Relevant News Links: Friday, March 27th

THIS WEEK'S RELEVANT NEWS editable 03-27-2015

Compiled by:

John M. Deely, Principal Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Bain of Lake Union & Magnolia.

“Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”  ~W. Earl Hall

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4 reasons to sell your home now
Attention potential sellers sitting on the fence: It could be time to make a move.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/25/real_estate/sell-home-real-estate/index.html?section=money_realestate&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_realestate+%28Real+Estate%29

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AVERAGE DOWN PAYMENT WAS 14 PERCENT OR $32,141 ON 2014 U.S. HOME PURCHASES ACCORDING TO REALTYTRAC COUNTY-LEVEL ANALYSIS
RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released a report analyzing purchase loan and sales data for single family homes and condos in 2014 in 386 counties nationwide which found that on average across all counties, buyers who purchased a home in 2014 put 14 percent down, translating into an average $32,141
http://www.realtytrac.com/content/news-and-opinion/average-down-payment-was-14-percent-or-32141-on-2014-us-home-purchases-according-to-realtytrac-county-level-analysis-8212

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It’s getting harder to afford a home
A rebound in home prices is good news in the wake of the housing crash — but there can be too much of a good thing.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/26/real_estate/home-affordability-real-estate/index.html?section=money_realestate&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_realestate+%28Real+Estate%29

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What an interest rate increase means for real people
Many Americans don’t pay much attention to what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and “the Fed” do, but that could change very soon
http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/19/news/economy/federal-reserve-statement-interest-rates/index.html?section=money_realestate&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_realestate+%28Real+Estate%29

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March Madness: The Sweet 16 of real estate brackets
If National Collegiate Athletic Association March Madness brackets are filled out based on real estate investing metrics, the outcome of each matchup becomes much easier to predict. Real estate, when done right, can be a science.
http://www.inman.com/2015/03/26/march-madness-the-sweet-16-of-real-estate-brackets/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+inmannews+%28Inman+News+-+Headlines%29

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The difference between market price and market value in real estate
In real estate, many agents suggest that it all comes down to price. Is it true that a property sells just because of price? What about the value component?
http://www.inman.com/2015/03/26/the-difference-between-market-price-and-market-value-in-real-estate/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+inmannews+%28Inman+News+-+Headlines%29

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Top 5 Return on Investment Home Improvement Projects for 2015
Before deciding to tackle a home improvement or remodeling project, you might want to take into account which projects provide the most bang for the buck if you should sell your house.
http://www.todayshomeowner.com/top-5-return-on-investment-home-improvement-projects-for-2015/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+danny-lipford+%28Danny+Lipford%29

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Americans Armed With Strong Dollar Buying Up Europe Property
U.S. investors are buying European commercial property at a record pace as the dollar’s eight-month rally and struggling economies on the continent make offices, shops and warehouses cheap.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-27/dollar-s-rise-fuels-transatlantic-dash-for-european-real-estate

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Top Spots for Luxury Getaway Homes
Buyers looking to buy or build a luxury vacation home can start the house-hunt at these five popular destinations.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/top-spots-for-luxury-getaway-homes-1427385257?mod=WSJ_3Up_RealEstate

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What the new IRS rules mean for U.S. citizens living in Canada
What the new IRS rules mean for Americans living in Canada
http://business.financialpost.com/2012/06/30/what-the-new-irs-rules-mean-for-u-s-citizens-living-in-canada/

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Seven mistakes Millennials make when buying real estate
You’ve cut back on lattes, taken a soul-crushing job on Burrard Street or 2nd Street SW, and borrowed from mom and dad. Congrats! You’re ready to put down a chunk of cash to cover the 20% downpayment on a property. But don’t make newbie mistakes, like trusting your bank to look after you
http://business.financialpost.com/2015/03/25/seven-mistakes-millennials-make-when-buying-real-estate/

