Relevant News Links: Friday, August 28th

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Any organization, in order to survive and achieve success, must have a sound set of beliefs on which it premises all its policies and actions.”  — Thomas Watson Jr.,

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Where Americans Are Moving To
About 18 percent of people who moved last year – or 8.5 million – moved from one large metro area to another. But also a growing number moved to a smaller city that was not too far away from their prior residence, U.S. Census Bureau data shows.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/08/27/where-americans-are-moving

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Average 30-year mortgage rate drops to 3.84% from 3.93%
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/08/27/mortgage-rates/32477661/

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Mortgage applications inch up in latest week: MBA

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

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/26/us-usa-economy-mortgages-idUSKCN0QV17Z20150826

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Here’s what top housing economists think about pending home sales today
A slew of data and strong retail sales indicate the housing market is gaining momentum. Even a Fed rate hike may not derail it, says an analyst.
Housing outlook for rest of 2015 still solid
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/34894-heres-what-top-housing-economists-think-about-pending-home-sales-today

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Cleveland Fed’s Mester Says U.S. Economy Can Support Rate Increase
The Fed is preparing for a Sept. 16-17 policy meeting and considering whether to raise short-term interest rates from near zero
http://www.wsj.com/articles/cleveland-feds-mester-says-u-s-economy-can-support-rate-increase-1440738129

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Share of in-foreclosure sales hits 15-year low, Cash sales hit 8-year low
Sales of properties in-foreclosure and cash sales were down from a year ago to multi-year lows while year-to-date U.S. home sales in 2015 are at an eight-year high, and the U.S. median home price in July was at an 82-month high
http://www.housingwire.com/articles/34882-realtytrac-share-of-in-foreclosure-sales-hits-15-year-low

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Thermostat Temps Are Lowest in Homes in the North
A breakdown of indoor-temperature settings shows that Northerners keep the chilliest homes in the country
http://www.wsj.com/articles/thermostat-temps-are-lowest-in-homes-in-the-north-1440603855

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10 Places Where Renting a Home Beats Buying

Seattle and Portland are in the top 10. The housing crisis and ensuing recession are long over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it makes more sense to buy a home than it does to rent one.
http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-places-where-renting-a-home-beats-buying/

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Reminder: Private Mortgage Insurance Is Temporary
A compliance bulletin from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggests that lenders sometimes collect premiums longer than they should.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/realestate/reminder-private-mortgage-insurance-is-temporary.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150828&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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Every county in America, ranked by scenery and climate
The “natural amenities index” is intended as “a measure of the physical characteristics of a county area that enhance the location as a place to live.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/17/every-county-in-america-ranked-by-natural-beauty/

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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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S&P/CASE-SHILLER PORTLAND HOME PRICE INDEX
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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Market Could Provide Reason if Fed Wants to Wait
The recent market turmoil could give the Fed reason to wait a meeting or two before it starts to raise rates – if it wants to – but the whipsaw is not likely to derail plans to raise rates this year, Fed watchers said Tuesday.
https://www.marketnews.com/content/fed-watchers-market-could-provide-reason-if-fed-wants-wait

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U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: What’s The Rush?
The September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting is shaping up to be a real cliffhanger.
http://www.housingviews.com/#sthash.vWmynoIg.dpuf

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Review: ‘Endless House’ Expands the Definition of Home
Through drawings, photographs, video, installations and architectural models, this exhibition at MoMA highlights variations on the single-family home.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/arts/design/review-endless-house-expands-the-definition-of-home.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150827&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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$785,000 Homes in Maine, Seattle and Virginia
This week’s properties include a house with downtown views in Portland, Me., a floating house in Seattle, and a cabin in Onancock, Va.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/27/greathomesanddestinations/785000-homes-in-maine-seattle-and-virginia.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150826&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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New-Home Sales Rebounded in July
Sales increased 5.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 507,000 units, the Commerce Department said. Those sales account for 8.3 percent of the market.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/26/business/economy/new-home-sales-rebounded-in-july.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150825&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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How real estate agents can use LinkedIn to grow their business
Location, location, location. That’s what it’s all about for real estate agents when it comes to generating quality leads with LinkedIn.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/how-to/marketing/2015/08/how-real-estate-agents-can-use-linkedin-to-grow.html

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Turning 500 acres of farmland into Tigard’s next neighborhood
A 500-acre area of farmland on the western edge of Tigard is on its way to becoming the Portland suburb’s newest neighborhood of 6,500 people.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/08/turning-a-500-acre-farmland-into-tigards-next.html?iana=ind_rreidx=5&rref=technology&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Technology&pgtype=article

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China’s crash hits Washington hard

