Real Estate News Articles


Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2019


Redfin Goes Direct with Buyers: The Future of Real Estate or Back to a Bad Idea?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

At this point, the jury is out. But people have some feelings.What is Redfin Direct?ldquo;Real-estate broker Redfin Corp. will allow visitors to its website to make an offer on a house with a click of a button, marking a renewed effort to reduce the role of real-estate agents,rdquo; said the Wall Street Journal.It works like this, according to MarketWatch: ldquo;Homes listed by Redfin in a market where the program is available get a banner ad on the online listing explaining that the home can be...

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Home Upgrades Millennials Love
Written By: Erin Davis

In this article, wersquo;ll talk about a few of the home upgrades and modern features first-time younger homebuyers should consider.Kitchen remodelsOlder homes in the Portland area have one big mdash; or rather not so big mdash; drawback: small galley->Ideas for your kitchen remodel:bull; Kitchen island - Great place for hidden storage, a prep sink, extra counter space, or just a place to sit and eatbull; Modern appliances - Reduce your electric bill and environmental footprint. Plus, modern app...

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4 Hazards Facing New First-Time Homebuyers
Written By: James Stevenson

In a market inundated with realty advertising , letrsquo;s look at 4 critical areas where first-time homeowners run into trouble.Pre-Approval is Not ApprovalHomebuyers are inundated with commercials on TV and the internet telling them that they can get pre-approved for a certain amount and shop with the confidence of a cash buyer. This is a bit of an exaggeration. Pre-approval is a good first step. But, itrsquo;s important to understand that a pre-approval is different from an approval.Pre-Appr...

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Replacing Your Roof? Now You Can Use Shingles That Improve Air Quality
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

The new smog-reducing roof Granules from 3Mnbsp;will ldquo;harness the power of the sun to improve air quality, a first of its kind roof type,rdquo; said the company. ldquo;The smog-reducing granules are mixed with standard roofing granules allowing shingles to maintain their trusted performance and visual appeal while improving our climate.rdquo;The science behind the product looks like this: The patented granules ldquo;contain a photocatalytic coating layer that >That photocatalytic coating wa...

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What Happens When Tariffs Hit Home?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;Tariffs on goods traded between the U.S. and China have already increased in several stages since early 2018,rdquo; said CNBC. ldquo;Now, President Donald Trump has added a 25 tariff up from his original proposal of 10 on another 200 billion worth of Chinese imports, and China hit back with 5 to 10 percent duties on another 60 billion worth of U.S. goods.rdquo;Experts say we could be seeing higher prices as a result of this escalation as early as this summer, and that has economists yellin...

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Dont Judge a House by its Photo
Written By: PJ Wade

If you spend hours on the internet trying to find your dream home by searching through photos or video of properties, you may be overlooking important flaws in this superficial approach to evaluating real estate.The big question is: What percentage of time are you incorrect in your decision to discard a property based on a photograph?Judging a property by its photograph may prove expensive when you discard poor photos without knowing if they represent excellent real estate opportunity for you. J...

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What to Expect When Applying for a Jumbo Loan
Written By: David Reed

A jumbo loan is one where the loan amount exceeds current conforming loan limits. Conforming loans are those that conform to standards issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. One of the many requirements for a conforming loan is the loan limit which is currently 484,350 in most parts of the country. In higher cost areas where home values are much greater compared to the rest of the country, the conforming limit can be as high as 726,525. Beyond that is jumbo territory. When applying for financing ...

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Top Pros and Cons of Real Estate Investing
Written By: Jenny Harrison

The Positives:Direct Control ndash; When investing in real estate, you have direct control over your asset. You select the property ndash; value, size, neighborhood. You decide what repairs to make. You select your contractors. You choose to flip or choose suitable tenants. hellip;. You get the picture? Itrsquo;s in your hands to control and not up to the fickle markets or what some talking head or politician said in a news conference yesterday.Insurance ndash; You can insure your property. In f...

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10 Reasons Why Your Home Isnt Selling
Written By: Kurtis Forster

Here are the top 10 reasons why your home isnrsquo;t selling and donrsquo;t worry, most of them are fixable.1. You Lack Marketingldquo;If we build it, they will come.rdquo; This doesnrsquo;t prove true for many new and sometimes, useful products. And same goes for when you put your home up for sale. Just putting it up on the market isnrsquo;t enough. You need to post your listing in as many places as possible. Most of these places are online. Online is the first place potential buyers check out....

