Airbnb-branded apartments will use Latch smart access locks

Complex designed specifically for home sharing will offer guests keyless access The first-ever Airbnb-branded apartments will come equipped with smart lock access. On Thursday, Latch, a smart lock technology startup that’s developed an access system for multifamily buildings, announced it will provide smart locks to the 324-unit complex currently being built in Kissimmee, Florida, ...

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Trump Administration proposes deep cuts to housing programs in latest budget plan

The plan likely won't get far in Congress, which already recently passed its own two-year budget extension Following on the heels of a budget compromise in Congress last week to keep the government open, the Trump Administration on Monday unveiled its own federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. It calls for cutting a hefty $3.6 trillion to the federal deficit, including slashing programs that directly ...

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Lending startup Blend approved for Fannie Mae Day 1 Certainty

Startup is among the first to provide asset verification for Fannie Mae's mortgage applicants   Enterprise lending software startup Blend has just earned a major vote of confidence from mortgage securities giant Fannie Mae. Blend has been approved as a provider of asset verification for Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certaintyprogram. Day 1 Certainty lets consumers cut about a week from their mortgage approval ...

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Property Coin is a new cryptocurrency token backed by real estate

LA-based startup Aperture will soon begin selling tokens and using the money to invest in and flip homes   Buzzy Initial Coin Offerings are facing increased scrutiny, but one launching later this month from a house-flipping real estate tech company is drawing interest. Los Angeles-based real estate tech startup Aperture is preparing for the public sale on Feb. 26 of Property Coin, an asset-backed ...

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Airbnb wins big mortgage support, but loses Detroit

  Hosts can now report their home sharing income when applying for refinancing Short-term rental-by-owner service Airbnb got a major win for its hosts on Thursday — but also dealt with the fallout from a serious and unusual blow in Detroit. First the good news: people who list their homes on Airbnb will now be able to report their rental earnings as income when they apply to refinance their homes via Fannie ...

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Trulia will show listings’ LGBT housing and employment protections

Trulia will incorporate information on local LGBT protections into its listings   LGBT people. A group of employees at Trulia developed the feature at an internal hackathon. The feature takes data gathered by the nonprofit Movement and Advancement Project to show what state, county and city protections exist at a specific address. “It challenges how we think about what’s important when you choose a ...

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Should real estate fear the stock market tumble?

The impact may be more psychological than material, and when confidence is shaken, we turn to the stability of housing. The stock market has been on a roller-coaster ride since late last week, with a historic one-day plunge in trading, and a ripple effect that struck the rest of the globe Tuesday. But most economists will tell you the historic highs over the past two years were bound to result in a correction of sorts as ...

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Airbnb delays IPO and makes leadership changes

The home rental company announces a departing CFO, and new COO and no plans for an IPO this year   Airbnb has announced that an IPO will not be happening this year, and the company’s CFO and former Wall Street executive Laurence Tosi is stepping down from his position. In the end, Tosi and Airbnb founder Brian Chesky simply wanted different things. Tosi was previously CFO at Blackstone Group before joining Airbnb in ...

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Exclusive: Congressmen urge government inquiry into real estate competition

House antitrust subcommittee leaders sent letter to DOJ and FTC requesting probe into listing data   BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA Staff Writer   FEB 1  Faster. Better. Together. Inman Connect San Francisco, Jul 16-20, 2018 LEARN MORE Influential members of the U.S. Congress have taken a keen interest in real estate competition, especially in regard to listing data. ...

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7 reasons Trump’s tax plan is good for real estate investors

How to cash in on investing post-tax reform Although the Trump tax plan, known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” was promoted as a tax cut for the middle class, the major benefits go to corporations, entrepreneurs and real estate investors. And most noteworthy are these top seven positive changes for real estate investors. 1. 20% pass-through deduction This new 20 percent pass-through deduction originally ...

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What’s behind skyrocketing real estate tech investment?

NEW YORK — Our parent company’s Inman Connect NY 2018 (ICNY) conference concluded on Friday with Capital Connect, a panel discussion dedicated to the massive influx of private investment into real estate tech. The discussion, which took place in a conference room at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, featured prominent venture capitalists, lenders and marketers, who weighed in on how the real estate industry is ...

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FBI and NAR offer 10 ways to guard against real estate cyber scams

Most breaches are due to human error, not inadequate security systems, experts say Although technology has made real estate transactions quicker, more seamless and increasingly transparent, it has also made buyers, sellers and real estate professionals vulnerable to cybercriminals looking to cash in. In the past year, $969 million have been stolen from buyers via escrow scams — something cybercrime professionals say ...

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ICNY 18: What real estate stands to lose from a net neutrality repeal

Redfin and NAR discuss the risks at Inman Connect New York Thursday   NEW YORK — The National Association of Realtors and Seattle-based brokerage Redfin doubled down on their previous attacks of the net neutrality repeal, warning that dismantling the two-year-old Open Internet Order could put real estate companies, homebuyers and individual Realtors at risk. “For Redfin, if it hadn’t been for net ...

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ICNY 18: Smart home tech is raising new questions during the home sale

Who gets to keep the smart lock after a house is sold?What makes a home a smart home? Who gets to keep the smart lock after a house is sold?   What if your real estate agent still has the password to your thermostat? These are the questions real estate professionals are figuring out on the fly — and questions that are only becoming more relevant for agents and consumers. Dale Carlton, an Arkansas broker and lawyer, led ...

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New York legislator pushes to legalize short-term rentals

Senate Bill S7182 would allow New Yorkers to host short-term rentals on home sharing platforms such as Airbnb BYMARIAN MCPHERSON Staff Writer JAN 5    Will 2018 be the year Airbnb becomes “fully legal” in New York City? If New York State Senator John Bonacic has his way, it seems so. On January 3, Bonacic introduced Senate Bill S7182 (see bill below), which proposes a number of amendments to ...

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Senate votes to end shutdown, minimizing disruption to real estate

    Update: Later this afternoon, the House followed the Senate in passing the bill to fund the government through Feb. 8, officially ending the shutdown. This afternoon Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to overwhelmingly vote (81-18) in favor of a short-term spending bill to fund the government through Feb. 8. Assuming approval from the House later today, a step the New York Times called ...

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How a government shutdown impacts real estate and housing

With a dispute in the Senate over the immigration program DACA still unresolved, the government shutdown continues for a third day on Monday morning after Congress’s failed attempts to pass a spending deal that would fund the government through mid-February.  A Senate vote on an agreement that would end the shutdown and fund the government for another three weeks is scheduled for noon ET Monday. Whether the plan ...

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8 Clever Ways To Zone Off Space In An Open Floor Plan

We've fallen for open-plan living in recent years. After all, not many of us have a formal room just for company anymore. And with modern building materials, we don't necessarily need every room to have four walls to keep it at a comfortable temperature. But although an open plan may bring the space, light, flow and garden views we desire, it can also feel problematic to organize into zones - and prove distracting to share. Enter the ...

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Bright Ideas: How to Light Up Your Rooms

These clever tricks banish dim interiors and dark corners, and usher natural light into the house. Most homes have a few gloomy rooms and nooks, but you don't have to stay in the dark. To illuminate a poorly lit home without flicking a single light switch, use a combination of these bright ideas to enjoy an improved result that's like the difference between night and day. Choose glass-paneled doors. One of the most effective ...

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Follow These Steps Before Starting Your Kitchen Remodel

If your kitchen is looking a bit dated, consider a remodel to upgrade its efficiency and looks. Here's a quick guide to planning your kitchen update: #1 Plan it out. Sketch out what you want your finished kitchen to look like. Whether you draw your designs by hand or use software, understanding the finished look of your kitchen is an essential first step. #2 Measure your space. It's important to know how much space you ...

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Will 2018 be a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?

With inventory at historically low levels and demand for housing skyrocketing in most markets, economic analysts and real estate experts believe 2018 will be the Year of the Seller. With few exceptions, analysts contacted by Inman News forecasted yet another year in which a scarcity of homes in the real estate market will allow private and institutional sellers to keep prices high, especially as a ...

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Live It Up in a Smaller Space!

If the house or condominium that you can afford seems too small, maybe you're not thinking about space the right way. Buying the best location you can afford is what successful real estate ownership is all about. These are the properties that hold value even in down markets and that appreciate steadily and consistently in all markets. Great-location properties are financial stepping stones to your multimillion-dollar dream home. ...

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The New Tax Plan: When It Comes To Real Estate, Who Wins And Who Loses?

We have all heard a lot about the new tax plan, which was approved and sent to President Trump to be signed on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Depending on where your politics lie and your individual financial situation, you may have a positive or negative take on the tax bill. But how does it impact real estate? That also depends on a few things, like where you are buying a house, how much money you have, and what you intend to do with it. "The ...

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Escrow, Title, And 8 Other Terms To Know Before Buying A House

To play the home-buying game, you need to speak the language. Real estate, like any other business, comes with its own language. The catch is that most first-time homebuyers don’t speak it, which can lead to them being at a tremendous disadvantage in deal-making. Even an open house isn’t exactly what it seems to be! Consider this your CliffsNotes to being a first-time buyer. 1. Open house: An open ...

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Pre-Listing Home Inspection: Key Driver For Home Sellers

Pre-listing home inspections are an important component in the real estate transaction, but are often overlooked by home-sellers. If done properly, the pre-listing home inspection allows sellers to gain a clear understanding of the status of their property. They can then fix any issues before putting the home on the market, or properly set the asking price. Real estate professionals often suggest sellers do a pre-listing home inspection ...

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10 Hot Trends For Your Home In 2018

Starting to think about making changes to your home? The new year is, not surprisingly, a popular time to try on new trends or make overdue updates. Before you hit the paint store or buy those new kitchen cabinets, take a look at what industry experts are predicting will be some of the hottest home trends for 2018. Brass Brass has been showing up in kitchens, baths, and lighting for a few years, but homeowners who were hesitant to take ...

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What To Do When Your Home Isn't Selling

When sellers start the home-selling process, no one wants to think "What would happen if my home doesn't sell?" But before you panic, recognize that there are many things that you can do so you don't wind up in that position. Tip 1: Understanding the real estate market and the value of your home will help you avoid this dilemma. The first key point is to get educated about the market. Read your newspapers, online real ...

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Why The Next Two Weeks May Be The Best Time To Buy New Construction All Year

If you're looking to buy a home and you would really like to get something in escrow before the end of the year, you might be facing a "slim pickens" situation. Inventory issues have plagued the market for several years, and despite a positive real estate outlook, the lack of homes has kept many buyers out of the game. That's one of the reasons home buyers have been choosing new U.S. homes. They jumped last month to the ...

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Using Your Home's "Dead" Equity

Question. Our house is free and clear. We have a $100,000 home equity line of credit, and the interest rate is somewhere in the neighborhood of 7 percent. We itemize tax deductions and are in a high federal tax rate, and hoping that any new tax laws will reduce our taxes. My question concerns using the home equity loan for investment. We are considering using $50,000 of the home equity line of credit and investing it in a growth stock for ...

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REALTOR Analysis Of Tax Bill Is Worth Examining

It is no secret that the National, State, and Local Realtor® associations are strongly opposed to certain provisions in both the House and Senate versions of the current tax reform bills. The REALTOR® concerns range from worry that changes to the present capital gain exclusion will result in a further decrease to for-sale inventory, to concern that proposals regarding mortgage interest and property-tax deductibility are ...

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What To Expect from Your Solar Energy This Winter

What happens when you rely on solar energy to keep your home running in winter? If you are considering installing a solar power system, or are already solar, winter months can be daunting. Prepare your home for winter by learning how and when to remove large accumulations of snow, and adjusting your panels are great ways to prepare for the upcoming cold season. Preparing for Winter Winter is known for drastic changes in temperatures ...

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Get The Look: Transitional-Style Kitchen

What happens when you rely on solar energy to keep your home running in winter? If you are considering installing a solar power system, or are already solar, winter months can be daunting. Prepare your home for winter by learning how and when to remove large accumulations of snow, and adjusting your panels are great ways to prepare for the upcoming cold season. Preparing for Winter Winter is known for drastic changes in temperatures ...

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Innovative Rent-To-Own Program Could Be The Answer To Your Down Payment Dilemma

Strapped for cash and desperate to buy a home? We hear ya. While today's homeownership rate is trending back up after reaching its lowest level since 1965 last year, there are still thousands upon thousands of people who would love to become homeowners but who are stymied by the lack of a down payment. Yes, loans you can get through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) require as little as 3.5% down, and some other loans out there ...

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Real Estate Disclosure Laws Vary From State To State

Question: I believe my house is haunted. Periodically, a door will slam or windows will mysteriously open when no one else is home. I plan to sell; do I have to disclose? Mary. Answer: Dear Mary: For purposes of my response, I will accept your statement that your house is haunted. Frankly, I am a skeptic, and do not believe in such ghost stories. But if that's what you believe, you have to find out whether your state has a law on ...

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Five No Regrets Real Estate Buying Strategies To Avoid Missing-Out

In real estate, "the one that got away" stories get told and retold, usually with little satisfaction to the teller. The real estate you didn't buy, but still wish you had, can weigh heavily on your mind and may even top your "Big Regrets List." Every piece of real estate, vacant or otherwise, is unique. Once a property is sold, searching for its exact match is fruitless. Compromise becomes key. Here's ...

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Modern Exterior Decor To Update Your Holiday Home

Perhaps you've had the same holiday décor for decades and are ready to modernize your look. Maybe you just moved into a new home and decided this was a great time to start fresh. Either way, you probably want to make sure your new holiday décor reflects modern trends. We've got ideas. White on white It doesn't get any more elegant than white lights along the architectural lines of your home. This classic look ...

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5 Easy Design Tips For A Zen Bedroom

A good night’s sleep is a much-coveted dream of many, and for good reason. Research from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute shows that sleep is vital for emotional well-being, decision-making, physical health and creativity. And yet 45 percent of Americans report that poor sleep negatively affects their life at least one day a week, the National Sleep Foundation says. Luckily, there are some proven strategies to rediscover ...

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Slaying That Credit Score - New Tips For A New Year

Getting ready to buy a house or just thinking about it? Where to buy, what to buy, and how you'll afford it are probably top of mind. But if you're not also concentrating on your credit score - and by concentrating on, we mean actively trying to raise your scores as much as possible - you're not looking at the whole homebuying picture. Not only can does your credit score factor greatly into what you'll pay for your house, ...

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All Cash Offers May Be Questionable In Real Estate Transactions

Question: I often see advertisements offering "all cash for your house or condo." Some of these ads offer to give monthly payments for equity. What type of guarantee is the seller offered so as to insure that he/she gets the full amount. Suppose the company goes bankrupt? How can these companies offer such benefits as "three times your equity"? Your response would be helpful. Answer: The moral of this column can best be ...

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California Law Will Standardize Real Estate Advertising Rules

Effective January 1, 2018, California real estate agents and brokers will be subject to a new and different set of rules covering their advertising. The new rules were spelled out in Assembly Bill 1650, which was signed into law by the Governor on August 19, 2016. That's not a typo; the law was passed a little over a year ago. The long delay in making it effective was an accommodation in recognition of the costs, planning, and ...

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Is Now The Right Time For A Kitchen Remodel?

It's totally normal for those kitchen remodeling pangs to go crazy during the holidays. If you've spent time at a friend or family member's house that has a freshly updated kitchen, you may be feeling a little envious. If you hosted over the holidays, your kitchen's shortcomings may be top of mind. But is this the best time of year to finally go ahead with that remodel? It may just be. "Many people think spring and ...

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Disruption and Accelerated Change In Real Estate

In this time of celebrated disruption and accelerated change, the context for everything, including home buying and selling, is facing disruption and change, globally and locally. Corporations and governments are struggling to anticipate impact and benefits from disruptive technology while they try to manage change on many fronts at once. How successful they are in your area and in the industries that employ you and your neighbors will ...

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DIY Solutions To Your Flooring Problems

True story. The wood in our living room is scratched and worn, the dark tile in the kitchen imparts a sort of cave-like feel, and there's unfinished concrete in several of the bedrooms thanks to foundation repair that was done shortly after we bought the house. We could have had the four burly men that peeled away the 10-year-old carpet to jackhammer into the floor lay it back down, but, instead, we took that opportunity to rid ourselves ...

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Condominium Owners Must Pay Their Condo Fees

Qustion: I am the President of a large condominium association, and most of our owners pay their condominium fees each and every month on time. However, one owner is refusing to pay the condominium fee, claiming the association is not performing certain functions properly, and the owner is attempting to offset the fee as leverage to get the condominium to do that work. Does the owner have the right to withhold the fee under these ...

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More housing markets are overvalued, and consumers feel the pain

John Moore | Getty Images The steady rise in home prices is so far showing no boundaries, and that is turning up the heat on some already overheated housing markets. Home prices rose 7 percent nationally in September, compared with September 2016, a higher annual increase than was seen in August, according to CoreLogic, a real estate data firm. As a result, 48 percent of the nation's top 50 housing markets are now considered ...

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Taking A Tax Loss On Your Principal Residence

. Question. When my wife died several years ago, I sold the large house we were living in and bought a smaller house.. That purchase was at the top of the local real estate market. I have just purchased a retirement home and would like to sell my current property. However, after real estate commissions and sales expenses, I am facing a sizable loss -- and my accountant tells me this loss is not tax deductible. Can you suggest any solutions so ...

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Disposinig Of Investment Property

Question. We are retired and have two children older than 21. We have some investment properties we do not want to sell at this time. However, we do not want to continue to be involved in the rental aspect of these properties and would like to know what alternatives we have in solving our problem. Answer. You could consider hiring your children to be the property managers and pay them a fee for their services. This may relieve some of the ...

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What Keeps Buyers From Finding Their Next Home

Buying a home is like searching for a mate. You'll go on many first dates and in the end, the one that has most, but maybe not all of the characteristics that you want, will win your heart. However, first-time buyers and sometimes even serial homebuyers are disappointed by how long the process takes. Yet they may not understand how their expectations, beliefs, and lack of action may be causing the delay in finding the right home. Here ...

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Renovations to Make Aging at Home Easier

As you or your loved one ages, your home may need to be adapted to accommodate lifestyle changes, accessibility and independence. Over 41% of individuals plan to stay in their own homes until the age of 81 or older. It is important to make gradual adaptations to your home as you age to allow for maneuverability. When remodeling to age at home, start early and plan ahead. It is cheaper to do small renovations one at a time than an entire home ...

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9 Reasons To Buy A Home In The Fall

The fall season is usually full of major changes. Many young people return to school, football season begins in full swing and the overall climate makes a change with cooler temperatures and vibrant colors. Over the last few years, the fall season has also become a popular time to sell a home. While spring still remains the most popular season for selling a home, there are plenty of reasons to try and buy a property in the Autumn of ...

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Rolling Thunder Race Schedule For October 28th At Big Sky Brewery! Don't Forget The Awesome Food Vendors!

RACE SCHEDULE: 9:00am - 10:00am ONLY DAY OF REGISTRATION (can check in 30m before each race).  Podiums are done 5 minutes after the last finisher has crossed the line in each race.  Top 5 recognized, top 3 prizes or cash.  Overall Wild West Series top 3 honored at 4:30pm and 9:45pm 10:30am - Strider Race - 2-5 yr old 10:30am - Pedal Bike Juniors - 3-6 yr old - half lap 11:00am - Junior boys and girls 7-9 yr old and ...

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Tips For Getting Your Home Sold In The Winter

So you've decided to list your home this winter. Perhaps you've had a job change, need to relocate out of the area, or have financial or family reasons for moving. No matter what is driving the move, you may be concerned about selling at this time of year. But just because you missed the boat on the spring selling season doesn't mean you can't get your home sold quickly, and for a profit. A few tips can help get it moving. ...

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Selling: Half The Winning Real Estate Strategy

Let's zero in on the family home to reveal room for improvement in ways this investment can be put to work when owners are intent on living full, active lives. Traditionally, when the children were grown and gone, "empty-nester" homeowners/sellers were faced with two options regarding the family home: Option #1. Sellers who did not intend to re-enter the real estate market put their profit to work in other investments or ...

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Rolling Thunder 2017 will be October 28th at Big Sky Brewery.

REGISTRATION Online registration closes Friday October 27th, 2017 at 10pm MST ONLINE REGISTRATION Important Registration Notes: 1. We strongly encourage online registration.  To support this we'll provide a full refund to anyone who doesn't race but is pre-registered.  To collect your refund email montanacylocross@gmail.com post race.  We will do our best to handle do of registrations but we'd like ...

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DIY Fall Decor Tricks

Who says you have to spend big bucks to give your home some fall flair? All you need is a little creativity. If you also have a few basic art or crafting items at home, you may not need to spend any money at all! This fun craft is something the whole family can do. Even little kids can help pick out leaves and other items and place them on the pumpkins. This is a no-carve craft; all you need to stick your stuff down is Mod Podge. These ...

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Real Estate Cyberfraud Continues. Is It Time To Return To Paper?

Cybercrime continues to thrive in the real estate brokerage environment. By this, I don't mean the kind of electronic skullduggery that results in stolen identity information or hacking into someone's bank account. Rather, I refer to the business of fraudulently inducing a principal -- sometimes even an escrow officer -- into wiring funds to a bank account controlled by a hacker or someone in business with the hacker. Here's ...

