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Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal is dedicated in providing opportunities for their real estate brokers, including FREE Continuing Education clock hour courses & training on important business tools.  If you are a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain -or- Coldwell Banker Seal and are looking for  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 & Online Webinars:

Coldwell Banker SEAL – Live Classes and Online Webinars:

 

Other Events:

  • Earthquake Home Retrofit, High Point Branch Library, May 2nd
    • Class is free, pre-registration required.
    • Free, introductory class provides information for do-it-yourselfers or those who want to become educated consumers on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation. Experienced instructors share their insight on tools needed, building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process.
    • WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 2015 (2pm – 4pm)
    • LOCATION: High Point Branch Library (3411 SW Raymond St, 98126)
    • HOW: Pre-register at: snap@seattle.gov or call (206) 233-5076
  • 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
  • Earthquake Home Retrofit, Ballard Branch Library, June 6th
    • Class is free, pre-registration required.
    • Free, introductory class provides information for do-it-yourselfers or those who want to become educated consumers on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation. Experienced instructors share their insight on tools needed, building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process.
    • WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015 (2pm – 4pm)
    • LOCATION: Ballard Branch Library (5614 22nd Ave NW, 98107)
    • HOW: Pre-register at: snap@seattle.gov or call (206) 233-5076
  • 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

 

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 Coldwell Banker Bain or Coldwell Banker Seal.

Relevant News Links: Friday, April 24th

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.

“We are builders of our own characters. We have different positions, spheres, capacities, privileges, different work to do in the world, different temporal fabrics to raise; but we are all alike in this, — all are architects of fate.” — John Fothergill Waterhouse Ware

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Existing-home sales in March reach 18-month high

Springing back from a tough winter and supported by the growing economy, sales of used homes in March reached the fastest pace in 18 months, according to data released Wednesday

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/22/us-usa-economy-housing-idUSKBN0ND1NP20150422

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Wallet squeeze: Apartment rents projected to rise again

Living in an apartment? Expect your rent to go up again.

http://www.king5.com/story/money/markets/real-estate/2015/04/14/wallet-squeeze-apartment-rents-projected-to-rise-again/25764349/

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Surging Puget Sound-area home prices give sellers all the power

The Seattle area is the No. 4 hottest home sellers’ market in the United States.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/04/surging-puget-sound-area-home-prices-give-sellers.html?iana=ind_rre

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Americans Again Say Real Estate Is Best Long-Term Investment

For the second straight year, more Americans name real estate than stocks, gold, savings accounts/CDs or bonds as the best long-term investment. Real estate leads with 31% of Americans choosing it, followed by stocks/mutual funds, at 25%. Meanwhile, gold dropped to third this year, a significant change from 2011 and 2012, when it was the runaway leader.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/182819/americans-again-say-real-estate-best-long-term-investment.aspx

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Guess where the hottest housing markets are?

The report tracked home sales listed on Trulia in the 100 biggest metro areas in the U.S. on Feb. 5 and were still available on April 5. In addition to the 8 cities in California, Seattle and Salt Lake City, Utah, also made the top 10 list.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/15/real_estate/housing-markets-fastest-sales/index.html?section=money_realestate&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_realestate+%28CNNMoney%3A+Real+Estate%29

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Official Renderings For World’s Future Tallest Residential Building

Extell is the developer, and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill are designing. Permits for the tower have continued to shift slightly in recent months, but the documents YIMBY previously obtained indicated the building would have a roof height of 1,479 feet and a pinnacle height of 1,775 feet, which would make it the tallest residential tower on the planet. Final figures are likely to be within a hair of both numbers

http://newyorkyimby.com/2015/04/revealed-217-west-57th-street-official-renderings-for-worlds-future-tallest-residential-building.html

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Community Control Is Destroying America’s Cities

Much of urban America, and New York City in particular, is in crisis. Cities are becoming desirable again, but planning is still stuck in the post-war mentality of decline

http://newyorkyimby.com/2015/03/community-control-is-destroying-americas-cities.html

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House That Wouldn’t Budge (or Float Away) Faces a Last Stand

