Trump effect: That house you want got $16,000 more expensive since he won

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/05/trump-effect-that-house-you-want-got-16000-more-expensive-since-he-won.html

Since Trump's victory, rising mortgage rates have made homes the least affordable since the Great Recession….

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Since Trump's victory, rising mortgage rates have made homes the least affordable since the Great Recession….

5 Common Mistakes Newbie Flippers Make

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Believe it or not, Tarek and I started flipping houses with very little experience in investing. We were real estate agents for many years, so we thought we knew the real estate world – including investing – backward and forward.

Little did we know, there was a lot we needed to learn to become successful flippers. Needless to say, we made many mistakes along the way, and I’m sure some of them could have easily been avoided.

As a flipper, especially if you are brand new, you wil…

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Believe it or not, Tarek and I started flipping houses with very little experience in investing. We were real estate agents for many years, so we thought we knew the real estate world – including investing – backward and forward.

Little did we know, there was a lot we needed to learn to become successful flippers. Needless to say, we made many mistakes along the way, and I’m sure some of them could have easily been avoided.

As a flipper, especially if you are brand new, you wil…

12 Security Tips for Living Alone Safely

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Living alone has its benefits. No race to the bathroom to get ready in the morning. Sole control of TV and takeout choices. A pants/no-pants policy, as you see fit. But there are also some drawbacks, security not least among them.

The number of people living alone is on the rise. “The most recent [census] reports show that around 14 percent of Americans live alone,” says Sarah Brown, a security expert at Safewise, “a…

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Living alone has its benefits. No race to the bathroom to get ready in the morning. Sole control of TV and takeout choices. A pants/no-pants policy, as you see fit. But there are also some drawbacks, security not least among them.

The number of people living alone is on the rise. “The most recent [census] reports show that around 14 percent of Americans live alone,” says Sarah Brown, a security expert at Safewise, “a…

Heads up homeowners: Mortgage interest deduction on Trump’s chopping block

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The incoming administration is apparently not afraid to take a homeownership bonus: The mortgage interest deduction….

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/01/heads-up-homeowners-mortgage-interest-deduction-on-trumps-chopping-block.html

The incoming administration is apparently not afraid to take a homeownership bonus: The mortgage interest deduction….

Pending home sales in October up 0.1% pre-election, before rate spike

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/30/pending-home-sales-in-october-up-01-pre-election-before-rate-spike.html

Signed contracts to buy existing homes rose just 0.1 percent month-to-month in October….

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Signed contracts to buy existing homes rose just 0.1 percent month-to-month in October….

An Insider's Look at Santa's House

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When Santa claimed his home on Zillow, updated the home’s facts, and uploaded photos and a video walkthrough, we wanted to learn more about his house. We tracked down the people in charge of Santa’s 2013 remodel – interior designer Mary N. Bright and general contractor Doug Fir – and asked them to spill the details.

What motivated you to take on this project?

Mary N. Bright (MNB): Santa is synony…

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When Santa claimed his home on Zillow, updated the home’s facts, and uploaded photos and a video walkthrough, we wanted to learn more about his house. We tracked down the people in charge of Santa’s 2013 remodel – interior designer Mary N. Bright and general contractor Doug Fir – and asked them to spill the details.

What motivated you to take on this project?

Mary N. Bright (MNB): Santa is synony…

Higher interest rates crush mortgage application volume, down 9.4%

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/30/higher-interest-rates-crush-mortgage-application-volume.html

Mortgage application volume in the Thanksgiving week dropped to the lowest level since early January….

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Mortgage application volume in the Thanksgiving week dropped to the lowest level since early January….

2-Bedroom Rentals for Less Than $2,000

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Finding spacious two-bedrooms for a decent price seems like a thing of the past in popular metro areas. But have no fear, you can still have extra space and enjoy city life without having to skimp on amenities.

These two-bedroom rentals include fantastic views, generous perks, and plenty of space to live comfortably – all for less than $2,000 a month.

Tampa, FL

502 S Fremont Ave, Tampa, F…

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Finding spacious two-bedrooms for a decent price seems like a thing of the past in popular metro areas. But have no fear, you can still have extra space and enjoy city life without having to skimp on amenities.

These two-bedroom rentals include fantastic views, generous perks, and plenty of space to live comfortably – all for less than $2,000 a month.

Tampa, FL

502 S Fremont Ave, Tampa, F…

US home prices hit new peak in September, up 5.5%

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/29/us-home-prices-hit-new-peak-in-september-sp-corelogic-case-shiller.html

Home prices were 5.5 percent higher than September of 2015, up from the 5.1 percent annual gain in August….

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Home prices were 5.5 percent higher than September of 2015, up from the 5.1 percent annual gain in August….

How to Break Up With Your Real Estate Agent

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Buying or selling a home rarely happens overnight, and it’s not uncommon for buyers or sellers to interface or even work with multiple agents. Best-case scenario, the right agent shows their face early, and the relationship (and transaction) is a huge success.

But it’s possible though that, along the way, you may find that your relationship with your real estate agent just isn’t working anymore. Maybe the agent is moving faster than you’d like. Or they’re not as available as you ne…

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/break-up-real-estate-agent-74089/

Buying or selling a home rarely happens overnight, and it’s not uncommon for buyers or sellers to interface or even work with multiple agents. Best-case scenario, the right agent shows their face early, and the relationship (and transaction) is a huge success.

But it’s possible though that, along the way, you may find that your relationship with your real estate agent just isn’t working anymore. Maybe the agent is moving faster than you’d like. Or they’re not as available as you ne…