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By Jonathan Deesing For real estate agents, every home staging poses unique challenges. One of the biggest is trying to stage a home while the owners are in the process of packing and moving out. With boxes, tape and bubble wrap strewn about, it can be hard to give a good idea of what the house really looks like, not to mention the potential lack of furniture or décor...

Of the 17 million would-be buyers in the market, short of 6 million will transact this year. TWEET How’s that for a statistic? “This large share of pent-up demand, which, I would argue, is huge—and represented by the fact that the number one reason people told us that they were buying a home last year...

The low-maintenance movement has taken hold across generations of homeowners. For millennials—the leading segment of homebuyers—the lower, the better. So summarized by Jill Waage, editorial director of home content for Better Homes and Gardens: “They want to use their brains for other things, not for remembering whether they adjusted the heat or closed the garage...

By Rina Camhi, 10MinRealty Buying and selling a home can be a daunting task for anyone, especially when it is your first time. But, it’s a process you don’t have to go through alone – that’s where a real estate agent earns their weight in gold. When homebuyers and sellers work with an agent, the entire process runs smoother and is a lot less stressful than...

It’s no secret staging can raise the value of a home—in fact, it can boost a sale price by as much as 10 percent. The best staged homes—the ones that garner the full 10—strike the balance between lived-in and never-owned. How can you apply that science when staging your home? Look no further than model homes, which draw buyers by blending the form-follows-function...

By Yulia Kozhevnikova, Tranio.com First come the hipsters, then the middle class and finally the Michelin-star gastropubs. These are just some of the trademarks of gentrification according to Tranio, a trend that can be very profitable for local property markets but only if you can figure out when it will happen. As a general rule, property price growth varies within...

If you’re one of the 111 million-plus people who watched Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 (or one of the millions more like me who was just in it for the snacks, commercials and half-time show), you probably saw the debut of the Quicken Loans Rocket Mortgage ad, which unwittingly unleashed a torrent of criticism in the Twitterverse. RISMedia’s latest webinar, however,...

By Terri Engels Being a successful real estate agent requires a constant two-pronged approach: marketing yourself to bring in new leads and maintaining relationships with past clients. While many real estate agents double down on the former by spending an arm and a leg on a state-of-the-art website, mobile apps and even old-school newspaper ads, the truth is that...

Predatory lending has declined sharply in the years since Dodd-Frank, but it, and other types of mortgage fraud, still steep into housing even today and affect every stage of the homeownership cycle. Mortgage fraud, an umbrella term, is “a crime characterized by some type of material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission on a loan which is then relied upon...

By Jeff Knox, Knox & Associates, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas I am a techie broker.  I'm a techie broker because I have to be, not because I started out wanting to be one or because I already was one. I once had a guy with another firm ask me: "Are you a technical guy who became a broker, or a broker who became a technical guy."  I am the latter. It is my belief...