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May home construction slips 0.9%

Construction dropped in every region except the South, which includes Fla., where it rose by 11.2%. NAHB economist says prices remain high relative to incomes. ..

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Lenders must accept private flood insurance policies after July 1

Buyers may have another option if national flood insurance expires again, because a federal law forces mortgage lenders to accept private coverage after July 1 if it satisfies criteria outlined in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012..

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Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cut

The Fed issues an interest rate decision later today, and while a rate cut isn't expected, the accompanying policy statement could point to likely future moves. ..

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Activists want to stop landlords from turning away ex-cons

In nearly a dozen big cities, advocates are pushing "fair-chance housing ordinances" that prevent landlords from turning away applicants due to prior convictions. ..

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Get over staging fright to help sell a home

Don't think of staging as "a sofa in the living room." It's not about the furniture – it's about enticing buyers to form an emotional connection with a house. ..

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A 'blooper room' listing photo can doom an entire sale

Thanks to online technology, buyers now scroll photos and nix a home from consideration in seconds – even a listing that's otherwise ideal for them. ..

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Brokers: Get focused agent training on specific topics

C2EX (Commit to Excellence) isn't only a testing tool, it also teaches. If an agent weakness is identified, they can tap into one of 10 modules, such as "Client Service." https://c2ex.realtor ..

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Rental scams so common that some owners police Craigslist

The rental-home scam ruins vacations and hurts owners who must turn families away, but they're almost common now on sites like Craigslist and even Zillow. ..

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Opportunity Zones: Real estate dominates the tax breaks

It takes 10 years for Opportunity Zone tax breaks to fully kick in, and while commercial buildings aren't going anywhere, business investors worry about internal and external influences that could keep them from hitting that 10-year mark. ..

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Why aren't boomers downsizing their homes?

A growing number of aging boomers aren't downsizing, choosing instead to remain in the sprawling house where they raised kids and created long-ago memories. ..

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