An illuminating roundup of China’s growing influence on the state’s economy
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2015/08/28/china-s-crash-hits-washington-hard.html?iana=ind_rre

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Pending Home Sales Inch Forward in July
Pending home sales were mostly unchanged in July, but rose modestly for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/08/pending-home-sales-inch-forward-in-july

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Consumer sentiment revised lower for August
The final read of consumer sentiment was revised lower for August, to 91.9 from a preliminary tally of 92.9 and a July reading of 93.1. That was the first reading since the market turmoil.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/consumer-sentiment-revised-lower-for-august-2015-08-28

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Your Real-Estate Horoscope
What do the stars have in store for your home life?
http://www.wsj.com/articles/your-real-estate-horoscope-1440776123

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Any Benefit of Weekly Home Mortgage Payments?
A bi-weekly schedule beats a monthly one in terms of shortening the term of a home mortgage. Weekly payments, however, make little difference.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/any-benefit-of-weekly-home-mortgage-payments-1440600481

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New Front in Old Battle to Protect Listing Photos
NAR is taking the real estate industry’s battle against the unauthorized use of real estate listing data to a new front: the U.S. Copyright Office.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/08/13/new-front-in-old-battle-protect-listing-photos

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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

Training Opportunities & Continuing Education Clock Hour Classes

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Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal is dedicated to strengthening the knowledge of their real estate brokers in the Pacific Northwest, by providing FREE Continuing education & additional training opportunities.  If you are a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain -or- Coldwell Banker Seal and are looking for clock hours to renew your license, or just need to brush up on your marketing or tech skills, 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 includes clock-hours and others do not — remember to double check before registering!

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Coldwell Banker BAIN – Live Classes & Online Webinars:

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Relevant News Links: Friday, August 21st

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  –Henry James

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Existing-Home Sales Grew in July to Highest Pace Since 2007
A strengthening labor market helps existing-home sales grow 2 percent to an annual rate of 5.59 million units,
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/business/economy/existing-home-sales-grew-in-july-to-highest-pace-since-2007.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150820&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Mission Unaffordable: Here’s why housing in Seattle will stay out-of-reach
From his downtown Seattle office, Stephen Whyte runs 93 low-income housing complexes across the nation.
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2015/08/21/mission-unaffordable-heres-whyhousing-in-seattle.html?iana=ind_rre

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July ends up a record month for home sales in Portland metro region
If July was any indication, Portland’s residential real estate market is as hot as it’s ever been.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2015/08/july-ends-up-a-record-month-for-home-sales-in-the.html?iana=ind_rre

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Housing market heats up
A slew of data and strong retail sales indicate the housing market is gaining momentum. Even a Fed rate hike may not derail it, says an analyst.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/us/housing-market-heats-up/vp-BBlW0g9

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Alaska Air shares soar to record high on tech boom and increase in flights
“Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.,” Becker added, “with significant job development (and good jobs at that) and demand for air travel.”
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2015/08/17/alaska-air-shares-soar-to-record-high-on-tech-boom.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2015-08-17&u=n1WEweD1A4Wrg78qJMZqUJs6Dw6&t=1439856935

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Bond Investors Dial Back September Rate-Increase Expectations
Odds implied by fed-funds futures prices show 24% chance for September increase, according to CME analysis
http://www.wsj.com/articles/bond-investors-dial-back-september-rate-increase-expectations-1440095274

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The Federal Reserve Is Ready for Rate Increases, but Bond Market Is Skeptical
Stubbornly low yields on long-term bonds suggest investors are worried about the economic outlook
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-federal-reserve-is-ready-for-rate-hikes-but-bond-market-is-skeptical-1438730547

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Selling Seattle: San Francisco buyers better prepared for frenzied housing market than locals
If you were born and raised in the Seattle area, a median home price of $410,000 probably seems high. If you’re from San Francisco, though, that sounds downright affordable
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2015/08/selling-seattle-san-francisco-buyers-better.html?iana=ind_rre

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Is September the Date When Fed Raises Rates? (Video)
Wells Capital Management Chief Strategist Jim Paulsen discusses Fed policy and the economy. Bloomberg’s Michael McKee also speaks on “Bloomberg Markets.”
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/video/dzZDM1dzrfzQb7BzE0_1958NtLMVLsmd?autoplay=1

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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage eases to 3.93 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged lower this week, with the key 30-year loan rate remaining under 4 percent.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/average-us-rate-on-30-year-mortgage-eases-to-3-93-percent/

