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Multifamily mortgage originations continued trending towards another record-breaking year with another strong quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Monday. Multifamily originations were up year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter. But by how much? Click through to find out.

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Affordability concerns contributed to homebuilder confidence falling eight points to 60 in November, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz said for the past several years, shortages of labor and lots along with rising regulatory costs have led to a slow recovery in single-family construction.

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Last week, the biggest groups in housing called on the Senate to bring Kathy Kraninger's nomination to run the CFPB to a vote. And it looks like they're about to get their wish. Plus, did Amazon's HQ2 move kill more than 1,000 units of affordable housing? And, Monopoly for Millennials. Yes, it's real. And it's spectacular.

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Rent prices fell by just a dollar in October, marking a decrease in prices for the second month in a row, according to new data from Yardi Matrix. Is the colder weather to blame for the dip in prices? 

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News Corp, parent company of Move and operator for Realtor.com, recently announced that Tracey Fellows has been appointed as the president of global digital real estate. Beginning in January 2019, Fellows will be based at News Corp’s New York headquarters, dividing her time among the company’s digital real estate assets.

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Earlier this week, Amazon announced its second headquarters, HQ2, will be split between New York City and Arlington, Virginia, a move that will cost local taxpayers about $3.4 billion. But will the boost it brings to the economies be worth it? Here’s what the experts are saying.

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Rock Holdings, the parent company of Quicken Loans, is getting into the dictionary and thesaurus business. Literally. Rock Holdings announced this week that it acquired Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, websites that boast approximately 540 million pageviews per month. But why, one might ask? Read on.

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In October, home-sale prices climbed 4.5%, however the percentage of listings that experienced a price drop of more than 1% reached an 8-year high, according to new data from Redfin. Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather said home sellers are realizing buyer demand isn’t what it used to be and are lowering their prices.

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The city of Boston has new rules surrounding short-term rentals that are set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. According to Airbnb, Boston’s short-term rental rules violate the Constitution, multiple federal laws, and Massachusetts state law. Airbnb also claims the city's rules threaten short-term rental sites with “draconian” punishments should they violate the city’s rules.

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The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area lays claim to Theme Park Capital of the World and number one in job growth among the nation's large metros. So what's housing going to do there for the next year. Click through for your answer.

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TVs and iPhones and Xboxes, oh my! Yes, it’s Black Friday time, and that means you’re probably making plans to get some great deals on popular electronics to gift this year. But don’t miss out on the chance to gift yourself, and your home, too. Black Friday is a great time to focus on improving your place, whether that means making some quick updates to the bedroom or making a large furniture purchase. Here are some of the best deals we found for home. 65" Sharp 4K Roku Smart TV—Walmart, $398 There are tons of great deals on TVs this year, but if you’re looking for a big one without a big spend, this 65” Sharp TV from Walmart is your winner. “The best TV we found to fit a $500 budget is this 65"...

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We have noted that the 2018 National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers contains valuable information for sellers and their agents as to how buyers find the homes that they ultimately buy. The profile also contains valuable and interesting information as to how both buyers and sellers find the agents that they ultimately use. 87% of buyers used an agent in purchasing their home. That number has increased steadily since 2001 when the figure was 69%. 6% of buyers purchased directly from a builder, and 7% bought directly from an owner. Of the 87%, how did they find their agent? Not a lot of “agent shopping” takes place among buyers. 68% interviewed only one agent, 18% interviewed two. So how do you ...

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If your bathroom cabinets are old, ugly, tired, or all of the above, you've probably thought about painting them more than a few times. And if you're like us, you may have done a bit of research but failed to take it further for fear that they won't end up looking decent. But the truth is that if you follow the directions of those who've been there before (and, especially, if you heed their warnings regarding shortcuts and mistakes), you can transform your bathroom pretty easily. This list of do's and don'ts will help guide you. Do: Get a paint sprayer: A paint sprayer will give you the cleanest, most professional look. You can buy a pretty basic unit for under $100, but for about the same cost, you can rent one for the day and get a mu...

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You can change your bathroom lighting, your floors, and your fixtures. But if your vanity is rickety, chipped, timeworn, or just plain ugly, your bathroom might feel that way too. The vanity can be the star, and whether your style is traditional, modern, or somewhere in the middle, you can easily transform your space with this one key piece. "It's not always the most glamorous part of a bathroom remodel, but choosing the right vanity can make or break your bathroom's design," said Houzz. "If it's placed awkwardly in a traffic route, uses poor or mismatched materials, or doesn't have enough storage, the rest of your bathroom will suffer." The right style Choosing a vanity can speak volumes about your design aesthetic. Lean toward traditi...

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In real estate sales, sellers are required to disclose any material fact that any prudent buyer would want to know before completing a purchase. Property located over a toxic waste dump would be an obvious example of disclosure and the need for it. There are less catastrophic issues, like roof condition or a leaking crawlspace but the idea is the same. Anything that could negatively impact the value or marketability of the property needs to be divulged before closing. While there are usually statutory disclosure requirements of single family house sellers, these same disclosures are generally not required of homeowner association home sellers. This is a huge problem and here’s why: Homeowner associations (HOA) impose substantial f...

