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The Downside to Buying in a Gated Community

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

The premium buyers will pay for a home in a gated community may be nearly offset by the cost of maintaining amenities, a new study shows.

Smaller Apartments Don't Mean Lower Rent

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

New apartments are smaller than they were a decade ago — yet rents have jumped in the last five years. Will renters ever get a break?

Mortgage Rates Hover Near All-Time Low

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

Home buyers are finding a financing advantage, as the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has nearly fallen to its November 2012 record low.

What Really Ticks Off Buyers and Sellers

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 00:00

Make sure you know how to guide clients through these common frustrations that can pop up during a real estate transaction.

Sales Contracts Soften on Inventory Woes

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 00:00

“REALTORS® are acknowledging with increasing frequency lately that buyers continue to be frustrated by the tense competition and lack of...

5 Tips to Help Buyers Save for a Down Payment

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 00:00

A down payment is often the largest single payment consumers make in their lifetime. Saving isn’t easy. Here are some tips. 

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For Buyers Who Want to Upsize on the Cheap

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 00:00

Your buyers want a big home but their budget isn’t enough to afford one. Try these strategies to find a larger home for less money.

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Like-Kind Exchanges Gain Popularity

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 00:00

Forty percent of commercial and residential REALTORS® recently surveyed say that transactions would not have occurred without 1031 tax...

Home Ownership by Age 25? It’s Possible

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00

Despite being saddled with student debt and dealing with the repercussions of the 2008 financial crash, it's still possible to become a home...

Get Ready for a Baby Boomer Sell-Off

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00

Several million current homeowner baby boomers say they plan to move within the next four years. 

NAR Seeks Your Help With First-Time Buyer, Retiree Bill

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00

The National Association of REALTORS® is calling on its members to help move a bill through the Senate that would assist first-time home...

6 Packing Hacks When Moving

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00

Your home sellers will appreciate these creative moving tricks that can speed up preparation for the big day and protect their belongings.

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Judge Says Accuracy Matters In Real Estate

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00

A California man sued and won in a lawsuit against a big-time developer who allegedly inflated the advertised square footage of his condo....

Mortgage Applications Fall, Now Wait-and-See

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 00:00

Total mortgage application volume decreased last week but all eyes are on the aftermath of the "Brexit" vote to see the shakeout in the...

Stay in Sync With These Dropbox Tips

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 00:00

If you're one of the many agents using Dropbox to shuttle files between devices and to clients and your team, these tips will help make sure...

Mortgage Rates in Free Fall Since Brexit Vote

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 00:00

Well-qualified home buyers can now afford a home that’s 8 percent more expensive than at the beginning of the year, which is more than...

The 10 Priciest Places to Live in the Country

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 00:00

Residents are paying some of the highest costs for housing in these major U.S. cities.

 

Quicken Quietly Offers 1% Down Loans

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 00:00

At a time when 3 percent down payment mortgage options are growing, Quicken Loans is offering a loan product that allows home buyers to bring even...

The Main Reason Agents Leave Real Estate

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 00:00

To avoid financial woes, keep in mind that how you treat your tax income now can determine what your tax bill looks like next year.

Private Equity Firms Repeat Banks’ Past Errors?

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 00:00

A New York Times Investigation argues that private equity firms that swooped in during the housing crisis to save the day may have done more harm...

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