About Allison Halliday

Allison Halliday is a Realty Biz News contributing writer. She handles International Real Estate and is a seasoned blogger.

Are Things Getting Better for Underwater Homeowners?



An article in realtor.com is calling underwater homeowners the invisible victims of the housing crisis. Millions of people have spent nearly 10 years keeping up with mortgage payments on homes worth less than their loans. This is known as being underwater or in negative equity on a mortgage and while many people were never in […]

Purchasing a Vacation Home with Friends or Family



Vacation homes can be costly to purchase and time consuming to maintain in addition to your main family home. This is why realtor.com has pointed out that purchasing a vacation home with friends or family can be a good solution. While purchasing a primary residence with family or friends might not be such a great […]

Remodels That Could Negatively Affect Your Home’s Value



An article in Marketwatch.com has highlighted a few remodeling ideas that could decrease the value of your home and which you may wish to avoid or at least consider extremely carefully before going ahead. The first is the idea of removing a bedroom, even if it will create a larger bedroom or living area in […]

HSBC Reduces Mortgage Access Offered to Chinese in the US



HSBC, who is the biggest lender in Europe, will no longer be providing mortgages to some Chinese nationals looking to buy real estate in the United States. This change in policy comes as China tries to stem the amount of money leaving the country. According to the article in businesstimes.com, the new policy is already […]

OpenHouse Partnering with Consumer Website NerdWallet



NerdWallet, a consumer website that offers guidance with research, tools and advice about mortgages, loans, insurance and credit cards, will now offer recommendations on choosing a real estate agent as it is partnered with OpenHouse, according to an article in HousingWire. With OpenHouse, NerdWallet users will be able to research and find the real estate […]

Newly Acquired Curbcall Expanding Product Lines



CurbCall has recently been acquired by Stephanie Sullivan who is a long time serial entrepreneur in the mobile high-tech and real estate space. Sullivan bought CurbCall from its founder and CEO Seth Siegler. With Sullivan as CEO and Siegler as CTO, the company is expanding its product capabilities in order to be able to offer […]

Self Photographing Smart Mirror Launches on Kickstarter



There’s little doubt that taking selfies has become one of America’s, if not the world’s favorite pastimes. Now a new project is launching on Kickstarter which is the world’s first self-photographing Smart Mirror. Around 1 million selfies are posted online each day, and EIFLE believes it’s time that the quality of self-portraits was improved so […]

Homebuyers Aged 65 and over Dominating Palm Beach Real Estate



According to an article in ft.com, homebuyers aged 65 and over are expected to account for much of the real estate market in Palm Beach, Florida. Homebuyers aged 65 and over are the third largest group of home purchasers in the United States. Palm Beach, a town known for its sandy beaches and nice climate, […]

December US Housing Starts Fell by 2.5%



There was an unexpected fall in the number of new housing starts in December in the United States, with both apartment building and single family construction showing declines in spite of the mild weather for the month. According to the article in the Wall Street Journal, housing starts dropped from 2.5% a month earlier to […]

Stock Market Woes May Help Real Estate Market



Initially the news might seem gloomy, with concerns about the stock market combined with an increase in interest rates, but an article in realtor.com points out that things could be better than you imagine. Worries over the stock market have increased the amount of money being invested into bonds, which in turn has lowered mortgage […]