Last-Minute Tax Relief for Homeowners

New budget law includes last-minute tax relief for millions of homeowners

BY Ken Harney

February 21

Call it buried tax treasure for homeowners: Deep inside the behemoth 654-page bipartisan budget bill recently signed into law by President Trump are little-noticed extensions of key tax-code benefits that expired in 2016 but now can be used for upcoming 2017 tax filings.

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Investing in Apartment Buildings

What Every Real Estate Investor Needs To Know About Apartment Property Managers

By Abhi Golhar, Forbes Real Estate Council

February 15

If you are looking for a way to diversify your portfolio while building wealth for the future, buying an apartment building could help you achieve both goals. There are enormous advantages to owning rental property, and investing in a fully-rented apartment building could bring you a steady stream of rental income – money you could use to supplement your retirement income, boost your savings and help you prepare for the future.

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Markets at All-Time High

Fourth Quarter Home Prices Up 5.3 Percent; Nearly Two-Thirds of Markets at All-Time High

WASHINGTON (February 13, 2018) – An uptick in existing-home sales in the final three months of 2017 pulled down housing inventory to an all-time low and kept home-price growth at its recent robust pace, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®.

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Stock Market Effect on Your Home Purchase

Will The Stock Market Affect Your Home Purchase?

BY JAYMI NACIRI

February 7

The wild stock market of the past week has sent some into a panic and caused many others to take a closer look at their financial picture. But what is the stock market’s impact on real estate, and should you worry if you’re getting ready to buy a new home? Not much at this point, and not really, say financial experts.

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Lifestyle Change Top Motivation to Buy

Most Renters Want to Own a Home; Lifestyle Changes Are Top Motivation to Buy

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2018) – Despite weakening optimism from non-homeowners at the end of last year that now is a good time to buy, an overwhelming majority said they do want to own a home in the future and believe homeownership is part of their American Dream.

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Average Mortgage Rates Continue to Rise

Rates Continue to Rise

MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Feb 1, 2018) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates continuing their upward trend in 2018.

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Pitfalls of Joint Tenancy

The Pitfalls Of Holding Title To Real Estate As Joint Tenants
By MARK D. KLEIN, ESQ
January 31
Many older people add an adult child (or grandchild) to the title of their assets (especially their home) as a joint owner in order to avoid probate.

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Five Real Estate Tech Predictions

Five Real Estate Technology Predictions For 2018

January 29

With all its ups and downs, 2017 was a year of significant change – in politics, pop culture, science, technology and more. In tech, advancements in areas like AI and Bitcoin had far-reaching implications across industries. What were once cutting-edge technologies have made their way further into the “real world” and are poised to have a profound impact on the way business is done in 2018.

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Condo Owners Right to Install Solar

New California Law Clarifies Condominium Owners’ Right To Install Solar Systems
By Bob Hunt
January 29
Effective January 1, 2018 a new law makes it easier for a California condominium owner to install a solar energy system on the roof the building in which he or she resides. The law also covers the installation of such a system on a garage or carport adjacent to the building that has been assigned to the owner for exclusive use.

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2017 Sales Up 1.1 Percent

Existing-Home Sales Fade in December; 2017 Sales Up 1.1 Percent

WASHINGTON (January 24, 2018) – Existing-home sales subsided in most of the country in December, but 2017 as a whole edged up 1.1 percent and ended up being the best year for sales in 11 years, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

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