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Why you should care about Zillow’s new listings
The company’s new listing database could keep consumers from growing frustrated and give it a leg up on competitors.
http://m.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2015/03/27/why-you-should-care-about-zillow-s-new-listings.html?ana=e_ph_prem&u=qQOEw4HVf4S%2FndMKVoxHlPxBF3Q&t=1427465116&r=full

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First-Time Home Shoppers Need to Hear This Advice From Recent Buyers
According to the American Enterprise Institute, last month first-time buyers accounted for nearly 56% of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee, up slightly from the prior February.
https://www.mainstreet.com/article/first-time-home-shoppers-need-to-hear-this-advice-from-recent-buyers?puc=yahooms&cm_ven=YAHOOMS

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The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn
The one-stop shop for everything a sophisticated marketer needs to know about getting the most value from LinkedIn for themselves and their company.
https://business.linkedin.com/marketing-solutions/c/14/1/sophisticated-guide-for-marketing?src=ex-di&veh=LMS_ExternalAD_Smartbriefs_20150324_SophGuideRefresh&utm_source=external&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=LMS_ExternalAD_Smartbriefs_20150324_SophGuideRefresh

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Realtors offer word of warning about solar financing program
Inland Southern California homeowners with PACE-styled loans may face hurdles when homes are sold or refinanced; FHFA warns against lender concerns
http://www.pe.com/articles/hero-758344-program-home.html

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The Giant Retirement Community That Explains Where Americans Are Moving
The Villages area in Florida shows that warmth and affordable housing have helped a pre-recession population trend reassert itself.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/27/upshot/the-giant-retirement-community-that-explains-where-americans-are-moving.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150326&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0

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Will Homebuyers Come Through This Spring?
Without policies that would lift wages, the housing recovery remains uncertain
http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/will-homebuyers-come-through-this-spring/?emc=edit_tnt_20150324&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Commanding Compounds
Grandkids coming to visit? Three oversize vacation retreats with plenty of room for the family
http://www.wsj.com/articles/family-sized-vacation-homes-1427300023

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Sales of Existing Homes Rose 1.2% in February
The sluggish home sales are a sign that economic activity slowed in the first quarter.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/business/sales-of-existing-homes-rose-1-2-in-february.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150323&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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10 Behaviors of Genuine People
In case you’re wondering, genuine means actual, real, sincere, honest. Genuine people are more or less the same on the inside as their behavior is on the outside
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/243859

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Would being caught on camera change how you conduct your real estate business?
“Big Brother” is no longer just a television show on CBS where we, the viewers, are playing the peeping Tom; nor is it an outdated trope from a George Orwell novel. No, Big Brother has crept into the real estate industry, and we are the objects of affection …
http://www.inman.com/2015/03/27/would-being-caught-on-camera-change-how-you-conduct-your-real-estate-business/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+inmannews+%28Inman+News+-+Headlines%29

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Architect Homes: Streamlined Yet Sophisticated
Many luxury buyers seek homes with complicated floor plans, high-end finishes and the latest technology. But architects’ homes are often simple, sophisticated structures that merely look expensive.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/tips-for-borrowing-after-bankruptcy-1426695287

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Fed’s Evans: Central Bank Shouldn’t Raise Rates This Year
Overly weak inflation and a lack of evidence suggesting price pressures are about to heat up means the Fed shouldn’t raise interest rates this year, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said in a speech Wednesday
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/03/25/feds-evans-central-bank-shouldnt-raise-rates-this-year/

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Waiting for Seattle housing prices to drop? Good luck with that
Congratulations, Seattle. You got a raise. The bad news is that during roughly the same time, your median home prices shot up three times more than your “big” salary boost.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/03/waiting-for-seattle-housing-prices-to-drop-good.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2015-03-26&u=iT6Ej9T4EYz1/uAD4leF5qEYhm3&t=1427484112

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Is King County’s massive growth driving thousands south to Pierce County?
It’s no secret that housing prices are on the rise in King County. In fact, the region is about to break records as home prices hit the highest point in eight years.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/03/is-king-countys-massive-growth-driving-thousands.html?iana=ind_rre

