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Selling Solar: Homebuyers Willing to Pay More for Outfitted Homes

Once exclusive to wealthy, eco-conscious homeowners, rooftop solar panels are becoming an increasingly common fixture in residential housing – and homebuyers are taking notice. ...


Many Buyers No Longer See Marriage as Prerequisite to a Mortgage

(TNS)—In more than two decades as a real estate agent, Marc Tahler has seen his client base of would-be buyers shift. ...


Home Warranties a Beneficial Asset among New Homeowners

Real estate professionals Chad Matlick and Saundra Pogrelis are among Coldwell Banker Gundaker’s 1,500 member team serving the greater St. Louis region, although their VIP Group is comprised of a tight unit of four REALTORS®—Chad, Saundra, Chad’s wife, Deanna, and their team member, Kellie. ...


Fueling the Future of Real Estate: DPR Realty

The technology explosion has changed forever the way we work and play. Sources estimate there are more cellphones than people in the world today—and some might argue that social media has taken over our lives. But for DPR Realty Owner Dale Milton, and Designated Broker Matt Deuitch, the tech phenomenon ...


Remodelers See Market Improving

NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) was 60 in the final quarter of 2014, indicating widespread confidence among remodelers that the market was improving compared to the previous quarter. The RMI and each of its components lies on a scale of 0 to 100, ...


E.T. Drone Home: Everything You Need to Know about Drones for Real Estate Marketing

For those old enough to remember E.T.,  or for those introduced to the loveable alien by their parents, there’s a scene where the little Extra Terrestrial muppet lifts his finger and says “home,” as objects ...


A Year without Social Media? Taking Mom to the Prom? Teens Say They Would Sacrifice Big Today to Get the Right House Tomorrow

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Mortgage Applications Skyrocket 49 Percent – Largest Weekly Jump Since 2008

Mortgage applications made big moves last week, increasing 49.1 percent from one week earlier and showcasing the largest jump since November 2008, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 9, 2015. ...


Properties with Foreclosure Filings Down 18 Percent – Lowest Level Since 2006

Foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 1,117,426 U.S. properties in 2014. This number is down 18 percent from 2013 and 61 percent from the peak of 2,871,891 properties with foreclosure filings in 2010, according to the recently release RealtyTrac® ...


Small, Exterior Home Improvements to Offer Best ROI in 2015

Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to REALTORS® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects in the 2015 Remodeling Cost ...


High Court Makes It Easier for Borrowers to Walk Away from Underwater Homes

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that borrowers looking to rescind their mortgages simply need to notify creditors in writing of their intention to rescind within three years under a key fair lending law. This ruling could possibly make it much easier ...


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NAR PULSE—The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ library offers 4,000+ digital books, audiobooks and videos that can be downloaded to your computer or mobile device. Topics include sales and marketing, residential and commercial real estate, technology, management and personal growth. Download a free ...


Tips for Home Buying under Obama’s New FHA Policy

President Obama announced last week a new policy that will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) on FHA loans. The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that a reduction in the annual MIP of .50 to .85 percent will enable many first-time borrowers and ...


Simplifying Searchability: Finding the Best Home (and Neighborhood)

With most renters and homeowners starting their searches on the Web, it’s no surprise that making the process of searching for a home online more appealing and accessible has been one of the biggest topics of conversation in the real estate industry recently. Additionally, renters and homeowners want the most ...


Real Estate Community Given another Safety Scare

The real estate community witnessed yet another safety scare last week when a man held a real estate agent captive in Elk Grove , Calif. The agent was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by David Timothy Burnhart, 47, while showing an ...


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