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Nearly Half of Americans Will Have Smart Home Technology by the End of 2016

The year 2020 has long been a benchmark for when the “smart home” will finally be mainstream, but according to the results of a survey released today by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, that time may ...


Where’s America Moving? Oregon Named Top Moving Destination of 2015

For the third consecutive year, Oregon holds on to the No. 1 spot as "Top Moving Destination," as Americans continue to pack up and head West and South. Those are the results of United Van Lines' 39th Annual National Movers ...


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Announces New REthink Council Members

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices recently announced the selection of nine new members to its REthink Council, a national group of 15 top-producing agents who embrace innovative technologies to improve the consumer buying and selling experience. Steve Hales, sales associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Alexandria, is among the nine ...


Builders Share Strong Outlook for Green Homes

During the prolonged housing downturn, green homes provided support to the ailing residential market and now promise to be an important element of the recovering market as well, according to a new study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and ...


FHA Urged to Ease Rules on Condo Financing

FHA kicks off 2016 with some of the strongest books of business in years. In November 2015, FHA reported that its Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund surpassed the mandated 2 percent capital reserve ratio requirement for the first time since 2009. Early payment ...


Spring Clean Your Office Collateral

Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means…spring cleaning! This year, take that fresh-start mentality out of your home and into the office, and assess your office collateral. Over the course of a year, it’s easy to become ...


Wildfire Home Danger Update: Researchers, Responders Developing Data

In a previous report, I pointed out that America's more wildfire prone Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) zones contain 46 million single family homes, several hundred thousands of businesses, and a population of more than 120 million. ...


Seven Bad Habits to Quit in 2016 (and Why Ditching Them Can Make This Your Happiest Year Yet)

Life is built on routines. It's easy to go years—or even decades—without consciously assessing what's working and what's not. As a result, many of us are surrounded by people, obligations, objects, and habits that aren't exactly making our lives better (far from it!). ...


Is Coming to Work Sick Really a Good Idea?

(TNS)—Too ill to work? Many people, and especially those with paid sick leave, stay home. ...


U.S. Home Values Gained $1.1 Trillion in 2015

The value of all homes nationwide grew $1.1 trillion in 2015, and is expected to end the year at $28.5 trillion total. The value of the entire housing stock grew 4.1 percent over the past year, slower than the 6 percent growth in 2014. ...


Consumers Have Confidence in 2016

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased moderately in November, improved in December. The Index now stands at 96.5 (1985=100), up from 92.6 in November. The Present Situation Index increased from 110.9 last month to 115.3 in December, while the ...


November Brings Modest Decrease in Pending Home Sales

Pending home sales in November slightly declined for the third time in four months as buyers continue to battle both rising home prices and limited homes available for sale, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Modest gains in the Midwest and South were ...


How Much Do Homicides Affect U.S. Home Values?

Homicides wipe a whopping $2.3 billion off the U.S. property market every year.  Though it's no surprise that a murder on the premises can lower the value of your home, that's still a lot of money going cold every single year. ...


More States Find Housing Stability

The U.S. housing market continues to improve with two additional states--New York and Kansas--entering their outer range of stable housing activity, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®). The index also added three more metro areas: New York, N.Y.; Minneapolis, Minn. and ...


Mortgage Interest Rates Move Lower in November

Nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from October to November, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts. ...


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