House hunters these days use any and every portal to connect with a real estate professional. Unless you’ve got clones of yourself ready to record every exchange between you and a potential new client, keeping up with constant streams of communication is a challenge. (And if you do have clones, you’re probably way too advanced for this blog, and humanity in general.) Think...

  ‘Tis the season for all things festive, and homeowners everywhere are celebrating with decked halls and holiday displays. While it’s tempting to be swept away in the merry merriness of it all, it’s necessary to protect your home from damage while decorating, especially the exterior. Repairs to outside features are often more costly than interior fixes,...

According to Custora, 40 percent of online shopping for last year's Black Friday occurred on a mobile device. What some may not know - or just need a healthy reminder of - if you're browsing on a public Wi-Fi network, your desire to save may be compromising your private information. No one wants to worry about their identity and credit card info during the holidays! As...

Outsourcing isn’t just for corporations anymore. More and more real estate professionals rely on outside help to complete tasks they don’t have the time or resources to do themselves. Demanding schedules come with the territory, but agents can lighten the load significantly by delegating tasks to assistants. (Side note: only 14 percent of REALTORS® use at least...

As the McMansion era continues to fade into the abyss, the green building movement is picking up speed with each passing day. In fact, many of today’s buyers are trading square footage for spaces that are not only smaller, but eco-friendly to boot. There’s also much more attention being paid to unique building materials such as re-purposed shipping containers. Yes,...

The in-laws and their brood coming to stay for the holidays? Don't panic about where to stow everyone for the night. The following article offers three tips for sleeping more guests in your home, so you can focus on more important preparations—like stocking the home bar, perhaps? Screened off corners. So you put a cot in the office—now what? The answer is a privacy...

             
There's only one thing more satisfying than shoveling warm, delicious, nap-inducing Thanksgiving food into your pie-hole. What's that, you ask? Blowing it up into smithereens. This year, Century 21 Real Estate is celebrating Turkey Day a little bit differently - by polling their social media followers about their...

Save for a few juice bars whipping up olive-colored potions, most big cities fall short in the green department. For newcomers, and especially those moving from beyond a metro area, a lack of plant life can be a real downer. To combat those concrete jungle blues, pretend your apartment isn’t spatially-challenged and start a garden. Playing with dirt oddly alleviates...

For the first time since its launch in 2007, the NYTimes Real Estate app was finally given a facelift. The redesign went live on Monday of this week, with the main goal of “modernizing the user experience” to create a more “stream-centric experience.” Though the app’s former version also included news articles from the Times’ real estate section, these...

“If I had five minutes to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first three sharpening my axe.”
-Abraham Lincoln Preparedness in anything can greatly increase our effectiveness and chance for success. In real estate, the same holds true. When the time comes to hire a REALTOR® that's prepared to assist you in selling or buying your home, what should you expect?...