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Ohio first state to ban plywood on empty homes

By |April 19th, 2017|Real Estate|

Nothing says "empty house" more than plywood on windows, and while Fannie Mae already mandates Plexiglas, Ohio became the first U.S. state to make it mandatory. ...read more

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Experts: Lackluster housing construction growth is disappointing

By |April 18th, 2017|Real Estate|

New construction in March showed lackluster growth with its decrease to an annual rate of about 1.2 million housing starts per year. Experts explain their disappointment in the report, and highlight one sector that is actually set to improve. HINT: It's not single-family homes. ...read more

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Forget millennials: Gen X driving today’s market

By |April 18th, 2017|Real Estate|

Today's 37-51 year olds missed out on housing during the recession, but the Gen Xers who couldn't afford homes when the economy tanked are still interested – and many who did buy before values fell are emerging from underwater. ...read more

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NAR-backed safety device wins on ‘Shark Tank’

By |April 18th, 2017|Real Estate|

A one-push device that makes it easy for Realtors to summon help will receive $100K from real estate guru Barbara Corcoran in exchange for 18% ownership. ...read more

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Airbnb updates security after hackers hijack accounts to rob hosts’ homes

By |April 17th, 2017|Real Estate|

There's no doubt that Airbnb is causing a disruption in local housing markets, as the short-term rental website, and others like it, have been accused of making housing more expensive in certain communities and placing some units completely out of reach except for short-term renters. But Airbnb has a new problem on its hands. ...read more

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Despite adverse conditions, California home-buying season off to a good start

By |April 17th, 2017|Real Estate|

While low housing inventory and slow wage growth are par for the course in California, the state pushed past those roadblocks to record a strong start to the year. But the strong housing demand, coupled with a shortage of available homes for sale, is still causing major problems for the state, as California Association of Realtors President Geoff McIntosh explains. ...read more

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Are factory-made homes the future of housing?

By |April 17th, 2017|Real Estate|

Housing inventory recently hit an all-time low as builders struggle to keep up with the rising demand. One factor in the low inventory has been a shortage of construction workers, but a new trend could remedy that as it produces homes made by robots. ...read more

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Keys to running a family business

By |April 17th, 2017|Real Estate|

For many Fla. brokers, real estate is a family business, but "family" and "business" operate under different rules. It helps if everyone understands their role and agrees not to allow family dynamics interfere with business decisions. ...read more

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Common real estate slip-ups retirees make

By |April 17th, 2017|Real Estate|

People on the cusp of retirement often make decisions based on lifestyle and need. Many fail to consider finances and appealing choices could also be expensive. ...read more

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Lennar ordered to pay more than $100 million to iStar in 2005 land row

By |April 14th, 2017|Real Estate|

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Lennar to pay more than $100 million to iStar to settle a lawsuit that stretches back to 2005. According to details published Friday by iStar, a real estate investment trust, the Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision in the lawsuit that stemmed from a soured land deal from more than a decade ago. ...read more

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And the most competitive housing market in March is…

By |April 14th, 2017|Real Estate|

Redfin's recent study not only showed that the housing market is gearing up for a hot spring home-buying market, but also which market are the most competitive. In some markets, homes are selling in just over a week, while in others nearly 70% of homes are selling above asking price. As the industry gears up for one of the busiest times of the year, here are the five most competitive markets. ...read more

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Study: Immigrants key to homeownership growth

By |April 13th, 2017|Real Estate|

Immigration remains a hot topic, but a ULI Terwilliger Center study finds that U.S. real estate industry stability relies on a constant influx of immigrant buyers. ...read more

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These are the top 5 real estate markets this spring

By |April 12th, 2017|Real Estate|

A new report from Ten-X shows the top five hottest markets for this spring according to current and forecasted housing data. Some markets within the top five saw considerable increases in ranking before landing as a top market for the spring. ...read more

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Immigrants seek to own homes in the suburbs

By |April 12th, 2017|Real Estate|

Immigrants' needs and desires will shape housing growth for decades to come, and right now that growth potential seems to be looking towards the suburbs, a new report from Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Housing shows. As immigrants continue to shape the needs of the market in the U.S., the center explains how urban areas with strong immigrant-population growth should respond. ...read more

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Survey: Homebuyer preferences in 2017

By |April 12th, 2017|Real Estate|

Buyers can't find many listings but they still have dreams. The ideal: A 3-bedroom, 2-bath, ranch-style home with a large backyard, updated kitchen and garage. And the older the buyer, the more likely they'll want a single-family home. ...read more

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