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Big Roadblock for Owners of Tiny Homes

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 8, 2017 - 11:00pm

Zoning regulations in many cities prevent smaller structures from having a permanent home. So what’s the future for the tiny home movement...

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Real Estate Pros Become Hurricane Advisers

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 8, 2017 - 11:00pm

Amidst devastating storms, many agents are helping clients find temporary housing and matching them with reputable contractors to repair their...

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Nation’s High Earners Prefer the ’Burbs

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 8, 2017 - 11:00pm

Homeowners who earn a high income are showing a preference for the suburbs—and even the far-out “exurbs”—over downtown...

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Relaxation Awaits: 2018 Best Places to Retire

RisMedia Consumer News - October 8, 2017 - 11:01am

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

Are you getting ready to find your retirement paradise? There are a lot of things to consider before making the big move. Lucky for you, U.S. News & World Report just unveiled their 2018 Best Places to Retire list to help you make your decision.

These rankings reflect a number of factors that can affect your retirement, such as happiness, housing affordability, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market and healthcare quality. In order to narrow down the list, U.S. News & World Report surveyed pre-retirees (ages 45-59) and retirement-aged (ages 60-plus) individuals.

If an overall happy life is the most important to you, head on over to Sarasota, Fla. But if you need strong housing affordability, then maybe San Antonio, Texas is for you. Weigh out your pros and cons before making a decision.

Here are the top 10 retirement spots. Is your relaxing oasis on this list?

  1. Sarasota, Fla.
  2. Lancaster, Pa.
  3. San Antonio, Texas
  4. Grand Rapids, Mo.
  5. El Paso, Texas
  6. McAllen, Texas
  7. Daytona Beach, Fla.
  8. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. Washington, D.C.

View the entire list on U.S. News & World Report.

View the methodology.

Liz Dominguez is RISMedia’s associate content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at ldominguez@rismedia.com.

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Porches Are Making a Comeback

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

More new homes are touting front porches, making them a great selling point for builders. 

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Are Hipsters The Secret To A Hot Market?

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

The places that hipsters tend to call home are among some of the hottest housing markets in the country, according to a joint study by realtor.com...

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Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels in 6 Weeks

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage inched upwards this week, but still remains below the 4 percent threshold many borrowers have come to expect....

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Hopeful Buyers Turn To Crowdfunding

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

Some desperate home buyers who aren’t able to save enough for a down payment are turning to crowdfunding. 

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Renter Households Aren’t As ‘Cost Burdened’

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

The share of households considered burdened by high rents is dropping, but it’s not because landlords are softening up on rents. 

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How to Appear More Confident to Clients

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Whether it’s a meeting with a client or a listing presentation, use these five tips to show more confidence as an agent.

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5 Tips For A Lower Heating Bill

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Share these tips with homeowners to unlock some savings during the colder months ahead. 

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More Real Estate Pros Among Vegas Victims

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Several in the real estate industry were in the crowd Sunday when a gunman opened fire in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history....

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Cities Where Homebuying Means a $100k Salary

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Here are the top U.S. cities where homebuying clients must have an income of $100,000 or higher to comfortably purchase a home.

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Home Lot Sizes Shrink to New Low

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Lot sizes on new single-family homes have reached a new record low. 

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Buyers Reach for ARMs as Prices Swell

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

As home prices heat up, buyers looking to lower their monthly mortgage payment are being lured to adjustable rate mortgages. 

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Lawmakers Target Seller-Financed Homes

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Seller-financed deals are increasingly coming under scrutiny after stories of abuse by investors have been uncovered.

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Give Your Home a Facelift: Home Improvement Projects for Less Than $500

RisMedia - October 4, 2017 - 2:03pm

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

Home improvement doesn’t have to break the bank. You can freshen up the spaces in your home or investment property with a number of small projects that cost less than $500, and make you feel like you spent a lot more! Here are some basic ideas.

