With the goal of improving customer service, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson has set up a free chat service so people can ask real estate questions in real time without having to work through an agent. The service, Client Connect, is available through online chat and email, and is intended to help promote business loyalty, a strategy not ... … [Read more...] about Broker offers real estate chat service
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Jim Morrison -- Boston.com Correspondent July 2, 2018 7:00 am The suburbs to the west of Boston are some of the toniest in the country and the South Boston Waterfront is teeming with luxury developments, but experts say the next real estate markets to blow up might not be the sleeper towns some might expect. David Bates of William Raveis Real Estate and author of the number-crunching Bates Real Estate Report said he continues to be amazed by the renaissance taking place in and around Somerville, but he said it’s still got a long way to go. “They just had another $1 million over-ask sale in Cambridge,” Bates said. “For the majority of people who can’t afford Cambridge, that makes Somerville that much hotter. Assembly Row is impacting Somerville. I wonder what will happen as they extend the Green Line. … Now you’re seeing it in Medford. The absorption rate for condos in Medford is 0.5, meaning we could sell the entire inventory in half … [Read more...] about We asked real estate agents to predict the next hot market
Last Updated Apr 8, 2011 4:03 PM EDT I'm not one to voluntarily pay more than I have to for anything. But that's exactly what I did when I recently put my home up for sale. Despite a trend of homeowners giving their real estate agents a commission of just 5% (or less), I chose a broker who insisted on getting paid the traditional 6%. For the record, I struggled with my decision. My husband insisted that we pay no more than 5% since no one we knew was paying 6%. But I argued that we needed to sell quickly and that it was in our best interest to do everything in our power to make our home as attractive as possible to both brokers and buyers. Was I right? I decided to ask Deanna Kory, a top selling broker for The Corcoran Group for her take. It turns out she agreed with me and came up with a few reasons why she thinks we made the right decision. Getting What You Paid For 1. Your broker may work harder for you. While this is difficult to prove, Kory argues that the agent who is earning a … [Read more...] about Real Estate Commissions: Why I Paid My Broker 6%
Ranch-style, duplex, condo, split-level: these are all standard terms used to describe the general style and shape of a home. Those types of home are nice, but people looking for something different should look no further than these oddly shaped houses, courtesy of my friends over at the Zillow Blog. Shape: RectangleAddress: 8250 Sanderling Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242Listing Price: $14,500,000What if the Ikea and Apple stores had a real estate love child? You'd probably get something like the home pictured above. Described on the Zillow website as a property that "turns abstract art into concrete reality," this living space is definitely not for the vanilla. The five bedroom, five and a half bath home has 7,652 feet of interior living space. Kids and adults will love this funky estate -- in addition to the playful colors and massive living space, the house boasts a large swimming pool with a slide. Adults may take refuge in the outsized Jacuzzi and exterior fire pit. … [Read more...] about Weird real estate: Oddly shaped houses
(MoneyWatch) When the housing bubble burst in 2008, home values plummeted. The time it takes to buy and sell property has increased dramatically since then, and plenty of homes end up in foreclosure before the owners' have a chance to find a buyer. According to some experts, the traditional form of real estate might be more of a hindrance than a help in today's market. There are tons of homes available, and buyers with decent price ranges are overwhelmed by their choices. Sellers get multiple showings, host numerous open-houses, and may even try more than one real estate agent, all to no avail. Is help on the way for underwater homeowners?Q&A: What you need to know about real estate nowForeclosure sales a sign of what's to come Pam McKissick, CEO of real estate auction firm Williams, Williams & McKissick and author of "Auction Your Home, Absolutely! An Inside Guide to Real Estate Auction," believes an auction might be just the ticket for struggling sellers. Auctions "put the … [Read more...] about Real estate auctions: The future of home sales?