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Relevant News Links: Friday, Feb 6th

 

This Week’s Real Estate “Relevant” News Links are compiled by:

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

THIS WEEK'S RELEVANT NEWS

“When we see people of virtue, we should think of equaling them; when we see people of a contrary character, we should examine ourselves.”  –Confucius _______________________________________________________________________

No, Zillow won’t kill off your local real estate agent

Zillow will not mean the end of real estate agents. But the company is changing the way agents do their jobs

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2015/02/no-zillow-wont-kill-off-your-local-real-estate.html?iana=ind_rre

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87% of properties qualify for down payment assistance

The biggest obstacle for first-time homebuyers?

http://www.housingwire.com/articles/32818-of-properties-qualify-for-down-payment-assistance

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Trulia: Jobs numbers show strong tailwind for housing

This morning’s expectation-beating jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics wasn’t just good for the economy, it was good for the housing sector

http://www.trulia.com/trends/2015/02/spring-housing-season/

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Where the Spring Housing Season Starts Early

In January and February, the housing market is in full bloom in Florida and Arizona. But upstate New York, New England, and some Pacific markets blossom later.

http://pb.rismedia.com/article/view/72116/28436456/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

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Wells Fargo ordered to pay $4 million for HELOC violations

NYDFS investigation shows falsified mortgage loan origination files

http://www.housingwire.com/articles/32847-wells-fargo-ordered-to-pay-4-million-for-heloc-violations

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Jan Jobs: A Good Start to 2015

The economy added 257,000 jobs in January, slightly ahead of expectations; and the previous two months were revised higher, producing an additional 147,000 positions than the government previously reported. The economy has created more than a million new jobs in the last three months alone — that’s the strongest pace of job growth we’ve seen since 1997!

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/jan-jobs-good-start-2015-jill-schlesinger?trk=hp-feed-article-title

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The New Coldwell Banker Digital Experience on LXTV

In this video segment, featured first on LXTV, Sean Blankenship, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Coldwell Banker, and Anna Visioli, Vice President of Digital Marketing take us through the vision behind the new online real estate experience at coldwellbanker.com.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bljS98KS1jA

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Embezzlement suspect’s Oregon beach home resurfaces on listing site, asking $110K more

The Oregon beach home apparently purchased by Clarke Howatt, the former public official accused of embezzling $1.3 million in San Francisco bond money, is back on the market

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/morning_call/2015/02/embezzlement-suspects-oregon-beach-home-resurfaces.html?iana=ind_rre

 

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/33875-Rip-Tide-Dr_Pacific-City_OR_97135_M17221-10304?AID=11339395&PID=7597981&CID=aff_cj_rdcandrental_allaffiliates_cj

 

http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2015/02/03/did_sfs_accused_embezzler_just_relist_his_allegedly_illgotten_home_for_a_profit.php

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Where are the Seattle-area homes for sale? Inventory shrinks

There are a lot fewer Seattle-area homes for sale right now than there were a year ago.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/02/where-are-the-seattle-area-homes-for-sale.html?iana=ind_rre

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Why The Home Ownership Rate is Misleading

The falling home ownership rate is misleading due to demographic changes.

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/30/why-the-homeownership-rate-is-misleading/?_r=2

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U.S. Weekly Economic Roundup: High Spirits

American consumers’ spirits are very strong. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose 4.5 points in January to reach 98.1, the highest level since January

http://www.housingviews.com/2015/02/03/u-s-weekly-economic-roundup-high-spirits/?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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The Future of the Laundry Room

Modern-day improvements to the laundry room featured at CES 2015 have taken at least some of the dirty work out of chores

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/future-laundry-room/

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Kitchen Remodeling on Budget: Ideas Between $1,000 and $10,000

Kitchen Upgrades For Any Budget

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/kitchen-remodeling-budget-ideas-1000-10000/

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Home Tip of the Day: Getting a Babysitter for Valentine’s Day

Competition for Valentine’s Day babysitters is stiff, here’s how to nab one.

