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This is the official color of the year 2018

Step aside taupe, Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 Color of the year is … Oceanside SW 6496. Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams That’s right, folks. The paint company’s choice isn’t a neutral, or the ever-popular periwinkle blue, or one of the trendy shades of grey we’ve seen all over Pinterest. It is a complex, deep color that offers a sense […]

Will NYC renters flock to this on-demand apartment showing app?

Starting with the Big Apple, founder of Cribitt Stephen Steiner is trying to do for renters what Hobizbo, Curb Call, AgentPair and HouseCall are already doing for homebuyers: connect them with agents for on-demand showings via a mobile app. Stephen Steiner The company is keen on getting agents onboard early: it will cover the licensing fee for any new […]

The recovery timelines for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

For those hard-working agents in Texas and Florida who are still cleaning up and waiting for their markets to return to normal, some hurricane recovery timeline estimates have emerged. BuildFax, which provides property history and condition data used by insurance and financial institutions, found that the recovery periods for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could be well […]

Ten-X acquisition deal closes

In case you missed it last week, private equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners announced the closing of its more than $1 billion majority acquisition of Ten-X. The online platform operates Auction.com as well as other brands, including the Ten-X Wallet app and Card, which let customers pay for goods with leading cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum […]

San Francisco is the most ‘overvalued’ market in the U.S., study finds

According to the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index released last month, which includes 20 of the globe’s largest cities, San Francisco is the most overvalued market in the U.S. thanks to home prices that have outpaced the rest of the country by 260 percentage points over the last 40 years. The report also notes that despite […]

Northern California firestorm shocks real estate community

At 1 a.m. local time this morning, real estate agent Sarah Carlson was awoken by her teenage daughter as she became alarmed by fast-approaching fire. “We could see the flames over the hills,” said Carlson, who lives in in Skyhawk, Santa Rosa, and works for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wine Country Group. “We left immediately; […]

Adam Ruins the Suburbs, and raises real estate industry demons

Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. First, some context: The 2016 Zillow Report on Consumer Housing Trends reported that 75 percent of today’s homebuyers are Caucasian and have a median household income of $87,500. Buyers represented as black/African-American made up 7 percent. For […]

Sweet tea, anyone? Americans love their front porches

If you’ve noticed an increase in homes with front porches, it’s not just your imagination. According to a data analysis from the National Association of Home Builders, 65.1 percent of new single-family homes started in 2016 include a front porch. This is the highest percentage since 2011, when it reached 65.7. It’s swings, outdoor rocking […]

6 free apps real estate rookies can’t ignore

Getting started in real estate is full of ups and downs fueled by both the excitement of starting a new career and the terror of failing at it. Any tool that can save time on administrative tasks and help a new agent focus on dollar-producing activities is a welcome addition to the new agent’s arsenal. […]

10 tips for fearless door-knocking

Rachel Adams started her career knocking on 200 doors and holding three open houses a week. In three years, she went from a brand new real estate agent to one of Wall Street Journal’s top 1,000 U.S. agents. Below you’ll find 10 tips for door-knocking that can make it a pleasant experience for all involved. […]

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