Low Down Payment Drop: Share of Buyers Lands at 11-Year Low Those using low down payment plans dropped last year, according to recently released news from RealtyTrac, who analyzed the size of down payments on nearly 20 million purchase loans for single family homes and condos nationwide from 2004 through 2014. Results show that in 2014 the share of buyers putting down 3 percent or less […] read moreWed, 18 Feb 2015 21:31:30 +0000
NAR Broker Tip of the Month: NAR Offers Resources to Help Enhance Data Security Practices NAR Broker Tip of the Month—In a speech to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday, January 12, President Obama unveiled new proposals to address how consumers’ personal data is handled. Among his proposals included “The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act” which clarifies and strengthens the obligations businesses have to notify customers when their personal […] read moreWed, 28 Jan 2015 22:44:17 +0000
Study Shows Consumers Aren’t Shopping around for Mortgages A recently released study done by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found nearly half of Americans looking to purchase a home do not do their due diligence by shopping around for mortgage lenders. Rather, the survey found potential borrowers seriously consider only one lender, and that lender is often someone they’re already working with […] read moreWed, 21 Jan 2015 21:05:26 +0000
HomeServices of America Announces Formation of Regional Brokerage HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, announced Tuesday the consolidation of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (based in Seattle, WA) and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (based in Portland, OR), creating a regional Pacific Northwest brokerage. Jason Waugh, current president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Portland will assume the role […] read moreTue, 20 Jan 2015 21:47:31 +0000
Getting a custom 404 error page up and running on the Apache Server is a five-part process. In this post we cover parts 3, 4 and 5 of this process; determining what type of server you're using and amending your .htaccess file to tell your Apache server to deliver a custom 404 error page, and testing. If you're using an Apache server -- read on!
Bruce Clay shared his marketing insights on SEO, branding and social media yesterday on "Social Media Today Power Talk," a monthly digital marketing show hosted by David Amerland. Amerland is the author of many digital marketing books, including "SEO Help: 20 Semantic Search Steps," "Google Semantic Search," and "Google+ Hangouts for Business," and a stand-out Google+ influencer with more than 350K followers. Watch the entire show above or read on for highlights, including Bruce's thoughts on:
In this SMX West liveblog coverage of the session "Expert Excel Essentials" we're reminded that Excel is a versatile problem solving tool that everyone has access to. Let's turn raw data into something that people understand and can make decisions using.
Moderator Chris Sherman says that an Excel-focused session has been running at SMX for a few years. It started as an experiment. Search marketers know Excel but there are different levels of knowledge and skill. If used properly Excel is a Swiss Army Knife, so it pays to invest in your Excel chops. After hearing the Excel tips shared here you'll be inspired to go back to your job and do things in a tool (Excel) that everyone has, so you'll make a difference.
SMX West 2015 ends on a high note with "Ask the Search Engines." Search Engine Land Editor Danny Sullivan welcomes Google's Gary Illyes and Bing's Duane Forrester to the stage for a no-holds-barred question and answer session with two of Search's most important figures. These are the men with the inside info that we all want to hear.
Wired’s Phallic Take on the High-Rise Boom When first moving to New York City in the mid-1980s I remember seeing this epic quote in New York Magazine: “You know what this business is all about? Weenie-waving. Everyone does it. I do too.” -real estate developer Bruce Eichner... Read More read moreMon, 02 Mar 2015 14:27:34 +0000
Paid vs. earned: What’s the BEST media strategy for real estate? Professional marketers aim to solve this problem on a daily basis. Therefore, it’s not surprising when ordinary folks, like us, get a little confused when trying to discern it. Before we dive in, it’s important we don’t leave out the final piece to this equation, “owned media.” This includes our websites, blogs, and Facebook pages; [...] read moreFri, 19 Apr 2013 16:24:42 +0000
Circa: News reinvented for your phone You lead a very busy life. A lot of us admit that social media keeps us “in the know” on events and news, but you need to catch up quick. Maybe you just need to squeeze in some time for content research for your blog. A mobile app called Circa has reinvented how, and where, you [...] read moreWed, 17 Apr 2013 15:05:58 +0000
Gmail’s spam filter is killing your drip campaign: Top tips to get personal Businesses that sell directly to consumers love to automate their work. Whether it’s a regular postcard blast, outsourced call center, or an email drip campaign, staying “in contact” with a company’s sphere of connections has always been easier when it is scheduled, standardized, and managed in a way that takes as little custom interaction with individuals [...] read moreTue, 16 Apr 2013 21:08:22 +0000
Google Think insights — the real estate digital marketing cheat sheet Did you ever wish you could have a digital marketing cheat-sheet? Well, you may be in luck, Google Think has arrived! Pulled out of beta this March, Google Think has become my favorite treasure trove of insightful information, playbooks, presentations, case studies, and research, brilliantly organized with an architecture and design quality that’s perfect for afternoons of [...] read moreMon, 15 Apr 2013 15:30:59 +0000
A seller setting a time in the future when they will review all offers at the same time has become common enough to warrant a blog post explaining the general pros and cons and procedure for this type of listing instruction. I just did a spot check of new listings in Kirkland 98033 and a […]
Seattle Area – Choosing Best Place to Live. I recently received a request to write a new post on this topic. Even I find most of the articles I have read on this topic to be very confusing. Like this one that mixes a few “Really?!?” with the obvious best places. Or this one that […]
One of the great challenges of being on the “bleeding edge” of change in any industry is identifying the words to be used in discussing the new model. The real estate industry is, at more than a century old, steeped in history and culture. So it’s even more of a challenge to create a dialog that accurately captures […]
Conforming loan limits will be slightly higher in 2015 for homes located in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counites. 1 Unit: $517,500 2 Unit: $662,500 3 Unit: $800,800 4 Unit: $995,200 All other counties in Washington state will have the same loan limits in 2015 as they did this year.