Supporting Agents on Their Quest to Build Successful Careers

In the following interview, Mark Pessin, former managing broker and now vice president of Learning at Realty ONE Group in Carlsbad, Calif., discusses agent development, including mentoring, recruiting and training. Region Served: Laguna Niguel, Calif. Years in Real Estate: 20 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 120 What’s your first goal as you transition   Read More »

Down, but Not Out: Buyers See Some Success

Against discouragingly inadequate inventory and high prices, buyers are finding a way, according to a new survey. Fifty-one percent of homebuyers did not pay above asking price, despite concerns over multiple-offer scenarios, 42 percent made one or two offers, at most, and 34 percent were “unfazed” by the increases in prices and rates, according to   Read More »

Put Your Home Equity to Good Use

With home values enjoying a steady rise over the past several years, most Americans have witnessed a return of home equity, and many are leveraging that equity toward other important financial goals. A recent study by LendingTree, which assessed home equity loan requests since the start of 2018, tracked six uses for home equity   Read More »

Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress

(Family Features)–Stress can affect anyone and caregivers may find themselves faced with additional stressors. To help manage stress and avoid caregiver burnout, keep these tips from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in mind: – Maintain a positive attitude – Be flexible and accept the circumstances – Be honest and open about your feelings –   Read More »

Money Matters: Tips for Resetting Your Personal Finances

Whether you are just setting out with savings, or hoping to beef up your portfolio, below are tips from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. about how you can reboot your personal finances. Track your Money: Are you keeping track of money that’s coming in and going out? In today’s digital age,   Read More »

Housing Starts: Ground-Breaking in June Plummets

Home-building in June sharply slid, with overall starts toppling 12.3 percent, and single-family starts tumbling 9.1 percent, according to the Commerce Department. Housing starts totaled 1.17 million, with 304,000 multifamily (five or units or more) starts and 858,000 single-family starts. Additionally, approvals for builds fell 2.2 percent to 1.27 million permits; however, approvals for single-family   Read More »

How New Homeowners Can Save Money

Crossing the threshold to your first home is one of the most exciting moments in a young person’s life… until that first mortgage payment is due. Then the heating bill. And the electric. And the taxes. Let’s face it. Homeownership can be pricey, especially when you’re a newbie. For those still adjusting to the   Read More »

Storm Safety: 10 Outdoor Power Equipment Questions

Whether a storm is on its way or you’re just doing your due diligence, there are many things you’ll need to do before you power up that outdoor equipment, especially if you haven’t used it in a while. OPEI offers ten questions for home and business owners to ask when planning ahead: What   Read More »

Take Control of Your Home Climate

(Family Features)–Managing your home’s climate control is typically no small task or small expense. These options offer flexibility and efficiency. Heat pumps pull from the ground or outside air temperature to both heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer. Since heat pumps move heat instead of generating it, they’re   Read More »

The Biggest Homeownership Hurdles for Millennials

Millennials should be making a sizable stamp in homeownership, but they have been largely absent from the housing space. Why is it that the largest generation in U.S. history isn’t participating in real estate as heavily as its predecessors? There are many difficulties standing in their way, according to new research. A recent report by   Read More »