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Marketing the Waterfront Property

Recently we received a research request from a REALTOR® on how to market waterfront properties. Read on below for our resources, tidbits, and data findings. From REALTOR® Magazine: Marketing top-line features for luxury buyers, (REALTOR Magazine, Jan. 2011): “For...
September 6, 2012

Getting Creative with Yard Signs

Not haunted.  Indoor plumbing.  Love shack, baby. Phrases not normally seen on For Sale signs.  An article in the Wall Street Journal Developments blog highlights the marketing idea of Jake Palmer, a Canadian real estate agent. He likes using...
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July 3, 2012

The Discount Experience

Last week we mentioned an article that compared Apple stores to Sears. This week, Forbes has an article that, in part, compares Best Buy to Amazon. Mostly the article is just about the gradual failure of another big box...
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January 4, 2012

Walkable cities and changing demographics

Although we are still bouncing off the bottom of the residential real estate cycle, there will be a recovery at some point. Where will it come from and what will drive it? The Brookings Institute released a report recently...
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November 4, 2010

The Gulf Oil Spill and the Impact on Real Estate

According to government estimates the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has released between 41 and 120 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since April. But what will be the impact to area real estate? ...
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July 1, 2010

NFIP and Homebuyer Tax Credit Closing Deadline Both Extended

From the Realtor Action Center: Congress has passed an extension of the closing deadling for the Homebuyer Tax Credit, the Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act (H.R. 5623). The extension applies only to transactions that have ratified contracts in place as...
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July 1, 2010

Youth Magnet Cities

Today’s Wall Street Journal (link available to members through ProQuest) has an article on which cities a panel of experts thinks will emerge as the go-to destinations for post-recession college graduates to start their careers. Not surprisingly, big cities...
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September 30, 2009

Selling during the holidays

While the holiday season sees the least amount of home shoppers during the year, people who are looking now generally are more motivated to find a home quickly. While juggling the demands of shopping, parties, cookie baking and relatives...
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December 15, 2008

Legislative Proposal text

Looking for the actual text of the proposed legislation for the US Treasury to purchase mortgage related assets — the $700 billion proposal? You can find it via the Washington Post. Edit: 09/29/08: Draft of the revised plan via...
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September 23, 2008

Impact of vacant homes on real estate

Vacant homes can decrease property values in the neighborhood. “The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit research group, estimates that a home’s value is reduced by about 1% for every home that is foreclosed on or sits vacant in...