Archives for December 2013

Study Shows Home Staging Isn’t As Effective As You’d Think



A recent study seems to indicate that home staging isn’t as effective at selling a home as you’d think. Even though a well-staged property will influence the buyers overall impression of the place it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be willing to pay more for the house. The article in the Wall Street Journal focuses on […]

How to Invest in Real Estate at a Young Age



If you are young (or young at heart), now is the perfect time for you to begin investing in real estate. Don’t let the road blocks of youth get in your way. You can certainly work around obstacles like no money, a lack of life experiences, having college loan debt, or any of the other […]

Realtors: Are you on Facebook?



Ways to engage and gain customers with N-Play products and services As a realtor, are you on Facebook? Do you have many likes and shares? If not perhaps you should look into N-Play and their exciting agent-centric services and applications available through Facebook. One of N-Play’s Facebook apps has already seen 250,000 agents across the […]

Top 10 Places to Invest in Real Estate



Location, location, location. As you look for investment opportunities in 2014, take a moment to look beyond your local market. By doing so, you have the opportunity to make double digit returns on your investments. For instance, take a look at Wichita Falls, Texas. It’s an oil town with money. But more than that, nearby […]

Real Estate Analysis Software for Busy Investors



In this high technology world, there is powerful spreadsheet software that dramatically increases the speed at which real estate investors are able to analyze investment opportunities. Of course, investors able to perform faster and more in-depth analysis are able to find the best investment opportunities. I’m not going to make a recommendation for particular software. […]

Court Step Sales Going to Institutional Investors



Institutional investors continue to impact small real estate investors as they move heavily into buying on courthouse steps. This is having a bigger impact on small investors than many realize. The reason is that small investors take a risk buying on courthouse steps that is rewarded with a deep discount (typically 30%) so they can […]

US Homes Valued at More Than $25 Trillion This Year



According to an article in aol.com, the total combined value of all the homes in the United States is in excess of $25 trillion. The value has been worked out by Zillow. By the end of this year the total value of all the homes in the US is estimated to be approximately $25.7 trillion. […]

Luxury LA homes Increasingly Being Sold Fully Furnished



It’s increasingly becoming a trend for ultra-luxurious real estate in Los Angeles to be sold fully furnished and ready to move into. This used to only be the case for corporate housing or vacation rentals. Nowadays upmarket buyers are interested in purchasing the whole package, right down to fully stocked liquor cabinets and even bed […]

Over 55s Showing Increased Confidence in the Housing Market



Over the past few years many people’s retirement plans have been left in a state of disarray due to the financial and economic challenges that have arisen. Those who had previously been dreaming of downsizing to a smaller place or to a different location completely, have had to put their plans on hold. Now it […]

Profiting in Real Estate in the New Normal



A catch phrase that has become common in the real estate industry describes today’s environment as the “New Normal”. While it’s true that today’s situation is different than it was back in 2005, 2006, 2007, and even the big changes that came in 2008, the old saying that “the more things change, the more they […]

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