Speaking of Real Estate

  • Yes, Interest on Home Equity Loans is Still Deductible
    There’s been confusion since the big tax law was enacted over the deductibility of interest on home equity loans. NAR has been saying that the interest is still deductible for the part of the loan that’s used for home repairs, renovations, and additions. And that’s the correct interpretation, according to the IRS. The agency confirmed […]
  • What’s the Right Way to Structure a Marketing Service Agreement?
    Real estate practitioners entering into marketing service agreements with lenders, title companies, and other settlement service providers is a well-established practice, but a recent court decision shows why you have to structure these agreements the right way. An appellate court just ruled that it’s okay for a mortgage lender to refer business to mortgage insurers […]
  • Robots are Starting to Do Showings
    A company called Zenplace in San Francisco is using robots to help its agents conduct showings. When people arrive at the unit, they’re greeted by what amounts to an iPad on a mobile stand that leads them around, but it’s personalized; it’s the agent’s image and voice that people see and hear. Other companies are coming […]
  • Do Personality Assessments Work? Sometimes.
    I’ve always been skeptical of personality assessments. After taking the DISC twice—once getting a D-C and more recently getting a high, nearly even I-D—I found that both results matched my personality on some levels yet conflicted on others. This is where my skepticism come in. There’s truth in assessments to varying degrees.
  • A Closer Look at CES’s Game Changers
    Check out this video counting down to some of the best tech for your future real estate business from CES 2018.