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Condo Renovations: Making The Most Of Your Space

In real estate, nothing ever stays the same. In Toronto, the types of condo buyers are constantly changing, says real estate agent Cynthia Goodchild of Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Johnston and Daniel Division. Many buyers are now families or young couples with a baby on the way. They don't want to rent but can't afford to buy a house. Or some, regardless of age, don't have the time or inclination to maintain a home. ...

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Security Deposit Is Not The Last Month's Rent

Question: I have been renting an apartment, and my lease will expire at the end of November. I have taken a job out of this area, and expect to begin my new position on November 1 of this year. My landlord has a security deposit which is equivalent to one month's rent. Should I pay for November since I will not be living in the apartment? The landlord will not be hurt, since she can use my security deposit for the November rent. Should I ...

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Tips For Decorating Rooms That Are Long And Narrow

Distract attention away from an awkward room shape and create a pleasing design using these pro tips. When you're clicking through images of gorgeous rooms to gather inspiration for your home, does it sometimes seem as though the ideas will work only in large or pleasingly proportioned rooms? The truth is, when a room is well designed, we don't notice when it's awkwardly shaped. Here, three interior designers share their tips ...

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Home Foundations And Why Material Matters

The typical single-family home can weigh anywhere from 80,000 to 160,000 pounds. Foundations provide a solid base for a home's weight, help to ensure the house stays level and provides a base for construction to take place. Foundations matter, and so does the material that they're made of. Here's a closer look at both, starting with materials and why they matter. Before buying or constructing your dream home, it's ...

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Taking A Tax Loss On Your Principal Residence

Question. When my wife died several years ago, I sold the large house we were living in and bought a smaller house.. That purchase was at the top of the local real estate market. I have just purchased a retirement home and would like to sell my current property. However, after real estate commissions and sales expenses, I am facing a sizable loss -- and my accountant tells me this loss is not tax deductible. Can you suggest any solutions so ...

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Why Buyers Won't Buy Your Home

There's no list of reasons — no top ten or even top three reasons — why buyers won't buy a specific listed property like your home. There's just one reason. When buyers won't buy listed real estate, or even put in an offer close to asking price, there's just one reason why — it's the list price! List price must communicate value and opportunity to buyers for whom the listed real estate ...

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How to Design Your Kitchen Cabinets With Comfort in Mind

ake your kitchen cabinets a joy to use with these ideas for depth, height and door style - or no door at all. Those of you building or renovating a kitchen face countless decisions. Just for the cabinetry you have to select the material, frame type, door style, hardware and more. I hate to add to your list of selections to make, but there are a few details to think about when it comes to ergonomics, too; how you configure your ...

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Hey Millennials, Lennar Will Help Pay Your Student Loans

A new loan from national homebuilder Lennar is raising hopes for millennials, and raising eyebrows from some in the real estate industry. The loan seeks to make homebuying a reality for millennials who might otherwise think they have to wait until their student loans are paid off. The idea is this: Homebuyers use Eagle Home Mortgage's Student Loan Debt Mortgage Program; Eagle Home Mortgage is a subsidiary of Lennar. Through this ...

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The New Definition Of The Community Park

It boosts property values, helps the environment, improves public health and brings together people of all ages and cultures. It's free to visit anytime. It's your local neighbourhood park and it's starting to get more attention from urban planners across the country. "Parks are more than just parks today. Green, open space has to do double, triple and even quadruple duty. They have to be ‘the traditional ...

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7 Under-The-Radar Design Shows To Watch While You Mourn Fixer Upper

The announcement this week that "Fixer Upper" is going to wrap after the coming season has many a design show enthusiast in tears. But, fear not. There is still plenty of great design TV out there, although much of it is under the radar. Here are 7 shows you'll want to check to out fill the Chip and Joanna Gaines void. My Lottery Dream Home Original HGTV Design Star winner David Bromstad has gone on to a successful ...

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Don't Fight The Home Inspection

Question: We are selling our house and have just received an offer to purchase. The offer contains a contingency for the buyer to obtain a home inspection report. The buyer is asking for a general inspection contingency, but our real estate broker is advising us to use the specific inspection contingency. Can you explain the difference and give us some assistance? Answer: In my opinion, it is imperative for a homebuyer to obtain a ...

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Financial Don'ts When Getting Ready To Buy A Home

If you're in the process of buying a home, you've probably already met with a lender who advised you on what to do and what not to do during the escrow process. But if you're just getting ready to buy or plan on doing so in the near future, following a few financial tips can mean the difference between qualifying...and not, and also getting a decent rate. These are a few universal "don'ts" that will help you stay on ...

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8 Seductive Shades for Your Living Room

The shade you choose to paint your living room walls really comes down to the atmosphere you're hoping to create. Whether you want a bright, cheerful space, a tranquil haven or a moody and intimate chill-out zone, these gorgeous rooms offer some inspiration. Embrace gray. Gray is such a popular shade, and this room illustrates why we continue to love it - it's chic and relaxing at the same time. Gray also looks great with most ...

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4 Things You Absolutely Must Get Rid Of Before You Move

So you're moving, and on your verrrrrry long moving-related "to-do" list is that old favorite: packing. Did you just let out a big sigh at the thought? Us, too. Face it, it's no fun. Actually putting stuff in boxes isn't the hard part for many people; It's the dreaded sorting and decluttering and getting rid of stuff that sends many into a panic. Take a deep breath and we'll get through these tips ...

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6 Surprising Benefits Of Buying Or Selling Your Home In The Fall

Seeing fewer for-sale signs now that summer is over? That can be great news for buyers who are looking to score a new home and buyers who want to get rid of their place and buy a new one. If you think you missed the boat on making your move this year, we're here to tell you why buying and selling in the fall can work for you. Less competition Yes, there may be fewer homes on the market, but there are also fewer buyers out there ...

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11 Design Tricks for Defining Your Open-Plan Dining Space

An open-plan living space gives your home a light and airy feel, but that doesn't mean it needs to be one sprawlingly large room. Check out these ideas to zone off your dining area and create an intimate space in which to share dinner with friends and family. 1. Zone the floor. You can separate your dining space by marking out the area on the floor. Here, an unusual hexagonal pattern stands out beneath the table and instantly closes ...

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Ideas for Saving Energy with Your Smart Home

You may feel safe inside on a hot, smoggy day, but hidden dangers could be damaging your health right in your own home. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4.3 million people a year die from exposure to household air pollution. Poorly ventilated dwellings, smoking around the home and fine particles can all negatively impact your health. Although you can try to improve your home’s health by regularly ...

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How The Equifax Hack Affects Homebuyers And How You Can Protect Yourself

Half of the country is freaking out. That's about how many people are potentially affected by the unprecedented Equifax hack. If you're the average person who's afraid of having your data stolen - and by data, we mean your name, Social Security number, birth date, addresses, credit card numbers, and driver's license number that were reportedly involved in this breach - you may have already taken some steps to limit the damage. ...

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Owner Financing: Should You Lend To Your Buyer?

Question: My husband and I plan to enter a continuing care retirement home next year. We have certificates of deposit maturing next year which will be enough to pay the home's initial "upstart" fee, and we have paid off our home mortgage. We believe we can sell our present home for approximately $500,000. Several people have suggested that we consider taking back financing from a buyer of our house, but we are concerned about ...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Nextdoor: a Pro-Con List

The growth of Nextdoor has been nothing short of amazing. Current numbers show that it's currently in 160,000 homes, has expanded to the Netherlands and the UK, and has just launched in Germany, according to TechCrunch. But it's not without its issues, and, as users will tell you, having access to so much information about your neighbors and your neighborhood can sometimes be too much of a good thing. PRO: You may ...

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Five Key Questions For Home Sellers

Are you having trouble deciding whether or not to sell your real estate - home, recreational property, investment property? It's not the length of time you've lived in or owned a property that determines when it's time to sell. There's no magic number of ownership years that triggers a move. The reasons for deciding to sell are not the same for every seller nor for every property they own. What is the same are the issues ...

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5 Home Upgrades For Your Vacation Rental Space

Vacation rentals are experiencing a surge of popularity as websites like VRBO and Airbnb make them more accessible. Guests can find a place that fits their budget, location and accommodation needs. Hosts can easily list their property. The real challenge is creating a space which stands out and offers more than a guest could hope for. Why should they stay in your spare bedroom or pool house when they can simply instant book a hotel around ...

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7 Easy DIY Updates You Can Do Over The Weekend

House giving you a little of the sad face? You don't have to overhaul the whole thing to make it feel fresh. Nor do you have to take out a new loan. With a little effort and a few bucks, you can breathe some new air into your home this weekend. Redo your floors Not everyone in every situation will be able to get new floors in a weekend. If you have a large space, have to rip tile up, or do a lot of measuring and cutting (but ...

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First Annual ZillaState Appreciation BBQ, Come join us from 4-6PM Tonight! Wally & Buck Burgers, MMMMMMM!

Come join us tonight for a delicious gormet burger from Wally & Buck.  We will be serving from 4-6PM this evening in front of the ZillaState office on 140 S. 4th St. W., Suite 3.  Looking forward to seeing all of you.  Take a look at the link below to get your mouth watering. BURGERS Wally & Buck burgers are made with 1/4 lb. of local, pastured-raised and grass-finished Oxbow beef and Montana made brioche ...

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Mom and Pop Own Fewer Rental Units

Mom and Pop Own Fewer Rental Units Institutional investors own a growing share of rental properties in the United States, according to a report by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. This think tank based its conclusion on the 2015 Rental Housing Finance Survey, recently released by the United States Census Bureau, and earlier census data going back to 2001. Check out the link below for the full story. ...

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Vertical Challenge today at Big Sky, Run the RUT!

   Friday, September 1st, 2017 | 1 PM Start **(The VK is now full. There will be no waitlist)** Location: Big Sky Resort Base Area Welcome to the hardest 3 Mile “run” you will ever complete. Over 1 Kilometer of elevation gain in just 5 Kilometers of distance.  Painfully simple. After you get to the top you have front row seats to the magnificence of southwest Montana. From there we will give ...

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Don't miss the RUT at Big Sky this weekend.

Friday (9/01/17): 11:00AM-12:45PM | Vertical Kilometer Packet Pickup in Big Sky Resort Base Area (Photo ID required to pick up bib) 11:00AM-12:00PM | VK Drop Bag drop off to be taken to the finish line 1:00PM| Lone Peak Vertical Kilometer start 4:15 PM | Vertical Kilometer Course is closed 3:00 PM | VK Awards Ceremony in the Big Sky Base Area 11:00AM-6:00 PM | Rut Merchandise for sale at Big Sky ...

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

Let your home sing your praises with decorating touches that reflect your unique personality. Let me begin by saying that I love Ikea. It really can't be beat for clean, modern designs at a reasonable price, and even the top designers are known to scoop up a few things at Ikea for high-end clients. And when the new 2013 catalog landed in my mailbox recently, I must say I felt a little giddy just planning my next trip to the big blue ...

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How To Simplify Your Next Move

When you're selling your home, getting your belongings organized can seem like a low priority. You're dealing with finding the right real estate agent, the best time to list your home on the market, and maybe even house-hunting for a new place to live. All of that can keep you quite busy considering many of us have to do those things while we work a full-time job. Organizing your home so that you can simplify your move just ...

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Escaping Condo Jail

Question: The president of our condominium association acts alone and has previous members of the board on the bank account of the Association. He has been on the board for over 3 years. He harassed all the secretaries and treasurers that had been elected by the unit owners. The President doesn't have meetings with the board or include them in any decisions for different projects, nor does he let the treasurer handle the money. He ...

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Why is title insurance a necessity?

10 COMMON TITLE PROBLEMS Have you ever wondered why you need title insurance ? Your home may be new to you, but every property has a history. A thorough title search can help uncover any title defects tied to you property. And, subject to the terms of the policy, your title insurance provides protection for you from title problems that may become known after you close your transaction. Some of these ...

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Curb Appeal Problems And Easy Ways To Fix Them

Just how important is curb appeal? Real estate industry legend Barbara Corcoran has said, "Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they're interested in buying it." What are buyers going to see in the first eight seconds after driving up to your place? If you've walked around the perimeter of your house recently, you've probably seen at least a couple of issues that need to be addressed before you ...

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

Even before Google allowed anybody with an Internet connection to see a satellite view of anyplace on the globe, I loved looking at books with aerial photography. A few favorites that focus on natural and human-made landscapes of the United States are Alex S. MacLean's Designs on the Land: Exploring American from the Air, Dolores Hayden's and photographer Jim Wark's A Field Guide to Sprawl and Alan Berger's Drosscape: Wasting ...

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Mortgages: When You Are In Financial Trouble

Question: We have owned our house for many years, and currently owe several months of mortgage payments. The equity in our house is somewhere in the neighborhood of $80-$90,000, but since I lost my job recently, I can neither make the mortgage payments nor do I want to move somewhere else. I have heard about a deed in lieu, but do not understand how it works. Can you explain? We never thought this would happen to us. Answer: None of us can ...

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Is This The Ultimate Example Of 'What Not To Do' When Listing Your House For Sale?

There's a new home listing that's been making the Internet rounds this week, and it's a must-see for anyone who is selling their house, considering selling their house, or just wants to do a little point-and-stare. Oh, and for mannequin lovers. Let us explain. The house in question is a large, gated estate on Jones Creek in the desirable Houston-area city of Richmond. I'ts listed for $1,275,000. At five bedrooms, five ...

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How To Create A Statement Ceiling

Are things looking up in your home? How about people? If there's nothing to draw their eye up, you may be missing out on a great decorating opportunity. Today, the ceiling is being called the "fifth wall," and it's a great place to add color, texture, and interest to a space that is often ignored. Beams Who doesn't love a rustic beam (or 10!)? It's the classic way to make a room feel intimate, give it ...

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The Need For Signatures - All The Signatures

One of the basics that real estate brokers teach new agents is that they need to get signatures on contracts. They also want to be sure that they get all the signatures needed, which is not always clear. The recent case of Jacobs v. Locatelli,California Sixth Appellate District, Feb. 18, 2017, provides a case in point.On April 9, 2013, Bernice Jacobs, who is a licensed real estate broker, signed a listing agreement with John ...

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A Heartfelt Way to Say Hello to Your New Neighbors

Don't worry about a perfect presentation - a heartfelt note and a simple treat create a wonderful welcome to the neighborhood A few months ago our neighbors moved away. We had gotten to know them only recently, when we were rebuilding after our house fire. That was one of the good things that came out of that hard time. During construction we rented just a few doors down, right next to this nice family. But, alas, they found a house ...

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Drone Technology Beneficial To The Real Estate Game

Real estate agents and home inspectors are always looking for innovative ways to keep their clients informed. One of the latest tools in the home buying and selling process is drones. Drones are remote-controlled pilotless aircraft that allow aerial shots and different views of the property and can provide an added benefit to real estate transactions. Here are three key ways drone technology is enhancing the real estate industry: ...

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New Marriott hotel development takes another step

When the golden shovels ceremonially shifted dirt Monday at the Mercantile, a new chapter began in downtown Missoula’s history. The groundbreaking for the new Marriott hotel has been in the works for the past seven years, a long-lasting saga of back and forth between historical preservationists and developers. A number of Missoula movers and shakers all echoed the same themes of forward progress, relief and the positive impact ...

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Groundbreaking for new Marriott hotel to take place Monday

The groundbreaking for the new hotel where the old Missoula Mercantile was located is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday. After much controversy about the demolition of the Missoula Mercantile that ended with an agreement to preserve the pharmacy section of the building, the groundbreaking ceremony for the $37 million Marriott hotel is a start for a long process. The Merc has been out of use since Macy’s closed in 2010, reducing the amount ...

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3 Types Of Loans To Go For If You're Credit Challenged

The latest numbers from mortgage analysts Ellie Mae show that the average FICO score of approved conventional mortgages is 732. If a borrower has low credit scores (650 and under), then that average FICO score could seem like a chasm between them and the home they want to buy. But just because the average credit scores for a conventional mortgage are above 732 doesn't mean low-credit borrowers are shut out of homes.   ...

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Can You Estimate Better Than Zillow? Can You Do It For $1 Million?

hink you can do a better job at estimating your home's value than Zillow? Turns out Zillow might think so, too. The company's controversial "Zestimates" continue to stir up the real estate industry, with many pointing to the inaccuracies and, especially, the trickle-down problems they cause, as one of today's primary industry-related issues. We wrote back in February that, in June of 2016, "Zestimates ...

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2476 Briggs Street Missoula, MT 59803, Now $349,999. Great house near all necessities.

Huge Price Reduction! Come see this house today! A top quality Mostad home with Meadow Hill and a bike path right outside your back door. This lovely home on a cul-de-sac features a master bedroom on the main floor and a living area that is perfect for social and family gatherings. The basement is spacious and about the same square footage as the main floor. The kitchen opens to the living and dining areas. The dining area opens to a deck ...

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How Green Can You Go? Eco-friendly Solutions For Every Commitment Level

It's hard to ignore the influence of big oil in Texas. Thirty-five miles to the Southwest of Frisco, TX, this year's second-fastest-growing city in the nation and home to thousands of suburban families like my own, whose electric bills climb up into the $300-plus range while cooling their 3,000-square-foot house, Irving-based Exxon is the biggest oil producer in the world - and that's just the tip of the oil well. Frisco is also ...

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Wednesday Night Race League Continues Tonight at Blue Mountain. See you there!

Week #4 Blue Mountain Recreation Area June 21 – 6pm $20 Kids’ race – 5pm – $5 This was the favorite course last year. In Week 4 we’ll take to the trails at the Blue Mountain Recreation Area, starting at the Motorcycle Trailhead. Parking for this event is at the Peak Health and Wellness Center, at 5000 Blue Mountain Road. A shuttle will be available to the start, but we encourage you to ride there. It ...

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7 Reasons Why Every Homebuyer Needs Owner's Title Insurance

1.    Protects Your Largest Investment A home is probably the single largest investment you’ll make in your life. You insure everything else that’s valuable to you—your life, car, personal property, health, pets, jewelry, etc.—so why not your largest investment? For a one-time fee, owner’s title insurance protects your property rights for as long as you or your heirs* own the home. ...

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Weekly mortgage applications to purchase a home drop 3%, even as falling rates spark a rush to refinance

Jamie Rector | Bloomberg | Getty Images Mortgage applications to purchase a home fell 3 percent for the week but are close to 8 percent higher than they were one year ago. Refinance applications surged again, rising 9 percent for the week, as rates ticked lower for the second week in a row. Diana Olick | @DianaOlick Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 | 7:00 AM ET Another drop in mortgage interest rates continued to confound expectations, ...

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The Escrow Closing Process, from First American Title Company

WHAT IS AN ESCROW? An escrow is a process wherein the Buyer and Seller deposit written instructions, documents, and funds with a neutral third party until certain conditions are fulfilled. In a real estate transaction, the Buyer does not pay the Seller directly for the property. The Buyer gives the funds to an escrow company who, acting as an intermediary, verifies that title to the property is clear and all ...

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Passive Income Is Great, But Are You Really Cut Out To Be A Landlord?

The idea of buying an investment property to rent out and collect some passive income sounds good, does it not? After all, being a landlord is one of the greatest and most time-tested ways to build long-term wealth. Especially when rents just keep on rising, which means more money for rental owners. According to Apartment List's National Rent Report, they "are up by 2.1% compared to their December 2016 level" and have risen ...

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Wednesday Night Race League Continues Tonight. See You There!

  Week #3 Missoula XC Course June 7 – 6pm $20 Kids’ race – 5pm – $5 Come see what the pros are up against in Week 3, when we feature the Missoula XC Pro XCT course. After a couple laps on that thing, you’ll have earned a beer. Parking is at Marshall Mountain. [Sign Up]

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Your Resistance to Change When Buying or Selling Your Home

Resistance to change is common for buyers and sellers. This may seem surprising since both buying and selling mean seeking out a move with many related changes, but resistance is common none the less. Buying and selling real estate involve many complex decisions packed full of real estate terminology, all of which are new territory for most buyers and sellers. Add the pressure of time-sensitive decisions and the stress of dealing ...

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Not Your Father's Retirement: Three Ideas That Are Reinvigorating The Next Stage

That anemic, antiseptic-smelling place where you used to visit Grandpa in his final years? That's a thing of the past. Same for the idea of the typical "retirement community," which was reimagined as the more evocative "active adult" many years ago, thanks to masterplanned developers like Del Webb and its Sun City brand. And now it's going through another reincarnation, away from the typical and toward a more ...

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How to Get Denied for a Mortgage After Preapproval

You've done the work to clean up your credit score, scrape together a down payment and pry a preapproval letter from your mortgage lender. Cheers! Getting preapproved is a smart move, especially in a seller's market characterized by tight inventories and, in some regions, bidding wars. Having a lender's letter in hand signals to sellers that you're a legit buyer whose offer merits serious consideration. Even so, a ...

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Come join us tomorrow for week 2 of Wednesday Night Race League!

Week #2 Moose Chuckle Trail May 31 – 6pm $20 Kids’ race – 5pm – $5 Week 2 is back at Marshall Mountain, but on an all new set of trails. We finished up work on Moose Chuckle in the fall of 2016, and we’re pretty excited on how it came out. Come have a look. Parking is at Marshall Mountain!

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Memorial Day events around western Montana

Here is a look at Memorial Weekend commemorations planned in western Montana. • Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History open noon-5 p.m., Friday through Monday, Building T-316, Fort Missoula. Call 549-5346. Sunday • Memorial Day weekend program, 2 p.m., Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Building T-316, Fort Missoula. The museum will honor veterans of World War I through presentations of certificates of ...

