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Study says off-MLS deals cost sellers big bucks

Study says off-MLS deals cost sellers big bucks

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In 2013, the average single-family home seller in San Francisco who kept his or her property off the local multiple listing service left more than $200,000 on the table. That’s according to a study by San Francisco agents Matt Fuller ......
Build and refine your killer real estate app before you go looking for funding

Build and refine your killer real estate app before you go looking for funding

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Houzz co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko, who is helping take home renovation out of the dark ages by marrying technology and community, has some advice for aspiring startups who’d like to follow in her footsteps: Build and refine your product ......
Buying conditions improving as more homes come on the market

Buying conditions improving as more homes come on the market

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The number of homes for sale and the amount of time they’d typically been on the market both increased in March, “welcome signs” for spring buyers, realtor.com reported today. The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.com rose ...
Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination

Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination

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I've been doing research on the code of ethics as it applies to fair housing and the new "religious freedom" laws. I still have a lot to learn, but I found some very interesting details about segregation. In the late 1910s, protective covenants be...
Don't like paying E&O fees, title insurance? They're more valuable than you think

Don't like paying E&O fees, title insurance? They're more valuable than you think

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Sometimes you do everything right and you still end up in litigation or losing your commission. Attorneys thrive on the fact that it is often cheaper to settle rather than to defend a frivolous lawsuit. On the other hand, sometimes the suit is justif...
Real estate has never attracted young people, so quit worrying about it

Real estate has never attracted young people, so quit worrying about it

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According to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent member survey, the median age of Realtors in 2012 was 57, up from 51 in 2007. Just in case anyone forgets the difference between “median” and “average,” that...
Huffington Post Media Group's secret weapon: nap rooms

Huffington Post Media Group's secret weapon: nap rooms

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What’s one of the secret weapons for success at media juggernaut Huffington Post Media Group? Nap rooms. So says Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Yes, people looked at her askance when she insisted on providing spac...
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