Mortgage fraud: Are you part of the problem?

There are lies and there are damn lies. Lies like the little white ones borrowers sometimes utter to improve their incomes just enough to qualify, or perhaps qualify for a better rate. And there are the whoppers some agents tell to, well, fleece unsusp…

The Inman Files: Who is getting rich in real estate?

I have contacted Forbes Magazine about their Top 400 Richest People list because they obviously made an editing error, a grave omission. No one (almost no one) is included from the real estate services or real estate portal space. How could that be wit…

Battling insurance: The dark side of disaster recovery

In the aftermath of four major natural disasters in the last month — Houston, Puerto Rico, South Florida and now Napa and Sonoma — plans to rebuild have already begun. And insurance companies are wringing their hands, plotting their next moves …

The Inman Files: Ending 155 years of real estate scams

Thirty some years ago when my older brother was climbing the corporate ladder in a Big Four accounting firm, he was relocated to the company’s New York City headquarters. A little green in the ways of the city, he got a telephone call one Sunday afternoon from a man claiming to be an executive with a big client of the firm. He said that he had traveled to New York City from London, lost his wallet and asked my brother to help him out with travel expenses …

Electric cars are forcing real estate to change gears

Analysts predict that within a few years, electric cars will cost about the same or less than their gas-powered cousins, and electric vehicle (EV) sales are expected to surge. Though range could still be an issue for some drivers, EVs do have one major…

‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Drew Scott bares his sexy — and stays in

Drew Scott of Property Brothers fame, the only real estate contender left on the show after Barbara Corcoran’s elimination Monday, brought his game face and hairless man flesh, baring his chest from the opening number through the dance he and his fianc…

‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Drew Scott bares his sexy — and stays in

Drew Scott of Property Brothers fame, the only real estate contender left on the show after Barbara Corcoran’s elimination Monday, brought his game face and hairless man flesh, baring his chest from the opening number through the dance he and his fianc…

America says ‘I’m out’ to Barbara Corcoran on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

It pits husband against wife and creates sibling rivalries hotter than 98 Degrees to distract from an otherwise total snooze fest. It’s the place where, for 25 seasons, B-list celebrities and reality stars cling to another fleeting moment in the limeli…

America says ‘I’m out’ to Barbara Corcoran on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

It pits husband against wife and creates sibling rivalries hotter than 98 Degrees to distract from an otherwise total snooze fest. It’s the place where, for 25 seasons, B-list celebrities and reality stars cling to another fleeting moment in the limeli…

Rapid resellers serve a purpose, but is it worth the loss?

If you own one or more investment houses, you’ve probably been inundated with letters and postcards from would-be buyers asking if you have any interest in selling a property or two. Some are even hand-written — by machine. They all promise pretty much the same thing: a clean and quick close, no sales commission or extra fees. Some even vow to close within days. And they say they will pay the closing costs. What a deal! But beyond all those promises is a truth no buyer will confess to upfront: they only want to offer you a fraction of what the property is worth on the open market …