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Loan Demand Dips as Housing Shortages Abound

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am

But there is a bright spot: More first-time home buyers appear to be entering the market even as tight inventories restrict the number of homes for sale.

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The Most Unequal Housing Markets

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am

Researchers find cities in the Midwest rank highest in terms of inequality, but that that's not necessarily a bad thing. 

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A Roaring Success? Agent Uses T-Rex to Market Home

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am

Buyers flipping through the marketing materials of this Granbury, Texas, home may have done a double take, but real estate pro Casey Lewis says the gimmick worked.

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What Does a Successful Buyer Look Like?

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am

Some consumers are prepared to handle the housing shortages and rising home prices and interest rates plaguing this market. Find out who they are.

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Do Elections Hinge on Mortgage Rates?

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am

A new academic paper suggests consumers have a history of punishing politicians when mortgage credit is not readily available.

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The Ideal Age for First-Timers to Buy

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 18, 2018 - 12:00am

A new study reveals how old most Americans think buyers should be when they purchase their first property.

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Don’t Be a Presenter—Be a Storyteller

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Whether speaking to your colleagues, new clients, or conference attendees, you can be more engaging by taking a narrative approach.

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4 MLSs Merge in Illinois, Iowa

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am

The latest consolidation of multiple listing services will create a giant in the Midwest, planning to serve more than 2 million consumers.

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3 Bathroom Trends Homeowners Might Want to Avoid

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Whether it’s redoing the tub or replacing tiles, owners shouldn’t try to be too trendy or it could create an unintended effect.

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Single-Family Rentals Remain in Demand

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am

A new report shows low inventories of rental homes grouped with strong job growth are fueling increases in single-family rent prices.

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Breaking Down Home Maintenance: The Costs, Timelines

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am

The average bill for sustaining a house each year is about $16,000. So where does it all go?

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Cubs Player Taps REALTOR® as Home Run Derby Pitcher

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber chose a real estate pro from Tampa to be his pitcher during Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby Monday night.

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Nearly Half of Urban Residents Have ‘Reverse Commute’

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am

More than 4.8 million people travel from the city to the suburbs for work, according to a new report.

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What a New-Home Warranty Really Covers

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Homeowners often have a false sense of security that the builder will fix anything that breaks.

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5 Suburbs With the Biggest Housing Booms

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Buyer demand in suburban areas nationwide is fierce, and millennials are the driving force. See where they’re headed.

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3 Easy Ways to Transform a Yard Into an Outdoor Oasis

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am

When it comes to renovations, homeowners express some of their highest satisfaction with these outdoor projects.

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How Much More Buyers Are Paying for a Mortgage

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Higher rates and rising home prices are making housing more expensive for homeowners this year compared to last year.

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The Cost of Selling Without a Real Estate Agent

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 16, 2018 - 12:00am

Those who choose to sell their home on their own just may experience “seller’s regret” when they see how much less they get for their properties.

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Breaking Down the Hottest Patio Trends This Summer

RisMedia Consumer News - July 13, 2018 - 11:00pm

Summer patio season is ramping up. The experts at Infratec say that outdoor design trends for 2018 are all about incorporating affordable luxury into your own backyard by turning your patio into a peaceful, lush oasis through low-maintenance water fixtures, a color refresh and vintage materials.

The company sees many homeowners gravitating toward easy-maintenance exterior garden designs that enhance physical and mental wellbeing with spa-inspired touches, like meditation benches, fountains, reflecting pools, rock waterfalls and zen gardens.

According to Infratec, low-maintenance water features can add visual interest and soothing sounds to a yard—even in drought-prone climates—because they actually require little water (and recycle the water they do use).

Kate Simmons at Decoist.com says cabana stripes can be found in this year’s collections, and this trend shows no sign of fading. She says that linen, teak and rope are a few of the materials designers are incorporating into exterior furnishings and accessories to give this year’s easy-breezy trend pizazz.

When it comes to outdoor style this year, Simmons says pink is the accent color of choice, especially if a hint of blush is introduced into your furniture vignettes.

Meanwhile, at FamilyHandyman.com, trend watchers are seeing patio furniture that mixes materials, such as metal and wood, instead of a single material, such as wicker.

If you have a covered deck or patio, the site says you can bring it up-to-date by adding a ceiling fan. If you haven’t installed a ceiling fan before, rest easy—you can do it yourself in less than a day, and you’ll be comfortable even on the hottest summer days.

FamilyHandyman.com also says that the days of small, bistro-style dining tables on the deck and patio are over, and that large-scale square and rectangular tables are hot.

As far as accessories are concerned, think bright and bold when it comes to fabrics for your patio furniture cushions in 2018. Go with yellows, reds and pinks that will pop against all that natural greenery, and your guests will be raving about your impeccable sense of style all summer long.

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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3 Tasks Brokers Can Start Delegating Today

NAR Daily News Magazine - July 13, 2018 - 12:00am

If you’re treading water or start sinking under your brokerage workload, pass off these duties to others to give yourself more time and a better focus.

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