Pending home sales eked out 0.2% gain in June

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/27/pending-home-sales-eke-out-02-gain-in-june.html

A big bump higher in June home sales failed to materialize as expected, because buyers were met with little supply of listings….

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/27/pending-home-sales-eke-out-02-gain-in-june.html

A big bump higher in June home sales failed to materialize as expected, because buyers were met with little supply of listings….

Mortgage applications to buy and refinance drop 11%

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/27/mortgage-applications-to-both-buy-and-refinance-weaken.html

Interest rates are rising and so are home prices. That is putting pressure on borrowers and buyers alike….

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Interest rates are rising and so are home prices. That is putting pressure on borrowers and buyers alike….

What It's Like to Move to a High-Priced Rental Market

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When my husband told me he got a writing instructor job at the University of California in Santa Barbara, I immediately envisioned myself out on my California bungalow porch, watching the sunset from a front row seat: my hammock.

I was so excited about moving to California that about 10 minutes after he accepted the job, I was picking out <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern-home-style-171645/" targ…

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When my husband told me he got a writing instructor job at the University of California in Santa Barbara, I immediately envisioned myself out on my California bungalow porch, watching the sunset from a front row seat: my hammock.

I was so excited about moving to California that about 10 minutes after he accepted the job, I was picking out <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/mid-century-modern-home-style-171645/" targ…

Homes for Sale at Under Half a Million Dollars

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If you have a big home shopping budget, you’ll find a wide variety in desirable locations, with styles ranging from traditional to modern.

See what you can find across the country when you loosen your purse strings. These 10 homes priced at less than $500,000 are yours to explore.

Portland, OR

2265 SE Spruce Ave, Portland, OR
For sale: $47…

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If you have a big home shopping budget, you’ll find a wide variety in desirable locations, with styles ranging from traditional to modern.

See what you can find across the country when you loosen your purse strings. These 10 homes priced at less than $500,000 are yours to explore.

Portland, OR

2265 SE Spruce Ave, Portland, OR
For sale: $47…

3 Ways to Protect Your Escrow Deposit

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You’ve made an offer on a property, the seller has accepted, and maybe you’re about to sign a contract. Now it’s time to put some money down to show that you’re serious about moving forward.

The amount of money a buyer puts down (and when it’s put down) varies by state and local market. For many, it’s a few thousand dollars, up to three percent of the purchase price. In some parts of the country, it can be up to 10 percent.

The deposit is a good-faith gesture …

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You’ve made an offer on a property, the seller has accepted, and maybe you’re about to sign a contract. Now it’s time to put some money down to show that you’re serious about moving forward.

The amount of money a buyer puts down (and when it’s put down) varies by state and local market. For many, it’s a few thousand dollars, up to three percent of the purchase price. In some parts of the country, it can be up to 10 percent.

The deposit is a good-faith gesture …

How to Avoid Breaking Your Lease

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Renters often plan out their lives in six- to 12-month increments. But sometimes life brings an unforeseen circumstance.

Whether you just accepted a new job that’s in a different city, or you need to make room for a new baby, the idea of breaking your lease might make you a little nervous.

Before you fork over the remaining rent on your lease, it’s good to explore all of your optio…

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Renters often plan out their lives in six- to 12-month increments. But sometimes life brings an unforeseen circumstance.

Whether you just accepted a new job that’s in a different city, or you need to make room for a new baby, the idea of breaking your lease might make you a little nervous.

Before you fork over the remaining rent on your lease, it’s good to explore all of your optio…

The Legal Benefits of Using a Licensed Real Estate Agent

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By Rudy Yuly

Are there legal benefits to using a licensed real estate agent?

The short answer is yes. Licensed real estate agents have legal obligations – formally called “fiduciary duties” – to their clients that are commonly referred to by the acronym OLDCAR.

O = Obedience

If you give an agent who is representing you an instruction with any …

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By Rudy Yuly

Are there legal benefits to using a licensed real estate agent?

The short answer is yes. Licensed real estate agents have legal obligations – formally called “fiduciary duties” – to their clients that are commonly referred to by the acronym OLDCAR.

O = Obedience

If you give an agent who is representing you an instruction with any …

Food is ruling retail real estate, and food trucks are moving in

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/22/food-is-ruling-retail-real-estate-and-food-trucks-are-moving-in.html

E-commerce may be driving consumers away from shopping centers, but food is pulling them back in….

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/22/food-is-ruling-retail-real-estate-and-food-trucks-are-moving-in.html

E-commerce may be driving consumers away from shopping centers, but food is pulling them back in….

House of the Week: A Colonial Mansion in Posh Bel-Air

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Some people dream of owning a luxurious home in a part of the world so glamorous that everyone knows its name. Others are fortunate enough to spend their lives that way.

This colonial mansion in prestigious Bel-Air belonged to accounting magnate Kenneth Leventhal and his wife Elaine, who called it home for 60 years. They have passed away, and the home is on the market for the first time in all those decades <a hr…

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Some people dream of owning a luxurious home in a part of the world so glamorous that everyone knows its name. Others are fortunate enough to spend their lives that way.

This colonial mansion in prestigious Bel-Air belonged to accounting magnate Kenneth Leventhal and his wife Elaine, who called it home for 60 years. They have passed away, and the home is on the market for the first time in all those decades <a hr…

Vote for Your Favorite Homes of the Year (So Far)

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Each week we shine a spotlight on a home with unusual features, outstanding architecture or a spectacular locale. Every few months, we’ll look back at the homes we’ve shared so far this year, and you can cast your vote for the best House of the Week from each month.

With 35 percent of the vote, January’s top home was a v…

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Each week we shine a spotlight on a home with unusual features, outstanding architecture or a spectacular locale. Every few months, we’ll look back at the homes we’ve shared so far this year, and you can cast your vote for the best House of the Week from each month.

With 35 percent of the vote, January’s top home was a v…