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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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As Americans daydream about real estate, Zillow tallies record usership
As quarantining Americans window shop for new homes, Zillow's mobile app surged to 2.17 million daily active users Thursday, according to Apptopia.
RealScout launches biggest Buyer Graph yet in New England
A total of 17 brokerages are partnering to share real-time anonymized buyer habits.
Can a robot thwart COVID-19? Some luxury buildings are banking on it
Paramount Miami Worldcenter in Miami has invested more than $100K into the Xenex LightStrike Robot to disinfect the 60-story luxury tower.
Zillow president: Digital real estate experience isn’t a flash in the pan
Zillow President Jeremy Wacksman discussed the digital tailwinds of COVID-19 with Brendan Wallace, the managing partner and co-founder of Fifth Wall Ventures.
How city-dwelling agents are dealing with the shift to the suburbs
Six agents and brokers in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle share how they're staying ahead of their clients' newfound interest in suburban living.
The doctor will see you now: Amid pandemic, concierge health is the luxury amenity of the moment
The luxury amenities high-end apartment dwellers have become accustomed to are no longer accessible due to COVID-19. Will concierge health take their place?
‘Everything is cash’: Prince Harry and Meghan take Santa Barbara
"If you have a turnkey home and it's vacant and has a pool, you're likely to see an all-cash deal and a 14-day close," Sotheby's Realtor Dusty Baker said.