Real Estate News


How Much Do Home Alarm Systems Affect Resale?
Home alarm systems can be particularly hard to calculate into resale value or return on investment (ROI) because their job is to prevent loss rather than achieve gains. You purchase a home alarm system with the hope that you never need to use it.

The FAFSA And Real Estate: When To Buy And Refi To Get The Most Aid For College
Getting ready to fill out the dreaded Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? While there is a ton of advice out there about how to properly prepare, what you need, and what to expect, there's another layer of concern for homeowners and homebuyers: How does the FAFSA affect you if you're in the market, already own a home, have investment property, or are thinking about refinancing? We're breaking it down.

Time might be running out on low rates
Long-term rates are hanging on by fingertips to a key level, the stock market has the sillies (again), and all incoming economic reports are hot. It’s going to take a negative event (geopolitical or economic) to hold rates down where they have been for most of this year. ...

Hurricanes dampen Houzz’s Q3 renovation barometer results
Houzz released its Q3 Renovation Barometer, a report that tracks confidence in the home renovation market among a range of industry professionals, such as interior designers, architects and professional landscapers ...

How to bump up your cash flow
Watch founder, president and designated broker of Tru Realty Sarah Richardson talk about how to "obtain high margins and manage like a tightwad" on the Inman Connect stage ...

Sellers desperately want to be free of home stalked by ‘The Watcher’
You just bought a million-dollar, six-bedroom dream house where your family including three small children will live for years to come. Days after the purchase, you start receiving disturbing letters ...

America’s hottest ZIP codes are cool under-the-radar suburbs
Realtor.com has announced its 2017 hottest ZIP codes, and 10 Texas, Colorado, Michigan and California towns dominated the list. Realtor.com analyzed 32,000 ZIP codes based on the time it takes properties to sell and how frequently homes are viewed in each ZIP code. Homes in each of the markets in this year's top 10 list sold in an average of 21 days -- 29 days faster than the national average ...

Harvey Weinstein’s Hamptons estate vanishes from the market
As shamed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein faces a barrage of sexual assault and rape allegations -- from more than 40 women -- his 9,000 square foot Hamptons mansion has been yanked from the market ...

Property lost to California wildfires exceeds $1B
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today released preliminary data reflecting $1.045 billion in property losses as a result of the Northern California wildfires ...

Rising sea levels could submerge 1.9M homes by 2100
Zillow has tapped its rich database of properties to underscore the economic catastrophe in store if U.S. policymakers fail to address rising sea levels. As an effect of climate change, rising sea levels are already impacting coastal communities ...

Existing-home sales make surprise September rebound
After a summer full of setbacks, existing-home sales made forward progress in September, indicating that the temporary effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are starting to pass. However, the long-term lack of housing supply means that the increase in sales activity remains modest and fragile for the time being.  ...

The one app you need to help you sell to Chinese buyers
It's called WeChat, and it's available for free. Here's why agents hoping to sell to Chinese buyers should consider putting it on their business cards ...