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Over 50% of Britain’s landlords have increased checks since Grenfell Tower fire

More than half of the country’s landlords have taken steps to assure fire safety in their investment properties following the tragic fire at London’s Grenfell Tower. A survey by Simple Landlords Insurance showed that 32% of landlords in the Priva...

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Living Alone: Five Reasons Why Living Alone Can Improve The Quality of Your Life

“Solitude is the soul’s holiday, an opportunity to stop dooing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead.” -Katrina Kenison Most people find the prospect of living alone daunting—something they could never picture themselves do...

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The history behind how Great Jones Street got its name

After 34 years of serving giant Cajun-Creole portions alongside obscure jukebox music, Great Jones Cafe is closing its doors for good tonight. The notorious Noho bar at 54 Great Jones Street opened in 1983 when the block was so empty patrons used be ...

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This year will probably be the biggest year for homebuilders in a decade

Rising demand calls for new construction After housing starts increased in June, experts weighed in, explaining why 2017 could be the best year for new construction in a decade. Experts explained the growing imbalance between the number of homes fo...

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Why one real estate agent rejected higher bids in favor of an all-cash offer

Dallas-based real estate agent Laura Barnett didn’t anticipate quite so much interest in a listing she put on the market just three weeks ago. Within days, she received 22 different offers on the property, but surprising didn’t accept the highest...

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Kid Rock, Multi-millionaire Entertainer, Lives in a Double-Wide

When you think of your average rock star, you probably picture him living in a multi-million dollar mansion, surrounded by luxury items galore. But rather than be bothered with flashy art work, a one-of-a-kind wine cellar, or a pricy infinity pool, M...

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Sure you can sell a house, but can you sell water?

(BROKERAGE NEWS) Spice up your office life! Create a friendly office competition and see if selling prowess is limited to homes. Source: The Real Daily....

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Art Journal Workshop | Artistically Decorated Journal-Making Activity in Richland WA

Confluent Space Tri-Cities will host the Art Journal Workshop on August 19, 2017. The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 285 Williams Boulevard, Richland, WA. For more details, visit the website of the Confluent Space Tri-Cities. Art ...

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Battle on the Columbia: Getting Exposed to the Beauty of Martial Arts in Pasco WA

The 9th Annual Battle on the Columbia Martial Arts Tournament will be on August 5, 2017. The tournament will run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., at Columbia Basin College, at 2600 North 20th Avenue, Pasco, WA. 9th Annual Battle on the Columbia Martia...

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6 Ways to Reduce Your Philadelphia Rental Vacancy Rate

If your Philadelphia rental property is vacant, chances are you are not a happy property owner. Vacancies are often the worst thing a property owner has to deal with in the rental property business, next to dealing with a non-paying tenant and an evi...

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Cypriot property sales surge 44pc

Photo: Senza Senso Cypriot property sales to foreign buyers have surged by over 40 per cent in the last year. Research by has shown that overseas buyers are returning to Cyprus in 2017. Now, new statistics from the Department of La...

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Buyer Demand High As Sales Stay Above Last Year

New numbers from the National Association of Realtors show sales of previously owned homes were slightly above year-before levels in June, though they fell from the month before. The month-over-month drop was primarily blamed on there being too few h...

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Rivers of Ink Writers Conference: Supporting Mid-Columbia Writers in Richland WA

The Rivers of Ink Writers Conference will be held on August 18 and 19, 2017, at 8:30 a.m., and on August 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. The conference will take place at the Richland Public Library at 955 Northgate Drive, Richland, WA. For more details, visi...

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Buying Resale Property in Dubai

Since legislation was changed in 2002, it has been far easier for foreigners to rent and buy property in Dubai. It is, however, still necessary to present a valid passport to prove your identity, but you are not required to have any type of residency...

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OCTA to eliminate 3 bus routes as part of October service changes to reverse declining ridership

As part of a plan to combat bus ridership declines, the Orange County Transportation Authority board on Monday, July 24, approved moving forward with service changes in October and February. The changes are part of the OC Bus 360 plan the board endor...

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2 Questions Every Rehabber Should Ask the Seller

I bought a fixer upper a few years back and on the first day I showed up after closing I realized I was missing some important information. Information – had I received from the seller – that may have influenced my purchase price (think lower off...

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TIAA in contract to buy 115K sf commercial condo for $67M

TH Real Estate, the global real estate arm of TIAA Global Asset Management, is in contract to buy an 115,000-square-foot commercial condominium at the base of a Tribeca residential building along Chambers Street for $67 million, sources told The Real...

