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2018 Real Estate Trends to Watch: ‘Surban’—That Sweet Spot Between City and Suburb

December 4, 2017 5:42 pm

No—”surban” is not a typo. Think of it as the melding of two words to form a new one in the same manner as celebrity name fusion—think Brangelina, Bennifer or Kimye. Surban refers to a suburban area that has the feel of an urban area, with walkability to great retail and restaurants from a house […]

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Housing and the Senate Tax Plan: What Now?

December 4, 2017 5:42 pm

Members of the real estate industry are responding to the passage of the Senate tax plan, which chiefly includes a 20 percent corporate tax rate—down from 35 percent—and reduced rates for families and individuals over the next seven years. The development follows the House passage of its own plan in November. Both bills challenge homeownership, […]

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Homeowners Spend Less, Renters Spend More

December 3, 2017 1:42 pm

Incomes are not keeping pace with rents. More earnings are needed for rent than in years past—now 29.1 percent of the median monthly income, versus the 25.8 percent needed prior to the recession, according to an analysis recently released by Zillow. The difference equals $1,957 more than if the share had stayed the same. Homeowners, […]

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When Data Makes the Difference

December 3, 2017 1:42 pm

How HouseCanary Is Giving Agents a Competitive Edge Editor’s Note: The following is the cover story in the December issue of RISMedia’s real estate magazine. It’s no secret: The value of the real estate agent is under attack. With a slew of disruptors determined to diminish their role in the real estate transaction, it’s become […]

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Mortgage Rates Inch Lower

December 2, 2017 1:42 am

Mortgage rates moved lower this week, with the 30-year, fixed rate averaging 3.90 percent, a decrease from 3.92 percent the week prior, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The 15-year, fixed rate averaged 3.30 percent, down from 3.32 percent the week prior, while the five-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate averaged […]

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Great Spaces: Boutique Residential Development in South Kensington, London

December 2, 2017 1:42 am

A new development is being launched in South Kensington, London, encompassing 11 uniquely appointed apartments and a single townhouse residence. The Arts House in Southwell Gardens, located in the cultural heartland of London, has a selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts available. Exquisite marble-topped counters with spacious living areas are some of the premier […]

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Maximum Loan Limits Increase on Fannie, Freddie Mortgages

December 2, 2017 1:42 am

The maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase to $453,100 for most markets in 2018, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced. The increase in the baseline loan limit, mandated by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA), is in response to rising values. The maximum […]

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ICYMI: Demand/Supply Dynamics Keep Prices Tracking Up

December 2, 2017 1:42 am

Home prices tracked up in the latest S&P CoreLogic/Case-Shiller Indices, up 6.2 percent year-over-year in September, compared to 5.9 percent in August. Conditions as they are are prompting the rise. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index’s 10-City Composite rose 5.7 percent year-over-year, up from 5.2 percent in August, while its 20-City […]

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A Compelling Formula for Success: Assist2Sell

December 2, 2017 1:42 am

A Unique Advantage to the Real Estate Landscape When it comes to companies offering a discount model, there is plenty of competition. Brokers and agents have long understood that sellers want to pay lower commission rates. But they also want full service, notes Ryan Elliott, vice president of Assist2Sell, and that’s his company’s premier distinction. […]

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Holiday Shopping? How-To Find the Best Deals

December 1, 2017 1:42 am

'Tis the season for holiday shopping, and there are plenty of ways to get the best possible price on the items you want after Black Friday.

Kiplinger’s Magazine editors suggest favorite websites for finding and price-comparing merchandise, all with free mobile apps you can use when you’re out and about.

For scoring deals:

- Dealnews.com has a team of deal hunters who scan prices on thousands of items at more than 2,000 reputable online retailers multiple times each day. You can even get shopping advice from the site’s guides and sign up for mail alerts for the products you want to purchase.

- Ben’sBargains.com also tracks about 2,000 retailers and publishes about 200 good deals daily including price history. You can choose your store and/or product and sign up for alerts, and check the site’s ‘Top Offers’ gallery.

- Bradsdeals.com is easy to navigate to find best sale prices, coupons, rebates and store rewards at nearly 4,000 retailers. You can sign up to get email deal alerts on your chosen items as frequently as you like.

- Offers.com features deals from about 6,000 companies and stores, updated daily and organized into categories like clothing, electronics, toys and travel. You can search by store and brand, and find local deals in more than 75 cities.

- Slickdeals.net and Gottadeal.com both feature deals on their home pages, and also forums you can scan to find hundreds of deals posted daily.

For comparing prices:

- Both Pricegrabber.com and GoogleShopping can help you find the lowest price on a given product. When you search an item, you get a list of the retailers offering price, shipping cost, ratings and seller information.

- FreePriceAlerts.com gives you instant price comparisons with browser add-ons. If you register, you can set target prices on the items you want and get alerts when/if the price falls to that amount.

For finding cyber-coupons:

- RetailMeNot.com provides about 5,000 coupon code offers for over 50,000 retailers and brands. If you let it track your location, it will provide best offers at nearby stores and restaurants.

- CouponSherpa.com provides a wide selection of printable coupons and online promo codes.- Rather-be-shopping.com provides coupon codes for just 800 retailers, but will try to hunt down a coupon for a store you can’t find on their site and get it to you within 24 hours.

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