Real Estate Industry

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By Dave Fratello, Broker/blogger based in Manhattan Beach, CA
(Confidential Realty)
Comments 32
Oh, the slings and arrows Zillow invites upon itself!The "Instant Offers" controversy led my local board of realtors in Southern California (South Bay) to host a meeting last week to vent the issues.Judging from the tone in the room, agents smell a rat. People suspect they've seen Zillow showing ...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 31
This post is in answer to a Featured postZillow's 'Instant Offers' Controversy Distracts Us  By Dave Fratello    Keep your Ears  Eyes  your  and Mouth Open - reading this post reminds me of the picture of the Three Monkey's one hold their Mouth the other their Ears the other Eyes . I am sorry but...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 25
The question was posed that "Why is there a need for mega companies to take over and change the real estate industry?" I keep hearing "what are they trying to fix?" and "How can they do it better?" but the reason may simply be to make more money. You really think they care about Mr and Mrs small ...

By Deborah Spence, Awesome Realtor serving Philadelphia and suburbs!
(Weichert Realtors-Jenkintown Pa)
Comments 3
I do not like lockboxes because of 3 reasons.1. They are not safe. People that live alone should not have the keys to their home in a bock outside on the door, visible for all to see as well as easy access for anyone that received the code since the house went up for sale. I had a client who was ...

By Dawn McCurdy - Real Estate Broker, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga & Schen Counties
(McCurdy Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Comments 0
What makes the homes in Cohoes NY stand out? Cohoes, NY is an integrated city. It is the second largest city in the north eastern corner of Albany County in the United States. It’s known for the name, Spindle City, due to the growth of textile manufacturing in the 19th century.   And true to its ...

By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
Comments 3
If you’re buying your first home in Southwest Florida or beyond, you’ve probably given your down payment a lot of thought. After all, the larger of one you can put down, the lower your monthly mortgage may be. In addition, placing an offer with a strong down payment can help you move forward in t...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
Comments 15
Okay, what is missing from this re-post is...THE THREE MONKEYS!Thanks, Hannah Williams for such a wonderful post.Stop Zillow Controversy and The Three Monkeys This post is in answer to a Featured post Zillow's 'Instant Offers' Controversy Distracts Us   By Dave Fratello       Keep your Ears  Eyes...

By Brian Persons, Certified Master Inspector
(Brian Persons Front Range Home Inspections)
Comments 1
Exerp from an upcoming article from an interview I did.. Real estate agents and brokers will try just about anything to gain a competitive edge in the industry. With a constant stream of modern technology hitting the market, agents and others in the real estate field are finding new and innovativ...

By Aaron Norris, MBA, APR, Hard money lending and real estate investments.
(The Norris Group Hard Money Lending)
Comments 0
The Norris Group would like to thank White House Catering for helping us once again with I Survived Real Estate. Since the beginning in 2008, White House Catering has provided tremendous service and delectable meals. They have been a big part of making ISRE memorable.Under the direction of Chef M...

By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Comments 4
Subdivision List Price Sq Ft Bedrooms Full Baths Half Baths A C Bookout $3,250,000 6031 5 6 1 Henry E Englishs $4,800,000 6421 6 5 2 Highland Park $3,195,000 6135 6 6 2 Highland Park $3,250,000 5836 5 5 1 Highland Park $3,336,000 6686 5 5 1 Highland Park $3,349,000 5757 4 5 1 Highland Park $3,45...

By Aaron Norris, MBA, APR, Hard money lending and real estate investments.
(The Norris Group Hard Money Lending)
Comments 0
 The Norris Group would like to thank Bill Tan and the entire San Diego Creative Investors Association team for their generous and continued support of I Survived Real Estate. SDCIA has supported #ISRE almost every year since the very beginning in 2008.. It is with their support I Survived Real E...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
Comments 9
Kenneth J. Jones "The benefits to those who create and operate the team, is that they don't have the high level of legal liability or the high level of the cost to create and operate a stand-alone real estate agency or buy a real estate franchise...because they work under the brokerage license an...

By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Broker Associate, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 4
I rarely re-blog but this post expresses so well what I've suspected for some time, that I couldn't ignore it.The team mainly benefits the team leader, although...Agents new to the industry who wish to apprentice and part-timers who need help with coverage may also benefit, perhaps, from a tempor...

By Kenneth J. Jones, Director, ASA, SRES, SCGREA
(Institute of Real Estate Technologies)
Comments 83
Are real estate teams more hype than help?That's a question many consumers and many real estate agents are asking.In today's residential real estate world, it's become common to see real estate agents advertise themselves as being part of a "team" with names like, The Smith Team.These real estate...

By Joseph Zingales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 3
Real estate teams have become increasingly popular since agents realize that one person cannot do it all. Agents should spend their time on what they do best which is showing properties and writing offers and leave the marketing, compliance and bookkeeping side of the business to others. This sep...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 28
Maryland Real Estate Commission Rules For   Referrals to Contractors   Further Clarification Of What You Need To Know     "In the last issue of The Commission Check, we urged licensees to ensure that any referrals they made to clients for home-related contractors were only for licensed individual...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
  Man's best friend may not be a landlord's best friend   Guest Blog by Harvey S. Jacobs, Published: in The Washington Post    Are "no pet clauses" legal and enforceable? With some exceptions, landlords have an absolute right to refuse to rent to tenants with pets. Landlords who are willing to ac...

By Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent!
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 0
 There is so much misinformation surrounding Zillow. Many times they hurt our credibility. Oh, the slings and arrows Zillow invites upon itself! The "Instant Offers" controversy led my local board of realtors in Southern California (South Bay) to host a meeting last week to vent the issues. Judgi...

By Bill Kennedy, Homes For Sale Greenville SC
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
1 Cobblestone Road in Greenville, SC is right on the corner of a quaint and quiet neighborhood right across the street from the Pelham Road Library. With over 2600 square feet, this home built in 1980, has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a newly remodeled kitchen, a beautiful breakfast area, a fenced i...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
Comments 9
Have you ever run into a situation where you have an accepted offer and Purchase and Sale Agreement at a great price, maybe even over asking, Then the bank appraiser shows up, you show your comps, they do their report AND you learn the appraisal came in less than the agreed upon & accepted price?...