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Real Estate Outlook: Signs of Recovery
If you've been waiting for rock-solid statistical evidence that the housing market -- and the national economy -- are well along into recovery mode, you definitely got it last week.
30-yr Fixed Mortgages Available at 4.875%, Rates Stable
FreeRateUpdate.com research of wholesale lenders' rate sheets shows conventional 30-yr fixed mortgages available today at 4.875% to well-qualified consumers paying a standard origination fee of .07 to 1 point.
EPA Signs Sustainability Agreement With Major New Jersey Company
Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc., New Jersey's largest real estate development company, has signed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut energy and water use and to take other steps to reduce the environmental impacts of its retail and commercial properties across the state. Buildings are responsible for close to half of the nation's greenhouse gas pollution. Under the agreement, signed on March 11, Hartz will take steps to promote sustainability in its operations.
Elect the Select
Homeowner associations are designed to be representative democracies governed by a board of directors elected by the members. Electing directors to the board that can thoughtfully govern is extremely important. To accomplish this, elections must be carefully planned, not hatched at the last minute. Here are important components of a successful election process:
Common Buyer Fears
Whether you are a first time home buyer or someone who is looking to move up or down, getting into the market can be a fearful time.
Keeping Seniors Safe from Falls
It happens to all of us -- as we get older, our eyesight and hearing aren't as good as they once were, and our balance and reflexes start to let us down. We start taking medications to treat what ails us, but that may cause dizziness or lightheadedness. That can often lead to a fall, especially if there are tripping hazards in the home.
Undisclosed Short Sale Payments May Lead to Trouble
A recent memorandum from the legal department of the California Association of Realtors® (CAR) warns CAR members as follows: "Undisclosed payments in short sale transactions, especially those paid outside of escrow, may violate the law, including RESPA, laws against loan fraud, and licensing laws."

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The Real Word: HAR sets the record straight
Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agentís perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they are joined by HAR's Matt Burrus, who clears up confusion on headline news about master bedroom terminology.
Smart home tech for agents: Practical smart home automation ideas
When implemented properly, smart home technology can add a level of security, comfort and entertainment to a home. Here are a few ideas on how to use smart home tech today.
EyeSpy360 is the virtual tour platform you donít know youíre already using
EyeSpy360 is a powerful touring app already behind virtual showings for eXp and RE/MAX, and it has experienced 1,000 percent growth in just over one month.
Dotloop will now require agents to opt-out of data sharing
Agents who use the Zillow-owned platform will be required to opt out of a new data-sharing policy if they don't want dotloop to share their data with third-party affiliates.
Uncle-nephew team on what luxury buyers want amid pandemic in New York
We've talked to uncle-nephew team Darren Sukenik and Benjamin Glazer about the biggest summer trends in the New York luxury market.
This old-time Western town in the middle of the Pacific is drawing foreign buyers
The 900-acre property in New Zealand listed at $7.5 million U.S. dollars doesn't exactly give off that Pacific islander vibe, but it's sure to provide a buyer with a mental escape from the stressors of today's world.
A room with a view: Mansion overlooking Aspenís natural beauty hits the market for $49M
The home, which was designed to incorporate elements of Colorado's natural surroundings, is one of the most expensive listings to grace the ski town.