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America’s Most Expensive New Homes On The Market In 2015 (So Far)
With its $195 million price tag, Gemini is by far the costliest home to come to market in 2015. But plenty of homes have hit the market with price tags of $50 million or higher so far this year:
http://www3.forbes.com/business/americas-most-expensive-new-homes-on-the-market-in-2015-so-far/?utm_campaign=Americas-Most-Expensive-Homes&utm_source=Outbrain&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=40552196&utm_term=5366587

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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Reach Prerecession Pace
Sales rose 2% in July, highest since February 2007, National Association of Realtors says
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-existing-home-sales-rise-to-pre-recession-pace-1440079684

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Move Over, Eames: Reissued Furniture Classics Are Stealing the Spotlight
Looking for midcentury furniture that isn’t an overexposed cliché? You’re in luck: A new wave of reissued, long-lost designs is edging longtime staples out of the limelight
http://www.wsj.com/articles/move-over-eames-reissued-furniture-classics-are-stealing-the-spotlight-1440088632

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The Race to the $1 Million Parking Spot
As parking in major cities becomes scarce, developers are charging record prices for parking spaces in luxury condominiums
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-race-to-the-1-million-parking-spot-1440003713

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Size of New Homes in U.S. Shrinks by One Closet
As builders eye first-time buyers, the median home has gotten smaller
http://www.wsj.com/articles/size-of-new-homes-in-u-s-shrinks-by-one-closet-1439933212

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The Art of the Luxury Home Film
The Telegraph provides an entertainingly detailed breakdown of how the celluloid story of the home falls short, from the video’s custom-created background tune to a confiscation of cell phones. Go ahead and judge for yourself:
http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/8535-the-art-of-the-luxury-home-film

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Already full of complications, closings may soon grow even more worrisome
Could home sale closings get delayed in coming months, even more than they are now? Bankers, real estate agents and title insurers think they might
http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/already-full-of-complications-closings-may-soon-grow-even-more-worrisome/2015/08/18/37fcf952-44ef-11e5-846d-02792f854297_story.html

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Inside Amazon
The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push workers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=technology&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Technology&pgtype=article

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The Fed is at risk of repeating one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the US economy
And the next important question for everyone is whether the US Federal Reserve thinks the backdrop it’s looking at is good enough to raise interest rates for the first time in nine years. The Fed funds rate has sat at 0.25% since December 2008.
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-federal-reserve-is-at-risk-of-repeating-its-1937-mistake-2015-8

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Blending Tech Workers and Locals in San Francisco’s Troubled Mid-Market
Tech giants like Twitter and Spotify have descended on one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Bay Area, bringing prosperity for some and upheaval for others.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/technology/blending-tech-workers-and-locals-in-san-franciscos-troubled-mid-market.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150816&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Losing Water, California Tries to Stay Atop Economic Wave
Despite the drought, communities are pushing ahead with plans for new housing, with advocates saying there will be enough water to meet the demand.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/20/us/losing-water-california-tries-to-stay-atop-economic-wave.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150819&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Low-Income Housing Goals Set for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
The Federal Housing Finance Agency clarified rules for determining affordability and put in place clearer procedures in establishing housing goals.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/20/business/low-income-housing-goals-set-for-fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150819&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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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

Continuing Education & Additional Training Opportunities

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Coldwell Banker Bain | Seal is dedicated to strengthening the knowledge of their real estate brokers in the Pacific Northwest, by providing FREE Continuing education & additional training opportunities.  If you are a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain -or- Coldwell Banker Seal and are looking for clock hours to renew your license, or just need to brush up on your marketing or tech skills, 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 includes clock-hours and others do not — remember to double check before registering!

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Coldwell Banker BAIN – Live Classes & Online Webinars:

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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, August 14th

RNL“The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.”  —  Horace

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Home Prices Soar in Some Metro Areas
Home prices continued to soar in some metro areas in the second quarter.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/08/11/home-prices-soar-in-some-metro-areas/

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New Senior Housing Raises Concerns Supply Will Outpace Demand From Baby Boomers
Occupancy rate for all senior housing in 31 major markets fell this spring for the second consecutive quarter, data show
http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-senior-housing-raises-concerns-supply-will-outpace-demand-from-baby-boomers-1439285401

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The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on Home Prices
A simple mortgage calculation shows a loss of about 12 percent in purchasing power from a one-percentage point rise in mortgage rates
http://economistsoutlook.blogs.realtor.org/2015/06/16/the-impact-of-rising-interest-rates-on-home-prices/

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The Federal Reserve Is Ready for Rate Increases, but Bond Market Is Skeptical
Stubbornly low yields on long-term bonds suggest investors are worried about the economic outlook
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-federal-reserve-is-ready-for-rate-hikes-but-bond-market-is-skeptical-1438730547

