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Segments For August 9th 2014


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    HouseLogic.com
    REALTOR®.com
    Walk Score
    Ilyce Glink’s website

    Top News Of The Week

    - Housing is Poised to Grow
    - Job Market Props Up Housing
    - Crack Down on Mortgage Scams
    - Lightning Fast Housing Markets
    - Mortgage Lenders Target Small Businesses
    - Energy Efficient Housing Markets
    - Strong Spots for Home Sales
    - Confidence Grows in Home Remodeling
    - Why Homebuyers Feel Overwhelmed
    - Homes That Have Access to Parks

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    Local Market Conditions

    It’s time to continue our look at the latest facts and figures from across the country as we dig down into at the most recent existing home sales report from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

    This week we’re going to dig further into those existing home sales numbers, concentrating on the condo and co-op market to see how that important sector has influenced the housing numbers we saw in June.

    But just so we have a frame of reference, let’s recap what we saw in overall existing home sales. Existing-home sales increased in June and reached an annual pace of 5,000,000 sales for the first time since October 2013. They were down from the same time last year but things are definitely looking up. On top of all this good news, rising inventory continues to push overall supply towards a more balanced market, which is great news for buyers and sellers.

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    Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

    You ever hear the that wonderful old phrase, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?”

    There’s a reason that phrase is part of the American dialogue. And that is, the neighbors may be great – but so are boundaries.

    Boundaries, as in, the property lines, that separate your land, from someone else’s.

    And also, boundaries in terms of – hey, I need some private time here.

    And fences, of course, satisfy our basic human need for both types of boundaries.

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    Boundaries, Surveys and Your Property

    Let’s talk about some boundaries here. No, I’m not talking about whether your neighbors are getting too personal…rather, I’m talking about the exact, precise boundaries of the piece of property your house sits on.

    You’ve probably seen those boundaries on a map. The survey. The same one you got at closing, and the same one that’s filed at the county clerk’s office.

    But here’s something you might not know – and I’m talking about how they draw that map in the first place.

    In most parts of America, the boundaries are actually marked – on your property itself – by metal rods, driven into the land, about a foot underground. They’re called ‘boundary pins’ and they surround your property. They’re about a half-inch in diameter, about a foot long, and they’re driven into the ground, to mark the exact property line – when the land is divided into lots.

    That how they draw the survey maps – they just follow the pins.

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    Segments For August 2nd 2014


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      THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
      HouseLogic.com
      REALTOR®.com
      Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio
      Energy-Efficient Homes

      Top News Of The Week

      - Home Builder Confidence Way Up
      - The Impact of Mortgage Insurance
      - Foreclosures Keep Going Down
      - Open Houses Lose Popularity
      - Homebuyers Try to Shake Off Debt
      - 2014 Housing Ready to Rally
      - Housing is the Best Investment
      - Mortgage Lending Surpasses Expectations
      - Baby Boomer Homeowners on the Move
      - New Trend for Dog-Loving Homeowners

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      Local Market Conditions

      It’s time to take a look at the latest facts and figures from across the country from THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

      This week we saw the release of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’® Pending Home Sales report for the month of June. We had seen some great figures over the past few months as Pending Home Sales were on the rise across the county. However, things slowed down a little in June.

      But not to worry, Pending Home Sales slowed, but they slowed modestly. There’s still plenty of good news out there. We’ve seen mortgage rates falling a bit and a very welcome increase in inventory across the country. The great thing about this is that it’s good for buyers and sellers. Sellers are feeling more encouraged about listing and buyers have more choice and many more options.

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      The 10 Coolest Things You Can Add to Your House That Add NO Value

      We are searching for ways that you can make your home more valuable. That might mean more valuable for BUYERS, if you decide to sell. Or it might mean more valuable for YOU…if you plan on staying in the house.

      But, unfortunately…those two goals don’t always mix.

      Because something you dream about adding to your home…might just be a buyers’ nightmare! It’s tough medicine to take, but the truth is…sometimes YOUR taste, is not shared by everybody.

      We read a fascinating article by national Real Estate Columnist Ilyce Glink on this – and we wanted to share some of her advice, and advice from other places too – about the ten COOLEST things you can add to your house – that bring it NO value. Zero. Nolo. Nothing.

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      The Top 10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

      We promised to show you “Ten Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home.” We talked with some of the best and the brightest in the real estate business who shared with us time-tested, proven ways to make your home more valuable.

      So right now, we are going to recap some of those great ideas for you. Break out the pen and paper, you’re going to want to write some of these down.

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      Segments For July 26th 2014


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