Real State News


Ask the HOA Expert: Illegal Or Unapproved Modifications
Our board is concerned about some of the structural changes made by owners like cutting concrete foundations, moving walls and plumbing modifications that tie into the main lines. Is there a statute of limitations to bring action against an owner for illegal or unapproved modifications?

Remember The Rollover? It May Cost You Some Tax
Remember the old rollover? It provided a tax benefit for those of us who sold and then bought principal residences before 1997. That old friend is no longer with us. However, for many taxpayers who are now considering selling a home, its memory lingers on - and can haunt them financially.

Rentals will remain in demand, especially among millennials
Accounting for roughly 40 percent of all rental stock, single-family rentals are expected to remain in high demand -- especially among millennials that begin to form their own families ...

365 Connect wins 2 Summit Creative Awards for its property management platforms
365 Connect has been a provider of technology for the multifamily housing industry since 2003; recently, the company announced that its marketing syndication and "Locate. Lease. Live." technology platform were both winners of Summit Creative Awards from the Summit International Awards (SIA) Organization ...

US home values rise 4.4 percent in May
The recently released S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index (HPI) points to a U.S. housing market that is seeing more consistency in terms of home price gains. Spanning May 2014 to May 2015, U.S. homes rose in value by 4.4 percent overall. In April, values rose by 4.3 percent on a year-to-year basis ...

TRID changes: Realtors should expect longer closings, walk-through tweaks
While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) may have thrown the real estate industry a bone by extending the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) rule to Oct. 3, the clock is ticking on the time everyone has left to prepare to comply with the sweeping mortgage regulation and related changes to real estate closings ...

How does Madison Hildebrand kill it?
Madison Hildebrand's list of achievements reads like that of someone twice his age, and he's only 34. Mixing business with pleasure is easier said than done, though, and most of us who attempt this usually fail epically ...

Never give up! 7 secrets for overcoming defeat
Feeling defeated, disparaged or discouraged about your real estate career? Maybe you're just feeling like your production could be higher or that you're not really being rewarded for all the hard work you're putting into your job ...

Real estate investors might be fleeing other markets, but they’re still flocking to Philly
"The investor market has just been incredibly hot in Philadelphia," said Vince D'Agostino, a shareholder at Foundation Title, which has 14 offices throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey ...

Opinion: When the Web is for shoppers, where do you find buyers and sellers?
We do an excellent job for our shoppers. We have pictures, videos, 3-D walk-throughs, mapping, school reports, walkability scores and like a million other cool little features. But here's the thing -- they're only for shoppers. They're not for buyers, and they're definitely not for sellers ...

Another start-up promises seller clients to agents — for a discount
Deep in America’s heartland, real estate agents Jessica Buffington and Dustie Zvolanek are building a new discount brokerage model. Seeing homeowners demand streamlined, cheaper options to sell their homes, the real estate vets built MLS My Nest. The Memphis, Tennessee-based startup charges home sellers $1,500 when the home sells; $500 trickles down to a partner agent, and the firm pockets the balance ...

Investors aren’t behind higher mortgage approval standards — lenders are
Since 2008’s financial collapse and recession, many mortgage industry watchdogs have lamented how tight credit has become and how difficult it is for some potential buyers to obtain a mortgage loan. It may come as a surprise, then, to find out that some mortgage lenders are applying mortgage approval standards beyond the guidelines suggested by their investors ...