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Rock Your Profit with Door-Knocking!

It was 2013. Ashley Shaffer had lived in Albuquerque, N.M., for three years and finally secured her real estate license. She was eager to start her business, but was missing an important element – clients. Where would she get them?  She only knew ...

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889 Is Moving to a New Home

Dear loyal readers, When we started almost 7 years ago, we had a simple goal: to educate and inform property managers on important industry trends, technology innovations, and tips & tricks to make your days more efficient and...

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U.S. Housing Inventory Hits a New Low – That’s GREAT! (If You’re Selling!)

Here’s the latest from our colleagues at Keeping Current Matters. For info about YOUR neighborhood (or the neighborhood you want to live in), give The Belt Team a call at (703) 242-3975. We can provide you with detailed facts PLUS the “boots on t...

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Earn Double Digit Returns Investing in Tax Liens and Tax Deeds with Ted Thomas – Podcast #101

My guest today is Ted Thomas. He is the go to authority when it comes to investing in tax liens and tax deeds. Ted is a best-selling author, a speaker, and he has taught thousands of people his tax lien investing strategy. If you want to discover how...

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Amazon and Whole Foods earnings; Fed decision; Trump economy reading

1. Earnings deluge continues. Get ready for an earnings-paloooza. Big names from tech, food, retail and energy will redeliver their quarterly financial reports next week. Source: money.cnn...

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The Impact of Redfin Post-IPO: Part 2 — MLS & Associations

I have to be honest here. I thought this post would be easy to write after Part 1, where I talked about impact on brokerages. Turns out not to be the case. There are several reasons why, but the biggest is that there are a lot of “if-then” branch...

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Featured Home of the Week: 1905 Kimball Street in Graduate Hospital

Welcome to 1905 Kimball Street! Enter this newer construction home and discover details you’ll adore, such as the 3 fireplaces, rich hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, high ceilings and large windows for ample natural light throughout. The h...

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Bank of Canada Rate Increase: The impacts on buyers, sellers and the housing market

On July 12th, the Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate from 0.5 per cent to 0.75 per cent. The modest quarter of a percentage point hike, which marks the first interest rate increase from the central bank in seven years, was highly anticipated...

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‘Game of Thrones’ Queen Lena Headey Lists LA Home for $1.9M

Fresh off her show’s much-anticipated return for Season 7, “Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey is parting ways with her home in Sherman Oaks. The 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom mid-century modern house is far from the castles of Westeros Cersei Lanni...

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Americans prefer real estate for long-term investing

Real estate is the preferred form of long-term investment, according to a new Bankrate report. This is the third straight year that real estate came out on top in this annual survey. The report found that 28 percent of U.S. adults said real estate i...

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The Cohabitation Correlation – What Makes The Best And Worst Roommate

Roommate horror stories run the gamut from loud noises at odd hours to failing to pay their share of the rent. Whether you’re rooming with best friends or are randomly assigned, no one wants to be forced to pen another chapter in a story filled wit...

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The pros and cons of living in a housing estate

New estates are cropping up everywhere you look these days, particularly on the suburban fringes of our major cities. Estate living offers brand-new, affordable homes and the promise of a close-knit community akin to your childhood memories, but draw...

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6 Millennial Pink Homes Proving This Color Is Here to Stay

If you’ve never heard of millennial pink, don’t worry – you aren’t that out of the loop. Though the term was coined last year, it’s been popping up for years, and Pantone’s selection of Rose Quartz as one of its 20...

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Its 5 OClock Somewhere

Have you heard the news?nbsp; Itrsquo;s been announced everywhere from Forbes to the Island Packet ndash; Jimmy Buffetrsquo;s Margaritaville is coming to the Hilton Head area.nbsp; The developers of Jimmyrsquo;s Latitude Margaritaville communities, M...

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Giving out your phone number seems harmless, but it’s an easy way to steal your identity

(TECH NEWS) It’s more than just a number; your phone number can link you to a wealth of personal information that could be compromised more easily than you think. Source: The American Genius...

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The Addition of Nextdoor to the Zillow Group Network?

You may have seen the news that Nextdoor is releasing a new feature allowing agents to advertise themselves and their properties on the Nextdoor website (Inman coverage). I think they’ll learn what we learned at Zillow early on: self serve for age...

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Fifth Wall = The Next Real Estate Accelerator

Fifth Wall, a VC firm based in LA that has raised over $200M, is entering real estate accelerator game (see TechCrunch). The program’s goal: Fifth Wall’s Accelerator Program is a 12-month program designed to help early-stage companies: (1) get ...

