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Foreclosed Homes Dip to 12-Year Low

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 18, 2018 - 12:00am

Foreclosure activity plunged in 2017, and the distressed properties remain increasingly difficult to find in many markets. 

Categories: Real Estate

Housing Advocates Push for Rent Control

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 18, 2018 - 12:00am

With rising rents, advocacy groups are urging lawmakers to pass laws that cap just how much rents can go up.

Categories: Real Estate

Study: Top 10 Most Trusted Builders

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 18, 2018 - 12:00am

See the homebuilders that consumers depend on the most. 

Categories: Real Estate

Loan Demand Jumps Over Fears?

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Interest rates are on the rise but mortgage applications are still rising, a change from normal patterns. 

Categories: Real Estate

Builders Reveal Top 10 Biggest Concerns

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Homebuilding still isn't proceeding fast enough to keep up with the demand. Why not? Builders point to several reasons.

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The Fastest Growing States May See Housing Boom

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Population growth is far from even across the country. The South and West are seeing the bulk of the increases, while the Northeast and Midwest...

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Starved for Inventory, Some Cities Eye ‘Granny Flats’

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

“This is going to be a major piece of the solution to our housing crisis in the next decade,” a representative on the Bay Area Council...

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The Most Affordable Beach Towns in the U.S.

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

For buyers who dream of living near the water, they still may be able to snag a property along the water at a bargain price in some locales....

Categories: Real Estate

Work With the Deaf Without Sign Language

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

While sign language is a useful tool for working with the deaf or hard of hearing, it isn't a requirement. Learn these tips and etiquette...

Categories: Real Estate

Home Laundry: To Vent or Not to Vent

RisMedia Consumer News - January 16, 2018 - 3:30pm

I once believed it was a forgone conclusion that when adding certain laundry appliances to a home, it would mean installing exhaust ducting and cutting a hole to the outside for venting.

However, a recent report from Michele Weaver at Design Basics, LLC highlighted a growing trend in ventless dryers that can be easily located and relocated within a home because vent piping, exhaust holes and venting to the outside are not needed.

The mechanics of a home dryer can cause energy and safety problems if lint becomes trapped in the vent. This demands more energy use and frequent cleaning. Weaver believes one of the major trends consumers will be seeing in these key appliances will be the further refinement of ductless technology.

She says vent hoses snaking through a home’s framing have become a leading cause of the 2,900 (average) home clothes dryer fires reported annually, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

J.D. Wollf at HomeSteady.com recently explained that a ventless or condenser dryer— also known as a Heat Pump Clothes Dryer (HPCD)—doesn’t need a vent because instead of expelling the hot, moist air, a heat exchanger removes the moisture from the hot air and “recycles” it, passing it back through the drying clothes. The excess water is then drained away or caught in a container that is later emptied.

The trade-off for energy savings and safety is a requirement for slightly more maintenance than vented dryers. Wollf says the condensing unit must be cleaned about once a month to remove any lint.

A study at the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida states that while an unvented HPCD uses less electricity than a standard resistance dryer, it was found to release significantly more heat than a conventional dryer during operation, demanding additional cooling energy that may compromise overall savings.

However, the study points out that with a current retail cost of $948, there is only a small premium on the HPCD dryers, making them cost-effective when chosen at time of replacement.

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What Your Broker Is Worried About

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Real estate companies nationwide reveal the most pressing issues they face in 2018.

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VA Program Sparks ‘Loan Churning’ Concerns

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Ginnie Mae officials recently testified to lawmakers that “loan churning” within the veterans program is putting vet borrowers at...

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NAR Restructures to Improve Member Service

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 16, 2018 - 12:00am

CEO Bob Goldberg announces that many NAR groups have been reorganized to make the association’s internal structure run more...

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4 Ways Brokerages Can Be More Client-Centric

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Retain customers and increase referral business this year with these tips.

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The 7 Best Cities for Bargain Hunters

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Find out where a home buyer’s dollars can stretch the furthest.

Categories: Real Estate

Owners Get Real About Home Values

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 16, 2018 - 12:00am

A chart shows the difference between homeowners and appraisers’ perceptions on the value of properties, as seen in the nation...

Categories: Real Estate

Infographic: How Recent Buyers Purchased Their Home

RisMedia Consumer News - January 13, 2018 - 12:01am

Demand and home prices are increasing, but that has yet to keep homebuyers out of the market. Here is how they did it:

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Real Estate Agent Among Those Killed in Mudslides

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 12, 2018 - 12:00am

Rebecca Riskin, a REALTOR® and founder of Riskin Partners in Santa Barbara, Calif., was killed this week when mudslides tore through a...

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Employers Can Now Add to Down Payments

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 12, 2018 - 12:00am

A new program allows employers to contribute toward workers’ down payment on a home, similar to the way  companies contribute...

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Buying Better Than Renting in 54% of Markets

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 12, 2018 - 12:00am

Despite rising prices, buying a home is still more favorable for consumers than paying skyrocketing rents in many U.S. counties.

Categories: Real Estate