Recent Articles by Britt Chester

DC, Baltimore housing markets showing different trends in September

DC, Baltimore housing markets showing different trends in September

Washington, D.C and Baltimore offer two very different scenarios as the housing market heads into fall. Median home price in D.C. slightly dropped annually in September, according to MRIS housing data, while Baltimore home prices jumped 7.9 percent. ...
By Britt Chester | Thursday, October 13, 2016
How are agents planning their retirement?

How are agents planning their retirement?

Real estate agents are essentially the CEOs of their own company. Agents control their workflow, how much business they conduct and are solely responsible for their retirement ......
By Britt Chester | Thursday, October 13, 2016
Number of homeowners with insurance falling nationwide

Number of homeowners with insurance falling nationwide

Whether buying a beach house in Miami or cabin in Appalachia, you probably need homeowners insurance -- but what kind? While you can skip over hurricane insurance in Appalachia, that's not a nationwide trend, according to a new study ......
By Britt Chester | Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Buildings around Union Square in Manhattan Halstead Property Report shows Manhattan apartments averaging $2 million

Halstead Property Report shows Manhattan apartments averaging $2 million

The average price for a Manhattan apartment pushed 18 percent up through the third quarter to $2,044,287, according to a new Halstead Property Report, which also revealed average price for condos in Manhattan toppled $3 million ......
By Britt Chester | Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Rent hikes starting to slow around US, but West Coast hotspots still top the list

Rent hikes starting to slow around US, but West Coast hotspots still top the list

With recent migrations to tech centers like San Jose, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco comes the severe impact of housing demand and supply. Rent in these hot markets, among others, has exploded over the past five years as more millennial techies ...
By Britt Chester | Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Wallis Ranch community opens with resort-style Kindred House gathering area

Wallis Ranch community opens with resort-style Kindred House gathering area

Wallis Ranch, an 806-home, eight-neighborhood community in Dublin, California, just celebrated its grand opening. And when one major door opens, so does another. ......
By Britt Chester | Wednesday, October 12, 2016
natural disaster Hurricane Matthew home damage expected to be in the billions

Hurricane Matthew home damage expected to be in the billions

Some homeowners are bracing for the worst as Hurricane Matthew now claws and crawls its way up the east coast of Florida ......
By Britt Chester | Friday, October 7, 2016
A Victorian farmhouse Home prices rise 6.2 percent annually through August

Home prices rise 6.2 percent annually through August

A new CoreLogic report shows U.S. home prices continuing their upward trajectory through summer and into autumn this year. Home prices increased 6.2 percent year-over-year in August, which was supported by 1.1 percent growth from the previous month ....
By Britt Chester | Friday, October 7, 2016
Own ‘Hamilton’ history with Aaron Burr’s house, sort of

Own ‘Hamilton’ history with Aaron Burr’s house, sort of

OK, so it's not a piece of 'Hamilton' the musical's history, but the history of Aaron Burr coincides greatly with Alexander Hamilton, after whom the popular play is named. And the listing agents think that's just another arrow in the quill to help ma...
By Britt Chester | Thursday, October 6, 2016
You can have an office, home or both in Alexandria’s e-lofts

You can have an office, home or both in Alexandria’s e-lofts

Wireless technology has allowed many offices to be anywhere: a coffee shop corner in the morning, seat 32D on a flight, or between ordering drinks late at night. Today, some of us are lucky enough to work anywhere we need ......
By Britt Chester | Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Rent growth in New York City slows down

Rent growth in New York City slows down

Although 2015 was a banner year for growth in some New York City submarkets, 2016 is not staying on the same track. A new StreetEasy report shows that rent prices have slowed to nearly half the pace of the same time last year in parts of the city ......
By Britt Chester | Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Ivy Lofts get a redesign in architecture and finance options

Ivy Lofts get a redesign in architecture and finance options

Back in March, the forthcoming Ivy Lofts were hot. Developers were offering affordable units to Houstonians, and even some outside investors were snatching them up. But this Ivy didn't keep growing quite like its evergreen namesake ......
By Britt Chester | Monday, October 3, 2016
One Bay Area brokerage is taking agent videos to the next level

One Bay Area brokerage is taking agent videos to the next level

Information about houses is easily accessible: Log on to the information superhighway and wait for the three-bed, two-bath exit to your dreams. It's getting so simple, that it's not far off to assume buying a home could require zero human interaction...
By Britt Chester | Friday, September 30, 2016
Cash sales continue to drop across major metros

Cash sales continue to drop across major metros

According to a new CoreLogic report, cash sales across the country decreased 2.5 percent annually in June. At this rate, CoreLogic analysts predict the cash sales percentage market share will be back to 25 percent by mid-2018, or roughly what it was ...
By Britt Chester | Thursday, September 29, 2016
A couple in front of a home with a real estate agent Full disclosure: This is about Maryland’s open house disclosure laws

Full disclosure: This is about Maryland’s open house disclosure laws

A long time ago, there was a small town with one real estate agent. This agent helped people buy and sell homes. Then the agent hired a friend. They bought and sold homes for people and earned a living as Friends Real Estate Co ......
By Britt Chester | Thursday, September 29, 2016
Realtor.com ranks America’s hottest ZIP codes

Realtor.com ranks America’s hottest ZIP codes

Fast home sales, booming job markets and affordable living are bringing homebuyers in droves to certain ZIP codes, but which are seeing the most? The latest Realtor.com report pinpoints what ZIP codes across the country have the shortest days on the ...
By Britt Chester | Thursday, September 29, 2016
Chicago home sales take a surprising turn up in August

Chicago home sales take a surprising turn up in August

The Illinois Realtors report a strong sales month into the fall season. A total of 16,455 sold in August. During the same month in 2015 only 15,415 homes sold. This 6.7 percent increase in home sales is supported by a boost in median home price. The ...
By Britt Chester | Wednesday, September 28, 2016
price reduction San Francisco home prices are highest in the country – but so is their equity

San Francisco home prices are highest in the country – but so is their equity

CoreLogic's quarterly equity report shows 548,000 residential properties in the U.S. regaining equity in the second quarter of 2016, while the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity sat at 47.2 million ......
By Britt Chester | Tuesday, September 27, 2016