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Remodel Away
Positive signs continue to point toward growth for the home improvement sector. While multifamily apartment development has led the housing recovery since the Great Recession, and single-family residential construction shows potential for accelerated growth into the future
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2015/08/11/home-remodeling-market-remains-strong

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Modular Grows as Conventional Building Costs Climb
As the cycle matures, apartment pros cut time to market with prefab construction.
http://www.multifamilyexecutive.com/design-development/modular-grows-as-conventional-building-costs-climb_o

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Why Risky Borrowers Still Aren’t Getting Mortgages
Despite some lenders loosening standards, few risky borrowers are getting mortgage loans.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/08/10/why-risky-borrowers-still-arent-getting-mortgages/

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Average rate on 30-year mortgage edges up to 3.94%
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged up this week after three straight weeks of declines. The key 30-year loan rate remained under 4%
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/08/13/mortgage-rates/31637993/

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What Will The Housing Market Look Like in 2020?
Our experts discuss the latest trends in home prices, new construction and regional developments—and what to watch for in the coming year.
https://www.ml.com/articles/the-state-of-the-housing-market.html?sr_source=lift_taboola/&utm_source=simplereach&utm_medium=display&utm_content=1x1_custom.jpg&utm_campaign=2015_merrill_lynch_display&cm_mmc=gwim-integrated-_-simplereach-_-1x1_custom.jpg-_-na

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How to Think Like a Buyer When Selling a Home
Selling a home is an opportunity to ensure you get the greatest return on your investment, but it can be emotional for a homeowner to let go. Here’s how to view your home like a buyer, and reap the financial rewards.
http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/how-to-think-like-a-buyer-when-selling-a-home/

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RealtyTrac data shows home loan originations up 23 percent
The real estate market is showing signs of life with the news that home loan applications are up by a massive 23 percent in the last quarter
http://realtybiznews.com/realtytrac-data-shows-home-loan-originations-up-23-percent/98729436/

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3 Ways to Stay Safe When Living in a Condo
For most people, choosing the right living space is a big deal. There are a number of different living spaces out there and the one that you choose should be based solely on the wants you have. http://realtybiznews.com/3-ways-to-stay-safe-when-living-in-a-condo/98729435/

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Save Money With Smaller Jumbos
Government-backed jumbo loans can be cheaper and easier to get than jumbos that exceed the $625,500 federal limit
http://www.wsj.com/articles/save-money-with-smaller-jumbos-1438786011

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Whole Foods vs. Trader Joe’s on Home Values
A new study pitted two rival grocery store chains – Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s – against one another to find out which grocery store increases the value of nearby homes the most.
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/08/13/whole-foods-vs-trader-joes-home-values

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The first interest rate hike in nine years is coming
The Atlanta Fed president says September is likely an “appropriate time” to start raising interest rates. Christine Romans explains the Fed’s not-so-subtle hints, and the long road to get here.
http://money.cnn.com/video/news/economy/2015/08/05/romans-numeral-9-years-since-fed-raised-interest-rates.cnnmoney/index.html?iid=ob_sf_video&iid=obnetwork

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Gray Water Brings Lush Lawns Without the Guilt
Californians—now in their fourth year of extreme drought—are increasingly installing gray-water systems, which recycle wastewater from sinks and bathtubs for use in landscape irrigation
http://www.wsj.com/articles/gray-water-brings-lush-lawns-without-the-guilt-1439474433

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The Enduring Appeal of ‘Bohemian Modern’ Décor
A seating area in the home of Petra Janssen and Edwin Vollebergh, located in the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch, uses a bright yellow wall to hide utility pipes from the kitchen below. An Eames rocker and spare coffee table are offset by a vividly textured pillow, storage container and lamp.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-enduring-appeal-of-bohemian-modern-decor-1439486212

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Homes With Yoga Rooms
Three homes on the market that carve out space for yoga and meditation
http://www.wsj.com/articles/homes-with-yoga-rooms-1439391449

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Latest in Luxury: The See-Through Bathtub
Some homeowners are fitting their luxury bathrooms with see-through bathtubs, opening up the space and offering a lighter alternative to carved-stone models
http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-see-through-bathtub-1439387105

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The 25 Portland neighborhoods where homes sell the fastest (Q2 2015)
The Portland real estate market is ablur as more and more homes sell in under a month. Here are the neighborhoods where homes sold the fastest in the second quarter.
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/industry-news/residential-real-estate

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Seattle area one of the least affordable in the U.S. for renters
Renters in the Seattle area pay more than 31 percent of their income toward the rent, according to new data out Friday from online real estate company Zillow
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/08/seattle-area-one-of-the-least-affordable-in-the-u.html?iana=ind_rre

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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