• Carrying student debt, whether for themselves or someone else, limits potential home buyers’ budgets by $92,440, leaving fewer homes on the market they can afford. The average monthly student debt payment for renters who plan to buy a home in the next year is $388, according to the latest Housing Aspirations Report from Zillow. The… [Continue Reading]

    Student debt severely limits buyer’s options, report finds
  • Some 386,000 U.S. homes today are likely to be at risk of regular flooding by 2050 because of sea-level rise from climate change, under a scenario of unchecked greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study by Zillow and Climate Central. What’s more, America’s coastal communities have recently built thousands of new homes in these… [Continue Reading]

    Study: Flooding threatens almost 400,000 U.S. homes
  • Reports that Amazon has narrowed down the choice of potential cities to host its second headquarters to just three have led to “property frenzies”, as investors look to cash in what they assume would be skyrocketing real estate prices once the decision is officially announced. Last week it was reported that Amazon will pick two… [Continue Reading]

    Amazon’s imminent HQ2 announcement sparks ‘frenzy’ among property buyers
  • The National Association of Realtor’s chief economist is optimistic that the real estate sector will continue to see stable growth, amid a strong economy. Lawrence Yun’s remarks came during a talk at the Realtors Conference & Expo in Boston last week, where he added that in his opinion another recession seems unlikely in the short… [Continue Reading]

    Lawrence Yun says the economy is strong, predicts stable growth in housing
  • Ask Brian is a weekly column by Real Estate Expert Brian Kline. If you have questions on real estate investing, DIY, home buying/selling, or other housing inquiries please email your questions to askbrian@realtybiznews.com. Q1. Cheryl from Bend, Oregon writes: Greetings Brian, I’m hoping you can clear something up for me. A little over two years… [Continue Reading]

    Ask Brian: What is the Difference Between a Buyer’s Market and a Seller’s Market?

How digital assistants are easing real estate transactions

Digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are increasingly finding use cases in the real estate industry. Not only are they used to search for homes for sale, but they can also help to perform tasks like transferring money. Now, some property managers want to even further and let tenants pay their rent […]

Expedia acquires two short-term rental startups to take on Airbnb

Online travel booking firm Expedia is muscling into Airbnb territory with the acquisition of two companies that also help to facilitate short term rentals in private properties. The company, which already owns similar short-term rental firms such as HomeAway and VRBO, said it’s acquiring both Pillow and ApartmentJet, for undisclosed fees. Expedia said that the […]

Opendoor to team up with real estate agents to better market its homes

Opendoor, one of the leaders in the iBuyer space, is testing a new program that involves co-listing properties with real estate agents outside of its organization. The company has already identified a number of real estate firm it intends to partner with in the program, as it bids to expand its business model that offers […]

Why writing actionable real estate content is a chore and what you can do about it

One of the things that separate real estate agents with great online presence from the small town players is actionable real estate content. It only takes a small poking around to notice the mass of real estate websites with no blogs and others with nice designs but really poor blog content quality. Yea, taking time […]

CoreLogic to acquire insurance claims workflow provider Symbility Solutions

Real estate analytics firm CoreLogic is acquiring a company called Symbility Solutions, which sells a cloud-based insurance claims and subscription workflow service. “Symbility expands our footprint in property and casualty insurance domestically and in key markets around the globe. Further scaling our insurance and international footprint offers the potential for significant non-cyclical growth in line […]

Top Tech Trends That Will Impact Real Estate in 2019

Real estate was once the province of agents and brokers, people connecting with people to buy and sell properties. Today, it’s still about connection, but those connections are made deeper

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