Consumer Tips

    6 Health and Wellness Trends in High-End Real Estate

    The luxury lifestyle isn’t just about looking great anymore. It’s about feeling great, too. Of course, the world’s affluent still want jaw-dropping properties with inspiring views, but they’re also looking for more substance. In today’s fast-paced world, they also want homes that can challenge them physically, calm them mentally and keep them centered. As a […]

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    Staying Focused and Working Hard

    In the following interview, Phil Sheridan, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gulf Properties in Dubai, discusses the firm, the local market, and more. Region Served: United Arab Emirates Years in Real Estate: 20 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 20 Please describe some of the current trends you’re seeing in your market. One of […]

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    5 Things Retirees Should Do With Their Credit

    (TNS)—Whether or not you’re one of the 147 million consumers affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach—which resulted in a Federal Trade Commission settlement of up to $700 million—retirees need to stay vigilant about their credit profiles, experts say. That may seem counterintuitive, particularly to those who pay off their homes, cars and other debt […]

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    NAR’s C2EX Program Wins National Learning Award

    NAR PULSE—NAR’s Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) program has been selected as a 2019 Learning! 100 award winner, joining past winners such as Amazon, AT&T and the American Heart Association. This award honors organizations for fostering a culture of professional growth, innovation and organizational performance. Encourage your agents to join the 26,000-plus members who are working […]

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    High Cost of Housing Cuts Into Food, Utilities Study Says

    (TNS)—More than a third of Americans have been forced to cut spending on essential items like food and utilities to afford housing, according to a Freddie Mac study. About 42 percent of renters and 33 percent of homeowners have had to reduce the money spent on essentials to cover the cost of housing during the […]

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    Commentary: The Ridiculousness of the NAR Antitrust Lawsuit

    Listen, I’m no attorney, but what I can tell you is that this antitrust lawsuit recently brought against the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) makes zero sense when you break it down to common sense. The filing of the lawsuit basically says that NAR violated federal antitrust laws by conspiring to require home sellers to […]

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    If You’re a Homebuyer, Pay Attention to Which Grocery Stores Are Nearby

    (TNS)—The old real estate adage of “location, location, location” could be changed to “Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s,” if recent analysis is any indication. A report by ATTOM Data looked at how home values were affected by proximity to different grocery stores, and the results are eye-opening. It turns out that if Trader Joe’s […]

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    Buyers Jump on Low Rates, Putting Strain on Supply

    Boosted by historically low mortgage rates, buyer demand is picking up, and inventory is tightening, according to data from realtor.com® released this week. Compared to July of last year, there were 7 percent fewer listings new to realtor.com this year, and entry-level inventory—homes priced under $200,000—slid 9.9 percent. In July, inventory in the $750,000-plus tier […]

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    Marsha Rand: Mastering the Art of the Family Business

    Vitals: Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Years in Business: 35 Size: 27 offices, 1,069 agents Regions Served: Northern New Jersey, Westchester, the Bronx, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam and Orange Counties 2018 Sales Volume: $2,295,000 2018 Transactions: 6,415 www.randrealty.com Since 1984, Marsha Rand—founder and president of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty—has transformed the business from […]

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    In Condominium Rule, FHA Extends Financing to Tens of Thousands of Units

    In assistance to condominium homebuyers, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) finalized new regulation this week, expanding FHA financing to individual units, among other provisions. According to FHA, 20,000 – 60,000 condominiums could become eligible for FHA financing as a result of the rule, which “is part of a broader Administration objective to reduce regulatory barriers […]

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