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How To Buy A House Without Going House Poor

How much house can you really afford? Is it the amount the bank tells you when preapproving your loan? That's what most people go by, oftentimes spending up to their max approval amount to get as much house as possible - or to be able to afford something at all in tight markets. The debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, along with your credit score, is what is used by lenders to determine your loan approval and amount. The Consumer Financial ...

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Wednesday Night Race League Starts Today! See You There!

Wednesday Night Race League Whether you’re thinking about jumping into your first bike event or fine tuning your fitness for the Western Montana Trail Series, the Wednesday Night Race League has something for you. Each week features a different course to keep things fresh, and brings the safety, professionalism, and fun that you’ve come to expect. Wednesday Night Race League events feature chip timing, free Big Sky Brewing ...

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Three Things Home Buyers Should Never Do

Talk to a home buyer who just lost out in yet another bidding war and you'll hear genuine disappointment and frustration. Listen to a buyer who found the perfect starter home, then asked probing questions only to discover undisclosed deal-breaker problems like UFFI, a significant foundation crack or both. You'll learn how anger and discouragement can go hand in hand. You'll never hear me respond to these buyers with ...

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The End Of The All-White Kitchen? The Case For Natural Wood

A funny thing happened while everyone was obsessing over white kitchens: Natural wood snuck back in, creating some of the chicest spaces around. For many, natural wood evokes a country feel. Or perhaps something ultra-traditional. But today's natural wood kitchens are modern showplaces that mimic the newest trends we've been seeing in wood floors. "We predicted that natural materials and warmer finishes would rule the ...

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Defining 'Domicile'

Question: Can you please explain "domicile"? I plan to move from one state to another, and want to make sure I don't have to pay any tax in the state from which I moved? Harry. Answer: The dictionary definition is easy: "a person's fixed, permanent and principal home for legal purposes". But interpreting this is not at all easy. You can have numerous residences, but only one domicile. Many people live in the ...

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Three Simple Ways to Increase Your Home's Value

We all want to make sure that our home not only holds its value, but increases it as well. That way if needs were to change or a move were in order, the home could be sold for a profit, making the move that much easier. Here are a few very simple, quick, ways to make sure that this happens. Get Handy Homeowners often get into a lull with maintaining and fixing broken or worn items in their houses. One thing leads to another, which ...

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Spring Home Maintenance List: Five Things to Check Off Your List

Just as you prepare your home for the winter by covering outside pipes, making sure your heater is working well and removing all of the old leaves and branches from your property, there are also a number of things homeowners should do to ready their homes for warmer weather. With spring in full swing, check out the following list of home-related chores and checkups you may want to do before summer arrives: Check For Pests As plants, ...

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Want To Own Your Home Free And Clear? 7 Ways To Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

There was a time when taking out a mortgage on a house meant you actually planned to stay there long enough to pay it off and own it outright. In many cases, people bought homes, raised their families, retired, and then passed this valuable asset down to their kids. But, largely, this is not the case anymore. The most recent National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers shows that homeowners stay ...

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9 Outdoor Trends You Need To Know

It's time to get outdoors. But if your outdoor area isn't looking its best, it's time to fix it up. We've got the trends you'll want to focus on to give you the best yard on the block. Indoor/outdoor living Outdoor living isn't just about being outside. Today, it's about bringing all the comfort of the indoors out. "The number one trend this year is a seamless transition from your home to your outdoor ...

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Saying Goodbye to Your Garden

You can make parting easier by taking ideas and plants with you Moving is a fact of life for most Americans. About 12 percent of us, or 1 in 9 - will move in any given year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Leaving the gardens we have lovingly designed and tended is a difficult part of any relocation. How do we make it easier on ourselves? What plants can we take with us? Is it best to dig them up, take cuttings or harvest seeds? ...

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Simple DIY Projects That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

Looking to boost the value of your home without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars? You can! Making changes in certain rooms, like the kitchen and bathroom, is more beneficial than in others. These simple DIY projects will help increase your home's value the most. Modernize Fixtures Replacing outlet covers can cost less than a dollar each, but if they have paint or other things on it, it's a good change. While you're ...

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You're Not Too Young To Incorporate Universal Design Features Into Your Renovation

The idea of growing old have you freaked out? You're in good company. But when it comes to renovating and updating our homes, maybe we all need to get over ourselves a little. That's what some proponents of universal design say, anyway. What is universal design and where is it being applied? Universal design is "a principle aimed at making buildings, environments and products accessible to the broadest possible ...

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New Designs In Cabinet Refacing

You may be one of the fortunate homeowners whose kitchen just needs an update instead of a full remodel. Cabinet refacing is an economical option that can give your kitchen a quick makeover in no time. Rather than gutting your cabinets and replacing them with new ones, cabinet refacing allows you to update the exterior of the cabinets you already have. It's also a fabulous way to add contemporary design elements to your space, both with ...

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Think Your Credit Score Is Too Low To Buy A House? Maybe Not

When it comes to your credit score, how low is too low? The number you really need to buy a house. We all know that when it comes to buying a house, there are a few things we need, like a down payment and a good enough credit score to qualify for a loan. But what does a "good enough credit score" really mean? Does your credit history have to be impeccable? Can you have a couple of boo-boos? And, if you do have issues on your ...

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The Definitive, No-Fail Way To Pick A Neighborhood You'll Love

Nothing stinks more than finding a home, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, moving yourself your family your pets and all your stuff, and ending up with buyer's remorse. Especially if you're relocating to another area, it can be hard to know where to go, or even where to start. These tips will help you keep on track to find the best neighborhood for your needs. Check the lists Whether you're looking to move across ...

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Family Friendly Kitchen Ideas

It can be easy to get carried away in the kitchen. And we're not talking about cooking. This area is typically the most used, most coveted, and most expensive part of the house to deck out. And if you have kids, extra measures might need to be taken in order to create a kitchen that is family friendly and still as sexy as you want it to be. Whether you're just building a home, renovating your existing kitchen, or want to come up ...

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10 Totally Free Tips For Getting Your Home Sold Quickly

Staging your home is a critical step in getting it sold, but all the recommended updates and upgrades can get pricey. Thankfully, there are tricks you can use to make your home look bigger, better, and brighter, without spending a dime. 1. Fix up your floors Don't want to pay to replace or refinish your floors? No prob. Grab a brown crayon to fill in divots. A one-to-one mix of olive oil and vinegar rubbed directly on scratched ...

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Paying For College? Why Your House Can Be A Windfall

Some of us are deep in the land of college tours and scholarship research and trying to learn all we can about how to get our kids into their preferred school, and pay for it without having to pack up and live with them in their dorm. And, by "some of us", I mean Yours Truly. And by "deep in," I mean sinking into a world of confusion and despair and conflicting information and Google searches like, "How much can I get ...

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What You Can Do At Home To Help Stop Climate Change

Canada's National Research Council recently launched a new initiative to address the impact of climate change. The agency is upgrading building codes, specifications, guidelines and assessment tools. It plans to release new specifications for the design of houses, buildings, roads, bridges, water systems and transit networks by 2020. The $40 million project has the "potential to have a profound impact on the Canadian ...

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What's Replacing The Home Office

If you're thinking about getting rid of your home office, or you're trying to decide between a home office and creating another type of space in a new home, you have options. Use this guide to learn more about what's replacing the home office. 1. Family Rooms Spending time with your family should be important. Even if your kids are on their phones and everybody wants to watch something different on TV, quality time ...

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Sellers: Avoid The Downside of Hot Markets

Are real estate values on the rise in your neighborhood? Do you feel under siege from real estate professionals who have eager buyers interested in your property? Before you get swept away with the promise of a record sale price for your house, condominium unit, or recreational property, there is an important question to ask yourself: What housing choices will I have after selling? When eager buyers out number listings, that's a ...

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Lessons Learned To Avoid A Stressful Move

As a designer, she'd helped others move. But her own move proved a bigger challenge It's been said that moving is one of life's most traumatic events, right up there with switching jobs and losing a loved one. Having experienced all three - and having just recently moved with a toddler in tow - I can honestly confirm that, yep, moving is pretty stressful. We decided to move when our rent rose higher than what we were willing ...

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What Not To Do When Selling Your Home

Unless you've never bought or sold a house before and have never looked at home listings or watched a single show about real estate (which is pretty hard these days), you have some semblance of an idea of how your home should look when you go to sell it. You probably also have a clue about how best to show off that home in photos (or, at least, you know the importance of showing off that home in photos), even if you personally lack the ...

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A Guide To Interior Painting In Your New Home

If you just bought a house, painting it is no doubt high on your to-do list. Painting before you move in is the easiest way to get the job done because you won't have furniture and decorative items in the way. However, some people prefer to live in a new home first to see how natural light affects the space. Regardless of when you decide to paint, there are lots of things to consider before, during and after you put brush or roller ...

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Chic Small Space Solutions That Bring Big Impact

Size doesn't always matter. Your small space doesn't have to suffer just because you don't have thousands of square feet to deck out. Perhaps it's an outgrowth of the tiny home movement or perhaps it's the fact that retailers have gotten smarter about the fact that not every living can accommodate a grand piano and a couch that seats 20, but there are more chic small-space solutions out than ever before. You can use a ...

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Appraisals Can Be Challenged

Question: We are refinancing our home to replace an adjustable rate mortgage with a good fixed rate loan. Unfortunately, the appraisal came in low and when I received the copy from the mortgage company I noticed many errors, some of which are significant. For example, the appraisal statet my home is stone and frame instead of stone and brick. It also omits a finished bedroom in the basement and a porch. The appraiser is reluctant to make ...

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Five Sanity-Saving Strategies For Home Construction

Is this the year you begin construction of your dream house? What have you done to ensure your dream does not turn into the nightmare that house building has become for too many? If you purchase a custom-built home from a subdivision developer, you may believe its construction will be smooth sailing, with just a few choices of interior and exterior finishes to resolve. If you buy an amazing lot and hire an architect and contractor to ...

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Landscape Tips To Help With Finding Home Buyers

A functional and beautiful kitchen, flowing floor plan, plenty of storage, and spacious master bathroom will help win buyers' hearts. However, often before they see those areas, they see your landscape. It's the curb appeal theory that I'm talking about. Some buyers will decide based on the look of the outside of your home whether they'll even bother to come inside. If your front yard is cluttered, your exterior paint is ...

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are the top five reasons: 1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers Recent studies have shown that 94% of buyers search online for a home. That is in ...

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Summary Of Multiple Offers Will Also Be Useful

Last week's column discussed California's new Summary of Offer formthat was designed for listing agents to present to their clients who were likely to be a bit overwhelmed by the standard eight-page offer to purchase. Judging by the emails I received, California is certainly not the only state where such a form would be a useful tool for listing agents and their clients. If a single offer to purchase can be difficult for typical ...

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Trend Alert: Convert a Dresser or Vintage Desk Into a Unique Bathroom Vanity

It's one of Houzz's deign trends for 2017, and it gives you a chance to express your style, add a character piece to your home, and maybe even save some money at the same time. It's the bathroom vanity conversion, and it just might inspire you to make a change for the better. "If you're having trouble finding the right premanufactured vanity for your home, try thinking outside the cabinet box," said Houzz. ...

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Going Green This Spring: 7 Green Home Improvement Projects For Your Specific Budget

Going green has been a trending topic over the last decade and will continue to be one of the real estate industry's most talked about subjects moving forward. Unfortunately, many homeowners feel that improving the environmental friendliness of their home is an expensive and unattainable goal. The reality is that most green improvements actually save you money in the long run. So, as good weather returns and extra money from tax returns ...

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Interior Design Tips for Renting Out Your Home

As Airbnb and other short-term rental sites gain in popularity, property owners are putting more consideration into curating their spaces to cater to guests. Thoughtful design can make a home feel fresh, unique and inviting - qualities that are exceptionally important when your space moonlights as a vacation rental. A little effort can go a long way in making your place hospitable and appealing to prospective renters. Here are a few design ...

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Insurance And Animal Bites

Question: My condominium association is overrun with dogs. We are concerned that someone will be injured, and we will be sued because we did not impose the proper precautions. What should we do? Anne. Answer: Over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) almost half were children. And 1 out of 5 bites become infected, with such diseases as rabies, MRSA -- a type of ...

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How To Create A Great Accent Wall

Bringing color into your space doesn't require you to splash paint up everywhere. Sometimes, focusing on just one wall can have even greater impact, or at least allow you to slowly get used to the idea of color before you take the four-wall plunge. "An accent wall can be a perfect way to break up a large room, to emphasize a particularly great architectural feature, or to instill a sense of the extraordinary in an otherwise ...

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What You Can Expect Your First Year In A New Home

  Moving can be exciting, and it can also be scary. It can be smooth sailing or so wrought with silly (or serious) issues that your cat peeing in the box of towels because you haven't unpacked his cat dish yet sends you into the kind of rolling-on-the-ground, slapping-your-leg, crying-big-fat-tears laughter that makes your family wonder if you need medical intervention. And that's just the beginning of the adventure. In the ...

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Easy Ways to Save a Bundle on Your Next Home

Do you see yourself with a yard and a white picket fence — or a fancy front door and a fireplace? If so, you're not alone. One in four Americans (about 59 million) are considering buying a home this year, according to a new Bankrate.com report, and older millennials, Gen Xers, and minorities are leading the charge. Before you put your name on that mailbox, there are a few important things to consider first. Look at Your Financial ...

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Why Do Home Buyers Wait For Spring?

Why do they wait until the competition ramps up and all the other buyers are ready to buy? Why do buyers wait for the "hot" spring market with its price increases and multiple offers? Some buyers delay because they are doing what is expected - "we're always done it this way" thinking is common in real estate.Others may need the first warm rays of sun and the fragrance of spring flowers for motivation.There may be ...

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Shipping Container Homes: Yay Or Nay?

Shipping container homes were borne, at least in part, out of a desire to live efficiently and affordably. After all, a skilled DIYer can build a home out of a couple of containers for about the price of a mid-size car. But what if you love the idea of living in a container home, but building one…not so much? Or maybe you're not so keen on the way the containers look, even if you embrace the idea for other reasons. With the ...

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Historic Homes: What To Know Before You Buy

You've fallen in love with an old Victorian house and want to bring her back to her glory days. With dreams of starting the next row of "painted ladies," you close the deal. You may already have some ideas of things you want to do to your new home, but before you make any changes to the structure itself, do a little research and make sure you have the answers to these three questions: 1. Is your home designated as historic ...

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Pets Have Pull for Homebuyers and Renters

Three bathrooms? Check. Garage? Check. Doggy door? Check. Pets are family—and homes have to accommodate family. According to a recently released report by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 81 percent of Americans say their pets play a role in their housing situation—so much so that 89 percent say they would not give up their pet due to a housing restriction. What’s more: Nineteen ...

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3 STEPS TO SAVING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME

According to Harvard University's "State of the Nation's Housing" report, while more people than ever before want to own their own home, fewer feel financially ready to do so yet. Reasons range from high rents to student loan debt. Millennials, in particular, are waiting longer to get married, start families and purchase their first home. But this is not necessarily bad news for the housing market. In fact, it could mean ...

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MAXIMIZE YOUR LISTING PRICE WHILE MINIMIZING YOUR EXPENSE

It’s almost spring and in many parts of the country the housing market is already starting to thaw. Some markets like Denver, Seattle, and Portland are red hot. According to the S & P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Index, prices nationwide are up 5.6 percent as of November 2016. Pricing your house correctly and increasing appeal with low-cost, high-value upgrades can mean more offers. The Price is Right There’s ...

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CAN YOU TRUST ZILLOW'S HOME PRICE ZESTIMATE? IN A WORD: NO.

I got an email from Zillow last week. Seems my house has gone up in value another $2,000+ dollars in the past 30 days. And it's going to rise another 3.5% in the next year, according to their Zestimate®. Fab! Except that it's just speculation. When it comes to Zillow's Zestimates, you have to take the numbers with a grain of salt. Make that a big shake of salt, right over your shoulder. And maybe a stiff drink. And a frank ...

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CONDO RENTERS: A POTENTIAL ASSET

Question: We have been renting a condominium unit in a fairly large complex for the last several years, and our current plans are to stay here for several more years. For financial and other personal reasons, we do not want to buy. However, quite frankly we feel that we are second class citizens in this condominium complex. We recognize that we cannot serve on the Board of Directors. However, we want to get involved in various condominium ...

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TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY: IS NOW THE TIME?

The US Census Bureau recently revealed that the US homeownership rate declined to 62.9%, the lowest level reported in 51 years of Census tracking. This statistic does not signal impending doom. Since 2006, there has been a decline from peak ownership rates which is attributed in part to responsible lending practices and shifting demographic patterns. What is significant about this statistic is that it can give those intent on ...

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8 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE

Moving into a new house? Your task list doesn't end once you pack up your old place - and we're not just talking about all the fun unpacking you have ahead of you. There's a few more things you're going to want to do before you get in and start living it up. Change the locks It doesn't make you paranoid to want new locks on the doors to your home. It makes you smart. "Who knows how many people have keys to ...

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THE DO'S AND DON'TS OF FLIPPING HOUSES

So you want to flip a house, do ya? Who doesn't?! The real question is, can you hack it? Here's the thing. You can watch Flip or Flop and see that, despite all the drama in every episode (disagreement about floors/kitchen/overall spend, unpermitted addition/scary mold situation/ridiculous electrical nightmare that's going to derail the whole thing) they still pretty much always make money. And that money is enticing. ...

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HOME LOOKING DRAB? BOOSTING CURB APPEAL IS EASY AND WORTH IT

Improving the curb appeal of your home will not only bring a smile to your face when you pull up after a long day, but it will leave you smiling all the way to the closing table. Boosting the exterior aesthetic of your home adds to your enjoyment, but also can dramatically improve the value at resale. By focusing on the three main areas of your home's exterior, you'll be proud no matter who is driving by. Improving the driveway, ...

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USE TECHNOLOGY FOR ATTRACTING SERIOUS HOME BUYERS

ERA Real Estate and HGTV reported 46 percent of consumers see smart-home technology as important for their current and future residences. But luxury homebuyers are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. According to Digital Interiors, 94 percent of buyers surveyed would sacrifice 1,000 square feet of living space for more technology in their new home. Oversized houses are no longer the driving trend in the luxury real estate market and agents ...

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HOME RENOVATIONS ON A BUDGET

If you’re looking to get the best return on your investment or just improve your property to attract high quality tenants, a kitchen remodel is one of the highest value projects. The most recent cost vs. value report, released in January 2014, shows that property owners will recoup 82.7 percent of the cost on a minor kitchen remodel, an increase of more than five percent over 2013. The good news is that high value renovations ...

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COMPARING NEW INTERIOR DESIGN STANDARDS

Buyers willing to pay top dollar for "the latest thing" may consider rooms featuring last year's - or older - design details less valuable, even ready for a "total gut job." Technology has sped everything up, so it's not surprising that interior design is also on fast-forward. Styles and finishes of kitchen hardware, bathroom fixtures, lighting details, and other decorative elements no longer stay in fashion for ...

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COUNTERTOP PROS AND CONS: WHAT TO CHOOSE AND WHY

Wondering how to choose a countertop for your kitchen? With so much to pick from, it can be challenging - especially with changing trends and so many options that are at similar price points. This pro and con list should help. Quartz Quartz is the most popular choice in countertops today because of its easy maintenance and seemingly unending array of looks, from sleek and modern to options that mimic the appearance of exotic stone and ...

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU WERE COUNTING ON THE MORTGAGE PREMIUM CUT

About that FHA mortgage interest premium (MIP) reduction we wrote about earlier this month…well, never mind. The cut that would have "lowered premiums to 0.60 percent, saving FHA-insured borrowers with a closing date on or after Jan. 27, 2017 an average $500 this year," said RIS Media, is dead. The official word from the Trump administration is "suspended indefinitely," but few believe the cut will be ...

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AIRBNB: PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM CONDOS

It is estimated that over one million visitors came to Washington for the innauguration - some to applaud and some to protest our new President. Where did all these people stay? Some were in hotels, although room rates in downtown places were astronomical; others stayed with friends. And many signed up for lodging with AIRBNB, which had expected more than 10,000 renters would be staying for the long weekend in over 6,000 listed ...

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SELLING YOUR HOME THIS YEAR? 6 REASONS TO RENOVATE NOW!

Face it. Your home's not perfect. You may keep up with general maintenance, and perhaps you're meticulously clean. But how old is your kitchen? Do your paint colors reflect current trends? Could your living room use some updating? When it comes to selling your home today, it's got to be perfect, or buyers will simply move on to the next option. Doing some renovations, whether that means overhauling areas that are long overdue for a ...

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ROOM FOR 2: FIRST-TIME HOME BUYING TIPS FOR NEWLYWEDS

Buying or selling a house is more stressful than getting divorced, going bankrupt or getting fired, according to a survey of 2,000 adults by EstatesDirect.com. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by home buying with your loved one, you’re not alone. Figuring out how to merge your lifestyles, budgets and expectations can be difficult, but doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Turn home buying as a newlywed into an empowering ...

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START 2017 WITH A MINIMALIST HOME

There are many ways to create a minimalist home in 2017. Here are a few tips to help you create a clutter-free living space for the New Year: Be Creative with Storage Look for creative ways to improve the storage situation in your home so that you can keep important items without having your house look like it's overrun with clutter. This could be as simple as purchasing and assembling sliding drawers that use up the wasted space ...

