Ever wonder how much bacon you need to bring in to live comfortably in some of our country's largest metros? HSH.com recently revealed the salaries needed to live in a median-priced home in 50 of the hottest areas of the US, and the numbers may surprise you. While the national average of median home prices cost $255,600, requiring a salary of just over $56,000, the...

By Brooke Chaplan The real estate sales process can be stressful and seemingly complicated. Even a relatively smooth process can take ample negotiations and may require weeks to pass before you can close on the transaction. Some deals are increasingly complicated, and major roadblocks may develop that threaten the entire project. These are a few of the more significant...

Have you ever wished you lived on a remote island somewhere? A tranquil, calm and—most importantly— quiet place just for yourself? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Depending on where you live, whether in an urban city or in the suburbs, overpopulation remains an issue, and dealing with noise pollution has become a real responsibility. Whether sound comes from...

By Brentnie Daggett, Rentec Direct Do you own a rental property or several rental properties? Routine maintenance will ensure that your properties are protected from the harsh fall and winter elements, and most can be done without detracting too much from your time or pocketbook. This post will help ensure the process goes as smooth as possible, and that expensive...

As we've seen with the destruction and devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, hurricane season is upon us and won't be ending any time soon. If you live in a coastline community or other danger zone for frequent hits by Mother Nature, being prepared is the ultimate key to keeping your family and home safe. Here are a few tips to keep in mind throughout the fall...

By Kara Masterson Every individual has their own particular set of factors that can motivate them to buy a luxury home. At any given point in time, there will always be people in need of a luxurious home regardless of the economic conditions and other market variables. The demand for luxurious houses among young people is driven by the increasing disposable income...

By Maricel Tabalba

Millennials are getting the brunt of the blame for killing many industries that were supported by previous generations but, as it turns out, the real estate industry is alive and well. Understanding what Millennials are looking for in a potential home is imperative if you want to succeed as a real estate professional, as more Millennials...

The most successful real estate agents likely have one thing in common: they practice their scripts. In the latest installment of RISMedia’s ACE Webinar Series titled "Scripts: New Ways to Handle Old Objections," several industry experts weighed in on how real estate pros can better tackle their scripts from practice to execution. The webinar featured industry experts...

Costa Rica was one of the first getaway outposts for semi-expat Americans, thanks to its year-round tropical weather. It's consistently rated by the Happy Planet Index as the happiest country in the world with safe streets, cheap cost of living, beautiful parks, dozens of sandy beaches, excellent medical care, a thriving economy and only a hop, skip and a jump to...

By Monique Serbu More and more millennials are buying homes, representing around 45 percent of all purchase loans, and most first-time millennial home buyers are on a limited budget. While you may not be able to find the perfect home that checks every box on your “dream home” list, you can find a great starter house you can improve on or add to over time. As you...