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  A friend of mine, Greg, and his wife Lisa are moving from New York to Seattle. As a fellow former New Yorker, I empathize with his trepidation. It's always daunting moving across the country, but the transition from New York to Seattle can be a little, well, jarring. So to try to make them fee...
To minimize risk, many agents now require their buyers get pre-approved before they begin looking at homes.  This is a smart tactic, since it's important for buyers to know right from the beginning how much they can afford to spend on a home.  In addition, some sellers require buyers to get pre-a...
Industry Realtor Survey 8-5-2009
An interesting paper from several economists including two from Fannie Mae studies the causes of foreclosures in Southern California over the last few years. The paper seeks to determine whether it was home value declines or excessive borrowing at the time of the purchase and in subsequent refis ...
Zillow's July 2009 traffic stats are out, and as usual I'm pleased to share them with you. To my knowledge, we're the only online real estate company that actually publishes our exact traffic statistics each and every month. But that's just how we roll here at Zillow. So without further ado, Zill...


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