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Positive Trends to Emerge for Buyers in 2017

March 30, 2017 1:05 pm

In 2016, home prices experienced increases, despite the predictions of many that prices would fall for the first time since the recovery began. Home price gains were buoyed mostly by limited inventory, with entry-level homes being particularly short in supply. Many areas across the country saw sales prices touch their pre-2007 values, while mortgage rates […]

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With American Home Shield®, All Systems Are Go

March 30, 2017 1:05 pm

NAR PULSE—A home warranty offer is available to members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) from American Home Shield®. Coverage now includes the same features previously only available as part of a real estate transaction. As always, NAR members enjoy a $50 savings through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program. Learn more. Are You Reaching Millennials […]

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Hispanic Homeownership Rate Rises for Second Straight Year

March 30, 2017 1:05 pm

Momentum Could Be Cut Short If Trump Carries Out Mass Deportation, Wall Hispanics are an overriding force in homeownership, flouting national figures as they establish owner households at a rising rate for the second straight year. According to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals’ (NAHREP) recently released 2016 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report, […]

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Bookworms: Here’s Where to Move If You Like to Read

March 30, 2017 1:05 pm

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Live Like Country King and Queen Johnny Cash and June Carter How to Decide If Your Dream Home Is a Good Deal Now You Can Own Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Santa Barbara Villa It’s a […]

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Working Together to Achieve Real Estate Success

March 30, 2017 1:05 pm

In the following interview, Julie Jones-Bernard, broker/owner of Florida Luxurious Properties in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., discusses marketing listings. Region Served: South Florida Years in Real Estate: 17 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 25 Favorite Part of Your Job: Helping both U.S. and global customers achieve their real estate goals and smoothly integrate into […]

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NAR Video Spotlight: 2017 New Member Orientation

March 30, 2017 1:05 pm

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to inform and educate members about important aspects of being a real estate professional. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily e-News. The National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) new 2017 Orientation Video includes an introduction by […]

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Prepare for a Real Estate Rush This Spring

March 30, 2017 1:05 pm

Homebuyers this spring will meet out-of-this-world prices and unsparing competition—a real estate rush. According to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report, the national median days on market is 43 days, down from an 85-day stretch seen in January 2012. Days on market in Denver, Colo., Lincoln, Neb., and Raleigh, N.C., are […]

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Pending Home Sales Warm Up in February

March 30, 2017 1:05 pm

Pending home sales warmed in February to their highest level in almost a year, rallying 5.5 percent in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recently released Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI). The PHSI posted 112.3 in February, up from 106.4 in January—the second-highest reading since May 2006, at 112.5. The Index is based on contract […]

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More Than Just a Mattress

March 28, 2017 12:33 am

Choosing a mattress is more than a years-long commitment; it’s a choice that will impact how well you sleep for what amounts to a third of your life. With so many options, and baffling price differences, how on earth do you begin?

From the Better Sleep Council, the consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, here’s how to pick the mattress best for you:

Determine your needs. Are you currently sleeping well? Waking up with aches? Do you wish your bed was softer? Firmer? Flexible?

Know the differences.
- Innerspring mattresses support you with coil springs. Cost is generally determined by the number of springs, and while it is not absolute that the number of springs determines overall comfort, the cheapest options may not have enough springs to provide adequate support.

- Memory foam mattresses are layered with different densities of foam that respond to weight and are known for comfort because they contour to the shape of your body. A memory foam topper added to your mattress might also do the trick – but memory foam products are also heat conductors, so if you have temperature issues while sleeping, they may not be right for you.

- Latex mattresses are made of natural or synthetic rubber and are uniformly firm – a boon for people with bad backs. If you prefer a softer bed, latex is not for you.

- Air or ‘Sleep Number’ mattresses are high-end air beds that look like a standard innerspring mattress, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils and are topped with a foam layer. They are adjustable in terms of firmness, which makes  them ideal for couples with different preferences, but even if you sleep solo, you will need to experiment to find the firmness level best for you.

- Adjustable beds are able to bend and elevate at various angles, and since springs don’t bend, they are most commonly made of latex, foam or air. They are especially helpful for people with sleep apnea or acid reflux issues.

Do a thorough test-drive. Wear comfy clothes, remove your shoes, and lie down on several mattresses. Spend at least 15 minutes in each, changing positions and trying out adjustments, but focusing on your usual sleep position. Some stores allow you test the mattress at home and/or offer a return policy.

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3 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Pipes

March 28, 2017 12:33 am

Spring has sprung, and you’re likely already freshening up the house. But have you given thoughts to your pipes?

ABACUS offers the following DIY tips to spring clean your pipes:

Freshen up those pipes: Want to remove or prevent sewer odors from invading your drains? ABACUS technicians suggest using a natural bacterial drain cleaner to clear debris and build-up from all the drains in your home. If you have a "frequent clogger" take the time now to snake it and get rid of the problem. NEVER use those popular acid-based drain cleaning products. Instead, use a product that is both environmentally safe and friendly on the pipes, and your plumber. Those acid-based or harsh chemical products can cause pipes to crack or tear and create more issues.

Check the hoses and drains: Even small tears or swollen lines can mean big costs down the line. ABACUS technicians recommend checking the water supply lines to your washing machine, faucets, toilets, and other water-using appliances or fixtures. If you see bulges, tears, or leaks, replace the lines. Please remember to turn off the water before you start and don't put tape around a leaky line once it heats up or cools, the hose will expand and cause pressure down the line, which can be very expensive.

Don't shower in filth: Aside from making your shower head look dirty, these deposits can often times block the jet openings on the shower head, preventing it from producing the desired spray. ABACUS technicians suggest taking a gallon size zip lock bag with warmed vinegar inside and using a zip tie to secure it around the back of the shower head. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Remove the shower head from the vinegar, and wipe it off with a rag. If any tiny jets are still clogged repeat one more time.

Source: ABACUS Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical

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