THE BUSINESS TIMES: GUO Qirui, 30, says it's a lonely journey when he goes home to his rented luxury condominium in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the country where the Chinese retail executive has lived in for nearly half a decade.

Mr Guo now lives on Diamond Island, also known as Koh Pich, a neighbourhood in the city where five condominium projects are underway or have been built. The majority of the homes, sales agents and residents say, are sold to absent Chinese landlords.

Guest opinion: The real estate industry's journey into LGBTQ diversity - San Francisco Business Times

Guest opinion: The real estate industry's journey into LGBTQ diversity - San Francisco Business Times: Recently there was a cover article in the San Francisco Business Times entitled “Real Estate’s Diversity Problem. (April 27 issue)” Being an out and about member of the LGBTQ community, I was asked to be a part of the story and was proud to participate.

As part of my job, I connect with the press often to discuss what’s going on in the various markets we track – commercial real estate in particular — as well as the overarching economic drivers of our region. This particular article, however, was much more personal.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

How Will San Francisco’s Proposed Tax Changes Affect Luxury Real Estate? - Mansion Global

How Will San Francisco’s Proposed Tax Changes Affect Luxury Real Estate? - Mansion Global: Q: How could the ballot proposition California is voting on in November affect property taxes on luxury homes?

A: The Property Tax Fairness Initiative, sponsored by the California Association of Realtors, will have “no direct impact on the luxury market” as a whole, said Daniel Leer, a lawyer with an eponymous law firm in Pleasant Hill, California, about 28 miles east of San Francisco. But it may make a big difference in the mobility of Baby Boomers in the state.

The proposition’s intent is to “expand the options for those 55 and older,” he said. It would amend the state’s Proposition 13, which was passed in 1978 and capped property tax increases at 1% throughout California, and generally said, properties could only be reassessed between sales.

Real Estate Experts Predict Recession In 2020 | GlobeSt.com

Real Estate Experts Predict Recession In 2020 | GlobeSt.com: SEATTLE–The next US recession will be in 2020 and it will likely be triggered by monetary policy, according to most recent Zillow Home Price Expectations quarterly survey of more than 100 US real estate experts, which is conducted by Pulsenomics.

Almost half (48%) of those surveyed said they expected the next recession to occur some time in 2020, with the largest portion of those (22% of all respondents) saying they expected that recession to begin in the first quarter of that year. Roughly a quarter (24%) of all respondents said they expected the next recession some time in 2019, while 14% said they thought 2021 was the year.

Real estate still driving Egypt’s construction market | Meed

Real estate still driving Egypt’s construction market | Meed: While challenges remain, many contractors are optimistic about the major schemes pressing ahead in the second half of 2018

Ex Paypal COO: Blockchain Can Resolve the Real Estate Illiquidity Issue | [blokt] - Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News

Ex Paypal COO: Blockchain Can Resolve the Real Estate Illiquidity Issue | [blokt] - Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News: Blockchain Technology has a broad spectrum of applicability at a corporate level that goes beyond the financial sector. Furthermore, Blockchain can be a perfect solution to address the demand for secure, traceable and integrated property information.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New movement taking off to save energy, space and money | WSET

New movement taking off to save energy, space and money | WSET: - "No reservations, no nothing. Freedom of the open road."


That's one of the reasons Michael Smith and Cosette Conaway said "Skoolies" are taking off.









"The original plan for me was the off-grid house then it kinda went towards hey we can travel in this," Smith said.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Invest in Industrial Real Estate | Real Estate Investments | US News

How to Invest in Industrial Real Estate | Real Estate Investments | US News: Though industrial real estate was hit hard during the recession and lagged in its recovery, it is now improving steadily and is perhaps the most desirable commercial real estate class, says Nick Vertucci, a real estate investor and CEO of The Nick Vertucci Cos. in Irvine, California.

In the first quarter of this year, industrial real estate sales hit $16 billion, the second-highest number in the sector's history, and that's up 20 percent over last year, according to JLL, a professional services firm that researches real estate and investment management. Vacancy rates for industrial real estate are also down to a historically low 5.1 percent nationwide, according to CoStar, a commercial real estate database.

Do Real Estate Agents Need To Pay Attention To Cryptocurrency?

Do Real Estate Agents Need To Pay Attention To Cryptocurrency?: It's no longer a niche topic for a relatively small group of individuals — it’s a reoccurring factor in housing transactions around the world

Monday, May 21, 2018

More foreigners are buying real estate in Mexico – The Yucatan Times

More foreigners are buying real estate in Mexico – The Yucatan Times: The strength of the dollar against the peso is the main reason for foreigners buying real estate in Mexico right now. In 2016 and 2017 the number of closed sales to foreigners rose to 1,105 on an annual average. From 2008 to 2015 it was 663 on average, according to information obtained through a Transparency request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE); so far in 2018 there are 290 properties sold to foreigners.

This investment occurs mainly in the historic centers of colonial cities such as San Miguel de Allende, as well as in the border strip and beach destinations, such as Los Cabos and Cancun.

Financially Sound Real Estate Stocks Selling At A Discount – Simply Wall St News

Financially Sound Real Estate Stocks Selling At A Discount – Simply Wall St News: Performance in the real estate sector generally tracks the economic cycle. During periods of high growth and inflation, real estate investments usually post strong returns. However, during an economic bust, these investments tend to underperform. Currently, HMG/Courtland Properties and Piedmont Office Realty Trust are real estate companies I’ve identified as potentially undervalued, meaning their share price is below what these companies are actually worth. There’s a few ways you can measure the value of a cyclical company – you can forecast how much money it will make in the future and base your valuation off of this, or you can look around at its peers of similar size and industry to roughly estimate what it should be worth. Below, I’ve created a list of companies that compare favourably in all criteria based on their most recent financial data, making them potentially good investments.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

London Home Prices | Real Estate Investors

London Home Prices | Real Estate Investors: If you’d like to call the same city as Meghan Markle home, there’s no better time to buy a luxury property on the other side of the pond, according to analysts.

Increase in housing sales gives hope to real estate sector - The Sunday Guardian Live

Increase in housing sales gives hope to real estate sector - The Sunday Guardian Live: Housing sales increased by about 25% in seven major cities in the country in April, giving some hope that real estate sector may be on the revival path in the current financial year 2018-19.

