First-Time Buyers Cause Spike in Existing-Home Sales

By Posted on 2 min read 355 views

Over the past few years, first-time homebuyers have been inundated with bad news, bad luck, and bad everything else. Finally, though, things have taken a turn for the good. The share of first-time buyers who purchased homes in June 2016 was the highest recorded in four years (since July 2012!), according to the latest National Association of Realtors’ Existing-Home Sales report. For the first half of the year, first-time buyers made …

LA’s July Rent Report Revealed!

By Posted on 1 min read 407 views

Apartment List just released July’s rent report for Los Angeles–and, unfortunately, it looks like we’ve got some bad news for apartment hunters. Even though nationwide rents fell slightly, Los Angeles rents decided to buck that particular trend and grow 3.3 percent year-over-year since June 2015, which experienced rent growth of 2.2 percent over the same period of time. Fortunately for renters, there was no growth over the past month. However, Los …

How To Work Smart–Not Hard

By Posted on 2 min read 388 views

Stress! It’s one of those unavoidable nuisances that’s an inevitable side effect of success… right? Wrong, actually. “Success isn’t the outcome of pain and hardship,” says Stefani Shock, a Denver-based real estate coach and consultant. “True success involves being able to tackle the ups and downs with grace and smart decisions.” That isn’t to say that hard work isn’t a necessary step on the path to success. But there are ways …

Flip the Script: Curing Commission Concerns

By Posted on 1 min read 386 views

Clients, right? Nearly every agent in the industry has a story about a client who just wouldn’t cooperate, or who would drag their feet in the sand over the smallest of details. Many agents have ways to work around these issues–but even the pros can find themselves hesitating when a client brings up commission. Fortunately, the good folks at Inman have provided a comprehensive guide to various commission-based situations that might …

NEW: idxcellent Update!

By Posted on 1 min read 570 views

The MLS’s idxcellent system is making some pretty big changes. We’ve got a new version coming out tonight (June 14) at 9 pm, and the update is going to include some very useful features. In addition to fixing bugs from the previous version, we’ve added COMMERCIAL LISTINGS! The update will include search capabilities for commercial sale and lease, commercial listing pins, new inventory sorting options, and more! If you’re worried you’ll …