Agent Harvesting: The Best Way To Find The Top Producing Real Estate Agents In Your Area

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The biggest mistake buyers and sellers make when hiring a Realtor is that they do not do their homework before hiring a real estate agent.  They end up with a house that sits on the market longer, sells for a lower price, and the time spent dealing with that agent is a nightmare.  AgentHarvest helps minimize the chance of these things happening by finding agents in your area that are currently selling houses like yours, in your neighborhood, for you to interview.  Continue reading

Are Homes with Poor Internet Connectivity a Tough Sell?

Not long ago, the only requisite to connect to the internet was a phone line. New buyers, particularly looking for high end homes, have more stringent criteria today. They only want to buy a home in an area that has access to high speed internet and they want a strong cell phone signal at home. I an otherwise perfect house, missing those two features could be a deal breaker. Continue reading

5 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a New Construction Home

If you are a new home buyer and are looking to buy a new construction home, these are the steps you will need to take to get the most of your money's worth.Buying a home is a significant milestone in anyone’s life. There are so many factors that come into play when you’re looking to make that first major purchase. One of the more important decisions to be made is whether to buy an older home someone has already lived in or one that is brand new. For those who are opting for the latter choice, it can be exhilarating to know you are the very first person to live in the dwelling. But there are some things to consider before you pull the trigger. Continue reading

Chinese Investment in US Real Estate Booming in 2016

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Reports of a slowing Chinese economy have rattled stocks and sent sensationalist headlines across investment newswires, but real estate seems to be unaffected by worries from China. In fact, Chinese investors have poured over $110 billion into American real estate over the last five years. Continue reading

Drone Photo Use in Real Estate

Aerial photography could be a major boon when selling certain properties. Here are a few things realtors should know about drone photo use in real estate.There’s no shortage of uses for drone technology. The military has been using drones for unmanned missions for a while, surveying dangerous areas without putting men and women at risk. They can carry out all kinds of important tasks and save lives in the process. Continue reading

Is the Tiny House Movement Just a Trend?

More and more people are willing to make the switch to tiny homes. Is it just a trend, though, or will this movement continue to grow?
Like most movements, tiny houses started small…pun intended. These homes are characterized by a square footage of less than about 400-500 square feet, although there are no formal parameters for size.

Small homes are considered to be under 1,000 square feet, with tiny homes coming in around half that size. In truth, the average single family home now clocks in at upwards of 2,500 square feet, so anything significantly smaller could be considered insufficient, depending on the buyer. Continue reading

How to Make Your Home the One That Buyers Want

How do you make your home the one buyers want? Once you've found a Realtor to help you out, there are a few details you should attend to.Once you’ve purchased a home you are pretty much stuck with the neighborhood, the schools, and the proximity to amenities like shopping, entertainment, and public transportation that are in your area. Hopefully you considered these elements with one of the best estate agents before buying.

When it comes time to sell your home, however, you’ll want to do all you can to ensure that your house is attractive to buyers. This includes not only the appearance of your property, but also what makes it better than comparable properties on the market. Continue reading

Has Silicon Valley Real Estate Hit Its Peak?

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Silicon Valley has long been a major hub for technology companies, and is the breeding ground for brands like Facebook, Google, Oracle, LinkedIn, and many more.

As the hottest technology hub in the world continues to see great success, it attracts competitive talent from the far reaches of the country. To bring in top workers, Silicon Valley salaries have skyrocketed. With those high salaries and stock options, Silicon Valley has created lots of millionaires. In fact, Silicon Valley has the second highest concentration of millionaires in the country.

And those millionaires want to own homes. Big, fancy ones. However, as the rules of supply and demand dictate, there are limited homes for all of this money, and prices have skyrocketed from San Francisco to San Jose and in surrounding cities.

Silicon Valley real estate has been climbing higher and higher for years, but it looks like that growth may be slowing down. Continue reading