Don’t miss free clock hours for real estate continuing education in July and August

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Here is a list of our upcoming classes/events:

This article includes information on free clock hours for real estate continuing education classes for real estate brokers that we offer CB Bain/ CB Seal brokers only. Please click on the links to register or for more info.

CB Bain:

CB Seal:
  •  Wednesday, July 10th, “New construction updates”.  Credit hour hosted by Fidelity’s Brian Luccio.  Lake Oswego location 10:00a-11:00a.  RSVP: not necessary
  • Thursday, July 11th, “DocuSign & Zip Forms”.  Lunch & Learn hosted by Chicago Title’s Tammie Volland.  Lake Oswego location.  Lunch 11:45a.  Class 12p-1p.  RSVP: tammie.volland@ctt.com
  • Wednesday, July 17th, “Property Inspector, Leonard Myers”.  Credit hour hosted by Chicago Title’s Tammie Volland.  Lake Oswego location 10a-11a.  RSVP:  not necessary.
  • Live Webinar about Toolkit CMA – July 23 10am-10:30m and August 29th 1p-1:30pm – email taranehguidry@cbba.com for details.
  • Previews Certification– Vancouver Square, July 25th, 9am-3pm

 ProSchools is our partner for pre and post licensing in both Washington and Oregon.

Rockwell Institute is our partner for our local live 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. We’d love to have you join us.

To view all of our upcoming  free real estate continuing education courses please visit: www.cbbainsealtraining.eventbrite.com

July and August Real Estate Continuing Education for CB Bain/CB Seal

FastStart Final Exam

Upcoming classes/events:

This article includes information on free upcoming post license real estate continuing education classes for real estate brokers that we offer CB Bain/ CB Seal brokers only. Please click on the links to register or for more info.

CB Bain:

CB Seal:
  • Tuesday, June 25th  “Basement & Crawlspace Waterproofing”.  Credit hour hosted by Fidelity’s Bill Peterson.  Oregon City location 9:30a-10:30a. RSVP: not necessary
  •  Wednesday, June 26th “New Construction EMA”.  Credit hour hosted by First American’s Tootie MacKenzie.  Lake Oswego location 10:00a-11:00a.  RSVP:  not necessary
  • Thursday, June 27th, “Appraisals” by Bob Keith. Lunch & Learn hosted by Chicago’s Tammy Volland.  Lake Oswego location.  Lunch 11:45a.  Class 12p-1p.  RSVP: tammie.volland@ctt.com
  •  Wednesday, July 10th, “New construction updates”.  Credit hour hosted by Fidelity’s Brian Luccio.  Lake Oswego location 10:00a-11:00a.  RSVP: not necessary
  • Thursday, July 11th, “DocuSign & Zip Forms”.  Lunch & Learn hosted by Chicago Title’s Tammie Volland.  Lake Oswego location.  Lunch 11:45a.  Class 12p-1p.  RSVP: tammie.volland@ctt.com
  • Wednesday, July 17th, “Property Inspector, Leonard Myers”.  Credit hour hosted by Chicago Title’s Tammie Volland.  Lake Oswego location 10a-11a.  RSVP:  not necessary.
  • Live Webinar about Toolkit CMA – July 23 10am-10:30m and August 29th 1p-1:30pm (links to follow soon)

 ProSchools is our partner for pre and post licensing in both Washington and Oregon.

Rockwell Institute is our partner for our local live 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. We’d love to have you join us.

To view all of our upcoming  free real estate continuing education courses please visit: www.cbbainsealtraining.eventbrite.com

CB Bain/Seal relevant links in real estate news for the week of April 22-26th 2013

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“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth”.

Abraham Lincoln

 

 Here is a collection of relevant links for the week of April 22nd – 26th, 2013:

 

Americans are Increasingly Bullish on Housing Market

Gallup said today that more than half of Americans expect average home prices in their local area to increase over the next year

Tight Inventories Spark California Home Price Boom

A sudden surge in single family home prices in California coupled with flat sales are both attributed by the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) to a scarcity of available homes for sale, especially in the lower price ranges.

Conventional Purchase Applications at 3-1/2 Year High

Mortgage applications for both purchasing a home and refinancing one increased during the week ended April 12.

Six “Shadow Inventory” Myths

Personally, I’m not buying it. We probably won’t see this inventory materialize anytime soon, and here’s why: by Mike Grady

Housing Starts at Highest Level Since 2008

New-home construction leapt last month to the highest level since before the financial crisis, driven by a big gain in the volatile multifamily-home segment.

Home building rises to key milestone

The annual pace of housing starts topped 1 million for the first time in nearly five years in March, another sign of the rebound in the sector.

Nationwide Open House Weekend is April 20-21

How much do you know about open houses?

Find out with this new infographic and open house quiz!