People call it the “‘Up’ House,” for its resemblance to the house in the Disney movie “Up,” about an old man who attaches balloons to his home and floats away.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/us/house-that-wouldnt-budge-or-float-away-faces-a-last-stand.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150411&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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Redefining Curb Appeal

Replacing lawns with native plants may seem unconventional, but it can pay off—both for homeowners and for wildlife

http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Gardening/Archives/2015/Redefining-Curb-Appeal.aspx

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Dudley: Weak Data Sets Higher Hurdle for June Rate Hike

The recent string of disappointing U.S. economic data is setting the bar higher for the Federal Reserve to begin raising rates this June, a top Fed official said Wednesday.

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/04/08/feds-dudley-timing-of-first-interest-rate-hike-might-be-a-bit-later/?KEYWORDS=rate+hike

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Luxury Real Estate’s New Standard

Once extremely rare, $40 million pricetags are now popping up across the country.

http://www.wsj.com/video/luxury-real-estate-new-standard/709817E3-E4C6-49AA-AB16-A66F4D472504.html

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Is the Nasdaq in Another Bubble?

A virtual reality guided tour of 21 years of the Nasdaq

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/6-must-add-items-add-spring-cleaning-list/

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Frank Sinatra’s Former New York Apartment Sells for $5 Million

The 3,200-square-foot apartment in the Edgewater co-op on the Upper East Side has a terrace and roofdeck overlooking the East River.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/frank-sinatras-former-new-york-apartment-sells-for-5-million-1429813590

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Hello Darkness, Garden Friend

Green is the color of most leaves, but plants with dark purple, burgundy and near-black foliage can shake up your yard and flower beds.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/hello-darkness-garden-friend-1429883770

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National Credit Default Rates Flat S&P Dow Jones Indices released the latest results for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices. Data is through March 2015

http://www.housingviews.com/2015/04/21/national-credit-default-rates-flat-despite-jump-in-bank-card-defaults-in-march-2015-according-to-the-spexperian-consumer-credit-default-indices/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HousingViews+%28HousingViews+-+S%26P%27s+Blog+on+the+Housing+Market%29

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In Texas, Home Buyers Go for Jumbo Loans

High-end homes in Texas are much cheaper than in other pricey parts in the country—so home buyers in the Lone Star State can afford bigger properties and qualify for jumbo loans.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-texas-home-buyers-go-for-jumbo-loans-1429735013

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Are Entry-Level Homebuyers Really This Gung-Ho Yet?

D.R. Horton sold roughly 2,000 Express brand homes in the first three months of 2015, or 18% of its total sales, according to the company’s second quarter fiscal results released Wednesday. That’s big, considering that D.R. Horton is the largest U.S. builder by unit sales.

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2015/04/22/are-entry-level-homebuyers-really-this-gung-ho-yet/

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HUD Puts In New Protections For Struggling Homeowners

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday said that it would make a number of changes to its program of selling delinquent mortgages to investors and nonprofits, putting in protections to attempt to prevent foreclosures and help nonprofits buy more of their loans.

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2015/04/24/hud-puts-in-new-protections-for-struggling-homeowners/

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Beverly Hills Spec House Is Listing for $72 Million

A newly built spec house in Beverly Hills with a domed ballroom and a kitchen with six ovens is listing for $72 million, according to developer Albert Elkouby.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/beverly-hills-spec-house-is-listing-for-72-million-1429804006

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Could Japanese Design Be the Cure for Your Tech Addiction?

