Cybercriminals targeting home buyers and sellers nationwide. Tips on how to protect yourself. This past February, a Colorado seller lost over $80,000 from the sale of their property to one of these scams. How do the scams work? Often the computer hackers monitor email exchanges between the parties of a real estate transaction and gain specific information, such as the buyer and seller names, subject property address and file numbers. As the closing date approaches and arrangements
Tensions between the United States and North Korea heightened this week, causing investors to react and move dollars into the less-risky Bond markets. Stock markets plunged as a result. Meanwhile, inflationary pressures here at home were anything but tense. Wholesale inflation in July was tame. The Producer Price Index (PPI) and Core PPI, which excludes volatile food and energy, both were -0.1 percent in July versus the 0.2 percent expected. Year over year, PPI was 1.9 percent and Core PPI
Marriage and having children may be the life events that traditionally have prompted people to transition into homeownership. But for some millennials, the need for more space is particularly tied to their furry friends. Read more: Use Pets to Sell More A third of recent home buyers ages 18 to 36 say their decision to purchase was based on the desire for a larger property with a yard for their dog, according to a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage. While
*Always confirm your account number with your closer and Realtor at closing when using a wire.
In the first quarter of 2017, nearly one in five home buyers focused their online searches on properties outside of their current metro area, according to an analysis by Redfin of nearly 1 million users searching for homes across 75 metro areas. Read more: Expert Tips for Upping Your Relocation Game There are not enough “budget-friendly housing” options to make consumers want to stay loyal to their current cities, says Nela Richardson, Redfin’s chief economist. “For many, the only path to
House Bill 17-1220, places limits on the number of marijuana plants that can be possessed or grown on a residential property. Large residential marijuana grows and the manufacturing operations they often bring with them have many consequences, including obvious health and safety concerns, an increase of both human and automobile activity, extensive odors, and potential stigmatization of adjacent properties. All of which are inconsistent with residential neighborhoods. CAR worked with the
Highlights for March 2017 SFD sales: up 12.1% from LY (3,187 units) Average Sold price for SFD: up 8.2% from LY ($467,730) Days on market for SFD: 29.6 for March Active Listings for SFD: up 1.4% from LY (3,760 units) Highlights for 1st Quarter 2017 SFD sales: up 7.8% from 1st Quarter 2016 (7,403 units) Average Sold price for SFD: up 7.7% from 1st Quarter 2016 ($455,052) Days on market for SFD: 33.3 for 1st Quarter 2016 Active Listings for SFD: down 7.2%
Existing home sales surged to a 10-year high in January. Demand remains strong as buyers shrug off increasing prices and higher mortgage rates. A survey of 30 analysts by Reuters predicts home prices will rise at almost double the current rate of underlying inflation and wages over the next few years. Small investors buying homes to flip or rent remain a strong part of the market. Last year, 37% of homes sold were acquired by buyers who didn't live in them.
The week is loaded with headline reports. Which ones will land above the fold and move markets? Pending Home Sales will be delivered Monday. Manufacturing data releases start on Monday with Durable Goods Orders. The Chicago PMI will be released Tuesday, followed by the ISM Index Wednesday. The second estimate for first quarter Gross Domestic Product will be watched by investors as well as the Fed when it is announced on Tuesday. Consumer data is plentiful with the release
Housing numbers, Retail Sales and inflation data told quite the tale, while words from the Fed chair also caught people's attention. In housing news, Housing Starts slipped in January but still beat expectations. The Commerce Department reported Housing Starts declined 2.6 percent in January from December to an annual rate of 1.246 million. However, Housing Starts were up 10.5 percent from January 2016. In addition, Building Permits were 4.5 percent above December's figures. New housing