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See Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year in action

“Complex” … “contemplative” … “enigmatic” … “dramatically provocative.” No — we aren’t talking about the latest riveting Netflix documentary … These are the words used to describe Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet 18-3838. Source: Pantone “Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future,” said […]

Watering your Christmas tree can prevent a destructive home fire

While some will opt for the convenience of a pre-lit faux tree this Christmas, others will revel in the delight of a fresh pine, fir or spruce. Amid all the holiday cheer, however, it’s important to understand the fire risk posed by these festive evergreens and the decor surrounding them. Lights, candles and holiday trinkets […]

Real estate daily market update: December 14, 2017

 We’ll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest. Most recent market news Thursday, December 14 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.93 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending December 14, 2017, down from last week when it averaged 3.94 […]

Placester gets more secure

Placester, one of the nation’s leading online real estate marketing software companies, announced today their entire host of websites will be exponentially more secure thanks to the addition of secure sockets layer (SSL) certificates. Launched in 2011 and boasting a client network of over 400,000 agents, the Boston, Massachusetts-based Placester builds software to help real […]

Watch out for your uncle’s drunken holiday antics, but the economy is booming

We all have that uncle, cousin or sister-in-law who during the holidays drinks too much Jack Daniels before she arrives to family festivities. She keeps slugging it down before pulling off some shenanigans that threaten to make a mess of things. But we all have tricks up our sleeves to manage Uncle Fred’s antics so […]

Inside Real Estate scoops up BrokerSumo

Real estate software company Inside Real Estate announced it has acquired BrokerSumo, a two-year-old commission management cloud software provider for real estate brokers. In 2016, Inside Real Estate merged with real estate CRM (contact relationship manager) provider Kunversion. The combined companies now operate under the Inside Real Estate brand and led to the integrated platform […]

Special Report: How to make online leads work for you

Overview You can be a master of contracts, closing guru, housing market expert and negotiator extraordinaire and still fail as a real estate professional. The make-or-break, end-all-be-all piece of every agent’s business is lead generation. Without clients, you’re without a job. Real estate agents generate leads from a wide array of sources. An agent’s network […]

Miami bitcoin-only listing may have a buyer

A Miami penthouse listed for 33 bitcoin on Friday already has interest from a potential buyer in Spain. Real estate agent Justino Eduardo Ferret with United Realty Group listed his client’s one-bedroom condo in the Miami neighborhood of Edgewater, north of Downtown, in exchange for digital currency that would amount to just over $540,000, and […]

Net neutrality repeal has real estate really worried

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to end Obama-era net neutrality protections could change the way consumers use the internet, and that may have a lasting effect on a real estate industry. Today’s 3-2 vote under Republican Commissioner Chairman Ajit Pai — which fell along party lines — ends the 2015 Open Internet Order, which […]

When sellers ask: ‘Is your commission negotiable?’

When a homeowner asks: “Is your commission negotiable? Why should I hire you and not Sally-sells-a-lot?” What they’re really asking you to do is show your value. Are you really worth your fee? It’s a circular dance of your commission and hirability being questioned by prospective homesellers. You think they are ready to sign with you, […]

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