Homes.com & St. Louis Real Estate Agent Help Couple Find House on TLC’s “My First Home”

Homes.com on TLC

The real estate industry is a hot topic in the media these days, and Homes.com, along with St. Louis-area agent Allen Brake, will be featured in an upcoming episode of TLC’s hit show, “My First Home.” Homes.com scored an interview with Brake in which he discussed the do’s and don’ts for first-time buyers. Here are some of his tips:

  • Interview a Variety of Professionals. Brake suggested that every first-time homebuyer take the time and look for a good pro. Homes.com & Real Estate Agent Allen Brake Help Couple Find a Place of Their Own on TLC’s “My First Home”. He mentioned that a seasoned agent with a great track record will have a better chance of helping the customer find what they are looking for. Continue reading

Top 100 Markets See Annual Gains for Tenth Consecutive Month

The most recent Homes.com Local Market Index and Rebound Reports are in, bringing with them some very familiar news. For the tenth consecutive month, all of the top 100 local markets witnessed annual gains! Furthermore, eighty-three markets saw month-to-month gains. This is further evidence of an improving housing market, which means things are really starting to look up for real estate professionals!

Although 29 out of the top 100 markets continued to show a complete price recovery for the second month in a row, markets like Salt Lake City, UT, Madison, WI, and Chattanooga, TN posted considerable gains in January and are close to full recovery. Continue reading

5 Strategies to Get Your Rental Listing Off the Market Faster

How are you marketing your rental listings? If you’re like most real estate professionals, you’ve probably invested most of your time and money into properties for sale and wait for someone to contact you about a rental. While this strategy may have worked for you in the past, times are changing and more homeowners are deciding to rent their home rather than put it on the market.

Whether it was the need for additional income or it was time to move and they couldn’t get their home sold fast enough, a homeowner would only consider renting their house as a last resort. Nowadays, due to economic and lifestyle trends, we are starting to see an increase in the single-family rental market, and real estate professionals need to realize that it presents a great opportunity to grow your business. Continue reading

Experts Agree That Mobile is Taking Over

Mobile devices have become the preferred way of accessing the Internet and it’s more important than ever for real estate professionals to adjust their business strategies accordingly. Investing in this mobile trend has jumped to the top of almost every business’s “to-do” list, all searching for the best way to connect with today’s on-the-go consumer.

Jenn Williams, Digital Marketing Manager for Homes.com, recently attended the semi-annual Mobile Insider Summit along with mobile technology directors from major companies like Hotels.com, Retailmenot.com, and Volkswagen. This discussion panel of experts shared their thoughts on the evolution of the mobile industry, where it’s expected to go, and the driving forces behind it. Continue reading