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6 Questions to Ask before a Refinance

(MCT)—A home mortgage refinance may sound like a good idea in theory, but it’s not always possible or desirable. ...


Common Myths about Appraisals in the Home-Buying Process

At The Appraisal Foundation, we often encounter misperceptions about the appraisal process in real estate transactions – from how an appraisal is ordered and carried out, to the type of communication permitted with appraisers. As a result, we have compiled the most ...


Great Spaces: Snag 14 Acres in Arizona

Looking for a desert hideaway? This 14-acre home, safe and snug inside the guard-gated Lost Canyon in Scottsdale, Ariz., may be the perfect space for you. The home includes four bedrooms, six bathrooms and more than 9,500 square feet of space. ...


To Remodel or Not to Remodel: Some ‘Upgrades’ May Detract from the Sale

(MCT)—Nancy and Thomas James’ Dana Point, Calif., home has expansive ocean views, four bedrooms, a wide deck for entertaining, solar paneling — even an elevator. ...


Distressed Housing Market Shrinks Dramatically in California

Regional Spotlight--Vastly improved home prices over the past five years have changed the landscape of California’s distressed housing market, which is now just a fraction of what it was during the Great Recession, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) found recently. ...


Buyers Seek Out House of Their Youth

(MCT)—The home you grew up in creates the framework for the home you choose as an adult—whether you end up someplace very similar, or seek out its opposite. And for some people, the answer is a place that manages to offer both ...


Real Estate with a Humanitarian Twist: New Company Bridges Home Sales with Building Homes for Those in Need

REALTORS® have been giving back to their communities for decades. However, a new company is working with agents to provide a different kind of service: building homes for those in need. ...


Great Spaces: A One-of-a-Kind, Two-Story Florida Penthouse

Furnished by Fendi Casa, this wowing, two-story penthouse contains more than 15,000 square feet of living space, six bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, an indoor/outdoor theater, an outdoor dining area, a family room, a wine room, a billiard room, a grand salon with an ...


Builder’s Rebates Baffle Buyer

(MCT)—Question: I purchased a home from builder XYZ for $320,000, and have a $10,666 REALTOR® rebate coming back to me. The builder had me sign a paper that says the rebate can only be used to pay settlement costs. In addition, if ...


Why Are New Homes Getting So Big? Look at Who’s Buying Them

Preliminary data provided to NAHB by the Census Bureau on the characteristics of homes started in 2013 show the trend toward larger homes continued unabated last year, as did the share of new homes with 4+ bedrooms, 3+ full baths, 2-stories, or ...


Meeting Buyer Demands in a Seller’s Market: Top Trends for 2014

(BPT)—With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller's market, you may think you won't need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast—while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn't ...


What’s a Move-Up Buyer to Do?

Regional Spotlight—Selling one home and buying another is never a simple task. As market conditions change, so does the nature of that challenge. Currently, in the metro Chicago real estate market and across much of northern Illinois, the seller-buyer confronts an active market with rising prices and strong demand but ...


Ask the Expert: What Should Homeowners Address to Weather a Home for Winter?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, Director of Marketing for Pillar To Post. ...


For Your Clients: Tips for Boomerang Homebuyers

(MCT)—Folks in the housing biz love people who want to buy homes. And these days, many real estate and mortgage brokers feel especially fond of so-called rebound or boomerang buyers — people who lost a home to foreclosure, but are now ready ...


Home Crush Survey: Women More Likely than Men to Crush on Out of League Homes

Realtor.com® has released the results of its Home Crush Survey, which revealed that men and women are notably different when it comes to developing a crush on a home. In this survey, a home crush is defined as a home a ...


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