Seattle crown jewel of WalletHub’s ‘Best Big Cities’ list

Seattle crown jewel of WalletHub’s ‘Best Big Cities’ list

It's the home of technology giants such as Microsoft and Amazon, so it's no surprise Seattle nailed the top spot on WalletHub's 'Best Big Cities' list....
By Marian McPherson | Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018
Should your real estate client agree to a bump clause?

Should your real estate client agree to a bump clause?

A bump clause allows sellers to enter into a contract with a buyer who has a home-sale contingency, and "bump" them if they find a better offer. Is it a win-win?...
By Marian McPherson | Thursday, Jul 12, 2018
11 reasons for sale by owner is a terrible idea

11 reasons for sale by owner is a terrible idea

Frank, a smart and tech-savvy Denver homeowner, thought he’d skip the agent commission and sell his house himself. He researched his home’s property value, found a buyer and got the house under contract. It seemed like a done deal....
By Chris Rediger | Monday, Jul 2, 2018
11 things buyers do that agents can’t stand

11 things buyers do that agents can’t stand

Buyer behavior can be confusing, perplexing and downright frustrating for agents at various stages of the purchase process. This is just a glimpse into the annoyances real estate agents face all the time....
By Cara Ameer | Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018
How to keep buyers’ kids occupied during an open house

How to keep buyers’ kids occupied during an open house

In gearing up for an open house, you’ve thought of everything: the perfect clutter-free decor, great hors d’oeuvres and flattering lighting. But in all of the preparation for potential buyers, you didn’t think about another set of all-important...
By Joe Maxwell | Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018
A man's hands selecting tools 5 things all homeowners should fix before selling

5 things all homeowners should fix before selling

As summer approaches and the U.S. real estate market heats up, prospective sellers might be anxious to list and rush to market. Although timing is important, there are several things sellers should check into before putting their home on the market i...
By Kathleen Kuhn | Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018
For Sale sign This is how much it costs to sell a home in the US

This is how much it costs to sell a home in the US

In a housing market with steadily rising home prices, the real estate industry has become focused on how much it takes buyers to become owners -- a total cost that includes the down payment, closing costs and commissions. But there's one question th...
By Marian McPherson | Tuesday, Mar 27, 2018
Why Milan might be the new hot spot for affluent buyers

Why Milan might be the new hot spot for affluent buyers

I spent much of last year with my Inman articles talking about global affluence, how the real estate process works in different countries and how valuable it is for U.S. luxury agents to understand what is happening around the world....
By Laurent Demeure | Thursday, Mar 22, 2018
3 questions to spark instant rapport at every first client meeting

3 questions to spark instant rapport at every first client meeting

Although there are countless ways to build and maintain rapport with clients, establishing trust is an essential part of each rapport-building strategy....
By Pat Hiban | Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018
Quo app wants to help you keep track of high-demand buyers

Quo app wants to help you keep track of high-demand buyers

Quo is an app that allows agents to collaborate with buyers during home searches and transactions, stay in touch with them and track their preferences. ...
By Craig C. Rowe | Monday, Feb 12, 2018
Consumer optimism about the housing market dips in Q4

Consumer optimism about the housing market dips in Q4

Low inventory, lack of access to affordable homes, and increased buyer competition are starting to wear on homeowners and renters, making them less optimistic about the housing market, economy and their personal finances as the year comes to a close....
By Marian McPherson | Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017
Why you shouldn’t ask for pre-approval proof before a showing

Why you shouldn’t ask for pre-approval proof before a showing

You’ve probably heard this as often as I have. It was one of the first pieces of “advice” I received regarding working with homebuyers: “No mortgage pre-approval letter, no showings.” ...
By Adam Yera | Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
7 repair requests buyers should never make

7 repair requests buyers should never make

Most buyers and sellers understand that buying and selling a home requires negotiation. You give a little here, and they concede a bit there. But what do you do when you have a buyer who demands unnecessary repairs after a home inspection?...
By Missy Yost | Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
How to make your real estate descriptions more powerful

How to make your real estate descriptions more powerful

Ever wondered how some real estate agents can craft property descriptions that hit home with buyers? How do they choose their words in a way that makes the ordinary sound enticing?...
By Missy Yost | Monday, Oct 23, 2017
6 reasons the home won’t sell (besides price)

6 reasons the home won’t sell (besides price)

It never hurts to tip the scales in your sellers' favor, increase their bottom line and potentially expedite the home sale timeline....
By Cheryl Spangler | Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017
Kids getting off a school bus in blurred focus NAR ‘Moving With Kids’ research: Focus on schools, service

NAR ‘Moving With Kids’ research: Focus on schools, service

It's probably no surprise that school district and convenience to schools are important to homebuyers and sellers with kids. But do you have any idea how the presence of children in a household affects a seller's urgency to move or a buyer's willingn...
By Amber Taufen | Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017
3 Major League Baseball wives hit ‘home runs’ using realtor.com

3 Major League Baseball wives hit ‘home runs’ using realtor.com

These three major league baseball wives have lived in a whopping 33 homes in cities across the U.S., and they've used realtor.com to make the home search process easier....
By Marian McPherson | Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017
Why you should work with buyers, sellers and renters

Why you should work with buyers, sellers and renters

Consider the many advantages of representing buyers, sellers and renters. It can increase your referral network, give credence to your industry expertise and offer industry insights you might not otherwise know....
By Joan Kagan | Thursday, May 25, 2017