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Uncategorized 55+ Households are Nearly Everywhere   55+ Households are Nearly Everywhere NAHB analysis of data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that, despite popular belief, the geographic distribution of households headed by someone age 55 or older is fairly even across most of the country.  In every state, these 55+ households account for over 30 percent of all households. On a […]
Uncategorized Big Foreclosure Discounts Are Fading Away     Big Foreclosure Discounts Are Fading Away DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 During the mortgage crisis, foreclosed homes were selling, on average, for a 25 percent discount compared to original market values. In the fourth quarter of 2012, the average foreclosure discount dropped to 12.2 percent, according to the latest […]
Uncategorized Time to Reality Check the Real Estate Market     Time to Reality Check the Real Estate Market   Rarely does a day go by that I don’t get asked if this is a good time to buy and/or sell a home. Some people might think that my response is always an emphatic “YES!” because I work in real estate. But in truth, […]
Uncategorized Remodeling Costs   Pacific — Midrange 2013 National Averages Job Cost Resale Value Cost Recouped Project Job Cost Resale Value Cost Recouped Change vs. 2011-12 $56,612 $50,380 89.0% Attic Bedroom $47,919 $34,916 72.9% $12,616 $7,557 59.9% Backup Power Generator $11,410 $6,014 52.7% $73,530 $64,593 87.8% Basement Remodel $61,303 $43,095 70.3% $43,852 $30,262 69.0% Bathroom Addition $37,501 $20,569 54.8% […]
Uncategorized America’s Coolest City     America's coolest cities Forbes.com counts down America's coolest towns. Text by Forbes.com 1 of 12 Introduction We attempted to quantify 'coolness' for the 65 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions (areas that include cities and their surrounding suburbs as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on seven data points we […]
Uncategorized Federal Housing   FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY NEWS RELEASE     U.S. House Prices Rose 1.1 Percent in Third Quarter 2012  Washington, DC – U.S. house prices rose 1.1 percent from the second quarter to the third quarter of 2012 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) seasonally adjusted  purchase-only house price index (HPI).  The HPI is […]
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Uncategorized Home Repair Prices     Which home repairs are the most expensive? By Ben Steverman of Bloomberg   Renovation rebound For a few years, carpets have been allowed to fray, faucets to drip and paint to peel. Now, home-improvement spending may be rebounding. Harvard University's Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity suggests spending will be up 16.6% by the middle of 2013. To see […]
Uncategorized Kitchen Countertops     Wray Raleigh  NMLS ID# 754404 Windermere Mortgage Services Series LLC/WRE 301 NE 100th Street Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98125 206-523-4882 wray@windermere.com   << Parenting in the Digital Age: Tips to Keep Your Family Savvy but Safe How-To: Bring Bold Hues into the Kitchen and Bath >>   10 Hot Trends in Kitchen Countertops  While granite […]
Uncategorized Fiscal Cliff   How 'Fiscal Cliff' Could Affect Mortgage Interest Deduction It is arguably one of the most popular U.S. tax deductions, and for some it is the necessary stimulus to buy a home.: Wednesday, 14 Nov 201 Tom Grill | Photographer's Choice RF | Getty Images   The mortgage interest deduction, however, is now at risk, due […]
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Uncategorized Forget Starters, First timers trade up!   Forget Starter Homes! First-Timers Trade Up Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, October 04, 2012 More first-time home shoppers say they want a house they can “grow into” not a home they can quickly grow out of.  With big housing bargains and low mortgage rates, some first-time buyers have decided to go big with […]