This Week in Real Estate News: July 25, 2016

real-estate-news-7-25It might be the dog days of summer, but there is plenty happening in the world of real estate news. We pulled together some of the highlights from this week. From the good—new home sales are at their highest level in years, to the bad—some of the most common home-selling myths, to the not-so-ugly—motivational speaker Tony Robbins is more accessible than ever in a new documentary—we’ve got the real estate news covered. Tax tips for different types of home ownership and making sure you are counting the number of bathrooms correctly in your listing wrap up our round up. Happy reading!

The Worst Home-Selling Advice People Actually Believe

When sellers decide to put their home on the market, they will likely be bombarded with plenty home selling advice—and much of it is not good. This article from separates the fact from the fiction when it comes to dealing with home sales. Be sure to read up so you can educate your sellers when you list their home.

New Home Sales in U.S. Reach Highest Levels Since 2008 Market Crash

We all knew things improved since the infamous real estate market crash of 2008, but this confirms it: New home sales are better than ever. Find out more about what this means for your buyers and sellers, as well as for your own bottom line.

What Is a Half-Bath? Or a Quarter Bath or Three-Quarter Bath, for That Matter?

The number of bedrooms and bathrooms is critical when it comes to buying and selling homes. It’s clear what is and isn’t a bedroom, but bathroom math isn’t quite as obvious. tells you how to know if your definition of a half-bath or a three-quarter bath actually adds up.

Tax Rules for Renting to a Relative

Financially secure parents purchasing a home for their struggling children might sound like a no-brainer, but renting to a relative—especially when it is at a reduced rate—can have serious tax ramifications. Find out more about different types of homeownership in this informative article.

This $5,000 Tony Robbins Seminar Is Free on Netflix

Everyone’s been talking about the new Tony Robbins documentary “I Am Not Your Guru,” which is streaming on Netflix for its subscribers. This article shares the perspective of Joe Berlinger, who is the filmmaker behind the movie. is also talking Tony this week in its popular series Behind the Brand.