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Brokers Focus on Photos to Sell Homes

(MCT)—Good pictures are crucial in marketing a home for sale. Just ask Clarissa and Mark Padilla, who were able to get a contract on their Sherman Oaks, Calif., condo unit in less than two weeks — and at a price ...


Summer Ends Sweetly: July Pending Home Sales Rebound

Great news on the housing front: Pending home sales rose in July to the highest level in over two years and remain well above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


NAR Member Benefit Helps REALTORS® Take Care of Their Homes

REALTORS® help people achieve the dream of homeownership, but are often also homeowners themselves. A new offer through the REALTOR Benefits® Program will help members of the National Association of REALTORS® who own homes prolong the life of their air conditioning and heating systems. ...


REALTORS® Applaud FHFA for Expanding Short Sale Eligibility to Help More Struggling Homeowners

The National Association of REALTORS® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to issue new guidelines that expand eligibility criteria and streamline the short sale process. ...


How to Spot Vinyl Siding Damage

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular home sidings in the U.S. due to its relative low cost, durability and lifespan. It is constructed to last more than 20 years even under extreme conditions. In fact, U.S. Census Bureau ...


New Guidelines Streamline Short Sale Processes to Prevent Foreclosures and Help Communities Stabilize

The new short sale guidelines just announced by Fannie Mae will streamline documentation requirements, waive deficiencies for borrowers that successfully complete a short sale and set standard payments for subordinate lien holders, the organization reports. The new guidelines are for servicers to follow as part of the Federal Housing Finance ...


Market Momentum in Illinois

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Data released recently by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® shows signs that the state's housing market is strengthening. ...


5 Legal Tasks to Do When You Move

The Internet is full of checklists and resources to use if you are planning to move. There are packing timelines. There are lists of packing supplies. There are even directions on how to pack boxes. ...


Back to School: College Towns Primed for 2012 Investors

As parents across the country prepare to send their college-bound students to school this fall, many quickly find housing can be a huge financial undertaking. Some are now considering buying homes for their students to live in with classmates, while ...


Keeping Up With Your Property: Asphalt Concrete Repair

If it weren’t for extreme temperature variations and routine wear and tear, homeowners would never have to worry about maintaining and repairing their concrete or asphalt driveways and walkways. Unfortunately, weather and wear are part of life and can have ...


Rand on Real Estate: Why You Should Invest in Houston, Texas and Fairfax, Va.

Rand on Real Estate comes to national television. The Fox Business Network is running a new segment called "Where to Invest Now," featuring Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, as housing market analyst making his picks of the best real estate markets in America for investors. ...


Ask the Experts: Don’t Gamble Funds Earmarked for Mortgage

(MCT)—Where’s the best place to park money to pay off a mortgage? Should elderly parents cancel their credit cards? ...


In July, Housing Starts Edge Down While Permits Rise

Nationwide housing production edged down 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 746,000 units in July, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. However, builders pulled more permits for planned new-home projects than they have in any month since August of 2008. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Be Wary of Keeping Would-Be Buyer’s Deposit

(MCT)—QUESTION: I am selling my vacant house “as is,” and the buyer never had an inspection done. At the walk-through yesterday, he could not get the air conditioner to work. Now he insists that I give him a ...


Builder Confidence Continues to Improve in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved for a fourth consecutive month in August with a two-point gain to 37 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released recently. This gain ...


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