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960 Larrabee St | Larrabee Manor

Larrabee Manor 960 Larrabee St #303 West Hollywood CA 90069 Larrabee Manor is an 86 unit, courtyard style, midrise condo located in the Norma Triangle Neighborhood of West Hollywood. The Building was built in 1963 as apartments and converted to condo...

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Drone simulator apps let you try before you buy

(TECH NEWS) Want to boost your Realtor cred with awesome drone photos but not sure you want to put down the cash? Company has an option to let you try it out free of charge! Source: The Real Daily....

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What Does the Truth in Lending Act Do For You?

The Truth in Lending Act protects mortgage borrowers. It ensures these borrowers receive fair treatment. It oversees the disclosures, advertisements, and notifications consumers receive. In short, it regulates how lenders run their business. It also ...

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How Content Can Take Your Real Estate Business to the Next Level

It has become increasingly hard for a real estate agent to stand out from the crowd. More and more people are joining the real estate game and business is more and more competitive every day. Whether you’re new on this battlefield and want to make ...

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Hernando County Market Snapshot: 1st Half 2017 vs. 1st Half 2016

THE Gail Spada TEAM continually analyzes Hernando County market trends to help you determine when it’s the perfect time to BUY or SELL a home. The charts below show the comparison between the 1st Half 2017 vs the 1st Half 2016. The data was compile...

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How to Buy a Shipping Container (for Your Next Home)

You’ve decided to join the shipping container revolution. Your plans are drawn up, your site is prepared and your welding torch is ready to transform a discarded steel box into the durable, stylish and sustainable home of your dreams. Now what? To ...

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How Americans Spend Their Free Time, Part 2

Last week, we showed you how Americans spend their free time, as divided by different income groups. This week’s visualization is a continuation of that theme – it also comes from data scientist Henrik Lindberg, and it shows the peak times that A...

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Top Ten Tax Deductions for Real Estate Investors

I wanted to take the time to write about the top ten tax deductions available for real estate investors.  Though some of this may seem relatively elementary, I’ve included a few gold nuggets for even our most experienced clients. Real estate inves...

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From ‘Sold’ to ‘For Sale’ and Back Again: The 4 Phases of Homeownership

You may live in your home for two years, or you may hunker down for two decades. But no matter how long you call it yours, you’ll likely experience these four key stages of homeownership – from the day you get your keys to the day you hand th...

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7 Pointers to Help you Find the Right Letting Agent

Property management can be a huge task if you are not aware of the changing laws and norms. If you are in London and own a long term rental apartment, do a brief check before heading with the deal. Finalizing a letting agent is a cumbersome process a...

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The June 2017 – First Half Greenwich Real Estate Report

A Great Month for High End Sales by Mark Pruner 203-969-7900   June was a good month for sales in Greenwich with 79 sales up 2 sales from last year. While June was a good month for sales overall, it was a great month fo...

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The Dark Side of the Internet

The term Dark Web is evocative. It conjures up images of hitmen, illegal drugs, and pedophilia. One imagines a place where the dark side of human nature flourishes away from the eyes – and laws – of society at large. Today’s infographic, from C...

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Northwest MLS Real Estate Statistics | June 2017

King County reported 3,655 closed sales are up from last month’s 3,383 closings and up 38.7% from two months ago. The median price of single family homes in King County increased 3.28% since last month while the median price of condos rose 2.94%. T...

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Here’s How Americans Spend Their Time, Sorted by Income

Today’s visualization comes from data scientist Henrik Lindberg, and it shows America’s favorite past-times based on the participation of people in different income brackets. It uses data from the American Time Use Survey that is produced by the ...

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“Questions about Real Estate” Reveals Members’ Research Needs from 80 Years Ago

Have you ever wondered what the most common reasons are for selling a home?  Or how smart home devices impact resale value? The librarians at NAR can help you find the answers through our research request service, a member benefit since the earliest...

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Floating Homes & Houseboats

While a huge part of “Sleepless in Seattle’s” appeal could be chalked up to the ’90s rom-com duo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, another significant part of the movie’s charm is its setting in a floating home. The key distinction here is that...

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House of the Week: Tropical Island Retreat With Private Art Studio

Somewhere beyond the linen-draped canopy bed and hum of a ceiling fan, there’s a sculptor hard at work.  Her desk looks like only an artist’s would. It’s a mix of industrial chic and creative inspiration, with a vintage card-catalo...

