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How to Avoid an Online Vacation Rental Scam

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Imagine you're planning a much-needed vacation. You rent a home using an online site and pay in full to secure the deal. You board your flight and travel to your destination, excited to be far away from work and ready to relax. You arrive at your rental to get the keys -- and find out you've been scammed.

The Most Economical, Most Sensible, and Most Overlooked Housing Market Reform

Al Lewis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

It would seem mathematically impossible for both a homebuyer and a seller to get a better deal on opposite sides of the same transaction. Yet this paradoxical best-case could easily be achieved by simply providing prospective buyers with the opportunity to cut out the middlemen.

Out to Lunch:Coping with Careless Counsel

Ron Gitter | Posted 01.18.2015 | New York
Ron Gitter

From the attorney's perspective, there is a Zen-like quality to residential real estate transactions. When the vibrational activity of buying or selling an apartment advances to the point when an "accepted offer" is within reach, an attorney is usually contacted and a relationship created.

What Your Broker Won't Tell You About the Housing Recovery?

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 12.08.2014 | Money
D. Sidney Potter

There's a reason they're called salesmen. And consequently, converting the non-believers has always been an occupational job hazard for salesmen.

When the Price of Rice in China Matters: U.S. Real Estate Predictions for 2014

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

There is no shortfall for prognosticators when it comes to real estate predictions in 2014. Not everyone can be prophetic, but the following list is ...

'The Broker Bodega' Parodies Ridiculous Craigslist Apartment Brokers

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 11.06.2013 | New York

The Broker Bodega hits close to home for any New Yorker who has braved the recesses of Craigslist while searching for a new apartment. This hilarious ...

Honey, I Shrunk the Inventory

Ron Gitter | Posted 03.17.2013 | New York
Ron Gitter

Breaking News: The inventory on the Upper West Side will only last 5 ½ months! (Cue the Psycho shower scene music).

Sell A House, Get A Benz

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

Sell a mansion. Get a Benz. That's at least the deal that one homeowner is offering. Ken Jenkins of Powhatan County, Virginia is offering a brand ...

Be Picky! 5 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Realtor

Stephen Shapiro | Posted 06.17.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Shapiro

With so many qualified agents available in the current market, what should you consider when shopping for a broker?

Toni's Take on Real Estate: The Three 'P's You Need

Toni Haber | Posted 03.31.2012 | New York
Toni Haber

As a real estate broker for almost for 30 years, I have seen many people come and go, in and out of this industry. Why do some succeed, while others tuck tail and run?

Toni's Take on Real Estate: Buying as a Broker

Toni Haber | Posted 02.12.2012 | New York
Toni Haber

We have a saying in my industry that "buyers are liars." Buyers aren't actually lying to their brokers, it's just that sometimes we come to find out that our "must haves" are wants rather than needs.

Great Expectations: Lawyers, Legal Fees and the Due Diligence Dilemma

Ron Gitter | Posted 12.10.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

At a time when the complexity of a basic residential real estate transaction has increased geometrically, could the presence of an attorney in the process actually be optional?

Are All Short Sales Bargains?

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.06.2011 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

When it comes to buyers, short sales offer no clear-cut advantages. Delays abound and opportunities arise to reduce the whole transaction to a giant waste of time.

How to Seize Your Critical Mass Moment for Exponential Success

Nick Segal | Posted 08.20.2011 | Los Angeles
Nick Segal

With any endeavor, we all start at the same place: with an idea and the dream to make it a reality. So if that is true, then why do some businesses really take off while others flounder and fail?

How Do Real Estate Brokerages Stay Relevant in the Digital Era?

Nick Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Nick Segal

What percentage of buyers today are going online to start or support their search for homes? 85% to 90% of them.

The 11 Reasons People Can't Sell Their Homes

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

he clamor over flawed foreclosure paperwork and robo-signers could further chill the housing market. People who might buy have bought a home in forecl...