Category Archives: Residential

NAR’s iOi Conference Brings Startups, VC’s and Real Estate Together

The National Association of Realtors recently took a bold step forward in bringing startups, venture capitalists and real estate visionaries together in San Francisco for a fast-paced, two-day event to explore ways to fast-track forward-looking technology tools. With over 400 attending the inaugural Innovation, Opportunity & Investment Summit, there was a wide range of opinions …Read more

Another Top-10 List — Best Places to Live in America 2018

Everyone’s top-10 list of anything ranked will vary since we all have differing wants, needs, likes and dislikes.   Whenever any top-10 list is presented, prior to trusting the rankings, always focus on the selection, inclusion and exclusion criteria. A good example of personal preference is my own avoidance of cold climates and weather.  As stated …Read more

Existing Home Sales Sputter Again in August 2018: Sales Down 1.5% on a Seasonally Adjusted Basis, But Median Prices Up 4.6 Percent

Existing home sales for the second month in a row dipped 1.5  percent in August 2018 versus a year ago to 5.34 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales were flat sequentially from July (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first eight months …Read more

The Future of Real Estate? The answer is e). All of the Above

The disruption in the real estate business continues with more big moves from both the large, established franchises and the venture capital-backed startups over the past couple of weeks. Here’s the latest. Keller Williams’ consumer strategy is coming on strong. Inman News recently reported that KW acquired Smarter Agent in order to provide their agents …Read more

How Much House $1 Buys — 1998-2008-2018

While much of the U.S. bricks and sticks retail industry is struggling, given the structural shift in shopping, not included in that disarray are stores where everything is $1.  I am also old enough to remember when my weekly allowance was $1.   A single dollar in those days, however, bought a lot more than today …Read more

Existing Home Sales Dip 1.5 Percent on a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate Year-Over-Year, Median Price Up 4.5 Percent — July 2018

Existing home sales dipped 1.5  percent in July 2018 versus a year ago to 5.34 million on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis (SAAR) according to National Association of Realtors® (NAR).  Sales shrunk 0.7 percent sequentially from June (SAAR).  On an unadjusted basis, housing sales in the first seven months of 2018 totaled 3.153 million, down …Read more