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/home-tip-day-getting-babysitter-valentines-day/

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Home of the Week: Beat the Winter Blues in Saint Maarten

LXTV Open House takes us on a tour of a winter getaway on the Dutch side of this Caribbean oasis

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/home-week-beat-winter-blues-saint-maarten/

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Home Staging Can Help Sell Home for More, Realtors® Say

Most homeowners know it is important to keep a home clean, bright and free from clutter while it is on the market for sale. But sometimes, Realtors® say, taking the extra step to stage a home can make a difference in how a buyer values it and the price a seller might get for it.

http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/01/home-staging-can-help-sell-home-for-more-realtors-say

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Infographic: Effectiveness of Home Staging

Does staging make a difference in what a buyer will pay

http://www.realtor.org/infographics/infographic-effectiveness-of-home-staging

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Job Growth

Job growth has positive impacts real estate!

http://www.realtor.org/infographics/infographic-job-growth-in-2014

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Remarkable LA Homes for Musicians

With the Grammys just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to present our nominees for ultimate homes for musicians and music lovers

http://www.northwestmls.com/index.cfm?/News–Information/page/Lastest-Market-Update

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Tapping Home Equity to Play the Market

Tips for homeowners considering investing home-equity in the stock market.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/tapping-home-equity-to-play-the-market-1423068571?mod=WSJ_3Up_RealEstate

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Multiple Homes Worth Millions: How the Mega-Rich Live

The mega-rich around the globe own an average of 2.7 residential properties per household, with an average combined value of $13.7 million,

http://blogs.wsj.com/totalreturn/2015/02/06/multiple-homes-worth-millions-how-the-mega-rich-live/

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Buying a Home? Try It Out

Potential home buyers are doing a kind of residential test drive of properties by meeting neighbors and sometimes even spending the night

http://www.wsj.com/articles/buying-a-home-try-it-out-1423159895

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For Sale: Olde English Tudor Houses

Thousands of homes from the Tudor period survive across Britain. But potential buyers should willing to forgo certain modern comforts to live in a 500-year-old home.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/for-sale-15th-century-tudor-homes-1423068661

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Fixes for Flawed Home Design

Architects and home builders offer solutions to common design flaws.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wsj.com%2Farticles%2Ffixes-for-flawed-home-design-1422475906&ei=22TVVOvMK8feoASerYDQCA&usg=AFQjCNGCxmoEd2VzBZoZsrujZUhpn6xGww

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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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Equity Report

The Equity Report provides a quarterly overview of the distribution of equity across all U.S. single-family residential properties with a mortgage. In addition to the comprehensive national snapshot, the report includes details for all states and the 25 largest metro areas.

http://www.corelogic.com/about-us/researchtrends/equity-report.aspx#.VNVnB_mjNpU

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13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People

In reality, being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/13-habits-exceptionally-likeable-people-dr-travis-bradberry?trk=prof-post

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50-story skyrise proposed for site next to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ tower

Many people want a peek inside the Seattle condo building that’s the setting for “Fifty Shades of Gray,” and a New York developer is proposing a high-rise where occupants would have a bird’s-eye view.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/01/50-story-skyrise-proposed-for-site-next-to-fifty.html?iana=ind_rre

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Hundreds of Shades of Gray … at the Paint Store

Inspired by ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ we look at the array of grays from three paint manufacturers.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/hundreds-of-shades-of-gray-at-the-paint-store-1423076814

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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 hour courses for CBBain|Seal Brokers

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CBBain|Seal is dedicated in training & educating our real estate brokers by providing FREE Continuing Education clock hour courses.  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:

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, Jan 30th

This Week’s Real Estate “Relevant” News Links are compiled by:

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

THIS WEEK'S RELEVANT NEWS

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

 

― Pete Carroll

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S&P/CASE-SHILLER HOME PRICE INDICES

HOT OFF THE PRESS Home Price Gains Continue to Slow According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

http://www.spindices.com/index-family/real-estate/sp-case-shiller

 

https://www.spice-indices.com/idpfiles/spice-assets/resources/public/documents/135542_cshomeprice-release-0127.pdf?force_download=true

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Remodeling Market Has Regained Its Mojo, New Report Says

The overall U.S. housing market still is struggling to hit its stride, but the remodeling market meanwhile has fully regained its mojo, according to a report released Thursday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies.