As many as 1,726 units were sold in seven cities — Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune — in April, as against 1,382 units in March.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

This week in celeb real estate: A mansion Danny DeVito owned lists at $85M, former model buys for $34M… and more

This week in celeb real estate: A mansion Danny DeVito owned lists at $85M, former model buys for $34M… and more: In Beverly Hills, a sprawling estate formerly owned by actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman hit the market for $85 million this week. The now-split celebrity couple sold the pad to lawyer Stuart Liner and his wife, Stephanie, three years ago for $28 million. They’ve since doubled the size of the home, bringing it up to 29,000 square feet spread across four structures. The property now includes a hair salon, seven-bedroom main house, eight-car garage, wine cellar, screening room and lounge. Despite its heavy price tag, the Beverly Hills manse is just the latest deal for the Liners, who have bought and sold 21 homes.

VR, Drones changing the face of real estate in WNY - WKBW.com Buffalo, NY

VR, Drones changing the face of real estate in WNY - WKBW.com Buffalo, NY: Using videos to sell homes has a large advantage.

"Realtors who use videos actually have 403% more inquiries than those who do not" Jordan Scinta, co-founder of Three Sixty Views said.�

Three Sixty Views is one of the only companies in Western New York that is feeding the need for more creative videos in real estate.�

Friday, May 18, 2018

Chinese and South Korean investors are buying real estate on North Korea’s borders — Quartz

Chinese and South Korean investors are buying real estate on North Korea’s borders — Quartz: When it comes to making money out of North Korea, Chinese real-estate investors could be the proverbial early birds that get the worm.

As the diplomatic efforts to bring North Korea out of the cold intensify, home prices in Dandong, a Chinese town bordering the reclusive state, are rising. Prices jumped 2% in April from a month earlier, the biggest gain among 70 major Chinese cities, according to data from China’s national statistics bureau published Wednesday (May 16).

Memphis real estate investor glad he wasn't arrested after racial profiling 911 call

Memphis real estate investor glad he wasn't arrested after racial profiling 911 call: Michael Hayes, a Memphis real estate investor, recently talked about how happy he was.

He was happy to go�home alive, to see his wife and son. Said he headed�home to�hug her. Said he was happy he didn’t get arrested.

I’m happy for him too – but sad for the reality that he and other African-Americans are increasingly confronted with these days.

That reality is one in which racists use�911 to bar black people from�spaces they believe only they are entitled to exist.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Supervisor questions real estate firm’s credibility as tenants call for investigation into 'corporate landlords' - by l_waxmann - May 16, 2018 - The San Francisco Examiner

Supervisor questions real estate firm’s credibility as tenants call for investigation into 'corporate landlords' - by l_waxmann - May 16, 2018 - The San Francisco Examiner: A San Francisco supervisor questioned the credibility of one of The city’s largest commercial real estate firms at a hearing Wednesday sparked by allegations of health and safety violations and targeted displacement of rent-controlled tenants at properties owned by the firm.

Justin Sato, chief operating officer of Veritas Investments, a private firm with a portfolio of over 250 rent-controlled buildings throughout the City, told the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee that any displacement of tenants was due to “natural attrition.”

Monday, May 14, 2018

Real Estate Dividend Stocks Of The Month: Property For Industry And More – Simply Wall St News

Real Estate Dividend Stocks Of The Month: Property For Industry And More – Simply Wall St News: The real estate sector performs relatively in-line with the wider economy. Prosperous periods bring about high growth and inflation, leading to strong returns in real estate investments. These factors drive the profitability and cash flows of real estate companies, which in turn steer the dividend payout and yield for investors. During economic growth, these companies provide an opportune time to increase your portfolio income through dividends. I’ve made a list of other value-adding dividend-paying stocks in the real estate industry for you to consider for your investment portfolio.

Adding child to house title has risks

Real-estate Matters: Adding child to house title has risks - Entertainment & Life - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

Sunday, May 13, 2018

5 tips for making an offer in a hot real estate market - My Edmonds News

5 tips for making an offer in a hot real estate market - My Edmonds News: Steady demand. Limited supply. That’s what we are seeing in real estate markets across the country right now. Inventory is particularly tight within the lower price ranges. “The starter house is nearly missing in some markets,” according to Jessica Lautz, managing director of survey research and communication for the National Association of Realtors.

John Campbell of Stephens Inc. Invests in the High Growth Real Estate Technology Stocks - The Wall Street Transcript

John Campbell of Stephens Inc. Invests in the High Growth Real Estate Technology Stocks - The Wall Street Transcript: John Campbell�is a Managing Director and Research Analyst covering real estate-related stocks across a handful of industries for Stephens Inc. He joined Stephens Inc. in 2011 as a Research Associate in the business services and insurance brokerage space. Mr. Campbell was promoted into a lead analyst role in 2014, and has since built and currently leads the firm’s Real Estate Services practice. Prior to joining Stephens Inc., Mr. Campbell spent time as a corporate strategy planning analyst at FedEx. He holds a B.A. in banking and finance and an MBA from Ole Miss.� In this exclusive interview in the Wall Street Transcript, John Campbell finds the high growth names in the real estate sector.

Can Hong Kong’s Central harbourfront be more than prime real estate? | South China Morning Post

Can Hong Kong’s Central harbourfront be more than prime real estate? | South China Morning Post: “It’s a real sculpture park – large objects on grass with blue skies,” he said. “That’s rare in Hong Kong.”�

The Harbour Arts Sculpture Park lasted for seven weeks this year (February 22 to April 11) as an Arts Centre initiative to bring top-notch public art to the shores of Victoria Harbour – an unprecedented exhibition in a city where quality public art is still rare. The space itself is rare, too. Less than 40 per cent of the harbourfront is even accessible to the public, and this particular spot – reclaimed from the sea just over a decade ago – retains the feeling of an interstice: a leftover patch of earth caught between the towers of Central and the busy waters of the harbour.�

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Celebrity Real Estate | Luxury Listings

Celebrity Real Estate | Luxury Listings: This week, the former home of hotshot Hollywood producer and executive Brian Grazer traded for $25.4 million in an off-market deal. The Imagine Entertainment co-founder lived in the beachfront residence up until 2014, when he sold the mansion for $17.4 million. It’s been used as a pricey rental ever since, raking in up to $275,000 per month. With 6,000 square feet of living space, the Mediterranean-style home includes five bedrooms and eight bathrooms spread across three stories, the Los Angeles Times reported. It also features an art studio and media room, in addition to an indoor swimming pool. Markus Canter and his wife Cristie St. James Canter had the listing.

NYC Real Estate | TerraCRG

NYC Real Estate | TerraCRG: Tune in next week for a few events!

