Parents have more trouble finding the right home: Zillow

Parents who shop for a home are more likely to go over budget, put down a smaller down payment and end up with a longer commute than those who don’t have kids, according to a new Zillow study.

5 reasons it’s tough to be a parent in real estate (and how to make it work)

From never having free time to figuring out how to prioritize your kids while making your clients feel like they’re No. 1 — being a real estate agent with kids isn’t easy. Here’s how agents are balancing their work and family lives.

The best gift you can give for the holidays: You

The holidays can be a time of great joy or deep despair. Spending an hour or two with those who are older or alone might be the best gift you could possibly give …

5 ways to talk to senior clients about downsizing

There is a bluntness to life that many of my peers are afraid of using when discussing downsizing with their clients and their adult children. We, as people, tend to sugarcoat things. We want people to like us. We don’t want to offend or accidentally come off as rude. …

Moving mom: 8 lessons I learned from loss

One of life’s hardest transitions is losing a loved one. This is extraordinarily difficult when the surviving parent is forced to move against their will for health or financial reasons. When you or your clients face this situation, you can be there to…

5 trends that topped homebuying wish lists last year

The landscape of real estate evolved in 2015. As we move into a new year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on popular topics and trends. And one core theme is certain: the definition of a home is no longer a cookie-cutter description …

3 things buyers want that might not be obvious

With new home sales back in full force, smart homebuilders are finding ways to differentiate themselves to stand out in the crowd. From amenities to style features, homebuyers are attracted to communities with unique qualities that match the lifestyle …

3 tips to increase your sales to international buyers

In the past 12 months, international buyers spent $104 billion on U.S. real estate, and that number is growing quickly. Even more importantly, international buyers are typically buying a higher-priced house than Americans do — on average foreigners bu…

How to tap into the next big buyer wave — ‘boomers’

As the boomers face empty nest syndrome and retirement, they’re shedding their big family houses for a low-maintenance, lock-and-leave lifestyle, often in a warmer climate. Tapping into this trend can provide you with a lucrative business niche for man…