Brenda & Barry Zwahlen

5
Sep

Has Compass Lost its Way?

Everybody is talking about Compass. Compass would like all of us to believe that Compass will revolutionize the real estate business and is the best thing that has happened to the real estate industry. However, not everyone agrees with that. Click on the link below to read an article which first appeared in Inman news and was reposted by WFG

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4
Sep

The Rise of Real Estate Teams And What Clients Need To Know About Real Estate Teams

In 2015 The National Association of Realtors published a report entitled “The Danger Report” which discussed a number of forces which are threatening the survival of the Real Estate industry. One of those forces identified is the proliferation of “Real Estate Teams” within the traditional Real Estate brokerage firms. The following quote is from the Danger Report – “Agent Teams

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16
Aug

The Traditional Real Estate Brokerage Model Is Broken

In the last several months I have read the following 2 quotes from reputable Real Estate sources. Inman News asked the question “Is the traditional real estate model dying a slow death”? Robert Reffkin, the founder and CEO of Compass Real Estate said “brokerage firms as we currently know them will cease to exist by 2028”. Why do real estate

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29
Aug

Tips On Cutting Kitchen Remodeling Costs

Kitchen remodels don’t come cheap. The average cost to update a 200-square-foot kitchen—including installing new flooring, semicustom wood cabinets, and standard appliances—is a whopping $62,000, according to Remodeling Magazine. Homeowners who want to add in more luxurious touches, such as stone countertops, a commercial-grade cooktop, designer faucets, and top-of-the-line custom cabinets, may pay as much as $123,000. Before your clients gut their

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25
Aug

Where Have All The Starter Homes Gone?

Starter homes are harder to come by as builders struggle to offer more entry-level real estate options amid higher construction costs, a new study shows. Just 16 percent of new homes are selling for under $200,000, down from 44 percent in 2010, according to an analysis by research firm John Burns Real Estate Consulting. The share of new homes priced

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21
Aug

Top Destinations Where Renters Want to Move

Nearly two-thirds of renters—about 64 percent—say they plan to move to a different city before settling down, according to rental website ApartmentList.com. So where are they leaving from and going to? Apartment List surveyed about 24,000 renters and analyzed data from 50 of the largest metros across the country. Renters in the priciest cities, such as New York, San Francisco,

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17
Aug

And The Prices Keep Going Up-New Record Set

Median home prices in the second quarter eclipsed a record high set in 2016, jumping 6.2 percent year over year as the inventory crunch continues to push property values higher, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The national median price for an existing single-family home was $255,600, up from $240,700—the previous high—in the second quarter of 2016, NAR reported

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1
Aug

Homelessness Increases in Central Contra Costa County

While there was a 7-percent drop this year in people experiencing homelessness in Contra Costa County when an annual survey was conducted in January, there was a substantial rise in the number of homeless in Central County — with the exception of cities including Danville and San Ramon — according to a report released this week by Contra Costa Health

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25
Jul

Protect your mortgage closing from scammers

It’s National Homeownership Month, and the FTC and the National Association of Realtors® want to remind you that scammers sometimes use emails to rob home buyers of their closing costs and personal information. Here’s how the scam works: hackers break into the email accounts of buyers or real estate professionals to get information about upcoming real estate transactions. The hacker

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