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2015/01/29/remodeling-market-has-regained-its-mojo-new-report-says/

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Foot Traffic Points to a Strong Start in 2015

For several years, NAR Research has tracked foot traffic as a means of predicting housing activity in subsequent months.

http://pb.rismedia.com/article/view/72094/28436456/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

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Bank Economists See Healthy U.S. Economic Growth Through 2015

The U.S. economy will grow nearly 3 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis this year compared to 2.5 percent last year, according to the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association.

http://pb.rismedia.com/article/view/72116/28436456/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

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New Housing Counseling Trend Shows Positive Signs for Homebuyers

Renewed interest in housing counseling is revealing that many are considering homeownership as a possibility for the first time.

http://newsletter.rismedia.com/newsletters/preview/18728/1028753/28436456

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Five Low Cost Tips to Boost Your Home’s Value

This is a great time to be selling a house—or buying one. With housing prices at recent highs (in some neighborhoods they’re exceeding pre-2008 valuations

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/03/top-5-ways-to-boost-the-value-of-your-home/index.htm

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Pending Home Sales Stall in December

Despite interest rates being at their lowest level of 2014, pending home sales cooled in December but remained above year-over-year levels for the fourth consecutive month,

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/03/4-red-flags-that-can-ruin-a-home-sale/index.htm

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4 red flags that can ruin a home sale

Protection Problems you shouldn’t ignore when buying or selling a house

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/03/4-red-flags-that-can-ruin-a-home-sale/index.htm

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Home-sale mistakes that cost you money

Buyers and sellers: Doing a deal right can mean tens of thousands of dollars in your pocket

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/03/home-sale-mistakes-that-cost-you-money/index.htm

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Super Bowl-goers go to site Airbnb for housing deals

With Glendale, Ariz., and the surrounding area filling up with the sort of folks who can drop $7,000 for a pair of Super Bowl tickets, Airbnb is suddenly the place for a different crowd to find luxury home rentals, including some that come with a chauffeur, maid, and private chef.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/01/30/super-bowl-goers-site-airbnb-for-housing-deals/uClVPWaedFMJ2TSJhuCLCP/story.html

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Over 7 Million People Who Suffered Foreclosures Could Return to Housing Market

The first wave of 7.3 million homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale during the foreclosure crisis in 2015 are now past the seven-year window they conservatively need to repair their credit and qualify to buy a home

http://247wallst.com/housing/2015/01/27/over-7-million-people-who-suffered-foreclosures-could-return-to-housing-market/

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10 reasons housing will remain buoyant in 2015

Real estate is a bright spot in the U.S. economy

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-reasons-housing-will-remain-buoyant-in-2015-2015-01-21

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The $700,000+ mistake nearly 6 in 10 millennials may make

Most millennials say they’d rather rent than buy a home — a decision that could cost them more than $700,000 over the course of their lives.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-700000-mistake-nearly-6-in-10-millennials-may-make-2015-01-22?link=MW_popular

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King County Housing Authority to open waiting list

The King County Housing Authority will open its waiting list and accept new applications for “Section 8” housing vouchers for the first time in nearly four years, the agency announced Thursday

http://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/King-County-Housing-Authority-to-open-waiting-list-6033236.php

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U.S. single-family housing starts highest since early 2008

