Updated: Monday, July 25, 2016


Essential 2016 Home Buying Skills
Written By: PJ Wade

Buying real estate is one of the most complex undertakings of your life. Success is much easier to live with than failure, so decide from the start what "success" means to you in terms of purchasing real estate. Then, be prepared to learn everything necessary to achieve it.Savvy buyers take two approaches when preparing to excel at buying real e...


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Title Company Sues Realty Firm Over Wire Fraud
Written By: Bob Hunt

While the number of incidents of wire fraud >The case First American Title Co. v. Tanisha Zapata et al. was filed May 16 of this year. There is a long list of defendants [collectively, "The Fraudsters"] along with 100 John Does. Many of them are business entities in the Peoples Republic of China. We should probably not expect their representativ...


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6 Ways To Get A Head Start On 2017 Home Trends
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Looking to remodel, renovate, or design a new home? You probably want to make sure youre on the forefront of modern trends. These 6 items and features will give you a head start on 2017, ensuring that your home is the chicest one on the block.1. Bar cartsMetal, wood, glass, acrylic, painted, gilded, square, round, on wheels and offbar cars come ...


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DIY Workbench: Build a Portable and Inexpensive Table out of 2x4s
Written By: Jeremy S. Cook

So you just moved into a new place and are in need of a sturdy bench to work on DIY projects. Instead of purchasing something ready-made at the store, with a little determination you can build one yourself at a more economical cost for about 100. This workbench design will give you a solid surface with two layers of storage not counting the floo...


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Defining Your Principal Residence
Written By: Benny L. Kass

There are now only two real tax benefits available to the American homeowner -- interest and real estate tax deductions, and the capital gains exclusion for your principal residence.In order to qualify for these tax benefits, the home in which you live must be your legal, principal residence. And although interest and tax deductions are also ava...


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When It Comes To Real Estate, Is It Ever OK To Overpay?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

A story broke this week about how Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff overpaid for his 20 million home. The New York Times called it "ironic" that he paid "over 1 million above its Zestimate" for his 12,732-square-foot Brentwood, CA mansion. Everyone whos had an issue with Zillows farcical Zestimates calls it "payback.""The next time youre surfing popula...


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Moving To The Country: 8 Points To Consider Before Buying Rural Property
Written By: Mikkie Mills

1. Analyze Your LocationNot surprisingly, location is an incredibly important aspect to consider before purchasing any piece of land. Youll want to make sure that youre in the right area, because settling in the wrong place and lead to all sorts of hassle and headache which is best avoided if at all possible. When looking at rural property, youl...


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The HOA Manager Balancing Act
Written By: Richard Thompson

Homeowner association HOA management companies retained by developers often must balance the competing interests of the developer and the homeowners. They just as often find the developer pulls one way while the homeowners pulls the other way with the manager in the middle.It is common for an HOA developer to hire a manager to assist with the tr...


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Debate Rages About Government Intervention In Canadas Housing Market
Written By: Jim Adair

What to do about the surging real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver?While the rest of Canada stares in awe, prices in these two cities and the communities round them keep climbing. In Vancouver, the benchmark home price index is up by 32.1 per cent compared to last year. In Toronto, the benchmark price is up by more than 16 per cent. The a...


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REALTOR Association Sues Internet Company
Written By: Bob Hunt

Lets face it: when there are lawsuits involving the real estate industry, the real estate profession is usually to be found on the defendant side of things. If for no other reason than that, it is newsworthy to report that a multi-million dollar lawsuit has recently been filed by the California Association of REALTORSCAR against a large internet...


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The Best Tech Devices To Power Your Smart Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Technology continues to make our lives easier, or at least more fun, and a new wave of products seeks to do both - and more. Architectural Digest recently featured three of their favorite smart home gadgets - products that are "turning our homes into smarter spaces" with "high-tech gadgets designed to enhance our home experience.Then, we added a...


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How To Have The Coolest Home In The Neighborhood
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Its the American way to always be looking for the next big thing. Whether youre just looking for some cool new additions to your home dcor, want the latest tech, or need to figure out a few new ways to make life easier, these products will get you there.1. Self-cleaning sheetsDo you wash your bedding as much as you should? These sheets will actu...


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Exterminating Pests: A Guide to Family-Friendly IPM Pest Warfare
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Your home is a safe haven for your family, a harbor from the rough waters of life, an abode full of treasured memories and love. But sometimes it can become a home for uninvited guests of the six-legged variety. When this occurs, its time to take action. Addressing and preventing pest infestations keeps your family healthy and staves off potenti...


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The Gender Gap In Home Values
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Another thing for women to get riled up about: According to a new report from RealtyTrac, the gender gap goes beyond the workplace, affecting how much their home is worth. "Buying a home is a better financial move for men than women, as the average market value of homes owned by single men is 10 higher than homes owned by single women," said CNN...


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Best U.S. Markets to Invest in Real Estate
Written By: Rebecca Kennedy

Dabbling in the world of real estate investment for the first time can feel like risky business... but if you play your cards right, you can also strike it big. For new would-be investors, this fine line can seem all too easy to cross. So, whats the secret? According to experts, its all about paying attention to the trends and using those number...


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Its Time To Refinance Your Mortgage
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question. BREXIT is a major financial problem, but I recently heard that mortgage interest loan are almost back to an all-time low. And it does not appear that the Federal Reserve Board will increase the discount rate dramatically before the end of this year. I am interested in refinancing my current 5-1/2 mortgage, and want your advice on how t...


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Annual HOA Meeting Celebration
Written By: Richard Thompson

Holding successful homeowner association meetings takes thought, creativity, advance planning and funding. Too many HOAs scramble to cobble together this important event and, guess what? Few show up and the numbers fall short of the quorum requirements. This doesnt need to happen. Just think what you can accomplish at this important event:Celebr...


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Action Before Interest Rates Rise?
Written By: PJ Wade

If you currently have a mortgage, what should you do before interest rates significantly increase?The "when" >Does the certainty of rate increases call for action from savvy property owners with one or two existing mortgages on their real estate?While rates are near historic lows, refinancing to take advantage of lower interest rates may make go...


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