DOES UNEMPLOYMENT COUNT AS INCOME IN RENTAL HOUSING?

The rental housing industry often feels the ripples of economic change in a direct way. Move outs, unpaid rent, late notices, subletters or roommates, and even evictions can have unintended consequences to long-term unemployment. With most businesses shuttered, many renters are facing financial insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of this writing, over 36 million […]

More First-Time Home Buyers Are Entering the Market

A shift in the mix of home buyers has been occurring since the pandemic began. Investor numbers are shrinking, while the number of home shoppers purchasing their first home ever is on the rise. These buyers are freed from having to sell a home prior to purchasing, and they are valuing homeownership in a pandemic. […]
By CARA AMEER In a matter of days, life as we know it has been turned upside down. The only normal is a new one. The experience of living through 9/11 and the economic crash of 2008 has taught us just how quickly we abandon established routines in exchange for new ones. At one point in […]

8 real estate myths that need to be busted for good

Consumers believe these falsehoods about the real estate industry — we need to debunk them – by CARA AMEER People don’t know what they don’t know, and what they do know is enough to create false perceptions of a profession that is often surrounded by damaging assumptions. Here are eight real estate myths — busted! 1. […]

College Debt Dwarfs Housing Market’s Worth

America’s collective college debt eclipses every home listing in the nation, according to a new realtor.com® report.  By Suzanne De Vita Adding It Up According to data from realtor.com, the average down payment, 10 percent, on a median-priced property, $260,000, totals $26,000—$8,500 less than the average college loan obligation, $34,500. The bigger picture: The amount of college debt, […]

Genuine communication is the antidote to iBuying

The Agency founder Mauricio Umansky believes the art of communication is being lost, which gives the advantage to real estate disrupters BYJIM DALRYMPLE II Mauricio Umansky believes that art of genuine communication is dying, and it’s up to real estate agents to keep it alive or lose ground to disruptive real estate tech companies pushing […]

Realogy launches new, improved iBuyer platform for bevy of brands

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty are all rolling roll out the new iBuyer program. BYPATRICK KEARNS Realogy is revamping its year-old iBuyer platform to give sellers more security as they go to market, and give agents an offer benchmark to beat for their clients. The new platform, renamed RealSure, […]