Category Archive: Real Estate Tips

Jun 02

Stellar Yelp Reviews Buoy Home Prices?

Stellar Yelp Reviews Buoy Home Prices?

Stellar Yelp Reviews Buoy Home Prices?   A good Yelp review of a restaurant can certainly be a boon to that eatery’s business, but a new study shows that it can also be a boon to nearby home values too. Researchers used Washington, D.C., to test their theory into restaurant quality and impact on property …

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Jun 01

Credit Scores Hit Record High

Credit Scores Hit Record High

Credit Scores Hit Record High   Credit scores among U.S. consumers surged to a record high this spring. Further, the share of borrowers considered among the riskiest borrowers hit a record low. The higher credit scores could be a boon for the mortgage market: A good credit score can help borrowers snag a better mortgage …

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May 31

Risky Behaviors in Email Communication

Risky Behaviors in Email Communication

Risky Behaviors in Email Communication   If you’re not careful about how you respond to clients over email, you could risk losing contracts, damaging your reputation, and even being sued for breach of confidentiality. Forbes.com offers some of the following tips to avoid PR nightmares and liability offenses with your email behavior. Beware of hitting …

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May 30

Mortgage Rates Hit Lowest Averages of the Year

Mortgage Rates Hit Lowest Averages of the Year

Mortgage Rates Hit Lowest Averages of the Year   Mortgage rates dipped to their lowest averages of the year this week, Freddie Mac repots. “As we predicted, the 30-year mortgage rate fell 7 basis points this week in a delayed reaction to last week’s sharp drop in Treasury yields,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief …

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May 26

Couples Spats Common in Home buying

Couples Spats Common in Home buying

Couples Spats Common in Home buying Buying a home can be stressful on couples. Sixty-percent of millennial and Gen X couples say they disagreed occasionally, frequently, or “a lot” when buying a house with their partner or spouse, according to a new survey released by LendingHome. They surveyed 514 adults ages 25 to 45 who …

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May 25

New-Home Sales Face a Setback

New-Home Sales Face a Setback

New-Home Sales Face a Setback     Sales of newly built single-family homes plunged 11.4 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000 units, the first time such sales have decreased this year, the Commerce Department reported this week. Still, builders are writing off the dip as a minor setback, instead focusing …

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May 24

Home Insurance Myths to Bust for Your Clients

Home Insurance Myths to Bust for Your Clients   Most mortgage lenders require borrowers to purchase home insurance, but many buyers may be confused about what their policy covers. Realtor.com® recently highlighted several common myths consumers believe when it comes to home insurance. Myth number one: All of a home’s belongings are covered. “A homeowners …

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May 23

What Owners Want in Kitchen Remodels

What Owners Want in Kitchen Remodels

What Owners Want in Kitchen Remodels Kitchen revamps tend to be one of the most popular home remodeling projects. About 10.2 million American households tackled a kitchen remodel or replacement work in 2015, according to a recent report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Homeowners tend to want new flooring, counter tops, cabinets, sinks, …

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May 22

Rampant Refis Ignited Housing Crisis

Rampant Refis Ignited Housing Crisis

Rampant Refis Ignited Housing Crisis   Mortgage refinance activity may have been the true hidden culprit behind the housing crisis, according to a new report by the Urban Institute written by Laurie Goodman, codirector of UI’s Housing Finance Policy Center. Mortgage refinances were more likely to default than mortgages taken out to purchase a home …

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May 18

Will the Starter Home Return?

Will the Starter Home Return?

Will the Starter Home Return?   Home builders say they’re struggling to deliver on the demand of lower-priced entry-level homes that cater to the growing number of willing millennial buyers, arguing that more entry-level homes will hurt their bottom lines. “Since the recovery has really been at the middle end of the market, home prices …

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May 17

Home Prices Will Only Get Higher

Home Prices Will Only Get Higher

Home Prices Will Only Get Higher   Home sales reached their highest pace in a decade in the first quarter of 2017 as property prices continue to escalate, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest quarterly report. The median price of an existing single-family home nationally was $232,100 in the first quarter, up 6.9 …

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May 16

Housing Readies for First-Time Buyer Shift

Housing Readies for First-Time Buyer Shift

Housing Readies for First-Time Buyer Shift   Get ready to see more first-time home buyer clients. In the first quarter of 2017, the number of new-owner households was double the number of new-renter households. About 854,000 new-owner households were formed during the first three months of this year, more than double the 365,000 new-renter households …

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