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Surprising to some, millennials are all about chasing the American dream and owning a home of their own despite current market and economic setbacks. This infographic from FirstTimeHomeFinancing.com explains what's keeping millennials from pursuing their home-ownership dreams and outlines several programs that could help them achieve their goals. ...

By Matt Parker In the last 75 years, humans have done everything to keep from walking. Now, walking is cool, with "walkability" becoming a buzz word in real estate. Whodathunkit? In today’s real estate market, adults buy homes and pay attention to a nifty analytic attached to the homes they might buy - walkability. In short, something is walkable if you can get...

By Joslyn G. Ewart In the past, real estate investment has been a male dominated arena. However, as more and more women gain financial independence, they are moving into the real estate market at rapid speed. Below are a few reasons why women make good real estate investors. 1. Women tend to be more comfortable with longer-term investing than men, and the purchase...

By Dixie Somers Since relocating is such a major undertaking, it's vital to thoroughly research your options. This is especially essential regarding an overseas move. Here are five things to assess in a prospective neighborhood to ensure you'll feel at home, no matter whether your new home is here or abroad. 1. Transportation
One consideration is how you'll...


By Pem Guerry Many highly regulated industries such as financial services and real estate have adopted electronic workflows because of the protection and convenience that the technology offers. But for documents that need that extra (literal) stamp of approval of a notarization, a cog is thrown into that digital wheel. The process loses its clean, automated,...

Buying a home for someone who's disabled can present some significant challenges. Not only does the disabled individual have to go and look at houses, but they may require separate financing options -- and they will need to be very conscientious about the properties that they consider. If you're helping someone disabled buy a home (or if you're disabled and buying...

By Matt Metcalf A few weeks ago, I met with clients to discuss their real estate needs and desires. “We really want a home in an area that will have long-term appeal,” the couple said. “That’s important to us.” I nodded. “Let’s go get a Starbucks,” I responded. “What?” They asked, visibly confused. “Why?” I smiled. “I’ll show you – trust...

There are so many quotes about change, but this one from Ben Franklin is one of my favorites: “When you're finished changing, you're finished.” To help us all embrace change, the forthcoming November issue of Real Estate magazine will feature a new column titled ‘Innovations.’ While we interview dozens of real estate professionals each month, who enthusiastically...

By Eric Boyenga As a real estate professional, you may find the market slows down in the winter. However, this doesn't mean you should lose hope in selling that property before spring. Below are a handful of tips for selling during winter. Stay seasonal. Make a festive impression on potential buyers with garlands or boughs, and containers of greenery, branches with...

We get it—you're busy—and we're right there with you! Maintaining a social media presence is hard enough for companies and teams, let alone a single individual. If you are a real estate agent who finds it hard to keep up with the changing paces of the internet and social media, you're not alone. Even the savviest of the bunch might find it difficult to write...