Category Archives: residential real estate

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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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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