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Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018

How To Channel Your Personality To Create The Perfect Home For You
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Youre not boring, and your home shouldnt be either. But, you can obey all the design rules and end up with a place that looks like it came right out of a magazine but still lacks a little spark. Heres how to inject a little "you" into it.ArtYou dont have to have a house full of bold florals or abstract pieces just because thats whats "in" right ...


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Emerging Trends Threaten Housing
Written By: Blanche Evans

Household growth has increased over the last three years, millennials are stepping up, and home prices have recovered from recession lows. So what is there to worry about? Not much on the surface, but there are some emerging trends that suggest good times wont continue for much longer in the housing market.Rising housing costsAccording to the la...


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Broker with Heart: Brokers Making a Difference
Written By: Realty Times Staff

PinRaise, Inc., creators of the Agent with Hearttrade; program, have developed a new branch of their program to welcome brokerages to their community through their latest initiative, Broker with Hearttrade;.Realty Times sat down with PinRaise, Inc. Chief Communications Officer Celeste Orsquo;Hara to discuss this new program and the many ways it ...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Special Assessments
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: Our pool and clubhouse are 15 years old. The board wants to build a larger pool and upgrade the clubhouse which would require a 200,000 special assessment and drain our reserves.Answer: The board has no authority to expand the common area amenities. Its authority is to maintain existing amenities in good condition. However, if an appro...


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Deck Those Condominium Halls
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: At our condominium, the grounds and buildings are kept immaculately and our hallways and lobbies have just been renovated by a professional decorator. The lobbies look elegant, and halls are newly carpeted. Some owners, however, have taken it upon themselves to put tables, plants and even paintings in the corridors. Some owners are con...


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Californians To Vote On Rent Control Initiative
Written By: Bob Hunt

Come November, Californians will vote on whether or not to adopt the Affordable Housing Act. It is not too early to begin discussing the details and the effects of this ballot initiative.The initiative, as summarized by its proponents in the signature-gathering phase, does this:Repeals state law that currently restricts the scope of rent-control...


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How Do Clients Rate Your Service?
Written By: PJ Wade

When was the last time you took a close look at your service from the client point of view?Much is made of "Im Number 1" sales awards which celebrate the number of deals closed, but is the same level of attention paid to professionalism in service delivery?Length of time on the job, slick marketing, and the number of properties sold each year do...


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The 7 Worst Mistakes You Can Make While Renovating And How To Avoid Them
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Everyone wants to renovate. And now more than ever, they want to do it themselves. According to Remodeling magazine, "Big-ticket remodeling activity, already enjoying record economic conditions, is growing at its fastest pace in four years and should rise 5.1 this year alone." Those numbers are based on Metrostudys latest Residential Remodeling ...


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10 Places That Will Pay You To Move There
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Close to job. Great schools. Projected growth. Theyre all reasons why someone might consider buying a home in a certain area. But heres one more important reason: Because someone wants to pay you to move there.Thats right. You could actually make money moving to a new areahellip;if youre willing to go where the interest is."The idea has spread w...


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The Fed Just Raised RatesSo What?
Written By: David Reed

Every six weeks or so the Federal Open Market Committee, or the FOMC, holds its two-day meetings to discuss the current economy with an eye on the future. The FOMC has various responsibilities but one of the actions it can take is to adjust the cost of funds.More specifically, it can adjust the Federal Funds rate. The Fed Funds rate is the rate ...


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The Fed Just Raised RatesSo What?
Written By: David Reed

Every six weeks or so the Federal Open Market Committee, or the FOMC, holds its two-day meetings to discuss the current economy with an eye on the future. The FOMC has various responsibilities but one of the actions it can take is to adjust the cost of funds.More specifically, it can adjust the Federal Funds rate. The Fed Funds rate is the rate ...


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Steps To Building Wealth
Written By: Blanche Evans

Its never too late to secure your financial future. At BuildingWealth.org, a public service offered by the Dallas Federal Reserve, you can learn how to reach your life goals by budgeting, saving and investing, building credit and controlling debt.When you understand the difference between assets and liabilities, you know that owning a home, cont...


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The Cohan Rule: Estimate Your Expenses For IRS Deductions
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: I built my own house. At first I stuffed receipts into a folder but toward the end when things got hectic, I forgot. I probably have receipts amounting to a quarter of what I believe I spent, land included. How can I establish a credible basis when it comes time to sell? The good news is the house is probably now worth a million and I ...


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Finally an Answer to One of the Most Commonly Asked Questions Homeowners Ask a Real Estate Agent
Written By: Realty Times Staff

The bluehammer home improvement calculator allows you to provide estimated costs for home improvement and repair projects for your clients. Its easy to use and can be accessed on all your connected devices. You can use it in a variety of ways to benefit your clients and gain business.Give clients an accurate cost of ownership, while they tourWit...


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Sneaky Ways To Find A Home Thats About To Be Listed For Sale
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Coldwell Banker just rolled out some exciting new tech thats meant to help determine when someone is about to list their home for sale. What may sound Big Brother-y to some is being lauded by others as the Big Data answer to next-level real estate success. Call it the high-tech version of going door-to-door asking if owners are looking to sell t...


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Ten Mistakes That Will Keep Your Home From Selling
Written By: Realty Times Staff

When youre selling your home, you need every advantage you can get. And there are few homes that are magically market ready without a little help. If your home needs a touch more than a little help, its time to get focused. After all, listing your home when its not in the right condition to sell will probably only end in frustration. And, in thi...


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Patios Can Appeal To Buyers
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Depending on where you live, a patio might not be the kind of thing you think about during the cold, and maybe snowy, winter months. But a patio is what many people enjoy on a sunny warm afternoon. It just feels good to sit outside and sip some iced tea or lemonade. Thats the picture your real estate agent would want to capture when listing your...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Time Limits On Board Meetings
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: What do you think about placing a time limit on the board meetings? There are some members that believe that there should be no time limit and others that believe there should be.Answer: Generally, board meetings should not go longer than two hours. This seems to be the average time limit for sustained human concentration. Board meetin...


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Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018

How To Channel Your Personalit...
Youre not boring, and your home shouldnt be either. But, you can ob...

Emerging Trends Threaten Housi...
Household growth has increased over the last three years, millennia...

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