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Most municipalities don't have the manpower or the resources to assess each and every property individually, so taxes can be assessed based on general averages, drive-by appraisals or automatic increases based on your home's sales price.
Posted: April 23, 2014, 6:00 am
'Mow and blow' is basically a guy with minimal tools and landscape experience. He usually does a passable job lawn mowing but rarely has the training on integrated landscape management for one of an HOA's most valuable assets.
Posted: April 23, 2014, 6:00 am
Question: My mother died a couple of months ago, and my dad wants to make sure that title to his house is in his name. How do we determine the status of title? Dad wants to make sure that upon his death, his three children will not have any problems regarding the house
Posted: April 23, 2014, 6:00 am
Here are a few items that might be important to look at, and some that you shouldn’t allow to be deal breakers, when looking for a home in a seller’s market
Posted: April 23, 2014, 6:00 am

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Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have lowered their forecasts for home sales this year, citing low inventory and the affordability crunch that shortage of homes has spurred. After relatively weak home sales in the first two months of
Author: Inman News
Posted: April 23, 2014, 10:13 pm
If you’re anything like me, you are always looking for an easier way to stay organized with your content marketing plans. For the longest time, I used an Excel-style spreadsheet in Google Drive with different tabs for my editorial calendar, which included ideas, keyword focus, published content and the weekly task list. It was really effective for us
Author: Seth Price
Posted: April 23, 2014, 6:48 pm
John Walko, a father of two who recently moved from Scranton, Pa., to a single-family rental in Charlotte, N.C., began his home search by filtering listings online based on location, price and photos -- the fun stuff. But as he continued to browse sites like Zillow and Trulia, he soon found himself digging through listings based on additional information: crime and school data. “I wouldn’t have really thought of it too much,” he said of the crime maps and school data he discovered on the sites. “But now it stands out. Now you go, ‘Oh, I got to look at this, make sure it’s a safe community for my family.’ ”
Author: Teke Wiggin
Posted: April 23, 2014, 5:00 pm
Homes in the San Francisco Bay Area are moving faster than anywhere else in the country, according to a new inventory market report from Trulia. For markets across the U.S., Trulia calculated the share of homes for sale in its
Author: Paul Hagey
Posted: April 23, 2014, 3:17 pm
Sales of new single-family houses hit an eight-month low in March, according to a report jointly released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). New-home sales decreased 14.5 percent month over month to
Author: Teke Wiggin
Posted: April 23, 2014, 2:41 pm
Google has long allowed you to see what many houses look like using Street View, a feature of Google Maps. Now, you can also see what they used to look like, TechCrunch reports. When looking at site in Street View,
Author: Teke Wiggin
Posted: April 23, 2014, 1:29 pm
Quick agent fame, overnight sensations and companies who build crowd followings fast have always scared me. Why? Because I know, billboards don’t make deals. Whether you’re marketing mansions or selling special spoons, the buzz you generate isn’t half as important as the clients who actually close the deal
Author: Trulia Pro Blog
Posted: April 23, 2014, 10:00 am
Whether you’re a boutique brokerage operating out of a virtual office or providing services to agents at a traditional brick-and-mortar location, agents will decide whether they want to work for you based on the systems and services you have in
Author: Inman News
Posted: April 23, 2014, 9:42 am
When I was a journalist in the 1980s and 1990s, I penned 1,500 bylined articles that appeared in metro newspapers around the country. Last year, I resolved to use my old dry clippings to start fires in my wood-burning stove.
Author: Brad Inman
Posted: April 23, 2014, 9:30 am
A Realtor friend of mine recently asked me about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “Do they really do anything when somebody submits a complaint about their mortgage company? Can I tell clients that it’s not a waste of time to
Author: Ken Harney
Posted: April 22, 2014, 3:39 pm
Evernote is a very cool program that, like Dropbox, you can put on all of your devices for access. Also, like Dropbox, it is one of those things that I have had for a couple of years and never used. It wasn't until I saw the CEO of Evernote, Phil Libin, interviewed by Charlie Rose that realized I was missing out and needed to finally check it out
Author: ActiveRain
Posted: April 22, 2014, 3:07 pm
Sales of existing homes in March underperformed by historical standards, with purchases remaining mostly flat, the National Association of Realtors reported today. Existing-home sales slid 0.2 percent from February to March, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million, a 7.5 percent
Author: Teke Wiggin
Posted: April 22, 2014, 2:06 pm
Home values in almost 20 percent of all U.S. metros will surpass their housing boom peaks over the next year, and affordability problems that have begun to affect a fraction of markets may spread to others over the next few
Author: Teke Wiggin
Posted: April 22, 2014, 1:24 pm
Armed with a new round of $5.5 million in Series A funding, real estate website developer Placester will begin powering real estate sites for local publishers — starting with those owned by the media giant Hearst Corporation. The funding, led
Author: Paul Hagey
Posted: April 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
Mark Kelly — a retired astronaut turned gun control advocate after his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was nearly killed in a 2011 mass shooting — will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Realtors’ annual conference
Author: Inman News
Posted: April 22, 2014, 10:00 am
This is what you and I see. A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw online. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just as spectacular!
Author: ActiveRain
Posted: April 22, 2014, 10:00 am
Brokers looking to create videos for their listings have a new tool that will do it automatically — in real time. from VScreen pulls listing data like photos and home stats from a broker’s multiple listing service data feed,
Author: Paul Hagey
Posted: April 22, 2014, 9:43 am
“When you look around the world right now, you see an amazing number of leaders, with very high IQs, making terrible decisions,” says Huffington Post Media Group Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. “The problem is not that they are not
Author: Inman News
Posted: April 22, 2014, 9:35 am

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