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Real Estate

Real Estate Pros Become Hurricane Advisers

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 8, 2017 - 11:00pm

Amidst devastating storms, many agents are helping clients find temporary housing and matching them with reputable contractors to repair their...

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Nation’s High Earners Prefer the ’Burbs

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 8, 2017 - 11:00pm

Homeowners who earn a high income are showing a preference for the suburbs—and even the far-out “exurbs”—over downtown...

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Relaxation Awaits: 2018 Best Places to Retire

RisMedia Consumer News - October 8, 2017 - 12:01pm

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

Are you getting ready to find your retirement paradise? There are a lot of things to consider before making the big move. Lucky for you, U.S. News & World Report just unveiled their 2018 Best Places to Retire list to help you make your decision.

These rankings reflect a number of factors that can affect your retirement, such as happiness, housing affordability, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market and healthcare quality. In order to narrow down the list, U.S. News & World Report surveyed pre-retirees (ages 45-59) and retirement-aged (ages 60-plus) individuals.

If an overall happy life is the most important to you, head on over to Sarasota, Fla. But if you need strong housing affordability, then maybe San Antonio, Texas is for you. Weigh out your pros and cons before making a decision.

Here are the top 10 retirement spots. Is your relaxing oasis on this list?

  1. Sarasota, Fla.
  2. Lancaster, Pa.
  3. San Antonio, Texas
  4. Grand Rapids, Mo.
  5. El Paso, Texas
  6. McAllen, Texas
  7. Daytona Beach, Fla.
  8. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Washington, D.C.

View the entire list on U.S. News & World Report.

View the methodology.

Liz Dominguez is RISMedia’s associate content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at ldominguez@rismedia.com.

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Porches Are Making a Comeback

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

More new homes are touting front porches, making them a great selling point for builders. 

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Are Hipsters The Secret To A Hot Market?

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

The places that hipsters tend to call home are among some of the hottest housing markets in the country, according to a joint study by realtor.com...

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Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels in 6 Weeks

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage inched upwards this week, but still remains below the 4 percent threshold many borrowers have come to expect....

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Hopeful Buyers Turn To Crowdfunding

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

Some desperate home buyers who aren’t able to save enough for a down payment are turning to crowdfunding. 

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Renter Households Aren’t As ‘Cost Burdened’

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

The share of households considered burdened by high rents is dropping, but it’s not because landlords are softening up on rents. 

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How to Appear More Confident to Clients

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Whether it’s a meeting with a client or a listing presentation, use these five tips to show more confidence as an agent.

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5 Tips For A Lower Heating Bill

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Share these tips with homeowners to unlock some savings during the colder months ahead. 

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More Real Estate Pros Among Vegas Victims

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Several in the real estate industry were in the crowd Sunday when a gunman opened fire in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history....

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Cities Where Homebuying Means a $100k Salary

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Here are the top U.S. cities where homebuying clients must have an income of $100,000 or higher to comfortably purchase a home.

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Home Lot Sizes Shrink to New Low

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Lot sizes on new single-family homes have reached a new record low. 

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Buyers Reach for ARMs as Prices Swell

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

As home prices heat up, buyers looking to lower their monthly mortgage payment are being lured to adjustable rate mortgages. 

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Lawmakers Target Seller-Financed Homes

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Seller-financed deals are increasingly coming under scrutiny after stories of abuse by investors have been uncovered.

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Cities Vie for New Amazon Headquarters

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 11:00pm

The chosen locale for Amazon’s second headquarters likely will see a big boost to not just its economy but its housing market as well.

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Loan Demand Stalls as Buyers, Owners Pause

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 11:00pm

Economists are blaming fewer mortgage applications on rising interest rates and rising home prices.  

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Yahoo Users Beware: All Accounts Are Hacked

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 11:00pm

A 2013 hack of Yahoo accounts was much worse than originally reported. Yahoo now says 3 billion of its users’ accounts—that is, every...

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SEC Warns REcoin Cryptocurrency Is a Fraud

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 11:00pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that a type of cryptocurrency called REcoin touted for real estate is a fraud and was designed to...

