New Home Sales Jump 18.9% in September 10/27/17

New Home Sales Jump 18.9% in September 10/27/17

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently reported that sales of new single-family houses in September, 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 667k.  This number is 18.9% above August’s revised rate and is 17%  higher than one year ago.

Bitcoin Now Being Used to Buy Real Estate

We have had several posts about how blockchain technology, and in particular Bitcoin could be transformation agents in real estate.  Recently, CNBC’s Diana Olick recently reported that the cryptocurrency is now making its way into closings across the nation.

Retiring on $1 Million in Every State; But, for How Long?

If you’re fortunate enough to have $1 million when you retire, a lot of how long you can “survive” depends on what state you’re living in.  The folks over at recently crunched the numbers to show the disparity between U.S. states and their impact on drawing down (draining?) your retirement resources. This is why retirement and estate planning is extremely important for your and your family’s future. You may visit online pages like to know more about estate planning especially for blended families.

America’s 50 Rattiest Cities

The pest control & rodent control services over at Orkin recently reminded folks that Fall marks the start of rodent season when these unwanted pests seek food & shelter to survive the winter – that means coming in your properties!

Airbnb Partners With Developer on Apartment Building

A new partnership between Airbnb and a Florida developer could lead to landlords and tenants sharing the proceeds from short-term rentals.  The new project will be a 324-unit apartment building near Orlando that’s specially designed for homesharing.

Most New Homes Are Being Built in HOA’s

Recent data is showing that more and more new homes are being built as part of a homeowner’s association.  The NAHB’s Eye on Housing reports that 59.8% of all homes started in 2016 were built within a community or homeowner’s association.

Fresh Flooring Trends to Improve Investment Properties

Sleek, stylish flooring, e.g., marble flooring, is an asset to any investment property. Luckily, recent innovations in flooring materials have increased the possibilities for luxurious yet affordable options. The following five trends are a great place to start when considering new flooring projects.

Did Someone Die in Your Property Before You Owned it?

Come on, admit it; when you’re researching a property, have you ever wondered if someone was killed there or maybe even died at that address?  An online site will, for a small fee, generate a report using millions of records to determine if a death occurred at any valid US address.

America’s Best Cities to Trick or Treat

Infographic:  Halloween is almost here!  The spooky folks over at Zillow crunched the candy, uh, we mean numbers to come up with the top 20 best cities for “trick-or-treating.”

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