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4 ways technology is influencing global real estate

Successful investment in real estate at the global level requires an understanding of technology's far-reaching, connected influence. A recent research report from CBRE explores how advances in technology open up new, exciting opportunities globally for those looking to invest in commercial real …

Real Estate

Tom Cruise completes his mission to sell in Beverly Hills

Tom Cruisehas a reputation for over-the-top stunts and high-octane action, but his recent home sale can best be described as under-the-radar. The box-office star sold his home in Beverly Hills for $38 million, property records show.<p>The acre-plus estate quietly came up for sale last year with a …

An Old Hollywood haunt by Wallace Neff

This Spanish estate, built in 1926, has the Saltillo tile, artful risers and decorative wrought iron characteristic of the California style developed by architect to the stars Wallace Neff. Facing the Jack L. Warner estate on Angelo Drive, the gated residence was once occupied by film director and …

Why Commercial Real Estate Still Lags in Adopting New Technology

Joseph Stecher is a member of ULI and has invested in real estate globally as a principal investor at General Motors Pension Fund, Goldman Sachs, and …

Real Estate

Which is Better: A Large Property Management Company or an Individual Property Manager?

I’ve recently had to start interviewing new property managers. At the same time I started my search, I had a client who was doing the same thing. He …

How Technology Is Disrupting the Way Real Estate Agents Get Customers

Technology is changing the way we approach industries as complex as real estate.<p>There are 27,000 licensed real estate agents in New York City. Last year there were 10,000 transactions, meaning 17,000 agents did not close a deal, and the number is probably higher than that. That could mean some …

Real Estate

Apple enlists the help of home builders to preinstall its HomeKit in new homes

What’s the hardest part about buying a house? Is it perhaps deciding on the color of the exterior, or maybe the difference between carpet or hardwood …

Home Automation

Housing markets hit hardest by a rate hike

This Thursday's Federal Reserve interest-rate decision may mark the end of a seven-year era of incredibly low mortgage rates and the corresponding …

Real Estate

As Home Prices Rebound, Lenders Rush to Unload REOs

The recovery in home prices this year is prompting banks to sell off their REO inventory at a brisker pace. Sales of bank-owned homes made up 10 …

How to Evict Squatters From Your Property in the Bay Area

I had to Evict Squatters out of a property; I had listed property in the Bay Area for sale in Antioch, CA, located in Contra Costa County. The …

The Chinese are coming, and they’d like to buy your house

The Chinese are on the move. In 2014, a record number of Chinese, 100 million, are expected to travel abroad, an army roughly as big as Mexico’s population. They will visit family and friends, and real estate agents as well as tourist sites such as the Great Pyramids, Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel …

Why Has Mobile Banking Growth Stalled? Blame Hackers

After several years of dramatic growth, the adoption rate for mobile banking in the U.S. has slowed dramatically. Those who like to bank this way are doing it more often, but the industry is struggling to get more customers to go mobile.<p>A recent report from the Federal Reserve (Consumers and Mobile …

Banking

Apple is reportedly planning to add a rewards program to Apple Pay

As Google is reportedly revamping Google Wallet, Apple, too, is apparently planning to update its own wireless payment system. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, the company is set to announce details about enhancements to Apple Pay at next month's WWDC conference, including a new rewards program that …

Apple

10 Content Marketing Mistakes That The Amateurs Make

Content marketing is time consuming.<p>Do you often wake up in the middle of the night saying to yourself that it’s not worth the time and effort. Many …

10 Types of Visual Social Media Posts That Get Shared Like Crazy

Do you want double your social engagement and get your content shared like crazy?<p>For small businesses and brands everywhere, posting multiple images …

San Francisco may subsidize middle-class apartments for first time - San Francisco Business Times

By Cory Weinberg <br>– Reporter, San Francisco Business Times<p>May 12, 2015, 5:55am PDT<b><br>Updated</b> May 17, 2015, 12:20pm PDT<p>If voters approve Mayor Ed Lee’s …

Housing

Could Slimmer Streets Help Solve San Francisco’s Housing Crisis?

One writer’s quest to narrow the streets and improve quality of life in a city where the median housing price has spiked to $1.1 million<p>San Francisco’s housing crisis is legendary. The median housing price in San Francisco is now $1.1 million, more than the California and U.S. median by $700,000 …

Housing

Forbes Names San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose as the Top 3 Worst Cities for Renters

Forbes — bringing us the sad news that we could have already guessed.<p>We know the renting situation is pretty FUBAR lately, but perhaps you didn’t …

San Francisco

What $3,500/Month Rents You in San Francisco

<i>Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various San Francisco neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $3,500.</i><p>Mission 3500<p>↑ Renting for $3,495/month, this supremely well located one-bedroom …

Want to rent a twin bed in the most uptight mansion in Silicon Valley?

Want to be your best self, live with joy and save the world is a stunning Woodside estate? You’re in luck, as The Start-Up Castle has five available castle-mate spaces for anyone who makes the (crazy, unrealistic) cut.<p>A 17,000-square-foot historic Tudor mansion has been morphed into an …

More Californians painting their brown lawns green

The Urban Farmer irrigation stores around the Bay Area now have displays of an intriguing product at the front of their stores: a lawn paint that will turn your brown parched lawn a beautiful shade of golf course green.<p>Assistant Manager Cat Gratz says Urban Farmer started carrying Lawn Lift last …

Landscaping

Report Finds Airbnb May Contribute to San Francisco's Housing Woes

A report released on Thursday found that about 15% of San Francisco’s vacant housing may have been removed from the market so it could be rented out …

Housing

Airbnb Rentals Causing Housing Crisis In San Francisco

No wonder renters can’t find an affordable place to live in San Francisco — almost a quarter of the available apartments have been turned into …

Housing

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area a Hotbed of Hefty Down Payments

<i>Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.</i><p><b>AFFLUENT BAY AREA BUYERS DROPPING SIZABLE DOWN …

San Francisco's Median Home Prices Shatter Previous Record—Which Was Set Last Month

Tracking real estate prices in the Bay Area right now is like writing about baseball’s single-season home run record back in the Sammy Sosa, Mark …

Silicon Valley Homeowners Quickly Cash Out In Red-Hot Real Estate Market

<b>(CBS)</b><i>(CBS)</i><p>MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – How hot is the Bay Area housing market? We follow a couple who put their home on the market in Mountain View, and …

Malauzai Software takes early lead in Apple Watch mobile bank apps - Austin Business Journal

By Michael Theis <br>– Staff Writer, Austin Business Journal<p>Apr 20, 2015, 7:42am CDT<p>When the Apple Watch launches later this week, there won’t be a lot …

New York Times

The Facebook Effect (On Real Estate Prices)

Four years ago, Facebook announced that they were decamping to Menlo Park from their longstanding home of Palo Alto. Just last month, the company finally cut the ribbons on a beautiful 430,000-square foot building designed by Frank Gehry that is basically one giant, open-air room with an enormous …

Silicon Valley