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Portland design firm will deck out massive new Lloyd District complex
A Portland interior design firm will next lend its eye for design to the Lloyd District’s newest apartment towers.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/03/portland-design-firm-will-deck-out-massive-new.html?iana=ind_rre

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Wages fall further behind home prices in Portland, study finds
It’s getting harder for the average Portland-area resident to buy a house — more than three times harder over the last two years, a new study has found.
http://www.oregonlive.com/front-porch/index.ssf/2015/03/wages_fall_further_behind_home.html

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Pending Home Sales Rise in January to Highest Level in 18 Months
Improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013.
http://www.realtor.org/news-and-commentary

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How to Finance a Vacation Home
Behind the surge in vacation-home purchases: a rebounding real-estate market—and baby boomers looking for a retirement destination
http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-finance-a-vacation-home-1427385991?mod=WSJ_3Up_RealEstate

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Neo-Memphis Design: It Came From the ‘80s
The campy 1980s furniture, known for wild colors, crazy patterns, and exaggerated shapes, gets a reverent reboot from next-gen designers—but, for this iteration, they’re dialing back the kitsch and introducing higher-end materials
http://www.wsj.com/articles/neo-memphis-design-it-came-from-the-80s-1426885689

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The Race to the $100 Million Spec House
Developers aim for new highs—and high prices—for speculatively built homes
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-race-to-the-100-million-spec-house-1426780130

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The Closer the Broker, the Quicker the Close
Proximity to your real-estate agent’s office can translate to a faster sale, a Journal of Housing Research study finds
http://www.wsj.com/articles/homes-closer-to-brokers-offices-sell-faster-1427301063

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Home Price Index Report
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/home-price-index-report.aspx#.VNVmsvmjNpU

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The MarketPulse
The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU

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Home Price Index Report
The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.
http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/home-price-index-report.aspx#.VNVmsvmjNpU

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HOUSING STATISTICS
Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311

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Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Economy at a Glance
http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

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U.S. Housing Market Tracker
The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.
http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/

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Mortgage Market Survey Archive
Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015
http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

Continuing Education Clock Hours

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CBBain|Seal and their Training & Education Department are dedicated in providing classes for their real estate brokers, including FREE Continuing Education clock hour courses & other additional business tools.  If you are a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain -or- Coldwell Banker Seal and are looking for FREE continuing education clock hours, check out the info below.   Note:  We add courses on a regular basis. Please plan ahead by pre-registering and referencing these calendars.  Also, some classes include clock-hours and others do not — remember to double check before registering.

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Other Events:

  • CB Con Pacific Northwest (aka Ed Con), Seattle Center – Fisher Pavilion
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      • (8:30AM – 5:00PM) CB Elite Sessions at Navy Pier Ballroom **Invitation ONLY**
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      • (7:00PM – 10:00PM) Closing Night Party at Soldier Field

 

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  • Online and live classes are also available at Rockwell Institute. www.rockwellinstitute.com
  • In order to host these upcoming continuing education real estate classes, we need to have a minimum of 12 students registered including for Thursday Forums and non clock hour events.
  •  To view all of our upcoming  free real estate continuing education courses please visit our Eventbrite calendar: www.cbbainsealtraining.eventbrite.com

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Relevant News Links: Friday, March 20th

THIS WEEK'S RELEVANT NEWS

Compiled by:

John M. Deely, Principal Managing Broker of
Coldwell Banker Bain of Lake Union & Magnolia.