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Bastille Day

France’s National Day, Bastille Day July 14th is fast approaching so it’s time to get your visit to France organised to enjoy the national holiday and to view some French properties for sale. La Fête Nationale is a wonderful day to be in France....

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How to Choose the Right Water Treatment System

Water is an essential element of our lives and we need plenty of it each day. However, we can never know what our home water contains and if it’s actually safe for drinking. In order to provide clean drinking water for you and your family and avoid...

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5 Facts Home Buyers and Sellers Should Know About Credits

After months of searching for the perfect home, making some offers, and maybe even competing with other buyers, you finally have a deal on your dream home. It took some negotiations, but you and the seller have come to terms. Or have you? Too often, ...

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Charlottesville Tomorrow Roundup

Charlottesville Tomorrow put out a lot of good, useful, relevant stories – relevant to me, as I live here, and relevant to how I practice real estate (as in, I need to know more than my clients!) What I’ve read via the Charlottesville Tomorrow RS...

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New Markets Tax Credits: Understanding the Power Of The NMTC Program

The New Markets Tax (NMTC) Program was created in 2000 under the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act to attract private capital to those projects benefiting low-income communities and persons, create jobs, and encourage additional economic development. ...

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10 reasons why a villa beats a hotel

Planning a holiday is an exciting time for anyone, but choosing the right accommodation is crucial. Instead of checking into a hotel on your holiday this year, why not try out a private villa rental? Here are ten reasons to give it a go. More space O...

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House of the Week: The World’s Tallest Single-Family Home

Sukumar Pal knew he was pushing the envelope. The Phoenix architect set out to build the tallest single-family home in the world. After visiting more than 200 potential sites, he chose the Arizona desert as his canvas. In the process, he created what...

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Charitable Donations

CIR Realty recently announced a partnership with two great organizations in Calgary. As a mom to great kids and a couple of nutty canines I am very happy to make a contribution to the program at the closing of every transaction going forward.   ...

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An Architect or a Home Designer: Who Should You Hire?

“Should I hire an architect or a home designer?” This is one of the most common questions homeowners ask before starting a project. In fact, either one of these professionals can help you create the house of your dreams if you know what you need....

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Market Analysis, June 2017, Salt Spring Island

Restaurant For Salt, Salt Spring Island June 2017 The interest in all secondary home/recreational markets continues…on Vancouver Island, on the Sunshine Coast, and on the Gulf Islands. Salt Spring Island remains a sought-after destination…it is a...

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6 Brilliant Family Activities in Marbella

The flashiest jewel in the Costa del Sol can be a wonderful playground for children –not just for mega-yacht revellers. A welcoming community of resident and visiting families, combined with a relentlessly sunny forecast make it easy for kids to th...

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Westchester to Manhattan Commute Time by Housing Cost

Because I’m a little behind, the awesome infographic below by Michael Kolomatsky appeared in the New York Times real estate section a few weeks ago: How Much Is Your House Worth Per Minute?. My original version covering Fairfield County was so ...

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Renting an apartment? Here are some valuable tips from landlords

Finding a dream-like and affordable rented apartment is undoubtedly a tedious and tiring process for all tenants, especially for first-timers. Don’t lose hope. This mini guide from expert and knowledgeable landlords contains the valuable advice and...

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Banks Make Regulations Onerous By Over-Interpreting Them

Some people are their own worst enemy. And that old saying also applies to financial institutions. With all the talk about revisiting, gutting or eliminating Dodd-Frank, a significant part of the problem with mortgage appraisal related lending actual...

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Unbelievably, The Appraisal Institute Intimidates A Chapter

On December 20, 2016 AI President Scott Robinson and AI’s legal counsel called a chapter executive director’s superiors about two posts placed on my REIC website ( – under the guise of being brand damag...

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Real Estate Industrial Complex Versus The Appraisal Institute’s Stealth Culture

Over the past couple of weeks there has been extreme outrage expressed by the chapters and membership of the Appraisal Institute towards “National” leadership and their stealth policy culture. The last straw was “The Taking” policy of nearly ...

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Miami Beach Convention Center

The Miami Beach Convention Center, which is home to countless events and trade shows is undergoing a $500 million renovation which is expected to be completed in 2017. Since the mid-1950’s the Convention Center, then know as Miami Beach Exhibition ...

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Top Designer for new Miami Underline

This past February at a real estate conference at the University of Miami, Philip Aarons an advocate for The High Line, a New York park that was built upon an abandoned railway, spoke of the success of The High Line. Recently, Miami-Dade County hired...

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