Industry Challengers: Here Come the Incumbents

Real estate is an industry that I love. My family, our agents, and the customers we serve motivate me every day. Like many of my peers, I have watched many disruptors come and go. They come into our industry with bags full of investment capital, only to learn that real estate is a tough business   Read More »

How to Ban Bunnies From Your Yard

While you may love the look of a snuggly bunny, gardeners know how wild rabbits can be a devastating problem. To protect your yard from rabbits, you first need to identify their presence. Because they often come out at dawn and sunset, you may rarely see them. According to the animal repellent experts at Bobbex,   Read More »


Yes, You Can Garden With Your Littles

If you have little ones afoot, the prospects of getting much gardening done may seem slim—but if you’re armed with the right strategies, you’ll find that not only can you still enjoy your favorite gardening activities, you can actually engage your young children in the process as well. Not only will this make you happy   Read More »

Countertops 101: Granite vs. Quartz

(Family Features)—Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common renovation projects, and countertops are often a focal point of these redesigns; however, choosing the right countertop can be overwhelming. To help make the difficult decision a little simpler, JCPenney Home Services experts offer insight on two of the most popular choices: Granite Granite countertops   Read More »


Existing-Home Sales Fizzle

After early gains in the season, April existing-home sales fizzled, with every region sputtering, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Activity in April declined 2.5 percent to 5.46 million, down 1.4 percent from the prior year. Inventory increased 9.8 percent to 1.8 million, but, by comparison, was 6.3 percent lower than the prior year.   Read More »

Gen Z—The Next Wave of Consumer Game Changers?

Generation Z, loosely defined as the generation born anywhere from 1995 or 1998 to 2016, is predicted to hit the post-college marketplace in much the same way as millennials—managing considerable debt. Yet, simultaneously, they’re gaining traction as the next consumer powerhouse, representing billions of dollars for retailers and more. Regarded as the most diverse and   Read More »


The State of Women Real Estate Brokers in California

While a greater number of women in real estate are achieving positions on boards at a national level, women still trail behind men in obtaining leadership positions in some states, including California. While some studies suggest that gender discrimination is to blame for this disparity, others claim that women are choosing to opt out of   Read More »

A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel

(Family Features)—Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front-end—with some planning and preparation—is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project. To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider these tips from   Read More »


Homeowners: How You Can Help Your Local Wildlife

Do you love looking at the wildlife in your yard? From butterflies to birds and bunnies to bees, here are several easy and impactful ways to participate and start helping your local wildlife, from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Create a habitat for your local wildlife. Think first of the birds, butterflies and bees   Read More »

Experts Are Eyeing a Recession in 2020—but It’s Not Why You Think

The economy is on a roaring run. Is a downturn imminent? Experts in housing are predicting a recession starting in 2020, according to Zillow’s 2018 Q2 Home Price Expectations Survey; however, they anticipate monetary policy—not the housing market—as primarily responsible for the swing. The Federal Reserve has been guiding fiscal policy since the Great Recession,   Read More »