Why lending standards won’t get better

Of all the players still on the field today — lenders, politicians, regulators, brokers, GSEs — young homebuyers are the only innocent ones. They were in high school or grammar school when the bubble burst, today’s first-time buyers are paying the pr…

InsideMaps 3-D home of the week

Situated in a quiet hillside neighborhood, walking distance from renowned Stanford University, 770 Santa Ynez St. features a distinctive soft blue exterior with darker-toned timbering in the gables, designed by influential architect Birge Clark in 1924…

3-D showcase of the week

This stunning, classic home is nestled at the top of Forest Heights in Portland, Oregon. The interior has been outfitted with almost $500,000 in upgrades, including high-end finishes and an exquisite attention to detail which sets it apart from surroun…

March sales show the market is right for movin’ on up

Not only were March sales stronger than they have been in 18 months, this year’s market looks to be the best move-up market the real estate economy has seen in a long time. Sales are strongest in the mid-to-upper price tiers, igniting what could be a b…

Why ‘for sale by millennial’ is the future of the industry

The ludicrous interest rates of the 1980s, the real estate crash of the late 2000s, and now, the newest conundrum for real estate agents — millennials. Bloggers can’t sneeze without publishing a new article on the subject. Each five-step guide …

3 ‘Rs’ of chasing real estate leads

Last week, one homeowner took her story to the local press after receiving an estimated 75-100 calls from agents looking to sell her home based on information they received about her former expired listing. Which raises the question, how far is too far…

Tales of Izzy: reinforcing ideal customer care in real estate

The life lessons I learned in that time have been priceless. Last summer my son and I rescued Izzy from a local shelter, and I recently realized that she is the perfect analogy for the lessons I have learned about customer/client care.

Survey says: Time is right to buy a home, especially for millennials

Noticed an influx of clients thinking about buying a home? You’re not alone; buyer confidence is on the rise, according to a recent survey by TD Bank. The third annual TD Bank Mortgage Service Index, released today, asked a national group of 1,450 cons…

Debunking 6 myths about IDX

The ubiquity of embedded IDX (Internet data exchange) widgets is something that can’t be ignored. The traditional agent website and its visitor search experience are almost always tied to some type of embedded IDX widget, which has been the industry’s …

‘Old’ reasons to buy a home that are still valid

Hindsight is 20-20, as they always say. About four years ago, I read a Wall Street Journal article, “10 Reasons to Buy a Home,” in which the author, Brett Arends, proclaimed, “Enough with the gloom and doom about homeownership.” …