Financing a Vacation Home

Buying a vacation home these days requires plenty of cash on hand.

More homeowners are spending on home improvement

Home improvement spending is expected to grow as the year progresses, according to data released Thursday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Top 10 Remodeling Projects [INFOGRAPHIC]

Home improvement spending is expected to grow as the year progresses, according to data released Thursday by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Fitch downplays rising home prices on labor concerns

“The agency continues to believe national prices are overvalued by roughly 10% in real terms and 2% nominally (after taking into account inflation and price momentum).”

A race against time: Student loan debt stalls first-time homebuyers

The American culture has undergone a seismic shift with today’s thirty-year-old less likely to take out a mortgage if they already hold student loan debt

Housing industry boosts employment

While the most recent unemployment surveys for March are weak overall, the housing recovery is responsible for a rare bright spot: Construction job growth, according to Freddie Mac’s U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook report

Romancing the Overseas Buyer

To boost sales, U.S. developers tailor interiors for specific cultures; for Brazilians, white leather and big terraces

The secret sauce of house hunting in a crazy market 

never underestimate the power of putting a puppy in a photo

Gallup Poll: 81% of Americans Either Own or Plan to Within 10 Years

The American Dream is still alive, and a recent survey from Gallup provided data to support this conclusion.

Downward Trend Continues for Fixed Rates

Fixed mortgage rates continued to spiral down this week amid weak economic reports

Mortgage Rates in the U.S. Decline for a Second Week

Mortgage rates in the U.S. fell for a second week, reducing borrowing costs as more homeowners seek to refinance into less expensive loans.

Survey Reveals Top Regrets Among Buyers, Renters

Slightly more than half of Americans harbor at least one regret about their current home, according to Trulia’s Real Estate Regrets survey

3 reasons the housing recovery may not last

The housing market has made a big comeback over the past year; home prices have surged some 8% and homebuyers can’t seem to buy up properties fast enough

The Future of Home Values – Taking a Closer Look at Price-to-Income Fundamentals

Home values have been increasing steadily across the nation since they hit a bottom in October 2011. Since October, they are up 6.5 percent. Just over the past year, home values have appreciated by 5.8 percent. This rate of appreciation is higher than the historical average of around 3 percent

Radar Logic: Best Markets for Single-Family Rental Investors

As the rise in single-family rents slows and operating costs increase, Radar Logic stressed the need for institutional investors to focus on properties sold at steep discounts in order to yield a profit

Housing inventory, buyer demand are market drivers

JPMorgan Chase ($49.31 0%) expects home prices to rise 7% in 2013. That level of continued confidence is driven by tighter-than-normal inventory, robust demand, high affordability levels, and a stronger economy

Renting ‘Round the U.S. [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’re planning to relocate for your career or simply eyeballing your dream location, it is helpful to know there’s a rentable place with your name on it

Different Generations See the Value in Homeownership

It was interesting how the different generations valued homeownership for slightly different reasons.

Americans outlook on housing defies overall economic pessimism

Consumers surveyed for Fannie Mae’s recent housing market update remain skeptical about the U.S. economy, while maintaining a sense of optimism about the overall housing recovery

Surviving a Home Inspection

And it’s got me wondering: What did I do right before the inspection and what should I have done differently?

How Much Staging Is Too Much?

Curse you, cable shows, blogs and books that insist homes must be staged. In 1995, when I bought my house, staging wasn’t yet an industry. People just cleaned their houses, planted some petunias along the walk, and hung out a for-sale sign.

Montana Ranch Hits the Market for $26.5 Million

The ranch sits inside the Yellowstone Club, a 13,600-acre private golf and ski community that lies about 20 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Possibly the world’s only members-only ski resort, with 15 lifts and three lodges

Should Your Buyers Increase Their Offer?

Limited inventory and a very strong demand for housing has created an environment where bidding wars are commonplace in today’s real estate market. Homes priced properly are getting multiple offers within a short time of coming to market. This brings about a dilemma for the agent: How should they advise their client who is about to make an offer when other offers will also be presented?

 

For more opinions on today’s real estate issues, visit CBBain’s “In The Know” blog at www.cbbaincareers.com/blog

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This week’s relevant links: Week of April 15th-19th, 2013

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

Will Rogers

 

70% of lenders believe housing recovery is real

A new survey of bank risk professionals shows the originations space warming to the idea of expanding home lending

Q1 Consumer Outlook Survey showing Consumer Confidence in Real Estate

Prudential Real Estate, recently released results of its first quarter Consumer Outlook Survey showing that Americans’ sentiment toward real estate is growing increasingly favorable.