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A GUIDE TO HOME INSULATION MATERIALS

Insulation is one of those building products that you never see, because it is usually covered up by something else. But if you don't have enough, or if it is installed incorrectly, you're wasting energy and paying more for heating and cooling than is necessary. There are a number of insulation products you can use to prevent energy loss. However, it is important to realize that insulation is only one part of a two-prong approach to ...

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IS NOW THE BEST TIME EVER TO BUY YOUR FIRST HOME?

If you've been thinking about buying your first home, talk of rising mortgage rates may have you worried. But, the reality is that this may be one of the best opportunities for first-time buyers in recent memory. Conditions were already good for first-timers with new, super-low down payment loans. But the FHA's announcement that they would be cutting mortgage-insurance premiums makes buying even more advantageous. "The annual fees ...

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TWO STEPS TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS ON TRACK AND WORKING FOR YOU

As we wake up from the holiday haze, most of us think of some new year resolutions. The sense of renewal seems like powerful fuel for change, and it inspires brave efforts. But sadly, most of the time, these resolutions end up being set aside all too quickly. One of the reasons this happens is that they often don't show immediate results, and take a lot of effort to accomplish. Fortunately, when it comes to real estate, there are some great ...

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ESSENTIAL INSPECTIONS FOR A GREEN AND HEALTHY HOME

The typical U.S. household spends about $2,150 on residential energy bills every year, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. However, LEED-certified homes are designed to use between 30 and 60 percent less energy than traditional houses. Homeowners can save thousands of dollars over the course of several years with a LEED-certified home and also reduce exposure to unhealthy indoor environments. But how do you really know that ...

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GET YOUR HOME READY FOR YOUR SENIOR YEARS

Downsizing to a condominium or apartment isn't in everyone's retirement plan. In fact, many people don't want to give up their home or their community just because the years are marching on. Forty-seven per cent of pre-retired and 56 per cent of retired survey respondents said "staying in my home is critical for my quality of life," according to a 2015 HomEquity Bank/The Brondesbury Group's retirement study of ...

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7 INTERIOR TRENDS THAT ARE "OUT" FOR 2017

Whether you're renovating to sell your home or just for your personal pleasure, you always want to make sure your place is in style. And as trends come and go, it's important to pay attention to the features, finishes and items that will keep your house nicely updated. Not only will this keep you feeling like you have a modern space, but it will also be appealing to buyers should you choose to move. So if you've currently got a few ...

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HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME IN 2017

It's 2017. Now what? Yes, the new year is typically a time for hope and renewal and for those who are looking to sell - and simultaneously buy - a home, it can represent a fresh start. But this year, political and social realities are giving some would-be home sellers pause. Thankfully, the real estate market continues to show real strength, with many housing experts projecting home sales prices and inventory to rise in 2017, replacing ...

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10 Anti-Burglary Tips for Your Sellers

When your clients are opening their doors to the public for showings, they need to take extra precautions. Share these suggestions to help them keep their belongings safe. DECEMBER 2016 | BY TRACEY HAWKINS   After Christmas, many people put the empty boxes their expensive gifts came in out on the curb. What do you think that says to potential burglars? It screams, “I just got a brand-new TV! Come and rob me!” ...

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ADDING AN OUTDOOR FIREPLACE: WHAT TO CHOOSE AND WHAT YOU'LL SPEND

Depending on where you live, outdoor living could be a year-round reality. Or, maybe once December hits, the backyard is generally off-limits until the first signs of spring. But, no matter what your address, an outdoor fireplace can bring added enjoyment to your home, extend the usability of your outdoor space, and maybe add some value to at the same time. One of the benefits to outdoor fireplaces is "their ability to add extra square ...

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Economist: Missoula's housing price increases outpace all but two American metro areas

Between 1990 and 2015, housing prices in Missoula rose 114 percent – even when adjusting for inflation. That means that housing prices in Missoula have grown faster than places like San Francisco, Seattle, Miami and New York. In fact, only two other metro areas have had a higher increase in median home sales prices: Boulder, Colorado and Casper, Wyoming. That’s according to Bryce Ward, an economist with the Bureau of ...

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THE MOVING-DAY SURVIVAL KIT LIFESAVING ITEMS AND NICETIES

Gather these must-haves in advance for a smooth move and more comfortable first days in your new home. The day I moved into my very first house did not go smoothly. I had to drive from Boston to Atlanta, and I had tarried too long with friends in Virginia along the way, not realizing that every RV in the Southeast combined with seemingly endless construction between Roanoke and Charlotte would create Phish-concert-caliber traffic. I spent ...

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6 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR AVOIDING HOLIDAY DISASTERS

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of enjoyment, relaxation and love between family and friends. But it only takes one accident to turn your holiday celebration into a holiday disaster. Here are a few essential tips to ensure your holidays go off without a hitch: Tip 1 - Keep Your Overnight Guests Comfortable There's nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than a hot shower -- especially during colder weather. Be sure to set ...

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One of your monthly housing bills may get bigger

[Housing and the Trump administration] Housing and the Trump administration  Wednesday, 7 Dec 2016 | 2:52 PM ET | 04:39 Interest rates are rising, and while most homeowners today have fixed-rate mortgages, millions of them also have home equity lines of credit (HELOC), which are suddenly getting more expensive. These second loans are generally adjustable rate, tied to shorter term interest rates, and that means the payment ...

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4 ECO-FRIENDLY HOUSEHOLD BRANDS

When you and your family are looking for household brands you can trust, look for companies that are safe for both your loved ones and the environment. Here are four household brands that are eco-friendly and have their eye toward sustainable practices. Continental Tires With the help of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology, Julius Kuehn- Institute and EKUSA, companies like Continental Tires are revolutionizing the future of ...

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7 REASONS YOU SHOULD BUY YOUR NEXT HOME RIGHT NOW

Get off the fence. This might be the best time to buy a home you're going to see for a while. Here's why. Less competition for homes Tired of having to duke it out for available homes and then losing out to higher offers? That's a reality in many of today's hot real estate markets, where bidding wars are the norm. In some micro-markets, all-cash offers are king. It's hard to compete in that kind of environment, which is ...

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ASK THE HOA EXPERT: UNAUTHORIZED MAINTENANCE

Question: One of our board member performs unauthorized maintenance and pesters unit owner about minor rule infractions. What can we do? Answer: Communicate with him directly, clearly and specifically. Explain that performing unauthorized maintenance undermines the budget and the system for addressing maintenance. Provide him details about specific complaints by owners. Explain that his independent actions undermine board authority. ...

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FOUR HOLIDAY LISTS TO AVOID

December is a busy month for so many reasons, not the least of which are the holidays. With a lot of fun to be had and so much that must be done during the month or at least by month's end, "to do" lists and lists of lists abound. To help you reduce stress, have fun, and contribute to the joy of the season, here are four lists to avoid during the holidays: List #1: Avoid being added to the "must buy a gift for" ...

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SEVEN 2017 HOME TRENDS YOU'RE GOING TO WANT NOW

We know what you're thinking: New year, new style. But if you're getting ready to make some updates to your home or incorporate some stylish new pieces, how do you know which way to go? Trend forecasters have been hitting the interior design, furniture, and furnishings shows, and we've got our edit of the hot, upcoming looks right here. Get colorful Could gray be on its way out? The go-to color for walls and more walls and also ...

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THE SUPER-QUICK, REALLY EASY, LAST-MINUTE GUIDE TO MAKING YOUR HOUSE GUEST READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

It never fails. You have weeks, or even months, to get your house in order before family arrives to celebrate the holidays. But now it's days, or even hours, before their arrival, and well, you're nowhere near ready. Heed a few tips to get your house in great shape before the family descends on you. Know where to go You don't need to deep-clean every inch of your house. There are lots of places your guests will probably never ...

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A QUICK DOWNSIZING QUIZ FOR THE UNDECIDED

On the fence about downsizing? We help you decide whether that fencing should encircle a mansion or a mini trailer. We all consider downsizing for different reasons. Maybe we’re sick and tired of the maintenance and upkeep of a large home. It could be that we’re weary of the financial burden, or of being tied to a house and yard. Perhaps we want a smaller footprint for greener living. But is downsizing really for you? If your ...

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LEASE-OPTION AGREEMENT SHOULD BE CAREFULLY DRAWN

Question. Eighteen months ago, when we were having great difficulty selling our house, we entered into a lease option. Our prospective purchaser agreed to move in, pay rent for 18 months and then have the right to buy the property at the end of that term. It now appears our buyer will not be able to carry through with his option. What happens then? Does the buyer lose the deposit and the lease payments? Answer. That is a good question. It ...

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MAKE DECORATING CHOICES THAT ARE KINDER TO ANIMALS

Animal lovers will be happy to know there's another way to be kinder to their furry friends. And it all starts at home. Many people aren't aware that they can opt for cruelty-free products when decorating their homes, says Sasha Josipovicz, creative director of Studio Pyramid in Toronto. You can start by simply choosing manmade, cruelty-free options instead of wool, fur, leather, down and exotic skins, he says. And we're not ...

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SELLING YOUR HOME SOON? USE HOLIDAY SALES TO MAKE SMART, INEXPENSIVE UPDATES

If you're thinking about selling your house, or if it's just in need of a little love, taking advantage of sales throughout the holiday season can help you add a little pizazz or make it more attractive to the potential next owner. Knowing what to look for and what to stay away from this season can help you make smart buys. Patio furniture When the weather turns cold, retailers who have remaining summer furniture stock on hand need ...

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THANKSGIVING 2016 SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO GET THROUGH THIS YEAR'S GATHERING WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE

For many people across the country, Thanksgiving represents a time of togetherness when the entire brood can gather around the table and sink into some family love - and a vat of mashed potatoes. For others, it's a terrifying time of strife and stress. Well, get ready for the "normal" fabric of family dynamics to be stretched to its limits this year. In the aftermath of the most contentious U.S. election of our time, nerves are ...

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2016 HOMEBUYER SURVEY CONTAINS VALUABLE INFORMATION FOR AGENTS AND HOME SELLERS

One of the most useful research projects of the National Association of REALTORS®(NAR) is the annual survey of homebuyers and sellers. It is particularly useful because it shows sellers and their agents what works and what sources buyers use to find their new homes. This is the 35th year that NAR has conducted an annual survey of those who have purchased and sold homes. The most recent version (2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers) ...

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WHAT ALL THIS STUDENT DEBT TODAY MEANS FOR THE HOUSING MARKET OF TOMORROW

There is a truism that youth imparts a feeling of invulnerability. Indeed, many young people will fly down flights of stairs, ski the break-neck slopes and eschew medical insurance more eagerly than their elders. Living in the moment is more common among teens and 20-somethings. Thus parents, grandparents, teachers and coaches admonish their youth about personal responsibility and investing for the future, sometimes to little avail. If any ...

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2016 HOMEBUYER SURVEY CONTAINS VALUABLE INFORMATION FOR AGENTS AND HOME SELLERS

One of the most useful research projects of the National Association of REALTORS®(NAR) is the annual survey of homebuyers and sellers. It is particularly useful because it shows sellers and their agents what works and what sources buyers use to find their new homes. This is the 35th year that NAR has conducted an annual survey of those who have purchased and sold homes. The most recent version (2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers) ...

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HELP FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS FIND A WAY TO COVER CLOSING COSTS

Orlando -- Let's talk about first time home buyers and why they need you to help them find their home and how you can help them with closing costs. Without costing you a cent. According to the 35th edition of National Association of Realtors 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, it looks to me like Realtors need to learn more about cash flow than financing. From the Profile: First-time buyers who financed their home typically ...

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THE PURCHASE YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO IGNORE

Real estate owners who stay in touch with their neighbors can be first in line when the neighbor of an abutting property wants to sell. Abutting or adjoining properties are neighboring real estate with at least part of one boundary touching part of your property. If you own a house, semi-detached, recreational property, or even a condominium unit and the owner of a property bordering on yours considers selling, you want to be among the ...

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YOU MAY THINK IT'S TRASH BUT IT COULD BE TREASURE

Stephen Ranger walked into "one of the worst houses in the city" and found a rolled up blanket under the bed. The find -- a Second Phase Navajo chief's blanket worth more than $100,000, -- was unexpected. A find such as this is rare, says Ranger, vice-president of Waddington's Auctioneers in Toronto, but it does happen. So when you decide to downsize or purge, it's a good idea to call in an expert before you toss ...

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QUICK QUESTION: WHAT'S THE RIGHT PRICE?

Important real estate questions can often be asked quickly —"What's the right sale price?" or "What's the right list price?"— however, the answers may take a while. A question may be simple to ask, but the answer is usually complex because real estate is complicated. Even when the person answering is very familiar with the subject, arriving at the "right"— best fit, complete, and accurate ...

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RENOVATIONS TO THINK ABOUT NOW IF YOU WANT A HOLIDAY-READY HOME

Extended family descending on your house this year? Don't panic. If you start now, you can have a holiday-ready home by the time Aunt Brenda and her brood shows up. "We say it every year - the holidays will be here before we know it," said Prime Lending. "For many people, that means hosting parties, welcoming overnight guests and opening your home to unexpected drop-in visitors. You may be thinking it would be great to ...

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IMPORTANT TIPS FOR CHOOSING A FIRE PIT

We've all been waiting for the sun to come out so we can enjoy a little more time outdoors. As my clients begin to get their backyard entertaining spaces up and running again, there is almost always talk of a fire pit. There's just something about gathering around a fire at the end of the evening with some hot chocolate or a glass of wine that's as warm as the fire itself. If you're thinking of adding an outdoor fire pit, here ...

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THE 2017 REAL ESTATE FORECAST: HOT WITH A CHANCE OF SCORCHING!

According to forecasts just released from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the Mortgage Bankers' Association (MBA), and Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, "We can expect a hot year for home sales in 2017," saidRealtor Mag, the NAR's official magazine. "NAR is predicting existing-home sales to reach 6 million in 2017, higher than its 5.8 million forecast for this year. But other entities are even more ...

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THE BEST REAL ESTATE ARTICLE EVER WRITTEN

This is the best real estate article ever written. You don't believe that, and you shouldn't. Which is precisely the reason that the statement -- that in some sense or other may be considered false -- is neither misleading nor deceptive. It fools no one. It is puffery. Puffery, like most terms, is subject to varying definitions; but these seem to be the most common elements: It is an expression of opinion, not a representation of ...

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LAWN CARE FOR THE FALL: ESSENTIAL TIPS TO FOLLOW

All summer you've been watering, cutting, trimming and feeding your yard in the hopes of having the greenest plot of land in the neighborhood. So what should you do to get your lawn in shape for the cool breezes of autumn? These six steps will help you get a head start on the colder weather. Aeration and Overseeding If you live in a climate with cool-season grass, fall is the perfect time to aerate your lawn because the air is ...

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Drop in refinancing pushes mortgage applications lower by 0.7%

Mortgage borrowers are clearly getting used to near-record low interest rates. A drop in rates last week did nothing to juice refinances, which are usually very rate-sensitive. Total mortgage application volume decreased 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Refinance volume, which now accounts for 62.7 percent of all applications, fell 2 percent from ...

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VACATION RENTAL OWNERS AND CITIES SEEK ALTERNATIVES TO A LOCKOUT

The vacation rental market seems to be going through a bit of a challenge as of late, with many cities opting to just shut down or limit the options for the vacation rental owners. I have had conversations in a few cities around the country about why they are not allowing vacation rentals via the sites that have been so successful for the home owners/hosts. The bottom line has been because of  the number of complaints from the neighbors of ...

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IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOME INSPECTIONS

If you're hiring someone to inspect the home you want to buy, or you're a seller trying to find out if there are any hidden problems that need fixing before you put your home on the market, here are five things you need to know: 1. You can choose your home inspector. Your real estate professional can recommend an inspector, or you can find one on your own. Members of the National Association of Home Inspectors, Inc. (NAHI), ...

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STOP TAKING YOUR OWN PHOTOS AND 6 OTHER REAL ESTATE NO-NO'S THAT COULD SINK YOUR HOME SALE

Selling a home has its challenges. Maybe the couple across the street just listed their house, which you know has an amazing, redone kitchen that makes your dated kitchen seem even more sad. Maybe values on your street or in your neighborhood aren't appreciating the way you want them to. Or maybe you're getting transferred and you have to sell - and find something new in your future city - in what seems like an impossibly short amount of ...

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NEW ONLINE EDUCATION EMPOWERS HOME BUYERS

What you don't know can hurt you when you're buying real estate or arranging a mortgage. The worse cases are those where home buyers don't realize how they have lost out - now and over years of homeownership. Some eventually end up with financial problems that cost them the home. Other wanna-be buyers lose out completely and don't achieve ownership. Too many give up before they even investigate how to own their own home. In ...

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WHY THE "BEST PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY" MAY BE ALL WRONG FOR YOU

For those who are looking to relocate, the idea of starting over in a new city can be exciting. But deciding exactly where to do it isn't always easy. If there isn't a job or another factor dictating the "where," how do you know where to go? For most people today, a few (hundred) Google searches are part of the process. "Best of" lists can help narrow the field. Search "Best place to live" and you'll ...

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10 FALL HOME IMPROVEMENT TIPS

Now that summer gear has been stowed away, it's time to focus on fall home improvement projects. According to Vicki Payne, host of the For Your Home with Vicki Payne television show, autumn is the key time to evaluate your home exterior and prepare it for the harsh winter months ahead. "With cooler fall weather comes the realization that your home will soon experience cold, snowy weather," says Payne, a nationally ...

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KITCHEN RENOVATIONS THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

For some, the idea of a kitchen renovation is thrilling. They can't wait to get in there and rip out countertops, replace or paint cabinets, and choose shiny new finishes. Others just had a small anxiety attack upon reading the words "kitchen" and "renovation" together. The idea of redoing a kitchen, especially if it involves demolition and you don't know what surprises await behind the walls, can be scary. And ...

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SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY: 6 GADGETS THAT WILL INCREASE HOME EFFICIENCY

For bolstered efficiency and enhanced convenience, it's worth it to equip your home with the newest technology. There are practical smart home devices that will help you save on utility costs, ensure the safety of your home and assist in home maintenance. There are also more personalized gadgets that will help you monitor health, ensure your pet’s safety, and also provide multifaceted assistance in home management. Tailor your home with ...

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HOW MUCH DOES LOCATION REALLY MATTER WHEN BUYING A HOME?

The old saying, "Location, location, location" is more like a mantra when it comes to real estate. Buy in the wrong one and you could be setting yourself up for financial ruin. Or at least an unhappy experience. Right? In some cases, yes. But also, maybe not so much. Let's get into it. The argument for buying in the best location you can afford You can change your home, adding, updating, and renovating down to the last ...

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AGENTS HAVE OBLIGATIONS TO HONOR CLIENT CONFIDENCES

Often, people tell their real estate agents things that they don't want others to know. These confidences may range from a price that a seller is willing to take to the fact that the principal has recently lost his job, or that his wife has contracted a serious illness. What are the agent's obligations in this regard? When we ask such a question we can be asking about legal obligations or ethical obligations. In this case, ethical ...

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3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INSURING YOUR VACATION HOME

Ready to purchase a summer home along the coast or a winter home in the mountains? Although it may seem like a can't-miss investment, a vacation home could prove to be more expensive than you think, especially when you consider what it takes to insure this residence. Believe it or not, vacation home and homeowners insurance are not interchangeable. Even though vacation home insurance may offer some of the same coverage as a typical ...

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HOW COLORADO'S LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA SPARKED A HOMEBUYING FRENZY

"You're going to Denver? Don't drink the water," he said with a half-chuckle to a passenger. There's THC in it. You don't want to come back and fail a drug test." This helpful statement came courtesy of a TSA agent in the security line at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and, not surprisingly, prompted lots of chatter among the other passengers, and then a bit of research on my end. (The upshot: Earlier ...

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CREATE BIG APPEAL WITH SMALL KITCHENS

Many people complain about small kitchens but tiny spaces aren't always to be dreaded. If you're selling your home and your kitchen is, well, compact, know that you can find ways to achieve big appeal with a little creativity.   Bring in the light.Sometimes small kitchens can be dark, making them feel even smaller. But if you remove the curtains from any windows in your small kitchen, it'll let light in and open up the ...

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HOME SELLERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND LIQUIDATED DAMAGES

Liquated Damages Clause Can BE Valuable, But May Be misunderstood Is a liquidated damages clause a good thing to have in a real estate contract? If so, for whom is it good? The buyer? The seller? Both? Like so many questions in real estate, and life in general, the first answer to such questions is, "It depends." Before we get into that, though, a word about what a liquidated damages clause is. A liquidated damages clause sets in ...

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MAKE ROOM FOR GRAMMA: WHY MULTIGENERATIONAL LIVING IS THE TREND WITH NO END

That guest room you had planned to shelter the occasional out-of-town guest might not stay a guest room for long. And that empty-nest syndrome you've been worried about? It's may not be such a worry after all. Multigenerational living is one of the hottest trends in real estate, and if you haven't yet considered bringing different generations of your family under one roof, it may just be a matter of time. "The number and share ...

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UNDERSTANDING ADVERSE POSSESSION

There is an ancient legal concept in the law known as "adverse possession." If we go back to our history books, this is also known as "squatters rights." The theory of the doctrine of adverse possession is that the person who holds or uses property adversely against the rightful owner should ultimately be entitled to clear title. But not every possession of land will turn into fee simple ownership. As the name of the ...

