Chicago Homeowner Sues Zillow Over Poor Estimate

A particular home shows up on popular real estate website Zillow with a Zestimate of $551,252, a fair estimate of the value by some measures. But the owner doesn’t think Zillow is even in the right ballpark, as the home last sold for $626,000. Unfortunately for Zillow, the owner of that home is a lawyer, and she decided to sue Zillow over its valuation of her suburban Chicago home. Continue reading

Talk to Your Home with These Smart Home Accessories

Smart home accessories are all the rage in 2016, and the Internet of Things will continue to grow in 2017 and beyond. As more parts of our homes can be connected to our phones and voices, it can be tough to keep up with all you can do. These smart home accessories are top-of-the-line options to get yourself started. Continue reading

The 3 Best Cloud-Based Landlord Apps

Landlords and other property investors have many options when it comes to cloud based landlord apps. In fact, there are dozens of landlord apps to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites you can consider if you are looking to start or improve your property management with the use of modern property management apps. 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

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

Hot Green Trends in Home Building

New construction continues to feature advanced green home building. Here are trends to ask your real estate agent about when you're ready to buy a new home.

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Despite the fact that federal incentives for eco-friendly home upgrades like solar panels are no longer available, plenty of home buyers are interested in finding properties that meet their sustainable ideals.  Not only do such homes help owners to reduce their impact on the environment, but in many cases the energy- and water-saving properties also reduce ongoing expenses, as savvy real estate agents can attest.

Because the demand for eco-friendly products remains high, new construction continues to feature advances in green home building.  Here are just a few trends you should ask your real estate agent about when you’re ready to buy a new home. Continue reading

Get off the Water Grid with SunToWater

Pull drinking water out of the air

Water bills can be very expensive, particularly in places like drought stricken California. In California, the average water bill is around $40-$70 per month. In places like Portland, Oregon, the average water/sewer bill is about $100. If you want to save the environment and a few bucks on that water bill, you can now draw moisture from the air for your home with SunToWater. Continue reading

Digital Security Tips for Real Estate Agents

Open Houses have risks

As real estate and property management moves toward a more comprehensive digital experience, both real estate agents and clients have to take steps to protect digital information. Large data breaches have affected companies and consumers across America, but smaller companies are not immune from attacks. Here are some steps you can take to protect your digital assets and communications from hackers and accidental data breaches. Continue reading

Thermostats that Will Save You Money

bigmoneyUnless you are building a new home, you already have a thermostat in any property you purchase. Most people just keep what they have, but thermostat technology has come a long way in the last few years. Spending a couple hundred dollars today can save you thousands in the future. Some upgrades can even raise the value of your home. Continue reading