The ultimate guide to what 2017 has in store for real estate

We’ve spent the past several weeks at Inman examining what 2016 held and offering predictions for 2017 — so many that you might have missed some!So we’re offering a retrospective of the future-looking posts we’ve published, grouped by category. Enjoy!What’s the general industry outlook?Our last Special Report of the year featured analysis based on survey feedback, plus interviews with some of the industry’s most noteworthy names. It showed solid optimism for the 2017 housing market, and Read more [...]

Zillow’s 6 predictions for the 2017 housing market under Trump

Though we haven’t yet flipped the page to December, the calendar keeps inching closer to the new year — and inauguration day. This makes for a spirited November, aka the start of 2017 forecast season. We’ve heard about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for loosened lender regulations, potential impact on mortgage rates (which economists say were on their way up, anyway) and sprawling infrastructure plan, along with what Chinese investors are thinking about the upcoming Read more [...]

Los Angeles rent growth slowing for lifestyle renters, says Yardi

For renters, a slowdown in the market's growth is a welcome trend. While the drop was hardly noticeable, September saw its first monthly dip since November 2015 to $1,219, down just one dollar from August.According to the Yardi Matrix Monthly report for September 2016, which measures 123 markets throughout the nation, rent prices grew 4.7 percent in September on an annual basis -- a 30-basis-point decrease from August and 200-basis-point decrease from the most recent high in October 2015.In the Read more [...]

California’s most and least family-friendly cities

The state of California isn't short on things to do for families: big city attractions, rich history and immense nature are scattered throughout the state.WalletHub recently released a list of the best California cities to raise a family based on family life, fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic environment.According to the WalletHub ranking, Folsom is the best city for families in California. With a total score of 75.31, the city's highest categorical ranking was for Read more [...]

Can Facebook friends nudge you into homeownership?

Social media has a profound impact on how we make our everyday decisions -- which detergent we'll use to wash our clothes, the car we'll purchase next or even what doctor we'll choose for ourselves and our families. But how does social media influence one of the biggest decisions someone will make in a lifetime? Researchers Michael Bailey, Ruiqing Cao, Theresa Kuchler and Johannes Stroebel dug into this question in their National Bureau of Economic Research study "Social Networks Read more [...]

Opinion: Why I don’t trust Zillow

Editor’s note: Zillow Group and dotloop have each stated that the companies intend to protect consumer and agent data; “as has always been the case, data on dotloop is only used for the services that are permitted by the licenses that we have with agents and brokerages who use our product,” said dotloop CEO Austin Allison. I don’t trust Zillow. It’s that simple. I have frequently communicated my lack of trust to Zillow’s C-suite. As someone who runs a real estate brokerage, I have Read more [...]

Rentals will remain in demand, especially among millennials

Are you set up for success in 2016? Join 2,500 real estate industry leaders Aug. 4-7, 2015, at Inman Connect in San Francisco. Get Connected with the people and ideas that will inspire you and take your business to new heights. Register today and save $100 with code Readers. Takeaways: Single-family rentals are expected to remain in high demand. Median rent in San Francisco rose by 20 percent between April 2014 and April 2015. Rents in some markets were stagnant or declined, as Read more [...]