Sensual, tactile, organic—the new wave of Japanese design is offering Westerners relief from digital overload

http://www.wsj.com/articles/could-japanese-design-be-the-cure-for-your-tech-addiction-1429897425

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Dog-poop DNA tests nail non-scoopers

Is that your dog’s poop? DNA testing shows apartment building owners whose pets are making messes.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/dog-poop-dna-tests-nail-non-scoopers/

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FHFA home price index up 0.7% in February, 5.4% in past year

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — U.S. home prices climbed 0.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis in February, putting the increase over the past 12 months at 5.4%, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Tuesday

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fhfa-home-price-index-up-07-in-february-54-in-past-year-2015-04-22

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Econ Wrap-Up: Existing Home Sales And FHFA House Price Index

Domestically, it is housing data that continues to drive the broader market, thanks to positive results on Wednesday’s early morning release on mortgage applications, in addition to existing home sales and the house price index.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3093246-econ-wrap-up-existing-home-sales-and-fhfa-house-price-index

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Mortgage applications rose in latest week: MBA

Applications for U.S. home mortgages rose last week as interest rates declined, an industry group said on Wednesday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/22/us-usa-economy-mortgages-idUSKBN0ND16620150422

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Re/Max continues search for Portland/Seattle brokerage buyer

The remaining two brokerages, Re/Max Equity Group in Portland and Re/Max Northwest in Seattle, are still up for grabs, according to the Denver paper.

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/04/re-max-continues-search-for-portland-brokerage.html?iana=ind_rre

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Data Bank: A look at Oregon’s middle-market business

It’s long been said that Oregon’s economy is driven by small business. And as a state with just two Fortune 500 companies, Oregon’s pretty lean on the high end of the market.

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/print-edition/2015/04/24/data-bank-a-look-at-oregons-middle-market-business.html?iana=ind_rre

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Sawant, Licata push plan for Seattle rent control

Hundreds packed Seattle City Hall Thursday night to hear plans to bring rent control to Seattle, and vent about their own difficulty affording a place to live.

http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2015/04/24/seattle-rent-control-plan/26287037/

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People are all fired up for rent control in Seattle

If you thought Seattle activists were passionate in their successful push for the $15 an hour minimum wage, just wait until you see their fervor for rent control.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/04/people-are-all-fired-up-for-rent-control-in.html?iana=ind_rre&page=all

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HOA CALENDAR PLANNING

There is an old saying that goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Nothing is truer when it comes to a homeowner associations. If your HOA does not already have one, forging an Annual Planning Calendar will be an enormous step toward solving many nagging maintenance and administrative problems

http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/hoaadvice1/item/34463-20150422-hoa-calendar-planning

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LINKS WE LOVE – WHAT WE’RE READING THIS WEEK—APRIL 24, 2015

What have you been reading in Architectural Digest this week?

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/daily/2015/04/links-we-love-04-24

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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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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

Relevant News Links: Friday, April 17th

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.

“The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”  –  Will Rogers

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Scientists figured out how to avoid making a bad first impression

We all send body language cues based on how we feel and what we think, here’s how to decipher them quickly and in any situation.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-make-good-first-impression-science-body-language-2015-4

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Japan’s Creative, Ephemeral Homes

Would you buy a house that you knew would lose its value as years passed? That you would never be able to sell? That you might have to pay to demolish?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/japans-creative-ephemeral-homes-1429196510?mod=trending_now_2

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Anonymous Whistleblower Alleges Widespread Data Theft by Zillow, Samuelson

Move and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) filed additional court documents Friday following receipt of a letter from an anonymous whistleblower, presumably a Zillow employee, who alleges widespread misappropriation of trade secrets and data theft by Errol Samuelson, the former Move chief strategy officer, who left the company amid controversy last year to become Zillow’s chief industry development officer.

http://newsletter.rismedia.com/news/alert/19620/75242?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

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This Is the City With the Greatest Well-Being in America

If you want to live somewhere where you’ll find financial prosperity, a strong community and a sense of purpose, you should consider moving to Portland

http://time.com/3774096/city-greatest-well-being-america/?xid=linkedinshare

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Where Luxury Homes Sell the Fastest

An analysis of home listings over a two-month period identifies San Jose, Calif., as the place where home buyers need to act quickly

http://www.wsj.com/articles/where-luxury-homes-sell-the-fastest-1429028433

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Members of mayor’s panel: Want more housing in Seattle? Don’t pass these new rules

New low-rise residential buildings in some of Seattle’s designated “low-rise” zones don’t seem so low to the people who live there, and the City Council is poised to rein in the relatively new regulations that allowed the buildings to go up in the first place

