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Retirees Face ‘Million-Dollar Poverty’ Risk

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 2, 2018 - 12:00am

A $1 million nest egg in retirement may no longer be enough. 

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The Metros That Will Feel Tax Reform the Most

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Signed into law at the end of 2017, the new tax rules will impact those in high-cost areas the most.

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2017’s Biggest Surprises for Homebuilders

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 2, 2018 - 12:00am

A new survey reveals the twists and turns for builders in 2017, and what the market expects in the coming year. 

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5 Home Accents Interior Designers Loathe

NAR Daily News Magazine - January 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Don’t let these cringe-worthy decors ruin the style of a listing you’re staging. 

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Owners Rush to Prepay Property Taxes Before Losing Benefits

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 28, 2017 - 12:00am

Homeowners in areas with high property taxes are scrambling to pay their 2018 tax bill ahead of time in an attempt to take advantage of deductions...

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Black Accents Make Comeback in Home Design

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 28, 2017 - 12:00am

Black fixtures, appliances, and furniture are emerging as hot trends for the new year.

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6 Features a Home Needs for Entertaining

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 28, 2017 - 12:00am

Buyers who want a home that’s perfect for throwing parties should pay attention to these property details.

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Higher Loan Limits Coming Jan. 1

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 28, 2017 - 12:00am

Good news for your clients: Buyers will be able to get much larger mortgages, whether they’re applying for conventional or FHA-backed loans...

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More Vacancies in Apartment Buildings

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 28, 2017 - 12:00am

The national apartment vacancy rate ticked up slightly in the fourth quarter as multifamily construction begins to outpace current demand.

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Builders Warn Materials Are in Short Supply

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 28, 2017 - 12:00am

Twenty-one percent of single-family builders reported a shortage of framing lumber, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

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Home Design Trends That Defined 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

From techniques to make listing photos pop to methods for staging small spaces, ...

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Spotlight on Male Agents’ Safety in 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Staying safe in the field is often framed as a particular concern for female agents. But this year, we addressed safety...

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Tech That Drove You Forward in 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

It can be tough to keep up on the latest innovations, so before this year comes to a close, make sure you fully understand what pushed real estate...

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Controversy in Commercial Real Estate in 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

From service animals to short-term rentals and landlord policies on marijuana use, commercial real estate was not without its...

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Contract Signings Post First Gains Since June

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Will the uptick last? Read more from NAR’s latest housing report. 

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Brokers Get Creative With Their Closing Gifts

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Forget the bottle of champagne—some real estate pros say they want to give a gift that is more personal and memorable. 

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Are Hardwood Floors Expected Nowadays?

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Carpet may prompt some buyers to even bypass a property, some real estate professionals say. 

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Where Renters Are Feeling Rich

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Renters in these cities tend to end the holiday season with the most money still in the bank. Maybe they’ll use it to buy a home. 

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Protect a Home’s Pipes From the Cold

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Cold weather can put your home’s pipes at risk of exploding. Take precautions. 

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Guide Clients Through the Home Inspection Process?

RisMedia - December 25, 2017 - 3:01pm

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspection Service.

Q: What can be done to guide clients through the home inspection process?

A: After being in business for 25 years and performing over a million inspections, HomeTeam Inspection Service has identified the top ways to ensure a smoother home inspection, contributing to happier clients and a better outcome.

Make It Convenient
The home inspection process—from scheduling to report delivery—should be convenient for everyone involved. Online scheduling, text messaging and electronic delivery of reports make convenience possible when it comes to the home inspection. If a home inspection company isn’t providing this, clients are missing out on the best possible experience.

Don’t Keep Them Waiting
Ten years ago, it was commonplace to wait five days or more for a home inspection, but today, consumers want it now. Plus, consumers are busier than ever today. They not only want a home inspection that can be performed soon, but also one that can be performed in half the time of the traditional three- to -four-hour inspection. That’s a large part of what makes HomeTeam successful. Our team approach allows for a faster inspection and more appointment slots each day.

Give Them Options
Clients only want to pay for services they need. While most home inspection companies offer a wide range of services, client needs vary, and the leading home inspection companies allow clients to schedule individual services like pest, mold and radon.

Ensure It’s Educational
A home inspector will not give a pass/fail grade on a home, but will give an objective assessment on the condition of the home during the inspection. Educating the client on their new home and how to maintain it is a sign of a professional inspector. Communicating information in a non-alarming manner is critical to helping clients absorb information and make prudent decisions. An inspector that’s accessible to answer questions onsite and after the inspection instills peace of mind in clients and makes them more confident in their purchase decision.

Deliver Accurate Reporting
In addition to a verbal report that the client receives onsite, the most professional inspection companies will furnish a narrative, electronic report that’s emailed to the client and agent. A narrative-style report is more detailed than a checklist-style report, putting forth a clearer picture of the home with less room for interpretation. Including photos and a summary helps the client easily identify any safety concerns or areas that warrant attention.

For more information, please visit www.hometeam.com.

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