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Need a Team?
If you're thinking about how you will build a team, first figure out whether or not you need or will even benefit from starting one. Some popular reasons for starting a team are because everyone else is doing it, you're too busy to handle everything on your own, you want a better work/life balance, and you want to make more money. Starting a team for these reasons can actually hurt your bottom line. As Jim Remley points out, "The No. 1 thing to consider when thinking about starting a team is the number of leads you have. Do you have them and can you generate enough of them to feed a team?" 
 
Agents who are good at generating leads won't benefit from joining a team; it's the excellent salespeople who need help finding leads who are going to be drawn to team up. Don't count on your team members being a big lead generation source, and do make sure you can provide enough leads for them before you finalize your decision to start a team. Try referring out 10-15 of your leads for a few months to make sure you have the business you think you do.
 
The Right Person
When you're sure you have enough incoming leads to start a team, start recruiting personnel. The right person for your team not only will help your business grow, but also will benefit from being part of your team, as well. Before you choose a candidate for your team, find out what they're looking to gain by working for your company, so you can explain how your company can meet their needs and expectations. Training and advancement opportunities are great ways to do this.

Don't limit your search for the best people to a single location. Search for candidates at real estate schools, educational events, and career opportunity meetings to find individuals who are serious about furthering their careers. You should also consider pursuing professionals who are making a name for themselves in the community or local associations.
 
Assistant – The very first position you should fill is a full-time assistant to handle the many necessary but time-consuming tasks that come with being a real estate agent. A good assistant should be able to: If you hire a licensed real estate assistant, they can also help you: Team Administrator – As your team grows, your assistant can shift into the position of team administrator. Their primary responsibility should be creating repeatable, scalable systems to keep your business running smoothly as it grows. The team administrator runs everything, making sure that you and your other agents can focus on creating revenue.
 
Buyer Agent/Showing Agent – Another position you can add to your team is a buyer or showing agent. Many team leaders prefer to start with a showing agent who will go out with clients to show them properties, but who doesn't handle the initial lead qualification or handle the contracts and offers. The buyer agent would handle all steps of the buying process for their leads.
 
Transaction Coordinator – Your team administrator can handle this job until your team gets big enough to warrant a dedicated transaction coordinator. This is someone who will handle the paperwork and manage the deadlines of your transactions to make sure closings are efficient.
 
Listing Coordinator – This team member is responsible for scheduling showings, coordinating signs, creating virtual tours and handling all the groundwork required to make your listings successful. If you have too many leads to follow up with on your own, this person could also move up to become a listing agent.
 
Inside Sales Agent – As your team grows larger, the leads you bring in may no longer be enough. That's where an inside sales agent comes into play. This person is responsible for incubating and generating leads. The leads may be coming from online platforms, geographic farming, expired listings, for sale by owners, or any other lead sources your team likes to draw business from.
 
Marketing Expert – When your team gets big enough, a marketing expert can help you create a recognizable brand. They can design and send out marketing collateral such as flyers and postcards, organize buyer and seller seminars, promote your business on social networks, build connections with local neighborhood associations, and otherwise position your team as a desirable real estate team to work with. 
 
Need Help Managing Your Social Strategy? Contact Our Team of Social Media Specialists! 
 
Tech Specialist – Having someone in the office who can help you and your team deal with software updates, website design changes, create videos and handle the other technology needs of your team can be a game changer.
 
Whether you decide to start a team or not, Homes.com is here to help with a variety of services to meet your advertising and marketing needs. If lead generation is an area you need to improve upon to start your team, Homes.com can help you and your team connect with active buyers and sellers in your area. 
 
For more information, please visit connect.homes.com" ["preview"]=> string(477) "Real estate is a very demanding profession, making it hard at times to accomplish everything in a timely manner. Whoever said "If you want something done right, do it yourself" can't have been in real estate. That's why it's important to have a highly qualified team to help you close sales" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(1) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(3) "835" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26143" ["section_id"]=> string(4) "Ad_1" ["item_type"]=> string(2) "ad" ["zone"]=> string(4) "Ad 1" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97600" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26143" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_01" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 1" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97600" ["subject"]=> string(48) "CFPB 'Constitutional' After Appeals Court Ruling" ["authors"]=> string(18) "By Suzanne De Vita" ["data"]=> string(3646) "An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) organizational structure.
 
