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10 Top Real Estate Tips For 2015

By Steve McLinden for Bankrate.com Another year of strong economic growth, improved employment and pent-up housing demand bodes well for most sellers in 2015, particularly in the Farm Belt and in energy-producing states such as Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Montana and Wyoming,...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

6 Must-Dos Before Buying A Home

By Dana Dratch for Bankrate.com You may think you’re ready to be a homebuyer, but have you done your homework? Do you know about credit score requirements? Are you familiar with the different mortgage options that could be available to you? Have a checklist Whether you are...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Existing Home Sales Seems to be Close to a Full Recovery

There was a pigs breakfast of mostly positive headlines after the October existing homes sales data was released.  My post had a positive spin  October 2014 Existing Home Sales Had the Best Month in a Year .   The problem for all analysts is that it is impossible to transfer the...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

Too Few Rental Units Can Trigger Inflation

There is an obvious relationship between supply and demand. In the rental housing market, demand is eroding supply at a rapid rate according to recent data – likely due to changing demographics and preferences. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is based 40% on housing costs...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

What Are REITs? A Quick Introduction

In short, REITs are investment vehicles that fall under the “make/model” of real estate. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) involve direct investment in real estate, without the labor-intensive management attached to traditional commercial real estate investments. Instead of...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015

What Happens After You File a Claim?

You’ve heard the nightmare scenarios: Customers file their first home or auto insurance claim and accordingly have to pay much higher rates or they see their insurance cancelled. While that situation is highly unlikely – especially after just one claim – your claims history...
Posted On 20 Mar 2015