| Oct 4, 2013
At every real estate industry event I attend, inevitably there will be social media gurus present who intone about the importance of Twitter the way dentists preach about flossing.
With Twitter's recent announcement that it plans to go public and that...
| Sep 13, 2013
A newly formed national nonprofit seeks to become the voice of homeowners, much in the same way that AARP is the voice of consumers over the age of 50.
America's Homeowner Alliance, whose advisory board includes representatives from well-regarded...
| Sep 6, 2013
Two housing industry companies that enjoyed strong growth during the real estate crisis are tinkering with their business models to continue their success and broaden their customer base as the market's recovery gains traction.
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:17 PM
One way to judge the virtues of the city of Richmond's initiative to use eminent domain to help its strapped mortgage borrowers is by the hysterical reaction of the banks and investors holding the mortgage loans.
Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of New York...
| Aug 23, 2013
If all the dire warnings about your health haven't motivated you to quit smoking, perhaps a jolt to the real estate pocketbook would do the trick.
A couple of recent events have dovetailed to make one wonder whether the real estate industry — and,...
| Nov 15, 2013
Ryland Homes is making a bet on Yorkville.
The publicly held homebuilder has acquired about 170 lots in the unfinished Windett Ridge subdivision from Next Generation Development Inc., has started construction on two model homes and plans to begin "full-...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 3:16 PM
In a peculiar ritual of American home-buying, the prospective buyer often knows more than the seller about the home's most serious faults.
The roof is shot? The furnace should have been replaced five years ago? Termites have eaten through the garage's...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 3:08 AM
The pixel-pushers of the world have been working overtime to develop online tools for real estate, including a couple of new ways to snoop for the real scoop on that house you've fallen in love with. To wit:
Does your home have a rap sheet? If you're on...
| Aug 9, 2013
We now interrupt our regular coverage of the serious real estate world (because, trust us, little happens in August anyway) to focus on the industry's silly season, which seems to have manifested itself — with a vengeance — in my inbox.
| Jun 22, 2008
Two years ago, Jason Pietrucha read the foreclosure writing on the wall.
The mortgage broker saw California's growing default rate and prepared for the home-loan tsunami to hit Illinois.
Switching to real estate sales, Pietrucha deals almost exclusively...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 12:20 PM
When reflecting on the overwhelming challenges Fort Lauderdale was facing in the 1930s, following the devastating hurricane of 1926 and reeling amidst the throes of the Great Depression, former Mayor Thomas B. Manuel said, "… the main thing I...