The Voice for Real Estate Archive

Solar Boosts Home Values But Selling Can Be a Trial

Homes with solar panels tend to sell for higher prices than comparable homes with conventional energy, studies show. One study, released two years ago by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, found solar homes selling for a 15 percent premium. But...

WIll There Be Too Few Appraisers in 10 Years?

One of the most important issues facing residential real estate in the coming years has to do with the appraisal profession. Although appraisers are generally satisfied with their work and expect to stay in the profession in the years...

In Real Estate, Scammers Are Getting Unbelievably Tricky

A hip-looking website and a realistic-looking payment invoice. Real estate professionals in Florida were recently hit with a scam in which they were instructed to pay a fee to maintain their membership listing with the Florida Board of REALTORS®,...
March 16, 2017

Should Your Older Clients Buy a House Without Having to Make Monthly Payments?

The retirement boom is on for baby boomers so expect a lot of downsizing in the years ahead as older homeowners replace their suburban house with a condo. Now, how do you respond if you have clients who want...
February 2, 2017

Families Can Get $11,000 More In Loan Funds

Interest rates are inching up and credit can still be hard to get but there is one bright spot for households hoping to buy a home soon: they can get a larger loan now, thanks to recent loan-limit increases...
December 19, 2016

Using Facebook to Generate Offline Referrals

Facebook: is it friend or foe when it comes to building your business? On the face of it, a social media site like Facebook would seem to be a no-brainer for reaching out to people when they’re ready to...
October 24, 2016

The Business Case For Caring About Clients Long After the Sale Closes

It’s something many real estate professionals know about. Right after a sale closes, many clients don’t just like the agent that helped them; they love the agent that helped them, especially when the transaction went seamlessly and was even...
October 6, 2016

Maybe you haven’t tangled with a troll, but this patent victory is for you

It’s common today for real estate brokerages to have systems in place for sending email alerts whenever there’s new or updated listings that customers might be interested in. it’s not new technology, and in fact the technology is arguably...

Is Property Ownership In Your Retirement Plan?

When you’re trying to pay your bills each month, it’s hard to think about retirement. But there are two things that can help you retire when the time comes. The first is owning your own home. It can be...
September 12, 2016

In Some Areas, Renters Earn More Than Enough to Buy

One of the big challenges of real estate markets today is moving renters that want to buy into the homeownership column. Renters wanting to buy is the first step, but they have to come up with a downpayment and...
August 19, 2016