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What Home Buyers Really Want: Ethnic Preferences (Part III)

Previous posts highlighting findings from the study What Home Buyers Really Want: Ethnic Preferences have shown that a buyer’s race or ethnicity can play a role in how he/she evaluates the characteristics and features of a prospective home. The analysis ...


Popularity Contest: Most Coveted Features for New Homes

During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sharing with home buyers the most popular features in new single-family homes in 2014. Builders from across the country were surveyed on what features they were most likely ...


February Pending Home Sales Continue Slide

Pending home sales declined for the eighth straight month in February, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest increases in the Midwest and West were offset by declines in the Northeast and South; all regions are below a year ago. ...


Century 21 Taking over YouTube with Puppies Today

Coinciding with the start of spring home buying season, more consumers searched for real estate online on March 27 last year than any other day in 2013. To leverage this key date in 2014, CENTURY 21 is taking over the ...


Clean Water Act Expansion Not the Right Answer, NAHB Says

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act will increase the cost of new homes without a corresponding benefit to America’s lakes, rivers and other water bodies, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says ...


HUD Seeks Input on Section 8 Guide, Reveals Policy Priorities

Right now across the U.S., private landlords manage approximately 3.1 million low-income households. So those many landlords and property managers should take a few moments to learn about a couple of significant recent announcements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about its Section 8 program. ...


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 ...


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