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How a top producer keeps up with her 400-person sphere

Thu, 2017-06-08 16:54

Patty Torr crafts personal newsletters informing people of what's going on in her life and sends a nice planner to everyone once a year ...

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Hudson's Bay to cut 2000 jobs - USA TODAY

Thu, 2017-06-08 16:03


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Hudson's Bay to cut 2000 jobs
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... ever-changing environment and evolving customer preferences to get ahead of industry developments,'' Jerry Storch, HBC's CEO said in a statement. Hudson's Bay has traditionally had a strategy of buying companies with significant real estate holdings.

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More Updates from Instagram? You’re Really Going to Love Them

Thu, 2017-06-08 15:52

Instagram just released new enhancements to their “My Story” feature. Instagram was a content sharing and marketing dream before these updates were launched. Now, Instagram can certifiably say that it is a powerhouse of a social network and can quite literally, do it all. It’s time you learn how to harness that power for yourself and your business!

Hashtags

Hashtags are integral to a social strategy in 2017. One of the top reasons Instagram is a premier social media network for real estate professionals is because of its vast database of hashtags. As part of Instagram’s new feature rollout, searchable hashtags are now part of My Stories. This is a game changer.

Take a photo or video using the camera in the top left of your Instagram feed. Make some magic, and when you’re ready to edit, select the square with the smiley face on the top right corner. This will unlock quite a few options, including hashtags. Once you have it selected, start typing whatever hashtags you want. You can also add multiple hashtags. You can also resize the hashtags and move them around the picture, which allows you to include several. The only drawback is that you cannot change the color scheme of the words, but this may be changing too, as lately Instagram is trying to do everything bigger, better, and more customizable.

Want prospects to know your business with just a single click? Add hashtags directly from “Instagram’s My Stories,” and you have a powerful social tool in the palm of your hands. Use a hashtag for local places, even neighborhoods, to increase listing exposure.

Face Filters

Snapchat’s claim to fame is its face filters that can alter a user’s appearance. Users can add pretty flower crowns, flattering lighting, and essentially make all signs of aging disappear, or even do really silly things like enlarge your eyes or nose. Instagram’s recent addition of eight original face filters is a game changer, and much more user friendly than Snapchat. On Snapchat, the user must flip the camera into selfie mode, and then hold down on the screen over his or her face. Then, a grid appears and it unlocks the filters. Not very user friendly and almost impossible to find without someone telling you how to do it. With Instagram, users tap on the face in the bottom right hand corner and it unlocks the filters. Much easier, and also faster, than Snapchat.

Something else to make note of—with Snapchat, some of the filters are for a single user, while other filters indicate if two people can use them by signaling on the filter that two faces are available. With Instagram, it doesn’t matter what filter you use, everyone in your images can get in on the fun. These can also be used in a photo format, or a 15 second video.

Although the addition of filters may not seem like it’s going to be helping you drive leads and business, it does serve another crucial purpose: humanizing your brand. Use them during light moments at the office; take a picture and add a funny caption about it. It makes a great break in the day and it shows your audience you know how to harness technology, and can use that knowledge to help move their listing.

Instagram has been hard at work unveiling new features over the past few weeks and months. In February they debuted the feature of adding multiple photos and videos to a single post, which helped real estate professionals add entire listings to Instagram, fully share the customer journey from closing to opening the door for the first time, and many other vital aspects of the real estate industry. Now with the updates to My Story, Instagram is proving they are truly a real estate professional’s best friend.

If keeping up with your social strategy is too much for you, let us help. Homes.com Social Fuel takes care of your social strategy by providing you with everything from account setup, post creation, engagement, and Facebook Ad management. We will even manage your online reputation and monitor how your business ranks in search results so you can focus on selling real estate. Want hands-on training on the latest and greatest in social? Tune in to the HomesPro Facebook on Thurday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. EDT for Holly’s Facebook Live videos!