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4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Decor by Storm

RisMedia Consumer News - October 3, 2017 - 3:23pm

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

Homeowners are often looking for home improvement options that strike the right balance between affordability, functionality, aesthetics and eco-friendliness. Bamboo has been marketed as something of a panacea—a kind of wonder wood that checks all the boxes. Designers, contractors and consumers have all taken note, as bamboo has made its way into homes as flooring, walls, window treatments, furniture and more. Here are the properties that are making this popular material a go-to green choice for interior design materials.

Affordability
Bamboo is a readily available wood…except for the fact that bamboo isn’t a wood at all, but a grass! Therein lies the secret to bamboo’s ascendant success as a housing material: It grows like a weed because it essentially is one. At a maximum of three feet per day, it is, in fact, the fastest growing plant on Earth. This abundance means it’s an affordable and easily accessible choice in an increasing number of household design elements.

Versatility
Just the one word “bamboo” doesn’t do justice to the range of looks the material offers. It can vary greatly in shades and textures, making it a versatile option for decorators and designers. From the darkest darks to the palest natural shades, you can get just the right color to complement and accentuate the earth tones in your interior decor. (For example, a homeowner with dark hardwood floors can choose dark bamboo shades to tie the room together.) Just keep in mind that the color may change over time as the material ages, and tones may differ depending on where and when it was harvested (just as is the case with hardwood).

Indeed, bamboo window treatments are particularly popular, and they’re available in a variety of options ranging from Roman shades to woven blinds. Whatever style you go for, bamboo blinds can pull together a room’s earth tones into one elegantly cohesive package, while allowing natural sunlight to filter in. While bamboo on its own is not a black-out solution, you can add blackout liners to prevent any undesired light filtration.

Durability
Whether natural or manmade, few materials can match bamboo’s physical properties pound for pound. Because bamboo grows in wet, tropical climates, it is well-suited to resisting rain and wind. (East Asian cultures have made use of bamboo for centuries to build suspension bridges, huts, rafts and much more.) In fact, this unassuming reed beats out hardwood, brick and concrete alike in terms of compressive strength, while rivaling steel in tensile strength.

The result is a lightweight, flexible material that performs admirably in heavily-trafficked and humid areas of the home, making it a great option for floors and furniture in living areas, as well as window treatments in areas like the bathroom.

Interestingly, bamboo’s legendary durability persists even when it is broken down into its fibers. Rayon fabric, while luxuriously soft, is also incredibly strong. Add to that its natural anti-microbial properties, and you have a long-lasting material that is useful in a wide variety of textile applications.

Sustainability
As a growing number of homeowners look for eco-friendly materials in their decor, perhaps no single factor has contributed to bamboo’s modern vogue in interior design more than its sustainability. As it is a grass rather than a tree, it can grow to a harvestable size (often over 100 feet) in a matter of months. This is in stark contrast to the years of water, fertilizer and pesticide required by other timber woods. Additionally, bamboo can grow on steep slopes and depleted or abandoned agricultural lands that would otherwise go to waste.

The environmental benefits don’t stop there. Bamboo’s root systems are an effective reinforcement against soil erosion. Due to its fast-growing nature, bamboo farms that make responsible use of available land are an incredibly potent form of carbon sequestration. Finally, bamboo groves can produce up to 35 percent more oxygen than comparably sized forests.

Processing bamboo has made leaps and bounds in terms of eco-friendliness. While bamboo plywood has traditionally required formaldehyde in the production process, more and more researchers are finding breakthroughs that make durable and biodegradable glues an economic reality. It’s worth noting that most of the world’s bamboo timber is grown in China and India, and therefore requires international shipping, and not all companies conform to the greenest methods of production.

When you consider bamboo’s low carbon footprint along with its durability and lasting appeal, it’s no wonder that it’s made its way to homes in the form of furniture, window treatments, flooring and more. When you elect to adorn your home with this wonder wood (er, grass) you can rest easier knowing that a more beautiful home can be kind to Mother Earth and your bank account alike.

Katie Laird is the director of Social Marketing for Blinds.com.

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