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NEW HOMES PRICE INCREASES PROJECTED TO OUTSTRIP RESALES

Is this a good time to sell your home? Could be. Especially if you plan to buy a new home. New home prices are increasing faster than resales, a trend expected to continue for months to come, according to , chief economist for Metrostudy. Metrostudy is a national research firm that bases its projections on the personal inspection of every subdivision and development in 33 major markets, in which they do "first-hand" ...

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UNDERSTANDING THE "TAX FREE" EXCHANGE

Residential homeowners have a number of tax benefits, the most important of which is the exclusion of up to $500,000 profit made on the sale of the principal residence. But real estate investors -- large and small -- still have to pay capital gains tax when they sell their investments. And since most investors depreciated their properties over a number of years, they often have to "recapture" the depreciation, as well as paying a lot ...

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SHOULD YOU COSIGN ON YOUR KID'S MORTGAGE? THE CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

If your child is looking to buy a house and can't qualify on their own, you may have thought about consigning on a loan. "It can be a brutal world out there, and you want to help someone you care about. That's a perfectly reasonable argument," said US News. But have you examined the potential consequences of this action? Your good intentions could end up costing you, so you might want to ask yourself a few key questions ...

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'AS IS' CONTRACT MAY STILL REQUIRE CLARIFICATION

It's a good bet that more than a few California real estate agents don't know that the standard purchase form -- TheCalifornia Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA-CA) -- is an "as is" contract. To be sure, the fact is somewhat buried, but there it is, in not-bold print, in section 11 on page 5 (of a 10 page contract), under Condition of Property. It says this: "Unless otherwise agreed in writing: (i) the ...

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TAX TREATMENT OF YOUR VACATION HOME

Question: We own our principal residence which is located in the District of Columbia, and we also have a second home in Delaware by the ocean. I know that when we sell our principal residence, since we are married and have lived in house for many years, we are eligible for the up-to $500,000 exclusion of gain. I know that we can also deduct our mortgage interest and our real estate taxes when we file our annual income tax return. However, we do ...

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6 SMART UPDATES TO MAKE TO YOUR BATHROOM

The idea of renovating your bathroom can be overwhelming, but you don't have to knock down walls or gut the whole thing to make it feel new again. Making smart updates can get you closer to the look you want without the big budget, or the big hassle. "You dream about a bathroom that's high on comfort and personal style, but you also want materials, fixtures, and amenities with lasting value," said houselogic. "Wake ...

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6 WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR ENTRYWAY

  It's funny how one of the most important spaces in your home can often be the most overlooked. The entryway tends to be a place where you just hang your coat, toss your keys into a bowl and take off your shoes - yet this is the first thing your guests see when they enter your home. Doesn't sound very welcoming, does it? It may be small and it may be humble, but your entryway is crucial when it comes to making a good first ...

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SUREFIRE METHODS TO KEEP YOUR NEIGHBORS NOISE OUT

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Are you suffering from clunky neighbors in the upstairs apartment, a newborn baby in the adjoining townhome or a neighbor who loves to mow the yard every Saturday morning? If you're tired of dealing with unwanted noise, consider these surefire methods to block out your neighbors' racket. Install Acoustic Tiles Acoustic ...

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INCORPORATING MIDCENTURY MODERN DESIGN INTO YOUR HOME

If you're seeing midcentury modern furniture and décor everywhere, you're not alone. There hasn't been this much love for the style since, well, the midcentury. Discussions about why it's come back into vogue are rich - and many credit the (now sadly departed) TV show Mad Men for the resurgence. "Midcentury modern style reappeared on our radar screens more than a decade ago, but the wildly popular ...

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4 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING WITH YOUR HOME EQUITY

You may be sitting on a goldmine. Or a small fortune. Or at least a little chunk of cash. Rising home prices across the country means homeowners have some equity. So what can you do with it? More importantly, what should you do with it? If you've got money in your house, you've got some options. "Done wisely, you can use the lower-interest debt secured by your house to pay off debts with high interest rates, like credit ...

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MANY 'FIX-IT' PROJECTS REQUIRE A CONTRACTOR'S LICENSE

It is common for home sellers to need to hire someone to do maintenance or corrective work in order to facilitate a sale. Sometimes such work will be done in order to prepare a house to go on the market. Sometimes it will be done in response to a buyer's "fix-it" list, and sometimes it will be performed in order to meet contractual requirements such as doing what is needed in order to obtain a structural pest control clearance. ...

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TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME SAFE WHEN YOU'RE ON VACATION

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free While you're luxuriating in a tropical locale or in a quaint European town enjoying time with friends or loved ones, thieves could be planning to attack your home and ruin more than your vacation. There are some easy steps you can take to make your home look occupied while you're away and protect your property. "If it ...

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOME INSPECTIONS

If you're hiring someone to inspect the home you want to buy, or you're a seller trying to find out if there are any hidden problems that need fixing before you put your home on the market, here are five things you need to know: 1. You can choose your home inspector. Your real estate professional can recommend an inspector, or you can find one on your own. Members of the National Association of Home Inspectors, Inc. (NAHI), ...

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WHEN IT COMES TO REAL ESTATE, IS IT EVER OK TO OVERPAY?

A story broke this week about how Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff overpaid for his $20 million home. The New York Times called it "ironic" that he paid "over $1 million above its Zestimate" for his 12,732-square-foot Brentwood, CA mansion. Everyone who's had an issue with Zillow's farcical Zestimates calls it "payback." "The next time you're surfing popular real estate listings site Zillow ...

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MOVING TO THE COUNTRY: 8 POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING RURAL PROPERTY

1. Analyze Your Location Not surprisingly, location is an incredibly important aspect to consider before purchasing any piece of land. You'll want to make sure that you're in the right area, because settling in the wrong place and lead to all sorts of hassle and headache which is best avoided if at all possible. When looking at rural property, you'll want to look at what the distance is to other places you'll regularly visit, ...

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THE LAZY HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO LIVING WELL

  Keeping your home looking and functioning great isn't easy. We all have less and less time to do the things we want to do today. Sometimes the "have-tos" can seem overwhelming. But high style and great function don't have to be high maintenance. These products and features can help you to have a great home and minimize the time required to take care of it. 1. Lighter wood floors Dark wood floors can be ...

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THE GENDER GAP IN HOME VALUES

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Another thing for women to get riled up about: According to a new report from RealtyTrac, the gender gap goes beyond the workplace, affecting how much their home is worth. "Buying a home is a better financial move for men than women, as the average market value of homes owned by single men is 10% higher than homes owned by ...

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EXTERMINATING PESTS: A GUIDE TO FAMILY-FRIENDLY IPM PEST WARFARE

Your home is a safe haven for your family, a harbor from the rough waters of life, an abode full of treasured memories and love. But sometimes it can become a home for uninvited guests of the six-legged variety. When this occurs, it's time to take action. Addressing and preventing pest infestations keeps your family healthy and staves off potential damages to your home. Here are the steps necessary to take before and after noticing signs of ...

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BEST U.S. MARKETS TO INVEST IN REAL ESTATE

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Dabbling in the world of real estate investment for the first time can feel like risky business... but if you play your cards right, you can also strike it big. For new would-be investors, this fine line can seem all too easy to cross. So, what's the secret? According to experts, it's all about paying attention to the ...

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IT'S TIME TO REFINANCE YOUR MORTGAGE

  Question. BREXIT is a major financial problem, but I recently heard that mortgage interest loan are almost back to an all-time low. And it does not appear that the Federal Reserve Board will increase the discount rate dramatically before the end of this year. I am interested in refinancing my current 5-1/2% mortgage, and want your advice on how to go about doing this. What costs will be involved, and how do I determine whether ...

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HOME AUTOMATION EVALUATION: WILL AUTOMATING YOUR HOME INCREASE IT'S VALUE?

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Many people are inundated with commercials and advertisements that try to sell home automation to them. For individuals who plan to stay in their houses for their entire lives, the decision to purchase a system depends solely upon their wants. However, people who want to sell their house need to decide if a home automation system is ...

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BREXIT AND U.S. REAL ESTATE: IS BRITAIN'S FOLLY OUR FORTUNE?

Last week, Britain voted to leave the European Union, an unexpected and historic decision that has been scrutinized all over the world - and is causing the kind of political hindsight and regret within Britain that has many asking if the vote can be undone. Or redone. But while Brits wonder what comes next for them, aftershocks are reverberating through the rest of the world. The net worth of the world's top earners got ...

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HOW THE INTERNET ISN'T CHANGING REAL ESTATE Written by Jim Adair on Monday, 27 June 2016 1:53 pm

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free "This is going to change the way real estate is purchased forever!" That's a claim I hear about once a week at the real estate magazine that I edit. Usually it's for a new app or website that provides a nifty way of doing something related to the transaction. But does it change the industry? Not really. Yes, most ...

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7 REASONS QUARTZ COUNTERS ARE THE ANSWER FOR YOUR KITCHEN

Has the tide finally turned on granite? In the last few years, granite has continued to be a popular choice for kitchen counters, but has lost ground to quartz, which is now the go-to for homebuyers and renovators, not to mention design shows and flippers. If you're getting ready to redo your kitchen or are building a new home, here are all the reasons to swaddle your counters in quartz. 1. Endless options Whether you're looking for ...

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THE 'PS' OF COMMUNITY LIVING: RULES ENFORCEMENT

Question: We live in a nice community, but every so often someone breaks one of our rules. Sometimes the infraction is minor -- such as washing their car on the public street. Other times, the violation is more serious, such as yelling, arguing and even threatening people. The violators may be unit owners or tenants. Can you outline in general terms what our Board of Directors can do to curtail these various infractions? Answer: In my years of ...

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9 REASONS TO VISIT A HOME AT NIGHT BEFORE BUYING

Everyone knows someone who knows someone who moved into what seemed like a perfectly great house on a perfectly nice street only to have a complete nightmare unfold. But the truth is that your neighbor doesn't have to be practicing Santeria on the front lawn for you to hate where you live. So many things can turn what seems like your dream home into a disaster. You may not be able to avoid every one of them, but doing your due diligence can ...

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Snow Bowl Race tonight!

June 8: Snowbowl Course 6:15pm start – $20 or buy a punch card! Parking and staging is available at the Snowbowl parking lot. The course will incorporate dirt road climbs and singletrack descents on snowbowl.

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Highlights from XC!

      Highlights from Wed. XC Race No. 1! More to come! Have a great weekend! #wmtrail #mtb #bike #zootown #missoula #montana A video posted by Western Montana Trail Series (@wmtrail) on May 27, 2016 at 2:33pm PDT   Highlights from Wed. XC Race No. 1! More to come! Have a great weekend! #wmtrail #mtb #bike #zootown #missoula #montana A video posted by Western Montana Trail Series ...

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Wednesday Night Race League, Marshall Mtn!

Parking and staging is available at the Snowbowl parking lot. The course will incorporate dirt road climbs and singletrack descents on snowbowl. This is the Wednesday Night Race League series finale, so bring your A-game for during the race as well as the awards ceremony and party afterwards!

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Montana XC continues at SnowBowl this Wednesday!

June 8: Snowbowl Course 6:15pm start – $20 or buy a punch card! Parking and staging is available at the Snowbowl parking lot. The course will incorporate dirt road climbs and singletrack descents on snowbowl.

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DIY OR EXPERT EDITION: 4 HOME RENO PROJECTS AND WHO SHOULD HANDLE THEM

As summer rolls around and the days grow longer and hotter, the kids are finally out of school and the pool water should be approaching an ideal temperature. Right now, home improvement projects are probably the last thing on your mind. But as it turns out, the warmest months are actually the perfect time to take a good look around your property and get to tackling some of those plans you have been putting off. Many projects ...

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4 TIPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR NEW HOME'S VALUE

Unfortunately, you can't just expect to buy a home and have its value automatically rise along with inflation and the home market as a whole - Unless you live in downtown Manhattan! Maintaining the value of your home is all about making sensible improvements and getting into the habit of smart maintenance. We've put together 4 simple tips and points of consideration to make sure you don't overlook the key areas of your new home ...

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Mittower Gulch Corse Tonight! See you there!

Mittower Gulch Course - All Categories Race Wednesday $20 – Races start at 6:15pm Parking and staging is available at the Marshall Mountain parking lot. The course will incorporate dirt roads, paved roads, and singletrack ona nd around Marshall Mountain. The course will feature new trails and is designed with beginners and intermediates in mind.

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Wednesday Night Race League: Week 3- Mittower Gulch Trails

Mittower Gulch Course $20 – Races start at 6:15pm [Sign Up] [Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot] The good people at Five Valleys Land Trust and MTB Missoula have been plugging away for a while now on new singletrack, right in our back yard. Come on out and see what the new trails have to offer. Parking, staging, and some of the course will take place at Marshall Mountain, but the course will feature the ...

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Wednesday Night Race League: Week 3- Mittower Gulch Trails

Mittower Gulch Course $20 – Races start at 6:15pm [Sign Up] [Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot] The good people at Five Valleys Land Trust and MTB Missoula have been plugging away for a while now on new singletrack, right in our back yard. Come on out and see what the new trails have to offer. Parking, staging, and some of the course will take place at Marshall Mountain, but the course will feature the ...

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10 WAYS TO QUICKLY UP YOUR HOME VALUE FOR A SUMMER SALE

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Planning to sell your home this summer? You may have a little - or a lot - to do in order to get your home market ready. But you don't need a huge budget. These 10 tips can help you get it looking great with little effort, and cash. 1. Paint Crisp white walls are great in a 1920s Spanish. For most other homes, a splash of ...

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ARE NEW LOANS OPENING UP DOORS FOR BUYERS OR FORETELLING ANOTHER CRASH?

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free There's a famous scene in the 2015 Oscar-nominated film The Big Short where Jared Vennett, played by Ryan Gosling, tries to explain the pending real estate market crash (and the ensuing EXTREME money-making opportunity for those who foretold it) by playing Jenga. It perfectly encapsulated how the housing bubble ...

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACING @ Blue Mountain Tonight!

Blue Mountain Course $20 Advanced Start: 6:15pm Beginner Start: 7:45pm [Sign Up] [Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot] We’re bringing back cross country racing at Blue Mountain. Parking and staging will be available at the Peak Health and Wellness Center. The start/finish will be at the motorcycle trailhead. Shuttles will be available, but a quick spin up the road sounds like a great warm up to us! ...

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Wednesday Night Race League at Blue Mountain, June 1st.

June 1: Blue Mountain Course 6:15pm start – $20 or buy a punch card! We’re bringing back cross country racing at Blue Mountain. Parking and staging will be available at the Peak Health and Wellness Center. The start/finish will be at the motorcycle trailhead. Shuttles will be available, but a quick spin up the road sounds like a great warm up to us! This event will be limited to 100 participants, and permitted by ...

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EFFECTIVELY STAGING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

You’ve accepted the job offer, met with the Realtor, and are starting to get bids from moving companies. It’s official—you really are selling your home and moving away! As anybody who has ever sold a home knows quite well, it takes a lot more than sticking a For Sale sign in the front yard and hoping that potential buyers will love it as much as you did. In order to get the best price for your home and pique the interest ...

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR TAX APPRAISAL COMES IN HIGH

Your house is worth how much more than it was last year? Hot damn! You obviously made a smart buy. But while you're getting all excited about your great investment, you may not have thought about how it affects your property taxes... right up until that moment you open the mailbox and receive a notice that your rising equity means rising property taxes. Nooooooo. If your expenses just went up alongside the perceived value of your home, ...

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Wednesday Night Race League, First Race tonight!

Race Schedule The Wednesday Night Race League is made possible by the fast-riding ladies of MT Alpha Cycling Team. Thanks folks! For 2016 we’re mixing up the venues to add a little spice to the series. May 25-26: Mount Jumbo Course 6:15pm start – $20 or buy a punch card! Parking and staging at Marshall Mountain parking area. Course will incorporate lower portions of the Marshall Mountain race ...

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THREE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES HOME BUYERS HAVE

The American dream of owning a home is something everyone should have if they want it. You should be able to live where you want and enjoy the features of your environment that help you relax, entertain, play, and do more of the things you enjoy without the restrictions imposed by a landlord. You can own a pet, build a treehouse, paint the walls your favorite color, and play music and videos as loud as you like without disturbing your ...

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The Western Montana Trail Series kicks off this weekend!

http://wmtrail.org/ We’re proud to announce the best new lineup of cross country mountain bike races in the Rocky Mountain west. The Western Montana Trail Series is pulling together the best races around, favorites from the past, and brand new events that we think you’re really going to like. Whether you’re a seasoned racer or looking to see what mountain bike racing is all about, we’ve got something for you. All of ...

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DITCH THE MAKEUP-FREE SELFIE WHEN IT COMES TO SELLING YOUR HOME

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Makeup-free selfies are all the rage, with celebrities and starlets snapping shots of their fresh, cosmetic-free faces. It's a bold move for many whose fame (and bank accounts) depend on putting forth a perfect image, and it's a trend that has garnered a lot of attention in an age when extreme photoshopping is the ...

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SCIN: A POTENTIAL FAMILY REAL ESTATE TOOL?

SCIN. No, its not the stuff that covers our body. It's a highly complex legal and financial transaction that may be of interest to elderly homeowners. SCIN stands for "self cancelling installment note". Let's take this example: Your parents own their house but their financial situation makes it difficult to maintain. You are prepared to buy the house and rent it back to your parents, but because you currently have your own ...

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REALTORS OFFER 'COMPANION ANIMAL' BILL

This year the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is sponsoring Assembly Bill 2760, a bill "to statutorily distinguish between a medically necessary companion or support animal and other animals kept as pets." By way of background, it is noted that service animals are clearly defined in the law, whereas companion animals, support animals, and therapy animals are not. Service ...

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SPRING GARDENING: PRETTY PLANTS THAT CAN ALSO BE PRETTY DANGEROUS

While you're spring planting, you may have your eye on the stuff that brings the most coverage or color. Who doesn't want big, bright, beautiful blooms all over the yard? But, some plants can also bring unintended consequences. That gorgeous bush with the deep purple flowers that would make for such a lovely view right outside your kitchen window might not seem so great when you hear about what it can do to your kids, your dogs, or ...

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THE POWER OF INVESTING IN WHAT YOU KNOW

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Perhaps the greatest error a real estate buyer can make is to purchase a property in a city or state where he has no contacts or no history of any kind. For this situation, which is easily avoidable, too often becomes an unavoidable problem -- a financial albatross -- because of ignorance by one party and possible indifference by ...

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13 BRUTALLY HONEST REASONS YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO SELL YOUR HOUSE ON YOUR OWN

hinking about selling your house without a real estate agent? It's a choice some people make, mainly to try to save some money. But the number of people who list their home For Sale By Owner is in decline. "Eight percent of home sellers chose to list themselves - a record low of for-sale-by-owner transactions," according to a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) survey. So why isn't it a good idea to go it ...

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5 CURB APPEAL TIPS CAPTIVATE BUYERS

Sellers think once their home or condominium is listed online — perhaps with its own website — there's little left to do but wait for offers to pour in. Wrong! Curb appeal is king. The work of drawing prospective buyers out of their cars and through the front door has just begun. Most buyers want to get inside a property before they'll make an offer, but if they don't like the home's exterior, they won't easily ...

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MAKING REAL ESTATE INVESTING MORE POPULAR

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Real estate investing can be as fraught with complexity as it is fruitful with rich opportunities and profitable dividends. The challenge is to demystify this process -- to translate the nuances and contradictions of this vocation, for many, and this avocation, for many others still -- into something that people can apply with ...

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TINY HOMES: ARE WE REALLY DESTINED TO STUFF OURSELVES INTO 300 SQUARE FEET?

Tiny homes are freaking everywhere. They've taken over cities roads, and, more importantly, the television, replacing important and compelling searches for private islands in the Caribbean with a quest for as little square footage as possible. People are actively and happily seeking to live in mouse houses. What is going on here? "Are tiny houses popular? According to Google Trends searches, yes," said Tiny House Talk. ...

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GLASS HOUSE MANAGEMENT IN YOUR HOA

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Homeowner association boards are elected to handle HOA business. Some do it better than others because of training and natural ability. While good business practices are fundamental to getting the job done right, "people" practices are equally important. And even though HOA elections are not typically barraged with ...

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DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY IS CHANGING REAL ESTATE FOR GOOD. ARE YOU KEEPING UP?

Real estate companies are quickly adopting drone technology as it offers them a new way to catch the eyes of potential buyers. According to Joe Carriere, owner of Dallas Air Photos, "most real estate professionals utilize MLS to promote their listings online. Up to 30 images of a property can be uploaded to the MLS system. However, only one single photograph can be chosen as the property's first impression, or Featured Image. A ...

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5 EASY STEPS FOR INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING ON A BUDGET

There are few among us who wouldn't love to have a beachfront property with sliding glass walls that move aside to reveal unobstructed access to the deck and panoramic views of the beach beyond. But, for most of us, making the most of what we've got is more the reality. That doesn't mean we can't create an amazing space, though, even on a limited budget and with minimal DIY skills. If you've got a little time and a little ...

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ZillaState is sponsoring Montana Hell Ride this weekend. Don't forget to register.

https://thecyclinghouse.com/trip/montana-hell-ride/ COURSE CONDITIONS UPDATE – WEDNESDAY 4/27/16 – PLEASE READ WITH THE RECENT RAIN LAST WEEKEND AND THE CONDITION OF SOUTHSIDE ROAD, WE RECOMMEND THAT RIDERS USE CYCLOCROSS BIKES WITH DURABLE TIRES AND WHEELS.  A TIRE WITH SOME GRIP WOULD BE NICE AS WELL.  ALSO A MOUNTAIN BIKE WOULDN’T BE OUT OF THE QUESTION, ESPECIALLY IF THAT IS ALL YOU HAVE TO RIDE.  I ...

