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
Amid a chaotic 2020, next year's colors of the year aim to soothe
Sherwin Williams, PPG and other top paint companies have released their 2021 colors of the year, which seek to create a sense of calm amid a chaotic world
by Marian McPherson Oct 8
Smart home tech for agents: What to look for in light strips
Light strips can add a lot to a home, especially when they can be controlled via an app on your phone. Here are the various options available on the market today and a few of their notable features
by Brandon Doyle Oct 2
House flipping rates decline while profit margins rise across the U.S.
The climbing profit margins are a reflection of how home prices have continued to stay steady, and even increase in some areas, during the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 16
3 options for selling a home with pesky pet odors
Persistent pet odors and stains can make or break a deal. Real estate agents share professional and DIY options, and what to do if a seller refuses to clean
by Marian McPherson Sep 11
With app launch, MoveEasy becomes agents' branded platform
Continuing to grow throughout the pandemic, online moving concierge company offers fully white-labeled relocation platform for real estate industry
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 3
Majordomo releases app for pre-inspection home ratings
The 4-star rated inspection analysis tool now has an app for quickly rating the quality of a home before an official inspection
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 1
Let it go! 8 seller beliefs that no longer hold true today
Opinion
When it comes to real estate, people still hold on to a host of tired, old-school beliefs that are hard to shake off. But to ensure a successful sale, agents need to educate their sellers on how the process actually works today. Here's how
by Cara Ameer Aug 18
All-glass garage doors instantly breathe life into an old home
All-glass garage doors are one of the hottest emerging design trends right now. HomeAdvisor's Dan DiClerico shares what homeowners, sellers and buyers need to know
by Marian McPherson Aug 14
Planitar partners with Floorplanner and adds powerful multiparty home tours
The Canadian real estate software company's new partnership with Floorplanner and its fast, browser-based virtual showing feature adds significant horsepower to its proptech stable
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 10
This home improvement trend is catnip to quarantining pet owners
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in pet adoptions and home improvement projects. Will the 2 trends meet soon in a wave of 'catio' projects?
Aiming for 21 markets by '21, Knock now swapping homes in Denver
After rebranding its Home trade-in model, Knock is now helping sellers swap homes in Denver. Its goal is to reach 11 markets before the end of 2020
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 5
76% of homeowners spruced up their homes during lockdown
According to home improvement site Porch.com, homeowners focused their efforts on the outdoors, with new gardens and lawns being the most popular projects
by Marian McPherson Jul 22
Say hello to BoxBrownie's 3D tours of virtual homes
The image marketing technology company from Down Under has combined interior rendering with the market's desire for 3D tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 13
Despite pandemic, home improvement spending is on the rise
Year over year, requests for home improvement personal loans increased by 7.8% from the first week of June 2019 to the same week in June 2020
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 19
5 critical steps to maximize your listing's sales potential
Opinion
This year brought significant changes in the way homes are bought and sold. To accommodate this new reality, sellers need to be prepared — and agents need to provide the necessary coaching. Here are five important steps
by Carl Medford May 18