Home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz destroyed in fire

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:20pm
The Santa Rosa home of the late Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz has been destroyed by one of the many wildfires hammering California's North Bay area this week, which have so far claimed 31 lives and destroyed 3,500 homes and buildings ...
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Murdered Arkansas agent’s family sues brokerage over safety training

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 1:50pm
Three years after former Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter was murdered, her family is suing Crye-Leike Real Estate for wrongful death and negligence, alleging that the brokerage failed to provide Carter with proper safety training and resources ...
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58% of people would live with a ghost

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:51am
In September, conducted a Haunted Real Estate survey where 1,000 respondents shared their opinions on living in a home with a "few extra guests." Thirty-three percent of buyers said they were completely fine with living in a haunted house, 25 percent said they'd be open to it and 42 percent said no way ...
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NAR wants Trump’s association health plans to cover agents

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:37am
On Thursday President Trump signed an executive health care order poised to impact real estate agents and the viability of association health plans (AHPs) ...
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The government pays more to rich homeowners than poor renters

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 9:06am
The federal government paid out twice as much money to wealthy homeowners via the mortgage interest deduction as it spent on section 8 rent assistance ...
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Battling insurance: The dark side of disaster recovery

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 3:00am
In the aftermath of four major natural disasters in the last month -- Houston, Puerto Rico, South Florida and now Napa and Sonoma -- plans to rebuild have already begun. And insurance companies are wringing their hands, plotting their next moves ...
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What are seller concessions?

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:55am
When working with buyers, inevitably, you will open escrow, go through inspections and find out that something in the home isn’t in tip-top shape ...
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3 ways to warm up your cold call game

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:30am
When Myrtle Beach-based agent Abe Safe was newly licensed, he started out purely cold calling for a few months. As a new agent, he had little else to do, so he was committed ...
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5 thrifty home renovations that get sellers the most ROI

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:15am
Can you list the home renovations that get the best returns for sellers? If not, can you honestly claim to get top dollar for sellers’ homes ...
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While we debate Zillow, more Big Shorts loom

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:00am
For the umpteenth time, someone in a Facebook group recently asked if buying leads from Zillow was worth it. The answers varied from ominous condemnations to enthusiastic support, with a few tin foil hat aficionados drawing parallels between chem-trails and a certain building in downtown Seattle ...
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The Power of Disruption — Surviving the Ever-Changing Real Estate Industry

Inmannews - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:09am
As an agent, you know the process of buying and selling real estate is broken. Despite the multitude of tools and tech options flooding the RE space, transactions still seem slow and complex. ...
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Real estate daily market update: October 12, 2017

Inmannews - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 7:00pm
All the latest real estate market news ...
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Haunting drone footage captures scorched Santa Rosa

Inmannews - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:35pm
A neighborhood turned to ash is perfectly still save a lone postal truck slowly traversing the street. Surrounded by scorched earth, charred car frames and nothing but sticks where houses once stood, a USPS worker forges on delivering mail to a ghost town in Santa Rosa, California, at least where mailboxes remain ...
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2018 housing will be ‘a tale of two markets’

Inmannews - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:32pm
California Association of Realtors Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young today presented the Association's 2018 Market Forecast, which showed signs of strong demand that will inevitably be tempered by a lack of supply and access to affordable housing ...
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New kids on the block pitch session: ICSF

Inmannews - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:10pm
In the spirit of innovation, Inman Connect likes to showcase the year's New Kids on the Block -- the up-and-comers, the disruptors, the fresh minds in the real estate tech space who are on the cusp of great change. Voiceter Pro, Spatial and Smart Alto are a few new companies making a name for themselves in real estate. Watch to check out the rest of this year's newbies, and let us know which of these tech goodies you're already using and which you can't wait to try ...
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Douglas Elliman launched a new luxury blog

Inmannews - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 2:01pm
Douglas Elliman has launched Elliman Insider, a blog that discusses real estate and lifestyle trends, insights and inspiration from around the world ...
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The latest from the Northern California wildfires

Inmannews - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:21pm
Stay updated with our coverage on the latest from the wildfires sweeping through Northern California and learn how the real estate industry is responding ...
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The 20 best trick-or-treating cities in America

Inmannews - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:17pm
Full-sized candy bars, cans of soda, enough sweets to stow away for months to come — these were the Halloween spoils I dreamed of as a kid ...
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McMansion Hell blogger explains the sadness of living large

Inmannews - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:35am
The humorous blogger joined a panel in New York City to discuss the "architecture of consumption," and what our living spaces say about us ...
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Airbnb gets into the apartment game

American Apartment Owners Association - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:34am

Most landlords don’t allow tenants to sublet their apartments on Airbnb. That’s because it typically comes with increased risk and no profit for them. But a major landlord in Florida is trying something new: working with Airbnb.

Airbnb said Thursday that it’s partnering with Newgard Development Group to allow for short-term rentals in a 324-unit building in Kissimmee, Florida. Tenants who live in this building can freely put their apartments on Airbnb for up to 180 days per year. The catch is that they have to share the income with Newgard.

This partnership “eliminates barriers by encouraging home sharing and creating solutions that work for everyone,” Newgard CEO Harvey Hernandez said in a statement.

In just under a decade, Airbnb has gone from a website for couch surfers to having a massive online presence. It lists millions of homes for rent in almost every country on earth. That growth, however, has come with challenges.

The company has waged extended battles with landlords, regulators and housing advocates in major cities around the world, including San Francisco, New York, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. So, over the past year, the company has been working to make nice with lawmakers while also shift its business model.

Airbnb has gone from being solely a home-rental service to a semi-travel agency, in which travelers can book excursions and make restaurant reservations through its site. It’s also acquired smaller companies like the high-end vacation rental service Luxury Retreats. The new partnership with Newgard appears to be yet another way Airbnb can broaden its focus.

“This partnership shows how landlords, developers and Airbnb can work together to create value for everyone and better serve tenants,” Jaja Jackson, Airbnb’s director of global multifamily housing partnerships, said in a statement.  “Together, we’re making it easier for more hosts to share their space.”

Airbnb and Newgard are branding their partnership as “Niido.” Under this approach, they will give Newgard residents tools for renting out their apartments on Airbnb, such as a “Niido” app that helps with guest check-in, cleaning and linen service.

The companies said this is just the beginning. They plan to continue working together to design new “Niido” apartments and buildings built specifically for subletting to short-term renters and tourists. The designs will have features like keyless entry and shared common spaces.

“As the cost of living increases, apartment renters are under intense financial pressure,” Hernandez said. “Niido’s unique multifamily home-sharing model provides a powerful solution to this ongoing problem by delivering extra income for tenants while creating enhanced experiences for their guests.”



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