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Q. I have lived in my community association for a number of years. Unlike the horror stories we occasionally read about regarding bad Boards or illogical enforcement of covenants, our community seems to be working fine. We have a good board of directors and a competent manager. One of our long time board members plans to resign for personal reasons, and a number of residents have encouraged me to "throw my hat into the ring." I am seriously considering this possibility, but seek your guidance. A. You have lived in your community for a long time, and are pleased with the way it is working. Do you know why? Most likely it is because there is a conscientious, hard-working board of directors, who are concerned about the welfare -- financial...

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There are a lot of fall renovation tips centered on bring cozy warmth into the home. In fact, we just took a look at some hot trends last week. This week, we’re looking at renovations you can make with equity building in mind, courtesy of Scott McGillivray from HGTV’s Income Property and Moving the McGillivrays. While some trends carryover, there is some great info here for those who are looking to make some updates to enjoy now, while being able to reap the potential future financial benefits. Matte appliances These are a “hot trend of the moment,” said McGillivray. And while he says that he likes how they “lend a luxurious look to the kitchen, and how they look great when paired with neutral colored cabin...

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FICO scores are calculated using an algorithm originally developed by The FICO Company. This algorithm considers five different characteristics of a credit file. Of course, payment history carries the most weight, contributing 35% to the total, three-digit score. The second most important relates to current account balances and credit limits. Scores need consumers to use credit before scores can be properly calculated so having a balance is important. 30% is attributed to this category and the ideal balance appears to be around one-third of credit lines. Keeping balances around this one-third target causes scores to improve. How long someone has used credit is also a factor, making up 15% of the score and the final two of the five both c...

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Two-thirds of Canadians live in the suburbs, but the car-dependent neighbourhoods are “no place to grow old,” says Glenn Miller, a senior associate at the Canadian Urban Institute. As the population ages and the life expectancy of Canadians increases, there’s a lot of discussion about where older people are going to live and how to make their communities more age-friendly. The baby boom generation is moving into their senior years, but most of them are not yet interested in downsizing to condominiums or moving from their current homes. In fact, they are still actively purchasing move-up homes and recreational properties. But Statistics Canada says that as the boomers age, beginning in 2031 the share of the population a...

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As a real estate agent, you’re always on the go, and it’s important that your clients can reach you wherever you may be. If your old mobile plan just doesn’t cut it anymore, how can you find the perfect plan for your business? From by-the-gig and unlimited plans, to utilizing WiFi hotspots, we’ll cover all the factors you need to consider so you can find a plan that works for your needs. Find the coverage you need It may seem obvious, but the most important part of a mobile plan is coverage. It doesn’t matter how much data or how many minutes you have if you can’t use them, and this is true not only on your home turf, but wherever you're likely to go. If you typically stay local, that makes the search...

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Find out the most searched-for home furniture items based on Google shopping data and broken down by state.

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If you thought jeans were just for wearing, you are mistaken. Denim is becoming a hot fabric in home décor.

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Calling all stagers and real estate professionals! We want to see your best photos of staging the following areas in a home: The entryway, fireplace, and master retreat.

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That spot over the stove is prime real estate in the kitchen these days. Lately that space is being reserved for a decorative hood, which is becoming the centerpiece of the kitchen.

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Love it or hate it, faux fur furniture is having a big moment in home design lately.

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See how this 1925 home in Groton, Mass., was staged with timeless appeal.

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This year in home decor, green is really having its moment. Learn how to infuse more green into your listing.

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Orange can be a great color for adding curb appeal, and it fits perfectly into the fall season too.

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The faux industrial look is very popular at the moment, and concrete sinks, flooring, countertops, or even a concrete accent wall fits right into that style.

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Getting a little mismatched in kitchen cabinet color designs is no longer being viewed as an unfinished reno job, but instead perfectly stylish in fitting with today’s trends.

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Mortgage rates mostly held stable this week—a welcome relief for home buyers.

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It’s a good time to be in commercial real estate—more pros are reporting upped sales and higher profits.

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Crystal City, Va., and Long Island City, N.Y., are poised for big real estate booms.

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The number of multimillion-dollar homes that have sold at an auction in the past year has nearly doubled.

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“Unexpected home repair costs can be a nightmare, especially for first-time home buyers,” says Holden Lewis, NerdWallet’s home expert.

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As mortgage rates rise, some consumers in expensive metros may turn to adjustable-rate mortgages to curb costs. 

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Installers, carpenters, and kitchen and bath designers are among the toughest jobs to fill, and a new report finds many projects are being prolonged or delayed.

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A new survey reveals “some concerning evidence about the changing psychology of the housing market,” says housing economist Robert Shiller.

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Grays, mixed metals, and farmhouse styles: Find out the latest trends sprucing up the master bath.

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Female real estate professionals in Southern Massachusetts are reportedly receiving suspicious text messages from a person trying to trick them into arranging private meetings.

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