Real Estate Headlines with Cramped Places, Incredible ROI and Dream Apartment

Spring. March Madness. Easter is coming. I love this time of year. Hope springs eternal as the weather gets nicer and you’ve already forgotten about that hour you lost last weekend. So let’s kickoff this week in the best way possible with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

Bigger Pockets shares 3 obstacles real estate investors face and how to fix them.

Where is the most cramped place to live in the United States? Hint: Carmageddon.

Men’s Health thinks it has the key to finding your dream home…and 6-pack abs.

Has the snow in Boston delayed the spring real estate market?

How in the world does declining oil prices impact home sales in Canada?

Talk about a return on investment. A property bought for $300k in 2004 just sold for nearly $30 million.

Lifehacker has some tips for landing your dream apartment in a competitive city.

The Wall Street Journal lays out a plan for you to get the right mortgage.

Freddic Mac thinks 2015 will be the best year for home sales.

And finally, here’s a painful question: Why can’t you afford to buy a home where you want to live?

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Real Estate Headlines: Smart Home Edition

This week we’re dedicating a ton of content to focusing on the best in smart home technology. As spring looms around the corner and more sellers look to put their homes on the market, you might find buyers are a bit more interested in homes that feature smart home tech. So let’s get things started with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

Anyone with a pet knows a house is not a home without our furry friends. The Tagg Tracker is a GPS system attached to your dog’s collar so owners can keep a close eye on their pet – even from afar.

Forbes shares some ideas on how to ride the smart home wave.

Smart home doorknobs? Google wants to patent them.

Doorbells are becoming the eyes and ears of the smart home.

Can technology redefine the future of beauty and makeup in your bedroom?

Should we start worrying about home hacking?

Time has an article about everything you want to imagine Apple is working on for smart home tech.

Samsung has done it. They’ve built the first smart home for dogs.

You want a 4K TV? Of course you do. Here’s the excuse you need to get one.

And finally, Ikea has a new furniture set that will charge your phone wirelessly. Chances are you still have to put it together with an allen wrench.

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Real Estate Headlines with Kennedys, Going Ballistic and $0 Down

Right now you’re sensing something is coming, but you’re not quite sure what it is. That’s March Madness. It’s lingering just waiting to take over. I’m not just talking about college basketball. I’m talking about hoops plus signs of spring plus anticipation of Easter which all adds up to a little March Madness. But don’t go crazy yet. Here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week.

Here are some home buying mistakes to avoid.

MarketWatch shares some hidden costs of buying a vacation home.

Should easier home loan rules make us worry just a little bit?

Here’s a tiny modular housing system for cities where real housing is too expensive.

What is the biggest threat to the spring housing market?

Fortune shares 10 reasons the real estate market could go ballistic this spring.

Some rare photos of the Kennedy’s Virginia estate are both heart-warming and sad at the same time.

Can you really buy a home with $0 down?

CNNMoney has 4 trends popping up in high-end kitchens.

And finally, this home in Basalt, CO might be the most interesting home for sale on coldwellbanker.com.

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Real Estate Headlines with China, San Francisco and Steve Martin

Welcome to the last week of February! Oscars have been handed out. College basketball season is coming to its climax. And before you know it there will be Easter candy in your cabinet. But before the thought of eating a whole box of peeps makes you gag a little bit, let’s start your week off on the right foot with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

Are lenders beginning to ease requirements for getting a mortgage?

In case you missed it, Coldwell Banker is committing to find homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs this year with Adopt-A-Pet.com.

Everybody focuses on indoor staging, but outdoor staging should not be overlooked.

Does China have a real estate bubble?

We don’t like the sound of this, but San Francisco may have a pet housing crisis.

How’s this for a deal? Buy a condo. Get free Uber.

RISMedia asks why are real estate seasonal trends important?

Bet on these home improvement in 2015.

And finally, Steve Martin is selling his ’70s era concrete fortress of a home.

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Real Estate Headlines with World’s Tiniest Home, Love Life and Sacrifices

It’s President’s Day. Possibly part of a three day weekend for you. Or if you’re a student in the Northeast, this is one of those dreaded make-up days for all the snow we’ve had. Before you know it we’ll be turning our clocks forward and you’ll be wondering what’s with all the Easter candy. But before you get too far ahead of yourself, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week.

Is marijuana reform helping real estate in Colorado?

A condo in NYC just sold for $47.4 million.

Bigger Pockets shares 7 sacrifices that must be made if you want to invest in real estate.

Here’s an explanation of how the economy affects real estate.

Could you live in the world’s tiniest home?  Just so you know, the toilet is in the shower.

These homes look like they were pulled right out of a fairy tale.

How much do you need to make to afford an average home in LA? Oh just over $91,000.

The Huffington Post shares 6 things millenials should do before buying a house.

NAR thinks your love life impacts your home buying ability.

