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With more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, new LendingTree research shows an overwhelming majority of homebuyers are considering purchasing “fixer-upper” homes to combat costs. In fact, 88% of homebuyers that are grappling with student loan debt are now more likely to consider a “fixer-upper” home, according to the online lending marketplace’s data.

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In the last three months, the NAR has been hit with two nearly identical class-action lawsuits that claim its buyer broker compensation rules violate anti-trust laws. But the association isn’t going to roll over without a fight.

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This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a new rule that has the potential to leave thousands of transgender Americans without shelter, according to an article written by Tracy Jan for The Washington Post.

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The most important neighborhood amenity is a grocery store. About 87% of people said it is “moderately or very important” to have nearby. Next on the list was a combined category of “shops or restaurants,” which 75% of people cited as being important. The next slot went to banks, with 65% of people citing them as important, then places of worship, at 48%.

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Some might say that so far, 2019 is looking to be the year of the iBuyer. The term has exploded across the internet as major companies like Redfin and Zillow expand their reach into the business of buying homes directly from sellers. Here’s an up-close look at where these companies operate and where they’re headed next.

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Rat sightings in New York City have jumped 38% as a construction boom that added 36,000 units in 2018 sends the rodents scurrying from their burrows, according to The New York Times. According to reporter Winnie Hu, "Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires."

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When a top executive at Walmart told Wall Street analysts last week that tariffs on Chinese goods would lead to higher prices for his customers, people who follow the housing and mortgage industry felt a sense of foreboding. Higher consumer prices lead to higher inflation, which leads to higher mortgage rates.

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Pending home sales in Manhattan spiked 27% in April from a year ago, reaching the highest level of signed contracts since the spring of 2015, as prices in America’s priciest urban neighborhood dropped, according to StreetEasy. “Early signs tell us that some sellers are finally pricing their homes more realistically and finding buyers when they do so,” said StreetEasy Senior Economist Grant Long.

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Sales of new houses dropped in April from an 11-year high in March, according to a report from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. New-house sales fell 6.9% to a 673,000 annualized pace last month from March’s upwardly revised rate of 723,000. Even with the decline, April’s level sits 7% higher than a year ago.

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A majority of Americans – 65% – think it is still a good idea to invest in a home, according to the latest survey of consumer expectations of housing by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While this hasn’t changed much from last year, the attitudes of younger Americans have.

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A basement is often a very special space. This is where people get away from the rest of the home. It can be your teen's bedroom, or the bedroom you keep for guests. It can be the perfect man cave, or the space you use for a party. Basements are extra spaces. If you're thinking about ways you can improve your basement, there are many little things that will make a big difference. This is the ideal part of your home to give a little extra thought and let your imagination run wild. Best of all, you can make your basement a room of many purposes so you'll always have the exact space you need. Lighting is a Must Basements can be dank spaces with little light. Lighting is essential. This will help prevent accidents and make the basement much...

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One of the causes of pet relinquishment is lack of pet-friendly rental houses. Research by the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals revealed that lack of pet-friendly housing was the top reason many Americans gave up on their pets. Worse, not all pets are allowed in rental apartments. Many rental houses only allow cats and dogs and restrict certain breeds. Thus, people should give themselves plenty of time to research and prepare because moving with their pets can be hard and expensive. Below are a few tricks of the trade to make it easier to find a pet-friendly housing option. Start to Prepare Early Rarely do people pack their household and move without notice. Pet owners should give themselves more than one month ahead...

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Anymore, agents are utilizing social media, newsletters, mailers, and so much more in their marketing plans in order to stay in front of past, present, and potential clients, but one of the most valuable tools that every agent needs to add to their marketing repertoire is the use of engaging videos. Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons why every real estate agent should be using video marketing: 5. They’ll remember you According to Insivia, the average viewer retains 95% of a message when they watch it, versus when they read it in text. Take market conditions, for example. Market conditions can be difficult to swallow for the average consumer, but integrating a market conditions video will make them much more user friendly...

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Redfin just rolled out Redfin Direct, a new-old program that seeks to eliminate agents for buyers, and we have questions. Well, one big two-part question, really: Is this a disruptive move whose time is come or a way to fleece homebuyers who don’t know any better? At this point, the jury is out. But people have some feelings. What is Redfin Direct? “Real-estate broker Redfin Corp. will allow visitors to its website to make an offer on a house with a click of a button, marking a renewed effort to reduce the role of real-estate agents,” said the Wall Street Journal. It works like this, according to MarketWatch: “Homes listed by Redfin in a market where the program is available get a banner ad on the online listing ...

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A recent study by COUNTRY Financial showed that young people care more about buying a home than getting married, paying off student loans, and traveling. But in the hot real estate market in the Portland area and surrounding suburbs, younger home buyers can’t be too selective. In fact, they’ll often end up with a fixer-upper in need of a little TLC. In this article, we’ll talk about a few of the home upgrades and modern features first-time younger homebuyers should consider. Kitchen remodels Older homes in the Portland area have one big — or rather not so big — drawback: small galley-style kitchens. A kitchen remodel can open up an otherwise cramped space, creating more room for cooking, eating, gathering,...