Groundbreaking for U.S. single-family homes raced to the highest level in more than 6-1/2 years in December and permits surged, in a hopeful sign for the sluggish housing market recovery.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/21/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN0KU1KI20150121

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Report Predicts Big Year for Housing in 2015 Based on Recent Government Actions

With 2015 less than two weeks underway, Fitch Ratings is the latest forecaster predicting great things for housing in the coming year

http://dsnews.com/news/01-12-2015/report-predicts-big-year-housing-2015-based-recent-government-actions?utm_source=DSNews.com&utm_campaign=81b48a43ce-Your_Daily_Dose1_5_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1924082bfe-81b48a43ce-174709301

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Gross Domestic Product in 2014 and 2015

The last time the GDP grew above 3% for the whole year was 2005

http://www.realtor.org/infographics/infographic-gross-domestic-product-in-2014-and-2015

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Despite tight inventory, Northwest MLS brokers complete more than 77,000 sales valued at nearly $28 billion during 2014

Members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported 77,276 closed sales during 2014 to outgain the prior year’s volume by 1,759 transactions for a 2.3 percent increase.

http://www.northwestmls.com/index.cfm?/News–Information/page/Lastest-Market-Update

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Real estate, education cross paths as Chinese enrollment at UW jumps 856 percent in 10 years

One of the main reasons Chinese nationals are buying up more and more real estate in the Puget Sound area is because they want to provide housing for their children who attend schools here

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/01/real-estate-education-cross-paths-as-chinese.html?iana=ind_rre

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Portland businesses’ sales prices drop despite revenue hikes

The group BizBuySell reports that the median asking price dropped from $220,000 at the end of 2013’s fourth quarter to $210,000 at the end of 2014.

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/morning_call/2015/01/portland-businesses-sales-prices-drop-despite.html?iana=ind_rre

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BENTLEY HOME COLLECTION

Bentley furniture and homeware design inspired by the time-honoured craftsmanship and material selection that characterise Bentley car interiors

http://www.bentleymotors.com/en/world-of-bentley/bentley-collection/licenced-partners/bentley-home-collection.html

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Porsche Design Tower

The Porsche Design Tower designed by Porsche Design Group

http://investinmiami.com/porsche-design-tower/#.VMwtW2ijNpU

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Carlo Bugatti

Carlo Bugatti was an Italian furniture designer most active in the Art Nouveau era, around 1900, his son founded the eponymous race car company.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/carlo-bugatti-furniture-as-fut-109055

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Decor That Goes for the Gold

Love one particular color? Decorating your home in it needn’t feel one-note, as this New York apartment filled with burnished variations on golden earth tones proves.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-apartment-whose-color-scheme-is-far-from-chaotic-1422557287

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Graying America, Health-Care Overhaul Boosts Medical Properties

Medical-Focused Real Estate Held Up Well During Recession

http://www.wsj.com/articles/graying-america-health-care-overhaul-boosts-medical-properties-1422386348

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Million-Dollar Homes Built on a Factory Floor

Manufacturers of prefab homes in Europe offer spacious floor plans and high-end finishes—nothing cookie cutter about these million-dollar homes.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/million-dollar-homes-built-on-a-factory-floor-1422548975

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Matthew Perry Is Selling in Malibu

The ‘Friends’ actor is under contract to sell his contemporary home, which was most recently on market for $12.5 million

http://www.wsj.com/articles/matthew-perry-is-selling-in-malibu-1422553628?mod=WSJ_3Up_RealEstate

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In the 7th, Paris Is Earning

The city’s business elite call it home, drawn to riverfront apartments and urban mansions

http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-the-7th-paris-is-earning-1422544576

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20 Strange And Unusual Homes For Sale And Rent

The Hobbit Village, Global Earthship,and More

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mhj45llii/the-hobbit-village-3/

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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

Free Real Estate Continuing Education Clock Hours for CBBain|Seal Brokers

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Educating yourself with Continuing Education clock hours is key for a successful real estate career!  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:

