By Jordan Grice Despite various forecasts surrounding mortgage rates, the bottom line is that they are bound to tick up this year, leaving many wondering what this could mean for the housing market. “Higher mortgage rates are one reason why we will move from an incredibly hot housing market to one that’s strong, but instead of having ten bidders at every open...

To say that the U.S. housing market is hot right now would be an understatement. Two years into the pandemic, bidding wars and properties selling sight unseen are still common across much of the country. However, there are still some local housing markets that provide a high standard of living without breaking the bank. In the National Association of REALTORS®’...

By Brooke Chaplan It’s no secret that garages are one of the best places to store your belongings, and they come in handy when you’re working on personal DIY projects. Whether you’re looking to list your home or just want to prepare your garage so you can use it more efficiently, it’s important to make sure everything in there is organized, clean and ready...

By Tracey Hawkins In Part 2 of this article contributed by former agent and 26-year national safety educator Tracey Hawkins, she continues to builds upon her mission to show how safety planning can be a tool to grow business and ensure the safety of real estate professionals, homeowners and renters alike. Related: When the Unthinkable Happens: Natural Disaster Preparation...

Credit: Sherwin-Williams In our new Updates on Updates series, we take a look at some of the top home decor trends that are capturing the minds and hearts of homeowners across the U.S. Each month, we’ll bring you the most up-to-date interior design styles. One of the simplest, but most impactful, updates you can make to a space is a fresh coat of paint....

By Jordan Grice When it comes to leveraging social media to drum up business in the new year, providing content that educates your audience on real estate is a great way to promote and build trust in your brand. With access to market data and other valuable information, agents can build a winning digital marketing strategy to package and present their educational...

By Meghan Belnap Historic homes are often an important staple in the architecture and culture of certain areas. Therefore, it’s important to maintain the integrity of these unique pieces of real estate. You can do this with various renovation projects, but the options can be overwhelming. Related: 3 Routes You Can Take After Purchasing a Historic Home One of the...

After four months on the market, a property on Star Island—a neighborhood in Miami Beach, Florida—sold for $75,000,000. That number sets a record as the most expensive sale in the history of Miami real estate. The waterfront mansion, located at 8 Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL, sits on nearly two acres of land on the ultra-exclusive Star Island, a man-made...

By Jesse Williams Everyone knows someone (or is someone) that makes sports fandom a defining passion. From everyday choices like clothing to enormously important life events like weddings, these individuals dedicate tremendous energy, time and money to their favorite team, school or competition. But when it comes to the biggest financial decision of their lives,...

By Tracey Hawkins National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Information reported that, in 2021, there were 18 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each.  One of my leading goals as a real estate industry safety expert is to show how safety education and planning can be a tool to grow business...