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topStories Saturday, January 07, 2017
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Buying Is Better Than Renting in Most Markets...but for How Long?
Buying a home is more affordable than renting one in 66 percent of housing markets in the U.S., with Cook County, Ill., Maricopa County, Ariz. and Miami-Dade County, Fla. among those with the highest buy affordability, according to ATTOM Data Solutions' 2017 Rental Affordability Report. Renting a home, to compare, is more affordable than buying one in 34 percent of markets, with Dallas County, Texas, Kings County, N.Y. and Santa Clara County, Calif. among those with the highest rent affordability. Predominantly impacting affordability are stagnant wages, which have lagged at a growth rate of 2.2 percent since one year ago, compared to home prices, up 5.7 percent, and rents, up 4.2 percent. ...
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Staying in Tune with the Current Market
Today's real estate professionals have their work cut out for them when it comes to determining which tools, technologies and platforms are best for their specific needs.... READ MORE >
Does Your Team Practice Safe Texting?
Despite the convenience of text messaging, with over 3 million messages sent per minute, its use as an enterprise communications tool is inherently risky. TeleMessage, secure text... READ MORE >
MBA: Mortgage Apps Fall 12 Percent
Mortgage applications fell 12 percent over the most recent two-week period, according to data gathered in the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage... READ MORE >
Single Agent vs. Team
With the complicated nature of the real estate transaction, it has become critical for agents to incorporate great systems and processes into the mix to streamline their... READ MORE >

11 Things Your Child Should Do to Stay Safe at Home
By Sage Singleton
Home safety is an important, even life-saving topic that you should teach your children about at an early age. If you educate your children on basic home safety principles when they're young, the lessons will stick with them for a lifetime. 1. Learn to lock a deadbolt. Teach children how to lock and unlock a deadbolt.
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