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Insurance is one of those things that you can't really appreciate until you need it. In fact, it's probably crossed your mind a few different times—especially as you were writing that monthly check to your insurance agency—to just do away with coverage entirely. While doing so could save you money upfront, it could come back to haunt you in the long run
GCAAR is pleased to update its market information through a partnership with ShowingTime RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). Monthly analysis of the Washington, DC and...
Tribes, Landowners, and Climate Groups Expand Campaign to Build Solar Inside Keystone XL Pipeline...
Crowdfunding will support solar panel installations in South Dakota and Nebraska ahead of TransCanada’s plans for clear-cutting this Fall. Lower Brule, South Dakota - (RealEstateRama)...
The average mortgage loan is for around $300,000. Regardless of how much money you need to buy your dream home, finding an affordable loan is a must. If you get a loan that offers 100 percent financing, you may be required to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI).
New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet announced today that Sara Warmuth has been selected as the county’s new property management director. She will begin her role on July 3, 2018.
Following public hearings, New Hanover County Commissioners approved the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget at today’s meeting, including a property tax cut for the second year in a row, which equals $5.1 million in savings for taxpayers. In addition, the budget includes increased funding for public education, economic development, school safety, and combating the opioid crisis.
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE AND CLEAN THE WORLD® PARTNER TO SUPPORT HOMELESS U.S. MILITARY VETERANS
Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading international authority in community association education, governance, and management, partnered with Clean the World, a global social enterprise focused on improving health through water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, during CAI's 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition, May 9–12, at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C
On May 29th, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (Texas Housers), and Texas Appleseed filed an amended complaint and a new preliminary injunction motion in their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
According to Forbes magazine contributor Kevin Hawkins, “There is blood in the streets” for those in the mortgage business. Despite a May 23, 2018 reform bill passage in Congress to remove stiff banking regulations and boost the economy, Hawkins reports four crucial factors within real estate that have taken mortgage lenders and reduced them to carnage. Why? Because the mortgage industry has failed to keep up with the times. Here’s what Hawkins means.
When a realtor lists a home, or goes to preview a house with a client, it is important to understand the telltale signs of trouble with certain systems of the home, including potential major mechanical and structural issues: this certainly includes potential septic problems. Septic systems that are functioning well will show no signs to worry about. However, a poorly functioning septic system will show some definitive signs of concern that realtors should be aware of. When a septic system starts to show signs of trouble, it is usually evident after the basic septic tank is full, but in some homes septic problems can be hidden until the system is at capacity. This is especially true if the system was just recently pumped. The good news, is there are several telltale signs the system is at risk of failing even if the system was recently pumped. Warning Signs In a system that is failing or is overburdened, there is usually a scent of septic gasses that can permeate the home. This also may be more noticeable outside the home if the tank or leach field is far removed from the home. Realtors should always ask homeowners where the field is located and be sure to go out and assess the soil around the tank. Septic systems that are beginning to go faulty will usually have very soft and saturated soil in the yard area where the septic tank and leach field are located. While the heavy rain season can make this more difficult to observe, soggy soil with a septic smell is usually more indicative of a problem. Testing The good news is that any system can be readily tested for functionality to ensure it is running up to par. Over time leach fields and systems do fail and this can be a cause of great concern. That is usually the time when a new leach field and septic tank system must be installed. Depending on soil and land area the failed system may lead to the need for an engineered septic system installation. If there is any concern that the system may be failing or is need of work, realtors should always be forthcoming to both the seller and potential buyers. Getting a professional to assess the situation should occur if there are any telltale signs such as: suspicious septic odor, septic back up, slow drainage, or a soggy leach field. When questions arise regarding a septic systems condition, it is suggested that tests be run on the system to see how well it’s working. Through the use of some testing tools like a hydrostatic pressure gauge, septic professionals can have a better understanding how well the system is working. If there is a need to do any work on the system, realtors need to be sure to recommend professionals to their clients that are trustworthy and competent. Realtors who are looking for a good company to recommend for septic work should offer at least 3 to 4 companies in the septic business that are well rated for professionalism and have a good reputation for quality work.
Congressman James E. Clyburn (SC-06) today announced the recipients of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Public Housing Capital Fund grants for Fiscal Year 2018. There are 9 institutions serving communities in South Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District receiving these awards totaling more than $12 million.
Atlanta REALTORS® (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its March 2018 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metropolitan Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally-focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family residential properties.
Every house that can have a driveway should have one, but it can be a bit confusing to choose the right material though. In case you are about to build a new driveway, here are the pros and cons of the three materials which are generally used for the job.
The real estate industry’s marketing tactics continue to evolve year after year. In order to be successful in a market, you can do the basics right. However, to be one of the best, you have to be ready to embrace change and opportunities. Realtors are constantly working with changing markets, zoning regulations, mortgage rates and client desires.
For the past 3 years, we have seen the rise of housing prices as it gets increasingly harder for buyers to find a bargain. Compared to the new ways of investing, real estate is traditional investing.If you are going to invest in real estate, it would be smart to look at some of the hottest housing markets in the nation. They have experienced continued growth, appreciating in real estate value consistently.