Don’t Overlook an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

(MCT)—Let me start out by saying that I have a bias in favor of fixed mortgages, especially in this time of historically low rates. The logic is this: Why wouldn’t you lock More »

Is Your Front Door a Gateway to Energy Loss?

October is Energy Awareness Month, so I went looking for specific ways homeowners could reduce soaring energy bills. The experts at Therma-Tru (thermatru.com) reached out with their perspective, advising homeowners to evaluate More »

Relocation: From ‘Once Was’ to ‘Now Is’

Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus, addressed RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City on September 10, 2014. He has led Cartus throughout its growth and transformation from a More »

Don’t Overlook an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

(MCT)—Let me start out by saying that I have a bias in favor of fixed mortgages, especially in this time of historically low rates. The logic is this: Why wouldn’t you lock in now and enjoy the certainty of a nice low rate for the full life of your mortgage? The vast majority of homeowners […]
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Is Your Front Door a Gateway to Energy Loss?

October is Energy Awareness Month, so I went looking for specific ways homeowners could reduce soaring energy bills. The experts at Therma-Tru (thermatru.com) reached out with their perspective, advising homeowners to evaluate their exterior doors, which could provide a major gateway to energy losses, or savings. Brad Johnson, a VP with Therma-Tru Corp says leaking […]
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Relocation: From ‘Once Was’ to ‘Now Is’

Kevin Kelleher, president and CEO of Cartus, addressed RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange in New York City on September 10, 2014. He has led Cartus throughout its growth and transformation from a predominantly U.S.-centric relocation firm into a global market leader in related HR and financial services. He spoke about corporate trends in employee mobility […]
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Getting Started: Common Mistakes That Could Hurt a Credit Score

(MCT)—You may already know some of the basics of maintaining a healthy credit score: pay your bills on time, don’t charge the maximum allowed on your credit card and start building a credit history early. But as much as you focus on good credit habits, some things that may be less obvious can hurt your […]
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Why Boomerang Kids Bounce Back

Not only are the numbers of young people over 18 who live with their parents reaching unprecedented numbers, higher than previously assumed, they are not necessarily moving out when their financial situations improve, a according to a new study by Federal Reserve economists that may have important ramifications for housing marks. The fraction of young […]
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Seven Must-Dos for First-Time Homebuyers

(MCT)—Buying your first home can be nerve-wracking. As a first-time homebuyer, you will navigate a process that might include uncertainty, excitement, confusion and frustration. But preparation and knowledge can help you stay on the right track. Here are seven steps that can improve your chances of having a good homebuying experience. Know Your Credit If […]
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U.S Regulators Ready for Relaxed Mortgage Rules

Later this week, after several years of back-and-forth debate, U.S. regulators are finally set to finalize a more relaxed set of mortgage standards. This new set of rules will be a win for the real estate industry, with the projected agreement much more moderate than the mortgage security standards proposed back in 2011. The federal […]
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Your Place: Multiple-glazed Windows Help Fight Condensation

(MCT)—I know I’ll be getting this question at least once as cooler weather sets in, so here’s an explanation of window condensation, courtesy of Tom Herron of the National Fenestration Rating Council. Condensation appears as a light coating of water, frost or ice. Unless the condensation is between the window panes, humidity inside the home […]
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20 Best Cities for Trick or Treating

Gather around you spooky ghosts and cackling witches: The best locations for scoring Halloween loot in 2014 are secret no more! Every year, the candy-loving data heads at Zillow team up to find the top 20 cities around the country for trick-or-treaters in search of the most candy on the safest streets. Stealing the coveted […]
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Hot Property, Athletes Edition: Preseason Adjustment for Kobe Bryant

(MCT)—As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to fine-tune the team this preseason, star player Kobe Bryant has made a tweak of his own, adjusting the price on his Newport Coast home to slightly under $ 7.6 million. The gated residence, built in Mediterranean style in 1997, sits among tall palms in a guard-gated community with unobstructed […]
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