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topStories Thursday, December 22, 2016
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What Slowdown? Existing-Home Sales Rise in Unusual November
Existing-home sales increased 0.7 percent to 5.61 million in November, reports the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), up from 5.57 million in October—reversing the typical trend toward a slowdown at this time of year. The November numbers, up 15.4 percent from last November, mark the highest sales pace since February 2007. The upward pull, according to the report, was driven primarily by activity in the Northeast, which grew 8.0 percent to 810,000. "The healthiest job market since the Great Recession and the anticipation of some buyers to close on a home before mortgage rates accurately rose from their historically low level have combined to drive sales higher in recent months," says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. ...
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Ask the Expert: When Does International Really Mean International?
Today's Ask the Expert column features Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America. Q: When does international really mean international? A: First, it's simply not... READ MORE >
10 Questions to Ask About Transaction Management Software
As electronic forms and signatures begin to dominate the transaction landscape, these... READ MORE >
Growing Pains: Meeting the Housing Needs of an Exploding Older Population
There's no stopping it: the population is aging. In less than 20 years, in fact, one in three households will be headed by someone aged 65 or older, according to a recent... READ MORE >
Exit Realty Announces 3 Key Leadership Appointments
Exit Realty's Steve Morris, Founder and Chairman, and Tami Bonnell, CEO, recently announced the following leadership appointments: Janice Petteway, President... READ MORE >

Fireplace Envy Rears Its Head as Seasons Shift
By Paige Tepping
Curling up in front of the fireplace has long been a source of warmth and comfort as Old Man Winter tries to break us down with bitter cold temperatures, mind-numbingly harsh winds and inclement weather. But like everything else in the home, the beloved fireplace of yesteryear
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