Corcoran Group expands planning and design consultancy service
The architects, urban planners and interior designers of Corcoran preDev, the brokerage's planning and design consultancy branch, are now available to share their expertise with the Corcoran Affiliate Network
by Libertina Brandt Sep 21
Profit margins drop on fixer-uppers as flip sales ramp back up
Fix-and-flip investors have seen their lowest profit margins in a decade, with the typical return falling to 34 percent
by Daniel Houston Sep 15
Freshening up a listing? 14 ways to boost a home’s buyer appeal
Details matter, especially with how much buyers are shelling out for their dream homes. Here are some must-do prep tasks sellers should do before listing
by Cara Ameer Sep 14
From Instagram to HGTV: 'Cheap Old Houses' stars on finding fame
Episodes of the new show 'Cheap Old Houses', which follows the creators of the hit Instagram account around the country, have been dropping on HGTV every Monday
Inman Review: Plunk helps homeowners evaluate renovation projects
Opinion
A new app called Plunk, with a reputable pedigree of industry knowledge behind it, has launched to help homeowners better evaluate the return on home improvement
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 30
9 tips to transition into seasonal decor buyers will fall for
Although the temp might still be high outside, now's the time to start thinking ahead about creating warm spaces for fall. Whether you're going all out with staging or giving clients some advice, here are a few fall decorating tips to celebrate the season
by Antoinette Fargo Aug 24
What real estate agents need to know about installing an elevator
The independence that a small residential elevator brings to a homeowner, as well as the value it adds to the price of the house, makes it a worthwhile investment. However, it does come with many requirements, upkeep and expenses
by Gerard Splendore Aug 23
7 open-shelving design concepts to inspire your decor
Open shelving is more than just a fleeting trend. When done right, it can really imbue a home with some much-needed style and personality while saving space. Here are a few fresh and creative ways to put this concept to good use
by Antoinette Fargo Aug 20
Homeowners are obsessed with bringing the outside in: Houzz
Houzz's latest emerging trends report shows how homeowners are leaning into a pandemic-inspired renovation boom with luxurious living rooms and backyards
by Marian McPherson Aug 18
5 paint colors that can boost your sellers' home value
Whether you’re doing a major update or staging their home for sale, here’s how to put these in-demand and inviting colors to work for your clients
by Antoinette Fargo Aug 11
Underwater homeowners gain breathing room as prices climb
Fewer properties are considered seriously underwater now that rising home prices have put homeowners with mortgages in a better position
by Daniel Houston Aug 9
Turn up the curb appeal: 11 ideas for getting your listing sold
A well-maintained landscape and attractive exterior are key to capturing a potential buyer's attention right from the start. Here are a few ways to boost your listing's curb appeal and make a stellar first impression
by Antoinette Fargo Aug 9
What agents need to know about luxury laundry rooms
A well-designed, organized and cheerful laundry room or "clothing care center," no matter where it's located in a home, is definitely a fantastic selling point. Here are a few features agents should learn about
by Gerard Splendore Aug 9
What new real estate agents should know about …
If you're a new agent, learning a thing or two about a home's most sought-after features will go a long way in helping you stand out with clients
by Gerard Splendore Jul 31
How to couch armchair expert advice
Opinion
Knowing how to combat misguided viewpoints with vetted knowledge and confidence is vital. Here's how to deal with a few common scenarios
by Cara Ameer Jul 26
Color me bad: The wrong shade of paint can cost sellers big bucks
Homebuyers have always tended to favor neutral tones in shared spaces, but some colors stand above the rest, Zillow found in a new survey
by Daniel Houston Jul 20
What real estate agents need to know about artificial turf
Synthetic grass is a quick and easy, maintenance-free method to enhance a yard, terrace or rooftop. Agents who are well-educated about its perks can help their clients level up their curb appeal
by Gerard Splendore Jul 19
Flush with cash: Bathroom revamp startup raises $23M for expansion
Made Renovation, a bathroom renovation startup, is planning to expand into Los Angeles, Orange County and Seattle after securing new funding
by Daniel Houston Jul 12
What real estate agents should know about engineered wood floors
Real estate agents who can discuss various options and installation methods for older homes and fixer-uppers will clearly have an advantage when working with buyers
by Gerard Splendore Jul 12
NAR brings back 'pitch battle' for real estate tech
Contest winner will get a $15K cash prize at the trade group's 3rd annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit
Attom acquires GeoData Plus in bid to beef up its property comparisons
The data provider says the acquisition will result in easier property comparisons through new real estate reports and visual tools
by Daniel Houston Jul 6
What real estate agents should know about laminate countertops
Real estate agents who understand the availability of different laminates and their many use cases bring an advantage to their clients when discussing renovation options
by Gerard Splendore Jun 28
Flips falter: Share of fixer-upper home sales drops as margins dip
Flipped properties fell to 2.7% of all sales in the first quarter of 2021, the lowest share seen in decades: Attom
by Daniel Houston Jun 17
Kukun offers buyers more power with newly released iHomeReport
Kukun's new tool is another weapon in the data bandolier of buyers trying to compete in heated markets or make offers sight unseen
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 15
What real estate agents need to know about laminate flooring 
As a real estate agent, it counts to be well-versed on flooring options. Whether they're selling or buying a home, your clients will appreciate your know-how and expertise
by Gerard Splendore Jun 14
The New Normal: What if sellers become complacent?
