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topStories Monday, November 14, 2016
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Study: Is Home Equity Still a Retirement Failsafe?
By Suzanne De Vita
Homeownership is one of the more viable paths to a secure retirement—but many older homeowners missed the prime opportunity to leverage that equity before the recession. How much usable equity can older homeowners now expect in retirement, given the rebound in home values? A recent study by the Urban Institute explored the answer to this question, analyzing the equity patterns among older households before, during and after the recession. “Not only does a house meet the basic need of shelter, but it’s an asset that typically can be used to build wealth as homeowners pay down their mortgages,” the study’s authors state. ...
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What You Need to Know about FinCEN's New Anti-Money Laundering Efforts
Law enforcement agencies and the financial sector in the U.S. devote considerable time and resources to combating money laundering. In March, the Financial Crimes... READ MORE >
Change Management: Broker Technology Initiatives That Stick
Technology can transform your brokerage—but only if it sticks. Join RISMedia for this month’s FREE Automated Content Engagement (ACE) Broker Best Practices webinar... READ MORE >
Experts Weigh In on Website Accessibility
Ninety-five percent of all recent buyers used the internet at some point in their home search—and buyers now may be visiting your website during theirs. Courts have been split... READ MORE >
Contract-for-Deed Lending: Filling the Subprime Void
Following the subprime lending collapse in late 2008, there was a void in financing for low-credit borrowers with little or no down payments. Loans backed by FHA stepped... READ MORE >

Would You Cook in One of These Wacky Kitchens?
By Zoe Eisenberg
We're back to scrounging up the wacky and wonderful here on Housecall. In this edition, let's look at some of the craziest kitchens around.
Inside Real Estate and Kunversion Combine Businesses

ERA Real Estate Welcomes Texas-Based StarCrest Realty

Halstead Management Company Honored with Excellence Award



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