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, Jan 26th

This Week’s Real Estate “Relevant” News Links are compiled by:

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

THIS WEEK'S RELEVANT NEWS

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

― Willie Nelson

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The 2015 House of the Year

After more than 600,000 votes, readers crown their favorite: The Florida home that sold for $1 and traveled across a bay

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-2015-house-of-the-year-1421954104?tesla=y

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Asia’s House of the Year

This cliff-style home on the island of Phuket has open Thai-style pavilions and big views of the Andaman Sea

http://www.wsj.com/articles/asias-house-of-the-year-1421948336

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Europe’s House of the Year

This 19th-century villa outside Florence, Italy holds many memories for the family who owns it

http://www.wsj.com/articles/europes-house-of-the-year-1421947293

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Porch.com Raises $65 Million in Financing

The investment values the home improvement information start-up at more than $500 million, according to a person briefed on the terms of the deal.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2015/01/20/porch-com-raises-65-million-in-financing/?emc=edit_tnt_20150120&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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$1,050,000 Homes in Dallas, Oregon and Maine

This week’s properties include contemporaries in Dallas and Oregon and a farmhouse in Maine.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/realestate/1050000-homes-in-dallas-oregon-and-maine.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150121&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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How Do I Stage a Bathroom for Showings?

Start with the basics: the ceilings and the walls.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/garden/how-do-i-stage-a-bathroom-for-showings.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150121&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Home updates that will boost the resale value

There is a general knowledge that home updates can increase your property’s sale price, and it is no wonder why. In order to keep up with today’s hectic rhythm and with the similar properties that are available on the market, there is always place for such investments.

http://tourwizard.net/blog/home-updates-will-boost-resale-value/

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Consumer Protection for Mortgage Seekers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has introduced online tools to help in find mortgages after a survey showed most borrowers don’t shop around.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/realestate/consumer-protection-for-mortgage-seekers.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150123&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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700,000 Howeowners Could Still Benefit From U.S. HARP Refinancing Program

People with little or no equity in their homes could be helped by the Home Affordable Refinance Program, which is scheduled to end this year.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/your-money/700000-howeowners-could-still-benefit-from-us-harp-refinancing-program.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150123&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Existing-Home Sales Rebound in December, 2014 Total Sales Finish 3 Percent Below 2013

Despite low inventory conditions, existing-home sales bounced back in December and climbed above an annual pace of 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of Realtors®

http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/01/existing-home-sales-rebound-in-december-2014-total-sales-finish-3-percent-below-2013

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Small, Exterior Home Improvements Offer the Best Value Investments in 2015, Say Realtors®

Homeowners often consider various remodeling and replacement projects as a way to add value to their homes. Some projects add more value and better recoup their costs than others, according to Realtors® who rated small and exterior projects as the most valuable home improvement projects

http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2015/01/small-exterior-home-improvements-offer-the-best-value-investments-in-2015-say-realtors

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2015 COST VS VALUE REPORT

This site compares average cost for 36 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 102 U.S. markets. Check out this year’s trends and how they compare to prior years

http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2015/

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Slideshow: Home Buyers: Then and Now

This slideshow takes a look at home buyer trends from 1981 versus 2014. The information in the slideshow comes from the Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers.

http://www.realtor.org/slideshows/slideshow-home-buyers-then-and-now

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Most expensive Seattle-area home sale in 2014? An $11.3M Medina mansion

According to Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), it was an $11.3 million sale of a Medina mansion that sold in June.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/morning_call/2015/01/most-expensive-seattle-home-sale-in-2014-an-11-3m.html?iana=ind_rre

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Portland condo owners land $2M verdict against plumbing manufacturer

A set of Portland condo owners who said they experienced several plumbing issues after moving in have collected a $2 million judgment

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/morning_call/2015/01/portland-condo-owners-land-2m-verdict-against.html?iana=ind_rre

