Books, Apps, & Magazines
  • Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)
    Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me)
    by Nicole Curtis
  • High Risk, High Reward?
    High Risk, High Reward?

    on Flip or Flop

  • Mortgage Calculator and Rates
    Mortgage Calculator and Rates
    Zillow.com
  • Money
    Money
    Time Direct Ventures
  • Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service (A Friends Fund Publication)
    Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service (A Friends Fund Publication)
    by Ren Davis, Helen Davis

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Sunday
Apr172016

Blooms of Wisdom in Spring RE Guide from Money

Money published its annual "Real Estate Guide" in the May 2016 issue.  The focus is on four consumer types, specifically those Starting Out, Trading Up, Downsizing, or Staying Put.  Money’s guide suggests best moves or ideas for owners, sellers, and buyers, depending on where they slot themselves in the shopping hierarchy this season.  In a companion article on the debt side of the equation, Ian Salisbury covers "5 Ways Borrowing for a Home is Getting Easier." 

Sunday
Feb142016

Comparing the Housing Websites

Which are the housing websites matching your needs?  Consumer Reports® magazine shares pros and cons of popular housing websites with "Go House Hunting, Virtually" in its March 2016 issue. They take a look at four sites, and list geographic coverage, app status, frequency of data updates, and unique features.  

Sunday
Aug162015

Preparing Buyers

Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home
by Egypt Sherrod.  2015.  Running Press, Philadelphia.  224 pp. 

Navigating the process of buying a home can prove difficult.  What if there was a book written in a relaxed style by a credible professional, who gathers the most important steps to know in the process for you?  Now in her second decade of representing clients in the buying and selling of real estate, Egypt Sherrod concentrates her knowledge in Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate to save readers time, money, and a few headaches when they’re buying a home. 

With Keep Calm, Sherrod emphasizes her enjoyment working for first-time homebuyers.  The author maintains a multifaceted career, which includes hosting HGTV’s Property Virgins and the forthcoming Flipping Virgins, as well as a plethora of recurring appearances on other media outlets.  Her real estate experience informs her prose, centered on helping first-timers, but also those buyers who seek to avoid repeating past mistakes on previous purchases. 

The simplicity of focusing on the buyer’s side of the equation is something to like about Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate.  Sherrod lists key reminders for new buyers:  “Top Ten Things to Consider before Buying a Home,” and “Eight Ways to Locate a Stellar Agent,” among other directions.  When she does branch into broader subjects like the economy, and supply and demand, such as in the chapter on distressed properties, Sherrod connects the big-picture back to what matters for buyers to learn.  Sherrod distinguishes for first-time buyers the difference between a housing shortage and an inventory shortage.  She even discusses confidently “surefire ways” to acquire your dream home during an inventory shortage.         

Another audience who benefits from reading Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate: buyer agents.  At least know, prepared buyers are going to read it.

Sunday
Aug022015

Speaking of Zillow

Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate
by Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries.  Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.  New York and Boston.  2015, Zillow, Inc.

Over the past decade, the company Zillow and its eponymous website expanded across the real estate scene, augmenting and facilitating the ages-old systemic marketing of homes for sale and rent.  With their book, Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate, CEO Spencer Rascoff and Chief Economist Stan Humphries encapsulate the company’s philosophy of bringing elements of transparency to residential information. 

Early in Zillow Talk, the co-authors reflect on their respective journeys working through the travel industry, an industry which reformed vis-à-vis the Internet.  Knowing what was possible with transformation and disintermediation at the macro level, and having made their own complicated housing decisions, the two had a shared opportunity to underscore Zillow’s vast efforts to collect, calculate, and present retrievable data that can inform as a guide for buying, selling, financing, and renting.  “Real estate,” they write, “is a lens on society.”

More than just contemporary dispatches of what they see happening in U.S. markets, it’s fair to conclude

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