Pending Homes Sales Inch Up

Pending Home Sales Move Up 0.4 Percent in March

WASHINGTON (April 30, 2018) – Pending home sales inched higher for the second consecutive month in March, but unrelenting inventory constraints once again kept overall activity below year ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors┬«.

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Certification for Property Managers

Proposed Legislation Would Require Certification Of Property Managers

By Bob Hunt

April 30

California Assemblyman, Rob Bonta, has introduced a bill (AB 2618) that would require educational courses and certification for landlords and property managers. In support of his proposal, the author says this:

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Things to Consider Before Closing on Real Estate

15 Things To Consider Before Closing A Real Estate Transaction

By Forbes Real Estate Council

April 26

Low inventory and an abundance of buyers looking to secure the home of their dreams are creating a real estate market buzz that hasn’t been seen in a while, with homes selling for well over asking price. But, what does this mean for real estate investors?

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Blockchain for Real Estate

The Blockchain For Real Estate, Explained

By Mark Zilbert

April 23

There is a lot being written about blockchains, bitcoin and related technologies, and for many real estate professionals, this is part of a brave, new, confusing world of technology. Like the original internet, the blockchain is a revolution in technology that will touch all people and all businesses. So people are paying attention, but many still don’t understand what the blockchain is.

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Home Sales Up 1.1% in March

Existing-Home Sales Climb 1.1 Percent in March

WASHINGTON (April 23, 2018) – Existing-home sales grew for the second consecutive month in March, but lagging inventory levels and affordability constraints kept sales activity below year ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors┬«. Continue reading

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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?

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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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