Category Archives: residential real estate

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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Associated Bank’s Charlie Cafazza: The demand argument matters for developers seeking financing

by Dan Rafter Midwest Real Estate News recently spoke with Charlie Cafazza, commercial real estate team leader at the St. Louis office of Associated Bank, about the steps that developers need to take when seeking financing for their projects. Cafazza’s … Continue reading

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Auction.com’s Rick Sharga: How strong is the U.S. housing market?

by Dan Rafter Few factors influence the state of commercial real estate quite like the ups or downs of the country’s residential housing market. So what do real estate experts think about the recent performance of housing? This new video … Continue reading

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For a truly happy 4th of July? We need a stronger middle class

by Dan Rafter The national economy is still in recovery mode. Developers are planning more apartment buildings. Grocery-anchored retail centers are popping up everywhere from Columbus to Omaha. There’s even been a return to spec industrial building, with new industrial … Continue reading

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RealtyTrac: Fewer home flips today. But they’re more profitable

by Dan Rafter Flipping homes is becoming a less common way for investors to make money, at least according to the latest numbers released by RealtyTrac. RealtyTrac, an online provider of housing data, releassed its first quarter 2014 Home Flipping … Continue reading

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