Sina Sabeti's Blog Posts

THE EVOLUTION OF THE MOTHERINLAW UNIT

In today’s economy, where housing has become so costly in many areas, finding a workable solution for parents to downsize to or move into due to illness, condition, or income can be a challenge.

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CONCRETE ISNT JUST FOR PARKING LOTS AND CELLBLOCKS ANYMORE

You see it in contemporary homes especially in spy movies — slick, window-laden contemporary concrete homes spread out on hilltops. Borrowing a concept from the ancient Romans, if you want a

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ANCIENT DESIGN ELEMENTS GRACE TODAYS HOMES

When they say life just isn’t the same anymore, they must not be talking about residential housing. Did you know that a number of design elements in today’s homes have their origins in ancient

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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE SHAG CARPET

Sample any movie set in the 1960s or ‘70s and chances are good you will see scene upon the interior scene that includes snapshots of shag carpeting. This plush-pile type of carpeting that screamed

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE HARDWOOD BOX

You’ve got 1970s parquet in the entry, vinyl sheet flooring in the kitchen (made to look like tile?) and carpeting down the hallway that now looks like a study in traffic patterns. What do single

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ASK YOUR REALTOR A QUESTION ANY QUESTION

Is there ever a question you CAN’T ask a Realtor? Never. When it’s your future and your money at stake, you owe it to yourself to pose any questions that eat at your gut, so ask away. With the

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ALTERNATIVES TO THE MICROWAVE OVEN GAIN STEAM AMONG HIGHEND HOMEOWNERS

Trivia question of the day: what was the microwave oven originally called when it was introduced in the 1960s? Answer: the “Radarange.” It wasn’t until the ‘70s, however, that Sharp

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ASBESTOS IS NO SMALL MATTER

For everything we hear about outdoor air quality, few homebuyers seem to be overly concerned about the air they may breathe inside the home they’ve just submitted a purchase offer. Most Americans

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MAKING A DEAL ON REPAIRS AFTER THE HOME INSPECTION

So you’ve found the house of your dreams, made an offer, and finally, both you and the seller have agreed on a price. This is when your agent has you sign the sales contract, and you pop the,

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THE CHANGING FACE OF THE AMERICAN BATHTUB

Bathtubs. They come jetted, stand-alone, claw-footed, and built in. Back in the ‘50s families used them once a week whether they needed to not (ew), and showers were considered less common,

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HOMEOWNERS ARE OFTEN NOSE BLIND

There is something we rarely talk about but is true nonetheless: everyone’s home has a smell. Whether it’s the smell of scented candles, yesterday’s caramelized onions, less-than-fresh half-

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THE BEST PLANT TO BUY FOR EVERY ROOM IN YOUR HOME

If you're the kind of person who goes out and buys a Golden Pothos for your bathroom, patio — you name it — just because the one in your kitchen is thriving, we have bad:&

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The Difference Between Home Improvement Loans

Home Equity LoansOne financing option for home improvements is obtaining a home equity loan. A home equity loan is a type of loan where the lender will take a new mortgage on your property to secure

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Five Surprising Ways Driverless Cars Will Affect Real Estate

1. Density in major markets will increase.As is common with unique technology like this, fully autonomous cars aren’t likely to be available at dealerships right away. Instead, they’ll be used

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How Smart Lighting Can Make Life Better

Can banishing the blues, sleeping soundly and waking energized be as simple as changing a light bulb? Light affects sleep/wake cycles, body temperature, hunger, physiology and behavior. So aligning

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How To Avoid 3 Mistakes FirstTime Home Buyers Make

Look out for these pitfalls before you take the leap into purchasing a home.Everton Allen, now 28, graduated from college and was living with his parents while working as a graphic designer for the

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Home Buyers 5 Things To Know As You Wait For Closing Day

The seller accepted your offer, and now you've just got to sign on the dotted line. Right?For some home buyers, the closing day for a real estate purchase is as formal and complicated as the

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What To Expect When Youre Inspecting

Here’s a guide to each player's roles and responsibilities during a typical property inspection.If you’re a first-time buyer who just nabbed your first place, you’re likely in one of the

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Final WalkThrough Checklist

A final walk-through ensures that the property's condition hasn't changed since your last visit and that the terms of your contract will be met. You’ve found the home you love, made the,

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3 Steps When The Appraisal Comes In Low

Buyers and sellers need to make quick decisions when the appraisal doesn’t make the cut, and it’s important to be prepared in advance for this scenario.Whether you are buying or selling, waiting

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How To Make Sure The One Doesnt Get Away

In your home search, you must be sure there are no regrets and that your perfect match doesn't wind up in the hands of another buyer. You’ll be disappointed if you lose the property because you

