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Replacing Plumbing Pipes

Replacing Plumbing Pipes
Replacing Plumbing Pipes: Costs and Options By: Joe Bousquin Published: August 23, 2016 Replacing plumbing can be a costly, time-consuming venture. These alternatives make it doable and affordable. You’ll need ...
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Solar help neighbors get installation discounts

Solar help neighbors get installation discounts
MIAMI – June 2, 2017 – Florida residents interested in solar energy have a new way to research products and get installation discounts by working with like-minded homeowners in their ...
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Study: Most renters should be buyers

Study: Most renters should be buyers
NEW YORK – May 18, 2017 – Rent is so high that a typical renter in the U.S. can purchase a home nearly 50 percent more expensive than the median ...
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30-year mortgage rate edges down to 4.02%

30-year mortgage rate edges down to 4.02%
WASHINGTON (AP) – May 4, 2017 – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates barely moved this week after rising last week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate ...
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Top return on investment? Smaller remodeling projects

Top return on investment? Smaller remodeling projects
CHICAGO – April 20, 2017 – Appraisal Institute research finds that homeowners who want a remodeling project to return as much money as possible at closing should opt for smaller ...
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Facebook could allow buyers to virtually stage listing

Master bedroom
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – April 19, 2007 – Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family ...
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Redfin: U.S. home prices, sales show strong gains as housing shortage continues

Redfin: U.S. home prices, sales show strong gains as housing shortage continues
Redfin reports that U.S. home prices elevated to a median sale price of $273,000, rising 7.5%, in March as home sales made a strong showing, gaining 8.9% over last year ...
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Survey: Homebuyer preferences in 2017

Survey: Homebuyer preferences in 2017
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 12, 2017 – Ranch-style homes, large backyards and updated kitchens top shoppers' wish lists this spring, according to realtor.com's latest home buyer survey. More than ...
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Vacation home sales plummet in 2016

Vacation home sales plummet in 2016
While last year saw the strongest pace of home sales in a decade, it saw a considerable drop in activity from vacation buyers, according to an annual second-home survey released ...
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Tesla takes next step in solar energy revolution, unveils new solar panels

Tesla takes next step in solar energy revolution, unveils new solar panels
Tesla, which got into the solar energy business last year with the acquisition of SolarCity, is taking the next step in its plan to revolutionize the acquisition, storage, and use ...
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Most consumers think their insurance covers flooding

Most consumers think their insurance covers flooding
NEW YORK – April 10, 2017 – Fifty-six percent of consumers recently surveyed believe that a standard homeowner’s policy covers flood damage. But they’re wrong, and their assumption could be ...
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Smart Staging Solutions for the Owner Occupied House

Julea
By Julea Joseph, guest contributor As a home stager, I hear weekly this song from people getting ready to sell their occupied home: “My closets are stuffed, I hate my ...
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NAR report: More clients interested in sustainability

NAR report: More clients interested in sustainability
WASHINGTON – April 7, 2017 – Growing consumer interest and demand for greener, more sustainable properties is driving more conversations between Realtors® and homebuyers and sellers. According to the National ...
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Homebuyers often forget about their car

Homebuyers often forget about their car
NEW YORK – April 7, 2017 – In all the hustle and bustle of searching for a new home, it's easy for clients to overlook their car. But there are ...
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Playing music at condo pool

Playing music at condo pool
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – April 6, 2017 – Question: Our condo pool has a rule stating "no radio playing except when using earphones." There are people in our condo – ...
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Horses: Big market niche, Fla. money maker

Horses: Big market niche, Fla. money maker
OCALA, Fla. – April 6, 2017 – "Outdoor recreation" means boating to many coastal residents, but the horse industry "reigns" in many inland communities, especially around Wellington in Southwest Florida, ...
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Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10%

Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.10%
Mortgage Rate Trend Index This week, 36% of the industry experts polled by Bankrate.com believe mortgage rates will rise over the next week or so; 9% think rates will fall; ...
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Appraisers raise concerns over VA home loan program

Appraisers raise concerns over VA home loan program
WASHINGTON – April 5, 2017 – Challenges facing real estate appraisers servicing Veterans Affairs home loans were under Congress's microscope this week as the National Association of Realtors® and other ...
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City can’t make exception for open house signs

City can't make exception for open house signs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – April 5, 2017 – A U.S. Supreme Court decision will force Jacksonville to revisit restrictions on roadside signs. The reason: Governments cannot regulate roadside signs differently based ...
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It’s time to evaluate flood insurance coverage

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April 5, 2017 – Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier issued an advisory reminding Floridians that if they want to have flood insurance in place before the June ...
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Floridians’ confidence hits 15-year high in March

Floridians' confidence hits 15-year high in March
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – April 4, 2017 – Consumer sentiment among Floridians rose last month to the highest level in 15 years, according to the latest University of Florida (UF) consumer ...
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The risk of home prices going down?

prices going down
GREENSBORO, N.C. – April 4, 2017 – What are the chances home prices will decline as they did during the recession? Almost none. The likelihood of home price declines across ...
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The funny side of tight inventory

The funny side of tight inventory
CHICAGO – April 4, 2017 – Realtor.com revealed their 2017 ad campaign today – which will include TV spots, interactive digital video experiences and social integrations – featuring Elizabeth Banks ...
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Watch out for deed restrictions

Watch out for deed restrictions
CHICAGO – April 3, 2017 – Deed restrictions can bring nasty surprises to homeowners who want to remodel or even when they're buying a home. These restrictions can limit options ...
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This spring will be the hardest for buyers in years

This spring will be the hardest for buyers in years
NEW YORK – April 3, 2017 – Economists think the spring sales season will be the toughest in a decade, as rising prices and mortgage rates spark demand while listings ...
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