On May 14, join us as we host our 11th Annual New York Showcase Form from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street. Attend and mingle with investors, brokers, developers, financiers and more. Jay Badame of AECOM Tishman, Marty Burger of Silverstein Properties, Bess Freedman of Brown Harris Stevens, Raphael De Niro of Douglas Elliman, among others, will provide speeches at the event.

Real Estate Column: Decoding Agent Speak

Real Estate Column: Decoding Agent Speak: Every profession has its own terminology. Some of this terminology is to describe situation that most lay people never think about. One of my favorites along this line is “winter water views”. This is an actual option when an agent lists a property. What it means is that when the leaves are off the trees you can see the water. Now in most cases the water that you can see is Long Island Sound, though I did once see a listing where you had water views of a small pond in mid-country, when the trees lost their leaves.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Universities like Harvard and Yale are real estate titans, too.

Universities like Harvard and Yale are real estate titans, too.: You don’t need to drop out of Harvard and move to the West Coast to start a company anymore. You can cross the Charles River to the i-Lab, a 30,000-square-foot incubator for undergraduates that the university founded in 2011. Tech office style prevails in this building behind the vaunted Harvard Business School: open floor, whiteboards, a ping-pong table. In the da Vinci room, students can use machine tools. The mission: “unlocking unrealized value that can have a deep impact on markets, on the world, and on the individuals who walk through these doors.” Or, in plain English, helping undergrads start companies. Across the street is another innovation lab, with a focus on life sciences, open to graduate students and alumni.

North Korea border town becomes China's new hot property market, Real Estate - THE BUSINESS TIMES

North Korea border town becomes China's new hot property market, Real Estate - THE BUSINESS TIMES: A NORTH Korea border town has suddenly become China's new hot property market, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's embrace of peace sparks a buying frenzy.

New home sales in Dandong, which sits across the Yalu River from North Korea and is the center of trade between the two countries, surged to an eight-year high of 320,000 square metres in March, when US President Donald Trump announced he would have an unprecedented summit with Mr Kim, who then made a surprise visit to Beijing.

As seen on TV: Home makeover shows have totally upended homeowners’ expectations - The Washington Post

As seen on TV: Home makeover shows have totally upended homeowners’ expectations - The Washington Post: When Kuangchi Chang and her husband, Robert Peterson, were planning a kitchen renovation in 2015, they drew on a lot of professional help. And we’re not talking only about the contractors who transformed the den and sun porch of their 1970s Colonial into a sleek white-and-gray cucina. Chang, a confessed HGTV fanatic, watched countless episodes of rehab shows such as “Property Brothers,” “Love it Or List It” and “Flip or Flop” to get ideas.

Warren Buffett says real estate agents are 'honourable' and still make money | afr.com

Warren Buffett says real estate agents are 'honourable' and still make money | afr.com: Warren Buffett has a message for people who think real estate agents are spivs who earn too much commission: you're wrong.

Speaking at the annual Berkshire Hathaway�shareholders meeting in�Omaha, Nebraska, Mr Buffett, whose company has invested in a real estate agency business, was asked whether there should be�pressure on agency commissions.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ottawa’s red-hot housing market is country’s most active - The Globe and Mail

Ottawa’s red-hot housing market is country’s most active - The Globe and Mail: Casey Van Camp and her partner are moving into their first home together this month, but the process wasn’t without its challenges.

Ms. Van Camp is just one of many Ottawa-area buyers who have had to adjust to the unfamiliar in the local real estate market so far in 2018 – with bidding wars, homes being sold well over their asking prices and unconditional offers becoming the norm. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, Ottawa is one of the strongest real estate markets in the country, with home sales up more than 10 per cent so far this year, even as sales have dived by more than 23 per cent nationally.

Turkey to ease financing to real estate, real sectors: presidency | Reuters

Turkey to ease financing to real estate, real sectors: presidency | Reuters: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his economy team on Wednesday advised banks to ease borrowing to the real estate and will take steps to ease financing to the real sector, the presidency said.

Following the unscheduled meeting between Erdogan and members of his economic team, the presidency also said Turkey would continue its growth-focused policies in the coming period.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Metro Vancouver is North America’s ‘worst performer’ in luxury real estate

Metro Vancouver is North America’s ‘worst performer’ in luxury real estate: Metro Vancouver’s once-mighty luxury home market certainly seems to have fallen, according to new global prime real estate rankings, published May 8.

North Korea Experiments in Real Estate Speculation

North Korea Experiments in Real Estate Speculation: In a new venture in capitalist economics, North Korean authorities have begun offering high-rise apartments for sale to Chinese and North Korean investors with the option for new owners to sell them again at a higher price, North Korean sources say.

The apartments, built by the Dongyang Trading Company in North Korea’s Sinuiju city just across the border from China, are part of a scheme to raise badly needed foreign cash for Pyongyang, a source in China told RFA’s Korean Service.

“This is a North Korean project to launch speculative real estate investment in Sinuiju,” RFA’s source, a resident of the Chinese border city of Dandong, said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Streamlining Real Estate: Integration Meets Functionality |

Streamlining Real Estate: Integration Meets Functionality |: The mass amounts of available technology can become overwhelming. This is just as true within real estate, an industry in which brokerages and agents rely on technology for virtually every task. From lead generation to acquisition and client management to retention, every step of the process is nearly always intertwined with a service that attempts to streamline and increase efficiency.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Making cities more dense always sparks resistance. Here’s how to overcome it. - Vox

Making cities more dense always sparks resistance. Here’s how to overcome it. - Vox: Urban density, done well, has all kinds of benefits. On average, people who live in dense, walkable areas tend to be physically healthier, happier, and more productive. Local governments pay less in infrastructure costs to support urbanites than they to support suburbanites. Per-capita energy consumption is lower in dense areas, which is good for air pollution and climate change.

Plus, dense, walkable areas tend to be buzzy and culturally vibrant. There’s a reason they are often so expensive to live in — lots of people want to live there. Demand exceeds supply.

But creating a dense, walkable area almost always means increasing the density of a built environment that already exists. Especially in developed countries, they’re not building a lot of new cities. They’re working with existing ones. And cities built after the advent of the automobile were generally built around cars, which generally means low density.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Real Estate Startups Streamline Sales, Cut Closing Costs � CBS San Francisco

Real Estate Startups Streamline Sales, Cut Closing Costs � CBS San Francisco: Most homes in the Bay Area sell pretty quickly, often for more than the asking price.

That realty reality has some sellers wondering if paying a standard five to six percent commission is worth it. Now, a crop of companies are offering new and — they claim — less expensive ways to sell a home.