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ONE WANTS TO SELL THE HOUSE, THE OTHER DOES NOT: WHAT TO DO?

You have just inherited the family home, with your sibling. He wants to sell but you want to keep the property. After all, it has been in the family for a long period of time, and the two of you grew up there. What can you do? Unfortunately, this is a common problem -- especially among families. Fortunately, there are a number of possible solutions. First, are you sure you both own the property? Has it gone through probate? Did your mother ...

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LIVING POSH: WHAT TO BUY FOR YOUR HOME WHEN MONEY IS NO OBJECT

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Ever wonder how the other half lives? Maybe you are the other half and want a few ideas for how to spend all that money adding the most posh, plush, and luxe (not to mention crazy expensive) items to your home. Either way, we've got a list that will have you salivating. When not just any old fridge will do, who do you turn to? Well, Dolce and Gabbana, of course! The famed fashion ...

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MORTGAGE PAYMENTS WHEN YOU ARE IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE

 PRINT  |    EMAIL None of us can appreciate -- nor anticipate -- the future. Although we always believe it will never happen to us, once in a while, calamity strikes, and then we have to address these very hard and difficult questions. You own a house, with a sizable mortgage. Suddenly, you (or your spouse) lost their job, and you cannot make the monthly mortgage payments. There are a number of options you ...

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PLANNING A KITCHEN REMODEL IN 7 EASY STEPS

If your kitchen is looking a bit dated, consider a remodel to upgrade its efficiency and looks. Here's a quick guide to planning your kitchen update: #1 Plan it out. Sketch out what you want your finished kitchen to look like. Whether you draw your designs by hand or use software, understanding the finished look of your kitchen is an essential first step. #2 Measure your space. It's important to know how much space you have to ...

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT REALLY INCREASE YOUR ROI

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Now, most of us know that there are plenty of things we can do in a home to bring an improvement, as far as our preferences go. But how many of these improvements actually bring in a return on investment (ROI) if or when an actual selling time approaches? As our likes may not be the likes of others, improving according to our preferences doesn't necessarily give us more bang for our ...

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2016 Housing Report

Link below to the 2016 Housing Report http://www.missoularealestate.com/market-trends/missoula-housing-report/

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MILLENNIALS: LEVERAGING THE GENERATION LABEL

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Millennials are big news because of their behavior and numbers - over 83 million - but belonging to this group may not help achieve your real estate dreams. Further, following media hype about millennials may lead you astray. Online and off, millennials are media darlings. Articles and statistics about what they do and don't do abound. But being a millennial is an artificial distinction ...

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THE CHESTERFIELD: HOW TO INCORPORATE THE COUCH OF THE MOMENT INTO YOUR HOME

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Couch styles come and go, but classics always remain in style. And sometimes a classic becomes a trend—think subway tile, the prevailing trend in tile for walls and backsplashes for the last several years but rooted in history dating back to the New York subways of the early 1900s. The subway tile equivalent when it comes to sofas is the Chesterfield. Known for its tailored look, ...

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FOOT TRAFFIC PAIN

Recently, an obviously-frustrated man walked past me gesturing intently and loudly saying into his smartphone, "You told me there was going to be a lot of foot traffic!!!" The man is a local retailer who relies on passers-by for sales volume to successfully run his business. The truth is, regardless of who he was talking to, there is no one this small business owner could afford to rely on to verify facts, like foot ...

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MOLD OFFICIALLY A BAD THING

Effective January 1 of this year, the presence of mold in a California building containing dwelling units is a condition sufficient to declare the building to be substandard. This, in turn, enables a code enforcement officer to issue the landlord or property owner a "notice to repair." That is the result of Senate Bill 655 (Mitchell) which was signed into law by the Governor on Oct. 9, 2015. According to reporting by the California ...

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Ethereum, a Virtual Currency, Enables Transactions That Rival Bitcoin’s

Ethereum, a Virtual Currency, Enables Transactions That Rival Bitcoin’s Joseph Lubin, right, founded ConsenSys, which specializes in applications that run on Ethereum. Andrew Keys, left, is director of enterprise business development at ConsenSys. COLE WILSON FOR THE NEW YORK TIMESBy NATHANIEL POPPER MARCH 27, 2016 A new virtual gold rush is underway. Even as Bitcoin, riven by internal divisions, has struggled, a ...

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7 THINGS YOU NEED TO CREATE A BACKYARD OASIS ON THE CHEAP

Outdoor living has never been hotter, but decking out your yard can cost as much as a new car—and that's without adding a big-ticket item like a pool. Use these tips to make smart additions in creating an inviting space without going broke. 1. A fire pit You don't have to hire masons to come and build you a towering outdoor fireplace to create some warmth in your yard. An inexpensive fire pit from Home Depot, Lowes, or Target ...

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EXPAND YOUR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO OUT TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS

 PRINT  |    EMAIL If you're looking for a level of luxury and infrastructure that is unmatched by any Caribbean nation, then it's time that you look into the Cayman Islands. Foreign Investing It should be duly noted that there are no restrictions when it comes to foreign investors wanting a "piece of the pie", so to speak. Unlike other Caribbean islands, there are no time frames in regards ...

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HOW LANDSCAPING INCREASES HOME VALUE - 6 TIPS

Whether you're looking to sell your home or simply improve its overall appearance, consider upgrading the landscape. These six tips will help you utilize landscaping to increase your home's curb appeal: 1. Freshen your mulch Mulch eventually dulls and blends in with the surrounding plants and shrubs. Adding new mulch doesn't cost very muchand can greatly improve the appearance of your flowerbeds. 2. Add potted plants ...

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THE TENANT OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE ACT: FRIEND OR FOE?

 PRINT  |    EMAIL You either love it or hate it. The Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (affectionally known as TOPA) is a law in the District of Columbia that gives tenants the right to purchase the property in which they reside. When a landlord wants to sell a rental property, the tenants must be provided with a TOPA notice telling them of their rights. If you live in a single family house, you have 30 days ...

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NET-ZERO ENERGY HOMES GIVE AS MUCH AS THEY GET

Five home builders in four Canadian provinces recently set out to prove that it's possible to build houses that produce as much energy as they consume, using existing technology and at a reasonable price. The Net-Zero Energy (NZE) project has built 26 houses and condo units that will all be ready for sale and occupancy by summer 2016. The demonstration project received almost $2 million in funding from Natural Resources Canada ...

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10 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE COOLER AND MORE FUN

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Home is where the heart is, but, increasingly, it's also where the cool is. The latest tech creations and fun features that make everyday living so inspired you don't want to leave can turn a good home into something spectacular. Whether you're looking to build a home that is the envy of the neighborhood - or one that could double as the next James Bond pad—or simply add a ...

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THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE IN THE U.S.

When Donald Trump said, "Well real estate is always good as far as I am concerned," he could have been referring to the state of the real estate market today. Unemployment is 4.9 percent as of February 2016. Previously stalled projects are receiving multi-million dollar funding by state and federal governments and sellers are finding highly motivated, if not desperate buyers. The Urban Land Institute Center (ULI), conducted a survey, ...

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FLIPPIN' A HOUSE ISN'T EASY: 7 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU TAKE THE PLUNGE

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Turn on HGTV or any number of other channels almost anytime during the day or night and you're bound to find at least a couple of shows about flipping houses. Some provide a cautionary tale about overextending yourself financially or making other rookie flipping mistakes, but the vast majority end up with a profit of $30,000, $60,000, or $100,000+ in profit for a couple of months (or a ...

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TAKING TITLE TO PROPERTY IS A CRITICAL DECISION

When you purchase any kind of property, you must give careful thought as to how you will be taking title to that real estate. The decision you make when you first go to settlement on your house may make a significant difference -- both financially and psychologically -- on you and your heirs in the years to come. This is especially important where same sex couples decide to venture into homebuying. Oversimplified, there are four basic ways to ...

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TREND ALERT: CEMENT TILE

The geographic print trend is nothing to scoff at, but it is something to shuffle on. The new, hot way to express this trend is underfoot, with colorful, intricately patterned cement tiles that make a statement in any space. "It seems only yesterday that the design world and blogosphere were prophesying the now ubiquitous reign of white subway tile," said DÉCOR AID. "Over the course of the last several years, those ...

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CREATE A BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SPACE ON A BUDGET

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free The lawn and landscape outside your home can be your own personalized creation, and it does not have to be expensive. It is through the effort of creating what you want within your limitations – both financial and physical – that you come to love the space you craft. By learning frugal methods to care for your lawn and ...

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5 WAYS TO FRESHEN UP YOUR HOME FOR SPRING

  It may still be snowing in some parts of the country, but spring is almost here. Before the flowers start budding outside, refresh the inside of your home to give your interior spaces that springtime glow. Bring the outdoors inside Adding fresh plants or flowers to an otherwise ho-hum space can spice things up in the blink of an eye. Even if you don't have a garden full of fresh flowers to choose from, greens make a lovely ...

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TENANT'S BREACH BUST BE MATERIAL FOR UNLAWFUL DETAINER ACTION

A few months ago a number of California landlords and their attorneys had the unusual sense that the courts had indeed given them something. On October 1, 2015 a decision was filed in the case of Boston LLC v. Juan Juarez (Appellate Division, Los Angeles County Superior Court). The case arose out of an alleged breach of a rental agreement that the parties had entered into in 1999. The property was subject to the City of Los Angeles Rent ...

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HOW BUYING THE RIGHT RUG CAN BRING NEW LIFE TO YOUR SPACE

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Often, the time we spend searching for the right paint color, couch, window coverings, and accessories can't even be measured by traditional units of time. It can be truly exhausting to put a space together and have it reflect your needs and your taste. But you can add instant drama, warmth, and style by adding just one thing: a ...

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4 INCENTIVES TO CLOSE DEALS WITH HOMEBUYERS

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Almost a third of sales representatives say the hardest part of closing a deal is competing against lower-priced competitors, a Richardson survey found. Home sellers and real estate agents expect to face this challenge over the next few years, especially if Bank of America's predictions about falling home prices starting in 2017 ...

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8 TIPS FOR GETTING THE NEW HOME YOU WANT IN A COMPETITIVE MARKET

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free Late last year, eager homebuyers lined up overnight at a new-home community in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, TX to get first crack at a new phase release. Shades of pre-recession days when campouts for new homes were common? In the mid 2000s, we bought a new home in a popular California suburb that became so in-demand, the ...

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POOR COMMUNICATIONS CAN LEAD TO TRANSACTION PROBLEMS

During the past few weeks I have participated in Realtor® meetings where, during open discussion, members spoke with considerable concern about a growing lack of civility among agents engaged in transactions. No one predominate cause was suggested as the source of this phenomenon, though a good deal of blame was directed to the fact that, nowadays, agents who are counterparts in the same transaction are often likely ...

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YOUR HANDY GUIDE TO PICKING THE RIGHT COUCH

Choosing the perfect couch is more than just eyeballing one that looks nice in a furniture warehouse and pointing to it. If you want it to work in your space, and be comfortable and long lasting, there are a few things you'll want to consider. The right size for the room Buying a couch that's too large or too small for your space can mess with the proportions of the room and make the whole thing feel off. But, buy a couch that's ...

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TODAY'S HOMEOWNERS WANT MAXIMUM VALUE WITH MINIMAL UPKEEP

Spending on discretionary home improvements (including kitchen and bath remodels and deck additions) rose by almost $6 billion between 2011 and 2013, according to a 2015 report compiled by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. "Improving America's Housing -- Emerging Trends in the Remodeling Market" noted that while residential and non-residential construction numbers are still sluggish, there is ...

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CAN YOUR LAMINATE FLOORS CAUSE CANCER?

As if you needed another reason to choose real wood over the faux version, it turns out that some laminate floors may cause cancer. A story that appeared on 60 Minutes last year uncovered dangerous formaldehyde levels with Lumber Liquidators' Chinese-made product that can raise the cancer risk and create or exacerbate other health problems. Lumber Liquidators is a U.S.-based company and the largest and fastest-growing retailer of ...

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HOW TO SELECT THE IDEAL OUTDOOR FURNITURE

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free The outdoor living and dining season is finally here. If you're like many of us, you may have looked around your deck and realized your furniture could use an upgrade. (Of course, if you realized the deck itself needs an upgrade, we can help with that, too!) Here are some tips to help you purchase the ideal furniture for ...

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The Next Property Rights Frontier

BY CAROLYN SCHWAAR REALTOR® associations are working to keep up with a flood of new local regulations on home owners’ ability to rent part or all of their property. It has become a fight for home owners’ rights and property value on both sides, with many associations feeling caught in the middle. The new rental norm Home owners are flocking to sign up at websites such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals By Owner, which ...

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ORDIANCE IMPOSES AGE REQUIREMENT FOR SHORT-TERM RENTALS

In California, and quite a few other states, both municipalities and community groups have been wrestling with concerns about short-term -- often "vacation" -- rentals. Many have desired to adopt ordinances that seek greater control over the presence of these businesses in what would otherwise be typically non-commercial (read "quiet") residential neighborhoods. A recent California Appellate case (Harrison v. City of Rancho ...

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4 WAYS YOUR LOCATION CAN BOOST OR BUST YOUR HOME VALUE

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free A few years back, "the Starbucks effect" became a legitimate term to explain the higher real estate values associated with living close to the coffee house. But being within easy striking distance of a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte isn't the only thing that can help boost your home value. Then again, not every location ...

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HOME SELLERS HAVE CLOSING COSTS ALSO Written by Benny L. Kass on Monday, 08 February 2016 3:44 pm

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free We have all heard about the high costs imposed on homebuyers -- ranging from lender points, title insurance and settlement fees. However, if you are selling your house, you should understand you will be hit for some closing costs also. When a seller signs a listing agreement with a Real Estate Broker, authorizing that person to ...

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BUYER ETIQUETTE: HOW TO GET THE HOME YOU WANT

 PRINT  |    EMAIL Close More Deals - Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free As most people know, the real estate market shifts between a buyers' or sellers' market, depending on supply and demand. However, regardless of which market we're currently in, buyer etiquette can help you get the home you want with the least amount of stress. It may sound odd to some, especially ...

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SAVING FOR A DOWN PAYMENT ON A HOME IN JUST 2 YEARS

In today's market, you usually need up to 10 percent of a home's purchase price for a down payment. This means a $250,000 home could require $25,000 down plus closing costs. If you saved $1,040 a month for the next 24 months, you'd achieve that goal. On the surface, that may seem impossible—but it's not. Make some short-term sacrifices now to save for a down payment on a house. Move to a Smaller Place Give up that ...

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THE NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR NEIGHBOR IS A NUISANCE

The animals that live in the house across the street bark incessantly. The people two doors down play their music so loud you now know all the lyrics to every Kendrick Lamar song ever written. And something, presumably a dog (you hope) keeps leaving presents on your lawn. Annoyances like these can make it unpleasant to live in your neighborhood. And, they can quickly escalate, becoming dangerous or even in need of legal intervention. So how do ...

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INCREASE YOUR LIVING SPACE WITH A CONVERTED GARAGE

Out of room and looking for a way to create more usable space at home? You might not need to move or add on. Look to the garage, where the ideas for what you can create with a space you already have are endless. "The solution to your need for more space may already be attached to your house," said Bob Vila. "Converting an existing garage is less expensive than building an addition—and it's a lot less complicated ...

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YOUR CREDIT SCORES EXPLAINED

Lenders want to give you a mortgage, but they also want to minimize their own risk. The easiest way to retard risk is by using your credit scores to make lending decisions. Credit scores are compiled separately by three consumer reporting agencies -- Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. These credit reporting bureaus calculate scores differently, and base their scores on information that may differ from other bureaus. Equifax ...

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HOW TO KEEP FROM GOING HOUSE POOR

The only thing worse than not being able to buy a home when you want to is owning a home and not being able to do anything but sit inside because after your house payment, HOA fee, taxes, and household bills, there's nothing left. A few smart strategies can help you avoid becoming house poor. Think hard about that preapproval amount Just because the bank tells you that you can buy a $400,000 home doesn't mean you have to spend ...

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MILLIE'S MOTION AT THE ANNUAL HOA MEETING

The Annual Meeting of Nottacare Condominium convenes. The agenda shows the standard items including Review Minutes, Financial Report, President's Report and Election of Directors. As per usual, about 20% of the 95 members show up. But the board has been proactive in getting proxies from the rest so having a quorum is not a problem. The board president proceeds systematically down the distributed Agenda. After approving last year's minutes ...

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IS YOUR FURNACE AFFECTING YOUR INDOOR AIR QUALITY?

The push to make our houses as energy-efficient as possible has, in some cases, led to unintended consequences. Because modern houses are less drafty due to tighter-fitting windows, doors and weather stripping, pollutants that were vented in the past are trapped inside. Most of the pollutants are relatively harmless, but some can be dangerous, and they all contribute to what some people call "sick house syndrome." ...

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9 LITTLE THINGS THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR HOME PURCHASE

When it comes to buying a home, we always think about the big things: sales price, location, mortgage qualification. But it's often the little things that rise up to make living in that home a great joy or a huge letdown. Your welcome to the neighborhood There are neighbors who bring warm cookies to welcome you to the neighborhood and then there are the Homeowners' Associations that welcome you with a stern warning to move your ...

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SHARED EQUITY: HELPING FAMILY MEMBERS BUY THEIR HOUSE

Your son and daughter-in-law want to purchase their first house, but their income will not carry the mortgage. There are a number of ways you can help them out. This column will focus only on a concept known as "shared equity". This is an arrangement where you -- as investors -- own a portion of the property with your children. Under a shared equity arrangement, there generally are two separate entities. You (and your spouse, if ...

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CES 2016: SMART LOCKS MATURING TO MEET MORE NEEDS

Smart front door locks that use Bluetooth, NFC or Wi-Fi to unlock via touch, your smartphone or a key are not yet even two years old. But entrepreneurs, startups and established smart lock makers are beginning to figure out exactly what we want to make it easier to technologically keep our castle more secure. Perhaps the most startling development at last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is not so much a "what" ...

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CES 2016: HOW SMART CAN APPLIANCES BE?

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is not an appliance show - not yet, anyway. Whirlpool and Bosch had appliances at CES this past week in Las Vegas, but Haier showed mostly TVs in its exhibit space. Other white goods brands such as Sears, GE, Maytag and Electrolux did not show off any major appliances. Instead, it was mainstream Korean electronics brands Samsung and LG who played "can you top this" where smart appliances - mostly ...

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CES 2016: NEW LED BULBS DO MORE THAN LIGHT UP

When the app revolution began, the smartphone suddenly started to assume the functions of what used to be separate gadgets - cameras, GPS devices, MP3 players, eBooks, handheld games, remote controls and much more. In the same way, the smart LED lightbulb is beginning to do things other than just light up. Plenty examples of smart LED lightbulbs illuminated the show floor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. Talk ...

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CES 2016: HOW TO CAMOUFLAGE YOUR IN-HOME WI-FI SECURITY CAMERA

These days, unless you're a wizard enrolled in Hogwarts, cameras are making it increasingly difficult not to be seen, especially within the confines of your own home. The challenge is how to make sure your Wi-Fi security cameras and nanny cams aren't seen. Why would you want to alert a potential intruder that you're watching or recording them? So, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past week, clever engineers ...

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HOW DOES FORECLOSURE IMPACT ON TENANTS

You have been renting a single family home, and have just been notified that your landlord has not been paying his mortgage, and the house will soon be foreclosed. What should you do? Will you suddenly be thrown out on the street? Not necessarily, but there are some things which you should do -- and do immediately. The letter you received advising you about the pending foreclosure probably came from the lender's attorney. You should ...

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U.S. Will Track Secret Buyers of Luxury Real Estate

Concerned about illicit money flowing into luxury real estate, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that it would begin identifying and tracking secret buyers of high-end properties. The initiative will start in two of the nation’s major destinations for global wealth: Manhattan and Miami-Dade County. It will shine a light on the darkest corner of the real estate market: all-cash purchases made by shell ...

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ALL THE STUFF YOU HAVE TO HAVE FROM THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is one of our favorite events of the year, and we're clearly not alone. More than 170,000 people attended last year, and the 2016 show has attracted interest like never before. Want to know just how competitive it is on the floor? "The maker of the Onewheel electric skateboard called in federal marshals to shut down the booth of a company making a similar product," ...

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WHAT DOES YOUR PERSONALITY SAY ABOUT YOUR HOMEBUYING FUTURE?

You found what you think is the right house. The bank approved you. The lender secured your loan with just five percent down. You've got your closing costs together and you've lined up your movers. But are you really making the right move? Turns out, a simple personality test might help you figure it out. A study titled "Real Estate and Personality" from the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics shined a light ...

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CAPITAL GAINS: THE STEPPED UP BASIS

If you are married, and file a joint income tax return, the tax laws allow you to exclude up to $500,000 on any gain you make on the sale of your principal residence. There are some basic rules (conditions) which must be met, the most important is that you must have owned and lived in the house for two out of the last five years before the sale. This is referred to as the "ownership and use" test. If you are single -- or widowed -- ...