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/04/members-of-mayors-panel-want-more-housing-in.html?ana=e_sea_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2015-04-14&u=iT6Ej9T4EYz1/uAD4leF5qEYhm3&t=1429276494

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40 Years of the American Home

Changes Come Quickly!

http://money.cnn.com/interactive/pf/40-years-american-home/?section=money_realestate&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_realestate+%28CNNMoney%3A+Real+Estate%29

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Extreme Closet Makeover

Inside the renovated closet of a California doctor; for $85,000, an organized space, with added sparkle

http://www.wsj.com/articles/extreme-closet-makeover-1429028352

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Creating a Zenful Yoga and Meditation Space in Your Home

September is national yoga month, and I haven’t been to my local yoga studio once this month. However, I did make sure to designate a place for my yoga and meditation practice when I moved into my new house a few months ago.

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/creating-zenful-yoga-meditation-space-home/

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6 Must Add Items to Add To Your Spring Cleaning List

Get your home squeaky clean with these tips from HomeAdvisor.

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/6-must-add-items-add-spring-cleaning-list/

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Sellers Ask a Premium for One-of-a-Kind Homes

Homes with a special feature that is no longer allowed under local building rules may give owners an edge when it’s time to sell

http://www.wsj.com/articles/sellers-ask-a-premium-for-one-of-a-kind-homes-1428509058

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Attention Millennials! Surviving the Boomerang Effect: 101

Whatever the reason for the “boomerang” trend, millennials have to be prepared for at least some time back in the home nest before we are financially secure to spread our wings and fly on our own.

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/attention-millennials-surviving-boomerang-effect-101/

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Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll sells his $6.1 million Hunts Point home

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has sold his waterfront house in Hunts Point for $6.1 million, according to public records.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/04/seahawks-coach-pete-carroll-sells-his-6-1-million.html?iana=ind_rre

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Supply of Seattle-area homes hits lowest point ever recorded

It seems that Seattle is about to edge out San Francisco in one metric — but it’s not necessarily one the Emerald City wants to be known for.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2015/04/supply-of-seattle-area-homes-hits-lowest-point.html?iana=ind_rre

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Portland home prices show no signs of slowing

Home prices in the Portland area show no signs of slowing down.

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/04/portland-home-prices-show-no-signs-of-slowing.html?iana=ind_rre

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Racing to Buy Homes Sight Unseen

Residential real estate to be the next frontier for speed-based investing

http://www.wsj.com/articles/racing-to-buy-homes-sight-unseen-1428940421

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$26M mixed-use development could revitalize sleepy Portland suburb

One of the metro region’s quieter suburbs is in line for a jolt of downtown activity in the form of a $26 million mixed-use development

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/04/26m-mixed-use-development-could-revitalize-sleepy.html?iana=ind_rre

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The future of real estate in a hi-tech world

Many believe that the future of real estate marketing is quite grim for real estate agents and it is quite hard to argue with that.

http://realtybiznews.com/the-future-of-real-estate-in-a-hi-tech-world/98728028/

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How to Get Multiple Offers on Your House

The order and primary considerations in which buyers judge homes these days are location, price, and presentation. In that order

http://realtybiznews.com/how-to-get-multiple-offers-on-your-house-2/98728006/

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U.S. housing starts data underperforms; jobless claims rise

U.S. housing starts rose far less than expected in March and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region grew modestly this month, suggesting the economy could struggle to rebound from a soft patch hit in the first quarter.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/us-usa-economy-jobs-idUSKBN0N71FC20150416

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The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® Rebounds

The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey®, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers buy and watch.

https://www.conference-board.org/data/consumerconfidence.cfm

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US Consumer Sentiment Surges; Leading Indicators Rise

U.S. consumer sentiment rebounded in early May to the highest level in nearly six years as Americans felt better about their financial and economic prospects

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100746068

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The IRS Has New Favorite People to Audit

The taxman is actually getting less ferocious, unless you live overseas

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-09/the-irs-has-new-favorite-people-to-audit

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The Mansions Owned by White-Collar Criminals

