In March, more than 6,000 real estate professionals representing 60 countries attended the annual RE/MAX R4 Convention in Las Vegas. Even among the highly energized crowd, the international groups stood out, waving flags, singing national songs and boisterously cheering on their colleagues.
Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the survey says. If you’re selling your home and hope to compete with new construction — as well as set your house apart from other resales — making green improvements could significantly pay off.
“Real estate professionals who take time to learn more about the unique needs and challenges of the AAPI community position themselves to provide better service and offer more value to customers,” stated Geoff Lewis, president of RE/MAX, LLC, which presented the report.
Planning for retirement means making a lot of decisions, including when you'll stop working, how much you'll withdraw from your savings each year, and where you'll live. Many Americans view retirement as an opportunity to move into a house they'll love and live in for all their golden years. In fact, 64 percent of retirees either have moved or plan to move, according to a Merrill Lynch survey.
Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 — when you’re selling your home, you’ll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. Because the National Association of Realtors is predicting modest growth for the 2017 real estate market, as a seller you want every edge you can get. And on the heels of the popular Consumer Electronics Show in January, perhaps that edge is a smarter home.
Camp + King portrays Re/Max agents as helpful know-it-alls in these cute ads directed by Roman Coppola. “We were inspired by house hunting/DIY shows where they always focus on the latest trends,” agency creative director Rikesh Lal tells Adweek. “The home-buying process is heavily influenced by these shows, so we played into that culture to show there’s more to buying a home than what the wainscoting looks like or what your friends think.”
With mortgage rates ticking up as investors anticipate the Federal Reserve raising interest rates in December, the cost of borrowing is increasing, and that's leading some new-home buyers to speed up their purchases, while discouraging homeowners from refinancing existing mortgages.
The long-held belief that summer is the only time to buy a home is fading fast. Savvy home-buyers are learning that when temperatures drop, numerous benefits emerge that simply aren't available other times of the year.
For many first-time buyers, saving for a down payment is the most difficult step in the home-buying process. However, it's a common misconception that you need 20 percent down to buy a home. Actually, lenders across the country offer mortgage products with very affordable down payments — some as low as 3 percent.