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Report: Homeowners in Negative Equity Are Treading Water
More than one million homeowners with negative equity came up from under the surface in 2016, but some are still treading water, according to Zillow's recently released 2016 Q4 Negative Equity Report. Just 10.5 percent of homeowners now owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, a dip from 13.1 percent in 2015. Over half of those homeowners, however, owes 20 percent or more of their home's value—and will continue underwater for some time, says Dr. Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow. "Negative equity is one of the most persistent reminders of the long-term losses suffered when the housing market collapsed," Gudell says. . "Accelerating home value appreciation over the past few months was a blessing ...
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Leadership and Culture Put Success on Fast Forward
Eli Tene and his partner Gil Priel brought more than 20 years of experience in business and real estate to the venture they launched almost a year-and-a-half ago, CENTURY 21 Peak.... READ MORE >
Listing Mastery: 7 Secrets to Working with High-Net-Worth Clients
What: RISMedia's ACE Webinar Series – "Listing Mastery: 7 Secrets to Working with High-Net Worth Clients." Sponsored by The Entrust Group. When: Wednesday, March 15... READ MORE >
Mortgage Rates Hit Year-High before Fed Decision
Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates on average hit a year-high this week ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on the key interest rate, increasing to 4.21 percent, according to... READ MORE >
New Features Make NAR's Online Member Center Better Than Ever
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) continuously works to offer extensive tools and resources to member brokers and their agents. Now, NAR has made it even... READ MORE >

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Fight over the Thermostat? How to Find a Happy Medium
By Debbie Arrington
(TNS)—Some like it hot; others prefer to chill. If those polar opposites reside under the same roof, discussions around the thermostat can get tense. "It's an ongoing battle to keep everybody comfortable," says Steve Wilken, a hardware store manager. "You just try to find a happy medium."
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