Zillow report shows home values still going up after 48 consecutive months

Zillow’s recent Home Value Index (ZHVI) revealed home values increased 5.1 percent over the past year. The current median home value in the United States is $187,300 as of July. The increase in home values has been steady since August 2012, Zillow repo…

3 major technologies driving real estate innovation today

Housing markets are heating back up with new home sales reaching their highest level since the financial crisis and market crash of 2008. Trulia’s Housing Economist, Ralph McLaughlin, determined the hot 2016 markets to watch accounting for key factors such as: affordability, job growth and vacancy rates …

How Zillow Group’s latest buy could ‘muddy the waters’ for Upstream

When real estate brokers and agents enter the profession, they likely don’t have visions of data entry and management tools dancing in their heads. Yet they often still end up entering and re-entering listing data in various systems, including multiple…

ZIllow: negative equity falling nationwide, but still impacting homeowners

We’re past the housing crisis, right? According to the second quarter Zillow Negative Equity Report, a lot of homeowners are still feeling the crunch. Five years into the housing recovery, and 12.1 percent of mortgaged homeowners are underwater, accord…

Houston in a week: Aug 15-19

This week’s Houston news relating to the real estate industry …

Who’s winning the transaction management arms race?

The real estate transaction backend has been about as exciting as driving on Interstate I-70 across the state of Kansas. That changed a year ago, however, when Zillow bought dotloop, which set off the real estate rage machine. The industry shrieked, “I dare you!” …

Real estate SEO: How I landed on page 1 of Google

The opportunity for real estate companies to dominate online is becoming increasingly more competitive each and every day. If you are focused on a real estate SEO strategy for your company, then you should know it’s a full-time job in and of itself. Recently, I wrote an article on SEO mistakes and promised I’d be back with tips on how to have success with a real estate SEO strategy. Here it is …

Where are qualified homebuyers opting to rent instead?

People throughout the nation continue to rent because they cannot afford to purchase a home, right? Not necessarily, according to a new Zillow report, which says 14 percent of renters could afford and qualify to buy a home throughout the nation’s large…

How to explain a Zestimate to your client

Regardless of your sentiment about the internet behemoth, Zillow took the real estate industry to a whole new level. Coveted data that had previously been exclusive to real estate professionals, is now available for the common consumer or the curious l…

How to explain a Zestimate to your client

Regardless of your sentiment about the internet behemoth, Zillow took the real estate industry to a whole new level. Coveted data that had previously been exclusive to real estate professionals, is now available for the common consumer or the curious l…