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…

Post-hurricane investing: How to look for win-win opportunities

There have been (unlucky) 13 hurricanes so far in 2017 at the time of this article. Harvey, Irma and Maria have been the big three, causing massive devastation throughout Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, with especially destructive effects in Puerto R…

Post-hurricane investing: How to look for win-win opportunities

There have been (unlucky) 13 hurricanes so far in 2017 at the time of this article. Harvey, Irma and Maria have been the big three, causing massive devastation throughout Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, with especially destructive effects in Puerto R…

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…

Why predicting the future isn’t in a real estate agent’s job description

Investment brokers get asked for stock tips. Attorneys get solicited for free legal advice. Interior designers get asked for decorating tips — and on and on. I find the same to be true for real estate agents. The questions are usually, “Is this a good time to sell/buy a house?” “How’s the market?” or “I read in the newspaper that the housing market is doing well — what do you think?” …

Why predicting the future isn’t in a real estate agent’s job description

Investment brokers get asked for stock tips. Attorneys get solicited for free legal advice. Interior designers get asked for decorating tips — and on and on. I find the same to be true for real estate agents. The questions are usually, “Is this a good time to sell/buy a house?” “How’s the market?” or “I read in the newspaper that the housing market is doing well — what do you think?” …

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 …

What are seller concessions?

When working with buyers, inevitably, you will open escrow, go through inspections and find out that something in the home isn’t in tip-top shape …

What are seller concessions?

When working with buyers, inevitably, you will open escrow, go through inspections and find out that something in the home isn’t in tip-top shape …

While we debate Zillow, more Big Shorts loom

For the umpteenth time, someone in a Facebook group recently asked if buying leads from Zillow was worth it. The answers varied from ominous condemnations to enthusiastic support, with a few tin foil hat aficionados drawing parallels between chem-trail…