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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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Lead-gen game changer: How to get 10,000 new followers in 60 days
With a focused approach and amped up posting strategy, Sam Khorramian quadrupled his Instagram following in two months. Here's how you can do the same.
Central banks scramble to ward off fears of a recession
Every thought in President Trump’s tweets is mistaken, which markets and businesses understand. They also understand that these tweets have no effect on Fed decisions. However, the erroneous content is worrisome because he does directly control trade and tariff negotiations and a lot of other financial policy.
Offerpad wants to get buyers in a new house in 24 hours
Homebuying and selling startup Offerpad announced it's testing two new pilot programs, set to debut later this year or early 2020. Offerpad Instant Own would allow buyers to move into Offerpad-owned homes in as little as 24 hours, and Offerpad Buyer Boost is aimed at empowering homeowners to make all-cash offers.
Compass agent launches his own iBuyer platform
Unlike a lot of brokerages in the industry, launching an iBuyer platform isn't an immediate focus for Compass, the well-funded New York City-based brokerage. But that isn't stopping one of the company's San Diego-based real estate teams from launching its own.
Coldwell Banker CEO talks leaving the company, says established brands survive recessions
Current Coldwell Banker CEO Charlie Young said Thursday that he plans to leave his company next year but also argued that the firm is well-positioned to thrive even if a recession hits in the near future.
Inman Golden I Club finalists: Mountain and beach sales categories
The mountain and beach sales categories highlighted notable transactions in the past year. Winners will be announced at Luxury Connect, Oct. 16-17 in Beverly Hills.
NAR lawsuit is good for consumers
Regardless of the outcome of the mega lawsuit, the sunshine from this legal assault will force the industry to clean up its act. Savvy and progressive industry leaders are using this moment to break from the past and lift the veil of secrecy for consumers.