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” — Sitting Bull

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 RealtyTrac: Foreclosures will soon return to pre-crisis level

Foreclosure activity, which includes default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, is on track to return to pre-crisis levels by the end of 2015, according to a new report from RealtyTrac.

http://www.housingwire.com/articles/33284-realtytrac-foreclosures-will-soon-return-to-pre-crisis-level

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Interest rates will go up this year, but only gradually, Fed indicates (Video)

Don’t read too much into the Federal Reserve’s decision to drop the word “patient” from its policy statement as to when it will start raising short-term interest rates.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/news-wire/2015/03/18/interest-rates-will-go-up-this-year-but-only.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2015-03-18&u=iT6Ej9T4EYz1/uAD4leF5qEYhm3&t=1426772120

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Free Web-Based Foreclosure Education Course Offered to General Public

A new Web-based course that will provide city leaders with strategies to successfully address foreclosures in their cities will be offered for free to the general public, according to an announcement from National League of Cities (NLC) and Wells Fargo on Wednesday.

http://dsnews.com/news/03-18-2015/free-web-based-foreclosure-education-course-offered-to-general-public

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Mortgage rates falling; 30-year drops to 3.78%, Freddie Mac says

Low mortgage rates bode well for borrowers as the spring home-buying season arrives. Above, construction in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-re-freddie-mac-mortgage-rates-20150319-story.html

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The Fed’s meeting

A loss of patience

“Patient”, in Fed-speak, indicates that it will hold off increasing interest rates for at least two meetings. Now the word has been ditched, at subsequent meetings (most probably in June) we could see rates move off from rock-bottom for the first time since 2008.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2015/03/feds-meeting

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The Cities Where Rent Is Rising The Fastest

Rents in big, glittering metropolises like New York and San Francisco are notoriously pricey and getting pricier, but it’s quickly getting more expensive to rent in smaller cities across the country, too

http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurengensler/2015/02/24/rising-rent-smaller-cities/

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NAR Study: Accelerating Housing Costs Have Renters Feeling the Squeeze

The gap between rental costs and household income is widening to unsustainable levels in many parts of the country, and the situation could worsen unless new home construction meaningfully rises, according to new research by the National Association of Realtors®.

http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/03/nar-study-accelerating-housing-costs-have-renters-feeling-the-squeeze

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Lennar Builds More Rentals as Slow Sales Pace Persists

Lennar Corp., the second largest U.S. homebuilder, is raising its bet on rental housing as the pace of sales continues to drag.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-19/lennar-builds-more-rentals-as-slow-sales-pace-persists

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How To Get Wealthier By Paying Extra On Your Mortgage

You’ve probably heard that paying off your mortgage early is a good idea because it reduces your total interest outlay. But there are other virtues of paying more than your monthly mortgage bill.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/lawrencelight/2015/03/18/how-to-get-wealthier-by-paying-extra-on-your-mortgage/

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March Equinox – Equal Day and Night, Nearly

There are two equinoxes every year – in March and September – when the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal.

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/march-equinox.html

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10 Things About the March Equinox

On Friday March 20, 2015, the day and night will be of almost equal duration at most time zones in the world. Here are 10 facts about the March Equinox you might not know.

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/ten-things-march-equinox.html

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Lenders Managed Quick Closings despite Refi Surge

February was the second month in a row that refinancing made up more than half of all mortgage originations.

http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/03192015_ellie_mae_loan_metrics.asp

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Selling your house? Here are 8 tips you need to know

CNBC’s Diana Olick has 8 tips for selling homes in the spring.

http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/video/archive/2015/3/19.aspx#443445

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Warren Buffett Just Wrote His Best Annual Letter Ever

Warren Buffett’s new annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders hasn’t received nearly as much attention as it deserves. I wonder if that’s because financial journalists feel like they just can’t write another story about how wise Warren is. Fortunately, I don’t have any such limitation.

http://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Warren-Buffett-Just-Wrote-His-Best-Annual-Letter-Ever

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Many Cities See Rise in Underwater Homeowners

Zillow reports 21 top housing markets saw increase in ‘negative equity,’ but national level improved slightly

http://www.wsj.com/articles/many-cities-see-rise-in-underwater-homeowners-1426824061?mod=WSJ_article_EditorsPicks_5

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Man Caves That Aren’t for Cave Men