Opinion
The pandemic dramatically shortened the listing and selling process, and forced buyers to become decisive about what they want. Now that sellers have gotten a taste of it, will they become unrealistically overconfident?
by Cara Ameer Jun 11
Staging and marketing company Guest House raises $3M
Guest House offers homesellers high-touch home staging services that include a interior designer working directly with a number of national and local home furnishing retailers
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 8
The best decks in America are ready for summer
The winners of the 2020 North American Deck Competition may just inspire a warm-weather backyard renovation
What agents need to know about energy-efficient lightbulbs
The right lighting can not only make a house feel like a home, it can also help homeowners improve their productivity and achieve major energy savings. Here's what agents need to know about the various kinds of energy-efficient bulbs out there
by Gerard Splendore May 17
How to effectively clean a smoker's house
The smell of smoke can not only drastically reduce a home's resale value, it can also be harmful to the health of the home's new buyers. Here are a few ways to get the stubborn smell of smoke and its residue out of house
by Kim Tucker May 10
What’s Next? Top design trends to expect post-pandemic
As we look ahead to the world post-pandemic, here are the trends that experts, agents and designers are seeing in home design and decor
by Christy Murdock Apr 30
8 ways to help homebuyers through an as-is purchase
As-is sales are always ripe for complications in markets that typically entertain repairs and concessions after the inspection period. Agents need to make sure clients are as prepared as possible before going into a multiple-offer situation. Here's how
by Cara Ameer Apr 27
What real estate agents need to know about …
Clients appreciate agents who are well-versed on a home’s most sought-after features. If you’re looking to brush up on your knowledge of kitchen layouts, bathtub types and useful home safety tips, here is a primer
by Gerard Splendore Apr 26
It's a lawsuit waiting to happen! Avoid these post-closing problems
Running into post-closure problems is often burdensome for everyone involved in the transaction. In some cases where it morphs into a lawsuit, it can even be costly. So, how can agents prevent them in the first place, and what can they do to avoid litigation?
by Bernice Ross Apr 22
Increase your rental's property value! 7 home improvement ideas
Increasing your rental's value takes lots of time, effort and even monetary investments — but it's well worth it in the end. Here are a few inexpensive and easy home improvement ideas that will help you see the best return on your rental property
by Nichole Shahverdi Apr 20
Staging works! How to have that conversation with sellers
Some sellers may think their home is perfect the way it is, but as a lot of agents know, staging is what will help set their home apart from similar listings online. Here's how to explain the value of staging to clients — plus a few tips that can bring them a considerable return on investment
by Jenny Usaj Apr 19
Freestanding, walk-in, whirlpool: What agents should know about bathtubs
As an agent, you can intelligently field questions about bathtubs and their variations if you have a few facts at your fingertips. Here are a handful of things you need to know about different types of bathtubs and their maintenance
by Gerard Splendore Apr 19
Surge in remodeling should last through next year
Stimulus money and home value appreciation are pushing more people to invest in their houses. They're increasingly turning to professionals as well
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 16
10 pandemic-tested truths about homebuying
Multiple offers, super-low inventory, skyrocketing values and lots of competition from cash buyers have made the current real estate climate both a blessing and a curse. Through that, a few real estate concepts were put to the test. Here's what lasted
by Cara Ameer Apr 14
10 tips for prepping your listings in this frenzied spring market
There's no better time to showcase your listing than spring. With these tips, you’ll be the expert your clients need to sell their home in this fast-paced market and get them top dollar for their sale
by Joshua Katz Apr 13
What agents should know about washing machines
Laundry machines come in many sizes and models. Each of them has its pros and cons — as well as space and installation requirements. Here are a few essential things real estate agents should know about washing machines
by Gerard Splendore Apr 12
Smart Home Tech: What to know about smart lights
Opinion
Smart lighting is a rapidly growing segment of the smart home tech market — and it's easy to see why. When done right, smart lighting can add personalization and ambiance to any part of your house. Here's what you need to know
by Brandon Doyle Apr 8
What buyers crave: How to find coveted listings in your market
What makes a house really stand out? Curb appeal is one part of the formula, but there are other factors that come into play. Learn about finding and selling desirable homes — and how to make listings more attractive to buyers
by Imran Tariq Apr 7
Dive into every Back to Basics story from this month
This month, we’re focused on making you more money. Here are the top stories from our Back to Basics series published thus far. We'll keep this list updated all month long.
