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Retirees Look to Build Smaller, Custom Homes: Many people seek to downsize their home in retirement—but not their homebuying wish list. Retirees reportedly are flocking to smaller newly built homes that are customized to their personal needs and tastes. One advantage older home buyers find with these custom homes is that they can be built to accommodate medical conditions or physical restrictions, […]

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Mortgage Rates Hold at Low Levels: Home shoppers are getting another week to lock in some of the lowest mortgage rates of the year. “Following last week’s sharp decline, the 10-year Treasury yield rose 3 basis points this week,” says Sean Becketti, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The 30-year mortgage rate remained relatively flat, falling 1 basis point to 3.90 percent. Mortgage […]

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California MLS Launches Solar Data Fields: Real estate professionals who want to highlight a home’s solar energy features on the MLS usually have to do so under the “other” category, which may not capture enough attention from buyers. But that may soon change. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California is developing new data standards for a special […]

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Most Undervalued U.S. Cities in 2017: SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, has analyzed its second annual round of undervalued cities in the U.S. Each city had a projected price per square foot based on livability metrics such as unemployment rate, crime, high school graduation rates, number of entertainment and dining establishments, and walkability. SmartAsset then compared that number to the actual […]

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Home Security Tips for the Summer: Ooma, a smart home phone and security company, offers six tips for preventing break-ins. Front door surveillance. Because 34 percent of break-ins happen through the front door of a home, recommend that your clients install a smart doorbell that routes to their phone. Other security options Ooma mentions include two-way speakers that will give visitors the […]

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6 most (and least) affordable mountain resort towns in the US: Clients in the market for a mountain town dream home? Here’s a list to narrow the search Key Takeaways Beautiful mountain resort towns come with varying price tags, so finding one that fits within your buyer’s budget should be no problem. The most affordable mountain resort town is Ogden, Utah, with a median home price […]

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BROKERS: Why listening to your clients is key to growing your company: At Inman Connect San Francisco’s Startup Track, Triplemint co-founder Philip Lang will share his experience leveraging feedback Philip Lang, the Co-founder and COO of TripleMint, a technology-enabled real estate brokerage based in New York City, knows that to start a company you have to ask yourself: “Who is going to buy my product? Who is […]

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Low-Maintenance Landscaping Hacks: Help your clients give the illusion of a perfectly manicured yard with these easy steps for sprucing up greenery from HouseLogic. Create accents with rocks. They don’t require the same level of care, water, and sunlight that grass and plants do. Rocks are good tools for forming pathways, adding design elements, or creating dry creek […]

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Where Remodeling Is Most Popular: Hawaii has the largest percentage of homeowners who are planning to make renovations in the coming year, according to a new survey. GetHearth.com, a financial technology startup that assists owners with remodeling decisions, found in its Home Renovation Survey that 16 percent of homeowners nationwide are thinking about renovating soon. The kitchen is the top project […]

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4 Vacation Home Issues Buyers Should Know: “Costs of owning and renting a vacation home can be very high,” says Todd Huettner, owner of Denver-based lending company Huettner Capital. “The hassles and costs of short-term vacation rentals are higher than most people expect. … People are way too optimistic about rental rates, vacancies, management fees, maintenance costs, and home value increases.” Owners […]
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