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5 things to know about appraisers choosing comps | Sacramento Appraisal Blog | Real Estate Appraiser

5 things to know about appraisers choosing comps | Sacramento Appraisal Blog | Real Estate Appraiser | Real estate | Scoop.it
How do appraiser choose comps? Are there rules an appraiser has to follow for picking comparable sales? Here is what Fannie Mae and a Sacramento appraiser says.

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Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's curator insight, May 30, 2014 9:58 AM

These are very good tips for real estate agents to consider when pricing their listings. 

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Drowning in debt - CBC.ca

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According to new data gathered by the credit agency TransUnion, in the three months ending September 30, the average Nova Scotia owed $25, 277 in non-mortgage debt. That's up from $24,066 in the first quarter of 2012.

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Nov. 13: Mortgage rates last topped 18% on this day in 1981

Nov. 13: Mortgage rates last topped 18% on this day in 1981 | Real estate | Scoop.it
Today, interest rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage are hovering at around 4.16 percent. That’s super cheap, especially compared with the rates 32 years ago.
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Ben Bensen's curator insight, November 14, 2013 2:14 PM

This really puts things in perspective. We are still at historic lows! If you are thinking of buying or selling, now really is an great time. But don't wait, 5% is the projected rate for this time next year. That could result in $1000's more to pay off each year!

For more information on your local market, I can connect you with a great real estate consultant in your area. Email me: bensenrealestate@outlook.com

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9 Reasons Why Investing in Real Estate is Awesome (And Better Than Stocks!)

9 Reasons Why Investing in Real Estate is Awesome (And Better Than Stocks!) | Real estate | Scoop.it

Which is better - real estate, stocks, or something else? This post shares 9 reasons to believe that real estate crushes the competition. Do you agree?


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Home Safety Tips For All Seasons

Home Safety Tips For All Seasons | Real estate | Scoop.it
Many people pay extra attention to electrical safety in winter when space heaters and electric blankets are used. But the truth is, statistics still look bleak.

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Sundaybell's curator insight, September 30, 2013 11:36 AM

Is your home safe?  Home safety tips for all seasons: please keep our children safe.

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As mortgage refi boom dries up, lenders loosening requirements for homebuyers

As mortgage refi boom dries up, lenders loosening requirements for homebuyers | Real estate | Scoop.it

Online mortgage originator LendingTree’s monthly Credit Accessibility Report shows the average accessibility score for U.S. borrowers rose from 103 to 106 between July and August, indicating that borrowers had easier access to mortgage credit. 

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Five Tips to Help You Choose The Right Furnace Repair Man

Five Tips to Help You Choose The Right Furnace Repair Man | Real estate | Scoop.it
You are bound to experience a problem with your furnace at some point in time. An exceptional repair man has the tools and skills that are required for repairs.

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Sundaybell's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:57 AM

How about a quick check on that furnace before the cold hits: getting ready for winter. 

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Higher mortgage rates don't mean higher home prices, Fannie Mae says

Higher mortgage rates don't mean higher home prices, Fannie Mae says | Real estate | Scoop.it
Research from Fannie Mae finds little impact from rate rises on home prices. (If you're in the market to buy a home, don't be scared by recent mortgage rate increases! Fannie Mae says that...
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Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt | Real estate | Scoop.it
Easy to make blueberry frozen yogurt, made with fresh or frozen blueberries. Light alternative to ice cream, intense blueberry flavor.

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End of summer fun with Blueberry Icecream

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What a poor credit rating is costing you

What a poor credit rating is costing you | Real estate | Scoop.it
Experts estimate a less-than-sterling credit score can cost you tens of thousands of dollars over the years, since you'll be paying higher interest rates on everything from mortgages to a Macy's credit card.

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Should I Use a Real Estate Agent? 5 More Reasons the Answer is Yes!

Should I Use a Real Estate Agent? 5 More Reasons the Answer is Yes! | Real estate | Scoop.it
Buying and selling real estate can be one of the most complicated business/personal transactions you will ever make, and to ensure everything is handled correctly it's best to enlist the services of an experienced real estate agent.