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Brooklyn Homes for Sale: A Park Slope Manse | Brownstoner

Brooklyn Homes for Sale: A Park Slope Manse | Brownstoner: The most popular listings on Brownstoner this week include a lush limestone in Park Slope, a wood frame in Red Hook and a Second Empire in Mount Kisco.

Listings in Bed Stuy and Park Slope were popular this week, with the rest scattered across the borough. The least expensive is a brick row house in East New York for $695,000 and the priciest is a Park Slope limestone at $14.5 million.

Which would you choose?

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Vancouver residents embrace ‘collective housing’ in face of real-estate woes | The Star

Vancouver residents embrace ‘collective housing’ in face of real-estate woes | The Star: In a city known for soaring real estate prices and low vacancies, some people in Vancouver are finding innovative ways of blending their housing and social needs.

One option is called collective housing, where several people live together not only to share a space, but to create a community where resources and work are shared as well.

St. Paul real estate veteran plays key role in development of Homesnap - StarTribune.com

St. Paul real estate veteran plays key role in development of Homesnap - StarTribune.com: Homesnap.com went live last year with real-time property listings, a direct link to a listing agent and not a stitch of advertising.

The site is the real estate industry’s answer to the countless third-party property listing sites that have become influential in the sale of homes. Years in the making, a key player in its inception and launch is St. Paul-based John Mosey, longtime president of Twin Cities-based Northstar MLS.

“There was this grand notion that the industry could tap its resources to go head to head with the Zillows, Trulias and Realtor.coms of our world,” Mosey said.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Real estate agents using drones to help lift sales | Crain's Cleveland Business

Real estate agents using drones to help lift sales | Crain's Cleveland Business: A sleek, spidery drone lifts off from Robert Nicholson's driveway, strafing the front of his colonial-style home while he tracks the vehicle's flight via a handheld view screen. The high-definition footage recorded by the drone's swiveling camera gives the landscape a cinematic quality, potentially catching the eager eye of a prospective buyer should the owner put his house up for sale.

Nicholson, founder of Aerial Visual Technologies and a recently minted real estate agent with Keller Williams, has no plans to sell anytime soon. But according to Nicholson and other area agents, drone photography and videos are becoming a potent industry tool — perhaps the most important innovation to enter real estate marketing since the internet — providing a visually compelling advantage in a marketplace congested with static two-dimensional photographs.

What Will Happen To All That Failed Retail Real Estate? Here Are a Few Creative Ways People Are Repurposing Empty Stores

What Will Happen To All That Failed Retail Real Estate? Here Are a Few Creative Ways People Are Repurposing Empty Stores: Stores
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May 04, 2018
Have you heard? Shopping malls are on the way out. Reports calculate that more than 90 million square feet of retail space is set to close in 2018, and closures may eventually surpass the 105 million square feet that shuttered in 2017. The slow death of America’s retail space is nothing new, unless you’ve been living under a rock. Shoppers just don’t shop like they used to. Empty retail malls liter the streets leaving many of us to ponder what can be done with all that prime — at one time — real estate up for grabs.

Developers are getting creative, retrofitting these empty stores in brilliant ways. Some have been successfully repurposed as new schools or additional campus space for local community colleges. Others are going for a much more productive approach. What can you expect in your community moving forward? Ahead are 10 ways failed retail spaces across the U.S. are being transformed for the future.

1. Self-storage facilities

Friday, May 04, 2018

Condo prices soar as local real estate market dips | CTV Kitchener News

Condo prices soar as local real estate market dips | CTV Kitchener News: If you’re looking to make money on real estate in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, then an apartment-style condo might be your best bet.

New data from the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors shows that condo sales volume and sale prices both rose year-over-year in April. Every other form of housing reported declines in both volume and price.

There were 185 condos sold last month in Kitchener, Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich, representing an increase of 13 per cent over April 2017. The average sale price for an apartment-style condo was $296,958, 10 per cent more than it was one year earlier.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

NYC Tech Startup Saves Homebuyers Money with Commission Rebate Platform | 2018-05-01 | HousingWire

NYC Tech Startup Saves Homebuyers Money with Commission Rebate Platform | 2018-05-01 | HousingWire: The affordability of buying an apartment in New York City may seem challenging due to high prices relative to the rest of the country. Luckily, that’s changing thanks to a real estate technology startup that offers cash back with a commission rebate in NYC.

Prevu, a NYC-based real estate technology platform on a mission to save homebuyers money, has created an online buying experience that guides you through your home buying journey, plus offers up to 2% of your purchase price cash back with its Smart Buyer�commission rebate. That’s up to $30,000 cash back if you buy a $1.5 million�apartment.

Appraisal-free home loans save millions for buyers - Chicago Tribune

Appraisal-free home loans save millions for buyers - Chicago Tribune: Sounds great. But to some key players in the home financing arena, the savings look ominous — potentially risky for taxpayers and financially nightmarish for the professionals who provide the service being eliminated.

Last year, the two largest sources of American mortgage financing — federally backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — began accepting home-purchase loans that carried no formal property appraisal. Instead, the valuations supporting the mortgages were performed by Fannie and Freddie in-house, using proprietary analytics and deep stores of property data. Only highly select loans were eligible for appraisal waivers, primarily those with sizable down payments (20 percent and up) plus previous appraisals on file. Buyers, refinancers and lenders were not permitted to request waivers; Fannie and Freddie were the ones that identified eligible properties and offered waivers at the application stage.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Kids Raised on Farms Are Healthier in Two Important Ways

Kids Raised on Farms Are Healthier in Two Important Ways: Scientists have long speculated that the “dirtier” the environment we grow up in—with lots of germs from different people and even animals—the better off our immune system and physical health ultimately will be. A new study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science provides early evidence that a dirty world might even be better for our mental health, too.

Strong Income and Appreciation Boost Farmland Returns | Pork Business

Strong Income and Appreciation Boost Farmland Returns | Pork Business: The total return from farmland owned by pension funds rose during the first quarter of 2018, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF). The NCREIF index shows the total return for the first quarter was 1.32%, down from 2.93% last quarter, but up from 0.49% in the first quarter of 2017. The quarterly total return was composed of a 0.51% income return and appreciation of 0.81%.

