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Boost Your Curb Appeal by Considering the Personality of Your Lawn

Your lawn can be a canvas for expressing yourself. In fact, over half (52 percent) of homeowners surveyed in a recent Lifestyles National Survey of America, put out by TruGreen, said that “a homeowner’s lawn can tell you a lot about their personality.” ...


Your Facebook Friends May Affect Your Credit Score

From FICO to Facebook, some lending institutions are turning to social media to assess your credit score. If you have a tough time accessing credit or don't have a credit score, you should take into account that a number of lending companies are using your online activity as an indicator ...


Real Estate Brokerages Answer Consumers Push for One-Stop Shops

The day may be finally here when real estate brokerages deliver to home buyers and sellers the local “one-stop real estate shop” they’ve sought for years, as more real estate firms offer mortgage, title and home-warranty services. ...


Hot Property: Peck Estate for Sale on Westside

(MCT)—The Veronique and Gregory Peck estate has come on the market on the Westside at $24.995 million. ...


Real Estate Brokerages Answer Consumers Push for One-Stop Shops

The day may be finally here when real estate brokerages deliver to home buyers and sellers the local “one-stop real estate shop” they’ve sought for years, as more real estate firms offer mortgage, title and home-warranty services. ...


Must-Haves: Porches on 90 Percent of New Homes in 4 Southern States

Regional Spotlight—There is a clear geographic pattern to the exterior amenities included on new homes, according to data from the Survey of Construction (SOC). Among Census divisions, the highest incidence of one of these amenities occurs in the East South Central ...


House Prices Continue to Rise

Nationally, house prices continued to rise in the second quarter of 2013. According to the most recent release by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. house prices rose by 2.1 percent on a quarter-over-quarter seasonally adjusted basis. This is the eighth ...


5 Tips for Preventing Moving ID Theft

Moving can be an overwhelming experience even when it goes smoothly. Unfortunately, it can also create opportunities for enterprising criminals. Make sure to protect your identity amidst the shuffle by following these smart steps: ...


3 Lessons Learned from Home Flippers

(MCT)—Lex Levinrad is getting phone calls. More than he can handle. His Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Distressed Real Estate Institute is flooded with requests these days from regular people — teachers, plumbers, paint salesmen — who want to invest in South Florida ...


Top 5 Neighbor Disputes and How to Resolve Them

Love thy neighbor? It may be more like "love thy neighbor dispute." According to a new FindLaw.com survey, 42 percent of Americans say they've been involved in a dispute with their neighbors. ...


California Home Sales Higher in July; Price Gains Continue Strong but Tapering

Regional Spotlight—California’s housing market bounced back after a slight dip in June to reach the highest level since May 2012, as home prices continued to post strong annual gains and home sales recorded the first annual increase in six months, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported. ...


Rising Home Prices Drive Home Warranty Sales

As home prices rebound in a recovering housing economy, more sellers are purchasing extended home warranties to give themselves a competitive edge. ...


Ask the Expert: Home Inspections and Infared Thermal Imagers

Today's 'Ask the Expert' column features Trevor Welby-Solomon, Vice President/Technical Services & Support for Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection. ...


Home Builder Sentiment Hits 8-Year High

Home builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for the fourth consecutive month, reaching an eight-year high, the National Association of Home Builders reported recently ...


Mortgage Delinquencies Fall Signaling Improving Housing Market

The percentage of homeowners behind on mortgage payments or in the process of foreclosure is at a five-year low for the second quarter, according to a recent survey. Dom Frommeyer, CRMS, the president of NAMB, The Association of Mortgage Professionals, weighs ...


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