Placester continues growth with $50 million capital raise

Over the last few years, Placester, a Boston-based real estate marketing platform, experienced rapid growth, raising $50 million in three rounds of funding and acquiring RealSatisfied, an Australian company that provides a suite of customer satisfaction tools that provides big data insights to brokers, agents and brands. Now, Placester is growing again. The company announced…

Value of housing market hits 10-year high

The value of the housing market hit a 10-year high in 2016 as equity reached new levels, according to the Urban Institute’s latest report. Home prices for existing single-family homes came screeching to a halt in January, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s report showed. And a new release from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S.…

Despite drop in pending home sales, California Realtors positive on spring-buying season

Housing inventory shortages and affordability concerns dampened California’s strong start to the new year, according to the latest pending homes sale report from the California Association of Realtors. But regardless of the dip, survey results shows that California Realtors are still positive about the upcoming spring home-buying season and expect improved market conditions in the…

Existing home sales come down off 10-year high

January started off 2017 with the highest number of existing home sales in a decade, but February decreased slightly, coming down off that high, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors. Total existing home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell 3.7% to a seasonally adjusted…

Top 5 places to live in Central Florida

From its breathtaking beaches to its glorious theme parks to world famous Disney World, and everything in between, Central Florida real estate holds captivating fascination for everyone. But which places are the best and fairest among all to live in Central Florida? This blog says it all. Criteria to select the top places To select…

India freaks out over U.S. plans to change high-skilled visas

Praying at the ‘visa’ temple in India Amid the hue and cry over President Trump’s travel ban, news of another potential change to American immigration rules has set off a panic attack in India’s tech industry. Major Indian tech shares took a nosedive on Tuesday on reports that Trump is planning to make changes to…

‘Hero Shop’ Brings Designer Fashion To Lower Nob Hill

Photos: Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline Wed. July 20, 2016, 11:33am Hero Shop—one of many new commercial destinations coming to Lower Nob Hill this year—is now open for business just off the corner of Post and Larkin. The boutique, featuring high-end women’s clothing and accessories by West Coast designers, is the first brick-and-mortar endeavor for Emily Holt, a Bay…

Emily Holt’s Hero Shop: Build it and they will come?

By Tony Bravo June 16, 2016 Updated: June 18, 2016 11:37am Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle Hero Shop owner Emily Holt shows her boutique under construction in San Francisco, California in April. Does San Francisco’s fashion scene need rescuing? Former Vogue editor Emily Holt, who is opening a boutique called Hero Shop next month, says…

Protest turns violent during Obama’s Athens visit

Story highlights Police: Anarchists became violent after they tried to break through a police cordon President Barack Obama is visiting Athens, will give a speech near the Acropolis The trouble came as Barack Obama visits Athens on his final state tour as President of the United States. He is expected to give a speech Wednesday…