Monthly Archives: January 2016

Top 10 Trends Shaping 2016 Real Estate

The Top 10 Emerging Trends Shaping Real Estate in 2016 By Patrick Sisson JANUARY 27, 2016 A crashing Chinese economy, sinking commodity prices, and other factors have made the 2016 economic outlook seem somewhat dismal (just ask the candidates running … Continue reading

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Leverage a 401 (k) to buy Real Estate

How To Buy Real Estate With Leverage In A 401(k) Plan By Adam Bergman January 26, 2016 The Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) does not describe what a retirement plan can invest in, only what it cannot invest in. Internal Revenue … Continue reading

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Is It Time to Refinance Your Adjustable-Rate Mortgage?

Is It Time to Refinance Your Adjustable-Rate Mortgage? By Scott Sheldon January 8, 2016 A variable- or adjustable-rate mortgage is a loan in which the interest rate is subject to change according to market fluctuations and terms. (A fixed-rate mortgage, … Continue reading

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New Tool to Shop for Mortgages

Homebuyers don’t seem to be using new tool to shop for mortgages By Kenneth R. Harney January 13, 2016 If you’re planning to buy a home with a mortgage in 2016, you’re virtually certain to encounter a new consumer-friendly federal … Continue reading

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Modest Increase in Home Sales Expected in 2016

NAR Forecast: Modest Increase in Home Sales Expected in 2016 WASHINGTON (January 12, 2016) – Following the housing market’s best year in nearly a decade, existing-home sales are forecasted to expand in 2016 at a more moderate pace as pent-up … Continue reading

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Existing Homes Sales Up in December

Existing-Home Sales Surge Back in December WASHINGTON (January 22, 2016) – Existing-home sales snapped back solidly in December as more buyers reached the market before the end of the year, and the delayed closings resulting from the rollout of the … Continue reading

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Realty Transaction Delays Can Be Fatal

One-third of realty transactions are plagued by delays, some of them fatal By Kenneth R. Harney January 20, 2016 So you’re selling or buying a house in 2016 and you want to make sure your transaction goes to closing without … Continue reading

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Real Estate Faces New Compliance

Real-Estate Faces New Compliance After Getting A Pass By Samuel Rubenfeld January 15, 2016 A U.S. Department of Treasury order targeting secret high-end real estate buyers could represent a day of reckoning on anti-money laundering compliance for the industry, experts … Continue reading

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First-Time Buyers on the Sidelines

Why First-Time Homebuyers Are Staying on the Sidelines By Andrea Riquier January 4, 2016 Claire Jeffers, a 30-year-old public relations professional in Portland, Maine, loves her job, her city, and the Munjoy Hill neighborhood where she lives with her boyfriend. … Continue reading

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