How Technology has Changed Real Estate in The Past Year

Most people think of real estate as simply the process of listing, viewing, buying and selling properties, but new technologies have allowed real estate marketing to be innovative in fresh and inspiring ways. Here are just a few ways in which technological advancements have changed the real estate industry in the past year.

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Selling Your Home in the Winter

While many buyers and sellers choose to take a break for the holidays, listing your home for sale in the winter can be a great time to take advantage of less competition among other homeowners and get your home in front of buyers that are serious about closing a transaction. If you’re considering selling this season, here are a few key points to consider, courtesy of Upnest.

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Real Estate Tech Trends

It might be hard to believe, but we are edging ever-closer to the new year and 2019 will be here before we know it. The start of a new year signals change and as we prepare what this one will bring, Seattle Times dove into the top four technological trends that are making—or are set to make—an impact on the real estate industry. From modular housing opportunities and automated parking systems to a whole new level of amenities, explore those five trends and the resounding impact they may have on the Emerald City’s future.

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A New Partnership: Leading in Luxury

I am happy to announce Leading in Luxury, a channel in partnership with a brand that understands the value of that reputation; Inman, who serves as the trusted source for real estate industry news, will host this exclusive section on trends, best practices, and innovations in luxury real estate.

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Amazon Narrows Down Potential HQ2 Location—or is it Locations?

Amazon is drawing closer to making a final selection for HQ2 as many are speculating that the company will select not one but two locations for their new headquarters. The two cities that seem nearest to the finish line are Crystal City, Virginia—which is located just outside Washington D.C.—and Long Island City, New York, as executives have made trips and secured high profile meetings with city officials.

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Market Trends: Third Quarter of 2018

Statistics from the third quarter of 2018 are in and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has analyzed the data with a look at the latest market trends in Seattle, the Eastside and Bainbridge Island. While previous reports this year continued along the same narrative—of anemic inventory and meteoric home price growth—this quarter brings a different story, as home price appreciation leveled off and buyers found more options on the market.

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Is it Favorable to Buy a Home Amidst Rising Mortgage Rates?

Right now, the 10-year treasury bond is jumping up. With the rise in the 10-year bump, consumers will most likely see another rise in mortgage rates. That is because most loans are sold on the secondary market and they share the same demographic as the investors who buy bonds. So, when one goes up, lenders have to increase interest rates so they can sell the loan to investors who are willing to take on a bit more risk. Interest rates on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage are around 4.625%, which is still relatively low on an historic scale.

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