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  • Millennials in the Housing Market

    As a young adult, I often think about the day when I will start hunting for my own home. I think about what it will look like, all the adorable furniture I might decorate it with and how big it will be. I have never doubted that I will ever own a home. The thought of having my own home someday is something that comes without question, and this is true for many young adults as they think about their future. After m…

  • Walkability: A Step In The Right Direction For Your Listing

    "How big is the yard?” –1950’s-era home buyer “What coffee shops can I walk to?” –Modern home buyer Walkability has arguably never been hotter among potential buyers. And it’s not a surprising trend when you think about how we live. We’re getting married later, having smaller families and facing higher gas prices. The long-distance retreat with the big yard simply isn’t a necessity for today…

  • Real Estate Roundtable Hangout: Safety On The Job

    Click play below to watch our Real Estate Roundtable! Or watch the full 35-minute video chat by clicking here.   The real estate, rental and leasing industry averaged 77 work-related deaths per year from 2008 to 2011. Of the 60 fatal injuries reported in 2011, 19 of those deaths were homicides. Real estate is a dangerous field, and it’s imperative for agents to prioritize their safety. But what…

  • Conquer the Natural Fears of Homebuying

    Does the idea of committing to a 30-year mortgage and a six-figure price tag make you a little nervous? Good. It should be scary to buy something as sizable as a home. And while a little caution is a good thing, an unreasonable amount of fear can keep prospective buyers on the sidelines of homeownership forever. So how can shoppers break through three common homeownership fears and bite the buying bullet? Fear #1:…

  • Housing Market Predictions Provide New Outlook for Homeowners

    2013 is more than halfway over, and the housing market is starting to show signs of strengthening. During the first half of the year, we saw rising home prices, tight home inventories and increased sales activity. New figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce state new home sales are up 38 percent since last year and hit a five-year high this June. According to several home pricing indexes, price appreciation…

  • What Happened to My Credit Score? How to Handle Credit Mistakes

    Your FICO credit score: It really sticks with you, doesn’t it? And that can be a good thing. For those who develop healthy spending habits, a good credit score can provide lifelong benefits like low interest rates and greater access to credit. But what about those with a credit slip or two? Don’t panic. With time and better fiscal management, even the biggest credit slips can be buffed away. Let’s look at…

  • Real Estate Round Table: Google Glass

    Tune in to our LIVE real estate round table at 2:00pm EST. The video will load below this sentence. We just can’t keep up, can we? Game-changing technologies are constantly affecting the way we do business. Real estate is no exception. One of the newest gizmos on the scene is Google Glass. Google Glass is an incredibly responsive “wearable computer.” Worn like traditional glasses, Google Glass feat…

  • Two Simple Ways to Maximize Your Twitter Presence

    According to Twitter's official blog, “The quality of your content — how interesting, conversational and useful it is — ultimately determines how engaged your followers will be." But how do we know exactly how interesting, conversational and useful our content is? Engaging with people online is extremely important for gaining a presence in social media. Measuring the success of your content is even more impo…

  • 9 Tips To Avoid a Bidding War

    Potential buyers are scrambling to land homes as interest rates threaten to rise and inventory falls short of demand. And that often means buyers land square in the middle of bidding wars. In May, nearly 70 percent of offers written by Redfin real estate agents faced competition. Yikes. Real estate agents are responsible for orchestrating these hot-and-heavy competitions, and getting the best possible deals for th…

  • Hey Agents, Here’s Why You Should Put The Phone Down

    Real estate can easily turn into a 24/7 business. Amidst buyer and seller frenzy, how can real estate agents maintain work/life balance? Easy. Just don’t answer your phone. Now before your hackles and eyebrows rise, realize that we’re simply talking about setting phone limits. You don’t want to turn into “that agent” who never answers the phone or returns emails. But you do need to stop: A…