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Selling during the holidays

While the holiday season sees the least amount of home shoppers during the year, people who are looking now generally are more motivated to find a home quickly. While juggling the demands of shopping, parties, cookie baking and relatives...
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December 15, 2008

Surviving & Thriving in a Slowing Market

Every market has its ups and downs, and real estate is certainly no exception. When a hot housing market begins to cool down, REALTORS®, sellers and buyers all need to readjust their strategies and expectations. This Field Guide offers...
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October 15, 2008

Effects of Power Lines on Property Values

The concern over electromagnetic fields emitted by power lines has long been a topic of conversation for the real estate industry. New studies and conflicting reports are being published every year. The public’s knowledge, perception, and interpretation of this...
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October 9, 2008

Legislative Proposal text

Looking for the actual text of the proposed legislation for the US Treasury to purchase mortgage related assets — the $700 billion proposal? You can find it via the Washington Post. Edit: 09/29/08: Draft of the revised plan via...
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September 23, 2008

Safety is job 1!

This week is REALTOR® Safety Week. Information Central has some tips and ideas for you. You meet lots of people in the real estate business–some nice and some not so nice. Learn how to protect yourself at open houses,...
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September 16, 2008

Dealing with Stigmatized Property

Do you dare disclose if there is murder or mayhem at your listing? What are the professional and logistical challenges if there is a well publicized ghost on your next property? Don’t despair, help is here! This updated Field...
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August 22, 2008

The global real estate project

Looking for real estate data from around the world? The Global Real Estate Project is a reference tool for international real estate research. It provides real estate trends, local contacts, and market information (data as of 2007) for different...
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August 19, 2008

Wind Farm Impact on Property Values

With recent upswings in energy prices and increased concern over global warming, wind energy and wind farming have become hot topics. Wind power is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity generation. While much past growth has taken...
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August 18, 2008

Affordable Housing

We have recently updated our Field Guide to Affordable Housing. The nation’s housing affordability crisis is fed by economic, demographic, and regulatory characteristics. The issue will not go away on its own. Because wages have not kept pace with...
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August 15, 2008

Field Guide to Identity Theft

Your good name is important. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there may be as many as 9 million identity theft victims. Get the latest information from NAR and the Federal Trade Commission and keep your identity and personal...
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July 30, 2008