Karla Lárraga


Hello there – hope this finds you well and that you had a great weekend! After weeks of dreary weather, freak snowstorms and an overarching gloom across various parts of Texas, it feels nice to finally go ahead and say it: Spring.Is.Here! We couldn’t be more excited about it – are you?

This weeks roundup highlights another important thing about Spring – it’s home buying season!  This week we have seen a good mix of news, but there’s no question about it – we are gearing up for a busy season and we hope you’re all ready. There’s something for everyone to read in this weeks real estate news roundup, so make sure and share what articles resonated the most with you over at the Champions School of Real Estate facebook and twitter pages! Enjoy your morning read – see you next week!


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>> 5 Reasons Not to Use a Friend as Your Real Estate Agent (U.S. News & World Report)

As the spring house-hunting season approaches, many Americans will be buying or selling a home – and some will enlist the help of a friend or relative who happens to work in real estate. But experts caution that hiring a friend as your real estate agent could backfire…

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>> US Real Estate Investment Market’s Achilles’ Heel Exposed (Newsmax Finance)

Money has been pouring into the U.S. real estate market from all over the world. The prices being paid by these foreign investors have been a windfall to U.S. property owners who have been reaping the benefit of a world in financial chaos looking for an investment safe haven…

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>> How to pull off successful event marketing in real estate (Inman News)

The ramp-up to the spring real estate season brings several things every year, an increase in postcards, reminders of daylight saving time and yet another article proclaiming the death of the open house. The arguments don’t vary much from year to year. Open houses don’t attract a buyer; they are a waste of time; they are only a benefit to the real estate agent who uses your house to get more clients…

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>> Myths about boomers and real estate (MarketWatch)

Pretty much everything you think you know about the homes where today’s retirees live and want to live is wrong, based on the results of the new Merrill Lynch/Age Wave survey, “Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices.”..

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>> From ‘kids with computers’ to real estate juggernaut (The Gainesville Sun)

Allison Ables said if she ever writes a book, she’ll call it “You Can’t Sell Real Estate from Behind a Computer.” That’s what her first broker at Keller Williams Realty told her after admonishing her for spending too much time in the office working on her website…

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>> Makeover madness! The living room makeover that led to a real estate bidding war. (Today Home)

As Cassie Freeman and her husband prepared to sell their house, they knew a revamped living room could help get an offer. After giving the living room a quick yet effective makeover, the house sold in a weekend — with a whopping 19 offers. See what they did to make it happen…

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Karla Lárraga

About Karla Lárraga

Karla Lárraga is the Communications Director for Champions School of Real Estate® and Champions School of Business Etiquette® statewide. With active social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and more, Karla enjoys sharing everything Champions - be sure to stop by and say hello or drop her a note at Karla@ChampionsSchool.com.

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