The humble sanctuary of the man of the house gets a luxury makeover

http://www.wsj.com/articles/man-caves-that-arent-for-cave-men-1426780968

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Having a Crystal Ball: Waterford, Orrefors, Baccarat and More Introduce Contemporary Designs

Designers produce modern takes on a once-fusty medium; tables, chandeliers and a punk-inspired cut-crystal bar.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/having-a-crystal-ball-waterford-orrefors-baccarat-and-more-introduce-contemporary-designs-1426779189

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As Faux as It Goes: Advice From British Decorator Nicky Haslam

Can you feign tortoiseshell walls? Or marble pediments? In a new book, British designer and man-of-the-world Nicky Haslam says yes, you can. Plus: making corners count

http://www.wsj.com/articles/as-faux-as-it-goes-advice-from-british-decorator-nicky-haslam-1426278348

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Borrowing After Bankruptcy

A few specialty lenders offer jumbo mortgages to borrowers with a recent bankruptcy; but interest and down-payment requirements are high

http://www.wsj.com/articles/tips-for-borrowing-after-bankruptcy-1426695287

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Beachfront Living in Thailand

This villa combines Asian pavilion-style with contemporary design and has three master bedrooms

http://www.wsj.com/articles/asia-house-of-the-day-beachfront-living-in-thailandphotos-1426481293?tesla=y

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Pipe Dreams: How to create a never-ending customer pipeline

If you can attract one customer to your business, you can create a never-ending customer pipeline. It doesn’t matter if your business has been open for 10 minutes or 10 years. Here’s how the cycle works.

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/how-to/growth-strategies/constant-contact/2015/03/how-to-create-a-never-ending-customer-pipeline.html

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DataBank: Portland’s tight housing market gets even tighter

There’s a very simple way to break down Portland’s residential real estate market.

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/print-edition/2015/03/20/data-band-portland-s-tight-housing-market-gets.html?iana=ind_rre

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Brandon Sawyer: Residential real estate rewind

Portland metro’s residential real estate market is starting to feel like 2007 again (in a good way) returning to levels achieved before the national housing downturn

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/print-edition/2015/03/20/brandon-sawyer-residential-real-estate-rewind.html?iana=ind_rre

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Pro.com joins accelerator, takes on larger Porch.com by partnering with real estate firms

Pro.com is making a big move into the real estate market with an announcement Tuesday that the home improvement pricing startup will join the 2015 Reach Accelerator program.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2015/03/pro-com-joins-accelerator-takes-on-larger-porch.html?iana=ind_rre

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Chinese Drywall Firm to Pay Damages

In a stunning about-face, Taishan Gypsum will pay $2.6 million in damages to seven Virginia families hurt by its drywall, after having fought any payout since 2010.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/business/chinese-drywall-firm-to-pay-damages.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150318&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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Everything you want to know about falling oil prices

Mostly because of increased supply from America—up by 4m barrels a day since 2009. Although most crude exports are still banned, American imports have plummeted, contributing to a glut on world markets. Other producers have decided not to try to curb their production and keep the price up.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/03/economist-explains-14

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NAR Generational Survey: Millennials Lead All Buyers, Most Likely to Use Real Estate Agent

Despite the economic and financial challenges young adults have braved since the recession, the millennial generation represented the largest share of recent buyers, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which evaluates the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers.

http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/03/nar-generational-survey-millennials-lead-all-buyers-most-likely-to-use-real-estate-agent

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NAR’s Second Century Ventures Selects Pro.com as First Member of 2015 REach® Accelerator Class

The National Association of Realtors®’ strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures, has selected Pro.com as the first company accepted into the 2015 class of REach®, its growth technology accelerator program. Pro.com is a new home services marketplace that enables real estate agents to help home owners successfully price out home projects by matching them with a certified “Pro” in their area to get the job done.

http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/03/nar-s-second-century-ventures-selects-procom-as-first-member-of-2015-reach-accelerator-class

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Home Price Index Report

The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.

http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/home-price-index-report.aspx#.VNVmsvmjNpU