by Inman Apr 7
How to deal with unlawful occupants in listings
Rising levels of homelessness have increased the incidents of unlawful access to homes on the market. Here are a few key steps to respond to unauthorized entry and preventative measures to ensure it does not happen in the first place
by Carl Medford Apr 5
Dryers and dryer vents: What agents should know
One of the most common household appliances, the clothes dryer, can also be one of the most problematic for homebuyers. That's why it's important for agents to be fluent in the pros and cons of common household appliances when discussing housing options with clients
by Gerard Splendore Apr 5
A stinky business: Getting rid of pet odors
Pet odors can be extremely off-putting to some buyers and require a little extra elbow grease to get rid of. Here are a few tricks to get that stinky smell out of your new listings
Corcoran adds home improvement program to agent suite of tools
RealVitalize, a home improvement resource for sellers, will now be available to Corcoran agents and their seller clients across New York City, the Hamptons and South Florida
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 30
5 big challenges for REX Real Estate in 2021
The well-connected discount brokerage is trying to raise more funding and grow its business as it takes on industry behemoths NAR and Zillow
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 29
10 plumbing issues agents should know about (and their solutions)
Plumbing issues can cause so many headaches for buyers, sellers and their agents. If you're a real estate pro, knowing a few simple tips and having an understanding of these problems can help put your and your clients' minds at ease
by Gerard Splendore Mar 29
8 trending amenities that luxury buyers want in 2021
The home has become the center of the universe for many of us during the pandemic. In 2021, buyers are seeking unique amenities that make living and working from home exciting and comfortable. Here are a few
by James Harris AND David Parnes Mar 25
So you want to live in a tiny home? Here's everything you need to know
We talked to owners and experts about the legal, financial and social aspects of owning a home that's under 500 square feet
11 ways to prepare your listing for its red-carpet moment
Whether it's the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys or other award ceremonies, take note of what happens on the red carpets — it holds major clues for listing agents
by Carl Medford Feb 23
Doorvest's unique investor assistance model is modernizing fix-and-flip
This online solution for rental property investing buys, fixes and leases a home for clients before selling it back to them
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 8
Virtual 3D marketplace All3D is here for real estate
Opinion
The 3D marketplace has grand plans for the real estate space, the first of which includes an experiential retail and photo-realistic virtual staging offering
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 5
Be prepared: What agents need to know about fire safety at home
House fires can escalate in the blink of an eye, but with proper precautions and planning, they are preventable. Here's how agents can help clients be prepared for the worst
by Gerard Splendore Feb 1
10 impressive consumer tech products to watch in 2021
As one of the most important tech events in the industry, CES provides us a great view into what the future has to offer. And this year's digital event didn't disappoint. Here are a few noteworthy products
by Brandon Doyle Feb 1
7 realities your buyers and sellers should prepare for in 2021
The real estate market boomed last year, as people sought more space, amenities and new jobs that required relocation. But what will 2021 look like? Here's what will likely change — or stay the same — this year
by Cara Ameer Jan 19
Smart home tech: Which smart locks are best for security?
Opinion
A smart lock can offer homeowners security, convenience and a peace of mind. Here's how to find the best (and most compatible) smart lock in a sea of options — plus a few tips on keeping your home extra secure
by Brandon Doyle Jan 15
5 luxury kitchen design trends to look out for in 2021
As we continue to live and work through the pandemic, there is more focus than ever on the home kitchen. Here are the trends that will offer luxury homeowners an elevated experience
by Santiago Arana Jan 13
Knock makes Jacksonville its 15th Home Swap market
Jacksonville, Florida, marks Knock's 15th Home Swap market on its quest for 21 before the end of the year. Home Swap allows homesellers to make non-contingent offers on potential new homes
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 7
2021 kitchen trends: What's hot and what's not
Have granite countertops finally met their end? Will all-white kitchens make a comeback? Find out which kitchen trends are in (or out) in 2021
by Marian McPherson Jan 4
What real estate agents should know about closets
Armoires, walk-ins, built-ins and storage systems — there are a myriad of ways we store our belongings. Here’s what sets them apart and how their design and purpose have evolved over the years
by Gerard Splendore Jan 4
Remodeling in 2021? 4 crucial things homeowners need to know
From budgeting to financing and handling unforeseen problems, here are the four things homeowners need to know about home renovations and maintenance
by Marian McPherson Dec 31
The ABCs of choosing and installing a new dishwasher
Here's what homeowners need to know about choosing a new dishwasher, how to complete a DIY installation and when it's time to call in professionals
by Marian McPherson Dec 30
