With the summer months approaching, chances are you're already bracing yourself for higher energy usage, and along with it, larger energy bills. It's a price you're willing to pay to stay comfortable during those warm summer months, right? The reality is, you're not the only one. During peak summer months, air conditioning accounts for about half of the nation's energy...

Whether you’re in the process of downsizing or simply looking to open up your home a bit (without saying goodbye to your belongings for good), self-storage units offer a practical solution to the issue surrounding the lack of space homeowners are faced with on a day-to-day basis. While factors such as security, cleanliness, temperature control, customer service...

Social media is no longer an offshoot of a real estate marketing strategy. It's a full-fledged, proven business-builder, carving paths to fresh crops of leads online with every share. Finding time to make the effort? That's a whole 'nother story. According to a new survey by RISMedia, the majority of real estate professionals (57 percent) say social media is a "time...

Chicago has a lot of great things, like a winning baseball team and deep dish pizza. But let’s face it, that’s getting basic. However, if you hop on the El for a quick ride west, you will find yourself at the gates of Oak Park. Before you think I’m sending you to a boring park, hear me out. Even if Oak Park, originally Oak Ridge, was named after the oak trees...

When approaching this sprawling home located at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, you can’t take your eyes of its massive mahogany double door that serves as the main entrance. With six bedrooms and six baths, this is one beachfront property that gives us a reason to pack our bags and move to the Bahamas for good. (Yes, we’re already singing “Kokomo,” as of...

The new year is upon us and with it comes new factors which can and will affect real estate throughout the year. Here, New York Power Broker Louise Phillips Forbes of Halstead Property makes her predictions for what real estate will look like on a national scale in 2017, and how you can make the most of it. Keep an eye on the following: 1. Increased interest rates...

By Sage Singleton
Home safety is an important, even life-saving topic that you should teach your children about at an early age. If you educate your children on basic home safety principles when they’re young, the lessons will stick with them for a lifetime. Learn to lock a deadbolt. Teach children how to lock and unlock a deadbolt. Let them know that the...

When you think about homes of the future, you might imagine a house you can talk to. A new survey from Coldwell Banker shows you're not alone; voice control capability was the top want of 72 percent of Americans surveyed. The study, created in conjunction with Vivint Smart Home, focused on 4,108 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Out of these participants, 923 already...

So you've decided to put your home on the market. Congratulations! Hopefully, you've brought a rockin' REALTOR® on board to help you list your spot, and together you've done your due diligence on what to ask for. As you start checking things off your to-do list, it's also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started. Don't...

In the following interview, Jolie Powell, broker/owner of Jolie Powell Realty in Port Jefferson, N.Y.., discusses the power of social media and why consistency—and trust—are essential in real estate.
Region Served: North Shore, Long Island, N.Y.
Facebook: @JoliePowellRealty Why is social media marketing critical to your boutique brokerage?
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