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THREE "FRESH THINKING" STARTS FOR 2016

Do you start each New Year full of great intentions only to discover, before January ends, that you've slipped back to "always done it that way" behavior and thinking? To kick 2016 into high gear without changing where you do business and what you sell, first take stock of where you're starting from: Seemingly small changes to thinking can have significant impact on your established sales and business patterns. To be ...

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5 Real Estate Trends That Will Dominate 2016

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2015 This year may have marked the best for housing since 2007, but the market will likely get even rosier in 2016, according to a recent real estate forecast by realtor.com®. One of the main drivers behind the brighter 2016 is the projection that employment will continue to grow, which will add to consumers’ wallets and allow them to purchase their first home or upgrade to a new one. ...

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5 Things We Learned About Real Estate This Week

Christmaslightshow.com Now that this frenetic preholiday week is nearly over (yay!), we figured it’s a good time to look back and ponder: What did we learn about real estate over the past seven days? Well, some crazy stuff. Check out the highlights below, and the nuggets of wisdom can we ponder this the weekend. Lesson No. 1: Christmas lights can bring down planes Holiday decor has gone ...

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3 rental market predictions for 2016

What investors can expect from the market next year [Nat Kunes] byNat Kunes [appfolio] [Nat.Kunes@appfolio.com] Dec 10, 2015 Whether you’re a property manager, an owner who rents out your properties or someone who’s looking for a new place to call home, it’s no secret that the rental property market is changing. With those changes, come some trends for 2016 and a few predictions that can be made. To be successful in ...

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ARE YOU BETTER OFF STAYING WITH THE HERD? CITY OR COUNTRY LIVING?

When it comes to finding the ideal environment for you and your family to live, it goes without saying that safety is a top priority. But will you be safer in the city, living among groups of people or going it alone in a rural atmosphere? Before jumping into somewhere based on your instincts, use some basic research techniques to find out the facts. Safety has many faces, from physical to financial, and each environment has its own risks and ...

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US Fed raises interest rates by 0.25%

The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by 0.25 percentage points - its first increase since 2006. The move takes the range of rates banks offer to lend to each other overnight - the Federal Funds rate - to between 0.25% and 0.5%. The move is likely to cause ripples around the world, and could increase pressure on the UK to raise rates. It could also mean higher borrowing costs for developing economies, many of which are already ...

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U.S. stocks come off highs as oil selloff resumes

U.S. stocks trimmed early-morning gains ahead of the Federal Reserve’s much-anticipated decision on monetary policy as a renewed selloff in commodity markets weighed on energy shares. The Federal Reserve’s rate decision is due at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, followed by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s news conference at 2:30 p.m. Strategist said market reaction after the Fed announcement will largely depend on the ...

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Absolutely everything you need to understand the Fed’s interest rate hike

Many on Wall Street spend large chunks of their lives watching everything the Fed does. You’re lucky. You’re (probably) not one of them. To you, an inflation target has something to do with tire maintenance. ZIRP is sound that corduroy trousers make when you walk fast. Yellen is what happens when political discussions get heated at family dinners. Alas, this week your blissfully Fed-free existence will be interrupted, ...

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What a Fed rate hike could mean to mortgage borrowers

This week’s expected rate increase by the Federal Reserve should not cause home buyers to panic, if history is any indication. Back in the early 2000s, after the tech bubble burst, the Fed dropped its benchmark rate to 1 percent. Then in the summer of 2004, it began raising it by a quarter percent. At the time of the central bank’s first increase, the interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was around 6.3 ...

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Buckle up

SINCE interest rates hit rock-bottom in 2009, the Federal Reserve has repeatedly made optimistic forecasts about when they would start rising, only to delay the big day again and again. If the Fed has been a bullish coach, the markets have been trusting fans, continually believing that an increase is imminent, only to have their expectations dashed. At last, however, the moment seems to have arrived. On December 16th, when the Fed’s ...

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Investors Place Record Bets on Rising U.S. Interest Rates

Wagers on rising interest rates are highlighting the scramble by investors to prepare for the first Federal Reserve policy tightening in nine years. Hedge funds and money managers had $26.6 billion in net wagers through Dec. 1 that prices of five-year U.S. Treasury-note futures will fall, according to Cheng Chen, interest-rate strategist at TD Securities. That is the most since 1993, when the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading ...

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Greg Ip: Could Higher Interest Rates Lead to Higher Inflation? Explaining ‘Neo-Fisherism’

Economist Irving Fisher, shown in New York in 1944, posited that over time a change in inflation would be matched by a change in interest rates. This has been dubbed the “Fisher effect.”   ROBERT KRADIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS The most commonly cited argument against the Federal Reserve raising interest rates after keeping them near zero for seven years is that inflation is still well below its 2% ...

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Why December Is Looking Likelier for a Fed Rate Increase

Countown to Liftoff One of these days, the Federal Reserve tells us, it will decide to raise interest rates. The announcement will be akin to a doctor’s decision that a patient is well enough to be gradually taken off medication. The thinking inside the Fed is that the economy is finally healthy enough that borrowing costs should return to more “normal” levels to help keep future inflation from accelerating too much. ...

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Condos are Climbing Back: 3 Tips for Leveraging Their Growing Popularity

Millennials are starting to buy homes, and condominiums and cooperatives (co-ops) might be where many of them choose to hang their hats. Condominium values fell harder than single-family homes during the recession — more than 33 percent compared to the 20 percent lost by the median U.S. single-family home. But while they might be the red-headed stepchild of homeownership options, condominiums are now appreciating more quickly than ...

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UNDERSTANDING SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY SO YOU CAN EXPLAIN IT TO BUYERS

The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a reality, and there's no place where this is more obvious than in our homes. According to predictions from market researcher MarketsandMarkets, the global smart home market will grow to about $58.7 billion by 2020, fueling a 17 percent compound annual growth rate and creating a significant consumer market for smart homes. Buyers know the benefits that come with these systems, and they want them in ...

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HOW TO DITCH THE RED AND GREEN FOR MODERN HOLIDAY DÉCOR

Still rocking red and green everything and a tinsel-covered tree for Christmas? Might be time for a holiday décor upgrade. You do regular updates to your home's everyday décor, right? Why stick with the same ‘ole stuff when it comes to the holiday season. Need some inspiration to modernize or glamorize your holiday home? Check out these examples. Christmas in black and white Who says you need to go all red and ...

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10 TIPS FOR CREATING A CHIC HOME OFFICE

Who says a home office has to be boring? Not this fashion blogger, who's been turning Instagram upside down with pics of her impossibly chic space. "When you're a fashion blogger, your good taste is everything, so it's no surprise that Christine Andrew of Hello Fashion and POPSUGAR Select took her time perfecting every detail of her home office," said POPSUGAR. "After months of trial and error, she's ...

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15 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A RAINY, ICY, SNOWY EL NINO

If the forecasts are right, it's going to be a bumpy weather. Record rains are predicted - great(ish) for Californians who've been suffering under drought conditions, except for that pesky potential for floods. In other areas, below-normal temperature and above-normal snow and ice are the fears. "If El Nino rainfall predictions are correct, this fall and winter could be the answer to drought-relief prayers. As with ...

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ARE YOU LIKE OTHER HOME BUYERS?

If you're like most homebuyers, you're not taking any chances. You want to own a home, but you've struggled to save for a down-payment. You waited until you were 31 years of age to buy a home, and plan to stay there at least 10 years. You believe that buying a home is a sound investment. Like other buyers, your dream of owning a home was delayed by student debt of $25,000 or more. You worked to bring your debt down until you were ...

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WHY WE LOVE ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES (AND YOU SHOULD, TOO!)

A home is a place where many of your major milestone memories are made, including those related to holidays, parties and more. This is also a place where daily life activities take place, such as chatting with your family over morning coffee, chatting about your day in the evening and other activities. With so much of your life taking place at home, you certainly want this space to be comfortable, and you also want it to be aesthetically pleasing ...

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CONTRACT-FREE HOME TECH WORTH THE MONEY

It may be difficult to save money when tempted by the endless technology, apps, services and gadgets saturating the marketplace. Fortunately, many choices don't require a monthly contract and can be purchased outright without any ongoing fees other than the use of your Wi-Fi signal. Here are some impressive contract-free technology choices that are worth the investment and help you save in the long run. Home Security Cameras According ...

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THE BEST KITCHENS FOR FAMILIES

It can be easy to get carried away in the kitchen. And we're not talking about cooking. This area is typically the most used, most coveted, and most expense part of the house to deck out. And if you have kids, extra measures might need to be taken in order to create a kitchen that is family friendly and still as sexy as you want it to be. Whether you're just building a home, renovating your existing kitchen, or want to come up with ...

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GET A BETTER MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE

People will clip coupons and drive across town to save a few cents at the gas pump, but few will shop around for the best interest rate on their mortgages. Most buyers tend to go with the first lender they talk with, perhaps out of fear of losing the house if they don't act quickly enough. Paying one-eighth of a point too much can add up to thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. You're smarter than that. Know you have the ...

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THE SWEET SPOT OF PRICING YOUR HOME

When you and your REALTOR® sit down to price your home, you'll be looking at competitive homes that are the most similar in size, location and amenities as your home. You may find that prices can be thousands of dollars higher or lower. It's tempting to pick the highest price and say, "Let's list it here." But what if your home doesn't sell at that price? High prices are a strategy that can work in an ...

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5 STEPS TOWARDS AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME

Your home is your place to rest, play, and spend time with your family. It should be a place of comfort, and this comfort need not come at a high cost. Many homes, however, waste a lot of energy in ways that can be prevented. Here are five ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Replace or Weatherize All Windows Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat gain and heat loss in a home. Both heat gain and heat loss rob you ...

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BUYING AN HISTORIC HOME

You've fallen in love with an old Victorian house and want to bring her back to her glory days. With dreams of starting the next row of "painted ladies," you close the deal. You may already have some ideas of things you want to do to your new home, but before you make any changes to the structure itself, do a little research and make sure you have the answers to these three questions: 1. Is your home designated as historic - ...

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14 FOOLPROOF WAYS TO LOWER YOUR LIVING EXPENSES

We've all been there. Can't resist the new model year of your current car. Hey, it's only an extra $90 per month (plus an insurance bump of $37 a month, but who's counting?). Seduced by the cushy sectional that would pull the whole living room together and will only cost $60 per month. That great deal for upgraded Internet and all the move channels. What's another $23 a month? Problem is, before you know it you're ...

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THINK CURB APPEAL WHEN REMODELING TO SELL

With home prices up in some areas, the return on remodeling investments at resale can be good. Making little changes can have big impacts when it comes to remodeling your home to sell. Some updates will return as much as they cost in hotter markets, but unless your home is in a rapidly inflating city, you may not get enough bang for your buck. But the lesson isn't to avoid remodeling your home. It's to rethink your expectations. Do ...

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COURT RULING EMPHASIZES LIMITS ON BROKER'S DUTIES TO INVESTIGATE

Imagine this: You have been a tenant in a downtown high-rise condominium building for more than a year when you learn that another unit in the building has been foreclosed upon and it is now offered for sale by the bank. The price is attractive and you make an offer that is accepted. During the course of the negotiations and escrow you are informed by the agent, who is representing both you and the seller, that the Homeowner Association (HOA) had ...

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HEAVY METAL: GETTING IN ON THE SHIPPING CONTAINER HOME TREND

Want to be on the cutting edge of home design? Ditch the standard building materials and haul in a giant metal box. Or 10. That's right—the hottest thing in real estate is shipping containers. Yep, turns out all those shipping containers filled with goods and stacked up on boats or trains make some pretty cool homes. Used singularly and sparingly to create a tiny home, connected side by side and/or stacked to create an estate-sized ...

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PROTECTING YOUR CHILDRENS INHERITANCE TAKES CAREFUL PLANNING

Question: My first wife passed away several years ago. After she died, I sold the home we bought; this was the home I wanted to leave to our children when I died. I have now remarried. We have a home in another State, which I will leave to my current wife. Recently, we bought a home in Maryland and both of us were on the property deed. I stated in my Will that the house was to go to my children when I died, but subsequently discovered that the ...

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Top 5 trends in real estate today Walkable neighborhoods and energy and water efficiency are key

Hundreds of homebuilders, economists, journalists, and other real estate professionals descended on Houston this week for the 48th annual conference of the National Association of Real Estate Editors. It was NAREE's biggest turnout ever, another sign of the improving housing market—that and the fact that new homes starts will be up 18 percent in 2014, according to the market research firmMetroStudy. But as the industry rebounds, ...

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HOME BUYERS: SEVEN INSIGHTS INTO CONFIDENT DECISION MAKING

Home-buying is multi-tasking on steroids. Are you up for the challenge? On the surface, buying a home seems simple: find your dream home and buy it. In reality, this seemingly-simple task requires buyers to make a continuous stream of under-pressure decisions, often concerning issues and consequences they do not fully understand. Instead of one task, buyers are faced with hundreds of tasks many of which must be decided on simultaneously, on ...

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Rolling Thunder this weekend - October 24, 25 @ Big Sky Brewery!

http://www.rollingthundercyclocross.com/ RACE SCHEDULE & CATEGORIES: 10:00am - 11:00am ONLY DAY OF REGISTRATION (can check in 30m before each race) 11:30am - Junior Boy 11-18 - 20m 11:30am - Junior Girl 11-18 - 20m 12:15pm - Cat 4 Women - 30m 12:15pm - Master Women 40+ - 30m 1:10pm - Kid's Race - half lap 1:45pm - Cat 4/5 Men - 45m *separate podiums 3:10pm - Master Men 40+ - 50m 3:10pm - Master Men 50+ - 50m 3:10pm - ...

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8 COMPELLING REASONS YOU SHOULD BE RENOVATING RIGHT NOW

Remodeling has never been more popular - or valuable to the U.S. economy. Last year, Americans spent $130 billion on remodeling and renovation projects, according to U.S. Census numbers. That's a lot of people committing money to everything from quick fixes to full-blown redo's. And what's driving this trend? NAHB's Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey found the leading reason was a "desire for better/newer ...

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DON'T CUT YOURSELF SHORT, SHOP LOAN PRICES!

Americans will clip coupons and hunt around for sales, but when it comes to saving money on major financial loans like a mortgage, they tend to go with the first bank they talk to. Online lender LendingTree found that four out of five Americans consider themselves bargain hunters. Nine out of ten Americans have researched prices online before purchasing an item. Yet, less than 30 percent of consumers look for the best rates when it ...

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4 INSPIRING ENTRYWAY DESIGN IDEAS FOR FALL HOME SHOWINGS

Your entryway sets the tone for the rest of your home -- and when you've got potential buyers visiting, you want them to feel welcome and cozy from the moment they lay eyes on your house. Here are some ways to warm up your entryway for the fall season: #1 Declutter! The first step to creating a welcoming entryway is an immaculate entrance. If your entry area is cluttered with stuff -- bags, decor, shoes, coats, etc. -- it makes it ...

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7 ESSENTIAL THINGS EVERY NEW HOMEOWNER NEEDS

Becoming a homebuyer is exciting. But now that it's happening, you'll need a few things to get you from buyer to owner. You may think you only need the stamina to unpack, but that's only the beginning. 1. A basic toolkit You don't want to be sitting at home without a wrench when your sink is leaking. Or without a Phillips screwdriver when nothing in the house will accept a flathead. Tools may seem like a boring thing to ...

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I TOLD YOU SO, AND NOW YOUR HOME ISN'T SELLING

When you first listed your home with your real estate agent, he or she probably gave you some advice, but if you're like a lot of sellers, you probably didn't follow it. Now, it's three months later, and you've had few showings and no offers. Your real estate agent warned you that the market is tough, that buyers are picky, and that you'll have to do some work to get your home to "show" well. Maybe you didn't ...

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HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR WALLS

  Finding the right color for your walls can be one of the more difficult decisions you'll make in your home. What seems like such a simple thing to do on the surface can collapse you into confusion and despair when surrounded by thousands of strips of every color you could ever imagine in varying degrees of saturation. Color choice also carries with it a lot of weight because the paint can act as the foundation for the space and ...

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4 REASONS TO BUY A CONDO... AND 4 REASONS NOT TO

If you're buying your first place, moving to a city where high density is the deal, or perhaps moving down and looking for more of a lock-and-leave lifestyle, a condo probably seems like a good bet. And, for many, it is. But is it really right for you? Condo living is a commitment - to close quarters with your neighbors, to elevator rides to walk the dog if you're in a high rise, to muddled voice and footsteps from above if you ...

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EASY ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR HOME

Newer homes, especially those geared toward first-time buyers, are often devoid of the level of architectural detail you would find in older or more expensive homes. If you're not a fan of the big, boring box look, you can easily add in some detail to up the charm factor. And, many of these projects can be done yourself with minimal skill and money. "Nothing jump-starts design envy more than walking into a home with stunning ...

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YOU DON'T NEED YOUR OLD DEED

Question: We recently read about a possible scam operation, whereby a company advises homeowners that to protect themselves -- and their valuable home -- they have to spend a lot of money to get a certified copy of their deed. We own our house and obviously want to protect this large investment. How do we determine which company is legitimate and which is not. Answer: The simple answer is that you do not need a certified copy of your deed. In ...

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17 THINGS FIRST-TIME BUYERS NEED TO KNOW

Few things in life are more exciting than buying your first home. The feeling of turning the key for the first time (or clicking the garage door opener) is thrilling. You'll likely feel a sense of pride like never before. But getting to that point may be a challenge. And the challenges won't end once you move in. The more you know about the process, the more prepared you can be for the wrinkles that pop up, and the more you can relax ...

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SHOULD YOU RENT YOUR HOME TO OTHERS?

With rental prices rising, you may be wondering if now's the time to become a landlord. There are advantages to renting your current home while you purchase another to live in. The advantage to renting your home is that you're likely paying a homestead mortgage interest rate, which will make it easier to make a profit than if you purchased rental property with a mortgage at a higher interest rate. As you've owned your home, ...

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FALL HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

With autumn here it is time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Fall is a great time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Getting ready for colder weather means checking, repairing, and prepping your home to withstand the upcoming rain, wind, and snow. Here are some helpful tips that every homeowner should do before hibernating this winter. 1. Stow Your Mower With the ...

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SWING THAT HAMMER, SELLERS!

If you're selling a home that needs updating, you'll net more for your home because you're making it look closer to new. You're solving problems that current buyers don't want to take on, making your home more competitive in today's market. According to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard ...

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NEW LISTING IN THE UNIVERSITY AREA, 737 BEVERLY $799,900.

737beverly.com Welcome to this oasis of living in the much desired University area. A large front yard which features drought tolerant grass beckons you in to this wonderful house on a corner lot. Hang your coat as you enter in to the spacious main floor. An updated kitchen with the active family in mind. Lots of counter and cabinet space along with a spacious island make this area the heart of the house. Built in window seating on the ...

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ROLLING THUNDER EXTRAS 2015!

Rolling Thunder is predominately known for it's extra curricular activities.  - The Cycling House Beer Garden presented by Big Sky Brewery.  All the money raised goes to the prize purse for the racers.  It optional donations. - Zillastate Bounce House - Kid's Race.  It's become a local favorite.  Half a lap all in the base area, free of charge, starting at 2pm.  Ages 0-10 ...

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WHY FIRST TIME BUYERS ARE CRAZY NOT TO BUY A HOME NOW

With some of life's milestones, there may not be a picture-perfect time to take the plunge. But when it comes to buying your first home, the combination of good market conditions and your own financial situation can dictate timing. If you've got the credit and down payment, you'd be crazy not to buy now. Want to know why? Rates are still low The Federal Reserve was expected to raise rates this summer, but so far they ...

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KNOCKOUT WALLS THAT TAKE YOUR LIVING SPACE FROM OK TO OUTSTANDING

When it comes to creating a unique interior design for your home, "One of the perennials in this market is plain textured wallcoverings, said Resene, who also reminded us that: "William Morris, one of the founding fathers of 19th century wallpaper design," said "Whatever you have in your rooms, think first of the walls: for they are that which makes your house and home." (We agree.) "They provide the ideal vehicle ...

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AIRBNB PROVIDES A POPULAR USE OF REAL ESTATE, BUT THERE ARE OBJECTIONS TOO

Airbnb is an immensely popular platform for providing peer-to-peer lodging opportunities. According to its web site, the company, which was founded in 2008, has arranged lodging for more than 40 million travelers to date. It claims more than 1.5 million listings in 34,000 cities spread over 190+ countries. But it is not popular with everyone. In jurisdictions all around the country (primarily cities and vacation destinations) it has been ...

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SIX TOASTY AUTUMN HOMESELLING TIPS

You may think that autumn isn't the best time to showcase your home, but you'd be wrong. Yes, fall days are shorter, with fewer hours of daylight for buyers to see your home. There may be many days of grey skies, rain, or early snowfall. But autumn has a unique appeal that's all its own. You can look forward to gathering with friends and loved ones by a crackling fire, play winter sports in the backyard, or walk on the beach ...

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3 TOOLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE OBSERVATION AROUND THE HOME

It's becoming nearly impossible for Americans to wake up from their sleep and be ensured they are not being watched or listened to by Big Brother. Rajiv Shah, a professor at the University of Chicago, told the Wall Street Journal that his city has at least 15,000 cameras watching the people's every move. Hundreds of police departments now use ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) technology to plot where people drive ...

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CAN YOU WIN THE MORTGAGE RATE GUESSING GAME?

The question is no longer "Will interest rates increase?," but "When?" As I write this column, the ongoing "Will it? Won't it?" debate about when the Fed will raise interest rates continues, however, for individual real estate owners and buyers, the important question is, "So what?" What would higher interest rates mean to you and your real estate ownership plans? If rates plod up gradually ...