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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Continues to Fall

Thu, 2017-06-08 15:49

Freddie Mac has released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping for the fourth consecutive week and hitting its lowest level in nearly seven months.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.89 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending June 8, 2017, down from last week when it averaged 3.94 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.60 percent.

The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.16 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.19 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.87 percent.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.11 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, the same as last week. A year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.82 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Borrowers may still pay closing costs, which are not included in the survey.

“The 10-year Treasury yield fell 3 basis points this week,” says Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac. “The 30-year mortgage rate moved in tandem with Treasury yields, falling 5 basis points to 3.89 percent. Mixed economic data and increasing uncertainty are continuing to push rates to the lowest levels in nearly seven months.”

For more information, visit FreddieMac.com.

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9 Home Gadgets to Save Energy and Entertain

Thu, 2017-06-08 15:39

So you’re up for making your home truly state-of-the-art? I’ve got a great list for you. Here are nine gadgets to be on the lookout for:

Moen’s U lets you customize the perfect shower before ever stepping in with just a few taps on your smartphone.

Smart and Blue’s Hydrao smart showerheads let you instantly control your water consumption and energy needed to heat it by lighting up the water spray with different colors depending on the amount of water used—and it’s powered by the shower’s natural water-flow.

Luke Roberts Smart Light – This LED pendant lamp, from Austrian startup Luke Roberts, lets you place light in any direction, illuminating only certain areas of a room through simple gestures on your phone.

Kuri – Created by Mayfield Robotics, this app uses a camera to check on pets, kids, or guests when you’re away. It sets reminders, uses Wi-Fi to connect to things like weather reports, and works with IFTTT to control some connected devices, according to CNET.com.

Hello Egg – From RnD64, this works with the Eggspert web and mobile application to fully automate planning weekly meals, supervising the pantry, organizing shopping lists, and even ordering grocery delivery. Hello Egg also projects voice-navigated video recipes and answers cooking-related questions with a connected 24/7 support team of cooking experts.

CUJO creates a guarded firewall gateway between your devices and their connection to the internet by analyzing for malicious intent, whether it’s coming in from the internet, going out to the internet, or making moves across your network.

AirTV is the only major streaming platform that integrates local over-the-air (OTA) programming with your streaming services. Just add an AirTV Adapter and an OTA antenna to get local channels in HD, without a monthly cable bill.

Sony A1E – Unlike most TV speakers, sound comes to you from the entire screen, immersing you in a new entertainment experience—if there can be such a thing!

LG W7 – Capturing Best of the Best recognition at CES 2017, the W7’s picture-on-wall design allows the television to lay virtually flat so it seems blend with the wall and disappear.

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US shoots down drone in Syria after it fires on coalition forces - USA TODAY

Thu, 2017-06-08 15:25


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US shoots down drone in Syria after it fires on coalition forces
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“It so happens that the Islamic State is sitting on those lines of communication,” said Stephen Biddle, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. “Various people are competing for control of that real ...

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Chinese firms in the US worried about Trump, but it won't impact their investment strategies: survey - The Real Deal Magazine

Thu, 2017-06-08 14:50


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Chinese firms in the US worried about Trump, but it won't impact their investment strategies: survey
The Real Deal Magazine
CGCC's survey is based on responses from 213 Chinese firms in the U.S. collected in March across various business lines. Chinese firms have emerged as highly active New York real estate investors in recent years, and their sentiment matters to the market.

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Zillow Group’s Bridge Interactive and Black Knight: Data management rivals unite

Thu, 2017-06-08 13:00

The real estate industry is unusual in that, more often than not, competitors cooperate to get things done. This is apparently true even for real estate tech companies in the midst of a data management arms race. Zillow Group subsidiary Bridge Interactive and Black Knight Financial Services have formed an alliance to integrate Bridge's data management tools into Black Knight's Paragon MLS system ...

