Luxury Home Market Disruption

Real Estate Market Is Hot, Except At The High-End: Disruption Coming In the Luxury Home Market

By Pamela N. Danziger

April 17

An analysis conducted by Zillow Research, a division of Zillow Group that operates the Zillow real estate marketplace, found that homes sold faster than ever in 2017 largely due to shrinking inventory.

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Equity gives Homeowners Lots of Options

An abundance of equity is giving homeowners lots of options

By Kenneth R. Harney

April 11

Americans are awash in record amounts of equity in their homes, posing the question for millions: So what do we do with it?

Leave it for a rainy day or retirement? Tap into it to remodel the house? Make a down payment on a vacation condo? Continue reading

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Real Estate Survived Tax Cuts

Why Real Estate May Be A Big Winner In The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

BY John E. Girouard

April 11

On the surface it may look like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is bad for real estate. The reduction in the deductibility of mortgage interest and the combined $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions for income, sales and property, along with the elimination of moving expense deductions would make a compelling argument. But after digging through the fine print, the outcome is that real estate may actually be the big winner.

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Powers of Attorney

Dealing With Powers Of Attorney

By Benny Kass

April 10

You and your spouse own your home and you would like to sell it. However, your spouse is currently unable to sign the sales contract. This is because he is either out of the country in some exotic far-away-place where fax and overnight delivery is unavailable, or because he is physically and mentally unable to make decisions or sign legal documents.

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Know The Neighbors Before You Buy

Why It’s So Important To Get The 411 On A Neighborhood Before Buying A Home

WRITTEN BY JAYMI NACIRI

April 4

When buying a new home, the neighborhood is every bit as important as the house itself. So, you need to check it out. Thoroughly. Yes, you look at the schools and you figure out how close the nearest Target is and you also (hopefully) research crime reports and take a look at sex offender maps of the areas you are considering.

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Mortgage Applicants Beware IRS Security Protection

Mortgage applicants beware: Audit says IRS ‘tax transcript’ program lacks adequate security protections

By Kenneth R. Harney 

April 4 

In an era of unceasing horror stories about breaches of sensitive consumer information, here’s some disquieting news for home buyers: Federal auditors say the popular “tax transcript” program run by the Internal Revenue Service and used by millions of mortgage applicants a year lacks adequate security protections against disclosures of tax-return details to people who shouldn’t be allowed to obtain them.

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Can Legislation Lower California’s Real Estate Prices

CAN LEGISLATION LOWER CALIFORNIA’S EXORBITANT REAL ESTATE PRICES?

By ISSI ROMEM

April 3

Housing in California has been appreciating much more quickly than in the aggregate of the United States for about half a century. While rising rents and home values have benefited many along the way, they have become enough of a burden on young adults and families that a new political movement has emerged; this movement argues that more homes must be built in order to mitigate housing price appreciation and allow more people to live where they wish.

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How to Handle Rental Real Estate

Successful Single-Family Rental Real Estate Investing

By Alex Hemani

March 28

Investing in instruments like stocks and commodities is very different from investing in single-family rental real estate. The latter is a much more hands-on venture where you have more control but also more responsibility for the performance of the asset. As a result, real estate investing requires that you develop a more in-depth understanding of the process.

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Pending Home Sales Rise 3.1% in February

Pending Home Sales Reverse Course in February, Rise 3.1 Percent

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2018) – Pending home sales snapped back in much of the country in February, but weakening affordability and not enough inventory on the market restricted overall activity compared to a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

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How to win a Bidding War

How To Win A Real Estate Bidding War: Advice From The Pros

By Ellen Paris

March 21

How to win a real estate bidding war in today’s home buying market is a fine art. From Los Angeles to San Francisco to Boston offering a home’s asking price is just the starting point in negotiations.

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