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SMART HOMES MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE

Smart technology is now poised not only to make life easier, but to save lives as well. Why would someone in the midst of a health crisis or even helping that person out have to dial 911 when any

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LITTLE OBSTACLES THAT CAN HOLD UP CLOSING

Whoever said it’s the little things that count wasn’t kidding when it comes to closing escrow on a house you just bought or sold. If your escrow agent or real estate consultant were able to

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HANDLING DESIGN CENTER OVERWHELM LIKE A PRO

If you’ve ever visited a homebuilder’s model home park, you’d remember the experience. Usually, anywhere from three to five prototypes of homes the builder offers are there to entice you not

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REAL ESTATE TRENDS CATCH SOME INDUSTRY WATCHERS BY SURPRISE

No matter what year we’re in, market shifts can take place overnight, and 2018 is no exception. For consumers, it’s always interesting to see what the next up-and-coming trend is either as a

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RESEARCHING THEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT

Despite a lack of housing inventory and fierce competition in the real estate industry, there are a lot of people who still want to be Realtors. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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FORMAL AREAS GIVE WAY TO TODAYS INFORMAL LIFESTYLES

How we use our homes differs not only by individual but also by generation. A recent UCLA study found researchers using cameras to record how 32 family households living in the Los Angeles area used

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HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS OFFER PEACE OF MIND

You’ve seen those little signs poking out of flower beds or glued to windows — indicators that a home is protected by a security system. And you probably thought they were tacky. But perhaps you

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RETHINKING BUYING A HOME JUST FOR THE KIDS

In these days of low housing inventory, it can be difficult to fulfill every item on your wishlist when buying a home, especially when it focuses on getting one in which you want to raise a family.

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Easy Ideas For Designing A Great Home Office

If you’ve ever tried to get some work done at the kitchen counter while someone watches TV in the other room, you know how critical a separate, private home office

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6 Essential Spring Cleaning Tasks

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to tackle those cleaning and home improvement projects you’ve been putting off all winter. From basics like deep cleaning and dusting to

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Tips For Designing Your Nursery From Scratch

When you finally find out that you’re about to have a baby, life starts moving pretty quickly. There’s so much to plan for when you’re going to have a child that many people don’t even

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Alternative InHouse Storage Solutions

Owning a small house or apartment requires a lot of creativity and careful planning. But, even after following every guide on in-house storage solutions for smaller spaces, many of us end up

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Create A Backyard You Wont Want To Leave

Enter to win a chance to have your yard professionally landscaped, designed and styled!Is your yard a place for relaxation or is it a source of stress? Ideally, our front or backyards are

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3 Easy Ways To Choose The Best Paint Colors

The impact of color in a home can be subconscious yet significant. Paint color can guide our moods and dispositions, while also setting the 

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Tips For Getting The Garden You Want This Summer

Not sure where to start in your garden? Follow these basic rules for success and get the garden you love.If you are like most homeowners, spring is that time of year when you finally get into your

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10 Tips For A Successful Garage Or Yard Sale

Having a garage sale is one of those things that you never think about having to do until it really needs to be done. You might love doing some bargain hunting when your neighbors have their own

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Sophisticated Storage Ideas For Your Spare Room

Spare rooms resemble finding yourself in international waters — anything goes, in the room that is. Your spare room is a storage unit, gym, guest quarters, office and random play area for cats and

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7 Things To Know Before You Buy An Investment Property

Are you thinking about turning your home into an investment property? It can be a smart move if you want steady and consistent rental income. It can also be a good idea if you are moving, but

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How To Use Your Home To Impress Your Date

You can only repeat so many date activities before they get old, and eventually, curiosity and evolving relationships mean it’s time to introduce them to your home. You may want to get some of

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7 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home

If your home is going on the market this year, it’s time to roll up your sleeves. Even if you don’t plan to start seeing prospective buyers until June, there’s no time like the present to

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5 Easy DIYs For A Stylish And Organized Garage

When people think about interior design, the most common image that will come to mind is a room inside a home. The word “stylish” can make you think of cute clothes or a home straight out of

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7 TellTale Signs You Need To Call A Professional Plumber

Most homeowners prefer to handle their plumbing problems because they think that calling in a professional is a waste of money. However, plumbing issues are best handled by a knowledgeable and

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10 Ways To Increase Your Homes Value

In most cases, a home isn’t perfect upon purchase. Instead, homeowners take time to personalize their space with paint, décor and even renovations. And, while these swaps will certainly make them

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How To Choose A Floor Color

Your floors are your home’s foundation. Well, that’s pretty obvious, right?But take a minute and think about this. Your floors are a defining point in your home. If they feel dirty, the

