Largest single-family rental company Invitation Homes sued for excessive late fees

Invitation Homes, the nation’s largest single-family rental company, is being sued for charging late fees that a plaintiff is arguing violates state law in all 12 states where the company rents homes.

The top 10 markets for first-time homebuyers: Zillow

Thanks to an abundance of undervalued homes ripe for appreciation, Tampa, Florida, topped the list alongside Orlando, Florida, which also cracked the top five. Houston, San Antonio and Dallas comprised the list of Texas cities ranked among the top 10, …

Opendoor survey: More homeowners would move if process were easier

Homeowners in certain cities across the country would move to a bigger house or a different city if they thought the process of moving would be “stress-free and simple,” according to a survey commissioned by Opendoor …

Knock expands to Charlotte and already has a ticker for IPO in 2020

Knock is making good on its expansion promises and getting ready for an IPO in 2020. The iBuyer expanded to its second city and reserved its NYSE ticker …

4 key metrics telling the story of Opendoor’s growth

Opendoor, the real estate startup that purchases homes directly from sellers, leads the pack of a new breed of real estate tech companies. It continues to innovate and improve the experience of buying and selling a home, and as the analysis below shows…

Investors take note: Atlanta and Houston offer rental opportunities

If you are a single-family home investor, it’s time to look away from coastal markets. Data released last week from Attom Data Solutions, identified the top 25 U.S. ZIP codes for buying single family rental homes in Q3 2017 based on rate of return and other factors …

Atlanta public housing agency files suit to block developer from land

Thanks to what the Atlanta Housing Authority is now calling a “backroom deal” that went down in 2011, a developer may be able to scoop up AHA land for dirt cheap with the intention of building non-affordable housing on sites set aside for low-income buyers, according to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC).  …

The rise of the ‘little-r’ realtor

“Excuse me, what did you say?” When a real estate agent relocates to Atlanta and hears the term, “little r,” for the first time, they are often confused. In truth, wherever they were from, the idea of living in a two-“r” world never crossed their mind …

Podcast: How to get your clients to stop stalling and take action

This week, we are pleased to welcome Cleve Gaddis, the managing partner and broker of Gaddis Partners Re/Max Center in Atlanta. Gaddis’s team is one of the top 10 producing teams in Georgia …

Best and worst US cities for disaster evacuation

Forensic consulting firm PT&C|LWG recently determined how the 10 most populated urban metro areas would fare in a disaster evacuation, taking into account a wide range of factors: exit capacity, internal traffic, roadway intensity (number of lanes per 1,000 people), auto availability, bottlenecks, congestion, geographic barriers (oceans, lakes, mountains), public transit, land area and population density …