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                                                   I've been traveling a lot this year and in every small town or city I pass through, I always think about what it's like to live there. Every neighborhood and every block has that special feature that makes it home to the people that live there. A...
Despite the sagging housing market, Internet-based agents got a dose of good news this week from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ announced on Tuesday that it had reached a proposed settlement with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that requires NAR to allow Internet-based, ...
                                               Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 3.3 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 526,000 units, the U.S. Commerce Department reported on Tuesday. But don't pop open the bubbly just yet. The gains reflected downward revision...
As I was strolling through my neighborhood this weekend, I noticed an open house going on. But it wasn't the large red and blue sign that initially drew my attention to the home. With its lush lawn, flowering shrubs, sweeping front porch - which had two rocking chairs nicely placed on the front s...
                                              I always know it's moving season again when the parking spot in front of my house is barricaded by a giant moving truck taking up the entire street. When I was in college, moving from one apartment to the next involved little effort, if any. I'd shove...
As I was walking this weekend along the coastline in Newport Beach, CA, I couldn't help but be in awe of the stunning luxury homes dotting the boardwalk. The median home price in this posh costal community is about $1,675,000. And the properties with postcard ocean views can reach up in the doubl...
                                              I recently came across an article in the Chicago Tribune that raised concerns about the effectiveness of open houses. The article cited a recent study from the National Association of Realtors 2007 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, which reported th...
This past weekend I flew out to Newport Beach, CA, to meet up with some old friends from high school. One of my friends is now an energy consultant and runs his own company, Azlan Energy Solutions, which provides existing businesses and homes with energy-efficient technology to cut down utility c...
Last week I made my way down to Dallas for the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference. Between the seminars and panel discussions on the nation's housing market and real estate trends, I got the opportunity to tour, in a helicopter, new developments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. ...
Nevada, California and Arizona top state foreclosure rates, according to a foreclosure market report released by RealtyTrac this week. The report, which shows foreclosure filings - default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions - were reported on 243,353 properties, a 4 percent incr...

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