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topStories Thursday, October 27, 2016
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New-Home Sales Up after August Slip
New-home sales activity is up, coming in at a rate of 593,000 in September, roughly 3 percent higher than the August rate of 575,000, the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report. September’s rate, which represents 4.8-months supply, is approximately 30 percent higher than the September 2015 estimate of 457,000. The uptick in new-home sales activity comes amid a strong showing of existing-home sales—as reported by the National Association of REALTORS®, existing-home sales rose 3.2 percent to 5.47 million in September, marking their highest pace since June. Single-family starts, as well, surged 8.1 percent ahead of estimates. New-home sales in August slipped 7.6 percent. ...
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Window to the Law: Prevent Elder Abuse
Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to inform and educate members about important aspects of being a real estate... READ MORE >
Conquering New Areas with a Different Model
In the following interview, Mark Farrow, Jim Sparkman and Don Sturgeon, broker/owners of HomeSmart Realty Group in Salem, Ore., discuss their brokerage’s systemized growth... READ MORE >
Education Insider's Tip Jar: 10 Tips for Successful Short Sales
Center for REALTOR® Development is proud to introduce a new source of wisdom for its weekly e-news—instructors! Periodically, we will have certified National Association of REALTORS®... READ MORE >
Home Warranties Are Worth Their Weight
As a real estate agent, your client is your top priority. You are, after all, in the client services industry, and not only should you aim to help your client, but to also shepherd them through what will likely... READ MORE >

Are There Laws for Selling a Haunted House?
By Zoe Eisenberg
As a real estate professional, you may have come into contact with a spooky space. Self-slamming doors, footsteps on the stairs, the laughter of small children—we've heard all about haunted houses here on Housecall. But are there any disclosure laws for selling a haunted house? With Halloween haunting us right around the corner, Western
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