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The MarketPulse

The MarketPulse provides monthly insight into the current and future health of the U.S. economic climate with particular focus on housing and mortgage metrics

http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/the-marketpulse.aspx#.VNVmOPmjNpU

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Home Price Index Report

The most geographically comprehensive and current home price index.

http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/home-price-index-report.aspx#.VNVmsvmjNpU

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HOUSING STATISTICS

Housing Statistics offers 43 different sets of data, downloadable either as Excel or PDF files (updated weekly). Housing data and primary indicators of the industry are housed in one easy-to navigate location containing historical and current sets of statistics such as: Housing Starts (by Region & Structure Type), Homes Sold by Region, Producer Price Indexes (for Building Materials), Manufactured Homes, New Home Characteristics, Residential Vacancy & Absorption Rates, Units Under Construction, Value of New Construction, and many more.

http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=819&channelID=311

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Bureau of Economic Analysis

U.S. Economy at a Glance

http://www.bea.gov/index.htm

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U.S. Housing Market Tracker

The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.

http://graphics.wsj.com/us-housing-market/

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Mortgage Market Survey Archive

Compilation of Weekly Survey Data for 2015

http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/archive.html

CE Clock Hours for CBBain|Seal Real Estate Brokers

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CBBain|Seal is dedicated in providing classes for our real estate brokers, including FREE Continuing Education clock hour courses & other additional business tools.  If you are a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain -or- Coldwell Banker Seal and are looking for FREE continuing education clock hours, check out the info below.   Note:  We add courses on a regular basis. Please plan ahead by pre-registering and referencing these calendars.  Also, some classes include clock-hours and others do not — remember to double check before registering.

Coldwell Banker Bain Live Classes and Online Webinars:

Coldwell Banker Seal Live Classes and Online Webinars:

Other Events:

  • CB Con Pacific Northwest (aka Ed Con), Seattle Center – Fisher Pavilion
    • May 12 (3:30 pm – 5:40 pm) Opening Session
    • May 12 (5:45 pm – 8:00 pm) Welcome Reception at EMP Museum
    • May 13 (8:45 am – 4:00 pm) General Session
  •  GenBlue 2015, Chicago, Sept 16th – 18th
    • Sept 15th (2:00PM – 6:00PM) Event Registration at Chicago Theatre
    • Sept 16th
      • (8:00AM – 3:00PM) Previews Certification Class at Palmer House Hotel
      • (9:30AM – 3:30PM) Event Registration at Chicago Theatre Lobby Space
      • (4:00PM – 6:30PM) General Session at Chicago Theatre
      • (6:30PM – 7:30PM) Cocktail Reception at Chicago Theatre Lobby Space
    • Sept 17th
      • (9:30AM – 5:30PM) Learning Sessions at AMC River East 21
    • Sept 18th
      • (8:30AM – 5:00PM) CB Elite Sessions at Navy Pier Ballroom **Invitation ONLY**
      • (9:30AM – 4:30PM) Learning Lessons at AMC River East 21
      • (7:00PM – 10:00PM) Closing Night Party at Soldier Field

 

Online Classes:

  • ProSchools is our partner for pre and post licensing in both Washington and Oregon.
  • Rockwell Institute is our partner for our local live and online classes in Washington. For clock hour and transcript questions, please contact Rockwell Institute to setup your profile and get your online username and password.
  • Online and live classes are also available at Rockwell Institute. www.rockwellinstitute.com
  • In order to host these upcoming continuing education real estate classes, we need to have a minimum of 12 students registered including for Thursday Forums and non clock hour events.
  •  To view all of our upcoming  free real estate continuing education courses please visit our Eventbrite calendar: www.cbbainsealtraining.eventbrite.com

Non CB Bain | CB Seal Clock Hours
Below is more information about upcoming real estate clock hours if you need to get clock hours.  NOTE: these cost money and are not connected with CB Bain, or CB Seal.

Washington Brokers:

Oregon Brokers: