What has been rumored for weeks has now been picked up by most of the mainstream financial media this afternoon. It is now widely reported that Zillow Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) is in discussions to acquire rival Trulia Inc (NYSE: TRLA). As of 3 p.m. EST Thursday, the combined market cap of the two firms is more than $7.85 billion after both stocks rose sharply  - Trulia rising...

Today’s post is the second in a three-part series on green living, designed to appeal to everyone on the spectrum of our planet’s well-wishers: preservationists, conservationists, and activists. This blog will focus on being a conservationist, those who have green wish lists that fall somewhere in the middle – they want to save on bills where they can, and can...

If you are a real estate agent (and also, alive) hopefully you’re using some sort of technology that can help you stay organized and in touch while on the go. Smartphones are always safe bets – they’re easy to use and combine email, phone and web all in one small, simple device. However, if you’ve mastered your phone and are hungry for more, it may be time...

As a broker, you more than likely hear your colleagues and peers raving about specific industry events and conferences on a pretty consistent basis. But with so many events to choose from throughout the course of the year, how do you know which will truly be worth your while? Here, we’ve compiled a list of the top five reasons why you should attend RISMedia’s...

Everyone wants to work in a fun environment. In addition to tighter-knit teams with a smaller turnover rate, upbeat offices also tend to be more productive, with happier employees and more positive interactions overall. Below are five ways you can stimulate a winning office culture. Add some work perks. While you may not be able to bring the whole company to Aruba...

If you’re anything like me, your closets are overflowing with pictures and other framed goods that would undoubtedly look much better hung in a prominent location than hardly ever seeing the light of day. While a quick call to dad will most likely save you the headaches and frustrations associated with hammering more holes in the wall, hanging pictures is a great...

We’ve all been there: trapped at your desk on the gloomiest of days. In diva-esque fashion, the sun refuses to come out of its dressing room.  Is it just me, or are the colors in most offices downright dismal, not to mention fluorescent lighting that makes most of us look like green-tinged creatures from beyond. But I digress. If you’re like me on those days,...

Whether you want to establish yourself as an expert in your field, or simply connect with your followers, holding a Twitter chat is a great way to interact with your community. A Twitter chat—a scheduled chat session tethered by a universal hashtag—allows you to better understand and grow your clientele, in addition to promoting your business. Why a chat? The...

Puppy worshipers, Mustang aficionados, One Tree Hill fangirls (anyone?) – the bloggers of yesteryear were diary keepers, niche experts and devoted followers. Special interest blogging, while still popular, paved the way for today’s business blog, which is now a standard marketing endeavor for real estate agents. Whether they’re making a name for themselves online,...

In a competitive real estate market, sellers are always looking for something they can do to improve the values of their properties. They add landscaping, seal the driveway and clean everything from top to bottom. Yet, if you are in a neighborhood that is well maintained, you may find that every other home has the same basic maintenance done. What can you do to make...