‘REO to Rental’ Draws Investors Back into Real Estate

Since peaking at 69 percent in 2006, the U.S. homeownership rate has fallen to its current 65.4 percent. That’s a lot of former homeowners. Now, investors see opportunity. Even as the housing market bottomed out and investors, burned by the housing downturn, left real estate, others saw new opportunities to convert these properties into rentalContinue reading “‘REO to Rental’ Draws Investors Back into Real Estate”

Will The Recovery Continue? A Look at Housing in 2013

If 2012 was the year that the U.S. Housing market stabilized and began its long-awaited recovery, what can we expect in 2013? Will the recovery continue, or will we see another setback? And what are the implications for real estate professionals – especially those who specialize in distressed properties? Most economists and market analysts agreeContinue reading “Will The Recovery Continue? A Look at Housing in 2013”

REO’s in 2012 and The Distressed Real Estate Market

A year ago experts were predicted record REO’s to hit the market in 2012. That didn’t happen as planned for many reasons. Below is an article I wrote for RIS Media on what happened to the expected flood of REO’s. Unmet Expectations: The REO Flood of 2012 Industry experts predicted a flood of foreclosures inContinue reading “REO’s in 2012 and The Distressed Real Estate Market”

Speaking at Conferences and Events

One of the favorite parts of my job is the opportunities I get to speak at conferences to colleagues and friends across the country. Speaking, presenting, training, motivating and educating are all part of my day-to-day activities but when I get to be part of the formal agendas of national events like the ones listedContinue reading “Speaking at Conferences and Events”

“Hear It Direct” from Consumers to Realtors

Hearing it direct from consumers was a bit painful at times. Recently I was one of a few hundred real estate professionals gathered in a room to listen to four consumer panels: a panel of buyers, one of sellers, one of distressed owners/investors and one of Gen Y consumers. These homeowners, sellers, buyers and investorsContinue reading ““Hear It Direct” from Consumers to Realtors”

To Rent or To Buy: That is the Question

Low interest rates, growing home sales and rising real estate prices is now the time to rent or buy? “It’s the old debate,” said Wendy Forsythe, executive vice president and head of global operations with Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate, a full-service real estate brokerage with offices in 22 states. “Rent versus buy, buy versusContinue reading “To Rent or To Buy: That is the Question”

Show For Sale Signs Some Love

Why are so many real estate professionals neglecting one of the most powerful sales tools they have? I’m talking of course about the for sale sign. For years we’ve been guilty of general neglect of the for sale sign. Faded, chipped, sticker covered, crooked, and just generally shabby signs can be found in almost everyContinue reading “Show For Sale Signs Some Love”

Some Facebook Advice

I’ve been using, training and coaching people in the real estate industry on Facebook as a business tool for a number of years now. I’ve had the debates over business pages vs. personal pages, privacy issues, content strategies, page changes, ads and a lot more. In thinking about Facebook recently, I kept coming back to fourContinue reading “Some Facebook Advice”