Category Archives: Home Buyers

Realty Executives International Partners With Zillow To Include Canadian Property Listings

Realty Executives International announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Zillow, Inc., the leading real estate and rental marketplace in the U.S., to include listings from their Canadian franchises. The Canadian listings from Realty Executives will drive unprecedented global exposure to Canadian homes for sale to the millions of home shoppers that visit Zillow every month.

“Realty Executives has always valued providing an optimal real estate search experience on our proprietary sites, therefore partnering with Zillow, who shares the same consumer-centric perspective, was a natural fit,” said David Tedesco, CEO of Realty Executives International. “Our partnership with Zillow will change the way consumers search for properties in Canada, making it easier for Canadian consumers to search for homes in the U.S. and Canada, as well as U.S. buyers to search for properties in Canada.”

Listings on Zillow® from Realty Executives International can include a description of the property, photos and the listing agent’s contact information so home buyers can easily find more information about the home or connect with a local real estate agent for next steps. Listings can also include the company logo, description and a short video.   

“In the U.S., our industry partners have seen Zillow become a key part of driving maximum exposure for their listings,” said Errol Samuelson, Zillow Group Chief Industry Development Officer. “It’s exciting to us that Realty Executives International will be able to extend this benefit to their Canadian teams.”

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About Realty Executives Intl. Svcs. LLC

Established in 1965, Realty Executives International is one of the largest and most established real estate franchise systems in the world, with over 8,000 agents and 500 offices globally. The company offers disruptive pricing models particularly attractive to top performing agents. Its unrivaled mobile technology, business tools, training and concierge service are coupled with protected territories and financing for qualified franchisees. The Scottsdale-based, privately held company has been ranked as a leader in the real estate industry by publications like Entrepreneur, Success and Inc. magazines. For additional company information visit www.RealtyExecutives.com.

3 Serious Dangers of Buying Without a Real Estate Agent

How many times do you plan to buy a home during your entire lifetime?

For most of us, the number is somewhere between 3 and 5. It certainly doesn’t happen often enough to make us experts on the process.

Real estate agents, on the other hand, may handle 3-5 purchases per month. This experience makes them an invaluable resource to homebuyers.

Before you think about handling your purchase on your own, consider these 3 serious dangers of buying without a real estate agent. Continue reading

What Exactly Do I Need to Qualify for a Home Loan?

Year after year, home buyers continue to make the same mistake…

They wait until they find their dream home to start the process of qualifying for a home loan.

Getting pre-approved for a home loan should actually be the very first step in your house hunt! Pre-approval: Continue reading

Red Flags to Look for While Home Shopping

It can be so easy to get caught up in things like curb appeal and low prices while searching for a new home. While these things are definitely enviable qualities for any new home, they also tend to distract potential home owners from other, more unworthy elements a house on the market might be hiding. Buyers should always be mindful of these red flags: Continue reading

Tips for moving in the fall

Moving during the fall season can be a difficult task. You schedule fills up with work as well as kids’ school schedules and extra curricular activities. As busy as you may be, there are ways to make moving during the fall less stressful. Continue reading

Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Homes?

Overall, there’s been a lot of discussion about millennial home-buying habits. While the housing market has recovered since the 2008 bust, many millennials are still not buying homes. It’s a divergence from an old pattern in the United States, where home ownership has always been viewed as one of the key pillars to building wealth. According to research from the Urban Institute, home ownership among millennials aged 25 to 34 is eight percentage points lower than baby boomers at the same age and more than eight points lower than Generation X. Continue reading

New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market

Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark Meaney and his wife, Sue, decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to roll in. Continue reading

What to Consider if You’re Planning To Move for Retirement

Usually, the only thing you’d think about when moving is location, location, location. However, when you’re moving for retirement, it’s never the same thing – you have to consider several factors because things will never be the same once you retire. For one, you won’t be earning the same money you usually earn from a regular day job. This means that when you retire, you should be keen on your expenses. Healthcare will also become a necessity during this phase of your life. To ensure that your move during retirement will become beneficial to you in the long run, consider these questions: Continue reading

7 Booming Real Estate Markets in the US and Canada in 2018

The 2018 real estate market is hot. Buyers are facing a shortage of inventory and sellers are selling their homes faster than previous years. Some markets are experiencing even greater real estate success with increasing home values, more interested buyers, and an influx of new residents. These are a few of the top booming real estate markets so far in 2018. Continue reading

Essential Questions You Need to Ask Your Contractor

Getting construction work done is always an exciting prospect, but it can also get very stressful . What could lessen the stress, however, is if you hire a good contractor for your project. To make sure you’re hiring the right contractor, you will need to ask certain essential questions. Here are a few: Continue reading