Feb 27 2014
Luxury 75 percent

Why the Luxury Housing Market Is Hot, Hot, Hot

The real estate market feels like it’s bouncing back. But the luxury housing market is downright hot in several markets. Barring a stock market correction — unlikely given how investors reacted positively to the Federal Reserve reduction in bond purchases in December — the trend means the spring Continue Reading

Sep 24 2011

The REport

As rumors of a 50th anniversary tour next year for The Rolling Stones swirled around this week in the U.K., a lot of people here in the U.S. were screaming “Gimme Shelter” for a different reason.  CNN reports that this year’s deadly weather disasters have storm shelter companies seeing record Continue Reading

Sep 13 2011

The REport

If your marketing campaign relies heavily on social media, listen up! Although there are many reports that Facebook encourages brand interaction more than any other social site, keep in mind one small tidbit that can have a big impact.  For brands that use a third party Facebook app to automatically Continue Reading

Sep 09 2011

The REport

We saw two days of power politics this week, with President Obama’s speech and the republican presidential candidate debate, but do you know what the two “power” days of the week are for online real estate searches?  According to Trulia, Sunday and Monday are far and away the busiest days for online Continue Reading

Jul 08 2011
Haboobs

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

While 4th of July week usually send lots of eyes to the skies in search of spectacular fireworks shows, in Arizona, Mother Nature took center stage.  Haboobs -- or severe sand storms – darkened the midday skies over Phoenix and extended 100 miles wide.  The images coming out of the Grand Canyon Continue Reading

Jun 21 2011
How Much Longer Can Homebuyers Really Afford to Wait?

How Much Longer Can Homebuyers Really Afford to Wait?

The affordability quotient for buyers is extraordinary at this time. In fact, it is difficult to find a good reason why qualified buyers should wait any longer. Money is available for buyers with a good credit history, home prices have fallen over the past four years and in June 2011, mortgage rates Continue Reading

Jun 03 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

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

If the warm summer air is inspiring outdoor renovations, consider a deck, patio or gazebo.  Financial news website TheStreet.com claims these upgrades are worth the cost.  For example, “a $16,000 composite deck that won't warp or fade in the rain, snow and sun will recoup 66% of its cost in 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

Jan 14 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

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

Where are young people flocking to live? With a reputation of being a hip place, Austin attracted the largest number of 25-34 year olds between 2007 and 2009. Generation Y-ers are good at predicting the next hottest neighborhoods. If you want to stay ahead of the curve next time, learn how to Continue Reading

Nov 19 2010
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

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

All eyes this week were on Kate Middleton, the beautiful bride-to-be of Prince William.  With the official announcement of their engagement this week, many in this country became once again enamored with the British Royal family, as we focused on every known detail and speculated on the rest.  I Continue Reading

Nov 12 2010
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

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

Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … missile?  Earlier this week, an unidentified projectile off the coast of California had Pentagon officials scratching their heads as to what it was. It was likely an optical illusion created by an airplane and not a missile as some feared.  Continue Reading