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3 Easy Ways To Smarten Up Your Home

It’s 2018, and technology rules the world. We’re attached to our smartphones, we can ask our speakers to play music, and our cars navigate the route from point A to point B — no paper map

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10 Steps To Set Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget

Sticking to a realistic budget will make your remodeling project successful.Most homeowners dream of having a newly remodeled kitchen, complete with the latest appliances and updated countertops,

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SOLID JOB GAINS AS EMPLOYERS ADD 213000 JOBS

At midnight last night the tariffs on Chinese goods went into effect; the US and global markets were thought to be holding their collective breaths about a reaction. There really wasn’t

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BE ON THE ALERT FOR A GROWING REAL ESTATE SCAM

Today's homebuyers can unwittingly become targets of scams, as evidenced by a report today by NBC in which it describes how a couple was robbed of their life savings. Citing this as a mere sampling

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THE EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION OF HOME STAGING

Times were when only the most upscale home sellers invested in home staging and for the most part, it was a novelty to everyone else. Apart from decluttering and fixing a few cosmetic items around

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HOMEBUILDERS CAN TAKE CLUES FROM THEIR APARTMENT BUILDER COUSINS

When we think of new home designs, we generally don’t think of what apartments look like or live like inside. Two different animals, right? But the truth of it is, although single-family and

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KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER WHEN INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE

Semantics are alive and well with real estate. You either buy, or you invest. Right? Well, let’s admit there is a slight nuance here. You plan to live in what you “buy,” but the idea

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USING YOUR LIVING ROOM AS AN ESCAPE

You’ve seen it. You walk into a friend’s living room and can’t figure out what the room’s purpose really is. A playroom, a media room, and a catch-all room for every UPS package that arrives

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DOOR FEATURES THAT PAY OFF

You’d think that adding a pool to your backyard may not be the greatest investment in terms of return in every part of the U.S., where summer sometimes lasts only about three months of the year.

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MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS AND DURABLE GOODS ORDERS DIP

A nice opening today after support increased yesterday in the bond and mortgage markets. US stock indexes early in the futures markets were generally unchanged at 9:00 am EST after being

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WHAT NOT TO DO YOURSELF BEFORE SELLING YOUR HOUSE

It’s not all that uncommon. You tried to fix something in your house using all the analytic skills you apply to other parts of your life, inspired by how easy it looks on HGTV. With all the best

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REALTOR KNOWLEDGE AND RESEARCH ARE KEY WHEN APPRAISALS COME IN LOW

As the real estate market continues to sizzle, driving prices ever higher, it’s not unusual for appraisals to be a sticking point. Just because you’ve asked $300K for your home and got an offer

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WILL DRIVERLESS CARS AFFECT THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE

It’s happening right under our noses, but few of us know it. The newest commercial parking facilities are being designed with autonomous cars in mind — the ones that drive themselves. Some

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WHEN THE NEXT GENERATION DOESNT WANT YOUR STUFF

“Someday this will all be yours,” says the white-haired woman, showing her granddaughter a carefully curated collection of teacups, crystal, and china. The granddaughter’s eyes grow wide,

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TRADE HOUSING AND JOBS ARE IN THE MARKETS CROSSHAIRS

Trade continues to dominate markets; China is claiming the US is abusing trade, reiterating it will fight back if the recently announced tariffs are put in place; July 6th is the announced date

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WAKE UP CALLS THAT SMELL HEAVENLY

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.” ~ Glen Cook, Sweet Silver BluesThere's that good feeling and luxury of waking up naturally

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TOUGH TARIFF TALK RATTLES THE MARKETS

Not much movement in the mortgage markets today, the 10 yr did break that 2.90% resistance this morning declining to 2.87% early but slowly edged back through the day. The DJIA was walloped (at one

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DESIGN GUIDELINES TO HELP YOUR HOME LOOK BEAUTIFUL

If you were a designer looking at “what’s wrong with this picture” upon entering a home for the first time, the first thing that might hit you is perspective: Is this the best use of space?

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SPRING BUYING FRENZY CONTINUES INTO SUMMER

Big demand. Small inventory. Spring homebuyers are pounding the pavement at a furious pace, but the pickings are getting ever slimmer, according to news reports.Spring is traditionally the busiest

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HOUSING AND TRADE TAKE CENTER STAGE THIS WEEK

Trade on Friday in the bond market pushed the 10-yr yield down to 2.895% for about five minutes before it moved back above resistance at 2.90% where any improvements have ended. The 10-yr ended

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BECOMING THE EXPERT OF YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET

You can listen to the hype, or you can do the homework. When the local real estate market looks hot, many homebuyers and sellers can get wrapped up in the sizzle and forget about the steak, throwing

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NEW CHINA TARIFFS KEEPING A LID ON RATES

Yesterday the reaction to the ECB decision to keep its negative rates through 2019 and end its bond buying by the end of this year supported German bunds. It then followed into the US with a

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MARKETS ON HOLD AHEAD OF SINGAPORE SUMMIT

HOW RATES MOVE:Conventional and Government (FHA and VA) lenders set their rates based on the pricing of Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) which are traded in real time, all day in the bond market.

