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5 Tips For A Lower Heating Bill

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 12:00am

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 5, 2017 - 12:00am

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 5, 2017 - 12:00am

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 5, 2017 - 12:00am

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 5, 2017 - 12:00am

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 5, 2017 - 12:00am

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 4, 2017 - 12:00am

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 4, 2017 - 12:00am

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 4, 2017 - 12:00am

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 4, 2017 - 12:00am

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 - 4:23pm

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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2017 REALTOR® Good Neighbor Winners Unveiled

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

These real estate pros have gone above and beyond the call of duty with their outreach and volunteer programs within their communities and beyond...

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Factors Most Influential on Home Values

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

Stay on top of these four local market trends that influence housing prices so you can best serve research-savvy buyers and sellers.

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REALTOR® Among Victims of Vegas Massacre

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

Andrew Gudmunson of Century 21 Action, REALTORS®, in Minot, N.D., has undergone emergency surgery after being shot in the melee at a Las Vegas...

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Scope of Equifax Breach Widens Further

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

Hackers compromised the personal information of some 2.5 million more people than originally reported.

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You Can Help Assess Hurricane Damage

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

In the cleanup after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Small Business Administration is looking for damage verifiers—people who use their...

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Is This House Indestructable?

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

The Crete House, a precast concrete structure designed for an international competition, is said to be impervious to extreme weather, fires,...

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States With Highest, Lowest Property Taxes

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

Northeastern states tend to be on the high end, while the South—with the exception of Texas—is on the low end.

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Top 10 Places to Retire in 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

U.S. News & World Report releases its annual rankings of the best places to spend your golden years.

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Infographic: Easing the Burden of Student Loan Debt

RisMedia Consumer News - October 2, 2017 - 4:22pm

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

Is your crippling student loan debt keeping you from becoming a homeowner? According to an article by RefinanceStudentLoans.net, “The Case for Student Loan Forgiveness,” student loan debt is one of the highest debt categories in the U.S., coming in second to only mortgage debt. Add up the debt from the 44-plus million borrowers in the U.S. and it comes out to a whopping $1.44 trillion, the article reports.

If you’ve experienced a hefty monthly student loan payment, then you’ll understand why borrowers are less likely to boost the economy. If all of your cash is going to bills and debt reduction, there’s no excess money to spend.

This loan debt can also delay important life events—such as getting married, having children and buying a house—by 19 to 46 percent. Many are having trouble affording these loan payments after paying for rent, gas and utilities. According to the article, 8 million borrowers defaulted on their student loans as of 2016.

Fortunately, there are some resources available that can ease the burden of student loan debt or erase it completely. Programs such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Perkins Loan Cancellation can help you if you work a non-profit, education or government job. If you don’t qualify for these, you can also apply for income-based repayment plans to lower your monthly loan payments or defer them for the time being.

The following infographic, provided by RefinanceStudentLoans.net, offers a breakdown of available student loan forgiveness and alternative repayment options.

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

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