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What does President Trump mean for the housing market?

Political pundits around the country were stunned last night when Donald Trump secured enough votes to beat Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States. While supporters from both sides are still reeling from emotions, we woke up wondering what that would mean for real estate. It’s common for the president to use housing as a vehicle to lead economic recovery, …

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New FAA drone use rules will benefit real estate agents

The use of drones to show real estate is becoming increasingly popular, and the Federal Aviation Administration recently made it easier for real estate agents to take advantage of this technology. The FAA relaxed regulations on drone use by real estate agents, and the new rules take effect in August. Colorado Realtor Margaret Stapleton of RE/MAX Alliance discussed drone technology on the NALA’s North …

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Fewer Sellers are using FSBO sites

Fewer sellers are using FSBO (For Sale By owner) real estate listing sites.  In 2003 over 80% of owners used live Realtors to list property for sale and about 12% used FSBO sites in order to save the fee Realtors charge.  The FSBO sites may save money if they are effective, but from 2003 to 2015 the number of sellers using “self-sell” sites has …

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Johnson County Iowa Population Surges in 2016

Johnson County is the second- fastest-growing county in Iowa, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. The census data estimate that from 2010 to 2015, Johnson County’s population grew by 10.2 percent, or 13,369 residents, bringing the estimated county population to 144,251. It was one of 28 of the state’s 99 counties that gained residents during that period. “You have two things in Johnson County, …

Manhattan Apartments

In Manhattan, uptown means north (more precisely north-northeast, which is the direction the island and its street grid system is oriented) and downtown means south (south-southwest). This usage differs from that of most American cities, where downtown refers to the central business district. Manhattan has two central business districts, the Financial District at the southern tip of the island, and Midtown Manhattan. The term …

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What is a CCIM?

The CCIM Institute was built on a foundation that has remained solid for more than 40 years: The best teachers of commercial real estate investment principles are experienced and successful commercial real estate practitioners. By combining the best minds to develop and teach the industry’s best practices, CCIM has helped thousands of students propel their careers and grow their businesses. Since 1954, CCIM has …

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MetaCommunications Closes $8M Funding Round to Accelerate Growth of Software Solutions for Marketing...

IOWA CITY, Iowa, Sept. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — MetaCommunications Inc. (“Meta”), developer of software solutions for marketing and creative teams worldwide, announced the close of an $8M growth funding round led by Next Level Ventures, a Des Moines based VC firm that invests in high-potential Iowa companies. The investment, the largest yet made by the firm, will be used to expand Meta’s sales and …

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Fed inadvertently publishes staff forecast for 2015 rate hike

Staff economists at the Federal Reserve expect a quarter-point U.S. interest rate increase this year, according to forecasts the Fed mistakenly published on its website in a gaffe that drew criticism about its ability to keep secrets. The rate forecast was included with a series of bearish projections on U.S. economic growth and inflation that were presented to policymakers at their June 16-17 meeting. …

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Iowa City ranks in Top 10 for livability

Iowa City is among the top 10 cities in the country in which to live, work and play, according to a new ranking by the website,Livability.com. The city also has appeared on the company’s top 10 lists of best college towns, best cities for book lovers and best cities for affordable health care. “Each of these cities is a great place to live,” Matt …

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