Ask the HOA Expert: Can a Board Control The Tenant Approval Process From Owners?Can a board require unit owners to have background check conducted on their renters and control the tenant approval process?Think Curb Appeal When Remodeling to SellWith home prices up in some areas, the return on remodeling investments at resale can be good. Making little changes can have big impacts when it comes to remodeling your home to sell. Some updates will return as much as they cost in hotter markets, but unless your home is in a rapidly inflating city, you may not get enough bang for your buck.
The Real Word: What does the ‘PayPal Mafia’ mean for agents?Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they’ll discuss the 'PayPal Mafia,' a supergroup of investors who are setting the tech tone in real estate, and what it means for agents. ...Read MoreHoward Hanna acquires Allen Tate Companies to form mid-Atlantic real estate giantHoward Hanna Real Estate Services is acquiring Allen Tate Companies to create a powerhouse real estate force in the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern United States....Read MoreMailChimp launches direct mail beta, admits print’s not deadMailchimp is in beta with a direct mailing feature. Using the company's similar email template builder UI, Mailchimp users can upload logos, custom imagery and messaging and easily control their budgets. ...Read MoreMortgage rates rise for fourth-consecutive weekThe 30-year-fixed mortgage rate averaged 4.65 percent this week, the highest since May, according to Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey....Read MoreHamptons agent serenades buyers with original country song about $2M propertyHamptons agent Telly Karoussos decided to liven up his property listing with a short video of himself singing the home's praises....Read MoreExisting home sales remain steady, ending four-month slumpSales of existing homes remained steady from July to August, ending four months of decline, according to data from the National Association of Realtors....Read MoreZillow to feature listings from Canada’s largest indie brokerageAs part of its efforts to come to Canada, Zillow will soon feature listings from the country's largest indie brokerage, Right At Home Realty....Read MoreRents are flat for the first time since 2012The nationwide median rent in August remained unchanged year-over-year for the first time since 2012, according to Zillow’s latest housing data survey. The median rent is actually lower than it was in August 2017, in 19 of the nation’s 35 largest housing markets....Read More5 reasons it’s tough to be a parent in real estate (and how to make it work)From never having free time to figuring out how to prioritize your kids while making your clients feel like they're No. 1 — being a real estate agent with kids isn't easy. Here's how agents are balancing their work and family lives....Read MoreNYC brokerages unite to launch ‘game-changing’ data platformLeading residential brokerages in New York City are uniting to offer a new level of transparency to the way consumers and brokers search property. The effort is being called a “game-changer” by high-ranking executives involved in its launch....Read More