Are you using Snapchat in your real estate business? Well, you should be. The service’s disappearing Stories feature has reinvented social media and is currently changing the game for publishers’ shared content. (It’s also insanely popular with millennials, too). Now, not to be left behind, the Facebook-owned Instagram wants in on the action. Thanks to a recent...

By Gabriele van Welie Whether we’ve decided to go to grad school, have moved to a different country or state for a job, or have simply left our family home for the first thing we could afford, we millennials are usually not living somewhere we expect to stay forever. And while this might sound exciting, the truth is, that lingering sense of instability often causes...

When you take your monthly mortgage payment, utility bills and other expenditures into consideration, it’s no surprise that owning a home is an expensive proposition. But have you ever considered just how many hours you have to work to afford your home? Or how many hours you’d have to work to afford your dream home in Hawaii? (Spoiler alert: don’t buy your plane...

The homeownership experiences of our Facebook friends can impact our home-buying and -selling decisions. So according to jointly-conducted research from Facebook, Harvard University and New York University, which indicates our Facebook friends influence our perceptions of homeownership. Facebook users with friends who own homes in areas where prices have appreciated...

By Roy Rasmussen Relocating to a new state offers the opportunity to start fresh and experience a life you may not have otherwise planned. But, like anything new, moving can present its own unique challenges, from organizing what to bring and discard, to deciding where to enroll the kids in school, to ensuring everyone remains happy and positive. Truly, the devil...

By Matt Parker My brother’s favorite summer car game was table tennis.  Off the back of my head in a minivan, with a rubber bouncy ball on a string. Now, as adults, we all play a different game in summer car rides.  It’s called: “Hey, we should all chip in and buy a cabin together.” Done well, this is a generational dream come true.  Done poorly, you will...

By Whitney Bennett It’s no secret that the Internet is a hotbed of real estate. Between Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and the countless other real estate websites, it’s also extremely competitive. Before you write off utilizing a website for increasing your sales, consider this: 80 percent of potential buyers research on the internet before purchasing. With the right...

Fresh out of the (cake) box is the Betty Crocker House, now on the market for $675,000. The Cape Cod-style confection, located in Norwell, Mass., was home to Janette Kelley, one of the first contributors of cookbooks and recipes to Betty Crocker, a brand with a persona cooked up by advertisers. (Consider our soufflé deflated.) The antique house is far from cookie-cutter....

If you’re working in the real estate industry, you already know how vital it is to have a social media presence. No longer an option, a social media presence is now a necessity, offering more than a connection with prospective and past clients. It’s also an important tool for seeming knowledgeable, professional and relevant. In short, it’s the ultimate branding...

Regardless of the size of your kitchen remodel, adding an island to your design is one of the best things you can do to make your home more livable. There are many ways to fit an island into your kitchen. Here are some types of kitchen islands to consider: 1) Go traditional. If you have a small kitchen, you may not think you have room for a separate island. But even...