Renovate or relocate? 5 key questions to ask

A Seattle couple says “We essentially got the house that we would have ended up with 18 months later, but for a third of the cost”

FHFA Extends HARP by 2 Years, Through 2015

The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) has been extended for two years beyond its scheduled expiration on December 31

U.S. Land Gets More Expensive

“The world has just woken up and said, ‘We need land!’ ”

Bigger Loans Mean Tougher Requirements

Jumbo loans often come in three sizes: small, medium and large. The bigger the loan size, the tougher the lending requirements

Metro Areas Where Residents Most Likely to Feel Safe

There is wide variation among the largest metro areas in residents’ self-reported security. Portland #13 and Seattle #25

Housing Inventory Picked Up in March

Housing inventories picked up modestly in March, offering some hope to home buyers who are grousing about slim pickings

U.S. Economic Confidence Remains Steady

Americans’ confidence in the economy showed no change last week as the U.S. stock market’s rally slowed

U.S. Consumer Spending Continues Upward Trend in March

U.S. self-reported daily consumer spending increased to $89 in March from $83 in February and $80 in January. This upward trend in consumer spending has occurred despite the end of the payroll tax holiday and the start of the federal sequestration budget cuts

Teaching Empathy: The Ancient Way Is Now Cutting-Edge

emotional intelligence plays a role in a person’s success

Facebook Home and a mobile first solution for real estate

Ambitious because they envision a world in which every personal interaction we have digitally is piped through Facebook’s platform (shudder) and unique because they had the foresight and courage to re-imagine themselves as more than just a “website”

Covered by homeowners insurance? Don’t be so sure

You’ve no doubt noticed that premiums have gotten pretty pricey. Rates have climbed 69% over the past decade to an average of $1,000 a year.

Americans See Best Quality Jobs Market in U.S. in Five Years

Twenty-six percent of Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job — the highest since March 2008

First look: Inside a $135 million home

CNNMoney gets a first look at one of the the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S.; a 25-acre Dallas estat

Mortgage Rates in the U.S. Decline for a Second Week

Mortgage rates in the U.S. fell for a second week, reducing borrowing costs as more homeowners seek to refinance into less expensive loans.

U.S. City Wellbeing Tracking

Explore results by U.S. metropolitan area for overall wellbeing, diabetes, obesity, frequent exercise, frequent produce consumption, city optimism, and the uninsured

Reverse Mortgages: Sometimes, Remorse

Let’s face it, the reverse mortgage is not for everyone

The Future of Home Values – Taking a Closer Look at Price-to-Income Fundamentals

Home values have been increasing steadily across the nation since they hit a bottom in October 2011. Since October, they are up 6.5 percent. Just over the past year, home values have appreciated by 5.8 percent. This rate of appreciation is higher than the historical average of around 3 percent

Support FHA’s Efforts to Expand Responsible Lending

Today, the FHA is the dominant source of mortgage financing for borrowers with low down payments and those without high incomes or inherited wealth

Housing inventory, buyer demand are market drivers

JPMorgan Chase ($49.31 0%) expects home prices to rise 7% in 2013. That level of continued confidence is driven by tighter-than-normal inventory, robust demand, high affordability levels, and a stronger economy

Why Positivity is So Essential in the Workplace

a growing body of evidence demonstrates that a positive mindset can not only affect our attitudes toward work, but the outcomes which follow

How to sell more homes this Spring

Here’s the deal: home inventory is low, mortgage rates are still amazing and consumer confidence is looking up. Mix ‘em altogether and you have a sizzling hot seller’s market.

Americans outlook on housing defies overall economic pessimism

Consumers surveyed for Fannie Mae’s recent housing market update remain skeptical about the U.S. economy, while maintaining a sense of optimism about the overall housing recovery

7 Ways That Generosity Can Lead To Success

the most productive, high-achieving people are also the people who are the most giving and altruistic

Signs the Housing Recovery Has Moved Into Your Neighborhood

Just because all the talking heads are saying “housing is back!” doesn’t mean everyone is buying it. There’s a high degree of skepticism surrounding the housing recovery,

American Dream of … Renting? Survey Finds Shifting Attitudes Toward Homeownership

The MacArthur Foundation found that even though a majority of Americans still aspire to own their own home one day, they’re shifting their ideas of what it means to achieve the American dream

The Cleveland Indians, Sports Agents and the Art of Negotiation

“That is the key to a good negotiation — the effort and the preparation, not just the supposed outcome,”

Millennials: Not Destined to be Life-Long Renters

“Millennials have witnessed the housing boom and bust, but still believe home ownership is a good investment,”

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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Activity Falls to Lowest Level Since 2007

foreclosure activity fell to a six-year low, according to RealtyTrac’s foreclosure market report for the first quarter and March

Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners Honored with Multiple Awards at Cartus Broker Network International Conference

Cartus Broker Network is the nation’s leading network of more than 811 market-leading real estate firms representing approximately 3,000 offices and more than 109,000 agents. Cartus provides trusted guidance to organizations of all types and sizes that require global relocation solutions. Cartus serves 64 percent of the Fortune

Nine low-tech ways to manage your time more wisely

As entrepreneurs, we’re always busy. But where does it end? When you get more successful, do you think your schedule will magically get less busy and fill up with fewer obligations? Think again. Instead, you’ll have to get more done in less time. And unless you have a system, it may prove difficult.

