Is a Major Home Renovation Worth It in the Long Run?

Last week, we shared “7 Factors To Consider When Choosing A Home To Retire In.” For some homeowners, these seven factors can be taken into account with a home renovation, but is it worth it to remodel or change floor plans? Let’s look at this example. Let’s say you have a 4-bedroom colonial style home in a… Read More

Build Your Brand by Being a Better Person

In the following interview, Mark Fields, president of CENTURY 21 Mark Fields and Associates in Asheville, N.C., discusses branding, culture, luxury marketing, and more. Region Served: Asheville, N.C., and surrounding areas Years in Real Estate: 40+ Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 10 Favorite Way to Communicate With Clients: Face-to-face. A lot of communication […]

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Are You Aware of How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? You May Be Surprised!

CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 675,000 US homeowners regained positive equity in their homes in 2017. This is great news for the country, as 95.1% of all mortgaged properties are now in a positive equity situation. “U.S homeowners with mortgages (roughly 63% of all the properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of $908.4 billion… Read More

Transacting Business in the Age of Wire Fraud

This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses fraud and security strategies. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms & Industry Relations, NAR Panelists Michael Volin, Vice President-Legal, Title Resource Group (TRG), a Realogy Company, Camden, N.J. Joan Docktor, President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox […]

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The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019. The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be. Rates are still low right now. Don’t wait until rates hit 5% to start searching for your dream home!

Jason Waugh: Delivering Exceptional Experiences

Vitals: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals Years in Business: 76 Size: 32 offices, 950 agents Regions Served: Oregon and Washington 2017 Sales Volume: $3.9 billion 2017 Transactions: 10,567 This summer, Jason Waugh, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices […]

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7 Factors to Consider When Choosing A Home to Retire In

As more and more baby boomers enter retirement age, the question of whether or not to sell their homes and move will become a hot topic. In today’s housing market climate, with low available inventory in the starter and trade-up home categories, it makes sense to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your needs… Read More

How brokerages can address sexual harassment in the office

Brokers should include a sexual harassment section in the company’s policy and procedures manual (you do have one, right?). The manual should describe clearly the behaviors that will not be tolerated …

You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You Think!

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state. Using data from the United States Census… Read More

The Difference an Hour Will Make This Spring [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: Don’t forget to set your clocks forward this Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 AM EST in observance of Daylight Saving Time. Unless of course, you are a resident of Arizona or Hawaii! Every hour in the United States: 614 homes are sold, 81 homes regain equity (meaning they are no longer underwater on their… Read More