May 31 2011
The REport

The REport

Do you live in a city of bookworms? Amazon released its annual list of the most well-read cities in the United States.Housing two internationally-renowned universities-- Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology-- it should come as no surprise that Cambridge, Massachusetts topped the list. Continue Reading

May 27 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Congratulations to Scotty McCreery who took the crown in American Idol’s 10th season this week. In music to our industry’s ears, sales of new homes jumped over 7% in April from the previous month and sales prices are up 4% from April of 2010. Although the number of properties sold is still far Continue Reading

May 24 2011
The REport

The REport

The biggest news in social media this past week is LinkedIn’s IPO.  The “world’s largest professional network on the Internet” went out at a strike price of $45 and traded above $94 on its opening day.  The success of the first pure social networking site IPO is sure to get the attention of rumored Continue Reading

May 20 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Between the revelations of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the allegations against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the declarations of 2012 Presidential election hopefuls, you may have missed news of a widely reported survey that found 54 percent of respondents do not anticipate a real estate recovery Continue Reading

May 17 2011
The REport

The REport

Blast off! In what is being described as “picture perfect,” NASA’s Endeavor finally launched after weeks of delay.  In the words of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose husband is the commander, “good stuff.” Can the roots of social media be traced back to Tupperware®? According to trend Continue Reading

May 13 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

As the Mississippi River flooded many cities along its banks and citizens downstream braced for the worst, the harsh realities of the real estate market in the past few years were made abundantly clear by a new report from Zillow. Home prices in 10 U.S. cities -- all in Florida and California, save Continue Reading

May 11 2011
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

Change is all around us: we change service providers, change managers, change employees, we even sometimes change our company’s name. Proverbs talk about it (“The more things change…”), and the 80s band Expose points out that people and seasons do it too. So with all our experience, why do so many Continue Reading

May 10 2011
The REport

The REport

In a 24-7 news cycle, it is near impossible to keep up with the latest headlines. More frequently, people are looking to Facebook as an influential source.  According to Pew Research, Facebook accounted for three percent of traffic to 21 major general interest news sites like the New York Times and Continue Reading

May 09 2011
Who Cares About the Competition?

Who Cares About the Competition?

As our industry becomes more and more competitive, it is often tempting to focus on what everyone else is doing bigger, better, and faster.  You can spend a lot of energy chasing your competition, when in fact your strategy should always be to find ways to pave new paths. As an example, the airline Continue Reading

May 06 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

As NASA gears up for the Endeavor launch after a few delays, it is also celebrating 50 years of space flight -- in May of 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space.  Even 50 years later, the excitement of a shuttle launch has not faded. Being an astronaut may have more perks than just a Continue Reading

May 04 2011
What’s Really Behind a Bad Attitude?

What’s Really Behind a Bad Attitude?

This is a true story that happened in an actual sales office. The agents in a particular real estate office wanted to revamp the picture display cases in the front windows and someone needed to take charge of rotating them on a weekly basis. This job was time intensive, not an earning opportunity Continue Reading