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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...

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...

©Netflix A lot of things can go wrong when showing clients around a property. The nerves can get the best of you, especially when your boss has already told you’ll be fired if you lose this listing. That being said, never in a million years would you expect to puke your guts out—literally—in front of your clients. And while I wish I could say this hasn’t...

Here's a lesson about what not to do on social media. There are so many pros to connecting on the web: social media expands your reach, helps you build your sphere of influence, and ultimately, helps you strengthen relationships that are necessary to fuel your business. Unfortunately, the free exchange we value so much on the internet and social media has also encouraged...

Can a groundhog and his shadow predict the strength of the housing market? Here is what happened the past 20 years in real estate when Punxsutawney Phil climbed out of his hole; does seeing his shadow extend to real estate? You decide. Shadow of a Doubt: Groundhog Day and Real Estate Year Shadow Home Sales Increase Home Price Increase Year Shadow Home...

The world's wealthy have their pick of places to call home—and those places, according to a new report, run the gamut of the globe. The Global Property Handbook, published by Barnes International, Warburg Realty and Wealth-X, ranks the "Alpha" housing markets that are drawing elite in search of luxury real estate, based on "emotional," "financial" and "practical"...

A new presidential term always brings change, especially when it comes to the economy. But despite the doom and gloom of the media, the overall economic outlook for the country and real estate market seems relatively positive, according to a recent Urban Land Institute webinar. During the hour-long webinar held last week, institute experts shared their views on what...

Smart homes are rapidly gaining popularity. Being able to control numerous features of your home even while you are away is not only convenient, but it can increase security. There are all kinds of ways to turn your home into a smart home. Some are a little more expensive than others. The following five home automation steps can help you get started. 1. Controlling...

By Meghan Belnap Becoming a homeowner for the first time is an exciting and stressful process. However, once the papers are signed and the keys are in your pocket, your work really begins. Homeownership can be fraught with financial and emotional perils, especially if you've been renting from a landlord up until now. Landlords are on the hook for not only minor...

By Kathleen Peddicord and the Editors of Live and Invest Overseas Looking to invest overseas? Live and Invest Overseas recently released their ranking of the top 9 places to buy real estate overseas in 2017. The top four places hail from Portugal and Colombia. Other locales on the list include the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Brazil and Cape Verde in Africa. 1) Algarve,...