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Sundaybell's curator insight, November 14, 2013 1:01 PM

Save time and money...if you are clear about the real estate services you are looking for.

Right Choice Realty's curator insight, November 22, 2013 1:51 PM

When selling a home shouldn't the world know?

There are several market areas located outside the Lee County borders that purchase nearly half of all the properties sold on an annual basis! Some of these external markets have remained untapped for home sellers, until now. 

Right Choice Realty's agents open social network channels for the home seller by utilizing forced ad campaigns to targeted buyers in 4 countries and 14 cities! We double the homes exposure by creating a multi-faceted website for each home and then drive endless buyer traffic from around the globe across tablets, PC's, and smart phones encouraging those external markets to preview your home in advance of their arrival. We believe more potential buyers adds up to more opportunities to sell. See more @ http://ow.ly/r61qN

Right Choice Realty's curator insight, November 27, 2013 11:21 AM

FSBO has been a failed strategy for 100 years.

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Six Affordable Ways To Give Your House A Fresh Look

Six Affordable Ways To Give Your House A Fresh Look | Real estate | Scoop.it
Living in the same place can get dull, but it's not so easy to sell your home and move somewhere new. What is easy, however, is to re-imagine your home and give it a fresh new look.

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Sundaybell's curator insight, November 8, 2013 10:12 AM

Cheap home upgrade ideas.

America Foy's curator insight, November 10, 2013 4:34 PM

Easy DIY

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Buying A House: How A Student Loan Can Come Back To Haunt You

Buying A House: How A Student Loan Can Come Back To Haunt You | Real estate | Scoop.it
Buying a house requires no small amount of money. Even in a somewhat soft real estate market, buyers usually are required to have a minimum amount saved up for a down payment, and close to spotless credit to get the necessary mortgage loan.

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Sundaybell's curator insight, November 7, 2013 9:11 AM

The reality of student costs, loans and the ability to purchase a home when it still lingering.

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Apple Cider Cocktail Recipes Are Why We Love Fall (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post

Apple Cider Cocktail Recipes Are Why We Love Fall (PHOTOS) - Huffington Post | Real estate | Scoop.it
Apple Cider Cocktail Recipes Are Why We Love Fall (PHOTOS)
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We know the summer-to-fall transition can be hard -- you're leaving behind days of warm weather, sleeping in and family vacations.
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Texas Next Oil Rush fueling economic boom

Texas Next Oil Rush fueling economic boom | Real estate | Scoop.it
New pipelines are beginning to carry a glut of domestic crude from the middle of the country to Texas' Gulf Coast, boosting the fortunes of the area's big refineries and further fueling a decline in oil imports.

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Michael Stuart's curator insight, September 7, 2013 2:58 PM

The pipelines, all set to come online by the end of next year, mark a new phase in the U.S. oil boom.


Hydraulic fracturing has pushed U.S. oil output to its highest level in 17 years, but without adequate pipelines, much of the crude has been trapped at storage facilities, including domestically produced light, sweet crude at the massive storage hub in Cushing, Okla.


Because that Oklahoma crude is relatively stranded, its price is depressed compared with prices of oil stored in other parts of the U.S. and in Europe. But with the new pipelines, as well as increased use of rail cars and barges to move crude, Cushing prices are expected to rebound.


Refiners on the Texas Gulf Coast, which process about a quarter of U.S. gasoline, are poised to be the beneficiaries of the new pipelines.


They have been largely stuck paying for more-expensive imported crude, or paying extra transport costs to have the cheaper, stranded U.S. crude brought in on rail cars, which are generally more costly than pipelines.

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A bad neighbor can ruin a good appraisal

A bad neighbor can ruin a good appraisal | Real estate | Scoop.it
The eyesores on a neighboring property can drop home values by 5 to 10 percent, according to the Appraisal Institute, an international association of real-estate appraisers.

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Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's curator insight, August 28, 2013 4:09 PM

Hmm, wondering why your home is taking so long to sell?

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New Construction Starts Forecast to Rise 6%

New Construction Starts Forecast to Rise 6% | Real estate | Scoop.it
New construction starts are on track to see a 6 percent increase over 2013, according to a midyear update from McGraw Hill Construction.

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