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CREDIT SCORES 101

Credit scores are the shorthand that banks use to make lending decisions. If your score is high, you get better terms for borrowing. If your scores are low you might not get a loan at all, or you'll have to pay interest rates that would make a loan shark blush. First comes your credit report. Three credit reporting bureaus, Experian, Equifax and Transunion, independently gather information from landlords, government agencies, credit card ...

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4 REASONS TO REFINANCE NOW... AND 4 REASONS NOT TO

A nicer car. Some new furniture. A family vacation. Or a bigger, fatter savings account every month. They're just a few of the things you've been thinking about since you learned you can save a couple hundred dollars per month by refinancing. We get it. That new low interest rate is tempting. But is refinancing really right for you? If you're only thinking about what you can buy with the money you'll save, the answer might be ...

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Don't Miss the RUT this weekend! 50 K Race Details.

Sunday, September 6th, 2015 The Rut 50K is an extremely challenging mountain run held on Big Sky Resort property.  Race participants will find themselves covering ALL types of terrain including  jeep roads,  forested single track trails, alpine ridge lines and even to the iconic summit of Lone Peak! There are sections of this course, including the ascent and traverse of Headwaters ridge, as well as the ascent ...

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LONE PEAK VERTICAL KILOMETER

Friday, September 4th, 2015 | 3 PM Start Location: Big Sky Resort Base Area Welcome to the hardest 3 Mile “run” you will ever complete. Over 1 Kilometer of elevation gain in just 5 Kilometers of distance.  Painfully simple. After you get to the top you have front row seats to the magnificence of southwest Montana. From there we will give you a lift back down via the Lone Peak tram. From there, VK’ers will ...

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FIVE WAYS BARGAIN-HUNTING CAN BACKFIRE ON HOME BUYERS

It's natural to want to save money when you're making a purchase as large as a home. You want to buy the best home in the best neighborhood at the best price, and you may think the only way to accomplish your goals is to look for bargains. So instead of hiring a real estate agent, you scour the market for FSBOs, short sales, foreclosures, or homes that have been on the Internet too long. While you're bargain-hunting, here are five ...

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HOME SELLERS ADVICE: LIST IT OR SIY?

There are pros and cons to doing anything yourself. You weigh factors such as your expertise, the enjoyment of doing a certain task, and the cost savings of doing it yourself (DIY) vs. hiring a professional. Are for-sale-by-owners successful? The answers may lie in research from the National Association of REALTORS®. According to the most recent Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the share of home sellers or SIYs who sold their home ...

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Ghostbusters at the ROXY tonight! Who you gonna call?

Murray Me concludes with the thrilling and ridiculous classic ghost story. After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must ...

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Stock volatility could further weaken housing demand

Consumer confidence in housing has been on the rise all year, thanks to increasing home values and a strengthening job market. That confidence, however, may be taking a hard hit from swings in the U.S. stock market, volatility in overseas economies and uncertainty over interest rates. "Between Greek default, war, plummeting oil prices and most recently fears of a Chinese slowdown, it's been a volatile summer. Like swimming with a ...

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DON'T FIGHT THE HOME INSPECTION

Question: We are selling our house and have just received an offer to purchase. The offer contains a contingency for the buyer to obtain a home inspection report. The buyer is asking for a general inspection contingency, but our real estate broker is advising us to use the specific inspection contingency. Can you explain the difference and give us some assistance? Answer: In my opinion, it is imperative for a homebuyer to obtain a home ...

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SECURE YOUR HOME WITH CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY WHILE ON A BUDGET

A burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds and a property crime every 3.5 seconds, according to the FBI. In addition, Safeguard the World reports that homes without security systems are up to 300 percent more likely to be broken into. Fortunately home security products and apps help deter burglars and stop them in their tracks. While an expensive home security system helps safeguard your home, there are other ways to stay safe without breaking the ...

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Murray Me Continues, Don't Miss STRIPES Tonight at the Roxy Theater 8PM.

Murray Me marches on with the classic military comedy. Hard-luck cabbie John Winger (Bill Murray) -- directionless after being fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend -- enlists in the U.S. Army with his close pal, Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis). After his barely satisfactory performance in basic training, the irreverent Winger emerges as the figurehead for a ragtag band of Army misfits. However, his hijinks threaten to cause an ...

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7 WAYS TO USE THE HOTTEST MATERIAL AROUND: THE HUMBLE CONCRETE BLOCK

When it comes to cheap chic, wood pallets have been having their day, being transformed into everything from patio furniture to wall coverings. But now it's time for a new super affordable material to shine, and it is! Behold the humble concrete block, and all the cool things you can do with it. "Why are cinder blocks so versatile? Perhaps it's the fact that their form is simple, clean-lined and modern," said ...

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VACATION HOMES: BUYING REMOTE LUXURY

Are you searching for a remote vacation environment where you won't have to sacrifice luxury and ease of access? If so, you're part of the remote-luxury trend that is at the intersection of emerging lifestyle patterns, including those below: Perhaps you belong to the growing community of committed marathon and extreme athletes who combine holidaying and training, and have a preference for high-end living and amenities. Are you ...

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PATIO APPEAL MAY ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME

Depending on where you live, a patio might not be the kind of thing you think about during the cold, and maybe snowy, winter months. But a patio is what many people enjoy on a sunny warm afternoon. It just feels good to sit outside and sip some iced tea or lemonade. That's the picture your real estate agent would want to capture when listing your home for sale. Patios are appealing because they can create a sense of peace, open space, ...

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Don't miss Caddyshack tonight.

Murray Me continues with Bill Murray's lunatic groundskeeper Carl Spackler, the funniest aspect of this already hilarious film. Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe), a teen down on his luck, works as a caddy at the snob-infested Bushwood Country Club to raise money for his college education. In an attempt to gain votes for a college scholarship reserved for caddies, Noonan volunteers to caddy for a prominent and influential club member (Ted ...

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HOMEOWNERS NEED TO PROTECT AGAINST PRESCRIPTIVE EASEMENTS

Property owners whose land is crossed over or otherwise used by people who don't own it are well-advised to keep in mind the rules regarding prescriptive easements. If they don't, they may wake up some day to discover that those other persons have gained a permanent right to use that property in the manner that they have been doing. A recent California ruling (Pulido v. Pereira, Third Appellate District Court of Appeal, March 5, ...

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8 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING A NEW HOME

Buying a new home can be a truly exciting experience. Choosing your lot and floorplan, picking out all your fixtures, watching the progress from foundation to framing to finishes. Makes me want to run out and tour a model home right now! Through all the excitement, though, there are a few realities that may be surprising for those buying new for the first time. 1. You probably won't be able to negotiate the price New homes are not ...

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WHAT MAKES A HOME A GOOD BUY?

There's no perfect home, but some homes are more ideal for your household than others. When you look for your next home, carefully consider these four criteria –price, features, location and condition. The closer you get to meeting all four criteria, the better your chances are of making a good buy. Price In any market, price has to come first. To determine what you can comfortably afford, talk to your real estate professional. He ...

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2250 Raymond, Beautiful, Modern, New home in the much desired Rattlesnake.

                Brand new, contemporary design home in desirable Rattlesnake location. Main level features open floor-plan with views of Mount Jumbo from floor-to -ceiling windows in spacious living area, cook’s kitchen, space for large dining table, gas fireplace, mudroom connection between living space and large double car garage. Powder room, flexible space for ...

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WHAT A RISING MEDIAN HOME PRICE MEANS TO BUYERS

The nation's median home price is up to $236,400 according to the National Association of Realtors. That's "6.5% above the year-ago price and above the peak price set in July 2006," saidUSA Today. And whether that seems like a bargain or a bust depends squarely on location. But in Birmingham, AL, Knoxville, TN, or Buffalo, NY, the top three choices on Forbes list of Most Affordable Cities, and you may be able to get in the ...

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BUYER'S ADVICE: DON'T WAIT FOR A BETTER DEAL

Despite a hot economy, mortgage interest rates are near historic lows. Prices are still below where they were nearly 10 years ago. Home values have risen for over five years allowing homeowners to build equity. Unemployment is down to where it was before the recession. Prices are higher, inventory is tight, and buyers are being shut out of homes in many areas. Rents are higher than mortgage payments across the country. So buying a home is ...

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Caras Park August Schedule

  Event Date Event Day August (Total Events: 17) Event Start Event End ATM? 8/1/2015 Saturday Big Sky BBQ Festival 4:00 PM 10:30 PM YES 8/2/2015 Sunday Church at the Park 10:00 AM 1:00 PM NO 8/5/2015 Wednesday Out to Lunch 11:00 AM 2:00 PM YES 8/6/2015 Thursday Downtown Tonight 5:30 PM 8:30 PM YES 8/7/2015 Friday Badlander Stomp It Out 10:00 PM NO 8/9/2015 Sunday Symphony in the Park 7:00 PM 9:30 PM YES 8/12/2015 Wednesday Out ...

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Chinese buyers feed new energy into Texas real estate

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000401290 With investors nervously watching the Shanghai stock market, Chinese are the now biggest foreign buyers of American real estate, and they are setting their sights on the biggest state in the Lower 48. Texas is seeing a huge influx of Chinese buyers, both investors and owner occupants, thanks to more affordable housing. And recent turbulence in China's stock market is likely ...

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Don't get too optimistic about the housing market

The current housing market is emblematic of the effect that ultra-low interest rates have had on the economy at large. Low interest rates have inflated the economy just as they have inflated housing prices. In other words, the economy has become heavily dependent on low interest rates, and nobody can predict what will happen when the training wheels are removed. S&P Case Shiller's latest 20-city home-price index, which is a ...

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8 SMART WAYS TO MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN LOOK LARGER

A large, open kitchen may be the dream of most homebuyers today, but with restrictive budgets, smaller square footage, or homes that were built before this trend took over, not all are making the grade. If you find yourself with a smallish kitchen, there are ways to make it feel more spacious. Knock down a wall Removing a wall that blocks light or that separates the kitchen from the living or dining room is an easy choice for experienced ...

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The Housing Market Still Isn’t Rational

Home prices have been climbing. They have risen 27 percent nationally since 2012, even more in places like San Francisco. But why worry? If you accept the efficient markets theory — and believe that real estate is an efficient market — then these prices are based on “new information,” even if you don’t know what that information is. The problem with this kind of thinking is that the efficient markets theory is at ...

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MORTGAGES: KNOW BEFORE YOU OWE

Determined to get a great buy and save money when you purchase a new or resale home or condominium? Most of your "money" challenge rests, not with the purchase price, but with the cost of borrowing money to buy. Saving a few thousand on the purchase price, but jumping into a mortgage without any research may mean that apparent purchase savings disappear into massive accrued interest costs. The cost of borrowing someone else's ...

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INCREDIBLE HOMES THAT ARE SO BALLER THEY'LL MAKE YOU WEEP

It looks nice and prim and classic and gorgeous, but this Portland, OR English-style manor is hiding a few secrets. Like the fact that the owner added a skateboard park in the attic and built a Japanese teahouse on the grounds—a feat that took a whole four years. This new listing didn't show the teahouse or the skate park. So here's a living room with a skate ramp instead. Or, you could buy Lil ...

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Yellen Say Commercial Real Estate In A Bubble

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is getting a bit of a reputation as a very highly placed financial analyst as she and her staff continue to point out bubbles in various asset classes when they see them. In the last year or so the garrulous Fed chair has warned about the S&P 500 and the biotech and social media sectors - although so far the return has not been great on that call. Yellen's most recent call comes ...

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A 'KICK-OUT CLAUSE' CAN PROTECT HOME SELLERS

Question: We were about to sign a contract to sell our house to a very nice couple, when they advised us they cannot afford to buy our house unless they sell their house first. We would like to sell to this couple, but are reluctant to take our house off the market for an indefinite period while the buyers try to sell their house. How do you resolve this dilemma? Answer: There is a concept in real estate called "the kick-out clause," ...

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EXPECT UNEXPECTED COSTS, CHORES WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME TO MOVE UP

  Selling a home can come with unexpected chores and costs but taking some key steps can help keep you under budget on costs and on target for the best return on your investment. 1. First, get pre-approved for a home loan. Sign a contract to sell your old home before you know if you are qualified to buy another and you could get stuck. If your financial circumstances changed since your last home purchase you might no longer ...

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SELLING YOUR HOME? MAKE IT A SUMMER DREAM HOME FOR BUYERS

  Selling your home in the summertime can be a great opportunity to attract buyers. Having your home "summer-ready" can increase the chances of it selling faster. Searching for homes often increases just as schools let out and families have some extra time to begin the hunt prior to the next school year beginning. As a seller, there are a few things you can do to create a summer-ready home that influences your buyers ...

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9 Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2015

Along with green shoots and chirping birds, one sure sign of spring is popping up in neighborhoods across the country: For Sale signs. As the weather warms up, so does the housing market, and experts say this year’s spring selling season is shaping up to be an active one. Whether you’re buying or selling, here are the trends you need to know about. 1: Home prices are rising, even hitting record levels in some places. Home ...

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INCREASE HOME OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY: REMODELING DESIGN TIPS

Working from home is both a luxury and a curse. Sure, you don't have to fight with traffic or even get dressed in the morning, but the line between home and work can begin to blur to the point where you're not sure if you're working from home or living at work. Additionally, it is much easier to get distracted when your office is part of your house. Kids, pets, phone, doorbell — these distractions can add up to sensory ...

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PREPARING FOR AN HOA MEETING

  Running a successful homeowner association Board Meeting takes thought and preparation. So when should those preparations begin? Meetings should be scheduled a year in advance (repeat, a year in advance). And why? HOA business should be handled in a systematic way. If meetings are planned, say, for the 2nd Tuesday of every January, April, July and October and this is known months in advance, directors will have no ...

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Events around western Montana for 4th of July weekend

  July 4 • Fourth of July Team Challenge, 9 a.m.-noon, Riverside Park, Eureka. Teams can be made up of three members - one to run, one to bike and one to kayak - or one person can compete in all three legs. Runners and bike riders will travel three miles along an abandoned railway. The kayaker will paddle three miles down a bay on Lake Koocanusa. The third leg is a two-mile run on a trail. Call (406) 889-4636 or visit ...

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THE TOP THREE REASONS BUYERS CHOOSE THE HOMES THEY BUY

  You may think buyers will love your home because of your extraordinary taste in home furnishings or the incredible job you did with your home addition. Nope, it's not the décor or the vast add-on that gets them to commit, although they may help. There are three top reasons a buyer chooses to buy a home -- price, condition, and location. Let's start with Price. To choose the right asking price for your ...

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SPECIAL RULES APPLY WHEN TENANT-OCCUPIED PROPERTY IS FOR SALE

Agents who have for-sale listings of tenant-occupied properties need to comply with the rules governing showings and notice of entry. California has some special -- and somewhat surprising -- rules in this regard, and it behooves California agents to become familiar with them. Recently, the legal department of CAR (California Association of REALTORS®) provided a memo on this topic. We note some of the highlights here. While the California ...

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3 TOOLS FOR EFFECTIVE LISTENING, (THESE WORK)!

3 Tools for Effective Listening (these work).  In America we go to school for 12 – 16 years or more.  That’s a lot of time.  We learn a lot of things that we need to know: how to count, how to read, and how to write.  But the one thing nobody ever teaches us is how to listen effectively.  And if we’re going to be with other humans, this skill is really important – even vital.   Here are ...

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UPGRADE YOUR GARAGE WITH THESE GEAR ESSENTIALS

It is easy to clutter your garage with miscellaneous items, but if you streamline the space by getting rid of what you don't need and investing in some helpful gear, your garage can become an organized and practical space that makes your household more efficient. Deck out your garage with this essential gear and add some functionality to your home: Purchase a Workbench A garage is incomplete without a proper workbench. A sturdy ...

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PRO TIPS FOR INTERIOR HOUSE PAINTING

If you're interested in painting your interior walls but don't want to hire a professional, it's helpful to know how they do it. Knowing something about the process could save you time and money -- and help you avoid having to repaint your walls after you make a mistake. Here are some tips for painting your walls like a pro: #1 Inspect your walls. Check for cracks, flaking, peeling or scrapes. Then, sand those areas down or ...

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Ground breaking in the Old Sawmill District

MISSOULA, Mont. - Dozens gathered in Missoula today to celebrate a project 13 years in the making: the groundbreaking of the Polly Square Condominiums in the Old Sawmill District. This is located by Allegiance Field in Missoula.  The condos are one of many projects planned for the area, which will also feature commercial space, parks, and restaurants. Developer Leslie Wetherbee is excited for the future of the property. ...

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Kettlehouse Beer League ends tonight!

  June 17: XC Course – Full Bore 5:45pm start This is international quality racing with a touch of local flare. The full course will be run just like when the Olympians duke it out on June 21, but it’s still just another Kettlehouse Beer League race. Finish out the season and crack a Cold Smoke!

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ZillaState welcomes Reilly Sullivan as a new Agent to our office.

Reilly’s Bio Real estate transitions are adventures.  My job is to understand your needs and to apply  my expertise to make your journey as satisfying as possible.  I bring a deep knowledge of Missoula life (neighborhoods, people, lifestyle), an appreciation for real estate’s high stakes (financial and emotional), and meticulous business skills to make your transaction successful.  I want to help you net the ...

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Celebrate Memorial Day in Missoula, Western Montana

Memorial Day weekend in western Montana offers plenty of opportunities to remember American servicemen and women. Here are events shared by Missoulian readers: *** Monday, May 30 Missoula VFW Hall breakfast, 245 Main St., 7-9 a.m. Beach charter bus leaves from in front of VFW Hall, 245 Main St., at 9:15 a.m. to first memorial service. Bus for service participants only, not general public. Caras Park, 10 a.m. Line up at the Caras ...

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Necessary HOA Websources

Providing accurate and timely information is extremely important for homeowner associations. Prospective buyers, real estate agents and title companies need to know who to contact to provide listing and closing information. HOA members need to know who to contact for meeting schedules, general information, rules enforcement, maintenance requests and money matters. Providing these resources via the internet provides for 24/7 self-help and reduces ...

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Tired of Renting? It's time to Buy a Home!

Your landlord is raising the rent. The neighbors are yelling at each other through paper-thin walls. You’re a trembling jealous wreck because your best friends just bought a new home and it’s awesome. Renting just isn’t doing it for you anymore. Is it time to buy your next home? The primary reason to buy a home is simply because you’re ready. Homes are more affordable than they were 10 years ago, and you may be ...

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Zillastate Provides $3,000 Cash Purse – Montana Hell Ride

Latest | Racing | Training Zillastate is a Real Estate Company in Missoula, MT.  Jed Dennison is the owner/operator of Zillastate and has supported cycling in Montana for the last 20 years.  He was one of the original race promoters in Missoula.  He’s started a junior cycling team in Missoula, and now serves on… http://thecyclinghouse.com/news/ http://thecyclinghouse.com/trip/montana-hell-ride/

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Bring the Spring Into your Home!

Now that the snow has melted, the trees begin to bud, and the flowers start to sprout, you’re probably itching to get your spring-cleaning on. But before you break out the rubber gloves, here are some ways to make sure your home’s air is fresh, clean, and pleasant, just like the new season upon us! 1. Open up those windows: This may be an obvious tip, but it’s easy to forget when you’re rushing to work during the week ...

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New Listing - 101 High Park Way

New Listing: 101 High Park Way Price: $289,900 MLS# 20151373 Fantastic Fairviews Home – Beautifully Maintained Home with Outstanding View of the Valley. Spacious 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Home in the Desirable Farviews Neighborhood. Some updates to this Home include — Newer Roof, Newer Exterior Painting, Newer Rebuilt Back Deck with Composite Decking. Most of the interior of the Home has recently been Painted and had New ...

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Bond and mortgage markets frear Fed 'normalization'

Next week’s monetary policy meeting could open door to rate hike Long-term rates came down a hair this week from the prior three-week spike, but there is no sign of another flirtation with the February lows. The third straight monthly slide in retail sales, along with the decline in oil to $45 a barrel, might have taken the edge off of Fed fear, but did not. Lowest-fee mortgages are 4 percent-ish, the 10-year T-note well above 2 ...

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New Listing - 1228 Toole Ave

New Listing: 1228 Toole Ave. Price: $217,000 MLS# 20150962/20150963 Downtown – Single Family Home – 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom on 5,744 Sq Ft Lot surrounded by Mature landscaping. Nice Sized Double Car Garage accessed by a Deeded Easement. This Home was split into a Duplex in the past and is currently used as a duplex. All interior photos are of unit 1 – Unit 1 has a very nice upper level bedroom with walk-in closet, ...

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February Housing Report

Click on link below for updated February housing report. http://missoularealestate.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc669bcce288f06fef3ebb228&id=7dbdbf5a2c&e=1dc786ca88

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10 WAYS TO SPRINGIFY YOUR HOME

It’s time to spring forward, and you know what that means: spring cleaning. Boo. Actually, there’s a whole bunch of things we want to do to our home, and with an extra hour of daylight, we may just have the energy to tackle a few. Here’s what we’ll be springing into starting this weekend. 1. Sell! Sell! Sell! Two words: garage sale. Does it stink to have to get up at 6am to greet the early birds? Yes. Will you be ...

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Welcome to Zillastate. Funny name, Friendly folks, First Class Residential & Commercial Real Estate Service.

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