This week’s relevant links week of April 8th-12th, 2013

NewsLinks-Full“ Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation on how it shall be spent. ”

— Samuel Johnson


The Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs just released its new list of the Happiest and Unhappiest Jobs In America, Guess what job was first!

The home bidding wars are back!

The bidding wars are back. Seemingly overnight, many of the nation’s major housing markets have gone from stagnant to sizzling, with for-sale listings drawing offers from a large number of house hunters.

3 Groups of Buyers Who Are Buying Now

Want to expand your market niche and make sure you’re targeting the right buyers? According to several different recent articles, here are three buyer groups to watch.

Don’t Be Fooled By These 3 Real Estate Myths

As the real estate market significantly rebounds, some buyers and sellers are dipping their toes in the waters for the first time. Inevitably, they come into the market with assumptions about how it works

Vacation home sales surged 10% last year

A strong stock market, growing demand and limited inventory helped propel vacation home sales for the second year in a row in 2012

3 predictions from the National Association of Realtors’ top economist

National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun was in Nashville Wednesday to speak to a group of real estate agents. Here are some forecasts from his crystal ball

Survey: 77% of Americans Believe Housing Crisis Is Not Over

Nearly eight in 10 Americans are unconvinced, according to the How Housing Matters survey conducted by Hart Research Associates

Average rate on 30-year mortgage at 3.54%

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages crept closer to their historic lows this week, a trend that could help the housing recovery strengthen

Servicers Bringing REO Management In-House

As inventories shrink and the REO landscape shifts again, the need for outsourced management decreases

2012 Vacation Home Sales Up, Investment Dips but Stays Elevated, Prices Rise

Vacation home sales improved in 2012, while investment purchases remained elevated for a second consecutive year

King County house prices jumped almost 20 percent over year

The median price of single-family homes sold leapt in March to $392,000. A severe shortage of homes for sale is driving the jump

Portland’s real estate market; it’s back, baby

I know I’m not the first to say it — and I hope I don’t jinx anything — but it sure seems like Portland’s real estate resurgence has taken hold

Top Places To Retire Rich

here’s a new list of 25 top retirement places for those who want a certain high-end retirement lifestyle, regardless of expense

Rising Home Prices And Falling Unemployment: Don’t Trust the Numbers

The nation’s unemployment rate fell this morning to 7.6%. That’s good news…right?Home prices are rising smartly around the country. That’s good news…right?Wrong…on both counts

Rents for Single-Family Home Flatten as Investors Saturate the Rental Market

Trulia’s Chief Economist reveals the latest findings from the Trulia Price Monitor and Trulia Rent Monitor to review how rents for single-family homes in the markets where investors have been buying and renting out homes

In Just Three Months, Shanghai’s Land Prices Double

That does it. China‘s real estate is officially a runaway train

Are There Too Many Homes in America, Ctd

Yet, we still have a ways to go before we can expect there to be more homes for sale each month, than there were the same month last year

Hiring slowed to 88K jobs in March; unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent

The U.S. economy will face the brunt of massive federal spending cuts just as growth in private sector jobs is plunging, according to government data released Friday

Real Estate Matters | Refinancing from a 30-year to a 15-year loan

Bob Vila’s 5 ‘Must Do’ Tasks for April

Spring is officially underway, and while our focus has swung toward outdoor projects, it’s not all daffodils and sunny skies for homeowners this season

Construction job growth hits 7-year high

While today’s job’s report was disappointing on nearly all fronts, there was one bright spot that shone through the dismal numbers: sustained construction-job growth

Get Ready for Big Bidding Wars This Spring

With tighter inventories of homes for sale, buyers are finding increased competition through bidding wars. But the bidding may not be between only one or two other buyers — more bidding wars are popping up where dozens or even hundreds of other buyers are all competing for the same property

Obama Administration to Banks: Ease Up on Home Loans

The Obama administration is making a push for home loans to be more available to those with weaker credit, adding that the housing recovery is leaving too many potential home buyers behind — particularly young professionals — who can’t qualify for financing

List of Improving Markets Holds Steady in April

After seven months of gains, this month’s list of improving housing markets remained mostly unchanged in April, holding at 273 metros, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index. The list reflects metros from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia

Fragility continues to threaten housing recovery

The latest data from the Obama Administration revealed important progress in the housing rebound, but much like the last scorecard, it continues to warn that the overall recovery remains fragile.

Before Becoming a Landlord, Add Up Costs

One of life’s luxuries is being able to afford a vacation home. But don’t underestimate its true cost—especially if you plan to rent it out



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“Links” are edited each week by John Deely 


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