Blanche Evans is a writer/editor and CEO of evansEmedia. Formerly, she was a senior editor with Realty Times, where she was named by REALTOR® Magazine as one of the most influential people in the real estate industry.
Some predicted that the Internet and other innovative technologies would squeeze real estate practitioners out of homebuying and selling transactions. Of course, it turned out that the Internet is an evolution of a real estate practitioner’s services, not a revolution.
The face of aging in the United States is changing dramatically. Today’s older Americans live longer, have lower rates of disability, achieve higher levels of education, and less often live in poverty, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.
Are you overlooking a terrific opportunity to learn about the latest trends in design, remodeling, and construction? Trade associations can help you network and gain insight into advances in space planning, storage, home décor, renovations, and other home improvements.
Say hello to the new housing market trend—the rolling boom. It works like this: High prices force home buyers to move to the suburbs, smaller towns, or across state lines, giving new locales a taste of the housing boom.
The results of a national survey released last week show that homebuyers age 50 and older aren’t afraid to use the Internet when searching for a home and that most don’t plan to venture out of state when they retire.
Homesellers and their real estate practitioners usually share the goal of a quick and profitable sale, yet they don’t always agree on what it takes to get there, according to the findings of a recent survey.
With reports of mortgage fraud on the rise all over the country, real estate practitioners must be on guard for this white-collar crime and go out of their way to make sure they aren’t involved in a fraudulent deal.
A recent report looks at why certain cars have higher resale values than others—providing insight into what types of features are valued most by consumers. Although cars are much different than homes, the findings provide clues into housing preferences and home resale values.
Injuries in the garage are more common than you may expect, according to a national study released last month, and most of the mishaps are due to a lack of organization. It makes sense to encourage sellers to get this crucial part of the property in order for showings—a move that will improve safety and make a great impression on potential buyers.
What are the hottest cities for relocations? On the top 10 list, we find cities like Chicago, where big corporations are based; warm and sunny spots like Jupiter, Fla.; and affordable locales like Charlotte, N.C.
When buyers are choosing from several homes they’ve seen, or deciding which property to look at next, there’s one selling tool that’s indispensable even in the electronic age: the listing feature sheet.
All companies or individuals who deal with sensitive consumer information must change the way they do business under a provision of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act that went into effect June 1.
The first months in the real estate business are sure to be a challenge; getting your name out, finding clients, and securing your first listings are no small tasks. So how should brand new real estate practitioners go about establishing themselves in the market and start to reel in business?
As the U.S. population continues to expand, communities throughout the country are facing a housing crunch. The solution? High-density areas where housing, jobs, retail, and entertainment are all interwoven—creating communities where the emphasis is on walking, not driving, according to the National Multi Housing Council 2004 Annual Report.
A new independent survey sheds some light on the thought processes and motivations that drive today's buyers and sellers—providing information the real estate industry can use to serve consumers better.
Only two out of every 100 insured homes will file a water-damage claim within the year, yet 22 percent of all insurance losses are caused by water damage on average. Should a leak or flood occur, technicians recommend that homeowners do the following to minimize loss and prevent further damage.