No surprises: Seattle one of best cities to be a real estate agent - seattlepi.com

No surprises: Seattle one of best cities to be a real estate agent - seattlepi.com: Photo: Noel Hendrickson, Getty/Blend Images
IMAGE 2 OF 2015. Boston, Massachusetts'Job opportunity and competition' rank: 7
Market health rank: 91IMAGE 1 OF 20 WalletHub found that Seattle ranked among the top cities for real estate agents. Click through to see the top 15 cities.
If the unending boom of Seattle's real estate market has made you think more than once about becoming an agent yourself, you're probably wise.

A new ranking from financial data site WalletHub put Seattle near the top of the heap among the best places to be a real estate agent.

For anyone who's bought or sold a house in the area recently, that should be a surprise. Seattle's median sale price rose to more than $736,000 in March, according to data from Zillow. And demand for housing remained stunningly high.

Indeed.com put the average annual salary for agents in Seattle at more than $92,000, about 22 percent higher than the national average.

Commercial real estate evolving on a daily basis | Real Estate | clevelandjewishnews.com

Commercial real estate evolving on a daily basis | Real Estate | clevelandjewishnews.com: The commercial real estate market changes almost on a daily basis and many reasons exist to why.

According to David Leb, sales associate at Cushman & Wakefield | CRESCO Real Estate in Independence, and Scott Simon, president of North Pointe Realty in Mayfield Heights, the market can change for a number of reasons.

Going Global With Real Estate ETFs | Benzinga

Going Global With Real Estate ETFs | Benzinga: Domestic real estate stocks and related exchange traded funds are struggling this year. For example, the Vanguard Real Estate ETF
VNQ 0.71%
, the largest fund in this category and the largest sector ETF of any stripe, is lower by more than 6 percent year-to-date.

Global real estate funds have been significantly better. Just look at the FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund
GQRE 0.05%
, which sports only a modest year-to-date loss.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Palm Beach real estate: House on Ridgeview Drive sells for $7M

Palm Beach real estate: House on Ridgeview Drive sells for $7M: The longtime home of the late Sarah S. Murphy, who lived in Palm Beach for 45 years, has sold for just under $7 million, according to a deed recorded late last week.

The Cautiously Confident Real Estate Market of 2018 – Commercial Observer

The Cautiously Confident Real Estate Market of 2018 – Commercial Observer: Michael A. Tortorici, co-founder and executive vice president at Ariel Property Advisors, a New York City investment real estate services and advisory company, shares his valuable insight about the current state of the commercial market and what it means for the year ahead.

5 Things About Money You Don't Know That Can Hurt You

5 Things About Money You Don't Know That Can Hurt You: Two days ago, I tripped on a step and fell — hard.

I'm a bit banged up, but I’m lucky that the damage is not worse.

Walking from dinner with friends to catch an Uber, I didn't notice the half-step in front of me. When I tripped, I launched forward and solidly landed on brick stairs.


I was dazed. I sat on the ground for a bit, and my friends helped me stand up. Their eyes were as large as saucers. By the looks on their faces, I realized this could have been a "Million Dollar Baby" fall. (If you haven't seen the movie, be sure to put it on your list.)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Las Vegas real estate company has option to buy Harrah's New Orleans Casino; agreement unknown to state legislators | Legislature | theadvocate.com

Las Vegas real estate company has option to buy Harrah's New Orleans Casino; agreement unknown to state legislators | Legislature | theadvocate.com: A Las Vegas-based real estate company has an option to acquire Harrah’s New Orleans Casino —�a potential transaction that was unknown to key state legislators who are considering major legislation sought by the casino’s owners and that also raises new questions about whether the state is getting the best deal possible.

Vici Properties, a real estate investment trust, has the right to purchase the casino and its 450-room hotel and parking garage, according to an October agreement filed with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.

Under the complex deal, Vici would lease the casino complex back to Harrah’s owner, Caesars Entertainment, to operate it.

Melbourne real estate feng shui: Buyers and sellers swayed by positive energy flows

Melbourne real estate feng shui: Buyers and sellers swayed by positive energy flows: HOUSES with “really good feng shui” are earning up to 15 per cent premiums in parts of Melbourne, real estate agents say.

Finding homes with positive energy flows has become a strong focus of a segment of the market, particularly buyers of Asian background, according to property industry experts.

Ray White Glen Waverley agent Julie Waileng Karl said she’d seen “really good feng shui” add 10-15 per cent to the value of properties in the leafy southeast, while Barry Plant Doncaster East managing director Spiro Drossos said feng shui positive features were earning 5-10 per cent premiums in the Manningham and Whitehorse areas.

Our Strong Real Estate Market | Winthrop Transcript – Winthrop Massachusetts Newspaper

Our Strong Real Estate Market | Winthrop Transcript – Winthrop Massachusetts Newspaper: It seems that throughout Massachusetts and in the country in general, we may be in a once-in-a-generation seller’s market in which inventory is exceptionally low and demand is exceptionally high.

In addition to the short supply of homes for sale, no doubt there are other factors influencing the real estate market, including rising mortgage rates, which are causing some people to purchase a home while rates still are in the low 4 percent range.

How to save enough money for a summer vacation, starting now

How to save enough money for a summer vacation, starting now: “This week is stressing me out. Time for a vacation.”

If you’ve been saying that to yourself lately, it’s probably true. Vacations aren’t just about letting loose and having a good time — they’re actually necessary for your health.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Survey says: San Francisco is tops for real-estate pros | news/arlington | insidenova.com

Survey says: San Francisco is tops for real-estate pros | news/arlington | insidenova.com: San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose are the best places in the nation to be a real-estate agent, according to a survey of data from Wallethub.com.

Analysts compared more than 170 U.S. cities across 18 key indicators of a healthy housing market, ranging from sales per agent to annual median wage for real-estate agents to housing-market health, in coming up with the ranking.

Finishing up the top five markets were two California communities, Fremont and Oakland. The rest of the top 10 was New York City, Santa Rosa (Calif.), Denver, Nashville and Vancouver.

Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018 | News OK

Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for April 28, 2018 | News OK

Perth real estate market sales hits 25-year low | PerthNow

Perth real estate market sales hits 25-year low | PerthNow: PROPERTY experts are calling the “low-water mark” of Perth’s real estate market after 2017 saw the lowest number of dwelling sales in the metropolitan area in more than 25 years.

Real Estate Institute of WA figures show just 26,223 sales of houses and units in Perth last year — the lowest number since 27,601 dwellings changed hands in 1990 during Paul Keating’s “recession we had to have”.

The figures show that while transactions have dropped significantly, prices have been more resilient since the resources boom ended in 2014, when the median Perth house price peaked at $555,000.

