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Making Ethics Important
In last week's column we emphasized the distinction between ethics as a body of rules and principles and being ethical as a disposition to conform to those rules and principles. We noted that it is certainly possible to teach someone ethics, but it is a different task to lead someone to be ethical -- to internalize those principles and to be guided by them.
Smart Homes: Backed-Up Your Fridge Lately?
Soon it will be hard to buy an appliance that doesn't incorporate smart technology, but integrating appliances and systems may remain a challenge for a while. PJ Wade explores what you need to know about smart home technology.
Howard Hanna acquires Allen Tate Companies
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is acquiring Allen Tate Companies to create a powerhouse real estate force in the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern United States.
MailChimp launches direct mail beta, admits print’s not dead
Mailchimp is in beta with a direct mailing feature. Using the company's similar email template builder UI, Mailchimp users can upload logos, custom imagery and messaging and easily control their budgets.
Mortgage rates rise for fourth week straight
The 30-year-fixed mortgage rate averaged 4.65 percent this week, the highest since May, according to Freddie Mac’s most recent Primary Mortgage Market Survey.
Hamptons agent serenades buyers with original country song about $2M property
Hamptons agent Telly Karoussos decided to liven up his property listing with a short video of himself singing the home's praises.
Existing home sales remain steady, ending four-month slump
Sales of existing homes remained steady from July to August, ending four months of decline, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.
Zillow to feature listings from Canada’s largest indie brokerage
As part of its efforts to come to Canada, Zillow will soon feature listings from the country's largest indie brokerage, Right At Home Realty.
Rents are flat for the first time since 2012
The nationwide median rent in August remained unchanged year-over-year for the first time since 2012, according to Zillow’s latest housing data survey. The median rent is actually lower than it was in August 2017, in 19 of the nation’s 35 largest housing markets.
5 reasons it’s tough to be a parent in real estate (and how to make it work)
From never having free time to figuring out how to prioritize your kids while making your clients feel like they're No. 1 — being a real estate agent with kids isn't easy. Here's how agents are balancing their work and family lives.
NYC brokerages unite to launch ‘game-changing’ data platform
Leading residential brokerages in New York City are uniting to offer a new level of transparency to the way consumers and brokers search property. The effort is being called a “game-changer” by high-ranking executives involved in its launch.
9 things you need to tell your clients about flood insurance right now
A client's lack of knowledge when it comes to flood coverage can be shocking and stressful. So what can Realtors and brokers do to help protect their clients? Start by talking about flood insurance. Here are nine points to start off with.