Paint Power
Painting is one of the cheapest and easiest home improvements to make. A fresh coat of paint will make any room look as good as new, which is sure to add value. Choose colors that are popular to give a more modern, up-to-date look, or stick to the neutral classic colors. At around $25 a gallon, paint is an inexpensive way to improve your home’s desirability and is something that just about any homeowner can tackle on their own. While you’re at it, look up—do you have that outdated popcorn ceiling? Scrape that texture away to get rid of the dated looking ceilings.

Borrow Ideas
Instead of hiring a designer who will inevitably give you a lot of expensive ideas, such as tearing down walls or pulling up perfectly good flooring, just copy what others have done. You can find all sorts of ideas in books and magazines and on interior decorating TV shows, Pinterest and other websites. To keep to a tight budget, pick projects that can be completed yourself.

Get an Energy Audit
Take advantage of your utility company’s free energy audits to determine which improvements could save you hundreds (or thousands!) of dollars in utility costs each year. Most local utility companies will come and inspect your house for free, and the improvements are generally going to have some sort of tax rebate. Having an energy-efficient home is a salable improvement, or, if you plan on staying in the home for the long haul, you can put the money saved toward a different home improvement.

Plant a Tree
Landscaping will improve the curb appeal of your home greatly. Trees provide shade to keep the harmful rays of the sun from bleaching out your paint or heating up the inside of the house. Mature landscaping is a huge plus when trying to sell a home and is frequently sought after. When choosing which species or varieties to plant, it is important to take into consideration the water and maintenance requirements of the plants. Purchasing drought-tolerant plants that are slow or moderate growers will save you hours of yard work and money in the long run. Keeping the yard well maintained will help keep the property looking nice and tidy without investing a huge amount of money.

Keep It Clean
Keeping a home clean and clutter-free will leave a good impression. Get rid of the things you don’t need and “travel light.” You’ll be happy if you ever decide to sell the home that you don’t have a bunch of extraneous stuff to haul around with you or decide what to do with when you are in the middle of moving. If you are selling, it’s often difficult to make the house sparkle from top to bottom, so hire a cleaning service to really give the home a thorough cleaning. It’s worth the money.

Fake the Footage
Houses are often analyzed by price per square foot to help determine if it’s a good deal or not, but the feel and layout of the home can make the house appear bigger than it really is. Keeping the rooms light and airy by choosing light paint, furniture and window coverings can create a feeling of extra space. Adding a large mirror can double the room’s size just by creating that mirror image. An uncluttered home will make the space look bigger and more open. Have a big garage sale to get rid of the unnecessary clutter and put that money towards other home improvements.

New Fixtures
Nothing dates a home like old fixtures. Replacing old lights, faucets, door handles, etc. with updated fixtures really can change the look and feel of a home. The cost of fixtures do add up quickly, so shop around and start with rooms that receive the most traffic, such as bathrooms, the family room and kitchen. Updating these core rooms in the home can give you the biggest impact for the money.

These small improvements can make your home more pleasant for everyday living and give you a feeling of confidence when sharing your space with guests. In addition, if you are planning to sell your home, putting the time and money into small improvements can increase the value and pay off big in the end—quite a bit more than $500!

Kaycee Wegener manages marketing and media relations for Rentec Direct and shares industry news, products and trends within the community.

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Cities Vie for New Amazon Headquarters

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 11:00pm

The chosen locale for Amazon’s second headquarters likely will see a big boost to not just its economy but its housing market as well.

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Loan Demand Stalls as Buyers, Owners Pause

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 11:00pm

Economists are blaming fewer mortgage applications on rising interest rates and rising home prices.  

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Yahoo Users Beware: All Accounts Are Hacked

NAR Daily News Magazine - October 3, 2017 - 11:00pm

A 2013 hack of Yahoo accounts was much worse than originally reported. Yahoo now says 3 billion of its users’ accounts—that is, every...

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