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FLIPS EXPERIENCE FRENZY AS MARKET TIGHTENS

There are few more interesting real estate investments than home flipping — seeing an older or run-down piece of property find a fairy godmother to make it beautiful again and then being sold in

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HOW TO HAVE A BAD HOME INSPECTION

You’d think it was among the simplest of tasks to check off once you’ve had an offer accepted for a home you hope to buy. The home inspection. But like anything else, you can screw this up too

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FED WILL HIKE RATES TODAY BUT HERES WHAT MARKETS WILL FOCUS ON

Markets began today quietly ahead of the FOMC and Fed meetings this afternoon. Interest rates at 9:00 am EST remained unchanged from yesterday. Also unchanged were the bond and mortgage markets

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BRAVING A FAMILY REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION

It’s not like deciding who brings the hors-d'oeuvres for Thanksgiving dinner. Buying a home from a family member can be more like a huge discussion about what constitutes a real word in a game of

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SINGLE WOMEN PURCHASE MORE HOMES THAN SINGLE MEN

If there were any solid factors today’s women are making inroads in the equality arena, look no further than real estate purchases. While buying a home is primarily the goal of couples looking to

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TECHNOLOGY MAKES REAL ESTATE FRAUD EASIER THAN EVER

It’s terrifying but it’s true. One minute you think you own a property and the next, it has been recorded in someone else’s name. Fraud in real estate is alive and well, with authorities all

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MAKING YOUR LANDSCAPE IDEAS A REALITY

It came with a lawn. Some bushes. A few requisite trees. You may not have gone crazy over the landscaping that surrounded your home when you bought it, but now you know it’s time to up the game,

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BRINGING YOUR BUILTINS INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Built-ins. When you see that word on a real estate listing, your heart can go a-flutter at the thought of not only a beautiful presentation somewhere, but also a way to store as well as display

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DESIGN TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE IMITATE REALITY TV

It seems reality TV is having a greater effect on the real estate market than ever thought possible. While we think of factors influencing the cost of housing focused on things like location and

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DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO WAIVE A HOME INSPECTION TO STRENGTHEN AN OFFER

Okay. It may sound bureaucratic and boring. But there are a number of precautionary contractual conditions for any purchase agreement recommended by the Realtor community that protects homebuyers

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MAKING GUESTS OR HOSTS FEEL APPRECIATED NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

’Tis the season for houseguests, and no one — neither homeowners nor the guests themselves — will want the experience of “the visit” to be anything less than memorable in a GOOD way. So we

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HOME OFFICES CAN BE SERIOUS BUT BEAUTIFUL BUSINESS

Whereas the kitchen table once served as a place for the adults in the house to make phone calls or pay bills, today’s home offices show how that concept grew up and got serious. Home offices are

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RATES RELATIVELY FLAT ON ROCKSOLID JOBS NUMBERS

Interest rates began increasing prior to 8:30 am EST. The 10-yr at 7:15 am bumped up +4 bps to 2.89%. Stock indexes in the futures markets were better, the DJIA adding +145.At 8:30 am EST the

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STOCKS CHINA AND INFLATION

Stocks on fire today and unlike the past few sessions, the gains held through the close. Overnight XI Jinping, China’s president made a step forward saying foreign companies will have greater

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NEW HOMES DOMINATE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN MANY AREAS

REALTOR REPORTNEW HOMES DOMINATE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN MANY AREASIf you are a homebuyer looking for a brand-spanking new house, you’re in luck in many parts of the country. The market is now

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MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS REBOUND LAST WEEK

Some minor improvement yesterday in the bond and mortgage markets; this morning the 10 yr yield at 7:00 am ET 2.96% +5 bps from yesterday’s 5 bp decline. US bonds following the German 10 yr

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HOME BUILDER SEES FUTURE IN HAVING PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS WORK TOGETHER

Those of us who were in the real estate industry back in 1989 (or who were looking around for a new home) may recall when giant homebuilder Lennar Homes launched a new concept. The point was to

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Moving Checklist

We do understand moving to a new location can sometimes become very frustrating. It could be full of excitement and enjoyment too if you do it the right way. That's why we spent time on researching

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