Real Estate Confidential: �The Peaceful Beauty of Makonikey � - The Martha's Vineyard Times

Real Estate Confidential: �The Peaceful Beauty of Makonikey � - The Martha's Vineyard Times: Every week real estate agents on the Vineyard get out to see new listings to the market, and of course socialize and network. I was pleasantly surprised by three well-priced homes. I began to wonder about apparently excellent values for waterfront and waterview properties in Makonikey and why it remains so undiscovered, undervalued and underappreciated. �

Houston Real Estate: Weekend Open House Listings | Houston, TX Patch

Houston Real Estate: Weekend Open House Listings | Houston, TX Patch: If you are house hunting in Houston,and he pickings look slim, chnage your tactics and checkout the open house listings this weekend.

You cand find all the listings from realtor.com in the Houston Patch Real Estate Guide.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Canadian Farmland Values Increase 8% | Agweb.com

Canadian Farmland Values Increase 8% | Agweb.com: A strong and stable agricultural economy is boosting farmland values in Canada. The average value of Canadian farmland increased 8.4% in 2017, following gains of 7.9% in 2016 and 10.1% in 2015, according to the 2017 FCC Farmland Values Report by Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

How Blackstone Became China’s Real Estate Connection - Bloomberg

How Blackstone Became China’s Real Estate Connection - Bloomberg: In February 2017, Stephen Schwarzman toasted Wang Jian, co-chairman of HNA Group, at a charity event at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory. Wang lauded the billionaire Schwarzman as a “god of fortune” and a man with the “key to opening up the chest of treasures.”

Cover Story: Residential real estate roundtable - Pacific Business News

Cover Story: Residential real estate roundtable - Pacific Business News: The residential real estate market in Hawaii has been having a good run, with higher numbers of sales and price gains.

Investors struggle to make money in overheated real estate market, Cushman & Wakefield economist says - San Francisco Business Times

Investors struggle to make money in overheated real estate market, Cushman & Wakefield economist says - San Francisco Business Times: The hot real estate market is now in “extra innings," experts said, which has investors worried.

Developers and investors have been raking in large profits on deals in the years since the market bottomed out about a decade ago amid the Great Recession.

Now, the big questions are how long can the hot market continue and how can investors keep making money, said Kenneth McCarthy, principal economist with Cushman & Wakefield, who spoke on a panel Thursday during the Eisner Amper West Coast real estate summit in San Francisco.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Rising farmland prices puts agriculture at risk - Manitoba Co-operator

Rising farmland prices puts agriculture at risk - Manitoba Co-operator: Higher farmland prices make it harder for young farmers to get into farming and or expand, but they have options, says J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada’s vice-president and chief agricultural economist.

“I do believe now there are more options for young producers in terms of getting involved in different supply chains that don’t necessarily require a large scale to be competitive,” Gervais told reporters April 18 during a briefing on FCC’s 2017 Farmland Values Report.


Gervais was responding to questions stemming from the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry’s report concluding rising farmland prices jeopardize Canadian agriculture.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Giant Floating Bog? - Atlas Obscura

How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Giant Floating Bog? - Atlas Obscura: FLOATING ISLANDS HAVE FASCINATED HUMAN beings for thousands of years. They appear in Greek, Native American, and Polynesian mythology, not to mention fantasy novels and dessert menus. But the residents of Crow Wing County, Minnesota have had about enough of their floating island.

“The wild beast of North Long Lake,” as one person described it to a local TV news crew, broke loose from the shoreline last fall. Heedless of property lines and proper decorum, it caromed around the lake for about three weeks before coming to rest, leaving behind crumpled docks and mangled boat lifts.

Location, Location, Location: Best Cities for Real Estate Agents - DSNews

Location, Location, Location: Best Cities for Real Estate Agents - DSNews: Real estate agents rely heavily on their area of operations, so their location is just as important to them as it is to their clients. In a recent study, WalletHub tried to determine which cities were best for real estate agents. The site examined over 170 U.S. cities using 18 indicators to determine where the market was healthiest for agents due to demand, prices, and a number of other factors.

Ranked overall best for real estate agents was San Francisco. San Francisco ranked second in job opportunity and competition, and ninth in real estate market health, and also ranks highest for median home price. Seattle is a close second, ranked fifth in job opportunity and competition and first in real estate market health.

How the Experience Economy is Affecting Commercial Real Estate

How the Experience Economy is Affecting Commercial Real Estate: The commercial real estate market is extremely competitive and enticing major brands to select one development over another requires more than just “location, location, location.” With everything getting “smarter,” from devices to cities, the expectation for brands is that real estate property will keep pace with evolving technical standards. Up until now, branding considerations in property design have taken a backseat in terms of developers’ top priorities, but they will become increasingly important as the experience economy continues to mature.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Orleans homes for under $250K - Curbed New Orleans

New Orleans homes for under $250K - Curbed New Orleans: This home in Treme with a huge backyard just landed on the market. Priced at $92/square foot, it’s functional, but needs some TLC (and rightfully so at this price). Highlights include its 10-foot ceilings and airy layout. Measuring at 1,800 square feet, this home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. If you’re up for the renovation task, this home asks $169,000.

Live in this charming cottage near the Mississippi River for $375K - Curbed New Orleans

Live in this charming cottage near the Mississippi River for $375K - Curbed New Orleans: Less than four blocks from the Mississippi River, you’ll find this charming Victorian cottage at 420 Pacific Avenue in Algiers Point. Built in 1895, we’ve fallen in love with this home’s impressive columns, swinging bench, and its two sizable porches.

It just hit the market at $374,900.

Surprise: San Francisco is named the best market for real estate agents - San Francisco Business Times

Surprise: San Francisco is named the best market for real estate agents - San Francisco Business Times: It’s become clich� to describe San Francisco’s real estate market as “red-hot” in a kind of shorthand that captures the lightning-fast closing times for homes and a median home price that drifts north of $1.3 million.

But still even as some experts continue to predict a downturn around the corner – at least for the time being – the market doesn’t seem to be slowing down much.�

Farmland values rising in Ontario - My Stratford Now

Farmland values rising in Ontario - My Stratford Now: It’s a good time to own farmland in our area.

According to Farm Credit Canada, average farmland values increased by 9.4 per cent last year, coming on the heels of gains 4.4 per cent in 2016 and 6.6 per cent in 2015 and making the province one of the leaders for average increases compared to the rest of the country.

Farm Credit Canada Senior Appraiser Dale Litt says there a number of reasons for the increase.

