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5 Hot Outdoor Trends to Watch for Fall

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 30, 2017 - 11:00pm

High-tech fire pits and interiorscapes are all the rage for staging your property’s outdoor space.

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More Buyers Likely to Consider ARMs Again

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 30, 2017 - 11:00pm

In mid-2005, ARMs represented 45 percent of the market share. Could they command that much of the market again?

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Flooded Homes Can Be Fixed But…

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

Homes and businesses flooded by Hurricane Harvey may not be completely doomed. However, it’s important to know that it’s not really...

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Wells Fargo Sued Over Rate Lock-in Fees

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

A class action lawsuit accuses the banking giant of charging thousands of customers extra fees to extend their interest rate lock-ins after...

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Are Supply Woes Causing Loan Demand Drop?

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

The number of mortgage applications for home purchases continues to underwhelm, despite the lowest rates in nine months. 

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20 Biggest College Town Rent Hikes

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

Proximity to highly regarded colleges comes at a price. Find out where those living near campus are paying the highest rents compared with their...

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NAR Joins Push for Alternative Credit Scoring

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 29, 2017 - 11:00pm

A group of housing and mortgage trade associations is urging the Federal Housing Finance Agency to expand its use of alternative credit scoring...

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Outdoor Amenities Topping Buyers’ Lists

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 28, 2017 - 11:00pm

Home shoppers are putting more weight on a home’s exterior space and its entertainment potential.

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Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 28, 2017 - 11:00pm

Homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey will need these tips to start mending their homes after the floods recede. 

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5 Things to Never Tell a Contractor

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 28, 2017 - 11:00pm

Contractors may be the go-to person during a home renovation, but make sure your homeowner clients avoid these phrases in...

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Where Salaries Go the Farthest

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 28, 2017 - 11:00pm

Salaries can stretch further on housing and other costs if you live in one of these cities.

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More Owners Are Using Their Equity Again

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 28, 2017 - 11:00pm

Home prices continue to rise and more homeowners are tapping into their home equity, making home-equity lines of credit and cash-out mortgage...

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Most Important Features Millennials Want in Their Homes

RisMedia Consumer News - August 28, 2017 - 3:10pm

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

There have been a lot of studies, think pieces and discussions trying to figure out millennials. Business owners were skeptical about hiring millennials a few years ago and now, as this younger generation continues to grow and succeed in life, the housing market seems to be the next millennial-facing industry.

There’s no doubt that millennials have finally entered the housing market. In fact, they currently make up 35 percent of buyers throughout the United States. Approximately 68 percent of all first-time home buyers fall into this age bracket, as well. But what do they want inside their homes?

Let’s take a look and see what millennials are looking for when it comes to buying a home.

Separate Laundry Rooms – Say what you will about millennials and their laundry habits, the majority of millennial homebuyers are searching for homes with an additional room just for laundry. Roughly 92 percent of homebuyers want a separate laundry room, coming in as the No. 1 thing millennials are looking for.

Outdoor Lighting – The second most desired feature for millennial homebuyers is exterior lighting. Roughly 90 percent of all people searching for a home in the current market want exterior lighting to illuminate their landscape.

Energy-Efficient Appliances – Another aspect of home-buying that cracks the top 10 for millennials is having energy-efficient appliances inside the home. (In fact, across every generation of homebuyers, 90 percent of people are looking for this feature.)

Hardwood Floors – Millennial homebuyers also prefer hardwood floors for their homes. Rather than choosing carpeting, approximately 82 percent of homebuyers are searching for properties with open hardwood floor plans.

There are still plenty of millennials who aren’t ready to buy a home just yet—but it looks like these are the kinds of features they will be looking for when they are ready to enter the housing market.

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What to Buy (and Not Buy) in September

RisMedia Consumer News - August 28, 2017 - 3:07pm

The perfect storm of Labor Day, back-to-school and end-of-summer clearance sales make September ideal for bargain-hunters. From consumer watchdog DealNews.com, here’s the scoop on what’s best to buy in September—and what purchases to put on the back burner:

Summer Apparel – No surprise here—retailers ranging from big-box outlets to designers blow out summer styles in September. Pro tip: Buy for your family now and stow it for next year.

Grills/Patio Furniture – Like summer apparel, leftover grill and patio furniture inventory goes on sale in September. Look for items stacked at the front of hardware and home stores for the best bargains.

Big-Screen TVs – The best big-screen buys in September are on mid-size models (the perfect size for apartments or dorm rooms), but larger sizes are often marked down, as well.

Mattresses – Historically, the best times to purchase a new mattress were in April or May—but Labor Day sales are becoming another contender. Pro tip: Double-down on a deal by using coupons on top of sale prices.

Laptops – Seventy-five percent of laptops are discounted considerably for back-to-school season. Big-box electronics providers are your best bet for the best deals.
 
Previous Generation iPhones
 – There are appreciable savings to be had on older iPhones in September, when the new model typically rolls out. Rock-bottom bargains on these devices can be found on online auction sites, like eBay.

Textbooks – Both buyers and sellers of textbooks can expect deals in September, when need is highest.

DealNews.com advises shoppers to hold off on buying washers, dryers and other large appliances, as well as some electronics, in September. While the month brings decent sales on these items, Black Friday sales in November have historically yielded better savings.

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REALTORS® Promise to Send Help to Texas

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 27, 2017 - 11:00pm

The REALTOR® Relief Foundation is asking NAR members to donate funds to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. Here’s how to make a...

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Simple Home Fixes to Attract Buyers

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 27, 2017 - 11:00pm

Here are three tips to pass on to clients looking to make quick, effective updates before listing their home.

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Harvey Sparks Flood Insurance Disaster

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 27, 2017 - 11:00pm

The majority of the thousands of Texas homes submerged in floodwaters after Hurricane Harvey slammed the coastline over the weekend do not have...

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3 Remodeling Mistakes That Hurt Resale Values

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 27, 2017 - 11:00pm

“Projects that take a home significantly beyond community norms are often not worth the cost when the owner sells the home,” says...

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Suspicious Buyer Puts Mass. Agents on Edge

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 27, 2017 - 11:00pm

Two local associations have issued safety alerts to members after reports of a man displaying odd behavior during open houses and showings.

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Each Generation’s Favorite Renovation Projects

NAR Daily News Magazine - August 27, 2017 - 11:00pm

The average homeowner is spending more money on a greater number of home improvement projects. But who’s doing what?

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