5 New Technologies Worth Watching

5 New Technologies Worth Watching

My annual harvesting at Inman News Real Estate Connect SF, the definitive meeting of the best tech and real estate minds, once again is yielding a bumper crop. At the pre-show, Agent Reboot, James Dwiggins, CEO of Nexthome and a certified tech-gadget junkie, presented a few technologies worth watching. Moore’s Law is ever so present in the rapid deployment we […]

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Housing Enemy #1: Student Debt

Housing Enemy #1: Student Debt

College tuition has increased at an historical rate of 5 percent over the last 10 years: That’s substantially higher than overall inflation. What’s going on here? How can colleges keep hiking their rates? Simple: They’re putting the increased costs on the backs of students, who are taking out loans in record numbers. Student debt growth […]

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LinkedIn: Take that Facebook and Twitter

LinkedIn: Take that Facebook and Twitter

Thank you LinkedIn. While Facebook continues to limit who actually has an opportunity to see your posts, LinkedIn is far more generous in sharing and more effective in delivering corporate website traffic. According to a two-year research study of two million monthly visits to five-dozen corporate websites, Econsultancy notes LinkedIn is the clear winner when […]

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A lousy six-point five-one percent

A lousy six-point five-one percent

Thanks for nothing Facebook. My most recent disappointment with Facebook is not about the constant idiotic changes that render me red faced as I Google with hope that someone has posted something about where to locate a setting they have moved for the umpteenth time. No, I am perturbed that on Facebook, my posts are […]

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Are we becoming a renter nation?

Are we becoming a renter nation?

The National Association of Realtors economics group poses this question at the end of their Economic Outlook blog that posted today (May 7, 2014). Here’s a startling fact: Rental households have risen seven times faster than homeowner households in the last decade. There are 7 million new rental households created versus just 1 million homeowner […]

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Low inventory continues to hit home

Low inventory continues to hit home

Low inventories of available homes have been putting a governor on the U.S. housing market for far too long. As we enter the traditional home selling season, recently there were two troubling reports. The first one comes from the NAR REALTORS® Confidence Index survey for March. It notes: “The major problems reported by REALTORS® were low inventories of available homes […]

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A goal without a plan is just a wish

A goal without a plan is just a wish

Politico has a delicious piece called “How to Lose $100 million: The undoing of Tina Brown.” It tells the tale of how Barry Diller and Sidney Haram merged the Daily Beast and Newsweek: Two money-bleeding publications, one online, one offline, and grabbed magazine magnet Tina Brown to save them both. Haram was famous (or now […]

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