Wednesday webinar to focus on farmland values, economic trends

Wednesday webinar to focus on farmland values, economic trends: Ag producers interested in land value trends and the overall farm economy are encouraged to be part of a special webinar Wednesday morning.


Dr. Mykel Taylor, an ag economics professor at Kansas State University, will present her analysis of Kansas land values, including current trends and an overview of the state's farm economy.

Trade Deficit NYC Real Estate | Chinese Buyers NYC

Trade Deficit NYC Real Estate | Chinese Buyers NYC: Last Tuesday, in between tweets about James Comey, his poll numbers and California, President Trump was at one of his favorite pastimes again: complaining about the U.S. trade deficit.

“Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates,” he tweeted. “Not acceptable!”

Three Lessons From The Rodeo For Real Estate Investors

Three Lessons From The Rodeo For Real Estate Investors: I started investing in real estate at a young age; I was just turning 22 when I purchased my first home. Within two years, I had purchased another and could see the tremendous benefits of real estate investing. I felt sure at that young age that real estate was my ticket. Fifteen years later, having participated in thousands of deals and helping hundreds of people — all while building wealth and growing a business — I know I was right. Experiences both within and outside of my work in real estate have taught me much about how to be a successful investor.

Knotel: The Airbnb Of Commercial Real Estate | PYMNTS.com

Knotel: The Airbnb Of Commercial Real Estate | PYMNTS.com: Knotel co-founder and CEO Amol Sarva has�had�a full life in tech. Apart from his current venture, Sarva is also the co-founder of Halo Neuroscience, Peek and Virgin Mobile USA – and those are just his better-known�ventures.�He founded his first firm when he was still a philosophy student at Columbia University, a web development firm called Netatomic.

In�the course of founding all of those businesses, one of the many frustrations he faced was finding decent office space�that could flex with his ventures’ growth and changing workspace needs.

“The�constant need of�a�start-up�is to be able to grow, shrink, grow again – move and pivot,” Sarva told Karen Webster for this week’s edition of The Matchmaker Is In. “But that’s�very hard to find in the�current office space�market. We�perpetually found ourselves either sharing someone else’s space, or having other firms sharing ours.”

Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Group Urges NAR to Support Equality Act

Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Group Urges NAR to Support Equality Act: The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) is calling on the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to join the organization in supporting federal legislation that would amend existing civil rights laws — including the Fair Housing Act — to prohibit discrimination or segregation based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Fight Grows Over Who Owns Real Estate Drowned by Climate Change - Bloomberg

Fight Grows Over Who Owns Real Estate Drowned by Climate Change - Bloomberg: One April morning in 2016, Daryl Carpenter, a charter boat captain out of Grand�Isle, La., took some clients to catch redfish on a marsh pond that didn’t use�to exist. Coastal erosion and rising seas are submerging a football field’s worth of Louisiana land every hour, creating and expanding ponds and lakes such as the one onto which Carpenter had piloted his 24-foot vessel.

Cincinnati real estate: Housing market stays hot

Cincinnati real estate: Housing market stays hot: Merchandise is moving fast.

Inventories are running low.

But you won't find any 20 percent-off deals during this spring sale.

The housing market is heating up with the weather, and experts say home buyers should be prepared to face one of the�most competitive spring and summer selling seasons in years.

Demand will be intense, they say, despite rising home prices, mortgage rates and�changes in the tax law that limit mortgage deductions.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sandusky Register | Tomatoes towering high at Mucci Farms

Sandusky Register | Tomatoes towering high at Mucci Farms: It’s quite a tall order to start growing 250,000 plants, let their vines reach 55 feet high and harvest them all within a two-month time frame.

But executives supervising a $70 million privately funded, groundbreaking agriculture venture in Huron remain confident they can produce and achieve this desired outcome.

Green vegetation consumes a 25-acre greenhouse run by Mucci Farms, the Canada-headquartered company overseeing all operations.

Up to 250,000 individual tomatoes are growing from inside there.�Since workers seeded several types of tomatoes — cluster, beefsteak, cocktail, roma, cherry and more — on March 15, they continue to sprout and develop into flavorful fruits.

These NYC Farms Are Growing More Than Food | New York City, NY Patch

These NYC Farms Are Growing More Than Food | New York City, NY Patch: Paul Philpott works inside a shipping container tucked in a parking lot across from the Marcy Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Inside, dozens of white plastic columns hide a bounty of radishes, kale, lettuce, beets and tatsoi, an Asian cabbage similar to bok choy, all lit by bright pink lights. It's humid and warm, a respite from an unseasonably cold April afternoon.

The vertical hydroponic farm that Philpott took over in late 2016 yields an average of 35 pounds of produce a week. He sells about half to restaurants, caterers and personal chefs through his business, Gateway Greens.

The futuristic farm is a far cry from the community garden he helped his grandmother tend as a boy in East Harlem's Lexington Houses, the public housing complex where he grew up and still lives.

How much you have to save to buy a house in 25 major cities - Business Insider

How much you have to save to buy a house in 25 major cities - Business Insider: A new report by SmartAsset reveals that, in some cities, the average home outweighs the average income by so much that it can take nearly a decade to save for a 20% down payment.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's One-Year American Community Survey, SmartAsset calculated how long it takes to afford a 20% down payment on the median home in 50 of America's largest cities if workers earning the median income saved 20% of their salary a year. They then divided the estimated down payment by the annual estimated savings to get the estimated years of saving needed to afford a down payment.

Turns out, California buyers face a long road to home — six of the top ten cities where Americans need to save the longest for a house are in The Golden State.

The real estate market in Spain

The real estate market in Spain: The decision to purchase a property is probably one of the most important decisions in anyone’s life, since we often have to balance our happiness and that of our family’s in what is a very significant decision for most of us.

The Blockchain For Real Estate, Explained

The Blockchain For Real Estate, Explained: There is a lot being written about blockchains, bitcoin and related technologies, and for many real estate professionals, this is part of a brave, new, confusing world of technology. Like the original internet, the blockchain is a revolution in technology that will touch all people and all businesses. So people are paying attention, but many still don’t understand what the blockchain is.

Is Australia’s Real Estate Market Turning? - NuWireInvestor

Is Australia’s Real Estate Market Turning? - NuWireInvestor: Last year’s December quarter gave rise to speculation that Australia’s real estate boom was over, with experts predicting property price weakness in 2018 as prices fell in capital cities, causing significant drag on the headline growth figures.

Now that the first quarter of the year has come to a close, how are the experts’ predictions shaping up? We take a closer look at what the experts expected would happen this year and what we can tell so far about Australia’s property market performance for Q1 of 2018.

