5 resources you need during a VA loan transaction

The VA loan has incredible benefits for those eligible, but it also comes with a few unique requirements. To better serve your VA homebuyers, here are a few resources to help you along the way …

Opinion: Mortgage policies are punishing urban development

The planned community model has served as the basis of suburban development for decades. So when did suburban experience begin? Census data tells much of the story …

Average Manhattan condo sells for nearly $2 million

Two reports show that while condo closing volume declined in Manhattan by 10 to 20 percent during the second quarter, median and average sales prices rose by 6 percent to more than 11 percent spanning the past 12 months. The average Manhattan apartment…

3 things every real estate agent should know about mortgages

Unless all your clients are cash buyers, mortgages are an integral part of any real estate agent’s business. Knowing some basics about mortgages will make you a better adviser to your clients and a more effective businessperson …

11 characteristics of a profitable rental investment: Part 2

Last time, I listed five characteristics that will help you filter out the money pits from the money pots either for yourself as an investor or for a client who is a potential real estate investor …

Agent wrings $270M in sales out of single condo tower

Some real estate agents specialize in neighborhoods. Senada Adzem has racked up $270 million in sales in a single luxury condo tower in Boca Raton, Florida. Adzem, leader of The Senada Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, was the original …

Listing agents may have provided condo keys to Craigslist rental scammers

Real estate agents may have unwittingly aided a Craigslist rental scam that swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars from would-be renters, by providing fraudsters who posed as buyer’s agents with keys to vacant condos that legitimate brokers had listed for …

Condo boards could face discrimination claims if they don’t at least consider FHA certification

Here’s a loaded question for condominium association boards and the real estate professionals who list and sell condominium units across the country: Is having access to an FHA loan a civil right? Sounds ridiculous, I agree. But here’s a slightly …

A mirror into the mind: drawing a map with Idea Sketch

Many post that weekends, in the traditional sense, are mythical animals for a working real estate agent. Personally, I like to take at least one weekend day off when possible. It means catching up with friends and family (including customers …

FHA proposes new workaround for condo market

Good news for potentially thousands of condominium unit owners and homeowners association boards around the country: FHA has backed off a controversial policy that had threatened to force large numbers of condo projects out of compliance with the agency’s certification …