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July Jobs Report Signals Riper Conditions for Housing
The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department recently reported, flouting expectations and signaling riper conditions for the housing market. The unemployment rate retreated to 4.3 percent, a low, and hourly wages on average went up 0.3 percent to $26.36. "[July's] strong jobs report showed some good news," says Danielle Hale, chief economist for®. "A strong job market and extra dollars in the pockets of many workers should further bolster consumer confidence in the current economic situation and outlook. This is particularly important for homebuyers, who often finance their purchase over 30 years and are most likely to buy when they have a ...
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Confidence in Housing Sags as Sellers Shy Away
Confidence in housing sagged in July in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), with optimism weakening for both... READ MORE >
Do Domain Extensions Matter?
In a tech-driven world, it's more important than ever for professionals in the housing industry to stand out in every way possible.... READ MORE >
The Power of Empathy in Business and Employee Retention
Empathy is the ability to share the feelings of another and to imagine how you would feel or think in another's shoes, and it's vital in... READ MORE >
Education Linked to Homeownership in More Ways Than One
Countless case studies have established a connection between education and homeownership: generally, college graduates are more likely to... READ MORE >

'Soft' Credit Checks: Do They Hurt Your Credit Score?
By Kevin Outlaw
Understanding what constitutes a hard check versus a "soft" check makes it easier to plan how you intend to apply for new credit lines, thereby minimizing the risk of harming your credit score.
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Opens New Calabash Office

EBCBOR Attends NAR Communications Directors Institute

Luxury Portfolio International to Host 2017 Affluence Forum



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