Chinese buyers attracted to Hungarian real estate | The Budapest Business Journal on the web | bbj.hu

Chinese buyers attracted to Hungarian real estate | The Budapest Business Journal on the web | bbj.hu: Annually about 150,000 real estate purchase contracts are signed in Hungary. Of these, some 3,200 required permission from authorities last year, which is a 10% increase compared to 2016. Permission is required for non-EU citizens, vg.hu notes.

Within this group, purchases by Chinese buyers were 20% higher last year; however, the rise was not from a significant base, as the increase was from 1,213 to 1,573 homes purchased. Second-ranked are Russians, with real estate bought mainly in H�v�z, known as a thermal bath resort, and in parts of central Budapest, especially in Districts 6 and 7.

Spring's 2018 Real Estate Market Is A Good News Bad News Story

Spring's 2018 Real Estate Market Is A Good News Bad News Story: Ellen Paris , CONTRIBUTOR
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Shutterstock: Arch Mortgage Capital MI’s Spring 2018 Report predicts potential 17% increase in monthly mortgage payments by year-end for Tampa, Florida

The Spring 2018 real estate market is a good news bad news story. A recently released report from Arch Capital MI��points to affordability slipping, inventory declining while interest rates and housing prices rise.��Key findings from the Arch Capital MI’s Housing and Mortgage Market Review Spring 2018 Report�predict this year to be one of the worst for housing affordability with a current decline of 5%.

High Value Real Estate Stocks To Buy – Simply Wall St News

High Value Real Estate Stocks To Buy – Simply Wall St News: The real estate sector performs relatively in-line with the wider economy. Prosperous periods bring about high growth and inflation, leading to strong returns in real estate investments. Pioneer Global Group and Hopefluent Group Holdings are real estate stocks on my list that are potentially undervalued, which means their current share prices are trading well-below what the companies are actually worth. Investors can determine how much a cyclical company is worth based on how much money they are expected to make in the future, or compared to the value of their peers. The list I’ve put together below are of stocks that compare favourably on all criteria, which potentially makes them good investments if you believe the price should eventually reflect the stock’s actual value.

Financially Sound Real Estate Stocks Selling At A Discount – Simply Wall St News

Financially Sound Real Estate Stocks Selling At A Discount – Simply Wall St News: The real estate sector performs relatively in-line with the wider economy. Prosperous periods bring about high growth and inflation, leading to strong returns in real estate investments. Debao Property Development and CWG International are real estate stocks on my list that are potentially undervalued, which means their current share prices are trading well-below what the companies are actually worth. Investors can determine how much a cyclical company is worth based on how much money they are expected to make in the future, or compared to the value of their peers. The list I’ve put together below are of stocks that compare favourably on all criteria, which potentially makes them good investments if you believe the price should eventually reflect the stock’s actual value.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Western Arizona eyed as water source for major metro areas - Herald-Whig -

Western Arizona eyed as water source for major metro areas - Herald-Whig -: A week into her appointment last fall as a Mohave County supervisor in western Arizona, Lois Wakimoto heard the words that would consume her since: We have a water problem.

The entity that sends Colorado River water throughout Arizona wants to buy farmland in her district that includes Mohave Valley, pay farmers to fallow it and redirect the water to the state's most populous areas where housing developments are booming.

The program would be the first in the state to move water from agricultural users along the river to central and southern Arizona, and local residents are opposing it.

"As they want to take what they say is excess because we're not using it and store it for their future growth, we look at that and say, 'what about our future growth?'" Wakimoto said.

Energy-Efficient Innovations in Commercial Real Estate – Innovation Excellence

Energy-Efficient Innovations in Commercial Real Estate – Innovation Excellence: Millennials, now the largest consumer demographic, have redefined how businesses serve their customers, from retail to real estate. With this demographic illustrating a very different set of consumer demands and expectations than the older Baby Boomer generation, the relationships that exist between utility companies, property managers, and manufacturers of household appliances; and the Millennials who use their services, has been redefined. This demographic, according to the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, is eager to take advantage of energy-saving innovations, ranging from alternative energy and solar, to smart appliances and smart home concepts. As a result, what was once considered alternative, has become mainstream.

Natural gas billionaire said to be buyer of $110M Carbon Beach pad

Carbon Beach | Peter Morton: A name has been put to the buyer on a record-breaking $110 million sale on Malibu’s Carbon Beach.

The luxury real estate blog Yolanda’s Little Black Book has identified natural gas billionaire Michael S. Smith and his wife Iris as the buyers of Hard Rock Caf� founder Peter Morton’s beachfront home.

If the rumored sale price is accurate, it would be by far the most expensive sale in all of Los Angeles. Fitting for an uber exclusive beachfront neighborhood often called Billionaire’s Beach.

Real Estate 2018 | Urban Land Institute

Real Estate 2018 | Urban Land Institute: The country’s industrial sector is expected to perform the strongest, with availability rates this year hitting 7.4 percent, according to figures from ULI’s Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate cited in National Mortgage Professional. That’s well below the 20-year average of 10.1 percent.

Real Estate Matters: Best stratedgy for long move depends on many factors - Entertainment & Life - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

Real Estate Matters: Best stratedgy for long move depends on many factors - Entertainment & Life - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

Real Estate IRAs More Coveted as Supply Dwindles Against Demand | STL.News

Real Estate IRAs More Coveted as Supply Dwindles Against Demand | STL.News: The basic laws of supply and demand still apply in investments of all types. This is clearly evident in the world of real estate, where dwindling supply as measured against demand continues to push up land value. Now, many investors may turn to Real Estate IRAs to grow their portfolio’s value, especially with the 2018 stock market’s uncertain beginning.

WALKER: 5 things I wish everyone knew about the real estate industry - InfoNews - Penticton

WALKER: 5 things I wish everyone knew about the real estate industry - InfoNews - Penticton: As you’ll know, the real estate industry has been in the news a lot lately. As someone with over twenty years of experience in the real estate sector, it got me thinking about the things that I wish everyone knew about my profession and British Columbia’s largest industry

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Impressive open houses in New Orleans this weekend - Curbed New Orleans






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Impressive open houses in New Orleans this weekend - Curbed New Orleans: In the Bywater, you can buy this open-concept home that was renovated in 2007 for $289,900. Measuring at 1,077 square feet, this home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. We’re impressed by its deep floorplan, crown molding, and airy kitchen. At the rear of this home you’ll find a private and landscaped courtyard with a fountain. HOA dues are $300/month. It’s open Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.