And finally, if you haven’t heard yet, we’re looking to find homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs this year. Help us out by visiting Adopt-A-Pet.com.

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Real Estate Headlines with Dr. Dre, Up, and Live-Work Balance

Yes, it’s Monday, but there’s a three day weekend awaiting you at the end of the week. Thank you President’s Day. Sure there’s a full week of work awaiting you, but you get to start it off with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

Will Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s low down payment loan threaten housing?

Sports team owners are turning their attention to real estate.

Why do some borrowers pay higher mortgage interest rates than others?

Kiplinger shares the 5 big steps you have to take to buy your first home.

Multigenerational living and combining purchases are two of the top housing trends for 2015.

This apartment might just have the perfect balance of live-work space.

No biggie. Dr. Dre just sold his tear-down house with a view for a $32 million.

Last week everyone was saying millenials are bullish on housing. CNNMoney says: not so fast.

CNBC says the red hot real estate market is in…this city.

And finally, the home that inspired the Disney movie Up is going to be auctioned.

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Real Estate Headlines with Sneaky Ways, Starbucks and Rupert Murdoch

Ah Super Bowl Sunday gives way to just another Monday. Sure you’ll be talking about TV commercials more today than any other day, but unless your team won it’s just another day. So let’s make this day extra special and set you up with a delicious serving of weekly real estate headlines.

The LA Times reports that millenials are finally entering the home buying market.

What do falling oil prices mean for real estate markets?

Canadians love home ownership, but now they’re getting pretty hot for income properties too.

Guess who knows the next hot real estate market before you do? That’s right…Starbucks.

Rupert Murdoch wants to know “what the hell does Zillow mean?”

Does home staging really influence potential buyers?

RISMedia predicts a more robust year for housing in 2015.

Sigh. Manhattan condo prices have never been higher.

Is there a remodeling boom on the horizon?

Here are 7 states where home prices are hitting record highs.

And finally, Realty Times shares 14 sneaky ways to get your house sold.

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Real Estate Headlines with Asia, Hottest Home Market and Sleek Prefab

Where have you gone January? Welcome to the last week of the first month of 2015. Before February starts wooing you with its Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend, let’s close out January with your weekly dose of real estate headlines.

The Motley Fool has 3 things you should know about FHA mortgage insurance premiums.

Home sales are on the rise, but first-time buyers are still on the outs.

The only thing hotter than this city’s night life is its housing market. Can you guess which city experienced record breaking home sales in 2014?

Miley Cyrus family home is up for sale.

You have to see some of these sleek “pop-up” prefab homes.

Could your home be bought by an investor?

You can step inside an apartment from Fifty Shades of Grey.

Is now the time to buy stock in housing?

This is Asia’s home of the year and it’s awesome.

And finally, I’m pretty sure just one of these kitchen innovations would make your home the smartest on the block.

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Real Estate Headlines with Beyonce, Minecraft and 3D Printing

So we’re a little late with real estate headlines this week. It happens. But it wouldn’t be a week on the Blue Matter blog without a weekly dose of real estate headlines. Here you go…and you’re welcome.

It appears a new flock of foreign real estate developers are hitting US shores.

According to economists, the housing market is about to pickup

…but maybe not for new home construction.

The most expensive one-bedroom flat in London just went on sale for £10 million.

Hong Kong has the least affordable housing in the world, but would you guess #2 is a city in Canada?

The New Yorker questions if Zathbog of Planet Cibwarv is inflating U.S.housing prices. Yes, that’s a headline.

Yesterday, January 20th, was the best day to get a deal on a Toronto home. Sorry, you missed it.

Geeks vs. Pop Stars? Did Jay-Z and Beyonce get outbid by the creator of Minecraft for their potential LA home?

And finally, could 3D printing and land reform help solve housing problems?

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Real Estate Headlines with a CES Twist

The Coldwell Banker Blue Matter team has returned from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and there’s one thing we know for certain: the home of the future is here today. From home automation to robots to smart appliances, science fiction is a reality for those who want their homes to be. So for your weekly dose of real estate headlines we wanted to highlight some of the top posts we published during our time at CES.

Everyone’s heard about the smart home, but what about a smart garden?

The Smart Watch just might be the control center for your home.

Vintage vinyl with a modern style and sound is the perfect addition to the audiophile’s home.

Will the future laundry room take some of the dirty work out of cleaning clothes?

These LG vacuums are like having your own cleaning service.

Lowe’s Iris app might be the best smart home system out there.

Your driveway is now your personal basketball trainer thanks to 94Fifty.

Forget about Rosie from The Jetsons. Your home will soon need Jarvis from Iron Man.

Soon you’ll be able to ask your bedroom vanity “Which outfit or makeup style makes me the fairest of them all?

You can cancel your gym membership because iFIT is turning your home into the ultimate gym.

Go get a 4K TV. Like right now. Go.

And finally, be sure to watch our Day 1 recap video. And you might as well watch the Day 2 recap video as well.

 

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