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Home Design FAQs: Ask And We Shall Answer
DIY home design can be a fun activity, or it can be bloodsport. So many decisions to be made, so many details to consider. If you've got a question, we've got an answer. Here are a few popular FAQs.

Housing Market Madness 2015: The Sweet Sixteen
Time for the results of our Market Madness' Sweet Sixteen round, the third elimination round in our series, featured on RealtyTimes by JustRentToOwn.

What To Plant When Your Thumb Is More Brown Than Green
When spring arrives, we all get a little itchy to get outside and enjoy our surroundings. For many of us, that means hitting the local nursery or Home Depot and hauling home a car full of flowers and plants for the yard. But for those of us who lack a green thumb, spring may be a bit bittersweet.

Zillow used confidential Move information to acquire Trulia, court filing claims
A recent court filing in a yearlong legal battle between realtor.com operator Move Inc. and portal giant Zillow alleges a key Move employee tipped Zillow off to confidential information that allowed the company to acquire Trulia ...

App tracks business miles, expenses
Many real estate agents can shave thousands of dollars off their tax bill by deducting their business driving expenses. Because many agents don't keep exact records of the number of their business miles, lots of agents underestimate them, resulting in lost savings. Part of the idea behind the mobile app Deductr is to help people avoid leaving money on the table when claiming deductions for business driving expenses ...

International brokerage staff meet and train in virtual reality
The North American cloud-based brokerage eXp Realty International Corp. has taken its virtual lifestyle to a new extreme by investing six figures in the creation of a new virtual headquarters and meeting environment, where it will hold tech trainings for its agents ...

Second mortgages and home equity lines of credit threaten housing recovery
“The property has pretty much been a nightmare since day one,” Joe Schwarz said of a home he bought near the height of the housing market in the Phoenix area. “I’ve wanted to be done with it for years but I couldn’t because of the second (mortgage) to be honest.” ...

Henry Cisneros outlines ‘new era of opportunity’ in real estate book
"Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity," a new book by former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros published by the Urban Land Institute, mashes up performance indicators based on local economic and demographic trends with city-by-city rankings based on surveys and interviews with real estate professionals. ...

Maryland title agent sentenced for stealing thousands in client escrow funds
A Baltimore, Maryland-area title insurance agent was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution for diverting thousands of dollars in client escrow funds for her personal use ...

6 ways millennials are impacting the global real estate market
A recent National Association of Realtors report, Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends 2015, revealed that the global real estate market is once again witnessing a large number of millennial homebuyers and realty investors. These young financiers have braved the recession that almost strangled the market to death a couple of months ago. However, times have improved and the report indicates they are the largest share of recent buyers ...

Allegations of kickbacks to condo buyers come back to haunt ex-Florida Realtor
A former Florida Realtor could be facing prison time over his alleged role in a mortgage fraud conspiracy at a 390-unit condo complex that prosecutors say cost mortgage lenders more than $15 million. Joseph Pasquale, 38, a resident of Worcester, ...

More than 14 MLSs offer property history, insurance claims reports via dashboard
Housefax, maker of property history reports, is the latest vendor to partner with the Clareity Store, giving more than 100,000 brokers and agents deeper insight into homes they plan to list right from their multiple listing service dashboard without having to log in to a separate account ...

Free social media tools to grow your real estate business
Managing social profiles, status updates, trending topics, etc., can be daunting. Having the proper tools and infrastructure in place for your business is crucial to your marketing success ...