Home-staging firm uses people as props

Home-staging firm uses people as props

Home-staging firm Showhomes Tampa has taken a novel approach to selling high-end properties whose owners live elsewhere: It has brought in families as “human props” to live in the homes for a discount in exchange for keeping the home so ...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro confirmed to run HUD, FHA

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro confirmed to run HUD, FHA

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, confirmed by the Senate today as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, will have to balance the desires of Democrats and housing advocates to make sure FHA mortgages remain available to borrowers of modest mean...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Now there’s a reality show for that: Interest in ‘tiny houses’ surges

Now there’s a reality show for that: Interest in ‘tiny houses’ surges

Hardly anyone actually lives in one, but interest in tiny houses — defined as homes of 500 square feet or less — appears to be surging as architects, bloggers and a new A&E reality show, “Tiny House Nation,” take up ......
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Realtor ‘love nest’ victim lashes out at Realogy, Coldwell Banker

Realtor ‘love nest’ victim lashes out at Realogy, Coldwell Banker

Richard Weiner, the New Jersey homeowner who ended up on some classy TV news shows like “20/20,” “Nancy Grace” and “Inside Edition” after security cameras in his home recorded the antics of two Realtors who alleged...
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Doors to a career in real estate were long closed to black women

Doors to a career in real estate were long closed to black women

Hard to imagine today, but it wasn’t that long ago that there were no black women working in real estate in many cities and town across America. Take Saginaw, Michigan — a manufacturing center north of Flint where about half ......
Monday, July 7, 2014
Outgoing HUD secretary touts homeownership on BuzzFeed

Outgoing HUD secretary touts homeownership on BuzzFeed

In a move likely designed to appeal to younger first-time homebuyers, Shaun Donovan, current head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), took to viral news site BuzzFeed to tout the benefits of homeownership this week. Donov...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Houses born of spite

Houses born of spite

Spite houses — homes built to annoy the neighbors, the local government or both — have a long history in the U.S., with one reportedly built in 1716 by a man wishing to tick off his brother, Business Insider’s Julie ......
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Rents rise for 18th consecutive quarter amid tight credit and inventory shortage

Rents rise for 18th consecutive quarter amid tight credit and inventory shortage

The average monthly rent for an apartment has increased for 18 consecutive quarters, as tight mortgage credit, changing preferences among millennials and inventory shortages have combined to continually erode the affordability of units, The Wall Stre...
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Rental history may soon influence credit scores

Rental history may soon influence credit scores

Landlords aren’t required to report to the three most popular credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, so years of on-time rental payments don’t necessarily influence first-time homebuyers’ all-important credit scores when ...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Global wealthy, lured by privacy and returns, stash cash in NYC real estate

Global wealthy, lured by privacy and returns, stash cash in NYC real estate

For the ultrawealthy, New York City is becoming an investment haven, a place to store cash in a stable commodity with the promise of long-term growth and the opportunity for near anonymity, according to a detailed feature in New York ......
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Tens of thousands of Detroit homes face foreclosure due to unpaid taxes

Tens of thousands of Detroit homes face foreclosure due to unpaid taxes

In January, the owners of 43,634 properties in Detroit owed the county more than $328 million combined in unpaid taxes and fees, the New York Times reported. Since then, some have paid their debts, entered payment plans or qualified for assistance, ...
Monday, June 30, 2014
South Dakota town for sale for $399K

South Dakota town for sale for $399K

The entire town of Swett, South Dakota, is officially on the market at a list price of $399,000. The buyer who plunks down that chunk of change will get a three-bedroom, one-bath house, a bar, a tire shop, and three ......
Monday, June 30, 2014
Companies with retirement-age CEOs more likely to be acquired

Companies with retirement-age CEOs more likely to be acquired

Companies with older CEOs are significantly more likely to be successfully taken over than companies with younger leaders, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Stanford and Dartmouth graduate business schools. The researchers looked a...
Monday, June 30, 2014
Broker hands drone to new hire, says learn how to use it

Broker hands drone to new hire, says learn how to use it

“The drone invasion of Memphis has begun,” reports the Memphis Business Journal’s Ryan Poe, in a story detailing how Colliers International Memphis CEO Andy Cates has plunked down $2,000 on a DJI Phantom-series drone and handed it t...
Friday, June 27, 2014
High-rise ‘peeping Tom’ drone was taking pictures for developer

High-rise ‘peeping Tom’ drone was taking pictures for developer

A Seattle woman who thought she had enough privacy to be “walking around indecent” in her 26th-floor apartment on a Sunday was startled when a drone appeared outside her window. Turns out — after the woman’s concierge called t...
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Househappy hires social marketing heavyweight Ekaterina Walter

Househappy hires social marketing heavyweight Ekaterina Walter

Ekaterina Walter — considered one of the nation’s top social marketers — discovered Househappy and its CEO Kevin McCloskey on Twitter. “After some real-life lunches, Walter started consulting with the company” before tak...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Broker-owned portal to launch in Australia

Broker-owned portal to launch in Australia

Some major real estate networks, independent brokerage firms and franchise groups are joining forces in an effort to combat the influence of Australia’s top public listing portal, Real Estate Business reported. The portal’s name and offi...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Millennials a good long-term bet for homeownership

Millennials a good long-term bet for homeownership

Education may be a double-edged sword to millennials saddled with student loan debt, but over the long term that education will help them fulfill their dreams of homeownership, according to about a dozen economists and housing analysts interviewed by...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014