28 April 2017

‘Property Brothers’: Jonathan and Drew Scott Do a Man Cave Makeover

HGTV Jonathan and Drew Scott don’t just fix up houses on “Property Brothers: Buying and Selling.” Now that Drew is engaged, they appear to be building relationships, too—and the homeowner in the latest episode of the HGTV hit needs their guidance big-time. In the episode “Shacking On Up,” we meet Neil—a firefighter who’s clinging to his college days by living […]

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28 April 2017

‘A Sculpture You Can Live In’: $15M Woodside Home of IDEO Founder

realtor.com What do you get when you mix an innovator from Silicon Valley with an Italian avant-garde designer and architect? This very unconventional home in Woodside, CA, now on the market for $15 million. Designed in 2000, the 8,250-square-foot abode was dreamed up by Ettore Sottsass, who founded the postmodernist Memphis Group. Sottsass was known for his eclectic taste and whimsical […]

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28 April 2017

Blend and The Mortgage Collaborative partner to help more lenders go digital

The Mortgage Collaborative and Blend announced a partnership to bring the digital experience to a network of small, mid-sized, and community-based lenders. As a 2017 HousingWire Tech 100 winner, Blend is a Silicon Valley technology company that’s helping bring mortgages into the modern age. The Mortgage Collaborative is the latest lender to step up to […]

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28 April 2017

Airbnb agrees to let California conduct fair housing tests on hosts

California homeowners who rent out their properties on Airbnb could now potentially be the target of fair housing investigations, thanks to an agreement between the short-term rental website and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Here are the details. Source: Housing Wire News

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28 April 2017

[Photos] Avilla Homes builds its first leased neighborhood in Texas

Avilla Homes opened its first leased neighborhood in Texas with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Dallas area. Despite low inventory levels, the homes’ developer explained the new neighborhood will not compete with single-family developments. Source: Housing Wire News

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28 April 2017

Moody's: Canadian lumber tariff may take up to 6 months to impact U.S. homebuilders

The Trump administration recently announced a tariff on Canadian softwood lumber imported into the U.S. to address a long-standing issue between the two countries. And while Canadian lumber producers, as intended, will feel the impact immediately, so will U.S. homebuilders. The main difference is that it could take U.S. homebuilders up to six months to […]

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28 April 2017

‘Ultimate Housing Insider’: Pam Patenaude Nominated as HUD Deputy Secretary

Chris Graythen/Getty Images Pam Patenaude was nominated by President Donald Trump to become deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development, according to a White House statement released on Friday. The move has been met with resounding applause by industry insiders who think her background could serve as the perfect complement to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who entered his role without […]

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28 April 2017

Want to Raise Your Credit Score Amazingly Fast? Read This Reddit Post Now

Prykhodov/iStock; reddit.com Who would’ve thought that Reddit—that vast black hole of off-the-rail rants and jaw-dropping photos—could actually show you a path to raise your credit score fast? Well, some users on the site claim to have found the secret sauce to achieving such a feat. Case in point: Reddit member Brokerstoker’s much-buzzed-about post, “I raised my credit score from 546 […]

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28 April 2017

We’re Nuts for Neutra! 6 of His Magnificent Modern Homes Are for Sale

realtor.com In design circles, Richard Neutra is a big deal. The Vienna-born architect studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, and Wright’s influence shows in Neutra’s modernist residence projects, sprinkled across the country. Built mostly around the middle of the past century, Neutra homes tend to be on the smaller side (when compared with today’s homes) but play off of […]

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28 April 2017

Democrats fight back against Dodd-Frank replacement act

Financial Services Committee Democrats are not going to let the Republicans easily shut the door on discussing the Financial CHOICE Act. Right now, the Financial CHOICE Act is the Republican-led act to replace the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Democrats prefer to call it the “Wrong Choice Act.” This uncommon hearing was […]

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28 April 2017

Housing industry praises Trump's selection of Pam Patenaude as HUD deputy secretary

For those in the housing industry, Pam Patenaude’s name is well known. So, it should come as no shock that the housing industry supports the Trump administration’s nomination of Patenaude to serve as the HUD deputy secretary. Declarations of support for Patenaude came in quickly after the White House’s announcement of her nomination, including from […]

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28 April 2017

4 Home-Buying Mistakes That Trip Up Unmarried Couples

KasiaJanus/iStock First comes love, then comes … a mortgage?! That’s right: Many couples are buying a home together before tying the knot. In fact, 1 in 4 homeowners said they purchased a home with their significant other before marriage, according to a 2016 survey by TD Bank. And that’s presuming they end up tying the knot after […]

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