Single homebuyers have a tougher time than most affording a house—and a new report shows single women have it harder than single men. A joint report by PropertyShark and RENTCafé reveals housing in 23 of the nation's top 50 metropolitan areas is out of reach for single women, while housing in 14 areas is out of reach for single men. Austin, Texas; Boston, Mass.;...

By Ryan Tyson Buying a house is only the first step in home ownership. Once you own the property, it will become your responsibility to keep it in good order through regular repairs and maintenance. It can be easy, however, to find yourself falling behind on the job and missing out on important things. Below is a list of suggestions for staying on top of home maintenance...

Back when the Spaniards still ran around trying to indoctrinate the Americas, Mission District was first baptized as Misión San Francisco de Asís. The date was 1776, and Father Francisco Palou had just surprised the unsuspecting Yelamu tribe. All the population work done by these Ohlone people for over two thousand years had dropped to 50 people by 1841. Cause...

Editor's Note: Engel & Völkers recently ranked the most expensive residential addresses in Switzerland, where it has had a presence since 2002. Geneva comes in first place in the ranking of the most expensive residential addresses in Switzerland's cities. Besides Geneva, the analysis by Engel & Völkers looked at Basel, Lucerne, Zurich and Zug. The data...

It's happened to every real estate broker. You're sold on a new product, eager to present it to your agents as a must-have tool in their arsenals. You offer to subsidize the cost. You provide comprehensive training. You send email after email communicating its value. You say to yourself: How could they not use this? The adoption rate says otherwise. RISMedia's recent...

Every industry has increased their mobile efforts with 71 percent of marketers declaring mobile marketing to be essential to their business. Real estate agencies can make great use of mobile marketing to bring in new leads and to maintain customer loyalty. Tools such as text messaging, mobile apps, social media, video, and online reviews are all accessed on buyers’...

Never underestimate the importance of a pretty face…on your home or a client’s home. A curbside “facelift” is money well-spent, whether prepping to sell your house, increasing its equity-value, or just for your own pleasure. These new ideas and trends should get your creative juices flowing. Re-Think the Front Door REALTORS® have long advised that the front...

Now that Cobie Smulders isn’t busy playing not-the-mother in “How I Met Your Mother,” she’s moved on to better things—like investing in a $991,000 triplex that she just sold for $1.425 million to comedian Demetri Martin. The property is divided into two townhouses. Each of them comes with two bedrooms, one bathroom and hardwood floors, and a topnotch interior...

By Cary Teller While homeowners traditionally wait for spring to list their home—the peak home-shopping season—there are many good reasons to sell in the winter. Buyers shopping in winter usually have more urgency to buy quickly and a recent study even found that sellers net more on average above listing price in winter than spring, even in areas with very cold...

Housecall's having a Hollywood moment! Voting is now open for RISMedia's 3rd Annual Academy Awards of Real Estate, which awards the Oscar for Best Real Estate Client to one of this year's Academy Award nominees—selected by you, members of the real estate industry. To vote, simply: Like Housecall on Facebook. Comment on this Facebook post with your vote for the...