Foreign buyers flood US real estate, but buy cheaper homes

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/06/foreign-buyers-flood-us-real-estate-but-buy-cheaper-homes.html

The appetite for U.S. real estate continues to flourish, but foreign buyers are shifting from luxury to less-pricey properties….

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/06/foreign-buyers-flood-us-real-estate-but-buy-cheaper-homes.html

The appetite for U.S. real estate continues to flourish, but foreign buyers are shifting from luxury to less-pricey properties….

Mortgage refinances jump 21% on near record low rates

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/06/mortgage-refinances-jump-on-near-record-low-rates.html

A Brexit bonus is spurring U.S. homeowners to refinance their mortgages….

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/06/mortgage-refinances-jump-on-near-record-low-rates.html

A Brexit bonus is spurring U.S. homeowners to refinance their mortgages….

Prepare for the Ultimate Staycation

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You don’t need to stay in a hotel and play tourist to have a proper staycation. Look no further than your own home for a staycay dreams are made of.

Make no mistake, an at-home staycation doesn’t just mean a lazy weekend on the couch. Turn your humble abode into a resort made for relaxation with a few days of planning and prep work.

Here’s your guide to creating the ultimate staycation.

Tackle chores in advance

Sure, a hotel stay comes with amenitie…

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/maximize-your-staycation-200670/

You don’t need to stay in a hotel and play tourist to have a proper staycation. Look no further than your own home for a staycay dreams are made of.

Make no mistake, an at-home staycation doesn’t just mean a lazy weekend on the couch. Turn your humble abode into a resort made for relaxation with a few days of planning and prep work.

Here’s your guide to creating the ultimate staycation.

Tackle chores in advance

Sure, a hotel stay comes with amenitie…

How the refinancing boom could hit banks, investors

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/05/how-the-refinancing-boom-could-hit-banks-investors.html

Low rates will mean short-term pain for some large mortgage servicers as well as investors in mortgage-backed securities….

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Low rates will mean short-term pain for some large mortgage servicers as well as investors in mortgage-backed securities….

9 Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas for Families

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Disneyland, the beach, camping, Grandma’s … just a few of the many places your kids would nominate as a vacation destination this summer. But staying home?

B-O-R-I-N-G.

So, how do you sell a staycation to your little rascals? Oh, and not spend a ton of money? Fill it with fun and adventure.

Look for activities that are simple to pull together and entertaining for all ages – bonus points for those with educational benefits.

Check out these nine kid- …

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/budget-staycation-ideas-family-200404/

Disneyland, the beach, camping, Grandma’s … just a few of the many places your kids would nominate as a vacation destination this summer. But staying home?

B-O-R-I-N-G.

So, how do you sell a staycation to your little rascals? Oh, and not spend a ton of money? Fill it with fun and adventure.

Look for activities that are simple to pull together and entertaining for all ages – bonus points for those with educational benefits.

Check out these nine kid- …

3 Weird Things You Can Ignore When Home Shopping

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In 15 years of real estate, I can honestly say that I’ve seen it all. Toilet seats up in listing photos, shag carpet covered with dog hair, bedrooms doubling as marijuana growing centers, and avocado green appliances from the ’70s.

Sellers aren’t required to get their homes in their best condition before showing them – let alone cleaning their home before listing. But one seller’s…

Posted from: http://www.zillow.com/blog/weird-things-home-shopping-200991/

In 15 years of real estate, I can honestly say that I’ve seen it all. Toilet seats up in listing photos, shag carpet covered with dog hair, bedrooms doubling as marijuana growing centers, and avocado green appliances from the ’70s.

Sellers aren’t required to get their homes in their best condition before showing them – let alone cleaning their home before listing. But one seller’s…

Matt Lauer's Seaside Cottage for Sale

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Long-time “Today Show” host Matt Lauer is asking $3.5 million for his charming Southampton waterfront cottage. The sale isn’t a huge surprise – rumor has it the veteran anchor recently purchased <a href="http://www.zillow.com/b…

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Long-time “Today Show” host Matt Lauer is asking $3.5 million for his charming Southampton waterfront cottage. The sale isn’t a huge surprise – rumor has it the veteran anchor recently purchased <a href="http://www.zillow.com/b…

House of the Week: A Laid-Back Party Palace in Miami Beach

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What strikes you first upon entering this waterfront property in Miami Beach is the gorgeous old banyan tree.

“It has a massive presence,” said Darin Tansey, the Douglas Elliman Real Estate listing agent. A waterfall and koi pond add to the feel of tranquility, as does the manatee-shaped pool.

Rumor has it the grounds — and the tenni…

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What strikes you first upon entering this waterfront property in Miami Beach is the gorgeous old banyan tree.

“It has a massive presence,” said Darin Tansey, the Douglas Elliman Real Estate listing agent. A waterfall and koi pond add to the feel of tranquility, as does the manatee-shaped pool.

Rumor has it the grounds — and the tenni…

I Bought a Condo When I Was Under 30 and Single

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By Katie Hawkins, as told to Natalie Wise

A lot of people think I’m crazy for buying a house by myself in the city. It comes up a lot in conversation. People think buying a house is something you do as a couple once you get married. But I don’t want to pay rent my whole life. I’d rather make the most of my money.

Still, every time I looked at the numbers for buying a house, they were big. But every time I paid my rent, all I could think about was how that money could be…

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By Katie Hawkins, as told to Natalie Wise

A lot of people think I’m crazy for buying a house by myself in the city. It comes up a lot in conversation. People think buying a house is something you do as a couple once you get married. But I don’t want to pay rent my whole life. I’d rather make the most of my money.

Still, every time I looked at the numbers for buying a house, they were big. But every time I paid my rent, all I could think about was how that money could be…

Finally, relief for apartment dwellers as rent hikes ease

Posted from: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/01/finally-relief-for-apartment-dwellers-as-rent-hikes-ease.html

After hitting highs in 2015, rents grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the second quarter versus 5.1 percent last year….

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After hitting highs in 2015, rents grew at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the second quarter versus 5.1 percent last year….