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A Closer Look At The Numbers Behind Labor Force Loss

November 12, 2015  |  by Ellen

Economist Elliot Eisenberg, PhD writes a monthly column covering major trends in our economy. This month he dug a little deeper into the statistics behind labor force participation and how many people we should really count as being a part of the labor force.  While the unemployment rate is 5.1% and has fallen smartly since peaking at 10% in October... Continue Reading

Airport Parking Spaces for Sale

We Want To Know Wednesday: Should Real Estate Agents Represent Sales Of (Airport) Parking Spaces?

November 11, 2015  |  by Ellen

We recently heard about a new opportunity for agents in the United Kingdom and wondered if the same thing would work in our area. Two major airports have opened up parking spaces for purchase, and the sales are to be brokered by agents. Spaces cost about the equivalent of $30,000 and owners have the rights to them for one hundred... Continue Reading


RBI October 2015 Update: Continued Increase in Closed and Pending Sales in D.C. Metro; Baltimore Sees Strong Increases in Sales and Pending Contracts

November 10, 2015  |  by Corey

The following analyses of the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Metro Area housing markets have been prepared by Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. of RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) and are based on October 2015 MRIS housing data. DC Metro Overview The Washington, D.C. Metro Area housing market continued to see increases in closed and pending sales in October, with pending contracts at the... Continue Reading

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Promote Yourself Using Facebook Ads with Homesnap

November 9, 2015  |  by Ellen

Recently we posted about Homesnap piloting a feature that lets users create a Facebook ad for listings or recent sales using a simple point-and-click process (a sample version of the ad is pictured above). They have just announced they’re out of the pilot phase and have now opened this up to all of their MRIS users. To check it out, log in... Continue Reading


David Charron Discusses the Evolving Role of the MLS on Unlisted with Brad Inman

November 6, 2015  |  by Ellen

Publisher Brad Inman interviewed MRIS CEO David Charron for his audio show Unlisted and the duo covered how any MLS can adapt to meet the changing needs of its subscribers. They covered Coming Soon Listings, listing syndication, and more. Press play to listen: Here is the direct link to the audio on SoundCloud: You can also catch up with more... Continue Reading

The iconic Hecht Warehouse is now an Ivy City apartment complex. Photo from Library of Congress.

What Revitalization Looks Like For One DC Neighborhood

November 6, 2015  |  by Ellen

To follow up on yesterday’s post about the coming growth around Washington DC’s Metro stations, here’s a closer look at the types of change one neighborhood has in process. Ivy City is a 30-acre parcel off of New York Ave NE that has seen its share of derelict buildings for years. One developer, Doug Jemal, is in the process of changing... Continue Reading

Metro Station

Metro Stations To See Surge In Nearby Developments

November 5, 2015  |  by Ellen

A new study by Washington D.C. Economic Partnership estimates that 78% of the development projects for the city over the next 15 years will take place near a Metro station. The three stations that will see the most amount of activity are NoMa-Gallaudet U, Union Station and Navy Yard-Ballpark, but many other stations will see new developments out of the 388 projects... Continue Reading


VP Andrew Strauch Shows How To Use AVMs To Your Advantage

November 4, 2015  |  by Ellen

The topic of Automated Valuation Models always draws a strong opinion from every sector of the real estate industry, and certainly many real estate agents report how frustrated they are that clients rely heavily on these estimates for the value of their homes. MRIS Vice President of Product Innovation and Marketing Andrew Strauch has heard agents’ concerns for years now and... Continue Reading


MRIS-U Quick Tip: Give Your Buyers Mortgage Estimates Directly Within Matrix Auto Emails

November 3, 2015  |  by Ellen

All MRIS customers have free access to a handy tool for sharing your preferred lenders directly within any Matrix+ email you send your clients. RatePlug drops in an interactive mortgage calculator right after the body of the email. Here’s an example of what appears after the listing:   This way your buyers don’t have to leave the listing email in... Continue Reading


Introducing The Brand New Inman Local

November 2, 2015  |  by Ellen

After years of bringing you national level news about real estate trends, policies, and programs, Inman is launching local sites in six major cities around the country today, including the Washington D.C. market. Access is included as part of any Inman Select subscription, which is free for all MRIS subscribers. To activate your subscription go to this link. Then check out the Inman Local... Continue Reading

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