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Will the “Connected Home” Rapidly Disrupt Residential Real Estate?

Technology at the Consumer Electronics Show Aims to Create Smart Houses. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), happening this week in Las Vegas, is an annual gathering of inventors, enthusiasts, and the media to show off the latest in gadgetry. One

Posted in Real Estate News, Real Estate Tech

Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2015

The Urban Land Institute and Pricewaterhouse Coopers recently released the 2015 edition of “Emerging Trends in Real Estate.” While the report is targeted at real estate investors and developers, residential brokers can learn a great deal from the report’s market

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Understanding RESPA Laws & Why Brokers Should Not Fear Networking Partnerships

Collecting Fees for Networking Services is Legal The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, better known as RESPA, was updated in 2011 to better protect consumers from exorbitant and abusive charges during the homebuying process. Built within the law are numerous

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Student Loans and Young Homebuyers: More Complex than an Inverse Proportion

Last week the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau released prepared comments on how student loan debt affects homebuying, family formation, and the domino effect of student loans and housing on the wider world of personal finance, including automobile purchases, entrepreneurship, and

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Chicago Tribune: Real Estate Industry Still Ripe for Tech Growth

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune highlights how the real estate industry is ripe for tech growth. The article features comments from a vice president at NAR and several tech entrepreneurs. The consensus is that real estate technology growth

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What The Zillow-Trulia Merger Means for Real Estate Brokers and Agents

Zillow is going to buy Trulia for $3.5 billion dollars. The online real estate search giants will combine to form the dominant real estate information presence on the internet. The initial reaction among real estate agents has been negative. Brad

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Contractors, Real Estate Agents Must Prepare for Aging Baby Boomers

While first-time homebuyers of the millennial generation get much of the attention, a corresponding demographic change will also impact the housing market. According to a recent report from the Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the number of households aged

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There Will Not Be a Millennial Housing “Boom.” But…

Don’t call it a boom, but growth is coming. When the housing bubble burst late last decade, analysts knew the recovery would be slow: young college graduates hoping to buy a first home were disproportionately affected by the recession. So,

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Housing and the GI Bill: 70 Years of Real Estate History

With the upcoming 70th anniversary of the GI Bill—legislation that ushered in the age of the suburb, the rise of cities across the sunbelt, and which brought on a new era of real estate development and investment—we want to share

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Young Home Buyers and Real Estate Tech

The National Association of Realtors released in March their 2014 Report on Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends. The report contains over 100 pages of data and analysis, so we’ve taken a close a look and highlighted the numbers and

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