Monthly Archives: August 2016

Committed to Success: The Value of Complete Agent Development

I’d like to tell you a story about two agents. Agent A—we’ll call him Alan—fits real estate education in when he can. Occasionally, he sets his business activities aside for a day or two to take a course, sometimes traveling out of town. Alan always intends to apply what he’s learning, but admits that he [...]

Market Conditions Improve Chances of Rate Hike, Says Yellen

In a recent speech at Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen supported the anticipation of two possible rate hikes this year, noting that the case for a rate hike has strengthened. “In light of the continued solid performance of the labor market and our outlook for economic activity and inflation, I believe the case [...]

Distinctive Greek Revival NEW CONSTRUCTION

Distinctive NEW CONSTRUCTION - This Greek Revival 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home blends historic & 21st century designs for today's lifestyle. Features antique wood floors, custom crown moldings, open family room - kitchen w/ Scavolini cabinets, marble counters, Jenn-Air appliances, butler's pantry, & gas fireplaces. Seductive master suite w/ custom closets, marble bath, & private [...]

Fixed Mortgage Rates Don’t Budge

Average fixed mortgage rates remained unchanged from the previous week, while still remaining near their all-time record lows, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey®. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.43 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending August 25, 2016, unchanged from last week. A year ago at this [...]

Cayman Islands Real Estate Expert Explains What is NOT on the Property can add Immense Value

We are here today with David Seerman. He is an expert in the sales, marketing and development of ultra-luxury real estate and hotels. His decade-long experience in real estate coupled with a background in finance, market trends, taxation and regulation is what makes him an unstoppable force in the market. Q:  David, what were you doing [...]

July New Home Sales Soar to Eight-Year High

A recent new home sales report for July showed that sales of newly built homes increased 12.4 percent since June, and rose 31.3 percent year-over-year. This surge marks the highest point in almost eight years. “New homes are being purchased at a furious pace, and it could give the housing market the added push [...]

Negative Equity Still Impacts Over 1 in 10 Homeowners

Both urban and suburban communities have a significant share of homeowners in negative equity five years into the recovery, according to the second quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Report. Nationally, 13.7 percent of homeowners in urban regions and 11.2 percent of homeowners in suburban regions are underwater. After the housing bubble burst, nearly a third of [...]

Set the Selling Scene with Pop-Up Staging

Staging is a sizable expense for home sellers, who spend hundreds—even thousands— appointing their homes to web- and show-ready state. The National Association of REALTORS®reports the median spend on staging is $675, and according to, professional staging services average $3,000 to $5,000. Add remodeling expenditures to the tally, and the cost is considerable. Enter [...]

The New American Dream!

New Orleans housing: ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

Key Takeaways In neighborhoods like the Garden District, Uptown and the Warehouse District, prices are going through the roof. Other neighborhoods are seeing the opposite: no appreciation or price declines. Eleven years after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans real estate market has become what Rick Haase, president of Latter & Blum, calls “a tale [...]