Enron, Tyco, WorldCom. A look at the mansions built or bought with corporate fraud

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-mansions-owned-by-white-collar-criminals-1429199709?tesla=y

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Ways to Give Your House Away

Anyone inspired to donate their home to charity should know that the tax rules are complicated

http://www.wsj.com/articles/ways-to-give-your-house-away-1429113712?mod=WSJ_3Up_RealEstate

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What Your Car Says About You

In the ritzy 90210 ZIP Code of Beverly Hills, Calif., car buyers love their Mercedes-Benz. They also enjoy poker and bridge, according to a market-research firm.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-your-car-says-about-you-1428592266

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How to Make Space-Chic Décor the Star of Your Home

Celestial-inspired interior design that is galaxies away from ‘Star Wars’ is emerging as a key spring theme

http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-make-space-chic-decor-the-star-of-your-home-1428600513

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A Romance With High Contrast

Even without color, checkerboard floors still pop; one writer recalls his lifelong love affair with the distinguished harlequin design

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-romance-with-high-contrast-1429222677

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Philip Watts Crafts Visions of Aluminum and Bronze

The designer infuses objects from candlesticks to window frames with a sly sense of humor

http://www.wsj.com/articles/philip-watts-crafts-visions-of-aluminum-and-bronze-1428507339

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Blackstone’s Deal With G.E. Highlights Its Real Estate Holdings

The transaction shows how the power on Wall Street has shifted since the financial crisis from risk-averse investment banks to asset managers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/business/dealbook/blackstones-deal-with-ge-highlights-its-real-estate-holdings.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150412&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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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

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Education Opportunities for CBBain|Seal Brokers!

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The Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal Training & Education Department is dedicated in providing classes for their real estate brokers, including FREE Continuing Education clock hour courses & Training on important 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:

  • Earthquake Home Retrofit, West Seattle Branch Library, Apr 19th
    • Class is free, pre-registration required.
    • Free, introductory class provides information for do-it-yourselfers or those who want to become educated consumers on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation. Experienced instructors share their insight on tools needed, building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process.
    • WHEN: Sunday, April 19, 2015 (2pm – 4pm)
    • LOCATION: West Seattle Branch Library (2306 42nd Ave SW, 98116)
    • HOW: Pre-register at: snap@seattle.gov or call (206) 233-5076
  • Earthquake Home Retrofit, High Point Branch Library, May 2nd
    • Class is free, pre-registration required.
    • Free, introductory class provides information for do-it-yourselfers or those who want to become educated consumers on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation. Experienced instructors share their insight on tools needed, building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process.
    • WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 2015 (2pm – 4pm)
    • LOCATION: High Point Branch Library (3411 SW Raymond St, 98126)
    • HOW: Pre-register at: snap@seattle.gov or call (206) 233-5076
  • 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
  • Earthquake Home Retrofit, Ballard Branch Library, June 6th
    • Class is free, pre-registration required.
    • Free, introductory class provides information for do-it-yourselfers or those who want to become educated consumers on how to seismically secure your home to its foundation. Experienced instructors share their insight on tools needed, building techniques, the City’s free plan set and the permit process.
    • WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015 (2pm – 4pm)
    • LOCATION: Ballard Branch Library (5614 22nd Ave NW, 98107)
    • HOW: Pre-register at: snap@seattle.gov or call (206) 233-5076
  • 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:

Relevant News Links: Friday, April 3rd

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.

“A fool may be known by six things: anger without cause; speech without profit; change without progress; inquiry without object; putting trust in a stranger; and mistaking foes for friends.”  — Arab proverb

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Pending Home Sales Rise in February Behind Solid Gains in Midwest, West

Pending home sales in February increased to their highest level since June 2013 as sizeable gains in the Midwest and West offset smaller declines in the Northeast and South, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

http://www.realtor.org/node/12102

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Midwest, West Lead Pending Home Sales

Pending home sales in February surged to the highest level since June 2013, led by significant gains in contract signings in the Midwest and West, according to the latest reading from the National Association of REALTORS®’ Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings.

http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/03/31/midwest-west-lead-pending-home-sales

