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REALTORS®' confidence over the single-family housing market for the next six months held mostly flat in August, but more REALTORS® view their local markets as “strong” rather than “weak,” according to the latest REALTOR® Confidence Index, based on responses from about 3,300 members of the National Association of REALTORS®. REALTORS® in North Dakota and Texas reported the greatest confi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/02/2014 By John Askins]
Investors are gradually pulling out of the housing market after helping to propel it to double-digit gains in 2012 and 2013.Twelve percent of existing-home purchases in August were made by individual investors, a drop from 16 percent a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®' latest housing report. During the housing crisis, investors had been making up nearly one-t...
Read Post [Posted on 10/02/2014 By John Askins]
8 Tips For Finding Your New HomeA solid game plan can help you narrow your homebuying search to find the best home for youHouse hunting is just like any other shopping expedition. If you identify exactly what you want and do some research, you’ll zoom in on the home you want at the best price. These eight tips will guide you through a smart homebuying process.1. Know thyselfUnderstand the type of ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Tiffany Markovsky]
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Susan Roddy]
If you haven’t heard about it during your homebuying process yet, you will soon. Title insurance may not be as well-known as homeowner’s insurance or even flood insurance, but it serves an important purpose. Here are the basics. What is title insurance? Title insurance is protection for you and your mortgage lender against mistakes made in a title search and protects the insured from future los...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Sallie Wheeler]
Whether you are looking to relocate before the year end or you already have, make sure you have your moving expenses organized and documented.  If you moved because of work, some expenses can be deducted. The IRS has 3 requirements for this. Read about them here and seek the expertise of your CPA....
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Holly Smith]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
Don't Pay Another Cent in Rent to Your Landlord Before You Read This FREE Special ReportIf you're like most renters, you feel trapped within the walls of a house or apartment that doesn't feel like yours. How could it when you're not even permitted to bang in a nail or two without a hassle. You feel like you're stuck in the renter's rut with no way of rising up out of it and owning your own home.&...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
The sky's the limit: Houston's high-rise craze moves into the suburbs with new towers and $4,000 a month rent By Ralph Bivins 9.30.14 2:19 pm ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By Christopher Chin]
A home inspection is a buyer’s opportunity to see if any problems lurk that may prove expensive to fix later. Home inspections nearly always uncover something in a home to watch for or minor repairs needed. But what repairs should buyers especially be alarmed about that could possibly send them back to the negotiation table? Tom Kraeutler of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated radio show on hom...
Read Post [Posted on 10/01/2014 By John Askins]
Welcome to the AskinsOnline current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Associat...
Read Post [Posted on 09/30/2014 By John Askins]
American’s thirst for smart home technology is growing, with more home owners seeking greater control of their home’s appliances, lighting, and systems. Indeed, more than 70 percent of about 2,000 adults recently surveyed say they wish they could just control something in their home from their mobile device, according to Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey.What do they most want to be able to do...
Read Post [Posted on 09/30/2014 By John Askins]
The price of insuring a property can raise the cost of ownership significantly. There are various factors that affect the cost of insuring a home:· Location. A home near a fire hydrant or protected by a professional fire department, as opposed to volunteers, will cost less to insure.· History of claims. Previous claims push up the cost of insurance. Ask the seller to provide a home’s insurance cla...
Read Post [Posted on 09/30/2014 By John Askins]
In the aftermath of the housing crisis, Americans still remain overall optimistic when it comes to confidence in the housing market. Home ownership remains a highly desirable goal for most Americans, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index survey. Eighty-nine percent of about 1,000 Americans surveyed say buying a home is an important part of achieving the American Dream....
Read Post [Posted on 09/29/2014 By John Askins]
Nationwide housing starts plunged in August, mostly attributed to a 31.7 percent decline in the multifamily market, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau reports.Overall, housing starts – reflecting both multifamily and the single-family construction – were down 14.4 percent in August, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 units. Singl...
Read Post [Posted on 09/29/2014 By John Askins]
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