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Must See Custom Model Home On 2 Acres In Almont, MI

Illinois Real Estate - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 06:00
This custom built home was featured in the 1992 Horizon of Homes show. 'The Oakley' model combines traditional styling, the warmth of solid oak woodwork and oak trim with the modern flow of a spacious floor plan.

PNC Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors Course - nwitimes.com

Google Home Inspector News - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:12

PNC Pre-licensing for Indiana Home Inspectors Course
nwitimes.com
WESTVILLE | The Purdue University North Central Office of Graduate and Extended Learning will offer a noncredit pre-licensing course to prepare students to take the Indiana Home Inspector Examination and become licensed home inspectors in Indiana.

Itasca idyll: A hidden small town

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Residents can play golf, dine at down-home or upscale restaurants, or hike nature or jogging trails, all removed from the commercial district known to outsiders.

Residents can play golf, dine at down-home or upscale restaurants, or hike nature or jogging trails, all removed from the commercial district known to outsiders.

Big picture on home affordability

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Higher mortgage interest rates do mean a higher monthly loan payment, but economists aren't too concerned about that ¿ yet.

A low supply of homes for sale is pushing up home prices at the same time that mortgage rates are moving higher. Yes, homebuyers, how much house you can buy is on the decline.

Change in the air: Rental smoking bans

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
One of the nation's largest landlords will phase in a smoking ban in all of its apartments, including on private balconies and terraces.v

One of the nation's largest landlords will phase in a smoking ban in all of its apartments, including on private balconies and terraces.

Finding perks in living close to work

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Living with your parents after graduating from college has its pros and cons. But the biggest benefit for 26-year-old Randy Kwan was squirreling away money for the down payment of a row house at Millbrook Pointe in Wheeling.

Take care to keep coyotes at bay

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Whether your community association is a sprawling suburban complex or an urban high-rise, coyotes are nearby. You might not see or hear them, but they are there.

Exploring pros and cons of a living trust

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Q: I keep hearing that it is beneficial to have your home in a trust versus owning it in your own name. What are the benefits or non-benefits?

Condo board pay: Super idea?

Chicago Homes - Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
While extremely rare, board members for a condominium association may be compensated.

Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage leaps to 4.46%, highest since 2011

Chicago Homes - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 15:07
A huge surge in mortgage rates, which according to Freddie Mac has lifted the the benchmark 30-year loan to 4.46%, is the biggest weekly increase since the financial crisis set in, rate watchers say.

Report Deflates Bubble Talk With Subdued Housing Forecast

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 06:01
Capital Economics says the pace of year-over-year home price gains will slow from the current 10 to 12 percent to 8 percent this year and 4 percent in 2014.

Knowing Your Soil: The Foundation of a Great Home

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 06:01
Anyone who has ever bought or built a home knows the importance of choosing materials that not only look great but that also work with the climate and other conditions of the location. After all, you wouldn't live in a tent in the freezing Antarctic any more than you would an igloo in the sweltering desert. The same holds true with foundations. The proper type depends on where you live.

Agents: Make Your 2nd Half Powerful!

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 06:01
We are at the midway point in the year. It's the time I recommend you check in with your business plan and see where you are. Hopefully you are doing this every month…but the midyear check in is critical to ending the year where you want to be or beyond.

Feds Send Mortgage Rates Into Uncertain Territory

Illinois Real Estate - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 06:01
Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stated that with an improvement to economic growth and the unemployment situation, the overall economy is closer to being met. According to Bernanke, if mortgage rates increase 'for the right reason', it is a good thing; satisfactory reasons for rates to increase are an improved economic outlook and proper expectations for Fed policy.

Power up kitchen dead zones

Chicago Homes - Thu, 06/27/2013 - 05:00
Now there are attractive and innovative ways to free up counter space and make the most of every inch.

Now there are attractive and innovative ways to free up counter space and make the most of every inch.

Fed Announces Continued Bond Purchases, Mortgage Rates Fall

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 06:00
Credit the Federal Reserve with lenders pulling the reigns on rising mortgage rates and taking some of the hot air out of bubble doom- saying.

Housing Counsel: Cancellation Does Not Always Mean Cancellation

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 06:00
A recent Federal Bankrupcty court ruling in Tennessee may someday provide relief to people who are being targeted by their former lender (or a collection company) to pay the balance of their mortages long after they lost their homes in foreclosure or sold through a short-sale.

Staking an HOA Claim

Illinois Real Estate - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 06:00
In garden or townhouse style condominiums, a curious phenomena takes place: Certain owners feel compelled to stake claim to the common area adjacent to their units. This takes on many forms. Some commandeer adjacent grounds for personal plantings, even running irrigationsystems through it. Some expand their patio or deck into it. Some build storage sheds in it or place hot tubs there. Some brazenly fence off 'their' yard.

Navigating the homebuyers maze - Tampa Bay Newspapers

Google Home Inspector News - Wed, 06/26/2013 - 04:56

Navigating the homebuyers maze
Tampa Bay Newspapers
A home inspector can evaluate the physical condition of the home – the structure, construction and mechanical systems – and point out any items that need to be repaired or replaced. Ask the inspector to estimate how long major systems should last ...

Index: Chicago home prices rise 3% in April

Chicago Homes - Tue, 06/25/2013 - 16:32
Average home prices in the Chicago area rose almost 3 percent in April, the first real monthly improvement for the local housing market in eight months, according to a widely watched housing barometer released Tuesday.
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