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topStories Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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Peering into the Future of Housing: Predictions for 2017
WalletHub recently announced its 10 financial predictions for 2017, forecasting several economic to-bes in the coming year. Many have implications for housing, including: Two Rate Hikes - WalletHub is seeing double in 2017, pegging the Federal Reserve to raise the key rate twice—a quarter point each—to bring the target rate to 1.00-1.25 percent. Interest rates, including for mortgages, will follow suit. (Case in point: credit card interest rates went up 24 basis points in the beginning of 2016, after the Fed raised the key rate 25 basis points in December 2015.) …but Higher Home Sales - WalletHub forecasts existing-home sales to hit 6 million next year, fueled by—wait for it—rising rates. ...
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NAR Broker Tip of the Month: Register Now for the 2017 REALTOR® Broker Summit
Registration is now open for the 2017 REALTOR® Broker Summit. Don’t miss this elite event, to take place February 14-15 in San Diego, Calif. at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.... READ MORE >
Building and Branding Team Business
In the following interview, Chris Speicher of Long & Foster Real Estate in Bethesda, Md., discusses the growth of his team with wife Peggy Lyn, and their approach to agent... READ MORE >
Thorough Planning: The Secret to Success
In the following interview, Marie and Mark Hischier, broker/owners of HomeSmart Professional Partners Realty in Monrovia, Calif., discuss the real estate industry, both... READ MORE >
Tips for Writing Replies to Any Review
Reviews are powerful. They can be compelling enough to persuade consumers to reach out, or hurtful enough to shrink your business. That’s why responding to reviews is just... READ MORE >

The Hottest Colors of 2017: New Neutrals
(BPT)—Make 2017 the year you update your home with "new" neutrals—hot, timeless colors that pair well with hues like cornflower, taupe, wine and sunny yellow. A departure from the monochromatic shades of prior years, the new neutrals transition from black and white to beige, khaki and taupe tones—taupe, in fact, an earthen brown-gray, was named the 2017 Color
A Non-Effect? Would-Be Homebuyers Unshaken by Election

Consumers Expect Expanded Credit Access as Year Turns


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