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Preparing Your Home For Long Term Travel
Written By: Jony

Set Your ThermostatIf you will be leaving your house unattended during the winter months, make sure your thermostat is set to 55 degrees. This will keep your house warm enough to prevent freezing and bursting water pipes, which can cause severe flooding and water damage. If your travels take you away from home during warmer weather, you should leave the AC unit on in order to prevent mold, mildew, and other conditions caused by heat and humidity. Adjust your thermostat to 85 degrees or less to r...

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9 Practical Tips in Handling Plumbing Emergencies
Written By: Violet Smith

Plumbing affects several areas in your home from the bathroom to the kitchen. Plumbing problems can arise suddenly, without warning. While some minor issues are easily fixed, some difficulties can quickly escalate into a major crisis that causes damage to your home. If this isnt taken care of immediately, you can suffer thousands of dollars in loss, with lasting consequences.How can you potentially limit a plumbing disaster? Here are some helpful tips that you can apply to protect your home:Shu...

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Garage Organization: A Chore No More In 5 Easy Steps
Written By: Brian Coxley

1. Plan of AttackDont enter alone. And use the buddy systemmdash;if for no other reason than you may get overwhelmed and lost in your own sea of debris. Friends, family, and the kids can all lend a hand to get the job done quicker and to help keep you on track: its easy to get distracted rooting through the objects of your past.The first goal of any garage organization is to create more floor space, so thats where you should begin as well. Get all the knick-knacks, the holiday decorations, and a...

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To Roommate or Not to Roommate? Things to Consider Before Bringing Another Person Under Your Roof
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Defraying the cost of a mortgage is great, and, in some cases, taking in tenants can be lucrative, more than covering your entire payment and putting money in your pocket every month. But, inviting roommates into your home also comes with its share of potential downsides. Here are a few things you may want to weigh before you hand over the keys.Say goodbye to your privacyHaving someone else in your home probably means you canrsquo;t walk around naked unless yoursquo;re in that type of thing. It ...

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May Real Estate Roundup
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Freddie Macs results of its Primary Mortgage Market Surveyreg; shows that "despite the recent rise in mortgage rates, both existing and new home sales continue to show strength ndash; indicating the lagged effect of lower rates on housing demand. This, along with improved affordability, should push housing activity higher in the coming months."bull; 30-year fixed-rate mortgage FRM averaged 4.2 percent with an average 0.5 points for the week ending April 25, 2019, up from last month when it avera...

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Are You Grown Up Enough to Be a Homeowner?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Do you know the true costs of homeownership?Yes, you have a handle on what your principal, interest, taxes, and insurance are going to cost. But have you factored in the other costs? Homeownerrsquo;s association fees, tolls, gas, and other commuter costs, landscaping help, and increased utility costs could all add to your monthly expenses and push the affordability factor out of reach.Are you aware of closing costs?Many first-time buyers arenrsquo;t prepared to pay thousands of dollars on top of...

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How Transit-Supported Development Could Solve Affordability Issues
Written By: Jim Adair

A recent survey of young urban families in Canada found that proximity to public transit is one of their top considerations when purchasing a home. The survey found that 28 per cent of families rank transit-friendly neighbourhoods as a priority, while 17 per cent considered car-friendliness is a priority. Four per cent cited cycling-friendly neighbourhoods.ldquo;Transportation and housing have always been inextricably linked. Investments into any transportation infrastructure, whether rapid tran...

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One Story or Two Story? The Advantagesand Disadvantagesof Each.
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Are you open to either? Do you feel like the right home will ldquo;speakrdquo; to you regardless of the number of floors? Letrsquo;s take a look at some of the realities of living of both, with a few things you may not have thought of.Cost-per-square-footA one-story home may seem more expensive if itrsquo;s priced against a larger two-story home, but you have to take the price-per-square-footage into account to see the value. They typically ldquo;cost less per square foot to build,rdquo; said Be...

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Bitcoin vs. Property Investment: The Risks
Written By: James Trafford

However, if you are looking to invest some money but either have enough property already, or just fancy something a bit different, could Bitcoin be the answer yoursquo;ve been waiting for?Investing in Bitcoin comes with a mighty element of risk, but then this could be true of investing in anything as you can never guarantee a positive return on that investment, no matter what yoursquo;re buying into or how calculated you think yoursquo;ve been with weighing up the pros and cons.External factors ...

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Redfin Goes Direct with Buye...
At this point, the jury is out. But people have some feelings.What is Redfin Direct?...

Home Upgrades Millennials Lo...
In this article, wersquo;ll talk about a few of the home upgrades and modern features first-...

4 Hazards Facing New First-T...
In a market inundated with realty advertising , letrsquo;s look at 4 critical are...

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