The agency, which has been at the center of controversy in the era of Trump, was deemed unconstitutional in a 2016 ruling. The agency's director cannot be dismissed at will (in other words, without cause), per its structure—authority that is unbalanced and unchecked, critics say. In a 7-3 ruling on Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia determined that the director can only be ousted by the president for legitimate reasons, such as misconduct or neglect. 
 
The decision represents a setback for the Trump Administration, which intends to loosen regulation.
 
"[This] decision is all about maintaining independent law enforcement free from politics. We are seeing that theme over and over again in efforts by the courts to check the rogue use of executive power," former CFPB Director Richard Cordray tweeted on Wednesday. 
 
Cordray left the post in November, appointing the agency's chief of staff, Leandra English, in his stead. President Trump named Mick Mulvaney, simultaneously, as successor. The courts have favored Mulvaney, also director of the Office of Management and Budget, in two rulings since. 
 
The finding on Wednesday comes as the agency continues its operational review. In January, it announced an evaluation of the organization; it issued a Request for Information (RFI) pertaining to its administrative adjudications, or decision-making proceedings, this week. By the agency's definition
 
"Administrative adjudication proceedings are formal adversarial proceedings conducted by an administrative law judge, who issues a recommended decision to the CFPB director. The director issues a final decision, either adopting or modifying the administrative law judge’s recommended decision."  
 
The latest RFI is the second of a series of solicitations.
 
"In this new year, and under new leadership, it is natural for the Bureau to critically examine its policies and practices to ensure they align with the Bureau’s statutory mandate," said Mulvaney in a statement at the time. "Moving forward, the Bureau will consistently seek out constructive feedback and welcome ideas for improvement. Much can be done to facilitate greater consumer choice and efficient markets, while vigorously enforcing consumer financial law in a way that guarantees due process."
 
The agency expects to issue the next RFI the week of Feb. 5.
 
Stay tuned to RISMedia for more developments.
 
Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia's online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com.
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An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) organizational structure. The agency" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97599" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26143" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_03" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 2" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97599" ["subject"]=> string(59) "Facebook Goes Local, More Opportunities for Agent Marketing" ["authors"]=> string(17) "By Liz Dominguez " ["data"]=> string(4639) "Social media is constantly changing, adapting to new platforms and the way people use them. Facebook has made strides in functionality to keep it relevant among the multitudes of platforms looking to take over as the top social platform. In order to maintain this relevancy, Facebook is looking to get even closer to its user base by catering to individual needs.
 
A few months ago, Facebook introduced an apartment search engine to its marketplace. And more recently, the social media giant made headlines for its attempt to promote Facebook-validated news sources. Now, the platform wants to be involved in a more intimate way by providing more local news than national news on users' feeds. 
 
"People consistently tell us they want to see more local news on Facebook. Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities and affect our lives," wrote CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a recent Facebook post. "Research suggests that reading local news is directly correlated with civic engagement. People who know what's happening around them are more likely to get involved and help make a difference."
 
So, what does this mean for the real estate industry?
 
Facebook Has More Power Over Content
While it is too soon to tell, real estate business pages may or may not fall under the news category according to Facebook. And if they do, real estate professionals will have difficulty determining whether their pages are being considered trusted local news sources that are appearing more frequently, or if they are being grouped as untrustworthy and are not being viewed. Real estate agents will need to keep a close eye on their pageviews and Facebook analytics to determine if this change is for the better. For industry professionals that use only their personal pages to promote their business, this local announcement may not impact them, unless Facebook is scanning posts by content instead of source.
 
The More Local, the More Relevant
If Facebook is looking to push local sources, the news factor may not play a role at all if real estate professionals are promoting mainly local content. Instead, agents and brokers may see a surge in pageviews from increased visibility to their content. If this is the case, real estate professionals should be prepared to post more content that features specialized local data versus articles with national or generic elements. 
 
"Starting [Jan. 29], we're going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city," wrote Zuckerberg. "If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in News Feed. We're starting this first in the U.S., and our goal is to expand to more countries this year."
 
Content Will Need to Be Reviewed Carefully

According to the social platform, these are just the first steps being taken to ensure high-quality news is prioritized. Since Facebook's algorithms are already a mystery to the masses, agents and brokers will need to carefully read through their content before posting on Facebook to ensure the platform doesn't pick up on any clickbait-type words that cause it to be labeled as untrustworthy. 
 
These recent announcements from Facebook have received a lot of backlash from the social media community. While local news is slated for Facebook's near future, the way it is packaged and how it will evolve remain a mystery until individuals begin to monitor their content more closely, paying special attention to how their local content fares in the social world. 
 
"Local news helps build community—both on and offline. It's an important part of making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is valuable. I'm looking forward to sharing more updates soon," wrote Zuckerberg.
 
As a real estate professional, how do you feel about Facebook's recent push to control news visibility?
 
Liz Dominguez is RISMedia's associate content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at ldominguez@rismedia.com." ["preview"]=> string(248) "
Social media is constantly changing, adapting to new platforms and the way people use them. Facebook has made" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97598" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26143" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_04" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 3" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97598" ["subject"]=> string(66) "Mortgage Rates Up One-Quarter Percentage Point Since Start of Year" ["authors"]=> string(17) "By RISMedia Staff" ["data"]=> string(1454) "The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is 4.22 percent—hitting more than a one-quarter percentage point increase since the start of the year, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year, fixed rate was 4.15 percent last week.
 
It is likely mortgage rates will rise in the year ahead, says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac.
 
"The Federal Reserve did not hike rates this week, but the market views future hikes as a near certainty," Kiefer says. "The expectation of future Fed rate hikes and increased borrowing by the U.S. Treasury is putting upward pressure on interest rates. The 30-year fixed rate mortgage is up over a quarter of a percentage point (27 basis points) from the first week of the year. Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates have increased for four consecutive weeks and are now slightly above where they were last year at this time." 
 
The average 15-year, fixed mortgage rate is 3.68 percent, up from 3.62 percent last week. The average five-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable mortgage rate is 3.53 percent, up from 3.52 percent last week.
 
Source: Freddie Mac " ["preview"]=> string(259) "
The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is 4.22 percent—hitting more than a one-quarter percentage point increase since" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97443" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26143" ["section_id"]=> string(11) "Section_04a" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Featured Story 4" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97443" ["subject"]=> string(66) "Regional Spotlight: California Home Prices Close Year on High Note" ["authors"]=> string(0) "" ["data"]=> string(5883) "Amid the lowest housing inventory levels in more than 13 years, existing-home sales in California still eked out a year-over-year gain, while the median sales price posted a solid annual increase, according to the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.).
 
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 420,960 units in December, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2017 if sales maintained the December pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales. The December sales figure was down 4.4 percent from the 440,340 level in November and up 1.4 percent compared with home sales in December 2016 of a revised 415,280.
 
For 2017 as a whole, a preliminary 423,760 homes closed escrow in California, up 1.4 percent from 2016's pace of 417,720. After a strong first quarter start to 2017, sales momentum lost steam throughout the remainder of the year, and year-to-date sales growth declined steadily to hit the lowest level at the end of the year.
 
"A severe shortage of homes for sale continues to push up home prices and erode affordability, which in turn is subduing home sales," says C.A.R. President Steve White. "What's more, with the passage of the tax reform bill that makes home-buying less attractive, homeownership costs will increase for many, which could reduce the desire and demand for buying a home."   
 
The statewide median price continued to grow at a strong pace over last year, and remained above the $500,000 mark for the 10th  straight month. The $549,560 December median price was 0.5 percent higher than November's $546,820 and 7.6 percent higher than the revised $510,560 recorded in December 2016. The year-over-year price gain has been growing at or above 7 percent for six of the past seven months.
 
"California's housing market turned in a respectable performance throughout 2017, with home sales increasing 1.4 percent and the median price climbing 6.9 percent for the year as a whole to reach $537,860 in 2017," says C.A.R. Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. "Looking ahead, the market will remain solid, but both sales and prices will be impacted by inventory shortages, impending interest rate hikes, and general economic factors, including the effects of tax reform."
 
Other key points from C.A.R.'s December 2017 resale housing report include: Source: California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.)" ["preview"]=> string(259) "
Amid the lowest housing inventory levels in more than 13 years, existing-home sales in California still eked out a year" ["link"]=> string(65) "http://rismedia.com/cs/{ID}/{AffiliateID}/{SubscriberID}/{ItemID}" ["type"]=> string(4) "item" } } array(2) { ["ItemsNewsletters"]=> array(5) { ["item_id"]=> string(5) "97597" ["newsletter_id"]=> string(5) "26143" ["section_id"]=> string(10) "Section_05" ["item_type"]=> string(4) "item" ["zone"]=> string(16) "Home Spun Wisdom" } ["Item"]=> array(7) { ["id"]=> string(5) "97597" ["subject"]=> string(48) "Homeowner Safety: How to Create a Home Inventory" ["authors"]=> string(16) "By Jameson Doris" ["data"]=> string(5981) "Editor's Note: This was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin' now at blog.rismedia.com: When moving into a new home, one of the most important things you should do is create a home inventory. In the event that somewhere down the road your valuables are lost or stolen, having visual evidence of your property is the best way for insurance adjusters to determine what they're worth. Unfortunately, many people skip this task.
 
"Very often, homeowners learn of the importance of a home inventory after a loss," Scott Congiusti, assistant vice president and personal insurance claims director at HUB International Northeast, tells insuranceQuotes
 
With all the technology we have today, you shouldn't feel like this is a monumental job. Creating a home inventory can be as simple as walking around your new property and filming your valuables with a smartphone. Also, there are several helpful apps that you can use to document and categorize your valuables. 
 
Here are five tips to keep in mind when creating your home inventory:
 
Don't get overwhelmed.
A decade ago, you would've had to use expensive camera equipment in order to create a home inventory, but that's no longer the case. Most cellphones today have video capacity, so creating an inventory is as simple as hitting record and walking around your house.
 
"This does not have to be beautiful, perfectly lit or even that lengthy," says Jason Hargraves, managing editor at insuranceQuotes.com. "Remember, you're taking an inventory, not making a documentary."
 
Know what qualifies as a "valuable."
When creating an inventory, most people understand that things like jewelry and laptops need to be documented, but there are other items around your home that you might not immediately think of as a "valuable." Even if they're older, be sure to film all your furniture and electronics, as well as smaller personal items that may be in closets or drawers. The cost of those will add up if an insurance adjuster is trying to determine what you should be compensated for in the event of a fire.
 
Use an app.
Encircle, Belongings and Stuffanizer are just a few of the more popular inventory apps available right now. They all come with their own set of features and levels of usability, so take a look at some reviews and find out which is right for you. Keeping your home inventory stored on a drive in your home is the last thing you'd want in the event of a disaster. You should always back your home inventory up on a cloud service, but apps also have the benefit of allowing you to access your inventory from anywhere by logging into a phone that has the app downloaded onto it.
 
"They say there's an app for just about everything, and that goes for taking a home inventory, as well," says Hargraves. "If an app is the route you want to go, just pick one that you'll be most comfortable using. Even the most basic app should suffice for a home inventory."
 
Get a rider for expensive items.
When dealing with things like jewelry, rare antiques and high-end art, you should first have an insurance rider, which is additional coverage offered at an extra cost for your homeowner's policy. For items that are worth thousands of dollars, you should still shoot a video from as many angles as possible, but you can't rely on the inventory alone. Hargraves suggests taking photos or videos of any appraisals related to these items and documenting them digitally, as well.
 
Don't fret too much over your wardrobe.
Of course, if you have expensive dresses or suits, be sure to film these and take the time to point out the labels, but it's not worth it to sit and document every piece of clothing you own. Take a simple video of what's inside your closet so an insurance adjuster will have an idea of the amount of clothes and shoes you own. 
 
"If you have replacement insurance instead of actual cash value, you might want to take care to document any super high-end items," says Hargraves. "However, if your wardrobe is full of the latest couture, you might want to consider a policy rider."
 
With a home inventory, you're preparing for worst-case scenarios. Most people don't like to even think about their new home being involved in a disaster, so folks will often push it out of their mind and never create a home inventory. However, if you follow the tips above and create a simple account of your valuables, you'll be prepared to present your inventory to an insurance adjuster should it ever be necessary.
 
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"The new tax laws are likely to motivate a mixed response in the housing market: Increased disposable household income should lead to greater housing demand, but changes to deductions essentially reduce the subsidy for homeownership," says Doug Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae. "On balance, we expect the housing market in 2018 to encounter many of the same challenges as last year, including inventory shortages, particularly in the middle and lower-end of the market, and affordability headwinds."

Analysts anticipate GDP will increase 2.7 percent, as well as a tumbling unemployment rate—if policymakers step up.
 
"The question for 2018 is less about the impacts of the tax cuts for consumers and corporations than about how the Fed manages the pace of monetary policy normalization amid a stimulative fiscal environment," Duncan says. "As we see it, the traditional view of a trade-off between employment and inflation lacks solid empirical support in recent decades, and aggressive monetary policy to ward off a potentially overheating economy may do more harm than good. Managing a 'soft landing' will be a difficult but critical task for policymakers in 2018."
 
Analysts also expect the Federal Reserve to hike the key interest rate, which can affect the cost of a loan, including mortgages, at least twice this year. The Fed raised the rate three times in 2017.
 
Fannie's forecast comes on the heels of another outlook released this week by Freddie Mac, which anticipates a boost in home prices, sales and starts in 2018. 
 
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From robots to voice assistants, this year is set to see a boom in smart home products. Earlier this month, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 concluded a record year with more than 1,000 speakers and close to 200,000 attendants over the course of four days. Held in Las Vegas, CES is one of the largest tech shows in the world, and, at this year's event, smart home products had a far greater presence than at any previous CES event.
 
Here's our list for the top smart home trends to look out for in 2018, based on products presented at CES:
 
Voice assistants
All four of the trends on this list aren't new products or ideas by any means, but in 2018 you should expect to see interest in these tech trends really heat up. That goes for voice assistants. Some of the most popular tech products of last year were the Amazon Dot and Alexa. That's not exactly what we're talking about here—instead, look out for voice functionality to be incorporated into a wide range of products this year. From speakers to dishwashers, many existing smart home products will be adding Alexa, HomeKit and Google Assistant voice functionality.
 
Smart mirrors
The beauty category has the most wildly varying set of technologies currently being introduced to the market. From the Kerastase Hair Coach to Amazon's Echo Look, there were many different technologies brought to market in 2017 and we should expect to see even more advances this year. One of the most intriguing trends we've seen are smart mirrors; several were presented at CES, including the HiMirror Mini (pictured above) which analyzes your face and gives you a score based on how many wrinkles and blemishes you have. Other notable examples come from Simplehuman, and MAC, which has begun installing AR mirrors in their stores so people can try on makeup without actually "trying on makeup." It's a safe bet that 2018 will be an interesting year for smart beauty technology.
 
Exercise equipment
Peloton has been getting some serious competition lately in the smart home exercise equipment arena. The category has become more and more popular, and brands like Flexispot, with its exercise desk bike, could soon give the connected indoor bicycle company a run for its money. Flexispot's desk bike won a CES Innovation Award this year. Peloton, however, answered back at CES this month by unveiling the Peloton Tread ($3,995). The smart treadmill (pictured above) is similar to the company's bikes in that it includes an HD touchscreen for watching classes taught by instructors live from New York. And, at 32 inches, the treadmill's touchscreen is more than double the size of the bike's. Look out for more eyebrow-raising technology and price tags in the exercise equipment space this year. 
 
Smart appliances
One of the more intriguing categories, but one that we likely won't see much movement in this year, are smart appliances. Like the name suggests, these are larger appliances—washer machines, refrigerators, etc.—that are integrating smart technology. There are already a handful of these appliances on the market that incorporate voice functionality or can be controlled remotely via an app; however, this is another smart home trend that you should wait and see with.
 
One thing's for sure: There is a lot more smart home tech to look out for in 2018 than in previous years—some of it may be worth a purchase, but all of it will be interesting.
 
Jameson Doris is RISMedia's blog and social media editor. Email him your real estate news ideas at jdoris@rismedia.com.  
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topStories Friday, February 02, 2018
Thinking About Building a Team?
Real estate is a very demanding profession, making it hard at times to accomplish everything in a timely manner. Whoever said "If you want something done right, do it yourself" can't have been in real estate. That's why it's important to have a highly qualified team to help you close sales...
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CFPB 'Constitutional' After Appeals Court Ruling

An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) organizational structure. The agency...
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Facebook Goes Local, More Opportunities for Agent Marketing

Social media is constantly changing, adapting to new platforms and the way people use them. Facebook has made...
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Mortgage Rates Up One-Quarter Percentage Point Since Start of Year

The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate is 4.22 percent—hitting more than a one-quarter percentage point increase since...
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Regional Spotlight: California Home Prices Close Year on High Note

Amid the lowest housing inventory levels in more than 13 years, existing-home sales in California still eked out a year...
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Homeowner Safety: How to Create a Home Inventory
When moving into a new home, one of the most important things you should do is create a home inventory. In the event that somewhere down the road your valuables are lost or stolen, having visual evidence of your property is the best way for insurance adjusters to determine what they're...
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Economic Forecast Hinges on Policy, Tax Reform

CES 2018: Smart Home Trends to Look for This Year

 
 
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