For more opinions on today’s real estate issues, visit CBBain’s “In The Know” blog at www.cbbaincareers.com/blog

“Links” are edited each week by John Deely 

 

This week’s relevant links: Week of April 1st-6th, 2013

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“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”

― Joseph Addison

 

GenY is finally in a mood to buy (houses)

A generation that’s about 90 million strong, Millennials (or Generation Y) form the largest demographic wave in the nation’s history

 

Home Prices Seen Making Stronger Gains in 2013

the first three months of the year have shown the conditions that produced last year’s gains are just as strong

 

Homeowners, Name Your Price

A real-estate site tests the magic number that might convince an owner to move; listing an Arizona home on a whim

 

CoreLogic: Completed Foreclosures at Lowest Level Since 2007

Data from CoreLogic shows 54,000 homes were lost to foreclosure in February of this year, a 7 percent decline from January’s downwardly revised 58,000

 

DataQuick Reports Improvements for Housing, Questions Sustainability

Although prices are improving and foreclosures are declining, there’s still room for economic uncertainty to “dampen” housing activity, according to DataQuick’s Property Intelligence Report

 

Increase in Consumer Sentiment Surpasses Expectations

consumers have expressed improved prospects for economic growth

 

Is California’s Wild Housing Market a Sign of a Bubble?

California is the comeback kid of the housing recovery

 

A Look at Case-Shiller, by Metro Area

The composite 20-city home price index, a key gauge of U.S. home prices, was up 8.1% in January from a year earlier. Seattle-8.7%, Portland-8.3%

 

Trulia: Buying Beats Renting Despite Rising Home Prices

To buy, or not to buy, and instead to rent? That, as ever, is the real-estate question

 

Housing recovery starts to look like a boom

Portland steamed along in the middle of the pack, posting 8.3 percent home price growth, slightly ahead of the 20-city index of 8.2 percent

 

Buy or rent? 10 major cities

Seattle’s land comes at a premium: The area’s residential communities are hemmed in by the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Range, as well as the Puget Sound.

 

Seattle house prices take seasonal dip

House prices in the Seattle area edged down in January for the second straight month, but year-over-year they are up 8.7 percent

 

US rate on 30-year mortgage ticks up to 3.57 pct.

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages edged up this week but remained near historic lows. Low rates have helped drive the housing market’s steady recovery

 

S&P nears record as home price surge lifts stocks

Rising home prices and orders for manufactured goods drove stocks up from the opening bell

 

Coldwell Banker recognized for training platform

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC was named one of the top 10 companies “for ongoing excellence in learning and development” by Chief Learning Officer magazine

 

Zombie Homes on the Rise?

Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries weighs in on how much of a problem zombie homes really are across the country

 

Home Decor When Money’s No Object

Prices are increasing but are still ‘on sale’ throughout most of the country when compared to 2007 prices

 

Homes ‘On Sale’ Across the Country [INFOGRAPHIC]

The NAR reported total sales were up 10.2% from February 2012, but conventional sales are probably up closer to 25% from February 2012, and distressed sales down

 

Should Your Buyers Increase Their Offer?

Limited inventory and a very strong demand for housing has created an environment where bidding wars are commonplace in today’s real estate market

 

House of the Week: And the Winner Is…

Four new properties vied for the title of “House of the Week.”  Watch this video (or see the slide show) to find out which home readers chose as the latest top abode

 

Oregon home permits jump 27 percent

The number of single-family home permits issued in Oregon jumped 27.4 percent in 2012

 

After You Read the Listings, Your Agent Reads You

EVERY saleswoman will tell you that the customer is always transparent

 

Housing market surge may wane in time

The outlook for housing continues to remain positive, with economists predicting a sustainability that may last for years

 

Lending data reveals no debt crisis

Home mortgage debt fell to $9.4 trillion at the end of 2012, down from a record of $10.6 trillion in 2008

 

 Big Predictions for Housing for Next 2 Years

Home sales are projected to post some big gains in the next two years, according to Fannie Mae’s latest monthly economic outlook

 

New Database Allows Americans to Post Mortgage Gripes

Americans have a lot of gripes when it comes to mortgages

 

A New Senior Moment

Zumba classes, sushi chefs and kilns in the crafting room: the newest generation of 55-plus communities caters to active—and demanding—retirees

 

For more opinions on today’s real estate issues, visit CBBain’s “In The Know” blog at www.cbbaincareers.com/blog

“Links” are edited each week by John Deely