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Net Neutrality Rollback Threat to Real Estate Industry

The net neutrality controversy came to a head last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the Obama-era open internet regulations following a meeting on Dec. 14. These protections required broadband internet providers to offer equal web access without...

Making Real Estate Personal Again: LaVerne Pike, Windermere Real Estate

In a business where technology can easily take center stage, LaVerne Pike, an award-winning veteran agent with Seattle’s Windermere Real Estate, stands apart by focusing on the person-to-person connection and a level of service that puts him—not the internet—at the...

Marijuana’s Impact on Real Estate

While the cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana remain illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), nearly all states* allow for the limited medical use of marijuana and eight states (plus the District of Columbia) allow for some recreational...

FCA Is Spreading Holiday Cheer With Savings

NAR PULSE—The holidays are a little brighter: through the end of the year, stack up the savings when you combine Big Finish incentives with the $500 cash allowance on the purchase or lease of select vehicles. Remember, family members in...

Housing Starts Rise in Surprise November

Home-building activity rose in a surprise November, with housing starts up 3.3 percent to a rate of 1,297,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Single-family housing starts...

Americans ‘Concerned’ About Homeownership in Light of Tax Bill

Americans are concerned about homeownership in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to new realtor.com® research. The legislation, awaiting President Trump’s signature (at press time), passed on Wednesday this week. More than one-third (36.2 percent) of respondents...

Inventory at Lowest Since 2013

Housing inventory is shrinking, still, according to the recently released Trulia Inventory and Price Watch for the fourth quarter of 2017. Across the board, in the premium, starter and trade-up tiers, inventory has tumbled 10.5 percent year-over-year—the most considerable drop-off...

Existing-Home Sales Skyrocket Toward 11-Year High

Existing-home sales in November skyrocketed to a spree not seen in more than 10 years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Existing-home sales totaled 5.81 million, a 5.6 percent increase from October and a 3.8 percent increase from one...

Appraisals Come Up Slightly Short

Appraisals came up slightly short of owner opinions in November, 0.67 percent lower than expected, according to the latest Quicken Loans National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The latest Quicken Loans National Home Value Index (HVI) shows appraised values rose...

Thomas Gallagher: A Real Estate Powerhouse With a Family Feel

Thomas Gallagher began in the real estate business in 1986 and two years later partnered with Mike Litzner to open CENTURY 21 American Homes, which will celebrate its 30-year anniversary this coming April. CENTURY 21 American Homes is unique, Gallagher...
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