This is the No. 1 overlooked culprit of your laundry room woes
Dryer vents are responsible for maintaining a moisture and lint-free laundry room. Here's what homeowners need to know about this overlooked feature
by Marian McPherson Dec 29
Scrub-a-dub-dub: What homeowners need to know about bathtubs
From clawfoot to freestanding and from fiberglass to porcelain, here are a few things homeowners need to consider before replacing their bathtubs
by Marian McPherson Dec 28
4 things you need to know about home insulation
From fiberglass batting to spray foam, here are four important things homeowners and homebuyers should know about home insulation
by Marian McPherson Dec 23
5 ways to decorate for the holidays — with luxury in mind
If your sellers are showing their homes during the holidays, there are a few decorating pointers they need to keep in mind. Here’s how agents can help clients decorate tastefully — while still showcasing the luxury listing’s best features
by Bonnie Heatzig Dec 23
7 ways to help buyers score a deal on new construction
While sheer supply and demand is making it tough to negotiate much beyond what a builder is offering, understanding how to navigate the process may help buyers time their purchase appropriately and save some money wherever they can
by Cara Ameer Dec 22
The 6 types of bathrooms all real estate agents should know
To be sure that everyone is using the same terms and speaking the same language, let’s dig a little deeper into what qualifies these six types of bathrooms
by Gerard Splendore Dec 21
How homeowners can get more from their solar investment
With careful analysis and smart decisions, solar homeowners have the potential to reduce their reliance on nonrenewable energy sources. Here are a few factors to consider
by Brandon Doyle Dec 18
The best 2020 holiday gifts for every kind of agent
This year, step away from clichés with a personalized hometown puzzle, a sanitizing phone charger or online design class, all befitting the theme for the mess of a year that was 2020
Smart home tech: A look at Shelly's Wi-Fi-based products
Homebuyers are increasingly interested in purchasing homes with smart features or retrofitting their homes. The ability to recommend the right products and the right installer is a critical added value for your clients
by Brandon Doyle Dec 11
6 kitchen layouts every agent should know 
An agent who's able to visualize the potential of a kitchen can help buyers in improving and upgrading existing spaces. To do that, you have to know these basic kitchen layouts
by Gerard Splendore Dec 7
Knock Home Swap makes South Florida its 14th market
The service that helps sellers move before they sell is now active and certifying agents in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 3
Home insurance startup Hippo raises $350M
Japanese insurance giant Mitsui Sumitomo is injecting funds into the company's efforts to usher its insurance product into more than 95% of US households
NYC carpenters union cracks down on members suspected of mob ties
The New York City District Council of Carpenters will expand its authority to bring charges against union members suspected of engaging in organized crime
Avoid foundation problems! 5 ways to help buyers dodge water damage
Agents, beware — the increase in moisture during the winter season can produce significant foundation issues over time. Here are a few key tips for helping buyers purchase a home during the cold-weather months
by Carl Medford Nov 23
ONE Sotheby's International Realty launches ELEVATE for renovation services
South Florida luxury homesellers can use ELEVATE to plan and execute upgrades before entering the open market. The geographically limited service will compete with similar offerings from KW Offers and Compass
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 18
10 simple upgrades that can transform an outdated home
Opinion
As potential buyers are having to make lightning-quick decisions based on limited visits or online marketing materials alone, these fixes are no-brainers that buyers will love
by Nicole Solari Nov 15
5 high-ROI upgrades homebuyers will love
Before your clients spring for a home makeover, it pays to know which ones result in the highest return on investment. So, here are a few projects worth investing time and money in
by Megan Eskey Nov 12
3 reasons your listing isn't selling — and how to fix them
Usually, when a home isn't selling, it boils down to 3 main reasons. The good news? Once you identify what's wrong and fix it, you'll be well on your way to achieving your goals
by Santiago Arana Nov 9
5 reasons buyers should pull the trigger this fall
The time for buyers to act is now, while interest rates are low and the economy is gaining strength. If your buyers are on the fence, here are a few reasons that might convince them to go for it
by Gerard Splendore Oct 26
HouseCanary adds HomeAdvisor integration to streamline reno process
The HomeAdvisor integration allows homeowners to view projects with the highest ROI, connect with licensed professionals and secure financing for home renovations
by Marian McPherson Oct 20
How this megateam is maximizing its sellers' proceeds
Opinion
Here's an inside look at how one real estate team is transforming homes, increasing clients' wealth and boosting the level of equity in local neighborhoods
by Carl Medford Oct 19
15 easy-as-pie seller projects that'll help buyers fall in love
Opinion
Now that it's finally cool outside, it's the perfect time for sellers to roll up their sleeves and revamp their home's exterior. Use this checklist to help them make a solid first impression with their curb appeal this fall
by Nicole Solari Oct 18