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Report Predicts Big Year for Housing in 2015 Based on Recent Government Actions

With 2015 less than two weeks underway, Fitch Ratings is the latest forecaster predicting great things for housing in the coming year

http://dsnews.com/news/01-12-2015/report-predicts-big-year-housing-2015-based-recent-government-actions?utm_source=DSNews.com&utm_campaign=81b48a43ce-Your_Daily_Dose1_5_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1924082bfe-81b48a43ce-174709301

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Leading Economic Indicators Advance for Fourth Month in a Row

A measure of leading U.S. economic indicators rose again in December, advancing for a fourth straight month as most components improved.

http://dsnews.com/news/01-23-2015/leading-economic-indicators-advance-fourth-month-row

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Fannie Mae Expects Economy to ‘Drag’ Housing Toward Recovery in 2015
As Fannie Mae sees it, 2015 will be a good year for the housing market, even if residential real estate has to get dragged into the black.

http://dsnews.com/news/01-22-2015/fannie-mae-expects-economy-drag-housing-recovery-2015

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Home Sales Reverse November Decline, Jump 14.4 Percent in December

December home sales topped the previous month by a double-digit percentage, defying the usual slowdown brought on by seasonal influences, according to a survey of metros nationwide.

http://dsnews.com/news/01-21-2015/home-sales-reverse-november-decline-jump-14-4-percent-december

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments For, Against ‘Disparate Impact’ Claims; Decision Pending

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments both for and against the controversial “disparate impact” rule in housing, stakeholders on both sides are awaiting the Court’s decision as to whether or not disparate impact claims can be made under the Fair Housing Act

http://dsnews.com/news/01-22-2015/u-s-supreme-court-hears-arguments-disparate-impact-claims-decision-pending
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Low Down Payments Mean Higher Interest Rates

Home buyers seeking conventional loans backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac —capped at $417,000 for most areas and $625,500 in some high-price places—are sometimes asked to buy private mortgage insurance (PMI). Banks want that coverage from buyers who make low down payments, typically less than 20% of the purchase price.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/low-down-payments-mean-higher-interest-rates-1421939970

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New Manhattan Condos Offer Old-World Motor Courts

Developments with the amenity include 50 United Nations Plaza, 252 East 57th Street and 20 East End Avenue

http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-manhattan-condos-offer-old-world-motor-courts-1421863310

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A Tiny Cabin With a Big Price Tag

A small cabin in Idaho, listed for $2.5 million, rates high with readers in Mansion’s House of the Year voting

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-tiny-cabin-with-a-big-price-tag-1421948713

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An Opulent Bet on Housing

Jeff Greene’s Beverly Hills estate, listed at $195 million, is believed to be the most expensive public listing in the country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/18/business/home-the-ultimate-investment.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150117&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

Slide Show:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2015/01/18/business/INSIDEWEALTH.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150117&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0#1

 

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For Sale: Multimillion-Dollar Homes, Fully Furnished

A growing trend is selling fully furnished homes and condominiums designed to look as if people with high net worth and good taste have lived there for a long time

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/realestate/for-sale-multimillion-dollar-homes-fully-furnished.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150123&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y

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Her Prescription for Home: Color

A flood gave Dr. Patricia Wexler the opportunity to redecorate her New York apartment.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/realestate/dr-patricia-wexlers-upper-east-side-home.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150123&nlid=68153968&tntemail0=y&_r=0

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Drop the strut: Both men and women find humility more attractive

New research suggests that both men and women prefer humble to less humble partners.

http://digest.bps.org.uk/2014/09/drop-strut-both-men-and-women-find.html

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The Best Qualities in a Person

List of the most desirable personality traits in women and men. Wondering how to be successful, how to be charming and how to become popular? This crowdsourced list contains the best characteristics that people can have, as agreed upon by a community of voters who have ranked the list.

http://www.ranker.com/list/best-qualities-in-a-person/samantha-dillinger

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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