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Home ownership is a cornerstone of the American dream. Unfortunately, there are many ways that the American dream can turn into your family’s personal nightmare. These hazards include purchasing more house than you can really afford (becoming house poor), unexpected surprises that weren’t identified during the home inspection, and finding out that your pre-approval for financing is about as flimsy as the paper it’s written on. In a market inundated with realty advertising , let’s look at 4 critical areas where first-time homeowners run into trouble. Pre-Approval is Not Approval Homebuyers are inundated with commercials on TV and the internet telling them that they can get pre-approved for a certain amount an...

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Your typical roof keeps the rain out. A Tesla roof turns the top of your house into an energy source. And now the latest roof innovation aims to improve the quality of the air we breathe. You’ve gotta love innovation. The new smog-reducing roof Granules from 3M will “harness the power of the sun to improve air quality, a first of its kind roof type,” said the company. “The smog-reducing granules are mixed with standard roofing granules allowing shingles to maintain their trusted performance and visual appeal while improving our climate.” The science behind the product looks like this: The patented granules “contain a photocatalytic coating layer that releases radicals when activated by the sun. The ra...

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Get ready to pay more—again. The escalating trade war with China, which means rising tariffs on both sides, is bad news for Americans. “Tariffs on goods traded between the U.S. and China have already increased in several stages since early 2018,” said CNBC. “Now, President Donald Trump has added a 25% tariff (up from his original proposal of 10%) on another $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, and China hit back with 5% to 10% percent duties on another $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.” Experts say we could be seeing higher prices as a result of this escalation as early as this summer, and that has economists yelling, “Buy, buy, buy now!” in order to avoid what a report from Oxford Economics es...

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Judging a property by its photograph may prove expensive when you discard poor photos without knowing if they represent excellent real estate opportunity for you. PJ Wade suggests a time-saving, better way to choose property. If you spend hours on the internet trying to find your dream home by searching through photos or video of properties, you may be overlooking important flaws in this superficial approach to evaluating real estate. The big question is: What percentage of time are you incorrect in your decision to discard a property based on a photograph? Judging a property by its photograph may prove expensive when you discard poor photos without knowing if they represent excellent real estate opportunity for you. Just ask yourself, ...

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A jumbo loan is one where the loan amount exceeds current conforming loan limits. Conforming loans are those that conform to standards issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. One of the many requirements for a conforming loan is the loan limit which is currently $484,350 in most parts of the country. In higher cost areas where home values are much greater compared to the rest of the country, the conforming limit can be as high as $726,525. Beyond that is jumbo territory. When applying for financing to purchase a higher end home, jumbo approvals are issued in much the same manner as other types of loans, it’s just a bit more difficult to qualify for one. Conforming loans can ask for a down payment for as little as 5.0 percent of the s...

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Vignette staging can cheapen the look and feel of the house.

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey In a throwback to the 1980s, neon colors are popping up in more home decor. The flashiness of neon colors is a sure-fire way to brighten up your home’s interior, and the way fluorescents are being worked into a room isn’t as nauseating as you might at first imagine. Adding in neon-green […]

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In honor of Mother’s Day, we're looking at how real estate pros can leverage photography and staging in helping mother's fall in love with the home of their dreams.

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Countertops are blending in more to the kitchen design and moving away from that speckled granite look.

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Besides a good window cleaning, there’s another way to boost your curb appeal and get those windows shining.

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Submitted by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) 1. Declutter & Clean The first step to sprucing up the outdoor living room is to clear dirt and clutter from the space. Store lawn equipment, children’s toys, and pet play things in a shed or garage. Give the entire area a good scrub down, sweeping away dust […]

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As the spring selling season kicks into high gear, real estate and staging professionals can help their clients enhance their listings by creating an outdoor space that is attractive to buyers.

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A real estate pro wanted to make sure the presentation of this 1970s home appealed to the widest buyer pool and used virtual staging to show the possibilities.

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Here's how to speak the millennial language with your home design and staging.

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Which energy efficient home features do home shoppers and homeowners really care about? A new report from Fixr breaks down some of the top trends.

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The real estate columnist had a career that spanned more than four decades.

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University graduates under 30 strongly believe they’ll live just as well as or better than their parents, despite evidence that suggests otherwise.

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“The last 24 hours have been devastating for our community,” the Jefferson City Area Board of REALTORS® posted on its Facebook page.

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The decrease is particularly enticing to higher-end buyers who are rushing to lock in the low rates.

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Renters are more eager to buy, and current homeowners want to invest more in their properties, according to a new Federal Reserve survey.

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Home improvement professionals say they’re fielding more inquiries from homeowners about adding accessory dwelling units to their properties.

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Less than half of home buyers say the tax law, which put caps on deductions related to homeownership, is influencing their property search.

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Is your listing’s yard tight on space? Use these tips to make it appear less cramped.

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Some items may have been traditionally considered “nice to have” but are becoming “must-haves.”

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A growing number of seniors are choosing to remain in the homes where they raised their children, according to a new survey.

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