Archives for October 2012

Investors Should Be Eyeing Turkish Deals



With an eye on the best emerging markets in Europe, Turkey has become not only a solid performer where travel and tourism is concerned, but for real estate investment as well. Reforms there, along with one of the region’s strongest economies, measure up for real opportunity.

Software Maker Cartavi Gets Funding



Cartavi, a company that makes working with real estate docs easier via smart devices, has just scored series A funding as reported by Chicago’s Craine’s.

Sales of Luxury Homes Increase in San Francisco



Sales of luxury homes have increased substantially in San Francisco according to the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Reports. The report found luxury home sales in San Francisco increased by 42% during the third quarter of this year compared to a year ago, based on Multiple Listing Service data for homes sold for more than $2 million during this period.

Message to All Realtors: Stop Using Your Personal Facebook Account For Your Business



A common mistake I see real estate agents make when it comes to using Facebook is to use their personal page as a way to promote their real estate business. What’s even worse is when agents make a poor attempt in combining a personal page into a business page.

Government Approves New Jersey Emergency Aid For Hurricane – Irene??



Yes you read that right; hurricane Irene. Even as Hurricane Sandy makes its way across the New Jersey coast, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD), is announcing the approval of a $15 million dollar emergency aid package to help repair the damage caused by Irene.

10 Ways a Private Equity Firm Can Tap the Power of Social Media



For those in the private equity fund sector, the idea of tapping the power of social media might feel like a better fit for other industries. But social media can’t be ignored. It’s just too powerful.

Illinois Waves “Bye Bye” to More Industry Professionals



A sign of the times or not, the 121 years of Whitehead Inc. Realtors in Rockford, Illinois ending is just bad news. Owners of that areas biggest real estate firm, Dee and Stan Premo (at left), have notified their agents of the firm’s closing next month.

Survey: Generations X and Y are Responsible, Savvy Homebuyers



More than three-quarters of Gen X and Y Americans surveyed believe that increased media coverage about the housing crisis has resulted in them becoming more knowledgeable homebuyers, according to a national Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate survey of 18-35-year-old Americans.

International Agency Listing: World Property Images



As a new feature of RealtyBizNews editorial we wish to present you selected properties from around the world. Images being a near perfect medium for gaining visibility on or offline, the world has a lot to offer via the web. Below you’ll finds some interesting real estate offerings from; Switzerland, Argentina, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

Foxtons UK: A Tale of Agency Paradise Lost & Found



Shining the agency spotlight on the UK we quickly found Foxtons this morning, a brick and mortar traditional company have fast forwarded themselves into digital gurus. Not many would ever expect a UK real estate company being more modern than 99 percent of their American counterparts. But read on, Foxtons could be a lot better.