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Hardwood flooring is dominating the main living areas of new homes, and engineered hardwood has been particularly catching on over the past decades, according to the latest surveys from Home Innovation Research Labs. Engineered hardwood floors are made up of layers: the top and bottom layers are natural wood, but the middle contains a core…

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Here are the top 10 markets where investors have been seeking more acquisitions, according to online real estate investment and management firm HomeUnion. As the investment market for single-family rentals (SFRs) gets more challenging to navigate, online real estate investment and management firm HomeUnion has released a list of cities that have attracted the most attention…

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A Seattle City Council committee approved regulations Tuesday on short-term rentals, including those listed on Airbnb — with a special deal for existing operators in and around downtown. The final vote by the full council is set for Monday, with some changes possible. Council members say their goals are to preserve the city’s housing stock…

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  The median U.S. rent takes 29.1 percent of the typical household income – up from 25.8 percent between 1985 and 2000. Renters in 34 of the nation’s 35 largest markets spend a larger share of income on rent now than they did historically. Homeowners now spend $3,300 less a year on mortgage payments than…

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Question: I collected a $1,500 security deposit and from the looks of it that’s not going to cover the damages my tenants left behind. Rent is $1,500/mo, should I collect $3,000 next time or is this too much? Answer: A higher security deposit may make it harder for you to fill your vacancy – it…

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A lot of apartment developers have reason to worry about the tax reform proposals working their way through Congress. The plan to reform the federal tax code that passed the House of Representatives in November wipes out several tax credits that developers use to finance plan to build new projects—including the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit and…

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Bitcoin is fast-gaining the attention of the real estate industry, with several states already changing their laws to allow it to be used to finance property transactions. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the industry is already experimenting with using the digital currency to pay for things like rent, services or even whole deals. “Most of the…

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Our concern over package deliveries outranks wanting a place to mingle or grow food when it comes to what piques renters’ interest in picking a place to live. In a survey by the National Multifamily Housing Council & Kingsley Associates, participants in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area were asked their interest level in various community amenities. Probably to…

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The down payment has been a big obstacle in recent years for renters looking to buy their first homes. A new mortgage offering aims to ease the burden. Home Partners of America, a rent-to-own company, is offering a new mortgage product to tenants that apply some of the appreciation in their home’s value during the time…

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Las Vegas to lead the U.S. in sales and price growth in 2018 According to Realtor.com’s 2018 National Housing Forecast, U.S. housing inventory constraints have fueled a sharp rise in prices and made it difficult for buyers to gain a foothold in the market. But that is expected to change next year as part of broader…

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