Category Archives: residential real estate

Suburbs or city? In the Midwest, the suburbs win in the Chicago area, but the city rules if you live in Cincinnati or Memphis

by Dan Rafter People increasingly want to live in the hearts of big cities, right? It makes sense to live where you work. Getting to your job is easier. You’ll be less stressed if you can avoid sitting on crowded … Continue reading

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Foreclosures still dragging down housing market

by Dan Rafter There are still too many housing foreclosures in the United States. That’s the takeaway from the latest foreclosure report from RealtyTrac. The company found that in May foreclosure filings were reported on 126,868 U.S. properties. That’s up … Continue reading

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Where does your Midwest state rank when it comes to annual property taxes?

by Dan Rafter Owning a home isn’t cheap. Just ask anyone whose furnace or water heater has conked out. One of the biggest yearly expenses of owning a home? Yearly property taxes. But how much homeowners pay in property taxes … Continue reading

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Think the Internet is changing the way you do business? Try being a mortgage loan officer

by Dan Rafter The Internet has certainly changed the way commercial real estate professionals do business. But the impact hat the Web has had on other professions has been positively enormous. Just look at the latest survey by Discover Home … Continue reading

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ICBA survey: New mortgage regulations hurting the housing business

by Dan Rafter Are new mortgage regulations slowing the growth of the residential real estate industry? The leaders of the country’s community banks think so. This is important news, not just for the residential real estate business but for anyone … Continue reading

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How bad are U.S. consumers when it comes to meeting financial goals?

by Dan Rafter When consumers are happy and financially healthy, the commercial real estate industry soars. That’s why a new poll by mortgage Web site HSH.com is so troubling. According to the poll of 1,905 U.S. adults, 40 percent of … Continue reading

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Viewing online home listings when you’re supposed to be working? You’re not alone

by Dan Rafter If you’ve been around long enough, you remember a time when home buyers scoured real estate listings in thick magazines published each month or in the classifieds sections of their local newspapers. Buyers can still do this, … Continue reading

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