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Home prices rose in January, despite seasonal weakness: S&P/Case-Shiller

March 31st, Home prices continued to rise in January, despite slowing growth and some seasonal weakness, a closely watched index showed on Tuesday

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102548825

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Rise in Home Prices Paced by Denver, Miami, and Dallas According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices – See more at:

Data through January 2015 show home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. However, monthly data reveal slowing increases and seasonal weakness. – See more at:

http://www.housingviews.com/

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S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

March 31st, S&P Dow Jones Indices released the latest results of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14c700f5146cf709

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S&P/CASE-SHILLER PORTLAND HOME PRICE INDEXIf National The S&P/Case-Shiller Portland Home Price Index measures the average change in value of residential real estate in Portland given a constant level of quality.

http://us.spindices.com/indices/real-estate/sp-case-shiller-or-portland-home-price-index

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S&P/CASE-SHILLER SEATTLE HOME PRICE INDEX

This S&P/Case-Shiller Seattle Home Price Index measures the average change in value of residential real estate in Seattle given a constant level of quality.

http://us.spindices.com/indices/real-estate/sp-case-shiller-wa-seattle-home-price-index

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Zillow CEO: No, Rupert Murdoch, Move.com exec did not think up the Trulia acquisition

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff doesn’t think highly of competitor Move Inc

http://upstart.bizjournals.com/entrepreneurs/hot-shots/2015/04/02/zillow-ceo-no-rupert-murdoch-move-com-exec-did-not.html

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Revisiting ‘Subprime’ Mortgages

Lenders use different terminology to describe these alternative mortgage products, and borrowers must now meet proof of ability-to-pay requirements

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/realestate/revisiting-subprime.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150403&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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Federal Flood Insurance Premiums for Homeowners Rise as Much as 25 Percent

New rates increase premiums for homeowners in high-risk areas by as much as 25 percent, while new surcharges add $25 for owner-occupied primary homes and $250 for second homes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/03/your-money/federal-flood-insurance-premiums-for-homeowners-rise-as-much-as-25-percent.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150402&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Foreclosure to Home Free, as 5-Year Clock Expires

Thousands of homeowners who stopped paying mortgages years ago may have an out as statutes of limitations expire, though banks are fighting back.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/business/foreclosure-to-home-free-as-5-year-clock-expires.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150329&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Negative Equity a Drag on Home Sales

Existing home sales are up from last year, but many current homeowners are unable to participate in the market because of insufficient equity.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/realestate/negative-equity-a-drag-on-home-sales.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150327&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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As the Economy Awakens, Thoughts Turn to Dream Houses

Luxury building is again booming in the traditionally high-end parts of the country, like the Hamptons, as the economy continues to show healthy signs

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/28/your-money/as-the-economy-awakens-thoughts-turn-to-dream-houses.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150327&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Affordable housing planned for Pearl at Raleigh Street, documents show

Portland has identified Block 26 for affordable housing. It’s not clear how much of the block Portland will buy, although property records indicate that it’s likely the quarter-block at Northwest Raleigh Street and 14th Avenue.

http://photos.oregonlive.com/oregonian/2015/03/tiffany_sweitzer_hoyt_street_p.html

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Are San Francisco Housing Prices Foreshadowing The Next Global Financial Downturn?

Prices are falling once again, the market cycle is extended, and investors should take precautions.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3048426-are-san-francisco-housing-prices-foreshadowing-the-next-global-financial-downturn

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Take a luxury tour across the Pacific Northwest with Previews digital magazine

From waterfront estates to modern penthouses to island getaways, Previews digital magazine takes you on a journey through the finest homes on the market in the Pacific Northwest.

http://marketing.cbbain.com/previews?hsCtaTracking=4e522997-0782-4aeb-a34a-6338e92c9db4%7C718edad3-3ef1-485c-a518-d3eee3727419&utm_campaign=Previews+Magazine&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9TytED1wbZOEfG9jUxqEDZILB-SnhR8Hs8_h5W0ZGU0AmSaiRsmsHtpCiJGvPrcV0XlzQrjhSJsUZxz4inGz87cMbOjg&_hsmi=16900527&utm_source=hs_email&utm_content=16900527

