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Nationally, available housing inventory’s latest year-to-year drop of 12.2% is the steepest since 2013, but the supply of homes for sale is actually increasing in a handful of markets. “Despite strong buyer demand, sales are sputtering due to low inventory,” said Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson in a recent report by the online real estate…

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Faster apartment building was instrumental in pulling the U.S. housing market out of its slump a decade ago. Now, that engine is starting to throttle back. A softening in the multifamily segment is something to keep an eye on even as overall homebuilding — which includes single-family dwellings that make up the largest share of the…

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WASHINGTON (November 14, 2017) – With less than a month left before the National Flood Insurance Program expires, the National Association of Realtors® is applauding the House of Representatives for passing what NAR believes is smart, much-needed support for the program. “Realtors® know first-hand what happens when the NFIP expires, and it isn’t good for…

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Today, even the newest real estate investors with small portfolios are interacting daily with available technology that expedites their property acquisition, marketing, and the management process. From the listing to the move-out, they find and integrate real-time technology solutions. Imagine my surprise when I recently attended Real Estate Investors Association meetings on Crime Free Rental…

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Single-family rentals—either detached homes or townhomes—are developing faster than any other portion of the housing market. These rentals outpace both single-family home purchases and apartment-style living, according to the Urban Institute. “Almost all the housing demand in recent years has been filled by rental units,” says Sara Strochak, a research assistant with the Urban Institute. She…

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Zillow. Trulia. Realtor.com. Redfin. All household names in the real estate listings world, right? Well, those companies now have some serious competition from a company that boasts an audience that dwarfs all of those sites put together – Facebook. That’s right. Facebook is coming to real estate listings. Now, anyone who’s “friends” with a real estate agent on Facebook…

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As life slowly returns to normal in hurricane-ravaged parts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, housing experts and consumer advocates worry another crisis is on the horizon: Foreclosures. Already, legal aid groups are working with people who are struggling to make mortgage payments on homes made uninhabitable by the storms, while paying rent somewhere else. Although…

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Residents who rent an apartment from San Francisco’s biggest landlord may soon be able to rent out their apartment through Airbnb, thanks to an agreement between Airbnb, Veritas Investments, and Pillow, a San Francisco-based startup that helps apartment owners turn units into short-term rentals. Under the agreement, Pillow Residential will become the preferred partner for landlords enrolled in…

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Last week, Crosscut reported that city councilor Kshama Sawant announced said she’d introduce legislation that would make landlords pay for tenants’ relocation when their rent gets too high. Currently, the city only requires 30 days notice for a rent increase, or 60 days if the increase is more than 10 percent within a one-year period. With a…

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Drug addicts are posing as potential homebuyers and book house tours in order to get access to medicine cabinets. Of the 150,000 active real estate agents and brokers, close to 38 percent of them say they fear for their personal safety. A new tech firm will mine data to flag the backgrounds of buyers. Imagine…

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