2015 Outlook Why maintaining agent value is the biggest challenge of 2015

Why maintaining agent value is the biggest challenge of 2015

"It is up to us to ensure that clients are aware of our value by sharing our comprehensive market knowledge, anticipating their needs and exceeding their expectations in every transaction – and by offering them the personal touch that these website...
By Inman | 17 hours ago
Daniel DeSlover / Shutterstock.com 5 economic uncertainties that can wake you in the middle of the night

5 economic uncertainties that can wake you in the middle of the night

Markets are already quieting down with the approach of two holiday-shortened weeks, after two calm-shattering ones. The five things unresolved, still on the table beside the turkey: What is the Fed up to? What is the support for an apparently ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, December 19, 2014
Marekuliasz_76305373 Myth busting: Is winter really the worst time to sell?

Myth busting: Is winter really the worst time to sell?

Conventional wisdom has it that winter is the worst time to sell a home. But a recent study from Redfin casts doubt on that belief, finding that listings seem to fare better on the market from January to March than they do during the ......
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, December 15, 2014
explain_select Consumers clueless on down payment assistance for middle-income buyers

Consumers clueless on down payment assistance for middle-income buyers

Most people know that a buyer raking in $250,000 a year and shopping homes priced around $900,000 probably can’t qualify for down payment assistance. But what they may not know is that buyers earning a household income of $115,000 looking for ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Why mortgage rates are about to drop

Long-term interest rates have broken a narrow, monthlong range and are headed down. The 10-year Treasury note -- the driver of the show -- is now 2.23 percent. The lowest-fee mortgages are trying to cross below 4 percent, too. This is a big move,...
By Lou Barnes | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Eisenberg Headshot 4-14 Elliot Eisenberg's 2015 economic outlook

Elliot Eisenberg's 2015 economic outlook

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., is the founder of econ70.com; he gives readers his 2015 economic outlook ......
By Inman | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Eisenberg Headshot 4-14 Elliot Eisenberg's 2015 economic outlook

Elliot Eisenberg's 2015 economic outlook

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., is the founder of econ70.com; he gives readers his 2015 economic outlook ......
By Inman | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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2015 outlook Steven James

Are you optimistic about 2015? Yes, I am very positive about the economy, especially in NYC. Our market continues to be strong, robust and challenging. We are coming to the end of our greatest year in our 100-plus-year history. What ......
By Inman | Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Bet on single-family real estate as an institutional asset class

If you owned a restaurant and you wanted to double your business, but you were only open for dinner, what would you do? If you are a real estate professional who only lists and sells houses for owner occupants, and you wanted to double your business,...
By Greg Rand | Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Place your bet image via Shutterstock. How to double your real estate business

How to double your real estate business

If you owned a restaurant and you wanted to double your business, but you were only open for dinner, what would you do? If you are a real estate professional who only lists and sells houses for owner-occupants and you wanted to double your business, ...
By Greg Rand | Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Select_logo_1984x322 Inman beefs up editorial coverage, adding 20 expert contributors and 2 staff journalists

Inman beefs up editorial coverage, adding 20 expert contributors and 2 staff journalists

Inman has added 20 additional expert contributors and staff journalists Brittany Morris and Amber Taufen to its editorial roster this week as it readies the launch of Inman Select, a major initiative that will offer members more in-depth reporting an...
By Inman | Friday, November 14, 2014
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Why the ancient strategy of printing money is failing now

Quiet on the surface, anything but quiet underneath. And “over there”? Oh, my. The most important single datum: The Treasury this week sold at auction $70 billion in new long-term bonds for the first time in six years without the ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, November 14, 2014
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The rest of the world's desperate attempts at recovery could bite US in the rear

This week’s top economic stories are two processes underway, which no one understands. The first unknown: How long can hiring continue and layoffs fall before wages rise, possibly in an inflationary spurt? Theoretically, historically, we are alread...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, November 7, 2014
USA image via Shutterstock. Blue markets face bigger housing challenges than red markets

Blue markets face bigger housing challenges than red markets

With Election Day 2014 here, we see sharp differences in local housing markets depending on whether they are blue or red. As the political urgency of the housing crisis fades, longer-term issues like declining affordability, low homeownership and ris...
By Guest Contributor | Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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NAR betting Mitch McConnell will become Senate majority leader

The National Association of Realtors is betting on Republicans to take control of the Senate in today’s election, spending nearly $2 million in soft money in the hopes of re-electing the man who is likely to lead it if they ......
By Inman | Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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Today's economy is a three-ring circus, and then some

Mortgage and long-term rates are still near their lows — reassuring, considering everything else has lost its marbles. Or perhaps bonds are doing well because everything else is nuts … a fair proposition to which we’ll return. When I wa...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, October 31, 2014
Time marches on image via Shutterstock. Auction.com, Google teaming up to produce real estate 'Nowcast'

Auction.com, Google teaming up to produce real estate 'Nowcast'

Housing reports are not generally known for their timeliness. Forecasts, indices and other indicators are typically based on data that is weeks, if not months, old. Online real estate marketplace Auction.com, with backing from Google, is looking to ...
By Inman | Thursday, October 30, 2014
258 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, California, is under contract. Photo credit: CaliforniaMoves.com. $1.8M teardown under contract in Silicon Valley

$1.8M teardown under contract in Silicon Valley

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listing agent Debbie Wilhelm is upfront in the listing description: “Property is not habitable. Property is located in a flood zone. Prospective buyers to drive or walk around property only.” She hint...
By Inman | Friday, October 24, 2014