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Rising costs putting pressure on renters: NLIHC study

Thu, 2017-06-08 13:00

Renting is often touted as an affordable alternative to homeownership, but recent studies have revealed that renters are feeling the pressure of rising rents just as much as buyers are struggling to find reasonably priced homes ...

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How to perfect your pre-listing presentation

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:57

You’ll stand out from the competition and win more listings if you take the time to identify the unique wants and needs of your target audience and create a pre-listing presentation that addresses how you are uniquely positioned to help them achieve their goals ...

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Blackstone closes fifth Europe real estate fund at €7.8 billion - Pensions & Investments

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:25


Pensions & Investments

Blackstone closes fifth Europe real estate fund at €7.8 billion
Pensions & Investments
Blackstone Group announced Thursday it has closed the €7.8 billion ($8.7 billion) Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V, an opportunistic real estate fund that focuses on large, complex property-related transactions in Europe, including transitional ...

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EurobuildCEE - Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V Raises ... - Eurobuild CEE

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:17


EurobuildCEE - Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V Raises ...
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EUROPE Blackstone has held its final close for its fifth European opportunistic real estate fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V.

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| 2017-06-08 | Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V Raises EUR 7.8 bln - Eurobuild CEE

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:17


| 2017-06-08 | Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V Raises EUR 7.8 bln
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Alexander Hayes is currently working as a journalist for Eurobuild Central & Eastern Europe magazine. Originally from the UK, he moved to Poland in 1995 and has been working in real estate for over four years. He has a BA in english literature from the ...

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Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V Raises EUR 7.8 bln - Eurobuild CEE

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:17


Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V Raises EUR 7.8 bln
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EUROPE Blackstone has held its final close for its fifth European opportunistic real estate fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V. Together with commitments from Blackstone and its affiliates, BREP Europe V has EUR 7.8 bln in capital ...

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Blackstone closes 7.8 billion-euro European property fund, says source: Reuters - PE Hub (subscription) (blog)

Thu, 2017-06-08 09:43


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Blackstone closes 7.8 billion-euro European property fund, says source: Reuters
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Blackstone Group (BX.N), has closed a 7.8 billion-euro ($8.79 billion) fund that will focus on European commercial real estate, a source familiar with the matter said. The goal of the fund is to deliver to investors double-digit returns, the person ...

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UK's largest real estate financing deal completed - The Edge Markets MY

Thu, 2017-06-08 08:38


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UK's largest real estate financing deal completed
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ING Bank head of real estate finance UK, USA & Asia Mike Shields commented: “We are extremely proud to have been selected to co-lead the financing of such a high-quality sponsor and asset. This transaction demonstrates our expertise in financing ...
Bank of China, HSBC & ING complete UK's largest real estate financingProperty Week

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Blackstone's fifth European opportunistic fund attracts €7.8bn - IP Real Estate

Thu, 2017-06-08 06:37


Blackstone's fifth European opportunistic fund attracts €7.8bn
IP Real Estate
This week it also announced its intention to buy a €3.8bn Finnish property company. Blackstone recently overtook Brookfield Asset Management as the world's largest real estate investment manager, with gross assets under management (AUM) of €143.2bn, ...

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Remember, there is luxury real estate outside the US - Inman.com

Thu, 2017-06-08 05:04


Remember, there is luxury real estate outside the US
Inman.com
I was recently in Barcelona for meetings with those who run Coldwell Banker companies across Europe and the Middle East, and I really enjoyed the vibrant city and the conversation surrounding luxury real estate.

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Remember, there is luxury real estate outside the U.S.

Thu, 2017-06-08 05:00

As the world continues to shrink, we must increase our global knowledge so we can be the best resource possible ...

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How virtual staging sells properties stuck on the market

Thu, 2017-06-08 05:00

Agent Alyssa Morgan Brinegar recently took on a listing that had languished on the market for more than nine months and gone through a number of price reductions. Using virtual home staging technology while keeping the home at the same price, she sold it in four days ...

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