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Real Estate Stats Super Bowl Refs Don’t See

Real Estate Stats Super Bowl Refs Don’t See

What really happened in real estate between the first Super Bowl in 1967 and the 50th version which just took place in San Francisco? Figures from the Census Bureau and other sources tell us that in many cases measurable things are vastly better — and in other situations not so much. The first Super Bowl […]

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Breaking News: US Real Estate Prices Reach Record High

Breaking News: US Real Estate Prices Reach Record High

With real estate prices consistently rising you knew it had to happen and now it has: According to the federal government US home prices nationwide have finally topped the old record high set in March 2007. The figure comes from the monthly House Price Index (HPI) issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Each […]

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Cash Buyer Discounts For A Fast Home Sale?

Cash Buyer Discounts For A Fast Home Sale?

Question: Many buyers in today’s market are purchasing homes for cash. Sometimes cash buyers say they should get a discount because they can settle faster. Is this true? Answer: It’s likely true in most jurisdictions that cash buyers can settle faster than purchasers who need mortgage financing. However, this is not necessarily a reason for […]

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Duck Dynasty, Donald Trump And Real Estate

Duck Dynasty, Donald Trump And Real Estate

If you had to pick the most-interesting show on television it likely would not involve controversy, conflict or Kardashians. Instead, it’s A&E’s Duck Dynasty, a show which is as much about real estate as duck calls. The story is that Phil Robertson was one of seven children who grew up in rural Louisiana. His father […]

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When Should A Real Estate Broker Be Paid?

When Should A Real Estate Broker Be Paid?

Millions of homes are sold each year and the overwhelming majority are marketed through professional real estate brokers. It might seem as though real estate brokers are paid when they list and sell homes but technically that’s not quite the case, something which has created a stir in California and a controversy which is likely […]

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Can I Sell My House For A Premium Price?

Can I Sell My House For A Premium Price?

Question: A year ago we needed to quickly sell our home. We had spent many, many weekends creating a beautiful yard with new trees and flower islands. Inside we painted every room and made coordinating window treatments. We also had a double lot. In the end, the house sold in one day — but it […]

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Who Pays Foreclosure Property Taxes?

Who Pays Foreclosure Property Taxes?

When you purchase a foreclosed property, are you responsible for back taxes? The general answer largely depends on when you buy the property. “If the property was foreclosed and possessed by the bank, the bank will have to pay the back taxes to sell the property with clear title,” says RealtyTrac spokesman Daren Blomquist. “However, […]

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Should Government Set Mortgage Rates?
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Should Government Set Mortgage Rates?

With all the talk of getting a new mortgage there’s one question which no one seems ready to touch: Why doesn’t the government ought to set mortgage rates? At first this may seem like an audacious idea, a violation somehow of the free market absolutism preferred by so many businesses and industries — at least […]

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Is Negative Interest Coming To America?

Is Negative Interest Coming To America?

“You’re money is no good here” used to mean someone was picking up your tab at a restaurant or country club. It was a gracious gesture, a courtesy and a compliment. Today the term means the world is awash in so much cash that really — we don’t want your money — especially if your […]

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Government Map Shows 7,000 Surplus Properties For Sale

Government Map Shows 7,000 Surplus Properties For Sale

After the big budget debate — and before the next one — Uncle Sam has an idea to generate a few dollars. Yes folks, the government has thousands of excess properties that it’s willing to unload, including “apartment houses, single houses, row houses, public housing, military personnel housing, federal employee housing, and housing for institutional […]

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