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Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Go West...Err, Midwest, To The Hottest Housing Markets In The Country
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Call it "The Heartland." Or "Americas Breadbasket." However you choose to refer to the area between the Rockies and the Appalachians, you can also assign an important new descriptor: Home to Americas hottest housing markets. In the latest market report from Realtor.com, California cities that once dominated the list have been replaced by several...


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Has Blue Become A Neutral? Heres How To Use It In Your Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Feeling blue? Youre not alone. The color is hotter than ever - so much so that its being called a "neutral" by interior designers and color specialists. Move over, beige. Theres a new contender in town."They used to take a backseat, but todays neutrals are leading the way in unexpected directions," said House Beautiful. "Lilac, navy, and Etrusca...


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6 Surefire Ways To Get Your House Sold
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Were coming to the end of summer, and that means that families seeking to buy a new home before school starts have likely already done their thing. But that doesnt mean youre out of luck if youre looking to sell. Whether youre just getting ready to list your home or havent had any bites on your existing home for sale, these tips will get it - an...


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Mortgage Broker Qamp;A
Written By: Shelby Elias

1. What does a mortgage broker do?A professional mortgage broker originates, negotiates, and processes residential mortgage loans on behalf of their clients.2. What are the benefits of using a mortgage broker?A mortgage broker represents your interests rather than the interests of a lending institution. They act not only as your loan officer, bu...


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There are Different Kinds of Community Associations
Written By: Benny L Kass

A large number of American homeowners now live in a community association. But do you know that there are several different kinds of community organizations, and each has a different set of laws, and different legal structures.Oversimplified, the three main types of community associations are condominiums, cooperatives and homeowner associations...


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Ask the HOA Expert: What Is An Executive Session
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: What is the definition of an "executive session"? Can a meeting begin as an executive session, and end as an open session, or vice versa?Answer: There may be a state statute that defines "executive session". If so, you need to follow it. If there is not a statute, the board generally is permitted to hold an executive session to discuss...


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Ready to Talk About Real Estate?
Written By: PJ Wade

Just the other day, it happened again.I ended up face to face with a real estate myth I thought had been debunked out of existence in the last century.And yet, there I was in a popular "resto," waiting for my lunch companion and half listening to the two articulate couples chatting at the table behind me, when I heard it.Like so many of us today...


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No Such Thing As Real Estate Ethics?
Written By: Bob Hunt

A delightful little book by John Maxwell is provocatively titled, Theres No Such Thing as Business Ethics.Now some might simply think, "no kidding." But for the curious, or those inclined to disagree, Maxwells book makes an interesting argument. His point is not that all of business is unethical. Rather, he disagrees with the point of view that ...


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Trend Alert: Punch Up Your Home With Painted Doors And Trim
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Your kitchen: White. Your walls: White. Your doors and trim: Hmm. Maybe its time for something a little different. We think nothing about painting our exterior door a standout color, but what about the interior doors? And then theres the trim, which often gets no love at all."Whether simple or ornate, interior trim is a finishing touch that ofte...


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Easy Ways To Jazz Up Your Dorm On A Budget
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Getting ready to move your college student into the dorm? Prepare yourself for the old and the ugly. Unless your child has the good fortune of moving into a brand-new dorm, you can expect their space to be seriously lacking in >SeatingThe floor space will likely be limited in the dorm, but that doesnt mean you cant integrate some guest seating f...


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The Logic Behind an Effective Logo: A Real Estate Professionals Greatest Asset
Written By: Lewis Fein

Competition within the real industry is keen. The contest to build awarenessto develop it with the same care as the construction of a residential building or a commercial propertyis essential. Nowhere is this effort more visible, and nowhere is what we see more impressionable, than it is within the world of marketing.The vision before us is neit...


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How To Get The Most Out Of Small Kitchens
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Many people complain about small kitchens but tiny spaces arent always to be dreaded. If youre selling your home and your kitchen is, well, compact, know that you can find ways to achieve big appeal with a little creativity.Bring in the light. Sometimes small kitchens can be dark, making them feel even smaller. But if you remove the curtains fro...


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Dont Let Your Home Search Break Your Heart
Written By: Realty Times Staff

For those who are house-hunting, it can be a whirlwind romance thats hot from the minute you see the homes curb appeal. But dont let the seduction of a good-looking landscape make you want to tie the knot without a bit of courtship.House-hunting for the "perfect" home in many ways is like looking for that perfect romance - very seldom does every...


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Understanding Your Appraisal
Written By: David Reed

What did you just pay for your new house? 250,000? That should be the value of the home, right? Thatrsquo;s what the lender will say your home is worth as your loan moves through the approval process, correct? Not really, no. While your sales contract states 250,000 it is generally considered to be the current market value of your property. Your...


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Our Wish List Now That HGTV Has Bought The Brady Bunch House
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

In a move perhaps few predicted but nearly everyone seems to love, the "Brady Bunch" house has been purchased by HGTV, who plans to restore the Studio City, CA residence "to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can." Commence giddiness."One of our projects for HGTV will speak to those Brady Bunch fans," said Discovery CEO David Zaslav during a second-qu...


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Defining Who Owns What Is Critical
Written By: Benny L Kass

Question. Its almost fall. I am on the Board of Directors of our homeowner association, and know that we will start getting calls from owners to make repairs to such things as the streets, our tot lot, and the community recreational facility. However, we often get requests to repair or replace such other areas as roofs, ice-damaged bushes, and t...


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Keep Rodents Away In Your HOA
Written By: Richard Thompson

Few pests evoke stronger revulsion than rodents. While the manager of an industrial facility may tolerate an occasional rat, not so with homeowner associations. The demand for action is immediate...Get rid of them and I mean NowMost people believe that rodents have limited value. Norway rats, roof rats and common house mice live off humans and o...


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High Balance Conforming Explained
Written By: David Reed

There are two basic loan types, conforming and jumbo, and are labeled as such based upon loan limits. Conforming loans, those underwritten to either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac guidelines, follow certain specifications both lay out in order to qualify for sale in the secondary market. Today, the conforming loan limit is 453,100 in most parts of th...


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Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Go West...Err, Midwest, To The...
Call it "The Heartland." Or "Americas Breadbasket." However you cho...

Has Blue Become A Neutral? Her...
Feeling blue? Youre not alone. The color is hotter than ever - so m...

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