28 February 2017

Homeowners Spent a Record Amount on Remodeling—but on What, Exactly?

Feverpitched/iStock With the Great Recession now finally in the rearview mirror, many homeowners—and their bank accounts—are suddenly a bit more flush. And that’s good news for their homes sorely in need of more than a fresh coat of paint. Some new flooring, maybe? How about brand-new kitchen countertops? And while you’re at it, maybe an entire […]

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28 February 2017

Thinking Different? 2 Must-See Modern Marvels for Sale in Venice

realtor.com; lucky-photographer/iStock Creative, modern minds demand something other than cookie-cutter tract homes. And with so many creative types in Southern California, there has to be a buyer who desires to be truly different. Artist and designer Mario Romano is looking for a creative soul to buy into his distinctive vision. Romano’s been busy disrupting architectural norms in Venice, […]

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28 February 2017

Specialized Loan Servicing expands into prime mortgage subservicing

Specialized Loan Servicing, a third-party mortgage servicer that is owned by Australia’s Computershare, announced this week that it plans to expand its offerings to include subservicing for prime and non-performing loans. Source: Housing Wire News

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28 February 2017

March interest rate hike? Odds are now up to 50%

Expectations for a rate hike in March are up significantly from last week, as traders now place an over-50% chance on an interest rate increase in March. And one expert explains this increase in expectations could turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Source: Housing Wire News

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28 February 2017

10 best and worst markets for first-time homebuyers right now

As the industry gears up for the spring homebuying season, first-time homebuyers are once again stuck trying to gauge exactly how affordable their market is, along with if it’s even one they are able to jump into. This new report from Bankrate shows what markets are ideal for first-time homebuyers. Does yours rank at the […]

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28 February 2017

How to Hang Pendant Lights or a Chandelier (No Electrician Required)

Geerati/iStock Pendant lighting is incredibly popular in the world of interior design right now—and it’s not hard to see why. These fixtures are simple, sleek, and throw an incredible amount of light for their size. Ready to get in on the trend? We’ve got you covered! Below is a step-by-step guide on how to hang pendant […]

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28 February 2017

RealPage continues expansion with $300 million acquisition of Lease Rent Options

Earlier this year, RealPage, a provider of software and data analytics to the real estate industry, announced plans to expand its apartment data offerings with the $75 million acquisition of Axiometrics. Well, it turns out that RealPage isn’t done expanding yet. The company announced Monday that it reached an agreement to acquire Lease Rent Options […]

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28 February 2017

Consumer confidence hits 15-year high in February

Consumer confidence took off in February, reaching its highest point in 15 years, according to The Conference Board. However, not every measure of consumer optimism showed an increase on consumer sentiment in February. Source: Housing Wire News

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28 February 2017

4 Sneaky Ways Ikea Tricks You Into Buying Tons of Stuff You Don’t Want or Need

RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images If you’ve ever shopped at Ikea, you probably went in thinking you need a lamp, but you came out the other end with two lamps, a side table, a love seat, and a stomach full of Swedish meatballs. This chain (with 41 massive stores in the U.S.) can tempt even the most tight-fisted among us to spew cash. Why […]

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28 February 2017

Come and Get It! Selena Gomez Selling Huge Texas Mansion

Don Arnold/WireImage Singer Selena Gomez is trying to sell her home in Fort Worth, TX, for nearly $3 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The baby-faced hit-maker grew up in Texas and purchased the property two years ago for an undisclosed sum. The English-style home, with Tuscan, contemporary, and country touches, boasts 10,016 square feet of […]

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28 February 2017

National Home Prices Hit a 2.5-Year High in December, Case-Shiller Says

realtor.com U.S. home prices surged higher in December, just months after hitting a high last seen at the height of the housing bubble a decade ago. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index rose 5.6% in the three-month period ending in December compared to a year ago, up from a 5.2% annual gain in November. The broader national […]

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28 February 2017

Massive single-family rental merger: Tricon Capital to acquire Silver Bay Realty Trust for $1.4 billion

In a deal that will shake up the single-family rental industry, Tricon Capital Group announced this week that it plans to acquire Silver Bay Realty Trust in a $1.4 billion deal that will create one of the country’s largest operators of single-family rental homes. Source: Housing Wire News

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