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What We’re Reading: July 16-20

By | July 20th, 2018|NAR|

Famous houses, cheese, innovation, and science. We can only imagine the inconvenience of tourists to neighbors of this famous house. Here’s the story, of a house in Cali, that for a price you could have for your own. Of course this property closed on Friday the 13th. Odd. We would have guessed pizza’s hay day [...]

Story Idea: Is Homeownership Good for Our Neighborhoods?

By | July 18th, 2018|NAR|

According to a recent study from the National Association of REALTORS®, a majority of Americans believe that homeownership is good for our nation’s communities. Both homeowners and renters were asked if they feel a high rate of homeownership strengthens a community; 67 percent of those surveyed agreed with the sentiment. NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall says, [...]

How to Protect Home Buyers, Owners From Asbestos

By | July 18th, 2018|NAR|

By Rachel Lynch When trying to find a buyer’s dream home, it’s critical to not lose sight of what really matters—and no, I don’t mean an immaculate kitchen. Whether your client is a first-time homebuyer, or a retiree looking to downsize, the state of their new home impacts their health. Unfortunately, even the most beautiful [...]

A Ten-Year Analysis of the May 2018 Existing-Home Sales Figures

By | July 16th, 2018|NAR|

Every month NAR produces existing-home sales, median sales prices and inventory figures. The data is released with a one-month lag (so the May data is released in June) and is reported on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate. We also provide a perspective of the market relative to the same month one year ago and relative [...]

The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island

By | July 16th, 2018|NAR|

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home buyers love kitchen islands. It’s become a gathering spot for not just cooking but also eating, working, and socializing. As the island continues to gain stature in kitchens, homeowners are finding ways to spotlight it with contrasting shades or even different countertops to make it the focal point. [...]

May 2018 Housing Affordability Index

By | July 13th, 2018|NAR|

At the national level, housing affordability is down from last month and down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.71 percent this May, up 17.5 percent compared to 4.01 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in May moving the index down 10.2 percent from 157.2 to 141.2. The [...]

What We’re Reading: July 9-13

By | July 13th, 2018|NAR|

Offices, valuation, avocados, tech, housekeeping, and retail. Times are changing, and more companies are considering office amenities pioneered by Silicon Valley companies. We wouldn’t complain. The office is virtual, but the valuation is very real. Speaking of value, is $23 million high, or is this FLW home worth it? Of course avocados of this size [...]

Be a Business Go-Getter With Christian Ross

By | July 10th, 2018|NAR|

By Lee Davenport This is part four in an ongoing series featuring top producers. Read part one featuring Jen Du Plessis Read part two featuring Rod Williams Read part three featuring Teresa Cowart What does it take to be a top producer? There is no magic formula, but there are habits and principles from top [...]