Keep an Eye on these Real Estate Trends in 2018

As the real estate business continues to be altered by technology, housing supply will catch up with buyer demand, putting buyers in the driver’s seat. So fasten your seat belts – the ride will be fast but ultimately stable. Realtor.com reports that, after three years of a housing shortfall, a spurt in inventory will begin in the second half of the year. Once inventory recovers, there will be plenty of demand to meet the supply. The site predicts that the for-sale housing inventory is expected to stay tight in the first quarter, reaching a 4 % year-over-year decline in March. ...

The Joy Is in Getting There! By Barbara Corcoran

I had just dropped my son off at school and had a few errands to run. Notably, I wanted to pick up my weekly $6 bunch of flowers from the Korean deli around the corner. When I approached the register I realized I didn’t have any cash and the grocer didn’t take plastic. I left the flowers on the counter and dashed across the street to the Citi bank ATM to withdraw my usual $200. Everything about the ATM transaction went as it had gone a hundred times before. The familiar tat-a-tat-a-tat ...

2018 Real Estate Outlook

As we look ahead to 2018, you should still be feeling good about the real estate industry. A number of important economic factors will continue to make housing a profitable profession, but there are some areas of concern that you should be wary of as you craft your long-term business plans. The following are the biggest takeaways from the real estate market as we begin the new year. A strong economy will continue to drive the housing market The stock market is at record highs and so is the consumer confidence, a strong indicator of whether ...

Why Real Estate Agents Are Here to Stay in the Digital Age

The Internet has empowered people to do lots of things that they used to depend on professionals for. Not too long ago, many people would never consider booking a flight without the assistance of a travel agent. These days, however, it would never occur to most travelers to call up an agent for help. There are websites that do it more quickly and at a lower cost. But while “do-it-yourself” platforms have emerged in the world of real estate, offering buyers and sellers the opportunity to forgo hiring a REALTOR®, it is clear that most people still value ...

Top 2018 Luxury Cars for Real Estate Agents

If you’ve saved up some extra money or had a particularly good year, 2018 promises to offer a number of tempting luxury vehicles from the world’s top automakers. Do you need a luxury ride to succeed in real estate? Absolutely not. But if you’re looking to get into the luxury real estate market, riding in style can help bolster your image as somebody familiar with the world that luxury clients inhabit. Audi Q7 The 2018 Q7 is a wonderful display of the top-notch German engineering and design that has kept Audi in the vehicular elite for ...

Video Tip: Curtains vs. Blinds

Curtains or blinds? If you’re looking for an easy answer to this age-old question, you’re not going to get it from this video. Instead, you’ll get a glimpse of the myriad advantages and drawbacks of both. For instance, have you ever considered how one might affect allergies? Whatever you prefer, understanding the pros and cons of each can help you when advising buyers and sellers on home design. ...

Video Tips on Designing A Home Office

As technology has enabled millions more Americans to work remotely, the home office has taken on an even greater importance for real estate agents and many of their buyer clients, who are often on the lookout for houses that will offer them a reliable, quiet place to get work done. This video describes different ways to create a home working space, whether it’s an entire room, a corner of the kitchen or even a large closet! Included are a number of useful tips for maximizing the usefulness of the available space. They might come in handy for ...

Ways to Put the ‘Giving’ Back into Thanksgiving

It’s easy to allow football and great food to distract from the real purpose of Thanksgiving, which is to reflect on what you are grateful for and to think about how you can help others who are not as fortunate. Here are a number of ways that you can channel the Thanksgiving spirit into actions for the benefit of others. Help your family Just because mom and dad have traditionally taken care of all the Thanksgiving preparations doesn’t mean they wouldn’t appreciate a helping hand. If your past contribution consists of a going back for a ...

Jumping Out of the Window Will Either Make You a Hero..or Not By Barbara Corcoran

I remember it like it was yesterday. When my brother, Marty Joe, sat on the window ledge on the third story of our house. His legs were dangling 30 feet above the little pool that my dad and grandpa had parked in our side yard. The water was about four feet deep. Marty relished the attention as all the other neighborhood kids looked up from below, cheering him on. It was hardly his first stupid stunt. The week before he’d thrown a dart straight up in the air in an attempt to catch it by its tip but ...

Fall trends for the fashion-forward REALTOR®

If you’re in the real estate game, it’s safe to assume you’ve got a bit of a sense of style. If you’re going to be a convincing adviser for those seeking homes or trying to make their houses as appealing as possible to buyers, you need to know a thing or two about aesthetics. Agents tend to dress well, and you shouldn’t be the exception. Granted, there are plenty of different ways to convey style through your clothes. Here are a number of trends that those of you trying to be on the cutting edge of ...