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An end run around judicial foreclosure?

January 16th, 2015

I caught sight of an interesting post on the Credit Slips blog earlier today. Law professor Nathalie Martin of the University of New Mexico reports that some lenders in her state may be trying to find a way out of the state’s strict judicial foreclosure laws.
The upshot is, she’s saying that some lenders in New [...]

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Murdoch Strikes, But Can Zillow Take The Blow?

January 7th, 2015

Rupert Murdoch — well, more likely his lieutenant, new Move CEO Ryan O’Hara — has made his first sally in the war against Zillow/Trulia: In April, the listing feed Zillow receives from Move subsidiary ListHub will be cut off, depriving the site of hundreds of thousands of listings.
Not at all coincidentally, Zillow has just announced [...]

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Zillow in Talks to Buy Trulia?

July 24th, 2014

Real estate portal Zillow is said to be in talks to purchase rival Trulia, Bloomberg reports. Combined, the two firms account for 75 percent of web traffic to real estate sites, according to web tracking firm ComScore. The rumored deal, which is still being negotiated, could value Trulia at as much as $2 billion.
A merger [...]

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Could foreign buyers be driving Boston prices?

May 23rd, 2014

James Surowiecki at the New Yorker has a really interesting column up this week about the effect of the global rich on local real estate markets. Surowiecki points out that the most expensive housing market in North America right now isn’t San Francisco or New York — it’s Vancouver, because the stable Canadian real estate [...]

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Robosigning Woes Alive and Well In the Bay State?

April 17th, 2014

A new case came down from the state’s appellate court yesterday (it can be found here, with a couple clicks, although that’s only a temporary resting place) that looks like it could have a couple interesting wrinkles for local foreclosure law. I’m in the middle of rounding up some legal experts to run over the [...]

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Would Zillow really gain anything by acquiring Move?

April 3rd, 2014

Sam DeBoard had an interesting piece the other day at Inman about Zillow and Move in the aftermath of two key Move execs jumping ship to their competitor (which I blogged about here). He speculates that maybe Zillow’s next move should be to acquire Move outright, eliminating one of their two chief competitors at a [...]

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On the Move vs. Zillow Executive Exit Affair…

March 18th, 2014

I have two questions:
1) When appointing a new head of industry relations leads to you getting sued by the trade association for that industry, does that count as a bad hire?
2) If a key executive departs for a competitor and you quickly promote someone internally to replace them….and then the replacement also quits for the [...]

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Dearly Departed Disclosures

November 7th, 2013

The economics professor and blogger Tyler Cowen has a series of posts on how there’s Markets In Everything. This here blog might have to launch a similar feature on how there’s Real Estate Search Sites for Everything. Plenty of sites will tell you how to find a pad where everything’s in walking distance or where [...]

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Lingering after-effects of the housing boom on Boston?

April 30th, 2013

Calculated Risk has an interesting post in the wake of today’s Case Shiller numbers, comparing current housing prices with different baselines. It’s a pretty strong reality check: While today’s headline is that February prices were up almost 10 percent over 2012, we’re only worked our way back to 2003 (un-adjusted) or 1999 (inflation-adjusted) housing prices [...]

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Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away….

April 1st, 2013

Everyone knows that good picutre can make or break a listing, and of course perhaps the essential ingredient of a good picture is proper lighting, both indoors and out. There’s nothing like a flickering flourescent bulb to make that lovely basement rec room look like a serial killer’s dungeon, and nothing like a iron-grey sky to make that spacious roof [...]

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