Category Archives: Residential

August 2014 Existing Home Sales – Dipping 1.8 Percent Sequentially from July and Down 5.3 Percent Year-Over-Year from August 2013 — Not Necessarily Bad News

Sales of existing homes in August were on track at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) of 5.05 million homes, down 1.8 percent from July 2014 and off 5.3 percent from August 2013 according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Median home prices rose 4.82 percent to $219,800 in August 2014 versus a year …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Metros With the Greatest Percentage Increase in Seniors 55 and Up in the Next Five Years

As the U.S. ages, demands for many items from medicines to housing change. While some intend to age in place, others look to relocating to locales that are perceived more desirable due to factors such as weather, recreation, access to medical, culture or a myriad of other variables. analyzed Nielsen Demographics data to forecast …Read more

Think Globally, Sell Locally

If you read articles from Dr. Ted C. Jones (and if you don’t, I highly suggest you start to), you know the economy is “all about jobs,” with Dr. Jones ending nearly every article with “jobs are everything to an economy.” However, there are pockets – such as Manhattan – where U.S. unemployment rates are …Read more

Social Media – You Can’t Beat It, So Join It

Almost one-third of web users are discovering brands through social media. This demonstrates that it’s a powerful way to engage with your clients and keep them informed about your business. And while you may still be on the fence about engaging in social media, there’s no denying that it’s an extremely important piece of any …Read more

July Existing Housing Sales Hit Highest Annualized Level of 2014

July 2014 saw existing housing sales post the greatest seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR) thus far this year at 5.15 million units according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Sales increased 2.4 percent sequentially from June (revised), though they were off 4.3 percent from July 2013. Median price increased 4.9 percent from a year …Read more

Don’t Treat Insurance as a Commodity

Insurance professionals often say insurance is not a commodity and shouldn’t be treated as one. Unfortunately, we don’t always see the passion among some insurance brokers and carriers to educate consumers and businesses on the differences between insurance policies.

3 Ways to Respond to Social Media Attacks

Social media is an indispensable tool to market your business and engage with potential customers. But with opportunity comes risk – we’ve all seen businesses encounter customer backlash on their social media accounts. That’s why skillfully handling negative comments is crucial to success. Take advantage of these tips on how to effectively navigate a social …Read more