• Does Home Staging Really Influence Potential Buyers?
    In: Marketing Vacant Units
    Does Home Staging Really Influence Potential Buyers?

    Yes, according to the National Association of REALTORS who say that home staging can potentially motivate buyers to pay more for a property and influences their perception of a home. This is based on a survey conducted among more than 2,300 real estate agents representing both buyers and sellers. A massive 81% of real estate agents representing buyers think that a staged home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize the property as their home. Some 46% of agents representing buyers also thought that staging made buyers more willing to schedule a visit to a property they had viewed online. Not surprisingly, 45% of real estate agents say buyers tend to view a property more...Read more >

  • Renting Out Homes For Super Bowl Can Bring ...
    In: Latest News

    PHOENIX - Hundreds of people gather each year to hobnob with A-list celebrities at a charity bash in the Super Bowl's host city. But instead of sending this year's...

  • Apartment Building Boom Is Hitting A Ceiling After ...
    In: Latest News

    LAS VEGAS - The big run-up in apartment building may run out of steam this year. Apartment construction across the country has more than tripled since 2009. Last year...

  • The Importance Of Criminal Background Checks
    In: Property Management,Tenant Screening

    According to a 2013 report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), crime rates are still at historic lows and continue to decrease slightly each year. Crime does...

  • Boomerang Home Buyers Are Coming Back
    In: Financing

    Millions of Americans who lost their homes during the foreclosure crisis are now poised to become homeowners again. That's according to a new report from RealtyTrac,...

  • Remodels Boom As Owners Choose Upgrades Over New ...
    In: Remodel and Repair
    Remodels Boom as Owners Choose Upgrades Over New Houses

    Cory Laws considered selling his house and moving to an updated property with his girlfriend. But he likes his neighborhood, so he decided to spend as much as $100,000 to remodel the Herndon, Virginia, home. "I bought the house for me and my two girls at the time, but they're adults," said Laws, 61, who's already rebuilt one room and added mahogany floors to his basement to turn it into a guest apartment. "We're morphing the house into our haven." Laws is among U.S. property owners providing a boost to the $300 billion home-improvement industry. Spending on renovations may rise to a record this year as homeowners with low interest rates decide to stay put and remodel their existing homes,...Read more >

  • Homeowners Ready To Tackle Overdue Renovations
    In: Remodel and Repair

    Positive economic and employment news, along with declining gas prices, have boosted consumer confidence to its highest level in the past seven years. With a bit more...

  • Keeping Up In A Competitive Management Market
    In: Latest News

    As the co-op/condo market continues to heal after the setback it experienced during the most recent financial crisis of the mid-aughts, many management firms and...

  • The Do's And Dont's Of A Successful Tenant ...
    In: Tenant Screening

    If you handle apartment management, you realize the importance of choosing a good tenant. The goal list is probably someone who pays their rent on time, doesn't...

  • Renters Are Pushing For Larger Apartments
    In: Remodel and Repair

    American renters are starting to push back against the shrinking size of apartments, prompting some developers to begin building bigger units. At this week’s...