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Quartz charts of the week: The shape of shipping

Every week, Quartz puts together a quick list of major economic developments worth keeping an eye on, in chart form. Here’s this week’s batch

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/quartz-charts-week-shape-shipping-melvin-backman

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Rammed-Earth Luxury Homes

Rammed-earth homes—made of compressed soil, gravel and other natural materials—are both durable and energy efficient. Now, luxury homeowners are making aesthetic improvements.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/rammed-earth-luxury-homes-1427989394

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The D.I.Y. Tomato

Breaking down the per-pound cost of a homegrown harvest

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-d-i-y-tomato-1427994334

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From Streamline Moderne to Modern

This lo-fi Art Deco renovation of a 1937 architectural jewel in Los Angeles reflects (and respects) history, without getting stuck in the past

http://www.wsj.com/articles/from-streamline-moderne-to-modern-1427980494

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8 tips for cultivating a mindset of abundance in real estate

We live in a world of opportunities, but the way that we view the industry, the world and ourselves greatly influences how we perceive the opportunities in our lives and ultimately determines our success or failure in real estate

http://www.inman.com/2015/04/02/8-tips-for-cultivating-a-mindset-of-abundance-in-real-estate/

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The Monochrome Home: The Richness of Limited Palettes

When it comes to décor, restricted palettes of black, white and gray don’t have to be dull, says interiors stylist Hilary Robertson. The potential for textural and tonal variation is…unlimited

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-monochrome-home-the-richness-of-limited-palettes-1427472768

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A Day in the Life of Designer Michael Smith

The globe-trotting, multitasking designer—whose busy schedule is outdone only by that of his most famous client, President Obama—has a new home base in Madrid

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-day-in-the-life-of-designer-michael-smith-1427901641

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Fran Lebowitz on Why Childhood Was a Good Fit

The writer sizes up life in her family’s 1950s split-level house in New Jersey

http://www.wsj.com/articles/fran-lebowitz-on-why-childhood-was-a-good-fit-1427815698

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Seattle council went ‘a little too far’ on micro-housing, city planner says

As the city of Seattle grapples with the thorny issue of housing affordability, there’s remorse at City Hall over last year’s controversial decision to make it more onerous and costly to build ultra-affordable micro-housing.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/04/seattle-council-went-a-little-too-far-on-micro.html?ana=e_sea_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2015-04-03&u=iT6Ej9T4EYz1/uAD4leF5qEYhm3&t=1428099312

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From goat grazing to iPhone repair: Amazon’s new service takes on big Seattle rivals

Amazon announced Monday it is launching a home improvement marketplace to let customers find and schedule services for their homes.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2015/03/from-goat-grazing-to-iphone-repair-amazons-new.html?iana=ind_rre

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The most overpriced cities? Seattle is near the top

If you’ve looked closely at your grocery bill lately, you may have noticed that the cost-of-living in the Seattle area is fairly high.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/04/the-most-overpriced-cities-seattle-is-near-the-top.html?iana=ind_rre

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Portland will host a tiny house conference in April, naturally

For the second year, Portland will welcome tiny house enthusiasts from near and far to learn the art of living in close quarters.

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/sbo/2015/04/portland-will-host-a-tiny-house-conference-in.html?iana=ind_rre

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These tiny homes are full of big ideas

When you’re living in less than 200 square feet, every inch counts.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/01/real_estate/tiny-homes/index.html?section=money_realestate&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_realestate+%28CNNMoney%3A+Real+Estate%29

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Worst cities to be a renter

Rents have also gone through the roof in Seattle (32%)

http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/16/real_estate/cities-highest-rent/index.html?section=money_realestate&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_realestate+%28CNNMoney%3A+Real+Estate%29

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April Home Maintenance To-Do List

Our April home maintenance to-do list will get your house in shape for spring and ready for the hot weather ahead.

http://www.todayshomeowner.com/april-home-maintenance-to-do-list/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+danny-lipford+%28Danny+Lipford%29

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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